Patents Examined by Anh V. La
  • 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: 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: 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
  • 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: 10939859
    Abstract: Methods and systems for mitigating single point failure of a device in an analyte monitor. Methods include receiving, from a first device, a request for performing an operational test or to provide data related to functionality of a component of a second device, receiving a request from the first device to annunciate an alarm, and annunciating the alarm of the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Alan Hayter, Marc Barry Taub
  • Patent number: 10940794
    Abstract: Systems and methods for vehicle braking signals are described herein. In some embodiments, the system and methods improve the brake lights on automobiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventors: Benjamin Markley Kiefaber, Bradley Crawford Kiefaber
  • Patent number: 10937292
    Abstract: A device tracking system of the present disclosure has a theft tracking device that is permanently secured to an item that has the propensity to be stolen. The theft tracking device further has a theft tracking processor and a Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) module. The theft tracking processor receives ping data and in response transmits response data via the Wi-Fi module. The system further has a remote locator device that has a ease comprising a plug for securing the remote locator device to a power receptacle. The remote locator device has a remote locator processor and a Wi-Fi module, and the remote locator processor periodically transmits the ping data to the theft tracking device and receives the response data from the theft tracking device. The theft tracking processor further configured for transmitting data indicating that the theft tracking device is not responding via a network when a response is not received from the tracking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Swaywin, LLC
    Inventors: Tracy Lynn Baldwin Swayne, Jeffrey Scott Swayne, Donathan Eugene Hutchings
  • Patent number: 10933889
    Abstract: A vehicle and a control method for providing a notification of a collision of a vehicle and providing information on an object causing the collision are provided. The vehicle includes a communication unit communicating with a user terminal, a sensor acquiring distance information between the vehicle and at least one surrounding object and acceleration information of the vehicle, and a camera acquiring a vehicle surrounding image. A controller starts acquiring the vehicle surrounding image when the distance between the vehicle and the at least one surrounding object is less than a predetermined distance, acquires information about the at least one surrounding object approaching the vehicle and transmits the information about the at least one surrounding object to the user terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seul-A Jung, Donghyuk Jeong
  • Patent number: 10930132
    Abstract: A disaster detection system may include a device processor; and a non-transitory computer readable medium including instructions executable by the device processor to perform the following steps: receiving data from a plurality of geographically distributed personal electronic devices; determining, based on the data received from the personal electronic devices, that a disaster has occurred; and sending information pertaining to the disaster to one or more of the personal electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Edward Manuel Alonzo, III, James A. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10931810
    Abstract: A cutoff system for a power tool or other device includes a receiver and a transmitter, the receiver being configured to electrically couple to a power source and to a power tool or other device, the transmitter is configured to transmit a communication signal to the receiver, and the receiver is further configured to transmit electrical power from the power source to the power tool or other device only when the receiver receives the communication signal from the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: CUTTING EDGE INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: William Mawson, Stephen V. Weigman
  • Patent number: 10930125
    Abstract: A criminal act detection system may include a device processor; and a non-transitory computer readable medium including instructions executable by the device processor to perform the following steps: receiving data from a plurality of geographically distributed personal electronic devices; determining, based on the data received from the personal electronic devices, that conduct consistent with a criminal act has occurred; and sending information pertaining to the conduct consistent with a criminal act to one or more of the personal electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Edward Manuel Alonzo, III, James A. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10909831
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring attachment of a lifeline assembly to a harness worn by a worker utilize a motion detector module (MDM) for attaching to an anchor tether of a lifeline assembly. The MDM may include a weather-resistant housing containing motion sensing circuitry for detecting significant motions associated with movement of the worker, timing circuitry for monitoring time between significant motions, and a communications transceiver for relaying information regarding significant motions and/or lack thereof to a nearby computing device. The nearby computing device may be a portable device carried or worn by the user. Alternatively, the nearby computing device may be a portable device positioned at a job site and configured to monitor multiple MDMs at the site. The MDM and/or computing device may issue audible alerts upon lack of detection of significant motions. The computing device may communicate noncompliance alerts to a remote computing system of a jobsite manager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: US SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: George Altemose, Daniel W. Marino, John Gedde
  • Patent number: 10908689
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a display receiving a user input, at least one piezoelectric element disposed adjacent to the display and vibrating based on a specified control signal, a memory storing information about the user input, and a processor electrically connected to the display, the at least one piezoelectric element, and the memory. The processor applies a control signal corresponding to the user input to the at least one piezoelectric element based on the information about the user input and allows the at least one piezoelectric element vibrating depending on the control signal to output at least one of a specified vibration or a specified sound, in a display adjacent to the at least one piezoelectric element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Je Heon Park, Jae Il Joo, Young Sup Shin, Ju Yeong Lee
  • Patent number: 10889238
    Abstract: A method for providing a spatially perceptible acoustic signal for a rider of a two-wheeled vehicle, including: providing an acoustic signal by a two-wheeled vehicle; determining the position of a helmet worn by the rider of the two-wheeled vehicle relative to the two-wheeled vehicle; processing the acoustic signal depending on the determined position to provide a three-dimensional output signal which constitutes a binaural projection of the acoustic signal; and outputting the output signal via a stereo headset of the helmet, wherein the output signal spatially positions a sound source contained in the acoustic signal depending on the determined position, whereby the sound source is spatially locatable by the rider of the two-wheeled vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Michael Ehrmann, Robert Richter, Kerstin Schenk
  • Patent number: 10891849
    Abstract: A system may include a processing unit; a storage device comprising instructions, which when executed by the processing unit, configure the processing unit to perform operations comprising: receiving a service outage alert for a service used by an entity; retrieving a current count of non-recurring meetings for the entity; determining that the service outage alert is a false positive based on a current service load for the service and the current count; and based on the determining, suppressing the service outage alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Udayan Kumar, Rakesh Jayadev Namineni
  • Patent number: 10881356
    Abstract: A mood monitoring device, system and method are provided. The mood monitoring device includes one or more processors; and a storage. The storage stores one or more programs which are configured to be executed by the one or plurality of processors. The one or more programs comprise instructions for performing the following operations: receiving a status message that is sent by a terminal and indicates a mood status of a user, the terminal and the mood monitoring device having a binding relationship; and presenting a message that reflects the mood status of the user in accordance with the status message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zijun Liu, Honglei Zhang
  • Patent number: 10883234
    Abstract: A lighting device may include a body including a front cavity and a back cavity, and a bottom face between the front cavity and the back cavity. The lighting device may also include multiple lights, with at least one of the lights disposed within the front cavity, and at least one of the lights disposed within the back cavity. The lighting device may additionally include a coupling device, such as a female threaded component, configured to interface directly with an attachment mechanism atop a traffic cone. The coupling device may be disposed on the bottom face of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: IZONUS, LLC
    Inventors: Roger D. Koyle, Jed C. Davis, Bradley K. Andrews
  • Patent number: 10878671
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques for using alternating current (AC) power waveforms to communicate between devices in a doorbell circuit. A signaling device that emits sound may be positioned in the doorbell circuit between an AC power source and a doorbell device (such as an A/V device including a doorbell). A signaling device may be coupled in parallel to a signaling-control device that includes electronic circuitry that provides a selective bypass to allow for larger amounts of current drawn by the A/V device to bypass the signaling device without causing the signaling device to emit the sound. The A/V device and the signaling-control device may use AC power waveforms to communicate data and/or data between each other. For example, the A/V device and the signaling-control device may control respective signal relays to selectively open and close the doorbell circuit in order to communicate with each other using the AC current waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Steven Skeoch
  • Patent number: 10872515
    Abstract: A system for monitoring the level or amount of salt within a water softener brine tank is provided. The system includes a detection apparatus that uses at least three sensors that each measure the capacitance measured through the wall of a salt brine tank. The presence of salt adjacent a sensor causes the capacitance to increase and the sensor to report a salt present condition. Each sensor reports to a controller that will combine the signals from the sensors to detect when the level of the container is below a predetermined level. When at least one or more sensors report the salt level is below the predetermined level, the controller generates a push notification or an audio and/or visible alarm to alert the user the water softener tank needs to be replenished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: Lee R. Jones, Kenneth C. Andrews