Patents Examined by Sharmin Akhter
  • Patent number: 10373499
    Abstract: Approaches presented herein enable recipient-actualized internal vehicle-to-vehicle honking. More specifically, an action of a first vehicle is monitored and a communication is obtained from a second vehicle. In response to the obtainment of the communication, it is determined whether the action of the first vehicle violates a rule. In the case that the action of the first vehicle violates a rule, responsive to the communication, a honk indication, perceptible to an occupant of the first vehicle, is actualized inside the first vehicle. In the case that the action of the first vehicle does not violate a rule, the communication from the second vehicle is rejected, and the honk indication is not actualized inside the first vehicle. A response can be transmitted to the second vehicle indicating if the honk indication was actualized inside the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jayashree Kumar, Yethish Venkataramanachari, Dhandapani Shanmugam
  • Patent number: 10372651
    Abstract: Methods of executing patching connection changes in a patching field are provided in which an electronic work order is received on a display located at the patching field, the electronic work order specifying the patching connection change. A technician may perform the patching connection change. Then, an electronic message may be sent from the patching field indicating that the patching change has been completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventors: Gregory Pinn, Chin Choi-Feng, G. Mabud Choudhury, Michael G. German, Matias Peluffo, George Brooks
  • Patent number: 10360786
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hygiene nudging system for improving the overall cleanliness of a room or an area having one or more predetermined surfaces, comprising a dispenser unit configured to dispense cleaning wipes for cleaning the one or more surfaces, a control unit connected with the dispenser unit, wherein the system comprises a nudging unit connected with the control unit, the control unit being configured to control the nudging unit, the nudging unit is configured to issue an indication when activated by the control unit, and a first sensor is connected with the dispenser unit and the control unit, the first sensor being configured to detect dispensing from the dispenser unit and to signal the detection of dispensing to the control unit, whereby the control unit deactivates the nudging unit. The present invention also relates to a facility comprising one or more hygiene nudging systems according to the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Conceptmaking ApS
    Inventor: Jarl Christensen
  • Patent number: 10347108
    Abstract: Facilitation of monitoring and analysis of user motion is performed to facilitate detecting when a user has fallen. A device can comprise a housing configured to attach to a body part of a human, a sensor module configured to capture motion data corresponding to motion of an object to which the device is attached, and a communication module configured to communicatively couple the sensor module to another device and transmit the motion data to the other device, wherein the motion data is configured to be analyzed by the other device to determine a type of the motion of the object, and in response to a determination that the type of motion is a falling motion, the other device is configured to activate a notification mechanism to notify an entity that the human has fallen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CITY UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
    Inventors: Hong Yan, Leanne Lai Hang Chan, Hung Chim, Hong Yan Ching, Chi Kuen Choi
  • Patent number: 10326264
    Abstract: Systems and methods for auto-monitoring a trip solenoid and a switching semiconductor in a circuit breaker comprises determining whether the trip solenoid or the switching semiconductor is open-circuited or otherwise non-operational. The trip solenoid has multiple windings therein and the switching semiconductor has multiple semiconductor switches therein. The circuit breaker automatically performs a designated action if one of the multiple windings or one of the semiconductor switches is determined to be open-circuited or otherwise non-operational. In some embodiments, the circuit breaker is a miniature circuit breaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Gass, Jason Potratz, Dennis William Fleege, Chad Mittelstadt, Brett Larson, Paul Reid
  • Patent number: 10319212
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a novel electronic device which detects the load level of gas in liquid state contained in tanks, through the magnetic field generated by the magnets used in floater mechanical systems which are incorporated into the containers, sending information by a remote interface, which communicates via the internet, or through a local network, to any computer or smart device. The versatility of the disclosed device, allows it to be adapted into any type of tank which uses the floating mechanical system with a magnet, being the ideal solution for monitoring gas consumption in places where access to the gas container is difficult or risky.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Pedro Gabay Villafaña, Jose Luis Rojas Calderon, Agustin Gabriel Rojas Calderon
  • Patent number: 10300850
    Abstract: A signal transmission control method, system, and computer program product, include an advanced vehicle signal transmission control according to a context of the vehicle where a differential signal transmission action is performed based on the context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kevin Wayne Brew, Michael S. Gordon, James Robert Kozloski, Ashish Kundu, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10300845
    Abstract: A deployable safety zone system includes at least a first arm mounted on a support member and being movable between stored and operating positions relative to the support member. The support member and first arm define a safety zone between then when the first arm is in the operating position. The safety system may include reflective mechanisms, light sources, and an alarming system. The alarming system may include a transmitter positioned on one part of the safety system, a receiver positioned on another part of the safety system and an alarm mechanism. A signal may be sent between the transmitter and receiver and if that signal is interrupted, a visual or audible alarm may be generated. Alternatively, the deployable safety zone system may comprise a sensor assembly disposed adjacent the support member The alarmed safety zone is defined between the support member and the sensor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: MAC LTT, INC.
    Inventor: James A. Maiorana
  • Patent number: 10290208
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for short-range low-power wireless communication of analyte information are provided. In some implementations, short-range low-power wireless communication of analyte information may include receiving an electromagnetic wireless communication signal and harvesting energy from the electromagnetic wireless communication signal. In some implementations, short-range low-power wireless communication of analyte information may include enabling capabilities associated with an external sensor in response to detecting the external sensor. In some implementations, short-range low-power wireless communication of analyte information may include detecting an analyte sample; determining an analyte concentration associated with the detected analyte sample; and transmitting an indication of the analyte concentration to an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ABBOTT DIABETES CARE INC.
    Inventors: Lei He, Marc B. Taub
  • Patent number: 10281931
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method for use in delivery of items to a storage unit. The storage unit can include one or several storage receptacles and a control unit that controls and monitors the status of the one or several storage receptacles. The storage unit may be included in a storage unit system that can include one or several storage units and a central control unit. The central control unit can communicate with the one or several storage units, and can receive status and availability updates from the one or several storage units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Donald E. Irwin, Nan K. McKenzie, William A. Tartal, Victoria K. Stephen, Michael J. Amato
  • Patent number: 10279777
    Abstract: An immobilizer system for a vehicle and an immobilizer set including an immobilizer system and a switch key equipped with a transponder is provided. The immobilizer system includes: a native transmitter-receiver unit integrated into the vehicle, the native transmitter-receiver unit including a native antenna and being configured so as to enable a wireless communication with a transponder associated with a switch key, and a locking device for allowing or preventing the wireless communication between the native transmitter-receiver unit and the transponder, the locking device including: a locking antenna arranged in the vicinity of the native antenna, and a control unit configured to control the locking antenna in an enabled state, wherein the locking antenna does not interfere with the wireless communication between the native transmitter-receiver unit and the transponder, or in a locking state, wherein the locking antenna does interfere with the wireless communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: EILEO
    Inventors: Thierry Lemoult, Thierry Lucet
  • Patent number: 10271534
    Abstract: A device, system, and method of controlling pests are disclosed. A pest control device includes a sensor having a sensor cell and a controller. A surface of the sensor cell is coated with an agent that reacts with a targeted biochemical analyte secreted by pests. The controller is coupled to the sensor and is configured to receive sensor data from the sensor cell indicative of a rate of change in sensor mass detected on the surface of the sensor cell, determine whether the rate of change in the sensor mass based on the received sensor data exceeds a predefined threshold rate, and transmit a pest detection alert notification to a server in response to a determination that the rate of change exceeds the predetermined threshold rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Mark W. Beach, Andrey N. Soukhojak, Neil A. Spomer, Shane L. Mangold, Ravi B. Shankar, Sukrit Mukhopadhyay, Jeremy Chris P. Reyes, Bruce A. Jacobs, William L. Winniford, Ronda L. Hamm, Phillip J. Howard, Andrew J. Pasztor, Jr., Mary D. Evenson, Thomas G. Patterson, Natalie C. Giampietro
  • Patent number: 10275670
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using image analysis techniques to assess abnormal vehicle operating conditions are disclosed. According to aspects, a computing device may access and analyze image data depicting an individual(s) within a vehicle. Based on the depicted individuals(s) and optionally on other data, the computing device may determine that an abnormal condition exists. In response, the computing device may generate a notification and transmit the notification to an electronic device of an individual associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Yuntao Li, Dingchao Zhang, Jeffrey S. Myers
  • Patent number: 10276015
    Abstract: A method for storing information corresponding to a baled crop during a baling process includes providing a harvesting machine including a control unit, a sensor, and a bale tag reader. The method also includes forming the baled crop with a bale tag by the harvesting machine, identifying the baled crop by the control unit with a bale identifier, and sensing a characteristic of the baled crop by the sensor. The method further includes detecting a bale tag identifier associated with the bale tag by the bale tag reader, communicating the characteristic and bale tag identifier to the control unit, corresponding the characteristic, bale tag identifier and bale identifier of the baled crop to one another, and storing the characteristic, bale tag identifier and bale identifier in an electronic storage unit that is in electrical communication with the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Eric R. Lang, Daniel E. Derscheid, Valentin Gresch, Martin Kremmer
  • Patent number: 10255779
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems of detecting and monitoring shoplifting of products by individuals at a retail facility include sensors coupled to a product and located at a fixed threshold distance relative to each other. The sensors are configured to generate an alert signal indicating that the fixed threshold distance between the first and second sensors has been altered. An alert sensor positioned in the product stocking area of the retail facility is configured to receive the alert signal from one or both of the product sensors. A central computing device at the retail facility is configured to determine the alert sensor that received the alert signal, and to activate a video camera in order to acquire a photo or video of the portion of the product stocking area of the retail facility associated with the alert sensor that received the alert signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Anindya S. Dey, Omker Mahalanobish
  • Patent number: 10242553
    Abstract: Systems and methods for downloading configuration data to control panel devices and peripheral devices in a connected system are provided. Some methods can include a master device in the connected system receiving and implementing a change to configuration data of the master device, the master device identifying the change to the configuration data of the master device, and the master device broadcasting a configuration message to a plurality of slave devices of the master device, wherein the configuration message can include the change to the configuration data of the master device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: RajeshBabu Nalukurthy, SivaSankar Mathuraju, Aatish Sethi
  • Patent number: 10239453
    Abstract: A periphery image display control device displays an image of a periphery area photographed by a camera sensor 21, and predicts a travel path area which a vehicle-body of the own vehicle will pass through along a predicted travel path. The device detects locations of obstacle points and heights of the obstacle points. The heights of the obstacle points become higher as the obstacle points are farther from the own vehicle. When a gradient (GR=(YO?YB)/(XO?KB)) being a ratio of “a subtraction value obtained by subtracting a height of a first obstacle point which is nearer from the own vehicle from a height of a second obstacle point which is farther from the own vehicle” to “a distance between the two obstacle points along the predicted travel path” is greater than a threshold gradient GRth, the device displays an alert screen for the second obstacle point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, DENSO TEN Limited
    Inventors: Takashi Kondo, Yamato Yorifuji, Yasuyoshi Sawada
  • Patent number: 10232768
    Abstract: When a start acceptance condition for lane change assist control (LCA) is established (S12: Yes), a driving support ECU starts transmission of a turn signal flashing command to a meter ECU (S13). In this manner, flashing of a turn signal can continue even when a driver separates his or her hand from a turn signal lever. When a turn signal turning-off condition is established under a situation in which the LCA is executed (S15: Yes), the driving support ECU stops the turn signal flashing command that has been transmitted so far (S16). With this, the flashing of the turn signal can be ended even when the driver does not perform a returning operation on the turn signal lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shota Fujii
  • Patent number: 10223700
    Abstract: A method for tracking procedures performed on personal protection equipment (PPE) and actions of individuals includes the following steps. An article of PPE configured with a smart tag is provided to an individual prior to performance of a task. After the individual performs the task, the article of PPE is processed. Information is retrieved from the smart tag during at least one of: before, during and after processing the article of PPE. After the performance of the task, the individual's data is read and the individual enters into a designated area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Luca D. Farioli Brioschi, Luis V. Ramirez Chaidez, Lawrence J. Ptasienski, Mark T. Anderson, Michael E. Hamerly
  • Patent number: 10204503
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, one or more systems, methods, and/or processes may determine, via a first switch, that a signal from an embedded controller has not been received; may determine if a second switch is actuated by a user; if the second switch is actuated, may display first information that indicates that power from the at least one of an external power source and a battery power source is received; may determine, via a third switch, if the at least one of the external power source and the battery power source includes the external power source; and if the at least one of the external power source and the battery power source includes the external power source, may display second information that indicates the at least one of the external power source and the battery power source includes the external power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Terry Lane Matula, Craig Lawrence Chaiken