Including Power Saving Patents (Class 340/539.3)
  • Patent number: 10379599
    Abstract: A method for controlling display of at least one item in an electronic device is provided. The method includes, while a display screen of the electronic device is in an off state, detecting a gesture performed on a portion of the display screen using a low power controller and controlling, by the low power controller, to display the one or more items on the display screen in response to the detecting of the gesture. The one or more items are displayed in part of the portion of the display screen of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daksh Kumar Vasistha, Ashish Kak, Vijay Kumar Mishra
  • Patent number: 10303515
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for batch-processing multiple data in an electronic device are provided. A method for batch-processing multiple data in a first processor includes transmitting batching data configuration information to a second processor of the electronic device according to batching option information of at least one application; receiving, from the second processor, batching data including at least one data acquired via at least one sensor of the electronic device based on the batching data configuration information; and batch-processing the received batching data according to the batching option information, for the at least one application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Chae-Heun Lee, Bo-Sung Kwak, Myeong-Woo Koo, Jeong-Min Park, Jae-Woong Chun
  • Patent number: 10228739
    Abstract: Provided is a technique for efficiently securing power when a predetermined natural phenomenon occurs. In order to solve such a problem, there is provided a power management apparatus (1) including an event information acquisition unit (10) that acquires event information indicating the occurrence of a predetermined event relating to a natural disaster and the detail of the event, a grouping unit (20) that divides a plurality of storage batteries as managing targets into a first group and a second group on the basis of the event information acquired by the event information acquisition unit (10), and a storage battery control unit (30) that controls an charging operation of the storage battery for each group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Kazunori Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10209159
    Abstract: A displacement detecting device for a structural object is capable of accurately measuring displacement of the structural object. The displacement detecting device includes first and second attitude data calculators, a data extractor, and a displacement calculator. The first attitude data calculator calculates attitude data at a first position by using received positioning signals, and calculates a calculated time point of the attitude data of the first position based on a time of a positioning system. The second attitude data calculator calculates attitude data at a second position by using received positioning signals, and calculates a calculated time point of the attitude data of the second position based on the time of the positioning system. The displacement calculator calculates a displacement amount and a displacement direction of the structural object by using a difference between the attitude data of the first and second positions calculated at the same time point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Furuno Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naomi Fujisawa, Hiraku Nakamura, Masashi Imasaka, Tatsuya Sonomoto
  • Patent number: 10205351
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wireless power transmitter which wirelessly transmits power through a wireless power repeater to a wireless power receiver using resonance. The wireless power transmitter includes a power supply unit for outputting AC power having a predetermined frequency, a transmission coil for receiving the AC power to generate a time-variable magnetic field, and a transmission resonant coil unit for transmitting power received from the transmission coil coupled with the transmission resonant coil, wherein the wireless power transmitter determines a resonance frequency for a power transmission while controlling a frequency of the AC power output from the power supply unit and a resonance frequency of the transmission resonant coil unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jung Oh Lee
  • Patent number: 10116768
    Abstract: A control system comprising: a server and a plurality of communication devices, wherein the server stores first mode information for each user, the first mode information being associated with a mode of an application and selected from among a plurality pieces of mode information of the mode, and transmits the first mode information of a first user to the plurality of communication devices operated by the first user, and the plurality of communication devices receive the first mode information, obtain second mode information set to the mode of the application installed to the communication device, record an operation content related to mode information change performed on the communication device, and determine whether the second mode information set to the mode of the application is switched to the first mode information, based on the operation content, the first mode information, and the second mode information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Koki Hatada
  • Patent number: 10103759
    Abstract: In one form, a radio frequency (RF) transmitter includes an RF signal source, a balanced/unbalanced transformer (balun), and first and second amplification circuits. The balun has a primary side adapted to be coupled to an antenna, and a secondary side. The first amplification circuit has an input coupled to the RF signal source, and an output coupled to the primary side of the balun. The second amplification circuit has an input coupled to the RF signal source, and an output coupled to the secondary side of the balun. The second amplification circuit has a higher output power than the first amplification circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: SILICON LABORATORIES INC.
    Inventor: Ravi K. Kummaraguntla
  • Patent number: 9851734
    Abstract: An alert presentation apparatus (EMS (200)) acquires the amounts of power consumed by loads connected to a system, and on the basis of the acquired power amounts, presents a load list including the power consumption of each load. This alert presentation apparatus (EMS (200)) presents the load list so as to reduce the frequency at which the loads that are on the load list change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryuta Fujisawa, Takashi Furukawa, Ryutaro Mayumi
  • Patent number: 9798697
    Abstract: A high energy efficiency sensor node and an operating method thereof are provided. The high energy efficiency sensor node may include a sensing unit to generate sensed information and to store the sensed information in a database when a set period commences, and a control unit to obtain n pieces of sensed information corresponding to n periods from the database, and to transmit the n pieces of sensed information obtained to a first neighbor node when the n periods elapse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Tae-Wook Heo, Kwang Soo Kim, Hyunhak Kim, Jong-Arm Jun
  • Patent number: 9778114
    Abstract: Various arrangements for detecting an object using a passive infrared (PIR) sensor module of a sensor device. A PIR data stream may be received from the PIR sensor module indicative of measurements performed by the PIR sensor module. An indication may be received from a transceiver that identifies a beginning of the data transmission. A portion of the PIR data stream may be blanked in response to receiving the indication of the beginning of the data transmission, the portion of the PIR data stream corresponding to a defined time duration. A presence of an object may be determined using the PIR data stream, excluding the blanked portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Hirofumi Honjo, Shu-Li Wang, Arjuna Sivasithambaresan
  • Patent number: 9769869
    Abstract: A non-contact type power supply apparatus may include a power unit transmitting power to a power receiving apparatus in a non-contact type manner, a communicating unit communicating with the power receiving apparatus, and a controlling unit terminating communications with the power receiving apparatus in the case in which a communications signal level of the power receiving apparatus transmitted to the communicating unit is equal to or less than a reference signal level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang Soo Kang, Hee Sun Han, Ji Hoon Kim, Hyun Keun Lim
  • Patent number: 9705569
    Abstract: A method of controlling a wireless power transmitter includes actuating the wireless power transmitter to transmit a beacon signal, determining approach of an external object according to a detected change in the beacon signal, and transmitting ping signals having different frequencies responsive to the determined approach of the external object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Won Park, Sang Ho Cho, Eun Young Shin, Young Hyok Ji, Jae Suk Sung, Chang Ik Kim
  • Patent number: 9704084
    Abstract: An exemplary integrated tracking system tracks transported objects in a transportation system. The integrated tracking system includes a tracking device for providing at least location information of the at least one transported object. At least one processor unit generates and stores a predetermined model of transportation information of the at least one object. The predetermined model includes at least change-over location area information as the transportation information of the at least one transported object. The integrated tracking system includes at least two tracking sub-systems having the tracking device at least when the tracking device arrives in a change-over location area. The at least one processor unit integrates utilization of the at least location information from at least two tracking sub-systems by comparing at least location information from different tracking sub-systems to the predetermined model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: WARTSILA FINLAND OY
    Inventors: Bjarne Nordlund, Petri Helo
  • Patent number: 9699636
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of communication via a hand held device that includes receiving an indication at the device to initiate an emergency call via a wireless network; determining whether the device is configured with a subscriber identity module (SIM) card, wherein the SIM card includes a plurality of numbers; and sequentially calling the plurality of numbers stored on the SIM card based on the determination that the device is configured with the SIM card. Further, the method and apparatus include detecting an emergency indication; connecting to a wireless network; and establishing a communication with one or more emergency service providers based at least in part on detecting the emergency indication, wherein the communication is established via the wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: HTC MARKETING CORP.
    Inventor: Hing-Tack Chen
  • Patent number: 9594369
    Abstract: An industrial process environment uses selective power-over-network (PoN) techniques to facilitate configuration, operation, communication, and other operations for the industrial nodes in the environment. The network may be an Ethernet network, and the environment may selectively deliver power-over-Ethernet as well as command, configuration, or other data over the network connection. The environment may perform the techniques over other types of networks or combinations of networks in addition to or instead of Ethernet networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Wael William Diab, Yasantha Rajakarunanayake, Patricia Ann Thaler
  • Patent number: 9456301
    Abstract: A network tracking server-based service that implements an efficient network management of location requests associated with tracking a prisoner's wireless tracking device. The tracking server initiates location requests associated with a given prisoner (or the like) tracking device in a trustworthy, but much more efficient and manageable technique, from the perspective of the network. Network management of prisoner device tracking is made efficient when inside a given geofence, but once outside the prescribed geofence a more detailed inquisition is immediately launched—even before the top of the hour (or whenever the typical periodic location request occur). From a management perspective, once detected to no longer be inside (and thus is outside) an expected or assigned geofence, the prisoner tracking device is presumed less trustworthy, and thus then periodic location requests to the tracking device are initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Telecommunication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul C. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9286312
    Abstract: An approach to compression of a large (n point or samples) data set has a combination of one or more desirable technical properties: for a desired level of accuracy (?), the number of compressed points (a “coreset”) representing the original data is O(log n); the level of accuracy comprises a guaranteed bound expressed as multiple of error of an associated line simplification of the data set; for a desired level of accuracy and a complexity (e.g., number k of optimal line segments) of the associated line simplification, the computation time is O(n); and for a desired level of accuracy (c) and a complexity of the associated line simplification, the storage required for the computation is O(log n).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Daniela Rus, Dan Feldman
  • Patent number: 9066295
    Abstract: Techniques are provided which may be implemented in various methods, apparatuses, and/or articles of manufacture for use in and/or with an electronic device that is operable in a plurality of selectable power modes, including at least a “higher power mode” and a “lower power mode”. In an example implementation, with an electronic device operating in a higher power mode may selectively transition to a lower power mode based, at least in part, on at least phase value obtained from a signal acquired from a ground-based transmitter. Further techniques are provided which may be implemented to allow electronic device to selectively transition from a lower power mode to one or more other selectable power modes, e.g., including various “medium power modes”, and various “higher power modes”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark L. Moeglein, Ahmad Jalali, Bin Tian
  • Patent number: 9041561
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling power usage of a reporting device associated with an asset is disclosed. According to one embodiment, a method determines whether the reporting device is in a sleep mode or an active mode and in response to determining the reporting device is in the sleep mode, the method maintains the sleep mode and in response to determining a state change associated with the reporting device, the method powers up the reporting device to the active mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Daniel John Wallace, Doug Eggert, Curt Conquest
  • Patent number: 9013303
    Abstract: One feature of the present invention is a product management system that includes a package body for packing a product attached with an ID tag, and a reader/writer. The ID tag includes a thin film integrated circuit portion and an antenna, the package body includes a resonance circuit portion having an antenna coil and a capacitor, and the resonance circuit portion can communicate with the reader/writer and the ID tag. Accordingly, the stability of communication between an ID tag attached to a product and an R/W can be secured, and management of products can be conducted simply and efficiently, even if a product is packed by a package body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Arai, Mai Akiba, Yuko Tachimura, Yohei Kanno
  • Patent number: 8988229
    Abstract: A system for spraying, according to various aspects of the present invention, includes a power switch, an arm switch, a trigger switch, and a communication switch. The system establishes a communication link in response to power being applied through the power switch. Before operation of the arm switch, the system establishes a communication link. After operation of the arm switch, the trigger switch activates release of spray. In further response to the trigger switch, the system transmits a notice via the communication link. Such a system when equipped with pepper spray aerosol is advantageous for self-defense.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Guardian 8 Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Scott Lord
  • Patent number: 8957777
    Abstract: A method for establishing a connection between a first electronic computing device and a second electronic computing device includes moving the second electronic computing device so that it is proximal to the first electronic computing device. When the first electronic computing device detects the proximity of the first electronic computing device relative to the second electronic computing device, a radio on the first electronic device is set to a connectable and discoverable state. A wireless connection is automatically established between the first electronic computing device and the second electronic computing device. Data is transmitted between the first electronic computing device and the second electronic computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Baker, Braxton L. Lathrop
  • Patent number: 8937546
    Abstract: A weather alert manager is used to provide real-time, site specific information to a user regarding weather and possibly other hazards. The weather alert manager compares meteorological data, a user profile including information on points of interest to the user, and geographical data to determine if weather will impact one or more of the user's points of interest. The user's points of interest include at least one mobile point of interest, which periodically transmits its location. The weather alert manager transmits a user alert message if one is needed, and a remote receiver notifies the user that a message has been received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Baron Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert O. Baron, Sr., Tony L. Benson, Thomas S. Thompson, Erick C. Jones, Robert J. Dreisewerd, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8878670
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for saving battery service life by preventing false alarms when a tracked asset is intentionally removed from a base safe-zone. A portable safe-zone beacon may create a portable safe-zone by broadcasting signals similar to a transmitter within a base safe-zone. A tracking device may employ a relatively low-power short-range radio transceiver to receive safe-zone broadcasts. If the tracking device does not detect safe-zone broadcasts before a timing counter expires, the tracking device may activate a high-power, long-range transceiver and transmit an alarm message via a wireless network. The tracking device may distinguish between transmissions of the portable safe-zone beacon and a transmitter of the base safe-zone and may operate differently based on being within different safe-zones. In response to receiving broadcasts, the tracking device may transmit response messages to the portable safe-zone beacon. In an embodiment, devices may relay data to and from the tracking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Eric C. Rosen, Douglas M. Crockett
  • Patent number: 8866495
    Abstract: The specification discloses a simple and effective system for tracking position and rotation of an object or portable device located within an electromagnetic field. The electromagnetic field may be produced by a primary coil, which inductively couples with one or more secondary coils located within a portable device. The relative strength of this inductive coupling may be used to determine the position, rotation, or both of the portable device relative to the primary coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Joshua K. Schwannecke, William T. Stoner, Jr., Scott A. Gauche, Ryan Joseph Nussbaum, Nicholas J. VanderStel, Jeffrey Lee VanOss
  • Patent number: 8854191
    Abstract: To provide a semiconductor device including an RFID which can transmit and receive individual information without checking of the remaining charge of a battery or a replacing operation of the battery in accordance with deterioration over time of the battery for driving, and can maintain an excellent state for transmission and reception of individual information even when power of a radio wave or an electromagnetic wave from outside is insufficient. A battery (also described as a secondary battery) is provided as a power supply for supplying power to the RFID. Then, when power which is obtained from a signal received from outside is larger than predetermined power, its surplus power is stored in the battery; and when the power which is obtained from the signal received from outside is smaller than the predetermined power, power which is obtained from the battery is used for the power for driving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Jun Koyama, Masato Ishii, Tomoaki Atsumi, Takeshi Osada, Takayuki Ikeda, Yoshiyuki Kurokawa, Yutaka Shionoiri
  • Patent number: 8842008
    Abstract: A multi-modal load control system includes a sensor that operates as an occupancy sensor in a first mode of operation and operates as a vacancy sensor in a second mode of operation. The load control system comprises a load control circuit coupled in series between an AC power source and an electrical load for controlling the amount of power delivered to the load in response to sensor, which is operable to detect occupancy or vacancy conditions in a space in which the sensor is located. In the first mode, the load control circuit turns the load on when the sensor detects the occupancy condition and turns the load off when the sensor detects the vacancy condition. In the second mode, the load control circuit turns the load off when the sensor detects the vacancy condition and does not turn the load on when the sensor detects the occupancy condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Bull
  • Patent number: 8830055
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for monitoring aircraft health and status using a situation-aware sensing system. The system includes an independent power source, a sensor that continuously measures a signal of interest to yield sensor data, and a processor that compares the sensor data to threshold data. The processor adjusts an operational parameter of the situation-aware sensing system to conserve power when the sensor data does not exceed the threshold data. The processor further adjusts the operational parameter of the situation-aware sensing system to stop conserving power when the sensor data exceeds the threshold data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Lynch, Radoslaw R. Zakrzewski
  • Patent number: 8816851
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses of distributed lighting control are disclosed. One embodiment includes a lighting apparatus. The lighting apparatus includes a light, a sensor associated with the light for sensing a change of light intensity per unit of time greater than a sense threshold, and a controller. The controller is operative to determine if the light is within an area, activate the light at a preselected area light intensity if a light associated with the sensor is within the area and the sensed change of light intensity per unit of time is greater than the sense threshold, and if the light is not within the area, then the light only activates if motion is additionally detected, thereby increasing light intensity over a target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: enLighted. Inc.
    Inventors: Tanuj Mohan, Premal Ashar
  • Patent number: 8810375
    Abstract: The present invention provides a power supply circuit provided with a battery as a power source for supplying power to an RFID, and the battery of the power supply circuit is charged with a wireless signal. Then, a switching circuit is provided in the power supply circuit that supplies power to a signal control circuit which transmits and receives individual information to and from the outside to intermittently control supply of power to the signal control circuit by a signal from a low-frequency signal generation circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Koyama
  • Patent number: 8779895
    Abstract: A zone location system with ultrasound US transmitters S1, S2, S3 located in respective zones Z1, Z2, Z3 such as rooms of a building B. Preferably, the US transmitters are time-multiplexed so that each of them in turn transmits a US signal US with a unique ID code USID represented therein. The portable tag PT includes an ultrasound receiver USR arranged to receive the US signal. Based on the received US signal, the portable tag PT measures a strength of the received US signal. The portable tag PT also measures a parameter related to a movement of the portable tag PT, e.g. a Doppler shift based on the received US signal. Further, the portable tag extracts the USID. Then it transmits a wireless Radio Frequency signal RFS with its own ID PTID, the USID and first and second data values D1, D2 representing the signal strength and the movement related parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Universitetet I Oslo
    Inventor: Sverre Holm
  • Publication number: 20140184406
    Abstract: Techniques are described for providing remote device (e.g., thermostat, lighting, appliance, etc.) control and/or energy monitoring. A system monitors sensor data captured by one or more sensors that sense attributes relevant to user presence at one or more monitored properties and status of one or more energy consuming devices associated with the one or more monitored properties. The system analyzes the monitored sensor data and the monitored device status with respect to a set of one or more rules and performs an operation related to controlling the one or more energy consuming devices based on the analysis of the monitored sensor data and the monitored device status with respect to the set of one or more rules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Alarm.com Incorprated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Alison Jane Slavin, Jean-Paul Martin, David James Hutz
  • Patent number: 8755848
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a mobile communication device, and method for controlling power saving features at the mobile device. A processor in the mobile device may be used to establish a network connection with a server in a first network. The mobile device may also include a transceiver that initiates transmission of a message to the server to determine if an incoming call request has been received via a second network. Advantageously, the transceiver is in a low power mode of operation for a selectable time interval when not communicating with the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Nikhil Jain, Avneesh Agrawal
  • Patent number: 8749348
    Abstract: One disclosed method involves providing a first device comprising a sensor configured to sense a stimulus experienced by the first device, a controller configured to process data received from the sensor and thereby obtain processed sensor data, a transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit the processed data, and a battery configured to supply power to at least the controller and the transmitter. The first device is operated in a first operational mode in which the sensor, the controller, and the transmitter are used at least occasionally to obtain and transmit processed data. When the battery is in a low power condition, the first device is operated in a second operational mode wherein the sensor, controller, and transmitter are not used to obtain and transmit processed sensor data, but wherein the first device at least occasionally transmits a signal that indicates a low power condition of the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas P. Blackadar
  • Patent number: 8736426
    Abstract: Systems for identifying and categorizing distributed devices, e.g., lighting fixtures and thermostats, is disclosed. In an embodiment, a user (200) sends a low power discovery message to devices (201) using a portable programming tool (100). The devices (201) within range respond with identification information. The portable programming tool (100) organizes the responses by proximity and sends a “flash” message to the device with the closest perceived proximity. That device responds with a visual or audible signal (202), allowing the user (200) to determine whether that device is the one intended for selection. If so, the user initiates a store routine in which identification information, including category information, is stored in one or more locations, such as, the selected device (201), the portable programming tool (100), and/or a central or local controller (1100). The identification and categorization can, for example, be used to automate load shedding and to reduce energy consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Pyramid Meriden Inc.
    Inventor: George Bucci
  • Patent number: 8717150
    Abstract: The alarming device of the present invention includes a battery power supply; a sensor section that outputs an anomaly detection signal in the case of detecting an anomaly; a alert section that outputs an anomaly alarm based on the anomaly detection signal; a reception circuit section that receives an event signal from another alarming device; a transmission circuit section that transmits an event signal to the other alarming device; an anomaly monitoring section that, when the sensor section has detected an anomaly, causes the alert section to output the anomaly alarm based on the anomaly detection signal and causes the transmission circuit section to transmit an event signal according to the anomaly of the alarming device to the other alarming device, and on the other hand, when the reception circuit section has received an event signal according to an anomaly of the other alarming device from the other alarming device, causes the alert section to output the anomaly alarm; and a communication control sectio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Hochiki Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Egawa, Hiroshi Shima
  • Patent number: 8718719
    Abstract: A system and method for managing battery slump in a battery-powered communications device including: an input configured for receiving battery voltage level information; an output configured for sending a signal for terminating a transmission; and a controller connected to the input and the output and configured to receive the battery voltage level information from the input; monitor the battery voltage level information; and send a signal via the output to terminate a transmission if the battery voltage level information crosses a predetermined threshold during the transmission. In particular, the system and method may further include an input connected to the controller and configured for receiving a signal indicating when a transmission is beginning or occurring and the controller is further configured to receive and monitor the battery voltage level information only when the transmission is occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Martin George Albert Guthrie, Richard C. Madter, Dusan Veselic, Christopher Simon Book, Kent Arnold Nickerson
  • Patent number: 8707075
    Abstract: A plurality of modules interact to form an adaptive network in which each module transmits and receives data signals indicative of the proximity of objects. A central computer accumulates the data produced or received and relayed by each module. One of the modules is operable as a leaf node having a sleep mode to conserve energy and an interactive mode. The central computer can send a message to the leaf node commanding it to stay awake in order to receive subsequent communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Memsic Transducer Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Alan Broad, Rahul Kapur, Jaidev Prabhu, Martin Albert Turon, Ning Xu, Xin Yang, Matt Miller
  • Patent number: 8704665
    Abstract: An electronic article surveillance (EAS) tag incorporates alternative theft deterrence systems. The security tag incorporates both a benefit-denial ink-based system and two independent EAS detection elements operating at two different frequencies such that the tag can alternatively be operated in two different systems. The security tag is further adapted to be reusable after ink ampoule breakage and includes a visual indication of ink to serve as a further visual deterrence to shoplifters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: WG Security Products
    Inventor: Xiao Hui Yang
  • Patent number: 8698624
    Abstract: A method includes energizing an ultrasound driver to emit ultrasonic energy in a space, sensing ultrasonic energy within the space, determining an occupancy condition of the space in response to sensing ultrasonic energy reflected from the ultrasound driver, and determining the occupancy condition of the space in response to sensing ultrasonic energy in the space that was not emitted by the ultrasound driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Hick
  • Patent number: 8674816
    Abstract: Techniques are described for providing remote device (e.g., thermostat, lighting, appliance, etc.) control and/or energy monitoring. A system monitors sensor data captured by one or more sensors that sense attributes relevant to user presence at one or more monitored properties and status of one or more energy consuming devices associated with the one or more monitored properties. The system analyzes the monitored sensor data and the monitored device status with respect to a set of one or more rules and performs an operation related to controlling the one or more energy consuming devices based on the analysis of the monitored sensor data and the monitored device status with respect to the set of one or more rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Alison Jane Slavin, Jean-Paul Martin, David James Hutz
  • Patent number: 8659423
    Abstract: A wireless contextual prompting device provides contextual (context-aware) prompting in the home for applications such as Activities of Daily Living (ADL) monitoring, medication adherence, journaling, social messaging and coaching. The device combines the advantages of a small, wireless, battery-operated sensor that may be easily mounted at critical places in a person's daily routine with a low-power, high-contrast display panel that may be palm sized. The context may be displayed on the display screen as images, icons and/or text such that it is easy to interpret warnings by the young, elderly, or the language-challenged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Intel-GE Care Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Kuris, Steven M. Ayer, Frank C. Bomba, Douglas F. Busch
  • Patent number: 8653968
    Abstract: A system and method for predictive modeling of building energy consumption provides predicted building energy load values which are determined using kernel smoothing of historical building energy load values for a building using defined scaling factors for scaling predictor variables associated with building energy consumption. Predictor variables may include temperature, humidity, windspeed or direction, occupancy, time, day, date, and solar radiation. Scaling factor values may be defined by optimization training using historical building energy load values and measured predictor variable values for a building. Predicted and measured building energy load values are compared to determine if a preset difference threshold has been exceeded, in which case an alert signal or message is generated and transmitted to electronically and/or physically signal a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Pulse Energy Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Brown, Christopher Barrington-Leigh, Christopher Porter, Neil Gentleman
  • Patent number: 8648730
    Abstract: An alarm for detecting radiation and/or pollutants such as smoke, carbon monoxide or the like, the alarm comprises: an alarm circuit (12) including detection means (14) for detecting the radiation and/or pollutants, and an audible alarm (16); a power supply circuit (24) connectable to an external AC power supply for supplying standby power to the alarm circuit (12); and a battery (20) for supplying power to the audible alarm (16) when the alarm is energized. The power supply circuit (20) is configured to supply current to the alarm circuit (12) at a level less than that required to energize the audible alarm (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sprue Safety Products Ltd
    Inventors: Nicholas Rutter, Stuart Hart
  • Patent number: 8649755
    Abstract: Techniques are provided which may be implemented in various methods, apparatuses, and/or articles of manufacture for use by a device that is operable in a plurality of modes, including “higher power mode” and a “lower power mode”. A timing circuit may be set based, at least in part, on a phase value obtained from a signal from a ground-based transmitter, and operation of the device may be selectively transitioned to a lower power mode wherein the device uses the timing circuit. In certain example implementations, operation of the device to the lower power mode may be selectively transition and based, at least in part, on a determination that one or more attribute values satisfy a profile test indicating that the electronic device is likely to be within a characterized environment, and/or a determination that the electronic device is likely to be in a constrained motion state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark L. Moeglein, Ahmad Jalali, Bin Tian, Scott King
  • Patent number: 8638217
    Abstract: A system comprises a sensing node that includes a sensor, a processor, an energy harvesting circuit, a time keeper, a first energy storage device, and a second energy storage device. The energy harvesting circuit is connected for recharging the first energy storage device. The processor is connected for receiving all its power derived from the energy harvesting circuit. The second energy storage device is connected for powering the time keeper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Lord Corporation
    Inventors: Steven W. Arms, Chris Pruyn Townsend, David Lawrence Churchill, Michael John Hamel
  • Patent number: 8618945
    Abstract: An in-vehicle communication system is disclosed. The in-vehicle communication system is configured to connect a short range wireless communication link between an in-vehicle apparatus and a portable device, and predicts a battery level threshold reach time, which is a time when a battery level of a battery of the portable device reaches below a threshold. When it is determined that the battery level threshold reach time is prior to a vehicle travel end time, the in-vehicle communication system notifies the passenger of prompt battery charge information to prompt the passenger to charge the battery of the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seiichi Furuta
  • Patent number: 8618933
    Abstract: A monitoring system is disclosed, which includes a base station and at least one sensor unit that is separate from the base station. The at least one sensor unit resides in a dormant state until it is awakened by the triggering of a vibration-sensitive switch. Once awakened, the sensor may take a measurement, and then transmit to the base station the measurement. Once data is transmitted from the sensor to the base station, the sensor may return to its dormant state. There may be various sensors for each base station and the various sensors may optionally measure different quantities, such as current, voltage, single-axis and/or three-axis magnetic fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Scott L. Jensen, George J. Drouant
  • Patent number: 8618957
    Abstract: Improved power management for a vehicle locating unit is achieved by receiving a transmission from a communication source, each transmission including at least one message frame having a data field and at least one auxiliary field; entering a wake mode upon indexing the assigned message frame of the receiver in the transmission; matching the pattern of bits of at least one auxiliary field of the indexed frame with one or more stored patterns of bits expected for that auxiliary field; and returning to the sleep mode as soon as a mismatch is determined or processing the message if no mismatch occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: LoJack Corporation
    Inventors: Fabio Meacci, James Justice, Jesse Rhodes, Michael Goodwin
  • Patent number: 8618934
    Abstract: A system and a method of long-term condition monitoring of structures are based on use of autonomous sensing modules, centers for storing and processing data and software for data analysis. An autonomous sensing module contains a set of sensors for measurements of parameters related to the condition of a monitored structure, a non-volatile memory, a wireless data transfer unit, a controller, a clock circuit, a battery, an energy harvesting device and a power management unit. The autonomous sensing module provides a very long-term (40 years or more) functionality and reliability due to both use of at least near hermetic packages for the controller, the non-volatile memory, the battery, the clock circuit and the power management unit and choosing the duration of periods when the sensing module works in active mode in such a way that the average energy consumed by the autonomous sensing module is fully compensated by the average energy harvested by the energy harvesting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Kolos International LLC
    Inventors: Nickolai S Belov, Olga V Belova