Total 7116 patents for "2018-01-25"

DISPLACEMENT DETECTING APPARATUS, TORQUE DETECTING APPARATUS, ROBOT APPARATUS AND DISPLACEMENT DETECTING METHOD

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180021957

The displacement detecting apparatus acquires a quantity of a relative rotational displacement between a scale and a detecting head, based on a change of outputs of the light-receiving elements. The displacement detecting apparatus acquires the quantity of the relative rotational displacement between the scale and the detecting head, by combining a quantity of a rough relative rotational displacement between the scale and the detecting head, which has been acquired from an output of the total of light quantities that are output from each of the light-receiving elements in the detecting head, with a quantity of a fine relative rotational displacement between the scale and the detecting head, which has been acquired from an incremental displacement signal that is output from each of the light-receiving elements in the detecting head.

SELECTIVE PORPHYRIN-CATALYZED ELECTROCHEMICAL REDUCTION OF CO2 INTO CO IN WATER

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180023204

The present invention relates to the use of complexes of water soluble porphyrins of formula (I) below wherein R 1 to R 10 and R 1 to R 10 are as defined in claim 1, with iron as catalysts for the selective electrochemical reduction of CO 2 into CO, electrochemical cells comprising them, and methods for reducing electrochemically CO 2 into CO using said complexes, or said electrochemical cells, thereby producing CO or syngas, in water as the solvent.

POWER ADAPTER

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180027674

A power adapter including a first substrate, a second substrate, a transformer and an insulating frame is provided. The first substrate includes a first terminal set. The second substrate includes a second terminal set. The transformer includes a primary side connection terminal and a secondary side connection terminal, wherein the primary side connection terminal is connected to the first terminal set and the secondary side connection terminal is connected to the second terminal set. The insulating frame is disposed between the first substrate and the second substrate, and the transformer leans against the insulating frame.

WRITING ENCODED DATA SLICES IN A DISPERSED STORAGE NETWORK

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180024887

A computing device of a dispersed storage network (DSN) includes a memory, interface and a processing module operable to identify an encoded data slice of the set of encoded data slices to produce an identified encoded data slice. The processing module generates a set of first write requests regarding the set of encoded data slices less the identified encoded data slice, and generates a set of second write requests regarding the identified encoded data slice. The set of second write requests include the identified encoded data slice and replications of the identified encoded data slice. The processing module sends the set of first write requests to storage units of the DSN, and sends the set of second write requests to a set of storage units of the DSN, where each storage unit of the set of storage units is sent a corresponding one of the set of second write requests.

HIGH-RELIABILITY MEMORY READ TECHNIQUE

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180025777

A data storage device includes a non-volatile memory and a controller coupled to the non-volatile memory. The controller is configured, based on a metric associated with a portion of the non-volatile memory, to store a read technique indicator that indicates that the portion is to be read using a high-reliability read technique.

Nonvolatile Nanotube Switches and Systems Using Same

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180025779

A non-volatile nanotube switch and memory arrays constructed from these switches are disclosed. A non-volatile nanotube switch includes a conductive terminal and a nanoscopic element stack having a plurality of nanoscopic elements arranged in direct electrical contact, a first comprising a nanotube fabric and a second comprising a carbon material, a portion of the nanoscopic element stack in electrical contact with the conductive terminal. Control circuitry is provided in electrical communication with and for applying electrical stimulus to the conductive terminal and to at least a portion of the nanoscopic element stack. At least one of the nanoscopic elements is capable of switching among a plurality of electronic states in response to a corresponding electrical stimuli applied by the control circuitry to the conductive terminal and the portion of the nanoscopic element stack. For each electronic state, the nanoscopic element stack provides an electrical pathway of corresponding resistance.

Dental Syringe

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180021541

A device or arrangement for a carpule for a dental syringe permits the harpoon on the distal end of the plunger rod to engage the rubber or rubber-like plug or piston of the carpule, but blocks the piston from being pulled out the open proximal end of the tubular glass body of the carpule. A preferred version has an apertured cap that fits onto the proximal end of the carpule, a retaining neck ring that fits onto the penetrable seal at the proximal end of the carpule, and a bar connecting them. The bar also serves as a grip to assist in handling the carpule.

DIRECTED PER BANK REFRESH COMMAND

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180025771

A memory device includes a per bank refresh counter applicable to multiple banks in a group. The memory device increments a row address counter only when the per bank refresh counter is reset. The memory device receives a per bank refresh command from an associated memory controller, and performs a per bank refresh in response to receiving the per bank refresh command. The memory device refreshes a row identified by a row address counter for a bank identified by the per bank refresh command. The memory device increments the per bank refresh counter in response to receiving the per bank refresh command, and increments the row address counter when the per bank refresh counter is reset, either by rolling over or by a reset condition.

Power semiconductor device

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180026102

A power semiconductor device is described. The device comprises a silicon carbide substrate and a layer of monocrystalline silicon having a thickness t Si no more than 5 m disposed directly on the substrate or directly on an interfacial layer having a thickness no more than 100 nm which is disposed directly on the substrate. The device comprises a lateral transistor, such as a laterally-diffused metal oxide semiconductor transistor or lateral insulated gate bipolar transistor, comprising first and second contacts laterally-spaced contact regions disposed in the monocrystalline silicon layer.

MULTI-CONTRAST SIMULTANEOUS MULTISLICE MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING WITH BINOMIAL RADIO-FREQUENCY PULSES

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180024214

In a magnetic resonance apparatus and a method for operating the MR apparatus to acquire MR data in a single scan with different contrasts, nuclear spins in multiple slices of an examination subject are simultaneously excited in a single scan, with a simultaneous multi-slice acquisition sequence, in which a radio-frequency multi-band binomial pulse is radiated.

DEVICE AND METHOD OF UPLINK POWER CONTROL

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180027498

A method of uplink power control including generating a transmission power control (TPC) sequence from TPC commands received on a series of slots, the series of slots forming one radio frame, calculating a plurality of correlation results by executing correlation calculations between the TPC sequence and a plurality of command sequences, and determining an overall TPC command based on the plurality of correlation results may be provided.

SYSTEM FOR TRICUSPID VALVE REPAIR

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180021133

A system for repairing a tricuspid valve in a patient's heart; a first shaft; a first disc removably mounted on the first shaft; a second shaft coaxially aligned with, and slideable in relation to, the first shaft; a second disc removably mounted on the second shaft, wherein the second disc is positioned proximal of the first disc; and wherein the first disc includes a plurality of openings positioned on an outer perimeter of the first disc, and a first cinch wire extending through the plurality of openings and thence through the catheter to the proximal end, the first cinch wire being tensionable for reducing the outer perimeter of the first disc.

SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC GENERATION DEVICE

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180026474

In a case where it is determined that a generated electric power of a solar panel is less than a predetermined value, a control unit of a solar photovoltaic generation device is configured to disconnect a solar battery from first and second electric power conversion units, stop power supply to the first electric power conversion unit to execute power saving control, and store an open circuit voltage (reference voltage) of the solar panel after the execution of the power saving control. In a case where the open circuit voltage of the solar panel exceeds a reference voltage continuously for a predetermined time after the execution of the power saving control, the control unit is configured to connect the solar battery to the first and second electric power conversion units, and start power supply to the first electric power conversion unit to release the power saving control.

Ventilation Apparatus For Footwear

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180020768

A ventilation apparatus including at least one flexible energy storage device (FESD), a switching unit, a pump, and a fluid diffuser is provided. The FESD flexibly conforms to varying contours of footwear. The FESD positioned at one or more locations of the footwear supplies electrical energy to the pump via the switching unit. The switching unit in communication with the FESD and the pump selectively changes modes of operation of the pump. The pump attached to the footwear pumps fluid into and exhausts fluid from a cavity of the footwear. A feed pipe of the fluid diffuser connected to the pump, within the cavity of the footwear, transfers the fluid pumped from the pump to the cavity of the footwear during a pump mode and transfers the fluid in the cavity of the footwear to an ambient environment external to the footwear during an exhaust mode for ventilating the footwear.

COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM, PARTICLE SIMULATION METHOD, AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180023988

A particle simulation program is disclosed. A computer forms a particle generation surface in a vicinity of an inflow port. The computer forms a particle disappearance surface representing a boundary to eliminate particles depending on the particle generation surface. The computer performs a particle simulation, in which the particles of fluid filled in a vessel are flowed out from the inflow port. The computer periodically generates the particles from the particle generation surface. The computer eliminates a particle crossing out of the particle disappearance surface.

MACHINE STRUCTURAL MEMBER WITH NESTING LINEAR SLIDES

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180023623

An improved design and method is disclosed that uses a novel nesting linear slide which incorporates machine tool slides or ways into a structural member. The design simplifies the fabrication and assembly of components requiring accurate sliding alignment, such as milling machine bases, saddles, tables and columns. Due to the use of the single piece, which replaces multiple pieces in the prior art, fabrication and assembly costs are also significantly lower. The invention also enables a method of construction utilizing the novel single shape component which simplifies the assembly of machines requiring sliding surfaces with accurate alignment. The invention essentially comprises a single structural element that includes both male and female sliding members. By nesting two of the single structural elements it is possible to create sliding joints for machine tool bases, saddles, tables, and columns, as well as a wide variety of other sliding joints, in an extremely cost-effective manner. The simplicity and low cost of the method will be especially advantageous in the manufacture of small machine tools and other machines intended for higher volume production.

Methods and Apparatus for Three-Dimensional Printed Composites Based on Flattened Substrate Sheets

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180022065

A 3D object according to the invention involves substrate layers infiltrated by a hardened material. The 3D object may be fabricated by a method comprising the following steps: Flatten a substrate layer. Position powder on all or part of a substrate layer. Repeat this step for the remaining substrate layers. Stack the substrate layers. Transform the powder into a substance that flows and subsequently hardens into the hardened material. The hardened material solidifies in a spatial pattern that infiltrates positive regions in the substrate layers and does not infiltrate negative regions in the substrate layers. In a preferred embodiment, the substrate is carbon fiber and excess substrate is removed by abrasion. Flattening a substrate layer involves reducing planar inconsistencies or imperfections, and comprises applying heat to each substrate layer, cooling the substrate layers, and optionally applying tension and/or pressure to the heated and cooled substrate layers.

HYPOTONIC HYDROGEL FORMULATIONS FOR ENHANCED TRANSPORT OF ACTIVE AGENTS AT MUCOSAL SURFACES

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180021435

Hypotonic formulations of hydrogel forming polymers, preferably poloxamers, have been developed for enhanced delivery through mucosa of therapeutic, diagnostic, prophylactic or other agents, to epithelial tissues, especially those having a mucosal coating. The polymers are administered at a concentration above, at or less than their critical gelling concentration (CGC) under isotonic conditions. The hypotonicity of the formulation is adjusted so that the polymer gels at the lower concentration. A Poloxamer gel administered into the vagina or colorectum at its CGC will form a plug of gel in the lumen.

METHOD FOR SECURE SYNCHRONIZATION AND PAIRING BETWEEN DEVICES AND APPARATUS USING THE METHOD

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180025146

An electronic device includes a biomedical sensor configured to generate a first signal by detecting a biomedical signal, a motion sensor configured to generate a second signal by detecting a motion, and a communication interface configured to provide a secure communication channel with another electronic device, and receive a third signal through the secure communication channel. The electronic device further includes a controller configured to generate a secret key for the secure communication channel, based on the first signal, and determine whether to perform a predetermined function, based on the second signal and the received third signal.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RETRACTING BODY TISSUE

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180021033

A method for retracting body tissue providing a retractor system that includes a rail having two opposed widened rail portions separated by a narrowed portion, each widened portion engageable by a separate clamp. The clamps are configured to support the rail to a fixed surface, or to support a surgical device. Each clamp may independently be positioned or slid along the rail to a desired location without interference with a clamp on an opposing widened rail portion. A device clamp is formed of spherical mating portions which enable alignment of a surgical device along six degrees of freedom, and tightenable by securing a single fastener. A retractor blade mount enables an angular and tilting disposition of a retractor blade, as well as remote manipulation of the retractor blade.

STAGED POWER ON/OFF SEQUENCE AT THE I/O PHY LEVEL IN AN INTERCHIP INTERFACE

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180024963

A method, system, and/or computer program product controls transitions from a first bandwidth to a second bandwidth in a bus within a multi-processor computer. A bus controller predicts a bandwidth transition requirement for a bus in a multi-processor computer, and transitions the bus from a first bandwidth to a second bandwidth based on the predicted bandwidth transition requirement. The bus controller checks an actual transitioning requirement of the bus in the computer, such that the bus controller checks the actual transitioning requirement for the bus at each occurrence of a predefined stage of operation of one or more processor processors in the computer. In response to the actual transitioning requirement matching the predicted bandwidth transition requirement, the bus controller directions a continuation of the transitioning of the bus from the first bandwidth to the second bandwidth.

TRANSMISSION METHOD FOR TRIGGER FRAME BY A 802.11ax ACCESS-POINT

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180027453

A wireless communication method in a wireless network comprising an access point and a plurality of stations. The method includes selecting a transmission mode among a first and a second transmission modes, wherein access to a communication channel in the first transmission mode uses a contention mechanism with stations of the network, while access to the communication channel in the second transmission mode uses a preemption mechanism; sending a trigger frame to the stations using the selected transmission mode, the trigger frame reserving a transmission opportunity on at least one communication channel of the wireless network and defining resource units forming the communication channel and including a plurality of resource units that the stations can access for sending data; and receiving data from stations over the defined resource units.

SIMPLIFIED SCHEDULE PROGRAMMING OF AN HVAC CONTROLLER

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180023838

An HVAC controller may be configured to control one or more HVAC components within an HVAC system. The HVAC controller may include a user interface, such as but not limited to a touchscreen display, that enables a user to view and/or manipulate settings within the HVAC controller including but not limited to parameters within a programmable schedule. In some cases, the HVAC controller may provide the user with a better user experience when viewing or editing the programmable schedule.

BIOMECHANICAL AND ERGONOMICAL ADJUSTABLE CRUTCH

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180021202

A rotatable shock absorber assembly for a crutch. A guide pin is removably fixable within the upper portion of a support leg. A piston comprises a flange arranged proximate a saddle, comprising a top surface having two or more arcuate rotation grooves defined therein, and a main body defining an elongate slot enabling the guide pin to be inserted therethrough, such that the piston can translate along the elongate axis relative to the guide pin. A joint, can operably couple the piston to the saddle. The joint can rotate about the elongate axis relative to the piston. A biasing mechanism is configured to urge the piston along the elongate axis toward the armpit of the user whereby the saddle can be held stable in the armpit of the user and the support leg can rotate about, and translate along the elongate axis during use.

Exercise Methods and Apparatus

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180021617

An exercise apparatus includes a cable that is pulled from a sheave when the extraction force is sufficient to rotate a drum that is linked to the sheave. A brake material is sandwiched between the drum and at least one tension band to provide adjustable resistance to rotation of the drum. A knob is rotated to adjust tension in the at least one tension band without adversely affecting tension in the brake material. Indicia associated with rotation of the knob show changes in the resistance level as the knob rotates through more than one complete revolution.

Hopper Transportable In Parts And Assembly Method

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180022259

Embodiments of the invention relate to hoppers for heavy trucks and, more particularly, to hoppers capable of being moved in parts and methods for assembly thereof. In some embodiments, such hoppers comprise a front part, a hood in two parts, two side front parts, two intermediate side sections, two side floor sections, two central floor sections, base plates being joined by welds and secondary joints joined by bolted flanges.

BOND-OVER-ACTIVE CIRCUITY GALLIUM NITRIDE DEVICES

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180026123

Implementations of semiconductor devices may include: a first layer with a plurality of cells, each cell having a drain finger, a source finger and a gate ring; a second layer having a drain pad and a source pad, the drain pad having a width and a source pad having a width substantially the same as the drain pad; wherein a width of each drain finger of the first layer is wider than a width of each source finger of the first layer; and wherein each drain pad is coupled to each drain finger through a first contact and the source pad is coupled to each source finger through a second contact, where a width of the first contact is wider than a width of the second contact.

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUDIO BROADCAST USING LIGHTING DEVICES

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180027327

The present disclosure provides an audio broadcast system and method. The audio broadcast system includes a primary device including a primary wireless communication module and an audio broadcast module; and one or more secondary devices each including a secondary wireless communication module and an audio broadcast module. The primary device and the one or more secondary devices form a wireless transmitting linking path. The primary device is configured to receive a first audio data from an external device, and to send the first audio data to the one or more secondary devices by using the primary wireless communication module. Further, the secondary wireless communication module is configured to receive the first audio data from the primary device or from a different connecting secondary device; and the audio broadcast modules of the primary device and the one or more secondary devices are configured to broadcast the first audio data.

MOUNTING DEVICE

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180023628

An apparatus is provided for connecting a rotary shaft to a rotatable machine element. The apparatus includes and inner sleeve for clamping onto the shaft and an outer sleeve for clamping onto the machine element. The inner and outer sleeves have cooperating tapered surfaces for tightening the apparatus. The cooperating tapered surfaces include striations. A nut connected with the inner and outer sleeves is rotatable to drive the inner sleeve relative to the outer sleeve in a first direction to tighten the inner sleeve onto the shaft and the outer sleeve onto the machine element. A method is also provided for forming a mounting device for connecting a machine element with a rotary shaft.

SELF-TRIGGERED RFID APPARATUS FOR MONITORING THE ACTIVITY QUANTITY OF ANIMALS

Pub Date: 2018-01-25

Pub Number: US20180020643

An apparatus or a method for detecting activity quantity of an object includes a sense unit, a count unit, a trigger unit, and a radio circuit. The sense unit senses movements of the object, and generates a sensing signal based on the sensed movements. The count unit receives the sensing signal from the sense unit, counts a number of the movements from the sensing signal, and generates a movement number signal including the number of the movements. The trigger unit generates a trigger signal based on whether one or more trigger conditions are satisfied. The radio circuit is triggered in response to the trigger signal, to generate an activity quantity signal based on the movement number signal and ID information corresponding to the object.