Moisture Or Humidity (e.g., Rain) Patents (Class 340/602)
  • Patent number: 11480711
    Abstract: The present invention may be used for forecasting various weather phenomena including but not limited to flyby anomalies, cyclones, tornadoes, killer (rogue) waves, earthquakes, lightning, sprites, and temperature fluctuations. The invention is based on knowledge of physical and mathematical models regarding the occurrence of Kukharev regions (i.e., K regions) resulting from gravitational resonances occurring within the Earth-Moon-Sun system (and similar systems located elsewhere). These gravitational resonances and combinations thereof, among other things, cause jumps in atmospheric pressure. Such jumps can be recorded and extrapolated to predict the locations and times of the occurrence of Kukharev regions and, in turn, the associated weather-related effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventor: Vadim Kukharev
  • Patent number: 11453367
    Abstract: An information processing system includes a vehicle and a server that is able to communicate with the vehicle. The server stores weather information indicating the weather. The vehicle receives the weather information from the server and acquires an image in which a scene outside the vehicle is captured when an operating state of an onboard device is not a prescribed operating state corresponding to the weather indicated by the weather information. The vehicle or the server detects the weather from the image. The server updates the weather information to indicate the weather detected from the image when the weather detected from the image and the weather indicated by the weather information do not match and provides information to a client using the updated weather information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Eiichi Kusama, Masatoshi Hayashi, Hisanori Mitsumoto, Kuniaki Jinnai, Makoto Akahane, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Daisuke Kato
  • Patent number: 11388280
    Abstract: A device monitors a battery charge level and battery-usage patterns and provides alerts in accordance therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Richard R. Dellinger, Andre M. J. Boule, Patrick L. Coffman, Donald W. Pitschel, Emily Clark Schubert
  • Patent number: 11371950
    Abstract: A moisture detection element includes: an insulating substrate of an insulating material; an application part which is formed on the insulating substrate and to which a voltage is applied; an output part which is formed on the insulating substrate and configured to output a voltage signal corresponding in response to a current flowing through an electric path via water molecules adhering to a surface of the insulating substrate under the voltage applied to the application part; and a conductive film which is electrically insulated from the application part and the output part and is provided on the insulating substrate. An insulating film of an insulating material is provided on the application part, the output part, and the conductive film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Hironori Wakana, Masuyoshi Yamada
  • Patent number: 11368673
    Abstract: A device for detecting a soiling of a transparent cover of at least one transmitting window and/or one receiving window of an optical sensor. The device includes at least one hologram structure, an image sensor, and a processing unit. The at least one hologram structure is designed to at least partially deflect light beams incident through the transparent cover, or light beams reflected by an inner side of the transparent cover, in the direction of the image sensor. The image sensor is designed to detect at least one image signal as a function of the deflected light beams, and the processing unit is designed to detect a soiling of the transparent cover as a function of the at least one detected image signal. An optical sensor including the device, and a method for detecting a soiling of the transparent cover, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Annette Frederiksen, Stefanie Hartmann
  • Patent number: 11074797
    Abstract: A monitoring system for monitoring a status of a building comprising a first sensor configured to detect a first condition in the space and a second sensor configured to detect a second condition in the space is disclosed. The system may further comprise a memory for storing one or more rules each configured to identify one or more issues in the space based on the first and/or second conditions in the space and a communications module configured to communicate with a remote device over a network. A controller may be configured to apply the one or more rules to the first and second detected conditions in the space to identify the one or more issues and provide a notification to the remote device via the communications module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Heintzelman, Brian Beale, David J. Emmons, Joseph Bodkin, John Cronin
  • Patent number: 10889989
    Abstract: A roof monitoring system for flat and low slope roofs having a membrane (10) applied over an underlying support structure or subroof (11) wherein air passing between the membrane and the subroof passes through a vent (1) having sensors (12) located therein to collect data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: V2T IP, LLC
    Inventor: Adam Olen
  • Patent number: 10865787
    Abstract: In some embodiments of the present disclosure, systems and methods for monitoring operation of a pump are provided. In some embodiments, a system comprises: a pressure switch, comprising: a PCB within a housing; a power supply; a wireless gateway module configured to establishes a wireless connection to a wireless network; a pressure sensor; a microcontroller that: establishes a second wireless connection to a mobile device; receives instructions from the mobile device; connect to the first wireless network based on the instructions; determine pressure; control operation of the pump based on the pressure; determine that a fault has occurred, automatically stop operation of the pump, and send a message to a server over the first wireless network; and receive instructions from the mobile device via the server and the first wireless network to change a setting of the pressure switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Pentair Flow Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Bishop, Hassan Khalid
  • Patent number: 10629042
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for communicating data from a flame detector. A method may comprise detecting, by the flame detector, data related to a fire event; communicating, by the flame detector, the fire event data to a wireless device; forwarding, by the wireless device, the fire event data to a cloud database; accessing the fire event data, via the cloud database, by a central server controlled by an operator of the flame detector; analyzing, by the central server, the fire event data; automatically generating a report based on the analysis of the fire event data, by the central server; and communicating the generated report to a customer employing the flame detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Bharat Kumar Mallela, Akshay Krishnaji Ratnaparkhe, Amit Garg, Bindu Ganesh, Sheetal Hanagandi, Abhishek Mathur
  • Patent number: 10598645
    Abstract: A testing system used for an air sensing device is disclosed, the testing system includes a controller, a vacuum test cabinet, a molecule generator, a vacuum pump, a VOC sensor, a carbon dioxide sensor, a temperature sensor, a humidity sensor, and a heater. The vacuum test cabinet accommodates the air sensing device to be tested. The controller controls the vacuum pump to extract air from the vacuum test cabinet so as to create a predetermined vacuum level. The controller controls the molecule generator to generate a quantitative gas and transmits the quantitative gas to the vacuum test cabinet. The controller obtains a system value of gas data. The controller obtains a measure value of the gas data of the air sensing device and compares the measure value with the system value to determine whether the air sensing device senses correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Ming Kao, Yuan-Ping Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10533981
    Abstract: An apparatus for acquiring air quality data from removable and/or replaceable sensor, processing and storing the acquired data, and transmitting the processed data to backend server is enabled. The apparatus includes a microcontroller coupled with a Universal Sensor Interface (USI). The USI may include an element configured to transmit continuous electrical power to a removable and/or replaceable sensor, an element configured to transmit intermittent electrical power during time intervals corresponding to sensing intervals, an element configured to transmit an indication that the removable and/or replaceable sensor is currently coupled with the sensor interface, and one or more elements configured as a serial peripheral interface. A modular sensor system is thereby enabled, configurable to manage multiple removable and replaceable sensors such as air quality sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Inventors: Wei-Ying Yi, Kwong-Sak Leung, Yee Leung
  • Patent number: 10518717
    Abstract: A video-camera device comprises a motherboard, and a daughterboard comprising a video-camera module the optical axis of which is perpendicular to a main plane of the daughterboard. The motherboard includes a rigid main segment comprising image-processing electronic components. The motherboard including a secondary segment made of the same material as, and integrally formed with, the main segment. The secondary segment is partially surrounded by a void. The secondary segment has a rectilinear border defining the junction between the main segment and the secondary segment. The rectilinear border defines a pivot axis of the secondary segment. The daughterboard is mounted perpendicularly on the secondary segment in such a way that the secondary segment is inclinable relative to the surface of the main segment about the pivot axis in order to allow the angle of inclination between the optical axis of the video-camera module and the main segment to be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Miroslaw Zurowski, Slawomir Jarczok, Przemyslaw Antos
  • Patent number: 10443938
    Abstract: The present invention provides a retrofit device to automatically shut off a clothes dryer to prevent over drying. The device includes a humidity sensor apparatus for placement inside a clothes dryer. The Sensor communicates with a Receiver device connected to an electrical wall outlet and to the electrical plug of the clothes dryer. The Receiver turns off the power to the clothes dryer when the humidity level in the clothes dryer drops to a predetermined level, as detected by the Sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: GA INNOVATION, LLC
    Inventor: Malcolm Clare Charles Armstrong
  • Patent number: 10427645
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed that uses data from different types of on-board sensors to determine whether meteorological precipitation is failing near the vehicle. The vehicle may include an on-board camera capturing image data and an on-board accelerometer capturing accelerometer data. The image data may characterize an area in front of or behind the vehicle. The accelerometer data may characterize vibrations of a windshield of the vehicle. An artificial neural network may run on computer hardware carried on-board the vehicle. The artificial neural network may be trained to classify meteorological precipitation in an environment of the vehicle using the image data and the accelerometer data as inputs. The classifications of the artificial neural network may be used to control one or more functions of the vehicle such as windshield-wiper speed, traction-control settings, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ramchandra Ganesh Karandikar, Nikhil Nagraj Rao, Scott Vincent Myers, Francois Charette
  • Patent number: 10380878
    Abstract: Systems and methods for self-administering a sound test to verify operation of a speaker and/or alarm within a hazard detection system are described herein. The sound test can verify that the audible sources such as the alarm and speaker operate at the requisite loudness and frequencies. In addition, the sound test can be self-administered in that it does not require the presence of a person to initiate or verify that the audible sources are functioning properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Adam Warren, Lawrence Frederick Heyl, Edwin H. Satterthwaite, Jr., Steven Clark, Andrew W. Goldenson, Dietrich Ho, Nicholas Unger Webb, Julia Deluliis, Tyler Moore, Ben Manuto
  • Patent number: 10206570
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for obtaining physiological measurements of a patient using an adaptive body network are provided. In one example, a wireless medical sensor may include physiological sensor circuitry, wireless transceiver circuitry, and control circuitry. The physiological sensor circuitry may be capable of obtaining a physiological measurement of a patient. The wireless transceiver circuitry may be capable of joining a wireless web that includes at least one other wireless medical sensor, through which the wireless transceiver circuitry may communicate the physiological measurement to an external device. The control circuitry may be capable of determining a data update rate at which to operate the physiological sensor or the wireless transceiver circuitry, or a combination thereof, based at least in part on a status of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Edward M. McKenna, Daniel Lisogurski
  • Patent number: 10012767
    Abstract: An acoustic disdrometer is provided for measuring precipitation. The acoustic disdrometer has an acoustic transducer positioned within an acoustic chamber defined by an acoustic shell. Precipitation impacting the acoustic shell generates sound waves that are collected by the acoustic transducer for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Arable Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Adam Wolf, Benjamin Joseph Siegfried, Adam Lee Smith
  • Patent number: 9898922
    Abstract: Systems and methods for self-administering a sound test to verify operation of a speaker and/or alarm within a hazard detection system are described herein. The sound test can verify that the audible sources such as the alarm and speaker operate at the requisite loudness and frequencies. In addition, the sound test can be self-administered in that it does not require the presence of a person to initiate or verify that the audible sources are functioning properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Adam Warren, Lawrence Frederick Heyl, Edwin H. Satterthwaite, Jr., Steven Clark, Andrew W. Goldenson, Dietrich Ho, Nicholas Unger Webb, Julia Deluliis, Tyler Moore, Ben Manuto
  • Patent number: 9880143
    Abstract: The invention provides a sensor system, mote and a motes-system. The sensor system is configured for being contained in a container having a maximum outer dimension less than 10 millimeter and for sensing at least one environmental parameter (T, P, pH, ?). The sensor system includes at least one sensor configured for measuring the at least one environmental parameter and for generating a sensed value (xT, xP). The sensor system includes a storage element and a timer in which the at least one sensor is configured to measuring the at least one environmental parameter at each time triggers (t1, t2, . . . ) from the timer and for storing a sensed value (xT, xP). The sensor system further includes an energy storage comprising a chargeable capacitor being chargeable via electro-magnetic radiation of a predefined frequency, and wherein the sensor system is configured to initiate a sequence of sensed values when the energy storage is charged or is being charged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: INGU Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Heinrich Johannes W├Ârtche, Elena Talnishnikh, Johannes Hubertus Gerardus Van Pol
  • Patent number: 9841533
    Abstract: An acoustic disdrometer is provided for measuring precipitation. The acoustic disdrometer has an acoustic transducer positioned within an acoustic chamber defined by an acoustic shell. Precipitation impacting the acoustic shell generates sound waves that are collected by the acoustic transducer for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Arable Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Adam Wolf, Benjamin Joseph Siegfried, Adam Lee Smith
  • Patent number: 9823286
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing and an electrical connector disposed along the housing. The electrical connector includes one or a plurality of electrical contacts having at least a portion thereof exposed to an exterior of the housing. An interface circuit is operable with the electrical connector and coupled to one or more electrical contacts of the electrical connector to interact with a complementary connector when connected to the electrical connector. A moisture detection circuit is to detect moisture contacting the electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Nathan M Connell, James Bender, Ernest Sirois
  • Patent number: 9802355
    Abstract: Environmental control units are disclosed. In an aspect, an environmental control unit for use with additive manufacturing and other VOC and particle emitting processes are disclosed. In an aspect, an environmental control unit comprising one or more filters, an air handler, a temperature control device, one or more sensors and a control unit is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: MADE IN SPACE, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Snyder
  • Patent number: 9800713
    Abstract: Configuration of detection of physical conditions in and/or around a communication apparatus is described. Further, configuration of an action responsive to the detection of physical conditions, or changes in physical conditions, is described. The communication apparatus may output a user notification in response to a moisture detection notification. A user interface of the communication apparatus may receive a user response. Further actions may be then taken based on the user response to the user notification. Alternatively or in addition, an end-user may predetermine a set of actions to be performed in response to the moisture event. Further, a respective set of actions may be specified for several possible severity levels or thresholds values of the moisture detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: HZO, Inc.
    Inventors: James Douglas Dempster, Jason Maynard
  • Patent number: 9794708
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for detecting audio jack connection anomalies such as moisture or a partial insertion of an audio jack plug with an audio jack receptacle are provided. In an example, a method for detecting an audio jack insertion anomaly can include ramping on a first detection current source of a detection circuit coupled to a detection terminal of a first audio jack connector, receiving a reference information at a comparator of the detection circuit, receiving a voltage of the detection terminal at the comparator, providing comparison information at an output of the comparator, the comparison information indicative of a comparison of the voltage of the detection terminal and the reverence information, and wherein a first state of the comparison information indicates the audio jack insertion anomaly is due to moisture at the first audio jack connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: John R. Turner
  • Patent number: 9791869
    Abstract: A control unit is added to the environmental tester including a thermostat-humidistat container, an air conditioner, a first temperature and humidity sensor for measuring temperature and humidity in the thermostat-humidistat container, a controller for receiving a first signal from the first temperature and humidity sensor to control the air conditioner. The control unit includes a second temperature and humidity sensor configured to measure the temperature and humidity distribution in the thermostat-humidistat container, and an additional unit configured to receive the first signal and set values for the temperature and the humidity from the controller, and receive a second signal from the second temperature and humidity sensor, compute a correction value from the received first signal, second signal, and set values, and send the correction value to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: NAGANO SCIENCE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuichiro Kobayashi, Yuichi Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 9769579
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for detecting audio jack connection anomalies such as moisture or a partial insertion of an audio jack plug with an audio jack receptacle are provided. In an example, a method for detecting an audio jack insertion anomaly can include ramping on a first detection current source of a detection circuit coupled to a detection terminal of a first audio jack connector, receiving a reference information at a comparator of the detection circuit, receiving a voltage of the detection terminal at the comparator, providing comparison information at an output of the comparator, the comparison information indicative of a comparison of the voltage of the detection terminal and the reverence information, and wherein a first state of the comparison information indicates the audio jack insertion anomaly is due to moisture at the first audio jack connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: John R. Turner
  • Patent number: 9671306
    Abstract: An easy-to-use, installation-free water leak warning device having a sturdy hollow body enclosing essential functioning elements including a power source, an amplifier, a speaker, and portions of two electrodes. The water leak warning device is preferably small in size and may be placed at potential water leak or flooding spots. The essential functioning elements are operatively connected with conductive material so that when leaked water flows to where the device is located, an audible signal can be emitted to alert the user of the device to prevent further leakage and mitigate any damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Widget Lab Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Scharf
  • Patent number: 9454893
    Abstract: Systems and methods for self-administering a sound test to verify operation of a speaker and/or alarm within a hazard detection system are described herein. The sound test can verify that the audible sources such as the alarm and speaker operate at the requisite loudness and frequencies. In addition, the sound test can be self-administered in that it does not require the presence of a person to initiate or verify that the audible sources are functioning properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Adam Warren, Lawrence Frederick Heyl, Edwin H. Satterthwaite, Jr., Steven Clark, Andrew W. Goldenson, Dietrich Ho, Nicholas Unger Webb, Julia Deluliis, Tyler Moore, Ben Manuto
  • Patent number: 9432763
    Abstract: An easy-to-use, installation-free water leak warning device having a sturdy hollow body enclosing essential functioning elements including a power source, an amplifier, a speaker, and portions of two electrodes. The water leak warning device is preferably small in size and may be placed at potential water leak or flooding spots. The essential functioning elements are operatively connected with conductive material so that when leaked water flows to where the device is located, an audible signal can be emitted to remind the user of the device to prevent further leakage and mitigate any damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Widget Lab Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Scharf
  • Patent number: 9335251
    Abstract: An environmental sensor is disclosed. The environmental sensor includes a semiconductor substrate including a light sensor, a surface through which ambient light can pass to reach a light sensor and a light source operable to illuminate the surface, whereby at least some of the light from the light source is reflected by the surface onto the light sensor. The environmental sensor is operable to determine the presence of a fouling layer on the surface by comparing measurements of ambient light and reflected light by the at least one light sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Aly Aamer Syed, Manvi Agarwal
  • Patent number: 9326462
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention is directed to a soil moisture sensor for interrupting an irrigation schedule of an irrigation controller. The moisture sensor comprises a relatively flat body with two lower electrodes and two lower anchoring barbs. A receiver receives moisture readings from the sensor and compares moisture data to a predetermined moisture interrupt value or limit, over which irrigation is interrupted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: The Toro Company
    Inventors: Thomas H. Runge, Jason Lester Hill, James Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 9299239
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a monitoring device comprising a sensor or probe for measuring an environmental condition inside a building, a display unit for displaying the level of the environmental condition, and a communication device that transmits text messages if the level of the environmental condition passes a predetermined threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Travis John Gieck
  • Patent number: 9279780
    Abstract: A filter assembly has a qualified filter element that filters fuel, a filter housing for the qualified filter element and a water-in-fuel sensor that senses presence of water in the filter housing. An electrical resistance of the water-in-fuel sensor changes based upon whether the qualified filter element is installed in the housing. A filter assembly can also have a plurality of magnetic elements disposed on at least one of the filter housing and the qualified filter element. A plurality of wires are disposed on at least the other of the filter housing and the qualified filter element. The control circuit determines that the qualified filter element is installed in the filter housing based on a change in the electrical current in the plurality of wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Cummins Filtration IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared M. Gwin, Sainath Reddy Racha, Gregory D. Shope, Yiming Z. Jiang
  • Patent number: 9226076
    Abstract: An acoustic module, such as a microphone or speaker module, includes an acoustic membrane that vibrates to produce acoustic waves and an acoustic cavity through which acoustic waves produced by the membrane travel. A liquid removal mechanism removes liquid from the acoustic cavity. Such a liquid removal mechanism may include the acoustic membrane, heating elements, hydrophobic and/or hydrophilic surfaces, and so on. In some cases, the liquid removal mechanism may remove liquid from the acoustic cavity upon connection of the acoustic module and/or an associated electronic device to an external power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse A. Lippert, Nikolas T. Vitt, Christopher Wilk, Rex Tyler Ehman
  • Patent number: 9224285
    Abstract: Alarm system technology, in which an alarm event is detected at a property monitored by an alarm system when the alarm system was set in an armed state. Based on detection of the alarm event, an alarm probability score that indicates a likelihood of the alarm event being an emergency situation is determined and the alarm event is handled based on the determined alarm probability score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen Scott Trundle
  • Patent number: 9185360
    Abstract: A system mounted on a vehicle for detecting an obstruction on a surface of a window of the vehicle, a primary camera is mounted inside the vehicle behind the window. The primary camera is configured to acquire images of the environment through the window. A secondary camera is focused on an external surface of the window, and operates to image the obstruction. A portion of the window, i.e. window region is subtended respectively by the field of view of the primary camera and the field of view of the secondary camera. A processor processes respective sequences of image data from both the primary camera and the secondary camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: MOBILEYE VISION TECHNOLOGIES LTD.
    Inventors: Gideon Stein, Ofer Hadassi
  • Patent number: 9146207
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods for sensing moisture within an electronic device are disclosed. A device may include a housing and a display defining an exterior of an electronic device and an interior of the electronic device. Further, the device may include an integrated circuit (IC) within the electronic device and a control element within the electronic device. The device may also include a moisture sensor such as an inductive sensor, a capacitance sensor, or both. The moisture sensor, which may be part of the IC, together with the control element may sense moisture within the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: HZO, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcellus Harper, Jason Maynard, Blake Stevens, Max Sorenson
  • Patent number: 9057683
    Abstract: An image pickup lens has a focal length far from a position of a transparent member. An image pickup device is put on the side of the transparent member the same as that of a light source and takes reflected light including regular reflection from an interface between an adhered object on the other surface of the transparent member and air. Assuming an incident angle of the emitted light on the transparent member when the light reflected in regular reflection by the other surface of the transparent member is incident on the image pickup lens being ?s, an incident angle of a typical light beam of the emitted light falls within ?s?30 deg through ?s and an incident angle of a main element of the emitted light is less than ?s.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Izumi Itoh, Hideaki Hirai
  • Publication number: 20150137981
    Abstract: A method of detecting cooling-loss event early is provided. The method includes defining a relative humidity limit and change threshold for a given space, measuring relative humidity in the given space, determining, with a processing unit, whether the measured relative humidity is within the defined relative humidity limit, generating a warning in an event the measured relative humidity is outside the defined relative humidity limit and determining whether a change in the measured relative humidity is less than the defined change threshold for the given space and generating an alarm in an event the change is greater than the defined change threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Sergio A. Bermudez, Hendrik F. Hamann, Fernando J. Marianno
  • Patent number: 9035800
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring an interior of a fuel tank. Information about a fuel level and moisture in the interior of the fuel tank of a platform is generated using a fuel sensor unit in the interior of the fuel tank. The fuel sensor unit comprises a sensor configured to be located in the interior of the fuel tank and generate information about the fuel level in the fuel tank and the moisture in the fuel tank and a wireless unit electrically connected to the sensor. The wireless unit is configured to receive the information from the sensor and transmit the information using wireless signals. A number of actions is identified based on the information about the interior of the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jason Philip Bommer, Andrew M. Robb
  • Publication number: 20150097678
    Abstract: Ambient amount of a hazardous condition may be monitored. A mode may be set to a state indicative of the hazardous condition being present in the ambient environment. It may then be determined that the amount of the hazard in the ambient environment has dropped below a threshold hazardous condition level. A time period may then be tracked during which the amount of the hazardous condition present in the ambient environment of the hazard detector has remained below the threshold hazardous condition level. It may be determined that the time period has reached at least a threshold duration, during such time period the amount of the hazardous condition present in the ambient environment of the hazard detector having remained below the threshold hazardous condition level. An indication of the hazardous condition easing may be output in response to the time period being at least the threshold duration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: David Sloo, Nick Webb, Matthew L. Rogers, Anthony M. Fadell, Jeff Lee, Sophie Le Guen, Andrew W. Goldenson
  • Patent number: 9000932
    Abstract: An electric apparatus including a display and a process unit is provided. The display has an active area and a peripheral area. The display panel including an active device array substrate, an opposite substrate opposite to the active device array substrate and a display medium between the active device array substrate and the opposite substrate. The active device array substrate has a plurality of active devices disposed in the active area and a humidity sensor disposed in the peripheral area. The humidity sensor is a thin film transistor having a metal oxide semiconductor layer. The process unit is electrically connected to the humidity sensor. The process unit calculates a humidity value according to a sensing current from the humidity sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: E Ink Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Chih-Hsuan Wang, Chia-Chun Yeh, Ted-Hong Shinn
  • Patent number: 8988232
    Abstract: Ambient amount of a hazardous condition may be monitored. A mode may be set to a state indicative of the hazardous condition being present in the ambient environment. It may then be determined that the amount of the hazard in the ambient environment has dropped below a threshold hazardous condition level. A time period may then be tracked during which the amount of the hazardous condition present in the ambient environment of the hazard detector has remained below the threshold hazardous condition level. It may be determined that the time period has reached at least a threshold duration, during such time period the amount of the hazardous condition present in the ambient environment of the hazard detector having remained below the threshold hazardous condition level. An indication of the hazardous condition easing may be output in response to the time period being at least the threshold duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David Sloo, Nick Webb, Matthew L. Rogers, Anthony M. Fadell, Jeff Lee, Sophie Le Guen, Andrew W. Goldenson
  • Patent number: 8981946
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the present invention is directed to a soil moisture sensor for interrupting an irrigation schedule of an irrigation controller. The moisture sensor comprises a relatively flat body with two lower electrodes and two lower anchoring barbs. A receiver receives moisture readings from the sensor and compares moisture data to a predetermined moisture interrupt value or limit, over which irrigation is interrupted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Toro Company
    Inventors: Thomas H. Runge, Jason Lester Hill, James Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8890550
    Abstract: An electrical device for detecting moisture has a detection cable (10a, 10b, 10c) made up of a first element (1) and of a second element (2a, 2b, 2c) which elements are elongate and electrically conducting and separated by a polymer-based material (3), and an electrical resistance measurement appliance intended to measure the electrical resistance between the first and second elements of the the cable, where the material (3) is a non-soluble and moisture-sensitive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Nexans
    Inventors: Laurent Tribut, Yann Breton, Ivar Granheim
  • Publication number: 20140333443
    Abstract: A method of detecting cooling-loss event early is provided. The method includes defining a relative humidity limit and change threshold for a given space, measuring relative humidity in the given space, determining, with a processing unit, whether the measured relative humidity is within the defined relative humidity limit, generating a warning in an event the measured relative humidity is outside the defined relative humidity limit and determining whether a change in the measured relative humidity is less than the defined change threshold for the given space and generating an alarm in an event the change is greater than the defined change threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Sergio A. Bermudez, Hendrik Hamann, Fernando J. Marianno
  • Patent number: 8878440
    Abstract: An illumination system can provide at least a first state and a second state of a luminaire equipped with at least one lighting subsystem. In the first state, the luminous intensity of the lighting subsystem is controlled based on the occurrence of a detected solar event or the occurrence of an expected solar event. In the second state, the luminous intensity of the lighting subsystem forms a visually distinct pattern based on the detection of atmospheric electrical activity exceeding a defined threshold by an electrical activity sensor disposed within the luminaire. The visually distinctive luminous output can alert persons within line of sight of the luminaire of the proximity of threatening atmospheric electrical activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Express Imaging Systems, LLC
    Inventor: William G. Reed
  • Patent number: 8760302
    Abstract: A dewatering system includes a selective calibrating sensor circuit configured to receive sensor readings from an electronic sensor, to determine if the electronic sensor is immersed in water, to allow a user to adjust a pump down time in the field, and to generate a control output signal accordingly. The selective calibrating sensor circuit periodically performs a self-calibration when the electronic sensor is not immersed in water to cancel the effect of potential contaminants deposited on the electronic sensor over its operating life. The selective calibrating sensor circuit inhibits calibration when the electronic sensor is immersed in water. In some applications with multiple electronic sensors, the selective calibrating sensor circuit disconnects from one of the electronic sensors before performing the self-calibration. In certain embodiments, a pump control circuit including the selective calibration sensor circuit can be configured to be mounted with a housing of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: SEEwater, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald MacDonald
  • Patent number: 8730086
    Abstract: Disclosed is a satellite weather detection system that uses atmospheric precipitation density data. Subscribers detect the signal strength and signal-to-noise ratio of signals that are transmitted from the satellite. Upstream transmit power data is also collected, which is needed to achieve a given SNR at a gateway. The values of the downstream signal strength and signal-to-noise ratio data as well as the upstream transmit power data are normalized and compared with current atmospheric data. The data can be color coded and graphically displayed to show weather patterns. Location and velocity of high precipitation density cells can be tracked to predict movement of storms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: ViaSat, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond L. Mills
  • Patent number: 8692668
    Abstract: A wireless node for monitoring landslide conditions has at least one tubular probe body deployed in a borehole in a landslide prone area and anchored to rock below soil, multiple sensors carried by and deployed within and or outside of the tubular probe body for measuring geologic motion, hydrologic saturation and pressure at three or more levels of soil above the rock, a data acquisition board in communication with the sensors carried by and or deployed within or outside of the probe body, and a wireless transceiver in communication with the data acquisition board and accessible to a local area wireless network (LAWN). Geologic and hydrologic data of layers of soil above the anchor rock is from the sensors deployed on or near the probe body, the data qualified against threshold readings to provide graduating levels of alerts culminating in a warning of a landslide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
    Inventor: Maneesha V. Ramesh