Patents by Inventor Stephan Schmitz

Stephan Schmitz 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).

  • Patent number: 7671322
    Abstract: An optoelectronic security system includes a plurality of light transmitters in a light grid arrangement for the transmission of light signals into a monitored zone, at least one spatially resolving light reception unit for the reception of the light signals transmitted by the light transmitters and a read-out circuit for the reading out of the signals of the at least one light reception unit. The optoelectronic security system has an evaluation device which is configured such that it can split the surface of the at least one light reception unit into at least two processing regions in dependence on a predetermined selection criterion and can further process the signals of the at least two processing regions differently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Sick AG
    Inventor: Stephan Schmitz
  • Patent number: 7667185
    Abstract: This invention concerns an optoelectronic sensor assembly (10) with at least one light emitter (20) and at least one light receiver (30) comprising a spatially resolving receiving element (40), with the receiving element (40) having an inner region (42) comprising at least one photosensitive element (45) for detecting the light beam (25) and an outer region (44) comprising at least one photosensitive element (46, 47, 48, 49) for determining the position of the light beam (25) emitted by the light emitter (20), with the outer region (44) satisfying lower sensitivity and/or bandwidth requirements than the inner region (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Sick AG
    Inventors: Heinrich Hippenmeyer, Ulrich Zwölfer, Stephan Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20090016735
    Abstract: An optoelectronic sensor includes at least one light transmitter for the transmission of light signals into a monitored zone, at least one light receiver for the reception of light signals transmitted from the light transmitter and a control device for the generation and/or influencing of the light signals and for the generation of an object detection signal in the case of the presence of an object in the monitored region in dependence on the output signals of the light receiver. In this connection, the light signals transmitted into the monitored zone by the light transmitter are each generated by an output signal modulated in accordance with the spread spectrum method using a random pseudo-noise code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: SICK AG
    Inventors: Stephan Schmitz, Boris Szerbakowski, Martin Geiler, Markus Kohler, Markus Hammes
  • Publication number: 20080209939
    Abstract: The invention provides a drinking vessel into which dry ice can be placed in order to produce fog above the beverage. In order to prevent the pieces of dry ice from being swallowed, a second bottom is inserted into the drinking vessel after the dry ice was placed therein. The second bottom features holes that are permeable to the beverage, but not permeable to the pieces of dry ice. Consequently, the beverage comes in contact with the dry ice such that fog is created while the dry ice is simultaneously prevented from rising to the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventor: Stephan Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20080123084
    Abstract: This invention concerns an optoelectronic sensor assembly (10) with at least one light emitter (20) and at least one light receiver (30) comprising a spatially resolving receiving element (40), with the receiving element (40) having an inner region (42) comprising at least one photosensitive element (45) for detecting the light beam (25) and an outer region (44) comprising at least one photosensitive element (46, 47, 48, 49) for determining the position of the light beam (25) emitted by the light emitter (20), with the outer region (44) satisfying lower sensitivity and/or bandwidth requirements than the inner region (42).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Applicant: SICK AG
    Inventors: Heinrich Hippenmeyer, Ulrich Zwölfer, Stephan Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20070170354
    Abstract: A light grid can be constructed with individual modules (10). Each module (10) is an independent functional transmitter and/or receiver unit in an enclosed housing (12). The modules (10) can be coupled to each other in series in a galvanically separate manner for purposes of energy and/or signal transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Publication date: July 26, 2007
    Inventors: Stephan Schmitz, Heinrich Hippenmeyer, Ulrich Zwoelfer
  • Patent number: 6982628
    Abstract: A mechanism for assigning an actuator to a device. It includes a transmitter on the device side for transmitting a scanning signal as well as a processing unit on the actuator side which include means for receiving scanning signals and which emits a contact signal when a scanning signal matches a previously defined reference signal. The processing system emits the contact signal only at the end of a predetermined time delay, which is characteristic for a specific actuator, after receiving the scanning signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heidrun Hacker, Stephan Schmitz
  • Patent number: 6954007
    Abstract: A method is for controlling entry, e.g., into a motor vehicle, during which a key and a base station wirelessly exchange authentication data between one another in an active or a passive communication mode. At the beginning of the authentication process, the base station transmits a call signal to the key, and the key replies to the call signal with a reply signal. The base station verifies the received reply signal of the key in the communications mode in which the reply signal was received. If the reply signal of the key was received in the active communications mode, the base station transmits a first selection instruction to the key thus causing the key to perform the subsequent communication in the active communications mode. If the reply signal of the key was received in the passive communications mode, the base station transmits a second selection instruction to the key thus causing the electronic key to perform the subsequent communication in the passive communications mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Meier, Stephan Schmitz, Andreas Titze, Dominique Nemetschek
  • Patent number: 6809630
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door lock system with at least one vehicle lock, an outside door handle assigned to the vehicle lock, and at least one sensor assigned to the outside door handle, where the system is adapted to detect the approach of the hand of an operator to the outside door handle and/or touching and/or activating of the outside door handle. In one embodiment of motor vehicle door lock system, the activation of the outside handle by the hand of an operator or the approach to the outside door handle is recognized early. A vibration generator is assigned to the outside door handle such that the outside door handle or a part thereof is mechanically vibrated. A sensor is provided for acquiring the vibration, the sound waves caused by the vibration and/or their reflections so that the motor vehicle door lock system can detect when the outside door handle or a part thereof is being approached and/or touched and/or activated by the hand of an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Dreimann, Rainer Josef Berger, Stephan Schmitz, Christian Gerhardt, Gregor Buedding
  • Patent number: 6650224
    Abstract: An authorization checking system for motor vehicles, in which a control unit in the motor vehicle, having a portable user-transponder, in an inquiry-response dialog using data exchange, checks, and allows or blocks, the authorization for unlocking or locking the vehicle doors as well as for starting or driving. In order to be able to modify the identifiers of user-transponders and components of the motor vehicle in a security-relevant manner, a so-called master-transponder is provided in addition to one or a plurality of user-transponders. The master-transponder has a particular, vehicle-specific identifier, using which, in a special-inquiry-response dialog, the authorization to carry out and complete special functions within a preselected scope, going beyond the access and start/drive authorization, can be checked, and allowed or blocked. For carrying out the special functions, the master-transponder has acoustical and/or optical display devices and/or input devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Weigl, Karl-Ernst Weiss, Stephan Schmitz
  • Publication number: 20030101781
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door lock system, an outside door handle arrangement, and a process for controlling a motor vehicle door lock system are proposed. For simple, economical sensing of the actuation of an outside door handle, a first signal is detected when the outside door handle is touched, and when the outside door handle is released a second signal is detected, the signals being evaluated as the start and end of actuation of the outside door handle. Alternatively or in addition, it is provided that a pressure load on the outside door handle is detected for locking the assigned motor vehicle door lock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Inventors: Edgar Budzynski, Matthias Koerwer, Stephan Schmitz
  • Patent number: 6522240
    Abstract: A telecontrol device has a base station and control elements for influencing the base station. A storage arrangement is provided in control elements and in base station, information that assigns a control element to the base station being stored in the storage arrangement. A wireless signal-transmission link is formed between base station and control elements for carrying out telecontrol without contact. One control element is configured as the main control element. If it is in the range of the signal-transmission link, the assignment information stored in the storage arrangement can be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Karl-Ernst Weiss, Heidrun Hacker, Stephan Schmitz
  • Patent number: 6522028
    Abstract: A device for locking and unlocking a door of an object, particularly of a motor vehicle, includes a transmitter unit disposed on the object and a transponder assigned to a user. Safety is increased because, in response to alignment of the transmission lobe with the interior of the object, the range of the field of the transmission lobe formed by the transmitter unit or of the signals emmitted by the transponder can be reduced or disturbed by a switching device, so that a transponder located in the passenger area of the interior cannot be queried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Schmitz, Gianfranco Pavatich, Adrian Babber
  • Publication number: 20030029210
    Abstract: An outside door handle arrangement and a process for controlling a motor vehicle door lock system are proposed. For simple, economically feasible detection of the actuation of an outside door handle, it is provided that the outside door handle is elastically deformable and deformation is detected by a sensor to acquire actuation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Inventors: Edgar Budzynski, Matthias Koerwer, Stephan Schmitz
  • Patent number: 6438466
    Abstract: A device is proposed for ascertaining distance and transmitting data in a motor vehicle. It has a transmitting arrangement for generating and emitting a radar signal. A receiving arrangement receives a radar signal. It is characterized in that switchover arrangements are provided which cause the transmitting and/or receiving arrangement to operate either in a radar operating mode for detecting the distance and/or speed of a further object, or in a data-exchange operating mode for the exchange of data with a transceiver. Specific functions are enabled in dependence on the data exchange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Voigtlaender, Wolfgang Kramp, Stefan Gaier, Elmar Giehler, Jürgen Hasch, Stephan Schmitz, Lothar Groesch
  • Publication number: 20020093418
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door lock system whereby at least one of spatial proximity of an operator to the outside door handle and a physical touching of the outside door handle by the operator can be easily detected using a comparatively low power source exhibiting excellent response behavior. One aspect includes a passive entry function of the motor vehicle door lock system can be activated or a starting interval of the control electronics can be initiated. The lock system utilizes ultrasonic waves for the detection of the at least one of spatial proximity of an operator to the outside door handle and a physical touching of the outside door handle by the operator. To sense spatial proximity to the outside door handle and/or touching of the outside door handle at least essentially solely in the access space defined by the outside door handle, an ultrasonic field is produced whereby changes and/or interruptions of the ultrasonic field is detected upon the occurrence of these events.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2000
    Publication date: July 18, 2002
    Inventors: Stephan Schmitz, Christian Gerhardt
  • Patent number: 6304968
    Abstract: A method and a device for allocating an authentication device to a base station, with the base station delivering a search signal which is received by the authentication device and is compared with a previously stored reference signal assigned to a base station. If the search signal matches a reference signal, the authentication device sends a response signal. If they do not match, the authentication device checks whether the search signal matches another previously stored reference signal allocated to another base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Heidrun Hacker, Stephan Schmitz
  • Patent number: 6181024
    Abstract: A device for locking and unlocking a door lock provided with a door handle on an object, in particular a motor vehicle, has a transmitter unit arranged on the object and a transponder unit assigned to a user. Different methods of operating the device are made possible by designing the door lock as an electromechanical lock which can be locked and unlocked optionally by a manually operable key and/or a button arranged on the inside or electronically by the transmitter and transponder units, and operation is ensured even in the event of a failure of the electric power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Geil, Jörg Jehlicka, Stephan Schmitz
  • Patent number: 6172430
    Abstract: A device for locking and unlocking a door of a motor vehicle. The device includes a transmitting unit located on the motor vehicle and at least one transponder with an access authorization code assigned to a user. To allow flexible adjustment to different situations, the information exchanged between the transmitting unit and transponder contains not only an access authorization code but also a driving authorization code. In addition to the transponder, at least one additional storage device is provided in or on the vehicle for storing the driving authorization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Schmitz, Achim Wach, Lothar Groesch, Karl-Heinz Kaiser
  • Patent number: 6114949
    Abstract: A steering wheel (10) is proposed, especially for controlling a motor vehicle, which is provided with a device that detects the elastic deformation of the sheath of the steering wheel (10) caused by its being gripped by the driver, and which controls vehicle-specific functions on the basis of this deformation. To that end, a fiber-optical sensor is mounted on the steering wheel (10). This sensor has an optical fiber (14), into which a transmitter (16) injects a light signal (16.1), which is received by a pickup (18). Exertions of pressure or force on the optical fiber (14) cause a change in polarization of the light signal (16.1), which is evaluated by an evaluation circuit (15) to form a driver signal (20.x).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Schmitz, Achim Pruksch, Alain Gaillard