Patents Examined by Carlos E Garcia
  • Patent number: 10185849
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a distributed antenna network are provided. One system includes a plurality of antenna modules coupled via a communication line, with each antenna module configured to be switched between a through state and a connected state using radio-frequency identification (RFID) control signals. The system further includes a plurality of antennas, with each antenna connected to a corresponding antenna module. A controller is coupled to the communication line and configured to transmit RFID control signals to the plurality of antenna modules to selectively activate one of the antenna modules by switching the antenna module to the connected state to thereby activate an antenna connected to the antenna module in the connected state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: INTERMEC, INC.
    Inventors: Rene Martinez, Pavel Nikitin, Stephen J. Kelly, Jason Harrigan
  • Patent number: 10186145
    Abstract: A remote control device with assured button functionality includes a case, at least one key located on the case, and at least one key circuit located under the at least one key. Each of the at least one keys corresponds to a compensation capacitance, which also connects to at least one key circuit. A capacitance is generated when a user presses the touch panel and the at least one key circuit is thereby unbalanced, to trigger the remote to generate command signal when the at least one key circuit is electrically connected to the at least one compensation capacitance through the capacitance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lei Sun
  • Patent number: 10182314
    Abstract: A method for passive access control including a mobile device serving as key and an interaction unit, the mobile device and the interaction unit having in each case at least one data communication facility for exchanging authorization information. Operations are provided for carrying out an electronic distance measurement between the mobile device and the interaction unit and for permitting an access and/or an interaction only if the distance of the mobile device from the interaction unit is within a permitted distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Claus-Peter Br├╝ckner
  • Patent number: 10148901
    Abstract: A remotely controlled device receives a first command from a remote control (RC) but does not execute the command. Instead, the remotely controlled device waits to receive the first command within a threshold period, and if not received twice within the period, the first command is then executed. However, the first command is not executed if it is received twice, at which point the name of the corresponding RC key is announced. A second double command caused by a second double press of the same key on the RC causes the remotely controlled device to announce the function of the key. The logic may be executed in the RC as well as or in lieu of executing it in the remotely controlled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Brant Candelore, Mahyar Nejat, Peter Shintani
  • Patent number: 10127750
    Abstract: A system and method for enabling opening of an electronic locking device (12) from a remote location is disclosed. A remotely accessible server (14) receives an opening request to open an electronic locking device (12) which secures a closing member (18). The opening request includes a unique identifier of the electronic locking device (12) and personal identification information of a mobile communications device (28) requesting to open the electronic locking device (12). The server (14) then determines, based on predefined parameters, whether the mobile communications device (28) is permitted to open the electronic locking device (12). If the server (14) determines that the mobile communications device (28) is permitted to open the electronic locking device (12), then it transmits an opening instruction to the electronic locking device (12) to unlock the closing member (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Peter Alexander Cordiner, Kenneth Grant Metcalf
  • Patent number: 10127936
    Abstract: A dynamic vibration absorber includes an arm section that includes an elastic unit; and a weight section that is connected to the arm section and includes a mass unit. The arm section and the weight section each include a plurality of stacked single-layer materials having different degrees of elasticity and specific gravities, and at least one of the single-layer materials of the arm section and at least one of the single-layer materials of the weight section are shared in common.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: TDK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Taku Someya, Hideki Kuwajima
  • Patent number: 10121294
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and computer program product that intentionally illuminate at least one target item with electromagnetic energy having specific characteristics (e.g., frequency, power, waveform, directionality, duration, etc.). The target item, which may be an unpowered data storage device or secure document, acts as a non-linear mixer and is forced to emit radiative signals containing information about the target item's state and physical characteristics. Embodiments receive the forced emissions, extract useful data, and analyze the data to determine target item characteristics (e.g., a target item type, based on a comparison of data from known types). Embodiments control the illumination so the forced emissions radiate from an enclosure without interfering with tactical communications, and so that stored target item data is not affected. Embodiments can locate a hidden target item via the strength and directionality of the forced emissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Raytheon BBN Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: John Dishon, Joshua N. Edmison, John-Francis Mergen, Zachary Leuschner, Kerry Wood, Laurie Waisel, Richard Burne, Tyler Shake, Thomas Wilkerson, Jason Fox
  • Patent number: 10110331
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a radio communication device may be provided. The radio communication device may include: a receiver configured to receive from a first further radio communication device first information indicating a Received Signal Strength Indication in the first further radio communication device and configured to receive from a second further radio communication device second information indicating a Received Signal Strength Indication in the second further radio communication device; a selection circuit configured to select the first further radio communication device or the second further radio communication device based on the first information and the second information; and a pairing request circuit configured to send a request for pairing to the selected further radio communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: RAZER (ASIA-PACIFIC) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Stuart Wells, Jeffrey Brian Kinsey
  • Patent number: 10107026
    Abstract: A method for operating a closure panel of a vehicle, comprising: using a processor, determining whether a first proximity sensor and a second proximity sensor located on a periphery of the vehicle have been sequentially activated to indicate an object moving across the first proximity sensor and the second proximity sensor; and, controlling the closure panel to open or close when the first proximity sensor and the second proximity sensor have been sequentially activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Magna Closures Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Dezorzi, Erik Schattenmann, Spiridon-sorin S. Tudora, Stephen James Caron, Mirko Pribisic
  • Patent number: 10102403
    Abstract: A multi-position rotary control provides authentication for a battery operated portable communication device. The rotary control provides a rotary switch pin code which is combined with voice authentication as part of an authentication process. Upon completion of authentication, the rotary control reverts back to a default radio control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Jody H. Akens, Michael Page, Ryan M Nilsen, Jari P. Jarvinen
  • Patent number: 10102741
    Abstract: A remote control device for an aircraft and an aircraft system are provided. The aircraft system includes the aircraft and the remote control device. The remote control device includes a first global positioning system (GPS) chip, a magnetometer, a gyroscope chip, a main control chip and a first signal transceiver. The first GPS chip, the magnetometer and the gyroscope chip are respectively connected with the main control chip, and the first signal transceiver is connected with the main control chip. The first GPS chip, the magnetometer and the gyroscope chip transmit three different position signals of the remote control device to the main control chip respectively; the main control chip transmits a control signal through the first signal transceiver, and the first signal transceiver receives a condition signal of the aircraft and then transmits to the main control chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: YUNEEC TECHNOLOGY CO., LIMITED
    Inventors: Yu Tian, Wenyan Jiang
  • Patent number: 10095971
    Abstract: An onboard system for detecting a temperature of an element includes a radio-tag, the radio-tag being fixed onto the element and having an antenna, the antenna having a load, and a radio-tag reader. The radio-tag reader is designed to emit an interrogation signal and to receive in return a response signal coming from the radio-tag. The load includes a thermistor and the radio-tag reader is adapted for determining a gain and/or a phase-shift between the interrogation signal and the response signal and for deducing a temperature of the element therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventor: Pierre Charon
  • Patent number: 10083387
    Abstract: Radio frequency identification (RFID) enabled devices are presented. In some examples, a RFID tag may be arranged on the device and the device may further include a RFID tag mode modifier which is configured to transfer the mode or state of the RFID tag from a first mode, such as an inactive mode, to a second mode, such as an active or enabled mode, or vice versa. For instance, the RFID tag mode modifier may transfer the RFID tag from an inactive mode or state to an active mode or state in which the RFID tag may be enabled for use, or vice versa. The RFID tag mode modifier may be an activation button, a contact region, or a physical device configured to prevent transmission of RFID signals. One or more methods of generating or using the devices described herein are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventor: Manu Kurian
  • Patent number: 10074390
    Abstract: A PZT microactuator such as for a hard disk drive has a restraining layer bonded on its side that is opposite the side on which the PZT is mounted. The restraining layer comprises a stiff and resilient material such as stainless steel. The restraining layer can cover most or all of the top of the PZT, with an electrical connection being made to the PZT where it is not covered by the restraining layer. The restraining layer reduces bending of the PZT as mounted and hence increases effective stroke length, or reverses the sign of the bending which increases the effective stroke length of the PZT even further. The restraining layer can be one or more active layers of PZT material that act in the opposite direction as the main PZT layer. The restraining layer(s) may be thinner than the main PZT layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Magnecomp Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Hahn, Kuen Chee Ee, Long Zhang
  • Patent number: 10073998
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) label and an RFID data retrieval device which may be used to aid the visually impaired identify the medicines they take. RFID label includes a memory chip, energy harvesting circuit, and a loop antenna, with the memory chip containing information about the medicine. RFID data retrieval device contains a device controller chip, a wireless transceiver, a switch, a loop antenna, a memory chip, a proximity sensor, an audio digital-to-analog converter (DAC), an audio amplifier, an audio speaker, and also a pair of opposing temporal side members connected to a device controller chip retaining member via hinge. This device controller retaining member contains a recessed for the nose of the visually impaired person. The invention may also include an inductive charging device made up of an inductive charge coil, a power converter, a regulator, a charge controller, and an external power supply, allowing for wireless charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as representd by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Nghia X. Tran
  • Patent number: 10049518
    Abstract: A locking system includes a communication unit, a key including a first unique information, the key being capable of wirelessly connecting to the communication unit, a mobile device including a second unique information, the mobile device being capable of wirelessly connecting to the communication unit, a first verification unit that verifies the first unique information, a locking device configured to lock and unlock the space, a locking device controller that controls the locking device, a biometric information acquisition unit that acquires biometric information capable of identifying an individual, and a second verification unit that verifies the second unique information and the biometric information. After the first unique information and the second unique information are verified, the biometric information is verified, the space is unlocked when the acquired biometric information matches, and the space is locked or maintained in a locked state when the acquired biometric information does not match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Ichida
  • Patent number: 10043331
    Abstract: In some implementations, a system can trigger an action to be performed at a property based on satisfaction of criteria related to location information and a connection status of a mobile computing device. Location information of the mobile computing device relative of a pre-defined geographic region including at least a portion of the property is initially obtained. A connection status of the mobile computing device for a short range wireless connection with a communication-enabled device within the property is then obtained. Criteria for an action at the property is then determined to be satisfied by the location information and the connection status of the mobile computing device. The action is finally triggered to be performed at the property in response to determining that criteria for the action is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Kyle Rankin Johnson, William Wireko Mensah
  • Patent number: 10043121
    Abstract: Provided is a method for encoding chipless RFID tags in real-time. The method includes exposing a chipless RFID transponder to a conductive material, the RFID transponder comprising an antenna and a plurality of resonant structures, the plurality of resonant structures together defining a first spectral signature. Each of the plurality of resonant structures includes a respective one of a frequency domain. The method also includes depositing a conductive material on at least one of the resonant structures to short the at least one of the resonant structures. The remainder of the plurality of resonant structures that are not shorted by the conductive material define a second spectral signature for the RFID transponder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: George A. Gibson, Wayne A. Buchar
  • Patent number: 10032469
    Abstract: A PMR (perpendicular magnetic recording) head includes a tapered write pole that is fully surrounded by wrapped-around magnetic shields, including laterally disposed side shields, a trailing shield and a leading shield. A layer of high magnetic saturation material (high Bs) is formed on the leading edge of the trailing shield and extends rearward, away from the ABS plane to define a cross-sectional write gap shape that is not conformal with the shape of the tapered write pole. The cross-sectional shape of this shield layer enables it to absorb flux from the write pole so that the flux for writing is enhanced and concentrated at the area of the recording medium being written upon and does not extend to adjacent tracks or to downtrack positions at which such flux is not desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Headway Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sanghyun Lim, Yuhui Tang, Yaguang Wei, Yue Liu, Moris Dovek
  • Patent number: 10032050
    Abstract: An electronic device for near field communication (NFC) device includes a front end unit configured to communicate with an external reader/writer device, the front end unit including a first memory adapted to store a check identifier, the check identifier configured to match one or more first identifiers, and a processing unit including a second memory configured to store one or more applications and one or more first identifiers, wherein a first identifier is assigned to one or more applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Klaus Roehrle, Yo Tabayashi, Meik Buscemi