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Binocular adaptor assembly

Publication number: US10310249B1

Application number: US16/240,728

A binocular adaptor system enables quick and secure attachment of binoculars to a stand, such as a tripod stand. The binocular adaptor assembly utilizes an adaptor body that has a stand end for coupling with a stand and a clamp end for receiving a clamp. The clamp is configured to extend into a clamp aperture in the adaptor body and has a clamp pin aperture to receive a lock pin. A spring is configured between an insert end of the clamp and the adaptor body to provide a force against the insert end of the clamp. When a lock pin in inserted into the clamp aperture, the spring engages a lock stop of the clamp with an insert lock portion of the lock pin to secure the lock pin in place. A lock sleeve can then be tightened to prevent pressing of the button.

Omnidirectional building integrated wind energy power enhancer system

Publication number: US10280900B1

Application number: US15/249,467

An omnidirectional building integrated wind energy power enhancer system is configured to produce electrical power from a wind turbine(s) concealed within and/or on top of a building by means of a flow of pressurized air from the prevailing wind that enters and flows through a portion of a building. A building may provide large exterior surface areas for receiving and directing airflow to the turbine(s). At least a portion of the wind energy power enhancer system is configured within a building, such as between floors, on a single floor, and/or a roof structure. The wind turbine(s) may be configured to receive airflow directly from an inflow chamber that is configured with a building, or from a flow tube coupled with the inflow chamber. Air deflectors may be fixed or dynamic to direct air flow into a flow tube regardless of the direction of the incoming airflow relative to the building.

Competitive game with spinning game wheel and playing pieces

Publication number: US10286294B1

Application number: US15/262,839

A competitive table game includes a rapidly spinning game wheel, an annular collection area, a base, and a plurality of rollable playing pieces. The game wheel is rotatably connected onto the base while the annular collection area is concentrically positioned around the game wheel. During each game, the players roll the plurality of rollable playing pieces on a smooth top surface of the game wheel as the plurality of rollable playing pieces is tangentially positioned on the smooth top surface and released attempting to match the linear velocity at the respective position on the game wheel. Then the plurality of rollable playing pieces moves across the smooth top surface and drops into the annular collection area, where the winner of each game is determined according to the game rules of each different game and the positioning of the plurality of rollable playing pieces. Other embodiments are described and shown.

Reversible Pinata Mount

Publication number: US10288219B1

Application number: US15/904,389

A piñata mount assembly has a plurality of versatile attachment orientations for attachment to either a discrete vertical member, such as a tree trunk, pole or post, or over the top of a wall. The piñata mount assembly has a reversible wall support that can be coupled to the main bracket in opposing orientations. The reversible wall support has different mount surfaces for mounting to different types surfaces. The piñata mount assembly has a vertical portion coupled with the reversible wall support. The vertical portion is coupled with a horizontal portion that has threads for engagement with threads of a knob for moving the horizontal portion. A claw on the horizontal portion may be used to mount the piñata mount assembly over the top of a wall. The reversible wall support may be flipped around for mounting to a discrete vertical member, such as a tree trunk.

Fly fishing lure having a trailing feather portion

Publication number: US10292376B1

Application number: US16/112,411

A fishing lure utilizes a substantial portion of a game bird neck feather, such as a pheasant neck feather. A substantial portion of the feather, such as at least 75% of the entire length of the feather, is coupled to the lure, including a portion of the quill. A fishing lure may have one or more trailing feathers, or feathers that extend from the back of the hook, and may have one or more leading feathers, or feathers that extend forward from the hook. A trailing feather length, or length of feather from the hook turn may be at least 50% of the hook length and a leading feather length, may be at least 50% of the hook length. The feathers may be configured with their convex sides facing each other to produce a flared orientation wherein the feathers flare out and away from each other as they extend from the hook.

Linear actuator

Publication number: US10295028B2

Application number: US15/220,193

A linear actuator provides linear displacement of an actuator plate. The linear actuator includes a set of base flexures that extend from a base plate to an actuator plate and a set of arm flexures that extend from a base arm to an actuator arm. The base arm of the base frame extends up perpendicularly from the base plate and the actuator arm, of the actuator frame, extends perpendicularly from the actuator plate. A base frame and actuator frame may be elbows that are arranged to form a box with the base flexures and arm flexures extending orthogonally within the cavity of the box. A flexure may include an extension element such as a pleated portion of the flexure that has stored length that enables the flexure to extend to increase the linear displacement region. The arm flexures prevent the base flexures from following a radius of motion.

Electrochemical system with real time modification of composition and use of complex wave form in same

Publication number: US10294930B2

Application number: US14/630,659

An electrochemical system having an electrochemical compressor with an operating voltage that is controlled by a controller is described. The operating voltage between a first and second electrodes separated by an ion conducting material, such as a proton conducting polymer, may be oscillated in a waveform. The controller may reduce the voltage to low pressure side of the electrochemical compressor to initiate electrolysis for a set time interval and then may change the operating voltage to operate the electrochemical cell in a compressor mode. When the electrochemical cell is operating in an electrolysis mode, in situ hydrogen is produced on the low pressure side that may be used as a electrochemically active component of the working fluid when the electrochemical cell is switched to a compressor mode. The controller may have a control program that automatically controls the operating waveform as a function of sensor input.

Low Loss Radome

Publication number: US10290935B2

Application number: US15/574,827

A tri-band multiwell radome includes a dense polymeric strike plate that is configured on the outside of the radome, a capture layer and a tuning layer. The polymeric strike plate is a tough polymer, such as a polycarbonate and breaks a bullet into fragments that are more easily captured by the capture layer. The capture layer includes a number of fabric sheets of highly oriented fibers, such as polyethylene fibers, and a binder. The tuning layer may be a low density foam that is configured inside of the capture layer and provided to reduce reflective losses and improve ballistic performance. A tri-band radome cover may have a dB loss over a wavelength of 8 to 40 kHz of no more than 1 dB. A tri-band radome cover may be formed in a dome shape.

Bone manipulator system and method

Publication number: US10285742B1

Application number: US16/016,299

A bone manipulator system incorporates a bone manipulator and bone plate that enables two degrees of motion to position a fractured bone, including axial and lateral translation of a bone portion. The bone manipulator system incorporates a bone plate having a plurality of apertures and a bone manipulator having a fastener-arm and a foot-arm for engagement with the bone plate. The fastener coupler of the fastener-arm is configured for rotational engagement with a fastener inserted through one of the apertures of the bone plate and secured into the bone thereunder. The foot-arm has a flared foot end for engagement with a separate aperture of the bone plate. The fractured bone is manipulated by movement of the bone plate by the flared foot end while the bone plate slides and/or rotates about the fastener in the slotted aperture.

Variable Pitch Propellar Apparatus

Publication number: US10272998

Application number: US16/075,139

A variable pitch propeller apparatus enables a propeller to have different pitch angles in one revolution about the drive shaft. The propellers are coupled to a race that is flexible and actuated into different offset distances by a race-deflector. A race-linkage may extend between the race and the propeller or drive shaft coupler to rotate the propeller to a pitch angle as determined by the offset distance to the race. A race-linkage may incorporate one or more wheels that engages with the race and rolls along the race and about the drive shaft. An aircraft utilizing one or more of the variable pitch propeller apparatus may be able to produce downward thrust for vertical take-off and landing and transition to forward flight. The pitch of the propellers may be changed from take-off to flight to provide the required propulsion for the aircraft.