Patents Examined by Phung Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10140841
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method for alerting an emergency responder to an emergency, which includes a processor obtaining data from at least one sensor, determining, that the data indicates an emergency condition, based on the determining, obtaining location information and a unique identifier, and communicating the location information and the unique identifier to a node via a network connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Choprix, LLC
    Inventors: Hilary J. Cholhan, Remy Cholhan
  • Patent number: 10139912
    Abstract: A haptic effect enabled device for simulating a tactile sensation on a surface. In some cases, the haptic effect enabled device may be a user interface device, and the tactile sensation may be simulated on a surface of the user interface device. The interface device may include a haptic output device configured to generate a haptic effect, such as a periodic haptic effect, at the surface. The interface device may include a drive module configured to generate a periodic drive signal based on a touch input at the surface of the interface device and based on the tactile sensation to be simulated at the surface. The interface device may include a drive circuit operatively coupled to the drive module and the haptic output device and configured to apply the periodic drive signal to the haptic output device. In some cases, the surface may be separate from the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vincent Levesque, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez
  • Patent number: 10134260
    Abstract: Embodiments in the present disclosure may be directed to an off-premises alert system and method for one or more wireless power receivers in a wireless power network. The system and method may include automated software embedded on a wireless power receiver that may be triggered every time a wireless power receiver is turned on. The system and method may be employed in stores where customers may use wireless power receivers to charge their mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and the like, while being inside the store. The method may prevent customers from not returning the wireless power receiver by producing an audible alert in the power receiver. If customer fails to return wireless power receiver, the method may then automatically report details regarding the lost wireless power receiver to an appropriate authority through automatic communication connection through any intervening network cloud-based media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas Bell, Michael A. Leabman
  • Patent number: 10124725
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an audio transducer and a controller. The controller is configured to, in response to a state of charge (SOC) of a battery crossing a charge level threshold (CLT) set by a user of the vehicle, activate the audio transducer to generate an indication that the SOC has crossed the CLT and that is defined by data provided by the user and linked with the CLT according to a rule specified by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Karin Lovett, Bryan Michael Bolger, Robert David Hancasky
  • Patent number: 10121370
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system that utilizes radio signals, cellular network and GPS technologies to provide a multi task system that deals with a variety of traffic related aspects such as intersection design systems, in-car traffic light systems, in-car traffic light system app for both drivers and pedestrians, roadside assistance and safety alert systems, high speed chase systems, roadway radar systems, law enforcement safety systems, emergency vehicles preemption systems, vehicle location logging systems, security and crime-fighting systems, missing person search systems and children in vehicles safety systems. The system consists of a number of electronic units, each one of these units perform a number of programmed functions. Examples of these units are: Police Vehicle Unit, Emergency Vehicle Unit, Vehicle Unit and Roadway Intersection Unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Mohamed Roshdy Elsheemy
  • Patent number: 10123098
    Abstract: Footwear systems include an article of footwear and a data transmission system engaged with the article of footwear. The transmission system transmits data to a remote system, such as a display system, another data transmission system, a processing system, etc. Such footwear systems further may include activation systems for activating the transmission and/or display systems. The transmitted data may be used for various purposes, such as: (a) identifying a user of the article of footwear; (b) activating targeted advertising or product information; (c) confirming the user's presence at a specific location and/or at a specific time; (d) determining start, finish, and/or intermediate split times for specific user; (e) confirming athletic equipment usage; (f) providing data for a game or reward program; (g) registering the user for an event or competition; or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles W. Case, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10121364
    Abstract: Hazardous or dangerous conditions may be monitored. A mode may be set to a state indicative of the condition being present. It may then be determined that the hazardous or dangerous condition has eased. An indication of the hazardous or dangerous condition easing may be output in response to the determination. Such an indication may be output as synthesized speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: David Sloo, Nicholas Unger Webb, Matthew Lee Rogers, Anthony Michael Fadell, Jeffery Theodore Lee, Sophie Le Guen, Andrew W. Goldenson
  • Patent number: 10117959
    Abstract: In the present invention, a device, system and associated method is provided, as a compact, automated and self-contained data logger with capability of withstanding conditions used in sterilizing reusable medical device equipment/components. The device includes one or more sensors to automatically sense and store information on the parameters of various autoclave cycle(s) for the component associated with the tracking device and their respective timestamps of each autoclave cycle(s). This information is stored in a data record on the tracking device for the individual component. The data record can be used as evidence of valid sterilization cycles for the component and can also provide information for the host system and/or the user of the status for the component, including the last time the component was sterilized, the time between sterilization cycles, the time for replacement of the component, and too warn if the device was returned to service without proper sterilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Russell James Kuzelka
  • Patent number: 10091014
    Abstract: An integrated security system that includes a security alarm reporting system (SARS) that is resilient to equipment failure and, as such, provides a comprehensive solution to the problem of an intruder attempting to disable an alarm reporting system. The integrated security system includes a gateway/touchscreen coupled to a security system. The gateway/touchscreen and the security system are at a first location and manage a variety of security and network devices at the first location. A security server at a second location is coupled to the security system and receives a first signal from the security system. A heartbeat signal is initiated that monitors health of the security system. The heartbeat signal may be initiated in response to the first signal. The security server detects a failure of the heartbeat signal and generates a report and sends the report to a central monitoring station. The report is an electronic report that indicates failure of the security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: iControl Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Dawes, Chris Decenzo, Carolyn Wales
  • Patent number: 10083596
    Abstract: Systems and methods of security are provided, including at least one of a plurality of sensors to detect a location of at least one user, and generate detection data according to the detected location of the at least one user. A processor may be communicatively coupled to the at least one of the plurality of sensors to receive the detection data and to determine whether the at least one user is occupying a building according to the detection data. An alarm device, communicatively coupled to the processor, can be armed or disarmed by the processor according to the determination as to whether the at least one user is occupying the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Jeffery Theodore Lee, Anthony Michael Fadell, Sophie Le Guen, Maxime Veron, Mark Rajan Malhotra, Timo Bruck
  • Patent number: 10083583
    Abstract: The invention disclosed here is a display system for managing power and security for a plurality of hand-held electronic devices sold to consumers in a retail location. The display includes features that allow power to be supplied to individual devices and security sensors without continuous hard wiring or multi-conductor retractor cables. The display also allows for individual security alarms to be triggered when a theft occurs. Security alarm conditions are preferably triggered via wireless signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: MOBILE TECH, INC.
    Inventors: Donald Henson, Thaine Allison, Jason Goldberg, Justin Olson, Eric Pitt, Kris Schatz, Wade Wheeler, Ron Peters
  • Patent number: 10081968
    Abstract: The restroom stall occupancy indicator system includes a latch coupled to a stall door and movable between a locked position and an unlocked position. A sensor is responsive to selected positioning of the latch and communications the position information to a transmitter. The transmitter then relays the position information to a receiver coupled to an indicator. The indicator, in turn, is responsive to the received position information to provide a first visual identification when the latch is in the unlocked position and a second visual identification when the latch is in the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Modus Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Allen Klevens, Todd Bermann, Laura Hazard
  • Patent number: 10067218
    Abstract: Systems (100) and methods for determining a location of a tag (310). The methods involve: receiving, at each detector of a plurality of detectors (202-216, 306, 308), a device transmission periodically transmitted from the tag; determining, by the detectors, Received Signal Strength Indictors (“RSSIs”) for the device transmission received thereat; determining, by a computing device (218), a probable location of the tag within the passage, first demarcated area or second demarcated area using the RSSIs and relationships between the RSSIs; determining a first likelihood value indicating the likelihood that the probable location is correct; and determining an estimated location of the tag within the passage, first demarcated area or second demarcated area based on the probable location when the first likelihood value meets a first criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Jorge F. Alicot, Paul B. Rasband
  • Patent number: 10062264
    Abstract: A customer terminal (1.000) is adapted to communicate with an alarm system (1.002), and includes: a customer terminal processor (4.019); customer terminal memory associated with the customer terminal processor (4.056); one or more external communication network interfaces (4.015, 4.214, 4.018.2); at least a first local communication interface adapted to connect with an alarm system (4.026, 4.062); wherein the customer terminal memory includes a web server (4.018) adapted to communicate with a remote device (2.030) via at least one external communication network (2.022, 2.024); the customer terminal being adapted to convert instructions in a first format from the remote device to an alarm system format suitable for reception by the alarm system via at least the first local communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gabriel Daher, Daniel Ming On Wu, Ron Johan
  • Patent number: 10049538
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a device housing and a haptic actuator carried by the device housing and that includes a haptic actuator housing and a field member movable within the haptic actuator housing. The electronic device may also include a motion sensor carried by the device housing to sense motion of the field member, an audio sensor carried by the device housing to sense audio noise from the haptic actuator, and a controller coupled to the haptic actuator, the motion sensor, and the audio sensor. The controller may be configured to drive the haptic actuator based upon sensed motion of the field member and audio noise from the haptic actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Denis G. Chen, Shingo Yoneoka, Riccardo Tarelli, Hari Vasudevan, Domenico Geria, Mi Hye Shin
  • Patent number: 10046601
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for alerting drivers of hazardous driving conditions using the sensing capabilities of wearable mobile technology. In one aspect, a method for alerting drivers of hazardous driving conditions includes the steps of: collecting real-time data from a driver of a vehicle, wherein the data is collected via a mobile device worn by the driver; determining whether the real-time data indicates that a hazardous driving condition exists; providing feedback to the driver if the real-time data indicates that a hazardous driving condition exists, and continuing to collect data from the driver in real-time if the real-time data indicates that a hazardous driving condition does not exist. The real-time data may also be collected and used to learn characteristics of the driver. These characteristics can be compared with the data being collected to help determine, in real-time, whether the driving behavior is normal and whether a hazardous driving condition exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin D. Briggs, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Leigh Anne H. Clevenger, Jonathan H. Connell, II, Nalini K. Ratha, Michael Rizzolo
  • Patent number: 10046698
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for alerting drivers of hazardous driving conditions using the sensing capabilities of wearable mobile technology. In one aspect, a method for alerting drivers of hazardous driving conditions includes the steps of: collecting real-time data from a driver of a vehicle, wherein the data is collected via a mobile device worn by the driver; determining whether the real-time data indicates that a hazardous driving condition exists; providing feedback to the driver if the real-time data indicates that a hazardous driving condition exists, and continuing to collect data from the driver in real-time if the real-time data indicates that a hazardous driving condition does not exist. The real-time data may also be collected and used to learn characteristics of the driver. These characteristics can be compared with the data being collected to help determine, in real-time, whether the driving behavior is normal and whether a hazardous driving condition exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin D. Briggs, Lawrence A. Clevenger, Leigh Anne H. Clevenger, Jonathan H. Connell, II, Nalini K. Ratha, Michael Rizzolo
  • Patent number: 10049550
    Abstract: A wearable accoutrement such as a wristwatch records noises within a wearer's vicinity, and white noises may be filtered out to output pure human voices. The voice recording feature can be activated manually or automatically during a “panic mode” as indicated by a loud noise or sudden biological changes such as an increase in heart rate or body temperature. The accoutrement can also monitor other environmental elements such as light, motion and audio and may be paired with a wireless phone such that noise from a stressful event can be sent to a remote server which processes the data. A motion sensor in the accoutrement may also activate an audible alarm in the event of physical trauma to the wearer to induce an attacker to flee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Djung N. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10051097
    Abstract: Techniques and apparatus for controlling access to a personal communication structure (PCS) are described. The PCS may include independently accessible compartments at least partially enclosing respective subsystems of the PCS. The independently accessible compartments include an electronics compartment, a communications compartment, and a display compartment. The electronics, communications, and display compartments at least partially enclose a power distribution subsystem, a communications subsystem, and a display subsystem, respectively. The PCS also includes an access controller operable to provide access independently to respective interiors of at least a subset of the compartments to authorized users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Civiq Smartscapes, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle R. Bowers, Benjamin P. Lee, Parag N. Shah, Kenneth J. Gray, Benjamin M. Lawler
  • Patent number: 10042328
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided for setting alarm times in the field of electronics. The method includes: acquiring a target smart scene of a home device, where the target smart scene indicates a performance of a target operation at a triggering time; acquiring the triggering time from the target smart scene; and setting an alarm time based on the triggering time. With the present disclosure, after setting the target smart scene, a user corresponding to a terminal can set the alarm time without exiting a smart home application for the target smart scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: XIAOMI INC.
    Inventors: Li Li, Weiguang Jia, Tian Ren, Enxing Hou