Patents Examined by Mark S Blouin
  • Patent number: 10704302
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door lock apparatus includes a meshing mechanism to mesh with a striker, a locking and unlocking mechanism switches between an unlocking state where a meshing can be released and a locking state where a meshing cannot be released, a control unit to authenticate a transmitter signal and to enable an outside operation switch when the transmitter is authenticated with the transmitter situated outside a vehicle, and an electric releasing mechanism to release a meshing as a result of the control unit driving the releasing motor to activate a releasing operation based on the outside operation switch when the control unit authenticates the transmitter, and the control unit switches from an authenticating state to a non-authenticating state when the transmitter outside the vehicle leaves an authenticating area and drives a locking and unlocking motor activating a locking operation when the control unit is switched to the non-authenticating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Mikio Ichinose
  • Patent number: 10692314
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for tracking a user includes: configuring a client device for entering: a starting point for a trip, a destination, mode of transportation, and indication of starting the trip; configuring the server for identifying a preferred route based upon: a distance of the trip, a crime rate of areas between the starting point and destination, and the mode of transportation configuring the server for calculating an allotted time for the trip; configuring the client device for continuously transmitting its location to the server; configuring the server for continuously monitoring the location of the client device; configuring the client device for selectively transmitting an alarm message to the server when the client device deviates beyond a threshold amount from the preferred route or the allotted time for the trip; and configuring the server for notifying a family member and local police when the panic alarm message is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Daniel Kerning
  • Patent number: 10657842
    Abstract: The technology disclosed herein includes a navigation system for a visually impaired person. The navigation system may include a plurality of fixtures, a plurality of installations, wherein each installation is electronically connected to a fixture, and an electronic device, the electronic device configured to receive auditory or tactile signals from each installation and produce a signal indicative of a fixture location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Garrett Roark
  • Patent number: 10648692
    Abstract: A building management system includes building equipment, a metrics engine, and a visualization module. The building equipment is configured to provide raw data samples of one or more data points. The metrics engine is configured to collect the raw data samples, and calculate a first metric, a second metric, and a third metric as a function of the raw data samples. The visualization module is configured to correlate the first metric to a first dimension value, the second metric to a second dimension value, and the third metric to a third dimension value. The visualization module is also configured to generate a graphical visualization in which the first dimension value is displayed as a first dimension of the graphical visualization, the second dimension value is displayed as a second dimension of the graphical visualization, and the third dimension value is displayed as a third dimension of the graphical visualization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Abhigyan Chatterjee, Rajesh C. Nayak, Barkha Shah, Dhanesh Deshmukh
  • Patent number: 10643459
    Abstract: An alert communication device, an alert activation device, and an alert management system are provided. The alert management system may include one or more alert communication devices communicatively coupled to one or more other alert communication devices and configured to provide one or more of a visual alert and an audio alert and one or more alert activation devices communicatively coupled to at least one alert communication device of the one or more alert communication devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Alertpoint, LLC
    Inventor: David Gordon Allen
  • Patent number: 10640211
    Abstract: An automated commissioning and floorplan configuration (CAFC) device can include a CAFC system having a transceiver and a CAFC engine, where the transceiver communicates with at least one device disposed in a volume of space, where the CAFC engine, based on communication between the transceiver and the at least one device, commissions the at least one device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Andrew Whitten, Michael Alan Lunn
  • Patent number: 10640089
    Abstract: A remote control device for a vehicle includes a vibration sensor sensing vibration of the remote control device; a communication unit performing communication with the vehicle; and a controller changing an operation mode of the remote control device based on a first signal received from the vehicle via the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Continental Automotive Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Dong June Song, Sunghoon Lee, Hyoung Lack Jung, Seungmin Jeong, SeungJun Lee, Yongwook Lee
  • Patent number: 10636232
    Abstract: Tracking, identifying and article management systems and methods for reliably and repeatedly determining one or more physically uncopiable attribute instances (of the same or varying types) from or inherent in an article of manufacture, using the selected physical uncopiable attribute(s) to produce an unforgeable identity for the article, and then integrating that unforgeable identity into computer-based tracking systems in a way that permits the tracking system to track and monitor articles for which identity information is known. Applications include documents, fashion accessories, artwork, and other objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Siebels Asset Management Research Ltd.
    Inventors: Jane Marie Siebels, Jeffrey Guy Bonar, Karl Ginter, John Langley Rehwinkel, Derek S. Toledo-Silbert
  • Patent number: 10638585
    Abstract: A load control system may include one or more wireless control devices that may be associated via a programming device. An identifier for a first wireless control device may be determined in response to an actuation of a button on the first wireless control device. An association between the first wireless control device and a second wireless control device may be defined at the programming device. The identifier for the first wireless control device may be transmitted to the second wireless control device, which may cause the first wireless control device to enter a sleep mode. The first wireless control device may enter the sleep mode after an actuation of a button on the first wireless control device. The identifier may be determined in response to the actuation of the button on the first wireless control device and/or prior to the first wireless control device entering the sleep mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: Timothy Mann
  • Patent number: 10628739
    Abstract: A system includes a plurality of tracking devices, such as RFID tags, affixed to items, such as vehicles, a data collection engine, client devices and backend devices. The backend devices include trained machine learning models, business logic, and attributes of a plurality of events. A plurality of data collection engines and systems send attributes of new events to the backend devices. The backend devices can track the items and predict particular outcomes of new events based upon the attributes of the new events utilizing the trained machine learning models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Brain Trust Innovations I, LLC
    Inventor: David LaBorde
  • Patent number: 10629012
    Abstract: A method for controlling access to a vehicle is disclosed. The method includes: receiving, from a communication subsystem of the vehicle, a first request to authenticate a user requesting access to the vehicle; sending, to an electronic device associated with the vehicle, an instruction to perform a multiple-factor authentication of a first user of the electronic device; receiving, from the electronic device, a first message indicating that an identity of the first user of the electronic device has been verified based on at least the multiple-factor authentication; and in response to receiving the first message, sending, to the communication subsystem of the vehicle, a second message indicating successful authentication of the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Balasubrahmanyam Gattu, Bryan Nelson Grunow, Tyler Coffin, Michael John Higgs
  • Patent number: 10616974
    Abstract: Information handling systems interacting through a network, such as gaming between distal locations, remotely control ambience lighting of rooms in which the games are presented to enhance the interactive experience. An Internet of Things environmental lighting control system accessed by a remote information handling system adjusts illumination responsive to settings communicated from the remote information handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Abeye Teshome, Srinivas Kamepalli, Mohammed Hijazi
  • Patent number: 10614646
    Abstract: Lockout/tagout devices are configured to receive multi-user, electronically generated locking and unlocking commands over wireless interfaces to realize lockout safety chains of a desired length to assure worker safety in an industrial system. Electronically implemented systems and methods are also disclosed providing for enhanced worker safety, increased security, and improved lockout/tagout oversight involving a reduced number of locking devices and with fewer complications compared to conventional lockout/tagout devices, systems and processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Stephen Douglass, Vinicius M. Petroni, Matthew G. Mohr, John P. Stampfel
  • Patent number: 10614703
    Abstract: A system for activating a plurality of Halloween props with a single remote controller is provided. The system includes a remote controller and a plurality of remote receivers. Each of the remote receivers is connected to the Halloween prop via an activation port of the Halloween prop, e.g., a try-me or step pad port. The remote controller has a plurality of pushbuttons for accepting a user selection to be received by a respective remote receiver. Each of the pushbuttons corresponds to a Halloween prop that is connected with the respective remote receiver via the activation port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Spencer Gifts LLC
    Inventor: Carl Joseph Franke
  • Patent number: 10607431
    Abstract: A method and system that allows authorized individuals access into controlled access locations and the ability to grant temporary and limited access to guests into these locations. The method and system allows for navigational services to be provided to members and guests, and real-time tracking and confirmation to members and administrators that guests have arrived at their destination and did not enter any unauthorized areas. The method preferably can work through a system of wireless radio, sound and/or light-based beacons communicating with member and guest's electronic devices. Members and administrators can send one or more temporary electronic access keys to a guest's smartphone or other electronic device. Wireless radio, sound and/or light-based beacons provide an access control and location tracking system with real-time data about the member and guest whereabouts, allowing for the confirmation and tracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventors: Bruce Howard Kusens, Michael Kusens
  • Patent number: 10607433
    Abstract: A queuing structure leading to an event of short-term duration is formed, at least in part, by a bank of dual access lockers with one face accessible to guests on an ingress path within the queuing structure. The second and opposite face of the dual access lockers is accessible to guests on an egress path leading from an exit from the short-term event. The bank of lockers defines a wall that separates the ingress and egress paths serviced by the dual access lockers. An electronic controller identifies each guest and opens an ingress side door of an assigned locker at the ingress side of the locker bank, and again identifies the guest and opens an egress side door of the assigned locker at the egress side of the locker bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: VLocker PTY LTD
    Inventor: Alan Maurice Danson
  • Patent number: 10594116
    Abstract: An example tool includes a housing; an inclined handle coupled to, and extending obliquely from, a top portion of the housing, where the inclined handle has a first trigger button and a second trigger button; and an interlocking mechanism disposed in the inclined handle. The interlocking mechanism is configured to disable one of the first trigger button or the second trigger button while the other of the first trigger button or the second trigger button is triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Jim Ballard, Marc D'Antuono, Ian Zimmermann, Luke Skinner, Eric Norquist, Joe Ellice
  • Patent number: 10593138
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for on-demand delivery of a payload by an unmanned vehicle. An unmanned vehicle may comprise a chamber configured to house a payload and adjust a payload state. The payload state may be adjusted based on detection of a tampering event. An unmanned vehicle may also comprise an authentication system configured to allow access to the payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventor: Jeremy Rephlo
  • Patent number: 10583268
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of the modulation of an audio and/or visual signal by a variation in the impedance of at least one contact with the skin of at least one user, for the maintenance and/or development of the user's physical and/or mental abilities. The invention comprises the use of a device (100) for controlling the delivery of a medium, said device comprising: a first skin electrode (105) configured to generate electric waves, positioned against the skin of a first user; a second skin electrode (110) configured to capture electric waves, positioned against the skin of a second user, where the second user can be the first user; a detector (115) for detecting the value of an impedance parameter of the junction connecting the electrodes and passing through the contact with the skin of each user; and a control means (120) configured to transmit a medium-delivery command according to the value detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventor: Philippe Royer
  • Patent number: 10579839
    Abstract: An authorization device having an activation module and a wireless interface is configured in a non-enabled mode. In the non-enabled mode, the wireless interface is configured to receive data, and the authorization device is configured to block a request received via the wireless interface to interact with the authorization device. The activation module detects an activation operation. In response to detecting the activation operation, the activation module configures the authorization device in an enabled mode. In the enabled mode, the authorization device is configured to process a request to re-configure the authorization device received via the wireless interface, and to transmit authorization information to a reader device via the wireless interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: YUBICO AB
    Inventors: Jesper Mikael Johansson, Christopher Harrell