Patents Examined by Eric M. Blount
  • Patent number: 10204523
    Abstract: An enhanced runway awareness system and method directed to reducing audible alerts during runway selection is provided. The runway awareness system includes a navigation system, an audio system, and a control module. The control module receives and processes, from the navigation system, aircraft state data and runway position and location data. The control module determines that (a) the aircraft is approaching a first runway, and commands the audio system to emit an approach alert associated with (a); subsequent to commanding the audio system to emit the approach alert associated with (a), the control module prohibits the audio system from emitting an “on runway” alert associated with (a) responsive to determining that (b) the aircraft is on the first runway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Yasuo Ishihara, Steve Johnson
  • Patent number: 10185812
    Abstract: A pill dispenser is disclosed that includes a housing defining an opening, a pill-dispensing mechanism disposed within the housing and operatively coupled to the opening, a receptacle operatively coupled to the housing, an identifying camera positioned to capture an image of an area adjacent to the housing, and a processor in operative communication with the pill-dispensing mechanism and the identifying camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 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: 10179484
    Abstract: A high temperature warning system for a vehicle steer axle an air pressure supply, a normally-closed valve in fluid communication with pressure supply, a heat sensitive control capable of opening the normally-closed valve upon a predetermined temperature, the heat sensitive control mounted adjacent to the wheel end assembly in a heat exchange relationship therewith, and a warning system connected to the air pressure supply for actuation upon opening of the normally-closed valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Equalaire Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Kevin Hennig
  • Patent number: 10176694
    Abstract: An aircraft occupant seat for providing health, safety, and comfort management to aircraft occupants is disclosed. In one embodiment, an aircraft occupant, seated in an aircraft occupant seat in an aircraft, is monitored for health, safety and comfort information using at least one sensor disposed in the aircraft occupant seat. Further, background auditory, electrical noise, temperature and mechanical vibration associated with the aircraft occupant seat is measured using the at least one sensor. The health, safety and comfort information associated with the aircraft occupant is then obtained using the monitored health safety and comfort information and the measured background electrical noise and mechanical vibration. Health, safety and comfort of the aircraft occupant are then managed based on the obtained health, safety and comfort information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS GROUP INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventor: Anurag Sharma
  • Patent number: 10176297
    Abstract: A point-of-care computer system is provided, including a display positioned in a point-of-care location. The point-of-care computer includes hardware coupled to a frame of a hospital bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Mark Zerhusen, Ryan A. Reeder, John D. Vogel, Michael E. Cerimele, Carl W. Riley, Timothy D. Wildman
  • Patent number: 10169990
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and system for distributed redundancy control on an intelligent traffic network, the method includes: sending, by each communication control node, messages for electing a primary device to the other communication control nodes, and electing a primary device from the plurality of communication control nodes according to preset priorities of the communication control nodes, and backing up data of the communication control node in the primary device; and sending state detection messages to the other communication control nodes, if a response message of the communication control node to the state detection message indicates that the communication control node cannot control any action of a device served by the communication control node, controlling action of the device served by the communication control node, and adjusting control intervals of time of signaling lamps at junctions corresponding to the communication control nodes in a redundant network according to traffic flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: KYLAND TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ping Li, Jianfeng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10160544
    Abstract: An aircraft occupant health, safety, and comfort management is disclosed. In one embodiment, an aircraft occupant, seated in an aircraft occupant seat in an aircraft, substantially around the aircraft occupant seat is monitored for health, safety and comfort information using at least one sensor disposed in the aircraft occupant seat and/or substantially around the aircraft occupant seat. Further, background auditory, electrical noise, temperature and mechanical vibration associated with the aircraft occupant seat is measured using the at least one sensor. The health, safety and comfort information associated with the aircraft occupant is then obtained using the monitored health safety and comfort information and the measured background electrical noise and mechanical vibration. Health, safety and comfort of the aircraft occupant are then managed based on the obtained health, safety and comfort information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS GROUP INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventor: Anurag Sharma
  • Patent number: 10163333
    Abstract: Various arrangements are presented for controlling a night light feature of a hazard detector. A user interface application executed on a mobile device may output, a graphical interface that provides an option to enable a night light feature of the hazard detector. The application may transmit data indicative of the night light feature being enabled and of an associated user account to a computer server system. The computer server system may receive and store data indicative of the night light feature being enabled and of the user account. The hazard detector may receive from the computer server system data indicative of the night light feature of the hazard detector being enabled by the application. The hazard detector may enable the plurality of LEDs to provide illumination in response to the received data indicative of the night light feature of the hazard detector being enabled by the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Timo A. Bruck, Shiney Rossi, David Sloo, Jeffrey A. Boyd
  • Patent number: 10134250
    Abstract: A sensor system includes: a radio transmitting device transmitting a predetermined radio signal regularly; a sensor detecting opening/closing or locking/unlocking of a partition mechanism installed in a door of a building or a site; and an information processing device. The information processing device includes: a radio receiving part receiving the predetermined radio signal and result of detection of the sensor; a decision part deciding whether or not a person exists in the building or the site, based on the radio signal; a determination part determining the decision on existence of the person every trigger timing being a timing defined based on the result of the detection of the sensor; an information generation part generating information related to the behavior of the person based on the decision on existence of the person determined at the trigger timing; and an information output part outputting the information generated by the information generation part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeya Shigezumi, Kunihiro Komiya, Kenta Konishi
  • Patent number: 10127490
    Abstract: The fabrication of an electronic document includes the following steps: —obtaining of a flat body in which is made a cavity of globally rectangular shape including a deep portion surrounded by a countersink and which contains an electronic component having connection terminals situated on this countersink while having the shape of meanders 5A, 5B, —obtaining of a module including a support furnished on a so-called external face with a plurality of external contact zones and on a so-called internal face with a printed circuit including connection pads 4A, 4B of hefty form while being connected to certain at least of the external contact zones, the support being furthermore furnished, on this internal face, with a microcircuit connected to this printed circuit, this module being encased in the cavity by an anisotropic conducting adhesive whose overlap coefficient lies between 5 and 8%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: IDEMIA FRANCE
    Inventors: Elodie Gragnic, Olivier Bosquet
  • Patent number: 10127816
    Abstract: A method and system alert a driver of a driven vehicle about an unsafe traffic condition. The method detects, by one or more of a radar detector, a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) detector, or a camera, a braking event of a nearby vehicle. The method stores, in a storage device, the braking event of the nearby vehicle. The method communicates a signal indicative of the braking event of the nearby vehicle to a brake system of the driven vehicle. The method also alerts the driver, by one or more of a user display alert or an audible alert, of the braking event of the nearby vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Blanding Hovenweep, LLC
    Inventor: Steven M. Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 10126407
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining a location and an identity of a portable device are provided. The system includes apparatus for transmitting timing synchronization information, a plurality of stationary ultrasonic base stations and a plurality of portable devices. Each ultrasonic base station is configured to receive the timing synchronization information and to transmit a corresponding ultrasonic location code in a time period based on the received timing synchronization information. Each portable device is configured to: 1) receive the timing synchronization information, 2) detect the ultrasonic location codes from the ultrasonic base stations and 3) transmit an output signal including a portable device ID representative of the portable device and the detected ultrasonic location code. Each portable device is synchronized to detect the ultrasonic location code in the time period based on the received timing synchronization information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: CenTrak, Inc.
    Inventors: Israel Amir, Karuppiah Annamalai
  • Patent number: 10121353
    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: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Bradly Jay Billman, Kade Scott, Matthew T. Flachsbart, Cory Matheson, Benjamin D. Ethington
  • Patent number: 10112566
    Abstract: In a collision prevention system, a control device defines a collision danger level X such that larger values indicate increased possibility of a following vehicle colliding into a host vehicle due to behavior of the host vehicle, and defines a proximity Pr such that larger values indicate shorter inter-vehicle distance or greater relative velocity between the host vehicle and the following vehicle. When a change in amount ?X/?t of the collision danger level X and a threshold value Kxa have a relationship Kxa??X/?t, the control device changes a first threshold value Kpr of the proximity Pr to a second threshold value Kpr? lower than the first threshold value Kpr, and actuates a warning device when the collision danger level X and the threshold value Kx have a relationship Kx?X and the proximity Pr and the second threshold value Kpr? have a relationship Kpr??Pr.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Kodama, Hiroshi Saegusa
  • Patent number: 10113279
    Abstract: A method for using barrier systems includes positioning a plurality of barrier systems at a location, each barrier system having: a barrier having an interior surface and an opposing exterior surface, the interior surface bounding a chamber that is adapted to receive a ballast; and a light assembly secured to the barrier, the light assembly comprising a housing having a lens that at least partially bounds a compartment, a light source at least partially disposed within the compartment, and programmable circuity in electrical communication with the light emitting device. A control device is used to communicate wirelessly with programmable circuity of each barrier system after the barrier systems are positioned at the location so that data is transferred between the control device and the programmable circuity of each barrier system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Off The Wall Products, LLC
    Inventors: Eric M. Stevens, Leo F. Stanko, Ross D. Mann
  • Patent number: 10106175
    Abstract: Described are system and methods in which the speed of a service vehicle and the configuration of an extendable service component of the vehicle may be monitored. The vehicle can be driven with the extendable service component out of its home configuration as long as the speed is below a speed threshold. However, if the speed of the vehicle exceeds the speed threshold while the extendable service component is out of its home configuration, an extended service component alert signal is transmitted. Although a local alarm may (also) be provided to the vehicle operator, the extended service component alert signal is transmitted wirelessly and provides one or more alerts on at least one receiver remote from the vehicle, such as on a mobile phone of a supervisor who can take action. In some embodiments, the speed threshold may vary depending on the location of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: DiCAN, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Shirchenko, Kenneth Edward Stapleton
  • Patent number: 10109173
    Abstract: A location confirmation platform of a released arrestee's location and a property entry status system for establishing a virtual boundary around a property in which an individual is scheduled or authorized to appear or occupy and polling and confirming the individual's presence within the boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Kris Keyton
  • Patent number: 10098328
    Abstract: A method of monitoring the physiological condition, and/or suitability of animal feed, of ruminant animals, comprising: a. sensing the occurrence of at least a first predetermined type of activity of the animal; b. determining a length of a time period of a first type during which in step a. a sensed first predetermined type of activity has taken place; c. transmitting information about the length of a time period of the first type determined in step b. wherein preferably the transmission starts on a moment in time which depends on the moment in time on which the time period of the first type has ended; d. repeating steps a.-c. for next sensed occurrences of activities of the first predetermined type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: N.V. NEDERLANSCHE APPARATENFABRIEK NEDAP
    Inventors: Jeroen Martin van Dijk, Rudie Jan Hendrik Lammers, Jan Anne Kuipers
  • Patent number: 10102726
    Abstract: A method and system for avoiding haptic effects conflict is presented. A haptic enabled device configured to generate haptic effects associated with a first signature is used by a user. The system detects an additional source of haptic effects and determines a second signature associated with the haptic effects produced by the source. The system determines a preferred set of haptic configurations and modifies either the first or second signature based on the preferred set of haptic configurations to achieve a minimal conflict between the first and second signatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventor: Vincent Levesque
  • Patent number: 10083595
    Abstract: A system for alerting a user of a device departing a vehicle includes a software application configured to be executed on a memory of the device. The software application performs an initial query phase to periodically query the status of a data connection between the device and the vehicle. Upon confirmation that a data connection has been established, the software application engages an armed state and periodically queries for a failure of the data connection between the device and the vehicle. Upon detecting a failure of the data connection the software application engages an alert state operative to alert a user upon failure of said data connection between the device and the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: Stewart Rudolph