Wireless Transmitter Patents (Class 340/5.64)
  • Patent number: 10719999
    Abstract: A method according to one embodiment includes determining, by an access control device that controls access to a passageway, a location of a mobile device relative to the access control device based on a signal distance traveled and an angle of arrival of a signal received by the access control device from the mobile device, determining whether the location of the mobile device relative to the access control device is a location that indicates an intent of the user of the mobile device to access the passageway, and unlocking a lock mechanism of the access control device in response to a determination that the location of the mobile device relative to the access control device indicates that the user intends to access the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Devin A. Love, Joseph W. Baumgarte, Ryan C. Kincaid
  • Patent number: 10647289
    Abstract: A vehicle may include: a motor, nodes, sensors, puddle lights, and processor(s) configured to: command the nodes to produce high power signal patterns to link with a mobile device; command at least some of the nodes to produce low power signal patterns to link with the mobile device based detecting the high power link; activate at least some of the puddle lights based on the low power link. The vehicle may activate at least some of the puddle lights based on the low power link by running processing software on measurements captured by the nodes based on the low power link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David McNabb, Vivekanandh Elangovan, Erick Michael Lavoie, John Robert Van Wiemeersch
  • Patent number: 10619380
    Abstract: A electronic lock system and method including an electronic lock, a mobile device and/or a wireless device. The electronic lock is capable of sending a message to the mobile device via wireless communication and/or to the wireless device based on a triggering event. The mobile device and/or the wireless device may in turn perform an action based on the received message. In one embodiment, the electronic lock, the mobile device the wireless device communicate with one another wirelessly via Bluetooth communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: John R. Ahearn, Joseph W. Baumgarte, Gabriel D. Focke, Michael S. Henney
  • Patent number: 10612272
    Abstract: An electronic lock includes a lock mechanism operable to change a state thereof between a lock state and an unlock state, and an electric control device including a motor module and a controller. The motor module is electrically operable to perform a lock operation or an unlock operation on the lock mechanism. The controller is configured to, when the lock mechanism changes the state thereof, determine whether a driving current provided to drive operation of the motor module satisfies a predetermined current condition. The controller stops driving operation of the motor module after determining at least that the driving current satisfies the predetermined current condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Tong Lung Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsung-Li Wu, Tsung-Chung Huang, Ruei-Jie Jeng, Chun-Yi Fang
  • Patent number: 10569741
    Abstract: A vehicle communicating with a remote controller is provided. A vehicle includes a plurality of car antennas; a storage configured to store a distance value between the first and second key antennas; and a controller configured to select at least two of the plurality of car antennas, control transmission of signals through the selected at least two car antennas, obtain a distance value between the first and second key antennas of the remote controller based on the received signal strength and the transmission strength of the at least two car antennas when a received signal strength of at least two signals received by the first key antenna and a received signal strength value of at least two signals received by the second key antenna are received from the remote controller, and authenticate the remote controller based on the obtained distance value and the distance value stored in the storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, KIA Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Mingu Park, Hyung Gyu Ra, Jaekwon Jung
  • Patent number: 10553059
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment pertains to a method of operating an electronic lockset during a plurality of iterations of a recurring period of time, wherein the electronic lockset includes a first electronic component. The method generally includes generating a usage score for the electronic component based on usage of the electronic lockset during the first iteration of the recurring period of time, selecting a schedule for the electronic component based on the first usage score, and during a second iteration of the recurring period of time occurring after the first iteration of the recurring period of time, operating the electronic component operating according to the selected schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Joshua A. Long, Joseph W. Baumgarte, John Luif
  • Patent number: 10531187
    Abstract: An audio beam forming and signal processing system includes at least one image capture device, an array of audio sensors, and a controller. The at least one image capture device is configured to capture images of a monitored zone. The array of audio sensors is configured to detect audio signals from one or more audio sources within the monitored zone. The controller is configured to: analyze at least one image captured by the image capture device to identify an audio source within the monitored zone; determine two or fewer audio source location parameters indicative of the location of the audio source in the monitored zone; and cause the array of audio sensors to form an audio beam directed at the audio source based on the two or fewer audio source location parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nortek Security & Control LLC
    Inventors: Laura Elizabeth Knight, Philip Alan Bunker
  • Patent number: 10507884
    Abstract: A service brake caliper and the parking brake caliper (hereinafter called P caliper) are supported by a swing arm rotatably supporting the rear wheel. The service brake caliper and the P caliper are configured to brake the brake disc. In the rear brake device of the vehicle, the service brake caliper and the P caliper are fixed to a stay member, the stay member being supported by the swing arm. At least some of the service brake caliper and the P caliper are arranged in positions forward of a vehicle body and upward of the vehicle body from an axle of the rear wheel. A first boss and a third boss are arranged on a straight line passing through a center point of the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kosuke Inase, Masayuki Iwata, Kazuhiko Gogo
  • Patent number: 10464529
    Abstract: Methods and systems for improving security of a vehicle are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method comprises receiving, from a requester, a request to access a vehicle compartment of a vehicle; determining a scope of access of the vehicle compartment for the requester based on an operation of the vehicle; and configuring a lock mechanism of the vehicle compartment based on the scope of access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Didi Research America, LLC
    Inventors: Jiang Zhang, Fengmin Gong, Xiaoyong Yi, Qi Chen, Yu Wang
  • Patent number: 10435926
    Abstract: A retractable handle arrangement comprising a handle movable between stowed, deployed and operative states, and including first and second deployment means both of which are operable independently to move the handle from the stowed state to the deployed state. The first deployment mechanism is electrically actuated and the second deployment mechanism is manually actuated. The second deployment mechanism is a two-state latching mechanism, which may be a so-called ‘push-push’ mechanism, operable to deploy the handle when triggered by a small inward movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Olly Brown, Peter Lumsden, Bruno Gaouyer, Sean Edwards
  • Patent number: 10407026
    Abstract: A vehicle configured to communicate with a server of a cloud system to enable access to use the vehicle via one or more electronic keys is provided. The vehicle includes electronics and a subsystem of the vehicle for enabling unlocking of the vehicle. The subsystem is interfaced with the electronics and a subsystem of the vehicle for enabling starting of the vehicle for use of the vehicle. The vehicle further includes communications circuitry that is interfaced with electronics of the vehicle. The communications circuitry is programmable to communicate with the server of the cloud system and communicate with a mobile device. The communications circuitry of the vehicle is configured to receive a request from the mobile device for unlocking of the vehicle. The request from the mobile device includes a unique access code obtained by the mobile device from the server to enable sending the request to the vehicle. The unique access code is associated with privileges for use of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Emerging Automotive, LLC
    Inventors: Angel A. Penilla, Albert S. Penilla
  • Patent number: 10400481
    Abstract: A fingerprint lock is disclosed herein, comprising a lock hook and a lock body, wherein the lock body comprises an upper housing, a lower housing, a main body and a fingerprint sensor component, the main body is located between the upper housing and the lower housing, and the upper housing is provided with a first opening; the main body comprises a battery, a main board, a bracket, a speed-reducing motor, a cam, a lock tongue and a pin, and the speed-reducing motor is mounted on the main board through the bracket, the battery, main board, bracket and speed-reducing motor are located between the upper housing and the lower housing in sequence, and the lock tongue is connected to one end of the speed-reducing motor through the cam; the fingerprint sensor component comprises a sensor body and a sensor cover, the sensor body being located between the battery and the sensor cover, and the sensor cover being matched with the first opening and clamped in the first opening; a first end of the lock hook is provided wi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Kwok Fong Wong
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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