Patents Examined by John Tweel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10650671
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer readable program product are disclosed for traffic intersection distance signaling. In an embodiment, the method comprises determining a distance between a first vehicle and a traffic intersection, said first vehicle being on a first side of the intersection; using this determined distance to determine if a pre-defined distance is available between the first vehicle and the intersection; and when this pre-defined distance is available between the first vehicle and the intersection, signaling to a second vehicle, on a second side of the intersection, that space is available for the second vehicle on the first side of the intersection. In embodiments of the invention, the method further comprises measuring a specified length of the second vehicle, and the pre-defined distance is based on this measured specified length. In an embodiment, the predefined distance is equal to or greater than this measured specified length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Marshall Barker
  • Patent number: 10641801
    Abstract: A ringer control device includes a power receiving unit, a detection circuit, and a control circuit. The detection circuit is coupled to the power receiving unit and outputs a detection signal. The control circuit is coupled to the detection circuit and includes a trigger unit and a control unit. The trigger unit detects a trigger event. The control unit is coupled to the detection circuit and the trigger unit, and configured to control the detection circuit and determine whether a ringer device is coupled to the power module according to the detection signal, and further determine a category of the ringer device. A control method of the ringer control device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Goldtek Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ting-Hsuan Su, Kuo-Chuan Yu, Kuang-Hui Su, Wen-Feng Yeh
  • Patent number: 10640129
    Abstract: A signal recognition instruction receiving unit receives an instruction to recognize signal information in a traffic signal from an automatic driving control device. A signal information recognizer executes recognition processing for the signal information on an image from a sensor and information from a wireless device when the signal recognition instruction receiving unit receives the instruction. An image output unit outputs, to a notification device, start information indicating that the signal information recognizer starts the recognition processing for the signal information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Emura, Eriko Ohdachi
  • Patent number: 10636311
    Abstract: Provided is an onboard terminal including a vehicle data reception part configured to receive a failure code for identifying a failure occurred in a vehicle, a current position of the vehicle, and vehicle operation information from the vehicle, a failure information recording part configured to record failure information including at least one position of the conveyance before timing of occurrence of the failure and at least one position of the conveyance after the timing of the occurrence of the failure and the vehicle operation information, and a failure information providing command part configured to give a command, in accordance with an operation of the user, to a data server managing the failure information to provide the failure information to a repairer undertaking a repair of the vehicle through an electric communication line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kichinosuke Fukuhara, Kei Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10632902
    Abstract: A driving evaluation system includes an acquirer configured to acquire an operation state of a direction indicator and a relative position of a vehicle with respect to a traveling lane along which the vehicle travels, and an evaluator configured to refer to the relative position acquired and thereby evaluate a driver's skill in driving as higher as the vehicle travels at a position closer to the center of the traveling lane, the evaluator reducing an influence of the relative position of the vehicle on an evaluation during a first period from when the direction indicator is operated to be in an on state on the basis of the operation state of the direction indicator, and gradually reducing the influence during a second period shorter than the first period from when the direction indicator is operated to be in an on state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masayuki Sato
  • Patent number: 10635916
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining vehicle crowdedness are provided. A method can include obtaining, by a computing system, real-time location data including information identifying a real-time location corresponding to a transit station for each of a plurality of user computing devices; determining, by the computing system using a vehicle crowdedness model, a vehicle crowdedness for one or more transit vehicles departing from one or more transit stations based at least in part on the real-time location data; and communicating, by the computing system, data indicative of the vehicle crowdedness for the one or more transit vehicles to a particular user computing device. The data indicative of the vehicle crowdedness can include information for displaying the vehicle crowdedness for the one or more transit vehicles on the particular user computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Cayden Meyer, Reuben Kan
  • Patent number: 10631120
    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: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Wade F. Burch, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Leslie J. Reading
  • Patent number: 10627999
    Abstract: A system including a security system having a plurality of sensors and actuators within a building and a respective control feature embodied as a programmed processor and associated with operation of the security system and at least some of the plurality of sensors and actuators, a user display of a portable wireless device that depicts a portion of the building using a building information model (BIM), an user interface of the wireless device that receives a symbol drawn by a human user over part of the building portion and a processor that correlates the symbol with a control feature of the security system based upon proximity of the symbol on the display with a location of an associated sensor or actuator of the control feature within the BIM model of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Viswanathan Chatapuram Krishnan, Sakkaravarthy Muniyasamy, Vinoth Dharmalingam
  • Patent number: 10629055
    Abstract: A digital water intrusion notification system comprising a water intrusion detection device, a digital data transmission device, and a software interface is disclosed. The digital water intrusion notification system preferably comprises a deployable moisture collection device to cover an area, a digital data transmission device to provide internal monitoring, relay to a computer system, and cellular connectivity, and a software interface to provide instant notification of alerts and automated dispatch of a service technician. Such a system can detect water intrusion in roofing applications or other large areas requiring sufficient leak detection coverage, and may be assembled in various orientations and compositions to suit the relevant application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Kenneth Kelly
  • Patent number: 10617605
    Abstract: Arrangements are provided for “smart” functionality such as for tracking medication use to determine adherence, without requiring smart containers therefor. A bin is provided for receiving used/empty containers, packaging, or other discarded material incidental to the use of the medication. Sensors generate signals when the material is deposited within the bin, and a processor determines whether those signals correspond with the incidental material of interest. The processor also may identify when signals correspond with other, spurious material deposited in the bin. Responsive to a positive correspondence, a contextual event such as deposition of a used vial is stored, displayed, communicated, and/or otherwise registered. Contextual events, times therefor, lack of same, etc. are considered to provide authenticated determinations of adherence to a medication regimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: KALI CARE, INC.
    Inventors: Sina Fateh, Philippe Cailloux, Navid Nick Afsarifard, Abhijit Kalamkar, Michael Lamberty
  • Patent number: 10621841
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing a tag. The methods comprise: placing the tag in a first operational mode in which an internal component (“IC”) necessary to facilitate communication between the tag and a tag reader (“TR”) are intentionally disabled; storing in the tag's data store a schedule specifying a scheduled time during which the tag is permitted to communicate with TR; selectively enabling IC at the scheduled time to permit the tag to communicate with TR; performing monitoring operations at the tag to determine when a predetermined condition has been detected; and causing the tag to autonomously perform an alerting function when the predetermined condition has been detected. The alerting function comprises (a) enabling a receiver of the tag to communicate with TR at an unscheduled time, and/or (b) activating an alert by enabling a hardware alerting component provided on the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Steve E. Trivelpiece, Craig E. Trivelpiece, Hubert A. Patterson
  • Patent number: 10610036
    Abstract: A locatable container holder or cooler having a wireless interconnection device is presently provided. At least one reporter such as a buzzer or light is held with the container holder or cooler and is in electrical communication with the wireless interconnection device. The wireless interconnection device is configured to wirelessly connect with a portable electronic device and report the location of the container holder or cooler by energizing the at least one reporter, upon receiving a location report command from the portable electronic device. A system and an electronic device and method for locating a container holder or cooler are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Steve Witters
  • Patent number: 10614701
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the operation of a monitoring system for security technology, specifically for swift handling of possible issues with surveillance devices configured to carry out predetermined surveillance tasks. The invention also relates to a corresponding method and a computer program product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Irisity AB (publ)
    Inventors: Johnny Berlic, Victor Hagelbäck
  • Patent number: 10614681
    Abstract: A merchandise security system for an electronic item of merchandise is provided. In one example, the merchandise security system includes a continuous alarming power cord comprising at least one electrical conductor. The alarming power cord has a first end adapted to be electrically connected to the electronic item of merchandise and a second end. The merchandise security system also includes a reel for receiving the second end of the alarming power cord and adapted for storing at least a portion of the alarming power cord thereon. In addition, the merchandise security system includes monitoring circuitry in electrical communication with the alarming power cord and configured to detect an interruption in an electrical signal provided to the alarming power cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher J. Fawcett
  • Patent number: 10598341
    Abstract: Various arrangements for light distribution incorporated as part of a device are presented. A circular light guide may be used that receives light from a plurality of light emitters that can be arranged in a circular pattern. A conical reflector may be used and may be positioned to reflect light emitted from the circular light guide onto an exterior of a case of the device. The conical reflector may reflect light such that light is reflected by the exterior of the case in the shape of a halo into an ambient environment of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: William Dong, Adam Mittleman, Bryan Macomber
  • Patent number: 10599303
    Abstract: A remote location monitoring system, for example, a home monitoring or weather monitoring system may include one or more sensors and/or receivers at a remote location such as a residence or business to be monitored. The sensors and receivers may communicate with a central server via a gateway device, and may be controlled by users locally or remotely via the server. Users may register to receive remote notifications of weather events and other home monitoring events. Users may also access remotely sensors and receivers to configure alerts, notifications, and automatic responses for the devices and integrated appliances at the remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: La Crosse Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Rolf Haupt, Allan McCormick
  • Patent number: 10598811
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to materials, devices, systems, and processes for magnetic identification of an object. Embodiments may include receiving from a plurality of sensors arranged within a layer of material an indication of a strength or signature of a magnetic field proximate to the corresponding sensor. The magnetic field may be created by the arrangement of one or more magnets proximate to a surface of the object where the surface is proximate to the plurality of sensors. Embodiments may include determining, based upon the indication of the strength or signature of the magnetic field proximate to the corresponding sensor, an arrangement of magnets proximate to the surface of the object. Based on the determined arrangement of the magnets on the surface of the object, the process may include identifying the object or the surface of the object. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Anne P. McClard, Aaren B. Esplin, James C. Farwell
  • Patent number: 10591642
    Abstract: A remote location monitoring system, for example, a home monitoring or weather monitoring system may include one or more sensors and/or receivers at a first location such as a residence or business to be monitored. The sensors and receivers may communicate with a remote central server via a gateway device and the detection data received from the sensors and receivers may be displayed via display circuitry coupled to a processor of the gateway device. The sensors, receivers, and gateway device may be controlled by users locally or remotely via the server. Users may register to receive remote notifications of weather events and other home monitoring events. Users may also access remotely sensors and receivers to configure alerts, notifications, and automatic responses for the devices and integrated appliances at the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: La Crosse Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Rolf Haupt, Allan McCormick
  • Patent number: 10591236
    Abstract: A method of monitoring separation between an electronic device and an electronic base that includes a chipset and a wireless communication module. An electronic/electrical link is established between the electronic device and the electronic base. If the electronic/electrical link is severed between the electronic device and the electronic base, then the chipset generates a separation notification. The chipset then sends both the separation notification with the wireless communication module to contact information stored on the chipset. The contact information is for an authorized user profile of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Kenneth Carl Steffen Winiecki
  • Patent number: 10593178
    Abstract: A box edge security device, for a merchandise box that includes having adjacent structural portions connected together along an edge, includes an edge seal and a tag assembly. The edge seal is adapted to be attached around an edge of a merchandise box, the merchandise box having a first structural portion and a second structural portion that are connected to one another along the edge, such that a first portion of the edge seal is disposed against the first structural portion of the merchandise box and a second portion of the edge seal is disposed against the second structural portion of the merchandise box. The tag assembly interlocks with the edge seal and includes an electronics assembly, contained within a housing, that forms at least part of an alarm system. The electronics assembly may include an electronic article surveillance (EAS) tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: EDGE SECURITY PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventor: Ningsheng Zhang