Patents Examined by Franklin Balseca
  • Patent number: 10171892
    Abstract: A drain monitor, a system, and a method monitor water level on a roof. The drain monitor includes a base for attaching to the roof, a riser attached to the base and projecting from the roof, a water level sensor attached to the riser for measuring water level on the roof, and a communication system positioned on the riser for transmitting measurement data received from the water level sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: John Petrachek, Xuewen Zhu, Jiang Li, Jianbin Xiao
  • Patent number: 10145239
    Abstract: A drilling system including a sensor configured to monitor at least one drilling parameter, and configured to generate a signal based on the at least one drilling parameter. An encoder is in communication with the sensor, and the encoder is configured to convert the signal into a modulation signal. A flow modulator is configured to channel drilling fluid therethrough. The flow modulator includes at least one stator element and a rotor element configured to freely rotate relative to the at least one stator element as the drilling fluid flows past the rotor element. A braking system is in communication with the encoder, and the braking system is configured to selectively decrease a rotational speed of the rotor element based on the modulation signal such that an encoded acoustic signal is emitted from the flow modulator through the drilling fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Wilson Chun-Ling Chin, Shadi Saleh, Stewart Blake Brazil
  • Patent number: 10126782
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an electronic device. The electronic device includes a display unit and a data acquisition unit, wherein the electronic device can be attached to an object and can be maintained in a relative position relationship with the object, and at least a part of the electronic device and an external surface of the object meet a predefined condition; and the data acquisition unit is connected to the display unit, and is configured to acquire data related to the object when the electronic device is attached to the object; and the display unit is further configured to display the data. The electronic device in the present disclosure can be attached to a variety of objects, and can acquire data related to the objects and then display the data on the display unit, to achieve the technical effect of enabling an object which is a non-electronic device and an electronic device without a display unit to have a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Beijing) Limited
    Inventors: Fei Gao, Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 10121365
    Abstract: A sensor system includes a controller and sensors. The controller is to transmit a signal. The sensors are connected to the controller in series via at least one cable to sequentially transfer the signal transmitted from the controller via the at least one cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Kunihiko Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10123097
    Abstract: A computerized platform for monitoring the operation of an electric power distribution grid which includes in one form an accessory device operatively coupled with or comprised in an electronic protection relay of said electric power distribution grid, wherein said accessory device is configured to gather grid data and to transmit said grid data through the Internet; a publishing computerized unit capable of communicating with said accessory device through the Internet, said publishing computerized unit being configured to interact with said accessory device to acquire and store said grid data; an interface computerized unit capable of communicating with said accessory device and said publishing computerized unit through the Internet, said interface computerized unit being configured to provide interface services to manage the interaction of said accessory device with said publishing computerized unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: ABB S.p.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Gritti, Emilio Battista Locatelli
  • Patent number: 10111169
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing, transmitting and displaying data received from an analyte sensor, such as a glucose sensor, are provided. The data can be displayed on a hand-held display device having a display such as a key fob device including a user interface, such as an LCD and one or more buttons allows a user to view data, and a physical connector, such as USB port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: DexCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth San Vicente, Hari Hampapuram, Eli Reihman, Katherine Yerre Koehler, Jacob S. Leach
  • Patent number: 10077652
    Abstract: A method of modulating information on pressure fluctuations transmitted via a tubular string can include applying pressure to a piston, thereby axially displacing the piston, axially displacing and rotating an intermediate sleeve in response to the piston displacement, rotating an output member in response to the axial displacement and rotation of the intermediate sleeve, and rotating a variable flow restrictor rotor relative to a stator, the rotor being connected to the output member. A mud pulser can include a variable flow restrictor, and an actuator which operates the flow restrictor and modulates information on pressure fluctuations produced by the flow restrictor, the actuator including a piston which displaces axially in response to a pressure differential, an intermediate sleeve which is both rotated and displaced axially by the piston, and an output member which is rotated by both rotation and axial displacement of the intermediate sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ricardo Ortiz, Mark Sitka
  • Patent number: 10080069
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and related methodologies for transmitting data related to utility conditions between monitoring locations and a central and/or data collection facility using a meter reading system. Collection of both corrected and uncorrected data from meters is achieved to thereby provide backup data in case of corrector failure. The presently disclosed subject matter also provides for the collection of telemetry data and alarms from correctors and recorders over a meter reading system. Two-way communications over a meter reading system is also provided to permit data transmission to selected endpoint devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: ITRON, INC.
    Inventors: Mark K. Cornwall, James P. Ogle
  • Patent number: 10071255
    Abstract: The invention relates to a monitoring system for monitoring a third-party device, in particular a medical device, wherein the third-party device has a signal device for displaying the device status and/or relevant device properties and the monitoring device (2) is associated with the third-party device. Based upon this prior art, in the context of the invention monitoring of the third-party device should be possible and should also operate when the actual status indication of the monitored third-party device is defective. In this connection within the context of the monitoring system according to the invention it is not the status indication of the devices but rather a current proportional to the device status within the monitored third-party device is inductively sensed, evaluated and optionally an emergency signal is detected as a function of the result of the evaluation. The invention also relates to monitoring defibrillators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: medic assist GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Clemens Massmann
  • Patent number: 10068467
    Abstract: A wireless sensor network including a number of wireless modules for monitoring sensors associated with stationary assets. Additionally, the wireless module includes a wireless transceiver, a processor, a location acquisition unit, which are configured to acquire a location item for identifying a location of the wireless module, and a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: E. Strode Pennebaker, III
  • Patent number: 10054579
    Abstract: A communication interface apparatus is provided for use with a handheld medical test device. The communication interface apparatus is comprised of an attachment member configured to detachably couple to a housing of the medical test device, where the attachment member substantially overlays a rear side of the medical test device. The communication interface apparatus houses an infrared receiver, a secondary transceiver and a controller. The infrared receiver is arranged such that its input port aligns with an output port of an infrared transmitter in the medical test device when the attachment member is coupled to the medical test device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard Sams, Andreas Staubert
  • Patent number: 10048091
    Abstract: A magnetic sensor may include a set of elements to detect a set of magnetic field strengths of a magnetic field generated by a magnet, and determine, based on the set of magnetic field strengths, a state of an object with respect to multiple degrees of freedom of object movement. The magnet may be connected to the object such that a center of the magnet is offset from an axis of rotation of the object and such that the magnet is angled with respect to a direction that is substantially perpendicular to the axis of rotation when the object is in an un-tilted position. The magnetic sensor may be substantially centered on the axis of rotation of the object when the object is in the un-tilted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Michael Ortner
  • Patent number: 10049183
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for analyzing a biosignal to respond to an infectious disease are provided. An analyzing method involves receiving biosignals of users of terminals and location information of the terminals, determining infectiousness of a condition of a user among the users by analyzing the location information and the biosignals, and transmitting feedback information regarding the infectiousness of the condition to one or more of the terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seungwoo Noh, Younho Kim, Sangyun Park
  • Patent number: 10039503
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for monitoring, analysis, and feedback of pressure measurements associated with anatomical regions of a subject user. A methodology implementing the techniques according to an embodiment includes receiving pressure measurement samples from a user-wearable device. The samples are associated with anatomical stress locations of the user, such as, for example, knees, feet, and/or back. The method further includes calculating a percentage of the samples that exceed a threshold pressure value during a selected time period. The method also includes determining an alert condition if the calculated percentage exceeds a percentage threshold value; and generating a notification message based on the alert condition. The notification message is wirelessly transmitted from the user-wearable device to the user's mobile communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Maximillan J. Domeika, Shashi R. Karpur, Nina M. Woolvett
  • Patent number: 10031165
    Abstract: Wireless charging methods, chargers and devices are disclosed, including a method of measuring wireless charging performance comprising transmitting a wireless charging signal, measuring a transmitted power of the wireless charging signal, receiving an indication of a received power from the wireless charging signal received by a device, and determining wireless charging performance based on the transmitted power and the indication of the received power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Technologies International, LTD.
    Inventor: Anthony Lawrence McFarthing
  • Patent number: 10027340
    Abstract: A field programmable gate array based multi-channel flash ADC unit combined with a high speed multi-lane data communications channel/Ethernet-like modular intercommunication providing a complete but easily expandable high-speed data acquisition system. This apparatus and method permits high-speed pulse-shape digitalization allowing position resolution imaging of particles having a range of energies and is scalable to achieve the efficient capture of coincident data from large electromagnetic detector arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Andrew Weisenberger, John E. McKisson, Hai Dong, Chris Cuevas, John McKisson, Wenze Xi
  • Patent number: 10018036
    Abstract: A system includes an optical fiber and an interrogator to provide source light to the optical fiber. The system also includes a receiver coupled to the optical fiber. The receiver includes at least one fiber optic coupler that receives backscattered light and that produces optical interferometry signals from the backscattered light. The receiver also includes photo-detectors that produce an electrical signal for each of said optical interferometry signals. The system also includes at least one digitizer that digitizes the electrical signals. The system also includes at least one processing unit that calculates I/Q data from the digitized electrical signals, corrects the I/Q data based on ellipse fitting, determines phase values based on the corrected I/Q data, and determines distributed sensing parameter values based on the phase values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Andreas Ellmauthaler, Leonardo de Oliveira Nunes, David Andrew Barfoot, Christopher Stokely
  • Patent number: 10003497
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to using sensors and measurements from sensors to trigger actions within a network. Specifically, various techniques and systems are provided for measuring usage or measurements, using sensors, of utilities or other environmental factors, generating profiles based on the usage or measurements, and triggering actions within a network device based on the usage, measurements and profiles. Embodiments of the present invention may include, for example, compiling historical usage based on the use or measurements detected by a network device and generating a usage profile based on that use or measurements. The normal usage profile may be compared with the usage over a certain predetermined period of time to detect any abnormal use or measurements from the network device, and an action may be taken as a result of an abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Ryan Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 10001389
    Abstract: Analysis of smart meter and/or similar data based on frequency content is disclosed. In various embodiments, for each of a plurality of resource consumption nodes a time series data including for each of a series of observation times a corresponding resource consumption data associated with that observation time is received. At least a portion of the time series data, for each of at least a subset of the plurality of resource consumption nodes, is transformed into a frequency domain. A feature set based at least in part on the resource consumption data as transformed into the frequency domain is used to detect that resource consumption data associated with a particular resource consumption node is anomalous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Kaushik K. Das, Rashmi Raghu
  • Patent number: 9980646
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, are provided for remote monitoring. In some example implementations, there is provided a method. The method may include receiving, at a remote monitor, a notification message representative of an event detected, by a server, from analyte sensor data obtained from a receiver monitoring an analyte state of a host; presenting, at the remote monitor, the notification message to activate the remote monitor, wherein the remote monitor is configured by the server to receive the notification message to augment the receiver monitoring of the analyte state of the host; accessing, by the remote monitor, the server, in response to the presenting of the notification message; and receiving, in response to the accessing, information including at least the analyte sensor data. Related systems, methods, and articles of manufacture are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: DexCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Robert Mensinger, Eric Cohen, Phil Mayou, Eli Reihman, Katherine Yerre Koehler, Rian Draeger, Angela Marie Traven