Patents Examined by Shirley Lu
  • Patent number: 10773646
    Abstract: A lamp, for a vehicle, that includes at least one light source configured to generate light; a transparent display configured to allow at least a portion of the light to pass through the transparent display; and a processor configured to control the transparent display to display, on a projection surface using the light, information related to the vehicle or driving conditions for the vehicle is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: ZKW Group GmbH
    Inventor: Geunhyeong Kim
  • Patent number: 10775131
    Abstract: A detector for detecting the removal and/or insertion of a firearm out of and/or into a holster. The detector may transmit a message each time the firearm is removed from the holster. A recording system may receive the message and determine whether or not it will begin recording the data it captures. A detector may detect the change in a magnitude of an inductance and/or an impedance of a circuit to detect insertion and removal of the firearm into and out of the holster. The holster is configured to couple to the detector to position the detector to detect insertion and removal of the firearm. An adhesive tape may couple a detector to a holster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Hatcher, John W. Wilson, Andrew G. Terajewicz
  • Patent number: 10760995
    Abstract: A failure detection device is disclosed. The failure detection device may receive operations data related to operations of a set of parts of a machine. The failure detection device may process the operations data using a condition-based processing technique. The condition-based processing technique may be associated with mapping initial values of data elements of the operations data to binary values based on satisfaction of a first set of conditions by the initial values. The failure detection device may detect a presence of a possible issue with the operations of the set of parts based on a second set of conditions, associated with the binary values and the initial values, being satisfied during a time period. The failure detection device may perform, after detecting the presence of the possible issue, a set of actions related to addressing the possible issue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Billing, Kurt Hopf, David J. Lin, Michael Campagna
  • Patent number: 10762761
    Abstract: A watching assistance system that assists watching over a subject on a bed, the watching assistance system includes: a detector configured to detect a position of a predetermined region of the subject from the image captured by an imaging device; a determination unit configured to determine whether the subject raises oneself up based on the position at which the predetermined region of the subject is detected; and an output unit configured to provide notification when the determination unit determines that the subject raises oneself up. Based on a bed region in the image, a lying region is set to an existing range of a predetermined region at a lying time, and a raising-up region is set to an existing range of the predetermined region at a raising-up time. The lying region and the raising-up region are disposed at an interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyoaki Tanaka, Jumpei Matsunaga, Shinji Takahashi, Tatsuya Murakami
  • Patent number: 10755547
    Abstract: According to another example, a wearable medical device controller is provided. The device controller includes a memory and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor is configured to determine a correlation between a phenomenon identifiable by the wearable medical device controller and at least one response pattern associated with a patient and store, responsive to detecting the correlation, an adaptation path to address the at least one response pattern, the adaptation path specifying an adaptation of at least one characteristic of an alarm. The at least one response pattern may include a plurality of response patterns and the adaptation path may reflect adaptations made to address at least some of the plurality of response patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas E. Kaib, Shane S. Volpe, John G. Clark
  • Patent number: 10756922
    Abstract: A communications module for a household device includes a sensor device that is configured to be attached in the region of a device housing of the household device, a wireless data interface and a processor. The sensor device is configured to scan an emission signal, penetrating outwards through the device housing, of a component of the household device carrying out the operating process of the household device. The processor is configured to determine an operating state of the household device based on measurement values of the sensor device and to provide same by means of the data interface. In addition, the communications module can be used optionally in different types of household devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Philipp Doerner, Niels Kuschinsky, Nick Flohrer
  • Patent number: 10737615
    Abstract: The baby carseat reminder system is an alarm and sensor system that attaches to the seat belt buckle. The baby carseat reminder system senses when the belt connector of a seat belt properly attaches to the anchor connector of the seatbelt. The baby carseat reminder system senses when the span of the distance between the seat belt buckle and an alarm fob is greater than a previously determined distance. The baby carseat reminder system generates a visual signal when the belt connector is properly inserted into the anchor connector. The baby carseat reminder system generates an audible and tactile alarm when the span of the distance between the seat belt buckle and the alarm fob is greater than a previously determined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Anthonie Moore, Genaro Valenzuela, Jose Valenzuela
  • Patent number: 10726695
    Abstract: A building safety system that receives a first communication from a fire sensing appliance and translates the first communication to a building system to effectuate a selected response from the building system, the fire control system including control circuitry in a ready state that is operative to monitor the first communication and to produce a first event marker signal upon receipt of the first communication, the first event marker signal is in a first electrical communication with the building system, wherein operationally the first event marker effectuates the selected response from the building system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Rodney Craig Blincoe
  • Patent number: 10723351
    Abstract: A vehicle safety system includes one or more sensors interfaced to an index vehicle and a computer that is operatively interfaced to the one or more sensors, thereby the computer obtains sensor data from the one or more sensors. One or more propulsion devices are operatively coupled to the computer such that the computer controls activation of each propulsion device. The computer executes software that causes the computer to iteratively calculate a size of a safety zone based upon the sensor data and to iteratively determine if an object enters the safety zone as well as if a collision with the object is imminent. If it is determined that the collision with the object is imminent, the software causes the computer to signal one or more of the propulsion devices to emit a jet of liquid, thereby decelerating and/or changing direction of the index vehicle and/or of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Physician Electronic Networks, L.L.C.
    Inventors: A-Hamid Hakki, Maryam Hakki, Dina A. Hakki, Belmina Hakki, Nadia Hana Hakki
  • Patent number: 10725434
    Abstract: An alarm unit includes an apparatus and a method of maximizing the efficiency of an alarm function that wakes up a sleeping user. An image input unit capable of photographing an eye image as a criterion for determining if the user has woken up is mounted on an alarm control apparatus. The image input unit mounted alarm control apparatus photographs a face image of the user, detects the eye region from the face image, and then determines a state of whether the user has woken up or not based on movement of the pupils in the eye region. If it is determined that the user keeps a waking state for a certain time, an alarm function is cancelled. By doing this, the alarm unit can help prevent the user from easily cancelling an alarm and maximize the efficiency of an alarm function that wakes up a sleeping user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwan-Sic Kim, Kuen Shin, Seong-Phil Cho
  • Patent number: 10710418
    Abstract: An aspect of the invention relates to a method for the radio-oriented optimization of wheel monitoring in a vehicle equipped with vehicle wheels, wherein the monitoring of at least one of the vehicle wheels is prompted by an electronic wheel unit arranged on the relevant vehicle wheel capturing at least one wheel operating parameter of the vehicle wheel, and radio signals containing information about the at least one captured wheel operating parameter being transmitted for a respective wheel rotational position of the vehicle wheel, stipulated by the electronic wheel unit, wherein the radio signals are received and evaluated by a control device of the vehicle and wherein the radio-oriented optimization of the wheel monitoring is prompted by the electronic wheel unit being used to transmit multiple radio signals for different wheel rotational positions, wherein the radio signals are received by means of the control device and rated in respect of their respective radio signal strength, wherein the control devic
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Fischer, Thomas Haas, Matthias Kretschmann
  • Patent number: 10712445
    Abstract: Objects are sensed by a distance sensor of a vehicle. Reflected signals are received as echo signals by the driving-environment sensor. Object distance is calculable, for example, from the propagation time of the signals. Of the sensed objects, those objects are identified which, e.g., based on their spatial disposition, are parking-space-delimiting objects. It is possible to differentiate between objects delimiting a parking space to the side (e.g., parked vehicles) and lateral parking-space delimitations (e.g., a curbstone) by evaluating the echo signals. The parking-space-delimiting objects are classified through characteristic structures of the echo signals assigned to the parking-space-delimiting objects, and an object class is assigned to each parking-space-delimiting object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Kempf, Philipp Mayer
  • Patent number: 10705155
    Abstract: Power management apparatuses are provided. A power management apparatus includes a secondary power device that includes at least one capacitor. The power management apparatus includes a charging circuit that includes a direct current (DC)-DC converter and that is configured to supply power to the secondary power device. Moreover, the power management apparatus includes a measuring circuit that is configured to measure a switching profile of the DC-DC converter, and to determine a state of the secondary power device by comparing at least one time period of the switching profile with a reference time. Related memory systems and methods of operation are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Su-yong An, Byung-ok Kang, Woo-sung Lee, Jae-woong Choi, Young-sang Cho
  • Patent number: 10676104
    Abstract: A driving assist device is provided, which includes a processor configured to execute an inference module to infer that a timing of a line-of-sight movement or blink detected by a camera near a predicted timing is a timing of a recognizing action of a driver for a subsequent travel segment of a plurality of travel segments that constitute a traveling course of a vehicle, an information providing module to provide the driver with assisting information for the subsequent travel segment before the timing of the recognizing action inferred by the inference module, and a providing timing changing module to change a providing timing of the assisting information according to a quantity of the assisting information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Yuka Minegishi, Keiichi Tomii, Yasutaka Kajiwara, Takahiro Tochioka
  • Patent number: 10672240
    Abstract: An operating device for operating an electrical bicycle component includes a base element, an actuating element and a housing. The base element is configured to be non-rotatably mounted about a bicycle handlebar. The actuating element is rotatable relative to the base element from a neutral position to a first actuating position. The actuating element may be pre-loaded into the neutral position. A first electrical contact switch may be actuated when the actuating element is moved from the neutral position to the first actuating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Sven Baumann, Jochen Bierwerth, Wolfram Frank, Chris Hilton
  • Patent number: 10665041
    Abstract: A method of controlling access to an enclosed area having a boundary includes generating a first inaudible audio signal inside the enclosed area, and generating a second signal, each configured to be sensed by a sensing device, wherein the first inaudible audio signal is not capable of penetrating the boundary; determining a state of the enclosed area, based on either the first inaudible audio signal, or the first inaudible audio signal and the second signal, being sensed by the sensing device; and based on the state, generating an instruction to perform access control for the enclosed area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Scott Carter, Daniel Avrahami, Nami Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 10665098
    Abstract: Dynamically configurable traffic controllers and methods of using the same are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a first sensor to monitor traffic in a first area. The example apparatus further includes a second sensor to monitor traffic in a second area. The example apparatus also includes a projector to project light toward a floor when traffic is detected in both the first and second areas, the light to be visible from the first and second areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Rite-Hite Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Lucas I. Paruch, Aaron J. Wiegel, Jason Dondlinger, Ronald P. Snyder, Joe Korman, David Swift, Charles Waugaman, James Oates, Peter D. Nygaard
  • Patent number: 10664809
    Abstract: A computer-implemented process of tracking events, is carried out by detecting that a first badge is within a personal-area network wireless communication range of a second badge, thus designating an encounter, and performing, by processor executing instructions read out from memory, an event logging transaction responsive to the encounter. The event logging transaction is performed by receiving, from the first badge, an electronic message characterizing an observation made by the user of the first badge relative to a user of the second badge, converting the electronic message received from the first badge into a pinpoint response, and generating an event record comprising an identification of an event type, and the pinpoint response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventor: Philip W. Swift
  • Patent number: 10589699
    Abstract: A digital license plate system having various power and communication modes to improve performance and increase expected battery life is disclosed. In one embodiment, a response to a sensor triggered plate event requires determination of whether a vehicle is running, parked or in-motion. This determination involves waking the processor, establishing wireless connectivity, and determining if the vehicle is in motion based on local sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: REVIVERMX, INC.
    Inventors: Todd Christopher Mason, John Chen, Avi Kopelman, John Spall, Dean Batten
  • Patent number: 10593193
    Abstract: Various embodiments may include a method for the automatic calibration of a smoke detector comprising: mounting the smoke detector in a channel with an aerosol flow, along with a reference smoke detector; calibrating the smoke detector with data received by the reference detector. The reference detector comprises a scattered light receiver and a scattered light transmitter defining a scattered light plane. The aerosol flow through the channel flows through the reference detector transversely to the scattered light plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Ulrich Kuhn-Matysiak