Diverse Indications Patents (Class 340/815.69)
  • Patent number: 10037186
    Abstract: Multichannel data sonification arrangements for providing parallel perceptual channels for representing complex numerical data to a user seeking to identify correlations within the data are presented. In an implementation, several varying data quantities are represented by time-varying sound and presented to a user to observe both variations and correlations among sonic events or trends. The data sonification can include multiple data-modulated sound timbre classes, for example each separately rendered within a stereo sound field. The sound timbre classes can be arranged to convey a sonic metaphor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: NRI R&D PATENT LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Lester F. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 9882658
    Abstract: In some implementations, a process for communicating data over audio is performed. In one aspect, one or more ordered sequences of audio attribute values that are selected based on a musical relationship between the audio attribute values and associated with data values may be played by a first device and received by a second device. This technique may allow for sound-based communications to take place between devices that listeners may find pleasant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Boris Smus, Pascal Tom Getreuer
  • Patent number: 9841865
    Abstract: User interfaces may be used by a law enforcement officer to communicate information to and obtain feedback from a person that is held in a secure holding area of a law enforcement vehicle. The user interfaces may be presented via hardware interfaces in the law enforcement vehicle and a computing device. The computing device may receive a request to present a user interface to a person in the secure holding area. Subsequently, the user interface for the person may be generated based on contextual information from one or more sources. These sources may include an input provided to the computing device by a law enforcement officer, an input received from a network operations center, or an input obtained from an analysis of images or videos from a camera in the law enforcement vehicle. The user interface is then presented to the person in the secure holding area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: WHP Workflow Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Guzik
  • Patent number: 9755764
    Abstract: In some implementations, a process for communicating data over audio is performed. In one aspect, one or more ordered sequences of audio attribute values that are selected based on a musical relationship between the audio attribute values and associated with data values may be played by a first device and received by a second device. This technique may allow for sound-based communications to take place between devices that listeners may find pleasant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Boris Smus, Pascal Tom Getreuer
  • Patent number: 9582976
    Abstract: A safety system and associated methods of operation, for detecting an object on a pathway and reporting to a user information relating to the object to help the user avoid a collision with the object. The safety system includes a first sensor system for detecting the presence of the user and a second sensor system for detecting the object within the pathway. Upon detection of the object, the second sensor system obtains information relating to the object and generates a signal based on the obtained information. The signal is received by a reporting system, which generates a warning signal to communicate the object information to the user. The object information may include a location of the object on the pathway and an identification of the object for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Hon Wah Chin, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Elizabeth A. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 9361768
    Abstract: An information gauge apparatus and method for providing both visual and audio readings of pressure within a pressure vessel. The information gauge apparatus includes a digital display coupled to a printed circuit board in communication with a pressure sensor. The digital display illustrates indicia relating gas pressure levels provided by the pressure sensor to the printed circuit board during use. The gauge further comprises an audible indicator coupled to the printed circuit board, the audible indicator provides an audible signal relating to gas pressure levels sensed by the pressure sensor to the printed circuit board during use. The gauge also includes a mechanical sensor providing a mechanically sensed reading value to a visual indicia display on the information gauge apparatus relating to gas pressure levels during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Western/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Ryan Pereira, Gregory Eytchison, Bryan Eyring, Joseph Frank Brager, Marius Milea
  • Patent number: 9153107
    Abstract: An alarming device including: a power module, a trigger module, a heat module, a noise module, and a visual module. The trigger module is configured to detect an emergency and trigger an event. The heat module is functionally in communication with the power module and the trigger module and configured to project heat when triggered by the trigger module. The noise module is functionally in communication with the power module and the trigger module and configured to project sound when triggered by the trigger module. The visual module is functionally in communication with the power module and the trigger module and configured to project light when triggered by the trigger module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Kathleen A. Austin
  • Patent number: 9019116
    Abstract: A signaling device includes an audio signaling unit for emitting an acoustic signal and a light signaling unit for emitting a visual signal. A base housing body is provided, upon which the signaling device is arranged on an accommodating body. An upper housing part is provided, arranged on the base housing body, for forming a receiving space. The base body of the light signaling unit is formed of a light-transparent signal cap, that includes a base area which is spanned by a connection frame. The light signaling unit further includes an electrical switching unit, which is disposed in the connection frame. The base housing body includes a side wall, and the signal cap is attached to the outer side of the side wall with the base area and is disposed on the base housing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Pfannenberg GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Pfannenberg
  • Publication number: 20150048955
    Abstract: An information gauge apparatus and method for providing both visual and audio readings of pressure within a pressure vessel. The information gauge apparatus includes a digital display coupled to a printed circuit board in communication with a pressure sensor. The digital display illustrates indicia relating gas pressure levels provided by the pressure sensor to the printed circuit board during use. The gauge further comprises an audible indicator coupled to the printed circuit board, the audible indicator provides an audible signal relating to gas pressure levels sensed by the pressure sensor to the printed circuit board during use. The gauge also includes a mechanical sensor providing a mechanically sensed reading value to a visual indicia display on the information gauge apparatus relating to gas pressure levels during use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: RYAN PEREIRA, Gregory Eytchison, Bryan Eyring, Joseph Frank Brager, Marius Milea
  • Patent number: 8836483
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an optical remote control system, and a method for controlling a light source of the system. The system includes: a light source including a plurality of lighting units, the light source generating at least one light beam; an image sensor receiving an image including the light beam; and a processor determining a number or positions of the lighting units which are activated according to an area of the light beam in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Chip Goal Electronic Corporation, R.O.C.
    Inventor: Chun-Huang Lin
  • Patent number: 8738244
    Abstract: An agricultural machine comprises an electronic control device, an actuator, which is actuated under external power, for adjustment of at least one working parameter of the agricultural machine, and a sensor, which is connected to the control device, for detection of the vertical position of the agricultural machine. It is proposed that the control device can be operated so as to derive from the signals of the sensor which topographical zone of a number of topographical zones of a field the agricultural machine is situated in each case, and to activate the actuator as a function of the respective topographical zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: James E. Lenz, Ole Peters
  • Patent number: 8695934
    Abstract: A detachable magnetic docking system for a handheld device comprises a docking plate having a major surface and a shell for the handheld device having a reverse surface. The major surface and the reverse surface are contoured to mate when adjacent one another to align the shell over the docking plate. Cooperative magnetic elements are located in the docking plate and in the shell to retain the handheld device on the docking plate. The contour of the major surface includes a recessed area. The handheld device having internal battery compartments located adjacent non-recessed areas of the major surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Palm Coast Imports LLC
    Inventor: Bradford B. Jensen
  • Patent number: 8587451
    Abstract: A laser projection system including a projection screen and a laser projector is revealed. The projection screen includes at least one light emitting layer having at least one luminescent material that is excited by excitation light with a specific wavelength range to generate excited light with another wavelength range. The laser projector consists of a laser light source module, a laser signal modulation module, a rotation plane mirror module, a rotation plane mirror control module, and a signal conversion module. The laser projector produces excitation laser according to an image signal of a static image or dynamic image and projects the laser to the projection screen correspondingly for an image displayed. Thus a projected image with high recognition is displayed on the projection screen in a transparent manner in natural sunlight. Therefore efficiency and application of the laser projection are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: ALVIS Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Chih-Hsiao Chen
  • Patent number: 8576079
    Abstract: A biological information monitoring apparatus operable to receive biological information measured by a detector adapted to be attached to a patient, and operable to display the biological information on a display, includes: a first display controller which displays an alarm on the display; and a second display controller which displays, on the display, first information which responses to the displayed alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Nihon Kohden Corporation
    Inventors: Masami Tanishima, Hitoshi Inaba, Katsumasa Imai, Yoshihiro Takayanagi, Masahiro Echigo
  • Patent number: 8484032
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a security system include a device control module configured for electronic communication with a plurality of devices and a user interface coupled in electronic communication with the device control module. The user interface includes a voice memory and a first speaker. The user interface is configured to receive a first system event from the device control module identifying a first condition detected by the security system. The user interface is further configured to retrieve a voice message from the voice memory corresponding to the first system event and transmit the voice message via the first speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: UTC Fire & Security Americas Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Edward Becker, Richard Philip Tucker, William Edwards, Baohua Shu, Laigui Qin, Wei Chen
  • Publication number: 20130127630
    Abstract: A signaling device includes an audio signaling unit for emitting an acoustic signal and a light signaling unit for emitting a visual signal. A base housing body is provided, upon which the signaling device is arranged on an accommodating body. An upper housing part is provided, arranged on the base housing body, for forming a receiving space. The base body of the light signaling unit is formed of a light-transparent signal cap, that includes a base area which is spanned by a connection frame. The light signaling unit further includes an electrical switching unit, which is disposed in the connection frame. The base housing body includes a side wall, and the signal cap is attached to the outer side of the side wall with the base area and is disposed on the base housing body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Andreas Pfannenberg
  • Publication number: 20120235828
    Abstract: A signal device, particularly for use in areas at risk of explosion, has a housing, at least one light source, and at least one acoustics source. A sound guidance unit follows the acoustics source with its neck opening and emits the sound produced by the acoustics source to the outside, by way of its mouth opening. The sound guidance unit not only serves to guide sound, but at the same time takes on an optical signal function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: FHF FUNKE + HUSTER FERNSIG GMBH
    Inventors: Jacek BRONOWICZ, Bernhard ROEMER
  • Patent number: 8183989
    Abstract: An emergency exit indicator includes a light source, a visual indicator and a power line communication unit, wherein the visual indicator is disposed within the illumination scope of the light source, and the power line communication unit is electrically connected to the light source. The emergency exit indicator is capable of altering the displayed escape information. The present invention further provides an emergency exit indicating system using the above-mentioned emergency exit indicator and can more precisely display the escape information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: GE Investment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-Kuei Tsai
  • Patent number: 8179272
    Abstract: A device and system for monitoring a fluid level within a tank and for indicating when the fluid level within the tank has dropped below a predetermined minimum level. The device includes a strobe light, which is switched on when a sensor determines that the fluid level within the tank has dropped below a predetermined level. The flashing strobe light can be viewed during the day and at night from any viewing angle, and can thereby alert an observer that the tank needs to be filled before the tank becomes empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Chris Clabaugh
  • Patent number: 8171197
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a main electronic device (1) for communicating within a network (7) comprising an interface (6) for enabling communication within the network (7) and a controller (4) for sending polling messages via the network (7) to logical addresses via said interface (6) in order to request information from at least one further electronic device (1a, 1b . . . 1f). The present invention further relates to a method for operating a main electronic device (1) for communicating within a network (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Frank Pohlmann
  • Publication number: 20120044085
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multifunctional doorbell with controllable lighting which comprises an outdoor member and an indoor member. The outdoor member and the indoor member communicate with each other by wireless signals. The indoor member comprises a power supply, a speaker, a light and sound control module and a lighting member. The light and sound control module is connected with the power supply. The lighting member and the speaker are both connected with the light and sound control panel. Based on the existing wireless doorbell system, the present multifunctional doorbell with controllable lighting could also alert occupants of a house to presence of visitors outdoor by way of lighting. Besides, the indoor member may be configured to switch on and off in response to ambient light conditions and thereby providing lighting at night.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: WORLD ENTERPISE SINO LTD
    Inventor: Law Bing Hung
  • Patent number: 8111146
    Abstract: An ultrasonic sensor provided at a flip-up back door that opens and closes via a pivot shaft provided at a rear top of a vehicle, the ultrasonic sensor detecting an object in a vicinity of the vehicle by intermittently transmitting an ultrasonic wave, which hits the object to thereby generate a reflected wave as a reflection of the ultrasonic wave, the ultrasonic sensor including a sensor head provided at the back door and including a transmitter transmitting the ultrasonic wave and a receiver receiving the reflected wave, wherein the sensor head is provided at a position in a vicinity of a centerline of the vehicle in a width direction thereof and where a distance from a corner of an edge portion of the back door to the sensor head is shorter than a distance from the sensor head to a small aboveground structure provided on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Touge
  • Publication number: 20110275162
    Abstract: Low-cost assay test strip readers are disclosed. Such readers enable creation of profiles of analyte reactions detected on an assay test strip utilizing a simple detector fixedly mounted to a body of the reader. The detector may be a single detector, such as a photodetector, which detects an optical signal at a single point. The assay test strip is inserted and/or removed from the test strip reader and the detector detects the optical elements of the strip during such insertion and/or removal. The movement of the test strip with respect to the body enables the detector to scan a length of the test strip, such that a one-dimensional profile of the optical signals can be generated. The reader may convert the detected profile into a displayable indication of analyte concentrations for diagnostic purposes. Moving the test strip relative to an array of detectors enables creation of a two-dimensional profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: ALVERIX, INC.
    Inventors: Tong Xie, Benny Wing Hung Lai
  • Patent number: 7956765
    Abstract: There is provided a message image display device enabling a user to grasp a content of each massage image when a plurality of message images are displayed. A display control unit (76) causes a display unit (82) to display a screen containing a plurality of message images. A judging unit (78) judges whether display of at least a part of a message image is limited by one or more other message images. A display-time determining unit (84) determines a display time of each of message images according to the judgment result of the judging unit (78). The display control unit (76) displays each of the message images over the display time of the message image determined by the display-time determining unit (84).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Arai
  • Publication number: 20100225499
    Abstract: A device for inputting control commands has an at least in parts light-transmitting surface and includes an apparatus for projecting a number of graphic symbols through respective symbol areas (3,4) of the surface, a control command being associated with each graphic symbol. The apparatus includes a lighting arrangement (10;16;22) for selectively illuminating symbol areas (3,4) from within the device through at least one screen (12;17;24) patterned simultaneously in accordance with a plurality of the graphic symbols. The at least in parts light-transmitting surface includes at least one area (2) corresponding to a key, each area (2) corresponding to a key encompassing at least one of the symbol areas (3,4). The device for inputting control commands further includes an input device (13;20;25) for detecting selection of an area (2) corresponding to a key by a body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Beng Tee Peh, Hwai Kiang Tan, Chee Wee Tay, Keong Huat Sim
  • Patent number: 7782224
    Abstract: A customizable indicator light system for a printing device includes at least one printing device configured to detect at least one machine state corresponding to the operation of the at least one printing device. An indicator light is operably coupled to the at least one printing device. The indicator light is adapted to operate in at least one of an off state, a blink state, and a steady state to indicate the detected machine state. A computing device is in operative communication with the at least one printing device and is adapted to provide at least one user setting to the at least one printing device. The at least one user setting includes at least one behavior setting configured to selectively set the indicator light to one of the off state, the blink state, and the steady state based on the detected machine state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Michael W. Marchetti
  • Patent number: 7777639
    Abstract: An indicator display module includes a display face for informing an operator of a monitored condition and a housing having first and second ends. The display face is attached to the first end. The housing provides support to electrical components located within the housing. A cover is fixedly attached to the housing and engages the second end of the housing. A seal is positioned within the housing, forming a sealed cavity around the electrical components stored within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Delta Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis R. Young, David A. Straka
  • Publication number: 20100188247
    Abstract: A load driving device according to the present invention includes: a first current generation section generating a first current in accordance with a driving current of a load; a second current generation section generating a predetermined second current; an integration section charging and discharging a capacitor in accordance with magnitude relation between the first current and the second current; a comparison section comparing a terminal voltage of the capacitor and a predetermined threshold voltage; and an output section generating a protection signal based on output logic of the comparison section. Such configuration permits appropriately preventing load burnout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiichi Yamamoto, Takahiro Ota
  • Patent number: 7755496
    Abstract: A system for directing a lost person to a predetermined location for pickup including a tethered balloon or other highly visible signal deployed at the pickup location. A manned or remotely controlled aircraft is provided for flying over the area in which the lost person is presumed to be located. The aircraft is equipped with a downward directed loudspeaker broadcasting an audible message instructing the lost person to walk towards the balloon or other signal at the rescue location. The aircraft may be a fixed-wing or rotary-wing aircraft, and airship such as a dirigible or blimp, an ultralight, or a hybrid aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Bernstein
  • Publication number: 20100117851
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus with incoming message prompt is provided. The electronic apparatus includes an input unit, a receiver, an indicator light, a memory, and a processor. The processor connected with the indicator light and the memory, is configured for controlling the indicator light to flash corresponding colored lights in different rates according to the message ID table and the incoming message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: TEH-SHEN LEE, CHIUNG-LI CHANG
  • Patent number: 7667615
    Abstract: To provide a message image display device enabling a user to grasp a content of each message image when a plurality of message images are displayed. A display control unit (76) causes a display unit (82) to display a screen including a plurality of message images. A remaining-time-information storage unit (74) stores remaining time information corresponding to each of the message images. A judging unit (78) judges whether display of at least a part of the message image is limited by one or more other message images. A remaining-time-information updating unit (80) updates the remaining time information according to the judgment result made by the judging unit (78). The display control unit (76) limits display of each of the plurality of message images according to the remaining time information stored corresponding to the message image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Arai
  • Publication number: 20100007507
    Abstract: The present invention is electronic eye-pointing assisted alternative and augmented communications device that stores communicated characters in electronic memory and displays them on display panels on the device. The device has a library of phrases stored in electronic memory that can be called up and displayed using two character codes. The device can be connected to a computer to display the communicated characters on a large screen and to enable the device to be used as an input device for an application or to edit the library of phrases or change the language of use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventors: Maurice William Thompson, Lyndon Neil Owen
  • Publication number: 20090237264
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a control unit for a patient support, such as a mattress. One embodiment of the control unit includes a base portion and a display portion pivotably coupled to the base portion. The control unit may also include one or more communication ports for sending or receiving data from one or more remote devices over a network. The control unit may also include a memory port into which memory may be removably inserted. The control unit may also include a visual indicator configured to be activated by a triggering event, such as a patient exiting the mattress. The display unit may include a touchscreen user interface. The display unit may also be configured to display audiovisual material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: HILL-ROM SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: John A. Bobey, Stephen L. Douglas, Eric R. Meyer, Jonathan H. Mueller, Robert Petrosenko, Stephen R. Schulte, Andrew F. Skinner, Michael Z. Sleva, Richard B. Stacy, Daniel K. Stevens, Mayur Yermaneni
  • Publication number: 20090091468
    Abstract: A retrofit unit beacon for a network device is described. The beacon comprises a controller, a signaling device, and a network port. The signaling device is coupled with the controller and the network port is coupled with the controller and arranged to connect the beacon to a monitored device. The controller causes the signaling device to generate a signal responsive to receipt of a signal from the network port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Applicant: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventor: Brendan O'BRA
  • Patent number: 7450027
    Abstract: A method and system for implementing a serial enclosure management interface is disclosed. In one embodiment, the LED indicators for a storage device in an external enclosure are managed. First, a set of bit patterns for driving the LED indicators is repeatedly placed on a serial bus that is connected to an external enclosure for transmission by varying the states of the serial bus. This process continues until a change to this set of bit patterns is detected. In one embodiment, the change is captured in a memory mapped register, which is typically accessible by a storage device controller. The detected change prompts accesses to a virtualized register, which generally resides in system memory, to generate a different set of bit patterns to place on the serial bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventor: Mark A. Overby
  • Publication number: 20080143495
    Abstract: A combination light and sound producing fixture and combination screw-in light with speakers element is disclosed where the fixture is installed in a wall or ceiling or on a wall or ceiling. The light bulb/speaker can be screwed or secured into a standard light bulb socket. The sound producing elements is a coaxial arrangement of speakers having a low frequency transducer and one or more high frequency transducers that can be directed to emit sound in a particular direction. The fixture or bulb may further include digital signal processing to modify the sound to account for obstructions in or near the fixture. The surface of the sound transducer can be reflective in nature to provide focusing or diffusion of the light from the lighting elements. The lighting elements are incandescent, fluorescent or low voltage LED type that may include adjustment for lighting intensity and color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventor: Edward H. Haase
  • Patent number: 7378989
    Abstract: An emergency lighting arrangement preferably includes plural emergency light units connected to an on-board power supply network of an aircraft, and plural emergency current sources that each include at least one capacitor. Each emergency light unit includes an emergency light emitting element and a control unit that automatically connects the capacitor of the emergency current source to the emergency light emitting element upon the failure of the on-board power supply network. Preferably, the emergency current source including the capacitor is integrated into the emergency light unit. The emergency light unit may further include normal operation light emitting elements selectively connected by the control unit to the on-board power supply network. The control unit switches between normal operation of the normal light emitting elements and charging of the capacitor, and emergency operation in which the capacitor discharges through the emergency light emitting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Bodo Wisch, Lars Rowold
  • Patent number: 7336977
    Abstract: The mobile communication apparatus informs occurrence of a missed event with a vibrator 54 in response to the detection of a second state that a case separates from the other case in the apparatus. For example, the missed event can be that the apparatus has a missing incoming call, that the apparatus has an unread message, or that a missed alarm time in the apparatus has already past. Further, the apparatus informs the occurrences without recognizing the LCD 42.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Masanori Katayanagi
  • Patent number: 7225000
    Abstract: The mobile communication apparatus informs occurrence of a missed event with a vibrator 54 in response to the detection of a second state that a case separates from the other case in the apparatus. For example, the missed event can be that the apparatus has a missing incoming call, that the apparatus has an unread message, or that a missed alarm time in the apparatus has already past. Further, the apparatus informs the occurrences without recognizing the LCD 42.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Masanori Katayanagi
  • Patent number: 7091932
    Abstract: Indicator lights of an appliance are used for optical communication with a diagnostic tool through a communication probe. The indicator lights of the appliance are arranged in at least two groups. One indicator light is selected from one group of indicator lights to operate as an optical transmitter and another indicator light is selected from the other group of indicator lights to operate as an optical receiver. Preferably, the two selected indicator lights are in proximity to one another so the communication probe for the diagnostic tool may be more compactly designed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventor: Jurgis Astrauskas
  • Patent number: 6933833
    Abstract: A universal remote control comprising a keyboard having a plurality of pushbuttons including a macro pushbutton and a library of codes and data for use in transmitting operating commands to a plurality of different home appliances of different manufacturers. Instructions within the remote control are used to match the universal remote control to a plurality of different home appliances of different manufacturers such that selected codes and data from the library are used to transmit operating commands to the matched home appliances in response to activation of selected pushbuttons of the keyboard. The instructions are also used to assign to the macro pushbutton a subset of the selected codes and data from the library whereafter activation of the macro pushbutton causes the universal remote control to use the subset of selected codes and data from the library to transmit operating commands to one or more of the matched home appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Paul V. Darbee
  • Patent number: 6792294
    Abstract: It is constructed so that combinations of display colors or lighting patterns can be set from the outside by incoming notification means by light of a portable telephone apparatus. That is, incoming notification pattern data by a change in lighting colors and data of the tempo are stored in RAM 3, and data from the RAM 3 is held in an FIFO 8 and is outputted every tempo according to a read signal from an FIFO read signal generator 9, and also by generating an interruption at the time when a predetermined amount of data is outputted, a CPU 1 writes subsequent data from the RAM 3 to the FIFO 8 according to the interruption. Then, data read from the FIFO 8 is once held in an output port register 5 and an LED driver 6 independently drives plural LEDs according to data outputted from the output port register 5. In this case, it is constructed so that the data from the RAM 3 can be set from the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Masayuki Kushita
  • Patent number: 6778081
    Abstract: An alerting system for fire stations utilizes programmable message centers, zone-coded lighting and audio modules to alert only selected personnel for a particular type of emergency, i.e. fire, medical, etc. to decrease response time while reducing stress to remaining personnel who need not be alerted. Related features include night vision lighting, low level lighting, remote sensing and activation of station doors, ceiling mounted lighting signals, bed proximity audio alerts, automatic control of Emergency Response Facility audio sources and daisy-chain Ethernet cabling for simple installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventor: Richard K. Matheny
  • Patent number: 6762689
    Abstract: A traffic signal display apparatus includes a display surface having a plurality of bicolor bipolar LEDs thereon in an array. When current is fed into the LEDs in a first direction, the bicolor bipolar LEDs display a first color, which may be green. When current is fed in the opposite direction, the bicolor bipolar LEDs display a second color, which may be red. When current is fed into the array alternately in both directions, the bicolor bipolar LEDs display a third color, which may be yellow. The display apparatus may be subdivided into multiple independent zones, allowing arrows to be displayed. The single display apparatus can therefore be used to replace the three to five stacked conventional traffic light display units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Michel L. Dechape
  • Patent number: 6720904
    Abstract: A universal remote control comprising a keyboard having a plurality of pushbuttons including a macro pushbutton and a library of codes and data for use in transmitting operating commands to a plurality of different home appliances of different manufacturers. Instructions within the remote control are used to match the universal remote control to a plurality of different home appliances of different manufacturers such that selected codes and data from the library are used to transmit operating commands to the matched home appliances in response to activation of selected pushbuttons of the keyboard. The instructions are also used to assign to the macro pushbutton a subset of the selected codes and data from the library whereafter activation of the macro pushbutton causes the universal remote control to use the subset of selected codes and data from the library to transmit operating commands to one or more of the matched home appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Paul V. Darbee
  • Patent number: 6664887
    Abstract: A device and system for determining the status of the contents of a container by measuring the period of time which has elapsed since the opening of the container. The present invention provides a flexible mechanism for enabling the user to determine the usability or efficacy of the contents of the container, since such contents typically experience a higher rate of degradation once the container has been opened. Furthermore, the manufacturer is able to provide information related to the expiration date of an unopened container at the time of manufacture, but cannot determine the time at which the container is opened, and hence the expiration date after opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: D. N. N. Roekoe Inc.
    Inventor: Meir Fuchs
  • Patent number: 6646566
    Abstract: A sensor alarm which provides an alarm notification of a dangerous condition within a monitored space, further provides notice of its current state condition, from among several states, with distinct message comprising a combination of encoded audible and visible mnemonics annunciations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Ranco Incorporated of Delaware
    Inventor: William P. Tanguay
  • Patent number: 6505734
    Abstract: A container with sound and light emitting function includes a containing body, a handle attached to the containing body and an electric circuit. The electric circuit includes speakers, light emitting equipments, two projecting contacts and an IC. The light emitting equipments are attached to outer side of the containing body. The projecting contacts pass through a respective through hole of the containing body into the inner space of the containing body so that same can get into contact with each other electrically to complete the electric circuit for the IC to activate the speakers and the light emitting equipments to send out sound and light when drinks are poured into the containing body to submerge both of the projecting contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Assignee: Wea Bor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin-Lai Su
  • Patent number: 6493650
    Abstract: Crash scene measurement, documentation, and analysis is used to determine crash dynamics and causes in order to determine fault, liability, and prevention methods. The device to be patented is a low cost, compact system that significantly enhances the speed and accuracy of crash scene documentation, and it is applicable to aviation, highway, railway, and vessel crashes. The system will use highly accurate, kinematic, Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) measurements to locate crash scene elements and reference points with a relative measurement error of less than two centimeters (0.79 in.). Using a government DGPS reference signal (National DGPS, US Coast Guard) or locating the reference module on a geodetic marker, allows the absolute location of the scene to be determined with an error of between three to five meters. Once the scene is measured, the device automatically develops accurate dimensions, scene drawing, and a standard report of the crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Optimus Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Edward Rodgers, Darrell Froncis Greenlee
  • Patent number: 6438390
    Abstract: A status indicator (301) in a communication device (102), such as a cellular telephone, is controlled to visually indicate a plurality of status information during a single indication period (602). During the indication period (602), the status indicator (301) is powered-on for a first predetermined time period (t1) to indicate, for example, no service, in-service or roaming status of the cellular telephone, and powered-on for a second predetermined time period (t3) to indicate, for example, message waiting status of the cellular telephone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventor: Karamat Awan