Patents Examined by Van T. Trieu
  • Patent number: 11904784
    Abstract: Provided are methods for detecting objects within a vehicle. The methods can include emitting at least one auditory signal within the vehicle during at least one first time interval; measuring a second auditory signal emitted by an object within the vehicle during the second time interval subsequent to the at least one first time interval, where the emission of the second auditory signal is caused by the emission of the least one first auditory signal; determining a location of the object within the vehicle based on the measurement of the second auditory signal; and generating an alert to a user indicating the location of that object. Systems and computer program products are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Motional AD LLC
    Inventor: Ashwin Arunmozhi
  • Patent number: 11904803
    Abstract: A system for and a method of wireless communication with a seat belt includes a seat belt sensor provided on a per-seat basis and configured to detect whether or not a seat belt is fastened, a secondary controller provided on a per-seat basis and configured to wake up through wireless communication with a vehicle, to transmit a secondary data signal, including a state of a buckle that is detected by a seat belt sensor, through the wireless communication, and to switch to a sleep state after the secondary data signal is transmitted, and a primary controller provided in the vehicle and configured to receive and store the secondary data signal wirelessly transmitted by each of the secondary controllers and to transmit the stored secondary data signal to a vehicle system controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA CORPORATION, SAMSONG INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Chang Kyu Bok, Dong Ryul Shin, Su Cheon Kim, Yong Chan Yoon, Man Seok Kim
  • Patent number: 11908303
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting when a mobile device is left in a vehicle, and returning forgotten devices to owners. Additionally, systems and methods are provided for preventing mobile devices from being left in vehicles. In particular, sensors inside a vehicle as well as sensors on mobile devices can be used to identify when a mobile device remains in a vehicle after the owner has exited the vehicle and ended their trip. Systems and methods are provided for notifying the user of the forgotten device and intelligently returning the device to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: GM Cruise Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Willem Gerrese, Jeremy Stephen Juel, Aakanksha Mirdha, Yifei Zhang
  • Patent number: 11906684
    Abstract: A carrier for installing an RFID tag in a utility marker tube provides a centering plate fitting against an upper edge of the tube and oriented and positioned either by inner tube walls and/or the outer tube wall periphery to locate a downwardly extending transducer support tab holding the transducer within the tube. The centering plate may be held in place by a separate or integrated cap retaining the centering plate while sealing the tube against environmental contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventors: Edward Jory, Michael Klonsinski, Jason Amos
  • Patent number: 11908326
    Abstract: A vehicle alert system includes a detection sensor configured to detect a target vehicle approaching a subject vehicle, a storage configured to store a false alert condition comprising a position or lateral error of the target vehicle with respect to the subject vehicle, and an alert determiner configured to output an alert signal when the target vehicle is detected by the detection sensor and no sensing blockage occurs, and not output the alert signal when the sensing blockage occurs and the detected target vehicle satisfies the false alert condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eun Seok Kang
  • Patent number: 11904766
    Abstract: A light signal device for a driverless transport system, includes a front element having a plurality of optically transparent light exit openings and at least one light generating unit having a light guide and having two light sources arranged at opposite ends of the light guide. The light guide has a plurality of light decoupling elements in order to emit light through the light exit openings. Light exit openings are arranged on the front element in a plurality of rows and a separate light generating unit is provided for each of the rows. A light signal arrangement for a driverless transport system includes a plurality of such light signal devices. A driverless transport system includes the light signal device and a controller. Use of the light signal device is for visualizing an operating state of a driverless transport system. An operating method for the light signal device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: W. Gessmann GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Eggensperger, Andrew Herzig, Jonas Bachmann, Alexander Cristea, Matthias Gschelak
  • Patent number: 11907778
    Abstract: A tag communication device includes a communication device and one or more control processors configured to cause the communication device to transmit a first command for notifying selection of a wireless tag including an identification code including a mask pattern that is a part of the common portion of identification codes. The one or more control processors are configured to cause the communication device to transmit a second command for requesting a response to the selected wireless tag and to cause the communication device to transmit a third command for requesting rewriting to the wireless tag that transmits data in response to receiving the data transmitted from one wireless tag. The one or more control processors are configured to cause a repeat of transmission of the second command if a third command is transmitted until the third commands are transmitted to each of a predetermined number of the wireless tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takashi Tomiyama
  • Patent number: 11900779
    Abstract: A power distribution equipment personnel safety system includes a vicinity sensor and a power distribution equipment sensor. An outer envelope having a door or cover to an interior of the power distribution equipment is monitored by a vicinity sensor data and a processing unit determines a position of a person in the area outside of the door/cover using vicinity sensor data. When the outer envelope is disturbed where one or more doors or one or more covers are open or not correctly closed or one or more covers are removed, the processing unit determines a personnel safety state and at least one action comprising utilization of the personnel safety state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Tomas Kozel, Jiri Pokorny, Marco Egman, Callisto Gatti, Bilal Sarfraz
  • Patent number: 11898288
    Abstract: A household appliance for performing a cycle of operation according to a cycle of operation. The household appliance includes a cabinet defining a treating chamber, a tub located within the cabinet interior and defining a tub interior and having an access opening, a rotatable drum located within the tub interior, a user interface carried by the cabinet and coupled to a controller to provide data communication between the controller and a user, a pedestal for supporting the cabinet and comprising a liquid recirculation system for recirculating liquid to the treating chamber, at least one consumable received in a dock positioned in the pedestal for use in performing the cycle of operation, and, a luminary communication interface physically separated from the user interface and configured to emit at least one of colored light motion or light intensity patterns to illustrate a status of the at least one consumable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Scott E. Carpenter, Marcus R. Fischer, Joli A. Fytczyk, Richard L. Hammond
  • Patent number: 11896353
    Abstract: An apparatus for estimating bio-information is provided. The apparatus for estimating bio-information according to an embodiment includes: an ultrasonic sensor configured to acquire a bio-signal from an object; and a processor configured to detect peaks from the bio-signal, and to determine false detection of a peak, among the detected peaks, by using at least one of a time interval between a current peak and an immediately preceding peak, amplitudes of the current peak and the immediately preceding peak, a shape of a waveform on a left region and a right region of the peak, and an occurrence position of the peak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ui Kun Kwon, Jae Min Kang, Youn Ho Kim, Sang Kon Bae, Jin Woo Choi, Chang Mok Choi
  • Patent number: 11891013
    Abstract: A system includes a seatbelt buckle. The system includes a latch plate releasably engageable with the seatbelt buckle. The system includes an actuator operatively coupled to buckle to trigger disengagement of the latch plate from the seatbelt buckle. The system includes a computer having a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to detect an impact to a vehicle. The instructions include instructions to, in response to detecting the impact, command the actuator to trigger disengagement of the latch plate from the seatbelt buckle. The instructions include instructions to, after triggering disengagement of the latch plate, detect disengagement of the latch plate from the seatbelt buckle. The instructions include instructions to, in response to detecting disengagement of the latch plate from the seatbelt buckle, actuate an audio device to produce a sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 11893889
    Abstract: A travel assistance system including a server that assists traveling of a vehicle, comprises: a recognition unit configured to recognize an obstruction factor for traveling of the vehicle; an obtainment unit configured to obtain information of an approaching vehicle that approaches the obstruction factor; a generation unit configured to, based on information of the obstruction factor recognized by the recognition unit, generate warning information corresponding to information of a type of the approaching vehicle obtained by the obtainment unit; a transmission unit configured to transmit the warning information to the approaching vehicle; and a control unit configured to give notification to an occupant of the approaching vehicle and/or control traveling of the approaching vehicle based on the warning information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takuma Noguchi, Keiichi Mizumura, Yuji Kurasawa, Gakushi Fukuda, Go Nakamoto
  • Patent number: 11884239
    Abstract: A vehicle theft recording system, including a first exterior camera disposed on at least a portion of a front portion of a vehicle to record at least one first visual data of a surrounding area in a front of the vehicle thereon, a second exterior camera disposed on at least a portion of a rear portion of the vehicle opposite with respect to the front portion of the vehicle to record at least one second visual data of a surrounding area in a rear of the vehicle thereon, a first mirror camera disposed on at least a portion of a first mirror of the vehicle to record at least one third visual data of a surrounding area on a first side of the vehicle thereon, a second mirror camera disposed on at least a portion of a second mirror of the vehicle opposite with respect to the first side of the vehicle to record at least one fourth visual data of a surrounding area on a second side of the vehicle thereon, an interior camera disposed on at least a portion of a dashboard of the vehicle to record at least one fifth visu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Inventor: Tomika Young
  • Patent number: 11883154
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a person may include a person-worn sensor device including at least one sensor (e.g., at least one accelerometer, magnetometer, altimeter, etc.) configured to collect sensor data and a processor to process data from the person-worn sensor device. The processor may be configured to determine or access an orientation of a physical support apparatus (e.g., bed, table, wheelchair, chair, sofa, or other structure for supporting the person), receive sensor data collected by the person-worn sensor device, calculate an orientation of the person relative to the physical support apparatus based on (a) the orientation of the physical support apparatus and (b) the sensor data collected by the person-worn sensor device, and identify, based on the determined orientation of the person relative to the physical support apparatus, a physical support apparatus exit condition indicating an occurrence or anticipated occurrence of the person exiting the physical support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: LEAF HEALTHCARE, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Shen, Barrett Larson, Mark Weckwerth
  • Patent number: 11880734
    Abstract: A method for testing wireless tags by a testing unit, comprising: transmitting a signal to energize a plurality of wireless tags within a testing area of the testing unit substantially simultaneously; waiting a prescribed amount of time sufficient to allow all of the wireless tags in the testing area an opportunity to respond with a transmitted message, each transmitted message including a unique identifier of the wireless tag; determining, based on information as to the identity of which wireless tags are in the testing area and receipt, if any, by the tester of the transmitted messages containing respective unique identifiers from the wireless tags in the testing area, which of the plurality of wireless tags are good and which of the plurality of wireless tags are bad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: WILIOT, LTD.
    Inventor: Ido Geldman
  • Patent number: 11880735
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining radio frequency (RF) cabling configuration are provided. The systems include a central controller that includes two or more antenna ports that are coupled to corresponding antennas via respective RF cables. In embodiments, the central controller executes a calibration interrogation cycle to detect a misconfiguration of an RF cable that couples an antenna port of the central controller to an antenna port of a detector station that includes an antenna under test. While the central controller executes the calibration interrogation cycle, a RF sensor is disposed in a signal range of the antenna under test. The systems detect indications provided by the RF sensor to identify a misconfiguration of the RF cabling and provide guidance on how to re-configure the RF cabling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy B. Austin
  • Patent number: 11875655
    Abstract: In example implementations, a door monitoring sensor is provided. The door monitoring sensor includes a communication interface to transmit an alarm when a door operates outside of operational parameters of the door, an angular sensor to measure rotational movement of the a door, a movement sensor to detect movement along an x-y-z coordinate plane, a radar sensor to detect an object, a rechargeable power supply to provide power to the angular sensor, the movement sensor, and the radar sensor, and a processor. The processor is communicatively coupled to the communication interface, the angular sensor, the movement sensor, and the radar sensor. The processor is to determine that the door is moving outside of the operational parameters of the door and generate the alarm that is transmitted by the communication interface in response to determination that the door is moving outside of the operational parameters of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: CornellCookson, LLC
    Inventors: Xin Cui, Ryan Carroll, Bruce Burwell, Zhizhuo Wu
  • Patent number: 11875669
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide for modulating light sources in panel displays of devices, such as light emitting diodes (LEDs), to provide indications as to device performance. The modulations are at low and high frequencies. The low frequencies provide visible blinking patterns, indicative of an event in the device, and the high frequencies, provide non-visible blinking patterns, indicative of one or more parameters associated with the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: NUVOTON TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Moshe Alon
  • Patent number: 11861441
    Abstract: A resilient flexible adhesive tape platform includes a flexible substrate, a flexible cover layer on the flexible substrate, a device layer in between the flexible substrate and the flexible cover layer comprising components connected to a resilient printed circuit board, and the resilient printed circuit board (PCB) in between the flexible substrate and the flexible cover layer. The flexible printed circuit board includes a resilient conductive trace on the PCB connecting two of the components, the resilient conductive trace comprising a plurality of sub-traces, each of the plurality of sub-traces electrically redundantly connecting the two electronic components to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Inventors: Hendrik J. Volkerink, Ajay Khoche
  • Patent number: 11857339
    Abstract: Disclosed is a headgear-type device for hazardous air quality warning and air quality improvement, wherein the device can collect biometric information of a worker, wired and wireless communications, and information about the quality of outside air around the worker so as to warn the worker of a hazard or improve air quality at the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: LEESTECH SYSTEM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Hong Lee, Soon Wi Kim, Won Sik Lee, Hyun Sik Lee, Na Young Lee, Soon Hyang Lee