Additional Control Patents (Class 340/10.5)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9513864
    Abstract: Pairing a portable electronic device with a media device that is playing media, providing control to the portable device, displaying information about the media being played on the portable electronic device, and providing a link to the media asset in an online store. Discovering that a media device that is currently publically playing media, receiving a media signal encoded with metadata describing the media being played, and displaying an accrued history of various instances of media items that have been overheard during a public play session as a list of media items associated with metadata describing the media items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Lucas Newman, Nicholas James Paulson, Elbert D. Chen, Augustin Prats, Andrew T. Belk
  • Patent number: 9497261
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer-readable storage medium that enable a person to monitor and/or control a device via a network, such as the Internet, via an interactive hardware module that interfaces with the device and communicates with a module server located locally or remotely from the placement of the module. The hardware module allows for the transmission and receipt of data between the device interfaced to the hardware module and the module server, thereby enabling the user manually or automatically to control or monitor the device via an access medium, such as an API. The hardware module and the device may be interfaced via a wired or a wireless connection. Furthermore, the hardware module and the module server may enable the activation of an inactive device from a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: ioBridge, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Stanley Mawrey, Jason Thomas Winters, Peter Hans Scharler
  • Patent number: 9495852
    Abstract: Various switchable RFID devices are disclosed. These switchable RFID devices may include one or more RFID tags and one or more switches. Some of these one or more switches are optionally wireless. In various embodiments, the switchable RFID devices include identity devices, financial devices, remote controls, and the like. In some embodiments, switches are configured to enter data into a switchable RFID device, for example to select a financial account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Steven M. Colby
  • Patent number: 9489830
    Abstract: A command sequence is restarted from the middle even when supply of power supply voltage to an internal circuit in a wireless tag is temporarily stopped (a power flicker occurs). A register or a cache memory included in a signal processing circuit in the wireless tag continues to retain data even after the supply of power supply voltage is stopped. After the power flicker occurs, the signal processing circuit in the wireless tag is returned to the state before the supply of power supply voltage is stopped and can restart signal processing. Consequently, the command sequence can be restarted from the middle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Ohshima, Hidetomo Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9448222
    Abstract: Method for providing an assembly of an amount of used plastic material and an information carrier carrying data of at least one quality property of the amount of used plastic material, wherein providing the data of the at least one quality property comprises at least once: providing a predetermined amount of used plastic material; labelling the predetermined amount of used plastic material; and determining at least one quality property of the predetermined amount of used plastic material. A system for providing an assembly of an amount of used plastic material and data of at least one quality property of the amount of used plastic material, wherein the system comprises: a feeder for providing used plastic material; at least one quantity measuring system; a rheology measuring system; and an information carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Wavin B.V.
    Inventor: Pieter Hendrik Lutgendorf
  • Patent number: 9450628
    Abstract: A receiver for receiving messages from a transmitter includes a controller and a driver stage for providing a supply voltage to the transmitter based on a control signal. The controller is configured to provide the control signal to compensate for changes of the supply voltage caused by a modulation of the current consumption of the transmitter, such that the supply voltage remains in a predefined range. Furthermore, the controller is configured to evaluate a series of succeeding values of the control signal to derive a message generated by the transmitter by modulating its current consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Dirk Hammerschmidt
  • Patent number: 9445143
    Abstract: An approach is described that includes determining that a remote device has moved outside of a pre-defined area associated with a digital video recorder (DVR), and transmitting program data from the DVR to the remote device while the remote device remains outside of the pre-defined area. Another approach includes a digital video recorder (DVR) having a memory and a processor. The DVR operates to: receive an incoming transmission signal; transmit a selected program to a primary display device; determine that a remote device has moved outside of a pre-defined area; and transmit program data corresponding to the selected program to the remote device while the remote device remains outside of the pre-defined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: HULU, LLC
    Inventors: Kulvir S. Bhogal, Gregory J. Boss, John J. Gontkof, Rick A. Hamilton, II, Brian M. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 9422040
    Abstract: A computer 11 of a ship monitoring device 1 arranges one kind of transmission data between two consecutive start control codes and two consecutive termination control codes. The computer 11 also arranges information indicating a type of the transmission data between the transmission data and the start control codes and between the termination control codes and the transmission data. In this way, the transmission data is transmitted in form of packet data. Therefore, transmission data in information communication between ships and sensed information in information communication of fenders can be easily distinguished from each other. In addition, a type of information transmitted as the transmission data can be easily identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: THE YOKOHAMA RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazunori Ono, Masahiko Miyamoto, Koji Nakatani, Shu Yamada, Shigeki Sakakibara, Minami Izumi, Michito Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9400902
    Abstract: A multi-modal entity tracking and display system is disclosed. In one embodiment, a tracking infrastructure comprising at least one data receiver is configured to detect a tracked entity comprising a first asset class using a first sensing technology and a second sensing technology. The at least one tracking data receiver is further configured to generate a tracking data report conveying a location of the tracked entity. A multi-modal entity tracker is configured to receive and store the tracking data report. The multi-modal entity tracker is further configured to receive and store a second tracking data report of a second tracked entity comprising a second asset class which is conveyed via the tracking infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Bernd Schoner, Ravikanth Pappu, Satyan Shah, Brian Fiegel, John Biondo
  • Patent number: 9367784
    Abstract: An electromagnetic transponder includes an oscillatory circuit, a battery and a first rectifier bridge. Alternating current input terminals of the rectifier bridge are connected to the terminals of the oscillatory circuit, and at least two rectifier elements of the rectifier bridge are controllable on the basis of the voltage supplied by the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Rousset) SAS
    Inventor: Alexandre Tramoni
  • Patent number: 9338497
    Abstract: An entertainment device is used to notify a user of a change in an audio visual entertainment system configuration in which at least one of a plurality devices is connected to the entertainment device as an audio and/or visual source and at least one of the plurality of devices is connected to the entertainment device as an audio and/or visual output destination for the entertainment device and/or to notify a user of a perceived problem in a configuration of a controlling device used to control functional operations of the audio visual entertainment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 9330251
    Abstract: A memory device including a ferroelectric memory array is described. In one embodiment, the ferroelectric memory array includes a user memory space. The memory device includes control logic configured to provide external read and write access for a host system to the user memory space upon authentication between the host system and the memory device. The host system accesses the user memory space and communicates with the control logic through address, data and control buses. The memory device further includes memory interface configured to interface between the address, data and control buses and the control logic, and through which the host system communicates with the control logic, and a cipher engine in communication with the control logic and the memory interface, the cipher engine comprising a random number generator and an encryption/decryption block. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Kurt S. Schwartz, Michael Borza, Qidao Li
  • Patent number: 9326021
    Abstract: An entertainment device is used to notify a user of a change in an audio visual entertainment system configuration in which at least one of a plurality devices is connected to the entertainment device as an audio and/or visual source and at least one of the plurality of devices is connected to the entertainment device as an audio and/or visual output destination for the entertainment device and/or to notify a user of a perceived problem in a configuration of a controlling device used to control functional operations of the audio visual entertainment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 9310474
    Abstract: A portal ultrasound imaging apparatus having an adjustable hinge assembly, which includes a key having a narrower end and an end wider in the circumferential direction of the hinge assembly. The key is movable in a slot in an axial direction of the hinge assembly to a locked position, where the side surfaces of the key presses against the walls of the slot to eliminate circumferential gaps between the key and the slot. When at the locked position in the slot, the key can be pushed towards the opposite of the axial direction to an unlocked position where an angular lock of the hinge assembly is released, allowing the hinge assembly to be adjusted to a desired angular coupling. The key can then be pushed in the axial direction back to the locked position in the slot to prevent change in the coupling angle of the hinge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Chison Medical Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Mingjin Huang, Feng Zhou
  • Patent number: 9312921
    Abstract: An accessory for a user equipment (UE) is disclosed that includes a housing configured to be connected to the UE and accessory near field communication (NFC) circuit attached to the housing. The accessory NFC circuit includes an antenna, a charging circuit, and a transceiver circuit. The antenna is configured to inductively couple to signals emitted by a UE NFC circuit within the UE. The charging circuit is configured to output power provided by the inductive coupling through the antenna to the signals emitted by the UE NFC circuit. The transceiver circuit is configured to be powered by the charging circuit to transmit information to the UE NFC circuit that will be used by the UE to retrieve content stored on a content server and/or to authorize use of content stored on the UE. Related UEs and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Magnus Nambord, Emil Hansson
  • Patent number: 9313559
    Abstract: A multi-mode, preferably dual mode, radio frequency identification (RFID) tag is adapted for automatic detection of whether a RFID reader located within communication range of the RFID tag is transmitting a continuous wave (CW) or modulated wave types of RF signal, and accordingly, mandating a response from the tag in read-only (RO) mode or read/write (R/W) mode, respectively. The tag includes means for designating one of the RO and R/W operating modes as a default mode of the tag, and for switching the tag from its default mode to its other operating mode, and vice versa, according to a rule for determining the frequency of occurrence of a selected event related to signal type of the reader. A device-implemented method of this automatic detection, and a method of fabricating the tag, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Amtech Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kelly Gravelle, Robert W. Tiernay, Dale L. Scott, Charles A. Johnson, Filip Weytjens, Matthew K. Burnett
  • Patent number: 9207659
    Abstract: An electrical control system for automatically controlling the operation of a plurality of electronic control units, each of which is operatively connected to one or more electrical devices. The electronic control units are configured to communicate with a client device having access to a user application configurable by a user. The user application is configured to automatically control the operation of the electrical devices, which include consumer appliances used at a home or business to perform functions such as cooking, cleaning, lighting, heating or refrigeration. Each of the electrical devices is operatively connected to one or more of the control units, each of which is programmed to operate according to the user application which is stored in the client device and/or the cloud as a user application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Inventor: Ameer Sami
  • Patent number: 9188748
    Abstract: In this invention, a radio frequency identification overlay network that automates the discovery and configuration management of all physical fiber optic connections within a distributed communications network is disclosed. Miniaturized, low crosstalk RFID tags at a first fiber optic receptacle location and miniature, distributed, multiplexed reader antenna at a distant, second fiber optic receptacle location are joined by a fiber optic link which transmits both optical data and RF electronic signals. This electronic-fiber optic interface is comprised of two separated, miniaturized resonant antenna in communication with another through a resonant RF transmission line integral to the fiber optic cable. This RFID overlay network is comprised of multiplexed RFID readers, RF resonant fiber optic cables, and miniaturized RFID tags attached to the connector receptacles of network elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Telescent Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Stephen Kewitsch
  • Patent number: 9156437
    Abstract: Disclosed is a remote start system for a vehicle which activates a timer configured after a vehicle is remote started when a door of the vehicle is opened. After activating the timer, a fob (e.g., a keyless remote) is searched and certified once a driver's door is closed, a brake is operated, or a predetermined time has elapsed without any operation of the vehicle. Once the fob is certified, the vehicle is converted from a remote start mode to a normal mode. If, however, the fob is not certified the remote start is terminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jong Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 9141163
    Abstract: A portable terminal supplies power to a chip card therein with host power off. A power controller supplies power from a battery to a host, the chip card, and a CLF; a first switch opens/closes a power supply channel to the chip card, branching from a power supply channel from the power controller to the host; a second switch opens/closes a power supply channel to the chip card, branching from a power supply channel from the power controller to the CLF; a switch controller opens the first switch and closes the second switch if the CLF detects a contactless RF signal, if the host is off or if the portable terminal is in a low battery mode, and if the contactless RF signal conforms to the communication method of the chip card, and the switch controller closes the first switch and opens the second switch if the host is on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignees: NTT DOCOMO, INC., Renesas Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Kumiko Yamaguchi, Tetsuhiro Tanno, Kunio Yoshikawa, Tomohiro Akiyama, Tetsuhiro Sasagawa, Kazuaki Gemma, Satoshi Akita, Norihisa Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9102296
    Abstract: A keyfob is disclosed for use in detecting an attack on a vehicle. The keyfob includes a microcontroller, a wake receiver and an accelerometer. The wake receiver is configured to measure received signal strength and save the measured value in received signal strength indicator (RSSI). The accelerometer is used to generate acceleration data. The microcontroller detects an attack based on the RSSI and the acceleration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Klaus Seiberts, Jim Childers
  • Patent number: 9064403
    Abstract: A method of controlling access to an area accessible by persons, particularly to a space closed by a door, utilizes at least two communications units for transmitting and receiving an identification code and an access code. The identification code is transmitted at a predetermined first transmission power from a first communications unit to at least one second communications unit. The second communications unit checks the identification code and transmits an acknowledgement code at a second transmission power, which is lower than the first transmission power, from the second communications unit to the first communications unit if the check of the identification code was successful. The first communications unit transmits an access code to the second communications unit. After a successful check of the access code by the second communications unit the access is freed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventor: Bernhard Gerstenkorn