Patents Examined by Jeffery A. Hofsass
  • Patent number: 9640075
    Abstract: A parking information updating method is disclosed. The parking information updating method is used to analyze the behavior model of a user according to the relative movement between an electronic device carried by the user and a parking space, to determine whether the parking space is occupied or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: PEGATRON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Szu-Ju Shen
  • Patent number: 9630062
    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: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: May Patents Ltd.
    Inventor: Yehuda Binder
  • Patent number: 9629548
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, systems and methods for predicting heart failure decompensation using within-patient diagnostics. A method comprises detecting an alert status of each of one or more sensors; calculating an alert score by combining the detected alerts; and calculating a composite alert score, the composite alert score being indicative of a physiological condition and comprising a combination of two or more alert scores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Haresh G. Sachanandani, Jon Peterson, Shelley M. Cazares, Robert J. Sweeney, Kevin John Stalsberg
  • Patent number: 9610809
    Abstract: At a portable low frequency (LF) tool, a sensor reading of a tire pressure is received. A determination is made of a barometric pressure adjustment based upon received inputs. The adjustment is applied to the reading of the tire pressure to form an adjusted pressure. The adjusted pressure is presented to a user at the portable LF tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe Deniau, Yasser Gad, Brian J Farrell
  • Patent number: 9607508
    Abstract: A wireless, remote foot controller and a wireless instrument in direct communication with one another and method of operation. The remote foot controller can determine the wireless instrument in the hand of the dental professional and can determine whether the instrument is operational in an continuously variable mode or whether the instrument is operational at discrete speeds. The remote foot controller can then respond to activation by a user to provide a predetermined signal that drives the handheld unit with the appropriate signal. The remote foot controller is activated by application of pressure to the foot controller that provides tactile, sensory feedback to the user. The foot controller includes a circuit board, antenna and battery so that it is wireless. The circuit board includes communications protocol to permit the foot controller to communicate with several dental instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventors: Kevin Kenneth Lint, Jared Witmer, Joseph Robert Reagan
  • Patent number: 9603757
    Abstract: A safety system includes a vehicle having a cab and a compartment rearward of the cab, an engine that provides motive power to the vehicle, a generator positioned in the vehicle so as to supply electrical energy to the compartment, an alarm positioned in or on the vehicle so as to be cooperative with the engine and the generator, an alarm acknowledge switch positioned in or on the vehicle, a shore power connection on the vehicle, and a control module positioned in or on the vehicle so as to selectively activate or deactivate the alarm or to deactivate the generator when certain conditions occur. The generator has an on/off switch so as to turn the generator either on or off. The alarm is activated when the generator is turned on and the engine is not running. The alarm acknowledge switch is activatable as to turn the alarm off. The shore power connection is adapted to be connected to a source of electrical energy exterior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: FRAZER, LTD.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Richardson
  • Patent number: 9604573
    Abstract: An information display apparatus includes: an around-the-vehicle sensor 3 that detects an obstacle around a vehicle; a transmissive display apparatus 4 which has a plurality of LEDs 42 disposed inside a vehicle interior structural member, and performs a display by lights of LEDs 42 transmitted through a surface of the structural member and irradiated outside; and a controller 2 that determines a driver's driving operation based on vehicle information about a driving operation, and allows the transmissive display apparatus 4 provided at the structural member present in a direction of a blind spot area in which the obstacle is detected by the around-the-vehicle sensor 3, among the blind spot areas formed by the vehicle interior structural members obstructing the visual field of a driver looking outside the vehicle in the driving operation, to display information on the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hirokazu Shimizu, Tsutomu Matsubara, Taro Kumagai
  • Patent number: 9604565
    Abstract: A heads up display apparatus for a vehicle, comprising a wireless transceiver configured to connect and communicate with a device providing information for display, an energy storage device configured to provide energy to the display apparatus, a processor configured receive information from the transceiver and configure the information for display, and a display configured to output the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Krishnaswamy Venkatesh Prasad, Christopher Peplin
  • Patent number: 9609766
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an access door for a hazard detector includes a release member that releasably secures the access door in a closed position over a battery compartment of the hazard detector. The release member allows the access door to be pivoted open and closed relative to the battery compartment and hazard detector. The access door also includes a first hinge member and a second hinge member. The first hinge member enables the access door to pivot along a first pivot path and by a first pivot amount and the second hinge member enables the access door to pivot along a second pivot path and by a second pivot amount. A cumulative total of the first pivot amount and the second pivot amount is substantially greater than either pivot amount alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Mathias Schmidt, William Dong, Adam Mittleman
  • Patent number: 9601011
    Abstract: A system for logging and reporting on slow drivers in a fast lane is disclosed. The system includes a set of proximity sensors on a first vehicle, for detecting a passage of another vehicle on a right side of the first vehicle, a processor on the first vehicle, for logging a number of times that another vehicle passed the first vehicle, a transmitter on the first vehicle, for transmitting said number of times to a vehicle that is detected as passing the first vehicle on a right side of the first vehicle, a set of proximity sensors on a second vehicle, a receiver on the second vehicle, a processor on the second vehicle, for storing said number of times received via said at least one receiver, and a transmitter on the second vehicle, for transmitting said number of times to a third party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventors: Bertram V Burke, Michaela C. Burke
  • Patent number: 9600984
    Abstract: A method, device, and non-transitory computer-readable storage medium for generating a vibration from an adjective space are provided. The method includes providing an at least one-dimensional adjective space, inputting data to the at least one-dimensional adjective space based on a user input, and generating a vibration element vibration based on the data input to the at least one-dimensional adjective space. The device includes a control unit configured to provide an at least one-dimensional adjective space; and a user input unit configured to receive data input to the at least one-dimensional adjective space, wherein the control unit is further configured to generate a vibration element based on the data input to the at least one-dimensional adjective space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignees: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, Postech Academy-Industry Foundation
    Inventors: Eun-hwa Lee, Seung-moon Choi, Jae-bong Lee, Yong-jae Yoo, Jeong-seok Lee, Dae-kwang Jung, Yu-dong Bae
  • Patent number: 9601014
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for detecting targets across beams at roadway intersections. Embodiments of the invention include tracking a target across a plurality of beams of a multiple beam radar system in a roadway intersection and updating track files for targets within a roadway intersection. Returns from a plurality of radar beams monitoring a roadway intersection are divided into range bins. Identified energy in the range bins is used to compute the position of targets within a roadway intersection. When the position of a target is computed, it is determined if the position is a new position for an existing target or if the position is the position of a new target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Wavetronic LLC
    Inventors: David V. Arnold, Bryan R. Jarrett, Thomas W. Karlinsey, Jonathan L. Waite, Brad Giles, Randy St. John
  • Patent number: 9599179
    Abstract: A brake lining monitoring system comprising primarily for automobiles. The monitoring system comprises a sensor for continuously measuring the thickness of a brake lining disposed at each wheel of an automobile, a memory including a plurality of predefined successive thickness value ranges wherein, each thickness value range is associated with a brake lining status message, and a display monitor for displaying the measured thickness value along with the status message associated with the thickness value range to which the measured thickness value corresponds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventors: Mehrzad Bahrami Ziarani, Mehran Bahrami Ziarani
  • Patent number: 9592428
    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: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: May Patents Ltd.
    Inventor: Yehuda Binder
  • Patent number: 9589451
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include a manually operated actuator disposed at the facility and configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being manually 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: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9585995
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to detecting fluid in medical tubing. In certain aspects, a method is performed by a data processing apparatus. The method includes controlling repetitive activation of the ultrasonic transmitter. The method also includes receiving a signal from the ultrasonic receiver during an activation of the ultrasonic transmitter. The method also includes determining that fluid is absent or present in a portion of the medical fluid tube based on a comparison between the signal and a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Nigel Wright, Samuel Ernest Magargi, III, Jeremy Thomas Harbaugh, Michael John Zang, Regis Joseph Winniewicz, Jr., Joseph Stephen Beri, Douglas Mark Zatezalo, Tom Monahan, Ronald Robert Fox
  • Patent number: 9589452
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include a manually operated actuator disposed at the facility and configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being manually 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: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9589449
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include a manually operated actuator disposed at the facility and configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being manually 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: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9589450
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a lockdown apparatus for facilitating initiation of lockdown procedures at a facility. The lockdown apparatus can include a manually operated actuator disposed at the facility and configured to transmit a lockdown initiation signal upon being manually 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: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: EMERGENCY ALERT SOLUTIONS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Lyman, Kevin G. Cherven
  • Patent number: 9583069
    Abstract: Implementations relate to systems and methods for detection and management of viewing conditions. One or more sensor devices can be provided for a user to monitor, manage, and adjust viewing conditions to promote the health and the user's health and vision. The sensor device(s) can include a distance detection device, and others. The sensor device(s) can be or include one or more detachable devices which can be attached or affixed to eyeglasses or other wearable articles. Viewing conditions such as viewing an object or source for too long and/or at too close a distance can trigger various responses, such as a vibrating or other signal to break the concentration of focus to refresh the eyes. The sensor device(s) can also or instead be configured with user profiles to regulate the type or nature of content the user is viewing, for example to restrict television viewing by children using parental controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Christopher H. Son