Selection From A Plurality Of Sensed Conditions Patents (Class 340/517)
  • Patent number: 10757790
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and a storage medium associated with a sensor hub are disclosed herein. In embodiments, a sensor hub may include a body with a plurality of apertures disposed on the sensor hub body at substantially equal distances to each other, oriented towards a plurality of directions, and a plurality of sensors disposed inside the sensor hub body to interface respective apertures, to sense ambient conditions in the plurality of directions via the apertures. The sensor hub may further include one or more communication interfaces to transmit the sensor data or results from processing the sensor data to an external recipient. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Sandhiprakash J. Bhide, Sheldon L. Sun, James Bigler, Christopher T. Sauvageau, Henry Bruce
  • Patent number: 10745950
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for determining operation of an openable barrier and direction of movement of a person through an opening controlled by the barrier. A method includes detecting with a hinge sensor a closed position for the barrier, the hinge sensor being mounted to a hinge of the barrier, determining with the hinge sensor when the barrier changes position from the closed position to an open position, detecting with at least one motion sensor motion of an object in proximity to the opening, and determining a direction of movement of the object through the opening based on whether the motion is detected before or after detecting the change in position of the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Ricks, Jeremy B. Warren
  • Patent number: 10733449
    Abstract: A monitoring system includes an imaging device, a controller, storage, and a notifying section. The imaging device captures an image of an imaging area to generate captured image data indicating a captured image. The controller detects events based on the captured image data. The events include a pre-event and a post-event detected after the pre-event has ended. The controller changes a first flag from an off state to an on state upon detecting the pre-event, and holds the first flag in the on state even after the pre-event has ended. The controller changes the second flag from the off state to the on state upon detecting the post-event, and directs the notifying section to notify of consecutive event occurrence information indicating that consecutive events have occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Fumiya Sakashita, Yoichi Hiranuma, Shoichi Sakaguchi, Shohei Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10708749
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for validating and supplementing emergency call information removing private information. A Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) receives an emergency (e.g., 911) call from a mobile device. Parts of the emergency call are processed to identify an emergency call location. Characteristics of the emergency call are combined with characteristics of other signals to identify an emergency call event, including an event location. The emergency call event is sent to the PSAP. Prior to receiving phase II data, and possibly even prior to receiving phase I data, the PSAP receives the event. The PSAP tailors dispatch of emergency resources responding to the emergency call based on characteristics of the event, including the event location. A privacy infrastructure spans signal ingestion, event detection, and event notification and protects the integrity of private information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Damien Patton, Rish Mehta, Christian Gratton, Michael B. Dodd
  • Patent number: 10701544
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for validating and supplementing emergency call information removing private information. A probability that an emergency call originated from a location is derived from features of a normalized signal version of the emergency call. An additional normalized signal is accessed within a specified distance of the location. The location is validated from features of the additional signal. An event is detected from the features of the normalized signal version of the emergency call based on the validated location. The validated location is associated with an obtained event truthfulness probability for the event. The event is sent to a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). A privacy infrastructure spans signal ingestion, event detection, and event notification and protects the integrity of private information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Banjo, Inc.
    Inventors: Damien Patton, Rish Mehta, Christian Gratton, Michael B. Dodd
  • Patent number: 10669025
    Abstract: A response system may be provided. The response system may include a security system and an autonomous drone. The security system includes a security sensor and a controller. The drone includes a processor, a memory in communication with the processor, and a drone sensor. The processor may be programmed to link the drone to the controller, build a virtual navigation map of the coverage area based, at least in part, upon initial sensor data stored by the drone, determine that the coverage area is unoccupied, deploy the drone from a docking station, control movement of the drone within the coverage area based upon the virtual navigation map, collect drone sensor data of the coverage area using the drone sensor, and/or analyze the collected drone sensor data to identify an abnormal condition within the coverage area, the abnormal condition including at least one of damage or theft occurring within the coverage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Bryan Flick
  • Patent number: 10657776
    Abstract: An alarm handling and viewing system includes an alarm display interface that enables the different alarms generated by the same control module, safety system module, device, etc., to be handled and viewed in a manner that is different than each other and/or that is different than the display parameters specified for the module or device that generates the alarms. The system thus enables the selection of various different alarms of a single control module, device, etc., to result in different plant displays, different faceplate displays, and/or different alarm handling parameters to be used to provide further information to the user regarding the selected alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Gary K. Law, Godfrey R. Sherriff, Brandon Hieb
  • Patent number: 10574558
    Abstract: In one example, a method includes receiving, by a computing system, first data defining an alarm associated with an infrastructure asset, the alarm having an alarm condition that causes a notification to be output indicating the alarm condition is met, and receiving, by the computing system, second data defining a one-time trigger condition for the alarm. The method also includes, in response to determining that the alarm condition is met and the one-time trigger condition for the alarm has not been met at least once, suppressing, by the computing system, output of notifications for the alarm, and in response to determining that the alarm condition is met and the one-time trigger condition for the alarm has been met at least once, outputting, by the computing device and for display, the notification indicating the alarm condition is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Equinix, Inc.
    Inventors: William Maloney, Pamela Brigham, Marcelo Schmidt, Ernest A Holloway, Jr., Christopher W Nigh
  • Patent number: 10530101
    Abstract: A plug-in connector part for connection to a mating plug-in connector part includes: a housing part; at least one electrical contact element, which is arranged on the housing part, for establishing electrical contact with the mating plug-in connector part; and a temperature-monitoring device including at least one sensor device for detecting a rise in temperature of the at least one contact element. The temperature-monitoring device includes a support element that extends over an entire surface thereof along a plane and includes at least one opening and one contact surface arranged at the at least one opening, the at least one contact element extending through the at least one opening such that the at least one contact element abuts the contact surface, and the at least one sensor device being arranged on the support element so as to detect a rise in temperature of the at least one contact element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventors: Markus Rose, Thomas Fuehrer
  • Patent number: 10527304
    Abstract: An air conditioning management systems and an air conditioning management method based on demand response requirements. Particularly, their implementation involves stepdown and precooling optimization within the air conditioning management system and air conditioning management method. The technical achievement is that even when demand response power limitation is required, a user can still enjoy optimum cooling comfort within the power restriction limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: ECOER Inc.
    Inventor: Jianliang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10510035
    Abstract: This patent specification relates to apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for providing home security/smart home objectives. More particularly, this patent specification relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate with each other and/or with a central server or a cloud-computing system to provide any of a variety of useful home security/smart home objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Shigefumi Honjo, Scott A. McGaraghan, Michael Plitkins, Maxime Veron, Isabel Guenette
  • Patent number: 10448324
    Abstract: Certain aspects involve power management subsystems for a distributed antenna system (“DAS”) or other telecommunication system. The power management subsystem can include a measurement module and an optimization module. The measurement module can monitor a utilization metric for a remote unit in the DAS or other telecommunication system. The power optimization module can determine whether the remote unit is underutilized based on the monitored utilization metric. The power optimization module can configure the remote unit for a low-power operation in response to determining that the remote unit is underutilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Neil T. Hobbs, Nelson Christian Schmidt, Jr., Michael J. Williamson, Fred William Phillips, Charles B. Morrison, Christopher Goodman Ranson, Thomas Kummetz, Matthew Thomas Melester
  • Patent number: 10383525
    Abstract: A medical device for the measurement of brain temperature data through the Abreu brain thermal tunnel (ABTT) is described. Brain temperature measurement is the key and universal indicator of both disease and health equally, and is the only vital sign that cannot be artificially changed by emotional states. Currently, brain temperature is difficult to measure. However, the present disclosure describes a device that readily locates the Abreu brain thermal tunnel, and is configured to provide a non-contact temperature reading of the brain. Embodiments of the disclosed device enable an individual to measure their own temperature and enable medical professionals to measure the temperature of others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Geelux Holdings, Ltd.
    Inventor: Marcio Marc Abreu
  • Patent number: 10382375
    Abstract: In some embodiments, security and/or automation systems, collectively referred to as automation systems, may facilitate communications between a remote user and an occupant of a residence. The automation system may receive one or more communications from a user and deliver the communication to the specified recipient when the recipient occupies the residence. The automation system may determine the recipient is proximate the residence and may notify the recipient of the pending communication. The recipient may use the control panel or another device associated with the security and/or automation system to receive the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Mahar, Matthew J. Eyring, Clint Huson Gordon-Carroll, Jeremy B. Warren, James Ellis Nye, Jefferson Huhta Lyman
  • Patent number: 10324474
    Abstract: Vehicles and methods of navigating vehicles comprise at least three receiver antennae configured to receive radio frequency (RF) signals from one or more RF-transmitting antennae coupled to an object, receiver circuitry coupled to the receiver antennae to acquire the RF signals and to determine timing information from the acquired RF signals, memory storing information related to fixed distances between each receiver antenna and each other receiver antenna, a processor configured to determine a relative position of the vehicle with respect to the one or more RF-transmitting antennae based on the stored information related to the fixed distances between each receiver antenna and each other receiver antenna and on the timing information determined by the receiver circuitry, and a control system configured to control operation of the vehicle in response to the relative position of the vehicle with respect to the one or more RF-transmitting antennae determined by the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Edward L. Hill, Brett Bilbrey, Harry Lee Deffebach, III, Krenar Komoni
  • Patent number: 10302522
    Abstract: A method for determining correct performance of a sampling pipe in an aspirated particle and/or gas sampling system. The method includes causing a change in airflow in a sampling pipe of the aspirated particle and/or gas sampling system that induces a change in at least one airflow property within the sampling pipe, and detecting an effect of the change in said airflow property. Also disclosed is a method for determining correct performance of an aspirated particle gas sampling system. The method includes determining correct performance of a sampling pipe in the aspirated particle and/or gas sampling and determining correct performance of a detector in the aspirated particle and/or gas sampling system, wherein a test fluid is introduced to the aspirated particle and/or gas sampling system at or near the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Xtralis Global
    Inventor: Alasdair James Williamson
  • Patent number: 10289108
    Abstract: A device for use in monitoring operation of a plurality of system assets includes a storage device configured to store a model of a plurality of system assets and a processor coupled to the storage device. The processor is configured to receive data representative of a status of the system assets, and display, in a first display state, a plurality of asset images representative of the system assets using the model. The processor is also configured to display, in a second display state, a first asset image of the asset images within the display upon a determination that the system asset represented by first asset image is in an alarm state, and display, in a third display state, the remaining asset images within the display upon a determination that the system assets represented by the remaining asset images are not in an alarm state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kenneth Paul Ceglia, Scott Terrell Williams, Charles Terrance Hatch, David Michael Robertson
  • Patent number: 10269224
    Abstract: A security system includes sensor devices, a security panel that receives signals from the sensor devices and that executes algorithms to determine the presence of an alarm that is sent to a game console coupled to a monitor. The game console includes a processor and memory, a graphics processor, and a network interface that receives data from the security panel and causes a message regarding the alarm condition to be displayed on the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Amit Kumar Sharma, Yatishkumar Ravinath Pokale, B. Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 10256989
    Abstract: An application method of a communication terminal is disclosed, the communication terminal being applied to a smart home system based on IoT protocols. The application method includes: installing, by the communication terminal the IoT protocols, acquiring, by the communication terminal, a first message from a device of the smart home system; and comparing the first message against a preset message comparison table, and, when a match is found, acquiring a second message matching the first message, and further sending the second message by the preset mode. Thus, the communication terminal according to the disclosure can connect to the appliances of the smart home system based on IoT protocols, enabling the smart home system relying on the communication terminal, which can provide realtime information reporting. In addition, the smart home system provides a low cost, a wide coverage area and a high intelligence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Jingmao Lin, Dan Li, Dawang Xu, Haizhu Yan
  • Patent number: 10203230
    Abstract: A multiturn rotary encoder includes: a measuring standard having at least one graduation track, with whose aid the angular position of a shaft is absolutely encoded; a first scanner, with which the at least one graduation track is able to be scanned in order to generate first position signals; a first single-turn evaluation unit for forming a first single-turn code word from the first position signals; a first multiturn evaluation unit for forming a first multiturn code word from the first position signals; a second scanner, with which the at least one graduation track is able to be scanned in order to generate second position signals; a second single-turn evaluation unit for forming a second single-turn code word from the second position signals; a second multiturn evaluation unit for forming a second multiturn code word from the second position signals; and a battery, with which at least the components necessary for forming the multiturn code words are able to be supplied with energy upon loss of a main pow
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Martin Von Berg
  • Patent number: 10198921
    Abstract: A transportable container assembly including a transportable container defining an enclosed interior space and having an opening member cooperatively engaging a mounting frame. The opening member has a closed position and an open position and access to the interior space is permitted in the open position. A localized device or system is attached to the transportable container and is coupled to an electrical power source. A reed switch apparatus coupled to the transportable container communicates the position of the opening member to the localized device or system. The localized device or system provides a localized function depending on the reported position of the opening member. The localized function includes at least one of a group consisting of a local lighting function, local locking mechanism action and local refrigeration system action/function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Glendell N. Gilmore
  • Patent number: 10154802
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and an apparatus for precisely perceiving an indoor activity. The method may include: receiving a vibration signal on a floor by using multiple vibration sensors disposed according to a preset rule; and determining a location of a vibration source according to a phase difference of a vibration signal of the same vibration source in different vibration sensors. The monitoring performed on the indoor activity in the present invention can be performed without disturbing the monitored person, and can resolve the concern about leakage of privacy of the monitored person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Shenzhen Zhiying Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kun Hu
  • Patent number: 10146860
    Abstract: In various example embodiments, a system and method for providing notifications based on biometric data are presented. Biometric data from multiple biometric sensors is aggregated and stored. Inferential analysis is performed on the biometric data to characterize an associated user. A user characteristic is correlated to one or more consumer characteristics in a consumer profile and output information is determined based on the consumer profile. A notification that includes the output information is transmitted to a computing device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Devin Wenig
  • Patent number: 10145617
    Abstract: An oven temperature monitoring system including a box top and a box body formed out of an alkene fluorocarbon material for monitoring the temperature and duration of a powder coat curing cycle is provided. The box top includes a receptacle in communication with a printed circuit board and an antenna that are secured within a housing on the inward facing surface of the box top. A pair of thermocouples are attached to an item that has been powder coated and communicates temperature data back to the electronic device that can be transmitted out of the oven during curing cycles to a computer monitored by a user. This information can be used to ensure proper curing time and temperature and significantly reduces wasted thermal energy due to incomplete or repeated cure cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Advanced Temperature Monitoring Systems, LLC
    Inventor: M. Joseph Young
  • Patent number: 10118698
    Abstract: A method includes dispatching a drone to a site. The drone includes audio/visual equipment. The method includes logging a plurality of timestamped locations of the drone and receiving, from the audio/visual equipment, site data captured by an on-site operator of the audio/visual equipment. The method includes correlating a portion of the site data with at least one of the timestamped locations of the drone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Juliette Zerick, William Cottrill, Michelle McHugh, Sheldon Kent Meredith
  • Patent number: 10084668
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed that enables a customer to specify when services should be provisioned on a “just-in-time” or elastic basis. By dynamically specifying when services should be received, a customer is better able to suit such services to customer needs, thereby allowing the customer to only pay for what is actually used. Using an on-demand portal, a customer may prescribe when (or the degree to which) services should be enabled, and/or when the devices that utilize those services, or the services themselves, need to be monitored. Accordingly, the customer is given flexibility to dictate when services are required or when their services or devices require monitoring by a service provider, and the service provider is given the flexibility to tailor the amount of resources required to support and manage the customer's demands, thereby enabling more efficient use of both the customer's and service provider's resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Witzman, Paul T. Schultz
  • Patent number: 10076012
    Abstract: A system and method provide fail-safe operation of a lighting system. A lighting level detector is used to obtain a baseline lighting level for a low-intensity light. If the detector measures less than the baseline level when an occupancy sensor determines the space is unoccupied, a high-intensity light is energized and an indication is provided to a user that the low-intensity light has failed. A method provides daylighting operation of a lighting system. An occupancy sensor can have Wi-Fi functionality to enable remote configuration of the sensor. A line voltage occupancy sensor can include an interface with low voltage devices. An occupancy sensor can include an integral interface to enable an external control system to override the sensor's normal logic under emergency conditions. An occupancy sensor can include an active temperature compensation feature. An occupancy sensor can also incorporate an automatically adjustable coverage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Jaiganesh Balasubramainian, Justin Morton
  • Patent number: 10067512
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods for enabling sensor discovery in autonomous devices herein. An example system for enabling dynamic sensor discovery including a client that includes an autonomous device. The autonomous device is capable of navigating from a current location to a destination location using sensor data. The client provides a request for sensor information for sensors along a planned route and receives respective sensor information for each of a set of selected sensors selected by a data server based on the request. The client subscribes to a data feed of a sensor of the set of selected sensors along the planned route based on sensor information corresponding to the sensor and client analyzes the data feed to determine whether to proceed with the planned route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Tobias Kohlenberg, Ravishankar R. Iyer, James Jin-koo Kim
  • Patent number: 10068077
    Abstract: Among other things, a system comprises a processor device, a memory in communication with the processor device, and a storage device that stores a program of computing instructions for execution by the processor using the memory. The program comprises instructions configured to cause the processor to receive from a user device biometric information of a user requesting access to the security system. The biometric information is associated with the user in possession of the user device. The processor is also caused to analyze the received biometric information to determine whether the user in possession of the device is a person authorized to access the security system with the user device. If the user is determined to be authorized, the user is allowed to access the security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Anthony Mucci, Michael Garavuso
  • Patent number: 10007850
    Abstract: A system for event detection and reporting has primary sensors for producing raw data from observing the proximate area, one or more processors for the primary sensors, for processing the raw data to produce output, a centralized controller to which each of the processors is connected, for receiving the output, a security network for communicating between the sensors, the controller, and one or more remote terminals, the security network having an alarm, and a plurality of auxiliary sensors for providing secondary sensor information to the one or more processors wherein the controller provides an alarm to the remote terminals through the security network if an event has occurred. A method of event detection has the steps of receiving a control command, alarm message and sensor information, determining if an event has occurred, and sending alarm messages and filtered sensor information to remote terminals if an event has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventors: Henry Leung, Xiaoxiang Liu, Ha Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9997054
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are described for automatically disarming a security system. For example, a method for automatically disarming a security system is described, comprising determining, by a personal communication device, when a person is in proximity to the person's home or business and, in response to determining that the person is in proximity to the person's home or business, transmitting a disarm command by the personal communication device to a security controller for the security controller to disarm the security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Ecolink Intelligent Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Sweeney, Thomas Thibault, Thomas Henley, Louis Hughes
  • Patent number: 9955124
    Abstract: This sensor placement determination device is provided with an external storage device (15) in which traffic data, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Miyoshi, Manabu Katou
  • Patent number: 9910668
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for reducing network traffic in an event-driven infrastructure by a two-stage notification subscription mechanism may be provided. The method includes subscribing, by client components to notifications for topics at a client-side hub, opening, a connection to a server-side notification server initiated by the client-side hub and subscribing, by the client-side hub to the server-side notification server for a united set of topics client components subscribed to at the client-side hub. The method also comprises, based on the subscriptions, a communicating, a united set of data relating to the united set of topics from the server-side notification server to the client-side hub, wherein the united set of data comprises data the client components subscribed to at the client-side hub such that the network traffic is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Matthias Diester, Patrizia Gufler, Andreas Nauerz, Thomas Steinheber
  • Patent number: 9865147
    Abstract: A self-contained collision warning device warns of possible collisions between people and between people and moving objects on opposite sides of doors and other visual barriers. Motion sensors detect the presence of people or moving objects and activate indicators that warn of the presence of unseen people and moving objects. The device can be mounted to a door or wall without modification to the door or wall or access to electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: David Langford, Joseph McGinty
  • Patent number: 9727048
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus, system and method for monitoring plant. A sensor means can be adapted for receiving plant growth information of the plant being received inside a container. An indicating means can be adapted for indicating information of the plant growth information. A wireless communication means can be adapted for transmitting the plant growth information to an external device. A control means can select a working mode of the indicating means and the wireless communication means. Through the cooperative effect of the sensor means, the storage means, the indicating means and the wireless communication means, operators do not have to take along with instruments to perform measurement reading of the on-site plant growth information at a regular time, thereby saving labor cost and time cost of monitoring the plant growth information and improving efficiency of plant monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Kwai Sang So
  • Patent number: 9703939
    Abstract: A mobile terminal having a face recognition function and a control method thereof are provided. A mobile terminal includes a display unit, a memory, a photographing unit and a controller. The memory stores first photographing distance information mapped to a plurality of coordinates in a previously obtained first face image, as reference information for releasing a lock mode in which a touch input applied to the display unit is restricted. The photographing unit obtains a second face image by photographing a subject, when a face recognition function is performed in the lock mode. The controller computes second photographing distance information mapped to the plurality of coordinates in the second face image, and releases the lock mode, based on a result obtained by comparing the first photographing distance information and the second photographing distance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventors: Uisoo Tahk, Minhun Ha, Uijun Kim, Jaeyee Lee, Sanghoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9685061
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing spoken messages that reflect event status of one or more hazard detection systems within a smart-home environment are described herein. The messages can inform occupants in concise manner that does not overload cognitive recognition of those occupants. For example, the messages may be prioritized to limit the amount of information that is spoken and intelligently condense information in as concise a manner as possible. This may be accomplished by using one or more speaking paradigms to compile audible messages to be played back through a speaker of the hazard detection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Nina F. Shih, Lauren Von Dehsen, David Sloo, Tyler Moore, Nicholas Unger Webb
  • Patent number: 9666047
    Abstract: Techniques are described for moving asset location tracking and monitoring system technology. A system monitors for events related to a monitoring system that monitors a fixed property and the system detects an event related to the monitoring system based on the monitoring. The system performs an operation that leverages geographic location tracking of at least one mobile asset associated with the fixed property based on the detected event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Incorporated
    Inventors: Alison Jane Slavin, Jean-Paul Martin, Daniel J. Ramos
  • Patent number: 9662620
    Abstract: A temperature measuring device (1) with a thermometer (2) has a plurality of temperature sensors (3) on one side (10), which function on an electrical basis. The thermometer (2) is immersed in a container or beaker (4) set up in a usage position on a heating plate (102) of a magnetic stirrer (100) and in a medium (5) present therein. The plurality of temperature sensors (3) are arranged spaced apart from one other vertically on the temperature measuring device (1), and are immersed in the medium (5) at different heights in the usage position. It is therefore possible firstly to recognize a temperature stratification inside the medium (5), and secondly, to detect level changes of the medium (5) in the interior of the container (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: IKA-WERKE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Erhard Eble, Uwe Brauch, Thomas Hensle, Christian Babel
  • Patent number: 9626847
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present technology may comprise a system disposed within a structure comprising a network of individually addressed devices, wherein each device comprises a microcontroller electrically connected to a communication module, an output module, and/or a sensor module. The sensor module may produce data of an environmental condition and may transmit a signal to the microcontroller based on the data. The microcontroller may receive and processes the signal from the sensor module to identify a detected event and selectively activates at least one of the output module and the sensor module based on the detected event. The selectively activated output module and sensor module may located within the same device as the microcontroller and/or any number of devices in the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Exposure Illumination Architects, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel S. Spiro
  • Patent number: 9618910
    Abstract: A method (100) of generating on-demand device templates for integrating a controller controllable (CC) device with a process controller in a processing plant. A device description for the CC device is obtained (101) including a list of device parameters, connection details for communications including assembly structures, and a mapping of the device parameters into the assembly structures or the device description. Using a device template generating algorithm a custom device template is generated (102) for the CC device (i) by modifying an existing device template to include at least one modification or (ii) from the device description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Abhishek Nikhra, Joseph Felix, Suraj Prakash, Ashutosh Singh, Girish Krishnanivas
  • Patent number: 9564034
    Abstract: A real-time threat detection system incorporating a plurality of sensors adapted to detect radiation across the majority of the electromagnetic spectrum. The system also includes an aided or automatic target recognition module which compares the data from the sensors against known radiation signatures and issues an alert when an anomalous signature is detected. The system further includes an operator station which displays sensor information allowing the operator to intervene. The sensors detect radiation which is normally emitted by persons or other bodies and display areas to the operator where normal emissions are blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventors: John William Foster, Michael A. Reinpoldt, Willem H. Reinpoldt, III
  • Patent number: 9551581
    Abstract: A turn-by-turn internal navigation system for use with a mobile electronic device includes three receives for using a trilateration navigational algorithm using first receiver for receiving a cellular tower radio frequency (RF) signal, a second receiver for receiving a WiFi RF signal; and a third receiver for receiving at least one Bluetooth RF signal based upon a BLE tag network. A processor works to execute an algorithm using feed-forward estimation such that no feedback is needed for distance error correction. The algorithm uses dead reckoning navigation in combination with information from the first receiver, second receiver and third receiver to generate positional information such that in-building navigation instructions are displayed on the mobile electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Albright Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Adrian D. Pittman
  • Patent number: 9478079
    Abstract: A method is provided for monitoring at least one sensor of a vehicle, which has means for wireless communication, wherein measured values of the at least one sensor are compared to measured values of at least one comparison vehicle with the aid of the means for wireless communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventors: Heiko Lenhardt, Bernd Kohler, Walter Lehle, Ipek Sarac
  • Patent number: 9401654
    Abstract: A device for modifying an AC voltage has an input for connecting to an AC voltage source and an output for connecting to a load circuit. An interrupter is designed such that, within a time window, the output can be disconnected from the AC voltage source. The time window has a time delay from the zero crossing of the voltage of the AC voltage source. At the output, the device has a terminator that is designed, together with the interrupter, such that the voltage at the output has a predefined or predefinable value in the time window. The device also includes a pulse shape generator for generating a predetermined or predeterminable pulse shape, and a control that actuates the terminator and the interrupter such that the voltage curve at the output can be modified according to the pulse shape predetermined by the pulse shape generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Aizo Group AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Kemmler, Matthias Tramm, Eckhard Bröckmann, Daniel Trollhagen, Wilfried Beck
  • Patent number: 9381457
    Abstract: The present specification relates to an air treatment device and a detachable sensor module. The air treatment device comprises a user interface configured to display, for selection by a user, at least one static or open-loop operational mode to be executed by a controller; and a wall comprising one or more pervious sections towards an ambient volume. One side of the wall comprises a connector for mating with a corresponding connector of the detachable sensor module, and the connector, when the sensor module is present, enables a data connection from the sensor module to the controller. When the data connection is enabled, the user interface is configured to display at least one closed-loop operational mode, in which the controller controls the air treatment section in response to measurement data relating to the ambient volume received from the sensor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: BLUEAIR AB
    Inventor: Joakim Nygren
  • Patent number: 9342400
    Abstract: Aspects of dynamic power profiling are described herein. In various embodiments, a current sense operating mode is set for a current sense circuit, and the current sense circuit is enabled for operation. The current sense circuit senses an amount of current supplied by at least one of a plurality of power rails based on the current sense operating mode. The current sense circuit also accumulates and stores a value of the amount of current over a period of time. In certain aspects, a system controller averages the value of the amount of current based on the period of time. The current sense circuit may be configured to operate in various modes of operation including single or scan rail modes of operation, and the average of the value of the amount of current may be evaluated based on the modes of operation of the current sense circuit and/or the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventors: Walid Nabhane, Mark D. Rutherford, Chun-Nan Ke, Veronica Alarcon, John Russell Platenak, Arun Palaniappan
  • Patent number: 9341518
    Abstract: A device for monitoring the temperature and level of liquid food in a container is provided. The device includes an upper base and a lower elongate housing member. A plurality of temperature sensors are located along the length of the elongate housing member. The device may include a retaining lip which allows the device to be hung over the edge of a food container, with the elongate housing member extending down into the liquid food. Signals received from the individual sensors can be used to determine both the temperature of the liquid and the level or volume of the liquid in the container, using the known distances between the individual sensors. Information regarding the liquid temperature and level can then be transmitted from the monitoring device to an external receiver. The device may also comprise an energy harvesting device which converts heat energy from the liquid into electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Innovative Control Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen A. Batti, Erik Magner, Mark B. Roberts
  • Patent number: 9307076
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for transmitting notifications to customers. One example method may include identifying a notification event associated with a customer via a customer management module and retrieving a customer record. The method may also include identifying a customer's mobile device via a voice channel preference indicating the mobile device in the customer preference record, and transmitting the notification event to the customer's mobile device based on the voice channel preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventors: Jennie Dawn Hanson, Jeffrey William Cordell, James K. Boutcher
  • Patent number: 9303390
    Abstract: A work machine includes: a work state detection unit detecting a physical amount; a time integration unit calculating a time integration value; a determination unit associating the time integration value with a predetermined operating angle of an excavation-loading mechanism and determining that an operation of an operation lever is performed at a time the time integration value is not smaller than a predetermined integration value; a counting unit performing accumulation adding with number of times of loading as once at a time each operation is an excavation-loading work performed in an order of: an excavation operation; a forward swing operation; a soil discharge operation; and a backward swing operation; a default setting unit setting a bucket capacity; a workload calculation unit calculating a workload by multiplying the number of times of loading by the bucket capacity; and an output unit outputting the workload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Nagato, Kiyokazu Sagawa, Ryo Sasaki