Patents Examined by John Tweel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10443273
    Abstract: A portable protective case for the safe transport and storage of measuring devices and other electrical equipment. The protective case is designed to protect a valuable and sensitive measuring device located inside it against theft, unauthorized use and/or potentially harmful environmental influences. The case comprises communication means for sending and receiving data via a wireless network, as well as for receiving localization data, which enable the communication unit to provide at least a rough location of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Thomas Harring, Katherine Broder, Burkhard Böckem
  • Patent number: 10431057
    Abstract: A haptic conversion system is provided that intercepts frames of audio data, such as a digital audio signal, converts the frames into a haptic signal, and plays the created haptic signal through an actuator to produce haptic effects. The haptic signal is based on a maximum value of each audio data frame, which defines a magnitude of the haptic signal. The haptic signal is applied to the actuator configured to receive the haptic signal, where the actuator utilizes the haptic signal to generate the one or more haptic effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Satvir Singh Bhatia, Kanav Gandhi, Christopher J. Ullrich, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Herve Thu Timone, Jason Hoi Fun Lau
  • Patent number: 10429934
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to systems and methods of providing haptic feedback based on media content and one or more external parameters used to customize the haptic feedback. The system may modify or otherwise alter haptic feedback that is determined using the media content alone. In other words, the system may use both the media content and the external parameters to determine haptic feedback that should be output to the user or others. The external parameters may include, for example, sensor information, customization information, and/or other external parameters that may be used to customize the haptic feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ali Modarres, Christopher J. Ullrich, Jean Francois Dionne, Loc Phan, Satvir Singh Bhatia, Stephen D. Rank
  • Patent number: 10427503
    Abstract: A window assembly for a vehicle includes a glass window panel and a display device disposed at an interior surface of the glass window panel. The display device is operable to backlight or illuminate at least one icon or alphanumeric character. With the window assembly mounted at a vehicle, and when the at least one icon or alphanumeric character is backlit or illuminated, the at least one icon or alphanumeric character is viewable through the glass window panel by a person exterior the vehicle. With the window assembly mounted at a vehicle, the display device is activated to display an icon responsive to determination that an in-cabin temperature of the vehicle is above a threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Darin J. Snider
  • Patent number: 10420965
    Abstract: An electronic directional indicator includes a microcontroller in electronic communication with an electronic compass, an electronic motion-detecting module and at least one light source that is controllably illuminable. A battery life of the electronic directional indicator is managed by monitoring the electronic motion-detecting module for motion within pre-defined time periods and reducing power to electronic components accordingly. The electronic directional indicator can be placed on the face shield portion of a self-contained breathing apparatus face mask to provide a constant source of orientation for firefighters in reduced- or zero-visibility environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Dykes
  • Patent number: 10417891
    Abstract: An asset protection system and method may include detecting that a first item includes a first security device coupled to the first item, in response to the first item being scanned by the user, instructing the user to deactivate the first security device and then place the first item into a bagging area, wherein a deactivator is located at the point of sale computer terminal to deactivate the first security device, directing a detection source to scan the bagging area after the first item and other items have been placed into the bagging area, and determining based on the scanning by the detection source, that a second security device coupled to the at least one item other than the first item in the bagging area has been deactivated, but the at least one item has not been scanned by the user at the point of sale computer terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Tyler Caution, Yurgis Mauro Bacallao
  • Patent number: 10399700
    Abstract: A safety system includes an apparatus-mounted projector capable of projecting a warning image onto a designated danger zone about a dangerous implement of the apparatus. The projector is in signal communication with an electronic control module configured to control the warning image depending on a measured or received operational state of the apparatus implement. The projected warning image can include static, dynamic, or static and dynamic image elements depending on the measured or received operational state of the implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Stan W. Ross
  • Patent number: 10399753
    Abstract: A closure includes a top wall portion, an annular skirt portion depending from the top wall portion and a tamper-evident band. The skirt portion includes an internal thread formation. The tamper-evident band depends from and is at least partially detachably connected to the skirt portion by a frangible connection. The closure further includes a 2-stage tag imbedded therein. The 2-stage tag includes an antenna, a switch with a plurality of leads, and a chip or integrated circuit. The current path of the switch is interrupted after the tamper-evident band has been at least partially broken from the skirt portion. The chip stores first and second readable codes that correspond to unopened and opened positions. The frangible connection extends through the 2-stage tag and includes at least two bridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Closure Systems International Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah Migas, Jeremy Morin
  • Patent number: 10403140
    Abstract: In response to detecting a traffic event such as a motorcycle lane splitting or an accident, a vehicle broadcasts a notification over a V2V communication channel. Traffic events may be detected using sensor systems of the vehicle or in response to messages reporting the event. Notifications may be received from the vehicle over a cellular communication channel. Roadside infrastructure, such as DSRC or cellular communication installations receive the notification and may rebroadcast it to adjacent vehicles. A DSRC installation may broadcast the message by way of a cellular communication installation and vice versa. The vehicle may provide a cellular notification by way of a driver's mobile device connected to a controller of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Harpreetsingh Banvait, Jinesh J. Jain, Surjya Sarathi Ray
  • Patent number: 10395504
    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: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: David James Hutz, Robert Leon Lutes, Jean-Paul Martin
  • Patent number: 10395074
    Abstract: An antenna structure of an RFID reader includes a carrying plate defining four quadrants and an antenna module disposed on the carrying plate. The antenna module includes a feeding antenna and a grounding antenna. The feeding antenna includes a feeding connecting segment, two feeding transmitting segments connected to the feeding connecting segment, and two feeding radiating segments respectively connected to the two feeding transmitting segments. The grounding antenna includes a grounding connecting segment, two grounding transmitting segments connected to the grounding connecting segment, and two grounding radiating segments respectively connected to the two grounding transmitting segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: AUDEN TECHNO CORP.
    Inventors: Chang-Fa Yang, An-Yao Hsiao, Chen-Pang Chao, Cheng-Han Tsai
  • Patent number: 10380876
    Abstract: A system and a method are disclosed for predicting potential reach of an alert to a targeted audience, targeted personal delivery devices and targeted non-personal notification delivery devices in an emergency mass notification system. The system and method optimize alert deliveries based on the predicted reach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: AtHoc, Inc.
    Inventors: Guy Miasnik, Aviv Siegel
  • Patent number: 10377360
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for resistive short circuit immunity for wheel speed sensor interface on a braking system. In one embodiment the apparatus includes a first circuit for generating a first periodic signal based on first current transmitted to a wheel speed sensor and a second circuit for generating a second periodic signal based on second current, some or all of which is received from the wheel speed sensor. A circuit is provided for selecting the first periodic signal for output if a magnitude of the second current is greater than a magnitude of the first current, or the second periodic signal for output if a magnitude of the second current is not greater than the magnitude of the first current. The selected first or second periodic signal contains information relating to a speed of a wheel that is associated with the wheel speed sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastien Abaziou, Benoit Alcouffe, Jean-Christophe Rince
  • Patent number: 10369573
    Abstract: Biological reagent carrier devices and methods are disclosed, which employ RFID techniques to associate information with biological reagents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Biosystems, LLC
    Inventors: Richard D. Morris, Jerome A. Mack
  • Patent number: 10362980
    Abstract: A method for predicting an arousal level used by a computer of an arousal level prediction apparatus that predicts an arousal level of a user includes obtaining current biological information regarding the user detected by a first sensor, calculating a current arousal level of the user on the basis of the current biological information, obtaining current environment information indicating a current environment around the user detected by a second sensor, predicting a future arousal level, which is an arousal level a certain period of time later, on the basis of the current arousal level and the current environment information, and (i) issuing a notification to the user or (ii) controlling another device, on the basis of the future arousal level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Koichi Kusukame, Shinichi Shikii, Kazuki Funase
  • Patent number: 10363865
    Abstract: Methods and systems for vehicle safety lighting are disclosed, including a system having a multi-axis accelerometer that detects acceleration of the vehicle along a first axis and a second axis normal to the first axis, and outputs a corresponding first axis acceleration measurement and a second axis acceleration measurement. A controller is coupled to the multi-axis accelerometer, and to an array of light emitter elements (LELs). The controller is configured to determine a vehicle deceleration, based at least in part on a combination of the first axis acceleration measurement and second axis acceleration measurement, and to detect the vehicle deceleration exceeding a brake light threshold and, based at least in part on the detection, output a deceleration light signal to the array of LELs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Admore Lighting, LLC
    Inventors: David Bartell, Catalin Nicolae Petrescu
  • Patent number: 10359853
    Abstract: A haptic peripheral includes a housing with a frame having a plurality of circumferentially-spaced apart windows, a plurality of deformable membranes positioned within the plurality of circumferentially-spaced apart windows, and a haptic output device disposed within the housing and coupled to the plurality of deformable membranes. The haptic output device includes a motor, a converter, and a plurality of radially-extending pins. Each radially-extending pin has a first end attached to the converter and a second opposing end attached to a deformable membrane. The motor is configured to receive a control signal from a processor and is configured to rotate relative to the housing in response to the control signal. The converter converts rotary motion of the motor to linear motion to move the plurality of radially-extending pins to thereby radially extend the deformable membranes relative to the housing and provide a haptic effect to a user of the haptic peripheral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mansoor Alghooneh, Juan Manuel Cruz Hernandez, Robert Lacroix
  • Patent number: 10360776
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to security systems and, more particularly, to a power and/or alarming security system for electrical appliances. In an example embodiment, an apparatus comprises a socket and a circuit. The socket can be configured for detachable electrical connection with an electrical appliance. The circuit can be configured to (1) provide power to a connected electrical appliance through the socket, and (2) calibrate an alarm limit for a security function for the socket based on a plurality of electrical characteristics of the connected electrical appliance that are measured via the socket, wherein the electrical characteristics comprise an admittance characteristic and a current draw characteristic of the connected electrical appliance. Furthermore, the circuit can calibrate the alarm limit for the socket according to a plurality of calibration phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: MOBILE TECH, INC.
    Inventors: Steven R. Payne, Kenneth A. Boehlke, Kimberly Porter Miyake, Wade Carter Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10354533
    Abstract: Systems and methods communicate parking access information between a host application associated with an operator of a parking area and a web application associated with a parking fee management provider for facilitating access, by a user carrying a smartphone, to the parking area secured by an external smart object. The external smart object is controllable through operation of the web application and actuatable through wireless personal area network (WPAN) communications exchanged between the smartphone and the external smart object in response to the operation of the web application causing the host application to generate the WPAN communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Citifyd, Inc.
    Inventors: Dave Cole, Sohrab Vossoughi, Igor Cornelio Lira, Gabriel Lopes
  • Patent number: 10349755
    Abstract: A merchandising system that improves the merchandising of product by limiting the number and the frequency with which product can be removed from, for example, a merchandising shelf. The merchandising system may include a base configured to support product and a housing configured to engage the base. The housing may comprise a top wall, a first side wall, a second side wall, and a front retaining wall. The merchandise system may be configured to hold a number of products, such as cans (for example, baby formula cans) in the merchandise system that would be accessible to the customer one at a time out of the front of the merchandise system. The front of each merchandise system may include its own individual security window attached to the merchandise system that allows the customer to remove one can at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony Dipaolo, Stephen N. Hardy, John Wildman