Patents Examined by John A. Tweel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11508224
    Abstract: A security system architecture and method of operation that combines a local security network with control panel and sensors, a central monitoring station (CMS), and a separate operator computer server that provides a web portal for both the homeowner and CMS, that maintains a persistent connection between the control panel and CMS allowing failsafe dual-path signaling. This dual-path signaling technique is extended to provide an effective “smash and grab alarm”, and various approaches to dual-path signal management are disclosed including handshaking, persistent domain monitoring, relayed Operator 3-to-CMS signaling, etc. Improved processes for remotely accessing video are also disclosed along with an improved process for remote control panel configuration, and control panel interfacing with home automation appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Securenet Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Stuart Wilson, Andrew Wilson
  • Patent number: 11506779
    Abstract: An outside sensor unit includes an outside sensor, a main bracket, a support bracket, a rotation device, and a position adjustment device. The outside sensor detects the outside of a vehicle. The main bracket is attached to a vehicle body. The support bracket supports the outside sensor and is attached to the main bracket. The rotation device has a rotation axis line which is substantially parallel to a roll axis of the vehicle and connects the support bracket and the main bracket together rotatably around the rotation axis line. The position adjustment device is capable of adjusting the relative rotation position between the support bracket and the main bracket around the rotation axis line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Fujita, Takato Watanabe, Yoshitaka Katashima
  • Patent number: 11504560
    Abstract: An electric outlet fire detection and prevention system may comprise a temperature sensor and an electromagnetic interference (EMI) sensor. A processor within the system may monitor the measurements of the temperature and EMI sensors to determine that a fire has developed in an electric outlet box. The processor may then actuate a triggering mechanism in a cartridge containing fire extinguishing material such that the fire extinguishing material is dispersed in the outlet box. The fire extinguishing material may extinguish a developing fire and prevent the fire from spreading further. The processor may also be coupled with a server, which is configured to analyze measurements of the temperature and the EMI sensors and generate a building profile. When the server determines that any measurements deviate from the building profile, the server may instruct the processor to actuate the triggering mechanism and/or notify an electronic device associated with the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Eric Schroeder, Manfred Amann, Jess Gingrich
  • Patent number: 11500469
    Abstract: An integrated haptic system may include a digital signal processor and an amplifier communicatively coupled to the digital signal processor and integrated with the digital signal processor into the integrated haptic system. The digital signal processor may be configured to receive a force sensor signal indicative of a force applied to a force sensor and generate a haptic playback signal responsive to the force. The amplifier may be configured to amplify the haptic playback signal and drive a vibrational actuator communicatively coupled to the amplifier with the haptic playback signal as amplified by the amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Harsha Rao, Rong Hu, Carl Lennart Ståhl, Jie Su, Vadim Konradi, Teemu Ramo, Anthony Stephen Doy
  • Patent number: 11494813
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an information processing device includes a processing circuit having programmed instructions to: determine a cart location of a shopping cart that is moved by a customer and used for transportation of a merchandise purchased by the customer; and provide a notification for promoting a return of the shopping cart to a return area for returning the shopping cart in response to a determination that (i) the shopping cart is located in a place outside of the return area and (ii) a stay time of the shopping cart at the place outside the return area exceeds a threshold length of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Naoya Misawa
  • Patent number: 11495107
    Abstract: Example techniques of this disclosure are directed determining one or more values that represent a monitoring attribute for one or more body-worn tracking devices (BWTDs). In some instances, the techniques include determining a compliance metric that represents a level of compliance for at least one offender. That is, the compliance metric may be a quantitative value that represents whether a user wearing BWTD is complying with established rules or desired behaviors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: ATTENTI ELECTRONIC MONITORING LTD
    Inventors: Jonathan Dale Gandrud, Nicholas Andrew Asendorf, Deepti Pachauri, Gautam Singh, Guruprasad Somasundaram, Jennifer Frances Schumacher, Nitsan Ben-Gal Nguyen, Robert W. Shannon, Saber Taghvaeeyan, Arash Sangari, Himanshu Nayar, Mojtaba Kadkhodaie Elyaderani, James Bevan Snyder, James William Howard, David Solomon Segal
  • Patent number: 11486725
    Abstract: A method for providing guided navigation for personal transport devices is described. In one embodiment, the method includes providing a list of predetermined destinations associated with a geographic area, projecting directions to one or more of the destinations on a ground surface located in front of a personal transport device, and providing an option to a user of the personal transport device to select between at least two different destinations. A direction associated with each destination of the at least two destinations may be projected on the ground surface located in front of the personal transport device. The method also includes receiving an input from the user indicating a selection of one of the at least two different destinations and projecting directions to the selected destination on the ground surface located in front of the personal transport device to guide the user to the selected destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: David Cun, Matthew Staal, Peter Wendt
  • Patent number: 11482093
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for automatically determining compliant operation of a power supply panel integrated in a fire alarm system, the method including the steps of receiving a first input in a first selectable field relating to a manufacturer type of the fire alarm system; receiving a second input in a second selectable field relating to a circuit class associated with circuits of the fire alarm system; receiving a third input in a third selectable field relating to an end-of-line resistor size; receiving one or more additional inputs relating to at least one of the power supply panel or the fire alarm system; and performing one or more calculations based on the first, second, and third inputs and the one or more additional inputs to generate outputs for determining compliant operation of the power supply panel integrated in the fire alarm system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: GREAT SOUTHWESTERN FIRE & SAFETY, INC.
    Inventor: Eugene R. Reichert, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11482311
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and computing system for automating a monitoring process is executed on a computing device and includes obtaining encounter information of a patient encounter. The encounter information is processed to determine if the encounter information is indicative of a potential medical situation. An inquiry is initiated concerning the potential medical situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Donald E. Owen, Garret N. Erskine, Mehmet Mert Öz
  • Patent number: 11477973
    Abstract: A pest control and/or detection system generally includes an electrically conductive bait matrix including at least one carrier material that is at least one of palatable, a phagostimulant and/or consumable and/or displaceable by pests, and a plurality of electrically conductive particles. The electrically conductive particles are substantially randomly interspersed throughout the at least one carrier material. The at least one carrier material includes a thermoplastic material and/or a resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: BASF CORPORATION
    Inventors: James H. Cink, Greggory K. Storey, Kyle K. Jordan, James W. Austin, Charles E. Evanhoe, Bart Ivy, Daniel W. Engels, Daniel Freeman, Kenneth Lauffenburger, Thomas Dills, Kenneth S. Brown, Cheryl Leichter
  • Patent number: 11479312
    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 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Phillips Connect Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Bean, Timothy Ronald Jackson, Douglas Chambers, Ruben Chicas, Robert Alexander Phillips, Thomas Begin
  • Patent number: 11475758
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for monitoring control panels of a fire control system is described herein. In some examples, one or more embodiments include a computing device comprising a memory, a processor configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to receive, via a gateway device, data from a plurality of fire control panels of a fire control system, and detect an event associated with one of the fire control panels based on the received data, and a user interface configured to display information associated with the detected event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Deepika Sahai, Simon Foulkes, Karthik Kumar Davanam, Amit Jain, Rajesh Babu Nalukurthy
  • Patent number: 11475773
    Abstract: The driver of a vehicle is alerted to occurrence of various pre-dangerous states. There is provided an information processing apparatus including a storage unit that stores information obtained by a traveling simulation of a vehicle in a virtual environment and indicating a pre-dangerous state before the vehicle is set in a dangerous state, a first acquirer that acquires actual information during traveling of the vehicle, and an alert controller that provides an alert of occurrence of the pre-dangerous state based on the actual information acquired by the first acquirer and the information indicating the pre-dangerous state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Nakayamada
  • Patent number: 11475750
    Abstract: An alert system for alerting a user in a virtual reality environment is provided. The virtual reality environment has a corresponding physical environment that is monitored by a detector of a fire alarm system through an alarm panel, and the virtual reality environment is provided to one or more user virtual reality devices by a central server. The alert system includes a processor in communication with the alarm panel of the fire alarm system and the central server of the virtual reality system and a memory. The processor continuously monitors the alarm panel of the fire alarm system, receives a signal from the alarm panel when an alarm of the detector has been triggered, and disconnects the one or more user virtual reality devices from the central server upon receipt of the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: MassVR, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Lai, Steven Daniels
  • Patent number: 11477622
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to monitoring sound in and around a vehicle to predict unsafe driving events, and using the sound information to detect and reduce unsafe driving conditions. A computing device receives information indicative of a sound in or near a vehicle. The sound information may be received via the vehicle itself or via a device. The computing device then determines whether there is an indication of an unwanted driving event. The computing device also receives vehicle operation data extracted from one or more vehicle sensors. The computing device then determines whether there is an indication of unsafe driving conditions, and if there is, the computing device may output a notice or alert via a notification system to alert the driver or, in certain embodiments, other parties via social media, text message, chat programs, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Andre Rene Buentello, Mark Anthony Lopez, Gregory Brian Meyer, Ashley Raine Philbrick, Garrett Rielly Rapport, Jose L. Romero, Jr., Michael Jay Szentes
  • Patent number: 11468751
    Abstract: A gunshot detection system takes advantage of existing fire alarm system infrastructure by tapping a fire alarm communication network for a fire alarm system. Gunshot sensor units and/or a gunshot detection control panel receive power from the fire alarm communication network via tap units and/or tap wires, which provide electrical connectivity between the fire alarm communication network and the devices of the gunshot detection system. At the same time, the gunshot detection devices communicate via wireless links to an ancillary high-speed network. The gunshot sensor units can communicate with the fire alarm control panel via the fire alarm communication network. Even more comprehensive integration with the fire alarm system involves a hybrid gunshot detection and fire alarm control panel for controlling devices of both the gunshot detection system and the fire alarm system. Hybrid gunshot sensor units include fire detection elements such as smoke sensors and/or fire notification elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Tyco IP Holdings LLP
    Inventors: Thomas Wysong Connell, II, Alan Levin, III, Michael A. Furtado
  • Patent number: 11468762
    Abstract: A facility alert system is provided. The system includes a plurality of remote units, wherein each unit includes a housing having a plurality of controls thereon. Each of the plurality of remote units is in wireless communication with each other via a wireless transceiver disposed within the housing. Each of the plurality of controls illuminates a corresponding indicator light disposed on each housing of the plurality of remote units when actuated. Upon actuation of one of the plurality of controls, an alert signal is transmitted to emergency services via the wireless transceiver. In some embodiments, a vibration motor is disposed within each housing, whereupon actuation of one of the plurality of controls, each vibration motor activates to vibrate each housing in a pattern corresponding to each control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventor: Joseph Skowron
  • Patent number: 11457875
    Abstract: An event prediction system according to an aspect includes an acquisition unit and a symptom detection unit. The acquisition unit acquires body movement data about a subject's body movement from a measuring device that outputs the body movement data. The symptom detection unit makes, based on a subset, acquired during a past reference period, of the body movement data, a decision about whether or not there are any symptoms of an onset of a particular event related to the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Masaru Yamaoka, Toshiaki Tanaka, Kenji Masuda, Atsushi Takahashi, Hidehiko Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 11462092
    Abstract: A safety system for preventing child abandonment in a motor vehicle is provided. The safety system includes a device installable on a child safety seat, a safety belt, or a seat belt shoulder strap. The device includes a presence sensor configured to detect child safety seat occupancy, and a radio transmitter configured to emit a radio signal within a predefined transmission range and functionally connected to the presence sensor to receive a child safety seat occupancy signal and insert presence information into the radio signal. The safety system includes warning signal receiving devices configured to detect the radio signal within the predefined transmission range and extract presence information from the radio signal, and warning emission means. The presence sensor is a capacitive sensor. Each warning signal receiving device is configured to trigger the warning emission means after initially extracting presence information and subsequently detecting an interruption of the radio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: FILO S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giorgio Sadolfo, Davide Guglielmo, Gianluca Granero, Vincenzo Roselli
  • Patent number: 11462088
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to an anti-theft device. Some embodiments comprise a cover seat which is provided with an acoustomagnetic coil and a circuit board and formed with a guide slot, an arm hook which is a curved hook and has a long arm movably inserted into the guide slot, a plug which is mounted on the cover seat and used to lock the arm hook in a moving state, and a cable which is mounted at one end of the cover seat, penetrates through a YETI® vacuum cup and is electrically connected to the circuit board, wherein a monitoring assembly for protecting the tag against damage is mounted on the tag and comprises a Hall® switch arranged on the circuit board and magnetic steel arranged on a short arm of the arm hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Industrial Security Solutions, Corp.
    Inventors: David Michael Sandoval, Mingjun Hu