Patents Examined by Rufus C Point
  • Patent number: 10540834
    Abstract: An access control system includes a mesh network of nodes for tracking and authenticating users throughout a building. The nodes include wireless interfaces. The user devices send user information to the nodes, which send the user information to a verification and tracking system, which returns authentication status information. As the user moves throughout the building, the nodes calculate the proximity between the particular node and the user device and compare the calculated proximity information to that of nearby nodes. The user information and authentication status information is then handed off to the node determined to be closest to the user device and, in the case of door nodes connected to door controllers, is used to grant access to restricted areas of the building. Door nodes are equipped with directional antennas with an adjustable antenna assembly including two or more probes to eliminate dead zones around the door nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventor: James Trani
  • Patent number: 10535243
    Abstract: A method for behavior monitoring using a wearable detector is described. The method includes detecting a force of a patient action using the detector worn by the patient. The patient action is characterized as a behavior based on a location of the detector; and a frequency of the force, a magnitude of the force, a direction of the force and/or one or more threshold values. A determination is made as to whether to transmit a notification based at least in part on the behavior characterized. In response to a determination to transmit a notification, the notification is transmitted. Apparatus and computer readable media are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: HBH Development LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Hodor, Brandon Herscovitch, Barry Briggs
  • Patent number: 10529198
    Abstract: Rendering of a haptic effect at a target frequency or frequency range by providing a moveable mass configured to be driven at a resonance frequency of a primary spring coupled to the moveable mass. Then, an auxiliary spring is temporarily engaged with the moveable mass to tune the resonance frequency to the target frequency or frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Vahid Khoshkava
  • Patent number: 10504355
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for detecting an object, such as a person. For example, a sensing system may comprise a sensor arrangement. The sensor arrangement may comprise a passive sensor and an active sensor. The active sensor may be placed into a sleep state (e.g., a relatively low powered state) until awakened by the passive sensor. For example, responsive to detecting a presence of an object (e.g., a nurse entering a patient's room), the passive sensor may awaken the active sensor from the sleep state to an active state for detecting motion and/or distance of the object within a detection zone to create object detection data (e.g., an indication of a hygiene opportunity for the nurse). The active sensor may transition from the active state to the sleep state responsive to a detection timeout and/or a determination that the object left the detection zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackson William Wegelin, Bradley Lee Lightner, Mark Adam Bullock
  • Patent number: 10506396
    Abstract: An interactive method for public transport information is provided, including: allowing a server to acquire stop information of at least one passenger from a terminal, the stop information includes first stop information that the at least one passenger is going to get on at a first stop, and second stop information that the at least one passenger is going to get off at a second stop; and allowing the server to send the stop information of the at least one passenger to buses going to stop at both the first stop and the second stop. An apparatus and a system are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BOE OPTICAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Kejun Shen
  • Patent number: 10497271
    Abstract: A runway exiting system is configured to determine a suitable exit off of a runway for an aircraft. The runway exiting system includes a housing, and one or more processors within the housing that are configured to determine a current position of the aircraft on the runway, determine a current rate of deceleration of the aircraft on the runway, and determine the suitable exit off of the runway for the aircraft based, at least in part, on the current position of the aircraft on the runway and the current rate of deceleration of the aircraft on the runway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Samantha A. Schwartz, Jason W. Clark, Jeffrey L. Williams, Katie M. Reid
  • Patent number: 10497245
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for tracking location using a home automation system. One method includes receiving sensor data indicating presence of a wearable tracking device in a predetermined area of a property monitored by the home automation system, confirming an identity of the tracking device, and generating a notice indicating a location of the tracking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Brandon Hatch
  • Patent number: 10490058
    Abstract: Building safety system architecture, methods, and mediums. A method includes receiving substantially-continuous heartbeat communications from a plurality of safety control devices over a packet data network. The method includes monitoring a status of each of the safety control devices. The method includes aggregating the received statuses of the plurality of safety control devices. The method includes transmitting the aggregated statuses to a cloud safety system. The method includes receiving control commands from the cloud safety system. The method includes controlling the safety control devices according to the received control commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
    Inventor: Emad El-Mankabady
  • Patent number: 10481704
    Abstract: Disclosed is a controller including a first control member, a second control member that extends from a portion of the first control member, and a controller processor that is operable to produce a rotational movement output signal in response to movement of the first control member, and a translational movement output signal in response to movement of the second control member relative to the first control member. The rotational movement output signal may be any of a pitch movement output signal, a yaw movement output signal, and a roll movement output signal, and the translational movement output signal may be any of an x-axis movement output signal, a y-axis movement output signal, and a z-axis movement output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Fluidity Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Edward Parazynski
  • Patent number: 10479321
    Abstract: A method for operating a wireless-based monitoring system of a transportation vehicle, wherein tag units are held in the transportation vehicle by a respective retention device and each retention device includes a mechanical encoding through which a spatial orientation of the held tag unit is specified. Each tag unit determines its spatial orientation and its characteristic position in the transportation vehicle by its own position sensor apparatus, and each tag unit repeatedly captures a distance from at least one predetermined object by its own distance measuring apparatus, and the central control unit determines a respective object position of the at least one object based on the respective characteristic position of the tag units and of the distances signaled respectively by these tag units and controls at least one predetermined security function in the transportation vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Bernd Ette
  • Patent number: 10479603
    Abstract: A control system of an article according to an embodiment includes a first transmitter having a first radio signal range, being mounted at a first location, and transmitting first position information relating to the first location, a second transmitter having a second radio signal range, being mounted at a second location, and transmitting second position information relating to the second location, the second radio signal range being narrower than the first radio signal range, an acquirer acquiring the first position information and the second position information, and a memory part, information relating to the article is associated with the first position information or the second position information and stored in the memory part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Le Anh Hoang, Yasutaka Koga
  • Patent number: 10459104
    Abstract: A mobile or transportable ammunition pellet or foreign object detection device is provided which includes a metal or other ammunition detector which uses a metal detection strip of the device. In a related embodiment, an LED platform for displaying various types of information is also provided as part of the detection device. In a related embodiment, the detection device includes an integrated scale and cutting board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Lynn D. Jurrens, William E. Lomax
  • Patent number: 10460590
    Abstract: During a potential security event, a mobile application enters an alarm state and records audio, video and location event data and forwards the event data to a monitoring center, which stores the event data and takes appropriate action such as notifying local law enforcement. The alarm state is triggered manually, by the use of wireless sensors, or by arming the mobile application and then determining if it has been disarmed within a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: TYCO INTEGRATED SECURITY, LLC
    Inventor: Darryl Strack
  • Patent number: 10451303
    Abstract: A temperature control system includes a blower impeller assembly that has a blower impeller, a motor coupled to and configured to drive the blower impeller, and a sensor that is coupled to the motor and configured to measure current drawn by the motor to maintain the blower impeller at a set angular speed. Further, the temperature control system includes a controller that is communicatively coupled to the sensor. The controller electronically detects at least one of a blockage in a vent coupled to the temperature control system and a malfunction of the blower impeller based on an amount of the current drawn by the motor to maintain the blower impeller at the set angular speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Rheem Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Sina Jasteh
  • Patent number: 10446024
    Abstract: A parking inventory management system includes a sensor apparatus with a plurality of magnetometers each configured to respectively generate a magnetic signatures of a vehicle as it drives across the sensor apparatus. A computing device is associated with the sensor apparatus and compares the magnetic signatures of the vehicle generated by each of the plurality of magnetometers to the magnetic signatures of the vehicle generated by each other magnetometer of the plurality thereof so as to determine a direction of the vehicle. A match between the magnetic signature of the vehicle as generated by at least two of the plurality of magnetometers indicates that the direction of travel of the vehicle is along a direction between those two of the plurality of magnetometers. A speed of the vehicle is derived as a function of a time difference between points of peak similarity between matching magnetic signatures of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: The Parking Genius, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean O'Callaghan
  • Patent number: 10446017
    Abstract: A method and a smart personal emergency response system (SPERS) are provided for monitoring, analyzing, and communicating behavior of a user in emergency conditions and non-emergency conditions to multiple user devices. The SPERS has multiple sensors, an interactive communication unit (ICU), a non-transitory computer readable storage medium, and at least one data analytics processor having a data communication module, a control module, a behavioral analytics engine (BAE), and a notification module. Sensor data generated by the sensors is communicated to the user devices via one or more wireless communication links using the ICU. The ICU allows communication only on activation of an input means. The BAE dynamically analyzes the generated sensor data with one or more sensor data libraries in real-time for detecting behavior of the user in emergency conditions and transmits an analytics result to a virtual assistant application on the user devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Gershoni, Farhad David Nosrati
  • Patent number: 10427693
    Abstract: A vehicle-surrounding monitoring device includes: a line-of-sight direction determination section that determines a direction of a line of sight of a driver; an obstacle determination section that determines whether an obstacle is disposed in a predetermined direction around a vehicle; and a notification control section that notifies notification information indicating a determination result of the obstacle determination section in an other direction around the vehicle with a notification unit when it is determined that the direction of the line of sight of the driver is one direction around the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wataru Mizuno, Akihiro Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 10427523
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for displaying driving modes of a vehicle (6). The vehicle (6) can be operated in at least two different driving modes. In the method according to the invention, it is ascertained whether the vehicle (6) is being operated in a first or a second driving mode. In the first driving mode, a first actuator carries out a first action, and in the second driving mode, a second actuator carries out the first action. A first graphical element (7) which represents the first actuator and a second graphical element (8) which represents the second actuator are generated on a display surface (3). Depending on whether the vehicle (6) is in the first or the second driving mode, a first graphical action element (9, 10) which represents the first action is generated with the first (7) and/or second graphical element (8). The invention further relates to a system (1) for displaying driving modes of a vehicle (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Ina Petermann-Stock, Ina Othersen, Agata Rogge-Solti
  • Patent number: 10424179
    Abstract: Invention describes set of units able to communicate one with each other by means of cooperating software, mutually control themselves and imagine displays from other units. Invention enables by means of indicated set or individual units as well, to make remote monitoring of persons and control their location, heath condition and capacity. Also, it enables to monitored persons to check their condition on mobile unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: ING. VLADIMIR KRANZ
    Inventor: Vladimir Kranz
  • Patent number: 10416639
    Abstract: The system generally includes a crosspoint switch in the local data collection system having multiple inputs and multiple outputs including a first input connected to the first sensor and a second input connected to the second sensor. The multiple outputs include a first and second output configured to be switchable between a condition in which the first output is configured to switch between delivery of the first sensor signal and the second sensor signal and a condition in which there is simultaneous delivery of the first sensor signal from the first output and the second sensor signal from the second output. Each of multiple inputs is configured to be individually assigned to any of the multiple outputs. Unassigned outputs are configured to be switched off producing a high-impedance state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Strong Force IOT Portfolio 2016, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Howard Cella, Gerald William Duffy, Jr., Jeffrey P. McGuckin