Patents Examined by Alvin H. Waring
  • Patent number: 4740775
    Abstract: An automobile burglar alarm and theft prevention device for use in an automotive vehicle is adapted to prevent operation of the vehicle when the device is placed in an operative mode. The device comprises an alarm circuit which includes the battery of the vehicle, the alarm and vibration detectors which are adapted to close said alarm circuit upon sensing vibrations caused by automobile tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1988
    Inventor: Reese Price
  • Patent number: 4393375
    Abstract: An improved operator controlled system for a copying machine to minimize user error and to provide a compact control console. An information display member is capable of sequentially displaying an identification of discrete operating features, such as number of copies, etc. A memory is capable of storing a predetermined set of first command signals for each discrete operating feature. A common set of control members permits the user to selectively generate second input command signals relative to any specific operating feature. These same control members are capable of inputing signals for a number of different operating features. The copying machine is capable of discriminating between the input command signals and the particular operating feature. The resulting operation of the copying machine would be in accordance with the predetermined standard set of machine functions or any combination thereof of operator inputed command functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1983
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masamichi Sugiura, Kenji Shibazaki
  • Patent number: 4388620
    Abstract: A method and apparatus provides for the generation of a number of elliptical images on a raster scan video display screen by storing information indicative of a predetermined model image, and for each elliptical image to be displayed, storing data indicative of the vertical and horizontal eccentricity of each image, and its display location. During display time, the vertical eccentricity, horizontal eccentricity, and display location binary information for each elliptical is accessed and used to sequentially read selected portions of the model image information to produce therefrom address signals indicative of the location of individual horizontal display elements that make up the desired elliptical image. The address signals are applied to a random access memory to store marker information indicative of the elliptical image at memory locations corresponding to the position on the display screen that the image will take.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1983
    Assignee: Atari, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Sherman
  • Patent number: 4380762
    Abstract: A polyfunction programmable data receiver comprising means for receiving a string of serial data followed by a control signal; means for detecting said signal comprising a pulse length analyzer, and a counter and a comparator; bidirectional means for setting up a digital word to be identified or for providing in parallel the data of said string according to the status of a mode selection circuit; means for providing an output signal if the comparison between said serial string and said set up digital word is favorable when the receiver operates as identifier, or an enabling signal when the receiver operates as a series/parallel converter. Some applications of this circuit are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1983
    Inventor: Gaetano Capasso
  • Patent number: 4374380
    Abstract: To provide a visible output indication, for example by an indicator light on a controller supervisory panel of the vehicle, of proper functioning of the voltage regulator power transistor, monitoring circuits are provided which sense the electrical condition of current flow through or the voltage condition of the field winding or output bus respectively by including a light emitting diode (LED) in an indicator circuit, for example by connecting it in series to the coupling resistor. In one form, a Zener diode Z (FIG. 1) is connected across the output bus with the LED in series, so that the LED will light if the output bus reaches a voltage which might damage the battery, for example due to short circuit or alloying-through of the output transistor T of the voltage regulator; in another form, an LED which preferably is green, LDg (FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1983
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Giepen, Friedhelm Meyer
  • Patent number: 4369440
    Abstract: A device is provided for the rapid and easy introduction of data into an apparatus, e.g., for setting a digital watch. A binary decision device continuously tests the state of a plurality of finger responsive sensors A, B, C and D and produces control signals for a operational unit. The operational unit comprises an up-down counter which can be incremented or decremented by signal F1 to F8 at different frequencies. An inertia effect is produced by maintaining counting of the up-down counter between two successive actuations of the sensors. Touching sensor B or C stops the counter. Sweeping A, B, C, D speeds the incrementing rate (up to a top rate) or slows the decrementing rate while sweeping D, C, B, A acts conversely. Touching A and D alone, respectively, single-steps the counter down and up. The amount by which the rate is speeded or slowed can be made to depend on the speed of sweeping the sensors as well as the number of times they are swept.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1983
    Assignee: Centre Electronique Horloger, S.A.
    Inventors: Christian Piguet, Jean-Felix Perotto
  • Patent number: 4369428
    Abstract: In order to indicate the operation of a parking brake of an automobile, a switching means responsive to the operation of the parking brake is disposed between the ignition switch and a power side terminal of the stop lights for indicating the braking of the automobile. The operation of the parking brake is thus indicated to the drivers of automobiles coming from behind, thereby preventing a collision from behind or the other accidents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1983
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 4369437
    Abstract: A cover for a fill pipe opening of an underground fuel tank which contains a transmitter which will be activated when the cover is disturbed to transmit an alarm signal to a remote location. The signaling equipment is fully contained within the cover and the cover is sealed to protect the equipment from contamination. A rechargeable power source such as a battery is also contained within the cover, and it can be charged without breaking the sealed cover. The cover can be used in place of the existing cover without any modification to the fill line or fill access opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1983
    Inventors: Robert E. Thompson, Jr., Leo D. Snedegar
  • Patent number: 4368467
    Abstract: A new type flat panel display device has the structure combining a plurality of solid state display modules corresponding to character blocks. Each module is assembled using, as the basic element, a semiconductor substrate integrating circuit elements for driving and circuits for addressing, and moreover, it is provided with a memory element for a selection signal in view of making possible access to each module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1983
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Unotoro, Kunihiro Tanikawa, Keizo Kurahashi, Hisashi Yamaguchi, Yuichiro Ito, Yoshihiro Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 4368463
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for classifying areas on a raster-type display unit. The problem is to identify areas defined by a closed boundary--e.g. for filling in such areas. Boundary data are entered into a first "polygon" store which has a plurality of memory locations each corresponding to a respective dot position of the display field, and at least one seed point is identified. Each dot position is then examined to see whether there exists a connected path, not including a boundary position, from it to a seed point, and if there is, this fact is recorded. The criterion for deciding whether or not a path is connected depends on the definition of what constitutes a closed boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1983
    Assignees: Sigma Electronics Limited, The University of Surrey
    Inventor: John E. H. Quilliam
  • Patent number: 4367463
    Abstract: An information mark display device with the mark representative of information to be displayed being formed in at least one of the surfaces of a flat transparent substrate in a portion thereof and arranged upon illumination by light from a lamp to present the information display. The information mark display presenting portion is constructed from an array of microprisms, and the microprisms are so oriented that at least one of the inclined surfaces of each microprism deflects the rays of light from the lamp into the field of view of the finder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1983
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Suzuki, Nozomu Kitagishi
  • Patent number: 4367461
    Abstract: An alarm system for coffins includes a pick-up device which is capable of being actuated by a movement of the body in the coffin and which can close a circuit with a power source, to which is connected at least one alarm device. The pick-up device controls a memory device which memorizes the function of the pick-up and closes the alarm circuit. The system will give the alarm if someone is buried alive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1983
    Inventor: Fernand Gauchard
  • Patent number: 4367454
    Abstract: An alarm and locking device for deterring theft of removable vehicle rooftops. An alarm is sounded if an unauthorized attempt to remove a rooftop is made, while successful removal of the rooftop is prevented by a locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1983
    Inventor: Frank Modica
  • Patent number: 4366465
    Abstract: A device for preventing any false disarming signal from reaching a firing circuit disarming device in an air bag inflation system. Disarming signals must coincide with the completion of a short-to-ground path through one of the crash sensors before the firing circuit is disarmed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1982
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Marcello Veneziano
  • Patent number: 4365240
    Abstract: An attitude change alarm for securing articles from theft or other undesired movement. The alarm includes a case having a wall which defines a hollow interior. Resistive elements are maintained within the wall in spaced relationship with each other and in common communication with an electrically conductive surface on the outside of the wall. An electrically conductive member is fixedly maintained in the hollow interior in constant contacting engagement with a conductive fluid which makes selective engagement with certain of the resistive elements. When the alarm is moved, a current is transmitted from the conductive coating through the resistive elements, fluid, and member, and is passed to a transformer which gates an SCR into conduction, activating the alarm. Various geometrical configurations of the attitude change alarm are presented, each having specific attributes associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1982
    Inventors: Joseph J. Scarpino, III, David A. Scarpino
  • Patent number: 4363031
    Abstract: A wireless smoke alarm system in which each detector includes a local smoke detector and an alarm. These are coupled to a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter and receiver are within range of similar units so that an alarm sounded by one unit causes those within range to sound their respective alarms. In sounding their respective alarms, the local units also cause their transmitters to transmit alarm signals thereby overlapping and reinforcing the first unit. A master control is coupled between the alarm detection and local alarm portion and the transceiver to disconnect the unit when the alarm is ended and to transmit a signal to other units, causing each to discontinue their respective alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1982
    Inventor: Jack Reinowitz
  • Patent number: 4363029
    Abstract: A proximity switch in which the electronic characteristics of a liquid crystal display are monitored relative to a reference liquid crystal display to determine when an operator has come into proximity thereto. A controller monitors the display elements, liquid crystal displays, respective capacitances or inductance and when an operator comes into proximity to an electrode in the display element, the controller senses this proximity due to the change in capacitance or inductance of the element. This sensing allows the controller to recognize when a change of state is desired by the operator. The use of the reference element allows the controller to respond only to operator proximity and not to noise caused by changes in the environment, such as temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1982
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael A. Piliavin, James R. Toker
  • Patent number: 4363021
    Abstract: An anti-theft system for a motor vehicle comprises an electrically-powered alarm, a switching device for actuating the alarm, and an electrical circuit connecting the switching device and the alarm. The switching device is attached to the motor vehicle and is provided with electrical contacts which automatically close the electrical circuit to actuate the alarm when the vehicle is in an inclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1982
    Assignee: Felten & Guilleaume GmbH
    Inventor: Vladimir Koubecky
  • Patent number: 4363030
    Abstract: In an instrument system consisting of a transmitter in one location and a receiver in another location connected by a transmission medium, fail-safe operation is obtained by restricting the output of the transmitter to well-defined levels and interpreting any substantial departure of the received signal from these well-defined levels as a failure. When a failure is detected, alarms or other equipment may be activated, including a control circuit which causes replacement of the defective transmitter or transmission medium, thereby restoring the system to service. An embodiment wherein the transmitter is an admittance-responsive transmitter in a two-wire current loop for monitoring the condition of materials is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1982
    Assignee: Drexelbrook Engineering Company
    Inventors: Frederick L. Maltby, L. Jonathan Kramer
  • Patent number: 4361826
    Abstract: Normally-open switches in series with a power source to an alarm device are closed by simultaneous actuation of a motor vehicle clutch and accelerator to provide an alarm to the operator. Means are provided for preventing the generation of an alarm during low-gear start-up and/or during synchronized operation of the controls for gear changing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1982
    Inventor: Restituto P. Catala