Patents Examined by Eric Blount
  • Patent number: 10571279
    Abstract: A wearable device is configured with various sensory devices that recurrently monitor and gather data for a physical environment surrounding a user to help locate and track real-world objects. The various heterogeneous sensory devices digitize objects and the physical world. Each sensory device is configured with a threshold data change, in which, when the data picked up by one or more sensory devices surpasses the threshold, a query is performed on each sensor graph or sensory device. The queried sensor graph data is stored within a node in a spatial graph, in which nodes are connected to each other using edges to create spatial relationships between objects and spaces. Objects can be uploaded into an object graph associated with the spatial graph, in which the objects are digitized with each of the available sensors. This digital information can be subsequently used to, for example, locate the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Sipko, Kendall Clark York, John Benjamin Hesketh, Hubert Van Hoof
  • Patent number: 10565881
    Abstract: A method at a portable sensor apparatus for detecting an approaching vehicle, the method including detecting, using at least one detector at the sensor apparatus, signal energy of a signal from the approaching vehicle; analyzing the signal energy using a processor at the sensor apparatus to determine that an alarm should be triggered; and based on the analyzing, causing the alarm from an alert mechanism on the sensor apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Ian Christopher Drummond Doig, James Randolph Winter Lepp
  • Patent number: 10565845
    Abstract: A variety of methods, medical devices, responder network servers, emergency services interfaces and call center related processes are described that can help improve responder networks designed to get a medical device such as an automated external defibrillator and/or volunteer responders to the scene of a potential medical incident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: AVIVE SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Rory M. Beyer, Gordon Moseley P. Andrews, David Picco, Sameer Jafri
  • Patent number: 10559190
    Abstract: A distress situation recognizing and remote assistance summoning device for recognizing a distress situation which may be encountered by a transport vehicle, and for summoning assistance via a wireless communications link is shown and described. The device may be self-contained in one unit and clamped to a tube member of the vehicle. The device includes microprocessor, a battery, a power cable connectable to a vehicle electrical system, accelerometer and gyroscope for sensing impacts, GPS capability, wireless communications capability for summoning assistance, an annunciator for annunciating transmission of an assistance request, a manual assistance request feature, a request cancellation feature, a delay feature delaying the assistance request, a visible and an audible beacon annunciating location of the vehicle, and a coverage annunciator signaling that the vehicle is in an area not in potential communication with a recipient of the request for assistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Adrien Micheloni
  • Patent number: 10556578
    Abstract: The present invention is an alarming device for a vehicle that alerts drivers in the event the ignition is switched off and/or the seatbelt is unlocked and the parking brake is in release mode. The alarming device includes an ignition system, a parking brake, a seatbelt assembly, at least one sensor and at least one alert device. The ignition system is manipulable in a switch-ON state and a switch-OFF state. The Parking brake is manipulable in a brake mode and a release mode. The sensor is connected with and senses the ignition system, parking brake and/or seatbelt assembly. Alert device is signaled to be activated by sensor when ignition is being switched to switch-OFF state and/or seatbelt is disconnected from seatbelt lock and the parking brake is in release mode. Alert device notifies by a sound indication and/or a light indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Jeff Van Patten
  • Patent number: 10559175
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a magnetic apparatus for providing a tactile sensation and, more particularly, to a magnetic apparatus for providing a user with tactile information, by means of changes in viscosity, rigidity and elasticity due to a magnetic field, by using a magnetorheological fluid or a magnetorheological elastiomer. A magnetic apparatus for providing a tactile sensation comprises a tactile sensation provider 110 having magnetic particles 101, wherein the tactile sensation provider 110 provides a user with tactile information by means of a change due to an external magnetic field that has been applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: CK Materials Lab Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seoung Hun Do, Hyeong Jun Kim
  • Patent number: 10546470
    Abstract: Various arrangements for hazard detector event tracking is presented. A system may include a hazard detector and a computer server system. Indications of events that occurred at the hazard detector may be provided to and stored by a computer server system. A user interface application executed on a mobile device may receive the indications of events that occurred at the hazard detector. A timeline may be generated that graphically represents the indications of events. The generated timeline may be output for presentation via a display of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Timo A. Bruck, Shiney Rossi, David Sloo, Jeffrey A. Boyd
  • Patent number: 10535241
    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: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Min-Hao Michael Lu, John England
  • Patent number: 10522250
    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: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC
    Inventors: Michael Spohn, Michael Swantner, Edward Rhinehart
  • Patent number: 10522011
    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: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Ecolink Intelligent Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lamb, Jay Stone, Michael Bailey, George Seelman
  • Patent number: 10507790
    Abstract: A system for detecting usage of a seat belt and initiating a notification signal on detecting non-usage of the seat belt. Further, the system transmits the detected data to a plurality of computing units over a communication network. The system is integrated with the seat belt of a vehicle, wherein the seat belt comprises a female unit and male unit. The system comprises a first sensor unit, circuitry unit, second sensor unit, communication unit, and power unit. The first sensor unit and the circuitry unit are integrated with the female unit to detect an unbuckled position of the seat belt. The second sensor unit is integrated with the male unit to detect a buckled position of the seat belt on completing a circuitry when the male unit is secured into the female unit of the seat belt. The circuitry unit is electrically coupled to the first sensor unit to transmit a plurality of notification signals to computing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Earnest L. Banks
  • Patent number: 10510238
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a tangible, non-transitory, machine-readable medium, having machine-readable instructions to pair a water detection device of a plurality of water detection devices with a user account via a user device, receive a first signal indicative of a location of the water detection device from the user device, receive a second signal indicative of a personalized message to be sent to the user device upon a detection event of the water detection device, and display a list of the plurality of water detection devices and corresponding locations of each water detection device of the plurality of water detection devices on the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: HS Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradly Jay Billman, Kade Scott, Matthew T. Flachsbart, Cory Matheson, Benjamin D. Ethington
  • Patent number: 10493907
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle periphery information management device that can reduce the load on a network and the processing load on the acquisition side. The vehicle periphery information management device includes: a data acquisition unit that acquires a plurality of pieces of external environment information data in the periphery of the vehicle; and a data selection unit that selects a portion of the plurality of pieces of external environment information data acquired by the data acquisition unit and outputs the selected data to an external unit on the basis of a prescribed position from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuya Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10478119
    Abstract: There is provided a method for oral drug dosage medicament regime adherence monitoring comprising creating an oral drug dosage medicament regime for a patient, the medicament regime having a plurality of medicament intervals for the oral consumption of a plurality of oral drugs, loading the plurality of oral drugs into a cartridge of an oral drug dispensing device, providing a patient wearable vital sign monitoring device for being worn by the patient and associating the patient wearable vital sign monitoring device and the oral drug dispensing device with a patient profile, the patient profile being further associated with the oral drug dosage medicament regime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Othman Abdulrahim Radi Alhanbali
  • Patent number: 10475342
    Abstract: A parking lot evaluation apparatus includes: an acquisition device configured to acquire information on an utterance made by a driver about a parking lot in a vehicle; and a deriving device configured to derive a parking difficulty level indicative of parking difficulty at the parking lot, based on the acquired utterance information about the parking lot. The acquisition device acquires, as an utterance about the parking lot, an utterance of the driver about the parking lot at the time when the vehicle is placed in the parking lot or around the parking lot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Keiko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10475301
    Abstract: A method of rendering a haptic effect on a haptic output device is provided based on an ambient environmental stimulus signal received from a sensor. A notification event based on the stimulus signal is determined. A haptic effect is rendered on a haptic output devices based on the notification event. A system and computer-readable medium are also provided for rendering a haptic effect on a haptic output device based on an ambient environmental stimulus signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher J. Ullrich, Jamal Saboune
  • Patent number: 10468132
    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: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    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: 10467868
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a magnetic apparatus for providing a tactile sensation and, more particularly, to a magnetic apparatus for providing a user with tactile information, by means of changes in viscosity, rigidity and elasticity due to a magnetic field, by using a magnetorheological fluid or a magnetorheological elastiomer. A magnetic apparatus for providing a tactile sensation comprises a tactile sensation provider 110 having magnetic particles 101, wherein the tactile sensation provider 110 provides a user with tactile information by means of a change due to an external magnetic field that has been applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: CK MATERIALS LAB CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seoung Hun Do, Hyeong Jun Kim
  • Patent number: 10463083
    Abstract: The invention relates to a monitor device for monitoring the closed or open state of an article, the monitor device being in the form of an electronic circuit comprising a button closure system comprising two rows of elements (11, 12, 13, 14, 21, 22, 23, 24) made of electrically conductive material, each element of one row being couplable and un-couplable with an element of the other row. A detector-and-signaling device is connected firstly to at least one of the elements, referred to as a “first terminal” (21), and secondly to at least one of the other elements, referred to as a “second terminal”. The detector-and-signaling device (4) is configured to detect the state of electrical continuity between the first and second terminals (21, 24), and to issue a signal as a function of said detected continuity state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: GENIUS OBJECTS
    Inventors: Philippe Tourrette, Alexandre Faucher
  • Patent number: 10466137
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a water detection device that includes a water-activated battery configured to supply an electrical voltage upon contact with water, an electronic circuit configured to receive the electrical voltage from the water-activated battery, where the electronic circuit is configured to communicate with an external, electronic device upon receipt of the electrical voltage, and a housing configured to receive the water-activated battery and the electronic circuit, where the housing has passageways configured to facilitate movement of water into the housing and toward the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: HS Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradly Jay Billman, Kade Scott, Matthew T. Flachsbart, Cory Matheson, Benjamin D. Ethington