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Code reader and code reading method for color image
Publication/Patent Number: US6976631B2 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 10/443,534 Filing Date: 2003-05-21 Inventor: Kashi, Motofumi   Fujita, Shinji   Assignee: Tohken Co., Ltd.   IPC: Abstract: A code reader for color images, which can simultaneously accept a one-dimensional code or a two-dimensional code and data of a color image of a subject for management and which can record both the data in mapping with each other, is provided. The code reader comprises color image pickup structure for picking up the code and also a color image of a subject for management as is specified by identification information contained in the code; code-recognizing-data extraction structure for extracting luminance data from the color image data picked up by the color image pickup structure, and for writing gray scale data into a first frame memory as data for recognizing the code; and recorded-image extraction structure for extracting color data from the color image data picked up by the color image pickup structure, and for writing the color data into a second frame memory.
Method of providing IC card service, card terminal, and IC card
Publication/Patent Number: US6976635B2 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 09/791,618 Filing Date: 2001-02-26 Inventor: Ashizawa, Minoru   Mishina, Yusuke   Ohki, Masaru   Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.   IPC: Abstract: There have been some problems in the conventional IC card such as a card holder has to memorize his PIN, the set of conditions for the combination of IC cards has been impossible, a self-governing body has been unable to issue a resident cart for the utilization of public facilities to a resident in the neighboring self-governing body. In the present invention, an attribute-information storage means for an associated-IC-card application is provided in a first IC card for storing attribute information of the IC-card application of a second IC card, and the list of selectable IC-card applications is displayed based on the reliance relation predicated on attribute information and the selection by users can be accepted. Owing to the present invention the following can be realized: the memorization of one's PIN is not needed, in the point service in the shopping district, points can be doubled by a certain combination condition of IC cards, the issue of an IC card by a self-governing body is made possible on condition that a resident has his resident card issued by the neighboring self-governing body, and it is made possible to electronically process the administration entries which require a plurality of documents to be attached.
Air gun with a quick-releasing device
Publication/Patent Number: US6976640B2 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 10/726,513 Filing Date: 2003-12-04 Inventor: Chen, Kuo-liang   Assignee: DOYO ENGINEERING CO., LTD.   IPC: Abstract: An air gun with a quick-releasing device has a body, a head tube attached to the body and a detachably functional tip, wherein the quick-releasing device is attached to a distal end of the head tube to secure the detachably functional tip. The quick-releasing device has a slit defined in the distal end of the head tube to communicate with an inner space of the head tube, a locking sheet movably received inside the slit to partially enter the inner space of the head tube, and a locking lever pivotally mounted on the head tube to drive the locking sheet to move in a vertical direction. Thereby, the locking sheet is allowed to leave the inner space of the head tube when a user presses the locking lever to enable easy release of the attached functional tip and then to exchange the original tip for another functional tip.
Optical elements and methods for making thereof
Publication/Patent Number: US6976641B2 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 10/959,495 Filing Date: 2004-10-05 Inventor: Lai, Shui T.   Sverdrup, Larry   Assignee: Ophthonix, Inc.   IPC: Abstract: Optical elements are made using micro-jet printing methods to precisely control the type, position and amount of polymer deposited onto a substrate. In preferred embodiments, the proportions of two or more different polymer compositions are varied over the course of the deposition process to deposit adjoining polymer pixels in the form of a film on the substrate surface. The optical properties of each adjoining polymer pixel can be selected to provide a predetermined optical property, including a specific value of index of refraction. Preferably, the film has a radially non-monotonic refractive index profile and/or an angularly non-monotonic refractive index profile.
Electromagnetically actuatable valve
Publication/Patent Number: US6976665B2 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 10/843,363 Filing Date: 2004-05-12 Inventor: Seitz, Stefan   Schrade, Andreas   Schnalzger, Guenther   Hueber, Hubert   Kirschner, Martin   Appelt, Ralph   Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH   IPC: Abstract: An electromagnetically actuatable valve for hydraulic control devices in motor vehicles is embodied as a pressure-equalized seat valve in a mode of construction comprising a hydraulic part with a valve dome and an electrical part that can be slipped onto the valve dome. In a magnet valve that is normally open, the tubular tappet that supports the closing member is supported at one point in a first bearing point, in terms of the longitudinal direction, that is embodied as a slide bearing, and a bearing ring that forms the sealing point accomplishes the hydraulic pressure equilibrium with the effective sealing diameter of the closing member that together with the valve seat forms the second bearing point. With the valve, very short switching times, in particular less than 0.5 ms, can be achieved with an economical mode of construction.
System and method for flipping a media sheet
Publication/Patent Number: US6976673B2 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 10/419,677 Filing Date: 2003-04-21 Inventor: Madsen, Jeffrey C.   Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.   IPC: Abstract: A system and method for flipping a media sheet. The novel system (10) includes a first mechanism (20) for inputting a media sheet (12) with a leading edge (22) and a trailing edge (24), a second mechanism (14) for receiving and holding the media sheet (12), a third mechanism (15) for translating the second mechanism (14) from an input position (16) to an output position (18), and a fourth mechanism (26) for outputting the media sheet (12) leading with the former trailing edge (24). In an illustrative embodiment, the second mechanism (14) includes a series of slots, each slot adapted to receive and hold a media sheet. One sheet can be input into a slot at the input position (16) while another sheet is output from a slot at the output position (18). Several slots (14) may be incorporated into the mechanism (10), such that slots index from the input position (16) to the output position (18) with one or more intermediate stops in between.
Amusement device completing composite image by reflection
Publication/Patent Number: US6976678B1 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 10/042,920 Filing Date: 2002-01-08 Inventor: Setteducati, Mark   Assignee: Adjuvants Plus USA, INC.   IPC: Abstract: An amusement device has an image carrying substrate with a corrugated surface with a transverse mirror at a rear end and is marked with first and second sets of strip-like image fragments forming, respectively, first and second composite image components. Image fragments of the second set are both differently shaped, laterally inverted and arranged alternately along the image surface relative to image fragments of the first set so that the corrugations selectively expose image fragments of the first and second sets to the front, away from the reflecting surface, and to the rear, for reflection in the reflecting surface, so that the image fragments of first and second sets combine to form first and second image components, respectively, seen by viewing, simultaneously, directly from the front and by reflection so that first and second image components combine to provide a continuous composite image not readily predicted by a casual spectator.
Slide ring seal assembly including a radial, rotation preventing arrangement
Publication/Patent Number: US6976681B2 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 10/052,443 Filing Date: 2002-01-23 Inventor: Zutx, Hans-henning   Assignee: Federal-Mogul Friedberg GmbH   IPC: Abstract: A slide ring seal assembly includes a slide ring having an axially extending annular leg. The leg has radially outer and radially inner circumferential surfaces and a free axial end. A plurality of circumferentially spaced recesses are provided in leg at the free axial end thereof. Each recess extends from the radially outer surface to the radially inner surface. An annular sealing body surrounds the leg and is seated thereon. Circumferentially spaced, radially inward-oriented extensions forming part of the annular sealing body and projecting into respective recesses are provided in the leg for effecting a form-locking connection between the slide ring and the annular sealing body.
Direct optical amplifier correlating average level of main signal with level of pilot tone signal
Publication/Patent Number: US6977772B2 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 10/619,478 Filing Date: 2003-07-16 Inventor: Yoshida, Hideshi   Assignee: NEC Corporation   IPC: Abstract: The direct optical amplifier of the present invention monitors not only a pilot tone signal but also the main signal, and when the pilot tone signal loses relation to the main signal, re-establishes the relation between the level of the pilot tone signal and the average level of the main signal such that the pilot tone signal again functions as the reference light of the main signal. The average level of the true main signal from which a noise component has been eliminated is determined by means of a wavelength analyzer. The average level of the true main signal that has been determined is correlated with the level of a pilot tone signal that is monitored, whereby the pilot tone signal again functions as the reference light of the main signal. The monitored pilot tone signal is then controlled to obtain the desired average level of the true main signal.
Magnetic pattern transferring method for performing a magnetic pattern transfer while correcting a magnetically different part
Publication/Patent Number: US6977785B2 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 10/107,688 Filing Date: 2002-03-27 Inventor: Nakamura, Yutaka   Komoriya, Hitoshi   Suzuki, Hiroyuki   Hirahara, Takao   Assignee: Fujitsu Limited   IPC: Abstract: A magnetic-pattern transferring method is a method for transferring a magnetic pattern to a magnetic recording medium. The method comprises steps as follows. In a master transferring step, a magnetic field is applied to a master placed close to the magnetic recording medium. The magnetic field excites a magnetic layer having a pattern patterned on the master according to the magnetic pattern. Thereby, the pattern of the magnetic layer is transferred to the magnetic recording medium. In a pattern-difference measuring step, a magnetic condition of the magnetic recording medium is measured so as to measure a magnetically different part between the pattern transferred to the magnetic recording medium and the magnetic pattern. In a magnetic transferring step, a pattern transfer is performed to the magnetic recording medium by using the master while applying the magnetic field so as to correct a magnetic condition of the magnetically different part.
Asymmetric seek velocity profile to improve power failure reliability for rigid disk drive with ramp
Publication/Patent Number: US6977794B1 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 09/905,563 Filing Date: 2001-07-13 Inventor: Sun, Yu   Rice, Mark   Brunnett, Don   Assignee: Maxtor Corporation   IPC: Abstract: A disk drive having a control system which adjusts seek velocity profiles is disclosed. The seek velocity profile is adjusted based on the direction of the seek and the location of the target track. If the seek is away from the ramp, the seek velocity profile is not adjusted. If the seek is toward the ramp, the control system determines the location of the target track. If the target track is within a predefined distance of the ramp, and the transducer velocity exceeds a predetermined velocity, the seek velocity profile is adjusted to limit the deceleration current. The adjustment may be a preset factor, or may be a variable factor depending upon the distance from the target track to the ramp.
Protection of electronic apparatus against static electricity by grounding
Publication/Patent Number: US6977795B2 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 10/119,117 Filing Date: 2002-04-10 Inventor: Matsumura, Hirofumi   Assignee: Pioneer Corporation   IPC: Abstract: An electronic apparatus, such as an on-vehicle navigation system, is provided. The apparatus comprises a hard disc container (2) and a contacting piece (31) for grounding. The hard disc container contains a hard disc unit (7) detachably loaded thereinto. A loading/unloading passage (21) through which the hard disc unit is loaded and unloaded is formed in the container. The contacting piece is disposed in the loading/unloading passage. When the hard disc unit is loaded into the container, the hard disc unit is made to come into contact to the contacting piece before an electrical connection between the hard disc and the hard disc container is realized. Thus, even if static electricity is charged on the hard disc unit, the static electricity is grounded steadily prior to the electrical connection, thereby no harm being given to data stored by a hard disc incorporated in the hard disc unit.
Cartridge having a recording mode switching member
Publication/Patent Number: US6977797B2 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 10/458,251 Filing Date: 2003-06-11 Inventor: Iino, Wataru   Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.   IPC: Abstract: Possibility/impossibility of recording onto a recording medium accommodated in a cartridge is switched by moving a plug for preventing accidental deletion of information recorded on the recording medium along a bottom plate of a lower case. A projecting portion is formed at the plug. A flexible pin projects from an upper case so as to form a detent structure together with the projecting portion. At the time of joining together the upper and lower cases, even when the plug is positioned between a position which express possibility of recording and a position which express impossibility of recording, as the upper and lower cases are joined together, the pin relatively slides along an inclined surface formed at a top end of the projecting portion, and the plug moves to the position which makes recording possible. In this way, assemblability is good.
Magnetic head comprising a multilayer magnetoresistive device and a yoke for introducing magnetic flux from a medium to the magnetoresistive device
Publication/Patent Number: US6977799B2 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 10/896,774 Filing Date: 2004-07-22 Inventor: Hiramoto, Masayoshi   Matsukawa, Nozomu   Odagawa, Akihiro   Iijima, Kenji   Sakakima, Hiroshi   Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.   IPC: Abstract: The present invention provides a magnetic head having improved characteristics, using a magnetoresistive device in which current flows across the film plane such as a TMR device. In a first magnetic head of the present invention, when the area of a non-magnetic layer is defined as a device cross-section area, and the area of a yoke is defined as a yoke area, viewed along the direction perpendicular to the surface of the substrate over which the yoke and the magnetoresistive device are formed, then the device cross-section area is not less than 30% of the yoke area, so that a resistance increase of the device cross-section area is suppressed. In a second magnetic head of the present invention, a magnetoresistive device is formed on a substrate, and a yoke is provided above a non-magnetic layer constituting the device. In a third magnetic head of the present invention, the free layer of the magnetoresistive device includes at least two magnetic films and at least one non-magnetic film that are laminated alternately, and the thickness of the non-magnetic layer is not less than 2 nm and not more than 10 nm, and magnetostatic coupling is dominant. In a fourth magnetic head of the present invention, a magnetic gap is provided adjacent to the magnetoresistive device and the magnetic films are coupled antiferromagnetically.
Shield case for electronic apparatus
Publication/Patent Number: US6977822B2 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 10/336,092 Filing Date: 2003-01-03 Inventor: Otani, Koji   Tanaka, Yutaka   Assignee: Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd.   IPC: Abstract: The position of a connector 36 in the forward direction (Ya direction) is determined by having front end surfaces 36f1, 36g1 of protrusions 36f, 36g of the connector that protrude from the left side surface and the right side surface of the connector, respectively, contacting vertical wall portions 72a1, 74a1 of positioning concave portions 72a, 74a of supporting plates 72, 74 of a housing of the shield case. The position of the connector in the backward direction (Yb direction) is determined by having a back surface 36h of the connector 36 contacting a protrusion 70a of a dividing plate 70. The motion of the connector in the right-and-left directions (Xa-Xb directions) is controlled by having the left side surface and the right side surface of the connector facing the supporting plates, respectively, in close proximity. Since the connector is held in a status where no shaking occurs in any direction, there is no need to be sensitive about the assembling accuracy of the portion of the stereo device corresponding to the position of the electronic apparatus, and thus more freedom for back surface panel configuration of the stereo devices can be provided and this reduces the burden of the manufacturers when manufacturing the stereo devices.
Voltage regulator and method for regulating voltage
Publication/Patent Number: US6977826B2 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 10/632,418 Filing Date: 2003-08-01 Inventor: Huang, Hsin-kai   Jang, Jin-kae   Chang, Yi-ming   Tu, Wen-jong   Assignee: Primax Electronics Ltd.   IPC: Abstract: A voltage regulator for use in a charging device of a portable electronic apparatus is disclosed. The voltage regulator includes a transformer having a primary winding and a secondary winding, a switch circuit being controlled via a control end thereof so as to result in a variable current on the primary winding, a rectification circuit electrically connected to the secondary winding, and proceeding a charging operation in response to an induced current, and a micro-controller electrically connected to the switch circuit and generating a pulse width modulation (PWM) signal to the control end in response to the charging operation. In addition, a method for operating a voltage regulator is also disclosed.
Content addressable memory cell
Publication/Patent Number: US6977831B2 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 10/943,701 Filing Date: 2004-09-17 Inventor: Hatsch, Joel   Kamp, Winfried   Künemund, Thomas   Sedlak, Holger   Söldner, Heinz   Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG   IPC: Abstract: One embodiment provides a content addressable memory cell having a first memory cell which is electrically connected to a comparator unit. The comparator unit is constructed from at least eight transistors, at least four transistors being arranged in a first circuit part and at least four transistors being arranged in a second circuit part and each of the circuit parts having at least two circuit branches.
Semiconductor memory device with malfunction prevention device, and portable electronic apparatus using the same
Publication/Patent Number: US6977843B2 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 10/843,079 Filing Date: 2004-05-10 Inventor: Hamaguchi, Koji   Nawaki, Masaru   Morikawa, Yoshinao   Iwata, Hiroshi   Shibata, Akihide   Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha   IPC: Abstract: A semiconductor memory device has a malfunction prevention device and a nonvolatile memory. The nonvolatile memory is a memory cell including: a gate electrode formed on a semiconductor layer via a gate insulating film; a channel region disposed below the gate electrode; diffusion regions disposed on both sides of the channel region and having a conductive type opposite to that of the channel region; and memory functional units formed on both sides of the gate electrode and having a function of retaining charges.
Polygon rendering device
Publication/Patent Number: US6977652B2 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 09/988,325 Filing Date: 2001-11-19 Inventor: Senda, Keiichi   Asahara, Shigeo   Nishimura, Kenji   Araki, Hitoshi   Yuda, Masato   Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.   IPC: Abstract: A polygon rendering device carries out a polygon division process for generating, based on polygon data which specifies a polygon to be rendered, a plurality of partial polygon data each specifying one piece of partial polygons which are obtained by dividing the polygon. Then, a rendering process is performed based on the generated partial polygon data so as to generate image data which represents an image of the polygon. Here, each of the partial polygons includes a plurality of triangles which respectively include a vertex of the polygon, and each of the triangles included in each of the partial polygons shares at least one edge with at least one other triangle included in the same partial polygon. In such a manner, the polygon rendering device can render polygons at high speeds.
Surround sound display
Publication/Patent Number: US6977653B1 Publication Date: 2005-12-20 Application Number: 09/520,927 Filing Date: 2000-03-08 Inventor: Cleary, Jr. Edward J.   Kronschnabel, Steven A.   Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.   IPC: Abstract: A surround sound display has a graphic sound stage image, including speakers representing sources and a central listener, and bent correlation meter scales for each stereo channel. The correlation meter scales have values from +1 at one end to −1 at the other end and are bent to start from a central point along one side of the display between the speakers representing the stereo channels to a point along the opposing adjacent sides of the display outside the respective speakers. A marker, either in the form of individual pointers for each scale or as a fill area that spans the scales, indicates the correlation between the stereo channels. The thickness of the fill area indicates the amplitudes of the stereo channels. Where a central sound source is part of the surround sound system, the marker may be in the form of truncated wedges, the wedge for the central sound source having a fixed width and the widths of the wedges for the stereo channels being variable so that the widths indicate the correlation between the stereo channels. The heights of the wedges toward a central listener in the display indicate the amplitudes for each of the sound channels of the surround sound system.
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