Remote Control Patents (Class 340/4.11)
  • Patent number: 10922998
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for assisting and guiding a visually impaired person. The system (100) includes a remote (106) configured to take request from a user; a head mounted device (102) configured to capture image and signal in the vicinity of the user and to communicate audio signal regarding the object and navigation; a GPS equipped mobile hand device (109) to navigate in a remote location; and a pocket computer (104) and a server computer (105) configured to collect and process signals received from the head mounted device (102), remote (106) and GPS equipped mobile hand device (109).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Pavan Kumar, Durgesh Kumar, Pankhuri Johari
  • Patent number: 10877905
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods and system relating to a vehicular telemetry environment for an intelligent Bluetooth beacon I/O expansion of the vehicular telemetry hardware system. The intelligent Bluetooth beacon I/O expansion provides a capability to receive beacon data, log beacon data, communicate beacon data and operate on beacon data to determine and further communicate a range of operational conditions, such as damage, hazardous and missing objects in the form of text messages, audio messages or compliance and management reports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Geotab Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Charles Cawse, Darren Marc Lohmann Beams, Stephen Michael Fox, Cong Zhu
  • Patent number: 10835146
    Abstract: A reinforcement learning brain-machine interface (RL-BMI) can have a policy that governs how detected signals, emanating from a motor cortex of a subject's brain, are translated into action. The policy can be improved by detecting a motor signal having a characteristic and emanating from the motor cortex. The system can provide, to a device and based on (i) the motor signal and (ii) an instruction policy, a command signal resulting in a first action by a device. Additionally, an evaluation signal, emanating from the motor cortex in response to the first action, can also be detected. With the foregoing information, the system can adjust the policy based on the evaluation signal such that a subsequent motor signal, from the subject's brain, having the characteristic results in a second action, by the device, different from the first action, as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: THE RESEARCH FOUNDATION FOR THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
    Inventors: Joseph T. Francis, Venkata S. Aditya Tarigoppula, Brandi T. Marsh
  • Patent number: 10809803
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a non-tactile device including a receiving device configured to receive signals corresponding to a user's brain waves or movements, the brain waves or movements corresponding to a series of directional intentions, the intentions defining at least one line pattern, a processor configured to process the at least one line pattern, each of said at least one line patterns associated with an action of the device, and output a control signal to the non-tactile device related to the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Naqi Logics LLC
    Inventor: David Lee Segal
  • Patent number: 10718948
    Abstract: A head-mounted display apparatus including an image display unit configured to display a display object image and a pointer image, a head movement detection unit configured to detect an amount of rotation angle of a head of a user, and a display controller configured to control a display mode of the pointer image, including a movement speed of the pointer image, within a display region of the image display unit. The display controller executes a first display control configured to change the movement speed of the pointer image in accordance with the detected amount of rotation angle so as to display the pointer image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Hiroi
  • Patent number: 10721280
    Abstract: In an embodiment, systems and methods disclosed herein relate to a mobile mixed reality platform that enables users in different physical locations in a building, city, state, or across the world to interact in a shared virtual environment during an interactive session. This virtual environment enables the sharing and generation of virtual elements such as documents and three-dimensional models, and immerses the users in the environment with wearable technology so that the users have an experience that mirrors real-time interactions in situations including professional meetings, training, and other interactions that involve parties from different physical locations who desire to have a shared, immersive, virtual environment for interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Clyde Heppner, Lyle W. Paczkowski, James Victor Ralston, Ryan Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10600291
    Abstract: The alarm monitoring system provides various alerts of events that are not readily discernable to those individuals that are deaf or hard of hearing. The system generates visual, vibratory, and high decibel alerts separately or in combination to alert the user to a wide variety of events in combination with a plurality of vibratory illuminating puck shaped devices or skin and clothing patches, smart bulbs, other IOT device and allows a user to filter out alerts based upon a variety of modifiers or conditions such as keyword filtering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Alexis Ander Kashar
  • Patent number: 10509465
    Abstract: A mouth operated input system that includes a controller and a mouth operated input device that is operably coupled to at least one device so as to provide input control thereof. The mouth operated input device includes a joystick module and an activation module operably coupled thereto. The activation module includes an activation module control board and further has mounted thereto a first actuator and a second actuator. The first actuator is mounted to be engaged by a user's mouth. The second actuator is mounted to the housing of the activation module and is configured as an optical switch. The activation module is movable in all directions so as to provide movement of the joystick operably coupled thereto. The controller of the present invention includes a database that stores input data from the joystick module and the first and second actuators. Multiple modes of operation are provided by the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventors: Adriana Mallozzi, Shana Penna, Jiahao Zhao, Elijah Tucker, Marian Heman-Ackah
  • Patent number: 10462547
    Abstract: A sound transmission system that includes a sound transmission device that is brought into contact with a human body and a sound signal generation device connected to the sound transmission device. The sound transmission device includes an insulator that is brought into contact with the human body, a conductor that is in contact with the insulator, and an input that is provided on the conductor and inputs a driving voltage. One end of the sound signal generation device is connected to the input, and the sound signal generation device supplies the driving voltage based on a sound signal to the sound transmission device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuichi Kawata, Yoshihiro Iwasaki, Shinsuke Shichi, Yasutada Tanimoto, Kazuya Nakatera, Yoshiaki Katagiri
  • Patent number: 10455666
    Abstract: A method of controlling a lighting system, the method comprising: receiving a user input from a user; controlling a first plurality of luminaires in a first environment to render a lighting scene in response to the received user input; storing at least one parameter of the lighting scene in electronic storage; detecting a presence of the user in a second environment and in response thereto: determining at least one property of the second environment and/or the user in the second environment; determining whether the determined property meets one or more predetermined criteria; and using the stored parameter to control a second plurality of luminaires in the second environment to render a version of the lighting scene on condition that the one or more predetermined criteria are determined to be met; wherein the at least one property comprises a duration of the presence of the user in the second environment, and the one or more predetermined criteria comprise a criterion of the duration of the presence of the us
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Remco Magielse, Hugo José Krajnc
  • Patent number: 10397634
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for broadcast state agnostic timeline metadata presentation on a companion device is implemented on a computing device and includes: receiving timeline metadata associated with a video content item in a pseudo-live mode, where the timeline metadata is received from a timeline metadata provision system according to a timeline for an original broadcast of the video content item, and presenting the timeline metadata as it is received from said timeline metadata provision system, where the presenting is in parallel to an original or non-original broadcast of the video content item playing on an associated viewing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SYNAMEDIA LIMITED
    Inventors: Laurent Bertrand, Pete Rai, Karel McGrail
  • Patent number: 10224623
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for providing improved wi-fi controls to a spa that includes a specialized antenna housing for attachment through the wall of an existing spa, away from the body of water, other electronics as well as other interfering solid obstacles. The housing attaches to the electronics inside of the spa through a connector and a cable. The antenna is housed inside of the specialized housing and is equipped with electronic controls that can provide indicator LEDs visible from the outside of the spa wall. The specialized housing terminates in a flat surface for the LEDs to emanate from or for a wi-fi logo to be placed. The specialized housing is situated flush with the spa wall and is held in place with a nut or grommet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Waterway Plastics
    Inventor: Willy Spears
  • Patent number: 10206024
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media are provided for remotely controlling a hearing device. A hearing device configured to communicate with a control device transmits status data, including settings, to the control device. The control device displays the status data in an interface configured to receive input specifying new settings, upon which a command is sent to the hearing device to change the current setting. The control device can automatically change the settings based on a determined current environment to be a stored program optimized to the current environment. The current environment can be determined based on the location of the hearing device or another device connected to the control device. Quick mode allows settings to be viewed and changed quickly by displaying multiple related settings as one and overriding interface buttons. Remote listen mode receives audio data from a microphone and transmit it to the hearing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Fleizach, Edwin E. Foo, Ian M. Fisch, Eric Taylor Seymour
  • Patent number: 10136204
    Abstract: Voice-controlled devices that include one or more speakers for outputting audio. In some instances, the device includes at least one speaker within a cylindrical housing, with the speaker aimed or pointed away from a microphone coupled to the housing. For instance, if the microphone resides at or near the top of the cylindrical housing, then the speaker may point downwards along the longitudinal axis of the housing and away from the microphone. By pointing the speaker away from the microphone, the microphone will receive less sound from the speaker than if the speaker were pointed toward the microphone). Because the voice-controlled device may perform speech recognition on audio signals generated by the microphone, less sound from the speaker represented in the audio signal may result in more accurate speech recognition, and/or a lesser need to perform acoustic echo cancelation (AEC) on the generated audio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Wilson Poole, Timothy Theodore List, Jacobi Colton Grillo, Wei Li, Tony David
  • Patent number: 10120455
    Abstract: A control device includes a main body, a sensing module and a processing module. The sensing module is disposed on the main body. The main body is defined with a device reference axis. The sensing module is configured to detect angle information and strength information. The angle information is corresponding to the angle between the device reference axis and a base reference axis. The strength information is corresponding to a force applied to the main body. The processing module is configured to provide a control signal according to the angle information and the strength information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Chi-Kang Wu
  • Patent number: 10080962
    Abstract: When a first swing input is determined to have been made in a first movement start-possible state, in which a first object is allowed to start moving, and when the first object is put into the first movement start-possible state within a predetermined time period after the first swing input is determined to have been made, the first object is started to move in a virtual space based on at least the first swing input; and when a second swing input is determined to have been made in a second movement start-possible state, in which a second object is allowed to start moving, and when the second object is put into the second movement start-possible state within a predetermined time period after the second swing input is determined to have been made, the second object is started to move based on at least the second swing input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Ito, Shintaro Jikumaru
  • Patent number: 9931230
    Abstract: The artificial body part control system using ultrasonic imaging includes of an ultrasonic transducer coupled with an ultrasonic image analyzer which may be adapted to transmit a control signal to an artificial body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Siddhartha Sikdar, Joseph J. Pancrazio, Ira A. Hunt, Andrew J. Nelson, Abdullah Al-Imran
  • Patent number: 9930130
    Abstract: According to an aspect, techniques for processing hybrid data include receiving a web request and translating the web request into a translated native request. The translated native request and a native request are sent to a server via a single web client. A response is received from the server via the single web client. It is determined whether the response corresponds to the translated native request or to the native request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Cirill Aizenberg, Anton Aleksandrov, Vitaly Meytin, Gal Shachor, Arie Shifer, Issahar Weiss, Uri Zonens
  • Patent number: 9915936
    Abstract: An approach is disclosed that provides assistance to disabled individuals when utilizing public spaces. In the approach, a wireless message is received at a detector of the system with the wireless message being from a device worn by a disabled individual. The wireless message includes impairment data pertaining to the disabled individual. In addition, reception of the wireless message indicates that the disabled individual has entered a physical area that provides accommodations to disabled individuals. The approach identifies an impairment pertaining to the disabled individual and adjusts a device setting of a device in the physical area based on the identified impairment of the disabled individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David B. Lection, Mark B. Stevens, John D. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9847000
    Abstract: A method of rendering a haptic effect on a haptic output device is provided based on an ambient environmental stimulus signal received from a sensor. A notification event based on the stimulus signal is determined. A haptic effect is rendered on a haptic output devices based on the notification event. A system and computer-readable medium are also provided for rendering a haptic effect on a haptic output device based on an ambient environmental stimulus signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Ullrich, Jamal Saboune
  • Patent number: 9848032
    Abstract: Techniques and configurations for streaming metadata between devices are disclosed herein. In one example embodiment, streaming textual data, for example subtitles or closed caption data, are provided from a consumer television or set top box (STB) platform to a tablet computer platform. XMPP and BOSH are used as infrastructural components to help establish the client/server connection between the platforms. These components also maintain this connection and support real-time communications and transfer of data between the platforms. In an example embodiment, an application on the primary platform has a string of metadata which is communicated to a client application on a second platform. For example, client application may be a smart phone app in the form of an HTML5 app running on browser. The system may stream and control bi-directionally. In this architecture an XMPP-implementing JavaScript library allows XMPP client interaction through an XML stanza.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Staudinger, Claudio Ochoa, Victor Szilagyi, Stanley Mo
  • Patent number: 9786200
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for acoustic representations of environments. A processor can execute an acoustic representation service. The processor can receive a request to provide acoustic representation data to a device. The processor can obtain input data from the device. The input data can include captured data. The processor can analyze the input data to recognize an object represented in or by the input data and a path associated with the object. The processor can generate acoustic representation data representing the object and the path, and provide the acoustic representation data to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Randolph Wohlert, Milap V. Majmundar, Aaron Bangor, James H. Pratt, Guido Corona
  • Patent number: 9760383
    Abstract: An electronic device receives data associated with at least one biometric detected by a sensor of a remote control device that is operable to transmit one or more instructions to the electronic device. A profile for a user associated with the data is determined out of a number of profiles for the user based on the data. The electronic device is then be configured in one or more ways according to the determined user profile. A user may have any number of different profiles for the electronic device, each associated with a different biometric or combination of biometrics. In this way, a user may easily access different experiences with the same device that may each be fully personalized in a different way and/or for a particular purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael DiVincent, Nicole J. Hollopeter, Ruben Caballero
  • Patent number: 9720503
    Abstract: A vibration control device configured to provide a haptic function and control a vibration device driven by a sine wave. The vibration control device includes a sampling frequency signal generator and a sine wave synthesizer. The vibration control device is configured to generate a sampling frequency signal using a clock signal, wherein the sampling frequency signal is related to an operation cycle of a digital filter; and the sine wave synthesizer includes the digital filter. The digital filter is configured to adjust at least one of a cycle of the sine wave and amplitude of the sine wave using the sampling frequency signal and a plurality of coefficients of the digital filter; and generate an adjusted sine wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Je Kook Kim, Min Shik Seok, Seon Mi Jeon, Seong Wook Hwang
  • Patent number: 9639613
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products self-identify an electronic device to a remote control. The remote control queries the electronic device, and the electronic device sends a response. A collision avoidance mechanism allows difference devices to respond to the remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Arnold Chester McQuaide, Jr., Maria Adamczyk
  • Patent number: 9565284
    Abstract: A hands-free intercom may include a user-tracking sensor, a directional microphone, a directional sound emitter, and a communication interface. The user-tracking sensor may determine a location of a user so the directional microphone can measure vocal emissions by the user and the directional sound emitter can deliver audio to the user. The hands-free intercom may determine whether the user is communicatively coupled via a mobile device to a remote entity. The hands-free intercom may be configured to receive a handoff of the communicative coupling, for example, by acting as a peripheral of the mobile device, by requesting the handoff, and/or the like. The hands-free intercom may be configured to deliver communications from the user to an appliance and vice versa. The hands-free intercom may manage access rights of the various entities to prevent unauthorized communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Jesse R. Cheatham, III, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Craig J. Mundie, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Robert C. Petroski, Eric D. Rudder, Desney S. Tan, Clarence T. Tegreene, Charles Whitmer, Andrew Wilson, Jeannette M. Wing, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 9503772
    Abstract: A method of controlling a video clip player is described. The method comprises sending a control signal from a controller to the video clip player to output a pre-recorded video clip to a display; using a sensor to sense EEG signals from the brain of an observer of the displayed video clip; transmitting the sensed EEG signals from the sensor to the controller; processing the received EEG signals to determine an outcome, the outcome being achieved by the received signal comprising a predetermined frequency or a predetermined combinations of frequencies of EEG signals above a threshold level for a predetermined period of time; and controlling the video clip player in response to the determined outcome. The controlling step comprises selecting a next pre-recorded video clip to be output by the video clip player from a plurality of stored pre-recorded video clips; and instructing the video clip player to output the selected pre-recorded video clip to the display for presentation to the observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Myndplay Ltd.
    Inventor: Mohammed Aurooj Azam
  • Patent number: 9489866
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for acoustic representations of environments. A processor can execute an acoustic representation service. The processor can receive a request to provide acoustic representation data to a device. The processor can obtain input data from the device. The input data can include captured data. The processor can analyze the input data to recognize an object represented in or by the input data and a path associated with the object. The processor can generate acoustic representation data representing the object and the path, and provide the acoustic representation data to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Randolph Wohlert, Milap V. Majmundar, Aaron Bangor, James H. Pratt, Guido Corona
  • Patent number: 9465870
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and computer readable media for retrieving digital images. The method embodiment includes converting a descriptive audio stream of a digital video that is provided for the visually impaired to text and then aligning that text to the appropriate segment of the digital video. The system then indexes the converted text from the descriptive audio stream with the text's relationship to the digital video. The system enables queries using action words describing a desired scene from a digital video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Srinivas Bangalore
  • Patent number: 9405366
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a non-tactile device including a receiving device configured to receive signals corresponding to a user's brain waves or movements, the brain waves or movements corresponding to a series of directional intentions, the intentions defining at least one line pattern, a processor configured to process the at least one line pattern, each of said at least one line patterns associated with an action of the device, and output a control signal to the non-tactile device related to the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: David Lee Segal
  • Patent number: 9361907
    Abstract: An apparatus including a direction estimation unit detecting one or more direction points indicating a sound source direction of a sound signal for each of blocks divided in a predetermined time unit, and a direction tracking unit connecting the direction points to each other between the blocks and detecting a section in which a sound is active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Atsuo Hiroe
  • Patent number: 9329020
    Abstract: A system including a plurality of actuation devices with each actuation device configured to have a magnetized part which moves to a designated position representative of a designated manipulation, when at least one actuation device is manipulated, a magnetic sensor array configured to measure a composite magnetic field produced by the magnetized parts of the plurality of actuation devices, an acquisition device configured to acquire magnetic field data from the sensor array indicative of the measured composite magnetic field, a converter configured to convert the acquired composite magnetic field data into analog values, and a processor configured to evaluate to the analog values to determine which of the at least one activation device is manipulated, how the manipulation reflects collective operation of the plurality of actuation devices, and/or to provide a response indicative of the manipulation. A method and a computer program product are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nathaniel Napoletano
  • Patent number: 9135336
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and computer readable media for retrieving digital images. The method embodiment includes converting a descriptive audio stream of a digital video that is provided for the visually impaired to text and then aligning that text to the appropriate segment of the digital video. The system then indexes the converted text from the descriptive audio stream with the text's relationship to the digital video. The system enables queries using action words describing a desired scene from a digital video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Srinivas Bangalore
  • Patent number: 9126571
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a frame, with a barrier, and a patient support surface supported in the frame. The apparatus further includes a control system with a controller, which is incorporated into the surface or the frame, and which is in communication with at least one functional component associated with the surface or the frame for controlling or monitoring the functional component. The control system further includes a touch-screen display in communication with the controller for controlling the functional component, which is positioned in the barrier between the exterior and interior side of the barrier wherein the display is incorporated into the barrier and accessible at the exterior or interior side for access by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Lemire, Jean-Paul Dionne, Marco Morin, Richard Paré, Pascal Castonguay, Luc Petitpas, David Kim Soui Wan Fong, Jeffrey Joseph Thompson
  • 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: 8963694
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for selecting a remote controlled device to be controlled from among a plurality of remote controllable devices. The system includes an electronic device having a registration interface configured to register device data corresponding to the plurality of remote controllable devices, a position locator configured to determine position data corresponding to a position of the electronic device, and an orientation interface configured to receive orientation data corresponding to an orientation of a user. A controller is configured to select the remote controlled device based on the device data, the position data, and the orientation data. The plurality of remote controllable devices each may include a respective data source configured to provide the device data, and a headset may be configured to generate the orientation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications AB
    Inventors: Martin Nystrom, Erik Ahlgren
  • Patent number: 8947199
    Abstract: A controller node for an entertainment control network, comprises controller logic arranged to be paired with at least one controlled device over a wireless interface. The controller logic is further arranged to provide pairing information for the at lease one controlled device with which it is paired to a further node within the entertainment control network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Razvan-Mihai Lucaci, Victor Berrios, Bogdan Hobinca, Nicusor Penisoara
  • Patent number: 8920174
    Abstract: An electro-tactile display includes an electrode substrate provided with a plurality of stimulation electrodes, a conductive gel layer positioned between the stimulation electrodes and the skin of a wearer, a switching circuit section electrically connected to the stimulation electrodes, a stimulation pattern generating section electrically connected to the switching circuit, and means for alleviating a sensation experienced by the wearer as a result of the stimulation electrodes. In one aspect, the means for alleviating a sensation is configured from the conductive gel layer. The conductive gel layer has a resistance value equivalent to that of the horny layer of the skin. In another aspect, the means for alleviating a sensation is configured from the stimulation determination means and the threshold value adjustment means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignees: The University of Tokyo, Eye Plus Plus, Inc.
    Inventors: Susumu Tachi, Hiroyuki Kajimoto, Yonezo Kanno
  • Publication number: 20140354397
    Abstract: Apparatus for controlling an object in real-time is described. In one aspect, an apparatus includes a frame, a bracket, and a stick controller. The frame is configured to be worn on a user's head and to inhibit relative movement between the frame and the user's head. The bracket extends from one or more portions of the frame and is positionable to extend to an area near the user's face with the frame is worn on the user's head. The stick controller is coupled to the bracket and being positionable for contact with user's face when the frame is worn on the user's head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Lawrence A. Quintal, JR.
  • Patent number: 8896414
    Abstract: The invention relates to synchronizing settings in a home control system such as settings for lighting scenes in a lighting system with a plurality of light units. A basic idea of the invention is to synchronize settings such as lighting scene settings in a home control system with a network of devices such as light units and multiple control devices for controlling the network devices. An embodiment of the invention provides a device (Sync) for synchronizing settings in a home control system comprising a memory (12) for storing settings of one or more of devices (L1-L9) of the home control system, a communication unit (14) for receiving signals (16) from and transmitting signals (18) to control devices (RC3-RC 4) of the home control system, and a processor (10) for synchronizing stored settings in the home control system upon receipt of a signal (16) from a control device (RC3, RC4) of the home control system by transmitting a synchronization signal (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Lucius Theodorus Vinkenvleugel, James Joseph Anthony McCormack, Ay Ling De Goederen-Oei, Nathalie Dorothee Pieternel Leurs, Diane Lutters
  • Patent number: 8872616
    Abstract: A system and method for remote activation of a device includes, in one embodiment, transmitting a command message according to a first modulation, and transmitting a signal representing the command message for the device according to a second modulation. The signal representing the command message transmitted according to the second modulation may be transmitted within the command message transmitted according to the first modulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald O. King, Riad Ghabra, John S. Nantz, Tom Q. Tang
  • Patent number: 8803655
    Abstract: A hand-held device having a touch sensitive surface uses a relative distance from an origin location to each of a plurality of touch zones of the touch sensitive surface activated by a user to select a one of the plurality of touch zones as being intended for activation by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Arsham Hatambeiki, Jeffrey Kohanek, Naimisaranya D. Busek
  • Patent number: 8791797
    Abstract: An apparatus for performing remote control operations is provided. A remote control detects a particular movement, and performs operations based on the detected movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: TiVo Inc.
    Inventor: Roger Hsu
  • Patent number: 8779894
    Abstract: A method for setting a remote controller which controls a remote controller is provided. The method includes identifying a user by fingerprint recognition, and setting the remote controller to provide functions corresponding to the identified user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Duck-ki Yum, Baik-hee Han, Cheon-seong Lee
  • Patent number: 8779904
    Abstract: A remote controller generates control signals according to the speed of movement sensed by a three-axis accelerometer and the direction of movement sensed by a gyroscope and transmits the control signals to a remotely controlled device communicating with the remote controller when the remote controller is in a first work mode, generates control signals according to touch sensing signals from a touch pad and transmits the control signals to the remotely controlled device when the remote controller is in a second work mode, and further generates control signals according to variations in the capacitance of the capacitive type pressure transducer unit and transmits the control signals to the remotely controlled device when the remote controller is in a third work mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuo-Chih Yu, Chih-Cheng Hu, Chien-Chun Fu
  • Patent number: 8760265
    Abstract: Techniques that facilitate the learning and processing of remote control signals by a host device and an accessory. In one set of embodiments, the host device and the accessory can operate in a first mode in which the host device can learn signals from (and thus be remotely operated by) a variety of different remote controls. For example, in some embodiments the host device can learn signals from a remote control that was not specifically designed to interoperate with the host device or the accessory. In another set of embodiments, the host device and the accessory can operate in a second mode in which the host device and the accessory can process learned remote control signals while minimizing the amount of data transferred between the host device and the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Krueger
  • Patent number: 8754992
    Abstract: A system and method for programming a remote control includes pressing keys to enter a programming mode. State changes are communicated from the remote to a set top box. A user selects a device to be controlled and instructions are communicated to a user. The set top box tracks signals received from the remote corresponding to a device code entered by the user into the remote. A program guides and informs the user of programming success or failure based on signals received by the set top box. The remote includes a transmitter and runs a program associating a particular device code with a particular electronic device. The set top box includes a receiver for receiving signals from the transmitter and runs a program providing an interface on a display. The interface guides the user through programming in response to signals received by the set top box from the remote.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim W. Schulze, Roshan Menon
  • Patent number: 8730405
    Abstract: In order to display selected content as desired by a viewer by performing an easy operation without interrupting current viewing, a display apparatus includes a reception unit for receiving from a remote controller for transmitting an operation instruction to the display apparatus operation information including the amount of operation of a selection member which is detected at the time of selecting content and identification information identifying selected content, a determination unit for determining an output attribute of the selected content identified using the identification information based on the amount of operation, an output image generation unit for generating an output image of the selected content based on the output attribute determined by the determination unit, and a display control unit for displaying the output image generated by the output image generation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshio Nishioka
  • Patent number: 8713512
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for programming domestic appliances and a method for programming assembly-line programmable domestic appliances, especially a system wherein programming occurs without the physical connection between a transmission unit and a reprogrammable processor present in a processing unit integrated into the domestic appliance. The system for programming domestic appliances comprises a remote programming unit (UR) and a reprogrammable processor (PR) present in a processing unit (UP) integrated into the domestic appliance (EN), the remote programming unit (UR) being provided with a data transmission device (TUR) and the reprogrammable processor (PR) present in a processing unit (UP) being provided with a data receiving device (RUP), and the data transmission and reception devices (TUR, RUP) are based on a magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Whirlpool S.A.
    Inventors: Marcos Guilherme Schwarz, Carlos Alberto Teixeira, Marcelo Zanelato, Lucas Mondardo Cunico
  • Patent number: RE48417
    Abstract: A method for use in obtaining input data from an object includes capturing a live image of the object with an image capture device, receiving information related to a tilt angle of the object from one or more sensors other than the image capture device, using the information related to a tilt angle of the object to obtain at least one rotated reference image of the object, comparing the live image of the object with the rotated reference image of the object, and generating an indication in response to the live image matching the rotated reference image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Marks, Gary M. Zalewski