Patents Examined by Daryl Pope
  • Patent number: 10237806
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a single platform that provides controller functionality for each of security, monitoring and automation, as well as providing a capacity to function as a bidirectional Internet gateway. Embodiments of the present invention provide such functionality by virtue of a configurable architecture that enables a user to adapt the system for the user's specific needs. Embodiments of the present invention further provide for a software-based installation workflow to activate and provision the controller and associated sensors and network. Embodiments of the present invention also provide for downloading of previously-stored configuration data to the controller from a remote server, and for activation and provisioning of the controller from the previously-stored configuration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: iControl Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Wade Cohn, Gary Robert Faulkner, James Edward Kitchen, David Leon Proft, Corey Wayne Quain
  • Patent number: 10222864
    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: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Alexander Knott, Venkatasiva Prasad Chakkabala
  • Patent number: 10214182
    Abstract: An in-vehicle communication system includes: a plurality of local ECUs (vehicle control devices) connected to networks of buses, and configured to control an in-vehicle device; an OBDII port which is a communication port to an outside; and an illicit act detection sensor configured to detect an illicit act on a vehicle. Each local ECU includes a reprogramming receiver and a reprogramming controller. The reprogramming receiver receives a reprogramming request signal and reprogramming data from a reprogramming device connected to the OBDII port. Reprogramming for rewriting a software program of a target local ECU is executed according to the reprogramming request signal and the reprogramming data. When the illicit act detection sensor detects an illicit act, the reprogramming controller prohibits execution of reprogramming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Murase, Naoyuki Ishihara, Yosuke Tomita
  • Patent number: 10210741
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure disclose a fall-off detection method for a wearable device and a wearable device. The method includes collecting physiological parameter information and activity information of a wearer of the wearable device; when an abnormality is detected in the physiological parameter information of the wearer of the wearable device and a time of the abnormality exceeds a preset time, determining that the wearable device falls off from the wearer; when it is determined that the wearable device falls off from the wearer, determining, according to the collected physiological parameter information and activity information of the wearer of the wearable device, a scenario mode that the wearer is in; and sending, according to the scenario mode that the wearer is in, an indication corresponding to the scenario mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wenjuan Chen, Yu Zhu
  • Patent number: 10206573
    Abstract: An electronic device and method are disclosed herein. The electronic device includes an image sensor, a radio frequency (RF) sensor, and a processor. The processor implements the method, including capturing an image including at least one object using an image sensor, determining an interest area of the at least one object included within the captured image, transmitting a radio frequency (RF) signal to at least a portion of the interest area using an RF sensor, receiving the transmitted RF signal reflected from the at least the portion of the interest area using the RF sensor, and obtaining biometric information for the at least one object based on the reflected RF signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Injo Jeong, Jeahyuck Lee, Younghwan Kim, Seungeun Lee, Yongjin Lee, Bokun Choi
  • Patent number: 10181255
    Abstract: Methods are described for raising an alarm from an sensor device that is not paired with a sensor network using a broadcast mode. Embodiments at a sensor device include determining that data from a sensor of a sensor device indicates an alarm state, determining that the sensor device is not paired with a hub; and sending a broadcast message to a network. Embodiments at a hub for a sensor network include receiving an alarm message from a sensor device in a broadcast mode wherein the sensor device is not paired the hub; forwarding the alarm message to an alert service; receiving confirmation of the authenticity of alarm message; and generate an alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Sears Brands, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Parag Kumar Garg, Peter Christopher Mullen, Joseph Reid Baird
  • Patent number: 10169987
    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: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: RideShare Displays, Inc.
    Inventor: Dereje M. Demisse
  • Patent number: 10163319
    Abstract: A mobile tracking unit includes a controller having a processor, a memory in electronic communication with the processor, and instructions stored in the memory. The instructions are executable by the processor to communicate with a control unit of an automation and security system, determine a position of the mobile tracking unit relative to a base station using a low power location module, and communicate the position of the mobile tracking unit to at least one of the base station and a control unit of the automation and security system. When the mobile tracking unit is outside a specified range from the mobile tracking unit, the controller continues tracking the position of the mobile tracking unit with the low power location module. When the mobile tracking unit is inside the specified range, the controller determines the position of the mobile tracking unit using a high power location module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy B. Warren, James E. Nye
  • Patent number: 10163329
    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: June 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Gavin Jensen, Jeffrey David Whitlock
  • Patent number: 10160458
    Abstract: When the number of pieces of traveling data belonging to the same category as a category of the current traveling data is equal to or greater than a first number being predetermined, a driving characteristic measurement apparatus selects the traveling data, and, when the number of pieces of the traveling data is less than the first number, selects traveling data whose number of pieces is not less than the first number, from among traveling data belonging to a category similar to the category of the current traveling data. The driving characteristic measurement apparatus measures driving characteristics on a currently traveling road using the selected traveling data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shogo Okamoto, Takuji Morimoto, Kimika Ikegami
  • Patent number: 10152866
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for hazard detection are described. A hazard detection device may include a printed circuit board. The hazard detection device may further include a chassis that provides a housing for components of the hazard detection device; a smoke chamber that is mid-mounted; a carbon monoxide sensor that is mounted with the circuit board; and a speaker assembly that partially encircles the mid-mounted smoke chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Mark Kraz, Adam Mittleman, Nicholas Unger Webb, Andrew W. Goldenson, Ian Charles Smith, Daniel Adam Warren, Mikko Sannala
  • Patent number: 10150484
    Abstract: A device displaying information about an imminent takeover of manual control of a vehicle. The device includes a radio receiving apparatus and a controller, and a projection unit, a vibration unit or a display. The radio receiving apparatus receives the information by radio. The projection unit projects the information by lighting of the projection unit, while the vibration unit is activated by the device in accordance with the receipt of the information. The information is displayed on the display together with additional information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Andro Kleen, Johannes Rhede, Marc-Michael Meinecke, Daniel Ricknäs
  • Patent number: 10147301
    Abstract: A system for monitoring parameters of load equipment is provided. A power connector is provided with intelligence, at least one sensor, and a wireless communication component. The power connector is capable of monitoring physical parameters measured by the at least one sensor, such as voltage, current, temperature, and moisture. The system can further provide an alarm if the sensed parameter falls out of a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Roy J. Itzler, Thomas L. Scanzillo, Shadi A. AbuGhazaleh, Michael K. Williams
  • Patent number: 10147317
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a traffic information estimation device and a traffic information estimation method for estimating a time period of switching of a traffic signal display. The traffic information estimation device includes: an acquisition unit (203) acquiring arrangement information indicating an arrangement of vehicles in accordance with a time passage on a road on which a traffic signal is installed; a determination unit (205) determining changes in density of the vehicles by using the arrangement information; and a calculation unit (206) calculating a display change cycle indicating a time period of switching of a display of the traffic signal based on a time interval between the changes in density of the vehicles. According to such a configuration, it is possible to simplify processing to estimate of a change cycle of the traffic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Hirata, Junya Ujiie, Michinori Yoshida, Yoshihiro Tomaru, Mitsuo Shimotani, Ryo Okabe
  • Patent number: 10147125
    Abstract: An dynamic electronic communication device. The tag according to embodiments of the invention is designed or set to discount, promote, incentivize, or apply information at certain states or within a certain timeframe at initial deployment, the tags themselves being capable of handling the logic. The tag generally includes a circuit, such as a silicon chip, that controls a flexible printed display, which displays the information when applied. The tag is optionally encapsulated in a plastic or glass case. The tag is made of a suitably small size such that the tag can easily be placed on individual items, and can be secured to other objects via an adhesive backing, sewn in, pinned on, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Molex, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew P. Timm, Jeffrey T. Griffin, John M. Heitzinger, David G. Sime
  • Patent number: 10140847
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for alarm initiation when a sensor is intentionally jammed. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a connected home system can include a controller device and a sensor device. The sensor device can include a processor and memory. The memory can store sensor instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the sensor device to perform sensor operations. In particular, the sensor device can detect a jamming signal originating, for example, from a jamming device that is intentionally attempting to jam operations of the sensor device. The sensor device can determine whether the jamming signal is above a jamming alarm threshold. If the sensor device determines that the jamming signal is above the jamming alarm threshold, the sensor device can generate a jamming alarm event that is directed to the controller device. The sensor device can send the jamming alarm event to the controller device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Digital Life, Inc.
    Inventor: Plamen H. Vanchev
  • Patent number: 10140824
    Abstract: A merchandise security device is provided. The merchandise security device may include a base configured to be attached to a support surface. The base includes an alarm circuit and a tether, and the tether is configured to be extended and retracted relative to the base and to be coupled to one or more items of merchandise. The alarm circuit is configured to detect removal of the base from the support surface, cutting of the tether, and/or removal of the tether. In addition, the security device includes a lock mechanism configured to lock to the tether for securing the one or more items of merchandise to the tether, wherein one or more items of merchandise are removable from the tether when the lock mechanism is unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Schultz, Christopher J. Fawcett
  • Patent number: 10139298
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for detecting a driver's hands-off may include a torque sensor that detects a torque signal generated from a steering wheel of a vehicle, a vibration generator that generates a reference vibration to the steering wheel of the vehicle, a filter that extracts a torque signal of a vibration frequency band from the detected torque signal, and a controller that activates the vibration generator when a change rate of the detected torque signal exceeds a threshold value and determines whether the driver's hands-off occurs based on a change of the torque signal extracted by the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hoi Won Kim, Dae Young Kim, Min Yong Shin, Dong Gu Lee, Dong Eon Oh
  • Patent number: 10137859
    Abstract: An automotive security apparatus, comprising: a security-terminal, configured to receive security-location-information representative of a location of the automotive security apparatus or a vehicle key; and a vehicle-location-terminal, configured to receive vehicle-location-information representative of a location of a vehicle, a processor, configured to compare the security-location-information with the vehicle-location-information, and determine a security-condition-signal based on whether the location of the automotive security apparatus or the vehicle key is inside or outside of a predetermined-proximity of the location of the vehicle; and an output-terminal, configured to provide the security-condition-signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Timotheus Arthur van Roermund, Claas-Henrik Moeller
  • Patent number: 10124812
    Abstract: An in-vehicle alert apparatus includes a camera sensor, a radar sensor, a display unit, and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit specifies a position and a relative speed of an object by selectively using any of a fusion method and a camera-alone method. The electronic control unit extracts an obstacle and calculates a margin time period in which the obstacle reaches a tip end region of a host vehicle. The electronic control unit displays an alert screen that guides driver's line of sight in a direction of the obstacle having the margin time period less than or equal to a threshold. The electronic control unit prohibits display of a new alert screen while a first predetermined time period elapses from switching to the camera-alone method, and while a second predetermined time period elapses from switching to the fusion method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Teppei Ohta