Wireless Transmitter Patents (Class 340/5.64)
  • Patent number: 10388095
    Abstract: A locking device for a motor vehicle. A transmitting device, which is designed to send out a request signal into a surroundings of the motor vehicle in dependence on a predetermined triggering event, as well as a receiving device, which is designed to receive, within a predetermined time interval from the sending of the request signal in a predetermined frequency region, a response signal of a radio key from the surroundings, and a control device, which is designed, in event of a response signal received within the time interval, to unlock at least one lock of the locking device. An evaluation module is designed so that the transmitting device sends out an interference radio signal after the sending of the request signal within the time interval at least at one radio frequency lying outside the frequency region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Tobias Geier, Frank Müller
  • Patent number: 10366552
    Abstract: Methods, nodes, a power tool and computer programs for and in a power tool (100) for enabling unlocking and locking of the power tool for prevention of unauthorized use, the method comprising receiving (S100) an unlock message to a control unit (210), the message including an instruction to unlock the tool (100), unlocking (S110) the power tool (100) according to the instruction by the control unit (210) via an actuator unit (250), counting (S120) an authorization time period from reception of the first message to the control unit (210) by a counter (230), wherein when the counted authorization time period exceed a predetermined threshold, locking (S130) the power tool (100) by the control unit (210) via the actuator unit (250), thereby enabling prevention of unauthorized use of the power tool (100) by remote unlocking and locking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: NiDa Tech Sweden AB
    Inventors: Håkan Dackefjord, Warwick Taws
  • Patent number: 10319165
    Abstract: An electronic locking device can be configured to become active from a low power state, receive physical input to unlock, and provide access to a replaceable power supply. An electronic locking device can use a combination of physical input and discovery of an authorized mobile device to enable transition from a locked state to an unlocked state. Authorization can be internally stored or externally obtained through a service. An electronic locking device can match a series of physical interactions to a series of stored interactions to enable transition from a locked state to an unlocked state, when an authorized device is unavailable. An electronic locking device can provide access to a replaceable power supply when a latch is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: NOKE, INC.
    Inventors: David P. Gengler, Arthur Healey, Cameron Gibbs
  • Patent number: 10246905
    Abstract: A wireless ultra-low power portable lock may be realized as a lock apparatus including: a locking mechanism having at least locked and unlocked states, the locking mechanism operable to provide physical resistance to being unlocked when in the locked state; an actuator operable to move the locking mechanism from the locked state to the unlocked state in response to a received signal; and a controlling unit configured to control the actuator and to receive one or more signals from one or more devices external to the lock apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: VELO LABS, INC.
    Inventors: Jack Al-Kahwati, Gerardo Barroeta Perez
  • Patent number: 10139789
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for access decision evaluation in a building automation and control system, the method comprising: sending, from an accessing device (10) to an accessed device (20), an access request, sending, from the accessed device (20) to a central decision evaluation apparatus (30), an evaluation request asking if the access request is granted or denied, evaluating, at the central decision evaluation apparatus (30), the evaluation request using one or more central access control policies in order to reach a decision on if the access request is granted or denied, deriving, at the central decision evaluation apparatus (30), the one or more central access control policies that was used for evaluation into a device specific access policy, sending, from the central decision evaluation apparatus (30) to the accessed device (20), the decision and the device specific access policy, and storing, at the accessed device (20), the device specific access policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Amit Soni, Sandeep Shankaran Kumar, Sye Loong Keoh, Oscar Garcia Morchon, Fulong Ma
  • Patent number: 10083556
    Abstract: A vehicle access control system configured to estimate, based on received message, at least one of distance, position, or direction of a target to the vehicle prior to initiating the engine of the vehicle, the vehicle access control system comprises a master node and at least one slave node. The target is in communication with the master node and the slave node via a communication link having low energy consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Vivek Jain, Maurizio Bocca, Huang Lee, Christoph Lang, Abtin Keshavarzian
  • Patent number: 10085231
    Abstract: This application is directed to a method for initiating a driver mode or a passenger mode of an electronic device. A first wireless device determines whether a second wireless device associated with the user is communicatively connected to a vehicle. The second wireless device is distinct from the first wireless device. In accordance with determination that the second wireless device is connected to the vehicle, the first wireless device causes at least one of the first wireless device, the second wireless device and the vehicle kit device to operate in the driver mode configured for exchanging information between a driver and the vehicle. In accordance with determination that the second wireless device is not connected to the vehicle, the first wireless device detects that the first client device operates in proximity to the vehicle, and prevents the first and second wireless devices from operating in the driver mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Amit Jain, Michael E. Russell
  • Patent number: 10068402
    Abstract: One variation of an upgrade kit—for an ignition key corresponding to a vehicle and including an immobilizer transponder and a keyless entry transmitter—includes: a wireless jammer configured to interfere with wireless transmission from the immobilizer transponder; a wireless receiver configured to receive an unlock request from an external device; a relay configured to actuate the keyless entry transmitter to unlock a door of the vehicle in response to the unlock request; and an enclosure configured to contain the wireless receiver and a portion of the ignition key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Zipcar, Inc.
    Inventors: John Stanfield, Eric D. Aeby, Michael Javault, Clement Gires, Brian Ng
  • Patent number: 10059257
    Abstract: A system for identifying a location of an external vehicle feature on approach by a user of the vehicle is disclosed, comprising (1) a vehicle including a steering system, a drive system, a brake system, a processor, and memory; (2) a control module coupled to the processor and configured to receive a wireless communication from a mobile device indicative of a user's proximity to the vehicle; and (3) a brake module coupled to the control module and configured to illuminate a lighting device on receipt of the wireless communication to identify a location of the vehicle feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gerardo Brigido Delgado, Ricardo David Luna Olvera
  • Patent number: 9978194
    Abstract: An access control device including a credential reader circuit configured to enter a standby mode, awaken from a standby mode, and receive data from a nearby credential. The access control device further includes a credential detection circuit having a memory configured to store program instructions, an antenna, and a processor electrically coupled to the antenna and to the credential reader circuit, wherein the processor is configured to execute the stored program instructions to: transmit an interrogation signal, receive a reflected interrogation signal with the antenna, transmit an activation signal to the credential reader circuit in response to the received reflected interrogation signal wherein the reflected interrogation signal includes I and Q values, receive a false detection signal from the credential reader circuit, and adjust at least one of the I and Q threshold values of the reflected interrogation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: David I. Newby, Frank A. Nardelli, William B. Ainley, Michael Reuter, David Smith, Jineesh Kunnoth
  • Patent number: 9959439
    Abstract: Techniques for tracking a location of an item retainer are described. In an example, a computer system may receive one or more signals from one or more devices. At least one device may be located at a distance from a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader. The RFID reader may be located at a space opening and may cover a read zone around the space opening. The signal(s) may indicate that a condition to activate the RFID reader is met. This condition may be associated with a state of the space opening or a proximity of an item retainer to the read zone. The computer system may activate the RFID reader based on the condition being met and may determine a progress of the item retainer through the space opening based on whether an RFID tag was read by the RFID reader while the RFID reader was activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tak Keung Joseph Lui, Alton Paul Werronen, Maju Cheruvallil Kuruvilla
  • Patent number: 9906892
    Abstract: A short range wireless communication system (10) includes a short range wireless communication sensor (1,5) and a mobile terminal (3) adapted to interact with the short range wireless communication sensor (1,5), wherein such a mobile terminal (3) includes a detector (31) adapted to detect at least a movement of the mobile terminal (3) following the interaction with the short range wireless communication sensor (1,5) and wherein the mobile terminal (3) comprises a controller (39), particularly a microprocessor, adapted to control at least an operation based on such movement and the interaction with the short range wireless communication sensor (1,5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: S.I.SV .EL. SOCIETÁ ITALIANA PER LO SVILUPPO DELL 'ELETTRONICA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Antonio Lotito
  • Patent number: 9896877
    Abstract: A barrier operator feature enhancement device is designed to provide one or more features found in modern barrier operator devices and to incorporate those features into a previously installed barrier operator system. To facilitate ease of use, the barrier operator feature enhancement device can communicate with a large variety of barrier operators. Such communication may be wireless or wired, depending on the communication protocol implemented by a particular previously installed barrier operator. To facilitate the ease of installation, the device is designed to configure itself to operate with the communication protocol of the previously installed barrier operator. Once configured to be able to communicate with the previously installed barrier operator, the feature enhancement device works with the barrier operator to provide one or more additional features to enhance the capabilities of the previously installed barrier operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Fitzgibbon, Robert R. Keller, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9879466
    Abstract: A GDCM device having a processor coupled to the at least one memory, at least one connection terminal, a network module coupling the GDCM device to a local wireless network, the at least one connection terminal communicably coupled to at least one garage door opener, and the processor configured to cause an action based on a determination of the proximity of a transmitter to the at least one garage door opener, the proximity of the transmitter being determined using at least one of geofencing technology, image recognition technology or voice recognition technology, the GDCM device coupling magnetically to the at least one garage door opener and having a plurality of sensors for distinguishing individual and vehicle, the GDCM performing one or a plurality of actions sequentially or simultaneously on a single or plurality of garage door openers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Chengfu Yu
  • Patent number: 9862339
    Abstract: A system and method for applying driver preference settings for a vehicle. A electronic control unit (ECU) of the vehicle determines whether a touch sensor disposed on a driver door handle of the vehicle is triggered. Upon determining that the touch sensor is triggered, the ECU transmits an exterior search signal from at least one antenna associated with the driver door. The ECU further determines whether a valid response signal was received from a fob in response to the transmitted exterior search signal, the valid response signal include an identification code unique to the fob (e.g., the driver). The ECU can assign a driver preference settings based on the identification code received in the valid response signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Brian K Lickfelt, Kentaro Yoshimura, Chyuan Y Muh
  • Patent number: 9852094
    Abstract: Described embodiments provide a device configured to be coupled to a shared bus. The device includes a magnetic field sensing element to sense a magnetic field. Upon receiving a configuration command over the shared bus, the device determines whether a parameter of the sensed magnetic field meets a predetermined criteria. If the parameter of the sensed magnetic field meets the predetermined criteria, the device responds to the configuration command by applying one or more configuration settings. Otherwise, if the parameter of the sensed magnetic field does not meet the predetermined criteria, the device ignores the configuration command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Allegro MicroSystems, LLC
    Inventors: Jesse Lapomardo, Craig S. Petrie, Matthew Regan, Michael C. Doogue
  • Patent number: 9830754
    Abstract: A control method for opening a tail gate for a vehicle capable of performing an auto opening operation of the tail gate includes steps of primarily sensing an intention of a user carrying a smart key to open the tail gate and then performing secondary sensing to confirm whether a distance between the smart key and the tail gate is equal to or more than a predetermined distance. Thus, any damage or interference of the tail gate may be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Jong Gyu Kim
  • Patent number: 9787716
    Abstract: A power-saving control apparatus includes a memory storing first to Nth different authentication codes, determines, every time a signal including an authentication code is received, whether the authentication code in the received signal is a valid code which matches one of the authentication codes in the memory, outputs an operation signal to a main apparatus when the authentication code in the received signal is determined to be the valid code, and generates a new authentication code, when (a) the number of times the authentication code in each received signal matches a first authentication code of the authentication codes in the memory is equal to a predetermined value or (b) the authentication code in the received signal matches a second or subsequent authentication code of the authentication codes in the memory, to delete one of the authentication codes in the memory, and to store the new authentication code in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Keisuke Mera, Yusuke Doi, Takafumi Sakamoto, Toshiyuki Umeda, Shoji Otaka
  • Patent number: 9768509
    Abstract: Provided is an antenna coil component including a bobbin around which a winding is wound, a base provided at least at one end side of the bobbin, and one or more metal terminals each fixed to the base, at least one metal terminal among these metal terminals including a fixing part for fixing the metal terminal to the base, a mounting part provided at a position away from the fixing part, and a neck part for connecting the fixing part and the mounting part to each other. The neck part has a length in a direction substantially orthogonal to a direction from the fixing part to the mounting part and substantially parallel to surfaces of the mounting part, which is narrower than that of the mounting part. Provided as well are an antenna unit using the antenna coil component, and a method of manufacturing the antenna coil component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: SUMIDA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kei Tanaka, Takanobu Rokuka, Hitoshi Moriya, Shigeru Mahara, Noriaki Iwasaki, Yoshinori Miura, Kei Nagabayashi, Yoshimasa Abe
  • Patent number: 9755747
    Abstract: The present invention provides an optical signal processing device and a decoding method for an optical signal reception control device. The optical signal processing device includes one of the following: a power control apparatus, where the power control apparatus is configured to control power-on and power-off of a power supply according to an optical signal, or, a clock apparatus, where the clock apparatus is configured to store time of opening and closing a door; or, a charging apparatus, where the charging apparatus is configured to charge an optical signal transmitting apparatus. The present invention can control power-on and power-off of a power supply automatically and save electric energy effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: KUANG-CHI INTELLIGENT PHOTONIC TECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventors: Ruopeng Liu, Lin Luan, Chunlai Li, Min Liu
  • Patent number: 9679425
    Abstract: We describe a control and monitoring system and method for access to a restricted area, such as mass transport systems (subways, trains, airports, ships and others), commercial buildings, schools, factories, datacenters, and other places with people moving, composed of a Processing Unit (10) that receives information both from a User Authentication Device (20) and an Image Capture Device (40). The Processing Unit (10) processes this information determining user category as well as user location, speed and direction of movement within a Gated Area (GA). In turn, the Processing Unit (10) triggers one or more Bars of Luminous Elements (31) arranged in Barriers (30) limiting a Gated Area (GA), giving every user (Authorized User [AU], Unauthorized User [UU] or Special User [SU]) a User Category Window (311, 312 or 313) that follows the movement of the user within the Gated Area (GA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: DIGICON S.A. CONTROLE ELECTRÔNICO PARA MECÂNICA
    Inventors: Peter Richard Elbling, Mário Arand
  • Patent number: 9667412
    Abstract: A method for unlocking a display screen of an electronic device includes activating the display screen which is locked of the electronic device when receiving a communication signal from a key, and generating an unlocked icon on the display screen. A request is sent to the key for generating first audio information after the unlocked icon is pressed, and the first audio information of an unlock code is received from the key. When the first audio information is the same as second audio information generated by a decryption algorithm stored in the storage device of the electronic device, the display screen of the electronic device is unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WuHan) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yong-Zhao Huang
  • Patent number: 9650808
    Abstract: There is described a self-powered lock system for a movable member coupled to a lock mechanism having a first state in which the movable member is locked and a second state in which the movable member is unlocked. The system comprises an electrical energy storage device having an electrical charge stored therein, a control unit for controlling the lock mechanism, a trigger unit for triggering an unlocking of the lock mechanism, and a passive detection unit for detecting an activation of the trigger unit. Upon detection of the activation, a conductive path is provided between the control unit and the storage device for powering the control unit with the charge stored in the storage device. The lock mechanism is in turn unlocked by the control unit. A generator coupled to the storage device may then generate electrical energy and store the generated energy in the storage device for future use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: KABA ILCO CORP.
    Inventors: Sylvain Martel, Catalin Nastasa
  • Patent number: 9599418
    Abstract: A signal from a wireless network and identify a parameter of the signal associated with the wireless network may be detected. A determination may be made whether to enable or disable a safety lock of a firearm in view of the parameter of the signal associated with the wireless network. Furthermore, a command may be transmitted to the safety lock of the firearm in view of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Alexander G. Steele
  • Patent number: 9535044
    Abstract: An aging environment measurement apparatus measures aging environment data within an oak barrel and transmits the measured aging environment data within the oak barrel to a server, and the aging environment measurement apparatus is mounted in a bung of the oak barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignees: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE, DONGAONE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bong Wan Kim, Jun Wook Lee, Hyun-joong Kang, Sungsoo Kang, Jong-Suk Chae
  • Patent number: 9533654
    Abstract: A vehicle system and method that include a smart phone for communicating with a vehicle by an authorized user. The vehicle includes an FM transmitter that transmits vehicle information, including an authorization code, using an FM signal. The FM signal is received by the smart phone which deciphers the information, and automatically transmits a command signal back to the vehicle to perform a pre-programmed vehicle operation, such as unlocking the vehicle doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Talty, David T. Proefke, Craig Atiyeh, Alan T. Budyta
  • Patent number: 9477864
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a mobile device continuously and/or automatically scans a user environment for tags containing non-human-readable data. The mobile device may continuously and/or automatically scan the environment for tags without being specifically directed at a particular tag. The mobile device may be adapted to scan for audio tags, radio frequency tags, and/or image tags. The mobile device may be configured to scan for and identify tags within the user environment that satisfy a user preference. The mobile device may perform an action in response to identifying a tag that satisfies a user preference. The mobile device may be configured to scan for a wide variety of tags, including tags in the form of quick response codes, steganographic content, audio watermarks, audio outside of a human audible range, radio frequency identification tags, long wavelength identification tags, near field communication tags, and/or a Memory Spot device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: ELWHA, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel A. Gerrity, William Gates, Pablos Holman, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Jordin T. Kare, Royce A. Levien, Richard T. Lord, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, Nathan P. Myhrvold, John D. Rinaldo, Jr., Keith D. Rosema, Clarence T. Tegreene, Thomas Allan Weaver, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9382739
    Abstract: A method is provided for determining right or hand side door installation. A drive shaft of the door lock mechanism is rotated with the bolt in a clock wise direction or a counter-clock wise direction. The rotation continues until there is sufficient extension of the bolt to provide for a lock position of an associated door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: AUGUST HOME, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Johnson, Christopher Dow, Shih Yu Thomas Cheng, Thomas Peter Russo, Siddharth Gidwani
  • Patent number: 9266483
    Abstract: An in-vehicle charger includes a charging coil mounted to a vehicle including a communication device, and a control unit connected to the charging coil. The control unit is configured to detect a vehicle driving state based on a detection of an engine operation state of the vehicle or a parking brake release output of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Izumi Iwanaga, Kenichi Koike, Taro Katayama
  • Patent number: 9262880
    Abstract: A keyless entry system includes a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter includes an operation switch, transmission means, and transmission control means. The receiver includes receiving means and determination means. The transmission control means generates operation information including a function code corresponding to the operation switch and a count value corresponding to the number of operations of the operation switch. The transmission means transmits the operation information using a plurality of radio signals in different frequency bands. The receiving means receives the plurality of radio signals and detects the operation information from the plurality of received radio signals. The determination means specifies the content of an instruction to the device based on the function code and the count value included in the operation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Akira Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 9158911
    Abstract: A computerized method manages passwords to unlock an electronic device from a standby mode by taking changed GPS coordinates of a location of the electronic device and utilizing the changed coordinates in preset formulas to establish and require a new password in substitution for a current password, to allow unlocking of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong-Long Huang, Shou-Feng Fan, Huan-Huan Zhang, Xin Lu, Ying-He Zhao
  • Patent number: 9123244
    Abstract: A method for tracking an object through a system onboard a motor vehicle is provided. The method includes detecting a wireless device, determining a position of the wireless device, recognizing the position of the wireless device relative to the vehicle, analyzing the position of the wireless device with respect to a predefined conditional statement and activating an alert according to the satisfying of the predefined conditional statement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Laith Daman, Kyle Nicholas Golsch
  • Patent number: 9117340
    Abstract: A method of player tracking includes generating, by a transmitting device, a signal modulated to contain an identification of the transmitting device, charging at least a portion of a first touch surface on the transmitting device with the signal such that the signal is present and transmittable, transmitting, the signal from the first touch surface through the signal conduit to a second touch surface on a receiving device, receiving, by a gaming system, an authentication request comprising the identification, authenticating, by the gaming system, the transmitting device based on the identification, and linking, by the gaming system, the transmitting device with the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Alexander Popovich, William McMaster
  • Patent number: 9086879
    Abstract: A method for activating a remote device is provided. In response to a determination that a remote device is within a first mode signal range of a vehicle and the remote device is moving, the method activates a second mode communication module of the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Neeraj R. Gautama, Daniel G. Foisy, Ismail Hamieh, Jonathan L. Oakes
  • Patent number: 9077543
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing proof of multiple entities being co-located at a specific time and location. An attestor transmits an attestation message via short range communication; the attestation message includes a time stamp, a location stamp, and a verifiable digital signature. An attestee that stores the attestation message can produce the attestation message at a later time to any interested party, as proof of co-location with the attestor at the specified time and location. In one exemplary embodiment, the methods and apparatus are substantially “open” for public implementation. Such public implementation enables attestors and attestees without prior affiliation, to provide attestation. Furthermore, the device-agnostic methods and apparatus can provide attestation capabilities even in previously deployed systems and devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Achim Luft, Maik Bienas, Andreas Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9035761
    Abstract: In a method for controlling a car using a car key, a selected function is received from a function menu displayed on an operation interface of a display device of the car key. System data about the car is acquired from a management unit of the car, and devices of the car are controlled using the management unit, according to the selected function. The system data about the car or status of the devices of the car is displayed on the operation interface of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Chun-Chih Yu
  • Patent number: 9019131
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for human body communication are provided. A communication signal for transmission through the human body is generated. The communication signal is transmitted when the terminal is in contact with the human body. The touch is detected, and a communication signal is determined based on a number of the touch and a duration of the touch. A function corresponding to the communication signal is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Hyung Tae Kim, Hee Chan Choi
  • Patent number: 9013268
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to the field of RFID (radio frequency identification). Some particularly preferred embodiments relate to a high-Q, so-called “full duplex” (FDX) RFID Reader. An RFID tag reader, the reader comprising: an electromagnetic (em) field generator for generating an electromagnetic (em) field for modulation by said tag, said modulation comprising modulated load of said em field by said tag; a detector system responsive to fluctuations in strength of said em field at said reader; a negative feedback system responsive to said detector system to provide a control signal for said em field generator for controlling said em field generator to reduce said detected fluctuations; and a demodulator responsive to said control of said em field to demodulate said em field modulation by said tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Cambridge Resonant Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Nicholas Patrick Roland Hill
  • Patent number: 9013269
    Abstract: A lock release apparatus in a vehicle includes a vehicle unit and a portable device, for an exchange of the first and second reference signals transmitted therebetween from the portable device through human body of the driver toward the right and left hands of the driver onto the first and second interfaces. The signals received by the interfaces are used to set the first and second determination conditions. At a time of a shift lever operation, an interface on a shift lever is used to receive the first determination signal for determining the first determination condition, together with the second determination signal from the other interface for releasing the lock of the shift lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keisuke Hachisuka, Osamu Katayama
  • Publication number: 20150102907
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes techniques for controlling access a restricted location (114) as well as a system (100) for doing so. According to various implementations, a potential entrant to the restricted location needs to transmit two values to an access authorization device (108) located at the perimeter (112) of the restricted location in order to gain access. In one implementation, the system provides an authentication code to a first device (116) (e.g., a smartphone) via wireless communication link (120) (e.g., over a cellular network) and displays a visual image (127) with an embedded access code at a display device (104). The second device (118), which is securely paired with the first device, captures the image and sends the image data to the first device. Using the authentication code and the access code, the first device derives the two values to gain access to the restricted location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventor: Peyman Hadizad
  • Patent number: 9007173
    Abstract: A wireless device access system that employs directional antennas for short-range wireless communication to detect the proximity and orientation of a user device with respect to a structure is disclosed. The access system receives and authenticates an unlock request and confirms the proximity and orientation of the user device prior to transmitting an unlock command to the structure. This authentication may occur through the use of substantially opposing directional antennas separated by a ground plane. Additionally, the wireless device may require the proximity of a user token prior to operation and/or the access system may include an override within the structure blocking any unlock command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Yikes LLC
    Inventors: Jim E. McIntyre, Andrew Joseph Robertson, William Benjamin Robertson
  • Patent number: 9002536
    Abstract: A mobile device enabling one or more processors to receive vehicle key security codes from a vehicle key. The mobile device may receive a signal from a transmitter associated with a vehicle key, the signal being indicative of one or more security codes associated with the vehicle key. The mobile device may store the one or more security codes in memory and configure a mobile device application to implement one or more vehicle control functions using the security codes. The mobile device may wirelessly transmit commands for implementing the one or more vehicle control functions using the security codes to a vehicle associated with the key. The wireless transmission of commands may include short range wireless communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Anthony Hatton
  • Publication number: 20150091697
    Abstract: A trigger includes a segment for exercising throttle control and a segment for exercising brake control. A switch is provided in a radio control transmitter. The switch can be depressed by pulling the trigger in a direction of an arrow A. Setting of full throttle can be assigned to the switch. Full throttle can be turned on only when the switch is depressed by the trigger. It is possible to control on/off of the full throttle easily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Michihiro Takayasu, Hideo Kitazawa
  • 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: 8976002
    Abstract: A universal remote control system is disclosed. The universal remote control includes a receiver that has a wireless signal receiver unit, an electric motor that drives a mechanical arm and a microprocessor. When the receiver receives a control signal from a wireless signal transmitter, the microprocessor will energize the motor which drives the mechanical arm toward a pushbutton switch of a controlled device, such as a garage door opener, and depresses the push button, therefore activating the garage door opener. A feedback signal, for example, from the mechanical arm or the motor, may be provided to the microprocessor to inform the microprocessor when the pushbutton switch is sufficiently depressed and is in an engaged state. When the switch is in the engaged state, the motor will reverse its direction, causing the mechanical arm to raise and move back to a standby position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Philip Yu Wing Tsui, Gallen Ka Leung Tsui
  • Patent number: 8976006
    Abstract: Disclosed are alternate embodiments of various components of a barrier operator system. and methods of operation, including of the mechanical drive subsystem with segmented and self-locking rail unit, rail mounting supports, belt and chain drive tensioning, and drive assembly carriage and interface; the electronics and software routines for controlled operation of the various barrier operator functions; wall console communications with the barrier operator; encryption and decryption of access codes; establishment and monitoring of travel limits and barrier speed and force profiles; thermal protection of barrier operator drive motors; and establishment and control of communications from the barrier operator to accessories by way of a wireless adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Overhead Door Corporation
    Inventors: Leroy G. Krupke, Mark Raymond Wilzbach
  • Publication number: 20150061830
    Abstract: Upon determination that a mobile device is present within a first communication area, a control device maintains transmitter power output of an electromagnetic wave to be transmitted from a communication section. Further, the mobile device decreases sensitivity for receiving the electromagnetic wave such that the first communication area is narrowed to a second communication area. Then, the control device determines, based on presence/absence of a response from the mobile device, whether the mobile device is present within the second communication area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Katsuyasu Yamane, Shinichi Arie, Masayuki Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8970352
    Abstract: Implementing remote garage door opener functions includes providing, via a computer processor, a graphical user interface on a display device and prompting a user via the graphical user interface to program a garage door opener unit that is in communicative range of a transceiver. The functions also include receiving a response, from the user via an input control of the display device, indicating an acceptance by the user to program the garage door opener unit. Upon determining via the transceiver that the garage door opener unit is in programming mode, the functions include transmitting a request to the transceiver over a vehicle network to initiate synchronization between the vehicle and the garage door opener unit and receiving, from the garage door opener unit upon completion of the synchronization, an acknowledgement of successful synchronization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Timothy H. Holt, Kenneth M. Swartz, Mark R. Willey
  • Patent number: 8963682
    Abstract: A multi-dimensional controller (150) controls the multiple parameters of a lighting system (250). A track-ball (100) that provides three axes of rotation (101-103), for example, is used to control each of three lighting parameters, such as chrominance, luminance, and saturation. In like manner, intensity, direction, and diffusion control may be controlled by a device with three degrees of freedom/control. Force-feedback (120) is optionally provided to indicate divergence from established presets (220) or recommended operating conditions. Switches (130) and other control elements are also provided to store or recall preset parameters (220), override scheduled lighting settings, and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijkle Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Elmo M. A. Diederiks, Martijn Santbergen, Gerard Hollemans
  • Publication number: 20150042452
    Abstract: A transmission arrangement for a radio station of an access system may include a printed circuit board with an upper main surface and a first metallisation plane in which conducting paths are formed. A drive circuit for supplying a frequency signal and an antenna structure are also provided. The antenna structure includes a coupling device, a conductor structure and a continuous, electrically conductive path having first and second ends opposite each other. The coupling device is configured to couple a frequency signal supplied by the drive circuit into the conductor structure. The first and/or second ends form end(s) of the conductor structure. The printed circuit board is retained at a distance from the first and/or second end by a gas or an electrically non-conductive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Guy-Aymar Chakam, Martin Weinberger