Collapsible produce keeper

US Patent D651,476
January 3, 2012
The ornamental design for the collapsible produce keeper, as shown

Dip clip

US Patent D651,469
January 3, 2012
The ornamental design for the dip clip, as shown

Method and system for providing a visual debugger for an interpreted statistical language

US Patent 8,087,002
December 27, 2011
Methods and systems for visual debugging of an interpreted language in, for example, an Interactive Development Environment are provide. Example embodiments provide an S-PLUS Visual Debugging System (“SPVDS”), which includes an S-PLUS Workbench Debugger (“SPWD”) that provides “step-based” visual debugging, enabling programmers to step through execution of expressions by setting and otherwise managing breakpoints, examining variables and expressions, and controlling execution such as by step, step-in, step-out, step-over, continue, stop commands. In addition, the SPWD provides a profiler which tracks the number and duration of calls to functions and the amount of memory allocated to variables. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and it is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.

Advisory system to aid pilot recovery from spatial disorientation during an excessive roll

US Patent 8,086,361
December 27, 2011
Systems and methods for outputting instructions when a vehicle is not responding to a roll-angle alert. An example system includes one or more altitude sensors that determine one of altitude above ground level or barometric altitude, one or more roll-angle sensors that determine the roll-angle of the vehicle, and a processor. The processor receives the altitude and roll-angle information, determines if an excessive roll-angle condition exists based on the received altitude and roll-angle information, and generates a roll-angle alert signal if a roll-angle alert condition exists. The processor generates a roll-direction signal based upon vehicle position relative to the horizon and outputs the determined roll-direction signal via the one or more output devices, if one of the condition still exists after the time delay, the vehicle roll-angle has deteriorated away from the desired threshold, or the roll-angle rate is greater than a roll-angle rate threshold.

Systems and methods for vibration rectification error reduction in closed-loop accelerometer systems

US Patent 8,086,328
December 27, 2011
Systems and methods for controlling a closed-loop accelerometer system. A system includes an accelerometer with a driver that responds in a nonlinear manner and a rebalancing controller in signal communication with the driver. The rebalancing controller includes a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control portion having at least one variable gain component. A method includes sensing a movement of a proof mass, determining a static g field based on the sensed movement, setting at least one variable gain component of a PID controller based on the determined static g field, and rebalancing the proof mass using the PID controller.

Systems and methods for collecting weather information using an airborne aircraft

US Patent 8,085,182
December 27, 2011
Weather information recording systems and methods are operable to record information detected by airborne aircraft. An exemplary embodiment generates a trigger event corresponding to the presence of weather of interest, stores weather information collected by an aviation electronics system in a memory in response to generating the trigger event, and downloads the stored weather information to a remote memory.

Ultraviolet treatment device

US Patent 8,084,752
December 27, 2011
A keyboard and touchpad or mouse UV treatment system with optical sensor and inclined slide is described. A proximity sensor, microcontroller firmware, and motorized mechanism allow activation of the sanitization cycle by personnel with contaminated hands without risk of additional spreading of pathogens to other personnel and patients. The inclined slide provides stability when operated on a desk, and the microcontroller and optical sensor determine the proper exposure time to compensate for lamp aging and variations in lamp output.

Collapsible kitchen tool

US Patent 8,083,168
December 27, 2011
A tool handle is secured to a tool head in a manner that allows the tool head such as a potato masher to be collapsed or folded with respect to the handle for more compact storage. In one form, the tool head is connected to the handle via a ball joint allowing for rotational and pivotal movement.

Passive detection systems and methods

US Patent 8,082,806
December 27, 2011
Systems and methods for passively determining when a threshold force has been exceeded. An example apparatus includes a housing and a substrate that is attached at one end to an interior portion of the housing. The substrate includes at least one conductive trace, each having two ends. The substrate is configured to fail when the threshold force has been experienced. The metal trace ends are electrically accessible from an exterior side of the housing. Prior to delivery, the housing is connected to a package that includes one or more force sensitive devices. Upon arrival of the package, the at least one conductive trace is electrically tested to determined if the substrate has failed. If the substrate has failed the package has experienced a force greater than the threshold force.

Calibration to improve weather radar positioning determination

US Patent 8,077,080
December 13, 2011
A method of calibrating antenna-position detection associated with a radar system, the radar system including a first gimbal and a first angle sensor configured to detect an angular position of the first gimbal, includes mounting a second angle sensor to the first gimbal configured to detect an angular position of the first gimbal. The first gimbal is rotated through each angular position of a set of the angular positions. A first set of data is generated with the first angle sensor that characterizes a detected angular position of the first gimbal. A second set of data is generated with the second angle sensor that characterizes a detected angular position of the first gimbal. A third data set is determined comprising differences, between the first and second data sets, in detected angular position at each first-gimbal angular position. The third data set is stored in a memory device.