Total 9071 patents for "2018-03-01"

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS THAT FORMS AN IMAGE WITH A DECOLORABLE MATERIAL ON AN RFID TAG

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180056697

An image forming apparatus includes a first image forming unit configured to form an image with a decolorable material, a second image forming unit configured to form an image with a non-decolorable material, an RFID processor configured to write data in an RFID tag, a memory unit for storing a table indicating one or more attributes associated with the decolorable material and one or more attributes associated with the non-decolorable material, and a controller configured to control the first image forming unit to carry out image forming on a medium including the RFID tag for information of which attribute is associated with the decolorable material in the table, and control the second image forming unit to carry out image forming on the medium for information of which attribute is associated with the non-decolorable material in the table.

DISPLAY DEVICE AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180061358

Disclosed are a display device and a driving method thereof, which when a frame having a long time length and a frame having a short time length are alternately provided, prevent a DC voltage stress from being accumulated. One frame of a plurality of frames may be driven in the line inversion method, and a polarity may be delayed up to a next frame, thereby allowing polarities to be alternately supplied. Therefore, a time length of the positive voltage may be the same as that of the negative voltage, and thus, the positive voltage and the negative voltage may be continuously supplied based on a frequency of another frame, thereby solving a problem where the DC voltage stress is accumulated due to a difference between the time length of the positive voltage and the time length of the negative voltage.

Wireless Connector System Circuit

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180062433

Various embodiments of a wireless connector system are described. The system has a transmitter module and a receiver module that are configured to wirelessly transmit electrical energy and/or data via near field magnetic coupling. The wireless connector system is designed to increase the amount of wirelessly transmitted electrical power over a greater separation distance. The system is configured with various sensing circuits that alert the system to the presence of the receiver module to begin transfer of electrical power as well as undesirable objects and increased temperature that could interfere with the operation of the system. The wireless connector system is a relatively small foot print that is designed to be surface mounted.

THRUST APPARATUSES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180057189

Described herein is a thrust system for a vehicle that includes at least three electrical power controllers, at least four electrical switches each configured to receive electrical power from at least one of the at least three electrical power controllers, and at least three thrusters each configured to receive electrical power from at least one of the at least three electrical switches. The at least four electrical switches are operable to switch a supply of electrical power from any of the at least three electrical power controllers to any one of the at least three thrusters.

Anti-MET Antibodies and Methods of Use Thereof

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180057595

Provided herein are compositions, methods and uses involving antibodies that specifically bind to MET, a receptor tyrosine kinase, and modulate the expression and/or activity of MET. Also provided are uses and methods for managing, treating, or preventing disorders, such as cancer. In one aspect, provided herein is a monoclonal antibody or antigen-binding fragment thereof that binds to the Sema/PSI domain of human MET. Also provided herein is a kit comprising an antibody or antigen-binding fragment provided herein. Also provided herein is a method of managing, protecting against, or treating cancer in a subject, comprising administering to a subject in need thereof a therapeutically effective amount of an antibody or antigen-binding fragment provided herein.

Elevated Height Wheelchair

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180055702

Embodiments of the present disclosure include a wheelchair configured to reposition an occupant between a lowered and a raised position. The wheelchair can include a frame, a seat moveable relative to the frame, a drive wheel, and one or more pairs of arm assemblies. The arm assembly includes a wheel configured to move from a first spatial location when the wheel chair is operating on flat, level ground to a second spatial location that is different than the first spatial location. Arm limiters can selectively engage the arm assembly based on at least one of a seat position, position of the arm assembly and surface conditions of ground surface. The arm limiters can limit the range of motion of the arm assembly and sometimes other operational aspects of the chair.

DISPLAY DEVICE

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180061367

A display device includes a display panel, a first flexible film, and a second flexible film. The display panel includes a non-display area outside a display area. The first flexible film is attached to a first side surface of the display panel. The second flexible film is attached to a second side surface of the display panel. The display panel includes a signal line, a pad electrode, and a side surface connection electrode. The signal line is in the display area and connects the first and second flexible films. The pad electrode extends from the signal line. The side surface connection electrode is on the first and second side surfaces and directly contacts the pad electrode. The first flexible film and the second flexible film are coupled to the side surface connection electrode and are electrically connected to the signal line.

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PROVIDING FUNCTION OF MOBILE TERMINAL

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180063313

A mobile terminal includes a communicator configured to communicate with wearable devices; a memory configured to store capability information indicating capabilities of the wearable devices; and a processor configured to determine a first wearable device and a second wearable device among the wearable devices capable of executing a function of the mobile terminal, based on the capability information, the first wearable device being configured to perform a first sub-function for executing the function of the mobile terminal, the second wearable device being configured to perform a second sub-function to be executed together with the first sub-function to execute the function of the mobile terminal,

ASYNCHRONOUS EXECUTION OF TASKS AND ORDERING OF TASK EXECUTION

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180060376

An online system uses a task async engine to coordinate task execution, such as for phased content creation, where the system enables content providers to efficiently create and publish sponsored content in multiple phases. Each phase of the content creation is represented by a draft of the content. Multiple drafts of the content are stored in a repository of the online system for optimizing content delivery and publication, such as quick identification of conflicts in a draft based on analysis of draft fragments of the draft. Objects associated with the sponsored content are stored in an object model. The connections amongst the various draft segments of a draft are stored in a hierarchy structure. Each user associated with a draft has a role, where all of the roles can contribute to the draft. The online system efficiently publishes the drafts and presents the sponsored content to its target users.

METHODS AND CIRCUITRY FOR SAMPLING A SIGNAL

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180062510

Circuitry and methods for sampling a signal are disclosed. An example of the circuitry includes a node for coupling the circuitry to the signal being sampled and a plurality of capacitors, wherein each capacitor is selectively coupled to the node by a switch. An analog-to-digital converter is coupled to the node and is for measuring the voltages of individual ones of the plurality of capacitors and converting the voltages to digital signals. Delay circuitry is coupled to each of the switches, the delay circuitry is for closing one switch at a time for a predetermined period.

THERMAL BARRIER SEAL

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180058474

A thermal barrier attachment seal for a gas turbine engine component includes a spine having a first surface and a second surface facing opposite the first surface. A first layer of insulation is provided on the first surface. A second layer of insulation is provided on the second surface to provide a thermal barrier seal between a first gas turbine engine component and a second gas turbine engine component. A fan section for a gas turbine engine is also disclosed.

SINGLE NUCLEOTIDE DETECTION METHOD

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180057872

A method of sequencing a nucleic acid such as DNA or RNA is provided. It is characterised by the steps of (1) generating a stream of single nucleoside triphosphates by progressive pyrophosphorolysis of the nucleic acid; (2) producing at least one substantially double-stranded oligonucleotide used probe by reacting in the presence of a polymerase and a ligase at least one of the single nucleoside triphosphates with a corresponding probe system comprising (a) a first single-stranded oligonucleotide labelled with characteristic detectable elements in an undetectable state and (b) second and third single-stranded oligonucleotides capable of hybridising to complementary regions on the first oligonucleotide; (3) digesting the used probe with an enzyme having double-stranded exonucleolytic activity to yield the detectable elements in a detectable state and a single-stranded fourth oligonucleotide which is at least in part the sequence complement of the first oligonucleotide; (4) reacting the fourth oligonucleotide with another first oligonucleotide to produce a substantially double-stranded oligonucleotide product corresponding to the used probe; (5) repeating steps (3) and (4) in a cycle and (6) detecting the characteristic detectable elements released in each iteration of step (3). Suitably the detectable elements are fluorophores. The method of the present invention generates a stronger fluorescence signal from a single nucleoside triphosphate than has been described previously. Suitable probe systems are also disclosed.

CLASP

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180055154

A clasp includes a hook component and a catch component, which may be used to releasably attach two ends of an article. Among other elements, the hook component may include a stem (for manually operating the clasp) and a cantilevered lip suspended above the stem to form a slot for receiving a part of the catch component. In addition, the catch component may include a slot-engaging portion that is coupled between the stem and the cantilevered lip.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NATURAL LANGUAGE QUERY IN A WORKSPACE ANALYTICS SYSTEM

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180060420

A method includes associating, for each one of a plurality of answer definitions, at least one or more pattern-form questions, wherein each answer definition has an associated jump target that defines a respective entry point into the workspace analytics system to provide information responsive to the associated one or more pattern-form questions. The method further includes receiving a user input including capturing input text defining a natural language user query, matching the received input text to one of the pattern-form questions thereby selecting the jump target associated with the matched pattern-form question, and generating a response to the natural language user query by retrieving information from the workspace analytics system by referencing a link based on the selected jump target and zero or more parameters values.

Method and apparatus for imaging the inner contour of a tube

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180059401

An apparatus and to a method for imaging the inner contour of a tube are provided. The method includes radiating light having a first polarization direction onto a first tube end in the longitudinal direction of the tube; reflecting the light downstream of a second tube end, wherein the light that is returning through the tube due to the reflection has a second polarization direction that is orthogonal with respect to the first polarization direction; and filtering the returning light with a polarization filter to transmit only the returning light.

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND A METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180061983

The characteristics of a semiconductor device are improved. A semiconductor device has a potential fixed layer containing a p type impurity, a channel layer, and a barrier layer, formed over a substrate, and a gate electrode arranged in a trench penetrating through the barrier layer, and reaching some point of the channel layer via a gate insulation film. Source and drain electrodes are formed on opposite sides of the gate electrode. The p type impurity-containing potential fixed layer has an inactivated region containing an inactivating element such as hydrogen between the gate and drain electrodes. Thus, while raising the p type impurity (acceptor) concentration of the potential fixed layer on the source electrode side, the p type impurity of the potential fixed layer is inactivated on the drain electrode side. This can improve the drain-side breakdown voltage while providing a removing effect of electric charges by the p type impurity.

ROBOT CLEANER, METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME, AND AUGMENTED REALITY SYSTEM

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180055312

A robot cleaner includes a display unit, a camera unit configured to capture an image of a cleaning region when cleaning starts, a dust sensor configured to output a sensed signal corresponding to an amount of dust sucked in the cleaning region, and a control unit configured to calculate the amount of dust based on the sensed signal, to start an augmented reality (AR) mode when cleaning ends, to generate an AR image corresponding to the amount of dust, and to control the display module to superimpose the AR image on the image.

HOST AWARE STORAGE TIERING

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180059952

Host aware storage tiering including receiving, by a storage controller on a storage server, a disconnect signal indicating an end of a first client session for a client, wherein the first client session comprises accesses to a plurality of data blocks on the storage server; determining, by the storage controller, that at least one data block of the plurality of data blocks was moved to a first tier storage during the first client session; storing, by the storage controller, an indication that the at least one data block was moved to the first tier storage; receiving a connect signal indicating a beginning of a second client session for the client; and moving, in response to the connect signal, the at least one data block into the first tier storage.

Multiplying width and threshold for improved performance and efficiency

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180060174

A method for execution by a dispersed storage network (DSN), the method begins by receiving data for storage in the DSN. The method continues by selecting a set of storage units, identifying a baseline pillar width and a baseline decode threshold, determining an estimated performance of the set of storage units, determining a parameter multiple based on the estimated performance and the baseline pillar width and the baseline decode threshold, multiplying the parameter multiple by each of the baseline pillar width and the baseline decode threshold to produce a pillar width and a decode threshold, encoding the data using a dispersed storage error coding function in accordance with the pillar width and the decode threshold to produce a plurality of sets of encoded data slices, facilitating storage of the plurality of sets of encoded data slices in the set of storage units and storing the parameter multiple.

INSTANT BANK ACCOUNT CREDITING VIA A BILL-VALIDATING DEPOSITING SYSTEM

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180061187

Briefly, example methods, apparatuses, and/or articles of manufacture are disclosed that may be implemented, in whole or in part, using one or more computing devices to facilitate and/or support one or more operations and/or techniques for instant bank account crediting via a bill-validating depositing system, such as a smart safe, for example.

USING FULL TERNARY TRANSCODING IN I3C HIGH DATA RATE MODE

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180062887

Apparatus, systems and methods for improving coexistence on a multi-wire interface are disclosed. A method of transmitting data on a multi-wire interface includes providing a plurality of data bits in a word to be transmitted on the multi-wire interface, transcoding the word to be transmitted to obtain a first multi-digit ternary number representative of the numerical value of the word to be transmitted, inserting marker digits into the first multi-digit ternary number to obtain a second multi-digit ternary number, and generating a sequence of symbols. Each symbol in the sequence of symbols may be generated using a digit of the second multi-digit ternary number and a preceding symbol in the sequence of symbols. The preconfigured values and the preconfigured locations of the marker digits may be selected to prevent occurrence of I3C HDR Exit or HDR I3C Restart signaling when the sequence of symbols is transmitted on the multi-wire interface.

Foam Wall Panel

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180056633

A foam wall panel contains: a polyurethane (PU) layer and a polyurethane (PU) foaming substrate. The PU layer has a thickness of 0.2 mm to 0.5 mm, and the PU foaming substrate has a density of 0.2 g/cm 3 to 0.29 g/cm 3 . A foam mold is configured to melt and to adhere the PU layer with a part of the PU foaming substrate so as to form a body, and a thickness of a cross section of the PU foaming substrate is within 0.5 cm to 2 cm. A holder has a cavity, a first radian, multiple orifices, and an air channel, wherein the air channel has successive arcuations arranged therein so as to exhaust air and to accommodate the part of the PU foaming substrate. A cover is rotatably connected with a first end of the holder, and the cover includes a second radian corresponding to the cavity.

BRAND EQUITY PREDICTION

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180060887

Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The methods include, for instance: evaluating a brand value as a function of numerous parameters as formulated by brand value dynamics, and by use of input data for accurate prediction of the brand value. A brand equity is estimated based on the brand value and brand values of all brands competing in the market.

INKJET PRODUCT CODING PRINTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180056683

An inkjet product coding printing system comprises a plurality of printing objects comprising a travel direction and a printing surface arranged vertically; at least one inkjet printer head, wherein the inkjet printer head further comprises a plurality of ink nozzles facing the printing surface of the plurality of printing objects, wherein the plurality of ink nozzles is arranged in a plurality of rows configured along the travel direction of the plurality of printing objects, wherein the inkjet printer head can move up and down vertically, wherein the inkjet printer head moves orthogonally to the travel direction of the plurality of printing objects when the inkjet printer head ejects an ink; a motion unit connected with the inkjet printer head; and at least one control system controlling the motion unit and the inkjet printer head, and a method of printing product coding information by the inkjet product coding printing system.

HIGH-FREQUENCY AMPLIFIER MODULE

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180062587

A high-frequency amplifier module includes a semiconductor substrate and an insulating substrate. The semiconductor substrate includes multiple emitter electrodes, each of which is coupled to the emitter of a corresponding one of high-frequency amplifying transistors. The insulating substrate includes a common ground electrode, ground terminal electrodes, and thickness-direction coupling electrodes. The common ground electrode is formed on or near the front surface of the insulating substrate, and is joined to the emitter electrodes. The ground terminal electrodes are formed on the back surface of the insulating substrate. The thickness-direction coupling electrodes couple the common ground electrode to the ground terminal electrodes.

ELECTRONIC PARKING BRAKE

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180058526

Disclosed is an electronic parking brake. The electronic parking brake is provided with an operating lever, which is configured to support first and second brake shoes, which are installed at both sides inside a drum, and push the first and second brake shoes toward an inner surface of the drum when a pivot lever is pulled, and is electronically activated to operate the pivot lever to brake the drum, and the electronic parking brake includes a housing mounted on a vehicle body; an actuator installed at the housing and configured to generate a driving force for braking; a power conversion unit having a nut member configured to be rotated by receiving the driving force from the actuator, and a spindle member screw-coupled to the nut member to allow a rectilinear movement; and a parking cable configured to move according to a reciprocal linear movement of the spindle member, operate the parking brake, release an operation of the parking brake, and be connected to an end of one side of the spindle member, wherein the parking cable has a predetermined length and is formed with a single integrated type steel bar body to prevent occurrence of a bending deformation.

Scene Motion Correction In Fused Image Systems

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180063441

Techniques to capture and fuse short- and long-exposure images of a scene from a stabilized image capture device are disclosed. More particularly, the disclosed techniques use not only individual pixel differences between co-captured short- and long-exposure images, but also the spatial structure of occluded regions in the long-exposure images (e.g., areas of the long-exposure image(s) exhibiting blur due to scene object motion). A novel device used to represent this feature of the long-exposure image is a spatial difference map. Spatial difference maps may be used to identify pixels in the short- and long-exposure images for fusion and, in one embodiment, may be used to identify pixels from the short-exposure image(s) to filter post-fusion so as to reduce visual discontinuities in the output image.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR BRAKING OR PROPELLING A ROAMING VEHICLE

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180056792

In one embodiment, a propulsion system includes roaming vehicles including a reaction plate installed on a bottom of each of the roaming vehicles, a surface stator matrix installed with a running surface for the roaming vehicles and including single sided linear induction motors (SSLIMs). Each of the SSLIMs include two windings installed orthogonally to one another. The propulsion system also includes motor drives configured to electrically couple to the SSLIMs via a switching panel, and a control system configured to receive information related to the roaming vehicles, receive a desired motion profile for the roaming vehicles across the surface stator matrix, determine which of the SSLIMs to activate and a performance of the SSLIMs based on the desired motion profile, the information, or some combination thereof, and send control signals to the motor drives to control the SSLIMs to produce the motion profile.

LONG-LIFE RECHARGEABLE ION BATTERIES

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180062214

An aspect of the present disclosure is an electrochemical device that includes a first electrode, an ion reservoir electronically connected to the electrode by a first circuit, an electrolyte positioned between the first electrode and the ion reservoir and ionically connecting the first electrode and the ion reservoir, and a regulating element, where the regulating element is positioned between the first electrode and the ion reservoir, the regulating element electronically and/or ionically connects the ion reservoir and the first electrode, and the regulating element limits the transfer of at least one of electrons and/or ions between the ion reservoir and the first electrode.

SHAPE MEASURING METHOD, SHAPE MEASURING APPARATUS, PROGRAM, RECORDING MEDIUM, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING OPTICAL ELEMENT, AND OPTICAL ELEMENT

Pub Date: 2018-03-01

Pub Number: US20180058979

A shape measuring method includes moving an object surface to a plurality of measurement positions along a set trajectory, irradiating a measuring beam sequentially onto a plurality of partial regions of the object surface, detecting a wavefront of reflected light from the plurality of partial regions, and acquiring a shape of the object surface based on the wavefront. Placement error is measured with respect to the trajectory of the object surface at each of at least two measurement positions, based on a detected wavefront of reflected light, and estimated with respect to the object surface trajectory at a position other than at the least two measurement positions, based on the actually measured placement errors. Placement error of the object surface is corrected based on the placement error with respect to the trajectory.