Electromagnetic Energy Patents (Class 340/567)
  • Patent number: 11941961
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a detection device includes: an infrared temperature sensor configured to provide a temperature signal associated with an heat emission of at least one individual within a monitored area; an electrostatic-charge-variation sensor configured to provide a charge-variation signal indicative of a variation of electrostatic charge associated with the at least one individual; and a processing unit, coupled to the infrared temperature sensor and to the electrostatic-charge-variation sensor, the processing unit configured to detect a presence of the at least one individual within the monitored area by receiving the temperature signal and the charge-variation signal, and jointly processing the temperature signal and charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Enrico Rosario Alessi, Fabio Passaniti
  • Patent number: 11935378
    Abstract: An autonomous wireless intrusion detector device comprises a movement sensor and a digital camera. In response to detecting a potential movement within a monitored area, the digital camera is triggered to create and store a set of consecutive full-size digital images of the monitored area, and a set of reduced-size thumbnail images corresponding to the set of full-size digital images, and a set of reduced-size thumbnail images corresponding to the set of full-size digital images, for the new alarm event. The detector device sends notification of the new alarm event and reduced-size image-related event information to an intrusion detection network entity, and sends the set of full-size images only if requested by the network entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: THINNECT OÜ
    Inventors: Tanel Liiv, Sho Yano, Henri Abel, Tauri Tuubel, Mattis Marjak, Romi Agar, Teet Härm, Ville Arulaane, Indrek Tubalkain
  • Patent number: 11927321
    Abstract: The present disclosure sets forth a motion sensing outdoor security light with the flexibility of being mounted to either a wall structure or to an eave or ceiling structure. An adjustable spherical motion sensor housing may be provided with the rotationally adjustable outdoor security light, allowing easy adjustment of motion detection ranges under different mounting schemes without comprising the aesthetic design of the light. The adjustable spherical motion sensor housing may also provide an enlarged horizontal field of view for better performance. Sensitivity of a motion sensor may be adjusted via a control circuit based on adjustment of the spherical motion sensor housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: HEATHCO LLC
    Inventors: Miles William McDonald, Kushagra Dixit, Scott Blaise Tylicki, Apollo Paul Paredes, Lionel V. Luu, John Colvin Deaton
  • Patent number: 11871322
    Abstract: A method, for a mobile computing device, of installing a sensor device, the method including the steps of obtaining, from the sensor device, information indicative of an identification of the sensor device; obtaining information indicative of a location of a piece of hygiene equipment with which the sensor device is to be associated; and associating the information indicative of an identification of the sensor device with the information indicative of a location of the piece of hygiene equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: ESSITY HYGIENE AND HEALTH AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Magnus Nordin, Jonas Kuylenstierna, Annie Sporre Thorburn, Hakan Lindstrom, Gunilla Himmelmann, Robert Kling
  • Patent number: 11838769
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a multiple-antenna heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system includes a first antenna disposed along a return airflow path from an enclosed space to the multiple-antenna HVAC system, where the multiple-antenna HVAC system supplies conditioned air to the enclosed space. The multiple-antenna HVAC system also includes a second antenna disposed outside the return airflow path. The multiple-antenna HVAC system also includes a controller in communication with the first antenna and the second antenna, where the controller wirelessly communicates via the first antenna and the second antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Mansoor Ahmed, Steve Lazar
  • Patent number: 11774292
    Abstract: The system may include a setup app that is configured to locate, track and/or analyze activities of living beings in an environment. The system may be configured for determining a temperature of an object in a space, based on infrared (IR) energy data of IR energy from the object, determining location coordinates of the object in the space, comparing the location coordinates of the object to location coordinates of a fixture and determining that the object is a human being, in response to the temperature of the object being within a range, and in response to the location coordinates of the object being distinct from the location coordinates of the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: BUTLR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Honghao Deng, Jiani Zeng, Frances Jillian S. Qua
  • Patent number: 11769387
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product, the method comprising: obtaining a multiplicity of images taken by one or more overhead capture devices overlooking a body of water having a surface; detecting a person depicted in at least some images from the multiplicity of images; determining for images in the images, whether the image depicts the person in substantially vertical position in the at least some images said determining performed upon one or more characteristics extracted from each image; and subject to determining that the person is not in substantially vertical position in the at least some images, taking an action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: LYNXIGHT LTD.
    Inventors: Omer Bar-Ilan, Roee Mor
  • Patent number: 11744234
    Abstract: An aquarium system includes a tank, a motion sensor, and a light source. The motion sensor is adapted to sense motion within a predetermined distance from the tank. The light source has a controllable intensity projecting light into the tank. The intensity varies responsive to motion sensed by the motion sensor. When the motion sensor senses movement, the light is on at 100% intensity. After some period of no-motion, such as about 60 seconds, the lighting slowly dims to around 20% of full brightness. When it senses movement again, the lighting slowly ramps up to 100% intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Spectrum Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley James Owens, Joseph Michael Flora, Chad William Robbins
  • Patent number: 11741817
    Abstract: The present systems and methods relate to a hand sanitizer system that includes a proximity detector, a dispensing system and an alarm feature, and is operative to identify potentially high risk hygiene situations corresponding to a person in proximity of the system failing to dispense antiseptic or other solution from the dispenser within a predetermined period of time after moving within a predetermined range of the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: CLEAN HANDS SAFE HANDS LLC
    Inventors: Christopher D. Hermann, Jeremy D. Jass, Lance C. Rigdon, Berkley A. Baker
  • Patent number: 11721257
    Abstract: Disclosed are an image display device and a method of controlling an image display device. The image display device includes a motion detection unit for detecting a motion of a user and provides a welcome feedback to the user in the form of a visual signal, an audio signal, or both according to whether the motion of the user is detected or not, thereby drawing attention of the user or switching a display state to reduce power consumption of the image display device. The image display device determines a motion exception event that is not regarded a user motion on the basis of an overall change or a local change in pixel value between image frames, thereby preventing the display panel from being activated by a non-human-related factor such as a sudden change in illuminance or a movement of a periodically operating object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Ji Han Son
  • Patent number: 11669140
    Abstract: Techniques and apparatus for providing power monitoring processes are described. In one embodiment, for example, an apparatus may include at least one storage device and logic coupled to the at least one storage device. The logic may be configured to poll a power device comprising a plurality of power elements via an alarm status identifier operative to cause the power device to return an alarm status string comprising a plurality of alarm status bits, each of the plurality of alarm status bits indicating an active alarm state of one of the plurality of power elements, and determine each of the plurality of power elements in the active alarm state based on the alarm status string. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC
    Inventor: Dennis Gibson
  • Patent number: 11669981
    Abstract: A sensor may be configured to determine how many people that have entered or exited a space. The sensor may comprise a pyroelectric infrared (PIR) detection circuit capable of generating different output signal patterns in response to a person entering or exiting the space. The sensor may determine whether the person has entered or exited the space based on the output signal pattern. The sensor may include a thermopile array, a radar detection circuit, or a visible light sensing circuit. The thermopile array, radar detection circuit, or visible light sensing circuit may be capable of detecting a person's location and/or movements within an area monitored by the sensor and determining, based on the detected movements, whether the person has entered or left the space. An occupant count of the space may then be determined accordingly by the sensor or by a system controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: James P. Steiner
  • Patent number: 11632681
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a multiple-antenna heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system includes a first antenna disposed along a return airflow path from an enclosed space to the multiple-antenna HVAC system, where the multiple-antenna HVAC system supplies conditioned air to the enclosed space. The multiple-antenna HVAC system also includes a second antenna disposed outside the return airflow path. The multiple-antenna HVAC system also includes a controller in communication with the first antenna and the second antenna, where the controller wirelessly communicates via the first antenna and the second antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Mansoor Ahmed, Steve Lazar
  • Patent number: 11626004
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring procedural compliance of staff in a facility. A system may include a plurality of sensors positioned adjacent a hand washing station. Each of the plurality of sensors may be configured to provide a corresponding sensor output signal that is indicative of whether a person is washing their hands at the hand washing station or not. A controller may be configured to fuse the sensor output signals from each of two or more of the plurality of sensors and to determine using the fused sensor output signals whether the person has washed their hands at the hand washing station in compliance with one or more predetermined criteria or not. The controller may be further configured to output a notification when the controller has determined that the person has washed their hands at the hand washing station in compliance with the one or more predetermined criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Soumitri Kolavennu, Ramdas Pai, Arun Vijayakumari Mahasenan, Aravind Padmanabhan, Rongbao Nie
  • Patent number: 11625488
    Abstract: Methods and systems for continuously and quantitatively assessing the risk to data confidentiality, integrity, and availability on identified on endpoints, servers, medical devices, and “Internet of things” devices in a networked healthcare environment monitor resource requests by user applications running on the various device. A map of resource usage by each application may be generated. Based on the map and a risk model (e.g., the contents of a risk database), application events associated with risks are detected and resources vulnerable to the risk may be identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: TAUSIGHT, INC.
    Inventors: David M. T. Ting, Sean Ting
  • Patent number: 11620897
    Abstract: A monitoring system that is configured to monitor a property is disclosed. The monitoring system includes a passive infrared (PIR) sensor configured to generate reference PIR data that represents motion within an area of the property; an auxiliary sensor configured to generate auxiliary sensor data that represents an attribute of the area of the property; and a motion sensor device. The motion sensor device is configured to: obtain the reference PIR data; determine that a first set of motion detection criteria is satisfied by the reference PIR data; in response to determining that the first set of motion detection criteria is satisfied by the reference PIR data, obtain the auxiliary sensor data; obtain a second set of motion detection criteria based on the reference PIR data and the auxiliary sensor data; and determine whether the second set of motion detection criteria is satisfied by additional PIR data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Glenn Tournier, Alexander Lawrence Reeder, Donald Gerard Madden, Allison Beach, David James Hutz
  • Patent number: 11572175
    Abstract: An occupancy detection system and method for an enclosed space includes a door sensor operatively coupled to a door of the enclosed space. The door sensor is configured to output a door sensor signal that indicates a status of the door. At least one presence sensor that is configured to output at least one presence sensor signal that indicates an occupancy status of the enclosed space. An occupancy detection control unit is in communication with the door sensor and the at least one presence sensor. The occupancy detection control unit is configured to receive the door sensor signal and the presence sensor signal(s). The occupancy detection control unit is configured to determine an occupancy status of the enclosed space based on the door sensor signal and the presence sensor signal(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Christopher Alvarez
  • Patent number: 11527066
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure are directed towards a system for analyzing graffiti content, tracking graffiti vandals who executed graffiti on different surfaces and report the graffiti vandal reports to law enforcement agent or public works department, comprising: a computing device is configured to allow a user to capture graffiti executed on a plurality of surfaces and uploads the captured graffiti to a graffiti analyzing and tracking module, the graffiti analyzing and tracking module parses out the graffiti content into data points and analyzes, reconfigures, and reports the data points to clearly reveal trends in categories on computing device, and a database configured to store information about graffiti crimes, locations, and allows the user to allocate resources, the computing device enables the graffiti analyzing and tracking module to display graffiti vandals and map the graffiti content to graffiti vandals that have appeared in graffiti renderings from the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Inventor: Timothy Kephart
  • Patent number: 11517146
    Abstract: A cooking assistance appliance can include a body, at least one camera, at least one sensor, and an imaging device for capturing an image of a cooking appliance. The cooking appliance can provide for monitoring use of the cooking appliance, as well as assisting the user in operating the cooking appliance. Additionally, the cooking assistance appliance can be integrated into a hood or a microwave oven and vent combination above a stovetop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Collin A. Stipe, Cristiano Vito Pastore, Christopher D. Cullen, Andrea Gallivanoni, Gregory Bauman, Aaron Edward Showers, Rahul S. Dudhe, Natalie Hillmann, Tushar Ashok Kalbande, Ajit Janardan Manohar, Rahul R. Pandey, Neomar Giacomini, Kevin Chase, Josh Abdoo, Larissa Ducci De Araujo, Sugosh Venkataraman, Andrea Ferrise
  • Patent number: 11505197
    Abstract: A vehicle security method includes: acquiring an input signal from a sensor unit equipped in a vehicle; setting a detection mode to a heart rate detection mode, in response to a security release operation being started, setting a radar sensor of the sensor unit to detect a target, and detecting heart rate information on the target; determining whether the heart rate information matches pre-stored heart rate information; setting the detection mode to a general detection mode, in response to the heart rate information matching the pre-stored heart rate information, measuring a distance, an azimuth, and/or an elevation angle between the vehicle and the target, and detecting body shape information of the target; determining whether the body shape information matches pre-stored body shape information; and releasing a security of a security device, in response to the body shape information matching the pre-stored body shape information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOBIS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hee Chang Roh
  • Patent number: 11504560
    Abstract: An electric outlet fire detection and prevention system may comprise a temperature sensor and an electromagnetic interference (EMI) sensor. A processor within the system may monitor the measurements of the temperature and EMI sensors to determine that a fire has developed in an electric outlet box. The processor may then actuate a triggering mechanism in a cartridge containing fire extinguishing material such that the fire extinguishing material is dispersed in the outlet box. The fire extinguishing material may extinguish a developing fire and prevent the fire from spreading further. The processor may also be coupled with a server, which is configured to analyze measurements of the temperature and the EMI sensors and generate a building profile. When the server determines that any measurements deviate from the building profile, the server may instruct the processor to actuate the triggering mechanism and/or notify an electronic device associated with the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Eric Schroeder, Manfred Amann, Jess Gingrich
  • Patent number: 11475757
    Abstract: A method includes: receiving IR radiation with a plurality of IR sensors; producing a plurality of output signals with the plurality of IR sensors based on the received IR radiation, where each of the plurality of output signals is indicative of an intensity of the IR radiation received by a respective IR sensor of the plurality of IR sensors; detecting an IR source based on the plurality of output signals; generating a candidate alarm in response to detecting the IR source; determining whether the detected IR source matches any reference IR source of a set of reference IR sources; when the detected IR source matches one reference IR source of the set of reference IR sources, issuing a user alarm, and when the detected IR source does not match any reference IR source of the set of reference IR sources, canceling the candidate alarm without issuing the user alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Enrico Rosario Alessi, Fabio Passaniti
  • Patent number: 11467088
    Abstract: A detector has an internal sensing space, and includes a light source unit for emitting light into the sensing space, a reflector for reflecting the light, a sample supply for providing a sample into a path of the light, a first sensor unit for sensing the light reflected by the reflector, and a second sensor unit for sensing at least one of scattered light and fluorescence by the sample. The light source and the first and second sensor units are arranged in the sensing space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: SEOUL VIOSYS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Man Kim, Ki Yon Park
  • Patent number: 11462086
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a detection device includes: an infrared temperature sensor configured to provide a temperature signal associated with an heat emission of at least one individual within a monitored area; an electrostatic-charge-variation sensor configured to provide a charge-variation signal indicative of a variation of electrostatic charge associated with the at least one individual; and a processing unit, coupled to the infrared temperature sensor and to the electrostatic-charge-variation sensor, the processing unit configured to detect a presence of the at least one individual within the monitored area by receiving the temperature signal and the charge-variation signal, and jointly processing the temperature signal and charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Enrico Rosario Alessi, Fabio Passaniti
  • Patent number: 11432168
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a multiple-antenna heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system includes a first antenna disposed along a return airflow path from an enclosed space to the multiple-antenna HVAC system, where the multiple-antenna HVAC system supplies conditioned air to the enclosed space. The multiple-antenna HVAC system also includes a second antenna disposed outside the return airflow path. The multiple-antenna HVAC system also includes a controller in communication with the first antenna and the second antenna, where the controller wirelessly communicates via the first antenna and the second antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Mansoor Ahmed, Steve Lazar
  • Patent number: 11314158
    Abstract: A microelectromechanical apparatus includes a substrate, a light diffuser device, a plurality of actuator devices, and a controller. The light diffuser device is disposed on the substrate. The actuator devices surround the substrate and are coupled to the substrate. The controller is coupled to the actuator devices. The controller applies a voltage to at least one of the actuator devices to drive the substrate and to control the light diffuser device to actuate according to a reference axis perpendicular to the light diffuser device. A projection apparatus is also provided. In the disclosure, a motion pattern and motion complexity of the light diffuser device may be enhanced. Enhancement of the movement pattern and movement complexity may lead to a significant increase in a speckle pattern contrast ratio, such that the projection apparatus may provide favorable image quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignees: Coretronic Corporation, Coretronics MEMS Corporation
    Inventors: Yi-Chien Lo, Shih-Hsiung Tseng
  • Patent number: 11250683
    Abstract: A sensor and system for observing the presence, location, movement and/or attitude of one or more objects to be monitored includes a sensor detecting presence, location, movement and/or attitude. The sensor includes two detectors, which are adapted to measure in two measuring ranges that are at a different height, of which the measuring range of the first detector is a lower measuring range and the measuring range of the second detector is an upper measuring range. The sensor further includes a third detector, which is adapted to detect an item, such as a towel or clothing article, placed in front of and/or on top of the first detector, second detector and/or third detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: MARICARE OY
    Inventor: Göran Sundholm
  • Patent number: 11113952
    Abstract: A monitoring system that is configured to monitor a property is disclosed. The monitoring system includes a passive infrared (PIR) sensor configured to generate reference PIR data that represents motion within an area of the property; an auxiliary sensor configured to generate auxiliary sensor data that represents an attribute of the area of the property; and a motion sensor device. The motion sensor device is configured to: obtain the reference PIR data; determine that a first set of motion detection criteria is satisfied by the reference PIR data; in response to determining that the first set of motion detection criteria is satisfied by the reference PIR data, obtain the auxiliary sensor data; obtain a second set of motion detection criteria based on the reference PIR data and the auxiliary sensor data; and determine whether the second set of motion detection criteria is satisfied by additional PIR data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Glenn Tournier, Alexander Lawrence Reeder, Donald Gerard Madden, Allison Beach, David James Hutz
  • Patent number: 11092479
    Abstract: A sensor assembly, comprising a housing having a receiving window covered by an optically transparent cover. The housing accommodates electric components, at least comprising a motion sensor and an ambient light sensor. The motion sensor and the ambient light sensor are positioned such that light entering the cover impinges on the motion sensor and the ambient light sensor. Between the cover and the ambient light sensor is an optical diffuser positioned, such that light entering the cover traverses the optical diffuser before impinging on the ambient light sensor. The sensor assembly may be used separately or incorporated in an electric or electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Zhipei Wang, Shangwu Chen, Minghua Ye
  • Patent number: 11095469
    Abstract: A wireless occupancy sensor that is configured to be deployed within a building space includes a sensor body, an occupancy sensor that is housed by the sensor body, a light emitting diode (LED) that is housed by the sensor body, a wireless transceiver that is housed by the sensor body and is configured to be in wireless communication with a remote device. A controller is housed by the sensor body and is operably coupled to the occupancy sensor, the LED and the wireless transceiver and is configured to receive via the wireless transceiver a request to illuminate the LED from the remote device and in response to receiving the request, illuminate the LED in order to help visually identify the wireless occupancy sensor in the building space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Travis Read, Eric Barton, Karla Morales, Liliana Reategui, Christopher Heintzelman
  • Patent number: 10740622
    Abstract: A method of theft prevention and detection includes detecting movement of warehoused product by a person using one or more cameras; obtaining a first thermal image of a body of the person, with the one or more cameras, while the person is handling or moving the warehoused product; storing a physical size or shape of the warehoused product; obtaining a second thermal image of the body of the person, with the one or more cameras, subsequent to the obtaining of the first thermal image; determining thermal intensity differences by comparing the first thermal image of the body of the person to the second thermal image of the body of the person; detecting potential theft when the thermal intensity differences correlate to the physical size or shape of the warehoused product; and informing the person that the potential theft has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: Vaughn Peterson, Jacob Christensen, Steven Malone
  • Patent number: 10680989
    Abstract: Systems and methods for selectively delaying delivery of high-impact digital communications are disclosed. In embodiments, a computer-implemented method comprises: receiving, by a computing device, notification of a digital communication from a sender to at least one recipient; determining an impact value of the digital communication by comparing data of the digital communication with user profile data of the at least one recipient; determining that the impact value meets a predetermined threshold value associated with the at least one recipient, indicating that communication handling procedures apply to selectively delay the delivery of the digital communication to the at least one recipient; determining whether special delivery procedures apply that override the communication handling procedures; and initiating delivery of the digital communication to the at least one recipient based on the determining whether special delivery procedures apply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kelley Anders, Jeremy R. Fox, Liam S. Harpur, Jonathan Dunne
  • Patent number: 10679492
    Abstract: A device and method for detecting motion with antimasking capability. In one example, the device includes an antenna, a dual-channel reception circuit, and an electronic processor. The dual-channel reception circuit includes a first channel and a second channel. The electronic processor is electrically connected to the dual-channel reception circuit and is configured to receive a first signal from the first channel indicative of motion at a first range, and receive a second signal from the second channel indicative of motion at a second range. At least a portion of the second range is shorter than the first range. Based on the first signal and the second signal, the electronic processor is configured to generate a notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: William DiPoala, Lev Altman
  • Patent number: 10409621
    Abstract: Systems involving distributed control functions are described herein. Each member or device within the system has responsibility for controlling part of the system's behavior, and includes logic to determine what action, if any, will follow as a response to determining information or receiving information from other members or devices within the system. A change of status of one member of a system may provide a basis for action by another member of the system. Status may be the result of sensing a condition of the environment, sensing the condition of a component, receiving the output of a conventional sensor, and/or sensing the condition of a link between components. In some embodiments, action taken by a member of the system may include collecting data during law enforcement activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Taser International, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Wagner, Mark A. Hanchett, Aaron J. Kloc, Tyler J. Conant
  • Patent number: 10346968
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a machine condition monitoring system using three-dimensional thermography, which may automatically alert an operation when detecting any anomalies in three-dimensional thermal imaging of a machine. The machine condition monitoring system is for monitoring conditions of a machine and recording three-dimensional thermal imaging of the machine, comprising: a pan-tilt-zoom thermal imaging camera, at least one infrared reflective convex mirror, and a computer server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Kwok Keung Yau, Sze Chai Yau
  • Patent number: 10326247
    Abstract: A device for connecting an electrical fixture with electrical power supply wiring, and for mounting the fixture on a support includes a plug, a socket, and a sensing unit for at least one of wirelessly communicating a sensed condition and wirelessly receiving a signal, with the sensing unit electrically coupled to at least one of the plug and socket. The socket includes a socket body having at least one internal cavity therein with an electrically conductive contact terminal disposed within the cavity for establishing an electrical connection between the electrical power supply wiring and the socket. The plug is rigidly fixed to the fixture and insertable into the socket, with the plug having at least one male connector electrically connected to the fixture and engageable with the contact terminal within the socket to establish a circuit between the electrical fixture and the electrical power wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Ran Roland Kohen
  • Patent number: 10254319
    Abstract: Accordingly the embodiments herein provides a method for load balancing in an energy measurement information system. The method includes collecting, by a power information collecting unit, power information at a snapshot extraction frequency. The snapshot extraction frequency is within a range. Further, the method includes detecting, by an operating status extracting unit, an operating status of at least one load apparatus at the snapshot extraction frequency. The operating status is one of a steady state and a transient state. Furthermore, the method includes generating, by a data set generating unit, a data set including only one or a representative snapshot of the power information, when the normal status is detected; and a data set including a plurality of snapshots of the power information, when the transient state is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: ENCORED TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jong-Woong Choe, Hyoseop Lee
  • Patent number: 10084960
    Abstract: Example apparatus and methods acquire individual frames of a portion of a scene under a variety of different operating parameters. Example apparatus and methods then piece together strips of frames from the individual frames. Example apparatus and methods then produce a panoramic image from the strips of frames. Frames are acquired using different imaging parameters (e.g., focal length, pan position, tilt position) under different imaging conditions (e.g., temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, pan rate, tilt rate). The frames may be acquired by cameras located in a panoramic view image system and in a drone. The drone may provide imagery or data. The imagery or data may be used to update or enhance the panoramic image by, for example, displaying imagery of a blind spot in the panoramic image. In different embodiments, drones may be detected or controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: IEC Infrared Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Pettegrew, John Paximadis
  • Patent number: 10033924
    Abstract: Example apparatus and methods acquire individual images under a variety of different operating parameters. Example apparatus and methods then piece together strips of images from the individual images. Example apparatus and methods then produce a panoramic image from the strips of images. A strip of frames is produced without using a hemispherical mirror and thus accounts more accurately for issues associated with making a two dimensional representation of a three dimensional spherical volume. Images are acquired using different imaging parameters (e.g., focal length, pan position, tilt position) under different imaging conditions (e.g., temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, pan rate, tilt rate). Example apparatus and methods correct images using correction data that is related to the operating parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: IEC Infrared Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Pettegrew, John Paximadis
  • Patent number: 9874341
    Abstract: A sensor module for a lighting fixture includes a module housing configured to be mounted to a lighting fixture, a light sensor mounted in the module housing, and a sensor cover over the light sensor. The sensor cover includes a first surface oriented to face a task surface within an area of interest, and a second surface opposite the first surface. The first surface includes a first Fresnel lens having a number of Fresnel ridges oriented in a first direction. The second surface includes a second Fresnel lens having a number of Fresnel ridges oriented in a second direction, which is different from the first direction. Providing the first Fresnel lens and the second Fresnel lens with differently oriented Fresnel ridges allows the sensor cover to focus light from a relatively large portion of the task surface to the light sensor while remaining small.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Hong Lim, Kurt S. Wilcox, Jason Taylor
  • Patent number: 9854033
    Abstract: A content delivery system and method for use with plurality of digital multimedia data processing systems and legacy systems spanning across one or more network environments. The system and method enable users with freedom of mobility while maintaining access to the user's selected content while the user transitions from one device in one location to a different device in a difference location, substantially without interruption and without the need for user action to turn on and off these target data processing systems. The Instant Invention can provide high bandwidth content delivery solutions based upon hardware and software components by activating a target device while the system is proximate to the target device and, in one embodiment, automatically redirecting the content while the system is proximate to a new target device without user intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Frank C. Wang
  • Patent number: 9652985
    Abstract: A vehicle guidance system (VGS) facilitates interaction between human operated vehicles (HOV), autonomous driverless vehicles (ADV), and/or semi-autonomous vehicles, on the roadway, allowing safe interface with each other and with other elements, for example, weather conditions, traffic control systems, road conditions, obstructions that enter the roadway (people, rocks, animals, debris falling onto roadway from other vehicles), etc. The system provides guidance, communication, and control for the vehicles on the roadway, by using a solar-powered system comprising post assemblies having solar panel(s), sensors, forward and/or downward lighting, and other indicators/alarms to signal to the vehicle or driver regarding road, bridge, weather, accident, speeding, or other conditions of concern in the vicinity for safety and/or operability of the vehicle/driver(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Seth Jamison Myer
  • Patent number: 9591267
    Abstract: A sensing device includes: a video imager to obtain a video; a processing unit to receive and process the video from the video imager; and a communication channel to output non-imagery signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AVIGILON FORTRESS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alan J. Lipton, Bruce Thompson, John I. W. Clark, Péter L. Venetianer, Zhong Zhang, Li Yu, Weihong Yin, Steve Titus, Amit Mistry, James Morris
  • Patent number: 9525736
    Abstract: A content delivery system and method for use with plurality of digital multimedia data processing systems and legacy systems spanning across one or more network environments. The system and method enable users with freedom of mobility while maintaining access to the user's selected content while the user transitions from one device in one location to a different device in a difference location, substantially without interruption and without the need for user action to turn on and off these target data processing systems. The Instant Invention can provide high bandwidth content delivery solutions based upon hardware and software components by activating a Target device while the system is proximate to the Target device and, in one embodiment, automatically redirecting the content while the system is proximate to a new Target device without user intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: Frank C. Wang
  • Patent number: 9350799
    Abstract: A content delivery system and method for use with plurality of digital multimedia data processing systems and legacy systems spanning across one or more network environments. The system and method enable users with freedom of mobility while maintaining access to the user's selected content while the user transitions from one device in one location to a different device in a difference location, substantially without interruption and without the need for user action to turn on and off these target data processing systems. The Instant Invention can provide high bandwidth content delivery solutions based upon hardware and software components by activating a target device while the system is proximate to the target device and, in one embodiment, automatically redirecting the content while the system is proximate to a new target device without user intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Frank C. Wang
  • Patent number: 9315150
    Abstract: A collision warning apparatus in the form of a portable, housing removably mountable in a vehicle to detect collision threat levels between the host vehicle and an object or target detected forward of the host vehicle. All processing and signal generation takes place in a controller mounted within the housing without reliance on external signals, except for input power, from the host vehicle. The master controller activates visible and/or audible indicators on the housing to alert the driver of the collision threat level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Safie Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Steve A. Safie
  • Patent number: 9247001
    Abstract: A content delivery system and method for use with plurality of digital multimedia data processing systems and legacy systems spanning across one or more network environments. The system and method enable users with freedom of mobility while maintaining access to the user's selected content while the user transitions from one device in one location to a different device in a difference location, substantially without interruption and without the need for user action to turn on and off these target data processing systems. The Instant Invention can provide high bandwidth content delivery solutions based upon hardware and software components by activating a Target device while the system is proximate to the Target device and, in one embodiment, automatically redirecting the content while the system is proximate to a new Target device without user intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: Frank C. Wang
  • Patent number: 9247624
    Abstract: A system includes an external light supply to a silicon photonic chip. The light supply includes a primary light source, a secondary light source, an optical coupler, an optical splitter, and a dark sensor. The optical coupler is to combine any output from the primary light source and any output from the secondary light source into an input to the silicon photonic chip. The optical splitter is located in an optical path between the primary light source and the optical coupler, and is to divert part of the output from the primary light source. The dark sensor is to receive the diverted part of the output from the primary light source and to selectively activate the secondary light source based on the diverted part of the output from the primary light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Jing Kai Tan, Chee How Lee, Kian Teck Poh
  • Patent number: 9123220
    Abstract: An automatic fire suppression system used to provide protection of window glass and other structural elements in aircraft terminals which are exposed to exterior fires caused by natural, accidental, or intentional events comprises a directional passive microwave receiver, a central processor for processing received microwave signals over time and comparing the received signals over time with thermal event signatures stored in memory to selectively actuate a sprinkler system for protecting the window glass in the vicinity of an identified fire event. The memory may further store a model of the aircraft terminal, and the processor utilizes a fire dynamics simulator to simulate a thermal event at the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Icove and Associates, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Icove, Carl T. Lyster, David M. Banwarth
  • Patent number: 9119263
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a light controller (102) configured to control a lighting system (100) for emitting light, comprising an image sensor (202) configured to capture an image of an activity area, and a control unit (200) configured to received the image, to detecting movement within the activity area, and to provide an activation signal for switching on a light source (104, 106, 108, 110) of the lighting system (100), wherein the control unit (200) is further configured to provide a deactivation signal for switching off the light source (104, 106, 108, 110) after a computed time period if no movement is detected within the activity area, the computed time period being based on a computed distance between a predetermined position within the activity area and a position of the latest detected movement within the activity area. The present invention provides advantages in relation to e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Dmitry Nikolayevich Znamenskiy, Anteneh Alemu Abbo