Sleep Patents (Class 340/575)
  • Patent number: 10398356
    Abstract: There is provided a device which detects sleepiness of a human being based on the opening and closing motion of an eyelid, in which an occurrence of sleepiness of a subject is detectable with accuracy more sufficient than before even for a subject who keeps from blinking intentionally when sleepiness increases. The inventive sleepiness detecting device comprises an eyelid state detector, detecting an opened/closed state of an eyelid of a subject; a transition time interval detector, detecting sequentially a time interval between transitions between an opened state and a closed state of the eyelid; an eyelid characteristic amount computer, computing an eyelid opening/closing characteristic amount from time series data of the time intervals; a sleepiness judging device, judging that the subject feels sleepiness when the eyelid opening/closing characteristic value falls below a first threshold value or exceeds beyond a second threshold value higher than the first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Hatakeyama
  • Patent number: 10394057
    Abstract: An eye-mountable device including a lens including a polymeric material, the lens operable to be removably mounted over a corneal surface of an eye and to be compatible with a motion of an eyelid when the concave surface is so mounted; a sensor coupled to the lens and operable to provide output data indicative of whether an eyelid of an eye on which the lens is mounted is closed; and a display operable to display a light signal in response to the output data from the sensor that the eyelid is closed. A method including determining whether an eyelid of a wearer of an eye-mountable device is closed; and when an eyelid of a wearer is closed, sending a light signal from the eye-mountable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC
    Inventors: Thad Eugene Starner, Michael Patrick Johnson, Brian Otis, Max Benjamin Braun, Nathan Pletcher, Joshua N. Haddock
  • Patent number: 10394517
    Abstract: A method of controlling a device located in a predetermined space includes: obtaining sleep information of a person present in a first space from a biological sensor disposed in the first space, the sleep information indicating a sleep state of the person and the first space includes a first device; determining, by a processor, a first sound volume to be set for the first device based on a first database indicating a correspondence between the sleep state and a target sound volume of a corresponding device, the target sound volume of the corresponding device being a predetermined sound volume which does not awake a sleeping person at the sleep state and still be heard by an awake person; and transmitting, to the first device, a first command for setting the first sound volume in the first device as a sound volume upper-limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Watanabe, Tomohiro Tsuda
  • Patent number: 10390749
    Abstract: A method and device for monitoring fatigued driving. The device comprises a processor, a monitoring unit an alarm unit and an inflating unit connected to the processor. The processor is used to obtain a monitor result, transmit, according to the monitor result, an alarm instruction to the alarm unit, and transmit an air inflation instruction to inflating unit upon obtaining the monitor result again after transmitting the alarm instruction. The monitor unit is used to monitor, in real time, a driving state of the driver, and transmit data indicating the driving state of the driver; the alarm unit (12) is used to receive the alarm instruction, and provide the alarm according to the alarm instruction; and the inflating unit is used to receive the air inflation instruction, and fill air according to the air inflation instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jingyu Zhang, Wei Sun
  • Patent number: 10353461
    Abstract: A system includes (100) includes a display (112) that sequentially displays images from an image data set at a predetermined rate, an optical attention monitoring device (120) that senses a characteristic indicative of a clinician's attention to each displayed image of the image data set, and a processor (106) that executes an attention detection module (118) that detects a lapse in attention with respect to one or more of the displayed images based on the sensed characteristic indicative of the clinician's attention and generates a signal indicating the one or more of the displayed images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Julia Dmitrieva, Eric Cohen-Solal, Gabriel Ryan Mankovich, Yuechen Qian
  • Patent number: 10345810
    Abstract: A vehicle configured to operate in an autonomous mode may operate a sensor to determine an environment of the vehicle. The sensor may be configured to obtain sensor data of a sensed portion of the environment. The sensed portion may be defined by a sensor parameter. Based on the environment of the vehicle, the vehicle may select at least one parameter value for the at least one sensor parameter such that the sensed portion of the environment corresponds to a region of interest. The vehicle may operate the sensor, using the selected at least one parameter value for the at least one sensor parameter, to obtain sensor data of the region of interest, and control the vehicle in the autonomous mode based on the sensor data of the region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Jiajun Zhu, Christopher Urmson, David I. Ferguson, Nathaniel Fairfield, Dmitri A. Dolgov
  • Patent number: 10346697
    Abstract: A method includes: sensing light information reflecting from an eye of a driver of a vehicle using an optical sensor mounted in the vehicle; measuring, by a control unit equipped in the vehicle, a plurality of eye parameters based on the sensed light information; calculating, by the control unit, an endangerment score indicating a driving state of the driver according to the plurality of eye parameters; determining, by the control unit, whether the calculated endangerment score exceeds an endangerment threshold; and executing, by the control unit, a corrective action in response to determining that the calculated endangerment score exceeds the endangerment threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc, Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sasan Adibi, Mohammad Naserian
  • Patent number: 10311698
    Abstract: A method for recognizing a state of tiredness and/or sleep of a vehicle driver. The method includes reading in a first and second eye opening signal, the first signal representing a degree of eye opening and/or a signal derived therefrom of the left eye of the driver of the vehicle and the second signal representing a degree of eye opening and/or a signal derived therefrom of the right eye of the driver of the vehicle. The method also includes recognizing a validity of the first and/or second signal to recognize the first signal as valid if the first signal corresponds to a first criterion and/or to recognize the second signal as valid if the second eye signal corresponds to a second criterion, and determining the state of tiredness and/or sleep of the driver of the vehicle using the first signal recognized as valid and/or the second signal recognized as valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Felix Wulf
  • Patent number: 10311289
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the field of biological recognition and provides a face recognition method and device and apparatus. The face recognition method includes: recording a face video image and dynamically tracking an eye in the face video image; detecting a blink frequency of the eye during dynamic tracking of the eye; judging whether the blinking frequency is within a preset frequency range; if the blink frequency is within the preset frequency range, determining that the face is a living face; if the blink frequency is not within the preset frequency range, determining that the face is a fake face. In the embodiment of the present disclosure, the real face and the fake face can be accurately distinguished by the blink frequency of the eye. Therefore, the safety of face recognition is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: NANCHANG O-FILM BIO-IDENTIFICATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wensi Sun, Anpeng Bai
  • Patent number: 10313781
    Abstract: A system includes at least one earpiece having at least one sensor, at least one speaker, and at least one processor capable of ascertaining a desired position for a user's head to guide the user as to the desired position for the user's head. A method includes determining a current orientation of a user's head, calculating a desired position for the user's head in relation to the current orientation of the user's head, creating an audio signal containing instructions to guide the user as to the desired position for the user's head, and transmitting the audio signal to a user's ears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Peter Vincent Boesen
  • Patent number: 10306016
    Abstract: In some example embodiments, a method includes storing a user attribute, a resource attribute of a resource of a web service, one or more scope conditions for applying one of attributes in generating a decision of whether to permit an action, and a script comprising an access control policy comprising one or more policy conditions to be satisfied in order to permit an action. A web service request may be received for accessing the resource. The scope condition(s) may be determined to be satisfied, and a decision to permit or deny the web service request may be generated based on the access control policy, with use of the stored attribute in generating the decision being based on the determination that the scope condition(s) are satisfied. Generating the decision may comprise interpreting the script. The decision may be transmitted to the web service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dariush Amiri, Sanjeev Chopra
  • Patent number: 10293830
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for reducing the likelihood of vehicle accidents, particularly accidents involving large commercial vehicles, such as aircraft. The system includes one or more wearable electronic devices worn by a vehicle operator, such as a pilot. Physiological emotional data is measured by the wearable device(s) and transmitted to a computing cloud or other computing device for analysis and comparison with a predictive model for indicating the emotional state of the operator. When an unsafe emotional state is detected, an alarm notification is generated and transmitted to an appropriate group of users for resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: JeevananthaRaja Selvaraj, Kirupakar Janakiraman, Rajesh Vikraman, Muralidharan Jagannathan
  • Patent number: 10286921
    Abstract: Disclosed is a drowsiness prevention system installed in a vehicle. The drowsiness prevention system includes: a light emitting unit irradiating infrared light toward the driver's iris, an infrared camera capturing images of the driver's iris, and a warning sound generating unit determining the driver to be drowsy to generate a warning sound when the driver's iris is not detected from the images captured by the infrared camera within a preset reference time. The distribution angle pattern of the infrared light is inclined from a central axial line. The light emitting unit is mounted in an area other than the driver's front area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: LUMENS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sungsik Jo
  • Patent number: 10278619
    Abstract: A method for distinguishing blinking events and instrument gazes on the basis of an eye-opening width. The eye-opening width represents an instantaneously detected clearance between the eyelids of an eye. In a step of ascertaining, a blinking event is ascertained using at least one blinking limit value. The blinking event is ascertained when an opening width value, which represents the eye-opening width, is smaller than the blinking limit value. In a step of determining, an instrument gaze is determined using a maximum blinking duration. The instrument gaze is determined when the detected blinking event is detected as lasting longer than the maximum blinking duration. The steps of the method are able to be carried out anew when the opening width value is greater than an open limit value following the determination of the instrument gaze.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Felix Wulf, Tjark Vandommele
  • Patent number: 10282666
    Abstract: A method may include determining, by a computing device and based on at least one user coherency factor, a user coherency level. The coherency level may include a predicted ability of a user to comprehend information. The method may also include determining, by the computing device and based on the user coherency level, information having a complexity that satisfies the predicted ability of the user to comprehend information. The method may further include outputting, by the computing device, at least a portion of the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Yu Ouyang
  • Patent number: 10271784
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can remind a user to perform sleep ritual activities. The computing device can automatically determine the user's sleep ritual. The users sleep ritual can include various activities performed before going to sleep. The computing device can detect when the user performs the various sleep ritual activities. The computing device can remind the user about specific sleep ritual activities when the user forgets to perform the sleep ritual activities before going to sleep. In some implementation, the computing device can perform sleep ritual activities (e.g., turning off devices, locking doors, setting the air conditioning, etc.) on behalf of the user in response to user input. In some implementation, the computing device can perform sleep ritual activities on behalf of the user automatically and without user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Roy J. Raymann, Wren N. Dougherty, Divya Nag, Deborah M. Lambert, Stephanie Greer, Thomas R. Gruber
  • Patent number: 10275664
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for estimating a speed limit are disclosed herein. A system for estimating a speed limit includes one or more perception sensors, an arbitrated speed component, an attribute component, an estimator component, and a notification component. The one or more perception sensors are configured to generate perception data about a region near a vehicle. The arbitrated speed component is configured to determine that a high confidence or arbitrated speed limit is not available. The attribute component is configured to detect one or more environmental attributes based on the perception data. The estimator component is configured to determine an estimated speed limit based on the environmental attributes. The notification component is configured to provide the estimated speed limit to an automated driving system or driver assistance system of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Thomas Mullen
  • Patent number: 10259464
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling at least one predefined function of an electronic multi-function apparatus usable during travel by a vehicle driver is provided. The electronic multi-function apparatus is connected to a control unit of the vehicle by a communication link. Data of the vehicle driver and/or data on the journey is acquired, and on the basis of the acquired data at least one characteristic value which is characteristic of the degree of loading of the vehicle driver by his current vehicle control process is formed. The at least one predefined function of the electronic multi-function apparatus is controlled based on the at least one characteristic value in such a way that a degree of loading of the vehicle driver when using the function is matched to the degree of loading of the vehicle driver corresponding to the current vehicle control process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Dominik Gusenbauer, Olga Karsunke, Anastasia Petrou, Christian Spies, Markus Strassberger
  • Patent number: 10238292
    Abstract: A patient support system includes a patient support apparatus, a camera, and a controller. The controller is configured to receive image data from the camera and to determine at least one of pulmonary and circulatory characteristics of a patient supported on the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Irvin J. Vanderpohl, III
  • Patent number: 10213157
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide a wearable audio product for obtaining biologically-relevant information associated with a user comprising. The audio product comprises a first electrode placed over the user's auditory cortex on a first side of the user's body, a second electrode placed on the first side of the user's body, a first reference electrode placed on the first side of the user's body, a processor coupled to the first, second, and first reference electrode, the processor configured to take one or more actions based on signals received from the first, second, and first reference electrodes, and an electroacoustic transducer coupled to the processor. Any or all of the electrodes described herein may include any integer number of electrodes clustered in the specified location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew Farrell, Christopher R. Paetsch, Tegan M. Ayers, Jack E. Read
  • Patent number: 10201293
    Abstract: Systems and methods are proposed for non-contact monitoring of spatio-temporal mechanics comprising motion patterns of respiratory muscles, lungs and diaphragm. The depth capable sensors system is comprised of modules, including a depth estimation module, a reference shape generation module, a region of interest shape estimation module, and a shape comparison module. A recommender module is optionally included. The acquisition of spatio-temporal respiratory mechanic data comprising a time varying sequence of spatially dependent representations of the respiratory mechanics of the subject are processed for identifying differences between the subject's actual respiratory mechanics and desired mechanics that can improve the health of the subject, or identify particular maladies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Edgar A. Bernal, Eribaweimon Shilla, Himanshu Madhu, Lalit K. Mestha, Robert P Loce
  • Patent number: 10198952
    Abstract: In one example embodiment, an operator alertness monitoring system may include a proximate condition monitor that is configured to issue an alert to direct an operator's attention to a detected hazardous condition, and an operator alertness monitor that is configured to detect the operator's physical reaction to the issued alert and instruct the proximate condition monitor to respond to the operator's detected physical reaction to the issued alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Maytal, Noam Meir
  • Patent number: 10191539
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods may provide for technology to detect a pose drift condition with respect to a head mounted display based on one or more first signals, to detect a reduced perception state with respect to the head mounted display based on one or more second signals, and to trigger a correction of the pose drift condition during the reduced perception state. Additionally, the reduced perception state may correspond to, for example, a blinking condition, a saccadic motion condition and/or an increased head rotation rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Nizan Horesh
  • Patent number: 10165971
    Abstract: A driver state determination apparatus includes a far-infrared camera and a state determination section. The far-infrared camera takes facial images of a driver of a vehicle; the facial images are far-infrared images indicating a temperature distribution on a facial surface of the driver. The state determination section determines an abnormal state of the driver based on the far-infrared images sequentially taken by the far-infrared camera during a predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takuhiro Omi
  • Patent number: 10160426
    Abstract: A driver monitoring device is provided. The driver monitoring device includes a detection unit that detects an unbalanced posture of a driver based on an image of a driver's seat of a vehicle captured by a camera; a determination unit that determines whether or not the unbalanced posture of the driver detected by the detection unit is a habitual posture of the driver; and a notification unit that notifies the driver of the unbalanced posture in different manners in accordance with whether the unbalanced posture determined is the habitual posture of the driver or the unbalanced posture determined is other than the habitual posture of the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fumiya Nagai
  • Patent number: 10155445
    Abstract: A system for event triggering comprises an interface and a processor. An interface configured to receive a face tracking data and receive a sensor data. The processor configured to determine a degree of drowsiness based at least in part on the face tracking data and the sensor data; in the event that the degree of drowsiness is greater than a first threshold, capture data; and in the event that the degree of drowsiness is greater than a second threshold, provide a warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Lytx, Inc.
    Inventor: Syrus C. Nemat-Nasser
  • Patent number: 10152869
    Abstract: A system and a method implementing such a system. The system includes eyeglasses having hinged stems, a plurality of sensors and an alert alarm. The system further includes a triaxial accelerometer, an IR transmitter, an IR receiver, and a barometric sensor. The sensors are set up in the hinged stems and the rims of the eyeglasses and connected to a processing and calculation unit. The processing and calculation unit includes a microprocessor and a memory. The processing and calculation unit executes a computer program to analyze data issued by the sensors and triggers the alarm based on a result of the analyzed data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ELLCIE-HEALTHY
    Inventor: Philippe Peyrard
  • Patent number: 10152642
    Abstract: A method for detecting driving behavior and a system using the same is disclosed. Firstly, at least one user image comprising an arm image and a head behavior image is retrieved. Then, a processor retrieves the arm image to compare with arm sample images stored in a database. The arm image corresponds to the arm sample image to determine a normal driving behavior. The arm image does not correspond to the arm sample image to determine an abnormal driving behavior, whereby the processor retrieves the head behavior image to compare with head regulation-violating sample images stored in the database. The head behavior image does not correspond to the head regulation-violating sample image to determine a normal driving behavior. The head behavior image corresponds to the head regulation-violating sample image to determine an abnormal driving behavior and output a second-level warning signal, thereby warning a driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Automotive Research & Testing Center
    Inventors: Ming-Fang Chang, Po-Hsiang Liao, Li-You Hsu
  • Patent number: 10121084
    Abstract: Disclosed subject matter relates generally to image processing that includes a method for detecting drowsiness state of a vehicle user independent of factors such ethnicities, gender and other differences of an individual. A drowsiness detection system receives current images of the vehicle user from an image capturing device in a current time frame. Further, an eye closure ratio of the vehicle user is determined in the current time frame using eye closure parameters extracted from the current images in real-time and a profile of the vehicle user. Further, the eye closure ratio is normalized using a scaling factor computed in real-time using normalizing parameters extracted from the current images in real-time and the profile. Finally, a Percentage Eye Closure (PEC) value of the vehicle user is determined in the current time frame using the normalized eye closure ratio of the vehicle to detect drowsiness state of the vehicle user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventors: Ullam Subbaraya Yadhunandan, Ankita Kalra, Rahul Jain
  • Patent number: 10121345
    Abstract: The method, system, and computer-readable medium facilitates monitoring a vehicle operator during the course of vehicle operation to determine whether the vehicle operator is in an emotionally impaired state (e.g., aggressive or agitated) and presenting appropriate stimuli (e.g., music or sound recordings) to the vehicle operator when impairment is detected. The vehicle operator, the environment surrounding the vehicle, or forces acting on the vehicle may be monitored using a variety of sensors, including optical sensors, accelerometers, or biometric sensors (e.g., skin conductivity, heart rate, or voice modulation). When the vehicle operator is determined to be in an emotionally impaired state, stimuli are selected to improve the emotional state of the vehicle operator. The selection is based on sensor data and data regarding prior responses of the vehicle operator to various stimuli. After selection, the stimuli are presented to the vehicle operator while monitoring continues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, Samuel C. Weeks, Thasphon Chuenchujit, Kelsey Catherine Yoshie Stiles, Allison Lynne Diaz, Alisha Deshmukh, Mihir D. Angal, Akash Duseja, Aaron Scott Chan, Matthew Christopher Jon Donovan
  • Patent number: 10118598
    Abstract: The inventive vehicle braking control device performs a brake assist control of increasing a braking force for avoiding a collision of a vehicle at a more appropriate time. The device comprises a portion which acquires an estimated time until a vehicle reaches to an obstacle; a portion which judges based on a braking operation amount and a braking operation speed value if the driver performed an urgent braking operation; and a portion which determines the start of a braking force assist control when an urgent braking operation is judged in a case that the estimated time is less than a first predetermined time, wherein, if the estimated time is less than a second predetermined time shorter than the first predetermined time, the urgent braking operation is judged when the braking operation amount exceeds a threshold value irrespective of the braking operation speed value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru Akahane, Koji Yotsuya, Hideki Katou, Satoshi Udaka
  • Patent number: 10120439
    Abstract: Disclosed is an operating device including: an operating unit having a plurality of operation buttons; a gaze detection unit configured to detect a gaze of an operator who operates the operating unit; and a judgment unit configured to judge whether an operation for a predetermined operation button of the operating unit is valid or invalid when the operation is received from the operator, wherein in case that the gaze of the operator is not within a predetermined area relating to the predetermined operation button when the operation for the predetermined operation button is received from the operator, the judgment unit judges that the operation is invalid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Konica Minolta, Inc.
    Inventors: Hideaki Shimizu, Yasuaki Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 10106133
    Abstract: A brake apparatus is configured to execute a brake assist based on a collision risk representing a risk of a vehicle including the brake apparatus to collide with an obstacle, and an emergency operation level representing an emergency level of a brake operation by a driver. The brake apparatus includes a collision risk calculation unit configured to calculate the collision risk, a detection unit configured to detect the emergency operation level, a storage unit configured to store the emergency operation level detected by the detection unit when the collision risk is within a predetermined range, a threshold determination unit configured to determine a threshold for the emergency operation level based on the collision risk, and a brake assist unit configured to execute the brake assist based on a comparison between the emergency operation level stored by the storage unit and the threshold for the emergency operation level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Wataru Ike
  • Patent number: 10108262
    Abstract: Systems and methods for device and content management include determining a user is viewing virtual reality content from a user device, and receiving, through a network from the user device, body information associated with the user while the user is viewing the virtual reality content. A user device management configuration associated with the body information is determined. A user device management action is retrieved using the user device management configuration. A notification associated with the user device management action that causes the user device to perform the user device management action and modify the virtual reality content being viewed by the user is sent through the network to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Ananya Das, Shaun Warman, Bryant Luk, Jason Ziaja, Christopher Diebold O'Toole
  • Patent number: 10099608
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a controller that communicates with a wearable device having a haptic mechanism. In response to an alert event detected by the vehicle, the controller outputs a signal to activate the haptic mechanism. The wearable device may detect a physiological or biometric characteristic such as pulse rate. The controller may output a signal to activate the haptic mechanism further in response to the pulse rate being less than a threshold. Also, the controller may output a signal to activate the haptic mechanism while the vehicle is operating autonomously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Cuddihy, Manoharprasad K. Rao, Jialiang Le
  • Patent number: 10101849
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a touch monitoring method, a touch monitoring device, and a terminal. The touch monitoring method includes steps of: acquiring a plurality of touch operations performed by a user within a predetermined time period at a predetermined touch region of a terminal; acquiring attribute information corresponding to each touch operation; and prompting the user in accordance with the attribute information corresponding to the touch operations. The touch monitoring device includes an operation acquisition module, an attribute information acquisition module and a prompt module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wenbo Li
  • Patent number: 10101581
    Abstract: An eyelid position sensor system for an ophthalmic lens comprising an electronic system is described herein for determining at least one of drowsiness or sleep onset of the wearer. The eyelid position sensor system is part of an electronic system incorporated into the ophthalmic lens. The electronic system in at least one embodiment includes a power source, power management circuitry, one or more sensors, clock generation circuitry, control algorithms and circuitry, and an alert mechanism. The eyelid position sensor system is utilized to determine eyelid position and use this information to determine if the wearer is asleep or awake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall B. Pugh, Adam Toner
  • Patent number: 10092219
    Abstract: Aspects of automatically detecting periods of sleep of a user of a wearable electronic device are discussed herein. For example, in one aspect, an embodiment may obtain a set of features for periods of time from motion data obtained from a set of one or more motion sensors in the wearable electronic device or data derived therefrom. The wearable electronic device may then classify the periods of time into one of a plurality of statuses of the user based on the set of features determined for the periods of time, where the statuses are indicative of relative degree of movement of the user. The wearable electronic device may also derive blocks of time each covering one or more of the periods of time during which the user is in one of a plurality of states, wherein the states include an awake state and an asleep state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Antony Arnold, Subramaniam Venkatraman
  • Patent number: 10085683
    Abstract: Embodiments can provide a real-time fatigue monitoring system for detecting and/or monitoring a fatigue condition of a driver of a driving apparatus. In some embodiments, the fatigue monitoring system can include a set of one or more sensors for detecting a physiological condition of the driver, a head movement detection device, one or more processing devices, and/or any other components. In some embodiments, the fatigue condition detection system may include a processing device configured to determine occurrence of a fatigue condition in response to the detection of a physiological condition of the driver is below a threshold while the driver's head movement is tilting downwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Wellen Sham
  • Patent number: 10086697
    Abstract: In a method for detecting driver fatigue in a vehicle having a memory device in which a fatigue model is stored, a sensor which detects at least one activity of the driver, and a sensor which detects the ambient brightness, the activity information is analyzed in the fatigue model and the brightness information is used for weighting the model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventor: Nico Bogner
  • Patent number: 10074024
    Abstract: Mental state analysis is performed by obtaining video of an individual as the individual interacts with a computer, either by performing various operations, such as driving a vehicle or being a passenger in a vehicle, or by consuming a media presentation. The video is analyzed to determine eye-blink information on the individual, such as eye-blink rate or eye-blink duration. The blink-rate information is compensated for a context. Blinking for a group of people of which the individual is a part is evaluated. Mental states of the individual are inferred for the blink event based on the blink event, the blink duration of the individual, the difference in blinking between the individual and the remainder of the group, and the blink-rate information that was compensated. The blink-rate information and associated mental states can be used to modify an advertisement, a media presentation, a digital game, or vehicle controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Affectiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Rana el Kaliouby, Abdelrahman N. Mahmoud, Seyedmohammad Mavadati, Panu James Turcot
  • Patent number: 10059343
    Abstract: Apparatus for determining the ground speed of a vehicle, comprising a plurality of sensing systems each of which is configured to provide a respective data source indicative of the ground speed of the vehicle; a controller configured to receive each of the data sources from the plurality of sensing systems; wherein the controller is configured to arbitrate between the received plurality of data sources from the plurality of sensing systems, determine a ground speed parameter from one of the data sources, and output the ground speed parameter for use within the vehicle. The invention also resides in a method for determining the ground speed of a vehicle and a computer program product that embodies said method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Edward Hoare, Thuy-Yung Tran, Liam Daniel, Mikhail Cherniakov
  • Patent number: 10029723
    Abstract: An input system for a vehicle having a steering wheel includes an input unit with a plurality of buttons that are disposed in the steering wheel of the vehicle, and a processor configured to detect an event and to assign a function to at least one of the buttons that corresponds to the detected event. At least one of the plurality of buttons includes a display portion configured to display an image corresponding to the assigned function, and an operation portion disposed under the display portion, the operation portion including one or more protruding members that are activatable. The one or more protruding members are configured, based on the image displayed on the display portion being divided into a plurality of areas, to be activated so as to correspondingly constrain a movement of the display portion relative to the operation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyongguk Kim, Yongbeom Ma, Jaekul Lee, Mihwa Chang, Moonkil Seo
  • Patent number: 10023199
    Abstract: A method for ascertaining a state of drowsiness of a driver of a motor vehicle, movements of at least one eyelid of one eye of the driver being detected, and the state of drowsiness of the driver being determined as a function of the detected movements. It is provided that an instantaneous normal degree of eye opening is determined, that closing movements of the eyelid are monitored based on the normal degree of eye opening, and that the state of drowsiness is determined as a function of the detected closing movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Ronald Boos
  • Patent number: 10016157
    Abstract: A detection device acquires traveling information and identification information of a driver from a first device installed in a vehicle and acquires a vital sign and the identification information of the driver from a second device that monitors the vital sign. The detection device determines probability of detecting a predetermined event, based on the vital sign in proximity of a certain time, when the predetermined event is detected at the certain time based on the traveling information and outputs a determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignees: FUJITSU LIMITED, TRANSTRON INC.
    Inventors: Norio Hiraga, Masatsugu Isogai, Tomoyuki Tsuda
  • Patent number: 10019053
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for enabling telematics in a vehicle. A telematics system for enabling telematics in a vehicle including multiple user interface elements that operate one or more telematics devices. The multiple user interface elements include a respective user interface element. The telematics system includes one or more sensors configured to provide driver control information and passenger presence information and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is connected to the one or more sensors. The electronic control unit is configured to obtain the passenger presence information and the driver control information. The electronic control unit is configured to enable the respective user interface element during operation of the vehicle based on the driver control information and the passenger presence information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR SALES, U.S.A, INC.
    Inventor: Moshe Stetson Betancourt
  • Patent number: 10015579
    Abstract: A system includes at least one earpiece having at least one sensor, at least one speaker, and at least one processor capable of ascertaining a desired position for a user's head in order to guide the user as to the desired position for the user's head. A method it determining a current orientation of a user's head, calculating a desired position for the user's head in relation to the current orientation of the user's head, creating an audio signal containing instructions to guide the user as to the desired position for the user's head, and transmitting the audio signal to a user's ears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Peter Vincent Boesen
  • Patent number: 10010270
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and/or methods for detection of eye blinking using an active contact lens with multiple sensors and detecting orientation of the active contact lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Pletcher, Eric Teller, Babak Amirparviz
  • Patent number: 10009581
    Abstract: A system for monitors a person in a dwelling. A detection device is in communication with a user monitoring device. The detection device includes at least one motion/movement gesture sensing device configured to detect at least one of a person's motion, movement and gesture. The user monitoring device includes at least two elements selected from: a proximity sensor; a temperature sensor/humidity sensor; a particulate sensor; a light sensor; a microphone; a speaker; two RF transmitters (BLE/ANT+WIFI); a memory card; and LED's.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: FITBIT, INC.
    Inventor: James Proud
  • Patent number: 10007845
    Abstract: An eye state detecting method, applied to an electronic apparatus with an image sensor, comprising: (a) defining a detecting range according to a possible location of a user's eye, wherein the detecting range is smaller than a maximum detecting range that the electronic apparatus can apply; (b) capturing a detecting image via the detecting range; and (c) determining whether the user's eye is in an opening state or in a closing state according a brightness of to the detecting image. The present invention also discloses a method applying a smaller determining range to determine if the user's eye is open or close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventor: Guo-Zhen Wang