Patents Examined by Emily C Terrell
  • Patent number: 9928672
    Abstract: A system and method of monitoring and controlling powered gas or electric appliances or devices using proximity awareness and providing optional watchdog safety shutoff capabilities including an inline or remote monitor and control system, radio awareness of compatible components such as Bluetooth smartphones and dongles, and optional Internet connectivity for remote monitoring, control, and usage data accumulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Wallflower Labs Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Roman Jablokov, Tommy Pinchuk
  • Patent number: 9918674
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a wireless biometric monitoring system that may be capable of acquiring, compiling, analyzing, and transmitting biometric data in near real time/real time. The system may utilize either the most up-to-date Bluetooth protocol (currently Bluetooth Smart) or a similar wireless protocol. The system may further integrate through this wireless protocol with peripheral devices to expand the measurement capacity of the system. In embodiments, the system may be capable of monitoring multiple biometric responses including, but not limited to: skin temperature, core temperature, respirations, heart rate, predicted tidal volume, chest wall movement, abdominal movement in conjunction with inspiration, abdominal movement in conjunction with expiration, HRR (heart rate reserve), HRV (heart rate variability), body position relevant to perpendicular, shoulder position relevant to hip position, general body posture, up time, down time, and malfunctions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventors: Phillip Bogdanovich, Craig Weller
  • Patent number: 9911018
    Abstract: A Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag integrated circuit (IC) stores a subportion of a digital signature and a subportion indicator that may be used to authenticate the IC, a tag including the IC, and/or an item associated with the tag. The subportion of the digital signature is generated, at least in part, by applying a cryptographic function to an identifier associated with the IC, the tag, and/or the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: IMPINJ, INC.
    Inventors: Harley Heinrich, Lawrence F. Arnstein, Christopher J. Diorio
  • Patent number: 9881433
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring permission to be in a location comprising: a secured area having at least one entry point with a mechanical gate having an open and closed position; at least two wireless proximity sensors attached to a portion of (or the area adjacent to) the mechanical gate; a token device in communication with the wireless proximity sensors that determine a location of the token device relative to one of the wireless proximity sensors to provide a detection data point and a set of detection data points for the group of detection data points; and a system computing device that calculates the shared proximity of the token device. If the token device contains a valid ticket and the shared proximity of the token device is within a predetermined area the system computing device will cause the mechanical gate to go to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Micah Bergdale, Matthew Grasser, Nicholas Ihm, Gregory Valyer
  • Patent number: 9880274
    Abstract: An underwater detection apparatus is provided. The underwater detection apparatus includes a transmitter, a receiver, and a hardware processor. The transmitter transmits a transmission wave. The receiver obtains a receive signal based on a reflection of the transmission wave. The hardware processor is programmed to at least detect an underwater target object based at least in part on the receive signal, estimate a density index value of objects within a given area in a vicinity of the underwater target object, and calculate a size index value of the underwater target object based at least in part on the density index value and a target object signal intensity representing a maximum intensity of the receive signal corresponding to the underwater target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Furuno Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Rika Shiraki, Norio Matsuhiro, Minoru Handa
  • Patent number: 9875630
    Abstract: A notification appliance is disclosed. The notification appliance may be a strobe notification appliance, such as an LED strobe notification appliance. The notification appliance may be wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted. Further, the notification appliance may include an optic that is configured to shape the light output from the notification appliance. For example, in a wall-mount, the optic may be mounted off-axis of a plane defined by a back plate of the notification appliance. Further, the notification appliance may be composed of a back plate, a driver board, and a front housing, with the front housing being attached to one or both of the back plate and the driver board. Moreover, the notification appliance may be used with an adapter bracket, which may be used to connect the notification appliance with one or more types of junction boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Kenneth Savage, Jr., Daniel Walsh
  • Patent number: 9870697
    Abstract: A method, computer-readable storage device and apparatus for providing collaborative area monitoring are disclosed. For example, the method monitors the area via a plurality of sensors, wherein the plurality of sensors comprises an optical sensor and a positioning sensor, detects an alarm condition, activates one of the plurality of sensors to capture information associated with the alarm condition, and sends a request for assistance to a neighboring standalone area monitor using a wireless communications protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: Steven William Frew, Larry B. Pearson, Mark Stockert, Randolph Wohlert
  • Patent number: 9851799
    Abstract: A haptic device configured to provide haptic feedback to a user. In one aspect, a user or part of a user is located on the haptic device including actuators and damping elements. A haptic feedback wave is generated by an actuator and propagated to the user or part of the user on the haptic device. Damping elements receive the haptic feedback wave and suppress the haptic feedback wave to reduce a reflection thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Ravish Mehra, Christoph Omid Hohnerlein, Elia Gatti, Riccardo DeSalvo, David R. Perek
  • Patent number: 9849781
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a diesel engine, a two-four wheel drive switcher provided on a driving power transmission path from the diesel engine and configured to switch transmission of driving power to driving wheels between a two-wheel drive mode and a four-wheel drive mode, and a vehicle control unit configured to control the two-four wheel drive switcher. The utility vehicle further includes a rollover sensor configured to detect rollover of the utility vehicle, and a fuel cutoff valve configured to cut off fuel supply to the diesel engine. The vehicle control unit determines whether or not the utility vehicle is being rolled over in accordance with detection by the rollover sensor and controls the fuel cutoff valve to cut off the fuel supply when the vehicle control unit determines that the utility vehicle is being rolled over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventors: Seiji Itoo, Shinichi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9829480
    Abstract: A portable handheld wireless breath alcohol monitoring device (RBAM) utilizes facial recognition from an enrollment image or gallery of images accumulated over time, and automatic retesting if an initial test is positive for alcohol or of an initial facial match is negative. A location fix is captured with each breath test taken by an offender. After each breath test, the breath alcohol content (BrAC), date and time of the breath test, facial image data, and location fix are uploaded through a built-in cellular phone module in the RBAM to a monitoring station. The monitoring station evaluates each breath test and determines if immediate notification to a supervising agency is needed. If so, an email, text message, or page is sent to the supervising agency. RBAM enables the monitoring of lower-risk offenders or offenders who have earned the privilege of a less intrusive alcohol testing and monitoring program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Mark Henry Wojcik, Gary Alan Shoffner, Gordon William Murray, Gregory Jerome Morton, Matthew Paul Zenthoefer
  • Patent number: 9824554
    Abstract: A system is provided that includes a tracking system including one or more processors that detect movement of people within a secured geographic area, a movement analysis system including one or more processors that correlate the detected movements of people within geographic locations of a building information model (BIM) of the secured area, and an optimization system including one or more processors that correlate the locations of people with a distance of each movement to provide reports that optimize a location of people or equipment within the secured area based upon the distances and frequencies of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Rinas Abdul Latheef, Vibgy Joseph, Balaji Bhathey Sivakumar
  • Patent number: 9818244
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for controlling access within a multi-facility room are provided. More specifically, a guest of the multi-room facility is allowed to remotely confirm reservations to the facility as well as bypass the front desk of the multi-room for check-in purposes. At a location within the facility, the guest is allowed to confirm their arrival, check-in, and have their access credential written with personalized access data that may be useable for the duration of the guest's stay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventors: Jan Elfström, Martin Kjällman, Arnon Alexander, Halvor Aase
  • Patent number: 9792420
    Abstract: A biometric authentication device includes: a storage unit to store a first enrolled template and first information including a parameter representing an input environment of the first enrolled template; a receiving unit to receive biometric information from the terminal device, a second enrolled template stored in the terminal device, and second information including a parameter representing an input environment of the second enrolled template; an authentication unit to perform authentication by matching the received biometric information and the first enrolled template; a selecting unit to select the first enrolled template or the second enrolled template, based on the first and second information, when the biometric information is accepted; and an updating unit to update the first enrolled template stored in the storage unit to the second enrolled template when the second enrolled template is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventors: Kazuya Uno, Yukihiro Abiko
  • Patent number: 9786138
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting an intruder is provided. The method includes monitoring received signal strength in a wireless router and creating a profile of the received signal strength as monitored during a learn mode. The method includes comparing activity of the received signal strength in the wireless router, during an intruder detection mode, to the profile and issuing a notification, based on the comparing, wherein at least one step of the method is performed by a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Anand Kashyap, Qiyan Wang
  • Patent number: 9778746
    Abstract: An actuator configured to provide haptic feedback to a user. The actuator is located on a plate and is configured to apply various excitations to the plate to generate a mechanical wave propagating in the controlled direction. The excitations can be a translational motion of the actuator (or a portion of the actuator) in two or three perpendicular axes. Alternatively, the excitations can be a non-translational motion (e.g., rotation about an axis) of the actuator (or a portion of the actuator). By generating the mechanical wave traveling in the controlled direction, loss of energy due to scattering of the mechanical wave can be obviated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventors: Sean Jason Keller, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Ravish Mehra, Christoph Omid Hohnerlein, Elia Gatti, Riccardo DeSalvo, David R. Perek
  • Patent number: 9779742
    Abstract: A device and/or method for allowing authorization of computing device association using human-perceptible signals includes forming an association between a computing device and a further computing device. The computing device computes a fingerprint of a common key derived during the forming of the association and emits a first audio stimuli based upon the computed fingerprint. The first audio stimuli is at least one octave number apart from a second audio stimuli of the further computing device emitted by the further computing device based upon the common key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: James Duran Newsome, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9754465
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention provides an alerting device for sending an alert message. The method includes: determining at least one cognitive needs of one or more message recipients in the area; selecting an alert message that meets the needs of one or more message recipients in the area; and sending the alert message to one or more message recipients in the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Michael S. Gordon, James Robert Kozloski, Peter Kenneth Malkin, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 9741242
    Abstract: Disclosed is a terminal that integrates control of multiple appliances, where a corresponding control interface is provided in response to a physical design feature of the terminal. For example, in some cases the physical design feature may be a toggle switch, a pop-up button, or a deformable region of a flexible display. In this way, in response to activation of a physical design feature of a device, a user may use a single control interface integrating controls for multiple appliances to easily, immediately, and seamlessly control multiple different appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventors: Jinrong Yang, Ramzi Khalil Maalouf
  • Patent number: 9740826
    Abstract: A wireless medical room control arrangement includes a wireless controller having a wireless router. A room identifier and a device identifier are stored in the controller. A communication interface sends commands to and receives commands from the wireless controller. In response to commands from the interface, the wireless controller sends wireless control signals to operate medical devices in the room. A room monitor adjacent a doorway provides room identifiers to medical devices and wireless controllers entering the room and provides dummy identifiers to medical devices and controllers exiting the room. The room monitors may connect to a global network processor that determines the location of the medical devices in a medical facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventors: Prabhu Raghavan, Travis Morgan
  • Patent number: 9737212
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide for an electronic device, such as a wrist worn electronic device. One particular example implementation of the electronic device may include a main housing, a main display in the main housing, a wrist strap that allows the main housing to be secured to a user such that the main display is located on top of a wrist of the user, and a secondary display located on the wrist strap, where the secondary display communicates information to the user without the user having to turn the wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas Cowley, Ruchir Saraswat, Richard Goldman