Patents Examined by Quan-Zhen Wang
  • Patent number: 10282958
    Abstract: A portable device is equipped with a signaling circuit that responds to a searching signal (e.g., hand clap, light flash, RF signal, infrared light) generated to locate the portable device when it is misplaced or lost. The device generates a location signal to enable the user to find the device. The location signal may be an audible, light, vibration, or other signal that calls attention to the device to enable the user to find it. The device may also sense events which cause it to disable the sensor, render it less sensitive, or suppress the generation of the location signal. The sensed event is any event, e.g., heat, motion, which indicates that the device is not, in fact, lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Gary Stephen Shuster
  • Patent number: 10278052
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an on-vehicle emergency notification device The notification device is configured to allow a vehicle body number and an emergency notification phone number to be registered therein in the form of a set, so as to enable the notification to the emergency call center, wherein the notification device is configured such that: during execution of a factory mode for performing the registration of the vehicle body number and the emergency notification phone number, rewriting of the vehicle body number is permitted; after the registration of the vehicle body number and the emergency notification phone number is completed and then the factory mode is shifted to a market mode, the rewriting of the vehicle body number is prohibited; and, when it is in the factory mode, the switching to an auxiliary battery is prohibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Kengo Iwata, Masanobu Kosaka, Masahiro Kobayashi, Yuki Komazaki
  • Patent number: 10276026
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for announcing reminders and alerts is described. In one embodiment, appointments of an electronic calendar are monitored via a processor of a home automation system. A trigger of an upcoming appointment is detected. Information regarding the upcoming appointment is announced via a speaker of the home automation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: James Ellis Nye
  • Patent number: 10265872
    Abstract: A robotic system is disclosed that includes an articulated arm with an end effector. The robotic system is for use in a robotic environment requiring interaction with persons in the robotic environment, and includes a plurality of lights that are illuminated responsive to known near-future movements of the articulated arm to convey the known near-future movements of the articulated arm to the persons in the robot environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, Christopher Geyer, Thomas Koletschka, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 10270619
    Abstract: An in-vehicle control apparatus is connected with a gateway apparatus via a first in-vehicle network, and transmits a state of a trigger for recording state data representing a state of a vehicle and the like on a non-volatile memory. The in-vehicle control apparatus includes a determination unit to determine whether predetermined events have been generated; a setting unit to set the state of the trigger of the generated event, to a satisfied state; a transmission process unit to transmit a communication frame that conveys the state of the trigger for each event, to the first in-vehicle network; and a latch process unit to maintain the satisfied state of the trigger until a predetermined time passes, and to change the state of the trigger from satisfied to unsatisfied after the predetermined time has passed, for each of the triggers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Takashi Kojima
  • Patent number: 10262518
    Abstract: A method of disseminating information includes detecting, by a first monitoring device, a condition of an aspect of an infrastructure; transmitting data relating to the condition and a first time stamp; detecting, by a second monitoring device, the condition; transmitting data relating to the condition and a second time stamp; determining whether a difference in data indicates a problem of contamination; subsequent to an indication of the problem of contamination, determining an amount of the contamination, an approximate location of the contamination, a direction of contamination movement, and a speed of the contamination movement, based on the first time stamp and the second time stamp; determining whether a difference in data indicates corrosion within the infrastructure; and subsequent to the indication of corrosion, determining whether the data relating to the condition indicates an amount of corrosion determined to be the problem, and a level of severity of the corrosion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Mueller International LLC
    Inventors: Gregory E. Hyland, Robert Paul Keefe, Marietta Edmonds Zakas, Clayton Robert Barker
  • Patent number: 10261482
    Abstract: A user selects an appliance or other device to control using a wearable computing device, such as an augmented eyewear device, for example. Based on the selection, data regarding a current operating state and one or more subsequent operating states are provided for display to the user. Using the wearable computing device, the user selects one of the subsequent states and controls the appliance to transition from its current state to the selected subsequent state. The commands for controlling the transition may be proxied for the wearable computing device by a mobile device or a network server, for example, via one or more established communication links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventors: Connie Smallwood, Steven L. Greenspan
  • Patent number: 10260795
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet, a door, a cooling system, an indicator configured to indicate a door-ajar condition and a door-ajar switch. The cabinet includes a liner that defines a refrigerated compartment, and the door is movable between an open position and a fully closed position to selectively seal the refrigerated compartment. The cooling system is configured to generate cool air and circulate the cool air within the refrigerator. The door-ajar switch includes a switch portion and a damper portion, with the portions located adjacent to one another in a common housing mounted to the cabinet or the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Neomar Giacomini, Axel Julio Ramm
  • Patent number: 10249187
    Abstract: Provided are a control server and a control system both capable of preventing traffic accidents more effectively. The control server is configured to control multiple traffic signals installed on a road, and includes: a pressure information obtainer configured to obtain pressure information which is outputted from a pressure sensor installed at a stop position on the road corresponding to each of the multiple traffic signals, and which includes a value representing pressure received from a vehicle running on the road; an abrupt braking information obtainer configured to, based on the pressure information, obtain abrupt braking information on an abrupt braking operation performed by the vehicle running on the road; and a traffic signal controller configured to, based on the abrupt braking information, generate a control signal for controlling the multiple traffic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Nihon Micronics
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kamiya, Kenji Sasaki, Osamu Arai
  • Patent number: 10243381
    Abstract: An electrochromic vehicle window is disclosed. The electrochromic vehicle window comprises a plurality of electrochromic layers, each electrochromic layer having a different color or different visual properties. Each electrochromic layer independently oscillates between varying degrees of transparency to indicate the status of a vehicle, such as that the vehicle is charging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin Newman, Christopher Eckert
  • Patent number: 10220772
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing traffic alerts includes a distance module, analysis module, transmission module, and signaling module. The distance module measures the distance between a vehicle and an object in front of the vehicle. The analysis decides whether to signal a presence of the object that comprises determining that the measured distance is equal to or less than a threshold distance. The transmission module transmits an alert in response to the analysis module deciding to signal a presence of the object. The signaling module transmits a visual signal to one or more vehicles behind the vehicle in response to receiving the alert from the transmission module. The visual signal has one or more characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas W. Bish, Nikhil Khandelwal, Gregory E. McBride, David C. Reed, Richard A. Welp
  • Patent number: 10209536
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method (20) for correcting an individual behavior for using a pair of spectacles in optimized conditions, said individual wearing frame (4). According to the invention said method comprises the following steps: —a step (24) of determining parameters that characterize the behavioral conditions of the individual using correcting means securely fastened to the frame of the frame (4) in the preceding various situations for a set time; —a step (26) of comparing said parameters with preset reference values; and —a step (28) of correcting the behavior of the individual using detecting means (1) that are securely fastened to the said frame (4), and that trigger when the difference between a parameter and the corresponding reference value diverges beyond a preset threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Patricia Koh, Thierry Bonnin, Bastien Feret, Ahmed Haddadi, Damien Paille, Soazic Mousset
  • Patent number: 10198919
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method are disclosed. The system includes a command module that generates haptic commands; a haptic actuator; a drive circuit that applies a first driving voltage in response to a first haptic command and applies a second driving voltage in response to a second haptic command. The apparatus includes a haptic actuator; a DC power supply; a first power supply circuit that outputs a first DC voltage; a second power supply circuit that outputs a second DC voltage higher than the first DC voltage; a drive circuit that applies a first driving voltage and a second driving voltage; and a controller that designates an operating mode. The method includes generating a first haptic command and a second haptic command; applying a first driving voltage to a haptic actuator; and applying a second driving voltage to the haptic actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE LTD
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Yamazaki, Atsushi Nagashima, Fusanobu Nakamura, Kazunori Yamamura
  • Patent number: 10200074
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus, systems, and computer-readable storage media are provided to sense and protect against liquid in contact with a mobile electronic device. An example method includes determining, with one or more of a plurality of liquid sensors, that liquid has come into contact with at least one of an internal surface of a mobile electronic device and an external surface of a mobile electronic device. In response to the determining that liquid has come into contact with the at least one of an internal surface of a mobile electronic device and an external surface of a mobile electronic device, the method includes informing a user of the mobile electronic device that the mobile electronic device has come into contact with the liquid, and sealing a port of the mobile electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Ryan Schaub, Randall S. Spell
  • Patent number: 10192440
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system which comprises at least one street-lighting device, a camera system mounted thereon, a recognition unit, a transmission unit and a mobile display device. The camera system is designed to provide image indicators of parking spaces within a parking lot. The recognition unit is designed: to store the geographical coordinates of parking spaces present in the visual range of the camera system; to assign, depending on the image indicators, to each parking space a respective occupation status, said status specifying whether the respective parking space is available or occupied; and to provide the transmission unit with the respective occupation status of at least the available parking spaces and the associated geographical coordinates, the transmission unit being designed to transmit the respective occupation status at least of the available parking spaces and the associated geographical coordinates to the mobile display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas Hohenacker
  • Patent number: 10176691
    Abstract: A tracking and monitoring shoe that includes a tracking device comprising a controller, a battery in electrical communication with at least one solenoid and at least one permanent magnet, a plurality of lights, a microphone, and a speaker. The tracking device may be implanted within a portion of the shoe, defined as the tracking section. The plurality of lights may be operable to emit light from a sole of the shoe and the plurality of lights and the tracking device may be electrically connected to the battery. The battery may be configured to be rechargeable when a walking motion translates the at least one permanent magnet. Furthermore, the tracking device may be configured to activate the plurality of lights, microphone, and speaker when the tracking device detects the shoe has reached or transcended a boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Rachanee L. Smoak
  • Patent number: 10152852
    Abstract: An optical fiber cord management system and method is provided to monitor and manage optical fiber cords locations in telecommunication equipment. The system may comprise an antenna to receive a radio signal propagated from an optical fiber cord, and a processor, in communication with the antenna, to receive radio signal data. The processor may determine if the radio signal data matches a modulated radio signal. If the processor determines that the radio signal data associated with the radio signal matches the modulated radio signal, the processor causes a luminescent member to illuminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Telect, Inc.
    Inventors: David Knaggs, Ryan Lowell Hendrickson
  • Patent number: 10127778
    Abstract: A haptic actuator may include a housing, at least one coil carried by the housing, and a field member having opposing first and second sides. The haptic actuator may also include a respective flexure bearing mounting each of the first and second sides of the field member to be reciprocally movable within the housing responsive to the at least one coil. Each flexure bearing may include a first anchor member coupled to an adjacent portion of the housing, a second anchor member coupled to an adjacent side of the field member, and a first flexible arm coupling the first and second anchor members together and having at least one bend therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Arman Hajati, Jonah A Harley
  • Patent number: 10123521
    Abstract: An automated fish culling system which includes a base station which includes a processor and base station display for displaying information corresponding to a plurality of cull tags, the base station display being communicably coupled to the processor. Each of the plurality of cull tags are configured to be associated with a fish and includes cull tag display for identifying the cull tag. The system further includes a memory for storing data that includes information associated with the fish, the information comprising a fish weight, wherein the processor determines which fish to cull based on at least the fish weight associated with each fish, and indicates which fish to cull via at least the base station display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: SPFM, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert Castaneda, Basil E. Battah
  • Patent number: 10119309
    Abstract: A motor vehicle comprising side doors, a bonnet and a boot lid, power-operated key-cylinder-less locks associated with all the side doors, a power-operated lock associated with the boot lid, a key-cylinder lock associated with the bonnet, and an electronic control system configured to sense operation of the key-cylinder lock by means of a mechanical key and, upon determining a specific operation of the key-cylinder lock by means of a mechanical key, responsively unlock one or more of the power-operated key-cylinder-less locks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: FCA Italy S.p.A.
    Inventors: Bogdan Stoenescu, Luigi Laera, Gianfranco Del Nero