Vibration Patents (Class 340/566)
  • Patent number: 11490224
    Abstract: A method for determining the locations of sensor devices in a sensor array in a structure is disclosed. The method may include placing a sensor device at a location. The method may also include receiving, at a mobile device, an identifier of the sensor device. The method may further include determining, by the mobile device, a compass direction and elevation angle from the sensor device to a base station. The method may additionally include determining a distance between the sensor device and the base station. The method may moreover include determining a location of the sensor device based at least in part on the compass direction and the elevation angle from the sensor device to the base station, and the distance between the sensor device and the base station. The method may furthermore include storing the location of the sensor in association with the identifier of the sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Margoles, Brett Jurgens
  • Patent number: 11428706
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sensor device with a beaker-like sensor housing and a wired sensor, wherein the beaker-like sensor housing has an introduction region for insertion of the wired sensor, an orientation region for orientating the wired sensor, and a placement region for final placement and securing of the wired sensor close to an end face of the sensor. The orientation region has an internal cross-sectional contour which is adapted to the cross-sectional contour of the sensor, and the sensor is introduced into a curable material in its placement region in the sensor housing to fixedly secure the sensor in the placement region against movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: K.W.H. Ciclosport Vertriebs GmbH
    Inventors: Guido Golling, Andreas Hochschorner
  • Patent number: 11403923
    Abstract: A device includes a housing, a tamper switch supported at the housing, and a tamper actuator receivable at the housing. The tamper actuator is movable between a tamper disabled position and a tamper enabled position. In the tamper disabled position, the tamper actuator is fixed in place at the housing. In the tamper enabled position, the tamper actuator is configured to move relative to the housing between a tamper switch engaged position and a tamper switch released position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Wen Hua Hsu, Mark Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11313938
    Abstract: Remote monitoring of an area with a remote sensing device (100, 200, 300) encased in a rubber ball (302) is provided. A remote sensing device (100, 200, 300) is provided which receives a spoken description of a location of the remote sensing device and stores the spoken description as predetermined location information. The description can be received directly prior to deployment or wirelessly transmitted from another device (400). The remote sensing device can sense information related to its environment via a motion sensor (314), such as whether an intruder is located within a vicinity of the remote sensing device (100, 200, 300). The remote sensing device (100, 200, 300) can then transmit the predetermined location information and the environment information to the another device (400) in response to the sensing. In response to receipt, the other device (400) can render the predetermined location information and the environment information in an audible format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: BITWAVE PTE LTD.
    Inventors: Siew Kok Hui, Chu Guangzhi
  • Patent number: 11309855
    Abstract: A circuit has an input and a two-wire output. The circuit is designed for use with HTPE transducers and comprised of four stages. The first stage is a charge amplifier based on operational amplifier, the second stage is a 1-pole passive low-pass filter, the third stage is an active 2-pole low-pass filter based on two JFETs, and the fourth stage is an emitter follower comprising two bipolar junction transistors connected to each other in Darlington configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Meggitt (Orange County), Inc.
    Inventors: Felix A. Levinzon, Margie Mattingly
  • Patent number: 11216654
    Abstract: It is provided a method of detecting human drowning, comprising: attempting to detect humans in a sequence of underwater images taken by a single camera, for identifying humans-in-water candidates in the images, said detection using at least a machine learning algorithm, tracking humans-in-water candidates throughout this sequence, and detecting human drowning risk. It is also provided a system for detecting human drowning, comprising at least one underwater camera configured to take at least a sequence of underwater images, the system being configured to attempt to detect humans in the sequence of underwater images, for identifying humans-in-water candidates in the images, said detection using at least a machine learning algorithm, track humans-in-water candidates throughout this sequence, and detect human drowning risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventors: Eyal Golan, Tamar Avraham
  • Patent number: 11195067
    Abstract: A surveillance system is coupled to a plurality of sensor data sources arranged at locations within a plurality of regions of a site under surveillance. The surveillance system accesses a threat model that identifies contextual events classified as threats. The surveillance system identifies at least one contextual event for a site in real-time by processing sensor data generated by the sensor data sources, and co-occurring contextual data for at least one of the regions. Each identified contextual event is classified as one of a threat and a non-threat by using the threat model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Ambient AI, Inc.
    Inventors: Shikhar Shrestha, Vikesh Khanna
  • Patent number: 11144897
    Abstract: Methods and systems to detect items left in merchandise carriers are disclosed. A disclosed example system includes: an input device configured to receive an indication that a merchandise carrier is to be empty from at least one of a user or a device communicatively coupled to the input device; an overhead imaging device configured to capture an image of the merchandise carrier at a checkout station in response to the indication; an image processor configured to detect based on the image an obscuration of a portion of the merchandise carrier by the presence of an item in the merchandise carrier, and generate an alert signal when the portion of the merchandise carrier is obscured; and an output device configured to receive the alert signal and provide a notification of the presence of the item in the merchandise carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Sanders, Edward Barkan, Darran Michael Handshaw, Mark Drzymala
  • Patent number: 11081875
    Abstract: A system including a vehicle having a motive electrical power path; a power distribution unit including a current protection circuit comprising a breaker/relay including: a fixed contact; a movable contact; a physical opening response portion responsive to a current value in the motive power circuit; a current source circuit electrically coupled to the breaker/relay and structured to inject a current across the fixed contact; and a voltage determination circuit electrically coupled to the breaker/relay and structured to determine at least one of an injected voltage amount and a contactor impedance value, wherein the voltage determination circuit comprises a high pass filter having a cutoff frequency selected in response to a frequency of the injected current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: Brandon William Fisher
  • Patent number: 11062581
    Abstract: In example implementations, a method is provided. The method may be executed by a processor of a security system. The method includes detecting a robot. The robot may then be validated. The response of the security system may be modified in response to the robot that is detected and validated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Harold Merkel, Will Allen, Tyler Sims, James M Mann
  • Patent number: 10984789
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system with a plurality of voice command devices, wherein each of the voice command devices comprises a processor unit, a transceiver coupled to the processor unit and configured to couple to a network, one or more microphones, each configured to capture an audio signal, and at least one loudspeaker, and wherein the processor unit is configured to detect a speech signal in the captured audio signals; upon detection of a speech signal, transmit directivity information with respect to the one or more microphones to a software as a service, SaaS, provider via the network using the transceiver; and receive directivity information with respect to the plurality of voice command devices from the SaaS provider via the network using the transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Markus E. Christoph, Gerhard Pfaffinger
  • Patent number: 10905397
    Abstract: A photoacoustic-ultrasonic (i.e. dual mode) endoscope includes: an optical fiber; a light diffuser configured to diffuse a laser beam delivered through the optical fiber to a target point of an object to be examined; and an array transducer through which the diffused laser beam passes and configured to generate ultrasonic waves or detect ultrasonic waves generated in the object to be examined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Joon Mo Yang, Chae Un Kim
  • Patent number: 10831083
    Abstract: An underwater light and camera system having a video camera with a camera lens, a pool light with a light source and a pool light lens, and an anti-reflective shield surrounding a clear portion of the pool light lens. The pool light lens has the clear portion and a plurality of ribs disposed on an outer surface of the pool light lens, other than on the clear portion of the pool light lens. The anti-reflective shield is darkened to prevent light from the light source and light reflecting off a portion of the pool light lens disposed outside the anti-reflective shield to directly reach the camera lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Brian Rosser Rejniak, John Alan Rejniak
  • Patent number: 10725438
    Abstract: There is provided systems and methods for automated water operations for aquatic facilities using at least one image captured of the aquatic facilities. A method includes: receiving an input signal including a detected number of occupants in the water at the aquatic facilities, the number of occupants determined using a trained detection machine learning model, the detection machine learning model receiving the captured image with an associated feature map as input, and outputting a detection of each occupant in the water, the water level machine learning model trained using training images each including a respective label for each occupant in the training image; determining a volume of water to add by multiplying the number of occupants by a predetermined volume of freshwater to add per occupant; and directing one or more water flow regulators to permit inflow of water approximately equivalent to the volume of water to add.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: 11114140 Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Mahdi Marsousi, Akshaya Kumar Mishra, Amir H Hosseini
  • Patent number: 10616423
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a main CPU, and, in an unused period in which the image forming apparatus is not used, the main CPU detects whether or not a person exists within a human detection range, on the basis of an output of a human detection sensor. When a person has been detected, by outputting a notification voice regarding an intruder, which indicates that the intruder has been detected, from a speaker, the main CPU notifies the surroundings of the image forming apparatus and also transmits an electronic mail including a message indicating that the intruder has been detected to an address that has been registered in advance and thereby notifies a user of a terminal of the address of the detection of the intruder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventors: Megumi Furusawa, Masayoshi Mizuno, Sohichi Yoshimura
  • Patent number: 10528484
    Abstract: A device for protecting a security module from manipulation attempts in a field device. A control device is configured to control the field device, a security module is configured to provide cryptographic key data which is to be used by the control device, and an interface device is connected to the control device. The security module is configured to allow the control device access to the cryptographic key data in the security module and to prevent access to the cryptographic key data in the event of a manipulation attempt on the field device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Falk, Steffen Fries
  • Patent number: 10473809
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for identifying physical security risks to power transmission structures and other associated assets of a power transmission system is disclosed. The apparatus includes a sensor having a sensor assembly; and a floating electrode electrically connected to the sensor and positioned adjacent to the asset being monitored. The floating electrode assumes a space potential created around the asset and provides a voltage signal to the sensor indicative of a voltage of the space potential. When an object approaches the asset, the space potential is impacted and the voltage signal changes to indicate the presence of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Andrew John Phillips
  • Patent number: 10311699
    Abstract: A swimming-pool entrance detector (10a), including: means (50) for disposing the swimming-pool entrance detector (10a) in water of a swimming pool (12) above the ground (56) thereof; and a first optical sensor (30), for receiving optical rays (40a1, 40a2), thereby receipt of the optical rays (40a1, 40a2) may indicate presence of at least one opening (14a) in a cover (18) of the swimming pool (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Amos Tepper
  • Patent number: 10306880
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and/or methods to protect an entity. A detector may detect an animal proximate to an entity based on sensor data from a plurality of sensors. The plurality of sensors may be positioned, for example, on the entity. In addition, a protector may administer a mechanical repellant from a protection device to repel the animal proximate to the entity. The mechanical repellant may include, for example, an ultrasound wave, a vibration wave, and so on. Moreover, the mechanical repellant may be specific to a type of animal to repel the animal proximate to the entity. The mechanical repellant may further be harmless to the animal (or the entity) and/or inapplicable to at least one other animal in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Hong Wei Teh, Tomer Rider
  • Patent number: 10297127
    Abstract: An audio aggregation point is established, e.g., in a set-top, to aggregate audio alerts from a home security system and other Internet of Things (IoT) type devices that output digital audio alert streams. The aggregated audio is combined with a media audio stream, and provided to a personal hearing aid or other personal listening device such as a headset. The audio aggregation point communicates with the home security system and other IoT type devices over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi interfaces. The hearing aid preferably communicates with the audio aggregation point via a Bluetooth interface. The audio aggregation point provides audio alerts (e.g., a beeping alert of a door opening) from the home security system and IoT type devices directly into the digital audio stream otherwise already being digitally transmitted to a hearing aid or other personal hearing device or headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ARRIS Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Charles Hardt, Dmitry Barablin
  • Patent number: 10251384
    Abstract: An insect control system has a light source arrangement (10) comprising one or more light sources with tunable spectrum, polarization, intensity and or flickering pattern. The system enables a particular type of insect to be attracted or repelled in a particular time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Andre Melon Barroso, Daniƫl Willem Elisabeth Schobben, Willem Piet Van Hoof, Supriyo Chatterjea, Oscar Garcia Morchon
  • Patent number: 10254150
    Abstract: A floatable flood detector has a watertight housing that carries internally a wireless transmitter and a fluid sensor. In the presence of sensed fluid, an alarm message can be transmitted by the transmitter to a displaced monitoring unit. The sensor has a portion exposed to the fluid of interest outside of the housing. The antenna is carried, at least at a fluid level, relative to the floating housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ADEMCO INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth G. Eskildsen, Robert E. Lee, Kevin G. Piel
  • Patent number: 10197416
    Abstract: A wrist worn pedometer includes a multiple axis inertial sensor. Signals from each axis of the multiple axis inertial sensor are received and are separately analyzed to determine which axis is producing a stable periodic signal, which is selected as the counting axis, i.e., the axis to be used for counting steps. Additionally, the pedometer determines whether the counting axis is registering arm movement or footsteps. The user's steps are counted based on the detected events, e.g., detected peaks or intervals between peaks, on the signal from the counting axis. One step per detected event is counted if the counting axis is registering footsteps and two steps per detected event are counted if the counting axis is registering arm movement. If the stability of the selected counting axis is lost, another axis is selected as the counting axis if it is producing a stable periodic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: QuickLogic Corporation
    Inventors: Duanduan Yang, Dong An, Ying Wu
  • Patent number: 10194652
    Abstract: A jerk rig control device and method are provided for automatically controlling a jerk rig for moving decoys. The device controls the jerk rig by distinguishing target call sounds from one another and from other sounds, and moving the jerk rig in a motion corresponding to the target call sounds. The device includes a microphone that converts different sounds to different sound signals, and a controller that distinguishes between the sound signals to either generate an actuation signal, or to not generate any actuation signal. Optionally, the controller distinguishes between different sound signals to generate different actuation signals that correspond to the different sound signals. An actuator is operable to move one or more hunting decoys in response to the actuation signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: ARC ARCHER LLC
    Inventors: David Bloomquist, Adam Kelly
  • Patent number: 10192426
    Abstract: Systems and methods disclosed herein provide setting a mode for a door lock of a door in a building with an electronic device communicatively coupled to the door lock via a communications interface of the door lock, when the mode of the door lock is set in a privacy mode, correspondingly placing a security system device communicatively coupled to the door lock into a privacy mode via the communications interface, and updating an operation state of the security system in the building according to the setting of the privacy mode for the door lock and the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: John Jordan Nold
  • Patent number: 9918048
    Abstract: An approach is provided for automatic location-based imaging. A platform receives, over a communication network, positional information corresponding to a location of a device associated with a user. The platform determines whether the location is within a zone including a pre-positioned camera and retrieves one or more images or sounds of the user from the camera based on the determination. The platform can receive the positional information in real-time or as cached positional information. The cached positional information can then be correlated with the one or more images at a later time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Umashankar Velusamy
  • Patent number: 9865155
    Abstract: Remote notifications are provided by a security system. When the security system detects a visitor, a first notification is sent to an authorized user. The first notification may include an image or video, thus allowing the user to recognize the visitor. If the user approves the visitor, the security system deactivates for a period of time. The visitor may thus enter a home or business for some purpose. However, if the visitor lingers beyond the period of time, the security system reactivates and sends a second notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Y. Cobb, Daniel George Jean, Jeffrey Feldstein
  • Patent number: 9854138
    Abstract: A method, including receiving signals, from a rectangular array of sensor elements arranged in rows and columns, corresponding to an image captured by the array. The method also includes analyzing the signals along a row or a column to identify one or more local turning points, and processing the signals at the identified local turning points to recognize fixed pattern noise in the captured image. The method further includes correcting values of the signals from the sensor elements at the identified local turning points so as to reduce the fixed pattern noise in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: GYRUS ACMI, INC.
    Inventors: Chaya Zilberstein, Nikolay Skarbnik, Stuart Wolf, Natalie Starodubsky
  • Patent number: 9830786
    Abstract: The present invention provides an intrusion sensing apparatus for a security fence, the apparatus detecting the distribution characteristic of a frequency component of an output signal in a charge amplifier connected to a shielding multi-core cable united with a security fence, and thereby determining whether the output signal is a signal caused by the overall vibration of and a partial impact on the security fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: GES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong-Cheol Lee, Woo-Young Jang
  • Patent number: 9778227
    Abstract: A device, system and method for monitoring a cable for a physical disturbance is disclosed. The device includes at least one pair of acoustic transducers, the pair comprising a first acoustic conductor monitoring transducer and a second ambient transducer. The acoustic conductor monitoring transducer is in acoustic contact with an acoustic conductor to be monitored by the device, with the transducers being arranged such that an ambient acoustic signal is common to both transducers. The device further includes a circuit element, with each transducer being connected to an input of the circuit element, the circuit element being arranged to output a difference between the input signals from the transducers. An alarm triggering module is connected to an output of the circuit element, the module being operable to trigger an alarm when the output signal received from the circuit element exceeds a predefined threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Ernst Jacobus Gustav Pretorius
  • Patent number: 9771139
    Abstract: A Shipboard Auditory Sensor (SAS) for detection and classification of acoustic signaling at sea is capable of detecting whistles blasts from other vessels in accordance with Rules 34 and 35 of COLREGS to support autonomous operations in a maritime environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Leidos, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. McCummins, Steven M. Johnson, Glenn H. May
  • Patent number: 9747368
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing duplication of music tracks associated with a user account of an online music provider, includes selecting multiple music collections. Selecting at least one of the tracks in the selected music collections, identifying multiple duplicate metadata candidate tracks and multiple duplicate audio candidate tracks. The duplicate metadata candidate tracks are compared to the duplicate audio candidate tracks to identify common duplicate tracks. An audio hash is calculated for each audio file for the common duplicate tracks. An audio hash of one of the common duplicate tracks is selected and compared to the remaining audio hashes of the common duplicate tracks to identify matching tracks. All instances of the matching track in the selected music collections can be replaced with the selected track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: George Alban Heitz, III, Yang Lu
  • Patent number: 9727979
    Abstract: A method of determining proper positioning of lifeguard stations at a swimming pool or body of water to minimize the risk of bather drowning. The method includes: positioning submersible devices or other objects on a bottom of the swimming pool or body of water according to an established grid or pattern; imaging the submersible devices from different locations and different heights at the same locations; analyzing the images and other data to determine locations and heights of the lifeguard stations which provide the best sightlines of the swimming pool from the surface of the water to the bottom of the swimming pool or body of water; and positioning the lifeguard stations at the locations and the heights determined by analyzing the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Maria Bella
  • Patent number: 9625594
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a barrier detection system that includes a plurality of sensors that are coupled in series to a seismograph. The seismograph receives a signal from the sensors. The system includes a computer system including computer storage and a processor. The computer system is in communication with the seismograph so that the computer system receives signals from seismograph and stores them in the computer storage. The system can include an object detection system that can process the signals received by the computer system from the seismograph. The object detection system can select a first portion of the signal to analyze based a predetermined time interval, create a baseline value for the first portion, and select a plurality of peaks from the first portion. The object detection can also analyze an amplitude, frequency, and periodicity of the first portion to assess the origin of the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventors: Glenn Spencer, Michael S. King
  • Patent number: 9547881
    Abstract: A method for calculating a feature descriptor on a single instruction, multiple data (SIMD) processor is described. The method includes generating histogram bin indexes in a first register. The method also includes generating weights in a second register. The method further includes updating an entire histogram table in a register file based on the histogram bin indexes and the weights without storing any histogram bin to memory. Histogram bins are updated in parallel with a single instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Qinwen Xu, Bo Zhou, Shuxue Quan, Junchen Du
  • Patent number: 9523779
    Abstract: A method for identifying a seismic even makes it possible to determine the direction to a source of a seismic disturbance both on the surface and in a three-dimensional space and increases the probability of correct identification of a seismic event and the accuracy of the determination of the direction to the source. A compact seismic detector for implementing the method reduces the cost of scanning and servicing a perimeter protection system constructed on the basis of such detectors. In the method, two or three pairs of seismic sensors which are divided by a distance and are oriented at an angle with respect to one another, for example mutually perpendicularly along the axes X, Y or along the axes X, Y, Z, respectively, are combined to form one seismic detector. The resultant seismic data are processed to determine the direction to the source of the seismic disturbance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: Nodari V. Bagratashvili
  • Patent number: 9453827
    Abstract: A system for surveillance of a pool containing a liquid such as water-comprises at least one first element comprising at least one submersible robot provided with standalone propulsion capabilities for propelling the robot in the pool, onboard of which robot is installed at least one sensor capable of producing at least one measurement of a quantity representative of at least one disturbance of the pool relative to a reference state, the first element being furthermore provided with communication capabilities for communicating, in the submerged position, with at least one second element, the system being configured to process, in processing means, the output of the at least one sensor and to trigger at least one action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventors: Bruno Maisonnier, Fabien Bardinet
  • Patent number: 9429463
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus and methods are provided for measuring moving vehicle information. Moving vehicle information may be measured by a sensor configured to respond to one or more wheels of the vehicle, where one or more of the wheels changes the characteristic impedance of the sensor at the wheel's contact location. An electrical time domain reflectometry signal processing system which is capable of measuring the change in the impedance of the sensor and converting the impedance change to a signal may be connected operatively to the sensor. A data-processing system receives the signal and extracts the vehicle information therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: International Road Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Randal Leroy Hanson, Michael David Lockerbie, Ian Robert Meier, Tyler William Haichert
  • Patent number: 9422064
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for alerting a crew member of a rotorcraft that at least one tie-down device is still attached to the rotorcraft is provided. The system includes or cooperates with at least one source of tie-down sensor data. A processor is operationally coupled to the source of tie-down sensor data and to a source of rotorcraft data and causes a warning to be generated if at least one attached tie-down device is sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventors: Artur Zolich, Vaclav Mares, Miroslav Smid
  • Patent number: 9368959
    Abstract: A safety circuit for disconnecting the power feed to an EV (electrical vehicle) charging enclosure or gasoline station fuel pump enclosure in the event that the enclosure is partially or totally dislodged from the foundation and dangerously high voltage has been exposed due to underground conduits being torn apart and electrical cables being exposed and in contact with sheet metal cabinets and other metal parts, thus creating the possibility of an explosion or the electrocution of a user or bystanders. The safety circuit comprises at least two proximity sensors, each of which transmits a signal into a control circuit which causes the power feed to the enclosure to be disconnected at the source when either or both of the proximity sensors inform the control circuit that the station has moved either vertically or horizontally more than a few thousandths of an inch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: Robert W. Wright, Jr., James E. Maddox
  • Patent number: 9255852
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus comprising at least one sensing capacitor and a controller, wherein the controller is configured to receive a signal from the at least one sensing capacitor indicative of a change of charge of the sensing capacitor, and wherein the controller is configured to determine an amount of force applied to the sensing capacitor, an acceleration of the sensing capacitor, a torsion of the sensing capacitor, a vibration of the sensing capacitor or a pulling force applied to the sensing capacitor based on the change of charge of the at least one sensing capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Kai Gossner
  • Patent number: 9192957
    Abstract: Nebulizer and method of operation of a nebulizer comprising a cupel capable of containing a liquid and a vibrating member (4) capable of emitting, under the effect of a control signal originating from a control circuit (10), an ultrasound beam making it possible to transform the liquid into mist, in which the vibrating member (4) is sensitive to the sound wave produced during the transformation of the liquid into mist and detection means (14) detect the presence and/or the absence and/or the value of a sound signal originating from the vibrating member, or of a signal corresponding to a sound signal originating from said vibrating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Sebastien Cinquin
  • Patent number: 9142118
    Abstract: An audio warning monitoring device, system and method including an audio detector, one or more audio screens to determine if monitored sound is an alarm, a processor or logic device to potentially analyze sound data and then instruct a transmitter to send a message with the monitoring device identification and signals representing sound detected by the audio detector to a server. The computer server analyzes the message and authenticates the audio detector, looks up user data associated with the detector, and contacts a user from previously stored user data in order to notify of the alert and then relay the audio signals in an audio file. At the user's option, the server may contact a staffed or automated monitoring center. Here a human operator may listen to the signals in the audio file and take appropriate action, such as calling the location of the alarm for verification or contacting a professional first responder(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Belkin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Marc G. Patenaude, Russell K. Jones, III
  • Patent number: 9103908
    Abstract: Disclosed is a security monitoring method determining whether a trespasser is detected and a position of the trespasser in a set security space and monitoring sound generated at the position of the trespasser by using an acoustic image generated from acoustic signals generated by an acoustic generating device and an acoustic measuring device in an array type. An exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure provides a security monitoring system including: an acoustic generating device that generates acoustic signals; a plurality of acoustic measuring devices that receive the acoustic signals; and an acoustic image processing device that generates an acoustic image using a beamforming algorithm from the acoustic signals received in the plurality of acoustic measuring devices and determines a position of a trespasser by comparing the acoustic image after the trespasser is detected with the acoustic image before the trespasser is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventors: Kang-Ho Park, Sung Q Lee, Woo Seok Yang, Jongdae Kim, Semyung Wang, Daesung Kim, Kihyun Kim
  • Patent number: 9024749
    Abstract: A wearable signal notification article and a system incorporating the article. The system provides users with a way to stay connected to their wireless devices, even when the user is not in proximity to the device. It comprises a wireless transmitting device, a wireless transmission receiving device, and a wearable signal notification article. When the transmitting device sends a signal to the transmission receiving device, a second signal is sent to the signal notification device to alert the user that a transmission is being received. The wearable signal notification device comprises a flexible, waterproof bracelet housing, and an integrated alert circuit module with a sensor chip, an antenna, at least one light source, a vibrator, and a battery. The device can be worn while swimming, during strenuous activity, or in crowded noisy environments to provide visual and tactile feedback to users about incoming transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Chris Ratajczyk
  • Patent number: 8994530
    Abstract: The present invention provides means for initiating a distress signal by knocking over an object, such as a table, decorative piece, furniture, etc., that includes a built-in or embedded safety device. When the safety device senses substantial movement (i.e., toppling) of the object, the safety device transmits a distress signal to third-party responders, and also can initiate various events in the environment surrounding the object to deter, delay, or disrupt a perpetrator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: David Amis
  • Patent number: 8990033
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, system, and/or computer program product monitors operational conditions of a cargo ship. A baseline composite vibration pattern is established from readings generated by multiple smart sensors. Each of the multiple smart sensors is a uniquely-identified smart sensor that has been affixed to one of multiple intermodal shipping containers that have been loaded onto a cargo ship, and each smart sensor includes a vibration sensor for detecting mechanical vibration. Subsequent readings are then taken from the multiple smart sensors to generate a new composite vibration pattern. In response to the new composite vibration pattern being different from the baseline composite vibration pattern, the new composite vibration pattern is matched with a known composite vibration pattern in order to identify a cause of the new composite vibration pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Friedlander, James R. Kraemer
  • Publication number: 20150015398
    Abstract: A method is provided for detecting intrusion into an optical cable of a single mode optical fiber network comprising where monitoring light signals are transmitted along a telecommunications optical fiber to be monitored either along a fiber additional to a data fiber or by multiplexing onto a common fiber. The received monitoring light signals after transmission along the telecommunications optical fiber are analyzed for changes indicative of movement of the optical fiber for detecting an intrusion event. The monitoring light signals at the receive end of the fiber signals are monitored by feeding the signals from the single mode fiber into a multi-mode fiber in a manner which causes changes in modal power distribution which can be detected by taking a portion only of the modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Cary R. Murphy, Mark K. Bridges, David Thompson, Joseph Giovannini, David E. Vokey
  • Publication number: 20150009031
    Abstract: A system includes perimeter intrusion detection sensors and a computer processor communicatively coupled to the perimeter intrusion detection sensors. The system receives data from the perimeter intrusion detection sensors, fuses the data from the perimeter intrusion detection sensors, and generates a single alarm from the fused data when the fused data indicates a breach of an area associated with the perimeter intrusion detection sensors. A sensor fusion framework for accomplishing these tasks is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Saad J. Bedros, Mahesh K. Gellaboina, Lalitha M. Eswara
  • Patent number: 8773265
    Abstract: An alarm system for protecting an environment from an unwanted events, such as an intrusion, the alarm system including: a detection sensor for detecting sound in the environment, wherein the detection sensors are adaptable to identify a unique audio signal if an unwanted event is detected; a sensor module adapted to verify the unique audio signal from the detection sensor; and an alarm generation module adapted to generate an alarm if the unique audio signal is verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Sonis Europe Limited
    Inventor: William Marr