Patents Examined by Eric Blount
  • Patent number: 11022512
    Abstract: A measurement system (20) includes pressure measurement apparatuses (220, 221, 222) capable of measuring pressure. The pressure measurement apparatuses (220, 221, 222) measure pressure at a measurement timing designated by a trigger signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignees: YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORPORATION, Yokogawa Test & Measurement Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokazu Nagashima, Tadahiko Iinuma, Hironori Kurihara, Hideki Yamada
  • Patent number: 11017672
    Abstract: A rear side alarm area expansion method of a tractor-trailer combination vehicle according to the present invention includes determining whether a trailer is connected to a tractor using a rear side alarm sensor when a tractor-trailer combination vehicle travels, changing a normal mode to an expansion mode if it is determined that the trailer is connected to the tractor, adjusting a rear side alarm area based on a predetermined length of the trailer in the expansion mode, calculating an actual length Ym of the trailer, and resetting the rear side alarm area. According to the configuration of the present invention, since the alarm area is set on the basis of the actual length of the trailer, the vehicle may safely change lanes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Dong Myeong Kim
  • Patent number: 11017654
    Abstract: Methods, hand wash monitoring system and hand wash hub system for motivating and monitoring compliance of hand washing are disclosed. Hand wash monitoring system detects presence of hands in hand washing sink. Subsequently, hand wash monitoring system initiates countdown of plurality of instructions to be displayed to user for washing hands. Plurality of instructions include wetting hands, applying soap, scrubbing hands, rinsing hands, and drying hands. Each of plurality of instructions is counted for predetermined time period. Hand wash monitoring system further monitors compliance of user following plurality of instructions for washing hands to improve compliance of hand washing with established protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: FOOD SERVICE MONITORING, INC.
    Inventor: Samuel Trapani
  • Patent number: 11017667
    Abstract: A leading system has an output unit configured to output a predetermined signal to a first area around a vehicle, and a terminal carried by a person. The terminal has a receiving unit configured to receive the predetermined signal when the person enters the first area and a first notification unit configured to automatically perform a first notification to the person when the predetermined signal is received by the receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tohru Yanagida, Chikage Kubo, Ai Fujimura, Shunsuke Noda, Satoshi Usui
  • Patent number: 11011046
    Abstract: A hand-washing monitoring method includes: establishing remote connection with a hand-washing device; acquiring usage information of the hand-washing device based on the remote connection; outputting hand-washing statistical data according to the acquired usage information. A connection can be established between the terminal and the hand-washing device, through the connection, the terminal can remotely acquire usage situations of the hand-washing device monitor hand-washing actions of the user of the hand-washing device in real time according to the usage situations of the hand-washing device, and supervise the hand-washing situations of the user of the hand-washing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zheng Xing, Yingchun Xie
  • Patent number: 11003251
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of modeling a tactile sensation using a nerve spike pattern, a tactile sensation model, and a method of generating a tactile sensation using a nerve spike pattern and may include generating a nerve spike pattern by sequentially arranging action potential spike time points of a nerve responding to a specific pressure and modeling a pressure sensation for the pressure on the basis of the generated nerve spike pattern. According to the present invention, by checking how tactile sensation information is reflected in a nerve spike pattern, it is possible to provide a method capable of modeling various tactile sensations using the nerve spike pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignees: UNIST (ULSAN NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY), IUCF-HYU (INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COOPERATION FOUNDATION HANYANG UNIVERSITY)
    Inventors: Sung Phil Kim, Ji Sung Park, Dong Pyo Jang, Sung Jun Jung
  • Patent number: 10986818
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus, an information processing method, an information processing program, a display control device, a display control method, and a display control program which are capable of efficiently suppressing a spread of an infection disease are acquired. An information processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit that acquires an inspection result for an animal to be inspected, a determination unit that determines whether or not an owner of the animal to be inspected raises a plurality of animals, and a notification unit that notifies the owner of information indicating that the animal to be inspected is infected with an infection disease in a case where the inspection result indicates that the animal to be inspected is infected with the infection disease and it is determined that the owner raises the plurality of animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigetoshi Ishikawa, Yasuhisa Kaneko, Haruyasu Nakatsugawa
  • Patent number: 10991212
    Abstract: A system for an automated-taxi includes a display and a controller. The display is viewable by one or more of a plurality of clients of an automated-taxi. The controller-circuit is in communication with the display. The controller is configured to determine a seating-arrangement of the plurality of clients transported by the automated-taxi. The seating-arrangement is determined in accordance with destinations of the plurality of clients. The controller is also configured to operate the display to show the seating-arrangement to one or more of the plurality of clients. A method of operating an automated-taxi includes receiving destinations of a plurality of clients to transported by an automated-taxi; determining a seating-arrangement of the plurality of clients in accordance with the destinations; and operating a display viewable by one or more of a plurality of clients of an automated-taxi to show the seating-arrangement to one or more of the plurality of clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Motional AD LLC
    Inventors: Nandita Mangal, Michael H. Laur
  • Patent number: 10977939
    Abstract: An infrastructure element includes a computer that includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor such that the computer is programmed to classify a traffic condition of a road segment based on data received from an object detection sensor with a field of view including the road segment and that is communicatively connected to the computer. The computer is programmed to broadcast, to an area including the road segment, a vehicle-to-vehicle communication parameter, determined based on the classified traffic condition and specifying one or more of (i) a channel identifier, (ii) a transmission rate, (iii) a transmission power, or (iv) a message size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Linjun Zhang, Helen Elizabeth Kourous-Harrigan
  • Patent number: 10976436
    Abstract: An obstacle detection device includes an ultrasonic sensor, an obstacle detector to determine presence of an obstacle of interest if an intensity of a received ultrasonic wave exceeds a threshold value, and a threshold value setter to set a short-distance detection threshold value as the threshold value for the obstacle detection in a short-distance detection area in a vicinity of the ultrasonic sensor and to set a long-distance threshold value as the threshold value for the obstacle detection in a long-distance detection area located farther from the ultrasonic sensor than the short-distance detection area, the long-distance threshold value being less than the short-distance detection threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Shinkai, Yushi Matsuzaki, Tomoya Omura, Tomofumi Fukunaga
  • Patent number: 10974693
    Abstract: In system and methods for theft prevention or mitigation, driver-related data associated with one or more authorized drivers of an insured vehicle may be collected over time. The authorized drivers and the insured vehicle may be covered by an insurance policy issued by an insurance provider. Based upon the collected driver-related data, a database associated with the authorized drivers may be built. Current driver-related data associated with an individual currently driving, attempting to start, or sitting in a seat of the insured vehicle may be collected. It may be determined, using both the database and the current driver-related data, that the individual is not among the authorized drivers. A disablement of an operation of the insured vehicle may be caused, and/or the individual may be caused to be prevented from starting or otherwise operating the insured vehicle, to facilitate preventing or mitigating theft of the insured vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Potter, Mark E. Clauss, Dustin Ryan Carter, Douglas Albert Graff, Megan Michal Baumann, Atlanta Bonnom, Craig Cope, Jennifer Luella Lawyer, Curtis Simpson, Nathan W. Baumann
  • Patent number: 10973701
    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: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    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: 10977922
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an electronic method for monitoring a wearable device, the device being in communication with a receiving device, comprising the steps of, transmitting, from the wearable device via a wireless communications protocol, an encoded signal capable of being received by the receiving device, the encoded signal including information identifying the wearable device and information regarding the status of the device, wherein, upon receipt of the encoded signal, the receiving device decodes the signal, and dependent on the received information regarding the status of the wearable device, the receiving device performs one or more of sending a broadcast signal including the encoded signal via a transceiver, sending the encoded signal to a second receiving device via a wireless communications network, sending an alarm signal to a second device and sounding an alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Norman Boyle
  • Patent number: 10957169
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a video doorbell system includes a video doorbell device on an exterior surface of a structure and a chime kit within an interior of the structure. A transformer can be coupled in-series via electrical conductors with the video doorbell device and the chime kit. The chime kit can include an energy storage device that is charged via the electrical conductors. When a user activates a button on the video doorbell device power control circuitry within the video doorbell device can transmit a signal on the electrical conductors. Button detection circuitry within the chime kit can detect the signal and respond by transferring power from the energy storage device to a chime. While the chime is activated the transformer can continuously supply the video doorbell device with power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Aron Rosenberg, John M. Long, Nick Stoughton
  • Patent number: 10944150
    Abstract: A wireless communication device comprises a control unit, an antenna interface, an active wireless transceiver operable together with the control unit and antenna interface, a passive wireless transceiver operable together with the antenna interface and operable by harvesting power from received radio messages. The device is further configured to deactivate the one or more active wireless transceivers and control unit to an inactive state and, subsequently, by the passive wireless transceiver, activate the control unit and an active wireless transceiver to an active state when the passive wireless transceiver receives a message from the antenna interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignees: IMEC VZW, UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
    Inventors: Maarten Weyn, Philip Ludovic E Sanders
  • Patent number: 10919347
    Abstract: A system includes a computer having a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to acquire a first image of a tire of a vehicle upon shutdown of the vehicle. The instructions include instruction to then, upon startup of the vehicle, and in response to determining that the tire is unmoved since the shutdown and, in response, acquire a second image of the tire. The instructions include instruction to actuate a component of the vehicle in response to determining that the first image is different that the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Brian Bennie, Dilip B. Patel
  • Patent number: 10922940
    Abstract: Techniques are generally described for motion detection by supplying voltage pulses to a radio frequency (RF) circuit. In some examples, an RF motion detection circuit may output a first RF signal based at least in part on a first voltage pulse. In some further examples, the RF motion detection circuit may receive a second RF signal, the second RF signal being the first RF signal reflected from an environment external to the RF motion detection circuit. In some further examples, the first RF signal and the second RF signal may be mixed to generate a difference component signal. A first output voltage representing the difference component signal may be generated. In some examples, the first output voltage may be used to detect motion in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Douglas Mark Chin
  • Patent number: 10916140
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a method for an ego vehicle. The method includes providing roaming data to a server, the roaming data describing a roaming pattern of the ego vehicle in a geographic area as a function of time. The method further includes providing a request to the server that describes a need for the ego vehicle to park. The method further includes receiving, from the server, a geographic location of an available parking spot and an estimated length of time the available parking spot will remain available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Hongsheng Lu, Gaurav Bansal, John Kenney
  • Patent number: 10916130
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system displays a priority sign for a first road and a yield sign for a second road as a default right of way for a road intersection. The system receives signals from one or more X2X sensors detecting a traffic flow for a predetermined segment of road for each of the first and the second roads before the road intersection. If it is determined the traffic flow of the first road has no vehicle and the traffic flow of the second road includes at least one vehicle, the system initiates a first timer to count a predetermined time duration. If the traffic flow of the first road is determined to remain with no vehicle for the predetermined time duration, the system reverses the default right of way for the intersection so traffic signs for the first road displays yield and the second road displays priority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventor: Fan Zhu
  • Patent number: 10885758
    Abstract: A method includes receiving first position data from at least one of a TOF sensor or a LIDAR. The first position data is representative of a position of a human within a hazardous environment. The method further includes receiving second position data associated with a plurality of wearable sensors associated with a plurality of personnel. The method further includes comparing the first position data to the second position data to identify a match between the first position data and the second position data. The method further includes sensing a signal to an alert device associated with the hazardous environment such that the alert device issues an alert in response to the first position data failings to match the second position data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Transocean Sedeo Forex Ventures Limited
    Inventors: Paul Johnson, Travis Mcguire