Furniture Or Room Fixture Patents (Class 177/144)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10054479
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a controller operable to determine the true patient weight by detecting the net weight change of the patient supported on the patient support apparatus. The controller is configured to automatically detect and distinguish the addition or removal of non-patient loads from patient-related loads by determining the rate of weight change of each weight event signals. The controller is further configured to determine the net weight change of the patient by automatically updating a net weight of the non-patient loads on the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Nachtigal, Florin Iucha
  • Patent number: 10045715
    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: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    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: 10039362
    Abstract: A self-weighing luggage device comprises a housing with a towing handle at one end and four wheel units mounted at the other end. Four weight determining sensors are incorporated into the wheel units, respectively. Each weight determining sensor is wired to a central circuit board, which is mounted on the inner surface of other end at position. The central circuit board is connected to a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) mounted in a recess in the handle end of the housing, which recess is adapted to receive the handle in a stowed position, such that the LCD is protected by the handle. In use, the self-weighing luggage device is stood on the ground on the four wheel units and the weight readings from each weight determining sensor are combined to give the total weight of the self-weighing luggage device, which total weight is displayed on the LCD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SELFWEIGHING SUITCASE COMPANY
    Inventor: John O'Hare
  • Patent number: 10037674
    Abstract: A system comprises a patient bed having a reader to read wireless signals. In some embodiments a wound dressing has a transmitter that transmits wireless signals to the reader of the patient bed. In other embodiments, a garment has a transmitter that transmits wireless signals to the reader of the patient bed. In still further embodiments, other medical equipment has a transmitter that transmits wireless signals to the reader of the patient bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Ribble, David C. Newkirk, Michael S. Hood, Joshua P. Lingenfelser, Robert M. Zerhusen, Steven A. Dixon, Timothy D. Wildman
  • Patent number: 10017078
    Abstract: The specification and drawings present a new apparatus and method for providing an accurate and convenient weighing of a vehicle occupant using a relocatable/replaceable multi-purpose on-board vehicle occupant weighing (REMBOW) methodology including a REMBOW pad mounted on a REMBOW seat frame in a vehicle to improve safe engagement of an air bag as well as raising and monitoring possible health related issues of the vehicle occupant(s). The occupant weighing can be performed, using, as a non-limiting example, a kemoder elimination of a separate occupant's feet weighing (KEF) technology, where kemoder is a key element for moderating of an accuracy and convenience of an occupant weighing (i.e., a weighing moderator) and for starting a measuring process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Yefim G Kriger
  • Patent number: 9974704
    Abstract: Adjustable article of furniture comprising at least one adjustable element and furnished with an actuator system comprising at least one electrically driven linear actuator with an electrical motor and an electrical controller with an operation device, wherein the system in equipped with a battery pack for operating the system during mobile situations, where a mains supply is not readily available. The battery pack is equipped with a frontend, which allows for the battery pack to be retrofitted on existing actuator systems, without compromising the functionality of the actuator system in connection with charging of the battery. Moreover, the frontend is adapted to facilitate continued viewing of remaining power on the battery pack even though the technology of the battery pack is replaced, e.g. from lead battery to lithium ion battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Linak A/S
    Inventors: Søren Hansen, Morten Fog
  • Patent number: 9933324
    Abstract: A platform less center of mass measurement system employs independently positionable load cell units whose locations can be identified and combined with load cell measurements to compute a center of mass for arbitrarily shaped large structures without the need for precise or predetermined locating of the load cell units on a platform or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Dominic Trinko
  • Patent number: 9913355
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a sequencing system includes a plurality of integrated circuits connected in a daisy chain arrangement, where each integrated circuit has an LED load connection. The system includes a diagnostic circuit which signals to the control unit that an open circuit condition has been detected, thereby turning off all LED loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Frank J. Kolanko, Sam J. B. W. Vermeir, Brian Blackburn, Wim Van de Maele, Benjamin M. Rice
  • Patent number: 9775758
    Abstract: A person support apparatus includes a frame and a support surface cooperating with the frame to support a person. The person support apparatus also has a sensor coupled to one of the frame and the support surface. The sensor detects at least one characteristic associated with the person. A controller is coupled to the sensor. In response to at least one of a condition of the frame, a condition of the support surface, a position of the person, or a condition of the person, the controller operates to control the sensor by at least one of changing a gain of the sensor and changing a manner in which a signal from the sensor is filtered. In some instances, the controller turns the sensor off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl W. Riley, Timothy J. Receveur, David L. Ribble
  • Patent number: 9766116
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a backboard configured to support an immobilized, supine individual during transportation of the individual and a weighing device associated with the backboard and moveable with the backboard during the transportation of the individual. The weighing device configured to determine weight of the individual on the backboard. A light on the backboard is in electronic communication with the weighing device, and the light is associated with a predetermined weight range. The light is configured to be illuminated only when the weight determined by the weighing device is within the predetermined weight range. The apparatus permits determining the dosage of a medicament to be administered to an individual, especially a pediatric patient, when the individual is on the backboard because the dosage of the medicament is correlated to the weight of the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventors: Samuel Ethan Milne, William Kenneth Milne
  • Patent number: 9752921
    Abstract: A weighing scale (30a, 30b, 40, 50) is designed for use in a first and a second configuration. In the first configuration, a base unit (1) has a main plane disposed horizontally with a load receiver (32, 42, 52) extending parallel thereto. A weighing cell (2) is mounted under the load receiver in the base unit and measures a weighing force acting perpendicular to the main plane. In the second configuration, the main plane is disposed vertically, with the load receiver hanging below the base unit as a suspended weighing pan, with the weighing cell mounted in the base unit to measure a vertical weighting force that is parallel to the main plane of the base unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: METTLER-TOLEDO (ALBSTADT) GMBH
    Inventors: Dieter Kontschak, Walter Holike, Xinwei Su, Holger Moritz, Walter Ehresmann, Edgar Kempf
  • Patent number: 9718386
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a side frame of a seat cushion having a side frame opposing portion extending in a front-rear direction of the seat cushion, and a bracket member disposed below the side frame having a bracket opposing portion extending in the front-rear direction and opposing the side frame opposing portion. The side frame opposing portion and the bracket opposing portion are provided such that the side frame opposing portion and the bracket opposing portion come in contact with each other in a state in which the seat cushion sinks rearward and downward when a load acted on the vehicle seat from behind is transmitted to the seat cushion from the seat back via a connection part. An arrangement interval between the bracket opposing portion and the side frame opposing portion is smaller in a front side than in a rear side in the front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignees: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroaki Hayashi