Patents by Inventor Andreas Bock

Andreas Bock has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20210128055
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a method for determining a skin moisture content is provided. The method includes: contacting at least one skin region with at least one sensor contact region of a skin moisture measuring device; detecting a signal dependent on skin moisture in the skin region with the skin moisture measuring device; and associating a skin moisture content with the detected signal by comparing the detected signal with reference signals for known skin moisture contents, wherein the reference signals are located in a database stored in a processor cloud architecture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: ANDREAS BOCK, THOMAS WELSS, CLAUDIA HUNDEIKER, MARIANNE WALDMANN-LAUE
  • Patent number: 10955340
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer readable storage medium for determining a glossiness value of a skin of a user are provided. In an embodiment, a polarized light having a property value is emitted from a portable light source towards the portion of the skin of the user. The portable light source is coupled to a handheld device. The polarized light is cast on the portion of the skin of the user from the portable light source. Reflected light reflected from the portion of the skin of the user is measured using a sensor coupled to the handheld device. The reflected light has a property value. A ratio between the property values of the emitted polarized light and the measured reflected light is determined using a processor of the handheld device. The glossiness value of the portion of the skin of the user is determined based on the determined ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Andreas Bock, Thomas Welss
  • Publication number: 20200300754
    Abstract: An arrangement and a computer program product are provided for determining body surface characteristics. An arrangement includes an acquisition unit configured to detect body surface features by Multiple Spatially Resolved Reflection Spectroscopy (MSRRS) in a wavelength range between about 300 nm and about 1500 nm; a data storage unit to interrogate data using the characteristics; and a user interface comprising an output unit, wherein the user interface is configured to interact with a user. Further, the arrangement includes a portable computing unit configured for: interacting with a user and for evaluating the features and for determining the characteristics based on the features; obtaining from the data storage unit features of treatment products and/or application instructions for non-therapeutic treatment of a body surface according to the characteristics; and instructing the output unit to output information on the treatment products and/or application instructions to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: ANDREAS BOCK, THOMAS WELSS
  • Publication number: 20200229734
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to various exemplary embodiments of a method for determining a non-therapeutic treatment of the oral cavity, wherein the method comprises measuring volatile organic constituents in air exhaled from the oral cavity, determining a respiratory-air load on the basis of the measured concentration, and determining a non-therapeutic treatment of the oral cavity on the basis of the determined respiratory-air load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: ANDREAS BOCK, THOMAS WELSS, KRISTIN MIEHLICH, CLAUDIA HUNDEIKER, MATTHIAS FRISCHMANN
  • Publication number: 20200187847
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer readable storage medium for determining a glossiness value of a skin of a user are provided. In an embodiment, a polarized light having a property value is emitted from a portable light source towards the portion of the skin of the user. The portable light source is coupled to a handheld device. The polarized light is cast on the portion of the skin of the user from the portable light source. Reflected light reflected from the portion of the skin of the user is measured using a sensor coupled to the handheld device. The reflected light has a property value. A ratio between the property values of the emitted polarized light and the measured reflected light is determined using a processor of the handheld device. The glossiness value of the portion of the skin of the user is determined based on the determined ratio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: ANDREAS BOCK, THOMAS WELSS
  • Publication number: 20200146622
    Abstract: In various exemplary embodiments systems and methods for determining an efficacy of a cosmetic skin treatment are provided. In an exemplary embodiment, a system for determining an efficacy of a cosmetic skin treatment comprises: a sensor configured to determine a skin ageing information item of a user and a memory configured to store the skin ageing information item of the user determined by the sensor. A processor is configured to determine an objective skin treatment success of the user on the basis of a comparison of the skin ageing information item of the user measured by the sensor with a stored skin ageing information item stored in the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: ANDREAS BOCK, THOMAS WELSS
  • Publication number: 20200060609
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for ascertaining the condition of the skin including: ascertaining a trace element content of skin, including: arranging a plurality of electrodes over a skin area, wherein the plurality of electrodes includes at least one first electrode and one second electrode, wherein the first electrode contacts a selection layer arranged on the skin area and the second electrode contacts the skin area, wherein only the trace element, in the event of contact with the selection layer, is suitable for generating a signal which is dependent on the concentration of the trace element and can be measured between the first and the second electrode; measuring the signal dependent on the concentration of the trace element; comparing the measured signal with reference signals for known trace element contents of skin; and ascertaining the condition of the skin on the basis of the ascertained trace element content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: ANDREAS BOCK, THOMAS WELSS, CLAUDIA HUNDEIKER, MARIANNE WALDMANN-LAUE
  • Publication number: 20200000397
    Abstract: In various exemplary embodiments, a method for determining a degree of colonization of skin with acne bacteria is provided. The method may comprise: for at least one region of a user's skin, recording an image of the region of skin by a camera during illumination of the region of skin with ultraviolet and/or blue light, wherein the camera is configured to at least capture light in a fluorescence wavelength range of a fluorescent agent produced by the acne bacteria, by the image, determining a captured quantity of light which is emitted from the fluorescent agent as fluorescence as a consequence of the illumination, and allocating a degree of colonization of the skin to the determined captured quantity of light, wherein the allocation of the degree of colonization of the skin to the determined captured quantity of light is carried out by a database stored in cloud computing architecture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Applicant: Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: ANDREAS BOCK, THOMAS WELSS, CLAUDIA HUNDEIKER, MARIANNE WALDMANN-LAUE
  • Publication number: 20190283689
    Abstract: An interior trim for a passenger compartment of a vehicle includes a first carrier, which has an inner side, facing the passenger compartment, and an outer side, directed away from the passenger compartment. A heating element is arranged on the outer side. It is proposed to arrange a matrix and a filler in the first carrier. The filler has a thermal conductivity that is higher than that of the matrix so that heat generated by the heating element can be directed through the filler into the passenger compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Andreas Bock, Robert Wagschal, Bernd Dienhart, Phani Vamsi Krishna Anantharaju, Thomas Keller, Maximilian Klein, Kilian Vas
  • Publication number: 20190241132
    Abstract: A thermally insulating device for a vehicle includes at least a first molded component which is constructed at least partially in a planar manner. The first molded device is also shaped in such a manner that it surrounds a hollow space in an air-tight manner. The first molded component has at least a first outer side and at least a first inner side. The first inner side faces the hollow space, and the hollow space is evacuated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Andreas Bock, Robert Wagschal, Thomas Keller, Phani Vamsi Krishna Anantharaju, Bernd Dienhart
  • Publication number: 20190225053
    Abstract: A temperature control device for heating an interior space of a vehicle and/or units of the vehicle, includes a number of electrically operated heating elements, electric leads, by means of which the heating element can be connected to the voltage supply of the vehicle, and at least one heat transfer section. A fluid flows through the at least one heat transfer section and transfers the heat generated by the heating elements to a fluid. The at least one heat transfer section includes a thermally conductive first material, and the heating elements and the electric leads are enclosed by an electrically non-conductive and thermally conductive second material. A related method is also disclosed for producing the present temperature control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Bernd Dienhart, Andreas Bock
  • Patent number: 9991878
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques for shifting the cross-point of a digital signal in an optical transmitter. The cross-point shifting techniques may use multiple differential transconductors with their common polarity outputs coupled together to shift the cross-point of a signal. Using multiple differential transconductors in this manner may increase the balance between the positive and negative polarities of the resulting cross-point shifted signal relative to other types of cross-point shifting techniques, which may improve the quality of an optical signal generated by an optical transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Andreas Bock
  • Patent number: 9937878
    Abstract: The invention relates to a load compartment cover having sound-absorbing characteristics. A load compartment is provided between the rear seats and a tailgate. The load compartment cover is embodied from a sound-absorbing partition that is arranged in a space above a base of the load compartment and is embodied from a material that is in part permeable to sound waves. A load compartment cover of this type is to be easily handled in practice and is not to comprise any disadvantages associated with known load compartment covers. This is achieved by virtue of the fact that the partition is formed from multiple, preferably two, thin sheets that are arranged spaced apart one above the other. The thin sheets are provided with a micro perforation and only one air cushion is provided between the thin sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jan Michael Rittmann, Andreas Bock
  • Patent number: 9457738
    Abstract: An energy absorber for an overhead system in a vehicle, wherein the energy absorber comprises a sound absorption device. To improve the sound absorption, it is provided that the sound absorption device comprises at least one acoustic membrane formed within a protrusion formed in an energy absorbing panel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Andreas Bock, Robert Wagschal, Thomas Keller
  • Publication number: 20160214549
    Abstract: The invention relates to a load compartment cover having sound-absorbing characteristics. A load compartment is provided between the rear seats and a tailgate. The load compartment cover is embodied from a sound-absorbing partition that is arranged in a space above a base of the load compartment and is embodied from a material that is in part permeable to sound waves. A load compartment cover of this type is to be easily handled in practice and is not to comprise any disadvantages associated with known load compartment covers. This is achieved by virtue of the fact that the partition is formed from multiple, preferably two, thin sheets that are arranged spaced apart one above the other. The thin sheets are provided with a micro perforation and only one air cushion is provided between the thin sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 28, 2016
    Inventors: Jan Michael Rittmann, Andreas Bock
  • Publication number: 20160082901
    Abstract: An energy absorber for an overhead system in a vehicle, wherein the energy absorber comprises a sound absorption device. To improve the sound absorption, it is provided that the sound absorption device comprises at least one acoustic membrane formed within a protrusion formed in an energy absorbing panel member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventors: ANDREAS BOCK, ROBERT WAGSCHAL, THOMAS KELLER
  • Patent number: 9270378
    Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) for driving a light emitting semiconductor device is provided. The IC includes an input stage configured to receive a first input signal with a first differential pair of bipolar transistors and a second input signal with a second differential pair of bipolar transistors and to provide a pre-driver output signal being a superposition of the first input signal and the second input signal and an output stage including a third differential pair of bipolar transistors for receiving the pre-driver output signal of the input stage and for driving the light emitting semiconductor device in response to the pre-driver output signal, wherein the IC is configured to pre-distort the pre-driver output signal of the input stage so as to compensate a signal distortion of the output stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Muentefering, Andreas Bock
  • Publication number: 20160036422
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques for shifting the cross-point of a digital signal in an optical transmitter. The cross-point shifting techniques may use multiple differential transconductors with their common polarity outputs coupled together to shift the cross-point of a signal. Using multiple differential transconductors in this manner may increase the balance between the positive and negative polarities of the resulting cross-point shifted signal relative to other types of cross-point shifting techniques, which may improve the quality of an optical signal generated by an optical transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventor: Andreas Bock
  • Patent number: 8653856
    Abstract: A buffer is provided. The buffer includes a first switch and a second switch coupled in series at a first output node, a third switch and a fourth switch coupled in series at a second output node, a first current source and a second current source. The first current source is coupled with one side to the first switch and the third switch and with another side to a first supply voltage, the second current source is coupled with one side to the second switch and the fourth switch and with a second side to a second supply voltage. The first current source is configured to adjust an output swing in a first operation mode and in a second operation. The second current source is configured to adjust a common mode voltage level of the output signal in the first operation mode and to provide maximum series resistance in the second operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignees: Texas Instruments Incorporated, Texas Instruments Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Piepenstock, Andreas Bock, Bhavesh G. Bhakta
  • Publication number: 20130044209
    Abstract: The apparatus for detecting surface defects of a glass substrate, having a dark field optical system, includes: a first photographing device for photographing first image; a second photographing for photographing second image; a dark field illumination system disposed below the glass substrate for serving as a dark field illumination; and a detection signal processor operating coordinates of a defect position on the first image and the second image, wherein the first photographing device and the second photographing device form photographing areas in the shape of lines which are not parallel to at least the transferring direction of the glass substrate, form photographing areas for a top surface of the glass substrate to be overlapped by each other and form photographing areas for a bottom surface of the glass substrate differently from each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: SAMSUNG CORNING PRECISION MATERIALS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gyuhong HWANG, Taeho KEEM, Jihwa JUNG, Jaehoon KWON, Mark KEMMANN, Marko VOITEL, Erik LOHSE, Andreas BOCK