Remote Control Patents (Class 398/106)
  • Patent number: 10283984
    Abstract: A charging locker includes a cabinet body having a plurality of integral interior shelves defining individual charging compartments, a plurality of doors individually securing each of the individual charging compartments, a plurality of modular locking and charging systems, and a modular power supply unit. Each of the plurality of modular locking and charging systems, the modular power supply unit, and the doors are individually removable from a front of the charging system without disassembly of the cabinet body to facilitate servicing of the charging locker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Cary Maguire, Hubert Benjamin Ki Durn Ng, Jim Fisher, Robert Gabriel, Caleb Durante
  • Patent number: 10263805
    Abstract: Directional wireless drop systems are provided. These systems include a tap unit that is connected to a communications line of the broadband network; a cable modem unit connected to the tap unit; a plurality of wireless routers connected to the cable modem unit; and a directional antenna unit that is connected to at least a first of the wireless routers. Each wireless router is associated with a respective one of a plurality of subscriber premises that are served by the directional wireless drop system and is configured to communicate with at least one device that is located at the respective one of plurality of subscriber premises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: CommScope Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Michael Brobston
  • Patent number: 10237086
    Abstract: A smart home wireless control system includes a mobile control terminal, a plurality of remote-controlled devices and a signal access point (AP), wherein the mobile control terminal and the remote-controlled devices exchange data through the AP, each remote-controlled device includes an access controller and a controlled appliance connected to the access controller, the inside of the access controller is provided with a wireless signal station and a counter, the mobile control terminal detects the signal intensities of the wireless signal stations of each remote-controlled device, and the mobile control terminal conducts smart control on the remote-controlled devices according to the changes of the received signal intensities of the remote-controlled devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Guangdong United Industries Far East Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Feijian Pan
  • Patent number: 10230465
    Abstract: A hybrid optical-RF device, called a “stamp cell” herein, may be a small, passive repeating device that is designed to be placed close to User Equipment (UE) such that the UE only needs to reach a few meters using high frequency RF signals. The stamp cell may directly convert the received RF signal to an optical signal which may be transmitted to an optical receiver mounted on a traditional cell tower. Similarly, in the downlink direction, the stamp cell may receive optical signals from the cell tower and convert the optical signals to high frequency RF signals, which may be received by the UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Donna L. Polehn
  • Patent number: 10205345
    Abstract: A system of monitoring and/or maintaining remotely located autonomously powered lights, security systems, parking meters, and the like is operable to receive data signals from a number of the devices, and provide a comparison with other similar devices in the same geographic region to detect a default condition of a particular device, and/or assess whether the defect is environmental or particular to the specific device itself. The system includes memory for storing operating parameters and data, and outputs modified control commands to the devices in response to sensed performance, past performance and/or self-learning algorithms. The system operates to provide for the monitoring and/or control of individual device operating parameters on an individual or regional basis, over preset periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: John Tuerk, Miriam Tuerk, Mark Windrim, Ahmad Yafaoui
  • Patent number: 10187171
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an optical communications receiver receiving a turbulence-distorted, optical signal. The turbulence-distorted, optical signal includes a plurality of fundamental modes encoded via a combinatorial multiplexings dictionary. The received optical signal includes a plurality of two-dimensional images. Each two-dimensional image of the plurality of two-dimensional images respectively represents received fundamental modes of the plurality of fundamental modes. The receiver includes a neural network trained to assign to each two-dimensional image of the plurality of two-dimensional images at least one respective active fundamental mode of the plurality of fundamental modes and a corresponding accuracy probability based on the dictionary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Timothy Doster, Abbie T. Watnik
  • Patent number: 10174930
    Abstract: Lighting modules and systems including a heat sink are generally disclosed. The exemplary embodiments include a lighting module having a light emitting diode (LED) board including at least one LED, a heat sink in thermal communication with the LED board for dissipating heat generated by at least the LED board, and a separate component board that is thermally insulated from the LED board and may include, for example, an LED driver, a power management component, a power conversion component, an LED control component, and a dimming component. At least one of the LED board and component board may be a printed circuit board (PCB).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Gooee Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Johnson
  • Patent number: 10165366
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein related a moldable mounting wireless speaker system which provides a secure wireless communication link between a set of wireless speakers and a selected host mobile device once a pairing code is established. The system includes a set of wireless speakers, Bluetooth module, processor, and infrared transceiver module enclosed within a hermetically sealed housing and located at each end of a flexible and moldable mounting strip comprised of a plurality of spherical connectors. The system is configured to receive both infrared and radio frequency inputs and convert to a digital signal to initially authenticate the pairing code by attempting to match the pairing code from the host mobile device with a plurality of stored pairing codes within the memory. Once authenticated, a light emitting diode will be illuminated and visible through a translucent portion of the housing to indicate that the secure communication link is established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Philip Root
  • Patent number: 10148356
    Abstract: A method for transmitting data between a first device and a second device over a communication link includes transmitting, by the first device, data of a first type using one or more first channels, receiving, by the second device, the data of the first type from the first device using the one or more first channels, generating, by the second device, data of a second type based on the data of the first type, and transmitting, by the second device, the generated data of the second type using one or more second channels. The data of the first type and the data of the second type are different. The one or more second channels are channels dedicated to transmit the data of the second type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alan F. Benner, Douglas M. Freimuth, Benjamin G. Lee, Fabrizio Petrini, Laurent Schares, Clint L. Schow, Mehmet Soyuer
  • Patent number: 10116395
    Abstract: A photonic microwave mixing apparatus and method thereof are disclosed. An optical input carrying a frequency-to-be-converted microwave signal is injected into a photonic microwave mixing module of the photonic microwave mixing apparatus, wherein the photonic microwave mixing module includes a microwave mixing laser. The optical power and carrier frequency of the optical input are adjusted so as to place the microwave mixing laser in period-one nonlinear dynamics, and, at the same time, to achieve frequency-unlocking between the oscillation sidebands of the period-one nonlinear dynamics and the modulation sidebands of the optical input. Under such operation, the microwave mixing laser emits a nonlinear wave-mixing optical signal. Properly selecting the frequency components of the nonlinear wave-mixing optical signal through an optical frequency component selector generates an optical output carrying a frequency-converted microwave signal, therefore achieving microwave frequency conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: National Chung Cheng University
    Inventors: Sheng-Kwang Hwang, Yu-Han Hung
  • Patent number: 10097640
    Abstract: An accessory includes a main body including a communication module configured to communicate with a predetermined network, and a transmission member that includes a window exposed to an outside and configured to pass a predetermined optical signal. The main body further includes an optical signal light-emitting unit located inward of the window of the transmission member and configured to emit the predetermined optical signal in a transmission direction, and a side member defining a circumferential external appearance of the main body and including an inclined surface that slopes with respect to a central axis passing through the main body in a vertical direction and that defines a transmission member location hole configured to receive the transmission member. The window includes a central part parallel with the central axis, and the predetermined optical signal emitted from the optical signal light-emitting unit perpendicularly passes through the central part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Dooyul Kim
  • Patent number: 9991918
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an apparatus includes a first transmit path, a second transmit path, and a switch element. The first transmit path can provide a first radio frequency (RF) signal in accordance with a nominal specification. The second transmit path can provide a second RF signal in accordance with an intermittent specification, in which the first and second RF signals are within the same transmit band. The switch element can provide the first RF signal as a transmit mode output in a first state and provide the second RF signal as the transmit mode output in a second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Richard King, Peter Phu Tran, Nick Cheng, David Richard Pehlke
  • Patent number: 9974146
    Abstract: Provided is a lighting system that includes a plurality of luminaires, at least one controller in communication with the luminaires via a communication line in a network, and configured to control the luminaires, and a lighting control system including a smart device which wirelessly communicates with the at least one controller and the plurality of the luminaires, and performs a commissioning operation of the luminaires in the network using visual light communication (VLC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: Tamás Darányi, Michael James Hartman
  • Patent number: 9922545
    Abstract: A codeset identifier for an infrared codeset that is compatible with an electronic device can be determined without requiring the user to manually input information about the electronic device. The user points an infrared device that is configured to control the electronic device at a computing device and presses a button, which causes the infrared device to emit an infrared signal that encodes a command representing the button that was pressed. Because the infrared device is configured to control the electronic device, an infrared code associated with the emitted infrared signal is part of the codeset that controls the electronic device and can be used to identify other infrared codes that are also compatible with the electronic device. The computing device extracts the infrared code from the received infrared signal and sends a query based on the infrared code to a server, which accesses an association table to find the codeset identifier corresponding to the infrared code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Peel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Samyeer Suresh Metrani, Siva Subramanian Muthukumarasamy
  • Patent number: 9911324
    Abstract: Systems, methods and media for remote control of electronic devices using a proximity sensor are provided. In some implementations, the system comprises: a proximity sensor comprising an infrared emitter and an infrared detector, wherein the proximity sensor is configured to emit infrared light having specific properties using the infrared emitter and sense reflected light having the specific properties using the infrared detector to determine proximity of the sensor to an object; and a hardware processor that is programmed to: receive a user instruction to cause a command to be issued to control an electronic device; determine a code to be transmitted that corresponds to the command from a plurality of codes associated with the electronic device; and provide at least one signal to the proximity sensor to cause the proximity sensor to emit an infrared signal corresponding to the code instead of emitting infrared light having the specific properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Honglei Wu
  • Patent number: 9871990
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a dual use remote-control device. In one embodiment, a dual use remote-control device may include a first set of input controls such as buttons positioned on a top side of the housing, a second set of input controls positioned on a bottom side of the housing including a QWERTY keyboard and an optical sensor to remotely control movement of a cursor on a display by the optical sensor detecting movement of a user's finger across the optical sensor or movement of the optical sensor across an object such as a table, arm of a chair or user's lap. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and it is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Luke VanDuyn, Neil Marten, Nathan Hale
  • Patent number: 9837049
    Abstract: A visible light communication system includes: an illumination device which emits visible light including identification information; an information presentation apparatus which presents information to a person in a range illuminated by the visible light; an information terminal which receives visible light identification information; and an information recording medium which holds pairing information associating the identification information identifying the illumination device with connection information required for connection via wireless communication with the information presentation apparatus. When the information terminal is illuminated by the visible light, the information terminal refers to the pairing information held in the information recording medium to identify the connection information associated with the identification information included in the visible light, and establishes connection with the information presentation apparatus based on the identified connection information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Matsukawa, Masaaki Ikehara
  • Patent number: 9813149
    Abstract: In a method for communicating between a first communication device of a magnetic resonance apparatus and a second communication device, in particular one that is mobile and on the patient side, of the magnetic resonance apparatus, a communication technology using visible light is used as the transmission medium for transmission of a useful signal from at least one of the communication devices to the other communication device, in particular from the first communication device to the second communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiegesellschaft
    Inventor: Jan Bollenbeck
  • Patent number: 9749782
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described for commissioning light fixtures. One method may include receiving, at a mobile device, an encoded light signal from a light fixture in a plurality of light fixtures. The encoded light signal may be decoded to obtain an identifier associated with the light fixture, and a correspondence between the identifier and a plurality of locations of the plurality of light fixtures may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Aleksandar Jovicic, Supreeth Achar
  • Patent number: 9718643
    Abstract: An elevator alignment tool includes a longitudinal frame having rollers being configured to run along the surface of a guide rail of an elevator construction, which frame includes a bias device for biasing the frame against the guide rail and a connecting part configured to be connected to an elevator car or an installation time platform, which tool further includes a laser mounted to the frame. This alignment tool allows an easy alignment of new guide rails to be installed during elevator installation or an easy verification of the guide rail alignment of a ready built elevator construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventors: Gert van der Meijden, Jos van den Heuvel
  • Patent number: 9698908
    Abstract: Light-based communication (LCom) techniques are disclosed for decoding LCom signals using a sub-raster line sampling process. In accordance with an embodiment, a system is provided that is configured to sub-sample each raster line to capture data at a much faster sampling rate, which in turn allows for longer LCom messages and faster response time. The sub-sampling of the raster lines can be carried out in a rolling shutter mode. Without such sub-sampling of the raster lines, decoding the LCom signals may be effectively limited by the raster line frequency, given that the raster line sampling rate is tied to the horizontal resolution of the camera. However, by sub-sampling the raster lines as provided herein, the sampling rate can be a combination of horizontal and vertical pixels which represents a substantial improvement over standard raster line based rolling shutter modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Breuer, Anant Aggarwal, Barry Stout
  • Patent number: 9641259
    Abstract: A photoelectric sensor uses a selective pulse detection technique and associated synchronization techniques to improve the quality of pulse detection, the operating range of the sensor, and the sensor's immunity to noise. These improvements also yield faster sensor response times and reduce the design cycle time. A modulated light beam emitted by the sensor's emitter comprises multiple pulse periods, with a pulse being transmitted within each period. The pulses are positioned within their respective periods at a defined offset time relative to the start of the periods, where the offset time can vary between periods according to a defined pattern. The receiver can selectively sample the signal based on synchronization information to determine whether the received signal contains the emitted pulse pattern. Through-beam sensor embodiments can generate the synchronization information internally based on an analysis of the analog signal corresponding to the modulated signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald L. Charlantini, Gregory J. Reimann, Derek W. Gallon, Frederic Boutaud
  • Patent number: 9626861
    Abstract: A wireless device 101 is a wireless device having identification information, and includes: an operation unit 11; a power generating unit 12 that generates electric power by operation on the operation unit 11; a signal generating unit 13 that operates by using the electric power generated by the power generating unit 12 and is capable of outputting a signal of a kind corresponding to the content of each operation on the operation unit 11; a storage unit 15 that operates by using the electric power generated by the power generating unit 12 and nonvolatilely stores the content of an output signal of the signal generating unit 13, the identification information, and reference information; and a transmission control unit 14 that compares the content of the output signal with the reference information when the operation on the operation unit 11 satisfies a predetermined condition, the content of the output signal and the reference information being stored in the storage unit 15, and transits to a transmission perm
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventors: Sei Teki, Mitsuru Hirakawa
  • Patent number: 9572052
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an apparatus includes a first transmit path, a second transmit path, and a switch element. The first transmit path can provide a first radio frequency (RF) signal in accordance with a nominal specification. The second transmit path can provide a second RF signal in accordance with an intermittent specification, in which the first and second RF signals are within the same transmit band. The switch element can provide the first RF signal as a transmit mode output in a first state and provide the second RF signal as the transmit mode output in a second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Richard King, Peter Phu Tran, Nick Cheng, David Richard Pehlke
  • Patent number: 9485012
    Abstract: An optical transmitter may include one or more lasers configured to provide a primary optical signal having a primary wavelength and a secondary optical signal having a secondary wavelength to a modulator via corresponding first and second modulator inputs. The modulator may combine the primary and secondary optical signals into a combined optical signal and modulate, with an electrical signal, the combined optical signal to provide a modulated optical signal to an optical filter. The optical filter may be configured to separate, from the modulated optical signal, a modulated primary optical signal having the primary wavelength and a modulated secondary optical signal having the secondary wavelength and provide the modulated primary optical signal to a primary optical link and the modulated secondary optical signal to a secondary optical link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Infinera Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Rahn, Matthew L. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9423227
    Abstract: A method for optically transmitting data into and from a casing of a projectile. The method including: transmitting, from an outside of the casing to an inside of the casing, a first optical signal containing first data through a first optical window disposed on the casing; manipulating the first data inside the casing of the projectile into second data; and transmitting, from the inside of the casing to the outside of the casing, a second optical signal containing the second data through a second optical window. The first and second optical windows can be the same optical window or different optical windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: Jahangir S. Rastegar
  • Patent number: 9419727
    Abstract: A communications method comprising the following steps: emitting a series of pulses from a transmitter through water, wherein each pulse comprises a plurality of electromagnetic component signals, wherein each component signal has a fixed combination of wavelength and polarization state that differs from the wavelength and polarization state combinations corresponding to the other component signals; encoding data onto each pulse by varying the amplitude of selected component signals of each pulse; receiving each pulse with a receiver; and retrieving the data by detecting the component signals based on the component signals' wavelength, polarization state, and amplitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Peter Marshall Poirier, Michael Garrett Lovern, Burton Hamilton Neuner, III
  • Patent number: 9396650
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method of describing infrared signal, and infrared signal has a continuous infrared wave type, the method comprises: a step (a) separating the continuous infrared wave into at least one frame; a step (b) separating the at least one frame into at least one signal sequence and at least one data sequence; a step (c) separating the at least one signal sequence into a signal with a level and a duration; a step (d) separating the at least one data sequence into at least one logic signal set, wherein the at least one logic signal set is separated into at least one signal with a level and a duration; and (e) unifying description for the plurality of infrared signals having the same control function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventors: Chun Chieh Hsueh, Zhong Yi Dai
  • Patent number: 9373254
    Abstract: A system and a method are disclosed for compensating for discontinuous clock signals, default-high data buses, when generating and receiving an infrared signal on a mobile device with minimal hardware. The system can compensate for clock signals that are discontinuous using an effective bitrate in place of a nominal bitrate when processing signals. The effective bitrate can be determined by determining the length of a break in the clock signal that is discontinuous and adjusting the nominal bitrate based on the length and recurrence frequency of the break in the clock signal. Additionally, processed signals transferred on default-high data buses can be inverted to ensure the correct IR signal is output or received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Peel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Samyeer Suresh Metrani, Siva Subramanian Muthukumarasamy
  • Patent number: 9338496
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for wireless control of home media sources that utilizes a home digital network to transport packetized IR transmitter data to a remote location. The system allows for flexible control of multiple devices that accept IR commands without requiring additional wiring, and is independent of any particular IR protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Inventor: Darren D. Neuman
  • Patent number: 9307060
    Abstract: Electronic devices such as smartphones (100) or tablet computers are provided with an illuminated integrated speaker port insert and button (110) which allows audio energy to pass out of the speaker port (108), serves as control button for a function such as volume control or power, and is provided with single or multi-color illumination (212) so as to serve as a visual information indicator. The button (110) can serve in place of side mounted button while not requiring additional allocation of area on the devices front surface beyond what would be allocated for a speaker port and therefore not reduce the area available for a display screen (203). The button may be more readily located by touch due to its location and by sight due to the provision of illumination and owing to its use as a speaker port insert the purpose of the button may be intuitively grasped and later recalled by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Evan F Rynk, Julio C Castaneda
  • Patent number: 9191691
    Abstract: A method of diagnosing problems experienced with remote control operation of electronic devices includes monitoring background noise signals with a receiver of a signal processing electronic device, such as a set-top box, for use in receiving and rendering multimedia content via a separate display monitor. The electronic device has an internal remote control unit enabling remote control of the signal processing electronic device via wireless signals emitted from a separate remote controller. The background noise signals are analyzed with a signal processing unit residing in the electronic device. From the analysis, the electronic device generates a representation with respect to the background noise signals. The representation may be provided to the end user, technician or call center operator in a readily understandable form for purposes of readily verifying a noise interference problem and providing guidance with respect to mitigation. A device, such as a set-top box, is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: ARRIS Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Lance M. Hobrock, Jerry C. Tan
  • Patent number: 9166699
    Abstract: An infrared reception circuit and an infrared reception method are provided. The infrared reception circuit includes an infrared receiver for receiving infrared signals and converting the infrared signals into analog signals, an amplifier for amplifying the analog signals, an analog/digital converter for converting the amplified analog signals into digital signals, a digital filter for filtering the digital signals via respective frequency bands, a digital frequency-adjusting demodulator for demodulating the filtered digital signals into digital audio frequency signals, and a digital/analog converter for converting the digital audio frequency signals into analog audio signals. Compared with the prior art, the infrared reception circuit and the infrared reception method require far less elements that are used for receiving infrared signals and can still achieve optimal reception, thereby simplifying processes of manufacture and increasing throughput and good yield as a result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: I-Fa Chen
  • Patent number: 9134820
    Abstract: The invention provides an indicating apparatus used in a projection system. The projection system projects a projected image on a projection surface. The indicating apparatus includes an indicating unit and an infrared receiving module. The indicating unit includes a first component, a second component and an infrared transmitting module. The infrared transmitting module is used to transmit a first infrared signal and a second infrared signal. When the indicating unit touches a touch position on the projection surface, the infrared transmitting module transmits the first infrared signal and the second infrared signal respectively through the first component and the second component. The infrared receiving module receives at least one of the first infrared signal and the second infrared signal. Moreover, the invention provides an indicating method and the indicating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventor: Kun-Rong Chang
  • Patent number: 9120027
    Abstract: A toy for providing input to a computing device includes a main body sized and shaped to fit within a grasp of a user of the toy. The toy also includes input switches mounted to the main body. Each of the input switches can switch between a first position and a second position responsive to an action performed on the input switch. The toy also includes a removable outer covering that is configured to substantially encapsulate the main body. A top surface of the covering includes openings sized and shaped to receive a portion of each of the input switches. The toy includes a programmable processing circuit enclosed within the main body. The circuit includes input ports coupled to the input switches. The circuit includes an output port coupled to a communications port to transmit output signals and programmable processing circuitry configured to operate in a plurality of operating modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Zyrobotics, LLC
    Inventors: Ayanna Howard, John Harding
  • Patent number: 9114317
    Abstract: A patient hospital room system comprises a room computer uniquely associated with a patient in a hospital room. The room computer is connected to a hospital network including a media server. The room computer is configured to download preselected media files from the media server when a patient is assigned to the room. A touch screen display is operably connected to the room computer and the room computer is configured to enable the touch screen display to function as a remote controller for playing the media files. A game console is operably connected to the room computer. A monitor is connected to the game console. An IR transmitter is connected to the room computer for transmitting commands from the touch screen display to the game console. An IR receiver is operably connected to the game console for receiving the commands from the IR transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Bluefish, LLC
    Inventor: David J. Napier
  • Patent number: 9086720
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for determining infrared signaling codes used for controlling various media devices. The system may determine signaling codes based on user input in response to a graphical user interface, by receiving signals transmitted by a media device remote, or a combination thereof. When determined, a media controller remote control may receive commands from a media controller using a radio frequency interface and transmit particular signaling codes using infrared emitters to allow for control of the media devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Parag K. Garg
  • Patent number: 9052192
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for recognizing an indoor zone in which a user is located by using an Earth's magnetic field that is generated naturally instead of the conventional method of combining a magnetic field generator and a magnetic field sensor. The apparatus includes a zone evaluator configured to primarily recognize a location of the portable terminal by using first and second components of an Earth's magnetic field and to finally recognize the location of the portable terminal by using first and second images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventors: Seong-Il Hahm, Seong-Ho Cho, Jin-Wook Lee, Hun-Je Yeon, Young-Ki Kim, Pil-Seob Kang, Shin-Il Kang
  • Publication number: 20150147064
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling and monitoring street lights using optical link signaling through free space which does not require an FCC license for operation. The optical link signaling is accomplished in the space between street lights by using LEDs for both area lighting and optical signaling. A Street lighting system luminaire comprises a structural member such as a pole, a lamp comprising one or more LEDs, and an optical receiver that receives optical signaling from one or more other luminaires in street lighting network. The modulator modulates the output of the lamp to launch data into the street lighting system for transport. The optical receiver and modulator enables strobing and flashing modes such as required to support emergency services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Michael James Hartman, Bruce Gordon Barnett, John Erik Hershey, Michael Joseph Dell'Anno, Stanislava Soro
  • Patent number: 9036996
    Abstract: A method of controlling consumer devices using an infrared dongle coupled to a mobile device includes receiving power for the infrared dongle from the mobile device. The infrared dongle includes an infrared transmitter coupled to a microcontroller. One or more instructions are received in the microcontroller from the mobile device. The received one or more instructions are generated from codes stored in a memory of the mobile device. In response to the receiving, one or more infrared signals are transmitted via the infrared transmitter to at least one of the consumer devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Tubetime Inc.
    Inventors: Rachad Alao, Michael Wayne Ambrose, Bertrand Boudaud
  • Publication number: 20150125154
    Abstract: A method for operating an electronic device is provided. The method includes converting received infrared into an electrical signal, amplifying the electrical signal and outputting an analog signal, converting the analog signal into digital data, determining whether the digital data is valid, and activating an application program in a freeze state to be in an unfreeze state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Woo-Sung CHUN
  • Patent number: 9024726
    Abstract: A multimedia device is disclosed in a specification. The multimedia device comprises a first interface, a memory to store a code value of a function corresponding to an electronic device coupled to the multimedia device through the first interface, and a controller to control information indicative of the function of the electronic device, obtain the code value stored in memory after receiving a first signal selecting the function, and transmit a second signal including the code value through a second interface coupled to a remote controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Keunryang Park, Dojoon Lee, Kwangsoo Choi, Sunghee Park
  • Patent number: 9025959
    Abstract: Consumer infrared (CIR) systems typically are used in remote control systems. Most CIR systems expect a known carrier frequency and encoding scheme. However, there are many applications of a universal CIR receiver which can receive and decode CIR signals regardless of the carrier frequency or encoding scheme. A CIR receiver circuit is disclosed which can both decompose a received CIR signal into run length representation and detect the carrier frequency. The result can then be supplied to a host device for further processing, interpretation and/or actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Conexant Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael A. Eskin
  • Patent number: 9020354
    Abstract: Remote control signal detection systems and methods are operable to compensate detected infrared energy to identify an infrared energy communication signal emitted by a remote control. An exemplary embodiment detects first infrared energy, wherein the infrared energy communication signal is absent in the first infrared energy; determines compensation based on the first infrared energy; detects second infrared energy, wherein the infrared energy communication signal is present in the second infrared energy; and compensates the second infrared energy based on the determined compensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Samuel Eber, Eric Hieb
  • Publication number: 20150106138
    Abstract: Power transferred by electrical conductors for gas lighter than air inflatable balloons and apparatus with neutral buoyancy maintained by weight adjustable printed material that protects customers and profitably for businesses with software process innovations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Hub of WebMobile, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry F. Fisher
  • Patent number: 9007187
    Abstract: A communication system includes: a remote controller having an input unit inputting user operations and a communication unit performing bidirectional communication, transmitting a remote control code in accordance with the user operation with respect to the input unit from the communication unit; and a host device having a communication unit performing bidirectional communication and a host function unit executing processing corresponding to the remote control code received in the communication unit, wherein the host device transmits a status response from the communication unit in response to a status inquiry transmitted from the communication unit of the remote controller, the remote controller repeatedly executes a status check communication procedure including the transmission of the status inquiry and waiting for receiving the status response after transmitting the remote control code at given time intervals during which the communication unit is in a dormant state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Tsurumoto, Yoshinori Satoh
  • Patent number: 8994229
    Abstract: The wireless non-contact switch detects movement of human body in the beam-shaped detection are which extends from the upper area on the wall toward the floor surface, and controls opening and closing of the automatic door. Regardless of the height of the location of the movement, as long as it is in the detection area, the switch detects the movement of different height location in the detection area. Therefore, regardless of the difference of regulation between each states, it can be operated at any height of the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Optex Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Blair, James Sargent, Toshiyasu Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 8989583
    Abstract: A system and a method are disclosed for generating an infrared signal on a mobile device. The infrared signal is generated on a mobile device by generating a bitstream based on information to be transmitted as an infrared signal. The bitstream is modulated and output on a bus to an infrared-emitting diode. The bitstream is processed in a software layer configured on the computing device, enabling the computing device to generate and process signals without additional hardware configured on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Peel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Samyeer Suresh Metrani, Siva Subramanian Muthukumarasamy
  • Publication number: 20150078753
    Abstract: A remote control system is used for remotely controlling controlled devices. The remote control system includes an input device and a data process device. The input device includes a first communication device. The data process device includes a second communication device for communicating with the first communication device, a storage unit storing an identification table, a controller, and a transceiver. The controller determines whether the data process device receives a control signal from the input device, the control signal including an identification of the input device. When receiving the control signal, the controller determines if the identification of the input device is stored in identification table. The controller outputs a code signal corresponding to the control signal if the identification of the input device is stored in the storage unit. The transceiver receives the code signal and transmits the code signal to a specific one of the controlled devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
  • Patent number: 8983299
    Abstract: A display apparatus, an electronic device, an interactive system, and controlling methods thereof are provided. The display apparatus includes: a storage unit which stores peripheral device control information in which a remote control signal for controlling a peripheral device of the display apparatus matches with a control signal corresponding to a user voice; a voice collector which the user voice; a communicator which transmits the collected user voice to the display apparatus and receives the control signal corresponding to the user voice from the display apparatus; an infrared ray (IR) transmitter which transmits the remote control signal for controlling the peripheral device; and a controller which, if the control signal is received from the display apparatus, controls the IR transmitter to transmit a remote control signal corresponding to the received control signal among remote control signals stored in the storage unit, to the peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yui-yoon Lee, Sung-kil Cho, Ki-suk Kim