Patents Examined by Toan N. Pham
  • Patent number: 11397467
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method may include (1) presenting, using a visual display, an artificial environment to a user, (2) determining whether a virtual contact is being initiated between a virtual object in the artificial environment and a surface location of the user served by a vibrotactile stimulator coupled to the user, and (3) actuating, in response to determining that a virtual contact is being initiated between the virtual object and the surface location, the vibrotactile stimulator to generate a vibrotactile signal to simulate initiation of the virtual contact at the surface location, where the vibrotactile signal includes a magnitude-varying signal having a frequency that is constant relative to a simulated rigidity of the virtual object as presented by the visual display. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Serena Bochereau, Jonathan David Browder, Femke Elise van Beek, Raymond King
  • Patent number: 11392204
    Abstract: Disclosed are various techniques operating a linear resonant actuator (LRA). In some aspects, a method for operating an LRA includes generating an LRA control signal having a period, the period having an active portion and a high-Z portion according to a duty cycle; detecting, during the high-Z portion of the period, a back electromotive force (BEMF) threshold voltage crossing time and zero voltage crossing time; calculating a period; calculating a BEMF measurement window; calculating a target duty cycle based on the period, the BEMF measurement window, and a margin time; and adjusting the duty cycle of the LRA control signal towards the target duty cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Joshua Zazzera, Joseph Dale Rutkowski, Milind Sawant, Shivaprakash Halagur
  • Patent number: 11385716
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating and tuning haptic feedback is provided. The apparatus includes (A) a brace with first and second portions, (B) a vibrotactile actuator, coupled to the first portion of the brace, configured to apply haptic stimulations to a user, and (C) a linear actuator, coupled to the second portion of the brace, configured to (i) obtain a signal generated based on information about the user's body at a target location of the user and (ii) adjust a tension of the brace according to the signal. In some embodiments, the apparatus also includes one or more sensors configured to generate the information about the user's body at the target location. Furthermore, a controller may be configured to: (i) generate the signal based on the information about the user's body at the target location generated by the one or more sensors and (ii) provide the signal to the linear actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Gaurav Mukherjee, Kevin Shimasaki, Raymond King, Ali Israr, Cesare Valerio Parise, Daniele Piazza, Majed Jamal Samad, Elia Gatti, Nicholas Roy Corson
  • Patent number: 11383700
    Abstract: A vehicle travel control method includes, when controlling a vehicle having an autonomous travel control function to travel autonomously, detecting whether or not an object is present around the vehicle and displaying a predetermined pattern corresponding to a detection range at a certain position on a road surface toward the detection range so that the predetermined pattern is visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Renault S.A.S.
    Inventor: Yasuhisa Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 11369761
    Abstract: In a pump cap for a pharmaceutical container, there is an electronic unit adapted to record activation of the pump cap by a user for the release of the contents of the container and release the reporting signals in a wireless manner, and to enable operational energy to come from outside, via an appliance in the form of a personal digital assistant, in a wireless manner, in order to record one or several pump cap activations by a user and the wireless release of the reporting signals from one or more pump cap activations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventors: Hans-Jurgen Tritschler, Mario Weingart, Joachim Maus
  • Patent number: 11369321
    Abstract: A monitoring system includes one or more monitoring devices configured to detect conditions related to a monitored person and an artificial intelligence module configured to analyze historical information related to conditions of the monitored person and current information related to conditions of the monitored person and determine whether to generate an alert signal based on the analysis. The artificial intelligence module may also be configured to update the historical information related to the conditions of the monitored person based on the current information and responses to the alert signals. The system includes a moveable sensor and a monitored-person identification subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventor: Kevin Kwan
  • Patent number: 11373530
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for performing automatic lighting control includes receiving a selection of a lighting control, identifying an electric light, causing the electric light to perform an action; and displaying a response message to the user via the lighting control application. An automatic lighting control system includes a processor; and a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the system to receive a selection of a lighting control, identify an electric light, cause the electric light to perform an action; and display a response message to the user via the lighting control application. A non-transitory computer readable medium includes program instructions that when executed, cause a computer to receive a selection of a lighting control, identify an electric light, cause the electric light to perform an action; and display a response message to the user via the lighting control application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: CDW LLC
    Inventors: Colin R. Vallance, Michael Alan Robinson, Forrest Weinberg, Sankar Nair
  • Patent number: 11363952
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for real-time biological sensor data transmission and analysis. In one example, a method includes obtaining biological sensor data of a patient from one or more sensors of a health monitoring device and transmitting the biological sensor data in real-time from a patient's transmitting device to a clinician's remote receiving device that is wirelessly communicating with the transmitting device. Further, at the transmitting device, responsive to a request for analysis and/or storage from the remote receiving device, transmitting the real-time biological sensor data stream or a recording of the real-time biological sensor data to a computing sever for analysis and/or storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Eko Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Subramaniam Venkatraman, Michael Thompson, Scott Suarez, Connor Landgraf
  • Patent number: 11355013
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for generating a signal based on the information of the information system and transmitting/broadcasting the signal to the other vehicle. For example, a method includes receiving, by a processor, an indication that an information system of a vehicle is activated and in response to receiving the indication, generating, by the processor, a signal based on the activated information system of the vehicle. The method further includes broadcasting the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mingyu Wang
  • Patent number: 11348688
    Abstract: Presented are systems and methods for the accurate acquisition of medical measurement data of a body part of patient. To assist in acquiring accurate medical measurement data, an automated diagnostic and treatment system provides instructions to the patient to allow the patient to precisely position a medical instrument in proximity to a target spot of a body part of patient. For a stethoscope examination, the steps may include utilizing object tracking to determine if the patient has moved the stethoscope to a recording site; utilizing DSP processing to confirm that the stethoscope is in operation, utilizing DSP processing to generate a pre-processed audio sample from a recorded audio signal; using machine learning (ML) to determine if a signal of interest (SOI) is present in the pre-processed sample. If SoI is present, using ML to evaluate characteristics in the signal which indicate the presence of abnormalities in the organ being measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Advinow, Inc.
    Inventors: James Stewart Bates, Kristopher Perry, Chaitanya Prakash Potaraju, Pranav Bhatkal, Aditya Shirvalkar, Tristan Royal
  • Patent number: 11345298
    Abstract: A driver monitoring device includes a detector that detects a posture of a driver in a driver's seat of a vehicle based on an image captured by an image capturing device, a determination controller that determines whether an irregular posture can impede the vehicle from traveling safely based on a condition concerning traveling of the vehicle acquired from the vehicle and the posture of the driver detected by the detector, and one or more notifiers that provide a notification concerning the irregular posture in accordance with a result of a determination made by the determination controller. The one or more notifiers refrain from providing the notification concerning the irregular posture when the result of the determination indicates that the irregular posture does not impede the vehicle from traveling safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shinichi Yoshizawa
  • Patent number: 11345364
    Abstract: An attention calling device includes: a processor configured to execute an attention load reduction region setting process that sets an attention load reduction region that is a region monitored by a drive assisting device provided in a subject vehicle according to a drive assisting function exerted by operating the drive assisting device, and a display control process that performs an attention calling process by displaying a virtual image for the attention load reduction region in such a manner that conspicuity of the virtual image is lower than a region other than the attention load reduction region based on a position of the attention load reduction region recognized by a target object position recognizing process during operation of the drive assisting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshiaki Seo
  • Patent number: 11348461
    Abstract: A method of parking space dispatch includes receiving a user command, enqueueing the user command, analyzing an image of a parking area using a machine learning model, dequeueing the user command, and notifying the user of an identification of the available parking space. A vehicle parking spot dispatch system includes a processor and a memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the system to receive a user command, enqueue the user command, analyze an image of a parking area using a machine learning model, dequeue the user command, and notify the user of the available parking space. A non-transitory computer readable medium containing program instructions that when executed, cause a computer to receive a user command, enqueue the user command, analyze an image of a parking area using a machine learning model, dequeue the user command, and notify the user of the available parking space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: CDW LLC
    Inventors: Colin R. Vallance, Michael Alan Robinson, Forrest Weinberg, Sankar Nair
  • Patent number: 11328601
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method can comprise determining, by a system operatively coupled to a processor, points of interest comprising image coordinates in a set of images captured by an optical camera of a moving vehicle, determining, by the system, whether a multi-match exists in the set of images, in response to determining that the multi-match does not exist, rejecting, by the system, the points of interest, in response to determining that the multi-match exists, determining, by the system, whether the points of interest represent a false-positive determination of a stationary object, in response to determining that the points of interest are in motion and correspond to a false-positive, rejecting, by the system, the points of interest, and in response to determining that the points of interest are stationary and do not correspond to a false-positive, initiating, by the system, collision avoidance to avoid a stationary object corresponding to the points of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Malte Isaksson, Tomas Björklund
  • Patent number: 11320312
    Abstract: The system may include a setup app that is configured to locate, track and/or analyze activities of living beings in an environment. The system may be configured for determining a temperature of an object in a space, based on infrared (IR) energy data of IR energy from the object, determining location coordinates of the object in the space, comparing the location coordinates of the object to location coordinates of a fixture and determining that the object is a human being, in response to the temperature of the object being within a range, and in response to the location coordinates of the object being distinct from the location coordinates of the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: BUTLR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Honghao Deng, Jiani Zeng, Frances Jillian S. Qua
  • Patent number: 11318241
    Abstract: A wound monitoring system including a sensor for detecting color and flow rate of a fluid flowing through a wound drain tubing, a base station for receiving color and flow rate data from the sensor over the one or more networks, for storing the data, and for sending notifications over the one or more networks, and a user device for receiving the notification over the one or more networks. Also disclosed is a wound monitoring system that includes the sensor, the base station, a cloud server, and the user device. The base station receives the data from the sensor and transmits the data over one or more networks to the cloud server. Further disclosed is a wound drain monitoring method that employs the wound monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Medsix Inc.
    Inventors: Nikin Tharan, Indraneil Mukherjee, Niloy Choudhury, Max Narovlyansky
  • Patent number: 11322003
    Abstract: This application relates to an information output device using a unit block module. Due to the use of the unit block module, apparatus of various sizes may be simply constructed and/or designed, durability and user convenience may be improved, waterproof properties are provided, power consumption is minimized, and an operation error of a driving module may be minimized. And, when a pin is driven down, the pin may be driven down more easily by the attraction of a magnetic material and a magnetic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Dot Incorporation
    Inventors: Ju Yoon Kim, Ji Ho Kim, Hyeon Cheol Park
  • Patent number: 11312300
    Abstract: A method includes capturing object data using a data capture device of a vehicle, determining that the captured object data includes a relevant object based on a user profile associated with an occupant of the vehicle, and executing a notification at the vehicle indicating a presence of the relevant object in response to determining that the captured object data includes the relevant object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Akila C. Ganlath, Nejib Ammar, Prashant Tiwari
  • Patent number: 11308808
    Abstract: In a method for reducing risks in road traffic, using a motor vehicle an information signal is generated and transmitted to an analysis unit. The information signal contains a position of the corresponding motor vehicle and an associated hazard level. Using the analysis unit, the position is assigned to a route section and a risk characteristic value is determined as a function of the hazard level. Using the analysis unit, a risk signal is generated based on the risk characteristic value and provided to at least one traffic participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Matthias Klawitter, Daniel M√ľnning
  • Patent number: 11308785
    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: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Brian Todd Hiles