Particle Suspension In Fluid Patents (Class 340/627)
  • Patent number: 10726954
    Abstract: An application server predicts respiratory disease risk, rescue medication usage, exacerbation, and healthcare utilization using trained predictive models. The application server includes model modules and submodel modules, which communicate with a database server, data sources, and client devices. The submodel modules train submodels by determining submodel coefficients based on training data from the database server. The submodel modules further determine statistical analysis data and estimates for medication usage events, healthcare utilization, and other related events. The model modules combine submodels to predict respiratory disease risk, exacerbation, rescue medication usage, healthcare utilization, and other related information. Model outputs are provided to users, including patients, providers, healthcare companies, electronic health record systems, real estate companies and other interested parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: RECIPROCAL LABS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Guangquan Su, Meredith Ann Barrett, Olivier Humblet, Chris Hogg, John David Van Sickle, Kelly Anne Henderson, Gregory F. Tracy
  • Patent number: 10359292
    Abstract: An entry on an allergen map may be generated by a computer system where a deep learning model is trained using online content data. Allergen content data which contains geographic data may be detected from the online content data. The allergen content data may be analyzed by the computer system and tagged with a quality and intensity indicator. Based on the tagging and the geographic location, an allergen map may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Anca Sailer, Benjamin C. Wisnewski, Mattia Tomasoni, Sunil K. Mishra
  • Patent number: 10171600
    Abstract: The present teachings relate a method 10 performed in an arrangement (100) comprising a first device (2) configured to handle data obtained by one or more sensor modules (S1, S2, . . . , Sn) and a second device (3) configured to provide information. The method 10 comprises: receiving (11), in the first device (2), one or 5 more variable values relating to one or more contexts (91, 92, . . . , 9n) of a system (1), the variable values being obtained by the one or more sensor modules (S1, S2, . . . , Sn); determining (12), in the first device (2), an activity index for one or more of the contexts (91, 92, . . . , 9n) based on the variable values; retrieving (13), in the second device (3), the activity index for a context (91, 92, . . . , 9n; and providing (14), by the 10 second device (3), information based on the retrieved activity index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Cristian Norlin, Hongxin Liang, Anna Viggedal
  • Patent number: 9916747
    Abstract: An allergy warning and protection system and method to proactively warn a user and protect a dependent individual, such as a child, suffering from allergies. The system comprises a beacon housed within a wearable, such as a bracelet, that is worn by the dependent. The beacon has an associated identifier that is linked to data stored on a server that corresponds to the allergy and sensitivity levels of the dependent individual with an allergy, indicating that the child is allergic to peanuts, eggs, gluten and/or other allergens. When in use, the beacon transmits identification data to a handheld device operated by a user which is utilized to retrieve the allergy and other confidential information, such as emergency contact information, from the server and to issue an alert notification to the user. In a preferred embodiment, a layer of privacy is provided so that a user must first be “trusted” before receiving confidential information about a person with allergies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Avram Weissman
  • Patent number: 9909971
    Abstract: An aircraft including a jet engine including a core having a compressor and combustion chamber, and a particulate sensor located within the core and a particulate detection method for an aircraft having a jet engine where the method includes sensing particulates within the core and providing a corresponding value for the sensed particulates and providing an indication related thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Jay Knobloch, Andrew Scott Kessie, Joseph Bernard Steffler, Brian Jacob Loyal
  • Patent number: 9726579
    Abstract: There is disclosed a field calibratable particle sensor solution in a low-cost, very compact form factor. This makes a low-cost sensor more accurate for low-concentration pollution measurements and decreases the cost of pollution measurement systems having a wide geographic coverage. In a related embodiment, the invention illustrates a method and system to remotely and automatically calibrate one or more of the low cost sensors disclosed herein as well as other commercially available sensors (such as optical particle counters, photometers etc.) against a reference instrument (such as a beta attenuation monitor) which may or may not be physically located in the same place as the individual sensors. The method may require minimum (or no) user interaction and the calibration period is adjustable periodically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: TSI, Incorporated
    Inventors: Hee-Siew Han, James E. Farnsworth, Robert Caldow
  • Patent number: 9704365
    Abstract: A heat alarm apparatus includes a housing defining a body, a sensor mounting panel located on the body and a heat sensor extending from the sensor mounting panel. A control circuit is configured to detect a temperature rise at the heat sensor and output an alarm signal in response thereto. At least the surface of the sensor mounting panel from which the heat sensor extends is a dark color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: SPRUE SAFETY PRODUCTS LTD.
    Inventors: Peter Brigham, Chris Bolger
  • Patent number: 9612178
    Abstract: A particle monitoring method of monitoring particles included in an exhaust gas from a depressurized processing vessel 12 includes counting the particles included in the exhaust gas from the depressurized processing vessel 12 while cleaning an inside of the depressurized processing vessel 12 by a particle monitor 18; creating a histogram showing a time and the number of particles from a result of the counting of the particles; extracting, from the histogram, a first feature amount indicating a correlation between a mode of the number of the particles and a particle counting period; and extracting, from the histogram, a second feature amount indicating a correlation between the particle counting period and a distribution tendency of the particles during the particle counting period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Kunio Miyauchi
  • Patent number: 9599465
    Abstract: A light-emitting device to detect passage or smoke in the emitted beam. The device includes a source of invisible radiation, a source of visible laser radiation, an alignment component to align the central axis of the visible radiation with an axis parallel to the central axis of the invisible radiation, and a switch to turn off the visible laser source. The device can further include a housing containing both sources of radiation. The switch is configured to be controlled by the closing of the housing and the source of visible laser radiation is turned off in response to the closure of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: FINSECUR
    Inventors: Christophe Bonazzi, Andrew Gilmour
  • Patent number: 9372108
    Abstract: Apparatus for detecting powder flow along a powder flow path includes a light source and a light detector for detecting light from the light source directed across the powder flow path as powder flows through said powder flow path. A circuit receives the output from the light detector and determines an average or RMS of the signal received by the light detector. The circuit may determine whether there is flow or no flow of powder or whether there is a change in flow rate of powder. Preferably, the apparatus is used in combination with a dense phase powder pump, which causes the powder to flow in pulses from the pump outlet into the powder flow path. More preferably, the light source and detector are enclosed in a housing that is connected between the pump outlet and a powder feed hose which supplies powder to a spray gun or hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Mario Romanin, James M. Khoury, Joseph G. Schroeder, Jeffrey A. Perkins, Terrence M. Fulkerson
  • Patent number: 9316574
    Abstract: A sensor controller for a particulate matter detection sensor includes a heater configured to heat an attachment portion so as to burn and remove particulate matter attached to the attachment portion, a learning portion for obtaining a sensor detection value immediately after burning and removing the particulate matter due to heating of the heater. The leaning portion calculates a sensor standard value based on the obtained sensor detection value in a state where the particulate matter is removed, and stores the sensor standard value as a learning value. Furthermore, a correcting portion corrects the sensor detection value based on the sensor standard value stored by the learning portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuuki Sakamoto, Mikiyasu Matsuoka, Yuuzou Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9294900
    Abstract: Computerized systems and methods may be used to enable users to report crimes, safety hazards or other perceived problems to the appropriate authorities via an alert. Such alerts may be communicated to the authorities through any suitable communication method such as, for example, phone calls, email and/or SMS text messages. In some example embodiments, the reporting system includes a computing device including, but not limited to, a mobile smartphone, tablet device, laptop computer, or desktop computer programmed with a software application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: LIVESAFE, INC.
    Inventor: Ehsan Pahlevani
  • Patent number: 9194477
    Abstract: A motion guide device includes a movable member attached onto an elongated member for forming a ball guiding passage and for receiving ball bearing members between the elongated member and the movable member, a detecting device includes a magnetic member and an insulated tube engaged into a hole of the movable member, and a warning device is coupled between the movable member and the magnetic member for generating a warning signal when the movable member and the magnetic member are electrically connected together with worn particles and for allowing the user to examine and to repair the motion guide device or the ball screw device when required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hiwin Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Po Lin Lee, Szu Wei Yu
  • Patent number: 9074950
    Abstract: The pipeline inspection gauge (PIG) alert system provides a method and apparatus for effectively locating a pipeline inspection gauge (PIG) as it traverses a pipeline. The method and apparatus incorporates hollow, empty tubes spaced along the length of the pipeline. The tubes are provided with lower ends that extend into the pipeline. The tubes are closed at their lower ends and connectable to respective pressure detection devices or the like at their upper ends. When a PIG passes through the pipeline, it contacts the lower end of the tube that extends into the pipeline, causing the tube to break, and thus opening the interior of the tube to the pressurized flow of the product flowing in the pipeline. The change in pressure is registered by the pressure detection device to indicate the passage of the PIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Ahmd Abdallah Al-Jassem Qanaei
  • Patent number: 9030328
    Abstract: An integrated circuit, in particular a microcontroller, for operation in an area with ionizing radiation, has at least one part of a temperature control circuit. The temperature control circuit performs a regulated increase in the circuit temperature to a predefined, essentially constant operating temperature, by increasing the electrical power consumption of the circuit by an adjustable additional electrical power. The circuit has an output facility for information about damage to the integrated circuit caused by the ionizing radiation impacting thereon, it being possible to determine the information about damage from a radiation-dose-dependent decrease in the adjustable additional electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengsellschaft
    Inventor: Hans Aebersold
  • Patent number: 9019110
    Abstract: A sensor unit that includes at least one sensor configured to measure an ambient condition is described. The controller can be configured to receive instructions, to report a notice level when the controller determines that data measured by the at least one sensor fails a report threshold test corresponding to a report threshold value. The controller can also be configured to obtain a plurality of calibration measurements from the at least one sensor during a calibration period and to adjust the threshold based on the calibration measurements. The controller can be configured to compute a first threshold level corresponding to background noise and a second threshold level corresponding to sensor noise, and to compute the report threshold value from the second threshold. In one embodiment, the sensor unit adjusts one or more of the thresholds based on ambient temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Kates
  • Patent number: 9007225
    Abstract: Various devices, systems, and methods may be presented. A wireless device may include a smoke sensor configured to obtain measurement data regarding a level of smoke. The wireless device may operate in a sleep mode while the smoke sensor obtains the measurement data. The wireless device may determine, from the measurement data, whether the level of smoke has exceeded a warning threshold. In response to determining that the level of smoke has exceeded the warning threshold, the wireless device may communicate a warning indication. The wireless device may determine, from the measurement data, whether the level of smoke has exceeded an alarm threshold. In response to determining that the level of smoke has exceeded the alarm threshold, the wireless device may communicate an alarm indication, the alarm indication indicating that the alarm threshold has been exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Kates
  • Patent number: 9000933
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed which relate to utilizing a wireless communication device which receives allergy information from network nodes. The wireless communication device contains an allergy profile for the user. When the wireless communication device receives allergy information this allergy profile is referenced to determine if any allergens near the user may cause a problem for the user. If allergens exist to which the user is allergic, a visual, aural, and/or tactile alert is output on the wireless communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sankar Ray, Farooq Bari
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8981950
    Abstract: Various devices, systems, and methods may be presented. A sensor unit may be presented that includes a housing and a chamber arranged within the housing. The sensor unit may include a controller arranged within the housing. The controller may receive information from an HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) system, wherein the information is indicative of operation of the HVAC system. The controller may determine an effect of the HVAC system on measurements made by the sensor using the information from the HVAC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Kates
  • Patent number: 8963728
    Abstract: A sensor unit that includes at least one sensor configured to measure an ambient condition is described. The controller can be configured to receive instructions, to report a notice level when the controller determines that data measured by the at least one sensor fails a report threshold test corresponding to a report threshold value. The controller can also be configured to obtain a plurality of calibration measurements from the at least one sensor during a calibration period and to adjust the threshold based on the calibration measurements. The controller can be configured to compute a first threshold level corresponding to background noise and a second threshold level corresponding to sensor noise, and to compute the report threshold value from the second threshold. In one embodiment, the sensor unit adjusts one or more of the thresholds based on ambient temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Kates
  • Patent number: 8963727
    Abstract: A sensor unit that includes at least one sensor configured to measure an ambient condition is described. The controller can be configured to receive instructions, to report a notice level when the controller determines that data measured by the at least one sensor fails a report threshold test corresponding to a report threshold value. The controller can also be configured to obtain a plurality of calibration measurements from the at least one sensor during a calibration period and to adjust the threshold based on the calibration measurements. The controller can be configured to compute a first threshold level corresponding to background noise and a second threshold level corresponding to sensor noise, and to compute the report threshold value from the second threshold. In one embodiment, the sensor unit adjusts one or more of the thresholds based on ambient temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Kates
  • Patent number: 8963726
    Abstract: A sensor unit that includes at least one sensor configured to measure an ambient condition is described. The controller can be configured to receive instructions, to report a notice level when the controller determines that data measured by the at least one sensor fails a report threshold test corresponding to a report threshold value. The controller can also be configured to obtain a plurality of calibration measurements from the at least one sensor during a calibration period and to adjust the threshold based on the calibration measurements. The controller can be configured to compute a first threshold level corresponding to background noise and a second threshold level corresponding to sensor noise, and to compute the report threshold value from the second threshold. In one embodiment, the sensor unit adjusts one or more of the thresholds based on ambient temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Kates
  • Patent number: 8890700
    Abstract: Particles to be detected are irradiated by first wavelength light and second wavelength light. The light that is scattered by the particles is converted into a first and second scattered-light signals. The two scattered-light signals are normalized with respect to one another such that the amplitude profile thereof approximately corresponds to larger particles such as dust and steam. Furthermore, an amplitude ratio is formed between the two scattered-light signals and an amplitude comparison value (90%) is set, which corresponds to a predeterminable particle dimension in the cross-over region between smoke and dust/steam. Mainly the first scattered-light signal is evaluated if the amplitude ratio exceeds the amplitude comparison value (90%) and a dust/steam-density signal is emitted. In the other case, mainly the second scattered-light signal that is evaluated and a smoke-density signal is emitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Martin Terence Cole
  • Patent number: 8813540
    Abstract: The invention relates to novel methods and to devices for a measuring and analysis apparatus that measures impurities and/or particles in a gas or air. In a particle separation step, target particles having predetermined particle properties are separated from remaining particles from a gas or gas mixture such as air or a liquid, in short a fluid, that contains a particle mixture, and the occurrence and/or frequency of said target particles is determined in a measuring chamber. The likewise novel cooling of the radiation sources required for measurement permits the use of such having high power, as is required for measuring few particles or the smallest impurities. A further novel expansion of the electrical measurement range allows small but also abundant particles and impurities to be measured. In addition, a novel interface simplifies the start-up of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: MaxDeTec AG
    Inventor: Markus Dantler
  • Patent number: 8674842
    Abstract: An electronic communication unit such as a mobile phone comprises a processor for operating said unit; and an ambient air quality monitoring sensor; characterized in that said processor is configured to operate said unit in a first mode of operation during which a) monitoring of said air quality occurs and a level of air quality is assessed against pre-determined levels; and b) ordinary communication routines are activated provided an acceptable category of pre-determined levels is identified; and in a second mode of operation during which a) monitoring of said air quality occurs and a level of air quality is assessed against pre-determined levels; and b) an alarm routine is launched interrupting the ordinary communication routines once a level of ambient air quality is assessed to warrant the user's attention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Faiz Zishaan
  • Patent number: 8618942
    Abstract: An extended smoke alarm system and related methods are disclosed. In particular, embodiments of an extended smoke alarm system having wireless-signal-send-and-receive functionalities wherein the system includes one or more flashlights having at least wireless-signal-receiving functionality are detailed. Related methods for system use are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventor: Bradly J. Billman
  • Patent number: 8610586
    Abstract: A sensor having a detecting part for detecting an environmental value representing change in physical amount of circumference environment by a fluid flowing into externally and a controlling part for discriminating abnormality in circumference environment based on the environmental value detected by the detecting part. A separating plate is provided inside a housing so as to separate two spaces in the height direction. A detection unit is provided in one space and a sounding body is provided in the other space. Apertures are provided in a side wall, thereby opening one space to the outside environment and letting the fluid to be measured flow into the space. Then, a flow path is formed inside the space in the housing, from the side wall forming the housing toward the detection unit, thereby proactively channeling the fluid to the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshitake Shimada, Mikio Komatsu, Koji Sakamoto, Hirohisa Okuno, Akiko Honda, Koji Yamato
  • Patent number: 8515151
    Abstract: The solution provides a frequency distribution of a dimension of objects projected onto an image, the distribution being generated by measuring the dimension of the objects in a space in which the position of each object is at least partly free, the dimension of each object in the image depending on the position of the object. The frequency distribution of the projected objects is weighted by a weighting operation compensating for the impact of the projection in order to generate a real frequency distribution of the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Metso Automation Oy
    Inventors: Antti Salopuro, Pekka Lehtikoski
  • Patent number: 8477029
    Abstract: A modular device for determining attributes of a substance stored in a container having a sensing module, a transmitter module and a power source module. The sensing module is capable of sensing attributes of a substance and providing an output. The transmitter module is configured to transmit an output of the at least one sensing module when operably coupled to the sensing module. The power source module is capable of being operably connected to the sensor module and the transmitter module to power the sensor module and the transmitter module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Farhad Ashrafzadeh, Ali R. Buendia-Garcia, Richard A. McCoy, Yingqin Yuan
  • Patent number: 8441359
    Abstract: A fire distinguishing device includes: a detection device which detects an outbreak of a fire; a fire presence/absence distinguishing device which distinguishes the presence or absence of the fire; and a cumulative time determining device which determines the cumulative time required for distinguishing the presence or absence of the fire, in the fire presence/absence distinguishing device. The cumulative time determining device distinguishes an environment type of an environment where the detection device is installed, or a phenomenon type of a phenomenon being detected by the detection device, and further determines the cumulative time according to the distinguished environment type or phenomenon type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Hochiki Corporation
    Inventors: Kumiko Ando, Atsushi Mammoto, Isao Asano, Hiroshi Nishizaki, Takashi Shimokawa, Sadataka Yuchi
  • Patent number: 8410948
    Abstract: A wastewater holding tank sensor probe for use in determining the presence of a conductive liquid held within a wastewater holding tank in a recreational vehicle is disclosed. The probe is less sensitive to the presence of conductive residue as a result of an improved geometry and/or choice of materials that reduce the leakage currents between the probe tip and the sensor probe attachment surface, typically the wall of the tank. This reduction in sensitivity to conductive residue buildup can be measured by a geometrically determined resistivity factor between the probe tip and the mounting surface of the probe. The reduction in sensitivity can also be measured by the length of the path through the conductive residue between the probe tip and the mounting surface of the probe. A variety of geometries and material choices to reduce the sensitivity of electrical conductance based sensor probes to conductive residue are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: John Vander Horst
  • Patent number: 8330604
    Abstract: Disclosed is a handheld salinity analyzer including a body, in which a circuit board and a battery are installed, a cell block provided with one end inserted into one end of the body and the other end on which a projecting part provided with a salinity sensor hole and a depressed part provided with a temperature sensor hole are formed, a salinity sensor inserted into the salinity sensor hole and provided with one end connected to the circuit board, a temperature sensor inserted into the temperature sensor hole and provided with one end connected to the circuit board, an ON/OFF switch installed on the end of the body, a light emitting lamp connected to the circuit board, and a body cover connected to the end of the body provided with the ON/OFF switch or to the cell block, and provided with an operating piece to operate the ON/OFF switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignees: Dae Yoon Scale Industrial Co., Ltd., Republic of Korea (Management: Rural Development Administration)
    Inventors: Gil mo Yang, Eun gi Cho, Kang jin Lee, Gi young Kim, Jae yong Son, Suk won Kang, Chang yeun Mo, Jai gyu Kim, In ho Seo
  • Publication number: 20120286959
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods are disclosed which relate to utilizing a wireless communication device which receives allergy information from network nodes. The wireless communication device contains an allergy profile for the user. When the wireless communication device receives allergy information this allergy profile is referenced to determine if any allergens near the user may cause a problem for the user. If allergens exist to which the user is allergic, a visual, aural, and/or tactile alert is output on the wireless communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Sankar Ray, Farooq Bari
  • Publication number: 20120268280
    Abstract: A display assembly for use with a monitoring system is provided. The display assembly includes a communication interface that is configured to receive hazardous gas data indicative of a concentration level for at least one gaseous component. Moreover, the display assembly also includes a processor that is coupled to the communication interface, wherein the processor is configured to generate at least one image based on the hazardous gas data. The display assembly also includes a display media coupled to the processor, wherein the display media is configured to present the image to a user in real-time. The display assembly is positioned against the user such that the display assembly is movable with the user and the user is enabled to monitor hazardous gases within a location while the user moves about the location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventors: Charles Terrance Hatch, Lam Arthur Campbell, Boris Leonid Sheikman, Charles David Whitefield, II
  • Patent number: 8269639
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of the detection, analysis and/or determination of matter or particles suspended in fluid. In one particular form, the present invention relates to smoke detectors, which detect unwanted pyrolysis or combustion of material. In another form, the present invention relates to smoke detectors of the early detection type, and which may be applied to ventilation, air-conditioning or duct monitoring of a particular area. In yet another form, the present invention relates to adjusting the sensitivity of particle detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Schweiz AG
    Inventor: Martin Terence Cole
  • Patent number: 8269640
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention discloses an odor-generating alarm apparatus that can ensure the reliability of a releasing operation and the odor dispersibility. In an odor-generating alarm apparatus, when abnormality information indicating occurrence of an abnormal state is supplied from a sensor for occurrence of an abnormal state, an initiator is operated by a circuit portion, and the initiator displaces a piston of a driving portion and displaces a spray can with respect to a casing and switches the spray can to a releasing state, thus releasing an odorous liquid filling the spray can in the form of fine particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Air Water Safety Service Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Ueno, Hirofumi Onishi, Hideaki Goto, Koichiro Mizoguchi, Tomo Sakai, Katsuyuki Kitahara
  • Patent number: 8258969
    Abstract: An extended smoke alarm system and related methods are disclosed. In particular, embodiments of an extended smoke alarm system having wireless-signal-send-and-receive functionalities wherein the system includes one or more flashlights having at least wireless-signal-receiving functionality are detailed. Related methods for system use are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventor: Bradly J. Billman
  • Patent number: 8242921
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes an image capturing unit, a processor unit connected to the image capturing unit, and an alarm unit connected to the processor unit. The image capturing unit captures outside images, the processor unit detects if there is any smoke near the portable electronic device according to the images and measuring relative parameters of detected smoke, and the alarm unit alarms when at least one parameter of detected smoke is out of predetermined acceptable ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Sheng-Hsiung Yang
  • Publication number: 20120092175
    Abstract: A pre-smoke detector and system for use in the early detection of developing fires whereby vapors of marker chemicals generated during the melting and/or smoldering of common household materials are detected before detection by conventional smoke detectors. Vapors resulting from the heating and resultant vaporization of substances are detected as well as vapors resulting from their breakdown, decomposition, or pyrolysis during the pre-combustion stage. Conventional smoke detectors focus on particle detection and are most effective after a developing fire has produced smoke. To minimize false alarms caused by common household odors, the pre-smoke detectors focus on detecting medium temperature pyrolysis products using sensor coatings that can be consistent with a 10 year operational lifetime and multiple orthogonal detection processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventors: Jesse D. Adams, Ralph G. Whitten
  • Patent number: 8159359
    Abstract: A test device, for checking the functioning capability of a gas-alarm annunciator, has a reservoir in which are located a target fluid and a carrier fluid. At least a part of the carrier fluid is present in a liquid aggregate state and the target fluid is at least partially dissolved in the liquid carrier fluid. An extraction device engages into the reservoir such that the target fluid can be extracted along with the liquid carrier fluid. The target fluid is constituted such that on reaching a coverage area of a properly functioning gas-alarm annunciator it will cause the gas-alarm annunciator to annunciate an alarm. A test system and a test method for checking a gas-alarm annunciator's functioning capability use such a test device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Martin Forster
  • Patent number: 8154415
    Abstract: A detector comprises a detector base (1) and first and second detector elements (2 & 3) each having a respective electronic interface (2a, 3a). The detector base (1) has electronic interfaces (1a) to the electronic interface (2a, 3a) of each of the detector elements (2, 3), wherein at least one of the detector elements is constructed as a replaceable module (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: SimplexGrinnell LP
    Inventors: Stephen John Penney, Don Brighenti
  • Publication number: 20110260875
    Abstract: An alert device and method include an elongated cavity (306) and a loudspeaker (302) coupled to a first end portion of the cavity wherein sound produced by the loudspeaker is directed through the cavity to provide an audible sound. The cavity and the loudspeaker are configured and dimensioned to provide the audible sound substantially at an anti-resonant frequency (Fb) between first and second resonant frequency peaks for system impedance in a response spectrum for the loudspeaker and the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS, N.V.
    Inventors: Ronaldus Maria AARTS, Joris Adelbert Maria NIEUWENDIJK, Okke OUWELTJES
  • Patent number: 8001914
    Abstract: To produce, monitor, and control a flow of air for a seed conveying system and a seed metering system, an air-assisted planting system includes an air handling system having a single air source and an air controller for maintaining a generally constant air pressure to the metering system. The air controller includes a plurality of sensors associated with and operable to monitor an air pressure through the metering system. Based on a sensed air pressure, a microprocessor of the air controller instructs the air handling system to selectively divert the flow of air to the metering system on an as-needed basis to maintain the generally constant air pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce D. Peterson, Brent W. Nelson
  • Patent number: 7895000
    Abstract: An environmental sensor including an inlet and an outlet such that a flow of fluid moves from the inlet to the outlet, a particle detection portion to detect particles in the fluid, and a controller connected to the particle detection portion. The environmental sensor can be in communication with a data acquisition system (e.g., via a wireless access point) to form a particle counting system. Also disclosed are methods of operating the environmental sensor and methods of operating the particle detection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Venturedyne, Ltd.
    Inventors: David L. Chandler, Daniel Edward Cain, Glenn Y. Kozuma, Joe Somoza
  • Patent number: 7889088
    Abstract: An extended smoke alarm system and related methods are disclosed. In particular, embodiments of an extended smoke alarm system having wireless-signal-send-and-receive functionalities wherein the system includes one or more flashlights having at least wireless-signal-receiving functionality are detailed. Related methods for system use are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventor: Bradly J. Billman
  • Publication number: 20110018725
    Abstract: Disclosed is a handheld salinity analyzer including a body, in which a circuit board and a battery are installed, a cell block provided with one end inserted into one end of the body and the other end on which a projecting part provided with a salinity sensor hole and a depressed part provided with a temperature sensor hole are formed, a salinity sensor inserted into the salinity sensor hole and provided with one end connected to the circuit board, a temperature sensor inserted into the temperature sensor hole and provided with one end connected to the circuit board, an ON/OFF switch installed on the end of the body, a light emitting lamp connected to the circuit board, and a body cover connected to the end of the body provided with the ON/OFF switch or to the cell block, and provided with an operating piece to operate the ON/OFF switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicants: REPUBLIC OF KOREA (MANAGEMENT: RURAL DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION), Dae Yoon Scale Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gil mo Yang, Eun gi Cho, Kang jin Lee, Gi young Kim, Jae yong Son, Suk won Kang, Chang yeun Mo, Jai gyu Kim, In ho Seo
  • Patent number: 7864062
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for detecting a change in a specific gravity of a fluid surrounding the apparatus wherein the fluid moves upwardly and downwardly with respect to the apparatus. The apparatus includes a housing having a top and a plurality of openings for allowing the fluid to enter the housing. A first floatation device is provided having a first specific gravity and being located within the housing. The first floatation device includes a magnet. A second floatation device is provided having a second specific gravity and located within the housing adjacent said first floatation device. The said second floatation device includes a magnet aligned to have the same polarity as the magnet of the first floatation device. A switch fixedly attached to said top, the switch having an open state and a closed state where when one of said magnets is in proximity to the switch, the switch is in a closed state and wherein when both of said magnets are in proximity to said switch, the switch is in an open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Kinetico Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen W. Cook, Michael A. Hemann, Steven M. Hoopes, Jerome P. Kovach
  • Patent number: 7852227
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electrically operated device for generating synthetic smoke and also to a hazard detector tester utilizing such a device. The device comprises a collapsible container provided with vaporisable liquid and a tube, one end of which is immersed in the liquid and the other end of which is provided with an electrical heater for vaporising the liquid in the other end of the tub in order to generate smoke. A peristaltic pump is used to pump the liquid through the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Sata Limited
    Inventors: Stewart Pepper, Eddie Ozaki-Owen
  • Patent number: 7808393
    Abstract: In order to enable supply of a sampling air to a smoke detection portion at a stable flow velocity, the present invention provides a smoke detector including: a black box (21) including a smoke detection portion (25) having an inflow port and an outflow port; a sampling pipe (30) laid in a monitor space; a gas flow pipe (P) connected to the sampling pipe and which houses a fan (3) therein; a flow path branching portion (33) provided to the gas flow pipe on a secondary side of the fan and connected to the inflow port of the smoke detection portion; and a flow path merging portion (32) which is provided to the gas flow pipe on the secondary side of the fan and connected to the outflow port of the smoke detection portion, and at which a pressure of a fluid flowing through the gas flow pipe is lower than a fluid flowing through the gas flow pipe at the flow path branching portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Nohmi Bosai Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Yokota