Patents Examined by Brent A. Swarthout
  • Patent number: 10773645
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses for monitoring a cargo carrier attached to an exterior of a vehicle. The system includes one or more sensors configured to detect sensor data associated with the cargo carrier. The system also includes a processor communicatively coupled to the one or more sensors. The processor is configured to receive the sensor data from the one or more sensors. The processor is also configured to detect an adverse event based on the sensor data. The system also includes a display screen communicatively coupled to the processor and configured to display alert information when the adverse event is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Sean L. Helm
  • Patent number: 10773825
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for establishing and maintaining a visual reference on a surface below an aircraft for the purpose of landing the aircraft. The apparatus includes an infrared, green, and/or red laser that produces a laser beam terminating in a spot or pattern on a surface below the aircraft, the beam being no more than 1 mW. The laser can be mounted on a lower portion of the nose of the aircraft, and in a fixed direction that remains fixed during flight. The apparatus can also include a light assembly that houses the laser and maintains it in the fixed direction. The light assembly includes a shroud that extends around a front face of the light assembly, and extends from the front face of the light assembly in the fixed direction of the laser. The light assembly can also house non-laser light sources which produce white, green, and/or infrared light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Taylor L. Kiel
  • Patent number: 10777080
    Abstract: A method for displaying a smooth movement of a vehicle on a map may include obtaining a route, a last real-time location of the vehicle, and a last uploading time point. The method may also include obtaining driving data of one or more neighboring vehicles and determining a predicted location of the vehicle at a prediction generating time point. The method may further include displaying a smooth movement of the vehicle from the last real-time location to the predicted location on a map. A method for displaying a driving path of a vehicle on a map may include obtaining a request for displaying a driving path of a vehicle, location information of the vehicle, and scene related information associated with the driving path. The method may further include verifying the location information based on the scene related information and displaying the driving path of the vehicle on a map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qiao Chen, Yingchuan Xu, Kegang Wang, Pengxuan Li, Chao Liu, Chao Ye, Qian Mu, Yong Qiao, Zhenlin Yang
  • Patent number: 10766412
    Abstract: Systems and methods for notifying other road users of a change in speed of a vehicle are disclosed herein. One embodiment receives sensor data from one or more sensors; detects, from the sensor data, one or more other road users; determines a lag time, relative to a commencement of the change in speed of the vehicle, that coincides with an estimated moment at which at least one of the one or more other road users perceives the change in speed of the vehicle; and outputs a signal from the vehicle in accordance with the lag time to notify the at least one of the one or more other road users of the change in speed of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin P. Austin, Joshua E. Domeyer, John K. Lenneman
  • Patent number: 10766407
    Abstract: A motorcycle including a body having a front part, a tail part and a central part between the front part and the tail part, front and rear wheels constrained to the body, a traction engine constrained to the body and operatively connected to at least one of the two wheels; a braking system, at least one front headlight fixed to the front part, at least one rear tail light fixed to the tail part, and at least one brake light fixed to the tail parts, an electronic control unit of the brake light operatively connected to the brake light adapted and configured to turn on the brake light upon the activation of the braking system, where the electronic control unit is adapted and configured to detect whether the speed of the motorcycle is either lower than or equal to a first threshold speed, and in that case turn on the brake light intermittently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A.
    Inventors: Mario Donato Santucci, Onorino Di Tanna
  • Patent number: 10762809
    Abstract: A display system is configured to be mounted to a vehicle, the system including a display and one or more sensors. The display system may be configured to determine, based at least in part on data from the one or more sensors, a speed of a vehicle to which a sign is coupled. Based at least in part on the speed of the vehicle, the display system may position the sign in a first position based at least in part on the speed of the vehicle being less than a threshold speed, or a second position based at least in part on the speed of the vehicle being greater than or equal to the threshold speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: DeLorean, LLC
    Inventor: Jack Z. DeLorean
  • Patent number: 10762777
    Abstract: A navigation system includes: a communication unit configured to receive a vehicle external environment information of a user vehicle; and a control unit, coupled to the communication unit, configured to: identify a sonic event from the vehicle external environment information; calculate an event position information of the sonic event relative to the user vehicle; and generate a vehicle operation instruction based on the sonic event and the event position information for operating the user vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Stewart Aist, Shalu Grover, Casey Carter, Jinghai Ren, Michele Santamaria
  • Patent number: 10752206
    Abstract: A buckle, such as a vehicle seat belt buckle, operable between a buckled and unbuckled condition. A sensor integrated circuit in the buckle senses the buckled or unbuckled condition of the buckle and generates an electrical signal indicative of the buckled or unbuckled condition of the buckle. A RF integrated circuit in the buckle and in the form of a microcontroller integrated circuit with an RF signal transmitter receives the electrical signal generated by the sensor integrated circuit and transmits an RF signal indicative of the buckled or unbuckled condition of the buckle to a vehicle's control unit via an RF signal antenna in the buckle. A battery in the buckle provides power to the sensor and RF integrated circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: CTS Corporation
    Inventors: Gonzalo Lopez Tinoco, Xiaofeng Huang, Adam Ariffin, John Jablonski, Jason D. Turner
  • Patent number: 10755564
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide systems and methods for optimizing a traffic control plan. The system may include at least one storage device configured to store instructions and at least one processor configured to execute the instructions to perform operations. The operations may include receiving traffic system log data and parsing the traffic system log data to obtain a first set of traffic performance parameters. The operations may also include receiving trajectory data relating to a plurality of vehicle movements and parsing the trajectory data to obtain a second set of traffic performance parameters. The operations may further include determining relationships between vehicle delays and degrees of saturation based on the first and second sets of traffic performance parameters. In addition, the operations may include optimizing the traffic control plan based on the relationships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jianfeng Zheng, Xianghong Liu, Fuliang Li
  • Patent number: 10748422
    Abstract: A portable computing device can be used to locate a vehicle in a parking structure. In particular, the portable computing device can communicate with a parking system that manages the parking structure and/or with a vehicle in order to locate the vehicle. Communications between the portable computing device, parking system and vehicle can be based on one or more wireless connections, such as Bluetooth and/or Bluetooth LE connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Tucker, Emily C. Schubert, Jesse L. Dorogusker, Joakim Linde, Stephen Chick
  • Patent number: 10733860
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying and responding to a potential threat at a location monitored by a smart home system are provided. Such systems and methods can include a central system receiving a notification of a suspicious incident detected at the location and current data related to the suspicious incident from the smart home system, the central station analyzing the current data to confirm or reject the suspicious incident, when the central system confirms the suspicious incident, the central station determining whether the current data is indicative of a potential threat, and when the central station determines that the current data is indicative of the potential threat, the central station storing the current data for future use and initiating a security action to alleviate the potential threat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: ADEMCO INC.
    Inventors: Lokanatha Reddy Jondu, Kalpaga Kanakarajan, Samidurai Krishnamoorthy, Ashok Periasamy
  • Patent number: 10713448
    Abstract: In some aspects, material processing head can include a body; an antenna disposed within the body; a first tag, associated with a first consumable component, disposed within a flux communication zone of the body at a first distance from the antenna, the first tag having a first resonant frequency; and a second tag, associated with a second consumable component, disposed within the flux communication zone of the body at a second distance from the antenna, the second tag having a second resonant frequency that is different than the first resonant frequency, where the first and second resonant frequencies are tuned based upon at least one of: i) a difference between the first distance and the second distance; or ii) a characteristic (e.g., shape) of the flux communication zone in which the first tag and/or the second tag is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hypertherm, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Hoffa, E. Michael Shipulski
  • Patent number: 10706692
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods for communicating to another user or users through skin response technology are provided. The present disclosure provides for receiving at least one message over a network by a mobile device; transmitting the received at least one message to a vibrotactile device configured to be worn on the skin of a user; converting, by the vibrotactile device, the transmitted at least one message into a predefined vibration pattern; and effecting the predefined vibration pattern onto the skin of a user by at least one actuating element of the vibrotactile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Leigh M. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 10685557
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an emergency notification system where indicators are mounted on or in a building in such a way that optical or thermal signals emitted from the indicators form a time-variant indication detectable outside the building of an emergency event taking place inside the building. Sensors detecting a predetermined sound are mounted inside the building and are each connected to a nearby indicator. When a sensor makes a detection, it sends event information to its associated indicator which will prompt the indicator to emit a first optical or thermal signal. Based on a signal from a timer connected to the indicator, a property of the first signal will change after a certain time has passed, thereby providing the time-variant indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: AXIS AB
    Inventors: Ingemar Larsson, Anders Hansson, Daniel Andersson
  • Patent number: 10678334
    Abstract: The disclosed wearable apparatus may include wearable apparatus includes a (1) 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: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Evan Matthew Pezent, Priyanshu Agarwal, Hrvoje Benko, Nicholas Colonnese, Ali Israr, Shea Jonathan Robinson
  • Patent number: 10679491
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for fire control panel configuration are described herein. In some examples, one or more embodiments include a memory, and a processor to execute executable instructions stored in the memory to receive configuration information for a fire control system of a facility, create a spatial asset model of the fire control system using the configuration information for the fire control system, and transmit, in response to detecting a replacement of a fire control panel in the fire control system with a new fire control panel, the spatial asset model to the new fire control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Rajesh Nalukurthy, Jayaprakash Meruva, Srivatsa Haridas, Rich Lau
  • Patent number: 10674957
    Abstract: A system for providing a connected dental device is disclosed. In particular, the system may include integrating a network chip or transceiver into a dental device, such as a toothbrush, so as to enable the dental device to communicate with a user device and one or more accessory devices. Once the user device and one or more accessory devices are paired with the user device, the system may track information associated with the dental device and the user using the dental device. Based on the tracked information, the system may determine an action to be performed by the user using the dental device. Using the dental device, the system may transmit a notification to the user device to alert the user of the action that needs to be performed. The system may also transmit notifications providing status information for the dental device and the one or more accessory devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Krishnapraveen Suri, Perla Hizon
  • Patent number: 10674783
    Abstract: Presented are intelligent electronic footwear with controller automated features, methods for making/using such footwear, and control systems for executing automated features of intelligent electronic footwear. An intelligent electronic shoe (IES) includes an upper that attaches to a user's foot, and a sole structure that is attached to the upper and supports thereon the user's foot. An alert system, which is mounted to the sole structure and/or upper, generates predetermined outputs in response to electronic command signals. The IES system also includes a wireless communications device that wirelessly communicates with a remote computing node, and a footwear controller that communicates with the wireless communications device and alert system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Andon, Jamian R. Cobbett, Vikram Malhotra, Hien Tommy Pham
  • Patent number: 10668905
    Abstract: Described herein is a vehicle system configured to identify and mitigate a risk associated with one or more hazards that may impact a vehicle. The vehicle system may include a service provider computer configured to maintain information related to one or more hazards. In some embodiments, a hazard may be identified based at least in part on its being located within the vicinity of a vehicle. In some embodiments, the service provider computer may generate a mitigation strategy to reduce or eliminate the risk posed by the identified hazard. The mitigation strategy may include one or more actions to be taken by a processor device within the vehicle. Upon being provided with a mitigation strategy, the processor device may execute one or more of the actions in the mitigation strategy without human interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Yu-Ting Dai
  • Patent number: 10665068
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a base configured to be connected to a light socket, a projector supported by the base to project a projection field and a three-dimensional sensor supported by the base to output a three-dimensional field measurement of the projection field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Design Mill Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan L. Greiner, Alexander Jon Schuster, Jane McCleary, Jasmine Nobis-Olson, John Brian Priest