Patents Examined by Emily C Terrell
  • Patent number: 9741226
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a status of an entity presents an interface for defining status parameters for configuring a monitoring profile, receives input defining status parameters for configuring the monitoring profile, establishes the monitoring profile for a monitored entity based upon the received input defining status parameters for configuring the monitoring profile and executes the established monitoring profile according to the defined status parameters. A processor generates a user interface for receiving input defining status parameters for configuring a monitoring profile, establishes the monitoring profile for a monitored entity based upon the received input defining status parameters for configuring the monitoring profile and executes the established monitoring profile according to the defined status parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC
    Inventors: Keith Alan Rothschild, Rachel Snow
  • Patent number: 9728054
    Abstract: Security systems and methods configured for use with an item of merchandise for retail display include a housing, at least one sensor carried by the housing and at least one output device carried by the housing. The security system further includes a controller carried by the housing and operably coupled to the sensor and to the output device. The controller is operable to determine a distance traveled by the item of merchandise from a retail display “home” position based upon a sensor input from the sensor, and to activate the output device based upon the distance traveled by the item of merchandise exceeding a threshold distance. The controller may utilize the at least one sensor in conjunction with an inertial navigation system (INS) and motion processing algorithms or techniques to determine the distance traveled by the item of merchandise from the retail display “home” position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Michael R. Johnston, Jonathon D. Phillips
  • Patent number: 9710981
    Abstract: An electronic key may include a partial capacitor comprising a capacitive metal plate in communication with a processor. The capacitive metal plate of the partial capacitor is configured to form a capacitor with a corresponding capacitive metal plate of a lock when brought into proximity with the metal plate of the lock. Data may be transferred from the key to the lock using a capacitor formed by combining the two metal plates, wherein a common ground is established between the metal plate of the key and the metal plate of the lock through a parasitic capacitance present between the key and lock circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Knox Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith T. Wolski
  • Patent number: 9709973
    Abstract: A handheld field maintenance tool with improved diagnostic functions is provided. The tool includes a process communication module configured to interact with a field device. A controller is coupled to the process communication module. The controller is configured to execute a number of improved diagnostic functions relative to the field device. The controller may obtain contextual information relative to a current field maintenance operation and preload at least one resource relative to a next field operation step. The controller may obtain process alarm information through a wireless communication module, and field device alert information through the process communication module and provide an indication on a display relative to both process alarm information and field device alert information. The controller may execute a sequence of field device maintenance operations on the field device in response to a signal from a user input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd M. Toepke, Christopher P. Kantzes, Brad N. Mathiowetz, Kun Yang, Adam E. Lund
  • Patent number: 9711014
    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: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Jamal Saboune
  • Patent number: 9711026
    Abstract: A footwear arrangement including a wireless interface device capable of sending input signals and receiving output signals to a first shoe having a primary controller. The primary controller sends signals to the second shoe, which has a slave controller that is controller that is controlled by signals from the primary controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Brandon F. Forbes
  • Patent number: 9704364
    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: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Kenneth Savage, Jr., Steven Varieur
  • Patent number: 9689566
    Abstract: A baby monitoring light system includes a light body having a bottom portion and a top portion, the light body having a height generally shorter than the light body width and length, the light body comprising a light source oriented upwardly from the top portion, the light body adapted to project a light beam upwardly onto a surface approximately 5 to 15 feet away. The system may include a blanket having a pocket, the light body positionable in the pocket, the pocket having a space through which the light source projects when the light body is in the pocket. The light body may include one or more releasable fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Blue Brain Waves LLC
    Inventors: Alissa Arndt, Michael Arndt
  • Patent number: 9686496
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed for the current mode of one or more remote control devices to be displayed or played as an audio message either continuously or at various opportune times on other devices such as a presentation device (e.g., a television set). In this way, a user is able to quickly see the current mode of their remote control while watching programming on the display to determine if the remote control mode needs to be changed to control a particular device on the premises. Remote control command mode information may be communicated from the remote control in a separate remote control message or within remote control commands generated by the remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Adam Schafer, Eric Hieb
  • Patent number: 9680449
    Abstract: An encoder input device includes a connection terminal to be connected to one of encoders and made common to a plurality of types of signal systems of the encoders, a plurality of power supplies for signals according to the plurality of types of signal systems of the encoders, and a software switch that switches connection arrangement between the connection terminal and the power supplies for signals in a software manner according to the signal system of the encoder connected to the connection terminal among the plurality of types of signal systems of the encoders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Takumi Okuyama
  • Patent number: 9672726
    Abstract: A hand hygiene compliance monitoring system includes a method and computer program product for performing sanitation compliance monitoring including receiving sanitation compliance data. The sanitation compliance data includes a zone identifier corresponding to a first device in a zone and an entity identifier corresponding to a second device attached to a mobile entity in the zone. The zone is defined by an area over which the first device and the second device communicate via one-way or two-way communication. It is determined whether the entity is compliant with a sanitation protocol associated with the zone, and a database is updated with results of the determining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP
    Inventors: Brian S. Borke, Andre Lanouette
  • Patent number: 9666040
    Abstract: A keyless entry device includes a user interface configured to receive an input from a user of the device; a haptic output device configured to generate a haptic effect to the user; and a processor configured to receive a command based on the input from the user through the user interface, to communicate the command to another entity, to receive information from the another entity, and to output a control signal to a drive circuit coupled to the haptic output device to cause the haptic output device to generate the haptic effect to the user based on the information received from the another entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Natasha Margaret Minenko Flaherty, David M. Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 9640065
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus, an external apparatus, and a method of controlling a power supply to the external apparatus are provided. The electronic apparatus includes a transceiver configured to wirelessly connect to an external apparatus, a processor configured to control the transceiver to transmit a control packet for turning off the external apparatus to the external apparatus in response to an input corresponding to a power off command of the electronic apparatus being received. The control packet may be generated according to a profile of a short range communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seung-bok Lee, Geun-sam Yang
  • Patent number: 9636971
    Abstract: A method of operating a vehicle includes receiving a radio frequency signal and determining that the radio frequency signal has at least one characteristic indicative of the vehicle entering a tunnel. A setting of a vehicle system is automatically modified in response to the determining step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Shree Jaisimha, Mohammed Reza Kanji, Tatsuya Fujisawa, Roopa Chandrashekar
  • Patent number: 9632049
    Abstract: Disclosed is an integrated circuit comprising an electrode arrangement for detecting the presence of a liquid, said electrode arrangement comprising a first electrode and a second electrode, wherein, prior to exposure of the electrode arrangement to said liquid, a surface of at least one of the first electrode and second electrode is at least partially covered by a compound that is soluble in the liquid; the electrical properties of the electrode arrangement being dependent on the amount of the compound covering said surface. An package and electronic device comprising such an IC and a method of manufacturing such an IC are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: AMS INTERNATIONAL AG
    Inventors: Matthias Merz, Roel Daamen, Aurelie Humbert, Youri Victorovitch Ponomarev
  • Patent number: 9634440
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing end-of-life functionality in an electrical component using a count of plugging operations are shown. In some configurations, a GFCI counts plugging operations and then provides an LED end-of-life indication when a threshold of plugging operations is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Marcus J. Shotey, Jeffrey P. Baldwin
  • Patent number: 9633237
    Abstract: A method tracks usage of items stored in containers. To perform the method, a sensor in a mobile electronic device receives data identifying a type of item stored in a container and a number of the type of item present in the container from a tag associated with the container. A user interface in the mobile electronic device generates a prompt requesting entry of a count of the items removed from the container. The sensor in the mobile electronic device generates a revised number of the items stored in the container and stores the revised number in the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, Robert Bosch GmbH, Sortimo International GmbH
    Inventors: Christian P. Heine, Mahendra P. Srivastava, James D. Bohn, Teresa Celmer
  • Patent number: 9619980
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating haptic effects associated with audio signals are disclosed. One disclosed system for outputting haptic effects includes a processor configured to: receive an audio signal; determine a haptic effect based in part on the audio signal by: identifying one or more components in the audio signal; and determining a haptic effect associated with the one or more components; and output a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Jamal Saboune, Vincent Levesque, Ali Modarres
  • Patent number: 9602172
    Abstract: A system in which a portable electronic device communicates with an external device to determine a location. Upon determining its location, the portable electronic device transmits this information as well as identifying information to a control processor. The control processor controls one or more controllable devices according to the location and identifying information. The portable electronic device may determine the location via NFC tag or via one or more RF beacons transmitting information according to the Bluetooth 4.0 protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Jackson, Fred Bargetzi, Brian Donlan
  • Patent number: 9592921
    Abstract: A graphical in-flight message representation system comprises a sensor configured to measure a characteristic of a flight of an aircraft and a communication device configured to send and receive in-flight messages. An in-flight message is a message communicated during the flight of the aircraft. The system also comprises a display unit configured to display a graphical flight progress indicator and one or more message icons, each of the one or more message icons corresponding to a respective in-flight message. The graphical flight progress indicator is representative of the characteristic of the flight measured by the sensor. Each of the one or more message icons are displayed in location relative to the graphical flight progress indicator based on the measured characteristic of the flight when the respective in-flight message was communicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Maria John Paul Dominic, Thomas D. Judd, Rakesh Kumar, Gurunadha Reddy Mallela, John Azariah Rajadurai, Saurabh Harshadbhai Gohil, David Pepitone