Patents Examined by Hung T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10755546
    Abstract: Various embodiments include, for example, a wireless device that includes a short-range wireless transceiver to communicate RF signals including a beacon signal to identify the wireless device and to facilitate the association of the wireless device with the plurality of mobile communication devices in proximity to the wireless device. Each corresponding one of the plurality of mobile communication devices includes a mobile communication device processor that executes a student application, downloaded from an app store associated with the operating system of the corresponding one of the plurality of mobile communication devices that facilitates location of the corresponding one of the plurality of mobile communication devices. Attendance data is stored indicating that a student associated each corresponding one of the plurality of mobile communication devices is in a classroom associated with the wireless device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: THL Holding Company, LLC
    Inventor: John W. Howard
  • Patent number: 10748655
    Abstract: A system controller configured to centrally control control target devices used in surgery includes a communicating device capable of communicating with a plurality of control target devices, an extraction condition memory capable of storing extraction conditions, and a processor including hardware. The processor detects an abnormal state of connected control target devices. The processor performs recording processing for recording operation information relating to operation on the control target devices as log data into a predetermined storage apparatus. When a device abnormality detecting section detects an abnormal state, the processor extracts relevant information related to the abnormal state from log data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kuniaki Kami
  • Patent number: 10747322
    Abstract: A touch-enabled device can simulate one or more features in a touch area. Features may include, but are not limited to, changes in texture and/or simulation of boundaries, obstacles, or other discontinuities in the touch surface that can be perceived through use of an object in contact with the surface. Systems include a sensor configured to detect a touch in a touch area when an object contacts a touch surface, an actuator, and one or more processors. The processor can determine a position of the touch using the sensor and select a haptic effect to generate based at least in part on the position, the haptic effect selected to simulate the presence of a feature at or near the determined position. Some features are simulated by varying the coefficient of friction of the touch surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Danny A. Grant
  • Patent number: 10737617
    Abstract: To detect front-parked vehicles at night (i.e. a vehicle is parked with its head facing the inside of a parking space), a detection device uses the light beam from a passing-by vehicle to extract at least a reflection of at least a tail light or at least a portion of a back bumper from an image captured for a parking space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignees: HangZhou HaiCun Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Guobiao Zhang
  • Patent number: 10730433
    Abstract: Provided is a sheet for drawing user's eyes and guiding the line of sight. A visual line guidance sheet is arranged to cover at least a part of a window for a user to look out therethrough, and configured to guide the user's line of sight, by illuminating a partial region on the visual line guidance sheet. The visual line guidance sheet includes an optically transparent substrate layer, a plurality of LED dies, and a wiring pattern. The controller receives from an imager, an image obtained by imaging a region visible by the user through the window, detects an object targeted for visual line guidance, included in the image, and illuminates the LED dies on the visual line guidance sheet, corresponding to a position of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiko Hanya, Toshihiko Minoda
  • Patent number: 10726642
    Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of receiving, at a server, sensor data from one or more sensors disposed on a vehicle, receiving, at the server, additional sensor data from a computing device operating inside the vehicle, determining the sensor data and the additional sensor data correspond to the vehicle's operational status, determining whether one or more of the sensor data and the additional sensor data exceed one or more thresholds, and when one or more of the sensor data and the additional sensor data exceed the one or more thresholds, providing a value to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Jaya Bharath R. Goluguri, Felipe G. Salles, Christopher J. Risberg, Joshua C. Batie
  • Patent number: 10704868
    Abstract: A non-pyrotechnic flare system and method includes at least one flare member that is configured to be deployed. The flare member(s) includes a head having a light-emitting diode (LED) that is configured to emit light when activated, and a wing-shaped appendage extending from the head. In at least one embodiment, a casing retains the flare member(s) in a stowed position. The flare member(s) is configured to be deployed from the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: David William Kirkbride
  • Patent number: 10699548
    Abstract: A dispatch center utilizes an expedited dispatch protocol for an information provider who is a trained first responder to communicate with the dispatch center and provide patient information with little or no prompting from a dispatcher. The expedited dispatch protocol provides expedited processing of the patient information and generates a determinant code which indicates the priority of the emergency. The expedited dispatch protocol provides a uniform, consistent result to objectively select priority and generate an appropriate emergency response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Clawson
  • Patent number: 10688915
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a vehicle are provided. In one example, an apparatus comprises a portion of a window of the vehicle having a configurable light transmittance, an image output device, and a controller configured to operate in a first mode when the vehicle is partially or fully controlled by a driver inside the vehicle and to operate in a second mode when the vehicle is not controlled by a driver inside the vehicle. In the first mode, the controller can adjust a light transmittance of the portion of the window to a first value to enable the driver inside the vehicle to see through the window. In the second mode, the controller can adjust the light transmittance of the portion of the window to a second value lower than the first value, and control the image output device to display an image on the portion of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: VALEO SCHALTER UND SENSOREN GMBH
    Inventor: Cyril Rastoll
  • Patent number: 10685544
    Abstract: A remotely-controlled, movable, magnetic system and method for surveillance and attack prevention. The system includes a motive apparatus including a mounting body for mounting a series of magnets and wheels or rollers and suspending the apparatus from a magnetic ceiling T-bar grid or alternative metal track. The wheels or rollers make contact with the T-bars or track; provide some space between the magnets and T-bars or track; and allow for movement of the system along the T-bar grid or track. One or more of the wheels is drivingly connected to a drive motor. The system further includes a processor, an input/output interface, and a remote computing device or remote control for controlling the motive apparatus via a communications network. The motive apparatus further mounts components and tools remotely controlled by a user for observing, identifying a potential attacker, and hindering a potential attack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Geoffrey Martin
  • Patent number: 10679495
    Abstract: A system and method that enables individual travelers, including pedestrians or individuals on smaller conveyances, to communicate their location and direction of travel to signal light controllers at an intersection, enables traffic networks to receive this communication and output the detected data to the corresponding intersection traffic-signal controller to allow for individuals not in standard motor vehicles to be detected by traffic detection systems and to allow for priority of traveler flow either independent of vehicle use, or based on specifics of the vehicle used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: STC, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Cross, Terry Fryar, Nicholas Freed
  • Patent number: 10665117
    Abstract: Disclosed are examples of systems, apparatus, methods and computer program products for locating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). A region of airspace may be scanned with two scanning apparatuses. Each scanning apparatus may include one or more directional Radio Frequency (RF) antennae. The two scanning apparatuses may have different locations. Radio frequency signals emitted by a UAV can be received at each of the two scanning apparatuses. The received radio frequency signals can be processed to determine a first location of the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Timothy Just
  • Patent number: 10650645
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for converting a control track designed for use with a number and/or type of haptic output devices to be used with other numbers and/or types of haptic output devices. For example, a computing device may convert the control track into another control track that can be applied to other types and/or numbers of haptic output devices. The converted control track may be compatible for use with a smartphone or other system that includes a different number and/or type of haptic feedback devices than the system for which the haptic track was originally designed. In this manner, the user of the smartphone or other system may experience haptic feedback using a device that is different from another haptic feedback system for which the control track was originally designed for use. The conversion may occur locally at the smartphone or other system and/or remotely at another device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Jamal Saboune, David M. Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 10650656
    Abstract: A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving occupancy data, identifying characteristics of the occupancy data, determining an occupant's location relative to the premises at a predetermined time, and generating a notification based at least in part on the determining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy B. Warren, Matthew J. Eyring, James E. Nye
  • Patent number: 10636264
    Abstract: A security system is provided for a building. The security system includes a fiber optic cable arranged in various locations in the building for Distributed Vibration Sensing (DVS) and Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) at the various locations. The security system further includes a machine-learning-based analyzer for selectively providing any of an early warning and a prevention of various detected conditions responsive to a machine-learning-based analysis of results from the DVS and the DAS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Ming-Fang Huang, Ting Wang
  • Patent number: 10636283
    Abstract: A system and method provide for the immediate transmission of a potential alarm to a remote alarm signal escrow site and from the escrow site to a host station in the event where a control panel or an alarm signaling device is tampered with or destroyed by a disablement tactic, e.g., a “crash and smash intrusion.” A system and method may also send an alarm signal during such an attack by using predictive analysis of real-time events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Alison Jane Slavin, Jean-Paul Martin
  • Patent number: 10625545
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed to facilitate TPMS broadcast mode selection. An example vehicle comprises sensors, a processor, and memory. The processor is in communication with the memory and with the sensors. The processor is configured to: receive an unencrypted signal indicating an abnormal tire pressure, enter an encrypted mode with the sensors, receive an encrypted follow up tire pressure status from the sensors, and determine whether the unencrypted signal is authentic based on the encrypted follow up tire pressure status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Ali Hassani, Dilip B Patel
  • Patent number: 10629074
    Abstract: A fast lane driving warning unit and a method are disclosed, in which images in front of a vehicle (6) which runs on a road that comprises a fast lane (L1) are continuously captured, the images to determine whether the vehicle (6) is driving in the fast lane (L1) are analyzed; and a warning signal is sent out when the following conditions are both met: the vehicle (6) runs in the fast lane (L1) at a vehicle speed lower than a lower limit of an allowed speed range of the fast lane (L1) over time longer than a preset time period; and the current traffic condition of the fast lane (L1) permits the vehicle (6) to run in the allowed speed range of the fast lane (L1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Knauer
  • Patent number: 10621863
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for altering the default operation of traffic signals, e.g., static cycling of lights, based on one or more road conditions and/or operating characteristics of vehicles at or near an intersection at which the traffic signals are located. The timing of light changes in traffic signals can be altered based upon a desire to optimize fuel efficiency, prioritize passage of vehicles through the intersection, and/or exhibit favoritism to vehicles that are driven efficiently and/or by drivers contributing to a pay-to-pass system. Traffic signal controllers controlling traffic signals may, over time, learn traffic patterns based on gathered information regarding the operating characteristics of vehicles and/or road conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Geoffrey D. Gaither
  • Patent number: 10616734
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein for conducting traffic and road operations using unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) assisted vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications. The UAVs can be deployed at various locations and can be operatively connected to a cell site, a mobile edge computing (MEC) server, and/or a V2X sensor. The UAVs, upon detecting an oncoming vehicle from a target location traveling towards one or more autonomous vehicles (AVs), can directly communicate with the one or more AVs to alert the AVs of the approaching oncoming vehicle. If the UAVs cannot communicate with the AVs, the UAVs can handover messages to other UAVs that can communicate with the AVs. The UAVs can also transport messages to a cell site and/or a V2X sensor to broadcast messages to the one or more AVs. Cell sites can also transmit messages to broadcast the messages to the AVs within respective coverage areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Gaviphat Lekutai