Pedestrian Guidance Patents (Class 340/944)
  • Patent number: 10306418
    Abstract: A location of a target associated with a first system is determined at the first system at a first time. A signal is constructed at the first system where the data of the signal includes an identifier indicative of a collision avoidance nature of the signal. The signal is broadcast from the first system. the broadcasting causes a second system to receive the signal; compute a likelihood of a collision between the first system and the second system using the location from the signal, a velocity of the first system, a location of the second system at the first time, and a velocity of the second system at the first time; and send a notification from the second system about the likelihood of collision when the likelihood of collision exceeding a threshold likelihood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, Paul Alexander Raphael Frank, John M. Ganci, Jr., Martin G. Keen
  • Patent number: 10274595
    Abstract: Systems and methods for embedding a warning signal in a sensor pulse. When a taxi anticollision system of a host aircraft senses a threat headed for the aircraft, a warning signal is embedded in a sensor pulse to warn the offending vehicle that it is in the field of view of the host aircraft's sensor and is moving on a trajectory that is threatening collision with the host aircraft. Alternately, the radar issues a dedicated pulse for reading and alerting the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Kirk
  • Patent number: 10235882
    Abstract: Among other things, equipment is located at an intersection of a transportation network. The equipment includes an input to receive data from a sensor oriented to monitor ground transportation entities at or near the intersection. A wireless communication device sends to a device of one of the ground transportation entities, a warning about a dangerous situation at or near the intersection, there is a processor and a storage for instructions executable by the processor to perform actions including the following. A machine learning model is stored that can predict behavior of ground transportation entities at or near the intersection at a current time. The machine learning model is based on training data about previous motion and related behavior of ground transportation entities at or near the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: DERQ Inc.
    Inventors: Georges Aoude, Amer Abufadel, Karl Jeanbart, Rishabh Choudhary, Ankit Sharma
  • Patent number: 10178890
    Abstract: Presented are intelligent electronic footwear with controller automated features, methods for making/using such footwear, and control systems for executing automated features of intelligent electronic footwear. An intelligent electronic shoe (IES) includes an upper that attaches to a user's foot, and a sole structure that is attached to the upper and supports thereon the user's foot. An alert system, which is mounted to the sole structure and/or upper, generates predetermined outputs in response to electronic command signals. The IES system also includes a wireless communications device that wirelessly communicates with a remote computing node, and a footwear controller that communicates with the wireless communications device and alert system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Andon, Jamian R. Cobbett, Vikram Malhotra, Hien Tommy Pham
  • Patent number: 10134283
    Abstract: In this invention, letters that can be seen by a pedestrian (101) are drawn on an intersection (103). A mark (MM2) that can be seen by the driver of the host vehicle (C) is drawn on the road (104) between the intersection (103) and the host-vehicle (C). The shapes of the letters (MO4) are corrected in accordance with the positional relationship between the pedestrian (101) and the intersection (103). The shape of the mark (MM2) is corrected in accordance with the positional relationship between the driver of the host-vehicle (C) and the road (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Masuda, Michihiko Hayakawa, Yuichi Shibata, Takayuki Yagi, Misako Nakazawa, Toshiaki Tsuda, Hidetada Tanaka, Satoshi Yamamura
  • Patent number: 10121368
    Abstract: A system for registering pedestrian signal requests comprising receivers configured to broadcast wireless messages, wherein a first field of a first receiver location information message is occupied by a first receiver angle code defined for a first receiver corresponding to a first crosswalk of a traffic intersection and a second field of the first receiver advertisement packet is occupied by a first special code corresponding to the first receiver. An advanced wireless push button is configured to enable a first button to identify any wireless message to be the first receiver message if the first receiver angle code is found in the first field. On activation of the first button the advanced wireless push button transmits the first receiver angle code and, on receipt of the first receiver angle code, first receiver registers a request for a pedestrian signal for the first crosswalk if a walk signal is found off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Motaz Aladas
  • Patent number: 10074007
    Abstract: A mode of transportation, a device, and a method for informing a user on approaching a destination which includes predefining the destination for the user requesting an identification of a person present at the destination, comparing the identification with associated person-related data and, in response to the result of the comparison, outputting a note to the user with respect to the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventor: Volkmar Schöning
  • Patent number: 10015635
    Abstract: A location of a target associated with a first system is determined at the first system at a first time. A signal is constructed at the first system where the data of the signal includes a unique identifier, an identifier indicative of a collision avoidance nature of the signal, and the location of the target. The signal is broadcast from the first system. the broadcasting causes a second system to receive the signal; compute a likelihood of a collision between the first system and the second system using the location from the signal, a velocity of the first system, a location of the second system at the first time, and a velocity of the second system at the first time; and send a notification from the second system about the likelihood of collision when the likelihood of collision exceeding a threshold likelihood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, Paul Alexander Raphael Frank, John M. Ganci, Jr., Martin G. Keen
  • Patent number: 9933265
    Abstract: A system that provides a way finder throughout a facility includes an array of sensors distributed throughout the facility, each sensor able to transmit a wireless beacon signal, each beacon signal including a unique sensor ID; at least one mobile device able to receive the wireless beacon signal from a first sensor from the array of sensors and generate a request for a route to a destination and further able to receive the wireless beacon signal from a second sensor from the array of sensors and generate an update request; and a server able to receive the request for the route and generate the route based on the fixed location of the first sensor and a location of the destination, the route traversing a section of the at least one path, where the server updates the route to the destination based on the fixed location of the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Netclearance Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David Fernandez
  • Patent number: 9919616
    Abstract: A control system for a bicycle comprises a movement-information obtaining device, an actuator, an actuation controller, and a mode controller. The movement-information obtaining device is configured to obtain movement information indicating a movement of at least part of a first bicycle portion and configured to wirelessly output the movement information. The actuator is configured to actuate at least a second bicycle portion. The actuation controller has a wake mode to control the actuator based on an input signal and a sleep mode to be suspended under an electrical power consumption lower than an electrical power consumption in the wake mode. The mode controller is configured to wirelessly receive the movement information and configured to switch the actuation controller from the sleep mode to the wake mode based on the movement information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Etsuyoshi Watarai
  • Patent number: 9896030
    Abstract: A system and method for vehicle collision mitigation with vulnerable road user context sensing. The system and method include determining one or more biosignal parameters and one or more physical movement parameters associated with a vulnerable road user (VRU). The system and method also include determining a context of the VRU based on the one or more biosignal parameters and one or more physical movement parameters associated with the VRU. Additionally, the system and method include determining one or more physical movement parameters associated with a vehicle. The system and method further include estimating a probability of collision between the VRU and the vehicle based on the context of the VRU, the one or more physical movement parameters associated with the VRU, and the one or more physical movement parameters associated with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoichi Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 9892624
    Abstract: A portable device for increasing road traffic safety, detecting emergencies and emitting an alarm call for a person. The portable device includes a communication device, a position-determining system, an evaluation unit and a vibration generator. The portable device communicates, by way of the communication device, with at least one further communication device of at least one external system. The person is warned by the vibration generator of a dangerous situation determined by the evaluation unit in combination with the position-determining system and the communication device. The dangerous situation is a collision of the person wearing the portable device with the at least one external system that includes the at least one further communication device. This collision is determined by way of a behavior prediction algorithm. When the, or a further dangerous situation arises, the portable device emits an alarm call by way of the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Gerhard Deuter, Malgorzata Wiklinska, Matthias Holzer
  • Patent number: 9852621
    Abstract: A tool for a crossing aid on a mobile device. The tool determines a unique ID associated with a crossing signal, wherein determining the unique ID associated with the crossing signal includes scanning a machine-readable tag of the crossing signal via near field communication. The tool searches for a wireless access point (WAP) having the unique ID. The tool determines whether the WAP having the unique ID is found. Responsive to determining that the WAP having the unique ID is found, the tool determines haptic feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Siao C. L. Chang
  • Patent number: 9841285
    Abstract: A processor identifies a navigable space. The processor generates a polygon from the navigable space. The processor calculates skeleton lines from the polygon using a topological algorithm. The processor removes a subset of skeleton lines leaving one or more center segments. The processor generates a routing graph from the center segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Karen Chau, Jim Leflar, John Minchuk, Kim Moss, Rich Valde, Mike Wrenn
  • Patent number: 9786168
    Abstract: A system includes a display layer disposed beneath one or more layers of a road that is configured to output light to illuminate an upper surface of the road. One or more vertical cylindrical voids extend from the display layer to the upper surface of the road providing a path for the light from the display layer to reach the upper surface of the road. Circuitry is configured to determine a traffic scheme for the road based on traffic data received from one or more sources. Control signals are issued to the display layer to control illumination of the upper surface of the road in accordance with the traffic scheme. Traffic scheme-specific values are output to a smart vehicle corresponding to one or more smart vehicle algorithms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University
    Inventor: Muhammad Saleem
  • Patent number: 9721066
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for monitoring a user's health data. A wearable fitness tracking device may include a heart-rate sensor, a steps taken sensor, a display, and perform operations including: receiving, from the heart-rate sensor, data representing the user's heart rate during a time period, receiving, from the steps taken sensor, data representing the number of steps taken by the user during the time period, determining a risk score for the user using the data representing the user's heart rate during the time period and the data representing the number of steps taken by the user during the time period, comparing the risk score to a threshold risk score, determining a risk profile using a result of comparing the risk score to the threshold risk score, and presenting data for the risk profile on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Centene Corporation
    Inventors: Jennifer Ann Funaro, John Phillip Adams
  • Patent number: 9685086
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a device sends collision avoidance safety messages to prevent potential collisions between vehicles and the portable electronic device. The device determines whether a current or predicted future location of the device intersects an action zone. An action zone corresponds to a geographic area in which a potential collision may occur between a vehicle and the device. The device adjusts a broadcast rate for the collision avoidance safety messages based on whether the device determines that the current or predicted future location of the device intersects an action zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Tao Zhang, Helder F. Antunes
  • Patent number: 9596739
    Abstract: A lighting control system is provided which accepts user lightning commands, generates controls in accordance with predetermined operating policies and directs light fixtures to produce brightness, color, or directional pattern of the light emitted by the light fixtures. The lighting control system determines whether the light emitted by the light fixtures complies with government regulations, and building policies, and insures that controls are adjusted such that all regulations regarding lighting safety and working conditions, as well as building policy and energy management targets are adhered to. In addition, a way to reconcile conflicting user requests for lighting settings is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Laherty, John D. Parello, William MacGowan, Charles Calvin Byers, Xiaohang Li, Luis O. Suau, Donald Schriner
  • Patent number: 9590555
    Abstract: The structure (10) of light display for vehicle traffic lane(s) is of the type including at least one vertical support post (7), a substantially horizontal crossbar (3) fixed high to said at least one support post (7) and a variable-message light display panel (2) fixed to said crossbar, said display panel (2) having a front face on which the light messages are broadcast, and a rear face, said display panel being elongated along the crossbar (3), parallel and fixed to the latter, said structure including an autonomous electric power supply source comprising at least one photovoltaic panel (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: AXIMUM
    Inventor: Franck Gauthier
  • Patent number: 9574884
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media are provided to determine a route through a predefined space. A first path from a source location to a common path within the space is determined, as well as a second path from a destination location a common path. If a shared path, which is the part of the first path which overlaps a portion of the second path, exists, it is excluded. If any portion of the common path separates the first and second path, it is included. A route is returned which is the combination of the remaining path segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Kapil Raj Nair, Vinod Mohanan
  • Patent number: 9563649
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media provide for the detection, location stamping, and logging of electronic events and subsequent generation of habitat information. According to implementations, electronic events are detected and location stamped. Associated descriptions and other data corresponding to the electronic events is retrieved and stored along with the geographic locations of the electronic events in an activity log. The information in the activity log is used to generate visual representations of one or more geographic areas in which electronic events that meet user-defined or default criteria occurred within a predetermined frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert Koch
  • Patent number: 9470705
    Abstract: Method and system for determining the speed of a walking or running person from a foot motion. The method comprises providing (1) a pressure sensor between the foot and the ground, which sensor may be placed on or in an insole of a shoe. The pressure sensor is configured for transmitting pressure data to a communication unit (9). The method further comprises a step of determining a center of pressure gait line (3) and calculating the center of pressure speed (4) from the gait line. In addition, the method comprises the step of detecting whether the person is walking or running (5). Another step (6) is obtaining a correlation between the speed of a person and the center of pressure speed. As a final step (7) of the method the speed of the person is deduced from the correlation. The system comprises a human interface for control and to inform the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
    Inventor: Andrew Statham
  • Patent number: 9434305
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a vehicle approach notification sound generating apparatus that is capable of generating a vehicle approach notification sound in a suitable range according to a vehicle speed. The vehicle approach notification sound generating apparatus of the present invention is characterized by including a vehicle speed calculating unit that calculates a vehicle speed, a vehicle external speaker that outputs a vehicle approach notification sound for notifying of approach of the vehicle, and a general controller that controls a directivity angle width representing a breadth of directivity of the vehicle approach notification sound or a directivity direction of the vehicle approach notification sound, wherein the general controller controls the directivity angle width or the directivity direction according to the speed calculated by the vehicle speed calculating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hidekazu Arita, Mitsuo Shimotani
  • Patent number: 9401090
    Abstract: A collision avoidance system uses map information to manage power. The collision avoidance system operates at a first communications range when a vehicle is determined, based upon the map information, to be in a relatively low collision risk scenario. When the collision avoidance system determines that the vehicle is approaching a situation of increased collision risk, such as an intersection, the communications is increased. The communications range may be increased by increasing the power to the antenna system or using antenna diversity techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yutaka Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 9349293
    Abstract: An approach is provided for determining at least one intention to perform at least one crossing of at least one object within proximity of at least one first vehicle. The approach involves determining at least one second vehicle within proximity of the at least one crossing, the at least one first vehicle, or a combination thereof. The approach further involves causing, at least in part, a signaling among at least one first device associated with the at least one first vehicle and at least one second device associated with the at least one second vehicle, wherein the signaling causes, at least in part, a synchronization of at least one movement, at least one stop, the at least one intention to perform the at least one crossing, or a combination thereof among the at least one first vehicle, the at least one second vehicle, at least one cloud service, or a combination thereof in response to the at least one request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: HERE GLOBAL B.V
    Inventors: Jerome Beaurepaire, Philippe Beaurepaire, Marko Tapio Tuukkanen
  • Patent number: 9291698
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a wireless communication device includes a detector to detect a mobile object by referring to sensing information; a first communicating unit to communicate mobile object information, which is related to a detection result of the mobile object, with another wireless communication device; a first calculator to calculate a moving path of the mobile object between wireless communication devices by referring to the detection result of the mobile object and mobile object information received from the other wireless communication device; a second communicating unit to communicate movement information, which is related to the moving path of the mobile object, with the other wireless communication device; and a second calculator to calculate distances between wireless communication devices that are dependent on the number of times of movement in the moving path by referring to the calculated moving path and movement information received from the other wireless communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Tomoki Watanabe, Tatsuo Kozakaya, Ryuzo Okada, Yoshihiro Oba, Mitsuru Kanda, Seijiro Yoneyama, Yasuyuki Tanaka, Takaomi Murakami
  • Patent number: 9292136
    Abstract: A system for providing awareness of an interactive surface is disclosed. The system may include a processor that is communicatively linked to an interactive surface. The processor may determine a position and a velocity of an object that is within range of the interactive surface based on one or more of media content, vibrations, air movement, sounds and, global positioning data associated with the object. Additionally, the processor may determine if the object has a trajectory that would cause the object to collide with the interactive surface based on the information associated with the object. If the processor determines that the object has a trajectory that would cause the object to collide with the interactive surface, the processor can generate a notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: James H. Pratt, Steven M. Belz, Marc A. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9286794
    Abstract: A pedestrian warning system monitors an attention level of a pedestrian and alerts the pedestrian of traffic areas or detected vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: William D. Duncan, Roderick A. Hyde, Elizabeth E. Nugent, Robert C. Petroski, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov
  • Patent number: 9165460
    Abstract: A pedestrian-warning light system for a vehicle is disclosed herein. The pedestrian-warning light system includes a sensing device mountable with respect to a vehicle and operable to detect a pedestrian within a zone adjacent to the front of the vehicle. The zone extends along a first axis. The sensing device is operable to emit a detection signal in response to the pedestrian being in the zone. The pedestrian-warning light system also includes a lighting arrangement mountable within the vehicle and operable to concurrently emit light into the vehicle and away from the vehicle in a first direction toward the zone and away from the vehicle in a second direction at least partially opposite to the first direction away from the zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Basem Albert Aziz
  • Patent number: 9080723
    Abstract: A personnel classification and response system, and related method and computer program product are disclosed. The system may comprise an image capture member and a controller connected to the image capture member. Some embodiments may also comprise a ranging apparatus. The ranging apparatus may be configured to provide a distance from a person to a vehicle. The image capture member may be configured to provide an image of the vicinity of the vehicle, the image including the person. The controller may be configured to identify in the image a marker and to activate a warning apparatus based on the marker and a zone in which the marker is disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley Scott Kriel
  • Publication number: 20150145700
    Abstract: Systems and methods to detect and warn proximate entities of interest are described herein. An example hazard warning system for a forktruck includes a controllable light source to project light onto a floor adjacent the forktruck. A hazard discriminator determines when the forktruck poses a hazard to an entity of interest in a vicinity of the forktruck, and responsively generates a hazard output. A controller receives the hazard output and controls the light source such that the light source is in a first state when the hazard output is not received and a second state when the hazard output is received, where the first state is different than the second state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Ryan P. Beggs, James C. Boerger, David J. Hoffmann, Ken Markham, Matthew McNeill, Timothy Muhl, Kyle Nelson, James Oates, Jason Senfleben
  • Publication number: 20150145701
    Abstract: Systems and methods to detect and warn proximate entities of interest are described herein. An example detection system includes a light source attachable to a forktruck, where the light source projects an illuminated warning field on a floor on which the forktruck is to traverse. The light source projects the illuminated warning field at a distance from a front end of the forktruck. The light source is separate from a headlight of the forktruck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Ryan P. Beggs, James C. Boerger, David J. Hoffmann, Ken Markham, Matthew McNeill, Timothy Muhl, Kyle Nelson, James Oates, Jason Senfleben
  • Publication number: 20150138002
    Abstract: Systems and methods to detect and warn proximate entities of interest are described herein. An example device for conveying audible warning signals to a person includes a memory to store a plurality of audible warnings and a user interface to present for selection an audible warning from the plurality of audible warnings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Ryan P. Beggs, James C. Boerger, David J. Hoffmann, Ken Markham, Matthew McNeill, Timothy Muhl, Kyle Nelson, James Oates, Jason Senfleben
  • Publication number: 20150109148
    Abstract: A pedestrian warning system detects vehicle-mounted radar or lidar systems (generally, but not necessarily, provided for avoiding collisions with other vehicles) and alerts the pedestrian of a potential collision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Jesse R. Cheatham, III, William D. Duncan, Roderick A. Hyde, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150109149
    Abstract: A pedestrian warning system monitors an attention level of a pedestrian and alerts the pedestrian of traffic areas or detected vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: William D. Duncan, Roderick A. Hyde, Elizabeth E. Nugent, Robert C. Petroski, Yaroslav A. Urzhumov
  • Patent number: 9008859
    Abstract: Navigation instructions using low-bandwidth signaling are supported in an alternative user interface that may be utilized as either a full replacement or as an enhancement to conventional visual/audio navigation interfaces. In one illustrative example, the alternative interface makes use of the more constrained, but generally broadly available low-bandwidth signaling capability of mobile devices to encode navigation instructions in the form of varying patterns of tactile vibrations that may be imparted from the device to a user as haptic feedback. The user can sense the vibrations and readily translate them into the navigation instructions without needing any kind of special decoding equipment or using any special techniques. The vibrations may be encoded using easy to remember patterns so that a full and rich navigation feature set may be accessed with minimal training on the user's part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Shai Herzog, Eyal Ofek, Jeffrey Couckuyt
  • Publication number: 20150084791
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an apparatus and method for managing safety of a pedestrian at a crosswalk, which determine the location of a pedestrian in a crosswalk area, and then selectively provide a pedestrian signal extension service, an approaching vehicle notification service, and a pedestrian danger notification service. A presented apparatus includes a monitoring unit for monitoring a crosswalk area in which a pedestrian waits or crosses a street. A detection unit detects whether a pedestrian is present in the crosswalk area, based on information output from the monitoring unit. A location determination unit determines a location of the pedestrian detected by the detection unit. A safety determination unit determines whether the pedestrian is safe, based on the location of the pedestrian and a state of a pedestrian signal. An information provision unit outputs danger notification information based on a safety/danger determination signal output from the safety determination unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Jeongah JANG
  • Patent number: 8957789
    Abstract: A vehicle support information system mounted in a vehicle, the vehicle support system including: a man-detecting unit; a vehicle-position detecting unit; a communication unit; a man-position/waiting-score calculating unit; a stopping-vehicle determining unit determining whether or not the vehicle should be stopped, based on a man position and a waiting score of an at least one potential-crossing-man; a travelling controller for stopping the vehicle when the stopping-vehicle determining unit determines that the vehicle should be stopped; and a man-crossing-signal display unit displaying information to inform the at least one potential-crossing-man whether or not the at least one potential-crossing-man can safely cross the road, based on an instruction of the stopping-vehicle determining unit, wherein the man-position/waiting-score calculating unit outputs the man-position/waiting-score to the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Hara, Takuya Naka, Saku Egawa, Masashi Koga
  • Patent number: 8947265
    Abstract: A signal or lighting system synchronizes the flashing of multiple signal or lighting assemblies. When one of the assemblies is triggered, it broadcasts a temporally staggered sequence of signals, each signal instructing the receiving assemblies to initiate flashing of their beacons a given countdown time after that particular signal is transmitted. The countdown times of the various signals all count down to the same flashing start time so that the originating and receiving beacons all being flashing at the same time. The temporal diversity of the signals enhances the ability to overcome potential interference as at least one of the signals in the sequence is likely to be received by the destination assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Carmanah Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Bruce Bernard, Darren Beckwith
  • Patent number: 8947264
    Abstract: A structure for a crosswalk providing both an advertising effect and pedestrian safety. A first support is erected vertically from a center of an entrance of a crosswalk. A second support is disposed parallel to and at a predetermined interval from the first support. The first and second supports have the same shape. A respective inner end of first steel members is fixed to an upper end of the first support, and outer ends of the first steel members extend perpendicularly to the direction of the crosswalk. Second steel members are disposed parallel to and at a predetermined interval from the first steel members. The first and second steel members have the same shape. A laser curtain beam radiating device is disposed on an underside of an outer end of one of the first and second steel members, and radiates a laser curtain beam in the direction of the crosswalk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Yun Ho Kim, Jae Cheol Heo
  • Patent number: 8928496
    Abstract: A road safety communication device for protecting pedestrians in road traffic, which includes a transponder which is integrated into a shoe, wherein the supply of electrical power to the device is activated only in selected situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Ulrich Stählin, Sighard Schräbler, Alfred Eckert, Peter Rieth
  • Patent number: 8903431
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media provide for the detection, location stamping, and logging of electronic events and subsequent generation of habitat information. According to implementations, electronic events are detected and location stamped. Associated descriptions and other data corresponding to the electronic events is retrieved and stored along with the geographic locations of the electronic events in an activity log. The information in the activity log is used to generate visual representations of one or more geographic areas in which electronic events that meet user-defined or default criteria occurred within a predetermined frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert Koch
  • Publication number: 20140340244
    Abstract: A readily replaceable accessible pedestrian signal station is described including a bottom base plate and a sacrificial base plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Doug Bischoff, Blake D. Redfield
  • Patent number: 8880327
    Abstract: Apparatus for orientating a user in a space wherein the space comprises a plurality of zones of which only certain zones constitute functional zones wherein each functional zone includes a first type device containing information relating to the position of the zone in the space and wherein the first type device is reactive to the presence of a second type device associated with the user to provide the user with the information to determine the orientation of the user in the space. A method of orientating the user within the space and guiding the user toward one or more features in the space is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Fernando Pedrazzoli Pazos, Jacques C. Van Belle
  • Patent number: 8880332
    Abstract: A method for providing navigation information to a user, the method including: inputting identification associated with the user into one terminal of a plurality of terminals distributed throughout an area visited by the user, each terminal being located in a kiosk and operating in kiosk mode; inputting a destination; computing a route from the kiosk to the destination; and presenting the route as the navigation information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Arnaud, Philippe Gregoire, Dominique Picard, Alexandre Van Gent
  • Patent number: 8860585
    Abstract: A vehicle approach warning apparatus has a failure determining section and a monitor voltage output circuit connected to a potential change terminal. During a sound emit period where a warning signal is being outputted to an sound emitter for emitting a warning sound, the output circuit outputs a monitor voltage from an output terminal by half-wave rectifying and integrating the warning signal upon a change of a potential of the potential change terminal to a high level. When a short-circuit failure occurs in the sound emitter, the output circuit keeps a potential of the output terminal to a low level during the sound emit period. During the sound emit period, the failure determining section sets the potential of the potential change terminal to a high level and determines whether the short-circuit failure occurs based on the monitor voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Anden Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Haruyuki Tsuzuki
  • Patent number: 8860561
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention provides control for a distributed lighting network, for selectively reducing an aggregate electrical load of the distributed lighting network according to a defined lighting reduction pattern. Among the several advantages of the provided control is the ability to define via the pattern which lamps are involved in load shedding, and how they are controlled to shed load. In another aspect, the present invention provides control for a distributed lighting network, for visibly signaling persons within sight of one or more lamps within the distributed lighting network. Among the several advantages of the provided control is the ability to provide emergency or other public safety signaling to persons that might not otherwise be alerted to an existing or impending danger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Sensus USA Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Ellis, Christopher Atkins, Bobby Cantrell
  • Patent number: 8855918
    Abstract: A method of assisting a user of a personal navigation device with automatically selecting a route after the personal navigation device transitions from driving mode to walking mode includes detecting a mode transition in the personal navigation device from driving mode to walking mode, recording a vehicle location where the mode transition from driving mode to walking mode occurs, receiving a request from the user to create navigation instructions to a destination location, determining a distance from the current location to the destination location, and guiding the user back to the vehicle location by providing walking instructions with the personal navigation device when the distance from the current location to the destination location is greater than or equal to a threshold distance and then guiding the user to the destination location by providing driving instructions with the personal navigation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Mitac International Corp.
    Inventors: Paul Ranford, Richard Stanton
  • Patent number: 8854229
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for warning a pedestrian of an oncoming vehicle. In particular, a sensor senses the position of a pedestrian in the vicinity of a vehicle. The position information is then sent to a control unit which controls a phase, a frequency, and a volume of a sound signal transmitted to a pair of dipole speakers based on positional information of the pedestrian calculated by the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Gi Hwan Kim, You Sung Moon
  • Patent number: 8836540
    Abstract: A streetlight system includes a plurality of streetlights, disaster warning systems positioned at each of the streetlights and a control center electrically connected with the disaster warning systems. The streetlights are positioned at roadways. Each of the disaster warning systems includes a control system and a broadcasting system. When the control center receives a disaster alert signal, the control center transmits information of disaster shelters and evacuating routes to control system, and the broadcasting system broadcasts information of the disaster shelters and the evacuating routes to people for leading people to escape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignees: GDS Software (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi-Chih Wang, Tzu-Te Wang, Bo Ming