Abstract: An oral function and dysfunction quantification device that automatically records the amount of time required for a laboratory animal to gnaw through multiple obstructions in a tube comprising a confinement tube and spring-loaded polymer dowels that actuate timers to precisely record the time required for a rodent to complete a discrete gnawing task. The investigation of human orofacial pain requires an animal test that objectively measures impairment secondary to pain during an oral function (gnawing) that is analogous to behavior that elicits pain in human patients (chewing). The device can also evaluate behavioral change secondary to complex disorders such as anxiety and depression and facilitate evaluation of molecular mechanisms and pharmacologic therapies relevant to chronic orofacial pain and behavioral disorders.
February 11, 2009
Date of Patent:
January 1, 2013
John Christopher Dolan, Brian Lee Schmidt
Abstract: A hollow bath soap bar including a multi-cell frame. Top and bottom covers are fixed respectively to the top and bottom edges of the frame and multiple internal cells of varying configurations formed by at least two partition walls disposed within the frame.
Abstract: This invention relates to a device which functions as a cigarette holder and can reduce the intake of cigarette smoke into the lungs of a user. The holder is substantially tubular and has a first end (14) for mounting a cigarette, the first end having an annular wall (12) with an internal dimension larger than the diameter of the cigarette, the annular wall carrying a plurality of inwardly-directed longitudinal ribs (20) adapted to engage and support the cigarette. Between the ribs are passageways which can allow the flow of air along the outside of the cigarette into the mouth of the user, so that the volume of smoke breathed in by the user can be reduced.
Abstract: A compressed powder composite (CPC) material for absorbing neutrons emitted from spent nuclear fuel thereby preventing the initiation of a chain reaction. The CPC material is typically provided as a substantially insoluble cylindrical pellet that is highly resistant to corrosion and is not subject to the failure modes associated with the alloy materials typically used in neutron absorption materials. The pellet preferably includes a dendritic nickel powder substantially uniformly mixed with a neutron absorber powder material, preferably boron carbide. Tubes filled with CPC materials, such tubes for replacing control roads so that a spent nuclear fuel assembly may be disposed of substantially indefinitely.
October 6, 2008
Date of Patent:
October 30, 2012
Neucon Technology, LLC
James S. Hobbs, Alan H. Wells, Laurence Danese
Abstract: A ceiling drainage system disposed beneath an outdoor deck wherein the deck includes a frame structure supporting multiple parallel deck floor panels and the drainage system includes a U-shaped frame structure secured to the deck frame with multiple interlocking drain trays having one end secured to the drainage system U-shaped frame structure, a gutter extending between the free ends of the U-shaped frame structure, and the opposite ends of the drain trays interlocked with the gutter.
Abstract: A tripod assembly having multiple interchangeable accessories for use in supporting a firearm or other device includes mounting couplers for releasably securing the assembly to an attachment point on a device to be supported, such as the forearm of a rifle, mounting brackets that are not affixed to the device to be supported, and threaded fasteners adapted for connection to standard threaded sockets for supporting devices such as cameras, spotting scopes and the like. The tripod assembly has a substantially planar, generally triangular tripod base including three sides terminating in, and defining, first, second and third vertices carrying respective first, second and third telescoping support legs.
Abstract: A system including a collapsible, recyclable, cost-effective module for transporting, loading and unloading slabs or tiles. The module comprises two lateral U-shaped members with each U-shaped member defining a top portion, bottom portion, proximal arm and distal arm. The member bottom portions are attached to one another and corresponding releasable connectors close each U-shaped member. The module is attached to a stabilizing base which in turn is secured to a transport ship or vehicle. Multiple modules are interconnected for the purpose of stabilization.
Abstract: A monopolar electrosurgical instrument including a pair of diverging shanks with a pair of uninsulated tips formed respectively on the distal ends thereof, a housing secured to one of the shanks and having a button disposed therein, a metal wire extending adjacent the one shank so that depression of the button bends the metal rod to energize the instrument.
Abstract: An imaging system, particularly a thermal imager, has a detector operating in at least two sensitivity modes. The detector is read on a pixel-by-pixel basis in each of at least two modes and output therefrom is substantially simultaneously displayed so that a wide range of thermal sensitivities are simultaneously displayed. The detector is, preferably, read out at maximum and minimum sensitivity levels at least half the field rate and, advantageously, at the field rate of a display. In a preferred embodiment, color is added to the normally provided gray scale output from the detector ranging from black for the coolest object through white and yellow to red for the hottest object.
February 26, 2007
Date of Patent:
March 27, 2012
Infrared Systems Group, LLC
Charles James Peter Humpoletz, Martin Charles Willis
Abstract: A money clip includes a pair of jaws joined together by means of a throat with a pair housings at least partially enveloping the jaws. A pair of operating levers are slidably mounted, respectively, in the housings with an elongated slot formed on the interior of each operating lever. A locking arm is attached to each jaw disposed and positioned to form an interlocking relationship between the jaw and respective operating lever.
Abstract: A method for mounting a bipod support to a forearm stock of a firearm or other bipod mounted device permits a user or shooter to selectively allow panning (or altering the aim point along an azimuth), tilting (or altering the orientation of a device relative to a horizontal line) and canting (or orienting a device at a selected rotational orientation relative to an axis of rotation). The bipod support includes lockable controls for selectively limiting panning, tilting and canting in a manner which lets the shooter or user easily respond to changing situations when in the field.
Abstract: An internal radiation therapy device including concentric inner and outer tubes with the inner tube being inflexible and an isotope tube extending into the inner tube and being filled with a radioisotope through an isotope tube or x-ray source and the outer flexible tube filled through a filler tube with a material having radiation characteristics similar to human tissue.