Miscellaneous Patents (Class 455/899)
  • Patent number: 10346761
    Abstract: Example methods and mechanisms are described herein for implementing and adiabatically operating a topological quantum computing (TQC) phase gate that complements the existing Clifford operations, and thereby allows universal quantum computation with Majorana systems. Further embodiments include a testing system for the phase gate that is feasible with Majorana zero modes and demonstrates violations of the CHSH-Bell inequality. Further, the design used for the testing of the inequality leads directly to a practical platform for performing universal TQC with Majorana wires in which explicit braiding need never occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David Clarke, Jay Deep Sau, Sankar Das Sarma
  • Patent number: 10133984
    Abstract: Example methods and mechanisms are described herein for implementing and adiabatically operating a topological quantum computing (TQC) phase gate that complements the existing Clifford operations, and thereby allows universal quantum computation with Majorana systems. Further embodiments include a testing system for the phase gate that is feasible with Majorana zero modes and demonstrates violations of the CHSH-Bell inequality. Further, the design used for the testing of the inequality leads directly to a practical platforms for performing universal TQC with Majorana wires in which explicit braiding need never occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: David Clarke, Jay Deep Sau, Sankar Das Sarma
  • Patent number: 9721209
    Abstract: Methods for compiling single-qubit quantum gates into braid representations for non-Abelian quasiparticles described by the Fibonacci anyon model are based on a probabilistically polynomial algorithm that, given a single-qubit unitary gate and a desired target precision, outputs a braid pattern that approximates the unitary to desired precision and has a length that is asymptotically optimal (for a circuit with such property). Single-qubit unitaries that can be implemented exactly by a Fibonacci anyon braid pattern are classified, and associated braid patterns are obtained using an iterative procedure. Target unitary gates that are not exactly representable as braid patterns are first approximated to a desired precision by a unitary that is exactly representable, then a braid pattern associated with the latter is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Vadym Kliuchnikov, Alexei Bocharov, Krysta M. Svore
  • Patent number: 9713199
    Abstract: A fusion outcome quasiparticle may be trapped in a potential well of a topological segment. The fusion outcome quasiparticle may be the product of fusion of a first quasiparticle and a second quasiparticle, where the first and the second quasiparticles are localized at ends of a topological segment. The potential well having the fusion outcome quasiparticle trapped therein and a third quasiparticle may be moved relative to each other such that the potential well and the third quasiparticle are brought toward each other. The quasiparticles may be Majorana modes of a nanowire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael H. Freedman, Zhenghan Wang, Roman M. Lutchyn, Chetan Nayak, Parsa Bonderson
  • Patent number: 8868690
    Abstract: To meet the needs for storing larger volume personal information for user of wireless device, it is desire to provide extra storage space to the wireless device such as for cell phone etc due to the limited storage space that the wireless device has. Instant application disclosed a system and method for the wireless device to efficiently and effectively use remotely located storage space provided by a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Sheng Tai (Ted) Tsao
  • Patent number: 8863135
    Abstract: The invention relates to a personal token running a series of applications, wherein said personal token includes a thread controller which transmits data from the applications to an external device in a cyclic way, a cycle being constituted of a series of data transfers from the applications and to the external device, a cycle comprising a respective number of data transfers dedicated to each respective application which is different according to the respective application, the number of data transfers for a respective application in a cycle corresponding to a priority level of the application as taken into account by the thread controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Gemalto SA
    Inventors: Wilianto Wilianto, Krishna Sjarif
  • Patent number: 8855705
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a base, a membrane coupled to and spaced from the base, an actuator disposed between the base and the membrane, and spaced from the membrane when the actuator is not actuated, and a controller configured to control actuation of the actuator to cause the actuator to contact the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jerome Pasquero, Steven Henry Fyke, Scott James Stobbe
  • Publication number: 20140221059
    Abstract: A fusion outcome quasiparticle may be trapped in a potential well of a topological segment. The fusion outcome quasiparticle may be the product of fusion of a first quasiparticle and a second quasiparticle, where the first and the second quasiparticles are localized at ends of a topological segment. The potential well having the fusion outcome quasiparticle trapped therein and a third quasiparticle may be moved relative to each other such that the potential well and the third quasiparticle are brought toward each other. The quasiparticles may be Majorana modes of a nanowire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michael H. Freedman, Zhenghan Wang, Roman M. Lutchyn, Chetan Nayak, Parsa Bonderson
  • Patent number: 8799451
    Abstract: A first end-user device comprising one or more modems enabling the first end-user device to communicate with a network system over a first network and with one or more other end-user devices over a second network, the first network comprising a wireless access network, and at least one processor configured to provide a forwarding service to the one or more other end-user devices, the forwarding service for forwarding first traffic between the one or more other end-user devices and the network system, implement a first service policy for assisting in control of the first traffic, implement a second service policy for assisting in control of second traffic associated with access by the first end-user device to a service over the first network, wherein the second service policy differs from the first service policy, and monitor or identify successful use or attempted use of the forwarding service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Headwater Partners I LLC
    Inventor: Gregory G. Raleigh
  • Patent number: 8750784
    Abstract: Methods, systems and servers are disclosed for authorizing access by a user of a service associated with an event at a venue and provided via a computer network based on a determined geographic location of the user. The location of the user can be determined, via a server, based on location information obtained from the held device utilized by the user. The computing device can be authorized to receive the service (e.g., video, concession information, advertisements, statistical information, etc.) based on the location information obtained from the hand held device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Front Row Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luis M. Ortiz, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 8650577
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and controlling method thereof are disclosed, by which a scheduling function of giving a processing order to each of a plurality of tasks is supported. The present invention includes a memory including an operating system having a scheduler configured to perform a second scheduling function on a plurality of tasks, each having a processing order first-scheduled in accordance with a first reference and a processor performing an operation related to the operating system, the processor processing a plurality of the tasks. Moreover, if a first task among a plurality of the first-scheduled tasks meets a second reference, the scheduler performs the second scheduling function by changing the processing orders to enable the first task to be preferentially processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Sookyoung Kim
  • Patent number: 8645526
    Abstract: An information processing provided with a wireless communication unit adapted to communicate with a wireless network formed by a control apparatus, comprises: a first sending unit adapted to send a probe signal including identification data of the network via the wireless communication unit; a receiving unit adapted to receive a response signal to the probe signal from another information processing apparatus associated with the control apparatus via the wireless communication unit; and a determination unit adapted to determine an information processing apparatus capable of direct link communication, based on the response signal received by the receiving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masashi Hamada
  • Patent number: 8606880
    Abstract: Adapting web-based external storage, wireless device can posses huge amount of storage that current any wireless device's internal storage can not provide. To effectively let the storage server providing external storage (file system) for wireless device, the storage of a storage server need to be partitioned into multiple small storage volume and need to be exported to each specific wireless device. The console support software coupled with web-server software of a server provides both users of wireless device and console through web-browser to perform tasks of creating and utilizing external storage (file system). To support larger number of wireless devices with external storage, a central controlled distributed scalable virtual machine infrastructure can be deployed. The larger number of storage server controlled by a central control system can satisfy unlimited wireless devices external storage needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Sheng (Ted) Tai Tsao
  • Patent number: 8583027
    Abstract: Methods and systems for authorizing access by a user of at least one service associated with an event at a venue based on a location of the user as determined by assets of a data communications network (e.g., Internet protocol based networks, computer network, telecommunications network, wireless network, Internet, etc). A location of at least one user can be determined based on communications of at least one computing device utilized by the at least one user with the data communications network supporting data communications of the at least one computing device. The at least one computing device can be authorized to receive the at least one service based on the location as determined by the data communications network and/or a server. The data communications network can further comprise at least one of a server, a gateway, a home location register and a visiting location register.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Front Row Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luis M. Ortiz, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 8401460
    Abstract: A method and system for wirelessly providing venue-based data to one or more wireless hand held devices. Venue-based data can be acquired from one or more venues. The venue-based data can be authenticated and wirelessly transmitted to one or more hand held devices through one or more wireless telecommunications networks, in response to authenticating the venue-based data and/or the hand held device(s) and/or a user of the hand held device(s), in order to permit the venue-based data to be accessible via one or more hand held devices at locations remote from the venue(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Front Row Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luis M. Ortiz, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 8365994
    Abstract: A check-in method for airlines allows passengers to use Short Message Service (SMS) to check-in themselves and baggage. A passenger requests to check-in via SMS from practically anywhere and not limited to the airport. After receipt of the request, a confirmation message is sent back to the passenger's registered mobile phone number by SMS. The system will ask the passenger for, and receive from the passenger, the number of bags they intend to check-in for the flight. The passengers can in some embodiments drop the baggage off without any required further action. The system issues an SMS-based cryptographically secure code, such as a bar-code boarding pass to the passenger once the baggage (if any) is successfully transferred and registered to existing baggage management systems through the process above. This code, when scanned, recognized and authenticated provides identification and security clearance for the passenger to board the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: bCode Pty Limited
    Inventor: Michael Man Ho Mak
  • Patent number: 8320820
    Abstract: A system supports communications of video and data to hand held devices located within a public venue (e.g., sports stadium). At least one pod includes wireless communications electronics and an integrated antennae deployed as a communications node within the public venue and provides data including video through a data network from at least one server to hand held wireless devices located in the public venue. The pod can include a rechargeable power source sustaining self-contained operation of the wireless communication electronics. An optional solar cell can provide electrical power to charge the rechargeable power source. A pod can be embedded in the wall or floor surface of said public venue and can be provided in the form of a core hole plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Front Row Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Luis M. Ortiz
  • Patent number: 8270895
    Abstract: A system, method and/or one or more servers, include a memory (or memories) capable of storing venue-based data comprising video captured from more than one camera located in one or more venues, and one or more processors capable of authenticating one or more remote hand held devices to provide one or more users of the remote hand held device(s) access to the venue-based data. One or more ports is capable of transmitting the venue-based data from the server(s) so that the venue-based data may be received by one or more remote hand held device authorized to receive the venue-based data through one or more wireless data communications networks, in order to permit the venue-based data to be accessible via the remote hand held device(s) by the user(s) of the remote hand held device(s) at locations within or remote from the venue(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Front Row Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luis M. Ortiz, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 8260344
    Abstract: In a mobile phone device 1 including a three-axial direction vibration sensor 16 for detecting the walking of a user carrying the mobile phone device 1 and counting the number of walking steps, when an incoming call is received, vibrations due to a notification operation by a vibrator 14 or a speaker 15 are transmitted to the three-axial direction vibration sensor 16. As a result, the three-axial direction vibration sensor 16 inevitably detects unintended vibrations in addition to vibrations from walking, causing the number of walking steps to be miscounted. To prevent this and perform the accurate detection of walking, in the present invention, the detection of walking is performed without using, among vibrations in three directions detected by the three-axial direction vibration sensor 16, vibrations in the same direction as the direction of vibrations caused by a notification operation by the vibrator 14 or the speaker 15.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Ashida, Atsuo Soma, Satoshi Sato
  • Patent number: 8160657
    Abstract: A mobile wireless communications device may include a housing having an opening therein and an inwardly extending housing ring adjacent the opening, and a switch carried by the housing and being aligned with the opening. The mobile wireless communications device may further include a backing member within the housing adjacent the opening, and an elastomeric switch membrane comprising a body covering the switch, and a flange coupled to the body and compressed between the backing member and the housing ring to define a seal therewith. The flange may include a flange base, and a pair of flange rings extending inwardly from the flange base and defining a valley therebetween aligned with the housing ring. In another embodiment, the flange may include a flange base and a first flange ring on a first surface thereof, and a pair of second flange rings on a second surface of the flange base and defining a valley therebetween aligned with the first flange ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Perriello, Daniel Rice, Raymond Chapman
  • Patent number: 8090321
    Abstract: A method and system for wirelessly providing venue-based data to one or more hand held devices. Venue-based data can be acquired from one or more venues. The venue-based data can be authenticated and wirelessly transmitted to one or more hand held devices through one or more wireless telecommunications networks, in response to authenticating the venue-based data and/or the hand held device(s) and/or a user of the hand held device(s), in order to permit the venue-based data to be accessible via one or more hand held devices at locations remote from the venue(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Front Row Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luis M. Ortiz, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 8086184
    Abstract: A method and system for wirelessly providing venue-based data to one or more hand held devices. Venue-based data can be acquired from one or more venues. The venue-based data can be authenticated and wirelessly transmitted to one or more hand held devices through one or more wireless telecommunications networks, in response to authenticating the venue-based data and/or the hand held device(s) and/or a user of the hand held device(s), in order to permit the venue-based data to be accessible via one or more hand held devices at locations remote from the venue(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Front Row Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luis M. Ortiz, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 8055621
    Abstract: Map updating systems, methods, and programs that store map information, including one or more pieces of difference update information, obtain the one or more pieces of difference update information used for updating a part of the map information to a new piece of map information, update the map information based on the one or more pieces of difference update information, and obtain total update information used for updating an entirety of the map information to a new piece of map information. The systems, methods, and programs perform a total update on the map information based on the total update information, update the map information on which the total update has been performed based on the one or more pieces of difference update information, and delete the one or more pieces of difference update information from the memory after the map information is updated by the re-updating means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignees: Aisin AW Co., Ltd., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Norihiro Nakamura, Kimiyoshi Sawai, Hironobu Sugimoto, Tomoki Kodan
  • Patent number: 8055620
    Abstract: Map updating systems, methods, and programs that store map information, including one or more pieces of difference update information, obtain the one or more pieces of difference update information used for updating a part of the map information, and update the map information based on the one or more pieces of difference update information. The systems, methods, and programs obtain total update information used for updating an entirety of the memory to a new piece of map information, update the map information based on the total update information, compare a version of the total update information used in the total update with each of versions of the one or more pieces of difference update information stored in the memory, extract any of the one or more pieces of difference update information judged to be newer and update the map information based on the difference update information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignees: Aisin AW Co., Ltd., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Norihiro Nakamura, Kimiyoshi Sawai, Tomoki Kodan, Hironobu Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 7975918
    Abstract: A check-in method for airlines allows passengers to use Short Message Service (SMS) to check-in themselves and baggage. A passenger requests to check-in via SMS from practically anywhere and not limited to the airport. After receipt of the request, a confirmation message is sent back to the passenger's registered mobile phone number by SMS. The system will ask the passenger for, and receive from the passenger, the number of bags they intend to check-in for the flight. The passengers can in some embodiments drop the baggage off without any required further action. The system issues an SMS-based cryptographically secure code, such as a bar-code boarding pass to the passenger once the baggage (if any) is successfully transferred and registered to existing baggage management systems through the process above. This code, when scanned, recognized and authenticated provides identification and security clearance for the passenger to board the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: bCode Pty Limited
    Inventor: Michael Man Ho Mak
  • Patent number: 7925688
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for selecting an Application Server in an Internet Protocol multimedia network upon reception of an Internet Protocol Multimedia call destined to a called party terminal. This method at first comprises the step of a call session control network element intercepting the incoming IP multimedia call. Subsequently, the call session control Network element upon intercepting of the incoming IP multimedia call activates a dedicated primary application server. The primary application server, upon analysis of the incoming IP multimedia call presents the incoming IP multimedia call to the called party terminal together with a set of service applications for answering said incoming call. This set of service applications is determined in the analysis. The call session control Network element receives a selection of at least one service application from the set of service applications forwarded by said called party terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Alcatel
    Inventors: Marcel Joseph Louis Mampaey, Jean Vosters
  • Patent number: 7908042
    Abstract: A method for wirelessly communicating data between a plurality of avionics units on an aircraft and a data communication apparatus. The method includes wirelessly communicating download data for one avionics unit from the data communication apparatus to an aircraft data services link in the aircraft; automatically switching a communication path from the aircraft data services link to the avionics unit responsive to the download data; and electronically communicating the download data from the data communication apparatus to the avionics unit via the automatically switched communication path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Roger R Brinkley, Timothy M Mitchell, Jerry L Price, David R Lee
  • Patent number: 7862185
    Abstract: A casing 20 of a mobile phone body is provided with a sub-liquid-crystal display panel 23, a projector lens 26, a light source 35 including an LED. The sub-liquid-crystal display panel 23 and the projector lens 26 are movable between a normal position contained within the casing 20 and a raised position raised from the normal position. The sub-liquid-crystal display panel 23 is fixed at the raised position roughly perpendicularly to the light axis Q between the-sub-liquid-crystal display panel 23 and the light source 35 so that the light axis of the projector lens 26 is substantially aligned with the light axis Q. The illumination light from the light source is set to be parallel rays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Citizen Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koya Noba
  • Patent number: 7826877
    Abstract: A method and system for wirelessly providing venue-based data to one or more hand held devices. Venue-based data can be acquired from one or more venues. The venue-based data can be authenticated and wirelessly transmitted to one or more hand held devices through one or more wireless telecommunications networks, in response to authenticating the venue-based data and/or the hand held device(s) and/or a user of the hand held device(s), in order to permit the venue-based data to be accessible via one or more hand held devices at locations remote from the venue(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Front Row Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Luis M. Ortiz, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 7774114
    Abstract: Front-mounted in-vehicle equipment arranged to a front part of a vehicle internal space, rear-mounted in-vehicle equipment arranged to a rear part of the vehicle internal space, and a connection adapted to connect the front-mounted in-vehicle equipment and the rear-mounted in-vehicle equipment is described. Rear-mounted in-vehicle equipment controls the front-mounted in-vehicle equipment via a keyboard or game controller, thereby allowing a passenger to control the front-mounted in-vehicle equipment in a straightforward manner from the rear-mounted in-vehicle equipment instead of the driver operating the front-mounted in-vehicle equipment. The rear-mounted in-vehicle equipment can be denied access to overwriting information related to music data in the front-mounted in-vehicle equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Amano, Takao Takahashi, Eiji Yamamoto, Hideyuki Uemura, Kenji Nagashima, Takumi Arie
  • Patent number: 7769474
    Abstract: A method to supervise a local dynamical system having multiple preset control objectives and operating in conjunction with other dynamical systems. The method includes receiving state input from dynamical systems in an environment at a distributed soft computing level, generating weights and applying the weights to the preset control objectives using soft computing methods to form weighted control objectives. The weights are computed based on the received state input. The method also includes generating a command signal for the local dynamical system based on the weighted control objectives and transmitting the command signal to a controller in the local dynamical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kingsley O. C. Fregene, Ranjana Ghosh, Nitin Lamba
  • Patent number: 7751774
    Abstract: A sports spectating method is composed of input means (score maker system) such as a mobile terminal capable of electronically inputting states of a sports event successively, the step of successively inputting motions of players and the other information using the input terminal and transmitting their real-time data, filming means for filming the states of the sports event, the step of encoding and transmitting the states of the sports event, means for digitizing the input data and recorded image and sound data, a recording medium such as a data server for storing the digitized real-time data therein, a recording medium such as an image server for storing the digitized image therein, a recording medium such as a sound server for storing the digitized sounds therein, a mobile network system such as PDC or/and PHS and gateway and internet for converting protocol, and a mobile terminal such as a cellular phone with high function and high performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Asobou's
    Inventor: Katayama Muneomi
  • Patent number: 7620426
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing video of a live venue event to a hand held device. A hand held device wirelessly receives data containing two or more video streams conveying live video venue event content, the venue event content including moving images of action occurring at the live venue event held at a venue. A cellular communications network (e.g., CDMA, GSM, GPRS, TDMA, 3G, etc.) is provided through which the data containing the two or more video streams is transmitted to the hand held device for display via a display associated with the hand held device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventors: Luis M. Ortiz, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 7533811
    Abstract: A check-in method for airlines allows passengers to use Short Message Service (SMS) to check-in themselves and baggage. A passenger requests to check-in via SMS from practically anywhere and not limited to the airport. After receipt of the request, a confirmation message is sent back to the passenger's registered mobile phone number by SMS. The system will ask the passenger for, and receive from the passenger, the number of bags they intend to check-in for the flight. The passengers can in some embodiments drop the baggage off without any required further action. The system issues an SMS-based cryptographically secure code, such as a bar-code boarding pass to the passenger once the baggage (if any) is successfully transferred and registered to existing baggage management systems through the process above. This code, when scanned, recognized and authenticated provides identification and security clearance for the passenger to board the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: bCode Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Man Ho Mak
  • Publication number: 20090098958
    Abstract: A tracking system and associated methods for locating animals, such as wounded/downed game animals or non-game animals such as research animals, and/or projectiles configured to be shot at an animal are disclosed. The system includes a transmitter and one or more radio frequency reflectors that are coupled to a projectile. After the projectile is shot, a user utilizes the transmitter to locate the reflector. In some cases, the reflector is integrally coupled to the projectile to allow the user to locate the projectile. In other cases, the reflector is selectively coupled to the projectile so as to be removed from the projectile and attached to the animal when the projectile hits the animal. In such cases, the user may use the transmitter to locate the animal. In still other cases, at least one reflector is integrally coupled to the projectile while another is selectively coupled to the projectile. Accordingly, the user can locate the projectile and the animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventor: Kent H. Miner
  • Publication number: 20090054116
    Abstract: A scent dispenser is integratable into a portable device, such as a mobile handset. The scent dispenser has a vibrating element configured to vibrate in an ultrasound frequency range for dispensing a scent material. Scent dispensing can be in response to an incoming signal received by a mobile handset, but scent dispensing can also be controlled by a user. The scent material is stored in a compartment having a channel with a valve and the vibrating element can be used to open the valve for replenishing the scent material when the vibration is in a low frequency range such as 1-10 Hz. The vibrating element can also be used to produce audio signals. Thus, the scent dispenser can also be integrated with a sound producing unit in a mobile electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventors: Jussi Hakunti, Annika Hirvonen, Ilpo Kauhaniemi, Carl-Magnus Fager, Samu Naukkarinen, Pauli Laitinen
  • Patent number: 7496438
    Abstract: Front-mounted in-vehicle equipment arranged to a front part of a vehicle internal space, rear-mounted in-vehicle equipment arranged to a rear part of the vehicle internal space, and a connection adapted to connect the front-mounted in-vehicle equipment and the rear-mounted in-vehicle equipment is described. Rear-mounted in-vehicle equipment controls the front-mounted in-vehicle equipment via a keyboard or game controller, thereby allowing a passenger to control the front-mounted in-vehicle equipment in a straightforward manner from the rear-mounted in-vehicle equipment instead of the driver operating the front-mounted in-vehicle equipment. The rear-mounted in-vehicle equipment can be denied access to overwriting information related to music data in the front-mounted in-vehicle equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Amano, Takao Takahashi, Eiji Yamamoto, Hideyuki Uemura, Kenji Nagashima, Takumi Arie
  • Patent number: 7457583
    Abstract: A baseball game spectating method is composed of input means (score maker system) such as a mobile terminal capable of electronically inputting states of a baseball game successively, the step of successively inputting motions of players and the other information using the input terminal and transmitting their real-time data, filming means for filming the states of the baseball game, the step of encoding and transmitting the states of the baseball game, means for digitizing the input data and recorded image and sound data, a recording medium such as a data server for storing the digitized real-time data therein, a recording medium such as an image server for storing the digitized image therein, a recording medium such as a sound server for storing the digitized sounds therein, a mobile net system such as PDC or/and PHS and gateway and internet for converting protocol, and a mobile terminal such as a cellular phone with high function and high performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Asobou's
    Inventor: Muneomi Katayama
  • Patent number: 7376388
    Abstract: Methods and systems for broadcasting venue-based data to a wireless hand held devices are disclosed herein. Data transmitted from one or more venue-based data sources may be received by at least one hand held device present within a venue, such as a sports stadium or concert arena. Such data can be processed for display on a display screen associated with the hand held device. The processed data may be then displayed on the display screen, thereby enabling a user of the hand held device to view venue-based data through the hand held device. Such venue-based data viewable through the hand held device within the venue may include real-time and instant replay video images and clips, advertising and promotional information, scheduling, statistical, historical and other informational data, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Inventors: Luis M. Ortiz, Kermit D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 7197334
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for migrating a control of a wireless communication service provided to a mobile station (MS) in a first network depending on a first technology to a second network depending on a second technology. When receiving a request for the wireless communication service in the first network by a mobile switch center (MSC), at least one instruction is obtained to grant or deny the wireless communication service from a first control device in the second network, the first control device providing the instruction based on its communication to a management subsystem for the control of the wireless communication service. If the wireless communication service is granted, a second control device in the first network controlled by the first control device allows the MS to execute the wireless communication service with a receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Alcatel Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Pardeep Kohli, Seshagiri Rao Madhavapeddy, Jianming Xu, Ghassan Naim
  • Patent number: 7133800
    Abstract: a Sensor Web formed of a number of different sensor pods. Each of the sensor pods include a clock which is synchronized with a master clock so that all of the sensor pods in the Web have a synchronized clock. The synchronization is carried out by first using a coarse synchronization which takes less power, and subsequently carrying out a fine synchronization to make a fine sync of all the pods on the Web. After the synchronization, the pods ping their neighbors to determine which pods are listening and responded, and then only listen during time slots corresponding to those pods which respond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Kevin A. Delin, Shannon P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 7120560
    Abstract: A system and method for remotely monitoring and/or controlling an apparatus and specifically for remotely monitoring and/or controlling street lamps. The lamp monitoring and control system comprises lamp monitoring and control units, each coupled to a respective lamp to monitor and control, and each transmitting monitoring data having at least an ID field and a status field; and at least one base station, coupled to a group of the lamp monitoring and control units, for receiving the monitoring data, wherein each of the base stations includes an ID and status processing unit for processing the ID field of the monitoring data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: A.D. Air Data, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Williams, Michael F. Young
  • Patent number: 7113893
    Abstract: A unit and method for remotely monitoring and/or controlling an apparatus and specifically for remotely monitoring and/or controlling street lamps. The lamp monitoring and control unit comprises a processing and sensing unit for sensing at least one lamp parameter of an associated lamp, and for processing the lamp parameter to monitor and control the associated lamp by outputting monitoring data and control information, and a transmit unit for transmitting the monitoring data, representing the at least one lamp parameter, from the processing and sensing unit. The method for monitoring and controlling a lamp comprises the steps of: sensing at least one lamp parameter of an associated lamp; processing the at least one lamp parameter to produce monitoring data and control information; transmitting the monitoring data; and applying the control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: A.L. Air Data, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Williams, Michael F. Young, Hunter V. Jones
  • Patent number: 7061386
    Abstract: There is described an air freshener dispenser, in particular of the type fittable to vehicle air inlets, which has an indicator circuit for indicating an incoming call on a cellular telephone in the vicinity of the air freshener dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignees: Misal Arexons S.p.A., Ototop S.r.l.
    Inventor: Carlo Seresini
  • Patent number: 7054661
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for migrating a control of a wireless communication service provided to a mobile station (MS) in a first network depending on a first technology to a second network depending on a second technology. When receiving a request for the wireless communication service in the first network by a mobile switch center (MSC), at least one instruction is obtained to grant or deny the wireless communication service from a first control device in the second network, the first control device providing the instruction based on its communication to a management subsystem for the control of the wireless communication service. If the wireless communication service is granted, a second control device in the first network controlled by the first control device allows the MS to execute the wireless communication service with a receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Alcatel Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Pardeep Kohli, Seshagiri R. Madhavapeddy, Jianming Xu, Ghassan Naim
  • Patent number: 6990355
    Abstract: A flexible printed circuit board has first and second connection portions 18 and 19 where contacts are exposed and first and second path portions 16 and 17 where conductor patterns 11 are arranged that connect the contacts 11a and 11b of the first and second connection portions 18 and 19 together. The first and second path portions 16 and 17 are formed so as to have substantially symmetrical shapes with each other about a predetermined straight line, and the flexible printed circuit board is folded up along the straight line C1 and C2. Alternatively, a flexible printed circuit board has a conductor pattern 11 formed between first and second insulating sheets 12 and 13, and has a shielding conductor 14 fixed to the second insulating sheet 13. The flexible printed circuit board is folded up with the second insulating sheet 13 outside so that the conductor pattern 11 is enclosed inside the shielding conductor 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignees: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Tottori Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoki Ueyama, Jiro Osaki
  • Patent number: 6934510
    Abstract: A baseball game spectating method is composed of input means (score maker system) such as a mobile terminal capable of electronically inputting states of a baseball game successively, the step of successively inputting motions of players and the other information using the input terminal and transmitting their real-time data, filming means for filming the states of the baseball game, the step of encoding and transmitting the states of the baseball game, means for digitizing the input data and recorded image and sound data, a recording medium such as a data server for storing the digitized real-time data therein, a recording medium such as an image server for storing the digitized image therein, a recording medium such as a sound server for storing the digitized sounds therein, a mobile net system such as PDC or/and PHS and gateway and internet for converting protocol, and a mobile terminal such as a cellular phone with high function and high performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Asobou's
    Inventor: Muneomi Katayama
  • Patent number: 6913578
    Abstract: Improved approaches to assist those having hearing loss are disclosed. One approach pertains to providing customization of personal audio systems for a hearing impaired individual. Another approach pertains to designing and producing an audio product that includes components or software that can be customized for hearing impaired individuals. The customization provided by either approach can be performed on-line or off-line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Apherma Corporation
    Inventor: Zezhang Hou
  • Patent number: 6889174
    Abstract: A unit and method for remotely monitoring and/or controlling an apparatus and specifically for remotely monitoring and/or controlling street lamps. The lamp monitoring and control unit comprises a processing and sensing unit for sensing at least one lamp parameter of an associated lamp, and for processing the lamp parameter to monitor and control the associated lamp by outputting monitoring data and control information, and a transmit unit for transmitting the monitoring data, representing the at least one lamp parameter, from the processing and sensing unit. The method for monitoring and controlling a lamp comprises the steps of: sensing at least one lamp parameter of an associated lamp; processing the at least one lamp parameter to produce monitoring data and control information; transmitting the monitoring data; and applying the control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: A.L. Air Data, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Williams, Michael F. Young, Hunter V. Jones
  • Patent number: 6873884
    Abstract: A computer-equipped mobility device for transporting an occupant of the device over a distance and for providing access to a network comprises a personal mobility device, a computer, and an activation member. The computer is coupled to the personal mobility device and is configured to link to the network as well as to engage in two-way communication with the network. The activation member is coupled to the personal mobility device. The activation member is also linked to the computer and capable of at least partially controlling the operation of the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Information Technology
    Inventors: C. Cameron Brackett, Steven L. Fors, Mark M. Morita