Force Or Stress Patents (Class 340/665)
  • Patent number: 11138571
    Abstract: A bicycle repair system comprises an intelligent bicycle locking device, an intelligent toolbox, and a central processing unit. The intelligent bicycle locking device is connected to the central processing unit, and the intelligent toolbox is connected to the central processing unit. The intelligent bicycle locking device is configured to send an obtained first user information to the central processing unit. The intelligent toolbox is configured to send an obtained second user information to the central processing unit. The central processing unit is configured to determine whether the second user information is the same as the first user information and, if yes, send an opening instruction to the intelligent toolbox sending the second user information, so as to help a user to repair a damaged bicycle by using the intelligent toolbox, so that the bicycle can be repaired without depending on a repair person, thereby improving the repair efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventors: Xuanmao Liao, Bingxing Hu, Yulong Cai, Changsheng Feng, Weisheng Zheng, Zhiyu Li, Zezhen Rong
  • Patent number: 11100766
    Abstract: Systems and methods for cash drawer detection and control are disclosed herein. The systems and methods may include use of an adaptor. The adaptor may connect a cash drawer to a point of sale (POS) terminal. The adaptor may include allow for an input signal to be received from the cash drawer. The type of cash drawer can be identified based on the input signal. An output signal operative to open the cash drawer can be generated and transmitted to the cash drawer to open the cash drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Sergio Silva, John Crooks, Andrew Klenzak, Lawrence Garcia Lim, Eric Robert Thoroe
  • Patent number: 11091168
    Abstract: A driver support system of a vehicle that includes a neuroimaging sensor and a positioning sensor, the neuroimaging sensor detects neurological signals of an occupant and the positioning sensor detects a position of the occupant. The neuroimaging sensor is configured to be positioned within the vehicle distally from the occupant. The system further includes a processor and non-transitory computer-readable medium storing computer-readable instructions executed by the processor to generate a brainwave map based on the neurological signals, calibrate the brainwave map based on the position of the occupant, and determine a mental state of the occupant based on the calibrated-brainwave map. The processor further actuates vehicle support control in response to determining the mental state of the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Chungchih Chou, Paul Schmalenberg, Muhamed Kusay Farooq
  • Patent number: 10972826
    Abstract: A head mounted display including a main body, a sound controller, a vibration driver, a motion sensor, a vibrator and a speaker is provided. The main body has a display device. The sound controller is electrically connected to the main body. The vibration driver is electrically connected to the sound controller. The motion sensor is configured to sense a motion state of the main body. The vibrator is electrically connected to the vibration driver. The vibration driver receives a vibration signal from the sound controller, adjusts the vibration signal as needed according to the motion state and then drives the vibrator to generate vibration by the vibration signal. The speaker is electrically connected to the sound controller. The speaker outputs a sound according to a sound signal received from the sound controller. A driving method of a head mounted display is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Yung-Ching Tseng, Yen-Chieh Wang
  • Patent number: 10810732
    Abstract: In various implementations, a condition of one or more screens of a device may be determined. A user may select a return application that facilitates capturing image(s) of device screen(s). A user may capture images of a screen of using a camera of the same device or another device. In some implementations, the user may position the device proximate a mirror such that the device can capture an image of one or more screens of the device. The captured image(s) may be processed and/or analyzed to determine if the screen of the device is damaged. In some implementations, notifications based on the condition of the device screen(s) may be transmitted. A price for the device may be determined, in some implementations based on the condition of the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Hyla, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajiv Kumar Dwivedi, Christopher Heistad, Bikramjit Singh, Karl Felix Medina, Ram Mohan Reddy, Jonathan Brian Chinn, Rebekah Jane Griffiths, Satish G. Nair, Biju Nair
  • Patent number: 10792539
    Abstract: A request is received for a higher torque from a torque controller than is possible from a power supply. The torque controller is coupled to a motor and the power supply, and the motor is coupled to an actuator. The actuator ultimately establishes resistance for a user in an exercise. An energy storage device is discharged to the motor in order to generate the higher torque, wherein the energy storage device is indirectly coupled to the torque controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Tonal Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Lars Eugene Gilstrom, David Mallard, Thomas Kroman Watt
  • Patent number: 10705615
    Abstract: A mobile communications device adjusts a level of friction between a surface of the device and one or more other objects that may be in contact with the device, such as receipts, credit cards, keys, money, the user's hand or fingers, and the like. To adjust the friction, the device first determines its current environmental context, such as whether it is inside the user's pocket or lying on a table surface, for example. Then, based on that context, the device varies a coefficient of friction to increase or decrease the friction between the surface of the device and the surfaces of the other objects. Varying the friction allows a user to grip the device easier and/or reduce the chance that the other objects in contact with the device are also inadvertently removed from the storage location with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Matthew John Lawrenson, Julian Charles Nolan
  • Patent number: 10643041
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for the tamper-evident and traceable marking of an assembly of a first element and a second element, the marking method comprising steps of assembling the first element and the second element, placing a radio tag marker on a first surface of the first element, the first surface being facing a second surface of the second element, and applying a first layer of locking varnish to a third surface, the third surface comprising the first surface and the second surface, in order to cover the marker, the first layer of locking varnish, once dried, guaranteeing that the marking is tamper-evident and the radio tag marker affording tracing of the marking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Cédric Verraes
  • Patent number: 10620063
    Abstract: A piezoelectric sensor assembly for measuring a force quantity on a structure includes at least one piezoelectric sensor, each including an element and two electrodes each projecting outward from the element. An electronic processor of the assembly is configured to receive data from the sensor, wherein the data includes a voltage with a magnitude that is indicative of a dynamic load (i.e., amplitude modulation mode) placed upon the structure. The processor may be configured to interrogate the piezoelectric sensor for its resonant frequency change which is indicative of the load applied to the structure at low operation frequency and to which the piezoelectric sensor would not otherwise respond well. The dual mode operation of the piezoelectric sensor extends the frequency range of the strain measurement from the dynamic range to static or quasi-static range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventors: Fanping Sun, Zaffir A. Chaudhry, Avinash Sarlashkar, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10598558
    Abstract: Provided is a pressure sensing element including a first electrode, a pressure sensing unit on the first electrode, a second electrode disposed on the pressure sensing unit and having first and second points on a top surface thereof, a first elastic member on the second electrode, and a second elastic member on the first elastic electrode, wherein a thickness of the first elastic member decreases from the first point toward the second point, and a thickness of the second elastic member increases from the second point toward the first point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Seong Hyun Kim, Su Jae Lee, Kyoung Ik Cho, Chi-Sun Hwang
  • Patent number: 10579857
    Abstract: A terminal control method based on a fingerprint recognition key, a terminal control device based on a fingerprint recognition key, and a terminal are provided. The method includes: detecting a touch operation on the fingerprint recognition key, acquiring a touch parameter of the touch operation; and controlling a running state of a terminal, in a case where the touch parameter meets a preset condition. With the method, the terminal is controlled by the fingerprint recognition key to switch its running state, such as a turned-on state, a turned-off state, a sleep state, an awake state, a locked state, thereby simplify an operation and improving a user experience. In this case, the power key is cancelled since the function of the power key is implemented by the fingerprint recognition key, thereby reducing the physical components and thus the fabrication cost of the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: YingChuan Lu, Zhewei Tang, Jingkai Zhang, Wei Huang
  • Patent number: 10540833
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems, machine-readable media, and methods for detecting and assessing damage to a vehicle. One or more embodiments include determining an amount of damage to a component based on reflected acoustic energy by comparing baseline data before damage is sustained to response data collected after damage is sustained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Jess W. Gingrich, Carlos J. Chavez
  • Patent number: 10410439
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems, machine-readable media, and methods for detecting and assessing damage to a motor vehicle. One or more embodiments include dispositioning the motor vehicle based on the detected damage using a repair/scrap threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Jess W. Gingrich, Carlos J. Chavez
  • Patent number: 10350737
    Abstract: A T-torque wrench contains: a body including a horizontal handle and a vertical extension. The vertical extension has a fitting connector formed on a bottom thereof and configured to fit with sockets of various sizes, and the vertical extension has a strain gauge arranged on one end thereof so as to detect operation torques of the T-torque wrench, the horizontal handle has a tire-pressure detection connector connected on one end thereof. The body includes a casing covered thereon and includes a digital processing unit electrically connected with the strain gauge of the vertical extension and the tire-pressure detection connector of the horizontal handle, the casing includes a display module arranged thereon and electrically connected with the digital processing unit, and the casing includes a control module arranged thereon between the display module and the horizontal handle, wherein the control module is electrically connected with the digital processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Wei-Ning Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10345278
    Abstract: A pressure sensor and its use for visually determining whether a preselected pressure threshold has been achieved, for example during high pressure processing treatment of a foodstuff. The pressure sensor includes a contained color-changing system having a dye, a developer, and a solvent; upon achievement of the preselected pressure threshold, the dye and the developer interact, resulting in a visible color change. Further, the visible color change can be retained upon a decrease in pressure and upon an increase in temperature, thereby effectively recording the achievement of the preselected pressure threshold during the high pressure processing treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Chromatic Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ruizheng Wang, Timothy J. Owen, Lyle D. Small
  • Patent number: 10262179
    Abstract: Input members with capacitive sensors are disclosed. In one embodiment of an electronic button, a first circuit is configured to capture a fingerprint of a user's finger placed on the electronic button, and a second circuit is configured to sense a force applied to the electronic button by the user's finger. The first circuit is further configured to provide temperature information to compensate for temperature sensitivities of the second circuit, and the second circuit is further configured to provide force information to the first circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Thayne M. Miller, Jean-Marie Bussat, Steven P. Hotelling, Sawyer I. Cohen, Tyler B. Cater
  • Patent number: 10215867
    Abstract: A vibration analyzing apparatus includes a vibration detecting unit set in a building where a person can reside and configured to detect vibration and output a detection signal based on the detected vibration, a mode determining unit configured to determine presence or absence of vibration of the building caused by an earthquake, and a control unit including a vibration analyzing unit configured to analyze the vibration on the basis of the detection signal, the control unit setting an analysis mode of the vibration analyzing unit. The control unit sets one of a normal time analysis mode for causing the vibration analyzing unit to analyze a vibration waveform indicated by the detection signal on the basis of a first condition and obtaining information concerning residence of the person and an earthquake analysis mode for obtaining information concerning deformation of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masayuki Oto
  • Patent number: 10216311
    Abstract: A method, computer system, and computer program product for authenticating a user is provided. The method includes the steps of receiving a user input via a pressure-sensitive input interface, the user input being indicative of a possible component part of an authentication code or pattern, determining a pressure applied to the pressure-sensitive input interface by the user when providing the user input, determining whether to ignore the user input as a component part of the authentication code or pattern based on the pressure applied and irrespective of the whether the user input is determined to be ignored, providing an input acknowledgement signal to an output interface for indicating the user input was received. An associated apparatus is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ciaran J. Deasy, Katherine R. Farmer, Andrew J. Seymour, Liam A. White
  • Patent number: 10024315
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a pump assembly is disclosed. The method includes characterizing a pump of the pump assembly to determine a performance characteristics of the pump. The method may also include calibrating a sensor associated with a displacement unit of the pump assembly. Calibrating the sensor may include calibrating the sensor under operating conditions of a first environment and under operating conditions of a second environment. Under the operating conditions of the second environment, the pump can also be calibrated to determine a performance characteristics of the pump at the operating conditions of the second environment. The calibrated pump assembly is then used to draw fluid from a subterranean formation or conduct a formation test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Chen Tao, Sylvain Bedouet
  • Patent number: 9943963
    Abstract: A system for determining and promoting safety of a robotic payload, including: a controller; and a robot controllable by the controller, the robot comprising: at least one payload region configured to carry a payload; a sensor configured to detect at least one of a payload mass and a payload distribution, the sensor further configured to alert the controller regarding the one or more of a payload mass and a payload distribution, the controller further configured to perform, in response to the alert, one or more of determining safety of the payload and promoting the safety of the payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Fetch Robotics, Inc.
    Inventor: Melonee Wise
  • Patent number: 9784978
    Abstract: A head-mounted display includes a shell, a display generation unit, a processing unit, at least one pressure sensor, and a linkage mechanism. The display generation unit includes at least an optical engine and a mirror connected to the optical engine. The processing unit is electrically connected to the optical engine and the pressure sensor, and the pressure sensor detects an external force applied to the shell and outputs a pressure signal to the processing unit. The linkage mechanism is electrically connected to the processing unit and connected to the display generation unit. The processing unit actuates the linkage mechanism to cause the mirror of the display generation unit to move away from the user's face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: Chwen-Tay Hwang, Chi-Wu Hsiao, Chun-Li Lu, Chih-Lung Chen
  • Patent number: 9766208
    Abstract: A sensor and monitoring system that can prevent the accumulation of scraps of a transport object on the sensor are provided. A sensor 4 is located below a return-side portion 2a of a conveyor belt 2, and includes: a detector 40 that detects a detection object 3 embedded in the conveyor belt; and a cover 41 covering at least an upper part of the detector, wherein the cover has a downward surface 411 that extends continuously downward from a top part of the cover while extending outward in the horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Toshiki Sakaguchi
  • Patent number: 9630822
    Abstract: A method of weighing a load lifted by a lifting arm of a machine is disclosed and includes receiving a signal from an axle sensor, said signal representing a force exerted on an axle as a result of lifting the load, receiving a further signal from a further sensor, said further signal representing an angle or slope of the lifting arm relative to a chassis of the machine, and calculating, from the received signal and the received further signal, the weight of the load lifted by the lifting arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: J. C. Bamford Excavators Limited
    Inventors: Luke Francis Ellis, Luciano Argentieri, Richard Brooks
  • Patent number: 9304621
    Abstract: A computing device can enable and/or provide communication functionality based at least in part upon a type of pressure applied to the device by a user. In some embodiments, a device can attempt to determine a mood or disposition of the user based upon the way in which the user is gripping and/or squeezing the device, and can provide the user or another person with information about that user's current mood. Similarly, a user might be able to use certain motions or pressure applications at one or more locations on a device to cause certain communications to be sent, such as to send a specific message or convey a certain mood of the user. At least a portion of the computing device can have pressure-sensitive material or capability, in order to allow for input on the sides, back, or other appropriate locations on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter A. Wakim, Kevin E. Keller, Parag K. Garg, Adam S. Kidder, Ryan H. Cassidy
  • Patent number: 9119566
    Abstract: A present-on-bed determination apparatus includes: a sensor unit usable with a bottom bedding and configured to measure biological displacement of a human subject on the bottom bedding so as to output a measurement signal showing a measurement result; a first signal processing unit configured to amplify the measurement signal with a first gain so as to output a first output signal; a first A/D conversion unit configured to output a plurality of first level values obtained by A/D conversion of the first output signal; and a determination unit configured to determine whether or not the human subject is present on the bottom bedding in accordance with a dispersion indicator that indicates dispersion degree of the plurality of the first level values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventors: Yoshio Sakai, Takayuki Shiota, Chiaki Yamaya
  • Patent number: 9116080
    Abstract: A compression testing assembly for compression testing of a test material includes a testing stage with a first surface and a second surface. The test material is disposed between the first and second surfaces. The assembly also includes a thickness detector that automatically detects a thickness of the test material. Moreover, the assembly includes an actuator that moves at least one of the first and second surfaces toward the other of the first and second surfaces to compress the test material to a predetermined percentage of the detected thickness of the test material. Additionally, the assembly includes a load detector that detects a compression load of the test material and that detects a change in the compression load over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan-Pier A. Spampinato, Edward F. Wachtel
  • Patent number: 9041521
    Abstract: The present relates to a system for providing vibration feedback to at least one foot. The system comprises at least one rigid surface for receiving the at least one foot, one vibrotactile actuator for each of the at least one rigid surface, and a suspension mechanism. The vibrotactile actuator is installed underneath the corresponding rigid surface and provides vibration feedback there through. The suspension mechanism supports the at least one rigid surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: The Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning/McGill University
    Inventors: Jeremy Cooperstock, Yon Visell, Alvin Law, Karmen Franinovic
  • Patent number: 9041528
    Abstract: A bridge device includes a first radio frequency (RF) transceiver that receives event data via an incoming RF signal from protective headgear in response to an impact event at the protective headgear, wherein the incoming RF signal is formatted in accordance with a first wireless protocol. A second RF transceiver transmits the event data in accordance with a second wireless protocol to a first monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventors: John W. Howard, Richard Cutler
  • Publication number: 20150130624
    Abstract: The apparatus is capable of capturing information about how a person emotionally reacts to a series of verbal, visual, and/or written stimulus when the person responds to the stimulus via a touch based user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Phillip R. Sprague
  • Patent number: 9030331
    Abstract: A control system of a patient support surface calculates a surface performance index as a function of pressure and shear. The control system also receives information from an electronic medical record (EMR) corresponding to a person's susceptibility of developing at least one of a pressure ulcer and a superficial lesion and adjusts at least one of a component and a characteristic of the person support surface based on the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles A. Lachenbruch
  • Patent number: 9024770
    Abstract: A self-contained removable electronic module which mounts onto an ordinary football helmet's face mask bars and visually annunciates to the wearing player and game referees the occurrence of a blow to the player's helmet of an impact exceeding a preselected threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: David Isidore Reuben
  • Patent number: 9013313
    Abstract: Improvements in a bed pre exit patient monitor to determine when a patient has moved to an edge of a bed prior to the patient leaving the bed by measuring load on a single wheel by slightly lifting the wheel with load sensing rods that measure the wheel load. A variety of different alarm signals are used signal to warn a care giver. The device is self-contained, self-secures and removes itself from a variety of different diameter wheels. The device can auto calibration when the wheel is initially lifted and also calibrate when a patient is resting on a bed. The monitoring establishes a threshold load without a patient and with a patient to allow the software to determine when the on an edge of a bed and also when a patient has completely left the bed. Software filtering rejects patient movement to prevent false alarms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: Alan Paine
  • Patent number: 9007194
    Abstract: The vehicular anti-theft device is a generally planar matt that includes a plurality of pressure sensors used to detect the presence of a weight thereon, and which is configured for placement under a tire of a vehicle. The matt includes a control panel to input a code to able and disable the alarm function. The alarm function is designed to detect a change in the weight associated with theft of a respective vehicle. The matt may include an array of solar cells on a top surface, which provides alternative means of powering the alarm function. The alarm includes a speaker to emit an audible alarm or alternatively cellular telephone capability in order to signal an alarm via a text message, phone message, or e-mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Dennis E. Toews
  • Publication number: 20150097690
    Abstract: A method of an electronic device for abuse detection and notification is disclosed herewith. The method includes monitoring one or more parameters at the electronic device for one or more physical events, the parameter(s) being associated with one or more imagers. The method further includes identifying the physical event(s) at the electronic device by determining that each parameter exceeds a corresponding threshold value. Next, the method provides storing event data corresponding to the physical event(s), in which at least a portion of the event data is associated with the parameter(s). The method further includes generating a notification associated with the physical event(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Roger W. Ady, Jiri Slaby, Jason P. Wojack, Hong Zhao
  • Patent number: 9000936
    Abstract: A torque warning hand tool includes a main body with one drive head, and a torque detector, a control display device and a warning unit disposed on the main body and electrically connected to each other. The control display device is used to set a preset value and receive a torque value from the torque detector to compare the torque value with the preset value. The warning unit has a first, a second and a third warning modes respectively corresponding to three colored light sources. After compared, according to the warning mode in which the torque value falls, the control display device drives the different colored light sources to emit corresponding colors for an operator to identify the torque extent applied to the hand tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Kabo Tool Company
    Inventor: Chih-Ching Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8922384
    Abstract: A method for calibrating a moving object impact detector is disclosed. A controller may receive input indicative of movement of an impact element from a first position to a second position. The controller may also receive an activation signal corresponding to the movement of the impact element. The controller may further receive input indicative of instructions to correlate the activation signal with the movement of the impact element. The controller may selectively set the activation signal as a reference signal for the detector, with the reference signal being indicative of an impact the moving object impact detector is set to detect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Bartonek, Donald John Arndt, Steven Conrad Hamerle
  • Patent number: 8902074
    Abstract: A safety harness includes at least one of integrally formed electrical conductors or optical conductors. The conductors can be energized by a replaceable electrical supply. An electrical or an optical sensor can couple an associated signal to sensing circuitry. The sensing circuitry responds to variations in the signal as the condition of the harness changes. A fault indicating output device, such as an audible or visual indicating device, carried on the harness can alert a user to a potential harness failure. Harness condition can be transmitted wirelessly to a displaced monitoring site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Landry, Bechir Jazi, Alex Tsen
  • Patent number: 8890705
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining a location of a wireless device using radio waves and pressure measurements is disclosed. In one embodiment, a plurality of Radio Signal Strength (RSS) measurements are used to trilaterate an approximate location of the wireless device. The wireless device also takes pressure measurements that are compared with a second pressure measurement made by at least one other pressure sensor at a known elevation and in a local area near the wireless device. This comparison is used to generate an accurate estimate of the elevation of the wireless device. The accurate estimate of elevation may be combined with the RSS measurements to yield an accurate estimate of the location of the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard O. Farley, Dimosthenis Kaleas, Gianni Giorgetti
  • Patent number: 8890697
    Abstract: Mobile devices may minimize the radiation exposure to users by controlling the distance between the user, specifically the groin area, and the mobile device to a minimum distance. The reduction in exposure is realized due to the operation of the Inverse Square Rule on electromagnetic signal from the mobile device recognizing there is a steep fall off of signal strength resultant from increased distance between the head of the user and the source of the signal. Embodiments alert the user to a mobile device in the users pocket is in a transmission mode and thus should be removed from the users pocket to maintain operational distance between the user and the device to reduce signal absorption of the users reproductive organs. Enabled mobile devices detect the transmission mode and the acceleration of the device in determining whether to alert the user. Embodiments influence the user to maintain a minimum distance via alerts, interruptions and warnings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Green Swan, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry V. Lehmann
  • Patent number: 8886372
    Abstract: Touch or proximity sensors are integrated into control devices such as knobs, dials or wheels incorporated in a user control panel. A control output processor detects whether any of the sensors are outputting signals indicating that a control device is being touched (or nearly touched) by a user. The control output processor causes an associated display area to be highlighted or otherwise modified on a display screen to indicate to the user which control device is being touched. This feature allows for “no-look” interaction with control panels, and keeps the user's eyes focused on the relevant displays where the control devices produce effects. This allows users to preview and verify that the correct control device is being manipulated prior to taking any (potentially erroneous) control actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark Ivan Nikolic, Stephen Minarsch
  • Patent number: 8860562
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed that allow an electronic device to autonomously adapt one or more user alerts of the electronic device. For example, some embodiments may include a method for operating a haptic device including driving a haptic device using a control signal, measuring a frequency related to the operation of the haptic device and comparing the measured frequency with a target frequency. A control signal is adjusted based on the comparison to drive the haptic device to the target frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Hill
  • Patent number: 8847760
    Abstract: A tamper-resistant purse includes a bag having a front surface, a rear surface, two opposing side edges, a lower surface and an open top in communication with an interior chamber. The open top is selectively enclosed with a foldable flap having a Hall-effect switch that changes states whenever the flap is opened. Extending from the bottom surface of the bag are a plurality of feet each having a pressure-sensitive switch therein. The pressure-sensitive switches and the Hall-effect switch are electrically connected to an alarm circuit including both audible and visual alarms. A strap is connected to a pair of detection switches that engage whenever a predetermined amount of force is applied to the strap. Accordingly, if the purse is moved, snatched or opened, the alarm is activated to alert those nearby of a potential theft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: George W. Watkins, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8847778
    Abstract: The Psychophysiological Touch Screen Stress Analyzer is capable of capturing information on how a person emotionally reacts to a series of verbal, visual, or written stimulus when the person touches the touch screen computer monitor in response to the stimulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Phillip R. Sprague
  • Publication number: 20140266751
    Abstract: A method of conveying information to/from an impact sensor. The method includes the steps of producing a signal representative of an impact detected by the impact sensor; and altering a conveying of the signal on a single signal line if the impact has a characteristic that violates a preselected value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: PHD, INC.
    Inventors: Scott A. Shepherd, Cale M. Reese, James M. Davis
  • Publication number: 20140266752
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a method, apparatus, and a system for sensing a force are provided. The apparatus may comprise a plurality of sensors configured to detect an impact force. The plurality of sensors may be arranged into a housing, such as a sports helmet. The apparatus also includes a controller operatively coupled to the plurality of sensors. The controller is adapted to: receive a signal from at least one of the plurality of sensors; determine whether a value of the signal exceeds a threshold; perform a responsive action in response to a determination that the value of signal exceeds the threshold. The responsive action comprises providing a warning, performing a logging function, and/or performing a counteraction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jaison C. John
  • Patent number: 8836499
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed that allow an electronic device to autonomously adapt one or more user alerts to the current operating environment of the electronic device. For example, some embodiments may include a method comprising providing a plurality of alert devices in an electronic device, determining an operating environment of the electronic device using a sensor of the electronic device, and actuating at least one of the plurality of alert devices that corresponds to the determined operating environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Dave Pakula, Matthew Hill, Ethan Larry Huwe, Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Richard Hung Minh Dinh
  • Patent number: 8836500
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes, among other things, a method that may include receiving, at one or more sensors in communication with a mobile computing device positioned within a device receptacle portion of a device, the device receptacle portion being configured to substantially enclose and protect the mobile computing device during physical activity, sensor data. The method may include determining, by a processor of the mobile computing device, motion data regarding a movement of the protective device. The method may include estimating a behavior of a user based in part upon the motion data. The method may include generating a response to the behavior including at least one of graphic, audio, tactile, or video output. The method may include providing, through a wireless communications path, the response to a second device in wireless communication with the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Physical Apps, LLC
    Inventors: Robert C. Houvener, Michele M. Hermsen, Tyler N. Doyle
  • Patent number: 8830070
    Abstract: A bed includes a frame, a controller coupled to the frame, and a patient position detection system coupled to the frame and coupled to the controller. The patient position detection system has multiple modes of operation of varying sensitivities for determining whether a person supported on the frame has moved by a sufficient amount to activate an alarm. The frame includes a plurality of barriers. An alert light is coupled to one of the barriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven A. Dixon, Douglas J. Menkedick, William L. Jacques, II, James K. Findlay, John B. Wilker, Jr., Eugene E. Osborne, Carl W. Riley
  • Patent number: 8816852
    Abstract: Tamper-proof alarm components for detecting theft, for example, of copper, air conditioning component(s), and/or an air conditioning unit are disclosed. Methods of making and using tamper-proof alarm components are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Dan L. Dunson
  • Patent number: 8810424
    Abstract: An appliance warning system comprises a floor pad for location on or adjacent a device such that a user must stand on the floor pad in order to normally use the device. The floor pad has at least one switch movable between an open position when no weight pressure is detected on the floor pad and a closed position when the switch is activated by weight pressure detected on the floor pad. A transmitter is provided for transmitting a signal depending upon whether the switch is in the open or closed position. A warning device is activated when the switch has been in the open position for a preselected period of time after having been in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Rodolfo Garcia