Visual Light Signal Patents (Class 116/202)
  • Patent number: 10945566
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus for determining or identifying the type of product in a dispenser based at least in part on the length of rolled product dispensed and/or the radial measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Williams, Jr., Babak R. Ghazi
  • Patent number: 10843016
    Abstract: A weight bearing fall protection connector includes a first connection member configured to attach the connector to a piece of fall protection equipment, and a second connection member configured to attach the connector to another piece of all equipment, with the connection members fixed to each other to transfer the weight of a worker in a fall event and for movement relative to each other between a ready position and a fall position. The connector further includes a breakable component having a retaining condition wherein the component maintains the members in a ready position and broken condition wherein the component allows the members to move to their fall position. The connector further includes a wireless fall indicator including a wireless transmitter and a switch configured to activate the wireless transmitter in response to movement of the members from the ready position to the fall position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Huseth, Bradley Rohlf, Michael Fegley, Steven Joseph Sharp, Cinnamon C. Deets, William A. Zachar, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10836306
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a motor vehicle with a portable signature light assembly, and a corresponding method. In an example, a signature light assembly configured to promote brand recognition of the motor vehicle is operable in a first mode in which the signature light assembly is connected to the motor vehicle and a second mode in which the signature light assembly is removed from the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Prashant Dubey, Segundo Baldovino, Venkatesh Krishnan, LaRon Michelle Brown
  • Patent number: 10738954
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a method for providing a liquid display displaying a selectable pattern (20-29, 45-48, 58-62) wherein a) either light rays (8, 79) emitted by a first emitter are characterized by at least one light parameter, with the light parameter being defined by a first light parameter defining the light rays (8, 79) as such, like the frequency and/or amplitude of the light, and/or by a second light parameter defining the emission of the light rays (8, 79), like the location, repetition rate, width and/or form of emission pulses of the light rays (8, 79), and light deflecting means (17-19, 39-43, 60-62, 82) emitted by a second emitter depend on the light parameter such that the emitted light deflecting means (17-19, 39-43, 60-62, 82) are tuned to the emitted light rays (8, 79) to create cinematographic light effects, b) or the light deflecting means (17-19, 39-43, 60-62, 82) emitted by the second emitter are characterized by at least one deflecting parameter, with the deflecting parame
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Georgius Josephus Cyrillus Ludovicus Bruls, Laurens René Antonius Kessener, Herman Paulus Maria Kessener
  • Patent number: 10696537
    Abstract: A capless fuel system comprises a fuel inlet body, a flapper pivotably mounted within the fuel inlet body, a biasing member associated with the flapper, an axially movable shaft associated with the biasing member, and a tension calibrator associated with the biasing member, whereby tension on the controller spring may be adjusted by the calibrator. The biasing member may be of a variety of biasing elements but is preferably a controller spring. The shaft is reversibly movable from a tensioning position in which the electromechanical driver assembly is deactivated to a tension-lowering position in which the electromechanical driver assembly is activated. The capless fuel system includes a fuel pump nozzle position sensing system. The capless fuel system relies upon a single, multi-function flapper that functions as both the capless fuel system debris cover and a sealing member to prevent evaporative emission leaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Swadad Carremm, Aed Dudar
  • Patent number: 10671949
    Abstract: Communication from enterprise servers to handheld devices in the field supports dispatch, data synchronization, logistics and personnel. Bi-directional data delivery from enterprise-based servers over wireless data networks is enabled using wireless capabilities resident in handheld personal computing devices. Real time communications facilitates real-time access to remote programs, assistance and/or information related to the field operations and asset (personnel and inventory) resource management. Management is facilitated for at least one of: construction industry project analysis, HVAC system analysis, project management, equipment readiness inspection, troubleshooting, inventory tracking, inventory ordering, sales (e.g., providing cost estimates to customers), customer invoicing, conducting legal investigations, field data collection, and multi-user remote function coordination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures II LLC
    Inventors: Frank A. Barbosa, Luis M. Ortiz
  • Patent number: 10669740
    Abstract: An emergency illumination apparatus is integrated into a door lock mechanism including a manual release member and a latch which is displaceable between an engaged position with the jamb of an associated exit door, and a disengaged position, enabling opening of the door. The apparatus includes an illumination device including a base member mounted to the door lock mechanism or a surface of the associated exit door and a spaced array of discrete illumination elements extending along at least one axis intersecting with or circumventing the manual release member. A sensor operates to detect an emergency condition such as the presence of excessive heat, smoke, carbon monoxide, noxious gas and the like, and generate an alarm signal in response thereto. An independent power supply is disposed within the emergency door lock illumination apparatus. A controller energized by the power supply activates the illumination device in response to the alarm signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Szerszen
  • Patent number: 10527398
    Abstract: A tag assembly for measuring a characteristic of a tree includes a band and a shield strip. The band is configured to encircle the tree and has a plurality of tags spaced apart along the band. The shield strip extends along the band to thereby shield a number of tags in the plurality of tags such that the plurality of tags includes shielded tags and unshielded tags. The shield strip prevents the shielded tags from being read or emitting signals and while the unshielded tags can be read or emit signals such that the characteristic of the tree can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Arbre Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Meyers, Matthieu Vollmer, Michael J. Riebel, Milton J. Riebel
  • Patent number: 10457152
    Abstract: A charging system, comprising: a charging apparatus; and at least one guiding apparatus, comprising at least one light emitting device provided in at least one target apparatus. The charging apparatus moves to a charging location according a light emitting state of the light emitting device, to charge the target apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: En-Feng Hsu, Ting-Yang Chang
  • Patent number: 10449894
    Abstract: One general aspect of the present disclosure includes a display device for a vehicle for displaying at least one symbol. The display device may include a translucent cover layer, a symbol layer having a translucent symbol panel for displaying a symbol, and an opaque surface encompassing the symbol panel. A gap may be disposed between the symbol panel and the cover layer. A waveguide assembly may be included and configured to conduct light onto a side of the symbol panel facing away from the cover layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Alexander Kirilenko, Ludger Rake, Karsten Strassburg
  • Patent number: 10363980
    Abstract: A bicycle controlling device including a lifting controller, a shifting controller, a height adjusting assembly, an electric rear derailleur and a seat height controller is disclosed. The lifting controller and the shifting controller are respectively adapted to generate and emit a lifting control signal or a shifting control signal. The height adjusting assembly is positioned in the seat tube and can be controllably lifted or fixed at a height. The seat height controller is fixed to the seat tube, and includes a wireless signal receiver, a control circuit and a motor. The wireless signal receiver is adapted to receive/transmit the lifting/shifting control signal to the control circuit, which is electrically connected with the electric rear derailleur and the motor, and controls the motor/the electric rear derailleur with the received lifting/shifting control signal. The motor can mechanically control the lifting of the height adjusting assembly or fix its height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Jason Miles
  • Patent number: 10330505
    Abstract: An interchangeable face gauge structure for automobile gauges comprises a gauge body, a face gauge, a retainer ring and an outer cover. The gauge body and outer cover are combined by means of assembling, which causes the outer cover to be dismountable from and re-mountable on the gauge body. The face gauge is additionally mounted on the surface of the light directing panel on the gauge body, which allows the face gauge to be replaceable with one of the type to the liking of the user after the outer cover is dismounted from the gauge body, improving the variability and visual effect of the gauge body. Further, with the convenience of the outer cover being easily mountable on the gauge body, the user is allowed to replace and mount parts by themselves, adding to the practicality of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventors: Enrique J. Baiz, Osvaldo Izquierdo, Cheng Jie Wu
  • Patent number: 10289099
    Abstract: An operation order system includes a management apparatus that manages processing executed by a plurality of processing machines and operations performed on the processing machines by operators and that determines a next operation for each operator based on an operation state of the operator, and portable terminal that can be carried by the operator and via which the operator can input the operation state of the operator so that the portable terminal transmits the input operation state to the management apparatus through wireless communication, the portable terminal receives the next operation from the management apparatus through wireless communication and displays the received next operation. The portable terminal receives, as the operation state, operation start information or operation completion information input from the operator indicating that the operator has started or completed the operation at a home position in a facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Yuji Yamaguchi, Kazuki Yoshikawa, Tomoyuki Nakagawa, Toshio Aono
  • Patent number: 10253968
    Abstract: An operating button includes a light source, a push rod with a diverging lens, and an operating head with a condensing lens. The optical center of the diverging lens, the optical center of the condensing lens and the light source are in the same line such that light rays generated by the light source pass through the diverging lens and the converging lens before exiting the operating head as parallel light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Zhi Cheng, Jian Ming Liu, Song Liu, Radek Melich, Hua Lang Wang, Hong Yang, Shi Bo Yin
  • Patent number: 10215359
    Abstract: A lighting module for a vehicle is disclosed. The lighting module comprises a light source configured to generate a light emission in an emission direction substantially along a forward operating direction of the vehicle. A circuit is in connection with the light source. The lighting module further comprises an optic device comprising a body forming a receiving surface. The receiving surface is configured to receive an input emission of the light emission. The optic device is configured to transmit the input emission through the body, emit a first portion of the input emission along a primary path directed toward a passenger compartment of the vehicle, and emit a second portion of the input emission along a stray light path into a light trap formed by the body and arranged substantially opposite the light extraction surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Michael F. Lisowski, Danny L. Minikey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10207421
    Abstract: A system including a gantry structure; a first and a second saw head movable along at least part of the length of the gantry structure; and a first and a second lumber support also movable along corresponding lengths of the gantry structure. A controller moves the first saw head and first lumber support adjacent a first location along a board and moves the second saw head and second lumber support adjacent a second location along a board, and operates the first and second saw heads to cut first and second ends off the board. The controller then moves the saw heads and the lumber supports relative to the board to third and fourth locations and operates the first and second saw heads to cut third and fourth end pieces off. The saw heads and lumber supports optionally move together and rotate around respective vertical axes to enable angled board cuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Wein Holding LLC
    Inventor: Steven R. Weinschenk
  • Patent number: 10196284
    Abstract: A method for controlling water output of a water purifier is provided. The method includes: determining whether a container is placed in a water collecting region of the water purifier; determining whether there is a content in the container when the container is placed in the water collecting region; acquiring recognition information of the container when there is no content in the container, and determining category information of the container based on the recognition information; determining water output type information corresponding to the container as reference water output type information based on the category information of the container; acquiring content information of the container when there is content in the container, and determining category information of the content based on the content information; and determining water output type information corresponding to the content as reference water output type information based on the category information of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Ke Wu, Xinyu Liu, Tao Chen
  • Patent number: 10173581
    Abstract: A turn signal unit for an external mirror for a motor vehicle is designed to radiate a flashing light forwards in the direction of travel with the turn signal unit and the external mirror in the installation position at the side of the vehicle. The turn signal unit includes a light source and a lens disposed in front of the light source. A film with alternating light transmissive and non-light transmissive structures is clamped in the space between the light source and the lens. The film is clamped via a clamping structure which includes structure that is part of the lens and/or a housing portion of the turn signal unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Peter Juris, Mark Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10145748
    Abstract: Pressure indicator comprising a base, a deformable membrane fixed to the base in a fluid-tight manner according to a closed contour, and a body fixed to the base, delimiting a hollow volume covering the deformable membrane on the side opposite the base, while encompassing at least the closed contour, at least one inlet for a fluid the pressure of which is to be measured in a pressure range, wherein the deformable membrane is such that the expansion thereof for said pressure range is sufficient to be visible to the naked eye and to allow a direct display indicative of the pressure, in that the base is drilled with at least one first hole a first end of which emerges between the deformable membrane and the base in the closed contour, in that the body is drilled with at least one second hole a first end of which emerges into said hollow volume, in that the other end of the first hole is linked to the inlet respectively to the open air, in that the other end of the second hole is linked to the open air, respectiv
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: AMBU A/S
    Inventors: Pascal Lucchina, Stéphane Checcaroni, Gilles Dhonneur
  • Patent number: 10088128
    Abstract: An illuminating device includes a light source having a light-source optical axis, a lens that is located substantially parallel to the light-source optical axis such that a surface of the lens faces the light-source optical axis, the lens extending to a position rearward of the light source in a direction of the light-source optical axis, and a light reflecting portion located so as to be opposed to a front side of the light source, the light reflecting portion being adapted to reflect emitted light of the light source obliquely rearward of the light source, and reflect the emitted light toward the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukihiko Umeda, Koichiro Endo
  • Patent number: 10077894
    Abstract: A directionally adjustable pool light includes a lamp assembly having a body encircled by a collar. The collar includes a conical portion and the body partially defines a spherical space. The body has posts along an axis running centrally through the spherical space and is held against the conical portion by the posts. Rotating an adjusting screw accessible through the collar causes the body to rotate. A pivoting frame and adjustment nut couple the adjusting screw to the body, with the frame sliding relative to the body. LEDs are located substantially centrally in the spherical space, a trim cover is located over the collar, and a removable diffuser over the LEDs is surrounded by the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Olaf Mjelde
  • Patent number: 10002500
    Abstract: Improvements in an emergency inflatable signal locator is disclosed the emergency inflatable signal locator is a portable self-contained emergency inflatable illuminated signal location indicator generally provides a carrying case defining an interior volume carrying a container of compressed helium and an inflatable balloon having a reflective exterior surface and carrying a light source, the inflatable balloon connected to one end of a length of tether. The tether having a second end portion securely fastened to a reel that is securely interconnected to the interior of the carrying case allowing the inflated balloon to be retracted if necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Hall, Kathryn Hall
  • Patent number: 9990864
    Abstract: A label includes a timer to monitor a predetermined time period relating to a medical device, such as an indwelling cannula, or other product. The label includes a signalling apparatus that provides an alert signal on expiry of the predetermined time period and a fixing portion to fix the label to a support surface such as medical records of a patient. The label can have a first portion and a second portion and the first portion can be separable from the second portion. The fixing portion can be provided in the second portion and all or part of the signalling apparatus provided in the first portion. Also disclosed is a monitoring system for a medical device, including a base station and a label receivable by the base station. The monitoring system monitors a predetermined time period based on receipt of the label by the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Senver Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Sanjaya Naresh Senanayake, Gary Martin Verdickt, Dilukshi Tarindu Senanayake, Kushlani Kumari Verdickt, Luke Thomas Dawson, Stuart Richard May
  • Patent number: 9784970
    Abstract: A display device includes a translucent windscreen, particularly the windscreen of a motor vehicle, a narrow-band light source that emits light into the windscreen via an edge thereof, and a periodic structure formed in the windscreen that bends the light from the light source toward the eye of a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Heiko Charle, Peter Brandt, Georg Bauer
  • Patent number: 9783213
    Abstract: An end of train device includes an enclosure having an exterior and a hollow interior housing a plurality of components; and a protective arrangement disposed within the hollow interior of the enclosure and fitted at least partially around at least one component housed within the hollow interior. The protective arrangement defines at least one compartment for the at least one component of the plurality components. The protective arrangement at least partially supports and isolates the at least one component from the enclosure. The device also includes an impact resistant handle disposed on the exterior of the enclosure. The handle is configured to absorb impacts without causing substantial deformation to the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Wabtec Holding Corp.
    Inventors: D. Andrew Gloyd, John E. Halowell, David McCary, Benjamin Henniges
  • Patent number: 9772281
    Abstract: A system for measuring air quality, including a housing having an inlet, and outlet, and defining an air pathway therebetween, an air pump operationally connected in fluidic communication with air inlet and outlet for urging along the air flow pathway, a particle collector having an adhesive side positioned in the air flow pathway, and an electronic controller operationally connected to the optical sensor assembly for sending control signals to the optical sensor assembly and for receiving data from the optical sensor assembly. The system also includes an optical sensor assembly positioned for optical interrogate the particle collector, and further including a light source positioned to shine on the particle collector and an optical sensor positioned to receive light travelling from the particle collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Gregory Bertaux
  • Patent number: 9726362
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes an apparatus and method relating to LED fixtures having an LED module capable of operating at a temperature. The LED module is also capable of being operated within a desired temperature range having an upper limit and a lower limit. A fan is operable for cooling the LED module when the temperature of the LED module approaches the upper limit. A heater is operable for heating the LED module when the temperature of the LED module approaches the lower limit. A heat sink may be in thermal communication with the LED module such that the fan may cool and the heater may heat the heat sink. The controller may also be configured to selectively activate the heater and the fan. The controller may also be in electrical communication with a temperature sensor which is in thermal communication with the LED module such that the controller may read the temperature of the LED module. The controller may activate the fan and/or the heater depending on the temperature of the LED module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventors: Richard Allen Rosen, Joshua Alexander Forbes
  • Patent number: 9557024
    Abstract: A light guide for an optical device, notably for lighting and/or signaling, comprising: at least one light output portion having a top face and a bottom face linked together by a light output rim, at least one collimation subassembly suitable for receiving light emitted by a light source and for directing at least a part of this light toward the light output portion, the collimation subassembly having a top face and a bottom face linked together by a rim, and a coupling portion coupling the light output portion to the subassembly, the coupling portion having a top face and a bottom face, the bottom and top faces of the collimation subassembly extend substantially in mutually parallel planes, and in that the top face of the coupling portion and at least one of the top face of the collimation subassembly and of the top face of the light output portion meet at an edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventor: Sylvain Giraud
  • Patent number: 9550475
    Abstract: An outrigger foot is configured to be disposed on an outrigger of a utility vehicle for detecting secure emplacement of the outrigger. The outrigger foot comprises a housing, a kingpin assembly, and a pad assembly. The housing is configured to be secured to the outrigger. The kingpin assembly is at least partially disposed within the housing. The kingpin assembly is adapted to be in a compressed position while the outrigger foot is securely in contact with the ground, and to be in an uncompressed position while the outrigger foot is free of secure contact with the ground. A proximity sensor is associated with the housing, such that the proximity sensor can detect a proximity of a portion of the kingpin assembly that is in the compressed position. The pad assembly is secured to the kingpin assembly for contacting the ground at various angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Altec Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth K. Walker, Benjamin G. Southern
  • Patent number: 9499938
    Abstract: Methods are provided for forming a spliced eye (220) of a sling (222) made from a rope that includes a core rope (37) and includes a braided sheath (398).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Hampidjan hf
    Inventors: Hjortur Erlendsson, Sherif Adham Safwat
  • Patent number: 9476562
    Abstract: A vehicle lighting device includes a housing, a first receiving cavity recessed inwardly from a center of a front side of the housing, a first light source received in the first receiving cavity, an annular second receiving cavity recessed in the front side of the housing and surrounding the first receiving cavity, a second light source received in the second receiving cavity, a first envelope fixed in the front side of the housing and covering the first receiving cavity, and an annular second envelope fixed in the front side of the housing and covering the second receiving cavity. An inner face of the second receiving cavity is a bending face including a plurality of reflecting facets for reflecting light emitted from the second light source. Every two adjacent reflecting facets intersect with an angle. The second light source faces at least one reflecting facet distant from the second envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Po-Chou Chen
  • Patent number: 9466862
    Abstract: Disclosed are a battery state notifying unit readily exchangeble between battery packs differing in the number of battery cell, a bus bar module and a battery pack including the battery state notifying unit, and a battery state monitoring system including the battery state notifying unit. The battery state notifying unit includes a plurality of subunits corresponding to every battery cell, and the subunits in accordance with a cell temperature signal corresponding to a voltage outputted by a bus bar and a terminal fitting, generates a battery state data composed of a digital signal including a data indicating a state of the battery cell corresponding to the subunit, and transmits the battery state data to the external battery state monitoring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Yoshihito Aoki
  • Patent number: 9447830
    Abstract: An electric brake actuator includes first and second electric motors and an actuator output, a first cycloidal speed reducer having a first reducer input rotatable about a first reducer axis and operatively connected to the first motor output gear to receive a first driving force, and a first reducer output rotatable about the first reducer axis and operatively connected to the actuator output to transfer the first driving force to the actuator output, and a second cycloidal speed reducer having a second reducer input rotatable about a second reducer axis and operatively connected to the second motor output gear to receive a second driving force and a second reducer output rotatable about the second reducer axis and operatively connected to the actuator output to transfer the second driving force to the actuator output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Marshall Bull
  • Patent number: 9340160
    Abstract: A substrate having a light reflective coating defining a mirror surface. A first curvature included on the substrate extending across the mirror surface oriented along a first axis of curvature extending heightwise. A second curvature included on the substrate extending across the mirror surface oriented along a second axis of curvature extending widthwise. The second axis of curvature is angled relative to the first axis of curvature so that the second curvature extends across the mirror surface in a helical arrangement relative to the first axis of curvature. Accordingly, angling the second axis of curvature relative to the first axis of curvature causes the first and second curvatures to cooperate in reducing distortion across the mirror surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventor: Andreas Enz
  • Patent number: 9297271
    Abstract: A turbine blade monitoring arrangement includes a bucket tip located at a radial outer location of a bucket. Also included is at least one component disposed radially outwardly of the bucket tip. Further included is a hollow portion of the at least one component, wherein the hollow portion extends radially from a first end to a second end through the at least one component. Yet further included is a first sealing component operatively coupled to the at least one component proximate the first end of the hollow portion, wherein the first sealing component comprises a translucent material. Also included is a proximity sensor disposed radially outwardly of the at least one component and aligned with the hollow portion, the proximity sensor configured to generate a first signal through the hollow portion to the bucket tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Matthew Troy Hafner
  • Patent number: 9235968
    Abstract: A wearable computing device comprises one or more one eye pieces each of which further comprises a flexible frame surrounding a display screen and tactile elements arranged on the perimeter of the display screen. The tactile elements provide tactile feedback to the user that is synchronous with the display on the display screen. A detection system is also included in the flexible frame to monitor the movements of a wearer's eyes and the eye sockets and to execute various tasks in response to the detected movements. A visual cortex thought detector also coupled to the wearable computing device obtains information regarding the wearer's thoughts and manipulates a display on the display screen based on the obtained information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: OTOY, INC.
    Inventor: Julian Michael Urbach
  • Patent number: 9234774
    Abstract: A lighting structure for a meter device is provided to include a dial, a rotating shaft having a light transmitting property, which is provided in a back surface side of the dial and rotates by receiving a turning force from a motor, a light transmitting pointer which is provided integrally with a light transmitting pointer shaft having a hole formed in a base end part into which an end part of the rotating shaft is inserted and fixed and rotates along a surface of the dial, and a light source which outputs the illuminating lights incident on a base end part of the rotating shaft. The pointer shaft includes a first laterally light-dispersing unit formed with a recessed part recessed toward the light source in an end part over the hole for dispersing a part of the illuminating lights incident on the pointer shaft toward the dial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuya Maebashi, Masaaki Sano
  • Patent number: 8979424
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-propelled road-milling machine for doing work on surfacings on the ground, and in particular carriageways. The road-milling machine according to the invention is characterized by a signalling arrangement which has at least one control unit for the entry of at least two different states of operation by the driver of the road-milling machine and at least one visual indicator or display unit to indicate or display for the driver of the transporting vehicle the at least two states of operation which are preset with the control unit by the driver of the road-milling machine. The first state of operation may be a request for the transporting vehicle to be braked or stopped and the second state of operation may be a request for the transporting vehicle to be started or to continue travelling. In a preferred embodiment of the visual indicator or display unit, the request for braking or stopping is shown as a cross and the request for starting or continued travel as an arrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Berning, Armin Montermann, Cyrus Barimanl, Guenter Haehn, Angela Cutler
  • Patent number: 8947265
    Abstract: A signal or lighting system synchronizes the flashing of multiple signal or lighting assemblies. When one of the assemblies is triggered, it broadcasts a temporally staggered sequence of signals, each signal instructing the receiving assemblies to initiate flashing of their beacons a given countdown time after that particular signal is transmitted. The countdown times of the various signals all count down to the same flashing start time so that the originating and receiving beacons all being flashing at the same time. The temporal diversity of the signals enhances the ability to overcome potential interference as at least one of the signals in the sequence is likely to be received by the destination assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Carmanah Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Bruce Bernard, Darren Beckwith
  • Publication number: 20150027361
    Abstract: An indicating assembly for a container in which pressurized fluid is stored comprises a valve assembly connected to the pressurized container and having a fluid passage for receiving the pressurized fluid and a piston movable within the valve assembly along a longitudinal axis in response to fluid pressure within the fluid passage. The assembly further comprises an indicating member movable in response to longitudinal movement of the piston between a first condition providing a first indicator portion representing fluid pressure below a threshold pressure and a second condition providing a second indicator portion representing fluid pressure above the threshold pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: BRYAN EYRING, Gregory Eytchison, Ryan Pereira
  • Patent number: 8847897
    Abstract: The touch-operating input device is configured so that when the control circuit turns on the main light source corresponding to each of the translucent operation buttons that can be operated, the control circuit, on condition that the translucent operation button corresponding to the main light source that is turned on is operated, turns off the sub-light source corresponding to the translucent operation button that is turned on simultaneously with the main light source. Ease of operation is increased by enabling the operator to distinguish operated translucent operation buttons from translucent operation buttons that have not been operated according to whether or not the main light sources are lit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Toyo Denso Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naohiro Sakai, Yoshitaka Noguchi, Shigeharu Nezu
  • Publication number: 20140283730
    Abstract: A tier for a tower light consists of a tubular body having spaced apart inner and outer walls joined together to maintain a fixed relationship and defining an annular space for receiving a sleeve and having an access opening in the outer wall through which the sleeve may be inserted into and removed from the annular space, the inner and outer walls being joined together by an annular base upon which the sleeve is seated. There is also disclosed a tower light having one or more such tiers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Inventors: Raif Oymen, Ari Da Silva
  • Patent number: 8782313
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for controlling an availability of a user in an enterprise environment. If an enterprise user requests to change an availability status on one or more media, a determination is made as to whether to grant the request based on one or more predefined criteria associated with the enterprise. For example, the predefined criteria may comprise resource needs or one or more policies of the enterprise. The predefined criteria may be expressed as one or more rules in a rule base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Ajita John, Reinhard P. Klemm, Doree D. Seligmann
  • Patent number: 8667993
    Abstract: A hose or duct that is comprised of a rubber, plastic, metal, woven or non-woven textile or composite material is outfitted with a luminescent exterior member. The luminescent exterior member includes a luminescent material. The luminescent exterior member can be incorporated into the manufacture of the hose, or added to and/or around the exterior of the hose after manufacture of the hose. The luminescent exterior member may be wound around the hose in a spiral manner or may run longitudinally along a length of the hose in a single line or multiple lines. The luminescent exterior member may be fixably coupled to the hose with adhesive or molecularly bonded or with an attachment mechanism or the luminescent exterior member may be externally spiraled as a rigid spiral sleeve and thereby removable from the hose and may be reusable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Flexmaster Canada Ltd.
    Inventor: Melinda Donnelly
  • Patent number: 8624754
    Abstract: A method and system for determining at least one property of a strobe cover are disclosed. The determined property of the strobe cover may then be analyzed to determine whether it is the proper property for the strobe device. The property of the strobe cover may include the color of the strobe cover (such as clear, blue, amber, etc.), the shape of the strobe cover (such as a strobe cover with a lens or a strobe cover without a lens), the material of the strobe cover, etc. The method and system may include determining the property of the strobe cover and checking whether the determined property is the expected property of the strobe cover (such as the expected color of the strobe cover). The strobe cover may include one or more property indicators. The one or more property indicators may interface with a circuit, such as mechanically interface with the circuit, in order for the circuit to determine the property of the strobe cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: SimplexGrinnell LP
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Savage, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8471716
    Abstract: Signaling methods and apparatuses are described for preventing flood irrigation water from overflowing in a trench, field, or other area. Signaling devices may include indicators such as a reflector, a flag, a light, or a sound device provided on an end of an elongate member having its opposite end engaged with the ground. A stake is driven into the ground near the elongate member in the trench or other area where water will flow. A breakaway link such as a strip of paper is engaged to either the indicator or the elongate member and also to the stake, causing the elongate member to be bent downward, with the breakaway link located in the trench where water will flow. When exposed to the flow of water, the breakaway link weakens and eventually tears such that the elongate member springs upward carrying the indicator with it, signaling an operator that water has reached that location in the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Hansen
  • Patent number: 8459202
    Abstract: A gas flow of a gas pipe is indicated before an electromagnetic valve is actually opened, so that the electromagnetic valve can be prevented from being opened or closed by a wrong manipulation or hazards caused by undesired mixing of gases can be avoided so as to improve safety. The substrate processing apparatus includes a state detection unit configured to detect an opening/closing request state and an opening/closing state of a valve installed at a gas pipeline; and a indication unit configured to indicate a gas flow state of the gas pipeline predicted according to the opening/closing request state and a gas flow state of the gas pipeline when the valve is opened, in a way that each state is distinguished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Yamada, Mamoru Oishi, Kanako Kitayama
  • Publication number: 20130104797
    Abstract: A forensic marker for marking a cementitious material is disclosed including a marker that is added to the cementitious material and is detectable for at least the expected life of the cementitious material. The marker is inert with respect to the cementitious material in that it does not significantly affect the desired qualities of the cementitious material (e.g. weight, adhesive properties, structural integrity, etc). The marker is detectable, for example, by instruments, during the life of the cementitious material. Sample markers are fluorescent polyamide fibers, rayon fibers, metallic fibers, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Jorge G. Chiappo
  • Patent number: 8393750
    Abstract: The extendable strobe light device (1) comprises a telescoping light mount (10) bearing a strobe light (11). By manual operation or by power to an antenna drive motor (23) the telescoping light mount (10) is extended or retracted. An insulated electrical conductor (28) provides power to the strobe light (11). The insulated electrical conductor (28) is wound on a negator reel (46). A negator spring reel assembly (32) contains a negator spring (400) retracts the insulated electrical conductor (28) when the telescoping light mount (10) is retracted. An electrical brush assembly (43) comprises a brush assembly insulated housing (52) composed of a rigid material including metals and plastics. The brush assembly insulated housing (52) is affixed to the case by screws or bolts (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Parley A. Clement
  • Publication number: 20120304915
    Abstract: An impact-protecting structure includes a rigid body, a soft body, an adhesive layer, and a plurality of illuminating particles. The rigid body has a corner portion and a plurality of side extending portions extended from the corner portion. The soft body has an impact-resistant portion and a plurality of side covering portions extended from the impact-resistant portion. The soft body covers the outer surface of the rigid body. The adhesive layer is affixed onto the inner surface of the rigid body. The illuminating particles are disposed within the soft body. The impact-protecting structure offers warning capability and buffering effect against impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: SEN-LIN YU, TSAO-CHANG YU