Patents Examined by Jeff Hofsass
  • Patent number: 7545274
    Abstract: A maintenance data management system uses RFID tags associated with aircraft components to store and manage component attributes such as maintenance and service history, useful in performing aircraft maintenance. A transceiver is used to write data into the tags, read data from the tags and transmit the data to a central database for storage and access by maintenance providers. The data may include the service and maintenance history of the component. Maintenance providers may remotely access the database through the Internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: William P. Coop
  • Patent number: 7541918
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a light signaling system apparatus for motorized vehicles and a process for installing said system. This invention relates to a light signaling system for motor vehicles wherein the lights may be positioned in any location on any motorized vehicle. Specifically a vacuum sensing device is incorporated into an internal combustion engine such that the vacuum sensing device completes a circuit and turns on a desired light when a driver accelerates, decelerates, or maintains a constant velocity in order to alert others of the driver's intentions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Joseph J. Rizzi
  • Patent number: 7541912
    Abstract: A communications system for registering tolls, with vehicles which have communications devices for wirefree communication between the vehicles and the toll operator which is assigned to them and has a corresponding communications device. In this context, the vehicles transmit toll information relevant to the toll operator in a toll-registration area which is assigned to the toll operator, and the toll operator determines or bills the tolls to be charged therefrom. If the vehicles communicate, by means of their communication devices, with other toll operators outside the toll registration area of the toll operator assigned to them, in order to register tolls, the exchange of toll-related information takes place only when a certificate of the assigned toll operator is successfully transmitted and on the basis of a public key or a private key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Beier
  • Patent number: 7535351
    Abstract: An active acoustic intrusion detection system includes a pair of dipole emitters (180 degrees out of phase with each other) which emit an audible frequency f (preferably 1 KHz) and a pair of detectors preferably mounted ¼ wavelength (3 inches) apart in the (non-echoic) nulls of the emitters. The detectors (microphones) spatially sample a stationary wave which is generated by the emitters (speakers). The output of each microphone is fed to an ADC and the digital output of the two ADCs is used to generate a four dimensional vector. At startup, a reference vector is determined and stored. During operation, vectors are sampled, filtered, smoothed and averaged periodically. When an average vector deviates from the reference vector by a set amount, an alarm is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Inventor: Welles Reymond
  • Patent number: 7528705
    Abstract: Methods of monitoring tire pressure and responding to a tire pressure error. A tire pressure monitoring apparatus provides signals to a vehicle control representing pressures in respective ones of the tires. The vehicle control first detects a tire pressure error in one of the tires, and then presents to a user a first signal representing the tire pressure error in the one of the tires. Then, a user input representing a prospective tire filling activity is detected. Thereafter, a second signal is presented to the user in response to a pressure in the one of the tires being substantially equal to a desired tire pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Jack Edward Brown, Jr., Peter Ross Shepler, Robert Leon Benedict
  • Patent number: 7525428
    Abstract: An alarm apparatus includes an electric conductor disposed at a window pane, a voltage supply device that supplies a voltage to the electric conductor, a voltage detection device that detects the voltage of the electric conductor, a disconnection determination device that makes a determination regarding a disconnected state of the electric conductor based on the detected voltage of the electric conductor, an alarm determination device that determines whether or not to perform alarming based on a result of determination of the disconnection determination device; and an alarm device that performs the alarming based on the determination by the alarm determination device. The alarm determination device has an alert mode of performing if the electric conductor is in the disconnected state, and a pre-alert mode of refraining from performing the alarming if the electric conductor is in the disconnected state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Tanaka, Masachika Kamiya, Takeo Endo
  • Patent number: 7525418
    Abstract: A segmented brake light has a detecting module mounted in a vehicle near a brake pedal, a driving module connected to the detecting module and multiple light modules controlled by the driving module. The detecting module detects the pressures on the brake pedal to output signals to the driving module. The driving module based on the received signals to start the respective one or multiple light modules. Accordingly, other car drivers in the rear of the vehicle can recognize that whether the vehicle is going to brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: Chou-Pai Tsai
  • Patent number: 7518501
    Abstract: A system and method for observing a security event which shares the position of a number of friendly participants with other participants. Preferably, the position of unknown participants or foes is also displayed to friendly participants. The views are selectable by friendly participants on, for example, a handheld device, to include a view from the participant's position, zoom, pan, and tilt views, or views of another friendly or from another location, giving increased situational awareness. Other information can be shared among friendly participants, including status and directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventor: Charles D. Huston
  • Patent number: 7518507
    Abstract: A passive optical anti-tamper system including one or more light pipes, one or more light detectors and an alarm. The light pipes each include an input end and an output end and are located within a chassis with the one or more light detectors. The one or more light detectors are optically coupled to the output ends of the one or more light pipes. The alarm is operable to transmit a tamper-event-warning signal if an increased light level is detected by at least one detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Dalzell, James L. Tucker, Scott G. Fleischman
  • Patent number: 7518514
    Abstract: A method and systems for reminding a user about personal objects that should be carried or should not be carried, depending upon the user, the date and the time and other parameters. In the system, a radio frequency identifiers tag identifying each personal object is directly attached to the object. All the objects are listed in an object table storing the identifiers and their main characteristics. A rule table is provided having entries setting forth the relations between the objects according to four basis rules of the types “X requires Y”, “X excludes Y”, “X required” and “X excluded”. When activated, the reminder device checks the present objects and analyzes the rules to determine which objects are missing and which objects should be absent. The user is forewarn if objects are missing or should be absent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frederic Bauchot, Gerard Marmigère
  • Patent number: 7515067
    Abstract: A parking assist apparatus characterized by including: a camera (1) for taking an image of a backside of a vehicle; a display unit (6); a movement distance detecting unit (2) for detecting a distance of vehicle movement; a steering angle detecting unit (3) for detecting a steering rudder angle; and an anticipated-course calculation unit (5) for calculating an anticipated course of the vehicle in backing movement according to the steering rudder angle, wherein the parking assist apparatus further includes a display control unit (4) configured to superimpose on the image taken by the camera a discontinuous line including successive marks (PA1, PA2 . . . / PB1, PB2 . . . ) as the anticipated course and display the superimposed image on the display unit (6), and when the vehicle moves the display control unit (4) is configured to shift the marks according to the distance of the vehicle movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahiro Uemura
  • Patent number: 7515068
    Abstract: A roadway vehicle sensor includes a coextrusion having a linear conductive section and a linear non-conductive section forming a vehicle deformable closed housing. The linear conductive section has an inwardly projecting conductive plunger along the length thereof which is fused to wedge removal arms. The linear non-conductive section has a pair of inwardly projecting insulating wings having wing tips spaced apart a distance defining a plunger gap. The insulating wings also define a contact chamber into which the plunger protrudes only upon deformation of the vehicle deformable housing by a vehicle. Preferably, the vehicle deformable housing has a flat side on the exterior for engagement with a roadway surface. A contact assembly in the contact chamber has one or more flat conductive lane switch segment, each flat conductor lane switch segment having a width which avoids phantom switch closures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Traffic Monitoring Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Tyburski
  • Patent number: 7515057
    Abstract: A power socket having a reed to activate an alarm is constituted by a lower casing, an upper casing, and a conduction terminal which is inserted between the lower casing and the upper casing. The conduction terminal is provided with a dual-metal complex reed, and an interior of the lower casing is provided with a conduction piece for energizing an alarm device. Accordingly, when the conduction terminal reaches a certain high temperature, the dual-metal complex reed is buckled and deformed in accordance with its metallic properties, and is connected with the conduction piece, so as to activate the alarm device to give off sound or illuminate, thereby achieving a function of safety protection by alerting a user to pay attention to.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Inventor: Siang-Shun Chen
  • Patent number: 7515056
    Abstract: In a method for preventing collisions of vehicles, first the surroundings of a vehicle 2 and motion parameters of the vehicle 2 are detected by means of sensors 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5. From the output signals of the sensors, a failure-to-yield criterion and a collision risk criterion are derived. From a combination of the failure-to-yield criterion and the collision risk criterion, a risk level is ascertained. Depending on the particular risk level ascertained, finally, steps for reducing the risk of collision are initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Knoop, Martin Staempfle, Fred Oechsle
  • Patent number: 7504955
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for preventing the formation of pressure sores on the skin of an individual is provided. The apparatus includes an inclination sensor for detecting a change in inclination of an object holding the individual. A microprocessor is in communication with the inclination sensor and generates an indication signal at the end of a timing cycle. The microprocessor resets the timing cycle based upon input from the inclination sensor. An indicator is in communication with the microprocessor and alerts the individual of the need to relieve pressure on certain areas of the skin of the individual upon receiving the indication signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Inventor: Donald W. Overturf
  • Patent number: 7504967
    Abstract: A keyboard (32, 1230) for a handheld electronic device (100, 1100, 1200) comprising a row of keys (102) wherein each of said keys (102) represents at least two alphanumeric characters and the characters of each key (102) are positioned relative to the characters on adjacent keys (102) so as to form a QWERTY or DVORAK layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Jason T. Griffin
  • Patent number: 7504932
    Abstract: A method for monitoring the blind spot at the side of a motor vehicle, a warning function being activated which gives out a warning to the driver if an object is located in a warning region, includes the following steps: a) determining the relative speed between the object and the motor vehicle, determining the travel direction of the object relative to the motor vehicle, and determining the position of the object relative to the motor vehicle within a sensor region; and b) giving out a warning to the driver if the travel direction of the object corresponds to that of the motor vehicle, the relative speed between the object and the motor vehicle is within a predetermined range, defined by a lower range boundary and an upper range boundary, the predetermined region including the relative speed zero, and the position of the object being within the warning region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventor: Arne Bartels
  • Patent number: 7504948
    Abstract: A rugged, mobile, wireless data capture device with an integrated radio frequency identification (“RFID”) reader is described. The wireless data capture device includes a durable, sealed enclosure. A wireless microprocessor is mounted within the enclosure. An RFID reader is coupled to the wireless microprocessor and mounted within the enclosure. The enclosure also supports a mounted communications antenna that is communicatively coupled to the wireless microprocessor, as well as RFID reader antenna communicatively coupled to the RFID reader. A power supply system supplies power to the data capture device. Finally, the durable, sealed enclosure includes mounting means for securing the enclosure to industrial equipment in a manner that mitigates effects of physical shock and vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Wulff, Mark Duron, Justin Hotard, Brian Viscount, Ian Chamberlin
  • Patent number: 7504947
    Abstract: An RFID device is embedded in a precise location in tires during manufacture. The RFID device can provide extensive data regarding the tire such as identification number, date of manufacture and rotational count of the tire in use. During manufacture, the RFID device is placed on the carcass, the carcass is then positioned within the band layer and is thereafter expanded into sealing engagement with the band layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventor: Randall L. Tucker
  • Patent number: 7504944
    Abstract: An apparatus, a system and a method for securing a device are provided. The device may be an electronic device, an input device, an output device, a portable media storage unit, a portable electronic device and/or the like. An apparatus and a system for securing the device may attach and/or may connect the device and/or a detachable element of the device to a housing. A flap may attach to, secure to and/or connect the housing to the device. A light emitting element may indicate that the housing is attached to and/or secured to the device and/or the detachable element of the device. Attaching, securing and/or connecting the housing to the device may depress a plunger. Removing and/or separating the housing from the device may move the plunger outward with respect to the housing. A circuit may be closed, opened and/or activated by the plunger. The circuit may attach to, may connect to and/or may communicate with a security system which may be an alarm, an alarm box, an alarm board and/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Sennco Solutions
    Inventors: Christopher Marszalek, Daniel Horvath, Sorin Petrusan