Position Responsive Patents (Class 700/13)
  • Patent number: 10295964
    Abstract: A building management system includes a plurality of devices of building equipment and a control engine configured to, for at least one space of one or more spaces, associate the space with a group of the plurality of devices. The control engine is also configured to select a first space profile of a plurality of space profiles associated with a first type of space. The first space profile includes a plurality of modes each corresponding to a different functional state of the space. The control engine is also configured to select a mode of the plurality of modes of the first space profile, determine a setting of the set of settings of the first space profile based on the selected mode, and control the one or more devices that serve the space in accordance with the settings defined by the first space profile and the selected mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Beth A. Ray, Sheri L. Meyer, Radu M. Dorneanu, Gregory B. Cebasek, Donald A. Gottschalk, Rachel D. M. Ellerman
  • Patent number: 10120960
    Abstract: A device arrangement rule generation unit generates device arrangement rules each including a past installation space of devices and relative direction information indicating a relative direction between devices that were arranged in the past installation space. An input unit inputs information on a new installation space and devices to be arranged in the new installation space. A device arrangement rule extraction unit extracts device arrangement rules each including the devices to be arranged in the new installation space input by the input unit. A device arrangement calculation unit calculates an arrangement position of the devices to be arranged in the new installation space based on relative direction information included in one of the device arrangement rules extracted by the device arrangement rule extraction unit and based on dimensions of the devices to be arranged in the new installation space input by the input unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Reiko Inoue, Takaharu Matsui, Shinji Tanaka, Kenji Kondo
  • Patent number: 10047578
    Abstract: A method of controlling pressure in a wellbore can include determining a desired position for a choke, the determining being based on a Cv curve for the choke, and adjusting the choke to the desired position, thereby producing a desired backpressure. A wellbore drilling system can include a choke which variably restricts flow of fluid from the wellbore, and a control system which compares actual and desired wellbore pressures and, in response to a difference between the actual and desired wellbore pressures, adjusts the choke to a predetermined position which corresponds to a desired Cv of the choke. A method of controlling pressure in a wellbore can include comparing an actual wellbore pressure to a desired wellbore pressure and, in response to a difference between the actual and desired wellbore pressures, adjusting a choke to a predetermined position, the predetermined position corresponding to a desired Cv of the choke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: James R. Lovorn, Nancy S. Davis, Cody N. Butler
  • Patent number: 9965427
    Abstract: A method for assigning addresses to nodes of a bus system, and installation, bus nodes being furnished with an identical delivery address, where (i) an assigning entity, particularly a central computer, start-up computer or bus node sends information to the delivery address via the bus system, (ii) the information includes a first address, (iii) an action is performed whose effect is detected by a first bus node, (iv) the first bus node accepts the first address, (v) the first bus node sends a response to the assigning entity, and (vi) steps (i) through (v) are repeated, each time with a further address for a further bus node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: SEW-EURODRIVE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Olaf Simon
  • Patent number: 9904277
    Abstract: A numerical controller configured for operation based on tabular data identifies a control command, calculates an operating time to achieve a target state for the control command, determines a time, an axis position, or a spindle position, which serves as a reference for the start of the operation, and starts the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: FANUC Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Kanemaru, Yasushi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9772613
    Abstract: This document presents a system and method for defining and controlling moods and experiences associated with one or more spaces within a residential or commercial property. Moods and experiences may be defined by the user to present specified settings for audio, lighting, security, or other parameters that contribute to a mood for a given space. Timing and triggers may be created and saved with the moods and experiences to permit automatic, delayed, and cascading ambiance settings for one or more spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: David Webster, Ryan Corbin, Manjiri Kshirsagar, John Anderson
  • Patent number: 9766931
    Abstract: A method of determining schedulability of tasks for uniprocessor execution includes defining a well-formed, non-preemptive task set having a plurality of tasks, each task having at least one subtask. A determination of whether the task set is schedulable is made, such that a near-optimal amount of temporal resources required to execute the task set is estimated. Further, a method of determining schedulability of a subtask for uniprocessor execution includes defining a well-formed, non-preemptive task set having a plurality of tasks, each task having at least one subtask. A determination of whether a subtask in the task set is schedulable at a specific time is made in polynomial time. Systems for implementing such methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Julie Ann Shah, Matthew Craig Gombolay
  • Patent number: 9769165
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for determining an electromagnetic signature for authenticating a device, a user, and/or a location. In exemplary embodiments, a magnetometer captures an electromagnetic signature which is then compared with one or more authorized electromagnetic signatures. If the electromagnetic signature matches an authorized electromagnetic signature, then access is granted. The magnetometer is integrated into a communication device having a processor and a logic. The magnetometer captures an electromagnetic signature of a surrounding environment and detects motion of the communication device through the captured electromagnetic signature. The logic on the communication device locks or unlocks features of the device based upon the captured electromagnetic signature. In further embodiments of the subject disclosure, the magnetometer is in communication with a server which authenticates a user or communication device to provide access to a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Alexander Varshavsky, Kevin Ansia Li
  • Patent number: 9684299
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system and a method for managing machine tool information for heterogeneous numerical control devices, and more particularly, to a system and a method for managing machine tool information for heterogeneous numerical control devices which may manage data of heterogeneous numerical control devices by a mobile device through a network, such as a wide area Internet or local WiFi, and monitor an operational state of the machine tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Doosan Machine Tools Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dae Hyuk Chung, Jang Nam Han, Jong Tae Kim, Jong Myoung Park, Joo Sik Lee
  • Patent number: 9658608
    Abstract: A servo control apparatus includes: a model-response calculating unit; a motor-end-movement-amount-during-stopping measuring unit that measures a motor end movement amount during stopping, which is a displacement amount of a detection value of a motor end position in a period from when the calculated value of the machine end position changes to zero until the calculated value changes to a value other than zero; and an error-correction-amount calculating unit that calculates an error correction amount on the basis of a parameter in which a maximum change amount of a deviation between the machine end position and the motor end position during moving direction reversal is set in advance, the calculated value of the machine end position, and the motor end movement amount. The servo control unit sets the detection value of the machine end position and the detection value of the motor end position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Kotaro Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 9600003
    Abstract: A cooperative voltage sensor (CVS) issues a target voltage change request when a voltage moving average at an end thereof deviates from a proper voltage upper or lower limit value. A cooperative voltage controller (CVC) also can issue a target voltage change request when a voltage moving average at an end thereof deviates from the proper voltage upper or lower limit value. The target voltage change request issued by the cooperative voltage sensor (CVS) or the cooperative voltage controller (CVC) is transferred between cooperative voltage controllers (CVCs) via a communication network and notified to all the cooperative voltage controllers (CVCs), and a cooperative operation of voltage control is realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Nobuhiko Itaya
  • Patent number: 9530060
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring buildings (including houses and office buildings) by performing video content analysis based on two-dimensional image data and depth data are disclosed. Occupation and use of such buildings may be monitored with higher accuracy to provide higher energy efficiency usage, to control operation of components therein, and/or provide better security. Height data may be obtained from depth data to provide greater reliability in object detection, object classification and/or event detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: AVIGILON FORTRESS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Zhong Zhang, Gary W. Myers, Peter L. Venetianer
  • Patent number: 9503273
    Abstract: A control device, which handles a network system in which electronic devices installed in each of multiple rooms are connected via a communication network and each electronic device can perform communication via the communication network, includes: a control unit to selectively set a first control mode in which operation control according to operation input is performed as to a particular single electronic device, a second control mode in which operation control according to operation input is performed in common as to electronic devices installed in the same room, and a third control mode in which operation control according to operation input is performed in common as to electronic devices connected to the communication network, as an operation control mode according to predetermined operation input, and to generate a control command; and a transmission unit to transmit a control command that the control unit has generated according to the control mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Sato, Yoshimasa Utsumi, Kazuhiro Sato
  • Patent number: 9082202
    Abstract: Occupancy detection for building environmental control is disclosed. One apparatus includes at least one image sensor and a controller, wherein the controller is operative to obtain a plurality of images from the at least one image sensor, determine a color difference image of a color difference between consecutive images of the plurality of images, determining an area of the color difference image wherein the color difference is greater than a threshold, create an occupancy candidate based on filtering of the determined area if the determined area is less than light change threshold, generate one or more centroids that represent areas of the occupancy candidate that are greater than a second threshold, track the one or more centroids over a period of time, detect occupancy if one or more of the centroids is detected to have moved more than a movement threshold over the period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: enLighted, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Dominic Kovesi, Evan Danny Petridis, Tanuj Mohan
  • Patent number: 9041337
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for generating a constraint-based, time-optimal motion profile for controlling the trajectory of a point-to-point move in a motion control system. A profile generator can calculate an ST-curve motion profile that includes a jerk reference that varies continuously over time for at least one of the motion profile segments, thereby producing a smooth, time-optimal trajectory. The profile generator can create the motion profile to conform to a set of motion constraints provided by the user. The profile generator also supports calculation of time-optimal motion profiles having segments that align to the sample time of the motion control system. In some embodiments, the profile generator can efficiently generate the motion profile by performing reference calculations only for those segments that will be used in the final motion profile for a given point-to-point move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: LINESTREAM TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: Gang Tian
  • Publication number: 20150120000
    Abstract: A LED based illumination source with integrated communications and processing functions, which can communicate via wireless communications to a mobile phone, smart phone, smart pad, notebook, tablet, desktop or other computing device. The LED based illumination source is programmed to operate autonomously, and is able to alter its behavior, based on the proximity of a controlling element. The communications and processing functions can also be integrated into other household and commercial electrical devices, such as wall outlets, light switches, plug in timers, appliances, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Smartbotics Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly COFFEY, Ian CRAYFORD, Speros KOULOURAS
  • Patent number: 8972032
    Abstract: A method for detecting a mechanical overload condition of an energized linear actuator to prevent commanding an activation signal to the linear actuator that may mechanically overload the linear actuator includes monitoring feedback variation of a movable element associated with the linear actuator including monitoring a present feedback signal of the movable element, monitoring a previous feedback signal of the movable element, comparing the present feedback signal and the previous feedback signal and determining the feedback variation based on the comparing. The feedback variation is compared to a feedback variation threshold. An input signal associated with the activation signal for controlling the linear actuator is monitored and the input signal compared to an input signal threshold. The electrical overload condition is detected when the feedback variation is less than the feedback variation threshold and the input signal is greater than the input signal threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Lei Hao, Xiujie Gao, Sanjeev M. Naik
  • Patent number: 8965555
    Abstract: A method dresses a polishing member with a diamond dresser having diamond particles arranged on a surface thereof. The method includes determining dressing conditions by performing a simulation of a distribution of a sliding distance of the diamond dresser on a surface of the polishing member, and dressing the polishing member with the diamond dresser under the determined dressing conditions. The simulation includes calculating the sliding distance corrected in accordance with a depth of the diamond particles thrusting into the polishing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Fukuda, Yoshihiro Mochizuki, Yutaka Wada, Yoichi Shiokawa, Hirokuni Hiyama
  • Patent number: 8952635
    Abstract: A method for use in controlling a free piston Stirling machine having a cold end and a warm end and driven by a linear motor having an armature winding to which a drive voltage is applied. The method comprises (a) sensing internal mechanical collisions; (b) repeatedly sensing the temperature of the cold end, the temperature of the warm end and the drive voltage; (c) storing, as associated data, a value representing drive voltage, the temperature of the cold end and the temperature of the warm end at the time of sensed collisions; and (d) limiting the drive voltage to less than the drive voltage that was sensed at a collision and is stored in association with stored warm end and cold end temperatures that are proximate currently sensed warm end and cold end temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Global Cooling, Inc.
    Inventors: Yongrak Kwon, Robert Lee Mash, II
  • Patent number: 8896255
    Abstract: A servo controller, capable of controlling the motion of a movable body with high accuracy, without depending on the position of the movable body which is moved on a ball screw. The servo controller has a position command generating part which generates a position command value; a velocity command generating part which generates a velocity command value based on the position command value and a position detection value; a torque command generating part which generates a torque command value based on the velocity command value and a velocity detection value; and a position compensation calculating part which calculates an amount of expansion/contraction of the ball screw based on a distance from the servomotor to a nut threadably engaged with the ball screw and the torque command value, and calculates a position compensation based on the amount of expansion/contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventors: Yasusuke Iwashita, Kenichi Takayama, Satoshi Ikai
  • Publication number: 20140309752
    Abstract: A device control system includes a positioning apparatus and a control apparatus connected to the positioning apparatus through a network. The positioning apparatus includes a receiver configured to receive detection data from an acceleration sensor, an angular velocity sensor, and a geomagnetic sensor that are carried by a person; a position identifying unit configured to identify a position of the person in a control target area based on the detection data; an action-state detecting unit configured to detect an action state of the person based on the detection data; and a transmitter configured to transmit the identified position and the detected action state to the control apparatus. The control apparatus includes a device control unit configured to control a device arranged in the control target area based on the position and the action state of the person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Hajime Yuzurihara, Takeo Tsukamoto, Takanori Inadome, Hideaki Aratani
  • Patent number: 8825182
    Abstract: A position control system to control the position of a movable object, including a position measurement system configured to determine an actual position related quantity of the movable object; a set-point generator to provide a position related set-point signal of the movable object; a comparator to provide an error signal on the basis of a comparison of the actual position related quantity and the position related set-point signal, a controller to provide a control signal on the basis of the error signal, a feed-forward device to provide a feed-forward signal on the basis of the position related set-point signal, and one or more actuators to act on the movable object on the basis of the control signal and the feed-forward signal, wherein the feed-forward device includes a disturbance force correction table including estimations of disturbance forces exerted on the movable object in dependence of a position of the movable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Wilhelmus Franciscus Johannes Simons, Norbertus Josephus Martinus Van Den Nieuwelaar, Marcel Fran├žois Heertjes, Joost Jozef Hendrik Gielis, Ferdinand Bernardus Johannus Wilhelmus Maria Hendriks
  • Patent number: 8750824
    Abstract: A global mobility system and method for providing a global mobility framework. The system includes a mobility data collection unit, a mobility data management unit, and a device management unit. The data collection unit acquires real-time mobility data relating to a user and associated mobile and stationary devices. The data management unit manages mobility data and applies data to the devices in use. The device management unit activates and controls the operation of the devices based on available device and environmental data, and the mobility services subscribed by the user. The data management unit configures a device using the collected mobile data and prepares the device for operation in a respective environment. The device management unit prepares device work flows, activates and deactivates the devices, and controls the device operations based on the collected mobility data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Ravi Kumar Kanamatareddy
  • Patent number: 8744603
    Abstract: A method for executing mechanical overload protection to prevent commanding a control signal to a linear actuator that may mechanically overload the linear actuator when an overload condition of the linear actuator is detected, the linear actuator utilized for controlling a movable element associated with the linear actuator responsive to the control signal, includes monitoring an overload condition based on position change of the movable element associated with the linear actuator during an integration period and excess energy during the integration period, de-energizing the linear actuator when an overload condition has been detected, monitoring an overload retry counter based on the number of cycles the overload condition is detected, comparing the overload retry counter to an overload retry threshold, an reenergizing the linear actuator when the overload retry counter is less than the overload retry threshold and maintaining de-energizing of the linear actuator when the overload retry counter is at least
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Xiujie Gao, Lei Hao, Paul W. Alexander, Alan L. Browne, Derek L. Patterson, Mark A. Voss
  • Patent number: 8706264
    Abstract: A method for use in a part tracking system including a camera and a motion controller, the method comprising the steps of time synchronizing the motion controller and the camera at a trigger time when it is anticipated that a part is within the field of view of the camera, causing the camera to obtain an image, using the obtained image to determine an actual location of the part at the trigger time, comparing the actual location and the anticipated location of the part to identify a position difference and at the motion controller, using the position difference at the trigger time to adjust at least one operating characteristic of the automated system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Cognex Corporation
    Inventor: Dale Peterson
  • Patent number: 8682486
    Abstract: A robotic system that includes a mobile robot linked to a plurality of remote stations. One of the remote stations includes an arbitrator that controls access to the robot. Each remote station may be assigned a priority that is used by the arbitrator to determine which station has access to the robot. The arbitrator may include notification and call back mechanisms for sending messages relating to an access request and a granting of access for a remote station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: InTouch Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yulun Wang, Charles S. Jordan, Keith Phillip Laby, Jonathan Southard
  • Patent number: 8671292
    Abstract: Apparatus and systems provide processing capabilities while utilizing power received via an Ethernet. A computing device has an Ethernet connector for receiving power and data, internal power supply circuitry for extracting power from the Ethernet connector, and a Central Processing Unit (CPU) for receiving the power. A housing may encompass the components of the computing device and be configured for installation in an electrical wall box. The housing may include a display or connectors for peripherals. A system includes at least two computing devices. Each device has an Ethernet connector for receiving power and communicating with other devices and are installed within a housing within an electrical wall box. One device has a display for receiving user input instructions for transmittal to another device, while another device has a peripheral connector for controlling a peripheral according to the instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: American Megatrends, Inc.
    Inventor: Clas Gerhard Sivertsen
  • Patent number: 8670844
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device, particularly a machine tool device, having at least one computer (10), at least one transmitter (12) for transmitting a transmission signal (S1, S2), at least one receiver (14) for receiving at least one receiving signal (E1, E2, E3, E4) excited by the transmission signal (S1, S2), and at least one analysis unit (16) which is provided to calculate at least one parameter (P1, P2, P3, P4) by means of the receiving signal (E1, E2, E3, E4). The invention provides that the computer unit (10) is provided to compare the parameter (P1, P2, P3, P4) to at least one comparison parameter (V1, V2, V3, V4) calculated by means of at least one model (M).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Reiner Krapf, Heiko Braun, Michael Mahler, Alexander Werner Hees
  • Patent number: 8655478
    Abstract: A method dresses a polishing member with a diamond dresser having diamond particles arranged on a surface thereof. The method includes determining dressing conditions by performing a simulation of a distribution of a sliding distance of the diamond dresser on a surface of the polishing member, and dressing the polishing member with the diamond dresser under the determined dressing conditions. The simulation includes calculating the sliding distance corrected in accordance with a depth of the diamond particles thrusting into the polishing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Ebara Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Fukuda, Yoshihiro Mochizuki, Yutaka Wada, Yoichi Shiokawa, Hirokuni Hiyama
  • Patent number: 8634863
    Abstract: There are obtained a mobile terminal device and a data transfer control program that, even in the case where a plurality of data that become a target of transfer exist, can simply carry out an operation to select data to be transferred from them and to start transfer itself without a mistake. An acceleration sensor 118 fixedly provided in the device is activated at a state where the data to be transferred are displayed on a first liquid crystal display 104 and selected by an operation section 112. A control section 121 starts the transfer of the data using an infrared communication section 105 at the time when to become a posture of a specific angle range continuously more than once. Since a predetermined melody comes out from a speaker 110 during the transfer of the data, it is possible to know that the transfer is carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Motoyoshi Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 8606373
    Abstract: A firefighting monitor system includes a monitor, a controller selectively generating signals to the monitor for controlling the monitor, and a computer. The computer is configured to receive input from a user relative to the monitor or the controller. The computer generates an output based on the input, and the output is transmitted to the controller for controlling the monitor or the controller in accordance with the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Elkhart Brass Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd B. Lozier, James M. Trapp, Lee R. Jones, Eric N. Combs
  • Patent number: 8595400
    Abstract: A programmable controller includes a master unit and a plurality of slave units connected to a system bus in a daisy chain. The master unit transmits a batch of transmission frames addressed to different slave units consecutively a predetermined plurality of times, without waiting to receive the response from the slave units. Thus, the transmission frames can be transmitted reliably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventor: Seiji Mizutani
  • Patent number: 8594852
    Abstract: A device for controlling the motion of a fluid actuator which includes an electrically operated control valve that controls the flow of a pressurized fluid to and from the fluid actuator in response to signals generated by an actuator controller which uses an on-board, user programmable microprocessor where the user can download various control algorithms into the microprocessor for controlling the motion of the actuator based on such parameters as fluid pressure and flow rates and actuator displacement. Various external sensors can be connected to the controller for monitoring and control purposes using various signal interfaces such as an analog to digital converter or an SSI interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Eric Alstrin, Peter Lauer, Bert Robb
  • Patent number: 8588434
    Abstract: Various aspects of this disclosure are directed to determining an orientation of a mobile computing device. The mobile computing device may include a first microphone-speaker system and a second microphone-speaker system that can each provide microphone and speaker capabilities. The first microphone-speaker system may be enabled to operate as a speaker device. The enabling of the first microphone-speaker system may include allowing the first microphone-speaker system to provide audio output and disallowing the mobile computing device to process audio input received from the first microphone-speaker system. The second microphone-speaker system may be enabled to operate as a microphone. Enabling the second microphone-speaker system may include allowing the mobile computing device to process audio input received from the second microphone-speaker system and disallowing the second microphone-speaker system to provide audio output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Lawrence Morrill
  • Patent number: 8576071
    Abstract: An automatic lock and automatic unlock method for a computer system and the associated computer system are provided. The method includes steps of detecting whether a user is in a predetermined range when a computer system is in an unlock status and recording a duration during which the user is not in the predetermined range, controlling the computer system to enter a lock status when the duration is greater than a predetermined time, determining whether the user has an effective authority when the computer system is in the lock status and the user is detected in the predetermined range, and controlling the computer system to enter the unlock status when the user has the effective authority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: MStar Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Yung-Chih Lo, Feng-Jian Chou, Chih-Yuan Hsieh, Wei Chang
  • Patent number: 8552838
    Abstract: A passive wireless system for monitoring a protected area. The passive wireless system comprises at least one passive sensor for sensing an event, a reader for receiving signals from the at least one passive sensor, a plurality of exciters disposed within the protected area for transmitting a radio frequency pulse at a variable time interval to the at least one passive sensor, and a controller for controlling each of the plurality of exciters to transmit the radio frequency pulse at the variable time interval. The radio frequency pulse powers the passive sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Addy
  • Publication number: 20130261770
    Abstract: The object is to appropriately control a frequency of performing the link process. A link device detects a movement of a user based on a result of a link process for linking an outlet and an electronic appliance used by the user. The link device also detects a scheduled event from a schedule of the user. In case an event is detected, the link device calculates a difference between a scheduled time when the event will occur and the current time, and increases a frequency of performing the link process as the calculated difference gets smaller. In case the movement detection unit does not detect a movement of the user by the scheduled event time, the link device increases the frequency of performing the link process larger than a current frequency being used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Akinori IWAKAWA
  • Patent number: 8548275
    Abstract: An image processing method applied to an image processing device is capable of implementing bitstream stitching technique after interrupting image processing process. The image processing method includes steps of processing the i-th slice of N slices in an image to generate a plurality of first processed data; storing the first processed data in a memory unit; once an interrupting request is generated according to a requested process, storing stitching information associated with the last first processed data after processing the i-th slice; stopping processing the image and executing the requested process according to the interrupting request; continuing to process the (i+1)-th slice of the N slices to generate a plurality of second processed data after the requested process is finished; and storing the second processed data after the last first processed data in the memory unit according to the stitching information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Altek Corporation
    Inventors: Chia-Ho Pan, Po-Jung Lin, Da-Ming Chang, Yen-Ping Teng, Shuei-Lin Chen
  • Patent number: 8527908
    Abstract: Systems and methods may provide user control of a computer system via one or more sensors. Also, systems and methods may provide automated response of a computer system to information acquired via one or more sensors. The sensor(s) may be configured to measure distance, depth proximity and/or presence. In particular, the sensor(s) may be configured to measure a relative location, distance, presence, movements and/or gestures of one or more users of the computer system. Thus, the systems and methods may provide a computer user interface based on measurements of distance, depth, proximity, presence and/or movements by one or more sensors. For example, various contexts and/or operations of the computer system, at the operating system level and/or the application level, may be controlled, automatically and/or at a user's direction, based on information acquired by the sensor(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aleksandar Pance, David Robbins Falkenburg, Jason Medeiros
  • Patent number: 8515577
    Abstract: A robotic system that includes a mobile robot linked to a plurality of remote stations. One of the remote stations includes an arbitrator that controls access to the robot. Each remote station may be assigned a priority that is used by the arbitrator to determine which station has access to the robot. The arbitrator may include notification and call back mechanisms for sending messages relating to an access request and a granting of access for a remote station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventors: Yulun Wang, Charles S. Jordan, Keith Phillip Laby, Jonathan Southard
  • Patent number: 8489220
    Abstract: A variable tape feeder is provided. The variable tape feeder includes a frame having an accommodating section and a component feeding section on a transfer path that transfers a carrier tape having components packaged with a cover tape. Width adjusters for the transfer path, the accommodating section, and the component feeding section are installed respectively on the transfer path, accommodating section, and component feeding section to adjust widths thereof according to widths of the carrier tape, the accommodating section, and the component feeding section, respectively. Width sensors for the transfer path, the accommodating section, and the component feeding section detect widths adjustment of the transfer path, the accommodating section, and the component feeding section width adjusters, respectively. A controller outputs a response signal in response to signals detected by the respective sensors installed in the component feeding section and the accommodating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun-Keun Song, Il-Young Song, Tae-Sung Jang
  • Patent number: 8478439
    Abstract: A numerical control device includes a primary distribution pulse calculator that calculates primary distribution pulses obtained by distributing movement amounts in first and second directions included in a movement command of a work or a tool for each of predetermined calculation cycles. A secondary distribution pulse calculator calculates, for each movement direction, secondary distribution pulses obtained by distributing the primary distribution pulses of each calculation cycle calculated by the primary distribution pulse calculator, before and after corresponding calculation cycles within ranges of distribution sections across the corresponding calculation cycles and having an acceleration-deceleration time constant of the corresponding movement direction as a section width, and then accumulating the primary distribution pulses for each calculation cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Shin Nippon Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobutaka Nishibashi
  • Patent number: 8432119
    Abstract: Disclosed are various systems and methods for assessing and improving the capability of a machine tool. The disclosure applies to machine tools having at least one slide configured to move along a motion axis. Various patterns of dynamic excitation commands are employed to drive the one or more slides, typically involving repetitive short distance displacements. A quantification of a measurable merit of machine tool response to the one or more patterns of dynamic excitation commands is typically derived for the machine tool. Examples of measurable merits of machine tool performance include workpiece surface finish, and the ability to generate chips of the desired length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC
    Inventors: William E. Barkman, Edwin F. Babelay, Jr., Kevin Scott Smith, Thomas S. Assaid, Justin T. McFarland, David A. Tursky, Bethany Woody, David Adams
  • Patent number: 8433445
    Abstract: A method and device to control electrical devices using motion detection are presented, through which an object inside a monitoring area which is subdivided into a pre-detection area and a detection area is successively identified as well as verified in the detection area for reducing power input in standby mode and during operation in the main cycle using distance measurements and its position consequently determined. During the course of the distance measurements, the control device is brought into a readiness state and later on into operating state. After finishing the distance measurements and determining the position of the object in the detection area, an output signal which serves to control an external electrical device is generated by a control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Silicon Micro Sensors GmbH
    Inventors: Erik Busse, Wilhelm Prinz Von Hessen
  • Publication number: 20130060351
    Abstract: An asset tracking system for use in a process control environment may include one or more asset tracking devices and an asset tracking host. The asset tracking device may receive signals corresponding to a position or location of an asset to be tracked, and may communicate, using an industrial automation protocol such as wireless HART, an indication of the position to the asset tracking host. The signals may be GPS signals that are re-radiated into the process control environment. Other information, such as environmental data, may be communicated in conjunction with the position of the asset. The asset tracking host may store and/or display the data or information included in the message, and may send a different message to the asset tracking device. An asset tracking device may be included in a field device, a network device, or a portable communications device used in the process control environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: David P. Imming, Peter Zornio, Trevor D. Schleiss, Neil J. Peterson, Mark J. Nixon, Eric D. Rotvold, Robert J. Karschnia
  • Patent number: 8374706
    Abstract: In a method for moving a machine element of an automation machine with separately controlled drive shafts moving in a common direction, a first controller receives a first desired control variable, which is filtered using a filter having a frequency-dependent transfer function. In one embodiment, first desired control variable represents an overall movement of a machine element. A difference is determined between the filtered first desired variable and a first actual variable, and the difference is supplied as a desired control variable to the second controller for controlling the movement of the second drive shaft. In another embodiment, the filtered first desired variable and a second desired variable are added to form a sum, and a difference between the formed sum and the first actual variable is supplied as a desired control variable to the second controller for controlling the movement of the second drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Marco Bock, Wolfgang Papiernik
  • Patent number: 8364136
    Abstract: A mobile system and method of operation thereof, comprising a radio frequency system, adapted to derive information relating to a position within an environment, based on communications with at least one terrestrial or extraterrestrial transmitter, and remotely transmit to and receive radio frequency information-bearing communications; a memory adapted to store at least a vehicle itinerary or position-related information; a controller, receiving the derived information and controlling a communication of the information-bearing communications relating to at least the stored itinerary or position related information; and a user interface, having a functionality defined by the controller, adapted to interface a user for receipt or presentation of information relating at least one of the itinerary or position-related information and the communicated information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventors: Steven M Hoffberg, Linda I Hoffberg-Borghesani
  • Patent number: 8352087
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling a flow control valve, comprising measuring a flow at a suitable point of a flow process and calculating a pressure drop across the valve from a Cv curve of the valve, a measured valve opening ?m, and the measured flow (Qm). From this calculated pressure drop, a flow set point (Qsp), and an inverse Cv curve of the valve, a new valve opening (?c) providing the desired flow is calculated. The control is thus adapted to each operating point and its prevailing flow gain and linearizes the dependence between flow control and flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Metso Automation Oy
    Inventor: Esko Yli-Koski
  • Patent number: 8340835
    Abstract: A printing apparatus is controlled to generate a pulse signal so that a print medium conveyance speed detected by an encoder comes close to a target speed. The duty of the generated pulse signal is calculated every predetermined timing. When a sensor detects the leading end of the print medium, the duty of the pulse signal input to a feed motor is stored in a memory. It is determined whether the difference between the calculated duty and the stored duty has exceeded a predetermined value. If the difference has exceeded the predetermined value, supply of the pulse signal stops. When supply of the pulse stops, a conveyance roller is driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuuji Takayama
  • Patent number: 8311675
    Abstract: The invention describes a method of controlling an autonomous device (1), which autonomous device records ambient data and optionally transmits the recorded ambient data, which method comprises positioning an indicator (S1, S2, S3, S4) at a boundary (B) between a private area (P) and a non-private area (N) to optically distinguish the private area (P) from the non-private area (N) for a user of the autonomous device (1). The indicator (S1, S2, S3, S4) is detected by the autonomous device (1) and interpreted to determine whether the autonomous device (1) is in a private area (P) or a non-private area (N). Subsequently, recording or transmission of ambient data is restricted while the autonomous device (1) is within the private area (P).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Georgios Parlantzas, Jens Friedemann Marschner