Patents Examined by Jeffery A. Hofsass
  • Patent number: 9898032
    Abstract: A haptic interface, including: a button which can be rotated by a user; an interaction element interacting with a magnetorheological fluid, secured to the button; a mechanism measuring a current position of the button; a brake including a magnetorheological fluid and a generation system to generate a magnetic field in the fluid; a controller configured to generate orders for the system to generate a magnetic fluid to modify a value of the magnetic field; and a mechanism to detect torque exerted by a user on the button to know direction of the torque and whether the torque is greater than a given value for a given direction, the controller controlling generation of a magnetic field based on obtained information about the torque at least when the button indicates zero or low speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Moustapha Hafez, Jose Lozada, Laurent Eck, Gwenael Changeon
  • Patent number: 9884750
    Abstract: A device for remotely commanding a crane comprises a transmission unit suitable for establishing a communication between the device and a control unit of the crane. The device also includes control panel comprising a plurality of manual control members, each arranged for commanding a specific movement of a plurality of available movements of the crane and the direction of the specific movement. The device may also include a plurality of indicators of the available movements of the crane, each correlated with the specific crane movement commandable by a respective manual control member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Fassi Gru S.p.A.
    Inventors: Ivan Maffeis, Roberto Signori, Giovanni Fassi, Rossano Ceresoli
  • Patent number: 9884524
    Abstract: A method for transmitting n identification signals (P1-P4) formulated according to n different protocols, using an electronic casing (6) provided on a wheel (2) of a vehicle, as part of an angular correlation locating procedure. An electronic casing (6) is used, which is programmed to carry out, per wheel turn, x transmissions commanded for x angular positions offset from each other by predetermined angular values and, during each sending operation, a fixed angular position of the electronic casing (6) is determined, to which position is assigned the reference angular position function for determining the x transmission angular positions of the electronic casing, and a burst of n identification signals sent consecutively for transmission successive angular positions of the electronic casing (6) is transmitted, each of the signals being formulated according to one of the n protocols and including data for identifying the electronic casing and the transmission angular position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Nicolas Guinart, Jean-Charles Huard, Sebastien Kessler
  • Patent number: 9878228
    Abstract: A device includes a signaling means and a motion sensor, and logic for activating or controlling the signaling means in response to a sensed motion according to an embedded logic. The device may be used as a toy, and may be shaped like a play ball or as a handheld unit. It may be powered from a battery, either chargeable from an AC power source directly or contactless by using induction or by converting electrical energy from harvested kinetic energy. The embedded logic may activate or control the signaling means, predictably or randomly, in response to sensed acceleration magnitude or direction, such as sensing the crossing of a preset threshold or sensing the peak value. The visual means may be a numeric display for displaying a value associated with the count of the number of times the threshold has been exceeded or the peak magnitude of the acceleration sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: May Patents Ltd.
    Inventor: Yehuda Binder
  • Patent number: 9878214
    Abstract: A device includes a signaling means and a motion sensor, and logic for activating or controlling the signaling means in response to a sensed motion according to an embedded logic. The device may be used as a toy, and may be shaped like a play ball or as a handheld unit. It may be powered from a battery, either chargeable from an AC power source directly or contactless by using induction or by converting electrical energy from harvested kinetic energy. The embedded logic may activate or control the signaling means, predictably or randomly, in response to sensed acceleration magnitude or direction, such as sensing the crossing of a preset threshold or sensing the peak value. The visual means may be a numeric display for displaying a value associated with the count of the number of times the threshold has been exceeded or the peak magnitude of the acceleration sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: May Patents Ltd.
    Inventor: Yehuda Binder
  • Patent number: 9873328
    Abstract: A system for displaying a dashboard display in a vehicle includes a vehicle data bus interface for communicating with vehicle subsystems of a vehicle management system, a dashboard display module, and a dashboard store for storing a dashboard display definition. In one example, the dashboard display module obtains from the vehicle bus information regarding which of the plurality of vehicle subsystems are enabled, and transmits the information regarding which of the plurality of vehicle subsystems are enabled to a device external to the vehicle management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ent. Services Development Corporation LP
    Inventors: Rikin Patel, William E. Bejcek, David J. Nowaczyk, Alejandro Anzures Rueda
  • Patent number: 9875625
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a processor configured to determine a haptic effect and transmit a haptic signal associated with the haptic effect. The illustrative system also includes a multifunction haptic output device configured to receive the haptic signal and output the haptic effect. The multifunction haptic output device includes a single haptic actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vahid Khoshkava, Vincent Levesque, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 9870703
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for a pedestrian warning system. An example disclosed method to simulate noise for an electric or noise-dampened vehicle to warning pedestrians includes producing a first sound at a first frequency range from a first sound generator located at a front of the vehicle. The method also includes producing a second sound at a second frequency range from a second sound generator located under the vehicle. Additionally, the example method includes adjusting the acoustic characteristics of the first and second sounds based on vehicle motion data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Perry Robinson MacNeille, Bo Wu
  • Patent number: 9868034
    Abstract: A device includes a signaling means and a motion sensor, and logic for activating or controlling the signaling means in response to a sensed motion according to an embedded logic. The device may be used as a toy, and may be shaped like a play ball or as a handheld unit. It may be powered from a battery, either chargeable from an AC power source directly or contactless by using induction or by converting electrical energy from harvested kinetic energy. The embedded logic may activate or control the signaling means, predictably or randomly, in response to sensed acceleration magnitude or direction, such as sensing the crossing of a preset threshold or sensing the peak value. The visual means may be a numeric display for displaying a value associated with the count of the number of times the threshold has been exceeded or the peak magnitude of the acceleration sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: May Patents Ltd.
    Inventor: Yehuda Binder
  • Patent number: 9858800
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include an actuator configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being actuated. The actuator can be configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown initiation communication for communicating initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown communication being recognizably distinguishable from the fire alarm communication. The lockdown communicator can also include a vibrator that creates vibrations of sufficient strength to be perceivable by facility occupants upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9858815
    Abstract: A travel information acquisition section acquires travel information including at least a position, speed, and deceleration of the vehicle. An information generation section generates congestion location information indicating a position of a congestion tail based on the travel information. A transmission section transmits the congestion location information generated by the information generation section to another vehicle. The information generation section determines whether or not congestion is occurring at the current position of the vehicle based on an amount of reduction in speed from the maximum speed and the deceleration in a first time period of a specific length, and when determined that congestion is occurring, generates the congestion location information including position information containing the current position of the vehicle itself as information indicating the congestion tail position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takao Shimamori
  • Patent number: 9858801
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include an actuator configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being actuated. The actuator can be configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown communication for communicating initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown communication being recognizably distinguishable from the fire alarm communication. The lockdown communicator can also include a vibrator that creates vibrations of sufficient strength to be perceivable by facility occupants upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9852610
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include an actuator configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being actuated. The actuator can be configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown communication for communicating initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown communication being recognizably distinguishable from the fire alarm communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9853470
    Abstract: A charge amount display apparatus of an electric vehicle, which enables a driver to be easily aware that a charge amount has been set at a value less than a full charge, is provided. The charge amount display apparatus comprises a control unit 11 for setting a charge limit value which serves as the upper limit of the charge amount of a battery 2; and a display unit 13 for displaying a maximum charge amount, to which the battery 2 can be charged, and the charge limit value. The maximum charge amount is displayed by a segment group 30 composed of a plurality of segments 31 arranged side by side in one direction for representing the charge amount of the battery 2. The segments 31a for a value equal to or lower than the charge limit value, and the segments 31b for a value higher than the charge limit value are displayed in different colors. The segments for a charge amount equal to or lower than the charge limit value are displayed in a first region 21a of a first display region 21 of the display unit 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Norihiko Hatsumi, Kosuke Moro, Yoshihide Fujikawa, Koichi Tano
  • Patent number: 9852609
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include an actuator configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being actuated. The actuator can be configured to be recognizably distinguishable from a fire alarm actuator. The lockdown apparatus can also include a lockdown communicator configured to produce a lockdown initiation communication for communicating initiation of lockdown procedures to the facility occupants and individuals not disposed proximate the facility upon transmission of the lockdown initiation signal, the lockdown communication being recognizably distinguishable from the fire alarm communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9847000
    Abstract: A method of rendering a haptic effect on a haptic output device is provided based on an ambient environmental stimulus signal received from a sensor. A notification event based on the stimulus signal is determined. A haptic effect is rendered on a haptic output devices based on the notification event. A system and computer-readable medium are also provided for rendering a haptic effect on a haptic output device based on an ambient environmental stimulus signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Ullrich, Jamal Saboune
  • Patent number: 9845046
    Abstract: A system and method are provided and include light source projectors with positional actuators mounted on a subject vehicle. A controller controls the light source projectors and the positional actuators to project at least one laser line on a roadway upon which the subject vehicle is traveling. A location of the at least one laser line corresponds to at least one blind spot alert area of the subject vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Arceo, Gareth Webb
  • Patent number: 9841818
    Abstract: A haptic peripheral includes a housing with a frame having a plurality of circumferentially-spaced apart windows, a plurality of deformable membranes positioned within the plurality of circumferentially-spaced apart windows, and a haptic output device disposed within the housing and coupled to the plurality of deformable membranes. The haptic output device includes a motor, a converter, and a plurality of radially-extending pins. Each radially-extending pin has a first end attached to the converter and a second opposing end attached to a deformable membrane. The motor is configured to receive a control signal from a processor and is configured to rotate relative to the housing in response to the control signal. The converter converts rotary motion of the motor to linear motion to move the plurality of radially-extending pins to thereby radially extend the deformable membranes relative to the housing and provide a haptic effect to a user of the haptic peripheral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Mansoor Alghooneh, Juan Manuel Cruz Hernandez, Robert Lacroix
  • Patent number: 9836971
    Abstract: Systems for heads-up display of transit industry vehicle information is provided. Information originating from various transit agency systems and arriving at transit industry vehicles may be selectively displayed on a heads-up display. Control and configuration of the information displayed on a heads-up display may be determined by a transit agency and may relate to data displayed on on-board mobile data terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Trapeze Software ULC
    Inventor: Richard James Nykamp
  • Patent number: 9836965
    Abstract: A method and system for logging and reporting on slow drivers in fast and middle lanes is disclosed. The system detects a slow vehicle in front of an automobile based on speed data from an OBD system, stores images of a rear of the slow vehicle using a forward facing video camera, detects passing of the slow vehicle on the left side of the automobile using a proximity sensor, stores images of a front of the slow vehicle using a rear facing video camera, after the automobile has passed the slow vehicle, stores global position data of the automobile using a GPS system, and transmits the speed data, the images of the rear of the slow vehicle, images of the front of the slow vehicle and the global position data that was taken and stored to the third party via the communications network, using the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Bertram V Burke, Michaela C Burke