Patents Examined by Philip Cotey
  • Patent number: 9851270
    Abstract: Provided herein is a method and apparatus describing a force sensor that includes a ground unit that is a grounded conductor that changes its position according to an external force, and including a flat panel module that is a conductor of a flat panel shape, and a protruding module that is a conductor protruding from a lower surface of the flat panel module, a substrate of a flat panel shape arranged in a predetermined distance from the lower surface of the flat panel module, and having a hole through which the protruding module may be inserted, a first electrode formed on an upper surface of the substrate, to generate a capacitance together with the flat panel module upon receiving power, and a second electrode formed on the substrate, to generate a capacitance together with the protruding module upon receiving power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Research & Business Foundation Sungkyunkwan University
    Inventors: Hyouk Ryeol Choi, Ui Kyum Kim, Dong Hyuk Lee
  • Patent number: 9841362
    Abstract: An apparatus for fatigue testing an article includes a base having a platform for receiving an article to be tested, a shaft extending toward said platform for applying a force to said article, a coupling assembly connected to said shaft, said coupling assembly comprising a joint that pivots about an axis, and flex pivots disposed to be aligned with said axis about which said joint pivots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: TA INSTRUMENTS-WATERS L.L.C.
    Inventors: Alan McMullen, Jason Lusk, Troy D. Nickel
  • Patent number: 9841327
    Abstract: A method of processing a liquid material. The method includes mixing a liquid material with a solvent, wherein the solvent has a constituent capable of coating the particles of the material. The liquid material mixed with the solvent is then particlized, deposited on a substrate and activated to form a pre-defined electrically conductive pattern. Particlization methods include sonication and the deposition methods include ink-jet printing. Activation methods include applying mechanical pressure. The method can be used to produce electronic devices. The electronic devices made by the method include strain gauges. The substrates utilized for making the electronic devices utilizing the method can be wearable or stretchable or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: PURDUE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Rebecca Kramer Bottiglio, John William Boley, Edward Lewis White
  • Patent number: 9829393
    Abstract: A method for determining the ambient temperature of a mobile device including: determining an operating condition of the mobile device for determining a thermal condition of the mobile device in a first task, estimating a dynamic parameter, which characterizes the thermal behavior of the mobile device in a second task, and calculating an ambient temperature of the mobile device with the aid of the dynamic parameter in a third task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Claus
  • Patent number: 9815343
    Abstract: A method for tire sensing includes providing a tire comprising (a) a tire body having an outer wall for contact with a surface and opposite side walls, and an inside surface and (b) at least one flexible strain gauge positioned along the inside surface of the tire body, wherein the at least one flexible strain gauge is positioned to sense tire deflections or strain. The method further includes sensing tire data indicate of the tire deflections using the at least one flexible strain gauge and communicating the tire data to a data acquisition system, control system, or computer system. The flexible strain gauge(s) may be soft dielectric capacitive sensors, soft resistive sensors, or soft capacitive/resistive sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Simon Laflamme, Randall L. Geiger
  • Patent number: 9810583
    Abstract: A temperature sensing system can include first and second temperature sensing circuits and a digitizing encoder. The first and second temperature sensing circuits can include respective devices with semiconductor junction areas. Temperature information can be determined from one or more characteristic signals measured from the temperature sensing circuits. A feedback circuit can be configured to provide one or more offset signals to the digitizing encoder. The one or more offset signals can correspond to components or characteristics of the first and second temperature sensing circuits. In an example, at least one of the first and second temperature sensing circuits can include an adjustable load circuit for use with the other of the first and second temperature sensing circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Gabriele Bernardinis
  • Patent number: 9804031
    Abstract: An IR camera includes: a thermal radiation capturing arrangement for capturing thermal radiation of an imaged view in response to input control unit(s) receiving user inputs from a user of the IR camera; a processing unit arranged to process the thermal radiation data in order for the thermal radiation data to be displayed by an IR camera display as thermal images; and an IR camera display arranged to display thermal images to a user of the IR camera. The processing unit is further arranged to determine at least one temperature reference value representing the temperature of the surrounding environment of the imaged view; and calculate at least one output power value indicative of an amount of energy dissipated in a part of the imaged view by using the temperature value of the thermal radiation data corresponding to said part of the imaged view and the at least one determined temperature reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: FLIR Systems AB
    Inventors: Katrin Strandemar, Henrik Jönsson, Torbjörn Hamrelius, Gunnar Palm
  • Patent number: 9795337
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed include a system and method for development of core muscles' support, comprising a means for identifying a user qualifying movement, a means for detecting a core muscle contraction in the identified qualifying movement, a means for discriminating between a core muscle contraction and no core muscle contraction in the identified qualifying movement; and a means to provide feedback to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Alert Core, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Takeo Uehara, Brian Taylor Brunn
  • Patent number: 9791327
    Abstract: A temperature voltage generator includes a control voltage generation circuit configured to receive a reference voltage and to output a control voltage that changes according to temperature, a temperature voltage generation circuit configured to amplify the control voltage and to output a temperature voltage that changes according to temperature, and a linear compensation circuit connected to the control voltage generation circuit and configured to improve the linearity of the temperature voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignees: SK HYNIX INC., SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY R&DB FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Cyu-Yeol Rhee, Hyunjoong Lee, Suhwan Kim
  • Patent number: 9791319
    Abstract: An infrared thermal sensor for detecting infrared radiation is described. It comprises a substrate and a cap structure together forming a sealed cavity. A membrane is suspended therein by a plurality of beams, each beam comprising at least one thermocouple arranged therein or thereon for measuring a temperature difference between the membrane and the substrate. At least two beams have a different length and each of the thermocouples have a substantially same constant width to length ratio such that the thermal resistance measured between the membrane and the substrate is substantially constant for each beam, and such that the electrical resistance measured between the membrane and the substrate is substantially constant for each beam. The beams may be linear, and be oriented in a non-radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: MELEXIS TECHNOLOGIES NV
    Inventors: Ben Maes, Carl Van Buggenhout, Appolonius Jacobus Van Der Wiel
  • Patent number: 9778129
    Abstract: A hermetically-sealed universal pressure sensor comprises a MEMS disk, a compensate disk, and an optional interconnect ring. The MEMS disk has one or more MEMS dies that can convert ambient pressures to electrical signals, which is processed and compensated at an integrated circuit on the compensate disk. The interconnect ring can optionally provide electrical connections and hermetic seal properties between the MEMS disk and the compensate disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: DUNAN SENSING, LLC
    Inventor: John She Bai
  • Patent number: 9772235
    Abstract: A method of sensing superheat includes the steps of: (a) connecting a fluid inlet member of a superheat sensor to one of a plurality of fluid systems; (b) allowing fluid to flow from the fluid system to which the superheat sensor is connected to the superheat sensor; (c) sensing a temperature of the fluid in the fluid system with one of an internal temperature sensor mounted within a housing of the superheat sensor and an external temperature sensor mounted outside of the housing of the superheat sensor; and (d) calculating a superheat of the fluid in the fluid system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Zhejiang DunAn Hetian Metal Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Parthiban Arunasalam, Wayne C. Long
  • Patent number: 9766114
    Abstract: An inspection system configured to inspect a plurality of capsule objects is provided. The system includes an imaging device for capturing an image of the capsule object's exterior and a weighing device for measuring the capsule object's weight. The system also includes an analysis unit configured to analyze the captured images and the measured weights of the capsule objects. The analysis unit is configured to execute an edge detection tool that determines the capsule object's dimensions and whether the capsule object is defective based at least in part on the measured dimensions. The analysis unit is also configured to execute a weight analysis tool configured to determine whether the capsule object is defective based on the capsule object's weight. An associated method and a non-transitory, computer-readable storage medium having computer-readable program code portions stored therein that are executable by a processor are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventor: Balager Ademe
  • Patent number: 9759635
    Abstract: A carriage structure for a vehicle test may include a power train substitution part provided in a front wheel carriage frame and including weight plates mounted at a connection part at which an upper member and a center beam are connected to each other, door substitution parts provided at both sides of the front wheel carriage frame, connected to the power train substitution part, and including an upper beam and an lower beam formed in the horizontal direction while having a predetermined interval therebetween and coupled to a rear stand formed in the vertical direction; and a rear wheel carriage substitution part provided at the rear of the front wheel carriage frame, connected to the door substitution parts, and including a floor member forming a lower portion thereof, a truss part connecting the floor member and the front wheel carriage frame to each other, and a weight member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Un Chin Park
  • Patent number: 9752939
    Abstract: A measuring device and method according to the invention for registering an ambient temperature Ta of a medical machine including a measuring housing, which is arranged on an outer wall of the machine and in which at least one temperature sensor remote from the machine and at least one temperature sensor (16, 16?) near to the machine are held, wherein the at least one temperature sensor remote from the machine registers a first temperature T1 and the at least one temperature sensor near to the machine registers a second temperature T2, and an evaluation apparatus configured to establish the ambient temperature Ta using a difference between the first temperature T1 registered by the at least one temperature sensor remote from the machine and the second temperature T2 registered by the at least one temperature sensor near to the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Storz Endoskop Produktions GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Hauser, Manfred Schmidt, Otmar Stillhard
  • Patent number: 9746395
    Abstract: Exhaust ducting for a gas turbine engine includes a lower plenum, an upper plenum, an exhaust fume isolator, and an inner duct seal positioned between the upper plenum and the exhaust fume isolator. The lower plenum is in flow communication with an exhaust collector of the gas turbine engine. The upper plenum is adjacent and in flow communication with the lower plenum. The exhaust fume isolator includes an isolation chamber and mixed exhaust ducting. The isolation chamber is adjacent the upper plenum and in flow communication with the enclosure. The mixed exhaust ducting is in flow communication with the isolation chamber and extends from the isolation chamber to the enclosure exhaust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Solar Turbines Incorporated
    Inventor: Xing Ouyang
  • Patent number: 9746397
    Abstract: A sample fluid stream can be received from a main fluid stream through a nozzle of a probe located at least partially in the main fluid stream. The sample fluid stream can travel into the nozzle and a portion of the main fluid stream adjacent to the sample fluid stream can flow past the probe without entering the probe. The sample fluid stream can flow downstream within the probe, and a portion of the main fluid stream can flow downstream outside the probe. While receiving the sample fluid stream, a gas sheet can be directed from the probe, with the gas sheet flowing upstream against the main fluid stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Cooper Environmental Services LLC
    Inventor: John Arthur Cooper
  • Patent number: 9749165
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic thermometer includes a temperature sensing unit, a conversion unit, an FSK modulation unit, and a transmission unit. The temperature sensing unit detects the temperature of a subject. The conversion unit converts a result detected by the temperature sensing unit to a digital signal. The FSK modulation unit converts the digital signal from the conversion unit to an FSK modulation signal. The transmission unit outputs a transmission signal including a pilot signal having a frequency assigned to the FSK (frequency shift keying) modulation signal and the FSK modulation signal subsequent to the pilot signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Kazunori Hashimoto, Hiromi Sakata, Hisashi Yoshikawa, Kumiko Yamato
  • Patent number: 9745697
    Abstract: An apparatus including a caliper measuring sensor arrangement, a mass measuring sensor arrangement, and a stabilizing arrangement. The caliper measuring sensor arrangement measures caliper of the web. The mass measuring sensor arrangement measures at least one of the following: a basis weight of the web, a moisture content, a water weight, dry weight of the web. The stabilizing arrangement stabilizes the web. The stabilizing arrangement including at least a part of the mass measuring sensor arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: VALMET AUTOMATION OY
    Inventor: Markku Mäntylä
  • Patent number: 9739411
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for traversing inside one or more pipes. In an embodiment, a fluid is injected into the one or more pipes thereby promoting a fluid flow. An inspection device is deployed into the one or more pipes at least partially filled with a flowing fluid. The inspection device comprises a housing wherein the housing is designed to exploit the hydrokinetic effects associated with a fluid flow in one or more pipes as well as maneuver past a variety of pipe configurations. The inspection device may contain one or more sensors capable of performing a variety of inspection tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of Americas as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Shaun Azimi, Darby Magruder, Justin Ridley, Anthony Lapp, Jodi Graf, Ross Pettinger