Patents Examined by John Tweel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10803731
    Abstract: A first device may determine to activate a location detection mode of a second device. The location detection mode may be related to locating the second device. The second device may not be within a short-range communicative proximity of a wireless transceiver component of the first device. The first device may select a user device, of a plurality of user devices, via which to cause the second device to activate the location detection mode. The first device may provide, via the user device, a set of instructions to cause the second device to activate the location detection mode. The first device may perform one or more other actions related to locating the second device after providing the set of instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Venkata Mandali, Arunkumar Natarajan
  • 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
  • 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: 10800377
    Abstract: A vehicle security system may be automatically activated when a vehicle (e.g., car or truck) is temporarily stopped. Specifically, if a car is stopped at a gas station or other type of temporary stop (e.g., where a car would not be fully closed and locked) the vehicle security system may engage (e.g., based on opening of a gas cap cover). The vehicle security system monitors for theft of contents from inside a vehicle in a temporary stopped state. Sensors monitor if a passerby reaches into an open (or partially open) window to grab a parcel, handbag, phone, etc. from inside the vehicle. In a temporary stop condition, a vehicle may not be fully locked to engage a standard anti-theft security system. If a driver's attention is diverted away from the vehicle during the temporary stopped condition a quick and quiet theft scenario (e.g., a reach and grab) may be attempted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: WEBRAM LLC.
    Inventor: Randall Keith Weber, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10803750
    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: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Citifyd, Inc.
    Inventors: Dave Cole, Sohrab Vossoughi, Igor Cornelio Lira, Gabriel Lopes
  • Patent number: 10794944
    Abstract: Systems of detecting high-voltage lines to guard against electrocution when using heavy machinery are disclosed. Systems of the inventive subject matter include an antenna to detect the high-voltage line, and upon detection, the system can cut power to a movement system of the heavy machinery. A manual override is provided so that a user can remove the heavy machinery from an area at risk of causing electrocution either by contact with the high-voltage line or by arcing from the high-voltage line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Edwin Cosgrove
  • Patent number: 10793105
    Abstract: A vehicle component storage system for a vehicle is disclosed herein. The vehicle component storage system includes a storage container that is configured to hold a vehicle component, a sensor for sensing the position of the storage container relative to the vehicle, an electronic device for communicating with the user, and a controller configured to prompt the electronic device to issue an alert to the user based on data received from the sensor relating to the position of the storage container relative to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jim Baumbick, Stuart C. Salter, Annette Lynn Huebner, Joshua Greiner, Pietro Buttolo, David Brian Glickman
  • Patent number: 10783258
    Abstract: A device mountable on a pistol holster configured for detecting when a pistol is removed from the holster and, when removed, for activating a controller to receive, process, and record in memory audio signals from a microphone and to receive, process, and record in memory motion and compass direction signals. A connector is provided for transferring signal data to an external device configured with software for analyzing the acoustical characteristic of gunshots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventors: James Clinton Estes, III, Roger Forrester
  • Patent number: 10780896
    Abstract: A haptic communication system includes either a switch assembly or a compilation of discretely installed components. The switch assembly and the installed components utilize a haptic actuator to elicit tactile and/or audibly perceptible haptic outputs. The switch assembly and/or a collective haptic communication system includes a processor communicating with the actuator. Computerized instructions cause the processor to receive a message from an external system, identify either an audio or vibrational output signal, and communicate the output signal to the actuator. The audio or vibrational output signal causes the actuator to propagate a respective pressure wave that elicits an audible or inaudible, vibrational response at the output surface of the actuator. The pressure wave causes tactilely and/or audibly perceptible vibration within the individual switch assembly or within an overall installation such as a seat or steering assembly in a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQUISITION LLC
    Inventors: Jason Lisseman, Nicholas Borgerding, Erick Staszak
  • Patent number: 10782383
    Abstract: A system is disclosed comprising a smartphone 2 and an aerosol generation device, such as an electronic cigarette. The smartphone 2 is configured to establish a communicative interaction with the electronic cigarette 4, preferably using a wireless protocol like Bluetooth® so that the devices can exchange data. The smartphone 2 comprises a positioning module, such as a GPS receiver 26, and is adapted to store a position in a data storage unit 28 each time a communicative interaction is established. In this way, the user can retrieve the last stored position from the data storage unit 28 and display it on a map on the smartphone display screen 22 so that they can be assisted in locating the electronic cigarette 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: JT International S.A.
    Inventor: Frederic Claude Hervé Estripeau
  • Patent number: 10769934
    Abstract: A container network includes a first container system that includes a first container first type communication interface, and a second container system that includes a second container first type communication interface. The second container system communicatively couples to the first container first type communication interface via the second container first type communication interface to form a first container-to-container connection. The second container system performs an exchange of election information of the first container system and second container system with the first container system via the first container-to-container connection, and elects, based on the election information, a second container second type communication interface included on the second container system to provide container network communications to a wide area network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: IN-TECH ENTERPRISE LTD.
    Inventors: Jacky Sai Ping Tsang, Cheuk Kuen Chim, Gordon Christopher Pope, Wing Hung Cheung
  • Patent number: 10769923
    Abstract: Methods, systems and processor-readable media for providing instant/real-time voice alerts automatically to remote electronic devices. An activity can be detected utilizing one or more sensors. A text message indicative of the activity can be generated and converted into a digitized voice alert. The activity can also be a live utterance (e.g., a live announcement), which can then be instantly converted into a digitized voice alert for automatic delivery in a selected series of languages following the base language (e.g., English). The combined digitized voice alert can then be instantly transmitted through a network for broadcast of consecutive alerts (e.g., English followed by Spanish followed by Vietnamese, etc.) to one or more remote electronic devices that communicate with the network for an automatic audio announcement of the digitized voice alert through the one or more remote electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Verna IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Verna, Luis M. Ortiz, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 10758104
    Abstract: A debris monitoring system includes a receptacle, a first and a second emitter, and a first receiver. The receptacle defines an opening to receive debris into the receptacle. The first and second emitter are each arranged to emit a signal across at least a portion of the opening. The first receiver is proximate to the first emitter to receive reflections of the signal emitted by the first emitter, and the first receiver is disposed toward the opening to receive an unreflected portion of the signal emitted by the second emitter across at least a portion of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Steven Schnittman, Michael Todd Rosenstein
  • Patent number: 10757843
    Abstract: A vehicular system includes a pump, configured to circulate coolant for a traction inverter, and a controller. The controller may be configured to, responsive to each of a temperature of the traction inverter falling outside a first range or a requested flow rate of the pump falling outside a second range, operate the pump at a predefined speed, otherwise, operate the pump at a speed based on a difference between the temperature and a temperature associated with the coolant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Lihua Chen, Baoming Ge, Fan Wang, Shahram Zarei, Fan Xu, Mohammed Khorshed Alam, Yan Zhou, Shuitao Yang, Petros G. Taskas
  • Patent number: 10748409
    Abstract: A method of providing an activity notification is provided. The method includes registering, by the device, information about the activity notification according to a request for registering the activity notification, and transmitting, by the device, the registered information about the activity notification to a management device, wherein the management device performs a process of providing the activity notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Han-joo Chae, Hyun-soo Nah, Jong-hyun Ryu, Sang-ok Cha, Seung-eok Choi, Won-young Choi
  • Patent number: 10741045
    Abstract: A system and method for providing child emergency monitoring services and reporting includes monitoring in real-time a current temperature associated with the geography of a daycare center; and executing an alert notification sequence based on at least one user not checking-in at a check-in device at the daycare center prior to an expected check-in time. Moreover, the alert notification sequence may be initiated when a current temperature exceeds a maximum predefined limit. Also provided is an intelligent child seat for use in vehicles that monitors ambient temperature in the vehicle along with other factors and provides emergency notification signals when the ambient temperature exceeds a predefined limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Andrew C Gross
  • Patent number: 10732714
    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 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Harsha Rao, Rong Hu, Carl Lennart Ståhl, Jie Su, Vadim Konradi, Teemu Ramo, Anthony Stephen Doy
  • Patent number: 10725437
    Abstract: A safety sensor for monitoring the operational safety of a system comprises at least one safety signal input and at least one safety signal output. The safety sensor has a control unit. The control unit imprints the output safety signal with additional data, wherein the signal value of the output safety signal is changed within the limits of the value range assigned to the presently output signal state of the output safety signal depending on the additional data of the signal value of the output safety signal, and/or the control unit imprints the received input safety signal with additional data, wherein the signal value of the received input safety signal is changed within the limits of the value range assigned to the presently received signal state of the input safety signal depending on the additional data of the signal value of the received input safety signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: BERNSTEIN AG
    Inventors: Marcus Scholz, Georg Zwirkowski, Thomas Krause
  • Patent number: 10716641
    Abstract: Medical procedure related objects (e.g., instruments, supplies) tagged with transponders (e.g., RFID transponders, dumb transponders) are accounted for via an accounting system using a number of antennas and interrogators/readers. The antennas and interrogators/readers are included on a cannula of the trocar so the tagged medical procedure related objects passing through the cannula are detected. A first set of antennas and RFID interrogator(s) interrogate a first portion of the cannula, such as proximate a proximal end at which the medical procedure related objects are introduced to the cannula. A second set of antennas and RFID interrogator(s) interrogate a second portion of the cannula, such as proximate a distal end at which objects exit the cannula for use in a medical procedure. A data store may maintain information including a current status or count of each supply, for instance, as entering or exiting the cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Allan Aquino, Kim Brandt, Andy Buersmeyer
  • Patent number: 10720034
    Abstract: A battery arrangement (100) and a method for operating a battery arrangement are provided. The battery arrangement comprises an identity reader (115) and a battery system (120). The identity reader is configured to obtain an identity from an identifier (110) fastened to an immobile object (150). The battery system is distinct from the immobile object. The battery arrangement is configured to disable at least part of the battery system in response to the identity reader being unable to obtain the identity. The method comprises monitoring a sensor for obtaining an identity from an identifier fastened to an immobile object and disabling at least part of the battery system in response to failure to obtain the identity. Accordingly, an anti-theft solution for a battery arrangement is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: INCELL INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventors: Sven Bergqvist, Andreas Dunge