Patents Examined by Mark S. Rushing
  • Patent number: 10692373
    Abstract: A method and related apparatus for providing information to information representation units, the method comprising: determining, in a network server, information to be provided to at least one information representation unit (200); transmitting the information to at least one mobile node (100) travelling on a predetermined route passing in the vicinity of said at least one information representation unit (202); and in response to the mobile node (100) approaching said at least one information representation unit, transmitting the information from a short-range low power transmitter (112) of the mobile node (100) to a short-range low power receiver (114) of the information representation unit (204).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Teleste Oyj
    Inventors: Jani Väre, Kari Virtanen, Kimmo Ylander, Jyrki Alamaunu
  • Patent number: 10694266
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for monitoring waste collected by a service vehicle. The system may include a lift actuator configured to cause lifting of the waste, a power takeoff driven by a powertrain of the service vehicle to power the lift actuator, and a sensor configured to generate a speed signal indicative of a speed of the powertrain. The system may also include an output device, and a controller in communication with the sensor and the output device. The controller may be configured to receive the speed signal from the sensor, determine an amount of waste lifted by the lift actuator based on the speed signal, and relay the amount of waste to the output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Rubicon Global Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Hunter Dane Dunbar
  • Patent number: 10688920
    Abstract: A system is provided that allows a driver to customize one or more vehicle components such as lights. The system may allow the user to specify how each light behaves in response to certain conditions or triggers. The customizations may include displaying predetermined or customized shapes and colors, and may include customizing the timing and brightness of the lights. To ensure that the customizations comply with one or more laws, the system may determine the current location of the vehicle. The system may use the location of the vehicle to determine what rules, regulations, and laws apply to the vehicle. The system may then determine if the customizations comply with the determined rules, regulations, and laws. If the customizations comply, the system may allow the vehicle component to operate according to the customizations. If the customizations do not comply, the driver may be alerted and/or the customizations may be adjusted to comply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Thomas Neubauer
  • Patent number: 10677772
    Abstract: An information transmitting system for an actuating and sensing module includes an actuating and sensing device and a connection device. The actuating and sensing device includes a sensor, an actuating device, a microprocessor and a data transceiver. After a monitored data sensed by the at least one sensor is transmitted to the microprocessor, the monitored data is processed into an output data by the microprocessor. After the output data is received by the data transceiver, the output data is transmitted from the data transceiver to the connection device. After a control command from the connection device is received by the data transceiver, the control command is transmitted to the microprocessor to control the sensor and the actuating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Hao-Jan Mou, Chi-Feng Huang, Yung-Lung Han, Chang-Yen Tsai, Wei-Ming Lee, Hsuan-Kai Chen
  • Patent number: 10679115
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide various designs of multi-frequency radio frequency identification (RFID) tags which are compact in size and tamper-proofing. In one aspect, a proposed multi-frequency RFID tag includes both a high frequency (HF) subsystem and an ultra-high frequency (UHF) subsystem. The HF subsystem and the UHF subsystem share a common integrated circuit (IC) chip and a common substrate. The HF subsystem further includes a HF loop antenna coupled to the IC chip. The UHF subsystem further includes a coupling antenna electrically coupled to the IC chip but electrically isolated from the HF loop antenna. The UHF subsystem also includes an UHF antenna having a region for receiving the RFID module. When the RFID module is positioned within the receiving region of the UHF antenna, the UHF antenna is coupled to the IC chip in the RFID module via the coupling antenna, thereby forming the UHF subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Lauri Johannes Huhtasalo
  • Patent number: 10671964
    Abstract: A machine or group of machines for monitoring location of at least one of a vehicle or freight carried by the vehicle includes a communications interface configured to communicate electronic signals including a location request signal including data representing a request for information regarding the location of the vehicle or the freight carried by the vehicle, and a correlation logic in the machine or group of machines configured to correlate, by a CPU, the vehicle or the freight carried by the vehicle to a communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MacroPoint, LLC
    Inventor: Bennett H. Adelson
  • Patent number: 10643445
    Abstract: An in-car status notification system that detects that a situation requiring attention has arisen in which a child is alone inside an automobile by using at least one of a plurality of sensors or a camera; detects positional information of the automobile; and in cases in which the situation requiring attention has been detected, sends notification of the automobile positional information and situation requiring attention detected information indicating a child is alone in the automobile to at least a pre-set first mobile phone and a pre-set second mobile phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keiko Nagatomi, Noritaka Toyama, Atsuko Kobayashi, Keisuke Ito
  • Patent number: 10639127
    Abstract: A surgical instrument and a method for installing a RFID label on the surgical instrument are provided. The surgical instrument includes a surgical instrument body, a RFID label and an adhesive, the surgical instrument body and the RFID label are fixedly connection by the adhesive, the adhesive comprises a first adhesive and a second adhesive; the first adhesive is disposed between a bottom surface of the RFID label and a surface of the surgical instrument body, the other surfaces of the RFID label are covered by the second adhesive, the second adhesive also covers an intersection of the RFID label with the surgical instrument body; and the first adhesive and the second adhesive are different types of adhesives, and an adhesive intensity of the first adhesive is greater than an adhesive intensity of the second adhesive, and fluidity of the second adhesive is greater than fluidity of the first adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Xerafy Shanghai Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhijia Liu
  • Patent number: 10632950
    Abstract: A vehicular safety system includes a rearward-viewing camera disposed at a vehicle so as to have an exterior field of view at least rearward of the equipped vehicle. A control includes an image processor for processing image data captured by the camera to detect a vehicle exterior and rearward of the equipped vehicle and to determine if a collision between the detected vehicle and the equipped vehicle is pending. When reverse gear is engaged, and responsive to determination of the pending collision, a safety feature of the equipped vehicle, such as a reversible feature of a driver seat of the equipped vehicle, is triggered before impact occurs. If actual impact does not occur, the triggered safety feature returns to its condition that existed prior to the determination of the pending collision between the detected vehicle and the equipped vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Ove J. Salomonsson
  • Patent number: 10629043
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to detect and issue warning signal when an occupant(s) inside a dangerous vehicle. An exemplary system and method may include operations and/or instructions comprising measuring temperature at multiple zones; calculating temperature gradients versus time and space; calculating distances among temperatures and among temperature gradients; analyzing temperatures, temperature gradients, distances and their histories to detecting an occupant(s) inside a vehicle; and giving out warning alarms when an occupant(s) inside the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Changhai Chen, Daniel Chen, Michael Chen
  • Patent number: 10600314
    Abstract: In a general aspect, a sensitivity setting is adjusted in a motion detection system. In some aspects, a user interface is provided by a motion detection system, and user input data is obtained through the user interface. A wireless communication link is identified based on the user input data; the wireless communication link is provided by a first wireless communication device and a second wireless communication device. Based on the user input data, a value is assigned to a sensitivity setting associated with the wireless communication link in the motion detection system. The motion detection system obtains data for motion detection based on wireless signals communicated through a space on the wireless communication link. Motion of an object in the space is detected based on the data and the value of the sensitivity setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Cognitive Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Tajinder Manku, Oleksiy Kravets
  • Patent number: 10596061
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, devices, and methods for monitoring mobility aids are provided. An example apparatus includes a wheel attachment assembly, a motion sensor, and a transceiver. The wheel attachment assembly is configured to removably attach to a wheel of a mobility aid. The motion sensor is configured to measure rotation of the wheel attachment assembly. The transceiver is in electronic communication with the motion sensor and configured to transmit data based on measurements from the motion sensor. An example system includes a monitoring device and a stationary communication node. The monitoring device is configured to removably attach to a mobility aid and includes a transceiver and a motion sensor configured to measure motion of the monitoring device. The stationary communication node is configured to communicate with the monitoring device. An example method generates alerts based on data from an attachable monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Auto-Pilot Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Thomas Chamberlain
  • Patent number: 10593169
    Abstract: A virtual management system comprises video cameras, and various other sensors that acquire event data indicative relating to the processing of stock. This data is passed to a local data collection device that aggregates the event data and passes it via a network to a number of remote data processing modules. The event data is allocated to each of the data processing modules based upon their assigned tasks by a virtual manager agent. A data processing module receives the aggregated event data from the local data collection device via a network and processes the event data according to a set of pre-defined rules. The data processing module generates an alert in response to the processing of the event data indicating that a pre-defined event has occurred, and transmits the alert to a remote device associated with an employee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: Gavin Doyle, Alan O'Herlihy
  • Patent number: 10588295
    Abstract: A variable power source attachment for providing and disconnecting power to a correctional animal collar is provided. In one embodiment, the variable power source attachment includes a first positive terminal and a first negative terminal coupled to the correctional collar; and a second positive terminal and a second negative terminal coupled to a power source. A relay is disposed between the first terminals and the second terminals and defines a closed position completing an electrical circuit and an open position disrupting the electrical circuit. A processing module includes a communication module with a receiver configured to receive at least one signal indicating that a smoke alarm has been activated; and a processor to switch the relay from the closed position to the open position, upon receipt of the at least one signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas R Riley
  • Patent number: 10585828
    Abstract: Serial communication verification and safety control is disclosed. A multi-part system such as a battery management system can include distributed or subsidiary components for determining status of various parts of the system with the components in serial or point-to-point communication with a collective main controller. A safety controller can be implemented to passively be coupled to the serial or point-to-point communication between the main controller and the subsidiary units. The safety controller can monitor and verify the communication between the main controller and the subsidiary units and send a safety command or verification indicator in another line of communication separate from the communication bus between the main controller and the subsidiary units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: FARADAY & FUTURE INC.
    Inventors: Anil Paryani, Omourtag Alexandrov Velev
  • Patent number: 10585483
    Abstract: A haptic actuator assembly includes a haptic actuator configured to output displacement along a perpendicular axis and a pre-load device. The pre-load device is disposed adjacent to the haptic actuator and configured to generate a compressive load on the haptic actuator along the perpendicular axis to oppose expansion of the haptic actuator along the perpendicular axis. The haptic actuator is disposed within an enclosed cavity formed by a casing. A pressure within the enclosed cavity is varied in order to create the compressive load on the haptic actuator along the perpendicular axis. The pre-load device may alternatively be a connector component formed from a shrinkable material that is configured to longitudinally shrink to exert a force in order to create the compressive load on the haptic actuator along the perpendicular axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventors: Vahid Khoshkava, Juan Manuel Cruz Hernandez, Kaniyalal Shah
  • Patent number: 10580278
    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: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Marko Mandaric, Heath Clement Oyama
  • Patent number: 10541051
    Abstract: An Asset Management System and a method for managing a fleet of assets is provided. The system is capable of determining use states and high-use periods of a fleet of mobile workstations. Use states are determined by sensors resident on mobile workstations, the sensors operable to detect the occurrence of a specified event. The Asset Management System is able to interpret data sent by the sensors and determine a type of use and use state for each mobile workstation based on the data or lack of data sent by the sensors. The Asset Management System is operable to determine periods of high-use across the fleet of mobile workstations. The Asset Management System is also operable to determine a return-on-investment level of each mobile workstation in the fleet and generate a heat map based on those levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Enovate Medical, LLC
    Inventor: Arlow Farrell
  • Patent number: 10510201
    Abstract: An electromechanical locking system includes one or more moveable locking elements and one or more actuators configured to move each of the one or more moveable locking elements between positions. The system includes a receptacle configured to receive a key, a sensor, a processor; and a computer-readable storage medium. The processor causes the sensor to scan the key and detect one or more features of the key, identify a first code that corresponds to the detected features of the key, and apply one or more functions to the first code to yield a second code. The second code includes one or more characters that each character corresponds to one of the plurality of positions. The processor causes the one or more actuators to move the one or more movable locking elements to the positions that correspond to the one or more characters of the second code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Fowler
  • Patent number: 10508485
    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 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Venkatapathi Raju Nallapa, Alexandru Mihai Gurghian