Remote Control Of A Transmitter Patents (Class 455/92)
  • Patent number: 10296773
    Abstract: A capacitive fingerprint sensor that may be formed of an array of sensing elements. Each capacitive sensing element of the array may register a voltage that varies with the capacitance of a capacitive coupling. A finger may capacitively couple to the individual capacitive sensing elements of the sensor, such that the sensor may sense a capacitance between each capacitive sensing element and the flesh of the fingerprint. The capacitance signal may be detected by sensing the change in voltage on the capacitive sensing element as the relative voltage between the finger and the sensing chip is changed. Alternately, the capacitance signal may be detected by sensing the change in charge received by the capacitive sensing elements as the relative voltage between the finger and the sensing chip is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Zhiping Yang, Hanfeng Wang
  • Patent number: 10034119
    Abstract: Communication methods and systems wirelessly communicate onboard messages between communication devices onboard the same vehicle. The communication devices can wirelessly communicate with other communication devices onboard other vehicles in a vehicle system for remote control of the vehicles. Receipt of the onboard messages at the communication devices is determined, and operative states of the communication devices are determined based at least in part on the receipt of the onboard messages at the communication devices. Determining these operative states in this manner can allow for an operator to identify communication faults with the communication devices prior to departing the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Steven Andrew Kellner, Robert James Foy, Robert Carmen Palanti, Brian William Schroeck, Paul Aaron Connolly
  • Patent number: 9558434
    Abstract: A remote operation system comprises an image forming apparatus and a remote operation apparatus. The image forming apparatus has an operation input part including a touch panel and a hardware key and a transmission part for transmitting synthesizable area information indicating a synthesizable area in a candidate screen (first screen) of the remote operation screen to the remote operation apparatus. The first screen is a screen including a touch panel area and a hardware key area, and the synthesizable area is defined in the synthesizable area information as an area not including a hardware key image. The remote operation apparatus generates a second screen by synthesizing an additional image to be added to the first screen into the synthesizable area of the first screen on the basis of the synthesizable area information and displays the second screen on the display part as the remote operation screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA BUSINESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Junichi Hase, Manabu Furukawa, Nobuhiro Mishima, Masaya Hashimoto, Akihiro Torigoshi
  • Patent number: 9420487
    Abstract: Provided is a method for measuring and reporting a channel state information-reference signal (CSI-RS) by a terminal in a wireless communication system. The method involves acquiring, from a network, a measurement configuration for measuring radio resource monitoring, the measurement configuration including information for requesting a CSI-RS measurement report, performing a CSI-RS measurement based on the measurement configuration in order to acquire a CSI-RS measurement result, evaluating whether or not a measurement result report condition has been satisfied based on the measurement configuration, and, if the measurement result report condition has been satisfied, transmitting a measurement report message to the network. The measurement report message includes the CSI-RS measurement result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sunghoon Jung, Youngdae Lee, Sungjun Park, Seungjune Yi
  • Patent number: 9326178
    Abstract: Provided is a method for measuring and reporting a channel state information-reference signal (CSI-RS) by a terminal in a wireless communication system. The method involves receiving a CSI-RS configuration from a network, the CSI-RS configuration including information indicating a plurality of CSI-RS resources that is an object to be measured, measuring the plurality of CSI-RS resources in order to acquire a plurality of CSI-RS measurement results, determining whether or not to report the CSI-RS measurement results, and transmitting a measurement report message to the network. The measurement report message includes a specific number of CSI-RS measurement results having a higher level of quality from among the plurality of CSI-RS measurement results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sunghoon Jung, Youngdae Lee, Sungjun Park, Seungjune Yi
  • Patent number: 9319077
    Abstract: In one embodiment a communication system comprises a radiofrequency (RF) transmitter, an antenna communicatively coupled to the RF transmitter to direct an RF signal in a first direction, a laser ranger mounted to the antenna to direct a pulsed laser signal in the first direction and receive reflected laser signals from a rotorblade, and logic to determine a measure of interference resulting from a rotorblade, provide the measure of interference to a radiofrequency (RF) transmitter, and shutter an RF transmission signal from the RF transmitter in response to the measure of interference. Other embodiments may be described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: W. Brendan Blanton, Thomas A. DuBois
  • Patent number: 9065610
    Abstract: Systems and methods for smoothing jitter generated by byte stuffing. A frequency synthesizer comprises a smoothing logic coupled with a PLL. The smoothing logic is configured to modify a phase error signal generated by a phase frequency detector into a distributed phase error signal that spread over multiple clock cycles. The distributed phase error signal is used to drive a DCO. The smoothing logic may comprise a ramping logic operable to generate a series of ramping values to substitute a phase difference in the phase error signal. The phase difference may correspond to a stuffing byte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Applied Micro Circuits Corporation
    Inventors: Yehuda Azenkot, Timothy P. Walker
  • Publication number: 20150105034
    Abstract: A wireless transmission device includes an audio fetching module, a storage module, a processing module and a wireless transmission module. The processing module electrically connects to the audio fetching module and the storage module, and the wireless transmission module electrically connects to the processing module. The audio fetching module acquires an audio signal. The processing module either stores the audio signal in the storage module or reads out the stored audio signal when being enabled. The wireless transmission module enables the processing module and transmits the stored audio signal according to the transmission enabling signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Euclid Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Ching-Sheng TWU, Fu-Kai CHUANG, Fang-Yu TU, Hsiao-Ying PENG
  • Patent number: 8995288
    Abstract: A deployed configurable communication integrated circuit (IC) and/or chipset which may be integrated within a wireless communication and/or multi-media communication device may be operable to monitor its operating conditions, performance and/or utilization characteristics. It may send information via a wireless, optical and/or wired network to a remote analysis and/or development system and/or service, such as an engineering service, that may determine and return configuration parameters. The configuration parameters may be utilized to adjust antenna and/or MIMO, SIMO, MISO and beamforming configuration, power level, interference rejection, equalizer length, dynamic range, modulation, encoding and/or decoding, analog to digital conversion precision, error detection and/or correction parameters, MAC parameters such as timing thresholds, transmit window size and/or buffer space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventor: Jeyhan Karaoguz
  • Patent number: 8983381
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for receiving and processing a control signal and/or a data signal through a short-range wireless communication. The wireless signal processing apparatus preferably includes a connection detection unit that detects a connection of a peripheral device, and a communication unit that receives the control signal and the data signal from a client device through the short-range wireless communication. A data processing unit sends the received data signal to the peripheral device, and a mode control unit for controlling the communication unit to send the received data signal to the data processing unit when the connection detection unit detects the connection of the peripheral device. The apparatus and method may be utilized for various purposes on the basis of the short-range wireless communication, depending on whether or not the peripheral device is connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang Don Kim
  • Patent number: 8909217
    Abstract: An apparatus for wirelessly connecting a smartphone to a remote FM radio system, for controlling playback of audio content delivered wirelessly to the smartphone via a wide area network, on the remote FM radio system. An apparatus housing receives a DC power signal from a remote DC power source. A control panel has a display and controls for controlling playback of the audio content on the remote FM radio system, at least one of the controls performing a function in common with a playback control appearing on a display of the smartphone. An electronic subsystem communicates with the control panel and wirelessly receives audio content from the smartphone, and communicates the audio content as an FM signal via a user playback command input at the controls of the control panel, to the remote FM radio system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Myine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Massimo Baldini, Thomas R. Denton, Jacob R. Sigal
  • Patent number: 8886774
    Abstract: There is provided a remote control device including: a communication unit that can perform communication through a network; a remote control unit that can transmit one or more control commands to a controlled device in response to an operation by a user; a storage unit that stores control command information specifying the one or more control commands to be transmitted from the remote control unit; and a setting unit that sets the control command information to the storage unit based on a result of communication by the communication unit with a controlled device through the network, wherein the setting unit detects a controlled device connected to the network by transmitting a device search signal from the communication unit, acquires device information of the detected controlled device from the controlled device, and decides the control command information to be set to the storage unit based on the acquired device information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Sokabe, Hiroki Inamitsu, Takahiro Ushioda, Naoki Yuasa
  • Publication number: 20140179246
    Abstract: An RF transmitter system operating on a broader frequency range and providing a higher output power dynamic range is described. Low power RF signal is produced from a baseband signal using a quadrature modulator and using a broadband local oscillator signal. A microcontroller system controls the RF transmitter by selecting frequency range to be produced by the frequency synthesizer, selecting appropriate amplification path for producing the required output power, controlling the power detection sections for providing precise automatic power and automatic gain control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventors: Kameswara Rao Balijapalli, Ravi Kishore, Kumaralingam Ramamoorthy, Ajeet Pal
  • Patent number: 8660057
    Abstract: A decentralized communication device is provided that facilitates optimal positioning and orientation of one or more antennas for wireless communication with external devices. The decentralized communication device includes one or more master components and one or more slave components. The master and the slave components are physically separate and communicate wirelessly. In some embodiments the slave acts as a carrier frequency translator between the master and an external wireless device, where it communicates with the external device using a first frequency and communicates with the master using a second frequency which is different from the first frequency. In another embodiment the slave has most or all the physical layer to do the digital coding, digital modulation, data framing, data formatting and data packetization for communicating with an external device, in which case digital coding and digital modulation is distributed between the master and the slave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Golba, LLC
    Inventor: Mehran Moshfeghi
  • Patent number: 8606180
    Abstract: A user interface arranged at least to display, on a display unit or on a display panel, information relative to the operation of a household electrical appliance with which the interface is associated, the appliance presenting functional members controlled in their operation by a control unit, and an external housing provided with an aperture with its own closure door; the interface is positionable on and fastenable to the exterior of the housing of the electrical appliance, remote wire-less data communication and transmission means being associated with the control unit and with the interface to enable the data to be transmitted from the interior of the electrical appliance to the interface through the housing. A household electrical appliance with this interface is also claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matteo Santinato, Davide Parachini, Alessandro Boer, Giulio Roncoroni
  • Patent number: 8589001
    Abstract: A method for controlling first and second locomotives of a railroad train, the first and the second locomotives separated by at least one railcar. The method comprises determining a location of the first locomotive and a location of the second locomotive, determining an operating condition of the first locomotive and an operating condition of the second locomotive, determining a first control aspect of the first locomotive responsive to the operating condition and the location of the first locomotive, determining a second control aspect of the second locomotive responsive to the operating condition and the location of the second locomotive, and controlling the first and the second locomotives according to the first control aspect and the second control aspect, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Chandrashekar Siddappa, Robert Moffitt
  • Patent number: 8564398
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method for identifying a source or sources of noise that interferes or potentially interfere with communications between a remote and a receiver. The noise source may be detected through the operation of a noise detector which is integrated as a component of a remote. The remote may be configured to operate in one of two modes. In a first mode, the remote may convey commands inputted by a user from the remote to the receiver. In a second mode the receiver may operate as a noise detector device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Anthony Kozlowski
  • Patent number: 8565675
    Abstract: A near field RF communicator has an antenna circuit (120) to receive a modulated radio frequency signal by inductive coupling and demodulation circuitry (130 or 131) to extract the modulation from a received modulated radio frequency signal inductively coupled to the antenna circuit. The demodulation circuitry has a virtual earth input comprising a current mirror. The demodulation circuitry may be formed by an amplifier (115 or 116) and a demodulator (114) coupled to an output of the amplifier. The amplifier may be a single input amplifier (116) coupled to an output of the antenna circuit or may be a differential amplifier (115) having first and second inputs to receive the modulated radio frequency signal from first and second outputs of the antenna circuit, with each amplifier input providing a virtual earth input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Broadcom Innovision Limited
    Inventors: Joakim Bangs, David Miles
  • Patent number: 8531268
    Abstract: A passive entry system for an automotive vehicle may include a token capable of receiving a plurality of wireless signals. The token may generate a response signal to at least one of the plurality of wireless signals and reconfigure so that the token does not provide a response to at least one of the plurality of wireless signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Riad Ghabra, Ehab Abdulla Tarmoom
  • Patent number: 8525788
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of controlling a virtual object or instruction for a computing device comprising: detecting a user eye motion by a detecting device; generating a control signal in responsive to the user eye motion detection; controlling an object displayed on a display in responsive to the control signal to execute the instruction. The user eye motion is detected by CMOS or CCD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Kuo-Ching Chiang
  • Patent number: 8504006
    Abstract: A system and methods for allowing an enterprise management system to provision and configure a WWAN communication device on a managed network without incurring the tedious task of manually entering all the configuration information for every WWAN communication device on the enterprise management system. A dedicated communication link is provided with a standard communication protocol so each WWAN device can communicate with a carrier server and have the carrier server acts as a validation point and communication bridge to the enterprise management server until the WWAN communication device is configured for management by the enterprise management server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chandra Kumar, Chandrika Krishnamurthy, Praveen Prabhakara
  • Patent number: 8494480
    Abstract: A release mechanism is provided for devices for rescuing persons from avalanches or indicating the position of persons within avalanches, and for reducing the extent to which persons swept away by avalanches are buried, the release mechanism being able to be triggered by an intrinsic manual actuation. The release mechanism includes a radio unit equipped with a power supply, a transmitter, a receiver, an antenna, and data processing means, and can receive a radio signal for actuating the intrinsic release mechanism from the radio unit of at least one further release mechanism. The radio unit is either an integral component of the release mechanism or an additional, separate element which is however operatively connected or can be detachably connected thereto. The release mechanism is provided with an actuation means which is able to induce an extrinsic actuation of the intrinsic release mechanism upon receiving a radio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventors: Peter Aschauer, Günter Hörcher, Manuel Genswein
  • Patent number: 8452300
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods of transmitting a signal with reduced interference in a femto base station including a plurality of antennas having different radiation patterns are provided. A method includes transmitting common information through the plurality of antennas having the different radiation patterns; receiving feedback information corresponding to the common information; analyzing the feedback information; temporarily selecting one of the plurality of antennas as a transmission antenna, based on a result of the analyzing; and transmitting user information through the transmission antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yu Suk Yun, Dong Hee Kang, Dae Whan Back, Dae Ryong Lee, Kwang Jin Ahn, Byung Wan Yu
  • Patent number: 8406942
    Abstract: A method for controlling first and second locomotives of a railroad train, the first and the second locomotives separated by at least one railcar. The method comprises determining a location of the first locomotive and a location of the second locomotive, determining an operating condition of the first locomotive and an operating condition of the second locomotive, determining a first control aspect of the first locomotive responsive to the operating condition and the location of the first locomotive, determining a second control aspect of the second locomotive responsive to the operating condition and the location of the second locomotive, and controlling the first and the second locomotives according to the first control aspect and the second control aspect, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Chandrashekar Siddappa, Robert Moffitt
  • Patent number: 8340658
    Abstract: Systems and methodologies for sharing functionality among mobile devices in a peer to peer manner are described herein. A mobile device can include a plurality of functional components that can each perform respective functionality. Examples of the functionalities can include transceiver communications, processing, power, memory, input and output for the mobile device. Further, the mobile device can include a sharing component that enables sharing a particular third party functional component to replace or supplement operation of a corresponding functional component of the mobile device. The third party functional component, for instance, can be made available for sharing by at least one of a disparate mobile device or a stand alone functional component. Moreover, a host component can allow a disparate mobile device to use an available one or more of the plurality of functional components of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Tuen Solutions Limited Liability Company
    Inventors: Chi Ying Tsui, Ross David Murch, Roger Shu Kwan Cheng, Wai Ho Mow, Vincent Kin Nang Lau
  • Patent number: 8295824
    Abstract: A management unit allocates network resources multiservice communication devices capable of communicating via a plurality of networks. The management unit includes a communication device interface for facilitating a bidirectional data communication with the multiservice communication devices via a wireless control channel, the bidirectional data communication including outbound control data sent to multiservice communication devices and inbound control data received from at multiservice communication devices. The wireless control channel is separate from the communication between multiservice communication devices and the networks. A network interface receives network resource data from the networks. A management processing unit generates the outbound control data in response. The management processing unit facilities the handoff of a real-time service accessed by the multiservice communication devices via a first network to a second network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Vinko Erceg, Arya Reza Behzad, David Rosmann, Brima B. Ibrahim, Jeyhan Karaoguz, John Walley
  • Patent number: 8239078
    Abstract: A method for controlling first (14/12A) and second (12B) locomotives of a railroad train (8), the first (14/12A) and the second (12B) locomotives separated by at least one railcar (20). The method comprises determining a location of the first locomotive (14/12A) and a location of the second locomotive (12B), determining an operating condition of the first locomotive (14/12A) and an operating condition of the second locomotive (12B), determining a first control aspect of the first locomotive (14/12A) responsive to the operating condition and the location of the first locomotive (14/12A), determining a second control aspect of the second locomotive (12B) responsive to the operating condition and the location of the second locomotive (12B), and controlling the first (14/12A) and the second (12B) locomotives according to the first control aspect and the second control aspect, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Chandrashekar Siddappa, Robert L. Moffitt
  • Patent number: 8218608
    Abstract: A self-tuning duplicating transceiver is provided. The transceiver includes a microprocessor, a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter includes an electrically tunable radio frequency oscillator, and the receiver includes a counter for determining an edge count associated with a received signal. The microprocessor is programmed to receive an unknown signal with the receiver and use the counter to determine the edge count thereof, and electrically tune the transmitter oscillator to a carrier frequency corresponding to the edge count for the unknown signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: John S. Nantz, Qingfeng Tang, Riad Ghabra, Ronald O. King, Bruce Conner, Art Turovsky, Keith Walker, Thomas Bejster
  • Patent number: 8200169
    Abstract: The present invention has an object of providing a transmitter apparatus, a mobile communication system, a base station and a communication enable signal transmitter unit, which can prioritize communications of a mobile station in a priority communication system over communications of a mobile station in a non-priority communication system, in a network where the priority communication system and the non-priority communication system coexist in the same communication area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiromasa Fujii, Junichiro Hagiwara, Hitoshi Yoshino
  • Patent number: 8195143
    Abstract: A management unit allocates network resources to a plurality of multiservice communication devices capable of communicating via a plurality of networks. The management unit includes a communication device interface for facilitating a bidirectional data communication with the plurality of multiservice communication devices via a wireless control channel, the bidirectional data communication including outbound control data sent to at least one of the plurality of multiservice communication devices and inbound control data received from at least one of the plurality of multiservice communication devices, wherein the wireless control channel is separate from the communication between the plurality of multiservice communication devices and the plurality of networks. A network interface receives network resource data from the plurality of networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Vinko Erceg, Arya Reza Behzad, David Rosmann, Brima B. Ibrahim, Jeyhan Karaoguz, John Walley
  • Patent number: 8188836
    Abstract: A high frequency signal switching apparatus includes a bias unit which transmits a bias power source; a control signal transmitter, which provides a control signal received from outside; and a switching unit, so that the input signal input through the input terminal by switching one or more diodes according to the control signal driven by the bias power source is output selectively on the output terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-han Choi, In-sang Song
  • Patent number: 8185099
    Abstract: A service aggregator allocates network resources to a plurality of multiservice communication devices capable of communicating via a plurality of networks. The service aggregator includes a communication device interface for facilitating a bidirectional data communication with the plurality of multiservice communication devices via a wireless control channel, the bidirectional data communication including outbound control data sent to at least one of the plurality of multiservice communication devices and inbound control data received from at least one of the plurality of multiservice communication devices, wherein the wireless control channel is separate from the communication between the plurality of multiservice communication devices and the plurality of networks. A network interface receives network resource data from the plurality of networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Broadcom Corporation
    Inventors: Vinko Erceg, John Walley, Arya Reza Behzad, David Rosmann, Brima B. Ibrahim, Jeyhan Karaoguz
  • Patent number: 8170032
    Abstract: A method for externally controlling and managing a wireless local area network subscriber assigned to at least one wireless local area network includes requesting a service using the subscriber, checking an authorization of the subscriber to access the TCP/IP network, and establishing a connection via the TCP/IP network to the subscriber if the subscriber has the authorization to access the TCP/IP network. Signaling and/or information data are managed using a control and managing device connected to the public TCP/IP network via an interface device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Deutsche Telekom AG
    Inventors: Alexander Mohri, Helge Vater, Michael Knuth, Matthias Molzahn, Christoph Henkels
  • Patent number: 8170722
    Abstract: A coding method and apparatus for linking electrical appliances for control and status reporting by arbitrarily appending the appliances remote control protocol with the premise's room/zone code for identifying the appliance location and ID-code to operate on the basis of the appliance type and function, sub header code define the command nature, a blank header identifies the signal and a checksum trailer ends the five byte command for operating a range of appliances, lights and LED illuminators, locally and in the different rooms, bathrooms, kitchen and laundry including provision for extending the commands when needed. Current sensors for power outlets and power cables linked via lightguides or fiber optic use same codes for reporting statuses of and current consumption by the appliances and lights to the video interphone or the shopping terminal. LED bulbs are coded through an optical transceiver accessed through the rear of the bulb socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Elbex Video Ltd.
    Inventor: David Elberbaum
  • Patent number: 8134453
    Abstract: An RF communications system including a controlled apparatus configured to receive a RF signal transmitted from a remote control transmitter on a channel that the controlled apparatus can receive, without providing a response signal to the remote control transmitter. The RF transmitting circuit unit of the remote control transmitter transmits RF signals on all of a number of selected transmission channels in a wireless frequency band, while the RF receiving circuit unit of the controlled apparatus stands by to receive an RF signal on a channel of the selected channels that has a relatively low electric field intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Ootsuka
  • Patent number: 8094875
    Abstract: A home entertainment device eliminates the need to use multiple remotes. The device is connected (by wired and/or wireless links) to electronic consumer devices (ECDs) to be controlled. A user uses a portable display device to view pages served by the device, and thereby to communicate with the device and indirectly control the ECDs. In a first aspect, a HDMI-CEC communication is used to identify a codeset from a codeset database. In a second aspect, the codeset of a remote is identified by serving pictures of remotes to the user. The user selects a picture and the system looks up its codeset. In a third aspect, keys on an illustration of a remote are dragged and dropped to create a new custom remote. In a fourth aspect, the user supplies a digital photograph of a remote. The system performs optical recognition and identifies the type of remote and its codeset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: UEI Cayman Inc.
    Inventors: Steven M. Pope, Raymond O. Chock, Norman G. Sheridan
  • Patent number: 8078861
    Abstract: Disclosed are exemplary remote programming systems, software and methods for use in remotely programming field devices, such as engines, power generators, controllers, and data sensors, and the like. A (wired or wireless) communications link interconnects a processor and a remotely located server. The processor comprises a program memory and firmware that is loaded into the program memory. The processor is coupled to a nonvolatile memory device and apparatus for communicating over the communications link. The remotely located server contains a source code file comprising updated firmware for the processor. Software or a method is provided that initiates a process wherein the updated firmware is transferred from the server to the processor and the updated firmware is stored in the nonvolatile memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Omnimgtrix, LLC
    Inventors: Harold M. Jarrett, Jr., Charles M. Miller
  • Patent number: 8068013
    Abstract: A RF communication system includes a RF communication module capable of controlling either an IR communication system-controlled device or a controlled device not equipped with a reception circuit for receiving IR signals remotely with RF signals. The RF communication module is equipped with an antenna for receiving RF signals, a RF communication circuit for demodulating the remote control data from the RF signal received by the antenna, a UART interface for outputting bit stream remote data to a device-side microcomputer of the controlled device, and a communication control unit having two types of communication interfaces in a pulse signal interface that outputs a pulse modulated signal, having been pulse modulated with remote control data, to a pulse modulated signal input port of the device-side microcomputer, so that remote control data transmitted by RF signals is output freely, as either bit stream or pulse modulated signals, to a device-side microcomputer of the controlled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: SMK Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Otsuka, Nobuhide Ninomiya
  • Patent number: 8064935
    Abstract: A thermostat control system for monitoring and controlling environmental characteristics of a building includes a base station unit and a remote access unit continuously interfacing through instant wireless private direct connectivity. The system also includes a plurality of sensors that measure the environmental characteristics and provide the thermostat unit with the measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventors: Charles G. Shamoon, Deborah H. Shamoon, Franklin Eugene Neal, Michael D. Fehnel
  • Patent number: 8040842
    Abstract: A radio communication system for preventing transmission and receiving data from colliding with each other in radio relay communication. The radio communication system includes a plurality of radio base stations each having a scheduler for arranging a schedule of assignment of a slot into which data is to be inserted in a radio frame, a terminal for performing communication with at least one of the radio base stations through a connection, and a relay station for performing relay forwarding of the radio frame exchanged through the connection, the relay station including a scheduler control section for giving an instruction of the schedule to the scheduler. The scheduler control section gives the instruction to the scheduler so as not to generate duplicate slot assignment, in which the whole or a part of data is assigned to the same slot in radio frames sent at the same timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Keiichi Nakatsugawa
  • Patent number: 7969998
    Abstract: A method and system for providing network management communication between a plurality of network elements are disclosed. A method includes creating a tunnel configured for transmitting data between the network elements and transmitting network management information over the tunnel using a network management protocol. The tunnel passes through a gateway network element configured to communicate with the network elements utilizing the network management protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Krishna Kanakasapapathi, Lee Alan Shombert, Stephen Daniel Darryl James, Alec Hothan, Thomas Wesley Hoffman, Jin Huai
  • Patent number: 7956720
    Abstract: A remote control system for a vehicle is disclosed. The system comprises a mobile device that transmits a signal ordering the vehicle to perform an opening operation, and an in-vehicle electronic device that performs the opening operation in response to the signal. In the system, the in-vehicle electronic device includes a determination part that determines whether a manipulation mode of the mobile device should be set; and a setting part that sets the manipulation mode of the mobile device in accordance with the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masachika Kamiya
  • Patent number: 7915829
    Abstract: An emergency lighting system includes a plurality of emergency lights and a plurality of emergency power systems. Each of the plurality of emergency power systems is electrically connected to a respective one of the plurality of emergency lights through a respective one of a plurality of power switches. The emergency lighting system also includes a plurality of processors. Each of the plurality of processors is electrically connected to a respective one of the plurality of emergency power systems and executes software that monitors a status of a respective one of the emergency power systems and controls a state of the plurality of power switches. The emergency lighting system also includes a plurality of radio transceivers. Each of the plurality of radio transceivers is electrically connected to a respective one of the plurality of processors and communicates with other radio transceivers in the plurality of radio transceivers that are in radio wave proximity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Signal Fire
    Inventors: Scott Keller, Alfred Hamilton
  • Patent number: 7899130
    Abstract: A transmitter that is programmable to transmit one or more identification or device codes, using one or more transmission formats, at one or more transmission frequencies to control one or more respective devices. In one embodiment, the transmitter includes a controller and memory for storing transmission values and corresponding transmission frequencies, where the transmission values may include multiple device codes and transmission formats. A subset of the transmission values and corresponding transmission frequencies stored in the memory are assigned to or associated with one or more actuation switches upon matching the transmission values in a sampled signal to a set of transmission values stored in memory. In one embodiment, the transmission values may correspond to either a fixed-code transmission format or a rolling-code transmission format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Philip Y. W. Tsui
  • Patent number: 7826805
    Abstract: A base unit and a handset comprise a wireless part, a control part, and a transmission (151) and reception part (150), respectively. Communications are switched by either of the two ways: PTT switching and tone generation in the base unit, and tone detection in the handset or PTT switching in the base unit, and voice detection in the handset. It is preferable that the transmission (151) and reception (150) part of the handset includes a single transducer type headphone. It is also preferable that photo-coupler (41, 43) and a photo-switch (42) are provided at connection point of signal paths between the transmission (151) and reception part (150), the control part, and between the control part and the wireless part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Matech, Inc.
    Inventors: Masahisa Masuda, Yasuhiro Kume
  • Patent number: 7822409
    Abstract: A remote control system which can reliably provide desired control while saving power. A remote control apparatus is capable of carrying out two-way wireless communication with an apparatus to be controlled. A control signal corresponding to a key switch for remote control is repeatedly transmitted while the key switch is being operated. Repeated transmission of the control signal is inhibited in accordance with reception of a predetermined signal from the apparatus to be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masumi Ishiwatari
  • Patent number: 7773661
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a redundant (passive) transmitter, being, for example, part of a base station of a point-to-multipoint radio communications system transmits, during normal operation, a spread-spectrum signal over the redundant transmitter, the spread-spectrum signal being of low spectral power in comparison with data signals being transmitted by the active transmitter of the base station. One or more receivers are associated, for example, with terminal stations in communication with the base station and detect the presence of the spread-spectrum signal. If the spread-spectrum signal is not found to be present, the receivers provide an indication of this, and from this indication, a decision is made as to the integrity of the redundant transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Ericsson AB
    Inventors: Heike Hofmann, Thomas Alberty, Khaled Fazel, Volker Hespelt
  • Patent number: 7746810
    Abstract: Wake on wireless network techniques are described. An apparatus may include a wireless transceiver, a processor coupled to said transceiver, and a connection management module for execution by the processor. The connection management module may establish a connection with a client device, receive a sleep preparation message with at least one sleep parameter value from the client device, and set a timeout value for the connection based on the sleep parameter value. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Shailendra Sinha, Myron Hattig
  • Publication number: 20100136930
    Abstract: Radio systems for supplying hearing apparatus in events rooms are of a more convenient design. To this end a radio transmission apparatus is provided for transmission of speech signals in an events room. It possesses a receive device for receiving at least one control signal and a switching device for switching the radio transmission apparatus on and/or off depending on the received control signal. In addition a control apparatus is provided for controlling the radio transmission device, with which speech signals are transmitted in an events room. This control apparatus possesses a detection device to detect a presence or a movement of the radio transmission device in the events room and a transmit device for transmitting a control signal to the radio transmission device depending on the detection result of the detection device. This allows a transmit device of a teacher to be switched off when they leave the classroom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventors: Esfandiar Grafenberg, Uwe Rass
  • Patent number: 7684476
    Abstract: A wireless communication system is disclosed that transmits a feedback signal containing a channel estimate value between a first wireless communication device and a second wireless communication device. The first wireless communication device that transmits the feedback signals includes: a channel estimation unit that receives signals containing pilot signals, and determines the channel estimate value of a wireless link; a multiplier that multiplies a pilot signal by the channel estimate value; and a multiplexer that multiplexes an output signal from the multiplier with another pilot signal, to generate the feedback signal. The second wireless communication device that receives the feedback signal includes: a separator that separates the signals that are multiplexed in the feedback signal; and channel estimation units that determine the channel estimate value of the wireless link, based on the separated signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiromasa Fujii, Jiyun Shen, Takahiro Asai, Hitoshi Yoshino