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1 US2005007347A1
Systems and methods for providing a haptic manipulandum
Publication/Patent Number: US2005007347A1 Publication Date: 2005-01-13 Application Number: 10/859,930 Filing Date: 2004-06-03 Inventor: Anastas, George   Bailey, David   Tashjian, Gregory   Yu, Raymond   Assignee: Anastas, George   Bailey, David   Tashjian, Gregory   Yu, Raymond   IPC: G09G005/08 Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a haptic manipulandum are described. In one described system, a lever arm is pivotably coupled to a housing, and configured to apply a processor-controlled force to a substantially-spherical manipulandum to provide a haptic effect. The described system may include a processor in communication with an actuator for providing the haptic effect. Systems and methods for providing a haptic manipulandum are described. In one described system, a lever arm is pivotably coupled to a housing, and configured to apply a processor-controlled force to a substantially-spherical manipulandum to provide a haptic effect. The described ...More ...Less
2 US2005007351A1
Automatic mapping of pointing devices to multiple displays
Publication/Patent Number: US2005007351A1 Publication Date: 2005-01-13 Application Number: 10/614,606 Filing Date: 2003-07-07 Inventor: Fabrick, Richard   Assignee: Fabrick, Richard   IPC: G09G001/00 Abstract: An automatic pointing device mapping method (400, 420) and associated apparatus for automatically remapping the active area (12) of a graphics tablet (10) to a plurality of displays (122, 124), such as might be used in conjunction with a graphics program (130), a CAD program, or the like. Proximity zones (230, 232) are established along the edge of the active area (12). When a stylus (146) is moved into one of the proximity zones (230, 232), the graphics tablet (10) is switched to control the display (122, 124) in the corresponding direction, provided such a display (122, 124) exists in that direction. In one embodiment data regarding an elapsed time data (220), which is the time the stylus (146) has remained in the proximity zone (230, 232) is monitored, such that the multi-display system (110) is not remapped until the stylus (146) has remained in the proximity zone (230, 232) until a preset time (218) has elapsed. An automatic pointing device mapping method (400, 420) and associated apparatus for automatically remapping the active area (12) of a graphics tablet (10) to a plurality of displays (122, 124), such as might be used in conjunction with a graphics program (130), a CAD program, or ...More ...Less
3 US2005007371A1
Three-dimensional animation system and method using evolutionary computation
Publication/Patent Number: US2005007371A1 Publication Date: 2005-01-13 Application Number: 10/842,489 Filing Date: 2004-05-11 Inventor: Nam, Seung   Lee, In   Kim, Hyun   Assignee: Nam, Seung   Lee, In   Kim, Hyun   IPC: G06T015/70 Abstract: A three-dimensional animation system using evolutionary computation includes a gene determination unit and a motion generation unit. The gene determination unit calculates modified gene information by receiving at least one genes and modifying the genes evolutionarily. The motion generation unit receives motion data and modifies the motion data based on the modified gene information. A three-dimensional animation method is also disclosed. A three-dimensional animation system using evolutionary computation includes a gene determination unit and a motion generation unit. The gene determination unit calculates modified gene information by receiving at least one genes and modifying the genes evolutionarily. The ...More ...Less
4 US2005007641A1
Modifiable assembly of microscopic apertures
Publication/Patent Number: US2005007641A1 Publication Date: 2005-01-13 Application Number: 10/474,269 Filing Date: 2002-04-09 Inventor: Lauer, Vincent   Assignee: Lauer, Vincent   IPC: G02B026/02 Abstract: The invention concerns a modifiable assembly of microscopic apertures comprising several plates (100, 110) coated with an opaque deposition except on transparent parts, for example (101, 114, 115), capable of sliding relative to one another, separated by an oil layer (117). The invention is applicable to microscopic apertures for single-point or multiple-point confocal microscopy. The invention concerns a modifiable assembly of microscopic apertures comprising several plates (100, 110) coated with an opaque deposition except on transparent parts, for example (101, 114, 115), capable of sliding relative to one another, separated by an oil layer (117). The ...More ...Less
5 US2005007643A1
Optical modulation device and image display apparatus using the same
Publication/Patent Number: US2005007643A1 Publication Date: 2005-01-13 Application Number: 10/864,535 Filing Date: 2004-06-10 Inventor: Tamada, Hitoshi   Taguchi, Ayumu   Assignee: Tamada, Hitoshi   Taguchi, Ayumu   IPC: G02F001/01 Abstract: An optical modulation device is disclosed which can suppress production of a cause of degradation such as a void or hillock on a light illumination surface thereof and can be incorporated in an image display apparatus of a small size and a high luminance to improve the reliability of the same. The optical modulation device includes first and second surface elements movable relative to each other to form different diffraction gratings to modulate light inputted thereto. Each of the first and second surface elements has a light illumination surface made of an AlCu alloy material. The optical modulation device has an airtight sealed space in which surrounding gas for the first and second surface elements is encapsulated. The surrounding gas contains hydrogen gas or helium gas or both of hydrogen gas and helium gas. An optical modulation device is disclosed which can suppress production of a cause of degradation such as a void or hillock on a light illumination surface thereof and can be incorporated in an image display apparatus of a small size and a high luminance to improve the ...More ...Less
6 US2005007644A1
Optical apparatus
Publication/Patent Number: US2005007644A1 Publication Date: 2005-01-13 Application Number: 10/914,269 Filing Date: 2004-08-10 Inventor: Onuki, Ichiro   Noto, Goro   Kawanami, Eriko   Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA   IPC: G02F001/03 Abstract: To provide an optical apparatus which controls an interface state to change a focal length by using an optical element having a container sealing first liquid that is conductive or polarized and second liquid that does not mutually mix with the first liquid with their interface in a predetermined form and electrodes provided in the container and of which optical characteristics change according to change of interface form due to application of voltage to the electrodes, and in particular an optical apparatus that controls a duty ratio of alternating current voltage applied to said electrodes for changing said interface form. To provide an optical apparatus which controls an interface state to change a focal length by using an optical element having a container sealing first liquid that is conductive or polarized and second liquid that does not mutually mix with the first liquid with their interface ...More ...Less
7 US2005001407A1
Automatic hitch assembly
Publication/Patent Number: US2005001407A1 Publication Date: 2005-01-06 Application Number: 10/613,280 Filing Date: 2003-07-03 Inventor: Blanton, Jeffrey   Assignee: Blanton, Jeffrey   IPC: B60D001/00 Abstract: An automatic hitch may include a base, a support surface, a jaw assembly connected to the base and having engaged and disengaged positions and a biasing member associated with the jaw assembly. The biasing member may be configured to normally bias the jaw assembly toward the support surface. The automatic hitch may also include a release mechanism configured to apply upward force to the jaw assembly upon downward actuation of the release mechanism to move the jaw assembly into the disengaged position. An automatic hitch may include a base, a support surface, a jaw assembly connected to the base and having engaged and disengaged positions and a biasing member associated with the jaw assembly. The biasing member may be configured to normally bias the jaw assembly toward the ...More ...Less
8 US2005001415A1
Air-bag
Publication/Patent Number: US2005001415A1 Publication Date: 2005-01-06 Application Number: 10/487,572 Filing Date: 2002-08-06 Inventor: Charpentier, Frederic   Stow, David   Kismir, Altay   Dominissini, David   Rawlings, Jamie   Assignee: Charpentier, Frederic   Stow, David   Kismir, Altay   Dominissini, David   Rawlings, Jamie   IPC: B60R021/24 Abstract: An air-bag (1) has a primary gas flow duct (11) leading from a gas generator to one or more zones within the air-bag which are to be inflated. The air-bag has a separate inner gas flow duct (12) mounted within the outer gas flow duct. The inner gas flow duct (12) and the outer gas flow duct (11) have areas (22 and 23) thereof secured together in the region that is to be connected to the gas generator. An air-bag (1) has a primary gas flow duct (11) leading from a gas generator to one or more zones within the air-bag which are to be inflated. The air-bag has a separate inner gas flow duct (12) mounted within the outer gas flow duct. The inner gas flow duct (12) and the outer ...More ...Less
9 US2005001422A1
Printable intermediate construction incorporating registrably positioned laminate components that can be imaged and then easily formed into a laminated card or decal on demand
Publication/Patent Number: US2005001422A1 Publication Date: 2005-01-06 Application Number: 10/830,703 Filing Date: 2004-04-23 Inventor: O'keefe, Robert   Stoick, Andrew   Thaden, Danny   Assignee: O'Keefe, Robert   Stoick, Andrew   Thaden, Danny   IPC: B42D015/00 Abstract: A card intermediate having a carrier comprising a fold line defining first and second panels, the first and second panels having provided thereon first and second respective card portions that are in a spaced apart relationship with the fold line. Because of the spaced apart relationship of the card portions, the card intermediate may be more easily manufactured, and further, is more easily formed into a laminated card with excellent precision. A card intermediate having a carrier comprising a fold line defining first and second panels, the first and second panels having provided thereon first and second respective card portions that are in a spaced apart relationship with the fold line. Because of the spaced apart ...More ...Less
10 US2005001431A1
Error recognition for power ring
Publication/Patent Number: US2005001431A1 Publication Date: 2005-01-06 Application Number: 10/880,462 Filing Date: 2004-07-01 Inventor: Sauer, Bodo   Rehder, Ralf   Assignee: Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH   IPC: H02P009/04 Abstract: A power ring device that includes: a ring conductor; a plurality of controllers, each controller being connected to the ring conductor and includes a first control unit; a plurality of paired pick ups, wherein each pair connects either an electrical consumer device or an electrical power supply to the ring conductor and to one of the plurality of controllers, wherein a first pair of pick ups of a first controller is connected to a first power supply; and a plurality of current sensor signal lines connecting each control unit to form a data connection; wherein each controller has a right and left side, a right sided and left sided switch elements; and a right sided and left sided current sensors connected so that a first current value measured by the left sided current sensor of the first controller is transmitted as data to the first control unit of a second controller. A power ring device that includes: a ring conductor; a plurality of controllers, each controller being connected to the ring conductor and includes a first control unit; a plurality of paired pick ups, wherein each pair connects either an electrical consumer device or an ...More ...Less
11 US2005001443A1
Side impact protection device as well as motor vehicle door having a side impact protection device
Publication/Patent Number: US2005001443A1 Publication Date: 2005-01-06 Application Number: 10/840,419 Filing Date: 2004-05-07 Inventor: Froeschle, Mathias   Garnweidner, Peter   Assignee: Froeschle, Mathias   Garnweidner, Peter   IPC: B60J005/04 Abstract: A side impact protection device has a side impact carrier and a fastening device for the side impact carrier on a motor vehicle door part. The fastening device has at least one console and a holding bolt which reaches through the console and an end section of the side impact carrier in respective fastening openings. To simply fasten the side impact carrier, at least one load-alleviating opening is constructed at a distance, viewed in the longitudinal range of the side impact carrier, behind the fastening opening in the side impact carrier or in the console, and a material projection, as a deformation resistance, is situated between the fastening opening and the load-alleviating opening. After deformation of the deformation resistance, the holding bolt enters into the load-alleviating opening. The longitudinal axis of the holding bolt extends approximately parallel to the principal axis of inertia relevant to the load case of the side impact carrier. A side impact protection device has a side impact carrier and a fastening device for the side impact carrier on a motor vehicle door part. The fastening device has at least one console and a holding bolt which reaches through the console and an end section of the side impact ...More ...Less
12 US2005001446A1
HARD TOP CONVERTIBLE FOR JEEP-TYPE UTILITY VEHICLE
Publication/Patent Number: US2005001446A1 Publication Date: 2005-01-06 Application Number: 10/610,910 Filing Date: 2003-07-02 Inventor: Morley, Daniel   Assignee: Morley, Daniel   IPC: B62D025/06 Abstract: A hard top and soft top convertible system for a Jeep-like vehicle which includes, in one embodiment, a replacement for the conventional roll-bar cage with a roll-bar frame that is aligned with the outer edges of the vehicle. The roll-bar frame is made of high strength metal, acting as a substitute for the conventional roll bar. The top includes removable outer hard top, side windows and rear window. The top includes pliable inner soft top, side windows, and rear window, each of which may be rolled into a stored position within the frame using electric motors for open air use of the vehicle. Another embodiment employs a similarly configured frame which is provided in a set of pieces which are assembled over an existing roll bar frame of the Jeep-like vehicle. A hard top and soft top convertible system for a Jeep-like vehicle which includes, in one embodiment, a replacement for the conventional roll-bar cage with a roll-bar frame that is aligned with the outer edges of the vehicle. The roll-bar frame is made of high strength metal ...More ...Less