Abstract: A patternable bonding material for joining the surfaces of two or more substrates permits localization of conductive or insulating hard-cored particles within an adhesive matrix to form patterned structures on or between the surfaces. Electrical, thermal, or mechanical energy may be transferred through, or isolated by the material. The material may be used in an uncured state to allow easy separation of the joined surfaces, or a more permanent bond may be formed. The adhesive may be cured by thermocuring, evaporation or ablation of organic components, pressure, or by the application of ultraviolet radiation.
Abstract: Apparatus for use with a gaming table or other surfaces for removing and filtering indoor airborne fumes and particles at their point of origin. A laminar exhaust air flow is created across the table surface. The laminar exhaust is drawn by vacuum through air intakes positioned at the table surface and ported through exhaust ducts for filtering and discharge.
May 19, 1995
Date of Patent:
July 22, 1997
Thomas Cavallero, Nickolas C. Gibson, Richard Bilyak
Abstract: A small hand-held scanner that scans text in a line at a time operates in conjunction with a system that deskews images of symbols having a non-linear baseline to thereby flatten waviness of the baseline associated with such scanning. A program determines a boundary for each of the symbols, including maximum and minimum height and width positions of the symbols. Any of average height, average width, maximum height, maximum width, and average change in height of a bottom of each symbol relative to that of a neighboring symbol is also determined. A threshold is used to delineate between a change of the baseline that is due to random hand movement versus a change in the baseline that is due to a descender, where the descender generates a greater change, and all of the symbols that are to be on the baseline are shifted to a single flat baseline.
Abstract: In a computer based approach to looking up characters in an ideographic alphabet, a user specifies characters by dragging individual character radicals from a radical palette to a canvas. A database is searched for characters that match character radicals dragged to the canvas and a selection window is produced that contain a resulting list of matching characters. The search may be limited by specified qualifying parameters, such as the total number of strokes in the character. When a desired character is chosen from a selection window, a unique character code is generated that may be output for various applications.
Abstract: A method and apparatus for electrically interconnecting various electronic elements, including circuit components, assemblies, and subassemblies. A particle enhanced material metal contact layer, having a surface, formed on the electronic elements, includes particles of greater hardness disposed on and/or within the metal contact layer, which particles form protuberances that concentrate stress when said contact surface is brought into contact with an opposing surface under pressure, to whereby penetrate the opposing surface and form a metal matrix between the two surfaces. The invention includes preferred and alternative embodiments incorporating particle enhanced material, which are useful in batteries fuel cells and capacitors.