Patents Examined by Son M. Tang
  • Patent number: 10410447
    Abstract: A system and method for using a portable device to communicate with a vehicle to authorize one or more vehicle operations. The portable device may authorize the vehicle to unlock/lock doors, start the vehicle engine, or mobilize the vehicle, or a combination thereof. The vehicle may include a vehicle transmitter system with one or more transmitters disposed at various locations on the vehicle, and the portable device may be configured to monitor a communication strength between the portable device and the one or more transmitters of the transmitter system. Based on the monitored signal strength, the portable device may determine location information about itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: J. Michael Ellis, Eric Smith, Aaron Day, Kurt Dykema, Warren E. Guthrie, Brent Bouws, David L. Klamer, Kent D. Pilcher
  • Patent number: 10406976
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a multi-purpose automotive sound device for alerting pedestrians. The vehicle includes front and rear wheels, side mirrors, a sound device, and a controller. The sound device operates in a first mode and a second mode to generate an audio signal. The sound device is disposed adjacent to the front wheel and one of the side mirrors. The controller activates the sound device in the first mode or the second mode based on a state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chad Bednar, Erik J. Christen, Mahmoud Abdelhamid, Kevin James Rhodes, Yang Yang, Prasad Venkiteswaran
  • Patent number: 10388143
    Abstract: A notification device is provided that includes a sensor pad, and an electronics module generates one or more notifications in response to signals received from the sensor pad. In a first embodiment, the sensor pad includes a pressure sensor for sensing pressure applied by a patient and generating a pressure signal, and conductive tracings for sensing moisture due to incontinence and generating a moisture detection signal when moisture is detected. In another embodiment, an absorbent sensor pad includes a sensor pad for sensing moisture and includes an absorbent chuck having a moisture-impermeable sheet with an absorbent material on an upper surface thereof, wherein the moisture-impermeable sheet has an aperture for receiving the sensor pad. The absorbent sensor pad may be provided in the form of a diaper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Parasol Medical LLC
    Inventors: Patrick E. Eddy, Michael Kilcran
  • Patent number: 10380473
    Abstract: Electronic badges are indirectly tracked by detecting, by a badge communicator on a select industrial vehicle of a fleet of industrial vehicles, the presence of an electronic badge and performing a badge logging transaction in response to detecting the electronic badge. The badge logging transaction includes receiving, by the badge communicator, a badge identifier transmitted by the detected electronic badge. The badge logging transaction also includes determining, by the badge communicator, an offset measurement of the electronic badge relative to the select industrial vehicle, electronically determining a vehicle location of the select industrial vehicle, and identifying a badge location based upon the determined vehicle location and the measured offset. The badge logging transaction can also include generating a time stamp, and wirelessly communicating a badge locator message to a remote server, the badge locator message including the badge identifier, the badge location, and the timestamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Crown Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Lewis H. Manci, Juergen Buchmann, Andreas Simon, Sebastian Sick
  • Patent number: 10353060
    Abstract: A system for isolating signals from individual vehicles. An array of sensors generates a plurality of time records. The time records are transformed into spectrogram structures, and for each time-frequency point in the spectrogram structures, a bearing is calculated, to form a movement structure. A Hough transform is used to fit a movement model to the movement structure, to form a Hough transform structure. Peaks in the Hough transform structure correspond to vehicles and their position in the Hough transform structure correspond to motion parameters, such as the velocity of the vehicle, and the time of closest approach of the vehicle to the array of acoustic sensors. A model of the motion of a vehicle is then used to associate, with the vehicle, points (e.g., structure elements in the spectrogram structures) from the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: RAYTHEON BBN TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
    Inventors: Aaron Scott Kofford, Matthew Paul Allen, Michael Bruce Goldsmith
  • Patent number: 10325467
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing spoken messages that reflect event status of one or more hazard detection systems within a smart-home environment are described herein. The messages can inform occupants in concise manner that does not overload cognitive recognition of those occupants. For example, the messages may be prioritized to limit the amount of information that is spoken and intelligently condense information in as concise a manner as possible. This may be accomplished by using one or more speaking paradigms to compile audible messages to be played back through a speaker of the hazard detection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Nina F. Shih, Lauren Von Dehsen, David Sloo, Tyler Moore, Nicholas Unger Webb
  • Patent number: 10249177
    Abstract: A system and method for responding to a triggering event occurring on a premises includes accessing a vault compartment of a vault located on the premises to retrieve a responder tool kit including a ballistic vest, a portable communication device, and a defense device for use in responding to the triggering event. A controller located in the vault compartment is in communication with a monitoring station located off the premises and a biometric authentication device located external to the vault including a bioscanner such as an iris scanner for collecting biodata to authenticate a person external to the vault as a qualified rapid responder. The controller at the time of authenticating the qualified and authorized rapid responder outputs an alarm signal to the monitoring station, alerting the monitoring station to contact emergency services, and unlocks the vault to provide access to the responder tool kit located in the cage assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Rapid Response System I/P, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin W. Powers, III, Peter L. Raciti, Jeffrey T. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10229257
    Abstract: A prism comprising an organism contact surface that is in contact with the organism, an imaging surface that is formed at a position where the imaging surface is opposite to and approximately parallel to the organism contact surface, reflection surface that is adjacent to the organism contact surface and the imaging surface and totally reflects light reflected by the organism contact surface toward the image capturing surface. The reflection surface is provided at an angle at which light from within the prism is totally reflected by the organism contact surface in a light path leading from the imaging surface to the organism contact surface via the reflection surface. An imaging unit captures an image obtained by the light applied from a visible light source being reflected by the organism contact surface and an image obtained by an organism-reflected light being reflected by the reflection surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Teruyuki Higuchi
  • Patent number: 10223851
    Abstract: Various embodiments of access control systems and fingerprint sensing systems are disclosed. One or more fingerprints of an authorized person are recorded in a fingerprint database together with a sequence of angular positions. The authorized person may subsequently gain access to a secured item by scanning the authorized person's finger or fingers in accordance with the sequence of angular positions. Various embodiments of fingerprint sensors for determining the angular position of a finger on the sensor are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: RISST Ltd.
    Inventors: Arun Malhotra, Harpal Dhaliwal, Frank Gerlach
  • Patent number: 10217339
    Abstract: A system and method provides for one or more of tracking of an object and providing automatic access to applications or data. Depending upon the embodiment, the system includes a personal digital key (PDK), a reader, a computing device and one or more of an auto login server and a tracking server. The PDK stores one or more profiles in memory. A reader is configured to wirelessly communicate with the PDK. The computing device is coupled to the reader and one or more of the auto login server and tracking server. The auto login server is configured to communicate with the reader and launches one or more applications associated with a user name identified by a profile received from the PDK. The tracking server is configured to communicate with the reader and to track and log information received from the PDK associated with the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Proxense, LLC
    Inventor: John J. Giobbi
  • Patent number: 10156636
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle dual traffic reflector device for detecting a second vehicle by a first vehicle, includes an outer array, the outer array having a plurality of colored light receiving-light transmitting lens, the outer array positioned in an arcuate arrangement having at least one focal point and the outer array having at least two caution-colored lenses; and an inner array positioned inside the outer array and between the outer array and a focal point of the at least one focal point of side outer array, the inner array positioned to receive light passing into the device through at least one lens and reflecting the light out of the device through at least one different lens. Information and communication symbols are included on one or more lenses and may be reflected to a receiving vehicle to add site-specific information. A system to guide such vehicles is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: EASTON SCIENTIFIC, INC
    Inventor: Richard T. Minorics
  • Patent number: 10155475
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle dual traffic reflector device for detecting a second vehicle by a first vehicle, includes an outer array, said outer array having a plurality of colored light receiving-light transmitting lens, said outer array positioned in an arcuate arrangement having at least one focal point and said outer array having at least two caution-colored lenses; and an inner array positioned inside said outer array and between said outer array and a focal point of said at least one focal point of side outer array, said inner array positioned to receive light passing into said device through at least one lens and reflecting said light out of said device through at least one different lens. A system to guide such vehicles is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: EASTON SCIENTIFIC, INC.
    Inventor: Richard T. Minorics
  • Patent number: 10142846
    Abstract: Embodiments related to transmission of data packets are described and depicted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Manfred Eder
  • Patent number: 10140867
    Abstract: A collision avoidance system comprises: a following vehicle data acquiring unit that acquires following vehicle data indicating the relative position and relative speed of a following vehicle traveling behind the host vehicle; a travel data acquiring unit that obtains travel data indicating travel conditions for the host vehicle; a specific state extraction unit that extracts specific travel data indicating specific travel conditions for the host vehicle under which the possibility of a collision between the host vehicle and the following vehicle is high; a database unit storing a plurality of pieces of specific travel data; a determination unit that determines whether or not there is the possibility of a collision between the host vehicle and the following vehicle; and a warning data output unit that outputs warning data to the following vehicle if the determination unit determines that there is the possibility of a collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Kodama, Koji Nakatani
  • Patent number: 10133315
    Abstract: A lock for actively locking an electronic device includes an engagement member that is movable by an actuator. The actuator moves the engagement member to the locked position with a first amount of power from the power source and from the locked position to an unlocked position with a second amount of power from the power source. The engagement member will passively remain in the unlocked position or the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Benjamin Gault, Scott Douglas Bowers, Anthony E. Hillyerd, Yazan Aldehayyat, Duane Martin Evans
  • Patent number: 10121378
    Abstract: A collision avoidance system includes: an onboard acquisition unit provided in a vehicle traveling on a road that acquires state quantity data indicating a state quantity of a pneumatic tire of the vehicle; an onboard transmission unit provided in the vehicle that transmits the state quantity data acquired by the onboard acquisition unit to a data acquisition roadside device installed on the road; an abnormality determination unit that determines whether or not the state quantity data is abnormal; and a management device including a data acquisition unit that acquires the state quantity data from the data acquisition roadside device, a data storage unit that stores the state quantity data acquired by the data acquisition unit, and a data distribution unit that distributes the state quantity data determined as abnormal by the abnormality determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Kodama, Koji Nakatani
  • Patent number: 10115297
    Abstract: A method performed at a computer system includes: obtaining current location data for a user; obtaining door lock activation data for a door of a dwelling of the user; obtaining current occupancy data for the dwelling; setting a configuration of a controller for the dwelling, based at least in part on two or more of: the current location data for the user, the door lock activation data for the door, or the current occupancy data for the dwelling; the first configuration including for each sensor in a set of sensors coupled to the controller, disabling the sensor or disabling alerts from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Jesse William Boettcher, Sophie Solveig Le Guen, Jason Rundle Rukes, Ted Stephen Boda, David Sloo
  • Patent number: 10095659
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are generally directed to handheld systems, individual components, and methods of using such systems and components for measuring parameters, such as electrical, mechanical, and physical measurement parameters. In one embodiment of the present disclosure, a gateway device for a measurement system generally includes a first communication system for receiving at least one signal containing data according to a first protocol, wherein the at least one signal includes at least one measurement value from at least one handheld measurement device, a signal translator for translating the signal containing the data to another signal containing the data according to a second protocol different from the first protocol, and a data memory system for storing data on the gateway device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Luis Alberto Katz, Henricus Koppelmans, Paul Herman Heydron, David Lawrence Epperson
  • Patent number: 10027127
    Abstract: A load control system may include load control devices for controlling power provided to an electrical load. The load control devices may include a control-source device and a control-target device. The control-target device may control the power provided to the electrical load based on digital messages received from the control-source device. A user device may discover load control devices when the load control devices are within an established range associated with the user device. The user device and the load control devices may communicate via a wireless communications module. The established range may be adjusted based on the configurable transmit power of the user device or the wireless communications module associated with the user device. A discovered control-target device may be associated with a control-source device to enable the control-target device to control the power provided to the electrical load based on digital messages received from the control-source device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventors: Jordan H. Crafts, William Bryce Fricke, Stephen M. Ludwig, Jr., Jonathan T. Lenz, Bryan Robert Barnes, Kyle Thomas Barco
  • Patent number: 10013882
    Abstract: A surrounding information acquisition section and a recognition unit (a surrounding detection unit) detect a first position (a change position) at which the type of a lane mark is switched. A lane change determination unit outputs a determination result whether lane change is available or unavailable on the basis of the type of the lane mark ahead of the first position to a notification mechanism (a notification unit) at a time point at which a vehicle has reached a predetermined range including the first position. The notification mechanism makes notification of the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoshi Fujii, Haruhiko Nishiguchi, Daisuke Kubota, Ryohsaku Arakawa, Idhsada Sanguanwongthong, Kei Oshida