Patents Examined by Brian Wilson
  • Patent number: 11072351
    Abstract: A device for monitoring operation parameters of a vehicle axle including a measuring instrument (1) comprising at least a position sensor, a device (2) for communication of measured quantities to an external device, a mechanism (5) for conversion of mechanical energy of the axle to electrical energy and a memory (3) with a stored identification code. A device has the shape of a ring (4) that is applied on the vehicle axle in such a way that it encircles it. The ring (4) consists of at least two parts (4a, 4b) that are adapted for permanent connection around the vehicle axle. The mechanism (5) consists of a circumferential cavity (5a) in the inner part of the ring where a permanent magnet (5b) is freely positioned, at least one coil (5c), preferably four coils (5c) being positioned along its perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: LEVEL S.R.O.
    Inventor: Michal Falta
  • Patent number: 11058325
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a plurality of primary sensors adapted to measure different parameters used in the control of the patient support apparatus. One or more suites of secondary sensors are added to the patient support apparatus to provide data about the primary sensors. The secondary sensors may be used to detect errors in the primary sensors, to modify outputs from the primary sensors, and/or to provide usage and/or diagnostic data about the use of the patient support apparatus. The suite(s) of secondary sensors may measure parameters that affect the outputs of one or more of the primary sensors. In some embodiments, the suite(s) of secondary sensors include one or more dormant sensors that are not used on the patient support apparatus until a code modification is received from one or more external sources instructing the control system of the patient support apparatus to begin using the dormant sensor(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Marko N. Kostic, Sujay Sukumaran, Jonathan Mark Greenbank
  • Patent number: 11062588
    Abstract: Various implementations described herein are directed to a method for detecting, by a device, an increase in temperature at certain parts of an electrical system, and taking appropriate responsive action. The method may include measuring temperatures at certain locations within the system and estimating temperatures at other locations based on the measurements. Some embodiments disclosed herein include an integrated cable combining electrical conduction and heat-detection capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Solaredge Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoav Galin, Meir Adest, Israel Gershman, Guy Sella
  • Patent number: 11049400
    Abstract: A warning system for use on a first vehicle includes a warning device connected to a control assembly. The control assembly includes a controller, a processor, a memory and a power supply. A GPS receiver is connected to the control assembly for determining the geographic location of the vehicle and for acquiring a local map of the vicinity of the vehicle. The control assembly also includes an intersection detection system for identifying a target intersection being approached by the vehicle and is configured to determine whether the vehicle is in the proximity of the target intersection. The control assembly also is configured to activate the warning system to issue a warning when the vehicle is within the predetermined proximity of a target intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Caleb Garrett, Joseph Ali Eduardo
  • Patent number: 11043056
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for door access control via a mobile device are described herein. One mobile device for providing door access control, includes a processor and memory, coupled to the processor, wherein the memory includes instructions executable by the processor to provide a specific user identity, assigned to the mobile device, and a digital identifier, that is associated with an application stored in memory on the mobile device, to a door access controller, wherein the application includes a locking mechanism for the application that must be renewed at a first particular time period and wherein the mobile device includes a locking mechanism to lock the device after a second particular time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Vinay Prasad, Sanjay Roy, Manu Taranath, Mandar Tigga, Haraprasad Senapati, Bryan Jones, Murugan Gopalan, Roshan Valder
  • Patent number: 11043101
    Abstract: A multi-system, multi-parameter, integrated, comprehensive early warning method for a coal and rock dynamic disaster includes: obtaining monitoring data of a plurality of monitoring systems for the coal rock dynamic disaster, and extracting multivariate characteristic parameters capable of reflecting precursor information of the coal and rock dynamic disaster in each monitoring system based on the monitoring data; screening out a combination of characteristic parameters with a highest early warning effectiveness in each monitoring system and an optimal critical value of each characteristic parameter based on the multivariate characteristic parameters; calculating a comprehensive early warning index and an early warning effectiveness of each monitoring system; and calculating a multi-system comprehensive early warning result of the coal and rock dynamic disaster based on the comprehensive early warning index and the early warning effectiveness of each monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventors: Xueqiu He, Dazhao Song, Shengquan He, Zhenlei Li, Yarong Xue, Anhu Wang, Hongwei Mu
  • Patent number: 11044024
    Abstract: The system of the present invention includes a conductive element, an electronic component, and a partial power source in the form of dissimilar materials. Upon contact with a conducting fluid, a voltage potential is created and the power source is completed, which activates the system. The electronic component controls the conductance between the dissimilar materials to produce a unique current signature. The system can be used in a variety of different applications, including as components of ingestible identifiers, such as may be found in ingestible event markers, e.g., pharma-informatics enabled pharmaceutical compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Proteus Digital Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Zdeblick, Timothy Robertson, Aleksandr Pikelny, Hooman Hafezi
  • Patent number: 11030840
    Abstract: A wearable device is used to authenticate a user into a user account at a user device of the user. In particular, the wearable device may include a sensor configured to detect whether the wearable device is worn by or is with the user. If so, the wearable device may send a signal to the user device and the user device may authenticate the user based on the signal received from the wearable device. For example, when the sensor detects that the wearable device is worn by the user, the wearable device may send a unique signal periodically, such as every five seconds or every 10 seconds. Based on whether the unique signal from the wearable device is received, the user device may authenticate the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Megan Marie Williams, Michael Hwang, Michelle Serrano
  • Patent number: 11030870
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide techniques to deactivate security tags associated with purchased products via a mobile application by using the Near Field Communications (NFC) protocol or other near field wireless capabilities of the mobile device to communicate with a stand-alone deactivator. In some instances, the mobile device may be configured to deactivate either single tag (“single deactivation”) or a plurality of tags (“bulk deactivation”) using an authorization code. Features of the present disclosure provide advantages over conventional systems in terms of convenience for the customer and lower hardware requirements. Specifically, unlike current systems, the stand-alone deactivator of the present disclosure does not need to be part of or connected to the POS network to enable or inhibit the deactivation of security tags. The information needed to enable deactivation may be transferred to the deactivator using the NFC or other near field wireless capabilities of a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventors: John Jay Clark, Mikhail Polyakov
  • Patent number: 11024104
    Abstract: A method for conducting an interaction using a vehicle is disclosed. A vehicle can be identified based on one or more vehicle characteristics, including a license plate number, a make, a model, and a color. A user credential can be identified based on the vehicle and used for an interaction. Additionally, user contact information can be identified based on the vehicle and the user can be contacted to approve the interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Sivanarayana Gaddam, Gaurav Kohli, Gyan Prakash
  • Patent number: 11015441
    Abstract: A transmitter is carried proximate to an inground tool for sensing a plurality of operational parameters relating to the inground tool. The transmitter customizes a data signal to characterize one or more of the operational parameters for transmission from the inground tool based on the operational status of the inground tool. A receiver receives the data signal and recovers the operational parameters. Advanced data protocols are described. Pitch averaging and enhancement of dynamic pitch range for accelerometer readings are described based on monitoring mechanical shock and vibration of the inground tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Merlin Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert W. Chau, Loc Viet Lam, Scott Phillips
  • Patent number: 11011036
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatus, and computer programs, for tracking objects are disclosed. In one aspect, a method is disclosed that includes actions of obtaining an image, determining that a user of a first monitoring system has opted-in for object tracking by a second monitoring system that is remote from the first monitoring system, and based on a determination that the user of the first monitoring system has opted-in for object tracking: determining whether the obtained image satisfies a predetermined level of similarity to a stored tracking object image model stored on a first device of the first monitoring system, and based on a determination that the obtained image satisfies a predetermined level of similarity to the stored tracking object image model, generating a tracking update notification, and transmitting the tracking update notification to the second monitoring system that is remote from the first monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Incorporated
    Inventors: Donald Madden, Daniel Todd Kerzner, Stephanie Sun Kinney
  • Patent number: 11004076
    Abstract: A method and system of using a vehicle mounted camera device to authenticate a user during an interaction is disclosed. The method includes receiving interaction data regarding an interaction between a user operating a communication device and an access device, the user being near other candidate users. The method then includes determining one or more match indicators, the match indicators generated by comparing different sample biometric templates of the user with different enrolled biometric templates. At least one of the different biometric sample templates may be an image-based biometric template and at least one may be a voice print biometric template. Then the method includes identifying the user based on at least the match indicator associated with the voice print biometric template. The method then includes, if the match indicators are positive match indicators, initiating a process on behalf of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Sunpreet Arora, Lacey Best-Rowden, Kim Wagner, Saman Sarraf
  • Patent number: 10997681
    Abstract: A device (30) is used to cushion at least one object (12a) in a container (10a). According to the invention, the device comprises: an automatic reading device (32) for reading an item of information which is present on the container (10a) and relates to a predetermined amount of cushioning material (28a-c) for a predefined combination of container (10a) and object (12a); a cushioning material provisioning device (38) for providing cushioning material (28a-c); and a control device (36) which receives a signal, based on the item of read information, from the automatic reading device (32) and initiates supply of the corresponding cushioning material (28a-c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Storopack Hans Reichenecker GMBH
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Slovencik, Paul Deis
  • Patent number: 10994654
    Abstract: A rear pre-crash safety system of a vehicle comprising a judgement logic adapted to issue at least one collision warning signal in response to a detected radar signal reflected by an object approaching the vehicle from behind depending on a radar cross section, RCS, of the approaching object and depending on a velocity of the approaching object relative to the respective vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignees: Continental Automotive GmbH, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Gladys Acervo, Koji Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10991215
    Abstract: An intelligent sign, such as an exit or other informational sign, is equipped with control circuitry, at least one sensor, and in certain embodiments, a communication interface. The control circuitry can monitor sensor data from the associated sensors. The sensor data bears on various conditions or events associated with the area that is associated with the exit sign. Based on the sensor data, the intelligent sign can provide one or more operations. A sign operation may include any operation provided by the intelligent sign. When equipped with the communication interface, the intelligent sign may control its own internal operation and/or control the operation of other entities based on the sensor data, the type of sensor data, the content of the sensor data, and the like. The intelligent sign may also share sensor data or other information derived from the sensor data with other entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries Lighting LLC
    Inventor: John Roberts
  • Patent number: 10981503
    Abstract: A warning system implemented in a vehicle includes a proximity warning module and a display module. The proximity warning module is configured to detect an object approaching the vehicle and generate a proximity warning signal. The display module is configured to display a signal in the side area when the proximity warning signal is generated, where a position of the signal is determined based on a relative direction of the object to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignees: Mindtronic AI Co., Ltd., Shanghai XPT Technology Limited
    Inventors: Mu-Jen Huang, Ya-Li Tai, Yu-Sian Jiang
  • Patent number: 10966658
    Abstract: A lifestyle service with data and routines storable in a memory of a wearable electronic device is discussed. The lifestyle service has at least a Sleep data routine and an Activity data routine. The lifestyle service can cooperate with an insight engine. The lifestyle service is aware of different types of information contained in one or more time synchronous applications. The system can compare tracked physical activity data with historical data in set increments in light of the information in the time synchronous applications and then communicate notifications to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Aaron Surbur, Heather Mehle Shapiro, Kevin Thomas Hill
  • Patent number: 10960850
    Abstract: A tamper detection system is disclosed. The tamper detection system may include an electronic control module (ECM) of a machine and a tamper detection module. The tamper detection module may detect, while the machine is powered off, an opening of a switch that is associated with a component of the machine. The opening of the switch may indicate tampering with the component of the machine. The tamper detection module may set, while the machine is powered off, a state of a latch based on detecting the opening of the switch. The state, while set, may indicate that the switch was opened. The tamper detection module may cause, when the machine is powered on, the ECM to provide an indication that tampering with the component of the machine has occurred based on the state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Neyens, Fernando Venegas, Brian R. Huffman
  • Patent number: 10945925
    Abstract: A smart bottle used for storing liquids and medications is disclosed. The smart bottle includes electronics, memory, and a processor that causes alarms and reminders for user to take their medications in a timely manner. The bottle shaped smart bottle is essentially an electronic device with liquid and medication storage compartments. It includes speaker for providing audible alerts to the users as well as their caregivers. It also includes a microphone that can be used by the user or caregiver to provide instructions relating to the intake of medication or to assist patients that have hand or finger arthritis. The bottle has a longitudinal and circular body with a cap that can be twisted on/off at its top. The top, or the cap, is a smart cap that carries core intelligence and electronics. It comprises a microprocessor, in-built real-time clock, speaker and lights for intuitive alarms and microphone to hear the voice of user for ease of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Miteshkumar Ishwarbhai Patel, Raj Kalpesh Patel, Rihen Shah, Sweet Swagatika, Yash Nebhwani, Amit Shakya