Total 6178 patents for "2012-08-16"

BUOYANCY FORCE-BASED LIQUID LEVEL MEASUREMENT

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120204636

Methods and apparatus are provided for measuring the liquid level within a reservoir based on the buoyancy force that the liquid imparts to a float member. a float member is at least partially submerged into a liquid in a reservoir. The float member is configured, upon being at least partially submerged into the liquid to a depth, to have a buoyancy force exerted thereon by the liquid that is proportional to the depth. The buoyancy force is transferred from the float member to a sensor, via a force transfer mechanism that is movable relative to the float member and the sensor.

AIRCRAFT TIRE PRESSURE LOOP LINK

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120206278

The aircraft tire pressure loop link is formed of first and second single metal loops connected by parallel spaced apart metal shafts, and provides for coupling a magnetic field between a wheel hub coil and a tire pressure sensor coil to provide electromagnetic communication between a control unit connect to the wheel hub coil and a tire pressure sensor connected to the tire pressure sensor coil. The current induced in the first single metal loop travels the distance from the edge of the wheel axle coil to the periphery of the of the wheel rim to the second single metal loop, which generates the flux in the tire pressure sensor receiver coil necessary to power the tire pressure sensor.

LEVEL-UP SHIFTER CIRCUIT

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120206180

A level-up shifter circuit is suitable for high speed and low power applications. The circuit dissipates almost no static power, or leakage current, compared to conventional designs and can preserve the signal's duty cycle even at high data rates. This circuit can be used with a wide range of power supplies while maintaining operational integrity.

SPRING CLIP

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120205508

A panel array support assembly has lower support joists supporting varied panel rails, to which are connected panel holding device or clips. The panel clips are spring-based and configured so that the length of each clip extends in a direction along the length of the panel rails. The panels are supported well inside of the edges extending in the same direction as the panel rails.

HALL-EFFECT PLASMA THRUSTER

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120206045

A Hall effect plasma thruster including an annular discharge channel around a main axis presenting an open downstream end and defined between an inner wall and an outer wall, at least one cathode, a magnetic circuit for creating a magnetic field in the channel, a pipe for feeding ionizable gas to the channel, an anode, and a manifold placed in the upstream end of the channel. The manifold is connected to the pipe and enables the ionizable gas to flow into the ionization zone of the channel in concentric manner around the main axis. The anode acts as a manifold, and the manifold includes a directional mechanism that gives rise at an outlet from the manifold to swirling motion of the gas around the main axis.

Method and apparatus for the nonsurgical correction of chest wall deformities

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120209161

One embodiment of a method and apparatus for the correction of pectus excavatum, having two arch shaped braces (22), made of a rigid durable material, and connected by a flexible belt (42 and 34), each half having the ability of applying positive pressure (26) to the flared ribs caused by the condition. Positive pressure is to be applied to the ribs while a suction cup or other device simultaneously pulls or pushes the sternum to a natural position. Other embodiments are described and shown.

ELECTRONIC INTERPERSONAL ADVERTISING IN A SOCIAL NETWORK ENVIRONMENT

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120209722

Described herein are systems and methods that facilitate interpersonal electronic advertising. An intended recipient of an electronic advertisement gives consumer information relating to a potential consumer transaction to an electronic advertisement suggester. The suggester then selects or suggests an electronic ad for the intended recipient. The suggester input relates to the consumer information and helps determine the ad. The interpersonal advertising systems and methods receive the electronic ad input from the suggester. The systems and methods then send the electronic ad to the intended recipient. Activating the electronic ad, such as when the recipient purchases a product or service related to the ad, may lead to compensation for the suggester.

APPARATUS FOR TRANSPORTING STRIP-LIKE MATERIAL

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120204791

An apparatus for transporting strip-like material, has a treatment roller and at least one transporting or strip-gliding roller. The at least one transporting or strip-guiding roller is arranged upstream or downstream of the treatment roller, and comprises a twisting roller having an axis of rotation which encloses an angle other than 0 in relation to an axis of rotation of the treatment roller. The twisting roller rotates the course taken by the strip-like material in relation to the course defined by the surface of the treatment roller.

ELECTRIC MOTOR HAVING AN END FRAME

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120205999

An end frame for an electro-dynamic machine. The end frame includes a radial bearing support surface disposed concentrically about the axis and an axial bearing support surface substantially perpendicular to the axis. A base wall is substantially perpendicular to the axis. A first annular wall is disposed concentrically about the axis and extends from the base wall to the axial bearing support surface. A second annular wall is disposed radially outward of the first annular wall and cooperates therewith to define an annular space that extends from the base wall to the axial bearing support surface. A first boundary wall extends across the annular space from the base wall to the axial bearing support surface. A metering wall extends across the annular space a portion of a distance from the base wall to the axial bearing support surface. The base wall, the axial bearing support surface, the first annular wall, the second annular wall, the first boundary wall and the metering wall cooperate to define a first chamber for receiving grease.

POLICY DECISION POINT OVERRIDE FOR CONTENT RATING

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120210342

A policy decision point override for content rating. Parental controls may be modified at a decision point. A content rating decision point includes memory configured for maintaining content metadata, wherein the memory includes a first field for storing a content provider assigned rating and a second field for storing a locally generated content rating for each of a plurality of content. A processor is coupled to the memory to receive input from a subscriber defining a locally generated content rating for rating presentation and rating-based control of content.

FEEDTHROUGH CONDUCTOR FOR ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120205150

The present disclosure relates to feedthrough contacts for electronic components of the type used in implantable stimulators such as, for example, cardiac pacemakers, ICDs, CRT-Ds, and/or neurostimulators. A feedthrough conductor includes a metallic electrode, wherein a part of the metallic electrode (2) has a locally enlarged diameter in the region of the passage through an opening (3) in the component housing (4). The ridge (5) formed as a result exerts pressure onto the elastic sealing material (6) disposed around the electrode (2) in a tubular shape, thereby producing a hermetic seal between the electrode surface and the sealing material (6), and between the sealing material (6) and the wall (4) of the housing opening (3). The feedthrough conductor is sealed using an adhesive material (7) on the outer side of the electronic component.

Multivalent Epitope in Complex with a Detection Marker for the Early Serodiagnosis of Infections

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120208176

The present invention relates to a new method to determine the presence of antibodies to a pathogen in a serological sample using a new detection reagent which comprises at least two and preferably at least four copies of an antigen from the pathogen and a detectable marker. The present invention also relates to a new detection reagent which consists of at least two and preferably at least four antigenic peptides in a complex with a detectable marker via interacting multimerization domains upon both the antigenic peptides and detectable marker.

METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING INFECTED ELECTRONIC FILES

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120206482

The invention relates to electronic engineering and in particular to a method for identifying infected electronic files on a display (monitor) of an electronic device, said infected electronic files being located in the electronic device or on the Internet. The aim of the proposed invention is to provide a novel method of identifying infected electronic files. As a result of the use of the proposed invention, the user of the electronic device or the Internet is provided with the possibility of discovering infected electronic files with the aid of different identification methods which distinguish infected electronic files from uninfected electronic files.

DEVICE WITH GAPS FOR CAPACITANCE REDUCTION

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120205819

A method for reducing capacitances between semiconductor devices is provided. A plurality of contact structures is formed in a dielectric layer. A mask is formed to cover the contact structures wherein the mask has mask features for exposing parts of the dielectric layer wherein the mask features have widths. The widths of the mask features are shrunk with a sidewall deposition. Gaps are etched into the dielectric layer through the sidewall deposition. The gaps are closed to form pockets in the gaps.

SHEET MATERIAL COMPRISING AT LEAST ONE WATERMARK HAVING A COLORED SHADE

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120205062

The present invention relates to a sheet material (2) comprising at least one first layer defining an outer surface of the sheet material and having at least one first color, at least one second layer comprising at least one watermark (6) and having at least one second color, the first and second colors having at least different saturations and/or hue angles.

NETWORK MULTI-PATH DISCOVERY

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120207161

Potential paths between a source and destination of a network are identified based on trace-route information, then filtered to eliminate paths or links that are not supported by ancillary information associated with the network so as to identify feasible/actual paths between the source and destination. The ancillary information includes, for example, routing tables and ARP tables. If a feasible path cannot be identified based on the ancillary information, supplemental information regarding nodes further along the potential path is assessed to provide a basis for inferring the nodes that may provide a feasible path. The determined feasible paths are displayed for review, and provided to serve as filters for subsequent path-analysis tools.

REVOLVING TICKET DISPLAY

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120205283

An apparatus and method for displaying lottery tickets consisting of a housing, rotatable display arms, a turning plate to rotate the display arms and tension holders that allow tickets to exert tension on the tension holders, thereby securing the position of the tickets.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PURIFYING WATER

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120205233

The present invention provides a method and apparatus for purifying water. The apparatus includes one or more fluid pipes for transporting a hot fluid and a heating unit capable of receiving the hot fluid from the one or more fluid pipes and water. The water is heated using the hot fluid to generate steam and a condensed fluid. The apparatus further comprises one or more steam pipes for transporting the steam and a fluid circulation pipe connected to the heating unit and the at least one fluid pipe. The fluid circulation pipe receives the condensed fluid from the heating unit. At least a portion of each steam pipe is arranged in a heat-exchanging relationship with the fluid circulation pipe for condensing the steam passing through each steam pipe using the condensed fluid to obtain purified water.

Tube head provided with an air non-return grid

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120204995

The present invention relates to a tube head for product of fluid to pasty consistency comprising

DELIVERY SYSTEM, GATEWAY, DELIVERY METHOD, AND PROGRAM

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120206645

Provided is a delivery system that responds to requests from various terminals and delivers content converted to be viewable/audible by the terminals. The delivery system includes a gateway that requests, if a temporary content accumulation apparatus does not store a moving image stream or moving image file receivable by a content-requesting-terminal, the external delivery server to transmit moving image content specified in a request message, generates a moving image stream or moving image file satisfying reception capability of the content-requesting-terminal, transmits the generated moving image stream or moving image file to the terminal, and stores the generated moving image stream or moving image file in the temporary content accumulation apparatus.

KEYPAD HAVING A METAL GRID FOR USE WITH A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120206361

A keypad for a portable electronic device includes a keymat having a plurality of actuation members and a plurality of key caps. Each of the plurality of key caps is associated with a respective one of the plurality of actuation members. The keypad further includes a metal grid disposed between the plurality of key caps and the keymat. The metal grid is adhered to a bottom surface of each of the plurality of key caps.

PICK-UP TRUCK BOX COVER

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120205939

A cover assembly for a pick-up truck cargo box includes first and second rails attachable at the sides of the box. A cover has a first resilient hinge strip connecting a first panel to a second panel and allowing the first panel to pivot relative to the second panel. A third panel is attached to the second panel by a second resilient hinge strip, which allows the second panel to pivot relative to the third panel. The panels are supported on the rails. Latches on the panels hold the panels onto the rails. The cover may be opened by sequentially releasing the latches and folding the panels over onto each other.

ENDLESS FLEXIBLE MEMBERS CONTAINING PHOSPHORUS FOR IMAGING DEVICES

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120207520

Flexible members for use in imaging devices comprise a polyamideimide comprising phosphorus.

CARBON NANOTUBE SOLAR POWER COLLECTION DEVICE

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120206085

Various embodiments of the present invention contemplates a variety of methods and techniques for fabricating a carbon nanotube (CNT) signal modulator for reducing, eliminating, or enhancing the resonance interaction between photonic elements, and a photonic transmission device that may incorporate the signal modulator. These fabrication techniques can be used to create a nanoantennas, rectennas, and efficient solar energy devices. For example, a photonic collection device can include an array of carbon nanofibers (CNFs), CNTs, nanowires or other suitable conducting material, each having functional antenna forms that are capable of harvesting electromagnetic radiation and directing electrons to a rectifying barrier to generate a DC current. Each CNF in the array can have a diameter and length suitable to allow for the havesting electromagnetic radiation within a range of desired wavelengths.

STATE DETECTING DEVICE AND STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A STATE DETECTING PROGRAM

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120209598

A state detecting device includes an input unit that receives an input voice sound; an analyzer that calculates a feature parameter of each of plurality of frames extracted from the voice sound; a calculator that calculates the average of the feature parameters of the frames, determines a threshold on the basis of the average and statistical data representing relationships between other averages of other feature parameters obtained from a plurality of speakers and cumulative frequencies of the other feature parameters, and calculates an appearance frequency of a frame that is among the plurality of frames and whose feature parameter is larger than the threshold; a determining unit that determines, on the basis of the appearance frequency, a strained state of a vocal cord that has made the voice sound; and an output unit that outputs a result of the determination.

Content Archive Model

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120210382

An archive model can be used for managing networked storage of recorded content, such as network DVR (digital video recorder) content. Content may be initially recorded to an active storage device, with individual duplicate copies recorded for each requesting user, and subsequently archived to an archive storage device. For playback, the content can be reconstituted into the active storage device prior to delivery to the requesting user. Content can be predictively reconstituted in anticipation of user needs, and the reconstitution capacity of the system can be dynamically reallocated for load balancing.

Method of Straightening Foundational Walls

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120204512

A wall straightening apparatus provides multiple independently controllable jacking members pressing outward on diagonal braces to push those braces against the wall to move the wall into a vertical alignment. Feedback control of the jacking members provides coordinated straightening of large wall sections with lessened cracking and distortion.

BIODEGRADABLE, NON-TOXIC BIOLOGICAL ADHESIVE FOR USE IN ABDOMINAL SURGERY

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120209324

A biological adhesive formulation comprising dextrin, at least one adhesiveness modifier agent, and at least one antibiotic is suitable for promoting healing of tissue in a patient, for example, to prevent anastomosis of a surgical wound in the digestive system of a patient, and for affixing prosthesis during a hernia operation in a patient and occluding a fistula within a patient.

METHOD FOR FORMING A SELF-ALIGNED ISOLATION STRUCTURE UTILIZING SIDEWALL SPACERS AS AN ETCH MASK AND REMAINING AS A PORTION OF THE ISOLATION STRUCTURE

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120208345

The present invention relates to methods for forming microelectronic structures in a semiconductor substrate. The method includes selectively removing dielectric material to expose a portion of an oxide overlying a semiconductor substrate. Insulating material may be formed substantially conformably over the oxide and remaining portions of the dielectric material. Spacers may be formed from the insulating material. An isolation trench etch follows the spacer etch. An optional thermal oxidation of the surfaces in the isolation trench may be performed, which may optionally be followed by doping of the bottom of the isolation trench to further isolate neighboring active regions on either side of the isolation trench. A conformal material may be formed substantially conformably over the spacer, over the remaining portions of the dielectric material, and substantially filling the isolation trench. Planarization of the conformal material may follow.

ELEVATOR LIFE SAFETY GATE

Pub Date: 2012-08-16

Pub Number: US20120205197

A gate below an elevator car which prevents access to an elevator hoistway. The gate slidably mounts behind a toe guard and retracts upwardly if the bottom of the gate encounters a person, object or the floor of the elevator pit during downward travel of the elevator. The gate latches when fully retracted so that it may be out of the way during maintenance. A microswitch is wired into the emergency stop circuit that engages when the gate is latched. A trip wire defining the bottom edge of the gate is also wired into the emergency stop circuit, so that the elevator will stop its downward travel if it encounters an obstruction. Rubber bumpers on the bottom edge of the gate cushion impact to people or objects who happen to be below the elevator car and are struck by the gate during downward elevator movement.