Sequential Or Selective Patents (Class 700/11)
  • Patent number: 11150672
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments can provide a system and method for controlling irrigation schedules for a sprinkler system for at least one irrigation zone. The embodiments include automatically updating irrigation schedules based at least in part on watering restriction data from a water authority, such as a water utility authority, and water usage data for a property including the at least one irrigation zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Rachio, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Klein, Franz David Garsombke, Matthew B. Reisman
  • Patent number: 11112449
    Abstract: A flexible monitoring system and corresponding methods of use are provided. The system can include a base containing backplane, and one or more circuits communicatively coupled to the backplane. The circuits can be designed with a common architecture that is programmable to perform different predetermined functions, such as input, output, and processing. By separating functions of the flexible monitoring system into different circuits, new implementations of the flexible monitoring system can be rapidly developed by arranging already created components in different combinations. Multiple bases can also be communicatively coupled in a manner that establishes a common backplane between respective bases. Accordingly, implementations of the flexible monitoring system distribute combinations of circuits across different bases, providing flexible deployment options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Bendy Nevada, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Alan Tart, Daniel Abawi, Curtis Hoffman, Paul Richetta, Dustin Hess
  • Patent number: 11109546
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide systems for use in controlling irrigation, comprising: an irrigation controller configured to couple with one or more valves at a site and to control activation and deactivation of the one or more valves in accordance with an irrigation schedule stored in the irrigation controller; a wireless adapter directly communicationally coupled through a direct wired connection with the irrigation controller; and a network adapter wirelessly coupled over a point-to-point wireless communication path with the wireless adapter, wherein the network adapter is configured to further couple through a direct wired connection with a local router configured to provide communication over a distributed network to a remote server; wherein the wireless adapter is configured to poll the irrigation controller to acquire and locally store status information; and the wireless adapter is configured to communicate, over the point-to-point wireless channel, the status information to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Steven W. Weiler, David M. Redmond, Harvey J. Nickerson, Timothy J. Crist, Gregory W. Decker
  • Patent number: 11089745
    Abstract: There is provided a method of planning irrigation, comprising: performing for a certain interval of time: computing a value of a crop evapotranspiration parameter indicative of an amount of water consumed by a reference crop, computing a value of a potential evapotranspiration parameter indicative of weather conditions associated with the field of the reference crop, computing a value of a dynamic crop coefficient for the reference crop based on the crop evapotranspiration parameter and the potential evapotranspiration parameter, and providing the dynamic crop coefficient computed for the certain time interval of time of the reference crop that corresponds to a target time interval of a target growing season of the target crop, wherein the target crop is growing in a target field which is geographically distinct from the reference field, and outputting instructions for irrigation of the target crop according to an irrigation plan based on the dynamic crop coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Supplant Ltd.
    Inventors: Zohar Ben-Ner, Agustin Pimstein, Leonid Slavkin, Zhenyu Xu
  • Patent number: 11047258
    Abstract: A turbine assembly according to the present disclosure includes ceramic matrix composite vanes mounted to a metallic case. The turbine assembly includes a turbine case cooling system with a vane case cooling unit configured to manage the temperature and diameter of the metallic case at the location where the ceramic matrix composite vanes are mounted so as to control circumferential movement of the vanes relative to one another during heating and cooling of the turbine assembly when used in a gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Jade L. Whittle, Michael J. Whittle
  • Patent number: 11032983
    Abstract: Technologies are described for devices and methods to irrigate a crop. The systems may comprise an irrigation processor configured to be in communication with, a memory, a soil moisture tension sensor, an infrared camera, and a valve. The irrigation processor may receive an input, soil moisture tension data, infrared data, ambient temperature data, humidity data, and weather data, and store each in the memory. The input may include a crop, an area planted, and a location. The irrigation processor may generate an output of a crop water stress index. The irrigation processor may generate a water requirement. The irrigation processor may determine an irrigation requirement. The irrigation processor may generate a determination to irrigate based on the soil moisture tension data, the output of the crop water stress index, and the irrigation requirement. The irrigation processor may operate the valve to irrigate based on the determination to irrigate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: NRG HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Elius Etienne
  • Patent number: 11009840
    Abstract: In an industrial automation system, a control device adapted to a container-based architecture has been developed. The control device may comprise one or more containers instantiated with control execution application, communication application, and or redundancy management application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul McLaughlin, Joseph Felix, James M. Schreder, Michael Waynick
  • Patent number: 10949151
    Abstract: A user is enabled to check a history of job execution by viewing records arranged in chronological order and to easily check the specific description of an error by viewing an error record. The job processing apparatus control method includes executing a job, displaying a plurality of history records with the plurality of history records being arranged side by side in chronological order, the plurality of history records each indicating a history of a job executed in the executing, and detecting an error. In response to an error having been detected in the detecting, an error record is displayed with the error record and the plurality of history records being arranged side by side, the error record indicating the error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroyoshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10942492
    Abstract: An updated process parameter to an autonomous process control peripheral is autonomously obtained when made available by a process monitor peripheral, such as an analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The input can be obtained in response to a system event, such as a completed ADC conversion. The autonomous process control peripheral can compute an updated control variable each time the process variable is updated. When the updated control variable is calculated by the autonomous process control peripheral, the updated control variable is autonomously transferred or otherwise made available (e.g., through a register) by the autonomous process control peripheral to a process actuate peripheral. The process actuate peripheral uses the updated control variable to adjust the process being controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Atmel Corporation
    Inventor: Jacob Lunn Lassen
  • Patent number: 10936359
    Abstract: A task resource scheduling method and apparatus, through determining priority levels of multiple tasks as well as set task deadline times, and determining a preset resource upper bound, based on task priority levels schedules the successive order of executing multiple tasks, and post-scheduling tasks satisfy a first condition, wherein, the first condition is that a time resource conflict does not exist for the tasks, the time resource conflict being that a section exists on a time series where more than one task overlaps, and the sum of the resources occupied in the section having the overlap is greater than the resource upper bound. When multiple tasks are executed according to the present example embodiment, the existing first-arriving, first-compute rule is no longer utilized, but rather scheduling is performed based on the priority levels of tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Tianyang Yang
  • Patent number: 10897860
    Abstract: Technologies disclosed herein are provided for irrigation monitoring and controlling based on water usage monitoring and control using an efficiency model for a defined geographic region. The technology includes receiving a first and a second set of moisture sensor measurements from a set of moisture sensors located in a defined geographic region, and determining an amount of water that is applied to the defined geographic region at a time period between the first and the second set of moisture measurements. An efficiency model representing efficiencies of locations in the defined geographic region is obtained based on the first and second set of moisture measurements and the amount of water applied. Schedule information is generated based on the efficiency model that indicates time periods at which areas in the defined geographic region are to be watered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Dish Network L.L.C.
    Inventor: Leo James Ferras
  • Patent number: 10885144
    Abstract: There is provided a method of updating a setting value of a variable parameter, the method including: obtaining a time-series data of control input and a time-series data of control output observed in control with a controller; calculating a value of the variable parameter which minimizes an output value of an evaluation function based on the obtained time-series data of the control input and the control output; and updating the setting value of the variable parameter to the calculated value of the variable parameter. The evaluation function includes a first function part in which a first norm or a second norm changes depending on the value of the variable parameter, and a second function part of which specific frequency band has an amount, by which the output value of the evaluation function is increased, larger than that of any other frequency band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eisuke Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10875569
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an arbitration method of an electric power steering apparatus of a vehicle and arbitration apparatus thereof. When overlay requests, which are steering apparatus operation commands or requests, are input from two or more steering-related control systems in a vehicle that includes an electric power steering apparatus and two or more steering-related control systems for controlling the electric power steering apparatus, the steering apparatus operation commands are selectively transferred to the steering apparatus according to the priority of the steering-related control system to adjust various steering-related controls to not conflict with each other, thereby maintaining the stability of the vehicle and making an optimal steering control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sang Jin Ko
  • Patent number: 10866096
    Abstract: A sensor produces the sensor data for a sensor data consumer. A device receives a sensor profile of the sensor indicating a relationship between a sensor parameter operating range and a deviation of the sensor data as a result of scaling one or more sensor parameters. The device receives a tolerance profile of the sensor data consumer indicating a tolerable degree of deviation of the sensor data and scales a parameter of the sensor according to the tolerance profile. The scaling reduces a power dissipation level of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Phillip Stanley-Marbell, Martin C. Rinard
  • Patent number: 10852262
    Abstract: A wireless sensor measures properties of a substance and transmits the properties to a remote wireless receiver. The wireless sensor can be fully enclosed within a container containing the substance, allowing remote monitoring of the properties of the substance without compromising integrity of a closed system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Gate Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristian Michael Scaboo, Morten Juel Jensen
  • Patent number: 10849175
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for user-defined device connection management. A connection-based rule can be defined. The connection-based rule can include a connection-based condition and an action to be taken when the connection-based condition is detected. Application of the connection-based rule can be detected based upon an activity associated with a device. An applicable connection-based rule can be identified based upon the activity, and the applicable connection-based rule can be implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Evan Vanscoyk, Avery Spencer
  • Patent number: 10806007
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling lighting devices are disclosed. The system includes a processor in communication with a portable electronic device. The method includes, by the processor, receiving geolocation data corresponding to an electronic device, and identifying one or more light-enabled facilities that are within a distance range of the electronic device. Each of the light-enabled facilities comprises a controller that is communicatively coupled to one or more lighting devices in a network of lighting devices. The method further includes receiving a light operation request comprising a selected one of the light-enabled facilities and a scene from the electronic device, and transmitting the light operation request to cause the controller to activate at least one lighting device at the selected light-enabled facility according to the scene to the controller at the selected light-enabled facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Brian M. Wilson, Joseph R. Casper, Christopher D. Nolan
  • Patent number: 10743484
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and systems for varying irrigation schedules for a watering system (e.g., sprinkler system) based on detected precipitation. In one example, a system includes a rain sensor for detecting rain in a location where the rain sensor outputs a continuous rain signal when saturated with a threshold level of rain. The system also includes a sprinkler controller communicatively coupled to the rain sensor. The sprinkler controller opens one or more sprinkler valves based on a watering schedule. When the threshold level of rain is received, the sprinkler controller receives the rain signal during a saturation window of the rain sensor and varies the watering schedule based on rain detected by the rain sensor, where the variation to the watering schedule occurs outside of the saturation window of the rain sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: RACHIO, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Klein, Robert W. Selover
  • Patent number: 10698373
    Abstract: A method includes: an obtaining step, in which a first device in the home network obtains the instruction; a query step, in which the first device queries for at least one particular device meeting a predetermined condition in the home network; and a notification step, in which the first device notifies the particular device of the instruction. A user does not need to directly send an instruction to a particular device that executes the instruction; instead, the user only needs to make sure that any device in the home network obtains the instruction. The user can enable a most suitable device to execute the instruction automatically without knowing a large amount of detailed information such as device performance. Therefore, not only is full use of functions and features of devices in the home network made, but also user operations are significantly facilitated, improving user experience for users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING ZHIGU RUI TUO TECH CO., LTD
    Inventor: Xiting Xie
  • Patent number: 10677446
    Abstract: An integrated ceiling device (80, 120) includes an electronics assembly (56) and a mechanical arrangement (20). The mechanical arrangement includes a housing (22), a heat dissipating structure (24), and support arms (26). The housing is configured to retain the electronics assembly. The heat dissipating structure includes a lamp seat (50) for receiving a light source (54), and a central opening (34) surrounded by fins (36). The support arms extend between and interconnect the housing with the heat dissipating structure. The housing is positioned within the central opening and is spaced apart from the fins of the heat dissipating structure to enable a free flow of air in an air gap (42) between the housing (22) and the structure (24). The electronics assembly may include a plurality of elements (160, 162, 164, 166) retained in the housing which are spaced apart from the heat dissipating structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Daniel S. Spiro
  • Patent number: 10670055
    Abstract: A hydraulic system (1) is provided comprising a group of at least two valves (2a, 2b, 2c) connected to a bus (8), each of said valves (2a, 2b, 2c) comprising a primary memory (9a, 9b, 9c) for storing a set of parameters of the valve (2a, 2b, 2c). The service work of such a hydraulic system should be facilitated. To this end each valve (2a, 2b, 2c) comprises a secondary memory (10a, 10b, 10c) storing said set of parameters of a different valve (2b, 2c, 2a) of said group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Danfoss Power Solutions ApS
    Inventors: Henrik Hjorth, Erik Christensen
  • Patent number: 10635731
    Abstract: A system for generating and executing a multiple-step request is disclosed. The disclosed system receives a request identifying a multiple-step request from a user. In response to the request, the system sends a series of queries to the user. Then, the system receives a series of responses identifying a plurality of inputs of the multiple-step request. Based on the series of queries and the series of responses, the system generates a series of instructions to perform the multiple-step request. Each instruction includes a command and at least one input. The input includes an editable field that allows the user to change the value of the input. The system records and stores each of the series of instructions as the multiple-step request. The system further stores the multiple-step request as a favorite request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hanish Garg, Ramesh Natarajan, Pavan Kumar Kamisetty, Rita J. Winborne, Aaron Z. Chan
  • Patent number: 10609156
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, computer-readable medium, and/or system may comprise a computing device comprising a processor and memory storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the computing device to generate a secure session connection between the computing device and a server associated with one or more routing networks. The computing device may receive, from the server and via the secure session connection, data associated with the one or more routing networks. The computing device may store, at a database, the data associated with the one or more routing networks. The computing device may determine whether new activity associated with a user and involving at least one of the one or more routing networks is detected. In response to determining that new activity associated with the user is detected, the computing device may transmit, to the database, a request for the stored data associated with the one or more routing networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Steven M. Twombly, Mark Williams, Bradley Holland, Mark A. Nelson, Matthew Murphy
  • Patent number: 10599134
    Abstract: A portable field maintenance tool may perform one or more tasks, such as communicating with a field device, powering a field device, diagnosing a field device, or diagnosing a communication link in a plant environment to which a field device is connected. The portable field maintenance tool may interact with field devices configured according to a number of different communication protocols, such as the HART protocol and the Fieldbus protocol. The portable field maintenance tool may be energy limited and fault tolerant, and may operate in compliance with Intrinsic Safety standards, enabling use of the portable field maintenance tool in hazardous areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Roger Benson, Anthony D. Ferguson, Todd M. Toepke
  • Patent number: 10599117
    Abstract: A safety-oriented automation system in which additional point-to-point-communications links are installed in addition to the field bus so as to increase functional safety in an automation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Maximilian Walter, Herbert Barthel
  • Patent number: 10567415
    Abstract: A method to monitor a network is provided which includes identifying a time associated with detection of each occurrence of the network threats and generating a graphical user interface that includes a display of a time series graph that corresponds to a selected time period and an interactive popup window indicating certain details associated with a user selected network threat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Arbor Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Doppke, Joshua M. Fields, Christopher C. Cassell
  • Patent number: 10534637
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing software applications are provided. The system may receive a user input request, via a graphical user interface, to chain together two or more applications. The system determines application profiles associated with each application, where the application profile specifies an input type and an output type for that application. The system determines whether the first output type of the first application is compatible with the second input type of the second application. If so, the system generates a chain application configured to execute the first application and second application in sequential order in which an intermediate output of the first application is passed to the second application as an input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Parallels International GmbH
    Inventors: Sergey Kontsov, Nikolay Dobrovolskiy, Serguei M. Beloussov
  • Patent number: 10459462
    Abstract: A method of using sensor feedback for controlling fluid pressures in a machine includes receiving signals from each of a plurality of Inertial Measurement Units (IMU's) mounted on different components of the machine, receiving a signal from at least one non-IMU sensor, fusing the signals received from the IMU's with each other and with a signal from the at least one non-IMU sensor, determining best estimates of current output joint angles for each of the plurality of components of the machine with reference to a machine reference frame, solving a kinematic equation using the best estimates of current output joint angles for the components of the machine and structural design information characterizing the machine, and applying a determination from the solution of the kinematic equation in an implementation of a controlled adjustment to a fluid pressure supplied to a fluid actuation cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew James Beschorner, Justin Douglas Speichinger, Shogo Tada, Rustin Glenn Metzger
  • Patent number: 10317574
    Abstract: A system for identification and/or nowcasting of hail events with several measuring stations for detecting signals related to electromagnetic radiation in connection with lightning may comprise at least one time measuring unit for detecting the temporal course of the detected signals, and at least one analysis unit interconnected with the measuring stations and the time measuring unit. The analysis unit may comprise at least a first lightning signal analysis module for generation of a lightning signal analysis based on the detected signals, and a second lightning signal analysis module for identification of at least one lightning jump event based on the temporal course of the detected signals and the lightning signal analysis. The analysis unit may further comprise a nowcasting module for nowcasting concerning a hail event based on a lightning jump event. Furthermore, a method for identification and/or nowcasting of hail events is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: nowcast GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Moehrlein, Silvia Riso, Hans-Dieter Betz, Daniel Betz
  • Patent number: 10274969
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments can provide a system and method for controlling irrigation schedules for a sprinkler system including automatically updating irrigation schedules based on qualitative and quantitative feedback and meteorological data as well as matching optimal or near-optimal irrigation schedules to other sprinkler zones based on characteristics of the landscape and sprinkler system as well as other characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Rachio, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Klein, Franz David Garsombke, Matthew B. Reisman
  • Patent number: 10261673
    Abstract: In embodiments of statistics value chart interface cell mode drill down, a first interface displays in a table format that includes columns each with field values of an event field, and each column having a column heading of a different one of the event fields, and includes rows each with one or more of the field values, each field value in a row associated with a different one of the event fields, and having an aggregated metric that represents a number of events with field-value pairs that match all of the field values listed in a respective row and the corresponding event fields listed in the respective columns. A cell can be emphasized that includes one of the field values in a row that corresponds to one of the different event fields in a column, and in response, a menu displays options to transition to a second interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: SPLUNK INC.
    Inventors: Cory Eugene Burke, Katherine Kyle Feeney, Divanny I. Lamas, Marc Vincent Robichaud, Matthew G. Ness, Clara E. Lee
  • Patent number: 10249179
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide a method an device for transmitting a control signal in a multi-device system, where a first device determines a second device to be controlled by a remote controller of the first device to be connected with the first device; determines from a received signal a first value of the button for controlling the first device; determines a second value of the button, corresponding to the first value of the button, for controlling the second device; and transmits the second value of the button to the second device, so that the second device operates according to the received second value of the button, and with this technical solution, a multi-device system can be controlled by the remote controller of the single device without infrared learning by the first device to thereby simplify operations of the first device to control the other device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HISENSE BROADBAND MULTIMEDIA TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoujun Sun, Peishu Li, Changzhen Guo, Chaoqun Yu, Fushan Ma
  • Patent number: 10228668
    Abstract: In an implementation, airflow provisioning in an area by a plurality of fluid moving devices is managed through assignment of the fluid moving devices to monitor and regulate conditions at respective subsets of a plurality of locations based upon determined influence levels of the fluid moving devices on the respective locations to meet a predefined cooling influence redundancy level. The predefined cooling influence redundancy level for a particular location identifies a number of the fluid moving devices that are to monitor and regulate a condition at the particular location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT LP
    Inventors: Rongliang Zhou, Cullen E. Base, Tahir Cader, Zhiki Wang
  • Patent number: 10197258
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lighting system, the system comprising: a lighting device; and a controller for controlling the lighting device to produce user customisable realistic lighting effects, the controller comprising: a calculating device adapted to calculate a time varying lighting value based on at least one simulation parameter; and adapted to output said time varying lighting value to said lighting device so as to simulate a user customizable realistic lighting effect; wherein said lighting device and said controller are integrated in a combined unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Rotolight Limited
    Inventors: Roderick Allen Gammons, Andrew Francis, Roderick Aaron Gammons, Stefan Lange
  • Patent number: 10187396
    Abstract: Firmware updates for, e.g., thin client devices may be achieved in a seamless, non-disruptive manner using a two-stage firmware loader, including a base loader pre-installed on the device and a caching loader downloaded, by the base loader, from a firmware server and thereafter responsible for downloading and updating other firmware application packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: IMPRIVATA, INC.
    Inventors: Pieter-Jan Boone, Lou Bergandi, Feroz Gora, David Kashtan, David M. T. Ting, Michael Michlin, Robert Calder, Alain Slak, Taras Lushney
  • Patent number: 10050444
    Abstract: An apparatus may control the power delivered from an AC power source to an electrical load, and may comprise a controllably conductive device. The apparatus may also comprise a controller that may be operatively coupled to a control input of the controllably conductive device. The apparatus may also include a first wireless communication circuit operable to communicate via a first protocol and to join a first wireless communication network operable to communicate via the first protocol. The first wireless communication circuit may be in communication with the controller. The controller may be operative to determine a first condition for communicating via the first protocol. The controller may also be operable to control the first wireless communication circuit to join the first wireless communication network upon the first condition being satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: LUTRON ELECTRONICS CO., INC.
    Inventor: Jeremy Thomas Neyhart
  • Patent number: 10036253
    Abstract: A control system for a material gathering mechanism includes a gathering head configured to gather material from aground surface, a plurality of gathering members configured to transport the material gathered by the gathering head towards a material conveying apparatus, and a jam detection device for detecting a jam condition in movement of one or more of the plurality of gathering members and generate signals indicative of the jam condition. The control system further includes a controller communicably coupled to the plurality of gathering members and the jam detection member. The controller receives signals indicative of the jam condition from the jam detection device. The controller initiates a sequence of stopping, delaying, and restarting the gathering member on receiving the signals indicative of the jam condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Moberg, Fabian Wolf, Konstantin Halle, Justin Philip Pahl, Bjoern-Andre Huehn
  • Patent number: 9971330
    Abstract: A safety relay configuration system for configuring safety functions to be carried out by a safety relay is provided. The configuration system comprises a number of features that facilitate intuitive and simplified configuration of an industrial safety relay, including but not limited to features that guide the user through the configuration process using an intuitive sequential procedure, enforce design consistency throughout the configuration project by intelligently limiting user selections, and visually organize configuration and status information in a manner that efficiently utilizes display space and allows the user to quickly evaluate available configuration options. The configuration system organizes function blocks into columns according to function block type and uses pass-through blocks and signal flow line drawing rules to yield an organized program visualization that can be easily followed and interpreted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhixuan Liu, Bradley A. Prosak
  • Patent number: 9948865
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus is intended to find, even when shooting a subject having a depth, respective reflection characteristics of portions of the subject with high accuracy, and includes a high-luminance region extraction unit which extracts high-luminance regions having a higher luminance than a predetermined threshold value in a plurality of image signals obtained by irradiating the subject with light emitted from a known light source and shooting reflected light from the subject at a plurality of viewpoints, a local region extraction unit which extracts local regions respectively most focused on in the portions of the subject using the plurality of high-luminance regions, and a reflection characteristic estimation unit which estimates a reflection characteristic of the subject using respective light source characteristics of the high-luminance regions in the local regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignees: OLYMPUS CORPORATION, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION CHIBA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Masao Sambongi, Norimichi Tsumura, Kaori Baba
  • Patent number: 9911321
    Abstract: Systems and methods utilize a smart control hub and a relatively “dumb” remote control device that receives display information from the control hub. The remote control communicates simplified commands that are interpreted by the control hub, and translated into commands that are transmitted by the control hub to devices being controlled. Various display pages, or menus of options, may be fed to the remote control and displayed and/or updated on the remote control. A user can navigate the various pages to control various devices using a limited number of buttons and/or a limited reconfigurable input surface. The pages may be updated, for example, to reflect current state information for devices, e.g. on/off, percent power, etc., or to change available commands, e.g. alternating between “on” and “off”, “pause” and “play”, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Gareth Selfe, Wei Jiang, Christopher Coley
  • Patent number: 9857808
    Abstract: A dynamic electrical load model for an HVAC chiller for use in demand response applications is described herein. A dynamic model for coupling a building's electrical and thermal characteristics is described. This allows for more accurate planning of the dispatching of load for demand side response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignees: Drexel University, Viridity Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Chikaodinaka Nwankpa, Karen Miu Miller, Jonathan Berardino, Alain Steven
  • Patent number: 9791855
    Abstract: A semiconductor process management system is provided. The semiconductor process management system includes a communicator that receives a process recipe from one or more process apparatuses and receives a measured value for each sampling point from one or more measuring apparatus, and a first determination unit that establishes a mutual influence model between the process recipe and the measured value for each sampling point based on the process recipe and the measured value for each sampling point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-hoon Han, Jai-hyung Won, Do-hyung Kim, Sung-hyup Kim, Ho-jun Kim
  • Patent number: 9765469
    Abstract: The souring of wet laundry in a laundry treating appliance may be retarded by sending an alert signal indicative of an ending of a cycle of operation from the laundry treating appliance to a remote electronic device. The appliance may receive an authorization signal from the electronic device indicative of an instruction to execute an anti-sour cycle. An anti-sour cycle comprising the energizing of a fan to flow air through a laundry treating chamber may be automatically initiated for the laundry treating appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Steven D. Ficke, Gregory T. Heine, Gregory S. Lieto
  • Patent number: 9733650
    Abstract: A water supply apparatus is provided to meet demands for energy saving by controlling the rotational speed of a pump (1), for example, so as to lower the rotational speed in the time zone when water is not used much while avoiding the time zone when water is used in large quantities. The water supply apparatus includes the pump (1) configured to pressurize and deliver water, a frequency converter configured to supply electric power to the pump (1) to operate the pump (1) at a variable speed, and a controller (15) configured to send operating signals to the frequency converter so as to operate the pump (1) either at a first operation or at a second operation with less power consumption than the first operation. The controller (15) is configured to judge whether the operation of the pump (1) should be shifted from the first operation to the second operation based on an operational state of the pump (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventors: Ryotaro Karaki, Sachiko Miyauchi, Yasutaka Konishi, Kazuhiro Kaneda, Tomoharu Tejima, Nobuhiro Higaki
  • Patent number: 9665412
    Abstract: The present invention provides an event-driven programming method of programmable logic controller (PLC), including: registering at least one event to be detected; storing at least one event handler segment corresponding to the at least one event to be detected respectively; detecting the occurrence of the at least one event to be detected; adding the detected event into an event queue; extracting events from the event queue; and executing the event handler segment corresponding to the extracted event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES SAS
    Inventor: Haifeng Wang
  • Patent number: 9618948
    Abstract: An appliance control system includes: a sensor (3) that detects environmental data of a surrounding environment; a plurality of appliances (2) as control targets; a remote controller including: a display unit (15) that displays a list of the appliances (2); an input unit (16) that receives an operation of controlling the appliances (2); a storage unit (13) that stores a threshold value in the environmental data for each of the plurality of appliances (2); and a processing unit (12) that gives higher priority to an appliance in which the environmental data has exceeded a threshold value, the priority being concerned with a display order of the appliance (2) on the display unit (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Yamaguchi, Akihiko Hiroishi, Makoto Kawasaki, Satoshi Kitamura
  • Patent number: 9604361
    Abstract: A system for defining motions of a plurality of real robots cooperatively performing a show based on a description of the motions of the robots defined by animation software. The system includes at least one storage for storing a plurality of segments that describe the motions of the robots during the show, each segment includes a description of motions of one of the robots during a defined time period, and for storing a plurality of scenes, each scene specifying a plurality of segments to be executed simultaneously by the robots, and a playlist handler configured to handle creation of a playlist including a sequence of scenes and to amend the playlist according to user commands, and a user interface configured to display the playlist to a user, to allow the user to edit the playlist by amending the sequence of scenes, and to receive the user commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Magnus Gustafsson, Mark Ruth
  • Patent number: 9461464
    Abstract: The present application provides a drive unit for a switching element, the driving unit having a function that is capable of promptly detecting the flow of excess current. The unit is usable for an electrical rotating machine. A drive unit for a switching element, comprising: a sense terminal output current detecting means for detecting an output current of a sense terminal that outputs a minute current having correlation with a current flowing between an input terminal and an output terminal of a switching element; a switching element drive control means for restricting the driving of the switching element when the output current detected by the sense terminal output current detecting means exceeds a predetermined threshold value; and a threshold changing means for changing the threshold value on the basis of a difference of electric potential between the input terminal and the output terminal of the switching element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yousuke Asako, Tsuneo Maebara
  • Patent number: 9374870
    Abstract: A network using existing streetlights is described. Each street light becomes a node in the network, and each includes a power terminal for receiving electrical power, a light source coupled to the power terminal, a processor coupled to the power terminal, a network interface coupled between the processor and the network of lighting systems, and a sensor coupled to the processor for detecting a condition at the node, and in response providing information about that condition to the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Sensity Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Rusty Cumpston, Hugh Martin
  • Patent number: 9348338
    Abstract: Described herein are several embodiments relating to modular irrigation controllers. In many implementations, the irrigation controllers are modular in that various functional components of the irrigation controller are implemented in removable modules that when inserted into position within the controller, expand the capabilities of the controller. Also described are various different types of expansion modules that may be coupled to the modular controller, having as variety of functions and features, as well as related methods of use and configuration of these modules in the controller. In some embodiments, a serial communication bus is provided between a control unit of a modular irrigation controller and an expansion module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Harvey J. Nickerson, Russel D. Leatherman, James R. Musselman