Closure Condition Signal Or Indicator Patents (Class 49/13)
  • Patent number: 11987920
    Abstract: A laundry appliance, such as a washing machine or dryer appliance, includes a basket that is rotatably mounted within a tub and that defines a chamber for receiving a load of clothes. A camera assembly is mounted within the tub for taking images of the load of clothes and a controller is operably coupled to the camera assembly for determining that a limited access mode is activated, receiving a start command for an operating cycle, obtaining and transmitting images or a live stream of the chamber to a remote device, and receiving user input related to a responsive action, such as a cycle authorization or operating parameter adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Khalid Jamal Mashal
  • Patent number: 11962701
    Abstract: A method includes: receiving, from a vehicle approaching a trust zone, an identifier corresponding to an identity of the vehicle; verifying, by a computing device (e.g., an access server at a gate of the trust zone) and using the identifier, the identity of the vehicle; and comparing the identity of the vehicle with a set of authorized identities stored in a database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonino Mondello, Alberto Troia
  • Patent number: 11873609
    Abstract: A vehicle barrier gate arm has an anti-roll end cap which prevents the gate arm from rolling when it has become detached from its gate operator. The end cap comprises a distal outer panel and three or more protrusions positioned radially equidistant along the periphery of the distal outer panel. The protrusions extend outward from the distal outer panel perpendicular to the gate arm. The protrusions may form a square, triangle, trapezoid, or cross and may taper inward in a proximal direction or may meet the outer cuff at a sharp angle. Furthermore, an outer and inner cuff form a friction fit with the end of a gate arm to removeable attach the end cap to the distal end of the gate arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventors: Jonathan Brinkman, Randy Perez
  • Patent number: 11199587
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a swinging door test system that can test the accuracy of a balanced magnetic switch installed on a mock door. An actuator opens and closes a door to change the magnetic switch state. Software implementation allows the actuator to be precisely controlled over many cycles to save time and effort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Conner B. McQuellon, Jeffrey D. Weddle, Julie D. Doerge, Reeve A. Arce
  • Patent number: 11132036
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for implementing enhanced component reliability for leading edge components in a server computer system based upon system humidity conditions. A humidity value is identified and compared with a threshold value at an air flow input in contact with the leading edge components. One or more air flow control elements are used to direct air flow based upon the compared humidity values of the server system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric J. Campbell, Cody J. Erie, Tyler Jandt, Brandon R. Christenson
  • Patent number: 10854067
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving a disarm code, comparing, the received disarm code to a stored disarm code, determining that the received disarm code matches the stored disarm code, determining a property access pattern that corresponds to the stored disarm code, that identifies a first group of doors at the property that should be opened, and that identifies a second group of doors at the property that should be closed, providing to each door hinge device on a respective door of the first group, a first instruction to open, providing to each door hinge device on each of the doors of the second group, a second instruction to close, and disarming the monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Chad Giles
  • Patent number: 10696499
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for automated engaging of a truck trailer at a loading dock. Sensors measure a distance and an angle of alignment between the incoming trailer and a wall of the loading dock. An outside lighting system guides a truck driver backing the trailer toward the dock door. A vehicle restraint system fixates the trailer within the loading dock in response to signals from the sensors. An overhead dock door opens once the trailer is successfully fixated by the vehicle restraint system. A dock leveler deploys after the overhead dock door opens. An inside dock light indicates to dock personnel that the trailer is ready to be serviced. Once servicing of the trailer is finished, an automated release of the trailer from the loading dock may be initiated by PLC communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Niagara Bottling, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Paul Avalos
  • Patent number: 10699501
    Abstract: A gate device disposed between a first space where a person waiting for passing through exists and a second space where a person already passed through exists, the device including: a gate main body disposed along a path through which the person existing in the first space passes when the person moves to the second space; a shutter for blocking or opening the path; and a structure disposed on an upper surface of the gate main body and having a first sensing device for sensing a person passing through the path, and a second sensing device for sensing a person passing through a side opposite to the path across the gate main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Kunieda, Masao Kubota, Hiroyuki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 10332383
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes receiving a disarm code, comparing, the received disarm code to a stored disarm code, determining that the received disarm code matches the stored disarm code, determining a property access pattern that corresponds to the stored disarm code, that identifies a first group of doors at the property that should be opened, and that identifies a second group of doors at the property that should be closed, providing to each door hinge device on a respective door of the first group, a first instruction to open, providing to each door hinge device on each of the doors of the second group, a second instruction to close, and disarming the monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventor: Chad Giles
  • Patent number: 10161175
    Abstract: A vehicle door system is disclosed. The system comprises a door actuator, at least one sensor, and a controller. The at least one sensor is configured to capture data corresponding to an environment local to the vehicle. The controller is configured to process the data to identify at least one object moving proximate the vehicle and control the door actuator to oppose an opening motion of the door in response to the identification of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Larry Dean Elie, Robert F. Novak
  • Patent number: 10126733
    Abstract: A control station, a slave station, a control method of the control station, and a control method of the slave station capable of securing an evacuation time and controlling a gate to be closed are provided. A control station of an embodiment is a control station in a gate control system for controlling operations of gates. The gate control system including the control station and slave stations. The control station including: an information acquisitor and a control information transmitter. The information acquisitor acquires emergency information via satellite communication. The control information transmitter simultaneously transmits gate control information for controlling the gates to the slave stations via the satellite communication on the basis of the emergency information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Chiharu Suzuki, Masahiro Takagaki, Junya Soeda, Masaru Munemoto
  • Patent number: 10000969
    Abstract: An access control apparatus for persons or motor vehicles can be illuminated on both sides facing the persons or motor vehicles arriving along the access track or lane. Lighting is assigned to each side can be controlled independently from the lighting of the other side, and the illumination of each side can only be perceived by persons facing the respective side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Skidata AG
    Inventors: Thomas Grasmann, Christian Tuma
  • Patent number: 9709291
    Abstract: Methods and systems for humidity monitoring and adjustment are described herein. Data from at least one external sensor system is received by a computing device. The external sensor system determines at least one of outdoor air temperature and outdoor air humidity. Data from at least one internal sensor system is received by the computing device. The internal sensor system determines at least one of indoor air temperature and indoor air humidity. A dew point for an indoor environment is calculated based upon the data from the external sensor system and data from the internal sensor system. A graphical indication of an indoor environment climate may be displayed based upon the calculated dew point. Access openings, such as windows, may be opened or closed to change the humidity of the indoor environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: La Crosse Technology, Ltd.
    Inventor: Axel Dostmann
  • Patent number: 9689192
    Abstract: The present application refers to a closing system for through openings, comprising a quick opening door provided with a vertically moveable flexible panel, running between a pair of vertical guides and being attached by its upper end to a motor driven drum for its actuation, the system having in combination with the quick opening door a fire door mounted with capacity to move between an opening position and closing position, being the quick opening door and the fire door arranged for its alternate actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: AMISERRU, S.L.
    Inventor: Miguel Angel Iglesias Ballester
  • Publication number: 20150137963
    Abstract: A door assembly includes a first door skin and a second door skin spaced apart from the first door skin. The assembly also includes an energy sensor generating an energy signature signal and a memory storing a door component operating signature. A controller is coupled to the accelerometer and forms a comparison of the energy signature signal to the door component operating signature and generates a door component operation status signal in response to the comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Patricia Yulkowski, Leon Yulkowski, Edward J. Yenni
  • Publication number: 20150128496
    Abstract: Automatic doors have become commonplace in hospitals or retirement homes to facilitate entry into auxiliary rooms, such as bathrooms. Unfortunately, when a patient becomes incapacitated inside the bathroom, the door often becomes obstructed by the patient, making entry into the bathroom through the door impossible without further injuring the patient. In many instances removal of adjacent walls is required to gain entry into the room. The automatic door of the present invention includes a retractable door stop enabling reverse rotation of the door, and sensors for automatically setting and resetting the automatic door controls when the door is opened and closed in either direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Complete Entry Systems and Services (2004) Inc.
    Inventor: Parrish Phillips
  • Publication number: 20150082700
    Abstract: A safety device for a glove port includes a hatch that is rotatably fixable by a hinge to an outer frame of a glove port so as to rotate between a closing position and an opening position for preventing or allowing access to the glove port, respectively. The device further includes a sensor associated with the glove port and arranged for engaging and/or detecting an abutment portion of said the hatch in the closing condition and generating an alarm signal when the abutment portion does not engage the sensor means, in particular when the hatch is not in the closing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Luca Sassatelli
  • Publication number: 20150059247
    Abstract: A door control device is disclosed. In the door control device, after operation of “Full Close” in one status has been detected, obstruction occurs in a door close detection switch ON/OFF detection portion so that one event “Dcsm=OFF”, e.g. a signal (Dcsm=OFF) indicating OFF detected by the door close detection switch ON/OFF detection portion is obtained. On this occasion, operation of “ReClose” in another status is executed so that drive toward a close direction is continued by a door close control portion through a reclose command portion until another event “Dcsm=ON”, e.g. a signal (Dcsm=ON) indicating ON detected by the door close detection switch ON/OFF detection portion is obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shigeki INATAMA
  • Publication number: 20150054931
    Abstract: The present specification discloses a system for controlling a movement of at least one person into a controlled location. The system includes an X-ray screening system having an entrance area defined by walls and a gate, and an exit area defined by walls and a gate. The gates are automatically controlled based upon the output of the X-ray screening system. Additional gates, defining an additional holding area, are used for subsequent analysis and inspection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Rapiscan Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy James Rayner
  • Publication number: 20150033630
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling an automatic operation of a power door of a vehicle is presented. An actuation of an interior switch by a user is detected and, upon detecting the actuation of the interior switch, whether at least one door of the vehicle is locked is determined. When the at least one door of the vehicle is locked, whether a vehicle security is set is determined. When the at least one door of the vehicle is locked and the vehicle security is set, the automatic operation of the power door is prohibited. When the at least one door of the vehicle is not locked or the vehicle security is not set, the automatic operation of the power door is permitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Michael D. Oakley, Craig T. Kline, Dean A. Scott, JR., Hideaki Arai, Joseph P. Whinnery, Saeed Namakydoost, Yoshitomo Ihashi, Trevor Scott Whitten, Makoto Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20150033628
    Abstract: A room access control system including a base attachable to a wall or door jamb adjacent a door opening to a room, an arm having a first end pivotally mounted to the base and a second end, wherein the arm is positionable in a first position wherein the arm is in a generally vertical, undeployed position with the second end of the arm positioned above a floor located adjacent the door opening, and wherein the arm is pivotable from the first, generally vertical undeployed position, to a second generally horizontal, deployed position, where the arm extends across the door opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph R. Barwick, Stephen F. Blackler
  • Publication number: 20150033629
    Abstract: A room access control system including a base attachable to a wall or door jamb adjacent a door opening to a room, an arm having a first end pivotally mounted to the base and having a second end, illuminated warning indicia positioned on the arm, wherein the arm is positionable in a first position wherein the arm is in a generally vertical, undeployed position with the second end of the arm positioned above a floor located beneath the base and adjacent the door opening, and wherein the arm is pivotable from the first, generally vertical undeployed position, to a second generally horizontal, deployed position, where the arm extends across the door opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph R. Barwick, Stephen F. Blackler
  • Publication number: 20150027057
    Abstract: Doors such as garage doors can be automated by pushing commands to a removable device attached to the garage door. The state of the door (e.g. whether the door is open or closed) may be obtained from a position sensor located within a removable device. An implementation may indicate, over a wireless network, the state of the door to a user. The user may send a command to a wireless transmitter located within the device to change the state of the door. An implementation may also send a signal to the door to change the state of the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Freeman Britt, Jr., William Wurz, Shawn Ellis, Paul Heninwolf
  • Patent number: 8928458
    Abstract: A flow control gate system that comprises a first and second elongated barrier members defining a passageway between a first area and a second area. The gate system also comprises a plurality of narrow beam presence sensors with substantially constant spacing therebetween defining a linear array mounted along the first barrier member and defining a presence detection beam orientation crosswise and substantially perpendicular to the passageway. The gate system further comprises a controller electrically connected to the plurality of narrow beam presence sensors. The controller implements an operating program to process signals from the plurality of narrow beam presence sensors and define valid detection periods to determine that an item is detected when a detection period is equal to or longer than a predetermined value and invalid detection periods interpreted as no detection when a detection period is shorter than the predetermined value. A flow control method is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: Régis Fortin, André Lafleur
  • Publication number: 20150000195
    Abstract: An apparatus to detect opening and closing of a door in a washing machine by detecting a resistance value varying according to a lever position of a door lock switch. In the apparatus to detect opening and closing of a door in a washing machine, since a resistance meter is added to the inside of a component with the contact being eliminated therefrom, it may be possible to simplify an inner structure of the component and to reduce material costs. In addition, opening and closing of a door is accurately detected as a resistance value of the resistance meter varies by rotation of a gear instead of surface contact between contacts, and thus it may be possible to prevent a detection error in the event of contact short circuits due to moisture and to enhance component reliability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Young CHOI, Weon Jin SONG, Myung Soon KANG
  • Patent number: 8869448
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically controlling a crossing gate being installed at an entrance/exit way of a vehicle and controlling entrance/exit of the vehicle, including: a password setting unit for setting a combined row of input numbers or characters as a password; a signal sensing unit for sensing a change in an amount of light of light signal patterns of the vehicle; and a controller including a first signal converter that analyzes the sensed change in the amount of light of light signal patterns of the vehicle and that converts the analyzed light signal patterns into a Morse code, a second signal converter that converts the converted Morse code into a combined row of numbers or characters, and a driving controller that controls opening/closing of the crossing gate depending on whether the converted combined row of numbers or characters is the same as the password set by the password setting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Sung Chang Telecom Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jai-Jin Lee
  • Publication number: 20140259927
    Abstract: A communicating apparatus comprises a base unit connected to a door operator, the base unit including a processor, a display coupled to the processor, a user input device coupled to the processor to allow the processor to read the state of the input device, the state of the input device being selected by the user, and a memory module coupled to the processor, the memory module storing code executed by the processor. The processor code displays to the user various menu items, enables the user to scroll among the menu items using the input device, and enables the user to select the menu item such that the processor derives a control signal. A circuitry is configured to receive the control signal from the processor and to carry the control signal to the door operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Yale Security Inc.
    Inventor: Tommy G. McNally, II
  • Publication number: 20140265805
    Abstract: A system is provided for automatically opening the doors of appliances such as refrigerators and freezers. In one example, an appliance door handle includes a capacitive touch sensor. When a user touches the touch sensor, visual and audio indicators are activated. After a slight delay, a motor and drive mechanism opens the appliance door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: MICHAEL T. CHAMBERLIN
  • Publication number: 20140196371
    Abstract: A child safety gate has a flexible barrier sheet (102) which is moveable between an open and a closed position. The gate (100) also has a locking device (110) for locking the barrier sheet (102) in the locked position. The locking device (110) includes or is connected to a locking indicator which indicates a first state corresponding to the locked state of the locking device (110) and a second state corresponding to an unlocked state of the locking device (110).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Joran Lundh
  • Patent number: 8773263
    Abstract: A security method and apparatus is disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for providing an alarm for a window by a security apparatus comprises calculating a first distance between a detector mounted within a movable portion of the window and a window frame edge and calculating a second distance between the detector and the window frame edge. The method further comprises determining whether the movable portion of the window has remained stationary for more than a predetermined time period based on the first distance and the second distance and, if the movable portion has remained stationary for more than the predetermined time period, storing the second distance in a memory, placing the security apparatus into an active alarm state, calculating a third distance observed by the detector, determining a change between the third distance and the second distance, determining whether the change exceeds a predetermined distance, and generating an alarm signal if the change exceeds the predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Ecolink Intelligent Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Thibault
  • Publication number: 20140177671
    Abstract: An organism sample measurement device is capable of suppressing the degradation of the performance of an organism sample measurement sensor by notifying that the lid of a housing part housing the organism sample measurement sensor is open. In this organism sample measurement device (1), a measurement unit (21) measures organism information using the organism sample measurement sensor mounted in a sensor mounting part. A first detection switch (13) detects that the lid of a sensor bottle is open. A display unit (2) notifies the measurement result of the organism information measured by the measurement unit (21), and on the basis of the result of the detection by the first detection switch (13), displays error information indicating that the lid is open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Atsushi Watanabe
  • Publication number: 20140165469
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drive arrangement for the motorized adjustment of a closure element of a motor vehicle, wherein the drive arrangement, in the installed state, is coupled in drive terms to the closure element. It is proposed for the drive arrangement to have at least one drive, which is intended for generating drive movements and in or on which is arranged an acoustic indicator for supplying acoustic feedback to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas Weingaertner, Carsten Abert, Marcus Klopp, Robert Neundorf, Holger Wuerstlein, Christian Herrmann, Thorsten Kuhnen
  • Publication number: 20140137473
    Abstract: Methods and systems for passive wireless surface acoustic wave devices for orthogonal frequency coded devices to implement ON-OFF sensors reusing orthogonal frequency code and distinguishing between ON and OFF states using additional PN sequence and on/off switches producing multi-level coding as well as external stimuli for switching and identification of a closure system. An embodiment adds a level of diversity by adding a dibit to each surface acoustic wave devices, thus providing four different possible coding states. The PN on-off coding can be with the dibit for coding in a multi-tag system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Malocha, Nikolai Kozlovski
  • Publication number: 20140090299
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pet door system that has one or more open modes throughout a day wherein a pet can transverse the door for limited duration of time. In one variation, the open mode of the door may terminate upon passage by the pet and the pet may traverse the door at the next open mode. In one variation, the pet door system is controlled by a smart phone and an associated smart phone application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Brown
  • Patent number: 8646206
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a system of presence detection in a door assembly for the prevention of patient/detainee suicide, comprising: a door frame, wherein the door frame defines an opening; a door mounted in said opening, wherein the door is allowed to operate from open to closed position with respect to the door frame; a presence sensing arrangement, which allows detection of the presence of an object near the surfaces of the door, door frame, and the upper and lower surfaces of the door or door frame from open to closed position. Placement of presence sensors on the upper or lower surfaces of the door allows presence detection when a patient/detainee attempts to drape a ligature object across or underneath said surfaces. A control system may monitor the system, and can activate an alarm system for early detection and prevention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Door Control Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Jimmy Don Gilchrist
  • Patent number: 8648695
    Abstract: A movable barrier operator controls access to a secured area which houses vehicles. The movable barrier operator is operable to move a movable barrier from an open to a closed position. A sensor controls the operation of a service-providing device through the controller of a movable barrier operator or by direct communication to a controller for the service-providing device. The sensing device senses whether a vehicle is present in the secured area. The sensor is operatively connected to the moveable barrier operator and is used to control the operation of at least one service-providing device without necessarily effecting movement of a barrier by the movable barrier operator. Operation of the service-providing device is effected upon sensing whether a vehicle is present in the secured area to effect an operation of the service-providing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Fitzgibbon, Jeremy E. Jenkins
  • Publication number: 20140022077
    Abstract: A mine door control system and method that uses sensor input from a plurality of sensors corresponding to at least one of a position of at least one associated opposing wing mine door and a path through the at least one associated mine door to determine at least one predefined action in accordance with received sensor input. A control command is then communicated a drive mechanism associated with the at least one associated mine door, the control command including instructions for operating the drive mechanism in accordance with the at least one predefined action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: AMERICAN MINE DOOR CO.
    Inventors: Daniel S. Zenisek, Robert H. Chorman
  • Publication number: 20130326956
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a garage door is presented. An alarm system includes an antenna mounted to a garage door. A signal generator logic generates a periodic signal based on a capacitive value of the antenna. The signal generator logic also provides transmit power to the antenna that is radiated away from the garage door. A detection logic detects if there is a change in a characteristic of the periodic signal caused by movement in proximity of the garage door. Amplification logic amplifies the change of the periodic signal. Alarm detection logic determines if the change is an alarm and an alarm response logic will stop a movement of the garage door when the change is an alarm resulting from movement near the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Arvin Brent Simon
  • Publication number: 20130326955
    Abstract: A push lifter is provided with a push-push mechanism. When a charger lid is positioned in a closed position to close a battery charging opening, the push-push mechanism holds a push rod in a standby state. When the charger lid, which is positioned in the closed position, is pressed so that the standby state of the push rod is cancelled, the push-push mechanism pushes the push rod with the urging force of a coil spring so that the charger lid opens. An illumination lamp turns off when a switch portion turns off due to the standby state of the push rod, and the lamp turns on when the switch portion turns on due to the standby state of the push rod being cancelled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicants: Kabushiki Kaisha Tokai Rika Denki Seisakusho, Toyota Shatai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Kotama, Shinsuke Nakashima, Reiji Mikami, Yasuhiko Yamamoto, Masahiro Kato, Takashi Yamagami
  • Publication number: 20130305608
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for providing an indication of movement from a sensor signal from a position transmitter (9), wherein the indication of movement indicates a speed of movement, wherein the sensor signal from the position transmitter (9) generates an edge following a movement via a particular path range having the following steps:—a pulse duration (dT) is ascertained (S1) as the interval of time between the last two provided edges of the sensor signal;—depending on whether a period which corresponds to the pulse duration (dT) has elapsed since the last provided edge of the sensor signal, an indication which is dependent on the pulse duration (dT) or an indication which is dependent on the period since the last edge of the sensor signal is provided (S4, S6) as an indication of movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Zoltan Ersek, Janos Markus
  • Publication number: 20130269253
    Abstract: The invention relates to an actuating device for a luggage locker (1) in an aircraft that has a first operating element (5) that is arranged inside a recess (6) and is capable of transferring the luggage locker (1) from a closed state to an open state for example by way of an electromechanical drive means (7), wherein the electromechanical drive means (7) can transfer the luggage locker (1) from a closed state to an open state via a second operating element (12), wherein the first operating element (5) is coupled to an illuminated display (22) that emits electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range visible to the human eye in order to display what state the luggage locker (1) is in.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: Diehl Aircabin GmbH
    Inventor: Oleg GRAF
  • Publication number: 20130269254
    Abstract: A safety device for a glove port includes a hatch that is rotatably fixable by a hinge arrangement to an outer frame of the glove port so as to rotate between a closing position and an opening position for preventing or allowing access to the glove port, respectively. The device further includes a sensor associated associable with the glove port and arranged for engaging and/or detecting an abutment portion of the hatch in the closing condition and generating an alarm signal when the abutment portion does not engage the sensor, in particular when the hatch is not in the closing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: I.M.A. INDUSTRIA MACCHINE AUTOMATICHE S.P.A.
    Inventor: Luca Sassatelli
  • Patent number: 8510989
    Abstract: A door position detecting apparatus comprises a switch including a body having two electrical contacts and a through-channel. The through-channel of the switch receives a hinge pin inserted therethrough and further inserted into a door hinge. Two lever arms extend from the body. Each of the arms is attached to a respective one of the electrical contacts. The arms have a first position relative to each other wherein the contacts are electrically connected to each other, and a second position relative to each other wherein the contacts are electrically disconnected from each other. Biasing means biases the arms against a fixed door jamb and a rotatable door, respectively, such that one of the arms follows movement of the rotatable door from an open position of the door to a closed position of the door. Monitoring means monitors whether the contacts are electrically connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: James W. Riley, Steve Markham
  • Publication number: 20130205666
    Abstract: A flow control gate system that comprises a first and second elongated barrier members defining a passageway between a first area and a second area. The gate system also comprises a plurality of narrow beam presence sensors with substantially constant spacing therebetween defining a linear array mounted along the first barrier member and defining a presence detection beam orientation crosswise and substantially perpendicular to the passageway. The gate system further comprises a controller electrically connected to the plurality of narrow beam presence sensors. The controller implements an operating program to process signals from the plurality of narrow beam presence sensors and define valid detection periods to determine that an item is detected when a detection period is equal to or longer than a predetermined value and invalid detection periods interpreted as no detection when a detection period is shorter than the predetermined value. A flow control method is further provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: Régis FORTIN, André LAFLEUR
  • Publication number: 20130199094
    Abstract: A controlled gate system for use in a restricted passage having an entry end and an exit end is described. The system comprises a barrier gate secured to a pivotal support assembly at the exit end to permit the barrier gate to pivot from a closed position, obstructing the restricted passage, to an open position, outwardly of the restricted passage to permit entry into an establishment. An electrically actuable brake, arrests the gate at the closed position and it is deactivated by a detector activated by a person at the entry end. An electromagnetic arresting mechanism is provided to disconnect the barrier gate from the electrically actuable brake to permit the barrier gate to swing freely within and out of the passage to provide for evacuation in emergency situations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventors: Jerome Lachance, Yvan Mercier, René Bolduc
  • Publication number: 20130186000
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a system of presence detection in a door assembly for the prevention of patient/detainee suicide, comprising: a door frame, wherein the door frame defines an opening; a door mounted in said opening, wherein the door is allowed to operate from open to closed position with respect to the door frame; a presence sensing arrangement, which allows detection of the presence of an object near the surfaces of the door, door frame, and the upper and lower surfaces of the door or door frame from open to closed position. Placement of presence sensors on the upper or lower surfaces of the door allows presence detection when a patient/detainee attempts to drape a ligature object across or underneath said surfaces. A control system may monitor the system, and can activate an alarm system for early detection and prevention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: Door Control Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Jimmy Don Gilchrist
  • Patent number: 8466786
    Abstract: A lock mechanism for locking a door or the like with a Sabbath control unit comprises a Sabbath control unit comprising an optical device including a light beam emitter and detector spaced apart with a line of sight path between them, the optical device operative to provide output indicating if a light beam emitted by the emitter is received by the detector, and a locking mechanism comprising a moving member operative to be displaced between a locked state position wherein the door is locked and an unlocked state position wherein the door is unlocked, wherein the moving member is operative to block the line of sight path while in the locked state position and to clear the line of site path while in the unlocked state position, and wherein the Sabbath control unit is operative to activate an electronic device in response to output indicating that the light beam emitted by the emitter has not been received by the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Rav-Mafteah Ltd.
    Inventor: Asher Haviv
  • Publication number: 20130140971
    Abstract: A cover opening-closing device for opening or closing a cover relative to a base is provided. The cover opening-closing device includes an actuation module, a transmission module, and a rotating shaft. The actuation module is disposed on the base and between the base and the cover. The transmission module is engaged to the actuation module. The rotating shaft has a first end and an opposite second end. The first end is joggled to the actuation module, and the second end is connected to the cover. The actuation module drives the rotating shaft to rotate through the transmission module, so as to allow the cover connected to the rotating shaft to move to an open position or a close position relative to the base. Thereby, a user's time is saved and proper opening and closing of the cover is ensured. A multi-function printer with the cover opening-closing device is further provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: Kinpo Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Yen-Jui Wu
  • Patent number: 8453382
    Abstract: An entry control apparatus includes a pair of spaced barriers forming a pathway therebetween. The barriers are positioned adjacent a doorway to control ingress into and egress from a building or the like. An arm is pivotally mounted and extends across the pathway and permits free movement of people in one direction and selectively restricts movement in the other direction. A motion sensor is provided and a motion control system is associated with the sensor. The sensor and motion control system cooperate to selectively allow the arm to move to a normally open position for normal traffic in an approved direction. In the event a person approaches the apparatus, as if to exit, or move in the wrong direction through the pathway, the sensor detects the movement and effects operation of the motion control system that locks the arm against movement to prevent movement through the passageway. An alarm system can be provided to alert personnel that an unauthorized movement through the pathway may be underway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventors: Stephen Kucer, Nitai Friedman
  • Publication number: 20130104458
    Abstract: A casement window with multi-angle window sash includes a window frame (2) and a window sash (5). The window sash (5) is connected with the window frame (2) by a window hinge mechanical structure and a locking mechanism (7), wherein the mechanical structure of the window hinge includes a quadrilateral link mechanism (4), a movable sliding block (10), a gear (9), and a hinge seat (3); the locking mechanism (7) includes a screw rod (75) with an axial plane (78) and a thread (77). The screw rod (75) realizes the locking of the window sash (5) by meshing the thread (77) with the gear (9), and realizes the opening and closing of the window sash (5) by the axial plane (78). The casement window is simple in structure, low in cost, convenient to install and use, and provides high safety.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Hoichi Leung, Lok Shun Leung