Via Radiant Energy Beam (via Particular Energy) Patents (Class 340/870.28)
  • Patent number: 10114402
    Abstract: The invention provides a rotary or touch-sensitive control comprising a first rotatable and/or touch-sensitive body comprising means for displaying information relating to a parameter controlled by the first body, and a second rotatable and/or touch-sensitive body formed around the first rotatable body comprising means for displaying information relating to a parameter controlled by the second rotatable body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: AMS Neve Ltd.
    Inventors: Wayne Farrar, Stephen Martin Wyatt, Robin Andrew Porter, Christopher Bloor
  • Patent number: 10030358
    Abstract: A method and system for non-contact location and orientation determination for an implement coupled with a mobile machine. One example detects an orientation of a recognized feature of an implement with a sensor mounted at a fixed location on the mobile machine. A range from the sensor to the recognized feature of the implement is also determined. In addition, a known operating envelope of the implement coupled with the mobile machine is accessed. The known operating envelope of the implement is then combined with the orientation and the range from the sensor to determine a position of the implement with respect to the mobile machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Craig Wallace, Gregory C. Best, Mark Nichols, Scott Crozier
  • Patent number: 9886846
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for using a single remote control to control a particular device among several devices by aiming the remote control at the device to identify the device to be controlled. Once the device is identified, the remote control is then configured to send remote control commands to communicate with the identified device when the buttons or other user interface elements on the remote control are selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Shounak Mitra
  • Patent number: 9427509
    Abstract: A transfer assembly comprising an intracorporeal transfer coil of an implant, and an extracorporeal transfer coil of an extracorporeal supply unit. The transfer coil of the implant has permanently associated therewith a transmitting element. The transfer coil of the supply unit has permanently associated therewith at least one receiving element. Further, the supply unit comprises an evaluation module connected with the receiving element and issuing a locating signal depending on an offset and/or a direction of offset of the transmitting element relative to the receiving element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT-UND RAUMFAHRT E.V.
    Inventors: Bernhard Vodermayer, Thomas Schmid
  • Patent number: 9383394
    Abstract: A power line monitoring device is mounted to a power line. The device includes circuitry for monitoring the power line and communicating information regarding the power line. A ground reference point of the circuitry is electrically coupled to the power line. Therefore, the monitoring device, including its circuitry, has substantially the same voltage potential as the power line. Accordingly, there is a substantially equalized or uniform electric field around the device. The substantially equal voltage potential and electric field allow communications with the monitoring device to have reduced noise and interference, as compared to other devices that have different voltage potentials than their corresponding power lines. A pad of semi-conductive material may be disposed between the power line and the electrical conductors to slow a rate of change of the voltage potential of the device circuitry when mounting the device to the power line, thereby minimizing risk of corona discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: COOPER TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY
    Inventors: John Fredrick Banting, Gregg James Haensgen, Bruce W. McBee
  • Patent number: 9371051
    Abstract: A collision determination apparatus receives sensor data, which includes a sensor identifier, from multiple sensors that are of at least two different sensor types. Based on the sensor data from each of the sensors, a main determination unit determines whether to operate a protection apparatus. In parallel, a redundant determination unit determines whether to operate the protection apparatus based on at least one sensor data and by switching sub-determination units that have different determination logics according to a sensor type. In particular, the sensor identifier includes a sensor type information that allows the redundant determination unit to determine the sensor type of the sensor that transmitted the sensor data, and select the appropriate sub-determination unit. Therefore, based on the sensor type information in the sensor data, the same collision determination apparatus can be used in different vehicles that have respectively different number of sensors and different sensor types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryo Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9307901
    Abstract: A method may involve forming a cross-linked polymer plug over a sensor located on a structure, such that the sensor is covered by the cross-linked polymer plug. The sensor is configured to detect an analyte. The method may involve forming a first polymer layer, which defines a posterior side of an eye-mountable device. Further, the method may involve positioning the structure on the first polymer layer. Still further, the method may involve forming a second polymer layer over the first polymer layer and the structure to provide a partially-fabricated device. The second polymer layer defines an anterior side of the eye-mountable device. The method may also involve soaking the partially-fabricated device in a fluid, such that the cross-linked polymer plug swells out of the partially-fabricated device to leave a channel in the second polymer layer, wherein the sensor is configured to receive the analyte via the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey George Linhardt, Zenghe Liu
  • Patent number: 9268146
    Abstract: User interface having a sensor and a composite interface that floats. Embodiments of user interfaces described herein are useful, for example, as automobile components (e.g., dashboard components), appliance components (e.g., dishwasher components, stove components, oven components, microwave oven components, clothes washer components, and clothes dyer components), medical equipment, elevator buttons, laboratory equipment (e.g., scales), as well as consumer electronics (e.g., entertainment devices and cell phones), automatic teller machines, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Masaru Iwasawa, Kazuhiko Mizuno, Robert L. W. Smithson, Richard L. Rylander
  • Patent number: 9247896
    Abstract: A patient monitoring system may receive a physiological signal such as a photoplethysmograph (PPG) signal that exhibits frequency and amplitude modulation based on respiration. A phase locked loop may generate a frequency demodulated signal and an amplitude demodulated signal from the PPG signal. An autocorrelation sequence may be generated for each of the frequency demodulated signal and the amplitude demodulated signal. The autocorrelation sequences may be combined and respiration information may be determined based on the combined autocorrelation sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Nellcor Puritan Bennett Ireland
    Inventors: James Dripps, James Ochs, Paul S. Addison
  • Patent number: 9189043
    Abstract: Power over Ethernet (PoE) communication systems provide power and data communications over the same communications link, where a power source device (PSE) provides DC power to a powered device (PD). The DC power is transmitted simultaneously over the same communications medium with the high speed data from one node to the other node. The PSE controller measures the voltage, current, and temperature of the outgoing and incoming DC supply lines to characterize the power requirements of the PD. The PSE controller may detect and validate a compatible PD, determine a power classification signature for the validated PD, supply power to the PD, monitor the power, and reduce or remove the power from the PD when the power is no longer requested or required. If the PSE finds the PD to be non-compatible, the PSE can prevent the application of power to that PD device, protecting the PD from possible damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Pieter Vorenkamp, Agnes Woo, Anil Tammineedi, Ichiro Fujimori, David Chin, John Perzow
  • Patent number: 9138144
    Abstract: An adhesive bandage that includes: a thin sheet having an underside provided with a self adhesive; a wireless transmitter; a memory unit, coupled to the wireless transmitter, for storing a patient identifier and for storing patient data that comprises measurement thresholds, vital signs measurements and treatment data; a monitor, coupled to the memory unit, for monitoring vital signs and for generating the vital signs measurements; a wireless receiver for receiving requests to obtain requested patient data; an alert generator, coupled to the memory unit, for generating an alert if a vital sign measurement reached an associated measurement threshold; and a processor, coupled to the wireless transmitter, to the wireless receiver and to the memory unit, for determining whether to transmit, by the wireless transmitter, the requested patient data and the patient identifier, and for determining whether to transmit, by the wireless transmitter, the alert and the patient identifier; and wherein at least one component
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: CARD GUARD SCIENTIFIC SURVIVAL LTD.
    Inventor: Nir Geva
  • Patent number: 9140764
    Abstract: A device for measuring a voltage of an electric power line conductor of a power system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a first electrically conductive housing configured to be installed on a first power line conductor and a first virtual grounding member configured to electrically ground a first housing to a first power line conductor voltage. A first measuring resistor is electrically connected between the first virtual grounding member and an electrically isolated lead wire, the electrically isolated lead wire is electrically connected to a first voltage dropping device, the first voltage dropping device is configured to be electrically connected to a second power line conductor. A sensor electronics module is configured to measure a voltage drop across the first measuring resistor, the voltage drop being directly proportional to the voltage between the first power line conductor and the second power line conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: Murray W. Davis
  • Patent number: 8981959
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for prioritizing the processing of messages sent between site transceivers (12, 15) at utility meter data origination sites (10) and gateway transceivers (20, 30, 40) in a fixed meter data collection network. To reduce message processing time, priorities are assigned for processing messages destined for mobile gateways, messages sent to assigned gateways, and messages sent to any gateway after not receiving an acknowledge signal from an assigned gateway. The gateway transceiver also has four receivers for processing four respective messages on four different frequency channels to further reduce processing time and to conserve power usage at the site transceivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Badger Meter, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan M. Beverung, Kelly Laughlin-Parker, John A. Olson, Mark Lazar, Christopher D. Hielsberg
  • Publication number: 20150022375
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods relating to interfacing and controlling external batteries are described. In one embodiment, an external battery is integrated with a touch screen display. In one embodiment, the external battery provides an infrared communication link with a detachable device or system controller. In one embodiment, the external battery touch screen interface provides data received from a detachable device or system controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Eric Lee, Ethan Petersen, Joseph Stark, Ian McCutcheon, Steve Reichenbach
  • Publication number: 20140320313
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for supplying power to a transmission tower using an optical power transmission device including a transmission line, an optical power transmission device which is mounted on the transmission line and converts power obtained in the transmission line into an optical signal, a transmission tower, an optical power reception device which is mounted on the transmission tower and converts the optical signal into an electrical signal to supply power to various devices mounted on the transmission tower, and an optical fiber which has one end connected to the optical power transmission device and another end connected to the optical power reception device and transmits the optical signal of the optical power transmission device to the optical power reception device, wherein the optical fiber is insulated with an insulator string.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Ul Lok BAE
  • Publication number: 20140135647
    Abstract: A system for measuring and converting to an observer intelligible form an internal physiological parameter of a patient. The invention allows transcutaneous telemetry of intracranial pressure via a system which includes a patient implanted sensor module and an external processing module, optically coupled to the sensor module via an external coupling module. A sensor within the sensor module transduces the measured pressure and a near infrared emitter transmits the telemetry when interrogated by the external coupling module. A set of tuned inductor-crystal circuits comprised in part of a cylindrical crystal oscillator whose resonant frequency is sensed by a dipper circuit arrangement is provided. Power for the sensor module is derived inductively through rectification of a transcutaneously-applied high-frequency alternating electromagnetic field generated within the external coupling module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Erich W. Wolf, II
  • Patent number: 8648734
    Abstract: A system for collecting data includes a remote sensor assembly and a central data collection device. The remote sensor assembly has a data bus, a remote wireless node, and a plurality of remote sensor modules in wired communication with the remote wireless node via the data bus. Each of the remote sensor modules converts a sensed condition into data in response to a request from the remote wireless node. The central data collection device has a master wireless node for periodically wirelessly communicating with the remote wireless node. The remote wireless node collects data from each of the plurality of remote sensor modules and periodically transmits the data to the master wireless node. The remote sensor modules are interchangeable and new remote sensor modules may be added. The remote wireless node may detect the sequence of the attached remote sensor modules to enable three-dimensional mapping of the sensed conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: University of Louisville Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Cindy K. Harnett
  • Publication number: 20130300579
    Abstract: The system includes an active unit, such as a detector unit, which has a processor, a network port for connection to a central control unit, and an optical data input port. The processor is arranged to enable the optical data input port on receipt of an enable signal received by the active unit from the central control unit via a network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Faruk Meah, Steven Ian Bennett, Andrew D. Naish
  • Patent number: 8547248
    Abstract: The present invention provides implantable systems that communicate wirelessly with each other using a unique format that enables devices configurations and applications heretofore not possible. Embodiments of the present invention provide communication apparatuses and methods for exchanging information with implantable medical devices. In some embodiments, two implantable devices communicate with each other using quasi-electrostatic signal transmission in a long wavelength/low frequency electromagnetic band, with the patient's body acting as a conductive medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Proteus Digital Health, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Zdeblick, Timothy Robertson
  • Publication number: 20130162446
    Abstract: An optical sensing system, comprising a plurality of optical sensors (206 . . . 209), first (203 . . . 205) and second (215, 216) input trees, and first (210 . . . 212) and second (219, 220) output trees. The first and second input trees are configured to direct respective optical signals from a first (202) and a second (214) input to each of the sensors, and the first and second output trees are configured to direct optical signals from each of the sensors (206 . . . 209) to a first (213) and a second (221) optical output. The first and second input and/or output trees are configured to direct signals of particular wavelengths (A1 . . . D-1, A2 . . . D2) from particular sensors to the first and second input and/or output, respectively. A redundant connection system thus provided allows continued operation in the event of a fibre or cable break (300).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: STINGRAY GEOPHYSICAL LTD.
    Inventors: Edward Austin, Philip Nash, Julian Fells
  • Patent number: 8471723
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for adjusting a transmission power level of a transceiver (12, 15) at a utility meter data origination site (10). A power level of transmission at the site transceiver (12, 15) is adjusted to an optimum level if an acknowledgement is not received from a network gateway (30) in response to data transmissions from the site transceiver (12, 15). Also, for each unsuccessful transmission period, the amount of metering data is increased in the next transmission period to make up for the failed communication tries. Upon establishing communication with the gateway (30), the site transceiver (12, 15) can receive commands from the gateway (30) that further adjust its power level of transmission to optimize reception at the gateway from a large plurality of utility meter data origination sites (10) within a geographical area served by the gateway (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Badger Meter, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Olson, Mark Lazar, Kelly Laughlin-Parker, Michele R. B. Malinowski, Randy Schultz, Ryan M. Beverung, Theresa Saadeh
  • Patent number: 8466797
    Abstract: The invention relates to a handheld device (1) for infrared temperature measurement, comprising an infrared radiation detector (3) for measuring the temperature of a measuring spot (4) on an object under measurement (5), comprising an optical pickup device (2) for sensing the region containing the measuring spot (4) and comprising a display means (6) for presenting the measured temperature value. To provide a handheld device (1) which uses simple means to enable an operator to line up a measuring spot (4) on an object under measurement (5) and at the same time give the operator information on one or more ambient variables during this operation, it is proposed to design the display means (6) for continuously presenting the region of the object under measurement (5) that contains the measuring spot (4) and at least one item of temperature information that is correlated synchronously in time with the presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Testo AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Schwörer, Frank Eder, Kerstin Tetzlaff
  • Patent number: 8407327
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to network management using visual identifiers. In one of many possible embodiments, a network management system includes a visual identifier device located visibly proximate to a network device. The visual identifier device includes a set of visual identifiers and a selector mechanism configured to be manipulated to select at least one of the visual identifiers to be assigned to the network device. The network management system also includes a display device configured to display a visual representation of said selected visual identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignees: Verizon Corporate Services Group Inc., Raytheon BBN Technologies Corp.
    Inventor: Brig Barnum Elliott
  • Patent number: 8362920
    Abstract: A method and device for locating each of the wheels of a pair of twinned wheels mounted on a vehicle. Each twinned wheel is equipped with an electromagnetic receiving antenna, and these two twinned wheels are provided with elements of relative blocking rotation-wise designed to make it possible to obtain an offset by a predetermined angle (?), such that (?) is different from 0° and 180°, between the receiving antennas with which the two twinned wheels are equipped. The vehicle is equipped with a fixed source of emission of an electromagnetic signal suitable for covering an area passed through by the receiving antennas, and the electromagnetic field received by each of the receiving antennas is measured, so as to deduce, from the analysis of the time offset between the variations of the two measured electromagnetic fields, the location of each of the twinned wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive France
    Inventor: Olivier Gerardiere
  • Patent number: 8330583
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and system for controlling a RC device via a secure radio link. In one embodiment of the invention, spread spectrum modulation may be employed which may provide a digital radio frequency (RF) link between a controller and a RC device. A controller may be coupled with a transmitter module and a radio controlled device may be coupled with a receiver module in accordance with the present invention to provide an add-on upgrade capability. The method and system for controlling a RC device may also include error detection and correction, interpolation of lost packets, failsafe technology and force-feedback telemetric technology to further enhance the user experience with radio controlled devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Horizon Hobby, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Beard, John Adams, Mathew Lee, Eric Meyers
  • Patent number: 8305233
    Abstract: An antenna isolation circuit, meter reading device, and method of manufacturing an antenna isolation circuit may employ or be associated with a multilayer planar structure. A multilayer planar structure antenna isolation circuit uses distributed elements to provide high voltage isolation and RF coupling functions. The distributed elements may be implemented, for example, as multilayer distributed capacitors. In other embodiments, the distributed elements may be implemented as a distributed transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Elster Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas B. Ellsworth, III
  • Patent number: 8208777
    Abstract: A cable includes at least one plastic impregnated fiber layer and at least one conductor in contact with the at least one fiber layer. In some examples, the fiber may be glass fiber, aramid fiber or carbon fiber. In some examples, the plastic may be thermoset plastic, thermoplastic or chemically set resin. In some examples, the conductor may be an electrical conductor or an optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Intelliserv, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Braden, Brian Clark, Dean Homan
  • Publication number: 20120050064
    Abstract: A local area utility network includes a utility, a low-speed backhaul between the utility and a utility provider, and a high-speed broadband network interface module in the utility coupling the utility directly to a broadband network. A plurality of utilities is coupled via a wireless mesh home area utility network. The low-bandwidth backhaul is operable to communicate at least one of billing, pricing, and load control events to a utility provider, and the high-speed broadband network connection to a home automation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: Digi International Inc.
    Inventor: Jordan Husney
  • Publication number: 20120026009
    Abstract: Medical devices are provided with multi-element antenna systems that may function to automatically tune the antenna as a function of the operating environment of the medical device. The tuning methodology may incorporate a multi-element antenna having a variable capacitive element on a first of the antenna elements with that antenna element being driven by a second of the antenna elements. In an embodiment, a multi-element antenna system may acquire measurements of predefined criteria and the antenna may be tuned as a function of the measured criteria to optimize operation of the antenna in both reception and transmission of signals. In so doing the antenna impedance can be matched to the transmission line impedance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: Yanzhu Zhao, Gregory J. Haubrich, Quentin S. Denzene
  • Publication number: 20110264295
    Abstract: A single fiber passive optical network architecture provides utility metering and control functions for residential and commercial customers. A module provides customer termination of the network, the module either replacing or retrofitting to an existing electrical power wall box. This allows the module to not only support communications functions but to use such functions to remote monitor commodity utilities used by the customer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Peter Schmelcher
  • Patent number: 8009060
    Abstract: Remote monitoring of the munition assets is directed to providing a munitions monitoring system and method for monitoring the environment approximate to a munition and transferring data of the environment to a location remote from the munition for storage or processing. A local monitoring device communicates directly with a remote device at a location remote from the munition, the monitoring device being proximate to a munition with a plurality of sensors that monitor the environment of the munition. The local monitoring device can communicate directly with a centralized relay system that is located in the general proximity to a munitions stock pile and/or with a mobile remote device, such as mounted on a vehicle or a hand-held device. The data can be correlated with the operability of the munition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Leslie Kramer, Keith Fosen
  • Publication number: 20110187557
    Abstract: A method and system to curtail electrical use of a residential or commercial establishment to prevent a user from exceeding a user defined threshold amount. The method and system may monitor and control individual electrical components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: Christopher P. Dietzler
  • Publication number: 20110133950
    Abstract: A telemetry system for use in a combustion turbine engine (10) having a compressor (12), a combustor and a turbine (16) that includes a sensor (306) in connection with a turbine blade (301) or vane (22). A telemetry transmitter circuit (312) may be affixed to the turbine blade with an electrical connecting material (307) for routing electronic data signals from the sensor (306) to the telemetry transmitter circuit, the electronic data signals indicative of a condition of the turbine blade. A resonant energy transfer system for powering the telemetry transmitter circuit may include a rotating data antenna (314) affixed to the turbine blade or on a same substrate as that of the circuit. A stationary data antenna (320) may be affixed to a stationary component such as a stator (323) proximate and in spaced relation to the rotating data antenna for receiving electronic data signals from the rotating data antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Ramesh Subramanian, Anand A. Kulkarni, David J. Mitchell, Bjoern Karlsson, Rod Waits, John R. Fraley
  • Publication number: 20110133949
    Abstract: A telemetry system for use in a combustion turbine engine (10) that includes a first sensor (306) in connection with a turbine blade (301) or vane (22). A first telemetry transmitter circuit (312) is affixed to the turbine blade and routes electronic data signals, indicative of a condition of the blade, from the sensor to a rotating data antenna (314) that is affixed to the turbine blade or is on a same substrate as that of the circuit. A stationary data antenna (333) may be affixed to a stationary component (323) proximate and in spaced relation to the rotating data antenna for receiving electronic data signals from the rotating data antenna. A second sensor (335) transmits electronic data signals indicative of the stationary component to a second telemetry circuit (332), which routes the signals to the stationary antenna. The stationary antenna transmits the electronic data signals to a receiver (338).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventors: Ramesh Subramanian, Anand D. Kulkarni, David J. Mitchell, Bjoern Karlsson, Rod Waits, John R. Fraley
  • Patent number: 7924169
    Abstract: Device for fastening a sensor on containers with a flexible container wall, in particular mixing bags, comprising a sensor support which is fitted with a sensor, bears against an inner wall of the container wall at least with a rear subsurface averted from the sensor, and is guided with a central piece through an opening in the container wall in which the sensor support is fixed on the container wall by a clamping part which can be connected to the central piece, in which the container wall is clamped between the rear subsurface of the sensor support and on a bearing surface, facing an outer wall of the container, of the clamping part, and in which the rear subsurface bears sealingly against the inner wall of the container wall. The sensor support can also have an electronic or optical transmit unit which is connected to the sensor, in which case the transmit unit communicates in a wireless fashion with a receive unit arranged outside the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhard Baumfalk, Oscar-Werner Reif
  • Publication number: 20110063128
    Abstract: A chamber-status monitoring apparatus includes a plurality of chambers, a time-division multiplexer configured to receive, via optical fiber probes, optical signals from each chamber, to divide each optical signal into first time slots having a predetermined duration, and to multiplex the first time slots to generate an OTDM signal, a multi-input optical emission spectroscope configured to receive and disperse the OTDM signal according to wavelengths to measure spectrum information, and a controller configured to divide the spectrum information of the dispersed OTDM signal into second time slots with a predetermined time interval therebetween, to classify the second time slots according to the chambers to obtain spectrum information of the optical signals of the individual chambers, and to control endpoint detection in each of the chambers in accordance with the spectrum information of the optical signal of the corresponding chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventors: Sang-Wuk Park, Woo-Seok Kim, Yong-Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 7848905
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for locating and tracking objects are disclosed. According to one system, a locating device can be configured to determine a location of an object. According to another system, an identifying device can be configured to determine the identification of an object. Further, a tracking system configured to store tracking information associated with the object. A communications system can be configured to communicate a signal to a remote computer device that identifies the location of the object and includes the tracking information associated with the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Troxler Electronic Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Ernest Troxler, Francois Jacques Malassenet
  • Patent number: 7844409
    Abstract: Packet formats and associated metering infrastructure for filtering meter reading data that is being transmitted by utility meters are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method suitable for being implemented in a metering environment is provided that filters meter reading data being received by multiple collectors. Specifically, the method includes ranking the relative ability of the plurality of collectors to capture transmissions from the same utility meter. Based on the relative ranking, at least one collector from the plurality of collectors is identified that will be configured to disregard transmissions that originate from the utility meter. Then, the method provides the collector with a read list for differentiating between transmissions containing meter reading data that will be forwarded to a utility service provider from transmissions that originate from the utility meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Johnson, Mark Cornwall
  • Patent number: 7808399
    Abstract: The teachings described herein are generally concerned with systems and methods for selectively enabling an electronic device, such as an optical transceiver, that is configured to communicate with a remote computer. In one example of such a method, identification data is initially transmitted from the electronic device to the remote computer. At the remote computer, a determination is made as to whether the identification data is valid. If the identification data is valid, the remote computer generates encrypted data based upon the valid identification data. The encrypted data is then transmitted to the electronic device, where the encrypted data and the identification data are process to facilitate a determination as to whether operation of the electronic device will be enabled. The scope or extent to which the electronic device can be enabled is defined by predetermined criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Finisar Corporation
    Inventor: James D. McVey
  • Publication number: 20100201542
    Abstract: A system for collecting data includes a remote sensor assembly and a central data collection device. The remote sensor assembly has a data bus, a remote wireless node, and a plurality of remote sensor modules in wired communication with the remote wireless node via the data bus. Each of the remote sensor modules converts a sensed condition into data in response to a request from the remote wireless node. The central data collection device has a master wireless node for periodically wirelessly communicating with the remote wireless node. The remote wireless node collects data from each of the plurality of remote sensor modules and periodically transmits the data to the master wireless node. The remote sensor modules are interchangeable and new remote sensor modules may be added. The remote wireless node may detect the sequence of the attached remote sensor modules to enable three-dimensional mapping of the sensed conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.
    Inventor: Cindy K. Harnett
  • Publication number: 20100085212
    Abstract: A method and device for locating each of the wheels of a pair of twinned wheels mounted on a vehicle. Each twinned wheel is equipped with an electromagnetic receiving antenna, and these two twinned wheels are provided with elements of relative blocking rotation-wise designed to make it possible to obtain an offset by a predetermined angle (?), such that (?) is different from 0° and 180°, between the receiving antennas with which the two twinned wheels are equipped. The vehicle is equipped with a fixed source of emission of an electromagnetic signal suitable for covering an area passed through by the receiving antennas, and the electromagnetic field received by each of the receiving antennas is measured, so as to deduce, from the analysis of the time offset between the variations of the two measured electromagnetic fields, the location of each of the twinned wheels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE
    Inventor: Olivier Gerardiere
  • Patent number: 7689368
    Abstract: A system for early detection of component failure in a hydraulic system comprises a particle detection device disposed in a fluid flow channel of a machine, the particle detection device configured to monitor a current particle count associated with fluid flowing through the fluid flow channel. The system further includes a condition monitoring system in wireless data communication with the particle detection device. The condition monitoring system is configured to receive data indicative of the current particle count and analyze historic particle count data collected by the particle detection device. The condition monitoring system is also configured to estimate a trend in the historic particle count data based on the analysis. A failure event associated with one or more components associated with the fluid flow channel is predicted if the data indicative of the current particle count deviates from the trend by a threshold amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Richard David Douglas
  • Publication number: 20100045480
    Abstract: A diversity antenna system including a plurality of antennas can include an antenna interface circuit configured to connect an antenna of the plurality of antennas to a transceiver using an antenna selection signal. The antenna control circuit can be configured to produce the antenna selection signal using at least one of a random sequence generator configured to generate a random antenna selection signal or a predetermined sequence generator configured to generate a predetermined antenna selection signal according to a predetermined sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventors: Vineel Vallapureddy, Earle Robers, Joseph E. Bange, Jeffrey A. Von Arx, Prashant Rawat
  • Patent number: 7525447
    Abstract: A traffic entity, such as a passenger car, is warned that a situation requiring the change of driving mode will be required. The traffic entity is alerted to the presence of a second traffic entity, such as an emergency vehicle which requires the moving traffic entity to change its movement when it is proximate to the second traffic entity. The alert is changed, such as by increasing the intensity of visible signals, as the distance between the moving traffic entity and the second traffic entity decreases or the closing speed between the two entities increases, and the mode of the alert is changed, such as from visible to audible, as the distance between the entities further decreases or the closing speed further increases. A variety of traffic entities are accommodated by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: Rex K. Galindo
  • Patent number: 7460972
    Abstract: A monitor device includes a substrate and a plurality of temperature sensors disposed in the substrate. The monitor device also includes a processor coupled to the substrate and adapted to receive one or more signals from the plurality of temperature sensors. The processor is further adapted to convert the one or more received signals into one or more converted signals. The monitor device further includes a transceiver coupled to the substrate and adapted to receive the one or more converted signals. The transceiver is further adapted to transmit one or more output signals to an external receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Sokudo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sharathchandra Somayaji, Christopher L. Beaudry, David Quach
  • Patent number: 7400264
    Abstract: An automated meter reading system, communication and control for automated meter reading, a meter data collector, and associated methods are provided. The system includes at least one utility meter, at least one meter sensor interfaced with the utility meter, a meter data collector positioned adjacent the utility meter and positioned to receive data from the at least one sensor, and a remote automatic meter reading control center positioned to receive data from the collector such as through RF or other types of communication to gather and process usage reading data. Meter usage data is obtained by the collector from the meter sensor, date and time stamped, and stored in the collector until directly transmitted to the control center or a substation if within range and not blocked or impeded by a physical structure or other obstacle. If the collector is not in range, then the data is forwarded to another collector associated with a location closer to the control center or substation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Energy Technology Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon A. Boaz
  • Patent number: 7385524
    Abstract: The present invention includes an automatic commodity or services billing and metering system that when installed does not damage any existing meters or gauges, will fit virtually all known meters and gauges, and has incorporated into the system programmable reading ability to allow reading and accumulation of data by unit, hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or any other form of counting required by the customer. The meters are read by various means, one method is by counting and or sensing radiation increases and decreases of radiation emitting from a meter hand or gauge passing a sensor to generate a count. The read data is then sent via the Internet through the telephone line, by satellite, or by cellular phone connection to an offsite central billing and payment processing center where the rate payer and the utility or customer will have various forms of programmable access to its consumption data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Inventor: James Robert Orlosky
  • Publication number: 20080073949
    Abstract: As described in U.S. Pat. No. D436,747 owned by Earl J Wiley and Paula Wiley of 820 Oakside La., University Park, Ill. (US) 60466, one type of a chair has been proposed with a built-in remote control. The problem with that design is that it indicates one transceiver. Depending on how the user is sitting in the chair or the layout of the room, this could impede the transceiver signal. For example, if the user is sitting with his feet up, he might block the signal for the device which should be controlled. Therefore, transceivers on both front sides are necessary to ensure reliable performance. Another case could be that the user wants to control devices behind him without turning the chair around. In this case the user can, with this invention, control the device with the transceivers which are built in the back of the chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventor: Dario Rozman
  • Publication number: 20080056639
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus enable monitoring conditions in a well-bore using multiple cane-based sensors. The apparatus includes an array of cane-based Bragg grating sensors located in a single conduit for use in the well-bore. For some embodiments, each sensor is located at a different linear location along the conduit allowing for increased monitoring locations along the conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventors: Trevor MacDougall, John J. Grunbeck, James R. Dunphy, Domino Taverner, Guy A. Daigle, Richard T. Jones
  • Patent number: 7336201
    Abstract: A remote energy meter system and method is provided having a meter server and a client module located remotely from the meter server. The meter server communicates with the client via a wireless communications link to recover energy production parameter values. The remote energy meter system preferably provides real-time and automated monitoring of, at least, energy production and system failure parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Inventors: Ezra Green, Robert Dockweiler, William O'Connor