Patents Examined by K. Wong
  • Patent number: 10927707
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a high pressure compressor disposed about a central longitudinal axis, a combustor, and a diffuser case. The diffuser case includes an outer ring providing a first platform and an inner ring providing a second platform. The first platform and the second platform are axially between the high pressure compressor and the combustor with respect to the central longitudinal axis. A plurality of circumferentially spaced struts extend radially from the first platform to the second platform and each include first and second circumferential sides. A plurality of heat shields are disposed on a leading edge defined at a forward end of a respective one of the plurality of struts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Gary D. Roberge
  • Patent number: 10927682
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a component for a turbine engine, which generates a hot gas flow, and provides a cooling fluid flow, comprising a wall separating the hot gas flow from the cooling fluid flow and having a heated surface along which the hot gas flows and a cooled surface facing the cooling fluid flow and at least one cooling hole comprising a connecting passage extending between an inlet at the cooled surface and an outlet located at the heated surface, with the connecting passage comprising a diffusing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Aaron Ezekiel Smith, Fernando Reiter, Zachary Daniel Webster
  • Patent number: 10930117
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a gaming system and method providing a multi-hand poker wagering game with an award modifier bonus feature, and wherein in various embodiments the award modifiers are multipliers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Ernest W. Moody
  • Patent number: 10922909
    Abstract: A secure lockable enclosure having a compartment therein, includes an electronically-actuated latching mechanism coupled to a door; a network interface; a sensor for sensing a characteristic related to a user attempting to gain access to the compartment; an environmental controller for heating and/or cooling the compartment; and a processor. The processor being adapted to (i) cause the network interface to transmit information indicative of a sensed characteristic of a user attempting to gain access to the compartment and capable of processing an unlock signal, and (ii) control the environmental controller based on a characteristic of an item placed in the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Alberto Romero, Michael Watroba
  • Patent number: 10918954
    Abstract: A gameplay notification system receives gameplay indications and notification configuration information from a gameplay system. The gameplay indications and configuration information are stored in a platform queue corresponding to a client device platform type. Further configuration information may be received from various gameplay devices of a user. The notification configuration information is analyzed by the gameplay notification system to schedule transmission of gameplay notifications to various client device platform types. The notifications are sent to the corresponding client devices according to frequency, day of the week, and notification states, among other configuration settings, that pertain to a user and the user's corresponding client devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Lohstroh, Geoff Dagley, Justin Rouse
  • Patent number: 10918353
    Abstract: A radiation imaging apparatus that communicates via wired communication with an irradiation control apparatus includes a radiation detection unit that detects incident radiation and obtains a moving image related to the radiation, and an imaging control unit that, in a first case where the wired communication is disconnected in a moving image capturing state in which the moving image is captured, performs control to set the moving image capturing state, and in a second case where the wired communication is disconnected not in the moving image capturing state and moving image capturing is set as next imaging, performs control to set a moving image standby state that is a standby state for the moving image capturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shimpei Tezuka
  • Patent number: 10921265
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of a cabinet x-ray incorporating an x-ray tube, an x-ray detector, and a near-infrared optical system mounted onto the cabinet or positioned within the cabinet, for the production of organic and non-organic images. The computing device receives video data from the near-infrared optical system and determines, based on the video data an optical image displaying the captured real-time image or display images adjacently i.e. Picture-In-Picture (PIP). In particular, the present disclosure also relates to a system and method with corresponding apparatus for capturing a near-infrared image simultaneously with the x-ray image allowing a cabinet x-ray unit to attain and optimize images utilizing near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence for sentinel lymph node (SLN) mapping in breast cancer patients to improve the Sentinel Lymph Node identification and procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: KUB Techologles Inc.
    Inventors: Vikram Butani, Chester Lowe, Vignesh Mandalapa-Bhoopathy, Edwin Maria-Selvaraj, Peter Yasutake
  • Patent number: 10918920
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and articles of manufacture to track movement of sports implements are disclosed herein. An example sensing unit disclosed herein is to be coupled to a sports implement. The sensing unit includes an inertial measurement unit to obtain movement data of said sports implement during a swing of said sports implement and a swing analyzer to determine a follow-through pattern of the swing of said sports implement based on the movement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ke Ding, Lakshman Krishnamurthy, Narayan Sundararajan, Xue Yang
  • Patent number: 10918959
    Abstract: Sports simulations may include sports nodes providing a user interface for players to participate in a sports simulation. A user interface for a player to interact with a sports service may be hosted on a computing device. The sports service providing the sports simulation game may be hosted on a server. The user at the user interface of the computing device may interact with the sports service via a network and/or the Internet. Multiple players may interact on their computing devices with the sports service. The multiple players may interact in one simulation, or may interact in multiple simulations, or may each interact with the sports service in solo simulations. Players may be matched in pairs where each pair plays a simulation to determine a winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Wagschal
  • Patent number: 10915856
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a system for delivering packages in a location to multiple recipients by a service provider comprising, a plurality of lockers, each having a locking portion, a delivery code that associates one or more packages with a designated recipient and designates the number of lockers to be opened for that designated recipient, a central control unit comprising a first input device for reading a delivery code and open the number of lockers designated in the delivery code, a second input device adapted to read each package identifier. When the first input device reads the delivery code, the number of designated lockers is unlocked, and when the second input device reads a package, the package information is transmitted to the central control unit, and the service provider places the read package in the interior space of an unlocked locker and closes the associated door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Florence Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin A. Fee, Zachary A. Williams
  • Patent number: 10912998
    Abstract: A network game system includes a server apparatus and a plurality of video game apparatuses connected to the server apparatus. A party includes player characters of a plurality of players. When the party battles with an opponent character, the server apparatus simultaneously transmits movie playback information to each video game apparatus for starting playback of a movie. Each of the players can skip the movie at a desired timing. A screen is displayed on each video game apparatus that has skipped the movie until the battle starts. When information is received from each video game apparatus that indicates playback of the movie has ended, the server apparatus simultaneously transmits battle start information to each video game apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE ENIX
    Inventors: Yoichi Kuroda, Ryoko Kato
  • Patent number: 10916081
    Abstract: A building management system includes an entity database that stores a plurality of interconnected smart entities. The smart entities include object entities representing a plurality of people or physical devices and data entities representing data associated with the people or physical devices. The smart entities are interconnected by relational objects indicating relationships between the object entities and the data entities. Each of the object entities includes a plurality of stored identity attributes. An identity management service is configured to receive a first identity attribute from a first device within a building, receive a second identity attribute from a second device within the building, compare the first and second identity attributes to the stored identity attributes of an object entity of the plurality of interconnected smart entities, and allow access to at least one of a building space, a device of building equipment, or a computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Youngchoon Park, Sudhi R. Sinha, Erik S. Paulson, Peter A. Ainsworth, Anne Gallagher
  • Patent number: 10914319
    Abstract: A cooling device includes a cooler disposed inside a shell, an inlet nozzle that is configured to feed a fluid into the shell, an outlet nozzle that is configured to feed the fluid passing through the cooler so as to flow outward, and a guide member that is configured to change a flowing direction of the fluid. The guide member has a collision surface which spreads in an inclined direction inclined with respect to the flowing direction of the fluid fed into the shell from the inlet nozzle, and which collides with the fluid, and an uneven portion formed in at least a portion of a peripheral edge portion of the collision surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES COMPRESSOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satoshi Saburi, Naoyuki Nagai, Hiroyuki Miyata, Naoto Yonemura, Koichi Mizushita
  • Patent number: 10912951
    Abstract: A radiation-treatment plan that comprises a plurality of dose-delivery fractions can be optimized by using fraction dose objectives and at least one other, different dose objective. This use of fraction dose objectives can comprise accumulating doses delivered in previous dose-delivery fractions. The other, different dose objective can comprise a remaining total dose objective, a predictive dose objective, or some other dose objective of choice. An existing radiation-treatment plan having a corresponding resultant quality and that is defined, at least in part, by at least one delivery parameter can be re-optimized by specifying at least one constraint as regards that delivery parameter as a function, at least in part, of that resultant quality and then applying that constraint when re-optimizing the existing radiation-treatment plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems International AG
    Inventors: Janne I. Nord, Jarkko Y. Peltola, Juha Kauppinen
  • Patent number: 10913426
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an automobile including a processor and a sensing apparatus, and the sensing apparatus is installed on a part that is of the automobile and that may be in contact with a hand of a driver, and includes a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter sends a sound wave signal to the hand of the driver, and the receiver receives a reflected sound wave signal reflected by the hand of the driver, converts the reflected sound wave signal to an electrical signal, and sends the electrical signal to the processor. The processor analyzes the electrical signal to obtain a feature of the reflected sound wave signal, and recognizes an identity of the driver based on the feature of the reflected sound wave signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xinyu Zhao, Heshuai Si, Chengping Liu, Yunzhe Chen, Zeshi Zhang
  • Patent number: 10914692
    Abstract: A method that measures stress of a test subject including a metal includes: detecting, using a two-dimensional detector, a diffraction ring of diffracted X-rays which is formed by causing X-rays from an irradiation unit to be incident on the test subject and to be diffracted by the test subject; and calculating the stress of the test subject based on detection results during the detection step. Therein, the detection step involves causing X-rays from the irradiation unit to be incident on each of a plurality of sites on the test subject with the irradiation unit angled relative to the test subject in a manner such that the angle of incidence on the test subject is within the range of 5-20°, inclusive, and detecting, using a two-dimensional detector, the diffraction ring formed by the diffraction of the X-rays by the test subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Takamatsu, Toshihide Fukui, Mariko Matsuda, Tatsuhiko Kabutomori
  • Patent number: 10914179
    Abstract: The invention relates to distributor blading (10) having a blade (12), including a pressure-side wall (16) and a suction-side wall (14), and an insert (20) placed in the blade (12) and including: a closed wall (22) having an outer skin (24) extending opposite the pressure-side walls (16) and suction-side walls (14), the outer skin (24) and the wall of the facing blade (12) being separated by an air gap (30), a series of reinforcements (25) formed in the closed wall (22) and leading into the outer skin (24), and a series of through-openings formed in the reinforcements (25), the heights of impact (h) between said through-openings and the pressure-side wall (16) or the facing suction-side wall (14) being greater than the air gap (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: SAFRAN HELICOPTER ENGINES
    Inventors: Frederic Philippe Jean-Jacques Pardo, Guilhem Verron
  • Patent number: 10909838
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for fire control panel interface generation are described herein. In some examples, one or more embodiments include a fire control panel comprising a memory and a processor to execute instructions stored in the memory to determine, from a plurality of geographic regions, a geographic region for the control panel, determine a set of standards corresponding to the determined geographic region, and generate a fire control panel interface using the determined set of standards, and a user interface to display the fire control panel interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Deepika Sahai, Anu Gopinath, Sagar Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 10905326
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for collecting and evaluating biometric data of members of a group uses a mobile ad hoc network to relay information collected from each group member to a monitoring device. The information is collected from each group member using a chin strap biometric sensing device. The monitoring device is an endpoint of the mobile ad hoc network, and organizes the collected data for evaluation and display to a supervisor of the group. Any biometric parameter for a given group member that exceeds a preferred value can be flagged for immediate attention by the supervisor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Franco Lodato, Gustavo Leizerovich, Jose Ruiz, Biren Patel, Hao Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10908604
    Abstract: Techniques for remote operation of vehicles are presented. Remote operation can involve maneuvering, by a vehicle computer system, a vehicle based on driving instructions from a remote computer system. The vehicle computer system collects sensor data from a plurality of sensors onboard the vehicle. Based on the sensor data, data associated with a visual representation of the surrounding environment is generated and sent to the remote computer system. The generating of the data can involve fusing sensor data to identify one or more features of a surrounding environment. The generated data may be indicative of the identified features. The visual representation is output on a display device of the remote computer system. The driving instructions can be based on human input supplied in response to the visual representation. In certain embodiments, the vehicle is maneuvered toward a location within proximity of a parking space before performing automated parking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Cyril Rastoll, Shahram Rezaei, Malte Joos