Acceleration Patents (Class 340/669)
  • Patent number: 10960283
    Abstract: A system that wirelessly integrates actual game equipment with a computer and the internet to allow players remotely located from one another to play a competitive real or simulated game of golf. An individual player may opt to play solo or practice to improve basic golfing techniques. The system includes smart golf clubs, a golf ball receptacle, and a golf club motion sensing devices, all containing circuits, contact and or noncontact motion sensors coupled with signal processing and radio frequency transmitter circuitry to wirelessly communicate game performance information to a remote receiver-computer. The computer displays player information and visually simulates and controls a game between one or more local players or via the internet having similar equipment and remotely located from each other. Standard golf clubs may be retrofitted with the sensors and associated circuitry to convert such clubs into “smart clubs” for use with the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Wilbert Quinc Murdock, Philip Alister Williams
  • Patent number: 10946938
    Abstract: A coupling system for fluid transfer between a bow area of an elongated vessel and a hydrocarbon delivery installation at open sea. The system includes a support frame for suspending the system to the vessel and a fluid receiving tube segment fixed to the support frame comprising a coupling device arranged at a first end of the tube segment and that establishes a leakage free coupling with a hose valve. The system further includes a remotely controlled drive system that simultaneously exerts a transverse force generating pendulum movements of the coupling device in the transverse plane, a longitudinal force generating pendulum movements of the coupling device in a longitudinal plane, and a rotational force generating rotational movement of at least part of the coupling device iteratively adjusting the rotational position of the at least part of the coupling device by regulating the rotational force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: MacGregor Norway AS
    Inventors: Rolf Albrigtsen, Lars Aaness, Stig André Nygaard, Jon Høvik
  • Patent number: 10929207
    Abstract: A notification control device includes a surrounding situation determination unit that determines a situation around a user, an impact detection unit that detects an impact on an electronic device possessed by the user, a drop determination unit that determines whether or not the impact occurs by drop of the electronic device, a notification method selection unit that selects a notification method in accordance with the situation around the user in a case where the impact occurs by the drop, and a notification control unit that controls a notification unit configured to notify the user of information such that the notification is performed by the notification method selected by the notification method selection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: JVCKENWOOD Corporation
    Inventors: Masashi Uemoto, Toru Kaiwa, Masaki Takei, Aki Hamada
  • Patent number: 10820099
    Abstract: A device and method controlling a speaker to emit a sound to protect a microphone is provided. An example device: determines, using a motion detector, when a drop is occurring. The example device, in response to determining that a drop is occurring: controls a speaker of the example device to emit a sound according to one or more predetermined drop parameters, the sound to apply an acoustic pressure at a membrane of the MEMS microphone of the example device to reduce a deflection thereof that results due to one or more of the drop and an impact which ends the drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Haim Caspo, Amihay Fink, Avihu Cohen, Yaakov Moseri, Hadi Shvartz, Evgeny Bialik
  • Patent number: 10737165
    Abstract: A system that wirelessly integrates actual golf equipment, game apparatus, or gaming tool, with a computer and the internet to allow players remotely located from one another to play a competitive real or simulated game. An individual player may opt to play solo or practice to improve basic golfing or sports techniques. The system includes any sports implement or smart golf clubs, a golf ball receptacle and a golf club motion sensing devices, all containing circuits and contact and or noncontact motion sensors coupled with signal processing and radio frequency transmitter circuitry to wirelessly communicate game performance information to a remote receiver-computer. The computer display screen displays player information and visually simulates and controls a game between one or more local computer players or via the internet having similar equipment and remotely located from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Wilbert Quincy Murdock, Philip Alister Williams
  • Patent number: 10282155
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes a processor and a detection mechanism operable to detect one or more characteristics relating to how a user handles the electronic device. The processor is operably coupled to the detection mechanism and operable in accordance with stored operating instructions to: determine, based on the detected characteristics, which limb of the user possesses the portable electronic device; and control at least one function of the portable electronic device taking into account which limb of the user possesses the electronic device (e.g., which limb of the user is holding or secured to the electronic device). According to one embodiment, the processor may further determine a reference position for the portable electronic device (e.g., a position of the device at rest) and compare one or more of the detected characteristics to the reference position to determine which limb of the user possesses the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: William P Alberth, Jr., Rachid Mohsen Alameh, Timothy A. Dickinson, Robert A. Zurek
  • Patent number: 10204504
    Abstract: An electronic device including a signal processing circuit, an acceleration sensor, and an edge sensor is provided. The electronic device has a device body. The signal processing circuit operates in a sleep mode. The acceleration sensor senses an acceleration variation of the device body to generate an acceleration sensing signal. The acceleration sensor determines whether the acceleration sensing signal is continuously lower than an acceleration threshold for a preset length of time to wake up the signal processing circuit. When the acceleration sensor wakes up the signal processing circuit, the signal processor enables the edge sensor. The edge sensor senses a deformation variation of the device body to generate at least one deformation sensing signal. The signal processing circuit analyzes the deformation sensing signal to determine whether a drop event of the device body occurs. In addition, a drop warning method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Chao-Hung Lin, Chin-Yu Wang, Ming-Chang Chen
  • Patent number: 10165104
    Abstract: Provided is a mobile terminal including: a wireless communication unit that receives an event associated with an application; an output unit that outputs alerting information on the event; a display unit to which an alerting image that receives a first touch for activating the application is output; and a controller that, when the alerting image receives a second touch, controls the output unit in such a manner that an alerting mode for reception of the event associated with the application is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Taehoon Cho
  • Patent number: 10156582
    Abstract: The present disclosure is for a bicycle pedaling frequency sensor comprising a signal acquisition unit, a data transmission unit, and/or a data conversion unit. Pedaling frequency is obtained by recording and converting periodical changes of acceleration and/or of angular velocity in real time. This can be achieved by further incorporating a two axis, a three axis acceleration sensors, and/or gyroscope sensors. The pedaling frequency sensor communicates wirelessly with a computing terminal. It is powered and housed within the cavity of a shell, wherein the shell's outer surface is in thread fit with an inner surface of an expansion component. The expansion component allows the sensor to be inserted into and secured within hollow spaces on a bicycle's pedals and/or cranks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: ShenZhen QianHai Livall IOT Technology CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenneth Liu
  • Patent number: 10114034
    Abstract: A door assembly includes a door panel connected to a door frame and pivotable about a pivot axis, a door latch coupled to the door panel and operable to selectively inhibit movement of the door from a closed position to an open position, and a sensor coupled to the door latch and operable to detect acceleration of the door and output acceleration data corresponding to the acceleration of the door panel in a first direction. A controller is coupled to the door latch and the sensor. The controller is operable to analyze the acceleration data to determine the cause of the acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventors: Michael P. Hogan, Howell H. Chiles
  • Patent number: 10071820
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting inclement weather in the vicinity of an aircraft engine are described. Vibration levels of the engine are monitored. Upon detection of an increase in the vibration levels beyond a threshold, an alert mode is triggered. At least one predetermined performance parameter is monitored while in the alert mode, and inclement weather is detected when the at least one predetermined performance parameter meets at least one inclement weather condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: PRATT & WHITNEY CANADA CORP.
    Inventors: Ninad Joshi, Andrea Lindsay Henning, Faran Hafeez
  • Patent number: 10038751
    Abstract: A sensor system (200) comprises a plurality of sensors (110) and a system server (120), all of said plurality of sensors (110) being of a same accelerometer-based sensor type. Each of said plurality of sensors is adapted for attachment to a respective movable structure (112) in a building. Each of said plurality of sensors (110) is individually configured to detect a respective basic movement (114) of said movable structure (112), wherein said basic movement is indicative of a human behavioral action (116) in said building. Each of said plurality of sensors (110) is arranged to detect its basic movement and communicate with said system server in response to detecting the basic movement. The system server (120) is configured to receive a detection signal (118) from any of said plurality of sensors (110), determine an activity pattern (124) based on said detection signal, determine an appropriate function (126) based on said activity pattern and, execute said function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Doro AB
    Inventor: Xavier Corbin
  • Patent number: 9974026
    Abstract: The present invention provides a terminal control method and a terminal, and relates to the field of electronic devices. The method includes when a magnetic field sensed by a Hall device of a terminal in a standby state is less than or equal to a first preset threshold, activating a sensor of the terminal, where the Hall device is configured to sense a magnetic field generated by a magnet in a protective case of the terminal. The method also includes obtaining, by using detection data of the sensor, whether the terminal is obstructed, and maintaining the standby state of the terminal when it is obtained that the terminal is obstructed. The method and the terminal provided in the present invention are applied to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lei Chen
  • Patent number: 9965177
    Abstract: A method executes software including a view hierarchy with a plurality of views which displays one or more views of the view hierarchy. The method executes software elements associated with a particular view, wherein each particular view includes event recognizers. Each event recognizer has an event definition based on sub-events, and an event handler that specifies an action for a target, and is configured to send the action to the target in response to an event recognition. The method detects a sequence of sub-events, and identifies one of the views of the view hierarchy as a hit view that establishes which views in the hierarchy are actively involved views. The method delivers a respective sub-event to event recognizers for each actively involved view, wherein each event recognizer for actively involved views in the view hierarchy processes the respective sub-event prior to processing a next sub-event in the sequence of sub-events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Bradford Allen Moore, Joshua H. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 9878214
    Abstract: A device includes a signaling means and a motion sensor, and logic for activating or controlling the signaling means in response to a sensed motion according to an embedded logic. The device may be used as a toy, and may be shaped like a play ball or as a handheld unit. It may be powered from a battery, either chargeable from an AC power source directly or contactless by using induction or by converting electrical energy from harvested kinetic energy. The embedded logic may activate or control the signaling means, predictably or randomly, in response to sensed acceleration magnitude or direction, such as sensing the crossing of a preset threshold or sensing the peak value. The visual means may be a numeric display for displaying a value associated with the count of the number of times the threshold has been exceeded or the peak magnitude of the acceleration sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: May Patents Ltd.
    Inventor: Yehuda Binder
  • Patent number: 9878228
    Abstract: A device includes a signaling means and a motion sensor, and logic for activating or controlling the signaling means in response to a sensed motion according to an embedded logic. The device may be used as a toy, and may be shaped like a play ball or as a handheld unit. It may be powered from a battery, either chargeable from an AC power source directly or contactless by using induction or by converting electrical energy from harvested kinetic energy. The embedded logic may activate or control the signaling means, predictably or randomly, in response to sensed acceleration magnitude or direction, such as sensing the crossing of a preset threshold or sensing the peak value. The visual means may be a numeric display for displaying a value associated with the count of the number of times the threshold has been exceeded or the peak magnitude of the acceleration sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: May Patents Ltd.
    Inventor: Yehuda Binder
  • Patent number: 9868034
    Abstract: A device includes a signaling means and a motion sensor, and logic for activating or controlling the signaling means in response to a sensed motion according to an embedded logic. The device may be used as a toy, and may be shaped like a play ball or as a handheld unit. It may be powered from a battery, either chargeable from an AC power source directly or contactless by using induction or by converting electrical energy from harvested kinetic energy. The embedded logic may activate or control the signaling means, predictably or randomly, in response to sensed acceleration magnitude or direction, such as sensing the crossing of a preset threshold or sensing the peak value. The visual means may be a numeric display for displaying a value associated with the count of the number of times the threshold has been exceeded or the peak magnitude of the acceleration sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: May Patents Ltd.
    Inventor: Yehuda Binder
  • Patent number: 9808678
    Abstract: A device includes a signaling means and a motion sensor, and logic for activating or controlling the signaling means in response to a sensed motion according to an embedded logic. The device may be used as a toy, and may be shaped like a play ball or as a handheld unit. It may be powered from a battery, either chargeable from an AC power source directly or contactless by using induction or by converting electrical energy from harvested kinetic energy. The embedded logic may activate or control the signaling means, predictably or randomly, in response to sensed acceleration magnitude or direction, such as sensing the crossing of a preset threshold or sensing the peak value. The visual means may be a numeric display for displaying a value associated with the count of the number of times the threshold has been exceeded or the peak magnitude of the acceleration sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: May Patents Ltd.
    Inventor: Yehuda Binder
  • Patent number: 9782637
    Abstract: A device includes a signaling means and a motion sensor, and logic for activating or controlling the signaling means in response to a sensed motion according to an embedded logic. The device may be used as a toy, and may be shaped like a play ball or as a handheld unit. It may be powered from a battery, either chargeable from an AC power source directly or contactless by using induction or by converting electrical energy from harvested kinetic energy. The embedded logic may activate or control the signaling means, predictably or randomly, in response to sensed acceleration magnitude or direction, such as sensing the crossing of a preset threshold or sensing the peak value. The visual means may be a numeric display for displaying a value associated with the count of the number of times the threshold has been exceeded or the peak magnitude of the acceleration sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: May Patents Ltd.
    Inventor: Yehuda Binder
  • Patent number: 9764201
    Abstract: A device includes a signaling means and a motion sensor, and logic for activating or controlling the signaling means in response to a sensed motion according to an embedded logic. The device may be used as a toy, and may be shaped like a play ball or as a handheld unit. It may be powered from a battery, either chargeable from an AC power source directly or contactless by using induction or by converting electrical energy from harvested kinetic energy. The embedded logic may activate or control the signaling means, predictably or randomly, in response to sensed acceleration magnitude or direction, such as sensing the crossing of a preset threshold or sensing the peak value. The visual means may be a numeric display for displaying a value associated with the count of the number of times the threshold has been exceeded or the peak magnitude of the acceleration sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: May Patents Ltd.
    Inventor: Yehuda Binder
  • Patent number: 9757624
    Abstract: A device includes a signaling means and a motion sensor, and logic for activating or controlling the signaling means in response to a sensed motion according to an embedded logic. The device may be used as a toy, and may be shaped like a play ball or as a handheld unit. It may be powered from a battery, either chargeable from an AC power source directly or contactless by using induction or by converting electrical energy from harvested kinetic energy. The embedded logic may activate or control the signaling means, predictably or randomly, in response to sensed acceleration magnitude or direction, such as sensing the crossing of a preset threshold or sensing the peak value. The visual means may be a numeric display for displaying a value associated with the count of the number of times the threshold has been exceeded or the peak magnitude of the acceleration sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: May Patents Ltd.
    Inventor: Yehuda Binder
  • Patent number: 9367085
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes a processor and a detection mechanism operable to detect one or more characteristics relating to how a user handles the electronic device. The processor is operably coupled to the detection mechanism and operable in accordance with stored operating instructions to: determine, based on the detected characteristics, which limb of the user possesses the portable electronic device; and control at least one function of the portable electronic device taking into account which limb of the user possesses the electronic device (e.g., which limb of the user is holding or secured to the electronic device). According to one embodiment, the processor may further determine a reference position for the portable electronic device (e.g., a position of the device at rest) and compare one or more of the detected characteristics to the reference position to determine which limb of the user possesses the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: William P. Alberth, Jr., Rachid M. Alameh, Timothy A. Dickinson, Robert A. Zurek
  • Patent number: 9204796
    Abstract: A system includes one or more sensors to detect activities of a mobile object; and a processor coupled to the sensor and the wireless transceiver to classify sequences of motions into groups of similar postures each represented by a model and to apply the models to identify an activity of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Empire IP LLC
    Inventor: Bao Tran
  • Patent number: 9189044
    Abstract: A motion sensing apparatus provided. The apparatus includes a sensing module and a processing module, wherein the sensing module includes at least two outputs, the processing module includes at least two signal ports, each signal port of the processing module is connected with one of the outputs of the sensing module respectively, and the sensing module outputs sensing signals from different outputs according to sensed different motions, and the processing module performs corresponding processes according to the sensing signals received from different signal ports. The apparatus simplifies a hardware circuit to some extent, saves the cost, and reduces the consumption of electric energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventor: Chunkang Liang
  • Patent number: 9167375
    Abstract: A device for detecting a carrying case using orientation signatures, and method therefor, is provided. The device includes: at least one orientation sensor; a memory storing one or more carrying-case insertion signatures; and, a processor configured to: receive output from the at least one orientation sensor as a function of time; and place the device in a carrying case mode when a time-dependent pattern in the output matches the one or more carrying-case insertion signatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Ryan Alexander Geris, Krzysztof Zawada, Peter Mankowski, Hussein Bahadur Nagji
  • Patent number: 9153994
    Abstract: A handheld device includes an electronic instrument and a capacitive power supply for storing and delivering power to the electronic instrument. The capacitive power supply includes at least one capacitor, and an electronic circuit operable to boost a voltage from the capacitor to a higher voltage for use by the electronic instrument. The capacitive power supply can be rapidly recharged. Some configurations include an accelerometer which permits the handheld device to detect movement and perform various operations responsive to detected movement. A dual charging station is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Wood, Jon R. Salvati, Michael Curry, Michael T. McMahon, Steven R. Slawson
  • Patent number: 9136070
    Abstract: A high security switch for use with an alarm includes a switch assembly for mounting to a fixed structural member. The switch assembly includes a pressure sensitive switch; a magnetic attractive movable body; a cavity having a first end and second end, the cavity confining, directing, limiting and defining the travel of the movable body; and a biasing element near the first end of the cavity to position the moveable body adjacent the first end of the cavity. The switch also includes an actuating element coupled to a movable structural member. In response to moving the actuating element away from the switch assembly the moveable body is magnetically acted upon by the biasing and moved from the second end to the first end of the cavity. The electrical state of the pressure sensitive switch is changed and an alarm activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventors: Jennifer Oetjen, Randall Woods
  • Patent number: 9135802
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting an attitude of a device are disclosed. The system includes a processing system including at least a sensor processor and an application processor, which are distinct. The system further includes a memory system including one or more computer-readable media. The computer-readable media contains instructions that, if executed by the processing system, cause the system to perform operations. The operations include executing an application using the application processor, and receiving raw sensor readings from one or more sensors, using the sensor processor. The operations also include determining, using the sensor processor, a processed sensor metric comprising attitude data, and transmitting the processed sensor metric to the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Guanfeng Li, Edward Y. Chang
  • Patent number: 9095184
    Abstract: A step-counting shoe comprises a power generation device, a pedometer device, and a display device. When the step-counting shoe is applied with a force, the power generation device produces electrical energy by electromagnetic induction or piezoelectric effect without external power supply, so as to generate power for the pedometer device and the display device automatically during the user walking. Additionally, the present invention provides a variety of types of power generation devices, so a suitable power generation device can be adopted depending on the power demand, thickness of step-counting shoe, and/or costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Shen-Ko Tseng
  • Patent number: 9041545
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus that senses the intensity of sounds and the velocity of objects. Specifically, the present invention relates to an apparatus that may prevent an audio signal from reaching a user, make a warning noise, or otherwise alert the user when a object is noisy and/or approaching the user at a threatening rate. More specifically, the present invention takes data from the surrounding area and compares it to one or more thresholds to determine an object's threat level. The present invention relates to one or more speakers, and includes, generally, one or more microphones to receive and measure the intensity of surrounding noises and one or more range sensors to detect distance, velocity, and acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Eric Allen Zelepugas
  • Patent number: 9026396
    Abstract: An impact sensing device including a plurality of accelerometers orthogonally oriented with respect to each other and attachable at a body location, each capable of producing a signal indicative of an impact. An integrated circuit is configured to determine the magnitude and direction of the impact based on the signals and operative to activate an indicator when the magnitude exceeds a selected threshold based on the direction of the impact. A head injury coefficient is determined based on the magnitude and a duration of the impact, and the threshold level of acceleration is expressed in terms of a head injury coefficient value. The head injury coefficient value is determined by empirically correlating a head injury coefficient measured at the body location and a head injury coefficient measured at the center of mass of a human head resulting from an impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Battle Sports Sicence, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Evans, Christopher W. Circo
  • Publication number: 20150116120
    Abstract: A motion monitoring device includes a detection section attached to a test subject, and adapted to detect a motion of the test subject, a determination section adapted to determine whether or not displacement information of the test subject obtained based on a detection data from the detection section exceeds a threshold value, and an announcement section adapted to make an announcement to the test subject based on the determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Jun WATANABE
  • Patent number: 9007229
    Abstract: User devices are used to access various forms of electronic content. Sensors in the user device or information about environmental data associated with the device, such as weather at the locale of the user device, may be used to determine the occurrence of physical events. Recommendations such as offers for sale of extended warranties, warranty replacement, and so forth may be provided based at least in part on the physical events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter A. Wakim
  • Patent number: 9000934
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are apparatus, methods, and systems for assessing the life span of a product and/or system—particularly with respect to end-of-life conditions which are defined by a customer, owner, operator, or other person(s) associated with the product and/or system—and communicating the assessment to said customer, owner, operator, or other person(s). According to one aspect, end-of-life conditions are defined in terms of product life (e.g., anything that relates to how well and how long the product/system operates) and/or economic life (e.g., anything that relates to the cost of deriving a benefit from the product/system). In one particular example, the products or systems relate to lighting systems, particularly those utilizing LED (or other solid-state) light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Gordin, Timothy D. McGill
  • Patent number: 8981941
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including a matter extracting unit extracting a predetermined matter from text information, an action pattern specifying unit specifying one or multiple action patterns associated with the predetermined matter, an action extracting unit extracting each of the action patterns associated with the predetermined matter, from sensor information, and a state analyzing unit generating state information indicating a state related to the matter, based on each of the action patterns extracted from the sensor information, using a contribution level indicating a degree of contribution of each of the action patterns to the predetermined matter, for a combination of the predetermined matter and each of the action patterns associated with the predetermined matter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Seiichi Takamura, Yasuharu Asano
  • Patent number: 8981952
    Abstract: A sensor includes a housing and a mass, suspended in the housing. The motion of the mass emulates dynamic behavior of a brain of the wearer along a plurality of axes. At least one sensing element is coupled to generate sensor data based on the motion of the mass, in response to an impact to a protective helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: THL Holding Company, LLC
    Inventors: John W. Howard, Richard Cutler
  • Patent number: 8976035
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods include a sensor subsystem (e.g., within a container-mounted device) that produces a sensor output, and a processing system that implements a state machine. Upon entry into a first state, the processing system starts a timer, and while in a second state, the processing system waits for a specific sensor output value to be received. The processing system transitions from the first state to the second state upon expiration of the timer, and the processing system transitions from the second state to the first state when the sensor output corresponds to the specific sensor output value. When the state machine is in the second state, the output device produces a human-perceptible indicia configured to prompt a human user to perform an action that is likely to cause the sensor to produce the sensor output that corresponds to the specific sensor output value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Steffen, Rodrigo L. Borras
  • Patent number: 8976036
    Abstract: An activity monitor which can be pre-programmed at the factory, the doctor's office or the pharmacist, or that can be programmed by the user. The activity monitor is affixed to a medicine bottle or container and activity associated with the bottle or container, such as movement, opening, volume changes, etc. are monitored in view to the schedule. If the schedule indicates that a dose of medicine should be taken at a particular time, but the monitored activity does not determine that the medicine has been taken, an alert signal will be issued to alert the user that it is time to take the medicine. In addition, if the monitored activity indicates that the medicine bottle has been opened prior to a scheduled time, then a tamper alert can be triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Sam Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150042481
    Abstract: A sensor unit includes a sensor section adapted to detect a motion, and an announcement section adapted to announce a state of an output signal of the sensor section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Kazuo NOMURA
  • Patent number: 8941740
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an image recorder configured to record video images. The apparatus also includes a display screen configured to present the video images to a user and to create notations overlying one or more of the video images based on user input. The apparatus further includes a transceiver configured to stream the video images over a wireless mesh network and to transmit data associated with the notations over the wireless mesh network. The apparatus could also include components for providing cryptographic keys to wireless nodes joining the wireless mesh network, a sensor for detecting or measuring one or more characteristics, and/or an asset tracker for transmitting or receive signals for identifying a location of the apparatus. The apparatus could further include at least one voice unit supporting bidirectional voice communications and/or a site survey unit for identifying signal strengths associated with detected wireless nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Hai D. Pham, David R. Kaufman, Ramakrishna S. Budampati, Anoop K. Mathur
  • Publication number: 20150022357
    Abstract: A mounting system for an electronic device is described. This mounting system includes a base that can be rigidly mounted on or underneath a wall. Moreover, the base can be remateably coupled to the electronic device. The remateable coupling may involve pins that are inserted into corresponding holes and rotated into a lock position. Alternatively, the remateable coupling may involve magnets that mechanically couple to each other so long as the electronic device and the base are within a predefined distance. The electronic device may receive power via the remateable coupling or via inductive charging. In addition, the electronic device may monitor a spatial parameter, such as: a location of the electronic device, a velocity of the electronic device and/or an acceleration of the electronic device. If this spatial parameter changes without the electronic device first receiving a security code, the electronic device provides an alert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: LEEO, INC.
    Inventors: Adam Matthew GETTINGS, Andrew Gettings STEVENS, Bjorn HOVLAND
  • Publication number: 20150022356
    Abstract: A mounting system for an electronic device is described. This mounting system includes a base that can be rigidly mounted on or underneath a wall. Moreover, the base can be remateably coupled to the electronic device. The remateable coupling may involve pins that are inserted into corresponding holes and rotated into a lock position. Alternatively, the remateable coupling may involve magnets that mechanically couple to each other so long as the electronic device and the base are within a predefined distance. The electronic device may receive power via the remateable coupling or via inductive charging. In addition, the electronic device may monitor a spatial parameter, such as: a location of the electronic device, a velocity of the electronic device and/or an acceleration of the electronic device. If this spatial parameter changes without the electronic device first receiving a security code, the electronic device provides an alert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: LEEO, INC.
    Inventors: Adam Matthew GETTINGS, Andrew Gettings STEVENS, Bjorn HOVLAND
  • Patent number: 8930144
    Abstract: An apparatus as provided for measuring acceleration of a person's head or other object. The apparatus comprises a sensor for sensing acceleration and a controller for controlling recording of data resulting from the sensed acceleration due to an explosive force. The controller is adapted to determine whether or not to enable recording of the data based on the sensed acceleration. A data receiver is provided to receive the sensed acceleration data from the sensing means, and requires electrical power to enable data to be received thereby. The controller controls electrical power to the receiver so that if the sensed acceleration reaches or exceeds a predetermined value, electrical power to the data receiver is enabled. The recorded acceleration data may be used for injury analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Med-Eng, LLC
    Inventors: Graham Hubler, Jeffrey Byers, Brian Houston, Robert Corsaro, Phil Frank, Jason Kost, Kenny Opachko, Alain Berdoz, Peter Herdic, Lock-Sui Chin, Jeffrey Levine, Jean-Philippe Dionne, Doug Wong, Daniel Crossman
  • Patent number: 8922365
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to systems and methods for monitoring and alerting a body temperature of a person under guardianship. A wireless signal emitting body temperature sensor is configured to transmit a wireless signal including a detected temperature value. The wireless signal is received by a wireless signal receiving chip of a wireless signal receiving and processing precaution device carried by a guardian, and processed by a central processing chip. If the detected value is over the maximum value or is under the minimum value, an alarming signal will timely notify the guardian about abnormality in the body temperature of the person under guardianship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Weidong Liu
  • Patent number: 8909497
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to spectrally and spatially dissecting accelerometer data from a signal of a motion sensor. Data received from the dissected signal is reduced to statistical averages for selected frequency bands and spatial dimensions. A time segment subject over which the signal was acquired is segmented so that the dissected signal may be evaluated per the segmentation of the time. Change of orientation towards gravity of the sensor is analyzed with respect to a change of orientation from a before impact segment to an after impact segment. The analyzed change in orientation value with respect to a threshold is a factor in determination of a fall of a body to which the sensor is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Keynetik, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Shkolnikov
  • Patent number: 8907791
    Abstract: A door assembly includes a first door skin and a second door skin spaced apart from the first door skin. The assembly also includes an energy sensor generating an energy signature signal and a memory storing a door component operating signature. A controller is coupled to the accelerometer and forms a comparison of the energy signature signal to the door component operating signature and generates a door component operation status signal in response to the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: TD IP Holdco, LLC
    Inventors: Patricia Yulkowski, Leon Yulkowski, Edward J. Yenni
  • Patent number: 8896458
    Abstract: This method of converting a displacement of a magnetic object into a signal directly perceptible by a human being, comprises: —the acquisition (32) of a temporal succession of measurements of a magnetic field modified by the displacements of the object during a sliding time window of predetermined duration, —the construction (34) on the basis of this acquired temporal succession of measurements of several signals each representing a characteristic of the measured magnetic field dependent on a corresponding characteristic of the displacement of the object, and —the adjustment (50) of several parameters of the directly perceptible signal as a function of the signals so as to render these characteristics directly perceptible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'energie atomique et aux energies alternatives
    Inventors: Jerome Doutaz, Roland Blanpain, Viviane Cattin
  • Patent number: 8896457
    Abstract: A wireless device includes a sensor module that generates sensor data in response to an impact to the protective headgear. A device processing module generates event data in response to the sensor data, wherein the device processing module includes an event detection module that analyzes the sensor data and triggers the generating of the event data in response to detection of an event in the sensor data. A short-range wireless transmitter transmits a wireless signal that includes the event data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: THL Holding Company, LLC
    Inventors: John W. Howard, Richard Cutler
  • Publication number: 20140333446
    Abstract: A sports helmet notification system to be carried by a helmet has a microcontroller in connection with an accelerometer that measures acceleration in three mutually orthogonal directions, a memory device and a notification device. The microcontroller has a predetermined logging setpoint and a predetermined notification setpoint. The microcontroller is programmed with instructions to record an event in the memory device upon receiving acceleration data from the accelerometer that exceeds the logging setpoint and to activate the notification device upon receiving acceleration data from the accelerometer that exceeds the notification setpoint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Safebrain Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Rod J. NEWLOVE
  • Patent number: 8879363
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece includes a display unit, a communication unit, a tilt detector, an acceleration detector, and a power-off unit. The display unit displays information including information of time. The communication unit performs near field communication with an external device via an antenna. The tilt detector detects a tilting movement of a main body of the electronic timepiece. The acceleration detector detects an accelerated movement of the main body. The power-off unit turns off a power of the communication unit when the tilt detector does not detect the tilting movement and when the acceleration detector does not detect the accelerated movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takaomi Yonekura