Patents Examined by John Tweel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10533852
    Abstract: A leveling sensor, a load port including a leveling sensor, and a method of leveling a load port using a load port are disclosed. In an embodiment, a sensor includes an accelerometer configured to detect leveling and vibration of a load port and produce a plurality of data; a plurality of indicator lights configured to display a level measurement and a level direction based on the leveling of the load port; a processor configured to process the data produced by the accelerometer; and a wired connection configured to connect the processor to an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yi-Lin Wang, Jung-Tang Wu, Chin-Szu Lee, Hua-Sheng Chiu
  • Patent number: 10532750
    Abstract: A method for wrong-way driver detection. The method includes a step of reading in position data via an interface, the position data representing a measured position of a vehicle, a step of reading in map data, which map a set of road elements of a road network negotiable by the vehicle, a step of determining a plurality of particles using the map data, one particle representing an assumed position of the vehicle and a weighting assigned to the assumed position, and a step of determining at least one road element from the set of road elements which is plausible with respect to a negotiation by the vehicle based on the plurality of particles, using a particle filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Simon Geisler
  • Patent number: 10534360
    Abstract: An occurrence of a predetermined event is detected or predicted within a stream of data and a classification for the event is determined. A message is sent to an application when the predetermined event is detected or predicted. The message is received at the application and the message is visualized to a user of the application. The stream of data from the industrial machine to the transceiver circuit, to the control circuit, and to the application occurs in real-time without substantial interruption allowing the user of the application to make decisions and determine insights concerning the industrial machine in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Veera Kishore Reddipalli, Vamshi Gandrapu
  • Patent number: 10528142
    Abstract: A method for actuating a control device for a transportation vehicle with a control element. A spring-elastic element is disposed underneath the control element and is indirectly or directly moved and/or deformed by a piezo element to give an operator at least a haptic feedback during the operation of the control element. The spring-elastic element is moved toward the control element when the piezo element is actuated and is brought into working contact with the control element. This enables the spring-elastic element to be transferred from a stable initial position into an unstable deformation position when the control element is operated. When the control element is released, the spring-elastic element automatically passes from the deformation position back to the initial position. A haptic feedback is produced by the spring-elastic element in each case in response to a change from the initial position to the deformation position and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Klaus Meierling, Niels Petter
  • Patent number: 10529207
    Abstract: An electronic article surveillance apparatus for monitoring boxes and other items comprises a base, an electronics housing, and an elastic band. The base has posts and spring loaded pins proximal to the posts. The elastic band has two ends and an aperture at each end. The electronics housing has apertures that align with the spring loaded pins and that give access to switches within the housing. When the base is installed on an item and the elastic band is wrapped around the item with its apertures over the posts, the band restrains the spring loaded pins. When the housing is installed on the base, the band keeps the pins from actuating the switches. If the band has its tension relaxed, by tampering for example, the band ceases to restrain the pins which then actuate the switches. The electronics monitor the switches for tampering and can signal alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Xiao Hui Yang
  • Patent number: 10529210
    Abstract: A personal safety device is provided. The device is a wearable device. The device includes a voice recording mechanism and an information download mechanism. The device may also include a voice comparison mechanism, an alert mechanism, a photodetector, a camera and/or a scanner. Method of enabling and using the device is also provided. The device may be used as a personal safety device and as a personnel monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Vijayakumar Rudrappa Dhuler
  • Patent number: 10521561
    Abstract: An electronic drug compliance monitoring system and associated methods utilize a pill having an electronic transmission capability and external means for receiving that transmission to sense the presence of the pill in the patient's body or digestive tract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: etectRx, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Euliano, Eric Buffkin, Brent Arnold Myers, Glen Flores
  • Patent number: 10522024
    Abstract: A safety device that is worn by a worker in a manufacturing facility is presented. The safety device includes a microprocessor, memory, an antenna and transceiver and a plurality of sensors that sense environmental conditions surrounding the worker such as light levels, noise levels, temperature, humidity, air quality and CO levels. The safety device also tracks the position of the worker and includes an accelerometer that detects trips and falls. The safety device also includes an event trigger which can be activated by the worker when a notable event or near miss occurs. The environmental information recorded by the safety device is used to both track accidents and near misses and is aggregated in a database for datamining purposes so as to predict future accidents and near misses. This information is also used to create correlations and better understand the root cause of accidents and near misses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: MAKUSAFE CORP
    Inventor: Gabriel Glynn
  • Patent number: 10517784
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a base frame, lift mechanism supporting an upper frame relative to the base frame, a load frame, and a plurality of deck sections, a patient support surface, and a number of barriers positioned about the patient supporting surface. The patient support apparatus includes a notification system for visually notifying a caregiver of a condition or status of a component of the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Mark Zerhusen, Richard Henry Heimbrock, Clay Gerome Owsley, Dan R. Tallent, David J. Hitchcock, James W. Pascoe, James L. Walke, Scott M. Corbin, Sravan Mamidi, Travis Pelo
  • Patent number: 10512430
    Abstract: An animal health tracking assembly for tracking the physiological condition of an animal includes a collar that is wearable around a neck of an animal thereby placing the collar in physical contact with the animal. A control circuit is coupled to the collar and an electronic memory is coupled to the collar for storing a database. An allergen detector is coupled to the collar for detecting airborne allergens thereby tracking the animal's exposure to the airborne allergens. The allergen detector is electrically coupled to the control circuit and the control circuit communicates an identity of the airborne allergens to the electronic memory for storage in the database. In this way the electronic memory can track all of the airborne allergens to which the animal was exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Andrew Hladio
  • Patent number: 10507143
    Abstract: Excretion by a diaper wearer in a diaper is predicted by providing in or on the diaper on the wearer an excretion detector capable of detecting excretion by the diaper wearer and a motion sensor capable of detecting movements of the diaper wearer. The sensor continuously detects and at least temporarily records movements of the diaper wearer, and these detected movements are analyzed to determine movement patterns. Then, on detection of excretion by the detector, a movement pattern immediately preceding the detection of excretion is stored or flagged as a critical movement pattern. Thereafter each time movements matching the critical movement pattern are detected, a signal is sent to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Bernd Kunze, Philipp Pomp, Thomas Fett, Andreas Roesner
  • Patent number: 10510228
    Abstract: A merchandise display security system for displaying and protecting an article of merchandise is provided. In one example, the system includes a sensor configured to be coupled to an article of merchandise and to communicate with the article of merchandise. The system also includes a tower configured to receive a signal from the sensor in response to a security event. The tower is further configured to generate a kill switch signal for determining whether to activate a kill switch on the article of merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Baker, Jeffrey A. Grant, Christopher J. Fawcett
  • Patent number: 10511951
    Abstract: A tracking and accountability system and apparatus is provided and comprises a command unit and processing unit coupled to a wireless communication network, a first tracking device having a first mobile transceiver in communication with the wireless communication network and coupled to a first set of identification data of a first individual and being operative to transmit signals representing the first individual's location over the wireless communication network to the processing unit, and a second tracking device having a second mobile transceiver and coupled to a second set of identification data of a second individual and being operative to transmit signals representing the second individual's location (i) to the processing unit over the wireless communication network if the second tracking device is within a first distance; and (ii) to the first tracking device if the second tracking device is within the first distance to the first tracking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Patrick O'Connor, Robert Samuels
  • Patent number: 10510222
    Abstract: A computerized communications system for remotely controlling various color-changing lighting scenes on color-changing lighting fixtures at a premises. The color-changing lighting systems at the remote premises are used to communicate emergency information such as the existence and type of an emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Inception Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Eddins, Kenneth Matthew Glover
  • Patent number: 10510226
    Abstract: A meter socket with a tamper detection assembly is disclosed. The tamper detection assembly may include a light sensor that enables the detection of tampering caused by an energy thief removing the cover of the meter socket enclosure and/or removing the meter from the meter socket in an effort to access the power supply connectors and steal electricity. The tamper detection assembly may also include an acoustic sensor that enables the detection of tampering caused by an energy thief drilling, cutting, hammering, bending or otherwise attempting to violate the integrity of the meter socket enclosure in an effort to access the power supply connectors and steal electricity. The tamper detection assembly is preferably mounted within a mounting block of the meter socket so as to provide a secure source of power and communications for the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: John V. Siglock
  • Patent number: 10504338
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and computer program products are described herein that are configured to enable validation of an alert condition. In some example embodiments, a method is provided that comprises detecting an alert condition. The method of this embodiment may also include generating a set of messages based on one or more key events in a primary data channel and one or more significant events in one or more related data channels in response to the alert condition. The method of this embodiment may also include determining a validity of the alert condition based on the set of messages that express the one or more key events, the one or more significant events, a relationship between the one or more key events and the one or more significant events, an alert context and the one or causes of the alert condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Arria Data2Text Limited
    Inventor: Ehud B. Reiter
  • Patent number: 10504365
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present application provide a navigation method, device and system. The method is applied to a server. The method includes: receiving current position feature information sent by a mobile terminal, determining a position of an area matching the current position feature information based on the current position feature information and a database stored in the server, and taking the position as an initial position; determining a position of one empty area of the areas as a target position based on position information corresponding to respective areas and correspondence relationship between identification information of the respective areas and the respective feature information currently stored in the database; and determining a first route from the initial position to the target position and displaying the first route on an electronic map of the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shiliang Pu, Jianxin Meng, Jiang Zhu, Linjie Shen, Hai Yu
  • Patent number: 10497250
    Abstract: Machine learning systems, methods, and techniques for detecting damage and/or other conditions associated with a building, land, structure, or other real property using a real property monitoring system are disclosed. The property monitoring system is used in conjunction with machine learning techniques to determine and/or predict various conditions associated with the real property, including particular damage thereto, e.g., based upon dynamic characteristic data obtained via on-site sensors, static characteristic data, third-party input descriptive of an event impacting the building, etc. Accordingly, damage and/or loss associated with the building/real property is more quickly and/or accurately ascertained so that suitable mitigation techniques may be applied. In some scenarios, previously undetectable or uncharacterized damage and/or other conditions may be discovered and mitigated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Gregory L Hayward, Meghan Sims Goldfarb, Nicholas U. Christopulos, Erik Donahue
  • Patent number: 10497224
    Abstract: Disclosed is a safety management system for a worker at a tunnel construction site, the system comprising: a server for controlling the safety management system; routers installed at predetermined intervals at the tunnel construction site; a worker terminal carried by the worker; and at least one information collecting terminal for receiving worker information from the worker terminal and collecting environment information of the tunnel construction site so as to transfer the same to the server, wherein the server determines a location of the worker by using the worker information; divides a map of the tunnel construction site into a plurality of zones and displays the same on a browser; displays the worker information on a zone where the worker is located, among the plurality of zones; and determines at least one danger zone on the basis of the environment information and previously input risk factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: GSIL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jung Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 10499360
    Abstract: A passive wireless electronics detection system is disclosed having one or more radio antenna assemblies able to receive digital data from a wireless electronic device located within a predetermined range, and storage associated with the radio antenna assemblies for storing at least some of the digital data received. The storage is through connection to the internet, or can be local to the antenna assemblies. The digital data includes wireless device meta-data such as the device name, MAC address, BSSID, previous Wi-Fi networks connected to, etc. A device listing is complied through frequency of detection or user input, and an alert may be triggered when an unexpected device is detected, which can then be sent to one or more digital devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Geoffrey E Korrub