Patents Examined by Brian Zimmerman
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10897124
    Abstract: A safety system for high-voltage electrical cabinetry presents alarm indications representing alarm conditions of the electrical switchgear cabinet system at every electrical switchgear cabinet during maintenance. The system includes encoder and decoder devices connected to existing switchgear cabinet lighting infrastructure. The encoder devices receive alarm signals from a control system of the electrical switchgear cabinet system and send encoded alarm signals to the decoder devices by modulating power relayed from the encoder devices to the decoder devices and possibly to lamps. The decoder devices decode the encoded alarm signals and present the alarm indications audibly and/or visually using light and sound indicators. A technician performing maintenance can evaluate instantly the importance of the alarm based on the alarm indications and act accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventor: Florin Pop
  • Patent number: 10889242
    Abstract: A vehicle notification apparatus includes an output unit, a riding detector, a driver detector, and a controller. The output unit is configured to output a leaving notification that provides notification of leaving behind of a passenger, etc. The riding detector is configured to detect passenger vehicle entering, passenger vehicle exiting, etc. The driver detector is configured to detect vehicle traveling stop operation, vehicle traveling start operation, driver vehicle entering operation, and driver vehicle exiting operation. The controller is configured to cause output of the leaving notification on a condition that the passenger vehicle entering, etc. has been detected when the vehicle traveling stop operation, the driver vehicle exiting operation, or both are detected, and also to cause the output of the leaving notification each time the vehicle traveling stop operation, the driver vehicle exiting operation, or both are detected, until the passenger vehicle exiting, etc. is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Akihiro Onodera, Masashi Sasaki, Ryo Saijo, Yusuke Yadomaru
  • Patent number: 10885774
    Abstract: A travel control system for a vehicle is configured to control travel of a vehicle with respect to a congestion section using information about the congestion section acquired from an outside of the vehicle by communication. The system includes a congestion position estimation unit and a reliability determination unit. The congestion position estimation unit is configured to, when the information about the congestion section cannot be acquired within a prescribed time, estimate a position of the congestion section using a probability distribution model of the congestion section. The reliability determination unit is configured to determine a reliability of the position of the congestion section estimated by the congestion position estimation unit based on a change of the probability distribution model over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventor: Ryosuke Namba
  • Patent number: 10886086
    Abstract: For providing a very simple and reliable monitoring of the functionality of contacts together with a high flexibility of selection of the contacts a method for monitoring the functionality of redundantly interconnected contacts is provided, preferably within a load current circuit, wherein said n contacts, n=2, provide an electrical connection between a power supply and a load, wherein said n contacts are switchable by a controller and wherein each of said n contacts is designed for providing the electrical connection between the power supply and the load all alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: PEPPERL+FUCHS SE
    Inventors: Daniel Saulheimer, Friedrich Fuess
  • Patent number: 10878699
    Abstract: Electronic equipment in vehicles may transmit and receive wireless messages. Each wireless message that is transmitted by a transmitter may include information on the vehicle from which it is being transmitted, information on the location of the transmitter within the vehicle, and other vehicle status information. Receiving equipment in vehicles may be used to receive the transmitted messages. Received signal strength indicator information may be associated with the transmitted messages. Using the received signal strength indicator information and information on the locations of the transmitters within the vehicles in which the transmitters are installed, equipment in a receiving vehicle may determine locations for nearby vehicles. Alerts may be presented to a driver of a vehicle and other suitable actions may be taken based on the locations of nearby vehicles, vehicle type information, and other information regarding traffic in the vicinity of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Devrim Varoglu, Ravisastry Parupudi
  • Patent number: 10872513
    Abstract: An electronic system is described that receives data collected by a monitoring system, where the monitoring system includes a notification device that is tunable between different states that discreetly convey contextual alerts based on prior association of the states with contextual alerts. The system analyzes the monitoring system data against one or more event profiles that define events relating to the property or one or more users of the property. Based on the analysis of the monitoring system data, a particular event is identified. Information that specifies contextual alerts to be provided by the monitoring system that each correspond to an event defined by the one or more event profiles is accessed. A particular contextual alert that corresponds to the particular event is identified. The system causes output of the particular contextual alert at the notification device included in the monitoring system by changing a state of the notification device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Incorporated
    Inventors: Alison Jane Slavin, Abraham Joseph Kinney
  • Patent number: 10864892
    Abstract: An anti-theft apparatus for an outboard motor that can be mounted on a boat, comprising a comparison unit configured to compare a vibration of the outboard motor with a vibration of a portion of the boat other than the outboard motor, and a notification unit configured to make a predetermined notification based on a comparison result by the comparison unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Hashizume, Manabu Dobashi, Tetsuya Matsuhisa, Ryota Hisada
  • Patent number: 10852827
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method may include (1) presenting, using a vibrotactile stimulator and a visual display, an artificial environment to a user, (2) determining whether a virtual contact is being initiated between a virtual object in the artificial environment and a surface location of the user served by the vibrotactile stimulator, and (3) actuating, in response to determining that a virtual contact is being initiated between the virtual object and the surface location, the vibrotactile stimulator to generate a vibrotactile signal to simulate initiation of the virtual contact at the surface location, where (a) the vibrotactile signal includes a magnitude-varying signal, and (b) at least one parameter of the magnitude-varying signal is based on a simulated rigidity of the virtual object as presented by the visual display. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Serena Bochereau, Jonathan Browder, Femke van Beek, Raymond King