Patents Examined by Michael P Nghiem
  • Patent number: 10381869
    Abstract: Power outages and restorations at customer premises can be automatically detected and reported. A method includes receiving, from a network terminal, a first notification associated with a power outage; retrieving location information associated with the network terminal; sending a second notification indicating that the outage has occurred and that includes the location information associated with the network terminal; retrieving prior outage information that corresponds to a set of network terminals associated with a group of set top boxes; determining that an outage event is triggered, when a quantity of outages is greater than a threshold, where the quantity of outages is based on the outage and other outages obtained from the prior outage information; and sending a third notification based on the determination that the outage event is triggered, where the third notification includes information associated with the quantity of outages that enables a server to remedy the outage event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Alessandro M. Meynardi, Jean F. Dubois, Martin Doehring, C. P. Cheng
  • Patent number: 10380661
    Abstract: An energy charging apparatus includes an energy charging unit charging green energy in an energy saving apparatus, a measured amount information acquisition unit acquiring measured amount information that indicates a charged amount of green energy measured by the energy saving apparatus from the corresponding energy saving apparatus, and a certificate issuance unit issuing a certificate for certifying an amount of green energy charged in the energy saving apparatus when a charged amount of green energy charged by the energy charging unit coincides with the charged amount of green energy shown in the measured amount information, wherein the certificate is managed in association with the energy saving apparatus and is discarded if the amount of green energy that is certified by the corresponding certificate is output from the energy saving apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Ono, Narumi Nagase, Takayasu Kon, Kei Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10377509
    Abstract: A fully automated method for testing functionality of a spacecraft or aircraft unit under testing (UUT) includes selecting a test station at which to conduct a first functionality test on the UUT. The method also includes coupling a program specific module (PSM) to the UUT. Each PSM is configured to couple to a specific type of UUT to provide power and telemetry to the specific type of UUT. The method further includes a robot arm moving the UUT to the selected test station. The method still further includes conducting the first functionality test on the UUT at the selected test station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Rigel Quinn Woida-O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10352823
    Abstract: Engine health monitoring is used to assess the health of an engine, such as a gas turbine engine. Blades mounted on a shaft produce a modal response when excited. The shaft has an order related component that varies with the rotational velocity of the shaft. Modal responses are increased when the natural frequency range of the selected blade mode intersects with one of the order related components. By applying a short time chirp-Fourier transform with a frequency speed that is a function of a rate of change in the rotational velocity of the shaft a selected signal can be isolated. Cracks in the blades can be detected from the isolated signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Paul Anuzis, Leonid Moiseevich Gelman
  • Patent number: 10350012
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a surgical device is provided. The method includes acquiring first data including a position and/or an orientation of a first object disposed on the surgical device at a first location; acquiring second data including a position and/or an orientation of a second object disposed on the surgical device at a second location; determining third data including a position and/or an orientation of the first object relative to the second location; and determining a position and/or an orientation of the second object relative to the second location based at least in part on the first data, the second data, and the third data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: MAKO Surgiccal Corp.
    Inventors: Hyosig Kang, Dennis Moses, Arthur Quaid
  • Patent number: 10352975
    Abstract: A contact's interaction with a sensing array is subject to several external and internal stimuli which may impact a processing unit's confidence in the characteristics of that interaction or the presence of the interaction itself. Fidelity of user action is greatly improved with a step-wise and holistic analysis of a contact on an array of capacitance sensors, which allows for repetition of certain steps of processing or the entire operation if threshold confidence levels are not achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: PARADE TECHNOLOGIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Jonathan R Peterson, Cole D Wilson, David G Wright
  • Patent number: 10345194
    Abstract: A method and a device for detection of initiating failures in a mechanical system. The device includes an acquisition circuit to acquire packets of endogenic and exogenic time signals corresponding to measurements of endogenic and exogenic parameters specific to the mechanical system respectively, at successive instants, and a chopping circuit to chop a passband of the endogenic signal packets into a determined set of frequency sub-bands, at each instant in the successive instants. The device further includes a calculation circuit to determine a corresponding estimating signal for each frequency sub-band at each instant in the successive instants; and a detection circuit to receive each estimating signal and the corresponding exogenic signal packets during the successive instants, and to detect any deviation in each estimating signal representing initiating failures of the machine in iso-context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES
    Inventor: Valerio Gerez
  • Patent number: 10339782
    Abstract: A method includes receiving location data of a monitoring device when carried by a user and receiving motion data of the monitoring device. The motion data is associated with a time of occurrence and the location data. The method includes processing the received motion data to identify a group of the motion data having a substantially common characteristic and processing the location data for the group of the motion data. The group of motion data by way of processing the location data provides an activity identifier. The motion data includes metric data that identifies characteristics of the motion data. The method includes transferring the activity identifier and the characteristics of the motion data to a screen of a device for display. The activity identifier being a graphical user interface that receives an input for rendering more or less of the characteristics of the motion data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Shelten Gee Jao Yuen, James Park, Hans Christiansen Lee
  • Patent number: 10338150
    Abstract: System and methods for determining battery system energy capability in a vehicle are presented. A voltage offset of a battery system may be determined based on comparison of an open circuit voltage of the battery system and a measured voltage. An estimated remaining pack energy may be determined based, at least in part, on the voltage offset. Similarly, an estimated total pack energy may be determined based, at least in part, on the voltage offset. An energy capability of the battery system may be determined based on the estimated remaining pack energy and the estimated total pack energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC.
    Inventors: Kurt M. Johnson, Brian J. Koch
  • Patent number: 10338033
    Abstract: An ultrasonic material-evaluation or classification method using spectral and envelope-statistics variables from backscattered ultrasound echo signals using an adaptive-bandwidth and combined with global variables. This classification method can be applied to any organ or tissue among biological materials and any non-biological material that produces backscattered signals as a result of microscopic internal in homogeneities such as a crystalline structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Riverside Research Institute
    Inventors: Ernest J. Feleppa, Jonathan Mamou, Daniel Rohrbach
  • Patent number: 10340774
    Abstract: A temperature estimating device configured to estimate a temperature of an electric motor includes a temperature detecting part for acquiring a detected temperature detected by a temperature sensor attached to the electric motor, a memory part for successively storing the detected temperature acquired by the temperature detecting part at a predetermined sampling period, and a temperature estimating part for using the detected temperature stored by the memory part, a ratio of amount of change of the detected temperature with respect to time, and a coefficient as the basis to estimate a temperature of a measurement target part of the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasunori Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 10331089
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a computer-implemented method of forecasting power generation. The method includes analyzing, using a processor, a set of historical weather data. A set of historical power generation data is analyzed using the processor. The processor then determines a plurality of clusters, where each cluster of the plurality of clusters represents weather data for a time period and power generated during the time period. The processor then receives a weather forecast for a future time period. The processor determines which cluster of the set of cluster contains weather data that is most similar to the weather forecast. The processor then uses the historical power generation data of the cluster to forecast power generation for the future time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ildar Khabibrakhmanov, Tarun Kumar, Rui Zhang
  • Patent number: 10321623
    Abstract: A soil mapping system for collecting and mapping soil reflectance data in a field includes an implement having a furrow opener for creating a furrow and an optical module. The optical module is arranged to collect soil reflectance data at a predetermined depth within the furrow as the implement traverses a field. The optical module includes two monochromatic light sources, a window arranged to press against the soil, and a photodiode for receiving light reflected back from the soil through the window. The two light sources have different wavelengths and are modulated at different frequencies. The photodiode provides a modulated voltage output signal that contains reflectance data from both of the light sources. Additional measurement devices are carried by the implement for collecting additional soil property data, such as electrical conductivity, pH, and elevation, which can be used together with the optical data to determine variations in soil organic matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Veris Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chase Maxton, Paul Drummond, Eric Lund, Kyle Jensen
  • Patent number: 10324117
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for monitoring power consumption by electrical devices. In some aspects, a computing device can detect a change in aggregate electricity usage at a monitored environment that includes multiple electrical devices. The computing device can determine that electricity usage by one of the electrical devices has changed. The computing device can determine that the change in electricity usage has occurred based on a change in a monitored operational parameter other than electrical power provided to the electrical device. The value of the monitored operational parameter can change based on an operation performed by the electrical device when using electricity. The computing device can determine how electricity is used by the electrical device by correlating the change in the aggregate electricity usage and the change in the electricity usage by the electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Emmanuel Monnerie, Patrick Melet, Ruben Emilio Salazar Cardozo
  • Patent number: 10317550
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of systems, methods, and computer program products for determining fracture and stress characterization using layer thickness variation over an azimuthally anisotropic medium, which may include one or more of the following functions: acquiring seismic data by recording reflected seismic waves in at least two directions; sorting of the seismic data so that offset is zero at a center and increases radially from a single common-point (CMP) gather for a plurality of data points; generating a multi-dimensional volume by juxtaposing a set of common-offset sections by one of their common-depth point (CDP) and CMP locations; selecting reflectors for each layer in the one of the multi-dimensional volume; computing layer parameters including effective anisotropy and interval anisotropy for each layer in the multi-dimensional volume based on a geometry of the reflectors selected for each layer in the multi-dimensional volume; and applying the layer parameters to an earth model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Mehdi Eftekhari Far, Natasa Mekic
  • Patent number: 10309496
    Abstract: A belt drive and a method for the monitoring thereof allows conclusions to be drawn regarding loads to which the belt has been subjected over its past usage period. The method includes a rotatably mounted disc and a belt which is deflected at the disc. The belt and the disc are equipped with a marking and are positioned with respect to each other such that the markings are directly opposite each other in a trigger position when the belt circulates around the disc. The trigger position is recorded by a monitoring device, which emits a signal when the markings are located in the trigger position. The number of signals triggered over a time period is recorded. The loads to which the belt or the disc have been subjected during the time period is determined while taking into consideration relevant influencing variables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Walther Flender GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Scholzen, Simon-Martin Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10310485
    Abstract: A measurement transmitter for a multisensor system for process automation technology, wherein the measurement transmitter, for processing in- and output signals, has a processor, which is connected with an interface, to which a sensor is connected for transmission of data via a transmission line. In communication between the processor and the interface, or the sensor and the interface, different transmission rates of data occur. In order to be able to connect to the measurement transmitter a plurality of sensors working with different principles of operation, and, in spite of the plurality of sensors, largely avoid errors in the data transmission, at least two sensors are present, wherein a function module is present in the interface for each sensor and the function module for each sensor is connected with such sensor via a dedicated transmission line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser Conducta GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventor: Stefan Robl
  • Patent number: 10302687
    Abstract: A measurement system includes a receiver configured to receive a measurement signal indicative of a parameter of a measured object. The measurement system also includes a processor configured to iteratively filter the measurement signal using a threshold value. The processor is also configured to adjust the threshold value for each iteration of filtration and determine a signal-to-noise ratio for each iteration of filtration. The processor is also configured to set a filter threshold value to the threshold value for the iteration based on the signal-to-noise ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sheri George, JeanFrancois Bureau, Ranjith Kundoly Pushpangathan, Haribaskar Govindasamy
  • Patent number: 10302415
    Abstract: Provided is a method for calculating a height map of a sample comprising a body of a transparent material having a refractive index with an inclined or curved surface, the body being provided on an underlying surface extending laterally from underneath the body. The method may include positioning a first area of a body of a transparent material with an inclined or curved surface and a second area of the underlying surface extending laterally from underneath the body under an optical profiler, measuring a height map of the first area and the second area with the optical profiler; and calculating a height map of the inclined or curved surface by using the refractive index, the measured height map of the first area and the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MITUTOYO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Johannes Anna Quaedackers
  • Patent number: 10292445
    Abstract: A dosimetry apparatus includes at least one sensor in a housing, a cover configured to permit compression waves to pass through, the cover is seated over the at least one sensor, and a dosimetry processing device with a memory. The dosimetry processing device is coupled to the at least one sensor in the housing. The dosimetry processing device is configured to execute programmed instructions stored in the memory comprising: obtaining readings from the at least one sensor; storing the readings with a time and date stamp when obtained; conducting an analysis based on the obtained readings; and outputting at least one of the stored readings or the conducted analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: David A. Borkholder, Werner Fassler, Andrew Blair, Kim Sherman, Derek DeBusschere