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Robin Reinhard Padden, Kristin Anne McArdle Scott, Fred Charles Thomas III: System and method for detecting the presence of a data-storage cartridge using phase-rotated polarized light. July 1, 2003: US06587297

A disk drive has an improved system for detecting the presence of a data-storage cartridge inserted into the drive. The improved system uses a source of polarized light and a detector of polarized light. The detector is optically coupled to the source by a reflective marker on the data-storage cartr ...


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Kim B Edwards, George T Krieger, Fred Thomas III, Brent J Watson: Interchangeable cartridge data storage system for devices performing diverse functions. Iomega Corporation, Woodcock Washburn, July 1, 2003: US06587304 (5 worldwide citation)

A system for exchanging digital data among a plurality of hand-held computer devices. Digital signals are written by a first hand-held device to a mini-cartridge that mini-cartridge is inter-operable among a class of hand-held device, each of which is equipped with a mini disk drive. A common digita ...


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G Victor Treyz, Susan M Treyz: Shopping assistance with handheld computing device. July 1, 2003: US06587835 (1233 worldwide citation)

A system is provided in which a handheld computing device may be used to provide a user with shopping assistance services. A shopping assistance service may allow a user to obtain directory information for a shopping mall. A user may use the handheld computing device to handle shopping lists. The ha ...


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Ronald J Lebel, Varaz Shahmirian, Timothy J Starkweather, Philip T Weiss, Daniel H Villegas, Robert C Dennard, John T Armstrong, John D Richert: Ambulatory medical apparatus and method using a telemetry system with predefined reception listening periods. Medtronic Minimed, Foley & Lardner, July 1, 2003: US06585644 (767 worldwide citation)

An implanted medical device (e.g. infusion pump) and an external device communicate with one another via telemetry messages that are receivable only during windows or listening periods. Each listening period is open for a prescribed period of time and is spaced from successive listening periods by a ...


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Craig Richard Gerbi, Eugene F Duval, Don Minami, Bob Hager, J Kenneth Salisbury, Akhil Madhani, John Stern, Gary S Guthart: Removable infinite roll master grip handle and touch sensor for robotic surgery. Intuitive Surgical, Mark D Barrish Esq, TownsendTownsend&CrewLLP, July 1, 2003: US06587750 (455 worldwide citation)

An input device for robotic surgery mechanically transmits a grip signal across a first joint coupling a handle to a linkage supporting the handle. The handle is removable and replaceable, allows unlimited rotation about the joint, and may optionally include a touch sensor to inhibit movement of a s ...


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Richard Spagna, Kenneth Louis Milsted, David P Lybrand, Edgar Downs: Method for delivering electronic content from an online store. International Business Machines Corporation, David M Shofi, Jon A Gibbons, Fleit Kain Gibbons Gutman & Bongini P L, July 1, 2003: US06587837 (437 worldwide citation)

A method for permitting the electronic delivery of digital content. Metadata is acquired which has been previously associated with content. Promotional metadata is extracted for use with a electronic store. At least one of the metadata is altered to create offer data. And at least one of the metadat ...



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