Total 6488 patents for "2016-03-31"

MUTANT BETA-GLUCURONIDASE ENZYMES WITH ENHANCED ENZYMATIC ACTIVITY

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160090582

Mutated -glucuronidase enzymes with enhanced enzymatic activity and thermostability as compared to wild type enzyme are provided. The enzymes of the invention advantageously allow for accurate analysis of bodily samples for the presence of drugs in 30 minutes or less, as compared to the several hours needed using prior enzyme preparations. Methods of using the mutated enzymes for hydrolysis of glucuronide substrates, including opiates and benzodiazepines, are also provided.

AUTOMATIC CREATION OF GRAPH TIME LAYER OF MODEL OF COMPUTER NETWORK OBJECTS AND RELATIONSHIPS

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160092623

A method and system create a model of a set of relationships between a set of parent computer network objects and a set of corresponding child computer network objects, over a period of time, and output a user interface graphing the model in a single view to illustrate the set of relationships over the period of time. The parent computer network objects include virtual machines and the child computer network objects include hosts. The user interface includes a search option to provide for a search of problems with the child computer network objects over the period of time.

GAS TURBINE ENGINE AIRFOIL COOLING PASSAGE CONFIGURATION

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160090844

A component for a gas turbine engine includes an exterior surface that provides pressure and suction sides. A cooling passage in the component includes a serpentine passageway that has first and second passes respectively configured to provide fluid flow in opposite directions from one another. The first pass includes first and second portions nested relative to one another and overlapping in a thickness direction. The first and second portions are adjacent to one another by sharing a common wall. The first portion is provided on the suction side. The second portion is provided on the pressure side.

EXPOSURE APPARATUS, EXPOSURE METHOD, AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160091800

An exposure apparatus includes: a projection optical system; an adjusting unit configured to adjust imaging characteristics of the projection optical system; and a controller configured to divide the plurality of shot regions into groups based on data of a shift in the pattern of each shot region and an order of the exposure, determine setting amounts of the imaging characteristics for each group, and control the adjusting unit to set the imaging characteristics to the setting amounts for each group. The setting amount is common to a plurality of shot regions in the group and varies among the groups. The controller performs the division such that the shot regions belonging to the same group have a sequential exposure order and all values of the shift in the shot regions belonging to the same group fall within a predetermined range.

SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ALERTS TO MEMBERS OF DEFINED LOCAL GEOGRAPHICAL GROUPS

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160094971

A system and method are disclosed for creating groups associated with defined geographical neighborhoods for the purpose of providing and distributing information to members of the neighborhood groups, and soliciting assistance from members of the neighborhood groups. For example, an alert concerning a missing child may be sent from a user device (e.g., smart phone) to a server located on the Internet for distribution to user devices of members of a neighborhood groups. The notified members, in turn, using their respective user devices, may send notifications to the alert-originating user (as well as other members) of their participation in the search for the missing child. Additionally, the notified members may send notifications to the alert-originating user of the finding of the lost child. Such features may also apply to other alerts and/or notifications sent to members of a neighborhood group.

PUNCHING DEVICE, PAPER SHEET PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160091856

A punching device includes: a punching member opens a punch hole on a sheet material on a die plate by penetrating a die hole provided to the die plate; a discharging member discharges static electricity charged on a punching chip generated by opening of the punch hole when the punching chip is guided to fall on the discharging member arranged on a lower side of the die hole and brought into contact with the discharging member; and a pressing member that presses the punching chip on the discharging member against the discharging member.

Tailstock Device

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160089725

A tailstock device includes a lower transport unit, a base seat, and a tool unit. The lower transport unit includes a lower transmission mechanism that has a lower leadscrew adapted to be rotatably installed on a bed of a lathe machine and extending in a lengthwise direction. The base seat threadedly engages the lower leadscrew and is driven movably by the transport unit along the lower leadscrew. The tool unit is mounted on the base seat, is movable relative to the base seat in a crosswise direction transverse to the lengthwise direction, and has a lathe center adapted to point toward a headstock of the lathe machine and a carriage adapted to be mounted with a deep-hole drilling tool. The carriage and the lathe center are arranged in the crosswise direction.

MODULE AUTO ADDRESSING IN PLATFORM BUS

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160092388

A system and approach for addressing modules on a platform bus that may incorporate a master module and one or more slave modules. The platform bus may run through sub-base connectors that interlock modules together on a rail. Addressing of the modules may occur automatically and dynamically in that the master module may have a first address by default, and a first slave module adjoining the master module may be assigned a second address. A second slave module adjoining the first slave module, if there is one, may be assigned a third address. Each of the other slave modules, adjoining a preceding slave module assigned an address, may be assigned a next address after an address assigned to a preceding slave module. Addresses may be assigned in a numerical order to each module based on a physical position of the respective module on a rail.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COLLECTING CONSUMER INFORMATION AND REWARDING CONSUMERS THEREFOR

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160092891

A method and system is provided for obtaining, verifying, maintaining and using consumer information of interest including consumer demographic information and consumer transaction information. The information is obtained with the consent and participation of the consumers, which ensures that the resulting databases do not include redundant records, thus reducing the amount of database storage required for the databases and enhancing the ability to search and process the information stored therein. Because consumers provide the system and method with access to their transaction service providers, the system and method can provide the clients of the system with the ability to measure the success of their marketing campaigns using the system.

VEHICLE ACOUSTIC CONTROL DEVICE, AND VEHICLE ACOUSTIC CONTROL METHOD

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160094928

A plurality of speakers disposed in a front and a rear of a passenger and a controller configured to control a sound field in a vehicle cabin by individually driving the plurality of speakers. The controller is configured, when an operation input for changing an acceleration/deceleration behavior of the vehicle is made, to set a normative acceleration/deceleration depending on the operation input, to detect an actual acceleration/deceleration, and to displace the sound field in the vehicle cabin in the direction of a change in the actual acceleration/deceleration behavior of the vehicle depending on the deviation of the actual acceleration/deceleration relative to the normative acceleration/deceleration. That is, a change of an acceleration/deceleration behavior depending on the operation input is rendered before the change of the actual acceleration/deceleration behavior of the vehicle.

PHOTON DETECTION APPARATUS AND ASSOCIATED METHODOLOGY TO ENABLE HIGH SPEED OPERATION

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160091617

A photon detection apparatus that includes a photon detector configured to detect single photons. The apparatus includes: a time-to-voltage converter circuit generating a signal proportional to the time interval the photon detector exceeds a reference threshold. Thus, it is the length of time the photon detector exceeds the threshold rather than integrated signal from the photon detector that indicates whether a photon is detected. A second threshold test then discriminates detection events based on the output signal from the time-to-voltage converter.

Method of setting the blood flow through the bloodstream of a live being and device for an indicator application

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160089035

Blood flow rate in the bloodstream of a live being is measured using glucose as an indicator continuously supplied to the bloodstream. A reference sample is taken in a selected of measured segment of the bloodstream and then, an indicator of known concentration and known flow is added to the bloodstream, whilewith a time delaythere is performed the taking of at least one blood sample from a measuring point, located downstream, while the resulting flow rate through the measured segment is set on the basis of a functional relationship.

TOUCH, PEN AND FORCE SENSOR OPERATION WITH VARIABLE REFRESH DISPLAYS

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160092010

Synchronization of display functions and various touch, stylus and/or force sensing functions for devices including a variable refresh rate (VRR) display is disclosed. In some examples, touch, stylus and/or force sensing functions can be synchronized with display frames and a display refresh rate can be adjusted by extended blanking of the display for one or more display frames. In other examples, touch, stylus and/or force sensing functions can be synchronized with display sub-frames and a display refresh rate can be adjusted by extended blanking of the display for one or more display sub-frames. Pre-warning synchronization signals can be generated to prepare one or more scan controllers to implement the appropriate scan events during and after extended blanking periods. Latency between the scan results and the corresponding image on the display can be corrected in software and/or firmware by time-stamping scan results or by dropping scan results from uncompleted scans.

Method for Producing Porous Articles from Alternating Poly(ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) and Articles Produced Therefrom

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160090430

Poly(ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) (ETFE) polymers having an average molecular weight of at least 300,000 g/mol and a melt enthalpy of at least 57 J/g are provided. The ETFE polymer may include at least one additional comonomer. The ETFE polymer is used to form a porous tape or membrane that has a node and fibril structure. A porous ETFE tape may be formed by lubricating the ETFE polymer and subjecting the lubricated polymer to pressure at a temperature below the melting point of the ETFE polymer. Optionally, the ETFE tape may be expanded at a temperature below the melting temperature of the ETFE polymer to form an expanded ETFE membrane. Alternatively, the ETFE polymer may subjected to heat and pressure without the addition of a lubricant to form a dense preform. The dense preform may be subsequently slit in a length direction and stretched to form a dense ETFE fiber.

ALUMINUM SPOT WELDING METHOD

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160089745

A welding tip (20) for spot welding a first part (22) formed of conductive metal, for example aluminum, to a second part (24) formed of aluminum or another conductive metal, such as steel, is provided. The welding tip (20) includes a notch (30) at a distal end (38) and a convex contact surface (28) extending radially outwardly and upwardly from the notch (30) for engaging a surface of the first part (22). The rotating welding tip (20) forms a depression (32) on the surface of the first part (22) during the welding process. The notch (30) creates a pin (34) in the center of the depression (32) which provides a fixed axis of rotation for the rotating welding tip (20) and prevents the welding tip (20) from moving radially relative to the fixed axis, thereby improving the quality of the final spot weld (36) and reducing process time.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISTRIBUTING CONTENT LOCALLY

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160094891

Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a content distribution device that receives a signal stream from a satellite including items of media content. The device selectively stores a first subset of the media content items at a storage device, according to a characteristic of a location proximate to the device. The device selectively stores a second subset of the items according to a history of user requests for content transmitted in proximity to the content distribution device. The device receives a request from a consumer device for an item in the first subset or the second subset, retrieves the item, and transmits the item to the consumer device via a wireless access channel. The transmitting is performed according to a short range wireless protocol without utilizing a long range wireless protocol. Other embodiments are disclosed.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE REGISTRATION, COMPENSATION, MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS OF PRODUCT OR CONTENT CUSTOMIZED PURCHASE OR SELLING

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160092905

The present invention refers to the customization of generic product and/or content purchase and/or offering, either comprising or not a social responsibility parameter by means of a system comprising the incorporation of a key, designated token, which solely identifies each item of said products. By means of an adequate incentive such as rendering a specific offer, the purchaser and/or recipient of the offer, will use this key to personally identify himself before the system, namely by means of a proper site on the Internet, through telephone line, SMS, MMS, WAP, among others. The present invention describes a system, database and co-related methods allowing the functionality. By means of this identification it is possible to convert generic product and/or content purchase and/or offering, either with or without a social responsibility parameter, into totally identified transactions, thus generating information and allowing its validation and promotion.

Air Gun with Sucking Function

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160089683

An air gun with sucking function comprises a gun body, an air intake control set and an airflow switching and controlling element. The air gun with sucking function of the present invention employs the airflow switching and controlling element disposed inside the gun tube of the gun body for switching an airflow flowing direction and converting an airflow ejection into a sucking airflow in order to meet various work requirements by switching to different functions. When it is switched for sucking airflow for cleaning, dust can be prevented from flying around and therefore is healthier for breathing.

DEVICE FOR IDENTIFYING CHANGE IN VERTICAL DIRECTION BY USING AIR PRESSURE MEASUREMENT VALUE

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160091309

An identifying device includes a vertical direction speed calculation unit configured to calculate a speed in a vertical direction of an air pressure measurement unit from an air pressure value measured by the air pressure measurement unit, the vertical direction speed determination unit configured to determine a magnitude of the speed in the vertical direction, a vertical direction continuous distance calculation unit configured to calculate a continuous distance of movement in the vertical direction based on the speed in the vertical direction calculated by the vertical direction speed calculation unit and the determination result of the vertical direction speed determination unit, and a vertical direction movement determination unit configured to determining whether the air pressure measurement unit is moving in the vertical direction or not in accordance with whether or not the vertical direction continuous distance is more than a predetermined threshold value.

Kiosk Providing High Speed Data Transfer

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160092034

This disclosure is directed at least partly to a kiosk that provides innovative user interfaces to engage a user and provide high speed data transfer of content to a user device associated with the user. The kiosk may be located in frequently visited locations such as airports. The kiosks may advertise content and provide instructions to users about how to receive some of the content on user devices via a high speed data transfer. The high speed data transfer may use high speed data transfer protocols that enable download of a standard definition full length movie (e.g., less than 1 GB of data) in less than a couple of seconds or download of a high definition full length movie (e.g., 2-3 GB of data) in a few seconds. Besides, movies, other content may be downloaded such as electronic documents, music, games, and other electronic media available from an electronic catalog.

SCREW DEVICE

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160091066

Provided is a screw device in which a sudden change in force on or a sudden change in the positions of the rolling members can be suppressed at the boundary between a helical loaded rolling-member rolling path and a return path of the screw device.

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160094749

An image reading apparatus includes a document feeder; a platen; an image reader configured to read the document, fed by the document feeder, through the platen; a memory; and a controller. The controller causes the image reader to read a reference plate at a predetermined reading position to generate read data, and detecting whether the read data has an abnormality; when the read data has the abnormality, stores a detection position; sets a reading position of the image reader in the sub-scanning direction to a set position spaced by a predetermined range or more from the detection position; when instruction to start reading is received, moves the image reader under standby at a standby position to arrange the image reader at the set position; and reads the document, fed by the document feeder, by the image reader.

Methods of Retaining and Refreshing Data in a Thyristor Random Access Memory

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160093357

A volatile memory array using vertical thyristors is disclosed together with methods of operating the array to read, write, retain and refresh data stored therein.

Single-Wire Communication with Adaptive Start-Bit Condition

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160092385

The present disclosure pertains to a wired network which includes a master device and a plurality of slave devices coupled to the master device by a wired connection. The master device includes control logic to determine whether information is to be sent to a slave device. In addition, the master device includes a transmitter to drive a logic level for a predetermined amount of time to address the slave device in response to the control logic to determine whether information is to be sent to a slave device.

USB CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160093970

A USB (Universal Serial Bus) plug connector includes an insulative housing, a number of terminals retained in the insulative housing, and a protector enclosing the insulative housing. The housing defines an upper surface, a bottom surface, a pair of side surfaces, and a front surface. The protector defines a front wall, a pair of side walls extending backwardly from two edges of the front wall, and a number of affixed portions extending backwardly from the front wall and located between the two side walls. The affixed portions are received in the insulative housing. The front wall of the protector encloses the front surface of the insulative housing and the side walls of the protector respectively enclose the side surfaces of the insulative housing to prevent the insulative housing from physically contacting with a mating USB receptacle connector.

Magnetic Refrigeration System with Improved Coaxial Valve

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160091227

A magnetic refrigeration system provides a rotary valve design that balances the forces needed to seal valve surfaces, reduces influence of wear on leakage, makes assembly and adjustment of the valve easier, reduces potential for bypass flows, reduces stress on and corrosion of the drive shaft, and provides a more compact system.

DETERMINING TIMING AND CONTEXT FOR CARDIOVASCULAR MEASUREMENTS

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160089033

The cardiovascular vital signs of a user are measured. One or more user activity metrics is received from one or more user activity sensors. A type of activity the user is currently engaged in is inferred from the received user activity metrics. Additional context that is associated with the inferred type of activity may also be identified. A determination is made as to if it is time to measure the cardiovascular vital signs of the user, where this determination is based on the inferred type of activity and may also be based on the identified additional context. Whenever it is determined to be time to measure the cardiovascular vital signs of the user, this measurement is made.

ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING A HEAT RADIATING UNIT

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160093550

An electronic device includes a first electronic unit, a second electronic unit disposed adjacent to the first electronic unit, and a heat radiating unit. The second electronic unit has a first portion and a second portion that is closer to the first electronic unit than the first portion. The heat radiating unit is disposed such that heat generated in the second portion of the second electronic unit is directed towards the first portion of the second electronic unit and from the first portion towards an outside of the electronic device.

WEARABLE SENSING BAND

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160089081

A wearable sensing band is presented that generally provides a non-intrusive way to measure a person's cardiovascular vital signs including pulse transit time and pulse wave velocity. The band includes a strap with one or more primary electrocardiography (ECG) electrodes which are in contact with a first portion of the user's body, one or more secondary ECG electrodes, and one or more pulse pressure wave arrival (PPWA) sensors. The primary and secondary ECG electrodes detect an ECG signal whenever the secondary ECG electrodes make electrical contact with the second portion of the user's body, and the PPWA sensors sense an arrival of a pulse pressure wave to the first portion of the user's body from the user's heart. The ECG signal and PPWA sensor(s) readings are used to compute at least one of a pulse transit time (PTT) or a pulse wave velocity (PWV) of the user.

RAPID MIGRATION TO MANAGED CLOUDS WITH MULTIPLE CHANGE WINDOWS

Pub Date: 2016-03-31

Pub Number: US20160092127

An image version of a source instance is prepared and is transferred to a destination environment. Two or more copies of the transferred image version of the source instance are created at the destination environment. The first copy of the transferred image version of the source instance is adjusted while the source instance is in use. The second copy of the transferred image version of the source instance is resynchronized with one or more changes made to the source instance. The adjustments made to the first copy of the source instance are applied to the resynchronized second copy of the source instance.