Total 4967 patents for "2011-01-06"

METHODS TO PREVENT A HAIR-RELATED SIDE EFFECT OF TREATMENT WITH A CHEMOTHERAPEUTIC AGENT

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110002866

The described invention relates to delivery of compositions comprising at least one prostaglandin analog to prevent or reduce hair loss (e.g. brittle hair growth, thin hair growth, short hair growth, sparse hair growth) or alopecia associated with chemotherapy.

CIRCUIT FOR CAPACITIVE TOUCH APPLICATIONS

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110001492

A circuit for capacitive touch applications comprising

UV/VISIBLE LIGHT ABSORBERS FOR OPHTHALMIC LENS MATERIALS

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110004301

Benzotriazole UV/Visible light-absorbing monomers are disclosed. The UV/Vis absorbers are particularly suitable for use in intraocular lens materials.

DYNAMIC ENHANCEMENT OF AUDIO SIGNALS

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110002467

An audio processor for generating an audio output signal (Y) with an enhanced spectral component compared to an audio input signal (X). The processor comprises a frequency splitter (FS) for splitting the input (X) into first and second parts (X1, X2) representing different frequency bands. A gain calculator (GC) estimates a level (LY) of the enhanced audio output signal (Y) for a case where the first signal part (X1) is gained by a previous enhancement gain value (LG). A dynamic headroom (HR) available is calculated based on the estimated level (LY). An enhancement gain (G) is then calculated based on the available dynamic headroom (HR), and this enhancement gain G is applied to the first signal part (X1), and finally the enhanced output signal (Y) is generate by combining the enhanced signal part (ESP) and the second signal part (X2). Preferably, the enhancement gain G calculation is updated for each signal sample, thus allowing fast adjustments of the gain G to avoid clipping distortion. The audio processor is suited to provide bass and/or treble enhancement and it provides a high utilization of the dynamic range available without audible artefacts. Still, the algorithm is simple to implement and is thus suited for enhancing audio performance of compact low cost devices.

Implement Support Stand

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110001034

A support stand for an implement such as a tiller is provided. During use of the implement when the implement is connected to a tractor, the support stand is in a stowed position adjacent to a side of the implement. When the implement is disconnected from the tractor, the support stand is rotatable outwards from the side of the implement and frontwards toward the front of the implement and rests against the ground to maintain the implement in a generally upright position.

Nucleic Acid Hybridization and Detection Using Enzymatic Reactions on a Microarray

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110003703

Embodiments are directed to a methods and systems for nucleic acid detection using enzymatic reactions on a microarray. In one embodiment, a probe comprising a probe nucleotide sequence and a substantially homogenous sequence extender portion is provided on the surface of a microarray. The probe nucleotide sequence is hybridized to the complementary target nucleotide sequence. A solution containing enzymes and detection elements is applied to the hybridized probe structure. The enzyme determines the composition of the nucleotide structure of the extender and creates a complementary homogenous sequence extender structure between the target nucleotide sequence and the microarray surface structure. The detection elements in the solution are bound to the extender structure, thus allowing detection using an appropriate detector system.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING A HOST ENUMERATION PROCESS

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110004688

A method and apparatus for host enumeration process. One embodiment of the method provides a bit to indicate to the host whether enumeration process should start or continue. The bit may be set when the shared resource process has been successfully completed, or the bit may be set if too much time has elapsed since the shared resource process has started, or the bit may be set if too much time has elapsed before the shared resource process is started, or the bit may be set if the shared resource process has not been performed successfully, or the bit may be set if the port is open and it is unnecessary to perform the shared resource process.

Thermal Cycler for Microfluidic Array Assays

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110003699

A system for thermal cycling a plurality of samples. The system includes a case having a fluid-tight cavity defining an interior volume. A microfluidic array is disposed in the interior volume, the array including a sheet of material having a pair of opposed surfaces, a thickness, and a plurality of through-holes running through the thickness between the surfaces. A thermal cycler having at least one thermally controlled surface is adapted to thermally contact the case.

BEARING DEVICE FOR DRIVING WHEEL

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110002567

A driving-wheel bearing device includes: an outer race (50) having double-row outer raceway surfaces (52, 54) formed on an inner periphery thereof; a hub wheel (10) and an inner race (20) having a wheel attachment flange (14) at one end thereof and double-row inner raceway surfaces (12, 22) on an outer periphery thereof; and double-row rolling elements (30, 40) interposed between the outer raceway surfaces (52, 54) of the outer race (50) and the inner raceway surfaces (12, 22) of the hub wheel (10) and the inner race (20), the hub wheel (10) having a shaft hole into which a stem section (66) extending from an outer joint member (62) of a constant velocity universal joint (60) is spline-fitted by being press-fitted, in which a plate (80) having a molybdenum coating layer or a fluorine-resin coating layer (81) formed thereon and having a plate thickness ranging from 0.5 mm to 2 mm is interposed between opposite surfaces of a shoulder portion (61) of the outer joint member (62) and an crimped portion (13) of the hub wheel (10).

THREE-POSITIONS DISCONNECTOR FOR MEDIUM VOLTAGE PANELS

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110000771

A three-positions disconnector comprising, for each phase an insulating casing which comprises a first and a second cavity separated by an insulated partition wall, a through hole being present in said partition wall between said first and second cavity. The first cavity houses: a first fixed contact electrically connected to a corresponding branch conductor (of a bus-bar system; at least a portion of a movable contact pivotally mounted on a support positioned in the first cavity and electrically connected to a first electrical terminal positioned in said second cavity. The disconnector further comprises, for each phase, a second fixed contact suitable for ground connection. Also, the disconnector comprises an operating mechanism and a kinematical chain linking the movable contact with the operating mechanism; the movable contact is movable between a first position in which it is coupled to the first fixed contact, a second position in which it is isolated from both the first and second fixed contacts, and a third position in which it coupled to the second fixed contact.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ADDING INFORMATION TO AN N-UP PRINT

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110001997

Systems and methods of adding information to an N-Up output document. The systems and methods include a user interface of a printer driver that can prompt a user to enter information about an accessed original document to be printed as N-Up. The entered information relates to specific page images, N-Up pages, as well as to the N-Up document itself. A printer can print an N-Up output document with both the page images and the associated entered information. The entered information is displayed either in proximity to the respective components, or in a list which provides a reference for a viewer.

GAS TURBINE AND METHOD OF OPENING CHAMBER OF GAS TURBINE

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110000218

A gas turbine includes a combustor chamber that houses a combustor unit configured to include a combustor that burns fuel to generate combustion gas for rotating a rotor, a turbine unit chamber that houses a turbine-unit rotor blade and a disk that rotate upon reception of the combustion gas, a combustor casing that forms the combustor chamber, and a casing that is configured to include the combustor casing in which a divided portion on a surface orthogonal to a rotation axis of the rotor is not formed in the combustor casing, but is formed in a portion on a downstream side of flow of the combustion gas lower than the combustor casing.

ELECTRONIC DISPLAY CONTROLLER

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110001748

A system for and method of controlling an electronic display, such as an electrophoretic display, are disclosed. The system and method provide for transparent translation of standard image data into signals sufficient to drive such displays and implement the corresponding image.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR HANDLING A MANAGEMENT INTERRUPT EVENT IN A MULTI-PROCESSOR COMPUTING DEVICE

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110004715

A method and system for handling a management interrupt, such as a system management interrupt (SMI) and/or a platform management interrupt (PMI), includes sequestering two or more processor cores from a plurality of processor cores to form a group of sequestered processor cores for handling the management interrupt. Generated management interrupts are directed to the group of sequestered processor cores and not to non-sequestered processor cores. At least one of the sequestered processor cores handles the management interrupt without disrupting the current operation of the non-sequestered processor cores.

ALUMINUM RECOVERY PROCESS

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110000782

Disclosed are processes and electrolytic cells that can be used to extract and thereby recover aluminum from aluminum-containing waste, including an aluminum dross that is suitable for disposal in a land-fill. The disclosed processes and cells use ionic liquids as an electrolyte.

BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM, BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION METHOD, BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS, BIOMETRIC INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110001607

A biometric authentication method includes an enrollment step of generating enrollment-purpose mixed feature point information by extracting enrollment-purpose true feature point information from input enrollment-purpose biometric information, and by combining part of the enrollment-purpose true feature point information, which is selected based on dummy data generated at random, and false feature point information generated based on the dummy data, and an authentication step of executing authentication by extracting authentication-purpose feature point information from input authentication-purpose biometric information, generating authentication-purpose mixed feature point information that includes part of the authentication-purpose feature point information, which is selected based on the false feature point information, and the false feature point information, and by matching the authentication-purpose mixed feature point information with the enrollment-purpose mixed feature point information.

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ALLOCATING DOWNLINK CONTROL CHANNEL

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110003553

A method for allocating a downlink control channel in a fractional frequency reuse (FFR) system, includes: dividing a service frequency band of the system into a plurality of frequency partitions including a first frequency partition corresponding to a first frequency reuse factor, a second frequency partition corresponding Kth frequency reuse factor, and a third frequency partition; setting a transmission power level for each of the plurality of divided frequency partitions; allocating a downlink common control channel including non-user specific (NUS) control information common to every user to a particular frequency partition corresponding to the highest transmission power level among the set transmission power levels; and transmitting the NUS control information through the particular frequency partition.

Oxycombustion Circulating Fluidized Bed Reactor and Method of Operating Such a Reactor

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110000406

An oxycombustion circulating fluidized bed reactor includes a reactor chamber and a gas distribution arrangement provided in a bottom section of the reactor chamber for introducing gas into the reactor chamber. The gas distributor arrangement includes a first gas feeding system and a second gas feeding system for introducing oxygen-rich gas into the reactor chamber. The first gas feeding system includes a first wind box and the second gas feeding system includes a second wind box. The first wind box has a common wall with the reactor chamber and the second wind box is arranged under the first wind box and has a common wall with the first wind box.

INJECTION DEVICE FOR SEMI-SOLIDIFIED NUTRITIIONAL SUPPLEMENT

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110004161

A rotator 2 is supported rotatably on a base 1, and a roller 7 is supported rotatably at the outer periphery of the rotator 2. A pressing member 4 has a circular arc pressing surface 4 a and can be located selectively in a retracted position where a groove-shaped space 8 is formed between the pressing surface and the rotator and in a proximity position where the pressing surface is closer to the rotator. When the pressing member is in the retracted position, a pump tube can be inserted in the groove-shaped space. The pressing member is moved to the proximity position with the pump tube being held, and then the rotator is rotated, so that the pump tube is pressure-driven by the roller. The injection device with a simple structure easily can extract almost the entire semi-solidified nutritional supplement from a nutritional supplement container and inject it into a patient.

METHOD FOR DEHYDRATING AND SINTERING POROUS BASE MATERIAL FOR OPTICAL FIBER

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110000262

A dehydration-sintering furnace includes a core tube configured to dehydrate and sinter a porous base material in fabrication of an optical fiber and having an outlet configured to discharge a vapor. The furnace includes a pressure-variation damper connected to the outlet of the core tube. The furnace includes a trap between the core tube and the pressure-variation damper for collecting the vapor.

AIR CONDITIONING APPARATUS AND REFRIGERANT QUANTITY DETERMINATION METHOD

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110000234

An air conditioning apparatus and a refrigerant quantity determination method are provided, whereby a refrigerant quantity can be determined in a simple and accurate manner without compromising the reliability of a compressor. A refrigerant circuit (10) has a compressor (21), an outdoor heat exchanger (23) that functions as a condenser, an indoor expansion valve (41, 51), an indoor heat exchanger (42, 52) that functions as an evaporator, an indoor unit interconnection pipe (4 b, 5 b ), a liquid refrigerant connection pipe (6), a gas refrigerant connection pipe (7), and an outdoor unit interconnection pipe (8). A controller (9) performs liquefaction control for liquefying refrigerant and placing the refrigerant in a portion extending from the indoor expansion valve (41, 51) to the outdoor heat exchanger (23). The controller (9) directly or indirectly regulates the flow rate of refrigerant flowing through a liquid bypass circuit (70) from a liquid reserving portion (Q) toward the gas refrigerant connection pipe (7). A liquid level detection sensor (39) detects at least one of either a volume of liquid refrigerant in the portion where liquid refrigerant accumulates and a physical quantity equivalent to the volume.

LIGHT SENSING CIRCUIT, TOUCH PANEL INCLUDING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110001711

A light sensing circuit includes a photodiode including a cathode electrode and an anode electrode and for receiving light from the outside and generating a current corresponding to the received light, a driving transistor for amplifying the current generated in the photodiode, a capacitor for storing a first initiation voltage transmitted to the driving transistor, a first switching transistor for compensating for a threshold voltage of the driving transistor corresponding to a current scan signal, and a second switching transistor for transmitting the first initiation voltage corresponding to the current scan signal.

Coal Heat-Treatment Process and System

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110003686

Methods and systems for producing activated carbon from a particulate coal feedstock that include the introduction of an activation medium such that the water content of the coal feedstock is equal to or greater than that of the feedstock's naturally occurring state. Different methods and system configurations allow the production of activated carbon or other heat-treated carbons while concurrently avoiding adverse reaction conditions.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING FULL RANGE RANDOM WRITING ON A NON-VOLATILE MEMORY

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110004720

A method for performing random writing on a NV memory includes: writing page mapping information regarding a portion of a full range of addresses of the NV memory and providing at least one page mapping table corresponding to a predetermined size; and accessing the NV memory according to the page mapping information. An apparatus for performing full range random writing on an NV memory includes: a controller arranged to perform the full range random writing; and a program code, at least a portion of which is embedded within the controller or received from outside the controller. The controller executing the program code writes page mapping information regarding at least a portion of a full range of addresses of the NV memory and provides at least one page mapping table corresponding to a predetermined size. The controller executing the program code accesses the NV memory according to the page mapping information.

IMAGING APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110001870

An apparatus includes an imaging unit including an image sensor configured to photoelectrically convert an object image formed by a photographic lens, a light-blocking member configured to adjust an exposure time of the image sensor by mechanically closing an aperture thereof to block a light flux from the photographic lens from entering the image sensor through the aperture, and a driving unit configured to drive the imaging unit along an optical axis within a range including a position where at least a part of the imaging unit is inside the aperture of the light-blocking member.

CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110000199

An upstream cylinder (21) and a downstream cylinder (24) are fixedly mounted to a support member (19), and a filter cylinder (26) is provided mountably and dismountably between the cylinders (21) and (24). In consequence, only the filter cylinder (26) can be dismounted with the cylinders (21) and (24) left as they are on the support member (19), so that the maintenance operation of a particulate matter removing filter (28) can be performed easily. In addition, pressure conduits (32) and (33) and a pressure sensor (34) of a pressure detection unit (31) for detecting a clogged state of the particulate matter removing filter (28) are disposed at positions offset from a moving path (30) of the filter cylinder (26). In consequence, only the filter cylinder (26) can be easily mounted or dismounted without being obstructed by the pressure conduits (32) and (33) and the pressure sensor (34).

Traceability Management for Aligning Solution Artifacts With Business Goals in a Service Oriented Architecture Environment

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110004499

A method and system for providing traceability management to align IT solution artifacts with business goals in a service oriented architecture environment. A pattern matching framework is provided for generating patterns and transformation enablers for architectural artifacts based on specific business requirements. Patterns that are applicable to a selected set of artifacts or model are provided to an architect, who may then select a particular subset of the patterns to apply to the set of artifacts or model in the SOA solution design to speed up and simplify the design process. Providing applicable or candidate patterns for selection to the architect in the views reduces the possible ambiguity in architectural artifact-pattern matching and selection. These solution patterns may be used as a guide when configuring and linking architectural artifacts and models.

DRILL BIT FOR A ROCK DRILLING TOOL WITH INCREASED TOUGHNESS AND METHOD FOR INCREASING THE TOUGHNESS OF SUCH DRILL BITS

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110000717

Drill bit (10) for a rock drilling tool (12), which drill bit (10) has a drilling surface (10 b ) that contacts rock during drilling. A longitudinal cross section (10 t ) of the drill bit (10) through the drilling surface (10 b ) exhibits the following relationships of Ltot(depth)/Ltot(5.0) and H(depth)/H(5.0) at the specied depths, where H(depth)/H(5.0) is measured according to a Vickers test and Ltot(depth)/Ltot(5.0) is measured according to the Palmqvist method, described in this document substantially along the drill bit's longitudinal axial centre line (C): (table (I)). If the drill bit (10) has en length (L) of 10 mm or greater, and a longitudinal cross section (10 t ) of the drill bit (10) through the drilling surface (10 b ) exhibits the following relationships of Ltot(depth)/Ltot(3.5) and H(depth)/H(3.5) at the specified depths, where H(depth)/H(3.5) is measured according to a Vickers test and Ltot(depth)/Ltot(3.5) is measured according to the Palmqvist method described in this document, substantially along the drill bit's longitudinal axial centre line (C): (table (II)). If the drill bit (10) has en length (L) less than 10 mm.

DOCKING SYSTEM

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110004717

First and second portions of a docking system are releasably connected with one another using at least one latch mechanism that can be reusably released either from the first portion of the docking system or from the second portion of the docking system.

Electronic Rodent Repeller

Pub Date: 2011-01-06

Pub Number: US20110002196

A rodent repeller having an audio signal generator configured to generate a chattering sound that mimics a distressed rodent. The audio signal generator produces a variable sound frequency to generate the chattering sound of distressed rodents.