Patents Examined by Jeffrey Hofsass
  • Patent number: 5852412
    Abstract: A differential global position system wherein a DGPS ground station encodes signals from a plurality of satellites and transmits the encoded signal with satellite-specific pseudo range error signals and a ground station repeaters located remote from the DGPS ground station to receive the encoded signal and retransmit it to an airborne object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: Honeywell Inc.
    Inventor: Rodney L. Stangeland
  • Patent number: 5845143
    Abstract: A language conversion system converts an original sentence in a source-language into a translated sentence in a target-language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Yamauchi, Phyllis Anwyl, Masayuki Kameda, Takashi Katooka, Masumi Narita, Hideo Ito, Yoshihisa Ohguro, Taisen Hayashi, Hiroko Yamagata, Sakiko Honma, Ayako Oono
  • Patent number: 5841349
    Abstract: An alarm tag is provided having two parts, one of which has a pin attached thereto and extending through the part and into locking engagement with the other part. One part has means for activating an alarm device, the alarm device being either in the other part or an external alarm which interacts with the tag through an alarm field. Further, one part has a contact element operatively related to the other part such that disturbing the pin causes the contact to activate the alarm when the parts are separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventor: Bertil Holmgren
  • Patent number: 5835013
    Abstract: A baggage proximity monitor is provided including a portable user housing adapted to be carried by a user and a baggage housing including a mounting mechanism for releasably mounting to an article of baggage. Next provided is a user circuit including a transmitter adapted to continuously transmit an activation signal of a predetermined magnitude and at a predetermined frequency only upon the actuation thereof and a switch situated on the housing and connected to the transmitter. The switch has a first orientation for actuating the transmitter and second orientation for precluding the actuation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: Fred V. Duterte
  • Patent number: 5836002
    Abstract: An anti-theft device for protecting objects and vehicles, includes a housing that is attachable to or permanently affixed to an object or vehicle to be secured, wherein the attachment means is accessible only through a lockable access door of the housing. A flexible conducting securing cable serves as a conductor in an alarm circuit and has one end fixed to the housing and a free end provided with a fitting for insertion into the housing that is retained by a retainer and a lock mechanism in the housing. First and second switches are provided in the alarm circuit wherein the first switch is normally open and is closed when the housing is attached to the object, while the second switch is normally open and is closed when the free end of the cable is inserted into the retainer. The alarm circuit is armed when both the first and second switches are closed, and subsequent opening of the first switch or tampering of the conduction path formed by the conducting securing cable activates an alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventors: Jason Morstein, Rhonda Morstein, Jerome Morstein, Jerome Daly
  • Patent number: 5831523
    Abstract: A vehicle light system is provided for use with a vehicle having a rear window with a periphery defined by a linear top edge, a linear bottom edge, and a pair of side edges formed therebetween. Provided is a plurality of spaced red light emitting diodes formed along the top edge of the rear window. The red light emitting diodes include a first set of diodes situated to the left of a central extent of the rear window and a second set of diodes situated to the right of the central extent thereof. In use, the red light emitting diodes are adapted to illuminate only during the actuation thereof. Finally, a brake relay control mechanism is adapted to actuate the red light emitting diodes in sequence upon the braking of the vehicle with a short delay therebetween, wherein the red light emitting diodes are actuated in sequence from the central extent of the top edge of the rear window to a side extent thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Inventor: Edward A. Lange
  • Patent number: 5831514
    Abstract: A control arrangement for an auxiliary heater in motor vehicles is provided which consists of a preselection clock, a control unit and a control apparatus which are all arranged inside the vehicle, in which case the auxiliary heater can be time-programmed by way of the preselection clock. A time generator is used which generates a time signal representing the actual time and whose time signal is supplied to the preselection clock as well as to a time display arranged in the vehicle, and in the case of which the time programming is carried out via a portable transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Mercedes-Benz AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Hilpert, Manfred Stotz
  • Patent number: 5825284
    Abstract: A system uses multiple tilt sensors mounted to the vehicle frame and the vehicle suspension system to detect lateral acceleration and lateral load transfer. The system uses these measurements to determine a lateral load transfer ratio indicative of an actual roll moment compared to a maximum roll moment. The measurements from the tilt sensors are also used to calculate an effective center of gravity height. A display coupled to the system provides the vehicle operator with a read out of the load transfer ratio and effective center of gravity height. The display enables the vehicle operator to more completely understand the nature of the vehicle load and thereby allow the vehicle operator to avoid conditions likely to lead to a vehicle rollover accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Rollover Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew B. Dunwoody, Donald S. Stern
  • Patent number: 5825287
    Abstract: A brake condition monitoring system includes a central control receiving signals from each of the several brake actuators mounted on a vehicle. The control receives all of the signals, and sends a single signal to a display in the cab of the vehicle indicative of which of the brake actuators may be evidencing a malfunction. The signals from each brake actuators are unique such that the control can determine which brake actuator each signal is from. The control is also capable of monitoring conditions other than movement of a push rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Indian Head Industries
    Inventors: Richard F. Zarybnicky, Sr., Alan C. Lesesky, Ronald S. Plantan
  • Patent number: 5815092
    Abstract: The disclosed device enables the user to verify the speed of their vehicle responsive to sensing that a speed measuring device has been used to measure their speed. The device includes a speed measuring device detector designed to sense operation of a speed measuring device. When the detector senses such operation, it activates a speed measuring device mounted on the vehicle which instantaneously measures the vehicle speed and then stores the measured speed for later display and for printing a permanent record, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Inventors: Eugene Stuart Gregg, III, James A. Mittler
  • Patent number: 5815068
    Abstract: A light system comprising controllable light sources (35) positioned along alternative routes of movement to serve a s optical means for influencing persons to follow an indicated route of movement to one selected of a plurality of target areas, the system having control means (1,2) for turning light sources on and off to generate along the route indicated a moving light effect traveling in the direction of target area selected. At least one display unit (13) is provided for presenting a general view of alternative routes of movement along which the light sources are located. In response to an assignment command entered through input means (11) included in the system, processing and communication means (12, 14, 21, 22) activate the traveling light along each route assigned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Inventor: Jan Erik Vadseth
  • Patent number: 5808559
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for monitoring a characteristic of fluid flow through a fluid dispenser that permit adverse flow conditions to be monitored, analyzed and displayed to an operator. The monitor samples either the static or firing pressure a predetermined number of times and calculates an average static and firing pressure over the sampling period. The average pressure values are compared to high and low warning and alarm limits and warning and alarm error codes are produced as a function thereof. In addition, individual sampled values are compared to the high and low warning and alarm limits and pressure values exceeding the limits during a sampling period are counted. Warning and alarm error codes are produced as a function of the counted values exceeding predetermined count values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Buckler
  • Patent number: 5805079
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for monitoring the performance of a motor vehicle. The vehicle's instantaneous accelerations in at least two directions are continually sensed and stored as coded signals in a computer memory. Performance variables of the vehicle are computed from the acceleration signals stored in memory along with associated time and date codes. By means of inertial navigation and/or radio transmissions from global positioning system satellites, the vehicle's global position is also computed and stored. The stored performance variables are analyzed over a period of time in order to evaluate how the vehicle is being driven. When an erratic or otherwise hazardous driving pattern is detected, signals may be generated to warn the driver and/or traffic authorities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Inventor: Jerome H. Lemelson
  • Patent number: 5805060
    Abstract: Electronic device to indicate the acceleration and deceleration for vehicles; being able to be driven through means connecting to the accelerator and able to generate luminous signals which can be seen by other vehicles; characterized because, being supplied by means of a source provided with a power regulator, said device comprehends a potentiometer, that, constituting a transductor of the mechanical movement of the accelerator, is connected to a comparator circuit; said comparator circuit constituted by a plurality of operational amplifiers, each one of said operational amplifiers having a first input connected to the potentiometer, while a second input is connected to a respective terminal of a voltage divider; the output of each operational amplifier is connected to the input of a respective power amplifier which at the same time has a plurality of luminous elements connected to its output, said luminous elements constituting at least one luminous display; said display including complementary luminous ele
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Inventor: Alberto Nicanor Schroeder
  • Patent number: 5805084
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method whereby a communication apparatus, advantageously a portable telephone, is set in a keyboard lock mode (130). The communication apparatus comprises a call terminating key, which is used according to the invention so that a short depression thereof only terminates the call (110), but a press-and-hold function, or pressing the key twice in succession or first pressing and then waiting for a given delay (120) sets the apparatus in the keyboard lock mode (130). The invention also relates to a communication apparatus for applying the said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Nokia Mobile Phones Ltd.
    Inventor: Tapani Mannisto
  • Patent number: 5801631
    Abstract: A theft checking system that improves precision in detecting a tag and prevents false notification. A first computer (S3) samples a waveform in a fixed length of time of a signal received by a reception antenna. A digital direct synthesizer (S4) divides the sampled waveform data of the fixed length of time and a reference signal pre-registered in a memory circuit of a calculating portion respectively into portions by equal pitch with respect to the time axis, multiplies the value of the reference signal at each point separately by the value at each point in the data corresponding to that point, and calculates the sum of the products. A matching circuit (S6) compares the calculated value with a predetermined value to detect a waveform that agrees with the reference oscillation. A tag (S7) actuates notifying means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Maspro Denkoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Michinari Hayashi
  • Patent number: 5790035
    Abstract: This invention provides a wetness alarm device to detect the temperature deviation or the new wetness in the diaper to indicate the new urine issue and to transmit the wetness alarm to human. The number of urine issue is counted, and will be used to affect the wetness alarm. A remote alarm may also be used. An emergency alarm may be activated when the whole device is submerged in the water or urine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventor: Geng Kaung Ho
  • Patent number: 5790022
    Abstract: A security tracking system including a transmitter adapted to transmit a signal upon the actuation of an activation means by a user. An antenna is adapted to receive the signal via free space. Also included is a receiver coupled to the antenna and adapted to generate discrete compass point data from the signal. Coupled to the receiver is a processor adapted to calculate from the discrete compass point data a location of the transmitter. A mapping mechanism, video monitoring mechanism, alarm, telecommunication mechanism, and adjustable light are governed by the processor to afford both emergency and non-emergency utility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventors: George Delvecchio, Maurice E. Moore, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5786774
    Abstract: An alarm module system including at least one electronic display module situated on a boat with a display for indicating the status of the vital functions of the engine of the boat. The electronic display is adapted to produce an activation signal upon detection of an anomaly within the engine. Further included is a direct current battery supply for supplying power and an alarm horn for generating an audible alarm upon the receipt of power. Also provided is an interconnection network including power means having at least one voltage regulator connected to the battery supply for providing a lesser voltage an output thereof. The voltage regulator has a pair of capacitors of unequal capacitance connected in parallel between the output of the associated voltage regulator and a ground. The interconnection network further includes switch means having an input terminal connected to the electronic display module for receiving the activation signal therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Inventor: Joseph M. Sabol
  • Patent number: 5786808
    Abstract: A digital positioning system for a joystick. The system uses a potentiometer having one input coupled to a constant supply voltage and a second input coupled to a joystick game port for generating a variable resistance representative of a current position of the joystick. A constant current source is coupled to the joystick game port for generating a current for converting the variable resistance representative of the current position of the joystick to a voltage level representative of the current position of the joystick. An analog-to-digital (A/D) converter circuit is coupled to the joystick game port and is used to convert the voltage level representative of the current position of the joystick to a digital representation of the current position of the joystick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: VLSI Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Elie G. Khoury