Monitoring In Addition To Control (e.g., Supervisory) Patents (Class 340/3.1)
  • Patent number: 11640589
    Abstract: [Object] To provide an information processing apparatus, a control method and a storage medium through which emotional values of objects can be numerically expressed on the basis of an interaction between the objects. [Solution] An information processing system including: a detection unit that detects information related to an interaction between a first object and a second object; and a generation unit that is capable of generating an emotion value of the first object and an emotion value of the second object on the basis of the information related to the interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Inventors: Takahiko Sueyoshi, Atsushi Shionozaki, Hiroshi Iwanami, Keigo Ihara, Yasushi Miyajima
  • Patent number: 11629877
    Abstract: An air conditioner is disclosed. The air conditioner includes a communicator, a memory including at least one instruction, and a processor configured to be connected to the communicator and the memory and control the air conditioner. The processor, by executing the at least one instruction, is configured to obtain information regarding a pet via the communicator, obtain an event for entering a pet mode, and based on the air conditioner entering the pet mode according to the event, control the air conditioner according to a first set value of the air conditioner corresponding to the pet based on the obtained information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nayeong Byeon, Eumoon Jung
  • Patent number: 11601865
    Abstract: A server-based environment for reporting a status of a security, monitoring and automation controller is provided. Detecting cessation of an always-on persistent network connection between the SMA controller and the server is also provided. Reporting the cessation of the network connection to an end user and defined others is further provided. A further aspect provides for automatically reporting an alarm event to a central station, the end user, and others, in the event the cessation of the network connection occurs while the SMA controller is armed and after a zone fault event, and not receiving a disarm notification prior to expiration of a preset entry delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: iControl Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Wade Cohn, Gary Robert Faulkner, James Edward Kitchen, David Leon Proft, Corey Wayne Quain
  • Patent number: 11598542
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control device configured to collect event data from the one or more devices and to populate time entries in an occupancy history log with the event data. The event data includes a timestamp indicating a time when an event occurred, a set point temperature value for the HVAC system, and an occupancy status indicating whether a space is occupied. The device is further configured to identify blank time entries in the occupancy history log and to populate the blank time entries by forward filling the occupancy history log using event data from another time entry in the occupancy history log. The device is further configured to output the populated occupancy history log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Sridhar Venkatesh, Payam Delgoshaei, Janathkumar Manohararaj
  • Patent number: 11592199
    Abstract: Techniques for providing an adaptive energy management system for responding to extreme weather conditions are described herein. In an embodiment, a server computer stores multiple policy datasets each representing HVAC control policy for different structure locations and one or more extreme weather conditions. The server computer receives weather condition data comprising a condition identifier of a then-current extreme weather condition in association with a location identifier specifying a particular geographical region. Based on the location identifier, a particular structure location, being within the particular geographic region, is identified. Based on the particular structure location, a particular policy dataset from among the policy datasets is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: EnerAllies, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Maruyama, Robert S. Keil
  • Patent number: 11586339
    Abstract: An electronic device having a flexible display screen and a processing method thereof, where bending the electronic device may cause the electronic device to switch between a smartphone mode and a wearable mode. In the wearable mode, the electronic device displays content on a part of the flexible display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Inventors: Xiaojuan Li, Wenmei Gao, Yu Wang
  • Patent number: 11573568
    Abstract: A control device for an electromechanical system includes at least one group of actuators, of which in each case one actuator is configured to be coupled to a mechanical and/or hydraulic unit and is configured to control an operation of the mechanical and/or hydraulic unit. The control device further includes at least one group of functional modules, which are implemented on at least one computing platform. The at least one group of functional modules includes a plurality of control modules, each respective control module being respectively assigned to and coupled in a communicative manner to a respective actuator, and a coordinating module communicatively coupled to the plurality of control modules. The coordinating module is designed to receive, from each respective control module of the plurality of control modules, fault messages with respect to an operating state of the associated mechanical and/or hydraulic unit and/or the associated actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Inventor: Daniel Stapf
  • Patent number: 11566804
    Abstract: A control system has an air conditioner that communicates with a file server via a network. The file server includes a lifestyle log in which information associating lifestyle information indicating a lifestyle with a control method of the air conditioner is accumulated. A first control-operation functional unit operates the air conditioner based on a first control request acquired from a first device. A second control-operation functional unit selects a control method from the lifestyle log based on a second control request acquired from a second device with higher functionality than the first device, and operates the air conditioner using the selected control method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 11564300
    Abstract: A load control system for controlling a plurality of lighting loads located in a space may be configured to track the location of one or more tracked devices. The load control system may comprise a system controller, lighting control devices, e.g., for controlling a plurality of lighting loads, and tracked devices. The tracked devices may each transmit beacon messages. The lighting control devices may receive the beacon message. The lighting control devices may measure a communication quality metric of each of the beacon messages, and process the measured communication quality metrics received over a period of time to determine a processed communication quality metric for the tracked device. The lighting control devices may transmit tracking data to the system controller. The system controller may determine a location of the tracked device. For example, the system controller may determine the location of the tracked device via trilateration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Richard S. Camden, Vidur Garg, Jeffrey S. Hayes
  • Patent number: 11542148
    Abstract: A liquid supply device includes a tank, an electric heating element, a dispenser to dispense liquid from the tank, and a controller configured to initiate a user-responsive heating operation. The user-responsive heating operation includes recording data regarding dispensed liquid amount and temperature, developing an expected heating pattern for the electric heating element, detecting a user, and directing the electric heating element accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Ray Jackson, Jordan Andrew Waymeyer, Brent Alden Junge
  • Patent number: 11535266
    Abstract: A driving system for a vehicle includes one or more sensors, a controller, an actuator, and a safety shut down switch. The controller includes a main processing circuit, a main processing module, an actuator drive, a safety processing circuit, a safety processing module, and a safety shutdown switch. The safety processing module is independent of the main processing module, and the safety processing module is configured to perform one or more safety functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Danfoss Power Solutions II Technology A/S
    Inventors: Yolanda Petre, Peter Maria Lauer
  • Patent number: 11531910
    Abstract: An artificial intelligence server can include a communication interface configured to communicate with a display device and a refrigerator; and a processor configured to in response to the display device displaying an image including a dish, acquire dish information about the dish included in the image displayed on the display device, receive, from the refrigerator, available ingredient information about ingredients in the refrigerator, and transmit, to the display device, information about making the dish by using the ingredients in the refrigerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Inventor: Yoohyun Choi
  • Patent number: 11517113
    Abstract: A furniture system includes an office productivity structure (OPS). The furniture system also includes a sensor coupled to the OPS, the sensor operable to detect occupancy of the OPS and generate an output signal indicative of the occupancy; and a processor coupled to the sensor. The processor is operable to receive the output signal generated by the sensor, determine, based on the output signal, that the OPS is occupied, and, in response to determining that the OPS is occupied, generate a command to initiate at least one action associated with the OPS or an operator of the OPS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: MillerKnoll, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Hoyt, Daniel Rucker, Joseph Doran, Brian Alexander, Adam Daley-Fell
  • Patent number: 11513587
    Abstract: A head-mounted display device includes a mounting portion configured to be attached to a head of a user, an image display unit disposed in the mounting portion and configured to display an image to be visually recognized by the user, a state detection unit configured to detect a first state in which the mounting portion is attached to the head and a second state in which the mounting portion is detached from the head, and a display control unit configured to cause the image display unit to stop displaying an image when the state detection unit detects the second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Inventor: Robina Atsuchi
  • Patent number: 11508166
    Abstract: A method of providing information about an object in a refrigerator is provided. The method includes: obtaining, using a camera, an image of a plurality of objects stored in the refrigerator; displaying the image on a display of the refrigerator; receiving a first user input indicating a first object from among the plurality of objects included in the image; and displaying a substitute image of the first object on the display based on the first user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Inventors: Jaehwan Kim, Taehoon Kim
  • Patent number: 11481037
    Abstract: Method and apparatus is disclosed for a user to communicate with an electronic device. A processor receives user intention actions comprising facial expression (FE) information indicative of facial expressions and body information indicative of motion or position of one or more body parts of the user. When the FE or body information crosses a first level, the processor starts generating first signals based on the FE or body information to communicate with the electronic device. When the FE or body information crosses a second level, the processor can end generation of the first signals or modify the first signals. An image processing or eye gaze tracking system can provide some FE information or body information. The signals can modify attributes of an object of interest. Use of thresholds that are independent of sensor position or orientation with respect to the user's body are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventor: Uday Parshionikar
  • Patent number: 11475719
    Abstract: Systems and methods for integrating data related to aircraft operations such as data from flight logs, flight tracker, maintenance, connectivity, router into modules, for a specific aircraft that can be communicated to and displayed on a single device display in real-time. Systems and methods for integrating data related to aircraft operations into modules, that is both aircraft-specific (engine data, take-off and landing times) and personnel specific (i.e. crew scheduling, passenger manifestos), that includes a web-based interface which incorporates multiple data fields, and can display and communicate on devices, including but not limited to desktop computers, portable devices, such as smart phones, tablets and laptops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: James Jensen, Jason Natwick, Greg Romano, Brian Rudloff, David Greenhill, Derek Donahue, Christopher Moore
  • Patent number: 11448679
    Abstract: A system and method for testing a tractor trailer is disclosed. The system includes a housing having connections for establishing an electrical and pressure connection to the electrical system and ABS of a tractor trailer, respectively, a circuit board that generates electrical signals and pressure signals corresponding to the connections, an electronic device for displaying the electrical signals and pressure signals, a wireless transceiver for transmitting the electrical signals and pressure signals to the electronic device, and a memory for storing the transmitted electrical signals and pressure signals. The method includes connecting the tractor trailer electrical system and ABS connections to the housing, powering on the tractor trailer, querying an electrical signal and/or pressure signal of the electrical system and ABS, wirelessly transmitting the electrical signal and/or pressure signal to an electronic device, and displaying the electrical signal and/or pressure signal on the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventor: Allan Gendelman
  • Patent number: 11448726
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting and monitoring human breathing, respiration, and heart rate using statistics about the wireless channel between two or more connected devices. A user is monitored for identifying patterns in the user's behavior that may allow the system to alert a caregiver to deviations in the user behavior that may be indicative of a potential issue, such as depression. A presence may further detected in a sensing area through the detection of spectral components in the breathing frequency range of comprises user includes transforming phase difference between spatial streams and amplitude of the samples representing frequency response of the channel for any frequency value into frequency domain to perform frequency analysis. Statistical analysis may be performed on the frequency space provided by the transformation. Micro motions may also be detected by detecting presence in a sensing area through the detection of spectral components in the micro motion frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Aerial Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Allegue Martinez, Negar Ghourchian, David Grant, Francois Morel, Pauline Tranchant, Amir Minayi Jalil
  • Patent number: 11448411
    Abstract: Systems and methods for orchestrating the operation of energy-consuming loads, so as to minimize power consumption, are described. In some embodiments, the loads can be HVAC, refrigeration systems, air compressors, and the like, and orchestration is effected either directly or by means of the loads' respective controllers. In some aspects, the controllers can be Smart Thermostats and orchestration is effected through a Cloud-based orchestration platform or “COP.” In certain aspects, a COP uses specifically programmed application programming interfaces, or APIs, to control the operation of a single manufacturer's Smart Thermostats, where the manufacturer provides its own Cloud-based control platform, through which the COP operates. The COP can similarly orchestrate the operation of two or more manufacturers' Smart Thermostats through their respective Cloud-based control platforms. By these and other means, the operation of a variety of energy-consuming loads can be more easily and efficiently orchestrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: Peter Bryan Malcolm, Mark Howard Kerbel, Paul Stidworthy
  • Patent number: 11420011
    Abstract: A sleep assistance device includes a contactless biometric sensor, a processor, memory, and a speaker. The processor detects a user's sleep state by reading signals from the contactless biometric sensor. The processor may then initiate a wind-down routine upon detecting a sleep-readiness state, including playing relaxing sounds or playing a respiration entrainment sound. The processor may also play noise-masking sounds upon detecting that a user has fallen asleep and seamlessly transition between the sounds played during the wind-down routine and the noise-masking sounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventors: Leela Keshavan, Laura Ware, Jonathan Freed, Jack Read, Debra Reich, Brian David Mulcahey
  • Patent number: 11418363
    Abstract: A controller area network (CAN) sleep diagnosis apparatus can be used with a vehicle. A CAN signal detector is configured to detect a CAN signal from a CAN that connects a plurality of controllers and a CAN sleep diagnosis unit is configured to diagnose whether the CAN enters a sleep state. A memory unit is configured to determine whether to store data received from the CAN signal detector and the CAN sleep diagnosis unit depending on whether the CAN enters the sleep state and to store the data in a memory. A diagnosis unit is configured to check the data stored in the memory and to diagnose a non-sleep state of the CAN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Ji Hyeon Kim, Kwang Hae Ye
  • Patent number: 11418923
    Abstract: Disclosed is an asset tracking communication device, which transmits only essential information through a low power wide area communication during asset transport, stores remaining information, and then transmits the stored information at a position capable of a high-speed communication. The disclosed asset tracking communication device transmits all or a part of the freight transport information according to a communication environment in a process of transporting the freight, stores information not transmitted, and then transmits the information under a high-speed communication environment, thereby minimizing information lost upon asset tracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: AMOSENSE CO., LTD
    Inventor: Sangyeoll Lee
  • Patent number: 11410250
    Abstract: The present application discloses an automated restaurant comprising: a kitchen; a customer-tracking area comprising a dining area; and a plurality of vehicles. The kitchen comprises a storage apparatus to store ingredient containers, a transfer apparatus to move ingredient containers, and one or more cooking stations. Each vehicle is configured to move one or more food containers from cooking stations to dining tables. A tracking system comprises video cameras, lidars, etc., which are fixedly mounted. The tracking system can dynamically map out the fixtures, humans and vehicles in the restaurant. Information from the tracking system is used to control the motion of the vehicles. The tracking system can dynamically track the positions of customers in the customer-tracking area, so that foods ordered by specific customers may be automatically sent by vehicles to the customers' locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventor: Zhengxu He
  • Patent number: 11408857
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems for detecting internal defects of a protective headgear are provided. An example apparatus may include a protective headgear, an actuator element integrated within the protective headgear, a sensor element integrated within the protective headgear, and a processor element electronically coupled to the actuator element and the sensor element. In some examples, the processor element is configured to cause the actuator element to generate a first ultrasonic wave, wherein the first ultrasonic wave is propagated in the protective headgear, and receive a first output from the sensor element in response to the first ultrasonic wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: Lei Jiang, Wei Sun, Junyan Xu, Zhixiong Hou, Feng Cao
  • Patent number: 11395030
    Abstract: A plurality of content streams each including audio, video, or audio-video content may be transmitted to a plurality of premises. In addition, one or more command streams may be transmitted over a distribution network. Premises automation commands may then be sent to one or more systems based on a user selection associated with a corresponding command stream. The premises automation commands may be configured to instruct a system at a premises to perform a function. The commands may, for example, instruct a lighting system to turn on/off lights, a security system to enter an arm or disarm operational state, a thermostat to adjust its temperature, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Sallas
  • Patent number: 11379971
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for selecting aerial images for image processing to identify Energy Infrastructure (EI) features is provided. The method includes performing image processing on aerial images of a portion of global terrain captured at different times to determine differences in terrain content the captured images. Aerial images are selected for further image processing according to identified differences in terrain content. The selected images are imaged processed via an EI feature recognition type to identify EI features within the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: SOURCEWATER, INC.
    Inventor: Joshua Adler
  • Patent number: 11343380
    Abstract: Systems and methods for management of a premises are disclosed. One or more premises devices may be located at a premises. A computing device located at the premises may be in communication with the one or more premises devices. The computing device may also be in communication with an external network. The computing device may process data associated with the one or more premises devices using one or more automation rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: iControl Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul J. Dawes
  • Patent number: 11335181
    Abstract: Systems and methods for configuring a security sensor are provided. Some methods can include receiving user input identifying a configuration setting of the security sensor through a user input device located on the security sensor, identifying the configuration setting based on the user input, transmitting a registration message to a security system control panel identifying the configuration setting, and operating in accordance with the configuration setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Min Chao Zhao, Yu Lin Li, Ting Li
  • Patent number: 11334035
    Abstract: A system for automatically learning and adapting to the energy usage of an equipment operating according to a control input including at least one sensor for measuring an energy usage of the equipment an generating a baseline energy usage over time signature that is used to compare active energy usage measurements to so as to determine operational deviations. The system includes software that matches and compares equipment operation to established norms and can modify the functioning of the equipment when threshold deviations are detected. The system includes the ability to learn the functioning of the equipment and can adjust for dynamically changing conditions to avoid generation of false alerts or alarms while at the same time detecting longer term deviations that if left unchecked, could shorten the lifespan of the equipment and increase the costs associated with running the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Budderfly, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Subbloie, Christopher J. DeBenedictis, Jaan Leemet, Kenneth Buda
  • Patent number: 11336096
    Abstract: An apparatus in an illustrative embodiment comprises at least one processing device comprising a processor coupled to a memory. The processing device is configured to receive power consumption data relating to at least one monitored device, and to classify the monitored device based at least in part on the power consumption data. The processing device is further configured to select a power policy for the classified device, and to control application of power to the classified device in accordance with the selected power policy. For example, controlling application of power to the classified device in accordance with the selected power policy may comprise determining contextual information for the classified device, generating a control signal based at least in part on the contextual information and the selected power policy, and transmitting the control signal to at least one node of a node network. Other illustrative embodiments include methods and computer program products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Amber Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Bjorn Markus Jakobsson, Peter Mankowski, Stephen C. Gerber
  • Patent number: 11281268
    Abstract: The present application is directed at pin programming od controllers for power converters and provides for the programming of a plurality of different controller parameters using a single programming resistor. The value of the programming resistor is used as a pointer to select a table storing a plurality of different settings for the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Karl Rinne, Antoin Russell
  • Patent number: 11277670
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method for automatically controlling the volume of a home entertainment device by an HVAC component. An HVAC component determines when it, or another HVAC, is active or not, and causes a home entertainment device to adjust its volume accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: RCS Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Acosta
  • Patent number: 11270538
    Abstract: An apparatus, including a server computer, located remote from a premises. The server computer receives a first message, transmitted from a user device located remote from the premises, and generates a second message containing information regarding an individual identified as being present inside or using the premises. If the premises is occupied or in use, the second message contains information identifying the individual. The server computer transmits a control signal or monitoring signal to a computer or processor located at the premises. The computer or processor performs a control operation or a monitoring operation regarding the premises, or the system, equipment, or device, of the premises in response to the control signal or monitoring signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventor: Raymond Anthony Joao
  • Patent number: 11247567
    Abstract: An FET makes an upstream power supply circuit an energized state and makes the upstream power supply circuit an interrupted state. An FET makes a downstream power supply circuit an energized state and makes the downstream power supply circuit an interrupted state. An FET turns on to make an anode and a cathode of the capacitor an energized state, and turns off to make the anode and the cathode an interrupted state. A controller turns on the FET and the FET and turns off the FET to make a power supply circuit an energized state. When a certain discharge request is input in the energized state of the power supply circuit, the controller turns off the FET and turns on the FET and the FET. With this configuration, a semiconductor relay device can appropriately address the power supply circuit at the time of abnormality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Inventors: Mitsuaki Morimoto, Eiichiro Oishi
  • Patent number: 11248744
    Abstract: A monitoring device for monitoring a boundary section of a safety zone for detecting an object at least partially entering or leaving the safety zone through the boundary section is provided. The monitoring device comprises: a light curtain device for detecting an object touching the boundary section; at least one radar device for detecting a movement direction of the object relative to the boundary section and/or a material property of the object; and an evaluation device for emitting an evaluation result based on a radar device signal from the radar device and optionally based on a light curtain device signal from the light curtain device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: OMRON EUROPE B.V.
    Inventors: Enzo Romano, Paolo Viviani, Gianmarco Grange
  • Patent number: 11240922
    Abstract: A wall module includes a frame and a tile connected thereto. The tile includes an opening in which an electronic device mounting assembly is mounted. The electronic device mounting assembly includes a mounting plate having a receiving area configured to have an electronic device mounted therein. The electronic device mounting assembly also includes securing elements configured to selectively secure the electronic device within the receiving area and a face plate configured to cover an edge of the opening in the tile as well as a peripheral edge of the electronic device. The wall module having the electronic device mounting assembly described above can be a single wall module within a modular wall having a plurality of wall modules, each of the plurality of wall modules being with or without an electronic device mounting assembly mounted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventors: Michael P Van De Sype, Colin V Blehm
  • Patent number: 11230197
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein concern integrating a hub motor with a vehicle. One embodiment establishes a communication link between the hub motor and an electronic control unit (ECU) of the vehicle; transmits, from the hub motor to the ECU via the communication link, an identity of the hub motor; transmits, from the ECU to the hub motor via the communication link, an identity of the ECU and information regarding functionality supported by the ECU; reports, from the hub motor to the ECU via the communication link based at least in part on the identity of the ECU and the information regarding the functionality supported by the ECU, calibration data for the hub motor and information regarding the functionality supported by the hub motor; and adjusts, at the ECU, one or more characteristics of the vehicle in accordance with the calibration data and the functionality supported by the hub motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua D. Payne, Shannon Alicia Wrobel
  • Patent number: 11231903
    Abstract: Systems and processes for operating an intelligent automated assistant to perform intelligent list reading are provided. In accordance with one example, a method includes, at an electronic device having one or more processors, receiving a first user input of a first input type, the first user input including a plurality of words; displaying, on the touch-sensitive display, the plurality of words; receiving a second user input of a second input type indicating a selection of a word of the plurality of words, the second input type different than the first input type; receiving a third user input; modifying the selected word based on the third user input to provide a modified one or more words; and displaying, on the touch-sensitive display, the modified one or more words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Gruber, Mohammed A. Tayyeb, Ron C. Santos, Madhusudan Chinthakunta
  • Patent number: 11222081
    Abstract: A portable electronic device comprises a camera, a display screen, and a processor configured to identify a piece of equipment from one of an image of the piece of equipment or of a fiducial marker associated with the piece of equipment captured by the camera, display a header page associated with the piece of equipment on the display screen responsive to identifying the piece of equipment, the header page including options for accessing different types of documentation associated with the piece of equipment, receive an indication from a user of a type of documentation to access, and responsive to receiving the indication of the type of documentation to access, retrieve the documentation from a local memory of the portable electronic device, and display the documentation on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Hillary Phillip Whigham, Patrick Harden
  • Patent number: 11216105
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a flexible display device and an intelligent protecting method thereof and a computer readable storage medium. The present invention, when detecting that the flexible display device is in an intelligent protective mode, obtains gravity detection data, and determines whether the flexible display device fulfills an intelligent protective condition. When the intelligent protective condition is fulfilled, a first structural member and a second structural member of the flexible display device are controlled to pivot at a predetermined angular velocity relative to a pivot shaft such that an included angle between flexible display screen lamination structures is less than 180 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Wuhan China Star Optoelectronics Semiconductor Display Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fang Wang
  • Patent number: 11216047
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system for at least one of identifying or verifying which specific data center device, from a plurality of data center devices, is being powered from an AC outlet of a power distribution unit. The system includes a message encoding algorithm module, a message decoding algorithm module and an input signal monitoring subsystem. The input signal monitoring subsystem monitors an AC power signal being supplied to the data center devices, wherein one of the data center devices includes an AC powered target device. A power distribution unit (PDU) supplies the AC power signal to the AC powered target device. The PDU has a controller which uses the message encoding algorithm to create a modulated AC power signal that includes an encoded message in accordance with a predetermined power cycle profile (PCP) event. The target device analyzes the PCP event as the modulated AC power signal is received and creates a decoded message therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Vertiv IT Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Ferguson, Steven Geffin
  • Patent number: 11180033
    Abstract: A motor vehicle with an electric motor, in particular a hybrid or electric vehicle, has a high-voltage vehicle electrical system with a high-voltage stored energy source which supplies electrical energy to the electric motor for driving the motor vehicle, and a low-voltage vehicle electrical system for supplying electricity to a number of consumers in the motor vehicle. An electrical signal path is provided between the low-voltage vehicle electrical system and the high-voltage vehicle electrical system and powered by the voltage from the low-voltage vehicle electrical system. A controller in the motor vehicle is configured to cause a predetermined change of the signal on the signal path from a first signal state to a second signal state, wherein the first signal state indicates normal operation of the motor vehicle and the second signal state indicates an emergency state of operation of the motor vehicle which deviates from normal operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Klaus Achatz
  • Patent number: 11174989
    Abstract: A sensor arrangement for securing a monitored zone having at least one hazard zone with respect to a machine is provided, wherein the sensor arrangement has at least one optoelectronic monitoring sensor for detecting objects in the monitored zone and has a control and evaluation unit that is configured to compare the positions of detected objects with the hazard zone and to initiate a safety-relevant response of the machine in the case of a dangerous position. The control and evaluation unit is furthermore configured to generate and to monitor a further hazard zone with respect to a detected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: SICK AG
    Inventors: Markus Böhning, Ulrich Druzella, Lars Schubert, Heiko Steinkemper
  • Patent number: 11156239
    Abstract: A hydraulic pressurizing medium supply assembly having a hydro machine for supplying pressurizing medium of at least one hydraulic consumer, includes a hydraulic control block for controlling the at least one consumer, a first control module, and a second control module. The control block, by way of the first control module, is able to be controlled by at least one actuating signal. A data interface is included between the control modules. The first control module, by way of the data interface, as a further actuating signal transfers to the second control module as input variable/variables a nominal outlet pressure for the hydro machine and/or a nominal delivery volume for the hydro machine. The second control module by way of the nominal outlet pressure and/or by way of the nominal delivery volume controls an adjusting mechanism of the hydro machine by way of a valve actuating signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Geiger, Florian Muehlbauer, Marcel Golde, Michael Brand, Minha An, Salih Tetik, Ximing Wang
  • Patent number: 11147476
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described, including apparatus for use with a subject who shares a bed with a second person. A motion sensor detects motion of the subject and motion of the second person, and generates a motion signal in response thereto. A control unit identifies components of the motion signal that were generated in response to motion of the subject, by distinguishing between components of the motion signal that were generated in response to motion of the subject, and components of the motion signal that were generated in response to motion of the second person. The control unit analyzes the components of the motion signal that were generated in response to motion of the subject and generates an output in response thereto. Other applications are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Zvika Shinar, Maayan Davidovich, Tal Klap, Smadar Hoffert, Guy Meger
  • Patent number: 11146450
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure describe systems and methods for state-based entity behavior analysis. In an example, entities of a computing environment may be represented using a hierarchical entity web. In some examples, an entity may have a state associated with it, which may be modeled using a place/transition (PT) network. Events within the computing environment may be evaluated by transitions of a PT network to determine whether an entity should change state. If an entity transitions from one state to another, one or more actions may be performed, including, but not limited to, taking a remedial action, generating a recommendation, and updating the state of one or more associated entities. Thus, aspects disclosed herein may provide a high-level overview of the state of entities of a computing environment, but may also be used to view in-depth information of entities at lower levels of the hierarchical entity web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Webroot Inc.
    Inventors: William Wright, Bin Qiu, Thomas Caldwell
  • Patent number: 11102029
    Abstract: Techniques are described for using information from a knob sensor of an appliance in a property monitoring system. In some implementations, a monitoring system may be configured to receive sensor information from a knob, receive monitoring device information from a monitoring device and, based on the sensor information from the knob, identify a knob event. The monitoring system may integrate the knob event with the monitoring device information and analyze the integrated knob event and monitoring device information against one or more rules related to usage of the appliance in view of the state of the property. Based on analyzing the integrated knob event and monitoring device information, the monitoring system may determine whether to perform an action, such as notifying a user or activating an appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Incorporated
    Inventors: Abraham Joseph Kinney, Daniel Todd Kerzner, Jeffrey A. Bedell, David James Hutz
  • Patent number: 11089746
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein related to irrigation control systems. In some embodiments, an irrigation control system includes a router, an access point, and irrigation controller, a wireless adapter, and a mobile device. The mobile device can communicate with the wireless adapter in a direct communication mode in which the wireless adapter creates a wireless network, a first indirect communication mode in which the mobile device and the wireless adapter communicate via the access point while the mobile device is within range of the access point, and a second indirect communication mode in which the mobile device and the wireless adapter communicate via the access point while the mobile device is out of range of the access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Randy R. Montgomery, Anderson I. Micu, John E. Price, James R. Harris, Jeffrey B. Westphal, Ray S. Peppiatt, Samuel P. Whitt, Jr., Forrest M. Henderson
  • Patent number: 11083442
    Abstract: A powered medical device includes electronic components on a circuit board embedded within the body of a plug for connecting the device with a control apparatus. The medical device may be repaired or refurbished without the need to access the embedded circuit board through the use of a supplemental circuit board installed into the open end of the plug adjacent the plug pins. The supplemental circuit board may include a variety of electronic components, including fuses or non-volatile memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Walton, Harold D. Pogue, Richard L. McCulley, Jr., James Patrick Wiggins