Gas Patents (Class 340/632)
  • Patent number: 11140547
    Abstract: A method for securely controlling a smart home, and a terminal device are provided, to resolve a prior-art problem that an intelligent terminal device is counterfeited. The method includes: displaying, by an intelligent terminal device, at least one operation indication for a smart home device when the intelligent terminal device receives an operation instruction entered by a user to add the smart home device, where the operation indication is used to instruct the user to perform function control on the smart home device; and generating, by the intelligent terminal device when determining an operation indication selected by the user from the at least one operation indication, a first key based on the selected operation indication, where the first key is used by the intelligent terminal device to encrypt information to be sent to the smart home device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jianfeng Xu
  • Patent number: 11080992
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to gas detector connectivity devices, for example a dongle, to allow for continuous communication of real-time data between a gas detector and a central station. Dongle embodiments typically comprise an IR transceiver, a processor, a wireless interface device, a power source, and a means of attachment. Such dongle embodiments, and their related methods of operation, may allow for retrofitting of legacy gas detectors to provide wireless capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Kirk William Johnson, Jacob Thomas Spector, Andrew Nilsson, Dean Ford
  • Patent number: 11073492
    Abstract: A sensor device includes a first electrode and a second electrode disposed over a substrate, and a sensitive film including a base film which couples the first electrode and the second electrode to each other and contains Cu and a halogen element and PEDOT/PSS which bonds to the base film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Michio Ushigome, Osamu Tsuboi, Kazuaki Karasawa
  • Patent number: 11073101
    Abstract: A method and apparatus to determine values for at least one fuel use characteristic variable which represents a first fuel use process in a first vehicle, are provided. In addition, values are determined for at least one parameter which represents at least one peripheral condition of the fuel use in the first vehicle during the first fuel supply process. A mathematical relationship is determined between one or more supplied values of the at least one fuel use characteristic variable and the corresponding values of the at least one parameter. A profile data record including a data record and/or learning data is supplied on the basis of at least one determined mathematical relationship. At least one further fuel parameter of a fuel which is used by the first vehicle and/or by a second vehicle during a second fuel use process is adapted as a function of the supplied profile data record.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Alexander Augst
  • Patent number: 11067556
    Abstract: A generator includes an internal combustion engine and a carbon monoxide (CO) sensor unit. The CO sensor unit includes a CO sensor controller including a CO sensing circuit configured to detect a level of CO and a shutdown circuit. The shutdown circuit is configured to receive a detected level of CO and calculate a trailing window average of the detected level of CO. The trailing window average includes an average of the detected level of CO over a predetermined sampling window. The shutdown circuit is further configured to determine whether to initiate a shutdown of the generator based on at least the calculated trailing window average and a predetermined trailing window average threshold and initiate the shutdown of the generator based on determining that the trailing window average exceeds the predetermined trailing window average threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Janscha, Austin Baeten
  • Patent number: 11056074
    Abstract: A method includes identifying components of a smart window system. The components include electrochromic devices, drivers, and one or more gateways. Each of the drivers is to control a corresponding electrochromic device and each of the drivers is to receive instructions from a server device via a corresponding gateway. The method further includes determining physical linking, network linking, and application linking of the smart window system. The method further includes displaying, via a graphical user interface (GUI), the components of the smart window system, the physical linking, the network linking, and the application linking. The method further includes determining a first component of the plurality of components is to be replaced by a new component, causing the new component to be configured based on configurations of the first component, and updating the GUI based on the new component that has been configured based on the configurations of the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Walter Thomas Barnum, Jason Aaron Litzinger, William S. O'Dell
  • Patent number: 10997845
    Abstract: The invention generally provides devices and methods for particle detection for minimizing human-caused contamination in manufacturing environments requiring low levels of microbes, such as cleanroom environments for electronics manufacturing and aseptic environments for manufacturing pharmaceutical and biological products, such as sterile medicinal products. Methods of the invention may incorporate wirelessly transmitting an alarm signal from a particle detector to a remote device, replicating a graphical user interface of the particle detector on an electronic display of the remote device, and passing one or more user instructions from the remote device to the particle detector via the replicate graphical interface of the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: PARTICLE MEASURING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott MacLaughlin, Matt Michaelis
  • Patent number: 10962517
    Abstract: A sensor assembly for monitoring gas concentration and a method of the same are provided. The sensor assembly includes a start-up sensor and a long-run sensor. The start-up sensor is characterized by a first power-on period and the long-run sensor is characterized by a second power-on period that is longer than the first power-on period. The sensor assembly also includes a controller in communication with the start-up sensor and the long-run sensor. The controller is configured to cause the start-up sensor and the long-run sensor to power on. The controller is further configured to power off the start-up sensor and monitor the gas concentration via the long-run sensor upon the expiration of the second power-on period. A corresponding method of monitoring gas concentration is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Alfredo Flores Gutierrez, Keith Francis Edwin Pratt, Lamar Floyd Ricks
  • Patent number: 10921417
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for updating the location information for a gas detector device. A gas detector device may comprise a wireless receiver operable to receive information from one or more wireless beacons. In some cases, the wireless beacons may comprise location information. When the gas detector device receives a wireless beacon, the location information stored on the gas detector device may be updated accordingly. In some cases, the subsequent readings of the gas detector device may be associated with the updated location information. In some cases, the wireless beacons may be located at critical areas within a facility, such as entrances or exits to locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Kirk William Johnson, Mahdi Javer, Stephen Mroszczak
  • Patent number: 10895562
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided to determine the composition of one or more gases. In the context of a method, a sensory assembly and at least one processor, the sensor assembly comprising a first gas sensor and a second gas sensor, includes causing the first sensor to be powered to detect a presence of one or more gas while the second sensor is unpowered. The method further includes detecting the presence of one or more gases while the second sensor is unpowered. In response to detecting the presence of the one or more gases, the method includes causing the second sensor to be powered. The method still further includes capturing sensor data corresponding to at least one of the one or more gases. The method also includes identifying the at least one of the one or more gases based on an analysis of the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Keith Francis Edwin Pratt, Tom Gurd, Cristian Vasile Diaconu, Martin Geoffrey Jones
  • Patent number: 10890024
    Abstract: An automatic smoke/carbon monoxide evacuation system for a garage equipped with a garage door and garage door opener with a motor is provided. The system includes a microprocessor, and a smoke/carbon monoxide sensor incorporated in a garage door reverse sensor of the garage door opener and coupled to the microprocessor, and configured to detect presence of smoke/carbon monoxide and send a trigger signal to the microprocessor in response to detecting smoke/carbon monoxide. The system further includes a power switch coupled to the motor and configured to automatically connect the motor to a power source in response to the trigger signal to automatically open the garage door to ventilate the detected smoke/carbon monoxide in response to the trigger signal. An alarm device is communicably coupled to the microprocessor and is configured to issue an alarm in response to the trigger signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: COEVAC, LLC
    Inventor: Dan Combe
  • Patent number: 10876713
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a light assembly includes a base substrate; a light-emitting device supported by the base substrate; a cover permeable to volatile compounds, completely surrounding the light-emitting device and being transparent to a light flux emitted, during use, by the light-emitting device; a gas sensor configured to sense the volatile compounds, the gas sensor being arranged within the cover. The light assembly includes a pump having an inlet operatively coupled to the cover, and operable to generate a pressure depression within the cover. The light assembly includes a light sensor operatively coupled to the light-emitting device, the light sensor being configured to sense a light intensity value of at least one light component of the light flux. The light assembly includes a processor operatively coupled to the gas sensor, the light sensor, and the pump; a non-volatile memory storing a program to be executed in the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Spinella, Enrico Rosario Alessi
  • Patent number: 10877011
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for monitoring a gas source for a gas analyte. The gas source can be monitored for release of the gas analyte, for example, during a given gas source state. A sensor signal can be generated characterizing an amount of the gas analyte being released by the gas source. The gas sensor signal can be evaluated relative to a threshold. An alert signal can be generated based on a result of the comparison to provide a warning that unwanted and/or hazardous amounts of gas is being released by the gas source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: NEXCERIS, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Randall Cummings, Scott Lawrence Swartz, Nicholas Brannigan Frank, William John Dawson, Davion Matthew Hill, Benjamin H. Gully
  • Patent number: 10877010
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to systems and methods for controlling the display of a gas detector. A gas detector may comprise at least one gas sensor configured to detect at least one gas in the ambient environment; a display configured to display information received from the at least one gas sensor; an attachment configured to attach the gas detector to a user; an attachment sensor configured to detect when the gas detector has been attached to a user; and a processor configured to receive information from the attachment sensor, and configured to automatically control the orientation of at least a portion of the display based on the information received from the attachment sensor which indicates that the gas detector is worn by the user so as to improve the visibility of the display to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Peter Holdcroft, Nicholas Antram, Brett Vandenbussche, Joseph Vargas, Craig Kean, May Wilson, Bob Fawley, Carl Yates
  • Patent number: 10831909
    Abstract: In an example, an apparatus includes a biological analysis component and a control component. The biological analysis component is configured to obtain an expected biological sample value. The expected biological sample value indicates an expected concentration of a material biologically processed by a courier. The biological analysis component is further configured to determine whether a measured biological sample value is associated with the courier based on a comparison of the expected biological sample value to the measured biological sample value. The control component is configured to perform a first set of operations based on the result of the comparison indicating that the measured biological sample value is associated with the courier. The control component is configured to perform a second set of operations based on the result of the comparison indicating that the measured biological sample value is outside an acceptable range of the biological sample value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew S. Doyle, Joseph Kuczynski, Kevin A. Splittstoesser, Timothy J. Tofil
  • Patent number: 10794746
    Abstract: A field device configured to measure a state amount of a fluid as a measured value, the field device includes a slug flow detector configured to detect an occurrence of a slug flow, and a controller configured to hold a hold value of the measured value if the occurrence of the slug flow is detected by the slug flow detector, the hold value being a value based on at least one measured value in a predetermined period from a predetermined time before a time at which the slug flow has been detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignees: Yokogawa Electric Corporation, Rota Yokogawa GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Soichiro Katsushima, Janus Slotwinski, Yoshihiro Chiken
  • Patent number: 10794914
    Abstract: We describe apparatuses, systems, method, reagents, and kits for conducting assays as well as process for their preparation. They are particularly well suited for conducting automated sampling, sample preparation, and analysis in a multi-well plate assay format. For example, they may be used for automated analysis of particulates in air and/or liquid samples derived therefrom in environmental monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: MESO SCALE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Charles M. Clinton, Eli N. Glezer, Bandele Jeffrey-Coker, Sandor L. Kovacs, Sudeep M. Kumar, George Sigal, Carl Stevens, Michael Vock
  • Patent number: 10755544
    Abstract: An automatic smoke/carbon monoxide detection system and method are described that are configured to automatically shut off power supplied to an appliance/equipment, a room of a structure, a zone within a structure, or an entire structure upon detection of smoke/carbon monoxide/hazardous gases. A system and method are further described herein that are configured to connect to an on-board diagnostic port, where upon detection of smoke/carbon monoxide/hazardous gases exceeding a certain level, an alert is displayed/sounded so that the driver/passenger of the vehicle can act appropriately. Alternatively, a command may be issued to shut off the engine of the vehicle to immediately halt the production of deadly gases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: CoEvac, LLC
    Inventor: Dan Combe
  • Patent number: 10741059
    Abstract: Systems and methods for handling latent anomalies in field devices are described herein. When an anomaly is detected, the system can earmark the presence of the detected anomaly with a flag or other notification, and announce the existence of the anomaly to a user. In some embodiments, a self-test may be distributed to devices in the field that may be potentially affected by the latent anomaly so that those devices can monitor for the presence of the anomaly and take appropriate action if detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Moore, Kelly Veit, Joseph Jaoudi, Geo Hsu, David Wang, David Liem, Terry Simons, Michael Kwiatkowski
  • Patent number: 10736232
    Abstract: A fan to be used as a relay node comprises male and female connect ports, a transmission wire set connecting the male and female connect ports, a power acquisition unit, and a signal processing unit. The male connect port is connected to a control source for receiving a working power and a control signal. The female connect port is selectively connectable to the male connect port of another fan to allow the fan electrically connect with another fan. The power acquisition unit is connected in parallel with the transmission wire set for extracting the working power to supply to a driving unit. The signal processing unit is connected to the transmission wire set to obtain and output the control signal to the driving unit, and acts as a relay node to output the control signal to the female connect port, so that the other fan can be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: DONGGUAN EVN ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Li-Hui Ou, Hank Ching-Tsung Chen, Feng Liang
  • Patent number: 10703622
    Abstract: A fuel analyzer for a fuel dispensing environment is provided including an ultrasonic transmitter configured to transmit an ultrasonic signal through a volume of fuel, an ultrasonic receiver configured to receive the ultrasonic signal, and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to receive an indication of transmission of the ultrasonic signal from the ultrasonic transmitter, receive an indication of receipt of the ultrasonic signal from the ultrasonic receiver, determine a time of flight of the ultrasonic signal, and determine a fuel purity based on the time of flight of the ultrasonic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Gillbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Wayne McNinch, Changzhong Jiang
  • Patent number: 10656040
    Abstract: A differential pressure monitoring apparatus includes a case having a continuous sidewall including a first end closed a by first end cap, and a second end closed by a second end cap. A differential pressure monitoring unit mounted in the case includes a differential pressure sensor in communication with the external environment, a temperature and humidity sensor in communication with an internal atmosphere inside the case, a data processor operatively connected to the sensors, data storage, an information display viewable through the case, a non-gas permeable membrane tube in connection with the differential pressure sensor and an internal environment and a harsh and/or corrosive gas filter in connection to the differential pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Acrulog Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Brian Worth
  • Patent number: 10643449
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure involve an apparatus, systems, and methods for providing a status of an item based on sensor data. The method may include determining a status of an item based on a comparison of sensor data and a baseline sensor measurement of the item. The method may further include providing an electronic notification based on the status of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Dane Glasgow, Corinne Sherman Stewart, David Ramadge, Timothy Carlson, Sergio Pinzon Gonzales, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10557838
    Abstract: A portable gas detecting and monitoring apparatus includes a case having a continuous sidewall including a first end closed a first end cap, and a second end closed by a second end cap connected sealably and removably to the continuous sidewall. The continuous sidewall is triangular between the closed end and the open having three sides and three corners, two of the three sides being straight and equal in length, one of the three sides being rounded, and each of the three corners being rounded. A gas detection and monitoring unit mounted in the case includes gas, pressure, and temperature and humidity sensors in communication with an ambient atmosphere outside the case, a data processor operatively connected to the sensors, data storage, an information display viewable through the case, and a calibration unit for calibrating the gas sensor to a predetermined gas concentration measured by the gas sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Acrulog Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Brian Worth
  • Patent number: 10530021
    Abstract: A battery thermal event detection system includes a battery, a chemiresistor, and a temperature-sensitive sample in contact with a surface of the battery. The sample is configured to, responsive to a change in battery temperature, release a gas configured to alter a resistance of the chemiresistor. The system further includes a controller coupled with the chemiresistor and configured to, responsive to detecting a change in the resistance greater than a threshold change, reduce power supplied by the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC.
    Inventor: Eric Poirier
  • Patent number: 10521650
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) image recognition system includes a first imaging sensor capable of collecting a first wavelength range of light and a second imaging sensor capable of collecting a second wavelength range of light. The first imaging sensor and the second imaging sensor are placed apart. The 3D image recognition system also includes a processor configured to identify at least one landmark area of a first image of an object collected by the first imaging sensor, and identify at least one matching landmark area in a second image of the object collected by the second imaging sensor. The processor is further configured to extract the 3D information of the object from the at least one landmark area of the images collected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Raymond Kirk Price, Michael Bleyer, Jian Zhao, Ravi Kiran Nalla
  • Patent number: 10473550
    Abstract: A system remotely detects a gas leakage from a pipeline in an area. The system detects a gas leakage by determining an absorption or emission of gasses in the area. The gas detection system includes at least two light sources. The lasers can include lasers for detecting absorbance of gasses in the area, lasers for stimulating emission of gasses in the area, and lasers for detecting a pathlength. Absorption is determined based on the relative amplitude difference of emitted and reflected light beams. Emission is determined based on an amount emission stimulated by absorbed lasers. Pathlength is determined calculating time of flight of a light beam. The detection system calculates a concentration of the gasses in the area using the determined absorption and pathlength. The detection system can also generate an image representing a gas leakage in the area. The detection system may be attached to an unmanned aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Aurora Innovative Technology LLC
    Inventors: Jiebo Li, Xunmin Guo, Wanyi Zhao, Zhen Yin, Chuhan Yuan
  • Patent number: 10408471
    Abstract: The wireless carbon monoxide furnace shutoff system is a safety device that monitors the interior of a space for unsafe concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide (CO2). The wireless carbon monoxide furnace shutoff system will shut off the furnace should an unsafe concentration of either CO or CO2 be detected within the interior space. The wireless carbon monoxide furnace shutoff system comprises a remote module and a furnace module. The remote module and the furnace module are connected with a wireless communication link. The remote module monitors the concentration of CO and the concentration of CO2 within the interior space. The remote module sends a plurality of messages to the furnace module that enables and disables the operation of the furnace based on the concentration of CO and the concentration of CO2 measured within the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Lionel Lanouette
  • Patent number: 10393714
    Abstract: Techniques for monitoring particulate matter (PM) mass concentration using relatively low cost devices are described. A computer-implemented method comprises determining, by a device operatively coupled to a processor, relationships between: first PM mass data determined by a monitor station device for a first atmospheric area over a period of time; first PM count data determined by a reference PM count device for the first atmospheric area over the period of time; and first conditional information comprising first values for defined conditional parameters, wherein the first values are associated with the first atmospheric area over the period of time. The method further includes generating an initial conversion model based on the relationships, wherein the conversion model converts a PM count to a PM mass based on one or more conditional parameters of the defined conditional parameters and features for updating the conversion model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junsong Wang, Lingyun Wang
  • Patent number: 10393856
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for updating the location information for a gas detector device. A gas detector device may comprise a wireless receiver operable to receive information from one or more wireless beacons. In some cases, the wireless beacons may comprise location information. When the gas detector device receives a wireless beacon, the location information stored on the gas detector device may be updated accordingly. In some cases, the subsequent readings of the gas detector device may be associated with the updated location information. In some cases, the wireless beacons may be located at critical areas within a facility, such as entrances or exits to locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Kirk William Johnson, Mahdi Javer, Stephen Mroszczak
  • Patent number: 10386345
    Abstract: Examples are provided for estimating an amount of fuel in an engine oil and an effect of the fuel on a gas sensor. In one example, an apparatus may include an analyzer to analyze an engine fluid and a computing device operably coupled to the analyzer, the computing device storing non-transitory instructions executable to determine fuel dilution in engine oil based on speciation of hydrocarbons in fuel in the engine oil determined based on output received from the analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mohannad Hakeem, James Eric Anderson, Shuya Shark Yamada, Gopichandra Surnilla
  • Patent number: 10386282
    Abstract: Apparatus comprising a micro-rheometer (1) with a microchannel (2) and a sensor array arranged along the microchannel to measure rheological properties of a fluid. The sensor array comprises a plurality of pairs of electrodes (8, 8?), each pair being placed face to face to function as an electronic switch when the fluid flows through them. It further comprises a data acquisition system (10) with an electronic circuit in which each pair of electrodes is connected to an amplifier electronic circuit (11) to ensure an ultra-low electrical current flow through the short-circuit created by the fluid and the pair of electrodes, to avoid damaging the fluid. The invention may be used as a small portable device for medical diagnosis in diseases associated to changes in blood viscosity, operating in a wide range of shear rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: CONSORCI CENTRE DE RECERCA MATEMATICA
    Inventors: Jordi Colomer Farrarons, Aurora Hernandez Machado, Tomas Alarcon Cor, Angeles Ivon Rodriguez Villarreal, Pedro Luis Miribel Catala
  • Patent number: 10362153
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing direct access to one or more sensors from an internet protocol network. One example method includes detecting, by the remote terminal unit, a first sensor coupled to a first communications port. The method also includes generating a first unique internet protocol address for the first sensor, and mapping the first unique internet protocol address, at an application layer of a network protocol stack, to the first sensor. The method includes broadcasting, over the internet protocol network at a network layer, the first unique internet protocol address and an identity of the first sensor with which the first unique internet protocol address is associated. The method includes monitoring, at the network layer of the internet protocol network, for a sensor message identifying the first unique internet protocol address as a destination address, and forwarding the sensor message to the application layer for further processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Jacob Shem Tov, Ido Merkado
  • Patent number: 10354471
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for evaluating the fitness of an object based on determination of a measure of permeability of the object, including positioning the object between a fluid source and a gasochromic material, dispensing a fluid from the fluid source towards the object such that at least a portion of the fluid flows through the object and contacts the gasochromic material, exciting the gasochromic material with an excitation source such that an emission of the gasochromic material is in response to the excitation source and the fluid, detecting the emission from the gasochromic material to determine the permeability of the object, and evaluating the fitness of the object based on the determination of the permeability of the object. The gasochromic material may also be included in the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Spectra Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Nabil M. Lawandy
  • Patent number: 10330617
    Abstract: A wearable sensor badge utilizes a carbon nanotube (CNT) sensor array for selective sensing of chemicals from naturally diffused air or by sampling air using a pump/fan for higher sensitivity. An embedded microcontroller monitors the resistance of the sensing elements and by using an advanced detection algorithm the presence of TICs and/or CWAs are identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Design West Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Hur, Ramesh Palanisamy, Jeffrey Kim, Gary Chen, Wei Li, Dennis Grudt
  • Patent number: 10295457
    Abstract: The airplane cabin air quality monitoring system comprises a gas monitor. The gas monitor measures the atmosphere within an aircraft for a plurality of potentially hazardous gases. The gas monitor further comprises a plurality of gas sensors, a plurality of compensation sensors, a spectrometer, and a control system. The plurality of gas sensors, the plurality of compensation sensors, the spectrometer, and the control system are electrically interconnected. The control system manages and regulates the operation of the gas monitor. The control system generates an alert if a potentially hazardous gas is detected. The airplane cabin air quality monitoring system further comprises a docking station stores the gas monitor when the gas monitor is not in use. The docking station: 1) recharges the battery of the gas monitor; and, 2) establishes a hardwired first communication link between the gas monitor and the ACARS of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Larry Ocheltree
  • Patent number: 10282975
    Abstract: Supervision and testing of a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm using an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and microcontroller. Wherein an electrochemical CO sensor is isolated from its detection circuit and a voltage charge is changed thereon then the CO sensor is reconnected to the detection circuit, wherein the voltage charge on the CO sensor returns to an equilibrium state over time. From the voltage versus time results a determination is made as to whether the CO sensor and CO detection circuit are functioning properly. All test and control circuits may be provided by the ASIC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATED
    Inventors: William King, Jonathan Corbett, Erik Johnson
  • Patent number: 10242558
    Abstract: Systems and methods for handling latent anomalies in field devices are described herein. When an anomaly is detected, the system can earmark the presence of the detected anomaly with a flag or other notification, and announce the existence of the anomaly to a user. In some embodiments, a self-test may be distributed to devices in the field that may be potentially affected by the latent anomaly so that those devices can monitor for the presence of the anomaly and take appropriate action if detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Moore, Kelly Veit, Joseph Jaoudi, Jr., Geo Hsu, David Wang, David Liem, Terry Simons, Michael Kwiatkowski
  • Patent number: 10242560
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting anomalies in a hazard detection system are described herein. When an anomaly is detected, the system can earmark the presence of the detected anomaly with a flag or other notification, and announce the existence of the anomaly to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Moore, Kelly Veit, Joseph Jaoudi
  • Patent number: 10227764
    Abstract: A valve control system may include a latch valve controlling a stream of water in a pipe; a flow rate sensor measuring a flow rate in the pipe; and a valve control device determining that the latch valve is malfunctioning if a flow rate value measured by the flow rate sensor is not within a pre-set flow rate value range corresponding to a valve operation and controlling the latch valve to re-operate in the occurrence of the malfunction, wherein the valve control device may include a first timing device determining the number of re-operations of the latch valve, and wherein when the number of re-operations of the latch valve determined by the first timing device exceeds a pre-set number, the valve control device may control the latch valve to perform a reverse operation of the operation performed during the re-operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Coway Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Joung-Ho Son, In-Seok Seo, Ki-Chul Kim
  • Patent number: 10178215
    Abstract: Systems and methods for establishing communication between a terminal and a device are disclosed. According to certain embodiments, a method used in the device includes receiving a plurality of multicast packets from the terminal. The method also includes determining, according to the multicast packets, wireless connection information of a wireless network. The method further includes connecting to the wireless network according to the wireless connection information. The method further includes generating a notification indicating a password associated with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SHANGHAI XIAOYI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Liang Zong, Yangcun Chen, Chao He
  • Patent number: 10161920
    Abstract: An analytical system and method for detecting volatile organic chemicals in water including a coated SAW detector that provides for improved reduction of moisture at the coating of the SAW detector. A stabilized SAW sensitivity and long lasting calibration is achieved. The analytical system further includes an improved sample vessel and sparger that allow for easy grab sample analysis, while also providing efficient purging of the volatile organic compounds from the water sample. In addition, an improved preconcentrator provides a stabilized sorbent bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Kazi Z. A. Hassan, William M. Cost, John Arthur Morse, Michael L. Doutt, Glenn Stacey Geis
  • Patent number: 10156552
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for determining the location of a gas detector device, wherein the location may be within a predefined location zone, and automatically configuring the gas detector device based on the location zone. Each location zone in a facility may be associated with a configuration for the gas detector device. The location of the gas detector device may be monitored by a central station, and when it is determined that a gas detector device has moved from one location zone to another, the configuration of the gas detector device may be updated accordingly. Additionally, other parameters may be monitored by the central station and/or the gas detector device to determine the appropriate configuration of the gas detector device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Vidyasagar Baba Maddila, Tijo Thomas, Kurian George, Arunkumar Kamalakannan, Suryaramya Talluri, Swapna Illuru
  • Patent number: 10067483
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a lifetime controller is configured to monitor operating conditions for a device, and to control operating conditions based on the previous conditions to improve the reliability characteristics of the device while permitting strenuous use as available. For example, the lifetime controller may permit strenuous use when the device is first powered on. Once a specified amount of strenuous use has occurred, the controller may cause the operating conditions to be reduced to reduce the wear on the device, and thus help to extend the lifetime of the device. Similarly, if a device is used in less strenuous conditions, the controller may accumulate credit which may be expended by permitting the device to operate in more strenuous conditions for a period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ching E. Ho, Antonietta Oliva, James S. Ismail, John G. Dorsey, Keith Cox, Norman J. Rohrer
  • Patent number: 10057125
    Abstract: The present disclosure contemplates a variety of improved methods and systems for enabling users to set up and manage a variety of disparate IoT devices coupled to the framework and/or ambient operating system of an assistant device. The described solution includes a voice-driven assistant device setup process. An assistant device can determine the IoT devices in its physical environment and provide setup instructions to the user. The assistant device can further capture user responses and use the captured responses to connect to and manage/troubleshoot/control the IoT devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Manuel Roman, Mara Clair Segal, Dwipal Desai, Andrew E. Rubin
  • Patent number: 10007274
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a water pump having an engine that drives an impeller, a water storage tank connected to the water pump, a first water level detector that outputs an A signal when a water level is at or higher than a first height and outputs a B signal when lower than the height, a second water level detector that outputs the A signal when the water level is at or lower than a second height and outputs the B signal when higher than the height, a connection switcher that switches connection of the first and second water level detector, and an impeller controller connected to the connection switcher and adapted to control operation of the engine that drives the impeller of the water pump based on the signals outputted from the first and second water level detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideaki Shimamura, Atsuhisa Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9976975
    Abstract: The method of making thin film humidity sensors uses thermal vapor deposition or drop casting techniques to fabricate nickel phthalocyanine-fullerene-based (NiPc-C60) quick response humidity sensors with negligible hysteresis. Prior to the deposition of aluminum electrodes, a glass substrate is cleaned by using acetone in an ultrasonic bath for 10 minutes. After cleaning, the substrate is washed with de-ionized water and then dried. A gap is created between two electrodes by masking the glass substrate with copper wire. This assembly is plasma-cleaned for 5 minutes in a thermal evaporator. Subsequently aluminum (Al) thin films are deposited on the assembly. Next, a mixture of equal parts NiPc-C60 is deposited onto the gap between the Al electrodes by thermal vapor deposition or by drop casting. A method of forming NiPc-graphene oxide (NiPc-GO) humidity sensors without using instrumentation drop casts an NiPc-GO suspension onto aluminum foil electrodes taped to a substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: KING ABDULAZIZ UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Abdullah Mohamed Asiri, Muhammad Tariq Saeed Chani, Sher Bahadar Khan
  • Patent number: 9933403
    Abstract: A method for use in an electronic device, comprising: sensing a state of the electronic device; detect whether the state satisfies a predetermined condition; detecting a concentration of a gas in response to the state satisfying the predetermined condition; and displaying an indication of the concentration of the gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daeun Park, Hyunkyoung Kim, Jihyun Ahn, Jung-Sik Park, Hyung-Woo Shin
  • Patent number: 9922478
    Abstract: A pressing device includes a pressing device switch configured to cover a garage door switch. The garage door switch operates a garage door opener connected to the garage door switch. An actuator is coupled to the pressing device switch. An indicator outputs a combination of an audio and video signal. The pressing device receives a garage door control command and generates a warning signal to the indicator. The indicator outputs the combination of the audio and video signal in response to receiving the warning signal, and generates a trigger signal to the actuator. The actuator physically presses on the garage door switch in response to receiving the trigger signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Nortek Security & Control LLC
    Inventor: Robert King Wong
  • Patent number: 9921180
    Abstract: A gas sensor system (1) includes a gas sensor (2) having a cell (14) electrically communicating with a first terminal T1 and a second terminal T2, and a cell (24) electrically communicating with T2 and a third terminal T3; and a sensor control section (40) including detection circuits (41, 43) for detecting the terminal potentials V1, V3. The sensor control section includes circuit (44) for bringing T2 to an examination potential Vex; constant current circuits (47, 48) for supplying examination currents Ipoc, Icp; terminal potential detection means S5 for detecting V1, V3 before the gas sensor detects the gas concentration in an activated state, and in a state in which T2 is brought to examination potential Vex and Ipoc, Icp are supplied to the cells (14, 24); and wire breakage determination means S6, S10 for determining a wire breakage anomaly and its location based on the V1, V3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuzo Higuchi, Tomonori Uemura