Patents Examined by Julie Bichngoc Lieu
  • Patent number: 7289018
    Abstract: A method for distance alert for a vehicle, the distance of the vehicle to obstacles in the vehicle's surroundings being detected. The output of an alert depends on whether or not an obstacle is located in the vehicle's travel path. If there is no obstacle located in the travel path, then an alert is only output at a substantially smaller distance than would be the case when an obstacle is located in the travel path. The method is used for avoiding unnecessary alerts about obstacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Ewerhart, Clemens Guenther, Thomas Wittig, Arnd Engeln
  • Patent number: 7286058
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for powering one or more remotely-situated devices. In accordance with some embodiments of the invention, energy is added (at a convenient location) to a medium that the remotely-situated devices are associated with (e.g., a medium that the remotely-situated devices are sensing, controlling, alarming, etc). The energy is removed from the medium near to the remotely-situated devices. If required, the energy is converted to a form that is useable by the remotely-situated device. The removed energy is delivered to the remotely-situated devices and is used by them to perform an action that is associated with the medium (e.g., sensing a characteristic of the medium, controlling a characteristic of the medium, providing an alarm responsive to a value of a characteristic of the medium, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Inventor: Steven Phillip Gologorsky
  • Patent number: 7280032
    Abstract: An apparatus/system for use in coupling power from a power supply to a device over a network transmission medium is provided. The coupling apparatus/system generally includes one or more common mode chokes that feature a first winding and a second winding, the first winding being electrically connected between the first terminal of the power supply and the first electrical conductor of the network transmission medium, and the second winding being coupled between the first terminal of the power supply and the first electrical conductor of the network transmission medium. The common mode choke generally includes at least one core for coupling the first and second windings of the one or more common mode chokes. An RJ45 to 110 IDC modular connector may be connected to a printed circuit board used to transfer high speed signals for telecommunication interface media connections. The printed circuit board is configured to help reduce near-end crosstalk (NEXT) without compromising impedance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Aekins, Joseph E. Dupuis
  • Patent number: 7268670
    Abstract: A power line communications technique (PLC) is disclosed which allows communications across any three phase electric system by modulating the impedance through earth between any two points of differing voltage on the electrical system in order to use the power supply as the communications power source thereby using the power supply current as the communications carrier. No additional coupled communications source is required and modulation of an earth link current at the power frequency is especially suitable for remote electrical loads, such as an oil well electric submersible pump, where it is most cost effective to only have the three power conductors and no neutral nor signal wires in the power cable. Embodiments of the invention are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: The Autonomous Well Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mark Patrick Robertson
  • Patent number: 7265677
    Abstract: System for indicating when a tank is full. The system includes a signal and control box. A container is connected to the tank. The container has a base, a float, an upper portion, and a lower portion. An orifice is arranged at the upper portion of the container. The float has an electrical contact connected to the signal and control box. The base of the container is arranged one of above a maximum filling level of the tank and substantially at the same level as the maximum filling level of the tank. A communication conduit is connected to each of the base of the container and an area of the tank which is in proximity to an upper portion of the tank. The system generates at least one warning signal after the tank is completely filled and when the container is partially filled by the communication conduit. This Abstract is not intended to define the invention disclosed in the specification, nor intended to limit the scope of the invention in any way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventor: Jean-Luc Dupont
  • Patent number: 7248149
    Abstract: An intersection controlled by an intersection controller receives trigger signals from on-coming emergency vehicles responding to an emergency call. The intersection controller initiates surveillance of the intersection via cameras installed at the intersection in response to a received trigger signal. The surveillance may begin immediately upon receipt of the trigger signal from an emergency vehicle, or may wait until the intersection controller determines that the signaling emergency vehicle is in the field of view of the cameras at the intersection. Portions of the captured images are tagged by the intersection controller based on tag signals transmitted by the vehicle or based on detected traffic patterns that indicate a potential traffic violation. The captured images are downloaded to a processing facility that analyzes the images and automatically issues citations for captured traffic violations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignees: California Institute of Technology, E-Views Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Bachelder, Richard Wickline
  • Patent number: 7245227
    Abstract: Work tools such as a printhead, platen, and/or cutting head are spaced normally with respect to a media path based on a location of one or more objects carried by the media, and the position of the media with respect to the work tool. Additionally or alternatively the work tools are selectively operated based on a location of one or more objects carried by the media, and the position of the media with respect to the work tool. The approaches are suitable for the manufacture and use of RFID tags and labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Intermec IP Corp.
    Inventors: Steven J. Winter, Mike Wills
  • Patent number: 7245215
    Abstract: A position-tracking system for tracking the position of an object is disclosed. According to various embodiments, the tracking system includes a tracking device that is connected to or otherwise affixed to the object to be tracked. The tracking device may include, among other things, an inertial sensor assembly, radio transceivers and a processor. The position tracking system may also include a host processing system that is in communication with the tracking device. The position tracking system may provide variable-resolution position information based on the environment in which the object is moving. In a “wide resolution” area, the system may compute a general position for the object based on a wireless telephone network Cell-ID/map correlation architecture. In a high-resolution area, greater position resolution may be realized from the combination of a wireless aiding system and inputs from the inertial sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: PINC Solutions
    Inventors: Aleks Göllü, Meng-Hsiung Kiang
  • Patent number: 7245214
    Abstract: Methods and systems for electronically tracking the progress of teams as they cover an assigned geographic area are described herein. A server computer establishes a coverage area, divides the coverage area into a plurality of regions, and assigns each region to a team. Each team carries a tracking device capable of autonomously determining its present location without user assistance, thus allowing the team to focus on the assigned task, such as searching for a missing person, plowing a field, paving a road, etc. The server monitors the location of each tracking device as each team covers its assigned region, and updates on a visually displayed geographic map a historical path associated with each tracking device based on the monitored location of each tracking device. In this manner, users can quickly view the visual depiction of the historical to determine as yet uncovered areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: User-Centric IP, LP
    Inventor: Michael R. Smith
  • Patent number: 7242308
    Abstract: A bed monitoring system that remotely monitors a patient bed. The bed monitoring system comprises a bed status system and a master station. The bed status system is coupled to the patient bed and is configured to monitor at least one condition of the bed, and to generate a bed message indicating the status of the monitored condition. The master station, remote from the patient bed, is operatively coupled to the bed status system to receive bed status information. The bed message can include a bed identifier, bed type identifier, patient exit detection signal, bed occupied signal, or various other status signals. The system can also include locating stations that receive the bed messages from any beds within its monitored location, and generates a station message including information from the bed messages. The master station receives the station messages and can determine the status and location of any bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Ulrich, Matthew W. Weismiller, Tom Scott, Bob Jennings, Julie Myers, Joe Novak
  • Patent number: 7236095
    Abstract: A method of detecting a predetermined alarm condition in a combustion emission gas. The method comprises exposing to the gas a semiconductor gas sensor having a p-type mixed metal oxide semiconducting material of the first, second and/or third order transition metal series, the semiconducting material being responsive both to a change in concentration of a reducing gas in the surrounding atmosphere and to a change in concentration of oxygen in the surrounding atmosphere to exhibit a change in its electrical resistance. The resistance is monitored and an alarm signal is output if the resistance exceeds a predetermined value corresponding to the alarm condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: City Technology Limited
    Inventors: Peter John Smith, Keith Francis Edwin Pratt
  • Patent number: 7230522
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of transferring information over the power line to and/or from the device or devices powered by said power line. For devices that may be powered by either alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC) their operation may be controlled by which type of power they are receiving, AC, +DC or ?DC. Data may also transmitted by alternating the polarity of each half cycle of the power line, on a one half by one half cycle basis, in a controlled manner such that the powered device may receive such data to control its mode of operation. A method of reducing the heat in the switching devices and a system of encoding the data such that each powered device may have a different address and therefore may return data when requested is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventor: Carlile R. Stevens
  • Patent number: 7230534
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying a lost or stolen device is disclosed herein. The system includes: a transmitter, coupled to said device, for transmitting identification information; a receiver for receiving the identification information transmitted by the transmitter, when the transmitter is within a defined distance from the receiver; and a computer, coupled to the receiver for receiving the information from the receiver, and having a database for storing data associated with lost or stolen devices; wherein the computer compares the information with the data, and generates an alarm if the information indicates that the device is lost or stolen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis D. Elledge
  • Patent number: 7230546
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for generating incursion alerts in response to incursion events detected by incursion detector units, attached to safety icons such as traffic cones and signage. The incursion detector units are activated by automatic activation sensors and remain activated for a period of time. Alerts are generated in response to impacts detected at the safety icons by an incursion detector and transmitted to one or more incursion receiver units which annunciate the alert with audio, lights, or tactile output to warn personnel of possibly impending danger. Alert signals are preferably repeated by other incursion detectors wherein the distance and conditions over which the alert signals may be communicated is extended. A validation circuit and tilt sensor filter out not incursion events such as wind tipping. The incursion detectors may generate area alerts, or personal alerts and can transmit operational status and alerts to discrete groups of receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventors: Craig Nelson, Robert Bos
  • Patent number: 7227459
    Abstract: A vehicle imaging system includes an imaging array sensor having a field of view directed outwardly from the vehicle and toward an external scene, first and second optic elements, and a control responsive to an output of the imaging array sensor. The imaging array sensor has at least first and second portions, with the first optic element positioned along a first optic path between the first portion of the imaging array sensor and the external scene, and the second optic element positioned along a second optic path between the second portion of the imaging array sensor and the external scene. The control processes the output and distinguishes the first image and the second image in order to identify objects of interest in the external scene. The control generates a control output in response to the processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Brent J Bos, Kenneth Schofield
  • Patent number: 7218206
    Abstract: Diagnostic data associated with a latch can be generated in response to automatically analyzing the latch. A graphical user interface is provided for graphically displaying the diagnostic data within a display area thereof. Additionally, a communications link between the graphical user interface and the latch can be implemented over which latch operational and functionality feedback information is communicated to the latch, in response to user input provided to the graphical user interface. The latch can be automatically analyzed in response to user input provided through the graphical user interface. Additionally, the latch can be automatically analyzed during latch operations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis B. Johnson, Peter Suknaich
  • Patent number: 7215251
    Abstract: A Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) transponder is provided. The RFID transponder may include a basic ID flag circuit having a VDD voltage node, an output voltage node, and a capacitor coupled to the VDD voltage node and the output voltage node to store an ID flag. A supplemental discharge current circuit coupled to the basic ID flag circuit is provided in order to control persistence duration of the state of the ID flag. The persistence duration of the state of the ID flag is controlled by maintaining supplemental discharge current, which is greater than the leakage current of the basic ID flag circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Impinj, Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Hyde
  • Patent number: 7212129
    Abstract: Among the embodiments of the present invention is a system including a pest control device and a magnetic field source external to the pest control device. The pest control device has a bait operable to be consumed or displaced by one or more species of pest, a pest sensing circuit, and a monitoring circuit coupled to the pest sensing circuit. The monitoring circuit includes a device responsive to a magnetic field provided by the magnetic field source to output status information about the pest sensing circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Daniel T. Barber, Don Black
  • Patent number: RE39730
    Abstract: Brake pressure indication apparatus in a vehicle includes a plurality of red L.E.D.s arranged in a ladder-like configuration. The L.E.D.s illuminate progressively in response to brake pressure. As brake pressure is increased, more L.E.D.s illuminate. Brake pressure may be sensed in either of two ways, such as movement of the brake pedal or the expansion of a flexible brake hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Inventor: Jeffrey C. Brown
  • Patent number: RE39871
    Abstract: A novel basic allergen/particulate data collection device and a novel multi-function personal air quality management device are disclosed. Both devices include sensor sub-assembly detecting and reporting on allergen/particulate data (preferably, for allergen/particulate with sizes smaller than 5 micron) for an indoor location (where the asthma patient is situated). Both devices are communication enabled to allow the allergen/particulate data to be provided to an air/asthma advice server, to generate air/asthma advice for an asthma patient, taking into consideration the allergen/particulate data as well as air quality data for a surrounding outdoor area of the indoor location. In one embodiment of the basic device, the communication interface is tailored for “harsh environment” local area networking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: AirAdvice, Inc.
    Inventor: John N. Skardon