Patents by Inventor Thomas Fritz

Thomas Fritz 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: 10747413
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to apparatuses, methods and computer programs for controlling a machine. The apparatus is suitable for a mobile communication device for providing a sensor input signal to a machine control entity to control a machine. The apparatus comprises one or more sensor modules for providing first user input sensor data and second user input sensor data. The apparatus further comprises a control module configured to determine the sensor input signal based on the first user input sensor data and the second user input sensor data. The control module is further configured to provide the sensor input signal for sensor data processing to the machine control entity to control the machine via an interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Daniel Schneider, Thomas Kuhn, Rasmus Adler, Viet Yen Nguyen, Patrik Feth, Emilia Cioroaica, Bastian Zimmer, Martin Kremmer, Thomas Floerchinger, Benjamin Neermann, Norbert Fritz, Stefan Volz
  • Publication number: 20200254325
    Abstract: Techniques for providing acoustic feedback are disclosed. Several audio clips (21-23) have a synchronized beat. A sensor signal (16) received from a sensor has a sensor signal range divided by first and second thresholds (11, 12) into at least three sensor signal sub-ranges (13-15). An audio signal is output in response to the received sensor signal (16), the output audio signal comprising one or more of the audio clips. If the received sensor signal (16) exceeds the first threshold (11), at least one (21) of the one or more audio clips is discontinued and/or at least one additional audio clip (22) of the audio clips is initiated in synchronization with the one or more audio clips (21). If the received sensor signal (16) falls below the second threshold (12), at least one (21) of the one or more audio clips is discontinued and/or at least one additional audio clip (23) of the audio clips is initiated in synchronization with the one or more audio clips (21).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas FRITZ, Eric BUSCH, Silvio BORCHARDT, Dirk GUMMEL
  • Patent number: 10741885
    Abstract: A method for autonomously interconnecting at least two battery banks in a drive system of a motor vehicle, the drive system comprising at least one electric motor, at least two battery banks, at least one traction system which can be supplied with power by at least one battery bank, and at least one DC/DC converter which can be connected to at least one battery bank. The battery banks can be interconnected with one another in series and/or in parallel and at least one battery bank can be bridged, wherein, during autonomous operation of the motor vehicle, respective interconnection of the at least two battery banks is automatically carried out within the drive system, depending on a respective operating state of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marcus Zacher, Marc Patt, Thomas Fritz
  • Publication number: 20200205787
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for ultrasound imaging. In one embodiment, a method comprises, during an ultrasound scan, acquiring a series of ultrasound frames with a first transmit power, receiving a command to pause the ultrasound scan, and acquiring at least one ultrasound frame with a second transmit power higher than the first transmit power responsive to receiving the command. In this way, the image quality of an image displayed while a scan is paused may be increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Huepf, Christian Fritz Perrey, Thomas Andrew Kraus
  • Patent number: 10681401
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method comprising receiving a data stream comprising media content that includes program content and advertising content, and monitoring for presence of markers in the data stream at test points on a data path from a receiving device to a server distributing the data stream over a network. Data collected at the test points is correlated to determine whether the advertising content was presented. If the advertising content was not presented, an alarm message is generated; and a location is determined, based on the result of the correlating, of a fault on the data path causing the advertising content to not be presented. The test data are collected from the test points simultaneously with propagation of the data stream along the data path. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Todd W. Jones, Darik Fritz, Thomas Paterson
  • Patent number: 10668823
    Abstract: A driver assistance system may be a vehicle control system configured to perform a driver assistance operation, such as implementing cruise control or performing an automated driving control operation. The control system may be configured to perform a driver assistance operation which includes at least one step which conserves energy stored in at least one battery. The control system may conserve energy by controlling a speed or following distance of a vehicle based on road parameter, such as an uphill grade or downhill grade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Herb, Thomas Fritz
  • Publication number: 20200161717
    Abstract: A safety apparatus (20) for a battery (80) has a base (22) for a vehicle (10), sensors (31, 32, 33, 34) and an evaluation apparatus (40). Each sensor (31, 32, 33, 34) is designed to generate a sensor signal (35) on a basis of a deformation of the base (22) and to supply the sensor signal to the evaluation apparatus (40). The evaluation apparatus (40) ascertains from the sensor signals (35) both first information about the location of the deformation of the base (22) and second information about the level of the deformation, and uses the first information and the second information as a basis for determining whether a first state (Z1) is present, in which a driving mode can be maintained, or whether a second state (Z2) is present, in which a driving mode can no longer be maintained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Fritz, Armin Steck, Marcus Zacher, Dominik Lembke, Ralf Keller, Maximilian Mueller, Marc Patt, Markus Graef, Philipp Straub
  • Patent number: 10617340
    Abstract: The present invention includes a system for withdrawing body fluids. The system includes a drive unit having a plunger which is moved from a resting position into a lancing position in order to carry out a lancing process and a lancing unit containing a lancet with a needle. The plunger and lancet are coupled together by a form fit in order to carry out a lancing process. The invention additionally concerns a method for temporarily extending a needle from a device for withdrawing body fluid as well as a lancing unit that can be attached to the drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Fritz, Klaus-Dieter Sacherer, Hans List, Thomas Weiss, Frank Deck, Claudio Immekus
  • Patent number: 10611408
    Abstract: A vehicle body for an electrically driven vehicle, having a vehicle frame for transmitting mechanical forces during the operation of the vehicle. The vehicle frame has a battery portion for receiving at least two battery modules, and the battery portion has at least one fastening interface for fastening the at least two battery modules in the received position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Fritz, Arik Rathner, Otmar Bitsche
  • Publication number: 20200106453
    Abstract: A passive conjunction circuit for an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) is disclosed. In one aspect, the passive conjunction circuit includes a first input node receiving an analog input signal to be converted by the ADC and a second input node receiving a reference voltage other than a ground voltage of the ADC. The passive conjunction circuit also includes a first output node to be connected to a first differential input of the ADC (20) and a second output node to be connected to a second differential input of the ADC. The passive conjunction circuit further includes a first voltage divider interconnected between the first input and output nodes and a second voltage divider interconnected between the second input and output nodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Juergen FRITZ, Thomas KORHERR
  • Publication number: 20200087437
    Abstract: Polyurethane encapsulating compounds for the embedding of hollow fibers of filter elements are provided. These are obtainable by mixing a polyol component (A) and an isocyanate component (B) to give a reaction mixture and reacting the mixture to completion to give the polyurethane encapsulating compound, wherein the polyol component (A) comprises (a1) at least one fatty-acid-based polyol, (a2) at least one amine compound having at least one tertiary nitrogen atom and at least one isocyanate-reactive hydrogen atom and (a3) at least one metal compound that functions as a polyurethane catalyst, wherein the polyurethane catalyst (a3) does not comprise any tin, lead and/or mercury and the isocyanate component (B) comprises at least one aromatic isocyanate having at least two isocyanate groups. Further provided is a method for producing filter elements using the polyurethane encapsulating compounds and the use of the polyurethane encapsulating compounds for the embedding of hollow fibers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Andre Kamm, Thomas Mathieu, Gunther Lukat, Ralf Fritz
  • Publication number: 20200077129
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method comprising receiving a data stream comprising media content that includes program content and advertising content, and monitoring for presence of markers in the data stream at test points on a data path from a receiving device to a server distributing the data stream over a network. Data collected at the test points is correlated to determine whether the advertising content was presented. If the advertising content was not presented, an alarm message is generated; and a location is determined, based on the result of the correlating, of a fault on the data path causing the advertising content to not be presented. The test data are collected from the test points simultaneously with propagation of the data stream along the data path. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Todd W. Jones, Darik Fritz, Thomas Paterson
  • Publication number: 20200024133
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a MEMS unit for a micromechanical pressure sensor. The method includes the steps: providing a MEMS wafer including a silicon substrate and a first cavity formed therein, under a sensor membrane; applying a layered protective element on the MEMS water; and exposing a sensor core from the back side, a second cavity being formed between the sensor core and the surface of the silicon substrate, and the second cavity being formed with the aid of an etching process which is carried out with the aid of etching parameters changed in a defined manner; and removing the layered protective element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Arne Dannenberg, Joachim Fritz, Thomas Friedrich, Torsten Kramer
  • Patent number: 10516241
    Abstract: Presented and described is, amongst other items, an intercom plug-in connector (10) for audio connections, comprising a cylindrical housing (19) extending in the axial direction (27), in particular with a circular, or essentially circular, cross-section, whose first axial end (20) is formed by a plug-in extension (22) that on its front face (39) has a plurality of sockets (23a, 23b, 23c, 23d), in particular four sockets positioned relative to one another in an approximately V-shape, for contact pins (24a, 24b), and which at its second axial end (21) has a phone jack (25) for a phone plug (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: RIEDEL COMMUNICATIONS INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Fritz, Thomas Riedel
  • Patent number: 10501394
    Abstract: A process is proposed for production of dimethyl ether (DME) from synthesis gas (SG), in which at least one feed stream formed from synthesis gas (SG) is subjected to at least one synthesis step, in which components present in the feed stream are at least in part converted to dimethyl ether (DME), wherein at least one crude product stream is obtained which contains at least dimethyl ether (DME) and the unreacted components of the feed stream. The feed stream contains at least hydrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, and has a stoichiometric number of 2.0 to 5.0. The feed stream further contains 4 to 20 mol percent carbon dioxide, and the ratio of carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide in the feed stream is in a range from 0.5 to 4. The at least one synthesis step is carried out under isothermal conditions. A system for production of dimethyl ether (DME) from synthesis gas (SG) is likewise subject matter of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: LINDE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Helmut Fritz, Thomas Bartesch, Clara Delhomme, Andreas Peschel, Johannes Fendt, Harald Klein
  • Publication number: 20190366147
    Abstract: A training apparatus includes an elastic band; a device for continuously determining an actual configuration of the training apparatus during exercise, e.g. a stretch of the elastic band or a 2D or 3D position of said device; and for generating a control signal for an audio device, the control signal being at least partially based on the actual configuration of the training apparatus; and for outputting the control signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Fritz, John Dylan Haynes, Carlo Crovato
  • Patent number: 10464436
    Abstract: A battery system for a vehicle is provided. The battery system includes: first and second output terminals; a battery pack including a primary pole and a secondary pole which are respectively electrically connected or connectable to one of the first and second output terminals; an electrically operable pre-charge switch electrically connected to the primary pole of the battery pack and to the first output terminal; a first resistor arranged in series with the electrically operable pre-charge switch; an isolation monitoring circuit adapted to monitor the overall isolation of the battery system; a semiconductor switch adapted to bidirectionally conduct a current in a first state and to bidirectionally block the current in a second state; and a second resistor arranged in series with the first resistor and in parallel with the semiconductor switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jurgen Fritz, Thomas Korherr
  • Patent number: 10457588
    Abstract: A lead-through or connecting element is provided that includes an assembly having a carrier body of a high-temperature alloy, a functional element, and an at least partially crystallized glass. The crystallized glass is between a portion of the functional element and a portion of the carrier body. The carrier body subjects the crystallized glass to a compressive stress of greater than or equal to zero, at a temperature from at least 20° C. to more than 450° C. Also provided are a method for producing a lead-through or connecting element, the use of such a lead-through or connecting element, and to a measuring device including such a lead-through or connecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: SCHOTT AG
    Inventors: Oliver Fritz, Georg Meier, Thomas Fink
  • Publication number: 20190279610
    Abstract: An earpiece for real-time audio processing of ambient sound includes an ear bud that provides passive noise attenuation to the earpiece such that exterior ambient sound is substantially reduced within an ear of a wearer, an exterior microphone that receives ambient sound and converts the received ambient sound into analog electrical signals, and an analog-to-digital converter that converts the analog electrical signals into digital signals representative of the ambient sounds. The earpiece further includes a digital signal processor that performs a transformation operation on the digital signals according to instructions received from a mobile device, the transformation operation transforms the digital signals into modified digital signals, a digital-to-analog converter that converts the modified digital signals into modified analog electrical signals, and a speaker that outputs the modified analog electrical signals as audio waves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Jeffrey Baker, Anthony Parks, Sal Gregory Garcia, Thomas Ezekiel Burgess, Matthew Fumio Yamamoto, Nils Jacob Palmborg, Noah Kraft, Richard Fritz Lanman, III, Daniel C. Wiggins
  • Patent number: 10384114
    Abstract: A training apparatus includes adjustable resistance means; means for continuously determining an actual configuration of the training apparatus during exercise; means for generating a control signal for an audio device, the control signal being at least partially based on the actual configuration of the training apparatus; and means for outputting the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V.
    Inventors: Thomas Fritz, John Dylan Haynes, Carlo Crovato