Patents Examined by Daryl C. Pope
  • Patent number: 10600313
    Abstract: A programmable security system and method for protecting an item of merchandise includes a programming station, a programmable key and a security system. The programming station generates a security code and communicates the security code to a memory of the programmable key. The programmable key initially communicates the security code to a memory of the security device and subsequently operates the security device upon a matching of the security code in the memory of the security device with the security code in the memory of the programmable key. The programmable key may also transfer power via electrical contacts or inductive transfer from an internal battery to the security device to operate a lock mechanism. The security code may be communicated by wireless infrared (IR) systems, electrical contacts or inductive transfer. A timer inactivates the programmable key and/or the security device after a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Fawcett, Jeffrey A. Grant, Dennis D. Belden, Jr., Ronald M. Marsilio, Ian R. Scott
  • Patent number: 10589665
    Abstract: A vehicle state determination unit for determining a state of a vehicle, a display data output unit for outputting display data for displaying information indicating the state of the vehicle determined by the vehicle state determination unit, and an information displaying unit for displaying information to the outside of the vehicle in accordance with the display data output from the display data output unit are provided, in which the information displaying unit is configured to switch a display method of the information in accordance with an environment of the vehicle. By this, a degree of information transmission may be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Reiko Sakata, Akiko Imaishi, Shinsaku Fukutaka
  • Patent number: 10593189
    Abstract: An automatic traffic incident detection and reporting system for a vehicle may include at least one of a plurality of cameras and a plurality of proximity sensors, an incident determination unit, a remote vehicle position determination unit, and a communication unit. The incident determination unit is configured to receive signals from the at least one of the plurality of cameras and the plurality of proximity sensors, detect whether incident involving at least one remote vehicle has occurred, and categorize the incident. The remote vehicle position determination unit is configured to receive signals from the at least one of the plurality of cameras and the plurality of proximity sensors and determine a location of the incident. The communication unit is configured to transmit data related to the incident to at least one of a cloud server and an emergency service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yunfei Xu, Ravi Akella, Haris Volos, Takashi Bando
  • Patent number: 10591996
    Abstract: A haptic device comprises a signal generator that is configured to receive an input word that is a unit of a language written using consonant-vowel pairs. The signal generator converts the input word into one or more consonant-vowel pairs of the input word. The signal generator further converts the one or more consonant-vowel pairs into a sequence of actuator signals. The sequence of actuator signals is formed from a concatenation of sub-sequences of actuator signals. Each phoneme corresponding to a unique sub-sequence of actuator signals. The haptic device further comprises a two dimensional array of cutaneous actuators configured to receive the sequence of actuator signals from the signal generator, each of the actuator signals mapped to a cutaneous actuator of the two dimensional array of cutaneous actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Alexander Knott, Venkatasiva Prasad Chakkabala
  • Patent number: 10586442
    Abstract: Techniques are described for selecting an alarm state based at least in part on determining a security event related to security and automation systems. One method includes receiving, from a sensor, a first indication of a security event at the first location, determining a first threat level based on the security event, and activating a first alarm state based at least in part on the first threat level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Gavin Jensen, Jeffrey David Whitlock
  • Patent number: 10584689
    Abstract: A haptic actuator device includes a surface with a mechanical property responsive to localized temperature changes. The surface can include a layer or sheet comprising a shape-memory material. The haptic actuator device can further include an actuator configured to selectively deform a plurality of regions in the sheet; and a temperature controller adapted to control the temperatures of the plurality of regions. A method of localized actuation includes selectively controlling the temperatures of the plurality of regions to be above a shape-memory transition temperature of the shape-memory material; selectively deforming at least one of the regions; while maintaining the deformation of the at least one region, lowering the temperature of the at least one region to below the shape-memory transition temperature; subsequently withdrawing the applied stress; and thereafter heating the at least one region to above the shape-memory transition temperature, causing the region to return to its pre-deformation shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vahid Khoshkava, Juan Manuel Cruz Hernandez, Vincent Levesque
  • Patent number: 10579146
    Abstract: Systems and methods for multi-level closed loop control of haptic effects are disclosed. One illustrative system for multi-level closed loop control of haptic effects includes a haptic output device configured to output a haptic effect, a sensor configured to sense the output of the haptic output device and generate a sensor signal, and a processor in communication with the sensor. The processor is configured to: receive a reference signal, receive the sensor signal, determine an error based at least in part on the reference signal and the sensor signal, generate a haptic signal based at least in part on the reference signal and the error, and transmit the haptic signal to a haptic output device configured to output a haptic effect based on the haptic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Danny A. Grant, Jamal Saboune, Christopher J. Ullrich
  • Patent number: 10580271
    Abstract: An example method may include monitoring at least one tag enabled device, identifying a condition exists which requires a notification, notifying at least one registered device of the condition, responsive to a predetermined period of time lapsing, creating an emergency condition and notifying an emergency service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Double Pull, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Sanders, Raymon Bruce Sanders
  • Patent number: 10580293
    Abstract: A traffic volume determination system includes a table configured to store information indicating a statistical proportion of vehicles flowing into an exit link exiting from a node, among vehicles traveling on an entry link entering the node; an estimation unit configured to calculate an estimated value of a traffic volume of vehicles traveling on the exit link from an actual traffic volume of the vehicles traveling on the entry link, with reference to the table; and a determination unit configured to determine that the exit link is closed when the actual traffic volume of the vehicles traveling on the exit link is smaller than the estimated value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Xin Jin, Toshinori Takayama
  • Patent number: 10569700
    Abstract: An apparatus for a car includes: a sensor configured to sense a characteristic of an environment outside the car; and a processing unit; wherein the processing unit is configured to detect an automatic activation of a turn signal light of the car; and wherein the processing unit is also configured to generate a control signal to automatically turn off the turn signal light of the car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Anita Au, Gerald Chan
  • Patent number: 10574757
    Abstract: Techniques for self-aware light are provided. A self-aware light can determine characteristics of the environment in which the self-aware light is installed, determine capabilities of self-aware light, determine one or more objectives of the installation of self-aware light, perform a self-configuration of self-aware light according to the determined one or more objectives, and determine and execute suitable actions for self-aware light to perform to achieve the determined one or more objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: RESILIENCE MAGNUM IP, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Rosen, Ronald Cozean, Eric Allen, David Edward Mordetzky, Megan Horvath, Anthony John Pyros, John Elwood, Michael Chang, Elie Attarian
  • Patent number: 10575134
    Abstract: An exemplary dynamic virtual boundary system accesses a positioning signal, a corresponding correction signal, and data defining a user-specified geographic boundary configured to change in real time. The positioning signal is generated by a satellite within a satellite-based positioning system and is received by a real-time tracking device carried by a subject. The correction signal is generated by a terrestrial positioning enhancement system and is also received by the device. Based on the positioning and correction signals, the dynamic virtual boundary system continuously determines a refined geolocation of the device and continuously monitors whether the refined geolocation is within a predetermined distance of the boundary as the boundary changes in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Antony Pegg, Elise Neel, Colson Hillier
  • Patent number: 10565875
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for parking assist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Mando Corporation
    Inventor: Hyeong Min Woo
  • Patent number: 10560825
    Abstract: A digital intercom system has first and second master stations. Each master station has hardware and software configured to allow duplex communication between a plurality of communication devices. The software is further configured to run a plurality of settings for directing communication between the communication devices of each master station. The master stations are configured to allow duplex communication between the devices of each master station. Inter-master channels define parameters for communication between the communication devices of each master station. The settings of the master stations can be modified based on input entered into a browser based program run on a first input/output device by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: David Clark Company Incorporated.
    Inventors: Nicholas Cannata, Natan Keddem
  • Patent number: 10556471
    Abstract: A tire condition detecting device includes a controlling section that determines whether there is an anomaly in the tire based on the condition of the tire detected by the condition detecting section. A protocol that is designated by a trigger device is defined as a first protocol, and protocols that are not designated by the trigger device are defined as second protocols. When determining that there is no anomaly in the tire, the controlling section causes the transmission section to transmit only the data signals using the first protocol. When determining that there is an anomaly in the tire, the controlling section causes the transmission section to transmit the data signals using the second protocols in addition to the data signals using the first protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: PACIFIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhisa Tsujita, Takashi Takeyama
  • Patent number: 10556595
    Abstract: A state estimation system includes a processor configured to: obtain first input data related to a first user; obtain second input data related to a second user; perform an estimation operation for estimating a state of the first user and a training operation for optimizing a content of the estimation operation by using i) first training data which includes the first input data and the first label data associated with each other, ii) second training data which includes the first input data so as not to associate the first input data and the first label data with each other, and iii) third training data which includes the second input data and the second label data associated with each other; and output information related to the content of the estimation operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, The University of Tokyo
    Inventors: Hirotaka Kaji, Masashi Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10559199
    Abstract: A vehicle identification system includes one or more displays associated with a vehicle, a transceiver, and a controller communicatively coupled to the transceiver. The one or more displays are located to be visible from an exterior of the vehicle. The controller is adapted to generate a first signal to be transmitted by the transceiver to a mobile communication device associated with a driver of the vehicle when it is determined that the vehicle is within a predetermined distance of a specific location. The mobile communication device associated with the driver is adapted to generate a second signal to be transmitted to the one or more displays. The second signal represents an indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: RideShare Displays, Inc.
    Inventor: Dereje M. Demisse
  • Patent number: 10551926
    Abstract: A haptic calibration device comprises a signal generator configured to receive the subjective force value and the force location from a subjective magnitude input device. The signal generator also receives from at least one of a plurality of haptic sensors a sensor voltage value, with the at least one of the plurality of haptic sensors corresponding to the force location. The signal generator stores the subjective force value and the corresponding sensor voltage value in a data store. The signal generator generates a calibration curve indicating a correspondence between subjective force values and sensor voltage values for the location where the subjective force was experienced using the data from the data store, wherein the calibration curve is used to calibrate a haptic feedback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Israr, Frances Wing Yee Lau, Freddy Abnousi, Keith Klumb
  • Patent number: 10553318
    Abstract: For patients who exhibit or may exhibit primary or comorbid disease, pharmacological phenotypes may be predicted through the collection of panomic data over a period of time. A machine learning engine may generate a statistical model based on training data from training patients to predict pharmacological phenotypes, including drug response and dosing, drug adverse events, disease and comorbid disease risk, drug-gene, drug-drug, and polypharmacy interactions. Then the model may be applied to data for new patients to predict their pharmacological phenotypes, and enable decision making in clinical and research contexts, including drug selection and dosage, changes in drug regimens, polypharmacy optimization, monitoring, etc., to benefit from additional predictive power, resulting in adverse event and substance abuse avoidance, improved drug response, better patient outcomes, lower treatment costs, public health benefits, and increases in the effectiveness of research in pharmacology and other biomedical fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
    Inventors: Brian D. Athey, Ari Allyn-Feuer, Gerald A. Higgins, James S. Burns, Alexandr Kalinin, Brian Pauls, Alex Ade, Narathip Reamaroon
  • Patent number: 10548475
    Abstract: A hospital bed is programmable with new firmware that is downloaded to the bed over a network. The firmware is downloaded to the bed automatically from a remote computer device. The remote computer device receives a message from the hospital bed which includes data regarding the version number of the bed's current firmware, and if the version number indicates that the firmware is an outdated version, the remote computer device downloads a new version of the firmware to the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Williams F. Collins, Jr., James M. Allen, Keith A. Huster, Carl W. Riley, Patricia A. Glidewell, Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III, Richard J. Schuman, Benjamin E. Howell, Timothy D. Wildman