Fluent Material Patents (Class 340/603)
  • Patent number: 10317243
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for management of information, including environmental information, obtained by a variety of sensors associated with one or more distributed mobile sensor platforms. In certain embodiments, the geographically transitory nature of a mobile sensor platform may be leveraged to facilitate collection of environmental information over a larger geographic area than that of a fixed sensor platform. Embodiments disclosed herein provide for information consistency and/or quality checking of information obtained by mobile sensor platforms. Further embodiments may be used to incentivize the collection and/or acquisition of certain data via point and/or credit based compensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Yutaka Nagao
  • Patent number: 10268198
    Abstract: A pollution source detection system, includes an automated vehicle including a position sensor that detects a geographic position of the automated vehicle and at least one pollution detection sensor that measures a concentration of pollution at the automated vehicle. The pollution source detection system includes a back-end system. The back-end system includes a network interface that receives the geographic position and the concentration of the pollution from the automated vehicle. The back-end system includes a database that stores the geographic position and the concentration of the pollution received via the network interface. The back-end system includes a processor that measures a gradient of the concentration of the pollution and controls a movement of the automated vehicle based on the gradient to guide the automated vehicle toward a source of the pollution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiran Mantripragada, Ulisses Mello, Rafael Horschutz Nemoto, Nicole Barbosa Sultanum, Lucas Correia Villa Real
  • Patent number: 10235737
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to an interactive surgical drape and system including at least one sensor and at least one controller that operates indicating sensing feedback from the at least one sensor to cause display of information on a dynamic display integrated with the interactive surgical drape. The dynamic display assists the surgical team while performing surgery and can operate to improve the efficiency and/or effectiveness of the surgical team.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Jesse R. Cheatham, III, Joel Cherkis, Paul H. Dietz, Tom Driscoll, William Gates, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Neil Jordan, Jordin T. Kare, Eric C. Leuthardt, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Patrick Neill, Tony S. Pan, Robert C. Petroski, David R. Smith, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Desney S. Tan, Clarence T. Tegreene, David Lawrence Tennenhouse, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov, Gary Wachowicz, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 10195367
    Abstract: A medical wetness sensing device includes a cover, a first and second electrically conductive portions housed in the cover, an electrically insulative portion housed in the cover, and a compressible portion. The cover defines an outer surface. The first and second electrically conductive portions are exposed along an inner surface of the medical wetness sensing device. The first and second electrically conductive portions are configured to transmit a test signal indicating an absence or presence of a liquid on the inner surface. The electrically insulative portion electrically isolates the first electrically conductive portion from the second electrically conductive portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Schmidt, Elliott Alber, Colin Weaver
  • Patent number: 10192411
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a server, sensed data from a sensor located in a structure, wherein the sensor is part of an evacuation system for the structure. The method also includes determining, based on the sensed data, whether a threshold relative to the sensed data has been exceeded. The method further includes providing a notification if it is determined that the threshold is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ONEEVENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kurt Joseph Wedig, Daniel Ralph Parent, Anton Vermaak
  • Patent number: 10086458
    Abstract: The upper limit value for the axis feeding speed is set to the maximum speed that can secure the safety in a wire electrical discharge machine. In the case where the level of the process liquid is higher than a predetermined height, however, the upper limit value is made smaller. In order to prevent the process liquid from spilling to the outside of the process tank, the acceleration or the jerk may be changed instead of the axis feeding speed. In the case where the process liquid level is high, it is difficult for the process liquid to spill when the speed is adjusted slowly. In addition, the time constant may be increased or the instruction for speed may be changed from the linear type to the S shape type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuo Nakashima, Akiyoshi Kawahara
  • Patent number: 10081037
    Abstract: Systems for treating workpieces are disclosed. A disclosed apparatus for treating workpieces with process fluid in a flooding chamber includes a container to provide process fluid, a process fluid delivery line that fluidly couples the container to the flooding chamber to provide process fluid to the flooding chamber, where the process fluid delivery line includes a container-side inflow region, and means for generating a process fluid jet that is to flow to the flooding chamber and pass through the container-side inflow region of the process fluid delivery line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Ecoclean GmbH
    Inventor: Egon Käske
  • Patent number: 10041918
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electronic, integrated, nose and tongue device, which can be stationary or portable (movable) and is designed for real-time monitoring and analyzing information about liquid substances of any kind, as well as toxic, flammable, choking, radioactive and/or polluting gases present in the air or water, which is achieved by the use of artificial intelligence algorithms capable of classifying and training the system so as to recognize the different sign patterns sent by the electronic nose and the electronic tongue. Embodiments described herein can be used in outdoor conditions and complicated areas or connected to water treatment systems, such as those used in electro-coagulation, wherein such a device may be connected to the inlet piping of the treatment systems and can determine how much energy must be used by the electro-coagulators according to the contamination degree of the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: NUXTU S.A.S.
    Inventor: Felipe Eduardo Gutierrez Martinez
  • Patent number: 10041844
    Abstract: Embodiments for assessing energy in a fluid transfer pump system in a cloud computing environment by a processor. A fluid flow rate may be cognitively determined according to a tracer stimulus, injected into the fluid transfer pump system, and adequately detected by one or more Internet of Things (IoT) sensors located at one or more selected positions of a piping network in the fluid transfer pump system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Niall Brady, Liam Harpur, Paulito P. Palmes
  • Patent number: 10031098
    Abstract: A water sensor for a fuel filtration apparatus includes a main body with at least one electrical contact disposed proximate the first end of the main body. The electrical contact(s) is operatively connectable to an electronic control unit. Multiple sensor contacts are disposed proximate a second end of the main body. The sensor contacts are configured to detect multiple water levels and provide an output on each water level detected. The electrical contact is configured to send the output to an electronic control unit. The water level information provided by the water sensor can be tracked by a control device to determine if the fill rate of water meets an alarm value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: CUMMINS FILTRATION IP, INC.
    Inventors: Mark T. Wieczorek, Dean H. Dringenburg, Rahul B. Kallurwar
  • Patent number: 10030502
    Abstract: A module gathers information about the level of water in a water well and sends the information to a database. A sensor tracks the level of water in the well, how it changes over time, and the pace of recharge including the rate of water replenishment from the groundwater source. The system can be programmed to send alerts to interested parties when certain thresholds are reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Wellntel, Inc
    Inventors: Marian J. Singer, Nicholas D. Hayes, Dale Raymond, Kent A. Tabor, Dan L. Watts, Christopher H. Bock
  • Patent number: 9971035
    Abstract: A wind measurement lidar includes: an output unit to output a laser beam; a transmitter-receiver to emit the laser beam produced by the output unit into the air, and to receive a scattered beam of the laser beam; a received signal acquiring unit to obtain a received signal through heterodyne detection of the laser beam and the beam acquired via the transmitter-receiver; a controller to control the transmitter-receiver; a storage to store as a noise signal the received signal obtained when the laser beam is controlled so as to be produced, but not to be emitted into the air; a frequency difference unit to subtract the noise signal from the received signal obtained when the laser beam is controlled so as to be emitted into the air; and a wind speed measurer to measure a wind speed from the subtraction result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masaharu Imaki, Nobuki Kotake, Shumpei Kameyama, Toshiyuki Ando
  • Patent number: 9895478
    Abstract: Extracorporeal blood treatment apparatus and methods as described herein involve on-line port leak detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Gambro Lundia AB
    Inventors: Marco Zanini, Marius Dinu
  • Patent number: 9743903
    Abstract: One or more microphones and a controller are used to detected, transmit, and store toilet noise data. One or more speakers are used to provide user feedback based on the detected toilet noise data. Speakers, microphones, and circuitry may be located within a toilet seat of a toilet. A user device or remote device may be connected to the toilet noise detection toilet apparatus for data recording, collection, and health trend reporting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Dan Allen, Ben Swenson, Joshua Larsen, Jared Reynolds
  • Patent number: 9592356
    Abstract: A pressurized flow of breathable gas is delivered to the airway of a subject in accordance with a therapy regimen. One or more fluid parameters of the pressurized flow of breathable gas are adjusted based on the therapy regimen. The therapy regimen dictates that such adjustments be made based on the respiratory state of the subject. Transitions in respiratory state are identified without relying on measurement or estimation of flow at or near the airway of subject. Transitions in respiratory state are identified based on changes in the first time derivative of flow at or near the airway of the subject. In one embodiment, an effort parameter is determined that approximates the second time derivative of flow. Based on comparisons of the effort parameter to a dynamic threshold, transitions in respiratory state are identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: William A. Truschel, Anandi Mahadevan
  • Patent number: 9501062
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rotorcraft including a plurality of blades, and a control computer configured to obtain a blade bending measurement from a sensor associated with a one of the plurality of blades, process, by a device comprising a processor, the blade bending measurement to obtain moment data for the rotorcraft, obtain data from an inertial measurement unit (IMU), wherein the data obtained from the IMU pertains to at least one of a pitch of the aircraft and an angular rate, and process, by the device, the moment data and the data from the IMU to generate a command configured to stabilize the aircraft, wherein the command is based on a reference input, and wherein the reference input is based on at least one input provided by a pilot of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Erez Eller, Ole Wulff
  • Patent number: 9494470
    Abstract: A measurement system for monitoring ambient temperature and airspeed is disclosed. The measurement system uses a single temperature sensor, disposed in the environment under test, in communication with a controller. The controller supplies a first current to the temperature sensor to measure the ambient temperature of the environment. This first current is selected so that it results in little or no self-heating of the temperature sensor. After the ambient temperature is determined, a second, higher current is applied to the temperature sensor. This higher current serves to heat the temperature sensor be a predetermined amount. Based on the expected temperature rise, the ambient temperature and the actual monitored temperature, the airspeed may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry G. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9317041
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to obtaining at least one measurement of blade bending associated with at least one blade of at least one rotor of an aircraft, processing, by a device comprising a processor, the at least one measurement to obtain moment data, obtaining data from an inertial measurement unit (IMU), and processing, by the device, the moment data and the data from the IMU to generate a command configured to stabilize the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Erez Eller, Ole Wulff
  • Patent number: 9282875
    Abstract: A method for sequentially monitoring a level of a sanitation agent comprises the step of providing a supply tube having a first portion and a second portion. The method includes the step of linking the supply tube first portion and the supply tube second portion with a pipe. An optical sensor is situated adjacent the pipe, and is used to take a reference reading and a fault check reading. A controller imposes a warning signal when a difference between the reference reading and the fault check reading is greater than a threshold. The reference reading is taken when the sanitation agent is in direct contact with the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: TCD PARTS, INC.
    Inventor: Mark B. Fisher
  • Patent number: 9250216
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to detecting fluid in medical tubing. In certain aspects, a method is performed by a data processing apparatus. The method includes controlling repetitive activation of the ultrasonic transmitter. The method also includes receiving a signal from the ultrasonic receiver during an activation of the ultrasonic transmitter. The method also includes determining that fluid is absent or present in a portion of the medical fluid tube based on a comparison between the signal and a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Nigel Wright, Samuel Ernest Magargi, III, Jeremy Thomas Harbaugh, Michael John Zang, Regis Joseph Winniewicz, Joseph Stephen Beri, Douglas Mark Zatezalo, Tom Monahan, Ronald Robert Fox
  • Patent number: 9194835
    Abstract: A method and device for determining a fuel portion in a motor oil of a motor vehicle. The motor oil is brought between at least two electrodes forming a capacitor. The capacitance of the capacitor is determined while the motor oil is located between the electrodes, and the fuel portion in the motor oil is determined from the capacitance of the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignees: Continental Automotive GmbH, Continental Automotive France
    Inventors: Rudolf Bierl, Philippe Grass, Jan Haag, Armin Hollstein, Denny Schädlich
  • Patent number: 9063040
    Abstract: A system and method for sampling air in a controlled environment having air sampling devices therewithin. A controller, outside the controlled environment, in separate flow communication with each sampling device via first vacuum tubes, and having a manifold for directing air from the first vacuum tubes to one or more second vacuum tubes. A vacuum source outside the controlled environment, in flow communication with the controller via the second vacuum tube(s), providing suction, and being controlled by the controller to generate flow through the first vacuum tubes. A flow switch between each sampling device and the vacuum source, for measuring and controlling the flow rate through a corresponding first vacuum tube. An alarm inside the controlled environment, is activated by a flow switch when the corresponding flow rate deviates from a desired value by a predetermined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Veltek Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Rosario Sam Calio, Jeffrey Churchvara
  • Patent number: 9035781
    Abstract: A gas appliance monitoring apparatus for automatically detecting and alerting to a “gas-out” condition of a gas appliance during operation, and/or for alerting to the presence of prolonged “gas-on” conditions of an appliance. The apparatus utilizes a highly sensitive low loss and low flow gas flow indicator with multiple flow sensors to monitor the gas flow characteristics of the appliance during use. A gas flow analyzer and alarm timing mechanism analyzes the gas flow characteristics and sounds an alarm at the appliance or wirelessly at a remote location upon detection of either of the above conditions. A biasing attraction magnet is incorporated in the fluid flow indicator to offset either the force of gravity or a return spring in low flow/low pressure applications. The piston is sealed for use in high pressure/low flow applications, and provided with a vent hole for residual gas bleed-off upon a stoppage of gas flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: WATERSTRIKE INCORPORATED
    Inventor: David A. Struyk
  • Patent number: 9024766
    Abstract: Methods and systems described herein include individual-use beverage containers including sensors and methods of their use. Beverage containers include: a vessel body configured to hold a beverage; and at least one sensor associated with the vessel body, the at least one sensor including a sensor configured to detect one or more substance in a fluid. Systems include: at least one beverage container including at least one sensor configured to detect one or more substance in fluid; and at least one external device including at least one port configured for communication with the at least one sensor. Methods include: detecting one or more substance within fluid with at least one sensor integral to a beverage container; and interfacing one or more of the at least one sensor with an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund, LLC
    Inventors: Leroy E. Hood, Edward K.Y. Jung, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9024768
    Abstract: A method, computer program product, and infusion pump assembly for determining a first rate-of-change force reading that corresponds to the delivery of a first dose of an infusible fluid via an infusion pump assembly. At least a second rate-of-change force reading is determined that corresponds to the delivery of at least a second dose of the infusible fluid via the infusion pump assembly. An average rate-of-change force reading is determined based, at least in part upon the first rate-of-change force reading and the at least a second rate-of-change force reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Marc A. Mandro, Robert J. Bryant
  • Patent number: 9000944
    Abstract: A mechanical fluid meter, for liquid or gas, includes an electronic device (E) that has means for metering, and generally also displaying, consumption, said fluid meter including: at least one fluid temperature sensor (3) near the meter and at least one ambient temperature sensor (4) where the meter is installed; a connection means between the temperature sensors (3, 4) and the electronic device (E); and analysis means (5) for establishing the temperature difference (??) between the fluid temperature and the ambient temperature and for taking into account the fluid flow rate value supplied by the meter, said analysis means being programmed so as to display and/or transmit information indicating a meter blockage when the temperature difference (??) is higher than a predetermined limit and the flow rate value supplied by the meter is zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Suez Environnement
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Borlee
  • Patent number: 8988228
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments of the present disclosure, an electronic module may comprise a sensor configured to detect a dispensing action, a processor configured to record a dispense indicator when the sensor detects a dispensing action and read a user identifier from a user identifier memory configured to interchangeably operate in conjunction with a plurality of sanitizer dispensers, and a transceiver configured to transmit the user identifier to a network and transmit the dispense indicator to the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Swipesense, Inc.
    Inventors: Mert Iseri, Yuri Malina, Jori Hardman
  • Patent number: 8981947
    Abstract: There is provided a water quality monitoring apparatus including: an air quality analyzing unit detecting, using an ion mobility sensor, air quality in a space that is at least partially enclosed by a partition wall and a boundary surface with water whose water quality is to be monitored; and an alarm unit that outputs a signal indicating an abnormality if an air quality pattern obtained by the air quality analyzing unit is outside a tolerated range for air quality patterns of air that contacts the water to be monitored. Such water quality monitoring apparatus is capable of monitoring the water quality of drinking water inside a water tank or the like indirectly but precisely by detecting the quality of the air contacting the water using an ion mobility sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignees: Mikasa Shoji Co., Ltd., Atonarp Inc.
    Inventors: Kozaburo Nakamura, Prakash Sreedhar Murthy
  • Publication number: 20150070179
    Abstract: a waterproofing device for electronic equipment is provided, which includes: sensing unit, arranged in a shell of the electronic equipment and configured to output corresponding sensing signal when sensing that water permeates into the electronic equipment; and a powering-off unit, configured to generate a powering-off signal to power off the electronic equipment according to the sensing signal. In the invention, after water is sensed to permeate in the electronic equipment, power of a circuit board of the electronic equipment is immediately and automatically cut off, so that the problem of high short-circuiting rate of the circuit board after water permeates into the electronic equipment is solved, and an effect of avoiding loss is further achieved to a great extent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: ZTE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Guowei Wu, Mingming Qiu
  • Patent number: 8970385
    Abstract: A water alarm is disclosed. The water alarm may include a housing, circuit board, power source, sound generator, and a plurality of conductors. The housing may define an interior and an exterior and comprise a bottom portion and a top portion. The circuit board may be contained within the interior of the housing. The power source may be electrically connected to deliver electrical power to the circuit board. The sound generator and plurality of conductors may be electrically connected to the circuit board. Each conductor of the plurality of conductors may be electrically conductive. Each may also be and insert molded within the bottom portion to extend from the interior to the exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Gizmode, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Brooking, Christopher W. Barney
  • Patent number: 8970384
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, devices, and methods, including a system that includes a sensor configured to monitor at least one parameter associated with operation of the fluid delivery device, and a controller. The controller is configured to activate a motor of the fluid delivery device, detect an occurrence of a problem in fluid delivery based on one or more first sensor signals generated by the sensor when the motor is activated in a first direction, the one or more first sensor signals representative of the at least one parameter monitored in the first direction, and determine a type of the detected problem based on one or more second sensor signals generated by the sensor when the motor is activated in a second direction substantially opposite the first direction, the one or more second sensor signals representative of the at least one parameter monitored in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Ofer Yodfat, Zohar Man, Tsabar Mor
  • Patent number: 8931505
    Abstract: An infrastructure monitoring system and method include multiple communications devices. At least one communications device is coupled to an element of the infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory E. Hyland, Robert Paul Keefe, Marietta Edmunds Zakas, Clayton Robert Barker, III
  • Patent number: 8922381
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gas-detecting unit for detection of CO2 and an alarming unit, said gas-detecting unit and said alarming unit being integrated to comprise one device, and wherein said device is adapted to withstand harsh environments and cleaning of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: LogiCO2 Online SARL
    Inventor: Bo Hansson
  • Patent number: 8924262
    Abstract: Methods and systems for facilitating initiation of resupply orders for consumable commodities include using a stand-alone electronic or audio-generating device incorporated into retail product packaging. The stand-alone device is equipped with a rudimentary processor or logic circuit, a memory, and a wireless transmitter. A simple user interface/activation device such as a push button or membrane switch is coupled to the logic circuit or processor. The stand-alone device is incorporated into or with product packaging, and may be configured with a resupply code at or after a point of sale. A user may activate the user interface of the device when the product needs resupplying, causing the resupply code to be transmitted to an access point or terminal that initiates a reorder sequence for the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Stephen Shuster
  • Patent number: 8917175
    Abstract: The present invention relates to devices and methods for tracking movement in a marine environment. At least one tracking device that is adapted to be deployed on a surface of the water, wherein the tracking device is capable of moving along the same trajectory of a desired object. Data from the tracking devices are received by at least one satellite, transmitted to a database, and used to determine the forecasted trajectory of the desired object. All data collected from deployed tracking devices may be integrated into a spatial data repository for analysis and reporting using GIS and associated information technologies, thereby allowing for more accurate decision-making and asset deployment during a fluid spill or similar marine contamination event. The present invention also allows for the collection and modeling of accurate localized sea current data, which may assist with marine and coastal engineering works such as shoreline protection and port dredging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Peter R. O'Regan, Ali Amer Almohsen
  • Publication number: 20140340229
    Abstract: A drinking reminder method is implemented by an electronic apparatus. The apparatus includes a scale pan, a weight sensor, an analog/digital (A/D) converter, a display screen and a keypad. The keypad comprising a power key, a reset key and a switching key. The weight sensor senses an analog pressure signal when a cup filled with water is placed on the scale pan, and the A/D converter converts the analog pressure signal to a digital weight signal. A total weight of the cup filled with water is measured according to the digital weight signal, and a cumulative water intake volume and a water shortage volume of a user. The display screen displays the cumulative water intake volume and the water shortage volume on to remind the user to drink water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: SHU-KAI WU, HSIAO-PING CHIU
  • Patent number: 8890698
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drainage circuit (4) for a flow of a liquid (5), the circuit being fitted with a monitoring appliance (13) for monitoring an excess flow rate of the liquid (5). The monitoring appliance (13) comprises a monitoring duct (14) interposed between an upstream duct (7) for collecting the liquid (5) and a downstream duct (9) for discharging the liquid (5). The monitoring duct (14) has retaining means (15) for retaining part of the liquid (5) inside a chamber (16) arranged to receive a spillway (22) of the captured liquid (19) in a reserve (20) fitted with indicator means (23) with a visual scale for providing warning information relating to the quantity of liquid (24) contained in the reserve (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Helicopters
    Inventors: Stephane Mougin, Jean-Sebastien Catteau
  • Patent number: 8882731
    Abstract: A defecation detection apparatus including: a feces/urine receiving member that is placed to face the body of a wearer and that receives discharged feces and urine; a urine suction device that is detachably attached to the feces/urine receiving member and that can sucks urine discharged in the feces/urine receiving member; a temperature sensor that is placed at a defecation position where discharged feces are received in the feces/urine receiving member; and a control section that detects the presence of discharged feces based on a signal remaining after removing a signal that is output from the temperature sensor within a predetermined time after an operation of the urine suction device from a signal that is output from the temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Miou Suzuki, Yoshihisa Fujioka
  • Patent number: 8884770
    Abstract: A cost effective manometer is realized for accurately measuring back pressure in all types of vents and ducts. Common back pressure can be caused by restrictions, such as lint or soot buildup. The manometer consists of a main body having two reservoirs for storage of measuring fluid. The first reservoir contains measuring fluid during transit eliminating the need for end user to manually fill manometer prior to first use. Measuring fluid is transferred to second main reservoir prior to initial use. The second reservoir contains an adjustable bladder or plunger for obtaining a zero reading prior to measurement. The manometer can be used on all types of vents and ducts where positive or negative pressure exists. The manometer can be used for measuring positive or negative pressures as well as differential pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: David W. Kresge
  • Patent number: 8884771
    Abstract: A capacitor having air dielectric between its plates may be used to detect the presence of smoke and other contaminants in the dielectric air passing over the plates of the capacitor. Smoke from typical fires is mainly composed of unburned carbon that has diffused in the surrounding air and rises with the heat of the fire. The permittivity of the carbon particles is about 10 to 15 times the permittivity of clean air. The addition of the carbon particles into the air creates a change in the permittivity thereof that is large enough to measure by measuring a change in capacitance of the capacitor having the air dielectric through which the air laden carbon particles pass through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Microchip Technology Incorporated
    Inventors: Benjamin T. Cooke, Joseph Julicher, Keith Curtis
  • Publication number: 20140327548
    Abstract: A system for surveillance of a pool containing a liquid such as water-comprises at least one first element comprising at least one submersible robot provided with standalone propulsion capabilities for propelling the robot in the pool, onboard of which robot is installed at least one sensor capable of producing at least one measurement of a quantity representative of at least one disturbance of the pool relative to a reference state, the first element being furthermore provided with communication capabilities for communicating, in the submerged position, with at least one second element, the system being configured to process, in processing means, the output of the at least one sensor and to trigger at least one action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Bruno Maisonnier, Fabien Bardinet
  • Patent number: 8847439
    Abstract: Multiple-contact switches are disclosed. An example multiple-contact switch disclosed herein includes a double throw switch having a common terminal, a first throw terminal, and a second throw terminal, the common terminal being coupled to a reference; a first throw circuit coupled to the first throw terminal, the first throw circuit to output an open signal to a process control device when the common terminal is substantially in contact with one of the first throw terminal or the second throw terminal; and a second throw circuit coupled to the second throw terminal, the second throw circuit to cause the first throw circuit to output a close signal to the process control device when the common terminal is substantially in contact with the other one of the first throw terminal or the second throw contact terminal, wherein at least one of the open signal or the close signal corresponds to the reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Andrew Pesek, Brian Joseph Burlage, Carter Bill Cartwright, Clyde T. Eisenbeis
  • Patent number: 8847602
    Abstract: A plug-in module for a liquid- or gas-sensor comprised of a sensor module (SM) and a sensor module head (SMH), which can be releasably connected together, and which, when connected, enable data and energy transfer via a galvanically decoupled transfer section, wherein the sensor module head (SMH) includes an energy supply unit for operating the sensor module head (SMH) and the sensor module (SM), as well as a data memory (MEM), in order to store sensor data received from the sensor module (SM).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser Conducta Gesellschaft für Mess- und Regeltechnik mbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Detlev Wittmer, Wolfgang Babel
  • Publication number: 20140266743
    Abstract: A blood-donation system and methods of usage are disclosed. The system includes a blood-donating chair configured to interoperate with various blood-processing apparatuses. The system further combines into a self-contained system all devices, communications pathways and power supplies for various powered devices employed during a blood-collecting session. The system may further interoperate with other blood-donation systems allowing for continuous monitoring of multiple blood-collecting sessions at a single user interface. According to another embodiment, in addition to interoperability, the system is further configured for upgradability, in which, various donor-station devices may be mounted and remounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Haemonetics Corporation
    Inventor: Gary R. Stacey
  • Patent number: 8836521
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention is an apparatus including an alarm for alerting an operator to recharge a humidifier, wherein such alarm is generated other than through the use of a humidity sensor. In one embodiment the total work performed during heating and hydrating an insufflation gas is measured and an alarm generated when the total work performed exceeds a particular threshold. In another embodiment, a flow meter is used to measure the total flow of insufflation gas so that when the total flow of insufflation gas reaches a predetermined level an alarm is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Lexion Medical LLC
    Inventors: Duane Lloyd, Douglas E. Ott
  • Patent number: 8836519
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to detecting fluid in medical tubing. In certain aspects, a method is performed by a data processing apparatus. The method includes controlling repetitive activation of the ultrasonic transmitter. The method also includes receiving a signal from the ultrasonic receiver during an activation of the ultrasonic transmitter. The method also includes determining that fluid is absent or present in a portion of the medical fluid tube based on a comparison between the signal and a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Nigel Wright, Samuel Ernest Magargi, III, Jeremy Thomas Harbaugh, Michael John Zang, Regis Joseph Winniewicz, Jr., Joseph Stephen Beri, Douglas Mark Zatezalo, Tom Monahan, Ronald Robert Fox
  • Publication number: 20140247130
    Abstract: A gas analyzer includes: a gas measuring portion which performs a measurement on a gas; a case which houses the gas measuring portion; a liquid separator which includes a reservoir for storing a liquid component separated from the gas; a holder portion which holds the liquid separator; and a rotation mechanism which mounts the holder portion to the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Isao Matsubara, Yutaka Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 8816866
    Abstract: A method for audibly detecting a fluid flow state change in a flow meter pipeline. The flow state change may be identified as an upset in the normal flow state. The upset may be corrected to improve the accuracy of the flow meter. A system includes acoustic sensors mounted in the flow meter pipeline, and a computer to collect audible data from the acoustic sensors and compare the audible data to a baseline to detect an upset in the normal fluid flow state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Daniel Measurement & Control, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Day
  • Patent number: 8816865
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring the quality of steam used in a process is disclosed. A pressure and temperature sensor is exposed to the steam on either side of an inline pressure drop device such as an orifice or pressure reducing valve. The measurements are transmitted to a controller that calculates the steam quality percentage or superheat value. An alarm is issued if the steam quality is beyond a predetermined tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Walter T. Deacon
  • Patent number: 8810419
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of a refrigerant charge monitoring system includes first and second sensors. The first sensor is operable for sensing temperature of a liquid refrigerant line that is connected to, within, or extending from an outlet of a condenser. The second sensor is operable for sensing pressure of the liquid refrigerant line. A controller is configured to determine at least one target pressure value from the sensed temperature of the liquid refrigerant line. The controller is configured to determine if the level of refrigerant charge is at, above or below an acceptable level based on a comparison of the sensed pressure of the liquid refrigerant line to the at least one target pressure value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Amr E. Gado, Thomas J. Fredricks, Thomas B. Lorenz, Edward B. Evans