Patents Examined by Brian E. Miller
  • Patent number: 10445686
    Abstract: In some embodiments, systems and methods are provided herein useful to enable delivery of commercial products to customers. In some embodiments, the system comprises an autonomous ground vehicle on a delivery route to deliver commercial products to a person of interest. The AGV comprises control circuits communicatively coupled to sensors. The control circuits, using sensor data, determines whether a person positioned within a threshold distance relative to the AGV is the PoI; allow the PoI to designate an intention of a second person positioned within the threshold distance as being friendly or adverse relative to the PoI; determine the intention of the second person; receive a command from the PoI overriding the determination that the second person's intention is adverse to the PoI; and allow the PoI to take possession of the commercial products when the designated intention is friendly relative to the PoI and the command is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Todd D. Mattingly, Bruce W. Wilkinson, Donald R. High, Brian G. McHale
  • Patent number: 10446192
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a plurality of parts, a frame having an outer periphery surrounding the plurality of parts and formed from resin, a circuit board disposed at one side in a first direction with respect to the plurality of parts, a chassis disposed at the one side in the first direction with respect to the plurality of parts, and formed from metal, and a metal plate disposed at the other side in the first direction with respect to at least one of the plurality of parts and attached to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Hirose, Kazuto Nakagawa, Shinya Tsuchida, Yasuhiro Ootori
  • Patent number: 10446180
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a storage device includes a first actuator and a second actuator rotatable around a common axis. The storage device further includes a first electrical connector configured to communicate electrical signals to and from the first actuator, and a second electrical connector configured to communicate electrical signals to and from the second actuator and to communicate electrical signals to and from the first electrical connector. The storage device includes a hermetically-sealed body, the hermetically-sealed body including a base deck and a top cover, wherein the second electrical connector is configured to send and receive electrical signals to and from the first actuator and the second actuator through a single aperture in the hermetically-sealed body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Maxwell Reese Kraus, Roger A. Resh, Andrew R. Motzko, Michael Allen Mewes
  • Patent number: 10446177
    Abstract: A disk apparatus includes a casing, a rotatable disk recording medium that is disposed within the casing, a head configured to process information with respect to the recording medium, an actuator assembly that is disposed within the casing and that movably supports the head, and a filter unit that is disposed within the casing. The filter unit includes a base section fixed to an inner surface of the casing, a holding frame coupled to the base, and a collection filter detachably held in place by the holding frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA ELECTRONIC DEVICES & STORAGE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirofumi Suzuki, Yasuhiko Kato
  • Patent number: 10438629
    Abstract: A disc cassette includes a curved portion configured to hold multiple discs. The disc cassette further includes a bottom side including track connectors configured to position the disc cassette relative to one or more track portions that hold the disc cassette in place. The disc cassette is slideable along the one or more track portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Altknecht, Donald S. Bethune, William M. Dyer, A. David Erpelding, Steven R. Hetzler, Drew B. Lawson, Daniel F. Smith
  • Patent number: 10428559
    Abstract: Systems and methods for control systems for facilitating situational awareness of a vehicle are provided. Sensors located around a stationary vehicle may detect moving objects that pose potentially dangerous situations for the vehicle occupants and for the object. This can cause the doors to lock automatically in order to make the situation safer. Additionally, electromagnetic radiation sensors located around the vehicle may detect the lights and sounds of emergency vehicles. If the electromagnetic data from the electromagnetic radiation sensors match a known pattern of electromagnetic data emitted by emergency vehicles stored in a library an alarm may be sounded through the speakers of the vehicle in order to alert the vehicle occupants of an emergency vehicle in the vicinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: John A. Nepomuceno, Leo Chan, Steven C. Cielocha, Roxane Lyons, Matthew S. Megyese, William J. Leise, Jennifer Criswell Kellett, Kristopher Keith Gaudin, Jennifer L. Crawford, Jeremy Myers, Edward P. Matesevac, III, Rajiv C. Shah
  • Patent number: 10427644
    Abstract: An apparatus for a vehicle key, an apparatus for a vehicle control system, and an apparatus for a mobile device. The apparatus includes a first interface to communicate with a vehicle control system and a second interface to communicate via a radio connection. The apparatus also includes a control module to receive proximity information from the vehicle control system via the first interface and to establish a radio connection via the second interface if the proximity information indicates spatial proximity of the vehicle key to the vehicle control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignees: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT, HELLA GMBH & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Ludger Weghaus, Hannes Haupt
  • Patent number: 10424327
    Abstract: A head suspension assembly for testing a slider. The head suspension assembly includes a load beam assembly and a gimbal coupled to the load beam assembly. A clamp is coupled to the gimbal. The clamp is configured to releasably secure a slider in the head suspension assembly. The clamp includes an alignment feature for positioning the slider in the head suspension assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventor: Sunchai Mata
  • Patent number: 10424335
    Abstract: An information reproduction apparatus includes plural magazines in which optical discs are set, plural drives for performing recording and reproduction on an optical disc set therein, a changer mechanism that transports a magazine between its setting position and one or more drives and mounts and remove a prescribed optical disc or discs in and from the one or more drives by performing either one of a single move process and a multi-move process, and a controller. The controller judges whether to conduct the single move process or the multi-move process based on a reading data list and use statuses of the respective drives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Takahashi, Daisuke Shimoda, Masaru Kaida, Motoshi Ito
  • Patent number: 10417846
    Abstract: A visitation system provides visitation sessions between a resident of a controlled-environment facility and a nonresident, where the nonresident utilizes a personal wireless devices that connects to a wireless access point that may be accessible from a designated visitation area of the facility. A connection request from a personal wireless device of a nonresident is evaluated to determine the personal wireless device is authorized to interface with the visitation system, and whether the nonresident is authorized to communicate with the resident. If authorized, a visitation session between the resident and the nonresident is initiated with the nonresident participating via the personal wireless device. The visitation system may respond to a visitation session request from a registered personal wireless device by sending an access code to the personal wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew R. Smith
  • Patent number: 10410670
    Abstract: A determination is made whether read/write is enabled within the tape drive storage unit. In response to determining that read/write is enabled, a determination is made whether an absolute value of a channel offset exceeds a threshold value. In response to determining that the absolute value of the channel offset exceeds a threshold value, a direction of travel of the tape media is determined. In response to determining that the direction of travel of the tape media is a forward direction, a determination is made whether the channel offset is positive. In response to determining that the channel offset is positive, a left cooling device within the tape drive storage unit is powered on. The left cooling device lowers the temperature of a left guide roller and the tape media coming off a left tape storage reel prior to the media passing by a read/write head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Nhan X. Bui, Kevin B. Judd, Randy C. Inch, Mark A. Lantz, David H. F. Harper
  • Patent number: 10410075
    Abstract: In some examples, this disclosure describes a system for verifying identities of a first user and a second user. In some examples, the system includes processing circuitry and a memory device configured to store biometric verification data associated with the first user and the second user. In some examples, the system also includes an input device configured to receive biometric input data and transmit the biometric input data to the processing circuitry. In some examples, the processing circuitry is configured to determine whether the biometric input data matches biometric verification data for the first user or the second user, unlock the aircraft in response to determining that the biometric input data matches biometric verification data for the first user or the second user, and activate the aircraft for operation in response to determining that the biometric input data matches biometric verification data for the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: John Zebley, Patricia May Ververs, Kelly L. Boren, Douglas C. Martens
  • Patent number: 10403316
    Abstract: The magnetic tape includes a magnetic layer including ferromagnetic powder and a binding agent, in which a magnetic tape total thickness is equal to or smaller than 5.30 ?m, the magnetic layer has a servo pattern, a center line average surface roughness Ra measured regarding a surface of the magnetic layer is equal to or smaller than 1.8 nm, the ferromagnetic powder is ferromagnetic hexagonal ferrite powder, an intensity ratio of a peak intensity of a diffraction peak of a (110) plane with respect to a peak intensity of a diffraction peak of a (114) plane of a hexagonal ferrite crystal structure obtained by an X-ray diffraction analysis of the magnetic layer by using an In-Plane method is 0.5 to 4.0, and a vertical direction squareness ratio of the magnetic tape is 0.65 to 1.00, and a magnetic tape device including this magnetic tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Norihito Kasada
  • Patent number: 10403149
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices of parking assisting devices. Two variations are disclosed: one that is floor-based and one that is suspended from a support structure. Devices of the inventive subject matter are configured to detect a tilt condition, a contact condition, or both, indicating that a vehicle has contacted the device and is positioned be parked safely. Upon detecting a tilt condition, a contact condition, or both, the device generates an alert to inform the driver that the vehicle should be stopped and parked. These devices can be wirelessly enabled, for example, to be accessed to determine whether a car is in a garage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Garden Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Reyad Kadry
  • Patent number: 10395694
    Abstract: A low permeability electrical feed-through involves a laminate structure having alternating conductive and insulating layers with a conductive through-hole positioned therethrough, by which a lower connector pad is electrically connected with an upper connector pad. Such a feed-through may be used at an interface between a hermetically-sealed internal environment, such as in a lighter-than-air gas filled data storage device, and the external environment. An insulating layer is positioned and configured such that an associated horizontal leak path can meet an allowable feed-through leak rate, while the collection of layers is configured such that an associated vertical leak path can meet the feed-through leak rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kimihiko Sudo, Seong-Hun Choe, Kazuhiro Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 10395687
    Abstract: A determination is made whether read/write is enabled within the tape drive storage unit. In response to determining that read/write is enabled, a determination is made whether a temperature within the tape drive storage unit exceeds a threshold value. In response to determining that the temperature within the tape drive storage unit exceeds the threshold value, a determination is made of a direction of travel of a tape media within the tape drive storage unit. In response to determining that the direction of travel is a forward direction, a first cooling device is powered on. The first cooling device lowers the temperature of a first guide roller and the tape media coming off a first tape storage reel prior to the tape media passing by a read/write head within the tape drive storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Nhan X. Bui, Kevin B. Judd, Randy C. Inch, Mark A. Lantz, David H. F. Harper
  • Patent number: 10388318
    Abstract: A disc drive has an opening portion for inserting a disc. The disc drive includes a driving unit, a moving member, a traverse, a disc positioning structure and a restoring structure. When the disc is intended to be clamped on the traverse, the driving unit drives the moving member to move the traverse to a disc holding position to clamp the disc; and the moving member moves the disc positioning structure to a disc release position so that the disc positioning structure does not contact the disc. When the disc is intended to be released from the traverse, the driving unit drives the moving member to move the traverse to a disc unloading position to unload the disc; and the restoring structure moves the disc positioning structure to a disc loading position to support the disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: LITE-ON ELECTRONICS (GUANGZHOU) LIMTED, LITE-ON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ming-Chun Tsao, Yen-Hung Lin, Howard Yuen-Ho Shaw, Chien-Shou Chen
  • Patent number: 10384646
    Abstract: A smart key configured to control a plurality of vehicles includes: a first communication unit configured to exchange information with the plurality of vehicles; an information acquisition device configured to acquire user information associated with a user of the smart key; at least one processor; and a computer-readable medium coupled to the at least one processor having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by the at least one processor, causes the at least one processor to perform operations including: based on the user information, selecting, as a vehicle to enter, at least one vehicle among the plurality of vehicles based on the user information and based on information associated with the plurality of vehicles; and exchanging, through the first communication unit, a signal with the selected at least one vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Janghwan Kim, Sunbin Kang, Leesak Kim, Sewon Park, Youngsok Lee, Hyeoncheol Cho
  • Patent number: 10383786
    Abstract: Embodiments for utilizing a human compound eye using internet of things (“HCEI”) for obstacle protection of a user by a processor. One or more objects may be determined within an obstacle threshold distance in relation to a user according to data captured from one or more internet of things (IoT) devices associated with a wound dressing, a mobility assistance device, or a combination thereof. The user may be alerted of the one or more objects within the obstacle threshold distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Anand Pikle, Amol Dhondse, Gandhi Sivakumar, Maharaj Mukherjee, Faried Abrahams
  • Patent number: 10389429
    Abstract: A full-duplex analog relay may comprise an analog uplink relay and an analog downlink relay, and may relay signals between a transmitter and a backscatter node. The spectrum of the downlink signal transmitted by the downlink relay may be different than the spectrum of the uplink signal received by the uplink relay. Filtering may attenuate leakage from the downlink relay to the uplink relay, and vice versa. The uplink relay may create a phase offset that is opposite in sign and substantially equal in magnitude to the phase offset created by the downlink relay. The downlink and uplink relays, taken together, may created a substantially constant net phase offset. The full-duplex relay may be housed in a vehicle that moves, and may be used to determine spatial coordinates of backscatter sources that are located in the relay's environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Yunfei Ma, Nicholas Selby, Fadel Adib