Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Gary J. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 8318381
    Abstract: A wireless communication device (200) and method (300) adapted to prolong the useful life of an energy storage device is disclosed. In its simplest form, it can include: detecting (310) a first threshold of an energy conversion module comprising at least one of a temperature threshold, oxygen threshold, voltage, a current threshold, a power threshold and moisture threshold; sensing (320) a temperature in proximity to a thermal module comprising at least one of a fuel tank, an electronic computing module, and a housing; and generating (330) an air stream based on the detected first threshold (310) and the sensed temperature (320). The device (200) and method (300) can automatically and dynamically manage, for example, temperature, oxygen and/or moisture of an energy storage module, to maintain the energy storage module within desired specifications and tolerances. This can help to prolong the useful life of the energy storage module and its components and help to maintain a maximum recharging capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventor: Greg R. Black
  • Patent number: 8295766
    Abstract: The described methods and devices provide a more user-friendly solution to the problem of pairing and connecting multiple devices to a Bluetooth accessory. The paired device list of the Bluetooth accessory is check to determine the most recently paired devices having particular Bluetooth profiles, for example, a hands free profile (HFP) or an advanced audio distribution profile (A2DP). The accessory attempts connection with the devices, if found. Otherwise the accessory continues connection attempts with devices on the paired device list, according to the connection recency, until the accessory has two connections with different profiles. If no connections are made, or the paired device list is empty, the device enters discoverable mode. In this manner a more user-friendly solution to the problem of pairing a Bluetooth accessory to multiple Bluetooth devices is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Frederick J. Zimbric, Michael G. Walsh, Mark Graham Adams, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8265588
    Abstract: A wireless communication device and method adapted for temperature monitoring and warning is disclosed. In its simplest form, it can include: providing (510) a multi-mode communication device including an unrestricted mode having an unrestricted operation temperature range and a restricted mode having a restricted operation temperature range; determining (520) if a temperature in proximity to an energy storage device is in at least one of the restricted operation temperature range and the unrestricted operation temperature range; periodically entering (530) the restricted mode when in the restricted operation temperature range and entering the unrestricted mode when in the unrestricted operation temperature range; and entering (540) the unrestricted mode when a user attempts to make an emergency call. Advantageously, this method allows safe battery operation, while allowing a user to make emergency calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Andrew K. Wells, David M. Boldt, Gregory R. Black
  • Patent number: 8249142
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for encoding and decoding video performs transformation of at least a portion of a high-resolution video frame into a low resolution image and a plurality of enhancement data sets, encodes the low resolution image as a primary coded picture in a bitstream format and encodes each of the plurality of enhancement data sets as a different redundant coded picture in the bitstream format. For decoding, a decoded low resolution image and a plurality of decoded enhancement data sets are generated and an inverse transform is performed to construct a decoded high-resolution image. The primary coded picture and a redundant coded picture may be formatted according to the ITU-T H.264 Advanced Coding specification. The transform may be a polyphase or a sub-band transform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Tamer Shanableh, Shih-Ta Hsiang, Faisal Ishtiaq
  • Patent number: 8242741
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, apparatus and devices for wireless charging of electronic devices that include magnets in close proximity to primary and secondary inductive charging coils to move the coils within close proximity and within axial alignment to one another. The system includes a charging apparatus including a first coil having within close proximity a first magnet, the primary coil and magnet together capable of moving within the charging apparatus in accordance with magnetic attraction. A battery charging device includes a secondary coil having within close proximity a second magnet. The magnets can attract so that the coils are moved close together. In this way the respective coils are coupled so that inductive charging may be provided. An engagement structure of the charging apparatus can help to maintain the first coil in a particular orientation within the charging apparatus so that the alignment of the coils is optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventor: William C Phelps, III
  • Patent number: 8226422
    Abstract: An improved plug connector (100) is disclosed. It includes: a generally U-shaped contact (102) including a first vertical leg (104), a second vertical leg (106) and a horizontal leg (108) connecting the first vertical leg (104)and the second vertical leg (106), the first vertical leg (104) being longer than the second vertical leg (106); and a retention block 110 connected to both sides (112) and (114) of the horizontal leg (108) configured to support the U-shaped contact (102).This design can stand up to the harsh environment that it will be exposed to and will provide improved resistance to failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Pongpinit Towashiraporn, Paul B. Crosbie, Gaurav Gupta, Maninder S. Sehmbey, Michael F. Spence
  • Patent number: 8228832
    Abstract: An USSD transporting method (200) and mobile computing device (410) are described. The method (200) can include the steps of: providing a data pushing operation (210) over a universal supplementary services data (USSD) channel from the application server to the mobile device client; and initiating a data pulling operation (220) over an internet protocol (IP) channel by the mobile device client, in response to the pushing operation. Advantageously, for short data transfers, such as application server push notifications, USSD messages require lower power drain than packet data, due to the longer time to transition to an RRC idle state after the data transfer is completed. Also, push notifications can be sent over USSD without an open IP session, thereby saving the client from having to maintain a persistent IP session, while employing alternate pulling transport means such as wireless LAN which require lower power drain than a wide area network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory R. Black, Mark J. Carlson, Valeriy F. Marchevsky
  • Patent number: 8223426
    Abstract: A decorative housing (11) for a mobile device (10) includes a first faceted cell (12) having a first angled electro-optic element (14) disposed therein. A second faceted cell (16) is adjacent the first cell (12) and has second angled electro-optic elements (18). A liquid (20) is in fluid communication with each faceted cell (12, 16) and moveable to a first position (22) in response to a first electric field (24) applied to one of the first and second electro-optic elements (14, 18) and moveable to a second position (26) in response to a second electric field (28) applied to the other of the first and second electro-optic elements (14, 18). An electronic modulator (30) is coupled to the first electro-optic element (14) and the second electro-optic element (18) to electronically modulate between the first electric field (24) and the second electric field (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Dean, Michael R. Johnson, Jason C. Heikenfeld
  • Patent number: 8223217
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and devices for solid state electronically switched optical shutters of cameras and other devices. The disclosed non-mechanical camera shutter includes an electronically controlled material that provides optical density variation, to transition the shutter from being open to being closed. The layer of electronically controlled material is configured to change from substantially to transparent to substantially opaque, without scattering, by changing the state of the material. The transmittance period is the period of time that the layer changes transmittance from approximately 100% to approximately 0%. Electronic circuitry is in communication with a timing control module that is configured to provide a signal output to a transparent conductive layer proximal to the layer of electronically controlled material to initiate a change in its transmissivity. The described electronically switched optical component would add little or no additional bulk to a small camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl L. Shurboff, Fan He
  • Patent number: 8223685
    Abstract: A method of selecting a communication system (2, 4) for operating with a communication device (100) during an idle mode of operation of the communication device is described. The communication device (100) is capable of operating with at least two communication systems. The method comprises determining (302, 304, 306) the one communication system of the at least two communication systems (2, 4) with which the communication device (100) has a smallest power consumption when operating in the idle mode of operation, and selecting the determined one communication system for operation with the communication device during the idle mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthieu Baglin, Stephane Bausson, Satish Jamadagni Najunda Swamy
  • Patent number: 8179473
    Abstract: Disclosed are pivoting structures and methods of pivoting structure. The pivoting structures can include a movable shutter plate including an aperture, pivotally fastened to a supporting plate by the pivot pin, and having a slot that receives a slot pin of a rotator, the movable shutter configured to move across the rotator as the first housing and second housing change their orientations with respect to one another. In a particular position, an aperture of the moveable shutter plate is aligned with an aperture of the first housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger W. Harmon, Giles D. McWilliam
  • Patent number: 8144451
    Abstract: An improved mobile electronic device is disclosed. The mobile electronic device (10) can include: a housing (12) including a front cover (14) and a rear cover (16), the rear cover (16) configured to interconnect with the front cover (14), defining an enclosure (18) for electrical components; a plurality of connectors (20) located on walls (22) of the front cover (14) and rear cover (16); the plurality of connectors (20) including a male portion (24) and a female portion (26) being substantially complementarily configured to receive the male portion (24). Advantageously, the connectors (20): provide a resilient interconnection, forming a robust housing; take up a minimal amount of room in the enclosure (18), for maximizing the area available for electronic component placement therein; and help to allow the profile, from the front cover (14) to rear cover (16), to be designed ultra thin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel P. Rodgers, Simon F. Vollmer
  • Patent number: 8139367
    Abstract: Disclosed is a torsion spring mechanism that supports and guides a flexible printed circuit for use in an electronic device with a sliding motion. The spring mechanism includes a first segment and a second segment that are joined by a torsion spring. The torsion spring has a predetermined spring constant and is capable of exerting a force. When the force of the torsion spring is unreleased the sliding housing is closed and when the force of the torsion spring is released the sliding housing is opened. An electrically conducting flexible printed circuit is at least partially supported by both the first and second segments while freely traversing the torsion spring length with an unsupported portion enough to provide adequate movement of the flexible printed circuit about the torsion spring length. In this way, a spring compartment within the device being approximately 5 millimeters in depth may support and protect the unidirectional torsion spring mechanism and flexible printed circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott L. Miller, Michael J. Lombardi, Daniel M. Wodka, Frank H. Stone
  • Patent number: 8126054
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is provided for highly scalable intraframe video coding. The conventional macroblock DCT tools are integrated with the subband filter banks for the improved efficiency of scalable compression. The enhancement layers are represented in a subband domain and coded by an inter-layer frame texture coder utilizing inter-layer prediction signal formed by the decoded previous layer. Each quality enhancement layer is additionally scalable in resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility, Inc.
    Inventor: Shih-Ta Hsiang
  • Patent number: 8127197
    Abstract: A method (300) for radio link control padding is shown. In its simplest form, it can include the steps of: providing (310) N bytes of data from a base station; interleaving (320) the N bytes of data using a turbo-interleaver; pre-pending (330) K bytes of zero padding; and passing (340) the interleaved N bytes and the pre-pended K bytes to a convolutional encoder to provide an output comprising a parity sequence adapted for further processing and providing a radio link control block for an enhanced general packet radio service 2-B mobile device. The method (300) is particularly adapted for use with Chase and incremental redundancy combining, which can provide fast, reliable and efficient general packet radio service to a 2-B mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin D Frank, Sandeep H Krishnamurthy
  • Patent number: 8121655
    Abstract: A method (150) and device (200) for conserving energy in a power storage device of a mobile station (102, 110), including: selecting (155) an alert mode associated with a mobile station, the alert mode including at least one of: silent alert, vibrate and manual answer; detecting (160) the alert mode of the mobile station; and increasing (165) a length of a paging cycle in order to conserve power of an energy storage device associated with the mobile station (102, 110), in response to the detected alert mode. The method provides a useful compromise for energy conservation of a power storage device on one hand, while also accommodating a user's demand for a short paging interval when desired, on the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: John M Harris, Van E. Kelly
  • Patent number: 8049715
    Abstract: A method and a system for accessing data stored in an electronic device (102) are disclosed. The data is stored in a data structure. The data structure includes a plurality of sets. Each of the plurality of sets includes at least one entry with an identical first character. The method includes varying (302) the speed of navigation through the data structure by using the input device (204). The method also includes displaying (304) a pre-defined entry from each of the plurality of sets, based on a pre-defined actuation of the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Hoi L. Young, Michael Bohan, Timothy A. Bruns, Peter J. Ina
  • Patent number: 8019394
    Abstract: A handheld communication device may comprise a first housing and a second housing. The first housing may include a first keypad and a battery. The second housing may include a second keypad, at least one display, and a printed circuit board. The second housing may be rotatable relative to the first housing between an open configuration and a closed configuration. The second keypad may face in a substantially same direction as the first keypad in the open configuration, and the second keypad may face in a substantially opposite direction to the first keypad in the closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Gitzinger, Rachid M. Alameh, Paul M. Pierce
  • Patent number: 8009612
    Abstract: A method (10) of establishing an alternate HRPD signaling link between an HRPD access network and an access terminal over a non-HRPD access is disclosed. It includes: providing (12) a signal forwarding function (SFF) (22) between an access terminal (AT) (24) and a high rate packet data (HRPD) access network (AN) (26); establishing (14) a data tunnel (28) between the access terminal (24) and the SFF (22); exchanging (16) HRPD signaling messages and HRPD data via the data tunnel (28); identifying (18) the HRPD access network (26) and the access terminal (24) over non-HRPD access by the SFF (22), by reading a header with certain identifiers and mapping the header to an address of the access terminal or network; and forwarding (20) the HRPD signaling messages and the HRPD data that arrive at the SFF (22) from the access terminal (24) and the HRPD access network (26) to the HRPD access network (26) and the access terminal (24), respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: George Cherian, Poornima A. Lalwaney
  • Patent number: 8004555
    Abstract: Disclosed are mobile communication devices, and methods for mobile communication devices including two video cameras that can operate simultaneously and in real-time. The device includes a first video camera pointing in a first direction and configured to generate a first video signal and a second video camera pointing in a second direction and configured to generate a second video signal. The device includes a processor configured to receive the first video signal and the second video signal and to encode the first video signal and the second video signal for simultaneous transmission. Disclosed is another device, including a housing having a fixed first video camera configured to point in a first direction with respect to the housing and generate a first video signal and a movable second video camera configured to point in a plurality of second directions with respect to the housing and generate a second video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary J Oswald, Rafael Camargo