Patents Examined by Timothy R Waggoner
  • Patent number: 10409960
    Abstract: We disclose a telemedicine device for tracking, dispensing, and retrieving medical supplies as well as methods of its use. The device includes a medical supply dispensing and retrieving station which includes a medical supply dispenser and medical supply receptacle. Both the medical supply dispenser and medical supply receptacle may include multiple compartments which house medical supplies. The device may include a communication port for receiving prescription information. The device includes a personal identification indicator which verifies the identity of the user and links the identity to the user's prescription information. The device may include medical devices. The medical devices may conduct measurements to confirm efficacy of a medical supply or screen for side effects. The device may confirm proper usage of a medical supply by weighing an unused portion of the medical supply and comparing it to the weight expected for the amount that should be remaining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Ben Swenson, Conrad Rosenbrock
  • Patent number: 10407294
    Abstract: A fuel island redundant monitoring system having sensors of varying purpose to transmit data signals to dual remote monitoring stations. One monitoring site is a live monitoring station manned by personnel. The other monitoring station is a data receiving station utilizing unmanned machines, e.g., computers. The unmanned data station is capable of transmitting information to the manned monitoring station, to local fuel island managers and/or to local emergency responders, and/or to control equipment at the fuel island. The manned monitoring station is capable of transmitting commands or inquiries to the unmanned data station and/or to control equipment at the fuel island, and/or to local fuel island managers and/or to local emergency responders. Sensors may be dedicated to either the unmanned data station or the manned live monitoring station, or may send data to both stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: HOLYSTONE USA, INC.
    Inventor: R. Keith Barker
  • Patent number: 10404327
    Abstract: The robot control system includes: a control device for controlling a machine; a portable wireless operation panel for performing wireless communication with the control device to control the machine; a distance measuring unit for measuring the distance between the machine and the portable wireless operation panel; and a warning generator that emits a warning to the operator or stops the machine when the distance between the machine and the portable wireless operation panel exceeds a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryoutarou Inaba, Yoshiki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10399764
    Abstract: A pill feeder accepts a quantity of pills and organizes the pills into a single file where each pill is output in a controlled orientation at a controlled rate. The pill feeder includes a rotating disk, a rotating rim, a lift gate, a separator gate, and an exit path. The rotating disk receives and moves pills in a rotation direction about a surface of the rotating disk at a first angular velocity. The rotating rim that moves pills received from the rotating disk in the same rotation direction as the rotating disk. The lift gate raises a height above the surface of the rotating rim that permits passage of a single layer of the plurality of pills. A transition to an exit chute of the pill feeder provides a plurality of slopes to control the orientation of pills transitioning from the rim to the exit chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: PerceptiMed, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Jeffrey Jacobs, Brandon Michael Loeb
  • Patent number: 10369081
    Abstract: Concepts presented herein relate to approaches for loading a medication dispenser. In one aspect, a medication schedule is obtained and compartments for medication to be positioned in the medication dispenser are identified. A particular medication is selected to be loaded and an indication is provided of the compartment that will hold the particular medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Dose Health, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Hines
  • Patent number: 10360751
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for dispensing objects from automated storage and retrieval systems such as medications is disclosed which may also include a singulator to assure singulation (retrieval of singular objects). The singulator may be an imaging system to confirm and/or identify the objects being dispensed and/or a variable orifice dynamically adjustable to a specific object or pill size, and through which only a single object or pill is allowed to pass. The system may further include a flexible probe so as to reduce the size of the system where the movement of the probe relative to or while retrieving objects is accomplished by advancing/retracting a flexible tube. The method and apparatus may further include an imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Pharmadva, LLC
    Inventors: Michel J. Berg, Jeffrey C. Robertson, Lowell A. Onderdonk, Joel M. Reiser, Kenneth D. Corby
  • Patent number: 10350143
    Abstract: A portable compact scaled-down programmable system for authorized dispensing of medicines is illustrated. The system includes at least one enclosure, a dispenser unit having an integrated cap and a plurality of dispensing slots, adapted to facilitate dispense of at least one medicine to an authentic user. The system further includes a driving mechanism for the upward and downward movement of the dispenser unit, a control unit to facilitate controlled functioning of functional units of the system, a primary sensor unit to facilitate the identification and authorization, a power supply unit, a micro-USB, a GNSS module, a set of status indicators having a liquid crystal display, a speaker, a vibrator and a LED, a set of knobs, and a communication facilitator. Further, the system can be operated either in stand-alone mode and or in paired mode. The system is configured to include a plurality of internet of things [IoT] modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Murugesan Govindasamy, Cassie Sleppy
  • Patent number: 10342622
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for estimating the spatial position (pose) of a tool (2) within an object (1), particularly in the form of a human bone that is to be machined with said tool, comprising: a sensor (21) being designed to be coupled to said tool (2), which sensor (21) is further designed to generate an sensor output signal (31) upon machining of said object (1) along an actual trajectory (30), which sensor output signal (31) depends on a material property of said object along said actual trajectory (30), an analyzing means being designed to determine a correlation between said sensor output signal (31) upon machining said object (1) and a plurality of pre-determined candidate output signals (42), each candidate output signal (42) being generated in beforehand using said material property along an associated model trajectory (40) in a model of said object (1), and wherein said analyzing means is designed to estimate a spatial position of the tool (2) within the object (1) using the model traject
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Universitat Bern
    Inventors: Brett J. Bell, Stefan Weber, Tom Williamson
  • Patent number: 10343285
    Abstract: A robot includes a movable section capable of moving a discharging section including a discharge port capable of discharging an object. While the movable section is moving on the basis of a track including a curve, when the object is discharged to a target object from the discharge port, an absolute value of moving speed of the discharge port is larger than 0 mm/s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Matsuura, Yudai Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10342740
    Abstract: A cabinet for securely storing items includes a drawer enclosure, a drawer, a cover, an electric actuator, and a switch. The drawer is slidable at least partially into and out of the enclosure, and includes a compartment. A cover which is configured as a metal belt is designed to selectively block access to the compartments of the drawer when the cover is in a first configuration, and to allow access to the compartment when the cover is in a second configuration. The electric actuator is designed to move the cover from the first configuration to the second configuration in one of two directions. The actuator selects the direction to reduce the time required to make such movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ARxIUM, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Michael
  • Patent number: 10335000
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing wipes and hygiene products with a rectangular container having a bottom, a top, and upstanding sides defining an enclosed space with one open side, and hanging disposed at the top or the sides of the dispenser and adapted for suspending the dispenser from an existing bathroom tissue holder's spindle roll or holder's bar used for mounting a conventional bathroom tissue roll, three hook like arms at the top end, a nipple on the outside of both side walls, a lip at the bottom of the front open side, openings on both side walls for to secure lugs, and detachable square side containers having lugs and an attached lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Lim
  • Patent number: 10332331
    Abstract: A modular vending machine is provided. The modular vending machine can include a central module having a pickup area and one or more product storage cabinets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Xuejun Li, Emad Jafa, Joshua Drake, Michael D. Clapper, Brian D. Clark, Victor Jon Fageroos, Steven Dean Larson, Brian Ness, Michael Chiugu, Chad Rorabaugh, Brian Douglas Ripley, Dean Minar
  • Patent number: 10322508
    Abstract: A method is provided for operating a robotic device having a kinematic chain of movable components. The method includes: detecting respective values at least one characteristic of a plurality of the movable components by sensors arranged on the kinematic chain or in the vicinity of the kinematic chain; ascertaining a maximum value based on the detected values; comparing the ascertained maximum value with a predefined first safety limit by a controller of the robotic device; and adjusting the at least one characteristic or a further characteristic of the kinematic chain when the ascertained maximum value has a predefined relationship with the first safety limit, in order to increase the operating safety of the robotic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: KUKA Roboter GmbH, Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Abhinav Gulhar, Philip Mewes, Holger Mönnich, Sabine Thürauf
  • Patent number: 10325440
    Abstract: A kiosk for vending and reverse-vending of mobile electronic devices. The kiosk includes a case that defines an inner compartment configured to store mobile devices for vending. The case includes a front panel and a user interface is positioned along the front panel. The kiosk includes a vending bay and a storage bay configured to receive user mobile devices. The kiosk includes a diagnostic cable wire harness configured to be accessible at the storage bay. The kiosk includes a computing device having a communication element configured for communication with at least one carrier server for service activation and/or de-activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Vital Sales Force, LLC
    Inventors: George Greg Abdelmalak, Joshua Cole
  • Patent number: 10318713
    Abstract: A smart carrier has a housing comprising one or more docking locations configured to accept a secure receptacle, a wireless interface module disposed within the housing, and a processor disposed within the housing and operatively coupled to the one or more docking locations and the wireless interface module. The processor is configured to communicate with an external device through the wireless interface module and with a secure receptacle that is mated with one of the one or more docking locations. The smart carrier also has a battery disposed within the housing and configured to provide all operational power to the processor, the wireless interface module, and the one or more docking locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CAREFUSION 303, INC.
    Inventors: Gary Bell, Gary John LaTorraca, Brendan Burgess
  • Patent number: 10318714
    Abstract: Methods, computer systems, and computer-storage medium are provided for insulin pen association. A stand-alone insulin pen administration device integrates with BCMA and EHR systems and also operates independently as an insulin administration patient educational tool. The insulin pen administration device contains a library of insulin products, unique identifiers that allow the pen administration device to identify the correct product (e.g., insulin pen), size, and concentration when the insulin pen is scanned and loaded into the pen administration device or administered to the patient. Additionally, approved insulin protocols (i.e. sliding scales) can be entered into the pen administration device to allow for administration of insulin when these protocols are ordered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Mark Portnoy
  • Patent number: 10317348
    Abstract: A method of receiving and checking individualized compound doses of medicines the steps of receiving a plurality of dispensed medicines that form an individualized compound dose of medicines, assessing the composition of the individualized compound dose of medicines trough automated recognition of the received medicines, checking the assessed composition of the received individualized compound dose of medicines against a record for the composition of that individualized compound dose of medicines, and if the outcome of the check is positive, discharging the received individualized compound dose of medicines to be packaged in a dose compartment of a multi dose compartment package, and if the outcome of the check is negative, discharging the received individualized compound dose of medicines other than to be packaged in a dose compartment of the multi dose compartment package. The disclosure also includes a device for receiving and checking individualized compound doses of medicines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBAL FACTORIES TOTAL ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING B.V.
    Inventor: Richard Rudolf Theodoor van den Brink
  • Patent number: 10311401
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to a system having one or more computerized kiosks (102, 150, 160, 180, 192) operable to associate a personal protection device (104) to a worker's personal information. In some embodiments, the kiosk (102, 150, 160, 180, 192) can use the worker's personal information to custom configure the personal protection device (104), so that the device (104) will better suit the needs of the specific worker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Venkata Subbaiah Y, Ashok Giri, Kuldeep Sharma, Rachana K J, Sudeesh Thatha, Neal Anthony Muggleton, Sudhir Kamath, Vishnu Vardhan, Kushagra Thakur, Praveen Galagali, Pierre Van Neste, Chinmaya Kar, Liana Maria Kiff, Mohammed Ibrahim Mohideen
  • Patent number: 10303854
    Abstract: An automated dispensing device for a pharmaceutical order filling system includes an order processing device to receive a pharmaceutical order. The order processing device includes a cell for containing an available quantity of a pharmaceutical of the pharmaceutical order, and an insert received in the cell. The insert has a dispensing tube, and is adapted to receive the available quantity of the pharmaceutical and to dispense a measured quantity of the pharmaceutical through the dispensing tube. The cell includes a funnel having a weighted gate adapted to receive the dispensing tube of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Express Scripts Strategic Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan W. Joplin
  • Patent number: 10301120
    Abstract: A device for increasing the safety of amusement rides, in particular carousels, roller coasters or the like, and comprising at least one mechatronic system, characterized in that the mechatronic system comprises means for taking over completely or at least partially the function, in particular the support function, of a mechanic component in the event of a defect thereof and to detect said taking over and to provide an error signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Mack Rides GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Günter Burger