With Particular Transmitter (e.g., Piezoelectric, Dynamo) Patents (Class 340/870.3)
  • Patent number: 10172518
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing a data stream generator that generates a data stream associated with a monitored analyte level, and a radio frequency logic portion operatively coupled to the data stream generator, the radio frequency logic portion configured to generate a radio frequency data stream based on the data stream generated from the data stream generator, the radio frequency logic portion further including one or more finite state machines and a plurality of discrete digital logic circuits, the one or more finite state machines configured to control the plurality of digital logic circuits to generate the radio frequency data stream for wireless communication are provided. Systems and kits incorporating the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery Mario Sicurello, Hung Dinh, Mark Kent Sloan
  • Patent number: 10134266
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a dual mode smart grid meter configured to operate within both an automatic meter reading (AMR) system and an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system. An AMR transmitter periodically transmits metrology data for interoperation with AMR reading operations. An AMI transceiver responds to AMI queries and commands for interoperation with AMI requirements. The disclosed dual mode smart grid meter beneficially enables utility operators to deploy or upgrade metering devices within an existing AMR network without disruption meter reading operations, while simultaneously preparing for an overall upgrade to reading operations based on AMI protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ITRON NETWORKED SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventor: George H. Flammer, III
  • Patent number: 9858024
    Abstract: A candidate companion screen device is located by a primary display device as being in the same room as the primary device using sonic signaling, and in response ancillary content related to content being shown on the primary display device is provided to the companion screen device. The ancillary content may be provided from the Internet based on information in the content being presented on the primary display device by, e.g., providing a link to a website to the companion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Brant Candelore
  • Patent number: 9035798
    Abstract: Determining traffic flow data in a road network comprising passing a first radio beacon and receiving a request message that at least includes a start location and a stop location; determining if an on-board unit position is within a predetermined range of the start location, and responsively starting a recording of measurement data; determining if the on-board unit position is within a predetermined range of the stop location, and responsively stopping the recording of the measurement data; and transmitting the recorded measurement data to a next radio beacon that is passed by the on-board unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Kapsch TrafficCom AG
    Inventors: Sandford Bessler, Thomas Paulin, Marko Jandrisits
  • Publication number: 20150102942
    Abstract: A distributed directional aperture (DDA) system provides the capability to receive and/or transmit signals, limiting that reception or transmission to a 3-dimensional beam. The DDA system includes sensing and/or emitting array subsystems which comprise sensors and/or emitters distributed across, within, or under the skin of an aircraft, ship, ground vehicle, or fixed installation. The sensors receive energy, convert the received signals to digital information, and transmit that information via a telemetry subsystem to a beamformer subsystem. The beamformer subsystem analyzes the received signals from the sensors and/or emitters in order to determine the signal content from a specific direction. The emitters transmit energy, converting signals received from the beamformer subsystem via the telemetry subsystem into energy emissions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Peter B. Houser, Suzanna J. LaMar, Bayne R. Bunce, Jinous Valizadeh
  • Publication number: 20150070190
    Abstract: An exemplary aspect comprises an apparatus comprising: (a) a microprocessor; (b) a wireless transmitter/receiver in communication with the microprocessor and operable to communicate over a wireless network with an application on a mobile device; (c) a light sensor in communication, via the microprocessor and the transmitter/receiver, with the application, and operable to detect and report ambient light levels in a vicinity of the apparatus; and (d) an accelerometer in communication, via the microprocessor and the transmitter/receiver, with the application, and operable to detect and report motion of the apparatus. In various exemplary embodiments, the apparatus may further comprise (and/or instead comprise): (1) a temperature sensor; (2) a humidity sensor; (3) a microphone; and/or (4) a passive infrared sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Denny Choun WAI FONG, Gabor PAULKE, Dan TURK, Sam ANDERSON, Devyn BYRNES, Faris ELMASU, Nicholas OXLEY
  • Publication number: 20150015415
    Abstract: A disclosed telemetry system comprises an Nth number of telemetry devices and an equal number of standard disposable circular electrode patches. A body of each telemetry device in the system includes a female snap receptor configured to attach to a single male snap post of an electrode patch. A wireless transmitter module is disposed immediately around and in direct connection with each female snap receptor. Each wireless transmitter module transmits a signal from the respective female snap receptor to a receiver. A wireless receiver module is configured to receive and to process an Nth number of transmitted signals from the Nth number of telemetry devices into an Nth-1 number of signals where the number of signals is greater than zero. There are Nth-1 number of signals because at least one of the Nth telemetry devices is configured as a ground reference for the rest of the Nth telemetry devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Darin Slack
  • Publication number: 20150009043
    Abstract: Low-data-rate device-to-device communications may be established via at least one intermediate audio link Non-audio data may be encoded onto an audio data stream. The audio data stream may be converted to a non-audio data stream, e.g., an RF data stream, for wireless transmission to a second device. The second device may receive the wireless data stream. The second device may further decode a replica of the original non-audio data from the audio stream. Device-to-device communications employing an intermediate audio link may be used for communications between low-processing power devices, e.g., sensors and monitors, and more sophisticated processors, e.g., cell phones, computers, PDA's, tablets. Intermediate audio links may be useful for health and industrial applications. Low-power network protocols may also be used to establish a network of devices that use at least one intermediate audio link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: FitLinxx, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Quinlan, Thomas P. Blackadar
  • Publication number: 20140357972
    Abstract: A variable data usage personal medical system including a self-care device attached to a patient, and operable to generate self-care device data and to transmit the self-care device data at a fixed interval; a cellular communication device operable to receive and store the transmitted self-care device data, to register a count at an interval counter for each of the fixed intervals in which the transmitted self-care device data is received, to generate a data cellular packet from overhead plus the stored self-care device data when the interval counter equals a fixed interval index, and to transmit the data packet; and a cloud infrastructure operably connected to the cellular communication device over a cellular network, and operable to receive, process, and store the transmitted data packet. The cloud infrastructure is operable to transmit a value for the fixed interval index to the cellular communication device for storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: MEDTRONIC MINIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Fan Meng, Gary A. Cohen, Eileen H. Dempster, George W. Patterson, Cary D. Talbot, Mark Sebastian Verghese, Maral Gharib
  • Patent number: 8860553
    Abstract: An autonomous, self-powered device includes a radioisotope-powered current impulse generator including a spring assembly comprising a cantilever, and a piezoelectric-surface acoustic wave (P-SAW) structure connected in parallel to the current impulse generator. Positive charges are accumulated on an electrically isolated 63Ni thin film due to the continuous emission of ?-particles (electrons), which are collected on the cantilever. The accumulated charge eventually pulls the cantilever into the radioisotope thin-film until electrical discharge occurs. The electrical discharge generates a transient magnetic and electrical field that can excite the RF modes of a cavity in which the electrical discharge occurs. A piezoelectric-SAW resonator is connected to the discharge assembly to control the RF frequency output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Cornell University
    Inventors: Amit Lal, Steven Tin
  • Publication number: 20140300490
    Abstract: A wearable master electronic device (Amulet) has a processor with memory, the processor coupled to a body-area network (BAN) radio and uplink radio. The device has firmware for BAN communications with wearable nodes to receive data, and in an embodiment, send configuration data. The device has firmware for using the uplink radio to download apps and configurations, and upload data to a server. An embodiment has accelerometers in Amulet and wearable node, and firmware for using accelerometer readings to determine if node and Amulet are worn by the same subject. Other embodiments use pulse sensors or microphones in the Amulet and node to both identify a subject and verify the Amulet and node are worn by the same subject. Another embodiment uses a bioimpedance sensor to identify the subject. The wearable node may be an insulin pump, chemotherapy pump, TENS unit, cardiac monitor, or other device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: David KOTZ, Ryan HALTER, Cory CORNELIUS, Jacob SORBER, Minho SHIN, Ronald PETERSON, Shrirang MARE, Aarathi PRASAD, Joseph SKINNER, Andres David MOLINA-MARKHAM
  • Publication number: 20140266785
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing, transmitting and displaying data received from an analyte sensor, such as a glucose sensor, are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method for transmitting data between a first communication device associated with an analyte sensor and a second communication device configured to provide user access to sensor-related information comprises: activating a transceiver of a first communication device associated with an analyte sensor at a first time; and establishing a two-way communication channel with the second communication device; wherein the activating comprises waking the transceiver from a low power sleep mode using a forced wakeup from the second communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: DexCom, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Miller, Mark Dervaes, Phong Lieu, Peter C. Simpson, Shawn Larvenz, Jacob S. Leach, Sebastian Bohm
  • Publication number: 20140232552
    Abstract: Systems and methods of coupling digitizing sensors to a structure are disclosed. A particular system includes a digitizing sensor node. The system further includes a bus including a plurality of conductive elements applied to a substrate. A first conductive element of the bus is coupled to the digitizing sensor node using a direct-write technique.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicants: The Boeing Company, Metis Design Corporation
    Inventors: Seth S. Kessler, Jeong-Beom Ihn, Christopher T. Dunn, Jeffrey Lynn Duce, Michael G. Borgen
  • Publication number: 20140232551
    Abstract: A patient care system described herein includes a first electromagnetic coupler associated with the patient, at least one patient-centric appliance in communication with the first coupler, and an occupant support for supporting the patient. The occupant support has a second electromagnetic coupler associated therewith. At least one of the couplers is connectable to an electrical energy source for energizing the coupler. The first and second couplers form a noncontact electromagnetic coupling. An occupant wearable item and an occupant support, both of which are useable with the patient care system, are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Keith A. Huster
  • Publication number: 20140210641
    Abstract: A signal generator includes a signal provider and a signal processing unit. The signal provider is configured to provide a sensor signal indicating a repeatedly detected event, occurring within differing time intervals. The signal processing unit is configured to generate a transmit signal based on the sensor signal. The transmit signal includes event information representing the temporal occurrence of the event and additional information representing additional data. The event information includes pulses or signal edges associated to detected events, wherein the pulses or signal edges are temporarily separated within the transmit signal according to the differing time intervals of detected events so that each time interval of the differing time intervals includes one pulse or one signal edge associated with a detected event. Further, the additional data includes at least one frame including a predefined number of additional data bits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Dirk Hammerschmidt
  • Patent number: 8773279
    Abstract: A visually and remotely readable apparatus is provided which comprises a plurality of sensing units, a control unit and a flexible printed cable (FPC) to connect two units for exchanging information therebetween. A preferable structure of the sensing unit includes a fixed part secured to the body of the apparatus and two oppositely positioned rotatable parts, where two rotatable parts mounted on a common shaft with the fixed part arranged therebetween forming two angular position sensors. Each sensor is based on the capacitive coupling between two working surfaces of the rotatable part and the respective working surfaces of the fixed part with the electrodes are secured thereto. Two working surfaces of one part are confronted with two respective working surfaces of another part forming two working surface pair. Each sensor has two working surface pairs, one working surface pair is sensing pair for sensing angular position; another is coupling pair for coupling sensing signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventors: Jinghua Shen, Jingrong Shen
  • Publication number: 20130307703
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for monitoring the integrity and soundness of a mechanical structure, such as an aircraft. The device comprises a control unit, a radio frequency transmission means, and an electric battery. The control unit recovers data from a set of digital and/or analog sensors. The radio frequency transmission means enables the control unit to transmit the data received from the sensors to a man/machine interface. The electric battery powers the device and is rechargeable. The device further comprises a module for recovering electromagnetic energy capable of converting the recovered electromagnetic energy into electric power so as to recharge the battery and/or directly power the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: EUROPEAN AERNAUTIC DEFENCE AND SPACE COMPANY EADS FRANCE
    Inventors: Bruno Foucher, Vincent Rouet, Remy Reynet
  • Publication number: 20130194106
    Abstract: A device includes an antenna, a parasitic element, and a telemetry control module. The parasitic element modifies a radiation pattern of the antenna. The parasitic element has an impedance value that is adjustable, and the radiation pattern of the antenna depends on the impedance value of the parasitic element. The telemetry control module is configured to transmit data to a medical device using the antenna, receive data from the medical device using the antenna, and detect communication errors using data that is received from the medical device. Additionally, the telemetry control module is configured to adjust the impedance value of the parasitic element in response to detection of communication errors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: David W. Lee, William C. Phillips, Yu Wang
  • Publication number: 20130187790
    Abstract: A measurement transmitter having an interface for transmission of measured values via a fieldbus, wherein communication via the fieldbus occurs according to a fieldbus protocol, wherein the number of measured values provided by the measurement transmitter exceeds the number of measured values retrievable by means of a basic command of the fieldbus protocol, wherein the measurement transmitter has a plurality of fieldbus addresses, and wherein a logic unit is provided, which serves so to distribute the measured values among the plurality of fieldbus addresses of the measurement transmitter that the measured values are retrievable via the plurality of fieldbus addresses of the measurement transmitter by means of the basic command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Konrad, Stephan Konrad, Michael Korn
  • Publication number: 20130178718
    Abstract: A heart monitoring system for a person includes one or more wireless nodes; and a wearable appliance in communication with the one or more wireless nodes, the appliance monitoring vital signs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Bao Tran
  • Patent number: 8482429
    Abstract: RFID tag sensor devices are adapted to be mounted in locations relative to a rack mountable device to wirelessly report a condition relating to an operating environment of the rack mountable device at the location. The sensor device in some embodiments has a body having a mounting portion adapted to engage with at least one pre-configured environmental operating condition sense-location of a rack or rack mountable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Jerry Aguren
  • Publication number: 20130165180
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, include structures and techniques for integrating operations of consumer electronic devices. In one aspect, a method includes identifying a program operating on a second device; selecting a code set, from among multiple code sets, based on the identified program operating on the second device; modifying, at a first device, operation of an application installed on the first device by running the selected code set at the first device; and controlling a function of the program operating on the second device using the modified application on the first device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Yohko Aurora Fukuda Kelley, Kim Pascal Pimmel, Matthew Soper Snow
  • Publication number: 20130162445
    Abstract: Determining traffic flow data in a road network comprising passing a first radio beacon and receiving a request message that at least includes a start location and a stop location; determining if an on-board unit position is within a predetermined range of the start location, and responsively starting a recording of measurement data; determining if the on-board unit position is within a predetermined range of the stop location, and responsively stopping the recording of the measurement data; and transmitting the recorded measurement data to a next radio beacon that is passed by the on-board unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: KAPSCH TRAFFICCOM AG
    Inventor: Kapsch TrafficCom AG
  • Patent number: 8410954
    Abstract: A moving or rotating body and a stationary body having a wireless communication link with each other. The communication link may involve RF telemetry. The stationary body may provide power in a wireless manner to the rotating body. The moving body may be a rotation sensor for determining torque, speed of rotation, angular position, power and the like. The stationary body may also interact with a processing module via a communication medium. The communication medium may be an Ethernet or an equivalent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Brian P. Duffy, Christopher A. Novak
  • Patent number: 8390472
    Abstract: The automatic meter reading (AMR) systems and methods of the present invention facilitate meter reading utilizing one-way and two-way communication with utility meter endpoint devices while at the same time providing an operating regime that conserves energy for long battery life and utilizes the available airwaves for AMR communications efficiently. Embodiments of the invention are applicable in AMR systems employing handheld and/or vehicle-based mobile readers, fixed readers, and combinations thereof. Moreover, embodiments of the invention facilitate smooth transition from mobile AMR systems to fixed systems, and provide for automatic AMR system performance monitoring and automatic adaptability to maintain or improve performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark K. Cornwall
  • Patent number: 8368556
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing a data stream generator that generates a data stream associated with a monitored analyte level, and a radio frequency logic portion operatively coupled to the data stream generator, the radio frequency logic portion configured to generate a radio frequency data stream based on the data stream generated from the data stream generator, the radio frequency logic portion further including one or more finite state machines and a plurality of discrete digital logic circuits, the one or more finite state machines configured to control the plurality of digital logic circuits to generate the radio frequency data stream for wireless communication are provided. Systems and kits incorporating the same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Mario Sicurello, Hung Dinh, Mark Kent Sloan
  • Patent number: 8330619
    Abstract: A device and method of counting pulse or switch contact signals over time from any commodity in various applications such as manufacturing and process control is provided. The device includes a pulse splitter relay that generates a first output pulse signal and a second pulse output signal. The first output pulse signal is transmitted to a recorder that receives the pulse signal and stores data such as date and time information when the pulse signal was received. The second output pulse signal is transmitted to a downstream system, such as a building management system for example. The data from the recorder and the downstream system may be compared to verify the pulse signals and identify potential sources for error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Feldman, Chi Yao Chen
  • Patent number: 8217621
    Abstract: A frequency modulation type wireless power supply and charger system includes a power supply base unit consisting of a first microprocessor, a power circuit, a power switch driver circuit, a first resonant circuit, a first coil, a detection module and a power input interface, and a wireless power supply and charge receiver unit consisting of a secondary coil, a second resonant circuit, a rectifier filter circuit, a detection and protection module, a second microprocessor, a temperature sensor, a charging module and a power output interface and adapted for receiving electrical power from the power supply base unit wirelessly for charging an external electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Fu Da Tong Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Chiu Tsai, Chi-Che Chan
  • Publication number: 20110285544
    Abstract: A device and method of counting pulse or switch contact signals over time from any commodity in various applications such as manufacturing and process control is provided. The device includes a pulse splitter relay that generates a first output pulse signal and a second pulse output signal. The first output pulse signal is transmitted to a recorder that receives the pulse signal and stores data such as date and time information when the pulse signal was received. The second output pulse signal is transmitted to a downstream system, such as a building management system for example. The data from the recorder and the downstream system may be compared to verify the pulse signals and identify potential sources for error.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: CONSOLIDATED EDISON COMPANY OF NEW YORK, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Feldman, Chi Yao Chen
  • Publication number: 20110215946
    Abstract: RFID tag sensor devices are adapted to be mounted in locations relative to a rack mountable device to wirelessly report a condition relating to an operating environment of the rack mountable device at the location. The sensor device in some embodiments has a body having a mounting portion adapted to engage with at least one pre-configured environmental operating condition sense-location of a rack or rack mountable device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventor: Jerry Aguren
  • 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: 20100328098
    Abstract: A sensing insert device (100) is disclosed for measuring a parameter of the muscular-skeletal system. The sensing insert device (100) can be temporary or permanent. Used intra-operatively, the sensing insert device (100) comprises an insert dock (202) and a sensing module (200). The sensing module (200) is a self-contained encapsulated measurement device having at least one contacting surface that couples to the muscular-skeletal system. The sensing module (200) comprises one or more sensing assemblages (1802), electronic circuitry (307), an antenna (2302), and communication circuitry (320). The at least one circuit board (1612 and 1616) includes the antenna (2302). The antenna (2302) is formed as one or more loops around a periphery of the circuit board. The antenna (2302) allows short-range transmission of the measured parameter data to a receiver placed in proximity to the muscular-skeletal system. Alternatively, the antenna can be formed in the insert dock (202).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: OrthoSensor
    Inventors: Marc Stein, James Aberle
  • Publication number: 20100277342
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for providing a data stream generator that generates a data stream associated with a monitored analyte level, and a radio frequency logic portion operatively coupled to the data stream generator, the radio frequency logic portion configured to generate a radio frequency data stream based on the data stream generated from the data stream generator, the radio frequency logic portion further including one or more finite state machines and a plurality of discrete digital logic circuits, the one or more finite state machines configured to control the plurality of digital logic circuits to generate the radio frequency data stream for wireless communication are provided. Systems and kits incorporating the same are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Mario Sicurello, Hung Dinh, Mark Kent Sloan
  • Publication number: 20100280330
    Abstract: A measurement system may comprise a sensor wire and a transceiver unit. The sensor wire may comprise an insertable portion configured to be inserted in a blood vessel of a patient's body and a sensor disposed within the insertable portion at a distal end of the sensor wire. The sensor is configured to measure a parameter when inserted inside the patient. The transceiver unit may comprise: a housing adapted to be connected to a proximal end of the sensor wire; and a first communication module within the housing adapted to wirelessly communicate by a communication signal with an external second communication module in order to transfer information to the external second communication module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Magnus SAMUELSSON, Sauli TULKKI
  • Publication number: 20100240979
    Abstract: A device and method for transmitting blood glucose level information from user provided glucometers, said glucometers originating from different manufacturers, to a receiver constructed and arranged to monitor, and sort said information and to selectively output said information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: Benjamin Atkin
  • Publication number: 20100225501
    Abstract: A telemetry system is disclosed herein. The telemetry system includes a transmitter/monitor configured to provide tracking data and monitoring data, and a receiver adapted to define a coverage area. The receiver is configured to receive the tracking data and the monitoring data from the transmitter/monitor when the transmitter/monitor is within the coverage area. The telemetry system also includes a processor configured to receive the tracking data and the monitoring data from the receiver, analyze the tracking data and the monitoring data, and identify an alarm condition based on the analysis of the tracking data and the monitoring data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Mathew George Grubis, Bruce Arnold Friedman, Robert Joseph Alberte, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100194590
    Abstract: A heating system comprising at least one temperature sensing device in the form of a wireless transponder. Preferably the temperature sensing device comprises an RFID transponder which may take the form of a substantially planar patch. Preferably said at least one temperature sensing device is arranged for communication with at least one communications relay node via a wireless link. In use, the or each temperature sensing device may send to the or each relay node information indicating the temperature measured by the sensor and, preferably, an identifier that uniquely identifies the respective temperature sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: HOTHOUSE TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventor: Nicholas David Beckett
  • Patent number: 7768530
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for verifying operation of process variable transmitters in process control or monitoring systems is provided. A process variable is measured with a process variable transmitter to verify operation of the process variable transmitter by comparing the process variable with a reference. A data entry is placed in a database which indicates operation of the process variable transmitter has been verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter H. Sigtermans, Patrick M. Dobrowski
  • Publication number: 20090322557
    Abstract: An electronic system for testing a material includes at least one module for mechanically mounting on the material. The module includes a signal generator for generating a signal generator signal. The module also includes a stimulus signal delivering device (SSDD) and an SSDD circuit for providing a device signal derived from said signal generator signal to the material. The module also includes a sensor and a sensor circuit for receiving an interaction signal derived from interaction of the device signal with the material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: John Chamberlain Robb, Steven W. Arms, Christopher P. Townsend, David L. Churchill, Michael J. Hamel
  • Patent number: 7623931
    Abstract: An electronic control system for cycles, for use with a set of sensors, a set of actuators, and a set of control members associated to a cycle. The system having a first processor unit for processing and displaying information; a second processor unit for communication and for interfacing with said set of control members; and a third processor unit for interfacing with said set of sensors and said set of actuators. The first processor unit, the second processor unit, and the third processor unit are connected together via asynchronous bi-directional communication channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Campagnolo S.R.L.
    Inventors: Valentino Campagnolo, Gianfranco Guderzo
  • Publication number: 20090284392
    Abstract: A sensing device for remotely determining the position of the needles of a gas meter including directional magnetic field emitters each having a north and a south pole and being secured relative to respective needles such that the pole axes are generally centered over the needle axes. The emitters producing directional magnetic fields that follows the position of the needles as they rotate and the sensing device further including position sensors positioned over the emitters that read the orientation of the magnetic fields sending this information to a processor for calculating the needle positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: John G. Henderson, Kirk A. Gebler
  • Patent number: 7609171
    Abstract: The invention relates to a power consumption control apparatus configured to receive messages or commands which have an increasing effect on power consumption of a communication device; monitor the power consumption of the communication device; and control the power consumption of the communication device by applying at least one predetermined power consumption limit in such a way that if the monitored power consumption reaches the at least one power consumption limit or if actions according to the received messages or commands will make the power consumption reach the at least one power consumption limit, the actions according to the received messages or commands are postponed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Sami Haapoja, Niko Kiukkonen
  • Publication number: 20090201172
    Abstract: A low power miniaturized telemeter (25, 40-42) provides data from a monitored subject at internal or external locations. A charge integration and pulse stream encoding (30) in the telemeter (25, 40-42) contributes to reduced power consumption. A transmitter (29) in the telemeter (25, 40-42) may be omnidirectional to permit operation without physical obstruction or limitations to movement. A receiver (22) collects transmitted information and may have an adaptive threshold pulse detector to permit further reductions in power usage. The telemeter (25, 40-42) can multiplex monitored parameters on a time division basis to permit trans-mission of multiple data channels. Individual telemeters may have unique transmission frequencies to permit multiple telemeters to be used concurrently without interference. A self-contained power source in the telemeter (25, 40-42) permits long term operation at low power without the need of replacement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Applicant: INNERSEA TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventor: David J. Edell
  • Publication number: 20090196374
    Abstract: A process transmitter includes a sensor for producing an analog process signal as a function of a process parameter. The uncompensated analog process signal is digitized by an A/D converter and digitally compensated by a digital processor. The digitized signal from the analog-to-digital converter is also band pass filtered. The digitally compensated signal and the band pass filtered signal are combined to produce a transmitter output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Applicant: Rosemount, Inc.
    Inventors: John Paul Schulte, Steven Richard Trimble, Troy Michael Reller
  • Publication number: 20090115627
    Abstract: A moving or rotating body and a stationary body having a wireless communication link with each other. The communication link may involve RF telemetry. The stationary body may provide power in a wireless manner to the rotating body. The moving body may be a rotation sensor for determining torque, speed of rotation, angular position, power and the like. The stationary body may also interact with a processing module via a communication medium. The communication medium may be an Ethernet or an equivalent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Brian P. Duffy, Christopher A. Novak
  • Patent number: 7492280
    Abstract: Wireless remote control system for engine piston with in-piston circuit (50) and an external processing unit mounted on the exterior of the crank case (51). A carrier signal generated in the external processing unit is fed to a primary coil (P) located within the crank case and the secondary coil (S), loosely coupled to coil (P) and tuned for resonance therewith is located in the skirt of the piston. The secondary coil picks up a carrier signal from the primary coil and the carrier signal is rectified, smoothed and regulated to provide DC power to a micro controller in the piston circuit. The micro controller may use data from a number of sensors to modulate the signal in the secondary coil, which modulation is picked up by the primary coil and thus sensor data is transmitted to the external processing unit where it is filtered and decoded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Inventor: Gregory Douglas Horler
  • Publication number: 20090038848
    Abstract: An electric power generator includes a conduit disposed in a wellbore penetrating subsurface formations and at least one piezoelectric transducer in contact with the conduit. The piezoelectric transducer is configured to undergo stress in response to vibration in the conduit. The transducer includes a plurality of piezoelectric crystals stacked in a thickness direction and each polarized in the thickness direction. The transducer comprises at least one of a composite rubber layer disposed between successive piezoelectric crystals, and at least one support at a longitudinal end of the transducer configured to cause the crystals to bend in response to vibration in the conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fernando Garcia-Osuna
  • Publication number: 20080224892
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a system for monitoring and estimating the consumption of energy resources in real-time. The system includes an interactive user module, a measuring unit and a wireless network. The measuring unit is interfaced to a utility meter. Optionally, the measuring unit can also function as a stand alone device. The measuring unit is further connected to the interactive user module via the wireless network. The system monitors energy resource consumption such as electricity, gas or water consumption in real-time, generates and displays graphs of energy resource consumption over user selected time periods and enables communication with at least one utility company. The system increases the users' awareness of their energy consumption and aids users in dynamic or deregulated pricing environments to shed load when the energy resource is most expensive. With knowledge of their energy use, the users can take proactive steps to control their energy consumption and save money.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventors: Bradley D. Bogolea, Patrick J. Boyle, Andrei V. Shindyapin
  • Publication number: 20080204273
    Abstract: A monitor for receiving survey data includes a wireless communication facility. Wireless communication facilities adapted to communicate with an appliance having a corresponding wireless communication facility. A signal corresponding to survey data acquired by the monitor is received at the appliance and forwarded over a communications network to a data collection device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: Arbitron,Inc.
    Inventors: Jack C. Crystal, Alan R. Neuhauser, William K. Krug
  • Patent number: 7336200
    Abstract: An automatic meter reading (AMR) system includes a fixed or mobile reader and an endpoint. The endpoint is interfaced to a utility meter and the fixed or mobile reader is capable of communicating with the endpoint via RF communication. In this system the fixed or mobile reader sends a message to the endpoint that includes a response mode direction; the response mode direction from the reader tells the endpoint to respond to the reader either in a mobile network mode or a fixed network mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Osterloh, Christopher Nagy