Patents Examined by Khoi H. Tran
  • Patent number: 10838396
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a device in a network receives a set of sensor data from a plurality of sensors deployed in a location. The device determines a physical layout for furnishings in the location based on the received set of sensor data. One or more of the furnishings is equipped with one or more actuators configured to move the equipped furnishing in one or more directions. The device generates an instruction for the one or more actuators of a particular one of the furnishings based on the determined physical layout for the furnishings. The device sends the instruction to the one or more actuators of the particular furnishing, to implement the determined physical layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Calvin Byers, Joseph Michael Clarke, Gonzalo Salgueiro, Pascal Thubert
  • Patent number: 10839693
    Abstract: A vehicle control device and a vehicle control method are configured: to perform passing vehicle determination to determine whether another vehicle is a passing vehicle, based on position data included in first communication data received from the other vehicle and also position data of an own-vehicle; to transmit second communication data including a result of the passing vehicle determination and the position data of the own-vehicle; and to perform oncoming vehicle determination to determine whether the other vehicle is an oncoming vehicle, based on the position data included in the second communication data received from the other vehicle and the position data of an own-vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Nishiwaki
  • Patent number: 10832559
    Abstract: A method, communication hub and mesh network for facilitating management of emergency responders and emergency response equipment via a communication hub are disclosed. According to one aspect, the communication hub includes at least one telemetry radio configured to communicate with emergency response equipment to gather data from the emergency response equipment. The communication hub also includes at least one 802.11-compliant radio configured to transmit the gathered data to at least one wireless device configured to manage the emergency responders and emergency response equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Scott Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Scott Sabolcik
  • Patent number: 10829154
    Abstract: A method for operating a vehicle, the vehicle receiving a digital map of a parking lot and at least one target position on the parking lot via a communication network, the vehicle navigating autonomously in the parking lot to the target position on the basis of the digital map, and the vehicle autonomously parking at the target position. A device for operating a vehicle, a vehicle, a server and a computer program are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Albrecht Irion, Hans-Joerg Mathony, Rolf Nicodemus, Stefan Hoffmann, Stefan Nordbruch, Holger Mielenz
  • Patent number: 10824705
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes techniques for changing a required authentication type based on a request for a particular type of information. For example, consider a situation where a user has asked a virtual assistant “who owns this device?” By default, the device may allow biometric authentication to unlock. In response to identification of the owner by the virtual assistant, however, the device may require one or more other types of authentication (e.g., manual entry of a passcode) to unlock the device. In various embodiments, the disclosed techniques may increase the security of the device by making it more difficult for malicious entities to obtain the sensitive information or to access device functionality once the sensitive information has been disclosed. In various embodiments, this may prevent or reduce unauthorized access to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lucia E. Ballard, Jerrold V. Hauck, Deepti S. Prakash, Jan Cibulka, Ivan Krstic
  • Patent number: 10814844
    Abstract: A braking controller and method in a towing vehicle towing one or more towed vehicles as a combination vehicle provides brake control of the one or more towed vehicles based on a level of braking force applied to the towing vehicle. A non-enhanced braking mode applies a first level of braking force to the towed vehicles in a predetermined reduced proportion relative to the level of braking force applied to the towing vehicle, and an enhanced braking mode applies a second level of braking force to the towed vehicles greater than the first level of braking force. The enhanced braking mode strategy is used unless trailer capability information reported by one or more the trailers fails to match against expected trailer capability information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Phillip J. Kasper, Michael D. Tober, Claus Beyer, Joseph M. MacNamara, Subashish Sasmal
  • Patent number: 10809071
    Abstract: Provided is a process executed by a robot, including: traversing, to a first position, a first distance in a backward direction; after traversing the first distance, rotating 180 degrees in a first rotation; after the first rotation, traversing, to a second position, a second distance in the second direction; and after traversing the second distance, rotating 180 degrees in a second rotation such that the field of view of the sensor points in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: AI Incorporated
    Inventors: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi, Sebastian Schweigert, Lukas Fath, Chen Zhang
  • Patent number: 10807247
    Abstract: A present robot operation apparatus operates a robot including a plurality of joints, and includes an operation unit that transmits a signal corresponding to an operation by an operator to a control unit of the robot, and the operation unit is configured to be detachably attached to an attachment member fixed to an arm member of the robot arranged closer to a base than the joint closest to a tip among the plurality of joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Wataru Murakami
  • Patent number: 10806603
    Abstract: Disclosed is a walking assist method including acquiring arm motion data; creating walking data based on the arm motion data; and assisting a walking based on the created walking data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byung-Kwon Choi, Keehong Seo, Youngbo Shim, Taesin Ha, Seungyong Hyung
  • Patent number: 10800407
    Abstract: A driving control device of a vehicle includes a brake device and an ECU. The brake device is configured to apply a braking force to wheels. The ECU is configured to perform driving support control by calculating target deceleration of the vehicle and controlling the brake device such that deceleration of the vehicle reaches the target deceleration, to stop the driving support control when the driving support control is unable to be performed normally, and to determine whether or not a driver is in an abnormal state. The ECU is configured to decelerate the vehicle by controlling the deceleration of the vehicle so as to reach a predetermined value or more, when the driving support control is unable to be performed normally due to factors other than abnormality of the braking device in a situation where a determination that the driver is in an abnormal state is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Kozuka
  • Patent number: 10800406
    Abstract: A mining machine includes a traveling device traveling a traveling path in a mine, a vehicle body supported by the traveling device, a non-contact sensor in a front section of the vehicle body which contactlessly detects an object in a detection area, and is arranged such that the traveling path in front of the vehicle body and an area beside the traveling path are included in the detection area, an obstacle detector detecting an obstacle in the traveling path in front of the vehicle body based on an output signal of the non-contact sensor, a distance detector a distance to a wall beside the traveling path based on an output signal of the non-contact sensor, and a traveling controller controlling the traveling device based on a detection result of at least one of the obstacle detection unit and the distance detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuki Awamori, Tomikazu Tanuki
  • Patent number: 10801180
    Abstract: A work machine includes a controllable subsystem, the controllable subsystem having an actuator configured to actuate a movable element of the subsystem. The work machine also includes a control system configured to generate and send control signals to the controllable subsystem actuator, wherein the control signals cause an actuation of the actuator. The work machine also includes a self protection system configured to prevent the control system from sending a control signal to the actuator that would cause a collision between the controllable subsystem and a portion work machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Lance R. Sherlock
  • Patent number: 10801183
    Abstract: The work vehicle includes: a clutch device including a forward-travel clutch and a backward-travel clutch configured to cause, when being in an engagement state, the work vehicle to travel in a forward travel direction and a backward travel direction; a forward-backward travel instruction device configured to instruct the work vehicle to travel in the forward travel direction or the backward travel direction; a clutch state detection device configured to detect whether the forward-travel clutch and the backward-travel clutch are each in the engagement state; and a torque restriction section configured to restrict a maximum absorbing torque of the hydraulic pump to be low when a restriction condition holds, the restriction condition including a condition that a traveling direction of the work vehicle, which corresponds to an engagement state of the clutch device, and a traveling direction of the work vehicle, which is instructed by the forward-backward travel instruction device are opposite to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Takeda, Isamu Aoki, Kazuo Ishida
  • Patent number: 10796503
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are disclosed for vehicle calibration based upon performance product detection. An example vehicle includes a receiver to receive a wireless signal from a transducer of an performance product that includes characteristics of the performance product. The example vehicle also includes a product controller to authenticate the performance product based upon the wireless signal and send, upon authentication, a calibration instruction that includes the characteristics. The example vehicle also includes an electronic control unit to receive the calibration instruction and adjust a calibration to a target setting based upon the characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Jeffrey Pfeiffer, Matthew Eric Bushore
  • Patent number: 10796567
    Abstract: Various aspects generally relate to identifying a vehicle based on a machine-readable optical marker. In some implementations, a server device may receive one or more images of an object and metadata related thereto. In some implementations, based upon the one or more images, an image processing engine may identify at least one non-visible spectrum marker on a surface of the object (e.g., a machine-readable optical marker that encodes information associated with the object). The server device may determine that the object depicted in the one or more images corresponds to a particular vehicle based on the information encoded by the machine-readable optical marker corresponding to an identifier associated with the particular vehicle. Accordingly, the server device may associate information identifying the particular vehicle with information identifying a location based on the metadata related to the one or more images to permit subsequent determination of the location of the particular vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Qiaochu Tang, Stephen Wylie, Micah Price, Jason Hoover, Geoffrey Dagley
  • Patent number: 10794747
    Abstract: A powertrain controller of a vehicle provides a fuel pump actuator signal indicative of fuel flow to a vehicle bus. A processor is configured to receive data from the vehicle bus. The processor performs an integration of the actuator signal to accumulate fuel usage of the vehicle, and periodically sends the accumulated fuel usage, vehicle speed, engine speed, engine status, and vehicle location to a remote server. A subset of accumulated fuel usage is retrieved for a set of the vehicles of a fleet traversing a route during a timeframe, the accumulated fuel usage compiled from fuel pump actuator signals. Fuel waste is computed for identified idle time periods within the accumulated fuel usage. Monetary waste is computed from the fuel waste. A report is generated including the monetary waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Brian Hofmann, John William Schmotzer, Richard Gordon, Darcy Salman
  • Patent number: 10786319
    Abstract: A surgical robot system is disclosed. The surgical robot system includes a handheld introducer and a flexible surgical device. A control unit includes a processor, and a memory that stores, among other things, machine readable instructions configured to be executed by a processor to control a flexible surgical device. The surgical robot system also includes an imaging device, and a tracking system. The processor is configured to generate guidance commands to control the flexible surgical device based on information relaying to the images of the flexible surgical device, and the position of at least on point of the handheld introducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Aleksandra Popovic, David Paul Noonan
  • Patent number: 10786906
    Abstract: A robot system includes a robot for performing predetermined processing to a treating object, a photographing device for photographing the treating object, a robot control device for performing position compensation of a moving destination of the robot so as to track the treating object, on a basis of previously-set information on positions of the robot, the photographing device and the treating object, and an image of the treating object photographed by the photographing device, and a display device for providing an AR space. The robot control device calculates a position of the photographing device on the basis of the information on the positions of the robot and the photographing device. The display device displays an image imitating the photographing device at a corresponding position in the AR space, on a basis of the calculated position of the photographing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Yoshino, Makoto Yamada
  • Patent number: 10788235
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a control system, a control method, and a storage medium through which a moving object can change a surrounding environment of a user depending on an emotion of the user. [Solution] Provided is a control system including: an estimation unit that estimates an emotion of a user; and a moving object controller that controls a moving object to change a surrounding environment of the user depending on the estimated emotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Atsushi Shionozaki, Satoshi Ikeda, Tetsuo Tawara, Yasushi Miyajima
  • Patent number: 10787027
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure relate to illustration robot movement. In examples, a destination location may specify a location to which the illustration robot should move a writing instrument from its current location. In some examples, the robot may not be parallel to the vector from the location of the writing instrument to the destination location, such that the robot may need to rotate or turn in order to create the illustration. Accordingly, the robot may move along an arc determined to cause the writing instrument to move tangent to the vector. Further, the arc may be periodically recalculated in order to maintain the movement of the writing instrument along the vector, rather than along an arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: SPHERO, INC.
    Inventor: Richard Rhodes