Patents Examined by Hoi C. Lau
  • Patent number: 10292136
    Abstract: A vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication transponder for use in V2V communication, safety, optimization and anti-collision systems wherein the transponder records and shares observed traffic signal timing and phasing, and uses this information to make recommendations or perform automatic operation to optimize parameters such as safety, gas mileage, travel time, and overall traffic flow. Methods for sharing and making recommendations are described. Embodiments include considerations of traffic and road history in recommendations. No central authority, road-side equipment, (RSU), or pre-determined lane maps are required. Embodiments include a hybrid protocol using both TDMA and CSMA. Some embodiments are free of MAC and IP addresses. Embodiments include equipped vehicles and V2V system using the transponder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Zetta Research and Development LLC—ForC Series
    Inventors: Kim Rubin, Jonathan Betts-Lacroix
  • Patent number: 10274434
    Abstract: A method includes optically interacting a bulk material or powder stored in a storage bin with an integrated computational element (“ICE”) configured to modify an electromagnetic radiation according to a characteristic of the bulk material or powder. The method also includes detecting the modified electromagnetic radiation with a detector, and producing an output signal correlated to a value for the characteristic of the bulk material or powder, and receiving and processing the output signal with a signal processor to yield a value for the characteristic of the bulk material or powder. Also, the method includes transmitting a message flagging the storage bin when it is determined that the bulk material or powder is not suitable for continued storage. The bulk material or powder includes a dry cement or a dry cement component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristin Katherine Holden, Robert Paul Freese
  • Patent number: 10275948
    Abstract: A method and system for remotely seeking assistance to timely refill an expiring parking meter and generating notifications thereof. Data indicative of a vehicle being parked in a parking space and parking meter time limit information are received for a parking meter associated with the parking space. An approaching expiration of the parking meter time limit is detected and sent to the first user. The first user may then transmit a request to additional users in the area for assistance with refilling the parking meter. Upon acceptance of the request by a second user, the first user is notified. An escrow account is established for the first user to deposit payment for the refilling, and notification of the deposit is sent to the second user. Upon completion, the second user transmits proof of the refilling and the deposit payment is transferred from the escrow account to the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Kevin Sunlin Wang
  • Patent number: 10266109
    Abstract: When a duration time period in which a turn signal lever is held at a first operation position P1L (P1R) is equal to or larger than an assist request confirmation time period, a driving support ECU starts a lane change assist control. When an operation force is released under a situation in which the turn signal lever positions at the first operation position, the turn signal lever returns to a neutral position PN. When the driving support ECU starts the lane change assist control, the driving support ECU continues flashing a turn signal until a turn signal turning-off condition depending on a state of the lane change assist control is established. When the turn signal lever is performed at a second operation position P2L (P2R) while the lane change assist control is being executed, the lane change assist control is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Shota Fujii
  • Patent number: 10271194
    Abstract: An Incident-centric Mass Notification System (“Incident-centric MNS system”) for notifying a plurality of recipients of an Emergency Event is disclosed. The Incident-centric MNS system may include a Mass Notification System (“MNS”) Notification Engine, modality corridor (“MoCo”) dispatcher, and a plurality of modality corridors, wherein each modality corridor of the plurality of modality corridors establishes, for signal communication, a signal path from a plurality of signal paths, between the MNS Notification Engine and a recipient of the plurality of recipients. The MNS Notification Engine is configured to manage MNS Incidents and Notifications and the MoCo dispatcher is configured to select a first modality corridor from the plurality of modality corridors to establish a first signal path from the MNS Notification Engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Johannes P. Ros, Christoph Wienands, Michael Gall, Christof J. Budnick, Michael Wittemann
  • Patent number: 10266116
    Abstract: The invention relates to method for displaying a front-view of a vehicle's (42) surrounding, the method comprising the steps of: capturing (S1) camera images (20) of the vehicle's (42) surrounding through a lens (53) of a vehicle camera (44) on an image sensor (52) of said vehicle camera (44); transforming (S2) said captured camera images (20) by a processing unit (101) into display images (30), said display images (30) being substantially projected in parallel onto a projection plane (90) being parallel to an image sensor plane (54) of said image sensor (52); and displaying (S3) said display images (30) on a display device (102) for viewing by a driver of said vehicle (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Rui Guerreiro
  • Patent number: 10255795
    Abstract: A method of identifying incidents using mobile devices can include receiving a communication from each of a plurality of mobile devices. Each communication can specify information about a detected sound. Spatial and temporal information can be identified from each communication as well as an indication of a sound signature matching the detected sound. The communications can be compared with a policy specifying spatial and temporal requirements relating to the sound signature indicated by the communications. A notification can be selectively sent according to the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher C. Couper, Neil A. Katz, Victor S. Moore
  • Patent number: 10249165
    Abstract: A child safety boundary alarm system, for warning caregivers of a dangerous situation when a child passes a boundary near a hazard such as a swimming pool. The system includes a base unit, an auxiliary unit, and a bracelet worn by the child. The caregivers have portable electronic devices. The base unit and auxiliary unit have annunciators and the system is connected to a computer network. When the base unit determines that the child has crossed the boundary, audible and visual warnings are generated by the annunciators and notifications are provided to the electronic devices of the caregivers using the computer network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Chad Doetzel
  • Patent number: 10245975
    Abstract: The child car seat safety alarm is an alarm system. The child car seat safety alarm is configured for use with a child safety seat and a driver's seat. The child car seat safety alarm is configured to detect the weight of a first individual in the driver's seat. The child car seat safety alarm is configured to detect the weight of a second individual in the child safety seat. If the child car seat safety alarm detects the weight of the second individual in the child safety seat but does not detect the weight of the first individual, the child car seat safety alarm initiates a plurality audio and visual alarms to indicate that the second individual remains in the child safety seat. The child car seat safety alarm comprises a beacon module and a child safety seat module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Keith Waters
  • Patent number: 10234948
    Abstract: A haptic representation system is provided that generates a haptic effect in response to sensor input. The sensor input is mapped to a haptic signal. The haptic signal is sent to an actuator configured to receive the haptic signal. The actuator utilizes the haptic signal to generate the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Christopher J. Ullrich, Danny Grant, Ali Modarres, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10232673
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for tire pressure monitoring with vehicle park-assist. An example vehicle includes tires, tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensors, a park-assist controller to determine a parking path, and a TPMS controller. The TPMS controller is to determine tire characteristics based on the parking path, calculate tire indexes for the tires based on the tire characteristics, and select one or more of the TPMS sensors based on the tire indexes. The TPMS controller also is to instruct, via a communication module, the selected TPMS sensors to collect pressure measurements during park-assist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10227039
    Abstract: A warning system includes an angle-detector, a curvature-detection-means, an alert-device, and a controller-circuit. The angle-detector indicates a steering-angle of a hand-wheel of a host-vehicle. The curvature-detection-means detects a curvature of a portion of a roadway traveled by the host-vehicle characterized as ahead of the host-vehicle. The alert-device is operable to alert an operator of the host-vehicle of driver-fatigue. The controller-circuit is in communication with the angle-detector, the curvature-detection-means, and the alert-device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Premchand Krishna Prasad
  • Patent number: 10228764
    Abstract: A system is provided that automatically adjusts a haptic effect. The system generates a haptic effect based on one or more haptic parameters. The system measures an affective state of a user that experiences the haptic effect. The system adjusts at least one haptic parameter of the one or more haptic parameters based on the measured affective state. The system generates a new haptic effect based on the one or more haptic parameters, where the at least one haptic effect parameter causes the new haptic effect to be different from the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Vincent Levesque
  • Patent number: 10210409
    Abstract: A vehicle seating system is described that can detect and optionally quantify a drowsiness state and/or and emotional state of a seat occupant in the vehicle. A seat is mounted in a vehicle and houses a wireless electromagnetic sensing system at least partially integrated into the seat. These sensed signals can be used to determine the occupant's state. When the state exceeds a threshold, then wireless stimulation emitters output a stimulation signal to the occupant to alter the emotion state or drowsiness state to move the occupant to below the threshold and to a calm state or an alert state. The system can also use additional physiological sensor to measure at least one of a heart rate, a respiration rate, or both of the occupant to be used with the electromagnetic sensing at the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Migneco, David Gallagher, Arjun Yetukuri
  • Patent number: 10198952
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, an operator alertness monitoring system may include a proximate condition monitor that is configured to issue an alert to direct an operator's attention to a detected hazardous condition, and an operator alertness monitor that is configured to detect the operator's physical reaction to the issued alert and instruct the proximate condition monitor to respond to the operator's detected physical reaction to the issued alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Maytal, Noam Meir
  • Patent number: 10182952
    Abstract: A wheelchair system includes a chip assembly configured to be coupled with a wheelchair, the chip assembly including a wireless communication chip. The wireless communication chip is programmed to, in response to the chip assembly coming within a predetermined range of a dedicated short range communication (DSRC) device of an automobile, automatically communicate, through a telecommunications network, a notification signal to the DSRC device that the wheelchair is within the predetermined range. The chip assembly includes one or more chips configured to, in response to receiving an acknowledgment signal through the telecommunications network from the DSRC device, provide an acknowledgment notification to a user of the wheelchair that the notification signal was received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Blanche Michelle Nelson-Herron, Gary B. Justice
  • Patent number: 10140823
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed to systems and methods for providing haptic effects based on information complementary to multimedia content. For example, one disclosed method includes the steps of receiving multimedia data comprising multimedia content and complementary data, wherein the complementary data describes the multimedia content, determining a haptic effect based at least in part on the complementary data, and outputting the haptic effect while playing the multimedia content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Ali Modarres, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Jamal Saboune
  • Patent number: 8035510
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method is provided for selectively providing an alert to a user of a tracked asset in an asset recovery system. The method includes activating a tracking device on the tracked asset to generate a report, evaluating the report and a condition based on a home location assigned to the tracking device for generating an alert, creating the alert based on the evaluation of the condition and the report, and sending the alert to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: 3SI Security Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Pfafman, Roger Hayward, Richard Fuller
  • Patent number: 7990267
    Abstract: The present invention describes a restroom attendant system. The restroom attendant system utilizes a notification device placed in a restroom. A patron would select a request for service button when the patron recognizes that the restroom needs servicing. The notification device can include a cancel feature as well as indicators to indicate when a request for service is in process and if the restroom is considered cleaned. The notification device would communicate with either a main terminal or a service person. The main terminal can further monitor the time between cleanings and request that a restroom be serviced should the time since the previous servicing exceeds an acceptable time-span. The information can be stored, printed, and uploaded to a central receiving station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: WHB Consulting Services, Inc.
    Inventors: William Bodenhamer, Jr., Allen D Hertz
  • Patent number: 7990280
    Abstract: An exit alarm system housed in an escutcheon for activating upon movement of an interior latch operator. The system is mounted to the interior side of a door with a latch assembly including an interior latch operator. The system may include an alarm, a trigger, and an electronic module. The trigger is responsive to movement of the interior latch operator. The electronic module may be electrically connected to a power source for providing an input signal to the alarm. Upon motion of the interior latch operator, the trigger may cause the electronic module to send an activating input signal to the alarm. The alarm may be a sound transducer. A switch may be provide to arm the system. A tamper switch may be provided to cause the electronic module to activate the alarm upon removal of the escutcheon. The system may be applied to retrofit an existing door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Yale Security Inc.
    Inventor: John Steven Gray