Tilt Patents (Class 340/689)
  • Patent number: 12020557
    Abstract: A method of operating a doorbell system can include receiving, by a remote computing device, a notification of an emergency event and in response to the receiving, illuminating at least one light of a doorbell to indicate an occurrence of the emergency event. The method can further include, in response to receiving the notification, initiating a communication with an emergency dispatcher and/or an emergency contact. The at least one light can illuminate in a variety of colors and illumination patterns corresponding to the type of emergency event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: SkyBell Technologies IP, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Frank Scalisi, Mark Furnari
  • Patent number: 11991021
    Abstract: Embodiments herein relate to recognition of an appliance state based on sensor data and determination of a response based at least in part on the appliance state. In various embodiments, an apparatus to recognize an appliance state may include a sensor data module to identify sensor data in one or more signals relating to data from one or more sensors associated with an appliance, an appliance state recognition module to determine an appliance state of the appliance based at least in part on the sensor data, a response module to determine a response based at least in part on the appliance state, and a transmission module to send the response to at least one of an appliance controller for the appliance or a presentation device. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Rita H. Wouhaybi, Mark D. Yarvis, Bradut Vrabete
  • Patent number: 11752586
    Abstract: Various embodiments of power tool and method of operating same are described. The power tool may include a first position sensor, a second position sensor, a third position sensor, and a controller. The first, second, and third position sensors may each generate a signal indicative of a distance between the respective position sensor and a workpiece. The controller may determine one or more angles of the power tool with respect to the workpiece based on the first, second, and third signal and present an indication as to whether the one or more angles are within a predetermined range. The controller may further obtain a depth measurement based on the first signal, the second signal, and the third signal and generate, based on the obtained depth measurement, one or more control signals that control operation of the power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Inventors: Brian Todd Reese, Cody Lyle Mayer
  • Patent number: 11634151
    Abstract: The present invention obtains a processor, a processing method, a warning system, and a straddle-type vehicle capable of improving both the rider's safety and the rider's comfort. A processor (20) includes: an acquisition section that acquires surrounding environment information corresponding to output of a surrounding environment detector (11) during travel of a straddle-type vehicle (100); a determination section that determines necessity of warning operation provided to the rider and generated by the warning system (1); and a control section that makes an alarm (30) perform the warning operation in the case where the determination section determines that the warning operation is necessary. The acquisition section further acquires helmet posture direction information corresponding to output of a helmet posture direction detector (13) during the travel of the straddle-type vehicle (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Lars Pfau
  • Patent number: 11534546
    Abstract: Ambulatory medicament devices that provide therapy to a subject, such as blood glucose control, are disclosed. Disclosed systems and methods can implement one or more features that improve the user experience, by modifying delivery of therapy to a subject after determining that a possible occlusion exists in a medicament delivery system, monitoring the status of an ambulatory medical device and the health condition of a subject that receives therapy from the ambulatory medical device and annunciating alarm condition when necessary, selectively muting alarm annunciations while a Do Not Disturb mode is activated, implementing various power saving modes to save power, controlling operation of the device and medicament delivery based on the user gesture controls, and controlling medicament delivery based on a condition of the ambulatory medicament device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventors: Michael J. Rosinko, Firas H. El-Khatib, Himanshu Patel
  • Patent number: 11437135
    Abstract: A liquid ingesting management system is provided. The liquid ingesting management system includes a fluid container, a database and a wireless transmit/receive unit. The wireless transmit/receive unit communicates with the fluid container and the database through a wireless technique to access the database and control the fluid container to perform a liquid ingesting management process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: Justin Jing-Yun Huang, Jui-Yuan Hsu, Ching-Wei Huang, Ching-Wu Huang, Jean-Yun Huang, Yu-Tung Huang
  • Patent number: 11341833
    Abstract: An industrial plant monitoring system includes: a first terminal attached to a worker and having a gyro sensor generating inclination information based on a movement of the worker; a server receiving the inclination information; and a second terminal configured to communicate with the server. The server performs processing of acquiring a number of pieces of the inclination information generated during a predetermined period and exceeding a predetermined inclination angle, processing of determining whether the acquired number of pieces of the inclination information exceeds a predetermined value or not, and processing of transmitting first alarm information to the second terminal when it is determined that the number of pieces of the inclination information exceeds the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Kazufumi Kato, Shingo Kumagai
  • Patent number: 10711470
    Abstract: A climbing formwork and a method for erection of a concrete structure by successively casting a plurality of casting segments, the climbing formwork comprising a first form element for delimiting a cavity to receive concrete for forming an uppermost casting segment, the first form element having upper and lower ends, a support structure to support the first form element, a tilt sensor for measuring a tilt of the first form element, a measuring unit for measuring a horizontal distance between the lower end of the outer surface of the first form element and the upper end of the outer surface of the previous casting segment, a processing unit communicating with the tilt sensor and the measuring unit for calculating a target tilt of the first form element, the processing unit further for determining a deviation between the actual tilt and the target tilt of the first form element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: DOKA GMBH
    Inventors: Simon Vogl, Peter Amon, Friedrich Steininger
  • Patent number: 10703610
    Abstract: A lifting tool used during lifting and mounting of a rotor blade on a rotor hub of the wind turbine which facilitates repositioning of the crane's main wire. Thus, a lifting bracket, having an elongated element with a first through-going outlet configured to take up a part of a first link, which is connected with the main wire, and a second through-going outlet configured with a spherical bearing to take up a part of a second link on the load, and wherein the elongated element adjacent to the spherical bearing is provided with a measuring instrument with a signal transmitter for registering the angle between the lifting wire and the vertical direction, wherein the signal transmitter is configured to transmit a signal containing measurements for visualization on an external unit with a screen placed at the crane operator and/or near the crane supervisor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: LIFTRA IP APS
    Inventor: Per Fenger
  • Patent number: 10481773
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes a display unit on which a tiled object corresponding to a function is displayed and a touch panel located on the display unit. The mobile terminal further includes at least one processor. The at least one processor displays, when a plurality of tiled objects are stored in a folder, display the folder on the display unit. The at least one processor displays an image representing a tiled object stored in the folder on the display unit in association with the folder. The at least one processor performs, when a touch operation is performed on the folder, a function corresponding to the tiled object represented by the image displayed on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Tomoki Iwaizumi, Keisuke Nagata
  • Patent number: 10460620
    Abstract: Device for linking bodily movement to learning behaviour, whereby this device (1) consists of a number of objects that can be used by pupils as flexible adjustable seating units (2), characterised in that these seating units are each equipped with a digital module (4) that is able to detect movements of the seating unit caused by the pupils, and to communicate these movements wirelessly to a central teaching module (3), after which the central teaching module (3) can wirelessly send back an individual message to each of the seating units (2), adapted to the movement that is made with each of the seating units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Gert Van Erum
  • Patent number: 10241806
    Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for adjusting user interfaces based on entity location. Embodiments of the invention provide applications (or an operating system) with entity distance/proximity data. Applications can then scale content appropriately based on the proximity data. An operating system contains a distance/proximity driver framework for distance/proximity aware hardware sensors (IR, Radar, capacitive, camera, other). The proximity framework performs distance/proximity/number of viewers calculations from sensor data to formulate proximity data. From the proximity data, an application can determine how to scale user interface data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Hall, Alexander T. Bussmann
  • Patent number: 9823736
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing data from a motion sensor to detect intentional movements of a device are provided. An electronic device having a motion sensor may process motion sensor data along one or more dimensions to generate an acceleration value representative of the movement of the electronic device. The electronic device may then determine whether the acceleration value changes from less than a low threshold, to more than a high threshold, and again to less than the low threshold within a particular amount of time, reflecting an intentional movement of the electronic device by the user. In response to determining that the acceleration value is associated with an intentional movement of the electronic device, the electronic device may perform a particular event or operation. For example, in response to detecting that an electronic device has been shaken, the electronic device may shuffle a media playlist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Andrea Mucignat, Bryan J. James
  • Patent number: 9302826
    Abstract: A spout is disclosed capable of detecting if it is properly “on” or “off” the container according to tilt characteristics of the spout as determined by accelerometer and other sensor data. The tilt characteristics can be applied to one or more sets of coupling criteria, which if met, can provide an indication that the spout is “on bottle” or “off bottle”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Capton, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles J. Brower
  • Patent number: 9213823
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for entering a code using a portable device. The method includes measuring at least one angle of inclination of the portable device and generating an input code from the measured angle of inclination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: ORANGE
    Inventor: Cyril Larose
  • Patent number: 9046669
    Abstract: A fiber optic network has alarmed fiber optic lines in the cables connecting a secured junction box to plural user lock boxes. An outgoing alarm line and return alarm line in each cable connect the junction box to each user box. The outgoing alarm line is looped to the return alarm line inside the user lock box. The return alarm line is looped to the outgoing alarm line of a different cable inside the junction box to interconnect a plurality of alarm lines passing through a plurality of user boxes. A detector detects an alarm signal in the connected alarm lines to trigger an intrusion alarm. Power to the components in the box is disconnected when the box is opened and ventilation openings to the box are closed when the box is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Network Integrity Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Cary R. Murphy, Mark K Bridges, Joseph Giovannini, David Thompson, David E. Vokey
  • Patent number: 9028407
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to an apparatus for monitoring patient orientation. A reusable sensor is configured to detect inclination angles of an anterior region of the patient. An elongated disposable attachment device is configured for removable attachment to both the sensor and the patient's anterior region such that the direction of elongation of the attachment device extends along the patient's sternum. The attachment device includes a sensor attachment portion configured for removable attachment to the sensor such that the sensor is prevented from direct contact with the patient, and a patient attachment portion configured for removable attachment to the patient's anterior region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Safer Care LLC
    Inventor: Elliott Bennett-Guerrero
  • Patent number: 8963732
    Abstract: A method of generating an alarm indicating movement of a slope under inspection that sets an alarm if (1), where dX is a first measured displacement, dY is another measured displacement at a chosen difference from dX, and dZ is another measured displacement at a chosen difference from dY, and the corresponding times at which the chosen distances are measured are tA, tB and tC respectively for dX dY and dZ. So that an alarm is set if the ratio of the time taken for the slope to move between dY and dZ compared to moving between dX and dY is less than the ratio of the respective displacements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Groundprobe Pty Ltd
    Inventors: David Noon, Lachlan Campbell
  • Patent number: 8912652
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a method for manufacturing a semiconductor device including at least one of: (1) Forming a lower electrode pattern on a substrate. (2) Forming an etch stop film on/over the lower electrode pattern. (3) Forming a first interlayer insulating layer on/over the etch stop film. (4) Forming an upper electrode pattern on/over the first interlayer insulating layer. (5) Forming a second interlayer insulating layer on/over the upper electrode pattern. (6) Forming an etch blocking layer positioned between the lower electrode pattern and the upper electrode pattern which passes through the second interlayer insulating layer and the first interlayer insulating layer. (7) Forming a cavity which exposes a side of the etch blocking layer by etching the second interlayer insulating layer and the first interlayer insulating layer. (8) Forming a contact ball in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Dongbu HiTek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ki Wan Bang
  • Patent number: 8913990
    Abstract: A mobile phone apparatus is provided with an accelerometer for detecting an attitude and a display for displaying a moving object. Furthermore, a key locked state is set to the mobile phone apparatus for the purpose of preventing an operating error in the key. When an arbitrary key is operated in the key locked state, the moving object and a pocket object representing a predetermined area, etc. are displayed on the display. Then, when the moving object changes in position in correspondence with the change of the attitude of the mobile phone apparatus and is put into the pocket object, the key locked state is cancelled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Masayoshi Nakao
  • Patent number: 8892168
    Abstract: A mobile terminal is provided. According to one embodiment, the mobile terminal includes: a display for displaying a folder icon corresponding to at least one application; a communication unit for receiving update information corresponding at least partially to the at least one application; and a controller for controlling the display to display the folder icon and, upon receipt of the update information by the communication unit, for controlling the display to display a graphical object indicating the receipt of the update information and corresponding to the folder icon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Seungwan Yang
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140313045
    Abstract: A system that includes a sensor module and a display module configured to receive information from the sensor module regarding the orientation of the sensor module, and configured to display the information regarding the orientation of the sensor module relative to a reference position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Jay Leboff
  • Patent number: 8786419
    Abstract: A device for controlling a device by using a rotation-rate sensor. In order to provide a device for determining a triggering signal for a safety device which allows a particularly compact implementation of the device, the device is set up to ascertain an acceleration variable on the basis of a first sensor signal for a first seismic mass of the rotation-rate sensor and the second sensor signal for a second seismic mass of the rotation-rate sensor and to control the device as a function of the acceleration variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Ulm, Mathias Reimann, Harald Emmerich, Udo-Martin Gomez, Emma Abel
  • Patent number: 8786437
    Abstract: Method and arrangement for monitoring cargo includes coupling an inertial measurement unit to the cargo such that accelerations of the cargo are detected by the inertial measurement unit, monitoring, using a processor, the accelerations of the cargo as detected by the inertial measurement unit, and generating a warning based on the monitoring of the accelerations. The warning may be generated when the detected acceleration is excessive in magnitude, duration or frequency and/or when integration of the detected acceleration is indicative of excessive velocity, angular velocity or angular displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Intelligent Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Breed
  • Patent number: 8779948
    Abstract: The specification and drawing figures describe and illustrate a system for sensing cargo loads and trailer movement that includes a mobile wireless communications system. A mobile computing platform is mounted on a remote vehicle and operatively connectable across the mobile wireless communications system. Sensor data are collected and stored in the mobile wireless communications system and the mobile computing platform, and may be transmitted across the mobile wireless communications system. At least one program is stored either in the mobile wireless communications system or the mobile computing platform, or both, for using the sensor data to determine equipment use, placement, and positioning in relation to a vehicle and sending one or more sensitivity reports to the asset manager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Omnitracs, LLC
    Inventors: Juan Faus, Mark Dominic Parisi
  • Publication number: 20140184417
    Abstract: A radio system for sensing the spatial configuration of a physical object comprising a transmitter (102) which sends a query message to a transponder (104) having at least one antenna (106). A radio frequency shield (108) is moveably interposable between the transmitter and one or more antennas and thereby attenuates the signal strength of the query message received at an antenna. In any state of spatial configuration of the physical object, the transponder is able to receive the query message and, in reply, send a response message containing data determined according to the signal strength of the query message received at the one or more antennas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Wilhelmus F.J. Fontijn
  • Publication number: 20140176333
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a main body, a display portion configured to freely open and close with respect to the main body, and a notification module. The notification module is configured to generate a notification when an opening angle of the display portion respect to the main body exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Tadashi Tsuji
  • Patent number: 8742889
    Abstract: Apparatus and methodology for providing electronic access control are disclosed. In an exemplary configuration, a retrofittable electronic lock can be used to provide secure storage to an enclosure. A user interface and LCD visual display can be provided to permit convenient adjustment of system operational parameters. In certain embodiments, the electronic access control system includes master-slave control capabilities. In other embodiments, the electronic access control system includes inventory management capability. In still other embodiments, apparatus and methodologies provide the secure storage of the enclosure when the enclosure is being moved or otherwise transported from one location to another location. Various alternative arrangements may provide various alert features, as well as battery features which facilitate rapid replacement and/or reconfiguration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: CompX International Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Kaczmarz, John B. Payson, John A. Garlisch, Brock E. Robinson, Jesse Mavromatis, Mitchell S. Mlynarczyk
  • Publication number: 20140115759
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided for use in an impact sport head protector. The device includes a tilt sensor that generates at least one output signal representing tilt orientation of the head protector. A processor is configured to sample and process the tilt sensor output signal(s) over a number of successive cycles to determine whether the head protector is in an unsafe position during a given cycle and to generate an alarm signal based on such determination at least for the given cycle. An audio device is configured to produce an audible alarm in response to such alarm signal. The processor is configured to remove the effect of noise components in the tilt sensor output signal(s) in generating the alarm signal. The processor can also be configured to constrain the time delay that the head protector is in an unsafe position before raising the alarm signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Helmet HALO Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jerome D. Tomlin, Frank D. Sundermeyer
  • Patent number: 8712681
    Abstract: A high safety vehicular transportation system is used in an individual carpool car with at least one user and comprises a user module, a rescue unit and a server center. The user module stores and provides carpool data, stores and provides states of individual carpool car, submits a carpool request and comprises a save our soul (SOS) system. The SOS system transmits a distress signal. The rescue unit provides emergency rescue assistance if any user is in a dangerous situation. The server center receives, stores and provides carpool data, has an instantaneous tracking capability, provides carpool service to at least one user, calls the rescue unit if the server center receives the distress signal, receives the carpool request and generates at least one carpool mission to fulfill the carpool request. An operational method for a high safety vehicular transportation system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: National Taipei University of Technology
    Inventors: Shih-Chia Huang, Ming-Kai Jiau, Bo-Hao Chen, Chih-Hsian Lin
  • Patent number: 8669847
    Abstract: The directions of at least two fibers arranged at a tag are detected to identify the tag and an item intended to be attached thereto. The fibers have an impedance for high frequency electromagnetic waves, which impedance is dependent on a magnetic field at the fiber. Electromagnets generate a modulation magnetic field having an amplitude modulated magnetic component with a first frequency; and a bias magnetic field for counterbalancing any constant magnetic fields parallel to the direction of the fiber. A microwave transmitter directs a frequency modulated microwave signal towards the fiber via a transmitting antenna. The microwave reflected by the microfibers is received by a receiving antenna coaxial with the transmitting antenna and is used to identify tag by determining the orientation of the fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Carl Tyrén
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140033453
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a connection component configured to connect the apparatus to any one of a plurality of different apparatuses. A toothbrush may include at least one measurement component configured to measure a parameter of use of an oral care region, and a processor configured to change output of a first audio signal of a plurality of audio signals to a second audio signal of the plurality of audio signals based on the measured parameter. Another toothbrush may include a processor configured to receive first data from an external source component and output second data corresponding to the received first data to at least one output device in response, and the at least output device configured to output the second data from the processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: John J. Gatzemeyer, Eduardo Jimenez, Robert Moskovich, Kenneth Waguespack, James Kemp, Douglas Hohlbein, Mary Horchos, Thomas Mintel
  • Patent number: 8624752
    Abstract: The invention relates to a safety means for a construction machine having a carrier unit and an actuation unit, which is adjustable with respect to the carrier unit, comprising at least one detecting means for detecting the current position of the actuation unit relative to the carrier unit, an indication means with which the current position of the actuation unit relative to the carrier unit can be indicated, and an evaluation unit, by means of which, depending on at least one input value, at least one adjustment range of the actuation unit can be determined, in which the actuation unit is adjustable at a given safety against tilting of the construction machine, whereby the adjustment range can be indicated together with the current position of the actuation unit by means of the indication means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Bauer Maschinen GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Lanzl, Josef Haas, Markus Mayr, Manfred Angermeier, Thomas Elsner
  • Patent number: 8610584
    Abstract: A fall-down alarm system includes a contact detection unit, a non-contact detection unit and a fall-down evaluation unit connecting respectively to the contact detection unit and non-contact detection unit. The contact detection unit and non-contact detection unit respectively detect an abnormal detected shape of an object and abnormal life symptoms of the object, and then the fall-down evaluation unit determines a fall-down condition and sends a trigger signal to request assistance. Through the contact detection unit and non-contact detection unit respectively detecting the shape and life symptoms of the object, the erroneous fall-down judgment can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: China Medical University
    Inventors: Jin-Chern Chiou, Tsann Lin, Shih-Che Lo, Jeng-Ren Duann, Sheng-Chuan Liang, Yung-Jiun Lin
  • Patent number: 8581719
    Abstract: An exemplary sunroof for mounting in a vehicle roof is provided. The sunroof includes a panel and a warning apparatus. The sunroof includes a first bottom surface for facing toward an inside of the vehicle. The warning apparatus includes a PCB attached to the panel, and a warning unit mounted on the first bottom surface and electrically connected to the PCB. The warning unit is configured to send an emergency alert signal when the panel is raised up to be substantially perpendicular to the vehicle roof. A vehicle includes the sunroof is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuan-Lung Kuo, Hou-Yao Lin
  • Patent number: 8542110
    Abstract: A display method for a mobile terminal includes displaying an active object on a display of a mobile terminal, the active object being able to be manipulated by a user, and detecting a degree of tilt of the mobile terminal relative to a reference plane. The method further includes responsive to the detecting of the degree of tilt, displaying a selectable plurality of inactive objects on the display, highlighting an object of the plurality of inactive objects responsive to user touch input relative to an associated one of the plurality of inactive objects, and deactivating the active object and displaying the highlighted object as a presently active object on the display responsive to user touch input relative to the highlighted object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Yeong June Choi
  • Patent number: 8519861
    Abstract: A tool system with a mount configured to be removably coupled to a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Oleksiy Sergyeyenko, Christopher J. Murray, Michael L. Agronin
  • Patent number: 8493227
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a visual indicator for optimizing the position of a mobile device when the mobile device is being used in a hands free mode. One or more position components in the mobile device can determine the position of the mobile device. The position of the mobile device can be compared to ideal or predetermined positions for improved performance quality. A visual indicator can be provided to provide an indication on whether the mobile device is in an optimal position. The visual indicator can take several forms including an illustration showing how the mobile device should be moved, an animation showing how the mobile device should be moved, colors providing an indication whether the position is acceptable, or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Craig Eric Ranta
  • Publication number: 20130176135
    Abstract: A quick-release angle measuring device is disclosed. The quick-release angle measuring device is applied to a hand tool, and includes a body, an angle sensor, a controller, a monitor and a power supply. The body has a quick-release part arranged on the body and for being detachable connected to the hand tool. The angle sensor is arranged in the body for detecting an angle value of the hand tool. The controller is arranged in the body and is signally connected to the angle sensor for a user to set a factor on the angle value. The monitor is arranged on the body and is signally connected to the controller for displaying the angle value. The power supply is arranged in the body for supplying electric power to the controller, the angle sensor and the monitor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: KABO TOOL COMPANY
    Inventor: Chih-Ching HSIEH
  • Patent number: 8441343
    Abstract: A pitch recognition and optimization angle detector is integrated into a portable handheld electronic device, such as a text messaging device, to alert the user of an incorrect pitch to avoid excessive neck strain and potential injury. The pitch detector determines the angle in which the messaging device is currently oriented and compares the angle to an acceptable angle range. The detection system communicates information pertaining to the pitch to the user via either a pitch level indicator or an alert when the device is held outside of the acceptable angle range. The alert can be an icon, a color-coded display, a tactile alert, and an audible alert. The user can select the alert type or types. The acceptable angle range can be a default or user programmable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Dean Fishman
  • Patent number: 8436731
    Abstract: A device and method for protecting personal property. The device includes an angular rotation detection system utilizing a gyroscope and an alarm adapted to signal when the device has tilted or rotated beyond a predetermined position from a reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventors: Barrie William Davis, Benjamin John Davis, Mathew Kai Davis
  • Patent number: 8405516
    Abstract: A method executes a gyroscope function to unlock a portable electronic device. A user can rotate the portable electronic device to set a predetermined rotation direction and a predetermined rotation angle for unlocking the portable electronic device. In an unlock procedure, the gyroscope detects the rotated portable electronic device and outputs detected information of the portable electronic device. If the rotation direction and the rotation angle are the same as the predetermined rotation direction and the predetermined rotation angle, the locked portable electronic device is unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Chi Mei Communications Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Po-Tai Huang, Chia-Hui Liao
  • Patent number: 8400324
    Abstract: An apparatus for alerting shoppers at a checkout register having a bagging station with a rotating member having at least one bag support that is capable of pivoting between a first position, wherein the support is disposed prior to loading a merchandise into an at least one bag supported on the at least one bag support, and a second position wherein the at least one bag support is tilted outwardly relative to the bagging station. The apparatus includes at least one switch in contact with the bag support and an indicator in electrical communication with the switch for indicating that the at least one bag support is disposed in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Arthur W Jaeger
  • Patent number: 8397393
    Abstract: The invention relates to a form of a passive or active annunciator that solves the problem of reminding a caregiver to reposition a patient at risk for aspiration usually located in an adjustable bed to some predetermined angular position. The annunciator may take the form of an inclinometer (100) that measures the angle of the bed (160) relative to a local gravity reference or a goniometer that measures the angle between the horizontal (140) and elevated portions (130) of the bed. The invention reminds the caregiver of the patient at risk for aspiration to maintain or reestablish the elevation of the torso of the patient at risk for aspiration to at least 30 degrees up to 45 degrees above the local horizontal to prevent or reduce the incidence of aspiration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventors: Michael David Johnson, Robert Louis Clark, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8373573
    Abstract: A display system utilizes a tilting sensor in a viewing device to transmit a wireless signal containing tilting information to a display device when a person who puts on the viewing device has tilting movements about an axis that connects between the viewing device and the display device. The display device adjusts a multimedia content displayed on a panel according to the tilting information by physically rotating the panel about the same axis or rotating the multimedia content about the same axis before the content is displayed on the panel to synchronize with the tilting angle of the viewing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Transcend Information, Inc.
    Inventors: Hsu-Chi Chou, Li-Jen Chao, Chih-Heng Chiu, Chung-Won Shu
  • Patent number: 8374595
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device and an operating method thereof are provided, in which at least two sets of sound outputting modules and sound receiving modules are disposed in the handheld electronic device. The operating method detects an orientation of the handheld electronic device by a motion detecting module and enables different sets of the sound outputting modules and the sound receiving modules according to a variation of the orientation of the handheld electronic device, so as to change a direction of a call operation, and thus a user can successfully make a phone call, even if the handheld electronic device is held upside down. Furthermore, the operating method can control the sound outputting modules and the sound receiving modules individually or collectively according to actual demands to achieve a multifunctional product design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventors: Chih-Ling Chien, Hsiao-Chuan Huang
  • Publication number: 20120319859
    Abstract: Provided is a device for monitoring the orientation of a hand-held surgical or dental tool. The device includes one or more orientation sensors that generate signals indicative of an orientation of the device. A processor calculates from the signals a current orientation of the device, where the current orientation is specified by a unit vector defined by a first angle formed between the unit vector and a predetermined first fixed axis and a second angle formed by the unit vector and a second predetermined axis. The processor compares a current orientation of the device with a predetermined reference orientation of the device stored in the memory and provides an indication of the deviation between a current orientation of the device and the reference orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: Ilan Taub, Mark Reifman
  • Patent number: 8305226
    Abstract: A drinking-water level alarm lamp for being placed in a water feeder includes a watertight casing including therein a lamp, a rolling ball tilt switch, a battery and a weight. When the water feeder contains drinking water, the drinking-water level alarm lamp half floats above the water by virtue of the inner space of the watertight casing and the weight. When the water feeder contains no drinking water, the drinking-water level alarm lamp lies at a bottom of the water feeder. The drinking-water level alarm lamp uses the presence and absence of the drinking water in and from the water feeder to change a position of the drinking-water level alarm lamp, so that the rolling ball tilt switch in the drinking-water level alarm lamp is accordingly switched to turn on or off the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Ying Yeeh Enterprises Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ying-Kuan Ho