State Of Condition Or Parameter (e.g., On/off) Patents (Class 700/12)
  • Patent number: 11804976
    Abstract: Techniques are described for using information from a knob sensor of an appliance in a property monitoring system. In some implementations, a monitoring system may be configured to receive sensor information from a knob, receive monitoring device information from a monitoring device and, based on the sensor information from the knob, identify a knob event. The monitoring system may integrate the knob event with the monitoring device information and analyze the integrated knob event and monitoring device information against one or more rules related to usage of the appliance in view of the state of the property. Based on analyzing the integrated knob event and monitoring device information, the monitoring system may determine whether to perform an action, such as notifying a user or activating an appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Abraham Joseph Kinney, Daniel Todd Kerzner, Jeffrey A. Bedell, David James Hutz
  • Patent number: 11792614
    Abstract: Aspects of sensor activation or deactivation for positioning a mobile device in a wireless communication network are disclosed. These aspects include, during a positioning session between the mobile device and a location server, determining with the location server that a first trigger condition or a second trigger condition has been met regarding reporting, by the mobile device to the location server, of sensor data from one or more sensors of the mobile device, where: the first trigger condition may comprise a trigger condition for activating the reporting, and the second trigger condition may comprise a trigger condition for deactivating the reporting. Aspects further include sending, from the location server to the mobile device, a message may comprise either: instructions to activate the reporting responsive to determining the first trigger condition has been met, or instructions to deactivate the reporting responsive to determining the second trigger condition has been met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Marwen Zorgui, Srinivas Yerramalli, Rajat Prakash
  • Patent number: 11774944
    Abstract: An example data collection system in an industrial environment includes a data collector in communication with a number of input channels for acquiring collected data. The system includes a data storage that stored the collected data as a number of data pools. The system includes a self-organizing data marketplace engine that receives the data pools, and that is organized based on training a marketplace self-organization with a training set, and further based on feedback from measures of marketplace success with respect to the data pools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: Strong Force IoT Portfolio 2016, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Howard Cella, Mehul Desai, Gerald William Duffy, Jr., Jeffrey P. McGuckin, Tracey Ho, John Segui, Steven Blumenthal, Chun Meng
  • Patent number: 11732725
    Abstract: Provided is a protection method for use in fan malfunctions, applicable to an electronic device, and effective in preventing the electronic device from being overheated. The electronic device includes a fan, temperature sensor, and processor. The method includes steps of: limiting the processor's performance, upon determination that not only is the fan's rotation speed greater than or equal to a predetermined upper rotation speed limit, but the electronic device's temperature sensed by the temperature sensor is also greater than or equal to a predetermined upper temperature limit; determining whether the fan's rotation speed is less than or equal to a first restored rotation speed when the fan's rotation speed is determined to be less than the predetermined upper rotation speed limit; and stopping the limiting of the processor's performance when the fan's rotation speed is determined to be less than or equal to the first restored rotation speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chi-Jung Wu, Chun-Chi Wang
  • Patent number: 11732913
    Abstract: A media library includes a library housing, a heat-producing device, one or more storage media and an air mover assembly. The library housing can include a library interior where the library interior can include a first wall and a second wall positioned opposite the first wall. The heat-producing device can be positioned near the first wall of the library interior. The one or more storage media can be positioned in the library interior between the heat-producing device and the second wall. The air mover assembly can be is configured to move air into the library interior through the first wall and out of the library interior through the second wall. The heat-producing device can include one or more of a media drive, a power supply and a controller. The air mover assembly can move air through the heat-producing device before the air moves through the one or more storage media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: QUANTUM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bruno Hald, Scott M. Rockwell, David Tindall, III
  • Patent number: 11736363
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a prediction subsystem automatically predicts a level of network availability of a device network. The prediction subsystem computes a set of predicted attribute values for a set of devices attributes associated with the device network based on a trained recurrent neural network (RNN) and set(s) of past attribute values for the set of device attributes. The prediction subsystem then performs classification operation(s) based on the set of predicted attribute values and one or more machine-learned classification criteria. The result of the classification operation(s) is a network availability data point that predicts a level of network availability of the device network. Preemptive action(s) are subsequently performed on the device network based on the network availability data point. By performing the preemptive action(s), the amount of time during which network availability is below a given level can be substantially reduced compared to prior art, reactive approaches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Quachtran, Ian Conrad McLein, Daniel Ryan Hare, Nina Zalah Sanchez, Sona Kokonyan
  • Patent number: 11722332
    Abstract: A device for a wireless device control system for controlling lighting devices is disclosed. The device can include a wireless transceiver, a power loss detection circuit, a communication loss detection circuit, a power monitoring circuit, and an output circuit. The device is configurable to provide a preselected communication loss action upon detecting communication loss, a preselected power loss action upon detecting power loss, and a preselected load power fault action upon detecting a load power fault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: RAB Lighting Inc.
    Inventors: Ross A. Barna, Michael Hayes, Jason Lawrence Oliver, Ankit Sanghvi
  • Patent number: 11636347
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for selecting actions to be performed by an agent interacting with an environment. In one aspect, a method comprises: obtaining a graph of nodes and edges that represents an interaction history of the agent with the environment; generating an encoded representation of the graph representing the interaction history of the agent with the environment; processing an input based on the encoded representation of the graph using an action selection neural network, in accordance with current values of action selection neural network parameters, to generate an action selection output; and selecting an action from a plurality of possible actions to be performed by the agent using the action selection output generated by the action selection neural network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Assignee: DeepMind Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Hanjun Dai, Yujia Li, Chenglong Wang, Rishabh Singh, Po-Sen Huang, Pushmeet Kohli
  • Patent number: 11620895
    Abstract: Intelligent disturbance detection systems and methods of use to capture a disturbance via an application tool on a mobile smart device remote from the user, extract features from the disturbance, compare the extracted features to disturbance labels of a disturbance set in a comparison by a disturbance detection neural network model of the application tool, generate a disturbance label when the extracted features match the disturbance label in the comparison, train the model to generate a custom disturbance label associated with the extracted features when the extracted features do not match the one or more disturbance labels in the comparison, and generate an automatic alert via the mobile smart device to transmit an identification of the disturbance to the user based on the disturbance label, the custom disturbance label, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Manjula Kottegoda, Corina Florescu, Deepak Baban Giri
  • Patent number: 11568118
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an electronic device, a method for generating a package drawing, and a computer readable storage medium. The electronic device includes a display device and a processor, the processor is configured to obtain a type of the element and size parameters corresponding to the element input by a user; determine a size and a position of each of pads corresponding to the element according to the type of the element and the size parameters corresponding to the element, and draw the pads; determine coordinates of endpoints of an entity layer corresponding to the element, and draw the entity layer; determine coordinates of endpoints of a height layer corresponding to the element, and draw the height layer; and determine coordinates of endpoints of a screen layer corresponding to the element, and draw the screen layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qiang Li, Junxin Zhao, Jie Li, Hong Wang, Suo Zhang, Dong Chai, Haohan Wu, Xuefeng Kan, Fei Yuan
  • Patent number: 11512499
    Abstract: A circuit for a smart lock includes a state detection unit, a main control chip and a motor driving unit, the state detection unit includes optocoupler sensors U21, U31 and a Hall sensor; the optocoupler sensor U21 is configured to form a first in-position signal, the optocoupler sensor U31 is configured to form a second in-position signal, the Hall sensor is configured to detect whether the state of the lock body is unlocked in position so as to form an auxiliary signal; the main control chip is configured to output a control signal according to the first and second in-position signals and the auxiliary signal; and the motor driving unit is configured to drive the motor to rotate forward or reverse or stop rotating according to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: SHENZHEN KAADAS INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Shunde Gao, Yexin Chen
  • Patent number: 11486072
    Abstract: A laundry washing machine and method automate the selection of one or more parameters of a wash cycle of a laundry washing machine based in part on a color detection sensor disposed proximate an opening of the wash tub and configured to capture color composition data of one or more items added to the wash tub and a weight sensor operatively coupled to the wash tub, where the weight sensor is configured to detect the addition of an item among the one or more items to the wash tub and initiate capturing of the color composition data, and a controller is configured to configure one or more parameters for a wash cycle based upon the captured color composition data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Phillip C. Hombroek
  • Patent number: 11461117
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses methods and systems for localizing a user interface of a multi-function device, based on a personal storage device of a user connected to the multi-function device, wherein the multi-function device presents a user interface in a pre-defined language. The method includes receiving the personal storage device by the multi-function device, the personal storage device includes a pre-defined setting, the pre-defined setting indicates a local language of the user. Upon receiving, the personal storage device is detected by the multi-function device. The local language of the user is detected based on the pre-defined setting stored in the personal storage device of the user. Upon detection, the pre-defined language of the user interface is automatically changed to the local language of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Muralidaran Krisnasamy, Narayan Kesavan, Raj Kumar
  • Patent number: 11347368
    Abstract: Various embodiments enable batch inspection of a plurality of workpieces by and inspection instrument such as a coordinate measuring machine. Some embodiments present user interfaces, including graphical user interfaces, to enable an operator to configure a batch inspection system and a batch inspection job, and to monitor and control execution of a batch inspection job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Hexagon Metrology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan J. O'Hare, Jonathan Dove, Joseph VanPelt
  • Patent number: 11340693
    Abstract: Methods and systems for the delivery of interactive messaging and instructions through an augmented reality device in a batch production or a sequential operation, can involve displaying a menu through a user interface associated with an augmented reality device configured with a scope of responsibility awareness that allows the augmented reality device to display a visualization of batch production data associated with a batch production or sequential operation data associated with a sequential operation that is within an assigned scope of responsibility of a user, and graphically expanding the menu in response to an input by the user. The expanded menu can include graphically displayed buttons that allow the user to select and view the batch production data or the sequential operation data. The visualization of the batch production data or the sequential operation data can be displayed without the need for an operator station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Alicia C. Kempf, Rahul Chandra Nath
  • Patent number: 11334624
    Abstract: Targeted distributing of reports containing historical process control information to particular user devices via a communications network. A curating service permits assigning a score to each report based on an interest level value of the historical process control information to a user associated with each user device and/or an urgency value of the historical process control information. Routing reports to user devices based on the score raises visibility of the historical process control information without overburdening the communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: AVEVA SOFTWARE, LLC
    Inventors: Brian K. Erickson, Greg C. Clinton, Vinay T. Kamath, Abhijit Manushree
  • Patent number: 11313811
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for dynamic determination of irrigation-related data using machine learning techniques are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kamal Das, Jagabondhu Hazra, Ranjini Bangalore Guruprasad, Aanchal Goyal, Sachin Gupta
  • Patent number: 11302494
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides intelligent lighting control systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Savant Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Charles Smith, William Lark, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11281191
    Abstract: A single-wire safety system architecture yields reliable safety device monitoring without the need for dual redundant signal channels. The safety system comprises a safety relay and one or more compatible safety input devices connected in series with the safety relay via a single-wire communication circuit. A safety signal with a recognizable pulse pattern traverses the single-wire safety circuit to the safety relay via the safety devices. The safety relay opens its contactors and deenergizes its associated industrial equipment if the pulse pattern is not received and recognized. The safety relay can also be configured to initiate a global emergency stop in response to a loss of a safety function by one of its safety input devices, the global emergency stop instructing other safety relays of other safety circuits to open their contactors and enter safe mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Germany GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Helpenstein, Mussa Tohidi Khaniki, Rudolf Papenbreer, Oliver Heckel, Jan Anslinger, Suresh R. Nair, Norbert Machuletz
  • Patent number: 11200127
    Abstract: A configuration for testing a design of an electronic circuit during a set of clock cycles. The test output of the emulation of a design is filtered based on a received testcase. To filter the test output, for each clock cycle in the testcase, a list of objects associated with a previous clock cycle in test case is identified. One or more objects associated with the one or more commands to be executed during the clock cycle is also identified. An updated list is generated by augmenting the list of objects associated with the previous clock cycle with the one or more objects associated with the one or more commands to be executed during the clock cycle. Output values for objects included in the updated list of objects is selected. The filtered test output is then stored in an activity database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Synopsys, Inc.
    Inventors: Ribhu Mittal, Vivek Prasad
  • Patent number: 11116060
    Abstract: A presence simulation system comprises a user interface (32), a profile generator (34) and a presence simulator (35). The profile generator (34) is configured to generate in electronic storage a plurality of virtual occupant profiles (22) according to profile creation inputs received via the user interface (32), each virtual occupant profile comprising user-defined virtual occupant identity data. The presence simulator (35) is configured to generate a sequence of simulated control actions, by applying a behaviour simulation algorithm to the user-defined virtual occupant identity data of the electronically-stored virtual occupant profile. A lighting controller (40) configured to vary at least one characteristic of light emitted by at least one luminaire according to the sequence of simulated control actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Daniel Marin Goergen, Remco Magielse, Leendert Teunis Rozendaal
  • Patent number: 11019422
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an earphone apparatus and method. The earphone apparatus includes an earpiece, including a speaker, configured for arrangement relative to a user's ear for listening to audio from the speaker, a bio-sensor, a motion sensor, and a controller configured to determine an activity state of the user based on aggregated sensor data from the bio-sensor and the motion sensor over time, and to control audio output to the user based on the determined activity state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sammy Pergament, Victor PĂ„sse, Iman Habib, Jesper Johansson, Amir Adlouni
  • Patent number: 10908184
    Abstract: An apparatus that searches for a pattern in a signal is disclosed. The apparatus can be used to implement a real time trigger in an instrument such as a high speed oscilloscope. The apparatus includes a symbol generator and a finite state machine (FSM). The symbol generator receives an ordered sequence of signal values and converts the ordered sequence of signal values into an ordered sequence of symbols, each symbol having a plurality of states. The FSM receives the ordered sequence of symbols and generates a match signal if the ordered sequence of symbols includes a target sequence specified by a regular expression that includes a counting limitation on one of the symbol states. The FSM includes a counting state that includes a counter that counts instances of the one of the symbol states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Keysight Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Lehane, Antony J. A. Kirkham
  • Patent number: 10860428
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for increasing the longevity of archival tape may include suspending, by a scheduling computing system, an initiation of a read/write process for an archival tape. The method may also include reading a tape status stored on a status tag embedded on a cartridge of the archival tape. In addition, the method may include deducing, by the scheduling computing system, a health status of the archival tape from the tape status. Furthermore, the method may include adjusting, by the scheduling computing system, a read/write policy of the archival tape based on the health status. Finally, the method may include completing the read/write process of the archival tape based on the adjusted read/write policy. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason David Adrian
  • Patent number: 10768608
    Abstract: A controlling device includes: controlling sections configured to control respective of a plurality of devices; and a master controlling section configured to determine, by referring to information obtained from one of the plurality of devices, a control matter concerning another one of the plurality of devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinichiro Kinoshita, Junichi Shirakawa, Tetsuji Kimura, Shunsuke Yajima
  • Patent number: 10768076
    Abstract: A method includes receiving raw data and generating a manufacturing data packet (MDP) that includes at least a portion of the raw data. Generating the MDP includes associating metadata with the raw data and associating a timestamp with the raw data. The timestamp is synchronized to a common reference time. A data model associated with the MDP is obtained. The data model includes one or more predefined data types and one or more predefined data fields. A first data type from the one or more predefined data types is determined based at least in part on characteristics of the raw data. An algorithm is determined based at least in part on the first data type. The MDP is processed according to the algorithm to produce an output. The first data type is associated with the raw data. The output is associated with a data field of the first data type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Sight Machine, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Oostendorp, Kurtis Alan Demaagd, Ryan L. Smith
  • Patent number: 10719122
    Abstract: A device in an automated environment can detect patterns in the user's interactions with accessories in the automated environment and can provide feedback to the user based on the patterns. Examples include: suggesting automation of particular actions based on the patterns; suggesting actions that conform to the pattern when the user performs part of the pattern; or suggesting changes to a pattern to conform to a preferred pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lukas M. Marti, Ronald Keryuan Huang
  • Patent number: 10661876
    Abstract: System and method for controlling representative information about the use by one or more users of one or more habitable locations of a ship, comprising: a plurality of habitable locations, each habitable location comprising a plurality of electrical and/or electronic components controllable during the use of the habitable location by a user; a plurality of local control units, each local control unit of said plurality being operatively associated with at least one portion of habitable locations of the plurality of habitable locations of the ship, each local control unit being configured to control said at least one portion of habitable locations to which it is operatively connected; a central control unit; a data communications network, each local control unit of said plurality being operatively associated with the central control unit via the data communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: FINCANTIERI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Gabriele Maria Cafaro, Fabio Benevolo, Alessandro Trotta, Daniel Celotti
  • Patent number: 10642230
    Abstract: A method for managing an installation (10), the installation (10) including: a power supply device (14), and members (16) supplied with energy by the power supply device (14), the method including the following steps: determining the available energy coming from the power supply device (14), determining the energy consumed by the members (16), and optimizing the operation of the installation (10) so that a criterion is met, the criterion being met at least if the energy balance of the installation (10) is positive for a given length of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: FLOWBIRD
    Inventors: Christian Longet, Michel Thiebaut
  • Patent number: 10586181
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for simulating occupant behavior in buildings may be used to predict the energy use of a building structure. The activities of actual building occupants are recorded and provided as an input to the occupant behavior simulation. The occupant behavior simulation generates simulated occupant schedules with similar behavioral patterns. An arbitrary set of factors can be used to select plausible activity types, durations, and numbers of participants during an occupant behavior simulation. The simulated occupant schedules may then be incorporated into a building performance simulation to help architects predict the energy demand associated with different building design options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: AUTODESK, INC.
    Inventors: Rhys Goldstein, Azam Khan, Alexander Tessier
  • Patent number: 10584584
    Abstract: The present disclosure teaches Real-time mobile broadband data access via satellite to mobile heavy equipment and personnel, focusing on health and safety solutions to open-pit mining operations in remote areas of the world. The system consists of a platform which allows for the integration of health and safety solutions, status monitoring systems, and transmitting broadband information in Real-time from these systems to anywhere in the world. The present disclosure's teachings include: 1) Gathering information from the sensors on work vehicles and personnel; 2) Transmitting Real-time broadband data packets over a wireless appliance; 3) Translating and processing information obtained through an intelligent diagnostic application which is placed on board heavy mobile vehicles and personnel and then transmitting it via a wireless network; and 4) Displaying the information collected in Real-time anywhere in the world via host computers or on a web page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: ESTRELLASAT BV
    Inventor: Jean Verhardt
  • Patent number: 10545475
    Abstract: An EMS 200 comprises a communicator 210 configured to transmit a request command requesting information indicating a state of an object apparatus 300. The communicator 210 transmits, as the request command, a command including acquisition property requesting a range of values relating to ability of the object apparatus 300 and object information indicating object content of the range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventor: Kazutaka Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10474132
    Abstract: Setting related to a motor is required to be simplified. An information processing device for performing setting related to a motor includes a generation unit which generates a plurality of pieces of motor information for designating each of a plurality of motors for driving the same control target on the basis of reception of a predetermined user operation, and an assignment unit which assigns each of the generated plurality of pieces of motor information to any one of a plurality of axes defining a predetermined coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Ryota Maruno, Yutsuka Shigemori
  • Patent number: 10416205
    Abstract: An automated environment can monitor its resource consumption at the environment level and detect anomalies. Resource consumption can be monitored using a sparse set of sensors that provide information about the total resource consumption of the automated environment. The sensor data can be analyzed together with information about a behavioral routine of users in the automated environment to define a baseline resource consumption pattern. Once a baseline resource consumption pattern is established, anomalies in resource consumption can be detected and reported to users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lukas M. Marti, Ronald Keryuan Huang, Arun G. Mathias, Kevin P. McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 10372098
    Abstract: A method for controlling a grid of plants, wherein the method includes interconnecting distributed control systems via a network, providing a hierarchical tree structure having at least two levels (LN) for the network, assigning each distributed control system to a node of the tree structure, receiving a data request at a parent node control system, determining whether the data request is resolvable by the parent node control system, where a reply to the data request is sent if the data request can be resolved by the parent node, and where the data request is forwarded to at least one of the child nodes of the parent node if the data request is unresolvable by the parent node such that monitoring and controlling of the entire grid with respect to the inclusion of further units and the modification of already existing units is achieved in a flexible manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Carsten Jordan, Matthias Jung, Klaus-Juergen Langer, Denis Schroff, Michael Unkelbach, Egon Wuchner
  • Patent number: 10328571
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a servo control system and a robot. The servo control system is applied to a servo and includes a main control module and a communication module including a first communication port, a second communication port, a third communication port, a fourth communication port, a voltage balancing circuit and a balance voltage output terminal. The balance voltage output terminal is coupled to the third communication port and the fourth communication port through the voltage balancing circuit. The main control module sends a first communication signal to the host computer via the first communication port, and receives a second communication signal transmitted from the host computer via the second communication port. The balance voltage output terminal controls a common mode voltage difference between the first communication signal and the second communication signal via the voltage balancing circuit. In the above manner, identification numbers of servos can be reassigned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: UBERTECH Robotics Corp.
    Inventors: Dong Liu, Youjun Xiong
  • Patent number: 10324512
    Abstract: An aspect provides an information handling device, including: a connection to an external power supply; a processor; and a memory; the memory having instructions executable by the processor to: detect that the connection to the external power supply is providing an input of power; ascertain via the connection to the external power supply that the input of power is derived from a source having a predetermined characteristic; and automatically adjust a power consumption setting of the information handling device based on the predetermined characteristic. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: John Weldon Nicholson, Kenneth Scott Seethaler, Howard Locker, Randall Scott Springfield
  • Patent number: 10254321
    Abstract: A system for monitoring electric energy amount according to one embodiment of the present disclosure includes an electric energy system including one or more loads receiving electric energy through an external electric energy source and a renewable energy generator, a home server for receiving information of a first electric energy amount that is an electric energy amount consumed by the one or more loads, a second electric energy amount that is supplied from the external electric energy source to the electric energy system, and a third electric energy amount that is supplied from the renewable energy generator to the electric energy system, and an electric energy amount monitoring server calculating the second electric energy amount or the third electric energy amount from electric energy consumption of the electric energy system, which is received from the home server, and supply electric energy amount information supplied to the electric energy system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: LSIS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hwa-Young Choi, Hee-Tae Roh, Young-Gyu Yu
  • Patent number: 10234855
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining one or more modified properties associated with at least one of an alarm to be generated by an industrial process control and automation system and a process controller within the industrial process control and automation system. The method also includes obtaining historical data associated with actual operation of the control and automation system. The method further includes simulating operation of one or more components of the control and automation system using the one or more modified properties. The method also includes identifying one or more simulated alarms generated during the simulated operation of the one or more components using the one or more modified properties. In addition, the method includes outputting the one or more simulated alarms. The method could also include receiving one or more approvals of the one or more modified properties and providing the one or more modified properties to the process controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Archana Mariswamy, Ilangovan Rajaram, Srikant Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 10198059
    Abstract: Adaptive doze to hibernate scheme techniques are described for power management of a computing device. Rather than relying upon a fixed timer to control device power states, the adaptive doze to hibernate scheme monitors various hibernate parameters and adapts the hibernation experience in dependence upon the parameters. The hibernate parameters may include but are not limited to a standby budget, minimum standby time, reserve screen on time, and indications of user presence. In operation, a power manager monitors battery drain rate and adaptively determines when to change the device power states of the computing device based on the observed drain rate and the hibernate parameters. The power manager may selectively switch between various states (e.g., high performance, active, wake, standby, hibernate, off, etc.) accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: M. Nashaat Soliman, Paresh Maisuria, Arun U. Kishan
  • Patent number: 10181960
    Abstract: A method of controlling another device by a gateway device is provided. The method includes recording, if user operation information for an operation of a device is received from an user device, device state information received from a device group during a recording period, determining device state information recorded a predetermined number of times for a predetermined time period as common device state information, and generating, if device state information received from the device group matches the common device state information, a request for executing the operation corresponding to the user operation information to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyungjae Kim, Keuncheol Lee
  • Patent number: 10171938
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a geofence service that enables various remote control and automatic operations based a user's current geographic position as determined by the user's mobile device's current geographic location. The geofence service enables the user to define one or more geofences based on specific geographic locations. Such geofences may be applied against several geofence applications for remote and automatic control of devices. In one embodiment, the mobile device's volume or power control settings are adjusted based on the user's location inside or outside a geofence. In one embodiment, temperature setting of a building or house is controlled based on user's proximity to a geofence. In one embodiment, electrical appliances within a home are activated and controlled automatically based on user's current geographic location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Mani Partheesh, Kirupa Pushparaj
  • Patent number: 10140586
    Abstract: A system and approach for charting equipment output values over a historical period of time. A processor may provide the actions for charting, comparison, analysis, detection of the problem, investigation and providing remedial solutions relative to the problem. Charting the values may be done alongside of, for example, an occupancy schedule. If there are not corresponding changes between equipment output values and occupancy, then an investigation may be made to find a problem. If the problem is found, then a correction may be made to solve the problem. The present system and approach for indication of a problem may provide an opportunity to remedy the problem early on thereby resulting in savings of time and costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: John Joseph Frankovich, III
  • Patent number: 10082775
    Abstract: An appliance control method is for controlling a target appliance located in a building to disguise the number of people in the building. The method includes: obtaining an operation history of the target appliance (S101); determining a change in the number of people in the building (S102); creating, based on the operation history and the change in the number of people in the building, control patterns each of which is for controlling the target appliance and corresponds to a different one of the numbers of people including the number of people (S103); selecting, from among the created control patterns each of which corresponds to a different one of the numbers of the people, a control pattern which corresponds to the predetermined virtual number of people (S111); and controlling the target appliance according to the selected control pattern (S112).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazunori Yamada, Kozo Ezawa, Kumi Harada
  • Patent number: 10048766
    Abstract: An electronic device controlled via a non-contact gesture is disclosed. The electronic device includes multiple infrared sensing units, when a gesture is passing over the infrared sensing units, status of level(s) outputted by output terminals of the infrared sensing units may be changed; a logic circuit, with its multiple input terminals being respectively connected to the output terminals of the multiple infrared sensing units, configured to, when there is a change in the levels outputted by the infrared sensing units, generate and output in interrupt signal; a processor, coupled respectively to the output terminals of the multiple infrared sensing units, and connected to the output terminal of the logic circuit, and configured to receive the interrupt signal and, when each time receiving the interrupt signal, acquire the level status at the output terminals of the infrared sensing units and save the level status as a set of level status data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Huizhou TCL Mobile Communication Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cansong Li
  • Patent number: 10031750
    Abstract: A cognitive container includes a set of managers for monitoring and controlling a computational element based on context, constraints and computing resources available to that computational element. Collectively, the set of managers may be regarded as a service regulator that specifies the algorithm context, constraints, connections, communication abstractions and control commands which are used to monitor and control the algorithm execution at run-time. The computational element is the algorithm executable module that can be loaded and run. The managers may communicate with external agents using a signaling channel that is separate from a data path used by the computational element for inputs and outputs, thereby providing external agents the ability to influence the computation in progress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: C3DNA INC.
    Inventors: Rao V. Mikkilineni, Surendra Keshan, Giovanni Morana
  • Patent number: 9960980
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide various techniques for monitoring electronic devices at various locations, and cloning behaviors of specific electronic devices across locations and times. Device monitor and control systems may be configured to detect changes in the operational settings of electronic devices at monitored locations, and to transmit control signals to control corresponding electronic devices at other locations. In some cases, separate device monitor and control systems may operate at different locations, where each system may monitor and control a set of local devices and communicate device status detection signals, control signals, and the like to other device monitor and control systems at other locations. In some examples, central device monitor and control systems may operate at network hubs, such as satellite base stations, cable head-ends, and/or central computer servers, to coordinate the device monitoring and cloning of device behaviors between multiple locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: ECHOSTAR TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: Daniel Wilson
  • Patent number: 9903606
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for controlling parameters in a building. According to at least one embodiment, a method for controlling parameters in a building includes using a first sensor type to determine whether the building is occupied and using a second sensor type to determine how reliable the first sensor type determines occupancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Bunker, Jungtaik Hwang
  • Patent number: 9883226
    Abstract: An entertainment device initiates a configuration process of a controlling device in response to a change in an audio visual entertainment system configuration in which at least one of a plurality devices is connected to the entertainment device as an audio and/or visual source and at least one of the plurality of devices is connected to the entertainment device as an audio and/or visual output destination for the entertainment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 9860676
    Abstract: A method of automatically configuring a remote indicator is provided. The method includes placing the remote indicator within near field communication range of an operating field device. Configuration information is wirelessly exchanged between the remote indicator and the field device. The remote indicator is coupled to receive process information. Process information is received through the coupling and displayed on a display of the remote indicator. A field device and remote indicator are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Virgilio D. Sandoval-Castillo, Jason Krause