Patents Examined by Daniel Pihulic
  • Patent number: 11506747
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an acoustic position determination system that includes a mobile communication device and at least one base transmitter unit. The mobile communication device is configured to transmit and receive acoustic signals. Due to relative movements between the mobile communication device and the base transmitter unit, frequencies of the received signals shift due to Doppler effect. The mobile communication device is configured to compensate Doppler frequency shifts in the received acoustic signals prior to performing a deconvolution decoding process. The mobile communication device is further configured to compensate Doppler frequency shifts and perform deconvolution decoding process on acoustic signals received from multiple signal transmission paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Sonitor Technologies AS
    Inventor: Wilfred Edwin Booij
  • Patent number: 11500094
    Abstract: Sensing apparatus includes a radiation source, which emits pulses of optical radiation toward multiple points in a target scene. A receiver receives the optical radiation that is reflected from the target scene and outputs signals that are indicative of respective times of flight of the pulses to and from the points in the target scene. Processing and control circuitry selects a first pulse repetition interval (PRI) and a second PRI, greater than the first PRI, from a permitted range of PRIs, drives the radiation source to emit a first sequence of the pulses at the first PRI and a second sequence of the pulses at a second PRI, and processes the signals output in response to both the first and second sequences of the pulses in order to compute respective depth coordinates of the points in the target scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Thierry Oggier, Bernhard Buettgen, Cristiano L Niclass, Rahmi Hezar, Shingo Mandai, Darshan Shrestha, Gary Chung, Moshe Laifenfeld
  • Patent number: 11500054
    Abstract: Systems and methods for presenting marine information are provided herein. A system includes an array of a plurality of sonar transducer elements associated with a watercraft and a display. The system causes presentation of a chart of a body of water, including a representation of the watercraft at a current location. The system also operates the array to cause transmission of sonar beams into the underwater environment and receives sonar return data from the array. The system further generates, based on the sonar return data, a two-dimensional live sonar image, determines a facing direction of the array, and causes presentation of the sonar image in the facing direction on the chart and relative to the representation of the watercraft. Accordingly, live sonar imagery is presented on the chart to visually provide a relationship between objects within the live sonar imagery and the real-world position of those objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventor: Jeremiah D. Clark
  • Patent number: 11500082
    Abstract: A learning SONAR system and method including receiving, at an input, mission parameters including one or more of mission accuracy, mission covertness, learning rate, and training matrix dependency; transmitting pulsed signals; receiving return pulsed signals, for instance, using a tunable acoustic receiver having controllable receiver elements; and determining a number of the controllable receiver elements to generate estimates of altitude and 3D velocity based on a combination of transmit power, signal-to-noise ratio, and altitude range using an adaptive spatial sampler of a learning controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventor: Anil P. Chinnan
  • Patent number: 11493979
    Abstract: A dynamic power reduction method and apparatus for use in an ultrasound system are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventors: Justin M Coughlin, Mitchell S. Kaplan, Michael R. Hansen, William R. Ogle
  • Patent number: 11493629
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of sonar acoustic pulses to provide information about the status and composition of aquaculture farming tanks or ponds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Minnowtech LLC
    Inventor: Suzan Shahrestani
  • Patent number: 11493628
    Abstract: Aerial vehicles including one-dimensional arrays of transmitters and receivers aligned perpendicular to one another are configured for safe operation. The transmitters may be configured to transmit signals at designated times in order to generate synthetic waves having common fronts from selected angles. The receivers are configured to capture data regarding reflections of the synthetic waves from objects, and to interpret the data to determine bearings or angles to such objects. Locations of the objects may be determined based on angles at which the synthetic waves are transmitted and bearings or angles to the objects that reflected the synthetic waves, as well as times at which reflections of the synthetic waves are received. Maps or other representations of objects on a scene may be generated based on such locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Carlos Parodi
  • Patent number: 11487005
    Abstract: A method for identifying a road condition of a road. A piece of road condition information representing the road condition is determined using a noise level detected by at least one ultrasonic sensor of a vehicle and a bottom echo detected from a road surface in the area of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Simon Weissenmayer, Philipp Sauer, Christian Beer, Timo Koenig
  • Patent number: 11471912
    Abstract: A Piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducer (PMUT) device is provided. The PMUT includes a substrate and an edge support structure connected to the substrate. A membrane is connected to the edge support structure such that a cavity is defined between the membrane and the substrate, where the membrane configured to allow movement at ultrasonic frequencies. The membrane comprises a piezoelectric layer and first and second electrodes coupled to opposing sides of the piezoelectric layer. For operation in a Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducer (CMUT) mode, a third electrode is disposed on the substrate and separated by an air gap in the cavity from the second electrode. Also provided are an integrated MEMS array, a method for operating an array of PMUT/CMUT dual-mode devices, and a PMUT/CMUT dual-mode device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: InvenSense, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil Apte, Renata Melamud Berger, Michael Daneman
  • Patent number: 11467304
    Abstract: The present application pertains to methods and systems for detecting an underground archeologic structure. The method comprises transmitting P (longitudinal)-waves and S (shear)-waves into the earth. Reflected P (longitudinal)-waves and reflected S (shear)-waves are then received using one or more receivers located on the surface of the earth and one or more receivers located beneath the surface of the earth. The underground archeologic structure is identified using a differentiation between the one or more receivers located on the surface of the earth and the one or more receivers located beneath the surface of the earth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventors: Maurice Nessim, Nicolae Moldoveanu
  • Patent number: 11467297
    Abstract: An acoustic array has a frame and multimode transducers positioned along the frame. The multimode transducers are cylindrical and divided into circumferential transducer segments. The transducer segments each have a common ground electrode and an electrode associated with the segment. An elastomeric bushing is between each multimode transducer and the frame. Electrical leads are joined to the electrodes. A proximate plug is provided at one end of the frame, and a distal plug is provided at the other. A connector is positioned in the proximate plug and joined to the electrical leads. An elastomeric hose surrounds the frame and is sealed to the proximate plug and the distal plug. The interior volume is filled with a dielectric fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventors: Elizabeth A Alvanas, Harold T Vincent, II
  • Patent number: 11448786
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the present invention provides an anisotropic medium for full transmission of obliquely incident elastic waves considering a longitudinal wave and a shear wave by using an anisotropic medium designed to fully transmit elastic waves in a desired mode when elastic waves are obliquely incident to a boundary of different media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: Jeseung Lee, Minwoo Kweun, Yoon Young Kim
  • Patent number: 11448755
    Abstract: Technologies for correcting beamformed data are disclosed. A sonar computing device receives, at two or more sets of two-dimensional (2D) subarrays of a multi-element detector array, raw data representing a three-dimensional (3D) volumetric view of a space. A first set of subarrays of the two or more sets of subarrays includes elements of the detector array along a first direction. A second set of subarrays of the two or more sets of subarrays includes elements of the detector array along a second direction. The raw data is subdivided into slices and beamformed. The beamformed data is corrected by, per slice, obtaining first phase data from the first set, obtaining second phase data from the second set, correcting a beam position of each beam in the first and second directions per voxel based on the first and second phase data, and interpolating the corrected beam positions to an output grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventor: Charlie Pearson
  • Patent number: 11442154
    Abstract: The invention is a system that enables passive sonar identification of underwater items by making use of lift bags and/or flags, having distinctive sequences of bands of sonar-signal-reflecting materials, wherein the lift items are partially inflated so as to present a predictable orientation with respect to the floor of a body of water and its surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventors: Richard Preston Riels, Daniel Greenberg
  • Patent number: 11442184
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention include arranging two cylindrical magnets with transverse magnetization to be parallel to each other along their longitudinal axis. The two cylindrical magnets have a space between them and are prevented from moving relative to one another. An exemplary method includes disposing a diamagnetic object to levitate above the space between the two cylindrical magnets. A motion detector is arranged to identify relative movement between the two cylindrical magnets and the object, and an infrasound wave is identified based on the relative movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Inventors: Bruce Gordon Elmegreen, Oki Gunawan, Wang Zhou
  • Patent number: 11435428
    Abstract: An acoustic vector sensor and a method of detecting an acoustic vector are described. An object suspended in the fluid medium by a non-contact support structure. The object and the non-contact support structure are configured so that the object moves in response to any disturbance of the fluid by an acoustic wave; The non-contact support structure of the object comprises a plurality of solenoids that each produce a magnetic field in a fluid medium. A measurement measures movement of the object. A processing device determines an acoustic intensity vector of the acoustic wave based on the measured movement of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Raytheon BBN Technologies Corp.
    Inventor: Jameson John Collins
  • Patent number: 11438703
    Abstract: An ultrasonic sensor array includes a plurality of ultrasonic transducers, each transducer including a piezoelectric member. Each of the transducers includes an electret member, a receive (Rx) layer configured to exhibit a first d33 resonating mode coefficient and a transmit (Tx) layer configured to exhibit a second d33 resonating mode coefficient, the first coefficient being different from the second coefficient. The transducers are disposed on a flexible substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Yuri Kusano, Yipeng Lu, Jessica Liu Strohmann, Hrishikesh Vijaykumar Panchawagh
  • Patent number: 11435489
    Abstract: Provided is a technique that can more reliably suppress erroneous determination of noise as an earthquake, in a seismic sensor. The seismic sensor operates in a power saving mode and a measurement mode with higher power consumption than that of the power saving mode. The seismic sensor includes: a measurement unit configured to measure acceleration; an earthquake determination unit configured to determine whether or not an earthquake has occurred based on the acceleration measured in a predetermined determination period after shifting to the measurement mode when shifting from the power saving mode to the measurement mode in a case where acceleration measured by the measurement unit exceeds a predetermined threshold; and an index calculator configured to calculate an index value indicating a scale of an earthquake in an earthquake processing period after the predetermined determination period, when the earthquake determination unit determines that an earthquake has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Mino, Naotsugu Ueda, Masakazu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11435427
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing marine information is provided including a user interface, a processor, and a memory including computer program code. The memory and the computer program code are configured to, with the processor, cause the apparatus to generate a sonar image based on sonar return data received from an underwater environment, determine a location associated with the sonar return data based on location data received from one or more position sensors, and render a nautical chart on a display. The computer program code is further configured to cause the apparatus to receive a user input on the user interface directed to a portion of the display in which the nautical chart is presented, and modify presentation of the nautical chart such that the portion of the display presents the sonar image in response to receiving the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: Matthew W. Laster, Jeremiah Clark, Lucas Steward
  • Patent number: 11431426
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems, methods, and computer program products for transmitting data to computing devices via audio communication channels. A computer-implemented method performed by one or more processing devices may include, for example, providing an audio token to a broadcasting device for broadcast via an audio communication channel, receiving the audio token from a user computing device, the audio token being received from the user computing device based on an audio broadcast of the audio token by the broadcasting device via the audio communication channel, and obtaining, in response to determining data that is associated with the received audio token, approval to process a payment transaction by at least in part transmitting the data to the user computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Edward Chiang, Arjita Madan, Sumit Gwalani, Heman Khanna, Kishore Nandakumar, Paridhi Rawat