Patents Examined by Eric Blount
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10881285
    Abstract: A method (400) for modifying a user's oral care program. The method includes the steps of: (i) providing (410) a network (200) comprising a first personal care device (10a) in communication with a second personal care device (10b); (ii) cleaning (420) at least a portion of the oral cavity using the first personal care device; (iii) obtaining (440), while cleaning with the first personal care device, sensor data for the at least a portion of the oral cavity; (iv) communicating (450) the obtained sensor data to the second personal care device; and (v) modifying (460), based on the communicated sensor data, a function of the second personal care device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Steven Charles Deane, Rim Helaoui, Amir Hussein Rmaile, Yekaterina Borisenko, Vincent Jeanne, Marinus Karel Johannes De Jager, Aleksandro Grabulov
  • Patent number: 10884502
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing mediated social interactions are provided. For instance, a user input from a first user indicative of a request to facilitate a provision of emotive contextual signals to a second user can be received. One or more emotive contextual signals to be provided to the second user can be determined based at least in part on the user input. The one or more emotive contextual signals can include one or more haptic feedback signals intended to facilitate a mediated social interaction associated with the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Kelly Elizabeth Dobson
  • Patent number: 10885752
    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 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Ecolink Intelligent Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lamb, Jay Stone, Michael Bailey, George Seelman
  • Patent number: 10884470
    Abstract: A system for managing power supply devices includes a server including a database and a server end processing module. The server end processing module is configured to receive an alteration request from a user end electronic device and an alteration-confirmation signal from a service end electronic device, and send a confirmation response to the service end electronic device based on the received alteration request and alteration-confirmation signal in order for the service end electronic device to enable a target power supply device to update data stored therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Kwang Yang Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chen-Sheng Lin, Chia-Cheng Tu, Jen-Chiun Lin, Po-Yu Chuang, Yuh-Rey Chen, Te-Chuan Liu
  • Patent number: 10878672
    Abstract: There is provided a numerical controller that automatically acquires detailed information on a wired device prior to connection setting. The numerical controller is connectable to a plurality of devices, and includes a connection information acquisition unit that acquires connection information on each of the devices, including information indicating a connection order and a kind of each of the devices by communicating with each of the devices in a hardware level, a connecting data creation unit that creates connecting data using the connection information, a connection processing execution unit that executes connection processing with each of the devices in a software level using the connecting data, and a detailed information acquisition unit that acquires detailed information from each of the devices subjected to the connection processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Kyouhei Wada
  • Patent number: 10869785
    Abstract: A liquid sensor for a diaper, and method of manufacturing the same are provided. The liquid sensor includes a plurality of electrochemical cells in series connection. Each of the plurality of electrochemical cells includes an anode, a cathode and a liquid-porous layer including an electrolyte solution. The liquid-porous layer electrically connects the anode to the cathode such that each cell has a respective predetermined potential difference across the cell. Two or more of the plurality of electrochemical cells are operable to be electrically connected by a liquid to form a single electrochemical cell having a potential difference lower than the sum of the predetermined potential differences of the two or more electrochemical cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: AGENCY FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH
    Inventors: Jackie Y. Ying, Guolin Xu, Rensheng Deng, Min Hu
  • Patent number: 10861313
    Abstract: Disclosed is a portable marine beacon system, including: at least one transmitter, at least one receiver conducting radio frequency (RF) wireless communication with the at least one transmitter to receive data of the at least one transmitter, and at least one smart handheld device wirelessly communicating with the at least one receiver to assess and process data from the receiver through Wi-Fi communication. The smart device comprises a central processing unit (CPU), a main memory, and a touch screen. The main memory stores a marine beacon manager application (App), and the touch screen is operated to instruct the CPU to execute the App, such that a transmitter management interface, an activity planning interface, a security patrol interface, and a record playback interface can be operated through the touch screen to provide for personal real-time tracking and functions of distress alert and precautionary safety protection for offshore and onshore positioning/rescuing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Yu-Lung Wang, Mei-Yun Shen
  • Patent number: 10843626
    Abstract: A warning system for detecting approaching vehicle and method thereof are provided. The system includes a detection unit detecting a relative distance with respect to the approaching vehicle and a driving path of the approaching vehicle; a storage unit storing a warning information; and a processing unit receiving the detection signal to acquire the current time to collision and the current driving path. When the time to collision is equal to or shorter than the predetermined time to collision, and the driving path falls in the warning area, and the driving path fulfills the confirmation condition, the processing unit sends a warning signal. Therefore, a potentially dangerous approaching vehicle is accurately judged, and the warning is correctly sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CUBTEK INC.
    Inventors: San-Chuan Yu, Cheng-Foo Chen, Chi-Yu Hung, Jyong Lin, Yu-Jen Lin
  • Patent number: 10836309
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for a distracted driver detection and alert system. In one aspect, a system includes a sensor that is located at the property and that is configured to generate sensor data that reflects an attribute of the property, and a monitor control unit that is configured to receive, from a traffic monitoring device, traffic monitoring data that reflects movement of a vehicle, classify, a driver of a vehicle as a distracted driver, determine that the vehicle is associated with the property and in response, determine, based on the sensor data and the traffic monitoring data, a likely identity of the driver, based on determining the likely identity of the driver, determine a classification of the driver, based on the classification of the driver, generate an alert, and provide, for output, the alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Allison Beach, Donald Madden
  • Patent number: 10839953
    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: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    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: 10839179
    Abstract: A radiofrequency identification (RFID) reader device includes a radiofrequency device configured to transmit and receive electromagnetic radiation through an antenna array. An RFID control computing device is coupled to the radiofrequency device and includes a memory coupled to a processor which is configured to be capable of executing programmed instructions comprising and stored in the memory to operate the radiofrequency device in a first mode to transmit a first radiofrequency beam to a scan area through the antenna array. A spatial location for RFID tags located within the scanned area is determined from a radar image. The radiofrequency device is operated in a second mode to transmit a second radiofrequency beam to at least one of the RFID tags, based on the determined spatial location of the RFID tags, to power an integrated circuit or sensor located on and to communicate with the at least one of the RFID tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: VUBIQ NETWORKS, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Gregory Pettus
  • Patent number: 10824884
    Abstract: A device provides improved obstacle identification. A first camera acquires first vehicle image data and provides it to a processing unit. A second camera acquires and provides second vehicle image data. An image overlap region has at least a portion of the first vehicle image data and at least a portion of the second vehicle image data. The first and second vehicle image data extend over a ground plane and the image overlap region extends over an overlap region of the ground plane. The processing unit extracts first image features from the first vehicle image data and extracts second image features from the second vehicle image data. The processing unit projects the first and the second image features onto the ground plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
    Inventors: Sudhan Dhana Sekaran, Joerg Schrepfer, Johannes Petzold, Markus Friebe, Georg Arbeiter, Peerayut Khongsab