Having Manual Control Input Patents (Class 340/3.71)
  • Patent number: 11054805
    Abstract: A display device acquires and displays information on a machine tool that includes a spindle for relatively rotating workpiece and a cutting tool and feed axes for relatively feeding the workpiece and the cutting tool and that performs machining on the workpiece while making the cutting tool and the workpiece swing relatively, and includes: a first information display unit that displays first information indicating a position to which the cutting tool is relatively fed with respect to the workpiece; a second information display unit that displays second information indicating a relationship between the phase of the spindle and the positions of the feed axes; and a range selection unit that selects part of the first information as a selection range, and the second information display unit changes the display range of the second information such that the display range corresponds to the selection range selected by the range selection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yusaku Oho, Kenta Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10841540
    Abstract: A video system for video surveillance or video monitoring includes a video source, a video control system, and a video management system. The video management system is configured to receive configuration data and generate maps based on the configuration data, wherein at least one of the maps is associated with the video source. The video management system displays the map associated with the video source and displays a graphical symbol on the map which indicates the location of the video source. The video management system then receives a selection of the video source, receives information associated with the selected video source, and displays the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Verint Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Oren Golan, Boaz Dudovich, Shahar Daliyot, Ron Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10554934
    Abstract: A video system for video surveillance or video monitoring includes a video source, a video control system, and a video management system. The video management system is configured to receive configuration data and generate maps based on the configuration data, wherein at least one of the maps is associated with the video source. The video management system displays the map associated with the video source and displays a graphical symbol on the map which indicates the location of the video source. The video management system then receives a selection of the video source, receives information associated with the selected video source, and displays the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Verint Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Oren Golan, Boaz Dudovich, Shahar Daliyot, Ron Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10547990
    Abstract: The DYNAMIC ADAPTABLE ENVIRONMENT RESOURCE MANAGEMENT CONTROLLER APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS (“DAERMC”) transforms various user, component and environment inputs into responsive environment outputs. In some implementations, the DAERMC allows users to manage a plurality of locations via mobile electronic devices (e.g., electronic mobile devices, resource management devices, and/or the like), and may be able to integrate and provide a plurality of information from said devices, including location data, current and projected weather data, current and future resource usage data, messages and/or like notifications, resource usage schedules, resource usage reports, resource usage settings, overrides, and/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Buildings, LLC
    Inventors: Yann Kulp, Jason Lien, Simon Leblond, Pierre Paquette, Patrick R. Lemire
  • Patent number: 10510245
    Abstract: A system for controlling multiple appliances concurrently using short-range wireless communication includes a control device. A command advertisement includes at least one encoded command and at least one target identity string within an advertisement. The command advertisement is within the control device. A transmitter integral with the control device transmits the command advertisement. Appliances are remotely located relative to the control device and within a transmission range of the transmitter. Each appliance includes at least one receiver, at least one appliance processor and at least one appliance identity string. Each appliance receives the command advertisement through the receiver. The appliance processor decodes the encoded command. The appliance processor only executes the encoded command if the target identity string matches the appliance identity string. The receiver receives the command advertisement without being paired to the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: LEDVANCE LLC
    Inventor: Shiyong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10502979
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to sensor systems for electronic ophthalmic devices. In certain embodiments, the sensor systems may comprise a sensor such as an adjustable resistor configured in series with an eye of a user of the electronic ophthalmic device. The sensor systems may comprise a gain stage configured to amplify a signal indicative of a difference between a voltage drop across the eye and the adjustable resistor. The sensor systems may comprise an integrator configured to integrate the amplified signal. A resistance value of the adjustable resistor is configured to cancel a DC component of a resistance of the eye when an electrical current is caused to flow through the eye and the adjustable resistor. As such, the configured resistance value of the adjustable resistor is indicative of an impedance of the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Corey Kenneth Barrows, Steven Philip Hoggarth, Scott Robert Humphreys, John Rocco Robillotto, Adam Toner, George A. Zikos
  • Patent number: 10373484
    Abstract: A control device having a control processor encodes at least one command within at least one advertisement to make a command advertisement. A transmission device integral with the control device is capable of transmitting the command advertisement. The at least one command advertisement contains the at least one encoded command. A plurality of appliances is remotely located relative to the control device. Each of the appliances has at least one of the receiving devices. The appliances are each capable of receiving the at least one command advertisement through the receiving devices. Finally, there is a plurality of appliance processors, wherein each of the appliances has at least one of the appliance processors. Each of the appliance processors is capable of decoding the at least one encoded command. Further, each of the receiving devices receive the at least one command advertisement with or without being paired to the transmission device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: LEDVANCE LLC
    Inventor: Shiyong Zhang
  • Patent number: 10318364
    Abstract: The present invention discloses methods and systems for problem-alert aggregation and identifying sub-optimal behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: VISUAL PROCESS LIMITED
    Inventors: Raanan Manor, Chen Linchevski
  • Patent number: 10259582
    Abstract: An aircraft galley is provided, including a first galley unit that includes meal carts, cabinets and a countertop-height work area and a second galley unit that includes a countertop-height work area and a plurality of deployable crew seats and with the first galley unit defines a crew work/interaction area. A passenger interaction screen is positioned for viewing by passengers boarding the aircraft and passing through the galley into a passenger cabin. A plurality of lavatories are positioned in a like plurality of corners of the galley and having respective major walls positioned at an oblique angle to a longitudinal axis of the aircraft and with respective doors angled away from the crew work/interaction area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Ting-Yu Chen, Glenn Johnson
  • Patent number: 10225738
    Abstract: A relay apparatus according to the present invention includes reception means for receiving a remote operation request, storage means for associating first identification information related to a controlled-side communication apparatus or a controlled-side user that is remotely operated with second identification information related to a control-side communication apparatus or a control-side user that remotely operates the controlled-side communication apparatus to store the first identification information in association with the second identification information as permission information, determination means for comparing the first identification information and the second identification information included in the permission information with the first identification information and the second identification information included in the remote operation request, respectively, to determine whether to allow the remote operation, and transmission means for generating a control message to transmit the control me
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuto Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10084993
    Abstract: A video system for video surveillance or video monitoring includes a video source, a video control system, and a video management system. The video management system is configured to receive configuration data and generate maps based on the configuration data, wherein at least one of the maps is associated with the video source. The video management system displays the map associated with the video source and displays a graphical symbol on the map which indicates the location of the video source. The video management system then receives a selection of the video source, receives information associated with the selected video source, and displays the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Verint Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Oren Golan, Boaz Dudovich, Shahar Daliyot, Ron Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10054417
    Abstract: In addition to other aspects disclosed, a caliper is configured to measure at least one physical dimension. The caliper has a display configured to present a first representation and a second representation of a measurement provided by the caliper. The format of the first representation is different from the format of the second representation, and the first representation is approximately simultaneously displayed with the second representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: American Radionic Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Stockman
  • Patent number: 9940831
    Abstract: A pointing device and a controlling method thereof are provided. The controlling method of the pointing device includes transmitting an identification signal to an external device that is targeted by the pointing device according to a user input, receiving a reflected signal that is generated by reflecting the identification signal from a reflective surface attached to a surface of the external device, and analyzing the reflected signal and identifying the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Min-kyu Jung, Sung-bin Kuk, Hark-joon Kim, Mi-ra Park, Sang-il Lee, Seong-hoon Kang
  • Patent number: 9936311
    Abstract: A method for generating a control signal from an inaudible acoustic signal comprising modulating the inaudible acoustic signal, wherein the inaudible signal is converted to a modulated inaudible acoustic signal comprising a first frequency comprising 17 kHz over a time duration of 50 ms, a first null over a time duration of 50 ms, a second frequency comprising 18 kHz over a time duration of 100 ms followed by a second null over a time duration of 50 ms, transmitting the modulated inaudible acoustic signal and an audio signal to a signal receiving device, sampling the modulated inaudible acoustic signal at a frequency of 16 kHz, wherein the modulated inaudible acoustic signal is converted to a digitally modulated inaudible acoustic signal, filtering the digitally modulated inaudible acoustic signal to provide an acoustic filter response signal comprising an acoustic null component and an acoustic down-converted component, demodulating the acoustic filter response signal, wherein the acoustic down-converted com
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Eargo, Inc.
    Inventor: Bret Herscher
  • Patent number: 9532112
    Abstract: An approach is provided for establishing a virtual community for remotely participating in an event. A remote camera set is controlled by a user equipment to view an event from a plurality of viewing perspectives. A virtual community is built to share viewing of the event by multiple participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventor: Andrew Chu
  • Patent number: 9432781
    Abstract: A wireless asymmetrical control system for a personal communication device comprising a first receiver associated with the personal communications device, and a transmitter having an in-band (IE audible) signal device, the IE audible device being configured to generate and transmit a time modulated control signals, the time modulated control signals being generated by generating a first plurality of multi-frequency signals comprising a plurality of first time modulated frequency combinations, and applying the plurality of first time modulated frequency combinations to a first plurality of control signals in a first frequency domain, the receiver being configured to decode the time modulated control signals and generate and transmit response signals to the IE audible signal device in response to the time modulated control signals, each of the response signals comprising an ultra-wide band (UWB) electro-magnetic pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: EARGO, INC.
    Inventor: Bret Herscher
  • Patent number: 9240083
    Abstract: A method of real-time rotor fault detection includes measuring a set of loads to obtain measured signals and virtually monitoring the set of loads to obtain estimated signals. The estimated signals are subtracted from the measured signals to obtain residuals and the residuals are compared to a categorical model. A categorical output representative of a rotor fault is identified within the categorical model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua D. Isom, Brian Edward Morris
  • Patent number: 9136697
    Abstract: A Substation Automation (SA) system is configured to perform protection functions for a bay of an electrical power distribution substation, receive, via a communication link, redundancy protection commands from a remote center, and execute the redundancy protection commands for the bay. The SA system is configured to transmit to a redundant protection server of the remote center, process values measured by measurement equipment of the substation, and to receive, from the redundant protection server, and forward, via the process bus, the received redundancy protection commands directed to operating equipment of the substation. Thus, for multiple SA systems, redundant protection functions are implemented and provided cost-efficiently by one common remote central unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: ABB RESEARCH LTD
    Inventors: Thomas Werner, Jean-Charles Tournier
  • Patent number: 8976043
    Abstract: A system and method for illuminating one or more sidestick controllers within a cockpit of an aircraft is described. In some embodiments, the system includes a sidestick controller having lighting components that display lighting behaviors representing the movement and/or control of an aircraft. In some embodiments, the system illuminates various different lighting components on a sidestick controller based on information received from aircraft control systems, cockpit lighting systems, and other systems associated with an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Textron Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Edward Voros
  • Patent number: 8937529
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: status information input means for inputting status information indicating an operating state and power consumption of each of a plurality of electronic appliances targeted for connection from the plurality of electronic appliances; list screen generating means for generating a list screen that associates the status information inputted from each of the plurality of electronic appliances with the plurality of electronic appliances; and a display control means for controlling display means for displaying the list screen thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Keigo Ito
  • Patent number: 8896413
    Abstract: A controlling device interacts dynamically with a plurality of appliances using state information known to a master appliance. The master appliance conveys to the controlling device the state information and the controlling device uses the state information to dynamically configure itself to command functional operations of one or more of the plurality of appliances. The master appliance also causes a graphical representation of the current configuration of the controlling device to be displayed on a display device that is associated with the master appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Kohanek
  • Patent number: 8896412
    Abstract: A controlling device interacts dynamically with a plurality of appliances using state information known to a master appliance. The master appliance conveys to the controlling device the state information and the controlling device uses the state information to dynamically configure itself to command functional operations of one or more of the plurality of appliances. The master appliance also causes a graphical representation of the current configuration of the controlling device to be displayed on a display device that is associated with the master appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Kohanek
  • Patent number: 8892087
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for remotely controlling and interacting with a multimedia device using a mobile phone. This is accomplished by utilizing cell and mobile phones capable of establishing persistent Internet connections. A software application is provided for the mobile phone that receives inputs entered by a user on the mobile phone's keypad and translates the inputs into commands that are recognized by a multimedia device. For example, the multimedia device may be a television, set top box, or a digital video recorder such as a Tivo or ReplayTV. The software application transmits the data input by the user to the device, either directly, or through at least one central server. Mapping of the commands entered on the mobile phone into commands recognized by the remote device may occur on the phone, at a central server, or at the device itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Ackley
  • Patent number: 8766771
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a display control section that performs display control of a first operation screen for performing first operation and a second operation screen for performing second operation. The information processing apparatus also includes a control section that performs control of terminating the first operation screen or making the first operation screen invisible based on information as to whether or not the user needs to authenticate display of the first operation screen or display of the second operation screen when the second operation screen is displayed in a state in which the first operation screen is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Mori
  • Publication number: 20140159919
    Abstract: An adapter for a power tool powered by a detachable battery pack includes a connector for directly connecting the adapter only to the power tool in a detachable manner, a controller, at least one memory and/or storage device in communication with the controller, and at least one communication port configured to transmit electrical communications from the adapter controller to a controller located in the power tool and vice versa. The adapter is further configured such that, when a battery pack, which also includes a controller, is connected to the power tool, a communication path is established from the battery pack controller to the adapter controller via the power tool controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuyasu Furui, Hitoshi Suzuki, Masaaki Fukumoto, Takuya Umemura, Kosuke Ito, Hitoshi Sengiku
  • Patent number: 8738474
    Abstract: A system has a storage bin used to hold a product and a product storage rack intended to hold the storage bin. The storage bin is provided with a near field communication (NFC) tag device and the product storage rack is provided with a NFC antenna device cooperable with the NFC tag device. The NFC antenna device and the NFC tag device are used to determine a relative position of or orientation of the storage bin relative to the product storage rack for the purpose of automatically determining if replenishment of the product within the product storage rack is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: W.W. Grainger, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael McHugh, James Nicholas Finn
  • Patent number: 8723638
    Abstract: A joystick controller is disclosed for controlling speed of a boom lift platform, the controller having motors or the like that provide tactile feedback that is intuitively interpreted and adjusted by the user of the joystick speed control, the joystick being neutrally-biased to effect a null velocity when the joystick is positioned in a neutral position, but the tactile feedback forcing the joystick away from neutral to a degree that represents the platform's actual speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Enovation Controls, LLC
    Inventor: Kennon H Guglielmo
  • Patent number: 8710950
    Abstract: A wireless control system includes a device for sending a wireless signal, a receiver for receiving the wireless signal, and circuitry for processing the wireless signal. The circuitry includes a learn mode in which a device is associated with the control signal to the exclusion of commands from other devices not associated with the circuitry. The device transmits a wireless signal redundantly over a plurality of frequencies. The control system may chooses a signal frequency and receiver combination to maintain a quality signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Lubbers, Matthew C. Visca, Brian Hoffman, James L. Walke, Robert M. Zerhusen, James K. Findlay
  • Patent number: 8710973
    Abstract: A method is provided for determining remaining oil life prior to an oil change in an internal combustion engine that uses a body of oil. The method includes transferring the body of oil to the engine and determining a volume of the transferred body of oil. The method also includes determining quality of the transferred body of oil and determining the remaining oil life based on the determined quality and volume of the body of oil. The method additionally includes activating an oil change indicator when the remaining oil life reaches a predetermined level. A system for determining a number of engine revolutions permitted on a volume of oil is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Eric W. Schneider, Matthew J. Snider, Robert M. Olree, Eric R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8674814
    Abstract: A state-based remote control system for providing efficient and simple operation of a plurality of electronic devices as a coordinated system based upon an overall task. The state-based remote control system includes a housing, a keypad in communication with an electronic system contained within the housing, and a communication device in communication with the electronic system for communicating with external electronic devices. The electronic system monitors the buttons selected by a user to determine the state of all external electronic devices that are to be controlled. When the user selects a task (e.g. watch television), the electronic system automatically determines the actions required to achieve the desired task based upon the current state of the external electronic devices. After the task has been fulfilled, the electronic system updates the data to reflect the modified state of the external electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Glen McLean Harris, Justin M. Henry
  • Patent number: 8666518
    Abstract: A method, a system, and a computer program product for managing one or more electronic devices. Performance of an electronic device is monitored and presented to a user through a digital agent interface. The performance of the electronic device is controlled automatically by digital agent through the digital agent interface. The invention also enables automatic testing of the electronic device through the digital agent interface by setting up test configurations, activating test signals, and interpreting any error codes that may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: NeoPhotonics Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony J. Ticknor, Jinghong Li, Robert Lombaerde
  • Patent number: 8653936
    Abstract: The present invention is aimed at providing a remote control device for an air conditioner which makes it possible for a user to fully use added functions of the air conditioner without being unable to make a quick decision about or giving up added value functions, and to realize energy savings in the air conditioner without difficulty, by not adopting input with buttons, but by adopting inputs describing scenes in a daily life of the user by words. The remote control device for the air conditioner according to the present invention includes a chassis; an interface display unit, which is placed in a front surface of the chassis, and is formed by a full dot liquid crystal display; and a scene button, which is placed in a front surface of the chassis, to select and decide a scene selection that is displayed on the interface display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20140022049
    Abstract: A controlling device interacts dynamically with a plurality of appliances using state information known to a master appliance. The master appliance conveys to the controlling device the state information and the controlling device uses the state information to dynamically configure itself to command functional operations of one or more of the plurality of appliances. The master appliance also causes a graphical representation of the current configuration of the controlling device to be displayed on a display device that is associated with the master appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Kohanek
  • Patent number: 8634942
    Abstract: A device, a remote control unit and method for controlling a plurality of devices, the method including receiving one of a plurality of user commands as an input; and transmitting one of a first and a second of the plurality of control commands in response to the one of the plurality of user commands. The first of the plurality of control commands includes information for simultaneously controlling a first device of a manufacturer and a second device of the manufacturer. The second of the plurality of control commands includes information for controlling the first device without controlling the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Su Dong Hong, Su Deok Jo, Kuk Ho Bae
  • Patent number: 8583263
    Abstract: An Internet appliance, comprising, within a single housing, packet data network interfaces, adapted for communicating with the Internet and a local area network, at least one data interface selected from the group consisting of a universal serial bus, an IEEE-1394 interface, a voice telephony interface, an audio program interface, a video program interface, an audiovisual program interface, a camera interface, a physical security system interface, a wireless networking interface; a device control interface, smart home interface, an environmental sensing interface, and an environmental control interface, and a processor, for controlling a data transfer between the local area network and the Internet, and defining a markup language interface communicated through a packet data network interface, to control a data transfer or control a remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventors: Steven M. Hoffberg, Linda I. Hoffberg-Borghesani
  • Patent number: 8581718
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle which includes a display for presenting a list of entries, wherein an entry has an associated function of the motor vehicle, and wherein the motor vehicle comprises a rotary knob which is associated with the display, which can be rotated about an axis of rotation and which can be rotated through a prescribed angle of rotation in order to move a marker from one entry to an entry which is adjacent thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Audi AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Müller, Aaron Rudolph, Marcus Kühne
  • Patent number: 8552832
    Abstract: A controlling device interacts dynamically with a plurality of appliances using state information known to a master appliance. The master appliance conveys to the controlling device the state information and the controlling device uses the state information to dynamically configure itself to command functional operations of one or more of the plurality of appliances. The master appliance also causes a graphical representation of the current configuration of the controlling device to be displayed on a display device that is associated with the master appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Kohanek
  • Patent number: 8497796
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for controlling one or more electronic devices based on the location of a user. A remote control is configured by determining a location of a user; and automatically configuring the remote control with one or more menus that are appropriate for the location. The remote control may be, for example, a personal user interface. The user location can be determined, for example, using triangulation techniques by determining if the user is in proximity of a fixed Bluetooth device. The remote control may be automatically configured to present one or more menus for one or more of activities and a device located in the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: John H. Shamilian, Thomas L. Wood
  • Patent number: 8459066
    Abstract: An input device of a washing machine and a control method of the same are disclosed. An input device of a washing machine includes an operation part generating a plurality of identical signals for washing course designation, a control part controlling one of a plurality of preset washing courses to be designated sequentially according to a predetermined order if the signal is generated by the operation part and a display part displaying the washing course designated by the control part. A control method of an input device of a washing machine for washing course selection includes generating a plurality of identical signals by a user's operation, designating one of a plurality of preset washing courses separately according to a predetermined order whenever the signal is generate, and displaying the designated washing course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Myung Shik Kim, Jong Hee Han, Ho Il Jeon
  • Patent number: 8456276
    Abstract: A remote control device and method, the remote control being changeable between an unlocked state and a locked state includes a communicating unit for allowing the remote control device to communicate with and remotely control a controlled apparatus and a processor electronically connected with the communicating unit. The processor is configured for unlocking the remote control device from the locked state, such that the remote control device communicates with and remotely control the controlled apparatus, and is configured for locking the remote control device into the locked state, such that communication between the remote control device and the controlled apparatus is disabled the remote control device cannot remotely control the controller apparatus. A method for preventing accidental operations of the remote control device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lung Dai
  • Publication number: 20130124210
    Abstract: According to an information terminal connectable to a target apparatus, including a determining unit and a control unit wherein the determining unit determines whether the information terminal is held by a user or not, the control unit perform to output, when changed from a status of being held to a status of not being held, a control signal to instruct accepting an operation given from the user to the target apparatus, and the control unit performs, when changed from the status of not being held to the status of being held, at least either one of displaying a remote controller to operate the target device on a display screen of the information terminal or acquiring information on a status of the target apparatus from the target apparatus to display the information on the display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
  • Patent number: 8432249
    Abstract: An advanced transitional cup (ATC) for training developing children and developmentally-challenged individuals to drink from a cup. The ATC includes a lid with a small fluid aperture and an electric air valve. A microcontroller located in the base of the ATC converts a user-defined “flow rate” into a PWM voltage signal that successively opens and closes the air valve. A higher flow rate results in a PWM signal that opens the air valve for longer spans of time and closes the air valve for shorter spans of time as compared to a lower flow rate, thereby allowing more air to enter the ATC and fluid to be expressed from the fluid aperture more readily. A touch sensor on the sidewall of the ATC prevents the air valve from being opened, and thus fluid from exiting the fluid aperture, unless a drinker is touching the touch sensor, thereby preventing accidental spills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Miami University
    Inventors: Michael Bailey-VanKuren, Donna R. Scarborough
  • Patent number: 8347657
    Abstract: An input device of a washing machine and a control method of the same are disclosed. An input device of a washing machine includes an operation part generating a plurality of identical signals for washing course designation, a control part controlling one of a plurality of preset washing courses to be designated sequentially according to a predetermined order if the signal is generated by the operation part and a display part displaying the washing course designated by the control part. A control method of an input device of a washing machine for washing course selection includes generating a plurality of identical signals by a user's operation, designating one of a plurality of preset washing courses separately according to a predetermined order whenever the signal is generate, and displaying the designated washing course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Myung Shik Kim, Jong Hee Han, Ho Il Jeon
  • Patent number: 8310337
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and system for state or status sensing of devices for a remote control or remote controlled system. The devices status indicator system 101 comprises a hand held remote control device 109, device status indicator 104, 106, 107, and device 103, 111, 112. In the alternative, a smart control device 110 can be used with or without a hand held remote control device 109. When the device 103, 111, 112 is turned ON or OFF in the remote controlled system, the device status indicator 104, 106, 107 will send a signal 102, 105, 108 to the remote control device 109 and/or the smart control device 110. This signal 102, 105, 108 triggers information to be stored in the remote control device 109 and/or the smart control device 110 that indicates that the device 103, 111, 112 is in an ON or OFF state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Monster Cable Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Noel Lee, Anthony Di Chiro, Demain Martin
  • Patent number: 8253545
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a remote control and a host. The remote control is for generating different wireless signals. The host communicates with the remote control. The host includes a processor, a control panel, and a receiving unit. The control panel is for generating different key signals. The control panel includes a key for generating a locking signal and an unlocking signal. The receiving unit is for transferring the different key signals from the control panel to control the processor, and further for transferring the different wireless signals from the remote control to control the processor. The processor disables the receiving unit according to the locking signal and enables the receiving unit according to the unlocking signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tao Wang
  • Patent number: 8193901
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a technology which acquires information specific to a device by an image pickup element and remotely controls a desired device based on the acquired device-specific information. Particularly, the present invention relates to a technology which displays information for performing detailed remote control easily. In the present invention, it is intended to display information about manipulation of a desired device as needed and to facilitate remote manipulation of the device. As a result, according to an aspect of the present invention, since detailed information of a desired device can be selected to be viewed, detailed information of each of multiple devices can be easily identified by a single controller as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Motoari Ota, Takeshi Misawa, Takeshi Miyashita
  • Patent number: 8159324
    Abstract: The portable electronic device (1) allows functions and/or data of a vehicle to be controlled and managed. In order to do this, the portable device comprises, in a casing having an upper part (10) fixed, for example, in a removable manner on a lower part (11), means for wirelessly transmitting and receiving signals for short range personalised communication with the vehicle. It further comprises a microprocessor unit for processing functions and/or data of the device and of the vehicle, at least one display screen (3) having a portion which is visible from outside the casing for displaying different menus or data of the device or of the vehicle, and manual control means (5, 6) for controlling the execution of functions of the microprocessor unit. A power source, such as a battery, is provided in the casing for supplying electric power to all the electronic components of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Emil Zellweger, Frank Bajahr, Volker Urban, Jean-Daniel Etienne
  • Patent number: 8154381
    Abstract: A controlling device interacts dynamically with a plurality of appliances using state information known to a master appliance. The master appliance conveys to the controlling device the state information and the controlling device uses the state information to dynamically configure itself to command functional operations of one or more of the plurality of appliances. The master appliance also causes a graphical representation of the current configuration of the controlling device to be displayed on a display device that is associated with the master appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Kohanek
  • Patent number: 8149084
    Abstract: A remote control apparatus and method of using are disclosed for controlling an electronic appliance such as a television set, radio, computer, or other. The remote control apparatus may include a hand held housing, a wireless transmitter for sending signals to the appliance, and a manually operated rotary controller for causing operation adjusting signals to be generated and supplied to the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Lane T. Hauck
  • Patent number: 8140190
    Abstract: A domestic appliance, shown in the form of a refrigerator, includes a cabinet within which is defined at least one compartment. A controller is mounted to the appliance for controlling various operating parameters of the appliance. The controller also includes a memory having stored therein a plurality of operating parameters associated with a plurality of appliance models. The appliance has an identification element affixed thereto and a communication device that is operatively connected to the controller. The communication device receives signals that provide programming instructions to the controller to activate particular ones of the plurality of operating parameters associated with the respective appliance model. In this manner, a universal controller can be employed in any one of a wide range of appliance models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Nelson J. Ferragut, II, Robert L. Wetekamp