Patents Examined by Max H Noori
  • Patent number: 11137241
    Abstract: A compact strain gage including a deformable substrate, at least one conductive pattern formed on the deformable substrate, an electrically insulating layer formed over the conductive pattern, at least one electrical connection pad formed over the electrically insulating layer and at least partially overlying the conductive pattern and at least one via extending through the electrically insulating layer and electrically connecting the conductive pattern to the at least one electrical connection pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: VISHAY ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Amos Hercowitz, Ofir Sudry, Gilad Yaron
  • Patent number: 11135882
    Abstract: A magneto-elastically-based active force sensor, used with a tow coupling between a towed and a towing vehicle or a coupling between a vehicle body and a suspension of the vehicle, which outputs a signal useful for determining forces acting on the coupling. The outputted force information may be provided by processor-enabled embedded software algorithms that take inputs from the force sensor and other sensors, may be used by one or more vehicle systems during operating of the vehicle, such as engine, braking, stability, safety, and informational systems. The force sensor includes directionally-sensitive magnetic field sensing elements inside the sensor, and shielding may be used around the sensors to reduce the influence of external magnetic fields on the sensing elements. The force sensor may be used with different tow and vehicle weight sensing coupling devices installed on different types of automobile cars and trucks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Reed, Julius Beck, Florian Burghardt, Johannes Gießibl, Chris Liston
  • Patent number: 11137298
    Abstract: An all-fabric iontronic supercapacitive pressure sensing device utilizing a novel iontronic nanofabric as the sensing element is disclosed. The sensing device can be applied in several various wearable health and biomedical applications on complex body topologies. As an alternative to conventional flexible sensors, the all-fabric iontronic pressure sensor provides an ultrahigh device sensitivity with a single Pascale resolution. The device also allows rapid mechanical responses (in the milliseconds range) for high-frequency biomechanical signals, e.g., blood pressure pulses and body movements. The fabrication process for the device is low-cost highly compatible with existing industrial manufacturing processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Tingrui Pan, Ruya Li, Benjamin Arthur Bazor
  • Patent number: 11125667
    Abstract: An embeddable seepage module capable of being embedded into an interface ring shear apparatus is disclosed, wherein: the seepage module includes an annular cylinder, a seepage pressure regulation system, a top plate and a bottom plate; the interface ring shear apparatus includes an upper shear box and a lower shear box; the annular cylinder, the top plate, the bottom plate, the upper shear box and the lower shear box form an internal pressure cavity and an external pressure cavity; the internal pressure cavity is able to realize the precise double control of the soil seepage pressure and water flow through the seepage pressure regulation system; the external pressure cavity is able to collect fine soil particles under pressure seepage. In the case of soil seepage-shear coupling, the seepage module is assembled firstly for seepage, and after completing the seepage, the external pressure cavity is removed for ring shear tests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Lizhong Wang, Zhen Guo, Shengjie Rui, Lingling Li, Yi Hong, Yujie Li, Wenjie Zhou
  • Patent number: 11118984
    Abstract: An electronic device including an actuator and a driving circuit electrically coupled to the actuator. The driving circuit can be configured to determine a resonance frequency of the actuator and deliver a driving frequency matching the resonance frequency to the actuator, as well as a driving voltage. The electronic device also includes a memory and a processor. The processor can determine the presence of a force applied to the electronic device based on the resonance frequency of the actuator. Based on determining a force is being applied to the electronic device, the processor can execute a predetermined function of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Jianxun Wang, Debanjan Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 11109986
    Abstract: An improvement to a prosthetic device which provides a spring member between first and second structural members that are rotatably connected to one another, the spring member providing predictable resistance as it is compressed by the rotation of the first and second structural members with respect to each other. The known resistance of the spring is used as an input to a model controlling a motor control circuit to provide counter-torque as rotational torque is applied to compress the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Otto Bock Healthcare LP
    Inventors: Weston Smith, Christopher Morse, Paul Balutis
  • Patent number: 11109635
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper member and a sole structure, with a sensor system connected to the sole structure. The sensor system includes a plurality of sensors that are configured for detecting forces exerted by a user's foot on the sensor. The sensor system also includes a port that is configured to receive a module to place the module in communication with the sensors. The port includes a housing with a chamber configured to receive the module and an interface engaged with the housing and having at least one electrical contact exposed to the chamber. Additional retaining structure and interface structure may be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: James Molyneux, Jordan M. Rice, Aaron B. Weast, Jeffrey J. Hebert, Martine W. Stillman, Dane Weitmann, Joseph B. Horrell, Jonathan B. Knight
  • Patent number: 11112319
    Abstract: There is provided a flexure body configured to be used in detection of load applied in first direction and a load applied in second direction orthogonal to the first direction. The flexure body including: a flexure member; and a circuit pattern. The flexure member has a flexure area configured to be strained under load from detection object and an area different from the flexure area. The circuit pattern includes two pieces of first-direction strain sensitive elements, two pieces of second-direction strain sensitive elements, and at least one of a first-direction fixed resistance element and a second-direction fixed resistance element. Two pieces of first-direction strain sensitive elements and two pieces of second-direction strain sensitive elements are provided in the flexure area, and the at least one of the first-direction fixed resistance element and the second-direction fixed resistance element is provided in the area different from the flexure area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: MINEBEA MITSUMI INC.
    Inventor: Dohaku Inamori
  • Patent number: 11112318
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pressure sensor, a pressure-sensor matrix array including the same, and a manufacturing method thereof, the pressure sensor including a first electrode, a conductive layer positioned on the first electrode and including a conductor, an active layer positioned on the conductive layer, being in contact with or being spaced apart from the conductive layer and including a polymer and a semiconductor dispersed in the polymer, and a second electrode positioned on the active layer. The pressure sensor and the pressure-sensor matrix array according to the present invention are capable of eliminating electrical crosstalk between pixels using a rectifying interface in a pressure sensor matrix having high sensitivity to resistance, thereby forming a high-resolution pressure sensor array, and moreover, processing costs and complexity are reduced, which is advantageous for industrial applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: POSTECH ACADEMY-INDUSTRY FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Jeong Unyong, You Insang
  • Patent number: 11112322
    Abstract: A bicycle has a spider including a torque input section and at least one torque output section; a crank assembly coupled with the spider through the torque input section and applying an input torque to the spider; a chainring mounted to the spider through the at least one torque output section and receiving an output torque from the spider; a gauge disposed and oriented generally along a tangential direction or a quasi-tangential direction with respect to the torque input section and the at least one torque output section; and a circuitry coupled to the gauge and receiving a signal from the gauge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: GIANT MANUFACTURING CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Chih-Kai Chang, Ching-Yao Lin
  • Patent number: 11105714
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for testing rolling resistance of a mattress by rolling a cylindrical weight across at least a portion of the mattress and measuring torque of the cylindrical weight moving across the mattress. The apparatus is preferably automated and preferably continuously measures torque as the cylinder is continuously moved across the mattress at a constant speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: MADAD PTY. LTD.
    Inventor: Morrison Just
  • Patent number: 11105693
    Abstract: A torque sensor includes a first region, a second region, a plurality of third regions connecting the first and second regions, a first strain generation part and a second strain generation part. The first strain generation part of which a first end is provided on the first region, and of which a first intermediate portion is provided on a second structure. The second strain generation part of which a third end is provided on the first region, of which a second intermediate portion is provided on the second region, and of which a fourth end is provided near a second end of the first strain generation part. A strain body provided with a resistor connects the second end of the first strain generation part and the fourth end of the second strain generation part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: NIDEC COPAL ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Suzuki, Takao Ikeda, Takashi Kanai, Takayuki Endo
  • Patent number: 11105401
    Abstract: A belt sensor system comprising a first IR sensor disposed adjacent to a belt to detect a belt surface proximity and to generate a first signal therefore, a second IR sensor disposed adjacent to a belt to detect a periodic signal from a second belt surface and to generate a second signal therefore, a signal processor operating on the first signal and second signal to calculate a dynamic belt tension, and displaying the dynamic belt tension on a GUI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Gates Corporation
    Inventors: Kane Chinnel, Joseph R. Duke, Jr., Leslee Brown
  • Patent number: 11099098
    Abstract: An improved sensor system is provided that monitors and controls a dendritic fluid system. A dendritic fluid system can include artificial components and/or natural components that carry fluid from a source to a destination through a series of paths. The sensor system can include magnetic field sensors, acoustic sensors, encapsulated sensor systems, pressure regulators, and valve controllers to monitor and control the dendritic fluid system. For example, magnetic field sensors, acoustic sensors, and/or pressure regulators can be used to measure the flow of fluid within a dendritic fluid subsystem and/or to detect potential leaks. The encapsulated sensor systems and/or valve controllers can be used to detect fluid levels in a contained system and control valves to adjust the fluid levels in the contained system to a desired level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventor: Richard Andrew DeVerse
  • Patent number: 11085842
    Abstract: A strain generation body and a force sensor equipped with the strain generation body, which can reduce a temperature error between strain sensors and reference resistors and the influence of external noise and which can improve detection accuracy, are provided. A strain generation body comprises a center part, an outer-peripheral part, connecting parts, a plurality of strain sensors, a plurality of reference resistors. The outer-peripheral part surrounds a periphery of the center part. The connecting parts connect the center part and the outer-peripheral part. The strain sensors are provided on main surfaces of the connecting parts. The reference resistors are provided on a main surface of the center part and constitute bridge circuits together with the strain sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: NIDEC COPAL ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Suzuki, Shigeaki Shingyochi, Toyohiko Akata, Subei Shun
  • Patent number: 11085835
    Abstract: A capacitive sensor includes an upper block; a lower block; a plurality of elastic supports for elastically supporting the upper block and the lower block; upper vertical electrodes formed to have faces perpendicular to the bottom surface of the upper block; lower vertical electrodes formed to have faces perpendicular to the top surface of the lower block and disposed to face the upper vertical electrodes such that at least parts of the lower vertical electrodes overlap with the upper vertical electrodes; and an electronic circuit including the upper vertical electrodes and the lower vertical electrodes as parts of the circuit and outputting a signal corresponding to changes in capacitances between the upper vertical electrodes and the lower vertical electrodes caused by a force or a torque applied to at least one of the upper block and the lower block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: ROBOTOUS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Min Chul Kim
  • Patent number: 11085836
    Abstract: A force sensor according to the present invention includes: an annular deformable body arranged to surround an origin O when viewed in the Z-axis direction and configured to generate elastic deformation by application of one of a force and a moment; and a detection circuit that outputs an electric signal indicating one of the applied force and the moment on the basis of the elastic deformation generated in the deformable body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: TRI-FORCE MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Okada, Satoshi Era
  • Patent number: 11084342
    Abstract: A magneto-elastically-based active force sensor, used with a tow coupling between a towed and a towing vehicle or a coupling between a vehicle body and a suspension of the vehicle, which outputs a signal useful for determining forces acting on the coupling. The outputted force information may be provided by processor-enabled embedded software algorithms that take inputs from the force sensor and other sensors, may be used by one or more vehicle systems during operating of the vehicle, such as engine, braking, stability, safety, and informational systems. The force sensor includes directionally-sensitive magnetic field sensing elements inside the sensor, and shielding may be used around the sensors to reduce the influence of external magnetic fields on the sensing elements. The force sensor may be used with different tow and vehicle weight sensing coupling devices installed on different types of automobile cars and trucks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Reed, Julius Beck, Florian Burghardt, Johannes Gießibl, Chris Liston
  • Patent number: 11085858
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a true triaxial tester with adjustable loading stiffness and a test method, relating to the technical field of rock mechanics. The tester includes a first principal stress variable stiffness loading apparatus, a second principal stress variable stiffness loading apparatus, a third principal stress loading apparatus, a monitoring system, and a control system. The monitoring system includes a stiffness sensor, a pressure sensor, and a displacement sensor. Loading stiffness in a first principal stress direction and a second principal stress direction is adjustable. The tester has the following advantages: it has fixed loading stiffness, can complete stiffness loading of one side being free and five sides being variable, and is easy to operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Yunliang Tan, Yanchun Yin, Tongbin Zhao, Yubao Zhang, Weiyao Guo, Xingxue Tang, Hongjie Zhou
  • Patent number: 11076655
    Abstract: An article of footwear or an article of apparel can include provisions for facilitating the use of a sensor device and protecting the sensor device from external particles or fluid. The sensor device can include a conduit for moving air through the sensor device from one portion of the sensor device to another portion of the sensor device. An elastic membrane can be attached to an opening formed in the sensor device. The elastic membrane can deform in response to changes in air pressure within the sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany A. Beers, Andrew A. Owings