Patents Examined by Brent A. Swarthout
  • Patent number: 11574736
    Abstract: Systems, methods, beds, supports surfaces and machine readable medium for associating beds and support surface of a healthcare facility are disclosed. A surface association system for a healthcare facility may comprise a plurality of beds. The system may further comprise a computing device and a plurality of support surfaces to be placed upon beds of the plurality of beds. The computing device may associate a support surface of the plurality of support surfaces with a bed of the plurality of beds. The computing device may make the association based upon status data received from the plurality of beds and the plurality of support surfaces. The support surface and/or bed to be associated may initiate a surface association request. The computing device, in response to the surface association request, may request performance of one or more actions on the bed and/or support surface to be associated to identify the bed and/or support surface from the beds and support surfaces of the healthcare facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig A. McNeely, Carl W. Riley, Keith A. Huster, Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III, Patricia A. Glidewell, David C. Ferguson, Simeon Zhao, Daleep Bhatia
  • Patent number: 11572034
    Abstract: A technology is provided that secures the straightness of an electromagnetic wave signal transmitted and received according to the fastening of a buckle. A wireless seatbelt reminder device includes a tunnel member that is disposed in parallel to a seat rail, and has a passage formed therein. A sub-transmission and reception unit transmits an electromagnetic wave signal in the longitudinal direction of the passage as a seatbelt is fastened to a buckle and a main transmission and reception unit receives the electromagnetic wave signal transmitted by the sub-transmission and reception unit inside the passage to transfer the electromagnetic wave signal to an integrated controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Chang Kyu Bok, Hyun Kyu Moon, Young Rok Kim
  • Patent number: 11565653
    Abstract: The techniques of this disclosure relate to a vehicle occupancy-monitoring system. The system includes a controller circuit that receives occupant data from an occupancy-monitoring sensor of a vehicle. The controller circuit determines an occupancy status of respective seats in a cabin of the vehicle based on the occupancy-monitoring sensor. The controller circuit indicates the occupancy status of the respective seats on a display located in a field of view of occupants of the vehicle. The display is integral to one of a roof light module, a door panel, or a headliner of the cabin. The system can improve passenger safety by alerting the operator and other occupants about the occupancy status of the passengers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Douglas L. Welk, Timothy A. Suda
  • Patent number: 11548434
    Abstract: A vehicle safety system comprising a series of lights. One set of lights in a prominent turn indicator device indicates to the driver in a more prominent way whether the driver has indicated a turn. The turn indicator lights are either heads-up on a windshield, visible to the driver atop the dashboard or on an interior vehicle pillar, and away from vehicle instrument clusters. Another set of lights on a seatbelt compliance light device indicate to motorists external to the vehicle whether one or more occupants of a vehicle is in seatbelt. Each light system can be used to improve both the safety of the driver, pedestrians, surrounding vehicles, and vehicle occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventor: Masoodul Hasan Makhdoom
  • Patent number: 11548435
    Abstract: A lighting device equipped at all times in a vehicle, which can be used for camping and leisure and has a function of a safety warning light of the vehicle, according to the present invention, comprises: a rectangular-shaped fixing plate having a pair of first magnet members which are disposed horizontally; a “C”-shaped front insertion groove which is formed on the front surface of the fixing plate and is formed to be adjacent to the edges of the fixing plate excluding the upper or lower edge of the fixing plate; a “C”-shaped first support member which is selectively fixed to the front insertion groove and is installed rotatably toward the front surface with respect to the fixing plate by the medium of a hinge; a pair of side surface insertion grooves which are longitudinally formed on the respective sides of the fixing plate; a pair of second support members which are respectively coupled to the inside of the side surface insertion grooves by the medium of a hinge, and are unfolded in a direction opposite to
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventor: Tae-Young Kim
  • Patent number: 11545032
    Abstract: This system includes a roadside apparatus and a vehicle-side apparatus. The roadside apparatus includes a roadside sensor that detects a road situation, a recognizer that recognizes a traffic object from the road situation detected by the roadside sensor and converts a result of the recognition into stereotype information of the traffic object, and a transmitter that transmits and receives the stereotype information. The vehicle-side apparatus includes a data storage unit that stores data regarding a traffic object corresponding to the stereotype information, a receiver that receives the stereotype information transmitted by the roadside apparatus, and a presentation unit that presents the data stored in the data storage unit on the basis of the received stereotype information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventors: Kenji Hisanaga, Kenji Ogawa, Kazufumi Cho, Akihiko Izumi, Taichi Shimoyashiki
  • Patent number: 11534330
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of operating a smart mattress system for preventing snoring which can stop snoring of a user, wherein an air mattress and an air pillow interlock with a user terminal so that a user can easily control the air mattress and the air pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: IOBED INC.
    Inventors: Young Jun Yu, Dong Hun Lee, Keon Yong Lee, Dong Wook Shin, Seung Mo Kim
  • Patent number: 11524626
    Abstract: A dedicated U-turn signal light system for motor vehicles will be added. This is achieved by introducing a U-turn signal light in the form of a green arc (or an alternative color adhering to the national motor vehicle codes) capping the existing conventional turn signals and activated where a U-turn is allowed. The U-turn arc signal will flash in an animated fashion and simultaneously with the conventional turn signal. This will apply on each direction (left or right). A revised design of the signal lever will be made to accommodate for two additional U-turn positions served by adding two U-turn slots in the signal lever control box. An additional two electrical switches will confirm simultaneous flashing of the conventional turn and U-turn signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Inventor: Raafat Guirguis
  • Patent number: 11475780
    Abstract: An airport stand arrangement includes a remote sensing system configured to detect an aircraft within a sensing area, wherein the sensing area includes a stand area, and a controller configured to: determining, based on sensor data received from said remote sensing system, one or more estimated exterior surface positions on the aircraft, wherein each estimated exterior surface position is an estimated position of an associated real exterior surface position on the aircraft, wherein said real exterior surface position defines a limit of an extension of said aircraft in the sensing area, compare said one or more estimated exterior surface positions with one or more coordinates of the stand area to determine if at least one from said one or more estimated exterior surface positions is outside of said stand area, and in response to at least one from said one or more estimated exterior surface positions being determined to be outside of said stand area: output an aircraft parking alert signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventor: Peter Håkansson
  • Patent number: 11468686
    Abstract: A method for avoiding obstacles surrounding a mobile vehicle is disclosed. The method discloses that it is more accurate to merge images after a depth information is obtained to construct an environment information. The mobile vehicle set an omnidirectional depth sensing module using a lot of depth sensors for capturing a depth information of an environment surrounding the mobile vehicle and identifying the obstacles on the road upon the depth information. Also, scanning the smooth degree of the road for identifying static obstacles and moved obstacles, Thereby, a control circuit controls the mobile vehicle to lower speed or circumvent the danger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Metal Industries Research & Development Centre
    Inventors: Tsung-Han Lee, Hung-Yuan Wei, Jinn-Feng Jiang, Shih-Chun Hsu, Tsu-Kun Chang
  • Patent number: 11457700
    Abstract: There is provided a decorative apparatus, a drive control method, and a communication system that can provide a new way of enjoyment using a thin display. The decorative apparatus includes a thin-plate display arranged between a stone and a stone seat, and a drive control unit that controls display on the display. The present technology can be applied to accessories (jewelry) such as rings, pendants, necklaces, earrings, and the like, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Yuki Sugiue, Makoto Akagi, Kenji Itoh, Yoichi Ito, Machiko Takematsu, Masakazu Mitsugi, Masaki Miyamoto, Masaaki Yamamoto, Seigo Yoneda
  • Patent number: 11447129
    Abstract: A system and related method for predicting movement of a plurality of pedestrians may include one or more processors and a memory. The memory includes an initial trajectory module, an exit point prediction module, a path planning module, and an adjustment module. The modules include instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the one or more processors to obtain trajectories of the plurality of pedestrians, predict future exit points for the plurality of pedestrians from a scene based on the trajectories of the plurality of pedestrians, determine trajectory paths of the plurality of pedestrians based on the future exit points and at least one scene element of a map, and adjust the trajectory paths based on at least one predicted interaction between at least two of the plurality of pedestrians.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Karttikeya Mangalam, Kuan-Hui Lee, Adrien David Gaidon
  • Patent number: 11419196
    Abstract: A warning light control system based on dangerous behavior detection includes a plurality of red light-emitting diodes, a plurality of blue light-emitting diodes, a control element, a circuit board, and a lampshade. The plurality of red light-emitting diodes and the plurality of blue light-emitting diodes are disposed at one end of the circuit board. The control element is disposed at another end of the circuit board. The lampshade is disposed above the plurality of red light-emitting diodes, the plurality of blue light-emitting diodes, the control element, and the circuit board. The lampshade comprises a lens for concentrating and emitting light uniformly. The lampshade is fixed on a top of a police car. Wherein, the number of the plurality of red light-emitting diodes is equal to the number of the plurality of blue light-emitting diodes. The system acts a deterrent effect on the dangerous behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventor: Shanqin Zhang
  • Patent number: 11412189
    Abstract: In implementations described herein, A/V recording and communication doorbell devices (“A/V doorbells”) and signaling devices may be powered from a common AC waveform. In some implementations, an A/V doorbell and its corresponding signaling device may be arranged in a circuit loop where a portion of an AC waveform is used to power the A/V doorbell and the other portions of the AC waveform is used to power the signaling device. For example, a positive phase of the AC waveform may be used to power one of the A/V doorbell or signaling device and a negative phase of the AC waveform may be used to power the other of the A/V doorbell or signaling device. In some cases, an energy harvester device may be used to slow charge a battery or supercapacitor from the circuit loop to power the A/V doorbell and/or signaling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Steven Skeoch
  • Patent number: 11410009
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating an Electronic Smart Tag (“EST”). The methods involve: operating the EST in a first operational state in which first item related information is output from an electronic output device of the EST that is powered by an energy storage device storing energy harvested from an external energy source; detecting when a charge level of the energy storage device reaches or falls below a first threshold level; and transitioning an operational state of the EST from the first operational state to a second operation state in which a message is output from EST requesting that a mobile device be placed in proximity to the EST for purposes of obtaining at least a first portion of the first item related information, in response to the detection that the charge level of the energy storage device has reached or fallen below the first threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: Mohammad Mohiuddin, Melwyn F. Sequeira, Hubert A. Patterson
  • Patent number: 11383702
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided to improve driving and pedestrian safety. The vehicle includes a position receiver that receives a position of the vehicle and a communicator that receives map information including Green Zone position information. A controller operates the vehicle to travel in a Green Zone mode from a section start point of a Green Zone to a section end point of the Green Zone when it is predicted that the vehicle enters the Green Zone from the position of the vehicle received from the position receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jungmin Cha, Jincheol Shin, Jaeseok You
  • Patent number: 11375338
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting an accident of a vehicle, the method including: receiving a movement dataset collected at least at one of a location sensor and a motion sensor arranged within the vehicle, during a time period of movement of the vehicle, extracting a set of movement features associated with at least one of a position, a velocity, and an acceleration characterizing the movement of the vehicle during the time period, detecting a vehicular accident event from processing the set of movement features with an accident detection model, and in response to detecting the vehicular accident event, automatically initiating an accident response action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Zendrive, Inc.
    Inventors: Jayanta Pal, Bipul Islam, Romit Roy Choudhury, Pankaj Risbood, Jonathan Matus, Vishal Verma
  • Patent number: 11366522
    Abstract: The disclosed wearable apparatus may include (1) a device dimensioned to fit about a body part of a user, (2) a tensioning mechanism that harnesses to the device in a manner that is relative to the fit of the device about the body part of the user, and (3) an actuator couples to the tensioning mechanism that, when actuated, causes substantially tangential movement of the tensioning mechanism relative to a surface of the body part to produce substantially orthogonal movement of the device relative to the surface of the body part. Various other methods, systems, and/or computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Evan Matthew Pezent, Priyanshu Agarwal, Hrvoje Benko, Nicholas Colonnese, Ali Israr, Shea Jonathan Robinson
  • Patent number: 11364844
    Abstract: Systems and methods for verifying whether vehicle operators are paying attention are disclosed. Exemplary implementations may: generate output signals conveying information related to a first vehicle operator; make a first type of determination of at least one of an object on which attention of the first vehicle operator is focused and/or a direction in which attention of the first vehicle operator is focused; make a second type of determination regarding fatigue of the first vehicle operator; make a third type of determination of at least one of a distraction level of the first vehicle operator and/or a fatigue level of the first vehicle operator; and effectuate a notification regarding the third type of determination to at least one of the first vehicle operator and/or a remote computing server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: SmartDrive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan Carlos Mauricia, Daniel Andrew Deninger, Reza Ghanbari, Mark Freitas, Jeffrey Griswold, David Forney, Nicholas Shayne Brookins, Jason Palmer
  • Patent number: 11367329
    Abstract: The present application relates to the field of logistics. Disclosed are a monitoring method for a shared recyclable logistics container and a system thereof, capable of timely and accurately finding a recyclable logistics container which may be stolen. In the invention, a recyclable logistics container may be time-shared by a plurality of users; a server stores valid area sets corresponding to each user, each valid area set comprising one or more geographic areas; the server continuously obtains a container identifier and positioning information of the recyclable logistics container; a valid area set corresponding to the current user of the recyclable logistics container is queried according to the container identifier; and if it is determined, according to the positioning information, that the recyclable logistics container camps outside the geographic areas in the found valid area set and the camping duration exceeds a predetermined threshold, an alarm is given.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Qingxin Liao