Abstract: A collar to which is mounted an illumination source and one or more insets. Each of one or more light-transferring fibers includes a first end coupled for receiving light from the illumination source, and a second end coupled for transmitting light to an inset.
Abstract: An apparatus for cooling a live well includes a cooling chamber, and a pump connected in fluid communication between the cooling chamber and the live well for circulating water between the live well and the cooling chamber. At least one thermoelectric cooler is positioned in a heat exchange relationship with the cooling chamber for removing heat from the cooling chamber and from water circulating in the cooling chamber.
Abstract: A decorative accessory for tub and shower enclosures comprises a shelf extending along the top of a tub and shower enclosure for supporting potted plants, decorative pots and accessories, and other decorative items. The shelf comprises a plurality of transversely extending brackets and a plurality of longitudinally extending slats which are separated by slots to facilitate drainage. In the case of a tub and shower enclosure having a head piece the shelf is supported thereon by slots formed in the bottom of the bracket which engage the head piece. In the case of a tub and shower enclosure comprising a shower curtain and a shower curtain support rod, the shower curtain support rod and the rings which support the shower curtain therefrom extend through the slot formed in the bottoms of the brackets of the shelf.
Abstract: A method for separating objects, such as stones, wherein each object is dropped through a predefined path, such as a drop tube. Then, for each object, the time when the object passes through a predefined point in the path is determined, as are selected characteristics, such as the color, of the object. The characteristics of the object are matched, if possible, to various criteria and, depending on the criteria to which the object is matched, a diverter gate is activated to divert the object from the predefined path to an appropriate collection bin.
Abstract: A metal bending apparatus which has a base member and a cross member connected together by two posts extending therebetween. A spring and sleeve are slidably positioned on each post, and a wedge is secured between the sleeves, the wedge includes a pointed end directed toward the base member. A stop is secured on the base member substantially directly under the pointed end of the wedge, and two blocks are positioned on the base member substantially parallel to each other and equidistant from the stop. A jack is positioned between the wedge and the cross member for urging the wedge toward the base member, and for bending a sheet of metal interposed between the wedge and the two blocks.
Abstract: A database contains an application program operative with data stored in a records data set (RDS) and a categories data set (CDS). The RDS contains an arbitrarily organized series of RDS entries, each having at least one data field configured for representing data. The CDS contains CDS entries configured for defining the schematic data types and data relationships of the RDS entries. Data is thus isolated from its definition, thereby permitting the underlying schematic form of the database to be changed based on modifications in the CDS, without requiring any actual changes to the schematic structure of the RDS or the underlying database. By virtue of this same isolation, it is also possible to reduce data redundancy with varying levels of granularity and create an object-oriented data model.
Abstract: A method for facilitating horizontal drilling by positioning in a well casing a shoe defining a passageway extending from an upper opening in the shoe through the shoe to a side opening in the shoe. A rod is connected, through at least one block and pin assembly operative as a universal joint, to a casing mill end, and inserted into the well casing and through the passageway in the shoe until the casing mill end substantially abuts the well casing. The rod and casing mill end are then rotated until the casing mill end substantially forms a perforation in the well casing. The rod and casing mill end are then withdrawn from the well casing, and a nozzle attached to the end of a flexible hose is extended through the passageway to the perforation. Fluid is then ejected from the nozzle and impinges and erodes subterranean formation material.
Abstract: An apparatus for positioning rebar for reinforcing concrete, wherein the apparatus includes a semi-cylindrical portion configured for receiving a first rebar extending in a first direction, wherein the semi-cylindrical portion defines first and second opposing straight edges, and two opposing semi-circular ends. A first flange portion extends outwardly from the first straight edge, and a second flange portion extends outwardly from the second straight edge. First and second receiver portions extend longitudinally from the respective first and second flanges beyond one of the ends for receiving a second rebar extending in a second direction substantially orthogonal to the first direction, and for urging the second rebar against the first rebar. Optionally, legs extend from or are attached to the apparatus for supporting the apparatus in an elevated position.
Abstract: A method for preparing rebar for reinforcing concrete, wherein first and second receiver portions of an apparatus are engaged with a lower surface of a first rebar extending in a first direction. A semi-cylindrical portion of the apparatus are engaged with an upper surface of a second rebar extending in a second direction substantially orthogonal to the first direction, until the first rebar is urged against the second rebar.
Abstract: A paint striper has a main body having a head portion, an interior cavity, and a slot in fluid communication between the head portion and the interior cavity. The slot is configured for receiving a wheel, and the interior cavity is configured for receiving paint. A wheel is rotatably mounted in the slot with a portion of the wheel extending into the interior cavity. A shoulder extends from the main body, and a guide extends from the shoulder for following a guide track formed in a strip positioned on a surface of the vehicle, wherein the track is substantially parallel to the desired position of the pinstripe. The strip is secured in position on the surface of the vehicle using adhesive which permits removal of the strip from the surface of the vehicle without leaving a residue, and re-use of the strip on a surface of another vehicle.
December 6, 2002
Date of Patent:
September 14, 2004
Philip Lee Atkinson, Kenneth C. Dingle, III
Abstract: A data processing system for facilitating merchant transactions includes a computer for processing data, and a storage device for storing data processed by the computer. Data regarding the purchase by a purchaser of merchandise from a merchant for a specified amount of money is entered into the computer. Monetary points are then calculated which are proportionate to a purchase made. The monetary points are then allocated between a first account which may be used by a first person for the purchase of additional merchandise from the merchant, and a second account which may be used by a second person for education at an educational institution. The monetary points allocated to the first account and the second are recorded in the storage device.
October 15, 1999
Date of Patent:
November 19, 2002
Kyle Brizendine, Gary Carini, Bob deBeer, Kevin S. Dunn, Bruce Peltz, Deborah Peltz, William E. Stone, III, Jim A. Yockey
Abstract: A method and system for passively exercising a selected portion of a human body by applying a partial vacuum pressure to the selected portion of the human body; maintaining the partial vacuum pressure applied to the selected portion of the human body for a first predetermined period of time; releasing the partial vacuum pressure so that substantially atmospheric pressure is applied to the selected portion of the human body; and maintaining the substantially atmospheric pressure applied to the selected portion of the human body for a second predetermined period of time.
Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for initiating an over the air parameter administration (OTAPA) of a mobile station without the need for interacting with a mobile station user. A unique service option number included with the initial page indicates to the mobile station that an update is being requested. The mobile station performs a network validation check (SPASM) before permitting the update to take place. Flags are used in the network to alert the system that an attempted update was not completed because a mobile station was not update accessible for any of several reasons. The flags cause the system to update when the mobile station next becomes update accessible.
March 13, 1998
Date of Patent:
February 27, 2001
Nortel Networks Limited
Yau-Fan Leung, Robert E. Denman, Kevin Wambsganz, Kim Chang
Abstract: A data storage device having a light source for emitting a beam of light along a directed path, and an array of light sensors, each of which light sensors corresponds to a predetermined quanta of data. A disc is configured, and positioned relative to the light source and the array of light sensors, for receiving the beam of light and redirecting the path of the received beam of light to a particular one of the light sensors, wherein the array of light sensors is responsive to the reception of the beam of light for generating a signal indicative of the particular light sensor which receives the beam of light, thereby indicating the quanta of data corresponding to the light sensor.
Abstract: A pipe coupling includes first and second coupling shells, each of which shells define a semicircular cross-section, and first and second longitudinal flanges, and wherein the shells are hingedly coupled together about the respective first longitudinal flanges. Fasteners secure together the second longitudinal flanges to enclose two longitudinally-spaced sections of pipe with a generally cylindrical housing. The first coupling shell further defines a port extending radially therefrom into which a grommet is preferably disposed. The grommet defines a normally-closed aperture for passing a needle therethrough for injecting a chemical, such as a disinfectant, into fluid, such as water, in the pipe.