Patents Examined by Brian E. Miller
  • Patent number: 10932556
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying an attachment of a personal care device (10). The method includes attaching an attachment (14) containing a memory (16) to a body portion (12) of a personal care device. The personal care device is powered up. Data is retrieved from the memory of the attachment. Information about the attachment attached to the personal care device is extracted from the retrieved data, the information including at least an association of the attachment to a specific user. An output characteristic of a status indicator (30) of the personal care device is associated with the ID (22) of the attachment. The status indicator is operated in accordance with the output characteristic when the attachment is coupled to the body portion of the personal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Nathan Farrell, Jessica Lee Schroeder, Adriaan Van Den Brand, Vincent Jeanne
  • Patent number: 10937452
    Abstract: A suspension assembly is described. The suspension assembly includes a load beam, the load beam includes a first set of spring extensions connecting a rigid region and a mounting region of the load beam. The suspension assembly also includes a base plate coupled to the mounting region of the load beam. The base plate includes two hinge members, each of the hinge members includes a second spring extension connected to the first set of spring extensions and coupling the load beam and the base plate. The base plate also includes a bender on a first side of the load beam connected to one of the two hinge members predisposing the rigid region to move from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Magnecomp Corporation
    Inventor: Kuen Chee Ee
  • Patent number: 10906509
    Abstract: A system in a vehicle includes a camera configured to capture images proximate the vehicle. The system also includes a transceiver configured to communicate with a remote server and a processor in communication with the camera and the transceiver. The processor is programmed to send a request to the camera to take one or more images of the delivery driver in response to a location of the delivery driver within a threshold distance from the vehicle, send one or more images of the delivery driver, and send an activation signal to one or more vehicle components to allow access to an area of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignees: DENSO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA, ING
    Inventor: Jeffrey Turk
  • Patent number: 10911224
    Abstract: A method of implementing a network-enabled secure door lock, comprising determining, at a first component of the lock, a nonce; wirelessly transmitting the nonce to a second component of the door lock, the first component and second component selectively mechanically engagable with one another to prevent relative movement between the first component and second component to prevent opening of a door; receiving, at the first component, a first message; using a cryptographic key associated with the second component and the nonce to validate the first message; and as a result of determining that the message is valid, transmitting a second message indicating that the first component and second component have become mechanically engaged with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Priti Marappan, Darren Ernest Canavor, Daniel Wade Hitchcock, Bharath Kumar Bhimanaik, Andrew Jay Roths
  • Patent number: 10904762
    Abstract: A method including a remote device establishing an encrypted communication link with a user equipment, where the user equipment is associated with a wheelchair, where the encrypted communication link is established based at least partially upon a wheelchair identifier transmitted by the remote device which identifies the wheelchair; transmitting an access level by the remote device to an access controller; and receiving data by the remote device from the wheelchair via the use equipment and a network, where the data received by the remote device is limited corresponding to the access level of the remote device transmitted to the access controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Curtis Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Manuel Studer
  • Patent number: 10902879
    Abstract: A data storage library includes multiple storage cartridges arranged in a rack; read/write control electronics integrated within a media player assembly; and actuation means for achieving relative movement between the media player assembly and the multiple storage cartridges in the rack to allow the read/write control electronics within the media player assembly to selectively couple with and provide data access to at least a subset of the multiple storage cartridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Riyan Alex Mendonsa, Brett R. Herdendorf, Krishnan Subramanian
  • Patent number: 10891975
    Abstract: A magnetic head includes a main pole configured to serve as a first electrode, an upper pole containing a trailing magnetic shield configured to a serve as a second electrode, and an electrically conductive portion located in a trailing gap between the main pole and the trailing magnetic shield. The electrically conductive portion is not part of a spin torque oscillator stack, and the electrically conductive portion includes at least one electrically conductive, non-magnetic material layer. The main pole and the trailing magnetic shield are electrically shorted by the electrically conductive portion across the trailing gap between the main pole and the trailing magnetic shield such that an electrically conductive path is present between the main pole and the trailing magnetic shield through the electrically conductive portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: SanDiskTechnologies LLC.
    Inventors: Zhigang Bai, Anna Zheng, Venkatesh Chembrolu, Supradeep Narayana, Yaguang Wei, Suping Song, Terence Lam, Michael Kuok San Ho, Changqing Shi, Lijie Guan, Jian-Gang Zhu
  • Patent number: 10891816
    Abstract: A spatio-temporal topology learning system for detection of suspicious access control behavior in a physical access control system (PACS). The spatio-temporal topology learning system including an access pathways learning module configured to determine a set of spatio-temporal properties associated with a resource in the PACS, an inconsistency detection module in operable communication with the access pathways learning module, the inconsistencies detection module configured to analyze a plurality of historical access control events and identify an inconsistency with regard to the set of spatio-temporal properties, and if an inconsistency is detected, at least one of the events is flagged as potentially suspicious access control behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Blanca Florentino, Menouer Boubekeur, Tarik Hadzic, Ankit Tiwari
  • Patent number: 10885938
    Abstract: An apparatus for big data tape management tape cartridge management. The apparatus includes a tape gripper for storing one or more additional tape cartridges within a housing of the tape gripper, wherein the housing of the tape gripper includes a tape cartridge cache, where the tape cartridge cache is a modification to the housing of the tape gripper for holding the one or more additional tape cartridges stacked internally within the tape gripper, the tape cartridge cache is affixed to a bottom portion of the housing of the tape gripper, and the tape cartridge cache includes a plate, oriented above and centered to the tape cartridge cache, capable of being raised and lowered within the tape cartridge cache utilizing one or more springs mounted under the plate inside the tape cartridge cache.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Stefan Wiedemann, Erik Rueger, Markus Schäfer, Robert Beiderbeck, Ole Asmussen
  • Patent number: 10878842
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a disk device comprises a plurality of rotatable magnetic disks, a first actuator assembly, and a second actuator assembly. A slit provided in each of arms of the first actuator assembly is provided to be offset in a direction spaced away from a border plane between actuator assemblies with respect to a center of the arm in its thickness direction. A connection end portion of a wiring member is partially located in the slit, such as to be offset in a direction spaced away from the border plane, and disposed on a wiring board, and joined to the wiring board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation
    Inventors: Manabu Uehara, Yasutaka Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10872632
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a disk device includes a disk-shaped recording medium, a base accommodating the recording medium, the base including a bottom wall, a sidewall on a peripheral portion of the bottom wall, and a rib on a part of an upper surface of the sidewall, a first cover on a part of the upper surface of the sidewall, and a second cover on a first surface of the rib and above the first cover. The rib includes a first region with a first width, a second region with a second width less than the first width, and the first surface with a fixed width around an entire circumference of the rib. The first region and the second region are located corresponding to a side portion of the recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiko Kato
  • Patent number: 10872625
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a magnetic media drive employing a magnetic recording head. The magnetic recording head comprises a first write head disposed adjacent to a second write head. The first write head comprises a first main pole coupled to a first yoke having a first length. The second write head comprises a second main pole coupled to a second yoke having a second length that is less than the first length of the first yoke. A first coil is wrapped around the first yoke, and a second coil is wrapped around the second yoke. The first coil is wrapped around the first yoke a greater number of times than the second coil is wrapped around the second yoke. Both the first and second coils comprise first portions comprised of a first material and second portions comprised of a second material different than the first material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: WESTERN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Thao A. Nguyen, Michael Kuok San Ho, Zhigang Bai, Zhanjie Li, Quang Le
  • Patent number: 10872635
    Abstract: When removing magnetic disks and spacers from a hard disk drive apparatus, as necessary, during the assembly of the hard disk drive apparatus, in order to suppress the occurrence of removal failures when removing the spacers using a gripping jig, a surface roughness Rz of an outer circumferential edge surface of a spacer is set to be at least 1.5 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: HOYA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masao Takano
  • Patent number: 10867638
    Abstract: A hard disc drive includes a base deck, a cover welded to the base deck, and a voice coil motor. The voice coil motor includes a first voice coil motor assembly and a second voice coil motor assembly. Either one or both of the first and second voice coil motor assemblies can be welded to the base deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Ivy Ng, Teck Hoon Chua, S Selvaruban, Sok Li Goh, Chee Kwong Cheng
  • Patent number: 10867460
    Abstract: A method for providing public safety access to an enterprise is provided. The method may include receiving an indication of an incident at an enterprise location. The method may further include determining a type of biometric access control in use at the enterprise location. The method may further include retrieving biometric data for a responder assigned to the incident is compatible with the type of biometric access control in use at the enterprise location. The method may also include adapting the biometric data to be compatible with a specific biometric access control system in use at the enterprise location. The method may additionally include sending the adapted biometric data to the specific biometric access control system in use at the enterprise location, wherein the specific biometric access control system in use at the enterprise location grants access to the enterprise location to the responder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Trent J Miller, Lee M Proctor
  • Patent number: 10867624
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a recording head includes a main pole and a first shield. The first shield includes a distal end portion projecting from an air bearing surface of a slider. The distal end portion includes a distal end surface which includes a first shield edge opposing the main pole with a write gap and a second shield edge spaced apart from the first shield edge in a trailing end side. A distal end portion of the main pole projects from the distal end surface. When a length between the distal end portion of the main pole and the second shield edge is L1, the projection amount of the distal end portion of the main pole is h2, a flying pitch is D1, and a protrusion pitch angle is D2, the recording head satisfies a relationship of: L1?h2/(D1+D2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation
    Inventors: Toru Watanabe, Masami Yamane, Gaku Koizumi
  • Patent number: 10867628
    Abstract: A multi-layer microactuator for a hard disk drive suspension includes a piezoelectric (“PZT”) layer, a constraining layer, a lower electrode layer, a middle electrode layer, and an upper electrode layer. The lower electrode layer is on a bottom surface of the PZT layer and includes a first lower electrode island, a second lower electrode island, and a third lower electrode island. The second lower electrode island includes a finger extending from a main body portion towards a first end of the PZT layer. The middle electrode layer is disposed between a top surface of the PZT layer and a bottom surface of the constraining layer. The middle electrode layer including a first middle electrode island and a second middle electrode island, the second middle electrode island including a finger extending from a main body portion towards the first end of the PZT layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Magnecomp Corporation
    Inventors: Kuen Chee Ee, Long Zhang, Peter Hahn, David Glaess, Amornrat Jaturawit
  • Patent number: 10861485
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure generally relate to data storage devices, and more specifically, to storage devices employing an energy-assisted magnetic recording write head. The write head may comprise a main pole, a trailing shield, a conducting gap disposed between the main pole and the trailing shield, and one or more current blockers. The conducting gap may be conformal with the main pole. The one or more current blockers may be configured to direct the current from the main pole to the trailing shield through the conducting gap. The one or more current blockers may be further configured to recess the conducting gap away from the media facing surface. The one or more current blockers may be configured to direct the current away from a media facing surface of the write head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: WESTERN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Muhammad Asif Bashir, Yaguang Wei, Petrus Antonius Van Der Heijden, Xinjiang Shen, Terence Lam, Zhigang Bai, Youfeng Zheng, Changqing Shi, Michael Kuok San Ho, Jian-Gang Zhu, Lijie Guan, Venkatesh Chembrolu
  • Patent number: 10839830
    Abstract: A recording head comprises a waveguide core extending to an air-bearing surface, and a near-field transducer is centrally aligned with the waveguide core and positioned proximate a first side of the waveguide core in a down-track direction. First and second mirror portions form a mirror surrounding the near-field transducer in a cross-track direction with a gap therebetween. The mirror extends in the direction normal to the air-bearing surface a first distance that is less than a second distance the near-field transducer extends in the direction normal the air-bearing surface. First and second reflective heatsink structures are respectively coupled to the first and second mirror portions. The heatsink structures are spaced apart from the near-field transducer in the cross-track direction and extend in a direction normal the air-bearing surface, such that proximate the air-bearing surface the first and second reflective heatsink structures extend substantially parallel to, or converge toward, each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Chubing Peng, Martin Giles Blaber, Tae-Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 10839844
    Abstract: A current-assisted magnetic recording write head has an electrically conductive layer in the write gap between the write pole and the trailing shield. Electrical circuitry directs current between the write pole and the trailing shield, through the conductive layer in the write gap. The current through the conductive layer generates an Ampere field substantially orthogonal to the magnetization in the write pole to assist magnetization switching of the write pole. The conductive layer is wider in the cross-track direction than the trailing edge of the write pole and may extend beyond the write pole side gaps so as to be in contact with both the side shields and the trailing shield. The conductive layer may have substantially the same along-the-track thickness across its width or it may have a thicker central region at the write pole trailing edge and thinner side regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: WESTERN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Muhammad Asif Bashir, Venkatesh Chembrolu, Alexander Goncharov, Petrus Antonius Van Der Heijden, Yingjian Chen