Patents Represented by Attorney Kris T. Fredrick
  • Patent number: 7645996
    Abstract: A microscale planar device for detecting particles under high pressure with high sensitivity. The device may have an anode and cathode with an insulator situated between them. The insulator may have a number of holes, cavities or channels between the anode and cathode. There may be conductive rings at the perimeters of openings of the channels on the anode side of the insulator. These rings may be a part of the anode. An ion may be attracted into one of the channels where it interacts with a gas to result in an avalanche breakdown. The breakdown may be detected by instrumentation connected to the anode and cathode. The lateral and/or longitudinal dimensions of the channels may be such that the device may operate as a detector with ambient air as a gas under its pressure of about one atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Yang, Ulrich Bonne
  • Patent number: 7640783
    Abstract: A portable, calibratible gas detector includes a multi-position gas inflow limiting orifice. When this orifice is in a calibrating position, a source of calibrating gas can be activated to provide a quantity of gas that diffuses into ambient atmosphere flowing through the orifice. The calibration gas can then be sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Steven J. Eickhoff
  • Patent number: 7641856
    Abstract: A sample analyzer with a removable and/or disposable cartridge for use at the point of care of a patient such as in a doctor's office, in the home, or elsewhere in the field. By providing a removable and/or disposable cartridge with all of the needed reagents and/or fluids, the sample analyzer can be reliably used outside of the laboratory environment, with little or no specialized training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Aravind Padmanabhan, James A. Cox, Bernard S. Fritz, Cleopatra Cabuz
  • Patent number: 7630075
    Abstract: A particle discriminator using circularly polarized light projected through a channel having target particles. Light may be propagated through the channel, with some light scattered separated into forward angle scattered light, small angle scattered light and unscattered light. The forward angle scattered light may be linearly polarized and detected. The small angle scattered light may be linearly polarized in a direction orthogonal to the direction of the polarization of the forward angle scattered light, and at least both these kinds of light may be detected. Data from these detected kinds of light may be analyzed to discriminate particles from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard S. Fritz
  • Patent number: 7629115
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for testing multiple sample compounds for their biological effect comprising a porous block having substantially planar top and bottom surfaces. The top surface comprises a plurality of cell adhesive regions and cell dis-adhesive regions and the bottom surface provides multiple sites to load the sample compounds. These sites are located opposite from the cell adhesive regions on the top surface of the porous block. In certain embodiments, the invention further comprises at least one dissolvable layer which provides multiple sites to load the sample compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Yuandong Gu, Leon Xu, Jicang Zhou
  • Patent number: 7629174
    Abstract: An analyte detector is disclosed. The analyte detector includes a substrate having a surface, a self-assembled monolayer comprising a plurality of molecules bonded to the surface, the molecules having a structure (I) defined herein, and a liquid crystal layer having a plurality of liquid crystal molecules aligned on a top surface of the self-assembled monolayer. The liquid crystal molecule includes a diol moiety that interacts with the molecule having a structure (I). Methods of detecting an analyte are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Yuandong Gu
  • Patent number: 7630835
    Abstract: A first frequency of electromagnetic radiation and a second frequency of electromagnetic radiation are received at a detector. The first and second frequencies of electromagnetic radiation are transmitted through a medium within a frequency range of approximately 0.1 TeraHertz to approximately 10 TeraHertz. Signals are generated that are proportional to the transmittance of the frequencies of electromagnetic radiation through the medium. A ratio of the of the signals is formed, and one or more of a relative humidity, an absolute humidity, and a water vapor concentration of the medium are calculated as a function of a temperature of the medium, the ratio, and a set of functional parameters associated with the temperature of the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Cox, Christopher J. Zins
  • Patent number: 7628907
    Abstract: A gas sensor is provided for detecting one or more gases in a gas sample. The gas sensor includes a substrate, a solid electrolyte layer including lanthanum oxide for sensing carbon dioxide, a heating element thermally coupled to the solid electrolyte layer, and a controller coupled to the heating element and the solid electrolyte layer. The controller heats the heating element so that the solid electrolyte layer reaches an operating. Methods of sensing carbon dioxide and humidity are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Yuandong Gu, Barrett E. Cole, Robert E. Higashi
  • Patent number: 7630063
    Abstract: A system for scattered light and simultaneous multi-color (e.g., greater than sixteen colors) fluorescence light detecting, and for analyzing, classifying and identifying biological particles and items of interest. A sample to be tested may be entered in a disposable microfluidic cartridge which in turn is insertable in a portable, hand-holdable, or wearable miniaturized cytometer instrument. The present system may be incorporated in the cytometer instrument. It may have significant application relative to biological warfare, environmental substances, the medical field and other fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Aravind Padmanabhan, Bernard S. Fritz
  • Patent number: 7628007
    Abstract: Method and system of onboard diagnostics in engine emissions monitoring, particularly for detecting anomalous cylinder behavior. In some embodiments, at least one sensor in the exhaust path measures electric charge that is indicative of particulate matter. In some embodiments, at least one sensor measures oxides of nitrogen. The indications of instantaneous emissions can be used to effect real-time adjustments in engine control, and can be logged for maintenance purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Kittelson, Brian C. Krafthefer, Hongbin Ma, Michael L. Rhodes
  • Patent number: 7613586
    Abstract: A system for determining a gas pressure or gauging a vacuum in a hermetically sealed enclosure. One or more heater structures and one or more temperature sensor structures situated on a substrate may be used in conjunction for measuring a thermal conductivity of a gas in the enclosure. Each heater has significant thermal isolation from each sensor structure. Electronics connected to each heater and sensor of their respective structures may provide processing to calculate the pressure or vacuum in the enclosure. The enclosure may contain various electronic components such as bolometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Higashi
  • Patent number: 7613360
    Abstract: A multi-spectral imaging surveillance system and method in which a plurality of imaging cameras is associated with a data-processing apparatus. A module can be provided, which resides in a memory of said data-processing apparatus. The module performs fusion of a plurality images respectively generated by varying imaging cameras among said plurality of imaging cameras. Fusion of the images is based on a plurality of parameters indicative of environmental conditions in order to achieve enhanced imaging surveillance thereof. The final fused images are the result of two parts: an image fusion portion, and a knowledge representation part. For the final fusion, many operators can be utilized, which can be applied between the image fusion result and the knowledge representation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc
    Inventors: Yunqian Ma, Michael E. Bazakos
  • Patent number: 7612871
    Abstract: A multiplexed set of light sources having outputs of light with various wavelengths which are combined into one beam. The beam may impinge a particle in a flow channel of a cytometer. The light leaving the flow channel may be sensed by a detector and the light distinguished according to wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc
    Inventors: James A. Cox, J. David Zook
  • Patent number: 7612551
    Abstract: A system for phonon spectroscopy for attaining a phonon spectrum of a sample of a material. Current may be injected into the material to result in electrical noise in the material. The electrical noise may be processed to result in information revealing a phonon spectrum of the material. The phonon spectrum may be useful for analyzing and monitoring various features of the material. Other information about the material may be obtained from the electrical noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Mihai N. Mihaila
  • Patent number: 7612885
    Abstract: The invention is a method and apparatus capable of detecting constituents of a gas at extremely low concentrations comprising providing a medium that is absorbent of at least a first particular gas under a first environmental condition and desorbent of the particular gas under a second environmental condition, exposing the medium to a sample gas for a first period of time under the first environmental condition, during a second period of time after the first period of time, exposing the medium to the second environmental condition to cause the medium to desorb gas into an optical cavity of a cavity ring down spectrometer and introducing electromagnetic radiation into the cavity, during a third period of time after the second period of time, ceasing introduction of the electromagnetic radiation into the cavity and detecting the decay of the electromagnetic radiation in the cavity, and analyzing the decay of the light in the cavity to obtain a spectral analysis of the sample gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc
    Inventors: Barrett E. Cole, James Allen Cox, Yuandong Gu, Rodney H. Thorland
  • Patent number: 7613328
    Abstract: A system and a method to detect a label are described herein. The system and method are to extract a horizontal region of interest based on the image; to extract a vertical region of interest based on the image; and to identify presence of the primary label in the image from the horizontal region of interest and from the vertical region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Lokesh R. Boregowda, Anupama Rajagopal, Krishnamoorthy Dornadula, Lalitha M. Eswara
  • Patent number: 7610811
    Abstract: A differential pressure sensor method and system includes a number of elastomer plates, which can be placed with certain distance and sealed in a small tube, wherein the tube can be connected to a number of detection areas. The surface of the elastomers can be covered with a thin film of conductive elastomer as a compliant electrode. The resistance of the compliant electrodes varies with deformation of the elastomer plates and the resistance change can be measured through circuits. A variable capacitor also exists between the elastomer plates due to a sealed space and the compliant electrodes. The elastomer plates deform accordingly when the pressure varies in the detection areas and the variation of the capacitance can be detected through circuits. The pressure difference between the detection areas can then be detected utilizing the variation in resistance and capacitance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc
    Inventors: Li Wang, James Huang
  • Patent number: 7613561
    Abstract: A selective catalytic reduction system includes a catalyst, a device to measure an amount of nitrogen oxide (NO), a device to measure an amount of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a device to add an ammonia source, and a control unit to calculate the amount of ammonia source to add as a function of a ratio of an amount of nitrogen oxide and an amount of nitrogen dioxide or an absolute amount of nitrogen oxide and an absolute amount of nitrogen dioxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc
    Inventors: Gregory E. Stewart, David Germann
  • Patent number: 7602942
    Abstract: A face detection and recognition system having several arrays imaging a scene in the infrared and visible spectrums. The system may use weighted subtracting and thresholding to distinguish human skin in a sensed image. A feature selector may locate a face in the image. The image may be cropped with a frame or border incorporating essentially only the face. The border may be superimposed on images from an infrared imaging array and the visible imaging array. Sub-images containing the face may be extracted from within the border on the infrared and visible images, respectively, and compared with a database of face information to attain recognition of the face. Confidence levels of recognition for infrared and visible imaged faces may be established. A resultant confidence level of recognition may be determined from these confidence levels. Infrared lighting may be used as needed to illuminate the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. Bazakos, Vassilios Morellas, Yunqian Ma
  • Patent number: 7603129
    Abstract: Wireless devices, systems and approaches or methods having the capability of determining the location of a given wireless device. An example system includes a wireless device that generates at least one pulse as a part of an output signal, and the at least one pulse is captured by anchor devices and used, in a time of arrival approach, to determine the location of the example device. The at least one pulse may be generated during a designated portion of an otherwise normally modulated message. Another example system includes an anchor node that generates a directional output signal, the direction output signal including data indicating its direction, and the directions of output signals from plural anchor nodes when pointed at a wireless device are used to determine the location of the wireless device. Combinations of the pulse and directional antenna systems, devices used within each of these systems, and approaches associated with these systems are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick S. Gonia, Vinayak S. Kore, Arun V. Mahasenan