Patents Examined by Toan N. Pham
  • Patent number: 10692349
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve an apparatus, systems, and methods for providing intelligent alerts for garments. Garment attribute data describing a plurality of garments is accessed. An alert condition is detected based on the garment attribute data. A human-detectable sensory alert is provided in response to detecting the alert condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, David Ramadge, Bria Selhorst, Corinne Sherman Stewart, Matthew Bret MacLaurin, Timothy Carlson
  • Patent number: 10691094
    Abstract: A technique for operating a power subsystem includes determining a respective power status of power devices in the power subsystem. The power devices include a first power device and a second power device that derives power from the first power device. Respective visual indicators of the first and second power devices are controlled to uniquely indicate which of the first and second power devices have an associated fault based on the respective power status of the power devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brent W. Yardley, James M. Fox, William Fast, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10692346
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved electronic fall monitoring system comprising a device having multiple sensor ports for flexibly monitoring various sensors associated with a single patient without requiring repeated connections and disconnections of sensors. With several sensors simultaneously connected at different locations, a processor can execute to ensure that only one sensor, corresponding to one patient, is monitored at any given time, including by triggering an alarm when a second sensor is triggered while a first sensor is in use. In addition, operation of the device can be simplified with a single multi-color LED illuminating in different colors corresponding to different states of the system. Also, a power switch for turning the device on or off, such as for conserving power, can be placed in a recess of the device so that it is blocked when mounted, thereby avoiding being turned off when it should be monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: TIDI Products, LLC
    Inventors: Roy Seizo Carr, Glen Holt Humphrey, Drew Deem Coatney, Himanshu Patel, Lisa McHale
  • Patent number: 10685548
    Abstract: Guide systems for indicating a distance between a first object and a second object and a method for visually representing a distance between two objects as the distance reduces are provided. A sensor measures a distance between the first object and the second object. A processor receives a distance measurement from the sensor and determines whether the distance measured by the sensor is within one of a plurality of distance intervals. Upon determining that the distance is within one of the plurality of distance intervals, the processor displays a distance indicator on the display. The distance indicator is located on the display based on the distance according to a scale for the distance interval, where a display area on the display represents the distance interval. The scale for the distance intervals becomes finer as the distance between the first object and the second object decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: David Haddon, Brett Wood, Navinda Kottege, Paul Flick
  • Patent number: 10683008
    Abstract: A vehicular driving assist system includes a forward-viewing camera and a side object detection system disposed at a vehicle equipped with the vehicular driving assist system. The side object detection system includes a driver side-sensing radar sensor and a passenger side-sensing radar sensor. Image data captured by the forward-viewing camera is processed to detect traffic lane markers for a lane departure warning system of the equipped vehicle. Responsive at least in part to one of the radar sensors detecting a vehicle travelling in the same direction as the equipped vehicle and approaching from rearward of the equipped vehicle in a traffic lane that is to the respective side of the traffic lane that the equipped vehicle is travelling in, the vehicular driving assist system alerts a driver of the equipped vehicle of presence of the detected vehicle regardless of turn signal usage by the driver of the equipped vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: John A. Pawlicki, Martha A. McMahon, Steven G. Chinn, Joel S. Gibson
  • Patent number: 10676168
    Abstract: A breathing-air tank pressure tracking system includes a housing having lights mounted therein. The lights are spaced-apart from one another and disposed along a line. A pressure sensor is coupled to a tank containing pressurized breathing air. The pressure sensor detects a pressure of the pressurized breathing air and produces a signal indicative thereof. The housing is configured to be coupled to an exterior portion of a dive helmet wherein the lights are positioned in a field-of-view of a user wearing the dive helmet. A controller, mounted in the housing, is coupled to the pressure sensor and the lights. The controller activates selected ones of the lights based on the signal received from the pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Brian C. Wentworth, Dennis Gallagher, Richard Manley, William Hughes, III, Bryan Le
  • Patent number: 10672248
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mitigating drowsy and/or sleepy driving may include utilizing vehicle-related and wellness-related telematics to detect and/or predict drowsy and/or sleepy driving states of a driver of a vehicle and take mitigating actions to thereby increase the safety of the driver and other people and/or vehicles in the vicinity of the driver's vehicle. Vehicle-related telematics data and wellness-related telematics data (which may include sleep data) may be collected via sensors that disposed on-board the vehicle, in the vehicle's environment, and at a personal health/fitness tracker of the driver. The collected data may be collectively interpreted to detect, predict, and/or otherwise discover information relating to a drowsy and/or sleepy state of the driver, and one or more mitigating actions may be automatically performed based on the discovered information to thereby mitigate undesirable effects of drowsy/sleepy driving and increase driving safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Brian Todd Hiles
  • Patent number: 10654408
    Abstract: A vehicle implementing a brake light indicator system, the brake light indicator system including a brake pedal to allow the vehicle to slow down in response to a driver depressing the brake pedal, at least one front brake indicator light disposed at a front portion of the vehicle, and a sensor to transmit a signal to the at least one front brake indicator light in response to the driver depressing the brake pedal, such that the at least one front brake indicator light illuminates in response to receiving the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Kipling Christopher Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10659937
    Abstract: An agent controller controls an agent that provides driving assistance information to a driver who drives a first vehicle. The agent controller includes a storage unit and a processor. The storage unit is configured to store vehicle recognition information of a second vehicle located around the first vehicle. The processor is configured to acquire an image around the first vehicle, captured by a camera. The processor is configured to identity a vehicle included in the captured image as the second vehicle that matches the vehicle recognition information. The processor is configured to transmit information to the second vehicle or receive information from the second vehicle by coordinating the agent of the first vehicle with an agent of the second vehicle identified by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Kume
  • Patent number: 10649534
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a communication circuit to communicate with at least one wearable device, and at least one processor electrically connected with the communication circuit. The at least one processor is configured to obtain position information on a position on which the at least one wearable device is placed on a user's body, and to transmit a control signal to the at least one wearable device through the communication circuit such that, when an output of a haptic pattern specified based on a function is requested, the at least one wearable device outputs a haptic feedback corresponding to the position information and the specified haptic pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Gu Lee, Ji Won Kim, Young Hak Oh, Sun Young Yi, Won Jun Lee, Kyu Ok Choi
  • Patent number: 10650660
    Abstract: An activity monitor is associated with a container, such as a medication bottle, and includes one or more detectors configured to detect activity associated with the bottle, such as movement, opening and/or closing, and changes in volume and/or mass. The activity monitor may include alerting devices and be programmed with scheduling information. The activity monitor may also, or instead, be part of a system and communicate with one or more remote devices such as a user device or monitoring system, such as to receive programming information from those devices or to output activity information to those devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Sam Johnson
  • Patent number: 10643451
    Abstract: An activity monitor which can be pre-programmed at the factory, the doctor's office or the pharmacist, or that can be programmed by the user. The activity monitor is affixed to a medicine bottle or container and activity associated with the bottle or container, such as movement, opening, volume changes, etc. are monitored in view to the schedule. If the schedule indicates that a dose of medicine should be taken at a particular time, but the monitored activity does not determine that the medicine has been taken, an alert signal will be issued to alert the user that it is time to take the medicine. In addition, if the monitored activity indicates that the medicine bottle has been opened prior to a scheduled time, then a tamper alert can be triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Sam Johnson
  • Patent number: 10638983
    Abstract: A graphical audio station of a nurse call system is operable to permit a user to perform one or more of the following functions: establish a two-way voice communication link with another computer device in another patient and/or with a another computer device located in another staff work area and/or with a wireless communication device carried by caregiver and/or with a telephone of the healthcare facility; broadcast a voice page to a group of other selected computer devices; compose and send a text message to a portable device that is carried by a caregiver and that has wireless communication capability; browse web pages and/or view multimedia content, such as videos, hosted on servers of the healthcare facility and/or that are accessible via the Internet; view and/or acknowledge and/or answer and/or cancel alerts or nurse calls originating in a plurality of patient rooms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Schuman, Patricia A. Glidewell, Erik E. Roehl
  • Patent number: 10640035
    Abstract: An out-of-vehicle notification device notifies a moving person in a vicinity of a host vehicle of information related to a behavior of the host vehicle while the host vehicle is being automatically driven. The out-of-vehicle notification device includes a moving person detecting unit configured to detect the moving person who is to be notified, an approaching vehicle detecting unit configured to detect an approaching vehicle approaching the moving person to be notified, a notification unit configured to perform notification of information with respect to an outside of the host vehicle, and a notification control unit configured to cause the notification unit to perform notification of vehicle stoppage information, which indicates that the host vehicle will be decelerated, when the moving person to be notified is detected and a traveling plan is a traveling plan in which the host vehicle is decelerated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Junichi Morimura
  • Patent number: 10640044
    Abstract: A vehicular vision system includes a plurality of cameras mounted at the vehicle and having respective fields of view exterior of the vehicle. The cameras include a serial data interface for transmitting captured image data to a control via a serial data bus linking the respective camera to the control. The control sends instructions to the cameras via the respective serial data bus linking the camera to the control. The control activates at least one of the cameras responsive to (i) a gear position of the vehicle, (ii) (ii) a driving condition, (iii) a steering angle of the vehicle, (iv) situational analysis information and/or (v) other vehicular sensing systems. Video images derived at least in part from image data captured by the activated camera are displayed at a video display screen of the vehicle for viewing by a driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Axel Nix, Yuesheng Lu
  • Patent number: 10645825
    Abstract: In accordance with the embodiments described herein, there is provided an enclosure system including an enclosure formed of an insulating material, and at least one heatsink arrangement formed of a thermally-conductive material. The heatsink arrangement includes at heat conductive surface configured as one of a pyramid, an inverted pyramid, a plateau, a spherical segment, and an inverted spherical segment. The heatsink arrangement in the enclosure system can be integrally formed from the enclosure such that a demarcation between the heatsink arrangement and the enclosure is water-tight. The enclosure and the heatsink arrangement can also be simultaneously integrally formed and enmeshed using additive manufacturing processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Steven F Hurt, Cynthia Hurt
  • Patent number: 10632965
    Abstract: A vehicle may offer a mobile device connection with the vehicle, the connection being to at least one of a simulated network connection or a simulated application connection, responsive to a stolen-vehicle trigger that is received by or detected by the vehicle. The vehicle may further gather predefined data from the mobile device, responsive to the mobile device accepting the offer and connecting to at least one of the simulated network connection or simulated application connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey William Wirtanen, Muhammad Khaledul Islam, Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 10631640
    Abstract: An adjustable desking system for supporting users in a plurality of ergonomic positions, the system comprising a plurality of sit-stand desks, each desk including a variable length leg assembly including an activator and a height adjustable worktop supported at a top end of the leg assembly and a master controller linked to each of the activators at the plurality of desks to control activation of each activator to raise and lower a worktop associated with the specific activator, wherein, the master controller controls worktop heights at each of the desks independent of user input when the desk is vacant and enables user control of the height of any worktop at a desk that is occupied by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Labrosse, Scott Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10629048
    Abstract: In an example method, a mobile device obtains a signal indicating an acceleration measured by a sensor over a time period. The mobile device determines an impact experienced by the user based on the signal. The mobile device also determines, based on the signal, one or more first motion characteristics of the user during a time prior to the impact, and one or more second motion characteristics of the user during a time after the impact. The mobile device determines that the user has fallen based on the impact, the one or more first motion characteristics of the user, and the one or more second motion characteristics of the user, and in response, generates a notification indicating that the user has fallen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Xing Tan, Huayu Ding, Parisa Deleh Hossein Zadeh, Harshavardhan Mylapilli, Hung A. Pham, Karthik Jayaraman Raghuram, Yann Jerome Julien Renard, Sheena Sharma, Alexander Singh Alvarado, Umamahesh Srinivas, Xiaoyuan Tu, Hengliang Zhang, Geoffrey Louis Chi-Johnston, Vivek Garg
  • Patent number: 10621854
    Abstract: An activity monitor which can be pre-programmed at the factory, the doctor's office or the pharmacist, or that can be programmed by the user. The activity monitor is affixed to a medicine bottle or container and activity associated with the bottle or container, such as movement, opening, volume changes, etc. are monitored in view to the schedule. If the schedule indicates that a dose of medicine should be taken at a particular time, but the monitored activity does not determine that the medicine has been taken, an alert signal will be issued to alert the user that it is time to take the medicine. In addition, if the monitored activity indicates that the medicine bottle has been opened prior to a scheduled time, then a tamper alert can be triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Sam Johnson