Patents Examined by Bryan Bui
  • Patent number: 10379171
    Abstract: An estimation method for estimating a cell's state-of-charge includes obtaining a capacitance prediction for a cell based at least in part on a preceding capacitance thereof and correcting that prediction by acquiring measurements of a physical quantity that depends on a summation of currents passing through the cell. The correction is based at least in part on a difference between the measurement of the physical quantity and a prediction for that quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Renault S.A.S.
    Inventors: Vincent Heiries, Sylvain Leirens
  • Patent number: 10352731
    Abstract: A touch sensing circuit operable to sense a conductor approaching a sensor capacitance by measuring a response signal obtained from the sensor capacitance according to an applied detection signal includes an A/D converter and a Fourier transform device. The A/D converter samples the response signal with a predetermined cycle, followed by conversion to a digital value and outputs as time-series response data. The Fourier transform device calculates, from the time-series response data, a result of transformation at a detection frequency representing the reciprocal of a cycle of the detection signal and outputs it. The touch sensing circuit converts the response signal to the frequency domain, calculates only components (harmonics or others as needed) of a frequency equal to that of the detection signal required for touch sensing, and supplies them for a touch coordinate calculation process in a subsequent stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Nobukazu Tanaka, Takayuki Noto, Tetsuo Tanemura
  • Patent number: 10355958
    Abstract: The present application provides monitoring and managing usage of one or more network-connected devices over a network. The network-connected devices may include devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). Some aspects provide systems, methods and computing devices for: receiving usage and rate data associated with network-connected device(s); determining device expenditure data based on the usage and rate data; obtaining allocation information pertaining to a time period; updating information associated with one or more data files with the device expenditure data; comparing the updated information to the allocation information; and determining whether an allocation indicated by the allocation information for the time period is feasible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: The Toronto-Dominion Bank
    Inventors: Rajeev Kumar Gandhi, Julie Anne Cassidy, Ann Cynthia Eapen, John Jong-Suk Lee, Rakesh Thomas Jethwa
  • Patent number: 10345275
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a structure evaluation system includes a plurality of sensors, a position locator, and an evaluator. The sensors detect an elastic wave generated from a structure. The position locator derives a source distribution of the elastic waves generated from the structure, caused by an impact on the structure. The evaluator evaluates a state of deterioration of the structure from characteristic parameters of the elastic waves in the source distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Hidefumi Takamine, Kazuo Watabe, Tomoki Shiotani
  • Patent number: 10345461
    Abstract: A technique includes towing at least one seismic source in connection with a survey of a structure; and operating the seismic source(s) to fire shots, where each shot is associated with a frequency sweep. The technique includes varying phases of the frequency sweeps from shot to shot according to a predetermined phase sequence to allow noise in an energy sensed by seismic sensors to be attenuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: WESTERNGECO L.L.C.
    Inventors: David Fraser Halliday, Robert Montgomery Laws
  • Patent number: 10346509
    Abstract: Upper and lower limits of predetermined characteristic values of products contained in a plurality of product lots are stored in accordance with the product standard for a target product. An average value of standard deviations in the characteristic values is calculated based on a control chart for the product lots. An average value of the characteristic values is calculated, and an upper limit and a lower limit of an average value of the characteristic values in a 95% confidence interval is calculated. A measurement standard deviation representing a variation in a measuring instrument with regard to the characteristic values is estimated. One of an upper limit and a lower limit of the average value of the characteristic values in the confidence interval is updated as an average value of the characteristic values. A standard deviation in the characteristic values of the product is estimated, and an upper defect rate and a lower defect rate are calculated, so that a yield rate is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Yuki Matsuno, Teruhisa Tsuru
  • Patent number: 10348200
    Abstract: Described is an apparatus which comprises: an output node; a capacitor; an inductor having a first terminal coupled to the output node, and a second terminal coupled to the capacitor; a bridge to receive an input power supply and to generate a switching voltage signal at the output node; and a current sensor to determine slope of the switching voltage signal on the output node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Tarun Mahajan, Ramnarayanan Ram Muthukaruppan, Srinivasulu Malepati, George Matthew
  • Patent number: 10339026
    Abstract: Technologies for monitoring a characteristic of a monitored system include determining a measured value of the primary characteristic of the monitored system sensed by a primary sensor and a measured value of the secondary characteristic of the monitored system sensed by a secondary sensor, and predicating a predicted value of the primary characteristic based on the measured value of the secondary characteristic. The measured and predicted values of the primary characteristic are used to determine whether the primary sensor is properly functioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Indrajit Manna, Jakub Wenus, Mariano J. Phielipp, Suraj Sindia
  • Patent number: 10337986
    Abstract: A method for optimizing values of n detection wavelengths of an optical gas sensor configured to detect n different gases is provided, including: a) calculating a value of a determinant of an absorptivity matrix ? whose coefficients represent spectral absorptivity of each of the n different gases at the n detection wavelengths, the calculating being repeated several times, each time modifying at least one of said n detection wavelengths so the values of said n detection wavelengths are comprised within a range of values for which the spectral absorptivity of at least one of the n different gases is non-zero; and b) determining the values of said n detection wavelengths for which the calculated value of the determinant of the absorptivity matrix ? corresponds to a maximum calculated value amongst a set of values calculated in step a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Anthony Lefebvre, Sebastien Becker, Salim Boutami
  • Patent number: 10340640
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining the current condition of power contacts and providing an indication to a preventive maintenance system and/or a user of required power contact replacement. The method includes auxiliary contacts providing a low power binary signal to a processor in response to movements of a contact carrier supporting the movable auxiliary contacts and movable power contacts. The low power binary signals, in combination with physical features of the contact carrier and a signal indicating the state of the power contact, provide information to the processor for determining the current condition of the power contacts, and if the current condition exceeds a predetermined limit, notifying the preventive maintenance system and/or the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Conrad S. Weiden, Hien M. Nguyen, Michael V. Maloney, Samuel Jacob Calloway, Anthony Reac Martinez Arazo
  • Patent number: 10331538
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus obtains start time information indicating a plurality of start times that are calculated when a target program is executed. The target program includes a loop that repeats a process using a plurality of functions. The information processing apparatus obtains a plurality of sampling logs that are generated by intermittent sampling. The information processing apparatus converts each sampling time into a time difference from the immediately preceding start time. The information processing apparatus classifies the plurality of sampling logs into a plurality of time difference segments, and counts, for each of the time difference segments, the number of times execution of each of the plurality of functions is detected. The information processing apparatus displays time-series information indicating a corresponding relationship between the plurality of time difference segments and the functions that are executed, based on the counted number of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Masahiro Miwa
  • Patent number: 10327664
    Abstract: A method for detection of an evoked response signal in noise including: generating a plurality of stimuli; receiving a noisy signal related to an evoked response to the plurality of stimuli; divide the noisy signal into a plurality of responses to the plurality of stimuli; estimate a statistic matrix for the plurality of responses; shrink the statistic matrix; calculate weights based on an inverse of the shrunk statistic matrix; apply weights to the plurality of responses to construct a final response; and output the final response. An apparatus having an input device configured to receive data related to a plurality of stimuli; and a processor configured to: receive a noisy signal and divide the noisy signal into a plurality of responses; estimate a statistic matrix; shrink the statistic matrix; calculate weights based on an inverse of the shrunk statistic matrix; and apply weights to the plurality of responses to construct a final response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: VIVOSONIC INC.
    Inventors: Isaac Kurtz, Aaron Steinman, Stephen Allan Rowlands
  • Patent number: 10324075
    Abstract: A measurement device includes a transmitter configured to transmit an interrogation signal. The measurement device also includes a receiver configured to receive the interrogation signal that has been reflected within a container. The received reflected interrogation signal corresponds to a fill level of the container. A protective barrier covers at least the transmitter or the receiver. If the protective barrier covers the transmitter, the transmitter transmits the interrogation signal through the protective barrier and the transmitter and the protective barrier are separated by a gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Nectar, Inc.
    Inventors: Prabhanjan C. Gurumohan, Aayush Phumbhra, Samuel Bae
  • Patent number: 10317427
    Abstract: A method and system for calibrating a wireless sensor device are disclosed. In a first aspect, the method comprises determining a vertical calibration vector and determining a rotation matrix using the vertical calibration vector to line up native axes of the wireless sensor device with body axes. In a second aspect, a wireless sensor device comprises a processor and a memory device coupled to the processor, wherein the memory device includes an application that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to determine a vertical calibration vector and to determine a rotation matrix using the vertical calibration vector to line up native axes of the wireless sensor device with body axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: VITAL CONNECT, INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Chan, Nima Ferdosi, Ravi Narasimhan
  • Patent number: 10309889
    Abstract: An exhaust gas analysis system is adapted to include an exhaust gas circulation line through which exhaust gas flows, an exhaust gas collection line adapted to collect the exhaust gas from the exhaust gas circulation line and introduce the collected exhaust gas into an exhaust gas analysis device, a continuous analysis line adapted to, separately from the diluted exhaust gas collection line, collect the exhaust gas from the exhaust gas circulation line for continuous analysis, a continuous analyzer provided in the continuous analysis line, and an information processing unit adapted to, on the basis of an analysis result by the continuous analyzer at the time of the collection into the exhaust gas analysis device, determine whether a measurement result of the exhaust gas introduced into the exhaust gas analysis device falls within a preset range, or determine a measurement range used to measure the exhaust gas introduced into the exhaust gas analysis device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: HORIBA, LTD.
    Inventors: Masatsune Tokuhira, Jungo Okada, Masahiro Higuchi
  • Patent number: 10302796
    Abstract: Onshore electromagnetic (EM) reservoir monitoring systems and methods, including a system with a light source producing a light beam and an EM sensor array positioned above ground or buried underground over one or more regions of interest within a subterranean formation, the array coupled to the light source with an optical fiber. An EM sensor modulates the interrogation light beam in response to an EM signal induced into the subterranean formation by an EM source. The system further includes a processor controlling the light source, processing modulated light received from the array, and collecting data with the array to produce EM surveys, each EM survey based on data sets collected at different times. The EM sensor is physically isolated from a surrounding environment. The surveys are combined to produce a time lapse earth model of the regions of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Glenn A. Wilson, Burkay Donderici
  • Patent number: 10302327
    Abstract: A method for measuring HVAC efficiency is used to test various elements within the HVAC system to determine whether any element, such as a cooling coil or heating coil, is operating at an acceptable efficiency when compared to design specifications or previously established standards. The method may also be used to easily determine volumetric flow rate of air through the system at various points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Lance Rock
  • Patent number: 10288547
    Abstract: A facility state analysis device of an embodiment is provided. The device includes an inputter which accepts input of information specifying a state and location of a facility installed outdoors, a calculator which calculates, by performing statistical processing based at least in part on the information specifying the state and location input to the inputter and information on a predetermined section on a map, an average failure year of the facilities in the section, and a display controller which displays, on a display, the average failure year calculated by the calculator superimposed on the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Incorporated
    Inventors: Mikiyuki Ichiba, Tamotsu Uduki, Hideo Mizuochi, Yuya Niidome, Masaomi Takaoka, Shinsuke Nasukawa, Yuuji Tagawa, Hideaki Sato, Yoshiki Sakamoto, Akihiko Kataoka
  • Patent number: 10288769
    Abstract: Provided is a weather forecasting system for predicting a weather phenomenon in a prediction target region. The weather forecasting system includes a storage unit and a first calculation unit. The storage unit stores wind-condition information and measured weather information. The wind-condition information is information obtained from an air observation system using Doppler LIDAR. The first calculation unit generates predicted weather information including presence of a local downpour, based on information related to wind convergence included in the wind-condition information and information related to instability of air included in the measured weather information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: METROWEATHER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junichi Furumoto
  • Patent number: 10281607
    Abstract: A downhole tool for real-time caliper measurements is provided. The downhole tool comprises multiple acoustic transducers mounted at different positions of the tool, and a control system. The control system drives the multiple transducers, receives pressure echo signals from the transducers, records the pressure echo signals in the memory, extracts data of two-way transit time and echo amplitude from the echo signals, and computes at least one of a borehole diameter, a tool center position, and an acoustic slowness or velocity of downhole fluid, based on the data of transit time and echo amplitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hori, Yoshino Matsumoto, Kojiro Nishimiya, Kiyomitsu Hikida, Jean-Christophe Auchere