Patents Examined by Hoi C. Lau
  • Patent number: 10308141
    Abstract: A vehicle occupancy alerting system for alerting a driver of a passenger positioned in a seat of a car includes a vehicle and a plurality of seats mounted within the vehicle. The plurality of seats includes a back seat. An occupant warning system is mounted on the vehicle and warns a driver of the vehicle that a person is on the back seat when the vehicle has been turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Ceola Burks
  • Patent number: 10313515
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for determining a state of a counterpart without executing a separate program executed in order to determine a current state of the counterpart in a communication apparatus are provided. The apparatus includes a state information server and a communication apparatus. When receiving state information, the state information server provides the received state information to a user who has registered the communication apparatus that has provided the state information. When receiving state information from the state information server, the communication apparatus outputs the user's state information corresponding to the state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Si-Baek Kim, Eung-Moon Yeom
  • Patent number: 10296794
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to artificial intelligence based systems and method for determination of traffic violations. The present disclosure provides systems and methods that use deep convolutional neural networks and machine vision based algorithms to perform a task of detection and recognition to provide complete solution to safe, legal and comfortable parking, driving and riding for commuters on the roadways. Roadway stewardship systems, Parking management systems when made on-demand and crowdsourced, can play a very strong role in regulating driving conditions in cities and highways. By allowing the on-demand, crowdsourced, roadway stewardship system to be automated, through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) sub-systems, users can be trained to recognize and be educated as well in the laws & regulations around the use of roadways; can help the process through an interactive console/game-play, which can also be used for monetization for individuals to earn money for their contribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Jayant Ratti
  • Patent number: 10293788
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle includes a portable authentication terminal configured to authenticate a user who carries the portable authentication terminal, and a vehicle configured to communicate with the portable authentication terminal. The vehicle includes a sound generation unit configured to generate a predetermined sound within a vehicle cabin, an information reception unit configured to receive information transmitted from the portable authentication terminal, and a determination unit configured to determine whether the portable authentication terminal is within the cabin based on the received information. The portable authentication terminal includes a sound collection unit configured to collect a sound, and an information transmission unit configured to transmit information based on the collected sound to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroki Okada
  • Patent number: 10293782
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a seatbelt reminder are provided. The method includes determining whether a seat is occupied, in response to determining that the seat is occupied, determining whether a seatbelt corresponding to the seat is buckled, in response to determining that the seatbelt corresponding to the seat is unbuckled, determining whether a latch anchor corresponding to the seat is engaged, and in response to determining that the latch anchor corresponding to the seat is unengaged, outputting a seatbelt reminder notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Carl N Schaub, Orhan Demirovic, Thomas P Deming, Hong Tang, Bongkyu Park, Jaywan Kim
  • Patent number: 10297133
    Abstract: Among other things, there is disclosed a system for notifying a user of mailbox activity. A transmitter module and a receiver module are linked together so that when the transmitter module senses the opening of the mailbox, a signal is transmitted to the receiver module. A portion of the receiver module changes color and a sound is emitted to indicate mailbox activity. The receiver module is connected via the internet to a cloud server, which is connected to a user's smart device, so that a notification of mailbox activity is sent to the smart device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Bart Waclawik, Elizabeth Waclawik
  • 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
    Assignee: OPERR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    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
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    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
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher C. Couper, Neil A. Katz, Victor S. Moore
  • 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: 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: 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
    Assignee: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    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