Patents by Inventor Michael Blum

Michael Blum 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: 20200018488
    Abstract: A cooktop appliance includes first and second heating elements and a controller operably connected to the first and second heating elements. The controller is configured for receiving a signal from a temperature sensor associated with a cooking utensil. The controller is also configured for generating an electromagnetic pulse with the first heating element for a testing period, and monitoring a voltage or a current associated with the temperature sensor during the testing period. The controller is configured for determining that the cooking utensil is located on the first heating element when the voltage or current associated with the temperature sensor displays electromagnetic interference from the electromagnetic pulse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Blum
  • Publication number: 20200018487
    Abstract: A cooktop appliance includes first and second heating elements and a controller operably connected to the first and second heating elements. The controller is configured for receiving a signal from a temperature sensor associated with a cooking utensil. The controller is also configured for activating the first heating element at a heating level that is higher than a heating level of the second heating element for a testing period, and monitoring the temperature associated with the cooking utensil during the testing period. The controller is configured for determining that the cooking utensil is located on the first heating element when a value of the monitored temperature is greater than a predefined threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Blum, James Lee Armstrong
  • Publication number: 20200010338
    Abstract: Modular pure water systems are provided that have a tank and a cover assembly, wherein the tank and cover assembly are configured to removably receive therebetween one or more expansion tubes in a fluid tight manner to allow for selective volume expansion of the pure water system. Also provided are purification media bags for pure water systems that have a shape, construction, and/or material that mitigates the flow of water between the outer wall of the bag and an inner wall of the pure water systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: Kai Hirsch, Paul Adams, Anthony Sgroi, JR., Bryan Lee Roberts, JR., Robert Camp, Michael Blum
  • Patent number: 10507733
    Abstract: An energy supply vehicle for supplying an electrically drivable motor vehicle with an electrical energy. A drive unit for moving the energy supply vehicle, an electrical energy source for supplying electrical energy for the electrically drivable motor vehicle, and an electrical coupling device for electrical coupling the electrical energy source to the electrically drivable motor vehicle in order to transfer the electrical energy from the electrical energy source to the electrically drivable motor vehicle having a control unit including a communication device and is designed to guide the energy supply vehicle as a self-driving and remotely controlled vehicle and to control the electrical coupling device for an automatic electrical coupling of the electrically drivable motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: André Blum, Michael Hinterberger, Berthold Hellenthal, Markus Fest
  • Publication number: 20190364618
    Abstract: A cooktop appliance includes an electric heating element positioned at a cooking surface and a controller operably connected to the electric heating element. The controller is configured to generate a temperature setting. The controller is also configured to activate the electric heating element and calculate a projected maximum temperature. The controller is further configured to deactivate the electric heating element when the projected maximum temperature is greater than the temperature setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Blum
  • Publication number: 20190362623
    Abstract: A system in accordance with present embodiments includes a source of electromagnetic radiation that operates to emit electromagnetic radiation into an active playing area. The system also includes a sensing device that operates to receive the electromagnetic radiation after being reflected from a retro-reflective material of an article positioned in the active playing area and operable to generate data based on receiving reflected electromagnetic radiation from a series of article positions. Further, the system includes a controller that operates to process the data generated by the sensing device to determine whether the series of article positions correlate to a stored gesture and output a control signal to actuate an effect when the series of article positions correlate to the stored gesture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Sameer Kawash, Justin Michael Schwartz, Steven C. Blum
  • Publication number: 20190293298
    Abstract: A cooktop appliance includes an electric heating element positioned at a cooktop surface and a controller operably connected to the electric heating element. The controller is configured for generating a temperature setting and operating the electric heating element at a first power level. The controller is also configured for monitoring a temperature with a temperature sensor and inputting the monitored temperature into a closed control loop. The controller is further configured for operating the electric heating element at a second power level based at least in part on an output of the closed control loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: James Lee Armstrong, Michael Blum
  • Patent number: 10418893
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to electrical converters. The teachings thereof may be embodied in a circuit assembly for an electrical converter. For example, a circuit assembly for an electrical converter may include a set of switching units, each switching unit comprising a semiconductor switch and a gate driver circuit for controlling the semiconductor switch. The respective semiconductor switch and gate driver circuit of each switching unit are arranged on a common carrier circuit board and are electrically connected to one another by a printed conductor on the carrier circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Manuel Blum, Walter Kiffe, Thomas Komma, Monika Poebl, Michael Finkenzeller
  • Patent number: 10414671
    Abstract: Modular pure water systems are provided that have a tank and a cover assembly, wherein the tank and cover assembly are configured to removably receive therebetween one or more expansion tubes in a fluid tight manner to allow for selective volume expansion of the pure water system. Also provided are purification media bags for pure water systems that have a shape, construction, and/or material that mitigates the flow of water between the outer wall of the bag and an inner wall of the pure water systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: UNGER MARKETING INTERNATIONAL, LLC
    Inventors: Kai Hirsch, Paul Adams, Anthony Sgroi, Jr., Bryan Lee Roberts, Jr., Robert Camp, Michael Blum
  • Patent number: 10380884
    Abstract: A system in accordance with present embodiments includes a source of electromagnetic radiation that operates to emit electromagnetic radiation into an active playing area. The system also includes a sensing device that operates to receive the electromagnetic radiation after being reflected from a retro-reflective material of an article positioned in the active playing area and operable to generate data based on receiving reflected electromagnetic radiation from a series of article positions. Further, the system includes a controller that operates to process the data generated by the sensing device to determine whether the series of article positions correlate to a stored gesture and output a control signal to actuate an effect when the series of article positions correlate to the stored gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Sameer Kawash, Justin Michael Schwartz, Steven C. Blum
  • Patent number: 10367601
    Abstract: Control logic determines when a network condition has changed by evaluating network condition data. Based on a detected network condition change, the control logic reorders an encoder parameter controller execution sequence of a plurality of encoder parameter controllers. The control logic configures the plurality of reordered encoder parameter controllers so that an encoder parameter determination from a prior encoder parameter controller is used as a decision input for a subsequent encoder parameter controller. An encoder encodes data, such as audio data, video data or other type of data using the generated encoder control parameters from the reordered plurality of encoder parameter controllers. A related method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Tina le Grand, Niklas Blum, Minyue Li, Henrik Lundin, Michael Tschumi, Alexander Narest
  • Publication number: 20190212013
    Abstract: An oven appliance is provided that includes an antenna device for a wireless probe system. In one exemplary aspect, the antenna device includes features that allow the antenna device to function as an antenna for the wireless probe system as well as an oven cavity air temperature sensing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Blum, James Lee Armstrong, Gregory Francis Gawron, SR.
  • Publication number: 20190059676
    Abstract: A sweeping brush for an automatically moving cleaning device has a rotational axis receptacle for receiving a rotational axis of the cleaning device and at least one bundle receptacle that extends outwardly from a transition area on the rotational axis receptacle, which holds a bristle bundle having a plurality of bristles. The bundle receptacle is arched as viewed in an axial direction of the rotational axis receptacle. In order to optimize known sweeping brushes in terms of their service life and cleaning properties, the bundle receptacle is fabricated out of an elastic material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventor: Michael BLUM
  • Publication number: 20190055686
    Abstract: A washing machine appliance, including methods for operation, is provided herein. The washing machine appliance may have a tub and a basket rotatably mounted to a motor and within the tub. The basket may define a chamber for receipt of articles for washing. The method may include spinning the basket; calculating a torque value; accelerating the basket to an elevated rotational speed; determining an acceleration rate; determining a mass moment of inertia; and adjusting acceleration of the basket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Publication date: February 21, 2019
    Inventors: Caleb Farrel, Michael Blum, Matthew Parsons
  • Publication number: 20190045987
    Abstract: An automatically moving floor treatment appliance has at least one wheel, which can be rotated about an axis of rotation and which has a circumferential surface, wherein the circumferential surface has a plurality of profile blocks, which, based on the axis of rotation, face radially to the outside and which are embodied in succession in the circumferential direction. To facilitate a negotiating of obstacles by means of the floor treatment appliance, the profile blocks form a profile of the circumferential surface, which is completely heterogeneous in the circumferential direction, so that the structure of the profile is not repeated in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventor: Michael BLUM
  • Publication number: 20190045988
    Abstract: An automatically moving floor processing device has a housing, at least one drive element that is driven by an electric motor and can rotate around a drive axle for movement purposes, and at least one contact element that moves ahead of the drive element in the direction of movement, which extends from a housing underside of the housing in the direction of a surface to be processed. In order to make it easier to overcome obstacles, a contact surface of the contact element pointing in the direction of movement and/or a connecting line that connects the contact surfaces of two contact elements be oriented nonparallel to the drive axle of the drive element, and be spaced apart from a contact surface of the drive element by a distance relative to the direction of movement that is less than one diameter of the drive element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventor: Michael BLUM
  • Patent number: 10070721
    Abstract: An arrangement includes a first drive mechanism for moving a movable furniture part. The first drive mechanism has a lockable first push-out mechanism for pushing the movable furniture part out of a closed position into an open position, and a first locking mechanism for locking the first push-out mechanism in a locked position. The first push-out mechanism can be unlocked from the locked position by an overpressure movement of the movable furniture part into an overpressure position beyond the closed position. A synchronizing device synchronizes the first drive mechanism with a second drive mechanism, and can be moved by the first drive mechanism. The overpressure movement begins free of a movement transfer between the first drive mechanism and the synchronizing device. When the movable furniture part moves in the opening direction, the synchronizing device can be moved by the first drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: JULIUS BLUM GMBH
    Inventors: Harald Brunnmayr, Alexander Simon Flogaus, Hermann Haemmerle, Michael Blum, Bernd Koenig, Christof Goetz
  • Publication number: 20180249877
    Abstract: A cleaning roller for a cleaning appliance, in particular a wiping roller for a wet cleaning appliance, or a cleaning appliance having such a cleaning roller processes an area to be cleaned. The cleaning roller has a roller core that can rotate about a longitudinal axis and has a bearing for a drive shaft and a roller cover surrounding the roller core in the circumferential direction. The roller core, based on a cross section perpendicular to the longitudinal axis, has several spring elements formed beside one another in the circumferential direction of the cleaning roller, each of which extends from the bearing to the roller cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Publication date: September 6, 2018
    Applicant: Vorwerk & Co. Interholding GmbH
    Inventors: Michael BLUM, Sabine SCHWEPPE
  • Patent number: 9694783
    Abstract: The child safety seat for transporting a child in a vehicle is configured for the child to be secured to the child safety seat with a safety belt of the vehicle, and is characterized in that the child safety seat comprises a belt pad which is adapted to be arranged on the safety belt. The belt pad of the child safety seat preferably comprises a lower component and an upper component, wherein the lower component is configured to be positioned between the safety belt and the child when the child is seated in the child safety seat and is secured in the child safety seat with the safety belt, and wherein the upper component is configured to be positioned on the side of the safety belt opposite to the side the lower component is positioned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: BRITAX RÖMER KINDERSICHERHEIT GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Haas, Richard Henseler, Michael Grohspietsch, Michael Blum
  • Patent number: 9655447
    Abstract: A drive device for a movable furniture part has a lockable ejection device for ejecting the movable furniture part from a closed position into an open position. The ejection device can be unlocked by pressing the movable furniture part into an over-pressed position situated behind the closed position in the closing direction. A blocking element is provided which has a blocking position in which the blocking element prevents the unlocking of the ejection device upon reaching the pressed-over position, and which has a release position in which the ejection device can be unlocked upon reaching the pressed-over position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: JULIUS BLUM GMBH
    Inventors: Harald Brunnmayr, Michael Blum