Patents Examined by Andrew Bee
  • Patent number: 9685060
    Abstract: The method of warning in the sport of shooting and hunting and road traffic, and based on it apparatus for personal safety and protection are provided. The method is based on analyzing the coordinates of the devices, which are exchanging this information by direct radio communication in real time using a suitable for the chosen application radio frequency. The apparatus is based on RF communication technology and, as an additional feature, digital photo and video technology, and the methods of this technology utilization for efficiency and convenience for users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Alexandre Mantsvetov
  • Patent number: 9681206
    Abstract: A grouping method for a sensing device is provided. The sensing device includes a sensor, a processor, storage and a communication device controlled by the processor. The method includes: inquiring the sensing device's sensing function, supported network types; exchanging the inquired information with other sensing devices having a same sensing function and in networks of same supported network types; forming a function group based on a pre-defined first rule, and exchanging first configuration parameters within the function group; designating one of the sensing devices of the group a master sensing device, and rest of the group slave sensing device(s) based on the exchanged first configuration parameters and a pre-defined second rule; and controlling the master sensing device's the communication device to receive operation parameters and commands from a device outside the function group and relaying the operation parameters and commands to the rest of the function group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignees: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., SOCLE TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventors: Wei-Wen Yang, Yu-Shu Chen, Ming-Hsi Tsai, Yu-Cheng Chen
  • Patent number: 9679093
    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: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Vinod Kulathumani, David W. Graham, Brandon David Rumberg
  • Patent number: 9665752
    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: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: PaloDEx Group Oy
    Inventors: Mika Kyllonen, Jari Taskinen
  • Patent number: 9659482
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a system and method for providing an output for an electronic device. In certain embodiments, an alert is output in accordance with a current alert mode, which are selected based on one or more environmental conditions. The environmental conditions may be detected using one or more environmental sensors. The alert can optionally include one or more of: an audio component, a haptic component and a visual component. One or more of alert components correspond to an aspect of the environmental condition detected by the one or more environmental sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Yang, Jonathan R. Dascola, Camille Moussette, Hugo D. Verweij, Jonah A. Harley, John B. Morrell
  • Patent number: 9652912
    Abstract: This patent specification relates to apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for providing home security/smart home objectives. More particularly, this patent specification relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate with each other and/or with a central server or a cloud-computing system to provide any of a variety of useful home security/smart home objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Shigefumi Honjo, Scott A. McGaraghan, Michael Plitkins, Maxime Veron, Isabel Guenette
  • Patent number: 9654928
    Abstract: An association connection is established between a first Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) device operating in central mode and attached to an asset to track, and a second BLE device operating in peripheral mode and associated with a physical location within the asset management environment. An association connection is established between the second BLE device and a third BLE device operating in central mode and coupled to one or more computer processors, and the association information stored in the second BLE device to the third BLE via one or more broadcasting frames is periodically transmitted. Based on current association information between the first BLE device and the second BLE device, an identity of the asset to which the first BLE device is attached, and the physical location of the second BLE device within the asset management environment is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mingming Cai, Yubo Li, Qing Wang, Chao Xue
  • Patent number: 9640046
    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: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: D-BOX TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Menard, Pierre-Anthony Stivell Lemieux
  • Patent number: 9633168
    Abstract: An initial signature may be generated from an initial set of biometric data. A subsequent set of biometric data may be received along with diagnostic data, and a subsequent signature may be generated from the subsequent set of biometric data. The initial signature and the subsequent signature maybe compared to determine if there is an acceptable degree of matching between the signatures. If the signatures match, such as for example within a threshold percentage, the second set of biometric data is determined to be from the same a subject as the initial set of biometric data, and the diagnostic data is processed for that subject. If the signatures do not match, the initial and subsequent sets of biometric data are determined to be from different people and the diagnostic data is not processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Sleep Science Partners, Inc.
    Inventor: Noel Lindsay
  • Patent number: 9629574
    Abstract: A base station identifies user-wearable devices being worn by a user, wherein each of the user-wearable devices is battery powered, includes a plurality of sensors, performs wirelessly communication, and is worn on a separate portion of the user's body. For each of the user-wearable devices, the base station identifies a portion of the user's body on which the user-wearable device is being worn. The base station also identifies an activity in which the user is engaged, and identifies multiple types of sensor data to be sensed using the sensors of the user-wearable devices, to enable tracking of metric(s) relevant to the activity in which the user is engaged. The base station determines how to distribute sensing responsibilities for the multiple types of sensor data among the sensors of the user-wearable devices being worn by the user, and selectively activates and deactivates individual sensors of each of the user-wearable devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: SALUTRON INC.
    Inventor: Yong Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 9633238
    Abstract: A method for interleaving time slots in a multi-antenna system for communication with RFID tags is disclosed. An example is shown for an eight antenna system. A first four antennas arranged side-by-side are sequentially energized to interrogate RFID transponders. A second set of four antennas arranged side-by-side, the first of which is adjacent to the last of the first set of antennas. A four-antenna sequence is performed for the first four antennas and a second four antenna sequence is performed for the second set of antennas. The first and second four antenna sequences are offset by only a marginal amount, sufficient to ensure that a transponder signal received four antennas away from an active antenna is not acknowledged because the receive window for the non-active antenna is delayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AMTECH SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Kelly Gravelle, Michael Melville, Karl Kelsey
  • Patent number: 9619027
    Abstract: To convey tactile sensations over an open space, a system may use a vortex generator to direct one or more vortices at an object in 3-D space. Once a vortex strikes an object—e.g., a user's hand—it applies a force. The vortex generator can control the frequency and intensity of the vortices in order to provide different tactile sensations that correspond to virtual objects or events in a visual presentation. The system may identify and track objects in the real-world environment, and based on information provided by a device displaying the visual presentation, transmit instructions to the vortex generator to discharge vortices that convey a tactile sensation corresponding to the virtual object or event in the visual presentation. By doing so, the vortices augment the real-world environment to immerse the user in the visual presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajinder Sodhi, Ivan Poupyrev, Matthew Feld Glisson
  • Patent number: 9613512
    Abstract: Messages from wireless devices are intercepted by a controller, such as an access point for a wireless network, a security system controller, a home automation controller, an industrial or business automation controller, or a combination thereof. The controller logs device-identifying information about the devices that sent the messages that that were intercepted. Examples of the device-identifying information include a MAC address, a device name, a brand of the device, an SSID of an AP connected to the device, or a class of device. The intercepted message is used to trigger one or more events, either based solely on intercepting the message or in combination with other parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Greenway Systems PTE LTD
    Inventor: Nathan Williams
  • Patent number: 9600645
    Abstract: This patent specification relates to apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for providing home security/smart home objectives. More particularly, this patent specification relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate with each other and/or with a central server or a cloud-computing system to provide any of a variety of useful home security/smart home objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Shigefumi Honjo, Scott A. McGaraghan, Michael Plitkins, Maxime Veron, Isabel Guenette
  • Patent number: 9601012
    Abstract: A remote operated safety attendant having a substantially pyramidic housing made of high impact material such as manufactured dense fiber. A two sided sign is mounted to a shaft positioned within the housing and connected to a drive motor and a remote signal receiver. A remote signal sender is used to send signals to the receiver to selectively actuate the drive mechanism which rotates to alternately display the opposed sides of the sign. The device meets requisite traffic safety requirements and allows an operator to remotely control the device to remain out of the pathway of vehicles that they are controlling through the signaling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: John Williams
  • Patent number: 9595147
    Abstract: A vehicle input device for reducing the number of input operation keys of input operation devices that are arranged in a vehicle to control an operation of a large number of controlled apparatuses arranged in the vehicle is provided. An entry key for unlocking or locking a vehicle door is positioned to be movable in a specific input operation direction with respect to a housing fixed inside the vehicle. When the entry key is moved in the input operation direction, the movement is detected, whereby the entry key itself is used as an input operation key for controlling the operation of the controlled apparatuses arranged in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuo Hara, Masaki Tsuchiya, Toshiyuki Wakabayashi, Kensaku Mizumoto, Manabu Tago
  • Patent number: 9589401
    Abstract: Methods and devices are described for providing localized secure navigation in conjunction with near field communication access control systems. In one potential embodiment, a mobile device such as a cell phone may communicate with a door access control point using near field communication to receive location access system information. The mobile device may then authorize download and execution of a local secure navigation module from a location access system using the location access system information for use in receiving location assistance data, based on an authentication level associated with the mobile device. Such location assistance data may be used by the local secure navigation module to provide location assistance when the mobile device is in a secure location. The location of the mobile device may then be tracked using at least the location assistance data and the communication with the door access control point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Hui Chao, Jiajian Chen, Saumitra Mohan Das, Ayman Fawzy Naguib
  • Patent number: 9584965
    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: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Brandon Stephen Good, Charles Burton Theurer, Shaopeng Liu, Robert Lee Wallace
  • Patent number: 9568939
    Abstract: A joystick controller is disclosed for controlling movement of a boom lift platform, the controller having actuators or the like that provide one or more forms of tactile feedback that are intuitively interpreted and adjusted by the user of the joystick motion control, the joystick being neutrally-biased to effect a null movement when the joystick is positioned in a neutral position, but also being adapted with at least one form of tactile feedback by which the joystick controller conveys information about the boom lift's operation to the joystick operator, such as through resistive force or through vibrations or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Enovation Controls, LLC
    Inventor: Kennon Guglielmo
  • Patent number: 9561381
    Abstract: A system level scheme for networking of implantable devices, electronic patch devices/sensors coupled to the body, and wearable sensors/devices with cellular telephone/mobile devices, peripheral devices and remote servers is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: IP Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Raman K. Rao, Sanjay K. Rao