Patents Examined by Phung T Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8358206
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a device for acquiring signals from sensors (1) installed in a motor vehicle, where at least two sensors, which are connected by electrical conductors to a source of electrical voltage (2) and to an evaluation unit (3), are mounted in different positions in the vehicle. To simplify the installation of the device, the sensors (1) are attached a certain distance apart to a common ribbon cable (4) with parallel electrical conductors, which cable has at least one conductor which can be connected to the voltage source (2) to supply power to the sensors (1) and several signal conductors, which can be connected to the evaluation unit (3) and possibly also to the voltage source (2), the number of which corresponds to the number of sensors to be connected. All of the sensors (1) are connected to the power-supply conductor, and each one is connected individually to one of the signal conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: NEXANS
    Inventors: Rainer Huscher, Udo Mayer, Frank Schröer
  • Patent number: 7471200
    Abstract: A near field communication (NFC) device is capable of operating as an NFC initiator device or an NFC target device for exchanging request and response messages with another similar device in order to determine a secondary transport mechanism suitable for communications between the two devices with bandwidth greater than available for NFC and for determining appropriate roles for both devices without excessive communication. Such determination of roles can be determined by rule or by exchanging information indicating a choice of roles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Jari Otranen
  • Patent number: 7439869
    Abstract: A circuit arrangement for indicating the status of one of a plurality of switches connected in series between signal terminals of a safety relay, each switch actuable between an open position and a closed position. The circuit arrangement includes at least one voltage sensor configured to be connected to one of the plurality of switches to provide an output signal upon sensing a presence of a voltage across the one of the plurality of switches and an indicating means associated with the voltage sensor to provide an indication signal when the voltage sensor provides an output signal. The circuit arrangement is powered by the voltage provided at one of said signal terminals of the safety relay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Germany GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Rudolf L. Papenbreer
  • Patent number: 7439848
    Abstract: The system of the preferred embodiments includes a housing, an input element to detect the characteristics of an area, a processor to convert the detected characteristics of an area to an output signal, and an aiming device to adjust the orientation of the input element with respect to the housing. The system has been designed to detect the characteristics of an area and convert the detected characteristics to an output signal to a visually impaired user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: Surag Mantri
  • Patent number: 7417555
    Abstract: A device which can be used on rotating visible surfaces of, for example, machines, appurtenances, vehicles, and fans, utilizes N light sources, evenly disposed on a flexible substrate, and connected by means of a driver to a microcontroller with an independent power supply. A synchronization sensor is connected to the microcontroller. The light sources may be LEDs—one- or three-colored (RGB). The synchronization sensor responds to gravity when mounted on a rotating surface, whose rotation axis is not perpendicular to the Earth's surface, or is actuated at a position relative to a given immovable point, provided the rotation axis is perpendicular to the Earth's surface. A light sensor is connected to the microcontroller, which in turn is connected to a control panel. Sensors and the control panel are disposed on the substrate. The microcontroller has a serial interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Inventors: Stefan N. Chivarov, Joseph E. Shurance
  • Patent number: 7408441
    Abstract: A system for analyzing information relating to network devices comprises a computer readable storage medium and computer software stored on the computer readable storage medium. The computer software reviews message information generated by a plurality of network devices, stores first event records associating first events from the message information with the plurality of the network devices, reviews user-reported event information, correlate the user-reported event information with a network device, store a second event record associating a second event from the user-reported event information with the network device correlated with the user-reported event information, calculate a total value for on ones of the network devices, and generates a report according to the total values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Electronic Data Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Richard W. Korzeniowski
  • Patent number: 7408440
    Abstract: A system for analyzing information relating to network devices comprises a computer readable storage medium and computer software stored on the computer readable storage medium. The computer software reviews message information generated by a plurality of network devices, stores event records associating events from the message information with the plurality of network devices, determines whether two or more duplicate events are within a time window, assigns a weighting value to at least some of the events, excluding at least some of the duplicate events in response to determining that the duplicate events are within the time window, calculates a total value for one of the plurality of network devices using the weighting values, and generates a report according to the total values calculated for the network devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Electronics Data Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Richard W. Korzeniowski
  • Patent number: 7405672
    Abstract: An air treatment device having electrodes supported by a housing and a voltage generator operatively coupled to the electrodes. The air treatment device includes at least one sensor operatively coupled to the voltage generator for sensing a condition and providing signals used for adjusting the voltage generated by the voltage generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Sharper Image Corp.
    Inventors: Charles E. Taylor, Andrew J. Parker, Shek Fai Lau
  • Patent number: 7403121
    Abstract: A positioning terminal for generating position information of an object being transported includes a radio frequency identification (RFID) module for storing status information of the object relative to at least two predefined locations, and a communication module for sending position information of the object to a control center. A controller reads the status information from the RFID module at predefined intervals, and controls activation of the communication module based on the status information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Hajime Suetsugu
  • Patent number: 7403112
    Abstract: Search device for locating a transmitter, in particular an avalanche-victim search device (1), such that for scanning a search area the search device (1) is swiveled by a user through a range of search angles that covers the region to be searched, which independently determines the position of an avalanche victim or several such victims in a reliable and economical manner, with a magnetic-field sensor that sends to a signal-processing means sensor signals related to the earth's magnetic field that are then sent on as processed signals to the output unit, and to every search direction there is assigned a fixed search angle relative to the earth's magnetic field, so that at every time it is possible to associate the signal received from a transmitter with a fixed search angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Inventors: Gerald Kampel, Ingo Zawallich, Rolf Matzner
  • Patent number: 7403105
    Abstract: A tire inflation pressure sensing apparatus includes a pressure sensor, a transmitter, a transceiver, a receiver, and a determining device. The pressure sensor and transceiver are provided on a wheel of a vehicle, while the transmitter, receiver, and determining device are provided on the body of the vehicle. The pressure sensor works to generate a pressure signal representative of the inflation pressure of a tire on the wheel. The transmitter works to send out a predetermined radio wave. The transceiver is configured to receive the predetermined radio wave and send out the pressure signal when a transmission of the pressure signal is required and a level of the received predetermined radio wave has reached a predetermined level. The receiver works to receive the pressure signal from the transceiver. The determining device is configured to determine the inflation pressure of the tire based on the pressure signal received via the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nobuya Watabe
  • Patent number: 7400229
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for providing an intelligent event notification system. The method includes selecting a type of event notification for an event. Determining the type of event notification is based in part on information elements associated with the event. The method also includes determining at least one optimal alert system to receive an event notification corresponding to the type of event notification selected. The determination is based in part on information elements associated with the event. The method further includes associating an alert trigger with the event notification and transmitting the event notification to the at least one optimal alert system upon activation of the alert trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Nicholas R. Trio, Timothy M. Waters
  • Patent number: 7397382
    Abstract: A drowsiness detecting apparatus has a pulse wave sensor and a determination circuit. The sensor is provided to a steering wheel to detect a pulse wave of a vehicle driver gripping the steering wheel. The determination circuit generates a thorax pressure signal indicative of the depth of breathing by envelope-detecting a pulse wave signal of the sensor and determines whether the driver is drowsy by comparing a pattern of the thorax pressure signal with a reference pattern. The display and the buzzer notify the driver and any other passengers in the vehicle of the drowsiness of the driver by a visual indication and buzzing sound, respectively. A body surface motion may be used as a signal that indicates the depth of breathing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuya Ikegami, Shinji Nanba, Kenichi Yanai
  • Patent number: 7394395
    Abstract: The wireless sensor adds identification information peculiar to respective sensor modules to detection data of vibration, temperature, and soon, detected by the sensor modules respectively. The wireless sensor transmits the detection data with the identification information as a signal through a communication unit by radio waves. On the other hand, the management apparatus receiving the signal classifies and files the detection data on the basis of the identification information included in the signal. Then, the monitoring system is designed to make the management apparatus manage a plurality of wireless sensors attached to movable shafts of processing machines or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Ikunori Sakatani, Kouichi Morita, Takeshi Takizawa, Shigeru Endo, Tomoyuki Yanagisawa, Yoshio Shoda
  • Patent number: 7394402
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer program products for alerting a flight crew during landing that the tailwind exceeds acceptable limits. The system determines a base tailwind threshold speed for a candidate runway based on a performance constant associated with an aircraft and candidate runway information and determines present tailwind speed. If the tailwind speed is greater than the base tailwind threshold speed, a tailwind alert is generated. Also, the system determines if the aircraft is in a tailwind alerting mode based on configuration of the aircraft and activates tailwind alerting, if it is determined that the aircraft is in the tailwind alerting mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuo Ishihara, Steve C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7391310
    Abstract: A seatbelt alarm device for a vehicle includes a seat sensor, a seatbelt sensor, a judgment circuit, an alarm unit, and a child seat sensor. The seat sensor detects a mass on a seat of the vehicle. The seatbelt sensor detects whether a seatbelt of the seat is engaged with a seatbelt buckle. The judgment circuit generates a demand for a seatbelt-wear alarm upon determining that a mass sits on the seat and the seatbelt is not engaged according to detection signals of the seat sensor and the seatbelt sensor, respectively. The alarm unit generates the seatbelt-wear alarm. The child seat sensor detects a child seat mounted on the seat. The judgment circuit restricts operation of the alarm unit when the judgment circuit determines that the child seat is mounted to the seat according to a detection signal of the child seat sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Ito, Masahiro Taguchi, Koji Wato
  • Patent number: 7391317
    Abstract: A system is described for transmitting video signals over various communication media using digital signal processing techniques. An embodiment of the system uses an orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) modulation process that enables high-speed data communications of Ethernet and/or MPEG or JPEG or H264 compressed or uncompressed digital video. A second embodiment frequency modulates the OFDM modulated signal (FM-OFDM). The first and second embodiments are implemented with a transmit Ethernet interface, an MPEG or JPEG or H264 compressed or uncompressed digital video capture device, and a modem including a modulator and demodulator that provides communication with several other modem devices along communication media such as power lines, wireless (air), cable, or twisted pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Satius, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Abraham, Chris Reinert, John E. Jarels
  • Patent number: 7391306
    Abstract: When the tire reaches a limit of wear level, tire wear indicators generate an acoustic signal by knocking the ground. Magnetic, optical and mechanical versions exist. A detector made of a microphone located under the vehicle and a processing central unit switches on a warning included in the dashboard. In a more sophisticated version, the detector recognizes the incriminated wheel using the phase of the acoustic signal and the information from the ABS™. Application to the detection of the decay of a tire, or any other type of wear surface such as pad, or similar, and to the detection of the presence of snow chains or spikes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Dufournier Technologies SAS
    Inventor: Arnaud Dufournier
  • Patent number: 7391334
    Abstract: A connection checking system of the present invention is arranged so as to apply a power supply voltage which is dropped by the resistance to a terminal when the control substrate and the unit are connected. Then, the control section determines that the unit is connected to the control substrate when the dropped voltage is applied to the terminal. On the other hand, when a dropped voltage is not applied to the terminal, the control section determines that the unit is not connected to the control substrate. The connection checking system of the present invention can be realized by using a conventional power supply cable, a signal cable and a terminal, and thus the connection checking system of the present invention can be manufactured at low costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kouji Miyake, Hiroshi Ishii, Hideyuki Hiro, Kenji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7388518
    Abstract: A vehicle tracking system central host comprises a memory cache processor for managing a plurality of memory caches and a storage device linked with the memory cache processor, for receiving messages from the memory caches and writing them to a database. There are n receiver ports each for receiving message packets of an associated protocol from remote vehicle on-board tracker units. There are also n receiver processors, each associated with a port and each receiver processor being for: reading message packets received at the associated port, performing initial processing of the message packets including adding headers to provide processed messages, and writing the processed messages to a log dedicated to the receiver processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Fleetmatics Patents Limited
    Inventors: Peter Mitchell, Andrei Dolgopolov, Paul Walsh, John Goggin