Richard A. Brownell - Lompoc CA, Mitchell Frey - Santa Barbara CA,
G06F 12/00 C12M 3/00
711103, 4353071, 711E12001, 711E12008
An integral digital memory storage device having a standard form factor to be received by and communicating with a computing device and having memory capability for storage of digital data. An integral multiwell DNA sample tray is carried in a body of the memory storage device for protection and exposed by manipulation of the case for receiving DNA samples.
Data Storage Device With Integrated Bio-Storage Media
A storage device includes a housing, a non-volatile memory disposed within the housing, and an interface operatively connected to the housing for communicating with a computing device to provide access to the non-volatile memory to the computing device. The storage device further includes a tray comprising a bio-sample storage area for storing bio-samples and a gasket for sealing the bio-sample storage area within the housing for storage. In a closed position, the tray is sealed within the housing by the gasket and wherein in an open position, the bio-sample storage area is exposed and accessible.
Method And Apparatus For Monitoring Battery Voltage
Mitchell B. Frey - Santa Barbara CA Kirk L. Hobart - Goleta CA Christopher A. Renick - Santa Barbara CA
H01M 1044 H01M 1046
A battery monitoring method and apparatus for delivering current to a battery, particularly a lead-acid battery, in standby condition after it has been charged and in such a manner as to maintain the rated ideal charge on the battery at the ambient temperature while minimizing damage to the battery cells. In particular, the apparatus and method apply pulses of current of variable width when the battery voltage hovers about its ideal voltage, apply continuous current when the battery voltage is below its ideal voltage by a certain amount thereby to raise the voltage toward its ideal voltage, and turn off the current when the battery voltage exceeds an upper limit indicative of overcharging or when the battery voltage is at a lower limit indicative of a defective battery or reversed connections.