Patents Examined by Peter J. Macchiarolo
  • Patent number: 11512995
    Abstract: Systems and methods for accurate measurement and transmission of water level parameters during weather events, such as floods, are provided. The solid-state system can effectively measure water level without utilizing moving parts, pumps, or floats and may implement an improved water level determination method that compensates for inherent sources of error. Additionally, the system may be comprised of a network of sensor units that can communicate weather measurements wirelessly via a hybrid mesh network consisting variously of wireless terrestrial radio, cellular, and satellite communication links. By doing so, the status of water level and other environmental parameters may be reported in real time to first responders and emergency planners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventors: Ian Helmuth, Christopher Ulmer, David Miller, Anthony Michael, Gregory Peng, Jeffrey Norell, Josefino Del Rosario, Samuel Ferguson, Matthew Barnhart, Christopher Williams
  • Patent number: 11506527
    Abstract: A sensor includes a body member, a volume change body, and a detection member. The body member has a flat plate-like shape, a first end in a first direction being supported, and a storage space opening at at least one of both end faces in a thickness direction. The volume change body, whose volume changes depending on an amount of a target, is supported by the body member so that at least a part of the volume change body is stored in the storage space. The detection member is in contact with a second end in the first direction of the body member, and detects stress caused by the change in the volume of the volume change body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventors: Takahito Ono, Masaya Toda, Mai Kurihara
  • Patent number: 11506554
    Abstract: To provide a pressure sensor element and a pressure sensor that have stable pressure sensitivity without the need for improving the accuracy of alignment between a diaphragm and a holding member, a pressure sensor element includes a thin plate diaphragm, a holding member that holds the diaphragm, and one or more strain resistance gauges that are provided on a first surface of the diaphragm and which change in resistance values according to deformation of the diaphragm, in which the holding member has recesses that, formed on an annular first end surface facing the first surface of the diaphragm, cut out parts of an inner circumference of the first end surface, and the strain resistance gauges are disposed near the regions corresponding to the recesses on the first surface of the diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventor: Yuki Seto
  • Patent number: 11499937
    Abstract: A gas sensor includes a first electrode, a gas detecting layer disposed on the first electrode, and an electric-conduction enhanced electrode unit being electrically connected to the first electrode and the gas detecting layer. The electric-conduction enhanced electrode unit includes an electric-conduction enhancing layer and a second electrode electrically connected to the electric-conduction enhancing layer. The electric-conduction enhancing layer is electrically connected to the gas detecting layer and is made of an electrically conductive organic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventors: Hsiao-Wen Zan, Hsin-Fei Meng, Yu-Chi Lin, Shang-Yu Yu, Ting-Wei Tung, Yi-Chu Wu, Yu-Nung Mao
  • Patent number: 11499647
    Abstract: The invention relates to valve system for controlling a process fluid within a liquid processing system. The valve system comprises a valve arrangement, a pneumatic control system, and a connector unit. When the valve arrangement is connected to the connector unit, two or more valves are formed, such that the pneumatic control system controls an open/close or pressure control mode of the valves. A pump diaphragm system is disclosed, as well as a system for purifying a biological material that comprises the valve system or the pump diaphragm system. Also discloses are methods of using the valve system or the pump diaphragm system in a process for the purification of a biological material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Cytiva Sweden AB
    Inventors: Klaus Heinrich Gebauer, Stefan Sjolander
  • Patent number: 11499881
    Abstract: A diaphragm pressure transducer includes a body having an outer surface and a diaphragm, a strain gauge including a resistive element located on the outer surface, a fluidic inlet, and a fluidic cavity enclosed by the body in fluidic communication with the fluidic inlet, the fluidic cavity having an upper surface. The diaphragm is located between the upper surface of the fluidic cavity and the outer surface of the body. The diaphragm includes a variable thickness across a region defined between the upper surface of the fluidic cavity and the outer surface located below the strain gauge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventor: Zongren Shang
  • Patent number: 11499856
    Abstract: Systems and methods for predicting, detecting, and/or mitigating a pipe freeze are provided. A system for analyzing water in a plumbing system includes a sensor that is configured to measure pressure within a pipe in the plumbing system as a function of time, and a processor that is configured to determine a state of water within the pipe by analyzing the pressure within the pipe as a function of time. The state of the water includes a prediction that the water within the pipe will freeze and/or a determination that the water within the pipe has frozen. The sensor is arranged at a first location within the plumbing system that is remote from a second location within the plumbing system that corresponds to the state of the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Phyn LLC
    Inventors: Salil P. Banerjee, Ryan Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 11491831
    Abstract: Provided is a tire information acquisition device that includes a sensor unit including a sensor that acquires tire information, a first band that is for fixing the sensor unit (1) to a rim (R) and has an adjustable band circumferential length by fastening another end reversibly with a fastening portion provided to one end, and at least one second band that fastens the sensor unit and the first band integrally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Kanenari, Yasuhiko Araki, Iwao Shimomura
  • Patent number: 11486753
    Abstract: A toilet for measuring excreta is disclosed. The toilet is adapted to measure the amount of excreta received by the bowl and then the flush water. A pressure sensor is configured to monitor the pressure exerted by the flush water and any excreta contained therein. Data from monitoring the pressure of the flush water and excreta therein is used to determine the weight or volume of the excreta received by the bowl. This toilet can provide data which may be used to analyze how the volume of flush water changed due to excreta deposit. A volume change feature can be associated with a urination event and the data associated with the event can be used to determine a urine characteristic of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Travis Niederhauser, Jared Reynolds
  • Patent number: 11486783
    Abstract: According to some aspects of the subject technology, an apparatus includes a first electrode, a second electrode and a dielectric membrane disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode. The first electrode and the second electrode include a number of pores within a region of an input port of the apparatus. The first electrode, the second electrode and the dielectric membrane form a capacitor that is configured to enable detection of occlusion of the input port by water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ashwin Balasubramanian, David MacNeil, Roberto M. Ribeiro, Brentley M. Wiles
  • Patent number: 11480485
    Abstract: Measurement with satisfactory sensitivity in a low-pressure range, and accurate measurement in a wider pressure range, are realized by a pressure sensor that includes a diaphragm layer and a pressure receiving region formed on the diaphragm layer. The pressure sensor includes a first piezostrictive element, a second piezostrictive element, a third piezostrictive element, and a fourth piezostrictive element. In addition, the pressure sensor includes a first magnetostrictive element, a second magnetostrictive element, a third magnetostrictive element, and a fourth magnetostrictive element. A switching function unit outputs a pressure value calculated by a second calculation function unit until a pressure value calculated by a first calculation function unit exceeds a set threshold value, and outputs the pressure value calculated by the first calculation function unit when the pressure value calculated by the first calculation function unit exceeds the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventor: Tomohisa Tokuda
  • Patent number: 11480521
    Abstract: An inspection apparatus includes a communication unit including a first transmitter and a second transmitter. The communication unit is coupled to an on-board computing device including at least one processor coupled to a memory device. The processor is configured to obtain a position of the inspection apparatus, unprocessed image data, and fluid concentration data for at least one fluid. The processor geotags the data with the position of the inspection apparatus and transmits the data to a remote processing device. The geotagged image data is transferred using the first transmitter and the geotagged fluid concentration data is transmitted using the second transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Transportation IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Nasr Eldine Alkadi, Dustin Michael Sharber, Ashraf Osama El-Messidi, Radislav Alexandrovich Potyrailo, John Andrew Westerheide
  • Patent number: 11480710
    Abstract: A computer receives a hotspot and a corresponding incentive, where the hotspot is a geolocation for collecting the weather data. The computer presents the received hotspot and the corresponding incentive to a user. The computer receives the weather data from the drone, transmits the weather data to a server, and updates a scorecard with the incentive corresponding to the hotspot based on determining that the drone reached the hotspot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sushain Pandit, Su Liu, Fang Wang, Cheng Xu
  • Patent number: 11480487
    Abstract: Provided is an air sensor, coupled to an air inlet of an air-filled product that is filled with air to maintain a shape thereof, the air sensor including: a connector coupled to the air inlet and communicated with an interior of the air-filled product, thereby allowing air in the air-filled product to be introduced into an interior of the connector; a silicon sensor provided inside the connector, thereby being operated by air pressure of the air-filled product; an impact sensor configured to detect an impact caused by an operation of the silicon sensor; and a PCB connected to the impact sensor, thereby displaying the number of times according to a detection signal of the impact sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: AIR BOX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Byung Joo Kim
  • Patent number: 11473992
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a residual pressure measurement system for a MEMS pressure sensor with an F-P cavity and method thereof, the measurement system includes a low-coherence light source, a 3 dB coupler, a MEMS pressure sensor, an air pressure chamber, a thermostat, a pressure control system, a cavity length demodulator, an acquisition card and a computer. The measurement method comprises: performing cavity length measurement by using the reflecting light by the pressure control system at two temperatures, respectively, so as to calibrate the MEMS pressure sensor and establish a relationship between the absolute phase of a monochromatic frequency and the external pressure; performing linear fitting to the two measurement data to obtain all the external pressure when the cavity length of two measurement data are equal to each other, and substituting the theoretical equation for calculation to obtain the residual pressure under the flat condition of the diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: Shuang Wang, Junfeng Jiang, Tiegen Liu, Xue Wang, Kun Liu, Mengnan Xiao, Dongdong Ju
  • Patent number: 11474001
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the technical field of aerodynamic and acoustic measurement, in particular to a comprehensive performance test platform for acoustic liner. Based on this comprehensive performance test platform for acoustic liner, the stress of the measured acoustic liner under high sound intensity can be measured by using strain gauges arranged on the measured acoustic liner, the aerodynamic drag of the measured acoustic liner can be measured by using the drag balance, and the acoustic performance parameters of the measured acoustic liner can be calculated based on the sound pressure data obtained by the microphone array. With this test platform, the stress, the aerodynamic drag and the acoustic performance parameters of the measured acoustic liner can be measured simultaneously, which overcomes the problem of inaccurate experimental data obtained in inconsistent experimental conditions caused by conventional separate acoustic liner tests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: Xiaodong Li, Mingyang Zheng, Chao Chen
  • Patent number: 11467122
    Abstract: In a gas sensor, which measures a measurement pump current Ip3 of a measurement chamber, while switching a preliminary pump cell of a preliminary chamber ON or OFF at a constant period, there are formed in communication with each other sequentially from a gas introduction port in the interior of a structural body made from a solid electrolyte, a preliminary chamber, an oxygen concentration adjustment chamber, and a measurement chamber. The gas sensor rapidly determines a steady-state value of a measurement pump current Ip3, based on a peak value of a rate of change over time dIp3/dt of the measurement pump current Ip3, thereby hastening an ON/OFF switching period of the preliminary pump cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichiro Kondo, Nobuhiko Mori
  • Patent number: 11467050
    Abstract: An orientation device, an orientation system and an orientation method are provided. The orientation device includes a seat body, a pressure sensor, and a computing unit. The seat body includes a bearing surface, and the seat body is non-directional. The pressure sensor is disposed below the bearing surface. The pressure sensor is configured to obtain a plurality of pressure data of the bearing surface when an object is disposed on the bearing surface. The computing unit is coupled to the pressure sensor. The computing unit is configured to analyze the pressure data to obtain a direction data. The direction data is configured to determine a first direction of the seat body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventors: Yao-Hsien Yang, Jyh-Chyang Tzou, Hsin Yeh
  • Patent number: 11467028
    Abstract: A road surface state determination device includes a tire-side device and a vehicle-body-side system. The tire-side device is attached to each of a plurality of tires included in a vehicle. The vehicle-body-side system is included in a body of the vehicle. The tire-side device may output a detection signal corresponding to a magnitude of vibration applied to the tire. The tire-side device may extract data items of a road surface state indicative of the vibration of the tire during one rotation of the tire from the detection signal. The tire-side device may generate road surface data. The tire-side device may transmit the road surface data. The vehicle-body-side system may receive the road surface data. The vehicle-body-side system may determine the road surface state based on the road surface data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventors: Kenichiro Sanji, Yoichiro Suzuki, Hidenori Osai, Takatoshi Sekizawa
  • Patent number: 11467053
    Abstract: A test device and a calibration method thereof are disclosed. The test device for calibrating a test equipment, which is used to test a waterproof level of an electronic apparatus, comprises: two plates, which are pressed against each other with pressure, wherein minor gap between the two plates are used as water leakage path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: GOERTEK INC.
    Inventors: Richard Warren Little, Tonghai Wu, Fengnian Ma, Zimin Li, Bing Dai, Zongxue Tang, Chunduo Liu, Rui Zhou