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The Woodlands, TEXAS, United States

Patent
Sterling | Date: 2015-02-23

The present invention relates to an apparatus for popping kernels, comprising a heating chamber configured to contain kernels, a microwave emitter configured to produce microwave energy within the heating chamber and heat the kernels, a single-mode resonant microwave applicator configured to generate a stable focused high intensity microwave region within the heating chamber, and an air blower configured to create airflow within the heating chamber sufficient to move the kernels within the heating chamber.


Patent
Sterling | Date: 2015-03-13

A low profile illuminated ATM surround is provided. The surround is used with ATMs which are mounted through a wall. The surround is attached to the wall, providing a broad illuminated advertising area around the ATM while maintaining a very low profile, allowing the surround to be used in locations where minimal space is available.


Oral fluid for drug testing has several advantages over other specimens: (1) It may be collected noninvasively and under direct supervision; (2) its drug concentration reflects blood-drug concentrations; and (3) it can be processed by conventional drug screening and confirmation methods. This technology provides a system that measures the quantity of a drug (without needing a priori knowledge of the drug) in an oral fluid specimen and translates this level to a blood plasma drug concentration. The method first measures the concentration of a drug in an oral fluid sample. Next, a processor calculates the blood plasma concentration from the measured oral fluid drug concentration. Finally, this blood plasma drug level is utilized to calculate a total body drug concentration.


The present invention relates to a method for popping kernels, comprising generating a standing microwave energy field in a single-mode resonant microwave applicator, wherein the standing microwave energy field comprises an array of one or more high intensity microwave regions; and subjecting kernels to the microwave energy in the one or more high intensity microwave regions, sufficient to cause the kernels to pop and produce popped flakes.


Patent
Sterling | Date: 2013-03-11

The present invention relates to a popcorn vending machine, comprising a kernel holding chamber configured to store and dispense kernels, a heating chamber comprising an inlet configured to receive kernels from the kernel holding chamber, a microwave emitter configured to produce microwave energy within the heating chamber and heat the kernels, a single-mode resonant microwave applicator configured to generate a stable focused high intensity microwave region within the heating chamber, at least one air blower disposed in communication with the heating chamber, wherein the air blower is configured to blow air into the heating chamber, thereby moving kernels within the heating chamber and selectively removing popped flakes from the high intensity microwave region when popped, and a heating chamber outlet connected to the heating chamber for receiving popped flakes from the heating chamber and dispensing the popped flakes into a container.

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