Patents Examined by Eric Blount
  • Patent number: 11358420
    Abstract: A method for controlling an electronic valve for a tire of a motor vehicle including an electronic assembly of sensors and a bidirectional radiofrequency communication assembly, connected to the electronic assembly of sensors. This method is noteworthy in that: in a parked situation and in the effective absence of a user, the electronic assembly of sensors is kept dormant and the communication assembly is kept on standby, and on the arrival of a user, the electronic assembly of sensors is activated by the communication assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Boisset, Aurélien Malard
  • Patent number: 11358733
    Abstract: A system and method for computing and displaying a fuel optimal idle deceleration start point which minimizes the overall auto throttle movement keeping the throttle at idle detent throughout the maneuver thus minimizing the fuel burn and stress on engine. The need for speed brakes deployment is also reduced because the deceleration distance length is accordingly adjusted based on current parameters. The accurate solution takes into account the current condition such as aircraft weight, altitude and speed and environmental parameters such as wind and temperature. The computed deceleration start point is displayed on map/navigation and vertical display for enhanced flight crew awareness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley R. Mickelson, Mark W. Volner, Dinesh Kumar Kushwaha
  • Patent number: 11358600
    Abstract: A control system is suitable for use in a motor vehicle and is configured and intended for using information concerning objects and/or driving-related information about another motor vehicle in order to distinguish real objects in the surroundings of the motor vehicle from erroneously detected objects, based on surroundings data that are obtained from at least one surroundings sensor situated on the motor vehicle and provided to the control system. Based on these surroundings data, an object in the surroundings of the motor vehicle is detected, and a distance and/or a relative speed and/or an angle between the motor vehicle and the object are/is determined. The object is then classified as an actually existing object or as an erroneously detected object, based on the determined distance and/or based on the determined relative speed and/or based on the determined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: ZF ACTIVE SAFETY GMBH
    Inventors: Eugen Ziegler, Johannes Stiller
  • Patent number: 11359956
    Abstract: A method, for evaluating the variation in the dynamic load borne by a tire comprising a front axle and a rear axle, comprises steps during which: the pressure of the air contained inside the tire is measured, a difference in load borne by the tire is determined as a function of the transfer of the total load of the vehicle between axles and of the position of the tire on the vehicle and, using a tire model that is preestablished, a pressure differential is determined, a corrected pressure value is determined, on the basis of the corrected pressure values, a reference pressure is determined, and the difference between the measured pressure in the reference pressure is calculated, and the variation in dynamic load borne by the tire is determined on the basis of the model of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventor: Vincent Lemineur
  • Patent number: 11351820
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to the technical field of automobiles and disclose a tire positioning method and apparatus, an electronic control unit (ECU) and a tire pressure sensor. The method includes: successively controlling, within a transmission cycle, one of L exciter sets to send a low-frequency signal, L being an integer greater than 1; receiving high-frequency signals fed back by N tire pressure sensors according to the low-frequency signals, N being an integer greater than 1; determining a correspondence between one of the L exciter sets and M tire pressure sensors according to the high-frequency signals, M being an integer greater than 1; and after a quantity of transmission cycles reaches a preset threshold, determining a tire corresponding to each of the N tire pressure sensors according to the correspondence between the exciter set and the M tire pressure sensors determined in each transmission cycle. The tire positioning method is accurate and reliable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: AUTEL INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Yongliang Luo
  • Patent number: 11350693
    Abstract: An article of apparel, a system, and methods include a structural material configured to enable the article of footwear to the worn on a body. A wireless transmission circuit is included and a piezoelectric generator is positioned with respect to the structural material in a configuration to be flexed to induce a voltage signal output. A voltage sensor is configured to sense the voltage profile and output a sensor signal indicative of the voltage profile. An electronic data storage, coupled to the voltage sensor, is configured to store voltage profile information based on the sensor data. A comparator, coupled to the electronic data storage, is configured to identify a change in the voltage profile information over time. The wireless transmission circuit is configured to transmit data indicative of a physical status of the article of footwear based on the change in the voltage profile information over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith A. Folske, Vikram Malhotra, Holli Pheil, Summer L. Schneider
  • Patent number: 11345276
    Abstract: A device for use with a vehicle that includes a cabinet having a plurality of sidewalls that can define at least a portion of an interior region of the cabinet. A display screen is coupled to a portion of the cabinet, at least one side of the display screen being positioned to face outwardly away from the interior region and have indicia that is visible from a location remote from both the cabinet and the vehicle. A light source can be positioned within the interior region adjacent to the display screen that is configured to selectively illuminate at least a portion of at least one of the display screen and the indicia. The device can further include a controller that is electrically coupled to the light source and a trigger assembly. The controller can be configured to initiate operation of the light source in response to receipt of a communication from the trigger assembly that is indicative a change in status of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventor: Ahmed Kareem
  • Patent number: 11348420
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring a door or a window is disclosed. In one embodiment, a method is described, comprising receiving, by a processor, an electronic signal from a motion sensor in response to movement of the door or window, determining a direction of movement of the door or window from the electronic signal by the processor, comparing the direction of movement to a predetermined direction by the processor, detecting, by the processor, an alarm condition of the door or window if the electronic signal indicates that the door or window is being opened, and transmitting, by a transmitter coupled to the processor, an alarm signal when the alarm condition has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Ecolink Intelligent Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lamb, Jay Stone, Michael Bailey, George Seelman
  • Patent number: 11338625
    Abstract: Embodiments included herein are directed towards an automatic tire inflation monitoring system and method. The method may include confirming, using a battery powered electronic sensor, that there is no active tire re-inflation in progress. The method may further include monitoring, using the battery powered electronic sensor, the status of all tire pressures over a period of time and determining, using the battery powered electronic sensor, whether a rate of tire pressure reduction exceeds a first value. The method may include reporting, using the battery powered electronic sensor, a fault if the rate exceeds the first value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Sensata Technolgies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Paul McGrotty, John Greer, David George Galbraith, Krishna Raj Pradeep, Jonathan Primrose
  • Patent number: 11331227
    Abstract: A moisture management apparatus monitors an area for moisture events and wirelessly transmits moisture-related information to one or more notification devices. An embodiment of the moisture management apparatus includes a substrate and one or more sensors supported by the substrate. The sensor(s) emit wireless signals indicative of the moisture-related information. A sensor event communication system forwards the sensor signals to another device, such as a notification device. The sensor event communication system may monitor other types of patient events. Portions of the moisture management apparatus and/or the moisture event communication system may be embodied in a patient support apparatus, such as a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Heil, Steven Alan Dixon, Laetitia Gazagnes, Timothy A. Lane, II, David Lance Ribble, Varad Narayan Srivastava, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Michael Scott Hood, Charles A. Howell, Kirsten M. Emmons
  • Patent number: 11336128
    Abstract: Ultrasonic transmitting elements in an electroacoustical transceiver transmit acoustic energy to an electroacoustical transponder, which includes ultrasonic receiving elements to convert the acoustic energy into electrical power for the purposes of powering one or more sensors that are electrically coupled to the electroacoustical transponder. The electroacoustical transponder transmits data collected by the sensor(s) back to the electroacoustical transceiver wirelessly, such as through impedance modulation or electromagnetic waves. A feedback control loop can be used to adjust system parameters so that the electroacoustical transponder operates at an impedance minimum. An implementation of the system can be used to collect data in a vehicle, such as the tire air pressure. Another implementation of the system can be used to collect data in remote locations, such as in pipes, enclosures, in wells, or in bodies of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: UltraPower Inc.
    Inventors: Inder Raj S. Makin, Harry Jabs, Leon J. Radziemski
  • Patent number: 11332068
    Abstract: A direction indicator control unit inhibits direction indicators of a host vehicle from making a directional indication when the host vehicle enters a roundabout determined to be present along a presumed traveling route on which the host vehicle is presumed to travel. A direction indicator control method also inhibits direction indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Nojiri, Tatsuya Shino, Katsuhiko Degawa
  • Patent number: 11328803
    Abstract: A pill dispenser is disclosed that includes a pill-dispensing mechanism, a receptacle, an identifying camera positioned to capture an image of an area adjacent to the pill dispenser, and a processor in operative communication with the pill-dispensing mechanism and the identifying camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, James G. Turner, Erik N. Sabin, Gregg W. Rivinius, David E. Collins, Benjamin Zaslow, Jonathan Zobro, Alexander R. Therrien, Jared N. Farlow
  • Patent number: 11318883
    Abstract: A towing vehicle includes a towing control unit with circuitry to detect whether a light is connected to the electrical harness electrically coupling the vehicle to the trailer. The towing control unit may include lamp connectivity circuits for, for example, the left turn signal and the right turn signal. To determine whether the turn light is connected, the corresponding connectivity circuit periodically generates a test signal. Based on characteristics of a response signal to the test signal. The connectivity circuit determines whether the corresponding turn signal light of the trailer is connected based on a response to the test signal. The connectivity circuit may distinguished whether an incandescent-based turn signal light, a light emitting diode (LED)-based turn signal light, and an open circuit is sensed based on the characteristics of the response signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC.
    Inventor: Chandrakumar Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 11314244
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for determining abnormal information associated with a vehicle. The systems may perform the methods to obtain real-time information associated with a bicycle and obtain reference information associated with the bicycle. The systems may also perform the methods to determine, based on the real-time information and the reference information, abnormal information associated with the bicycle, and transmit the abnormal information to a server or a terminal device associated with the bicycle according to a Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technique or a Long Range (LoRa) technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: BEIJING QISHENG SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhifeng Hu, Tao Fang, Yi Zheng, Wei Duan, Chunyue Tong, Chuan Liu
  • Patent number: 11305594
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (1) for measuring at least one physical characteristic for a pneumatic assembly (21), comprising a device (9) for detecting the physical characteristic, a device (11) for wireless transmission of values representing the measurements obtained by the detection device (9), a one-way fluid passage device (13) for inflating the pneumatic assembly (21), and a source (15) of electrical energy. According to the invention, the measuring system (1) comprises an electrically conductive metal body (3) closed by a cover (5) made of material transparent to the waves of the wireless transmission device (11), allowing the body (3) to be used as a receptacle which provides for stable positioning, the transmission of electrical energy, and the mechanical protection of the devices (9, 11) of the measuring system (1) while allowing wireless transmission through the cover (5) of values representing the measurements obtained by the detection device (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: KEMLAIR
    Inventor: Christian Kempf
  • Patent number: 11305595
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for managing the life cycle of a tyre. The apparatus includes a tyre state detector (100) and a data processor (200), wherein the tyre state detector (100) is configured to detect and send a first identity identifier of the tyre state detector (100) and state detection parameters to the data processor (200); and the data processor (200) is configured to obtain a second identity identifier and usage scenario information of the tyre, generate and send tyre life cycle management information corresponding to the tyre. By obtaining the second identity identifier and the usage scenario information of the tyre, and establishing a correspondence relation so as to generate and send the tyre life cycle management information corresponding to the tyre, the life cycle management of the tyre can be achieved, and thus the intelligent management of the tyre is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Jianer Zhang, Zhiyong Jie
  • Patent number: 11297883
    Abstract: A system includes a wearable article and a housing assembly including a receptacle defining a chamber and having an access opening providing access to the chamber to removably receive an electronic module within the chamber. The housing assembly further includes first and second contact members each having a contact pad positioned outside the chamber and an arm extending from the contact pad into the chamber to form electrical contacts of an interface exposed to the chamber. Conductive leads are connected to the contact pads to place the leads in electronic communication with the contacts, and bonding the housing assembly to a wearable article. The housing assembly is bonded between top and bottom layers of material forming a portion of the wearable article, such that the layers are bonded to the receptacle by a bonding material. The article has an electrically-powered component, and the leads are connected to the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan Donohoe, Keith Folske, Brian L. Kash, Kevin Steward
  • Patent number: 11295554
    Abstract: A race reporting system is disclosed with a server connected to the internet to present a registration webpage to a remote race participant desiring to attend a race; a database connected to the server, wherein the database stores registration information made by the participant; a plurality of chip cards, and a plurality of chip card readers and writers. The system allows registration register until the race starts and after the start of the race and can also provide a profile for participants that keeps track of their racing statistics. Further the system allows bib or race number assignment at the time of registration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Kelly Ramey, Graham A. Leslie
  • Patent number: 11285766
    Abstract: A systematized multi-point sensors unit for a tire and a tire having the same are provided. More specifically, the systematized multi-point sensors unit includes: a sensor module composed of a plurality of sensors and attached onto an inner surface of a tire to monitor conditions of a tire and a road surface, and a connection member for connecting the plurality of sensors by wire, wherein the plurality of sensors are connected to each other by wire and arranged in a line in a manner of being perpendicular to a traveling direction of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: HANKOOK TIRE & TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jeong Heon Kim