Specified Housing Patents (Class 340/693.5)
  • Patent number: 10839975
    Abstract: In one aspect, coated electrical components are described herein. In some implementations, a coated electrical component comprises an electrical component and a graphene coating layer disposed on a surface of the electrical component. The graphene coating layer, in some implementations, has a thickness of about 300 nm or less. In another aspect, methods of increasing the service life of an electronic apparatus are disclosed herein. In some implementations, such a method comprises disposing a graphene coating layer on an environment-facing surface of an electronic component of the apparatus, wherein the electronic apparatus exhibits at least a 10 percent improvement in environmental testing performance compared to an otherwise equivalent electronic apparatus not comprising a graphene coating layer, the environmental testing performance comprising performance in a waterproofness test, acetic acid test, sugar solution test, or methyl alcohol test described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Angela W. Li, Jeffrey H. Hunt, Wayne R. Howe
  • Patent number: 10162075
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detection of threats in secure areas are disclosed. Microwaves are transmitted into high traffic areas and are reflected off or transmitted through targets within that area. The resulting signals are detected at receiving antennas which are designed to have a high cross-polarization discrimination (XPD) such that co- and cross-polarizations of the resulting signals are separable for further processing. The receiving antennas of the present invention comprise elliptical antennas with a double-ridged waveguide on the interior and a conically-shaped exterior. This particular design for the receiving antennas allows to technologically obtain an XPD of about 30 dB or more for solid angles measured from a receiving antenna's boresight (the main lobe axis), and formed by rotating the corresponding 30-degree planar angle around the main lobe axis, the solid angles measuring approximately 0.84 sr, in a frequency range between 9.5 and 20 GHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: APSTEC SYSTEMS USA LLC
    Inventors: Andrey Kuznetsov, Viktor Meshcheryakov
  • Patent number: 9934664
    Abstract: The present invention provides a network camera having a plurality of digital output terminals for outputting an alarm, and a method of controlling the network camera. That is, the present invention includes a plurality of digital output terminals for transmitting image information obtained through a wireless communication network to a server and transmitting information about sensing a person and information about a problematic situation, respectively, using a 4-wire cable, so it is possible to check whether it is a normally-closed state or a normally-open state through the plurality of digital output terminals that are individually managed, respectively, and accordingly, it is possible to improve convenience in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: CHEKT LLC.
    Inventor: Wesley Robert Usie
  • Patent number: 9928425
    Abstract: The present invention is a multi-threat detection method and system for high-traffic areas, such as airports, other mass-transit hubs, malls, symposiums, and the like. The detection methodology comprises a set of detection blocks, each performing different functions, and taking the information resulting from each block and entering it into one or more detection algorithms. The blocks comprise microwave detectors, co-polarization versus cross-polarization processors, magnetometers, and cameras (optional). The values calculated by the blocks are entered into machine learning algorithms which detect a threat if a threshold value is met. The detection occurs at a distance and the alarm may be silent, such that authorities are able to address threats without the target being aware. The alarm is also able to differentiate among varying threats based on the values calculated. No shadowing problems exist, and thus several targets may be monitored simultaneously without slowing down the speed of processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: APSTEC SYSTEMS USA LLC
    Inventors: Andrey Kuznetsov, Viktor Meshcheryakov, Semen Semenov, Viktor Vorobyov, Dmitrii Vakhtin
  • Patent number: 9875439
    Abstract: A license plate radio electronic identifier is provided. Through an isolated space defined between an RFID tag in an elongate frame of an identifier and a license plate to form a resonant cavity at a slot of a metal film antenna on the RFID tag, the metal film antenna can resonate and sense an electromagnetic wave signal reflected by the surface of the license plate through the resonant cavity. The electromagnetic wave signal of a frequency band is transmitted to a radio frequency identification chip under the action of the frequency band and the field pattern adjustment of the slot and a groove. The overall structure of the identifier serves as radio identification for a vehicle. The identifier is resistant to a metal interference and capable of long distance reading and can be put into mass production and is cost-effective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: RFID Integrated Marketing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Daniel Pai
  • Patent number: 9834134
    Abstract: A light assembly includes a first carrier and a second carrier. The assembly also includes a first light module attached to the first carrier such that the first carrier and the first light module are movable in unison between a use position in which the first light module is operable to emit light and a storage position in which the first light module does not operate to emit light. The assembly further includes a second light module attached to the second carrier such that the second carrier and the second light module are movable in unison between a first position when the first light module is in the storage position and a second position when the first light module is in the use position. The second light module is operable to emit light when in at least one of the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Andrzej Wasilewski, Candice M. Willett
  • Patent number: 9679479
    Abstract: An induction vehicle detection and identification system comprising electronic identification devices with electronic memory, mounted on vehicles, and a reader capable of reading and/or writing data obtained from devices in HF-band. Devices have a non-volatile memory and are integrated into the vehicle's license plate. The reader combined with a magnetic frame is in a dielectric casing, which is mounted under the roadway. It generates an alternating magnetic field, which determines the detection and identification range. Minimum time the reader requires to read discrete responses generated by electronic identification devices and to identify the vehicle is less than 25 ms. The identification devices and the reader exchange data at the rate of 1 Kbit/sec or higher, and provide data encoding and decoding, as well as data access restriction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Igor Yurievich Matsur
  • Patent number: 9466020
    Abstract: In the embodiments described herein, a RFID enabled license plate is constructed by using the license plate, or a retro-reflective layer formed thereon as part of the resonator configured to transmit signals generated by and RFID chip integrated with the license plate. Such an RFID enabled license plate can include a metal license plate with a slot formed in the metal license plate, and a RFID tag module positioned in the slot. The RFID tag module can include a chip and a loop, and the loop can be coupled with the metal license plate, e.g., via inductive or conductive coupling. In this manner, the metal license plate can be configured to act as a resonator providing increased performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: NEOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Zhu, Chih-chuan Yen, Jason Liu, Joe Mullis
  • Patent number: 9443183
    Abstract: An induction vehicle detection and identification system comprising electronic identification devices with electronic memory, mounted on vehicles, and a reader capable of reading and/or writing data obtained from devices in HF-band. Devices have a non-volatile memory and are integrated into the vehicle's license plate. The reader combined with a magnetic frame is in a dielectric casing, which is mounted under the roadway. It generates an alternating magnetic field, which determines the detection and identification range. Minimum time the reader requires to read discrete responses generated by electronic identification devices and to identify the vehicle is less than 25 ms. The identification devices and the reader exchange data at the rate of 1 Kbit/sec or higher, and provide data encoding and decoding, as well as data access restriction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Igor Yurievich Matsur
  • Patent number: 9273860
    Abstract: A sensor module is integrated into a lighting fixture. The sensor module includes one or more environmental sensors and can be readily installed in or removed from the lighting fixture. In one embodiment, a heatsink of the lighting fixture is configured to receive the sensor module. Readings from the environmental sensors may be passed to control electronics associated with the lighting fixture and used to control the light output of the lighting fixture. The readings may also be passed on to other lighting fixtures, which may also use the readings to control their light output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Cree, Inc.
    Inventors: Spencer Scott Pratt, Shawn Leroux Heeter
  • Patent number: 9007216
    Abstract: A wearable therapeutic device is provided. The wearable therapeutic device includes a garment, and the garment includes an electrode and a conductive thread. A control unit is coupled to the conductive thread and identifies an electrical connection between a conductive surface of the electrode and the conductive thread, and an alarm module can provide information about the positioning of the electrode in the garment based on the electrical connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Zoll Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Emil Oskin, Philip C. Skalos, Thomas E. Kaib
  • Patent number: 9000938
    Abstract: A console including one or more light-emitting devices that are intended to be combined with one or more identical or different signalling devices. The console has at least one first frame element including an upper part with a front side and a lower part with a rear side that is intended to be mounted to a mounting surface, and a first light-emitting device that is directly or indirectly arranged on the frame element. The function of the signalling devices should not be adversely affected by the light-emitting devices while enabling a modular combination of such systems to increase safety. For this purpose, the frame element has at least two parts in the direction of a central axis (M). At least one groove is provided between the front side and the rear side, which groove extends at least partially around the central axis (M) on the outer side. The light-emitting device is arranged in the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: PWI-Pure System AG
    Inventor: Bernd Hölzer
  • Patent number: 9000913
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to low pressure warning devices which may be worn with encapsulated protective suits and hoods by a user and may provide audio and visual alerts. In an embodiment, a low pressure warning device may comprise an earpiece operable to be retained to the ear of a user, wherein the earpiece may comprise a control system operable to sense the pressure inside the encapsulated protective suit or hood and activate the audio and/or visual alerts when necessary. In an embodiment, the low pressure warning device may be equipped with short range wireless communication capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Swapnil Gopal Patil, Garaga Phani Kumar, Swan Tuffery
  • Patent number: 8970356
    Abstract: A vehicle approach notification apparatus for an electric motorcycle, which outputs notification sound for notifying a walker or the like of approach of a vehicle from a speaker attached to a vehicle body includes a control unit for controlling the notification sound. The control unit is attached to a position, displaced rather forwardly of the vehicle body, of a bottom face in an accommodating box disposed below a seat of the electric motorcycle. A cover plate, which configures part of the bottom of the accommodating box, is removably disposed above the control unit. A low voltage battery as a power supply for auxiliaries is accommodated on the bottom of the accommodating box displaced rather rearwardly of the vehicle body from the control unit. The cover plate is disposed so as to cover an upper portion of the low voltage battery in flush with an upper face of the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Tamaki, Ryuji Akiba, Yoshihiro Nomura, Hiroyuki Shinmura
  • Patent number: 8957768
    Abstract: An operation apparatus includes a base, a sensing unit, a plurality of plates, and a drive mechanism. The base has a surface. The sensing unit includes at least three pressure-sensitive detection regions that are provided at different vertex positions of a polygon having at least three corners set in each of a plurality of regions obtained by partitioning at least a part of the surface of the base. The plurality of plates are provided to correspond to the plurality of regions and cover the at least a part of the surface. The drive mechanism is configured to drive the plurality of plates on the basis of a signal generated by detection of the sensing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hideo Kawabe, Masatoshi Ueno, Shinobu Kuriya, Yusaku Kato, Kenichi Kabasawa, Tetsuro Goto, Tsubasa Tsukahara, Toshiyuki Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 8947229
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an apparatus includes a removable portion having a material and a chemical detection system coupled with the removable portion. The chemical detection system can obtain an amount of the material from the removable portion and determine whether the amount of material obtained from the removable portion includes a predetermined substance. In response to determining that the amount of the material obtained from the removable portion includes the predetermined substance, the chemical detection system can provide a first signal to initiate a first operation of the apparatus. Additionally, in response to determining that the amount of material obtained from the removable portion does not include the predetermined substance, the chemical detection system can generate a second signal to display an alert that indicates the material is not approved by at least one of a manufacturer of the apparatus or a supplier of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventor: David K. Poole
  • Patent number: 8933811
    Abstract: Smoke alarm comprising at least one internal chamber, which chamber has at least one opening towards the surroundings, such that air may pass through the chamber, and where means are provided for emitting light and means for detecting said light is provided in or around said chamber, where the change in light intensity registered by the means generates a smoke alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Cavius ApS
    Inventor: Glenn Højmose
  • Patent number: 8928487
    Abstract: An adjustable occupancy sensor capable of being secured to a light fixture includes a housing having a side and a bottom, a sensor assembly attached to the housing at the bottom of the housing, and an adjustable mounting assembly provided on the side of the housing. The adjustable mounting assembly includes a slot defined in the side of the housing and a track having a plurality of segments extending along the length of the track. The track is configured to be releasably secured to the side of the housing within the slot, the plurality of segments being configured to be breakable from the track to adjust a length of the track. The adjustable mounting assembly further includes a connector molded or otherwise secured to the track to connect the housing of the adjustable occupancy sensor to the light fixture. Other embodiments and methods are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Dyer, James V. Olson
  • Patent number: 8912902
    Abstract: An intrusion detector comprises a housing including a cover and baseplate mounting a circuit board. The cover and baseplate are removably mountable to a base. A motion sensor and bracket are mounted to the circuit board. The cover has a lower lookdown window. A lookdown enable/disable actuator extends from a rear side of the circuit board and is accessible through the baseplate. The actuator is operable to move a door pivotally mounted to the bracket between an on position to enable a lookdown function and an off position to disable the lookdown function. The detector is normally mounted on a wall by securing the base to the wall. The cover and baseplate can be removed from the base. A screwdriver can be used to turn the actuator. The cover and baseplate can then be remounted to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventor: Guobin Xu
  • Patent number: 8896447
    Abstract: A programmable security system and method for protecting an item of merchandise includes a programming station, a programmable key and a security system. The programming station generates a security code and communicates the security code to a memory of the programmable key. The programmable key initially communicates the security code to a memory of the security device and subsequently operates the security device upon a matching of the security code in the memory of the security device with the security code in the memory of the programmable key. The programmable key may also transfer power via electrical contacts or inductive transfer from an internal battery to the security device to operate a lock mechanism. The security code may be communicated by wireless infrared (IR) systems, electrical contacts or inductive transfer. A timer inactivates the programmable key and/or the security device after a predetermine period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Fawcett, Jeffrey A. Grant, Dennis D. Belden, Jr., Ronald M. Marsilio, Ian R. Scott
  • Patent number: 8892179
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a first housing, a second housing and a coupling portion movably coupling the first housing and the second housing to each other. The first housing includes a guide groove formed in a surface of the first housing facing the second housing that restricts a direction of movement of the first housing and the second housing with respect to each other. The guide groove includes a bottom portion. The coupling portion includes a coupling main body fixed to a surface of the second housing facing the first housing, a guide pin protruding from the coupling main body so as to be able to advance and retreat within the guide groove and including a tip portion, the tip portion being housed in the guide groove, and an urging member urging the guide pin toward the bottom portion of the guide groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Kazunori Murayama, Hitoshi Shiroyama, Shigeru Yamaguchi, Hisamitsu Takagi
  • Patent number: 8890691
    Abstract: A programmable security system and method for protecting an item of merchandise includes a programming station, a programmable key and a security system. The programming station generates a security code and communicates the security code to a memory of the programmable key. The programmable key initially communicates the security code to a memory of the security device and subsequently operates the security device upon a matching of the security code in the memory of the security device with the security code in the memory of the programmable key. The programmable key may also transfer power via electrical contacts or inductive transfer from an internal battery to the security device to operate a lock mechanism. The security code may be communicated by wireless infrared (IR) systems, electrical contacts or inductive transfer. A timer inactivates the programmable key and/or the security device after a predetermine period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Fawcett, Jeffrey A. Grant, Dennis D. Belden, Jr., Ronald M. Marsilio, Ian R. Scott
  • Patent number: 8884762
    Abstract: A programmable security system and method for protecting an item of merchandise includes a programming station, a programmable key and a security system. The programming station generates a security code and communicates the security code to a memory of the programmable key. The programmable key initially communicates the security code to a memory of the security device and subsequently operates the security device upon a matching of the security code in the memory of the security device with the security code in the memory of the programmable key. The programmable key may also transfer power via electrical contacts or inductive transfer from an internal battery to the security device to operate a lock mechanism. The security code may be communicated by wireless infrared (IR) systems, electrical contacts or inductive transfer. A timer inactivates the programmable key and/or the security device after a predetermine period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: InVue Security Products Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Fawcett, Jeffrey A. Grant, Dennis D. Belden, Jr., Ronald M. Marsilio, Ian R. Scott
  • Patent number: 8878654
    Abstract: Disclosed is a medication dispensing system comprising a container including at least two compartments each compartment including a cavity configured to contain at least one first medication, a covering over the cavity configured to break under pressure, and an elongate conductive element on at least a portion of the covering and configured sever upon breaking the covering. The medication dispensing system further includes one interrogator-readable RFID circuit operatively associated with the container and connected to the elongate conductive element of each of the at least two compartments, and one RFID circuit interrogator configured to interrogate the one RFID circuit and determine whether the elongate conductive element is severed on either on at least one of the at least two compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Cohen-Alloro, Batami Sadan, Gilead Asseo, Tomer Gofer
  • Patent number: 8854196
    Abstract: An electric motorcycle includes a front cover for covering a head pipe of a vehicle body frame from a forward direction and a speaker for notifying an individual, such as a walker or the like, of the approach of a vehicle. The speaker has a sound emitting direction directed forwardly on the vehicle body and is disposed at a position on the opposite side to a key cylinder of a main switch, which is disposed in a vehicle body sideward direction of the head pipe, across the head pipe. A front stay support a front carrier disposed on the vehicle body front side of the front cover and is attached to the vehicle body front side of the head pipe is provided on the vehicle body rear side of the front cover. The speaker is disposed above the front stay as viewed in front elevation of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Tamaki, Ryuji Akiba, Yoshihiro Nomura, Hiroyuki Shinmura
  • Patent number: 8830080
    Abstract: An emergency lighting system for a building includes at least one LED-based light. An emergency detector is operable to detect an emergency. The emergency detector produces an emergency signal in response to the emergency. A controller is operable to control the at least one LED-based light in response to the emergency signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: iLumisys, Inc.
    Inventors: John Ivey, David L. Simon
  • Patent number: 8831627
    Abstract: A tamper resistant and easily adjustable mobile tracking device is provided, or alternatively may be created by adding appropriate programming to a GPS enabled cellular communications device, by which location data and other information is transmitted to an administrative hub for processing and distribution according to operator defined parameters. Confirmed two-way communications are possible with mobile devices having display screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Omnilink Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Aninye, Yoganand Rajala
  • Patent number: 8823514
    Abstract: A system and method for a panel system containing embedded electronic elements providing both housing for the electronics and structural support. A preferred embodiment of the system is for a container security system, which is constructed into or conforming onto the roof, walls, door, or base of a cargo container is provided. The panel system may consist of a variety of electronic elements, batteries or power elements, sensors, a processing element to collect the sensor data, and a communications element to transmit outside of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: GlobalTrak, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Nagel, Justin C Whiton
  • Patent number: 8823541
    Abstract: First, a user may select an illumination color for a bezel framing a display of an electronics device. Second, the illumination of a digital picture frame may be established based on sensed motion nearby and/or ambient light. Third, the color of a user interface presented on a display can be established to match the color of the room in which the display is disposed, as indicated by colorimetry from a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Hardacker, Steven Friedlander, Rafael Calderon, Steven Richman
  • Patent number: 8816853
    Abstract: A self-shunting security system for detecting the absence or presence of a removable auxiliary alarm assembly for preventing theft of one or more products operatively connected to said system. A port is operatively attached to circuitry and is adapted to receive the removable auxiliary alarm assembly. A shunting assembly is also operatively attached to the circuitry and is disposed in relation to the port for detecting the absence or presence of the removable auxiliary alarm assembly within the port. The port and shunting assembly are in parallel electrical configuration. The shunting assembly automatically forms a first closed circuit when the removable auxiliary alarm assembly is not inserted into the port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Vanguard Products Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Kelsch, John N. Figh, Jr., Thomas J. Beach, Lucas P. Swartwood, Bruno M. L. Telles, Weitong Zhu
  • Patent number: 8797168
    Abstract: A pest detection device includes a housing with a sensor and one or more bait members. The sensor includes one or more of a chisel-shaped electrically conductive trace carried on a substrate, a low resistance electrically conductive ink defining an electrical pathway on a substrate with a pointed profile, and/or a substrate including a directional grain structure oriented in a predefined manner relative to an electrically conductive pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences, LLC.
    Inventors: Mike P. Tolley, Joseph J. DeMark, Donald E. Williams, III, Thomas H. Atkinson, Andrew H. Wurtz, Amy J. Griffin, Eva A. Chin, Marc L. Fisher
  • Patent number: 8760312
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments, a system includes a plurality of component slots and at least one indicator associated with each of said slots. The system also includes a controller coupled to the indicators. The indicators selectively provide installation guidance of components into said slots based on signals from the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Chanh V. Hua, Vincent Nguyen, Binh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8742938
    Abstract: A smoke detector device featuring a base for mounting to a ceiling, wall, or fixture. The base has three grooves disposed in its outer surface. Rings can wrap around each groove on the base. Each ring has at least two modules with an inner chamber and a door, wherein the inner chamber of each module can hold an item. The base can move between an expanded position wherein the three grooves are exposed and a collapsed position wherein only one groove is exposed. Flanges and set screws can secure the base in the expanded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel P. Casey
  • Patent number: 8723683
    Abstract: A cabinet for a fire extinguisher located in a building. The cabinet includes a housing having a door and a dome light located in an interior of the housing. The cabinet also includes an exterior light located on the door and a status light for indicating whether the cabinet is operating properly as a notification device. A fire safety system is also provided, wherein the fire safety system includes detectors for detecting an unsafe condition in the building and notification devices for providing notification of the unsafe condition. When an unsafe condition is detected, the interior and exterior lights are turned on to provide notification of the unsafe condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Inventors: Floyd W. Crossman, Benjamin Collar
  • Patent number: 8717176
    Abstract: Reusable 3D glasses are provided, comprising temples embedded with RFID chips, a detachable lens portion, and a curved bridge portion. The RFID chips are to be used with a tracking system that performs a plurality of functions of: monitoring available inventory levels; counting the number of 3D glasses used by patrons; preventing unauthorized use of 3D glasses; preventing theft of 3D glasses; and counting the number of re-uses per pair of glasses. The tracking system further comprises a plurality of boxes for storing reusable 3D glasses; each box may comprise one or more RFID chips affixed along a cutting line on the box and one or more RFID chips inside the boxes. The curved bridge portion is configured for a user to comfortably wear 3D glasses over prescription glasses. The detachable lens frame is configured for salvaging a usable part in case of partial damage of the reusable 3D glasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: Gene Yoo, Kiwon Yoo
  • Patent number: 8704670
    Abstract: A smoke detector includes processing circuitry coupled to a camera. The field-of-view of the camera contains one or more targets, each having spatial indicia thereon. At least a portion of one of the targets is coated, at least in part, by an infra-red absorbing dye. The dye produces visually discernable dark areas on the coated target(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kwong Wing Au, Thomas W. Shoaff, Scott R. Lang
  • Patent number: 8698627
    Abstract: A package comprises a security device where a security loop is formed integrally with the package for detecting a breach of the package. Additionally, the security loop may be formed with a portion to be interrupted if the contents are removed from the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Michael G. Londo, Stephen L. Billups, Caleb S. Loftin, Rune K. Haraldsson, William J. Knouse
  • Publication number: 20140091939
    Abstract: Methods and systems to redirect the audible and visible signals from alarms on a portable safety device. A cover (10) cooperates with a portable safety device (50) to define a sound chamber (12) that amplifies audible warning signals. A visual alarm guide (14) also is provided. A calibration adapter (500) affords quick and simple bump testing and calibration of the portable safety device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Industrial Scientific Corporation
    Inventors: Tae-yeon Won, Charlies Hughes, Brad Day
  • Patent number: 8681008
    Abstract: A personal care implement or toothbrush includes a sensor for detecting a position of the toothbrush and orientation display for providing content to a user. The display may be configured to present content in a mirror-image format. The personal care implement may be configured to operate in one or more modes of operation. One or more components may be included for setting variables associated with the modes of operation, for changing an orientation of the displayed content between a mirror-image format and forward-facing format, and for changing the particular mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Eduardo Jesus Jimenez, Dong Ho Yun
  • Patent number: 8669859
    Abstract: A safety detection alarm device for a ladder includes a control alarm unit and a sensor unit. A load sensor module, a voltage detection sensor module or an angle detection sensor module of the sensor unit is installed on the ladder. The load sensor module of the sensor unit is to detect the weight of the load. The voltage detection sensor module is to detect and sense the load of the electricity and current. The angle detection sensor module is to detect the angle of the ladder. A light alarm module or a sound alarm module is used to send an alarm to warn the user that the load, electricity or current of the ladder is over or the ladder is unstable. The present invention is safe for use and provides a better function for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Wen-Jaw Wang
  • Publication number: 20140049400
    Abstract: A console including one or more light-emitting devices that are intended to be combined with one or more identical or different signalling devices. The console has at least one first frame element including an upper part with a front side and a lower part with a rear side that is intended to be mounted to a mounting surface, and a first light-emitting device that is directly or indirectly arranged on the frame element. The function of the signalling devices should not be adversely affected by the light-emitting devices while enabling a modular combination of such systems to increase safety. For this purpose, the frame element has at least two parts in the direction of a central axis (M). At least one groove is provided between the front side and the rear side, which groove extends at least partially around the central axis (M) on the outer side. The light-emitting device is arranged in the groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: PWI-PURE SYSTEM AG
    Inventor: Bernd Hölzer
  • Patent number: 8653984
    Abstract: An emergency lighting system for a building includes at least one LED-based light. An emergency detector is operable to detect an emergency. The emergency detector produces an emergency signal in response to the emergency. A controller is operable to control the at least one LED-based light in response to the emergency signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: iLumisys, Inc.
    Inventors: John Ivey, David L Simon
  • Patent number: 8648717
    Abstract: A programmable communicator device is disclosed having a wireless communications circuit, including an antenna, configured to receive a transmission, and an identity module having a unique identifier. The programmable communicator further includes a processing module including program code configured to determine if the transmission is from an authenticated caller by determining whether a received transmission contains the unique identifier, and memory configured to store telephone numbers or IP addresses received in transmissions from an authenticated caller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: M2M Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Eveline Wesby-van Swaay
  • Patent number: 8643503
    Abstract: A security system for monitoring a shipping container being transported on a cargo transport vehicle and methods for making and using same. A mounting device removably couples a container security device (CSD) to the cargo container. Monitoring cargo inside the container and detecting vehicle intrusions and container damage, the CSD includes an anti-tamper sensor, a microcontroller, a communication device, and a plurality of accelerometers and strain gages. The microcontroller generates an alarm signal based on output data from the anti-tamper sensor and records container events. The anti-temper sensor undergoes individual and integrated sensor processing procedures; whereas, the integrated sensor processing procedure determines a container alert status. The accelerometers and strain gages define a moment of inertia of the cargo container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Kirill Mostov
  • Patent number: 8624742
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for monitoring keyboard input are provided. The method includes monitoring input from the user over a predetermined interval, determining whether the amount of input over the predetermined interval has exceeded a predetermined threshold, and transmitting a warning to the user when the amount of input over the predetermined interval has exceeded the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Venkatesh Raju
  • Patent number: 8624731
    Abstract: An information handling system status alert system includes an information handling system (IHS). The IHS includes a frame, a processor supported by the frame and a memory module communicatively coupled to the processor. The IHS additionally includes an operational display device coupled with the frame such that the operational display device is viewable from a first side of the frame. Furthermore, the IHS includes a status alert display device coupled with the frame such that the status alert display device is viewable from a second side of the frame, wherein the second side of the frame is substantially opposite the first side of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Timothy Charles Dearborn, Paul Doczy, Kurt M. H. Heggland, Theodore B. Pasquale
  • Patent number: 8618937
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling cavity height of a leaky wave antenna for RFID communications are disclosed. In this regard, an RFID transponder may receive RF signals via a leaky wave antenna and modulate a frequency of a backscattered signal by controlling a height of a resonant cavity of the leaky wave antenna. The height of the resonant cavity may be controlled via a micro-electromechanical system. The RFID transponder may modulate an amplitude of the backscattered signal by controlling an input impedance of the RFID transponder. The input impedance may be controlled by switching a load in and out of a receive path of the RFID transponder. The input impedance of the RFID transponder may be controlled by switching between a plurality of feed points of the leaky wave antenna. Each of the plurality of feed points may be located in a different position in the resonant cavity of the leaky wave antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Ahmadreza Rofougaran, Maryam Rofougaran
  • Patent number: 8615279
    Abstract: A mobile wireless communications device may include a portable housing including at least one electrically conductive housing portion configured to function as an antenna. The mobile wireless communications device may also include a printed circuit board (PCB) carried by the portable housing, and wireless transceiver circuitry carried by the PCB and including at least one circuit element carried by the PCB. The mobile wireless communications device may also include at least one current shunt component coupled between the at least one electrically conductive housing portion and the at least one circuit element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Joshua Kwan Ho Wong, John Alfred Whitmore, Adrian Matthew Cooke, Steven Eugene Downs, Jari Kristian Van Wonterghem
  • Patent number: 8610560
    Abstract: A system for monitoring a structure prior to and during subjection to a hazardous condition. The system includes a primary monitoring apparatus comprising a monitoring circuit and alerting circuit integrated into an enclosure. The monitoring circuit includes a sensor for detecting an individual or an animal within the area. The alerting circuit includes at least one alerting device. The alerting device can be any of audible alert, a visual alert, and a remote communications. A remote alerting apparatus includes at least one alert device. Signal communication is established between the monitoring apparatus and the alerting apparatus, wherein the primary apparatus activates the alert device(s) of the remote apparatus. The system is deployed within a structure, including placement of an alerting apparatus external to the structure. The system is activated prior to initiation of the hazardous process, monitoring the region for any living beings and emitting an alert when detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Charles Steven Conner
  • Patent number: 8593282
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for reducing the transmission of infrared (IR) signals outside of a reclamation receptacle. Techniques include using a reclamation receptacle having an IR transmitter configured to transmit IR signals when the reclamation receptacle is in a closed configuration and configured to cease transmission of the IR signals when the reclamation receptacle is in an open configuration. A radio frequency identification (RFID) tag may be deposited in the reclamation receptacle. The RFID tag may receive the IR signals and generate a radio frequency (RF) signal in response to the IR signals, wherein the RF signal indicates that the RFID tag is in the reclamation receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Todd Franklin Scarola, Lynn Ann DeRose, John Michael Lizzi, Jr., Douglas Roy Forman, Charles Burton Theurer, Brandon Stephen Good, Francis Christopher Hann