Patents Examined by Thomas S McCormack
  • Patent number: 11119158
    Abstract: An electronic device including a continuity sensor and electrical circuitry configured to detect and report the continuity state of an article, container or product packaging is disclosed. The continuity sensor includes a first substrate with first and second coils thereon, and a second substrate with a third coil thereon. The first coil has an integrated circuit electrically connected thereto. The first substrate is part of, or is attached or secured to a part of the article, container or packaging. The second substrate is another part of, or is attached or secured to another part of the article, container or packaging. One of the article, container or packaging parts is (re)movable with respect to the other part. The first and second coils have one coupling when the article, container or packaging is closed or sealed, and a different coupling when the article, container or packaging is open or unsealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignees: Thin Film Electronics ASA, GlaxoSmithKline Intellectual Property Development Limited
    Inventors: Somnath Mukherjee, James Godfrey
  • Patent number: 11113942
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus are provided for monitoring and/or collecting data regarding environmental conditions and optionally personal health information, and generating warnings for a wearer based on acceptable limits for hazards. Using the collected data, the systems and apparatus communicate recommendations to the wearer to improve or maintain personal safety in the detected environment. Methods for monitoring environmental risks and generating warnings based on acceptable limits for hazards are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Michael Wade, Garry E. Shields, Zbigniew J. Karaszewski
  • Patent number: 11109571
    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: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Fort Supply IP, LLC
    Inventors: Malcolm Randall Harvey, Ian Robert Harvey, Nephi Taylor Harvey
  • Patent number: 11113972
    Abstract: A proximity monitor for monitoring a zone associated with a vehicle, such as during a race. In a race each vehicle may have a proximity monitor to enable monitoring of distances between proximate vehicles. Each proximity monitor may include an RF transmitter and an RF receiver to communicate with proximate monitors and use signal timing information to determine spacing between monitors. The monitor may use Ultra Wide Band (UWB) signals to determine spacing and other protocols for communication. The monitor may also detect whether another monitor passes. An alert signal may be generated if the spacing information, and optionally other information, satisfies an alert criterion. A system including such monitors may enable race officials to monitor infringement of rules and enforce penalties in real time on a race course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Precision Triatholon Systems Limited
    Inventors: Marcus Neary Clyne, James Colin Elvery, Dylan Charles McNeice
  • Patent number: 11106948
    Abstract: In some examples, a server may receive, from a computing device, data identifying an event that occurred on the computing device. The server may determine a plurality of features associated with the event, determine a distance between individual features of the plurality of features and individual centroids of a plurality of clusters, and determine that a particular distance between a particular feature of the plurality of features and a centroid of a particular cluster of the plurality of clusters is a shorter distance than the distance between other features of the plurality of features and other centroids corresponding to other clusters of the plurality of clusters. The server may determine a classification of the event based on the particular cluster and determine that the classification is a remediable issue. Based on the classification, the server may select and perform a remediation action from a plurality of remediation actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Nikhil M. Vichare, Arturo Ramos, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11097576
    Abstract: A wireless vehicle data communications device is adapted for mounting on a wheel hub assembly of a vehicle and incorporates a self-generating electrical power supply. The vehicle data communications device includes a housing, a microprocessor located inside the housing, a signal transmitting device, a signal receiving device, an electric generator, and an energy storage and supply medium. The housing is adapted to rotate simultaneously with the wheel hub assembly when the vehicle is in motion. Rotation of the housing relative to the components carrier induces an electric current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: ITIRE, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Clyde Lesesky, Samuel Duke Drinkard
  • Patent number: 11093768
    Abstract: An occupant monitoring device includes processing circuitry to detect an eye of an occupant on a vehicle and to determine an eye opening degree of the eye using an image captured by an image capturing device having an automatic exposure adjusting function for adjusting an exposure time; to determine that the eye is closed when the eye opening degree of the eye is less than a predetermined eye opening degree threshold value; to deactivate the automatic exposure adjusting function when the automatic exposure adjusting function is active and the eye is determined to be closed; to detect brightness in a vicinity of the eye using an image which is captured by the image capturing device after the automatic exposure adjusting function is deactivated; and when the eye is determined to be closed, to determine that the occupant is in a drowsy state when the brightness in the vicinity of the eye is less than a predetermined brightness threshold value, and to determine that the occupant is in an awake state when the brig
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryosuke Konabe
  • Patent number: 11087622
    Abstract: An attention calling apparatus for a vehicle includes a voice receiver, an utterance estimating unit, a precaution information determining unit, and a notification unit. The voice receiver receives a voice from occupants in the vehicle. The utterance estimating unit estimates an utterance on the basis of the voice. The precaution information determining unit determines whether the utterance includes precaution information regarding driving of the vehicle. The notification unit notifies at least one of the occupants of the precaution information when the utterance includes the precaution information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tatsuo Kano
  • Patent number: 11074797
    Abstract: A monitoring system for monitoring a status of a building comprising a first sensor configured to detect a first condition in the space and a second sensor configured to detect a second condition in the space is disclosed. The system may further comprise a memory for storing one or more rules each configured to identify one or more issues in the space based on the first and/or second conditions in the space and a communications module configured to communicate with a remote device over a network. A controller may be configured to apply the one or more rules to the first and second detected conditions in the space to identify the one or more issues and provide a notification to the remote device via the communications module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Heintzelman, Brian Beale, David J. Emmons, Joseph Bodkin, John Cronin
  • Patent number: 11075046
    Abstract: A cable pull switch includes a polychotomous sensor configured to provide a reading of at least one of a plurality of values, the reading corresponding to a tension on a pull cable or a linear displacement of an end of a pull cable. A processor coupled to the polychotomous cable pull sensor configured to determine a rate of change of the value of the reading from the sensor and determine an occurrence of a cable pull event, the determination based on the determined rate of change of the value, and determine whether the rate of change of the value of an electrical resistance through the polychotomous cable pull sensor is below a threshold rate of change value, and adjust an upper pull threshold value to a new upper pull threshold value that is based on a present reading of the value of the electrical resistance through the strain gauge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew L. Tsang, Burt Sacherski, Steven Robert Tambeau, Arvind Ananthanarayanan, James Edward Dogul, Todd Bubar
  • Patent number: 11059490
    Abstract: A seat system includes a seat, a sensor assembly, and/or an electronic control unit (ECU) connected with the sensor assembly. The sensor assembly may be configured to sense a breathing pattern of a user associated with the seat. The ECU may be configured to communicate with a remote server, and at least one of the ECU and the remote server may be configured to determine a medical state of said user according, at least in part, to the breathing pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Migneco, David Gallagher
  • Patent number: 11062610
    Abstract: A method for identifying a location of a rideshare requestor to a rideshare vehicle includes receiving a request to locate the rideshare requestor, determining a first location of the rideshare requestor, determining a second location of the rideshare requestor, determining whether the first location is within a threshold distance of the second location, and, in response to the first location being within the threshold distance of the second location, identifying a first immobile vehicle from one or more immobile vehicles within a preset distance from the first location, and transmitting a signal to the first immobile vehicle to cause the first immobile vehicle to indicate the first location of the rideshare requestor to the rideshare vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron J. Brendible, Clinton Williams, John C. Rafferty, Steven H. Shannir
  • Patent number: 11064324
    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: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Emad S. Isaac, Tao Chen, Manjunath Rao, Umamaheshwar R. Uppada, Rodolfo Roberto Ballesteros, Stephen Robert Newell
  • Patent number: 11049375
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed to identify a previously-not-present stationary object within a sequence of image frames. A system determines a first frame of the plurality of image frames where an object is not within a field of view of the camera of the A/V device. The system then analyzes other frames to determine that the object becomes present and is stationary within the field of view of the camera. The system may identify a person approaching and moving away from the A/V device. The system may identify a stationary vehicle within and subsequently not within the field of view of the camera. The system may use identification of the parcel to generate a control signal that changes the operational mode of the A/V device to parcel protect mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Roth, James Siminoff
  • Patent number: 11046179
    Abstract: A wakefulness induction control device includes a sleepiness detector that detects a sleepiness level indicating a degree of sleepiness of a user; a controller that actuates a wakefulness inducer that induces wakefulness in the user when the sleepiness level detected by the sleepiness detector meets a predetermined reference, and stops the wakefulness inducer when a predetermined duration has passed after actuation of the wakefulness inducer, and an output that outputs actuating information of the wakefulness inducer. The actuating information includes time information indicating the duration left until the controller stops the wakefulness inducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi Shikii, Koichi Kusukame
  • Patent number: 11049385
    Abstract: An alert communication server is disclosed, and includes one or more processors, one or more modules of non-transitory computer-readable memory, a correlation module, and a transmission module. The one or more modules of non-transitory computer-readable memory store a set of instructions and are electronically coupled with the one or more processors to implement at least one instruction of the set of instructions. The correlation module is electronically connected to receive a first set of data from a first device and a second set of data from a second device. The correlation module is configured to apply a correlation algorithm to the first set of data and the second set of data to determine one or more conditions. The transmission module is configured to communicate with one or more of the first device and the second device based upon the one or more conditions determined by the correlation module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Joseph Schuman
  • Patent number: 11041589
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system, apparatus and method for safety control, the system comprising: a first device, which provides information capable of being used to determine whether a single staff member is present in a target area; a second device, which may be arranged at an entrance of a designated area, and used for controlling the entry of staff into the designated area; at least one sensing device, for detecting whether an activated transmitting unit, required to be carried by a staff member entering the designated area, is present in the target area; and a control device, for causing the second device to allow a staff member located in the target area to enter the designated area, when it is determined that a single staff member is present in the target area on the basis of the information from the first device and it is determined using the at least one sensing device that the activated transmitting unit is present in the target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Huajun Yu, Patrick Poa, Mingliang Zhang, Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 11037387
    Abstract: This disclosure describes systems, methods, and devices related to enhanced time of flight (ToF) calculation using phase measurements. A device may identify a radiofrequency (RF) signal received from a vehicle key, wherein the RF signal comprises a command associated with a vehicle. The device may select a first subset of a frequency bandwidth. The device may perform a first time-of-flight calculation associated with the RF signal using a phase shift measurement on a first subset of frequency bandwidth. The device may determine a distance between the vehicle key and the vehicle based on the first time-of-flight calculation. The device may compare the distance to a predetermined threshold. The device may determine a status of the RF signal based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vivekanandh Elangovan, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Ali Hassani
  • Patent number: 11037432
    Abstract: Systems and methods of security monitoring using a learning process are provided. Intelligent security systems may perform a learning process to observe the paths of travel by occupants, as detected by various sensors distributed throughout a monitored location over a period of time. After the security system is initially installed, the system may learn the various paths taken by occupants of the house by keeping track of the sequence in which the sensors are activated due to normal human activity. Based on this data, a fully connected graph of sensors with all valid interconnections between sensors is available to the security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Ashish Kumar Shukla, Sakthi Kannan Ramabadran, Xi Chen, Armando J. Lucrecio, Avinash Joshi
  • Patent number: 11027850
    Abstract: The systems and methods provided herein are directed to a device for tracking a jumper's elevation during a parachute jump. The device includes an active sensor for monitoring a distance to the ground, which is disposed at an angle and transmitted from the jumper's calf to reduce the chance of self-obstruction. The device notifies the jumper in one of several ways when a threshold elevation is reached, and may take additional automated actions at particular elevation thresholds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Michael R Sedillo, Gregory M Burnett, David P Sardo, Sean D Sherman, Nathan R Stover