Patents Examined by Lam P Pham
  • Patent number: 8004395
    Abstract: An instrument panel display system displays vehicle information, amenity information, and safety information as images. In this instrument panel display system, data (image data, image layout data, and image output control data) for displaying the images are generated in a shared manner by a vehicle system processor, an amenity system processor, and a safety system processor. On account of this, the stability of image display on an instrument panel of a vehicle or the like is improved and hence safety of driving is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiya Okamoto, Toshiya Aoki, Kouichi Oda, Jun Hamachi, Fumiaki Fujimoto, Kazuhiko Yoda
  • Patent number: 7986247
    Abstract: A driver advisory system for previewing the local traffic conditions on a highway is described. Apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention includes an advisory system that transmits information regarding the status of the host vehicle to drivers of other vehicles, in particular when the status of the host vehicle presents a hazardous condition to other vehicles. The advisory system may also receive information from other vehicles, and provide an alert to the driver of the host vehicle if a hazardous condition exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: James Anthony Bauer, Masato Okuda
  • Patent number: 7986236
    Abstract: A Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag using multiple microradios and inkjet printing techniques together with a method and system for manufacturing and applying the tag to an end item are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Erikson
  • Patent number: 7982618
    Abstract: A wakefulness maintaining apparatus includes an event detecting part, a drowsiness level determining part, a threshold setting part, and a stimulus supplying part. The event detecting part detects an event related to a drowsiness of a person. The drowsiness level determining part determines a drowsiness level that changes in accordance with a strength of the drowsiness. The threshold setting part sets a threshold value to divide the drowsiness level into a first level range and a second level range in such a manner that the first level range is equal to or lower than the threshold value and the second level range is higher than the threshold value. The stimulus supplying part supplies a stimulus having an awaking effect to the person when the drowsiness level is in the second level range and the event is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuhiro Omi, Fumiya Nagai
  • Patent number: 7973662
    Abstract: A package for at least two objects includes RFID bridge antennas, having RF antenna elements, for wirelessly communicating data between a tag associated with each object and a reader. An electromagnetic carrier signal transmitted by the reader antenna is received by one of the RF antenna elements and retransmitted to the tag antenna by the other RF antenna element, increasing the distance over which the tag can communicate with the reader. Where the tag is attached to a packaged object, the RFID bridge antenna may be included in the package to allow wireless data communication between the tag and a reader. The reader may also be located external to the package. For example, one of the RF antenna elements may be attached to a label on the package, allowing data stored in the tag to be extracted by the external reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: William Phipps, Alberto Rodriguez, Scott J. Bell, Heiko Rommelmann
  • Patent number: 7956748
    Abstract: A system and method for silencing communication devices is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a silencing system having a controller element to transmit an RF signal to an RF receiver of a mobile communication device. An audible alerting function of the mobile communication device can be adjusted in response to the RF signal. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Wayne Chang
  • Patent number: 7948373
    Abstract: A method for reducing power consumption of sensors (2) within a sensor network (1), wherein a central controller (3) calculates a transmission schedule for said sensors (2) on the basis of a correlation between sensor data transmitted from said sensors (2) to the central controller (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Nikolaus Bauer, John G. Rooney, Paolo Scotton
  • Patent number: 7936267
    Abstract: A theft protection for an electronic device, in particular an optionally portable computer, a mobile telephone or a PDA, includes an electrical cable (2) with a coupling connector (3) for coupling to a corresponding coupling connector of the device. Alarm elements are connected to the cable (2) which are able and adapted to generate an alarm signal in the case the device is stolen. The alarm elements (4) are accommodated in a housing (1) separate from the device. The housing is provided with fastening elements (5) for a mechanical connection of the housing to a fixed object (9). The alarm elements include detection elements which are adapted and able to detect an interruption of the electrical cable connection (2), in addition to signalling elements (4) which generate the alarm signal when the interruption is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: A.C. Pasma Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Andries Cornelis Pasma
  • Patent number: 7932833
    Abstract: A system for detecting a reduction in engine coolant flow rate is provided. The system includes a device configured to monitor at least one parameter associated with an engine, and a device configured to measure actual engine air intake manifold temperature. The system further includes a controller configured to determine a theoretical engine air intake manifold temperature based on the at least one monitored parameter, compare the theoretical engine air intake manifold temperature with the actual measured engine air intake manifold temperature, and generate a signal indicative of engine coolant flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Sridhar Deivasigamani
  • Patent number: 7928837
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a data acquisition and display system for vehicles that includes a GPS receiver and connects to the vehicle's on-board computer(s) via a data link connector. The system includes a display module suitable for permanent or temporary attachment within the interior of a vehicle. The display module includes a display computer including a suitable processor, operating system, software and tangible data storage media to allow multiple user configurable functions for display on a full color monitor that also functions as a touch screen for inputting commands to the computer. The display module collects information from the GPS receiver via direct electrical communication and/or vehicle via multiple busses and senders through the data link connector and displays the information on the screen of the display module in a user configured graphics format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Drew Technologies
    Inventors: Michael Drew, Brian Herron
  • Patent number: 7928849
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an electronic tag housing used to support electronic tags to an article with a shrink wrap tube. The present invention provides an electronic tag assembly, including a housing, having a base and a cover attachable to the base. The housing includes a cavity for supporting an electronic tag. A heat shrinkable tube is supported by the housing between the cover and attachable base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: B&G International, Inc.
    Inventors: Chester Kolton, Michael Norman, Robert Whittemore
  • Patent number: 7928843
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus for interrogating a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag population are described. Tags are interrogated by a reader. The reader and tags engage in communication according to communications algorithms, where data symbols are exchanged between the reader and tags. Furthermore, a reader implicitly controls the operating state of every tag in the tag population by transmitting a single data symbol. Bit patterns may be collected from the tags by the reader, using a variety of interrogation techniques. In a general interrogation, the reader exchanges symbols with the tag population to interrogate the entire tag population. In a specific interrogation, a reader exchanges symbols with the tag population to target a particular tag identification number. Tags may also be placed in a superposition state by the reader, where they respond whenever a received data symbol matches the next bit of their identification number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne E. Shanks, Kevin J. Powell, William R. Bandy, Michael R. Arneson
  • Patent number: 7916018
    Abstract: A system and method for securing a structure, such as a residence or other building, against intrusion, while reducing generation of false alarms when an occupant of the structure inadvertently trips a contact detector by opening an entry point (door, window, etc.) is provided. The contact detector is coupled with a motion detector that is directed to monitor motion within the structure at a location proximate to the entry point being monitored by the contact detector. Generally, when the contact detector detects that the entry point is being opened, a fault is issued to a control panel, which in turn generates an alarm. However, if motion is detected within the structure and proximate to the entry point prior to the contact detector registering an opening of the entry point, no fault is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Eskildsen, David S. Zakrewski, Gordon G. Hope
  • Patent number: 7916025
    Abstract: An improved system for tracking luggage and other such objects. The system features a transmitter tag for attachment to an object to be tracked and a receiver. When the tag comes within range of the receiver, the receiver provides notification to the user both visually and audibly. Audible notification can occur through the receiver's speaker, a wireless phone, a PDA, or an iPod or other portable music player. GPS capabilities allow the tag to store and transmit its exact coordinates to assist in locating the tag. Airport and airline security personnel can access the tag data with a dedicated interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Lockwinn Technology
    Inventors: Howard J. Locker, Timothy Q. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 7907067
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for the processing and presentation of customizable aviation information is disclosed. At plurality of flight information is received over a digital network and is stored in at least a database. The database includes aviation information as well as aviation related content and advertisements. The user is able to customize a series of screen layouts for display using a combination of screen segments containing content stored at least partially in the database. In addition, the user may create personalized messages and status update for display in response to a variety of flight conditions. In one form, the results may be presented using a large display monitor by an aircraft service provider. Additionally, the display may include only flight tracking information relevant to recent and future customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: FlightAware, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Baker, Karl Lehenbauer, David Cameron McNett
  • Patent number: 7902968
    Abstract: An obstacle detection device has an ultrasonic sensor fixed to a first side of a mount member. The ultrasonic sensor sends/receives ultrasonic wave toward/from a second side of the mount member, which is opposite to the first side thereof. At least one of a mounting surface of the ultrasonic sensor and a mounting surface of the mount member has a protrusion, which protrudes therefrom so that an end surface of the protrusion contacts the other of the mounting surfaces. The mounting surfaces of the mount member and the ultrasonic sensor face each other. The end surface of the protrusion and the mounting surface of the ultrasonic sensor are different from each other in at least one of shape and area thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignees: Denso Corporation, Nippon Soken, Inc.
    Inventors: Kiyonari Kojima, Hisanaga Matsuoka, Akio Nakano, Muneaki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 7893832
    Abstract: An authenticity tag includes a carrier for attachment to an object, a plurality of electrically conductive areas and a controller attached to the carrier. The controller includes a detector for detecting an electrically detectable quantity at the electrically conductive area, a memory for storing a comparative quantity and a communicator for communicating at least one of the comparative quantity, the electrically detectable quantity detected and a result of a comparison of the electrically detectable quantity detected and the comparative quantity to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Peter Laackmann
  • Patent number: 7893838
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an electronic tag housing used to support electronic tags to an article with a shrink wrap tube. The present invention provides an electronic tag assembly, including a housing, having a base and a cover attachable to the base. The housing includes a cavity for supporting an electronic tag. A heat shrinkable tube is supported by the housing between the cover and attachable base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: B&G International, Inc.
    Inventors: Chester Kolton, Michael Norman, Robert Whittemore
  • Patent number: 7889101
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a navigation system for generating a reminder message by applying predefined validation rule to display and/or voice announce the reminder message associated with a particular location. The method includes the steps of creating reminder message data which include a reminder message, a primary location, a secondary location, and a validation rule; comparing a reference location with the primary location; applying the validation rule in the reminder message data to determine whether a relationship between the primary location and the reference location satisfies the condition in the validation rule; displaying the reminder message when the condition is satisfied; and conducting a route guidance operation to reach a location selected by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc
    Inventor: Tatsuo Yokota
  • Patent number: 7880637
    Abstract: A low-profile signal device is provided having a plurality of light emitters disposed on at least one support member, the plurality of light emitters configured to emit light in a plurality of colors that indicate one or more predefined conditions; a housing substantially enclosing the at least one support member; a signal interface coupled to the plurality of light emitters and configured to selectively activate light emitters from the plurality of light emitters in response to a received control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Seegrid Corporation
    Inventor: Mitchell Weiss