Sleep Patents (Class 340/575)
  • Patent number: 10912492
    Abstract: In a sleep posture alerting method or an apparatus therefor, the sleep posture of a person is detected and the person is automatically alerted by an alerting device when the sleep posture is out of a predetermined body posture range. The detection of the sleep posture or at least the alerting of the person, when his/her body posture is out of the predefined body posture range, is deactivated during a sleep-in time period. The apparatus includes a sleep detecting sensor connected to the control unit for detecting whether the person is in a state of sleep. When it is detected that the person is in a state of sleep, the sleep-in timer is ignored and the detection of the sleep posture or the alerting of the person is activated such that, in the event that his/her body posture is out of the predefined body posture range, the person will be alerted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: NightBalance B.V.
    Inventor: Eline Christiane Van Beest
  • Patent number: 10912669
    Abstract: An electric bed includes: a bed body, a plurality of bed planks, a driver for driving the head bed plank to rotate, a monitoring module, a driving module and a wireless communication module. When the monitoring module detects that the user is snoring, the driving module controls the driver to drive the head bed plank to rotate to an anti-snoring position. When the symptoms of snoring weaken or stop, the driving module controls the driver to drive the head bed plank to restore to an initial position. The wireless communication module is electrically connected to the driving module. The wireless communication module is wirelessly connected to an intelligent terminal. The user sets an anti-snoring program into the intelligent terminal, and then the intelligent terminal transmits the anti-snoring program to the wireless communication module, and the wireless communication module sends an application situation of the anti-snoring function to the intelligent terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Keeson Technology Corporation Limited
    Inventors: Huafeng Shan, Hui Cao, Qun Yu
  • Patent number: 10896338
    Abstract: A control system comprising a reference image setting part setting a reference image of the face of the driver based on the image captured by the driver monitor camera, a monitoring part monitoring a condition of the driver based on the image captured by the driver monitor camera and the reference image, a first judging part judging if the face of the driver can no longer be recognized when monitoring the condition of the driver, a second judging part judging if the driver has been changed when the face of the driver can no longer be recognized, and a reference image resetting part resetting the reference image of the face of the driver based on the image captured by the driver monitor camera when it is judged that the driver has been changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Matsumura, Jun Sato, Kenichiroh Hara, Junya Kasugai, Koichiro Yamauchi, Kazuhiro Tomosue
  • Patent number: 10891503
    Abstract: A method for classifying eye opening data of an occupant's eye in a vehicle, to detect drowsiness/microsleep, including generating a first eye opening data record at a first measuring time in a sliding time window, the first record including a measuring point, representing a first eye opening degree, a first eyelid speed and/or acceleration of motion of the occupant's eye at the first measuring time; acquiring a second eye opening data record at a second measuring time, the second record including at least one acquisition point, representing a second eye opening degree, a second eyelid speed of motion and/or acceleration of motion of the occupant's eye; and executing a cluster analysis, using the measuring point and the acquisition point to assign at least the first and/or second record to a first data cluster, to classify the eye opening data; the first cluster representing an opening state of the occupant's eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Tjark Vandommele, Felix Wulf
  • Patent number: 10889303
    Abstract: An apparatus, a method, and a system are configured for controlling driving of a vehicle. The apparatus for controlling driving of a vehicle includes a determination device that determines whether a driver is in an inattentive driving state during driving. The apparatus also includes a controller that switches a driving mode of the vehicle into a rest mode when it is determined that the driver is in the inattentive driving state. The controller also controls the vehicle to enter a rest area when the vehicle reaches the rest area on a traveling path of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Byoung Youp Moon
  • Patent number: 10885592
    Abstract: A system for determining a subjective risk score may include a vehicle and/or a computing device associated with a user travelling within the vehicle. The computing device may receive input from the user when the user feels a sense of unease regarding a particular road segment upon which the vehicle is traveling. The system may further include a subjective risk analysis computing system that may be communicatively coupled to the computing device. The subjective risk analysis computing system may receive subjective risk information corresponding to the user's sense of unease regarding particular road segments and may process the subjective risk information to determine a subjective risk score for each of a plurality of road segments along a route. An insurance company may use this information to determine whether to adjust a quote or premium of an insurance policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Chienlan Hsu-Hoffman, Regina Madigan, Thomas McKenna
  • Patent number: 10878778
    Abstract: A computer system analyzes eyestrain information to detect whether a user of a computing device is currently experiencing eyestrain. In response to detecting that the user of the computing device is currently experiencing eyestrain, the computer system: identifies a first set of display settings corresponding to the computing device, stores the identified first set of display settings in a database, adjusts at least one of the first set of display settings, and in response to detecting that a reduction in the eyestrain being experienced by the user of the computing device exceeds a threshold amount, stores the adjusted first set of display settings in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Resudek, Joshua Greenwell
  • Patent number: 10829124
    Abstract: An evacuation driving assistance apparatus capable of evacuation driving toward an appropriate evacuation location is provided. In the evacuation driving assistance apparatus, a driver determination unit determines whether or not a driver of an own vehicle is in a normal-driving enabled state. If it is determined by the driver determination unit that the driver of the own vehicle is in a normal-driving disabled state, a notification unit provides a notification of location information of the own vehicle to a center. The center is capable of determining an evacuation location based on the location information of the own vehicle, and transmitting the evacuation location. A reception unit receives the evacuation location transmitted by the center. An evacuation driving execution unit executes evacuation driving toward the evacuation location received by the reception unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Narita, Masao Oooka, Masuhiro Kondo
  • Patent number: 10820854
    Abstract: An electronic snore-ceasing device including an electroic snore-ceasing device body and a working module, the electronic snore-ceasing device body includes an ear-hook and an ear plug jointed together with the ear-hook, the working module is located inside the ear-hook and the ear plug; the working module includes a snore collecting circuit, a control circuit taking a Micro Control Unit (MCU) as a core thereof, a warning circuit, and a power supply circuit (24); when the control circuit determines that a received sound signal and vibration signal reach their respective threshold values, the control circuit transmits a control signal to the warning circuit located inside the ear plug, thereby activating the warning circuit to generate a sound stimulation signal, a vibration stimulation signal or an electrode stimulation signal that does not wake the user up in sleep to suppress snores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN VVFLY ELECTRONICS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Qiang Luo
  • Patent number: 10825269
    Abstract: A driving analysis server may be configured to receive vehicle operation data from vehicle sensors, and may use the data to identify a potentially high-risk or unsafe driving event by the vehicle. The driving analysis server also may receive corresponding image data, video, or object proximity data from the vehicle or one or more other data sources, and may use the image, video, or proximity data to analyze the potentially high-risk or unsafe driving event. A driver score for the vehicle or driver may be calculated or adjusted based on the analysis of the data and the determination of one or more causes of the driving event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Margaret A. Brinkmann, Daniel Kraft, Nathan M. Bryer, Eric D. Huls, Thomas Michael Warden
  • Patent number: 10786162
    Abstract: A vehicle seat in accordance with the present disclosure includes a seat bottom and a seat back. The seat back is coupled to the seat bottom and arranged to extend in an upward direction away from the seat bottom. The vehicle seat further includes an electronics system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew K. Benson, Dana R. Lowell, Sean M. Montgomery, Brian R. Dexter, Jeffery T. Bonk, David L. Cummings, Alexander S. Haase, Samuel Baudu, Radouane Boussetta, Pioter Drubetskoy, Anne-Isabelle Dacosta-Mallet
  • Patent number: 10782788
    Abstract: A processing device, server, and method are provided. According to some illustrative embodiments, the device and method are implemented by detecting a face region of an image, setting at least one action region according to the position of the face region, comparing image data corresponding to the at least one action region to detection information for purposes of determining whether or not a predetermined action has been performed, and executing predetermined processing based on cooperation control information when it is determined that the predetermined action has been performed and the cooperation control information is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Saturn Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Yusuke Sakai, Masao Kondo
  • Patent number: 10772539
    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: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Antony Arnold, Subramaniam Venkatraman
  • Patent number: 10747337
    Abstract: A system, method and wireless earpiece for detecting a touch event. The touch event is measured by a touch sensor and one or more of accelerometers and microphones. The touch event detected by the touch sensor and one or more of the accelerometers and microphones is analyzed. An action for the wireless earpiece associated with the touch event is determined. The action associated with the touch event is implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: BRAGI GmbH
    Inventor: Luigi Belverato
  • Patent number: 10748405
    Abstract: A driving assistance device of the embodiment includes: an acquisition unit that acquires a degree of drowsiness of a driver who is driving a vehicle, based on information on the driver being input; a calculation unit that calculates an expected time until the effect is lost indicating an expected time when drowsiness is not eliminated despite a stimulus being applied to the driver, based on a time interval when the degree of drowsiness obtained by the acquisition unit becomes equal to or more than a predetermined threshold; and a control unit that changes control performed on the driver as the expected time until the effect is lost calculated by the calculation unit is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideaki Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10748357
    Abstract: A waveform estimating method performed by a computer, the waveform estimating method including: estimating a first vibration component of less than a first frequency in a period from a present time to a time preceding by a half wavelength of the first frequency, using an input waveform in the period, the input waveform corresponding to a driving trajectory of a vehicle traveling on a roadway; and calculating a second vibration component of the first frequency or higher in the period by subtracting the first vibration component from the input waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Osafumi Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10725542
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for predicting a state of a user (e.g., asleep or awake). In some embodiments, the location sharing system accesses historical activity data of the user and extracts historical sleep records from the historical activity data. The system clusters the historical sleep records into a plurality of clusters and extracts a sleep pattern from each one of the plurality of clusters. Then, when the location sharing system receives current activity data of the user, the system can predict whether the user is currently asleep based on the current activity of the user and at least one of the sleep patterns. Some embodiments additionally compute an estimated wake up time of the user. Some embodiments share the predicted physiological state of the user with the user's friends via the map GUI. Some embodiments additionally share the estimated wake up time of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Xabier Jaureguiberry, Alexy Lean, Antoine Martin, Antoine Sinton
  • Patent number: 10725434
    Abstract: An alarm unit includes an apparatus and a method of maximizing the efficiency of an alarm function that wakes up a sleeping user. An image input unit capable of photographing an eye image as a criterion for determining if the user has woken up is mounted on an alarm control apparatus. The image input unit mounted alarm control apparatus photographs a face image of the user, detects the eye region from the face image, and then determines a state of whether the user has woken up or not based on movement of the pupils in the eye region. If it is determined that the user keeps a waking state for a certain time, an alarm function is cancelled. By doing this, the alarm unit can help prevent the user from easily cancelling an alarm and maximize the efficiency of an alarm function that wakes up a sleeping user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwan-Sic Kim, Kuen Shin, Seong-Phil Cho
  • Patent number: 10716502
    Abstract: A method for predicting an arousal level used by a computer of an arousal level prediction apparatus that predicts an arousal level of a user includes obtaining current biological information regarding the user detected by a first sensor, calculating a current arousal level of the user on the basis of the current biological information, obtaining current environment information indicating a current environment around the user detected by a second sensor, predicting a future arousal level, which is an arousal level a certain period of time later, on the basis of the current arousal level and the current environment information, and (i) issuing a notification to the user or (ii) controlling another device, on the basis of the future arousal level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Koichi Kusukame, Shinichi Shikii, Kazuki Funase
  • Patent number: 10715744
    Abstract: A vehicular display control device includes a video acquiring unit configured to acquire video data captured by a rear camera configured to capture a rear view of a vehicle, a frequency detecting unit configured to detect a frequency of a driver's action in the vehicle for changing a range of view with respect to a display installed in front of the driver, a video data generating unit configured to clip, when the frequency of the driver's action detected by the frequency detecting unit becomes high, a clipping range in the captured video data acquired by the video acquiring unit wider than a clipping range before the frequency of the driver's action becomes high to generate video data for a predetermined time, and a display controller configured to cause a display installed in front of the driver to display the video data generated by the video data generating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: JVC KENWOOD Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Wada, Takuji Teruuchi, Toshiya Endo, Takeshi Yamazaki, Hiroki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10699326
    Abstract: A device includes a microprocessor and a computer readable medium coupled to the microprocessor. The computer readable medium includes instructions stored thereon that cause the microprocessor to receive output from at least one sensor monitoring an interior space of a vehicle and determine, based on the received output, a condition of an occupant in the interior space of the vehicle. The instructions cause the microprocessor to determine, based on the determined condition of the occupant, to alter a first presentation of information displayed to a display device of the vehicle to a second presentation of the information displayed to the display device. The instructions case the microprocessor to render the second presentation of the information to the display device of the vehicle to replace the first presentation of the information displayed to the display device of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher P. Ricci
  • Patent number: 10691201
    Abstract: An example system for image stream switching. The system for image stream switching may include a processor, a display, and a storage. The storage may include instructions that when executed on the processor, cause the processor to provide, to the display, a first image stream from a multiple simultaneous image streams data, the first image stream including a first setting and a first frame. The storage may include instructions that when executed on the processor, cause the processor to detect a signal to switch an image stream setting. The storage may include instructions that when executed on the processor, cause the processor to provide, to the display, a second image stream from the multiple simultaneous image streams data in response to a detection of the signal, the second image stream including a second setting and a second frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ramon C. Cancel Olmo, Dong Yeung Kwak
  • Patent number: 10667755
    Abstract: The invention relates to a piezoresistive textile sensor for detecting the heart and respiratory rate, comprising a lower textile layer whereon a conductive ink or paste is deposited such that first conductive strips are defined, said lower textile layer being joined to a second piezoresistive textile layer whereon a second conductive strip is arranged, to which an upper textile layer is then joined, on which conductive inks and/or pastes can be deposited, said piezoresistive textile sensor being used in a system for detecting the heart and/or respiratory rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Sensing Tex, S.L.
    Inventors: Miguel Ridao Granado, Luis Miguel Gomez Anta
  • Patent number: 10653350
    Abstract: A data processing device that performs data processing of monitoring a person, the data processing device includes: a calculator configured to calculate pupil movement and head movement of the person; an evaluator configured to evaluate a suitability degree of a situation in calculating the VOR; a provision unit configured to provide the suitability degree evaluated by the evaluator to data calculated by the calculator; a selector configured to select a first technique of calculating the sleepiness based on the VOR of the person or a second technique different from the first technique based on the suitability degree provided to the data; a first sleepiness calculator configured to calculate the sleepiness based on the first technique when the selector selects the first technique; and a second sleepiness calculator configured to calculate the sleepiness based on the second technique when the selector selects the second technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Ayumi Takemoto, Koichi Kinoshita, Hitoshi Mukai, Shigenori Nagae, Yamato Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10657927
    Abstract: A system for providing hands-free input to a computer. The system includes one or more artificial cilia mounts attached to an eyelid or eyelash of a user, by which one or more of the artificial cilia extending therefrom are adapted to cause generation of an input command in response to an intentional blinking motion, and a computer to which blinking-derived input commands are transmittable. The system further includes a movement sensor mounted for detecting a calibrated instantaneous head orientation of the user. The system includes a means for duplicating a portion of video data or a representation thereof that would cause corresponding images to be viewable by the user on a computer screen in response to the instantaneous head orientation and for displaying the images corresponding to the duplicated portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Elias Khoury
  • Patent number: 10640123
    Abstract: A driving monitoring system monitors a driver of a host vehicle by a vehicle control unit and a portable terminal which communicate with each other. The vehicle control unit controls the host vehicle. The portable terminal includes a display screen and a camera arranged to capture an image of an area opposing the display screen. The driver monitoring system determines whether the driver of the host vehicle looks at the display screen of the portable terminal during running of the host vehicle, based on an image captured by the camera; the driver monitoring system issues a warning in response to that the driver is determined to be looking at the display screen of the portable terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Morita, Masashi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10642371
    Abstract: A method, including receiving, by a computer, a sequence of three-dimensional maps containing at least a hand of a user of the computer, and identifying, in the maps, a device coupled to the computer. The maps are analyzed to detect a gesture performed by the user toward the device, and the device is actuated responsively to the gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Micha Galor, Jonathan Pokrass, Amir Hoffnung, Ofir Or
  • Patent number: 10624574
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a determination system, a corresponding determination method and a computer program for determining a sleep stage of a subject. The determination system comprises a cardiorespiratory signal providing unit (10), an actigraphy data providing unit (20), a first sleep stage determination unit (30) for determining the sleep stage based on a cardiorespiratory signal, and a second sleep stage determination unit (40) for determining the sleep stage based on actigraphy data. The first sleep stage determination unit (30) determines a sleep onset latency (SOL) of the subject. The sleep stage of the subject is determined using the first sleep stage determination unit (30) up to the SOL and the second sleep stage determination unit (40) after the SOL. The determination system and corresponding method allow for a more reliable determination of a sleep stage of subject, in particular improve the determination of the SOL of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Pedro Miguel Ferreira dos Santos da Fonseca, Carmina Avezedo
  • Patent number: 10596963
    Abstract: A fatigue alarm apparatus having a fatigue detector, a control unit and a stimulus alarm generator is illustrated. The fatigue detector detects whether a driver is drowsy. The control unit is electrically connected to the fatigue detector and the stimulus alarm generator. When the fatigue detector detects that the driver is drowsy, the stimulus alarm generator controlled by the control unit to generate two stimulus alarms having a rest time period therebetween, and then, after an interval period elapses, the control unit determines whether an alarming procedure of generating the two stimulus alarms is to be interrupted or repeated, wherein the rest time period is less than the interval period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: LATTICE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ta-Yi Chien, Pai-Hsiang Cheng, Ying-Ju Lai, Chang-Sheng Lin, Yung-Chou Chen, Guan-Hua Chen, Hsiang-Fu Fan, Yu-Kai Lin, Wen-Jing Xie
  • Patent number: 10592757
    Abstract: Vehicle cognitive data is collected using multiple devices. A user interacts with various pieces of technology to perform numerous tasks and activities. Reactions can be observed and cognitive states inferred from reactions to the tasks and activities. A first computing device within a vehicle obtains cognitive state data which is collected on an occupant of the vehicle from multiple sources, wherein the multiple sources include at least two sources of facial image data. A second computing device generates analysis of the cognitive state data which is collected from the multiple sources. A third computing device renders an output which is based on the analysis of the cognitive state data. The cognitive state data from multiple sources is tagged. The cognitive state data from the multiple sources is aggregated. The cognitive state data is interpolated when collection is intermittent. The cognitive state analysis is interpolated when the cognitive state data is intermittent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Affectiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Rana el Kaliouby, Abdelrahman N. Mahmoud, Seyedmohammad Mavadati, Panu James Turcot
  • Patent number: 10593182
    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: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    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: 10576994
    Abstract: Autonomous systems, such as vehicles being operated in a self-driving mode, may allow for human occupants to be inattentive to the operation of the system. However, events may occur that require a human user to perform an action. Systems and method are provided that enable an autonomous system to determine whether the system requires, or will require, a user action and whether the user is or is not attentive. If an action is required and the human is not attentive, an alerting protocol is executed to cause the system to perform actions that enable the user to be alerted, such as to enable the, now attentive, user to be able to perform the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: NIO USA, Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Higgins, Abhishek Singhal
  • Patent number: 10548524
    Abstract: A system configured to determine sleep need dissipation without monitoring brain activity during a sleep session. The system comprises a sensory stimulator configured to provide repetitive visual stimulation (RVS); a sensor configured to generate output signals conveying information related to brain activity; and one or more hardware processors configured to: before the sleep session, cause the one or more sensory stimulators to provide first RVS, and determine a first steady state visually evoked potential (SSVEP) response based on the output signals during the first RVS; and after the sleep session, cause the one or more sensory stimulators to provide second RVS, determine a second SSVEP response based on the output signals during the second RVS; compare the second SSVEP response to the first SSVEP response, and determine the sleep need dissipation for the sleep session based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Gary Nelson Garcia Molina
  • Patent number: 10552693
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an eye opening degree detection system that can accurately and stably calculate an eye opening degree. The eye opening degree detection system includes imaging devices that generate images including regions of both eyes, a one eye opening degree calculation unit that calculates each one eye opening degree of the left and right eyes of a first image, an eye opening degree selection unit that selects a correctly-calculated one eye opening degree, an eye opening degree calculation unit that calculates an eye opening degree on the basis of the one eye opening degree and an eye opening degree determination unit that compares the eye opening degree calculated on the basis of the first image with an eye opening degree calculated on the basis of a second image prior to the first image to determine the propriety of the eye opening degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: RENESAS ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuki Mori
  • Patent number: 10524716
    Abstract: A system for monitoring vehicle operator mirror check procedure includes a wearable electronic device configured to be worn on the head of a vehicle operator. The wearable device includes a motion sensor. A processor that receives motion data from the motion sensor, analyzes the motion data to detect a pattern of motion, and compares the detected pattern of motion to the mirror check procedure to determine whether the pattern of motion complies with the mirror check procedure. If the pattern of motion does not comply with the mirror check procedure, the system will generate an alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Maven Machines, Inc.
    Inventors: Avishai Geller, Samuel J. Swerdlow
  • Patent number: 10502616
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for a motor vehicle, including a steering wheel (2) connected to the steering system of the vehicle, the steering wheel including a plurality of optical sensors (7) arranged on the rim (25) of the steering wheel and designed to detect the presence of at least one finger (5) of at least one hand of the driver near or in contact with the rim of the steering wheel, by way of which the system is able to determine the number of fingers near or in contact with the rim of the steering wheel as well as their respective positions on the rim. Also disclosed is a method associated with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Pascal Clochard
  • Patent number: 10496042
    Abstract: An alarm unit includes an apparatus and a method of maximizing the efficiency of an alarm function that wakes up a sleeping user. An image input unit capable of photographing an eye image as a criterion for determining if the user has woken up is mounted on an alarm control apparatus. The image input unit mounted alarm control apparatus photographs a face image of the user, detects the eye region from the face image, and then determines a state of whether the user has woken up or not based on movement of the pupils in the eye region. If it is determined that the user keeps a waking state for a certain time, an alarm function is cancelled. By doing this, the alarm unit can help prevent the user from easily cancelling an alarm and maximize the efficiency of an alarm function that wakes up a sleeping user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kwan-Sic Kim, Kuen Shin, Seong-Phil Cho
  • Patent number: 10485474
    Abstract: A method comprising monitoring a user's movements and determining when the user is falling asleep into a sleep session. The method further comprising identifying the sleep session as a power nap or a longer sleep, and waking up the user at a predetermined time, based on a combination of user preferences and measured information regarding the sleep session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: DP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Richard Kahn, Arthur Kinsolving
  • Patent number: 10491739
    Abstract: Many devices are configured to present notifications to a user in an environment, such as mobile phones that ring or buzz to notify the user of an incoming call, and navigation devices that present verbal instructions to a driver of a vehicle. Many such devices present such audio notifications when information with potential relevance to the user is initially identified, but such techniques may interrupt an activity of the user, such as a conversation. Instead, a device may monitor an activity of the user within an environment to detect a notification opportunity when notifications may be presented to the user without interrupting the activity (e.g., a break in the conversation, or a gap of idle time between a first scheduled appointment and a second scheduled appointment). The device may present notifications of pertinent information to the user during the notification opportunities rather than interrupting the activity of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Richa Prasad, Michael Patten
  • Patent number: 10474893
    Abstract: An electronic device, an iris recognition method and a non-volatile computer-readable medium are provided. A processor in the electronic device obtains a first and second iris images, and calculates a plurality of first and second feature mark boxes that are non-uniformly arranged according to the first and second iris images. The processor uses the first feature mark boxes to obtain a first and second image features from the first and second iris images respectively, and compares the first and second image features to obtain a first recognition result. The processor uses the second feature mark boxes to obtain a third and fourth image features from the second and first iris images respectively, and compares the third and fourth image features to obtain a second recognition result. The processor determines a similarity degree of the first and second iris images according to the first and second recognition results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Wen-Hung Ting, Hian-Kun Tenn, Duan-Li Liao, Chia-Chang Li, Po-Lung Chen
  • Patent number: 10460186
    Abstract: To enable a user who is moving through or past a scene, e.g., along a path through a landscape or surrounding environment, and who wishes to record an image thereof, and to acquire or keep images of interest to the user without separate actuations or handling of the named type, a system is provided for producing at least one image of the scene, having at least one device for recording the at least one image, a device for acquiring a behavior of at least one user, a control unit for evaluating the behavior of the at least one user and for obtaining therefrom at least one control signal for a controlling of the device, including a selection of a recording direction and of image segments or objects that are to be recorded, for recording the at least one image in accordance with the behavior of the at least one user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ulrich Schiek, Philipp Ibele
  • Patent number: 10430677
    Abstract: A method for classifying driver movements in order to ascertain the driver's degree of attentiveness during the driving a motor vehicle, using an interior compartment camera for recording at least a part of the driver. Based on the recording, a movement quantity that represents a head movement of the driver is evaluated, and a driver movement is classified as a safety view if the movement quantity corresponds to a defined condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Korthauer, Hans-Joachim Bieg, Jonathan Fischer, Wolfgang Krautter
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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