Patents Examined by Emily C Terrell
  • Patent number: 10277225
    Abstract: A switching device, in particular in a motor vehicle, includes a control element (12) having an operating interface (14) which may include a plurality of control panels (16). A haptics actuator which is seated in the interior of the switching device provides a haptic response by displacing the control element (12) in a lateral direction as soon as a switching signal is generated. The haptics actuator has a force-travel characteristic with a second force maximum which is remote from the end stop and in the range of which the working travel is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: TRW Automotive Electronics and Components GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Korherr
  • Patent number: 10276004
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating haptic effects associated with transitions in audio signals are disclosed. One disclosed system for outputting haptic effects includes a processor configured to: receive a signal; determine a haptic effect based in part on the signal; output a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect; an audio output device configured to receive the signal and output an audible effect; and a haptic output device in communication with the processor and coupled to the touch surface, the haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Jamal Saboune
  • Patent number: 10251788
    Abstract: A system for assisting the visually impaired comprises one or more distance sensors, one or more electronic storage devices, one or more processors, and an output component. The one or more distance sensors are configured to make distance measurements between the distance sensor and one or more objects, the one or more electronic storage devices are operable to store boundaries defining a three-dimensional space, the one or more processors are communicatively coupled to the distance sensors and the electronic storage devices and are operable to receive distance measurements from the distance sensors and generate output signals related to the received distance measurements within the defined three-dimensional space. The output component is further operable to receive the output signals from the one or more processors and convert the output signals into a non-visual user output related to the received distance measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Dylan Phan
  • Patent number: 10232066
    Abstract: Indicator systems and methods associated with high intensity narrow spectrum light are provided. In one example embodiment, a lighting system can include one or more high intensity narrow spectrum (HINS) light sources configured to emit HINS light. The system can further include an indicator circuit configured to provide at least one indicator associated with one or more parameters of the HINS light and/or operational performance of the HINS light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: HUBBELL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Christopher Lane Bailey
  • Patent number: 10235865
    Abstract: A hand-washing monitor and hand washing monitoring system are provided. The hand-washing monitoring system includes a motion detector mounted near, to or in a sink and configured to detect a scrubbing motion near a location of an outlet of a sink faucet. Both the hand-washing monitor and the hand-washing monitoring system include a processor coupled to the motion detector and a memory coupled to the processor. The processor is configured to monitor the motion detector for signals indicative of the scrubbing motion that is continuous during a predetermined scrubbing interval and to provide signal indicating a successful scrubbing operation when the scrubbing motion is continuously detected during the entire interval. The hand-washing monitor includes a housing containing the processor, the motion detector, the memory and proximity sensors for detecting the application of soap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Hand Scan LLC
    Inventor: Louis Thyroff
  • Patent number: 10204495
    Abstract: A keyless entry device is provided. The keyless entry device includes a transceiver, a drive circuit coupled to a haptic actuator, and a processor coupled to the transceiver and the drive circuit. The transceiver is configured to communicate, over a communication channel, with an apparatus operated by a user. The processor is configured to send a command to the apparatus, receive a response, including a control signal, from the apparatus, determine proximity information between the keyless entry device and the apparatus, and output the control signal to the drive circuit, based on the proximity information, to cause the haptic actuator to periodically or continuously generate a haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Natasha Margaret Minenko Flaherty, David M. Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 10198567
    Abstract: A functionality of an accessible device such as a set-top box, computer, mobile device, media device, is unlocked or otherwise made available to a user by a security system dependent on an external paired device, such as a mobile device, a key fob or radio frequency identification (RFID) device paired to the accessible device being in a particular wireless communication range of the accessible device. When an authorized user carries the external paired device, this provides the authorized user of the accessible device the ability to conveniently restrict the use of the accessible device and access to various functionalities of the accessible device, such as access to particular television programming or streaming media at times when the authorized user is not in close proximity or in the same general area of the accessible device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Rajiv Singh Cullen Pal
  • Patent number: 10196070
    Abstract: Certain embodiments use image-based technologies (e.g., digital cameras, light detection and ranging (LIDAR) systems, etc.) to monitor a driver-side floor space in a vehicle cabin and warn the driver when a foreign object is blocking or may potentially block a vehicle control (e.g., brake pedal). A foreign object can include a bottle, can, electronic device, keys, books, or the like. In some cases, foreign objects are detected by comparing a current image of the driver-side floor space with a reference image that is known to be free of foreign objects. The difference image can be used to identify any foreign objects in the driver-side floor space, and a corrective action can be taken to address the potential danger. Some corrective actions may include an audio and/or video alert to the driver, or in some cases, the vehicle may autonomously guide the vehicle to a safe location and stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: FARADAY & FUTURE INC.
    Inventor: Xiufeng Song
  • Patent number: 10198948
    Abstract: A low power sensor system and protocol are provided. Particular embodiments of the invention include a sensor controlled switch that senses conditions. While the sensor controlled switch is sensing conditions and the switch that it controls is open, power is conserved. When a valid condition is sensed, the switch is closed which enables a sensor system to receive power. The powered sensor system can then perform tasks such as listen for radio transmissions from a human interface device and respond to these. In another embodiment of the invention a delayed shutdown is executed, wherein the sensor system is put in a low power state for a period of time before responding to further conditions sensed by the sensor controlled switch. An example application is in a battery powered vehicle camera system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Trail Ridge Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: D. Mitchel Hanks, Robert A. Morain
  • Patent number: 10190410
    Abstract: Methods of acoustically communicating acoustically within a wellbore and wells that utilize the methods are disclosed herein. The methods generally utilize an acoustic wireless network including a plurality of nodes spaced-apart along a length of a tone transmission medium. In some embodiments, the disclosure includes methods of conserving power in the acoustic wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Scott William Clawson, Limin Song, Yibing Zhang, Henry Alan Wolf
  • Patent number: 10186388
    Abstract: An example visual indicator includes a base defining a light chamber and a first cover removably coupled to the base to cover the light chamber. A light assembly is positioned in the light chamber of the base. The light assembly has a first connector projecting from the base and the first connector is to pass through an access opening formed in an outer surface of a control panel when the visual indicator is coupled to the control panel. The base is to engage the outer surface of the control panel when the visual indicator is coupled to the control panel. The visual indicator is to enable an ingress protection rating of the control panel to be maintained when at least one of the visual indicator is removed from the control panel or the first cover of the visual indicator is replaced with a second cover different than the first cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Stanley Felix Amirthasamy, Pei Li, Marwan Brama
  • Patent number: 10186135
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to chemical threat detection, and more specifically, to a wearable chemical threat detector for an indoor or outdoor environment. In one embodiment, a method for chemical sensing and detection is disclosed. The method includes (a) deploying a plurality of wearable chemical detectors, (b) receiving an environmental air sample by at least one of the plurality of wearable chemical detectors, (c) receiving an alert of one or more chemical(s) present within the environmental air sample from at least one wearable chemical detector, (d) analyzing the alert for data relating to at least one of a chemical name, a chemical concentration, a chemical category, or a toxicity level, and (e) transmitting the data to a central data collection site. Furthermore, the embodiments disclosed may provide a warning and/or an evacuation route to a user once a threat is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Richard K. Trubey
  • Patent number: 10175735
    Abstract: A powered medical communication hub including a housing and a rear interface assembly. The rear interface assembly includes a first data link configured to transmit first medical data to a processing system and a power link configured to receive a first amount of power. The hub also includes a power distribution module disposed within the housing, electrically coupled to the power link, and configured to convert the first amount of power into a plurality of power levels, and a forward interface assembly including a first connector communicatively coupled to the first data link and electrically coupled to the power distribution module, the first connector being configured to provide a first medical sensing device coupled thereto with a second amount of power equal to one of the plurality of power levels and receive the first medical data from the first medical sensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: VOLCANO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Nool, Dennis Schuerkamp, Cesar Perez
  • Patent number: 10174932
    Abstract: An attachable light accessory for a walker illuminates the forward and downward walking direction of an individual when using the walker. The light accessory includes a housing, a power source, and a plurality of light modules attached to the housing, a controller, and a plurality of sensors including a bump sensor, tip sensor, and light sensor. An adaptor mount is removeably attached to the light accessory, which may be attached to horizontal cross-member of the walker to allow the light accessory to be installed and retrofitted on any existing walker. The light accessory also includes a sound activated sensor for remotely activating the light accessory to help identify the location of the walker in dark areas, an audible alarm that is activated when the walker tips over, and other control and sensor features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Neal Rosenblum
  • Patent number: 10167716
    Abstract: Methods of acoustically communicating and wells that utilize the methods are disclosed herein. The methods generally utilize an acoustic wireless network including a plurality of nodes spaced-apart along a length of a tone transmission medium. In some embodiments, the methods include methods of communicating when the acoustic wireless network is spectrum-constrained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Scott William Clawson, Limin Song, Yibing Zhang, Henry Alan Wolf
  • Patent number: 10163324
    Abstract: A remote battery monitor that is configurable based upon the data from the battery and is able to monitor the condition of the battery while the battery is present in a circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan V. Vapurcuyan, Eugene A. Mastroianni, Paul Richard Strelecki
  • Patent number: 10162344
    Abstract: A system or mechanism for monitoring a building automation system through configurable conditions that indicate non-optimal performance or failure of building equipment. The mechanism may deliver notifications when the conditions are triggered. The mechanism may enable complex conditions and arbitrary user defined contents providing a context of the system to be delivered as notifications of data to configured recipients. The mechanism may enable a configuring event including not only user defined system context data as part of the event notification but also complex user defined conditions as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Cuong Huynh, Stuart Donaldson
  • Patent number: 10134265
    Abstract: An alarm system is disclosed. The alarm system includes an enclosure; at least one sensor, the sensor is configured to communicate a signal to the enclosure; and at least one of a wireless transceiver positioned in the enclosure, the transceiver configured to receive an activation signal and transmit an alarm signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hippi, LLC
    Inventors: Brian K. Hess, Frank B. Clark
  • Patent number: 10134251
    Abstract: A merchandise security device configured for use with an electronic key for locking and/or unlocking a lock mechanism is provided. The merchandise security device may include a housing operably coupled with a cable, wherein the cable is configured to be extended and retracted relative to the housing and to at least partially surround an item of merchandise. The security device may also include a lock mechanism configured to releasably secure the cable relative to the housing for locking the cable about the item of merchandise. In addition, the lock mechanism is configured to receive electrical power for unlocking the lock mechanism so that the housing and the cable may be removed from the item of merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: A. Reneau Van Landingham, Jr., James K. Sankey
  • Patent number: 10127744
    Abstract: A system for regulating access to a resource by a plurality of users, comprises: a plurality of portable access keys, each being provided to one of the plurality of users and having an eligibility level associated therewith; a standard access queue allowing access to the resource by all users at a standard access rate; a premium access barrier allowing access to the resource at a premium access rate for users in a premium access queue, separate from the standard access queue; and a queue manager for managing the premium access queue by receiving a request from a user wishing to access the resource via the premium access queue, allowing the user to access the resource via the premium access barrier if the eligibility level associated with the user's portable access key meets an eligibility threshold, determining an access queue characteristic and setting the eligibility threshold based on the determined access queue characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher Butler