Patents Examined by Carol S. W. Tsai
  • Patent number: 9417064
    Abstract: A payload including a gimbal assembly and gyro assembly that includes a gyro assembly control associated with the gyro assembly and operable to trigger the gyro assembly to obtain deviation measurements and process the measurements in a first dynamic range for stabilizing the payload utilizing the gimbal assembly. The gyro assembly control is operable to trigger the gyro assembly to obtain instantaneous measurements and process the measurements in a second dynamic range having different sensitivity than the first dynamic range, for finding deviation of the payload from the magnetic north of the earth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventors: Avraham Kagan, Michael Benisty
  • Patent number: 9400340
    Abstract: Methods, systems, devices, and products for estimating at least one parameter of interest of a volume of an earth formation, including density, porosity, and fluid saturation of the volume. Methods may include normalizing radiation information relating to radiation emissions from a spatially distributed nuclear source and indicative of a property of the earth volume using a correction factor determined using an estimated lithology of the volume. The nuclear source may be in the volume. Radiation emissions may be generated by neutron irradiation of at least one nuclide in the volume. The correction factor may be determined using any of nuclear density of the at least one nuclide; an estimated concentration of the at least one nuclide in the volume; or a parameter relating to concentration of the nuclide in the volume. The emissions may include gamma rays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventor: Feyzi Inanc
  • Patent number: 9317657
    Abstract: An embodiment may be in the field of glycemic analysis and control. More specifically, an embodiment or approach may provide a novel method, system, and computer program for the visual and quantitative tracking of blood glucose variability in diabetes from self-monitoring blood glucose (SMBG) data and/or continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) data. More particularly, an embodiment or aspects thereof may use glucose measurements obtained from self-monitoring data and/or CGM data of an individual or a group of individuals to track and analyze blood glucose variability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: University of Virginia Patent Foundation
    Inventors: Marc D. Breton, Boris P. Kovatchev
  • Patent number: 9263996
    Abstract: A method of defining a quasi iso-gain supply voltage function for an envelope tracking system is disclosed. The method includes a step of capturing iso-gain supply voltage values versus power values for a device under test (DUT). Other steps involve locating a minimum iso-gain supply voltage value, and then replacing the iso-gain supply voltage values with the minimum iso-gain supply voltage value for corresponding output power values that are less than an output power value corresponding to the minimum iso-gain supply voltage value. The method further includes a step of generating a look-up table (LUT) of iso-gain supply voltage values as a function of input power for the DUT after the step of replacing the iso-gain supply voltage values with the minimum iso-gain supply voltage value for corresponding output power values that are less than an output power value corresponding to the minimum iso-gain supply voltage value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: RF Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew F. Folkmann, James M. Retz, Nadim Khlat, Jean-Frederic Chiron
  • Patent number: 9138192
    Abstract: A variable indication estimator which determines an output value representative of a set of input data. For example, the estimator can reduce input data to estimates of a desired signal, select a time, and determine an output value from the estimates and the time. In one embodiment, the time is selected using one or more adjustable signal confidence parameters determine where along the estimates the output value will be computed. By varying the parameters, the characteristics of the output value are variable. For example, when input signal confidence is low, the parameters are adjusted so that the output value is a smoothed representation of the input signal. When input signal confidence is high, the parameters are adjusted so that the output value has a faster and more accurate response to the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Masimo Corporation
    Inventors: Walter M. Weber, Ammar Al-Ali, Lorenzo Cazzoli
  • Patent number: 8935105
    Abstract: A system and method for processing sensor signals is disclosed. The system comprises a sensor array, a multiplexer, a converter, a selection module and a combination module. The sensor array measures a physical parameter in a first dimension on a seat and generates a first set of sensor signals. The sensor array measures the physical parameter in a second dimension on the seat and generates a second set of sensor signals. The multiplexer multiplexes the first set of sensor signals into a first signal stream and the second set of sensor signals into a second signal stream. The converter converts the first signal stream to a first set of digital signals and the second signal stream to a second set of digital signals. The selection module determines a set of first-dimension data and a set of second-dimension data. The combination module forms a set of two-dimensional data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Bessho, Makoto Honda
  • Patent number: 8838411
    Abstract: A bed device has a load measurement unit for generating a load signal; a first computation unit for computing a center-of-gravity variation or load variation on the basis of the load signal; a first determination unit for determining whether the computation result for the center-of-gravity variation or load variation is equal to or greater than a first threshold value; a totaling unit for totaling the number of times that the computation result is determined to be equal to or greater than the first threshold value; a second computation unit for multiplying the totaling results by coefficients for each time period and adding the results; and a second determination unit or determining a waking or sleeping state or determining a body movement or rest state of a user on the basis of whether a computation result of the second computation unit is equal to or greater than a second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Paramount Bed Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Kazuno, Jun Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 7529647
    Abstract: A digital watermark detection method uses a matched filtering technique on a log polar re-mapping of a watermarked signal to detect peaks associated with a repetitive structure of a watermark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Digimarc Corporation
    Inventors: Adnan M. Alattar, Joel R. Meyer
  • Patent number: 7523010
    Abstract: A method for automatically inserting connectors and coupling test probes to circuit boards, such as computer system boards and the like. The method is implemented via an apparatus that enables connectors to be automatically inserted into mating connectors on a circuit board device under test (DUT). Connectors may be automatically inserted along 1-4 axes. The apparatus includes replaceable probe/connector plates that are DUT-type specific, as well as DUT-type specific side access units. The apparatus may also be used for inserting memory devices and microprocessors, and further enables peripheral devices to be operatively coupled to expansion bus connectors on the DUT. In one embodiment, a single actuator is employed to actuate up to four insertion axes simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Repko, Frank W. Joyce, Teik Sean Toh, Douglas P. Kreager
  • Patent number: 7373256
    Abstract: This invention pertains generally to the field of multivariate statistics, and in particular to new methods for the analysis (e.g., chemometrics) of chemical, biochemical, and biological data, including, for example, spectral data, including but not limited to nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectral data. These methods are useful, for example, in metabonomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, genomics, etc., and form a part of other methods, for example, methods for the identification of chemical species, methods for the identification of biomarkers that are useful in methods of classification, diagnosis, prognosis, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Inventors: Jeremy K. Nicholson, Elaine Holmes, Olivier Cloarec, Derek J. Crockford, John C. Lindon, Mattias Rantalainen
  • Patent number: 7373257
    Abstract: A process system adapted for processing of or with a material therein. The process system includes: a sampling region for the material; an infrared photometric monitor constructed and arranged to transmit infrared radiation through the sampling region and to responsively generate an output signal correlative of the material in the sampling region, based on its interaction with the infrared radiation; and process control means arranged to receive the output of the infrared photometric monitor and to responsively control one or more process conditions in and/or affecting the process system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Jose I. Arno
  • Patent number: 7369947
    Abstract: A test method for measuring adsorbed molecular contamination uses a test structure that includes a substrate comprising a plurality of separated test sites having a plurality separate thicknesses having a base design thickness and a designed thickness interrelationship. The test structure is exposed to a molecular contaminant environment to provide an adsorbed molecular contaminant layer upon each of the plurality of separated test sites. The plurality of separated test sites with the adsorbed molecular contaminant layer thereon is measured. An appropriate algorithm that considers the designed thickness interrelationship is used to determine at least one of: (1) the base design thickness; and (2) a thickness of the adsorbed molecular contaminant layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines, Corporation
    Inventors: Lin Zhou, Eric P. Solecky
  • Patent number: 7369949
    Abstract: An electromagnetic flowmeter includes a measuring tube, an electrode, an exciting unit, a signal conversion unit, and a flow rate calculating unit. The signal conversion unit extracts a ?A/?t component irrelevant to a flow velocity of the fluid and a v×B component originating from the flow velocity of the fluid from a resultant electromotive force of an electromotive force ?A/?t, with A, t, v, and B respectively representing a vector potential, a time, a flow velocity, and a magnetic flux density. The flow rate calculating unit extracts a variation component dependent on a parameter from the ?A/?t component, corrects a span which is a coefficient applied to a magnitude V of the flow velocity of the v×B component, and calculates the flow rate of the fluid from the v×B component whose span is corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Yamatake Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoshige Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7363193
    Abstract: A safety management system includes a processor and memory in which a safety database is maintained. The safety management system receives safety data from one or more portable devices and/or computers, and the system stores this safety data in the database. When a safety incident occurs, such as an accident, the type of incident is recorded and additional information about the incident is recorded in the database. This information then is used to generate a model of the rate of safety incidents. This model is then used to forecast future safety incidence rates for planning and budgeting purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventors: John M. Jacobs, Joshua D. Jacobs, Colleen M. Jardine
  • Patent number: 7363175
    Abstract: An electronic battery tester for testing a storage battery provides a test output indicative of a condition of the battery. Electronic measurement circuitry provides a measurement output related to a condition of the battery. The battery condition is determined based upon one or more responses to one or more queries provided to an operator. The responses are used to determine battery type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Midtronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin I. Bertness, Stephen J. McShane, Wilhelmus H. J. Koster
  • Patent number: 7363196
    Abstract: The guard tour system of the present invention is comprised of a central computer which runs a computer program that enables a variety of electronic hardware components to function as the guard tour system. As a guard progresses through a guard tour, he or she uses a touch button reader to read information stored within a plurality of touch memory buttons located along the patrol route. At the end of the patrol, the guard places the touch button reader in a downloader that transfers the stored data to the central computer which processes the data and generates reports summarizing the patrol data. The computer program of the present invention provides a novel method of organizing security information in hierarchical categories. Further, the guard tour system of the present invention uses a novel method to determine the number of times a guard visited a location in a given time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: TimeKeeping Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Markwitz, Mike O'Flaherty, Jay Cross, Scott Boswell, Dean Chriss, Tom Dutton, Michael Gribov, Tom Morman, Jim Nicholson
  • Patent number: 7359809
    Abstract: The data storage and processing resources required for an electric meter are reduced by basing the selection and application of phase error correction on a root mean square load current flowing through the meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Veris Industries, LLC
    Inventor: David A. Bruno
  • Patent number: 7356446
    Abstract: A method for analyzing a multi-channel chromatogram is realized for accurately resolving overlapping peaks on a multi-channel chromatogram to permit analysis of the composition of a sample. First, components of overlapping peaks are specified. A data matrix Dij is determined, and compressed in the wavelength direction to obtain a data matrix vector Di. Next, the two-dimensional data is deconvoluted, final standard deviation s0 is registered, and the deconvoluted two-dimensional data is reconvoluted to a retention intensity matrix. A quantitative spectral intensity matrix is computed, components are identified, and the identified components are quantified. Subsequently, an eigenvalue problem is solved, and the number n of components is estimated. The deconvolution and computation of the eigenvalue problem are iteratively executed until the peaks are isolated. Then, elution profiles are calculated, the components are identified, and the identified components are quantified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahito Ito, Kisaburo Deguchi
  • Patent number: 7346472
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring and analyzing at least one signal are disclosed. An abstract of at least one reference signal is generated and stored in a reference database. An abstract of a query signal to be analyzed is then generated so that the abstract of the query signal can be compared to the abstracts stored in the reference database for a match. The method and system may optionally be used to record information about the query signals, the number of matches recorded, and other useful information about the query signals. Moreover, the method by which abstracts are generated can be programmable based upon selectable criteria. The system can also be programmed with error control software so as to avoid the re-occurrence of a query signal that matches more than one signal stored in the reference database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Blue Spike, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Moskowitz, Michael W. Berry
  • Patent number: 7343248
    Abstract: Techniques for controlling analytical instruments are provided. A sequence of steps can be utilized to specify wells of a microfluidic device, mobility to be applied to fluid in the wells, and the duration to apply the mobility. For example, fluids can be sequentially run past down a main channel to a detection zone of the microfluidic device in order to analyze the fluids. In order to increase the efficiency of the analysis, fluids can be processed in parallel by running one fluid down the main channel while another fluid is loaded to the main channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Caliper Life Sciences
    Inventors: J. Wallace Parce, Morten J. Jensen