By Electrical Or Magnetic Heat Sensor Patents (Class 374/163)
  • Patent number: 10307611
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the present disclosure are directed to systems and methods for treating cognitive dysfunction in a subject in need thereof. The system can include a light source and a speaker. A visual neural stimulation system provides, via the light source, visual stimulation having a first value of a first parameter. An auditory neural stimulation system provides, via the speaker, audio stimulation having a second value of the second parameter. A stimuli orchestration component selects, for a first time interval, one of the visual stimulation or the audio stimulation to vary based on a policy, selects, for the first time interval, the other of the visual stimulation or the audio stimulation to keep constant based on the policy, and provides causes the one of the visual neural stimulation system or the auditory neural stimulation system to vary the one of the visual stimulation or the audio stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: COGNITO THERAPEUTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Zachary John Hambrecht Malchano, Martin Warren Williams
  • Patent number: 10006817
    Abstract: A meat probe has a shaft, plug, and stabilizer for measuring a parameter (e.g., temperature) of a piece of meat and communicating the measurement to a cooking appliance. The stabilizer may have a plurality of wings. For example, two wings may be cantilevered about a proximal end that is at the shaft. As the shaft is inserted into the piece of meat, the wings are bent outwardly about the proximal end. In another example, four wings are connected on opposite ends to a first and second base, and the shaft extends through the first and second bases. As the shaft is inserted into the piece of meat, the second base is pushed upward, decreasing the distance between the first and second base and bending the wings about a middle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Swayne, Brendan McGinnis, Elizabeth A. Byrne
  • Patent number: 9999103
    Abstract: A method for detecting an influence of microwaves on a measurement value of a temperature sensor of a core temperature probe of a cooking appliance, includes: recording the measurement value of the temperature sensor; determining the slope of the course of the recorded measurement values in at least one analysis interval (A, B) which is in a predetermined relation to a switch-on time and/or a switch-off time of a microwave generator; determining whether the slope lies above or below a predefined threshold; interpreting the exceedance of or falling below the threshold to the effect that the corresponding temperature sensor is not located in a food to be cooked and/or the core temperature probe is not correctly inserted into the food or into a receptacle provided for the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Topinox Sarl
    Inventor: Thomas Tils
  • Patent number: 9933401
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system and apparatus for connecting remote and environmental sensors and other operating systems to a portable computing and communications device. The portable device configured to receive and process a set of data and transmit a response or message to at least the user on the quality of the data received. The portable device adapted to reconfigure the remote sensors or operating systems to produce a new set of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: TSI, Incorporated
    Inventors: Arndt Poecher, Gerald M. Bark, Rajagopala Menon
  • Patent number: 9922536
    Abstract: A wearable emergency alert apparatus includes a communication device configured to communicate an alert to a node on a communications network external to the wearable emergency alert apparatus, a shock sensor in communication with the communication device, where the shock sensor is pre-configured to send a message to the communication device based on experiencing pressure from a source external to the wearable emergency alert apparatus exceeding a pre-determined threshold, and where the communication device is configured to communicate the alert based on receiving the message. The apparatus also includes a microcontroller communicatively coupled to one or more of: the communication device, or the shock sensor and a heat sensor communicatively coupled to the microcontroller. Based on the heat sensor obtaining a heat value exceeding a given threshold, the microcontroller activates one or more of: the communication device, or the shock sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: CHOPRIX LLC
    Inventors: Hilary J Cholhan, Remy Cholhan
  • Patent number: 9864385
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a protection device including a temperature detection circuit, a switch circuit, a control circuit, and a warning circuit. The temperature detection circuit outputs temperature signal to the control circuit. The control circuit obtains the temperature signal from the temperature detection circuit, and compares the temperature signal with a preset temperature range and outputs a first control signal. The warning circuit sends warning based on the first control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignees: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (WuHan) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yong-Jun Song
  • Patent number: 9797787
    Abstract: A temperature detector and method of measuring temperature to obtain temperature readings in environments, such as fluids and gasses, by measuring electrical characteristics of the temperature detector that are influenced by the temperature. The temperature detector can be arranged such that a plurality of measurements can be obtained to provide sufficient diversity and redundancy of the measurements for enhanced diagnostics to be performed, such as optimization for fast dynamic response, calibration stability, in-situ response time testability, and in-situ calibration testability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation
    Inventor: Hashem M. Hashemian
  • Patent number: 9746455
    Abstract: A portable electronic device and related methods are described using an integrated chemical sensor linked to a chemical sensor processing unit and being sensitive to the concentration of a component in a sample of air and further including an operating system providing instructions for the control of the portable device, wherein the chemical processing unit uses under operating conditions a first set of instructions and a second set of instructions stored within the portable device, wherein the first set of instructions is part of the operating system level of instructions and the second set of instructions is part of a user of instructions with the second set of instructions being linked to the operating system via a plugin interface and wherein the second set of instructions is communicated to the portable device from a remote computing system based on access to measurements and/or operating conditions of the chemical sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Sensirion AG
    Inventors: Moritz Lechner, Johannes Buhler, Rafael Santschi
  • Patent number: 9746719
    Abstract: The present invention provides a liquid crystal dropping device and method, relates to technical field of manufacturing liquid crystal display devices, and may solve the problem of defective display resulting from dropping of liquid crystal on a substrate in the existing technology. The liquid crystal dropping device of the present invention comprises a platform for bearing substrates and a temperature adjusting unit for adjusting temperature of at least partial area of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., CHENGDU BOE OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei Zhao, Bo Shi, Junhwan Lim
  • Patent number: 9726549
    Abstract: An electronic thermometer includes an external casing unit, a circuit substrate, an electronic switch, a rotating arm unit, a probe unit and a waterproof unit. The external casing unit includes a top cover casing and a bottom cover casing, a receiving space is formed between the top and the bottom cover casings, and the bottom cover casing has a through hole communicated with the receiving space. The waterproof unit includes a first waterproof element and a second waterproof element. The first waterproof element is disposed between the top cover casing and the bottom cover casing and around the receiving space for preventing water vapor from entering the receiving space through the external casing unit, and the second waterproof element is disposed inside the through hole of the bottom cover casing for preventing water vapor from entering the receiving space through the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Radiant Innovation Inc.
    Inventors: Tseng Lung Lin, Shao-Yun Yu
  • Patent number: 9500612
    Abstract: Discussed generally herein are systems, apparatuses, techniques, and software for determining if a temperature sensor is properly located. In one or more embodiments, a technique can include receiving a series of temperature readings from a temperature sensor, determining if the temperature sensor is properly located as a function of the received temperature readings, and in response to determining that the temperature sensor is not properly located, recording data indicating that the temperature sensor is not properly located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Girija Parthasarathy
  • Patent number: 9372122
    Abstract: An electronic circuit (10) to monitor a temperature of a light emitting diode (1) comprises a current generating circuit (110) to generate a current flow of at least a first and second current (IC1, IC2) through the light emitting diode (1) and a voltage monitoring circuit (120) to monitor a voltage of the light emitting diode (1). The voltage monitoring circuit (120) is further arranged to determine a difference of a respective value of a first and second voltage (Vf1, Vf2) of the light emitting diode (1) to monitor the temperature of the light emitting diode (1), wherein the first voltage (Vf1) and second voltage (Vf2) of the light emitting diode (1) is determined while driving the first and second current (IC2) through the light emitting diode (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: AMS AG
    Inventors: Manfred Pauritsch, Werner Schögler
  • Patent number: 9039277
    Abstract: The invention relates to a temperature sensor comprising: a temperature-sensitive element (3); and a peripheral casing (7) accommodating the temperature-sensitive element (3) and having a closed end (9), the peripheral casing (7) being able to be inserted into a corresponding cavity (11), characterized in that the closed end (9) of the peripheral casing (7) has a peripheral portion (21) revealing, butted against the closed end, a flexible assembly stop (23) after said peripheral portion (21), said stop (23) being able to deform towards the peripheral portion (21) by shape cooperation with the bottom (15) of the corresponding cavity (11). The subject of the invention is also a process for manufacturing a temperature sensor as described above and a method of assembling said sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SC2N
    Inventors: Dominique Le Bouquin, Jean-Pierre Robic
  • Patent number: 9028140
    Abstract: The invention relates to a measuring sensor for measuring temperature in a chemical process, the measuring sensor comprising a measuring element supported on the frame of the measuring sensor and arranged in thermal contact with the process being measured, and measuring conductors connected to the measuring element for directing a measuring signal onward. The frame of the measuring sensor is made of mineral material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Janesko Oy
    Inventor: Esko Kamrat
  • Patent number: 9028138
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a heat source, a heat-absorbing cold point, a thermally insulating material for insulating the heat source from the cold point with a conductivity at a use-temperature of electronic device, that is below a thermal-conductivity threshold, and a thermal bridge having first and second ends connected by pads to the heat source and the cold point, and a thermal switch. The thermal bridge extends between the two ends and switches reversibly between conductive and non-conductive states. It includes material of variable thermal conductivity capable of switching over, in response to an addition of energy, between a conductive phase and a resistive phase, and a control module for causing the thermal switch to switch between the conductive state and the resistive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Commissariat á l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives
    Inventors: Haykel Ben Jamaa, Julien Buckley, Patrick Leduc
  • Patent number: 9025080
    Abstract: A camera system includes a camera and a camera housing structured to at least partially enclose the camera. The camera comprises an internal heat sink thermally coupled to electronics of the camera and a lens ring positioned around a lens of the camera. The camera housing comprises a thermal conductor. An interior portion of the thermal conductor makes contact with the lens ring when the camera is enclosed within the housing, and an exterior portion extends outside the housing. The thermal conductor is configured to transfer heat from the interior of the housing to the exterior to dissipate heat from the camera's electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudy Samuels, David Christophe Northway
  • Patent number: 9024765
    Abstract: A method, system or computer usable program product for providing alerts of inefficiency of an environmental conditioning system including, responsive to a cycle initiation by the environmental conditioning system, measuring a difference between an intake temperature and an outlet temperature after a predetermined period of time, and responsive to the difference being below a minimum level, generating an alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Mark J. Hoesl
  • Publication number: 20150117490
    Abstract: A temperature sensing device includes a probe unit on a first end and a sensor unit on a second end opposite the first end. The first end is introduced into an environment to be measured, such as an exhaust gas line from a combustion engine, and the second end is positioned in a region outside of the environment such that the sensor unit is at least partially insulated from a temperature of the environment. The probe unit, exposed to the temperature of the environment, achieves a temperature that corresponds to the temperature of the environment. The sensor unit is operable to sense the temperature of the probe unit and generate a corresponding electrical signal usable to determine a sensed temperature of the environment. The temperature of the environment can be determined on a cycle-by-cycle basis, and is usable for implementing advanced combustion strategies such as HCCI and SACI.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Ando Feyh, Gary O'Brien, Joel Oudart, Nikhil Ravi
  • Patent number: 9016937
    Abstract: An electrical temperature sensor (10) comprises a liquid crystalline material (12). First and second electrically conductive contacts (14), (16), having a spaced relationship therebetween, contact the liquid crystalline material (12). An electric property measuring device is electrically connected to the first and second contacts (14), (16) and is arranged to measure an electric property of the liquid crystalline material (12). The liquid crystalline material (12) has a transition temperature T at which it undergoes a phase change between polar and non-polar phases. The phase change between polar and non-polar phases causes a change in said electric property of the liquid crystalline material (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Syngenta Limited
    Inventors: Helen Frances Gleeson, Ingo Dierking, Sarabjot Kaur, Bruce Donaldson Grieve, Neville Christopher Paul Woodyatt, Paul Douglas Brimicombe
  • Patent number: 9016938
    Abstract: An electronic contact thermometer with shorter reactive time, which comprises a case; a circuit board which is installed in said case; a display; a switch; a power supply device; and a sensing part which is installed in one end of said case. Electrically connected with said circuit board; said display and switch are disposed on one side of said case; said sensing part comprises a positioning nugget that is installed in the same end of said case that the sensing part is installed. A temperature sensing chip; and 2 conducting lines which are electrically connected to the temperature sensing chip. Said metallic contact part is a round cap with flat contacting surface, which comprises positioning sticks on the surrounding wall, which connect to said positioning rods for making it protruding from but not contact to said case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Chu-Yih Yu
  • Patent number: 9004756
    Abstract: A temperature sensor includes a constant current source and a transistor stack connected to the constant current source. The transistor stack includes a first transistor having a base connected to the constant current source and a collector coupled to a supply voltage. The collector of the first transistor is electrically isolated from the base of the first transistor. The transistor stack includes a second transistor connected to the first transistor. The second transistor has a collector connected to an emitter of the first transistor and has a base connected to the collector of the second transistor. The transistor stack includes an output node disposed between the constant current source and the base of the first transistor. A voltage of the output node is indicative of a temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay P. John, David G. Morgan
  • Patent number: 8974116
    Abstract: There is provided a heat sink for measuring temperature of electronic component. The heat sink includes a heat radiating plate, a fin, a heat receiving plate, and a temperature detector. The heat radiating plate has a first surface that receives heat from the electronic component. The fin is for radiating heat energy conducting through the heat radiating plate and is connected to the heat radiating plate. The heat receiving plate arranged apart from the heat radiating plate has a second surface movable to be parallel to the first surface. The temperature detector that detects a temperature is disposed on the heat receiving plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Tomomi Okamoto, Hiroshi Yamada, Ryuji Ito, Osamu Higashi
  • Publication number: 20150063419
    Abstract: To provide a signal generation circuit having a short settling time of an output voltage. In a PTAT signal generation circuit, a trimming circuit is coupled between the cathodes of 0-th to K-th diodes and a line of a ground voltage, the anode of the 0-th diode is coupled to a first node, the anodes of the first to the K-th diodes are coupled to a second node via a resistive element, the first node and the second node are set to the same voltage, a first current flowing through the 0-th diode and a second current flowing through the first to the K-th diodes are set to have the same value, and a third current flowing through the trimming circuit is set to have the value 2 times that of each of the first current and the second current.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Shigeki OBAYASHI, Hiroki SHIMANO, Masataka MINAMI, Hiroji OZAKI
  • Patent number: 8967857
    Abstract: A temperature detection device that detects a temperature of a rotor of a motor. The temperature detection device has a current detection unit configured to detect a current value of a current flowing through a winding with which any one of a stator and the rotor of the motor is provided, an iron loss estimation unit configured to estimate an iron loss of the rotor using the current value, and a rotor temperature estimation unit configured to estimate the temperature of the rotor using the iron loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuya Senoo
  • Patent number: 8967855
    Abstract: An electronic device that determines an external temperature is described. During operation, the electronic device uses a sensor mechanism (such as an integrated temperature sensor) to determine an internal temperature of the electronic device. Then, a thermoelectric device (which may be based on the Peltier effect and/or the Seeback effect) determines the relative temperature difference between the internal temperature and the external temperature. Next, the external temperature may be determined based on the internal temperature and the temperature difference. For example, the external temperature may be determined relative to a threshold value. Furthermore, an electrical signal (such as a voltage or a current) output by the thermoelectric device may be used to recharge a battery and, more generally, a power source in the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Leeo, Inc.
    Inventors: Nina S. Joshi, Aaron H. Squier, Andrew G. Stevens
  • Patent number: 8961004
    Abstract: Methods and systems to determine an internal temperature of a rechargeable lithium-ion cell based on a phase shift of the cell. Internal cell temperature may be determined with respect to an internal anode temperature and/or an internal cathode temperature. Internal anode temperature may be determined based on a phase shift of a frequency within a range of approximately 40 Hertz (Hz) to 500 Hz. Internal cathode temperature may be determined based on a phase shift of a frequency of up to approximately 30 Hz. A temperature sensor as disclosed herein may be powered by a monitored cell with relatively little impact on cell charge, may be electrically coupled to cell but housed physically separate from the cell, and/or may monitor multiple cells in a multiplex fashion. A rate of change in phase shift may be used to initiate pre-emptive action, without determining corresponding temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Rengaswamy Srinivasan, Michael H. Butler, Bliss G. Carkhuff, Terry E. Phillips, Jeremy D. Walker, Oscar M. Uy, Andrew C. Baisden
  • Publication number: 20150036720
    Abstract: A method is described for ascertaining a surface temperature of a sheathed element glow plug in an internal combustion engine, in which a physical parameter is utilized for ascertaining the surface temperature. In order to be able to ascertain a precise surface temperature at a reduced outlay in terms of computation and development, at least two physical parameters of only the sheathed element glow plug are used for ascertaining the surface temperature of the sheathed element glow plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Kappelmann
  • Publication number: 20150030052
    Abstract: A measurement system including: a radial external hole on a cover of a railway axle-box on the side of an edge of the cover facing towards a rolling bearing of the axle-box; a smaller axial hole made on the edge of the cover facing towards a ring of the bearing and opening in the radial hole; a cup-shaped body accommodated in the radial hole; a fork shaped spring integrally carried by a bottom wall of the cup-shaped body, projecting in front of the axial hole; a temperature probe slidingly accommodated within the axial hole and including a tubular element incorporating an electrical temperature sensor and an electric cable protruding from a first end of the tubular element accommodated within the cup-shaped body; and an abutting element removably coupled to the first end to cooperate with the spring, which pushes a second end of the probe out of the axial hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: AKTIEBOLAGET SKF
    Inventors: Maurizio Martinetti, Mario Rossi, Silvano Sema, Fabrizio Sozzi
  • Patent number: 8935843
    Abstract: A thermal, flow measuring device for determining and/or monitoring the flow of a measured medium through a measuring tube. The thermal, flow measuring device includes: a first pin-shaped shell and at least a second pin-shaped shell; a first resistance thermometer and at least a second resistance thermometer. At least the first resistance thermometer is embodied so as to be heatable, wherein the resistance thermometers, in each case, have a first surface, and at least a second surface, which lies opposite the first surface. The first pin-shaped shell surrounds the first resistance thermometer, and the second pin-shaped shell surrounds the second resistance thermometer. The pin-shaped shells are fillable with a fill material. In each case, at least one spacer is placeable between the pin-shaped shell and the first surface of the resistance thermometer, and the second surface of the resistance thermometer is at least partially covered with fill material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser FLowtec AG
    Inventors: Dirk Boguhn, Jiri Holoubek, Axel Pfau, Oliver Popp, Jiri Polak
  • Patent number: 8936396
    Abstract: A thermometer includes a body member and a tip member with a thermal contact surface secured to the body member. A thermal sensor mounted on the inside of the tip member is adapted for sensing a thermal contact surface and producing a temperature signal. A set of lead wires is coupled to the thermal sensor for transmission of the temperature signal. A display module is disposed in the body member. A processor is electrically connected to the set of lead wires to receive the temperature signal for display of a corresponding temperature reading. An electric generator having a motor with a rotary shaft is disposed in the body member. The motor is driven for generating electric energy when the rotary shaft is rotated. A capacitor is electrically connected to the electric generator for storing the electric energy generated by the electric generator and supplying the electric energy to the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Mesure Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chu-Yih Yu
  • Patent number: 8931954
    Abstract: A thermometer includes a body member and a tip member with a thermal contact surface secured to the body member. A thermal sensor mounted on the inside of the tip member is adapted for sensing a thermal contact surface and producing a temperature signal. A set of lead wires is coupled to the thermal sensor for transmission of the temperature signal. A display module is disposed in the body member. An electric generator with a start voltage and an operation voltage is disposed in the body member. A capacitor is electrically connected to the electric generator for storing the electric energy generated by thereof and supplying the electric energy to the processor. A voltage switch with a threshold voltage is electrically connected between the capacitor and the processor, in which the threshold voltage is lower than the operation voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Mesure Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chu-Yih Yu
  • Patent number: 8926174
    Abstract: A controller of a power converter has: an average loss calculator (202) calculating an average loss in a semiconductor device; and a partial temperature variation estimation part (204), while regarding the semiconductor device as a thermal network including at least one combination of a thermal resistance and a thermal time constant, estimating a partial temperature variation of the combination from a loss in the semiconductor device and the combination of the thermal resistance and the thermal time constant. The partial temperature variation estimation part (204) estimates an average temperature from the loss, the thermal resistance, and the thermal time constant; extracts a pulsation envelope temperature exceeding the maximum value of a pulsation temperature dependent on the average loss and the pulsation frequency; and estimates a temperature variation in the semiconductor device by adding the average temperature and the pulsation envelope temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiromichi Kawamura
  • Publication number: 20150002023
    Abstract: A light-emitting diode (LED) device includes first and second LED dies with the same structure and that are both encapsulated by the same silicone layer. The first LED is supplied with sufficient drive current to illuminate the LED. Control circuitry supplies the second LED with a constant current, determines the voltage across the second LED, and calculates the temperature of the second LED based on the voltage across the second LED. The constant current has a maximum magnitude that never exceeds the maximum magnitude of the drive current. The LED device is able to calculate the temperature of a diode with a gallium-nitride layer (GaN or GaInN) that is receiving a large drive current and emitting blue light by determining the voltage across an adjacent similar diode with a gallium-nitride layer through which a small constant current is flowing. Preferably, the band gap of the LEDs exceeds two electron volts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Babak Imangholi, Michael Neal Gershowitz, R. Scott West
  • Publication number: 20140368209
    Abstract: In a method for monitoring a battery which includes a number of cells, in each instance, at least one electronic unit is situated so as to be in contact with at least two of the cells, in order to record a variable of this cell and forward it to a central receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Fabian Henrici
  • Patent number: 8911148
    Abstract: A temperature detector for a contact thermometer of process measurement technology having a thermowell, at least one thermal sensor element arranged in a process-side end of the thermowell, and at least one electrical connecting means connected to the thermal sensor element with a first connection side and extending in the thermowell at least up to an evaluation-side end of the thermowell, so that the thermal sensor element can be electrically contacted via a second connection side of the electrical connecting means, and in which the electrical connecting means is formed by a connection printed circuit board with conducting paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: INOR Process AB
    Inventor: Hans-Owe Mårtensson
  • Publication number: 20140362890
    Abstract: A miniature wireless electronic thermometer is disclosed, the thermometer includes a medical adhesive tape serving as a securing means and a temperature measurement means attached to the securing means. The temperature measurement means includes a controller, a battery connected to the controller, a temperature sensor, and a wireless module coupled to an antenna. The thermometer is capable of convenient body temperature measurement, by allowing, when attached on human body, repeated temperature readings taken in a non-interventional manner, and sending the measurement data to an external receiver in a wireless way.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Dahong Qian
  • Publication number: 20140355643
    Abstract: A heat flux sensor equipped measurement wafer includes a substrate, a cover thermally coupled to a portion of the substrate, a sensor cavity formed between the substrate and the cover, a thermal barrier disposed within at least a portion of the sensor cavity, a bottom temperature sensor thermally coupled to the substrate and insulated from the cover by a portion of the thermal barrier and a top temperature sensor thermally coupled to the cover and insulated from the substrate by an additional portion of the thermal barrier, wherein a temperature difference between the bottom temperature sensor and the top temperature sensor is related to a heat flux passing through the substrate and cover proximate to the sensor cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Sharratt, Farhat Quli, Earl Jensen, Mei Sun
  • Patent number: 8899830
    Abstract: A thermal flow measuring device and method for the manufacture of a thermal flow measuring device with a housing, which has at least one shell. A temperature sensor element is arranged in the shell which borders the housing. Each first point of an edge terminating the outside of the shell in the region of a second end section of the shell has a distance to the longitudinal axis of the shell, which is at least 0.2 mm greater than the distance of all second points of the outside of the shell to the longitudinal axis of the shell, with a first point of the edge, in each case, having a distance projected on the longitudinal axis of the shell from the first point of the edge of at least 0.2 mm in the direction of the first end section of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Endress + Hauser Flowtec AG
    Inventors: Axel Pfau, Torsten Iselt, Dirk Boguhn
  • Publication number: 20140334523
    Abstract: A probe thermometer comprises a main body, a probe, a self-tapping thread, a temperature sensing unit and a display unit. The interior of the main body has a circuit board. The probe includes a measuring end and a coupling end which couples the main body. The self-tapping thread is formed on the measuring end. The temperature sensing unit is disposed within the probe and the temperature sensing unit is electrically connected to the circuit board. The display unit is disposed on the main body. The display unit, the temperature sensing unit and the circuit board are electrically connected. Thereby, the probe thermometer of the instant disclosure is convenient and effectively reduces cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: RADIANT INNOVATION INC.
    Inventors: TSENG-LUNG LIN, HSIAO-YU TSAI, AN-CHIN LAI
  • Publication number: 20140328373
    Abstract: Techniques described herein generally relate to methods of manufacturing devices and systems including devices including a substrate with a surface, a conductive polymer film arranged on the surface of the substrate, wherein the conductive polymer film has one or more temperature reactive characteristics, and a pair of electrodes coupled to the polymer film, wherein the pair of electrodes are configured to communicate electrical signals to the conductive polymer film effective to measure the one or more temperature reactive characteristics. The conductive polymer film may be arranged on the surface of the substrate such that a thickness and dopant ratio of the conductive polymer film on the substrate is configurable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: SIDDHARTHA PANDA, HAKEEM ABRAR AHMED
  • Patent number: 8876373
    Abstract: A protective cover for an insertion probe of a medical instrument. The cover contains a flexible tubular body that compliments the probe geometry and a radially disposed flange that surrounds the proximal end of the body. A series of snap-on fasteners removably connect the cover to the instrument. A camming surface is located on the outer face of the flange which coacts with a cam follower that is movably mounted upon the instrument to flex the cover sufficiently to open the fastener and release the cover from the instrument and move the cover axially toward the distal end of the tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Welch Allyn, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Lane, David E. Quinn, Ray D. Stone, Scott A. Martin, John R. Strom, Matthew David Mullin, Richard Thrush, Richard G. McDuffie
  • Patent number: 8876374
    Abstract: A temperature sensor generates a variable voltage whose level decreases linearly as a temperature increases, and compares the variable voltage with first and second reference voltages to generate first and second temperature codes to measure the temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: SK Hynix Inc.
    Inventor: Hyun Sik Jeong
  • Patent number: 8864375
    Abstract: The temperature sensor 1 is equipped with a temperature sensitive device 2 to be disposed inside an exhaust pipe of an internal combustion engine, signal lines 31 connected at a top end side to the temperature sensitive device 2 and at a rear end side to leads for connection with an external circuit, an inner member 18 having a sheath pin 3 in which the signal lines 31 are disposed, and an outer member 13 disposed to cover at least a portion of an outer periphery of the inner member 18. The outer member 13 includes a fixed portion (rib 6) to be fixed to an upper wall of the exhaust pipe, a retainer portion 132 retaining the inner member 18, and an extending portion 131 formed closer to a top end side than the retainer portion 132.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuo Abe, Tsunenobu Hori, Masatoshi Kuroyanagi
  • Patent number: 8864370
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for measuring at least one physical parameter of a fluid flow, in particular the total air temperature, comprising: a profiled body (2) of elongate shape along a longitudinal axis (L) and having at least two walls arranged contiguous to each other at an acute angle to form a wedge-shaped portion (7), said wedge-shaped portion (7) extending in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis (L) of the profiled body (2); at least one sensing element (4) for measuring the physical parameter of the fluid flow, said sensing element (4) being positioned in a window (3) formed through the profiled body (2), characterized in that each of the walls (71; 72) forming the wedge-shaped portion (7) comprises at least one notch forming a deflector angle relative to said wall (71; 72) so as to weaken the formation of ice on the wedge-shaped portion (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Auxitrol S.A.
    Inventors: Sebastien Dijon, David Lapeyronnie, Bruno Lhuillier
  • Patent number: 8864372
    Abstract: A device for measuring the temperature of water covering a road surface includes a member for measuring water temperature and channelling means for channelling the water covering the road surface. The channelling means includes a measuring chamber for measuring the temperature of the water covering the road surface. The measuring member includes a temperature measuring head situated in the measuring chamber. The device also includes driving means for driving the device over the road surface, the means being arranged in such a way that the temperature measuring head is situated at some distance from the road surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignees: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin, Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventor: Jeremy Buisson
  • Patent number: 8858075
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus and method for remote monitoring that includes immersing a first temperature sensor at least partially into a heat transfer material situated in a thermo-well of a mobile container housing a material for transport, wherein the first temperature sensor includes a conductor routed through a first passage of a fitting, while providing access to the thermo-well for the insertion of a second temperature sensor through a second passage of the fitting, and receiving a signal from the first temperature sensor at a remote communication unit secured at least indirectly to the mobile container, wherein the signal is representative of the temperature of the material being transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Indorama Ventures (Oxide & Glycois) LLC
    Inventors: Dave Douglas, Jim Trippett
  • Patent number: 8847586
    Abstract: A magnetic sensor inspection apparatus has a rectangular frame including a stage, a probe card, and a plurality of magnetic field generating coils. A wafer-like array of magnetic sensors is mounted on the stage, which is movable in horizontal and vertical directions. The probe card includes a plurality of probes which are brought into contact with a plurality of magnetic sensors encompassed in a measurement area. The magnetic field generating coils are driven to generate a magnetic field toward the stage. A plurality of magnetic field environment measuring sensors is arranged in the peripheral portion of the probe card surrounding the probes. A magnetic field controller controls magnetic fields generated by the magnetic field generating coils based on the measurement result of the magnetic field environment measuring sensors. Thus, it is possible to concurrently inspect a wafer-like array of magnetic sensors with the probe card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20140269831
    Abstract: A power device temperature monitor is provided. The power device temperature monitor includes a power device having a control terminal and an output terminal, where the output terminal is configured to output a current as directed by a voltage of the control terminal. The power device temperature monitor includes an inductor coupled to the output terminal of the power device and an amplifier coupled to the inductor. The power device temperature monitor includes a computing device that receives an output of the amplifier, the computing device is configured to derive a temperature of the power device based upon the output of the amplifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Atieva, Inc.
    Inventor: Atieva, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20140269837
    Abstract: A system to continuously and redundantly monitor a magnetic drive system includes temperature sensors coupled to the magnetic drive system. The temperature sensors are coupled to a transmitter, which generates output signals representing the temperatures of the temperature sensors. The system includes a transreceiver and a controller, where the transreceiver is coupled to the transmitter and configured to receive the output signals of the transmitter. The controller is communicatively coupled to the transreceiver and the magnetic drive system and is configured to control operation of the magnetic drive system based on one or more signals received from the transreceiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MagnaDrive Corporation
    Inventors: Dan Durland, Mike Tomczak, Jeongkwan Lee, Stephen Knudsen
  • Publication number: 20140269833
    Abstract: A thermometer includes a temperature sensor, a controller configured to receive a signal from the temperature sensor, and an output configured to display a temperature determined by the controller from the signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jason E. Durant, Roger J. Babineau