Patents Examined by Kevin Butler
  • Patent number: 10328840
    Abstract: A cargo strap monitoring system for real-time detection and reporting of cargo strap failure is provided. The cargo strap monitoring system may be a detector in the form of a cylinder that fits a winch slot. The cylinder provides a housing for circuitry operably linked to a pressure sensor. During normal operation a cargo strap is wrapped around and deployed from the spindle. The pressure sensor detects unsafe tension in the cargo strap. The circuitry includes a transceiver and a processor. Upon detection of an unsafe tension condition the transceiver transmits a warning to a remote monitor which may be located in a driver's truck cab. The remote monitor can be a mobile terminal such as a smart phone. The spindle with a slot and circuitry including the pressure sensor can be sold as a kit suitable for retrofitting to cargo strap winches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Johnny White, Lonny W. Rollins
  • Patent number: 10331017
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a club face and a body. The club face is formed from a metallic material and includes a first, hitting surface, a second, rear surface that is opposite the first surface, and a flange that is separated from the second surface by a transverse distance. The body is formed from a polymeric material and includes a crown, a sole, a hosel, and a face support. The club face and the body cooperate to define a closed volume, and the face support extends to opposing sides of the flange and is operative to couple the club face to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond J. Sander
  • Patent number: 10313592
    Abstract: A buoyant airfoil stabilization platform that can compensate for fluid flow above, below, and around an attached payload. The airfoil stabilization platform being a substantially delta or linear shaped airfoil. The airfoil uses fluid dynamics principles to assist in the stability of a mounted payload. The airfoil stabilization platform also comprises a payload mount and a handle grip. The payload mount is designed to receive camera, lighting, sonar, and other devices. The handle grip allows the user to control and assist in the stabilization of the platform. The handle grip can further contribute to the stabilization of the platform by including components for allowing the center of gravity or buoyancy of the apparatus to be adjusted. The airfoil stabilization platform can further include winglets to assist with stabilizing the platform. In addition, lights, camera, lasers, levels, and other features may be built into the airfoil, winglets, or attached expansion pods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Vance Burberry
  • Patent number: 10288042
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wind turbine rotor balancing method which compensates imbalances between the centers of gravity of the wind turbine blades, in both magnitude and position along said blades, so that the amount of mass needed to carry out this balancing method is minimized, while reducing the loads and vibrations associated with a position of the center of gravity of the rotor not aligned with the axis of rotation thereof, wherein the invention further relates to the wind turbine rotor balancing system and the wind turbine balanced with the above method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ACCIONA WINDPOWER, S.A.
    Inventors: Javier Sanz Corretge, Unai San Miguel Alzorriz, Fernando Echeverria Dura, Alvaro Gorostidi Martinez de Lecea, Teresa Arlaban Gabeiras, Jose Miguel Garcia Sayes, Miguel Nunez Polo
  • Patent number: 10274812
    Abstract: A durable camera module comprises a lens holder and a lens barrel. An opening is defined in the lens holder. The opening passes through the lens holder along an axial direction of the lens holder. At least one notch is defined in a side wall of the lens holder. The at least one notch extends radially through the side wall of the lens holder. The lens barrel is received in the opening. A first adhesive layer is formed between the lens barrel and lens holder. The first adhesive layer is positioned at an end of the lens holder and surrounds the lens barrel. A second adhesive layer is formed in each of the at least one notch, the second adhesive layer is bonded to the lens barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: TRIPLE WIN TECHNOLOGY(SHENZHEN) CO. LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shin-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 10274859
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image forming apparatus including: a first moving member pressed and moved by an openable/closable member when the openable/closable member is opened, and switching a cartridge from a state where the cartridge is positioned in an image forming position to a state where the positioning is released; and a second moving member pressed and moved by the openable/closable member when the openable/closable member is opened, and moving the exposure member from an exposure position to a retracted position, wherein when the positioning of the cartridge is released, a reaction force applied from the first moving member to the openable/closable member reaches a first peak, when the exposure member is moved to the retracted position, a reaction force applied from the second moving member to the openable/closable member reaches a second peak, and timing of the first peak is different from timing of the second peak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryuji Tanaami, Keita Nakajima, Koji Miwa, Yuji Mitsui
  • Patent number: 10268018
    Abstract: A lens module includes a circuit, a sensor mounted on the circuit, a base mounted on the circuit, a motor mounted on the base, and a lens unit mounted on the motor. The base has a first surface, a second surface opposite to the first surface and an outer surface connected with the first surface and the second surface. The base forms a plurality of heat dissipation layers, the heat dissipation layers are made of metal materials. The heat dissipation layers are spaced from each other. The heat dissipation layers are formed on the first surface and the outer surface of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignees: TRIPLE WIN TECHNOLOGY(SHENZHEN) CO. LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sheng-Jie Ding, Shin-Wen Chen, Kun Li, Jing-Wei Li
  • Patent number: 10266387
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser comprising fuel flow piping defining a flow path from a source of fuel toward a fueling nozzle. The fuel flow piping further has a filter manifold for mounting a fuel filter thereon. A plurality of fuel handling components are disposed along the fuel flow piping. A sensor device is mounted to the filter manifold, the sensor device having at least one sensor operative to detect a sensed condition related to the fuel dispenser. The sensor device further comprises electronics to transmit a signal related to the sensed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Michael Charles Liebal, Wayne McNinch, Howard Myers, Edward A. Payne, Christopher Adam Oldham
  • Patent number: 10268107
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a camera module, comprising: a lens barrel including a body part, and an extension part extending outwardly from the body part; a front body including a through hole into which the body part is inserted, and a placing part on the top of which the extension part is disposed; and an adhesive disposed between the extension part and the placing part, wherein a concave-convex part may be formed on the placing part. The present invention has an effect of enhancing adhesive force between the lens barrel and the front body, thereby maintaining airtightness of an inner space and improving reliability and stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Je Kyung Park, Myoung Jin An
  • Patent number: 10260591
    Abstract: A gimbal vibration damper for a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) includes an upper vibration damping sheet which is connected with a bottom surface of a fuselage of the UAV, a lower vibration damping sheet which is connected with a top of a gimbal, and a vibration damping component which is located between the upper vibration damping sheet and the lower vibration damping sheet, wherein an upper end of the vibration damping component is fixed with the upper vibration damping sheet, a lower end of the vibration damping component is fixed with the lower vibration damping sheet. The gimbal vibration damper provided by the present invention is able to achieve better gimbal damping effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Haoxiang Electric Energy (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu Tian, Wenyan Jiang
  • Patent number: 10255776
    Abstract: A dome camera mechanism for an improved gimbal pan assembly which allows rotation of an optical module of the dome camera over 360 degrees in a pan direction using a track and a guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Avigilon Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew Joseph Stark, Christopher James Cullington Okrainetz
  • Patent number: 10254633
    Abstract: A mount section 35 on which a camera grip 60 is mounted in an attachable and detachable manner is provided in an imaging device 30, and a mount section 65 that is mounted on the imaging device 30 in an attachable and detachable manner is provided in the camera grip. The attachment and detachment of the camera grip 60 can be easily performed and manipulability can be improved by providing the mount sections 35 and 65 provided in the imaging device and the camera grip with a bayonet mechanism. Further, a connection cable 75 that connects the imaging device 30 and the camera grip 60 is wound or rewound around the mount section 65 in accordance with the rotational movement of a grip main body section 61 with the mount section 65 as the axis, and the connection cable 75 does not become an obstacle to the switch manipulation of a manipulation section 62 provided in the camera grip 60. The manipulability of an imaging system can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Ishida, Koji Izumi
  • Patent number: 10254631
    Abstract: Imaging platform assembly includes a platform having a transparent portion, and a support frame that supports the platform at an elevated level, a rotatable camera support coupled to the support frame adjacent to the platform, a camera arm extending from the camera support, and a camera arranged at a free end of the camera arm and having a field of view oriented toward the platform. The camera support is rotatable to cause the camera to move in a path between a position above the platform and a position below the transparent region of the platform and enables imaging of a subject on the platform from above and below the platform. When the camera is fixed to the camera arm and the camera arm is fixed to the camera support, a complete rotation of the camera support causes a complete rotation of the camera around the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Phillip Askew
  • Patent number: 10241381
    Abstract: A mobile device with variable aperture function includes two driving members, which deformation and retraction can be controlled to cause movement of a light hole of a movable aperture sheet towards a camera lens, where the amount of light entering into the camera lens is determined by the light hole of the movable aperture sheet and when the light hole in the movable aperture sheet moves away from the camera lens, the amount of light entering into the camera lens is determined by the camera lens itself, thereby varying the amount of light entering into the camera lens and eliminating the fixed amount of light due to the fixed aperture of the prior art mobile device and permitting miniaturization of the present mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ISSA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chi-Wei Chiu, Yung-Yun Chen
  • Patent number: 10233993
    Abstract: Non-linear forces are simulated by a dual-rate spring apparatus, which may also be used to impose nonlinear forces. The apparatus includes a carriage and at least two springs arranged sequentially in series with one another. The spring constant is changed by initially allowing both of the springs to compress to a point and, thereafter, after one spring is generally completely compressed, allowing only the other spring to compress further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Cleveland
  • Patent number: 10230897
    Abstract: A control apparatus includes a motion vector detector (118) that detects a motion vector, a calculator (126) that calculates angular velocity information of an object based on the motion vector and an angular velocity detected by an angular velocity detector, and a controller (122) that controls a shake corrector based on the angular velocity information of the object, and the controller changes control of the shake corrector depending on information relating to correction of an output signal from the angular velocity detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shunichiro Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10222359
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods for verification of correct function of sampling equipment is disclosed, wherein said method comprises the steps of: a) providing a pump assembly (1) comprising an inlet (2) and an outlet (3), a flow channel (4) extending between said inlet (2) and outlet (3), a pump located along said flow channel (4) adapted to force an gas flow through said flow channel (4), a first mass flow sensor (6) located inside said flow channel (4), a first pressure sensor (7) located near said first mass flow sensor (6) adapted to measure a first pressure inside said flow channel (4), and a second pressure sensor (8) located outside said flow channel (4), said second pressure sensor (8) being adapted to measure a second pressure being the ambient atmospheric pressure, b) calculating the pressure difference between said first pressure and said second pressure c) calculating any error in an output signal from the mass flow meter by comparing said pressure difference with a value in a pre-calibrated t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: PROVTAGAREN AB
    Inventors: Gunnar Skarping, Marianne Dalene
  • Patent number: 10222679
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus is provided with a shake correction unit that corrects image shake of an image that can arise from shake such as camera shake and a driver thereof. An angular velocimeter detects an angular velocity of shake, and an accelerometer detects acceleration of the shake. A CPU acquires an angular velocity detection signal and an acceleration detection signal, and then computes a first parallel shake amount that is shake in the direction orthogonal to the optical axis of an imaging optical system. A velocity computation unit computes a second parallel shake amount by combining the acceleration detection signal and the first parallel shake amount. The driver drives the shake correction unit based on the second parallel shake amount to correct shake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobushige Wakamatsu
  • Patent number: 10220962
    Abstract: A mount for a device such as a camera or similar equipment includes a rotational element that receives and secures the device within the rotational element. The rotational element has an outer circumference that provides an outer contact surface to the inner contact surface of a ring clamp. The ring clamp may clamp the rotational element and device in a wide array of selectable orientations. The ring clamp may include an attachment for attaching the ring clamp to a larger element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: PEOVI, INC
    Inventor: Scott Paul Herring
  • Patent number: 10215354
    Abstract: A solar shading panel for use in north and south sides of a building is described, where the solar shading panel is effective in preventing against direct sunlight partially or throughout the year without angle adjusting equipment, while allowing building occupants to perceive external views at all times. The solar shading panel includes a frame and an opaque panel with spacing perforates attached to hollow cylinders. An upper portion of the hollow cylinders can be configured to protect against direct light and a lower portion of the hollow cylinders can be configured to receive and reflect natural light into the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Sopa Visitsak, Nattaree Sridaranon