Patents Examined by Curtis B. Odom
  • Patent number: 10567154
    Abstract: A Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) transmitter is presented for used in ultra-low-power radios in short range IoT applications. The power consumption of state-of-the-art BLE transmitter has been limited by the relatively power-hungry local oscillator due to the use of LC oscillators for superior phase noise performance. This disclosure addresses this issue by analyzing the phase noise limit of a BLE TX and proposes a ring oscillator-based solution for power and cost savings. The proposed transmitter features: 1) a wideband all-digital phase locked loop (ADPLL) featuring an fRF/4 RO, with an embedded 5-bit TDC; 2) a 4× frequency edge combiner to generate the 2.4 GHz signal; and 3) a switch-capacitor digital PA optimized for high efficiency at low transmit power levels. These not only help reduce the power consumption and improve phase noise performance, but also enhance the transmitter efficiency for short range applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: David D. Wentzloff, Xing Chen
  • Patent number: 10560763
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure describe smart sensor technology. In an example, a smart sensor module may connect to a sensor using two connectors. Similarly, an external device may connect to the smart sensor module using two connectors, such that, in a pass-through operating state, a signal from the sensor is passed through the smart sensor module to the external device, thereby causing the smart sensor module to appear as an ordinary sensor and enabling the external device to sense the signal from the sensor. In another example, the smart sensor module may have an alternate operating state, wherein additional functionality is enabled, including, but not limited to, communication with a controller, activation of a light emitting diode (LED) or other indicator, or the retrieval and/or storage of information. The operating state may be selected based on the manner in which the external device connects to the smart sensor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: eGauge Systems LLC
    Inventors: David Mosberger, Alexandra Kaufhold, Robert Cowan
  • Patent number: 10554660
    Abstract: A control system including a detection device and a control host is provided. The detection device is configured to detect a biometric characteristic to accordingly identify a user ID, and output an ID signal according to the user ID. The control host is configured to receive the ID signal to accordingly perform an individualized control associated with the user ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: PIXART IMAGING INC.
    Inventor: Yen-Min Chang
  • Patent number: 10544909
    Abstract: A light transmission device includes body that extends between a generally planer lower rim that is configured to collect light from a light source, and an upper rim that is configured to emit the light. The upper rim may be elliptical and emit the light in a generally uninterrupted elliptical light emission pattern, even if the light is transmitted to the lower rim in a linear or other non-elliptical pattern. The light transmission device may be located within a wireless networking device with wireless antennas located between the lower and upper rims of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Netgear, Inc.
    Inventors: John Kui Yin Ramones, Christopher Vincent Fonzo
  • Patent number: 10541849
    Abstract: Transmission quality is improved in an environment in which direct waves dominate in a transmission method for transmitting a plurality of modulated signals from a plurality of antennas at the same time. All data symbols used in data transmission of a modulated signal are precoded by hopping between precoding matrices so that the precoding matrix used to precode each data symbol and the precoding matrices used to precode data symbols that are adjacent to the data symbol in the frequency domain and the time domain all differ. A modulated signal with such data symbols arranged therein is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SUN PATENT TRUST
    Inventors: Yutaka Murakami, Tomohiro Kimura, Mikihiro Ouchi
  • Patent number: 10525318
    Abstract: A timing display device is defined by an extended length of indicator lights having a first end, a second end, and at least one intermediate location. A controller communicates with the indicator lights for controlled activation of the lights in a set pattern in conjunction with a clock sequence. The pattern of activating starts in the intermediate location and moves therefrom towards the ends of the extended length. The movement of the light activation includes a first and second projected color, wherein the first color is sequentially activated between the intermediate location and the two ends and the second color is sequentially activated from intermediate location towards the two ends, while overlapping the previously activated first color. The indicator lights may be light emitting diodes and the display may be affixed to a basketball backboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Edmond J Dougherty
  • Patent number: 10529212
    Abstract: One embodiment of a monitoring system includes a sensing subsystem adapted to sense an external parameter within a region of interest relative to an occupant support or an occupant of the occupant support. The monitoring system also includes a processor. The processor is adapted to receive data representing the sensed external parameter and to execute machine readable instructions thereby causing the monitoring system to evaluate, based on the received data, a likelihood that the occupant will attempt an egress from the occupant support. The processor is also adapted to generate a notification of the likelihood of attempted egress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: HIll-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, Kirsten M. Emmons, Yongji Fu
  • Patent number: 10516539
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for reconditioning an intravascular device for reuse are provided. The method includes reading first security data from a memory of the intravascular device; determining if the intravascular device is authentic; generating second security data, when the intravascular device is authentic; and writing the second security data to the memory of the intravascular device. Devices, systems, and methods for authenticating an intravascular device for use are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Joseph Hoffman, Jason Spencer
  • Patent number: 10516421
    Abstract: Embodiments in accordance with the present disclosure are directed to communications apparatuses and methods thereof that includes a radio frequency (RF) front-end circuitry and RF back-end circuitry. The RF front-end circuit receives sets of RF signals concurrently and as transmitted from at least two disparate communication networks. The front-end circuitry includes a tunable radio having at least one antenna feeding signal conditioning and down conversion circuitry, and decimation circuitry. The decimation circuitry filters and decimates data associated with the RF signals into a plurality of digital data streams. The RF back-end circuitry includes a plurality of digital-signal processors (DSPs) that extract raw data packets from the digital data streams and a microprocessor. The microprocessor transmits the plurality of digital data streams to the plurality of DSPs and transmits the extracted raw data packets, received from the plurality of DSPs, to an end-user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Damian Bonicatto, Stuart Haug
  • Patent number: 10515550
    Abstract: In some examples, an electronic device includes a communication interface and at least one processor configured to exchange information with another device via the communication interface to allow transfer of control of operable aspects of a vehicle from a source entity to a target entity. In further examples, a method includes exchanging, by an electronic device, information with another device over a communication medium to allow transfer of control of operable aspects of a vehicle from a source entity to a target entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Michael Peter Montemurro, James Randolph Winter Lepp, Jeffrey Scott Dever
  • Patent number: 10507799
    Abstract: A system and method of tracking a location of a vehicle while the vehicle is in a primary propulsion off state. The method includes: obtaining an initial vehicle location of the vehicle; detecting a vehicle trigger condition while the vehicle is in the primary propulsion off state; determining whether the vehicle has moved more than a first predetermined threshold distance from the initial vehicle location while the vehicle is in the primary propulsion off state; determining a vehicle activity factor and a vehicle location classification factor; and when it is determined that the vehicle has moved more than the first predetermined threshold distance from the initial vehicle location, carrying out a vehicle location tracking process while the vehicle is in the primary propulsion off state based on the vehicle activity factor and the vehicle location classification factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Matthew E. Gilbert-Eyres, Russell A. Patenaude, Eric T. Hosey
  • Patent number: 10510249
    Abstract: A safety driving assistant system according to one aspect of the present disclosure includes: an acquisition unit configured to acquire pieces of probe information from probe vehicles, each piece of probe information including information of a position of the corresponding probe vehicle and information of a time at which the probe vehicle has passed through the position; a detection unit configured to detect a sudden-deceleration-prone spot where sudden deceleration of probe vehicles frequently occurs, based on the pieces of probe information acquired by the acquisition unit; and a provision unit configured to provide information of the sudden-deceleration-prone spot detected by the detection unit, to a target vehicle that receives safety driving assistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignees: SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES, LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masataka Tokunaga, Shoichi Tanada, Shigeki Nishimura, Hiroyuki Yamada, Hitoshi Konishi
  • Patent number: 10496198
    Abstract: An electronic system includes a control unit including circuitry configured to determine a physical configuration based on a sensor reading, the physical configuration for representing a specific physical shape or arrangement of a client device from a set of shapes or arrangements with each shape or arrangement therein corresponding to a respective configuration; generate an operational mode based on the physical configuration for operating the client device; and a storage unit including memory, coupled to the control unit, configured to store the physical configuration, the operational mode, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung Hyuck Lee
  • Patent number: 10486801
    Abstract: A system (40) for controlling a ground lateral trajectory of an aircraft includes a command module (120) configured to generate a command of an instruction lateral trajectory, a limiting module (58) configured to determine, as a function of a speed and a maximum authorized sideslip angle of the wheel (5) of the aircraft, a steering angle range of the wheel (5) such that, the steering angle of the wheel (5) being in this range, the steering angle of the wheel (5) is smaller than the maximum steering angle, and a control module (130) configured to determine, as a function of the command, an instruction steering angle included in the range and able to cause a lateral movement of the aircraft according to or tending toward the instruction trajectory, and to send a steering instruction to the wheel (5) in order to orient it along the instruction angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: DASSAULT AVIATION
    Inventors: Olivier Cantinaud, Laurent Goerig, Julien Prodigue
  • Patent number: 10488933
    Abstract: The present application relates generally to haptic actuators. For example, the application is directed to high performance parallel plate actuators, and more particularly an actuator that can be used to provide haptic feedback in a variety applications such as buttons, panels, track pads, touch panels, wearables, gaming devices and/or touch-sensitive surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vahid Khoshkava, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10490039
    Abstract: A detection device coupled to an item includes a sensor configured to detect user interaction with the item and transmit a signal related to the user interaction and the item. A processor of the detection device receives the signal and determines a type of the user interaction and information about the item based on the signal. The detection device is configured to transmit a signal indicating the type of the user interaction and the information about the item. A server is configured to receive the signal (e.g., from the detection device or a HUB) and determine a user interaction profile associated with the item. The user interaction profile can indicate data about one or more users' interaction with the item or data about the item. The server is also configured to output data indicating the user interaction profile via a graphical user interface or store the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Martin, Jason Ngo, Kyle Wahl, Samuel Wildman, Julia Kieserman, Tanvir Talukder
  • Patent number: 10461985
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for signal generation, reception, and calibration involving quadrature modulation and frequency conversion. Embodiments of the present invention provide extremely wide bandwidth, high spectral purity, versatility and adaptability in configuration, and ease of calibration, and are particularly well-adapted for use in integrated circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: VAYYAR IMAGING LTD.
    Inventors: Zivi Nadiri, Jonathan Rosenfeld, Naftali Chayat
  • Patent number: 10457197
    Abstract: A vehicle for conveying passengers includes an interior space for accommodating the passengers, a door area for entering and leaving the interior space, and a sensor arranged at the door area. The sensor is configured to emit an electromagnetic signal in which an individual identification of the door area is encoded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Bombardier Transportation GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Joachim Kirchner
  • Patent number: 10459611
    Abstract: A method and system for anonymously associating a workstation user's station control preferences with a workstation, the method comprising the steps of correlating anonymous user IDs with user preference sets in a database, obtaining input from a user at a workstation, comparing the user input to the anonymous user IDs to distinguish one distinguished user from other users without determining the identity of the user, accessing the user preference set associated with the distinguished user and controlling workstation affordances per the accessed user preferences while the user is located within a present zone proximate the workstation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Darrin Sculley, Bo Anderson, Rachel Anne Neiman, Brandon Buckingham
  • Patent number: 10460598
    Abstract: A driving action classifying apparatus has a driving-action-symbol acquiring unit configured to acquire position information on a vehicle and driving action symbols, which are data obtained by converting driving actions of the vehicle into symbols; and a tendency symbolizing unit configured to collect the driving action symbols corresponding to a same or similar place acquired from a plurality of vehicles and generate driving tendency symbols, which are data obtained by converting into a symbol a frequency distribution of the driving action symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshiki Kashiwakura, Yusuke Tanaka, Chihiro Sannomiya, Keisuke Kurihara, Tadahiro Kashiwai, Ryo Neyama