Patents Examined by Curtis Kuntz
  • Patent number: 11326936
    Abstract: A distributed acoustic system (DAS) may comprise an interrogator and an umbilical line attached at one end to the interrogator, a downhole fiber attached to the umbilical line at the end opposite the interrogator. The interrogator may further include a proximal circulator, a distal circulator connected to the proximal circulator by a first fiber optic cable, and a second fiber optic cable connecting the proximal circulator and the distal circulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Ellmauthaler, Glenn Andrew Wilson, John L. Maida
  • Patent number: 11324450
    Abstract: An electronic device may include: a housing; a display configured to be viewed through a first portion of the housing; a photoplethysmogram sensor exposed through a second portion of the housing and configured to measure a biometric signal from a body part of a user while being in contact with the body part of the user; a fastening structure connected to the housing and configured to be attached to the body part of the user; a wireless communication circuit; a processor provided inside the housing and operatively connected to the display, the photoplethysmogram sensor, and the wireless communication circuit; and a memory operatively connected to the processor. The memory stores instructions, when executed, to allow the processor to: receive data from the photoplethysmogram sensor; determine a first parameter; determine a distance between the body part of the user and the fastening structure; and provide user guidance information on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel Joe, Minhyun Cho, Seyong Lee
  • Patent number: 11323783
    Abstract: A consumption meter (M1) arranged to determine a consumed quantity of a utility at the consumer site. The meter (M1) has a communication unit with a transmitter and a receiver arranged for communication via a network, preferably an RF network. The meter can autonomously transmit data frames (DF) in accordance with a set of transmission parameters, e.g. data frames with data indicative of a consumed quantity. The meter can receive, within a limited time window (TW) following transmission of said data frame (DF), an acknowledgement frame comprising link data indicative of receipt of said data frame by an associated collector which has received the data frame (DF). Finally, the meter can adjust the set of transmission parameters for transmission of a subsequent data frame (DF) in response to said link data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Kamstrup A/S
    Inventors: Johnny Dørken Christiansen, Flemming Hald
  • Patent number: 11317176
    Abstract: Systems and methods for temperature monitoring and environmentally related calculations are disclosed herein. A system according to embodiments herein may include a memory, a network interface, and one or more processors. The system may receive one or more environmental readings from a sensor taking readings at an environmentally controlled area. The system may further determine a timestamp corresponding to each of the one or more readings and calculate, using the one or more readings and their corresponding timestamps, an exposure of a good stored within the temperature controlled area. The system may further determine that the calculated exposure of the good has surpassed a pre-determined exposure threshold for the good and send an electronic message configured to indicate such determination to a user. The system may use a neural network to predict future readings based on current readings and use the predicted future readings in methods described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Terry Cates
  • Patent number: 11306582
    Abstract: Inversion-based workflows are provided for real-time interpretation of the electromagnetic (EM) look-around and look-ahead measurements. The profile of a look-around zone is determined by interpreting EM measurements of a look-around zone. The profile of the look-around zone characterizes formation dip as well as vertical resistivity or resistivity anisotropy of one or more formation layers of the look-around zone. The profile of a look-ahead zone is determined by interpreting EM measurements of the look-ahead zone. The profile of the look-ahead zone characterizes formation dip as well as horizontal resistivity, vertical resistivity or anisotropy of one or more formation layers of the look-ahead zone. The workflows can also involve interpretation of look-around resistivity measurements to aid in the characterization of the look-around zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Michael Thiel, Dzevat Omeragic, Andrei Davydychev, Tarek M. Habashy
  • Patent number: 11296721
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes a first controller including a plurality of contactors, each of the plurality of contactors configured to be selectively connected to a connector of a user interface, a plurality of electrical relays that are connected to the plurality of contactors, a second controller that is connected to the plurality of electrical relays, the plurality of electrical relays connected between the first controller and the second controller, and a user device or a network component that transfers control data to the second controller. The second controller controls the plurality of electrical relays to provide input to the first controller via the plurality of contactors based on the control data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: AAEON Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard C. Yang, Michael Garcia
  • Patent number: 11295327
    Abstract: Example metering apparatus and related methods are disclosed. An example apparatus disclosed herein includes a stencil and a housing having a display area. The display area has a first recessed cavity and a second recessed cavity adjacent the first recessed cavity. The first recessed cavity is offset relative to the second recessed cavity such that the second recessed cavity defines a front surface of the display area and a peripheral lip of a front side of the housing. A cover is removably coupled to the housing to enable access to the display area. The second recessed cavity of the housing is to receive the cover. The cover is received by the second recessed cavity such that an outer surface of the cover is substantially flush mounted relative to a peripheral lip of the housing, and wherein a perimeter of the cover is substantially similar to a perimeter of the peripheral lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Scott Cooper, James Joseph Vitt, Douglas Brent Turnbow, Christen V. Nielsen, Marko Usaj, Andrej Barbis, Saso Vranek
  • Patent number: 11293780
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gas data transmission method based on a compound Internet of Things (IoT) and an IoT system. The method includes: sending, by a main sensor network sub-platform in a plurality of sensor network sub-platforms, gas data to a management platform; storing, by auxiliary sensor network sub-platforms, the gas data; when the management platform cannot receive the gas data sent by the main sensor network sub-platform, sending, by the management platform, interactive data to the main sensor network sub-platform; and when the main sensor network sub-platform does not respond to the interactive data, disconnecting, by the management platform, from the main sensor network sub-platform and establishing a connection with one auxiliary sensor network sub-platform to receive the gas data stored by the auxiliary sensor network sub-platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Zehua Shao
  • Patent number: 11265626
    Abstract: An apparatus for connecting a wireless sensor may include a charging battery which is self-powered, a measurement sensor configured for performing wireless communication and receive power from the charging battery, and a vehicle controller configured to be connected to the measurement sensor through wireless communication and receive measured data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Sun-Myoung Jo
  • Patent number: 11162813
    Abstract: A method collects data, a physical or physico-chemical parameter and/or an operating state, during operation of a sensor. The sensor contains a measuring element which provides elementary measuring units, which correspond to a physical or physico-chemical variable or the physical or physico-chemical parameter, as raw measurement data, and the sensor has a communication device and a memory. To determine the measurement resolution of the sensor, the conditions for generating time stamps are first determined using a correlation model. Time stamps of successive raw measurement data are generated in the sensor on the basis of the correlation model. The time stamps are transmitted with the result that the raw measurement data acquired by the measuring element are reconstructed and evaluated based on the time stamps using the correlation model. Wherein operating state monitoring of the sensor is carried out by comparing current time stamps with historical and/or empirical time stamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignees: Diehl Metering Systems GmbH, Diehl Metering S.A.S.
    Inventors: Christoph Sosna, Petra Joppich-Dohlus, Achim Schmidt, Thomas Kauppert, Stefan Schmitz, Klaus Gottschalk, Guy Bach, Aster Breton
  • Patent number: 11142335
    Abstract: A passenger unit for use on-board a passenger vehicle (e.g., an in-flight entertainment device) includes a display, a memory storing a passenger unit identifier, a network interface, and a connector configured to physically couple to a connector on a mounting unit, where the mounting unit is installed on, or proximate to, a particular seat of a plurality of seats on-board the passenger vehicle. The passenger unit also includes a controller configured to obtain a seat location code of the particular seat from the mounting unit, and to cause the seat location code and the passenger unit identifier to be transmitted, via the network interface, to a server on-board the passenger vehicle. The server is configured to map the passenger unit to the particular seat using the seat location code and the passenger unit identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Bryan Adrian Lauer
  • Patent number: 11146867
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system, device, method and apparatus for providing the input of user response data into a device body and the transmission of the data from the device body to a further device for processing of the data and then typically for collecting the data for a number of persons to allow an overview to be generated of the individual and group of persons experience sand responses with regard to one or more parameters of a particular item, event or service that the persons have interacted with. The invention allows the data to be generated by the person at or close to the time that the experience or experiences occur and in a relatively user friendly manner and therefore allow a more accurate and reliable indication of the user interaction to be achieved, and hence more detailed and accurate feedback to be provided to the item, event or service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Blue Yonder Research Limited
    Inventor: Jonathan Million
  • Patent number: 11136881
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods are described for purposes of initiating a response to detection of an adverse operational condition involving a system including a drill rig and an inground tool. The response can be based on an uphole sensed parameter in combination with a downhole sensed parameter. The adverse operational condition can involve cross-bore detection, frac-out detection, excessive downhole pressure, a plugged jet indication and drill string key-holing detection. A communication system includes an inground communication link that allows bidirectional communication between a walkover detector and the drill rig via the inground tool. Monitoring of inground tool depth and/or lateral movement can be performed using techniques that approach integrated values. Bit force based auto-carving is described in the context of an automated procedure. Loss of locator to drill rig telemetry can trigger an automated switch to a different communication path within the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Merlin Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert W. Chau, Benjamin John Medeiros, Craig Caswell
  • Patent number: 11137265
    Abstract: An AMI management method, and an AMI management server and a recording medium applying the same are provided. According to the AMI management method, the AMI management server managing an AMI stores customer information including a customer ID and information regarding a meter corresponding to a corresponding customer, requests an AMI platform to generate a service, maps AMI platform information received from the AMI platform as a response to the request onto the customer information, and transmits mapping information including the mapped information to the AMI platform. Accordingly, remote metering can be performed by using IoT communications of various telecommunications operators by using the AMI platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventors: Young Min Kwon, Seung Woo Lee, Hyoung Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 11139684
    Abstract: A network of collection, charging and distribution machines collect, charge and distribute portable electrical energy storage devices (e.g., batteries, supercapacitors or ultracapacitors). To allow easy and convenient access to empty portable electrical energy storage device compartments within the vehicles, if the vehicle comes within the vicinity of a collection, charging and distribution machine or other authorized external device such as a key fob or other wireless device of a user, an empty portable electrical energy storage device compartment that is closed or locked, is unlocked, unlatched or opened automatically. Also, if the portable electrical energy storage device compartment is in another desired state to have the compartment unlocked, such as having a portable electrical energy storage device in the compartment that has a charge level below a particular threshold, the compartment will likewise be unlocked, unlatched or opened automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Gogoro Inc.
    Inventors: Yi-Tsung Wu, Hok-Sum Horace Luke, Jui Sheng Huang, Matthew Whiting Taylor, Huang-Cheng Hung
  • Patent number: 11127545
    Abstract: A keyboard device includes a substrate and keycaps disposed on the substrate. The substrate includes a long slit and an elastic bridge component. The long slit divides the substrate into a first plate having a first side edge and a second plate having a second side edge opposite to the first side edge. A gap is between the first side edge and the second side edge. The elastic bridge component is connected between the first side edge and the second side edge. The first plate is movable relative to the second plate. The first side edge includes two first bridge connections. The second side edge includes two second bridge connections. The elastic bridge component includes a first elastic bar connected between the first bridge connections, a second elastic bar connected between the second bridge connections, and a connecting member connected between the first elastic bar and the second elastic bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Mitsuo Horiuchi, Chia-Hsin Chen, Chi-Hung Cheng
  • Patent number: 11128934
    Abstract: A power monitoring device is configured to monitor the aspects of power being supplied to an RV at an RV park. The power monitoring device communicates wirelessly to a remote device of a user to provide information about the power supplied by the park. The user can set limits of various power aspects. If aspects of the power supplied are out of compliance with the limits a notification of such may be delivered to the user's remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Hughes Autoformers, LLC
    Inventor: Pat Thomas
  • Patent number: 11122345
    Abstract: A universal metering cabinet (UMC) apparatus comprises an input/output (I/O) interface configured to receive at least two data streams, each of the at least two data streams received from one of at least two sensors, and each of the at least two data streams having a different connectivity protocol. The UMC further comprises a customizable programmable interface coupled with the I/O interface and configured to convert the connectivity protocol of each of the at least two data streams into a same uniform connectivity protocol. A method comprises receiving, from the UMC, at least one data stream that includes data from at least two sensors, and receiving, from at least one server, data related to an environment around the at least two sensors. The method further comprises performing data cleansing on the data stream and the data to generate validated data and performing prognostic modeling on the validated data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Bragg
  • Patent number: 11115475
    Abstract: Implantable and wearable devices and system for transmitting signals ultrasonically through biological tissue are implemented based on an Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) platform software and hardware architecture. The devices are size-, energy-, and resource-constrained and implement ultrasonic communication protocols and communicate with each other through ultrasound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Northeastern University
    Inventors: Tommaso Melodia, Giuseppe Enrico Santagati
  • Patent number: 11108394
    Abstract: A method for assembling an electro-permanent magnet (EPM) key assembly of an information handling system may comprise disposing a pair of scissor plate mounts framed onto a base contact assembly upward through a cap support plate opening within a cap support plate comprising a printed circuit board with pressure sensors to record keystrokes for mounting the EPM key assembly, operably connecting the base contact assembly to the cap support plate, disposing a ferromagnetic flange operably coupled to rotate with at least one scissor plate about a hinge downward through the cap support plate opening, operably connecting the pair of scissor plates to the base contact assembly such that each of the pair of scissor plates may rotate away from one another in the presence of downward force on a key cap, and situating the key cap atop the pair of scissor plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products, LP
    Inventor: Jason S. Morrison