Furniture Or Room Fixture Patents (Class 177/144)
  • Patent number: 11366007
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for associating baggage weight data to passenger information automatically by integrating scales weighing passenger baggage at airports to check-in application. The inventive system comprises counter device, scale, integration device, data terminal hardware, wireless network module, data tracking module and server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: TURK HAVA YOLLARI ANONIM ORTAKLIGI
    Inventors: Kadirli Baskan Kalezade, Yunus Kizilay, Emirhan Sancak, Serdar Gurbuz, Oguzhan Aydin
  • Patent number: 11359957
    Abstract: The invention relates to a modular sensor system consisting of at least three modules with at least one sensor, at least one sensor carrier and at least one weight distribution strip, which can be connected to each other in a sandwich-like manner. The modular sensor system can be used in a slatted frame mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: LAROMED GMBH
    Inventor: Günter Nieuwenhuis
  • Patent number: 11332047
    Abstract: Provided is a slide device which includes: a lower rail; an upper rail movably attached to the lower rail; a load sensor attached to the upper rail by a first attachment member; and a bracket attached to the load sensor by a second attachment member. The bracket has an insertion hole into which the first attachment member is inserted, a deformation suppressing member is attached to a tip end portion of the first attachment member, the first attachment member has a first bolt and a first nut screwed onto the first bolt, the tip end portion of the first attachment member is positioned on a tip end side of the first bolt with respect to the first nut, and the deformation suppressing member is configured to reduce deformation of the bracket in a direction of separating from the upper rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasunori Kawai
  • Patent number: 11333364
    Abstract: An adaptive cooking system includes an oven with at least one heating element configured to heat the oven, at least one steam generator configured to produce steam within the oven, and at least one fan configured to circulate air within the oven. The adaptive cooking system further includes at least one thermometer configured to detect a temperature of air circulating within the oven. A controller is communicatively coupled to the oven components. The controller is configured to cause the fan to circulate air within the oven for a predetermined amount of time. For example, the fan may initially circulate air within the oven while the heating element and the steam generator are turned off or powered down. The controller is further configured to detect a temperature of the air and control the heating element and the steam generator based on the temperature of the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnau Castillo, Michiel Blaauwhof
  • Patent number: 11280665
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bench with a scales function, which comprises sensors disposed in parallel along lower lateral bars of the bench and connected to a digital transmitter that transmits to a screen by means of a cable or Bluetooth. In addition to the current functions of the platforms to which the beds are anchored in the vehicles, the bench with an electronic scales function provides the exact value of the weight of the patient, in real time, facilitating the calculation of the precise doses of drugs, fluids, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE
    Inventor: Maria Elena Castejon De La Encina
  • Patent number: 11243110
    Abstract: Embodiments herein provide systems and methods tracking the weight of an individual situated on a furnishing such as a chair or bed. One method generally includes receiving weight data at a weight sensor that is situated to recognize a change in weight on the furnishing, confirming that a fitness device is proximately located to the weight sensor, and transmitting the received weight data to a hosted service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Inventor: Daniel Lin
  • Patent number: 11148563
    Abstract: An airbag includes plural bag portions respectively including two sheet members which are attached to each other, the plural bag portions arranged to be overlapped with each other in a thickness direction of the sheet member, and a welded portion at which the sheet members being in contact with each other are attached to each other. The welded portion includes a communication hole penetrating the sheet members which are in contact with each other to communicate the bag portions which are arranged to be overlapped with each other, and a rib portion arranged radially outward of the communication hole, the rib portion protruding in the thickness direction from a welded surface of the welded portion. The rib portion includes an annular rib surrounding the communication hole, and a cutout portion provided at the annular rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Masuda, Ryosuke Mizuno, Makoto Sakai
  • Patent number: 11123247
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus comprises a base supported by caster assemblies with each caster assembly comprising a stem, a caster wheel, and a caster wheel axle. A patient support surface is coupled to the base and is configured to receive a load. One or more load sensors are integrated with at least one of the stem, the caster wheel, or the caster wheel axle for measuring the load. One or more of the caster assemblies can be coupled to a steering motor, which controls orientation of the caster assembly. A controller can control the steering motors based on analyzing the measurements of the load sensor. The load sensors can produce measurements indicative of both vertical load and non-vertical load applied to the caster assembly. The controller can also analyze the measurements of the load sensor to determine the load received by the patient support surface by negating the non-vertical load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventor: Kurosh Nahavandi
  • Patent number: 11125547
    Abstract: A sensor includes an elastic base material including a first surface and a second surface, a first sensor which detects a change in a capacitance caused by expansion/contraction of the first surface, and a second sensor which detects a change in a capacitance caused by expansion/contraction of the second surface. The first sensor faces the second sensor with the base material therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroto Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 11117492
    Abstract: A foam part of a motor vehicle seat having seat occupancy detection, wherein the foam part includes a seat surface and an underside opposite to the seat surface, and wherein a number of seat occupancy detection sensors are arranged in the region of the underside and these sensors are fastened via a number of holding profiles on the foam part to detect a weight force acting on the seat surface. Furthermore, the invention comprises a method for producing such a foam part and a motor vehicle seat having foam part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Jürgen Beckett
  • Patent number: 11079213
    Abstract: A sensor includes an elastic base material including a first surface and a second surface, a first sensor which detects a change in a capacitance caused by expansion/contraction of the first surface, and a second sensor which detects a change in a capacitance caused by expansion/contraction of the second surface. The first sensor faces the second sensor with the base material therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroto Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 11021065
    Abstract: A battery system for an electric vehicle has a high-voltage battery, a control unit, and a safety device for disconnecting the high-voltage battery from a high-voltage on-board electrical system of the electric vehicle. The battery system is characterized in that the control unit has two conductor loops, and that the control unit carries out a monitoring of the two conductor loops. Based on the monitoring, the control unit activates the safety device such that the safety device separates the high-voltage battery from the high-voltage vehicle electrical system of the electric vehicle, wherein the safety device has an irreversible separating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Wladislaw Waag, Thomas Hammerschmidt
  • Patent number: 10959569
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a heating device (100, 200) for heating food (4) in a container (3), in particular milk in a baby bottle. The heating device comprising a chamber (1) configured to contain a fluid (2) and to receive the container (3), a heating unit (5) for heating the fluid, a temperature measuring element (8) for measuring the temperature of the fluid (2) over time to obtain a temperature profile (300) over time, and a controller (6) for controlling the heating unit (5) based on the obtained temperature profile of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Paulus Cornelis Duineveld, Arjan Teodor Van Wieringen, Jingqi Hou, Roel Alexander Rethmeier, Franciscus Maria Johannes Van Roemburg
  • Patent number: 10937530
    Abstract: Systems for use with a medical device for reducing medication errors are provided. In one aspect, a system includes a medical device that is configurable with operating limit parameters for providing medication to a patient, and a limiting system. The limiting system includes a memory that includes patient-specific information for the patient and a database includes acceptable operating parameters for providing the medication to the patient using the medical device, and a processor. The processor is configured to compare the acceptable operating parameters with the patient-specific information, and provide a modification of the operating limit parameters for providing the medication to the patient based on the comparison of the acceptable operating parameters with the patient-specific information. Methods and machine-readable media are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventors: Vikas Gupta, Stephen J. Bollish, Gail Berglund, Timothy W. Vanderveen, Alan Davison, Donald Halbert, Jesse J. Guerra
  • Patent number: 10905284
    Abstract: An apparatus for cooking food (10) includes a casing (14), a lid (20) and at least a support unit (11). The casing (14) has a compartment in which to insert a container (12) which may be temporally associated with the support unit (11), and the support unit (11) may be configured to temporally support the container (12) with respect to a support plane. The apparatus for cooking food (10) also includes a first heating unit (16a), a second heating unit (16b), a third heating unit (16c) and a weighing unit (18) associated with a control unit (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: DE'LONGHI APPLIANCES S.R.L. CON UNICO SOCIO
    Inventors: Giuseppe De'Longhi, Gianpaolo Trevisan, Renzo Mazzon
  • Patent number: 10888278
    Abstract: A method of obtaining health data of a toilet user using one or more sensors is disclosed. One or more sensors are used by a toilet user while the toilet user is using the toilet to take health measurement readings of the user. Dynamic heart stress readings may be obtained and monitored over weeks, months and years. Rolling averages of heart function and heart health may be determined and deviations from the rolling averages may trigger notifications. Other health related measurements and functions such as temperature, respirations, heart rate, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram, and stethoscope sounds are also recorded and stored for trending and data analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Hall Labs, LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Ben Swenson, H. Tracy Hall
  • Patent number: 10814816
    Abstract: A passenger protection apparatus includes: a seat belt including a shoulder belt ; an anchor disposed on one side of a seat to hold one end of the seat belt; a buckle disposed on the other side; a tongue that can hold part of the seat belt; a first activation member that reels and unreels the shoulder belt; a first detector that detects or predicts a collision of the vehicle; a second detector that detects a change in a sitting state of the passenger; and a controller that controls activation of the first activation member. When the first detector detects or predicts a collision of the vehicle, the controller controls the first activation member to reel, and stop reeling or unreel the shoulder belt. The controller controls the first activation member to reel the shoulder belt again, based on the change in the sitting state detected by the second detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10791916
    Abstract: Infrared imaging devices are provided which are configured to implement side-scan infrared imaging for, e.g., medical applications. For example, an imaging device includes a ring-shaped detector element comprising a circular array of infrared detectors configured to detect thermal infrared radiation, and a focusing element configured to focus incident infrared radiation towards the circular array of infrared detectors. The imaging device can be an ingestible imaging device (e.g., swallowable camera) or the imaging device can be implemented as part of an endoscope device, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Digital Direct IR, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter N. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 10782201
    Abstract: A platform scale uses a method of detecting a center-of-gravity (COG) offset. A weight value of a load on a weighing platform is calculated. The weighing platform is allowed to reach a steady state. When the weight value exceeds a COG offset threshold, then a position of a load COG is calculated using a load COG position algorithm. Whether the calculated position is in a valid region of the weighing platform is determined. The weight value is displayed if the position is within the valid region; otherwise, the position of the COG is displayed. A display apparatus of the scale displays the weight value or the position of COG of the load. The platform scale alerts a user about a possible invalid weighing event by displaying an image indicative of the COG offset condition, ensuring effective and precise weighing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignees: Mettler-Toledo (Changzhou) Measurement Technology Co. Ltd, Mettler-Toledo (Changzhou) Precision Instrument Co. Ltd, Mettler-Toledo International Trading (Shanghai) Co. Ltd
    Inventors: ZhiQiang Wang, YiWen Ge, GenJun Ji, ShaoWen Zheng, Douglas Bliss
  • Patent number: 10768040
    Abstract: There is provided an apparatus to weigh a patient comprising a patient transfer board configured to support a patient in a supine position comprising at least 8 transducers, each transducer being provided 300 mm or less from another transducer. The transducers are provided at three or more positions across the width of the patient transfer board; wherein more than 45% of the transducers are provided 100 mm or less from an outer boundary of the patient transfer board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: LANARKSHIRE HEALTH BOARD
    Inventors: Gillian Taylor, Kenneth Hugh McCorkindale
  • Patent number: 10736541
    Abstract: Presented are concepts for monitoring the liquid or food consumption of a person. Once such concept employs the step of detecting a change in weight of the person resultant from usage of a toilet. A value representative of at least one of liquid consumption and food consumption of the person may then be determined based on the detected change in weight of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Warner Rudolph Theophile Ten Kate, Francesco Sartor, Gabriele Papini
  • Patent number: 10736474
    Abstract: A toilet seat device includes a main part, a toilet seat, a load sensor, a controller, and a memory. The toilet seat includes a seating part where a user is seated, and a support leg part supporting a load applied to the seating part. The load sensor is provided in the support leg part and detects the load applied to the support leg part. The controller performs at least a body weight measurement of the user based on a detection result of the load sensor. The controller includes a register mode and a normal-use mode in the body weight measurement. The register mode includes determining an estimated value for estimating the total body weight of the user from the seated load. The normal-use mode includes estimating a load value relating to the total body weight of the user based on the estimated value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: TOTO LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Takaki, Hiroshi Tsuboi, Hitoaki Higuchi, Koji Sonoda, Keisuke Tashiro, Tomohiro Hara, Yo Morotomi
  • Patent number: 10718657
    Abstract: A weighing bar assembly includes a hollow structural part (1), with two load cells (2) positioned therein. The assembly further includes two ground support shoes (4). Each of the load cells (2) is attached at one end to the structural part (1) by a securing block (3) and at its other end to a corresponding ground support shoe (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH LIMITADA
    Inventors: Alvaro Augusto Vasconcelos, Luiz Fernando L. Ribeiro, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10668884
    Abstract: A vehicle seat restraint system includes a control system and a second-row restraint system. The control system receives a first-row seat value and a second-row seat value from seat sensors. The control system generates relative position data for a first-row seat and a second-row seat based upon the first-row seat value and the second-row seat value. The control system selects a load limiter setting value using a multidimensional load limiter model based upon body impact values as a function of load limiter setting values and the relative position data, a selected load limiter setting value outside a value avoidance zone for the body impact values. The second-row restraint system is configured by the control system with the selected load limiter setting value. The control system may also determine an occupant weight value and select the load limiter setting value using the occupant weight value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: John Cooper, Madan Gopal, Bruno A. Luz, Honglu Zhang
  • Patent number: 10660544
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes detectors and a controller operable to automatically update a tare weight for use in determining a true patient weight. The detectors are configured to produce signals indicating a presence or absence of a corresponding removable component. The controller is configured to determine weights of each and every removable component on the patient support apparatus and store each weight in a memory. The controller is further configured to receive the signals produced by the detectors and detect any addition or removal of removable components of the patient support apparatus, update the tare weight, and determine a weight of a patient being supported on the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Hoffman, Mike J. Viltro, Chris L. Hildenbrand, James L. Walke, Aziz A. Bhai, Eric R. Meyer, David C. Newkirk, Frank Sauser, Nicole Johannigman, Brandon P. Fisk
  • Patent number: 10641644
    Abstract: System and methods for analyzing the contents of a fluid canister are provided for use in healthcare settings. The system includes optical and weight sensors to analyze the canister contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Gauss Surgical, Inc.
    Inventors: Siddarth Satish, Kevin J. Miller, Peter S. Hyoung, Andrew T. Hosford, Eric W. Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10532713
    Abstract: The present invention provides an occupant classification apparatus for a vehicle. The occupant classification apparatus for a vehicle includes a sensor mat that is mounted on each seat in the vehicle to sense objects disposed on the seats. An impedance measurer is configured to measure a current based on impedance of the object using the sensor mat A controller is configured to analyze the current measured by the impedance measurer and estimate the object that corresponds to the analyzed result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Nam Gyun Kim, Chun Seok Park, Kwang Ho Song
  • Patent number: 10512820
    Abstract: A multi-purpose balance exercise device designed to be used in multiple positions and for diverse exercises. For example, various embodiments allow for the device to be used as an aerobic step device as well as the ability to easily adjust the device to various heights to easily decrease the level of difficulty of the device for use during various exercises. The balance exercise device can provide a plurality of handles and grab points both horizontally and vertically, which allow for an enhanced number of exercises or movements using either the top and/or bottom of the device. The exercise device includes a flexible bladder filled with air, other gases, or gels attached to a substantially rigid base. The base can include an interior within which features such as handles are disposed to provide a gripping or lifting exercise for which the balance exercise device can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Amy Caroline Strong Crawley
  • Patent number: 10499886
    Abstract: A scale system includes a frame for placement over a toilet and a net to catch waste, for example from bowel movements. A scale is connected to the frame to register a change in tension experienced by the frame as waste is received by the net. The resulting weight measurement may be shown on a digital display. Once the user is done, a release lever on the frame may be triggered to release the net and waste into the toilet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Terence James Downie
  • Patent number: 10502614
    Abstract: A multi-function smart scale has a single surface platform. The platform has two or more regions for receiving items to be weighed. Each of the regions has at least one weight sensor dedicated to the region. Each of the sensors and one or more displays are in communication with the microprocessor, such that the microprocessor is configured to provide an independent data analysis for each of the two or more regions that can be displayed for the user. A user can input data into the scale using an integrated or remote keypad. Additionally, and or alternatively, the scale can receive data from the user through the use of voice or image recognition software. The scale can serve as a mobile unit. Alternatively the scale can be integrated into a work/cooking/food preparation surface, or the entire work/cooking/food preparation surface can serve as the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Nicolaos Batsikouras
  • Patent number: 10497247
    Abstract: A method for detecting an exit of a patient from a hospital bed, the method comprising: detecting a presence of the patient on the bed; upon detection of the patient on the bed, monitoring an indication that the patient has moved from a predetermined patient area on a patient receiving surface of the bed to outside the predetermined patient area; upon detection that the patient has moved outside the predetermined patient area, activating a bed alarm to indicate to a user that an exit of the patient from the hospital bed has been detected. There is also provided a system for detecting an exit of a patient from a hospital bed. There is further provided a method for limiting a height of a hospital bed and a method for recalibrating a tare weight condition of a hospital bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: UMANO MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Steve Bolduc, Etienne St-Pierre, David Moreno, Gabriel Mercier, Esther Berthelot
  • Patent number: 10479225
    Abstract: A method of configuring a vehicle seating assembly includes the step of providing a vehicle seating assembly that has a seat rotational member that rotatably couples a lower leg support to a seat and a seatback rotational member that rotatably couples the seat to a seatback. The method further includes the step of receiving input of a user's desired configuration of the vehicle seating assembly. The method still further includes the step of actuating at least one of the seat rotational member and the seatback rotational member responsive to the input received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alan George Dry
  • Patent number: 10473537
    Abstract: A load sensor disposed between a first member and a second member to detect a load applied to the first member in an up-down direction, the load sensor includes a strain body including a strain gauge, a first fixation member fixing the strain body and the first member to each other, a second fixation member fixing the strain body and the second member to each other, and a restriction portion restricting a displacement of the strain body in a state where the first member is displaced upward by a predetermined distance relative to the second member based on the upward load applied to the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Fujii, Shintaro Nakaya
  • Patent number: 10466094
    Abstract: Embodiments herein provide systems and methods tracking the weight of an individual who is lying in bed. One method generally includes periodically receiving weight data from a weight data sensor that is situated within the bed, wherein the weight data sensor has recognized a change in weight on the bed from a default weight of the bed, and providing to the individual a user interface to track weight patterns of the individual based on the received weight data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel Lin
  • Patent number: 10457235
    Abstract: A load detector is capable of detecting a load placed on a seat. A temperature detector is capable of detecting a temperature and located adjacent to the load detector. A correction controller corrects the load detected by the load detector in such a way as to deduct a time change amount of the load from the detected load when a time change amount of the temperature detected by the temperature detector is larger than a predetermined threshold value of the time change amount of the temperature and the time change amount of the load detected by the load detector is smaller than a predetermined threshold value of the time change amount of the load. A determination controller determines a sitting condition on the seat based on the corrected load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toshihiro Koike
  • Patent number: 10456309
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a frame, a support surface, an antenna adapted to be affixed to packaging of the patient support apparatus, and a control system for controlling various functions of the patient support apparatus. The control system includes communication circuitry that receives one or more configuration settings for configuring the patient support apparatus from an off-board device via the antenna. The communication circuitry receives and stores the configuration settings while the patient support apparatus is contained within the packaging and not physically coupled to an external source of electrical power. Configuration circuitry thereafter configures the patient support apparatus when the patient support apparatus is coupled to an external source of power or is supplied with power from a battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Marco Constant, Jerald A. Trepanier
  • Patent number: 10365149
    Abstract: A weight sensor may include a weighing platform and a load cell coupled to the platform to sense a weight applied to the platform, the load cell may include a deformable plate with one or more strain gauges arranged to provide an electrical signal representing the weight applied to the platform, and a base supporting the load cell, wherein the deformable plate is movably mounted to the base at only three contact points, the contact points allowing lateral movement of the plate when the plate deforms in response to a weight applied to the platform. The weight sensor makes it possible to monitor the weight and weight shifting of two people sharing the bed. The weight sensor is self-centering when a load is applied off-center to the platform, which is beneficial when used underneath a bed, e.g., under a bed leg or other support member which may not be aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: BEDSENSE LIMITED
    Inventors: Julian Gough, Alexander Kalogroulis, Ralph Pethica, Patrick Dura
  • Patent number: 10359444
    Abstract: Certain configurations described herein are directed to autosamplers. In some instances, the autosampler may include a support comprising a body configured to receive two or more articles at separate sites of the body. The autosampler may also include a first motor coupled to the support and configured to rotate the support in an x-y plane, and a second motor configured to move the support in a z-direction to load one of the at least two articles at the separate sites in the body of the support. An encoder may also be used with the autosampler if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: PerkinElmer Health Sciences, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Pieter Willem van Grinsven
  • Patent number: 10322649
    Abstract: The load-detecting device 1 includes a base 2 engaged with a pair of S springs 100, and a load detection sensor unit SU that is mounted on the base 2 and includes a first electrode 52 and a second electrode 62 facing each other and being brought into contact with each other by pressing force of the seat cushion SC when a load is detected, The upper surface 47S of the load detection sensor unit SU that is pressed by the seat cushion SC when a load is detected is located at the same height as or higher than the upper ends 101 of the respective S springs 100, with which the base 2 is engaged, and the contact surface between the first electrode 52 and the second electrode 62 is located lower than the upper ends 101 of the respective S springs 100, with which the base 2 is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIKURA LTD.
    Inventors: Shigeru Nakazaki, Naohiro Kikukawa, Tetsuya Kawahira
  • Patent number: 10292658
    Abstract: Apparatus, system and method for medical analysis of a seated individual, includes determining the aortic valve opening; the PTT; and calculating the PWV. Determining the aortic valve opening includes collecting BCG data while sitting on a seat and determining the timing of the aortic valve opening, taking into account posture. Measuring the aortic pulse wave transit time includes collecting BCG data while sitting on a seat capable of measuring changes in apparent weight; determining the timing of the aortic valve opening; detecting the arrival of the pulse wave at the end point; and measuring the relative timings of the two events. Calculating the PWV includes determining a length of the arterial segment through which a pulse wave is to be measured between a start point and an end point; and dividing the determined length of the arterial segment by the PTT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Rochester Institute of Technology
    Inventors: David A. Borkholder, Nicholas J. Conn, Masoumeh Haghpanahi
  • Patent number: 10151623
    Abstract: A thin scale apparatus for measuring body weight includes 5 or more force sensors within a total thickness of between 0.4 inches and 0.004 inches measured between a bottom surface and a top surface of the thin scale apparatus. The thin scale is designed to be thin enough to be non-intrusive or not recognized by a user. A weight of a toilet user may be determined as a combination of additive force of force sensors in a thin scale and force sensor associated with a toilet seat of a toilet. The force sensors may be positioned in one or more cavities on a bottom side of a substrate material of the thin scale or be embedded within a substrate material. Embodiments of a standalone thin scale and a thin scale with a toilet are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Hall Labs, LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Jared Reynolds, Joshua Larsen, Jared Wagner, Dan Allen, Nathan Hopkins, Justin Robinson, Kevin Cheatham
  • Patent number: 10148857
    Abstract: An electronic device for sensing touch force is provided. The electronic device includes a display screen, a pressure sensor, a processor and a memory. The pressure sensor senses at least one touch force in a direction that is perpendicular to a plane of the display screen and generates at least one sensing signal responsive to the at least one touch force. The processor is coupled to the pressure sensor and the display screen. The memory is operatively coupled to the processor. The processor is configured to execute program code stored in the memory by: generating a control signal corresponding to the at least one sensing signal; and performing an operation according to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Kui-Chang Tseng, Tsu-Ming Liu
  • Patent number: 10126161
    Abstract: Provided is an overload prevention mechanism having a structure that protects a weight sensor with a floating action and ensuring the reproducibility of the return position of the weight sensor. The overload prevention mechanism has a resilient member that is interposed between the weight sensor and the case, supports the weight sensor in a pressing manner against the case, and when a certain plate load or greater is imposed causes the weight sensor to separate from the case and thereby be released from the load, a guide member that is arranged in a standing manner between the weight sensor and the case, and a guide receiving seat that is provided in the weight sensor or the case and engages with the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: A&D COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Naoto Izumo, Satoshi Suzaki
  • Patent number: 10117798
    Abstract: A system for determining a location of a patient on a hospital bed comprising: at least one deformation sensor adapted to generate a signal indicative of a deformation of a frame of the bed; a location determination unit for determining a lateral and/or longitudinal location of the patient based on the deformation of the frame. A method for monitoring an exit of a patient from a hospital bed comprising: determining a patient location on the bed based on measured deformation and generating an alarm signal if the determined location is outside a predetermined area. A weight sensing system for a hospital bed having a base with a suspended frame suspended from a fixed frame comprising: a load sensor connecting the suspended frame and the fixed frame via a suspension member which is unsecured from the fixed frame to allow free vertical movement of the suspended frame relative to the fixed frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: UMANO MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Guy Lemire, Richard Labbe, Jimmy Laflamme, Sylvain Lacasse, Steve Bolduc, Luc Landry, Jean-Philippe Beaudet
  • Patent number: 10100457
    Abstract: A washing machine includes a cabinet that defines a first introduction port. The washing machine further includes a tub that is located in the cabinet and that defines a second introduction port that is concentrically positioned relative to the first introduction port. The washing machine further includes a cabinet door that is connected to the cabinet and that is configured to open and close the first introduction port. The washing machine further includes a tub door that is hingedly coupled to the tub, that is configured to open and close the second introduction port, and that includes an upper portion that is inclined toward the tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Mingyu Jo, Seungchul Park, Dongwon Kim
  • Patent number: 10094726
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to assembly and methods for detecting force. A force sensor assembly may comprise a sense element, an isolation medium, a thin membrane, and a substrate. Typically, the sense element may be located adjacent to the substrate, the isolation medium may be located adjacent to the sense element, and the thin membrane may be located adjacent to the isolation medium. Generally, the thin membrane may be configured to provide a shield between an external medium and the isolation medium and transfer a force from the external medium to the isolation medium. In this manner, the isolation medium may be configured to transfer the detected force to the sense element. The sense element may electrically communicate the force data as output signals to the electrical traces on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Eckhardt, Jim Machir, Ron Myers
  • Patent number: 10095313
    Abstract: An input device includes an input module, a detector for detecting a position of a wrist of a user, and a controller for controlling a movement of the input module based on information about the position of the wrist of the user detected by the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Jeong-Eom Lee, Jungsang Min, Gi Beom Hong, Sihyun Joo
  • Patent number: 10078952
    Abstract: A bed check device having a force sensing resistor; a resistor divider; a microprocessor; an analog to digital converter; a power supply; a wireless transmitter; and an antenna wherein the force sensing resistor is in mechanical contact with a bed, such that a change in force to the bed corresponds to a change in its resistance and voltage, which is analyzed and acted upon by the resistor divider, microprocessor, analog to digital converter, power supply, wireless transmitter, and antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Patrick John O'Keefe, Jr., David Patrick O'Keefe
  • Patent number: 10065651
    Abstract: Electronic devices and methods are provided in which a pressure applied, by a driver, to a seat of a moving object driven by the driver is sensed. A state of the driver is determined based on frequency characteristics with respect to a change in the pressure sensed by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Do-yoon Kim, Seong-je Cho, Min-hyoung Lee, Chul-ho Cho, Han Park
  • Patent number: 10060070
    Abstract: A washing machine includes a cabinet that defines a first introduction port. The washing machine further includes a tub that is located in the cabinet and that defines a second introduction port that is concentrically positioned relative to the first introduction port. The washing machine further includes a cabinet door that is connected to the cabinet, that is configured to open and close the first introduction port, and that includes a rotating shaft. The washing machine further includes a tub door that is connected to the tub, that is configured to open and close the second introduction port, and that includes at least one rotating shaft that is spaced apart from the rotating shaft of the cabinet door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Mingyu Jo, Seungchul Park, Dongwon Kim