Patents Examined by Christopher Uhlir
  • Patent number: 10407273
    Abstract: An elevator control system is configured to control an elevator car constructed and arranged to move along a hoistway defined by a stationary structure. The elevator system may include a communication pathway and a hoistway control system supported by the stationary structure and configured to send a continuous brake command signal over the pathway. A car control system is carried by the elevator car and is configured to receive the continuous brake command signal and initiate a brake Ustop mode upon a loss of the brake command signal, and independent of the hoistway control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: David Ginsberg, Xiaodong Luo, Shashank Krishnamurthy, Dang V. Nguyen, Richard Fargo
  • Patent number: 10399820
    Abstract: A system for determining stiffness of an elevator system tension member includes a landing floor indicator to transmit a landing floor signal of an elevator car to a stiffness estimator, and a car position encoder to transmit a car position signal of the elevator car in a hoistway to the stiffness estimator. A machine position encoder transmits a machine position signal to the stiffness estimator. The tension member is operably connected to the machine to move the elevator car along the hoistway. A load weight sensor is located at the elevator car to transmit a load weight signal of the elevator car to the stiffness estimator. The stiffness estimator utilizes at least the landing floor signal, the car position signal, the machine position signal and the load weight signal to calculate an estimated stiffness of the tension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Randall Keith Roberts, YiSug Kwon, David Wayne Mckee, Richard L. Hollowell
  • Patent number: 10384911
    Abstract: An elevator system includes an elevator car configured to travel in a hoistway; an elevator car door configured to open and close; a machine configured to impart force to the elevator car; an interface configured to generate a lockdown mode signal; and a controller configured to control operation of at least one of the machine and the elevator car door in response to the lockdown mode signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark D. Saperstein, Benjamin Saperstein, Donald Hagney
  • Patent number: 10377605
    Abstract: Modern elevators involve a plurality of ropes and wheels for ropes in a variety of different functions related to the operation and security of an elevator. The wearing of a rope and a wheel may be inspected by scanning a profile of a wheel or ropes on a wheel. When a rope or a wheel is worn the profile will be lower than in the normal situation. Depending on the difference to the normal situation an appropriate action may be taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mikko Puranen, Pentti Alasentie
  • Patent number: 10360881
    Abstract: A drum foot pedal apparatus includes: a coil spring imparting resilient self-returning force to a foot board; a rod member (or an adjusting bolt) supported by a support section provided on a support post member; and a tension adjustment mechanism provided between the coil spring and the rod member. The tension adjustment mechanism includes a connection position adjustment section that interconnects the lower end of the coil spring and the rod member above the support post member, and that is constructed to permit adjustment of a connection position between the lower end of the coil spring and the rod member or the adjusting bolt at a position above the support section. Thus, it is possible to effectively prevent frictional wear of component parts and generation of noise and achieve an enhanced operability in the tension adjustment, with a simple construction having a minimized number of component parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fumihiro Shigenaga
  • Patent number: 10360885
    Abstract: A method for generating a musical composition based on user input is described. A first set of musical characteristics from a first input musical piece is received as an input vector. The first set of musical characteristics is perturbed to create a perturbed input vector as input in a first set of nodes in a first visible layer of an unsupervised neural net. The unsupervised neural net comprised of a plurality of computing layers, each computing layer composed of a respective set of nodes. The unsupervised neural net is operated to calculate an output vector from a higher level hidden layer in the unsupervised neural net. The output vector is used to create an output musical piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Inseok Hwang, Jente B Kuang, Janani Mukundan
  • Patent number: 10354628
    Abstract: Arranged accompaniment data are created by: acquiring original performance information; extracting, from the acquired original performance information, one or more accent positions in a music piece represented by the acquired original performance information; acquiring existing accompaniment pattern data; and adjusting time positions of one or more accompaniment notes, which are to be generated on the basis of the acquired accompaniment pattern data, so as to coincide with the extracted one or more accent positions. In this way, it is possible to create accompaniment data matching accent positions (rhythmic elements) of the music piece represented by the original performance information and thereby automatically make a musical arrangement with respective characteristics of the existing accompaniment pattern data and original performance information remaining therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10339829
    Abstract: A method and system for teaching oneself to learn to play a string instrument and master it by analyzing one's real-time hand/finger movement/technique/form, enabling oneself to progress and correct one's own mistakes simultaneously. In one aspect, a system for learning to play a string instrument is provided that includes a simulation instrument that includes a plurality of strings, wherein at least one of the strings includes at least one-touch sensing sensor thereon in communication with at least one processor to receive a signal from the at least one touch-sensing sensor and determine therefrom when and where on the at least one string a user applies pressure to the at least one string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Keith Grafman
  • Patent number: 10336575
    Abstract: In elevator journey prioritization often calls for larger groups are prioritized. This is often misused by placing elevator calls for larger groups that are actually travelling. This problem can be reduced by identifying the calling person when placing the call and again in the elevator. The number of people in the elevator can be estimated by using machine vision or weight-based approximation methods. When the number of passengers is not known the possible misuse can be suspected if a person places considerably more group calls as than average.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jukka Salmikuukka, Salla Mannerjoki
  • Patent number: 10332499
    Abstract: A single axis position transducer uses an elongate permanent three pole magnet having a radial magnetic field at a spot along the magnet in which the magnetic field has radial field lines that decay as 1/R. R is the distance from the center of the magnet along a radial field line perpendicular to the axis of the magnet. The spot has a first pole of one polarity, and the magnet has poles of the opposite polarity spaced along the magnet on opposite sides of the first pole of the radial magnetic field located at the spot. At least one magnetic field sensor is positioned proximal to the spot along the elongate member that detects the motion of the spot and electrically amplifies the sensor output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Gary Alan Nelson
  • Patent number: 10325576
    Abstract: An electronic musical instrument comprising a lower frame member having a first end and a second end, and above the handle portion of the first end are a plurality of apertures extending through the lower frame member towards the second end, pins mounted within the plurality of apertures in predetermined locations, jingles loosely mounted to the pins, so that when the instrument is shaken a tambourine sound is emitted, an upper frame member having a first end and a second end wherein the first end of the upper frame member is attached distal to the first end of the lower frame member, at least one strip attached to the lower frame member, and an activation switch attached to the upper frame member, so that when the second end of the upper frame member and the second end of the lower frame member come in contact the strip is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: John Zachery Finelli, III
  • Patent number: 10319160
    Abstract: According to one or more embodiments, a system and method for authorizing a user securing an elevator call in a building is provided. For example, the method includes receiving, at a mobile device, a secure authorization token that includes an expiration time, connecting the mobile device to a backend system using the secure authorization token from the mobile device, verifying, using the backend system, an authenticity of the secure authorization token from the mobile device based on at least the expiration time, generating, at the backend system, a secure access token and a random number in response to the authenticity of the secure authorization token being verified, and receiving, at the mobile device, the secure access token and the random number for use making elevator call requests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Devu Manikantan Shila, Paul A. Simcik, Teems E. Lovett
  • Patent number: 10308478
    Abstract: An elevator system includes a destination control system and an input system. An elevator car is called by an identification-device of a passenger being read by the input system. The destination control system is designed to recognize a signal-pattern that is produced by the passenger moving the respective identification device relative to parts of the input system. The destination control system is programmed to process different programs depending on the signal-pattern. Furthermore, a method for biasing elevator movements of such elevator systems is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sampo Mäkilaurila, Harri Länsiö, Timo Mertanen
  • Patent number: 10294075
    Abstract: A method of operating an elevator system including: receiving an evacuation call from a first evacuation floor; moving an elevator car to the first evacuation floor; opening doors of the elevator car when the elevator car arrives at the first evacuation floor; monitoring, using a sensor system, a remaining capacity of the elevator car; and closing the doors of the elevator car when at least one of a first selected period of time has passed and the remaining capacity is equal to a selected remaining capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: David M. Hughes, James M. Collins, Jannah A. Stanley, Paul A. Stranieri, Ronnie E. Thebeau
  • Patent number: 10294072
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the technical field of elevator control, and provides an elevator system capable of monitoring children use and a control method thereof. The elevator system of the present invention includes: an elevator control system; an RGB-D sensor or an intelligent wearable device; and an information analytic processing apparatus. The elevator system and control method thereof in the present invention is accurate, reliable and safe when monitoring the situation of children using the elevator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Jianwei Zhao, Hui Fang, Qiang Li
  • Patent number: 10273118
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device providing traffic forecasts for elevator systems, comprising a data-processing system, wherein the device is designed to establish a data connection between the data-processing system and the elevator system, and wherein the device is designed to establish a data connection between the data-processing system and at least one mobile device, and wherein the device is designed to receive data from the elevator system and/or from at least one mobile device, and wherein the device is designed to send processed data to at least one mobile device. The invention further relates to a method providing traffic forecasts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Aki Parviainen
  • Patent number: 10246294
    Abstract: A regenerative elevator drive device, a method for buffering energy of a regenerative elevator drive device, and an elevator system are disclosed. The regenerative elevator drive device may include an inverter having a plurality of power components and a converter having a plurality of power components. The regenerative drive may further include a direct current (DC) link bridging the inverter and the converter, the DC link including a first capacitor bridging the inverter and the converter and a second capacitor in parallel with the first capacitor. The regenerative elevator drive device may be a multi-level regenerative drive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Ismail Agirman, Steven M. Millett, HanJong Kim
  • Patent number: 10233053
    Abstract: A door switch inspection device for detecting an abnormal condition of a landing door switch used in an elevator is disclosed. Each of a plurality of landing door switches is disposed on a corresponding landing door at each landing floor for detecting an open/closed state of the landing door. The door switch inspection device includes a plurality of voltage detection units connected to the ground side of their respective landing door switches for detecting a voltage value of their respective landing door switches, and a switch contact monitoring unit for detecting an abnormal condition of a landing door switch, which is carried out by calculating a voltage difference between two adjacent floors and comparing the voltage difference with a threshold voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamada, Hisanori Seki
  • Patent number: 10235977
    Abstract: A guitar picking device includes a first securement body, having a first lip to secure around a first finger; a second securement body, having a second lip to secure around a second finger; and a guitar pick secured between the first securement body and the second securement body; the guitar pick faces away from a user's knuckles when the first securement body and the second securement body are secured around the first and second finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Terry Davis
  • Patent number: 10227209
    Abstract: A system and method of orchestrating an evacuation operation using an elevator is provided. The method includes displaying that an evacuation request using the elevator is an available option, receiving one or more evacuation requests to use the elevator, and displaying evacuation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: James M. Collins, Jannah A. Stanley, Paul A. Stranieri, David M. Hughes, Ronnie E. Thebeau