Patents Examined by Timothy Edwards, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8339287
    Abstract: A device to facilitate a user interface of a computer system utilizing breath includes a body, a user side inlet defined by the body to receive a fluid flow generated by a user, an exhaust opening defined by the body, a conduit positioned between the user side inlet and the one exhaust opening, at least one segment positioned inside the body and one or more contactors positioned to be intermittently in contact with the at least one segment. The contact may occur responsive to the fluid flow generated by the user. The device may include a sensor to react to a movement of the at least one segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Inputive Corporation
    Inventor: Pierre Bonnat
  • Patent number: 8305229
    Abstract: A wireless communication and drill string telemetry system. The communication system is used for communicating information along a drill string between a boring tool and a boring machine. An insulator assembly provides an electrically insulated gap between the drill string communication path and a soil engaging electrode for the electrical return path. A transmitter assembly includes a data transmitter for encoding and transmitting a data signal. A signal coupler couples the data signal to the drill string and provides a controlled electrical connection between the drill string communication path and the soil engaging electrode. The signal coupler comprises a transformer and a current regulating circuit to adjust a voltage across the transformer's primary winding. A receiver assembly is disposed proximate the drilling machine and includes a toroidal pickup coil and a signal processing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: The Charles Machine Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael F. Gard
  • Patent number: 8279080
    Abstract: A remote water meter monitoring system is provided. A mesh network-type transceiver unit is coupled to a water meter housing having a water counting mechanism inside to transmit water consumption information as well as other sensor information, such as backflow detection, water pressure, and water metrics (e.g., residual chlorine and temperature) to a central server system via a bridge device and a corresponding mesh network. Mechanical energy from the water flowing through the water meter housing is converted to electrical energy via an energy conversion unit. An electrically powered shut off valve is remote addressable via the transceiver unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Fairfax County Water Authority
    Inventors: Barth Robins Pitchford, William Dudley Pitchford, Robert Paul Simon, C. David Binning, David Lewis Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 8269647
    Abstract: A component is deployed into a well on a carrier line that includes an electrical cable. A depth of the component in a well is determined using a time domain reflectometry technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Vladimir Hernandez Solis
  • Patent number: 8264384
    Abstract: A keyboard control circuit for a keyboard having P keys includes an array module that includes P key switches, and a key-matrix having N scan lines that intersect M return lines to form N×M intersections, where P<N×M. The intersections include ghost key positions free of the key switches, and safe key positions being of a number at least equal to P. Each key switch is disposed at a corresponding safe key position. Each ghost key position cooperates with a corresponding group of first, second and third ones of the safe key positions to constitute four corners of a rectangle in the key matrix. A processing unit provides a scan signal to each scan line during a scan period, receives at least one scan line from the return lines in response to operation of at least one key switch, and outputs an input signal corresponding to operation of the at least one key switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignees: Silitek Electronic (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd., Lite-On Tehcnology Corp.
    Inventors: Mao-Ta Tsao, Wen-Tong Liu
  • Patent number: 8258976
    Abstract: The present invention concerns application of a unique conductive electrode geometry used to form an efficient wideband, one- or two-way wireless data link between autonomous systems separated by some distance along a bore hole drill string. One objective is the establishment of an efficient, high bandwidth communication link between such separated systems, using a unique electrode configuration that also aids in maintaining a physically robust drill string. Insulated or floating electrodes of various selected geometries provide a means for sustaining or maintaining a modulated electric potential adapted for injecting modulated electrical current into the surrounding sub-surface medium. Such modulated current conveys information to the systems located along the drill string by establishing a potential across a receiving insulated or floating electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Scientific Drilling International, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Price, Donald H. Van Steenwyk, Harold T Buscher
  • Patent number: 8253851
    Abstract: A keyboard includes a keyboard body, and a camera module. The camera module includes a support, a receiving portion and a camera unit. The support includes a first connecting end and a first receiving end. The receiving portion includes a rotating end and an opposite second receiving end. The support is rotatably coupled to the keyboard body by the first connecting end. The rotating end is rotatably received in the first receiving end and the camera unit is received in the second receiving end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu-Rong Liu
  • Patent number: 8237600
    Abstract: A telephonic device includes at least one control element in the form of, or positioned in a configuration on the control device corresponding to, a part of a face. The control element performs a function of the device associated with the part of the face. In certain embodiments, the at least one control element is in the shape and/or position of a mouth for answering an incoming telephone call, placing an outgoing telephone call, activating a microphone, and/or performing mute/unmute functions. In additional embodiments, the at least one control element is in the shape and/or position of an eye for display of one or more stored numbers. In additional embodiments, the at least one control element is in the shape and/or position of an ear for adjusting volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: About Face Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Kimberly A. McRae
  • Patent number: 8237585
    Abstract: A wireless communication system for use in well, subsea, and oilfield-related environments employs one or more wireless network devices that offer short-range wireless communication between devices without the need for a central network which may have a device using a BLUETOOTH protocol. The system may be used for telemetry, depth correlation, guidance systems, actuating tools, among other uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas H. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8237593
    Abstract: A character input device and its method are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Eui-Jin Oh
  • Patent number: 8229226
    Abstract: The present invention provides a real-time motion recognition method for identifying whether an inertia-sensing device is in active state or not according to an angular velocity signal detected with respect to the device. The present invention further provides an inertia-sensing and trajectory-reconstruction device incorporated with the foregoing method for recording detected acceleration and angular velocity signals while the device is in operation so as to reconstruct a corresponding trajectory which is capable of being subsequently utilized to be a basis of writing recognition and motion analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Fang-Chen Chuang, Guo-Yuan Zeng, Gwo-Yun Lee, Hsuan-Lih Lin
  • Patent number: 8223040
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and method for operating a touch keypad, the mobile terminal including a touch keypad, a touch sensor processor for sensing a signal inputted from a key selected by a user on the touch keypad and outputting location information corresponding to the selected key based upon the sensed signal, a Control Processor (CPU) for outputting at least one or more control signals based upon the outputted location information, and a light emitting diode controller for independently driving a light emitting diode corresponding to the selected key based upon the outputted control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dong-Seuck Ko, In-Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 8217285
    Abstract: An exemplary keyboard assembly includes a light source for emitting light, a light guide plate and a plurality of keys mounted on the light guide plate. The light guide plate includes a light incident surface facing the light source and a light emitting surface. Each key includes a cap, a light guide portion coupled to the cap, and a spring member configured for biasing the light guide portion in a direction away from the light emitting surface of the light guide plate. Each key is movable relative to the light guide plate, in response to manual manipulation thereto, between a depressed position where the light guide portion is attached to and optically coupled to the light emitting surface of the light guide plate thereby illuminating the cap, and a rest position where the light guide portion is spaced apart from the light emitting surface of the light guide plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jen-Tsorng Chang
  • Patent number: 8217804
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and circuitry for transmitting signals in a frequency-hopping, spread-spectrum, AMR network using mobile receivers operating at greater than 1 milliwatt and providing data profiling data to be read out through an I/O port or transmitted over the RF network, which may use one-way or two-way communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Badger Meter, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly Laughlin-Parker, John Fillinger, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8217289
    Abstract: A keyboard and key structure thereof includes a keycap, an elastic element, a supporting element, a base and a frame. The elastic element is located below the keycap. The supporting element has a supporting part, a connecting part and an end part, wherein the supporting part supports the keycap and the connecting part connects the supporting part and the end part. The base supports the elastic element. The frame secures the end part on the base. A keyboard includes a plurality of key structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Darfon Electronics Corp.
    Inventor: Chia-Hung Liu
  • Patent number: 8207873
    Abstract: A method for input of text symbols into an electronic device having a reduced keyboard is disclosed. The reduced keyboard has keys representing a plurality of characters. The method comprises receiving character inputs from the reduced keyboard. The method also comprises identifying symbol variants based on the received character inputs. The method further comprises displaying a list of symbol variants. The method further comprises receiving a symbol selected from the list of symbol variants. The symbol is a syllable in a first language. The method further comprises identifying syllable variants in a second language corresponding to the syllable in the first language. The method further comprises receiving an input syllable selected from the syllable variants in the second language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Vadim Fux
  • Patent number: 8203908
    Abstract: An improved energy efficient intelligent pulser driver used for generating a mud pulse in a MWD (measurement while drilling) application. In the pulser driver, a direct current (DC) powered control circuit activates a three-phase DC brushless motor that operates a servo-valve. Opening of the servo-valve equalizes pressure in a plenum causing the operation of a main valve reducing flow area and causing a pressure spike in the mud column. Closing of the servo-valve creates a reduction in mud pressure that operates the main valve and increases the flow area causing an end to the pressure spike. The servo-valve is powered both in opening and closing operations by the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Newsco Directional Support Services Inc.
    Inventors: F. Dale Pratt, Axel M. Schmidt, Kenneth A. Lambe
  • Patent number: 8203467
    Abstract: Provided are an apparatus, method, and medium for expanding the number of input channels, more particularly, an apparatus and method for expanding the number of input channels, which can expand the number of input channels using a limited number of input code values. The apparatus includes a first input unit, a second input unit, and a control unit. The first input unit has a plurality of buttons arranged therein, the buttons each being assigned a predetermined input code value. The second input unit is formed on one side of the first input unit and has a plurality of buttons arranged therein, the buttons each being assigned a predetermined input code value and each being formed to be adjacent to neighboring buttons of the first input unit. The control unit performs predetermined functions depending on a combination of buttons manipulated in the first input unit and the second input unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyoung-ho Kang, Seong-il Cho, Wook Chang, Byung-seok Soh, Yeun-bae Kim, Joon-ah Park
  • Patent number: 8189121
    Abstract: An advertising apparatus 10 including a generally flat base 12 and a broad face 14 which forms an acute angle 16 with the generally flat base 12. Further, the broad face 14 includes several display portions 20, 22, and 18 which, in one non-limiting embodiment of the invention, are programmable. In one non-limiting embodiment, the apparatus may include a selectively depressible alarm switch 100.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Kramer
  • Patent number: 8188883
    Abstract: A utility meter comprises a measurement circuit configured to measure commodity consumption and provide consumption data. A memory in the meter is configured to store meter data including the consumption data. The memory includes a plurality of memory segments, each of the plurality of memory segments protected by a different password. The meter further comprises a receiver configured to receive a memory request and an associated password from a source external to the utility meter. A controller in the meter is configured to grant or deny the memory request depending upon the associated password received from the source external to the utility meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr, Inc.
    Inventor: Warren T. Martin