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Spectrum | Date: 2017-02-22

In a cooking appliance and method for baking a food product, the appliance has a generally solid plate member, a first heating element disposed above the solid plate member in spaced relationship therewith and a thin-film heating element coupled to the solid plate member.


Described is a method performed by a computing device for generating policies for improving network system performance, the method comprising: receiving operational data from a network device; processing the operational data from the network device to generate a Wi-Fi management policy; merging the Wi-Fi management policy, a mobile device policy, and a user preference or user policy to generate a unified policy; and sending the unified policy to the network device for network management.


Patent
Spectrum | Date: 2017-01-11

An electric trimmer has a handle, a motor, and a trimmer head extending at least in part longitudinally from the handle. The head has a housing and an elongate blade assembly including at least one reciprocating blade that reciprocates at least in part longitudinally. The housing has an inlet port for receiving cleaning fluid into the housing other than between the blade assembly and housing. The housing defines an internal flow path in flow communication with the inlet port and extending at least in part longitudinally of within the housing for directing cleaning fluid to flow at least in part longitudinally within the housing.


Patent
Spectrum | Date: 2017-04-26

A cathodic protection system that is able to monitor the operational status of a plurality of test points and rectifiers. The cathodic protection system includes a plurality of test point monitors that are associated with test points and a plurality of rectifier controllers that are associated with the rectifiers located along a utility pipeline. The test point monitors are battery powered while the rectifier controllers may be utility line powered. Each of the test point monitors and rectifier controllers communicates with a base station utilizing a wireless communication technique. The base station communicates with a back end server that operates to accumulate data and visually present the data to an operator on a display associated with cathodic protection software application. The software application allows the operator to monitor the beam of the system and address alerts generated by any of the test points or monitored rectifiers.


Patent
Spectrum | Date: 2017-02-22

An iron generally includes a water tank and a steam generator in flow communication with the water tank. The steam generator includes a thin-film heater tube that receives water from the water tank to generate steam inside the heater tube. In one embodiment, an iron generally comprises a water tank and a steam generator in flow communication with the water tank. The steam generator includes a thin-film heater tube that receives water from the water tank to generate steam inside the heater tube.


One example food preparation appliance includes a base having a motor and an adaptor, a weight sensor coupled to the adaptor, and a communication component. The adaptor is configured to support a food preparation accessory. The weight sensor is configured to detect a weight applied to the adaptor. The communication component is configured to transmit data associated with a weight detected by the weight sensor. An example remote communication device includes a display device, a processor; and a memory coupled to the processor. The remote communication device is configured to display a first instruction on the display device, the first instruction including a first target weight of a first substance; receive a measurement from a food preparation appliance indicative of a weight applied to an adaptor of the food preparation appliance; and display a second instruction when the weight is substantially equal to the first target weight.


Patent
Spectrum | Date: 2017-02-22

A cooking appliance includes an inner housing with an inner wall defining an interior space, an outer housing that includes an outer wall having an inner surface opposed to and spaced from an outer surface of the inner wall to define an insulating layer therebetween, and at least one thin-film heating element coupled to the outer surface of the inner wall.


Patent
Spectrum | Date: 2017-01-18

A rapid-toasting toaster includes a housing having at least one slot configured to receive the food product and a heating box disposed within said housing. The heating box includes at least one basket disposed generally underneath the at least one slot and a heating unit disposed adjacent the at least one basket. The basket is configured to retain the food product and the heating unit is configured to radiate heat from a side facing the at least one basket. A filament is supported by the heating unit. The filament includes a wire having a resistance rating less than about 12 ohms/m and is configured in a pattern including at least two windings that are spaced apart a distance less than about 6 mm.


Patent
Spectrum, Yun, University of Sao Paulo, Monteagudo, Balakrishnan and Lee | Date: 2017-06-14

A software application executing on a server and communicating with an agent in a wireless access point predicts a type of a computing device wirelessly connected via a radio frequency link to the wireless access point. The application receives an indication of a model of the computing device from the wireless access point, and further receives one or more characteristics of the computing device from the wireless access point. The application then predicts the type of the computing device associated with the one or more of the indication of the model, and characteristics, of the computing device.


Patent
Spectrum | Date: 2017-04-11

A privacy lock assembly and method of operation are provided. The lock assembly has a push button offset from the central axis of the lock assembly for locking and unlocking the assembly. The lock assembly includes compression springs to maintain integrated handles in predetermined orientations when the handles are not subject to a load.

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