Patents Examined by Hung T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10610057
    Abstract: A method and system are provided that include features for preventing damage to smart components embedded within or attached to a handle of a cookware placed on a heating element of a cooktop appliance. In one aspect, if the sensed temperature of the handle exceeds a first temperature threshold, an alert can be presented to a user indicating that the handle is located in a hot environment and thus requires relocating. In another aspect, if the sensed temperature of the handle exceeds a second temperature threshold, the power output of one or more heating elements generating thermal energy can be reduced to prevent damage to the smart components embedded within or attached to the handle of the cookware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: David William Billman, Michael Blum
  • Patent number: 10615848
    Abstract: A system includes server that performs operations including obtaining, from sensors, measurements of physical parameters related to electrical power transmission and data transfer corresponding to a Broadband over Power Line (BPL) data links and a multi-use power interface configured to be electrically and communicatively coupled to a vehicle via the BPL data links. The operations also include receiving identification and location information, and a timestamp associated with a connector of the multi-use power interface, and then storing the measurements, the identification and location information, and the timestamp. The operations further include detecting a change of the connector, and identifying trends in parameters by comparing the measurements and the identification and location information to historical data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Timothy M. Mitchell, Everett D. Brown, Payal Shah, Shahram Nameni, Donald E. Dillenburg, Navpreet Singh, Michael D. McInnis
  • Patent number: 10607468
    Abstract: A communication apparatus includes a controller. The controller is configured to: receive a message, such as a communication request; determine a type for said message; select a first recipient layer based on said type, said first recipient layer comprising at least one recipient; transmit said message to at least one of said at least one recipient of said first recipient layer; receive a confirmation from said at least one of said at least one recipient of said first recipient layer; and in response thereto transmit said confirmation from said at least one of said at least one recipient of said first recipient layer to at least another one of said at least one recipient of said first recipient layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Doro AB
    Inventors: Peter Cullin, Jérôme Arnaud, Acher Criou, Fredrik Palmqvist, David Kay, Xavier Corbin, Fredrik Jacobsson, Peter Johansson, Alf Ingvarsson
  • Patent number: 10609677
    Abstract: An electronic device that provides situationally-aware alerts determines to provide an alert output (such as haptic, audio, visual, and so on) via an output device, determines a movement pattern based on one or more signals from one or more sensors indicating information relating at least to movement of the electronic device, and adjusts the alert output to account for the movement pattern. In some implementations, the electronic device may adjust the alert output by delaying the alert output. In other implementations, the electronic device may adjust the alert output by altering the alert output to be discernible despite the movement pattern based on a cadence of the movement pattern. In still other implementations, the electronic device may determine to provide the alert output in response to receiving an incoming communication and may adjust the alert output differently based on a priority associated with the incoming communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thayne M. Miller, Hung A. Pham, John B. Morrell, Brian T. Gleeson
  • Patent number: 10602897
    Abstract: A method for operating an independently moving surface treatment device, wherein the surface treatment device can be displaced in the surroundings and, in the process, performs surface treatment tasks and wherein an obstacle detection device of the surface treatment device measures an obstacle within the surroundings. The surface treatment device remains motionless at a predefined location, in particular within a movement range of a certain object, in the surroundings during a time interval that was predefined by the user. The obstacle detection device repeatedly measures a distance to a certain object during the time interval and evaluates the measured values of the distance in respect of a temporal change, and/or wherein the obstacle detection device detects a possibly occurring collision with the object during the time interval, wherein an alarm signal is output in the case of a change beyond a predefined threshold and/or in the case of a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventor: Benjamin Strang
  • Patent number: 10583048
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fluid detection device including a fluid sensor positioned near a patient's body and providing a signal whether the sensor detects fluid from the patient's body; a casing surrounding the alarm and allowing the signal to be sensed by the patient; an alarm coupled to the fluid sensor, the alarm including one or more of: an audible signal sensible by the patient, a haptic signal sensible by the patient, a visible signal sensible by the patient through the casing; a casing surrounding the alarm and allowing the signal to be sensed by the patient; and a fastener coupled to the casing, adjustable to attach and remove from one or more of: the patient's body, the patient's clothing. The casing, when closed, may couple a power source to the alarm. Also included may be a human interface and other features. Also disclosed is a fluid detection method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Theos Medical Systems
    Inventors: Saket Bhatia, Ankush Bhatia
  • Patent number: 10576994
    Abstract: Autonomous systems, such as vehicles being operated in a self-driving mode, may allow for human occupants to be inattentive to the operation of the system. However, events may occur that require a human user to perform an action. Systems and method are provided that enable an autonomous system to determine whether the system requires, or will require, a user action and whether the user is or is not attentive. If an action is required and the human is not attentive, an alerting protocol is executed to cause the system to perform actions that enable the user to be alerted, such as to enable the, now attentive, user to be able to perform the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Higgins, Abhishek Singhal
  • Patent number: 10577001
    Abstract: A transmitter device for a sensor device detects a magnetic field change caused by an object approaching or moving past the sensor device, in particular by a wheel of a rail vehicle. The transmitter device has at least two alternating-current-fed transmitter oscillating circuits. In order to implement error disclosure of the sensor device in a particularly simple manner, the at least two transmitter oscillating circuits are formed in such a way that the resonance frequencies thereof are different from each other. A sensor device and a method for detecting a magnetic field change are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility GmbH
    Inventor: Rainer Freise
  • Patent number: 10560154
    Abstract: A main power line (+ and ? lines) is coupled to a power supply, for example a car battery, grounded to a vehicle chassis. Positive and negative main power lines are coupled to a power line gateway module, and spliced to carry power for a segment, until receiving, by splices, RF power line communications. The main power lines, now carrying power and RF power line communications are then coupled to remote modules. RF power line communication carries signal from the power line gateway module to a impedance matching network or a transformer are used to match impedances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: ESKER TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brian S. Olmstead, Brad Rake
  • Patent number: 10559211
    Abstract: A network computer system provides a service instruction to a computing device. The service instruction can include offers, such as a service request to pick up and transport a user, and recommendations, such as a movement recommendation encouraging the service provider to relocate to another geographic area. The network computer system remotely monitors the computing device to receive a current position of the computing device as the service provider travels within a geographic area. The network computer system remotely monitors the computing device to receive a service state of the service provider. The network computer system periodically determines whether the service provider is making progress towards a target of the service instruction based on the current position of the computing device and a set of progress conditions, including determining whether the service provider satisfied the set of progress conditions in response to a change in the service state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashley Quitoriano, Kevin Spieser, Parijat Mazumdar, Rei Chiang, Shicong Meng, Zhi Li
  • Patent number: 10546494
    Abstract: A street light fixture includes an audio sensor configured to detect a sound and to generate an electrical signal from the sound. The street light fixture further includes a controller configured to determine whether the sound is produced by an automobile accident based on the electrical signal. The street light fixture further includes a light source configured to provide a visual notification of the automobile accident in response to the controller determining that the sound is produced by the automobile accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Nam Chin Cho, Parth Joshi
  • Patent number: 10543847
    Abstract: A database of high risk locations is formed and high risk causal factors for the high risk locations determined. Driver behavior is monitored at the sites in the database using data collection devices such as electronic logging devices or mobile phones to see if the drivers exhibit the same specific behaviors that are considered contributing factors to specific accident types at risk of occurrence at those sites. Warnings are provided to drivers approaching the specific sites to prompt behavioral changes which may further be monitored by the data collection devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Intelligent Imaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Heath, Wayne Allan Malkin
  • Patent number: 10532826
    Abstract: A collision avoidance system includes a sensor adapted to detect at least one vehicle in the vicinity of a predetermined area and generate target data relating to the at least one vehicle. An awareness engine receives the target data and evaluates the target data for a threat of a collision. An alerting system is adapted to alert the at least one vehicle in the event of a threat of a collision, the alerting system being activated by the awareness engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hughey & Phillips, LLC
    Inventor: Eric W. Wise
  • Patent number: 10522023
    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: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GenCore Candeo, Ltd.
    Inventors: Chad Richey, James Nipp
  • Patent number: 10510251
    Abstract: Techniques for parking space light are provided. A parking space light can identify, via one or more instruments of the parking space light, a set of parking spaces in a defined region of a parking structure in which the parking space light is installed, monitor, via the one or more instruments, the set of parking spaces, and determine respective occupied statuses of parking spaces of the set of parking spaces, wherein the respective occupied statuses indicate whether the parking spaces are occupied or unoccupied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: RESILIENCE MAGNUM IP, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Rosen, Ronald Cozean, Eric Allen, David Edward Mordetzky, Megan Horvath, Anthony John Pyros, John Elwood, Michael Chang, Elie Attarian
  • Patent number: 10501089
    Abstract: Method for automatically assessing performance of a driver (110) of a vehicle (100) for a particular trip, wherein current driving data sets, comprising basic driving data are repeatedly read from the vehicle, which method comprises the steps a) collecting previous-trip driving data sets, comprising instantaneous vehicle energy consumption, for different previous trips, different drivers and different vehicles; b) grouping said previous-trip driving data sets into basic historic groups and calculating a respective group performance parameter; c) further grouping said previous-trip driving data sets into extended historic groups; d) mapping each current-trip data set to said extended historic groups; and e) calculating a current-trip performance parameter based upon the group performance parameter values of the respective basic historic groups corresponding to previous-trip driving data sets comprised in the extended historic group to which a current-trip data set was matched in step d.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: GREATER THAN AB
    Inventor: Anders Lindelöf
  • Patent number: 10490307
    Abstract: Provided are systems, methods, and media for assisting incontinent subjects. An example method includes receiving sensor readings from a sensor to obtain pressure readings from a bladder or bowels of a subject. A machine learning algorithm is executed to determine when incontinence of the subject is expected to occur. The machine learning algorithm establishes threshold(s) at which to notify an autonomous system, the subject, or a caretaker, in which are established based on a correlation between the received sensor readings and a frequency of undeterred accidents of the subject. An electronic warning is transmitted to the autonomous system, the subject, or the caretaker of the subject, indicating that incontinence is expected to occur in response to detecting at least one sensor reading that exceeds a threshold. Feedback is obtained and the threshold is adjusted via the machine learning algorithm based on the received feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Diane M. Stamboni, Kathleen Chalas, Orion Hayes, Nicholas Buonarota
  • Patent number: 10490037
    Abstract: An alarm screen comprises a frame that has a hollow interior. The alarm screen comprises a mesh that is attached to the frame. The alarm screen comprises a detection wire for carrying electric current, where at least a portion of the detection wire is woven through or overlaid on the mesh. The alarm screen comprises a processing unit embedded in the hollow interior of the frame. The alarm screen comprises a wireless transmitter embedded in the hollow interior of the frame and communicatively coupled to the processing unit. The processing unit is configured to detect that no current is carried through the detection wire and to send a signal to the wireless transmitter. The wireless transmitter is configured to receive signals from the processing unit and wirelessly transmit the signals received from the processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Robert D. Fisher
  • Patent number: 10489976
    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: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Jing Jin, Bobby Ouyang, Seyedamirali Mostafavizadeh Ardestani, Yizhou Wang, Xiaowen Jiang, Tianya Zhang
  • Patent number: 10478098
    Abstract: An information processing system includes: a sheet that is usable in a use mode which is any one of an underlay mode and a cover mode; an accumulation unit that accumulates relevant information related to when the sheet is used in association with the use mode of the sheet when being used; and a presentation unit that presents a result of analysis of the information accumulated in the accumulation unit, in consideration of the use mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mizuha Marumoto, Yukari Sai, Yuka Nomura, Yukiko Miyakoshi, Kengo Tokuchi