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Activity-Triggered Provisioning

Activity-triggered provisioning of portable wireless networks

Apparatus and associated methods relate to configuring a network remote from a user's personal network, with parameters governing the user's personal network, in response to user activity, and at a location and time based on the user activity. In an illustrative example, the network may be a Wi-Fi network. The user's personal network may be, for example, the user's home SSID for accessing the user's personal Wi-Fi access device...



Linear Variable Differential Transformer

Linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) calibration mechanism for precision rigging with vibration and accuracy tracking robustness 

Embodiments generally relate to assembly and methods for precisely rigging a linear variable differential transformer (LVDT). For example, the probe rod assembly of a dual tandem LVDT may comprise two moveable cores, a probe fitting, and a probe rod. 



Self-stabilized constant on-time control

Self-stabilized constant on-time control 

Some apparatus and associated methods relate to a buck-derived switched mode power supply with constant on-time and configured to substantially maintain a steady-state average switch period in a time interval between a start of a load transient and the time when the inductor current returns to a steady state. In an illustrative example, the time interval may include a first and a second predetermined number of cycles after the start of the load transient. The switch period may be modulated, for example, by an amount calculated to supply a change in additional energy demand in the first number of cycles and an opposite amount in the subsequent second number of cycles calculated to maintain the average steady-state switch period over the time interval.


Multifunction Three Quarter Bridge

Multifunction three quarter bridge

Some apparatus and associated methods relate to a buck-derived switched mode power supply with three-quarter bridge (TQB) formed with a bypass switch in parallel with an inductor. In an illustrative example, the bypass switch may be configured to, in response to a decrease in average load demand, operate in a first mode to turn on the bypass switch to selectively circulate inductor current through the bypass switch while a high-side switch and a low-side switch are off. In a second mode, the bypass switch may be turned off to circulate the inductor current through, for example, an output capacitor and the low-side switch. In some implementations of the TQB, the bypass switch may be operated, for example, to selectively transfer a controlled amount of energy stored in the inductor to the output capacitor in response to a decrease in average load demand.


Mobility platform based non-contact voltage detector

Mobility platform based non-contact voltage detector

A non-contact voltage detector module pluggable to a mobile communication device. The non-contact voltage comprises an antenna, a connector configured for connecting to a connector of a mobile communication device, and an assembly coupled to the antenna and the connector. The assembly converts an electromagnetic field received by the antenna to an indication of a strength of the electromagnetic field and transmits the indication of the strength of the electromagnetic field via the connector.



Multi-pole switch assembly with adjustable simultaneity

Multi-pole switch assembly with adjustable simultaneity

A multi-pole switch assembly includes a housing, a plurality of switches, and an actuator. The switches are disposed within the housing, and each switch is coupled to receive an actuation force and is configured, upon receipt of the actuation force, to move between a first position and a second position. The actuator is disposed at least partially within the housing and is configured to at least substantially simultaneously engage, and thereby supply the actuation force to, each switch to thereby move all of the switches, with substantial simultaneity, to either the first or the second position. 



Switched-mode ripple optimization

Switched-mode ripple optimization

Methods and apparatus relate to a minimizing ripple in a polyphase power supply by modulating a voltage pre-regulator output setpoint to minimize ripple performance. In an illustrative example, the modulation may include incrementally adjusting the pre-regulator output setpoint supplied, for example, to a multiphase controller. Some examples may reverse the increment direction in response to determining that the prior incremental adjustment yielded increased ripple. Each phase of the polyphase power supply may include a buck-derived switch-mode power supply connected, for example, to a common output node. 


Energy harvester and rotating shaft vibration sensor

Energy harvester and rotating shaft vibration sensor

An energy harvester for harvesting energy from a rotating machine having a rotatable machine shaft includes a non-magnetic housing, a harvester shaft, a rotor, and a plurality of electrically isolated stators. The housing is adapted to couple to the rotating machine. The harvester shaft is disposed within the housing and is adapted to couple to and rotate with the machine shaft or in some cases becomes the rotating shaft of the machine. The rotor is disposed within the housing and is coupled to and surrounds at least a portion of the harvester shaft. The rotor comprises an N-pole permanent magnet. 



Protective housing for configuring a programming module of an industrial product

Protective housing for configuring a programming module of an industrial product

Apparatus and associated methods relate to a housing having a deformable membrane configured to interface with a programming module of an industrial product, where the deformable membrane includes a waved surface designed to deform under the finger pressure of a human user. In an illustrative example, the housing may be formed of a rigid material (e.g., polyamide) to serve as a protective barrier for the industrial product. 


Momentary structure for mini toggle switch

Momentary structure for mini toggle switch

Embodiments relate generally to methods and systems for providing a bias mechanism for a momentary toggle switch. A toggle switch may comprise a housing; a plurality of contacts disposed within the housing; an actuating lever coupled to a pivot pin, wherein the actuating lever extends into the housing; an actuator assembly coupled to the actuating lever, configured to actuate a movable contact of the plurality of contacts between a first position and a second position; and a biasing mechanism configured to bias the actuator assembly into the first position, wherein the biasing mechanism comprises a torque spring.



Torque measurement assemblies

Torque measurement assemblies

A measurement assembly for determining a torque applied to a shaft including a disk coupled to a motor such that the motor is to drive rotation of the disk about a central axis. The measurement assembly also includes a first ring and second ring coupled to the disk and the shaft, respectively, and a sensor unit to measure a rotational displacement between the first and second rings about the central axis. The measurement assembly further includes one or more deformable members coupled between the disk and the shaft, each including a pair of ends and a body extending therebetween. ​


Switched energy resonant power supply system

Switched energy resonant power supply system

Apparatus and associated methods relate to a switching network that (1) receives energy from an input source that magnetically excites an output winding, (2) stores some of that energy in a series capacitance while delivering power to a resistive load during a first excitation cycle portion, and (3) then injects some of the stored energy back to the input source by injecting current into a tap of the output winding while delivering power to the resistive load and during a second excitation cycle portion.


Reed-solomon code encoder and decoder

Reed-solomon code encoder and decoder

​​An integrated circuit (IC) includes an encoder circuit. The encoder circuit includes an encoding input configured to receive an input message including one or more data symbols. Each data symbol has N bits and N is a positive integer. The encoder circuit includes an encoding unit configured to perform Reed-Solomon encoding to the one or more data symbols to generate one or more coding symbols. The Reed-Solomon encoding uses a Galois field having an order that is less than 2.sup.N. A coded message that includes the one or more data symbols and the one or more coding symbols is provided at an encoding output of the encoder circuit.


Tree topper with trunk attachable deformable conduit

Tree topper with trunk attachable deformable conduit

​​​Apparatus and associated methods relate to a tree-top ornament apparatus configured to present a removeably attachable ornament above a top of a tree and supporting the presented ornament by clamping an ornament-connected deformable conduit to a secure portion of a tree trunk below the top of the tree. In an illustrative embodiment, the conduit may be deformable and yet semi-rigid so as not to deform under the weight of the presented ornament. In some embodiments, a sleeve may be configured to provide an electrical signal to a light emitting device for illuminating the ornament. The sleeve may include a light emitting device within a top hollow of the sleeve. ​


One-belt harness

One-belt harness

​​​​Apparatus and associated methods relate to a body-worn unitary harness having a shoulder portion and a waist portion in tensile communication with one another, such that both the shoulder and the waist portions can be simultaneously adjusted using a single adjustment mechanism to conform to a wearer's body. In an illustrative embodiment, a length of webbing may thread through an angle-turning buckle and change direction therein. Tensile forces in the length of webbing may be directed in different directions on either side of the angle-turning buckle. ​


Dust sensor with mass separation fluid channels and fan control

Dust sensor with mass separation fluid channels and fan control

A particulate matter (PM) sensor. The sensor comprises a mass separation fluid tunnel body defining a fluid inflow channel, a first fluid channel branch opening off of the inflow channel and having a first outlet, a second fluid channel branch opening off of the inflow channel and having a second outlet, and a fluid port between the first fluid channel branch and the second fluid channel branch, a fan located downstream of the first outlet and the second outlet, a photodetector located in the first fluid channel branch, and a computing device coupled to the photodetector having a processor and a memory storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, determines a mass concentration of particles in the first fluid channel branch based on an output of the photodetector.


Pneumatic Distribution System

Pneumatic distribution system using shared pump plenum

Apparatus and associated methods relate to a pneumatic distribution system having pneumatic pump that exhausts
into a common plenum that is in fluid communication with
a plurality of flow controllers. In an illustrative embodiment, a system controller may coordinate the operation of the one
or more pneumatic pumps and the plurality of flow controllers to provide air pressure control to a system of pneumatic
chambers. 



LED light re-direction accessory

LED light re-direction accessory

Apparatus and associated methods relate to development of a LED system with high thermal dissipation power relative to the system weight by the inclusion of open regions. The open regions reduce the weight of the optical system while improving airflow. Associated optics are described to efficiently and evenly distribute the light from an LED by tailoring the optical distribution. In addition, circuitry and methods are described to allow for the LED system to operate with existing power sources such as ballast or offline AC voltage sources or both.



Pest repelling device

Pest repelling device

Apparatus and associated methods relate to a pest repelling magnetic field generating device (PRD) having a temperature sensor to detect the temperature of a solenoid coil during operation. The detected temperature to be used to ensure that the PRD operates within an ideal temperature range. Additionally, a fan is oriented within a housing of the PRD to force the flow of air from inside a housing of the PRD to outside a housing the PRD. In an illustrative example, the PRD may shut off if the temperature of the solenoid coil moves outside the ideal temperature range.



Intelligent call lead generation

Intelligent call lead generation

A computerized method and system for intelligent call lead generation is disclosed. The method includes receiving a telephone number and request for communication from a consumer, identifying an enterprise contact based at least in part on the request for communication, placing a first telephone call to the telephone number with a communication system and a second telephone call to a second telephone number associated with the enterprise contact with the communication system, merging the first telephone call and the second telephone call with the communication system into a merged call, and transmitting communication between the consumer and the enterprise contact with the communication system through the merged call.


Attachment Bracket

Attachment bracket

An attachment bracket or reinforcement plate is provided. The bracket is attached to an area of the respective product and provides an attachment location which is durable and maintains the structure of an inside corner of a cut in a melamine or wood product. In certain examples described herein, these storage systems may be held on a wall using a rail system. That is, a rail is attached to the wall which has an outward extending rail arm and upward extending flange. The flange engages with a notch or slot in the attachment bracket, which is secured to the melamine or wood product.



System and method for selecting a respirator

System and method for selecting a respirator

Apparatus and associated methods may relate to a system for predicting a respirator fit by comparing a respirator model in a deformed state to a specific facial model. In an illustrative example, an internal measurement may be calculated between an inside part of the respirator model and the facial model. The internal measurement may be compared against a predetermined threshold to determine a fit of the respirator model, for example. In various implementations, the internal measurement may be a distance and/or a volume between the respirator and facial model. 



Area-efficient high-accuracy bandgap voltage reference circuit

Area-efficient high-accuracy bandgap voltage reference circuit

An integrated circuit includes a reference voltage circuit. The reference voltage circuit includes a bipolar junction transistor (BJT) configured to receive a first current during a first phase of a clock cycle to generate a first base-emitter junction voltage, and receive a second current during a second phase of the clock cycle to generate a second base-emitter junction voltage. The reference voltage circuit includes a switched capacitor circuit configured to provide a reference voltage associated with the first base-emitter junction voltage and the second base-emitter junction voltage. 



Dual input voltage constant power indicator

Dual input voltage constant power indicator

Apparatus and associated methods relate to a dual-input voltage range compatible light adapted to reconfigure two light elements in series or in parallel and make corresponding current limit adaptations, in response to the input voltage entering one of two predetermined ranges. In an illustrative example, the lighting elements may be strings of LEDs. The current limit may be regulated, for example, by two linear current regulators. In various examples, the current through each of the light elements may be maintained at a predetermined current level independent of the input voltage range. 



Circuit arrangement with transaction timeout detection

Dual input voltage constant power indicator

The disclosure describes a circuit arrangement that includes a master circuit and a slave circuit. The master circuit generates transactions, and the slave circuit generates responses to the transactions from the master circuit. A first circuit is coupled between the master circuit and the slave circuit. The first circuit determines for each transaction from the master circuit whether the slave circuit generates an expected number of responses within a timeout period. For each transaction for which the slave circuit does not generate the expected number of responses within the timeout period, the first circuit generates and transmits the expected number of responses to the master circuit.



Variable differential transformer position sensor with a trapezoidal primary coil

​A transformer includes a bobbin, a primary coil, and a pair of secondary coils. The bobbin has an axial bore formed therein. The primary coil is wound on the bobbin and is adapted to be electrically excited with an excitation signal. The secondary coils are disposed adjacent to the primary coil, and are inductively coupled to the primary coil upon electrical excitation of the primary coil. The primary coil is wound on the bobbin such that at least a portion of the primary coil has a cross section shape that is a trapezoid.



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Measuring Components of Jitter

Apparatus and associated systems, methods and computer program products relate to isolating horizontal jitter component(s) from vertical jitter component(s). In preferred embodiments, at least one horizontal component of jitter is distinguished from at least one component of vertical jitter by fitting a curve to a digitally acquired waveform, determining the curve slope and statistical variance about the fitted curve over at least one time period, identifying a functional relationship between the variance and slope, and determining therefrom at least one horizontal component of jitter and at least one vertical component of jitter. 



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Use of 8-bit or higher A/D for NAND cell value

A system and method, including computer software, for storing digital information uses multiple NAND flash memory cells. Each memory cell is adapted to receive charge during a write operation to an analog voltage that corresponds to a data value having a binary representation of more than 4 bits. An analog-to-digital converter converts the analog voltage from each memory cell into a digital representation of the analog voltage during a read operation of each cell.




Current Waveform Construction to Generate AC Power

Current Waveform Construction to Generate AC Power

Methods and apparatus to provide low harmonic distortion AC power for distribution by converting energy from natural or renewable sources into electrical form, and constructing a current waveform on a primary winding of a transformer by recapturing inductive energy previously stored in the transformer so as to transform the converted electrical energy into substantially sinusoidal AC voltage at a secondary winding of the transformer. 




Litigation quality patent

User Interface for Maintaining Categorization Schemes

A graphical user interface (GUI) tool for maintaining categorization schemes includes a categorization area that displays user-input fields which may be used to define a number of categories and a number of links that form a categorization scheme. The categorization scheme is organized to enable the computer-executed process to categorize the data. The categorization causes the selection of categories that correspond to the data. The selection is made by making a category determination beginning at the top level and proceeding to the children of categories that correspond to the data.




Automated Pharmacy admixture system

Automated pharmacy admixture system (APAS)

An Automated Pharmacy Admixture System (APAS) may include a manipulator that transports medical containers such as bags, vials, or syringes about a substantially aseptic admixing chamber. In a preferred implementation, a gripper assembly is configured to substantially universally grasp and retain syringes, IV bags, and vials of varying shapes and sizes. In an illustrative embodiment, a gripping device may include claws configured to grasp a plurality of different types of IV bags, each type having a different fill port configuration. 




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