Patents Examined by Edny Labbees
  • Patent number: 9268390
    Abstract: Methods and a computing device are disclosed. A computing device may aggregate a number of inputs indicative of a presence or an absence of a human being within a proximity of the computing device. A source of at least one of the inputs may be a human presence sensor. A source of other inputs may provide an indication of the presence of a human being with corresponding estimated probabilities or corresponding estimated reliabilities which may provide an estimate of an accuracy of respective indications. In some embodiments, if any of the number of inputs indicate the presence of a human being, the computing device may determine that a human being is present. In other embodiments, if a corresponding estimated probability or reliability of an input is less than a predetermined value, then the input may be discarded when determining whether a human being is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gavin Michael Gear, Nikhil Subramanian, Kevin Phillip Paulson, Jason Scott, Milos Petrbok
  • Patent number: 9214082
    Abstract: An alarm system for detecting and reporting “smash and crash” intrusions is described. The alarm system includes a plurality of intrusion sensors and a security alarm panel in communication with each of the plurality of intrusion sensors at the site of the alarm system. An alarm gateway is provided remote from the security alarm panel, the alarm gateway monitoring the status of the security alarm panel for indications of tampering. A central station is in communication with the alarm gateway and monitors the status of the alarm system, where the alarm gateway sends an alarm condition to the central station when tampering at the security alarm panel is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Numerex Corp.
    Inventors: Darren A. Koenig, Michael Gregory, Jeffrey O. Smith
  • Patent number: 9128179
    Abstract: A system and method for adaptive motion sensing with location determination is described. In one embodiment, the adaptive motion sensor is based on vibration sensor readings and can identify different states of motions based on modifiable parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: SkyBitz, Inc.
    Inventors: Rich Battista, Jianming Yuan
  • Patent number: 9123216
    Abstract: An electronic glove communicates with an electronic device and has a positioning unit, a microcontroller, and an indicating component. The indicating component may be a heating component or a visual indicating component. The positioning unit detects coordinates of the electronic glove and the electronic device sends its own coordinates wirelessly to the electronic glove. The microcontroller calculates a distance between the electronic device and the electronic glove. The microcontroller controls the indicating component to generate different signals (of either heat or light) according to any change in the distance, to guide a user to move towards the precise location of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventors: Ting-She Chang, Tsung-Jen Chuang, Shih-Fang Wong
  • Patent number: 9112958
    Abstract: A wireless headset capable of wireless communication with an external device is provided. The wireless headset includes a status indication unit, which emits one of at least three colors of light, and a control unit which controls the status indication unit. The control unit determines whether the wireless headset is connected to an external power source and controls to light a first color when the wireless headset is connected and a residual battery charge of the wireless headset is at a low level, to light a third color when the wireless headset is connected and the residual battery charge is at a high level, and to blink the first color when the wireless headset is not connected to the external power and the residual battery charge is at the low level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Geun Myeon Lee, Sung Hak Jang, Hee Young Kim
  • Patent number: 9082304
    Abstract: Systems and methods disclose an enhanced barrel mounted traffic message board system for displaying information to traffic. A traffic message board is adjustably coupled to a pole and configured to display the traffic information to the traffic. A battery provides power to the traffic message board and a solar panel provides power to the battery. A traffic barrel is positioned around the pole and over a base plate that supports the pole. An internal structure positioned within the barrel couples with the base plate to provide support to the pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Llewellyn Richard Benn
  • Patent number: 9083443
    Abstract: An intelligent notification appliance circuit has a controller and one or more addressable notification appliances coupled with a single pair of wires. The controller outputs integrated power, audio and control signals, and transmits the integrated signals to the one or more addressable notification appliances. Thus, the one or more addressable notification appliances are powered, operated, controlled, and monitored using the intelligent notification appliance circuit. When the intelligent notification appliance circuit is implemented in a fire and/or mass notification system, that system is able to provide integrated audio signals, power signals and control signals over a single pair of wires. The integrated audio signals may carry data indicative of live or recorded music and/or voice messages, such as: mass notification messages, general page, voice evacuation, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventors: Donald Edward Becker, Dennis Ted Rock, Morris Stoops, Jan A. Braam, William Edwards, Bruce Ray Montgomery, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9064421
    Abstract: A system and method for reporting a status of an asset is described. In one embodiment, an asset status is determined based on configurable parameters to thereby enable accurate reporting of departures and arrivals of an asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: SkyBitz, Inc.
    Inventor: Rich Battista
  • Patent number: 9058731
    Abstract: A smoke detector system that includes an airflow barrier installed between a detector base unit and a mounting surface to ensure there is separation between the detector base unit and the mounting surface. The barrier isolates and seals the smoke detector to prevent the formation of condensation in or around the smoke detector. The barrier further includes a cavity that can collect condensation if condensation does occur. The condensation is then directed to a channel that extends around the periphery of the airflow barrier. Additionally, the channel includes weep holes so that condensation has a means to exit the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Alexander Singer Andrews, Donald Dunn Brighenti
  • Patent number: 9052363
    Abstract: A blade closing detector for an electric power switch includes a blade closing detector and an electronic or visual indicator. A first type of detector uses a gravity switch and a magnetic pickup to detect proper engagement between the blade and the switch. A second type of detector uses a sliding latch with a visual indicator rod to provide a visual indication of proper engagement of the blade within the jaws. A third type of detector uses a magnetic switch with a pivot arm and a dome shaped visual indicator. These detectors may be deployed individually or in combination and may be augmented with communication equipment to transmit switch status to a remote location. It will be understood that specific embodiments may include a variety of features in different combinations, as desired by different users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: South States LLC
    Inventors: Joseph R Rostron, Raj Anand, Brian VanHiel, Kirk Charles, Andres Rodriguez, Brian Berner
  • Patent number: 9054516
    Abstract: The present invention provides circuit breaker notification to users. The invention includes systems, apparatus, and methods to monitor a position of an operating handle of a circuit breaker; sense a change in the position of the circuit breaker operating handle to a tripped position; generate a first signal representative of an identifier of the circuit breaker with the operating handle in the tripped position; transmit the first signal to a communications device; and provide notification of a trip event within the identified circuit breaker to a user via the communications device. Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell Thomas Watford
  • Patent number: 9045139
    Abstract: An intuitive eco-driving assistance system is mounted on a vehicle and has an input module, a control module and an output module. The control module is electrically connected to the input module and the output module. The output module acquires images ahead of the vehicle and speed signals for the control module to recognize a speed limit, traffic lights and a speed and distance of any obstacle on the images. Furthermore, according to the driving limits of the road and actual vehicle speed, the output module prompts for an eco-driving instruction and the speed limit meeting the road condition visually or audibly. Accordingly, the issue of conventional vehicles being structurally complicated and costly for conserving energy, only passively prompting fuel consumption, and consuming more fuel can be solved without requiring any additional and complicated system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventors: Yu-Sung Chen, Yi-Feng Su, Shung-Huang Chen, Yu-Long Chang, Chia-Hao Yang
  • Patent number: 9041546
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting a position of a person or second machine relative to a machine is provided. The system includes a transmitter system located on the machine, a locator for being carried by the person, means for determining the position of said locator relative to the transmitter system, means for defining one or more safety zones around the machine; and warning means for generating a signal when said locator enters into any of said one or more safety zones. The transmitter system includes a controller for generating a uniquely encoded magnetic signal and a plurality of drivers in communication with the controller for transmitting the uniquely encoded magnetic signal. According to the method a uniquely encoded magnetic signal is generated and transmitted around the machine from a transmitter system located on the machine. The magnetic signal is received and processed at a locator carried by the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Matrix Design Group, LLC
    Inventors: Aric M. Pryor, Mike E. Ciholas, Justin E. Bennett, Timothy R. Moore, Ben Lemond, Ryan Jones, Tracy L. Hayford
  • Patent number: 9035760
    Abstract: The intention is to indicate a way in which a driver of a motor vehicle (1) can be warned particularly reliably, when he is removing his vehicle from a parking space (18), of the presence of a moving object (24) which is external to the vehicle, on a carriageway (23) adjoining the parking space (18). The object (24) is detected with the aid of sensor means (5 to 9), and by using sensor data of the sensor means (5 to 9) a current distance (26) of the object (24) from the motor vehicle (1) is determined. An image representation (27, 43, 64) is generated which shows a plan view of at least one area of the motor vehicle (1?) and in which the distance (26) of the object (24) from the motor vehicle (1) is visually indicated. The image representation (27, 43, 64) is displayed on a visual display device (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: VALEO Schalter und Sensoren GmbH
    Inventors: Patrice Reilhac, Harald Barth
  • Patent number: 9024736
    Abstract: Herein described is an electro-pneumatic sound alarm, to be fitted on a two or four wheeled vehicle, constituted by an electro-compressor (2), having the function of drawing atmospheric air, compressing it and conveying it to an acoustic group (3). Such sound alarm (1) is characterized in that the electro-compressor (2) and the acoustic group (3) are mutually held by means of removable fit-coupling; furthermore, the coupling elements are rigid and integral with the aforementioned two components (FIG. 1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Fisa Italia S.R.L.
    Inventor: Daniele Righetto
  • Patent number: 9019114
    Abstract: A device management system includes a bus bar, a device management module, and a remote management module. The device management module includes at least one remotely-controllable switching circuit and a detecting circuit. When a device is installed in the rack cabinet, the remotely-controllable switching circuit connected with the device is enabled by the detecting circuit. The remote management module is in communication with the remotely-controllable switching circuit and the detecting circuit through the bus bar. The information of the device is acquired by the remote management module through the remotely-controllable switching circuit. A switch element of the remotely-controllable switching circuit which is connected to the device is selectively turned on or turned off by the remote management module. When the switch element is turned on, the DC power is transmitted to the device through the switch element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Delta Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chien-Lung Wu, Wen-Hsiang Lin
  • Patent number: 9013306
    Abstract: A security device for securing an item, the security device comprising a housing configured to house a circuit board comprising electronics configured to send a telecommunication signal to a receiver when the electronics is activated; a cable configured to establish a conductive path with the circuit board when the housing is closed, thereby activating the electronics; a lock assembly configured to be activated when the housing is closed; and a cover configured to close the housing, the cover having a first pin configured to engage a first end of the cable to prevent removal of a first end of the cable from the housing when housing is closed, and the cover having a second pin configured to activate the lock assembly to prevent removal of a second end of the cable from the housing when the housing is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Racer Technology Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Kee Joo Willy Koh, Chee Kean Lim, Kia Boon Chew
  • Patent number: 9013286
    Abstract: A driver assistance system is configured to display on a vehicle display an image of corresponding surroundings of a vehicle, having at least one image capturing camera; a viewpoint converter to generate a viewpoint converted image having a point of view looking downwardly from above the vehicle; at least one sensor configured to detect a distance or a partial shape of at least one object in surroundings of the vehicle; an image processor configured to modify the viewpoint converted image based on the detected distance or the partial shape of the at least one object looking from the vehicle to the at least one object, wherein the modification of the viewpoint converted image includes enhancing the three dimensional appearance of the at least one object in the viewpoint converted image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Audi AG
    Inventors: Henry Chen, Anh Vu
  • Patent number: 8988233
    Abstract: A data entry device including a housing formed of at least two portions, data entry circuitry located within the housing, at least one case-open switch assembly operative to sense when the housing is opened and tamper indication circuitry operative to receive an input from the at least one case-open switch assembly and to provide an output indication of possible tampering with the data entry circuitry located within the housing. The at least one case-open switch assembly includes an arrangement of electrical contacts arranged on a base surface and a resiliently deformable conductive element, which defines a short circuit between at least some of the arrangement of electrical contacts only when the housing is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Verifone, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. H. Neo, Mehran Mirkazemi-Moud, John Henry Barrowman, Christian Eric Schulz
  • Patent number: 8957759
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer-usable medium are disclosed for providing information relating to damage incurred by a vehicle in an accident. A first plurality of markers with a first set of identifiers is embedded in a coating applied to a component of a first vehicle and a second plurality of markers with a second set of identifiers is embedded in a coating applied to a component of a second vehicle. Markers from the first vehicle are transferred to the second vehicle upon impact during an accident. The transferred markers are read by a marker reader and then processed to determine the identity of the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association
    Inventors: Reynaldo Medina, III, Michael P. Bueche, Jr.