Patents Examined by Michael Horabik
  • Patent number: 7079045
    Abstract: A device for controlling a controlled device includes a remote control unit having a transmitter, a processor, a clock connected to the processor, and a control keypad. The remote control unit is removably engageable in a support, and when the remote control unit is in a first position relative to the support, manipulation of the keypad results in sending programming commands to the processor such that the processor can transmit control signals to the controlled device at user-defined times. On the other hand, when the remote control unit is not in the first position relative to the support, manipulation of the keypad causes the transmitter to send commands to the controlled device. Alternatively, when the remote control unit is in the first position relative to the support, the keypad is disabled, such that commands may be sent to the controlled device from the device only automatically at preprogrammed times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Somfy SAS
    Inventors: André Alfred Baud, Olivier Poulet
  • Patent number: 7071812
    Abstract: A lock controller for automatically unlocking and locking a lockable part such as a vehicle door uses a detector for detecting a hand approaching inside a plurality of detection areas. Such a detector is not only arranged to transmit electromagnetic waves and to receive the reflected waves from a target object of detection such as a person's hand but also provided with a plurality of wave detection circuit parts for mixing wave detection signals corresponding to said transmission waves with signals received by said reception antenna at different sampling timings and outputting the mixed signals. A plurality of judging circuit parts each correspond to different one of the wave detection circuit parts and serve to switch on a detection output based on the outputted signals from said wave detection circuit parts to indicate that said target object is approaching and at a speed within a specified range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Mafune, Kazuhiro Negoro, Yasuhiro Satoh, Tadao Nishiguchi
  • Patent number: 7071813
    Abstract: A movable barrier operator (11) transmits status signals from time to time to reflect its own operational states. A corresponding wireless remote control apparatus (14) receives such status signals and used the informational content of such status signals to effect a variety of automatic and/or user-facilitated control strategies. In one embodiment, the wireless remote control apparatus can use the status signal to determine a distance (or at least an approximate distance) between the movable barrier operator and the wireless remote control apparatus. This distance information, in turn, can also be used to inform and enrich the control strategies and possibilities of the wireless remote control apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventor: James J. Fitzgibbon
  • Patent number: 7071815
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) system with separately located transmitters and receivers which lowers system cost. The system includes a plurality of transmitters for interrogating radio frequency identification tags attached to items on store shelves, a plurality of receivers separately located from the transmitters for receiving response information from the radio frequency identification tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: John Peter Roquemore, III
  • Patent number: 7068143
    Abstract: Remote control of an operating table which can be motor-adjusted by means of a drive device is provided for. Command signals for controlling the drive device are wirelessly transmitted to the operating table from an operator control unit. A unique association between the operator control unit and an operating table is ensured before command signals are sent by emitting an infrared control signal to the operating table by the operator control unit and then confirming the reception of the control signal from the operator control unit by radio signal from the operating table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: TRUMPF Medizin Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Doering, Christian Streitberger, Falk Georgi
  • Patent number: 7068207
    Abstract: The present invention aims to share such a unit for controllably operating a wide variety of electronic apparatuses to be uniformly compatible with each of them. Concretely, such data pictures comprising picture data and relevant data as a single dealing unit are utilized. Data pictures are individually displayed on a display unit of the inventive operating device to enable user to specify (305) any of them. When a certain data picture has been specified by user's operation, a relevant data is extracted (307) from the specified data picture, and then, based on the extracted relevant data, a controlling data is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Fujita, Hitoshi Endoh, Nariaki Hatta, Yasufumi Fujikawa
  • Patent number: 7068190
    Abstract: This invention is a photosite which allows access from a cell phone to provide user-friendlier services. The photosite creates an ID (S6501) and creates a character string Str from the ID by combining numerals and alphabetical characters by using a storage unit which stores buttons 0 to 9 of the cell phone and the number of alphabetical characters assigned to the respective buttons in correspondence with each other (S6502–S6507). In this case, a character string is created such that any two consecutive characters are assigned to different keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Satomi, Satoshi Igeta, Atsushi Inoue, Satoshi Watanabe, Kenichiro Matsuura
  • Patent number: 7068181
    Abstract: A universal remote control is provided. For each channel supported, a mode is initially established as rolling mode. For a fixed code appliance, a fixed code is received and stored, and the mode changed to fixed mode. When an activation request is received, the mode associated with that activation input is examined. If the mode is rolling mode, a sequence of rolling code activation signals is transmitted, each based on one of the plurality of rolling code transmission schemes. If the mode is fixed mode, at least one activation signal is transmitted based on a fixed code transmission scheme and including a reversal or an inverse of the stored fixed code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Mark D. Chuey
  • Patent number: 7064678
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a wireless terminal for checking the amount used of gauge and a gauge management system using a wireless communication network which checks the amount used of electricity, tap water, and gas by a wireless terminal. A wireless terminal established in a front of gauge, senses image of a figure at gauge, transmit data of the amount used with a wireless communication network. So, management of collecting rates of electricity, tap water, and gas are achieved easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignees: 2WG Co. LTD
    Inventors: Jae Min Kim, Tae Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 7065132
    Abstract: A method of transmitting digital signals which are passed via a communication system by means of a retimer between an input and an output, whereby according to the invention the data packet applied to the input is scanned with respect to the individual bits and within the individual bits and preferably at the center and the scanned data level is transmitted immediately to the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Hirschmann Electronics GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Peter Schuster
  • Patent number: 7061368
    Abstract: In an on-vehicle equipment remote control system provided with a portable unit that a vehicle operator can carry and an on-vehicle unit that executes a predetermined process if a code content of a response signal issued by the portable unit in response to a transmitted request signal matches a required code content, the on-vehicle unit transmits the request signal on a first frequency prior to the start of a vehicle power source and transmits the request signal on a second frequency that is higher than the first frequency after the start of the vehicle power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroki Okada
  • Patent number: 7061365
    Abstract: A communication apparatus automatically sets the most appropriate communication mode in accordance with the location at which the communication apparatus is used. For example, the communication mode is switched between operating as a master station and operating as a remote station of a wireless communication system depending on whether or not connection is made to a wired communication line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Michihiro Izumi
  • Patent number: 7061369
    Abstract: A bidirectional dialogue is carried out between a portable code emitter (15) and a base station (1) for access to a motor vehicle. Both signals are correlated with each other and the dialogue repeated at an altered carrier frequency. The distance of the code emitter (15) from the base station (11) is determined from the difference in two phase difference measurements between the sent and received signal in one station (11 or 15). Access to, or use of the motor vehicle (10) is only permitted when the code emitter (15) is within a certain distance from the motor vehicle (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Nikolas Bergerhoff
  • Patent number: 7061397
    Abstract: An antitheft protection system for a vehicle (10) comprises at least one transmitting and receiving unit (12) connected to the vehicle (10), at least one code transmitter (18), which can communicate with the at least one transmitting and receiving unit (12), and at least one base unit (14), which wirelessly communicates with the at least one transmitting and receiving unit (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Mario Haselsteiner, Birgit Rösel, Klaus Hofbeck, Arnd Stielow
  • Patent number: 7057525
    Abstract: A meter interface unit for use in a one way automatic meter reading system comprises first means for frequently transmitting a short burst transmission suitable for reception by a hand held or mobile receiver, and second means for transmitting narrow band data messages suitable for reception by a fixed network first tier receiving station. The receiver at the first tier receiving station has means for suppressing the short transmissions to prevent interference with the slow busts from the second transmitting means. Repeated packet collisions between the short bursts are avoided by randomly varying the time period between the short bursts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Kenure Development Limited
    Inventors: Terence George Giles, Kenny Steele
  • Patent number: 7057533
    Abstract: A controlling apparatus for programming extended code of keyboard and a method for the same. The keyboard receives an extended code processing command and judges the extended code processing command to be used for enabling a second key code or disabling a second key code of the key. The keyboard also receives key code setting parameters. The keyboard has a mode selection key to toggle the keyboard between a standard key code mode and an extended key code mode. Therefore, all keys on the keyboard can be assigned with new extended code or disabled for the new extended code to broaden the function thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Lite-On Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Chin Ping Wang
  • Patent number: 7057523
    Abstract: A non-volatile memory device with wireless control function which can be divided into two parts comprising a main part and a remote control part. The main part includes a connection port, a memory system and a remote control signal reception module, while the remote control part including a function-key module, a controller, a remote control signal emission module and a power storage unit. The function-key module produces a set of key signals while being pressed, and the controller produces a control signal corresponding to the set of key signals. The remote control signal emission module emits a remote control signal corresponding to the control signal. The remote control signal reception module produces a host control signal corresponding to the remote control signal, and the host control signal is transferred to the host via the connection port to control operations of the host. The power storage unit stores power which is provided to the remote control part while the remote control part is being used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Ritek Corporation
    Inventors: Yu-Chuan Lin, Chun-Chieh Chen, Hung-Ju Shen, Chien-Hua Wu, Sheng-Lin Chiu, Huan-Tung Wang, Hsin-Chih Hung
  • Patent number: 7057524
    Abstract: A pressure pulse generator to generate pressure signals in drilling fluid for transmission to surface includes an outer housing having an inlet and an outlet for supply to the drilling assembly; a control element slidably mounted in the housing for opening and closing said inlet, the element being operative to generate a pressure pulses when it closes; a control passage extending through the element and closable by a valve element arranged to be exposed to the pressure in the passage; and an actuator assembly connected to the control element. The control element moves upon activation relative to the inlet to generate a pulse. When deactivated, it blocks the flow through the passage so that all of the fluid bypasses via the inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Geolink (UK) Ltd.
    Inventor: Frank Innes
  • Patent number: 7057547
    Abstract: A fixed position remote control unit 20 as used with a movable barrier operator 11 has an externally accessible plug-in module interface 25. This interface 25 operably couples to the link 23 and 24 between the remote control unit 20 and the operator 11. So configured, a plug-in module 40 that docks and couples with this plug-in module interface 25 can receive operating (or charging) power from the movable barrier operator 11, exchange signaling with the movable barrier operator 11, or both. The ability to readily exchange signaling without invasive wiring permits a wide variety of plug-in modules 40 to be utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Olmsted, James J. Fitzgibbon
  • Patent number: 7057493
    Abstract: A lighting system that automatically turns on lights with a key used for locking the doors of a car and a house. The system includes the key and a lighting device. The key generates and transmits a transmission signal containing verification subject information. A light control unit connected to the lighting device receives the transmission signal from the key and verifies the key with an ID code. The light control unit activates the lighting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho
    Inventors: Terumasa Suyama, Takashi Ichikawa, Toshimasa Shibagaki