Patents Examined by Andrew Bee
  • Patent number: 10147010
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to the field of shoe production. There provides a smart shoe which has an identification function. The smart shoe includes an upper, a shoe sole and a foot sole print recognition sensor disposed in the shoe sole; the foot sole print recognition sensor is configured to acquire foot sole print information of a user who wears the smart shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Wenbo Li
  • Patent number: 10128690
    Abstract: A method and power transmitter for efficiently controlling power transmission to one or more power receivers in a wireless multi-power transmission system are provided. The method includes performing, when a predetermined measurement cycle arrives, a load measurement; comparing a current load measurement value with a previous load measurement value; determining whether the current load measurement value is increased over the previous load measurement value by at least as much as a first predetermined threshold; gradually increasing, when the load measurement value is increased over the previous load measurement value by at least as much as the first threshold, a transmission power value until a request for a subscription to a wireless multi-power transmission network from a power reception target within a predetermined time limit; and stopping, when the request for the subscription is not received before the time limit is exceeded, power transmission to the power reception target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kang-Ho Byun, Kyung-Woo Lee, Young-Min Lee, Se-Ho Park, Yu-Su Kim, Sung-Ku Yeo
  • Patent number: 10127737
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed herein for providing near real time communication, such as a warning/notification, to a user based on analysis of various user and vehicle telematic data. The system includes a user with a wearable human telematic sensor providing telematic data about the wearer. Also, the system and method includes at least one vehicle telematic sensor configured to provide telematic data about the vehicle and/or surrounding environment. The various telematic data is communicated and processed to provide a notification back to the user such as a potential safety hazard. The safety hazard may be based upon sensed data specific to the user, specific to the vehicle, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew James Manzella, Alinawaz Ismaili
  • Patent number: 10121289
    Abstract: A system carried by a vehicle for computing tolls that interfaces with vehicle data entry and display components. The system uses these components to display toll-related information and to accept user input for toll-related information. The system may also incorporate vehicle sensors including seat occupancy sensors, infra-red sensors and cameras to determine vehicle occupancy for tolling purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Kelly Gravelle
  • Patent number: 10108824
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying a specific RFID tag includes RFID reader circuitry, such as within an RFID reader, configured for sending and receiving RF signals to detect RFID tags and for obtaining signal parameter information associated with the RFID tags. Processing circuitry is configured for using the signal parameter information for one or more tags of the RFID tags and calculating a tag score for the one or more RFID tags. The processing circuitry is further configured for determining a specific RFID tag using the tag scores for the one or more RFID tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: VOCOLLECT, INC.
    Inventors: Rob Vargo, Ryan Zoschg, Edward Charles Borgoyn, Mike Naughton
  • Patent number: 10102730
    Abstract: A monitoring apparatus includes a detector and a notifying unit. The detector detects, based on an image obtained by capturing an image of a space in which a monitoring target acts, an act which is likely to cause the monitoring target to be exposed to danger. The notifying unit sends, in accordance with the act and an exercise ability of the monitoring target, a notification indicating that the monitoring target is likely to be exposed to danger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Honda, Takanori Ozawa, Kazuaki Morito, Manabu Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10088893
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a sensor network may be provided with re-programmable and/or reconfigurable analog circuitry configured to monitor data collected by the sensor network. The re-programmable and/or reconfigurable analog circuitry may also generate a wakeup signal in response to a defined wakeup event detected by the sensor network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Vinod Kulathumani, David W. Graham, Brandon David Rumberg
  • Patent number: 10089841
    Abstract: The present document describes a device and method for synchronizing a motion signal corresponding to a media content with a media signal for the media content, the motion signal being for controlling a motion feedback system. The method comprises: receiving a portion of the media signal; obtaining a fingerprint corresponding to the received portion of the media signal; from reference fingerprints associated with time positions of at least one reference media content, identifying a reference time position of the media content corresponding to the obtained fingerprint; obtaining the motion signal associated with the identified reference time position of the media content; and outputting the motion signal synchronized with the media signal using the identified reference time position of the media content for controlling the motion feedback system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Jean-Fran├žois Menard, Pierre-Anthony Stivell Lemieux
  • Patent number: 10080535
    Abstract: The invention relates to an image plate readout device, the readout device comprising receiver elements for the reception of an image plate and/or a transfer element intended for an image plate. In connection with the readout device is provided, for detecting an object, at least one sensing element, which is in turn set in data communication with the readout device in such a way that, upon detecting an object, the sensing element delivers a signal to the readout device. In response to being triggered by a signal delivered by the sensing element, the readout device executes some function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: PaloDEx Group Oy
    Inventors: Mika Kyllonen, Jari Taskinen
  • Patent number: 10076699
    Abstract: A scoreboard apparatus for various sports games, comprising: a display module, an operation panel module, control module and a wireless communication module, wherein the control module displays the proceeding information about the corresponding sports game on the display module according to the preset sports game corresponding to the input signal of the selected operation switch unit, when the control module continuously receives the input signal from any one operation switch unit selected from the plurality of operation switch units provided in the operation panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Sung Jai Kim
  • Patent number: 10073526
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products for providing composite haptic effects are disclosed. One disclosed method includes detecting a touch occurring in a touch area when an object contacts a touch surface and selecting a composite haptic effect to generate in response to the touch, the composite haptic effect including at least one surface-based haptic effect and at least one other effect. Based on the selected composite haptic effect, a first haptic signal can be sent to cause an actuator to vary a coefficient of friction of the touch surface and a second actuator can be caused to provide a second haptic output in addition to the variation in the coefficient of friction. The second haptic signal can be sent to a second actuator or the same actuator(s) used to vary the coefficient of friction can generate the second haptic output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Danny A. Grant
  • Patent number: 10068116
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to facilitate proximity detection and location tracking. An example method includes receiving messages collected by a badge in an environment, the messages including signal strength and a timestamp. The example method also includes assigning a location in the environment to the badge based on a first subset of the messages. The example method also includes identifying an asset in a second subset of the messages. The example method also includes updating a current location associated with the asset based on a relative proximity of the asset to the badge, wherein the current location corresponds to a first time and the updated location corresponds to a second time, and wherein a change in location between the current location and the updated location indicates movement of the asset in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brandon Stephen Good, Charles Burton Theurer, Shaopeng Liu, Robert Lee Wallace
  • Patent number: 10067740
    Abstract: The subject disclosure relates to user input into a computer system, and a technology by which one or more users interact with a computer system via a combination of input modalities. When the input data of two or more input modalities are related, they are combined to interpret an intended meaning of the input. For example, speech when combined with one input gesture has one intended meaning, e.g., convert the speech to verbatim text for consumption by a program, while the exact speech when combined with a different input gesture has a different meaning, e.g., convert the speech to a command that controls the operation of that same program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Oscar E. Murillo, Janet E. Galore, Jonathan C. Cluts, Colleen G. Estrada, Michael Koenig, Jack Creasey, Subha Bhattacharyay
  • Patent number: 10055908
    Abstract: A method and system for improved driver reward display functionality. A driver reward is calculated based on inputs, such as freight fuel, fuel economy, and % idle. The driver reward system configures and displays a primary driver reward image for various menu selections. The primary driver reward image is configured to indicate whether the driver reward is at full penalty, partial penalty, neutral, partial bonus, or full bonus. The image is displayed in one color if above an expected value and another color if below the expected level. Images that indicate to the operator of the vehicle the impact of each input on the overall driver reward or whether each input is improving or worsening may be displayed. A secondary driver reward image may also be displayed to indicate a specific bonus or penalty in miles per hour and speed limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventors: Zachary Slaton, Steven Karl Jahns, Josef Lotz, Jennifer Kim, Jason Morrow, John William Arthur Doll
  • Patent number: 10049238
    Abstract: An encoded information reading terminal can comprise a microprocessor, a memory communicatively coupled to the microprocessor, a communication interface, and an RFID reading device configured to output raw message data comprising an encoded message and/or output decoded message data corresponding to an encoded message. The EIR terminal can be configured, responsive to receiving one or more target item identifiers, to attempt to locate at least one RFID tag transmitting an encoded representation of a binary string, at least part of which is equal to at least part one of the specified one or more target item identifiers. The EIR terminal can be further configured, responsive to successfully locating at least one RFID tag, to notify a user via a visual message and/or an audible message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Taylor Smith, Huyu Qu
  • Patent number: 10049509
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for transmitting apparatus-related information in real time. The system comprises at least one server in signal communication with at least one external apparatus in a wired or wireless way. While an abnormality of an external apparatus occurs, the external apparatus transmits a set of abnormality information to the server. After an information receiving interface of the server receives the set of abnormality information transmitted by the external apparatus, an information processing module vocally broadcasts the set of abnormality information. An information transmitting module transmits the set of abnormality information to the client device of at least one assigned related person. While an external apparatus suffers abnormality, the system can inform the related persons in real time to repair the external apparatus instantly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Chifu Liu, Chao-Yuan Lai, Hungli Tan
  • Patent number: 10046735
    Abstract: Methods and systems detect motion of a motor vehicle and detect whether the driver, and/or other occupants, are wearing their safety belts. A third party can be notified, in real-time, that the vehicle is being driven without the safety belts engaged. The user can then deliver an audio message to the user, either pre-recorded or live, to remind the user to fasten their safety belts. The third party also has an option of delivering a consequence to the user as a result of the detection of the safety belt not being engaged. Such consequence can include automatically limiting access to certain applications of the driver's smart phone for a certain period of time. The system can include a seat belt application detector, a vehicle motion detector, and wireless communication means to send a signal of safety belt application to the third party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Marco Johnson
  • Patent number: 10041347
    Abstract: An example method includes providing fluid communication between an internal bore of a drill string and an annulus between the drill string and a borehole through a fluid channel in a side of a collar coupled to the drill string. Fluid may be circulated through the internal bore of the drill string. A fluid telemetry signal may be generated by selectively generating a vortex within the fluid channel. Providing fluid communication between the internal bore and the annulus through the fluid channel may include providing fluid communication between the internal bore and a vortex basin at least partially defining the fluid channel, through at least one of a first fluid flow path and a second fluid flow path between the vortex basin and the internal bore; and providing fluid communication between the vortex basin and the annulus through a fluid outlet of the vortex basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary Ryan Murphree, Frederic Felten, Thomas Jules Frosell, Michael Linley Fripp, Vimal Shah
  • Patent number: 10029163
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a time of an event participant passing a detection point having a participant identifier number by a timing system coupled to an RFID tag reader in proximity to at a monitored point and receiving RFID tag read times and coupled to a portable device with a transceiver and a location detector for selectively receiving a participant number read, the timing system receiving the geographic location of the handheld device, the handheld read participant number and a handheld time, determining that the received RFID tag read times timing system are not usable times and determining a time of passing of the participant by the detection point by determining a delta time between the proximity detector and the handheld device and an adjusted time of participant passing based on the determined delta time and handheld time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Innovative Timing Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Kurt S. Hansen
  • Patent number: 10024096
    Abstract: A door assembly includes a first door skin and a second door skin spaced apart from the first door skin. The assembly also includes an energy sensor generating an energy signature signal and a memory storing a door component operating signature. A controller is coupled to the accelerometer and forms a comparison of the energy signature signal to the door component operating signature and generates a door component operation status signal in response to the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: TP IP HOLDCO, LLC
    Inventors: Patricia Yulkowski, Leon Yulkowski, Edward J. Yenni