Supplied Or Controlled By Space-transmitted Electromagnetic Or Electrostatic Energy (e.g., By Radio) Patents (Class 318/16)
  • Patent number: 11511974
    Abstract: A hoists remote-control assembly having an electrical hoist assembly with a combined control signal and electrical input port, a hoist trolley assembly having a control input port and a combined control signal and electrical cable having a free end extending from the hoist trolley assembly with the free end of the control signal and electrical cable removably attachable to the power input port of the hoist assembly, a wireless signal receiver module having a control signal cable removably attachable to the control signal input port of the hoist trolley assembly, a power input port removably attachable to the control signal and electrical cable of the hoist trolley assembly, and a combined control signal and electrical cable removably attachable to the power input port of the hoist assembly, and a wireless transmitter sending wireless operator hoist commands to the wireless signal receiver module located distal to the wireless transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventor: Charles Christian Boushek
  • Patent number: 11509233
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a surge voltage blocker circuit to couple between a distribution grid network and a grid-side power converter of a power conversion system. The surge voltage blocker circuit may include a plurality of series-coupled AC switch circuits, each including: a bidirectional switch formed of a first power transistor and a second power transistor; and a transient voltage suppression device coupled in parallel with the bidirectional switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Resilient Power Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Josh Keister, Lyle T. Keister, Mehdi Abolhassani
  • Patent number: 11497321
    Abstract: A method may comprise receiving, at a central controller, a command, from a remote control, to adjust a feature of a first component of an air mattress framework; relaying, from the central controller, the command to the first component; receiving from the first component at the central controller, an indication of the success of the command; and relaying the indication from the central controller to the remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Sleep Number Corporation
    Inventors: Rob Nunn, Matthew Wayne Tilstra, Matthew Glen Hilden, Paul James Mahoney
  • Patent number: 11486198
    Abstract: Example motor assemblies for architectural coverings are described herein. An example architectural covering assembly includes an architectural covering movable between an upper limit position, a lower limit position, and a transition limit position between the upper limit position and the lower limit position. The example architectural covering assembly also includes a motor, a consumer touchpoint, and an architectural covering controller. In response to detecting a first gesture at the consumer touchpoint, the architectural covering controller is to activate the motor to move the architectural covering to the transition limit position and stop, and in response to detecting a second gesture at the consumer touchpoint, different from the first gesture, the architectural covering controller is to activate the motor to move the architectural covering through the transition limit position and to the upper limit position or the lower limit position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Anthony, Kevin M. Dann, Daniel A. Huber, Paul A. Brayford, Douglas J. Lorenz, James Kolozs, Ronald Holt, Todd Nelson, Shelby Jared Yenzer, Charles Culver Gidden Cooper, Peter Zagone, Stephen T. Wisecup, Jan Pruegner, Robert Witt, Joerg Schierz
  • Patent number: 11426006
    Abstract: An air system for use in an air bed system can include a manifold and one or more valves. The manifold can define a an inlet, an outlet, and a vent fluidically connected to atmosphere. A method of operating an air bed system can include deflating an air chamber through the vent in a first valve configuration and through the vent and an exhaust port in a second valve configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Sleep Number Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony John Shakal
  • Patent number: 11285894
    Abstract: A structural module assembly with conductive reinforcements overmolded within the plastic and/or composite subassembly as a main power bus and a communication bus for electrical components assembled onto the module. Control signals are either transmitted between a main microcontroller and another microcontroller by way of the communication bus or wirelessly. The microcontrollers determine which electrical components to activate, and power is provided to the electrical components by way of the main power bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Steven S. Grgac, Philip Grella
  • Patent number: 11215184
    Abstract: A high-capacity pump fabricated with improved motor cooling and corrosion resistant components and powered by a variable-speed brushless DC motor suitable for use with a wide variety of applications. A brushless 12V DC motor is controlled by a manual and wireless variable speed control means to provide unparalleled flow control. The motor is contained within the housing in a sealed cavity in the housing, wherein the cavity is filled with mineral oil which maximizes heat transfer to facilitate motor cooling. A PVC impeller is contained within a PVC section of the housing thereby creating a corrosion resistant impeller section. The pump of the present invention has achieved improved performance over known pumps and is capable of delivering 4,500 gallons per hour (GPH) at 6 feet of head pressure, while only drawing 30 amps at 12 Volts DC. Wireless remote control of the pump is achieved via a wireless enabled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventor: Thomas Sandstrom
  • Patent number: 11200769
    Abstract: A movable barrier operator transmits a message to a remote peripheral platform and, upon determining that the remote peripheral platform is presently able to carry out a given functionality, responsively permits a particular function to be carried out by the movable barrier operator. Conversely, upon determining that it cannot be ascertained whether the remote peripheral platform is presently able to carry out the given functionality, the movable barrier operator responsively prevents the movable barrier operator from carrying out the particular function. Also, upon detecting that a targeted remote platform does not acknowledge a previously re-transmitted message and further upon detecting that this same remote platform has also not acknowledged a subsequent wirelessly-transmitted second message, the system can switch to automatically retransmitting that second message a lesser number of times than would otherwise be required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group LLC
    Inventors: Jordan Ari Farber, Jeremy Eugene Jenkins, Dilip Jagjivan Patel, John Steven Scaletta
  • Patent number: 11122909
    Abstract: In one example, this disclosure describes a method including receiving, at a central controller of an air mattress system, a plurality of air pressure value, determining a plurality of average values using the plurality of the received air pressure values, calculating a difference value between a first one of the plurality of average values and a second one of the plurality of average values, comparing the difference value to a threshold value, determining, based on the comparison, whether a user of the air mattress system moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Sleep Number Corporation
    Inventors: Wade Daniel Palashewski, Rob Nunn, Matthew Wayne Tilstra, Steven Jay Young, Carl Hewitt, Yuri Zhovnirovsky
  • Patent number: 11105772
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for powering a pipeline inspection system. The system includes an induction generator extending along a radially curved plane. The induction generator having an outer surface and an opposing inner surface. The outer surface is positioned proximate to an inner surface area of a pipeline. The system also includes a controller circuit configured to generate a plurality of periodic waveform signals. The plurality of periodic waveform signals are received by the induction generator. The induction generator is configured to generate active power that charges an electric power source based on the plurality of periodic waveform signals and the inner surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Francesco Papini, Alexander Felix Fiseni, Christoph Boeld
  • Patent number: 11101754
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes detecting, by a stall detection sensor in a driver coupled to a stepper motor, a first set of time-off periods in a rising commutation phase of motor current during current regulation. The stall detection sensor further detects a second set of time-off periods in a falling commutation phase of motor current during current regulation. Next, the stall detection sensor compares the first set of time-off periods with the second set of time-off periods and determines whether the stepper motor is stalled based on the comparison of the first set of time-off periods with the second set of time-off periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Sooping Saw, Rakesh Raja, Wen Pin Lin, Sudhir Nagaraj
  • Patent number: 11097428
    Abstract: A system for underwater inspection including an inspection crawler are provided. The inspection crawler includes a housing having first and second sides, a power source, a controller, an inspection tool, at least two driving wheels, and a moveable center of gravity. A method for traversing a weld joint with the inspection crawler having a moving mass is also provided. In the method, the crawler is parked proximate to the joint, and the mass is slid along a slide rail to the second end of the crawler distal to the joint. The first end of the crawler is then propelled over the joint and the mass is slid to the center of the crawler. A center portion of the crawler is then propelled over the joint and the mass is slid to the first end of the crawler. The second end of the crawler is then propelled over the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Ammar Al Nahwi, Fadl Abdellatif, Ali Outa, Ihsan Al-Taie
  • Patent number: 11096849
    Abstract: A sleep system comprises at least one mattress including a first sleep area for a first occupant, the first sleep area including a first section for a portion of a body of the first occupant, and a second sleep area adjacent to the first sleep area for a second occupant, the second sleep area including a second section for a portion of a body of the second occupant, an articulation system for articulating the first section and the second section, a first user controller configured to communicate with the articulation system in order to control articulation of the first section, and a second user controller configured to communicate with the articulation system in order to control articulation of the second section, wherein the first user controller is further configured to communicate with the articulation system in order to move the second section into a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Sleep Number Corporation
    Inventors: Stacy Stusynski, Yi-ching Chen, John McGuire
  • Patent number: 11009959
    Abstract: The disclosed haptic vibrotactile actuators on inflatable bladders may include an inflatable bladder and a flexible haptic vibrotactile actuator positioned on or in the inflatable bladder such that inflation and deflation of the inflatable bladder alters a vibrotactile sensation induced by the flexible haptic vibrotactile actuator in response to activation of the flexible haptic vibrotactile actuator. Various other related methods and systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniele Piazza, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Charles Stewart
  • Patent number: 10950115
    Abstract: A system for detecting broken springs in overhead doors having automatic door openers includes an automatic door opener having a motor, a sensor configured to monitor performance of the motor in the door opener, and a processor in communication with the sensor. The processor is configured to compare the motor performance with a predetermined threshold level and send an alert when motor performance exceeds the predetermined threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Todd R. Witkowski
  • Patent number: 10925404
    Abstract: A kit of components is provided for manufacturing a plurality of furniture members. The kit may include first and second armrest frames, a mounting cradle, a remote control device, an adaptor insert, and a control panel. The first armrest frame may include a first armrest panel having a first opening formed therein. The mounting cradle may include a first housing received through the first opening and engaging the first armrest panel. The remote control device may be removably received in the mounting cradle. The second armrest frame may include a second armrest panel having a second opening formed therein. The second opening may be identical to the first opening. The adaptor insert may be partially received through the second opening and may engage the second armrest panel. The adaptor insert may include a third opening. The control panel may include a second housing received through the third opening and engaging the adaptor insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: La-Z-Boy Incorporated
    Inventors: Jason D. Rains, Christopher A. Larsen, Mark D. McClung, Jason M. Baker
  • Patent number: 10921802
    Abstract: A handheld device for navigating a marine vessel includes a magnetometer, and inertial sensor, and a controller. The controller is communicatively coupled to the magnetometer and the inertial sensor. The controller is configured to receive a directional measurement from the magnetometer. The controller is also configured to receive an orientation measurement from the inertial sensor. The controller is configured to generate at least one control signal for a motor of the marine vessel at least partially based on the directional measurement and the orientation measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Paul M. Bertrand, Jeremy J. Langford
  • Patent number: 10859510
    Abstract: A sensor system for measuring and locating parameters of a structure includes a robot configured to move between a first position and a second position along the structure. An inspection sensor is coupled to the robot and configured to measure a parameter associated with the structure. A localization sensor suite includes an inertial measurement unit and is configured to capture data associated with translational degrees of freedom and a rotational degree of freedom of the robot determined by the structure and an image capture system mounted to the robot. The image capture system acquires images of the structure. One or more processors is operatively connected to the localization sensor suite. The one or more processors is responsive to non-transitory executable computer instructions for generating a map of the route including features of the structure, the measured parameters, and a position of the robot relative to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYBEE ROBOTICS, LTD.
    Inventors: Jonathan Bohren, Jack Wilson, Anthony G. Musco, Christopher D. Bolger
  • Patent number: 10857051
    Abstract: An occupant support system includes a framework, a mattress supported by the framework and having at least one bladder, an electromagnetic signal source, and an electromagnetic signal receiver. The receiver is spaced from the occupant facing side of the mattress. The signal source is configured to direct an electromagnetic signal at a target. The signal receiver is configured to receive a return signal from the target in response to the directed signal. The system also includes a processor adapted to determine immersion of the target as a function of the information content of the return signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank E. Sauser, Marwan Nusair, Nicholas C. Batta, James D. Voll
  • Patent number: 10849436
    Abstract: An airbed system, connectable to an air mattress chamber of an air mattress, includes: a pressure sensor, configured to obtain pressure measurements corresponding to the air mattress chamber; and a control unit, configured to operate a pump and valves of the airbed system to inflate and deflate the air mattress chamber, and to determine first and second constants corresponding to inflation of the air mattress chamber and third and fourth constants corresponding to deflation of the air mattress chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: American National Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: David Delory Driscoll, James A. Rodrian, Susan Marie Hrobar, John Joseph Riley
  • Patent number: 10810566
    Abstract: A system for controlling a service station related to a vehicle includes a user interface element (10) with an app installed in a user apparatus (20), an identification element (30), a control element (40) connected to the service station; and a back-end element (50). The identification element (30) is configured to retrieve identifying information and to send it to the back-end element (50), the back-end element (50) is configured to enable via the control element (40) the use of the service station based on the identifying information, and the user interface element (10) after receiving an authentication of an access right from the back-end element (50) is configured to enable the user to start a service of the service station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SUPEROPERATOR OY
    Inventors: Erkki Aminoff, Anssi Kuutti, Mikko Pitkänen, Elisa Saarinen, Ari Ålander
  • Patent number: 10746185
    Abstract: A fan, such as a ceiling fan, includes a learning mode of operation. This learning mode may permit a user to input a desired speed for the fan for a given condition, such as ambient temperature, and adjustments for other conditions would be automatically determined based on the user input. A subsequent selection of fan speed at that condition (such as, for example, for a different user) or a different condition setting would also be obtained, either during initialization or later, and then used as an updated measure of the desired fan speed for the condition. Related methods of controlling the operation of a fan are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: DELTA T, LLC
    Inventors: James M. Desmet, Alex Christopher Reed, Richard A. Oleson, Marshall White, Jason Bishop, Richard Lenser, David R. Banks
  • Patent number: 10717597
    Abstract: A lid body is provided, and the lid body includes a main body and an opening and closing system. The opening and closing system is disposed on the main body and includes a lid member, a processing unit, an opening unit, a timing unit, a display unit and a driving unit, the lid member is movably assembled on the main body and optionally covers the opening, the timing unit is set for a preset time, when the lid member moves to the opening position and uncovers the opening, the timing unit starts to count; in the meanwhile, the display unit simultaneously shows a timing state of the timing unit; and after the timing unit counts to the preset time, the driving unit drives the lid member to move to a position where the lid member covers the opening completely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Shek
  • Patent number: 10636235
    Abstract: A first mobile device can be mounted in a vehicle and includes an input unit and an output unit that can output an instruction instructing the vehicle to at least unlock the vehicle. The first mobile device is capable of wireless communication with a first on-board device and includes an operation unit. The first mobile device transmits a fourth signal having a first value of second identification information to the first on-board device. The first on-board device that has received the fourth signal changes the second identification information held in the first on-board device to the first value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masami Takigawa, Genki Saito
  • Patent number: 10562580
    Abstract: A preferred IR-bicycle comprises an infrared (IR) sensor and non-IR electronics. The IR sensor detects a person in the proximity of the IR-bicycle (i.e. a nearby person). Once the IR sensor detects a nearby person, the non-IR electronics switches from a first mode to a second mode, wherein the power consumption in the first mode is substantially lower than that in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignees: HangZhou HaiCun Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guobiao Zhang, Chuan Tang
  • Patent number: 10531745
    Abstract: In one example, this disclosure describes an adjustable bed system that includes first and second adjustable foundations, at least one first motor to adjust the first adjustable foundation, at least one second motor to adjust the second adjustable foundation, a configurable device having a first state and a second state, and a central controller in communication with the device, the controller configured to receive an input representing one of the first state and the second state, the controller including a processor configured to control the at least one first motor and the at least one second motor based on the received input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sleep Number Corporation
    Inventors: Yi-ching Chen, John McGuire, Stacy Stusynski
  • Patent number: 10526139
    Abstract: A controlling method for touching induction garbage container with standby-opening function is provided. It provides a standby-opening working mode managed by a timing unit provided in a microcontroller. The timing unit times the triggering time of the microswitch foot pedal. As a user has touched the microswitch foot pedal for more than an induction time, setting as “t” seconds, the microcontroller will be switched to the standby-opening working mode. The microcontroller will be switched back to a regular working mode if the microswitch foot pedal is being touched again. The present invention provides a technical solution of a practical combination of a regular working mode and a standby-opening working mode, which is fully ergonomic and easy to utilize while ensuring service life spans of the driving mechanism and apparatus, increasing service life span of the battery and enhancing the power-saving performance of the touching induction garbage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nnine Starts Group (U.S.A.) Inc.
    Inventors: Xin Wang, Jiangqun Chen
  • Patent number: 10503054
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the inspection of a hostile environment includes a sensorized device carrying a plurality of image sensors positioned with different orientations, so as to detect image data of the hostile environment; a support adapted to support the sensorized device in the hostile environment; a processor of the image data generating a spherical and/or three-dimensional image based on the image data; and a remote display device with respect to the sensorized device adapted to be positioned outside the hostile environment and in communication with at least the processor of the image data, the apparatus being adapted for a hostile environment with temperatures and/or atmospheric contaminants harmful or dangerous for human beings, and the plurality of sensors detecting contemporaneous image data of at least 60% of 4? steradians of the hostile environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventors: Cristian Mori, Francesco Memoli
  • Patent number: 10492012
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to Wireless Vehicle/Drone Alert and Public Announcement System that creates a means for an individual to communicate with people outside their vehicle along with being able to emit preprogrammed sounds from the front, back or sides by using directional buttons, or a four or eight position directional controlling joystick, to make people aware of their presence or intentions. Additionally, a user with a smartphone, using a preprogrammed mobile smartphone application (APP) in the vehicle, has the ability to direct and activate the vehicle engine compartment module or a drone activation module to make customizable audio message transmissions. Drones can be deployed on streets, into houses, stores, buildings and around public places to alert people there of dangerous conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Steven D. Cabouli
  • Patent number: 10476422
    Abstract: Systems and methods for driving a motor are provided. One implementation of a drive system comprises a user interface, a variable speed drive, and a controller. The user interface enables a user to select an operating frequency set point and an operating voltage set point. The operating frequency set point is selected from a range of frequency set points and the operating voltage set point is selected from a range of voltage set points. The variable speed drive is configured to drive a motor at the selected operating frequency set point and selected operating voltage set point. The controller is configured to receive input from the user interface and control the operating frequency and operating voltage of the variable speed drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew John Bartlik, Charles Thomas McLees, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10444370
    Abstract: A preferred IR-bicycle comprises an infrared (IR) sensor and non-IR electronics. The IR sensor detects a person in the proximity of the IR-bicycle (i.e. a nearby person). Once the IR sensor detects a nearby person, the non-IR electronics switches from a first mode to a second mode, wherein the power consumption in the first mode is substantially lower than that in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: HangZhou HaiCun Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guobiao Zhang, Chuan Tang
  • Patent number: 10430726
    Abstract: A machine learning device, which learns shocks to a teaching device, includes a state observation unit which observes data based on an inclination of the teaching device or a present position of the teaching device; a label obtaining unit which obtains a label based on a shock received by the teaching device; and a learning unit which generates a learning model based on an output of the state observation unit and an output of the label obtaining unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuusuke Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 10391008
    Abstract: A patient support system includes a scale system, an air system, and a lift system. The patient support system also includes a control system configured to graphically communicate information about the scale system, the air system, and the lift system to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Zerhusen, James M. Allen, Jennifer Fearing, Mark Chiacchira
  • Patent number: 10397869
    Abstract: A system includes a transceiver for receiving a wake up signal from a wireless communication device. A processor is operatively connected to the transceiver and to a memory. The memory includes instructions recorded thereon that, when read by the processor, cause the processor to transition from a sleep mode to an active mode and power up the transceiver upon validation of the wake up signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Zacchio, Nicholas C. Soldner, Vijaya R. Lakamraju
  • Patent number: 10394542
    Abstract: Some examples described herein may involve receiving, via a wireless transmission, a firmware code update that is to be installed in a main memory of the electronic device, determining that the firmware code update is not successfully received; determining, based on determining that the firmware code update is not successfully received, that a secondary memory, of the electronic device, includes a firmware image; and installing the backup firmware image, from the secondary memory, in the main memory to provide the set of functionalities to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Dragos Ionel Poenaru
  • Patent number: 10370218
    Abstract: A reel has a spool member on which the linear material is spooled, an electric motor that rotates the spool member, and a controller that controls the operation of the motor. The controller monitors an unwound length of the linear material based on sensed rotation of the spool member by one or more sensors. The controller causes the electric motor to wind the linear material around the spool member, for example, upon detection of a pulling force on the linear material over a pull distance within a predetermined range, but, for example, does not trigger the winding of the linear material if the pull distance is greater than the predetermined range. The controller can cause the electric motor to stop winding of the linear material upon detection of a force on the linear material that holds the linear material in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: GREAT STUFF, INC.
    Inventors: James B. A. Tracey, Joseph M. Hill, III, Johnathan R. Tracey
  • Patent number: 10358869
    Abstract: A control system is disclosed that includes a room controller transmitting signals to both a shade control network and a light control network, directing that motorized roller shades and dimmable lights be set to desired intensity levels. The control system further includes an intelligent hub that provides a trickle-charge re-charge current via power-over-Ethernet cables to batteries associated with each of the motorized roller shades for re-charging the batteries, thereby eliminating power supplies being installed within walls. The intelligent hub provides for communication with the room controller based on streaming protocol and with the shade control network based on event-based protocol. A computer running user interface software may be connected to the system to facilitate programming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: George Feldstein
  • Patent number: 10208757
    Abstract: An adaptor for providing remote control of a mechanical actuator includes a housing having a bore formed therein for receiving a portion of the mechanical actuator. At least one engagement mechanism extends into the bore such that the at least one engagement mechanism engages the portion of the mechanical actuator. A motor is coupled to the at least one engagement mechanism and a sensor is operably coupled to the motor such that the motor is configured to actuate the mechanical actuator via the at least one engagement mechanism in response to a signal detected by the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joshua A. Alger, David R. Cariello, Sean M. Franklin, Andrew J. Lohr
  • Patent number: 10209074
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for determining position of a mobile device using magnetic beacons including detecting, by a sensor in the mobile device, a magnetic signal having a unique signature associated with a given magnetic beacon; storing location and an associated signature for each of a plurality of magnetic beacons in a data store of the mobile device, where each of the magnetic beacons is assigned a different signature; extracting the unique signature from the magnetic signal; comparing the extracted signature to each of the signatures stored in the data store; identifying a given magnetic beacon from the plurality of magnetic beacons, where signature for the given beacon matches the extracted signature; and retrieving the location for the given magnetic beacon for the data store and correlating location of the mobile device with the location of the given magnetic beacon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: The Regents of The University of Michigan
    Inventors: Arie Sheinker, Mark B. Moldwin
  • Patent number: 10194753
    Abstract: A method may include presenting a user interface on a display of a remote control to label a first air chamber of a plurality of air chambers; receiving a label from a user for the first air chamber; presenting a prompt to the user on the display to enter a pressure setting for the first air chamber, the prompt including the label received from the user; receiving a pressure setting for the first air chamber from the user; and transmitting a control signal to instruct the first air chamber to adjust pressure to the pressure setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sleep Number Corporation
    Inventors: Joe Fleury, Mark Dickens
  • Patent number: 10148162
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for performing a control on a micro-robot using a transfer robot. The system includes a magnetic field control unit configured to control a movement of a micro-structure or a micro-robot within a working area according to an output magnetic field, a transfer robot connected to the magnetic field control unit to transfer the working area in space, and a control unit configured to receive position information about the micro-structure or micro-robot and position information about the transfer robot, and transmit a control signal based on the received position information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Hong Soo Choi, Seong Yong Woo, Sang Won Kim
  • Patent number: 10134249
    Abstract: A method for sending a message is provided. The method includes: detecting whether a user is located in a target place; if the user is not located in the target place, detecting whether an entrance of the target place is opened; and if the entrance of the target place is opened, sending a prompt message to a device carried by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Qiang Fu, Yang Wang, Ting Chen
  • Patent number: 10083143
    Abstract: An I/O module includes a base plate, a plurality of universal circuits, and an option module. The base plate includes a plurality of connection terminals. A plurality of field devices is electrically connectable to the connection terminals. The universal circuits correspond to the connection terminals. The universal circuits are provided on the base plate, and configured to perform an input of analog signals from the field device, an output of analog signals to the field device, an input of discrete signals from the field device, and an output of discrete signals to the field device. The option module is detachably provided in the base plate. The option module is provided between a first connection terminal of the connection terminals and a first universal circuit of the universal circuits. The option module includes a first circuit configured to performing transmitting and receiving of signals between the first connection terminal and the first universal circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: YOKOGAWA ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazunori Tanimura, Ikutomo Watanabe, Mamoru Tamba, Nobuaki Ema, Takaaki Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10076015
    Abstract: In one aspect there is provided a luminaire (100) comprising: a light source (104) operable to emit a beam of light; and a radio module (106) operable to emit a radio beam comprising a radio signal, using a frequency band of 60 GHz; wherein the light source (104) and radio module (106) are operable to emit the light beam and radio beam so as to be substantially coincident in space. According to another aspect, there is provided a method comprising using a spatial extent of the light beam to indicate an approximate spatial extent of the radio beam, or vice versa using a spatial extent of the radio beam to indicate an approximate spatial extent of the light beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Arnoldus Cornelis Bernsen, Walter Dees, Maurice Herman Johan Draaijer
  • Patent number: 10049545
    Abstract: A controller, which can be operated wirelessly by a remote transmitter using PIN-based authentication, has some switch-controlled channels and at least one channel that does not have a corresponding switch. The switch-controlled channels can be used for applications where simple switch-driven manual control is desirable, such as opening and closing a garage using a switch inside the garage (in addition to using the remote transmitter). The channel(s) without switch(es) can be used in applications where simple switch-driven manual control is unwanted and only PIN-authenticated control (e.g. by using the remote transmitter) is desired, such as arming and disarming a home alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Cory William Welsh
  • Patent number: 9981319
    Abstract: The invention discloses a tool clamping system comprising a tool holder for clamping a tool, said tool holder being configured for being driven rotatingly; a tool secured to the tool holder; a tool shaft carried by the tool; at least one cutting edge carried by the tool; at least one piezo element for generating a voltage from mechanical vibration energy of the rotating tool clamping system; and at least one delay element selected form the group consisting of an inductor and a capacitor being connected to the at least one piezo element so as to form an electrical oscillating circuit, wherein the oscillating circuit is configured for monitoring at least one operating parameter of the tool clamping system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: BILZ WERKZEUGFABRIK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Juergen Fronius
  • Patent number: 9948231
    Abstract: A method of controlling vibration is provided. The method includes determining whether the electronic device is located on a flat surface if a vibration event of an electronic device occurs, measuring a first noise signal level before driving a vibration motor by using a microphone of the electronic device if the electronic device is located on the flat surface, measuring a second noise signal level after driving the vibration motor at a minimum vibration intensity, and controlling a driving intensity of the vibration motor by comparing the first noise signal level and the second noise signal level. Accordingly, an excessive noise may be avoided if a portable terminal vibrates on a hard surface such as a desk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Min-Young Kim
  • Patent number: 9948885
    Abstract: A virtual encounter system includes a mannequin coupled to a camera for receiving a video image. The camera sends the video image to a communications network. The virtual encounter system also includes a processor for overlaying a virtual environment over one or more portions of the video image to form a virtual scene and a set of goggles to render the virtual scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Kurzweil Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond C. Kurzweil
  • Patent number: 9922526
    Abstract: A garage door status indicator system that has a controller coupled to a garage door and a remote device remotely located from proximity with the controller. The system further has a first processor residing on the controller and configured to detect when a garage door is open and transmit an open status signal indicative of the garage being open and a second processor residing on the remote device and configured to receive the open status, the second processor further configured to activate an output device indicating that the garage is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ingenuity Automotive, LLC
    Inventor: Russell Brian Rowe
  • Patent number: 9896882
    Abstract: A roll shade system is disclosed. The roll shade system includes a motor configured to remain stationary during operation of the motor, a support shaft supporting the motor wherein the support shaft is configured to remain stationary during operation of the motor, and a roll shade tube configured to be rotatable about the motor and the support shaft during operation of the motor. The roll shade system further includes stationary components including a wiring connector, an input wiring system, a bearing, an antenna, a coaxial cable, a motor controller, a counterbalance spring. The roll shade system also includes rotatable components including a bearing housing and one or more O-rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: THE WATT STOPPER
    Inventors: Willis Jay Mullet, William Ashton Lee Cutts Lucas, Darrin W. Brunk