Patents Examined by David S. Warren
  • Patent number: 10971121
    Abstract: A system for platform-independent visualization of audio content, in particular audio tracks utilizing a central computer system in communication with user devices via a computer network. The central system utilizes various algorithms to identify spoken content from audio tracks and selects visual assets associated with the identified content. Thereafter, a visualized audio track is available for users to listen and view. Audio tracks, for example Podcasts, may be segmented into topical audio segments based upon themes or topics, with segments from disparate podcasts combined into a single listening experience, based upon certain criteria, e.g., topics, themes, keywords, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Tree Goat Media, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Kakoyiannis, Sherry Mills, Christoforos Lambrou, Vladimir Canic, Srdjan Jovanovic
  • Patent number: 10964297
    Abstract: A device for adjusting the length of a cord for carrying a wind instrument comprises two parts which can be pushed into one another, of which the first cup-shaped part has a recess and four openings and the second part has, as insert, a groove with a U-turn as well as a recess and two guide grooves. A cord piece is guided around the groove, out of the device and through an eyelet of a hook. A further cord piece is guided through the guide grooves and the four openings. The device allows the cord piece to be guided through the groove, which is completely separated from the guidance of cord pieces through the guide grooves. The guide grooves contain elements for deflecting and inhibiting the movement of the cord pieces. The device enables a stable and torsion-proof handling of the length adjustment of the cord. The device makes it possible that the cord length cannot adjust automatically, not even if the cord is not tensioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Silvin Jancic
  • Patent number: 10961082
    Abstract: An elevator system is provided. Aspects includes at least one elevator car and a camera affixed to the at least one elevator car, wherein the camera is operated by a controller. The controller is configured to automatically capture, from the camera, media associated with a set of locations, wherein the set of locations are associated with the at least one elevator car. A transceiver transmits one or more sequences of the media captured from the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Sandeep Sudi, Frank Higgins
  • Patent number: 10962931
    Abstract: A metronome including a sensor capable of detecting an event and a controller in communication with the sensor and which controls the metronomes response to the event. The controller may receive a signal from the sensor indicating an occurrence of the event, and the controller, in response, may generate a signal to adjust characteristics of the metronome in response to the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: CLIKBRIK, LLC
    Inventors: Konrad Meissner, Edwin Booth, Michael Glaser, Carla Diana
  • Patent number: 10964227
    Abstract: Collaboratively creating musical harmonies includes receiving a user selection of a particular harmony. In response to this selection, there is displayed on a display screen of a computing device a plurality of musical note indicators or notes to specify a first harmony part of a musical piece to be performed. Real-time pitch detection is used to determine a pitch of each note which is voiced by a person, and a graphic indication of the actual pitch which is sung is displayed in conjunction with the musical note indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: HARMONY HELPER, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Goren, Michael Holroyd, Lindsay Ifill
  • Patent number: 10965224
    Abstract: A method for levitation control of a linear motor includes supplying an alternating current or alternating voltage to at least one oscillating circuit including at least one sensing coil being or assumed to be arranged in a fixed spatial correlation to a mover part of the linear motor such that an opening plane of the sensing coil faces a sensor counter-surface of a stator part of the linear motor with a gap therebetween; receiving a response signal from the oscillating circuit; determining a gap length of the gap based on the response signal; and controlling the gap length by driving a magnetic levitation unit of the linear motor based on the determined gap length. An inductive sensing device and an elevator system, and a method for determining a position of the linear motor are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Henry Piitulainen, Seppo Suur-Askola, Tero Purosto
  • Patent number: 10957296
    Abstract: An apparatus for facilitating control of midi-sequence generation is disclosed. The apparatus may include a midi-sequence module configured to store a plurality of main midi sequences, store a plurality of fill midi sequences, and playback a plurality of main midi sequences and the plurality of fill midi sequences. The apparatus can also include a first foot-operable switch configured to operate the midi-sequence module, an instrument input, and a looping means configured to record a plurality of signals received from the instrument input, generate a plurality of recorded loops associated with the plurality of recorded signals, store the plurality of recorded loops, and playback each of the plurality of recorded loops. The apparatus can also include a second foot-operable switch configured to operate the looping means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Intelliterran, Inc.
    Inventor: David Packouz
  • Patent number: 10947087
    Abstract: An elevator system (1) comprises: a hoistway (4) extending between a plurality of landings (8, 9); at least one hoistway door (10, 11) allowing access to the hoistway (4); an elevator car (6), which is configured to move along the hoistway (4); at least one safety (16), which is attached to the elevator car (6) and configured to stop any movement of the elevator car (6) when activated; an electronic safety actuator (18), which is configured to activate and deactivate the at least one safety (16); and a door safety switch (20), which is configured to monitor the at least one hoistway door (10, 11) and which is connected with the electronic safety actuator in order to allow activating the at least one safety (16), if the door safety switch (20) detects that the at least one hoistway door (10, 11) is not closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Peter Herkel, Dirk H. Tegtmeier
  • Patent number: 10947085
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method a sequence triggering of a call for an elevator car of an elevator system. The elevator system including a first location device and a second location device. The computer-implemented method including detecting, by the mobile device, a first triggering signal by the first location device and detecting, by the mobile device, a second triggering signal by the second location device subsequent to the detection of the first triggering signal. The computer-implemented method also including automatically executing, by the mobile device, the call for the elevator car of the elevator system in response to the detection of the second triggering signal subsequent to the detection of the first triggering signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Stephen Richard Nichols, Bradley Armand Scoville, Harrison Daniels, Paul A. Simcik
  • Patent number: 10947086
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method a sequence triggering of a call for an elevator car of an elevator system. The elevator system including a first location device and a second location device. The computer-implemented method including detecting, by the first location device, a signal by the mobile device and detecting, by the second location device, the signal by the mobile device. The computer-implemented method also including automatically executing, by the elevator system, the call for the elevator car in response to the detection by the second location device of the signal subsequent to the detection of the signal by the first location device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Stephen Richard Nichols, Bradley Armand Scoville, Harrison Daniels, Paul A. Simcik
  • Patent number: 10947088
    Abstract: An elevator system includes a stationary structure, a first sheave rotationally supported by the structure, a rope supported by the first sheave, and an elevator car supported by the rope. A vibration damping device of the elevator system is positioned at a first termination of the rope, and is configured to reduce vibration waves in the rope, thereby reducing noise in the elevator car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Antoine Adrian Blanchard
  • Patent number: 10941018
    Abstract: An elevator system is described. Aspects include an elevator shaft, an elevator car, and at least one camera, wherein the camera is operated by a controller. The controller configured to receive a maintenance request associated with the elevator system. The maintenance request is analyzed to determine an operational mode for the elevator car. The operational mode is enabled for the elevator car. The camera captures media associated with the elevator system responsive to enabling the operational mode for the elevator car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Sally Day Mahoney
  • Patent number: 10937405
    Abstract: A portable piano keyboard is configured to be separable into multiple keyboard sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Lindley Frahm
  • Patent number: 10934135
    Abstract: Methods and systems to control an elevator door of an elevator car that can be moved between floors of a building. At least one registered destination call is evaluated, which makes it possible to plan the number of boarding or exiting passengers for each stopping floor. For each stopping floor, a corresponding door dwell time for the elevator door is determined to make it possible for a registered passenger to board or exit on a stopping floor. The number of passengers that exit the elevator car on the stopping floor and the number of passengers that board the elevator car on the stopping floor is also determined. The elevator door is closed regardless of the set door dwell time if the number of passengers boarding and exiting on the stopping floor determined by the sensor system corresponds to the number of boarding or exiting passengers planned for the stopping floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Kilian Schuster
  • Patent number: 10934132
    Abstract: A destination call, as an example of an action, is automatically generated in an elevator system when detected current connection data correspond to a stored behavior pattern for the usage of the elevator system. A communicative link between a sensor in a sensor system that comprises a multitude of sensors and the mobile electronic device of a passenger is detected, and connection data about the communicative link are recorded. The connection data are compared with data stored in a memory device containing at least one behavior pattern in order to determine whether the connection data correspond to a stored behavior pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Florian Troesch, Paul Friedli
  • Patent number: 10937447
    Abstract: A harmony generation device and a program for the same which can generate a natural harmony sound are provided. The harmony generation device (1) generates first and second harmony tones to which a voice input through a microphone (M) is shifted in pitch by first and second shift amounts calculated based on both the voice input through the microphone (M) and a chord determined from performance information of an electric guitar (G) input through an input device (34). That is, since the first and second harmony tones can be tones based on the chord of the electric guitar (G) that changes from moment to moment, the harmony sound obtained by mixing the first and second harmony tones with the voice input through the microphone (M) can be a natural harmony sound that is rich in variation according to the chord of the electric guitar (G).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventors: Hideyuki Mamori, Masayuki Nakayama, Hideaki Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 10934131
    Abstract: A ropeless elevator system 10 includes a lane 13, 15, 17. One or more cars 20 are arranged in the lane. At least one linear motor 38, 40 is arranged along one of the lane and the one or more cars, and a magnet 50, 60 is arranged along the other of the lane and the one or more cars. The at least one magnet is responsive to the at least one linear motor. A linear motor controller 70 is operatively connected to the at least one linear motor, and a lane controller 80 is operatively connected to the linear motor controller. A back electro-motive force (EMF) module 84 is operatively connected to at least one of the linear motor controller and the lane controller. The lane controller being configured and disposed to control stopping one of the one or more cars based on a back EMF signal from the at least one linear motor determined by the EMF module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Shashank Krishnamurthy, Vladimir Blasko, Enrico Manes
  • Patent number: 10930170
    Abstract: Piano keyboard cards contain a pictured keyboard on the cards with note indicators on keys to be played and fingering numbers showing the finger to be played. These piano keyboard cards have several varieties including scale and chord keyboard cards. These piano keyboard cards can be used on their own without a piano. Also included is a music notation sheet that has all notes of music notation labeled and a fully labeled piano sheet that has all the notes on a piano labeled. Used in conjunction these sheets' line up together clarifying where each key of the piano is on a musical scale. Also included is a fully combined version of the music notation and piano sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: James Craig
  • Patent number: 10930255
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, and computer-readable storage medium that generate a harmonized musical piece. The method includes receiving a chord selection including a musical key and a scale selection, generating, within a digital audio work session, a chord progression sequence based on the received chord selection, in response to a detected chord selection change, modifying the chord progression sequence to include a chord progression corresponding to the chord selection change, setting the chord progression sequence as a master sequence, in response to detecting a second progression sequence within the digital audio work session, transmitting an identifier to the second progression sequence setting it as a slave sequence, and establishing a synchronized communication link between the master and the slave sequences such that changes made in the master sequence are automatically effectuated in the slave sequence, and combining the master sequence and the slave sequence to form a composed musical piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: MIXED IN KEY LLC
    Inventors: Yakov Vorobyev, Louis Ng, Michael Cupino, Matthew Donner, John Batka
  • Patent number: 10922993
    Abstract: In one aspect, provided herein is a device for notating a musical composition. The device, in various implementations, is structured so as to be less laborious to notate, easier to read, and more simple to employ in notating, reading, and/or playing the music of a given composition to be composed and/or played. Accordingly, in its most basic form, the device herein disclosed includes a template, upon which template one or more symbols may be notated, where such notation is configured in a manner that more closely relates the note to be played with the mechanical action needed to be performed so as to play that note, such as on an instrument to be or being played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Giovanni Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Giovanni Marradi