Visual Indication Patents (Class 340/5.32)
  • Patent number: 10225734
    Abstract: The secured storage receives an electronic device including but not limited to a tablet, smart phone, mobile computing device, or other computing device. The secured storage provides a charging system that charges the device. The lock of the secured storage secures the electronic device within the storage. The system maintains a log of the users who access the electronic devices. The system then control access by granting access to users and restricting access to users based upon usage history, behavior, or other criteria. The lock adjusts between locked to secure the device and unlocked to allow access to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Tech Friends, Inc.
    Inventors: Bob Shipman, Bryan Taylor, Jason Cochran
  • Patent number: 10180018
    Abstract: The locking cap is a processor controlled device with sensors that may be embedded in the locking cap or the closure. The locking cap may provide information on use and activity and the locking cap with the embedded processor and sensors may also allow remote actuation to open the locking cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: GATEKEEPER INNOVATION, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Christopher Simpson, Lilianna Zyszkowski
  • Patent number: 10141128
    Abstract: A circuit breaker apparatus may include a housing, a circuit inside the housing for protecting the conductors and the load of the circuit, a display attached to outside of the housing, a controller, and a power control device. The display may be an electronically-alterable display that does not require power in situations other than changing its state. The power control device may provide power to the controller and the display when the apparatus is being tampered with. When the controller is powered, it may cause the power control device to cause the display to change from a state that indicates that the apparatus is authenticated to another state that indicates that the apparatus has been tampered with. The power control device may include a battery and a switch, or a power harvester, which can be configured to provide power to the controller when the apparatus is being tampered with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Xin Zhou, Zhi Gao, James L. Lagree, Brian E. Carlson
  • Patent number: 9876770
    Abstract: A system for enabling group permission based file transfer via Light Fidelity (Li-Fi). A first Li-Fi device is configured to transmit encrypted data by illuminating a target location with a first light source. A second Li-Fi device is configured to transmit a key for decrypting the encrypted data by illuminating the target object with a second light source to define a group permission enabled data transfer zone including a merger of the encrypted data and the key. A third Li-Fi device is configured to download the merger of the encrypted data and the key from the group-permission enabled data transfer zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vijay Ekambaram, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 9842440
    Abstract: Systems and methods of security enhancement in a security panel are provided. Some systems can include a security system and a keyfob. The security system can identify the keyfob, receive user input identifying a valid user pass code, and transmit the valid user pass code to the keyfob. The keyfob can save the received valid user pass code, receive user input identifying a first user input mechanism, receive user input identifying a sequence of user input mechanisms, determine whether the received sequence of user input mechanisms corresponds to the saved valid user pass code, and responsive to a valid correspondence, transmit a signal to the security system with instructions to execute an action associated with the first user input mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Jun Wu, Yekun Gao, Song Li
  • Patent number: 9777510
    Abstract: A tamper-detection device and system are disclosed. The tamper-detection device includes one or more components which enable the tamper-detection device to detect a state change, even in the absence of a power supply. A capacitor is provided in the tamper-detection device that, when shorted, discharges and induces a state change at a microcontroller of the tamper-detection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventor: Per Kristian Moller
  • Patent number: 9672482
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a system for automatically reporting progress in completing objectives and goals of a plan. During operation, the system receives data indicating user selection and/or configuration of a plan with one or more goals, objectives, and/or milestones. The system obtains data generated by sensors in a sensing device and/or a mobile device. The sensors generate physiological data or data from detecting activity or environment associated with the user. Next, the system analyzes the data to determine whether the user has completed an objective, milestone, or goal of the plan. If the system determines that the user has completed an objective, milestone, or goal of the plan, the system pushes an alert to the mobile device indicating that the user has completed the objective, milestone, or goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jonathan Rubin, Gregory Michael Youngblood, Ashwin Ram, Peter L. Pirolli, Jesse Vig, Shane P. Ahern, Lester D. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9574375
    Abstract: An electronic lock includes a lock mechanism, an actuator coupled to the lock mechanism and configured to lock and release the lock mechanism, and an actuator control circuit coupled to the actuator. The electronic lock also includes a battery electrically coupled to the actuator, a super capacitor electrically coupled to the battery, and a processor coupled to the actuator, the battery, and the super capacitor. The processor is configured to selectively receive power from the battery and the super capacitor, wherein the processor receives power from the super capacitor when a state of charge of the battery is below a predetermined voltage threshold, and provide control signals to the actuator control circuit to control operation of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Kevin Henderson
  • Patent number: 9452320
    Abstract: Method and system for operating a fitness exercise equipment are provided. In a preferred embodiment of the present disclosure, a system for operating a fitness exercise equipment comprises a processor and a memory device electronically coupled to the processor, the memory device storing instructions which, when executed by the processor, direct the processor to acquire an initial exercise parameters entered by a user, determine an initial exercise program based on the initial exercise parameters, and initiate movement of the fitness exercise equipment in correspondence with the initial exercise program, where the instruction to acquire the initial exercise parameters comprises instructions to detect commands entered by the user via built-in touch screen of the fitness exercise equipment, wherein instructions to detect commands entered by the user via built-in touch screen comprises detecting a curve drawn by the user on the built-in touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventor: Jie Yang
  • Patent number: 9400755
    Abstract: A microelectronic memory may be password access protected. A controller may maintain a register with requirements for accessing particular memory locations to initiate a security protocol. A mapping may correlate which regions within a memory array are password protected. Thus, a controller can use a register and the mapping to determine whether a particular granularity of memory is password protected, what the protection is, and what protection should be implemented. As a result, in some embodiments, a programmable password protection scheme may be utilized to control a variety of different types of accesses to particular regions of a memory array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: William Stafford, Todd Legler, David Kiss
  • Patent number: 9198043
    Abstract: A control system includes an information processing apparatus and a terminal device which perform wireless communication with each other, wherein the terminal device is moved with a user, and includes: a switching request signal transmission section that transmits a switching request signal, the information processing apparatus includes: a received signal strength measuring section that measures a received signal strength of a transmitted signal; and a control section that sets the received signal strength measured when receiving the switching request signal to a switching threshold value, and switches the information processing apparatus from the second status to the first status when the received signal strength becomes less than the switching threshold value, and switches it from the first status to the second status when the received signal strength becomes larger than the switching threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazunori Kita
  • Patent number: 9019068
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for automatically changing the operating mode of a wireless device are provided. A determination is made whether at least one state of the wireless device has changed. This determination is performed using at least one integrated device of the wireless device. A determination is made whether the change in the state of the wireless device indicates that the first operating mode should be changed. The operating mode is changed to a second operating mode of the wireless device in response to a determination that the change in the state of the wireless device indicates that the first operating mode should be changed. Changing to the second operating mode includes altering at least one wireless communication operation of the wireless device. Examples of the second operating mode may include, but is not limited to, an airplane mode, a train mode, a vehicle mode, an environmental condition mode; or a device-access mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Devrim Varoglu
  • Patent number: 8989919
    Abstract: A vehicle control method of a server is provided. The vehicle control method includes receiving, when a user terminal is connected, user information from the user terminal, searching for vehicle environment information corresponding to the user information, and controlling an environment of a vehicle using the searched vehicle environment information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Young-shil Jang, Young-ho Rhee, Il-ku Chang, Young-kyu Jin
  • Patent number: 8988186
    Abstract: A method for operating an electronic self-service device is provided. A central computing system according to the invention may include a receiver module configured to receive an input from a self-service device. The input may include information corresponding to a user account authorization notification. The central computing system may also include a processor module configured to determine whether a predetermined asset alert condition exists that corresponds to the account. The central computing system may also include a transmitter module. When the predetermined asset alert condition is determined to exist, the transmitter module may be configured to transmit an alert notification to the self-service device. When the predetermined asset alert condition does not exist, the transmitter module may be configured to authorize use of an account in response to the authorization notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventor: Nathan Dent
  • Publication number: 20140152421
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for providing a near field communication (NFC) based key control service and automated notification system are provided for automatically reporting unauthorized or restricted uses of an NFC-enabled physical key to the primary user or owner of the key via a communication network. An NFC reader is configured to communicate with a server of the NFC based key control service via a network in order to report attempted violations of one or more use restrictions defined for the key, as detected by the NFC reader when the NFC tag embedded within the key is located near a third-party device associated with a restricted use of the key.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: CELLCO PARTNERSHIP D/B/A VERIZON WIRELESS
    Inventor: Cellco Partnership D/B/A Verizon Wireless
  • Patent number: 8745725
    Abstract: A computationally implemented method includes, but is not limited to: determining that a computing device that was presenting an item has been transferred from a first user to a second user; and presenting, via the computing device, one or more highlighted portions of the item, the one or more highlighted portions being highlighted in response, at least in part, to said determining. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Patent number: 8742948
    Abstract: A server device may receive parking information that identifies a first plurality of parking spots, within a parking structure, that are available for parking, and a second plurality of parking spots, within the parking structure, that are unavailable for parking; store the parking information in association with information identifying the parking structure; receive, from a user device, a request for parking information associated with the parking structure; populate, in response to the request, a visual representation of the parking structure with the parking information, where the visual representation of the parking structure identifies the first plurality of parking spots and the second plurality of parking spots; and transmit the visual representation of the parking structure to the user device to assist a user, of the user device, in locating one of the first plurality of parking spots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Dahai Ren
  • Patent number: 8736430
    Abstract: A sensor pad (105) is adapted to be worn and operated by a user (100) to control a separate wireless communication terminal (103) carried by the user. The sensor pad includes a plurality of discrete sensors each operable to produce an indication signal indicating proximity of a user's finger to the sensor and a controller, responsive to receipt of indication signals from a plurality of the sensors, to produce a control signal for delivery to the wireless communication terminal to produce selection of a functional operation of the wireless communication terminal. Also described is a terminal for use with the sensor pad and also equipment and a method of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Motorola Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Yaroslav Novak
  • Patent number: 8726367
    Abstract: A computationally implemented method includes, but is not limited to: determining that a computing device that was presenting an item has been transferred from a first user to a second user; and presenting, via the computing device, one or more highlighted portions of the item, the one or more highlighted portions being highlighted in response, at least in part, to said determining. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Clarence T. Tegreene
  • Publication number: 20140085087
    Abstract: A remotely actuated door lock is provided. The remotely actuated lock includes a transceiver for establishing telephone communication with a remote telephone and for receiving a transmitted identification code therefrom. The door lock includes a microprocessor, a programmable logic controller or the like for comparing the transmitted identification code with a stored identification code stored in memory associated with the processor or controller. The door lock further includes a lock bolt actuator in communication with a lock bolt for changing a state of the door lock. The lock bolt actuator is selectively actuated if the transmitted identification code matches the stored identification code. However, if the transmitted identification code does not match the stored identification code, then the transceiver transmits a first alert message to a user, alerting the user to possible unauthorized access.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: UMM AL-QURA UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: AHMAD HAMOOD ABDULLAH ALNADWI
  • Patent number: 8638230
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting an attitude of a device are disclosed. The system includes a processing system including at least a sensor processor and an application processor, which are distinct. The system further includes a memory system including one or more computer-readable media. The computer-readable media contains instructions that, if executed by the processing system, cause the system to perform operations. The operations include executing an application using the application processor, and receiving raw sensor readings from one or more sensors, using the sensor processor. The operations also include determining, using the sensor processor, a processed sensor metric comprising attitude data, and transmitting the processed sensor metric to the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Guanfeng Li, Edward Y. Chang
  • Publication number: 20140009261
    Abstract: An in-vehicle charger includes a charger that charges a device to be charged including a wireless key of a keyless entry device, a controller connected to the charger, and a detection unit connected to the controller and that detects an installation state of the device to be charged relative to the charger. The controller turns on power supply to the charger and controls the keyless entry device to perform first communication verification when the installation state of the device to be charged relative to the charger is detected by the detection unit. The controller turns on the power supply to the charger when it is determined that the communication verification of the keyless entry device has been performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Izumi Iwanaga
  • Publication number: 20140002237
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fingerprint authentication system having a particular benefit for use in protecting vehicles. The system includes a wireless handheld programmer for easy setup and configuration of a multifactor security authentication console having multicolor LED indicator lights that provide programming and user interface feedback by universal symbols. The system is electrically coupled to a vehicle by use of a relay allowing most any vehicle on/off function to be controlled. Once the operator's identity has been authenticated, the device allows operation of the vehicle. A valet mode is provided wherein the unit can be deactivated or programmed to allow a single user. A sensor module operates as the swipe device allowing for the inconspicuous placement on most any vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph Infante, Todd Newberry, Dale Norwood
  • Patent number: 8618950
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus including: a first device that includes a first display portion, the first display portion displaying information concerning the operation of the first device; and a second device that includes a second display portion, the second display portion displaying the information which the first display portion has displayed, depending on at least one of the second device having been attached to the first device, the first device having supplied an electric power to the second device, and the first device and the second device having communicated mutually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Component Limited
    Inventors: Yoshinori Sata, Naoyuki Nagao, Mitsuru Kobayashi, Shinichi Katayama
  • Patent number: 8610582
    Abstract: An exercise monitoring apparatus capable of allowing a user to conveniently check a progressed exercise state and capable of properly controlling an exercise amount, by comparing a progressed exercise amount measured based on scheduling information received from an external apparatus and acceleration information of the exercise monitoring apparatus, with a goal exercise amount, and by visually providing a comparison result, a system and an exercise monitoring method thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Younghyeog Jeon, Beomoh Kim, Heejin Park, Gyuseog Hong, Seungjin Jang, Jeongmee Koh, Youngdon Hwang
  • Patent number: 8564453
    Abstract: A method and system for use in indicating errors in connection with devices, wherein at least one of the devices comprises a display is disclosed. An error indicator suitable for indicating an error in connection with the device is stored. The error indicator is mapped to a potential error in connection with the device. An error is detected in connection with the device. The error in connection with the device is determined in response to detecting the error. Based on determining the error, the error indicator is displayed on the display for enabling determination of the error in connection with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: EMC Corporation
    Inventors: Todd Morneau, Jon Busenkell
  • Patent number: 8519861
    Abstract: A tool system with a mount configured to be removably coupled to a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Oleksiy Sergyeyenko, Christopher J. Murray, Michael L. Agronin
  • Patent number: 8505827
    Abstract: The microcircuit card (10) comprising a body (12) delimiting an edge (14) of the card (10). The body (12) incorporates a luminous means (16) capable of illuminating at least partially the edge (14) of the card (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Oberthur Technologies
    Inventors: Loïc Le Garrec, Denis Vere
  • Patent number: 8433456
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling power windows of a vehicle includes a receiver mounted on the vehicle for receiving an open window request signal wirelessly from a portable device, at least one exterior condition sensor mounted on the vehicle for detecting an adverse exterior condition relative to the vehicle, and a controller mounted on the vehicle for communicating with the receiver and the at least one exterior condition sensor. The controller commands opening of the one or more power windows when the receiver receives the open window request signal provided the at least one exterior condition sensor does not detect an adverse exterior condition relative to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: David G. Peterson, Brian K. Lickfelt, John Sgueglia, Trevor Scott Whitten
  • Patent number: 8319605
    Abstract: A remote vehicle control system having a base transceiver mounted in a vehicle and a mobile key fob. The base transceiver utilizes an omni-directional antenna to communicate wirelessly with the key fob via the IEEE 802.15.4 communication protocol. Additional antennas are mounted to the vehicle and are also tuned to communicate over the IEEE 802.15.4 bandwidth. The additional antennas have radiation patterns extending outwardly to various sides of the vehicle (e.g., driver, passenger and rear sides). The system provides remote control functions and enables passive keyless entry functions such as unlocking doors or trunk latches by detecting the presence of the key fob proximate to one or more sides of the vehicle based on the ability of the key fob to communicate over IEEE 802.15.4 via the additional antennas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Magna Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hasib Hassan, John Lu, Brian A. Gorman, Alex Porat
  • Patent number: 8228170
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for identifying an object placed on a clear surface. An indication is received that an object has been placed on the surface. A plurality of physical characteristics are identified that are associated with the object. Using the plurality of physical characteristics, a data structure is searched to determine the existence of a single object with physical characteristics that matches the plurality of physical characteristics. Responsive to a match, a determination is made as to whether the single object has an associated presentation. Responsive to an existence of the associated presentation, the associated presentation is presented to a user through the clear surface on which the object has been placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lydia M. Do, Pamela A. Nesbitt, Lisa A. Seacat
  • Patent number: 8207814
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes embodiments of a power-over-ethernet (“POE”) controller and an access control system comprising the same. In an embodiment, the access control system includes a POE controller configured to couple with a Fire Access Control Panel of an automated Fire Detection System. The access control system may further include one or more peripheral devices coupled with the POE controller and configured to be powered with electrical power received via an ethernet port of the POE controller. The peripheral devices may include an access device, a door strike, and a digital output device. Embodiments of a kit containing one or more partially or fully assembled components of the access control system are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: UTC Fire & Security Americas Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Herzog Biles, Charles Russell Eurich, James Michael Festa, Steven George Hemmer, Alex Rodriguez, Khalil W. Yacoub
  • Patent number: 8187095
    Abstract: A universal game console controller that has an LCD presenting, depending on what type of game console a user has input, a controller key layout for a first type of game console or a controller key layout for a second type of game console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Ling Jun Wong, Utkarsh Pandya, Biranchi Narayan Rout
  • Patent number: 8180293
    Abstract: An apparatus, device, methods, computer program product, and system are to make a determination that a first device associated with a vehicle is in proximity to a wireless device, transmit a signal from the first device to the wireless device to cause the wireless device to display information related to the vehicle, and perform an operation with respect to the vehicle based at least in part on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8138886
    Abstract: An active lock system includes wireless communication capability and information display and processing functions providing convenience, security and privacy protect usable as a secured lock and/or as a lock box for storing a key or code, permitting access to a locked premise. The lock system consists of a keyless lock device with a coded input control for locking and unlocking itself, a compartment for storing objects, a wireless communication device for receiving cell phone calls and performing identity verification, an information processing and display device for capturing, storing and displaying data, instructions, images, graphics, messages, advertisements and system operational information, and a handle for attaching the lock system to a property it protects and controls access. The communication device operates under cell phone communication standards and decodes dial tone signals whereas the information display offers data interaction, procedural instructions and ads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Ifay F. Chang
  • Patent number: 8125335
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a metal detector gate comprising two uprights (12, 14) housing sensors forming a metal mass detector, particularly transmitter/receiver coils (20, 22), associated with a power supply and processing module (30), and defining between them a channel for individuals to be checked to pass through, at least one of the uprights (12, 14) comprising a series of light sources (40) distributed over its height to display alarms, characterized in that it also comprises a radioactive radiation detector (25) associated with the power supply and processing module (30) and that said module is suitable for controlling the light sources (40) so that a part of the colors generated by the light sources (40) is associated with the signals from the metal mass detector and a different series of colors is associated with the signals from the radioactive radiation detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Alessandro Manneschi
  • Patent number: 8126400
    Abstract: An apparatus, device, methods, computer program product, and system make a determination that a wireless device is in proximity to at least one secondary wireless device, and determine an aggregate user interface on the wireless device based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120019356
    Abstract: A machine including a processor, a power button, a fingerprint scanner coupled on the power button, and an authentication application executable by the processor for comparing a user fingerprint image with a stored fingerprint image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Eric Gagneraud, Alexis Aimard
  • Patent number: 8020780
    Abstract: A thermostatic control system having a configurable lock mechanism. The mechanism may be for preventing unauthorized or unintended operation of the thermostatic control system. The system may have a manual or an automatic lock out. If the manual or automatic lock out is not effected, the system may be configured to automatically effect a lock out after a certain period of time. To remove the lock out may require a coded entry. The lock out may be full or partial with respect to the functionality of the system. The lock out mechanism may be applicable to a wireless remote control of a thermostatic system; however, it may also be applicable, for instance, to a wall module thermostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Schultz, Cary Leen, Heidi J. Finch
  • Publication number: 20110208366
    Abstract: A command filter module filters receives a plurality commands intended for receipt by devices interconnected within a utility grid. The command filter module may authorize the plurality of commands for execution by the respective devices based on predetermined set of command rules. Historical and real-time data may be implemented by the command filter module to perform an authorization decision for the plurality of commands. Authorized commands may be transmitted by the command filter module for receipt by the respective devices. The command filter module may generate rejection messages corresponding to unauthorized commands. The rejection messages may be transmitted to a source of an unauthorized command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: Accenture Global Services GmbH
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Taft
  • Patent number: 7956762
    Abstract: A controller (500) in an electric drive system is used to develop power generation failure diagnostics. During operation, the controller (500) receives a set of generator inputs, a set of machine parameters, and a set of diagnostic values. Next, the controller (500) determines a set of expected operating values corresponding to the set of diagnostic values. The controller (500) then compares the obtained diagnostic values to one or more corresponding expected operating values. If the difference is greater than a threshold, the controller (500) provides an appropriate fault indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Bailey, Matthew Hendrickson, Frederick Beach
  • Publication number: 20110115634
    Abstract: A storage element stores identification information identifying to-be-monitored objects (TBMO) and prohibited behavior conditions indicating behaviors respectively prohibited to the TBMO in an area. Entry monitoring elements monitor as specific TBMO, TBMO which enter the area, and judge whether or not specific identification information identifying the specific to TBMO exists in the identification information stored in the storage element. When identification information coincident with the specific identification information exists in the identification information, behavior monitoring element monitor based on the specific identification information, the specific TBMO which behave in the area, and generate behavior information indicating behaviors of the specific TBMO.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira Monden
  • Patent number: 7872577
    Abstract: A security system for monitoring a door movably disposed within a frame a lock adjustable between a locked configuration and an unlocked configuration and a lock sensor configured to generate a signal when the lock adjusts to the unlocked configuration. A door sensor is configured to generate a signal when the door displaces with respect to the frame and an alarm device is configured to provide an alarm. A control is coupleable with the lock and door sensors and is switchable between armed and disarmed modes. The control is configured to operate in the armed mode such that the control activates the alarm when the control receives the door sensor signal prior to a receipt of the lock sensor signal. Alternatively, the control switches to the disarmed mode when the control receives the lock sensor signal prior to a receipt of the door sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Harrow Products LLC
    Inventor: George Frolov
  • Patent number: 7750923
    Abstract: A display device for use with a computer adapted for operation in an unrestricted use mode and a limited function mode and a method for enforcing a limited function mode display is disclosed. The display device enters a limited function mode when a condition of non-compliance with an operating policy is discovered by the computer. Additionally, the display device may also enter a limited function mode upon powering up or when connections to the computer and/or selected components of the display are disabled or disconnected. When in the limited function mode, the display may support a limited function interface for use in correcting the condition of non-compliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Hanumant Kumar Yadav, William J. Westerinen, Todd L. Carpenter, Stephen Richard Drake
  • Publication number: 20100164680
    Abstract: A system for identifying a person includes at least one biometric sensor for sensing a biometric characteristic of the person; at least one signal sensor for sensing a signal emitted from a device carried by the person; and a computing device for comparing the sensed biometric characteristic and the sensed signal to known characteristics of the person in an attempt to identify the person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: L3 COMMUNICATIONS INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, L.P.
    Inventors: Jerry W. Yancey, Valentin Francisco Gavito, JR., Aya Nagao Bennett, Deepak Prasanna, Matthew P. DeLaquil
  • Patent number: 7725077
    Abstract: An apparatus, device, methods, computer program product, and system make a determination that a wireless device is in proximity to at least one secondary wireless device, and determine an aggregate user interface on the wireless device based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund 1, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7705731
    Abstract: An inspection system including a first subsystem including a first identity verification system and a passenger screening system each configured to receive information from a passenger and store the verified information in a database, and a second subsystem including at least a second identity verification system configured to receive information from the passenger, the second subsystem configured to compare the verified identity information to the information received from the passenger at the second subsystem to verify the identity of the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Morpho Detection, Inc.
    Inventor: Hoke S. Trammell, III
  • Patent number: 7652555
    Abstract: A container that is capable of outputting information related to objects stored in the container. The container is able to output information for objects that are stored by the container and that have identification tags physically associated with them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Hull, Jamey Graham, Dar-Shyang Lee
  • Publication number: 20100001829
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an anti-vehicle theft identification system, which comprises an input device and at least one identification system. The input device is used to read data from a card, and the identification system is installed on a vehicle body. The identification system further comprises a memory unit, an identification unit, a control unit and a light emitting component. The memory unit stores data for comparison and identification. The identification unit compares the data read by the input device with the data stored in the memory unit to determine whether the two pieces of data coincide. If the two pieces of data coincide, the identification unit triggers the control unit to turn on the light emitting component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Inventor: Neng-Wei Chang
  • Patent number: 7633390
    Abstract: A system and device for use in a security area, and more particularly, a rack system and holding device for placing various objects that are processed through a security area are taught.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: SecurityPoint Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Joseph T. Ambrefe, Jr.