Patents Examined by Travis R Hunnings
  • Patent number: 11365574
    Abstract: Provided is a hinge that can prevent a defect, a failure, or the like with greater certainty, and enables inspection and repair work to be efficiently carried out. A hinge comprises a first wing member that is connected to a first connection object and a second wing member that is connected to a second connection object. The hinge rotatably connects the second connection object to the first connection object. The hinge comprises a sensor that detects a change inside the hinge or in a prescribed external environment change in the external environment detected by the sensor to the outside via a sensor that detects a prescribed component constituting an odor, a gas sensor that detects a prescribed gas, a dust sensor that detects the amount of dust, and a illumination sensor that detects brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: SIMOTEC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideo Hotomi, Takashi Shimonishi
  • Patent number: 11358419
    Abstract: A method for detecting wheel units mounted at wheels of a vehicle and for detecting wheel mounting positions belonging to each of the wheel units is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of: positioning a mobile communication device at a predetermined start position with respect to the vehicle, moving the mobile communication device from the start position along a path around the vehicle, receiving RF signals from the wheel units and measuring the RF signal strengths thereof by the mobile communication device when moving along the path around the vehicle, performing an analysis of variations of the measured RF signal strengths of the received RF signals depending on the position of the mobile communication device along the path, identifying the wheel units and identifying the wheel mounting positions based on a result of the analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Kretschmann, Parthiv Dharamshi, Michael Löffler, Jean-Philippe Boisset
  • Patent number: 11361643
    Abstract: A system for locating a detection system within a predetermined area includes a fiber optic harness defining at least one node in communication with the predetermined area. Light is received at the at least one node. At least one emitter is arranged in communication with the at least one node. A control system is operably coupled to the at least one emitter and the at least one node to determine a physical location of the at least one node relative to the predetermined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Birnkrant, Alan Matthew Finn, Jennifer M. Alexander, David L. Lincoln
  • Patent number: 11355016
    Abstract: A computer system receives a request to locate a vehicle within a facility. The computer system parses the request to identify one or more characteristics of the vehicle. The computer system identifies a sensor corresponding to the vehicle based on the one or more characteristics of the vehicle. The computer system identifies a most recent location of the vehicle based on the last registered position of the vehicle within the facility. The computer system transmits a signal to a parking spot sensor at the most recent location of the vehicle in the facility. The computer system receives the unique identification. The computer system determines that the unique identification of the vehicle sensor co-located with the parking spot sensor matches the sensor of the requested vehicle. The computer system reports to the user a current location of the vehicle within the facility based on a location of the parking spot sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventors: Micah Price, Geoffrey Dagley, Jason Richard Hoover, Stephen Michael Wylie, Qiaochu Tang
  • Patent number: 11354996
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus for social distancing alert notification based on location is provided. The electronic apparatus includes a first sensor mountable on a first living entity. The electronic apparatus stores information related to a plurality of detection ranges of the first sensor with respect to a plurality of specific geographic locations. The electronic apparatus acquires location information associated with the first living entity. The electronic apparatus compares the acquired location information with the plurality of specific geographic locations. The electronic apparatus sets the detection range of the first sensor from the plurality of detection ranges based on the comparison. The electronic apparatus detects a second living entity at the geo-location of the first living entity based on the detection range. The electronic apparatus controls output of a notification to the first living entity based on the detected second living entity is within the detection range of the first sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Brant Candelore
  • Patent number: 11337483
    Abstract: A protection device is disclosed, where the protection device comprises an eye protection shield, a light beacon, and a control circuitry to control the light beacon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Ricardo Segura, Joseph C. Schneider
  • Patent number: 11341833
    Abstract: An industrial plant monitoring system includes: a first terminal attached to a worker and having a gyro sensor generating inclination information based on a movement of the worker; a server receiving the inclination information; and a second terminal configured to communicate with the server. The server performs processing of acquiring a number of pieces of the inclination information generated during a predetermined period and exceeding a predetermined inclination angle, processing of determining whether the acquired number of pieces of the inclination information exceeds a predetermined value or not, and processing of transmitting first alarm information to the second terminal when it is determined that the number of pieces of the inclination information exceeds the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazufumi Kato, Shingo Kumagai
  • Patent number: 11315406
    Abstract: Systems and methods for emergency event reporting and emergency notification are provided herein. An example method includes monitoring a location of one or more devices of a plurality of devices, selecting an environmental safety condition for the one or more devices using the location, and selecting a device behavior for the one or more devices, the device behavior including a physical response produced by the one or more devices that is based on the environmental safety condition and the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: WEARSAFE LABS, LLC
    Inventors: David B. Benoit, Phillip A. Giancarlo
  • Patent number: 11315401
    Abstract: A security apparatus comprises a body comprising a first guide and a second guide extending along a guide axis and positioned at opposing side of the body, a first holder moveably coupled to the first guide, and a second holder moveably coupled to the second guide. The security apparatus further comprises an actuator, and at least one driver operatively coupled to the actuator and positioned along the guide axis. The driver is connected to the first holder and the second holder. A controller is in communication with the actuator and comprises a controller input, wherein in response to an authorized input, the actuator is configured to drive the driver to move the first holder along the first guide and to move the second holder along the second guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Scorpion Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Franklyn W. Gulick, Jr., Gary R. Page, Patrick McEwen, Andrew Bartoszewski
  • Patent number: 11317270
    Abstract: Systems and methods present practical applications to directing emergency alerts from cellular-based message distribution systems to distributed desktop applications via a desktop application gateway. Logic in the desktop applications and their corresponding IP network gateways for the desktop application may direct alerts from the cellular-based system to distributed desktop applications having a connection to the gateway. A distributed application may determine a location of the user and include enhancements to display the alert at a user's computing device. The gateway for the distributed application may store the location information for each logged-in user or registered instance of the user. An interface between the cell broadcast center and the distributed application gateway may allow the gateway to receive the alert, including a region for distributing the alert, from the cell broadcast center, and send the alert to all registered users with a location matching the alert region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Sudhanshu Pandey, Raghavendra Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 11305160
    Abstract: A device includes a signaling means and a motion sensor, and logic for activating or controlling the signaling means in response to a sensed motion according to an embedded logic. The device may be used as a toy, and may be shaped like a play ball or as a handheld unit. It may be powered from a battery, either chargeable from an AC power source directly or contactless by using induction or by converting electrical energy from harvested kinetic energy. The embedded logic may activate or control the signaling means, predictably or randomly, in response to sensed acceleration magnitude or direction, such as sensing the crossing of a preset threshold or sensing the peak value. The visual means may be a numeric display for displaying a value associated with the count of the number of times the threshold has been exceeded or the peak magnitude of the acceleration sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: May Patents Ltd.
    Inventor: Yehuda Binder
  • Patent number: 11308773
    Abstract: A system for directing an emergency evacuation within a building composed of one or more rooms is provided. The system comprising: a fire panel (180); one or more fire detectors (114) configured to detect a fire in each of the one or more rooms; a fire panel (180) in electronic communication with each of the one or more fire detectors (114), the fire panel (180) being configured to determine evacuation information in response to whether a fire is detected in each of the one or more rooms; and one or more hologram systems (120) in electronic communication with the fire panel (180), wherein each of the one or more hologram systems (120) is configured to generate a hologram in the one or more rooms to convey evacuation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sowmya Paturu, Prasad Babu Lakshmipathy, Sreeramya Soratkal, Suzankumar Gongate, Chandra Shekhar Pullela, Devendra Gupta, Liang Cai, Jianwei Zhao, Qiang Li
  • Patent number: 11302167
    Abstract: A sanitizable audio device for use in neonatal care and method of use are provided herein. The audio device comprises a smooth shell defining an outer surface and an inner surface. The outer surface forms a curved continuous smooth surface. The inner surface supports electronic elements. The shell defines one or more switch apertures, housing one or more actuatable electrical switches, in communication with the electronic elements. The method of use comprises generating an audio output including selecting content that is age appropriate for a particular infant, altering a sound emission of a recording of a care-giver of the particular infant, and programming a music player to emit the audio output below an age dependent volume, for an age dependent number of intervals per day and per week, for an age dependent duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
    Inventors: Nathalie Maitre, Will Ray, Olena Chorna, Ellyn Evans
  • Patent number: 11292545
    Abstract: A multimedia system may include a main control unit of a bicycle lock, a display unit, and a cloud server. The display unit may include a plurality of display screens. The main control unit may report an electric quantity of the shared bicycle to the cloud server when the bicycle lock is unlocked. The cloud server may send multimedia information to the main control unit when the shared bicycle is at a high level of electric quantity. The main control unit may refrain from turning on the display unit when the shared bicycle is at a low level of electric quantity. The multimedia system may turn on or off a display screen according to the electric quantity of the shared bicycle, and the display screen may display the multimedia information for advertising. The multimedia system may further include a navigation module to provide navigation for users and facilitate user travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: HANGZHOU QINGQ SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gang Li, Guotai He, Shenghong Cai, Zaixing Li, Sheng Liu
  • Patent number: 11295595
    Abstract: An emergency alert system is described. The emergency alert system comprises at least one alert device; a control module connected to the alert device for managing the emergency alert system 5 through radio frequency communications over a radio link; and a portable remote-control unit for sending a signal to the control module, via the radio link, upon a user activating the remote-control unit to trigger an emergency alert using the alert device, wherein the control module is used to determine a physical location of the portable remote-control unit via the radio link in the event of the emergency alert being triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Inventis Technology Pty Limited
    Inventor: Joel Stephen Murray
  • Patent number: 11295597
    Abstract: A system for securely transporting an item is disclosed, the system comprising a container comprising walls defining an inner cavity and a detection means for detecting tampering, wherein the detection means is contained within the walls of the container. The system further comprises an electronic sensor module, wherein the electronic sensor module comprises a continuity sensor configured to detect a discontinuity in the detection means. The system further comprises a transmitter configured to transmit a signal indicative of whether or not the continuity sensor has detected a discontinuity in the detection means. The signal may comprise a first type of signal responsive to the continuity sensor not detecting a discontinuity in the detection means and a second type of signal responsive to the continuity sensor detecting a discontinuity in the detection means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Timothy Neville Walsh
  • Patent number: 11288947
    Abstract: A manual call point (MCP) (130) is provided and includes a housing (210), a frangible element (220) disposed on the housing (210) to be accessible to and operable by a user and a control system (120). The control system (120) is disposed within the housing (210). The control system (120) includes a detector (232) configured to detect frangible element (220) operations, a sensor (233) configured to measure forces applied to the frangible element (220) and a processing unit (234) configured to initiate an alarm responsive to the detector (232) detecting a frangible element (220) operation, to determine whether the measured forces are indicative of an event and to generate a report in accordance with determination results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: ELECTRONIC MODULAR SERVICES LTD.
    Inventor: Edward Saunders
  • Patent number: 11288952
    Abstract: A system and a method for processing multiple signals generated by sensors processing to identify and/or monitor physiological data of an individual (for example in healthcare system) or general statement of an environment, a predetermined space (for example a room, a machine, a building) or an object (for example in smart home system, environment monitoring system, fire prevention system or the like).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: CHRONOLIFE
    Inventors: Sihem Kime, Guillaume Chenegros, Claire Marin
  • Patent number: 11273336
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a device (1100) for monitoring a storage height (2100) of a warehouse (2000), in particular a shelf warehouse, preferably a high-bay warehouse, comprising at least: a sensor (1110) that is in particular designed to be arranged in an upper region of the warehouse (2000), wherein the sensor (1110) is configured so as: to perform a distance measurement (Di, DN) of a distance (Di, DN) that is substantially horizontal with respect to the warehouse (2000) and that monitors a predefined maximum storage height (2120), and a measurement and/or control unit (1120) that is configured so as to output a message (F, W) in the event of an exceedance (Ü) of the predefined maximum storage height (2120) being detected by the sensor (1110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Minimax Viking Research & Development GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Böke, Frank Friede, Stephan Bludau
  • Patent number: 11272313
    Abstract: A system and method for providing communication with a tracking device are disclosed. An example tracking device includes a location detector, a communication device, memory, a processor, and a configuration routine. The location detector is operative to determine locations of the tracking device. The communication device is operative to communicate with a remote system. The memory stores data and code, the data including location data determined by the location detector and configuration data. The processor is operative to execute the code to impart functionality to the tracking device. The functionality of the tracking device depends at least in part on the configuration data. The configuration routine is operative to modify the configuration data responsive to communications from the remote system. Thus, functional access to the tracking device is provided to the remote system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Inventergy LBS, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick E. Bertagna, Michael J. DiBella