Patents Examined by Hongmin Fan
  • Patent number: 11986720
    Abstract: An exercise path approaching person signaling device includes a housing that has a top wall, a bottom wall, and a perimeter wall attached to extending between the top and bottom walls. A wristband is attached to the housing and is releasably mounts the housing on a person's wrist. A sound emitter is mounted in the housing and emits a warning sound having a volume of at least 70 decibels when turned on. The sound emitter includes a switch mounted on the housing. The sound emitter is turned on to emit an alert sound when the switch is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Inventor: Tony Maurice Williamson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11980411
    Abstract: A modular energy system is disclosed including a header module including an enclosure and a display including a coupler. The enclosure defines a recess. The recess includes a first guidewall and a second guidewall. The coupler is removably positionable in the recess. The coupler includes a first sidewall and a second sidewall. The first guidewall is configured to guide the first sidewall as the coupler moves through the recess. The second guidewall is configured to guide the second sidewall as the coupler moves through the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Stephen M. Leuck, Brendan J. Oberkircher, Ryan M. Asher, John A. Weed, III, William B. Weisenburgh, II, Stephen D. Geresy
  • Patent number: 11977065
    Abstract: An electronic display device includes a housing for an electronic display to form an assembly. A thermal management subsystem forms part of the assembly and utilizes ingested ambient air from immediately outside said assembly to thermal manage the assembly. Data is received from one or more sensors pertaining to at least one characteristic of the ingested ambient air at times during operation of the assembly. Operating parameters of the assembly are automatically adjusted when the data indicates a difference in the measured at least one characteristic at the times, and when said difference exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: Manufacturing Resources International, Inc.
    Inventors: William Dunn, John Schuch
  • Patent number: 11952073
    Abstract: A performance instrument for a vehicle wherein an electronic device receives one or more operational quantities from internal sensors and/or external sensors and represents the one or more operational quantities as an analog clock face so that each clock hand is a function of one of the one or more operational quantities. The analog clock face representation provides at-a-glance apparency of the operational quantities for a user of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: RideZeit LLC
    Inventors: Mark Stephen Schumacher, Michael Peter Schumacher, Jane Mitchel Schumacher
  • Patent number: 11954639
    Abstract: A method for detecting the usage of assets includes attaching a tracking device to each asset of a plurality of assets. An identifier associated with the asset is stored on a memory of the tracking device. After an asset has been used or is empty, the asset is physically grouped with other used or empty assets. Using the tracking devices, it is detected that an asset that the tracking device is attached to has been grouped with other assets. The tracking devices associated with the group of assets determine a manifest of asset identifiers for each asset in the group of used or empty assets. An asset tracking system determines that each asset corresponding to the identifiers in the manifest is used or empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventors: Hendrik J Volkerink, Ajay Khoche
  • Patent number: 11948448
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for automatically disarming a security system. For example, a method for automatically disarming a security system is described, comprising determining, by a personal communication device, when a person is in proximity to the person's home or business and, in response to determining that the person is in proximity to the person's home or business, transmitting a disarm command by the personal communication device to a security controller for the security controller to disarm the security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: ECOLINK INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Sweeney, Thomas Thibault, Thomas Henley, Louis Hughes
  • Patent number: 11935335
    Abstract: A system within an ego vehicle for robust association of a physical identity and a virtual identity of a target vehicle includes a data processor, including a wireless communication module and a visible light communication module, positioned within an ego vehicle, and a plurality of perception sensors, positioned within the ego vehicle and adapted to collect data related to a physical identity of the target vehicle and to communicate the data related to the physical identity of the target vehicle to the data processor via a communication bus, the data processor within the ego vehicle adapted to receive, via a wireless communication channel, data related to a virtual identity of the target vehicle, associate the physical identity of the target vehicle with the virtual identity of the target vehicle, and initiate, via the wireless communication channel and a visible light communication channel, a challenge-response protocol between the ego vehicle and the target vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Mohamed A. Layouni, Bo Yu, Markus Jochim
  • Patent number: 11928948
    Abstract: A method for monitoring environmental data and a monitoring system are provided. The method includes that: a second server receives first environmental data from a first server; the second server determines that data loss occurs in the first environmental data; the second server obtains lost data in the first environmental data from the first server; the second server obtains second environmental data according to the first environmental data and the lost data; and responsive to a concentration of a sampled gas in the second environmental data exceeding a preset concentration threshold, the second server sends warning information to a terminal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: CHANGXIN MEMORY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Yunxiao Ding, Xiaohui Liu
  • Patent number: 11922785
    Abstract: A night security alarm system for a home, such as a recreational vehicle or a caravan, which night security alarm system includes: a first detector adapted to detect movement inside the home; a second detector adapted to detect opening of a door connecting the inside and the outside of the home; a third detector adapted to detect movement outside the home; and a control unit configured to automatically deactivate the night security alarm system if the first detector detects movement inside the home and then the second detector detects opening of the door and then the third detector detects movement outside the home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: AVARA AS
    Inventor: Rudy Steen Johansen
  • Patent number: 11922803
    Abstract: An approach is provided for automatically detecting a merge lane traffic jam. The approach involves, for example, determining a plurality of road links in proximity to a merge point comprising a highway and a ramp. The method also involves processing probe data collected from the plurality of road links to classify the plurality of road links, one or more sublinks of the plurality of road links, or a combination thereof into at least one of a highway upstream class, a merging area class, a highway downstream class, a ramp downstream class, and a ramp upstream class. The method further involves determining vehicle speed data for the highway upstream class, the merging area class, the highway downstream class, the ramp downstream class, the ramp upstream class, or a combination thereof. The method further involves automatically determining an occurrence of the merge lane traffic jam based on the vehicle speed data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: James Fowe
  • Patent number: 11915577
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus, a method for processing an emergency notification, and a program capable of enabling, when an emergency situation for a worker occurs, the worker to accurately recognize a state of issuance of an emergency notification are provided. An information processing apparatus includes a notification transmitting unit configured to transmit an emergency notification when a predetermined condition is satisfied, the emergency notification being a notification for reporting an occurrence of an emergency situation for a worker, and a display control unit configured to perform control so as to display information about the emergency notification on a head-mounted display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Teruyuki Motohashi
  • Patent number: 11913197
    Abstract: A shovel includes a lower traveling structure, an upper swing structure swingably mounted on the lower traveling structure, a cab mounted on the upper swing structure, a door provided on the cab, a display placed in the cab, a switch placed at a position near the door and distant from the display, and processing circuitry configured to output information stored in the shovel in response to the switching of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshiki Fukuoka
  • Patent number: 11916651
    Abstract: A node of a wireless sensing system automatically switches from using a primary satellite network to using a backup satellite network. The node uses primary parameters of the primary satellite network to determine when the primary satellite network is unavailable. The node determines, based on backup parameters for the backup satellite network, an expected availability of the backup satellite network, and establishes, during the expected availability, a communication connection with the backup satellite network. To reduce battery usage of at least one tape node of a wireless tracking system, a gateway node receives a wireless satellite signal from at least one navigation satellite of a satellite navigation system, decodes Ephemeris data therefrom, and distributes the Ephemeris data to the at least one tape node via a low-powered wireless communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventors: Hendrik J. Volkerink, Ajay Khoche
  • Patent number: 11912378
    Abstract: A visual distress signal device that generates and emits bright light and/or infrared light to alert bystanders during times of distress. The device may be particularly suited for use on boats. The device may comprise a heat sink assembly that includes a screw-on collar that is attached to a housing of the device, such that the screw-on collar dissipates heat generated by electromagnetic radiation emitting elements away from an interior of the housing. The device may be configured for activation by a mobile phone or other mobile device which may be connected to the device via wireless communication. Furthermore, the mobile device may comprise a software application that can be used to alert persons in a contact list regarding the user's location and emergency status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventors: Anthony W. Covelli, Richard Harold Gunderson
  • Patent number: 11913931
    Abstract: A distributed security system includes a detection unit disposed at a first location. The detection unit includes a particle sensor that is configured to detect a particle count in first location. The detection unit also includes a housing enclosing a portion of the particle sensor. The security system also includes a camera disposed at a second location and having a field of vision encompassing the first location. The camera is configured to capture a video of the first location. The system also includes a server communicatively connected to the detection unit and the camera and configured to associate the particle count with the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Inventors: Loucinda C. Bistany, William D. Hargett, Stephen S. Milt
  • Patent number: 11906881
    Abstract: A system for signaling an overload of a foam mattress, including a foam mattress having a plurality of conductive inserts located near a bottom surface and a contact pad positioned below the bottom surface of the mattress. The system may generate an overload alarm signal as a function of receiving one or more signal outputs from the sensor over a period of time. The system may also generate an overload alarm signal as a function of receiving a plurality of individual signal outputs from a plurality of one or more conductive inserts located within a predetermined area of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Direct Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin T. Morgan, David Gorodetsky
  • Patent number: 11908309
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for enabling drone activity in a property monitored by a property monitoring system without triggering a false alarm. In one aspect, the method includes actions of obtaining a location of the drone, identifying a first sensor installed at the property that is within a predetermined distance of the drone, detecting first sensor data generated by the first sensor that is within a predetermined distance of the drone, wherein the first sensor data includes data that is indicative of an event, determining whether a second sensor that is mounted to the drone is generating second sensor data that corroborates the event indicated by the first sensor data, and disregarding, by the property monitoring system, the first sensor data in determining whether to trigger an alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Gary Franklin Bart, Dean Constantine
  • Patent number: 11900804
    Abstract: A system, method and storage medium for providing an emergency vehicle alert includes first device transmitting EV data including a current location of an EV to a management server, management server receiving the EV data from the first device, the management server determining a geofence for the EV at least based on the received EV data and geographical map data near the EV, and management server transmitting the determined geofence to a second device. The first device is associated with the EV, and the second device is associated with the another vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: WHELEN ENGINEERING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: George Whelen, Kenneth Lemieux
  • Patent number: 11899052
    Abstract: A vehicle LED lighting outage detection circuit is disclosed for detecting a fault in the LED light and automatically increasing the power drawn from the light power supply in response to the fault. A complementary detection circuit is also disclosed for detecting the increased power draw and signaling a fault to an operator. The increased power draw can be selected to be in the form of a pulse that settles to a lower power draw state after a time to avoid excessive and wasteful power draw. The system can be mounted in a vehicle and, more particularly, to a semi-tractor truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Grote Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Brooks, Eric Thorstensen, Christopher Busse
  • Patent number: 11892811
    Abstract: An apparatus for aggregation of water condition at household appliances comprises a communication interface and a controller. The communication interface is configured to send a reporting message indicative of data collected by at least one appliance to a central server. The controller is configured to receive an analysis message from the central server. The analysis message indicates a condition of water from the at least one appliance or a condition of water in a geographic area associated with the at least one appliance. The controller is configured to provide an alert in response to the analysis message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Rafael Rexach, Nona Beining, Alyssa Wilterdink, Shawn Booth, Thomas E. Lilly, Doug Diemel, Jr., Leslie Petch