Patents Examined by Tai T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10845479
    Abstract: A method for detecting presence of a person includes emitting, by a speaker of a device, a plurality of ultrasonic ping signals, receiving, by a microphone of the device, a plurality of reflected ultrasonic ping signals, and processing the received reflected signals to determine a presence of a person within a predetermined distance of the device. The processing includes determining changes in the reflected signals relative to the emitted signals by generating an impulse response by cross-correlating the received signals and the emitted signals, averaging the cross-correlated impulse response over a set time period, and generating a detection signal by subtracting the averaged cross-correlated impulse response from an instantaneous impulse response, applying a time gating function to select a portion of the detection signal corresponding to the reflected signal from the predetermined distance from the device, and applying gain compensation to the time gated detection signal to compensate signal falloff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SYNAPTICS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Richard Bradley Hodges
  • Patent number: 10846957
    Abstract: A wireless access control system is provided to lock or unlock a first door at a dwelling of a user. A user remote access device accepts input based on haptic feedback or motion. The user remote access device includes a vibration mode provides an alert to the user of the remote access device. The user remote access device is configured to be in communication with an intelligent door lock system at the dwelling with the first door. The intelligent door lock system includes: a drive shaft, a circuit coupled to an engine configured to cause a rotation of the drive shaft, and an energy source coupled to the drive shaft. In response to the user remote access device accepting input based on haptic feedback or motion the bolt is caused to move and the first lock is locked or unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: August Home, Inc.
    Inventors: Shih Yu Thomas Cheng, Jason Johnson, Christopher Kim, Joseph Aranda
  • Patent number: 10847013
    Abstract: A communicator in one aspect of the present disclosure includes a connector, a communication circuit, and a communication controller. The connector is electrically coupled to an electric working machine. The communication circuit performs wireless communication. The communication controller cyclically transmits operational information without specifying a recipient via the communication circuit in response to an operating mode of the communication controller being set to an operation-transmission mode. The operational information indicates an operating state of the electric working machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuya Kusakawa, Masaaki Fukumoto
  • Patent number: 10832560
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include an efficient and accurate method for presenting victim locations to emergency responders. The method disclosed can be used to track individuals still remaining in a building in case of an emergency. The method comprises determining a location for an individual by receiving a device identifier (e.g., combination of numbers and/or characters uniquely identifying a receiving device associated with the individual) and location information, received from one or more beacons, from the receiving device. The method comprises determining a first location associated with the receiving device based on the location information and/or the device identifier. The method comprises determining different locations associated with the individual as the individual moves and determining whether the individual is still within the building. The method comprises, displaying location information and instructions to reach the individual in case of an emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
    Inventors: Michal Knas, Jiby John
  • Patent number: 10832504
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for generating data regarding a vehicle crash is presented. Initial sensor data output by a sensor(s) of a mobile computing device may be received. It may be determined whether the initial sensor data includes sensor data indicating that a crash of a vehicle has occurred. Additional sensor data output by the sensor(s) of the mobile computing device may be received when it is determined that the initial sensor data includes sensor data indicating the crash has occurred. The additional sensor data may be received for a first amount of time after it is determined that the initial sensor data includes sensor data indicating the crash has occurred. Combined sensor data may be generated based on the initial sensor data and the additional sensor data, where the combined sensor data may include sensor data corresponding to time before the crash and corresponding to time after the crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Eric Bellas, Shawn M. Call, Gregory Dwayne Carter, Ronald R. Duehr, Jeffrey David Hevrin, Sara Elizabeth Collins
  • Patent number: 10827972
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide methods and apparatuses for determining a subject's sleep stage based on a PPG signal measured using an in-ear earpiece. In aspects, one or more physiological signals are estimated based on the PPG. Based, at least in part, on the determined sleep stage, one or more outputs are provided. In an example, the outputs are provided to the subject, the subject's physician, the subject's clinician, the cloud, and/or a device external to the apparatus. The methods and apparatus of determining the subject's sleep state described herein are continuous and non-invasive and eliminate the need for a clinical setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tegan M. Ayers, Christopher R. Paetsch, Christian A. Trott, Brian J. Hetherman, Matthew Ryan Hicks
  • Patent number: 10825324
    Abstract: A system for locating and anti-theft protecting an object of interest; said system comprising: (a) at least short-distance communication handheld device; (b) at least one radio-frequency transceiver arrangement placeable in or attachable on said object interest; said radio-frequency transceiver comprising: (i) an electric battery; (ii) a transceiver connectable to said short-distance communication hand-held device; (iii) at least one acceleration sensor of acceleration applied to said object of interest; (iv) a warning indicator; (v) a microcontroller configured for activating said warning indicator in response to pairing said transceiver with said short-distance wireless communication handheld device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventors: Rony Haviv, Yoav Ben-David, Moshe Zach
  • Patent number: 10821939
    Abstract: An improved global position system (GPS) locking system of a small vehicle is described. The locking system may comprise a plastic case that comprises a GPS module, a cellular communication module (compatible with, for example, GPRS, GSM, LTE, 3G, 4G, or 5G, etc.), at least one motion sensor, at least one gyroscope, at least one buzzer or speaker, at least one microcontroller, at least one battery, and at least one motor with gears. The locking system also may comprise at least one locking bar, a mounting plate, and a security cable. The GPS locking system may operate on Wi-Fi and has BLE and Bluetooth capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Manuel Saez
  • Patent number: 10821885
    Abstract: A system to enhance vehicle safety is disclosed comprising a vehicle having a front end and a rear end; at least one visual signal light apparatus positioned in the proximity to the front end of the vehicle; the visual signal light apparatus illuminates when the vehicle's is decelerating via its braking system; wherein the visual light apparatus is comprised of a rear view mirror having a first surface facing the front of the vehicle and a second surface facing the rear of the vehicle wherein at least one portion of solar panel is embodied to the first surface and at least one or more LED lights is embodied to the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Yong Guk Yi
  • Patent number: 10821034
    Abstract: Various methods for detecting moisture in briefs compatible with high volume manufacturing are disclosed. The embodiments herein facilitate protection of the method of adding moisture sensing to a diaper, but could also be used to add sensing to pads and bandages. The primary design intent is optimal moisture detection and low per unit cost. Electrodes within a garment measure electrical properties of the electrodes to determine if the item has contacted moisture. The target moisture is urine, however, other sources and types of moisture can also be sensed. Additional analysis capabilities can be added by selecting particular electrodes or add materials that may react with chemical components of the moisture. Applications of the research Include monitor of incontinence using smart brief (e.g. diaper); monitor perspiration, bleeding, or failure of the protective garment; and monitoring exposure of an item to moisture, including but not limited to inanimate items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: BioLink Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Ken Heyl, Doug Jackson, John Naber, Roger King
  • Patent number: 10807521
    Abstract: An auxiliary third brake light which is installed on a removable or collapsible truck bed enclosure or frame is disclosed. The auxiliary third brake light is preferably not physically secured by adhesive or mechanical fastener to the truck bed, cab or body or any part of the truck. Rather, the parts of the auxiliary third brake light that are mounted to the truck bed cover and contact the truck bed, cab or body is pressed into contact. In this way, when the truck bed cover is collapsed or removed, the user can have full use of the truck bed. The parts of the auxiliary third brake light that contact the truck bed, cab or body are pulled off therefrom. When the truck bed cover is deployed to the erected position or put back on the truck bed, the parts of the third brake light that contact the truck bed, cab or body are properly repositioned back into position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Singer
  • Patent number: 10792524
    Abstract: A self-retracting lanyard system includes a self-retracting lanyard having a main body and a retractable line, a harness connected to the retractable line and wearable by the user of the self-retracting lanyard, and an electronic device disposable on the harness. The electronic device includes an accelerometer, a processor or programmable circuit, and a non-transitory program storage medium on which are stored instructions executable by the processor or programmable circuit to perform operations including receiving a measurement from the accelerometer, comparing the measurement to a threshold, detecting that the user of the self-retracting lanyard has fallen based on a result of the comparing, and instructing a wireless transmitter to transmit a wireless signal in response to the detection that the user has fallen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10795038
    Abstract: An information presentation system according to the present disclosure makes a presentation unit present each of multiple different pieces of information such that an image displayed in a first form and a sound output in a second form are synchronized with each other on an individual basis. The information presentation system also makes the presentation unit shift, when presenting two different pieces of information, selected from the multiple different pieces of information, as two sounds in the second form, a timing to output one of the two sounds by at least a certain period of time with respect to a timing to output the other of the two sounds, in order to prevent the two sounds from overlapping with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Maeda
  • Patent number: 10786211
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described, including apparatus for use with a plurality of clinicians. The apparatus includes a patient-monitoring system, including a plurality of clinical sensors, configured to detect physiological parameters of respective patients, and to generate respective sensor signals in response thereto. At least one output unit is configured to generate an output to clinicians who are caring for the patients, in response to the sensor signals. A monitoring system (a) analyzes clinician performance in responding to the output of the output unit, and (b) generates an indication of a performance level of the clinicians in response to the analyses. Other applications are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: EARLYSENSE LTD.
    Inventors: Avner Halperin, Guy Meger
  • Patent number: 10788575
    Abstract: Extendable air-based line arrays of directional projectors are provided with the arrays affixed and parallel to a ship hull. An anchor and a vibration isolator are affixed to the hull and the arrays in which the anchor and isolator separate the arrays from the hull. Each of hydraulically-actuated arms rotatably connect at a cam to an arm stop affixed to the anchor. A sound vibration dampener is positioned between the arm stops. The arms are capable of extending the directional projectors to an activation position with the projectors forming narrow beams into the water to become sonar waves that reflect from a target. The reflections from the target are received with a hydrophone on the ship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventors: Jackeline D Diapis, Thomas A Frank, Lynn T Antonelli, Stephen C Butler
  • Patent number: 10780752
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes an imager mounted with and directed to a rear of the vehicle and outputting image data, a vehicle speed sensor mounted with the vehicle and outputting vehicle speed data, and an image processor receiving the image data and the vehicle speed data. The image processor is programmed to monitor a signal from the vehicle speed sensor and, when the signal from the vehicle speed sensor indicates a vehicle speed above a predetermined minimum speed, execute a feature extraction function to locate a hitch ball mounted to the vehicle in the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luke Niewiadomski, Nikhil Nagraj Rao, Rick Haubenstricker, Richard Campbell, Mark Bowers, Lihui Chen
  • Patent number: 10773672
    Abstract: A leaning vehicle includes a cancel switch for cancelling notification of overturn occurrence information. A handle includes one or more right switch boxes to the left of a right handle grip, and one or more left switch boxes to the right of a left handle grip. The cancel switch is a position that is within a center region located between a plane perpendicular to the left-right direction that includes the left end of a right switch box which is furthest to the left among the one or more right switch boxes, and a plane perpendicular to the left-right direction that includes the right end of a left switch box which is furthest to the right among the one or more left switch boxes. The cancel switch is at a position that is visible in one or more horizontal directions in the leaning vehicle in an overturned state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tomohiro Takeuchi, Hiroshi Shibuya, Kotaro Onishi
  • Patent number: 10762754
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communicating in a network using parcel theft share signals in accordance with various embodiments of the present disclosure are provided. In one embodiment, an audio/video (A/V) recording and communication device comprises: a camera configured to capture first image data of a drop-off zone; a communication module; and a processing module comprising: a processor; and a parcel theft deterrence application that configures the processor to: monitor a parcel in the drop-off zone, wherein the parcel is associated with parcel tracking data; determine that the parcel has been removed from the drop-off zone; generate a parcel theft share signal using the first image data and the parcel tracking data, wherein the parcel theft share signal includes a command to share the first image data with a network of users; and transmit the parcel theft share signal to the backend server using the communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Siminoff
  • Patent number: 10759448
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and apparatus for early warning of vehicle offset. The method includes: acquiring collected road image to be detected; obtaining a corresponding grayscale image by performing grayscale processing on the road image to be detected; determining a target lane line within the grayscale image; and determining whether to issue an early warning of vehicle offset according to the target lane line and an early warning trigger condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hangdong Lin
  • Patent number: 10762783
    Abstract: A vehicle safety driving guidance system includes a communication device that performs communication with a vehicle terminal, a data collection device that collects traffic information of a road section on which a vehicle having the vehicle terminal mounted therein travels, and a processor that provides safety driving guide information of the road section based on the traffic information collected by the data collection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sung Hwan Park