Patents Examined by Thomas S McCormack
  • Patent number: 11904883
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling driver communication includes monitoring, via a plurality of on-vehicle subsystems, a vehicle state, an external environment state, and an in-cabin state via the plurality of on-vehicle subsystems; determining a driver workload score based upon the external environment state, the in-cabin state, and the vehicle state; receiving an incoming message; ranking the incoming message; determining a notification action for the incoming message based upon the driver workload score and the rank of the incoming message; and executing the notification action for the incoming message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Dustin H. M. Smith, Vivek Vijaya Kumar, Mohammad Naserian
  • Patent number: 11897496
    Abstract: A determination unit that determines whether a driver of a vehicle is dozing or looking away based on a state of the driver, a smart contact lens worn on an eyeball of the driver, and a display control unit that causes the smart contact lens to display a warning when the determination unit determines that the driver is dozing or looking away are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Masaki Kato, Yasuhiro Miura, Tomohiro Inada, Hitoshi Muraki
  • Patent number: 11897495
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a drunk driving prevention system including: an alcohol detection unit configured to detect a driver's inebriation through the breath test device provided in a vehicle; a computation unit configured, when the driver is detected to be in a drunk state by the alcohol detection unit, to compute a driving-possible time at which the drunk state is resolved in the future so that driving is possible; and a notification unit configured to output the driving-possible time or whether or not driving is possible through an infotainment system of the vehicle or a driver's terminal is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu Jin Jung, Yeon Su Kim, June Seung Lee, Chang Won Lee
  • Patent number: 11902790
    Abstract: A system for controlling a vehicle includes a programming device comprising an application for programming vehicle function settings of a vehicle. The programming device has a transmitter communicating the vehicle function settings of the vehicle. A vehicle receiver is disposed within the vehicle. The vehicle receiver receives the vehicle function settings. A vehicle is controller disposed within the vehicle. A helmet generates a helmet movement signal in response to sensing movement of the helmet. The helmet communicates a helmet identifier to the vehicle controller through the receiver in response to the helmet movement signal. The vehicle controller controls a vehicle function in response to the vehicle function settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Scott D. Taylor, Troy D. Kendrick
  • Patent number: 11901731
    Abstract: A line connector for transmitting electrical signals includes a housing, a first electric connection configured to transmit a first electrical signal, a second electrical connection configured to transmit a second electrical signal, and a diagnostic device. The diagnostic device is configured to monitor the first electrical signal and detect a first status of the first electric connection, and to monitor the second electrical signal and detect a second status of the second electrical connection. The housing has a housing wall with a first optical indicator and a second optical indicator. The first optical indicator is configured to generate a first optical signal representing the first status, and the second optical indicator is configured to generate a second optical signal representing the second status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Daniel Klein
  • Patent number: 11889818
    Abstract: In a method and system for managing a social group, the method includes determining a group member behavior from a member position relative to the social group, and inferring a member state from the member behavior. Spatial, spatio-temporal, and biometric data may be used. A social group management system includes an inference engine that infers a member state from the behavior of a monitored member. Another social group management method includes characterizing a first monitored member of the social group as a first discrete element; characterizing at least a second monitored member of the social group as at least a second discrete element; and determining a characteristic displacement between the first monitored member and at least the second monitored member in accordance with a discrete element method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventors: Malcolm Randall Harvey, Ian Robert Harvey, Nephi Taylor Harvey
  • Patent number: 11893843
    Abstract: In accordance with a first aspect of the present disclosure, a communication node is provided, comprising: an ultra-wideband (UWB) communication unit configured to enable UWB communication with a plurality of external communication nodes; a processing unit configured to perform ranging sessions between the communication node and said external communication nodes, wherein said ranging sessions comprise one or more distance measurements based on messages exchanged through the UWB communication unit between the communication node and said external communication nodes; and a prioritization unit configured to prioritize said ranging sessions in dependence on at least one previously measured distance between the communication node and the respective external communication nodes. In accordance with a second aspect of the present disclosure, a method of operating a communication node is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Michael Schober, Christian Eisendle, Stefan Lemsitzer
  • Patent number: 11889009
    Abstract: A doorbell system can be used to block a first electricity that is less than a first threshold from entering an electronic chime. By blocking the first electricity from entering the electronic chime, the electronic chime is not allowed to emit a notification sound. The doorbell system can also be used to allow a second electricity that is greater than the first threshold to enter the electronic chime. By allowing the second electricity to enter the electronic chime, this can allow the electronic chime to emit a notification sound in response to a visitor being present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: SkyBell Technologies IP, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Frank Scalisi
  • Patent number: 11881032
    Abstract: A device for searching a parking space includes at least one space detection sensor mounted on a vehicle, and a controller that analyzes sensed information obtained through the space detection sensor to recognize space and object information within a parking lot, predicts a distribution of available parking spaces in the parking lot based on the recognized space and object information, and determines an optimal available parking space based on the distribution of the available parking spaces and characteristics of a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Inventors: Junho Yang, Donghee Kang, Kyujin Park
  • Patent number: 11868102
    Abstract: A monitoring system and associated methodology for response to incidents sensed by at least one sensor of an individual signal unit includes transmission to a central control facility by the individual signal unit, of at least a unique identifying code for that individual signal unit, over a communication network; the response includes a transmission of data from said central control facility to one or more recipients nominated by a registered owner of the individual signal unit wherein registration of the individual signal unit and configuration of sensing and of said response is via a web-based interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Imprenditore Pty Limited
    Inventor: Patrick Jeremy Rice
  • Patent number: 11868917
    Abstract: A method of implementing a network-enabled secure door lock, comprising obtaining measurements of an environment associated with a door from a variety of sensor types; generating, based at least in part on the measurements, a set of inputs to a machine-learning model; inputting the set of inputs into the machine learning model to determine a status of the door; generating a message that indicates the status of the door; and transmitting the message to a user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Inventors: Priti Marappan, Darren Ernest Canavor, Daniel Wade Hitchcock, Bharath Kumar Bhimanaik, Andrew Jay Roths
  • Patent number: 11861995
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for intrusion-detection for use with a fence comprising a gate-section have been developed and are herein described. The present disclosure relates to and describes a gate-connector system for an intrusion-detecting-fence system. A intrusion-detecting cable is run from a fence to a gate section. On each side of the gate section, the cable is terminated into a junction-box and connected to a shorter cable-plug assembly that terminates in a weatherproof, pull-apart connector. The cable-plug assemblies from each side of the gate section are connected together to complete a circuit. With the intrusion-detecting cable extending onto the gate, intrusion-protection is provided on the gate section as well as on the fence. A gate at the gate section can easily be opened by unplugging the connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Inventor: Gavin Ellis
  • Patent number: 11853828
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) switch tag is disclosed. This RFID switch tag includes a base component having an ultra-high frequency (UHF) booster, and a detachable component having at least one UHF RFID module and a high frequency (HF) RFID module. In some embodiments, the detachable component is positioned in close proximity to the base component in a first configuration of the RFID switch tag such that the at least one UHF RFID module is sufficiently coupled to the UHF booster in the base component to form an UHF RFID system having a desired performance. The detachable component can also be separated from the base component to obtain a second configuration of the RFID switch tag, and the HF RFID module remains functional within the detached detachable component so that the detachable component can be used as a standalone HF RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: NEOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Sheshi Nyalamadugu, Joe Mullis
  • Patent number: 11854372
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for detecting false alarms are disclosed. An indication may be received that a sensor device has changed state. Data indicative of movement of the sensor device may also be received. Based on the received data indicative of movement of the sensor device, it may be determined whether the movement of the sensor device is abnormal. Based on the changed state of the sensor device and based on determining that the movement of the sensor device is abnormal, an indication of a false alarm may be caused to be output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Stone, David Yorkey, Kenneth Egan, Dustin Addison, Ryan Cunningham
  • Patent number: 11847904
    Abstract: An integrated security management system is provided. The system includes an application server and a plurality of sensors deployed in a geographical area. The application server receives first sensor data from the plurality of sensors and provide to a trained classification model as input and detects a security alert based on output thereof. The application server determines a patrol route that encompasses a location of security alert and transmits a surveillance request to electronic device of a security operator to patrol the patrol route and identifies one or more sensors that covers the location of the security alert and receives second sensor data therefrom based on location of the electronic device being same as location of the security alert. The application server further re-trains the classification model based on the second sensor data when feedback received from the electronic device indicates the security alert to be a false positive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Inventors: Harshit Sharma, Sacheth Kadam, Troels Licht
  • Patent number: 11849375
    Abstract: Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention can proactively determine if an individual is likely in need of roadside assistance. Information can be collected from the individual's phone, including the person's location, the type of road, ambient noise, and/or motion of nearby objects. If it is determined that the individual likely needs roadside assistance, the system can proactively contact the individual to see if roadside assistance is desired, and if so, initiates roadside assistance. The system also can provide helpful information, such as safety information, and/or automatically contact other individuals to alert them of the roadside event and the location of the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Emad S. Isaac, Tao Chen, Manjunath Rao, Umamaheshwar R. Uppada, Rodolfo Roberto Ballesteros, Stephen Robert Newell
  • Patent number: 11834063
    Abstract: A vehicle control device includes a peripheral object recognition unit configured to recognize an object that is present around a vehicle to be controlled, an object state recognition unit configured to recognize, in a situation where a first object and a second object are recognized by the peripheral object recognition unit, states of the first object and the second object including distance between the vehicle to be controlled and the first object, distance between the vehicle to be controlled and the second object, moving direction of the first object, and moving direction of the second object, and a display control unit configured to cause the display device to execute external notification processing for displaying a notification to the first object or the second object based on the states of the first object and the second object recognized by the object state recognition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naotoshi Fujimoto, Yuji Tsuchiya, Takashi Oshima
  • Patent number: 11830339
    Abstract: A detection system includes a host detection system that has at least one primary hazard detector and a controller connected for communication with the at least one primary hazard detector. At least one portable auxiliary hazard detector can be temporarily introduced in a vicinity of the host detection system and link with the controller of the host detection system to provide additional detection capability. The portable auxiliary hazard detector has at least one light source that can emit a light beam, and at least one photosensor that is operable to emit sensor signals responsive to interaction of the light beam with an analyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Inventors: David L. Lincoln, Marcin Piech, Michael J. Birnkrant
  • Patent number: 11827242
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle and a drunk driving responding method, includes an autonomous driving control apparatus including a processor that is configured to determine whether the vehicle is in an emergency situation when the alcohol is detected in the vehicle, and to move the vehicle to an operational design domain when the processor concludes that the vehicle is in the emergency situation, and a communication device that is configured to notify a government office or a rescue organization of the emergency situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Corporation
    Inventors: Seo Hyung Cheon, Eun Young Choi, Woo Jin Kim, Rosali Sun Pyun, Ki Seok Seong, Dong Il Yang, Min Sang Yu
  • Patent number: 11816970
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods of providing a personal air quality monitor. The personal air quality monitor may include a housing suitable for physical association with a person; an air inlet capable of providing air flow from an environment outside the housing to a chamber within the housing; a plurality of sensor resident within the chamber, suitable for receiving the airflow and measuring air quality factors associated with the airflow; and a communication system suitable for processing the air quality factor measurements and communicating the processed air quality factor measurements to a user interface cognizable to the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Jabil Inc.
    Inventors: Edouard Semanoukian, Jason Petker