Patents Examined by Max H Noori
  • Patent number: 10378977
    Abstract: A strain amount calculation system includes an imaging unit, and a strain amount calculation device that acquires an image taken by the imaging unit, measures luminescent brightness from the acquired image, calculates an amount of strain on the object caused by a load on the object, based on a temporal change in the measured luminescent brightness, and outputs information on the calculated strain amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA PRODUCTION ENGINEERING
    Inventors: Takuya Sakamoto, Yuki Ishida
  • Patent number: 10378875
    Abstract: Athletic apparel, including compression garments and athletic footwear, is disclosed as capable of monitoring the wear of compression fabric and/or cushioning material by attaching a performance gauge onto the apparel. The performance gauge includes microcapsules that contain a colorless dye and/or a co-reactant, wherein the microcapsules can breakdown in concert with the wear and degradation of the compression fabric or cushioning material, thereby allowing the dye and co-reactant to mix and produce color indication. As the wear of the fabric and cushioning material increases, more microcapsules breakdown resulting in a progression of color change visible through additional layers on the performance gauge, or by the fabric and/or cushioning material. The microcapsules can be engineered to breakdown based on any variation of factors that correspond to the degradation of compressive fabric and cushioning material, including shear force, tension, impact force, and/or exposure to high temperature and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Jonathan Cranin, Deepa Thomas, Matthew Thomas
  • Patent number: 10365106
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a magnetic sensor which acquires a status of a magnetic field around the electronic apparatus, an angular velocity sensor, and a processor. The processor controls whether the detection of an angular velocity of a spatial movement of the electronic apparatus is performed by the angular velocity sensor or a magnetic gyro sensor composed of the magnetic sensor, based on the status of the magnetic field acquired by the magnetic sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takanori Ishihama
  • Patent number: 10365171
    Abstract: Provided is a capacitive sensor sheet for use in measuring at least one of an amount of strain due to elastic deformation and a distribution of strain due to elastic deformation, and the capacitive sensor sheet comprises: a dielectric layer; a top electrode layer laminated on the obverse surface of the dielectric layer; and a bottom electrode layer laminated on the reverse surface of the dielectric layer, wherein the dielectric layer is composed of an elastomer composition containing a urethane elastomer, and each of the top electrode layer and the bottom electrode layer is composed of an electroconductive composition containing carbon nanotubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: BANDO CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Kaneko, Hideo Otaka
  • Patent number: 10365083
    Abstract: A motor control system includes a motor, a rotational angle sensor that detects a rotational angle of a motor shaft of the motor, a torque sensor that detects shaft torsion torque between the motor shaft, and an output shaft fixed to a load member driven by the motor, and a motor controller that controls the motor. The motor controller estimates a rotational angle of the output shaft, based on the rotational angle of the motor shaft, the shaft torsion torque, and torsional rigidity obtained in advance with respect to a region between the motor shaft and the output shaft, and controls the motor, using the estimated rotational angle of the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Taro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10365172
    Abstract: A tactile sensor includes: a first sheet having at least either flexibility or elasticity; and a second sheet having at least either flexibility or elasticity and having a first surface facing the first sheet and a second surface opposite to the first surface. The second surface includes a plurality of protruding shapes. Each of the plurality of protruding shapes includes an enclosed space inside, the enclosed space being defined by the first surface of the second sheet and the first sheet. At least one first electrode pattern is disposed on the first sheet in the enclosed space of each of the plurality of protruding shapes. At least one second electrode pattern is disposed on the first surface in the enclosed space of each of the plurality of protruding shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Tomita, Koichi Hirano, Susumu Sawada, Hideki Ohmae
  • Patent number: 10357078
    Abstract: A sensor system is adapted for use with an article of footwear and includes an insert member including a first layer and a second layer, a port connected to the insert and configured for communication with an electronic module, a plurality of force and/or pressure sensors on the insert member, and a plurality of leads connecting the sensors to the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jordan M. Rice, Allan M. Schrock, Steven H. Walker, Kate Richmond, Andreas Heinrich Steier, Ndikum Protus Atang
  • Patent number: 10359328
    Abstract: Devices and methods of measuring a handsaw or other cutting blade are described. The device may be in the form of a tension gauge that includes a first plate associated with a moveable protrusion such as a pin that deflects the blade and a second plate that is pivotably attached to the first plate and includes two or more fixed pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Barry Martin Schwaiger, Howard Leon Snodgrass, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10352787
    Abstract: Sensors and sensor systems incorporating piezoresistive materials for integration with footwear are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: BeBop Sensors, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith A. McMillen, Gregory Wille, Daniel Eric McAnulty
  • Patent number: 10350636
    Abstract: A capacitive transducer includes at least one cell that includes a first electrode and a vibrating membrane including a second electrode provided so as to be apart from the first electrode with a cavity sandwiched between the first electrode and the second electrode. An electrostatic shield is provided on the cell via a silicone rubber layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Atsushi Kandori
  • Patent number: 10345168
    Abstract: An impact sensor body for sensing Charpy impact force is disclosed. The sensor body includes a body of material with a plurality of apertures. The apertures are configured within the body of material to form a flexure member orthogonal to a direction of motion to strike an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Glenn Lucachick, Richard A. Meyer, Robert Josephson
  • Patent number: 10345172
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for measuring axial force and frictional torque of a threaded part, including: a fastening member having a threaded hole through which an external threaded part passes, and coming into contact with a head of the external threaded part fitted into the threaded hole; a support body supporting the fastening member; an internal threaded part engaging with an external threaded part fitted into the fastening member and spaced apart from the fastening member; a load cell fixedly supporting the internal threaded part and measuring axial load and frictional torque that are transmitted from the external threaded part to the internal threaded part; and a torque application unit applying torque to the external threaded part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: E-cube System Inc.
    Inventor: Sung Fie Seok
  • Patent number: 10345208
    Abstract: A system and method for applying force to at least one device by setting a target position of a pin with respect to the device, setting a target force that the pin will apply to the device, moving the pin towards the device, stopping the movement of the pin when the first of a force exerted on the device by the pin substantially equals the target force, or a position of the pin substantially equals the target position happens, and modifying the position of the pin to maintain the force of the pin on the device at substantially constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Christopher C. Langenfeld, Dirk A. van der Merwe, Grant A. Peret, John C. Anastasiou, Jonathan Parker, Michael A. Baker
  • Patent number: 10337951
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for determining flexural rigidity of a plant. The apparatus includes a base and support hingedly coupled thereto. A contact element on the support engages the stem of plant. Force and angular displacement data are collected. Flexural rigidity of the plant stem is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Douglas Cook, Daniel Robertson, Margaret Julias, Shien Yang Lee
  • Patent number: 10337970
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for in-situ testing impact strength of a micro-structure are provided. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes: a flexible beam, one end of which being fixed; an impact mass block disposed at the other end of the flexible beam and being for exerting an impact on the micro-structure; and a locking member including a beam arm and a plurality of locking teeth. The beam arm is perpendicular to the flexible beam and one end of the beam arm is fixed, and the plurality of locking teeth are distributed at intervals along the beam arm, such that the other end of the flexible beam is engaged to one of the plurality of locking teeth when the flexible beam is loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: PEKING UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Li Zhang, Dacheng Zhang, Fang Yang, Wei Wang, Dayu Tian, Peng Liu, Ting Li, Kui Luo
  • Patent number: 10337937
    Abstract: A detection device for a digital torque adapter includes a case having an operation area and a display area located on the outside thereof. A torque strain axle extends through the case. A recess is defined in one end of the torque strain axle. A circuit board having a receiving unit and a setting unit is electrically connected to the operation area and the display area. The case has a torque strain gauge located on the outer surface of the torque strain axle. An angle sensor is located in the case and detects the angle of the case and the torque strain axle relative to a horizontal plane. An accumulator is electrically connected to the circuit board and accumulates the angle detected by the angle sensor of each time that the wrench rotates, until the sum meets a pre-set value of angle of the setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Chih-Hsiang Hsu
  • Patent number: 10335292
    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: September 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Bionx Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Weston Smith, Christopher Morse, Paul Balutis
  • Patent number: 10330576
    Abstract: A sensor for measuring shear force and a dummy for testing a vehicle using the same are provided herein. A sensor for measuring shear force which is configured to quantitatively accurately measure shear force applied to a human body who sits on a vehicle seat, and a dummy for measuring shear force using the sensor are provided, wherein the sensor for measuring shear force includes an upper block, an intermediate block and a lower block and is configured such that a first strain gauge is mounted upright between the upper block and the intermediate block and a second strain gauge is mounted upright between the intermediate block and the lower block so that the shear force can be accurately measured without being affected by horizontal tensile force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, University Industry Foundation, Yonsei University Wonju Campus
    Inventors: Tae Uk Kang, Han Sung Kim, Seong Guk Kim, Dong Hyun Kim, Dong Hyun Hwang, Han A. Lee, Ye Eun Song
  • Patent number: 10330542
    Abstract: A torque sensor assembly for use in a vehicle power steering system has magnets, coaxial first, second, and third flux closure members around the magnets, and first and second magnetic sensors. Each of the plurality of magnets emits a magnetic field. The second flux closure member is between the first and third flux closure members. The first and third flux closure members collect the magnetic fields having a first polarity. The second flux closure member collects the magnetic fields having a second polarity that is opposite the first polarity. The first and second magnetic sensors are positioned to have like polarity. The first sensor is between the first and second flux closure members. The second sensor is between the second and third flux closure members. A torque signal is calculated by subtracting a second signal generated by the second sensor from a first signal generated by the first sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventor: Robert Pearce
  • Patent number: 10330543
    Abstract: A method to determine an unknown, current pre-tension force in a pre-tensioned securing member having an exposed portion comprises coupling a pulling member to the exposed portion of the pre-tensioned securing member, generating pulling forces with the pulling member on the pre-tensioned securing member, measuring pulling force displacements of the pre-tensioned securing member in response to first and second applied pulling forces that are different from each other, measuring pulling force displacements of the pre-tensioned securing member in response to third and fourth pulling forces that are different from each other, determining a first relationship between the first and second pulling force displacements, determining a second relationship between the third and fourth pulling force displacements, and determining the current pre-tension in the pre-tensioned securing member by setting the first relationship and the second relationship equal to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Avangrid Renewables, LLC
    Inventor: Donald Rogers