Signal Light Systems Patents (Class 340/332)
  • Patent number: 10324290
    Abstract: Example systems and methods are described that help increase the situational awareness of a user of a helmet, such as a motorcycle helmet. One or more cameras are physically coupled to the helmet, where each camera includes a lens and an associated image sensor. Each camera is configured to generate a video feed, which is presented to a user on a display. The video feed represents a field-of-view around the helmet, and may be projected onto a surface, such as the visor of the helmet, thereby enabling enhanced situational awareness for the user of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: New Skully, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus Daniel Weller, Liang Guan, Andrew Wei Tam
  • Patent number: 10306713
    Abstract: An electrical circuit for a light fixture can include a power supply that provides primary power. The electrical circuit can also include a light module having at least one first light source coupled to the power supply, where the at least one light source illuminates when the light module receives the primary power. The electrical circuit can further include an energy storage unit having at least one energy storage device, where the at least one energy storage device charges using the primary power. The at least one first light source can receive reserve power from the energy storage unit when the power supply ceases providing the primary power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventor: Hui Zhang
  • Patent number: 10183231
    Abstract: A toy optical viewer apparatus configured for wireless communication with a remote wireless communication device and for selectively displaying an image, the apparatus comprising a body having a first end and an opposite second end and a display system incorporated in the body, the display system comprising a screen in visual communication with the first end and further comprising a microprocessor and an electrically connected RF transceiver configured to receive at least display instructions from the remote wireless communication device for selective display of the image on the screen of the display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Perine Lowe, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrice Lowe
  • Patent number: 10121369
    Abstract: Described is a method to optimize traffic light activity and minimize traffic congestion. Traffic conditions are monitored by sensors and a controller dynamically controls the green light time to account for traffic conditions and enhance the traffic flow. In one example, the green light time of each lane is reduced or increased according to traffic flow in the lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Ofer Hofman
  • Patent number: 10091481
    Abstract: A sensor module including at least one brightness sensor element for detecting a brightness of a wideband electromagnetic radiation and at least one color sensor field, which includes at least one color sensor element for detecting a color of the electromagnetic radiation. The brightness sensor element has a larger sensor surface than the color sensor field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Ulrich Seger
  • Patent number: 10083580
    Abstract: Provided is a passenger evacuation direction guidance system, and particularly, a passenger evacuation direction guidance system capable of easily evacuating passengers to a safe place from a disaster or an accident occurring during a train service, and including an emergency situation detection unit which determines the occurrence of a disaster or an accident on a traveling route of a train, an evacuation direction generation unit which receives an emergency situation detection signal in respect to the occurrence of a disaster or an accident from the emergency situation detection unit, and generates passenger evacuation direction information at a disaster or accident occurrence point, and an evacuation direction control unit which receives the passenger evacuation direction information generated by the evacuation direction generation unit, and provides a passenger evacuation direction to the passengers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignees: GOTEC INC.
    Inventor: Hyun Bo Cho
  • Patent number: 10076013
    Abstract: A control unit for use in a lighting system. The control unit comprises: a localization module which detects when a portable lighting device is within a predetermined vicinity of a fixed light source; and a controller which selects between different roles for the portable light source, the roles comprising (i) an independent role where the light output of the fixed and portable light sources are controlled independently of one another, and one or both of (ii) a slave role where the light output of the portable light source is adjusted in dependence on that of the fixed light source, and/or (iii) a master role where the light output of the fixed light source is adjusted in dependence on that of the portable light source. The controller is configured to switch to one of the slave role or the master role in response to the detection of the predetermined vicinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Remco Magielse, Jonathan David Mason, Dzmitry Viktorovich Aliakseyeu, Sanae Chraibi
  • Patent number: 10069039
    Abstract: The present invention provides a light-emitting device suppressing the reduction in the light output while improving the response speed. As shown in FIG. 1, the light-emitting device comprises four square element regions arranged with the sides of the element regions aligned in a two by two lattice. The light-emitting regions are disposed in the vicinity of corners at the center side of the element regions, and the light-emitting regions are localized in the vicinity of the center in the entire element region. A plane pattern of each of the light-emitting regions is formed so that plane patterns of p-electrodes and n-electrodes are not disposed in a region sandwiched by the light-emitting regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD
    Inventors: Misato Boyama, Shingo Totani, Takashi Kawai
  • Patent number: 10055952
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided which utilize data collection to determine whether an event requiring routing of individuals through a structure has occurred and thereafter controlling the operation of guidance devices to conduct and guide individuals safely through and out of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Richard Palmeri
  • Patent number: 10043362
    Abstract: A security alarm system includes a security light that has a pair of sockets and a motion detector. The motion detector is electrically coupled to each of the sockets. The motion detector actuates each of the sockets when the motion detector detects motion. A first alarm is removably coupled to an associated one of the sockets such that the first alarm is in electrical communication with the associated socket. The first alarm emits an audible alarm when the motion detector detects motion. A second alarm is removably coupled to an associated one of the sockets such that the second alarm is in electrical communication with the associated socket. The second alarm records video footage when the motion detector detects motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Leslie Smith
  • Patent number: 9997068
    Abstract: Method for conveying driving conditions and using the conveyed driving conditions for vehicular control includes generating information about a travel surface or an environment around the travel surface using sensors fixed in position relative to the travel surface. Each sensor includes a measuring or detecting component that measures or detects a property or condition of the travel surface or the environment around the travel surface. A communication of the information generated by that sensor to a vehicle or its occupant is initiated only when that vehicle is within the set distance from a sensor. Operation of a display, navigation, control and/or guidance system in that vehicle is caused to change from an existing operating state to one of several different operating states as a result of reception of the communication from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Intelligent Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventor: David S Breed
  • Patent number: 9975474
    Abstract: The utility model relates to a riding helmet with automatic brake detection and steering indication functions, which consists of the helmet body and the left steering lamp and right steering lamp installed on its front and rear sides, wherein, the two lamps are electrically connected with the control module, the control module is designed with a wireless receiving module that is linked up with the wireless receiving module mounted on the bicycle, the wireless remote control module is also electrically connected with brake detection device and manual control device, and the steering lamps can work according to the signals of the brake detection device and manual control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Ming Zhang
  • Patent number: 9965935
    Abstract: Disclosed is an alarm device system with simultaneous AC/DC power. The system includes of one or more alert devices wired into a dedicated circuit with a single location housing a DC power backup source, such as a rechargeable DC battery. The DC power backup source may be replaceable or rechargeable with DC current from an AC-DC transformer-rectifier, a photovoltaic cell, or other means. A dedicated circuit is energized with a composite current to provide continuous, uninterrupted DC backup power, upon which line AC is superimposed. AC and continuous DC backup are simultaneously provided to a system of detection and alert devices, such as smoke alarms, electrically coupled to the dedicated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventors: Preston Palmer, Wesley Palmer, Larkin Palmer
  • Patent number: 9959189
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a server monitoring device capable of grasping the state of a server more rapidly than conventional ones, and a server monitoring system. [Solution] This server monitoring device has a configuration in which a plurality of optical fibers are optically coupled to a plurality of light-emitting elements each showing the operating state of a server by a lighting mode, and the end surfaces of the plurality of optical fibers on the opposite side to the light-emitting elements are secured in a predetermined arrangement. An image of a light emission pattern of the end surfaces of the optical fibers is captured by a camera, and the image is transmitted to a monitoring person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: PACIFIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Michiya Katou, Zenichirou Hara, Katsushi Miwa
  • Patent number: 9858785
    Abstract: A communication device comprises a processing circuit having at least two modes, a sleep mode and an awake mode, a wireless communications circuit that can wirelessly send a message as to whether an alarm has been triggered, and a passive sensor, powered by audio signals impinging on the passive sensor, that provides at least an approximation of an audio signal to the processing circuit so as to cause the processing circuit to switch between the at least two modes. The communication device can be housed in a housing sized to fit into a battery compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: ROOST, INC.
    Inventors: Roel Peeters, James Blackwell
  • Patent number: 9852394
    Abstract: A visible-light based display system may be used to project visual guidance to picking and/or stowing agents in a materials handling facility dependent on their current location. The system may comprise a plurality of fixed-location display devices and/or mobile display devices coupled to a control system. The control system may send messages to particular ones of the display devices for projection of visual guidance usable to direct an agent to a particular inventory area in which an item is to be stowed or from which an item is to be picked, to identify a particular position within an inventory area, and/or to identify a particular item stored within an inventory area. The messages may include location, position, and/or descriptive information associated with an item to be stowed or picked. The projected visual guidance may include light or laser beams, text, graphics and/or images, and may be agent-specific, item-specific, and/or order-specific.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francois M. Rouaix, Felix F. Antony, Cynthia L. Elliott, Jeffrey P. Bezos
  • Patent number: 9839088
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a security light having a remote photovoltaic module is set forth. The security light includes a primary rechargeable battery connected to the remote photovoltaic module while also having a backup battery system to be utilized when the rechargeable batteries condition require recharge. The security lighting unit functions as a security light to provide variable wide area illumination based upon environmental and battery conditions and also which power supply is optionally connected to the load, the load being the illumination sources and the various supportive electronics. The system further includes a controller which can not only operationally selects either the rechargeable batteries or backup batteries but also can monitor battery condition to preserve battery life. In operation, the security light may include a variable battery power supply for ease of installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: HeathCo, LLC
    Inventor: John Colvin Deaton
  • Patent number: 9786134
    Abstract: A doorbell system and a doorbell control device are provided. The doorbell system includes a doorbell control device, a transformer, and a doorbell interface device. The doorbell control device has a first pin, a second pin, and a third pin. The doorbell control device includes a speaker unit and a control unit. The control unit is configured to control whether or not the speaker unit produces sound according to a current or a voltage of the second pin. The first pin is coupled to the second pin. The transformer outputs an AC voltage to the first pin and the third pin of the doorbell control device. The doorbell interface device is coupled to the second pin and the third pin of the doorbell control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: SERCOMM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chien-Ming Chen, Meng-Chien Chiang
  • Patent number: 9761092
    Abstract: A doorbell system and a doorbell control device are provided. The doorbell system includes a doorbell control device, a transformer, a doorbell interface device, and a chime device. The doorbell control device has a first pin, a second pin, a third pin, and a fourth pin. The doorbell control device is configured to control a conducting state between the first pin and the third pin according to a current or a voltage of the second pin. The first pin is coupled to the second pin. The transformer outputs an AC voltage to the first pin and the fourth pin of the doorbell control device. The doorbell interface device is coupled to the second pin and the fourth pin of the doorbell control device. The chime device is coupled to the third pin and the fourth pin of the doorbell control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: SERCOMM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chien-Ming Chen, Meng-Chien Chiang
  • Patent number: 9747764
    Abstract: To provide a guidance system that can quickly guide a person along a guidance route without anxiety. Provided are: a plurality of unit control apparatuses; and a plurality of unit light emitting apparatuses controlled by the unit control apparatuses, wherein at normal times, light emitting elements of a plurality of light emitting apparatuses of the plurality of unit light emitting apparatuses are continuously lit at an illuminance of 100%, and at guidance, the illuminance of the light emitting elements of the plurality of light emitting apparatuses of the plurality of unit display apparatuses is attenuated to 30%, and then the illuminance of the light emitting elements of the plurality of light emitting apparatuses of the plurality of unit display apparatuses is sequentially controlled to 100% based on count values stored in an emergency exit number count value storage unit to generate an optical flow toward a guidance direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: TNK CORPORATION LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Tanaka, Kazuo Mishina
  • Patent number: 9694786
    Abstract: A vehicle security device antenna LED status indicator, matching the host of a vehicle security system installed inside a vehicle, said antenna unit including: a circuit structure with relevant electronic components such as a wireless transceiver; an LED to display the received signal and usage status, electrically connected to the circuit structure; and a light-guiding structure, corresponding and abutting to the LED, with the end of the light-guiding structure away from the LED bonded with a light hood; the antenna light unit is attached to the windshield at the place behind the internal rearview mirror. When the anti-theft system of the vehicle is activated, the antenna light unit will distinctively indicate that the vehicle is under the anti-theft status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Yan Jun Chen
  • Patent number: 9696159
    Abstract: A system and method for providing directional information to a user using existing infrastructure elements (150) is disclosed. The method comprising determining a route of infrastructure elements (150) between a current location and a remote location, wherein the current location is associated a first element in the route and the last element in the route being closest to the remote location, wherein each of the elements in the route are identified by at least one of: a physical identification and a data identification, and providing a visual indication, progressively, to each of the infrastructure elements in the route at a predetermined time and for a determined period, wherein the progressive display of the visual indication provides for direction control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Hongxin Chen, Engel Johannes Knibbe, Xin Ge, Dan Jiang, Yong Qin Zeng, Lei Feng
  • Patent number: 9685051
    Abstract: An evacuation assistance apparatus for indicating a route within a building or other structure is disclosed. Multiple housings contain laser light line sources for producing a beam of laser light as a linear line. Adjusters are used to alter the laser light line so that the line starts substantially vertically below said housing. The adjusters also allow the line to be directed on to a portion of the wall to highlight an exit doorway. The apparatus is provided as a modular system including multiple sensors making it suitable for installation in many buildings and providing feedback information to prevent or determine the cause of a fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: BRIGHT ROUTE LIMITED
    Inventors: Andrew Turner, William Scott, David Frame
  • Patent number: 9635733
    Abstract: In some examples, automatic light fixture address technology includes methods and apparatuses. In other examples, the method includes receiving a disable forward control command to disable data forwarding through the light fixture; receiving an enable forward control command to enable data forwarding through the light fixture; transmitting address data for the light fixture based on the enable forward control command; and forwarding one or more additional enable forward control commands based on the enable forward control command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Lumenpulse Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Casey Shea, Gregory Campbell
  • Patent number: 9418523
    Abstract: An intelligent wireless doorbell alarm system driven and set by a wireless communication protocol includes at least one doorbell switch, plural lamps and an electronic device. The doorbell switch has a wireless signal module for generating a startup signal after the being triggered. The lamps are electrically coupled to one another. Each lamp has a wireless transmission module and a driving module and is electrically coupled to the doorbell switch for receiving the startup signal. The electronic device is electrically coupled to the lamps and has a setup module for setting the lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Unity Opto Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Hsien Wu, Wei Chang, Kai-Cheng Chuang, Yi-Shu Chen
  • Patent number: 9363863
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and associated method for emitting electromagnetic radiation. The apparatus has at least one electromagnetic radiation emitter and a base. The base has four electrical contacts and an identification device. Two of the electrical contacts are in electrical communication with the at least one electromagnetic radiation emitter. The other two electrical contacts are in electrical communication with the identification device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Biozone Scientific International, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Mercier, Ari Ahola, Adam T Anthony, Hal Gunner
  • Patent number: 9357615
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for intuitively guiding a human to a reference location, such as an emergency exit, with a lighting system comprising a plurality of light sources along a pathway to the reference location. The lights shine with an intensity dependent upon the distance to the reference location, in particular the intensity of the light increases with decreasing distance to the reference location. The location of the emergency can be determined through emergency sensors, so that the intensity of the light sources is then controlled to lead away from the danger to the nearest safe exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Maarten Marinus Johannes Wilhelmus Van Herpen
  • Patent number: 9319575
    Abstract: Power for an illumination device and a camera is provided from power integrated onto a data cable between a controller/computer and the light illumination device. The camera-controller/computer interface includes one of GEV with PoE, USB and CXP, where a power is provided within the data interface cable, and the distance between the camera and the controller/computer is very long. In order to avoid running multiple long cables in a production manufacturing environment, a power extraction module is incorporated into a light illuminator, in order to extract the power for the interface cable, and to generate the individual powers for the light illuminator and the camera. In cases where the interface standard does not provide integrated power, power can be injected to the cable and extracted from the light illumination module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: IMPERX, INC.
    Inventor: Petko Dimitrov Dinev
  • Patent number: 9307309
    Abstract: An in-line sound module for a modular stack light system provides electrical and mechanical connectors to allow it to be placed anywhere in the stack. Axial orientation of the audio transducer and a flexible jumpering system allow preservation of central connectors between modules. In-line configuration permits multiple sound modules to be used in a stack light and to be teamed with different beacon modules. In one embodiment the in-line sound module may also include lamps to provide beacon functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert P. Feller, Will J. Preischel, Alvaro Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9174567
    Abstract: A motor vehicle with a device for influencing the viewing direction of the driver has a hazard detection and warning output device and a display unit for displaying information contents and/or entertainment contents. The display unit is arranged essentially centrally in the dashboard of the motor vehicle. The passenger compartment of the motor vehicle has a lighting device that is suitable for outputting a dynamic light animation and extends essentially from the display unit to the driver's field of vision on the windshield of the motor vehicle. A light animation that constitutes a movement of light in the direction of the driver's field of vision can be outputted, in order to output a warning about a hazard that relates to or could relate to what is happening on the road in front of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Lutz Lorenz, Thomas Lindberg
  • Patent number: 9142103
    Abstract: A mass notification system including one or more alarms for notification of two or more emergency classes. Each alarm can include a lens, a strobe for illuminating the lens with a first light color during activation of the strobe, and a light source such as a light emitting diode for illuminating the lens with a second light color different from the first light color during activation of the light source. During activation of the lens with the light source, the lens appears to be the color emitted by the light source. The alarm can be configured to notify occupants of a first emergency class by activating only the strobe and to notify occupants of a second emergency class by activating both the strobe and the light source. An alarm configured to provide notification of two or more emergency classes can thus use a single lens and a single strobe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: UTC FIRE & SECURITY AMERICAS CORPORATION, INC.
    Inventors: Martin Paul Robotham, Thomas Greenwood, Morris Stoops
  • Patent number: 9019116
    Abstract: A signaling device includes an audio signaling unit for emitting an acoustic signal and a light signaling unit for emitting a visual signal. A base housing body is provided, upon which the signaling device is arranged on an accommodating body. An upper housing part is provided, arranged on the base housing body, for forming a receiving space. The base body of the light signaling unit is formed of a light-transparent signal cap, that includes a base area which is spanned by a connection frame. The light signaling unit further includes an electrical switching unit, which is disposed in the connection frame. The base housing body includes a side wall, and the signal cap is attached to the outer side of the side wall with the base area and is disposed on the base housing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Pfannenberg GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Pfannenberg
  • Patent number: 8970354
    Abstract: Incident response methods include receiving notification that an incident has occurred, determining a source of the notification, the source being near the incident, and establishing at least one guided path configured to direct a first person, a first animal, or a first movable device positioned near the source away from the incident and/or to direct a second person, a second animal, or a second movable device toward the incident. Electronic guides include an indicator, and processing circuitry configured to receive a request to configure the indicator from an inactive state to an active state in which the indicator encourages a first person positioned near a first side of the electronic guide to move toward the electronic guide and encourages a second person positioned near a second side of the electronic guide to move away from the electronic guide and configure the indicator according to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy John Lewis
  • Patent number: 8941508
    Abstract: A signaling device for emitting an acoustic and/or visual signal includes a base housing body, and an upper housing part. The upper housing part can be connected to the base housing to form a receiving space, in which at least one electrical component assembly for generating signals is disposed and from which at least a first electrical line can be guided into the signaling device. A line connection mechanism is provided and disposed in the base housing body to which the electrical line can be connected. The electrical component assembly for the signal generation is disposed on the upper housing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Pfannenberg GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Pfannenberg
  • Patent number: 8912898
    Abstract: In one general aspect, a request to determine a status of a first of a plurality of advertising devices is received. The advertising devices are spatially separated. Operating conditions of the first advertising device are identified. The status of the first advertising device is determined based, at least in part, on the operating conditions. A presentation including information indicating the status of the first advertising device is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Lites Out, LLC
    Inventors: Brent D. Arnold, Brian K. Reinle, Scott H. Galaise
  • Patent number: 8896444
    Abstract: A system includes a gaming table, at least one light sensor, an electronic system, and a central computer. The gaming table includes a tabletop covered by a fabric. The at least one light sensor is positioned in proximity to a player position at the gaming table. In addition, the at least one light sensor is positioned beneath the fabric to detect light intensity through the fabric. The electronic system is communicably coupled to the at least one light sensor. Furthermore, the electronic system is operable to detect changes in light intensity at the at least one light sensor. The central computer is communicably coupled to the electronic system. Additionally, the central computer is operable to perform at least one operation based on a status of the at least one light sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Genesis Gaming Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy L. Knust, Eric Schoppe
  • Patent number: 8896427
    Abstract: A portable thermal image emergency exit marking device for use by firefighters and rescue personnel includes a polygonal housing having electrical heating elements on side panels that are shaped to form infrared heat generating words or symbols indicating an escape exit which are clearly visible by a thermal imaging camera, a flashing strobe light, and an audible alarm, to guide firefighters to the exit of a burning smoke-filled building. The configuration of the infrared heating elements avoids confusion and clearly distinguishes the words or symbols from other hot spots, heat emitting objects, and burning objects in the environment of the burning structure. An accessory adjustably supports the marking device at various heights above the floor surface when desired. The housing may have a ring for connecting a rope that can be extended from the housing to an exit of the burning structure and followed to exit the burning structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Roland Ramirez
  • Patent number: 8860561
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention provides control for a distributed lighting network, for selectively reducing an aggregate electrical load of the distributed lighting network according to a defined lighting reduction pattern. Among the several advantages of the provided control is the ability to define via the pattern which lamps are involved in load shedding, and how they are controlled to shed load. In another aspect, the present invention provides control for a distributed lighting network, for visibly signaling persons within sight of one or more lamps within the distributed lighting network. Among the several advantages of the provided control is the ability to provide emergency or other public safety signaling to persons that might not otherwise be alerted to an existing or impending danger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Sensus USA Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Ellis, Christopher Atkins, Bobby Cantrell
  • Patent number: 8847756
    Abstract: A bed includes bed status indicators, such as a pair of spaced lamp modules that are illuminated to signify a satisfactory status or an unsatisfactory status of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan R. Tallent, William G. Pittenger, Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III, James L. Walke
  • Patent number: 8836540
    Abstract: A streetlight system includes a plurality of streetlights, disaster warning systems positioned at each of the streetlights and a control center electrically connected with the disaster warning systems. The streetlights are positioned at roadways. Each of the disaster warning systems includes a control system and a broadcasting system. When the control center receives a disaster alert signal, the control center transmits information of disaster shelters and evacuating routes to control system, and the broadcasting system broadcasts information of the disaster shelters and the evacuating routes to people for leading people to escape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignees: GDS Software (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi-Chih Wang, Tzu-Te Wang, Bo Ming
  • Patent number: 8816602
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for controlling a lighting system by proximity sensing of a spotlight control device, particularly to controlling a spotlight generated by a lighting system such as a large LED lighting array by means of a spotlight control device. A device is provided for controlling a lighting system by proximity sensing of a spotlight control device, wherein a predefined area around the spotlight control device is illuminated if a proximity sensor signals presence of the spotlight control device within the predefined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Markus Gerardus Leonardus Maria Van Doorn
  • Patent number: 8810415
    Abstract: An object, for example a building, is divided into different sections. Each section comprises a plurality of computers, each controlling an individual escape route display or a group of escape route displays. The computers are controlled by monitoring sensors of the object section. The blueprint of the object section and a control algorithm for the safest escape route from the object section is stored in the computers. The invention further relates to an escape route display that can be used for a device of said kind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Elektro Grundler Ges.m.b.H. & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gottfried Grundler, Georg Franz Wagner, Ulrich Constantin Wagner
  • Patent number: 8803711
    Abstract: An indicator device on a marine vessel is configured to display motion. A controller operates the indicator device according to at least a first mode wherein the indicator device displays motion and a second mode wherein the indicator device does not display motion. The controller operates the indicator device based upon an operational characteristic of the marine vessel to thereby inform a swimmer located proximate to the marine vessel of the operational characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Steven J. Gonring
  • Patent number: 8803668
    Abstract: An indicator apparatus is configurable for use in a healthcare communication system, such as a nurse call system. The indicator apparatus includes a visual indicator. The visual indicator is operable to selectively display one or more colors in response to calls received by the healthcare communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Schuman, Williams F. Collins, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8786460
    Abstract: A magnetically controlled warning lamp has a light module and a circuit board mounted in the body. The circuit board has a magnetic device, a control module and a power module. The power module provides the control module and the light module with a working voltage. The magnetic device is activated to generate a trigger signal by a magnetic field. The control module changes the operation mode for the light module based on the trigger signal. A user can use a magnet to activate the magnetic device to easily change the operation mode for the light module instead of disassembling the warning lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Chun-Ming Huang
  • Patent number: 8773276
    Abstract: A strobe device that operates in multiple modes is disclosed. The strobe device may include an LED-based strobe element and a controller. In response to receiving a command to generate an output, the controller determines in which of at least a first mode and second mode to operate, and sends one or more signals to the LED-based strobe element based on the determination. The first mode and the second mode may differ from one another in at least one aspect, such as duration, luminosity, current supplied to LED, or wavelength range. The controller may select both of the first mode and the second mode (such as alternating between the first mode and the second mode). Or, the controller may select one of the first mode and the second mode. For example, depending on the ambient light at or near the strobe device, the controller may select either the first mode or the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Savage, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8723670
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for marking and/or tracking the location of victims and other items of interest, including marking points of danger, often associated with an emergency, a disaster, a mass casualty incident, or other catastrophe. In particular, the invention pertains to systems and methods for marking and tracking locations utilizing portable devices that are transportable in vehicles operated by emergency responder personnel and rapidly charged to an operational state for immediate use in emergency situations. The invention provides critical assistance to search and rescue personnel called upon to enter unfamiliar structures or areas under low light or poor visibility conditions. The invention may be used to mark unfamiliar territory to facilitate ingress and egress in times of emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Roy Rabey
  • Patent number: 8717162
    Abstract: A method for controlling guiding, signal or alert lights, particularly signal lights for an emergency escape route in a fire situation, in which method there are controlled sequentially arranged light sources, such as LED light sources. In the method, in the first step the sequentially arranged light sources (40), which are most advantageously arranged as a light source string (4) or at least as part thereof, are activated, on the basis of a signal received from a fire detector (3), to be switched to a first mode, in which first mode the sequentially arranged light sources are used for indicating the direction of an escape route, and/or to a second mode, where the light sources (40) are switched to emit continuous light. The invention also relates to a system and a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Marimils OY
    Inventor: Göran Sundholm
  • Patent number: 8674848
    Abstract: A queue control system for guiding persons waiting for service by a plurality of service desks, such as check-in desks at an airport, the system comprising computer control means for controlling the system, wherein system further comprises: stripe-like or band-like lighting means arranged for each desk (Desk 1-Desk 3) provided with point-like light sources, like LEDs, coupled to a circuit board, the circuit board being adapted to provide variable lighting operations, wherein each lighting means have at least a stripe-like or band-like part (101-103) arranged in the direction of the queue; and wherein the control computer means are adapted to variably control the lighting of the stripe-like or band-like lighting means in order to guide the persons in the queues and/or entering and/or leaving the queues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: ELSI Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Richard Eggleton, Göran Sundholm
  • Patent number: 8669853
    Abstract: A light affixed to the front of a school bus directs a beam of light across a road to enhance a safe crossing of the road by children boarding the bus. At least two red warning lights are mounted upon a front surface of the bus. A controller is operatively connected to the crossing light and warning lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen M. Gardner