Abstract: A method and apparatus for light curing of composite materials in which the radiation required to initiate the curing is delivered via one or more lossy fiber optics. The fiber optics are made lossy by methods such as bending the fiber, weaving the fiber into a mat to create periodic micro-bends, tailoring the thickness of the fiber cladding to allow evanescent wave transmission, or simply removing the cladding at intervals along the fiber. Distribution of the light through out the composite material results in dramatic power and time reductions over traditional light curing methods. Unlike thermal curing of composite materials, there is no need for an auto-clave and hence no limit on the size of the part that may be created. Additional benefits include the possibility of curing at operational temperature and so avoiding thermal stresses.
December 26, 2002
Date of Patent:
December 28, 2004
Continuum Dynamics, Inc.
Alan J. Bilanin, Andrew E. Kaufman, Robert McCullough
Abstract: The present invention relates to a housing for the installation of electrical components comprising a lower section and a cover connected to each other in a hinged manner by at least two flexible inner elements separated from each other outside the housing interior. The ends of the inner elements have a greater cross-section than the region lying between said ends and at least one of the ends is elastically embodied for a temporary reduction in cross-section. Openings leading into each other are provided in the cover and in the lower section, the cross-section of which permits access of the at least one end in the compressed state.
Abstract: Digital data storage conventionally requires an election to be made between retaining data on-line, which consumes expensive media, or moving it to a far cheaper archive medium, which is relatively inacessible. This specification discloses a hybrid arrangement in which all material is retained on-line, but is progressively degraded as it becomes less useful, with off-line storage of the source material. On-line browsing of an entire library remains possible, but without incurring the expense of maintaining the entire library at source quality on-line.
Abstract: A composition of matter comprising a mixture of an oxide powder or powders and a Reactive Organic Medium (ROM) which can be used to create electronic components on a suitable. The materials are applied to conventional polymer-based circuit substrates by any convenient printing process and thermally cured to well-consolidated oxide components at a temperature, which the substrate can withstand. Mixtures for various components, including resistors, capacitor dielectrics and magnetic cores and processes to apply them are disclosed.
Abstract: An electronic device comprising a keyboard in which one or more key caps each overlie a switch, the switch being activated when a key cap is depressed a predetermined amount, in which a key cap is directly joined to a key mat at a first section.
Abstract: The invention describes techniques for the electrostatic printing of functional materials configured as liquid toners (45) on glass substrates (26) in a non-contact mode. The toners are patterned by a sensitized electrostatic printing plate (11) of fixed image configuration. Toner images (50) are transferred by an electric field (33) across a fluid filled mechanical gap (42) to the glass substrate (26). Techniques for optimizing the imaging and transfer processes are also disclosed. Two other techniques in which partially finished pieces are manipulated to “self-part” themselves, are described. In both cases defects in the pieces will over print the defect in the “self-healing” mode.
Abstract: This invention provides a cantilever type probe card which has undergone a treatment for facilitating perception of the image of probe needles. This invention, in the probe card 1 having disposed at prescribed positions on the probe card main body 2 such probe needles 3 furnished with bent pars 6 having the leading terminals thereof directed toward an object under test, forms in a at least the parts of the probe needles 3 including the bent parts 6 such reflection lowering parts 31 adapted to repress the reflection of light.
Abstract: The invention relates to a device for safely aligning the mouth of a sample container with the sample needle of a liquid sampling device. A guidance ring holds the mouth of the sample container in position under the sample needle. The sample container and guidance ring slide inside the sleeve guide to allow the mouth of the sample container to slide up the sleeve guide so that the sample needle can pierce the septum of the sample container. The sample needle is recessed in the sleeve guide so that the likelihood of needle sticks is greatly reduced.
Abstract: This invention relates to a system and method for placing event related information into a video broadcasting so that the added information does not interfere with or obscure the primary action of interest in the broadcast. The disclosed information could be implemented by using instructions from an event information gathering system to trigger the display of one of an appropriate set of pre-rendered animations in the broadcast video via a well known live video insertion system (48). The disclosed invention envisages the animation sequence having at least two parts (FIG. 4), namely a core or base sequence (34) which is always used, and a mid or a variable sequence (56, 58, 60) which is changed according to the actual data that needs to be displayed.
Abstract: Image templates are extracted from video images in real-time and stored in memory. Templates are selected on the basis of their ability to provide useful positional data and compared with regions of subsequent images to find the position giving the best match. From the position data a transform model is calculated. The transform model tracks the background motion in the current image to accurately determine the motion and attitude of the camera recording the current image. The transform model is confirmed by examining pre-defined image templates. Transform model data and camera sensor data are then used to insert images into the live video broadcast at the desired location in the correct perspective. Stored templates are periodically updated to purge those that no longer give valid or significant positional data. New templates extracted from recent images are used to replace the discarded templates.
Abstract: A method and apparatus for upgrading in-service or legacy telecommunications cabinets that improves power, cooling, space and EMI capabilities, allowing the cabinet to house updated, telecommunications equipment. The upgrade modules include an extension collar that replaces legacy doors, allowing the attachment of replacement doors having integral heat exchanger units. The extension collar also has support for Electro-magnetic Interference (EMI) shielding gaskets so provide EMI shielding capable of meeting FCC mandated levels. Additional upgrade modules include a battery chamber attached beneath the base of legacy cabinet, cooled and vented by one or more of the heat exchanger doors, thereby providing longer battery life.
Abstract: The present device relates to a fastening device for a child seat on a motor vehicle seat provided, in the upper region of its back rest, with guides for inserting a head rest, said fastening device consisting of a holder firmly affixed to the back rest, and a holding means is provided which connects said holder to the upper region of the back mould of the child seat. The object is to provide such a fastening device which can be used independently of the location where a vehicle seat is mounted inside a passenger compartment and, moreover, provides a fastening point for a so-called “top tether” sufficiently located towards the back meeting the requirements of applicable safety regulations. This task is solved in that the holder firmly affixed to the back rest consists of a first region (3.1) insertable into the head rest guides (2), and from the first region protrudes a further region (3.2, 3.
Abstract: The invention intends to provide an ear-pick, which is capable of safely and securely remove earwax, and foreign objects such as insects and water.
Endoscopic auditory canal cleaning apparatus comprising: an ear-pick main body, which is equipped with a scraping part at its distal end and is formed to guide light to said distal end; a light source, which generates said light; a light source generates light; a fiber scope, which captures images in the inside of the auditory canal; a display unit, which displays the images captured by the fiber scope; and a holding part, which holds the ear-pick main body and the fiber scope; wherein the fiber scope passes through a hollow opening provided in the holding part; and the holding part holds the fiber scope to be able to rotate freely.
Abstract: A maskless patterning apparatus allows for laser beam ablation of one or more layers of material while not etching an underlying different material layer. A micromirror array produces the desired complex pattern on the workpiece and a continuous feature and end point detection system provides location and material parameter changes to accurately control the pattern position and depth of etching. End point detection includes monitoring energy reflected from a specially prepared replica of the material to be ablated, whose thickness and consistency match the active workpiece area. The process terminates when the proper amount of material is removed.
Abstract: A clipboard apparatus includes a compact integrated slide viewer. The clipboard section comprises a top layer, a middle layer and a bottom layer plus a document holding, spring loaded clip attached to the upper edge of the multilayered board. According to the preferred embodiment of the invention, the middle layer includes a cavity for receiving a rotatable wheel. Indicia on the rim of the wheel are viewable through a transparent window in the top layer of the multilayered clipboard. The wheel extends through an aperture in the side of the board so that the wheel can be rotated and information read off of the indicia through the transparent viewing window. According to an alternative embodiment of the invention, the cavity is square and receives a rectangular slide that moves into and out of the cavity through a side aperture. Transparent windows on the top and bottom layers make it possible to view indicia on the slide from both sides of the multilayered clipboard.
Abstract: A continuously-variable-ratio transmission belt includes a beltlike continuity element having a body made of elastomeric material and in turn having inner teeth and outer teeth and a number of threadlike longitudinal inserts embedded inside the body; and a number of separate friction blocks which are made of plastic material, are co-molded onto the continuity element so as to each incorporate one tooth of the inner teeth and one tooth of the outer teeth, and are each defined by two lateral surfaces converging inwards of the belt and cooperating with respective sides of a groove of a trapezoidal-grooved pulley.
Abstract: A magnetic pick-up coil for measuring magnetic field with high specific sensitivity, optionally with an electrostatic shield (24), having coupling elements (22) with high winding packing ratio, oriented in multiple directions, and embedded in ceramic material for structural support and electrical insulation. Elements of the coil are constructed from green ceramic sheets (200) and metallic ink deposited on surfaces and in via holes of the ceramic sheets. The ceramic sheets and the metallic ink are co-fired to create a monolithic hard ceramic body (20) with metallized traces embedded in, and placed on exterior surfaces of, the hard ceramic body. The compact and rugged coil can be used in a variety of environments, including hostile conditions involving ultra-high vacuum, high temperatures, nuclear and optical radiation, chemical reactions, and physically demanding surroundings, occurring either individually or in combinations.
Abstract: A photovoltaic strip assembly is disclosed comprising a polyimide substrate, a thin film voltaic strip, and a transversely grooved, protection covering of a chlorofloural polymer. The grooves are provided to increase the flexibility of the strip, and may be V-shaped, flat bottomed with splayed sides, or rounded to provide dome shapes between them. Similar grooves may be provided in the exposed surface of the substrate to further increase the flexibility of the strip. The grooves of the substrate may be aligned with ridges between the grooves of the protective covering, to receive these ridges when the strip is wound around a rechargeable battery or energy cell. In a different embodiment the grooves are between rows of hump-shaped protuberances. The protuberances of adjacent rows may be staggered.