Patents Examined by Erin File
  • Patent number: 9947209
    Abstract: The invention relates to an alarm for detecting damage to a multiple glazed unit comprising: a humidity sensor; and a movement sensor in which, when the movement sensor detects movement of the glazed unit, the humidity sensor compares the current detected humidity in the glazed unit with a previously stored detected humidity, and if the humidity has changed by a predetermined threshold, a damage alarm is triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: ARMCO KEY SECURITY LIMITED
    Inventors: Yang Mu, ZhenYan Chen, David Foster, George Schaar
  • Patent number: 9940829
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods, apparatus, and devices for binding a remote control to a remotely controllable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yanlu Zhang, Deguo Meng, Enxing Hou
  • Patent number: 9936026
    Abstract: Examples may include techniques for a device trigger recall or a device trigger replace procedure as implemented at a machine type communication-interworking function (MTC-IWF) in response to a command received from a service capability server (SCS). Examples may also include the SCS generating a command for a device trigger recall or a device replace to cause the MTC-IWF to implement the device trigger recall or device trigger replace procedure to either recall or replace a trigger message destined for user equipment. Both the MTC-IWF and the SCS may operate in compliance with one or more 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Long Term Evolution (LTE) standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventor: Puneet K. Jain
  • Patent number: 9922508
    Abstract: A system and method of monitoring sobriety using a handheld breath testing device that, on receipt of a user's breath, generates a breath test signal comprising substance content data and user identification data, and wirelessly transmits the breath test signal to a breath test signal receiving station, and wherein the breath testing device further includes a fingerprint reader and a plurality of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SOBERLINK HEALTHCARE, LLC
    Inventors: Brad Keays, Christopher J. Pursley, Daniel Rhodes, Casey Hanrahan
  • Patent number: 9922478
    Abstract: A pressing device includes a pressing device switch configured to cover a garage door switch. The garage door switch operates a garage door opener connected to the garage door switch. An actuator is coupled to the pressing device switch. An indicator outputs a combination of an audio and video signal. The pressing device receives a garage door control command and generates a warning signal to the indicator. The indicator outputs the combination of the audio and video signal in response to receiving the warning signal, and generates a trigger signal to the actuator. The actuator physically presses on the garage door switch in response to receiving the trigger signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Nortek Security & Control LLC
    Inventor: Robert King Wong
  • Patent number: 9921302
    Abstract: A detection system includes: a detection portion that has an output function outputting a detection wave toward surroundings of a vehicle, and a detection function detecting an object around the vehicle based on a reflected wave; a determination section that determines that the object is definitely present around the vehicle when a number of times of detection of the object by the detection function exceeds a predetermined number of times; a control section that causes operation of the detection function without operation of the output function when the vehicle travels at a predetermined speed or higher; and an adjustment section that adjusts and increases the predetermined number of times designated for the determination section when the object is detected by the detection function operated by the control section during traveling of the vehicle at the predetermined speed or higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeo Tsuzuki, Koichi Mizutani
  • Patent number: 9916003
    Abstract: A controller device for a virtual environment includes a handle and a contact device having a substantially planar surface. A position of the contact device relative to the handle is adjustable. An actuator module is arranged to adjust the position of the contact device relative to the handle. A control module in communication with the virtual environment selectively controls the actuator module to adjust the position of the contact device in response to data received from the virtual environment. The data includes an indication of an interaction between a user and an object represented within the virtual environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Jack Sinclair, Eyal Ofek, Hrvoje Benko, Christian Holz
  • Patent number: 9916738
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for detection and notification of pressure waves are described herein. A lighting unit (100) may include one or more light sources (104) such as LEDs, a pressure wave sensor (106), a communication interface (108), and a controller (102) operably coupled with the one or more LEDs, the pressure wave sensor, and the communication interface. In various embodiments, the controller may be configured to receive a signal from the pressure wave sensor, the signal representative of one or more pressure waves detected by the pressure wave sensor. The controller may be configured to determine, based on the signal received from the pressure wave sensor, that the detected one or more pressure waves satisfy a predetermined criterion. The controller may be configured to transmit, to one or more remote lighting units via the communication interface, notification that the predetermined criterion has been satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Tatiana Aleksandrovna Lashina, Philip Steven Newton, Dzmitry Viktorovich Aliakseyeu, Jonathan David Mason, Bartel Marinus Van De Sluis, Tim Dekker
  • Patent number: 9904818
    Abstract: Provided are RFID systems, methods and RFID tags according to various aspects. An infrared (IR) beam, from an IR transmitter, is outputted in a first direction so that an RFID tag with an IR sensor adds a flag to stored data in the RFID tag in response to the RFID tag's IR sensor detecting the IR beam. An RF interrogation signal is outputted by an RFID reader, and a response is received from the RFID tag to the RF interrogation signal. It is determined whether the flag is contained in the RFID tag's response to the RF interrogation signal, and if so, the RFID tag is determined to be in the first direction relative to the IR transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: INTERMEC IP CORP.
    Inventors: Pavel Nikitin, Stephen J. Kelly
  • Patent number: 9872089
    Abstract: A telemetry device includes a resonant inductive link with a primary LC tank and secondary LC tank configured to resonate at a carrier frequency. A modulator assembly in communication with the secondary LC tank implements data-synchronized cyclic on-off keying modulation (COOK) to periodically create a short across the secondary LC tank in response to a pulse from a phase selector and phase-locked loop. During the full cycle-length of the short, data can be transmitted across the inductive link while the charge across the secondary LC tank is preserved. Power may be transferred across the link during non-shorted cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Sohmyung Ha, Gert Cauwenberghs
  • Patent number: 9870076
    Abstract: A transmitter pen positioning system includes a transmitter pen, at least two photo-receiving modules, and a signal processing unit. The transmitter pen generates a light beam signal. Each photo-receiving module has an optical lens and a photo-receiving sensor. The photo-receiving sensor receives the light beam signal passing through the optical lens via a first photo-receiving surface and a second photo-receiving surface and correspondingly converts the light beam signal into a first photocurrent signal and a second photocurrent signal. The signal processing unit receives the first and the second photocurrent signals, and correspondingly calculates an incident angle of the light beam signal according to a difference between the first and the second photocurrent signals and calculate position information of the transmitter pen according to the at least two incident angles. Accordingly, the complexity of the positioning system is simplified and a real-time position calculation is implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Nanjing Jiafan Electronic Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Alfred Samson Hou
  • Patent number: 9866999
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for location based messaging. In one embodiment a mobile device is configured to receive a first recipient selection input identifying a second mobile device, a first content message associated with the first recipient selection input, and a first geofence input associated with the first content message, wherein the first geofence input identifies a first delivery area. The mobile device then initiates communication of the first content message from the mobile device to the second mobile device via a network, wherein the first content message is configured for presentation on the second mobile device when the second mobile device is within the first delivery area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Investment Asset Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Eric Noeth, Zachary DeWitt, Matthew Diepenbrock
  • Patent number: 9867013
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining the motion of an object by capturing motion data. The methods and systems may comprise the use of motion sensor tags adapted for disposal on an object, wherein motion data may be collected by said motion sensor tags and transmitted via radio frequency signal for processing of collected data comprising the motion data, direction of arrival data, amplitude data, and phase data. The same system may also be adapted to determine the position of a UAV or aircraft by intercepting radio frequency communications signals emanating from the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Oahu Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Haruo Nakata, Isar Mostafanezhad, Robert Jeffrey Nakata
  • Patent number: 9865107
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for performing authentication are provided. The method includes performing, by a first authentication unit in a first electronic device, authentication with respect to a second electronic device that requests authentication through a first communication mode and when the second electronic device is authenticated, transmitting first information used for controlling the first electronic device to the second electronic device through the first communication mode and transferring second information indicating that the second electronic device is authenticated to a second authentication unit in the first electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Moon-Su Chang, Yang-Soo Lee, Joo-Yeon Lee, Dong-Hyun Yeom
  • Patent number: 9855892
    Abstract: When finding the driver distracted from driving (such as looking aside), this system provides driving assistance that enhances his or her motivation to drive by encouraging him or her to drive actively and thereby increase his or her internal focus on driving. Examples of specific driving assistance include giving exemplary driving instructions to the driver, providing him or her with navigation to a road with features that would entertain him or her through driving, and improving sensitivity to any change in the vehicle's state responsive to driving operations. If dangerous driving is sensed while the driving assistance is being provided, driving control may be performed to increase the driver's tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junichiro Kuwahara, Hitomi Nakazato
  • Patent number: 9858458
    Abstract: Provided are a device detecting the spatial variation of the complex permittivity and an article presence/absence detection system which are capable of detecting the presence or absence of an article by using a UHF-band RFID tag. A device detecting the spatial variation of the complex permittivity includes an RFID tag, a conductor electrode unit, and a dielectric tag base material. The RFID tag performs communication using an electromagnetic wave in a UHF band. The conductor electrode unit communicates with the RFID tag by using the electromagnetic wave in the UHF band. The dielectric tag base material is provided between the RFID tag and the conductor electrode unit and separates the RFID tag from the electrode unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Keishi Kosaka
  • Patent number: 9858632
    Abstract: Systems and methods for automated check-in of controlled-environment facility residents, such as correctional facility inmates, employs at least one biometric capture device or mechanism disposed within a controlled-environment area configured to capture biometrics of residents of the controlled-environment facility within the controlled-environment area. A controlled-environment facility administration and management system, or the like, is configured to enroll key biometric identification biometric features of residents of the controlled-environment facility and compare captured biometrics of the residents to enrolled key biometric features of residents of the controlled-environment facility to identify the resident. Whereupon, the controlled-environment facility administration and management system, or the like, logs the presence of an identified resident as in the controlled-environment area at a time the biometrics of the identified resident were captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Tech Friends, Inc.
    Inventors: Bobby L. Shipman, Jr., Mark A. Haney
  • Patent number: 9849833
    Abstract: When finding the driver distracted from driving (such as looking aside), this system first alerts him or her to the fact to prompt him or her to focus on driving. However, if the driver is still distracted from driving even when alerted, driving assistance are provided for him or her to enhance his or her motivation to drive by encouraging him or her to drive actively and thereby increase his or her internal focus on driving. Examples of specific driving assistance include giving exemplary driving instructions to the driver, providing him or her with navigation to a road with features that would entertain him or her through driving, and improving sensitivity to any change in the vehicle's state responsive to driving operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junichiro Kuwahara, Hitomi Nakazato
  • Patent number: 9839236
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette case and an information acquisition method are provided. The electronic cigarette case includes: a case body; a microcontroller arranged inside said case body; a trigger module, used for generating a trigger signal, being arranged on said case body; said trigger module being connected to said microcontroller; said microcontroller being used for acquiring, according to said trigger signal, a user smoking signal from the electronic cigarette; a GPS transmission module connected to said microcontroller and used for transmitting said user smoking information to a preset database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: HUIZHOU KIMREE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. SHENZHEN BRANCH
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 9839003
    Abstract: The invention is directed to reducing paging overhead in a network. An exemplary method comprises: determining whether a user equipment (UE) is substantially stationary, wherein the UE is located in a first network cell associated with a network; in response to determining the UE is substantially stationary, transmitting an indicator to the network; determining whether the UE moves from the first network cell to a second network cell; and in response to determining the UE moves from the first network cell to the second network cell, transmitting updated location information associated with the UE to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Rickard Ljung, Linh Trang