Patents Examined by Qutbuddin Ghulamali
  • Patent number: 11032096
    Abstract: A broadband access system, comprising a broadband access hub device (hub device) and broadband access premise devices (premise devices) wirelessly coupled the hub device to provide broadband services to multiple user equipment (UEs), is described. The hub device may access broadband services on a fiber optic broadband network and wirelessly provide access to the broadband services to the premise devices. The premise device may wirelessly communicate with the hub device and communicate with user equipment (UEs) for providing access to the broadband services through the hub device. The premise device may be attached to an electric utility meter, and a power interface module of the premise device may supply electrical power to the premise device from the electric utility meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Avista Edge, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Wayne Gustafson, Curtis Allen Kirkeby, Stephen Edward Schulte
  • Patent number: 11019948
    Abstract: A drinking dramatization glass (1) includes: a glass body (10) being a bottomed cylinder with a top opening (11); a fixing mechanism (16) for fixing an image display device (80) on the side face of the glass body; a transparent part (12) for viewing, from the exterior of the glass body, an image (81) displayed on an image display part (85) of the image display device; and a reflective mirror (30) placed inside the glass body; wherein the image displayed on the image display part is reflected on the reflective mirror, passes through the transparent part, and reaches the exterior of the glass body. Unlike the conventional drinking dramatization glasses, there is no need to provide a storage part or waveguide part. The drinking dramatization glass can let an individual enjoy oneself alone or together with others in remote locations, while also presenting many different dramatizing effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: NETAPPLI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Makoto Nishida
  • Patent number: 11021893
    Abstract: A security system for a building has multiple lock modules. Each lock module is associated with a particular door and has an unlocked position that allows the particular door to open and a locked position that prevents the particular door from opening. Each lock module includes a door status signal and a controller. The door status signal includes a unique identifier for the particular door associated with the lock module and a status that identifies when the lock module is in the locked position. The controller transmits the door status signal for the lock module. A lock module command signal received by at least some of the lock modules directs at least some of the lock modules to reposition to either the unlocked position or the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventors: Roland Trout, Stephen Gardner Worth, III, William Neal Davis, Eric Michael Wagner, George Lee Reid, Sanjeev Pal, John Allen Wiseman, Michael Clyde Pittman
  • Patent number: 11004336
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, an electronic device comprises a communication module comprising communication circuitry, a processor, and a memory operatively connected with the communication module and the processor, wherein the memory stores instructions configured to, when executed, enable the processor to obtain driving-related information from each of a plurality of vehicles positioned within a designated distance from a roundabout using the communication module, determine driving expectation information about a time and direction in which each of the plurality of vehicles enters or exits the roundabout based on the obtained driving-related information, and transmit driving guide information produced based on the determined driving expectation information to each of the plurality of vehicles through the communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jinyoung Choi, Yongjun Lim, Kyusung Kim, Dohyoung Kim, Soojung Bae, Juyeon You, Yeonee Choi
  • Patent number: 11001228
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed to facilitate equipment status verification in a storage device. An example vehicle comprises: an equipment rack, a processor and memory, and a display. The equipment rack includes sensors to generate presence and securement information. The processor and memory are in communication with the sensors and are configured to: determine a presence status of an object assigned to the equipment rack, determine a securement status of the object in the equipment rack, and display a report of the presence and securement statuses via the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven T. Skikun, Robert S. Kern, Arie Groeneveld, Frank J. Desjarlais, Jon Ohland
  • Patent number: 10994699
    Abstract: A vehicle card key, includes: a mainboard part on which an electronic element for wireless transmitting/receiving with a vehicle is mounted; a connector part formed on the mainboard part; a housing part which covers the mainboard part avoiding the connector part; and a switchboard part which has at least one among a switch and light-emitting diode mounted thereon, and which is layered on the mainboard part and is connected to the connector part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: YoungJin Hyun
  • Patent number: 10992297
    Abstract: A device, comprising: a pair of force sensors located for detecting a user squeeze input; and a controller operable in a squeeze detection operation to detect the user squeeze input based on a cross-correlation between respective sensor signals originating from the pair of force sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Pablo Peso Parada, Tom Birchall, Hamid Sepehr
  • Patent number: 10967884
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided, for example, to detect and to provide alerting of a part of a vehicle subsequently moving into the path of travel of a bicyclist or other vehicle. In the context of a method, one or more events indicative of a part of a vehicle subsequently moving into a path of a bicyclist are detected. The method also includes taking an action, responsive to detection of the one or more events, to reduce the risk to a person outside the vehicle or another vehicle proximate the door of the vehicle, such as by providing an alert as to the vehicle subsequently moving into the path of the bicyclist or to at least temporarily prevent the vehicle from subsequently moving into the path of the bicyclist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V.
    Inventors: Frank Kozak, Chris Dougherty
  • Patent number: 10971947
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a number of load controllers (10), each of which is operatively connected to one or more electrical loads (6) that are connected to a grid, results in a reduction in tracking errors, which arise when aggregated local devices fail to deliver the expected amount of responsive load service. Each load controller (10) monitors the operating frequency of the grid network (8) and is adapted to adjust power consumption of one or more of its electrical loads (6) in response to excursions of the operating network frequency from its nominal value. The load controllers (10) are in communication with a remote controller (14) and aggregated together to provide a responsive load service. The remote controller (14) is adapted to monitor the deviation of grid frequency from its nominal value and to determine adjustments to the responsive load service delivered by the electrical loads of each load controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Open Energi Limited
    Inventors: Toby John Coleman, Stephen John Galsworthy
  • Patent number: 10962384
    Abstract: A method of disaggregating an energy usage signal of a usage area includes steps of providing a gateway device for an aggregate energy usage signal of a usage area, installing a user application on a user computing device to display information from the gateway device, receiving a plurality of inputs, and determining the energy usage of the individual electrically powered devices in the usage area based on the aggregate energy usage signal and based on the plurality of inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Insight Energy Ventures, LLC
    Inventors: Dave Childers, Rob Weyant, Kevin M. Foreman, Matthew P. Tilchen
  • Patent number: 10946246
    Abstract: An interactive sports management device combined with human physiological information and sports information includes a user module, an exercise module and a management module, wherein the user module is used to detect the physiological information of the user, and transmit the user identifier and the physiological information to the exerciser module. The exercise module is used to collect the sports information of the sports fitness equipment, and transmit the user identifier, the physiological information, the exerciser identifier and the sports information to the management module. The management module transmits the management information to the exerciser module. In this way, the sports information generated when the specific person uses the specific sports fitness equipment for exercise is combined with the human physiological information into the personalized information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Ya-Chi Chen
  • Patent number: 10946835
    Abstract: A method for controlling access to a vehicle, the vehicle being equipped with an access module and a keypad, an user having a portable device configured to communicate with said access module, the access module being designed to determine a relative position of the portable device with respect to the vehicle, the keypad being positioned outside the vehicle, wherein when the access module detects that the portable device is inside the vehicle and is in an inactive state, wherein said portable device is unable to authorize user access to the vehicle and start of the vehicle, then vehicle unlocking is authorized by a multiple switch operation in a predetermined sequence on the keypad, and wherein after vehicle unlocking, the access module puts the portable device in an active state, wherein said portable device is able to authorize user access to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: DURA Operating, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Farges
  • Patent number: 10936070
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating a haptic signal is described. An audio signal is received and an event signal comprising a plurality of pulses is determined from a characteristic of the audio signal. A haptic output signal is generated by combining a haptic pattern triggered by a first pulse and at least one further substantially identical haptic pattern triggered by at least one further pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Temujin Gautama
  • Patent number: 10933800
    Abstract: An image projection apparatus that can be attached to a vehicle and can be effectively utilized for acquisition of road surface condition information, detection of a hidden vehicle, and the like is provided. The image projection apparatus that projects an image includes: an acquisition unit that acquires information related to a vehicle; an image projection unit that projects an image based on the information acquired by the acquisition unit; and imaging means that acquires an image outside the vehicle, the image projection unit projects light in a wavelength band centered on a wavelength of 1.4 ?m and the imaging means provides the information related to the vehicle by imaging an image projected based on the light in the wavelength band centered on the wavelength of 1.4 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Kunii, Toshinori Sugiyama, Takuya Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10937316
    Abstract: Lighting fixture data hubs and systems and methods for use. An exemplary data hub comprises an annunciator configured to generate indications; a sensor configured to detect a zone comprising a plurality of parking spaces and to determine whether or not one or more vehicles and/or one or more pedestrians are present, the sensor further configured to emit one or more signals corresponding to said detection; a processor in communication with the annunciator and the sensor, the processor configured to receive the one or more signals from the sensor and operable to direct the annunciator to generate an indication in response to the signal; and a sensor unit housing having at least portions of the annunciator, the sensor, and the processor located therein, the sensor unit configured to attach to a device such that power supplied to the device is also used to supply power to the data hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Eco Parking Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William Longardner, Jeffrey Pinyot, Jason Toschlog, Gage Toschlog, Evan Foote, Scott Whitlock, Andrew Huffman, Daniel Hughes
  • Patent number: 10933803
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle including a projector and a sensor system configured to output data representative of an object in an environment exterior of the autonomous vehicle. The autonomous vehicle can further include a data store that stores height map data. A computing system of the autonomous vehicle can classify an object as a person and can detect an initial position of the person. Responsive to the detection, the computing system can calibrate a notification to be projected on a ground of the environment exterior of the autonomous vehicle. The notification is based on output of a transform from a position of the projector to the ground and the transform is applied based on the predefined height map of the ground. The notification can be projected adjacent the person. The notification may be configured to inform the person that the autonomous vehicle detects a position of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Christopher Shih
  • Patent number: 10924916
    Abstract: A system, method, node and computer program for allocating a user equipment, UE, (30) roaming in a visited network (10), to a dedicated core network, DCN, (120) out of a plurality of DCN (120) available in the visited network (10), is provided. The method comprises receiving a trigger comprising a DCN-type indicator from a home network (20) of the roaming UE (30), and determining, responsive to the reception of the DCN-type indicator, whether an DCN-type indicated by the received DCN-type indicator is supported by the visited network (10). The method further comprises determining, if the DCN-type is not supported by the visited network (10), an alternative DCN-type supported by the visited network (10) and allocating, by the visited network (10), the roaming UE (30) to a DCN (120) of the alternative DCN-type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Klaus Turina, Volker Kleinfeld
  • Patent number: 10909435
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide an apparatus for managing baggage and a method for managing baggage with which improved usability can be obtained. In order to solve the problem, an apparatus for managing baggage is provided with: a reader unit which reads tag information of a wireless tag attached to a baggage; a storage unit in which the tag information read by the reader unit is stored; and a control unit which makes a determination of a forgotten baggage by comparing the tag information stored in the storage unit with tag information newly read by the reader unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Motoyuki Suzuki, Kazuhiko Yoshizawa, Yasunobu Hashimoto, Shigetaka Kimura, Shinji Shibuya
  • Patent number: 10905372
    Abstract: An alertness prediction bio-mathematical model for use in devices such as a wearable device that improves upon previous models of predicting fatigue and alertness by gathering data from the individual being monitored to create a more accurate estimation of alertness levels. The bio-mathematical model may be a two-process algorithm which incorporates a sleep-wake homeostasis aspect and a circadian rhythm aspect. The sleep-wake homeostasis aspect of the model is improved by using actigraphy measures in conjunction with distal skin, ambient light and heart rate measures to improve the accuracy of the sleep and wake estimations. The circadian rhythm model aspect improves fatigue prediction and estimation by using distal skin, heart rate and actigraphy data. The sleep-wake homeostasis and circadian rhythm aspects may also be combined with additional objective and subjective measures as well as information from a user to improve the accuracy of the alertness estimation even further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Matt Kenyon, Colin Payne-Rogers, Josh Jones
  • Patent number: 10902711
    Abstract: An autonomous facility monitoring apparatus and method in a facility can remain on at all times and functions to determine whether an unauthorized person has entered or is attempting to enter the facility and/or whether an environmental danger exists or is predicted. Continuously monitoring physical characteristics of a person and/or location of a person in the facility provides information for automatically detecting and signaling a detrimental health condition, for automatically controlling operation of apparatus of the facility, for operating gaming features, and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Martin Alpert