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11985 – The Inventors have developed a high-performance method for object recognition that is modeled from the human visual cortex. Object detection and recognition may be used for a broad set of tasks such as image classification, face detection and vehicle detection. It is applicable to a rapidly growing number of industries including health sciences, manufacturing and security. Object... Read More
18626 – This invention describes a system for allocating resources according to specified time and labor constraints. Nearly every profession has a need for optimized resource allocation, making this technology applicable for a wide variety of fields including healthcare, manufacturing and military engagements. Coordinating agents to complete a set of tasks with temporal and resource... Read More
15539-15540 – This scheduling solution is designed to achieve high-quality sequencing of human and robotic workers in a myriad of industry applications including engineering, aerospace and commercial manufacturing. Industrial robots can provide significant flexibility in manufacturing operations compared to the current state-of-the-art large, gantry-style automated solutions. Harnessing the... Read More
12083 – An advanced fast steering mirror (FSM) has applications in interferometry, airborne and space-borne acquisition and tracking systems, and long-range optical communication and data transfer. The primary function of an FSM is to actively isolate the optical system of interest from vibrations and other disturbances. This is accomplished by placing a small mirror (or other optical... Read More
18208 – The inventors have created a way to integrate stretchable conductors, rigid electronic components, drug-delivery channels, and reservoirs into biocompatible and tough hydrogel matrices that contain significant amounts of water. Hydrogels are hydrophilic polymeric materials capable of holding large amounts of water in their three-dimensional networks. Due to their high water content,... Read More
16344 – Pseudo resistance circuits can be used to detect low frequency signals in charge detection circuits. Charge detection circuits have applications ranging from biological sensors to electronic sensors. A charge detection circuit can be realized through a capacitor and resistor in parallel between an output terminal and an input terminal of an operational amplifier. However, in order... Read More
12082 – Micro- and Nanopositioners are used for precision machining tools such as lathes, drill presses, and milling machines. A fast tool servo is a device that can be added to a machine tool to provide an additional axis of motion between the cutting tool and a workpiece. Current fast tool servo technology does not support sufficient bandwidth to meet certain manufacturing goals, and... Read More
15063 – Functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) can be used as electrodes in lithium batteries. Batteries exhibit high energy as a result of faradaic reactions in the bulk of active particles, but are rate-limited. The alternative, electrochemical capacitors, can deliver high power but at the cost of low energy storage, by making use of surface ion adsorption (referred to... Read More
17113 – Spray layer-by-layer membranes can prevent dendritic growth in lithium battery anode layers. Li metal is highly reactive and a stable solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) often forms on the Li surface, which allows Li deposition to occur in dendritic morphologies that can short-circuit the battery. This technology prevents dendritic growth through a membrane fabricated through a... Read More
13800 – SoftCast is a communication system designed to transmit a single data stream to multiple multicast receivers that dynamically decode and scale the signal as a function of channel quality. This approach is applicable to video, audio, or sensor data communication with degradable content and is particularly useful to avoid broadcasting glitches in mobile TV, media sharing, and live... Read More