Domestic Animal Training, Monitoring, Or Controlling Patents (Class 340/573.3)
  • Patent number: 10371439
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes an outside environment information obtaining unit including at least one of a sound obtaining unit configured to obtain outside environment information and an imaging unit configured to image an outside environment, the outside environment information obtaining unit being configured to obtain outside environment information which is capable of grasping an outside situation and a communication unit configured to communicate with an external device connected thereto via a network, thereby rendering the outside environment information obtained by the outside environment information obtaining unit referable at the external device side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS & SERVICES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuuki Marutani, Kazuhiro Furuta, Takuya Mashimo
  • Patent number: 10334823
    Abstract: The present invention is a functional communication lexigram device and training method for operation thereof that animals autonomously operate to initiate communication to “voice” their choices to (a) the people around them using recorded spoken words or sounds (or other detectable cue) and/or to (b) wired, wireless or internet connected accessory devices receiving an output signal from the device. The invention includes the method for training the human and the animal how to operate the device using operant conditioning techniques. Using the training method, the animal is taught to press or touch button-like modalities that are identified by visual-tactile-auditory cues and by position in a fixed array and to associate pressing each of the particular button-like modalities with particular positive consequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Margaret Jeannette Foster
  • Patent number: 10314288
    Abstract: Enhanced methods and systems for human-pet communication are described. Example embodiments provide an Internet Canine Communication System (“ICCS”). The ICCS facilitates remote communication and interaction with between a dog and its owner, caretaker, trainer, family member, or the like. The ICCS may include a base station or similar device that is configured to deliver treats to a dog and to transmit audio/visual communication between the dog and a remote client device operated by a human user. The ICCS may also facilitate training the dog to utilize the ICCS to communicate with the user, such as by answering calls from or initiating calls to the remote client device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Andrew Peter Davis
  • Patent number: 10271522
    Abstract: A pet chest strap with a mount includes a chest strap body and a hardware holder fixed and locked to the chest strap body. The hardware holder has a locking assembly and a connecting terminal child-and-mother seat; the chest strap body includes a flexible printed circuit component with plural LED luminous bodies attached onto the flexible printed circuit component and packaged with a resin; the LED luminous bodies are connected to the connecting terminal child-and-mother seat of the hardware holder through the flexible printed circuit component. The invention has the features of powerful function, simple structure, and reasonable design and uses a hardware holder to achieve the effect of combining different hardware components to improve the environmental adaptability of the product, so as to meet the using requirements for different occasions and environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Dongguan Jiasheng Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Silong Chen
  • Patent number: 10271523
    Abstract: A pet collar with a latch mount includes a collar body in a ring shape and a hardware holder fixed and locked to the collar body. The hardware holder has a latching assembly and a connecting terminal child-and-mother seat; the collar body includes a flexible printed circuit component; the flexible printed circuit component has plural waterproof LED luminous bodies packaged by resin; the waterproof LED luminous body is connected to the connecting terminal child-and-mother seat of the hardware holder through the flexible printed circuit component. The invention has the features of powerful function, simple structure, and reasonable design and uses a hardware holder to achieve the effect of combining different hardware components to improve the environmental adaptability of the product, so as to meet the using requirements for different occasions and environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Dongguan Jiasheng Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Silong Chen
  • Patent number: 10271521
    Abstract: A smart pet collar includes a chest strap body, a hardware holder, and a smart hardware body. The hardware holder is locked to the chest strap body; the smart hardware body is installable into the hardware holder; the hardware holder has a latching element for latching the smart hardware body; the hardware holder has a connecting terminal child-and-mother seat corresponsive to the smart hardware body; the chest strap body includes a flexible printed circuit component; and the flexible printed circuit component has LED luminous bodies packaged by a resin. The invention has the features of powerful function, simple structure, reasonable design, and detachable components to facilitate use without affecting the pet's wearing comfortability. With the detachable structure, the tensile strength of the chest strap body is enhanced. The invention also has the effects of improving the product quality, lowering the production cost, and providing good applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Dongguan Jiasheng Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Silong Chen
  • Patent number: 10271524
    Abstract: A smart pet collar includes a collar body, a hardware holder, and a smart hardware body. The collar body is ring shaped, the hardware holder is locked to the collar body; the smart hardware body is installable into the hardware holder; the hardware holder has a latching element for latching the smart hardware body and a connecting terminal child-and-mother seat configured to be corresponsive to the smart hardware body; and the collar body includes a flexible printed circuit component. The pet collar has the features of powerful function, simple structure, and reasonable design and detachable components to facilitate its use without affecting the pet's wearing comfortability. With the double auxiliary antenna design, the pet collar improves the capability of transmitting/receiving wireless signals, positioning precision and environmental adaptability to meet the requirements for different occasions and environments without increasing the volume or quantity of components of the pet collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Dongguan Jiasheng Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Silong Chen
  • Patent number: 10203669
    Abstract: The disclosure is related to controlling electronic devices in a target control area based on a footstep pattern of a registered member. Such controlling may be performed through identifying a person detected by a sensor based on footstep information received from the sensor, obtaining control information associated with the identified registered member, and controlling target devices in the target control area based on the obtained control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: KT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hyun-Su Jun
  • Patent number: 10195008
    Abstract: A system and a method for observing piglet birth is provided. The method comprises detecting at a first detection zone, infrared electromagnetic radiation from a first radiation zone including at least a first area of a first delivery zone of a first farrowing sow or gilt, identifying a first event indicative variation in the detected infrared electromagnetic radiation, the first event indicative variation being indicative of a piglet birth, and determining a first piglet birth event by means of the identification of the first event indicative variation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: FARROWTECH APS
    Inventors: Morten Bo Lindholm Mikkelsen, Jakob Boss Skårhøj
  • Patent number: 10172325
    Abstract: A wireless location assisted zone guidance system incorporates dynamically variable intervals between sequential position requests. Variables used to influence the duration of a current interval between sequential position requests include: location within a current zone; velocity within a zone; and output from sensors such as secondary low power location sensors, inertial sensors, and biometric sensors. Preferably, the sensors are not being used to try to determine precise position, but instead to indicate a degree of uncertainty in the current position. When this degree of uncertainty is sufficient to merit added processing and associated energy consumption, a new wireless location determination will be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: GPSIP, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney P. Landers, Kevin L. Nieuwsma, Chad R. James, Michael D. Erickson, Patrick J. Krekelberg
  • Patent number: 10130265
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for managing animals such as but not limited to livestock. In some embodiments, an ear tag assembly has a main body, a backing member and a shaft that extends through an aperture through an outer ear of an animal to interconnect the main body and the backing member. A primary temperature sensor obtains an outer ear temperature of the outer ear. An ambient temperature sensor obtains an ambient temperature of a surrounding environment external to the animal. A control circuit receives the outer ear and ambient temperatures and determines a state of the animal responsive to a comparison of the outer ear temperature and the ambient temperature over a selected time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Herddogg, Inc.
    Inventors: Melissa Brandao, David W. Proctor
  • Patent number: 10045512
    Abstract: A system is described that includes communications modules, a wearable device, and an application running on a processor of a computing platform. The system includes placing each communications module at a location in a premise, wherein each communications module periodically transmits a unique number, wherein the application detects and stores each unique number. The system includes the application organizing linking information by linking each unique number with a distance and a function and transmitting the linking information to the wearable device. The wearable device may detect a transmission of a communications module, use information of the transmission to identify the communications module's unique number and to estimate a distance from the wearable device to its location. The wearable device may use the linking information to identify the corresponding function and distance and perform the function when the estimated distance meets at least one criterion with respect to the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: RADIO SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher Mainini, Richard Alan Seltzer
  • Patent number: 10034457
    Abstract: An electronic sensing device used to detect the presence of a pet thereon and emit a communication through an audio alert or notification to the pet's owner of the pet's need to leave the house or go outside through a selected pre-programmed audio sound produced through speakers or a wireless notification (e.g., such as a push notification, e-mail, or any other type of wireless notification) transmitted to a smart phone or other electronic device (e.g., software program or application, etc . . . ); or one or both, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: JSW Pet Products, LLC
    Inventor: Jenna Swartz
  • Patent number: 9961884
    Abstract: A look-up table is defined by at least one reference point, and rows and columns that are offset from the reference. The table rows and columns correspond to ordinate and abscissa data points representing geographic locations. Each data point offset in the table corresponds to a predefined geographic offset. The look-up table contains machine-stored values at each table location, with each value representing a particular one of several guidance zones. Each guidance zone is associated with behavioral guidance provided to an animal. Real-time determination of a current guidance zone is made by first determining present location. The corresponding table location is identified by calculating latitudinal and longitudinal offsets from a reference point, and using these offsets as the two indices to access a double-indexed array. The offsets are selectively subjected to a scalar conversion to accommodate large land areas while limiting the amount of memory required to store the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: GPSIP, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney P. Landers, Kevin L. Nieuwsma, Chad R. James, Patrick J. Krekelberg
  • Patent number: 9955674
    Abstract: A system comprising an animal management label, a pedometer, each provided with a transmitter and receiver device, and a smart tag for detecting movements of an animal provided therewith. The system comprises a plurality of readers for wirelessly reading out the label, and a central computer configured for communication with the readers. The system is configured for updating the label. The central computer is configured to supply update data the readers. A random one of the readers transmits the update data when the label is within wireless reading distance. The system comprises recording means for keeping a record of data received by the label. The random one of the readers resumes transmitting update data within, which update data according to the recording means was not yet received by the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: N.V. NEDERLANDSCHE APPARATENFABRIEK NEDAP
    Inventor: Bernard Jan Gerrit Schreurs
  • Patent number: 9826714
    Abstract: Tracking tags for attachment to an object or animal. The tracking tags may include low-power long-range transmitters drawing power from a battery or a renewable energy source. The tracking tags may also each include a microcontroller having a sleep-mode module enabling nearly no quiescent current to be drawn when the microcontroller is in a sleep-mode. The microcontroller may enter into a sleep-mode for long periods of time following a short period of sending data to the low-power long-range transmitter. The short period of sending data may be approximately one-twentieth of the long sleep-mode period. The tracking tags may also include sensors for determining an ambient temperature or biometric data about an animal to which the tracking tag is attached. Locations of the tracking tags may be determined using signal trilateration and/or signal triangulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Garrity Power Services LLC
    Inventor: Paul Garrity
  • Patent number: 9614811
    Abstract: A collective objects data base management system for objects such as documents contained in file folders in drawers of file cabinets. Each file folder has an electrical circuit with a visible indicator mounted on the file folder. Each folder circuit has an object receptacle microcontroller with a unique system address which enables generation of a response signal whenever an incoming address from a source is a match and activation of the visible indicator. An object container microcontroller periodically polls the object receptacle microcontrollers in the cabinet and stores an updated version of the cabinet object data base. The cabinet object data base contents are sent to a host computer, which maintains the system data base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: iMICRODATA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shengbo Zhu, Su Shiong Huang
  • Patent number: 9582746
    Abstract: Various embodiments of RFID switch devices are disclosed herein. Such RFID switch devices advantageously enable manual activation/deactivation of the RF module. The RFID switch device may include a RF module with an integrated circuit adapted to ohmically connect to a substantially coplanar conductive trace pattern, as well as booster antenna for extending the operational range of the RFID device. The operational range of the RFID switch device may be extended when a region of the booster antenna overlaps a region of the conductive trace pattern on the RF module via inductive or capacitive coupling. The RFID switch device may further include a visual indicator displaying a first color if the RFID switch device is in an active state and/or a second color if the RFID switch device is in an inactive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: NEOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Joe Mullis, Sheshi Nyalamadugu
  • Patent number: 9530302
    Abstract: A method for security and/or automation systems is described. In one embodiment, the method may include detecting a proximity of a user at a home automation device. The method may further include projecting an external display of home automation system information from the home automation device onto a surface. In some embodiments, the external display may be projected based, at least in part, on the detected proximity of the user at the home automation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey G. Thomas
  • Patent number: 9443413
    Abstract: A computing device is described that can receive contextual information related to a user associated with the computing device. The contextual information may relate to at least one of a physiological condition of the user at a current time or a type of activity associated with the user at the current time. The computing device can select, based at least in part on the contextual information, a type of alert to output as an indication of notification data. The type of alert may include at least one of an electric stimulus type alert, a shape-memory alloy type alert, and a vibration type alert. Responsive to selecting the type of alert, the computing device can output an alert based on the notification data, the alert being of the selected type of alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Faaborg, Gabriel Aaron Cohen
  • Patent number: 9349031
    Abstract: A method for tracking processes and/or services, which concern at least one object, in which a reading device detects data or attributes of a data carrier associated with the object or container thereof, wherein the data describe the object, comprising the following steps: a) identifying the object by detecting the data of the data carrier by means of the reading device and b) detecting a process or a service and/or the data obtained therefrom concerning the object, is further developed in that, between steps a) and b), a selection of processes and/or services from a plurality is made depending on the detected data, and the selection is offered to an operating person to be carried out. The invention also relates to a computer program product for setting up a computer system with regard to programming, and a changing station for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Stephan Hammelbacher
  • Patent number: 9119376
    Abstract: A system for locating a lost pet includes: a tag configured to be worn on the pet; a handheld device configured to be connected with the tag wirelessly; a remote server configured to store information that corresponds to the pet wearing the tag; and an application installed on the handheld device and configured to provide a user interface and establish a connection with the remote server. The tag includes wireless communication means and a unique identification code for distinguishing the tag among a plurality of tags, and is configured to broadcast the unique identification code wirelessly. The handheld device is configured to establish a connection with the tag within a predetermined range, receive the broadcasted unique identification code from the tag, and trigger a predetermined routine if the connection with the tag is terminated. A method for locating a lost pet is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: SGI VENTURE LTD.
    Inventors: Chi Ho Ng, Wing Haw Ng, Kin Wang Chau
  • Patent number: 9060679
    Abstract: Systems and methods for animal health monitoring are described. In one embodiment, an animal health monitoring system includes a ruminant bolus transponder, a high frequency radio frequency transceiver device, and at least one base station including a high frequency radio frequency transceiver, wherein the high frequency radio frequency transceiver device is proximally located to the bolus transponder, wherein the ruminant bolus periodically emerges from a low power dormant state and measures data including at least one sensor measurement including time and date data, wherein the ruminant bolus is configured to store the measured data using the memory connected to the microcontroller in the ruminant bolus, wherein the ruminant bolus periodically emerges from a low power dormant state and transmits the stored data in the memory to the proximally located device via high frequency RF transmission, and wherein the ruminant bolus can be spontaneously activated by a low frequency scanner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: ALLFLEX USA, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Stewart
  • Patent number: 9030324
    Abstract: A system for tracking pipe activity on a rig includes a plurality of pipes, each pipe having an asset ID tag containing a code unique to the pipe. A pipe handling space for assembling and disassembling the pipes contains at least one pipe handling apparatus. A first scanning zone located at a first position in the pipe handling space contains a first reader antenna. A second scanning zone located at a second position in the pipe handling space contains a second reader antenna. At least one reader is provided for scanning the asset ID tags in the pipe handling space through at least one of the first reader antenna and the second reader antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: National Oilwell Varco, L.P.
    Inventors: Ted Louis Christiansen, Jaroslav Belik
  • Publication number: 20150123801
    Abstract: A system for monitoring the state of a beehive comprises multiple gates configured to be positioned proximate to an entrance of a beehive. Each gate includes one or more sensors configured to capture information indicating a bee is within the gate and information indicating the bee is traveling toward or away from the entrance to the beehive. In addition, each gate includes a sensor configured to capture information identifying the size or shape of a bee within the gate. A corresponding method and computer readable medium are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Richard Eloy de Leon, Will Lee MacHugh, Aaron Robert Seelye, Joseph M. Murphy, Duncan Smith, Thomas Moxon, Thomas Hudson, Marla Spivak
  • Patent number: 9019105
    Abstract: An animal emotion display system 100 including: a transmitter 10 which is attached to an animal; and a receiver 20 which is capable of communicating with the transmitter, wherein the transmitter 10 includes: a tail wagging detection sensor 12 to detect a plurality of kinds of tail wagging of the animal as a plurality of kinds of emotion of the animal, respectively; and a transmitting section 15 to transmit emotion data corresponding to the respective kinds of tail wagging detected by the tail wagging detection sensor 12 to the receiver 20, and the receiver 20 includes: a receiving section 22 to receive the emotion data transmitted by the transmitting section 15; a display section 25; and a display control section 24 to display a display content corresponding to the emotion data received by the receiving section 22 on the display section 25.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroki Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20150109130
    Abstract: A method for health monitoring comprises electronically receiving location information for a dairy livestock that is generated by a plurality of identification devices positioned in a pen that operate in conjunction with a tag worn by the dairy livestock. The method stores the location information associated with the dairy livestock, the location information comprising a location of the dairy livestock within the pen at each of a plurality of times during a first time period. The method determines, based on at least a portion of the stored location information, a turn index parameter indicating a number of times the particular dairy livestock reverses direction during the first time period. The method determines whether the particular dairy livestock is likely to be in estrus based at least in part upon whether the determined turn index parameter is in excess of a baseline turn index parameter by more than a predefined amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Parimal G. Rajkondawar, Roger K. Erdman, David A. Johnson, William S. Nelson, Paul D. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9007218
    Abstract: A system for identifying an animal comprises an identification tag/transponder device surgically implanted into tissue of the animal and a scanning unit. As the animal passes in a vicinity of a scanning unit, the system causes the identification device to send a signal to a receiving portion of the scanning unit, and processes the signal, and identifies the animal from the signal. The system is of particular benefit to veterinary surgeries in assisting their smooth operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventors: David Chamberlain, Nicholas Andrew James Smith, Helen Catherine Chamberlain
  • Patent number: 8978585
    Abstract: A system and method for cognitive enrichment of an animal. At least one display device is configured to display stimuli to an animal. At least one input device is configured to accept input from the animal. At least one reward dispenser is configured to dispense a reward to the animal. At least one processor is communicatively coupled with the at least one display device, the at least one input device, and the at least one reward dispenser. Execution of computer-readable instructions causes the at least one processor to carry out steps including displaying one or more stimuli to the animal using the at least one display device, accepting an input from the animal corresponding to at least one of the one or more stimuli, making a dispensing decision based on the input, and dispensing a reward using the at least one reward dispenser based on the dispensing decision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: CanCog Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph A. Araujo
  • Patent number: 8963723
    Abstract: A kitchen sanitization compliance monitoring system comprises kitchen staff badges, food prep table beacons associated with food prep tables or areas, dispenser beacons associated with sanitization dispensers, and a central unit for wirelessly communicating with the badges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ultraclenz, LLC
    Inventor: David Snodgrass
  • Patent number: 8947240
    Abstract: An animal data communication system, including a rover unit to be carried by an animal, an animal accessory device to interact with the rover unit and/or animal, at least one detector to detect an occurrence of an action engaged in by the animal, and to generate a signal indicative of a detected action, a processing unit to generate animal data identifying the detected action based on the generated signal, and a communication unit disposed on at least one of the rover unit and the animal accessory device to transmit the animal data over a network in response to an occurrence of one or more particular conditions associated with the detected action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher Mainini
  • Patent number: 8947241
    Abstract: An animal tracking apparatus includes a location determining component; a sensor operable to sense a condition of the animal; memory; and a processor. The processor is operable to automatically store location information corresponding to the current geographic location of the apparatus in response to a sensed condition of the animal. The processor is also operable to monitor the sensor to identify a desired response to a received command and to store response information corresponding to the response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Garmin Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Bradley C. Trenkle, Timmy R. Walker
  • Patent number: 8938198
    Abstract: A wireless communication device according to embodiments includes a position detection unit configured to detect the position of the wireless communication medium in a moving path, and a control unit configured to control communication based on the detection signal from the position detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Atsushi Nakagawa
  • Publication number: 20150000612
    Abstract: A mobile telephone adapts to use as a gundog training tool by interfacing with a dog collar using a wireless communication device, such as a WWAN text or IP interface, a WLAN interface or a radio transceiver that couples to the mobile telephone and is accessible to a training application running on the mobile telephone. The dog collar includes a GPS receiver to provide position information to the mobile telephone and a shock device to provide training stimulus to the dog. A wireless headset interfaces with the mobile telephone to provide audible indications of position to an end user, such as a dog point and tone indicators of directions to the dog. A wireless handset interfaces with the mobile telephone to accept inputs for application to the collar, such as training stimulus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: James C. Bianchi, Robert W. Holland
  • Patent number: 8922363
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an animal training apparatus for locating a collar transceiver using a Global Positioning System (GPS), and a method of controlling the the same. The animal training apparatus includes a portable device, and a collar transceiver. The portable device includes a portable device GPS reception unit, a key input unit, a portable device control unit, a display unit, and a portable device wireless communication unit. The collar transceiver includes a collar wireless communication unit, a collar GPS reception unit, a photodetector, a light output unit, a beep tone output unit, and a collar control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Min Jae So
  • Publication number: 20140333439
    Abstract: A system includes sensors for transmitting data on a low power and/or short range transmission link, and one or more coordinators in wireless communication with the sensors. The coordinators convert signals received via the low power and/or short range transmission link to a longer range transmission link. A base station is in wireless communication with the coordinators via the longer range transmission link so that data generated by the sensors is transferred to the base station via the coordinators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Mark L. Downing, Robert L. Pliml, Steven S. Spelbring, Nathan W. Johnson, Kimberly A. Cannon, Daniel Dina
  • Patent number: 8878680
    Abstract: A litter box cleanup monitor, comprising a sensor module that is triggered when an animal uses the litter box, a transmitter that transmits a signal, and a notification device that alerts the user when the litter box has been used. The notification device can be a dedicated device, a smartphone, or an Internet-connected computer. A plurality of notification devices may also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventors: Debby Clary, Guy McIlroy, Marjorie Lundeen
  • Patent number: 8878651
    Abstract: A food source information transferring system for a livestock slaughterhouse and a related method are disclosed. In one embodiment, the food source information transferring system is capable of reading first tag-identifying information in a livestock RFID tag on a body of a carcass and second tag-identifying information in a hook RFID tag incorporated in a hook that can be hung on a hook machine. A food source information database can pair a first set of data associated with the livestock RFID tag with a second set of data associated with the hook RFID tag to preserve producer-level livestock information to meat-processing, distribution, and sales channels. This unique pairing of the first set of data associated with the livestock RFID tag and the second set of data associated with the hook RFID tag in the food source information database can result in seamless, robust, and lossless food source information management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Hana Micron America, Inc.
    Inventor: Sung Bok Kwak
  • Publication number: 20140318475
    Abstract: A custom-shaped wireless fence system is provided that contains one or more dogs in a user-defined containment area without the need for a physical fence or underground wire. The system, which is easy to set up and use, includes at least three base units and at least one collar and, preferably, a remote controller. Each of the base units and the at least one collar includes a TCXO for reducing clock speed variation between the base and collar units, preferably to +/?5 ppm, to effectively eliminate communication errors between the base and collar units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason Scott GURLEY, Gary ROULSTON
  • Publication number: 20140306827
    Abstract: An accidental ingestion detecting apparatus according to the present disclosure includes: a swallowing sensing unit which senses swallowing by an animal; a swallowing detecting unit which detects swallowing based on sensing data outputted by the swallowing sensing unit and which outputs swallowing information that is information related to the swallowing; a feeding information inputting unit which accepts input of information related to feeding of the animal and which outputs the information as feeding information; and an accidental ingestion determining unit which determines accidental ingestion by the animal, wherein the accidental ingestion determining unit determines accidental ingestion by the animal based on date/time information included in the swallowing information and date/time information included in the feeding information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryuji INOUE, Yoshihiro KOJIMA, Toru TANIGAWA
  • Patent number: 8862378
    Abstract: A security and tracking apparatus includes at least a first signaling unit and a second signaling unit, wherein the apparatus is adapted for transmitting the location of each signaling unit when the first and second signaling units are separated by more than a preselected distance. A method to locate a person, animal, or object, includes providing in contact with or at least in close proximity to the person, the animal, or the object, at least a first signaling unit and a second signaling unit, wherein each respective signaling unit is adapted for identifying the location of the signaling units and for transmitting the location of the signaling units when the first and second signaling units are separated more than a preselected distance; and activating the signaling units to transmit the location of the signaling units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: C2 Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Benedict S. Curatolo, Thomas E. Cornelius
  • Patent number: 8854215
    Abstract: An automated pet door system. The system provides a user programmable database and system engine for controlling the passage of selected animals through a portal, such as a door, or screen, or other passage limiting device. The system is permissionable, in that the user may provide a set of dates, times, events, or other instructions, through a user input device to establish a then current operating envelope for each of one or more selected animals. A unique identification tag, which may use active radio frequency identification tag techniques, provides identity information for each candidate animal. Multiple sensor inputs, providing information such as door position, proximity of animals to the door, and direction and velocity of animals, are provided as inputs to a decision engine, which evaluates sensor inputs over time, before determining whether to open or close the pet door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Ellis
  • Patent number: 8839744
    Abstract: A mobile telephone adapts to use as a gundog training tool by interfacing with a dog collar using a wireless communication device, such as a WWAN text or IP interface, a WLAN interface or a radio transceiver that couples to the mobile telephone and is accessible to a training application running on the mobile telephone. The dog collar includes a GPS receiver to provide position information to the mobile telephone and a shock device to provide training stimulus to the dog. A wireless headset interfaces with the mobile telephone to provide audible indications of position to an end user, such as a dog point and tone indicators of directions to the dog. A wireless handset interfaces with the mobile telephone to accept inputs for application to the collar, such as training stimulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: EB Partners
    Inventors: James C. Bianchi, Robert W. Holland
  • Publication number: 20140251234
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring and controlling animal behavior are disclosed. According to an aspect, a system comprises a computing device comprising at least one processor and memory. The system includes a detection electrode and an animal signaling device. The computing device is configured to detect a change of an electrical capacitance at a detection electrode. The computing device is also configured to determine a position of an animal based on the change in the electrical charge. Further, the computing device is configured to control the animal signaling device to communicate a signal in response to determining the position of the animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: RICHARD DEUTSCH
  • Patent number: 8824123
    Abstract: An animal deterrent device (ADD) includes a non-yielding base containing an array of animal deterring elements extending outwardly away therefrom. The base of the ADD is configured for deployment on at least one external surface of a transducer associated with a electrical charging system (ECS) used to electrically charge an energy storage device (ESD) on a vehicle. An array of animal deterring elements are respectively spaced apart a sufficient distance one-to-another and have respective heights so as to fill a space so that animals, such as a dog or a cat, are discouraged from residing on, or adjacent to at least one external surface of the transducer when the transducer that includes the ADD is disposed within a ground clearance of the vehicle. A method of using the ADD is also presented that includes a step of the ADD being formed in a mold in a single molding operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Hickox
  • Patent number: 8816863
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating a laser beam illuminating a space around an object are provided. The laser beam illuminates an animal that is approaching the object in the space. The laser beam is generated by a laser illuminating at least a first micro-mirror that moves under control of a processor. Additional micro-mirrors are contemplated. The laser beam reflected from the moving micro-mirror illuminates the space around the object. Laser, processor and micro-mirrors are dimensioned to illuminate with a high probability an area with a cross-section perpendicular to a laser beam of 10 cm by 10 cm inside the space at a distance of up to 200 meters from the laser or farther.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Corporation
    Inventor: Farshid Arman
  • Patent number: 8816864
    Abstract: A system and method of tracking animal livestock using electronic frequency signal transmitters and receivers is herein presented. The system involves electronic tags attached to the bodies of livestock. The tags transmit a signal which conveys the location or other pertinent information regarding the status of the animal. The signals are picked up by a receiver attached to a stationary platform, or located in a vehicle, or in a portable hand held receiver device. The information transmitted can be used to locate a specific animal or can be used to monitor the status and condition of the animal. The device contains several modes which minimize power consumption and maximize power supply lifetime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: SCR Engineers Ltd.
    Inventors: Uri ben Menachem, Eyal Brayer, Shay Levy
  • Publication number: 20140230755
    Abstract: An animal indicator apparatus that tracks the locations of an animal and alerts nearby persons when the animal approaches a boundary includes a location determining component operable to determine a current geographic location of the apparatus; memory for storing cartographic data representative of at least one boundary; an indicator and a processor. The processor triggers the indicator when the current geographic location of the apparatus is near the location of the boundary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: GARMIN SWITZERLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Bradley C. Trenkle, Timmy R. Walker
  • Patent number: 8803692
    Abstract: A system and apparatus to track and control an animal, including a tracking unit to track the animal, and a stimulus unit to provide a stimulus to the animal, wherein the tracking unit and stimulus unit are configured to be removably coupled together, and the tracking unit and/or stimulus unit communicate with a common control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Brent Andrew Goetzl, Aaron Russell
  • Patent number: 8797166
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer code products for monitoring the behavior, health, and/or characteristics of an animal are disclosed herein. In one implementation, the animal is positioned inside a waste container placed on a system that is adapted to determine, record and communicate over a network various animal health parameters. These parameters can be processed to determine trends, statistics and changes of animal physiological functions. The results can be used to access animal health conditions and issue warnings, alarms, messages, and other notifications to designated caretakers. These notifications may be displayed using various means such as computers and/or mobile devices. Data retrieval and review capability can provide improved understanding of an animal's health conditions and facilitate early illness detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Pet Wireless LLC
    Inventor: Alexander Triener