Patents Examined by Andrew Bee
  • Patent number: 9420562
    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: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mingming Cai, Yubo Li, Qing Wang, Chao Xue
  • Patent number: 9412246
    Abstract: Systems (100) and methods (1800) for determining where an object or person is located in an EAS detection zone. The methods involve: simultaneously emitting a first signal from a first emitter and a second signal from a second emitter; concurrently detecting the first and second signals during a first period of time by each of a first detector and a second detector; and determining where the object or person is within the EAS detection zone based on a pattern of a signal output from at least one of the first and second detectors which reflects that at least one of the first and second signals is blocked by the object or person during at least one of a second period of time and a third period of time in which the object or person is traveling through the EAS detection zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventor: David R. Noone
  • Patent number: 9411427
    Abstract: An entry device is provided with a plural number of operation keys and a temperature changing unit. The operation keys can be operated by pressing by a fingertip of a hand touching respective operation surfaces thereof, and are used for entry of an authentication character string. When the authentication character string is to be entered, the temperature changing unit changes temperatures of the operation surfaces of the plural operation keys to be substantially equal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: OKI ELECTRIC INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hideki Kobori
  • Patent number: 9406046
    Abstract: A method for associating an image of a document with information relating to a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, according to one embodiment, includes receiving information relating to an RFID tag, the information including at least one of a trip identifier, an identifier of the RFID tag, an identifier of a transport item, and a document identifier; receiving an image of a document; storing the image of the document; associating the image of the document with the information relating to the RFID tag; and storing the association of the image with the information relating to the RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Intelleflex Corporation
    Inventors: Dean Kawaguchi, Peter Arnold Mehring
  • Patent number: 9393868
    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: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventors: Zachary Slaton, Steven Karl Jahns, Josef Lotz, Jennifer Kim, Jason Morrow, John William Arthur Doll
  • Patent number: 9378513
    Abstract: An electronic shelf label controlling system, an electronic shelf label installing method and an electronic shelf label updating method are provided. The electronic shelf label controlling system of the electronic shelf label includes at least an electronic shelf label, a controlling device, a deploying device, and a communication gateway device. The electronic shelf label is disposed on a shelf. The controlling device stores a label location table. The label location table records a relationship between a label identifying information and a label location information of the electronic shelf label. The deploying device is used for obtaining the label identifying information. The communication gateway device is used for communicating the controlling device, the deploying device and the electronic shelf label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Chun-Hsien Wu, Ching-Ying Lai, Chun-Hao Peng, Yueh-Feng Lee
  • Patent number: 9373008
    Abstract: This invention provides a system and apparatus that is able to authenticate and prevent illegal manufacturing and unauthorized operation of disposable bioprocess components. This invention utilizes a ferro-electric random access memory chip (FRAM) chip to store error-correctable information on a RFID tag attached to the disposable bioprocess components, where the error-correctable information is written in sequence into the memory chip, so that the redundant information can remain in the chip when the RFID tag and disposable bioprocess component is gamma-sterilized. Also, this invention includes a method for authenticating the disposable bioprocess component that reduces liability in that a counterfeit poor quality disposable component is not used on the hardware so the user will not file an unjustified complaint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: GE Healthcare Bioscience BioProcess Corp.
    Inventors: Manuel Nyffeler, Radislav A. Potyrailo, Vincent F. Pizzi, William G. Morris, Gerard J. Gach, Vijay Singh
  • Patent number: 9365155
    Abstract: This invention relates in general to the field of safety devices, and more particularly, but not by way of limitation, to systems and methods for providing advanced warning and risk evasion when hazardous conditions exist. In one embodiment, a vicinity monitoring unit is provided for monitoring, for example, oncoming traffic near a construction zone. In some embodiments, the vicinity monitoring unit may be mounted onto a construction vehicle to monitor nearby traffic and send a warning signal if hazardous conditions exist. In some embodiments, personnel tracking units may be worn by construction workers and the personnel tracking units may be in communication with the vicinity monitoring unit. In some embodiments, a base station is provided for monitoring activities taking place in or near a construction site including monitoring the locations of various personnel and vehicles within the construction site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Oldcastle Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin Hathaway, Mark Green, Kent Baumann, Chad Green, Lee Cole, Chris Schwedtmann
  • Patent number: 9360868
    Abstract: A hand-held radio transmit controller for remotely controlling an aircraft, and a method for controlling a remote control aircraft offering ground vehicle-like control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: TRAXXAS LP
    Inventors: Wesley Ronald Erhart, Scott Rollin Michael Schmitz, Tom Kawamura, Richard Douglas Hohnholt, Kent Poteet
  • Patent number: 9357252
    Abstract: A controlling device interacts dynamically with a plurality of appliances using state information known to a master appliance. The master appliance conveys to the controlling device the state information and the controlling device uses the state information to dynamically configure itself to command functional operations of one or more of the plurality of appliances. The master appliance also causes a graphical representation of the current configuration of the controlling device to be displayed on a display device that is associated with the master appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Kohanek
  • Patent number: 9357253
    Abstract: A controlling device interacts dynamically with a plurality of appliances using state information known to a master appliance. The master appliance conveys to the controlling device the state information and the controlling device uses the state information to dynamically configure itself to command functional operations of one or more of the plurality of appliances. The master appliance also causes a graphical representation of the current configuration of the controlling device to be displayed on a display device that is associated with the master appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Kohanek
  • Patent number: 9353550
    Abstract: A door lock engagement status indicator system comprising a position indicating sensor installed adjacent to a striker box, wherein the position indicating sensor toggles between a first state identifying when a door lock throw bolt is placed in an extended or locked position and a second state identifying when the door lock throw bolt is placed in a retracted or unlocked position. A local lock engagement status monitoring apparatus monitors the sensor and displays the status of the indicating sensor, representative of the monitored lock status. Each local monitoring apparatus communicates with a master monitoring apparatus, wherein the master monitoring apparatus displays a complete summary of all of the associated local monitoring apparatus. The displayed status can utilize green and/or red lights providing a simple and clear monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Shelby G. Smith, III
  • Patent number: 9348417
    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: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    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: 9342720
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, an end device includes a memory configured to store function information regarding at least one predefined function and tag information regarding at least one electronic tag that is associated with the at least one predefined function; a reader configured to read tag identification information received from a detected electronic tag located within a predetermined range of the end device; and a processor configured to select a predefined function from among the at least one predefined function based on the stored tag information and the read tag identification information and perform the selected predefined function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: KT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Moon-Soon Kang, Jang-Hyuk Park
  • Patent number: 9336420
    Abstract: A remote access system includes an RFID reader and a credential having a cellular phone interface and an nfc interface. The credential is operable to receive authorization information and to communicate with the RFID reader. A server is operable to receive an authorization request for the credential and to access the credential to provide the authorization information. An RFID reader authorization application is included in the credential. The credential is operable to transfer the RFID authorization code to the RFID reader via the nfc interface over an nfc communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: XceedID Corporation
    Inventor: John D. Menzel
  • Patent number: 9330563
    Abstract: Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs) tend to be specialized and expensive—relegated to only key points in power distribution networks, and are generally reliant on GPS technology. The present disclosure details how any smart meter—using wireless communication—can perform sub-microsecond-grade synchrophasor measurements. Other aspects concern smart meter-based determination of A, B or C phase of the tri-phase power network. This can involve count-stamp enabling message packets sent to and/or from a smart meter, and then associating such count-stamps to local measurements of power phase by a metrology unit. Once a network of such enabled smart meters and other devices is formed, sub-microsecond metropolitan-wide and entire region-wide synchronizing time standard can calibrate local measurements of power phase, where simple A, B and C phase determination is one low hanging fruit application of such.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Rhoads, Conrad Eustis
  • Patent number: 9317725
    Abstract: A method of adding TTO functionality to an RTF RFID air protocol, such as ISO/IEC 18000-63 and EPC C1G2 protocol, Chinese GB/T 29768-2013. The starting wait state is changed after power-up of the RTF protocol to a TTO state where the tag automatically transmits an ID or an ID plus additional data at intervals to a reader while still waiting for possible RTF commands. A new command is added that enables the reader to obtain a handle from the tag directly from the TTO state to access the tag in an identical manner to the RTF access. The TTO functionality is as defined by the ISO/IEC 1800-64 protocol or IP-X protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: ICOMP TECHNOLOGY (DALIAN) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hendrik Lodewyk Van Eeden, Calvin Zhang, Taylor Tian, Youbon Qiu, Hunter Xu
  • Patent number: 9317795
    Abstract: An RFID sensing system and method. An array of sensing elements is disposed on a surface of a mat, wherein each sensing element includes an RFID microchip, an antenna operatively coupled to the microchip, and a pressure-sensitive material disposed on at least the antenna. An RFID reader is provided for interrogating the array of sensing elements. An antenna operatively coupled to the reader communicates with each sensing element disposed on the mat. Each sensing element in the array, in response to an interrogation signal, transmits a signal to the reader via the coupled antenna when a subject placed on the mat compresses the section of pressure-sensitive material for the sensing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Ian James Forster
  • Patent number: 9305458
    Abstract: When two or more devices are near each other, they are likely to hear the same ambient sounds. To detect such proximity, each device captures a short digital audio signal from its microphone and uploads it to a proximity-detecting service along with a timestamp that indicates when the clip was captured. The proximity-detecting service maintains a history of sound clips for its clients and analyzes recently received sound clips that have similar time stamps. The devices can then be grouped according to the similarities of their sound clips. Devices that are grouped together in this way are deemed to be near each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: ZIPSOCKET, INC.
    Inventors: Ali Rahimi, Gianluca Iannaccone
  • Patent number: 9298887
    Abstract: A medication management system (100) for controlling access to medication. The system (100) comprises of a portable, electronically locking cassette (102) and a docking station (104). The cassette (102) comprises at least one internal compartment (110) adapted for storing patient-specific medication, a cover (114) adapted for restricting access to said compartment (110), a locking mechanism (112) for securing said cover (114), and means for storing a cassette identifier associated with said cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: White Cell Rx Holdings Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Grant Thomas Clark, Paula Jane Clark