Patents Examined by Brian Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 11476952
    Abstract: An apparatus that includes a partial power source including a first material and a second material, the partial power source configured to generate, upon contact with a conducting medium, a potential difference between the first material and the second material to provide power to a control device, and generate, using the first material and the second material, a current flow within the conducting medium, the current flow including information encoded based on a variable conductance between the first material and the second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: Mark Zdeblick, Andrew Thompson, Aleksandr Pikelny, Timothy L. Robertson, Hooman Hafezi
  • Patent number: 11355000
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are described for detecting a state transition for sensors of a monitoring system, and determining whether the state transition is abnormal such that further action is warranted. The determination may be based on a history of state transitions in the monitoring system, and may be based on whether the same state transition has previously occurred at a corresponding time in the history, whether the new state has previously occurred following the corresponding time in the history, and other factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Zhen Zhao
  • Patent number: 11183038
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for unlocking a security tag that is connected to an article. The apparatus includes an unlocking device configured to provide an unlock signal or force to a security tag allowing for the security tag to be removed from the article. The apparatus further includes an unlocking surface disposed between the unlocking device and the security tag and an alignment feature configured to indicate a detachment zone that corresponds with a source of the unlock signal or force, wherein placing the tag in the detachment allows for the unlocking device to provide an unlock signal or force to the security device to allow the security tag to be removed from the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventors: Channing E. Miller, Adam S. Bergman
  • Patent number: 11176798
    Abstract: Anomaly notification system that notifies of an anomaly of cared person in room includes sensor, sound collecting unit, first determination unit that determines whether a volume of the collected sound is more than or equal to a reference volume, second determination unit that determines whether a target sound is a predetermined activity sound generated by an activity of cared person, and third determination unit that determines whether an anomaly occurs in cared person, based on the activity amounts, which are measured before and after the target sound is collected, and notification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventors: Kenji Masuda, Toshiaki Tanaka, Masaru Yamaoka, Kazuhiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11172848
    Abstract: A system (100) monitors a position stability of a person (105) located on a patient positioning device (104) within a medical setting monitored area (108) and includes a sensor unit (110) with optical sensors (112) real time outputting a sensor signal (114) sensor data indicating a sequence of three-dimensional views of the monitored area over a monitoring time. A processor unit (120) receives the sensor signal and determines, based on indicated three-dimensional views, a person's center of weight (121), a geometric reference value (123), and a geometric distance (D) between the center of weight and the geometric reference value and automatedly monitors the determined geometric distance in real time over a monitoring time and calculates a current position stability (127) as a function of the currently determined geometric distance and geometric distances determined within a past analysis time interval and outputs a position stability signal (129).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Frank Franz, Stefan Schlichting, Jasper Diesel
  • Patent number: 11147719
    Abstract: An incontinence detection system monitors an area for moisture events and wirelessly transmits moisture-related information to one or more notification devices. The system has a pad that includes a substrate and one or more sensors supported by the substrate. The sensor(s) emit wireless signals indicative of the moisture-related information. A sensor event communication system forwards the sensor signals to another device, such as a notification device. Portions of the system are included in a patient support apparatus, such as a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Gavin M. Monson, Todd P. O'Neal, David Lance Ribble, Dan R. Tallent, John D. Christie, Kirsten M. Emmons, Yongji Fu, Michael Scott Hood, Douglas A. Seim, Ryan S. Severns, James D. Voll, Gregory Wiley, Steven Alan Dixon, Bryan Weidman, Eric David Benz, Brett Knittle, Marwan Nusair, Neal Wiggermann, John V. Harmeyer, Joshua A. Williams
  • Patent number: 11147451
    Abstract: Methods and systems for an integrated sensor network are described. In one embodiment, sensor data may be accessed from a plurality of motion sensors and a bed sensor deployed in a living unit for a first time period. An activity pattern for the first time period may be identified based on at least a portion of sensor data associated with the first time period. The activity pattern may represent a physical and cognitive health condition of a person residing in the living unit. Additional sensor data may be accessed from the motion sensors and the bed sensor deployed for a second time period. A determination of whether a deviation of the activity pattern of the first time period has occurred for the second time period may be performed. An alert may be generated based on a determination that the derivation has occurred. In some embodiments, user feedback is captured on the significance of the alerts, and the alert method is customized based on this feedback. Additional methods and systems are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: The Curators of the University of Missouri
    Inventors: Marjorie Skubic, Marilyn J. Rantz, Mihail Popescu, Shuang Wang, Isaac J. Sledge, Rainer Dane A. Guevara, Elena Florea, James M. Keller
  • Patent number: 11132893
    Abstract: A multi-sensor edge computing system can have at least a sensor assembly connected to an edge computing device and a downstream host. The sensor assembly may have a first sensor and a second sensor with the respective sensors being different. The edge computing device can be configured to identify a false reading of the first sensor in response to data captured by the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Seagate Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Abbas Chokor, Sonia Marrero, Jonathan P. Jones, E. Hans Geittmann, Gregory Christopher Labbe, Richard E. Rupp
  • Patent number: 11100827
    Abstract: A sign-monitoring system includes at least one electronic sign and a controller comprising a processor and memory. The electronic sign includes a pixel array, the pixel array including a plurality of pixels. The electronic sign further includes an embedded controller coupled to the at least one electronic sign. The embedded controller develops diagnostic information for the at least one electronic sign, the diagnostic information including information related to a number of malfunctioning pixels in the plurality of pixels. The controller is communicably coupled to the embedded controller and receives at least a portion of the diagnostic information from the embedded controller. In addition, the controller assesses the at least a portion of the diagnostic information to develop health information. The assessment involves evaluating the information related to the number of malfunctioning pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Luminator Holding LP
    Inventors: Ramin Safavi, Zhicun Gao, Xiaoping Zhou, Larry T. Taylor
  • Patent number: 11094149
    Abstract: A locking and unlocking system includes a portable terminal and a server. The portable terminal includes a first reception unit configured to receive authentication information used for locking and unlocking of a vehicle or a facility from the server, and a first transmission unit configured to transmit a signal requesting the locking or the unlocking to a device provided in the vehicle or the facility. The signal includes the authentication information. The server includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire schedule information including a date when the vehicle or the facility is reserved and first identification information of a user, from another server configured to perform schedule management, and a second transmission unit configured to transmit the authentication information to the portable terminal of the user, based on the schedule information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Fujiwara, Yuichiro Haruna
  • Patent number: 11087605
    Abstract: A system and method of detecting smoke including establishing a baseline measurement for each of at least three overlapping sensing volumes; comparing a measured reading within each of the at least three sensing volumes and the baseline measurements to determine whether the measured reading is within a sensing threshold, and annunciating a warning signal if the difference is outside the sensing threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Hui Fang, Jie Xi, Peter R. Harris, Vivek Venugopalan, David L. Lincoln
  • Patent number: 11085905
    Abstract: Various embodiments are generally directed to techniques for monitoring chromatographic fluid flows, such as the flow to and/or from one or more reservoirs used in chromatographic operations, for instance. In many embodiments, the chromatographic operations may include one or more of High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC), Ultra Performance Convergence Chromatography (UPC2), and the like. Several embodiments are particularly directed to a chromatographic fluid flow device (CFFD) for monitoring a change in density of a chromatographic fluid in a tube, such as by detecting the presence or absence of gas in the tube with an ultrasonic bubble detector. In various embodiments, the chromatographic fluid may include a solvent, a sample, or waste associated with a chromatographic operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Abhijit Tarafder, Jonathan Belanger, Moon Chul Jung, Wade P. Leveille
  • Patent number: 11074811
    Abstract: An approach is provided for using aerial drones for road and traffic monitoring. The approach, for example, involves navigating an aerial drone to a physical marker located on a road link. The approach also involves initiating a capture of sensor data of the physical marker by a sensor of the aerial drone. The approach further involves adjusting a position, an altitude, or a combination thereof of the aerial drone to a reference position, a reference altitude, or a combination thereof over the physical marker based on the sensor data. The approach further involves initiating a capture of one or more images of the road link by the aerial drone at the reference position, the reference altitude, or a combination thereof. By way of example, the captured images can be processed for road and traffic monitoring and/or other similar applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: James Fowe, Filippo Pellolio
  • Patent number: 11068852
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling the usage of devices with embedded RFID tags including connecting a device to an energy source and reading data from a memory device incorporated in the device. The data may include a unique identifier (UID), a usage value, an activation value, a reprocessing value, and/or a sterilization indicator. The usage value is incremented when the device is connected to the energy source and the activation value is incremented when the device is activated permitting energy to flow from the energy source to the device. Usage of the device is prevented if the UID is on a list of prohibited UIDs, the usage value is not lower than a usage limitation value, the reprocessing value equals a reprocessing limitation value, the activation value equals an activation limitation value, and/or the sterilization indicator does not indicate that the device has been sterilized since its previous usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Patrick L. Dumbauld, Jeffrey L. Jensen, Scott E. M. Frushour, William G. Paterson, Paul E. Ourada, Robert M. Sharp, Erich M. Velandia
  • Patent number: 11062541
    Abstract: A method according to one embodiment includes determining, by a server, a location of a door in an architectural drawing and a room function of a room secured by the door based on an analysis of the architectural drawing, determining, by the server, proper access control hardware to be installed on the door based on the room function, a category of access control hardware, and a predictive machine learning model associated with the category of access control hardware, and generating, by the server, a specification based on the determined proper access control hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Robert S. Prostko, Robert C. Martens, Nick Heitzman, Kristin Day, Martin Madsen, Jason Kornaker, Daniel Langenberg, Brian C. Eickhoff, Scott Baxter, Joseph W. Baumgarte, Benjamin Hopkins, Steve J. Kottlowski, Jacob Scheib
  • Patent number: 11032669
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein for tracking an item of interest using a plurality of user equipment that can communicate with a tracking device that is configured to attach to the tracked item. The techniques include: storing a unique tracking device identifier corresponding to a tracking device associated with a first user equipment; receiving a location information of the tracking device from a second user equipment in response to the second user equipment receiving a tracking device signal transmitted by the tracking device, the tracking device signal comprising the location information of the tracking device and the unique tracking device identifier corresponding to the tracking device; authenticating the second user equipment to facilitate communication between the second user equipment and the tracking device; and transmitting the location information of the tracking device to the first user equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: T-MOBILE USA, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Baird, Nicholas LaVassar, Christopher Moore, Parag Garg, Deepti Busireddy, Manish Singh
  • Patent number: 10986831
    Abstract: A combination of a visual warning cue and a conspicuous auditory warning cue acts synergistically to reduce bird strike frequency against a man-made structure. Methods and systems are described for providing said combination of warning cues when a bird is within a warning zone. The auditory warning cue entails at least two separate sonic pulses within one second when the bird is within the warning zone, and is defined by an intensity-weighted frequency average of between 6 kHz and 18 kHz, and an intensity at a location within the warning zone of at least 70 decibels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: College of William & Mary
    Inventor: John P. Swaddle
  • Patent number: 10964180
    Abstract: Software intrusion protection systems to prevent remote access to sensitive data are very prevalent. In some cases, additional physical access protection may also be desired. By preventing physical access to a system an intruder may not be able to physically “steal” component parts of the system and then obtain their contents (or design criteria) at a remote site (e.g., after the physical theft). Monitors are provided to detect potential access to a secure computer system and identify if inappropriate access to the secure computer system is obtained (or is imminent). In a case where unauthorized access is predicted, warnings and alerts may be sent prior to an actual breach. Upon determination that a breach may be likely to occur, techniques to protect data (e.g., erasure, destruction, etc.) and component parts may be initiated. Sensors monitor internal and external physical environmental conditions to assist in detection of intrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: David W. Engler, William James Walker
  • Patent number: 10931751
    Abstract: A system and method for cloning data using a wearable electronic device. The wearable electronic device includes a transceiver, a sensor, and an electronic processor electrically coupled to the transceiver and the sensor. The electronic processor is configured to establish, via the transceiver, a communications link with an electronic communications device. The electronic transceiver is further configured to transmit, via the transceiver to the electronic communications device, a device authentication key. The electronic processor is further configured to receive, from the sensor, at least one gesture signal. The electronic processor is further configure to, when the at least one gesture signal is received within a pre-determined period, determine at least one gesture from the at least one gesture signal. The electronic processor is further configured to determine a data cloning function based on the at least one gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Baoxing Wei, Haiqing Hu, Wei Zeng
  • Patent number: 10905355
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automatically triggering wireless power and data exchange between an external reader and an implanted sensor. The implanted sensor may measure the strength of an electrodynamic field received wirelessly from the reader and convey field strength data based on the measured strength of the received electrodynamic field to the reader. If the field strength data indicates that the strength of an electrodynamic field received by the sensor is sufficient for the implanted sensor to perform an analyte measurement, the reader may convey an analyte measurement command to the sensor, which may execute the analyte measurement command and convey measurement information back to the reader. The systems and methods may trigger the analyte measurement as the reader transiently passes within sufficient range/proximity to the implant (or vice versa).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Senseonics, Incorporated
    Inventors: Arthur E. Colvin, Jr., Andrew DeHennis