Patents Examined by Leon-Viet Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9905094
    Abstract: A stabilizer and status alert device for a refuse can includes a base configured to support the refuse can in an upright position, a retaining feature configured to releasably couple the refuse can to the base, and an alert system configured to deliver a status notification to a user device in response to the refuse can be uncoupled from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Robert W. Hooper
  • Patent number: 9905068
    Abstract: A lock button status indicator member for use with a key fob having a depressable lock button for remotely activating a locking mechanism communicating with a door. The lock button status indicator member is formed of a viscoelastic polyurethane foam having a slow recovery time. The lock button status indicator member has a base configured to abut the upper surface of the lock button. An adherent, such as a pressure sensitive adhesive, is located on the lower surface of the base of the lock button status indicator member, and is adapted to adhere the lower surface of the base to the upper surface of the lock button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Ronald H. Stirtz
  • Patent number: 9904824
    Abstract: A mm-wave RFID tag interrogation apparatus includes multiple transmitting antennas, and multiple receiving antennas. The transmitting and receiving antennas are spatially distributed and oriented in orthogonal polarization states. A transmitter is coupled to the transmitting antennas, and transmits a corresponding multiple number of separable mm-wave signals. A receiver coupled to the receiving antennas is configured to extract separable components of received mm-wave signals. A processing unit processes the extracted signal components using a synthetic aperture algorithm. An RFID tag, readable by the interrogation apparatus, includes meander-line conductive elements arranged to encode information spatially on a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Monash University
    Inventors: Nemai Chandra Karmakar, Mohammad Zomorrodi
  • Patent number: 9898667
    Abstract: An accident information management apparatus for acquiring accident associated information such as images stored in a black box (i.e., black box images) from a peripheral vehicle through direct communication between vehicles when an accident such as a traffic accident occurs, a vehicle including the accident information management apparatus, and a method for managing accident information are disclosed. The vehicle includes an antenna array having a plurality of antenna elements configured to transmit and receive a signal; and a beamformer configured to adjust a phase of the signal transmitted from the antenna elements so as to form a beam pattern focused in a specific direction; and a controller configured to focus the beam pattern onto a peripheral vehicle so as to control a communication unit to transmit a request signal of accident associated information. The antenna array and the beamformer are contained in the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Kyunghyun Kang, Ki Dong Kang, HeeJin Ro, Seok-young Youn, Sung Un Kim, Bitna Baek, Ga Hee Kim, Jong Hyuck Heo, Chisung Kim
  • Patent number: 9894887
    Abstract: A remote monitoring system and a method of remotely monitoring a feed environment that can sense feed stored within a filled container. The remote monitoring system can be configured to determine a distance between a level sensor and a top feed surface of the feed and to wirelessly send feed level data and, optionally, environmental data, to a communication device of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Wilson Collins
  • Patent number: 9892624
    Abstract: A portable device for increasing road traffic safety, detecting emergencies and emitting an alarm call for a person. The portable device includes a communication device, a position-determining system, an evaluation unit and a vibration generator. The portable device communicates, by way of the communication device, with at least one further communication device of at least one external system. The person is warned by the vibration generator of a dangerous situation determined by the evaluation unit in combination with the position-determining system and the communication device. The dangerous situation is a collision of the person wearing the portable device with the at least one external system that includes the at least one further communication device. This collision is determined by way of a behavior prediction algorithm. When the, or a further dangerous situation arises, the portable device emits an alarm call by way of the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Gerhard Deuter, Malgorzata Wiklinska, Matthias Holzer
  • Patent number: 9887866
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for converting wideband analog radio frequency (RF) signals. In an implementation, a first wideband analog RF signal may be received and handled. The first wideband analog RF signal comprises one or more first narrowband analog RF signals, with a total of bandwidths of the one or more first narrowband analog RF signals is less than a total bandwidth of the first wideband analog RF signal. Handling the first wideband analog RF signal may including selecting a first subset of analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) from a plurality of analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), with the number of ADCs in the first subset of ADCs being less than a total number of ADCs in the plurality of ADCs, and only the first subset of ADCs may be enabled. Only the one or more first narrowband analog RF signals may be analog-to-digital converted via the first subset of ADCs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: MAXLINEAR ASIA SINGAPORE PTE LTD.
    Inventors: Ryan Santa, Bernard Guay
  • Patent number: 9879528
    Abstract: An actuator for a mud pulse telemetry tool. The actuator includes a solenoid-based servo valve with a coil shaft responsive to data transmitted by a data processor. The coil shaft is movable between an extended position and a retracted position. Movement of the coil shaft to the extended position moves a poppet to close a servo orifice thereby preventing mud flow to a main mud pulse valve of the mud pulse telemetry tool. Movement of the coil shaft to the retracted position moves the poppet to open the servo orifice thereby allowing mud flow to actuate the main mud pulse valve. The poppet is connected to a poppet shaft and the poppet shaft cooperates with the coil shaft in a slide hammer mechanism to amplify force provided by the coil shaft against the poppet shaft with linear movement of the coil shaft to the extended position and to the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: EXTENSIVE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: F. Dale Pratt, Kenneth A. Lambe
  • Patent number: 9881435
    Abstract: Site based clustered APB security systems and methods are provided. Some systems can include a first plurality of access controllers located at a first site, a second plurality of access controllers located at a second site, and a host system supporting each of the first and second plurality of access controllers. A triggering event at a first of the first plurality of access controllers can cause the first of the first plurality of access controllers to transmit a triggering signal to the host system. Responsive thereto, the host system can identify the remaining access controllers in the first plurality of access controllers, transmit a status update to the remaining access controllers in the first plurality of access controllers, and avoid transmitting the status update to the second plurality of access controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Rajesh Gopalakrishna
  • Patent number: 9881483
    Abstract: An illustrative example embodiment of a system for assisting a driver with personal items includes a plurality of detectors that detect a signal from a transmitter that has been previously associated with a personal item; and a processor configured to: determine at least one characteristic of a journey, receive an indication from at least one of the detectors regarding a detected signal, identify a personal item and determine its location based on the detected signal, provide an indication if the determined location is different than an expected location based on the at least one characteristic of the vehicle journey, determine whether at least one other personal item is expected to be located based on the at least one characteristic of the vehicle journey, and provide an indication that the other personal item is expected but not detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Matt Jones, Paul Wheller, Mike Allen
  • Patent number: 9870701
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling opening and closing of a vehicle door are provided. The apparatus includes a driving unit that opens and closes a door a controller that operates the driving unit. Additionally, an acoustic wave processing unit receives and analyzes an acoustic wave signal generated by force exerted onto the door to generate a control signal for opening or closing of the door. The controller receives the control signal to thus operate the driving unit. Further, the acoustic wave processing unit includes an acoustic wave sensor disposed inside of the door and receives the acoustic wave signal, and an MCU that analyzes a signal output from the acoustic wave sensor to generate the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Hui Sung Lee
  • Patent number: 9861840
    Abstract: Receiving machine-readable information about an anchor point, analyzing that information to determine if connecting a load to the anchor point would be safe, and reporting the results of this analysis to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John E. Moore, Jr., Jeffrey K. Price, Robert R. Wentworth, Stanley C. Wood
  • Patent number: 9859741
    Abstract: A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving, at a power adapter, power from a power supply, routing a first portion of the power received from the power supply to the doorbell unit, and routing a second portion of the power received from the power supply to both the device of the doorbell unit and the doorbell chime when the doorbell button is being actuated. In some cases, the power adapter is wired, via doorbell wiring, to at least one of a doorbell chime, a doorbell unit, and the power supply. In one example, the first portion of power is routed to power a device of the doorbell unit when a doorbell button of the doorbell unit is not being actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: James Beagley, Jason C. Flint, Scott Bevan
  • Patent number: 9852600
    Abstract: Disclosed is a safety monitoring system using an intelligent walking stick, the system helps stabilize ambulation of a user, monitors safety and health of the user by monitoring the heart rate or a motion state of the user, and includes content providing mental stimulation and exercise to the user via an application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: ION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jang-Won Yoon
  • Patent number: 9853749
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for verifying integrity of a signal path across an isolation barrier are discloses. The devices, systems, and methods insert a marker signal into the signal path across the isolation barrier. The marker includes an analog signal. The devices, systems, and methods transmit a version of the marker signal across the isolation barrier and receiving a signal comprising the transmitted version of the marker signal. The devices, systems, and methods verify the integrity of the signal path based on the received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventors: Renato Bessegato, Mohit Berry
  • Patent number: 9853806
    Abstract: System, methods and apparatus are described that facilitate transmission of data, particularly between two devices within an electronic apparatus. A first transition may be detected in a signal carried on a data lane of a data communications link or carried on a timing lane of the data communications link and an edge may be generated on a receiver clock signal based on the first transition. Data may be captured from the data lane using the receiver clock signal. The timing lane may carry a clock signal, a strobe signal or another signal providing timing information. The strobe signal may transition between signaling states when no state transition occurs on any of a plurality of data lanes at a boundary between consecutive data periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Shoichiro Sengoku
  • Patent number: 9836628
    Abstract: In an approach for identifying an object using an electromagnetic tag, an electromagnetic signal is received by a sensor, wherein the electromagnetic signal originates from an electromagnetic tag affixed to an object, and wherein the electromagnetic signal passes through a physical propagation channel. A processor searches a database for an electromagnetic signature corresponding to the electromagnetic signal, wherein the database comprises, at least, object information associated with the electromagnetic signature. A processor determines the electromagnetic signal corresponds to the electromagnetic signature. A processor presents the object information associated with the electromagnetic signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rosanna S. Mannan, Dennis J. Wurth
  • Patent number: 9832033
    Abstract: A home control system has at least one peripheral device, a controlling device, and a mobile device. The mobile device determines whether the controlling device is connectable. When the mobile device determines that the controlling device is connectable, the mobile device is connected to the at least one peripheral device via the controlling device and transmits a control signal to the at least one peripheral device. When the mobile device determines that the controlling device is unconnectable, the mobile device is directly connected to the at least one peripheral device and transmits the control signal to the at least one peripheral device. Therefore, when the controlling device is broken, a user may still operate the mobile device to control the at least one peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Dexatek Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Wun-Lin Lee
  • Patent number: 9805531
    Abstract: An access arrangement for a vehicle includes a vehicle-side transceiver for transmitting query signals in a chronologically successive manner in first specified time intervals. The access arrangement also includes at least one mobile identification transmitter including an identification transmitter-side transceiver with an adjustable reception sensitivity for receiving the query signals of the vehicle-side transceiver. Furthermore, the access arrangement includes a monitoring device for outputting a control command in order to reduce the sensitivity of the identification transmitter-side transceiver by a first specified amount if the identification transmitter-side transceiver has received a specified number of query signals transmitted by the vehicle-side transceiver. By reducing the reception sensitivity, a stationary identification transmitter in the vicinity of the vehicle for example remains operational but no longer reacts to query signals of the vehicle-side transceiver, whereby power can be saved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventors: Herbert Froitzheim, Alexander Kramer
  • Patent number: 9806779
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for transmitting, by a base station, a downlink signal using a plurality of transmission antennas comprises the steps of: applying a precoding matrix indicated by the PMI, received from a terminal, in a codebook to a plurality of layers, and transmitting the precoded signal to the terminal through a plurality of transmission antennas. Among precoding matrices included in the codebook, a precoding matrix for even number transmission layers can be a 2×2 matrix containing four matrices (W1s), the matrix (W1) having rows of a number of transmission antennas and columns of half the number of transmission layers, the first and second columns of the first row in the 2×2 matrix being multiplied by 1, the first column of the second row being multiplied by coefficient “a” of a phase, and the first column of the second row being multiplied by “?a”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyun Soo Ko, Jae Hoon Chung, Seung Hee Han, Moon Il Lee