Patents Examined by John H Le
  • Patent number: 9995816
    Abstract: The invention introduces a method for indoor positioning, executed by a processing unit of a first reference node, which contains at least the following steps. Broadcast signals of second reference nodes are listened. Signal measurements of the broadcast signals are obtained. Identification information is obtained from broadcast messages sent by the second reference nodes. A distance associated with each identification information is obtained. A MLM (Machine Learning Model) is updated according to the signal measurements and the distances, where the MLM describes a linear function between signal measurements and distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Wistron Corp.
    Inventor: Chih-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 9995573
    Abstract: The present application discloses a probe placement module for placing probes on a virtual object depicted in an image. The probe placement module is configured to place probes on interest points of an image so that the probes can accurately represent a pattern depicted in the image. The probe placement module can be configured to place the probes so that the probes can extract balanced information on all degrees of freedom associated with the pattern's movement, which improves the accuracy of the model generated from the probes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventors: Simon Barker, David J. Michael, William M. Silver
  • Patent number: 9983041
    Abstract: Described are apparatus and methods that automatically generate recommendations to growers. Using various different sets of data relative to a predetermined tract of agricultural land, typically including both imagery as well as electrical usage, they are processed together to make informed decisions regarding the state of the land, particularly with respect to water usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: POWWOW ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Olivier Jerphagnon, Jim Klingshirn
  • Patent number: 9983242
    Abstract: A wireless mesh network is configured to manage a power grid. Each node within the wireless mesh network is configured to detect and classify voltage fluctuations in power supplied by an upstream transformer coupled to the power grid. When a given node detects a particular type of fluctuation (i.e., an “event”), the node generates a timestamped event classification that reflects the type of event and a time when the event occurred. A server configured to manage the wireless mesh network receives timestamped event classifications from each node within the wireless mesh network and then performs a time correlation with the received timestamped event classifications to determine which nodes detected similar events. When two or more nodes detected the same event at similar times, the server determines that those nodes are coupled to the same transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: ITRON NETWORKED SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: George H. Flammer, III
  • Patent number: 9974908
    Abstract: There is provided a fall detector for detecting falls of a user or an object to which the fall detector is attached, characterized in that the fall detector comprises an air flow sensor for providing measurements indicative of vertical velocity and/or changes in altitude of the fall detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Heribert Baldus, Jacob Roger Haartsen, Stephan Schlumbohm, Ronald Dekker
  • Patent number: 9977521
    Abstract: A method for controlling an electronic device and an associated apparatus are provided, where the electronic device includes a proximity sensor for performing proximity detection, and the method includes the steps of: determining whether a first condition is satisfied according to an application status; performing a proximity sensor threshold adjustment operation corresponding to the first condition when the first condition is satisfied, to obtain an adjusted proximity sensor threshold for the proximity sensor; and performing proximity detection by utilizing the proximity sensor according to the adjusted proximity sensor threshold. The step of determining whether the first condition is satisfied according to the application status may further include: when a specific application is running in the foreground or launched, determining that the first condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Ssu-Po Chin, Abhishek Saxena, Sheng-Yang Pan
  • Patent number: 9959393
    Abstract: Testing tamper protection of a field device includes arrangement of at least one test element in the material of a housing of the field device. The test element is supplied with a first test signal, and the first test signal is measured for determining a physical fingerprint. The physical fingerprint is measured, and the test element is supplied with a second test signal. The second test signal is measured, and the second test signal is compared with the physical fingerprint. If the second test signal deviates from the physical fingerprint, a tamper signal is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Rainer Falk
  • Patent number: 9952178
    Abstract: A closed and open contact method to predict a usable life of vacuum interrupters in the field can include using computer instructions in the data storage to instruct the processor to position a calculated amp or calculated pressure on an ionic or current versus pressure calibration curve for the installed vacuum interrupter and identify trend data from a library of trend data corresponding to the installed vacuum interrupter and to the calculated pressure or calculated amp of the installed vacuum interrupter; thereby determining the anticipated life expectancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Finley Lee Ledbetter
  • Patent number: 9952236
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for monitoring a generative fabrication process in which a component is formed in an installation space from a multiplicity of layers by using a three-dimensional data model and a following layer is fixed to a preceding layer by means of a high-energy beam. The method comprises detecting the component at least optically and detecting the installation space thermally during layer application. Also disclosed is a device for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: MTU AERO ENGINES AG
    Inventors: Wilhelm Satzger, Siegfried Sikorski, Karl-Heinz Dusel, Wilhelm Meir, Bertram Kopperger, Josef Waermann, Andreas Jakimov, Manuel Hertter, Hans-Christian Melzer, Thomas Hess
  • Patent number: 9945228
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method for assessing risk associated with drilling a section of a wellbore in a formation using a drilling system, including the steps of: providing a probabilistic model for the risk of the drilling system triggering a failure mode during drilling; and assessing the risk of the drilling system triggering one of the failure modes during drilling of the section based on the probabilistic model. A further such method includes the steps of defining the critical control parameters for the drilling system; and identifying one or more failure modes of the drilling system associated with each critical control parameter which may arise during drilling the section of the formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Stefano Mancini
  • Patent number: 9945890
    Abstract: In a method for monitoring power, preset information that defines periods in which one or more preset electric devices are scheduled to operate is received, an amount of power available, which is an estimated amount of power available in the building in each period, is calculated, estimated power consumption, which is estimated power consumption in the building in each period, is calculated using power consumption information, to which power consumption of the electric devices to be preset is registered in advance, and the preset information, an alternative instruction with which the estimated power consumption becomes lower than or equal to the amount of power available is generated, and the alternative instruction is displayed on a terminal apparatus. And at least one of the receiving, the calculating the amount of power available, the calculating the estimated power consumption, the generating and the displaying is performed by a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Masayuki Kozuka, Motoji Ohmori, Takako Hirose
  • Patent number: 9945703
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to performing material balance analysis for tanks in a petroleum reservoir and to performing dual porosity material balance analysis. In one scenario, a computer system divides a reservoir into multiple tank blocks, where at least two tank blocks are adjacent. The adjacent tanks are connected at a tank block boundary so that materials are permitted to travel between the tank blocks. The computer system determines flow rate between adjacent tank blocks proportional to the difference in tank block pressures. Then, upon making this determination, the computer system determines material balance for at least some of the tank blocks in the reservoir through influx and efflux of material across the tank block boundary. The material balance includes a determined material balance for one of the adjacent tank blocks and a determined material balance for the other adjacent tank block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: QRI GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Sébastien François Matringe, David Castiñeira Areas, Amir Salehi
  • Patent number: 9939456
    Abstract: In an exercise support device of the present invention, acceleration signals in three axis directions including vertical, longitudinal, and lateral directions corresponding to the motion of a user performing exercise of cyclically moving feet are obtained, and a first maximum value in one cycle of a foot movement in the vertical acceleration signal is obtained. Subsequently, a search is made for first and second change points related to foot landing and takeoff motions in a composite acceleration signal obtained by combining acceleration signals in at least two axis directions, in forward and backward directions of the time point of a second maximum value of the composite acceleration signal, within the cycle. Then, a time period between the first and second change points is obtained as a change point interval, and a foot landing period while exercising is calculated based on the first maximum value and the change point interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoaki Nagasaka
  • Patent number: 9927470
    Abstract: An intelligent electronic device is provided including, inter alia, a processing unit configured to calculate energy consumed by at least one load and accumulate the calculated energy in a first volatile memory; the processing unit being configured to iteratively copy the accumulated energy from the first volatile memory to a first non-volatile memory after a first predetermined time period and copy the accumulated energy from the first volatile memory to a second non-violate memory after a second predetermined time period, wherein the first predetermined time period is longer than the second predetermined time period. The processing unit is further configured to copy the accumulated energy from the second non-violate memory to the first volatile memory upon startup or reset of the intelligent electronic device to avoid loss of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Electro Industries/Gauge Tech
    Inventors: Hai Zhu, Erran Kagan
  • Patent number: 9927483
    Abstract: The temperature calibration characteristic curve of a semiconductor component can be readily determined by interconnecting the power connections of the semiconductor component with a first current source for a load current, a second current source for a measurement current and a voltmeter for measuring the voltage drop across the power connections. Furthermore, the semiconductor component is connected to a data processing system and heated by the dissipated power at time intervals when the first current source is connected, and the voltage drop across the power or auxiliary connections is measured when the first current source disconnected and the second current source is connected between the intervals after a time duration determined by the thermal main time constant of the semiconductor component. The temperature of the semiconductor component is separately measured and the temperature calibration characteristic curve is obtained by correlating the measured temperature with the voltage drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Marco Bohlländer, Christian Herold, Sebastian Hiller
  • Patent number: 9921937
    Abstract: Dimensionality reduction, such as principal component analysis, may be used at least in part to generate a model of time series observations of a computer application. The model may be applied to current and predicted observations. Outliers may be identified from current or predicted observations by analyzing those observations against the model, and statistically relevant outliers may generate alerts or corrective or other action to be taken. The outliers may be analyzed by searching for similar outliers that may have been previously observed, and predicting any future events based on similar observations of the past.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Tetsuo Seto
  • Patent number: 9911303
    Abstract: A system to evaluate airborne hazards having at least one sensor module which detects atmospheric conditions and generates output signals representative of those atmospheric conditions. A model module receives the output from the sensor and generates a model output signal representative of a calculated wind flow and plume footprint, when applicable, over an area of interest. A display module receives the model output signal and visually displays the calculated wind flow and its effect on a plume if present in near real-time. The final system output is provided to authorized end users in near real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Gail Vaucher, Robert O. Brice, Saba A. Lucas, Sean G. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9897516
    Abstract: Generally, a system and method consistent with the present disclosure may provide a relatively low cost, relatively robust data acquisition and analysis system useful for condition-based maintenance. The system may be useful for condition-based maintenance in industrial applications, e.g., of equipment and/or machinery. The industrial monitoring system may be used, for example, to monitor a condition of rotating machinery, e.g., a wind turbine. The system and method may include data analysis that may be useful for anticipating a need for maintenance, repair and/or replacement of one or more components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric R. Bechhoefer, John T. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9891088
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for compensating for inaccuracies in flow measurement in real-time during accumulation of usage. A pulse count indicating an amount of flow in a meter over a measurement period is read. An average flow rate through the meter for the measurement period is determined and a correction factor is looked up from a table based on the average flow rate. A total usage accumulator for the meter is then updated with the amount of flow over the measurement period based on the pulse count and the correction factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Szabolcs Zigovszki, Ian Phillip Harvey, Francis J. Stifter, Jr., Matt Allen Thomas
  • Patent number: 9891332
    Abstract: A method for determining a quality control quantity corresponding to energy provided by a seismic source and related devices are provided. The method includes determining an envelope of a pilot signal associated with the seismic source; measuring a source signal of the energy provided by the seismic source; normalizing the pilot signal and the source signal using the determined envelope; and determining, in a processor, the quality control quantity using the normalized pilot signal and the normalized source signal. A control mechanism configured to implement the method includes a storage device holding data of a pilot signal associated with the seismic source; and a processor connected to the storage device and configured to carry out the method steps. A computer-readable medium having instructions to carry out steps of the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SERCEL
    Inventor: Gilles Ollivrin