Patents Examined by A. T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10356307
    Abstract: A camera system for a vehicle includes a first lens connected to the vehicle. The first lens has a first field of view in which images are captured extending in front of the vehicle. A second lens is connected to the vehicle and has a second field of view in which images are captured different from the first field of view. The second field of view extends in front of the vehicle. A sensor is provided for measuring vehicle pitch. A controller is connected to the sensor and relies only on the first lens to capture images when the vehicle pitch is below a predetermined threshold. The controller relies only the second lens to capture images when the vehicle pitch is above the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Thomas E. Blake, III, Anthony L. Rivas
  • Patent number: 10349618
    Abstract: A method includes housing a dairy livestock in a stall portion of a milking box and retrieving, by a robotic attacher, a cup. For each of a plurality of teats of a dairy livestock, the method further uses the robotic arm to perform the steps of attaching the cup to the teat, detaching the cup from the teat, and maintaining the cup within the stall portion of the milking box from the time that the cup is attached to the first teat of the dairy livestock through the time that the cup is attached to a last teat of the dairy livestock. The method concludes by retracting the cup into an equipment area of the milking box after detaching the cup from the last teat of the dairy livestock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Technologies Holdings Corp.
    Inventors: Henk Hofman, Cor de Ruijter, Menno Koekoek, Peter Willem van der Sluis
  • Patent number: 10356333
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus performs a global electronic shutter operation in which exposure periods of a plurality of pixels coincide with one another. In a first period in which a photoelectric conversion unit of at least one of the pixels stores charge, signals based on charges stored in holding units of the pixels are successively output to output lines. In a second period after the output of the signals from the pixels is terminated, the holding units of the pixels hold charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Ichikawa, Masahiro Kobayashi, Yusuke Onuki, Toru Koizumi
  • Patent number: 10356567
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for receiving from a first system information comprising a message and an identifier of a user, selecting a channel from a plurality of different third party communication channels for sending the message based on one or more properties of communications on the channel, determining a channel-specific user identifier for the selected channel based on the identifier of the user, creating a channel-specific message formatted for the selected channel based on the message, and sending the message to the user on the selected channel using the channel-specific user identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: NEXMO, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Shirazi, Tiago Lam, Eric Nadalin, Chris Moore, Sumit Suman
  • Patent number: 10356263
    Abstract: To specify the position of a crease on a document without necessitating an additional configuration, such as a new sensor and a reading angle switching mechanism. An image reading apparatus including: a light emission controlling unit controlling light emission patterns of a first light emitting unit and a second light emitting unit included in a image reading unit; and a determining unit performing determination relating to a crease produced on a document by comparing a first image obtained by reading the document in a first light emission pattern and a second image obtained by reading the document in a second light emission pattern; and wherein the second light emission pattern is different from the first light emission pattern in balance of a quantity of emitted light from the upstream side of a light receiving unit and a quantity of emitted light from the downstream side of the light receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shuhei Tada
  • Patent number: 10356290
    Abstract: A gimbal system includes an angle adjusting unit configured to carry an imaging device, a main controller configured to detect posture information of the imaging device, a gimbal control unit configured to control the angle adjusting unit according to the posture information, and a digital video transmission component configured to transmit a digital video signal from the imaging device. The digital video transmission component includes a video converter configured to receive the digital video signal, and convert and compression encode the digital video signal to output a serial differential signal. The digital video transmission component further includes a differential signal transmission line coupled to the video converter and configured to transmit the serial differential signal, and an image transmission unit coupled to the differential signal transmission line and configured to receive the serial differential signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SZ DJI OSMO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mingliang Zhu, Li Zhou, Yueqiang Lu
  • Patent number: 10349635
    Abstract: A freeze-resistant watering nipple assembly comprising a watering nipple valve, a heat pipe, a sleeve in tight thermal contact with the nipple, a water-tight connection to a liquid containing container or supply pipe, and an outer shield enclosing an insulating space and/or insulation material is described, which thermally couples a watering nipple to a container or supply pipe via a sufficiently good thermal conduction path so that the nipple can be maintained at a temperature that is near the temperature of the liquid in the container or supply pipe. Further, the use of one or more freeze-resistant watering nipple assemblies with a thermally insulated container is described so that the unit comprising the nipple assembly or assemblies and the insulated container provides drinking water to animals, and in particular, birds in sub-freezing and in hot weather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffry Golden, Jeffery Lewis
  • Patent number: 10355977
    Abstract: A multicast frame directed to a plurality of devices coupled to a network can be received, where the plurality of devices comprising at least one intended recipient device and at least one unintended recipient device. A destination unicast address corresponding to an intended recipient device can be identified. The multicast frame can be converted into a unicast frame directed to the intended recipient device, the unicast frame configured with the destination unicast address. The unicast frame can be blocked from accessing the unintended recipient device. The unicast frame can be provided to the intended recipient device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Aerohive Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Stuart Gast, Liang Wang
  • Patent number: 10350504
    Abstract: A system may include an inflatable assembly having a plurality of members. The system may also include a plurality of sensors disposed at a plurality of positions inside or around the inflatable assembly, such that the plurality of sensors may acquire data related to a shape of the inflatable assembly. The system also includes one or more valves, each configured to direct a fluid into a corresponding member of the plurality of members of the inflatable assembly. The system also includes a processor that adjusts positions of the one or more valves to cause the fluid to be directed into the corresponding member of the plurality of members of the inflatable assembly based on the data and a desired shape of the inflatable assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Robert Cortelyou, Ross Osterman, Justin Schwartz, Amanda Zielkowski, Caitlin A. Correll, Darrin Hughes, Anisha Vyas
  • Patent number: 10352443
    Abstract: A system, in certain embodiments, includes a composite piston. The composite piston comprises a piston body made of a composite material, wherein the composite material comprises a reinforcing material distributed in a matrix material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: GE Oil & Gas Compression Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Omar M. Kabir, John C. Bartos, Kent Pearl
  • Patent number: 10349634
    Abstract: Implementations of a squirrel deterrent kit are provided. The squirrel deterrent kit may be used to prevent animals from climbing a pole to gain access to the bird feeder mounted thereon. In some implementations, the squirrel deterrent kit may comprise a sleeve member, a self-retracting reel, and a pole mounted fastener (e.g., a hook). In some implementations, the self-retracting reel may be positioned and/or secured within a cavity of the sleeve member. In some implementations, the pole mounted fastener may be configured to attach to an adapter (e.g., a ring) secured on the distal end of the line of the self-retracting reel. In this way, the self-retracting reel may be used to slidably connect the sleeve member to the pole. In some implementations, the sleeve member may comprise an elongated cylindrical stem having a dome shaped head. In some implementations, the sleeve member may include a longitudinally extending vertical slit therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Janice Rawls
  • Patent number: 10350445
    Abstract: An exercise machine has at least one hollow column rotationally mounted between upper and base members of a frame. A pulley carriage is mounted inside the column in engagement with an internal track for travel up and down the track, and a cable linked to an exercise resistance extends through the pulley carriage before terminating at a cable pull attachable to a selected user engagement accessory. A pulley cover pivoted to the carriage extends partially out of a column opening and extends over one or more pulleys mounted in the pulley carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Bruce Hockridge
  • Patent number: 10349636
    Abstract: A reduced-weight poultry cage is used in conjunction with a reduced-weight trailer to transport live poultry for maximizing the poundage of poultry being transported while reducing the number of trips and fuel expenses. The poultry cage includes a combination of aluminum and plastic elements that reduce cage weight, provide for nesting of cages in stacks as well as easy replacement of failed parts. Furthermore, a drop-deck aluminum trailer with a reduced floor and guide rail alignment stops allows for a durable yet lightweight trailer that can haul a plurality of stacks of these poultry cages, thereby maximizing cubic feet availability while being compliant with various road and bridge laws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: W. A. Crider, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10350450
    Abstract: A lateral tilting system comprising one or more crossbeams that are each pivotably supported by a respective base member for pivotable motion about a common longitudinal axis. A drive mechanism is operably connected to a drive shaft to mechanically drive pivotable motion of the crossbeams about the axis, and resulting lateral tilt of an associated treadmill deck. A control system may be included to receive a user's input for controlling an oscillation rate or other parameter of the lateral tilting, and optionally longitudinal incline of the treadmill deck. A novel treadmill including a lateral tilting system and a lateral tilting accessory for conventional exercise equipment are provided also.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: John Stelmach, Matthew Sommerfield, Brendan Haentjens
  • Patent number: 10349650
    Abstract: The invention in whole is designed to simply and effectively control problems associated with birds in the area. More specifically it suspends a taut line just above a surface, thereby, preventing birds from landing on or near the line. The design has been refined to be as minimalistic as possible while still providing a high quality product that will last for years. Inherently, this also produces both an aesthetically pleasing and non intrusive product. Since Birds cannot grasp the thin line, they are forced to seek distant landing points. The thin line by nature will vibrate in even the slightest wind. This produces both audible and inaudible sounds further repelling birds from the protected area. Birds quickly loose the lure to be in the protected area, greatly reducing associated bird problems. The simple deployment of this system produces both instant and obvious results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: James Harry Launder
  • Patent number: 10350503
    Abstract: A capsule ride system includes a capsule, where the capsule includes a drum, which may include a curved annular wall that may define a chamber. The capsule also includes a platform that may fit within the chamber and that supports a restraint for a passenger. The system further includes a drive system capable of driving rotation of the capsule about a central axis of the capsule and driving forward and/or rearward movement of the capsule along a track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Matthew Freedman, David Gerard Majdali, Nathanael Gordon White
  • Patent number: D853834
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Byungjin Oh, Jeeyeon Lee, Hyemin Hong, Moa Son, Dongeok Jung
  • Patent number: D853848
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Amano
  • Patent number: D854009
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yihyun Moon, Sungjoo Kim, Gangho Woo
  • Patent number: D854032
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Amy K. Jones, Kevin L. Pfohl, Troy K. Maddox, Richard Pugh