[ { "title": "Substance communicating device with activatable connector and cycle structure", "publication_date": "2009/21/12", "number": "08700809", "url": "/2009/12/21/substance-communicating-device-with-activatable-connector-and-cycle-structure/", "abstract": "A substance communicating device for use in conjunction with an appliance or a system including an appliance and a substance communicating device. The substance communicating device has a service connector component operably engageable with a service connector component of the appliance to permit the communication of a substance between the appliance and the substance communicating device. Information related to the substance can be communicated to the appliance and used to affect the physical cycle of operation of the appliance.", "owner": "Whirlpool Corporation", "owner_city": "Benton Harbor", "owner_country": "US" }, { "title": "Composite service control system using explicit and implicit conflict resolution scheme", "publication_date": "2009/16/12", "number": "08266638", "url": "/2009/12/16/composite-service-control-system-using-explicit-and-implicit-conflict-resolution-scheme/", "abstract": "The triggering condition and execution information of the existing application is reported. When either of the intersections exists, a defining of a conflict resolution policy or a changed application triggering condition for the new application is requested; otherwise the triggering condition and the execution information of the new application is stored in an information database.", "owner": "Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute", "owner_city": "Daejeon", "owner_country": "KR" }, { "title": "Enabling streaming to a media player without native streaming support", "publication_date": "2009/13/08", "number": "08719437", "url": "/2009/08/13/enabling-streaming-to-a-media-player-without-native-streaming-support/", "abstract": "A method for enabling streaming to a media player without native streaming support is disclosed. Step (A) of the method may author a media file based on a content signal. The media file may have an indexed format compatible with the media player. The content signal may (i) be received from a remote server through a network, (ii) use a transfer protocol and format at least one of which is incompatible with the media player and (iii) convey both video data and audio data representative of a scene. Step (B) may generate a local signal carrying the media file. The local signal generally has a transfer protocol compatible with the media player. Step (C) may transfer the local signal to the media player while the content signal is being received. The media player generally recreates the video data as a visual depiction on a display based on the local signal.", "owner": "Avvasi Inc.", "owner_city": "Kitchener, Ontario", "owner_country": "CA" }, { "title": "Recording a communication pattern and replaying messages in a parallel computing system", "publication_date": "2009/10/07", "number": "08407376", "url": "/2009/07/10/recording-a-communication-pattern-and-replaying-messages-in-a-parallel-computing-system/", "abstract": "A parallel computer system includes a plurality of compute nodes. Each of the compute nodes includes at least one processor, at least one memory, and a direct memory address engine coupled to the at least one processor and the at least one memory. The system also includes a network interconnecting the plurality of compute nodes. The network operates a global message-passing application for performing communications across the network. Local instances of the global message-passing application operate at each of the compute nodes to carry out local processing operations independent of processing operations carried out at another one of the compute nodes. The direct memory address engines are configured to interact with the local instances of the global message-passing application via injection FIFO metadata describing an injection FIFO in a corresponding one of the memories. The local instances of the global message passing application are configured to record, in the injection FIFO in the corresponding one of the memories, message descriptors associated with messages of an arbitrary communication pattern in an iteration of an executing application program. The local instances of the global message passing application are configured to replay the message descriptors during a subsequent iteration of the executing application program.", "owner": "International Business Machines Corporation", "owner_city": "Armonk", "owner_country": "US" }, { "title": "Biometric authentication and identification", "publication_date": "2009/17/06", "number": "08572397", "url": "/2009/06/17/biometric-authentication-and-identification/", "abstract": "Authentication of a user to an electronic device in a communication network is described. The method comprises obtaining a biometric characteristic of the user, transmitting, to a social networking service, information that specifies at least one primary user of the device, receiving, from the social networking service, information that specifies a group of persons who have a social relationship with the at least one primary user, obtaining information that specifies a result from a biometric matching operation with the biometric characteristic of the user and biometric characteristics of persons in the specified group of persons, the result indicating whether or not the user is authenticated to the electronic device. By narrowing down the size of the searching space-needed during a matching operation by utilizing information regarding a group of persons in a social network, the false acceptance rate is reduced and biometric authentication of a user to an electronic device is thereby facilitated, e.g. to access desired functionality of the device or access a desired service.", "owner": "Koninklijke Philips N.V.", "owner_city": "Eindhoven", "owner_country": "NL" }, { "title": "Network based healthcare management system", "publication_date": "2009/15/06", "number": "08935753", "url": "/2009/06/15/network-based-healthcare-management-system/", "abstract": "A network based healthcare management system is provided. The system includes a plurality of client workstations and a plurality of healthspace service processors. The healthspace service processors access at least one database remotely disposed relative to the client workstations with the healthspace service processors providing access to predetermined healthspace resources. The system further includes a healthspace service interface unit operably coupled to the client workstations and healthspace service processors to selectively actuate at least one of the healthspace service processors responsive to the client workstations. The healthspace service interface unit including an efficiency module which adaptively maintains a plurality of parametric indicia with respect to optimum healthspace resource utilization.", "owner": "Healthcare Interactive, Inc.", "owner_city": "Glenwood", "owner_country": "US" }, { "title": "Network based healthcare management system", "publication_date": "2009/23/02", "number": "08332466", "url": "/2009/02/23/network-based-healthcare-management-system/", "abstract": "A network based healthcare management system is provided. The system includes a plurality of client workstations and a plurality of healthspace service processors. The healthspace service processors access at least one database remotely disposed relative to the client workstations with the healthspace service processors providing access to predetermined healthspace resources. The system further includes a healthspace service interface unit operably coupled to the client workstations and healthspace service processors to selectively actuate at least one of the healthspace service processors responsive to the client workstations. The healthspace service interface unit including an efficiency module which adaptively maintains a plurality of parametric indicia with respect to optimum healthspace resource utilization.", "owner": "Healthcare Interactive, Inc.", "owner_city": "Glenwood", "owner_country": "US" } ]