Patents Examined by John Tweel, Jr.
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10354525
    Abstract: An alerting system includes an image capturing module continuously captures traffic images surrounding a vehicle and showing at least one traffic sign therein; a gaze detector continuously detects a gaze direction of a driver in the vehicle; a control unit analyzes the traffic images and generates a trigger signal when it determines that the traffic sign changes and the driver fails to notice the change; and an alarming device alerts the driver upon the receipt of the trigger signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: Mindtronic Al Co., Ltd., Shanghai XPT Technology Limited
    Inventors: Mu-Jen Huang, Ya-Li Tai, Yu-Sian Jiang, Tianle Chen, Junyan Zhang
  • Patent number: 10339815
    Abstract: An apparatus configured for controlling lamps of platooning vehicles including a leading vehicle and a plurality of following vehicles, may include a memory configured to store information related to the following vehicles; and a controller configured to collectively control lamps of the leading vehicle and following vehicles in a response to events occurring in the leading vehicle and following vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Geun Ok Sin
  • Patent number: 10336466
    Abstract: A navigation system for emulating navigation signals for an aircraft. The navigation system comprises a global-positioning system receiver configured to determine a geographic position of the aircraft. The navigation system additionally comprises a memory configured to store position data for at least one waypoint. The navigation system further comprise an emulation system configured to compare the geographic position of the aircraft with the position data of the waypoint and to generate a composite navigation signal indicative of a relative position between the aircraft and the waypoint. The navigation system is configured to provide the composite navigation signal to a course direction indicator having an integral converter unit for decoding the composite navigation signal into a control signal that drives an indicator needle of the course direction indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher E. P. Schulte
  • Patent number: 10340911
    Abstract: A method for programming a two-wire sensor having at least two sensor units. The method comprises the following steps of: switching on the at least two sensor units, activating one of the at least two sensor units, capturing operating states of the at least two sensor units; detecting an operating state in which one individual sensor unit is active; and sending a programming command to the detected active sensor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TDK - Micronas GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Jörg Fink, Tomas Kauter
  • Patent number: 10333370
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a flooring system for generating electricity from users as they walk. A flooring system (1) for characterizing a footstep (2), comprising: a plurality of tiles (200) for supporting one or more people; and a plurality of sensors (100x, 100y, 100z), each sensor (100x, 100y, 100z) arranged to generate a signal representing a force applied thereto, wherein each tile (200) is supported by at least three sensors (100x, 100y, 100z), the flooring system (1) further comprising a data processing system (1001) in communication with each sensor (100x, 100y, 100z) for receiving the signal generated thereby, wherein for each tile (200): the data processing system (1001) is arranged to produce output data by comparing the signals received from the sensors (100x, 100y, 100z) supporting that tile (200) to estimate the location of a footstep (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Pavegen Systems Limited
    Inventor: Craig Webster
  • Patent number: 10325477
    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: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Han-joo Chae, Hyun-soo Nah, Jong-hyun Ryu, Sang-ok Cha, Seung-eok Choi, Won-young Choi
  • Patent number: 10314170
    Abstract: A motherboard of a computer is provided. The motherboard of a computer includes a main body, a notch formed at a side edge of the main body, an auxiliary device, and a fixing device formed adjacent to the notch to fix the auxiliary device in the notch, wherein the auxiliary device is a light guiding device including patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Bing-Min Lin, Teng-Liang Ng, Ji-Kuang Tan, Ming-Fang Tsai, Chih-Kuang Lin
  • Patent number: 10304304
    Abstract: An asset tag device including a housing, a battery disposed within the housing, a circuit board disposed within the housing and in electrical communication with the battery. The circuit board includes a local memory, a transceiver to detect local signals and transmit a response packet, and a processor. The processor to identify the detected local signals, determine whether the detected local signals include at least one beacon signal, store, to the local memory, the at least one beacon signal, sort, in the local memory, the stored at least one beacon signal by proximity to the asset tag device, parse the sorted at least one beacon signal, and append tag information to the parsed at least one beacon signal to generate the response packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Enovate Medical, LLC
    Inventors: David R. Miller, Arlow Farrell
  • Patent number: 10304309
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a device, methods, and systems for a specialized circuit and alert system for use with any motorized vehicle with an integrated electrical system. The circuit may connect to the vehicle electrical system through any available port. When the voltage in the electrical system is high the signal is deactivated, as is the case when the vehicle motor is running and charging the battery and electrical system. When it is low the signal is actuated. The system is further controlled by a switch connected to a sensor or other detection means, which activates the system based upon the presence or absence of an item. The whole of the system therefore operates to activate the system when an item is present and the engine is running, an alert signal is triggered when the vehicle engine is turned off. In the preferred embodiment a sensor is incorporated into a baby seat, and the circuit plugs into the cigarette lighter port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Steve Baker
  • Patent number: 10302686
    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: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Edwin Cosgrove
  • Patent number: 10297125
    Abstract: Described is a dynamic emergency exit sign comprising one or more pictograms and at least one light source for accentuating one or more of the one or more pictograms either singly or in combination, wherein at least one light source is controlled by signals from evacuation computer modelling software to assist occupants egress in emergency or other critical situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: EVACLITE LTD
    Inventors: Bernard Mc Donagh, Brian Stevens
  • Patent number: 10282960
    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: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Verna IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Verna, Luis M. Ortiz, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 10285003
    Abstract: A power distribution box and method of communicating via the power distribution box are provided. A power input in the power distribution box is coupled to a power output to provide power to external devices. A gateway device supported by the housing of the power distribution box includes a wireless network module for communicating with power tools and a cellular module for communicating via a cellular network with a power tool monitoring system. The gateway may be removable from the power distribution box. A translation controller in the gateway enables communication between the wireless network module and the external network using the cellular module. The translation controller translates messages between the power tools and external network. The messages may include location data or operational data associated with the power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Wade F. Burch, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Leslie J. Reading
  • Patent number: 10275949
    Abstract: An RFID tag for use in a vehicle for use in an electronic toll collecting system. The tag is capable of transmitting data to a tag interrogator indicating the occupancy status of the vehicle. In an embodiment, the tag has a user input and a visual and audible tag status indicator. The user input is used to change the occupancy status of the tag, wherein the occupancy status is a portion of a message sent by radio frequency to the interrogator when the vehicle passes through a toll area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Kelly Gravelle, Charles A. Johnson, Matthew K. Burnett, Dale L. Scott
  • Patent number: 10276008
    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 colors 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 color light and in a second condition corresponding to the presence of the alert signal the beacon emits a second, different, color of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Metrasens Limited
    Inventors: Mark Nicholas Keene, Simon Wray Goodyear
  • Patent number: 10271777
    Abstract: A system and method for verifying patient identity including a heart monitor, a memory, and a processor. The heart monitor may be adapted to collect a baseline ECG signal from a patient and a monitored ECG signal from the patient. The memory may be in electrical communication with the heart monitor and adapted to store a plurality of baseline statistical characteristics of the baseline ECG signal and a plurality of monitored statistical characteristics of the monitored ECG signal. The processor may be in electrical communication with the memory and adapted to compare the plurality of baseline statistical characteristics to the plurality of monitored statistical characteristics and determine a likelihood of patient match. The heart monitor may be configured for further collection of the monitored ECG signal if the likelihood of patient match is greater than a threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Medicomp, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Baskerville, Sara England
  • Patent number: 10267061
    Abstract: A locking system and method for a movable freight container comprises an electronic module with a shaft that goes into a cavity in a mechanical lock module. The shaft is securely retained in the cavity by a lock mechanism in the mechanical lock module by moving the lock mechanism to a locked position. A plurality of magnetic field sensors in the shaft are used to read the position of the shaft in the cavity by sensing or not sensing one or more magnets in the lock mechanism to confirm continuous time insertion of the shaft in the cavity. A wireless communication component in the electronic module wirelessly transmits an alarm signal if the magnetic field sensors detect an unexpected interruption in at least one of the continuous time shaft position magnetic sensor readings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph Hage, Pierre Touma, Elias Bachaalany, Imad Maalouf