Tracking Location (e.g., Gps, Etc.) Patents (Class 340/539.13)
  • Patent number: 10292016
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying a customer's location at a business and provide notification to a company representative upon arrival of the customer at the business location. Real-time location determinations for the customer and customer location tracking can be provided. One or more wireless beacons communicate with the customer's electronic device. The beacons provide the system with real-time data about the customer's whereabouts, allowing for the confirmation and tracking of the customer at the location. A first non-limiting example of use, include a company that provides food and beverage allowing the customer to place an order for food and beverages on their electronic device and having the order delivered to the person at their current location as determined by the system. Another non-limiting example includes a company using the notification system to have assigned staff members notified of the customer's arrival.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: COLLATERAL OPPORTUNITIES, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Kusens
  • Patent number: 10289264
    Abstract: Control of a three-dimensional virtual broadcast presentation is disclosed. The three-dimensional virtual broadcast presentation may be generated based on dynamic information such as traffic information, weather information, or other information that may be featured on a three-dimensional virtual broadcast presentation. A signal generated by a control device maneuvered by a presenter and reflecting positional information of the control device is received. A view of the three-dimensional virtual broadcast presentation is manipulated in response to the received signal, the manipulation of the virtual broadcast presentation at least partially based on positional information of the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andre Gueziec, Briac Blanquart
  • Patent number: 10292004
    Abstract: A method, device and medium for acquiring location information are provided. The method includes: acquiring a remaining power amount of a mobile terminal; acquiring location information of the mobile terminal when the remaining power amount of the mobile terminal is less than a preset threshold; and transmitting the location information to a target receiving terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yan Xie, Tian Ren, Yue Cheng
  • Patent number: 10285000
    Abstract: A wireless data processing device is described which periodically exits an unpowered state and transmits location data. For example, one embodiment of a wireless data processing device comprises: power circuitry for maintaining the wireless data processing device in a powered or unpowered state, the power circuitry causing the wireless data processing device to enter into an unpowered state responsive to user input; a timer to periodically power up the wireless device or portion thereof in response to reaching a predetermined time; a location services module determining a current location of the wireless data processing device using one or more specified location determination techniques; a transmit thread transmitting the current location of the wireless device over one or more specified communication channels; and the power circuitry powering down the wireless data processing device a second time after the current location has been transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander D. Schlaupitz, Joshua G. Wurzel, Ahmad Al-Dahle
  • Patent number: 10282972
    Abstract: A system for providing device-based hygiene reminders, alarms, and reporting is disclosed. In particular, the system may utilize a mobile device capable of wirelessly communicating with a peripheral wearable reader. Prior to a user entering an area, the system may include prompting the user to scan a first tag using the wearable reader. A signal may be sent to the mobile device that alerts the user to perform a hygiene-related action prior to entering the area. At the time of performing the hygiene-related action, the system may require the reader to scan a second tag in proximity to a device associated with the hygiene-related action to disable the alert. After the scanning the second tag, the user may be allowed to enter the area. Information related to the performance of the hygiene-related action may be tracked and utilized to generate reports for assessing compliance with hygiene protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Julio Hajdenberg
  • Patent number: 10285003
    Abstract: A power distribution box and method of communicating via the power distribution box are provided. A power input in the power distribution box is coupled to a power output to provide power to external devices. A gateway device supported by the housing of the power distribution box includes a wireless network module for communicating with power tools and a cellular module for communicating via a cellular network with a power tool monitoring system. The gateway may be removable from the power distribution box. A translation controller in the gateway enables communication between the wireless network module and the external network using the cellular module. The translation controller translates messages between the power tools and external network. The messages may include location data or operational data associated with the power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wade F. Burch, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Leslie J. Reading
  • Patent number: 10275587
    Abstract: In biometric ticketing, physical token-less ticketing system using biometrics, a person may be identified using a digital representation of a biometric. Ticketing information may be ascertained based on the identification. The ticketing information may be provided, actions may be performed using the ticketing information, and so on. In some implementations, a checkpoint device receives biometric data from a person. A digital representation of the biometric data is used to obtain an identifier from an identification system. The digital representation of the biometric data may not be included in the identifier. The identifier is used by to obtain ticketing information from a ticketing system. The person may be allowed or denied entry into a ticketed area based on the ticketing information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ALCLEAR, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Cornick, Kevin Lupowitz, Matthew Snyder, Joe Trelin
  • Patent number: 10278044
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to computer-implemented systems and methods for transmitting and receiving audio and video data. A method may include receiving, by a device including one or more processors and a radio transceiver, an indication that the device is a master device. The method may also include determining that the master device is located outside of a vehicle. Furthermore, the method may include identifying, based on determining that the master device is located outside of the vehicle, a client device. Additionally, the method may include transmitting a signal, to the client device, to indicate a peer-to-peer connection in a communication channel is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Intel IP Corporation
    Inventors: Shahrnaz Azizi, Eldad Perahia, Thomas Kenney
  • Patent number: 10268812
    Abstract: In physical token-less security screening using biometrics, a person provides biometric data to a security computing device as part of a security screening. The biometric data is used by the security computing device to look up an identifier (such as an airline account identifier or a security status identifier) for the person from a security back end. The identifier is used by the security computing device to obtain electronic pass information (such as an electronic boarding pass or a security screening status indicator) from a third party computing system (such as an airline computing system or a clearinghouse), which may be used to clear the person and/or otherwise facilitate the security screening. In some implementations, these techniques may also be used for physical token-less pass processing (such as boarding pass-less airline processing, confirmation of assigned traveling credentials, or determination of security protocols).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ALCLEAR, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Cornick, Kevin Lupowitz, Matthew Snyder
  • Patent number: 10271171
    Abstract: The principles described herein provide methods and systems for locating a tracking device. In particular, one disclosed method includes associating a user with a tracking device, receiving an indication that the tracking device is lost, setting a flag indicating that the tracking device is lost, receiving a location within a proximity of the tracking device from one of a plurality of mobile devices associated with a community of users, and providing the location to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Tile, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas George Evans, Michael George Farley
  • Patent number: 10268207
    Abstract: A telematics controller is connected to a first modem to communicate over a wide-area network. An autonomous vehicle controller is connected to a second modem to communicate over the network, and is programmed to send autonomous vehicle commands determined using autonomous vehicle data to control the vehicle. A scheduler controller is programmed to direct the telematics controller and autonomous vehicle controller to offload autonomous vehicle data over the network using the first and second modems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Oliver Lei, Allen R. Murray
  • Patent number: 10268813
    Abstract: In physical token-less security screening using biometrics, a person provides biometric data to a security computing device as part of a security screening. The biometric data is used by the security computing device to look up an identifier (such as an airline account identifier or a security status identifier) for the person from a security back end. The identifier is used by the security computing device to obtain electronic pass information (such as an electronic boarding pass or a security screening status indicator) from a third party computing system (such as an airline computing system or a clearinghouse), which may be used to clear the person and/or otherwise facilitate the security screening. In some implementations, these techniques may also be used for physical token-less pass processing (such as boarding pass-less airline processing, confirmation of assigned traveling credentials, or determination of security protocols).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: ALCLEAR, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Cornick, Kevin Lupowitz, Matthew Snyder
  • Patent number: 10264406
    Abstract: A device, system and method for causing a notification device to provide an indication of a searched area is provided. A device comprises: controller; and a communication unit configured to communicate with one or more sensors, the one or more sensors configured to track: a path of a user; and one or more of a reach of the user and hand location of the user. The controller receives, from the one or more sensors, via the communication unit, sensor data indicative of the path and one or more of the reach and the hand location of the user at a location. The controller identifies, from the sensor data, an area searched by the user at the location. The controller causes a notification device to provide an indication of the area searched by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Namm, Craig F Siddoway, Bert Van Der Zaag
  • Patent number: 10264421
    Abstract: A tracking server stores information identifying one or more community mobile devices and information identifying one or more tracking devices within a proximity of each of the one or more community mobile devices. The tracking server receives a tracking device request from a mobile device. The tracking device request includes information identifying a tracking device and configuration instructions for configuring the tracking device. The tracking server identifies a community mobile device from the one or more community mobile devices within a proximity of the tracking device. The tracking server sends the tracking device request to the identified community mobile device. The identified community mobile device is configured to forward the tracking device request to the tracking device and the tracking device is configured to re-configure the tracking device based on the configuration instructions included in the tracking device request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Tile, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael George Farley, Jose Pons Vega, Charles Y. Choi, Renu Janjam
  • Patent number: 10264100
    Abstract: A method of transmitting data information electronically primarily between two units that interface with third intermediate unit. Primary unit 150 “VARe” processes received raw data information for validation; and primary unit 180 “USeR” transmits raw data information to be processed then receive back the processed data information, and other pertinent information; the intermediate unit 135 “PUMa” interfaces among VARe and various USeR devices to ensure proper and correct flow of data information. PUMa installs the software application online in the USeR unit and frequently checks VARe for any code changed, added, deleted, replaced, mutated and or permutated; then updates the USeR with accurate and valid data, algorithm and logical computation code for proper transaction and appropriate transmission of data information. The data information submitted by the USeR is checked and validated against the source code stored in VARe in real-time for an acceptance and approval or a rejection and disapproval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Jeremy Lungi
  • Patent number: 10257679
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide for a method, device and computer program product for auto-configuring computing devices disposed in a network environment based upon a relative location of each of the computing devices. The method includes broadcasting into an electromagnetic near field from at least two surface positions of a computing device an identification and position of a corresponding one of the surface positions. The method further includes receiving in a receiver disposed on at least one of the surface positions, an identification of another computing device, and a corresponding position from which the identification had been broadcast. The method yet further includes repeating the broadcasting and receiving in other computing devices and determining in each of the other computing devices a position relative to another of the devices. Finally, the method includes establishing a device configuration in each of the computing devices based upon a correspondingly determined relative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: LENOVO ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Shareef Alshinnawi, Gary D. Cudak, Edward S. Suffern, John Mark Weber
  • Patent number: 10257663
    Abstract: Methods for emergency visualization are disclosed. The methods include a computer-implemented method for interactive emergency visualization that includes receiving a notification concerning an incident associated with a multi-floor structure, requesting location information from a user device geographically associated with the multi-floor structure, and receiving, in response to the request, a beacon identifier from the user device, the beacon identifier being associated with a beacon disposed within the multi-floor structure. The method also includes determining on which floor of the multi-floor structure the user device is located based on the beacon identifier and stored information indicating the location of the beacon and displaying a graphical map of the multi-floor structure and information indicating the specific floor on which the user device is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: PATROCINIUM SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: John A. South, Richard Daniel Murphy, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10255791
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein for providing reminders. A system for providing reminders comprises a communication device configured to receive location information associated with at least a vehicle, a mobile device, and a tracker coupled to an item, a movement pattern database, and a control circuit. The control circuit being configured to: track a current movement pattern of the vehicle, the mobile device, and the tracker based on the location information received via the communication device, select an expected movement pattern from the movement pattern database based on the location information associated with one or more of the vehicle, the mobile device, and the tracker, compare the current movement pattern of the vehicle, the mobile device, and the tracker with the expected movement pattern, and generate an alert based on detecting a deviation from the expected movement pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce W. Wilkinson, Todd D. Mattingly
  • Patent number: 10254379
    Abstract: Estimating a position of a mobile device. Particular systems and methods for estimating a position of a mobile device using information from two positioning technologies determine different position estimates for the mobile device using different positioning technologies, and determine a final position estimate for the mobile device using a weighted combination of the different position estimates. In some implementations, the weighted combination is a weighted average or a weighted median of the different position estimates. Weights may be determined using respective uncertainty metrics corresponding to the respective position estimates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: NextNav, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Sendonaris, Sameet Deshpande, Mir Hamza Mahmood
  • Patent number: 10257642
    Abstract: One embodiment may include a method of converting an electronic device into a tracking device that is part of a system of tracking devices distributed throughout a geographic area to track signal emitting devices travelling through the geographic area. The method may include providing an electronic device, the electronic device positioned in the geographic area; communicatively coupling a converter with the electronic device, wherein the converter has a memory device with location tracking software stored thereon; and uploading the tracking software from the converter to the electronic device so as to convert the electronic device into a converted tracking device having the tracking software, wherein the converted tracking device becomes part of the system of tracking devices distributed throughout the geographic area to track the signal emitting devices travelling through the geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Blyncsy, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Eric Pittman, Patrick Barry Brown, Jack Vines, David Sacharny
  • Patent number: 10250732
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure disclose a message processing method and system, and a related device, where the method may include: when a wearable device and user equipment are in a connected state, if the user equipment receives a new message, determining, by the user equipment, information about a distance between the user equipment and the wearable device, or determining power information of a transmit signal of the user equipment; and determining, according to the determined distance information or power information, that a processing manner for the new message is any one or more of the following processing manners: a first message processing manner, a second message processing manner, or a third message processing manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yajun Zhang
  • Patent number: 10248306
    Abstract: In one aspect, a device includes at least one processor, a display accessible to the at least one processor, and storage accessible to the at least one processor. The storage includes instructions executable by the at least one processor to present an image of an object on the display, and present a graphical user interface (GUI) on the display with the GUI indicating the object. The instructions are also executable by the processor to present, on the GUI, at least one link to content that an end-user may associate with the object or that an end-user has associated with the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: MOTOROLA MOBILITY LLC
    Inventor: Michael David McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 10251078
    Abstract: An example apparatus includes an impression logger to store mobile device impressions, the mobile device impressions corresponding to usage of a mobile device application to access first media; a classifier to determine whether a first number of detections of a first service set identifier (SSID) during a first time period satisfies a detection threshold, determine whether a second SSID was detected for a second time period that satisfies a time threshold, increment a counter when the detection threshold and the time threshold are satisfied, classify the first SSID as a vehicle SSID when the counter satisfies a quantity threshold; a logic circuit to, when the first SSID is a vehicle SSID, determine that at least one of the mobile device impressions occurred while the mobile device was in a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: The Neilsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Susan Cimino, Stanley Woodruff, Achilleas Papakostas, John T. Livoti
  • Patent number: 10244097
    Abstract: A system, method and device to interrogate for the presence of objects, to prevent the inadvertent separation of the objects from their owner. An owner is alerted when they are separated from the objects by determining when a trigger event occurs, such as a person leaving and/or entering a particular monitored area or location. These monitored areas can be retrofitted with an electronic interrogation device that monitors local conditions to determine whether a user is entering or leaving the monitored area to trigger an interrogation of the personal items. The interrogation device is constructed and arranged to communicate with the objects to determine whether the objects are with the owner. The interrogation device automatically determines the presence of a particular object at the monitored environment and automatically generates a notification when needed. The system further controls functionality of the objects, according to illustrative embodiments, when the object is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: James D Logan
  • Patent number: 10243806
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving radio proximity information from a plurality of radio devices arranged along a rack, performing set-wise analysis of the radio proximity information for determining a spatial ordering of the radio devices and/or hardware elements associated with the radio devices, and storing the spatial ordering in memory. In another embodiment, a computer program product includes: a computer readable storage medium having program code stored thereon. The program code is executable by a computer to cause the computer to perform the foregoing method. In yet another embodiment, a system includes: a processing circuit having logic stored thereon and/or in memory. The logic is configured to perform the foregoing method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: LENOVO ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Fred Allison Bower, III, Charles Christian Queen, David Martin Roth, Patricia May Genovese
  • Patent number: 10242333
    Abstract: Embodiments presented herein describe a package management system that uses guidance devices when transporting packages. In one embodiment, the package management system includes an event detecting device that detects a package transporting event such as when a package is sorted into a container, a container is moved from the warehouse to vehicle, a container is moved from a vehicle into a warehouse, a package is delivered, a package is moved to a staging location, or a package is picked-up from a staging location. Once a container or staging location corresponding to the event is identified, a gateway identifies the guidance device assigned to that container or staging location and instructs the guidance device to illuminate a light disposed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Lewis Colucci, III, Jianwei Gao, Xingang Guo, Arun Prasath Sivakumaran, Ian Ward, Prashant Singh Ahluwalia
  • Patent number: 10237716
    Abstract: A method for communicating among responders from a plurality of responder agencies includes determining that responders from two responder agencies are located at an event or location. Each of the responders from the two responder agencies has a computing device that is configured to communicate with the other computing device of the responders. Authorization is received from the two responder agencies to permit direct communication between responders from the two responder agencies. A communication link is established between the computing devices of the responders of the two responder agencies in response to determining that the responders from the two responder agencies are located at the event or location and in response to receiving the authorization. The communication link permits direct communication between the responders of the two responder agencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Axon Enterprise, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Bohlander, Raymond Fortna, Anthony G. Huang, Jeffrey P. Jolma, Julianne C. Weiss, Aerianna K. Deluca
  • Patent number: 10235592
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for parallactically synced acquisition of images about a common target from mutually displaced imaging positions. At least first and second imaging devices are disposed respectively at first and second imaging positions. The first imaging device is actuated to acquire a first image with a target of interest disposed at a predetermined relative position within a field of view thereof. The second imaging device is actuated to acquire a second image with the target of interest disposed within a field of view thereof. A target feature finder is executed in a processor to detect the target of interest within the second image. A plurality of user prompts are generated at the second imaging device responsive to detection of the target of interest in the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Sieracki
  • Patent number: 10232823
    Abstract: A vehicle monitoring system prevents vehicle theft and unauthorized tampering by alerting the vehicle's owner of unexpected events. Alerts are provided to the owner within seconds of the occurrence while the owner is away from the vehicle. The vehicle monitoring can be set to automatically start whenever the vehicle is parked and the owner moves away to a specific distance. This allows the owner to set monitoring preferences once, after which the system automatically handles monitoring according to those preferences for future vehicle activities. The monitoring and alerting may be automatically disarmed when the vehicle owner again comes within the predetermined proximity of the vehicle. The monitoring may also be disarmed manually, such as when the owner lends the vehicle to another and does not need to track it. It also may be manually disarmed if the owner left his/her phone in a location far from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Spireon, Inc.
    Inventors: Frieda Bobay, Ben Tran, Dru E. Barrios, Aticom Bussarakonsirivit, Naueen K. Kakumani
  • Patent number: 10229541
    Abstract: Video data is transmitted to a head mounted display for display of a virtual reality scene within the head mounted display. The virtual reality scene includes multiple objects representing display screens of computing sources or information sources. Upon detecting movement of the head mounted display, an adjustment of the virtual reality scene is generated in which a field of view of the user is moved within the virtual reality scene, and a focus direction of the user is determined. Based on the focus direction of the user, an object of current focus of the user within the virtual reality scene is determined. The virtual reality scene is adjusted to move the object of current focus of the user toward a point of view of the user within the virtual reality scene. Audio content associated with the object of current focus of the user is provided to the head mounted display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventor: David Perry
  • Patent number: 10222216
    Abstract: A system for usage guidance using wireless communication includes a receiver configured to wirelessly receive a first signal from a transmitter, and a portable computing device coupled to the receiver and designed and configured to parse the first signal for at least a textual element, extract, from the at least a textual element, a unique transmitter identifier, provide a user identifier, receive a first data record including a first user-specific datum from a first database as a function of the user identifier, receive a second data record including a first item-specific datum from a second database as a function of the unique identifier, and generate a user-specific usage sequence as a function of the first user-specific datum and the first item specific datum. The system includes a user output component coupled to the portable computing device and configured to provide the user-specific usage sequence to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Darwin Wayne Belt, Stephanie Lynge, Armand Edwin Fisher, Jeffrey D. Hilton, April Ryan Hilton, Jessica B. Hipp
  • Patent number: 10225691
    Abstract: In an example implementation, a method of tracking a mobile device includes determining by a tracked device, that a pairing status between the tracked device and a command device has changed from a paired status to an unpaired status. A timer is started on the tracked device in response to determining the unpaired status, and in response to the timer reaching a threshold time, a distress packet is transmitted from the tracked device that indicates the tracked device is lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Syed S. Azam, Kent E. Biggs, Valentin Popescu
  • Patent number: 10217075
    Abstract: Embodiments presented herein describe a package management system that uses guidance devices when transporting packages. In one embodiment, the package management system includes an event detecting device that detects a package transporting event such as when a package is sorted into a container, a container is moved from the warehouse to vehicle, a container is moved from a vehicle into a warehouse, or a package is delivered. For example, the event detecting device may trigger the event in response to a worker scanning a bar code, selecting a delivery route, or checking an electronic manifest. Once a container corresponding to the event is identified, a gateway identifies the guidance device assigned to that container and instructs the guidance device to illuminate a light disposed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Ward, John Lewis Colucci, III, Jianwei Gao, Xingang Guo, Arun Prasath Sivakumaran, Prashant Singh Ahluwalia
  • Patent number: 10212554
    Abstract: Velocity-weighted analysis of UE location data is disclosed. UE velocity can be determined from the change in position and time. UE dwell can also be determined from the change in position and time. UE dwell and UE velocity can be inversely related. UE dwell an UE velocity can be correlated to a likelihood that an event occurrence related to a point of interest affects UE travel between a first and second location. A location of the point of interest can be determined to be in a region corresponding to a path between the first and second location. The region can be associated with the UE dwell and/or UE velocity, such that a probability of interaction can be determined for the event occurrence for the point of interest. The region can comprise a probable UE path based on historical UE data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Kuang-Chi Tung, Mark Austin, Sheldon Meredith
  • Patent number: 10203210
    Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to identifying changes to a location. In one embodiment, a method includes, in response to receiving current sensor data about the location, extracting a semantic feature distribution from the current sensor data according to a semantic-change model that identifies sensed integral features and sensed transient features from the current sensor data. The method includes identifying a scene change to the location by determining whether the sensed integral features differ from learned integral features of a normal distribution that indicates both learned integral features and learned transient features of the location. The method includes updating a map of the location in response to identifying that one or more of the sensed integral features differ from the learned integral features of the normal distribution. The method includes controlling one or more vehicle systems of the vehicle according to the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventor: Takaaki Tagawa
  • Patent number: 10204080
    Abstract: Rich formatting may be provided for rich data labels. A rich data label may be created for at least one data point associated with a visualization. The data label may be formatted and displayed on the visualization. The rich data label may bind to a particular data point rather than adhering to conventional index-based anchor logic where a data label is bound to the index of a data point. Accordingly, in response to determining that the location of the data point has changed in the visualization, the location of the rich data label is automatically adjusted to remain attached to its original data point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Doan, Benjamin Edward Rampson, Robin Wakefield
  • Patent number: 10200812
    Abstract: A device and a method are provided. The device includes at least one biometric identification circuit, a data storage device, a radio-frequency communication circuit, and a processor. The processor is configured to determine whether the user is an authorized user of the tracking device and to control transmission of at least one identification signal by the radio-frequency communication circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Elias
  • Patent number: 10199715
    Abstract: A system includes a central server; a reader in communication with the central server; and a set of equipment racks. Each equipment rack of the set of equipment racks defines a face. The each equipment rack includes an observer device and at least two antenna arrays. At least one of the at least two antennas is in communication with the observer device. The system further including a set of tags attached to assets disposed within the set of equipment racks. Each tag of the set of tags is to transmit a beacon signal including a tag identifier of the each tag. The at least one antenna is to receive the beacon signal. The observer device is to communicate the tag identifier and the characteristics of the beacon signal to the reader and central server. The central server determines a rack location based on the characteristics of the beacon signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: RF Code, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald B. Graczyk, Edmund G. Healy, Ryan D. Joy, Jesse L. Richardson, Michael R. Primm
  • Patent number: 10200819
    Abstract: Systems and methods improve virtual reality and augmented reality functionality for mobile devices using radio frequency (RF) signals transmitted by a tracked device and received at four or more spatially separated antennae. These antennae are connected, wirelessly or through wired connections, to a base station. Through RF signal time of arrival information acquired at the antennae, the base station can continuously determine accurate position information of the tracked device, without lighting or line of sight limitations experienced by camera and other optical systems. As the position of the RF-transmitting tracked device is registered within a virtual environment produced by an interactive software program in communication with (or part of) the base station, the virtual viewpoint of the tracked device is controlled to reflect the relative position and orientation of the tracked device with respect to the virtual environment produced by the software program and displayed on a view screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: POSITION IMAGING, INC.
    Inventors: Edward L. Hill, Krenar Komoni, Rafal Piotrowski, Yifeng Xiong
  • Patent number: 10194270
    Abstract: A server for controlling an information sharing state between a first mobile phone and a second mobile phone via a network, including: a network interface that communicates with the first mobile phone and the second mobile phone; a memory that stores a predetermined distance data; and circuitry that receives first and second GPS signals, first and second user information, and first and second restriction information from the first and second mobile phones respectively; calculates a distance between the first and second mobile phones; compares the distance with the predetermined distance; changes an information sharing state between the first and second mobile phones from a first state to a second state based on the comparison result; and restricts the change of the information sharing state based on the first restriction information and the second user information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahito Yokoyama, Akira Tange, Masako Kadobayashi, Kyohei Takano
  • Patent number: 10187868
    Abstract: Techniques described herein may be used to locate a user device within a wireless network. A first user device may send, to a location server, a request to locate a second user device. The location server may determine a general location of the second user device based on a wireless network service, a Global Positioning System (GPS) service, etc. The location server may collect sensor information (e.g., Radio Frequency (RF) signal strength, temperature, pressure, etc.) from the first user device and/or the second user device. The location server may analyze, compare, and otherwise process the sensor information to generate and send, to the first user device, instructions for locating the second user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Donnellan, Manoj Monga
  • Patent number: 10187742
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and tracking location of a tag paired to a tool is disclosed, the system comprising a communication unit to receive flag event data, the flag event data relating to a detected event, the flag event data including at least tag identification data, location data of the tag, detected event type, and time of occurrence of the detected event. The system comprises a storage unit to store data records of tags, the data records comprising a current tag location and data relating to the tool which is paired to the tag, and to store a set of instructions defined for handling flag event data. The system comprises a processing unit to receive flag event data, and to transmit a notification of the flag event data to other connected devices according to the stored set of instructions for handling the flag event data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: HALDOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES LTD
    Inventors: Guy Dor, Dan Zeeli, Ilan Kadosh-Tamari
  • Patent number: 10181211
    Abstract: Method and apparatus of prompting a position of an aerial vehicle are provided. The method may include: obtaining first position information of the aerial vehicle and second position information of a ground end; and presenting a relative position relationship between the aerial vehicle and the ground end on a preset map according to the first position information and the second position information. Flight status including flight position and other suitable information of an aerial vehicle may therefore be directly provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Heli Zhong, Zhiyuan Zhang, Liutao Zhang
  • Patent number: 10176195
    Abstract: The present invention is in the technical field of geolocation. More particularly, the present invention is in the technical field of making content in the form of electronic data available for retrieval when a device has satisfied the Retrieval Range and other Rules which govern the ability to retrieve the content. Retrieval of Content by user devices may be based on Rules communicated by an App, Admin or third party interface and shall be contained and processed by an application interface engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Tip Vyspots LLC Vy
    Inventor: Roopit Patel
  • Patent number: 10171976
    Abstract: A remote location monitoring arrangement within a wireless communication network. The monitoring arrangement comprises a tracking device for securing to an object. The monitoring arrangement further comprises one or more sentinel devices arranged within at least one of (i) around a boundary area or (ii) within the boundary area, wherein the boundary area is an area in which a user wishes the object to remain. The monitoring arrangement also comprises a monitoring device in communication with at least one of (i) the one or more sentinel devices or (ii) the tracking device such that at least one of (i) at least one of the one or more sentinel devices or (ii) the tracking device alerts the monitoring device over the wireless communication network that (i) the tracking device has left the boundary area or (ii) another object has entered the boundary areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric W. Yocam, Ahmad Arash Obaidi
  • Patent number: 10172089
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are techniques for reducing power consumption of an electronic tracking device. The electronic tracking device includes a wireless communication subsystem and an always-on low-power sensor for sensing the motions of the electronic tracking device. A controller of the electronic tracking device controls the operations of the wireless communication subsystem based on the detection signals from the always-on low-power sensor such that the wireless communication subsystem is only activated when motions of the electronic tracking device have stopped for a threshold period of time, or when a query from a server is received when the wireless communication subsystem is in a standby mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Nikhil Jain, Hiren Bhagatwala, Dave Huntingford
  • Patent number: 10169988
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method causes an amelioration of an erratic manner in which a vehicle is being driven. One or more processors receive, from at least one sensor associated with a vehicle, sensor readings indicating that the vehicle is being operated by a driver in an erratic manner. Processor(s) compute a risk R associated with the driver operating the vehicle in the erratic manner, and determine whether the risk R is above a predefined threshold. In response to determining that the risk R is above the predefined threshold, processor(s) deploy an aerial drone to a current location of the vehicle, and transmit instructions to the aerial drone to perform an action that causes an amelioration of the erratic manner in which the vehicle is being driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 10171496
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a beacon signal is received from a beacon device. Either a mobile device or a server identifies a beacon authentication value from the beacon signal. Either the mobile device or the server calculates a local verification value from a security algorithm. A comparison of the authentication value to the local verification value is performed, and a location service is provided based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Whitsell, Cullen Jennings, Andrew Biggs, Patrick Linskey
  • Patent number: 10164687
    Abstract: An NFC tag recognition device includes an antenna responsive to signals transmitted by an NFC tag, a radio frequency (RF) signal processor measuring power of the signal received by the antenna from the NFC tag and converting the signal into digital data, an NFC controller extracting an authentication key from the digital data, an authentication signal processor generating an authentication pattern from the NFC tag, and an authentication signal storage storing an authentication key and an authentication pattern of a registered user. The authentication signal processor generates an authorization grant signal if the extracted authentication key matches the stored authentication key and the generated authentication pattern matches the stored authentication pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Won Churl Jang
  • Patent number: 10159218
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for guiding a target object with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in an environment. The UAV may be able to recognize and locate the target object. The UAV can be configured to communicate the actions and behavior of the target object to a user through a user device in communication with the UAV. The UAV can provide positive and negative stimuli to the target object to encourage an action or behavior. The UAV can be configured to recognize and manage waste generated by the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu Shen, Ang Liu, Guyue Zhou