Patents Examined by Curtis Kuntz
  • Patent number: 10993417
    Abstract: Sensor data captured over time and associated with a plurality of livestock animals can be analyzed to determine health conditions associated with a plurality of livestock animals and to determine interactions of the livestock animals. The interactions specify at least distances between the livestock animals, duration of the distances, and frequency of the interactions. A health graph network is constructed, which includes nodes and edges, a node in the nodes representing a livestock animal and specifying at least a health condition of the represented livestock animal, an edge connecting at least two of the nodes and representing an interaction between at least two animals represented by said at least two of the nodes. Based on the health graph network, a potential outbreak among a subgroup of the livestock animals can be predicted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ashley D. Gritzman, Toby Kurien, Komminist Weldemariam, Darlington Shingirirai Mapiye
  • Patent number: 10994742
    Abstract: A driving assistance device for assisting a driving of a vehicle is configured to: acquire an operation state for the vehicle by a driver; acquire a driving characteristic of the driver according to the operation state; acquire a driving frequency of the driver with respect to the vehicle; and notify the driver of information relating to the driving characteristic at intervals corresponding to the driving frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Tatsuya Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10980218
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle-based data collection and distribution system includes a source of animal data that can be transmitted electronically. The source of animal data includes at least one sensor. The animal data is collected from at least one target individual. The system also includes an unmanned aerial vehicle that receives the animal data from the source of animal data as a first set of received animal data and a home station that receives the first set of received animal data. Characteristically, the unmanned aerial vehicle includes a transceiver operable to receive signals from the source of animal data and to send control signals to the source of animal data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: SPORTS DATA LABS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Gorski, Vivek Khare, Stan Mimoto
  • Patent number: 10961843
    Abstract: An active downhole antenna located in a borehole receives electromagnetic (EM) telemetry transmissions from sources in adjacent boreholes. The antenna comprises a processor operable do decode and measure signal to noise ratio of received transmissions. Data received at the active antenna is transmitted to surface using a high-speed data communication network. The active antenna may handle data communications from multiple downhole EM telemetry transmitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Evolution Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron W. Logan, Kurtis K. L. West, Jason B. Wackett, Vincent Raymond Martin, Mahdi Yousefi Koopaei
  • Patent number: 10965488
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for monitoring a property using a system of sensor units in one or more premises on the property that can interface with respective utilities entering the premises or being generated by appliances on the premises with a minimal of effort and without requiring modification of the utility's equipment or the appliance. The systems and methods are connectable to a cloud-based monitoring, analytics and notification system via a long range network connection directly from one or more of the sensor units. The system of sensors can also incorporate primary and secondary units with at least one primary unit capable of communicating directly to the cloud-based system/server via a long-range connection with the secondary units sending data to the cloud via the primary unit by communicating at the property via a short-range communication connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Alert Labs Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Robertson Wright, Terrance Carl Schmidt, George Tsintzouras, Christopher Todd Kirby
  • Patent number: 10946978
    Abstract: An airborne platform includes a body and a sensor device. The body includes a first material having a first flexibility. The sensor device is positioned inside the body, and includes an electric conductor. The electric conductor includes a second material that has a second flexibility that is less than the first flexibility. The sensor device is configured to output an output signal indicating whether the sensor device has undergone mechanical failure in response to a load applied to the sensor device that is greater than a load threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Stepan V. Lunin
  • Patent number: 10950922
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a battery monitoring device in which communication quality is stabilized and improved. Detection boards are mounted respectively on a plurality of cells arranged in a line, and respectively have a first antenna for wirelessly communicating status information of the mounted cells. A second antenna for receiving the status information transmitted from the first antenna is mounted on an ECU board. The plurality of detection boards and the ECU board are disposed on upper surfaces of the plurality of cells as the same plane. The plurality of detection boards are arranged in a line along an arrangement direction. The ECU board is disposed at the center in the arrangement direction of the cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Jian Wang, Hironao Fujii
  • Patent number: 10934784
    Abstract: A gap joint for use with a gap sub for electromagnetic telemetry. The gap joint has a replaceable uphole shoulder on the male gap joint component, which may be composed of a sacrificial material, to extend gap joint useful life where there is electrolysis of the component outside diameter. The gap joint also has a thicker outside diameter seal to reduce the risk of underlying O-ring extrusion and failure, again extending gap joint useful life. The thicker seal may also be able to withstand higher pressures before collapsing or experiencing punctures in unsupported areas. The replaceable shoulder and outside diameter seal can be used separately or together in a gap joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Evolution Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Robert Derkacz, Justin Christopher Logan, Aaron William Logan, Angelica J. B. Francoeur, Jason B. Wackett, Danick R. J. Normandeau, Riley J. Berry
  • Patent number: 10935579
    Abstract: A current sensor including a housing, the housing including a first module adapted to be clamped around a wire part of a power cable; a second module having a processing unit and a communication unit; the first module further including a device to measure the current through the wire of said power cable and to send the measured current to the processing unit through a first communication link. The processing unit includes a first time tracker; where the processing unit further includes software/hardware to increment the first time tracker if the measured current is above a first predetermined threshold and in that the communication unit includes a GSM module adapted to wirelessly transmit the value of the first time tracker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Damien Franck Hoyen, Tom Corneel Elise Bierhuys
  • Patent number: 10932726
    Abstract: A patient monitoring device includes an ECG sensor coupled to a patient, a sensor coupled to the patient and configured to bio-vibrational signals, and a radio frequency monitoring device configured to produce information responsive to electromagnetic energy reflected from the patient's thoracic cavity. A processor processes the ECG signals, the bio-vibrational signals, and the radio frequency information to generate a plurality of physiological parameters of the patient. The processor also performs at least one of a predictive analysis and a trend analysis of the plurality of physiological to determine a current clinical condition of the patient. The trend analysis includes determining a substantial relationship between changes in the plurality of physiological parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Kent Volosin, Gary A. Freeman
  • Patent number: 10934837
    Abstract: A system for use in carrying out downhole coiled tubing applications with two-way telemetry over a single fiber optic thread. The system includes uphole and downhole assemblies each having unique couplers. Specifically, the couplers may be configured to secure the single fiber optic thread at one end thereof while having dedicated fiber optic channels at another side thereof for interfacing a fiber optic transmitter and receiver. Thus, fiber optic data may travel from a surface assembly over the thread for detection at the downhole assembly simultaneous with fiber optic data travelling from the downhole assembly to the surface assembly over the same thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jordi Juan Segura Dominguez, Michael Hayes Kenison, Charles Kearney, Santiago Hassig Fonseca
  • Patent number: 10927662
    Abstract: A wellbore communication system (1) comprises a downhole tool (2) having a downhole transmitter (40), a sensing element (22, 122, 222, . . . , 1022) located at surface and coupled to a surface receiver (44), and an insulated slickline (6, 106, 206, . . . , 1006) having an electrically conductive core surrounded by an insulating coating. The slickline is attached to the downhole tool and coupled to the downhole transmitter. The sensing element is capacitively coupled to the slickline so as to permit movement of the slickline relative thereto and so as to an electric field to extend from the core of the slickline through the insulating coating to the sensing element for transmission of information from the downhole transmitter to the surface receiver via the slickline and the sensing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Andre Martin van der Ende, Eric Atherton
  • Patent number: 10924824
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for monitoring power consumption based on current sensing, a wireless power sensing device, and a cloud device. The wireless power sensing device includes a current-acquisition unit configured to sense current flowing in an electrical wire and to generate a current value; a control unit configured to apply the current value by a supply voltage to the electrical wire to calculate a power value; and a communication unit configured to transmit the power value to a cloud device in a predetermined manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Ji Hwan Jang
  • Patent number: 10924794
    Abstract: A remote controller is provided. The remote controller includes an input interface; a communicator; a storage; and a processor configured to: transmit, to the display apparatus via the communicator, a signal indicating control instructions based on a user input received through the input interface, receive, from the display apparatus via the communicator, information related to a first control code for controlling a first source device of the at least one source device based on the control instructions, identify the first control code from a first control code set stored in the storage based on the information related to the first control code, and control the communicator to transmit a first control signal indicating the first control code to the first source device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Chae-young Lim, Kyung-ik Cho, Je-hwan Seo, Min-sup Kim, Ki-hyun Song, Suk-hoon Yoon, Hyun-kyu Yun, Jong-keun Lee
  • Patent number: 10904645
    Abstract: A method of switching an operating mode of a wireless sensor includes determining, once a wireless sensor has entered a normal operating mode, whether physiological parameters are detected by the wireless sensor within a predetermined time period; and when no physiological parameters are detected by the wireless sensor within the predetermined time period, automatically controlling the wireless sensor to switch from the normal operating mode into a power saving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignees: Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd., Shenzhen Mindray Scientific Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cong Xu, Hao Fang, Yangbo Liu, Haibo Zhang, Zhonghua Liu
  • Patent number: 10900352
    Abstract: Wireless acoustic communication apparatus and related methods are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a first rod and a second rod. The first rod and the second rod are to form a rod string. The example apparatus includes a first acoustic repeater mechanically coupled to the first rod. The first acoustic repeater is to communicate with a second acoustic repeater to convey data via the rod string. The second acoustic repeater is to receive the data from a first tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Stephane Vannuffelen, Christophe M. Rayssiguier, Arnaud Croux
  • Patent number: 10903023
    Abstract: System and method for monitoring a travel curve of moving part of circuit breaker comprising: device for optically monitoring travel path and comprising: light source; light detection device; optical element having plurality of zones with different optical properties which are alternately arranged, the optical element being provided on moving part of circuit breaker, light being intensity-modulated by the optical element and being received by light detection device during circuit breaker operation. The system further comprises an accelerometer mounted to circuit breaker, control unit for receiving signals from light detection device and from accelerometer, the control unit being configured to determine the travel curve based on the detected modulated light and on the detected vibration signal, the vibration signal being employed to identify a change of direction of movement of the moving part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: David Roby, Maciej Orman, ShunChong Li, Stevan Marinkovic, Yannick Maret
  • Patent number: 10902716
    Abstract: A bridge device, in communication with a smart device, functions to command one or more controllable appliances in response to communications received from the smart device. The bridge device also includes input elements by which the bridge device can be used to directly command common functional operations of the one or more controllable appliances. In this manner, common functional operations, such as volume control, playback pause/resume control, etc., may be made readily available without necessitating the use of the smart device, whilst the more sophisticated GUI provided by the smart device remote control app may be advantageously utilized when more complex or less frequently used command functions are to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jesus Perez, Joven Jubilo, Rex Xu, Jeffrey Kohanek, Brandt Thompson
  • Patent number: 10904646
    Abstract: A movement sensing apparatus for use in a footwear item worn on a test subject, such as a person. The apparatus has movement sensor(s), an embedded electrical circuit, and an energy source. The sensor(s) generate movement signals representing movement of the footwear item while worn on a test subject's foot. The electrical circuit has a processor circuit coupled to receive the movement signals from the sensor(s), a buffer memory in communication with the processor circuit for storing movement data representing the movement signals, and a wireless interface controlled by the processor circuit for wirelessly transmitting movement data to an external host computing platform via an antenna. The energy source provides power to the circuit and sensor(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Plantiga Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Edward Fitzgerald, Quin Samuel McKay Sandler
  • Patent number: 10890064
    Abstract: In a first aspect, a method for monitoring a material and/or a device in a borehole using a fiber optic measurement cable is provided, and, in a second aspect, a system for carrying out the method is provided. The system includes a fiber optic measurement cable which is present introduced into a borehole, wherein a material and a device are present in the borehole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas Reinsch, Santiago Ruben Aldaz Cifuentes, Tobias Raab, Martin Lipus, Philippe Jousset, Jan Henninges