Radiant Energy Patents (Class 340/600)
  • Patent number: 7619234
    Abstract: An ultraviolet radiation emission unit includes a housing and an aperture located on the housing. A radiation source includes a light emitting diode configured to emit radiation having a wavelength within a range of about 240 nm and about 280 nm. A radiation reflector is disposed proximate to the radiation source and configured to direct the radiation emitted from the radiation source through the aperture in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Syntronics L.L.C.
    Inventor: Michael K. Thorsted
  • Patent number: 7612338
    Abstract: In a real time container monitoring system, a data collection computer is in communication with the control computer of a container crane. The electrical signal from each of the radiation detection units carried by the spreader of the container crane is applied to the data collection computer to store as digital data information commensurate with the electrical signal from each of the radiation detection units in response to the control signal being indicative that the container has been engaged by the twist locks. A data analysis computer is in network communication with the data collection computer to download the digital data from the data collection computer and analyze the digital data to determine whether the threat material is present in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Veritainer Corporation
    Inventors: John I. Alioto, Matthew T. Alioto
  • Publication number: 20090267778
    Abstract: An optical signal quality monitoring apparatus includes a trajectory length acquirer measuring a Stokes vector of an optical transmission signal over an optical signal modulation frequency band and acquiring the length of a trajectory in the optical signal modulation frequency band traced out on a Poincare sphere by the measured Stokes vector as the measurement value; a DGD acquirer acquiring a DGD value of the optical transmission signal the Stokes vector of which is measured by the trajectory length acquirer; and a quality value estimator estimating a quality value by using the length of the trajectory acquired by the trajectory length acquirer and the DGD value acquired by the DGD acquirer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Hitoshi Takeshita
  • Publication number: 20090238558
    Abstract: In a conventional art, ONUs in services are significantly affected even when just one ONU is activated, and thus a communication bandwidth fails to be effectively utilized. To address this, an OLT includes a first distance information storing unit that stores information on the distance to an ONU in association with identification information which identifies the ONU (ONUi), and by using the distance information stored in the first distance information storing unit, an activation control unit controls activation of the ONUi.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventors: HITOSHI KATAYAMA, Yoshinori Tsukahara
  • Publication number: 20090195395
    Abstract: A device for supplying and controlling a light source in a half-dipped signaling lamp includes at least one light source (3), housed in a base support, and a cap (4), removably fastened to the support base. At least one window seat (5a, 5b) is made in the cap and an optical prism (6a, 6b) is associated to the window seat. Reflecting means (7) direct a light beam emitted by the light source (3) toward the optical prism (6a, 6b) while sensor means (21) detect the intensity of the light radiation emitted by the light source (3) or of a representative quantity of the light radiation. A supply and control central unit (CC) receives the signals (S1, S2), coming from the sensor means (21) and supplies the light source (3).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: O.C.E.M. S.P.A.
    Inventors: Giovanni Cannistra, Gianni Facchini, Gianluigi Basile
  • Publication number: 20090167539
    Abstract: A cradle device includes: a magnetic sensor that outputs a detection signal that indicates an intensity of a magnetic field of a magnet provided in an electronic apparatus for detecting that the magnet is within a threshold distance; a power connection terminal that is connectable to a power source; a switching unit that switches to turn on and off the power supplied through the power connection terminal in accordance with the detection signal; and an apparatus connection terminal that is connectable to the electronic apparatus and supplies power supplied through the power connection terminal and the switching unit to the electronic apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Hironori MOTOE, Shingo KOIDE
  • Publication number: 20090167538
    Abstract: A motion detector for detecting a tampering within a detection zone. A vibration-sensing unit sensitive to vibrations applied to the detector is provided to produce a vibration output signal representative of a detected parameter of the vibrations. A light-sensing unit sensitive to light in a predetermined spectrum is provided to produce a light output signal representative of a detected parameter of the light in the predetermined spectrum. A processing unit is further provided to determine if the vibration output signal is consistent with a predetermined model indicative of a tampering and producing an activating signal accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: David E. Merritt, Mark C. Buckley
  • Publication number: 20090167676
    Abstract: A method is provided of controlling an illumination source for a display device which comprises a display modulator for modulating the light provided by the illumination source. The method comprises using a light sensor arrangement to generate a first signal based on an ambient light level with first illumination source drive condition, and using the light sensor arrangement to generate a second signal based on the same ambient light level but with second illumination source drive condition different to the first drive condition. The first and second signals are processed to compensate for differences in the light sensor arrangement response characteristics when operating with the first and second illumination source drive conditions thereby to derive a compensated light sensor arrangement characteristic covering both the first and second illumination source drive conditions. Ambient light levels detected using this model of the characteristic are used to control the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: TPO Displays Corp.
    Inventors: Martin John Edwards, John Richard Ayres
  • Publication number: 20090160646
    Abstract: A technique is provided for monitoring and tracking inventories within one or more assets. The technique includes sensing a plurality of parameters associated with each of the one or more assets. The plurality of parameters includes a positional information of the asset. The technique further includes activating RFID tags attached to the inventories and generating a response based upon the responses received from the RFID tags, and monitoring and tracking inventories based on the sensed parameters and the generated response to ensure integrity and validate a chain of custody of the asset or the inventories during a supply chain process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Patricia Denise Mackenzie, Judith Ann Guzzo, Joseph James Salvo
  • Publication number: 20090147215
    Abstract: Eyewear having radiation monitoring capability is disclosed. Radiation, such as ultraviolet (UV) radiation, infrared (IR) radiation or light, can be measured by a detector. The measured radiation can then be used in providing radiation-related information to a user of the eyewear. Advantageously, the user of the eyewear is able to easily monitor their exposure to radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: Thomas A. Howell, David Chao, C. Douglass Thomas, Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 7541938
    Abstract: A long range optical sensor and system for detecting the flame of forest fires or other fires while rejecting false alarms due to solar radiation is described. The sensor utilizes a collector optic that collects energy from a wide field of view and concentrates the energy onto a detector. The collector may be a non-imaging collector and may match to a non-planar sensor. In one embodiment the sensor may be arrayed to achieve larger area coverage. In another, the sensor system may be scanned to increase the encompassed viewing area. Larger areas may be covered by RF radio links or networks interconnecting multiple arrayed sensor modules. UVC reflective coatings may include enhanced aluminum with silicon dioxide, silicon monoxide, or magnesium fluoride, or high phosphorous nickel phosphorous. In one embodiment a UVC sensitive Geiger Mueller tube may be coupled to a non-imaging spherical reflective collector. A catadioptric UVC/infra-red flame sensor is disclosed. Refractive or reflective designs are considered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Darell Eugene Engelhaupt
  • Publication number: 20090128345
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for monitoring one or more of integral value of time and temperature, UV light exposure and a pre-determined temperature of an item. The device is useful for monitoring items or materials which are sensitive to time-temperature, UV light and/or a pre-determined temperature. Radiation sensitive devices such as self-indicating instant radiation alert dosimeters (SIRAD) can be accidentally, inadvertently or intentionally over exposed to time-temperature, UV light and a pre-determined higher temperature. Such over exposure can provide a false positive or false negative signal. A device based on polymerization of diacetylenes and melting of partially polymerized diacetylenes, both of which are associated with color changes, are proposed as false positive, false negative, and tamper indicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventor: Gordhanbhai N. Patel
  • Publication number: 20090121883
    Abstract: A card and detection system comprises a group of light sensors located under and covered over by a table felt. The light sensors are directed vertically upward to detect changes in light intensity on the top surfaces of the sensors through the felt. This allows flexibility of placement of the sensors and avoids daily maintenance issues. The sensors read through fabric to detect when objects such as chips or cards are placed on top of the felt. With this system, the procedure of detecting chips or cards is imperceptible to the customers or dealers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: GENESIS GAMING SOLUTIONS
    Inventor: Randy L. Knust
  • Publication number: 20090109040
    Abstract: A radioactive source information tracking and reporting system and method is disclosed. The system and method include a device operable to detect a presence of a radioactive source contained within a shielded container. The device is further operable to detect a location of the shielded container. A message is generated and transmitted to a central facility. The message includes a shielded container identifier, a location of the shielded container, and an indication of the presence of the radioactive source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: GEOFORCE, INC.
    Inventors: James S. MacLean, III, Brandon C. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20090109030
    Abstract: The present invention can include a solution for toggling an enablement state of a surface based computing device using a physical object. In the solution, a physical object external to a surface based computing device can be identified, which is able to be placed on a surface of the surface based computing device. The surface based computing device can detect a change in a positioning of the physical object relative to the surface. Responsive to the change of positioning, an enablement state of the surface based computing device can be changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: LYDIA M. DO, PAMELA A. NESBITT, LISA A. SEACAT
  • Publication number: 20090090869
    Abstract: A flux detection apparatus can include a radioactive sample having a decay rate capable of changing in response to interaction with a first particle or a field, and a detector associated with the radioactive sample. The detector is responsive to a second particle or radiation formed by decay of the radioactive sample. The rate of decay of the radioactive sample can be correlated to flux of the first particle or the field. Detection of the first particle or the field can provide an early warning for an impending solar event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventors: Ephraim Fischbach, Jere Jenkins
  • Patent number: 7508311
    Abstract: A monitoring system watches out at radiation dosage in areas of a radwaste warehouse remotely. The system uses a monitoring device to coordinate with the system. By using the system, the monitoring is safe and more than one area can be monitored at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Atomic Energy Council - Institute of Nuclear Energy Research
    Inventors: Shou-Ju Yang, Shang-Lee Chyou, Ming-Huei Chen
  • Patent number: 7501958
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that detects an optical alarm signal, such as a strobe light signal generated by a building alarm system. Upon detecting such a signal, the system generates a supplemental alert signal capable of alerting an individual who might not otherwise respond to the alarm condition, such as an individual who is asleep, hearing impaired, and/or sight impaired. The system may, for example, be implemented as a patient-worn device, a bedside unit, or a personal computer coupled to a light-sensing peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: InnovAlarm Corporation
    Inventors: William Saltzstein, David E. Albert
  • Publication number: 20090051553
    Abstract: A photosensitive device for warning an individual that the interior light level on one side of the window is greater than the light level on the outside of the window includes first and second photo sensors, a comparator circuit and/or a logic circuit and an alarm. The device may also include a timer, an amplifier and rheostat as well as a visual indicator that remains in a on condition after an audible sound is turned off. A reset circuit is used to turn off the visual indicator. A method for accomplishing the same is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: Fawzi Qasem Behbehani
  • Publication number: 20090033506
    Abstract: A monitoring system watches out at radiation dosage in areas of a radwaste warehouse remotely. The system uses a monitoring device to coordinate with the system. By using the system, the monitoring is safe and more than one area can be monitored at the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: ATOMIC ENERGY COUNCIL-INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR ENERGY RESEARCH
    Inventors: Shou-Ju Yang, Shang-Lee Chyou, Ming-Huei Chen
  • Patent number: 7485871
    Abstract: In accordance with the principles of the present invention utilizing a first radiation monitoring module, radiation information associated with the first radiation monitoring module within a tunnel is wirelessly transmitted to a second radiation monitoring module. The second radiation monitoring module is able to receive radiation information from the first radiation monitoring module for relay of the received radiation information to a central monitoring system. The radiation monitoring modules of the present invention allow long term monitoring of a tunnel's radiation levels with maintenance simply requiring replacement of a non-operational tunnel monitoring module by a robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Celestech, Inc.
    Inventors: Tell A. Gates, John W. Peel
  • Publication number: 20080303677
    Abstract: Alarm apparatus for detecting radiation and/or pollutants such as smoke, carbon monoxide or the like comprising a housing means housing an alarm circuit. The alarm circuit includes detection means for detecting the radiation and/or pollutants, alert means for alerting a user of the presence of the pollutant, and control means for controlling the alarm circuit. The alarm apparatus also includes an adaptor comprising first connection means configured for electrically connecting the adaptor to a source of mains electricity, second connection means configured for onward electrical connection to the alarm. The adaptor is configured for fixedly supporting the alarm relative to the source of mains electricity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: FIREANGEL LIMITED
    Inventors: Stuart Arthur Hart, Nicholas Alexander Rutter
  • Publication number: 20080291050
    Abstract: A system for alerting a driver of the presence of wildlife on the road ahead. The system logically deciphers between animal heat and the heat of an oncoming vehicle by way of a combination of infrared (IR) and photo sensors and an AND/NOT logic. At night—when wildlife is not easily visible—the infrared sensor can detect the presence of wildlife and alert the driver both visually and audibly, and if an oncoming vehicle is present with its lights turned on, the alarm is ignored. If wildlife is present and no lighted vehicle is present, then the visual and audible alarm sounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Kerry Lebreton, Robert Chaput
  • Patent number: 7456750
    Abstract: A system for detecting and suppressing a fire condition in a storage unit. The system comprises a transmitter associated with the storage unit and configured to transmit a first signal upon detection of the fire condition, at least one receiver configured to detect the first signal and configured to provide a second signal indicating detection of the fire condition, and a fire suppression device configured to discharge a fire suppressant material into the storage unit upon detection of the fire condition. There may also be a plurality of storage units, a plurality of transmitters, and a plurality of receivers. An individual transmitter and an individual receiver may be associated with each of the plurality of storage units. Each of the storage units may be located at a predetermined position relative to the individual receiver associated with the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Federal Express Corporation
    Inventors: James B. Popp, Arthur J. Benjamin
  • Publication number: 20080265170
    Abstract: A portable UV detection apparatus is disclosed. In one embodiment, the UV detection apparatus includes a UV detection device integrated with a skin type measuring device. A controller can be included in the apparatus that is in communication with the skin type measuring device and the UV detection device. The controller can provide information to the user regarding the amount of ultraviolet radiation present in the environment. In an alternative embodiment, the UV detection apparatus includes a UV detection device in conjunction with a light sensor. The light sensor can be configured to activate the UV detection device should light at a particular intensity be present in the environment. The UV detection device as described above can be configured to measure UVA radiation, UVB radiation, and/or UVC radiation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventors: Thomas Michael Ales, Richard Timmers, Andrew Mark Long, Shawn Jeffrey Sullivan, Sridhar Ranganathan, Timothy R. Obermann, Eric Donald Johnson
  • Patent number: 7436324
    Abstract: A marine port monitoring system including an inspection apparatus, either fixed or mobile, for intercepting cargo vessels entering the port. The system includes sensors placed in a shipping channel for examination of a hull of a passing vessel to detect externally mounted weapons or explosives. The inspection apparatus includes devices for removing cargo containers from vessels, non-intrusively inspecting the containers and isolating containers having suspect cargo. The apparatus includes explosive containment including a separable containment system for protecting the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Inventor: Stephan V. Kroecker
  • Publication number: 20080231471
    Abstract: An ultraviolet radiation emission unit includes a housing and an aperture located on the housing. A radiation source includes a light emitting diode configured to emit radiation having a wavelength within a range of about 240 nm and about 280 nm. A radiation reflector is disposed proximate to the radiation source and configured to direct the radiation emitted from the radiation source through the aperture in the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventor: Michael K. Thorsted
  • Patent number: 7427732
    Abstract: A system and method for laser source detection. An exemplary embodiment of the system includes a first array of lenses, a second array of opto devices (including light sources and light detectors), and at least one processor. By positioning the array of lenses to determine the lens position at which energy from an incoming laser is greatest on the light detectors, the approximate location of the laser source may be determined. Upon determining the source, responsive action may be taken. If the incoming laser is from a friendly party, a friendly-party notification may be provided. If the incoming laser is from an enemy, reciprocal targeting or false reflections may be employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Vicraj T. Thomas, Michael L Rhodes, Philip J. Zumsteg, Jan Jelinek
  • Publication number: 20080204257
    Abstract: An ergonomically designed metal detector is provided. The metal detector allows for operation of the metal detector between two modes of operation while maintaining an operator's hand position relative to the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: Zircon Corporation
    Inventor: Norman LaVar Krantz
  • Publication number: 20080204258
    Abstract: In embodiments of the present invention, systems and methods for navigating in low light may comprise providing a light integrated in an object, associating the light with a power source, associating the light with a motion- and light-sensitive trigger, and powering the light when the motion-trigger senses motion and the light-trigger senses low light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventors: Douglas C. Dayton, Mark R. Florence, Sung Park
  • Publication number: 20080198025
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for detection of forest fires, based on the chemical analysis of the atmosphere through optic spectroscopy. The smoke originated from a fire has a chemical composition different from that of a normal atmosphere. This chemical composition is determined by the analysis of light absorption, which passes through the smoke, in its different wavelengths, carried out by a spectrometer. In this case, the spectrometer is associated to a telescope and solar light is used as the light source allowing the detection of smoke originated from a fire in a specific area of the horizon. The maximum distance from which the smoke can be detected depends only on the potency of the telescope and may be of many kilometers. The installation of the system on a rotating support and the use of computational logarithms makes the detection in any point of the horizon possible, a completely autonomous way.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Pedro Manuel Cordoso Vieira, Joao Pedro Roque Matos
  • Publication number: 20080191887
    Abstract: A detection system operating on a scalable Radiation Sensor Unit (RSU) data stream employs a detection module triggering an alarm based on fee dynamic temporal features of gross count. Two spectroscopic buffers, one holding a long-term background and one holding the integrated detection event data are passed on for identification. The detector data incorporates sets of counts measured at channelized gamma energies. Each multi-channel data set is reduced to highly accurate peak locations. The absolute energy of the peaks is determined using innovative techniques and the background peaks and other secondary peaks are eliminated to provide a concise list of corrected source peak locations and intensities. This, together with spectral region analysis results is used with pattern recognition algorithms to identify fee source isotope or combination of isotopes from a standard library.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Publication date: August 14, 2008
    Applicant: TEXTRON SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: John Mullikin, Thomas E. Saunders
  • Patent number: 7411513
    Abstract: A device for detecting a weather condition, particularly a tornado. The device includes a receiver module configured to receive electromagnetic signal from an atmosphere, particularly electromagnetic signal in the range of 1 MHz to 100 MHz. The device also includes a processing module coupled to the receiver module and configured to generate frequency spectrum data corresponding to the received electromagnetic signal, such as by performing a Fast Fourier Transform operation. Frequency spectrum data corresponding to the weather condition desired to be detected is stored in a stored data module. The device also includes a comparison module for comparing, such as by performing a cross-correlation operation, the generated frequency spectrum data and the stored frequency spectrum data in order to determine whether the weather condition is present in the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Strategic Design Federation W, Inc.
    Inventors: Ara A. Karamanian, Andre A. Karamanian, Kenneth C. Land
  • Publication number: 20080186190
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fail safe method and apparatus for automatically securing an area during a medical radiation procedure. Upon initiation of the procedure, an electrical signal is sent from the medical device to the locking device, which automatically secures all passages to and from the radiation room. Upon completion of the procedure, a second signal automatically is sent from the medical device thereby opening the locking device and allowing free passage to and from the room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventor: Kevin Holbrook
  • Patent number: 7400266
    Abstract: A method, a device and a processing unit for improving visibility in a motor vehicle are described, a light source of the motor vehicle illuminating an illumination range. At least one monitoring sensor of the motor vehicle monitors the surroundings around the motor vehicle for the presence of objects. The light source is adjusted in such a way that the spatial and/or temporal irradiation of the objects which are present at least with light having wavelengths outside of the visible spectrum, e.g., near infrared light, is less than a specifiable limiting value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Karsten Haug
  • Publication number: 20080157986
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for rejecting radioactive interference in a radiation monitoring station. Techniques typically include two radiation detectors positioned to acquire first and second radiation measurements from a moving radiological source in substantially distinct fields of view. A transition zone is established between the fields of view. A function yielding a dependent variable is defined at least in part by the first radiation level measurement and the second radiation level measurement. A detection alert is generated when the dependent variable reaches the first threshold value. In some embodiments a determination is made as to whether the monitoring station is occupied as a condition for generating a detection alert, and in some embodiments a determination is made as to whether the detected radiological source is likely innocuous or offensive prior to generating a detection alert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventors: Alan Proctor, William Richardson
  • Publication number: 20080150736
    Abstract: The present invention related to a management system with real-time interaction for environmental monitoring and a method thereof. The management system for environmental monitoring includes a server system, which includes a data processing apparatus and a first management apparatus. The data processing apparatus executes collecting and evaluating monitored data, and importing and exporting monitoring management criteria as well as analyzing and comparing the monitored data and the automatically adjusting the monitoring management criteria. The management system for environmental monitoring also includes a monitoring apparatus, which receives data of monitoring operations transmitted by the first management apparatus via a network, and transmits the monitored data produced in environmental monitoring to the first management apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Hsin-Fa Fang
  • Patent number: 7391332
    Abstract: A radiation information management device comprises a measuring unit, a comparing unit, and a management information generating unit. The measuring unit measures unwanted radio wave radiation radiated from a balanced transmission line. The comparing unit compares a measured value of unwanted radio wave radiation, which the measuring unit has measured, with a reference value that is predetermined, and then notifies the comparison result to the management information generating unit. The management information generating unit refers the comparison result, generates the management information related to the unwanted radio wave radiation including information showing that the measured value is exceeded the reference value, then notifies to a first communication device and a second communication device. The first communication device and the second communication device take a measure to reduce transmitting power based on the management information regarding the unwanted radio wave radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Wakisaka, Masahiro Maki, Tsunehiro Hanada, Mutsuhiko Oishi, Fumio Ichihara, Akihiro Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20080136626
    Abstract: A sensor suite for a vehicle, the sensor suite comprising a 3D imaging system, a video camera, and one or more environmental sensors. Data from the sensor suite is combined to detect and identify threats during a structure clearing or inspection operation. Additionally, a method for detecting and identifying threats during a structure clearing or inspection operation. The method comprises: gathering 3D image data including object range, volume, and geometry; gathering video data in the same physical geometry of the 3D image; gathering non-visual environmental characteristic data; and combining and analyzing the gathered data to detect and identify threats.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventors: Edison Hudson, Scott Lenser, Ivan Kirigin
  • Patent number: 7386237
    Abstract: A battery powered transmitter circuit has a LED of a continuously cycling microcomputer transmit a beam of a predetermined number of infrared pulses at predetermined time periods to a sensor of a battery powered receiver circuit. Only a clock circuit of each circuit of the same frequency is continuously powered. The two clock circuits are synchronized each time that the sensor senses the predetermined number of infrared pulses. When an object breaks the beam, the sensor causes a count of the object by a microcomputer of the receiver circuit. The receiver microcomputer is inactivated when the sensor does not sense the predetermined number of infrared pulses during one or more cycles of operation of the receiver microcomputer. There is only one count incremented on a count display after the beam is interrupted until the sensor again senses the predetermined number of infrared pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Point Six Wireless, LLC
    Inventor: John I. Compton
  • Patent number: 7371966
    Abstract: A method and apparatus, in some embodiments the apparatus includes a flex cable terminating at a first end and a second end and having a plurality of conductors therein, and a repeater circuit disposed between the first end and the second end and connected to at least one of the plurality of conductors to re-transmit a signal transmitted on the at least one of the plurality of conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Pascal C. H. Meier, Muraleedhara Navada, Sanjay Dabral
  • Publication number: 20080108340
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer usable program code are provided for changing functionality for an electronic device. A set of signals is received from a set of sensors in the electronic device. Each signal in the set of signals includes a type of sensor from which the signal originated in the set of sensors and information detected by the set of sensors. An action is identified to be issued for the electronic device. The action is identified using the type of sensor and the information. The action is automatically initiated in the electronic device. The automatically initiated action changes the functionality for the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2006
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Inventor: Christopher Kent Karstens
  • Publication number: 20080068143
    Abstract: A detector made of lanthanum-doped lead zirconate titanate detects intensity of ultraviolet light radiated inside of a vehicle. The detector sends ultrasonic wave to an incidence direction of ultraviolet light, and detects ultrasonic wave reflected by an object. An electrical unit determines the object to be an occupant of the vehicle or not based on the reflected ultrasonic wave. The electrical unit outputs a signal representing that a predetermined or more amount of ultraviolet light is radiated to the occupant, when the detector detects the predetermined or more amount of ultraviolet light and when the electrical unit determines the object to be the occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Makiko Sugiura
  • Publication number: 20080042054
    Abstract: A thermal signature device according to this invention enables a firefighter to be located with a thermal imaging camera. The device includes an infrared emitting element having a predetermined frequency. The emitting element is situated in a housing that may be temporarily fastened to a firefighter's clothing and manually actuated by the firefighter with a pushbutton to emit infrared signals that may be identified by an infrared camera. The thermal signature device may include a receiver in data communication with the emitting-element such that the emitter may be actuated by a remote transmitter. The housing may include a permanent fastener such as adhesive such that the firefighter may selectively attach the housing to a stationary object, such as a wall, where it may be more visible or to another person in distress. A location determining system utilizing the thermal signature device provides an infrared camera for detecting the emitter-element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventors: Lani D. Antonio, Emma Antonio
  • Patent number: 7327271
    Abstract: A portable weather detection and alarm device includes an electromagnetic signal receiver that receives digital time signals and atmospheric phenomenon signals. A processor connected to the electromagnetic signal receiver processes the atmospheric phenomenon signals to determine when an atmospheric event has occurred. An alarm connected to the processor that indicates the occurrence of an atmospheric event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Inventors: Lawrence Tibor Greenstein, Jay Bruce Ross
  • Patent number: 7327270
    Abstract: A passive radiation sensor suitable for homeland security applications or other monitoring of locations deemed at high risk to radiation exposure. The sensor further incorporates a method to provide a statistically derived detection threshold algorithm that guarantees a predetermined and configurable false-alarm rate and rapid detection of low-level radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Inventor: Michael D. Holder
  • Publication number: 20080012716
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that detects an optical alarm signal, such as a strobe light signal generated by a building alarm system. Upon detecting such a signal, the system generates a supplemental alert signal capable of alerting an individual who might not otherwise respond to the alarm condition, such as an individual who is asleep, hearing impaired, and/or sight impaired. The system may, for example, be implemented as a patient-worn device, a bedside unit, or a personal computer coupled to a light-sensing peripheral device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Applicant: INNOVALARM CORPORATION
    Inventors: William Saltzstein, David E. Albert
  • Publication number: 20070273500
    Abstract: A streetlamp according to the present invention will be turned on under two conditions: (1) when there is insufficient lighting determined by a light sensing system; and (2) when a motion detection system has sensed some disturbance within its coverage range or when a radio reception system has received a radio-frequency signal from a neighboring streetlamp. An illuminating streetlamp will automatically turn itself off after a period of time and if any one of the two conditions is not satisfied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2006
    Publication date: November 29, 2007
    Inventor: Chih Hung Chiu
  • Patent number: 7238900
    Abstract: A switching hinge having a hinge housing at which a hinge flap is swivellably disposed about an axis. A switching element is coupled to the hinge flap, which switching element triggers a switching operation at a built-in switch in a predetermined position of the hinge flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Bernstein AG
    Inventors: Joachim Ulfik, Markus Finger, Lothar Pedron
  • Patent number: 7239231
    Abstract: In a light control device for a vehicle, a control portion determines whether an illuminance detected by an illuminance sensor reaches a first reference illuminance, and performs a turning on or off control of lights of the vehicle based on the determined result. When the control portion receives an external environment change signal from an environment change detecting means, the control portion uses a second reference illuminance higher than the first reference illuminance, instead of the first reference illuminance, and performs the turning on or off control when the illuminance detected by the illuminance sensor reaches the second reference illuminance. Accordingly, vehicle lights can be suitably turned on or off in accordance with an external environment of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Tsukamoto