Patents Examined by Albert K. Wong
  • Patent number: 10321210
    Abstract: Provided is a sensor system provided with: a terminal apparatus that has a sensor; and a base station that communicates with the terminal apparatus. The terminal apparatus stores acquisition frequency of a measurement data set to be transmitted to the base station, in measurement data sets of the sensor, and transmits first data that includes a reference time of an acquisition period of the measurement data sets of the sensor and the acquisition frequency, and second data that corresponds to the first data and that includes multiple measurement data sets, of the sensor, which have been acquired at the acquisition frequency in the acquisition period. The base station identifies the acquisition time of each of the measurement data sets included in the second data corresponding to the first data, on the basis of the reference time and the acquisition frequency included in the first data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventor: Miki Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 10306343
    Abstract: A field device with a housing, a sensor, and an electronic unit arranged in the housing, with the field device comprising a radio module that can be connected to the electronic unit and removed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: VEGA Grieshaber KG
    Inventors: Volker Allgaier, Christian Sum
  • Patent number: 10306340
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed that sense vibrations caused by flow of water in pipes, and covert the sensed vibrations into water usage data which can be analyzed, aggregated, and made available to users. In one embodiment, mechanical vibrations of a pipe are sensed, via a piezo-electric sensor attached to an external surface of the pipe, to form analog electrical signals. The analog electrical signals are converted into time-sampled digital data via a microcontroller having analog-to-digital conversion capability. A frequency analysis is performed on the time-sampled digital data, via at least one processor, to generate spectral data. The spectral data is analyzed, via the at least one processor, to determine whether the vibrations are caused by a fluid flowing through the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph H. Goldberg, Mark Vilrokx, Diane L. Boross
  • Patent number: 10274632
    Abstract: Mobile base stations for use with one or more portable utility locators to aid in determining the location of a particular locator during operation and receive information associated with the utility for storage and/or retransmission to other devices or systems are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SEESCAN, INC.
    Inventors: Mark S. Olsson, Paul Wisecaver, Austin Rutledge
  • Patent number: 10266024
    Abstract: The current invention is a Hitch Switch trailer accessory (switch adapter cap). It is a trailer/camper electrical connection adapter/cap with luminescent features that can be used to switch/power on and off the marker lights on the trailer/camper. The switch adapter cap attaches to electrical pin or blade connectors on standard trailers and campers. It fits over the male connector attached to the trailer/camper. The switch adapter cap has internal components that make connection with the pins or blades on the trailer/camper connector. The switch adapter cap has a novel light-up feature (either around the switch or the switch itself) that enables the switch adapter cap to be visible in low-light settings. The cap will have a wireless communication means that can connect to a computer application on a computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Vincent Cosentino, Eric Koenig
  • Patent number: 10260903
    Abstract: A meter is provided having a communication interface for receiving and interfacing with a communication device for transmitting measurement and other data to a central computer station via the communication device. The meter includes a measurement module for obtaining measurement data and a processor having a memory for storing application software for communicating the measurement and other data to the communication interface. The data are then provided to the communication device via the communication interface. The communication device is preferably a plug-and-play PCMCIA-type card or other type of memory card having a processor and a connection port for connecting to a port adaptor of the communication interface for receiving the data via the connection port-port adaptor connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Erran Kagan
  • Patent number: 10229577
    Abstract: A system, an alternative system, and a computer readable storage medium, for a power outage notification system that proactively manages communication of power outage alerts messages to customers of a power distribution system. Wireless communications between smart meters at the edge of an electrical power distribution network and a proactive outage alerts processing engine at an outage alerts notification information processing system facilitate management of communications of power outage alerts messages to customer communication devices. Power outage alerts messages can be communicated to customers using email messaging, text messaging, and voice mail messaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Jon Grove, Lakshmi Penmetsa, Andrew Kirby, Kirk Suscella, Eric Westover, Vijin Vallelil
  • Patent number: 10227116
    Abstract: A system and a method, as well as a positioning and wearable devices for determining the distance and position of devices communicating with each other over a medium, the system, are disclosed. At least one remote device comprises first processing unit, at least one transmitter functionally connected to the first processing unit and adapted to transmit signals over a medium, and at least one receiver functionally connected to the first processing unit and adapted to receive signals over said medium. At least two wearable devices, each comprising a second processing unit and wireless communication means capable of receiving and sending data signals over said medium, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Suunto Oy
    Inventor: Erik Lindman
  • Patent number: 10223519
    Abstract: A beat assisted temporal pressure password authentication method in which a user enters a password by pressing a touch interface, and holding the pressure within one of multiple pressure ranges for passing certain number of beats, for one or more times. A password is then produced as a sequence of the pressure range code and the count of the beats passed in that pressure range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Hai Tao
  • Patent number: 10187113
    Abstract: A well tool for use in a wellbore can include a motor for performing a well operation. The well tool can include a switch that is couplable between the motor and a wireline. The switch can be toggleable between (i) a first operational state for providing the power to the motor by coupling the motor to an external power source and (ii) a second operational state for decoupling the motor from the external power source. The well tool can include a motor controller coupled to the switch for toggling the switch between the first operational state and the second operational state in an arrangement configured to impart, on the wireline, multiple current pulses including data encoded in the current pulses according to an encoding scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Nam Nguyen, Colin Koo
  • Patent number: 10184218
    Abstract: A marker light is a device that provides referential pivoting and precision boundary marking required for parking or docking articulate vehicles during poor visibility conditions. The marker consists of 12 primary features, an upper shell housing, a sealed circular window for white light passage, a sealed slotted window for laser light passage, internal reinforcement, a white up light, a laser beam transform lens, a laser beam source, a rechargeable battery pack, a recharging port, a wiring harness, a lower base plate, and an on/off switch. The up light pinpoints substantially the optimum pivot location during the parking or docking process. The developed laser plane—resulting from the laser beam passing through the transform lens—enables two marking orientations for the driver from one continuous laser impingement curve. From a top view perspective, orientation 1 marks parallel on the ground for aligning the trailer while orientation 2 marks perpendicular to the vertical dock wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Mark Belloni, James Robert Hartley
  • Patent number: 10183620
    Abstract: A detection and alert system for use with plows and implements is a system generally referring to off-road vehicles such as ATV's and UTV's and comprising a plow system with a detection device in communication with an alert device. A lifting device, such as a winch, is mounted on the front portion of an ATV or UTV for the purpose of raising and lowering the plow blade. When the operator of the ATV raises the plow, a detection device attached to the plow system alerts the operator via alert device, attached to the front portion of the ATV, the gap or distance remaining between the plow system and the ATV or component thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Steve Norman Smeltzer, Norman Douglas Smeltzer
  • Patent number: 10186129
    Abstract: A locomotion safety and health assistant can utilize a quad cane and have integrated thereon a suite of sensors, microcontrollers, power sources, external communication devices, lights, tactile communication devices, alerts and activation sensors. A plurality of environment sensors can monitor the terrain ahead, watching for obstacles or changes in elevation. The assistant can provide communication with the user to warn of any obstacles or dangers. A switch can allow the user to turn on a light that is directed to the front of the assistant and lights up the terrain ahead. The assistant can include a programmable medication alert. Additionally, a pulse sensor or other health sensor can be incorporated therein. Measurements therefrom can be compared to ranges and warnings communicated when outside of a safe range; thereby providing warning that it may not be safe to stand and walk as fall susceptibility is unduly high at present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Mary E. Hood
  • Patent number: 10181720
    Abstract: A circuit uses a high voltage diode to automatically block high voltage flyback pulses of either polarity from the transmit coil of a pulse induction type metal detector from its sensitive receive circuitry. The circuit being fully automatic requires no control signals and permits the receive circuitry to sample the signal being received immediately following the termination of the flyback pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: David Lawrence Emery
  • Patent number: 10180059
    Abstract: A telemetry tool comprising a pulser assembly, a primary seal, a fluid pressure pulse generator and a secondary seal. The pulser assembly comprises a housing and a driveshaft extending out of an opening in the housing. The primary seal surrounds and seals against the driveshaft to seal the opening in the housing. The fluid pressure pulse generator comprises a stator with a bore therethrough configured to fixedly attach to the housing or to a drill collar surrounding the fluid pressure pulse generator, and a rotor fixedly attached to the driveshaft. The driveshaft and rotor rotate relative to the fixed stator to generate pressure pulses in mud flowing through the fluid pressure pulse generator. The secondary seal is seated in the stator bore and surrounds and seals against a portion of the driveshaft extended out of the housing or a portion of the rotor to reduce the amount of mud, grit and debris impinging on the primary seal which could otherwise cause wear or damage the primary seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: Gavin Gaw-Wae Lee, Aaron W. Logan, Kurtis West, Justin C. Logan
  • Patent number: 10180074
    Abstract: A system and method for remotely monitoring the operation of a turbine includes a remote device having a power module connected to a sensor and a transmitter. The remote device is powered by the power module and connected to a system such that the remote device is self-powered. The remote device wirelessly transmits information acquired by the sensor out of the turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: Mehmet Arik, Kurtis Gifford McKenney, Scott Gayton Liter, Samhita Dasgupta
  • Patent number: 10180485
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for improving performance of single-frequency (single-point, single-bin) discrete Fourier transform (DFT) detectors by elimination of systematic errors from the detector output. Calibration procedures known in the art for practical implementations of such detectors do not provide adequate reduction of these systematic errors thus reducing utilization of these detectors in useful applications and products. The described methods, systems and devices allow such detectors to measure both DC and AC signals and, in latter case, considerably expand the operation frequency range without any additional hardware. These methods enable wide practical applications of DFT detectors across diverse variety of fields: from monitoring health of mechanical structures and fluid properties to impedimetric measurements in electrochemistry, monitoring of corrosion and bioimpedance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Leonid Matsiev
  • Patent number: 10173068
    Abstract: Implantable medical devices (IMDs), and methods for use therewith, reduce how often an IMD accepts false messages. Such a method can include receiving a message and performing error detection and correction on the message. Such a method can also include determining a quality measure indicative of a quality of the message and/or a quality of a channel over which the message was received, and determining whether to reject the message based on the quality measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Pacesetter, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Chin
  • Patent number: 10178448
    Abstract: An ultra-low pressure monitoring system can include an embedded server comprising a base radio and memory. In some embodiments, the embedded server is communicatively coupled to a third-party database. The system can include a first monitoring device comprising a first ultra-low pressure sensor and a first radio communicatively coupled to the base radio. The embedded server can be remotely located with respect to the first monitoring device whereby the embedded server receives first pressure data from the first monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Bradford Charles Schwie
  • Patent number: 10171893
    Abstract: An adaptive algorithm based battery-powered long distance wireless temperature and humidity sensor module. The sensor module uses an adaptive algorithm to transmit data on an event basis and/or a reduced basis to extend battery life to more than 10 years. It also uses a low power wireless transmitter which has frequency of sub-1 GHz and an effective transfer distance of up to 250 meters, a low power temperature and humidity sensor, and a long lasting lithium battery which has shelf life of 20 years.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Archimedes Controls Corp.
    Inventors: Liangcai Tan, Wenli Yu, Xin Hu