Patents Examined by Thomas S McCormack
  • Patent number: 10267068
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a powered latch mechanism and an interior door handle having first and second sensors disposed on opposite sides of the interior door handle. The first and second sensors are configured to detect the presence of a user's hand to control operation of the powered latch mechanism. The powered latch may be unlatched if an unlatch switch is actuated and the first and second sensors detect the presence of a user's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Robert Bruce Kleve, Kosta Papanikolaou
  • Patent number: 10267416
    Abstract: A control apparatus of an automatic transmission connected to an internal combustion engine of a vehicle includes a determination unit configured to determine an operation state of a hydraulic oil temperature sensor based on comparison between a threshold and a difference between a hydraulic oil temperature of the automatic transmission and a cooling water temperature of the internal combustion engine. When the operation state of the hydraulic oil temperature sensor is determined as normal by the comparison with the threshold, the determination unit further determines the operation state of the hydraulic oil temperature sensor based on an operation state of an oil pressure sensor determined using the hydraulic oil temperature, an oil pressure of hydraulic oil, and a rotation speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Ishikawa, Yuya Tachibanada
  • Patent number: 10250956
    Abstract: In an approach for adaptive sampling of smart meter data, a computer retrieves one or more balancing constraints associated with one or more smart meter sensors. The computer retrieves meter sensor data from the one or more smart meter sensors according to the one or more balancing constraints. The computer determines a subsample of the meter sensor data based, at least in part, on one or more similar consumption patterns of meter sensor data, and then transmits the subsample of the meter sensor data to an optimization engine for use in solving an optimization problem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Carlos A. Alzate Perez, Francesco Fusco, Pascal Pompey, Mathieu Sinn, Michael Wurst
  • Patent number: 10242555
    Abstract: A method for sensory alert notification comprises retrieving an uncharacterized event record associated with a first user and a second user. The method comprises characterizing the uncharacterized event record by assigning a value to the uncharacterized event record based on an event impact value that characterizes an impact of the uncharacterized event record, a first user identifier, and a second user identifier. The method comprises generating a notification record comprising the characterized event record and a notification urgency value and generating a sensory alert notification, comprising one or more of a repeat and intensity rate of vibrating pulses, a repeat and a pitch rate of beeps of sound, and a repeat rate and a color of blinks of light, based on the notification record. The method further comprises transmitting the sensory alert notification to a mobile computing device of the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
    Inventor: Michal Knas
  • Patent number: 10235825
    Abstract: An example cart inventory system and associated methods are described. The example cart inventory system includes a cart and a detection system. The cart includes a frame, and a shelf movably mounted to the frame and configured to be positioned between an extended position and a folded position. A top surface and a rear surface of the shelf include first and second identifiers, respectively. The detection system is configured to detect the first identifier when the shelf is in the extended position and detect the second identifier when the shelf is positioned in the folded position. In the extended position, the top surface is oriented upwards relative to horizontal and the rear surface is disposed against the frame. In the folded position, the rear surface is oriented upwards relative to horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Allen Jones, Aaron Vasgaard, Nicholaus Adam Jones, Robert James Taylor
  • Patent number: 10229588
    Abstract: The present application relates to the field of monitoring, and discloses a method and a device for obtaining evidences for illegal parking of a vehicle. In the method for obtaining evidences of the present application, a correspondence relationship between shooting positioning parameters of a first camera and a second camera is preset. The method for obtaining evidences comprises: taking a first photo of an illegally parked vehicle using the first camera and obtaining a current first shooting positioning parameter of the first camera; according to the correspondence relationship, calculating a second shooting positioning parameter of the second camera corresponding to the first shooting positioning parameter and controlling the second camera to take a second photo with the second shooting positioning parameter. Thereby the photos of the head and rear of the illegally parked vehicle are obtained simultaneously as the evidences for illegal parking for penalty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Che, Chao Wang, Weiwei Cai, Shiliang Pu
  • Patent number: 10229568
    Abstract: An anti-theft RFID system for monitoring the presence of a plurality of tagged items includes an RFID reader including an antenna and being configured to transmit an interrogating signal to the RFID tags and retrieve data; a processor configured to process the data that the RFID reader retrieves from the RFID tags; and a display connected to the processor and configured to display a result processed by the processor. The processor is configured to update a first counter value indicating the number of tagged items located within a predefined area and to update a second counter value indicating the number of tagged items being taken away from the predefined area. The display is configured to display the values of the first and the second counters and thereby to assist an operator to determine the occurrence of a security event by analyzing the values of the first and the second counters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Megabyte Limited
    Inventor: Chun Sing Matthew Man
  • Patent number: 10222401
    Abstract: A device for detecting stray voltage in a body of water includes a float, a probe wire connected to the float, a voltage detection circuit electrically connected to the probe wire, and an alarm module electrically connected to the voltage detection circuit. The voltage detection circuit includes an electrical input for receiving a signal from the probe wire and is configured to generate an alert via the alarm module in response to a voltage provided to the electrical input by the probe wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Dennis E. Lewis
  • Patent number: 10217334
    Abstract: A refuge guide system including a central server (10), a refuge guide device (100), a plurality of fire monitoring devices (30), and a wireless communication device (40). The plurality of fire monitoring devices (30) transmit a fire information to the central server (10). The wireless communication device (40) provides communication between the central server (10) and the refuge guide device (100), and provides a positioning information to the refuge guide device (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Chung-Shu Yang, Alexander I-Chi Lai
  • Patent number: 10207635
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting distracted drivers and reducing risks posed by the distracted drivers are disclosed. According to certain aspects, an electronic device may capture and analyze image data that depicts an operator of a vehicle in various levels of distraction. The electronic device may determine, based on the analysis, whether the operator is distracted, and determine an additional vehicle that may be located in front of the vehicle. The electronic device may generate and transmit a command to an additional electronic device that, upon execution, causes brake lights of the additional vehicle to modify in intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Sanchez, Aaron Scott Chan
  • Patent number: 10210724
    Abstract: One embodiment provides haptic functionality. The embodiment receives an encoded value that encodes an actuator drive value, where the actuator drive value corresponds to a strength of a haptic effect. The embodiment converts the encoded value into a pattern of ON/OFF durations, and plays back the pattern of ON/OFF durations on an actuator to produce the haptic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Srivatsav Venkatesan
  • Patent number: 10202846
    Abstract: A downhole telemetry well system transmits data at a high rate inside a tubular pipe by encoding signals on a Stoneley wave. Telemetry devices for the Stoneley mode are implemented in short pipe joints inserted at various intervals between the tubulars. Each telemetry device includes Stoneley transducers, which may act as a transmitter, receiver, or repeater. The Stoneley telemetry devices transmit and receive the Stoneley waves making up the carrier of the signal. The Stoneley telemetry devices may be powered by on-board batteries or via some remote power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Roland E. Chemali, Ronald Dirksen, Paul F. Rodney, Arthur C. H. Cheng, Tianrun Chen
  • Patent number: 10198945
    Abstract: A traffic monitoring system is provided. The traffic monitoring system comprises: a camera system configured to capture images of vehicles, the camera system comprising a first wireless time receiver configured to receive a wirelessly transmitted time signal; and a light system configured to selectively illuminate the vehicles, the light system being spaced apart from the camera system, wherein the light system comprises a second wireless time receiver configured to receive the wirelessly transmitted time signal such that the image capture by the camera system and the illumination by the light system is synchronized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Jenoptik Robot GmbH
    Inventors: William Vivian Thomas, Kyle Rhodes, Graeme Southwood
  • Patent number: 10192412
    Abstract: An intercom system for emergency rescue has a user extension, an administration server and a management device. The user extension has a serial number and is capable of generating an alarm signal by operation. The administration server connects to the user extension and the management device to receive the alarm signal. A plot plan recording a location of the user extension is stored in the administration server. The administration server transmits the plot plan with the location of the user extension that outputs the alarm signal to the management device to display. Therefore, an administrator equipped with the management device communicates with the user extension via a video connection established by the administration server. With the help of the plot plan and the video connection, the administrator provides timely assistance to reduce casualties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Inwellcom Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jian-Jr Lin, Ke-Sen Huang
  • Patent number: 10189319
    Abstract: An improved method for a passenger car tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), including improvements of a direct TPMS or an indirect TPMS technique. The direct TPMS uses a dynamic tire pressure reference as a tire pressure determination basis, and monitors the real-time tire load, e.g., when the wheel load changes, the TPMS data processing center takes the tire cold inflation pressure data corresponding to the real-time load as the current tire pressure reference, and performs determinations and warnings for the real-time tire pressure data. The indirect TPMS establishes a wheel speed reference database based on a vehicle speed reference, and conducts compensations and corrections for wheel speed distortions caused by the tire wear in use, and performs an analysis and comparison between the compensated and modified real-time wheel speed and the data from the wheel speed reference database, and makes a real-time tire pressure information indication or warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Liming Fu
  • Patent number: 10186137
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention include a leak detector and monitor comprising: at least one leak sensor adapted to detect a leak of a substance; at least one microcontroller adapted to receive a signal from the leak sensor; and at least one wireless communication module adapted to receive the signal from the microcontroller, whereby the wireless communication module transmits an electronic message to at least one user, whereby the user wirelessly communicates his instructions to the microcontroller to exercise control over at least one electrical valve by transmitting at least one electrical signal to the electrical valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventors: Reza Zokaei, Mohammad Jalilian
  • Patent number: 10180060
    Abstract: A pulser for generating positive pressure mud pulses includes a signal shaft disposed to move between an up position and a down position within a ceramic shaft seal, the signal shaft connected at a top end to a drive shaft, the signal shaft sealing a poppet orifice when in the down position, wherein the drive shaft is connected to an actuator, the actuator connected to a hybrid bearing and a pulser coupling. The pulser is contained in a drill collar and configured to connect to a bottom end assembly. The pulser includes a pressure compensation membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Standard Directional Services Ltd.
    Inventors: Desmond Anderson, Salvador Berberov
  • Patent number: 10181331
    Abstract: A method for transforming input information into outputs, preferably including: receiving input information; transforming the input information into a set of intermediary components; implementing a transformation model with the set of intermediary components, the transformation model operable to encode the set of intermediary components across a set of output parameters in a device domain associated with a device; and executing control signals operable to deliver outputs, based on the set of output parameters, to a user of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: NEOSENSORY, INC.
    Inventors: David Eagleman, Scott Novich
  • Patent number: 10174880
    Abstract: There is provided an area monitoring sensor, an operating state of which a user can be checked without approaching a hazard source. An area monitoring sensor, which detects an intruding object in a monitoring area to generate a stop signal for stopping an operation of an external device, is configured of: a measurement unit; a display unit that includes a screen display part for displaying an operating state of the measurement unit on a screen; and a wiring cable for detachably connecting the measurement unit and the display unit, to supply electric power between the measurement unit and the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Keyence Corporation
    Inventors: Masashi Kawanaka, Tsuyoshi Tagashira
  • Patent number: 10166979
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a parking assist system including: a rear object recognizer that recognizes a rear object existing behind a vehicle through rear sensors; a reversing controller that controls the vehicle to reverse until an entry rate to the parking space becomes a first reference value or more, and ends reversing control when a distance between the vehicle and the rear object becomes less than a second reference value; a rear object position storage that stores position information of the rear object and increases a count when the reversing control is ended on the basis of the distance between the vehicle and the rear object; and a system terminator that ends parking control when the position information of the rear object before and after the count is increased is substantially the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Hyeong Min Woo