Velocity Patents (Class 340/670)
  • Patent number: 10410487
    Abstract: A security system includes an fixture and a tracking device in wireless communication with the fixture to communicate a disturbance to the tracking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventor: Ajit Clarence Joseph
  • Patent number: 10365811
    Abstract: A wearable device receives user configuration data that provides user-specific information for stored use cases and generates a personalized use case database based on the stored use cases and the user-specific information. The wearable device obtains location, sensor, time, and peripheral state data and detects a meaningful change in a most recent data instance of the location, sensor, time, or peripheral state data over an earlier data instance of the location, sensor, time, and peripheral state data. The wearable device determines if the most recent data instance corresponds to a particular use case in the personalized use case database; presents on a display a new home-screen experience, including multiple application user interfaces for the particular use case, when the most recent data instance corresponds to the particular use case; and changes a hardware state to enable use of the multiple application user interfaces in the new home-screen experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Quentin N. Robinson, Ai Mitsufuji, Layton R. Diament
  • Patent number: 10298741
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for operating a communication device to assist in safe driving of a vehicle. The method includes continuously monitoring driving conditions by analyzing data obtained from one or more sensors, positioning system, and a data network, and processing the driving conditions to determine a safety level of the vehicle corresponding thereto. The method further include automatically adjusting an operational mode of the communication device, based on the determined safety level, to automatically enable, disable and/or alter predetermined functions of the communication device in accordance with the safety level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SECURE4DRIVE COMMUNICATION LTD.
    Inventors: Adi Goren, Reuven Ulmansky, David Cohen
  • Patent number: 9700237
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring a physiological parameter of a user is disclosed. The apparatus comprises at least one processor and at least one memory comprising a computer program code comprising program instructions of a first algorithm modelling acquisition of the physiological parameter from motion of a user's arm and program instructions of a second algorithm modelling acquisition of the physiological parameter from motion of the user's torso. The at least one memory and the computer program code are configured, with the at least one processor, to cause the apparatus to: acquire torso acceleration data representing motion of the torso of the user; process the torso acceleration data with the second algorithm; and acquire, from the acceleration data processed with the second algorithm, reference parameters for the first algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: POLAR ELECTRO OY
    Inventor: Mika Niemimaki
  • Patent number: 9487122
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted apparatus outputs caution or warning information to an occupant in a vehicle if the vehicle-mounted apparatus does not continually receive information that shows that an application that is presently being executed in a portable information terminal connected to the vehicle-mounted apparatus has an attribute of being permitted to be used during the moving of a vehicle in which the vehicle-mounted apparatus is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenichi Murata, Kenji Marunaka
  • Patent number: 9437157
    Abstract: A display system including a communication unit to receive streamed data from a mobile terminal located within the vehicle; a first display unit operatively connected to the communication unit and installed in a first location in the vehicle, the first display unit to display the streamed data; and a second display unit operatively connected to the communication unit and installed in a second location in the vehicle different than the first location, the second display unit to display the streamed data. Further, the first display unit interrupts the display of the streamed data by the first display unit while the mobile terminal processes an incoming or outgoing call, and the second display unit continues to display the streamed data while the mobile terminal processes the incoming or outgoing call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Sungha Choi
  • Patent number: 9323057
    Abstract: A mobile device, system and method for controlling a heads-up display device is provided. A mobile device is in communication with a heads-up display (HUD) device. The mobile device is enabled to: transmit a portion of display data to the HUD device for display thereupon, rather than provide the portion to a display of the mobile device; and display a remaining portion of the display data at the display. The HUD device is enabled to: receive from the mobile device the display data for display at the HUD; display the data at the HUD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventor: Terrill Mark Dent
  • Patent number: 9241249
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods, systems and apparatus are disclosed for providing notification at an automotive head unit (AHU) of a vehicle that a pre-paired consumer electronics device (CED), such as a wireless communication device, is outside a vehicle. When it is determined that the pre-paired CED is not connected to a wireless communication interface of the AHU, a notification can be provided to the AHU indicating that the pre-paired CED is not connected. Positional data from a location message, provided from the pre-paired CED, can then be processed to generate location data and provide the location data to the AHU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Linxuan Yang, Jarvis Chau, Mark A. Manickaraj, Neeraj R. Gautama, Norman J. Weigert
  • Patent number: 9179297
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described to disable texting while driving a moving vehicle. The position and speed of a user's cell phone are compared with that of a registered master phone. If the position and speed track that of the master phone, it is assumed that the user is a passenger and not a driver, and texting is enabled for that user. Texting at speed is disabled for a master phone user who may be an ordinary citizen or may be a professional driver of a mass transit vehicle. The user of a master phone may utilize a different service provider than a passenger. Information parameter measurements such as for example one or more of cell phone position, velocity, and direction of travel, are time stamped and then passed between service providers and a third party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Osann, Jr.
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 8874162
    Abstract: In embodiments of mobile device safe driving, a mobile device can display a device lock screen on an integrated display device, and transition from the device lock screen to display a driving mode lock screen. The transition to display the driving mode lock screen occurs without receiving a PIN code entered on the device lock screen. The mobile device implements a safe driving service that is implemented to activate a safe driving mode of the mobile device, and disable features of the mobile device while the safe driving mode is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph A. Schrader, Raman K. Sarin, Ted Tai-Yu Chen, Sharad Agarwal, Joseph H. Matthews, III, Shai Guday, Joseph Spencer King
  • Patent number: 8830077
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a case, an angular velocity sensor fixed to the case, a data memory storing plural reference profiles, an output unit operating in a plurality of operation modes corresponding to the reference profiles, and a processor controlling the output unit. The angular velocity sensor sends a signal according to an angular velocity applied to the case. The processor is operable to receive the signal sent from the angular velocity sensor, to select a reference profile out of the plural reference profiles according to the received signal, and to cause the output unit to operate in an operation mode out of the plural operation modes corresponding to the selected reference profile. A user can operate this electronic device with a quick response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Uemura, Toshiyuki Nozoe
  • Patent number: 8803697
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus and a computer program, where the method includes storing an association between a user notification and an event, detecting the event by an apparatus and detecting movement of an external object in a range outside the apparatus in response to the detected event. Furthermore, the method includes determining characteristics of the user notification based on the step of detecting movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Terhi Rautiainen
  • Patent number: 8779947
    Abstract: Vehicle-related messaging methods and systems are disclosed herein. In one of the methods, a telematics unit disposed in a vehicle detects that the vehicle is no longer in operation. Upon making the detection, the telematics unit automatically transmits a message to a device, where the message includes a suggestion, a recommendation, an indication, or a notification pertaining to a vehicle utility. An application resident on the device, or on a cloud computing system in communication with the device, presents the message on the device by displaying i) the suggestion, the recommendation, the indication, or the notification and ii) a plurality of actionable items associated with the suggestion, the recommendation, the indication, or the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Steven C. Tengler, Mark S. Frye
  • Patent number: 8768569
    Abstract: This specification relates to an information providing method and an apparatus thereof, capable of providing information based on a user profile according to a travel state and/or a current location of a vehicle. The method includes detecting a travel state of a vehicle, detecting a current location of the vehicle; acquiring a user profile associated with the vehicle, and providing information related to the travel state of the vehicle, the current location and the user profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Mingoo Kim, Kwangjae Lee, Jungwoo Kim
  • Patent number: 8760308
    Abstract: A system for providing feedback to an operator regarding a speed at which the operator is passing a treatment device over a surface compared to an ideal speed is disclosed. The system includes a reference module configured to provide an optical beam, a sensing module configured to detect the optical beam and providing a signal related to a speed of the optical beam passing over the sensing module, and an electronics module configured to receive the signal from the sensing module and provide an indication of whether the speed of the beam is less than, equal to, or greater than an ideal speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory Piedmont
  • Publication number: 20140091937
    Abstract: A system for providing awareness of an interactive surface is disclosed. The system may include a processor that is communicatively linked to an interactive surface. The processor may determine a position and a velocity of an object that is within range of the interactive surface based on one or more of media content, vibrations, air movement, sounds and, global positioning data associated with the object. Additionally, the processor may determine if the object has a trajectory that would cause the object to collide with the interactive surface based on the information associated with the object. If the processor determines that the object has a trajectory that would cause the object to collide with the interactive surface, the processor can generate a notification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James H. Pratt, Steven M. Belz, Marc A. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8649667
    Abstract: A drop sensor detects a drop of a device. When the drop of the device is detected, a sub CPU allows a counter to count a drop time. When the device drops for a predetermined time or more, the sub CPU controls a regulator so that the regulator forcibly disconnects an electric power to be supplied to a hard disc, and writes a drop occurrence flag into a nonvolatile memory. When the power supply is again turned on, a main CPU allows a display section to display information indicating that the power supply is disconnected due to the drop of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: JVC Kenwood Corporation
    Inventor: Junichi Kasuya
  • Patent number: 8645085
    Abstract: A billiard cue stroke simulator includes a wireless acceleration sensing device and a computing system. The wireless acceleration sensing device measures acceleration of a billiard cue along two or more axes of a coordinate system during a stroke of the billiard cue and generates acceleration data including the acceleration data. Additionally, the wireless acceleration sensing device transmits a wireless communication signal including the acceleration data to the computing system. The computing system generates image data indicating movement of the billiard cue during the stroke of the billiard cue based on the acceleration data and displays the image data. In this way, the billiard cue stroke simulator simulates the stroke of the billiard cue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Dustin Lee Morris
  • Patent number: 8531287
    Abstract: Provided is a method for operating a wireless terminal. In the method, an event is detected through a user interface. Location information is detected through a wireless channel in response to the event detection. The detected event information and the detected location information are outputted to the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Hyung Jin Kim, Seong Chul Cho, Gweon Do Jo, Daeho Kim
  • Patent number: 8508379
    Abstract: When a wireless communications device is traveling at a speed exceeding a lower threshold but less than an upper threshold, the device is presumed to be traveling in a motor vehicle. In order to inhibit operation of the wireless communication device by a driver without restricting operation by a passenger, access to certain device functions or applications such as e-mail, text messaging, etc. are limited by challenging the user of the device to respond to an ergonomic challenge that requires two-handed user input. Only if two-handed input is received will the wireless communications device grant access to e-mail or instant messaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Raymond Vander Veen, Gerhard Dietrich Klassen
  • Patent number: 8482417
    Abstract: A networked jump safety system and method for monitoring a jump area is described. The system comprises a safety analysis station connected via a network to least one monitoring station. The output of a sensor is analyzed at the safety analysis station to determine if it is safe for a rider to enter a jump area. A status corresponding to the determination is transmitted via the network from the safety analysis station to a light emitting output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: David Stewart
  • Publication number: 20130169446
    Abstract: A device includes a main body and a control circuit received in the main body. The main body includes three push buttons and a display. The control circuit includes a parameter setting unit, a rotation speed detection unit, and a display unit. The push buttons are operated to input signals to the parameter setting unit. The parameter setting unit generates and saves a reference value according to the signals received from the push buttons, and outputs the reference value to the display unit. The rotation speed detection unit detects an actual rotation speed of a fan, and outputs the actual rotation speed to the display unit. The display unit controls the display to display the reference value and the actual rotation speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: ZHENG-QUAN PENG, ZHAO-YANG CAI
  • Publication number: 20130162438
    Abstract: An exemplary server system includes an enclosure, a number of server groups, a number of fan rows, and a fan indicator system. The fan indicator system includes a number of fan control boards (FCBs), a baseboard management controller (BMC), and a terminal device. One FCB is connected to one of the fan rows to read rotational speeds of the fans of the corresponding fan row, and encodes the read rotational speeds to indicate positional information of the corresponding fan row and positional information of each fan on the corresponding fan row. The BMC receives and processes the encoded rotational speeds to determine whether the fans work normally. When at least one fan is determined to work abnormally by the BMC, the BMC outputs the encoded rotational speeds of the abnormal fans. The terminal device receives and displays the encoded rotational speeds of the abnormal fans.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: KANG WU, WEI-DONG CONG
  • Publication number: 20130099932
    Abstract: A system for providing feedback to an operator regarding a speed at which the operator is passing a treatment device over a surface compared to an ideal speed is disclosed. The system includes a reference module configured to provide an optical beam, a sensing module configured to detect the optical beam and providing a signal related to a speed of the optical beam passing over the sensing module, and an electronics module configured to receive the signal from the sensing module and provide an indication of whether the speed of the beam is less than, equal to, or greater than an ideal speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory Piedmont
  • Patent number: 8395522
    Abstract: Disclosed are an information display apparatus and a method thereof capable of allowing a user to conveniently and safely drive by displaying a sender's information corresponding to a call signal, on a windshield of a vehicle, through a display unit such as a Head-Up Display (HUD) or a projector, if the vehicle is in a running state when the call signal is received. The information display apparatus comprises a communication unit configured to receive a call signal, and a controller configured to detect a vehicle speed when the call signal is received, and configured to display a sender's information corresponding to the call signal, on a display unit, based on the vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Donguke Kweon
  • Patent number: 8395512
    Abstract: A signature analysis system can include a mobile signature analysis unit and a home unit. The mobile signature analysis unit can include a sensor module to monitor and capture an entity's activity information and a processing unit to analyze the activity information to detect a signature and determine an event corresponding to the signature. If the mobile signature analysis unit determines that a user has experienced a fall, for example, a notification can be sent to the user's caregiver by one or both of the mobile signature analysis unit and the home unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Sanvalto, Inc.
    Inventors: Valerie J. Young, Santosh Balakrishnan, Todd Keaffaber
  • Publication number: 20130049975
    Abstract: A stir alarm device for monitoring a forced air in-bin grain stirring system and alerting an individual when the stirring system malfunctions. The stir alarm device may include a movement device which is movably secured to the stirring system, such that movement of the stirring system causes movement of the movement device. The stir alarm device may further include a detection mechanism for monitoring the movement of the movement device. The stir alarm may also include a signaling device operably attached to the detection mechanism, the signaling device for signaling a malfunction when an amount of movement detected by the movement detection mechanism is below a threshold for a predetermined period of time and may include methods or components to control the operation of the stir machine and/or drying system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Randy Heying
  • Patent number: 8354937
    Abstract: When a wireless communications device is traveling a speed exceeding a first predetermined threshold but less than a second predetermined threshold, the device is presumed traveling in a motor vehicle. In order to inhibit operation of the wireless communication device when traveling, access to certain device functions or applications such as e-mail, text messaging, etc. are limited by requiring the user of the device to respond correctly to a randomly generated visual challenge, such as, for example, a CAPTCHA (in which a user is prompted to recognize the characters in a visually distorted string of text). This visual challenge presents a sufficient obstacle that the user will be less likely to use the wireless communications device for e-mailing or texting while operating a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Raymond Paul Vander Veen, Gerhard Dietrich Klassen
  • Publication number: 20120286965
    Abstract: A method, an apparatus and a computer program, where the method includes storing an association between a user notification and an event, detecting the event by an apparatus and detecting movement of an external object in a range outside the apparatus in response to the detected event. Furthermore, the method includes determining characteristics of the user notification based on the step of detecting movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Terhi Rautiainen
  • Publication number: 20120280824
    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: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Eric Allen Zelepugas
  • Patent number: 8295854
    Abstract: A system and method are described to disable texting while driving a moving vehicle. The position and speed of a user's cell phone are compared with that of a registered master phone. If the position and speed track that of the master phone, it is assumed that the user is a passenger and not a driver, and texting is enabled for that user. Texting at speed is disabled for a master phone user who may be an ordinary citizen or may be a professional driver of a mass transit vehicle. The user of a master phone may utilize a different service provider than a passenger. Information parameter measurements such as cell phone position, velocity, and direction of travel are time stamped and then passed between service providers or alternately made available to other service providers by way of a central database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Osann, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120242493
    Abstract: A movement responding device includes a housing, a circuit board disposed in the housing, a control device mounted on the circuit board, a light device attached to the circuit board and electrically connected to the control device for generating a light, and a movement detector attached to the circuit board and electrically connected to the control device for detecting a movement of an object or a user and for supplying a detected information to the control device and for actuating the light device to generate the light when sensed or detected a movement of the object or the user or in automatic response to the detection of ambient movement or sound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventor: Lin Wei Tsai
  • Publication number: 20120206268
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for managing attention of a user of a portable electronic device. A detection is made that a portable electronic device is in motion relative to a first object separate from the portable electronic device An interaction is detected between a user and the portable electronic device while the portable electronic device is in the motion, wherein in the interaction the portable electronic device is a first source of sensory input for the user. A determination is made, based on detecting the motion, that a specified attention criterion is met in response to detection of the interaction. In response to detecting that the attention criterion is met, attention information is sent for presenting an attention output, via an output device, for directing the user to an object, not included in the portable electronic device, as a second source of sensory input for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Paul Morris
  • Patent number: 8217800
    Abstract: When a wireless communications device is traveling a speed exceeding a first predetermined threshold but less than a second predetermined threshold, the device is presumed traveling in a motor vehicle. In order to inhibit operation of the wireless communication device when traveling, access to certain device functions or applications such as e-mail, text messaging, etc. are limited by requiring the user of the device to respond correctly to a randomly generated visual challenge, such as, for example, a CAPTCHA (in which a user is prompted to recognize the characters in a visually distorted string of text). This visual challenge presents a sufficient obstacle that the user will be less likely to use the wireless communications device for e-mailing or texting while operating a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Raymond Vander Veen, Gerhard Dietrich Klassen
  • Patent number: 8200291
    Abstract: A safety device for automotive vehicles (cars, buses and trucks) or rail locomotives. The device inhibits use of cellular telephones and other communication devices that run the risk of distracting a driver/operator while the vehicle is in motion. Several techniques for inhibiting use are described which can be used individually or in a complementary combinations. In one technique, a rapidly varying signal level is created local to the communication device. The variations exceed the operational limits of the system, thereby inhibiting communications. In another technique, the safety device emits radiation that interferes with the reception of signals by the communication device only within the interior of the vehicle and will not interfere with cell phones or wireless devises outside the automotive vehicle or rail locomotive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventors: Allan Steinmetz, Douglas Magyari, Stuart Lipoff
  • Patent number: 8164472
    Abstract: A jump safety system and method for monitoring a jump landing area is described. The system of examining a landing area associated with the jump includes a camera, a memory, a processor, an image processing module, and a light emitting output. The camera is positioned to generate a camera output that displays the landing area. The landing area has a declining slope angle that reduces a landing force in relation to the slope angle. The image processing module, which is controlled by the processor, determines a landing area clear status by analyzing the camera output and determining the landing area is clear of obstructions. A landing area obstruction status is determined by identifying that there is an obstruction in the landing area. The light emitting output communicates either the landing area clear status or the landing area obstruction status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: David James Stewart
  • Publication number: 20110267189
    Abstract: A networked jump safety system and method for monitoring a jump area is described. The system comprises a safety analysis station connected via a network to least one monitoring station. The output of a sensor is analyzed at the safety analysis station to determine if it is safe for a rider to enter a jump area. A status corresponding to the determination is transmitted via the network from the safety analysis station to a light emitting output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: David Stewart
  • Publication number: 20110260871
    Abstract: A system for tracking a presence of persons in a building, a method and a computer program product Abstract The invention relates to a system for tracking a presence of persons in a building. The system comprises a sensor network a computer system that is communicately connected to the sensor network. The sensor network includes a motion sensor for sensing a person's motion in a room of the building, a door sensor for sensing if a door of the room is opened and/or closed, and a localization sensor for sensing if a person is present at a particular location in the room. Further, the computer system includes a processor is arranged for generating a presence state vector indicating a presence probability value of a person in the room, based on sensor information provided by the sensor network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Ireneusz Piotr Karkowski
  • Patent number: 8035516
    Abstract: A system and method for false alarm prevention in unstable locations is presented. In one embodiment, the method comprises activating an asset sensor and a reference sensor, detecting motion in the asset sensor, determining if the reference sensor detects motion, and preventing transmission of an alarm if the reference sensor detects the motion. In another embodiment, the method comprises activating an asset sensor and a reference sensor, detecting motion in the asset sensor and transmitting acceleration data in accordance with the detected motion, sensing local acceleration data from the reference sensor, and signaling an alarm if a difference between the transmitted acceleration data and the local acceleration data is greater than a predetermined threshold. The reference sensor can be mounted in a control panel, and the asset and reference sensors can be enrolled in the control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Lewin Edwards, Christopher Beach
  • Publication number: 20110241878
    Abstract: A medication safety system includes a panel mounted to an IV pole above a multi-channel infusion pump also mounted to the IV pole. The panel includes multiple RFID readers for reading the RFID tags placed on each of the medication containers mounted to the panel. The pump includes a controller that communicates with the RFID readers at the panel to receive the information read by the RFID readers and automatically program the respective pump channel. A verification program verifies that the medication delivery information from the containers matches the patient identified for the pump and the programming parameters of the pump fall within acceptable ranges. In another aspect, the panel contains multiple vibration devices to impart vibrations to the medication of each of the containers mounted to the panel. Those vibrations are sensed by the particular pumping channel to confirm that the correct channel has been programmed for that medication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: CAREFUSION 303, INC.
    Inventor: Robert E. Hoag
  • Publication number: 20110234406
    Abstract: A signature analysis system can include a mobile signature analysis unit and a home unit. The mobile signature analysis unit can include a sensor module to monitor and capture an entity's activity information and a processing unit to analyze the activity information to detect a signature and determine an event corresponding to the signature. If the mobile signature analysis unit determines that a user has experienced a fall, for example, a notification can be sent to the user's caregiver by one or both of the mobile signature analysis unit and the home unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: SANVALTO, INC.
    Inventors: Valerie J. Young, Santosh Balakrishnan, Todd Keaffaber
  • Patent number: 8005347
    Abstract: A drop sensor detects a drop of a device. When the drop of the device is detected, a sub CPU allows a counter to count a drop time. When the device drops for a predetermined time or more, the sub CPU controls a regulator so that the regulator forcibly disconnects an electric power to be supplied to a hard disc, and writes a drop occurrence flag into a nonvolatile memory. When the power supply is again turned on, a main CPU allows a display section to display information indicating that the power supply is disconnected due to the drop of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Victor Company of Japan, Limited
    Inventor: Junichi Kasuya
  • Publication number: 20110187547
    Abstract: Disclosed are an information display apparatus and a method thereof capable of allowing a user to conveniently and safely drive by displaying a sender's information corresponding to a call signal, on a windshield of a vehicle, through a display unit such as a Head-Up Display (HUD) or a projector, if the vehicle is in a running state when the call signal is received. The information display apparatus comprises a communication unit configured to receive a call signal, and a controller configured to detect a vehicle speed when the call signal is received, and configured to display a sender's to information corresponding to the call signal, on a display unit, based on the vehicle speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Donguke KWEON
  • Publication number: 20110175738
    Abstract: The invention relates to a monitoring system (1) for detecting and/or tracking at least one moving monitoring object (4) in a monitoring area (2), having a plurality of monitoring sensors (6) which are and/or can be spatially distributed in the monitoring area (2) and which are designed to detect the monitoring object (4) and to output detected object information, having a signature lock (8a, b, c, d) having at least one signature sensor (9) which is designed and/or arranged to detect the monitoring object (4) and to output object signature information, having an evaluation device (10) which is designed to create and/or add to an object signature (16) of the monitoring object (4) based on the object signature information and to detect and/or track the monitoring object (4) by comparing detected object information to the object signature (16) of the monitoring object (4), wherein the signature lock (8a, b, c, d) comprises at least two signature sensors (9) and is designed in such a way that the object signatur
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Axel Baumann, Hartmut Loos, Jan Karl Warzelhan
  • Publication number: 20110150425
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention involves an apparatus and method for controlling periodic play back of demo content by a display device. The method comprises monitoring for a triggering event by a presence sensor within the display device. The triggering event involves a detection of a non-moving or slow-moving object remaining in front of the display device for a predetermined period of time. In response to detecting the triggering event, the demo content is automatically played for a first period of time. Thereafter, play back of the demo content is halted after the first period of time has elapsed and play back the streaming advertising content is continued by the display device for a second period of time, and as an option, even if another triggering event is detected during the second period of time. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicants: SONY CORPORATION, SONY ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Brant L. Candelore, Peter Shintani
  • Publication number: 20110109468
    Abstract: A method of partial deactivation of a personal communication device in a vehicle when the vehicle is in motion including receiving, by the personal communication device, velocity information of the vehicle, determining, by the personal communication device, whether the vehicle is in motion from the velocity information, and deactivating, by an application executing on the personal communication device, at least one function of the personal communication device when the vehicle is in motion. Deactivation may include any one or more of disabling a user interface, turning off a communication radio, muting a ringer, and activating a power saving mode. A safety system for partial deactivation of the personal communication device while a vehicle is in motion. A diagnostic audio bridge retrieves and sends velocity information. The device executes activation control code which deactivates at least one function of the personal communication device when the vehicle is in motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventors: Robert A. Hirschfeld, Laura G. Hirschfeld, Gregory S. Althaus
  • Publication number: 20110105096
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a system and method for activating an electronic device from a low power state. The method comprises: monitoring a motion detection circuit for a signal indicating a movement of the device; analyzing the movement of the device and if the movement matches a profile for an activation movement for the device then activating a component on the device; and if the movement does not match the profile, then monitoring for additional movement signals for the device and providing data relating to the additional movement signals to a microprocessor in the device at an instance where the microprocessor is expected to be monitoring for receipt of a synchronization signal from a network in communication with the device is expected and when the instance is passed, the device is placed in second power operating mode, the second power operating mode consuming less power than the first power operating mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventors: Jeffrey Alton Hugh Dods, Nazih Almalki