Don’t get excited. There’s little Comfort in what follows
Many like-minded people understand plain English as something that the intended audience can read, understand and act upon the first time they read it. I must admit that I have difficulty in fully comprehending the avalanche of words springing from the keyboard of a blogger based in Poland. He infers that I fail to understand his obtuse outpourings because of poor literary skills. Maybe so.
I’ve been looking at the information presented on US Patent forms and they fall well below the standard mentioned in my first two lines. After reading them (again) I feel inferior and just a little frustrated that I don’t fully understand. Unfortunately a sketch of the apparatus couldn’t be found (although there are plenty of schematic diagrams) that may have helped with my understanding, but somehow I doubt it. There should be laws against gobbledygook like this.
My first example is Patent Number US 6,421,621 BI, dated 2002, and the assignee is White’s Electronics and is in relation to a new metal detector. Could it have been the MX5? Here’s an abstract:
White’s metal detector target identification using flash phase analysis
A flash phase analysis circuit provides parallel phase channels for simultaneously analyzing a detected signal in each of several phase windows and providing parallel outputs indicating whether a target falls in one of the phase windows. In one implementation, the parallel outputs each drive a segment of an output device to indicate the target type to the user. The flash phase analysis circuit divides a detected signal among the phase windows and then simultaneously compares the measured signal at each phase window with a reference signal. The circuit matches measured data with pre-selected phase characteristics corresponding to known targets in parallel and provides parallel output signals indicating target type….
… before flash phase conversion occurs, a phase detector or detectors measure the phase data. A signal representing the measured phase data is then divided into phase windows such that the measured phase data can be analysed in each phase window simultaneously … and so on for four dense A4 pages, but you get the idea …
However, there are half dozen diagrams to make the gobbledygook clearer for the likes of you and me. Here’s just one:
Minelab’s new patent. A detector with a magnetic field.
In 2016, Minelab filed a patent for a new metal detector in which a ‘magnetic field generator’ is described. Here’s the abstract:
Minelab started this process in 2014, obtained the patent in 2016, and … probably soon we’ll see the result. This is how metal detectors of the future are created. Of course there are multitude of incomprehensible diagrams. The latest news from Minelab states:
Representing our most significant coin & treasure introduction since the launch of the CTX 3030 in 2012, Minelab is pleased to announce the pending release of our new EQUINOX Series Metal Detectors … The EQUINOX Series features Minelab’s STATE-OF-THE ART Multi-IQ simultaneous multi-frequency technology and combines fast recovery speed with low-latency wireless audio in a lightweight waterproof platform.
Why did Minelab name their new machine EQUINOX? What has the name to do with a metal detector? The vernal equinox marks the beginning of spring. So why does the word refer to ‘night’? Equinox comes from the Latin words aequi, which means ‘equal’, and nox, which means ‘night’. Vernal means fresh and new … very appropriate … but it isn’t the vernal equinox.
It goes without saying that stargazing is a lot easier to do at night than during the day, and given the importance of the stars in Roman life, it’s not surprising that they chose to highlight the night in naming the Equinox … but why was it Minelab’s choice? Would be interesting to know! Come on, Minelab. Tell us the the genesis of the name and its association with a metal detector … I’m getting negative vibes here. Say no more!
For what its worth, and if I’d been present at the brainstorming session, I’d have come up with something more meaningful, like SIRIUS … after all it’s the brightest star in the night sky. In Greek the name means ‘glowing’ and an appropriate name for a new machine. However, it is also known as the ‘Dog Star’. Back to the drawing board!