Patents Examined by Brian Miller
  • Patent number: 10152584
    Abstract: It is presented a method for conditionally authenticating a user for access to a computer device, the method being performed in an access control device connected to a computer device. The method comprises the steps of: obtaining first sensor data being based on a mobile device sensing a physical movement of a user; obtaining second sensor data being based on a stationary sensor sensing a physical movement of a user; determining whether the first sensor data matches the second sensor data; and sending a match signal to the computer device when the first sensor data matches the second sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventor: Fredrik Einberg
  • Patent number: 10152838
    Abstract: It is presented a method for conditionally authenticating a user for access to a physical space. The method is performed in an access control device connected to a physical lock device. The method comprises the steps of: obtaining first sensor data being based on a mobile device sensing a tap of a user; obtaining second sensor data being based on a fixed sensor sensing a tap of a user; determining whether the first sensor data matches the second sensor data by determining whether the first sensor data reflects a tap of the user and corresponds to a tap of the user also reflected in the second sensor data; and sending an unlock signal to the physical lock device when the first sensor data matches the second sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventor: Fredrik Einberg
  • Patent number: 10141032
    Abstract: A system assembly includes a hermetically-sealed enclosure, a double-barrier sealing system comprising first and second sealing members spaced from each other, and a vacuum source that operates in the space between sealing members to generate a lower pressure in the space than in the enclosure. A lighter-than-air gas may be enclosed in the enclosure, and a plurality of non-hermetically-sealed data storage devices may be housed within the enclosure. Air, humidity, and other contaminants may be intercepted by the vacuum system rather than leak into and pollute the sealed internal environment of the storage system enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darya Amin-Shahidi, Vipin Ayanoor-Vitikkate, Toshiki Hirano
  • Patent number: 10134269
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and storage mediums are provided for switch control. The method may include at least the following: sending a request for controlling the controlled device to a server, where the request instructs the server to request a first control terminal to transfer control of the controlled device to the mobile terminal; receiving a notification, sent by the server, of agreeing to control the controlled device, wherein the notification is sent after the server determines that the first control terminal agrees to transfer control; and communicating with the controlled device to control the controlled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yan Xie, Yueyue Chu, Qiqi Cui
  • Patent number: 10132104
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is disclosed for electronic locks with a selectable power off function. The electronic lock includes an electronic controller disposed within a lock housing and operable to control a state of the lock between locked and unlocked positions. An electronic actuator electrically coupled to the controller is movable between first and second positions corresponding to a locked position and an unlocked position of the lock, respectively. The electronic lock further includes at least one electrical energy storage device and a selector switch coupled to the controller to define a desired state of the lock between one of an electrically locked (EL) and an electrically unlocked (EU) state in an electric power off condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Sundar R. Dore Vasudevan, Dilip Bangaru, Adam M. Litwinski, William B. Ainley, Russell L. Steiner, Michelle Vickrey
  • Patent number: 10128912
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to efficient near field communication (NFC) tag detection and related methods. In accordance with one example, there is provided a method of communication between a mobile wireless communications device and near field communication (NFC) tags, comprising: polling for NFC devices at a default rate; detecting an NFC tag in response to the polling at the default rate; when the detected NFC tag was previously detected a first threshold number of times within a first threshold duration, polling for NFC devices at a reduced polling rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: J. David Hagedorn
  • Patent number: 10127412
    Abstract: Systems and methods for location estimation and tracking for passive RFID and wireless sensor networks in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In one embodiment, a process for obtaining location information using an RFID reader system includes transmitting a combined interrogation and ranging signal from a plurality of antennas, where the ranging signal is a pseudorandom signal, receiving a backscattered return signal from an RFID tag at one or more receive antennas, extracting an information signal from the return signal and decoding the information signal to obtain RFID tag data, extracting a received ranging signal from the return signal, and estimating a range to the RFID tag based upon correlation between the ranging signal and the received ranging signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Mojix, Inc.
    Inventor: Ramin Sadr
  • Patent number: 10112010
    Abstract: An infusion injection system wherein, when injecting a drug solution into a patient using an infusion set and an automatic infusion device, the automatic infusion device confirms various pieces of information regarding the infusion set in order to provide safe infusion for the patient, and to allow the user to assess the infusion information and manage a proper disposal procedure, wherein whether an infusion set is properly mounted is judged and if the judgment is positive, information stored in an IC tag attached to a drip tube 15 is read out by an IC tag reader unit 59 in an automatic infusion device 7, and information matching is verified between the read-out information and the information set beforehand for the automatic infusion device 7, and wherein control operations are performed only when the verification is a match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: I'm Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Isshin Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10112745
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for selectively providing or preventing access to areas, enclosed spaces or volumes, or for controlling the position of a pivot or hinge assembly. In one exemplary embodiment, the apparatus includes a selectively actuated or actuate-able hinge which is controlled at least in part by a shaped memory alloy (SMA) filament or filaments. Application of electrical current to the filament causes changes in the physical properties thereof, thereby allowing “ratcheted” rotation of a portion of the hinge relative to other portions. In one variant, the hinge can be remotely operated, such as via wireless or wireline communication with a remote entity such as a computer or smartphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Autosplice, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonid Foshansky, Kenneth Krone
  • Patent number: 10115421
    Abstract: A motor base assembly for a storage drive assembly includes a basewall and a plurality of sidewalls extending from the basewall to define an interior of the motor base assembly. The motor base assembly also includes a stiffener support portion disposed within the interior of the motor base assembly. The stiffener support portion includes a stiffener guide slot and a hole adjacent to the stiffener guide slot. The stiffener guide slot is configured to hold a first plate section of a second stiffener region of a flexible printed circuit and the hole is configured to guide a first stiffener region of the flexible printed circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Mukund Vijay
  • Patent number: 10109305
    Abstract: A suspension having a DSA structure on a gimbaled flexure includes a loadbeam and a flexure attached to the loadbeam. The flexure includes a metal layer with a pair of spring arms, a tongue including a slider mounting surface, and a pair of struts connecting the pair of spring arms to the tongue. The suspension further includes a pair of traces including one or more insulated conductors and being routed around opposite sides of the slider mounting surface, over the pair of struts to a set of terminal contacts on a distal portion of the tongue. The suspension also includes a motor mounted on the flexure, the motor having opposite lateral ends, the motor orientated laterally across the flexure such that the opposite lateral ends of the motor are on opposite lateral sides of the flexure. Electrical activation of the motor rotates the slider mounting surface relative to the loadbeam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Hutchinson Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: Jacob D. Bjorstrom, Zachary A. Pokornowski, Joseph C. Wheatley
  • Patent number: 10109303
    Abstract: A device that includes a near field transducer (NFT); at least one cladding layer adjacent the NFT; and a carbon interlayer positioned between the NFT and the at least one cladding layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Justin Glen Brons, Tong Zhao, Xiaoyue Huang, Michael C. Kautzky
  • Patent number: 10090021
    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: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Hirose, Kazuto Nakagawa, Shinya Tsuchida, Yasuhiro Ootori
  • Patent number: 10089857
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein for providing audio notification. A system for providing audio notification comprises a communication device configured to communicate with a delivery arrival detection system, a doorbell coupler configured to couple to a stationary doorbell device, and a control circuit coupled to the communication device and the doorbell coupler. The control circuit being configured to receive a delivery notification from the delivery arrival detection system via the communication device and cause the stationary doorbell device to produce an audible sound via the doorbell coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Atchley, John P. Thompson, Robert C. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10074226
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing UAV-based digital escort drones in visitor management and access control systems are provided. A visitor management and access control system can identify a need for escorting a visitor through a region and transmit a signal to a drone that identifies a starting location and a destination location in the region. Responsive to receiving the signal, the drone can escort the visitor along a path from the starting location to the destination location, and an access privilege device carried by the drone can open a secured door or access a secured area along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Deepak Sundar Meganathan
  • Patent number: 10068621
    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: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Hirose, Kazuto Nakagawa, Shinya Tsuchida, Yasuhiro Ootori
  • Patent number: 10068592
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices that include a near field transducer (NFT), the NFT having a peg and a disc and the peg including peg material and at least one associated amorphous blocker layer, wherein the amorphous blocker layer includes an amorphous metal alloy and the amorphous blocker layer is within the peg material, on one or more surfaces of the peg material, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Sarbeswar Sahoo, Tong Zhao, Xiaoyue Huang
  • Patent number: 10062276
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a remote control device (10), comprising one or more command buttons, each of which, when operated, directly or indirectly generates a command signal. The device includes a determination module (20) for determining a button-held-time parameter associated with the operation of a command button; and a transmitting module (18) that is configured to transmit the button-held-time parameter in association with the command signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: AUTOMATIC TECHNOLOGY (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD
    Inventors: Ray Hawkins, Geoff Baker
  • Patent number: 10053906
    Abstract: A garage door opener system having a garage door opener and a remote input device electrically connected to the garage door opener by an electrical conductor. The remote input device receives power by the electrical conductor. The remote input device includes a device controller to communicate an event message, monitor for an acknowledgement message within a time period, and repeat the event message when the acknowledgement message is not received within a time period. The garage door opener includes a master controller. The master controller receives the event message and communicates the acknowledgement message in response to receiving the event message. Also disclosed is a method of operating the garage door opener system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: TTI (MACAO COMMERCIAL OFFSHORE) LIMITED
    Inventor: William Marcus McNabb
  • Patent number: 10055978
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for recognizing an adjacent peripheral device and a method for controlling the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Junseok Ham, Sungyup Kim, Yoonseong Kim, Youngsu Park, Yoonho Shin, Sungjae Chung