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9134985 Live data as a service and corresponding programming infrastructure  
Techniques for live data management are described. Some embodiments provide a Live Data Management System (“LDMS”) that provides a facility for managing live data objects and for efficiently...
D738507 Monitoring system  
9119461 High stiffness, anti-slip scrubber brush assembly, high-stiffness mandrel, subassemblies, and assembly methods  
In one aspect, a scrubber brush assembly is provided. The scrubber brush assembly includes a scrubber brush having a body of open-cell foam including an interior surface, a sleeve received in...
9117865 Robot systems, apparatus, and methods having independently rotatable waists  
Electronic device processing systems and robot apparatus are described. The systems and apparatus are adapted to efficiently pick or place substrates into twin chambers by having independently...
9111800 Floating body memory cell system and method of manufacture  
A plurality of integrated circuit features are provided in the context of an array of memory cells including a plurality of word lines and a plurality of bit lines. Each memory cell includes a...
9110457 Methods, systems, and apparatus for calibration of a positional offset between an end effector and a position sensor  
Disclosed are systems and apparatus adapted to aid in calibration of an offset position—between a position sensor and an end effector in a processing system. The system includes a robotic...
9107012 Vehicular threat detection based on audio signals  
Techniques for ability enhancement are described. Some embodiments provide an ability enhancement facilitator system (“AEFS”) configured to enhance a user's ability to operate or function in a...
9092650 Methods and apparatus for automated detection of the presence and type of caps on vials and containers  
Methods, systems and apparatus for determining the presence of a cap on a container are provided. An exemplary method comprises capturing an image of an object; extracting an area of interest from...
9091672 Retaining device for a pipetting needle  
The invention relates to a retaining device (1) for a hollow needle (12) of a pipetting device in an automatic analysis apparatus. The retaining device (1) comprises a first retaining element (2),...
9085413 Methods and systems adapted to handle sticky sample containers  
Disclosed are methods and systems adapted to aid in a handling of sample containers (e.g., sample containers) in a processing or testing system. The method includes a sequence of motions of...
9082786 Method of fabricating a self-aligning damascene memory structure  
A method of forming a memory cell is provided. The method includes forming a first pillar-shaped element that includes a first semiconductor material, forming a first opening self-aligned with the...
9076830 Robot systems and apparatus adapted to transport dual substrates in electronic device manufacturing with wrist drive motors mounted to upper arm  
Substrate transport systems and robot apparatus are provided. The systems are adapted to pick or place a substrate at a destination by independently rotating an upper arm, a forearm, and dual...
9076829 Robot systems, apparatus, and methods adapted to transport substrates in electronic device manufacturing  
Substrate transport systems, apparatus, and methods are described. The systems are adapted to efficiently put or pick substrates at a destination by rotating a boom linkage to a position adjacent...
9071676 Component illumination apparatus, systems, and electronic devices and methods of manufacturing and using same  
Apparatus for illuminating one or more components of an electronic device having a visual display (e.g., a backlit display), such as one or more keys of keyboards, one or more interface ports, or...
9064152 Vehicular threat detection based on image analysis  
Techniques for ability enhancement are described. Some embodiments provide an ability enhancement facilitator system (“AEFS”) configured to enhance a user's ability to operate or function in a...
9063107 Apparatus, systems, and methods adapted to rinse and dry clinical analyzer sample probes  
A rinsing and drying apparatus of a clinical analyzer probe drain station is provided. The rinsing and drying apparatus has a group of nozzles that are offset from a longitudinal axis of a probe...
9061394 Systems and methods for substrate polishing end point detection using improved friction measurement  
Methods, apparatus, and systems for polishing a substrate are provided. The invention includes an upper platen; a torque/strain measurement instrument coupled to the upper platen; and a lower...
9053329 Systems and methods for validated secure data access  
Methods, systems, and techniques for securing access to stored data are provided. Example embodiments provide a Storage Management System (“SMS”) that is configured to facilitate protected...
9053096 Language translation based on speaker-related information  
Techniques for ability enhancement are described. Some embodiments provide an ability enhancement facilitator system (“AEFS”) configured to automatically translate utterances from a first to a...
9052300 Methods, systems, and apparatus to determine a clot carryout condition upon probe retraction during sample aspiration and dispensing  
A method of determining a condition of clot carryout from a sample container containing a sample fluid is disclosed. During aspiration of a fluid sample (e.g., blood), a level sensor, such as a...
9050700 Methods and apparatus for an improved polishing head retaining ring  
Methods, apparatus, and systems are provided for retaining a substrate in a polishing head of a CMP system. The invention includes a flexible inner retaining ring adapted to contour to an edge of...
9033644 Boom drive apparatus, multi-arm robot apparatus, electronic device processing systems, and methods for transporting substrates in electronic device manufacturing systems with web extending from hub  
Boom drive apparatus for substrate transport systems and methods are described. The boom drive apparatus is adapted to drive one or more multi-arm robots rotationally mounted to the boom to...
9022953 Lancet analyte sensors and methods of manufacturing  
In some aspects, an analyte sensor is provided for obtaining and detecting an analyte concentration level in a bio-fluid sample. The analyte sensor has a sensor body including a semiconductor...
9021483 Making hardware objects and operations thread-safe  
Performance in object-oriented systems may be improved by allowing multiple concurrent hardware control and diagnostic operations to run concurrently on the system while preventing race...
9015090 Evaluating a questionable network communication  
Identifying a questionable network address from a network communication. In an embodiment, a network device receives an incoming or outgoing connection request, a web page, an email, or other...
9013176 Methods and apparatus for sensing a substrate in a load cup  
Methods, apparatus, and systems are provided for detecting the presence of a substrate in a load cup. The invention includes a proximity sensor having a detection pad disposed below a contact...
9008833 Dynamic routing control methods and systems for a cluster tool  
Systems, methods, and apparatus are provided for operating a cluster tool including receiving recipe time data; receiving transfer time data; receiving process programs and associated substrate...
9004107 Methods and apparatus for enhanced gas flow rate control  
The present invention provides methods and apparatus for controlling gas flow to a semiconductor-processing chamber. The invention includes deactivating ratio setpoint feedback control in a flow...
9002096 Method and apparatus for determining a liquid level in a container using imaging  
Methods, systems and apparatus for determining a level of a sample are provided. An image of a sample housed in a container is captured, wherein the image is represented as a two dimensional array...
8994950 Methods and apparatus for sensing a substrate in a chamber  
The present invention provides methods, apparatus, and systems of sensing a substrate in a chamber. The invention includes emitting radiation of at least two different wavelengths; directing the...
8981347 Memory cell that includes a sidewall collar for pillar isolation and methods of forming the same  
A method of forming a memory cell is provided. The method includes forming a steering element pillar having a first stiffness and a sidewall, forming a sidewall collar along at least a portion of...
8979711 System and method for improving fitness equipment and exercise  
In a first aspect, a method is provided that includes the steps of (1) providing a monitor for determining a level of exercise performance performed by an exerciser and for outputting a signal...
8976007 Systems and methods for providing biofeedback information to a cellular telephone and for using such information  
The present invention provides systems, methods and apparatus for a wearable band adapted to be worn by a user. The wearable band may include one or more biometric sensors such as a pulse monitor...
8974605 Methods and apparatus for conserving electronic device manufacturing resources  
A method for operating an electronic device manufacturing system is provided, including: introducing an inert gas into a process tool vacuum pump at a first flow rate while the process tool is...
8969923 Methods and apparatus for layout of three dimensional matrix array memory for reduced cost patterning  
Apparatus, methods, and systems are provided for a memory layer layout for a three-dimensional memory. The memory layer includes a plurality of memory array blocks; a plurality of memory lines...
8969098 Methods and systems providing reagent mixing  
Disclosed are methods and systems adapted to provide mixing of a liquid reagent in an automated clinical analyzer. The methods include aspirating an air separator (e.g., an air slug) into the...
8968055 Methods and apparatus for pre-chemical mechanical planarization buffing module  
The present invention provides methods and apparatus for a pre-CMP semiconductor substrate buffing module. The invention includes a polishing pad assembly adapted to be rotated against a major...
8951861 Methods of making a high-density nonvolatile memory  
Methods are provided for forming a monolithic three dimensional memory array. An example method includes: (a) forming a first plurality of substantially parallel, substantially coplanar conductors...
8947226 Bands for measuring biometric information  
In some aspects, a system is provided that includes (1) a wrist band having one or more sensors that measure biometric data of a user wearing the band; and (2) a display on the band that displays...
8946017 Method of making a TFT charge storage memory cell having high-mobility corrugated channel  
Numerous other aspects are provided a method for making a nonvolatile memory cell. The method includes forming a non-planar dielectric structure, and conformally depositing a semiconductor layer...
8944960 Methods and apparatus for monitoring and encouraging health and fitness  
Methods and apparatus are provided for monitoring and encouraging health and fitness. In accordance with a first aspect, an apparatus is provided that is adapted to assist in weight loss and...
8942531 Optical fuse devices, optical fiber lines, and methods of manufacturing same  
An optical fuse device adapted to be placed in between ends of lead-in fibers of an optical fiber line. The optical fuse device has a destructible region having a core, the destructible region...
8939831 Systems and methods for improving fitness equipment and exercise  
The present invention provides systems for and methods of playing a video game that includes providing a game character having a virtual appearance characteristic, receiving an input signal...
8934995 Disparity correction for location-aware distributed sporting events  
Various embodiments facilitate location-aware distributed competitions. In one embodiment, a system facilitates a distributed sporting event that includes multiple players traveling over...
8934652 Visual presentation of speaker-related information  
Techniques for ability enhancement are described. Some embodiments provide an ability enhancement facilitator system (“AEFS”) configured to determine and present speaker-related information based...
8897903 Location-aware distributed sporting events  
Various embodiments facilitate location-aware distributed competitions. In one embodiment, a system facilitates a distributed sporting event that includes multiple players traveling over courses...
8888583 Systems and methods for portable exergaming  
In a first aspect, a system for playing a video game is provided that includes (1) one or more sensors adapted to monitor one or more biometric parameters of a user and communicate the one or more...
8886354 Methods, systems and apparatus for rapid exchange of work material  
Systems, apparatus and methods for the rapid exchange of work material in a facility processing substrates (e.g., LCD panels, solar panels, semiconductor wafers, or the like) are disclosed. The...
8883589 Counter doping compensation methods to improve diode performance  
A method of forming a memory cell is provided, the method including forming a diode including a first region having a first conductivity type, counter-doping the diode to change the first region...
8878235 Memory cell that employs a selectively fabricated carbon nano-tube reversible resistance-switching element and methods of forming the same  
In some aspects, a method of fabricating a memory cell is provided that includes fabricating a steering element above a substrate, and fabricating a reversible-resistance switching element coupled...


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