Including Orientation Sensors (e.g., Infrared, Ultrasonic, Remotely Controlled) Patents (Class 345/158)
  • Patent number: 9830522
    Abstract: An image recognition approach employs both computer generated and manual image reviews to generate image tags characterizing an image. The computer generated and manual image reviews can be performed sequentially or in parallel. The generated image tags may be provided to a requester in real-time, be used to select an advertisement, and/or be used as the basis of an internet search. In some embodiments generated image tags are used as a basis for an upgraded image review. A confidence of a computer generated image review may be used to determine whether or not to perform a manual image review.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: CloudSight, Inc.
    Inventors: Dominik K. Mazur, Bradford A. Folkens
  • Patent number: 9832436
    Abstract: An image projection system includes an infrared ray projection apparatus that projects a pattern image for shape measurement toward a projection target, an imaging device that captures the pattern image, a calculation device that acquires three-dimensional shape information of the projection target based on the captured pattern image and converts a content image into a projection content image corresponding to the projection target based on the three-dimensional shape information, and a visible light projection apparatus that is disposed in a different position from the infrared ray projection apparatus and projects the projection content image toward the projection target, in which the calculation device, based on images of a visible light image projected by the visible light projection apparatus and a non-visible light image projected by the infrared ray projection apparatus, executes processing of associating each pixel of the non-visible light image with each pixel of the visible light image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuji Fuchikami, Kazuhiro Minami, Yuji Sugisawa, Hideyuki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9830068
    Abstract: In general, in one aspect, a laptop computer that maintains at least a subset of its operational capability (e.g., some display visibility, some user interface ability) in a closed configuration. The base includes a transparent surface to enable at least part of the display to be visible from the bottom when in the closed configuration. The transparent surface is touch sensitive to enable a touchscreen user interface with the display in the closed configuration and a touchpad user interface with the display in an open configuration. The transparent surface may display varying portions of the user interface device and possibly other images in the open configuration. The laptop computer may function as a tablet in the closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas W. Oakley, Chee Soon Lew, Bin Yun Soon
  • Patent number: 9830810
    Abstract: An infrared control system and an operation method thereof are provided. The infrared control system includes a sound sensor, an infrared transmitter and a processing unit. In an initialization period, the processing unit controls the infrared transmitter to transmit a first infrared control code of a first control code set to a target device, and monitors an environment sound via the sound sensor to determine whether the target device responds to the first infrared control code. If the processing unit determines that the target device responds to the first infrared control code according to environment sound, the processing unit records a relationship between the first control code set and the target device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventor: Chun-Liang Kuo
  • Patent number: 9823822
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods, computer program products and data processing systems for presenting dynamic data pertaining to a process. In one aspect, region information identifying a plurality of user-selected regions of the process, switching information identifying criteria for switching among the user-selected regions, and dynamic data pertaining to the process, are used to generate a dynamic visual representation of the process which emphasizes, at any given time, only one of the user-selected regions. The user-selected region emphasized at any given time is automatically determined according to the criteria for switching. In another aspect, region information identifying at least one user-selected region of the process and dynamic data pertaining to the process are used to generate a dynamic visual representation of at least a portion of the process containing the at least one user-selected region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jay W. Benayon, Kui Yan Lau, Bernath Ng, Alexander S. Ross
  • Patent number: 9823757
    Abstract: An input apparatus capable of transmitting a signal corresponding to an operation of a user to a control apparatus capable of switching display among a plurality of display screens, includes a first detection section, a second detection section, and a mode switch section. The first detection section detects analog information on a movement of the input apparatus made by the user. The second detection section detects digital information input by the user. The mode switch section makes a switch between a first mode for transmitting to the control apparatus a first signal that is based on the analog information detected by the first detection means and a second mode for transmitting to the control apparatus a second signal that is based on the digital information detected by the second detection means, in association with the display screen displayed on the control apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Kabasawa, Kazuyuki Yamamoto, Toshio Mamiya, Yoshiyuki Fuchigami
  • Patent number: 9821660
    Abstract: A display system equipped to a vehicle includes a display screen, a notification section, a determination section, and a display control section. The display screen displays information for a vehicle occupant. The notification section preliminarily notifies the vehicle occupant of an information update to be performed on the display screen. The determination section determines whether the vehicle occupant pays attention to the display screen after the notification section notifies of the information update. The display control section performs the information update in order to display new information on the display screen when the determination section determines that the vehicle occupant pays attention to the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroya Takikawa, Takeshi Kawashima
  • Patent number: 9820003
    Abstract: An Intelligent TV having a silo manager, a panel manager and a panel controller. The various managers and controllers managing a global panel and an application panel. The global panel includes various types of information and the various types of input and content available. The global panel includes various information including, for example, Live TV information, on demand information, media center information, application information, HDMI 1 information, HDMI 2 information, HDMI 3 information, component 1 information, component 2 information, AV 1 information, AV 2 information, VGA information, as well as an option to hide undetected inputs. The application panel is dynamic and can optionally change based on one or more of context and content of the underlying application being viewed. The application panel can include various subcategories of information, with the number and type of the subcategories also capable of being dynamic based on the underlying context or content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventors: Eduardo Diego Torres Milano, Gregory Burdzinski, Todd Lee, John S. Visosky, Tong Chen, Terrance D. Voth
  • Patent number: 9817485
    Abstract: The present technique relates to a display control device, a method, and a program that can improve user's operability of a free-cursor type user interface. An imaging unit outputs an RGB image based on a pixel signal corresponding to a visible light among light input through a lens and an IR image based on a pixel signal corresponding to an infrared light among light input through the lens. An ROI set unit sets a movement area of an infrared light source in the IR image based on the RGB image, and a display control unit controls a cursor movement amount on a display unit according to movement of the infrared light source in the movement area. The present technique can be applied to a television set that monitors a viewing condition of a viewer, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: SONY SEMICONDUCTOR SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ken Ozawa, Masanori Iwasaki, Hideaki Mogi
  • Patent number: 9817494
    Abstract: An exemplary method for determining a control output in a control domain includes: obtaining a control input of an input domain, wherein the control input includes a previous input value and a current input value; and dynamically adjusting a control resolution setting, and converting the control input of the input domain into the control output in the control domain according to the control resolution setting, wherein the control output includes a previous output value and a current output value corresponding to the previous input value and the current input value, respectively, the control resolution setting for the current input value is determined according to at least the previous input value, and the current output value is identical to the previous output value when the current input value and the previous input value are generated in response to a same user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Ping-Han Lee, Chia-Ping Chen, Yu-Ting Chen, Yu-Pao Tsai, Shaw-Min Lei
  • Patent number: 9817921
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus is disclosed which includes a control portion configured to allow a user to hand-draw and input a picture as a tag to be associated with user-designated contents so as to create a playlist of the contents based on degrees of similarity between the pictures associated with the contents as the tags thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ayumi Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 9817472
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose a display apparatus which processes an image signal to display and a control method thereof, the display apparatus including: a display device; an image processing device with processes an image signal to display an image on the display device; a detection device with detects a motion of a user; and a controller which moves a pointer corresponding to the motion detected by the detection device in a preset first mode, the pointer being displayed on the image, and moves the pointer in a preset second mode, which is different from the first mode, in response to a distance between a position where the motion is detected by the detection device and the display apparatus being changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dong-heon Lee, Kwan-min Lee, Sang-hee Lee, Chang-soo Lee
  • Patent number: 9808717
    Abstract: An example game system includes a controller device, and a game process section for performing a game process based on an operation on the controller device. The controller device includes a plurality of direction input sections, a sensor section for obtaining a physical quantity used for calculating an attitude of the controller device, and a display section for displaying a game image. The game process section first calculates the attitude of the controller device based on the physical quantity obtained by the sensor section. Then, the game process section controls an attitude of a virtual camera in a virtual space based on the attitude of the controller device, and controls a position of the virtual camera based on an input on the direction input section. A game image to be displayed on the display section is generated based on the position and the attitude of the virtual camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Ito, Keizo Ohta
  • Patent number: 9804762
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a first display and a second display, a display module configured to display a first display screen on the first display and a second display screen on the second display, a sensing module configured to detect an event corresponding to a rotation of the electronic device, and a processor configured to respectively determine whether to rotate each of a plurality of objects included in the first display screen based on the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ho Young Lee, Soo Jung Bae, Min Hee Lee, Hye Ryoung Choi, Chul Ho Jang, Ha Young Kim
  • Patent number: 9801539
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an Ocular Videography System for tracking eye movements of an animal, in particular rats, comprising a camera system suitable of being positioned on the head of an animal to track eye movements of at least one eye of the animal, a head mount on which the camera system is fixed or fixable, wherein, at least one image sensor as well as at least one decoder, for decoding a signal detected by the image sensor, each being comprised by the camera system, and wherein the camera system, and in particular a camera of the camera system, is designed in such a way that it detects a movement of the eye and/or a movement of the head of the animal in a vertical and/or horizontal and/or a torsional direction to an optical axis of the camera system and/or of the optical axis of the animal's eye without interfering with the animal's natural motion dynamics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: STIFTUNG CAESAR—CENTER OF ADVANCED EUROPEAN STUDIES AND RESEARCH
    Inventors: Jason Kerr, Damian Haydon Wallace, Juergen Sawinski, David Greenberg
  • Patent number: 9805619
    Abstract: An approach for communicating navigation information on a physical environment to a user. The approach includes a computer receiving digital images of a physical environment of the user captured by digital video devices and converting the digital images into a three-dimensional image. The approach includes the computer analyzing the three-dimensional image using object analysis to generate output data, wherein the output data corresponds to the physical environment and determining at least one device associated with the user. The approach includes the computer formatting the output data for use with at least one device, wherein the at least one device is capable of providing to the user a spatial map of the physical environment created by an electrical stimulation pad, and receiving a touch from a user on a surface of the electrical stimulation pad corresponding to an object represented in the spatial map of the physical environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Humberto Orozco Cervantes
  • Patent number: 9805695
    Abstract: An example information processing apparatus determines whether an orientation of a display unit capable of being held by a user is in a first state or in a second state. If it has been determined that the orientation of the display unit is in the first state, the information processing apparatus sets, in a predetermined area, a display range to be displayed in the display unit, in accordance with the orientation of the display unit. If it has been determined that the orientation of the display unit is in the second state, the information processing apparatus sets the display range, regardless of the orientation of the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Matsunaga, Yugo Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9798461
    Abstract: An electronic system includes: a raise objects module configured to raise a first object along a Z-axis displaying the first object above a display; a height determination module, coupled to the raise objects module, configured to generate a first adjustment value based on a height determining factor including frequency; and an adjustment module, coupled to the height determination module, configured to adjust the first object along the Z-axis based on the first adjustment value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seungeun Lee, Sara Kwan, Justin Gregg, Michael Rosenblatt, Guy Bar-Nahum
  • Patent number: 9791836
    Abstract: A television system includes a housing including a television screen, a glare detector arranged in the housing and configured and disposed to detect an origination point of a glare on one of a television screen and a viewer, and a glare remediation system operatively coupled to the glare detector and one or more window covering devices. The glare remediation system is configured and disposed to close the one of the one or more window covering devices at the origination point upon detecting the glare at the one of the television screen and the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Martin G. Keen, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 9791946
    Abstract: A power saving circuit includes a variable resistor, a switch and a processing module. A power supply unit is connected between the switch and the variable resistor. The processing module is connected between the switch and the variable resistor. The switch connects with the variable resistor. The switch is capable of conducting the power supply unit and the processing module when the variable resistor is be pressed. The processing module is capable of transmitting a working signal to the switch for making the switch continuing conducting the power supply unit and the processing module when the variable resistor is unpressurized after the power is transmitted to the processing module. The processing module is capable of detecting the condition of the voltage of the variable resistor to change the working signal. The switch is capable of breaking the power supply of the processing module if the working signal is off state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: CHENG UEI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sheng-Yuan Lin, Duo-Chi Fan
  • Patent number: 9791935
    Abstract: A method for gesture detection comprises pre-processing and main-processing steps, wherein the pre-processing comprises emitting light using a light emitting device and generating of directional sensor signals as a function of time by detecting a fraction of the emitted light reflected by means of a movable object using a directional light sensor array). The main-processing comprises calculating coordinates as a function of time by using the directional sensor signals, being indicative of a position of the object with reference to a plane parallel to a principal plane of the light sensor array, and detecting a movement of the object depending on the timing of the coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: AMS AG
    Inventors: Peter Trattler, Mario Manninger
  • Patent number: 9794524
    Abstract: An in-vehicle monitoring system including monitoring cameras and emergency call devices, a display unit, and an information control device, and monitoring inside of a vehicle by using images taken by the monitoring cameras, wherein a table, in which IP addresses of the emergency call devices and IP addresses of the monitoring cameras are stored in association with each other in a one-to-one relationship or a one-to-many relationship, is set in the information control device, and upon receiving a call signal from an operated emergency call device, the information control device specifies an IP address of a monitoring camera corresponding to the operated emergency call device from the IP addresses of the monitoring cameras based on the table, selects imaging data from the specified monitoring camera from pieces of imaging data from the monitoring cameras, and transmits it to the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazunari Morimoto
  • Patent number: 9785981
    Abstract: A method for authentication of user reviews includes providing a user certificate to a user's mobile device. A transaction log is received from the mobile device. The transaction log includes an encrypted tag identifier which has been transmitted to the mobile device from a review tag at a location where a service is provided by a service provider when the review tag has verified the validity of the user certificate. The encrypted tag identifier is decrypted to identify the service provider. The user is prompted to submit a review of the service provided by the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: XENOX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Maria Antonietta Grasso, Nicolas Guerin, Frédéric Roulland
  • Patent number: 9785838
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for grouping a plurality of individuals, each individual of the plurality of individuals having a corresponding transactional segment, the system comprising a memory storing a group identification application, a processor for executing the group identification application to identify an o-space center of a first group, wherein the o-space center is an intersection of a plurality of transactional segments, obtain a non-parametric lower-body orientation probability distribution for each of the plurality of individuals, based on the o-space center, and determine that a first plurality of individuals from the plurality of individuals belong to the first group based on the non-parametric lower-body orientation probability distribution of each individual of the plurality of individuals, wherein each of the first plurality of individuals has a corresponding one of the plurality of transactional segments that intersect with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Marynel Vazquez, Scott Hudson, Aaron Steinfeld
  • Patent number: 9786246
    Abstract: An apparatus for viewing augmented reality images in a hands-free manner includes a tracker base in which various interchangeable trackers may be placed. The interchangeable trackers include an image specialized to an application framework running on a device with an image capture device in range of the image. An arm connects to and extends from the tracker base, and includes a clasp for holding the device. With the augmented reality application running, the device provides a display of the augmented reality images associated with the image on the interchangeable tracker in a hands-free manner. The tracker base spins, providing different viewpoints of the augmented reality images. The tracking element and the image capture device are held in a fixed spatial relationship with respect to one another, resulting in a stable image. The apparatus provides interactions in a multi-system environment by invoking commands between the device and an external multimedia component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: AR Tables, LLC
    Inventors: Adam M. Feiner, Zachary John Kennedy, Mikel Kevin Lord, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9785233
    Abstract: An image of a user's eyes and/or face, captured by a camera on the computing device or on a device coupled to the computing device, may be analyzed using computer-vision algorithms, such as eye tracking and gaze detection algorithms, to determine the location of the user's eyes and estimate the gaze information associated with the user. A user calibration process may be conducted to calculate calibration parameters associated with the user. These calibration parameters may be taken into account to accurately determine the location of the user's eyes and estimate the location on the display at which the user is looking. The calibration process may include determining a plane on which the user's eyes converge and relating that plane to a plane of a screen on which calibration targets are displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Javier San Agustin Lopez, Benjamin Antoine Georges Lefaudeux
  • Patent number: 9785259
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for interacting with a computing device using a stylus. The stylus is configured with a slider control feature that can be activated to perform various actions while the stylus is touching or is otherwise sufficiently proximate to a stylus detection surface of the device. The slider function can be associated with a variety of tasks on the computing device such as: adjusting variables, executing a particular command, switching between tools, modifying a particular tool's settings, and launching an application. In some embodiments, the stylus-based slider is biased to return to a middle, or home, position thereby allowing for both forward and backward sliding actions. An appropriate animation or sound or haptic response can also be provided that may be indicative of or otherwise related to the action being taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: BARNES & NOBLE COLLEGE BOOKSELLERS, LLC
    Inventors: Gerald B. Cueto, Kourtny M. Hicks
  • Patent number: 9778750
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and apparatus for localizing a region of interest using a hand gesture are disclosed. For example, the method acquires an image containing the hand gesture from the ego-centric video, detects pixels that correspond to one or more hands in the image using a hand segmentation algorithm, identifies a hand enclosure in the pixels that are detected within the image, localizes a region of interest based on the hand enclosure and performs an action based on the object in the region of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jayant Kumar, Xiaodong Yang, Qun Li, Edgar A. Bernal, Raja Bala
  • Patent number: 9778751
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for gesture-based control using three-dimensional information extracted over an extended depth of field. The system comprises a plurality of optical detectors coupled to at least one processor. The optical detectors image a body. At least two optical detectors of the plurality of optical detectors comprise wavefront coding cameras. The processor automatically detects a gesture of the body, wherein the gesture comprises an instantaneous state of the body. The detecting comprises aggregating gesture data of the gesture at an instant in time. The gesture data includes focus-resolved data of the body within a depth of field of the imaging system. The processor translates the gesture to a gesture signal, and uses the gesture signal to control a component coupled to the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Oblong Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre St. Hilaire, John S. Underkoffler
  • Patent number: 9779131
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting, representing, and interpreting three-space input are described. Embodiments of the system, in the context of an SOE, process low-level data from a plurality of sources of spatial tracking data and analyze these semantically uncorrelated spatiotemporal data and generate high-level gestural events according to dynamically configurable implicit and explicit gesture descriptions. The events produced are suitable for consumption by interactive systems, and the embodiments provide one or more mechanisms for controlling and effecting event distribution to these consumers. The embodiments further provide to the consumers of its events a facility for transforming gestural events among arbitrary spatial and semantic frames of reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Oblong Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Underkoffler, Kwindla Hultman Kramer
  • Patent number: 9778744
    Abstract: A system that generates haptic effects on a haptically-enabled device determines an orientation of the haptically-enabled device and obtains one or more haptic effect channels. The system then assigns each of the haptic effect channels to a haptic output device on the haptically-enabled device based on the orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Birnbaum, Satvir Singh Bhatia, Stephen D. Rank
  • Patent number: 9770216
    Abstract: Methods and systems for navigating to a target through a patient's bronchial tree are disclosed including a bronchoscope, a probe insertable into a working channel of the bronchoscope and including a location sensor, and a workstation in operative communication with the probe and the bronchoscope, the workstation including a user interface that guides a user through a navigation plan and is configured to present a central navigation view including a plurality of views configured for assisting the user in navigating the bronchoscope through central airways of the patient's bronchial tree toward the target, a peripheral navigation view including a plurality of views configured for assisting the user in navigating the probe through peripheral airways of the patient's bronchial tree to the target, and a target alignment view including a plurality of views configured for assisting the user in aligning a distal tip of the probe with the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Andrew E. Brown, David J. Miel, Matthew W. Baker, Dorian Averbuch, Eyal Klein, Oren P. Weingarten
  • Patent number: 9766270
    Abstract: An installation test system has a control device and one or more hand-held test devices. The control device and the one or more hand-held devices are in wireless communication via respective communication systems. The control device performs typical pre-power tests including insulation testing and ground testing. There is at least one hand-held device dedicated to testing for residual current in circuit breakers and another hand-held device dedicated to testing for loop impedance. The control device records all test data and stores data in storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Herman Heydron, Jeetendra Patel, David Lawrence Epperson
  • Patent number: 9767589
    Abstract: In one aspect, a computer-implemented method is disclosed for providing geographic imagery. The method may include receiving, at a computing device, a request for a geographic image, wherein the geographic image depicts at least a portion of a selected location within a geographic area. In addition, the method may include presenting, with the computing device, the geographic image and superimposing a map including normalized travel way data associated with the geographic area over at least a portion of the geographic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Siegel
  • Patent number: 9767657
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products disclose a remote control device that controls multiple consumer electronics devices based on orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: John R. Stefanik
  • Patent number: 9767702
    Abstract: A system and method for providing landing guidance to an aircraft may include an aviation headset having one or more sensors and one or more antennas, a position module configured to determine a position of the headset, and an encoder module for encoding the position information as an audible subchannel. The encoded audible subchannel may be included with voice transmissions via the aircraft radio. A guidance portion may receive the transmission and analyze the encoded audible subchannel to determine the position of the aircraft. Landing guidance may be communicated based on a comparison of the position with a desired glide path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Roger D. Bernhardt
  • Patent number: 9759543
    Abstract: A device for detecting strain and transmitting detected data, as well as a method for the manufacturing of a device of the type indicated above are provided. The device can be either applied to the surface of a structure to be monitored or inserted inside the structure and it allows to reliably acquire and transmit the data relating to the strains suffered by the structure, avoiding errors due to disturbances in the positioning of the strain sensor of the device or in the electronics associated with the sensor. The device includes a middle layer, in which at least one strain sensor made by using a composite material containing electrically conductive impregnable fibers, an electronic circuit and at least an antenna are provided, and a first and a second outer layers made by using a composite material containing electrically insulating impregnable fibers, between which the middle layer is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Guido Maisto, Marco Bonvino
  • Patent number: 9760466
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose a touch-control monitoring method for a touchscreen, and a terminal. The method includes: acquiring a touch-control operation that is performed by a user in a preset touch-control area on a touchscreen; recording the number of the touch-control operations that are acquired in the preset touch-control area; and marking corresponding touch-control status in the preset touch-control area according to the recorded number of the touch-control operations that are acquired in the preset touch-control area. By using the present invention, the usage of a touchscreen may be monitored, and different touch-control status is marked on the touchscreen according to the number of the touch-control operations performed by a user on the touchscreen, so as to prompt the user the corresponding touch-control conditions on the touchscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: DONGGUAN GOLDEX COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wen Xu
  • Patent number: 9759804
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for estimating a three-dimensional (3D) position and orientation based on a sensor fusion process is provided. The method of estimating the 3D position and orientation may include estimating a strength-based position and a strength-based orientation of a remote apparatus when a plurality of strength information is received, based on an attenuation characteristic of a strength that varies based on a distance and orientation, estimating an inertia-based position and an inertia-based orientation of the remote apparatus by receiving a plurality of inertial information, and estimating a fused position based on a weighted-sum of the strength-based position and the inertia-based position, and to estimate a fused orientation based on a weighted-sum of the strength-based orientation and the inertia-based orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyong Euk Lee, Sang Hyun Kim, Won Chul Bang, Chang Kyu Choi
  • Patent number: 9757651
    Abstract: A method of processing a user input by an electronic device is provided. The method includes receiving a signal from an auxiliary electronic device, providing application information related to the auxiliary electronic device based on the signal, and identifying a program configured to receive a control signal transmitted from the auxiliary electronic device based on the application information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jaeyoung Song, Jinho Jang, Ilgeun Bok, Sungjun Kim, Hyukgoo Lee, Wooseong Choi
  • Patent number: 9750440
    Abstract: Method and system for providing a fault tolerant data receiver unit configured with a partitioned or separate processing units, each configured to perform a predetermined and/or specific processing associated with the one or more substantially non-overlapping functions of the data monitoring and management system is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: ABBOTT DIABETES CARE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher V. Reggiardo, Mark K. Sloan
  • Patent number: 9753643
    Abstract: The projection screen includes signal lines, photosensitive sensors and a signal processor. The photosensitive sensor is configured to sense a light beam for determining a remote control region from a remote control terminal. The signal line is configured to transmit to the signal processor the sensing signal generated by the photosensitive sensor after sensing the light beam. The signal processor is configured to determine position information about a position irradiated by the light beam. The display device can determine the remote control region in accordance with the position information determined by the signal processor about the position irradiated by the light beam, and receive an operation command from a command key of the remote control terminal so as to perform a remote control operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yaohui Li, Xiaohua Feng
  • Patent number: 9747734
    Abstract: A device receives a first input for authenticating a user and determines the first input fails to authenticate the user. One or more errors are identified in the input which match a tremor pattern for the user and the one or more errors are corrected to generate a corrected input. The user is authenticated using the corrected input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: International Busines Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jarir K. Chaar, Robert G. Farrell, John C. Hartley, Dimitri Kanevsky, Sharon M. Trewin
  • Patent number: 9746668
    Abstract: A head-up display (HUD) device configured to project at least one of an image or a text on a windshield includes a display panel, a backlight module configured to emit light to the display panel, and an optical guide module configured to guide the at least one of the image or the text displayed on the display panel to the windshield. The backlight module includes a plurality of light sources configured to emit light to the display panel in different directions from one another such that the at least one of the image or text is independently projected on different regions of the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Dongwook Kim, Kyoungil Lee
  • Patent number: 9740293
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein includes a system comprising a processor coupled to display devices, sensors, remote client devices, and computer applications. The computer applications orchestrate content of the remote client devices simultaneously across the display devices and the remote client devices, and allow simultaneous control of the display devices. The simultaneous control includes automatically detecting a gesture of at least one object from gesture data received via the sensors. The detecting comprises identifying the gesture using only the gesture data. The computer applications translate the gesture to a gesture signal, and control the display devices in response to the gesture signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Oblong Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kwindla Hultman Kramer, John Underkoffler, Carlton Sparrell, Navjot Singh, Kate Hollenbach, Paul Yarin
  • Patent number: 9740338
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for providing a three-dimensional touch screen are described. Example systems include a touch screen manager that is configured to display a screen via a display device, such as by projecting on a wall or other surface a screen generated by a computing device, such as a desktop, laptop, or tablet computer. The manager is further configured to receive position information from a sensor that determines the positions of objects, such as the finger or hand of a user, within a three-dimensional space in front of the display surface. The manager then converts the received position information into user interface events, including gestures (e.g., pinch, swipe), mouse-type events (e.g., click, drag), or the like. The user interface events are provided to an application or other module executing on the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: UBi interactive inc.
    Inventors: Anup Koyadan Chathoth, Chao Zhang
  • Patent number: 9741169
    Abstract: The technology disclosed can provide capabilities to view and/or interact with the real world to the user of a wearable (or portable) device using a sensor configured to capture motion and/or determining the path of an object based on imaging, acoustic or vibrational waves. Implementations can enable improved user experience, greater safety, greater functionality to users of virtual reality for machine control and/or machine communications applications using wearable (or portable) devices, e.g., head mounted devices (HMDs), wearable goggles, watch computers, smartphones, and so forth, or mobile devices, e.g., autonomous and semi-autonomous robots, factory floor material handling systems, autonomous mass-transit vehicles, automobiles (human or machine driven), and so forth, equipped with suitable sensors and processors employing optical, audio or vibrational detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Leap Motion, Inc.
    Inventor: David S. Holz
  • Patent number: 9740303
    Abstract: A pointing system including: a pointing device including an operation portion and a light-emitting portion that emits light according to an operation to the operation portion; and a control device including an image pickup portion that picks up light from the light-emitting portion when the light-emitting portion emits light and outputs an image including information on a light spot of the light, a display portion that includes a screen and displays a pointer on the screen, and a control portion that judges, as well as judge a movement of the light spot based on the information on the light spot in the image and move the pointer on the screen based on the movement of the light spot, whether the light spot is turned off based on the information on the light spot in the image and executes processing related to a click when the light spot is turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masatoshi Ueno, Osamu Ito
  • Patent number: 9740246
    Abstract: The touchpad supporting device includes a frame and a supporting body. The frame has an upper surface, a lower surface and a first opening defined through the upper surface and the lower surface. The supporting body is provided for supporting the touch pad, and the supporting body has a connecting end and a distal end opposite to each other. The supporting body is extended obliquely from an inner sidewall at one side of the first opening and close to the lower surface toward an inner sidewall at another side of the first opening and close to the upper surface. The connecting end connects to the inner sidewall at one side of the first opening of the frame. The distal end is not coplanar with the lower surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: PEGATRON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wei-Chen Sun, Chun-Sheng Li
  • Patent number: 9740923
    Abstract: An aspect provides a method, including: capturing, using an image sensor, an image of a user; detecting, using a processor, a user gesture forming an edge within the image; capturing, using the image sensor, at least one additional image of the user; detecting, using the processor, a user gesture relating to the edge of the image; and committing, using the processor, a predetermined action according to the user gesture relating to the edge of the image. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Xin Feng, Paul Hilburger