Patents Examined by Phung Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10562451
    Abstract: According to embodiments of the present invention, a notification is provided to a user. A receptacle receives an engaging member of a securing device that engages an entity within an environment. The receptacle includes a sensor to detect a presence of the engaging member of the securing device within the receptacle. An alert unit is disposed within the receptacle and enabled in response to presence of the engaging member of the securing device within the receptacle. A communication device of the alert unit communicates with a target device associated with a user. A processor of the alert unit is configured to determine a distance to the user based on communication with the target device and control notification to the user in response to the distance to the user satisfying a threshold distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Mark E. Elliott
  • Patent number: 10548538
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an electronic device and an alarm control method. The electronic device includes: a detecting component, configured to obtain a physiological feature parameter of a user; a first input component, configured to receive verification information inputted by the user; and a first processing component, configured to receive the inputted verification information via the first input component when determining that the physiological feature parameter obtained by the detecting component satisfies a presupposed condition, perform a normal operating mode of the electronic device when determining that the verification information is first preset verification information, and perform an alarm operation when determining that the verification information is second preset verification information. The alarm operation at least includes transmitting first prestored information to a first object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Chunmei Yang, Hui Chen, Qiaoni Wang, Xingming Chen, Zhijian Chen, Xin Xie, Ming Li, Xinyu Zhang
  • Patent number: 10535251
    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: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Alison Jane Slavin, Jean-Paul Martin
  • Patent number: 10534446
    Abstract: An optical proximity detector includes a driver, light detector, analog front-end, sensor(s) that sense correction factor(s) (e.g., temperature, supply voltage and/or forward voltage drop), and a digital back end. The driver drives the light source to emit light. The light detector produces a light detection signal indicative of a magnitude and a phase of a portion of the emitted light that reflects off an object and is incident on the light detector. The analog front-end receives the light detection signal and outputs a digital light detection signal, or digital in-phase and quadrature-phase signals, which are provided to the digital back-end. The digital back-end performs closed loop correction(s) for dynamic variation(s) in gain and/or phase caused by a portion of the analog front-end, uses polynomial equation(s) and sensed correction factor(s) to perform open loop correction(s) for dynamic variations in temperature, supply voltage and/or forward voltage drop, and outputs a distance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Intersil Americas LLC
    Inventors: Itaru Hiromi, Philip V. Golden, Steven Herbst
  • Patent number: 10535249
    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: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Choprix LLC
    Inventors: Hilary J. Cholhan, Remy Cholhan
  • Patent number: 10536798
    Abstract: A last known location of a tracking device can be determined by using location information received at a tracking system. A disconnection event is received at the tracking system indicating that a tracking device has disconnected from a mobile device. In response, the tracking system can generate a last known location for the tracking device. Other relevant location updates, such as recent locations of the mobile device or locations of other mobile devices that connect to the tracking device are collected and associated with the disconnection event. Based on the location updates, a last known location of the tracking device can be computed and stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Tile, Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre-Marie Lévêque, Wayne Patterson, Arunkumar Puppala
  • Patent number: 10515521
    Abstract: This disclosure presents various means for securing a tracking beacon to personal protection equipment. The tracking beacon mount is constructed of a cover, a base, a transmitter and a mounting mechanism, such as a strap. The transmitter has a unique identifier which is detected by a proximity sensor. The proximity sensor is operably connected to a tracking system which can be used to detect the presence of the beacons. The system is programmed to recognize the types of items used and warn the user if something predetermined as required for the location or job type is missing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: W.W. Grainger, Inc.
    Inventors: Brice Klein, Alessia Serafino, David Koenig, Steve Martinez, Reena Patel
  • Patent number: 10510221
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for transmitting messages related to operations of electronic devices. A management apparatus is notified of an event that occurred in a specific one of a plurality of electronic devices. The management apparatus determines one or more target devices in response to notification of the event that occurred in the specific electronic device. An event message corresponding to the event that occurred in the specific electronic device is created. The management apparatus transmits the event message to the one or more target devices. The one or more target devices output the received event message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kangmin Lee, Hyungrae Cho, Jihyeon Kweon, Seokmin Oh
  • Patent number: 10509061
    Abstract: A system (with corresponding methods) for responding to an electrical meter alarm. The system utilizes a processor at a meter or at a utility, and an alarm chronical encoded in memory of the processor. The alarm chronical includes an alarm level correlating to a degree of risk associated with a state of the meter, a time stamp including a date and a time of when the alarm level triggered, a meter identification, and performance data of the meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Sensus Spectrum, LLC
    Inventor: Michael R. Brown
  • Patent number: 10504342
    Abstract: Devices and methods for providing localized haptic effects are provided. The devices include a haptically enabled display device having one or more haptic actuators. The one or more haptic actuators are located in a non-viewing area of a display screen of a haptically enabled display device and cause localized haptic effects in a viewing area of the display screen. The haptically enabled display device includes a processor configured to determine haptic control signals for activating the haptic actuators. The haptic control signal activates the one or more haptic actuators to provide a localized haptic effect at a target location in the viewing area, remote from the non-viewing area location of the one or more haptic actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Vahid Khoshkava, Juan Manuel Cruz Hernandez, Neil T. Olien
  • Patent number: 10497237
    Abstract: The disclosed technology relates to a security tag. The security tag can include a tamper assembly having a clutch mechanism capable of affixing the security tag to a merchandise item and a locking device for inserting into the clutch mechanism. An insertion of the locking device into the clutch mechanism causes a transmission of a closed signal indicating a closed status for the security tag, and a displacement of the locking device causes a transmission of an open signal indicating an open status for the security tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: SMTP Associates, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Joseph
  • Patent number: 10493956
    Abstract: A method for operating a motor vehicle, in which a locking state of a locking system of the motor vehicle is changed as soon as it is detected that a mobile terminal device that includes an NFC chip and contains a preset code in a memory unit is located within the transmitting and receiving area of an NFC control unit integrated in the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Johannes Wisbauer
  • Patent number: 10490035
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a haptic actuator or a device having a haptic actuator that is capable of producing short, sharp and crisp pulses in a short amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: John B. Morrell, Jonah A. Harley, Storrs T. Hoen, Brett W. Degner, Camille Moussette, Anthony Guetta, Samuel B. Weiss, Douglas A. Scott
  • Patent number: 10491971
    Abstract: A sensor device for monitoring at least one lifecycle of potatoes, at least from planting seed potatoes to stocking the potatoes includes a body dimensioned and shaped to conform to a potato. The body houses electronics of the sensor device and includes a waterproof layer for protecting the electronics when the sensor device is placed underground with the seed potatoes. The electronics includes a wireless communication circuitry providing the sensor device with radio communication capability, at least one processor, and at least one of the following sensors: a humidity sensor; a temperature sensor; and a carbon dioxide sensor. The at least one processor is configured to store measurement data provided by the at least one sensor, and to cause the wireless communication circuitry to transmit the measurement data to another device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SOLENTUM B.V.
    Inventors: Eero Pisilä, Antti Hintikka
  • Patent number: 10482752
    Abstract: A device for monitoring one or more passenger seats of a vehicle, the device comprising: at least one sensor configured to monitor an occupancy status for each of the one or more seats; and a communication interface configured to receive reservation conditions for each of the one or more seats; wherein the device is configured to: display an occupancy condition for each of the one or more seats and a reservation condition for each of the one or more seats; and determine the occupancy condition for each of the one or more seats based on the occupancy status for each of the one or more seats over a predefined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: McLaren Applied Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Matthew John Griffiths
  • Patent number: 10482755
    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: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Lamb, Carlo Q. Petrucci
  • Patent number: 10475318
    Abstract: A communication device comprises a processing circuit having at least two modes, a sleep mode and an awake mode, a wireless communications circuit that can wirelessly send a message as to whether an alarm has been triggered, and a passive sensor, powered by audio signals impinging on the passive sensor, that provides at least an approximation of an audio signal to the processing circuit so as to cause the processing circuit to switch between the at least two modes. The communication device can be housed in a housing sized to fit into a battery compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Roost, Inc.
    Inventors: Roel Peeters, James Blackwell
  • Patent number: 10453344
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus obtains, from a right/left-turn vehicle, first obtaining information for providing an instruction to sense a blind-spot area of the right/left-turn vehicle, and determines whether to sense the blind-spot area on the basis of the first obtaining information. The information processing apparatus further obtains second obtaining information for determining a blind-spot area of the right/left-turn vehicle that is determined to be sensed, and generates first control information for controlling sensing of the blind-spot area determined from the obtained second obtaining information. Then, information processing apparatus outputs the first control information to a sensor or a first device, and outputs a sensing result received from the sensor or the first device to a second device or outputs to the first device the first control information and information for providing an instruction to output the sensing result to the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventors: Yasunori Ishii, Reiko Hagawa, Ryota Fujimura
  • Patent number: 10447491
    Abstract: Methods and systems for managing a security system are described. A remote device located external to a premises may be in communication with a security system and a gateway device located at the premises. A heartbeat signal may be sent to the remote device. The remote device may send one or messages based on a failure of the heartbeat signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: iControl Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Dawes, Chris Decenzo, Carolyn Wales
  • Patent number: 10435074
    Abstract: A method is provided which comprises: acquiring recognition information about parked vehicles; setting a virtual parking frame group in which a parking frame group is virtualized, the parking frame group comprising a plurality of parking frames; aligning the virtual parking frame group with respect to the recognized parked vehicles; and determining the aligned virtual parking frame group as the parking frame group comprising the plurality of parking frames. The virtual parking frame group comprises a plurality of virtual parking frames that have the same size and are arranged side by side or parallel along a predetermined straight line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Kojo, Tomoko Kurotobi