Patents Examined by Mancil Littlejohn
  • Patent number: 10388145
    Abstract: A system and method are described for alerting a user that an area they have entered or are about to enter has a restriction on carriage of a firearm. Methods include detecting the presence of a firearm within an intelligent article of luggage, detecting the current geographic location, comparing the current geographic location to a set of restricted carriage locations, and presenting an alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: American Rebel, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Andrew Ross, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10388470
    Abstract: An aircraft annunciator (illuminated switch or indicator) includes, within a housing sized to fit in the panel cutout for a single pushbutton aviation switch, a bus converter to interface with a multiplexed ARINC serial data bus, in order to monitor a remote item of equipment such as an ADS-B transponder. The annunciator is coupled by selected pins to receive data words from the multiplexed ARINC serial data bus. A watchdog timer is continuously reset by valid messages from the transponder, logically ORed with the power supply as well as external analog fault signals in order to generate an output controlling illumination of an FAA-mandated “ADS-B FAIL” legend on the annunciator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Applied Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Morris Ray Humphreys, Steven A. Edwards, Craig Jay Coley
  • Patent number: 10383518
    Abstract: A system comprises a storage device, a piece of medical equipment, a portable computing device, and a hub portal. The piece of medical equipment has at least one electrically powered feature and comprises either a medical examination table or a storage cabinet. The storage device is operable to store data and is remotely located relative to the first piece of medical equipment and relative to the portable computing device. The hub portal is operable to provide communication of one or both of data or commands between the storage device, the piece of medical equipment, and the portable computing device. A method includes enablement or activation of an electrically powered feature of medical equipment upon entry of a portable computing device into a medical examination room. The method also includes disablement or further activation of the electrically powered feature upon exit of the portable computing device from the medical examination room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Midmark Corporation
    Inventors: Asad Abu-Tarif, Thomas L. Treon, Steven K. Cordonnier, Carlos J. Castillo, Robert Menke, Ruomei Zhang, Jon E. Wells
  • Patent number: 10379623
    Abstract: A method and system for positioning based device control. The method includes receiving device control instructions associated with function control of a device based on a positioning of a wearable hardware device of a user. Communications between the device and the wearable hardware device are synchronized and a position signal indicating a current position of the wearable hardware device with respect to a body of the user is received. In response, a command associated with controlling a specified function of the device is received and a command is executed resulting in the specified function of the device being modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Clifford A. Pickover, Dana L. Price, Aaron J. Quirk
  • Patent number: 10377543
    Abstract: Arrangements are provided for “smart” functionality with “dumb” containers, such as for determining medication adherence, tracking product use, and validating product authenticity. An acoustic emitter is engaged with a container or other vehicle. Opening the container causes the acoustic emitter to produce an acoustic emission, without requiring power, processing capacity, or sensors. A cell phone or other station receives and registers acoustic emissions, such as by logging opening of the container, verifying authenticity of the acoustic emission, communicating with an oversight system, or similar. Data as may be encoded in an acoustic emission may include vehicle detection data (e.g., logging a container being opened), vehicle information (e.g., lot number, contents name), vehicle validation (e.g., valid or counterfeit numerical code), and audible user recognition (e.g., brand jingles, warning sounds).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: KALI CARE, INC.
    Inventors: John Francis Strong, Abhijit Kalamkar, Sina Fateh
  • Patent number: 10376766
    Abstract: A scoreboard system, the system including a scoreboard. The scoreboard is configured to display at least one score. A battery pack is removably coupled to the scoreboard and selectively powers the scoreboard. The battery pack includes a housing and at least one battery cell housed in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Stanfield, Steven Phillips, Oleksiy Sergyeyenko, Chelsea Wills, Shalin Chikhalkar, Timothy W. French
  • Patent number: 10354517
    Abstract: A method and system for processing input data for an alarm monitoring system at a premises. Input data is received in proximity to an alarm triggering device. The input data is analyzed along with other data. An indication is generated based on the analysis as to whether actuation of an alarm triggering device could occur. Based on the indication and/or the analysis, a human-perceptible indication is initiated of the status of an alarm monitoring system at the premises, in proximity to a person and/or prior to actuating an alarm triggering device. An indication may be a color of light, change in light color, audio tone, change in audio tone, vibration, and/or change in vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: The ADT Security Corporation
    Inventor: Justin King
  • Patent number: 10354456
    Abstract: A toll gate section determining apparatus may include an information providing device that provides information by use of a camera, a radar, and a navigation device; a toll gate section determining device that determines a toll gate section based on movement information and line information of a neighboring vehicle, which are provided from the camera and the radar, and map information provided from the navigation device; and a vehicle control device that controls longitudinal driving or transverse driving of a vehicle when a current section is determined as the toll gate section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Doo Jin Um, Kyoung Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 10333568
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer readable media are disclosed for associating a radio frequency identification tag with a participant. In one embodiment, a method is provided for associating an unassociated RF location tag with a participant. The method may include determining an unassociated RF location tag to be associated with the participant, receiving sensor derived data from one or more sensors, determining an identity of the particular participant using the sensor derived data, and associating the identity of the particular participant with the unassociated RF location tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Rodrigo Alonso, Belinda Turner, Aitan Ameti, David Senerchia
  • Patent number: 10325430
    Abstract: A lock stores two keys and can wirelessly communicate with a mobile device. After the mobile device obtains a lock instruction from a user, the lock generates a dynamic variable, encrypts it with a first key, and produces a first encrypted message including the encrypted dynamic variable. The first encrypted message is transmitted to the mobile device, which forwards it to a server. The server decrypts the first encrypted message with the first key, retrieves the dynamic variable, and encrypts the dynamic variable with a second key. The server produces a second encrypted message with the encrypted dynamic variable and sends the same to the mobile device, which forwards it to the lock. The lock decrypts the second encrypted message with the second key and determines that the decrypted dynamic variable is the same as was produced by the lock earlier. Based on the determination, the lock locks/unlocks a door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Gilbert Eid
  • Patent number: 10323369
    Abstract: A road marker device comprising: a housing comprising a flat top surface and configured to be inserted in a road such that the flat top surface is leveled with the road surface; a light source housing operatively coupled with the housing, the light source housing comprising at least one aperture protruding from the flat top surface; at least one light source installed in the light source housing, wherein the at least one light source is visible to users of the road through the at least one aperture; and a tilt mechanism installed in the housing and operatively coupled with the light source housing, the tilt mechanism configured to allow descent of the light source housing below the road surface once a pressure is applied on the light source housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: VALERANN LTD.
    Inventors: Shahar Bahiri, Daniel Yakovich
  • Patent number: 10311732
    Abstract: A method for checking for errors of a sensor system, within a vehicle, for detecting an occupancy state of a parking space. The method includes providing a reference data set for a parking space ascertained independently of the sensor system to be checked, the reference data set including a reference occupancy state of the parking space which is assigned a first detection point in time; receiving an occupancy state of the parking space detected with the aid of the sensor system via a communication network which is assigned a second detection point in time; a time difference between the first and second detection points in time is compared to a threshold value, and when the ascertained time difference is less than or less than/equal to the threshold value, the detected occupancy state of the parking space is compared to the reference occupancy state to check the sensor system for errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Stefan Nordbruch
  • Patent number: 10311695
    Abstract: System and method for observing the presence, location, movement and/or attitude of one or more objects to be monitored with a monitoring system, wherein sensors of the system are disposed in a part, such as on a floor, wall or ceiling, of the area to be monitored, and the system measures with sensors the area to be monitored, and determines the presence, location, movement and/or attitude of the object on the basis of the measurement results of the sensors. The system has a first mode and a second mode, and the system checks in the first mode the attitude and/or state of health of the object in the area to be monitored and functions in the second mode as an intruder alarm monitoring the area to be monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MARICARE OY
    Inventor: Göran Sundholm
  • Patent number: 10274595
    Abstract: Systems and methods for embedding a warning signal in a sensor pulse. When a taxi anticollision system of a host aircraft senses a threat headed for the aircraft, a warning signal is embedded in a sensor pulse to warn the offending vehicle that it is in the field of view of the host aircraft's sensor and is moving on a trajectory that is threatening collision with the host aircraft. Alternately, the radar issues a dedicated pulse for reading and alerting the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Kirk
  • Patent number: 10268280
    Abstract: A method and system for positioning based device control. The method includes receiving device control instructions associated with function control of a device based on a positioning of a wearable hardware device of a user. Communications between the device and the wearable hardware device are synchronized and a position signal indicating a current position of the wearable hardware device with respect to a body of the user is received. In response, a command associated with controlling a specified function of the device is received and a command is executed resulting in the specified function of the device being modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lisa Seacat Deluca, Clifford A. Pickover, Dana L. Price, Aaron J. Quirk
  • Patent number: 10269226
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to systems and methods for monitoring a vehicle operator and for monitoring the environment of a vehicle operator. In particularly, the present disclosure relates to systems and methods for determining a physical position of an operator within a vehicle and for determining environmental conditions surrounding the vehicle operator. The systems may include at least one of: an image sensor, an infrared sensor, an ultrasonic sensor, a microphone or a combination or sub-combination thereof. The methods may determine a position and/or an orientation of a vehicle operator's head, arms, hands, legs, feet, etc., a combination thereof or a sub-combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Jason Freeck, Alex E. Ford, Paul Sloan, Ryan T. Schmidt, Mihir D. Angal, Neel Kothari
  • Patent number: 10264339
    Abstract: A wearable haptic device is provided. The wearable haptic device includes a band having at least one haptic device attached to the band. A power source is operatively connected to the vibration device. The vibration device may further include an input configured to connect to a music playing device. The vibration device produces a vibration based on the output of the music playing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: David Todd Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10231518
    Abstract: A control docking station system for controlling locking engagement between a first female member and a male member that together form a locking mechanism. The first female member is connected to a safety device. The male member can be locked to and released from the first female member. The system includes a controller configured to sense an unsafe interlock signal. A second female member is operably connected to the controllers housing. Each female member includes a receiver base and a pair of pivoting locking tabs that is engageable with a key-like projection on the male member. The male member may be unlocked from the first female member when the controller senses an interruption to the unsafe interlock signal or if the unsafe interlock signal is overridden. The male member may be docked in the second female member during safe circumstances and/or the safety device is unused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Control Dynamics Inc.
    Inventor: Eric M. Moran
  • Patent number: 10216278
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed in which in a conventional non-grounding man-machine interface having no reaction base on the human body and for giving the existence of a virtual object and the impact force of a collision to a person, a haptic sensation of a torque, a force and the like can be continuously presented in the same direction, which cannot be presented by only the physical characteristic of a haptic sensation presentation device. In a haptic presentation device, the rotation velocity of at least one rotator in the haptic presentation device is controlled by a control device, and a vibration, a force or a torque as the physical characteristic is controlled, so that the user is made to conceive various haptic information of the vibration, force, torque or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignees: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Miraisens, Inc.
    Inventors: Norio Nakamura, Yukio Fukui, Masataka Sakai
  • Patent number: 10202844
    Abstract: Methods, techniques, and systems for transmitting a data frame of an electromagnetic (EM) telemetry signal to or from a downhole location can be performed using multi-channel transmissions in which at least two different channels at two different frequencies are used to send a long header and the data frame. At least a portion of the long header is transmitted at a first frequency, and at least a portion of the data frame and any remaining portion of the long header not transmitted at the first frequency are transmitted at one or more additional frequencies different from each other and the first frequency. In one example, only two channels are used: one channel is used to transmit all of the long header, another channel is used to transmit all of the data frame, and either of the channels is used to transmit an identifier identifying the type of the data frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Evoution Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Switzer, Jili Liu, Mingdong Xu, Aaron W. Logan