Water Safety Alarm Patents (Class 340/573.6)
  • Patent number: 10329001
    Abstract: A distress device of lifejacket includes: a lifejacket main body; a wireless emitter, disposed inside the lifejacket main body and including a circuit board and an antenna, wherein the antenna is electrically connected to the circuit board; and a lithium polymer battery, electrically connected to the circuit board and disposed inside the lifejacket main body. Accordingly, the lithium polymer battery can be adopted to replace a convention lithium battery, so that the distress device of lifejacket can be safety disposed in an aircraft for providing sufficient amount of electricity required by the wireless emitter, thereby allowing the distress device of lifejacket to have an additional function of emitting signals, and the research and rescue team is able to rapidly locate the sufferer, so that the distress device of lifejacket is provided with advantages of increasing operation safety and facilitating the locating procedure for search and rescue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: KERTIES INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Shoei-Lai Chen, Wen-Hsiang Cheng
  • Patent number: 10298339
    Abstract: A monitoring device for monitoring a risk of drowning for users of one or more alarm devices is provided. The alarm devices include one or more detectors configured to detect status data of the user, and the alarm device transmits a signal from at or below a water surface. A monitoring station has a controller circuit configured to receive status data from the alarm device, to detect a triggering event, and, in response to the triggering event, to select one of a plurality of alarm protocols based on the status data. The monitoring station is configured to provide a user alert to the alarm device if a loss in signal strength of the alarm device is detected by the monitoring station, and the alarm device is configured to receive a deactivation input such that if a deactivation input is received within a predetermined time, the alarm protocol is canceled and/or an alarm protocol is not issued to the monitoring station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Graham E. Snyder
  • Patent number: 10265196
    Abstract: A motion assistance apparatus may include a first fixing member to be fixed to a portion of a user, a second fixing member to be fixed to another portion of the user, a driving source provided in the first fixing member, a power transmitting member connected between the driving source and the second fixing member, a sensing portion to sense a fixing state of the first fixing member or the second fixing member, and a controller to control the driving source based on information received from the sensing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taesin Ha, ChangHyun Roh, Youngbo Shim, Joon-Kee Cho, Byung-Kwon Choi
  • Patent number: 10108151
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device includes a housing and a band attached to the housing. The band has an indicator with a variably and/or progressively illuminable portion. The indicator of the band conveys to a user an analog representation of the completion progress of an activity or task tracked by wearable electronic device. The wearable electronic device also includes a processing unit within the housing, and a sensor operatively coupled to the processing unit. In some cases, the sensor is a motion sensor such as an accelerometer or a gyroscope. In other examples, the sensor is a health sensor or a biometric sensor. Sensor data is used to update the indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Steven P. Cardinali, Katherine E. Tong, Trevor J. Ness, William C. Lukens
  • Patent number: 10062395
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for detecting and correlating percussive sounds with previously identified spectral signatures of a plurality of events so as to notify a user of an occurrence of a particular event. The system may include a sensor component which includes a piezoelectric transducer at a periphery of the sensor component for coupling with a surface and converting percussive sounds from the surface into an electrical signal. The sensor component may also include a local processor configured to produce a data signal based on the electrical signal, and a communication device for sending the data signal to a remote processor. The system may also include a remote processor configured to receive the data signal and compare the data signal to at least one reference signal, and send a notification to a user based at least in part on the data signal correlating to at least one reference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Loop Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Margoles, Sean Fendt, Bryan Loughry, Brett Jurgens
  • Patent number: 10054334
    Abstract: A device and system for sensing high pressure in a pressurized water system. The high pressure alarm includes a pressure sensor, controller, and timer. A method of installing a high pressure alarm on a pressurized water system. The high pressure alarm is particularly well-suited for installing under a sink, such as a home kitchen sink, though it can also be installed near other plumbing fixtures or appliances in commercial, residential, or industrial facilities and in outside areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Jimmie Don Taylor
    Inventor: Jimmie Don Taylor
  • Patent number: 10040526
    Abstract: A distress device of lifejacket includes: a lifejacket main body; a wireless emitter, disposed inside the lifejacket main body and including a circuit board and an antenna, wherein the antenna is electrically connected to the circuit board; and a lithium polymer battery, electrically connected to the circuit board and disposed inside the lifejacket main body. Accordingly, the lithium polymer battery can be adopted to replace a convention lithium battery, so that the distress device of lifejacket can be safety disposed in an aircraft for providing sufficient amount of electricity required by the wireless emitter, thereby allowing the distress device of lifejacket to have an additional function of emitting signals, and the research and rescue team is able to rapidly locate the sufferer, so that the distress device of lifejacket is provided with advantages of increasing operation safety and facilitating the locating procedure for search and rescue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: KERTIES INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Shoei-Lai Chen, Wen-Hsiang Cheng
  • Patent number: 9955908
    Abstract: A device and method for determining an excretion flow rate of a body fluid of a person or an animal. The device includes an absorbent element equipped with at least three electrodes connected to a measuring system for measuring at least one electric parameter so as to be electrically coupled two by two and to form at least two pairs of electrodes, separating systems which include an inlet opening exposing a part of the absorbent element so as to create a diffusion path. At least two of the electrodes are first electrodes placed along the diffusion path in such a way that each of the first electrodes is at a distance from the inlet opening representative of a volume of absorbed fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: COMMISSARIAT À L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
    Inventors: Frédéric Revol-Cavalier, Aurélien Lambert
  • Patent number: 9891620
    Abstract: An adjustable surf wake system can enhance a wake formed by a watercraft traveling through water. A rider control device can enable a rider to control the wake of the watercraft while riding the wake, such as for wake surfing. The rider can adjust the speed of the watercraft, can adjust the height of the wake, and/or can change the watercraft between a surf-left configuration and a surf-right configuration. The rider control device can include a position sensor. A drone can position a camera based on the position sensor of the rider control device for filming the rider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Malibu Boats, LLC
    Inventors: Rachael Marie Green, Cory Wade Dugger, Jackie Dale Springer, Jr., Adam Andrew McCall, Daniel Lee Gasper
  • Patent number: 9858793
    Abstract: A system for drowning prevention in a swimming pool including a wearable swimming aide having a plurality of wireless sensors including as an underwater depth transmitter, a heart rate sensor, a motion sensor and a blood oxygen sensor. Further the system includes an underwater array of sensors and an overhead array of sensors configured to receive signal from the underwater depth transmitter. A drowning prevention controller configured to receive signal from the wearable swimming aid, the underwater array of sensors, and the overhead array of sensors. The drowning prevention controller configured to activate an alarm system that includes an underwater array of light and an array of underwater bubble generator. Further drowning prevention controller is a circuitry implementing a method that includes determination of drowning event, the location and activation of the alarm system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Asma Saleh Hawsah
  • Patent number: 9679167
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a chip is described comprising a substrate; an energy source configured to provide energy to the substrate; an energy receiver configured to receive energy from the energy source via the substrate and a determiner configured to determine a value of a parameter of the energy transmission between the energy source and the energy receiver, to check whether the value matches a predetermined value of the parameter and to output a signal depending on the result of the check.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Jan Otterstedt, Thomas Kuenemund
  • Patent number: 9672716
    Abstract: An interactive life system for increasing the safety of person in water having a base station configured to communicate with a remote node; the base station having a first controller having a first microcontroller; and a transceiver means; wherein the base station further includes an alert for alerting a monitor, a pager; a NOAA weather receiver; wherein the remote node comprises a second controller, a second transceiver, a GPS, a buoy, a panic button, a pressure transducer, a visual indicator, a vibrating motor, and a mount; wherein the second controller comprises a second microcontroller; wherein the panic button communicates with the base station; wherein the visual indicator includes light; wherein the vibrating motor includes a mechanical indicator; and where the monitee can wear the device on the wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Clarke V Carroll
  • Patent number: 9473697
    Abstract: A mobile terminal including a camera; a display unit configured to display a preview image input through the camera; and a controller configured to select an object in the preview image in response to a user input for touching the object or setting a specific region comprising the object; and output an alarm when the object moves out from the preview image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Younghoon Jeung
  • Patent number: 9427115
    Abstract: Embodiments according to at least some aspects of the present disclosure comprise methods, apparatus, devices, and/or systems pertaining to bathtub monitors that may be configured to sense motion and/or absence of motion, such as motion associated with an occupant of a bathtub. Some example embodiments may be configured to provide local and/or remote alarm(s) upon detection of a potentially unsafe condition, such as an absence of motion of the occupant of a bathtub. In some example embodiments, a bathtub alarm system may comprise a pressure sensor, such as a piezo sensor, to sense movement (or lack of movement) in the tub by sensing pressure waves (or lack of pressure waves) within the tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: RJE International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Jechart, Steve Cole
  • Patent number: 9314381
    Abstract: A sensor device for sensing wetness in an absorbent article worn by a subject includes one or more sensing elements; and a coupling for communicating sensor signals between the one or more sensing elements and a receiver. A change in environmental parameter causes a change in electrical behavior of at least one of the sensing elements, which behavior can be analyzed to determine occurrence of a wetness event in the absorbent article. The changes in electrical behavior are communicated in the sensor signals to the receiver. The analysis may be by the receiver or a processor in communication with the receiver. Ideally, the sensing elements include capacitive elements and preferably, resonance circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Fred Bergman Healthcare Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter Curran, David Albert Barda, Don Black, Bradley John Phillips, Peter Kotlarski, Juuso Tuomas Olkkonen, Tomi Juha Petteri Mattila
  • Patent number: 9291589
    Abstract: A wearable article for wearing by a user and comprising wetness sensing electrodes, wherein the wetness sensing electrodes are to be in contact with a wetting electrolytic liquid during normal use when the wearable article is wetted by the electrolytic liquid, and to operate as a capacitor upon application of a direct current at contact terminals of the wetness sensing electrodes when so wetted to facilitate capacitance measurement through the wetness sensing electrodes whereby wetness information of the wearable article is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Ckicom Technology Limited
    Inventors: Sun Hoi Wong, Fei Xu, Hao Huang
  • Patent number: 9251686
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating personal safety tracking via an apparatus with multiple sensors are disclosed. The sensors may include a water sensor, an accelerometer, a water pressure sensor, an ambient temperature sensor, and/or any other sensors. The apparatus may be configured to generate various alerts in response to signals generated by the sensors. For example, the apparatus may generate a drowning alert when a submersion signal is generated and a drowning acceleration signature is detected in the same period. As another example, an abduction alert may be generated when an abduction acceleration signature and an out-of-boundary situation is detected for the apparatus. The alerts generated by the apparatus may be transmitted to a server or a client device associated with the apparatus for further processing, which may include generating a notification for presentation on the client device in response to an alert being received from the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: iSHADOW TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Stuart Reich, Dee Narla
  • Patent number: 9098992
    Abstract: The electronic apparatus includes a submergence detector for detecting submergence of the electronic apparatus in the water and retrieval thereof, a light-emitting device provided within an enclosure of the electronic apparatus, an illumination circuit for lighting the light-emitting device when an illumination signal is input, a controller for causing the light-emitting device to blink by generating the illumination signal at prescribed blinking intervals at least during a period from a point of submergence to a point of retrieval of the electronic apparatus and inputting the illumination signal to the illumination circuit, and a power control circuit for activating the controller by supplying electric power thereto if the electric power is not supplied to the controller when the submergence detector detects submergence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Icom Incorporated
    Inventor: Yoshio Sekiyama
  • Patent number: 9071046
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring the moisture to which an electronic device is exposed may alter or vary operation of the electronic device. Operation of the electronic device may be altered or varied to provide a notification that the electronic device has been exposed to moisture. When an electronic device is exposed to moisture, an operational mode of the electronic device may be changed. A change in the operational mode of the electronic device may include termination of the supply of power to one or more components, which may protect those components. Programs or apps that provide a user of the electronic device with information regarding exposure of the electronic device to an amount of moisture that meets or exceeds a moisture response threshold are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: HZO, Inc.
    Inventors: Blake Stevens, Max Sorenson
  • Patent number: 9049352
    Abstract: Cameras can be used to detect if unauthorized visitors enter pool areas. Cameras can send alerts to remote computing devices regarding unauthorized pool entry. Several embodiments include using a camera to take an image of a pool area, sending the image from the camera to a remote computing device, displaying the image on the remote computing device, and using the remote computing device to select a detection zone. Some embodiments include ignoring certain portions of the camera's field of view in response to detection zone selections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: SkyBell Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Frank Scalisi, Desiree Mejia
  • Publication number: 20150116116
    Abstract: A lifeguard alarm system for swimmers, capable of detecting whether a swimmer is moving forward or drowning. The system includes a detecting device, an accelerometer disposed on the detecting device and a computing unit; the accelerometer configured to output respective acceleration values along X, Y, and Z axes of the detecting device and of gravity, the computing unit configured to calculate a sum of squares of the X, Y and Z acceleration values of the accelerometer as a first value and square of an acceleration of gravity as a second value and to compare the first value with the second value. A relationship between the first value and the second value can be used to control the warming unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: BING-SYUN YANG
  • Patent number: 8998666
    Abstract: A system and method are used for dispatching a rescue flotation device to an individual who has fallen overboard from a ship. A water-activated transmitter is carried or worn by each and every passenger on a given ship. Upon detecting moisture, the transmitter is activated to send a data signal to a radio signal receiver on the ship. The contents of the data signal may be the location and/or coordinates of the victim, as determined by triangulation of the signal, a GPS receiver and/or radar. Upon transmission of the data, a rescue flotation device or vessel is automatically deployed from a portion of the vessel into the water. The rescue device may be dispatched from a portion of the ship nearest to the determined location of the victim, and/or the rescue device may be self-propelled such that it navigates to the approximate location of victim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Steven Albright
  • Patent number: 8988228
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments of the present disclosure, an electronic module may comprise a sensor configured to detect a dispensing action, a processor configured to record a dispense indicator when the sensor detects a dispensing action and read a user identifier from a user identifier memory configured to interchangeably operate in conjunction with a plurality of sanitizer dispensers, and a transceiver configured to transmit the user identifier to a network and transmit the dispense indicator to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Swipesense, Inc.
    Inventors: Mert Iseri, Yuri Malina, Jori Hardman
  • Patent number: 8968043
    Abstract: By using the intelligent ski handle capable of communicating with a tow boat, a towed user can control functions such as raising a warning flag, changing the speed and direction of the boat, sounding a horn, etc. thus promoting safety of the rider. When the towed user is separated by a prespecified distance from the ski handle, the handle can sense a fallen rider and wirelessly transmit a control signal to a receiver on the towing boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Murphy
  • Patent number: 8970382
    Abstract: A passive security system and personal equipment on vessels is for man over board situations. The personal equipment, prepared for being worn by a crewmember of the vessel, includes a first module (2) integrated into a belt (4); a life jacket (5) folded inside of the first module (2) and attached thereto by at least one strap (6); a second module (8) placed in the interior of the first module (2), connected to the life jacket (5) and configured to inflate the life jacket (5) when it detects a man over board situation. The first module (2) has on its rear part one flap (3) configured to be opened by the life jacket (5) inflating action, allowing the passage thereof to the exterior of the first module (2). It is used as a passive security element for “man over board” situations, to allow an immediate detection of the situation and a fast rescue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Scio Soft, S.L.
    Inventors: Pablo Bermudez Pestonit, Jaime Casals Diaz, Fernando López Peña, Richard J. Duro Fernández, Alejandro Paz López, Gervasio Varela Fernández
  • Patent number: 8866624
    Abstract: Signaling systems are disclosed that indicate a change in an absorbent article, such as the presence of a body fluid. The various different signaling systems disclosed do not include any conductive elements contained on the interior of the article as were required in the past. Instead, the changes are monitored from the outer cover of the article. In one aspect, for instance, a signaling device is provided for sensing and indicating the presence of a body exudate in an absorbent article, the device including a housing and a capacitive sensor disposed within the housing, the capacitive sensor adapted to sense a change in capacitance due to an insult to the absorbent article. The signaling device can include an attachment mechanism for removably attaching the housing to the absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Ales, III, Sudhanshu Gakhar, Andrew Mark Long
  • Patent number: 8810436
    Abstract: A process and system for detecting the presence of a person overboard including: setting the perimeter of an area to scan, scanning the area 180 degrees in azimuth utilizing a laser beam for receiving a reflection of the laser beam off the person, detecting the reflection and playing back a video recording of the trajectory of the person, wherein the area above and below the perimeter of an area to scan is continuously video recorded and wherein upon detecting the target, one or more of audio and visual alarms alert that crew, and wherein an alarm with location is sent to PDA system with GPS coordinates time and date. Additionally a launcher deploys a device to track the person overboard, and allows persons on the ship or in a control center to ascertain the location of the person overboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Security Identification Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Zagami, Joseph Carvalko
  • Patent number: 8730049
    Abstract: A water sensing electrode circuit comprises a voltage source; first electrode; second electrode; first resistor; second resistor; and an inverting comparator with an internal reference voltage, Vc; wherein: said voltage source, first electrode, second electrode, first resistor and second resistor are connected in series; and the negative input of said voltage comparator is attached to the junction of said first and second resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Aquatic Safety Concepts LLC
    Inventors: David M. Cutler, Vincent Berluti, Jr., Thomas F. Healy, Jeffrey William Londona, James Alphonse Marquis, Mark Henry Méndez
  • Publication number: 20140111332
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing a recreational water area. A recreational water area management system comprises a water area manager. The water area manager is configured to receive information about a recreational water area from a group of autonomous vehicles, analyze the information to identify an event, and coordinate the group of autonomous vehicles to perform a mission in the recreational water area based on the event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: THE BOEING COMPANY
  • Patent number: 8669876
    Abstract: An above-water system provides automatic alerting for possible drowning victims in swimming pools or the like. One or more electro-optical sensors are placed above the pool surface. Sequences of images are digitized and analyzed electronically to determine whether there are humans within the image, and whether such humans are moving in a manner that would suggest drowning. Effects due to glint, refraction, and variations in light, are offset automatically by the system. If a potential drowning incident is detected, the system produces an alarm sound, and/or a warning display, so that an operator can determine whether action must be taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: 1998 David B. and Ann E. Anderson Revocable Trust
    Inventors: David Bradford Anderson, John Thomas Barnett, Donald Lee Hakes, Keith Roger Loss, James Paul Gormican
  • Patent number: 8659432
    Abstract: A security system for automatically detecting and signaling the event of a person falling overboard from a vessel into a body of water includes a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag worn by each passenger onboard a vessel, one or more RFID readers placed surrounding the hull of the vessel, a control unit onboard the vessel wherein the RFID readers are individually connected, and an alarm system. When a person who is wearing the RFID tag falls overboard, he or she would inevitably pass through one or more of the RFID readers placed surrounding the hull of the vessel. One or more RFID readers read the information contained in the RFID tag, and said information is transmitted from the RFID reader to the control unit. The control unit records the time and location of the event, and activates an alarm system for facilitating the rescue of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: US New Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Rafael V. Alicea-Ibern, Steven Henriquez-Vargas
  • Patent number: 8659435
    Abstract: The vitality of a swimmer, or of a child, is monitored by a periodically-activated micro-powered solar- and battery-powered waterproof microminiaturized (1) optical sensor of heart activity, electrically connected to (2) a microprocessor monitor, for jointly determining when a person's heart activity has stopped. When and if required, the microprocessor causes to be transmitted, through water a blue-green light alarm signal. When this optical alarm signal is received by an optical receiver/alarm in air, the receiver/alarm produces an audio and/or visual alarm that, when sensed by a human, potentially timely permits rescue and resuscitation of the swimmer, or the child. The battery-and-solar-powered monitor that forms the core of the vitality monitoring system is roughly ten times faster and more capable, with but one-tenth the power consumption, than previous real-time biological monitoring systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: George Anthony McKinney
  • Publication number: 20140049394
    Abstract: A monitoring device for monitoring a risk of drowning for users of one or more alarm devices is provided. The alarm devices include one or more detectors configured to detect status data. A controller circuit is configured to receive status data from the alarm device, to detect a triggering event, and, in response to the triggering event, to select one of a plurality of alarm protocols based on the status data. A user interface unit is configured to convey the selected alarm protocol to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: Graham E. Snyder, Steve Watts, Robert Bailis
  • Patent number: 8653981
    Abstract: A safety device for underwater diving has a sensor for measuring a flow of gas bubbles comprising a belt for fixing and functional coupling to the body of a diver. The flow sensor is linked to a portable computer for utilizing signals from the flow sensor so as to provide an alarm signal if the measured flow level exceeds a predetermined safety threshold and to thus customize a table of decompression stops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: BF Systemes
    Inventor: Axel Barbaud
  • Patent number: 8618940
    Abstract: There is disclosed a flotation device such as a life vest or inflatable raft for keeping a user afloat when in water, the flotation device comprising a light source attached to the flotation device, a water activated switch, wherein the light source is illuminated when the water activated switch is submersed in the water, and a control panel mounted to an outer surface of the flotation device and comprised of at least one user activated switch, wherein the light source is extinguished when the user activated switch is depressed, the control panel having instructions printed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: The Flewelling Ford Family Trust
    Inventors: Timothy D. F. Ford, Stephane Gascon
  • Publication number: 20130328683
    Abstract: A life saving necklace for a drowning person that comprises microphones for receiving voices originated from the throat of a drowning person; a processor for processing signals received from the microphones represent coughs that are typical to a drowning person and for automatically transmitting a distress signal to a base station; a memory for storing data and operating software for the processor; an electric power source for providing power to the electrical components of the necklace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: U-SEE 2 PROMOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: David Eduard Sitbon, Harel Gilutz
  • Patent number: 8581733
    Abstract: A drop detection part that detects drop of the device into the water, a light emitting body disposed in the housing, and a light-emission control circuit that makes the light emitting body emit light when the drop detection part detects the drop into the water are provided, and the rear face of the housing is made translucent, a lower part of a sealing member sealing the front housing and the rear housing is also made translucent, and a cover part covering the light emitting body is formed on this translucent part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Icom Incorporated
    Inventor: Kenichirou Ueda
  • Patent number: 8525667
    Abstract: A sick signal, embedded intelligent continuous pulse monitor and monitoring method thereof is covered by a flexible material so that the flexible material is fitted to a pulse's position of a human body (such as wrist or ankle) and comprises: a processing unit connected with a pulse detecting unit to receive a pulsing frequency of an artery; at least one control unit to control and transmit a signal to the processing unit to be calculated; at least one display unit to receive a processed signal via the processing unit and display the processed signal; a signal transmitting unit connected with the processing unit to transmit the processed signal to an external device. Moreover, when the pulse is over a predetermined value in response to actual age of the patient, the display unit makes warning signal to provided related information to the patient or caregiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Sung-Lien Lin, Shang-Ting Lin
  • Patent number: 8525666
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for monitoring use of handwashing agents to determine compliance with hand hygiene guidelines. A handwashing agent is provided with a detectable, volatile compound, such as odors, which is then rubbed onto a subject's hands using the subject's handwashing technique. After the handwashing event, the subject's hand is then exposed to an detector (such as a badge), which includes a sensor capable of detecting the volatile compound, and an indicator that communicates detection of the volatile compound, indicating use of the handwashing agent and hand hygiene compliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: University of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Melker, Nikolaus Gravenstein, Donn Michael Dennis, Christopher Batich
  • Publication number: 20130222142
    Abstract: A warning system, the system having a trigger part, a receiver part, and a transmitter part. The system is provided at a first location, wherein the trigger part is physically separate from the receiver part and transmitter part, wherein the trigger part has a signal emitter to provide a signal to the receiver part upon immersion in water, the receiver part receiving signals from the trigger part and providing a further signal to the transmitter part to automatically cause a further warning signal to be emitted by the system, the further warning signal being sent to one or more other locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: MARINE RESCUE TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventor: MARINE RESCUE TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
  • Patent number: 8502686
    Abstract: A tsunami warning system (10) comprising a remote server with evaluation system with means for monitoring tsunami indicating parameters (16, 20), means for determining the possibility of a tsunami occurring and means for issuing a triggering signal, wherein the evaluation system is configured to issue a triggering signal when the possibility of a tsunami occurring is identified. The tsunami warning system (10) further comprises at least one tsunami warning device (14) arranged in a public area, the tsunami warning device (14) being configured and arranged so as to provide a tsunami warning to the general public when a triggering signal is received. The at least one tsunami warning device comprises means for also monitoring tsunami indicating parameters and means for transmitting information collected by the tsunami warning device to the remote server for integration in modelling means therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: The European Union, Represented by the European Commission
    Inventors: Alessandro Annunziato, Thierry Benoist
  • Patent number: 8482405
    Abstract: The invention is a health monitoring system that determines the spine stress dose value for an individual on a high speed boat. The boat can produce impact injury from whole-body vibration embedded with multiple shocks. The system includes an RFID tag; a GPS; a display; a RFID reader; a multi-axis sensor unit that is an accelerometer which enables the determination of impact, vibration and shock, impact and vibration; and a central data acquisition apparatus. The apparatus includes processors in communication with the GPS, the sensor unit, and the RFID reader. The apparatus samples the RFID reader frequently, confirming the status of all individuals having RFID tags as being onboard or overboard. An application records a GPS location and time if an individual is overboard, and generates a course to the GPS location. The display illustrates a ride roughness graphically, in terms of injury potential at a particular speed and heading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Eric C. Pierce, Jeffery Blankenship, Brian L. Price, Eric Tuovila, Ronald S. Peterson
  • Patent number: 8471715
    Abstract: A disposable diaper with wireless alarm system includes a) a disposable diaper structure; b) a disposable diaper telltale conductive strip; c) an attachable, removable, reusable battery-powered sensor-transmitter device; and d) a wireless receiver with an alarm signal. Multiple diapers with different frequencies and optional disconnect sensors may be included and controlled by local or remote computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventors: Anthony Solazzo, Herbert Heflich
  • Patent number: 8441360
    Abstract: A system includes an ultraviolet c-band radiation detector to enable detection of radiation during search and rescue operations, at least a portion of the radiation including ultraviolet c-band radiation, and a stimulus generator configured to generate a stimulus in response to detected ultraviolet c-band radiation. Further embodiments may include multiple synchronized ultraviolet c-band detectors to enhance system sensitivity and facilitate detection of relatively weak radiation sources, relatively distant sources, and/or radiation scattered about an environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: John George Witzel, Emmanuel Menilik Negatu, Theodore John Vornbrock
  • Publication number: 20130106610
    Abstract: A surveillance system to prevent drowning comprised of day and night compatible wireless video camera and/or cameras and other sensors, which monitor and detect the presence of an individual and its progression through selected zones of increasing danger as he or she approaches a body of water. The output of these sensors are input to data processing system which analyzes the inputs and transmits control signals to various pre-selected alarms that are commensurate to danger zones thereby enabling corrective action to be initiated well in advance of a drowning or impending accident.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Norman Frederick Pratt
  • Patent number: 8395516
    Abstract: An air freshening device is provided for detecting water leaks and protecting surfaces from water damage due to leaks. The device includes: a tray, configured for being placed upon a surface located under a water pipe; a removable and replaceable liner placed upon the tray, the liner comprising a material configured for releasing an air freshening substance into air, and for increasing the release rate of the substance upon contact with water. The increase of the release rate of the substance leads to an intensifying of the scent of the substance in air, and indicates the presence of a leak from the water pipe. The tray prevents water leaking from the water pipe from touching the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventors: Mark Richard Herrera, Lisa Marie Herrera
  • Patent number: 8354924
    Abstract: A system for facilitating the instructional training of a swimmer wherein the system is further operable to provide object detection to the swimmer of an object within the general movement path of the swimmer. The system further includes a transmitter wherein the transmitter is configured to broadcast at least two audio signals. A receiver is operably coupled to the transmitter utilizing a wireless frequency. The receiver further includes a left earpiece and a right earpiece that have intermediate therebetween two headbands for releasably securing the receiver to the head of the swimmer. The receiver further includes a plurality of sensors mounted to the first headband that are configured to generate and receive sound pulses in order to detect an object within the general movement path of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Spencer Goodwin
  • Patent number: 8350710
    Abstract: An enclosed space monitoring system includes a controller and a plurality of sensors. The sensors may include a humidity sensor, a water presence sensor, a water pump operation sensor, a temperature sensor, a radon gas detector, a propane or natural gas detector, a smoke sensor, a carbon monoxide detector and a motion sensor. Environmental parameter data obtained by the sensors is stored within a memory connected to the controller. The controller sends the data to a remote facility periodically and/or when the data indicates a potential condition within the space needing attention or remediation. The sent data is stored at the remote facility and may be accessed by a technician or an owner of the space. Also, the data may be comparatively studied relative to earlier data from the same space and to data collected in similar spaces to discern a potential condition needing attention or remediation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventors: James A. C. Logan, Alvin C. West
  • Publication number: 20120229282
    Abstract: A process and system for detecting the presence of a person overboard including: setting the perimeter of an area to scan, scanning said area 180 degrees in azimuth utilizing a laser beam for receiving a reflection of said laser beam off said person, detecting said reflection and playing back a video recording of said trajectory of the person, wherein the area above and below the perimeter of an area to scan is continuously video recorded and wherein upon detecting the target, one or more of audio and visual alarms alert that crew, and wherein an alarm with location is sent to PDA system with GPS coordinates time and date. Additionally a launched deploys a device to track the person overboard, and allows persons on the ship or in a control center to ascertain the location of the person overboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: Security Identification Systems Corporation a Florida
    Inventors: ANTHONY ZAGAMI, JOSEPH CARVALKO
  • Patent number: 8253576
    Abstract: A system for search and rescue includes a rescue beacon including a radiation source to emit radiation, at least a portion of which includes ultraviolet c-band radiation, and an ultraviolet c-band detector to detect the ultraviolet c-band radiation to enable locating of the rescue beacon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: John George Witzel, Benjamin P. Dolgin, Steven Cotten, Michael Andrew Brennan, Jorge Gutierrez, William Suliga