Patents Examined by Jonathan R Beckley
  • Patent number: 10036808
    Abstract: A safety system comprised of safety devices each worn by a caretaker and up to three people requiring minding, that alerts using color coded LED lights and audible tones when a monitored person is in danger. The device alerts if the person is beyond a preset distance, is close to or is in a body of water, or signals they are in trouble, using phased-array radar coupled with image processing. The phased-array radar allows the remote sensing of water in either daylight or night. The phased-array radar comprises multiple antenna elements including an independent antenna element phase shifter allowing beamsteering. The device scans an object using a preset beamsteering algorithm independent of movement. The multiple antenna elements and beamsteering improve image data accuracy which is then interpreted and correlated with a body of water characteristics. The phased-array radar is also used for caretaker-monitored person communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Charlotte Ann Watkins, Paul Lockwood
  • Patent number: 10037683
    Abstract: A vehicle telematics device for a vehicle that includes an electronic processor, a wireless chipset for wireless communication to and from the vehicle, and a bus interface for receiving bus messages from a communications bus in the vehicle. The vehicle telematics device includes computer readable memory storing program code that, upon execution by the processor, causes the vehicle telematics device to: (a) monitor for messages received by the bus interface from the communications bus; (b) detect a communication failure of the communication bus based on the monitoring; (c) determine a vehicle movement that is indicative of a vehicle crash; and (d) initiate a communication with a remote facility in response to both the detection of the communication failure and the determination of the vehicle movement that is indicative of a crash a notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Eric T. Hosey, Andrew J. MacDonald, Curtis L. Hay, Steven R. Croyle
  • Patent number: 10013225
    Abstract: An image forming method of a GDI image forming apparatus includes forming an image density pattern for tone compensation, measuring an image density of the formed image density pattern for tone compensation, and transmitting measured image density data of the image density pattern for tone compensation to a host apparatus communicating with the image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: S-PRINTING SOLUTION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Han-sang Oh
  • Patent number: 10000055
    Abstract: A method of operating a sheet-fed printing press includes storing various print jobs and/or associated setting values and process steps in a memory device to set up the printing press upon a job change. A computer implements or suggests settings or process steps of the printing press for a print job based on the job data of a print job and/or as a result of inputs by the operator. Before or immediately after a print job is completed, the computer generates a query requesting inputs that determine if the same print job requires further passes and if so, which passes are required and, based on the information input therein, implements only those settings on the printing press and/or initiates or suggests only those process steps that are necessary for the subsequent pass of the sheets that have already been printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: HEIDELBERGER DRUCKMASCHINEN AG
    Inventor: Stephan Ehrhardt
  • Patent number: 9944131
    Abstract: A tire or tire tread features a helical, metallic RFID tag antenna, configured to provide an operable frequency response between 900 and 930 MHz upon receiving 100 electromagnetic waves having a power between 12 and 24 dBm. The helical, metallic RFID tag antenna is disposed within the at least one tread feature and has a wear rate commensurate with a wear rate of the at least one tread feature. The response(s) from the helical, metallic RFID tag antenna are used to track tread wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE AMERICAS TIRE OPERATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Terence E. Wei, Paul B. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9904877
    Abstract: A printing apparatus includes: a transport unit that arranges and is able to transport a plurality of continuous paper pieces in parallel; a printing unit of which a print head reciprocates in a direction intersecting with a transport direction of the plurality of continuous paper pieces and which is configured to be able to perform printing on the plurality of continuous paper pieces separately; a reception unit that is able to receive a plurality of print jobs; and a control unit that controls operations of the transport unit and the printing unit based on the plurality of print jobs received by the reception unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hirofumi Yoshiwaka, Toshiaki Isobe, Mamiko Ishida, Mamoru Akatsu
  • Patent number: 9898239
    Abstract: A print control device includes: a first communication unit which communicates with a host device via a first communication standard; a second communication unit which communicates with a host device via a second communication standard that is different from the first communication standard; and a control unit which carries out communication control with the host device and print control, wherein the control unit turns a connection with the host device through the first communication unit into a disconnected state when data is received via the first communication standard during print control based on a print job received via the second communication standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Noriaki Murayama
  • Patent number: 9884588
    Abstract: Disclosed is a driver supporting device including: a warning timing control unit for setting a timing at which to output warning data in accordance with the existence or non-existence of a passenger when it is determined that a warning target which possibly collides with a driver's vehicle exists ahead of the driver's vehicle, and a warning data outputting unit for outputting the warning data in accordance with the timing set by the warning timing control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinyoung Park, Shu Murayama
  • Patent number: 9880795
    Abstract: A recording system, includes a recording apparatus configured to perform recording using a recording head having a plurality of recording elements; and an information processing apparatus configured to send a print job to the recording apparatus to shift a range of use of the recording elements in an array direction of the recording elements. The information processing apparatus includes a head shading correction unit configured to execute, based on information indicating that the range of use of the recording elements is one of plural ranges of use, head shading correction corresponding to the one range on image data; and a sending unit configured to send the image data subjected to the head shading correction to the recording apparatus. The recording apparatus includes a recording control unit configured to control the recording head to perform recording at the one range by using the image data subjected to the head shading correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Finetech Nisca, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Ueda, Yasukazu Ono
  • Patent number: 9858510
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit configured to acquire image data with which transformation information including at least transformation components of a first type and a second type, the second type being different from the first type, is associated, a specifying unit configured to specify the transformation component of the first type from the transformation information, a transformation unit configured to perform, based on the transformation information, transformation processing based on the transformation component of the second type included in the transformation information for the image data, a generation unit configured to generate a command for performing transformation processing based on the specified transformation component of the first type for the converted image data, and a transmission unit configured to transmit the generated command to a printing apparatus. The transformation components of the first and second types are geometric transformation components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hitoshi Nagasaka
  • Patent number: 9830544
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus, in which a purpose of a password can be selected from a plurality of purposes, and a print job, in which the password is used for the selected purpose, is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihiro Mitsui
  • Patent number: 9762765
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus has a clock supply circuit supplying a signal at a first clock frequency or a second clock frequency lower than the first frequency, a first CPU performing image data processing based on the signal, and a second CPU measuring time based on the signal to determine execution timing of each process performed in control processing. The image forming apparatus includes a load determination unit determining whether a load of the image data processing is higher than a reference level, and a control unit that switches the frequency to the first frequency when the load is higher than the reference level, and to the second frequency when the load is not higher. When the frequency switching occurs, the second CPU changes a method for measuring time. The second CPU completes one process before the switching and starts the next one after the switching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Takayuki Ito
  • Patent number: 9749479
    Abstract: A state change of a status occurred during a communication interrupted state is stored as a state change status. Thus, a video controller 102 can recognize the change of the status during a period when communication between the video controller 102 and an engine control unit 103 is interrupted, based on the state change status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuta Hojo
  • Patent number: 9557944
    Abstract: When performing authenticated printing, an administrator must minutely grasp the consistency between account registered information held by a printer and account information input by each user, and this complicates an updating work. In addition, the user cannot perform printing if this updating work is not performed. In an embodiment of the present invention, therefore, the administrator sets a secondary identifier group updatable by a user, and the account registered information is automatically updated based on the account information input by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Otaka
  • Patent number: 9489162
    Abstract: A control system that monitors a calibration status of a printer includes the following components. An obtaining unit obtains information that identifies a common media type to be used in calibration by a monitoring-target printer. A first determining unit determines whether a calibration status of the printer satisfies a first condition in accordance with a printing amount of the printer. A second determining unit determines whether a recording medium corresponding to the common media type is held in the printer by using the obtained information. A control unit causes the printer to perform calibration by causing the printer to perform printing on the recording medium corresponding to the common media type in a case where it is determined that the calibration status of the printer satisfies the first condition and that the recording medium corresponding to the common media type is held in the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kevin F Piazza, Yasuhiko Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 9471262
    Abstract: Example embodiments are directed to systems, methods, and computer-readable media for providing a cloud print service, wherein when a user of a terminal device chooses a pay-to-print option, a print service provider is configured to send an uploaded print job to a print apparatus via a public network after receiving monetary payment from the user, and when the user chooses a free-print-with-advertisement option, the print service provider is configured to select a user-targeted advertisement, modify the uploaded print job with the selected user-targeted advertisement, and send the modified print job to the print apparatus via the public network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Ricoh Company Ltd.
    Inventor: Yusuke Tamari
  • Patent number: 9444961
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus including a main control unit and a communication unit includes a receiving unit configured to receive a packet via a network when the main control unit and the communication unit are in a power saving state, a first canceling unit configured to cancel the power saving state of the communication unit in response to receiving of the packet by the receiving unit, a first determination unit configured to determine whether to cancel the power saving state of the main control unit based on the packet received by the receiving unit when the first canceling unit has canceled the power saving state of the communication unit, and a second canceling unit configured to cancel the power saving state of the main control unit when the first determination unit has determined to cancel the power saving state of the main control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiaki Iizuka
  • Patent number: 9377978
    Abstract: A control method for controlling an image processing apparatus, includes causing a sheet processing apparatus to execute a sheet processing of a sheet to be printed by execution of a first print job stored in a storage unit configured to store a plurality of print jobs each of which has received an execution request, controlling a power supply required for the sheet processing to be executed by the sheet processing apparatus, determining whether a second print job in which the sheet processing is executed by the sheet processing apparatus is stored in the storage unit when the sheet processing of the sheet to be printed by the execution of the first print job is executed by the sheet processing apparatus, maintaining the power supply required for the sheet processing by the sheet processing apparatus when the determining step determines that the second print job is stored in the storage unit, and restricting the power supply required for the sheet processing by the sheet processing apparatus when the determin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuuki Maeda
  • Patent number: 9335963
    Abstract: A method of managing print jobs addressed to a virtual print identity. The virtual print identity is associated with a first user, but not tied to a particular user device and the virtual print identity has at least one parameter relating to where the print job should be printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Rajesh Bhatia, Harish B. Kamath
  • Patent number: 9338315
    Abstract: A present image communication apparatus performs voice communication with an external apparatus via a network, acquires image communication information indicating an image communication capability of the external apparatus, displays an operation screen that is related to image communication and includes at least information indicating whether or not voice communication can be continued when performing image communication based on the acquired image communication information, and controls image communication in accordance with user input that has been made via the operation screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Eiji Ohara, Shigeru Koizumi, Daisuke Suga, Michio Fukushima