Abstract: A Dynamically Variable Spot Size (DVSS) laser system for bonding metal components includes an elongated housing containing a light entry aperture coupled to a laser beam transmission cable and a light exit aperture. A plurality of lenses contained within the housing focus a laser beam from the light entry aperture through the light exit aperture. The lenses may be dynamically adjusted to vary the spot size of the laser. A plurality of interoperable safety devices, including a manually depressible interlock switch, an internal proximity sensor, a remotely operated potentiometer, a remotely activated toggle and a power supply interlock, prevent activation of the laser and DVSS laser system if each safety device does not provide a closed circuit. The remotely operated potentiometer also provides continuous variability in laser energy output.
October 25, 2011
Date of Patent:
October 16, 2012
The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Paul R. Gradl, John F. Hurst, James R. Middleton
Abstract: The present invention is a pressure monitoring panel apparatus with a panel housing that contains a programmable logic controller. Pressure transducers transmit the pressures from an aeration basin diffuser head and an aeration basin airline to a programmable logic controller. The programmable logic controller uses the pressures from the aeration basin diffuser head and aeration basin airline to determine the airflow rate through the aeration basin diffuser and the pressure drop across the aeration basin diffuser. Those values are then displayed on a viewable interface.
Abstract: The present invention is an ophthalmological diagnostic system adapted for use in urgent care facilities, physicians' offices, hospitals, mobile treatment facilities, and in remote areas. The ophthalmological diagnostic system includes a component for securely holding a digital camera in optical communication with an ophthalmoscope and in various embodiments may include hardware and software for analysis and storage of images or video captured using the ophthalmological diagnostic system. The ophthalmological diagnostic system facilitates viewing of images and video by a single diagnostician or multiple diagnosticians.
Abstract: The present invention is an equestrian light device comprised of a plurality of lighting elements which can be secured to the bridle, saddle, stirrups and other pieces of tack, and which provides a rider with the ability to view a path before the turning of a horse to go down the path, in addition to illuminating a zone of safety to provide a rider with adequate visibility to discern obstacles that may impede the progress of a horse on a path, or which may startle or injure the animal or rider.
Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the field of mounting devices for audio and visual components, and more specifically to an apparatus for displaying associative images and maximizing their cognitive effect on a user.
Abstract: A barrel placement device for a skid steer loader is comprised of an attachment plate which attaches to the front of a skid steer loader; tubular support members; and a plurality of barrel pincers with gears that allow the barrel pincers to move in unison with the use of a single hydraulic cylinder. The hydraulic cylinder has hydraulic lines which connect to the auxiliary controls of a skid steer loader allowing the barrel pincers to be controlled to grasp and release traffic barrels from the interior of the skid steer loader.
March 30, 2010
Date of Patent:
June 5, 2012
Clint Johnson, Steve Gapp, John Reed Felton
Abstract: Systems and methods for the use of compounds from the Hofmeister series coupled with specific pH and temperature to provide rapid physico-chemical-managed killing of penicillin-resistant static and growing Gram-positive and Gram-negative vegetative bacteria. The systems and methods represent the more general physico-chemical enhancement of susceptibility for a wide range of pathological macromolecular targets to clinical management by establishing the reactivity of those targets to topically applied drugs or anti-toxins.
November 10, 2010
Date of Patent:
May 22, 2012
The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Robert Chaffee Richmond, Harry F. Schramm, Jr., Francis G. Defalco, Alex F. Farris, III
Abstract: The present invention is a rail system cheese cutter comprised of an arched cutting surface, rail and cutting arm with a removable cutting wire and tension adjustment component which allows the user to adjust the tension of the wire. The rail has a milled portion where the cutting arm is to be attached to the rail. One end of the cutting arm has a rotational bearing with a slot and opening. The slot is slid around the milled portion of the rail until the rail rests in the opening of the rotational bearing. Once attached, the cutting arm can be pivoted around the rail and moved laterally along the rail allowing the user to uniformly cut or slice a food item without moving it.
Abstract: The present invention is a modular system for mounting lighting and signage. Mount components are attached to gutters by engaging the securing protuberance of the mount component with the gutter which creates tension between the gutter and the mount component. Rail components are assembled to the desired length using connector components and lights or signage are attached to a rail component using hooks. An insertion member is placed at each end of the assembled rail and the rail is guided through an opening in the mount component securing the lights or signage to the building.
Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus and method for illuminating a bicycle crank. A magnetic coil is coiled around a portion of a tubular structure which houses a magnetic component. The magnetic component moves slidably inside the tubular structure passing through the magnetic coil. The tubular structure is housed in an outer housing which encases a bicycle crank or fits within a specially designed bicycle crank. When the bicycle crank rotates, the magnet slides back and forth through the magnetic coil generating an electric current that is used to power an LED.