Patents Examined by Hal Wachsman
  • Patent number: 8538712
    Abstract: Battery life data may be collected from a number of mobile devices. The battery life data for each of the mobile devices may be correlated with one or more characteristics of each of the mobile devices. The battery life data for the mobile devices may be aggregated based on at least one of the one or more characteristics. In some examples, a report of the aggregated battery life data for the mobile devices including at least one common characteristic is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Shirriff, Dan Egnor, Jason Parks
  • Patent number: 8332184
    Abstract: This invention relates to techniques for processing potential field measurement data from airborne surveys such as gravity surveys, and to methods, apparatus and computer program code for such techniques. The method comprises: inputting measured potential field data comprising data defining a plurality of potential field measurements each with an associated measurement position and measurement time; and determining a set of field mapping parameters using a model comprising a combination of a spatial part representing a spatial variation of a potential field and a temporal part representing time domain noise in the measured potential field data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Arkex Limited
    Inventor: Gary Barnes
  • Patent number: 8326557
    Abstract: A technique detects an abnormal signal in a compound sampled signal recorded in the time domain. The technique involves dividing the sampled signal recorded in the time domain into sample segments; transforming each of the sample segments from the time domain into the frequency domain to determine transformed segments, each transformed segment having frequency points, each frequency point having an amplitude associated with a certain frequency; for a frequency point in a given transformed segment, determining a ratio by dividing the amplitude of the frequency point by a value indicative of an average of the amplitudes of the frequency points at the same frequency across transformed segments; repeating the determination of a ratio for frequency points in each transformed segment to determine ratios for each transformed segment; repeating the determination of ratios for transformed segments; and using the ratios to detect the abnormal signal in the compound sampled signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: SPX Corporation
    Inventors: Moray Kidd, Zhanqun Shi
  • Patent number: 8326558
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for analyzing an integrated circuit, including a step for applying laser radiation at a point on the surface of the circuit, a step for exciting the circuit thus subjected to laser radiation by applying an electrical excitation signal, a step for collecting the response of the circuit to the excitation, the circuit being subjected to laser radiation, and a step for measuring the phase difference between the response to the excitation of the circuit subjected to laser radiation and a reference response of the circuit in the absence of laser radiation applied to the circuit. The invention also relates to an associated observation method and installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales
    Inventors: Romain Desplats, Kevin Sanchez
  • Patent number: 8326572
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting a pipe length in an air conditioning system includes a detector to detect a signal traveled through a pipe and a first impedance coupler that couples to one end of the pipe, where the detector detects the signal traveled through the pipe at the first impedance coupler. A processor determines a pipe length based on the detected signal and a signal generator generates the signal to be sent through the pipe. A second impedance coupler couples to another end of the pipe, where the signal generator sends the signal to the pipe through the second impedance coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jun-Tae Kim, Chi-Sun Ahn, Seung-Hwan Jung, Sang-Chul Youn, Duck-Gu Jeon
  • Patent number: 8326559
    Abstract: A substrate processing system provided with a plurality of modules for substrate processing. The substrate processing system includes an inspection substrate, which is transferred to the plurality of modules for processing therein, provided with a plurality of measuring devices which carry out a plurality of different kinds of measurements and a recorder which records measured data provided by the measuring devices. The substrate processing system includes a controller that executes control operations to subject the inspection substrate to predetermined processes in the plurality of modules. The controller obtains through data communication a plurality of different kinds of measured data recorded by the recorder as the inspection substrate is processed by the predetermined processes by the plurality of modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Tetsuo Fukuoka
  • Patent number: 8321177
    Abstract: A method for logging the performance of a vehicle suspension system is provided. The method includes the steps of measuring the dynamic effect of an impulsive load with an electronic weighing system mounted onboard the vehicle, and determining one or more parameters selected from the group consisting of the damping ratio of the suspension, the oscillation frequency of the suspension and the impact loading of the vehicle. One or more of these parameters is then logged in a data logger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Tramanco Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Roger Philip Sack, Peter James Doust
  • Patent number: 8321171
    Abstract: A system includes a plurality of networked nodes spatially distributed within a monitored area and adapted to interact with a mobile entity entering and moving through the area, the plurality of nodes including at least one area entrance node adapted to detect the mobile entity upon entering the monitored area, and a transaction node for accomplishing a transaction with the mobile entity; a transaction processing center in communication relationship with the nodes for processing data required for the transaction and for providing the data to the transaction node. A node selection unit is adapted to dynamically select the transaction node among the plurality of nodes based on an estimation of the speed of movement of the mobile entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Telecom Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Claudio Borean, Valter Bella, Roberta Giannantonio
  • Patent number: 8321175
    Abstract: A resilience and displacement measuring device is configured with a shaft having a displacement detection module and a force detection module disposed respectively at the two ends thereof. When the shaft is moved for driving a probe of the force detection module to press on a tested press-key, a reflective panel in the displacement detection module will be caused to displace along with the moving of the shaft for allowing a light sensor to measure the displacement of the shaft, and at the same time the pressing of the probe on the press-key will force a detection film to deform for allowing a strain gauge to measure a resilience. The device is capable of dividing a measurement range into a plurality of sub-ranges while designing calculation models specifically for the sub-ranges, by that a precise distance can be obtained from the measured distance information of the calculation models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Chung-Chien Chiang, Chang-Hsiung Chen, Hsing-Cheng Chang, Shu-Chun Liao
  • Patent number: 8315830
    Abstract: Operational speed of an integrated circuit chip is measured using one or more speed measurement elements, such as ring oscillators, disposed at various regions of the chip. Each speed measuring element can include several ring oscillators, each corresponding to a different technology threshold voltage. The speed measurement data collected from the speed measurement elements can be used to determine on-chip variation (OCV). Circuitry either on the chip itself or, alternatively, external to the chip can adjust a chip operational parameter, such as core voltage or clock speed, in response to the speed measurement data. Speed measurement data can be read out of the chip through JTAG pins or an interface to an external host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Agere Systems LLC
    Inventors: Richard P. Martin, Richard Muscavage, Scott A. Segan
  • Patent number: 8306765
    Abstract: Computer system and method for determining frequencies of various components of a volume choke volume dampener to be attached to a compressor. The method includes determining a sound spectrum of a cavity of the compressor without attaching the dampener to the compressor; calculating an acoustic wavelength of the cavity; receiving a length of a proximal nozzle of the dampener; and calculating, based on the acoustic wavelength of the cavity and the length of the proximal nozzle of the dampener, multiple order frequencies associated with the proximal nozzle of the dampener and the cavity of the compressor, wherein the proximal nozzle of the dampener is proximal to the cavity of the compressor when the dampener is attached to the compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Nuovo Pignone Holding S.p.A.
    Inventor: William C. Egan
  • Patent number: 8306766
    Abstract: A method of calibrating glucose monitor data includes collecting the glucose monitor data over a period of time at predetermined intervals, obtaining reference glucose values from a reference source that temporally correspond with the glucose monitor data obtained at the predetermined intervals, calculating the calibration characteristics using the reference glucose values and corresponding glucose monitor data to regress the obtained glucose monitor data, and calibrating the obtained glucose monitor data using the calibration characteristics. In additional embodiments, calculation of the calibration characteristics includes linear regression and, in particular embodiments, least squares linear regression. Alternatively, calculation of the calibration characteristics includes non-linear regression. Data integrity may be verified and the data may be filtered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Medtronic MiniMed, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Mueller, Jr., Desmond Barry Keenan, Lu Wang, John J. Mastrototaro
  • Patent number: 8301405
    Abstract: A system and method uses a measurement control device and a measurement machine to measure pin voltages of electronic components installed in an electronic device. The measurement control device controls a mechanical arm of the measurement machine to move to the pins of the electronic components according to coordinates of the pins. A voltage probe installed on the end of the mechanical arm can measure voltages of the pins automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsien-Chuan Liang, Shen-Chun Li, Wen-Laing Tseng, Yung-Chieh Chen, Shou-Kuo Hsu
  • Patent number: 8301382
    Abstract: A continuous geomechanically stable trajectory in a subterranean formation is found by calculating at least one reachable stable position relative to a starting position based on geological data indicative of characteristics of the subterranean formation, and iteratively utilizing the calculated reachable stable position as a new starting position. The calculation may be constrained by a boundary including selected distance and direction relative to the starting position, and selected rate of angle change. Within the constraints of the boundary, the possible new trajectories considered may be discretized. The result of the calculations is a three dimensional tree which defines a stability volume. Pruning of at least some branches of the tree may be employed so that not all stable positions have the preselected number of branches, thereby helping to elongate the tree. Either or both of the tree and stability volume are used to select at least one trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignees: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Adrian Enrique Rodriquez Herrera
  • Patent number: 8301409
    Abstract: A method includes supplying current to at least one photovoltaic device via a current source and detecting emitted photon radiations from the at least one photovoltaic device via a radiation detector. The method also includes outputting a signal corresponding to the detected emitted photon radiations from the radiation detector to a processor device, and processing the signal corresponding to the detected emitted photon radiations via the processor device to generate one or more two-dimensional photon images. The method further includes analyzing the one or more two-dimensional photon images to determine at least one defect in the at least one photovoltaic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Faisal Razi Ahmad, Oleg Sulima, Kaustubh Ravindra Nagarkar, Ri-an Zhao, James William Bray
  • Patent number: 8296105
    Abstract: A system for remotely diagnosing and repairing a computer controlled asset, includes an access point connected to a computer controlled asset thereby allowing electronic access to the computer system of the computer controlled asset. A service center remotely connected to the access point provides diagnostic review and repair of the computer controlled asset. An interface linking the access point to the service center allows the service center to communicate with the computer controlled asset via the access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Joanna E. Gasperson
  • Patent number: 8296106
    Abstract: A method is provided that includes receiving and processing a sample signal scan. Processing the sample signal scan includes applying an inner-product operation on the sample signal scan and each of a plurality of eigenvectors to generate a plurality of corresponding coefficients, and subtracting the sample signal scan from a linear combination of the eigenvectors and corresponding coefficients to thereby produce a corrected sample signal scan. In this regard, the eigenvectors have been generated by decomposing a plurality of background reference signal scans according to a singular value decomposition technique. The signal scans include a plurality of electromagnetic signal measurements at a discrete set of frequencies, where each measurement has been taken by a spectrometer system passing an electromagnetic signal through a sample cell including just a base medium (for the background reference signal scans), or both a base medium and a sample medium (for the sample signal scan).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Noll, Aaron Turner, Alexander Majewski
  • Patent number: 8290746
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention provide a system that analyzes data from a computer system. During operation, the system obtains the sensor data from a component in the computer system using a set of sensors. Next, the system transmits the sensor data to a microcontroller unit (MCU) coupled to the sensors and stores the sensor data in internal memory of the MCU. Finally, the system assesses the integrity of the component by analyzing the sensor data using a pattern-recognition apparatus in the MCU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Oracle America, Inc.
    Inventors: Aleksey M. Urmanov, Anton A. Bougaev, Darrell D. Donaldson
  • Patent number: 8290724
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a synthetic jet ejector is provided. The method includes (a) taking a first measurement DCR0 of the DC resistance of the coil; (b) adjusting the actuator drive voltage Vd to achieve a desired maximum displacement dmax1 at a frequency f1; (c) measuring the input current Iin and input voltage Vin; (d) calculating the back electromagnetic frequency BEMF, wherein BEMF=Vin?Iin*DCR; and (e) storing the calculated value of BEMF in a memory device associated with the synthetic jet actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Nuventix, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Darbin, Markus Schwickert, John Stanley Booth, Robert Taylor Reichenbach, Rick Ball, Steve Farrell, Daniel W. McFatter
  • Patent number: 8290730
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for deriving and analyzing shape metrics, including skewness metrics, from physiological signals and their derivatives to determine measurement quality, patient status and operating conditions of a physiological measurement device. Such determinations may be used for any number of functions, including indicating to a patient or care provider that the measurement quality is low or unacceptable, alerting a patient or care provider to a change in patient status, triggering or delaying a recalibration of a monitoring device, and adjusting the operating parameters of a monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Nellcor Puritan Bennett Ireland
    Inventors: James N. Watson, Clark R. Baker, Jr., Paul Stanley Addison