Patents Examined by Anh V. La
  • Patent number: 11072348
    Abstract: A driving assist device includes a control unit configured to acquire event position information that is position information about a vehicle when it is detected that a driver of the vehicle is in a looking aside state in the vehicle, as an event, and configured to present attention information calling for attention, to a driver who is driving toward a position indicated by the event position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuro Yanagi, Maki Tamura, Mutsumi Matsuura, Toshihiko Inoue, Naoki Yamamuro, Takashi Hayashi, Takahiro Shiga
  • Patent number: 11065481
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring elevations of a set of workers at a job site include reference devices for capturing barometric pressures at different installation elevations on a structure and portable barometric pressure sensors carried by the workers. An atmospheric pressure offset may be calculated using the reference barometric pressures and installation elevations. The atmospheric pressure offset may be applied to atmospheric pressure measurements captured by the barometric pressure sensors carried by the workers to determine worker elevations. The worker elevations may be converted to corresponding floors of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: US SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: George Altemose, Daniel W. Marino, John Gedde
  • Patent number: 11039603
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer code products for monitoring the behavior, health, and/or characteristics of an animal are disclosed herein. In one implementation, the animal is positioned inside a waste container placed on a system that is adapted to determine, record and communicate over a network various animal health parameters. These parameters can be processed to determine trends, statistics and changes of animal physiological functions. The results can be used to access animal health conditions and issue warnings, alarms, messages, and other notifications to designated caretakers. These notifications may be displayed using various devices such as computers and/or mobile devices. Data retrieval and review capability can provide improved understanding of an animal's health conditions and facilitate early illness detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Société des Produits Nestlé S.A
    Inventor: Alexander Triener
  • Patent number: 11037264
    Abstract: A method for operating an arrival notification system at a location includes receiving a request to generate a notification from an arrival notification system. The method also includes receiving, in response to the request, a token. The method further includes enabling an output from a component of the arrival notification system when the token is validated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC.
    Inventors: Allison Thackston, Samuel Zapolsky, Katarina Miller, Laura Stelzner, Ron Goldman
  • Patent number: 11032242
    Abstract: Systems and methods comprise a gateway that includes a processor coupled to a security system at a premises via a channel. The channel comprises a protocol of the security system that is a proprietary bus protocol of the control panel of the security system. A touchscreen at the premises is coupled to the gateway and presents user interfaces. The user interfaces include a security interface that provides control of functions of the security system and access to data collected by the security system, and a network interface that provides access to network devices. A camera is located at the premises and coupled to the gateway. A security server at a remote location is coupled to the gateway. The security server comprises a client interface through which remote client devices exchange data with the gateway and the security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: iControl Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Dawes, Marc Baum, Aaron Wood
  • Patent number: 11019691
    Abstract: A galley appliance system includes an integrated light emitting diode (LED) strip to display operational data, detect certain states of the galley appliance, and alter the LED strip accordingly. The integrated LED strip illuminates the area adjacent to the galley appliance and the interior of the galley appliance when the galley appliance door is open. The LED strip provides customizable galley mood light when not otherwise occupied. Multiple appliances may be in data communication to provide galley wide mood lighting. The system may be in data communication with aircraft systems to provide environmental feedback via color coded illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Pieter van Oostrom
  • Patent number: 11011030
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mounting light emitting diodes for a visual alarm device in multiple planes are provided. The visual alarm device can include a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) mounted on a printed circuit board and configured to flash during an emergency situation, wherein each of the plurality of LEDs can be mounted in a respective one of a plurality of planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Hawkinson
  • Patent number: 11001198
    Abstract: A notification device provided in a vehicle including an autonomous driving system which causes the vehicle to travel by autonomous driving and to evacuate the vehicle when a failure occurs, includes a display unit configured to display information toward an outside of the vehicle, and a display controller configured to control the display unit. The display controller causes the display unit to be turned on or flicker when a failure occurs and changes a display of the display unit in at least one of a time when an evacuation starts and a time when an evacuation is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junichi Morimura, Tomoyuki Kuriyama
  • Patent number: 11001167
    Abstract: An occupant or object sensing system in a vehicle includes electrical circuits for capacitive sensing and corresponding circuits shielding the sensing system from interference. A sensing circuit and a shielding circuit may be printed by screen printing with conductive ink on opposite sides of a non-conductive substrate. The substrate is a plastic film or other fabric that has an elastic memory structure that is resilient to stretching. The conductive inks used to print circuits onto the substrate have a similar resilience to stretching such that the substrate and the circuits thereon can be subject to deforming forces without breaking the printed circuits. The substrate may be covered with a carbon polymer layer to provide alternative conductive paths that enable fast recovery for conduction in the presence of any break in the printed conductive traces on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Joyson Safety Systems Acquisition LLC
    Inventor: David Wilson
  • Patent number: 10991252
    Abstract: A driving alarm system, a driving alarm method and an electronic device using the same are provided. The driving alarm method includes: obtaining a driving trajectory of a vehicle in front; generating a driving trajectory matrix according to the driving trajectory; and outputting a warning message according to a dangerous level corresponding to the driving trajectory matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Jia-Cyuan Fan, Chi-Hsiang Yeh, Mang-Chia Ho
  • Patent number: 10984645
    Abstract: Offender location tracking devices have evolved to a point where they are wearable computers. Modern smartwatches are also wearable computers and can be used as offender tracking devices; however, they have the limitation of not being able to detect if they are being tampered with or are removed. A novel security band of the present invention can be used in conjunction with a commercially available smartwatch. The security band of the present invention is able to detect if it is cut or removed and is able to wirelessly notify a smartwatch or optional smartphone. The notification is then relayed to a monitoring center or supervising authority using a cellular telephone network or other wireless communication method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Mark Wojcik, Arthur Jacob Gigler
  • Patent number: 10976825
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to methods and apparatuses for controlling an operation of a vibrational output system and/or an operation of an input sensor system, wherein the controller is for use in a device comprising the vibrational output system and the input sensor system. A controller comprises an input configured to receive an indication of activation or de-activation of an output of the vibrational output system; and an adjustment module configured to adjust the operation of the vibrational output system and/or the operation of the input sensor system based on the indication to reduce an interference expected to be caused by the output of the vibrational output system on the input sensory system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Tejasvi Das, Matthew Beardsworth, Michael Allan Kost, Gavin McVeigh, Hamid Sepehr, Carl L. Ståhl
  • Patent number: 10962649
    Abstract: A method and system is devised for handling blind sectors in redundant sensors of a vehicle. Blind sectors of the redundant sensors are detected, and if they qualify as large blind sectors, any intersection of such large blind sectors that lies within a monitored zone extending from the vehicle yields a critical signal sent to the driver of the vehicle, or to the navigation system in case of an autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: EASYMILE
    Inventors: Arnaud Telinge, Christophe Delord
  • Patent number: 10959409
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer code products monitor the behavior, health, and/or characteristics of an animal. In one implementation, the animal is positioned inside a waste container placed on a system that is adapted to determine, record and communicate over a network various animal health parameters. These parameters can be processed to determine trends, statistics and changes of animal physiological functions. The results can be used to access animal health conditions and issue warnings, alarms, messages, and other notifications to designated caretakers. These notifications may be displayed using various devices such as computers and/or mobile devices. Data retrieval and review capability can provide improved understanding of an animal's health conditions and facilitate early illness detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SOCIÉTÉ DES PRODUITS NESTLÉ S.A.
    Inventor: Alexander Triener
  • Patent number: 10950109
    Abstract: A computing system includes a processor, a memory, and a wireless communication interface. At least one gas sensor is electrically coupled to the computing system and is configured to detect gas in an atmosphere. At least one temperature sensor is electrically coupled to the computing system and is configured to detect a level of temperature within the atmosphere. At least one motion sensor is electrically coupled to the computing system. The processor activates the at least one motion sensor when at least one of the at least one gas sensor detects a gas in the atmosphere and the at least one temperature sensor detects a temperature higher than a threshold temperature. The processor sends a notification to a remote computer via the wireless communication interface if the at least one motion sensor fails to detect a motion within a threshold period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Anish Kashyap
  • Patent number: 10950115
    Abstract: A system for detecting broken springs in overhead doors having automatic door openers includes an automatic door opener having a motor, a sensor configured to monitor performance of the motor in the door opener, and a processor in communication with the sensor. The processor is configured to compare the motor performance with a predetermined threshold level and send an alert when motor performance exceeds the predetermined threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Todd R. Witkowski
  • Patent number: 10950113
    Abstract: A detection unit that detects smoke contained in a gas by radiating detection light toward a detection space for detecting smoke, and an inner labyrinth for inhibiting ambient light from entering the detection space, the inner labyrinth being provided to cover an outer edge of the detection space are included, the detection unit includes a light emitting unit that radiates the detection light and a light receiving unit that receives the detection light radiated by the light emitting unit, and at least a part of a side surface of the inner labyrinth on a side of the detection space is formed in a flat shape capable of inhibiting the detection light reflected by the inner labyrinth from entering a field of view RV of the light receiving unit in the detection space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Hochiki Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohiko Shimadzu
  • Patent number: 10941934
    Abstract: A light emission display device according to an aspect of the present invention includes: a light guide member that converts rays of incident light from a back face thereof to produce diffused light and emits the diffused light from the front face; a plurality of point light sources that are arranged at intervals on a side of the back face of the light guide member, in which the light guide member includes a light shield structure that partitions the front face into a plurality of light emission regions each corresponding to at least one point light source of the plurality of point light sources immediately below the front face, such that transmission of the rays of light to an adjacent light emission region is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hitoshi Nakatsukasa
  • Patent number: 10943445
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing haptic effects with airflow and thermal stimulation are disclosed. One illustrative system described herein includes a haptic output device comprising a thermal actuator and a processor communicatively coupled to the haptic output device and configured to: receive a sensor signal from at least one sensor, determine a heat flux property based in part on the display signal or a predefined parameter, determine a haptic effect based in part on the heat flux property and the sensor signal, the heat flux property being representative of a rate of change of temperature, and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect to the haptic output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Birnbaum, Sanya Attari, Hossam Bahlool, Doug Billington, Bruno Garrido
  • Patent number: 10942552
    Abstract: An integrated security system that includes a security coprocessor coupled to a conventional security system panel and an interactive security system. The integrated security system enables conventional security system features as well as the consumer-oriented interactive features and functions of an interactive security system without sacrificing reliability or the significant burden and cost associated with frequent software updates associated with conventional security systems. The integrated security system also minimizes or eliminates the need for new battery backup circuitry or larger batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: iControl Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Reza Raji, Aaron Wood, Robert Hazbun