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9309551 Electrical devices with enhanced electrochemical activity and manufacturing methods thereof  
In some aspects, a device is provided having a member with a region of enhanced electrochemical activity. In one aspect, a sensor of enhanced electrochemical activity is provided for detecting an...
9308623 Multi-disk chemical mechanical polishing pad conditioners and methods  
A pad conditioner may include multiple independently mounted conditioning elements configured to condition a polishing pad used in, e.g., a chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) process. In some...
9301080 Methods and apparatus for reducing cellular telephone radiation exposure  
In some aspects, a cellular telephone includes (1) a user interface portion having a communications circuit; and (2) a cellular portion having a first communications circuit adapted to communicate...
9300321 Light detection and ranging (LiDAR)data compression and decompression methods and apparatus  
Methods and apparatus for lossless LiDAR LAS file compression and decompression are provided that include predictive coding, variable-length coding, and arithmetic coding. The predictive coding...
9300129 Reverse battery protection for battery-powered devices  
Reverse battery protection circuits for devices powered by batteries coupled in parallel can include both P-channel and N-channel MOSFETs. Each positive battery terminal connector of a...
9296105 Vibration-controlled substrate handling robots, systems, and methods  
Embodiments disclose a vibration-controlled robot apparatus. The apparatus includes a robot having an end effector operable to transport a substrate, a sensor coupled to the robot, the sensor...
9295599 Methods and systems for a dynamic support mattress to treat and reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers  
Systems, methods, and apparatus are provided for preventing and treating pressure ulcers in bedfast patients. The invention includes providing a non-powered mattress having a first zone adapted to...
9281222 Wafer handling systems and methods  
A wafer handling system may include upper and lower linked robot arms that may move a wafer along a nonlinear trajectory between chambers of a semiconductor processing system. These features may...
9272185 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...
9246089 Nonvolatile memory cell without a dielectric antifuse having high- and low-impedance states  
A memory cell according to the present invention comprises a bottom conductor, a doped semiconductor pillar, and a top conductor. The memory cell does not include a dielectric rupture antifuse...
9245254 Enhanced voice conferencing with history, language translation and identification  
Techniques for ability enhancement are described. Some embodiments provide an ability enhancement facilitator system (“AEFS”) configured to enhance voice conferencing among multiple speakers. Some...
9215784 Networked, wireless lighting control system with distributed intelligence  
A programmable lighting control system integrates time-based, sensor-based, and manual control of lighting and other loads. The system includes one or more groups of controlled lighting areas,...
9204829 Multistrip cartridge  
A test meter for analyzing a body fluid sample applied to a test strip includes an outer housing having an opening, an actuator, and a cartridge positioned adjacent the outer housing. The...
9202738 Pneumatic end effector apparatus and substrate transportation systems with annular flow channel  
Systems, apparatus and methods including pneumatic end effectors for transporting substrates between system components of electronic device manufacturing systems are provided. In one aspect, an...
9202539 Methods and apparatus for reducing programming time of a memory cell  
A method is provided for programming a memory cell having a first terminal coupled to a word line and a second terminal coupled to a bit line. During a first predetermined time interval, the word...
9202013 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...
9194837 Analyte sensors and systems including retention tab and methods of manufacturing same  
In some aspects, an analyte sensor is provided for detecting an analyte concentration level in a biological fluid sample. The analyte sensor has a base including a top and bottom side, a lid, and...
9188556 Temperature sensing analyte sensors, systems, and methods of manufacturing and using same  
An analyte sensor is provided for detecting an analyte concentration level in a bio-fluid sample. The analyte sensor has a base, a first electrode and a second electrode wherein a thermocouple...
9187218 Closure device  
A closure device (1) for closing an opening in a container lid and the use of the closure device (1) in a container lid is provided for covering reagent vessel containers in automatic analysis...
9177842 Degassing apparatus adapted to process substrates in multiple tiers with second actuator  
Substrate transport systems, apparatus, and methods are described. In one aspect, the systems are disclosed having vertically stacked transfer chamber bodies. In one embodiment, a common robot...
9173597 Analyte sensors, systems, testing apparatus and manufacturing methods  
In some aspects, an analyte sensor is provided for detecting an analyte concentration level in a bio-fluid sample. The analyte sensor may include one or more conductors received in a hollow...
9164113 Methods, systems, and apparatus adapted to transfer sample containers  
A method adapted to transfer a sample container such as a capped sample tube is disclosed. In one aspect, the method includes gripping a sample tube body with a first gripper pair and a cap with a...
9164056 System and method for detecting used and dried sensors  
Systems and methods for detecting dried test strips are provided, where a dried test strip may be one that has been re-inoculated with a biological sample after having already been previously...
9159236 Presentation of shared threat information in a transportation-related context  
Techniques for ability enhancement are described. In some embodiments, devices and systems located in a transportation network share threat information with one another, in order to enhance a...
9152562 Storage sub-system for a computer comprising write-once memory devices and write-many memory devices and related method  
Methods and apparatus for a solid state non-volatile storage sub-system of a computer is provided. The storage sub-system may include a write-many storage sub-system memory device including...
9147592 Linked vacuum processing tools and methods of using the same  
In some embodiments, a linked processing tool system is provided that includes (1) a first processing tool having at least a first transfer chamber configured to couple to a plurality of...
9139468 Optical fiber sensors having long active lengths, systems, and methods  
Optical fiber sensors adapted to measure strain or pressure are disclosed. The optical fiber sensor has a lead-in optical fiber having an end surface at a forward end, and a first optical element...
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...


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