Patents Examined by Fabricio R Murillo Garcia
  • Patent number: 10026303
    Abstract: A system and method for configuring a security system using near-field communication devices that receive and transmit radio frequency signals is described. A first near-field communication device of the security system has a preset distance range. The security system communicates, using the first near-field communication device, with a second near-field communication device of a user device in response to the second near-field communication device being within the preset distance range of the first near-field communication device. The security system provides configuration information of the security system from the second near-field communication device to the first near-field communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Nortek Security & Control LLC
    Inventor: Brian Vencil Skarda
  • Patent number: 10020963
    Abstract: A method, performed in a communication device having multiple transmitters, for selectively transmitting data using spatial diversity, that includes determining whether the data meets a data-type criterium, such as whether the data includes priority data, and transmitting the data using spatial diversity when the type of data meets the data type criterium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Armin W. Klomsdorf, William P. Alberth
  • Patent number: 10012554
    Abstract: A protective garment contains a projectile detection device, in addition to impact and breach resistant materials for protecting the wearer. An arrangement of force sensitive regions defines a grid arrangement responsive to an incoming projectile. The force sensitive regions include pressure sensitive or piezoelectric characteristics such that an impact varies the electrical response of each region. A detection circuit connects to each region for sampling. A sampling of the regions computes a high velocity impact by a sudden change in the sensed electrical characteristics, such as a sudden drop in resistance between two planer sheets. The grid arrangement identifies the impact placement on the garment, and can be mapped to anatomical regions to evaluate a severity. Placement and impact force, along with GPS coordinates of the wearer, are transmitted by the detection circuit and/or in conjunction with an app on a mobile device of the wearer for alerting first responders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Carolyn Keyes, Nicholas Potvin, Zachary Richards, Christopher Tolisano
  • Patent number: 10007347
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to fiber actuators for providing haptic feedback, and haptic actuation resulting from mechanical and/or electrostatic (non-mechanical) interactions with the fiber actuators. Such fiber actuators are useful in structural materials, including as elements of wearables or accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vahid Khoshkava, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10005326
    Abstract: The disclosed technology generally relates to tires, and more particularly to a method of and a smart tire system for evaluating a state of a tire, and providing an alarm, and to a smart tire configured for the method and the system. In one aspect, a method includes determining whether an abnormality or a problem exists in a state of a tire, by processing a tire state value from a TPMS sensor. Processing the tire state can be carried out by a sensor processor and/or a sensor information processor. The method additionally includes providing an alarm to a user, e.g., a driver. The method additionally includes verifying the determination of whether there is an abnormality or a problem. Thus, the disclosed method includes determining the state of a tire and providing an alarm, where the alarm has high reliability because it is generated based on examination of various parameters of the tire state, including, e.g., pressure, temperature and/or acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Hankook Tire Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soon Hong So, Jeong Mu Heo, Jae Wook Ihm, Jeong Heon Kim
  • Patent number: 10009196
    Abstract: Multiple symbol noncoherent soft output detectors in accordance with embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In a number of embodiments, the multiple symbol noncoherent soft output detector uses soft metrics based on the Log Likelihood Ratio (LLR) of each symbol to provide information concerning the reliability of each detected symbol. One embodiment of the invention includes a receiver configured to receive and sample a phase modulated input signal, and a multiple symbol noncoherent soft output detector configured to receive the sampled input signal and to generate a soft metric indicative of the reliability of a detected symbol based upon observations over multiple symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Mojix, Inc.
    Inventors: Dariush Divsalar, Ramin Sadr
  • Patent number: 10002530
    Abstract: Technologies are described to provide control of traffic signals based at least in part on multiple Q-learning categories. In some examples, a method may include clustering historical traffic data into multiple traffic pattern clusters, and generating multiple Q-learning categories, where each Q-learning category corresponds to a traffic pattern cluster of the multiple traffic pattern clusters. The method may also include determining a first Q-learning category of the multiple Q-learning categories to use in controlling traffic signals at an intersection based at least in part on a first traffic data of the intersection, where the first Q-learning category corresponds to a first traffic pattern cluster, and the first traffic data corresponds to the first traffic pattern cluster. The method may additionally include generating a first control action for the traffic signals at the intersection based at least in part on the first Q-learning category.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Lei Liu, Wei-Peng Chen, Ying Liu
  • Patent number: 9994152
    Abstract: An active scanning collision avoidance system for vehicles and the like. In one embodiment, an active scanning radar module is affixed to a vehicle's roof. A microwave transmitter sends out a signal to a directional antenna or array directed outwards radially away from the radar assembly. When this transmitted signal is reflected off another vehicle or object, it is received by a second directional antenna or array. This return signal is mixed internally with the transmitted signal, and the resulting signal is amplified and processed so that distance, velocity and object size can be determined. These object attributes are transmitted to an in-vehicle display in real time for quick and informed decision-making for the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Ryan Hess
  • Patent number: 9987962
    Abstract: A method of delivering haptic feedback to a vehicle occupant comprising: measuring capacitance with a capacitive sensor having a known natural capacitance oriented within a vehicle to provide a measured capacitance value; determining, as a function of the measured capacitance value, an intensity level of haptic feedback to be provided by a haptic feedback generator oriented within the vehicle; and generating haptic feedback at the intensity level to a vehicle occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Pietro Buttolo, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Arthur Van Jack
  • Patent number: 9982938
    Abstract: A method for controlling a refrigerator may comprise controlling at least one of a temperature and humidity of at least one storage area of the refrigerator based on first storage information, receiving, from a second refrigerator different from the refrigerator, second storage information of the second refrigerator, and controlling at least one of the temperature and the humidity of the at least one storage area of the refrigerator based on the received second storage information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eun-Ju Tae, Soog-Yeong Woo, Ju-Eun Lee, Soon-Kyu Jang
  • Patent number: 9978258
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described to automatically re-enable monitoring of a bypassed security sensor by a security system control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Ecolink Intelligent Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Lamb
  • Patent number: 9979534
    Abstract: A transmit (TX) signal path circuit in a multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) transceiver responsive to a digital front end (DFE) for generating receive (RX) path phase alignment signals is disclosed. A digital up-conversion block uses a first numerically-controlled oscillator (NCO) for generating digital intermediate frequency (IF) signals for ordinary TX signal generation, and a different, second NCO for generating digital IF signals for RX phase alignment signal generation. An RF up-conversion block uses a TX local oscillator (LO) for generating analog RF signals for ordinary TX signal generation, and a different feedback (FB) LO for generating analog RF signals for RX phase alignment signal generation. Thus, phase alignment of the circuitry used for ordinary TX signal generation is left undisturbed by RX phase alignment signal generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Maxlinear Asia Singapore PTE LTD
    Inventors: Mark Hiebert, Jay Chen
  • Patent number: 9980020
    Abstract: A remote locking system for a storage unit that allows a user device including a security token to remotely lock or unlock the storage unit. The user can include software or an application that communicates with the storage unit to provide locking statuses and tamper alerts for the storage unit. The storage unit can include a proximity sensor so the unit is unlocked when an authorized user device is within a certain distance of the storage unit. The system can further include a timer that disables communication between the user device and storage unit after a predetermined inactive period, so as to reduce cross-talk and power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: William T. Sharp, David Doerflinger, Daniel Eggert
  • Patent number: 9974438
    Abstract: In one implementation, an apparatus estimates body core temperature from an infrared measurement of an external source point using a cubic relationship between the body core temperature and the measurement of an external source point is described, estimates temperature from a digital infrared sensor and determines vital signs from a solid-state image transducer, or determines vital signs from a solid-state image transducer and estimates body core temperature from an infrared measurement of an external source point using a cubic relationship between the body core temperature and the measurement of an external source point; after which the estimated and/or determined information is transmitted to an external database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Arc Devices, LTD
    Inventors: Irwin Gross, Michael G. Smith, Mark Khachaturian, Martin Crawley, Steven Gerst, John Barrett, Michael Cronin, Derek Turnbull, Jason Bodnick
  • Patent number: 9972199
    Abstract: Technologies are described to provide control of traffic signals based at least in part on the presence of non-motorized users. In some examples, a system may include at least one sensor configured to autonomously acquire motorized user presence data at an intersection, and at least one sensor configured to autonomously acquire non-motorized user presence data at the intersection. The system may also include an agent configured to determine a motorized user queue length based on the motorized user presence data, determine a non-motorized user queue length based on the non-motorized user presence data, and control the traffic signals based at least in part on the non-motorized user queue length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Ying Liu, Lei Liu, Wei-Peng Chen
  • Patent number: 9959726
    Abstract: A method of operating an aspirated smoke detector includes providing an ambient condition detector, establishing a first flow baseline for the detector, establishing a second, lower, flow baseline for the detector, sampling a selected airflow, and determining if the slected airflow as sampled should be compared to the first flow baseline or the second, lower, flow baseline, and responsive thereto, determining if a trouble indictor should be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Edward J. Kurtz, Scott R. Lang
  • Patent number: 9959729
    Abstract: This application provides an alarming method and device, and relates to the field of communications. The method includes: obtaining a power of an audio signal; determining a transmit power value at least according to the power of the audio signal; broadcasting detection information according to the transmit power value, the detection information including the transmit power value; and alarming, in response to receiving alarming information fed back by another device according to the detection information, a user according to the alarming information. According to the method and device, a user is alarmed in time in a situation in which a risk may occur, and meanwhile an undesired effect of an environmental noise on the user listening to the audio signal in a safe situation is also avoided, thereby improving user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING ZHIGU TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jia Liu
  • Patent number: 9955357
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a pre-5th-Generation (5G) or 5G communication system provided for supporting higher data rates Beyond 4th-Generation (4G) communication system such as Long Term Evolution (LTE). A method for adding an operating channel for a user equipment (UE) that uses an unlicensed band channel by an evolved Node B (eNB) in a mobile communication system is provided. The method includes transmitting a first sensing indicator message indicating sensing of an unlicensed band channel, to at least one UE, determining a channel state by sensing the unlicensed band channel, receiving a first feedback message including a channel sensing result of the unlicensed band channel sensed by the UE, from the at least one UE, comparing the determined channel state with the channel sensing result received from the UE, and transmitting a control message indicating addition of the unlicensed band channel to the UE based on the comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-Min Moon, Sun-Heui Ryoo, Sung-Jin Lee, Jung-Soo Jung
  • Patent number: 9953290
    Abstract: An inventory system can include radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and RFID tuners that can be brought into interacting proximity with one another to provide input or other information about the location or other condition of movable elements within the inventory system. A wearable accessory that is wearable by a human operator can include RFID tuners thereon for interacting with RFID tags on other elements of the inventory system in order to communicate details about the elements and facilitate functions of the inventory system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Scott Russell, Wesley Scott Lauka
  • Patent number: 9955239
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are apparatuses, methods and systems for a configurable and secure mobile tool for Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) metering systems, wherein the tool comprises a suite of mobile apps that run on a mobile device (e.g., tablet, smartphone) and have functionality to support the installation, maintenance, service, diagnostics and configuration of meters in AMI and AMR systems. The mobile app may remotely synchronize through a secure communication channel with a server in communication with a database that contains configuration settings and related data created by an administrator utilizing an administrator station. During synchronization, the mobile app functionality is configured and customized based on user group authorization profiles defined by an administrator, and data collected and generated by the mobile app that is stored on the mobile device is transferred to the database where it may be accessed by an administrator station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Donato Colonna, William L. Hopper, Fabio Cezar, Sergei V. Udin, Andrew Zhelezov