Patents Examined by Clark A. Jablon
  • Patent number: 5023805
    Abstract: A method of analyzing a body (log) containing elements (e.g. knots) having different densities than the remainder of the body by passing electromagnetic energy from at least one source for substantially symmetrical bodies (pruned logs) or at least two sources through the body and sensing the amount of energy passing through the body from each source by sensors mounted opposite each source. Each sensor is formed by an array of discrete detectors positioned in side by side relationship opposite their respective sources. The amount of radiation passing through the body is detected as the body passes between the source(s) and its (their) respective detector(s) and a longitudinal plan is generated based on the radiation detected from each of the sensors over at least a preselected length of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1991
    Assignee: MacMillan Bloedel Limited
    Inventors: Jan E. Aune, Peter K. L. So
  • Patent number: 5022031
    Abstract: A description is given of a semiconductor memory with an on-chip error correction facility. The code used is defined over the location domain of the columns. The columns are arranged in patterns of non-redundant and redundant memory cells which recur with a fixed period. As a result of the convolution code chosen, decoding is possible by way of a small number of series connected gates, so that the time delay is limited. The correction capability of the code is only partly used because complete use could cause additional delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: U.S. Philips Corporation
    Inventor: Constant P. M. J. Baggen
  • Patent number: 5021965
    Abstract: A method for digitally sensing and storing a sewing pattern for an industrial sewing machine. To make the sensing process fast and free of error, the invention provides that, starting from a null position of the driving step motors, the fabric carrier is moved under program control in such a fashion that a sewing pattern, disposed on the carrier for the material to be sewn, is scanned 2-dimensionally, the incremental x and y positional data of each step motor always being stored, when the sensor detects a bright-dark contrast on the sewing pattern. Further, for manual input or for making corrections, a device is provided, which is distinguished by a rotary device for setting the desired directional angle of the same pattern. This rotary device can be activated in a direction perpendicular to the rotation-adjustment plane, counter to a reset spring, to initiate a contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: Frankl & Kirchner GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Bernd Olbrich
  • Patent number: 5019993
    Abstract: The machine for measuring and mathematically defining the surface of three-dimensional models comprises a robotized support having at least three degrees of freedom, provided with actuation motors and position transducers, to support and position, in any point of space and with any orientation, a laser distance device rigidly coupled to the support. An electronic control unit controls the movements of the robotized support according to electric signals arriving from the laser distance device and from the position transducers to keep the head at a preset distance from the surface and perpendicular thereto, and an electronic processing unit memorizes on a magnetic support numeric information corresponding to the coordinates of points on the surface (S) to be measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1991
    Assignee: Advanced Data Processing Adp S.r.l.
    Inventors: Piera L. Montalcini, Antonio Racciu
  • Patent number: 5019961
    Abstract: A computer based modelling system includes a computer processor and a memory for storing a model database. A set of primitives is stored in the database. An interface coupled to the computer processor enables a user to input, retrieve and manipulate data within the database. A high level user of the modelling system creates a modelling methodology by editing the database to define: (a) modelling objects in terms of the primitives, (b) modes of viewing the modelling objects, and (c) logical relationships between elements of the views and the modelling objects. A system modeler can create models for specific applications by selecting views representative of modelling objects stored in the database, and manipulating the views in accordance with the methodology defined by the system tooler. Invalid manipulations are prohibited. Policies of coordination can be established among a plurality of modeling sessions of one or more low level users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1991
    Assignee: Cadware, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Addesso, Venkatraman R. Iyer, Robert M. Dunn
  • Patent number: 5019978
    Abstract: Due to irregularities associated with the borehole of an oil well, a depth determination system for a well logging tool, suspended from a cable in the borehole of the oil well, produces a correction factor, which factor is added to or subtracted from a surface depth reading on a depth wheel, thereby yielding an improved indication of the depth of the tool in the borehole. The depth determination system includes an accelerometer on the tool, a depth wheel on the surface for producing a surface-correct depth reading, a computer for a well logging truck and a depth determination software stored in the memory of the computer. The software includes a novel parameter estimation routine for estimating the resonant frequency and the damping constant associated with the cable at different depths of the tool in the borehole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1991
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Allen Q. Howard, Jr., David J. Rossi
  • Patent number: 5019977
    Abstract: A weather station display system displays weather data on a video monitor, TV receiver or other raster screen display. The weather data is derived from a weather station having multiple weather parameter sensors or transducers for measuring weather parameters and generating electrical signals representative of the measured values of the weather parameters. The electrical signals are conditioned and converted to digitally coded weather data. A microprocessor periodically samples and stores the digitally coded weather data and transfers weather data to a screen memory for raster scanning onto a raster screen display. The microprocessor also loads screen display format data including a main screen display format to the screen memory from program and screen data memory. A light pen coupled to the raster controller permits interrogation of character locations for selectively modifying displayed weather data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1991
    Assignee: RainWise, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. LaPointe, Michael Vietti, John S. Baer
  • Patent number: 5019974
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for efficient medical control of a medical condition such as diabetes comprises a recorder, an interface and a master computer. The master computer develops a program of therapy which is downloaded into the recorder which then reminds the patient of any therapy due and records that the therapy has been effected. The record from the recorder is subsequently fed back to the master computer to improve or alter the therapy programme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1991
    Assignee: Diva Medical Systems bv
    Inventor: Andreas G. F. Beckers
  • Patent number: 5018145
    Abstract: To speed up the pattern generator which is a bottleneck for speedup of an LSI tester, a continuous address control information for generating addresses for continuous pattern memory read is generated at a speed 1/N (N is an optional number larger than 1) times the operation speed of the continuous address generator, and the address controller is divided into a 1st and a 2nd address controller. The two controllers are connected via a buffer memory to ensure the normal operation when the correspondence between address control instructions and patterns to be continuously read is not 1:N. Continuous address information generated by the 1st address controller is stored in the buffer memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Electronics Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuji Kikuchi, Yoshio Ouchida, Ryohei Kamiya
  • Patent number: 5014218
    Abstract: A process control system includes a remote control computer connected by two pairs of electrical conductors to a local control computer and a monitor computer. The remote control computer provides a set point from entered control information, the monitor computer provides real time information about an operating characteristic of the process, and the local control computer receives feedback information from a characteristic of the process which is controlled by a control signal provided by the local control computer in response to the set point, the real time information and the feedback information. The monitor computer also provides information about monitored characteristics to the remote control computer. The real time information provided by the monitor computer to the local control computer is transmitted separately from the two pairs of electrical conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Assignee: Halliburton Company
    Inventors: Stephen F. Crain, Mark A. Clark, Edward L. Woodall
  • Patent number: 5012402
    Abstract: A system for controlling a machine at a remote place is constituted such that, when repairs and a change of a mechanical part of an apparatus on the remote place side are performed and changing of a program for a programmable sequencers for driving and controlling the apparatus is performed, contents of a change of the program thus performed are sent to a computer on the main office side and checked and changed on the main office side to make a correct program, and the correct program is sent to the controlling device on the remote place side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Assignee: Murata Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yasuo Akiyama
  • Patent number: 5010485
    Abstract: Apparatus, system and method are provided for processing charge vouchers against charge card accounts administered by a host institution that issues an approval/disapproval to a merchant for a proposed transaction. The apparatus is processor based and broadly includes a keyboard input having command keys and a charge card reader. Upon activation, account identification data is read from a customer's charge card and the customer enters a maximum charge amount. An autodialer connects the processor to the host institution by way of a transmitter/receiver and a communication line. The host verifies the credit limit of the customer account to ascertain availability of funds. If the host approves the proposed transaction, the maximum charge amount is reversed and an approval signal is sent to the processor; if the host does not approve the transaction, a disapproval signal is sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Assignee: JBH Ventures
    Inventor: Steven T. Bigari
  • Patent number: 5008851
    Abstract: A system and method is presented for obtaining optical phase and amplitude measurements utilizing an acousto-optical modulator for modulating a laser light beam with a multifrequency electrical signal to form an image that is Fourier transformed and spatially distributed proportional to the frequency components of the electrical signal. An optical component such as a spatial light modulator is located in the Fourier plane and the modulated image is inversely transformed and optically heterodyned to produce a transformed image. The transformed image impinges a photodetector that produces an electrical output signal that is inputted to a network analyzer to measure phase and amplitude of the transformed image. The electrical output signal is compared with a reference signal and deviations from the reference signal provide a quantitative measurement of the phase and amplitude response of the spatial light modulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Assignee: Grumman Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Brandstetter, Benjamin J. Pernick, Nils J. Fonneland, Stephen J. Caputi
  • Patent number: 5007019
    Abstract: An electronic dictionary has a keyboard for entering words, which words are displayed along with a set of synonyms divided into subsets, each subset having a displayed common core meaning. The original word entered by the user for which synonyms and related words are sought is put into a history list. The user can select any of the synonyms or any of the words from the core meaning presented, or can independently enter any desired word and add those entered words to the history list. In this fashion, the user can build up a history list which can be reviewed by the user and any word in the history list re-accessed, so that the user can track through the history list and explore any desired complex arrangement of concepts, ideas, and relationships. As the history list becomes full, the earliest additional entry words are deleted in sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1991
    Assignee: Franklin Electronic Publishers, Incorporated
    Inventors: Peter L. Squillante, Julius Egyud, Abraham Karron
  • Patent number: 5003474
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for performing address transformation of projection data for use in a positron CT system, where plural detectors are classified into plural detector groups. In this system, a polar coordinate of the addresses assigned to paired detectors which detect coincident events of gamma-ray emission is determined by adding a first encoded signal representing a first polar coordinate of the line joining the reference points of the paired detector groups including the paired detectors and a second encoded signal representing a second polar coordinate of the deviation of the line joining the two detectors from the line joining the reference points. The second encoded signal is obtained on the basis of address signals representing the addresses of the two detectors and a third encoded signal representing the angle relationship of the paired detector groups which is preliminarily stored in a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1991
    Assignee: Hamamatsu Photonics Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takaji Yamashita, Keiji Shimizu
  • Patent number: 5001632
    Abstract: An exercise device, such as a exercise bicycle, is connected to a speed sensor indicating activity level, e.g. speed of the bicycle. The activity level signal, along with a heart rate signal, are provided to a video game, such as a Pac-man type video game. The game monitors the heart rate of the exerciser. If the heart rate falls outside preset minimum or maximum limits, a certain action occurs in the game, such as an increase in speed or skill level of the opposition. In the Pac-man type game for example, should the heart rate fall below the desired workout rate, the villain (the goblin) would move at a speed faster than the players' speed, putting the player at a disadvantage. The player would respond by increasing his level of physical activity, thereby increasing the heart rate until it exceeds the minimum aerobic level required, at which time the villain's speed would return to its normal level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Inventor: Justin Hall-Tipping
  • Patent number: 4999773
    Abstract: A technique for imparting an emotionally expressive microstructure to the respective notes in the score of a musical composition constituted by successive notes whose notation gives the nominal value for each note in regard to its pitch and duration. The techinque includes the steps of entering into a digital computer data representing the nominal pitch and duration of each of the successive notes in the musical score to be processed therein; processing the notes in the computer to contour the amplitude of each note in accordance with its relationship to the succeeding note in the score; and generating and audibly reproducing tones representing the amplitude-contoured notes in the processed score to impart expression to the reproduced music derived therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Inventor: Manfred Clynes
  • Patent number: 4998199
    Abstract: A game playing system for business use includes a plurality of independent game machines and transmission lines for connecting the game machines together, each of the game machines including player input device through which a player can input a game start command signal, a communication interface for performing the reception and transmission of data between the one player's game machine and the other game machines through the transmission lines, a group setting device for grouping the game machines including the one player's game machine to participate in a game in accordance with the game start command signal from the player input device and various signals from the other game machines through the communication interface and a game calculating device for performing the reception and transmission of game data between the one player's game machine and the other game machines in the same group through the communication interface to make a predetermined calculation of game, whereby a plurality of game machines
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1991
    Assignee: Namco Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Tashiro, Shinichiro Okamoto, Tatsuro Okamoto
  • Patent number: 4994957
    Abstract: An apparatus for displaying a ladder diagram in a numerical control system having a programmable sequence controller function in which sequence processing is executed based on a sequence program to deliver commands from a numerical control device to a machine and signals from the machine to the numerical control device. A display unit displays the sequence program in the form of a ladder diagram made up of at least relays. The identification of a relay or the memory address storing the state of the relay is entered by means of an input device, and an item of sequence data employing the relay is selected based on the relay identification or on the memory address. All ladder diagram segments that include the specified relay are then displayed on the display unit. The displayed segments include those in which the specified relay is as an input or output relay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Assignee: Fanuc Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidetsugu Komiya, Shinichi Isobe
  • Patent number: 4992647
    Abstract: A ticket processing terminal device includes a hopper to store medium that is to become prescribed tickets, a separation and pick-up section for separating and picking up one sheet of medium at a time from the hopper, a stacker to store those of the tickets inserted through the insertion opening which are replaced by the medium, a print section for printing on the ticket that has been inserted through the insertion opening or the medium picked up from the hopper, and is to be discharged through a discharge opening, a transport path to transport the tickets and medium between the above mentioned component elements, and a ticket information reader for magnetically or optically reading the information that has been given to the ticket, and a magnetic write section disposed along the transport path for writing, erasing or rewriting on the magnetic stripe if the ticket inserted through the insertion opening or the medium picked up from the hopper has such a magnetic stripe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1991
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Konishi, Haruo Kimura, Yoshihiro Nakamura, Toshiharu Hashimoto, Tadashi Hasegawa, Sadao Sone