Total 7133 patents for "2019-08-08"

METHOD OF PRE-PROCESSING OF VIDEO INFORMATION FOR OPTIMIZED VIDEO ENCODING

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190246138

There are provided computerized systems and methods of pre-processing video information for optimized video encoding. In various aspects, the pre-processing can be performed in different ways. By way of example, this can be performed by aligning a plurality of consecutive frames in the sequence of video frames. By way of another example, this can be performed by conducting adaptive pre-filtering of the video information. By way of yet another example, this can be performed by filtering the video information in order to remove grain content thereof.

AUDIO-VISUAL MONITORING USING A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190246075

A function of a user-controlled virtual assistant (UCVA) device, such as a smart speaker, can be augmented using video or image information about an environment. In an example, a system for augmenting an UCVA device includes an image sensor configured to monitor an environment, a processor circuit configured to receive image information from the image sensor and use artificial intelligence to discern a presence of one or more known individuals in the environment from one or more other features in the environment. The system can include an interface coupled to the processor circuit and configured to provide identification information to the UCVA device about the one or more known human beings in the environment. The UCVA device can be configured by the identification information to update an operating mode of the UCVA device.

POWER CONVERTER

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190245443

A power converter may include a first and second housings, each of which houses switching elements connected in parallel. Each of the first and the second housings may be provided with a first surface and a second surface. The first and the second housings may be arranged face to face. In each of the first and the second housings, the switching elements may be aligned in an alignment direction which is parallel to both of the first and the second surfaces. An emitter terminal or a source terminal of parallel connection of the switching elements may extend from the second surface at a position equidistant from the switching elements positioned at both ends in the alignment direction among the plurality of switching elements. A collector terminal or a drain terminal of the parallel connection may be positioned adjacent to the emitter or the source terminal in the alignment direction.

MODIFIED HYALURONIC ACID HYDROGELS AND PROTEINS FOR THE TIME-CONTROLLED RELEASE OF BIOLOGIC AGENTS

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190240154

Hyaluronic acid-based hydrogels, solutions for preparing such, and methods pertaining thereunto are disclosed with properties that include self-resorption, extended release of biologically active agents, and/or decreased degradation, denaturation, and/or functional inactivation of biologically active agents.

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190246010

An image processing apparatus includes: a gradation correction section that performs output gradation correction with respect to input multi-value image data; a conversion section that converts the multi-value image data, which is acquired after the output gradation correction is performed by the gradation correction section, into binary image data; a storage section that stores the multi-value image data or the binary image data; and a control section that performs control such that the multi-value image data, which is acquired before the output gradation correction is performed, is stored in the storage section in a case where content of the input image data is content which requires the output gradation correction, and such that the binary image data is stored in the storage section in a case where the content of the input image data is content which does not require the output gradation correction.

SKINCARE DEVICES AND METHODS OF USE

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190240110

An example skincare device includes a main body having a first side, a second side, an intermediate portion, a groove, a light source, a motor, a temperature control unit, and a user control configured to control one or more of the light source, motor, and temperature control unit. The skincare device can provide heat, cool, light, and/or vibrational therapy to a user's skin.

POLYMERIC DRAG REDUCING COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR REDUCING DRAG AND/OR INCREASING VISCOSITY OF FLUIDS IN OIL AND/OR GAS WELLS

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190241796

Polymeric drag reducing compositions comprising polymers for treatment in various aspects of a life cycle of an oil and/or gas well, and related methods, are provided. In some embodiments, the drag reducing composition comprises a fast-dissolving polymer and a slow-dissolving polymer slurry. In some embodiments, the fast-dissolving polymer comprises a cationic and/or anionic polyacrylamide, and the slow-dissolving polymer slurry comprises guar, clay, and oil. In some embodiments, compositions can be used in methods for treating an oil and/or gas well, having a wellbore. The drag reducing composition may be injected into the wellbore to reduce drag in the wellbore and/or increase viscosity of the carrier fluid.

NITROXIDE HYDROXYLAMINE AND PHENYLENEDIAMINE COMBINATIONS AS POLYMERIZATION INHIBITORS FOR ETHYLENICALLY UNSATURATED MONOMER PROCESSES

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190241496

Polymerization inhibitor compositions are provided. The polymerization inhibitor compositions may include at least one hydroxylamine of a nitroxide and at least one phenylenediamine. Methods of inhibiting the unwanted polymerization of monomers are also provided. The methods include adding the presently disclosed polymerization inhibitor compositions to a fluid containing the monomers. The monomers may be ethylenically unsaturated monomers, such as acrylic acid, methacrylic acid, acrylonitrile, methacrylonitrile, acrolein, methacrolein, acrylate, methacrylate, acrylamide, methacrylamide, vinyl acetate, butadiene, ethylene, propylene, and styrene.

FLAT-THROUGH CAPACITOR MOUNTED IN A TOMBSTONE POSITION ON A HERMETIC FEEDTHROUGH FOR AN ACTIVE IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190240482

A three-terminal flat-through EMI/energy dissipating filter comprises an active electrode plate through which a circuit current passes between a first terminal and a second terminal, a first shield plate on a first side of the active electrode plate, and second shield plate on a second side of the active electrode plate opposite the first shield plate. The first and second shield plates are conductively coupled to a grounded third terminal. Both the effective capacitance area or overlapping surface area of the active electrode plate and the surrounding ground shield plates and the dielectric constant of the insulating layers between the active electrode plate and the ground shield plates is raised to achieve a higher capacitance value for the three-terminal flat-through capacitor.

NON-SOLVENT ASPHALTENE REMOVAL FROM CRUDE OIL USING SOLID HETEROPOLY COMPOUNDS

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190241817

A process for removing asphaltenes from an oil feed comprising the steps of introducing the oil feed to a reactor, where the oil feed comprises a carbonaceous material and asphaltenes, introducing a heteropolyacid feed to the reactor, where the heteropolyacid feed comprises a heteropolyacid, operating the reactor at a reaction temperature and a reaction pressure for a reaction time such that the heteropolyacid is operable to catalyze an acid catalyzed polymerization reaction of the asphaltenes to produce polymerized asphaltenes, where a mixed product comprises the polymerized asphaltenes and a de-asphalted oil, introducing the mixed product to a separator at the end of the reaction time, and separating the mixed product in the separator to produce a de-asphalted oil and a waste stream, where the de-asphalted oil has a lower concentration of sulfur, a lower concentration of nitrogen, and a lower concentration of metals as compared to the oil feed.

AQUARIUM

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190239492

The present disclosure relates to the technical field of aquarium equipment. Disclosed is an aquarium that includes a tank, an electric device disposed in the tank, a first conductive contact configured to be coupled to an external power source, and a second conductive contact coupled to the electric device. The first conductive contact is configured to come into contact with the second conductive contact to power up the electric device.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RESPONDING TO DRIVER STATE

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190241190

A method for controlling vehicle systems includes receiving monitoring information from one or more monitoring systems and determining a plurality of driver states based on the monitoring information from the one or more monitoring systems. The method includes determining a combined driver state based on the plurality of driver states and modifying control of one or more vehicle systems based on the combined driver state.

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR LOWERING LEVELS OF HIGH-SENSITIVITY (HS-CRP) IN A SUBJECT

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190240183

The present disclosure provides methods for treating and/or preventing cardiovascular-related disease and, in particular, a method of blood lipid therapy comprising administering to a subject in need thereof a pharmaceutical composition comprising eicosapentaenoic acid or a derivative thereof. In some embodiments, the method comprises lowering high sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP) levels in a subject including, for example, a subject with a HbA 1c value of about 5.00% 8.50% or at least about 6.8%.

ENHANCED VISUALIZATION OF GAME WAGER OUTCOMES PROVIDED BY SYMBOL COLLECTORS IN A GAME DISPLAY

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190244480

Systems, apparatuses, and methods that provide a bingo game wager outcome via symbol collector(s) in a spinning reel game are disclosed. A game controller of a gaming device receives a bingo game outcome in response to a wager. The game controller selects a spinning reel game outcome based on the received bingo game outcome and spin reels of the spinning reel game to obtain the spinning reel game outcome. The game controller collects feature symbols from an array of the symbols presented in the spinning reel game in symbol collector(s). The game controller provides an award from the symbol collector(s) corresponding to a portion of the feature symbols collected in the symbol collector(s) and increases the credit balance of a credit meter by an amount equivalent to the bingo game outcome at least in part in response to the award provided from the symbol collector(s). Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.

MODULAR LIGHT WEIGHT CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM BASED ON PRE-SLOTTED PANELS AND STANDARD DIMENSIONAL SPLINES

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190242109

Modular building methods and systems using lightweight foam modular panels which are based on fractal geometry. Each panel includes one or more channels formed through the foam body, where the channels are centered between adjacent fractal modules of the overall modular panel. The channels are configured to receive splines (e.g., dimensional lumber) therein. The entire system is based on dimensional lumber sizing. The rectangular panels include a pre-cut slot extending through one face, to the channel, while a score line is formed in the opposite face, aligned with the pre-cut slot of the opposite face. The panels may be easily and quickly cut with a box knife to reduce the number of fractal modules in a given panel, to provide a smaller panel still based on such fractal geometry. Such a cut is made along the score line, where the foam is no more than 2 inches thick.

IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USING IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190244073

An identification system generally includes at least one identification label that is configured to couple to a first location on a product. The identification label includes a representation of data that is used to describe at least one parameter of the product. A substrate is configured to couple to a second location on the product, wherein the second location is different than the first location. An identification apparatus is configured to couple to the substrate and couples to the second location via the substrate. A computing device is configured to communicatively couple to both the identification label and the identification apparatus. The computing device is also configured to obtain the data from the identification label and transmit the data to the identification apparatus such that a user can later obtain the representation of data from the identification apparatus.

WIRELESS ULTRASOUND PROBE AND ULTRASOUND IMAGING APPARATUS CONNECTED WITH WIRELESS ULTRASOUND PROBE

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190239855

Provided are a wireless ultrasound probe and an ultrasound imaging apparatus connected with the wireless ultrasound probe. The wireless ultrasound probe includes: a battery; and a charging terminal connector that is coupled to a power supply terminal of the ultrasound imaging apparatus and receives power from the power supply terminal to charge the battery, wherein the charging terminal connector has a unique shape configured to be physically coupled to the power supply terminal.

MONITORING A THERMAL CUTTING PROCESS

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190240785

A device for monitoring, in particular for closed-loop control, of a thermal cutting process carried out on a workpiece. The device includes a focusing unit for focusing a machining beam, in particular a laser beam, onto the workpiece for the formation of a kerf on the workpiece. The device also includes an image acquisition unit to generate at least one image of a region of the workpiece, and an evaluation unit configured to determine, based on the at least one image, at least one measured variable for the course of the gap width of the kerf in a thickness direction of the workpiece. The invention also relates to an associated method for monitoring, in particular for closed-loop control, of a thermal cutting process carried out on a workpiece.

LED LIGHTING DEVICES WITH HIGH EXTRACTION EFFICIENCIES

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190241277

A lighting device for a vehicle. The lighting device includes an LED having a central axis. light distribution of light emitted by the LED is substantially symmetric about the central axis. The lighting device also includes a reflector for reflecting at least a portion of the emitted light. The reflector is positioned relative to the LED such that a combined light distribution of the emitted light and reflected light is not symmetric about the central axis and a maximum light intensity direction of the combined light distribution of the emitted light and the reflected light is angled with respect to the central axis. The position of the reflector relative to the light-emitting semiconductor device is adjustable such that an adjustment to the position of the reflector changes a direction of the maximum light intensity direction of the combined light distribution.

EXTEND GPU/CPU COHERENCY TO MULTI-GPU CORES

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190243764

In an example, an apparatus comprises a plurality of processing unit cores, a plurality of cache memory modules associated with the plurality of processing unit cores, and a machine learning model communicatively coupled to the plurality of processing unit cores, wherein the plurality of cache memory modules share cache coherency data with the machine learning model. Other embodiments are also disclosed and claimed.

Formation of Fine Pitch Traces Using Ultra-Thin PAA Modified Fully Additive Process

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190244882

A method to produce a substrate suitable for diffusion bonding is described. A flexible dielectric substrate is provided. An alkaline modification is applied to the dielectric substrate to form a polyamic acid (PAA) anchoring layer on a surface of the dielectric substrate. A NiP seed layer is electrolessly plated on the PAA layer. Copper traces are plated within a photoresist pattern on the NiP seed layer. A surface finishing layer is electrolytically plated on the copper traces. The photoresist pattern and NiP seed layer not covered by the copper traces are removed to complete the substrate suitable for diffusion bonding.

PARKING LOCK FOR A VEHICLE TRANSMISSION

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190242477

The invention concerns a parking lock of a motor vehicle transmission with a ratchet wheel (1) and a ratchet (2), wherein the ratchet wheel (1) and the ratchet (2) consist of plastic, the ratchet (2) having a first ratchet tooth (6) and a further ratchet tooth (7), and the ratchet wheel (1) having a first tooth receiver (12) and a further tooth receiver (13), the first ratchet tooth (6) being hookable into the first tooth receiver (12) and the further ratchet tooth (7) being hookable into the further tooth receiver (13).

Electric Soldering Apparatus, in Particular a Soldering Iron

Pub Date: 2019-08-08

Pub Number: US20190240756

The invention relates to an electric soldering apparatus, in particular a soldering iron, comprising a handle portion, a heating element fastened to the handle portion, a hollow soldering tip into which the heating element engages and fastening means for releasably fastening the soldering tip to the handle portion, wherein the fastening means comprise a permanent magnet that surrounds the heating element, and a ferromagnetic holding part that interacts with the permanent magnet and surrounds the heating element, such that the holding part is non-rotatably arranged on the permanent magnet. The invention also relates to a soldering system comprising a soldering apparatus according to any of the preceding claims, and a removal device for removing the soldering tip from the handle portion.