Patents Examined by John A. Tweel
  • Patent number: 10895873
    Abstract: An auto-diagnosis system is provided. The auto-diagnosis system executes a volume of machine health monitoring of machine parts by an analysis of measurements of the machine parts to detect defects as early as possible. The auto-diagnosis system includes a sensor in communication with the machine parts, a processor, and memory storing software for an auto-diagnosis alarm handling of the machine parts. The software is executable by the processor to cause the auto-diagnosis system to set alarm levels for each measurement point of the machine parts based on a mean of a group of condition indicator values and a predetermined number of standard deviations above the mean, detect an alarm with respect to the measurements of the machine parts and the alarms levels, automatically adjust an alarm level corresponding to the alarm, and automatically adjust the alarm level to a new state based on the measurements respective to the alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget SKF
    Inventor: Per-Erik Larsson
  • Patent number: 10891865
    Abstract: The present invention is configured such that a control device for a lane departure warning device that outputs a warning on the basis of the position relationship of a vehicle and a lane boundary line is equipped with a detection unit for detecting a switch of the main brake from on to off, and a warning control unit for preventing a warning from being issued when the detection unit has detected said switch. The present invention thereby provides a control device for a lane departure warning device that is capable of reducing warnings which could be an annoyance to drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Isuzu Motors Limited
    Inventors: Naoki Takahashi, Masaichi Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10885280
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product are provided. At least some received event candidate information concerning a possible event is stored as an event candidate in a database. A dialogue is generated with an occupant of a vehicle located in a vicinity of the possible event to obtain and store information to resolve any insufficiency or ambiguity regarding the event candidate in the database. When the information stored in the database regarding the event candidate is determined to be sufficient and unambiguous the event candidate is made into an event in the database. The event is reported to at least one vehicle approaching a location corresponding to the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kenichi Takasaki, Shoichiro Watanabe, Sanehiro Furuichi, Yasutaka Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10870336
    Abstract: A vehicular window assembly includes a glass window panel and a display device. The display device includes a display element at the glass window panel and an electrical connector that extends from the display element for electrical connection to a wire harness of a vehicle. The display device is operable to backlight or illuminate at least one icon or alphanumeric character so that the at least one icon or alphanumeric character is viewable at the glass window panel by a person exterior the vehicle. With the window assembly mounted at a vehicle, the display device may be activated to backlight or illuminate the at least one icon or alphanumeric character to indicate at least one vehicle status, and may include indication responsive at least in part to determination that an in-cabin temperature of the vehicle is above a threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Darin J. Snider
  • Patent number: 10865069
    Abstract: Disclosed is an elevator system having an elevator including a controller, wherein the controller is configured to communicate over a plurality of networks with a plurality of devices, the plurality of networks including a first network and a second network and the plurality of devices including a first device and a second device, the first device being within or proximate the elevator, wherein the plurality of devices are configured to communicate over a third network, and wherein, while the plurality of devices are communicating over the third network, the controller selectively effects a communications bridge over the plurality of networks between the plurality of devices and supersedes the communication over the third network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Guru Charan Kottur, Tejas Arunrao Dhumal, Aditya Swami
  • Patent number: 10867487
    Abstract: A method is presented for alerting persons of an emergency situation in a public space having an emergency colored-lighting alarm system. In response to a user actuating an alarm panel to indicate a type of emergency, the colored-lighting alarm system displays a color-coded lighting message corresponding to the emergency type. The color-coded message can include repeatedly or alternatingly emitting a colored light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Scott Eddins, Kenneth Glover
  • Patent number: 10858053
    Abstract: A smart trailer system coupled to a trailer of a vehicle includes a sensor configured to measure a parameter of the trailer, a sensor interface board electrically coupled to the sensor and configured to retrieve the measured parameter, and a master controller communicatively coupled to the sensor interface board via a data bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Phillips Connect Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Adam Bean, Timothy Ronald Jackson, Douglas Chambers, Ruben Chicas, Robert Alexander Phillips, Thomas Begin
  • Patent number: 10857952
    Abstract: A detection apparatus that includes a detection unit configured to detect a peripheral environment of a vehicle and a bracket configured to attach the detection unit to a vehicle body, wherein in a state in which the bracket is attached to the vehicle body with the detection unit, the detection unit includes, on a lower end portion, a connector portion configured to be able to output a detection signal indicating the peripheral environment, and the bracket includes a pair of supporting portions configured to support the detection unit from the lower side on both sides of the connector portion and a bridge portion arranged astride the pair of supporting portions so as not to interfere with the connector portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shingo Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10861050
    Abstract: Provided is an improved beacon, associated system, and methods of using the same. In particular, provided is an improved beacon that upon actuation, is modified from an idle state to a non-idle state, where the beacon transmits advertisement packets. Once the advertisement packets are received and/or acted upon, the beacon is modified from non-idle state to idle state. Accordingly, the beacon efficiently provides access to or monitoring of remote locations and, thus, has reduced maintenance costs and an increased lifetime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Todeschini, Melissa Rentz
  • Patent number: 10854074
    Abstract: A feature-rich, improved vehicle traffic signal control system that uses network technology is provided herein. For example, the improved vehicle traffic signal control system may include a control box and light heads that include processors. The control box in the improved vehicle traffic signal control system may include fewer components and/or fewer wires extending therefrom as compared to a typical control box. In particular, the control box in the improved vehicle traffic signal control system may not include relays, a conflict monitor, or other similar components. Rather, the improved control box may simply include a controller that is coupled to various light heads via Ethernet cables. The Ethernet cables can carry electrical power, thereby providing power to the light heads. The light head processors can use network technology to control light activation, to perform conflict monitoring, to receive data from various sensors to adjust traffic flow, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Systems Analysis & Integration, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Anthony Pomatto
  • Patent number: 10842129
    Abstract: A system and a method for locating an animal in area no matter what type of communications that are present where the animal is located utilizing a smart collar. The smart collar communicates via different type of signals and a system and method are used to operate the smart collar in the most efficient mode in order to prolong the operating life of smart collar battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: WAGZ, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Anderton, Samuel Stoddard
  • Patent number: 10847014
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and techniques for detecting the recording activity of a sensor are described. A monitoring system includes a sensor that is configured to generate sensor data, as well as a failsafe circuit that is configured to monitor an electronic signal of the sensor and determine that the sensor is recording. The system can further include a control unit that receives indication from the failsafe circuit that the sensor is recording and, based on determining that the control unit did not request the sensor to record or that the control unit is not aware that the sensor is recording, the system outputs a signal, e.g. to an indicator light, indicating that the sensor is recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: David James Hutz, Robert Leon Lutes, Jean-Paul Martin
  • Patent number: 10836256
    Abstract: A location of a first wearable device is determined based on a first biometric signature. Operation of a touchscreen display is restricted if the location of the first wearable device is in an operator's side of a vehicle cabin and the first wearable device is within a first distance from the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey Allen Greenberg, Brad Alan Ignaczak, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Adil Nizam Siddiqui, Patrick Kevin Holub
  • Patent number: 10839621
    Abstract: The disclosure includes embodiments for detecting an unexpected behavior of an ego vehicle based on driving pattern comparison. In some embodiments, a method includes executing a first simulation using a first digital twin that represents a current condition of the ego vehicle in a real-world to generate a first result. The method includes executing a second simulation using a second digital twin that represents a historical condition of the ego vehicle in the real-world to generate a second result. The method includes comparing the first result to the second result to determine that the ego vehicle in the current condition behaves in the first simulation in an unexpected manner when compared to how the ego vehicle in the historical condition behaves in the second simulation. The method includes causing the ego vehicle to provide a notification in the real-world describing the unexpected manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Prashant Tiwari
  • Patent number: 10839691
    Abstract: A driving assistance apparatus includes a memory and a processor having hardware. The processor is configured to acquire behavior prediction information of a moving object within a predetermined range centered on a subject vehicle to which driving assistance is applied, predict behavior content of the moving object within the predetermined range based on the acquired behavior prediction information of the moving object, and output a notification of an alert level corresponding to the predicted behavior content of the moving object at an edge of a windshield corresponding to a side on which the moving object, the behavior content of which has been predicted, exists, with respect to the position of a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Chihiro Inaba, Chikage Kubo, Keiko Nakano, Kazunari Nawa, Hisakazu Hada, Emi Seki
  • Patent number: 10832534
    Abstract: A doorbell customization assembly includes a doorbell mount mountable on a wall of a building. A switch is coupled to the doorbell mount and the switch is electrically coupled to a doorbell for ringing the doorbell. A receiver is coupled to the doorbell mount, the receiver surrounds the switch and the receiver has a plurality of keyways therein. A disk engages each of the keyways in the receiver such that the disk is removably coupled to the receiver. The disk turns the switch on when the disk is depressed to ring the doorbell. Logo indicia are printed on the disk to enhance the ornamental appeal of the doorbell on the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Rahsaan Currie
  • Patent number: 10825309
    Abstract: Disclosed is a theft sensing system for sensing a theft of a fusion splicer by using an information terminal. The system includes a wireless communication unit that enables the fusion splicer to perform wireless communication with the information terminal, an authentication processing unit that performs an authentication process such that the fusion splicer and the information terminal are wirelessly connected to each other, an acquisition unit that acquires wireless situation data between the fusion splicer and the information terminal which are wirelessly connected to each other, a decision unit that decides whether the fusion splicer moves in a direction away from the information terminal based on a change in the wireless situation data acquired by the acquisition unit, and a notification unit that performs a predetermined notification process in the information terminal when the decision unit decides that the fusion splicer moves in the direction away from the information terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SEI OPTIFRONTIER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Ooki, Makoto Miyamori
  • Patent number: 10818161
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for assisting with the commissioning and/or maintenance of a fire alarm and/or extinguishing control center (12) comprising a central control unit (30), a plurality of functional modules (14a-14g) and at least one data interface (36). A display unit (40) is connected to the central control unit (30) by means of the data interface (36), and an information mode which can be activated and deactivated is respectively assigned to each of the functional modules (14a-14g). Information is respectively stored for each of the functional modules (14a-14g), wherein, by activating the information mode of a functional module (14a-14g), the stored information relating to that functional module (14a-14g) whose information mode has been activated is displayed using the display unit (40) or tablet computer (44). The invention also relates to a system for carrying out the method and to a functional module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Minimax GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Detlef Mandelkau
  • Patent number: 10799178
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided for a virtual burrow assay for a diversity of neurological and psychiatric disorders. For example, a virtual burrow array device including a virtual, burrow, a linear actuator and one or more sensors is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
    Inventors: Carl E. Schoonover, Andrew J. P. Fink, Richard Axel
  • Patent number: 10800588
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for the secure transport of material are provided. A transported material may be a biological material, such as a biological sample. Material is only transferred to a courier having a unique, single-use authorization code. Authorization codes are provided to a courier only upon arrival at a proper location and at a designated time. Courier identification or code confirmation or authorization may also be required. Identification or other confirmation regarding a custodian, material to be transferred, or both, may be required. Courier images, custodian images, or both, may be required. An authorization code may include a bar code, a number, a letter, or other symbol or code. An authorization code, an image, route information, and other information may be communicated by cell-phone, WiFi, Bluetooth, or other link. Transport containers with temperature sensors and communication links, and storage containers with light sensors, memory, and communication links are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Labrador Diagnostics LLC
    Inventor: Sunny Balwani