Patents Examined by Curtis A. Kuntz
  • Patent number: 10764658
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are directed toward a system and apparatuses for calibrating metering circuitry. An example system includes a first adapter including a plurality of receptacles proximally arranged in a circular manner on a first surface of the first adapter, the plurality of receptacles configured and arranged to be connected to endpoint controlling circuitry configured and arranged to communicate over the power lines or by using a RF communication, characteristics related to power usage of an endpoint device in a PLC network. The system further includes a second adapter including a plurality of electrical contacts disposed on a first surface of the second adapter and a plurality of terminals disposed on a second surface of the second adapter opposite of the first surface. The plurality of terminals can be physically arranged so as to plug into corresponding inputs on meter calibration circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Binggeli, Josiah Dabill
  • Patent number: 10746015
    Abstract: A monitoring system can include a dashboard including a graphical user interface display space. The monitoring system can also include a digital twin validation (DTV) system. The DTV system can be configured to perform operations including rendering, in the graphical user interface display space, a visual representation of an output value of a digital model of an oil and gas industrial machine, and an interactive graphical object characterizing an input value of the digital model. The operations can also include receiving data characterizing user interaction with the interactive graphical object. The data characterizes the user interaction indicative of the input value of the digital model. The operations can also include updating the digital model to generate an updated output value representative of an operational characteristic of the oil and gas industrial machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies, GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Munda, Nimrod Ohad, Arun Subramaniyan
  • Patent number: 10743091
    Abstract: According to an aspect of an embodiment, a method may include obtaining, at a mobile biometric-data hub, a first biometric reading of a user. The method may also include, based on the first biometric reading, associating the mobile biometric-data hub with the user. The method may also include wirelessly receiving, at the mobile biometric-data hub, a second biometric reading from a biometric sensor distinct from the mobile biometric-data hub. The method may also include determining that the second biometric reading is of the user. The method may also include, based on the second biometric reading being of the user and based on the association between the mobile biometric-data hub and the user, tagging the second biometric reading with an identifier of the user. The method may also include communicating the tagged second biometric reading from the mobile biometric-data hub to a network-attached device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: BIOINTELLISENSE, INC.
    Inventors: David Jonq Wang, Henry WeiKang Leung, James R. Mault
  • Patent number: 10740691
    Abstract: A smart plug may provide a smart-plug power monitoring signal that includes information about power consumption of devices connected to the smart plug. The smart-plug power monitoring signal may be used in conjunction with power monitoring signals from the electrical mains of the building for providing information about the operation of devices in the building. For example, the power monitoring signals may be used to (i) determine the main of the house that provides power to the smart plug, (ii) identify devices receiving power from the smart plug, (iii) improve the accuracy of identifying device state changes, and (iv) train mathematical models for identifying devices and device state changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Sense Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Ghinwa Fakhri Choueiter, Jonah Wyman Petri
  • Patent number: 10735834
    Abstract: The invention discloses a sensor connection element for a sensor, comprising: an energy store; a first data processing unit, with which is associated a first memory, for processing data and controlling a first wireless module; the first wireless module for transmitting/receiving data to/from a connection device; and a first inductive interface for transmitting energy from the energy store to the sensor, and for transmitting/receiving data to/from the sensor. The invention further discloses an energy-self-sufficient sensor system comprising the sensor connection element and a sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Conducta GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventor: Stefan Robl
  • Patent number: 10735830
    Abstract: A transmitter includes a processor that connects to a sensor for outputting measurement data and outputs setting data based on the measurement data, a current controller that outputs output data based on the setting data from the processor, a current output interface that outputs a first current signal based on the output data from the current controller, and a current input interface that receives input of a second current signal and outputs input data based on the second current signal to the current controller. The current input interface outputs internal input data based on the first current signal to the current controller as the input data when receiving input of the first current signal as the second current signal. The current controller detects failure of the transmitter by comparing the setting data and the internal input data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takehisa Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10730511
    Abstract: A communication device having a wireless receiver configured to receive first signals from a vehicle and a wireless transmitter wherein the communication device transmits second signals containing information about a state of the vehicle to an external information device on the basis of the first signals via the wireless transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Matthias Breuel, Arndt Böhme
  • Patent number: 10726699
    Abstract: One variation of a method for detecting breach events by residents of an assisted living facility includes: defining a first access perimeter within a facility; assigning the first access perimeter to a first resident, in a set of residents in the facility; tracking locations of resident wearable devices associated with residents, in the set of residents, within the facility; disabling a first subregion within the first access perimeter coincident a second location of a second resident, in the set of residents, flagged for separation from the first resident; and, in response to a first location of a first resident wearable device associated with the first resident falling outside of the first access perimeter, distributing a first breach event prompt to assist the first resident, proximal the first location, to care provider mobile devices associated with care providers affiliated with the facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: PHILIPS NORTH AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Vikram Devdas, Shane McNamara, Christopher Pang, Richard Heaton
  • Patent number: 10726500
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for identifying a property usage type based upon sensor data includes, with customer permission or affirmative consent, receiving data generated by various sensors; generating a report that includes a listing of events recorded by each sensor; analyzing data from the report to determine a property usage type score; receiving data regarding types and levels of insurance coverage associated with the property usage type score; receiving data derived from a homeowner's insurance policy; comparing the types and levels of insurance coverage associated with the property usage type score with the types and levels of insurance coverage from the homeowner's current insurance policy; and transmitting a message to the homeowner to update their insurance policy if there are differences between (i) the insurance coverage that the homeowner has, and (ii) the insurance coverage the homeowner should have based upon the property usage type score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Rajiv Shah, Michael S. Jacob, Sripriya Sundararaman, Jeffrey D. Hevrin, Jeffrey G. Kinsey, Phillip Sangpil Moon, Ellakate LeFebre, Sunish Menon, Jeffrey W. Stoiber, James Dykeman, Erin Olander, Lucas Allen
  • Patent number: 10726494
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for identifying a property usage type based upon sensor data includes, with customer permission or affirmative consent, receiving data generated by various sensors; generating a report that includes a listing of events recorded by each sensor; analyzing data from the report to determine a property usage type score; receiving data regarding types and levels of insurance coverage associated with the property usage type score; receiving data derived from a homeowner's insurance policy; comparing the types and levels of insurance coverage associated with the property usage type score with the types and levels of insurance coverage from the homeowner's current insurance policy; and transmitting a message to the homeowner to update their insurance policy if there are differences between (i) the insurance coverage that the homeowner has, and (ii) the insurance coverage the homeowner should have based upon the property usage type score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Rajiv Shah, Michael Shawn Jacob, Sripriya Sundararaman, Jeffrey David Hevrin, Jeffrey Kinsey, Phillip Sangpil Moon, EllaKate LeFebre, Sunish Menon, Jeffrey Wilson Stoiber, James Nolan Dykeman, Erin Ann Olander, Lucas Allen
  • Patent number: 10724354
    Abstract: A system may include a monitoring device that may receive data associated with one or more properties of a well. The well may produce a flow of hydrocarbons. The monitoring device may receive data associated with the well and determine whether the flow of hydrocarbons includes a percentage of water greater than a threshold based on whether the data is outside a profile associated with the flow of hydrocarbons at the well over time. The monitoring device may then send an alarm notification to another device indicating an increased water cut in the flow of hydrocarbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Sensia Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Srikanth G. Mashetty, Miguel Armando Machado
  • Patent number: 10718207
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods, and systems are described herein for transmission of measurement while drilling (MWD) data from a MWD tool to a receiver. Such apparatuses, methods, and systems may modify MWD data to allow for transmission of the modified MWD data in a manner that conserves electrical power of the MWD tool. For example, the MWD data can be modified to allow for effectively slower transmission of the data while adhering to existing transmission settings. Such a technique allows for MWD data to be conveyed in an electrically efficient manner, reducing maintenance and recharging requirements of the MWD tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: NABORS DRILLING TECHNOLOGIES USA, INC.
    Inventors: Bosko Gajic, Keith Batke
  • Patent number: 10721547
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-contained detector (100) for measuring a physical quantity, which includes: at least one sensor (105) for sensing a value representing a physical quantity; a geolocation means (110), configured to provide geolocation coordinates of the detector; an emitter (145) of a wireless signal representing each detected value and the determined coordinates; and a self-contained electric power source (120) configured to power the detector, each sensor, the geolocation means, the emitter and the power source being embedded in a flexible, shock-resistant shell (125), and in a sealed shell (130).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Marie-Anne Lissandre, Aurelien Ballier
  • Patent number: 10685353
    Abstract: A transmitter (116) for transmitting a secure access signal to a system (117) for providing secure access to a controlled item (111) is disclosed. The access is dependent on information contained in the secure access signal. The transmitter (116) comprises a biometric sensor (121) for receiving a biometric signal and a processor (1005) for matching the biometric signal against members of a database (105) of biometric signatures. The transmitter (116) comprises enabling means (e.g., 127) for enabling an inductive circuit, based on the matching of the biometric signal, to transmit the secure access signal conveying the information to the system (117) upon the inductive circuit being placed within range of a radio frequency field emitted by the system (117).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Microlatch Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Christopher John Burke
  • Patent number: 10665085
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to recording data at a plurality of in-service vehicles operating within a plurality of predetermined regions for which users of a plurality of mobile devices are responsible, analyzing, at the vehicles, the recorded data for violation of one of a plurality of predetermined safety parameters by the vehicles, and transmitting, to a central server, data associated with a safety parameter violation by a vehicle in violation of one of the predetermined safety parameters. A safety event alert is generated at the central server for the vehicle in violation in response to receiving the transmitted data, and the safety event alert is communicated from the central office to a mobile device authorized by the central office to receive the safety event alert for the predetermined region within which the violation occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventor: Randy Boyles
  • Patent number: 10654411
    Abstract: A network system is configured to facilitate a safe service coordination environment. The network system detects abnormal user states (e.g., sleepiness, inebriation, etc.) and provides corrective recommendations to those users. To do so, client devices executing an application send information associated with the service to the network system. The network system determines an aggregate set of service characteristics based on the aggregate telematics data. The network system also determines a provider profile for a provider providing service in the environment describing the deviation of the user's driving characteristics from the aggregate service characteristics. Based on the difference between the aggregate characteristics and the user profile, the network system determines the provider state using a state verification process. Based on the determined provider state, the network system determines a set of corrective recommendations and sends the corrective recommendations to the provider device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael O'Herlihy, Karna Chokshi, Matthew Joseph Doyle
  • Patent number: 10653950
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for independent audio volume control. For example, an audio component (e.g., implemented in an element of an audio setup) may control generation and/or outputting of a combined-game-and-chat audio signals. The audio component may receive user input comprising one or both of: a setting for a desired volume of a chat audio component of the combined-game-and-chat audio signal, and a setting for a desired volume of a game audio component of the combined-game-and-chat audio signal. The audio component may determine, based on the user input, a corresponding mix setting for mixing together of the chat audio component and the game audio component in an audio source to generate the combined-game-and-chat audio signal and a corresponding volume setting applicable at an audio output element; provide the mix setting to the audio source; and provide the volume setting to the audio output element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: VOYETRA TURTLE BEACH, INC.
    Inventors: Shobha Devi Kuruba Buchannagari, Kevin Robertson, Scott Warren, Carmine Bonanno, Richard Kulavik
  • Patent number: 10646379
    Abstract: One embodiment of a method of interrogating a sensor to detect the presence of moisture on an occupant support comprises the steps of A) providing a moisture responsive sensor in a surveillance zone of the occupant support, the sensor being tuned to a center frequency; B) exciting the sensor with an electromagnetic signal having a frequency approximately equal to the center frequency; C) monitoring for a center frequency response from the sensor; D) comparing the center frequency response to an expected center frequency response; and E) if the center frequency response compares favorably to an expected center frequency response, issuing a first output consistent with the favorable comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Heil, Steven A. Dixon, Laetitia Gazagnes, Timothy A. Lane, David L. Ribble, Varad N. Srivastava
  • Patent number: 10652718
    Abstract: The disclosure generally relates to connecting wireless devices based on a correlation between different audio sources. For example, according to various aspects, a first wireless device may capture sound via a microphone and receive audio content from a second wireless device via a wireless receiver. Accordingly, a wireless connection may be established between the first and second wireless devices based on a substantial match between the sound captured via the microphone and the audio content received via the wireless receiver. For example, the sound captured via the microphone may be output from a speaker on the second wireless device. In other examples, the received audio content may be sound captured via a local microphone at the second wireless device. In either case, the correlation between the audio received through the microphone and the audio content received over a radio may substantially simplify the procedure(s) used to connect two audio-enabled devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Joel Benjamin Linsky, Brian Arnold Redding
  • Patent number: 10652683
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) audio reproducing method and apparatus is provided. The 3D audio reproducing method may include receiving a multichannel signal comprising a plurality of input channels; and performing downmixing according to a frequency range of the multichannel signal in order to format-convert the plurality of input channels into a plurality of output channels having elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang-bae Chon, Sun-min Kim