Top-loading mounting track for receiving a mount assembly

US Patent 10,429,002
October 1, 2019
top-loading mounting track includes a top-loading track section with a base; two beams extending over a portion of the base; and two rails extending opposite each other from the base and connecting the base to the beams. The beams are laterally spaced apart from each other by a first distance. Each rail includes an inner rail wall defining a shoulder portion; an insertion-pocket portion; and an angled guide-surface portion. The insertion-pocket portions are laterally spaced apart from each other by a second distance that is larger than the first distance. The track section can receive a retention element of a mount assembly, where the retention element has a smallest lateral dimension greater than the first distance. The track section can receive the retention element by passing the retention element between the beams with the retention element angled toward one of the insertion-pocket portions.

Communication of wireless signals through physical barriers

US Patent 10,425,905
September 24, 2019
A system for transmitting and receiving wireless signals through a physical barrier, such as walls or windows, to wireless computing devices that are located internal to a structure that is formed in part by the physical barrier. The wireless signals are millimeter waveforms with gigahertz frequencies that are communicated with 5G communication protocols by one or more remote base station nodes located external to the physical barrier. One or more external antennas are configured to communicate RF wireless signals with HMA waveforms to remote wireless base station. In one or more embodiments, the RF wireless signals are amplified and communicated bi-statically through the window barrier between customer premises equipment and an authorized remote wireless base station.

Methods and systems for processing documents using multiple halftone screening techniques

US Patent 10,425,558
September 24, 2019
A method of processing a document for printing includes receiving a document; for at least one of the plurality of regions, determining a drop size for that region and determining whether the drop size for printing the region meets a threshold criterion and, if so, processing the region using a tile-based screen for halftoning and, if not, processing the region using an error diffusion screen for halftoning; and printing the processed regions. Another method includes additionally considering coverage level to determine whether to use a tile-based screen or error diffusion screen. Yet another method includes determining whether the region is within a threshold range of a drop step change.

Device and method for effective invasive neurostimulation by means of varying stimulus sequences

US Patent 10,420,944
September 24, 2019
A device is provided for stimulating neurons that includes an implantable stimulation unit that generates stimuli in multiple stimulation elements. The stimulation unit generates the stimuli to stimulate a neuron population in the brain and/or spinal cord of a patient using the stimulation elements. Moreover, the device includes a control unit that controls the stimulation unit to repeatedly generates sequences of the stimuli with the order of the stimulation elements in which stimuli are generated within a sequence being constant for 20 or more successively generated sequences before it is varied.

Systems and methods for distributing content in a vehicle-based wireless network

US Patent 10,420,013
September 17, 2019
Techniques for distributing content to mobile computing devices, such as in the context of a vehicle-based wireless network, are described. In some examples, a content provider uses a cellular network to initially transmit a content item to a multi-network communication device in a first vehicle. The first vehicle device then uses a local Wi-Fi network to further transmit randomly selected portions of the content item to devices on nearby vehicles, which may also further propagate the content item portions to other vehicles. Vehicle devices may also specifically request content portions by broadcasting requests to neighboring vehicle devices via local Wi-Fi communication and/or communicating with the content provider via the cellular network. Upon the occurrence of a condition, such as a passage of time, the content provider may also initiate communication with devices in the network in order to assure complete distribution of the content item.

Ad-hoc dynamic capture of an immersive virtual reality experience

US Patent 10,419,716
September 17, 2019
Methods, systems, and techniques for projecting streamed video are provided. An Example Surround Video Projection System (SVPS) provides support for interacting with the displayed virtual reality environment, capturing a video of a user in the VR environment, and displaying the VR environment on deformations. Also, the SVPS may change the displayed VR environment responsive to attributes and/or characteristics of the user. In one example, the SVPS comprises a real time, interactive rendering system, a display system, and one or more display units. The rendering system comprises a high resolution graphics engine capable of generating high resolution video. The projection system comprises video capture cards to capture the generated video stream and forward it to a projection mapping engine. The projection mapping engine consolidates and stitches together the received video stream as appropriate to render the video stream over display units to the target viewing environment such as a dome/sphere.

Methods and systems for embedding information into text of printable documents by altering one or more of the glyphs to change a shape of the glyphs

US Patent 10,419,636
September 17, 2019
Information can be encoded into text of a printable document or other printed material. The text includes glyphs, where each glyph corresponds to a text character. Additional information can be encoded into the text by altering one or more of the glyphs to change a shape of the one or more of the glyphs, so that each of the altered glyphs still corresponds to the text character to which the glyph corresponded prior to alteration and the altered glyph further contains a portion of the additional information encoded by the changed shape.

Methods and systems for producing shipping labels

US Patent 10,417,726
September 17, 2019
Methods and systems for producing shipping labels are provided. Example embodiments provide a Shipping Label Production System ("SLPS"), which produces shipping labels based on a shipping uniform resource identifier ("URI") that identifies a shipping protocol and includes shipment information and post-back information. The SLPS may be configured to produce, in accordance with the shipping protocol, a shipping label by outputting a shipping label based on the shipment information, and automatically posting information about the producing of the shipping label to a code module identified by the post-back information. In some embodiments, the actions of the SLPS may be initiated by a Web browser in response to a user selection of a shipping URI. 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.

Recursive processing of object allocation rules

US Patent 10,417,591
September 17, 2019
Various embodiments are directed towards allocating costs for a plurality of cost objects. In at least one of the various embodiments, a source object and a target object in a data model may be determined such that an allocation rule is used to define one or more cost allocations where the costs flows from the source object to the target object. Allocation rules that are part of a recursive allocation rule may be executed on the source object and the target object until a terminal condition is met. The cost value that corresponds to the source object may be modified based on the allocation rule and the generated cost value. This process may continue until a terminal condition is met. After the terminal condition has been met final costs value corresponding to the target object and the source object may be generated and displayed.

Fault-tolerant methods, systems and architectures for data storage, retrieval and distribution

US Patent 10,417,103
September 17, 2019
The disclosure is directed towards fault-tolerant methods, systems and architectures for data distribution. One method includes generating fault distribution tables. The table entries correspond to a copy of data records. The entry and copy are associated with a fault status, a node, and a group that are based on a position of the entry within the distribution table. The method also includes storing the copy of the data record that corresponds to the entry in a database that is included in a plurality of databases. In response to determining an unavailable node included in the plurality of nodes, the method determines a fault status, a node, and a group. The method provides an available node sequential access to data records that are stored in a particular database that is stored locally on the available node in a tree structure.