Vibration Patents (Class 340/566)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8742942
    Abstract: The invention relates to a security device for a cover device of a pipe and/or for a pipe, that can be used for producing pipelines having a series of further pipes welded to each other, wherein the cover device comprises a sleeve covering an inner wall of the pipe, and the security device is designed for generating an alarm signal, wherein the security device comprises a structure-borne sound detection device comprising a structure-borne sound sensor for detecting manipulation of the pipe. The invention further relates to a system for monitoring pipes having a plurality of security devices having a receiving station for receiving the security device signals, preferably repeatable by means of a repeater, and an electronic data processor designed for analyzing the signals and for out-putting an alarm signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Rosen Swiss AG
    Inventor: Hermann Rosen
  • Patent number: 8723673
    Abstract: A detection and alarm system comprises a piezoelectric film sensor and associated circuitry. The sensor detects acoustic emission signals from metallic objects under stress upon which it is affixed. The associated circuitry receives electronic signals from the sensor, creates and evaluates a sensor output value including rate ratio and frequency content of such signals within preset time limits. This data allows the detection of impending failure, an alarm condition, of the metallic object by identifying significant changes in the rate of emission of such sensor signals. An alarm condition may then trigger an alarm signal to warn of such impending failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Alertek, LLC
    Inventors: Zvi H. Meiksin, Robert J. Kilgore
  • Patent number: 8676447
    Abstract: To be configured inexpensively to enable cost reduction and sense sitting posture of an occupant highly accurately, occupant posture sensing apparatus 100 includes capacitance sensor unit 10 and circuit unit 20. Capacitance sensor unit 10 includes first and second sensing electrodes 11 and 12 provided at portions of vehicle interior ceiling 2 ahead of and right above a seat 40 and connected to capacitance sensing circuit 21 of circuit unit 20 and shield-driving circuit 23 through selector switches SW1 and SW2. CPU 29 of circuit unit 20 determines sitting posture of occupant (human body) 48 sitting on the seat 40 based on information regarding position of head 49 of the occupant 48 by using capacitance values detected by capacitance sensing circuit 21 based on capacitances from sensing electrodes 11 and 12. Posture information regarding the determined sitting posture is output to ECU mounted on a vehicle 1 and used for controlling air bag deployment, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Fujikura Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Togura, Koichi Ichihara, Koji Sakiyama
  • Publication number: 20140062692
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided including an environmental sensor that detects security threats within a secure area, a shock detector that detects vibration of the environmental sensor and a processor that receives an signal from the environmental detector, processes the signal and provides a threat detected signal in response to the signal from the environmental detector wherein the processor also processes a signal from the shock detector, detects vibration and blocks the threat detected signal during the detected vibration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Honeywell Inernational Inc.
    Inventors: Huayu LI, Tianfeng Zhao, Lei Qin
  • Patent number: 8659424
    Abstract: A system to detect subsurface activity. The system employs vibration sensor pairs, with each sensor pair having a shallow sensor and a deep sensor. Outputs of the sensors of a pair are processed together and events are detected based on the relative values detected by the sensors of the pair. When signal energy departs from a detected background level, the relative amplitude and frequency content of vibrations measured at the shallow and deep sensors may be compared. The comparison may be performed, at least in part, using a classifier that discriminates between subsurface activity and surface activity. The outputs of sensor pairs may be aggregated to make a determination of whether subsurface activity exists and/or its location. Aggregation may involve comparing the outputs of the same sensor pair at multiple time intervals or may involve comparing the outputs of arrayed sensor pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignees: Raytheon BBN Technologies, Corp., US Army Corps of Enginees
    Inventors: Peter Allen Krumhansl, William Coney, Richard Mullen, Jason R. McKenna, Michael Goldsmith
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8547220
    Abstract: A system is provided for establishing a compliance zone and monitoring interactions therewith. The system includes a compliance zone designator and a wearable device. The compliance zone designator transmits an ultrasound signal to establish the compliance zone. The ultrasound signal may be encoded with information on the compliance zone. The compliance zone designator is configured for placement at a location in which the compliance zone is desired. The wearable device is separate from the compliance zone designator. The wearable device includes a compliance zone recognition component configured to recognize the compliance zone and identify one or more pre-defined interaction criteria for the compliance zone. When the wearable device is within the compliance zone, the compliance zone recognition component recognizes the compliance zone and identifies the interaction criteria of the compliance zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Dempsey, Ronald S. Newbower
  • Patent number: 8493177
    Abstract: Various systems, devices, and methods for communicating vehicle information from a vehicle to a keyless entry device are provided. The system may include a keyless entry device for communicating vehicle information from a vehicle to a user. The keyless entry device may include a haptic actuator and one or more processors that may establish a communication channel with a vehicle, communicate, via the communication channel, a command to the vehicle, receive a response to the command from the vehicle, and cause the haptic actuator to output a first haptic effect based on the response. The vehicle may include a vehicle device that may obtain vehicle information that relates to a vehicle, determine and output a control signal that corresponds to the vehicle information. The control signal may cause the keyless entry device to output a first haptic effect that haptically communicates the vehicle information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Natasha Margaret Minenko Flaherty, David M. Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 8493204
    Abstract: Example methods and systems for displaying one or more indications that indicate (i) the direction of a source of sound and (ii) the intensity level of the sound are disclosed. A method may involve receiving audio data corresponding to sound detected by a wearable computing system. Further, the method may involve analyzing the audio data to determine both (i) a direction from the wearable computing system of a source of the sound and (ii) an intensity level of the sound. Still further, the method may involve causing the wearable computing system to display one or more indications that indicate (i) the direction of the source of the sound and (ii) the intensity level of the sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Wong, Xiaoyu Miao
  • Patent number: 8483262
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and distinguishing occurrences along a perimeter bounded by at least one piezoelectric cable that completely defines the perimeter. The monitoring system utilizes at least one piezoelectric cable that generates electrical signals in response to mechanical stress events. The electrical signals from each piezoelectric cable are analyzed by a processing system to determine event classification and location. The monitoring system alerts users and connects to an existing security system to notify third-parties. The monitoring system includes functionality to communicate with a calibration unit and calibrate itself. The monitoring system also includes functionality to interface with a pet containment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Radio System Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher E. Mainini, Randal D. Boyd
  • Patent number: 8400301
    Abstract: A window safety and security device detects unauthorized movement of a double-hung window, sliding window, or door upon which the safety and security device is installed and communicates an alarm in response to the detecting. The device includes a housing, a suction cup affixed to or integral with the housing configured to be removably attached to an inside glass pane of a first sash of a double-hung window, sliding window or door. An electrical switch is disposed in, on or affixed to the housing for contacting a portion of a second sash when the second sash is slid to a fixed position to actuate the switch. A light or a buzzer or both communicates a detected window or door movement sufficient to cause a change of state in the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventors: Mitchell I. Kersch, Aaron R. Kersch
  • Patent number: 8384316
    Abstract: The present invention relates to synchronized vibration devices that can provide haptic feedback to a user. A wide variety of actuator types may be employed to provide synchronized vibration, including linear actuators, rotary actuators, rotating eccentric mass actuators, and rocking mass actuators. A controller may send signals to one or more driver circuits for directing operation of the actuators. The controller may provide direction and amplitude control, vibration control, and frequency control to direct the haptic experience. Parameters such as frequency, phase, amplitude, duration, and direction can be programmed or input as different patterns suitable for use in gaming, virtual reality and real-world situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Coactive Drive Corporation
    Inventors: John Houston, Nathan Delson
  • Patent number: 8354929
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting and classifying intruders is provided. A noise threshold can be determined and set based on background noise. A seismic sensor can be configured to receive a plurality of seismic data signals. A microcontroller can be configured to count the number of times the noise threshold is exceeded over a defined time interval by the plurality of seismic data signals, and then detect and classify the presence of an intruder based on the count. Additionally, an amplitude evaluation module can be configured to determine a signal amplitude for the seismic data signals associated with the detected intruder and compare the detected intruder signal amplitude to known signal amplitudes in order to determine a sub-type of the intruder. Finally, a transmission source can be configured to transmit intruder detection and classification information to a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America, as respresented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Peter C Herdic, Robert M Baden, Brian H Houston, Phillip A Frank, Alain R Berdoz, Jeff M Byers
  • Patent number: 8354925
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting change in an environment are provided. In one aspect, a system for detecting change in an environment includes an RF noise source configured to transmit an RF noise signal into the environment and to vary a parameter of the RF noise signal, and an interrogator configured to communicate with a plurality of communication devices distributed in the environment over a plurality of communication channels. The system also includes a detection system configured to receive information related to performances of the plurality of communication channels from the interrogator, to generate a fingerprint of the environment for each of the plurality of communication channels based on the performance of the communication channel at different values of the parameter of the RF noise signal, and to detect a change in the environment when one or more of the fingerprints deviates from a respective baseline fingerprint by a certain amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Vibeke Libby, John S. Camp
  • Patent number: 8331195
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, program and system utilizing a number of field-deployed sensors to accurately detect and classify objects/events (targets) of interest within a sensor field including the detection/classification of human beings travelling on-foot or with vehicles and their direction(s) of travel. In particular, the method, computer program and system are operable to determine whether a detected target is an animal, human or vehicle via analysis of received acoustic and sensor data. The analyses performed include comparison/correlation of the sensor data to known seismic cyclostationary signatures, acoustic and seismic characteristics of human footsteps and travel tendencies, and acoustic and seismic characteristics of non-human (animal) footsteps and travel tendencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Sean Schumer, Mark Mellini
  • Patent number: 8319620
    Abstract: Methods and devices for situation awareness facilitation for a vehicle driver are provided. A method includes receiving a first acoustic signal from outside a vehicle that the driver is in and converting the first acoustic signal into a first acoustic electronic signal; sending the first acoustic electronic signal to a processor; matching the first acoustic electronic signal by the processor to stored reference electronic signals; and sending an acoustic message associated with a matched reference electronic signal to a speaker in the cab of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Personics Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: John Usher, John P Keady