Patents Assigned to Panasonic Avionics Corporation
  • Patent number: 10881357
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring the health of vehicle passengers using images of the passengers taken by onboard imaging devices (e.g., digital cameras), determining health data (e.g., vital signs) on-board the passenger vehicle using the images, and communicating (in one or more instances) with a remote telemedical monitoring system to determine medical information regarding the passengers and/or enable communication with a medical caregiver for diagnosis and treatment. The system may be especially useful in larger passenger vehicles, such as commercial aircraft, to monitor the health of all or most of the passengers but may also be used in other passenger vehicles including passenger trains, buses, ships, boats and automobiles. In one or more instances, the systems and methods primarily utilize images to determine health data (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Philip Watson, Steven Bates
  • Patent number: 10862934
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a vehicle entertainment system are provided. One method includes receiving an input for a media file at a smart monitor on an aircraft, the aircraft having a plurality of smart monitors and a plurality of seat boxes communicating via a network that includes a first sub-network to connect a first group of the seat boxes, and a computing device that stores a plurality of media files, and a second sub-network to connect a second group of seat boxes and the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Philip Watson, Cedric Rhoads, Nigel Blackwell, Steven Bates
  • Patent number: 10863225
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a passenger vehicle entertainment system configured to access media data files on a passenger's personal electronic device and play the media data files on a video monitor of the entertainment system installed at a passenger seat. The system includes an onboard display system having a computing device, a wireless communication module and a video monitor. The system has a media player software application executable by the computing device and configured to program the display system to establish a wireless network connection to the personal electronic device using the wireless communication module, access media data files stored on the personal electronic device via the wireless network connection, display the media data files on the video monitor and allow a passenger to browse the media data files and select a media data file to play, and play a selected media data file on the video monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Lam Hoang
  • Patent number: 10849212
    Abstract: Devices and systems for controlling electrostatic discharge on electronic at the interface of mating electrical connectors. An electrostatic discharge (ESD) control device comprises a substrate and at least one connector pin hole. An outer edge of the substrate is also electrically conductive and configured to be electrically connected to a ground. Each the connector pin hole(s) is electrically conductive such that it electrically connects to a respective pin of one of the mating electrical connectors. For each of the connector pin hole(s), an electrically conductive trace is disposed in the substrate. Each of the traces has a pair of opposing sharp points in close proximity to each other and directed at each other. One of the sharp points is electrically connected to the electrically conductive connector pin hole, and the other sharp point is electrically connected to the electrically conductive outer edge of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Donald Siu
  • Patent number: 10838681
    Abstract: An entertainment system for a vehicle for a vehicle accommodating a passenger with a personal electronic device executing a screen sharing application. The system information processing devices, with each information processing device including a data processor, and one or more of the information processing devices including a display monitor. The system includes a WLAN access point configured to establish a wireless data communications link with the personal electronic device. A screen sharing server executed by the data processor of one of the information processing devices is receptive to a display data stream generated on the portable electronic device based upon a redirected display output and transmitted to the screen sharing server over the wireless data communications link. The display data stream is transmitted following pairing of the screen sharing application with the information processing device including a display monitor, and the received display data stream rendered thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Philip Watson, Steven Bates
  • Patent number: 10834837
    Abstract: An attachment system for use in mounting a monitor to a fixture. The system includes a monitor housing that houses a monitor and a fixture housing that attaches to a fixture, where the monitor housing mounts to a recess within the fixture housing. The fixture housing has a hinged tongue-groove joint that allows the monitor housing to engage and disengage with the hinged joint at an installation angle, but does not allow the monitor housing to disengage from the fixture housing at an installed angle. In the engaged position, the monitor housing can rotate relative to the fixture housing via the hinged tongue-groove joint, and can be locked in position to prevent rotation using a locking mechanism. The hinged tongue-groove joint can be tapered to improve self-alignment during installation, and can be configured to elastically compress in the installed angle to minimize movement when installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Dominic Giammaria, Anuj Bhat
  • Patent number: 10834168
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a transportation vehicle are provided. For example, one method includes providing a seat identifier and/or a transportation vehicle identifier in a request to access a webpage via an Internet connection from a seatback device of a transportation vehicle; selecting a server that is not located on the transportation vehicle for providing content to the seatback device; executing a remote browser at the server for retrieving content from the Internet for the seatback device, without having to execute a browser at the seatback device; and rendering content at the seatback device as an image of the content retrieved by the remote browser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Sarvamangala Hendi, Philip Watson, Paul Margis
  • Patent number: 10826983
    Abstract: Computing technology for a transportation vehicle is provided. For example, the computing technology executes a method for generating an encrypted message by a computing device for a passenger of a transportation vehicle, based on an identifier identifying the transportation vehicle and a passenger seat identifier identifying a passenger seat; providing the encrypted message to a processor executable entertainment system of the transportation vehicle; decrypting the encrypted message and validating the passenger seat identifier based on an authorized login by the passenger to the entertainment system while the passenger is on the transportation vehicle; and after validation, presenting the decrypted message to a device accessible to the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventor: Jared Gummig
  • Publication number: 20200341510
    Abstract: A docking cradle for a handheld computing device, such as a handheld controller, remote control, tablet computer, smartphone or other electronic device. The docking cradle is configured to be mountable to a horizontal mounting surface (e.g., a table or other horizontal surface), or a vertical mounting surface (e.g., a seatback or wall), while in either mounting orientation, the docking cradle holds the computing device in substantially the same orientation for convenient use and access by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Applicant: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew Barnes
  • Patent number: 10817675
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for communicating an announcement to passengers on a transportation vehicle. For example, one method includes providing an information system on the vehicle having at least one of a wireless access point and a plurality of seat display devices and operating the information system to communicate with the wireless access point or the seat display devices. The method includes playing audio corresponding to the announcement over a public address system of the vehicle, and causing text corresponding to the audio to display on the seat display devices or personal electronic devices in communication with the wireless access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Philip Watson, Steven Bates
  • Patent number: 10814985
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a transportation vehicle are provided. One method includes receiving a network packet at a network interface device of an information system of a transportation vehicle; identifying public announcement audio in a payload of the network packet by the network interface device; extracting the public announcement audio from the payload of the network packet by the network interface device; transferring the public announcement audio to an audio system by the network interface device; and playing the public announcement audio by the audio system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Thong Pham, Bradley Westerhoff, Nigel Blackwell, Changhwa Lin
  • Patent number: 10814796
    Abstract: A quick release assembly for use in mounting a display system to a fixture. The system includes an attachment assembly on a back side of the display system that receives pins from a mounting bracket into openings of lock modules that include a latch that holds at least one pin in place. The latch is held in the lock position by spring bias. An actuator wire made of a shape memory alloy contracts when an electrical current is applied. The contraction of the wire overcomes the spring bias to move the latch from the lock position to an unlocked position to allow the display system to be removed from the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Barnes, Steven Vazquez, David Diaz
  • Publication number: 20200336773
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a vehicle entertainment system are provided. One method includes generating by a processor, a plurality of media sets for storing a plurality of media files at a transportation vehicle, each of the plurality of media set configured to store a first set of media files playable at the same time by all passengers, a second set of media files playable at the same time by up to X percentage of the passengers and a third set of media files playable at the same time by up to Y percentage of the passengers; distributing by the processor, the plurality of media files for storage across a plurality of smart monitors of the transportation vehicle; monitoring user access of the plurality of media files on the transportation vehicle; and modifying by the processor, an assignment of a media file between the first set, the second set and the third set based on a plurality of factors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Applicant: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Braun, Philip Watson
  • Patent number: 10809812
    Abstract: A device for inputting data into an information processing apparatus using a communication cable. The device includes a sensing field including signal lines. The sensing field generates one or more signals when an object is proximate thereto. The device further includes at least one processor connected to the signal lines. The processor receives the signals and generates data based on the signals. The device additionally includes a port in communication with the processor for data output. The port is configured to connect to the cable and communicate the data over the cable to the information processing apparatus. The device includes a light source configured to illuminate keyboard symbols corresponding to areas of the sensing field. The device also includes an exterior surface covering the sensing field and obscuring the keyboard symbols from visibility unless the light source is providing illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Feng Jiang, Shrenik Shah
  • Publication number: 20200314457
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a transportation vehicle are provided. One method includes initializing a first browser at an electronic device to communicate with a remote virtual loader having access to data for an in-flight entertainment (IFE) system of an aircraft; authenticating the first browser by the remote virtual loader; providing IFE data for the IFE system to the first browser by the remote virtual loader with an instruction to grant access to the IFE data by a second browser of the electronic device, the second browser authenticated by the IFE system to send information to the IFE system; and transferring the IFE data from the electronic device to the IFE system by the second browser that obtains access to the IFE data from the first browser in response to the instruction from the remote virtual loader.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Philip Watson, Steven Bates, Dan Van Proyen
  • Patent number: 10779051
    Abstract: An entertainment system for a vehicle accommodating a passenger with a personal electronic device executing a screen sharing application. The entertainment system includes a network onboard the vehicle and information processing devices connected to the network. Each device includes a data processor, and at least one including a display monitor and a screen sharing server executed by the data processor of the device with the screen sharing server being receptive to a display data stream communicated over the network to the screen sharing server by execution of the screen sharing application of the portable electronic device. The display data stream is communicated after pairing of the screen sharing application the device. A media player application executed by the data processor of the device determines if the display data stream is encrypted. If so, the media player application requests a license and after receipt of the license, a decrypted display data stream is rendered the display monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tim Yuting Chen, Philip Watson, Steven Bates
  • Patent number: 10754545
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a transportation vehicle are provided. A seat device of the vehicle includes a processor executing instructions out of a memory and a display device for displaying content of a media file of an entertainment system. The display device includes a first segment to display content of the media file, and a second segment with a capacitive layer. The second layer includes an auxiliary control segment with input icons to control media file presentation without displaying any control icons within the first segment while the content is being played, and/or an auxiliary display segment separate from the first segment to display messages without interrupting media file presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: David E. Diaz, Steven Vazquez, Andrew Barnes
  • Patent number: 10742625
    Abstract: A system for delivering to one or more crewmember computing devices a security credential for accessing a management interface of an electronics system of a vehicle has a local security credential generator and a remote security credential relay in communication therewith. One or more security credential destinations are identified from a correlation of a vehicle identifier accompanying the security credential transmitted to the remote security credential relay to one or more crewmember computing devices as defined in a crewmember staffing schedule. The security credential is then passed to the crewmember computing devices. A local login controller grants access to the management interface in response to a validation of the security credential transmitted thereto from the crewmember computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Philip Watson, Steven Bates
  • Patent number: 10728587
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a vehicle entertainment system are provided. One method includes generating by a processor, a plurality of media sets for storing a plurality of media files at a transportation vehicle, each of the plurality of media set configured to store a first set of media files playable at the same time by all passengers, a second set of media files playable at the same time by up to X percentage of the passengers and a third set of media files playable at the same time by up to Y percentage of the passengers; distributing by the processor, the plurality of media files for storage across a plurality of smart monitors of the transportation vehicle; monitoring user access of the plurality of media files on the transportation vehicle; and modifying by the processor, an assignment of a media file between the first set, the second set and the third set based on a plurality of factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Avionics Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Braun, Philip Watson
  • Patent number: D904328
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul Anthony Margis, Mehdi Izadyar, Marshal H. Perlman, Kaname Tomita, Yasuhiro Araki, Taku Yamada, Omar Lopez, Craig Allan Depner, Sheng Tong