Patents Examined by Mark Rushing
  • Patent number: 10180673
    Abstract: A multi-function thermostat for a building includes a touch-sensitive display, a communications interface, and a processing circuit. The touch-sensitive display is configured to present information to a user and receive input from the user. The communications interface is configured to receive weather information from a weather server and building emergency information from at least one of a building management system and a building device. The processing circuit configured to cause the touch-sensitive display to display emergency response directions when the weather information indicates emergency weather conditions or the building emergency information indicates a building emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Sudhi Sinha, Joseph R. Ribbich, Michael L. Ribbich, Charles J. Gaidish, John P. Cipolla
  • Patent number: 10169978
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to wearable computing devices. In some embodiments, a wearable computing devices (“WCD”) for monitoring occupational hazards are disclosed. The WCD may include an apparel item having one or more control circuits affixed thereto. One or more sensors may be communicatively coupled to the computing device and configured to detect or monitor at least one of an aspect of a user of the WCD and an ambient environment of the user. The control circuits can be configured to generate one or more notifications when sensor data comprises a value above a threshold amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Louise Brooks, Sriram Manivannan, Paige J Boehmcke, Matthew Guenette, James Brent
  • Patent number: 10152881
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining when a traffic signal associated with one or more paths through a road intersection is malfunctioning. Congestion prior to and subsequent to the road intersection is identified from a plurality of probe reports. A malfunctioning traffic signal is determined based on whether or not congestion is identified prior to and subsequent to the road intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Omer Mubarek, Bruce Bernhardt, Jingwei Xu
  • Patent number: 10150130
    Abstract: A device for repelling pests includes a housing, a positioning mechanism to move the housing, at least three range-finding elements affixed to the housing along a common plane to detect a presence of a pest (e.g., an animate pest such as an animal, or an inanimate pest such as a drone) by obtaining a signal indicative of a location of the pest relative to the device, a projectile launcher affixed to the housing to fire one or more projectiles therefrom, and a controller electronically coupled to the range-finding elements, the positioning mechanism, and the projectile launcher. The controller may be configured to move the housing using the positioning mechanism until a strength of the signal obtained from each of the range-finding elements is substantially equal thereby indicating that the projectile launcher is directed toward the location of the pest, and to fire projectiles from the projectile launcher toward the pest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Frederick W. Morris
  • Patent number: 10150411
    Abstract: Systems and methods for remotely monitoring a driver's behavior, in essentially real time, and providing a notification to the driver when at least two aberrational driver events, which deviate from previously-observed driver actions and/or regulatory limits, are detected. The systems can include a discrepancy calculation module configured to analyze data received from sensors and compare the data to previously-observed driver actions and/or regulatory limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: CARTASITE, INC.
    Inventors: David L. Armitage, Gregory F. Kushnir
  • Patent number: 10151136
    Abstract: Methods and systems for opening an access point of a vehicle. A system and a method may involve receiving wirelessly a signal from a remote controller carried by a user. The system and the method may further involve receiving audio or video data indicating the user approaching the vehicle. The system and the method may also involve determining an intention of the user to access an interior of the vehicle based on the audio or video data. The system and the method may also involve opening an access point of the vehicle responsive to the determining of the intention of the user to access the interior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Venkatapathi Raju Nallapa, Alexandru Mihai Gurghian
  • Patent number: 10141128
    Abstract: A circuit breaker apparatus may include a housing, a circuit inside the housing for protecting the conductors and the load of the circuit, a display attached to outside of the housing, a controller, and a power control device. The display may be an electronically-alterable display that does not require power in situations other than changing its state. The power control device may provide power to the controller and the display when the apparatus is being tampered with. When the controller is powered, it may cause the power control device to cause the display to change from a state that indicates that the apparatus is authenticated to another state that indicates that the apparatus has been tampered with. The power control device may include a battery and a switch, or a power harvester, which can be configured to provide power to the controller when the apparatus is being tampered with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Xin Zhou, Zhi Gao, James L. Lagree, Brian E. Carlson
  • Patent number: 10127799
    Abstract: Present example embodiments relate generally to methods, systems, devices, computer readable medium, and logic for managing a plurality of alarms initiated by a plurality of alarm sensors. The method may include receiving a plurality of initiated alarm. The method may further include prioritizing one or more of the initiated alarms. The method may further include reprioritizing one or more of the prioritized initiated alarm when the one or more prioritized initiated alarm satisfies a reprioritization condition. The method may further include providing information pertaining to the one or more reprioritized alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Thai Oil Public Company Limited
    Inventor: Mongkol Janchookiat
  • Patent number: 10129733
    Abstract: Methods and devices may be used to remotely hushing alarms by receiving an indication of an alarm event occurring at a remote device and presenting a visual indicator of the alarm event including a hush option to alter an audible and/or visual alarm notification of the remote device. A user selection of the hush option is received. In response to receiving the user selection of the hush option, communicating, from the electronic device to the remote device via a point-to-point low power wireless connection between the electronic device and the remote device, a hush request requests that the remote device alter its audible and/or visual alarm notification and causes an adjustment of the visual indicator to reflect a status of the hush request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Smriti Narang, Prashanth Ramachandran, Liang-Yun Wang, Andrew William Stebbins, Jay D. Logue
  • Patent number: 10115299
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, systems, and computer-readable media for communicating via an electronic device for use in a mouth environment of an animal and resistant to damage from bodily fluids and pressure. The device can be anchored to a tooth or a teeth of the mandible, or implanted in (or attached to an implant in) the maxilla or mandible. The device includes: a power device, which can power the apparatus, a memory storage device, which can store and recall data; a communications subsystem, which communicates with one or more remote devices; an output device, which creates stimulus directly or indirectly observable in the mouth environment; an input device, which can create signals according to activity in the mouth environment and can send them to the memory storage device and/or processor; and a processor coupled to the memory storage device, the communication subsystem, the output device and the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Dustin Ryan Kimmel
  • Patent number: 10115281
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are generally directed towards providing a multipurpose event detection sensor and a communications means for delivering a payload notification. In particular, embodiments of the present invention are configured to provide a system comprising a sensor capable of detecting events, such as vibrations of varying forms and amplitude, generating an alert based on certain parameters of those events and transmitting that alert to a remote system via a communications means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventors: Marko Mandaric, Heath Clement Oyama
  • Patent number: 10080921
    Abstract: A sport-boot pressure monitoring system and method of use. The system includes a left boot sensor having a left flexible fluid-containing bladder shaped to fit between a user's left leg and an interior surface of a left boot worn by the user and a left pressure sense element in pressure-sensing communication with the left flexible fluid-containing bladder, a right boot sensor that is similar to the left one, and a controller to provide a pressure alert if pressure between one of the user's legs and the interior surface of the boot worn on that leg violates a predetermined pressure threshold and to provide a proximity alert if a distance between the left and right boots violates a predetermined proximity threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventors: Chris Norcross Bender, Kay Daniel Vetter
  • Patent number: 10075251
    Abstract: Broadcasting select haptic metadata includes broadcasting a broadcast signal to haptic-enabled devices. In response, haptic playback capability information is received at a host source from a haptic-enabled device when original haptic metadata in the broadcast signal encodes haptic information incompatible with the haptic playback capability information. The select haptic metadata, which is customized for the haptic playback capability information, is generated and sent from the host source to the haptic-enabled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Robert W. Heubel, Paige Raynes
  • Patent number: 10068439
    Abstract: Devices and systems for determining personal outdoor comfort are described herein. One device includes instructions executable to receive inputs corresponding to characteristics of a user associated with a mobile device, determine a location of the mobile device, communicate an indication of the characteristics and the determined location to a computing device, and receive an outdoor comfort determination from the computing device, wherein the outdoor comfort determination is particular to the user based on the characteristics of the user and particular to the location of the mobile device based on a plurality of environmental parameters associated with the location of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: WEATHER VANE LABS, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Smoliak
  • Patent number: 10059494
    Abstract: The invention relates to a membrane seal (1) for a container (2) for products, for example a container for food products, cosmetic products, products for medical use, etc. The membrane seal comprises a control device and is configured to facilitate inventory management, authenticate contents, and protect against an ill-intentioned attempt to siphon the content stored in the container (2). The invention also relates to a stopper and a container provided with such a membrane seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: S4GV SA
    Inventor: Pierre Ruggiero
  • Patent number: 10055325
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a visual indication of cable connection status. A method may include determining whether an Information Handling System (IHS) has established data communications using one of a plurality of different types of protocols supported by a cable and providing, on the cable, a visual indication of the type of protocol being used and/or an amount of power delivered via the cable. A cable may include a plurality of conductors, a controller coupled to the plurality of conductors, and a plurality of LEDs coupled to the controller. The controller may: determine whether an IHS coupled to the cable has established data communication with another device via the cable using one of a plurality of different types of protocols supported by the cable; and provide a visual indication of the type of protocol being used in the data communication and/or power delivered via the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Adolfo S. Montero, Marcin M. Nowak
  • Patent number: 10055963
    Abstract: A system and method for alerting an on-duty operator of the need to transfer operational control to an off-duty operator includes processing first and second physiological and activity data from the on-duty operator and the off-duty operator, respectively. The processor compares the fatigue state of the on-duty operator to a predetermined fatigue state threshold, and the rest state of the off-duty operator to a predetermined rest state threshold. The processor will generate an alert signal indicating that the on-duty operator should transfer operational control to the off-duty operator when (i) the fatigue state of the on-duty operator exceeds the predetermined fatigue state threshold or (ii) the rest state of the off-duty operator exceeds the predetermined rest state threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Zdenek Moravek, David Kunes, Ivan Lacko
  • Patent number: 10057134
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products self-identify an electronic device to a remote control. The remote control queries the electronic device, and the electronic device sends a response. A collision avoidance mechanism allows difference devices to respond to the remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Arnold Chester McQuaide, Jr., Maria Adamczyk
  • Patent number: 10049535
    Abstract: An apparatus configured to provide enriched human-perceptible signals indicative of a parameter of electromagnetic radiation emitted by the apparatus and reflected from an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: WOLFCUB VISION, INC.
    Inventors: Frank Wilczek, Alexander Reed Munoz
  • Patent number: 10045430
    Abstract: A lighting system and a method for a operating a lighting system, enabling to obtain an identification tag (7) comprised in lighting design data (5) directly from an output beam (3), i.e. from the emitted light of the at least one lighting unit (2). It is thus possible to trace any unauthorized distribution of a lighting design by monitoring the emitted light without the need to directly access the controller or any other part of the lighting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Matthias Wendt, Wolfgang Otto Budde, Aweke Negash Lemma