Patents Examined by John A. Tweel
  • Patent number: 10575501
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for monitoring the reproductive activity of animals where a male mounts a female in order to mate, this system can determine the following information each time a male mounts a female, namely: whether or not the male has ejaculated, the date and time of ejaculation, and the identification of the female mounted. The system comprises an electronic sensor device placed on male animals, a radio-frequency identification tag placed on female animals, a system for preventing multiple or erroneous readings, and an electronic hand-held device for collecting information and configuring devices. The invention also includes a communication system and a central system that manages and concentrates all of the information, allowing the user to access said information in an organised, centralised and systematic manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Pablo Castro Lisboa, Julián Oreggioni Gamou, Emilio Machado Zubelzu
  • Patent number: 10580291
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to using audible cues to guide a passenger to a vehicle having an autonomous driving mode. For instance, one or more processors of the vehicle may receive, from a server computing device, instructions to pick up the passenger at a pickup location. The one or more processors may maneuver the vehicle towards the pickup location in the autonomous driving mode. The one or more processors may receive a signal indicating that the passenger requests assistance locating the vehicle. The one or more processors may use the signal to generate the audible cues. The audible cues may be played by the one or more processors through a speaker of the vehicle in order to guide the passenger towards the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Juliet Rothenberg, Kiran Kaja
  • Patent number: 10576318
    Abstract: A flow switch for a firefighting system is disclosed, providing high reliability and low fluid flow resistance impact. The switch utilizes pressure drop across a valve, which is commonly already required in the firefighting system. Optionally pressure drop across a check valve is utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Victaulic Company
    Inventors: Yoram Ringer, Thomas Edwin Archibald, Brian Dean Spicer
  • Patent number: 10575151
    Abstract: On-board equipment in a motor vehicle includes a C-V2X communication device receiving a first signal from road side equipment having a known position. The C-V2X communication device transmits a second signal having content that is dependent upon a length of time in which the first signal traveled from the road side equipment to the C-V2X communication device. A GPS device is communicatively coupled to the C-V2X communication device and receives the second signal from the C-V2X communication device. The GPS device estimates a position of the vehicle. The estimating is dependent upon the second signal from the C-V2X communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Sameh William Tawadrous, Hans A. Troemel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10573148
    Abstract: A safety device for securing an electrical socket against contact by a person's finger, comprising a housing having a front face, a rear face, a touch sensor adapted to detect a touch event corresponding to contact between the finger and the front face, and an electrical plug adapted to be inserted into the electrical socket while the housing prevents the person from accessing the electrical socket. The safety device further has a simulated electrical socket on the front face which is non-conductive and visually resembles the electrical socket, as well as a warning light, a sound emitter, and a vibration motor for warning the person upon detecting the touch event, so that the person associates the warning with the visual appearance of the electrical socket and is deterred from contact therewith. The safety device is further adapted to wirelessly transmit a touch alert warning to a remote user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Carlos Gomez
  • Patent number: 10573153
    Abstract: The dependent location-monitoring bracelet is a jewelry item. The dependent location-monitoring bracelet is configured for use with a client. The dependent location-monitoring bracelet is worn on the wrist of a client. The dependent location-monitoring bracelet is configured for use with an appropriate authority. The dependent location-monitoring bracelet is biometrically attached to the client such that the dependent location-monitoring bracelet can only be removed from the client by the appropriate authority. The dependent location-monitoring bracelet comprises the jewelry item and an alarm circuit. The jewelry item contains the alarm circuit. The alarm circuit communicates the location of the client using SMS messages transmitted over a wireless communication link and through a commercially provided and publicly available cellular wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Michelle Woodward, Aaron Woodward
  • Patent number: 10573184
    Abstract: An approach for notifying a passenger of a route deviation during travel. The approach includes calculating a passenger route deviation from a predicted travel route and comparing the passenger route deviation to a predefined threshold route deviation. The approach further includes providing the passenger a notification of a route deviation if the deviation exceeds a predefined route deviation threshold. In addition, the approach determines if the passenger acknowledged the route deviation notification within a predetermined time period and if the passenger fails to acknowledge the notification, then provides the notification to one or more third parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Internatioinal Business Machines Corpoation
    Inventors: Sushain Pandit, Shikhar Kwatra, Vittorio Castelli, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10565836
    Abstract: Systems and methods for delivering alerts, notifications and messages, to and, if configured, responses from one to many users wearing technology designed for single and/or multiple media types, utilizing one to many non-primary communication pathways enabled are contemplated in which (a) a primary communication channel pathway, (b) a primary or non-primary control channel(s) is established, by wireless receiver and/or wired connection to a group of users, that (b) then allows an activation method type to provide an alert/notification/message method to one-to-many persons (i.e., users) and/or, one-to-many devices in an addressable manner that establishes a non-primary communication channel path that is parallel and unknown to the primary communication channel path. The overall method consists of a router function and media delivery routing technology) that are actively listening on a primary communication/control pathway or a non-primary control channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Darryl Dwight Brayton
  • Patent number: 10562477
    Abstract: The present invention provides an optical sensor supporting structure for a saddled vehicle capable of accurately detecting a front of the vehicle by an optical sensor without affecting usability of accessories at a front portion of the vehicle. The optical sensor supporting structure for a saddled vehicle includes left and right cameras which are configured to detect an object in front of the vehicle, and a support stay which is fixed to a head pipe of a vehicle body frame and supports accessories at the front of the vehicle on the head pipe, wherein the left and right cameras are supported by the support stay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Oliver Fuchs, Joerg Deigmoeller, Herbert Janssen
  • Patent number: 10556539
    Abstract: A tailgate indicator light device comprises a sensor mounted adjacent an existing tailgate bolt configured to communicate wirelessly with an alert module. The alert module is capable of being mounted to a vehicle dashboard and comprises a plurality of illumination means. The sensor and module may be powered by the electrical system of the vehicle or a rechargeable battery. A USB port is disposed within the housing of the alert module. The device is configured to visually communicate to a user the open or closed status of the tailgate of a vehicle into which the device is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Trevor G. Brown
  • Patent number: 10560667
    Abstract: A device and method for detection of an event in a monitoring area. The detection device includes a camera interface for transferring at least one image of the monitoring area, an image analysis unit configured to determine event specifications for at least any one position in the monitoring area, an alarm unit configured to define an alarm based on a comparison of alarm specifications with the event specifications, a storage unit configured to store the event specifications for the at least any one position, a calculation unit configured to determine at least one false event area based on the event specifications and the alarm specifications, and a masking unit configured to automatically modify the alarm specifications within the at least one false event area, exclude the false event area from the determination of event specifications by the image analysis unit, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Anton Stadler, Julia Ebling, Soeren Wittmann
  • Patent number: 10549866
    Abstract: An aircraft may include a first pair of forward-facing flash position lamps disposed at a first wing tip, the first pair of flash position lamps comprising a first flash position lamp and a second flash position lamp, a second pair of forward-facing flash position lamps disposed at a second wing tip, the second pair of flash position lamps comprising a third flash position lamp and a fourth flash position lamp, and a controller in electronic communication with the first pair of flash position lamps, wherein at least one of the first flash position lamp and the second flash position lamp are configured to flash, while maintaining a combined intensity of the first pair of forward-facing flash position lamps above a desired intensity, to indicate a change in direction of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Philippe Lapujade, Andre Hessling von Heimendahl
  • Patent number: 10538371
    Abstract: A container security system includes a container chassis and a closure subsystem coupled to the container chassis. The closure subsystem includes a closure chassis that prevents movement of a material between a container volume and an exterior of the container chassis via an aperture defined by the container chassis. The closure subsystem includes a closure security sensor that generates a closure sensor signal when the closure chassis experiences a tamper event. A first type communication interface is housed in the closure chassis and a security engine provided by the closure subsystem receives a sensor signal indicating that the closure chassis has experienced the tamper event. The security engine then provides, in response to receiving the sensor signal and using the first type communication interface, a notification to a corresponding first type communication interface that the closure chassis has experienced the tamper event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: In-Tech Enterprise Ltd.
    Inventors: Jacky Sai Ping Tsang, Cheuk Kuen Chim, Gordon Christopher Pope, Wing Hung Cheung
  • Patent number: 10539713
    Abstract: A remote location monitoring system, for example, a home monitoring or weather monitoring system may include one or more sensors and/or receivers at a first location such as a residence or business to be monitored. The sensors and receivers may communicate with a remote central server via a gateway device and the detection data received from the sensors and receivers may be displayed via display circuitry coupled to a processor of the gateway device. The sensors, receivers, and gateway device may be controlled by users locally or remotely via the server. Users may register to receive remote notifications of weather events and other home monitoring events. Users may also access remotely sensors and receivers to configure alerts, notifications, and automatic responses for the devices and integrated appliances at the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: La Crosse Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Rolf Haupt, Allan McCormick
  • Patent number: 10532750
    Abstract: A method for wrong-way driver detection. The method includes a step of reading in position data via an interface, the position data representing a measured position of a vehicle, a step of reading in map data, which map a set of road elements of a road network negotiable by the vehicle, a step of determining a plurality of particles using the map data, one particle representing an assumed position of the vehicle and a weighting assigned to the assumed position, and a step of determining at least one road element from the set of road elements which is plausible with respect to a negotiation by the vehicle based on the plurality of particles, using a particle filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Simon Geisler
  • Patent number: 10534360
    Abstract: An occurrence of a predetermined event is detected or predicted within a stream of data and a classification for the event is determined. A message is sent to an application when the predetermined event is detected or predicted. The message is received at the application and the message is visualized to a user of the application. The stream of data from the industrial machine to the transceiver circuit, to the control circuit, and to the application occurs in real-time without substantial interruption allowing the user of the application to make decisions and determine insights concerning the industrial machine in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Veera Kishore Reddipalli, Vamshi Gandrapu
  • Patent number: 10535246
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, sewer alarm devices and apparatus are provided for detecting the presence of liquid within a pipe. In some embodiments, the devices and apparatus include a housing including a top portion and a bottom portion, and a probe housing, extending from the bottom portion of the housing to a bottom surface area of the probe housing and sized to fit within an interior of a wye connector, the wye connector having an interior extending into an interior of the pipe. At least a first probe is disposed within the probe housing and exposed to an area between the bottom surface area of the probe housing and the interior of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: FIREFLY SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Tristram C. Dunn
  • Patent number: 10533852
    Abstract: A leveling sensor, a load port including a leveling sensor, and a method of leveling a load port using a load port are disclosed. In an embodiment, a sensor includes an accelerometer configured to detect leveling and vibration of a load port and produce a plurality of data; a plurality of indicator lights configured to display a level measurement and a level direction based on the leveling of the load port; a processor configured to process the data produced by the accelerometer; and a wired connection configured to connect the processor to an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi-Lin Wang, Jung-Tang Wu, Chin-Szu Lee, Hua-Sheng Chiu
  • Patent number: 10529210
    Abstract: A personal safety device is provided. The device is a wearable device. The device includes a voice recording mechanism and an information download mechanism. The device may also include a voice comparison mechanism, an alert mechanism, a photodetector, a camera and/or a scanner. Method of enabling and using the device is also provided. The device may be used as a personal safety device and as a personnel monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Vijayakumar Rudrappa Dhuler
  • Patent number: 10529207
    Abstract: An electronic article surveillance apparatus for monitoring boxes and other items comprises a base, an electronics housing, and an elastic band. The base has posts and spring loaded pins proximal to the posts. The elastic band has two ends and an aperture at each end. The electronics housing has apertures that align with the spring loaded pins and that give access to switches within the housing. When the base is installed on an item and the elastic band is wrapped around the item with its apertures over the posts, the band restrains the spring loaded pins. When the housing is installed on the base, the band keeps the pins from actuating the switches. If the band has its tension relaxed, by tampering for example, the band ceases to restrain the pins which then actuate the switches. The electronics monitor the switches for tampering and can signal alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Xiao Hui Yang