Patents Examined by Eric Blount
  • Patent number: 10824925
    Abstract: Implantable transponders comprising no ferromagnetic parts for use in medical implants are disclosed herein. Such transponders may assist in preventing interference of transponders with medical imaging technologies. Such transponders may optionally be of a small size, and may assist in collecting and transmitting data and information regarding implanted medical devices. Methods of using such transponders, readers for detecting such transponders, and methods for using such readers are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Establishment Labs S.A.
    Inventors: Randolph Keith Geissler, Rudy A. Mazzocchi, Juan José Chacón Quirós, Steven A. Lewis
  • Patent number: 10807498
    Abstract: A control method for a series hybrid power system or synergic electric power supply and a control device thereof are disclosed. The control device includes: a generator reference current value generating module and a generator current control module. The generator reference current value generating module is configured to generate a reference current value of a generator according to an actual current value of an energy storage device, a reference current value of the energy storage device, an actual voltage value of a DC bus, and a reference voltage value of the DC bus. The generator current control module is configured to generate a control signal of a rectifier according to the reference current value of the generator, the actual value of any two-phase current of the generator, and an actual angular velocity of the generator, thereby controlling the series hybrid power system or the synergic electric power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: INSTITUTE OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
    Inventors: Youlong Wang, Hongyang Li, Meng Peng, Jialin Wei, Xuhui Wen
  • Patent number: 10810849
    Abstract: Examples of systems and method track a location of an asset within a space using an asset tag location estimation system, track movement of a selected user, or user's mobile device, using a positioning system, and associate the tracked asset with the selected user, or user's mobile device, based on a determination of a trajectory of the asset and the mobile device. Trajectories of the user/mobile device and the asset tag may be determined by a backend server. The trajectory of the selected user/mobile device and the trajectory of the asset tag are compared by the backend server to determine a correspondence between the respective trajectories based on a predetermined correspondence criteria. The determined correspondence indicates that a user of the corresponding mobile device is moving the asset. In response to the determined correspondence, the backend server associates the asset tag to the selected user/mobile device in a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Min-Hao Michael Lu, John England
  • Patent number: 10787046
    Abstract: A tire mount position detection system measures a first signal intensity, which is intensity of a radio signal received by a first receiver (R1), and a second signal intensity, which is intensity of a radio signal received by a second receiver (R2), for each transmitter, and calculates a total value of the first signal intensity and the second signal intensity for each transmitter. The tire mount position detection system detects the wheel position to which a tire having the transmitter is mounted, based on the first signal intensity, the second signal intensity, and the total value of each transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kyohei Honda
  • Patent number: 10783784
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods associated with free lock detection of a micromobility vehicle. Data from one or more sensors of the micromobility vehicle may be received and compared to a threshold stored or determined for the micromobility vehicle. Based on the comparing, an indication of free locking the micromobility vehicle may be determined and one or more notifications of the indication may be generated and sent for display on a mobile device. A parking condition of the micromobility vehicle may also be determined, such as utilizing image data of the micromobility vehicle. The image data may be analyzed to determine whether the micromobility vehicle is parked within a designated parking area distinguished through distinct coloring, patterns, signs, placards, markers, or images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Lyft, Inc.
    Inventors: Garrett Korda Drayna, Gary Shambat, Jacqueline Benesch Tandler, Griffin Samuel Valentine Thomson, Jens Paul Windau
  • Patent number: 10783993
    Abstract: A system capable of monitoring a replaceable component is provided. The system includes a controller for controlling operation of the system; programming instructions according to which the system is configured to: accept input of a viable life for the component, calculate an accumulated amount of distress experienced by the component based on each set of previously collected use data associated with each previous use of the component, and determine, based in part on the accumulated amount of distress, a used portion of the viable life that the component has experienced as a result of the previous use(s) thereof and an unused portion of the viable life; and a feedback device configured to provide to an operator of the system an indication of at least one of the unused and used portions of the viable life of the component. Methods of monitoring a replaceable component of a system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Michael Spohn, Michael Swantner, Edward Rhinehart
  • Patent number: 10769928
    Abstract: A vehicle state presentation system includes a terminal device including an ear mounting unit that is mounted on an ear of a user, and a vehicle. The vehicle includes a first communication unit that wirelessly communicates with the terminal device, and a first controller that causes the first communication unit to transmit a notification signal indicating that the vehicle detects a state of the vehicle other than a predetermined state to the terminal device, and the terminal device includes a second communication unit that wirelessly communicates with the vehicle, and a second controller that causes an output unit to perform a notification to the user based on the notification signal received by the second communication unit when the terminal device moves out of a predetermined distance range in which the vehicle is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroki Okada, Ryuta Atsumi, Satoshi Fujisaki, Daisuke Hiroki, Shinpei Asai
  • Patent number: 10759336
    Abstract: A vehicle periphery information management device includes a data acquisition unit, and a data selection unit. The data acquisition unit is configured to acquire a plurality of pieces of external environment information data around a vehicle. The data selection unit is configured to select apart of the plurality of pieces of external environment information data acquired by the data acquisition unit so as to make an output outside, based on a predetermined position of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuya Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10743796
    Abstract: A foot sensor alarm for wheelchairs, detects if a wheelchair occupant's foot has fallen off of a wheelchair footrest. The sensor and alarm make a wheelchair occupant or care giver aware that a foot has fallen off of one or more of the footrests. Sensors may include contact closure sensors, with snap-action switches or magnetically actuated reed switches can be used. Battery-operated window alarms with piezoelectric sound emitters send out vibratory or audio sounds as alarms. An occupancy sensor seat pad is used to power up the alarm system. A flashing light emitting diode can be wired in parallel with each sound emitter to provide a visual alarm as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Steven Goldmeier
  • Patent number: 10746457
    Abstract: Provided is a refrigerator and control method for refrigerator and method for opening a refrigerator door. While a user is holding an object in both hands, a door may be automatically and additionally opened using another part of a body other than hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Minsub Kim, Hongsik Kwon, Dongjeong Kim, Jungjae Lee, Jaehoon Shin
  • Patent number: 10736417
    Abstract: Methods and systems are presented to transport and store personal cargo in a secure seasonal portable closet or similar large portable locker configured to roll through a standard domestic doorway. Such lockers may be configured with several posts, wheels supporting one or more frames, and a sleeve assembly or other security covering supported by the posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Crate Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Andrew Gilbert, Edward Blake Mosher
  • Patent number: 10733882
    Abstract: A method for controlling the light distribution of a traffic route luminaire in a network of luminaires, which is preferably also organized as a mesh network. The luminaire has a luminaire head having a settable light module and a controller while the light distribution of the luminaire is variable. The luminaire communicates luminaire data to at least one server, the luminaire data being luminaire-specific and related to the installation location of the luminaire. The data for a light distribution are automatically allocated to the luminaire and a setting of the light module is automatically effected on the basis of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: SCHREDER
    Inventors: Didier Wellens, Helmut Schröder, Daniel Brand, Jörg Richter
  • Patent number: 10733879
    Abstract: A roadside device includes a detector configured to detect information for determining a state of a sidewalk around the roadside device, a communication unit configured to communicate with other device, and at least one processor. The at least one processor is configured to determine the state of the sidewalk around the roadside device based on the information and transmit the determined state of the sidewalk to the other device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Isao Masuike, Hideki Morita, Koutaro Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 10723312
    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 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    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: 10726214
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the present invention provide for storing a unique identifier for an RFID tag associated with, and affixed to, an asset. An RFID reader, coupled to a server computer through a network, executes firmware instructions causing the reader to receive a transmission from a server computer to run a customizable software with programmable logic at the reader. The reader then recognizes the tag according to its signal strength, and determines a tag state for the tag according to a state machine in the customizable software. If the tag state changes, the reader publishes the tag state and transmits it to the server computer using a low bandwidth solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex C. Rein, Gregg J. Haensgen, Jeffrey C. Krueger
  • Patent number: 10722430
    Abstract: A system comprising one or more of a programmable encapsulation for containing and regulating the release of a medicament, an encapsulating device used by a manufacturer which encloses the medicament within a programmable encapsulation, a programming device used by a pharmacy or dispensary which programs the encapsulation with an intended patient's health data and prescription data, a consumer encapsulation storage device configured to store one or more programmable encapsulations for one or more of a patient, authenticate the identity of a patient, and dispense medicaments to the patient in accordance with the patient's prescription, and a portable reader configured to scan a programmable encapsulation and display the details of the medicament and instructions for its consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Rakesh Arora
  • Patent number: 10719892
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a system may include a communication badge device including a communication device. The communication device can include a touchscreen interface and at least one sensor configured to generate a signal related to an orientation of the communication badge device. The communication device may further include a processor coupled to the touchscreen interface and the at least one sensor. The processor may be configured to determine a first mode and a second mode based on the orientation. The processor can be further configured to provide name tag data to the touchscreen interface in the first mode and to provide a user interface to the touchscreen interface in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Don Dyer, Travis Dyer, Rex Gore, Andrew Graham
  • Patent number: 10699812
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media are provided for intelligent suppression of alerts. Alerts may be evaluated prior to presentation to determine whether to present the alert or suppress the alert to reduce alert fatigue. The evaluation includes analysis of the alert including specific alert parameters. Alert parameters include, but are not limited to, an age of the patient, one or more diagnoses of the patient, one or more problems of the patient, etc. Additional parameters that may be evaluated include an alert severity score, a threshold value, and an override rate. Alerts that qualify may be suppressed and the suppressed alerts may be provided as non-interruptive alerts (i.e., alerts that may be presented but do not require action in order to continue with a workflow).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: CERNER INNOVATION, INC.
    Inventors: Ramachandran Koduvayur Bala, Damodar Reddy Karra
  • Patent number: 10687562
    Abstract: A manufacturing method 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. The method includes connecting conductive leads 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 top and bottom 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: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Brendan Donohoe, Keith Folske, Brian L. Kash, Kevin Steward
  • Patent number: 10682263
    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 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    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