Specially Adapted For Specific Applications (ipc) Patents (Class 342/357.52)
  • Patent number: 10324193
    Abstract: A GNSS receiver comprising a circuit configured to receive a positioning signal comprising a carrier modulated by a subcarrier and a PRN code; a subcarrier and code tracking loop, comprising a first discrimination circuit, configured to calculate a first pseudo range from said received positioning signal and a first reference signal; a code tracking loop, comprising a second discrimination circuit, configured to calculate a second pseudo range from said received positioning signal and a second reference signal; and a calculation circuit configured to evaluate a difference between said first pseudo range and said second pseudo range, and to modify the output of the first discrimination circuit accordingly. The invention further addresses a method for calculating a pseudo-range in such a GNSS receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: CENTRE NATIONAL D'ETUDES SPATIALES, M3 SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Nabil Jardak, Willy Vigneau, François-Xavier Marmet, Lionel Ries
  • Patent number: 10317833
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a print processing portion that executes print jobs transmitted from a plurality of information processing apparatuses, according to a predetermined execution order; a human detecting portion that detects a presence of a human within a predetermined specific range from the image forming apparatus; a job identifying portion that identifies, from the print jobs, a first print job that corresponds to the human detected by the human detecting portion; a job detecting portion that detects, from the print jobs, a presence of a second print job that was transmitted from any of one or more second information processing apparatuses that have been grouped into the same group as a first information processing apparatus that is a transmission source of the first print job identified by the job identifying portion; and a notification processing portion that notifies the presence of the detected second print job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Takanori Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 10188029
    Abstract: A method is provided for generating a three-dimensional geographical map of a lawn using a mower equipped with sensors for monitoring geographic location, pitch and roll, comprising the steps of: periodically acquiring position, pitch and roll data as the lawn is mowed; transmitting the geographic location, pitch and roll data to a computer processor; and processing the geographic location, pitch and roll data to generate the map. The method is useful for enhancing mowing efficiency and managing the activities of a fleet of mower units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Alyn G. Brown, David H. Dunten
  • Patent number: 10178151
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for sharing asserted media. An assertion application can be executed by a device to generate asserted media. The assertion application can receive a request or other input for specifying information to be included in the asserted media. The assertion application also can be executed to obtain media captured with a media capture device and to obtain the information to be included in the asserted media. The assertion application also can associate the information with the media content to generate the asserted media and share the asserted media with one or more recipients. An assertion service remote from the user device can be configured to generate the asserted media and/or to share the asserted media with the recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Simon D. Byers
  • Patent number: 10095235
    Abstract: A mobile machine includes controllable mechanism that performs a prescribed operation on a worksite as the mobile machine travels over the worksite in a direction of travel, and a communication system that receives attribute data indicative of an attribute corresponding to the worksite, and that receives effect data indicative of an effect of the prescribed operation being performed on the worksite. The mobile machine may further include a control system that generates a difference map indicative of a difference between the attribute data and the effect data, and that controls the controllable mechanism to adjust performance of the prescribed operation on the worksite, based on the difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Ramanathan Sugumaran, Noel W. Anderson, Bradley J. Hitchler
  • Patent number: 10048686
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to autonomously navigate a vehicle by selecting sensors from which to obtain measurements for navigation are disclosed. An example method to navigate a vehicle includes determining environmental data associated with an area in which the vehicle is to navigate; based on the environmental data, automatically ranking a plurality of sensors that are available to the vehicle by respective costs of using the sensors to generate a navigation solution; automatically determining a subset of the sensors from which to obtain measurements based on the ranking and based on comparisons of a) first importance values of the sensors for navigating the vehicle with b) second importance values of the sensors for performing a non-navigation task; obtaining measurements from the subset of the sensors; calculating a navigation command to navigate the vehicle; and executing a first navigation action to implement the navigation command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Darin William Brekke, Robert Stewart McBride
  • Patent number: 10036637
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes a notification unit which notifies a user of information regarding a cumulative increase amount from a current point to a target point in a route designated in advance, or information regarding a cumulative decrease amount from the current point to the target point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tadasuke Kotaki
  • Patent number: 10024876
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer-readable mediums are disclosed for GNSS velocity estimation for pedestrians. In some implementations, a method includes receiving a periodic sensor signal; determining a fundamental motion frequency of the periodic sensor signal; extracting a periodicity feature from the periodic sensor signal based on the fundamental motion frequency; and responsive to the extracting, initiating pedestrian velocity estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Isaac Thomas Miller, Glenn Donald MacGougan, Robert Mayor
  • Patent number: 10024680
    Abstract: A device for providing spatial information to a user. The device includes a camera configured to detect image data. The device also includes an accelerometer configured to determine step data. The device also includes a processor connected to the camera and the accelerometer and configured to determine a distance travelled per step of the user based on the image data and the step data. The processor is also configured to determine a distance to a reference point based on the image data. The processor is also configured to determine a number of steps corresponding to the distance to the reference point based on the distance travelled per step of the user. The device also includes an output unit connected to the processor and configured to output the spatial information indicating the number of steps corresponding to the distance to the reference point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher P. Lee, Carlo Cruz, Allison Thackston
  • Patent number: 10007640
    Abstract: A method and a device for discharging fertilizer for agricultural cultivated plants are disclosed. According to the invention, the required quantity of fertilizer is determined depending on the current nutrient uptake (nutrient status), optimum nutrient uptake (nutrient requirement) by the fertilizing deadline, and optimum nutrient uptake (nutrient requirement by the next fertilizing deadline, wherein other influencing factors are taken into consideration via a correction factor DIMA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Technische Universität München
    Inventor: Franz-Xaver Maidl
  • Patent number: 9927528
    Abstract: The disclosure describes methods of managing the power consumption of a GNSS receiver by identifying when to activate and deactivate the GNSS receiver, and by managing storage of GNSS location data points. In one embodiment, the GNSS receiver is activated if there is a change in wireless transmissions from stationary sources. In another embodiment, the GNSS receiver is deactivated when the GNSS signal quality is sufficient to calculate a GNSS location. In another embodiment, the GNSS receiver is deactivated for a time period in correlation with a GNSS speed. In yet another embodiment, redundant GNSS location data points are identified and only non-redundant data points are stored. In yet another embodiment, a GNSS device comprises a processor and a GNSS receiver configured to track GNSS signals and calculate a GNSS location. The GNSS receiver deactivates when the average signal quality value meets or exceeds the baseline signal value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Spark Technology Labs Inc.
    Inventors: Perry Jarmuszewski, George Mankaruse, Rongrong Zhang
  • Patent number: 9927242
    Abstract: A method and system for guidance of an off-road vehicle comprises a crop row sensor for sensing position data for one or more crop rows. A primary guidance path of the vehicle is determined based on the sensed position data for the one or more crop rows if there not a material gap in the crop row for the current location of the vehicle. Alternately or cumulatively, a secondary guidance path of the vehicle is determined based on a historic path heading of the vehicle if there is the material gap in a crop row for a current location of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Tyler D. Schleicher
  • Patent number: 9904963
    Abstract: A method begins by a computing device allocating a plurality of tasks of an agricultural prescription for a farming geographic area to a fleet of farming equipment. While executing tasks of the plurality of tasks, the method continues with at least some of the fleet of farming equipment collecting task execution data. Based on the task execution data, the method continues with the computing device updating at least one of the agricultural prescription, the plurality of tasks, and the allocation of at least one task of the plurality of tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Craig Eugene Rupp, A. Corbett S. Kull, Christopher Sears Mikelson, Patrick Lee Dumstorff
  • Patent number: 9894171
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein collect a cookie at a first device based on media accessed via a web page at the first device, obtain user information from a second device via communicative coupling between the first device and the second device, and in response to an instruction embedded in the media, send a hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) request to a server, the HTTP request including the cookie, the user information, and information identifying exposure to the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal
  • Patent number: 9892318
    Abstract: A method is provided for generating and revising map geometry based on a received image and probe data. A method may include: receiving probe data from a first period of time, where the probe data from a first period of time is from a plurality of probes within a predefined geographic region; generating a first image of the predefined geographic region based on the probe data from the first period of time; receiving probe data from a second period of time different from the first period of time, where the probe data from the second period of time is from a plurality of probes within the predefined geographic region; generating a second image based on the probe data from the second period of time; comparing the first image to the second image; and generating a revised route geometry based on changes detected between the first image and the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Anish Mittal, Mark David Tabb, Himaanshu Gupta, Yelena Perelmutova, David Lawlor
  • Patent number: 9851721
    Abstract: A system and method for determining orientation of a vehicle is provided. The method includes the steps of providing a vehicle having a hinge joint such that sections of the chassis are capable of rotation with respect to each other. A first and second wheel is mounted to one and the other of the chassis sections, respectively. Vehicle geometric data defining a distance between the hinge joint and the centers of the first and second wheels, respectively, and the diameter of the wheels is provided. Surface geometric data defining the curvature of the surface can be provided. The angle of rotation about the hinge joint is measured. An orientation of the vehicle relative to the surface based on the vehicle geometric date, the surface geometric data, and the measured angle of rotation can be determined. A system and method for determining the orientation of an object is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Pablo Carrasco Zanini, Ali Outa, Fadl Abdellatif
  • Patent number: 9823356
    Abstract: A GPS receiving apparatus according to the present invention includes: a GPS radio wave receiving unit that receives GPS radio waves; a walking state determination unit that determines a walking state of a wearer continuously for a predetermined interval; a storage unit that stores walking information determined by way of the walking state determination unit; a determination unit that determines whether being a state in which GPS radio waves can be received, based on a series of the walking states stored in the storage unit; and a control unit that causes reception of GPS radio waves to be carried out by way of the GPS radio wave receiving unit, in a case of being determined by way of the determination unit as being a state in which GPS radio waves can be received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masao Sambongi
  • Patent number: 9820101
    Abstract: System and methods for locating radio-frequency-emitting devices are provided. The method may comprise registering, on a downloadable software application on a first locator device, a trackable device, wherein the registered trackable device emits a radio frequency signal, then detecting, via a radio frequency scan conducted by a second locator device, a sighting of the registered trackable device. The method may then comprise determining, at the second locator device, whether the sighting of the registered trackable device meets criteria defining the sighting as a new location of that registered trackable device, wherein the criteria are configurable on a software application located on a server. Further, the method may include communicating a report of the new location and geographical location to the server, sending a notification from the server to the first locator device that a new location has occurred, and presenting the geographical location of the registered trackable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Thinking Source, LLC
    Inventor: Michael McCormick
  • Patent number: 9813875
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure are directed to solutions for determining context for a mobile computing device. The context represents a current user activity or environment in which the mobile device is used. The device generates a query for transmission to a remote community context service in response to a determined need to obtain community context information, such as when the device is unable to determine context with a sufficient confidence measure. Community context information is obtained from the remote community context service. The community context information is based on a remote context determination of at least one other mobile computing device determined to be similarly situated to the first computing device. The device's current context may be updated based on the community context information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Hayreddin Ceker, Bahadir I Aydin, Abdullah Sevincer
  • Patent number: 9807048
    Abstract: A method for electronically providing targeted messages can begin when a source-concealing targeted messaging system receives data items provided by a source user that define a targeted message that is to be presented within a social media context. The data items can include a set of recipients, a message body, and a set of trigger conditions indicating when the targeted message is to be presented to the recipients. The recipients can be members of a contact list of the source user within the social media system providing the social media context. Satisfaction of the trigger conditions can be monitored and the social media system can be monitored recipients. When the trigger conditions are satisfied and a recipient is currently using the social media system, the targeted message can be presented within a user interface of the social media system, such that the source user appears unaffiliated with the targeted message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lee A. Carbonell, Tsz S. Cheng, Jeffrey L. Edgington, Pandian Mariadoss
  • Patent number: 9804574
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece and control method of an electronic timepiece prevent system shutdowns due to a voltage drop, and increase opportunities to acquire time information. An electronic timepiece 1 has a reception module 50 that receives satellite signals; a storage battery 24 that supplies drive power; a voltage detection circuit 74 that detects the voltage of the storage battery 24; a temperature detector 67 that detects temperature; a reception command unit that instructs receiving satellite signals; and a reception controller that executes a reception process to receive satellite signals in response to a command from the reception command unit. The reception controller executes the reception process when the detected battery voltage is greater than or equal to a threshold set for the detected temperature, and does not execute the reception process when the reserve power is less than the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Honda
  • Patent number: 9788536
    Abstract: The handheld data-logging spray apparatus incorporates a global positioning system (GPS) receiver and microcontroller into a conventional handheld spray unit. As an operator dispenses a chemical using the handheld data-logging spray apparatus, the microcontroller records (among other things) the volume of chemical dispensed and the GPS location of the sprayer. The recorded data is processed and stored on a removable USB thumb drive. The operator can download the data from the thumb drive and manipulate the data using a conventional spreadsheet program or a commercially-available geographic information system program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by The Secretary of The Interior
    Inventor: Jeremy D. Dixon
  • Patent number: 9759815
    Abstract: Implementations described herein contemplate measuring the carrier phase (CP) of carrier signals transmitted by constituent satellites of a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) to provide highly accurate calculations of a gradient of a road segment between different points at which the vehicle received carrier signals (from which CP measurements were made). The methods described herein are able to calculate the road grade with only an approximate estimate of the absolute altitude of the receiver. Similarly, the methods described herein are able to provide a precise estimate of road grade with only an approximate estimate of the absolute value of latitude or longitude. Furthermore, implementations described herein provide highly accurate calculations of road grade information with standard GNSS vehicle hardware and are thereby able to achieve a substantial increase in accuracy without increasing cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventor: Chaminda Basnayake
  • Patent number: 9710487
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for generating a location-based ranking for a set of measurements. Client devices located within a geographic area are identified. The geographic area is expanded when the quantity of client devices identified within the geographic area fails to meet or exceed a predefined threshold. Additional client devices are identified within the expanded geographic area. A performance ranking of task measurements associated with a performance of a task performed by the client devices within the expanded geographic area is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: William Alexander Strand
  • Patent number: 9702753
    Abstract: A method of calibrating a mass flow sensor while harvesting grain includes sensing an accumulated mass of a portion of grain within the grain tank with a first sensor. A mass flow rate sensor is calibrated based at least in part on a signal of the first sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignees: Deere & Company, Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah K. Johnson, Aaron J. Bruns, James J. Phelan, Matthew J. Darr, Robert McNaull
  • Patent number: 9689695
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described to coordinate group members that may be at distinct locations and optionally moving in distinct directions to meet at a coordinated meeting point and/or to move in a common direction. A coordinated meeting point may optimize a parameter of interest for each of the group members or group as a whole. Example parameters may include distance, time, fuel usage, remaining resource levels, a network coverage, and group members' patience, mood, and/or tiredness factors. In some examples, a controller may determine the meeting point that minimizes a parameter of interest for the group members or whole group, where the meeting point may be stationary or dynamic. The controller may map the calculated meeting point to a geographical location, and may determine an optimal or preferred route from each group member to the meeting point to gather the group members together optimizing for a particular parameter of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Mordehai Margalit, Yehuda Binder, Vlad Dabija, Natalya Segal
  • Patent number: 9667866
    Abstract: An image pickup apparatus reduced in wasteful electric power consumption due to execution of a GPS function and capable of adding the newest position information measured by the GPS function to an image photographed by interval photographing. An image pickup section has a plurality of image pickup modes including an interval mode for performing image pickup at photographing intervals of interval photographing. A GPS module acquires position information indicative of a position of the image pickup apparatus at GPS positioning intervals. The GPS positioning interval is set according to a user's operation. In a case where the image pickup section is set to the interval mode, GPS positioning interval is changed from the interval set according to a user's operation to an interval synchronized with the photographing interval of interval photographing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kei Tohyama
  • Patent number: 9641973
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes systems and techniques relating to determining a real-time position of a mobile device. According to an aspect of the described systems and techniques, a data processing apparatus includes: one or more integrated circuit (IC) devices including a location processor configured to acquire and track measurements of location for a mobile wireless communication device; and a host processor programmed with a host software manager configured to obtain various positioning input signals from different device positioning technologies and assemble a selected set of the various positioning input signals into a unified format; wherein the data processing apparatus includes a hybrid fusion engine configured to receive data from the host software manager in the unified format and calculate a position of the mobile wireless communication device using the received data in accordance with input type information for the received data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Marvell World Trade Ltd.
    Inventors: Thandapani Venkataramani, Xing Zhao, Xin Zhang, Zhike Jia
  • Patent number: 9622061
    Abstract: An enhanced wireless home phone (WHP) component for use in an emergency call service network is presented herein. A method can include in response to determining that address information representing an address corresponding to a subscriber identity associated with a wireless service has been included in a data store corresponding to an emergency telecommunication service, determining whether a location of a wireless communication device associated with the subscriber identity satisfies a defined condition with respect to a distance of the wireless communication device from the address; and in response to determining that the location of the wireless communication device satisfies the defined condition, and in response to determining that a communication corresponding to the emergency telecommunication service has been received from the wireless communication device, sending the address information directed to a public safety answering point device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignees: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P., AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Juan Zermeno, Lizbet Gonzalez, Liaqat Ali, Debbie Knittel, John Mark Dammrose, William Morris, IV, Richard Warburton Davis
  • Patent number: 9615300
    Abstract: A wireless access node and method for handing-off of a wireless communication device (WCD) to a relay node are provided. The wireless access node in one example includes a communication interface configured to exchange communications between the wireless access node and the WCD and a processing system coupled to the communication interface. The processing system is configured to determine that a hand-off of the WCD is imminent, if the hand-off is imminent, determine whether the WCD is receiving streaming media, if the hand-off is imminent, determine whether the WCD is located to hand-off to a decode-and-forward relay device of the wireless network, and if the WCD is about to hand-off to a decode-and-forward relay device and if the WCD is receiving streaming media, then extend a hand-off criteria in order to delay hand-off of the WCD to the decode-and-forward relay device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventor: Sreekar Marupaduga
  • Patent number: 9588499
    Abstract: A control method is provided for an electronic device that has a receiver to receive a satellite signal, and a time display unit to display time. The method includes selecting, by manual operation using a crown or a button, a first time correction processing or a second time correction processing. When the first time correction processing is selected, the control method further includes receiving a satellite signal, acquiring time information based on the received satellite signal, and correcting the displayed time based on the acquired time information. When the second time correction processing is selected, the control method further includes receiving a satellite signal, calculating the position of the electronic device based on satellite orbit information contained in the received satellite signal, and correcting the displayed time based on the calculated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Teruhiko Fujisawa
  • Patent number: 9576494
    Abstract: An automated resource resolver system receives a client request for a learning resource. The system selects a format for a target resource, to be delivered to the client device, based on user information and context information for the client device. Thus, the selected format will be accessible by the client device, utilizing the capabilities of the device, and will be the best-fit format for the user. After the system selects the format, the system determines whether the target resource stored at a resource repository is in the selected format. If not, then the system selects an instance of the target resource, not in the selected format, to convert to the selected format. The system converts the selected resource instance to produce an instance of the target resource that is in the selected format. The system makes the target learning resource, in the selected format, available to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apollo Education Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Narender Vattikonda, Shridhar Navanageri, Sudhakar Subashchandrabose, Raghavendra Reddy, Anil Maipady
  • Patent number: 9538320
    Abstract: Described herein are methods, systems, apparatuses and products for managing location services in wireless networks. One aspect provides a method of receiving in a mobile device an identifier broadcast from a terrestrial wireless device located at a particular position; and using the identifier broadcast from the terrestrial wireless device to determine a physical location of the mobile device even in absence of a logical connection existing between the mobile device and the terrestrial wireless device. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Mangold, Roberto Aiello, Maria Gorlatova
  • Patent number: 9463678
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed designed for traveling on a traveling surface. The vehicle comprises a detection means for detecting irregularities in the traveling surface. From the detected irregularities in the traveling surface a first kinematic effect is calculated that is being exerted, or about to be exerted, on a support wheel of the vehicle. The vehicle further comprises an actuator that exerts a second kinematic effect on the support wheel. The second kinematic effect is identical or similar in magnitude to the first kinematic effect, and opposite in sign. The vehicle can be any vehicle, in particular an industrial vehicle, more particularly a vehicle that can be extended to a height exceeding its wheelbase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: FLOOR MASTER
    Inventors: Hans Voet, Pascal Degezelle
  • Patent number: 9456327
    Abstract: A system including a location-based emergency application providing efficient response may include a processor and a location-based emergency application configured to operate on the processor. The location-based emergency application may include an application program interface configured to send and receive geographic location information. The location-based emergency application may also include a data engine configured to determine a current geographic location of the system based on the geographic location information received by the application program interface. A data store may be provided that stores emergency contact information and other information associated with each of a plurality of geographic locations. The location-based emergency location application may also include a user interface module configured to provide emergency contact information and other information associated with a particular geographic location of the plurality of geographic locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Phillip Thomaschima, James K. Shaw, II
  • Patent number: 9451030
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method of gathering data includes querying, via a vehicle computing system, a plurality of weather sensors included with a vehicle and in communication with a vehicle network. The method also includes determining whether or not appropriate conditions exist for storage of data from the sensor, for each of the sensors. Additionally, the method includes storing the data from the sensor if appropriate conditions exist. Finally, the method includes sending, from the vehicle computing system to a remote network, data from one or more queried sensors and current GPS coordinates of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Schunder, Steven Joseph Szwabowski, Dimitar Petrov Filev, Perry Robinson MacNeille
  • Patent number: 9441976
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method for collaborative navigation and operation on two mobile devices. The method may include establishing a wireless connection between a first mobile device and a second mobile device, and generating navigation data by the first mobile device for collaborative navigation based on a location of the first mobile device. The method may also include selecting a first subset of the navigation data for display by the first mobile device, and selecting a second subset of the navigation data for display by the second mobile device. The method may also include transferring the second subset of navigation data to the second mobile device and coordinating the display of the first subset of navigation data on the first mobile device with display of the second subset of navigation data on the second mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sai Pradeep Venkatraman, Benjamin A. Werner, Weihua Gao
  • Patent number: 9386111
    Abstract: Disclosed examples involve collecting a cookie at a client device based on media accessed via a web page at the client device, and selecting a portable device identifier at the client device. The portable device identifier corresponds to a closest one of a plurality of portable devices in wireless communication with the client device. The portable device identifier is associated with a particular person. In response to instructions embedded in the media, a hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) request is sent to a server. The HTTP request includes the cookie, the portable device identifier, and information identifying exposure to the media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Anand Jain, John Stavropoulos, Alan Neuhauser, Wendell Lynch, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Jack Crystal
  • Patent number: 9380451
    Abstract: A handheld terminal 200 performs wireless communication with a game apparatus 103 and determines whether the wireless communication with the game apparatus 103 is possible. The game apparatus 103 performs wireless communication with the handheld terminal 200 and determines whether the wireless communication with the handheld terminal 200 is possible. The game apparatus 103 performs a return home determination process, based on the determination about whether the wireless communication is possible, when the wireless communication with the handheld terminal 200 has become, after having become disabled, enabled again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9360311
    Abstract: A system and method for determining orientation of a vehicle is provided. The method includes the steps of providing a vehicle having a hinge joint such that sections of the chassis are capable of rotation with respect to each other. A first and second wheel is mounted to one and the other of the chassis sections, respectively. Vehicle geometric data defining a distance between the hinge joint and the centers of the first and second wheels, respectively, and the diameter of the wheels is provided. Surface geometric data defining the curvature of the surface can be provided. The angle of rotation about the hinge joint is measured. An orientation of the vehicle relative to the surface based on the vehicle geometric date, the surface geometric data, and the measured angle of rotation can be determined. A system and method for determining the orientation of an object is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
    Inventors: Pablo Eduardo Carrasco Zanini Gonzalez, Ali Outa, Fadl Abdel Latif
  • Patent number: 9354308
    Abstract: A method for monitoring movement of a surface using ground based radar interferometry measurements includes identifying micro climates on the surface and determining boundaries of the micro climates on the surface. One or more first sensors are arranged at a measurement site for measuring first atmospheric conditions at the measurement site. One or more additional sensors are arranged in each of the micro climates for measuring atmospheric conditions in the micro climates. An atmospheric correction is determined for each of the micro climates. The atmospheric correction for each micro climate is based on the first atmospheric conditions at the measurement site and the atmospheric conditions at the micro climate. The ground based radar interferometry measurements are performed across the surface, and the ground based radar interferometry measurements within the boundary of each micro climate are corrected using the atmospheric correction for the micro climate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Curt Conquest
  • Patent number: 9344428
    Abstract: A method of processing data in order to digitally certify the association of at least one entity with a place, the method comprising the receipt of at least one piece of positioning data coming from at least one locating device located in the proximity of said place, the generation of a digital certificate associating the entity with said place according to the positioning data received, and the checking of the association of the entity with said place, by means of said digital certificate, in order to obtain a service dependent on the association of the entity with said place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Electricite de France
    Inventors: Arnaud Tarrago, Pascal Sitbon, Frédéric Silvi
  • Patent number: 9336183
    Abstract: A vehicle information processing system includes a database that mutually associates and stores driving operation information of a driver and position information of a vehicle for each candidate of an assistance area; and a specification unit that determines a vehicle stop based on the information stored in the database, and specifies an assistance area based on stop frequency in the same area. By this configuration, the assistance area can be specified by learning a driving action of the driver based on the database which stores information for each vehicle, and an assistance that is appropriate for the driver can be performed for each vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Uno
  • Patent number: 9248825
    Abstract: A method of operating a vehicle having an electric drive is provided. The method includes defining a first zone and a second zone. The first zone has an associated first characteristic and the second zone has an associated second characteristic that differs from the first characteristic. The method further includes switching an operating mode of a vehicle from a first operating mode in the first zone to a second operating mode in the second zone in response to the vehicle translating from the first zone to the second zone. Associated vehicles and systems are provided also.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Dean King, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Roland Sidney Sedziol, Lembit Salasoo, Timothy Gerard Richter
  • Patent number: 9035826
    Abstract: A rover processor determines position of a rover based upon the interaction between multiple antennas located at the rover and multiple antennas located at a base. The rover antennas may include a rover master antenna having a phase center located at the centroid of the antennas patterns of at least two auxiliary rover antennas. The rover processor may determine the position of the rover master antenna based upon the relative positions of at least two rover antennas (e.g., the rover master antenna and at least one rover auxiliary antenna, or at least two rover auxiliary antennas) with respect to at least two antennas of a base transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Javad GNSS, Inc.
    Inventors: Javad Ashjaee, Lev B. Rapoport, Dmitry Kinkulkin, Vladimir Yefriemov
  • Patent number: 8976063
    Abstract: In one example, a method includes determining, based on first motion data, that a change in an angle of a mobile computing device relative to gravity satisfies a threshold amount of change, and, responsive to determining that the change in the angle satisfies the threshold amount of change, initiating, at a first position of the mobile computing device, storage of second motion data, wherein the first position is a reference position. The method may also include determining, based on an external signal, a second position of the mobile computing device, wherein the second position is a current position of the mobile computing device that is different from the reference position, and, responsive to determining the second position of the mobile computing device, determining, based on the second motion data and the current position, the reference position of the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Dale Kris Hawkins, Marc Stogaitis, Andrew Kirmse, David James Hawkey
  • Publication number: 20150061932
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device, such as a GPS-enabled wireless communications device with an embedded camera, a GPS-enabled camera-phone or a GPS-enabled digital camera, determines whether ephemeris data needs to be obtained for geotagging digital photos taken with the device. By monitoring user activity with respect to the camera, such as activation of the camera, the device can begin pre-acquisition of a GPS position fix by obtaining needed ephemeris data before the photograph is actually taken. This GPS pre-acquisition improves the likelihood that a position fix (GPS lock) is achieved by the time the photo is taken (to enable immediate geotagging). Alternatively, the photo can be geotagged retroactively by appending the current location to the metadata tag associated with the digital photo. An optional acquisition status indicator can be displayed on a user interface of the device to indicate that a position fix is being obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Piotr Konrad TYSOWSKI, Ngoc Bich NGO, David Noel VANDEN HEUVEL
  • Patent number: 8970382
    Abstract: A passive security system and personal equipment on vessels is for man over board situations. The personal equipment, prepared for being worn by a crewmember of the vessel, includes a first module (2) integrated into a belt (4); a life jacket (5) folded inside of the first module (2) and attached thereto by at least one strap (6); a second module (8) placed in the interior of the first module (2), connected to the life jacket (5) and configured to inflate the life jacket (5) when it detects a man over board situation. The first module (2) has on its rear part one flap (3) configured to be opened by the life jacket (5) inflating action, allowing the passage thereof to the exterior of the first module (2). It is used as a passive security element for “man over board” situations, to allow an immediate detection of the situation and a fast rescue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Scio Soft, S.L.
    Inventors: Pablo Bermudez Pestonit, Jaime Casals Diaz, Fernando López Peña, Richard J. Duro Fernández, Alejandro Paz López, Gervasio Varela Fernández
  • Publication number: 20150054685
    Abstract: Systems and methods for surveying using a GNSS device are provided. In one example method, a GNSS device may be used to determine the location of points along a path and to add those points to a set of points representing the path. When adding each point, the device may determine if the point represents a new point or a previously measured point. If the point is a new point, the device may add the point to the set of points. If the point is a previously measured point, the device may display one or more previously measured points to allow the user to select which previously measured point corresponds to the point currently being measured. The user may select a previously measured point and a point may be added to the set of points using the location of the selected previously measured point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: JAVAD GNSS, INC.
    Inventor: Javad ASHJAEE
  • Publication number: 20150053144
    Abstract: A mobile telephone adapts to use as a gundog training tool by interfacing with a dog collar using a wireless communication device, such as a WWAN text or IP interface, a WLAN interface or a radio transceiver that couples to the mobile telephone and is accessible to a training application running on the mobile telephone. The dog collar includes a GPS receiver to provide position information to the mobile telephone and a shock device to provide training stimulus to the dog. A wireless headset interfaces with the mobile telephone to provide audible indications of position to an end user, such as a dog point and tone indicators of directions to the dog. A wireless handset interfaces with the mobile telephone to accept inputs for application to the collar, such as training stimulus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: EB Partners
    Inventors: James C. Bianchi, Robert W. Holland