Patents Examined by Phung Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10953307
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to providing perceptual notifications containing information about a measured activity-based value of a swim characteristic. In some examples, the perceptual notifications utilize colors and haptic taps to convey measured values of the swim characteristic without requiring the swimmer to interact with the perceptual notification while the swimmer is swimming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Wilson, Christopher D. Jones
  • Patent number: 10959058
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for object tracking. An example method may include receiving satellite signals from GPS satellites. The satellite signals may be indicative of satellite locations associated with the one or more GPS satellites and satellite timestamps associated with respective satellite locations. The method may further include determining, based on the satellite signals, a first location associated with a first tracking device. The method may further include receiving a target location associated with a target via a satellite transmission. The method may further include sending the target location to a second tracking device via a mesh network. The method may further include determining that a first distance between the first location and the target location, and the method may further include determining, based on the first distance, one or more actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: STARK INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Atlas Tony Stark, Charles Bradford Workman
  • Patent number: 10956624
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatuses relating to an anti-theft device. An anti-theft device can be affixed to a tablet or laptop. The anti-theft device can determine if a distance relative to a reference point exceeds a threshold. An alarm state can be entered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Niloy Roy
  • Patent number: 10950120
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer-readable media, and apparatuses for processing alarm signals are presented. In some embodiments, a mobile device may be registered with a security system that is installed at a premises. Subsequently, an alarm trigger associated with the security system may be received. Based on receiving the alarm trigger, the location of the mobile device may be determined. A response to the alarm trigger then may be determined based on the location of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: James Poder, Bill Horrocks
  • Patent number: 10941028
    Abstract: A safety system for an elevating machine has a base part and an elevating part. The safety system includes sensor assemblies for sensing an electric or magnetic field, which are mounted on different parts of the elevating machine. A data processor is connected to receive sensor signals from the sensor assemblies. A memory stores data relating to numerous patterns of sensor signals associated with the interaction between the elevating machine and an electric or magnetic field. The data processor compares the received sensor signals with the stored data and identifies the positional relationship between the elevating machine and a source of the sensed field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: NIFTYLIFT LIMITED
    Inventors: Thomas Cousins, Steven Redding, Matthew Newman, Charles Cooke, David Tegerdine, Ed Bean
  • Patent number: 10933806
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for indicating a status of a vehicle or a seat in a vehicle are disclosed herein. A system includes a plurality of seats in a vehicle, a light-diffusing fiber optic light source attached to at least one of the seats, a receiver configured to receive a status of at least one of the seats, and a controller. The controller may be configured to determine an illumination scheme based on the status of at least one of the seats and illuminate the light-diffusing fiber optic light source according to the illumination scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary David Nelson, Hyung Min Baek, Daniel Boccuccia
  • Patent number: 10926293
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vibration provision system for providing real-time vibration according to a frequency change, including a communication unit 110 configured to receive a signal which is output from a computer, a game machine, or a portable terminal via wired or wireless communication; a conversion unit 120 configured to convert a sound signal transmitted from the communication unit 110 to a vibration signal which is capable of driving a vibrator on a real time basis by amplifying the transmitted sound signal; and a vibrator 130 configured to vibrate according to a vibration signal transmitted from the conversion unit 120, and the present invention provides a haptic signal which is suitable for an image and sound output from a portable terminal realistically and rapidly and thus has an effect to transmit information more realistically by visual, auditory, and tactile sense to a hardware environment requiring three-dimensional vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Jae Seong Park
  • Patent number: 10930141
    Abstract: A system for determining fire danger within a building composed of a plurality of building zones comprises: a human presence detector configured to detect a human presence measurement; a fire detector configured to detect a fire measurement; a gas detector configured to detect gas measurement; a storage device to store at least one of an evacuations plan, flammable material index, and human movement prediction model; a fire danger management system coupled to storage device, the fire danger management system including: a fire danger rating generation module to determine a fire danger rating for each building zone in response to at least one of the evacuations plan, flammable material index, and human movement prediction model; and a fire danger index generation module to determine a fire danger index for each building zone in response to at least one of the fire danger rating, human presence measurement, fire measurement, and gas measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rodolfo De Paz Alberola, Berta Carballido Villaverde
  • Patent number: 10919442
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, methods, and kits useful for signaling the intention and execution of a U-turn maneuver by a motor vehicle. A combination of existing headlights, reverse lights, turn-signal lights and side light modules are used in concert to generate a universally applicable signal that communicates to other travelers that a U-turn maneuver is intended and under execution. The signaling can be mediated via use of a U-turn signal switch that activates the light modules of a vehicle that correspond to the direction of the U-turn maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: José C. Arteiro, Waleska Sanchez
  • Patent number: 10913389
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method performed by an intention indicating system of a vehicle, for indicating to a potential observer an ongoing or impending autonomous kinematic action of the vehicle. The intention indicating system determines an ongoing or impending autonomous kinematic action of the vehicle. The intention indicating system further provides, with support from a light providing device including one or more light sources adapted to emit light, which light providing device is provided continuously and/or intermittently along a majority of a horizontal circumference of the vehicle, a visual light output visible at least from an outside of said vehicle representing the autonomous kinematic action. The disclosure also relates to an intention indicating system in accordance with the foregoing, and further to a vehicle including such an intention indicating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventors: Mikael Ljung Aust, Trent Victor, Mikael Gordh, Tomas Omasta, Fredrik Folkestad
  • Patent number: 10913507
    Abstract: A human-powered vehicle system and a control method are provided that reduce power consumption of a detection device. The human-powered vehicle system includes an electronic controller having at least one processor configured to control a detection device provided at a human-powered vehicle to detect an electromagnetic wave having a frequency that is greater than or equal to 30 GHz and excluding visible light. The at least one processor is configured to control the detection device in at least one of a first mode and a second mode that consumes less power than the first mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Takafumi Nishino, Toshihiko Takahashi, Hitoshi Takayama, Masahiro Nakakura
  • Patent number: 10896595
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus for temporarily disarming a barrier alarm in a security system. In one embodiment, a method is described, performed by a barrier alarm in communication with a central controller, where the barrier alarm receives a first signal from a user interface on the barrier alarm to disarm the barrier alarm, disables the barrier alarm in response to receiving the indication, and re-arming the barrier alarm upon receipt of a second signal from a sensor that forms part of the barrier alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: ECOLINK INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Lamb, Carlo Q. Petrucci
  • Patent number: 10891851
    Abstract: Techniques are described for handling an event where a control panel or an alarm signaling device is tampered with or destroyed by a disablement tactic, e.g., a “crash and smash intrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Alison Jane Slavin, Jean-Paul Martin
  • Patent number: 10875498
    Abstract: A vehicular alert system includes a door locking control disposed at a vehicle and operable to lock a plurality of doors of the vehicle responsive to a door lock signal received from a remote transmitter carried by a user. The remote transmitter is operable to transmit a triggering signal to the door locking control. Responsive to the transmitted triggering signal, the door locking control locks the doors of the vehicle. Responsive to the transmitted triggering signal, the vehicular alert system determines whether at least one door of the vehicle is not fully closed. Responsive to determination that at least one door of the vehicle is not fully closed, the vehicular alert system generates an alert to alert the user that at least one door of the vehicle is not fully closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Prathyush Kumar Keshipeddy
  • Patent number: 10875537
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to identifying when a situational awareness of a vehicle is inconsistent with a surrounding environment. In one embodiment, a method includes analyzing occupant sensor data about at least one occupant of the vehicle to generate a reaction level of the occupant. The reaction level characterizes at least a current response of the occupant to the surrounding environment and control of the vehicle within the surrounding environment. The method includes comparing an expected reaction for the occupant with the reaction level to determine whether the reaction level of the occupant correlates with the situational awareness of the vehicle about the surrounding environment. The method includes, in response to identifying that the reaction level does not correlate with the expected reaction, executing, by the vehicle, a responsive action to account for inconsistencies in the situational awareness of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel J. Brooks
  • Patent number: 10878691
    Abstract: This document presents a system and method for analyzing migraine related sensor and diary data to permit the prediction of migraine headaches for individuals. A mobile device is adapted to collect and transmit to a server data content from sensors associated with the mobile device and self-reported data content indicative of contemporaneous environmental conditions and individual physical conditions when the individual is suffering from a migraine headache. The server uses the data content to develop predictive metrics indicative of a correlation between the migraine events and the sensor data. The predictive metrics will provide an alert to a designated individual if it is likely the individual will experience a migraine within a future time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: George McLendon, Alex Dzeda, Joshua Phipps, Shannon Stearman
  • Patent number: 10878687
    Abstract: A wearable emergency alert apparatus includes a communication device configured to communicate an alert to a node on a network external to the emergency alert apparatus, a shock sensor in communication with the communication device, where the sensor is pre-configured to send a message to the communication device based on experiencing pressure from a source external to the emergency alert apparatus exceeding a pre-determined threshold, and where the device is configured to communicate the alert based on receiving the message. The apparatus also includes a microcontroller communicatively coupled to one or more of: the communication device, or the shock sensor and a heat sensor communicatively coupled to the microcontroller. Based on the heat sensor obtaining a heat value exceeding a given threshold, the microcontroller activates one or more of: the communication device, or the shock sensor. A power source is also electronically coupled to the communication device and the microcontroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: CHOPRIX LLC
    Inventors: Hilary J. Cholhan, Remy Cholhan
  • Patent number: 10870411
    Abstract: A controller is integrated into a vehicle with the controller coupled to a fob detector and also coupled to a vehicle disabler and/or other vehicle subsystems. Examples of vehicle disablers include a brake transmission shift interlock (BTSI), a transmission shift interlock (TSI) and an air brake or electric parking brake of the vehicle. The fob detector can be provided along with the controller and separate from a mechanical key ignition of the vehicle, or can be a fob detector associated with a keyless ignition of the vehicle. A mobile fob is used as part of the system, carried on the person of an authorized driver of the vehicle. This fob can be provided separately along with the controller, or can be a fob associated with a keyless entry of the vehicle. The controller causes the vehicle disabler or other vehicle subsystems to adjust performance based on fob presence or absence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: InterMotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory E. Schafer, Dan C. Mower, Ryan B. Ebuen
  • Patent number: 10857935
    Abstract: A trailer-in-tow warning system for a towing vehicle configured to tow a trailer. The trailer-in-tow warning system includes a trailer detection module installable in the towing vehicle. The trailer detection module includes an ignition sub-system connectable to a power supply. The ignition sub-system is operable to provide power from the power supply to the trailer-in-tow warning system when the ignition sub-system is engaged. A sensing sub-system is connectable to the ignition sub-system. The sensing sub-system is operable to generate a trailer-connected signal when a trailer has been connected to the towing vehicle. A trailer warning module is connectable to the trailer detection module. The trailer warning module is operable to receive the trailer-connected signal and to generate a warning signal to other vehicles that the towing vehicle has a trailer in tow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: David Alter
  • Patent number: 10861300
    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: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Mobile Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Henson, Thaine Allison, Jason Goldberg, Justin Olson, Eric Pitt, Kris Schatz, Wade Wheeler, Ron Peters