Patents Examined by Lam Pham
  • Patent number: 8120501
    Abstract: A window with built-in devices that senses carbon monoxide; powered only by the exterior daylight; that automatically opens by itself and sounds an alarm when a dangerous level of carbon monoxide is sensed to release the accumulated carbon monoxide and let the clean air with fresh oxygen enter the contaminated area to prevent or minimize poisoning and/or death of humans & animals without the need of any human physical action; the provided contacts can be connected to a private alarm station to alert the Fire & Police Departments to provide immediate assistance to the endangered humans & animals and protect the opened residence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Alfredo Mancini
  • Patent number: 8059005
    Abstract: Monitoring assemblies, kits and methods for determining an operational state of a circuit protector in an electrical circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Michael Craig Henricks, Robert Stephen Douglass, Joan Leslie Winnett Bender, Matthew R. Darr
  • Patent number: 8044814
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and battery including a state-of-charge indicator (SOCI) to monitor and display the amount of charge within the battery. The SOCI is capable of operating in a hibernate mode, an active mode, and/or a sleep mode. The battery may be manufactured, shipped and/or stored with the SOCI operating in a power-saving hibernate mode. The SOCI may exit the hibernate mode and begin operating in active mode if a physical key connected to the battery is removed. In addition, the SOCI may operate in a sleep mode while the battery is not being used to conserve power. Furthermore, the invention provides a method of making a battery including a SOCI to monitor and display the state of charge of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: EaglePicher Energy Products Corporation
    Inventors: Gregg C. Bruce, Christo Brand
  • Patent number: 8022820
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a data acquisition and display system for vehicles that connects to the vehicle's on-board computer(s) via a data link connector (DLC). The system includes a display module suitable for permanent or temporary attachment within the interior of a vehicle. The display module preferably includes a full color monitor that also functions as a touch screen for inputting commands to the computer within the display module. The computer includes a suitable processor, operating system, software and tangible data storage media to allow multiple user configurable graphics. The display module collects information from the 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. The software is constructed and arranged to allow user configuration of the displayed graphics by clicking or touching the graphics image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Drew Technologies
    Inventors: Michael Drew, Brian Herron
  • Patent number: 7411486
    Abstract: A driver assistance device for warning a driver of a motor vehicle of a risk of departure from the lane or from the lane is described, having at least one image-transmitting sensor, an evaluation device, connected to the image-transmitting sensor, for detecting edge-of-lane and/or lane markings and/or edges of lanes in the area sensed by the image-transmitting sensor, and a warning device which is connected to the evaluation device, in which driver assistance device in addition at least one distance-transmitting sensor is connected to the evaluation device, with which sensor the distance from objects which are elevated with respect to the surface of the lane can be determined in the region of the edge of the lane, in particular of a structural boundary of the edge of the lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Axel Gern, Alfred Lotter, Rainer Moebus, Volker Oltmann, Bernd Woltermann, Zoltan Zomotor
  • Patent number: 7408445
    Abstract: A system for generating a reminder signal to one or more individuals exiting a vehicle for purposes of preventing the inadvertent leaving of a child, pet or other object therein. A sensor assembly monitors the presence of an individual within a predetermined proximity area and actuates an alarm assembly so as to generate a demonstrable reminder signal of significant intensity. A control assembly operatively connected to the sensor assembly comprises both arming and shut-off capabilities which are automatically and/or manually operable, respectively, to activate and deactivate the sensor assembly. In operation, the sensor assembly will cause the alarm assembly to generate the reminder signal upon the passage of one or more individuals out of the predetermined proximity area thereby forcing a return to the vehicle to deactivate the system, wherein the interior of the vehicle is readily observable to determine the existence of an inadvertently left object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Inventor: Bill Cunningham
  • Patent number: 7391337
    Abstract: A bi-directional communication system communicates between a control station, which receives and outputs control signals, and one or more display cabinets. LEDs illuminate objects disposed about the cabinets. Addressable nodes interactively communicate with the control station and selectively operate the LEDs, each node being coupled to the control station and to associated LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: GELcore LLC
    Inventor: Nicolas St-Germain
  • Patent number: 7375635
    Abstract: Disclosed are deactivatable RFID labels and tags in individual and web form, and methods of making same. When it is desired to deactivate the label or tag, the tag or label is subjected to tearing. One arrangement involves providing the label or tag with a tear strip by which the RFID transponder in the label or tag is destroyed, and in another arrangement a tag can be torn along a weakening line to destroy the RFID transponder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Paxar Americas, Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Kessler
  • Patent number: 7375628
    Abstract: An information component of an apparatus in one example selects one or more languages for transmission of one or more messages to one or more personal information components based on one or more inputs from one or more of the one or more personal information components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Alan Nye
  • Patent number: 7369057
    Abstract: A generator monitoring system and method includes a plurality of sensors (12) disposed within a generator enclosure (18) to sense health conditions of a generator (10) housed within the enclosure. The sensors are interconnected to provide a single communication path (14) for allowing communication with the plurality of sensors. A monitoring device (16) outside the generator enclosure receives health condition information from each of the plurality of sensors via the single communication path. A sensor may be disposed within the generator enclosure to detect particulates emitted from a monitored portion (e.g., 52) of the generator housed within the enclosure. A sensor may be disposed proximate a bus bar connection (130) of the generator to sense a health condition of the bus bar connection and generate corresponding health condition information provided to the monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Siemens Power Generation, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Twerdochlib, David Bateman
  • Patent number: 7365641
    Abstract: A vehicle proximity alerting system and method is provided. The system includes: a sensor unit having a plurality of sensors for measuring distances from other vehicles; a system controlling unit for receiving measurement signals from the sensors, calculating distances from other vehicles, determining whether or not the calculated distance is less than a preset vehicle proximity distance setting value, and generating an alert signal when it is determined that the calculated distance is less than the vehicle proximity distance setting value; and an alerting unit for receiving the alert signal and alerting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Hyundai Autonet Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seong Taeg Nou
  • Patent number: 7362218
    Abstract: A tire monitor for mounting to a vehicle as part of a remote tire monitoring system includes a tire condition sensor to produce a tire condition signal, a controller coupled to the tire condition sensor to control operation of the tire monitor, and a radio circuit coupled to the controller to transmit radio signals based at least in part on the tire condition signal. A shock sensor is coupled to the controller of the tire monitor to produce a motion signal indicating motion of the tire monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Schrader Bridgeport International, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Kenneth McCall, William David Stewart
  • Patent number: 7362237
    Abstract: A vehicle rearview mirror assembly including a mirror, an electronic component unit, a protective housing exposing the mirror through a viewing aperture and enclosing the electronic component unit, an RF antenna connected to the electronic component unit, and a support bracket assembly adapted to mount the mirror assembly to an interior surface of a vehicle. The electronic component unit may be mounted on one face of a carrier plate and the mirror may be mounted on the other face of said carrier plate, with the support bracket assembly extending through the housing from the carrier plate. The electronic component unit may be adapted to receive information via the RF antenna and may display such information on a visual display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick J. Lawlor, Coady Garrett
  • Patent number: 7362231
    Abstract: An ergonomic lightweight hand pressure sensor-warning device for use with hand held objects like sport devices, steering devices, writing devices or computer devices, as well as the method for its assembly. This new hand pressure sensor warning device is designed as a relatively thin plaster/band-aid to attach the device onto the outside surface of the handgrips of hand held devices like a golf club, making the attachment to and detachment from the hand held device very simple and user-friendly. The device contains an electrical membrane switch, an electrical indicator with an alarm device and a streamlined oblong housing element which contains the principal components in a compact unit. Due to its low manufacturing costs, the warning device is also highly attractive as a commercial advertising product and as a corporate gift or premium product. The unintended and unexpected detachment of the device during a golf swing is practically impossible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Arie Cornelis Bos
  • Patent number: 7362227
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for preventing an unauthorized person from use a portable computer having an external port. The system includes a control device capable of connecting to an external port of the portable computer. The control device includes a wireless receiver to receive wireless signals. The control device is capable of enabling and disabling a security function executed by the computer based on a wireless signal received by the wireless receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Walter Taehwan Kim
  • Patent number: 7358854
    Abstract: In a device for location positioning, and more particularly, in a system for identifying an environmental source emitting a base frequency and waveform signal, a sensor (101) records an environmental source (105) emitting a base frequency and waveform signal, the signal being amplified (102), digitized (103), processed and compared (104) with a stored unique waveform characteristic. On the basis of the comparison result(s), location positioning and/or a device orientation may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Sebastian Egner, Nicolaas Lambert, Kero Van Gelder
  • Patent number: 7355510
    Abstract: A method of tracking a vehicle including receiving vehicle information at a call center from a telematics unit via a wireless network, determining whether the vehicle information is associated with a vehicle station identification for a missing vehicle on a vehicle tracking list and initiating vehicle tracking based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: David W. Rockett, Andrea K. Suurmeyer, Sateesh Kavi
  • Patent number: 7352278
    Abstract: A vehicle hazard warning system and method are provided wherein a center high mounted rear stop light (“CHMSL”) is connected to the vehicle's 4-way emergency flasher circuit so that it flashes simultaneously with at least the vehicle's rear turn signal lights, and preferably with the front turn signal lights as well. This creates a more effective warning signal that the vehicle is a potential hazard to other vehicles approaching from the rear. The CHMSL can also be connected to automatically commence such flashing simultaneously with activated steady back up lights of the vehicle, whenever the vehicle is moving rearward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Tritel, LLC
    Inventor: Berj A. Terzian
  • Patent number: 7339487
    Abstract: An improved structure of meter, comprising a casing, a circuit board provided in the casing and having a connecting unit for connecting to an external machine, a central processor provided on the circuit board for transmitting the signals among individual unit and machine, a display unit for displaying the condition of the external machine, a correcting memory unit for detecting and memorizing the signals from various machines, a driving control unit for saving the variations in signals from various machines, a monitoring unit for presetting an alarm value and producing an alarm signal, a wireless transmitting unit for receiving the signals transmitted from the wireless controller, and an illuminating unit connected to the central processor for corresponding to both ends of the meter ring and the display unit. With the above arrangement, the meter of the present invention can be adapted to various kinds of machines and instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Inventor: Ching-Hung Wang
  • Patent number: 7339495
    Abstract: A method for reading a license plate disposed on a vehicle includes determining whether a license plate image is required, automatically processing the license plate image in response to determining that the license plate image is required, providing at least one verified image, and determining whether to manually read the license plate image by matching the license plate image with the at least one verified image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Douglas M. Kavner