Portable Self-contained (e.g., Movie Usher's Signalling Flashlight) Patents (Class 340/321)
  • Patent number: 10690403
    Abstract: An assembly comprises an enclosure (10) including an enclosure interior (12) configured to retain articles therein. An electrically conductive means (30) can electrically connect the enclosure (10) to a source of electrical power (31) for providing electrical energy to the enclosure (10) for application to an operation that relies on electric energy for its performance and takes place at the enclosure interior (12). The assembly includes a light source (16), the position of which is adjustable so as to illuminate any selected one of a plurality of locations within the enclosure interior (12). An electrically conductive line (17) is electrically configured to be connected at the enclosure (10) to the source of electrical power (31) and connected to the light source (16) for providing electrical energy to the light source (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Caleb Gossens, Thomas Doyle
  • Patent number: 10655777
    Abstract: A portable light includes a base and a light source supported by the base. The base includes at least two deployable legs, wherein the legs cooperate with the base in providing a three point support for the light, e.g., for aiding stability. The at least two deployable legs may include a brace between the legs, wherein the legs when braced cooperate with the base in providing the three point support, e.g., for aiding stability. The portable light may also include a pole on the base and the light source on the pole; and the pole may be a telescoping pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Streamlight, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond L. Sharrah, Jonathan R. Sharrah
  • Patent number: 10571114
    Abstract: An apparatus for illuminating an area of interest of a user and a method of illuminating an area of interest in the hand of a user is provided. The apparatus is received by the user's wrist and oriented such that the area of interest is illuminated when pressure is applied to the apparatus. The apparatus includes a band with a power source, a light source, and a pressure sensor. The user may maneuver the apparatus and apply pressure to the pressure sensor to enable the illuminating device to illuminate the area of interest and release the pressure sensor to disable the illuminating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Leena M. Carriere
  • Patent number: 10551014
    Abstract: Carrying cases for electronic flares or other electronic signal emitting devices and related systems and methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: James R. Selevan, Daniel Joseph Selevan
  • Patent number: 10549959
    Abstract: A warning assembly structured to be attached to load transporting equipment, said warning assembly comprising: a housing, a detection assembly, an indicator assembly, and an activation mechanism. An attachment structure is used to attach the housing to the load transporting equipment. The detection assembly is generally disposed on the housing and is configured to determine at least a vertical distance from an initial position. The indicator assembly is also disposed on the housing and comprises a sound indicator and/or a visual indicator. The activation mechanism is operatively connected to the indicator assembly and/or the detection assembly, and is generally configured to automatically activate and/or deactivate the sound indicator and/or visual indicator upon the occurrence of a predetermined condition. The activation mechanism may also be configured to manually control the sound indicator and/or the visual indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Raymond C. Southern, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10480765
    Abstract: A light fixture located in a hazardous environment is described herein. The light fixture can include a housing having at least one wall that forms a cavity, where the housing meets applicable standards for the hazardous environment. The light fixture can also include a sensor assembly disposed within the cavity, where the sensor assembly includes a sensor power supply configured to generate power for an intrinsically safe sensor disposed outside the housing in the hazardous environment and a sensor control module configured to provide control for the intrinsically safe sensor. The light fixture can further include at least one light fixture component disposed within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventor: Adikaramge Asiri Jayawardena
  • Patent number: 10462641
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a mobile device accessory includes a housing defining an attachment surface that is configured to engage a mobile device, a wearable component configured to be worn by a user of the mobile device, a separation detector configured to detect separation of the wearable component relative to the housing, and provide a signal when the wearable component becomes separated from the housing, and an alarm device configured to activate in response to the signal. Alternatively, the mobile device accessory may be a standalone device not designed to be attached to a mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Katana Safety, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd W. Baldree
  • Patent number: 10445992
    Abstract: A system for detecting a vehicle traveling a designated direction of travel on a roadway includes a sign having a front surface and a back surface. The sign may include a sign boundary marker that is different in color than a color of the front surface. One or more light panels such as an LED light panel is affixed to the sign such as to its front surface. The light emitting elements may lie below a top plane of the light panel. A color of a top surface of the light panel matches a color on the front surface of the sign over which the light panel is placed. A vehicle motion detector or proximity detector is oriented in a direction and has a detection zone for detecting moving vehicles in proximity to the sign. The detector illuminates the lights of the light panel after detecting a moving vehicle in proximity to the sign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: MOR Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Ken Cummings, John Ragan, Chris Beaty
  • Patent number: 10424401
    Abstract: Systems and methods for nonverbally communicating patient comfort data are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, the systems and methods may include one or more operations including receiving patient comfort data associated with one or more patients through a patient comfort level input device during a course of a treatment session, transmitting the patient comfort data associated with one or more patients received through the patient comfort level input device, and alerting one or more practitioners of the patient comfort data associated with one or more patients received through the patient comfort level input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Mark Matthew Harris
  • Patent number: 10393325
    Abstract: There is provided a multipurpose disaster safety lantern including a top body in which a lighting light emitting diode (LED) is accommodated, and which has a reflective guide and a lens configured to direct a light beam radiated from the lighting LED and is formed of rubber having elasticity, an air discharge protrusion which is arranged on aside surface of the top body to communicate with a space between a front surface of the top body and the lens and is formed of rubber having elasticity, and an inside of which is empty, a main body which is coupled to the top body and which forms a body of the lantern, and at least one first LED bar provided on a surface of the main body along a longitudinal direction of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: THE GREEN GROWTH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seung-Chul Oh
  • Patent number: 10387782
    Abstract: Provided is an information processing apparatus, including a calculation section which calculates a proficiency level of a user for operations performed by the user for achieving a prescribed objective based on history information related to the operations and attribute information related to physical features of the user, and a generation section which generates advice for achieving the objective based on the proficiency level calculated by the calculation section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayasu Kon, Yoichiro Sako, Kazunori Hayashi, Yasunori Kamada, Takatoshi Nakamura, Hiroyuki Hanaya, Tomoya Onuma, Akira Tange
  • Patent number: 10376719
    Abstract: Provided here is a multifunctional tool functioning as a mobile device holder, a safety hammer and a cutter for use in a car. Generally, the multifunctional tool body has a top cover containing magnet(s), a bottom cover, a striking assembly with a striking mechanism disposed between the top and bottom covers, a blade disposed on the outer surface of the body and a clip disposed on the bottom cover. The multifunctional tool is secured to a vehicle vent and can is used to break window glass and/or cut a seat belt in an emergency and to magnetically secure a mobile device for easy accessibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Ye Xu
  • Patent number: 10378702
    Abstract: A portable light may comprise: a light body having an illumination, e.g., white, light source and a laser light source supported thereby, each source being selectively energizable for producing light; and a switch for selectively energizing the illumination light source and/or laser light source. The laser light source is configured to provide a plane of laser light, so as to create a line of laser light on objects illuminated by the plane of laser light. The laser light source may include a cylindrical lens to create the plane of laser light. The plane of laser light may be rotatable relative to the light body. A TIR optical element may also be disposed in front of the illumination light source for receiving the light produced thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Streamlight, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond L. Sharrah, Thomas D. Boris, Donald J. Keeley
  • Patent number: 10365421
    Abstract: A lighting device includes a bar or tube shaped light pipe, having colored lines extending along and within it, and a light source coupled to the light pipe such that, when the light source is energized, the light pipe projects at least a first portion of the light out a side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: BUSTER AND PUNCH LIMITED
    Inventors: Iain Dulley, Massimo Minale
  • Patent number: 10344951
    Abstract: In order to obtain an illuminating device that can carry out optimum illumination corresponding to various usage modes, the illuminating device includes a grip held by an operator and extending in a vertical direction; a battery connected to a lower end of the grip; and an irradiation part connected to an upper end of the grip, and the irradiation part is connected to the grip so that the irradiation part can be turned between a first position extending from the upper end of the grip to an upper side and a second position extending from the upper end of the grip to a lower side, a first lamp is provided on a grip-side end part of the irradiation part, and a second lamp is provided on a side surface of the irradiation part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Koki Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiki Aoki, Shinichi Kakefuda, Masanori Okada
  • Patent number: 10327748
    Abstract: A delicate tissue retraction system having a retractor, an introducer and a clamp mechanism. The retractor has a hollow retractor passage and the introducer has an introducer channel extending from a proximal introducer end to a distal introducer end. The introducer is configured to be removably installed within the retractor. The clamp mechanism is on the introducer and includes a probe shaft receptacle suspended inwardly from the introducer wall to form one or more open spaces between the introducer wall and the probe shaft receptacle. The probe shaft receptacle has a clamp passage that is axially aligned with the introducer channel and dimensioned to receive the shaft of a navigation probe therethrough. The probe shaft receptacle has a clamp configured to selectively reduce a size of at least a first portion of the clamp passage to selectively hold the probe shaft at a fixed position relative to the introducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Vycor Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron James Gifford, Clark Berg Foster, Donald Clevenger
  • Patent number: 10293271
    Abstract: An inflatable flying disc includes an inflatable annular body having an air inlet to inflate and deflate the flying disc; a base membrane being attached to the inflatable annular body along a peripheral edge; a first membrane being attached to the base membrane along the perimeter of the first membrane. The base membrane and the first membrane is form a water-tight compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: FengFei Yang
  • Patent number: 10299341
    Abstract: A lighting device comprising a plurality of components (2) provided for generating radiation, a plurality of row lines (Z1, Z2) and a plurality of column lines (S1, S2, . . . , S5) is specified, wherein the components are in each case electrically conductively connected to a row line and to a column line and the lighting device is provided for the simultaneous operation of at least two components. A lighting arrangement comprising such a lighting device and a method for operating a lighting device are furthermore specified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: OSRAM OPTO SEMICONDUCTORS GMBH
    Inventors: Boris Eichenberg, Juergen Holz
  • Patent number: 10234083
    Abstract: An adjustable solar-charged lamp configured to collect and store energy from the sun and to illuminate the lamp with the stored energy, the lamp including a housing, a lens engaged with the housing; a solar collector attached to the housing; a battery and a light emitting device disposed within an interior of the housing and in communication with the solar collector; and a hanger assembly pivotally attached to the housing, wherein the solar collector is repositionable to the hanger assembly to provide maximum exposure to a light source, such as the sun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen Katsaros
  • Patent number: 10192409
    Abstract: A portable panic alarm assembly includes a housing and an audible alarm device mounted within the housing. The alarm device is electrically and operably interconnected between first and second alarm contacts. A battery mounted within the housing has a pair of oppositely charged electrodes. A first electrode is connected to the first alarm contact. An actuator switch is slidably mounted in the housing and includes an actuator contact. The actuator switch is operably alternated between an open state, wherein the second battery electrode is disconnected from the second alarm contact to deactivate the alarm and a closed state, wherein the second battery electrode is connected to the second alarm contact to activate and sound the alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventors: Donald M. Schmidt, Ronald J. Sargent
  • Patent number: 10174470
    Abstract: An electrically conductive carriageway marking includes a carrier strip, electrically conductive wires extending along the carrier strip, an electrically insulating covering layer covering the wires, a power feed formed by an interface connecting the wires to a supply line, and interfaces arranged spaced apart from each other along the carriageway marking and having electrical contact areas. The contact areas include contact elements protruding laterally from the carriageway marking, and the supply line is connectable to a first contact area of the wires and a second contact area of the wires by electrical contacts that can be tapped off. In the region of the contact areas the covering layer is formed by a detachable adhesive protective strip, and the protective strip is connected via predetermined break points or perforations to adjoining sections of the covering layer, and the wires are exposed by detaching the protective strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Lucobit AG
    Inventor: Robert Riegler
  • Patent number: 10165817
    Abstract: Methods and devices for attaching a battery to a helmet and attaching a battery to an additional device are disclosed. A battery may be mounted to the rear center of a helmet. Attaching and detaching a battery to and from a helmet may be performed with a tool or by hand. The battery may be used to power multiple devices through separate contacts, and a device may be attached to the battery while the battery mounted to a helmet. The battery also may be detached from the helmet and serve as a portable energy source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Revision Military S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: David Redpath, Marie-Pierre Gendron, Stéphane Lebel
  • Patent number: 10103684
    Abstract: The invention concerns a photovoltaic tile free from wires and respective connectors for the electrical connections among tiles. The electrical connections are made by bushings integrated in the tiles, in the overlapping areas thereof, and electrically connected one to another by a removable pin connector. The assembly composes a roofing surface made of several equal or alike tiles, in case suitably interfaced, positioned on surfaces exposed to sun rays such as roofs, roofings or something else. The photovoltaic tile is provided with a frame made of plastic material with conventional means for fastening to the roof rafters and is characterized by means for a stable electrical and mechanical connection among adjacent tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Sergio Brofferio, Vittorio Canetta
  • Patent number: 10038152
    Abstract: Provided is an organic light-emitting element improved in luminous efficiency and lifetime. The organic light-emitting element includes a pair of electrodes and an organic compound layer placed between the pair of electrodes, in which the organic compound layer includes an iridium complex having a benzo[f]isoquinoline of a specific structure as a ligand and a heterocycle-containing compound of a specific structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya Kosuge, Yosuke Nishide, Hirokazu Miyashita, Shigemoto Abe, Takayuki Horiuchi, Naoki Yamada, Jun Kamatani, Akihito Saitoh, Kengo Kishino
  • Patent number: 9984555
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a mobile security device, system and method. The mobile security device includes a base and at least one sensor. The base has a housing defining a first end and a second end. The base includes a base power source and a base controller coupled to the base power source and configured for wireless communication. The at least one sensor is removably coupled to the first end of the base and communicates therewith. The at least one sensor is configured to provide at least one of motion sensing, CO2/smoke sensing, vibration sensing, light sensing, and temperature/humidity sensing. The at least one sensor includes a sensor housing; a sensor power source; and a sensor controller coupled to the sensor power source and configured for wireless communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Gregg E Bieser
  • Patent number: 9970650
    Abstract: An apparatus for a user portable lighting system. In the system, multiple spaced apart lighting features arranged about a circumferential surface about the user in a substantially 360 degree field of user view to provide a hands-free lighting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: Waheed Afzali, Farashta Afzali
  • Patent number: 9944364
    Abstract: In some aspects of the disclosure, an attachable lighting device has a lighting assembly which includes a light housing, an attaching base, and one or more optical sources. The light housing is attached to the top of the attaching base and contains the one or more optical sources. The attachable lighting device has a receiving base which is attachable to an attachment surface of a boat. The attaching base is attachable to the receiving base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: American Radionic Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Stockman
  • Patent number: 9939148
    Abstract: An emergency lighting apparatus comprises an elongate substrate adapted to pivot and hang from a door knob like a lever and define a handhold in a first end and support a motion sensor and a light array at a second end. The emergency lighting apparatus also includes a motion detecting lighting device comprising the motion sensor and the light array. A method is disclosed for hanging the elongate substrate on the door knob via the handhold for egress lighting and removing the elongate substrate from the door knob for use as a flashlight via the handhold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: John Halberg
  • Patent number: 9939146
    Abstract: A media player device having an integrated ground-illuminating flashlight provides hands-free ground illumination while walking. The media player device includes a lanyard attached to a first end of a housing, a first lamp located at a second end of the housing for use as an ordinary flashlight, and a second lamp located on a front side of the housing and directed at an acute angle from the housing toward the second end of the housing, so that the ground in front of a wearer of the media player device is illuminated. A speaker for reproducing the audio generated by the media player device may also be located on the front of the housing to provide audibility of the playback audio, or may alternatively be located on the first end or side of the housing. Controls are provided on the front or side of the housing to provide easy access when wearing the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: RENEW WORLD OUTREACH, INC.
    Inventors: David Palusky, Christopher Vollo, Michael Shivers
  • Patent number: 9916612
    Abstract: Systems and methods may provide purchasing suggestions to consumers based on the emotional, financial, social or physiological state of the consumer. The state of a consumer is based on data that may be collected from a variety of sources, including image data and biosensor data collected at the point of sale, as well as data accessible via smart phone or stored elsewhere. The systems and methods may be practiced in the context of a vending machine, bricks-and-mortar store, on-line store, or other venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Margaret E. Morris, Susan A. Faulkner
  • Patent number: 9908599
    Abstract: A heads-up display has a display panel which displays information related to a partial pressure of oxygen in a breathing gas. The display panel comprises a first indicia, a second indicia, a third indicia, and a fourth indicia. The first indicia and the fourth indicia respectively indicate a near hyperoxic condition and a near hypoxic condition. The second indicia and the third indicia together indicate the partial pressure of oxygen in the breathing gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Shearwater Research Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Zulonas, Tyler Coen, Mitchell Gordon Burton
  • Patent number: 9886832
    Abstract: A warning system includes one or more modularized alarm subsystems and one or more modularized coupling devices for coupling the alarm subsystems in various manners. The alarm subsystem can include a signaling device and a modularized protection housing. The signaling device operates to provide an alarm in an event of a predetermined situation. The modularized protection housing is configured to mount the signaling device and a coupling device. The coupling device is configured to couple the modularized protection housing with another modularized protection housing therethrough. The modularized protection housing is configured to interchangeably mount different types of signaling devices. The coupling device is further configured to engage another coupling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Federal Signal Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Pavlacka, Paul Ferrara
  • Patent number: 9883662
    Abstract: The disclosure illustrates a fish lure vocalization device which includes a main body defining an enclosed chamber inside. A vocalization module, a control module and a battery are disposed in the chamber. The vocalization module has a box in which an electromagnet and a metal diaphragm are disposed. The control module is used to control the electromagnet. A magnet is disposed on the metal diaphragm. The magnet is attracted by the electromagnet after the magnetic force is produced by electrifying the electromagnet, to deform the metal diaphragm to make sound. Thereby, the purpose of luring the fish to take the bait may be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Top Castle Holdings Ltd.
    Inventor: Chung Wen Wu
  • Patent number: 9863611
    Abstract: A signal column includes a rod-shaped, transparent housing, inside of which a rod-shaped signal generator is arranged. At least one light distribution element is arranged in the housing between the signal generator and the transparent housing, wherein the light distribution element directs light evenly from light sources of the signal generator to the housing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Balluff GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Gutekunst, Viktor Virág, Kristof Simon, Henrik Ruf
  • Patent number: 9862307
    Abstract: A vehicle emergency light beam system for the purpose of coupling to a disabled vehicle in order to warn oncoming motorists with indirect lighting. The rear facing light utilizes a programmable plurality of light fixtures each of which is directed using a light visor extension in a manner that avoids blinding an approaching driver. The device can emit various light colors and modes such as strobe, flashing, or constant light making it versatile in the event of a breakdown no matter what time of day it is. The device may be removably coupleable to a vehicle or alternately integrated into a vehicle's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Kambiz Parvaresh
  • Patent number: 9851055
    Abstract: A lighting device (1) and a method of manufacturing a lighting device is provided. The lighting device comprises an envelope (100), a light generating unit (120), a stem (130) arranged to support the light generating unit inside the envelope, and a mechanical fastening part (110) arranged to fasten the light generating unit at the stem. The mechanical fastening part comprises at least one protrusion (115) and the light generating unit comprises at least one hole (126) adapted to mate with the at least one protrusion so as to fasten the light generating unit to the mechanical fastening part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Vincent Stefan David Gielen, Miroslaw Zynda, Winand Hendrik Anna Maria Friederichs, Georges Marie Calon
  • Patent number: 9836930
    Abstract: A device for communicating a physical touch is disclosed. The device including: an array of pistons numbering greater than 25 per square inch, each piston having a contact surface; an actuator array to independently move each piston; and a controller to determine a depth position of each piston in the array of pistons, wherein each of the pistons comprises a cylinder and a pin disposed in the cylinder. The device may be used with a communication system including a high speed data transmission and sensory system to reproduce the sensation of touch by translating an actuation of the array pins. The actuation may be affected by a controlled continuous transfer of a fluid between pressure zones. Additional sensory effects including texture, softness, humidity, chemistry and temperature may be transmittable through the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Create Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas P. De Luca
  • Patent number: 9824550
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for controlling indicator lights in a device is described. The apparatus includes a first visual indicator that indicates a status of a first activity, a second visual indicator that indicate a status of a second activity, and a control circuit adjusting an intensity for the first visual indicator when the first visual indicator is illuminated in response to the status of the first activity and adjusting an intensity for the second visual indicator when the second visual indicator is illuminated in response to the status of the second activity. The method includes providing a first signal to a first indicator light indicating a status for a first activity, providing a second signal to a second indicator light indicating a status for a second activity, and providing a third signal to the first and second indicator lights that adjusts the brightness of the lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: THOMSON Licensing
    Inventor: Mao Uong Neil
  • Patent number: 9821207
    Abstract: An apparatus for golf training includes a wrist strap and a ring which are shaped and sized to be worn by a user. A cable extends between the wrist strap and the ring, and certain movements thereof are configured to provide an indication of improper swing form using an audible stimulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventor: Jess Jewett
  • Patent number: 9803823
    Abstract: An automotive LED lamp having a light guide (28) having a single central bore (29) defined by a cylindrical wall (26) and an outer surface (31) defined by a plurality of outer wall segments (35) bounding, as seen in cross-section transverse the optical axis (18) a regular polygonal shape having more than four sides. The outer polygonal shape has between five sides and sixteen sides, preferably a ten-sided decagon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Osram Sylvania Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Tessnow, Ronald E. Boyd, Jr., Catherine Cullity
  • Patent number: 9761095
    Abstract: A personal alarm light operates as a multi-purpose emergency tool having a power pack of batteries powering a white light beam, as well as a radially emanating red light ring. An audible alarm has a loud, typically high-pitched oscillating sound. A resonance chamber amplifies the sound, which emanates from apertures delivering sound radially away from the resonance chamber. Crowns on each end of the tool provide regions of reduced area and alternating relieved sections about the circumference thereof, in order to provide increased impact pressure from the points when used as hammers to break glass, or as strikers to cut through fabric or other sheet materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Outback Flashlights, LLC
    Inventor: Wayne Stewart
  • Patent number: 9709239
    Abstract: A lighting device comprising a support panel located between two outer sheets, which support panel is provided with at least one light emitting module, while at least one of the outer sheets is translucent. The outer sheets are movable with respect to each other at least from a folded state in which the support panel and the outer sheets extend substantially parallel to each other and an unfolded state in which the outer sheets are at least partly further spaced apart than in the folded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Wilhelmus Weekamp, Giovanni Cennini, Sébastien Paul René Libon
  • Patent number: 9694742
    Abstract: A vehicle panel assembly comprises a trim assembly, a light and a sensor. The trim assembly defines a recessed storage area. The light is disposed on the trim assembly and configured to emit visible light toward the recessed storage area. The sensor is disposed on the trim assembly proximate to the recessed storage area and configured to activate the light to emit the visible light upon the sensor sensing a presence of an object entering an area proximate to the sensor that includes the recessed storage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Constance Newbound, Nelson Phan, William Weber
  • Patent number: 9671082
    Abstract: A warning lamp assembly includes a housing having an upper chamber and a bottom chamber; a driving unit; a gear mechanism including a rotary disk disposed within the upper chamber, and formed with an inwardly and radially extending retention flange, a bearing unit disposed on the retention flange so as to permit rotation of the disk relative to the upper chamber, a toothed wheel having outer peripheral teeth meshed with an axle of the driving unit and an inner periphery formed with downward projections slidably contacting the bearing unit and hence covering the same from above to prevent disengagement of the wheel from the rotary disk; a light source fixed within the upper chamber; and a parabolic reflector disposed on the wheel and covering the light source from above to reflect light rays emitted from the light source in a horizontal plane while simultaneously rotating together with the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Chih-Chiang Huang
  • Patent number: 9656602
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for providing an adaptive zone of safety are described herein. An apparatus comprises a projector to project a lighted shape on a travel surface, the lighted shape demarcating the adaptive zone of safety; a monitor to monitor a path of a pedestrian travelling over the travel surface; and a computing module to adaptively adjust the lighted shape based on at least one of the travel surface or the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Bradford H. Needham, Jose K. Sia, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9643533
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for providing a switch adjacent to a vehicle turn signal lever to increase frequency rate of the on and off existing front turn lights and existing rear turn lights when the vehicle is attempting a U-turn. The increase can be approximately two to approximately three times the steady state blinking rate of the vehicle turn signal lights. The switch can be a button switch on the side or end of the existing turn signal lever. The invention does not require the use of extra lights to be installed on a vehicle for the U-turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Max Houss
  • Patent number: 9640096
    Abstract: A traffic direction assembly includes a pole. A housing is coupled to the pole. Each of a front wall and a back wall of the housing has a translucent section extending laterally across an entire width of each of the front wall and back wall. A control circuit is positioned within the housing. A plurality of light emitters is coupled to the housing, making the housing easily visible to the traffic. A pair of speakers is coupled to the housing to emit an audible warning to the traffic. An actuator is coupled to the pole and the control circuit. A power supply is positioned within the pole. A plurality of photovoltaic cells is coupled to the outer wall of housing to be exposed to sunlight. Each of the photovoltaic cells is electrically coupled to the power supply such that the photovoltaic cells charge the power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventors: Adote G. Akwei, Edoh K. Akwei
  • Patent number: 9568154
    Abstract: Provided herein is an improved apparatus, method and system for providing a modular LED circuit assembly. Specifically, examples of the present invention include a modular LED circuit which may be scaled and used in a wide variety of form factors. One example of the present invention may provide an apparatus for supporting a light-emitting diode which includes an LED circuit board including a first major surface and a second major surface. The first major surface may include a first contact pad and a second contact pad, where each of the first contact pad and the second contact pad are configured to receive a respective connector from the LED. The second major surface of the LED circuit board may include a first area, a second area, and a third area, where a substrate is attached to the LED circuit board across the third area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Zweibruder Optoelectronics GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Sven Hansen
  • Patent number: 9542817
    Abstract: A personal safety and security light used to deter aggressors, visually and audibly alert people within proximity, and illuminate surrounding areas. The personal safety and security light includes a casing, a plurality of lights, a microcontroller, a sound emitting device, a power supply and a trigger. The plurality of lights is externally mounted on the casing to illuminate the surround area from the casing. The sound emitting device audibly alerts nearby people for help or intervention. The microcontroller conducts power from the power supply to the plurality of lights and the sound emitting device when the trigger completes the circuit. The microcontroller controls the duration, intensity and sequence pattern for the plurality of lights and the sound emitting device. The trigger toggles the circuit open or closed to actuate the microcontroller that begins the sequence for the plurality of lights and the sound emitting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventor: Markus Oliver Hummel
  • Patent number: 9473908
    Abstract: A communication system (100) formed of a portable radio (102) and radio accessory (106) is provided in which the accessory (106) provides emergency strobe and flashlight modes, the flashlight mode further providing a low battery indicator. Strategic control of lighting triggers and patterns allows for a single high intensity LED (132) to be used for both emergency strobe and flashlight modes, with minimized impact on battery life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Grobe Sachs, German Borkhovik, Charles B. Jaris, Chirag N. Patel