Diverse Patents (Class 340/691.5)
  • Patent number: 10582288
    Abstract: One or more embodiments set forth an audio processing system for a personal listening device that includes a set of microphones, a noise reduction module, an audio ducker, and a mixer. The set of microphones is configured to receive a first set of audio signals from an environment. The noise reduction module is configured to detect when a signal of interest is present in the first plurality of audio signals, and, upon detecting a signal of interest, transmit a ducking control signal. The audio ducker is configured to receive the ducking control signal, and receive a second plurality of audio signals via a playback device. The audio ducker is further configured to reduce an amplitude of a second plurality of audio signals relative to the signal of interest based on the ducking control signal. The mixer combines the first plurality of audio signals and second plurality of audio signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: James M. Kirsch, Jeffrey Hutchings
  • Patent number: 10191024
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method for reducing power consumption of a sensor. The method includes determining if a predetermined condition has been met to change at least one of a sensing rate or a sensor resolution, and changing at least one of the sensing rate or sensor resolution if it is determined that the predetermined condition has been met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventor: Tedd P. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9536401
    Abstract: Systems and methods for indicating the presence of a mobile device within a passenger cabin are provided. A method for indicating the presence of a mobile device within a passenger cabin of a vehicle includes linking a vehicle computing device with the mobile device, determining whether a vehicle ignition is off and whether a vehicle lock has been actuated. The method further includes generating an audible mobile device search signal that is played through a cabin and waiting to receive a response from the mobile device as to whether the mobile device detected the audible mobile device search signal. The method further includes determining whether the mobile device is within the passenger cabin based on whether a response was received from the mobile device and generating a first audible indication when the mobile device is within the passenger cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher Carleton Morgan, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150130625
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a touchscreen keypad and one or more devices that generate a tactile response to a user of the apparatus when a key in the keypad is pressed. In order accomplish a simple construction requiring a minimum of space, the one or more devices that generate that tactile response may include at least one piezoelectric element configured to generate vibration which is forwarded to the user in response to a key of the touchscreen keypad being pressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Juhani Tuovinen
  • Publication number: 20150015406
    Abstract: A caution sign device is provided. The caution sign device may be designed for warning pedestrians of potentially hazardous conditions nearby. The caution sign device may include a body having a lighting assembly, a timer, a sound system, a power source and a motion detector integrated thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Rick Charles FURTADO
  • Patent number: 8912920
    Abstract: A device connectable to a power line conductor includes an electrically conductive insulated first winding of wire wound into at least two turns having a first and a second end. The first end is configured to be attached to a first power line conductor. An electrically conductive insulated second winding of wire wound into at least one turn having a first end connected to the second end of the first winding of wire and a second end is configured to be attached to a second power line conductor. A switchable connecting device is configured to move between a first position connecting the first and second power line conductors in series, a second position connecting the first winding of wire in series with the first and the second power line conductors, and a third position connecting the first and second power line conductors and the first and second windings of wire in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Murray W. Davis
  • Publication number: 20140285352
    Abstract: A portable device and a visual sensation detecting alarm control method thereof are disclosed. The portable device includes a display unit to display visual information including a visual alarm interface, a gaze detection unit to acquire a front image of the portable device, a vibration motor unit to generate a tactile feedback, a sound unit to generate an acoustic alarm, and a controller to control the display unit, the gaze detection unit, the vibration motor unit, and the sound unit. In a case in which an event necessary to provide notification is generated, the controller determines whether a user gazes at the portable device using the acquired image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Eunhyung CHO, Sinae CHUN, Jihwan KIM
  • Patent number: 8836510
    Abstract: A method for a device to determine that it has been lost is provided. The method comprises the device determining its current location, the device comparing its current location to a plurality of stored locations, and the device determining that it has been lost when its current location is a stored location that has been designated as a location where the device is unlikely to be located or is not a stored location that has been designated as a location where the device is likely to be located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Certicom Corp.
    Inventor: Daniel Richard L. Brown
  • Patent number: 8779906
    Abstract: A personal safety and alarm system including a siren/strobe light, and a pepper spray container which are selectively removably positioned in a holder with the holder being selectively detachably secured to a stand for use on a bedside table or the like or which may be placed in the person's purse or pocket. The system also includes a flashlight which is selectively removably secured to the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Douglas Manning
  • Patent number: 8754769
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining whether and/or when a patient is taking his or her medication and, when appropriate, providing reminders and/or alerts to the patient to improve adherence to a medication regimen. In some embodiments, a medication container is provided that includes a capacitance sensor for sensing the contents of the medication container (e.g., pill count or quantity of liquid medication). The capacitance sensor may include interleaved or interdigitated electrodes oriented vertically, horizontally, or angularly (e.g., diagonally) relative to an axis of the medication container. Reminders and/or alerts to the patient may be triggered based at least in part on the contents of the medication container, when a cap of the container was last opened and/or closed, the location of the medication container, and/or the container's surroundings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignees: AdhereTech Inc., The Board Of Trustees Of The University Of Alabama, For And On Behalf Of The University Of Alabama In Huntsville
    Inventors: Joshua Stein, John Langhauser, Michael Morena, Emil Jovanov
  • Publication number: 20140022087
    Abstract: A human machine interface includes a display screen coupled to a processing device. The display screen is disposed on a case and displays an image frame. In the processing unit, a comparing module compares a first trigger signal stored in a storage unit with a monitored signal transmitted from a signal source. A notification signal is generated when the first trigger signal is detected appearing in the monitored signal. A control module receives the notification signal and generates a first alert signal to display in the image frame or on the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: BenQ Corporation
    Inventors: Hsin-Nan Lin, Tzu-Pang Chiang, Kun-Chun Lee
  • Patent number: 8564436
    Abstract: A wallet includes semi-rigid first and second portions each having outer and inner sides, the second portion being hingedly coupled to the first portion whereby the second portion is movable relative to the first portion to define open and closed configurations. The first portion inner side includes a pocket. A foldable changing pad is operatively coupled to at least one of the first portion and the second portion. A flexible container is positioned proximate one of the first portion and the second portion, the container having a bottom and at least one wall extending upwardly from the bottom that are movable between collapsed and expanded configurations defining a reservoir for holding a liquid therein, the at least one wall defining an outlet. A lid is removably coupled to the container outlet. A liquid delivery member is coupled to the lid for selectively transferring the liquid through the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Victoria A. Oleen
  • Patent number: 8482426
    Abstract: It is intended to provide a substrate processing apparatus capable of reliably informing a running state of the apparatus. The substrate processing apparatus having a signal indicator for indicating the running state, including a signal indicator capable of setting at least one operation condition under which the signal indicator operates as well as of operating under anyone of a plurality of operation conditions and a display unit capable of displaying that a cause of the operation is anyone of the operation conditions during the operation of the signal indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
    Inventors: Tsukasa Iida, Akihiko Yoneda, Kaori Inoshima
  • Patent number: 8462009
    Abstract: A system and method for introducing a substrate into a process chamber is provided. A presence or absence of a substrate on a stage in an apparatus for manufacturing a semiconductor or a flat panel display may be determined by lift pins used for loading and unloading a substrate, the introduction of another substrate may be prevented and a broken state or the erroneously loaded state of the substrate may be detected. An opening or closing of a gate valve may also be determined, and the introduction of a substrate into the process chamber may be prevented while the gate valve is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: ADP Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: In Taek Lee
  • Patent number: 8462008
    Abstract: A system and method for introducing a substrate into a process chamber is provided. A presence or absence of a substrate on a stage in an apparatus for manufacturing a semiconductor or a flat panel display may be determined by lift pins used for loading and unloading a substrate, the introduction of another substrate may be prevented and a broken state or the erroneously loaded state of the substrate may be detected. An opening or closing of a gate valve may also be determined, and the introduction of a substrate into the process chamber may be prevented while the gate valve is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: ADP Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: In Taek Lee
  • Patent number: 8400300
    Abstract: A wallet includes semi-rigid first and second portions each having an outer side and an inner side, the second portion being hingedly coupled to the first portion whereby the second portion is movable relative to the first portion to define open and closed configurations. The first portion inner side includes a pocket. A foldable changing pad is operatively coupled to at least one of the first portion and the second portion. The wallet includes a speaker and a sensor for determining when the first and second portions are at the open configuration. A processor is data communication with the speaker and the sensor. Programming causes the processor to automatically actuate the speaker an amount of time after the sensor determines that the first and second portions are at the open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Victoria A. Oleen
  • Patent number: 8373574
    Abstract: A device and advertising method utilizes a sound and light display device, which often holds a bottle of a beverage to be dispended, and customer based remote which is distributed to customers in any number of ways. In one embodiment the sound playing device can be incorporated into a chiller. In one embodiment the sound playing device is incorporate into a stand for the beverage bottle. Other display devices are also possible. Examples include, but are not limited to, a small audio sound playing device, a beverage sign or sculpture which also evokes the brand. More than one type of remote can be created, allowing different types of customers to have different control levels or access to different areas of an establishment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Albert W. Gebhard
  • Patent number: 8334785
    Abstract: A fire and smoke heat detector alarm device that employs a combination of indoor and outdoor alarms with a user delay and off access control activation input. The warning alarm device has interior and remote control access including battery backup and pro-active threat mitigation of optional gas supply cut-off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Stephen Zetts
  • Patent number: 8248264
    Abstract: When a major failure is detected, display of a measurement value on a display section is stopped, and instead of the measurement value, an abnormal code, which indicates the contents of the major failure, is displayed on the display section. When a minor failure is detected, an abnormal code, which indicates the contents of the minor failure, and a measurement value are alternately displayed on the display section by being switched one from the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Azbil Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuya Shimakata, Miho Egawa
  • Publication number: 20110241896
    Abstract: An aural warning processor includes a warning signal monitoring circuit and an audio output generation circuit under the operable control of a microcontroller. A system interface provides off-system electrical connectivity for the processor. The warning signal monitoring circuit is monitors the states of various subsystems of a host system with which the aural warning processor is used, as actually measured by through failure detection circuits otherwise provided with the host system and configured to produce electrical signals indicative of the existence of abnormal conditions in or pertaining to monitored subsystems. The electrical signals output from the failure detection circuits are conveyed to the warning signal monitoring circuit through the system interface, the control circuit operates to determine whether any conveyed signal is indicative of an abnormal condition and, if so, further operates to control generation of an appropriate audio message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Holman Ricardo Camino
  • Patent number: 7994913
    Abstract: A system includes several functional modules to alert a user that an accessory has not been placed back into a bay of an electronic device after a predetermined time period. A sensor is configured for determining if the accessory has been received in the bay after the time period has expired. The sensor is further configured for generating a notification if the accessory has not been received in the bay after the time period has expired. An audio module is configured for receiving the notification, and transmitting an audio alarm via a speaker indicating that the accessory has not been received in the bay after the time period has expired. A display module is configured for receiving the notification, and displaying a graphic alarm on a display panel of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Kuan-Hsueh Lee
  • Publication number: 20110133936
    Abstract: This disclosure describes embodiments of alarm systems and methods for use in devices such as medical ventilators. Embodiments described below provide for an apparatus of an interactive multilevel alarm system. Embodiments of the alarms also provide, at a glance, current alarm and device status information and historical alarm information to the operator. Embodiments also direct interaction with the alarming functions of the device by the operator. In some embodiments, additional visual indicators may be provided to identify non-normal or noteworthy operating conditions, such as the use of a therapeutic gas by a mechanical ventilator, so that the operator can assess the impact of that non-normal condition on any current and historical alarm information simultaneously provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: Nellcor Puritan Bennett LLC
    Inventors: Gabriel Sanchez, Nirav Patel
  • Patent number: 7924142
    Abstract: Generally stated, the present disclosure relates to wiping substrates such as wet wipes and dry wipes that include a thermal grill utilized to deliver a warming sensation. In an exemplary aspect, disposed on at least one structural layer of the wipe substrate is a thermal grill. The thermal grill includes an alternating pattern of thermally active areas and secondary areas that provide a feeling of warmth to a user of the wipe across the entire surface of the wipe. The thermally active portions of the wipe include a temperature change substance that when in liquid communication with an activation agent is adapted to provide a temperature change of at least 5° C. from the temperature of the secondary portion. By providing a thermal grill with thermally active portions, the entire wipe gives the user of the wipe a warming sensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason C. Cohen, Dave Allen Soerens, John David Amundson
  • Publication number: 20110081889
    Abstract: A method of interacting with electronic devices in a locked state, and a handheld electronic device configured to permit interaction when in a locked state are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided a handheld electronic device, comprising: a controller; a display screen connected to the controller; an input device connected to the controller; a communication subsystem connected to the controller for communication over a wireless network; a notification element connected to the controller; wherein the controller is configured for: initiating a locked state on the device in response to detection of a trigger condition; monitoring for one or more predetermined inputs via the input device when the device is in the locked state; and generating a notification via the notification element in response to detection of a predetermined input when the device is in the locked state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Dapeng GAO, Brian Alexander OLIVER
  • Patent number: 7889092
    Abstract: An alert device is disclosed. The alert device has at least one light, at least one speaker, and a communication system configured to receive an alert notification containing instructions for each of at least one pattern and duration of activation of the at least one light, at least one pattern and duration of activation of the at least one speaker, and an overall duration of the alert notification. The alert device further has a controller communicatively coupled with the at least one light, the at least one speaker, and the communication system. The controller is configured to monitor the communication system for the alert notification, decode the alert notification, activate the at least one light and the at least one speaker for their respective at least one patterns and durations of activation, and deactivate the at least one light and the at least one speaker after the overall duration elapses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Alertus Technologies
    Inventors: Jason Adam Volk, Blake Andrew Robertson
  • Publication number: 20110012745
    Abstract: It is intended to provide a substrate processing apparatus capable of reliably informing a running state of the apparatus. The substrate processing apparatus having a signal indicator for indicating the running state, including a signal indicator capable of setting at least one operation condition under which the signal indicator operates as well as of operating under anyone of a plurality of operation conditions and a display unit capable of displaying that a cause of the operation is anyone of the operation conditions during the operation of the signal indicator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicant: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
    Inventors: Tsukasa Ilda, Akihiko Yoneda, Kaori Inoshima
  • Patent number: 7843358
    Abstract: A power failure alarm for use in sounding a warning in the occasion of a power failure, with built in electrical connectors, and a temporary source of light. The device is housed in a molded plastic enclosure in a rectangular shape and includes an emergency light, night-light, flashlight, and power failure alarm. All unit functions are completely automatic once the unit has been plugged into a standard 120 volt receptacle. The device has a three prong male plug on the back of the body and is designed to occupy one receptacle of a duplex receptacle thus leaving one receptacle still available for use. Alternate embodiments of the device are specifically intended to alert and notify the user of a power failure. The device utilized logic circuitry to determine if a power failure or improper setup has occurred. The battery charging and monitoring circuits ensure the batteries are always charged and ready for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Andrew J. Sebescak
  • Patent number: 7808396
    Abstract: It is intended to provide a substrate processing apparatus capable of reliably informing a running state of the apparatus. The substrate processing apparatus 100 having a signal indicator for indicating the running state, including a signal indicator 306 capable of setting at least one operation condition under which the signal indicator 306 operates as well as of operating under any one of a plurality of operation conditions and a display unit 314 capable of displaying that a cause of the operation is any one of the operation conditions during the operation of the signal indicator 306.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Inc.
    Inventors: Tsukasa Iida, Akihiko Yoneda, Kaori Inoshima
  • Publication number: 20100102955
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for assisting medication are capable of assisting medication of users who have to regularly take medications in daily life. The apparatus includes a medication box having a plurality of containers, each of which stores a dose of medication to be taken at one time according to a medication schedule, a radio frequency (RF) transmitter carried on a user and transmitting an RF signal, an RF receiver receiving the RF signal from the RF transmitter, and a controller controlling medication assisting. Thus, the apparatus checks a spatial-temporal situation of the user, i.e. an medication, notification or information situation, using the received RF signal, and creating and providing medication service corresponding to the checked situation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventors: Jae Hun CHOI, Myung Eun LIM, Dae Hee KIM, Sun Lee BANG, Soo Jun PARK, Seon Hee PARK
  • Publication number: 20100097232
    Abstract: A cost effective method is provided for determining empty and/or near empty medical and other medical emergency oxygen tanks employing a single, simple device for practicing the method, comprised of 5 or 6 readily obtainable components, to issue visual and audible alarms when the oxygen pressure of a medical oxygen tank has decreased to a predetermined pressure, deemed too low to provide the needed and/or prescribed oxygen flow rate to a patient to alert medical personnel and other caregivers that it is time to replace the tank in with a full tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventors: Jason Albert Lee, Edward Mathew Cates, Marion Edmond Ellis
  • Publication number: 20090323913
    Abstract: A home appliance and a home appliance system are provided which control a sound output from an output device upon receipt of an external command signal of ON or OFF. Further, the home appliance and home appliance system control a sequence of output of an acoustic signal output from a conversion device. Accordingly, it may be possible to notify a user of the outputting of the acoustic signal by controlling the sequence of output of the acoustic signal, thereby increasing user convenience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: Phal Jin LEE, Hoi Jin JEONG, Jong Hye HAN, Young Soo KIM, In Haeng CHO, Si Moon JEON
  • Publication number: 20090318797
    Abstract: An endoscope sheath, comprising: an endoscope housing, configured for housing at least a distal end of an insertion tube of an endoscope and allowing the traversing of an endoscopic tool therethrough; and a tool deflector configured for deflecting said endoscopic tool by changing a direction of movement of said endoscopic tool in relation to a direction of movement of said distal end of said insertion tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: Vision-Sciences Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Hadani
  • Publication number: 20090295592
    Abstract: An electronic display medium includes a display component and a notification device. The display component is configured to display a display content. The notification device is configured to issue at least one of a visual notification output and an auditory notification output indicative of a display change on the display component to a user of the electronic display medium when the display content displayed on the display component is updated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: ISHIDA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigemitsu MIZUKAWA, Hideo NOBUTSUGU, Hiroyuki KONISHI
  • Publication number: 20090295565
    Abstract: Disclosed is an urgent message transmission system. In the system, when a disaster warning message is received from a network provider, an originating terminal transmits the received disaster warning message to a preset urgent message recipient according to a user's request. Further, a terminating terminal having received an urgent message from the originating terminal transmits the received urgent message to a preset urgent message recipient according to a user's request. Accordingly, when an urgent message is received from a provider or a specific user, it is possible to quickly transfer the contents of the received urgent message to other users without recreating a separate urgent message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Sang-Kyung Oh, Ki-Tae Jang, Hyuk-Min Kwon, Dong-Hoon Kim
  • Publication number: 20090174566
    Abstract: An alert device is disclosed. The alert device has at least one light, at least one speaker, and a communication system configured to receive an alert notification containing instructions for each of at least one pattern and duration of activation of the at least one light, at least one pattern and duration of activation of the at least one speaker, and an overall duration of the alert notification. The alert device further has a controller communicatively coupled with the at least one light, the at least one speaker, and the communication system. The controller is configured to monitor the communication system for the alert notification, decode the alert notification, activate the at least one light and the at least one speaker for their respective at least one patterns and durations of activation, and deactivate the at least one light and the at least one speaker after the overall duration elapses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: ALERTUS TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Volk, Blake Robertson
  • Publication number: 20090128353
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a method including detecting a select hazardous condition by at least one triggering alarm unit of a plurality of interconnected hazardous condition alarm units. An actuatable latch in the triggering alarm unit is switched from an unlatched state to a latched state. An audible alert is generated in all of the interconnected alarm units. A test switch is actuated to identify the triggering alarm unit. Actuating the test switch disables the audible alert in each alarm unit having an actuatable latch in the unlatched state. A reset switch is actuated in only one of the alarm units to reset the actuatable latch in each of the alarm units to the unlatched state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: UNIVERSAL SECURITY INSTRUMENTS, INC.
    Inventor: Eric V. Gonzales
  • Patent number: 7535352
    Abstract: A portable instantaneous wireless event based photo identification and alerting security system ideally suited for mobile protection of property, spaces and people, and for protection in motor vehicles, residences, businesses and other commercial locations, either as a stand alone system or as an addition in whole or in part to existing security systems when an intruder enters into personal spaces, detection devices determine the intruder's presence and digital photographs are immediately taken, and securely transmitted to pre-determined recipients that may include an owner-operator, apprehending authorities or others. Time and date are annotated to these photographs. Furthermore, an audio message is sent to the owner-operator, apprehending authorities or others that the intrusion is occurring, also annotating this information with time and date, thus enabling an opportunity to respond immediately to the intrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: EvidencePix Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond J. Sobol
  • Publication number: 20090072990
    Abstract: It is intended to provide a substrate processing apparatus capable of reliably informing a running state of the apparatus. The substrate processing apparatus 100 having a signal indicator for indicating the running state, including a signal indicator 306 capable of setting at least one operation condition under which the signal indicator 306 operates as well as of operating under any one of a plurality of operation conditions and a display unit 314 capable of displaying that a cause of the operation is any one of the operation conditions during the operation of the signal indicator 306.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Applicant: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
    Inventors: Tsukasa Iida, Akihiko Yoneda, Kaori Inoshima
  • Patent number: 7498927
    Abstract: A security alarm system for a vehicle having an alert device, the alert device including an audible alert device, and the security alarm system comprising an intrusion detector for detecting an intrusion event on the vehicle; and an alert controller for controlling the alert device, wherein the alert controller generates an activate instruction to activate the alert device responsive to the intrusion event detected by the intrusion detector and generates a deactivate instruction to deactivate at least the audible alert device after a first predetermined time interval from the generation of the activate instruction, and wherein the alert controller further prevents a generation of an activate instruction of at least the audible alert device during at least a second predetermined time interval after the generation of the deactivate instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Koji Kaji, Tatsuya Michishige
  • Publication number: 20090033482
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing data processing and control for use in a medical communication system are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: ABBOTT DIABETES CARE, INC.
    Inventors: Gary Hayter, Geoffrey V. McGarraugh, Andrew H. Naegeli, John C. Mazza, Benjamin J. Feldman
  • Patent number: 7443285
    Abstract: A vehicle security system comprises a security module adapted to detect an event, a memory for storing a composition, and a processor coupled to the security module, wherein upon detecting the event the processor selects the composition from the memory and triggers a modulated signal representing the composition, wherein the modulated signal is received by a speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Audiovox Corporation
    Inventor: Peter J. Stouffer
  • Publication number: 20080143548
    Abstract: A method of enabling one or more senders to simultaneously alert one or more contacts located anywhere around the world over one or more communication networks, each contact having at least one communication device for receiving alert data. The method including the steps of generating and maintaining one or more scenarios each including a set of destination contacts selected from the one or more contacts, a composition of alert data, and delivery rules; initiating execution of at least one of the scenarios to send the alert data to each contact in the set of destination contacts; and managing sending of the alert data by applying the delivery rules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventors: Erik K. Grimmelmann, Henry Hugh Crawford, Susan E. Kresge, Henry H. Lowengard, John Bruce Morrow, Jeff M. Pascal, Jorge C. Satorre, Jason A. Valdina, Santiago Vasquez-Marulanda
  • Patent number: 7321309
    Abstract: The system includes a thermal grill that has several relatively warm portions which are interlaced with several relatively cold portions. When an individual contacts the thermal grill, the temperature difference between the warm and cold portions of the thermal grill causes the individual to feel pain without physiologically damaging the individual. The system may provide some indication that the thermal grill should not be contacted. The system may also provide some indication that the thermal grill has been contacted. The system may also be able to send signals that the thermal grill has been contacted to a location that is different from where the thermal grill is located. The system may also allow the temperature difference between the warm and cold portions of the thermal grill to be adjusted from a remote location such that the level of pain which is generated by thermal grill is readily modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Cohen
  • Publication number: 20070287507
    Abstract: A system and method for communicating with a wireless device to automatically toggle the alert. The control station automatically transmits at least one signal to the wireless device, which instructs the wireless device to use a silent alert. The control station can also include a database for storing identifiers of wireless devices having users who must remain available, allowing those wireless devices to use a tactile alert instead of a silent alert. The control station can automatically instruct the wireless device to use a silent alert, a tactile alert, or an audible alert depending upon the time of day.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventors: Thomas J. Aton, Beatrice Rapley Aton
  • Patent number: 7250870
    Abstract: A back drafting alarm assembly is designed to detect back drafting in combustion fired appliances. The assembly includes a temperature sensor unit that is attached to the diverter bonnet of a water heater or furnace to measure the temperature at all times. The sensor is connected to an alarm assembly that sounds an alarm when the temperature of the bonnet reaches or exceeds 130 degrees F. for a predetermined time period. The preferred time period is three (3) minutes. The alarm assembly also includes a reset button to shut off the alarm and a test button to make certain that the device functions when installed. A microprocessor provides the additional capability to record the total number of excursion events over a longer monitoring period. The alarm operates on direct current from a battery, or standard 110 volts AC with a suitable AC/DC transformer. A battery backup feature provides uninterrupted power when using 110 volts AC as a power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Inventors: John Viner, Keith C. Williams
  • Patent number: 7161473
    Abstract: A data recorder for use as a hunting detector includes a piezofilm accelerometer. A bandpass filter tuned to the approximate frequency of a hunting railcar couples the output of the accelerometer to a hold circuit. A controller, operating primarily in a low power consumption “sleep” mode, awakens periodically to check the hold circuit. If the contents of the hold circuit is greater than a predetermined value, a counter is incremented. When the counter exceeds a preset limit, then a flasher on the exterior of the data recorder is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Instrumented Sensor Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory D. Hoshal, Jack H. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 7161479
    Abstract: A portable instantaneous wireless event based photo identification and alerting security system ideally suited for mobile protection of property, spaces and people, and for protection in motor vehicles, residences, businesses and other commercial locations, either as a stand alone system or as an addition in whole or in part to existing security systems, when an intruder enters into personal spaces, detection devices determine the intruder's presence and digital photographs are immediately taken, and securely transmitted to pre-determined recipients that may include an owner-operator, apprehending authorities or others. Time and date are annotated to these photographs. Furthermore, an audio message is sent to the owner-operator, apprehending authorities or others that the intrusion is occurring, also annotating this information with time and date, thus enabling an opportunity to respond immediately to the intrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Raymond J. Sobol
  • Patent number: 7154385
    Abstract: A vehicle-trailer back-up control system that employs an active front steer sub-system. The system includes a smart hitch controller that receives a vehicle speed signal and a hand-wheel angle signal, and calculates a hitch angle command signal. The system further includes a hitch angle sensor that measures the hitch angle between the vehicle and the trailer that is compared to the hitch angle command signal to generate a hitch angle error signal. A PID control unit receives the hitch angle error signal, and generates a corrected road wheel angle signal based on proportional and derivative gains. The corrected road wheel angle signal is used to generate a motor angle signal that is applied to a steering actuator to be combined with the steering angle signal to generate the front wheel steering signal during a back-up maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Yong H. Lee, Weiwen Deng, Yuen-Kwok Chin, William C. Lin
  • Patent number: 7142097
    Abstract: A vehicle security system comprises a security module adapted to detect an event, a memory for storing a composition, and a processor coupled to the security module, wherein upon detecting the event the processor selects the composition from the memory and triggers a modulated signal representing the composition, wherein the modulated signal is received by a speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Code-Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Stouffer
  • Patent number: 7142120
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for locating one among many items equipped with RFID tags. The apparatus comprises a portable system interrogating the RFID tags and receiving responses therefrom that depend at least on their bearing angle. A comparator selects responses from the one item and ignores others. An annunciator indicates the presence of the one item in the interrogator field of view and, desirably but not essentially, its relative proximity. A directional antenna whose beam pattern is limited in azimuth and/or elevation provides bearing angle information. Its field of view becomes progressively smaller as the antenna approaches the one item so that a user can substantially pinpoint its location without needing any of the usual RFID infrastructure. Tag response hit rate and/or signal strength provides range related information to the interrogator. Optionally, the presence of each new tag is announced until all new tags have been identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hal Charych, Raj Bridgelall, Sumita Malik, Michael O'Haire