Total 6109 patents for "2011-12-08"

Method, Apparatus, and System to Remotely Acquire Information from Volumes in a Snowpack

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110298647

A method, apparatus, and system to remotely acquire information from volumes in a snowpack and to analyze the information are disclosed. Electromagnetic energy is transmitted remotely to a region of interest in a snowpack and data about reflections are processed to determine reflection values for different volumes within the snowpack. The frequency of the transmit signal is modulated and the positions from which energy is transmitted and received are changed to create a two-dimensional synthetic aperture that allows reflections from three-dimensional volumes to be discriminated and resolved. The electromagnetic energy is transmitted to ensure that it arrives at the snowpack at shallow grazing angles to maximize returns from volumes in the snow and to minimize boundary reflections from the ground.

FLEXIBLE HOSE ASSEMBLY WITH JOINT

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110297267

Disclosed is a flexible hose assembly with a joint. The flexible hose assembly includes a bellows tube including an extension section integrally formed at one end of the bellows tube and an annular protrusion interposed between the extension section and the bellows tube; a coupling nut coupled with the bellows tube; and a connection member coupled with the bellows tube while being supported by the annular protrusion. A gap is formed between a the extension section and the connection member and gas discharged from the bellows tube flows along the outer surface of the extension section through the gap and is discharged to an outside through a screw coupling section between the connection member and the coupling nut. Since a travelling path of the gas is lengthened, pressure and temperature of the gas are lowered, so that gas explosion is prevented.

AUTOMATING WORKFLOW PARTICIPATION

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110301996

A workflow system allows defining criteria for an automated task agent to perform tasks for a participant automatically without input from the participant at the time the task is performed. Automated tasks are performed by an automated task agent according to the participant's history in performing similar tasks in the past. Tasks completed by automated task agents are displayed to a user in a manner that distinguishes automated tasks from manual tasks.

TRANSGENIC BRASSICA EVENT MON 88302 AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110302667

The invention provides plants comprising transgenic event MON 88302 that exhibit tolerance to glyphosate herbicide. The invention also provides seeds, plant parts, cells, commodity products, and methods related to the event. The invention also provides DNA molecules that are unique to the event and were created by the insertion of transgenic DNA into the genome of a Brassica napus plant.

AUTOMATED ANALYZER

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110300021

Stepped portions of a flow channel are reduced by completely fixing the channel that extends to the measuring unit, and reducing connections in the channel, thereby to suppress a disturbance in the flow of the liquid suctioned into the measuring unit. A means is provided so that the reaction solution and reagent suctioned will move towards the channel through which the liquids are suctioned.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONFIGURING PLURAL SOFTWARE PROFILES

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110302403

A computer with multiple software applications has defined for it plural software profiles for selection of one of the profiles in response to a system and/or user signal. Each profile when selected enables a respective set of applications to run on the system.

STREAMER CABLE WITH ENHANCED PROPERTIES

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110300308

The present invention relates to streamer cables. One embodiment of the present invention relates to a method for preparing a streamer cable. The method may comprise retrofitting the streamer cable with a solid void-filler material, where the streamer cable was configured as a liquid-filled streamer cable. The retrofitting may comprise introducing a void-filler material into the streamer cable when the void-filler material is in a liquid state and curing or otherwise solidifying the void-filler material to a solid state. In another embodiment, the present invention relates to a streamer cable comprising an outer skin and-at least one sensor positioned within the outer skin. The streamer cable may also comprise a solid void-filler material positioned between the outer skin and the at least one sensor, wherein the solid void-filler material is coupled to the at least one sensor.

LED Circuit and Operation Method of the Same

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110298377

A LED circuit is provided. The LED circuit comprises: a plurality of LED channels, a driving module and a feedback-selecting module. The driving module supplies a driving voltage to the plurality of LED channels according to a feedback voltage. The feedback-selecting module comprises an open detection unit and a minimum-selecting unit. The open detection unit performs an open detection mechanism to separate the plurality of LED channels into a plurality of open LED channels and a plurality of non-open LED channels having an output voltage respectively. The minimum-selecting unit performs a selection mechanism to select a minimum output voltage as the feedback voltage from the output voltage of each of the plurality of non-open LED channels. A LED circuit operation method adapted in the LED circuit is provided herein as well.

ELECTRIC HAMMER

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110297407

In an electric hammer, ridges are provided in an outer surface of a barrel, grooves are provided in an inner surface of a front cover, and rotation of the front cover with respect to the barrel is prevented by fitting the ridges in the grooves. A flange, which is latched on a stepped portion provided in front of the ridges and the grooves in the inner surface of the front cover, is provided in a peripheral edge of a lock ring, and forward movement of the front cover is restricted by latching the flange on the stepped portion.

ANIMAL MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110298619

An animal monitoring system, comprising at least one tag attachable to an animal, a real time location system (RTLS) for determining the three dimensional position of said at least one tag within a monitoring zone, orientation determining means for determining the orientation of said at least one tag, and discriminating means for discriminating between different activities of the at least one animal based upon the location and orientation of the animal's tag within the monitoring zone.

COMMUNICATION AVAILABLE TRANSPORT NETWORK BANDWIDTH TO L2 ETHERNET NODES

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110302027

Various embodiments relate to a communications system and related method of advertising available bandwidth capacities of leased links. After leasing a link to an operator device, a provider or operator may monitor the available capacity of the leased link and generate an advertising frame when the actual available capacity is below the defined leased capacity of the link. The advertising frame may be an L2 Ethernet frame in a form similar to the routing protocol used in the communications network to avoid additional strain and complexity in the network due to additional protocols for traffic engineering. After propagating the new information throughout the network using the advertising frame operator devices may redirect or shape their traffic of data in response to the updated available capacity on the leased link.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING CONFIGURATION DATA SUCH AS FOR CONFIGURING ELECTRONIC MAIL ACCESS

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110302281

A system, method and computer-readable medium provides configuration data, such as for electronic mail access. A configuration module retrieves the configuration data from a source of configuration data, such as a user system. The configuration in one aspect could be for accessing different electronic mailboxes of a user. Data object are generated. Each data object is submitted as a distributed object module to a web service. The web service in one aspect of the invention could be for a pass-through access for configuring electronic mailboxes.

ADVERTISING SYSTEM AND METHOD USING A POTENTIAL CUSTOMER'S VEHICLE INFORMATION

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110302035

A system for targeted advertising is disclosed, which communicates advertisement messages to a potential customer based upon information regarding a vehicle owned and/or operated by the potential customer. A vehicle information obtainer obtains the potential customer's vehicle information, an advertising message generator generates an advertising message determined to be of interest to the potential customer, based on a projection of the potential customer's general purchasing mindset, and an advertising message communicator communicates the advertising message to the potential customer. The vehicle information can be obtained, and the advertising message generated and communicated, by a person, and/or through an automated system. The advertising message can be based on such vehicle information as make and model, luxury level, accessories, and model year. The advertising message can offer a product and/or service, or discounts or information pertaining thereto, and can also be informed by information other than the potential customer's vehicle.

PRODUCTION METHOD OF ELECTRODE AND DISCHARGE SURFACE TREATMENT THEREWITH

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110300311

A surface treatment method of a subject body is comprised steps of: packing and pressurizing powder including an electrically conductive material in a mold so as to obtain a plurality of compressed powder bodies; joining the plurality of compressed powder bodies together by arranging the plurality of compressed powder bodies to be mutually in close contact and applying isostatic pressure on the arranged compressed powder bodies; sintering the joined compressed powder bodies so as to obtain a sintered body; and carrying out a discharge surface treatment by bringing the sintered body close to a subject body and generating electric discharge.

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR INFORMATION RETRIEVAL

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110302115

A method of information retrieval, comprising: determining, using a microprocessor, Q generative models () in accordance with Probabilistic Latent Semantic Indexing (PLSI), said Q generative models being determined in an offline training; receiving a user query (q); choosing, using said microprocessor, N generative models out of the Q generative models, with NQ; determining, using said microprocessor, a content item (d) based on said query and a combination of the N generative models.

DISCHARGE LAMP LIGHTING APPARATUS AND DISCHARGE LAMP LIGHTING METHOD

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110298389

A discharge lamp lighting apparatus of the present invention comprises: a power supply section for supplying a discharge lamp voltage prescribed in accordance with the characteristic of the discharge lamp; an inverter for inversely converting the discharge lamp voltage supplied by the power supply section into an AC voltage to be applied to the discharge lamp; and a control section for controlling the discharge lamp voltage in the power supply section and a drive frequency in the inverter, based on the AC voltage applied to the discharge lamp and an AC current flowing in the discharge lamp. The control section controls the discharge lamp voltage in the power supply section and the drive frequency in the inverter such that the AC current flowing in the discharge lamp becomes a square wave having a high-frequency block that is a high-frequency interval, and a low-frequency block that is a low-frequency interval, and that the square wave has spikes so as to make the current value (absolute value) of the AC current as it is just before the polarity of the AC current inverts larger than the current value (absolute value) as it is just after the polarity inverts.

ENERGY TRANSFER WITH VEHICLES

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110298422

A method, computer-readable medium, system, and apparatus for improving energy transfer with a vehicle are disclosed.

DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR CO-FORMULATED ENZYME AND SUBSTRATE

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110300201

The invention provides methods, compositions, systems, and kits that include an enzyme/substrate co-delivery system. The liquid delivery system includes at least one enzyme encapsulated in a water-soluble polymeric matrix and a substrate for the enzyme in a carrier liquid in which the polymeric matrix is insoluble. When water is added, the polymeric matrix is solubilized and enzyme is released from the matrix, permitting catalytic action upon the substrate.

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110299883

The image forming apparatus includes a separating member, which is provided between a light emitting device and a drum bearing portion, for supporting the light emitting device to a separated position when the cartridge is shipped while being packed together, the separating member being provided to a regulating member for regulating a supply of a developer at a shipping mode. With this structure, when the image forming apparatus is shipped while the cartridge is packed together, the light emitting device as an exposure apparatus and an electrophotographic photosensitive drum is separated from each other, whereby the reliability during the transportation while packing the cartridge together may be enhanced.

CMOS Device with Raised Source and Drain Regions

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110298049

A semiconductor structure includes a semiconductor substrate comprising a PMOS region and an NMOS region; a PMOS device in the PMOS region; and an NMOS device in the NMOS region. The PMOS device includes a first gate stack on the semiconductor substrate; a first offset spacer on a sidewall of the first gate stack; a stressor in the semiconductor substrate and adjacent to the first offset spacer; and a first raised source/drain extension region on the stressor and adjoining the first offset spacer, wherein the first raised source/drain extension region has a higher p-type dopant concentration than the stressor. The NMOS device in the NMOS region includes a second gate stack on the semiconductor substrate; a second offset spacer on a sidewall of the second gate stack; a second raised source/drain extension region on the semiconductor substrate and adjoining the second offset spacer; and a deep source/drain region adjoining the second raised source/drain extension region, wherein the deep source/drain region is free from stressors formed in the semiconductor substrate.

TRANSFERRING ELECTRIC ENERGY BETWEEN AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND A POWER DISTRIBUTION GRID

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110302108

In order to be able to perform the transfer of electric energy between an electric energy storage device of an electric car and a connection point of an electrical power distribution grid using relatively less effort, particularly with regard to the technical construction of the connection point, the novel method controls the transfer of electric energy between the electric energy storage device of a vehicle and a connection point of an electrical power distribution grid. An electrical connection is produced between the electric energy storage device and the connection point, a communication connection is produced between a communication device associated with the vehicle and a communication service provider, the electric energy is transferred between the electric energy storage device and the connection point during the period of time that the communication connection exists at constant average electrical power, and the transfer of the electric energy and the communication connection are terminated at the same time.

Copolymer Containing Acid Building Blocks and Various Types of Polyether Building Blocks

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110301275

The invention relates to a copolymer comprising

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO CROP, SEARCH AND SHOP OBJECT SEEN ON A MOTION PICTURE

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110302613

(EN) An interactive system and method to crop, search and shop object seen over an electronic media is provided. The system comprising, an electronic display media (103) a remote control device (102), a set-top box (103) a system server (106) capable to detect a response to a interactive information received from a user's terminal, a cable/MSO server (105) and search server (102) coupled to the system server (106), a shopping establishment network (108) coupled to the system server (106), a payment gateway (108) coupled to the system server (106). Also provided an interactive method to crop, search and shop object as displayed in an electronic media, the method comprising the steps of detecting an interactive visual displayed over an electronic media, selecting the desired visual, pausing the desired visual to create a still image, selecting the desired object as displayed in the still image, cropping the desired object, sending the selected information of the object for search of relevant information, retrieving the relevant information about the searched object, providing the retrieved information in a preferential mode

METHOD FOR THE MOUNTING, IN THE CORRECT RELATIVE ANGULAR POSITION, OF A PAIR OF ROTARY DRUMS OF A DOUBLE-DRUM SEQUENTIAL GEAR CONTROL DEVICE FOR A MOTOR-VEHICLE GEARBOX

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110296690

A method of mounting a first drum and a second drum of a double-drum sequential gear control device for a motor-vehicle gearbox in a predefined relative angular position is provided. In a mounted condition, the first drum is rotatably arranged about a first rotation axis and the second drum is rotatably arranged about a second rotation axis parallel to but not coincident with the first rotation axis. The method includes forming a first positioning hole in a first position of the first drum and forming a second positioning hole in a second position of the second drum. The method also includes arranging the first drum and the second drum in the predefined relative angular position and locking the first drum and the second drum in the predefined relative angular position. The locking includes engaging the first and second positioning holes with a locking device. The method further includes disengaging the locking device from the first and second positioning holes of the first and second drums once mounting of the gear control device is completed.

POWDER TO REDUCE SHRINKAGE OF MINERALLY BINDING MATERIALS

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110297049

This invention relates to a powder comprising a carrier material which is in powdery form and selected from the group consisting of a water-soluble polymer, a water-insoluble polymer, and an inert inorganic material, and a mixture containing at least about 5 wt. % of a compound having the formula (1-a) and at least about 5 wt. % of a compound having the formula (1-b), HO(R 2 O) m H (1-a), R 1a O(R 2a O) n H (1-b). Claimed also are a process to make the powder, its use, as well as a dry mortar formulation containing the same.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR CORONARY SINUS ACCESS

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110301417

Apparatus and methods for locating morphological features within a body cavity using a catheter including proximal and distal ends, a transparent balloon carried on the distal end, and an optical imaging assembly carried on the distal end for imaging through the balloon. The balloon includes a channel extending therethrough to a lumen extending through the catheter. A guidewire or other localization member is received in the lumen that is extendable through the channel. During use, the catheter is inserted into a right atrium of a heart, and the balloon is expanded and placed against the wall of the heart to locate the coronary sinus. Sufficient force is applied to clear blood between the surface and the wall and clear the field of view of the imaging assembly. The catheter is manipulated to locate the coronary sinus, whereupon the localization member is advanced into the coronary sinus.

CYCLIC AZA-SILA COMPOUNDS

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110301373

The invention relates to cyclic aza-sila compounds that are made of 4 to 10 units of the general formulas (I) and (II) bonded by means of SiSi or SiN single bonds, wherein Y is selected from among NR 1 R 2 , hydrogen, and a halogen, R 1 and R 2 are selected from among hydrogen and a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, and R 3 is a hydrocarbon group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms, with the stipulation that at least two units of the general formula (I) are bonded to each other in the ring by means of an SiSi single bond, that at most 35 mol % of the groups Y is a hydrogen, and that at most 15 mol % of the groups Y is a halogen, and to a method for the production thereof.

MEASUREMENT OF AUDITORY EVOKED RESPONSES

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110301486

The invention relates to a method of measuring an electroencephalogram signal in response to an auditory stimulus applied to a subject or patient (99), wherein the method uses at the most a first electrode (EL1), a second electrode (EL2), a third electrode (EL3). The method comprises: i) positioning the first electrode (EL1) on the head (10) of the patient or subject (99) in a first region (R1) extending substantially between a right ear and a right eye; ii) positioning the second electrode (EL2) on the head (10) of the subject or patient (99) in a second region (R2) extending substantially between a left ear and a left eye; iii) positioning the third electrode (EL3) on the head (10) of the subject or patient (99) in a third region (Cz), the third region (Cz) being different from the first region (R1) and the second region (R2); iv) applying the auditory stimulus to at least one ear of the subject or patient (99); v) measuring a first potential difference between the first electrode (EL1) and the third electrode (EL3) in response to the auditory stimulus to obtain a first electroencephalographic signal, and measuring a second potential difference between the second electrode (EL2) and the third electrode (EL3) in response to the auditory stimulus to obtain a second electroencephalographic The invention further relates to a method of hearing screening a subject or patient, comprising such method. The invention also relates to a measurement system (such as a hearing screener) for carrying out such method and to an apparatus (head-set) for use in such system. The invention provides for an improved method of measuring an electroencephalogram signal in response to an auditory stimulus applied to a subject or patient, in particular where two channels are measured using only three electrodes.

METHOD FOR MAKING LITHIUM BATTERY CATHODE COMPOSITE MATERIAL

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110300292

A method for making a lithium battery cathode composite is provided. First, a plurality of lithium vanadium phosphate particles is provided. A lithium iron phosphate layer is then formed on an outer surface of each of the lithium vanadium phosphate particle by coating a lithium iron phosphate precursor slurry, thereby forming the lithium battery cathode composite.

AUTOMATIC DATA COLLECTION ALGORITHM FOR 3D MAGNETIC FIELD CALIBRATION WITH REDUCED MEMORY REQUIREMENTS

Pub Date: 2011-12-08

Pub Number: US20110301898

A magnetic compass comprising a magnetometer for taking readings of a magnetic field and a processing unit that calibrates the magnetic compass is provided. The processing unit is configured to validate a predetermined number of magnetic field samples and calculate calibration coefficients from the validated magnetic field samples. Each validated magnetic field sample is at least a minimum separation angle apart from every other validated magnetic field sample.