Additional Control Patents (Class 340/10.5)
  • Patent number: 11212132
    Abstract: Provided are a method and device for providing IoT device information and an intelligent computing device. A method of providing information related to a control target device includes searching for the control target device and displaying a position of the control target device in a map of an area in which the control target device is positioned. Therefore, an intuitive interface can be provided to a user. One or more of the IoT devices, robots, and intelligent computing devices of the present disclosure may comprise artificial intelligence modules, drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAVs), robots, Augmented Reality (AR) devices, virtual reality, VR) devices, devices related to 5G services, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Jangkeun Jeong
  • Patent number: 11150743
    Abstract: An electronic device and method are disclosed. The electronic device includes a memory, sensors and a processor. The processor may implement the method, including detecting, by one or more sensors, first sensing information related to a user action, determining, by at least one processor, specific information corresponding to the first sensing information based on the first sensing information being a first type of sensing information, detecting, by the one or more sensors, second sensing information related to the user action, and executing a second function related to a first function, the second function corresponding to the specific information and the second sensing information, based on the second sensing information being a second type of sensing information for performing the first function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seunghwan Choi, Hyunjin Kim, Jonghyun Ryu, Jaeyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 11125852
    Abstract: A jobsite computer network has a local server connectable to a remote server via the internet, a network access transceiver connected to the local server, and a wireless device in wireless communication with the network access transceiver. The network access transceiver receives a message from the wireless device and sends a message to the local server. The local server utilizes information from the message to determine the location of the wireless device. The network access transceiver and/or the wireless device generate data which is sent to the remote server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventors: Andrew E. Seman, Jr., Daniel J. White, Ryan H. Peloquin, Matthew J. Velderman, Randy L. Rhoades
  • Patent number: 11112814
    Abstract: The disclosure features wireless power transfer systems that include a power transmitting apparatus configured to wirelessly transmit power, a power receiving apparatus connected to an electrical load and configured to receive power from the power transmitting apparatus, and a controller connected to the power transmitting apparatus and configured to receive information about a phase difference between output voltage and current waveforms in a power source of the power transmitting apparatus, and to adjust a frequency of the transmitted power based on the measured phase difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Andre B. Kurs, Morris P. Kesler, Noam Katz, Matthew Dillon, Herbert Toby Lou
  • Patent number: 11106965
    Abstract: Provided are a radio frequency identification tag and a method of manufacturing the same. The radio frequency identification tag includes a substrate, an antenna unit provided on the substrate and configured to transmit and receive signals, an integrated circuit unit spaced apart from the antenna unit on the substrate, and an interrupter and a delay circuit unit connected in parallel between the antenna unit and the integrated circuit unit, wherein the interrupter includes a variable portion and a fixed portion opposite the variable portion, wherein the delay circuit unit includes a capacitor and a resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Yong Suk Yang, Sunghoon Hong, Woo Seok Yang
  • Patent number: 11101696
    Abstract: A transmitter has a transmitting resonant circuit, a transmitting circuit that supplies high-frequency power to the transmitting resonant circuit, and a demodulator. A receiver has a receiving resonant circuit; a receiving circuit that converts high-frequency power received by the resonant circuit into DC power; a load circuit that consumes the DC power; a resonance modulator that varies an input impedance, viewed toward the load circuit from the transmitting circuit, to switch whether an electromagnetic resonance condition is established; and a transmission-signal controller that converts a transmission signal into a variation pattern, representing a pattern of variation per predetermined time period of the input impedance, to control the resonance modulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Hosotani
  • Patent number: 10997483
    Abstract: Circuits and methods of operating multiple antennas using a shared controller are provided. In one embodiment, a method includes coupling, in a first configuration, a first antenna to the shared controller and decoupling a second antenna from the shared controller. The first antenna is coupled to the shared controller using a first matching circuit and a first filter. The method further includes operating a controllable activation component to define a second configuration state formed by decoupling the first antenna from the shared controller and coupling the second antenna to the shared controller. In this embodiment, the second antenna is coupled to the shared controller using a second matching circuit and a second filter. At least one capacitor of the first matching circuit is used in the second filter and at least one capacitor of the second matching circuit is used in the first filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS, INC
    Inventor: Pierre Rizzo
  • Patent number: 10969499
    Abstract: A device, system, and method for tracking luggage in which the transmission of wireless signals by the device is turned off and on in response to sensor data, including the detection by a barometer of a decrease in atmospheric pressure of at least 13.8 kPa; lack of reception by a GPS receiver of a GPS signal and detection by an accelerometer and magnetometer of low frequency, low amplitude vibrations; and/or reception by a Bluetooth module of GPS coordinates transmitted by another luggage tracking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: PMF SPV LLC
    Inventor: William Naim
  • Patent number: 10964386
    Abstract: There is provided a system comprising: a storage device having a storage portion comprising a plurality of bitcells coupled to respective first signal lines and second signal lines and control logic to alter a memory state of the plurality of bitcells via the first signal lines and second signal lines; a memory controller coupled to the storage device to transmit one or more initialisation signals to the storage device; wherein the storage device is to initialise the storage portion over a clock cycle in response to the one or more initialisation signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Arm Limited
    Inventors: Wei Wang, Shidhartha Das
  • Patent number: 10938608
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus including a processing unit to perform filtering on data of a predetermined value and transmission data for every predetermined number of subcarriers, the data of the predetermined value being mapped to a subsymbol of an end portion in a time direction in a unit resource including one or more subcarriers and multiple subsymbols, the transmission data being mapped to another subsymbol in the unit resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsushi Yoshizawa
  • Patent number: 10857882
    Abstract: Disclosed are a system and method for remotely controlling and monitoring a vehicle based on the IoT. A system for remotely controlling and monitoring a vehicle based on an IoT includes a communication unit configured to receive a remote control signal and an event signal and transmit monitoring information, a gear mode sensing unit configured to sense a gear mode, a control unit configured to generate a start-up control signal for a vehicle in response to the remote control signal or the event signal, output or stop a start-up control signal in response to a gear mode, output a monitoring signal when start-up is performed, perform transmission control through the communication unit by generating the monitoring information, generate and output an associated vehicle control signal in response to an event, and a start-up device configured to be turned on in response to the start-up control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: GARIN SYSTEM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yun Sub Lee
  • Patent number: 10859663
    Abstract: A system comprising: a transmitting device configured to transmit, in at least one plane, a plurality of directional signals each covering an angular sector, wherein every adjacent pair of said angular sectors overlaps partially to create a logical sector, and wherein each of said plurality of directional signals encodes at least an indication regarding each said logical sector associated therewith; and a client device comprising program instructions executable by at least one hardware processor to: cause the client device to receive at least some of said plurality of directional signals, calculate a signal strength level (RSL) value for each of said received directional signals, and determine that said client device is located within a said logical sector, when two highest said RSL values (i) are related to two said directional signals associated with said logical sector, and (ii) are within a specified value range of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: POINTME LTD.
    Inventors: Shai Homsky, Ran Soffer
  • Patent number: 10827854
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems, devices, and methods for displaying and securing articles of merchandise. In one example, a merchandise security system includes a plurality of security devices, wherein each of the security devices includes a sensor configured to be attached to an article of merchandise. The system also includes at least one controller configured to communicate with each of the articles of merchandise in order to obtain data from the articles of merchandise. The controller and/or each of the security devices is configured to configured to generate a security signal in response to removal of the sensor from the article of merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Grant, Jonathon D. Phillips, Gary A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10834617
    Abstract: Included are network devices, systems, methods, and computer readable medium. These may employ a microcontroller with access to computer readable memory and computer readable storage wherein the microcontroller operates at a first network component of a local area network. The microcontroller may be configured to spatially locate one or more fiducial network components of a local area network in which the microcontroller is a member. The spatial location may be determined by receiving a unique identifier for a first fiducial network component, receiving a wireless signal from the first fiducial network component, determining a physical distance between the first network component and the first fiducial network component, and updating a registry with the determined physical distance. In certain embodiments, the network component may be an RFID reader and the unique identifier may be an IP or MAC address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Theodore R. Carraher, Bruce H. Hyre, David K. Lavin
  • Patent number: 10664735
    Abstract: A method of reducing noise generated by pulse width modulation (PWM) signals includes generating a PWM pulse train using a first set of parameter values and modifying the PWM pulse train during a near-field communication so that the PWM pulse train is generated using a second set of parameter values. Modifying the PWM pulse train includes reducing at least one parameter value of the first set of parameter values. The method further includes resuming generation of the PWM pulse train using the first set of parameter values after the near-field communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: STMICROELECTRONICS (ROUSSET) SAS, STMICROELECTRONICS (GRENOBLE 2) SAS
    Inventors: Gwenael Maillet, Jean-Louis Labyre, Gilles Bas
  • Patent number: 10609536
    Abstract: The system for associating at least one physical medium (5) itself associated with at least one file containing at least audio data, with a base (1) for storing digital data comprises: a management and control module (6) of the device, a base (1) for storing digital data of at least one audio file, said file corresponding to a digital version of an audio file initially associated with at least one physical medium (5), means (3) for reading said audio file in digital form connected to the database (1) by a cable or wireless link (F3), a member (4) fixed to said physical medium (5) and storing information necessary for reading at least one audio file stored in digital form in said database (1) by said reading means (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: REVIVE SAS
    Inventors: Laurent Coussonnet, Emmanuel Ranc
  • Patent number: 10593136
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using accelerations derived from a motion pattern for multi-factor authentication, the method including receiving, filtering, and determining an identifying pattern from acceleration data representative of the user and using the identifying pattern for secured access authentication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Edwards, Michael Mossoba, Abdelkader Benkreira
  • Patent number: 10584522
    Abstract: Disclosed is an arresting system for arresting a swivel motion between two swivel-mounted elements, including a brake rod connected to the first element, an arresting device on the second element with a housing, through which the brake rod extends, in which case the arresting device has a drive and at least one brake-shoe element that can be moved via the drive relative to the brake rod. The brake-shoe element is inside the housing and engageable with the brake rod upon exertion of a braking force. Included are a sensor, and an electronic device controlling braking force exerted by the brake-shoe element on the brake rod depending on the signals from the sensor. The drive is an electric motor driving in rotation an actuation element that, to produce the relative motion between the brake-shoe element and the brake rod, has an actuation cam acting on the brake-shoe element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: HCS-INTEC GERMANY GMBH
    Inventor: Christian Rucha
  • Patent number: 10515566
    Abstract: A novel electronic language education system device is configured to define, instruct, analyze, and evaluate martial arts movements as characters of a particular language. In one embodiment, the novel electronic language education system includes a martial arts movement linguistic symbolization module and a martial arts movement-to-language character evaluation module that are executed on a CPU and a memory unit of the novel electronic language education system. Preferably, the system further incorporates a visual detection sensor, a gyroscopic sensor, a human limb movement sensor, and/or another sensor to enable capturing and analysis of a martial arts movement routine to create, match, and/or evaluate a digital symbolic key representing the martial arts movement routine, which is digitally paired with a character of the particular language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Jang Suk Moon
  • Patent number: 10497245
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for tracking location using a home automation system. One method includes receiving sensor data indicating presence of a wearable tracking device in a predetermined area of a property monitored by the home automation system, confirming an identity of the tracking device, and generating a notice indicating a location of the tracking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Brandon Hatch
  • Patent number: 10497238
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a security tag. The methods involve: establishing an electrical connection between the security tag and an external Power Removal Station (“PRS”); performing operations by the security tag to authenticate a detach command sent from the external PRS; allowing power to be supplied from the external PRS to an electro-mechanical component of the security tag when the detach command is authenticated; and actuating the electro-mechanical component so that a pin of the security tag transitions from an engaged position to an unengaged position without any human assistance or mechanical assistance by a device external to the security tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Sensormatic Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Jose Casanova, Sergio M. Perez, John J. Clark, Randy J. Zirk
  • Patent number: 10470187
    Abstract: A distributed antenna and backhaul system provide network connectivity for a small cell deployment. Rather than building new structures, and installing additional fiber and cable, embodiments described herein disclose using high-bandwidth, millimeter-wave communications and existing power line infrastructure. Above ground backhaul connections via power lines and line-of-sight millimeter-wave band signals as well as underground backhaul connections via buried electrical conduits can provide connectivity to the distributed base stations. An overhead millimeter-wave system can also be used to provide backhaul connectivity. Modules can be placed onto existing infrastructure, such as streetlights and utility poles, and the modules can contain base stations and antennas to transmit the millimeter-waves to and from other modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Donald J. Barnickel, Farhad Barzegar, George Blandino, Irwin Gerszberg, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10380097
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting changes in physiological indicators in communications data of participants of a communication and tagging those changes are described. According to an embodiment, a method uses an analytics module operating on at least one processor. Data indicative of a communication between participants is received. A physiological indicator of at least one of the participants is detected by analyzing the data. A change in the physiological indicator is determined in the data. A location of the data where the change in the physiological indicator occurred in the data is tagged. The tagging includes storing a tag indicating the location of the data where the change in physiological indicator occurred in memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Securus Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur P. Walters
  • Patent number: 10365361
    Abstract: The inductive/capacitive coupling technology and the radio frequency identification devices (RFID) technology are applied to analyze the relative position of multiple RFID tagged objects located within a finite three-dimensional space. The RFID tags of the objects are read by an antenna at a series of resonance frequencies, with an effective reading range of the antenna changing as the resonance frequency changes. The spatial sequence of the objects is derived based on the information of multiple sets of RFID tags in multiple readings. The technology can be applied to a variety of toys and teaching tools, such as the Tower of Hanoi game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Zheng Shi, Zhengzheng Pan, Hanyin Ye
  • Patent number: 10362119
    Abstract: A system for home and automobile connectivity, including: a smart home, the smart home including a plurality of internet-of-things (IoT) devices, the IoT devices communicably coupled to a home network; an automobile module, the automobile module connected to a plurality of sensors and a plurality of wired communication paths in a vehicle, the automobile module configured to output sensor data via a plurality of wireless communication paths; and an automobile bridge, the automobile bridge including a plurality of different communication protocols for communicating with different ecosystems in the home network, and a plurality of wireless communication paths for communication with the home network and the automobile module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORP.
    Inventor: Mike Morales
  • Patent number: 10313447
    Abstract: A system comprises a first peer sensor tag configured to sense first sensor data using a first local sensor of the first peer sensor tag and a second peer sensor tag configured to sense second sensor data using a second local sensor of the second peer sensor tag while the second peer sensor tag is not within a communication range of the first peer sensor tag. The second peer sensor tag is configured to detect a first beacon signal of the first peer sensor tag, the first beacon signal including at least a portion of the first sensor data, the first beacon signal being transmitted according to a first network communication protocol. The second peer sensor tag is configured to obtain the at least a portion of the first sensor data from the first beacon signal. A base station is configured to detect a second beacon signal of the second peer sensor tag, the first beacon signal including the at least a portion of the first sensor data and at least a portion of the second sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Shoof Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: George H. Flammer, III, Elad Gottlib
  • Patent number: 10271278
    Abstract: A wireless communication module is disclosed. The wireless communication module comprises a magnetic sensor configured to detect magnetic field data and a communication circuit. A controller is in communication with the magnetic sensor and the communication circuit. The controller is configured to monitor the magnetic field data and compare the magnetic field data to a first predetermined threshold. In response the magnetic field data exceeding the first threshold, the controller is configured to output an activation signal to the communication circuit. The communication circuit is configured to enter an active state in response to receiving the activation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Steven L. Geerlings
  • Patent number: 10181656
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an antenna unit is provided that includes an antenna and a coax connector. The coax connector includes an inner conductor configured to contact a signal conductor of a coaxial cable and a ground contact configured to contact a metal shield of the coaxial cable. The coax connector is coupled to the antenna such that RF signals on the inner conductor are coupled to the antenna and such that RF signals sensed by the antenna are coupled to the inner conductor. The antenna unit also includes a non-volatile memory coupled to the coax connector such that the non-volatile memory can send and receive signals over the inner conductor. The non-volatile memory is configured to obtain operating power from a direct current voltage provided over a coaxial cable. The non-volatile memory has an identifier stored therein for identifying the antenna unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventor: David Hansen
  • Patent number: 10157188
    Abstract: A clearinghouse for integrating information related to released criminal offenders. The clearinghouse includes a computer system that receives geospatial location information related to released criminal offenders from multiple disparate systems, the geospatial location information including date and time information. The computer system then converts the information to a homogenous data format. The present invention further includes a method of integrating information related to released criminal offenders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventor: Hoyt M. Layson
  • Patent number: 10152617
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatus, and articles of manufacture are disclosed to improve radio frequency identification (RFID) tag communication. An example disclosed apparatus includes an RFID reader monitor to activate a first RFID reader and deactivate a second RFID reader during a first tag data acquisition at a first time, and deactivate the first RFID reader and activate the second RFID reader during a second tag data acquisition at a second time, a tag logger to identify a first set of RFID tags detected by the first RFID reader at the first time, and identify a second set of RFID tags detected by the second RFID reader at the second time, and a group generator to improve RFID tag communication by identifying which one of the first RFID reader and the second RFID reader communicates with a common RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: John Belstner, Timothy Shockley
  • Patent number: 10144389
    Abstract: A response vehicle includes a transmission, a braking subsystem, and a vehicle management system coupled to at least one of the transmission and the braking subsystem. The vehicle management system includes an interlock module configured to provide a signal to switch the at least one of the transmission and the braking subsystem from a locked condition to an operational condition only in response to an authenticated user request thereby preventing undesired operation of the response vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: David W. Archer, Neil Bjornstad, Michael J. Holeton, Patrick D. Martin
  • Patent number: 10088820
    Abstract: To control lighting and other utilities in buildings based upon occupancy, mountable sensors are used to detect low energy radio frequencies emitted from devices, or tags, worn or carried by occupants. In a demand control system, identification (ID) codes embedded in tags worn by occupants are detected in each room by a tag sensor and may wirelessly communicate to a zonal compiler that determines zonal occupancy. The zonal occupancy count is transmitted to an interface relay that immediately adjusts the intensity and rate of the specific utility. HVAC systems may also be tied into the system to have adjustments made to the intensity and rate of ventilation as done with the lighting in this system. This system has many advantages over current systems such as not being dependent upon movement of an occupant or following the heat signature of an occupant that both may lead to false readings and delay in adjusting the specific building utility to save energy and costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas David Aiken, Michael Eugene Williams
  • Patent number: 10068449
    Abstract: Systems (100, 1300) and methods (1700, 1800) for detaching a tag (1304) from an article. The methods comprise: detecting when the tag is in proximity to a detaching unit (1302); verifying that the article has been accepted for a purchase transaction or has been successfully purchased using information received from the tag; mechanically coupling a tag body to the detaching unit when it has been verified that the article has been accepted for a purchase transaction or has been successfully purchased; detecting when a pin (1306) of the tag is no longer in proximity of the detaching unit; and mechanically decoupling the tag body from the detaching unit when the pin is no longer in proximity to the detaching unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventor: Edward P. Ellers
  • Patent number: 10050707
    Abstract: A system and method for carrying a downstream optical signal and an upstream optical signal on a fiber optic link is disclosed. The system and method includes a first transceiver unit that receives an input communication signal from at least one external communication device at an electrical input port, a transmitter that converts the input communication signal into an optical signal and transmits the optical signal as an downstream optical signal on a fiber optic link, a receiver at the second transceiver unit that receives the downstream optical signal and converts the downstream optical signal into an electrical communication signal, and a first circuit in the second transceiver unit that determines whether the second transceiver couples the electrical communication signal to a two wire intercom circuit or a four wire intercom circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Grass Valley USA, LLC
    Inventors: James Bennett Hurwitz, David Charles Pelletier
  • Patent number: 10003763
    Abstract: A control method of a display device includes receiving identification (ID) information of an electronic devices connected to the display device; determining whether a remote controller includes a control setting for the electronic device based on the received ID information, wherein the remote controller controls a plurality of electronic devices associated with the display device; obtaining a control key of the remote controller corresponding to the ID information when it is determined that the remote controller does not include the control setting for the electronic device; and transmitting the obtained control key to the remote controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wan-su Kim, Se-hun Shim
  • Patent number: 9991917
    Abstract: A demodulator is configured to demodulate a modulated signal responsive to a first carrier signal. The demodulator includes a filter and a bandwidth adjusting circuit. The filter is configured to filter a first signal. The first signal is a product of the first carrier signal and the modulated signal. The filter has a bandwidth adjusted based on a set of control signals. The bandwidth adjusting circuit is coupled to the filter, and configured to generate the set of control signals based on at least a frequency of the filtered first signal and a frequency of the first signal. The bandwidth adjusting circuit includes a frequency detector configured to generate a second signal based on a frequency relationship between the frequency of the filtered first signal and the frequency of the first signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: TAIWANT SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Feng Wei Kuo, William Wu Shen, Chewn-Pu Jou, Huan-Neng Chen, Lan-Chou Cho
  • Patent number: 9978236
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating a security tag. The methods involve: establishing an electrical connection between the security tag and an external Power Removal Station (“PRS”); performing operations by the security tag to authenticate a detach command sent from the external PRS; allowing power to be supplied from the external PRS to an electro-mechanical component of the security tag when the detach command is authenticated; and actuating the electro-mechanical component so that a pin of the security tag transitions from an engaged position to an unengaged position without any human assistance or mechanical assistance by a device external to the security tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Jose Casanova, Sergio M. Perez, John J. Clark, Randy J. Zirk
  • Patent number: 9959437
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for making ordinary objects network-enabled interfaces. A radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag may be fixed or detachably attached to an item capable of being manipulated by a person to obtain information about the item or to cause a performance of a task associated with the item. The RFID tag may include a capacitive touch interface that, when manipulated by a person, causes the RFID tag to emit an identifier associated with a corresponding item. A receiver, having the identifier and an instruction from a person, may communicate with a remote computing device to process the instruction and to generate a response to the instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gonzalo Alberto Ramos, Charles Shearer Dorner, William R. Hazlewood, Wesley Scott Lauka
  • Patent number: 9922215
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for retrieving a shut state and/or a location of a closable container as well as closable containers, wherein a transition between an open position and a closed position is achieved by a relative movement at least of a first container part with respect to a second container part, wherein the container has at least one RFID chip having a connected near field antenna and a far field antenna and the RFID chip having the connected near field antenna is arranged at the first or at the second container part and the far field antenna is arranged at the other one of the first and second container part, respectively, and the near field antenna, which is connected to the RFID chip, is arranged, as compared to the far field antenna, such that, in the closed position of the container, a noncontact electromagnetic coupling takes place between the near field antenna and the far field antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SMARTRAC INVESTMENT B.V.
    Inventors: Lauri Johannes Huhtasalo, Joerg Stefan Wittkowski
  • Patent number: 9898926
    Abstract: Techniques are described for controlling electronic devices via a plurality of communication channels. For example, a control device may undergo a programming process to enable communication between the control device and a particular electronic device via a first communication channel. After programming is complete, the control device is configured to transmit command(s) to the particular electronic device via the first communication channel. The control device is further configured to perform a pairing sequence with the particular electronic device via the first communication channel to enable control of the particular electronic device via the second communication channel. The control device may determine the proper pairing sequence to be performed and monitor whether the user has performed the proper pairing sequence using the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Yamtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Syed R. Naqvi
  • Patent number: 9883045
    Abstract: A wireless docking system has a host (251) and a dockee device (220). The host is coupled to at least one peripheral (210, 230, 240) to constitute a wireless docking environment. The dockee is arranged for selecting a wireless docking environment from multiple available wireless docking environments (251, 252, 253), and for transmitting an identify request via the dockee communication unit to the docking host. The host is arranged for receiving the identify request via the host communication unit from the dockee device, and for responding to the identify request by generating a physical feedback at a peripheral of the host. The physical feedback, e.g. light signal or sound signal, enables a user of the dockee device at a remote distance to perceive the docking environment as selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Arnoldus Cornelis Bernsen, Walter Dees
  • Patent number: 9822927
    Abstract: Mechanized area controller systems and methods for coordinating the movement of workers and vehicles to improve safety are disclosed. Some embodiments of the methods include generating a magnetic field defining a first zone and detecting a response signal from a first device. Other method embodiments also include detecting a response signal from a second device and generating a danger signal when the first and second devices are both within the first zone. Some system embodiments include a magnetic field generator for defining a first zone and a first device configured to detect the first zone magnetic field and generate a first device response signal. Other system embodiments also include a second device configured to detect the first zone magnetic field and generate a second device response signal and a first controller configured to generate a danger signal when the first and second devices are both within the first zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Frederick Energy Products, LLC
    Inventor: Larry D. Frederick
  • Patent number: 9824248
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are described for proximity-based and user-based access control using wearable devices. A short-range frequency reader coupled to a target device detects a plurality of wearable devices in proximity to the reader, each wearable device comprising a short-range frequency antenna. The reader identifies, for each wearable device, a user wearing the wearable device. The reader determines, for each wearable device, a distance from the reader and an orientation in relation to the target device. The reader determines a level of access available to the target device based upon the identity of each user, the distance of each wearable device from the reader, the orientation of each wearable device in relation to the target device, and the distance of the wearable devices from each other in a three-dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: FMR LLC
    Inventors: Xinxin Sheng, Hong Sun
  • Patent number: 9767682
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling an electric device via a remote control panel comprises providing a network server that includes a database reflecting user preferences and statistics of usage of the device by the respective users; providing an application proxy on the device which is capable of controlling the device; providing the panel with controls configured to highlight the relevant control function; and associating at least one user with at least one relevant control. When a control is operated by a user, the panel operates in a mode associated with the profile of the user and with the pressed control. Usage statistics accumulated on the server is assessed by the server. An event that indicates the need for making a certain action to control the device by a certain user results in sending, by the server, a PUSH-notification containing information on the user who should exercise control and on the required control to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: SPB TV AG
    Inventors: Dmitry Nikolaevich Matvienko, Nikolay Viktorovitch Krasko
  • Patent number: 9721445
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for tracking location using a home automation system. One method includes receiving sensor data indicating presence of a wearable tracking device in a predetermined area of a property monitored by the home automation system, confirming an identity of the tracking device, and generating a notice indicating a location of the tracking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Brandon Hatch
  • Patent number: 9697865
    Abstract: A method and system includes a plurality of video players and a plurality of remote control devices for implementing follow-me functionalities. Each remote control device has a unique ID and can control all the video players. The method and system receives a first control signal from a first remote control device to interrupt playback of a program by a first video player, interrupts playback of the program at the first video player, and stores the ID of the first remote control device and the status of the playback of the program. The method and system then receives a second control signal from a second remote control device to resume playback of the program at a second video player, checks the stored ID and the ID of the second remote control device, and if the two IDs are identical, resumes playback of the program at the second video player according to the status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: THOMSON LICENSING DTV
    Inventors: Janusz A Dobrowolski, Oner M Bicakci
  • Patent number: 9691270
    Abstract: Intuitive methods of automatically configuring a remote control for multiple electronic devices are disclosed. The remote control can be automatically configured with the help of a first electronic device that is connected to one or more additional electronic devices. The first electronic device aids in the configuration of the remote control by gathering information about the one or more additional electronic devices and configuring the remote control in accordance. The information about the one or more additional electronic devices may be gathered from the devices themselves, from additional remote controls associated with the devices, and/or from a user, among other possibilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher J. Sanders
  • Patent number: 9693190
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a method for providing assistance to a user of a mobile device includes receiving a signal from a short-range wireless communication transmitter. The signal includes an identification code, and the receiving is by a mobile device of a user located within the space. The signal is processed on the mobile device and includes: determining whether information associated with the signal is stored on the mobile device; and identifying a retrieval location of the information based on the determining and on the signal. The processing of the signal is performed exclusively by a software application located on the mobile device and independently of any networks. Based on the processing, information that includes an address of a security system is retrieved using the mobile device. The mobile device is monitored for inputs and based on receiving a security request, the security request is transmitted to the security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: CONNECTQUEST LLC
    Inventors: David Moldavsky, Joseph A. Tocco
  • Patent number: 9661447
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a display configured to display information; a short range communication module configured to exchange a signal with an external control device; and a controller configured to receive the signal from the external control device, determine a context at a timing point of receiving the signal, and control an operation corresponding to the signal to be performed in the determined context. Further, the operation includes at least one of activation/deactivation of the display, an activation/deactivation of a lock mode of the mobile terminal, a volume operation and a camera operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sangwoo Seo, Hyunsun Yoo
  • Patent number: 9524408
    Abstract: A method is provided for managing the operating mode of an electronic tag, including at least one communication module for communicating with at least one control device and a memory for storing at least one tag identifier specific to the tag and transmittable by the tag to the at least one control device. The method includes, following reception of a deactivation instruction upon which the tag goes from an activated state to a deactivated state, a deactivation step, in which the transmission, to the control device, of the tag identifier is inhibited and in which the tag responds to a reactivation instruction by re-enabling the transmission of the tag identifier to the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignees: ISSM, ORANGE
    Inventors: Caroline Fenzy Peyre, Christophe Moreaux