Patents Examined by Fadey Jabr
  • Patent number: 10005568
    Abstract: Energy efficient satellite maneuvering is described herein. One disclosed example method includes maneuvering a satellite that is in an orbit around a space body so that a principle sensitive axis of the satellite is oriented to an orbit frame plane to reduce gravity gradient torques acting upon the satellite. The orbit frame plane is based on an orbit frame vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Timothy S. Lui, Kangsik Lee
  • Patent number: 9909888
    Abstract: A method for notifying a mobile body that the mobile body is approaching a particular area comprising calculating a plurality of areas where the mobile body may arrive on the basis of dynamic map information; calculating, for each event occurring in the plurality of areas, an arriving probability of arriving at a region affected by the event; extracting an avoidance position for enabling the mobile body to avoid arriving at the region affected by the event; calculating an encountering probability of meeting the region affected by the event on the basis of a reliability of the event, the arriving probability, and the avoidance position, and notifying the mobile body of the encountering probability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhito Akiyama, Eisuke Kanzaki, Hiroya Ogihara
  • Patent number: 9874879
    Abstract: A method controls an operation of a spacecraft according to a model of the spacecraft. The method determines control inputs for controlling concurrently thrusters of the spacecraft and momentum exchange devices of the spacecraft using an optimization of a cost function over a receding horizon subject to constraints on a pose of the spacecraft and constraints on inputs to the thrusters. The cost function includes components for controlling the pose of the spacecraft and a momentum stored by the momentum exchange devices. The method generates a command to control concurrently the thrusters and the momentum exchange devices according to at least a portion of the control inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Avishai Weiss, Stefano Di Cairano, Uros Kalabic
  • Patent number: 9841884
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a single-action multi-mode interface are provided. The system includes a touch detector to detect an input to a touch device; a mode detector to detect a mode associated with the input; a displacement detector to detect a displacement associated with the detected touch and mode, wherein the displacement is defined by a first and second parameter; and a command initiator to transmit an action to a first system based on the first parameter and a second system based on the second parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wes A. Nagara, Royce D. Channey, Michael D. Tschirhart
  • Patent number: 9836077
    Abstract: An output signal device and method that provides the operator force feedback similar to a pilot control joystick. These force feedback regions include free play, dead-band start of modulation, modulation, fore-warning bumper and hold near max angle. This output signal device may also vary the fore-warning feel and hold positions to be at any angle. This output signal device uses force sensing as the signal and has force slope changes used as auto-calibration of the output signal. This improves signal accuracy and provides a service prognostic signal. The prognostic signal may be used to activate redundant sensor. The variable force feedback may improve operation on rough terrain. The force feedback, may allow more productive operating positions to be learned. This enables productivity and other important job site criteria such as fuel usage to be optimized by interactive communication with this output signal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Prince Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: David Paul Smith, Chun Feng Xia, Lukasz Grzegorz Osikowicz
  • Patent number: 9827951
    Abstract: A semiconductor device including an abnormality detection section that detects an abnormality occurring in a moving body that moves along a specific path on a surface of a specific object; a position detection section that detects a position of the moving body as an abnormality occurrence position, in a case in which the abnormality detection section has detected an abnormality, and that stores abnormality occurrence position information expressing the abnormality occurrence position in a storage section; and a moving body controller that controls an adjusting section to adjust at least one of a force with which the moving body presses against the specific object, or a position of the moving body in a direction intersecting the surface of the specific object, based on a detection result detected by the abnormality detection section and the abnormality occurrence position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: LAPIS SEMICONDUCTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kentaro Toda
  • Patent number: 9824508
    Abstract: The present invention is generally related to monitoring and remotely accessing the environmental and operating parameters on a vehicle such as a bus, train, subway, taxi, ride share, airplane, ferry, hyper loop, or other transit vehicle, although applications are not so limited. Embodiments of the present invention including mounting sensors, that communicate data over a network, on the inside and externally to vehicles such that the sensor data can be: monitored and viewed remotely; monitored or viewed by transit patrons using the vehicle; and monitored and viewed by the driver on a driver control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Busch-Sorensen, Rasheed Behrooznia
  • Patent number: 9805592
    Abstract: This presentation provides methods to track pedestrians heading angle using smart phone data. Tracking heading angle especially at or from stationary position is key for pedestrian safety, e.g., for smart cross system and pedestrian collision mitigation system. It provides pedestrian-to-vehicle (P2V) platform. It deploys smart phones or mobile devices, equipped with DSRC (Dedicated short range communication) support, to act as beacons for pedestrians: Phone can alert driver to pedestrian presence in path; Pedestrian Basic Safety Message (BSM) can aid awareness for vehicles; It can be used for bicycles, as well. It also provides pedestrian-to-infrastructure (P2I) platform. Smart phone, through DSRC/cellular, transmits pedestrian presence to crosswalks/signals: It enables advanced crosswalk lighting/warning scheme; It enables bundling of pedestrian presence to vehicles. In this presentation, we provide various examples and variations on these.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Savari, Inc.
    Inventors: Faroog Ibrahim, Navin Chandra Rao Katta
  • Patent number: 9801329
    Abstract: An on-the-go monitor and control means and method for an agriculture machines includes on-the-go soil sensors that can be used to control tillage and seeding depth. On seeder implements, the sensors provide information that affects uniform plant emergence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Ag Leader Technology
    Inventor: Roger R. Zielke
  • Patent number: 9792613
    Abstract: Systems and methods for UAV safety are provided. An authentication system may be used to confirm UAV and/or user identity and provide secured communications between users and UAVs. The UAVs may operate in accordance with a set of flight regulations. The set of flight regulations may be associated with a geo-fencing device in the vicinity of the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Ming Gong, Jin Dai, Hao Cui, Xiaodong Wang, Han Huang, Jun Wu, Wei Fan, Ning Ma, Xinhua Rong, Xingsen Lin
  • Patent number: 9787092
    Abstract: An aircraft power management system includes an electrical power supply input configured to be coupled to an electrical power supply, a first power supply bus bar coupled to the power supply input, at least one primary electrical equipment including a primary load coupled in parallel to the first power supply bus bar, a bus bar switch configured to selectively deactivate the first power supply bus bar downstream of the at least one primary electrical equipment, a load monitoring device configured to monitor the power demand of the primary load and to output a deactivation signal to the bus bar switch for selectively deactivating the first power supply bus bar, if the monitored power demand of the primary load exceeds a primary threshold, and at least one tertiary electrical equipment including a tertiary load coupled to the first power supply bus bar downstream of the at least one primary electrical equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Scheffler, Frank Leuenberger
  • Patent number: 9771148
    Abstract: An airport terminal gate traffic management system is provided that maximizes efficiency and safety of passenger transfer and aircraft servicing and minimizes aircraft time parked at a terminal. Aircraft are driven forward into and out of gates by controllable landing gear wheel non-engine drive means and parked in a parallel or perpendicular orientation relative to the terminal that facilitates passenger transfer through a maximum number of aircraft doors. Passenger transfer and aircraft servicing may begin upon aircraft arrival using all available accessible aircraft doors. Departing aircraft may be turned by an unassisted pilot and driven forward with the controllable non-engine drive means to a takeoff runway. Airport terminal aircraft gate traffic is most effectively and efficiently managed when a significant number of aircraft using an airport are equipped with non-engine drive means controllable to move them into and out of a parking orientation optimal for passenger transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Borealis Technical Limited
    Inventors: Joseph J. Cox, Isaiah W. Cox
  • Patent number: 9759572
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a technique capable of predicting whether a vehicle can reach a desired facility or point by traveling on a retrieved route to the destination. A navigation apparatus includes an information storage that stores map information, a current position detector that detects a current position of the vehicle, an instruction receiver that receives a setting of a destination, and a vehicle information receiver that receives information on a remaining amount of the electricity charged. The navigation apparatus further includes a processing circuitry that retrieves a route to the destination from the map information and calculates a first travelable range in which the vehicle is allowed to travel from the current position through at least a part of the route to cause the first travelable range to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomo Okada
  • Patent number: 9758154
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes an engine, a first motor, a planetary gear, a second motor, a battery and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to execute control such that a reverse travel is made while higher power than power before the positive electrode potential becomes at most equal to a second specified potential is output from the engine when the positive electrode potential becomes at most equal to the second specified potential during the reverse travel, and in which the second specified potential is higher than a first specified potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takanori Aoki
  • Patent number: 9752878
    Abstract: Control handover planning for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is provided that includes determining, by a planning system, a current location of a mobile control system and a current location of the UAV. A target location is identified. A control handover zone is determined based on a communication range constraint between the mobile control system and the UAV. The control handover zone is located between the current location of the mobile control system, the current location of the UAV, and the target location. A mobile control system path plan and a UAV path plan are created that each includes a control handover waypoint in the control handover zone at the same time. The control handover waypoint defines a planned location to place the mobile control system in control of the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: James S. Magson, Gary Howland, Cherry Cwalina
  • Patent number: 9751521
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling and operating a hybrid vehicle having a high degree of hybridization are disclosed. A power flow control system predicts vehicle power demand to drive the hybrid vehicle based on changing conditions during operation of the hybrid vehicle. The power flow control system controls the power flow so as to provide power to drive the hybrid vehicle based on the predicted vehicle power demand, wherein the predicted vehicle power demand is greater than a maximum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: David E. Schwartz, Sean Garner, Bhaskar Saha, Simon Barber
  • Patent number: 9731718
    Abstract: Disclosed is a route evaluation device that enables traveling along a route in consideration of an operation of the driver of another vehicle, and can realize a safer traffic environment. A route evaluation device includes a route candidate generation section that generates route candidates of a host-vehicle, a route prediction section that predicts routes of another vehicle, a classification section that classifies the interference states of the route candidates of the host-vehicle and the predicted routes of another vehicle into a plurality of interference forms, and a route evaluation section that evaluates the routes of the host-vehicle on the basis of the interference forms classified by the classification section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Sakai, Hiromitsu Urano, Kazuaki Aso, Masahiro Harada, Toshiki Kindo
  • Patent number: 9725882
    Abstract: A flow control apparatus and a flow control method for a construction machine are disclosed, which can perform ground leveling work for smoothing the ground by the self weight of a boom without supplying hydraulic fluid from a hydraulic pump to a hydraulic cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: VOLVO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AB
    Inventor: Chun-Han Lee
  • Patent number: 9725079
    Abstract: For traction control, different filters, i.e., a hydraulic-pressure-increase filter and a hydraulic-pressure-decrease filter, are provided for increasing and decreasing target pressure, respectively. The inhibiting effect that the hydraulic-pressure-increase filter exhibits with respect to target pressure changes is made less than the inhibiting effect that the hydraulic-pressure-decrease filter exhibits with respect to changes in the target pressure, and so the target pressure is increased quickly but decreased slowly. As such, even if the wheel-cylinder pressure decreases subsequent to the actual wheel-cylinder pressure having increased to follow the target pressure, the wheel-cylinder pressure decreases only gradually, reducing the amount of pressure increase needed to reach the target pressure when the wheel-cylinder pressure is next increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhito Ishida, Yusuke Nakagawa, Ken Kudo
  • Patent number: 9718544
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein may relate to systems and methods for navigating to a supply request. An alert device may be controlled to issue alerts to draw the attention of bystanders to associated supplies for a situation. An illustrative method involves (a) receiving, by a computing system, a transmission indicating a situation at a designated location; (b) the computing system determining an approximate target area associated with the designated location; (c) the computing system making a determination that an alert device is located within the approximate target area; and (d) in response to the determination that the alert device is located within the approximate target area, the computing system executing instructions to activate at least one alert on the alert device indicating the situation and the designated location of the situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventor: Mathias Samuel Fleck