Patents Examined by John Tweel, Jr.
  • 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: 10716502
    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: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Koichi Kusukame, Shinichi Shikii, Kazuki Funase
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10716484
    Abstract: A first-aid device for detecting myocardial infarction, including a wearable textile, a first alarm detection unit, a second detection alarm unit, and a charging first-aid unit for actively detecting and alerting to myocardial infarction, instantly supplying crucial medicine, and providing a charging function. In particular, the wearable textile put on a patient carries the first alarm detection unit actively detecting myocardial infarction, the charging first-aid unit instantly provides the user medicine to alleviate painful symptom, and at the same time, the second detection alarm unit serves as a spare part while the first alarm detection unit is charged by the charging first-aid unit. As a result, the first alarm detection unit and the second detection alarm unit are alternatively used for actively and ceaselessly detecting myocardial infarction assuring first-aid for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Asiatic Fiber Corporation
    Inventor: Wen-Pin Chou
  • Patent number: 10713909
    Abstract: A method in a building access control system includes receiving a first access control event from a sensor indicating a door has been forced open or has been held open for at least a predetermined amount of time, identifying a second access control event associated with the door, determining whether to generate an alarm by evaluating the second access control event relative to the first access control event, and providing the alarm to a user of the access control system responsive to a determination that the alarm should be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Donagh S. Horgan, Jan R. Holliday, Eamonn O'Toole
  • Patent number: 10706707
    Abstract: The present invention provides a feature that manages security while maintaining the privacy of a user. The present invention is provided with an object detection unit for detecting the state of an object in a target booth, an abnormality determination unit for comparing the detection result of the object with a prescribed state and determining abnormality on the basis of the comparison result, a photograph unit for photographing the inside of the target booth, and a video control unit for setting the resolution of a video signal outputted from the photograph unit on the basis of the result of the abnormality determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: KIMURA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoei Kimura, Chisato Kanamori
  • Patent number: 10699556
    Abstract: A method includes receiving one or more operating conditions from one or more field devices of one or more industrial plants in response to receiving one or more alarm signals. The method also includes determining one or more industrial plant states based on the one or more operating conditions. The method further includes identifying one or more historical alarm episodes stored in one or more data stores based on the one or more industrial plant states. In addition, the method includes identifying one or more recommended historical alarm episodes of the one or more historical alarm episodes based on one or more benchmark metrics of the one or more historical alarm episodes. The method also includes generating the one or more recommended historical alarm episodes for display on a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ramakrishnan Ganapathi, Prangya Priyadarsini, Anand Narayan, Viraj Srivastava
  • Patent number: 10694612
    Abstract: A load control system has a system controller and a plurality of load control devices which receive power from a utility power source. The load control system has at least one emergency load control device which receives power from a backup power source in the event of a power failure of the utility power source. The emergency load control device is configured to enter an emergency mode during the power failure of the utility power source, wherein in the emergency mode, the emergency load control device controls respective electrical loads according to emergency mode preset settings, and the emergency load control device transmits a message to the system controller to indicate the emergency load control device is in the emergency mode. The system controller is configured to transmit a message to the emergency load control device to exit the emergency mode when power from the utility power source is restored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: David J. Dolan, Jackson Burlew, Aditya Sreekumar, Andrew G. Rohm
  • Patent number: 10682062
    Abstract: Apparatus for managing animals such as but not limited to livestock. In some embodiments, a tag assembly is configured for attachment to an outer ear of an animal. The tag assembly has a main body and a shaft that extends through an aperture extending through the outer ear to attach the main body to a facing surface of the outer ear. A primary temperature sensor of the tag assembly is configured to obtain outer ear temperature data indicative of an outer ear temperature of the outer ear. A control circuit is configured to receive the outer ear temperature data via a wireless communication link with the tag assembly. The control circuit determines a health state of the animal in response to a localized change in a magnitude of the outer ear temperature data in relation to a set of ambient temperature data over a selected time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Herddogg, Inc.
    Inventors: Melissa Brandao, David W. Proctor
  • Patent number: 10685249
    Abstract: A system for predicting and detecting urination events of users is disclosed. The system can include any number of wearable devices, mobile devices, hubs, computing devices, and servers to collect, share, process, and interpret data, as well as to provide stimuli to users and caregivers. Biometric and/or environmental data associated with a user can be collected and applied to a urination model to determine a predicted urination time. The user or a caregiver can be provided with direct or environmental stimuli conveying information about predicted urination times. Ongoing biometric and/or environmental data collection can be used to identify, and provide stimuli warning of, imminent urination events. Voluntary and involuntary feedback of actual urination events, as well as continued biometric and/or environmental data collection, can be used to train individual and collective urination models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: GOGO Band, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Zyglowicz, Tim Baker, Jon Coble, Israel Franco
  • Patent number: 10682076
    Abstract: A system for monitoring medical conditions including pressure ulcers, pressure-induced ischemia and related medical conditions comprises at least one sensor adapted to detect one or more patient characteristic including at least position, orientation, temperature, acceleration, moisture, resistance, stress, heart rate, respiration rate, and blood oxygenation, a host for processing the data received from the sensors together with historical patient data to develop an assessment of patient condition and suggested course of treatment. In some embodiments, the system can further include a support surface having one or more sensors incorporated therein either in addition to sensors affixed to the patient or as an alternative thereof. The support surface is, in some embodiments, capable of responding to commands from the host for assisting in implementing a course of action for patient treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: LEAF HEALTHCARE, INC.
    Inventors: Barrett J. Larson, Daniel Z. Shen
  • Patent number: 10672245
    Abstract: A security screening apparatus for use in detecting ferromagnetic objects comprises a detector apparatus which comprises a housing that supports at least one magnetic sensor arranged to produce a signal indicative of an ambient magnetic field or gradient over a zone of sensitivity which extends away from the housing, the size of the zone being large enough to contain the whole body of the person, and a signal processing circuit which receives as an input the signal from the magnetic sensor and which, in response to a change in the signal produces an alert signal. A beacon that comprises a light source is able to emit at least two visually distinct colours of light, and a control means controls the light source such that in a first condition in the absence of the alert signal the beacon emits a first colour light and in a second condition corresponding to the presence of the alert signal the beacon emits a second, different, colour of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Metrasens Limited
    Inventors: Mark Nicholas Keene, Simon Wray Goodyear
  • Patent number: 10655972
    Abstract: A method for operating a vehicle, in which a digital map of a parking facility and at least one target position in the parking facility are received by the vehicle via a communication network, positional data of one or more mobile object(s) located within the parking facility are received by the vehicle via the communication network, the vehicle navigates autonomously in the parking facility to the target position based on the digital map and the positional data of the one or the plurality of mobile object(s), and the vehicle parks itself autonomously at the target position. A device for operating a vehicle, a device and a method for operating a parking facility, and a computer program, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Nordbruch
  • Patent number: 10647302
    Abstract: A system for controlling vehicle permissions based on a geo-fence boundary is disclosed. The system may include one or more processor that receives location information of an origin, generates a map based on the location information of the origin, determines the geo-fence boundary associated with a prospective radius from the origin based on the map, receives a vehicle location, and controls the vehicle permissions based on a comparison of the vehicle location to the geo-fence boundary. The system may further include a display configured to display the map and the geo-fence boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: FARADAY & FUTRUE INC.
    Inventors: Julie Ann Santiano, Chris Wang, Misia K. Clive Groszek, Skyler Reed Lund