Total 6932 patents for "2011-12-01"

Method and System for Rendering an Entertainment Animation

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110293144

Systems and methods for rendering an entertainment animation. The system can comprise a user input unit for receiving a non-binary user input signal; an auxiliary signal source for generating an auxiliary signal; a classification unit for classifying the non-binary user input signal with reference to the auxiliary signal; and a rendering unit for rendering the entertainment animation based on classification results from the classification unit.

ENEMA PREPARATIONS AND THEIR USE

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110293528

This invention relates to improved methods of photodynamic treatment and diagnosis of cancer and non-cancerous conditions, and in particular to improved enema preparations for use in such methods, said enema preparations comprising a photosensitiser which is 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) or a precursor or derivative thereof, e.g. a 5-ALA ester. Such preparations may further comprise one or more viscosity enhancing agents, mucoadhesive or mucolytic agents, penetration enhancers or chelating agents. The methods and preparations herein described are particularly suitable for use in photodynamic methods of treating and/or diagnosing cancer and non-cancerous conditions in the colon and/or rectum.

Peripheral Device Having Light Emitting Objects for Interfacing With a Computer Gaming System Claim of Priority

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110294579

A peripheral device for communicating with a computer gaming system having an image capture device associated therewith is provided. The image capture device is configured to capture image data of the peripheral device and the computer system is configured to exchange wireless communication data with the peripheral device. The peripheral device includes a body having a first location and a second location, where the first location is defined for a first light emitting object and the second location is defined for a second light emitting object. The first and second illuminating objects having a size that is identifiable in captured image data. The first location on the body is at a fixed predetermined distance from the second location. The peripheral device includes one or more buttons, and circuitry interfaced with the first and second light emitting objects. Also included is circuitry interfaced with a motion sensing device, and circuitry for the exchange of wireless communication data between the peripheral device and the computer gaming system. The wireless communication data includes data associated with the light emitting objects, the one or more buttons, and the motion sensing device.

METHOD FOR SWAPPING DISPLAY CONTENTS BETWEEN MULTIPLE SCREENS

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110296343

A method for swapping display contents between a first and a second screen. The first screen is a primary screen. A window is displayed on one of the first and the second screen. The method includes: calculating a window movement distance according to a relative position between the first and the second screen; performing swapping to set the second screen as the primary screen; obtaining a coordinate of the window after swapping; obtaining a first coordinate by adding the window movement distance to the coordinate of the window after swapping if the window is located in the first screen before swapping; obtaining a second coordinate by subtracting the window movement distance from the coordinate of the window after swapping if the window is located in the second screen before swapping; moving the window from one of the first and the second screen to the other.

METHOD FOR ENHANCING TABLE LOOKUPS WITH EXACT AND WILDCARDS MATCHING FOR PARALLEL ENVIRONMENTS

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110292830

Presented are methods for performing a constant time flow lookup utilizing parallel processing technology. The methods are suitable for multiprocessor and/or multi-core processor computing environments. The method generates hash table driven tables of exact flow matching patterns and then provides the generated tables to parallel processing based flow selection procedure that iteratively finds the highest priority flow from the exact flow matching patterns. The method is scalable based on the linear relationship between the number of processors and/or processor cores and the time required to perform the lookup. The method is also portable because it does not require any special or custom hardware typically associated with this type of lookup.

VACUUM OPERATED WASTE COLLECTION CONTAINER AND A USE OF THE CONTAINER

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110293392

A storage container (108) for temporarily storing deposited waste (W) in a vacuum operated waste collection and management system has at least one waste deposit inlet (110A-C), a waste outlet section (120) with a waste discharge opening for the discharge of waste therefrom and a spiral conveyor (111) extended in a first direction through the container, towards the outlet section for assisting discharge of waste from the container via subatmospheric pressure applied through the outlet section. In such a container the spiral conveyor with a screw flight (111A) thereof extends through the waste outlet section and the outlet section includes a waste discharge opening being directed at a considerable angle to a centre axis of the spiral conveyor. Such a storage container may be employed in both vacuum operated waste collection systems of a stationary type and to such systems of a mobile type.

System And Method For Secure Transactions

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110295740

A secure transaction system includes an image generator configured to generate human readable characters, a random placement generator coupled to the image generator, and an encoding system configured to encode the human readable characters in a data stream in an order determined by the placement generator, wherein the transaction system is configured to transmit the data stream to a user interface and to receive a selected data stream from the user interface. Also included is a method for secure transaction processing including receiving an encoded data stream representative of a plurality of human readable characters positioned in a random order, selecting a human readable character from the plurality of human readable characters, and transmitting a portion of an encoded data stream representative of the selected human readable character.

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR PROGNOSING, DETECTING, AND TREATING AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110294121

The invention provides methods and compositions for determining whether a subject is at risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, for example, the wet or neovascular form of age-related macular degeneration. The method involves determining whether the subject has a protective variant and/or a risk variant at a polymorphic site in the HTRA1 gene. In addition, the invention provides a method of treating or slowing the progression of age-related macular degeneration by reducing the expression of the HTRA1 gene, or reducing the biological activity of the HTRA1 gene product.

RAPID THERMAL TREATMENT FOR ENHANCING BENDING STIFFNESS AND YIELD MOMENT OF CURVED NEEDLES

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110290385

An apparatus for thermally treating a plurality of curved suture needles. The apparatus includes a conveyer for transferring the plurality of curved suture needles from a source of curved suture needles to a receiver, a housing positioned adjacent the conveyer, the housing having a first end, a second end, and an opening running from the first end to the second end, the opening aligned with the conveyer to enable the plurality of curved suture needles to pass therethrough, and a heat source located within the housing for heating the plurality of curved suture needles as the plurality of curved suture needles are transferred by the conveyer from the first end of the housing to the second end of the housing. Also provided is a process for thermally treating a plurality of curved suture needles to enhance the stiffness and yield moment of the curved suture needles. The curved suture needles so treated have a desirable combination of stiffness, strength and ductility.

Applying Scanned Information to Identify Content

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110295842

Information corresponding to a sentence or less of text is scanned from a rendered document and converted to text. The text is communication to a search engine. Electronic content corresponding to the rendered document from which the text was scanned is identified from the search engine results.

FLUOROPOLYMER ADDITIVE FOR COATINGS

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110293943

This invention relates to a composition comprising a solvent-based fluoropolymer and its use as a coating additive, and a coating composition comprising the fluoropolymer. The coating composition comprising the solvent-based fluoropolymer provides desirable properties including uniform spreading, and cleanability and increased contact angle to a coated substrate. There is further provided a method of treating a substrate using the coating composition.

Side Feeder Air Guiding Element For An Aircraft Air-Conditioning System

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110294409

An air guiding element (10) for an aircraft air-conditioning system comprises a distributing pipe (12) having an air inlet opening (14) arranged in the region of an end face of the distributing pipe (12) and an air discharge opening (16) arranged in the region of a generated surface of the distributing pipe (12). The air guiding element (10) further comprises a flow diverting element (18) having a first section (20) connected to the air discharge opening (16) of the distributing pipe (12) and a second section (24) arranged downstream of the first section (20) relative to the direction of the air flow through the air guiding element (10). The second section (24) is configured to deflect the air as it flows through the second section (24) at an angle of approximately 45 to 135 relative to the direction of the air flow through the first section (20). The air guiding element (10) finally comprises a diffuser (26) which is arranged downstream of the second section (24) of the flow diverting element (18) relative to the direction of the air flow through the air guiding element (10) and is connected to an air outlet opening (28).

METHOD OF TREATMENT OF FRAGILE X SYNDROME, DOWN'S SYNDROME, AUTISM AND RELATED DISORDERS

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110294879

Disclosed herein are methods of treating fragile X syndrome, fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome, Down's syndrome and/or autism, comprising administering a prodrug of acamprosate to a subject suffering therefrom, wherein, in certain embodiments, the acamprosate prodrugs comprise compounds of Formula (I).

Method for Generating Audible Location Alarm from Ear Level Device

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110294541

An audible location alarm is generated from an ear-level device of a type comprising a memory, a microphone and a speaker, each coupled to a processor. Communication is established between the ear-level device and a companion device, the companion device having an interface, a display associated with the user interface, and an audible location alarm program stored therein. The audible location alarm program is initiated. An audible location alarm signal is transmitted to the ear-level device, thereby providing instruction to the ear-level device to broadcast an audible location alarm through the speaker of the ear level device until detection of an end event.

REGISTER ALLOCATION TO THREADS

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110296428

A method, system, and computer usable program product for improved register allocation in a simultaneous multithreaded processor. A determination is made that a thread of an application in the data processing environment needs more physical registers than are available to allocate to the thread. The thread is configured to utilize a logical register that is mapped to a memory register. The thread is executed utilizing the physical registers and the memory registers.

REAGENTS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING A POLYMORPHIC PROTEIN

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110294145

The present invention provides antibodies that differentially react with allelic variants of a polymorphic protein, methods of identifying same, an antigen binding fragment comprised therein, proteins, cells, viral particles, compositions, and kits comprising same. The invention also provides methods for determining a haptoglobin type of a subject and methods for testing a subject for susceptibility to diabetic complications.

Means and methods for counteracting muscle disorders

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110294753

The invention provides means and methods for alleviating one or more symptom(s) of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and/or Becker Muscular Dystrophy. Therapies using compounds for providing patients with functional muscle proteins are combined with at least one adjunct compound for reducing inflammation, preferably for reducing muscle tissue inflammation, and/or at least one adjunct compound for improving muscle fiber function, integrity and/or survival.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLAMPING RECTANGULAR PARALLELEPIPEDIC WORK

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110291340

A rectangular parallelepipedic (cuboidal) work is fixed by clamping the opposing two edges between clamp jaws attached to a pair of clamps. With the work fixed, at least one surface of the work is machined. Then, the position of the work is changed by rotating the clamps and the work all together around the rotating axis, and the other surface is machined. The foregoing step is repeated to machine all the six surfaces of the work, during which the work is kept fixed by clamping.

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110292240

An image processing apparatus includes: a difference calculation unit that calculates a difference value of a feature amount of image data of a predetermined region between a present frame and a past frame; a first counting unit that counts number of times when an absolute value of the difference value exceeds a threshold during a predetermined period of time; a second counting unit that counts number of times when the difference value of the image data have different plus-minus signs between a present frame and a past frame during a predetermined period of time; and an identification unit that identifies a light source frequency by comparing the output of the second counting unit with a predetermined value when the output of the first counting unit exceeds a predetermined value.

QUOIN CONSTRUCTION AND INSTALLATION SYSTEM

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110289874

A process for installing quoins to a building structure includes fabricating a plurality of quoins, each including two quoin panels angularly disposed relative to each other and connected along a common edge. A true edge column is attached to the building structure, the true edge column including two column panels angularly disposed relative to each other along a common column edge. The plurality of quoins are then attached in stacked relation over and to the true edge column. Each of the quoins may include an outer and an inner surface, wherein the inner surface comprises a right-angled recess adjacent to the common edge and along the two quoin panels. The true edge column may be cooperatively sized to fit within the right-angled recess. A plurality of pre-drilled apertures may be disposed about the right-angle recess for fastening the quoins to the true edge column and building structure.

Optical Sensor Array

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110291992

An optical sensor array comprises a photo-sensitive area formed by an array of chiplets having individual light-sensitive elements, each element configured to produce a signal or signals in response to incident light. The displacement of a chiplet from a predetermined position is derivable from the output signal or signals of the element or elements associated with the chiplet. The arrangement provides a method of measuring the displacement of at least one chiplet in an active display.

RECEIVER WITH CAPABILITY OF CORRECTING ERROR

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110296269

A receiver with capability of correcting error is disclosed. A soft slicer generates quantized data and associated soft data. A decoder with error recovery generates decoded quantized data and a soft sequence, and is capable of correcting one bit of the quantized data. A serial-to-parallel (S/P) converter with code corrector generates parallel data, and is capable of correcting two bits of de-scrambled data bits.

DIGITAL IDENTITY DEVICE

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110296168

A digital identity device for uniquely identifying legal entities. The digital identity device is used for secure electronic communications.

METHOD OF FORMING A SHARED CONTACT IN A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110294292

A method for forming a shared contact in a semiconductor device having a gate electrode corresponding to a first transistor and a source/drain region corresponding to a second transistor is provided. The method includes forming a first opening in a dielectric layer overlying the gate electrode and the source/drain region, wherein the first opening extends substantially to the gate electrode corresponding to the first transistor. The method further includes after forming the first opening, forming a second opening, contiguous with the first opening, in the overlying dielectric layer, wherein the second opening extends substantially to the source/drain region corresponding to the second transistor. The method further includes forming the shared contact between the gate electrode corresponding to the first transistor and the source/drain region corresponding to the second transistor by filling the first opening and the second opening with a conductive material.

IMAGE RECORDING DEVICE AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT OF IMAGE RECORDING

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110293201

An image recording device includes: a recording unit that records into a first image file that contains a plurality of sets of image data, common information that can be set by a user as information commonly applicable to all sets of image data in the first image file and individual information that can be individually set by the user for each set of image data in the first image file; and an information modifying unit that modifies the common information based upon information set for the first image file and modifies the individual information corresponding to image data in the first image file based upon information set for the image data.

COMPOUNDS FOR TREATING PROLIFERATIVE DISORDERS

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110294814

Disclosed are compounds of Formula (I) and methods of using compounds of the invention for treating a subject with a proliferative disorder, such as cancer, and methods for treating disorders responsive to Hsp70 induction and/or natural killer induction. Also, disclosed are pharmaceutical compositions comprising compounds of the invention and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.

QR BARCODE DECODING CHIP AND DECODING METHOD THEREOF

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110290879

An exemplary QR barcode decoding chip includes a characteristic searching unit configured for searching for a characteristic pattern in the barcode image to determine pixel coordinates of the characteristic pattern; a barcode parameter acquiring unit configured for acquiring a barcode parameter according to the pixel coordinates of the characteristic pattern; a version/format parameter acquiring unit configured for acquiring a version/format parameter; a correction characteristic acquiring unit configured for searching for a characteristic position in the barcode image and acquiring a correction characteristic according to the characteristic position; a module information processing unit configured for calculating a grayscale value corresponding to a module according to the version/format parameter, the barcode parameter and the correction characteristic; a binarizing unit configured for binarizing the module; a codeword extracting unit configured for extracting a codeword according to the binarized module; and an error correction and decoding unit configured for decoding the codeword.

MOBILE PHONE ASSEMBLY WITH MICROSCOPE CAPABILITY

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110294543

A mobile phone assembly for magnifying a portion of a surface. The assembly includes: a mobile phone having a display screen and a camera with an image sensor; and an optical assembly including: a first mirror offset from the image sensor for deflecting an optical path substantially parallel with the surface; a second mirror aligned with the camera for deflecting the optical path perpendicular to the surface and onto the image sensor; and a microscope lens positioned in the optical path. The optical assembly has a thickness of less than 8mm and is configured such that the surface is in focus when the mobile phone assembly lies flat against the surface.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS INCLUDING CONTRARY POSITIONS

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110295735

A market for trading hedged instruments is provided. The market includes at least one hedged instrument having a value based at least on a first position on a first tradable instrument and a second position on a second tradable instrument. The second position is contrary to the first position.

DEFECT INSPECTING METHOD, DEFECT INSPECTING APPARATUS, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

Pub Date: 2011-12-01

Pub Number: US20110293167

According to one embodiment, a defect inspecting method includes: separately detecting an amount of first secondary electrons emitted from a semiconductor substrate at a first elevation angle and an amount of second secondary electrons emitted at a second elevation angle different from the first elevation angle; creating potential contrast images respectively from the detected amounts of the first and second secondary electrons; determining a combination ratio of the created respective potential contrast images; combining the potential contrast images respectively created from the first and second secondary electrons at the determined combination ratio; and extracting a defect based on the combined potential contrast image. The determining a combination ratio includes: calculating the luminance of the bottom between the wires; determining whether the calculated luminance exceeds a predetermined reference value; and changing the combination ratio when the calculated luminance does not exceed the predetermined reference value.