Patents Examined by Anthony R Jimenez
  • Patent number: 11951825
    Abstract: A charging connection device for a vehicle includes a junction box disposed in a recess, a junction box cover flap, and a cover flap. The junction box cover flap and the cover flap are each pivotable into an open position and a closed position. The junction box cover flap covers the junction box in the closed position and the recess is coverable by the cover flap. When the cover flap is displaced from the open position into the closed position the cover flap entrains the junction box cover flap. The junction box cover flap has a first element of a junction box connecting device and the junction box or a component that defines the recess has a second element of the junction box connecting device. In the closed position of the junction box cover flap, the junction box cover flap is held magnetically releasably by the junction box connecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Andreas Schurz, Robin Boeld
  • Patent number: 11947376
    Abstract: An input device includes an operation member vertically movably disposed on a support, urging means for urging the operation member upward, and an inclination preventive member reducing inclination of the operation member by coupling first and second ends of the operation member in a first horizontal direction and linking vertical movements of the first and second ends together. The inclination preventive member includes a main shaft extending in the first horizontal direction and rotatably and axially supported by the support, a pair of arms extending from opposite ends of the main shaft toward an identical side of a second horizontal direction crossing the first horizontal direction, and a pair of secondary shafts extending in the first horizontal direction from distal ends of the pair of arms, and rotatably and axially supported by the first and second ends. The pair of arms include short and long arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Alps Alpine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Yokoyama, Hiroki Utagawa, Kunihiro Kamei
  • Patent number: 11948759
    Abstract: Apparatus, use and a method for controlling an output power provided to at least one electrical component are described. The apparatus includes at least one module with at least one electronic circuit for providing an output power, adjustable via rotation of at least one rotary element, to at least one electrical component when the electronic circuit is electrically connected to an input power supply that supplies power to the electronic circuit. At least one first switching element is configured to electrically disconnect at least one of the at least one electronic circuit from the input power supply when the first switching element is in a first predefined state. At least one actuator element that is rotatable between a first position and a second position is configured to switch a respective first switching element to the first predefined state when rotated from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventors: Rory John Geoffrey Way, Ivan Andrew Drake
  • Patent number: 11935717
    Abstract: An arrangement for electrically connecting a circuit breaker to a laminated busbar in a switch gear cabinet in which the circuit breaker has at least one terminal to be contacted by a connecting bar and in which the laminated busbar includes at least one conducting layer for conducting electric current which is covered by adjoining insulating layers attached thereto, the arrangement including: a first cylindrical connecting element and a second cylindrical connecting element which are arranged at a distance to each other at the conducting layer and project away from the conducting layer; an electrically conducting distribution bar which is mounted to free end portions of the first and second cylindrical connecting elements; and a terminal member which is mounted to the distribution bar at a center between the first and second cylindrical connecting elements. The terminal member is to be contacted by the connecting bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Klaus Kraft, Oleksandr Sologubenko, Patrik Kaufmann, Francoise Molitor, Maciej Mruczek, Libor Vitek, Jindrich Janos
  • Patent number: 11933852
    Abstract: A battery and an electrical battery monitoring device are disclosed having a first group of sensing switches connected in series on a first monitoring circuit, the sensing switches, a second group of electrical sensing switches connected in series on a second monitoring circuit, an input unit to provide an input to the first and second monitoring circuits, a monitoring unit to receive an output from the first and second monitoring circuits, wherein the monitoring unit receives at least two outputs from two measuring points of the first monitoring circuit, the two measuring points being separated by at least one sensing switch. The location of a defective battery cell may be early detected and precisely located by the monitoring of the battery cells in rows and columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignees: Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH, Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
    Inventors: Philipp Weinreiter, Kristian Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 11934192
    Abstract: This description provides an autonomous or semi-autonomous excavation vehicle that is capable determining a route between a start point and an end point in a site and navigating over the route. The sensors collect any or more of spatial, imaging, measurement, and location data to detect an obstacle between two locations within the site. Based on the collected data and identified obstacles, the excavation vehicle generates unobstructed routes circumventing the obstacles, obstructed routes traveling through the obstacles, and instructions for removing certain modifiable obstacles. The excavation vehicle determines and selects the shortest route of the unobstructed and obstructed route and navigates over the selected path to move within the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Inventors: Noah Austen Ready-Campbell, Andrew Xiao Liang, Christian John Wawrzonek, Cyrus McMann Ready-Campbell, Gaurav Jitendra Kikani
  • Patent number: 11935709
    Abstract: A control device includes a button assembly having one or more buttons and a button carrier that includes a plurality of resilient, independently deflectable spring arms. The control device may be configured as a wall-mounted keypad to control a load control device, or as a thermostat to control a temperature regulation appliance. The button carrier may be configured to prevent interference between the buttons during operation of the control device. The button assembly may be captured between a faceplate of the control device and a housing that is attached to a rear side of the faceplate. The control device may include one or more button retainers that are attached to the buttons and that are configured to align respective outer surfaces of the buttons relative to each other, and relative to the faceplate of the control device, when the buttons are in respective rest positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Nikhil Vithal Bhate, Rich Destremps, James Harrison, Jason Edward Jennings, Eric Jonathan Mace, Stephen Phillips
  • Patent number: 11929222
    Abstract: A pyrotechnic switch comprises a housing formed by a first housing part and a second housing part, at least one rivet by means of which the first housing part is riveted onto the second housing part in order to form the housing, and at least one pyrotechnic actuator arranged in the housing. Further, at least one of the first housing part or the second housing part comprises a metal insert and a plastic body overmolded onto the metal insert, and the metal insert comprises a passage opening for the rivet such that the rivet is in contact with the passage opening of the metal insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventors: Francois Gaudinat, Sebastien Menestre, Ludovic Lageat
  • Patent number: 11929227
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multi-contact disconnect switch for a lightning arrester configured to maintain contact points of a contact shaft evenly and to improve the operation stability of the contact shaft, and more particularly to, a multi-contact disconnect switch for a lightning arrester including a first body having a passage formed therein and a multi-contact unit positioned on one side of the passage, and a second body having a contact shaft inserted into the passage and coupled to the other side of the first body, wherein, when the second body is coupled to the first body in a contact state, an end of the contact shaft is in contact with the multi-contact unit, and thus the multi-contact unit is in multi-contact with a contact circumferential surface of the contact shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventor: Jong Tae Park
  • Patent number: 11928557
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable media can be configured to determine a targeted scenario and a mission associated with the targeted scenario. A route to a location associated with the mission can be determined based at least in part on a likelihood of encountering the targeted scenario, wherein the likelihood of encountering the targeted scenario is based at least in part on a frequency with which scenarios similar to the targeted scenario were encountered at the location. Whether the targeted scenario was encountered can be determined based on an evaluation of captured sensor data associated with the mission upon passing the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Kathryn Flaherty Frisbie, Sen Xu
  • Patent number: 11923155
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a base plate, a plurality of keys and a backlight module. The base plate has a short-axis direction and a long-axis direction. The keys are disposed on the base plate. The backlight module is disposed on the base plate and includes a shielding sheet, a light guide plate and a reflecting sheet. The light guide plate is disposed on a lower surface of the shielding sheet. The light guide plate includes a plurality of light guide structures corresponding to the keys respectively. Each of the light guide structures includes a ring portion and at least one bend line portion. The bend line portion connects to the ring portion, and the ring portion is formed by a plurality of bending portions. The reflecting sheet is disposed below the light guide plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventors: Mitsuo Horiuchi, Chia-Hsin Chen, Ping-Ju Kuo
  • Patent number: 11915889
    Abstract: A control device is provided. A key structure of the control device includes a keycap, an optical film layer and a membrane switch. A protrusion structure is formed on the optical film layer or the membrane switch. When the keycap is pressed down by the user, the arrangement of the protrusion structure can facilitate the user to trigger the underlying membrane switch more precisely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventors: Yung-Tai Pan, Chun-Nan Su, Chien-Pang Chien, Ting-Sheng Wang
  • Patent number: 11904884
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle (AV) maintenance system engages a user of an AV to assist in maintenance tasks. A sensor interface receives data captured by a sensor of the AV. An issue detector processes the sensor data to detect an issue in the AV. A user interface module instructs a user to perform a maintenance task addressing the detected issue. A verification module verifies that the user successfully completed the maintenance task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Yifei Zhang, Jeffrey Shaw, Alexander Willem Gerrese, Jeremy Stephen Juel
  • Patent number: 11892295
    Abstract: Calibrating an unstable sensor of a mobile device. Systems and methods for calibrating a sensor of a mobile device determine a first estimated position of the mobile device without using any measurement from the sensor of the mobile device, generate a second estimated position of the mobile device using a measurement from the sensor, estimate a sensor error of the sensor using the first estimated position and the second estimated position, and use the sensor error to determine a calibration value for adjusting one or more measurements from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: NextNav, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Dormody, Ganesh Pattabiraman, Abijith Kumar, Thomas Wolf, Gary Parsons, Christian Gates, Deepak Joseph, Badrinath Nagarajan
  • Patent number: 11894201
    Abstract: An illuminated keyboard includes a supporting plate, a bottom circuit membrane disposed on the support plate, an intermediate partition plate disposed above the bottom circuit membrane, and a top circuit membrane disposed above said intermediate partition plate. A light emitter unit is disposed on the bottom circuit membrane. A light diffusion layer is disposed above the top circuit membrane and has a light transmission region for transmitting light rays generated from the light emitter unit. An elastic member is made of an elastic material and disposed on and above the diffusion layer. A bridging unit is disposed above the diffusion layer and aligned with the elastic member. A keycap is disposed above and connected to the bridging unit. The elastic member elastically abuts against the keycap. The keycap is light permeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventors: Shih-Pin Lin, Chao-Chieh Yang
  • Patent number: 11888473
    Abstract: A capacitance type input apparatus includes a plurality of touch switches; and a determining unit configured to determine which one touch switch among the plurality of touch switches a touch operation is performed on, based on outputs of the plurality of touch switches. The determining unit performs a first comparison of comparing a first threshold used for determining whether the touch operation has been performed, with each of the outputs of the plurality of touch switches, performs a second comparison of comparing an output that is higher than the first threshold among the outputs of the plurality of touch switches, with a plurality of comparison thresholds that are greater than first threshold and that are different from each other, and determines which one touch switch among the plurality of touch switches the touch operation is performed on, based on a comparison result of the first or second comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Fujiki, Kohei Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 11875951
    Abstract: A button structure includes a circuit board, a first portion, a second portion, and a reinforcement structure. The circuit board has a switch thereon. The first portion is located above the switch. The second portion partially covers the first portion and surrounds the first portion. The reinforcement structure is disposed on the first portion. The reinforcement structure is higher than the first portion in Young's modulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: WISTRON CORP.
    Inventors: Te-Wei Chang, Chih-Wei Hsu
  • Patent number: 11876189
    Abstract: A battery module for use in a battery system is operable in a bottom mode, a top mode or a middle mode during an enabled state. The battery module includes a battery unit and a battery control circuit. The battery unit which includes at least one battery generates a battery unit voltage between a positive terminal and a negative terminal of the battery unit. The battery control circuit is powered by the battery unit voltage and is configured to control the battery unit. The battery control circuit includes an enable terminal, an upstream input terminal, an upstream output terminal, a downstream input terminal, and a downstream output terminal. When the enable terminal is at an operation enabling level, or when the upstream input terminal is at an upstream enabling level, the battery module enters the enabled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventors: Wei-Hsu Chang, Hao-Wen Chung, Chung-Hui Yeh, Kuo-Chen Tsai
  • Patent number: 11869731
    Abstract: An operating member includes: a support; an actuating part, which defines an actuating surface is mounted on the support by a mount to be movable relative to the support, by manual actuation against a resetting force, while carrying out an actuating movement from a rest position into a depressed position; a detector having at least one force sensor, wherein the detector is adapted to detect at least one position of the actuating part; wherein the mount includes a guidance mechanism having at least one pair of coupled levers, wherein the levers are each pivotably mounted on the support by a first pivot joint and on the actuating part—by a second pivot joint to cause a pivoting movement of the at least one pair of coupled levers by the actuating movement, wherein the guidance mechanism further includes at least one coupling rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: PREH GMBH
    Inventors: Arthur Klossek, Thomas Ofenhitzer, Thilo Schultheis, Andreas Hofmann
  • Patent number: 11863176
    Abstract: An operation panel provided on a vehicle is provided with: a panel member exposed to an interior of a vehicle cabin of the vehicle; an operation part provided on the panel member; and a load sensor provided so as to face a back surface of the panel member, the a load sensor being configured to detect that the operation part has been operated based on a load caused by a displacement of the panel member, wherein the load sensor is provided at a position where the displacement of the panel member is greater than a displaced amount of the operation part when the operation part is operated, the panel member has a projected portion projecting out from the back surface such that a tip end portion faces the load sensor, and the projected portion is formed of divided projected portions, the divided projected portions being provided by being divided into a plurality of parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Marelli Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Kondo, Yuuichi Fukumitsu, Hideto Ujiie