Control Of Another Apparatus Patents (Class 455/420)
  • Patent number: 10290163
    Abstract: A universal garage door opener (UGDO) system for a vehicle is disclosed. The UGDO system includes one or more transceivers configured to transmit and receive UGDO data via one or more antennas, a microcontroller operable to control the one or more transceivers to implement UGDO functionality, and a vehicle interface configured to exchange signals between the microcontroller and at least one vehicle subsystem of the vehicle, wherein at least the one or more antennas, the microcontroller, and the vehicle interface are embedded into and integrated with connected vehicle communication port positioned in proximity to a roof of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: VALEO COMFORT AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE
    Inventor: Stephane Schuler
  • Patent number: 10270815
    Abstract: A network-connected device service receives a request to establish a communications session with a network-connected device. In response to the request, the service transmits a set of electronic messages to the network-connected device through an access point of the network-connected device to establish the communications session. The network-connected device service receives a notification from the network-connected device indicating whether the communications session has been established. If so, the service provides an indication to a controlling device that the session has been established. This enables the controlling device to submit commands executable by the network-connected device to the service, which provides the commands to the network-connected device through the access point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Michael Roche, David Craig Yanacek
  • Patent number: 10271177
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes identifying a context associated with a mobile device, wherein the mobile device is capable of listening for a beacon signal. The computer-implemented method further includes determining whether the mobile device is qualified to listen for the beacon signal based on the context associated with the mobile device. The computer-implemented method further includes activating the mobile device to listen for the beacon signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Jeremy A. Greenberger
  • Patent number: 10232736
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling an electric motor in a motor-assisted, pedaled or hand-cranked vehicle includes a processor adapted to calculate a value for the net opposing force acting on the vehicle; a vehicle speed sensor, an accelerometer to measure a component of vehicle acceleration in a direction of travel of the vehicle, an air pressure sensor measuring air pressure in the direction of travel, a sensor that measures the power output of the electric motor, and a power assist processor that calculates an amount of power to be supplied by an electric motor according to measured values for speed, acceleration, air pressure, and power provided by a person riding the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Velocomp LLC
    Inventor: John R. Hamann
  • Patent number: 10237842
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to generation of network topology information for a network of assets, and management of such information. The management can comprise analysis and/or diagnostics of topology condition of a plurality of assets. In addition or in the alternative, the management can comprise consolidation of at least a portion of the network topology information in a data layer of the network of assets, or a network functionally coupled thereto. Integration of at least some of the network topology information with higher network layers also is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick F. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10205777
    Abstract: The invention concerns a communication synchronization device (16), method, computer program and computer program product for synchronizing communication (RQ, PRES) as well as to a method, wireless device (58), computer program and computer program product for handling such communication. The device (16) investigates (36) the communication patterns of communications between the wireless terminal (24) and server devices (18, 20, 22) communication sessions (CS1, CS2, CS3) between applications (A1, A2, A3) running in the wireless terminal and the server devices (18, 20, 22), determines a downlink coordination group, collects (38) server device transmissions (PRES) of the group made by the server devices through aligning them with each other in time and sends (40) the collected transmissions to the wireless terminal as an aggregated transmission via a common wireless link. The wireless device (58) receives (52) the aggregated transmission and distributes (54) data therein to the applications (A1, A2, A3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Cristian Norlin, Joakim Formo, Marcus Gårdman
  • Patent number: 10194018
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing standardized mobile device distraction prevention and safety protocols are disclosed. In particular, an embodiment of a method for activating a distraction prevention or safety protocol behavior in a mobile device when the mobile device satisfies a specific condition is disclosed. The method includes discovering one or more protocol activators configured to transmit discovery information associated with a specific condition. The method further includes activating distraction prevention safety protocol behavior in the mobile device based at least in part on the discovery information. In an implementation, the specific condition may be a specified environment itself and or include an event when the mobile device enters a specified environment or a specified sequence of numbers is dialed from the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Cell Command, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Fischer, Hap Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10189400
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are disclosed for mobile device tracking for control of vehicle subsystems. An example disclosed vehicle includes light panels embedded in the vehicle, wireless nodes, and an auxiliary body control module. The example auxiliary body control module, when a speed of the vehicle is less than a threshold speed, monitors a distance between a wireless device and the vehicle. In response to the distance satisfying a range threshold, the auxiliary body control module activates the light panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Anthony Danowski, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo, Stuart C. Salter
  • Patent number: 10185921
    Abstract: A system that allows an end-user to locate and gain access to a private facility, such as a restroom or other resource, without requiring that the end-user interact with any facility personnel. A mobile application allows a user to identify and proceed to a location where a private facility is available. When a user arrives at the location, the mobile application communicates with access control devices at the location to notify facility personnel of the user's presence and unlock doors or otherwise remove safeguards preventing general public access to the private facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Good2Go, Inc.
    Inventors: Frances Heller, Nicolas M. Bonnet
  • Patent number: 10182304
    Abstract: An access point (AP) of a wireless network receives registration requests for a firmware update from a set of Internet of Things (IOT) devices. The AP determines availability of the firmware update at a remote server, and upon determining the availability, downloads the firmware update from the remote server into to a non-volatile storage and provides the firmware update to the set of IOT devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: GainSpan Corporation
    Inventors: Pankaj Vyas, Vishal Batra
  • Patent number: 10177931
    Abstract: A method for data communication with a domestic appliance by a mobile computer device. The domestic appliance and the mobile computer device are interconnected or interconnectable via a wireless data connection. The wireless data connection is adapted for transferring signals between the domestic appliance and the mobile computer device. Further, the present invention relates to application software for the mobile computer device. Moreover, the present invention relates to a domestic appliance. Additionally, the present invention relates to a mobile computer device including a display or touch screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Electrolux Appliances Aktibolaget
    Inventors: Christoph Luckhardt, Fabienne Reinhard-Herrscher, Kersten Kaiser, Christoph Walther, Daniel Arler, Sandro Comuzzi
  • Patent number: 10178526
    Abstract: Wireless communication network access is facilitated via multiple logic-capable storage (MLCS) devices. One method comprises: scanning a record of records stored in a MLCS device to determine whether a communication device associated with a request for communication establishment has a defined functionality; and generating information indicative of the communication device failing to have the defined functionality based on identifying a value range inclusive of an identifier of the communication device and based on determining that the MLCS device is a negative logic storage device, wherein the MLCS device is programmable to have a first type of logic at a first time and a second type of logic at a second time. The first type of logic can be the negative logic type and the second type of logic can be a positive logic type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Giuseppe De Rosa, Arthur Richard Brisebois
  • Patent number: 10168177
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: calculating a travel route to an expected destination for displaying on a device; determining a destination action for execution at the expected destination; detecting a route deviation from the travel route; determining a deviation type of the route deviation; and generating an action modification based on the route deviation type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventor: John Hinnegan
  • Patent number: 10157533
    Abstract: Embodiments of a tracking device featuring a housing, which preferably is closed, waterproof, perhaps made from a synthetic material, and free of pressure switches or other man-machine interface, unless rudimentary at best, are disclosed. Typically, the tracking device comprises attachment means for its attachment to the object, which are suited to the object type. At best, its external shape is adapted to that of the object in such a way that the tracking device hardly vibrates or rattles during transport of the object. By virtue of its shape or by virtue of its attachment means, it is suitable for durable attachment to its object. Ideally, a tracking device measures only a few centimeters, or is even smaller. It should be suitable for being hidden in the object or for being separable therefrom only with difficulty. For such reasons alone, tracking devices differ from mobile telephones and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel Hänggi
  • Patent number: 10158728
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, device and computer program device are provided that are under control of one or more processors and are configured with executable instructions. The method collects tracking data from one or more tracking devices independent of the object. The tracking data associates with an object. The method further compares the tracking data to one or more templates to identify the object, determines a location associated with the object based on the comparing and outputs, from an electronic device, a response indicative of the location of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Russell Speight VanBlon, John Weldon Nicholson, Ming Qian, Song Wang
  • Patent number: 10148994
    Abstract: A mirroring transmission method is provided. The present method retrieves image frames and audio signals of a transmitter and transmits the retrieved image frames and retrieved audio signals to a receiver to be displayed wirelessly. In the meantime, the present method monitors status of a network connected with the transmitter and the receiver, and determines if the network is stable or not. Also, the method stops retrieving and transmitting the audio signal from the transmitter to the receiver, and controls the transmitter to display the audio signal directly through an internal audio module whenever the network is determined unstable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: BARCO LIMITED
    Inventors: Kuan-Yu Chou, Shih-Ping Liu, Cheng-Hsiung Chang, Yen-Hsiang Wang, Chia-Chen Kuo
  • Patent number: 10142037
    Abstract: A measurement device 100 includes a measurement section 10 and the like, and the measurement section 10 includes an SA 14 that receives a signal for measuring transmission characteristics with a frequency in a predetermined frequency band from a DUT 1, an SG 15 that outputs a signal for measuring reception characteristics with a frequency in a predetermined frequency band to the DUT 1, a band storage section 16 that stores information on a frequency band handled by the measurement section 10, and a band setting section 12 that sets a frequency band handled by the SA 14 and the SG 15 on the basis of information of a frequency band handled by other measurement sections 20, 30, and 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: ANRITSU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eiji Takeda
  • Patent number: 10135872
    Abstract: A system and method for network policy enforcement for portable data devices such as smartphones, tablets or notebook computers uses the portable device to self-enforce prescribed policies. A beacon generator generates a wireless security beacon in accordance with an output of the beacon generator and a wireless data interface receives an access request from a portable data device. Digital security policy data configured to enable a preselected set of functions on the portable data device is stored in the data storage. The processor communicates the policy data to the portable data device in accordance with a received access request via the wireless data interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba TEC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Adiel O. Ruiz
  • Patent number: 10127533
    Abstract: Managing user devices associated with a digital wallet account comprises associating, using one or more computing devices, one or more user computing devices with a digital wallet account of a user, each of the associated one or more user computing devices being activated to conduct financial transactions with a merchant utilizing the digital wallet account; presenting the associated user computing devices in a list of associated user computing devices; receiving a request to deactivate a particular user computing device from the list of associated user computing devices; deactivating the particular user computing device, the deactivation being sufficient to prevent the user computing device from conducting transactions with a merchant utilizing the digital wallet account; and presenting a deactivated status of the particular user computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Mark William Andrews, Peter Malcolm Gwinn, Erick John Armbrust, Petra Cross, Christopher Michael Petersen
  • Patent number: 10122726
    Abstract: Methods, network nodes, and user equipment nodes are disclosed that control the operation of applications on user equipment nodes. A method includes receiving user information that identifies a user of the user equipment node (120) and application information that identifies an application that the user has selected for installation on the user equipment node. A user profile is retrieved from a user profile repository (106) using the user information, and an application profile is retrieved from an application profile repository (104) using the application information. Settings configuration information is generated responsive to the user profile and the application profile, and indicates what permissions are to be granted to the application while operating on the user equipment node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Joerg Niemoeller, Stefan Avesand, Leonid Mokrushin, Farjola Peco
  • Patent number: 10121378
    Abstract: A collision avoidance system includes: an onboard acquisition unit provided in a vehicle traveling on a road that acquires state quantity data indicating a state quantity of a pneumatic tire of the vehicle; an onboard transmission unit provided in the vehicle that transmits the state quantity data acquired by the onboard acquisition unit to a data acquisition roadside device installed on the road; an abnormality determination unit that determines whether or not the state quantity data is abnormal; and a management device including a data acquisition unit that acquires the state quantity data from the data acquisition roadside device, a data storage unit that stores the state quantity data acquired by the data acquisition unit, and a data distribution unit that distributes the state quantity data determined as abnormal by the abnormality determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Kodama, Koji Nakatani
  • Patent number: 10115277
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods and systems for enforcing at least one rule within a geofence. The rule is enforced by a fencing agent on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The geofence is defined by a plurality of geographic designators, with the plurality of geographic designators each being associated with an Internet Protocol (IP) address, preferably an IPv6 address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: GEOFRENZY, INC.
    Inventors: Bennett Hill Branscomb, Benjamin T. Jones
  • Patent number: 10108157
    Abstract: Described is a method for determining when to transition devices between different states based on determined potential activity in an area near the devices. When the potential for activity near an input device is below a threshold, the device is maintained in an inactive state. When the potential for activity near the device exceeds the threshold, the device is transitioned to an active state before the potential activity can occur near the device. Likewise, when the device is in an active state, the implementations described herein provide the ability to determine when to begin and end transmission of data from the device to a remote computing resource for processing. For example, obtained video may be processed locally to determine if an activity is occurring. If an activity is occurring, relevant data is sent to a remote computing resource to determine if an action has been performed during the activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sudarshan Narasimha Raghavan, Michel Leonard Goldstein, Fan Sun, Ramanathan Palaniappan
  • Patent number: 10087672
    Abstract: An access control system for a vehicle includes a rear closure and a system that controls movement of the rear closure between closed and open positions. The control system including a controller and a wireless communication module having a wireless interface configured for short range wireless communication. The controller receives an actuation signal requesting transition of the rear closure to an open position from a mobile communication device carried by a vehicle user. The controller then determines when the user enters authentication and actuation zones proximate the vehicle via communication between the wireless communication module and a short range wireless communication device carried by the user. One the user is within the actuation zone, the controller generates a rear closure control signal configured to cause the rear closure to move from the closed position to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Amanda J. Kalhous, Norman J. Weigert, Doru N. Serban, Kathiravetpillai Kandiah
  • Patent number: 10021519
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating a database of geofences and registering geofences, with each geofence in the database being associated with an IP address, preferably an IPv6 address. Each geofence is defined using at least one geographic designator, preferably real property boundaries. Entitlements can be associated with geofences relating to permissive and prohibitive activities within the geofences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: GEOFRENZY, INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin T. Jones
  • Patent number: 10012963
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for controlling smart household appliance. The system comprises a router, at least one smart household appliance, and at least one mobile communication device configured with an application program. The application program of the mobile communication device is connected to the smart household appliance in a LAN or WAN connection mode. The smart household appliance records the connection mode between each application program and the smart household appliance to generate a connection information. If the connection information indicates that there is not any application program connected to the smart household appliance in LAN connection mode, the application program of the mobile communication device will send a disable signal to the smart household appliance from a remote end to turn off the smart household appliance so that the energy consumption of the smart household appliance may be reduced when nobody is at home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignees: Throughtek Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., Throughtek Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kai-Ye Lu
  • Patent number: 10015298
    Abstract: An electronic device having a user interface for accessing phone features. The user interface accounts for whether the electronic device is connected to a companion cellular phone. The user interface accounts for a headset is available for use to carry on a call. The user interface permits transition between using one or more of cellular phone, headset, and/or the electronic device to be used for carrying on incoming or outgoing calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Y. Yang, Alan C. Dye, Imran Chaudhri, Stephen O. Lemay, Christopher Patrick Foss, Anton M. Davydov, Zachery Kennedy, Dylan Ross Edwards, Jonathan P. Ive, Giovanni M. Agnoli
  • Patent number: 10015633
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes identifying a context associated with a mobile device, wherein the mobile device is capable of listening for a beacon signal. The computer-implemented method further includes determining whether the mobile device is qualified to listen for the beacon signal based on the context associated with the mobile device. The computer-implemented method further includes activating the mobile device to listen for the beacon signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Jeremy A. Greenberger
  • Patent number: 10009755
    Abstract: A method performed by a communicating object to obtain rights to access a communications network. The object initially has rights limited to exchanging data with a rights management platform of the network. The method includes: sending a signaling message to the platform; and receiving a communications profile specific to the network. The profile is associated in the network with rights specific to the object, referred to as “delegated” rights. The delegated rights are defined on the basis of network access rights associated with a user of the object and referred to as “initial” rights. The delegated rights are suitable for enabling the communicating object to access the communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: ORANGE
    Inventors: Emmanuel Mayer, Mohammed Achemlal
  • Patent number: 9998465
    Abstract: Provided is a wireless communication apparatus including an accepting unit that accepts a transfer operation to transfer a connection right from a first wireless communication apparatus to which the connection right to connect to a predetermined network using wireless communication is set to a second wireless communication apparatus to which the connection right is not set, and a control unit that, when the transfer operation is accepted, transmits a transfer request that requests the connection right to be transferred from the first wireless communication apparatus to the second wireless communication apparatus with information included in the transfer request, the information being used for synchronizing data in the second wireless communication apparatus with predetermined data in the first wireless communication apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masanori Sato
  • Patent number: 9984520
    Abstract: A system that allows an end-user to locate and gain access to a private facility, such as a restroom or other resource, without requiring that the end-user interact with any facility personnel. A mobile application allows a user to identify and proceed to a location where a private facility is available. When a user arrives at the location, the mobile application communicates with access control devices at the location to notify facility personnel of the user's presence and unlock doors or otherwise remove safeguards preventing general public access to the private facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Good2Go, LLC
    Inventors: Frances Heller, Nicolas M. Bonnet
  • Patent number: 9980696
    Abstract: Disclosed is a technique capable of enhancing usability of a radiographic image capturing apparatus, system, control method of the radiographic image capturing apparatus and a non-transitory computer readable recording medium recorded with a control program, for a user. A radiographic image capturing apparatus includes: an I/F unit and an imaging control unit that function as a communication unit that selectively performs communication with any one of a portable information terminal and a console which are plural control apparatuses that have different image processing capacities with respect to a radiographic image and respectively perform a control relating to capturing of the radiographic image; and an imaging control unit that functions as a selection unit that selects any one of plural imaging modes predetermined with respect to the capturing of the radiographic image according to the image processing capacity of the control apparatus that performs communication with the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yasufumi Oda, Jun Enomoto, Ryou Imamura, Takashi Tajima, Kentaro Noma, Takeshi Kuwabara, Tetsuya Tsuji, Hiroaki Yasuda, Haruyasu Nakatsugawa, Takeshi Koishi
  • Patent number: 9986378
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods and systems for enforcing at least one rule within a geofence. The rule is enforced by a fencing agent on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The geofence is defined by a plurality of geographic designators, with the plurality of geographic designators each being associated with an Internet Protocol (IP) address, preferably an IPv6 address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: GEOFRENZY, INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin T. Jones
  • Patent number: 9980138
    Abstract: Mobile operation is extended to a device. An extension interface comprises a client component within a mobile that is linked to a client component within the device. Extension of mobile operation is secured via delivery of credentials associated with the mobile to the device. Delivery of credentials is temporary and typically spans the period during which mobile operation is extended to the device. Application(s) and content(s) can be conveyed to the device for utilization therein. An emulation component that can reside at least in part on the client component within the device can emulate mobile operation. Client component within the mobile can include at least in part (i) a component that downloads drivers for communication with, and utilization of, the device to which mobile operation is extended, and (ii) a component that can scan for wireless-capable devices to extend mobile service thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Judson Flynn, Erick John Haughn, John Lewis
  • Patent number: 9951705
    Abstract: The first memory of a control unit has a control program stored therein, and an update of the control program is performed at a predetermined timing. After the update of the control program, the second memory in the control unit is referred to, and an event code stored in the second memory is extracted if the event code does not correspond to any one of event code group respectively associated with events that can possibly be generated by the updated control program. Due to the decreased necessity for use as reference data, the extracted event code may be considered as un-necessary and may be deleted, for example, from the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuuji Nagano, Yoshinori Ban
  • Patent number: 9948469
    Abstract: A method for identifying an audio device, in which a mobile device starts to monitor pull out or insert of an audio device, when the mobile device connects the audio device, the mobile device starts to record, the audio device is identified as an audio smart key device in the case that characteristic data is received in a first preset time, and data is sent to the audio smart key device; turns off recording in the case that the characteristic data is not received in the first preset time; the audio smart key device is powered on and initialized, it sends audio data to the mobile device, subsequently, if the audio smart key device receives data sent from the mobile device in a second preset time, it processes the data; if the audio smart key device does not receive the data sent from the mobile device, the audio smart key device turns off; when the mobile device disconnects the audio device, the mobile device turns off recording and the audio device turns off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Feitian Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhou Lu, Huazhang Yu
  • Patent number: 9947159
    Abstract: A system for installation in a vehicle and for controlling a remote device includes a trainable transceiver and a remote button module. The trainable transceiver base station configured to be mounted in the vehicle at a first location and the remote button module separated from the base station and configured to be mounted in the vehicle at a second location. The remote button module is configured to wirelessly transmit a command signal to the base station in response to receiving a user input at a user input device, and the base station responds to receiving the command signal by transmitting an activation signal to the remote device, wherein the activation signal is formatted to control the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven L. Geerlings, Thomas S. Wright, Todd R. Witkowski, Bradley R. Hamlin
  • Patent number: 9940762
    Abstract: A vehicle computing system having a computer processor in communication with a wireless transceiver, such that the wireless transceiver is capable of communication with a wireless communication device located remotely from the processor. The computer processor may be configured to receive input identifying at least one checksum value from one or more modules in the vehicle. The computer processor may transmit the at least one checksum value to a remote server through the wireless communication device. The remote server may compare the at least one checksum value to a predetermined value. Based on the compared results, the processor may receive one or more messages from the remote server to indicate whether the at least one checksum is equal to the predetermined value. The processor may generate one or more remedial actions if the at least one checksum is not equal to the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John Vangelov
  • Patent number: 9928151
    Abstract: Techniques for remote interfacing with one or more computing devices may be provided. For example, a computing node may be communicatively coupled with the one or more computing devices. Each of the one or more computing devices may be associated with a device-specific interface for interacting with the corresponding computing device. The computing node may host the one or more device-specific interfaces. The computing node may also host an agent. The agent may be configured to at least provide a common interface to interact with the one or more device-specific interfaces. As such, status information of the one or more computing devices may be monitored based at least in part on utilizing the common interface. The status information may also be provided for presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Pedro De Jesus Rodriguez Valadez, Wayne Bryan, Joel Kingery, Ricardo Jose Lopez, Graham Thomas Ludwinski, Hongda Zhao
  • Patent number: 9916481
    Abstract: The invention is directed to systems and methods for detecting the loss, theft or unauthorized use of a device and/or altering the functionality of the device in response. In one embodiment, a method includes detecting that a security compromise event has occurred for a mobile device. The method also includes altering a function of the mobile device in response to the security compromise event to mitigate loss of control by an authorized user. Altering the function of the mobile device includes denying access to data stored on the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: YOUGETITBACK LIMITED
    Inventors: William Fitzgerald, Peter Bermingham, Frank Hannigan, Paul Prendergast
  • Patent number: 9906905
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating a database of geofences and registering geofences, with each geofence in the database being associated with an IP address, preferably an IPV6 address. Each geofence is defined using at least one geographic designator, preferably real property boundaries. Entitlements can be associated with geofences relating to permissive and prohibitive activities within the geofences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: GEOFRENZY, INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin T. Jones
  • Patent number: 9880695
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method for changing a graphical user interface is provided. The method may include identifying one or more devices. The method may include determining product information associated with the one or more devices, whereby the product information includes at least one of a type, a model number, and a brand. The method may include determining one or more applications associated with the one or more devices based on the product information, whereby the one or more applications allow for operation of the one or more devices. The method may include retrieving the one or more applications. The method may include determining that the computer is oriented toward a first device of the one or more devices. The method may include displaying a first graphical user interface corresponding to a first application of the one or more applications that allows for operation of the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Michael S. Thomason
  • Patent number: 9876594
    Abstract: A content projection solution includes a first device paired with an IVI system, a second device, instances of an application running on these devices, and a corresponding application server. The first device registers an application on an IVI. The application notifies the server of the registration. The IVI may broadcast IDs of registered applications over BLE. An application on the second device searches for a target to present/control application content on the IVI via the first device, either through linking of application users logged into its server from first and second devices or by detecting presence of its ID in a BLE broadcast. In response to selection of a target, the IVI requests authorization. If authorized, control inputs received on the second device are transmitted to application server, which processes them and provides content or instructions to the first device, which invokes presentation or execution thereof by the IVI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Ashish Nadkar
  • Patent number: 9864644
    Abstract: An application programming interface (API) is disclosed for interfacing a vehicle electronic component with a smartphone, wherein the vehicle electronic component and the smartphone each make use of a short range wireless transceiver for wirelessly communicating with the other, and wherein the smartphone includes an application running thereon. The API has an interconnect API disposed in the electronic component. The interconnect API also has a software library of command and function definitions that are able to be implemented by the API. A connect library is also used which resides within the smartphone and which is configured to communicate with the application running on the smartphone. The interconnect API and the connect library cooperatively operate as a translation mechanism to implement a plurality of functionalities when communicating with the application, according to the electronic device's capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Livio, Inc.
    Inventors: Massimo Baldini, Andrew T. Lenox, Jacob R. Sigal, Philip J. Danne, Scott W. Smereka, Joey R. Grover
  • Patent number: 9860697
    Abstract: A mobile device with a display and location services may store information pertaining to a geofence. With the aid of the location services of the mobile device, a geofence crossing may be detected when the mobile device crosses the stored geofence and, if a geofence crossing is detected, the mobile device may transmit a corresponding geofence crossing event to a remote location via a transmitter of the mobile device. The size of the geofence may be automatically adjusted when a predetermined abnormality is suspected in the detected geofence crossing events. In some cases, a query is provided to the user to verify the presence of the predetermined abnormality before the size of the geofence is automatically adjusted, or a user-initiated menu may be employed to verify the presence of the predetermined abnormality and/or to adjust the size of the geofence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Paul Frenz
  • Patent number: 9857937
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method for changing a graphical user interface is provided. The method may include identifying one or more devices. The method may include determining product information associated with the one or more devices, whereby the product information includes at least one of a type, a model number, and a brand. The method may include determining one or more applications associated with the one or more devices based on the product information, whereby the one or more applications allow for operation of the one or more devices. The method may include retrieving the one or more applications. The method may include determining that the computer is oriented toward a first device of the one or more devices. The method may include displaying a first graphical user interface corresponding to a first application of the one or more applications that allows for operation of the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Michael S. Thomason
  • Patent number: 9848237
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for determining aspects of a user interface, and determining therefrom a service or device that corresponds to the user interface. In doing so, a user's activity can be profiled, and aggregate usage data over a population of particular devices and OTT applications can be tracked. Moreover, losses and gains of popularity of services or devices may be monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul T. Stathacopoulos, Benjamin H. Maughan
  • Patent number: 9840974
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for improving vehicle torque control accuracy. Data points of an engine torque data set are adjusted en masse by an on-board vehicle controller while also being adjusted individually by an off-board controller. By adjusting engine operation based on a torque data set that is updated by each of the on-board and off-board controllers, engine torque errors can be reliably determined and compensated for.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Anthony Lockwood, Jeffrey Allen Doering
  • Patent number: 9832345
    Abstract: An information processor includes: a responding unit that transmits data including a predetermined password to a terminal apparatus to make a response to an inquiry from the terminal apparatus, without user operation; and a connection establishing unit that performs processing to establish connection in a case where a connection request using the predetermined password transmitted by the responding unit is accepted from the terminal apparatus, the connection request being regarded as a request to establish connection between the information processor and the terminal apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Mitsuhashi
  • Patent number: 9830750
    Abstract: An interface device includes an input module for receiving evaluation data of a vehicle input by a user, and a display module for displaying one or more estimated causes corresponding to the evaluation data, wherein the input module receives one estimated cause selected from the estimated causes as a real cause.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Seongpil Ryu, Dongjun Ahn, Young Jee Yang, JiTae Kim