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10482747 Vehicle occupant detection system  
Various implementations of an occupant detection system may be used in a vehicle to detect the presence of a living occupant (human or otherwise) and generate a warning. The warning may be...
10468980 Systems, methods, and devices for simultaneous wireless and wired power transfer  
Systems, devices, controllers, and methods for simultaneous transfer of wireless and wired power are described herein. An example device can include a power converter or inverter circuit having a...
10458117 Microencapsulation of materials using cenospheres  
Disclosed are methods for incorporating core materials such as phase change materials or admixtures into building materials like concrete. The methods use cenospheres, which are then etched and...
US20190318860 IRON-ALUMINUM ALLOY MAGNETIC THIN FILM  
An Fe—Al alloy magnetic thin film according to the present invention contains, in terms of atomic ratio, 0% to 35% (inclusive of 0%) of Co and 1.5% to 2% of Al. A direction of a crystal contained...
10433666 Liquid container systems and methods for monitoring user hydration  
A smart beverage container may be used to monitor user hydration. The container has at least one sensor for sensing an amount of liquid within the container. The liquid is monitored over time to...
US20190298600 MOTORIZED ROBOTIC WALKER GUIDED BY AN IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR HUMAN WALKING ASSISTANCE  
A motorized robotic walker is capable of moving automatically with the user through an algorithmic process using a 3D camera image processing system. The image processing system can measure...
US20190296643 SYSTEMS, METHODS AND DEVICES FOR CONTROL OF DC/DC CONVERTERS AND A STANDALONE DC MICROGRID USING ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORKS  
An example method for controlling a DC/DC converter or a standalone DC microgrid comprises an artificial neural network (ANN) based control method integrated with droop control. The ANN is trained...
US20190296168 THIN FILM SOLAR CELLS AND METHODS OF MAKING THEREOF  
Disclosed herein are thin film solar cells comprising antimony chalcogenide layers deposited via close spaced sublimation, and methods of making thereof.
US20190275199 PRINTING OF BIOPOLYMERS FROM IONIC LIQUID  
Compositions and methods of printing a three-dimensional (3D) article from a printing composition comprising a biopolymer are described. In addition to the biopolymer, the printing composition...
US20190275093 TROPIC CELL BASED VIROTHERAPY FOR THE TREATMENT OF CANCER  
In some embodiments, methods of killing tumor cells are provided. The methods may include contacting the tumor cell with a tropic cell that carries a modified oncolytic virus, wherein the virus...
10407182 Unmanned aerial vehicle docking system  
An unmanned aerial vehicle docking system can include a docking arm and a docking station. The docking arm can be mounted on the UAV and include a rod with an interface element positioned on top...
US20190269130 DOUBLE SALT IONIC LIQUIDS OF HERBICIDES  
Disclosed are compositions and methods of preparing compositions of active herbicidal ingredients comprising two or more active herbicidal ingredients. Also disclosed are methods of using the...
10403425 Layered Heusler alloys and methods for the fabrication and use thereof  
Disclosed herein are layered Heusler alloys. The layered Heusler alloys can comprise a first layer comprising a first Heusler alloy with a face-centered cubic (fcc) crystal structure and a second...
10392305 Addition of carbon dioxide to concrete mixtures  
A method for reducing the net amount of carbon dioxide generated in the manufacture of concrete by pre-carbonating calcium rich cementitious materials prior to the addition of ordinary Portland...
US20190231645 Systems And Methods For Determining Container Contents, Locations, And Surroundings  
Systems and methods are provided for determining whether and/or when a patient is taking his or her medication and, when appropriate, providing reminders and/or alerts to the patient to improve...
10367437 Systems, methods and devices for approximate dynamic programming vector controllers for operation of IPM motors in linear and over modulation regions  
Described herein is an approximate dynamic programming (ADP) vector controller for control of a permanent magnet (PM) motor. The ADP controller is developed using the full dynamic equation of a PM...
10359603 Lightweight adaptive metal cooled mirrors  
The present disclosure generally pertains to lightweight adaptive metal cooled mirrors and methods of producing the same. The metal mirror surface is integrated with and supported by metal...
10357762 Mixed metal double salt ionic liquids with tunable acidity  
Disclosed are double salt ionic liquids that include at least one organic cation and at least two metal halide anions. Methods of making the double salt ionic liquids can include combining two or...
US20190222947 SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BROADCASTING AUDIO  
A sound system for broadcasting audio is disclosed. The sound system utilizes speaker unit carried by a lighter-than-air airship that is connected to a base station using a tether. The airship...
US20190221742 RAPID METAL OXIDE LAYER-SPECIFIC PHOTONIC TREATMENT USING UV LED FOR FABRICATION OF FLEXIBLE PEROVSKITE STRUCTURES  
Methods of forming a perovskite-containing film comprising depositing one or more metal oxide layers onto a substrate; and irradiating each metal oxide layer with a UV LED light source after...
10353124 Omni-directional ultra-thin reflection optical filters and methods of fabrication  
A reflection optical filter has an ultra-thin semi-transparent layer and a thin layer of semiconductor (or dielectric) layer deposited onto a metal film surface at a certain thickness...
10352963 Dynamic sweep-plow microcantilever device and methods of use  
Implementations include a dynamic sweep-plow microcantilever (DSPM) device for nano-machining, nano-manufacturing, and nano-imaging using SPMs (e.g., an AFM). The DSPM device includes two...
10350544 Gas treating solutions containing imidazole-amine compounds  
Systems comprising a composition where an imidazole is tethered to an amine and a solvent are described herein. Methods of their preparation and use are also described herein. The methods of using...
US20190207317 CAVITY-BACKED SPIRAL ANTENNA WITH PERTURBATION ELEMENTS  
Satellites require a suitable antenna for line of sight microwave communication with the ground. Disclosed here is an Archimedean spiral antenna backed by a copper cavity containing quadruple...
US20190194588 PARTITIONING DEVICE FOR CREATING A COMPETITIVE ASSAY PLATFORM  
Various implementations include a competitive assay platform with a partitioning device disposed in a well. The well has a bottom surface, a central axis, and a side surface. The partitioning...
US20190193020 REDUCING ACID GASES FROM STREAMS  
Methods of reducing acid gas from a stream, comprising contacting the stream with a solvent system comprising a glycerol derivative are described herein. Disclosed herein is a composition...
10333390 Systems and methods for providing vector control of a grid connected converter with a resonant circuit grid filter  
An example system for controlling a grid-connected energy source using a neural network is described herein. The example system can include a grid-connected converter (“GCC”) operably coupled...
10319272 Vehicular brightness limiting system  
A sensor of a brightness limiting system of a vehicle may sense light from light sources around the vehicle and provide a light measurement signal. The light measurement signal may include...
10317324 Specimen testing systems and methods  
A specimen testing system has holders that hold a specimen for testing. The holders brace the specimen so that a load may be applied. A load applicator applies a load to the specimen at a location...
US20190165591 POWER ELECTRONICS CHARGE COUPLER FOR VEHICLE-TO-VEHICLE FAST ENERGY SHARING  
A power electronics charge coupler (PECC) unit allows vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) energy transfer by forming a bidirectional buck/boost converter for supplying rapid energy transfer with wide...
US20190165476 LOW-PROFILE MULTI-BAND STACKED PATCH ANTENNA  
The exemplified systems and methods provides a low-profile stacked patch multi-frequency antenna (e.g., a dual-frequency antenna). A design is disclosed which is configured to operate at the...
10304458 Systems and methods for transcribing videos using speaker identification  
A system and method for summarizing video feeds correlated to identified speakers. A transcriber system includes multiple types of reasoning logic for identifying specific speakers contained in...
10298146 Systems and methods for short-time fourier transform spectrogram based and sinusoidality based control  
A method of controlling the stability of a power converter in a closed-loop control system. The method includes inputting a variable to be controlled such as an output voltage of the power...
10264407 Intelligent multi-bean medium access control in ku-band for mission-oriented mobile mesh networks  
A MAC design for Ku-band mobile wireless mesh network with multi-beam smart antennas is disclosed. This MAC includes an overlay control that separates the collision domain. It also has lower layer...
10260171 Methods for making carbon fibers for high temperature applications  
The present invention relates to a method for the continuous production of low thermal conductivity endless filament yarns with a compact, homogeneous structural morphology. The presently...
10246395 Methods of acylation with an ionic liquid catalyzing medium  
Described herein are methods of acylating an aryl substrate comprising combining a substituted aryl substrate with an acylating agent in the presence of a catalyzing medium, thereby acylating the...
10244990 Systems and methods for rehabilitation of limb motion  
Systems and methods for rehabilitation of limb motion are described herein. An example system can include a thermal imaging device for imaging a subject or a plurality of sensors for sensing force...
US20190096221 VEHICLE OCCUPANT DETECTION SYSTEM  
Various implementations of an occupant detection system may be used in a vehicle to detect the presence of a living occupant (human or otherwise) and generate a warning. The warning may be...
10239936 Methods and compositions related to soluble monoclonal variable lymphocyte receptors of defined antigen specificity  
Disclosed are compositions and methods related to variable lymphocyte receptors (VLRs). More particularly, disclosed are a variety of antigen specific polypeptides, including soluble, monoclonal,...
10238699 Tropic cell based virotherapy for the treatment of cancer  
In some embodiments, methods of killing tumor cells are provided. The methods may include contacting the tumor cell with a tropic cell that carries a modified oncolytic virus, wherein the virus...
US20190083966 LIGHT DRIVEN METAL PINCER PHOTOCATALYSTS FOR CARBON DIOXIDE REDUCTION TO CARBON MONOXIDE  
Disclosed are N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) and 4-pyridinol-derived pincer ligands and metal complexes containing these ligands. These compounds can be used to photocatalyticaly reduce CO2 to CO.
US20190060883 MAGNETIC PARTICLE-IONIC LIQUID COMPOSITE MATERIALS AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USE THEREOF  
Described herein are magnetic particle-ionic liquid composite materials, and methods of making and use thereof. The magnetic particle-ionic liquid composite materials can comprise an ionic liquid...
US20190057624 BIOFIDELIC CONDUCTIVE SKIN SIMULANT  
Described are biofidelic conductive skin simulants closely mimicking the biomechanical properties of natural human skin, including vaginal skin tissue. The conductive simulant contains a siloxane...
US20190055661 METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING  
Methods and systems for producing a three-dimensional structure using electrochemical additive manufacturing are described herein. The methods can comprise injecting a growth control solution into...
US20190054526 METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HEAT TREATING FEEDSTOCK POWDER  
Disclosed are methods and apparatuses for processing a powder alloy to improve its microstructure. The methods for processing the powder alloy can include introducing the powder alloy into a...
10205247 Antenna modules having ferrite substrates  
An antenna module (22) has an antenna (21) that is formed on a ferrite substrate (31), and the ferrite substrate is positioned within a small direct current (DC) magnetic field. The magnetic loss...
US20190040209 METHODS FOR DISSOLVING POLYMERS USING MIXTURES OF DIFFERENT IONIC LIQUIDS AND COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING THE MIXTURES  
Disclosed are methods for dissolving biopolymers and synthetic polymers using mixtures of different ionic liquids and compositions comprising the mixture. The methods involve contacting a polymer...
10195587 Synthesis of hierarchically porous monoliths by a co-gelation method  
Disclosed are methods for making monolithic carbon materials as single bodies containing networks of pores in the mesopore and macropores that incorporate nanoparticles of various metals and metal...
10191076 Airflow sensing systems and methods  
A flow of air induces vibration of a tip of an airflow sensor. A cantilever coupled to the tip vibrates as the tip is displaced, and a piezoelectric element associated with the cantilever...
US20190027981 LOW TORQUE RIPPLE SPOKE-TYPE PERMANENT MAGNET MOTOR  
Various implementations include a spoke-type rotor design that exhibits low torque ripple with competitive torque density. The rotor includes a rotor core, rotor core (RC) magnets, nonmagnetic...