Total 7874 patents for "2018-02-01"


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180031376

System and methods for computing true wind and true current are described. True wind estimation occurs through automatic calibration of data obtained from data acquisition devices (102, 114, 116, 118, 120). Real-time boat performance information is generated through automatic target speed computation. Maneuvers are found in data obtained from the data acquisition devices (102, 114, 116, 118, 120) and, if properly calibrated, wind just prior to a maneuver should be the same as measured wind just after the maneuver. If the measured wind values are not equal, the sum of the wind difference over all maneuvers is minimized.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180029226

A computer-implemented method includes recording one or more demonstrations of a task performed by a user. Movements of one or more joints of the user are determined from the one or more demonstrations. By a computer processor, a neural network or Gaussian mixture model incorporating one or more contraction analysis constraints is learned, based on the movements of the one or more joints of the user, the one or more contraction analysis constraints representing motion characteristics of the task. A first initial position of a robot is determined. A first trajectory of the robot is determined to perform the task, based at least in part on the neural network or Gaussian mixture model and the first initial position.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180029045

An oil separator separating mist oil from processing-target gas includes: a case, a first partition wall and a lower, second partition wall, both partitioning vertically an internal space of the case; a partition dividing a space between the first and second partition walls into an introduction path and a first chamber; a supply hole vertically penetrating the second partition wall from the introduction path to a separation chamber; a communication hole vertically penetrating the second partition wall from the first chamber to the separation chamber; a rotor in the separation chamber; a center-side space in a center part of the rotor, the center-side space communicating with the supply hole through an open, upper part of the center-side space. The rotor separates the mist oil from the processing-target gas flowing from the center-side space to an outer periphery of the rotor, where the separated oil is emitted. The processing-target gas flows into the first chamber through the communication hole.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180033355

A display device includes a substrate having a display area and a non-display area. A plurality of pixels is disposed in the display area of the substrate. A plurality of data lines is connected to the plurality of pixels. A crack sensing line is connected to at least one of the plurality of data lines. The crack sensing line is disposed in the non-display area of the substrate. A dummy pattern layer is connected to the crack sensing line.

Filling Method and Filling Apparatus

Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180033613

This filling method includes a step of depressurizing a processing chamber, a step of bringing a filling material into contact with a surface of a wafer, a step of filling by differential pressure fine spaces of the wafer with the filling material by applying a pressure onto an entire surface of the filling material on a side opposite to the wafer, and a step of baking the filling material throughout the wafer.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180034237

To provide a laser device including an electrically conductive member, which shortens an operation time during electrical connection of laser diode modules, appropriately performs positioning during connection, is highly effective in reducing the number of processes, is highly versatile, and has a simple structure. The laser device includes: a plurality of laser diode modules each including two electrodes; and an electrically conductive member for electrically connecting the electrodes of different ones of the laser diode modules through soldering. The electrically conductive member includes: two electrode insertion portions respectively corresponding to the two electrodes of the laser diode modules; and at least one or more bent portions formed between the two electrode insertion portions, and the electrically conductive member has an overall shape such that a barycenter thereof is located substantially on a straight line that connects the two electrode insertion portions.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180028813

Systems and methods are disclosed for selectively reinforcing or weakening memory associations. At least one current generator provides an electrical current including a plurality of oscillating pulses with at least one predetermined frequency. A user interface includes at least one output device for delivering a sensory stimulus to a user and at least one user input device for registering a response to the stimulus. At least one processor determines from the response, based on at least one predetermined standard, whether an underlying memory association is desired or undesired and respectively sets the at least one predetermined frequency to be a beta or theta frequency. Consequently, the electrical current is generated and administered, via at least one electrode pair, thereby stimulating at least one specific portion of the user's brain so as to reinforce or weaken the underlying memory association.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180033389

The invention provides a GOA circuit for LTPS-TFT, by adding the twelfth and thirteenth TFTs (T12, T13) controlled by output ends (G(n1), G(n+1)) of (n1)-th and (n+1)-th GOA units, the drain of twelfth TFT T12 connected through the fourth node (W1( n )) to source of first TFT (T1), the drain of first TFT (T1) connected to output end of (n1)-th GOA unit, the drain of thirteenth TFT (T13) connected through the fifth node W2( n ) to source of third TFT (T3), the drain of third TFT (T3) connected to output end of (n+1)-th GOA unit; the first and third TFTs (T1, T3) controlled respectively by the forward and backward scan DC control signals (U2D, D2U) to reduce leakage of twelfth TFT (T12) in forward scanning and leakage of thirteenth TFT (T13) in backward scanning. As such, the leakage in key TFTs is reduced and GOA circuit stability is improved.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180031139

A valve actuator assembly having an actuator housing coupled to a bonnet and a housing lid. A hydraulic cylinder is positioned within the actuator housing and directly coupled to the bonnet. A piston is positioned within the hydraulic cylinder and coupled to a spring lifter assembly and a spring is positioned within the actuator housing and having a first end and a second end, the first end being coupled to a lower surface of the housing lid, and the second end being coupled to the spring lifter assembly. An operating stem is coupled to the piston and positioned in a channel extending through the bonnet to a valve body assembly.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180029589

A method of controlling a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle including an electric propulsion system, an engine, and a catalytic converter associated with the engine, the method comprising: monitoring a state of charge of a battery of the vehicle when in a charge depletion mode; determining a rate of depletion of the state of charge; estimating from the rate of depletion a duration of a depletion period representing the time remaining until a minimum state of charge of the battery will be reached; determining a duration of a warming period of the catalytic converter; comparing the duration of the depletion period and the duration of the warming period; and activating the engine if the duration of the depletion period is less than or equal to the duration of the warming period.

Method and Device for Increasing the Stability and Maneuverability of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) using a Gyroscopic Effect

Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180029695

Proposed method and device could be applied as controlling system facilitating the maneuverability and stabilization parameters of UAV, as well as various flight objects and small satellites. The aim of the invention is to reduce the occurrences of imbalances of UAV in strong wind or atmospheric turbulence situations and simultaneously rehabilitation of maneuverability and stabilization parameters without increasing flight speed.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180028115

A conductive fabric including a fabric and a wiring provided on the fabric, wherein the wiring has a first insulating layer formed on the fabric, a conductive layer provided on the first insulating layer, and a second insulating layer provided on the conductive layer, and wherein in a stretching test in which the conductive fabric is stretched by a stretching rate of 10% in a stepwise manner up to a stretching rate of 100% in a longitudinal direction of the wiring, a resistance change ratio when stretched at a stretching rate of 100% is 100-fold or less, the resistance change ratio when stretched at a stretching rate of 100% being represented by an equation: R 100 / R 0 (fold), where R 0 is a resistance value at a stretching rate of 0% and R 100 is a resistance value when stretched at a stretching rate of 100%. The conductive fabric is capable of maintaining high electrical conductivity even upon being stretched.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180032336

The present application discloses a processor and a method for executing an instruction on a processor. A specific implementation of the processor includes: a host interaction device, an instruction control device, an off-chip memory, an on-chip cache and an array processing device, wherein the host interaction device is configured to exchange data and instructions with a host connected with the processor, wherein the exchanged data has a granularity of a matrix; the off-chip memory is configured to store a matrix received from the host, on which a matrix operation is to be performed; and the instruction control device is configured to convert an external instruction received from the host to a series of memory access instructions and a series of computing instructions and execute the converted instructions. The implementation can improve the execution efficiency of a deep learning algorithm.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180029648

A pillar for a motor vehicle bodywork is disclosed having a main element with an upper coupling section for attaching to a roof frame, and a secondary element composed of metallic alloy. The secondary element is connected in a planar fashion at least over certain sections of the main element, and the main element has a middle layer composed of a hardened steel alloy, and at least one outer layer which bounds the middle layer toward the outside.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180028709

[Object] It is possible to efficiently perfume using a relatively small amount of fragrance material while an increase in size of a perfuming device is minimized.

Methods For Patterning A Magnetic Sensing Layer

Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180033955

The present disclosure is directed towards a method for patterning a magnetic sensing layer. The method includes disposing a protective layer on a first of a substrate, disposing a first insulating layer on a first surface of protective layer. An opening is formed in the first insulating layer to expose the first surface of the protective layer. A magnetic sensing layer is disposed over the first insulating layer and a predetermined portion of the first surface of the protective layer within the opening. A second insulating layer can be disposed over the magnetic sensing layer. The second insulation layer and the magnetic sensing layer can be removed from the first insulation layer. Thus, the opening includes the magnetic sensing layer and the second insulation layer after the removal of the second insulation layer and magnetic sensing layer from the first insulation layer.

Data-Driven Product Grouping

Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180032916

Data for a plurality of entities that can be offered a plurality of products can be obtained. The data can include categorical data and numeric data. Based on business constraints, some of all of the data can be selected. The selected data can be converted to another set of numeric data, wherein the categorical values are converted to numeric values. Dimensions of the converted data can be reduced to generate another set of data. Based on this another set of data, clusters of entities can be formed. The products can be grouped by assigning a unique product identifier of each product to a corresponding cluster. This grouping of products can be used by a predictive model to predict a likelihood of an entity to purchase a particular product in a future time period. Related methods, apparatus, systems, techniques and articles are also described.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180031288

Systems and methods to control an electronic expansion valve (EEV) of a vapor compression system are described. A heating ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system includes control circuitry having a sensor. The control circuitry sets a control setpoint of a vapor compression system such that an electronic expansion valve operates across a first operating range. The control circuitry receives a signal from the sensor indicative of an operating condition of the vapor compression system. The control circuitry adjusts the control setpoint based at least in part on the operating condition. The control circuitry controls operation of the electronic expansion valve based at least in part on the adjusted control setpoint, wherein the electronic expansion valve operates across a second operating range, different from the first operating range, at the adjusted control setpoint.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180031126

When an engagement-side clutch taking charge of rotation control in a downshift is the same as a rotation control clutch in the previous gear shift or a clutch of which the engagement has been switched in the previous gear shift, there is a likelihood that clutch hydraulic controllability will decrease and the clutch hydraulic controllability is secured by delaying start of the gear shift. It is possible to execute a gear shift which is a downshift without unnecessary waiting by setting a delay time by which the start of the gear shift is delayed depending on an accelerator depression amount such that the delay time is shorter when the accelerator depression amount is small than when the accelerator depression amount is large.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180029432

A vehicle height adjustment device includes: a pressure tank capable of storing air in a compression state; a plurality of vehicle height adjustment units that are provided in correspondence with wheels of a vehicle and individually adjust vehicle heights at the respective wheels by supplying the air from the pressure tank or returning the air to the pressure tank; an information acquisition unit that acquires turn route information during travel of the vehicle; and a control unit that raises the vehicle height at the vehicle height adjustment unit on a turn outer side more than the vehicle height at the vehicle height adjustment unit on a turn inner side such that the vehicle takes a tilt posture on the basis of the turn route information when the vehicle turns.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180031804

Provided are an optical lens assembly and an electronic device. The optical lens assembly includes a first lens having a positive refractive power, a second lens having a positive or negative refractive power, and a third lens having a negative refractive power. The first lens, the second lens, and the third lens are sequentially arranged from an object side to an image side of an optical axis, the object side facing an object for image capture and the image side facing an image plane of an image sensor. The optical lens assembly and the electronic device may be configured to perform, for example, iris recognition for user authentication.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180033780

Methods of protecting semiconductor devices may involve cutting partially through a thickness of a semiconductor wafer to form trenches between stacks of semiconductor dice on regions of integrated circuitry of the semiconductor wafer. A protective material may be dispensed into the trenches and to a level at least substantially the same as a height of the stacks of semiconductor dice. Material of the semiconductor wafer may be removed from a back side thereof at least to a depth sufficient to expose the protective material in the trenches. A remaining thickness of the protective material between the stacks of semiconductor dice may be cut through.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180033861

An electronic device can include a transistor having a drain region, a source region, a dielectric layer, and a gate electrode. The dielectric layer can have a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion is relatively thicker and closer to the drain region; the second portion is relatively thinner and closer to the source region. The gate electrode of the transistor can overlie the first and second portions of the dielectric layer. In another aspect, an electronic device can be formed using two different dielectric layers having different thicknesses. A gate electrode within the electronic device can be formed over portions of the two different dielectric layers. The process can eliminate masking and doping steps that may be otherwise used to keep the drain dopant concentration closer to the concentration as originally formed.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180034448

According to one general aspect, an apparatus may include a power header and a logic circuit. The power header may include a gate terminal, a first channel terminal, a second channel terminal, and a bulk terminal coupled with a first voltage power signal. The power header may be configured to perform one of dynamically coupling or decoupling a logic circuit with the first voltage power signal. The logic circuit may include a bulk terminal coupled with a second voltage power signal and a power terminal that is either dynamically coupled or decoupled, as determined by the power header, with the first voltage power signal. A power sequencing signal may be included in the apparatus and may be configured to control the power header such that, when active, the power header couples the logic circuit with the first voltage power signal after the second voltage power signal is high.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180032283

A method of operating a storage device includes receiving a write task from a host device. The method also includes storing the write task in a task queue included in the storage device. A write execution command is received from the host device. The method includes executing the write task in response to the write execution command and performing an internal management operation of the storage device after the write task is stored in the task queue and before the write execution command is received. The response time of the storage device to the write execution command is reduced and performance of the system is enhanced by performing the internal management operation such as the data backup operation during the queueing stage and the ready stage in advance before receiving the write execution command


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180034089

Systems and methods are provided for incorporating molten carbonate fuel cells into a heat recovery steam generation system (HRSG) for production of electrical power while also reducing or minimizing the amount of CO 2 present in the flue gas exiting the HRSG. An optionally multi-layer screen or wall of molten carbonate fuel cells can be inserted into the HRSG so that the screen of molten carbonate fuel cells substantially fills the cross-sectional area. By using the walls of the HRSG and the screen of molten carbonate fuel cells to form a cathode input manifold, the overall amount of duct or flow passages associated with the MCFCs can be reduced.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180029896

A process for producing one or more products from a lignocellulosic feedstock comprising treating the lignocellulosic feedstock to produce sugar in one or more stages comprising addition of acid, base or a combination thereof and introduction of heat. The addition of the acid, base, or a combination thereof produces a salt. The sugar is fermented to produce a fermentation product and the fermentation product is recovered. A stream comprising the salt is treated by wet oxidation with the introduction of heat. A stream comprising salt resulting from the wet oxidation is provided for use as a salt product or a process chemical for introduction within the process. Heat from the wet oxidation may be supplied to any stage of the process in which heat is introduced.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180029116

A pouring machine is provided to constantly maintain the level of the surface of melt without a leak, or the like, to maintain a necessary and sufficient pouring rate. The pouring machine (1) that pours molten metal from a container into molds in a line comprises a bogie (10) that travels along the molds; a mechanism (20) for moving the container back and forth that moves the container perpendicularly to the direction that the bogie travels; a mechanism (40) for tilting the container that tilts the container; a weight detector (50) that detects the weight of molten metal in the container; a surface-of-melt detector (60) that detects the level at a pouring cup (110) of a mold (100); and a controller (70) that controls the angle of the tilt of the container by using the detected level and the detected weight.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180034450

A phase generation circuit is disclosed. The circuit includes a ramp generation circuit arranged to generate a ramp signal in synchronization with a synchronization clock signal. A phase selection circuit generates a reference signal in response to a phase selection signal. A comparator has a first input terminal coupled to receive the ramp signal and a second input terminal coupled to receive the reference signal. The comparator produces a phase clock signal at an output terminal.


Pub Date: 2018-02-01

Pub Number: US20180031485

Disclosed is a design for distributed optic fiber sensors and a corresponding method for sensing chemical concentrations with distributed fiber optic sensors, which utilizes segments of optical fiber which incorporate multiple sensing locations along the fiber. The distributed sensors incorporated into the optic fiber generate signals which are simultaneously detected and combined to produce a resultant signal with the effective optic fiber sensor length equal to that of the corresponding fiber segment.