Patents Examined by Hung T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10997837
    Abstract: An integrated lighting and notification system includes a light fixture connected to an electrical power supply, a camera, a control unit, and a trigger device. The electrical power supply provides electrical power to the light source unit and the camera. The control unit transmits a signal via a network in response to receiving a signal transmitted by the trigger device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HEATHCO, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Roy Skotty, Scott Blaise Tylicki
  • Patent number: 10984648
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems, apparatus, and/or methods are described for enhanced situational awareness of dispatchers and/or first responders associated with responding to an incident such as an emergency situation by assigning mobile emergency units to a scene of emergency. As such, an emergency response system is disclosed. In some embodiments, the disclosed emergency response system provides an electronic platform for collaboration or partnership involving two or more first responders. In some partnership embodiments, the disclosed emergency response system provides a ranked list of potential candidates than can be assigned to respond to the incident. For example, the potential candidates can be mobile emergency units belonging to a first responder and/or its partner(s). Various beneficial aspects of partnerships and their technical implementations are discussed in detailed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: GenCore Candeo, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chad Richey, James Nipp
  • Patent number: 10977913
    Abstract: A transportable container assembly including a transportable container defining an enclosed interior space and having an opening member cooperatively engaging a mounting frame. The opening member has a closed position and an open position and access to the interior space is permitted in the open position. A localized device or system is attached to the transportable container and is coupled to an electrical power source. A reed switch apparatus coupled to the transportable container communicates the position of the opening member to the localized device or system. The localized device or system provides a localized function depending on the reported position of the opening member. The localized function includes at least one of a group consisting of a local lighting function, local locking mechanism action and local refrigeration system action/function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Glendell Gilmore
  • Patent number: 10974646
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle having a seat arranged in an interior of the motor vehicle for a passenger, into which seat at least one oscillator for transmitting oscillations to the passenger's body is integrated, and having a sound system for acoustic sound reproduction in the interior, includes determining the passenger's passenger state and selecting and reproducing a type of a sound sequence that is associated with the passenger's state via the sound system. The at least one such oscillator is activated on the basis of the selected type of sound sequence. In this way, convenience functions and/or assistance systems of the motor vehicle can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Marcus Neumann, Gudrun Schoenherr, Thomas Siegel
  • Patent number: 10970928
    Abstract: Systems and methods allow for incident data collection and management system based on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), that is, drones to help accelerate the data collection and analytics, information dissemination, and decision support at incident sites. The system architecture may include onsite, server, and offline components including flight planning subsystem, flight execution and mission control subsystem, information dissemination subsystem to travelers and traveler information services, the interface with traffic management center, and the data analytic, visualization, and training subsystems. Other embodiments include the video-based 3D incident site reconstruction methods, site positioning and scaling methods with pre-collected static background infrastructure data, data management and user charging methods, and training methods with the generated 3D model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Jing Jin, Bobby Ouyang, Seyedamirali Mostafavizadeh Ardestani, Yizhou Wang, Xiaowen Jiang, Tianya Zhang
  • Patent number: 10964207
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described herein for systems and methods of traffic management in a road network including pathways and at least one intersection. In at least one embodiment, the method comprises receiving data signals from corresponding one or more connected vehicles and generating an intersection model for each approach of each intersection at a first time, where the intersection model comprises estimated arrival times for incoming vehicles at each approach. The method further comprises generating at the first time, for each intersection, candidate traffic timing data signals based at least on the intersection model corresponding to all approaches at the intersection, and generating, at the first time, for each intersection, an optimized traffic timing data signal, which is configured to control the operation of one or more traffic signals at the intersection, and is generated based on the candidate traffic timing data signals and a predetermined optimization variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Fortran Traffic Systems Limited
    Inventor: Farid Mobasser
  • Patent number: 10940872
    Abstract: A system providing tactile sensations. The system comprises a seat back of a seat, the seat back having a left side and a right side separated by a center-line of the seat back. A first plurality of electroactive transducers are arranged along the center-line of the seat back and provide tactile sound to a user. A second plurality of electroactive transducers in the seat back provide tactile alerts or feedback. The second plurality of electroactive alert transducers comprise a left-side electroactive transducer at the left side of the seat back and right-side electroactive transducer at the right side of the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: SUBPAC, INC.
    Inventors: John Thomas Alexiou, Todd Christopher Chernecki, Sarosh Sultan Khwaja, James Andrew Kimpel, Mark Elard Seeger, Peter R. Williams
  • Patent number: 10943449
    Abstract: A detection system for measuring one or more conditions within a predetermined area includes a fiber harness having at least one fiber optic cable for transmitting light, the at least one fiber optic cable defining a node arranged to measure the one or more conditions. A control system is operably coupled to the fiber harness such that scattered light associated with the node is transmitted to the control system, wherein the control system analyzes the scattered light to determine at least one of a presence and magnitude of the one or more conditions at the node. An optical enhancement device is operably connected to the fiber harness or to the control system to reduce interference sources transmitted from the node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Birnkrant, Jennifer M. Alexander, Peter R. Harris
  • Patent number: 10933936
    Abstract: An electronic device can be mounted at least partly in a frame of a bicycle and used to monitor operations or properties of the bicycle or one or more components associated with the bicycle. The electronic device may integrate and communicate with a variety of components including sensors to facilitate customization of monitoring by the electronic device. The electronic device can have a relatively minimalist design. The electronic device, in some embodiments, may include a display that does not present alphanumeric characters to an operator, and the display may instead include multiple indicators that individually or in combination present information to the operator, such as the level of charge of one or more batteries or an operating mode of the electronic device or bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Marco Sonderegger, Jan Talavasek, Tero Jakku, Vincent Patureau, Marc Pallure, Jonas Reiter
  • Patent number: 10936889
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed and include obtaining image data from at least one camera located within a vehicle. The method also includes determining a behavior of an occupant based on the image data. The method also includes determining whether the behavior corresponds to a predetermined condition, which is associated with at least one of inhaling smoke, inhaling vapor, eating, and drinking. The method also includes generating, in response to the behavior corresponding to the predetermined condition, an alert corresponding to the predetermined condition. The method also includes transmitting the alert to a remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Wunsche, III, Mustafa Mahmoud, Thomas Newman, Feng Xue
  • Patent number: 10933890
    Abstract: A driving assistance device includes: an information receiver configured to receive information required for estimation of an other vehicle predicted route which is a predicted traveling route of another vehicle, from the other vehicle through wireless communication; and an electronic control unit configured to acquire a host vehicle predicted route which is a predicted travel route of a host vehicle, acquire the other vehicle predicted route; provide a warning to a driver of the host vehicle when the host vehicle predicted route and the other vehicle predicted route intersect each other, and prohibit the electronic control unit from providing the warning when determining that a predetermined parking lot traveling condition is satisfied, the predetermined parking lot traveling condition being a condition that is satisfied when the electronic control unit determines that the host vehicle is likely to be traveling in a parking lot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JTDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazunari Aoki
  • Patent number: 10937309
    Abstract: Systems and methods related to stop signs with traffic control features are provided. A traffic signaling device signals a vehicle to proceed or wait. A controller receives data from a vehicle detection device indicating arrival of the vehicle within signaling range of the vehicle detection device. The controller receives an arrival time for the vehicle from a time keeping device and transmits the arrival time to a command center. A signal indicating permission to proceed is received at the controller from the command center and the controller instructs the traffic signaling device to signal the vehicle to proceed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Mark Lamoncha
  • Patent number: 10933841
    Abstract: A detection system for vehicle includes a reader and a first detector. The reader is provided in a vehicle, transmits and receives radio signals, and transmits transmission signals including at least radio signals for supplying electric power. The first detector is driven by the radio signals for supplying electric power included in the transmission signals when receiving the transmission signals and can transmit first response signals output in response to the transmission signals to the reader. The first detector is disposed in a sitting area on a seat where the first response signals transmitted to the reader are blocked. The reader determines a sitting state of a passenger based on whether the first response signals are received in response to the transmission signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Kominato, Goro Nakamura, Tadahide Kunitachi, Kenji Matsushita
  • Patent number: 10928513
    Abstract: A method for inspecting a conduit comprising the steps of: emitting an outgoing signal into the conduit to establish an acoustic plane wave within the conduit; and detecting a reflected outgoing signal from the conduit, wherein the outgoing signal is arranged such that low frequency components contribute to more of the outgoing signal, from a time perspective, than high frequency components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: REECE INNOVATION CENTRE LIMITED
    Inventors: James Martin, Reza Tamadoni, Luke Griffiths, Rebecca Sills, Simone Stuart-Cole, Ralf Ferber
  • Patent number: 10916079
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for providing access to secure-access facilities based on pairing of the secure-access facilities with a user device such as a wearable device. A pairable secure-access facility may be a public storage facility or device such as a locker that includes communications circuitry for pairing with the user device. Once paired with the user device, the locker may operate a locking mechanism to lock the locker when the user device is away from the locker and to unlock the locker when the user device is in the vicinity of the locker. The locker may include a beacon for detecting and pairing with the user devices. Pairing the user device and the locker may include entering a locker identifier into the user device to ensure that the intended user device is paired with the intended locker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Diebold O'Toole, Bryant Genepang Luk, Robert He, Richard Chapman Bates, Jennifer T. Brenner, Yu Tang
  • Patent number: 10912492
    Abstract: In a sleep posture alerting method or an apparatus therefor, the sleep posture of a person is detected and the person is automatically alerted by an alerting device when the sleep posture is out of a predetermined body posture range. The detection of the sleep posture or at least the alerting of the person, when his/her body posture is out of the predefined body posture range, is deactivated during a sleep-in time period. The apparatus includes a sleep detecting sensor connected to the control unit for detecting whether the person is in a state of sleep. When it is detected that the person is in a state of sleep, the sleep-in timer is ignored and the detection of the sleep posture or the alerting of the person is activated such that, in the event that his/her body posture is out of the predefined body posture range, the person will be alerted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: NightBalance B.V.
    Inventor: Eline Christiane Van Beest
  • Patent number: 10895496
    Abstract: A method of estimating vibration characteristics of moving rotor blades in a turbomachine comprising a housing and rotor including a shaft with the rotor blades attached thereto includes measuring, by at least one proximity sensor, a Time-of-Arrival (ToA) of a proximate tip of a moving rotor blade. The method includes manipulating, by a control module, timing data to determine a corresponding blade tip deflection at each measured ToA, expressing blade tip vibration behaviour as a Bayesian statistical model consisting of intermediate model parameters, wherein model coefficients in the statistical model are probabilistic quantities as opposed to conventional, deterministic quantities, and expressing, by the control module, the determined blade tip deflections as observed values in the statistical model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: University of Pretoria
    Inventors: David Hercules Diamond, Philippus Stephanus Heyns, Abraham Johannes Oberholster
  • Patent number: 10896609
    Abstract: The disclosure includes embodiments for cooperative parking space search by a vehicular micro cloud. In some embodiments, a method includes determining that an ego vehicle is traveling in search of an available parking space. In some embodiments, the method includes forming a vehicular micro cloud responsive to the determination that the ego vehicle is traveling in search of the available parking space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Takamasa Higuchi, Seyhan Ucar, Onur Altintas
  • Patent number: 10887675
    Abstract: A sensor management unit receives, from at least one sensor device installed external to the sensor management unit, sensing data generated by the sensor device monitoring a target. The sensing data includes background noise data representing noise from a cause other than the target. The sensor management unit includes a background noise data obtaining unit that obtains the background noise data, a reliability determination unit that determines a reliability of the sensing data based on the background noise data, and a determination result output unit that outputs a result of the determination by the reliability determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Shuichi Misumi, Tetsuji Yamato, Takeshi Naito
  • Patent number: 10872520
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include methods, systems, and non-transitory computer readable media that perform the steps of determining, in response to receiving a first failed supervision signal, a notification signal, or failing to receive a first anticipated supervision signal, that at least the first communication channel is entering into a failure state or in the failure state, monitoring, in response to determining that the first communication channel is entering into a failure state or in the failure state, a second communication channel for a second supervision signal from the security device, and receiving the second supervision signal from the security device via the second communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: TYCO SAFETY PRODUCTS CANADA LTD.
    Inventors: Derek Carl Smith, Stephane Foisy