Patents Examined by Shawna M Kingston
  • Patent number: 10807562
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for detecting an operating state of a vehicle engine. The system comprises: an input coupled to a power line of a vehicle; means to filter out relatively high frequency transient noise components of a signal received from the power line; a first detector for receiving the filtered signal and detecting when transient noise associated with the power line rises above a first threshold and generating a first detection signal in response thereto; a second detector for receiving the filtered signal and detecting when the transient noise falls below a second threshold, which is lower than the first threshold, and generating a second detection signal in response thereto; and means for generating a first output signal in response to the first detection signal and a second output signal in response to the second detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Roderick Whitlock
  • Patent number: 10730511
    Abstract: A communication device having a wireless receiver configured to receive first signals from a vehicle and a wireless transmitter wherein the communication device transmits second signals containing information about a state of the vehicle to an external information device on the basis of the first signals via the wireless transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Matthias Breuel, Arndt Böhme
  • Patent number: 10724354
    Abstract: A system may include a monitoring device that may receive data associated with one or more properties of a well. The well may produce a flow of hydrocarbons. The monitoring device may receive data associated with the well and determine whether the flow of hydrocarbons includes a percentage of water greater than a threshold based on whether the data is outside a profile associated with the flow of hydrocarbons at the well over time. The monitoring device may then send an alarm notification to another device indicating an increased water cut in the flow of hydrocarbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Sensia Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Srikanth G. Mashetty, Miguel Armando Machado
  • Patent number: 10665085
    Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to recording data at a plurality of in-service vehicles operating within a plurality of predetermined regions for which users of a plurality of mobile devices are responsible, analyzing, at the vehicles, the recorded data for violation of one of a plurality of predetermined safety parameters by the vehicles, and transmitting, to a central server, data associated with a safety parameter violation by a vehicle in violation of one of the predetermined safety parameters. A safety event alert is generated at the central server for the vehicle in violation in response to receiving the transmitted data, and the safety event alert is communicated from the central office to a mobile device authorized by the central office to receive the safety event alert for the predetermined region within which the violation occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventor: Randy Boyles
  • Patent number: 10654411
    Abstract: A network system is configured to facilitate a safe service coordination environment. The network system detects abnormal user states (e.g., sleepiness, inebriation, etc.) and provides corrective recommendations to those users. To do so, client devices executing an application send information associated with the service to the network system. The network system determines an aggregate set of service characteristics based on the aggregate telematics data. The network system also determines a provider profile for a provider providing service in the environment describing the deviation of the user's driving characteristics from the aggregate service characteristics. Based on the difference between the aggregate characteristics and the user profile, the network system determines the provider state using a state verification process. Based on the determined provider state, the network system determines a set of corrective recommendations and sends the corrective recommendations to the provider device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael O'Herlihy, Karna Chokshi, Matthew Joseph Doyle
  • Patent number: 10652634
    Abstract: A distributed directional aperture (DDA) system provides the capability to receive and/or transmit signals, limiting that reception or transmission to a 3-dimensional beam. The DDA system includes sensing and/or emitting array subsystems which comprise sensors and/or emitters distributed across, within, or under the skin of an aircraft, ship, ground vehicle, or fixed installation. The sensors receive energy, convert the received signals to digital information, and transmit that information via a telemetry subsystem to a beamformer subsystem. The beamformer subsystem analyzes the received signals from the sensors and/or emitters in order to determine the signal content from a specific direction. The emitters transmit energy, converting signals received from the beamformer subsystem via the telemetry subsystem into energy emissions. Methods of providing the DDA system including subsystems thereof are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Peter B. Houser, Suzanna J. LaMar, Bayne R. Bunce, Jr., Jinous Valizadeh
  • Patent number: 10646379
    Abstract: One embodiment of a method of interrogating a sensor to detect the presence of moisture on an occupant support comprises the steps of A) providing a moisture responsive sensor in a surveillance zone of the occupant support, the sensor being tuned to a center frequency; B) exciting the sensor with an electromagnetic signal having a frequency approximately equal to the center frequency; C) monitoring for a center frequency response from the sensor; D) comparing the center frequency response to an expected center frequency response; and E) if the center frequency response compares favorably to an expected center frequency response, issuing a first output consistent with the favorable comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Heil, Steven A. Dixon, Laetitia Gazagnes, Timothy A. Lane, David L. Ribble, Varad N. Srivastava
  • Patent number: 10640036
    Abstract: A communications control unit and external sensors acquire external environment information including information on the vicinity of a vehicle. An autonomous driving control ECU calculates a warning level relating to continuing autonomous driving on the basis of the vicinity information. A speech generation section generates speech information on the basis of the external environment information acquired by the communications control unit and the external sensors. A control section controls speaking equipment so as to change at least one of speech information to be announced by the speaking equipment, a frequency of announcement of the speech information, and vocalization, in accordance with the warning level calculated by the autonomous driving control ECU. When autonomous driving is continuing, the control section controls the speaking equipment so as to repeat announcements of the speech information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Masaya Watanabe, Yoshinori Yamada, Chikashi Takeichi, Satoshi Arikura
  • Patent number: 10642960
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling medication-dispensing patches by a wearable device is provided. The method comprises receiving a transmission at a wearable device, wherein the transmission identifies a medication-dispensing patch; transmitting information corresponding to the identified medication-dispensing patch to an external computing device; receiving information at the wearable device from the external computing device, wherein the received information corresponds to a dosage of a medication that should be dispensed by the medication-dispensing patch; and transmitting information from the wearable device, wherein the transmission is configured for controlling a medication dosage that is dispensed by the medication-dispensing patch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Jonathan T. Goguen
  • Patent number: 10633830
    Abstract: A safety device for a construction machine includes a status information acquisition section that acquires status information pertaining to the status of the construction machine, a seat belt detection section that detects whether an operator is wearing a seat belt, and a control section that controls a warning section so that a warning is given on the basis of the status information when the operator is not wearing the seat belt, in which the status information includes information pertaining to the operation position of a gate lock lever that is manipulated to a lock position in which instructions from operating levers of the construction machine are disabled and a lock release position in which instructions from the operating levers are enabled, and the control section controls the warning section so that a warning is given when the gate lock lever operation position is at the lock release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Shibamori, Hidenobu Tsukada, Keiichiro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10633894
    Abstract: A smart entry system includes a driver seat unlock sensor and a centralized control unit. The driver seat unlock sensor is provided in the vicinity of the door handle of the door of the driver seat of a vehicle to detect an intention of an operator of unlocking. The centralized control unit, when detecting an operation of the driver seat unlock sensor and establishment of communication with a mobile device carried by the operator in a predetermined communication range in the vicinity of the vehicle, unlocks a driver seat door lock. The centralized control unit, when detecting an operation of the driver seat unlock sensor for less than a predetermined time, unlocks only the driver seat door lock. The centralized control unit, when detecting an operation of the driver seat unlock sensor for the predetermined time or more, unlocks all the door locks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junpei Noguchi, Katsuyasu Yamane, Takashi Mori, Masayuki Yamazaki, Akaradej Sawaengsap
  • Patent number: 10628707
    Abstract: A sensor system has a plurality of sensor elements and a signal processing device in communication with the plurality of sensor elements. The signal processing device is configured to evaluate more than one of at a substantially similar time and assign time information which includes information on the time of the respective measurement to the measurement data of physical variables, wherein the signal processing device takes into consideration time information at least during the generation of a fusion data set in a fusion filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Nico Steinhardt
  • Patent number: 10621853
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes a memory, a receiver and a hardware processor. The memory stores first information associated with a first electronic apparatus and second information associated with a second electronic apparatus. The receiver receives a first beacon from the first electronic apparatus and receives a second beacon from the second electronic apparatus. The hardware processor outputs a first message related with a status or a function of the first electronic apparatus by using the first information after a reception of the first beacon and outputs a second message related with a status or a function of the second electronic apparatus by using the second information after a reception of the second beacon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Noriyuki Hirayama
  • Patent number: 10607488
    Abstract: A method of providing visualization information of a rear vehicle includes calculating a location of a sound source located behind a host vehicle, using a sound signal received by each of a plurality of microphones, matching information about the location with an object displayed on image information generated by a rear camera, and displaying a first icon indicating the object on the image information, where the first icon includes information about a probability that the object is present in an area indicated by the location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Yoon Ho Jang, Jae Kwang Kim
  • Patent number: 10586447
    Abstract: Smart traffic signal methods are provided. One method includes determining a stopping distance for a vehicle approaching a geographic location and, in response to determining the stopping distance, determining whether the first vehicle will stop prior to reaching the geographic location. The method further includes, in response to determining that the vehicle will not stop prior to reaching the geographic location, modifying a signal of a traffic light located at the geographic location. Systems and computer program products for performing the above method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tara Astigarraga, Christopher V. DeRobertis, Itzhack Goldberg, Jose R. Mosqueda Mejia, Daniel J. Winarski
  • Patent number: 10425702
    Abstract: Techniques for detecting physical conditions at a physical premises from collection of sensor information from plural sensors execute one or more unsupervised learning models to continually analyze the collected sensor information to produce operational states of sensor information, produce sequences of state transitions, detect during the continual analysis of sensor data that one or more of the sequences of state transitions is a drift sequence, correlate determined drift state sequence to a stored determined condition at the premises, and generate an alert based on the determined condition. Various uses are described for these techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Christine Trainor, David Vavrasek
  • Patent number: 10370116
    Abstract: A passenger unit for use on-board a passenger vehicle (e.g., an in-flight entertainment device) includes a display, a memory storing a passenger unit identifier, a wireless network interface, and a connector configured to physically couple to a connector on a mounting unit, where the mounting unit is installed on, or proximate to, a particular seat of a plurality of seats on-board the passenger vehicle. The passenger unit also includes a controller configured to obtain a seat location code of the particular seat from the mounting unit, and to cause the seat location code and the passenger unit identifier to be transmitted, via the wireless network interface, to a server on-board the passenger vehicle. The server is configured to map the passenger unit to the particular seat using the seat location code and the passenger unit identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GOGO LLC
    Inventor: Bryan Adrian Lauer
  • Patent number: 10345907
    Abstract: A haptic actuator may include a housing, coils carried within the housing, and a field member moveable within the housing between the coils and including at least one permanent magnet. A controller may be coupled to the coils and configured to sense a respective back electromotive force (EMF) value of each of the coils and determine a position of the field member in dimensions based upon the back EMF values and motor constant values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Arman Hajati, Kayo Yanagisawa
  • Patent number: 10333518
    Abstract: A device (D?) for detecting presence of a user includes: a connection to the electrical ground (14), an electrode (12), control elements (13?) of the electrode, a conducting element (11), connected to the connection (14) to the electrical ground, a first switching element (I1) between the conducting element and the connection to the electrical ground, first element (16) for selecting the position of the first switching element, in order to select the position of the first switching element as a function of the type of coating covering a second exterior surface of a handle into which the device is integrated. The door handle including the device and the associated method for configuring the handle are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Xavier Hourne, Cyril Robin, Joel Carniaux
  • Patent number: 10311687
    Abstract: A method in an activity tracking apparatus configured to be worn by a user includes obtaining, by the activity tracking apparatus, motion data from one or more sensors, wherein the motion data characterizes motion of the activity tracking apparatus; and controlling, based on the motion data, characteristics of a vibration causing a haptic output, wherein the haptic output is configured to be output as a response to an event on the activity tracking apparatus. Corresponding apparatus and computer programs are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventors: Tommy Granlund, Mikko Tuunanen