Patents Examined by Andrew Bee
  • Patent number: 9563793
    Abstract: A system and method of determining the location of a RFID reader is disclosed. The system comprises a first RFID reader, and at least one other RFID reader, and a processor. The RFID readers associate unique RFID tag information with at least one antenna that reads the information. The processor receives RFID data from the first RFID reader and the at least one other RFID reader and determines the location of the first RFID reader relative to the at least one other RFID reader based on the association of unique RFID tag information with at least one antenna of at least two readers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholaus Adam Jones, Alvin Scott Taulbee
  • Patent number: 9545082
    Abstract: A pet toy launching system for use with mobile devices includes a ball launcher, a dog-wearable sensing apparatus, a ball or other projectile, a mobile device, and one or more sensors. Each of the ball launcher, the dog-wearable sensing apparatus, and the ball or other projectile includes a transmitter. Each sensor is disposed in, and is electrically connected to the transmitter in, one of the ball launcher, the dog-wearable sensing apparatus, and/or the ball. The mobile device communicates with at least one of the ball launcher, the dog-wearable sensing apparatus, and/or the ball. The application software program presents a user interface, to a user, such that a game may be carried out, via the application software program, when the dog-wearable sensing apparatus is worn by a dog and the ball launcher is utilized to launch the ball or other projectile for the dog to retrieve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Make Ideas, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Alan Mullin, Loren Taylor
  • Patent number: 9538729
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system, device and process for monitoring physical and physiological features of livestock through a unique monitoring system and device. Basic and Smart tags are placed on livestock to monitor, among other things, temperature, movement, location, posture, pulse rate, and other physical and physiological features. Information is relayed from Basic tags, in one embodiment, to Smart tags that requests the information and receives the information from the basic tags. Smart tags send information to a mobile unit controller and/or home base so that requested information is sent to an end user that monitors the livestock for signs of illness. Potentially ill animals are segregated from the herd for further evaluation and minimization of exposure risk to the rest of the herd. This early detection system saves livestock and ensures a healthier herd for livestock farmers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Medisim, LTD.
    Inventor: Moshe Yarden
  • Patent number: 9536412
    Abstract: An alarm system comprising at least one first signal source communicating with a central unit configured for providing a logically true alerting signal when predetermined conditions are met. The signal sources may include transponders and a confidential list containing the relation between an RFID chip and the name of the person identified may be stored in a computer. A verification unit is connected to independent signal sources and is configured for providing a logically true verification signal when predetermined conditions are met. The signal sources may also comprise means for measuring bio-functions, and the verification unit may be carried by a safety manager. In such a case, the safety manager will also be able to confirm or reject an alerting alarm from the central unit manually. An alarm signal is activated if and only if the alerting signal is true and the verification signal is true.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventors: Yngvar Hansen, Inger Ropstad Hansen, Hans Malterud
  • Patent number: 9538367
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or method that creates, manages, or maintains multiple device versions in a network of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) devices. The system can include components that detect whether a device has joined the network and based at least in part on such indication creates a device profile the first time that the device is detected, establishes a version trail containing configuration settings specific to the detected device, and thereafter builds and maintains the version trail when the device joins and/or leaves the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Krishnan Gopalan, Kalyan Chakravarthy Sonnathi, Bhuvanesh N. Jain
  • Patent number: 9537670
    Abstract: An environment monitoring method and an apparatus therefor are provided. The environment monitoring apparatus includes a charging unit configured to charge power necessary for monitoring environments, a sensing unit configured to receive the power from the charging unit and to sense peripheral environments through a plurality of different sensors which are selected according to a request of a user, a controller configured to control settings of the sensing unit according to the peripheral environments; a communication unit configured to transmit the sensed information of the sensing unit to a server so that the server shares the sensed information with a plurality of smart devices, and a display unit configured to display the sensed information to the user and to display a notification according to the sensed information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: CENTER FOR INTEGRATED SMART SENSORS FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Hyun Tae Cho, Chong Min Kyung
  • Patent number: 9536357
    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: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: TD IP HOLDCO, LLC
    Inventors: Patricia Yulkowski, Leon Yulkowski, Edward J. Yenni
  • Patent number: 9531415
    Abstract: Systems and related methods providing for determining activities of individuals are discussed herein. Circuitry may be configured to wirelessly receive tag signals from a plurality of RF location tags. Two or more of the RF location tags may be positioned on an individual, such as at positions that may at least partially define a human frame. The circuitry may be configured to correlate the two or more RF location tags with the individual. Location data for each of the two or more RF location tags may be determined based on the received tag signals. An activity of the individual may be determined based on the location data. In some embodiments, one or more activities involving multiple individuals may be determined based on RF location tags and sensors positioned on each of the multiple individuals. Furthermore, sensor data from the sensors may be communicated over the UWB channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: ZIH Corp.
    Inventors: Jill Stelfox, Michael Wohl, James O'Hagan, Cynthia Traeger
  • Patent number: 9523586
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for sealed communication interfaces are disclosed. One example apparatus includes a translucent portion of a sealing gasket to allow signals to pass therethrough, a sealing wall of the gasket to define a substantially environmentally-isolated zone proximate the translucent portion, and a transmitter to transmit a signal across the translucent portion. The example apparatus also includes a receiver to detect a reflected signal corresponding to the transmitted signal, where the detection enables data communications across the translucent portion, and where the reflected signal is to be reflected from a surface on an opposite side of the translucent portion from the transmitter and receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: ITRON GLOBAL SARL
    Inventors: Matthieu Torres, Denis Guillot-Jerome, Vincent Rigomier
  • Patent number: 9514643
    Abstract: A loop detection apparatus and corresponding methods are provided that includes an inductive loop and a processing device. The processing device includes circuitry to connect to the inductive loop and control and sense from the inductive loop a change in a characteristic thereof. The inductive loop is disposed at least partially above a surface on which a vehicle travels. The processing device detects a change in a characteristic of the inductive loop beyond a first threshold value, and in response, transmits a first signal configured to effect a first action. The processing device further detects a change in the characteristic of the inductive loop beyond a second threshold value, and in response, transmits a second signal configured to effect a second action different than the first action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventor: James J. Fitzgibbon
  • Patent number: 9516012
    Abstract: A method of managing electronic safes implemented by a server on behalf of at least one user possessing at least a first electronic safe, said method comprising a step of implementing access means designed to provide said user with access, via a second safe belonging to said user, to a set of data forming part of a content accessible via the first electronic safe, said implementation step being intended to be carried out in the event of authentication of said user as the user owning the first electronic safe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: ALMERYS
    Inventors: Michaƫl Chochois, Guillaume Jadeau
  • Patent number: 9514067
    Abstract: Various exemplary embodiments relate to an integrated circuit (IC) including: a memory; a radio frequency (RF) interface configured to access the memory; a wired interface connected to a host and configured to access the memory; and an arbitration module configured to prevent concurrent access to the memory by more than one interface. Various exemplary embodiments relate to a method of controlling access in a dual interface tag having a wired interface and a radio frequency (RF) interface operable in an idle state, a wired lock state, and a RF locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Francesco Gallo, Paul Bakker
  • Patent number: 9514278
    Abstract: A body function analysis and communication system includes a plurality of wireless communication devices each worn or carried by a respective user and in signal communication with an analysis system. Each wireless communication device is in signal communication with at least one sensor worn by the respective user. The analysis system is configured to determine anomalous response of measurements of the at least one sensor worn by at least one user based on measurements from the plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Michael S. Bahorich
  • Patent number: 9507976
    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: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: METROLOGIC INSTRUMENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Taylor Smith, Huyu Qu
  • Patent number: 9495869
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product of using cameras in a plurality of vehicles within a geographic area to aid in identifying a location of a vehicle of interest for authorities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kulvir S. Bhogal, Gregory J. Boss, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 9495568
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a time of an event participant passing a detection point having a participant identifier number by a proximity detector at a detection point, a highly portable device with a transceiver and a location detector for selectively receiving a participant number read, and determining a location of the portable device, and a timing system having the geographic location of the proximity detector, receiving the geographic location of the handheld device, the handheld read participant number and a handheld determined time, determining that the timing system has not received a usable tag read time from the proximity detector 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 determined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Innovative Timing Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Kurt S. Hansen
  • Patent number: 9495804
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed in which in a conventional non-grounding man-machine interface having no reaction base on the human body and for giving the existence of a virtual object and the impact force of a collision to a person, a haptic sensation of a torque, a force and the like can be continuously presented in the same direction, which cannot be presented by only the physical characteristic of a haptic sensation presentation device. In a haptic presentation device, the rotation velocity of at least one rotator in the haptic presentation device is controlled by a control device, and a vibration, a force or a torque as the physical characteristic is controlled, so that the user is made to conceive various haptic information of the vibration, force, torque or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignees: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Miraisens, Inc.
    Inventors: Norio Nakamura, Yukio Fukui, Masataka Sakai
  • Patent number: 9494448
    Abstract: A smart meter ID acquiring unit in an electronic apparatus acquires a smart meter ID from a smart meter when the electronic apparatus starts. A registered location information acquiring unit acquires registered location information from an external server if the smart meter ID acquired at this time is different from the smart meter ID acquired at a previous time. A relocation determining unit (a1) determines that the electronic apparatus has been relocated if the registered location information acquired at this time is different from the registered location information acquired at a previous time and (a2) determines that the electronic apparatus has not been relocated if the registered location information acquired at this time is equal to the registered location information acquired at the previous time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takayuki Ishida
  • Patent number: 9495803
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed in which in a conventional non-grounding man-machine interface having no reaction base on the human body and for giving the existence of a virtual object and the impact force of a collision to a person, a haptic sensation of a torque, a force and the like can be continuously presented in the same direction, which cannot be presented by only the physical characteristic of a haptic sensation presentation device. In a haptic presentation device, the rotation velocity of at least one rotator in the haptic presentation device is controlled by a control device, and a vibration, a force or a torque as the physical characteristic is controlled, so that the user is made to conceive various haptic information of the vibration, force, torque or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignees: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Miraisens, Inc.
    Inventors: Norio Nakamura, Yukio Fukui, Masataka Sakai
  • Patent number: 9483932
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for tracking a safety status of a number of individuals, and providing pro-active security and response based on historical safety data collected by the system, as well as third-party information such as crime, traffic, weather, and news data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: David Amis