Mechanical Control System Patents (Class 700/275)
  • Patent number: 9994125
    Abstract: Embodiments include a vehicle comprising a seat, a first sensor coupled to the seat for detecting a seat angle, and a processor communicatively coupled to the first sensor and the seat, and configured to output a control signal for correcting the seat angle if the seat angle is not within a predetermined range of values. Embodiments also include a method of correcting a position of a vehicle seat having an occupant seated therein. The method comprises receiving, at a processor, an output detected by a sensor unit coupled to the seat; comparing, using the processor, the output to a predetermined threshold to determine whether an alarm condition exists; if it does, outputting a control signal for correcting the seat position, wherein the sensor unit includes an angular position sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mauricio Magaña, Paul Fernando Cepeda Rode, Juan Palencia, Alfredo Gutiérrez Torres, Leonardo D. Reyes Chacalco
  • Patent number: 9957754
    Abstract: A method of operating a directional drill rig from a remote location may involve the steps of: Issuing instructions from a remote location using a remote communications system; receiving said instructions at a drill site location using an on-site communications system; applying said instructions to a directional drill rig; and communicating directional drill rig data from the drill site location to the remote location using the remote and on-site communications systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Ozzie Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Dwayne Osadchuk, Ryan Littlefield
  • Patent number: 9938911
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for operating an internal combustion engine for a motor vehicle, in particular a passenger car having a turbocharger with a compressor and a turbine. The method includes determining a change quantity of a gas flow quantity of a gas flow through the internal combustion engine and regulating the compressor based on this change quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Joerg Bernards, Martin Miertschink
  • Patent number: 9905062
    Abstract: The work machine includes a controller including a first storage unit capable of storing work machine information and capable of rewriting the stored work machine information, and a processing unit configured to collect the work machine information, and when trigger information for causing the first storage unit to start storing the work machine information occurs, the processing unit causes at least a portion of the collected work machine information to be stored to the first storage unit. The first storage unit stores header information. At a time when the trigger information occurs, the processing unit generates the work machine data from the collected work machine information in accordance with the header information and stores the work machine data to the first storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Fujimori, Shunsuke Sugimura
  • Patent number: 9881054
    Abstract: An information processing system, a computer readable storage medium, and a method of managing a query to find a set of JSON documents in a multi-schema JSON document store. A query engine receives a first query to find at least one JSON document in a plurality of sets of JSON documents stored in the JSON document store, each set of JSON documents being organized in a unique JSON schema version related to a unique JSON schema version of each other set of JSON documents by at least one schema change. The first query is organized in a first unique JSON schema version. A query translator translates the first query into a second query based on the at least one schema change. The first and second queries are executed to provide first and second query results which are collectively returned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Zhao Cao, Yuan Feng, Tao Li, Lanjun Wang, Lin Hao Xu
  • Patent number: 9876673
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for automatic remediation of application performance degradations caused by configuration changes. In one embodiment, a learning module keeps track of application configuration changes and subsequent effects on the application's performance. The learning module creates new potential remediation rules based on correlations between such configuration changes and performance degradations or improvements. The learning module affirms such potential rules if the correlation between the configuration changes and degradations or improvements are repeatedly observed, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: VMware, Inc.
    Inventors: Adar Margalit, Eran Dvir
  • Patent number: 9869486
    Abstract: This invention teaches a method of controlling the heating system of a commercial building, to reduce the thermal energy consumed by use of thermal parameters which are derived from readily-available data both internal and external to the building. By deriving a statistical relationship for each of the Solar Gain Rate and Day-time Natural Cool-down Rate from observed data, then based on the weather forecast, it is possible to determine if, when and for how long the mechanical heating system can be turned off or disabled from supplying heat to some of all of the building in question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Patrick Andrew Shiel
  • Patent number: 9869481
    Abstract: The invention provides a method to reduce the thermal energy used in a commercial building by use of thermal parameters which are derived from readily-available data both internal and external to the building. By deriving a statistical relationship for each of the OFVR—Overnight Forced Ventilation Rate—and DFAR—day-time forced air replacement—, based on the weather forecast, the invention provides controlling the time and duration for which the mechanical cooling system is to be turned off or disabled from supplying chilled water to the ventilation system, which in turn, supplies tempered fresh air to some of all of a selected commercial building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Patrick Andrew Shiel
  • Patent number: 9870716
    Abstract: A system for wearable devices including intelligent electronic devices, smart glasses, smart watches, and smart devices. A variety of sensors may be integrated into a wearable smart watch device for health management, voice commands, and lifestyle management. The glasses may continuously screen the food consumed by an individual and analyze the food content based on the size of the morsel, consistency, transparency, and other factors. This may further enable an individual to keep track of daily calorie intake and nutritional value will help in healthy diet and glasses will help in maintaining a healthy weight management. The device may image various people and assess health factors including hydration rate, skin health such as skin rashes, and pulse rates. This may be determined using image recognition and shining a light source on the skin to determine the rate of blood flow and refractory of the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: Sanjay K. Rao, Rekha K. Rao, Sunil K. Rao
  • Patent number: 9851136
    Abstract: In this container refrigerator, the permissible equivalent negative-phase-sequence current of a generator to be connected is calculated in Step S3 based on its capacitance. Next, in Step S4, the power consumption of an inverter device to generate the equivalent negative-phase-sequence current is calculated. Then, in Step S6, the equivalent negative-phase-sequence current generated by the container refrigerator is calculated based on the power consumption of this inverter device. Thereafter, in Step S9, It is compared to Itg. If It>Itg is satisfied, It is restricted until It?Itg is met by lowering the output frequency of the inverter device repeatedly in multiple stages. Consequently, even if the generator connected has small capacitance, the operation may be continued at a number of rotations appropriate for that small capacitance without causing the generator to overheat or be burned out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouji Uchida, Naoki Nakatani, Shuuhei Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9834414
    Abstract: A method controls the operation of the door system using one or combination of parameters of a reduced order model of the door system. The operation includes moving at least one door of the door system. The method measures a signal representing the operation of the door system and filters the measured signal by removing at least one dynamic of the measured signal absent from a frequency response of the reduced order model of the door system. The method also updates parameters of the reduced order model of the door system to reduce an error between the filtered signal and an estimated signal of the operation estimated using the updated reduced order model of the door system. The parameters of the reduced order model include a mass parameter and a friction parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Yebin Wang
  • Patent number: 9808918
    Abstract: A system, and a method of using a system, for controlled tool operation. The method includes providing a tool used in a force application such as a such torque application. The tool communicates with a controller which can communicate with the tool, and to a display in communication with the tool and the controller. The controller can be programmed with operational information about a tool operation. Information related to the operational information is displayed to a user during use. Service information including at least information about an amount of force applied during use is recorded and stored in the controller. Also disclosed is a computerized system for controlled tool operation which sends operational instructions to the tool before use and retrieves service information from the tool after use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventors: Chris Lawton, Jie Li, De L San, Nathan Lee
  • Patent number: 9798343
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes systems and methods for quantifying operating strategy energy usage. One embodiment describes an industrial control system that includes a tangible, non-transitory, computer readable medium storing a plurality of instructions executable by a processor of the industrial control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip John Kaufman
  • Patent number: 9749454
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a device for controlling a smart device. The method includes: when a connection is established between the terminal and a smart device, detecting whether the smart device is set with a personalized control interface; when detecting that the smart device is set with the personalized control interface, acquiring a personalized interface plug-in of the smart device, the personalized interface plug-in including a personalized function type and a personalized status display type; generating control options and a status display interface, based on at least one of the personalized interface plug-in or configuration information of a common control interface of the smart device; and controlling the smart device according to the control options and the status display interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Yuanbo Wang, Qiao Ren, Enxing Hou
  • Patent number: 9746072
    Abstract: An oil pressure control device controls a supply pressure of oil supplied to an oil pressure chamber of a friction element having a first engagement board and a second engagement board engaged with or disengaged from each other between a non-engagement state and a non-sliding engagement state via a sliding engagement state. The oil pressure control device includes: an electromagnetic valve that controls the supply pressure using a spool which reciprocates according to an energizing amount; and a control part that defines a first oscillatory wave part in which the energizing amount is controlled by making a first waveform with a first frequency to superimpose on a second waveform with a second frequency higher than the first frequency during a first period while the sliding engagement state and an instruction value of the supply pressure are kept constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: Akira Sakai, Fuminori Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9730525
    Abstract: The present invention provides an adjustable bed handheld remote control that may include a handheld housing, a touch sensor on a front face of the handheld housing, a transmitter and the like. The touch sensor may be presented in a slider form and may be adapted to facilitate a user in adjusting a frame position of an adjustable bed. The transmitter may be electrically coupled to a processor and may receive input from the touch sensor, for communication control signals to the adjustable bed in accordance with the input received from the touch sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan
  • Patent number: 9689776
    Abstract: An apparatus including a piston bore, exhibiting a longitudinal axis, and a piston, including a piston head and a piston shaft. The piston being axially displace-able within the piston bore along the longitudinal axis. The piston bore and a first surface of the piston head form a first working volume and displacement of the piston alters the first working volume. The apparatus also includes a first plurality of injectors coupled to the first working volume and a first common rail. The first plurality of injectors are configured to inject a hydraulic fluid from the common rail into the first working volume. The first common rail is configured to store the hydraulic fluid at an elevated pressure of 1,000 bar or greater. The apparatus includes a flow path between the first working volume and a reservoir for the hydraulic fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Riccardo Meldolesi, Peter Mark Lee
  • Patent number: 9660571
    Abstract: A method for hybrid solar tracking, and an apparatus for hybrid solar tracking and a photovoltaic blind system using the same are disclosed. The method includes generating first predicted power output data by analyzing first measured power output data of the past; generating a lagged error; constructing a regression analysis (RA) model, and deriving second predicted power output data; constructing an artificial neural network (ANN) model, and deriving third predicted power output data; selecting either a method for solar tracking based on photovoltaic power output or a method for solar tracking based on location and time depending on whether the second measured power output data of the present time falls within a filtering range based on a first error range and a second error range; and determining the directions of photovoltaic panels according to the selected method for solar tracking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventors: Tae Hoon Hong, Choong Wan Koo, Kwang Bok Jeong, Ji Min Kim, Cheol Woo Ban, Min Hyun Lee, Chang Yoon Ji
  • Patent number: 9655197
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling lighting systems and predicting a life expectancy of a plurality of lighting devices are disclosed. The system may include at least one gateway that controls dimming levels of the lighting devices, and at least one of a plurality of luminaires and LEDs that communicates with the gateway via a dimming control interface. The system may further include a sensor subsystem that senses color channels and monitors at least one change in environment in real time, and at least one power meter that measures power in real time, each of which is connected to the gateway. At least one server may be connected to the gateway, and may calculate and predict lumen depreciation of the luminaires and LEDs, and reporting and changing display information associated with the luminaires and LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Gooee Limited
    Inventors: Simon Coombes, Jonathan Couch, Benjamin Hughes, Shmuel Silverman
  • Patent number: 9590259
    Abstract: A fuel cell system comprises: noise detection means for detecting the magnitude of noise in a driver's cabin of a fuel cell vehicle in which the fuel cell system is installed; and a control apparatus for controlling the operation of auxiliary machines. The control apparatus performs high-potential avoidance control to increase electric power consumed by the auxiliary machines so that a power-generation voltage of a fuel cell 1 becomes equal to or lower than a predetermined value, based on noise detected by the noise detection means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Masashi Toida
  • Patent number: 9582765
    Abstract: An apparatus, a method, and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium thereof for recommending an electricity consumption behavior are provided. The apparatus is stored with an appliance efficiency value and an electricity-consuming parameter value for each of a plurality of users. The apparatus generates a plurality of first temporary values by multiplying each of the appliance efficiency values with each of the electricity-consuming parameters, generates a power saving matrix by subtracting each of the electricity-consuming parameters from each of the electricity-consuming parameters individually, generates a changing willingness matrix by the second temporary values, calculates a transform probability matrix by the power saving matrix and the changing willingness matrix, calculates an eigenvalue and an eigenvector of the transform probability matrix, and recommends an electricity consumption behavior according to the eigenvalue and the eigenvector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Institute For Information Industry
    Inventor: Jing-Tian Sung
  • Patent number: 9581987
    Abstract: An agent 10 is associated with a user as a representative of the user. The agent 10 includes a utility value calculation unit 15 that calculates an expected utility value indicating utility for the user with respect to an operating condition of the load device 20 and a cooperation processing unit 16 that judges whether an operating condition of the load device 20 is acceptable or not to the user and uniquely determines an operating condition to be instructed to the load device if the operating condition is not acceptable to the user cooperating with other agents 10. Agents 10 that do not accept the operating condition of the load device 20 determine the operating condition of the load device 20 such that one agent acting as a manager and the other agent acting as a contractor so as to make (some) concession to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Nishiyama, Tetsuo Sawaragi
  • Patent number: 9569670
    Abstract: A method for destination and duration of stay determination in a geographically bounded area such as a smart home includes detecting movement by an identified individual in an origination location of a geographically bounded area and retrieving a contemporaneously generated pattern of movement for the individual. The method additionally includes comparing the pattern for the identified individual to a set of patterns in a pattern data store and predicting from a matching pattern both a destination location in the geographically bounded area and a duration of time at which the identified individual is to remain at the destination location. Finally, the method includes directing activation of a fixture at the destination location responsive to predicting the destination location, and directing deactivation of a fixture at the origination location responsive to predicting a duration of time that exceeds a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David Bell, Chris Phillips
  • Patent number: 9516100
    Abstract: In one embodiment, agent routines are executed in a first thread, each agent routine being invoked by one of coroutines. A agent processor executes in a second thread the agents associated with the one or more agent routines, including receiving a first yield signal from a first of the coroutines indicating that a first of the agent routines yields to perform a first action that requires an action simulation, in response to the first yield signal, suspending the first coroutine, selecting a second of the coroutines from a head of a first agent queue maintained by the agent processor, and executing the second coroutine by assigning the execution lock to the second coroutine. In a third thread, a simulator simulates the first action on behalf of the first coroutine and signals the agent processor to resume the first coroutine after completing the simulation of the first action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Travis T. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9485427
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for stabilizing an imaging device and methods of using the same for a wide variety of applications including photography, video, and filming. Also provided are unmanned vehicles including aerial vehicles that contain the apparatus disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventors: Tao Wang, Mingyu Wang
  • Patent number: 9482588
    Abstract: In an apparatus and a method of evaluating a clamp force (F) in a threaded joint between a bolt and a matching threaded piece during a tightening operation, a torque (T) provided to the joint is continuously measured and ultra-sonic pulses are simultaneously induced into the bolt such that a time of flight (TOF) of the pulses in the bolt is measured. In response to an increase of the measured torque (T) an increase rate (dT/d?) of the torque (T) is determined, from which an initial rotation angle (?0) where the torque (T) starts to increase due to bolt deformation is determined. An increase rate (dTOF/d?) of the time of flight (TOF) is also determined. A total increase of the time of flight (?TOF) during the tightening operation is then determined based on the initial rotation angle (?0) and the increase rate (dTOF/d?) of the time of flight (TOF).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventors: Erik Vilhelm Persson, Arne Torgny Roloff
  • Patent number: 9482084
    Abstract: Integrated methods and systems for optimizing drilling related operations include recording data, parsing the data into intervals and analyzing the intervals to determine if the performance data in each time interval is of sufficient quality for using the interval data in a performance optimization process. The quality assessment may involve evaluating the data against a set of determined standards or ranges. The performance optimization process may utilize data mapping and/or modeling to make performance optimization process recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
    Inventors: Dar-Lon Chang, Lei Wang, Paul E. Pastusek, Jeffrey R. Bailey, Gregory S. Payette, Darren Pais
  • Patent number: 9441873
    Abstract: In a refrigeration appliance, an enclosure or container defines an enclosed space. A two-plane door forms a portion of the container. The two-plane door opens along one pivot axis and allows access to the enclosed interior space. The container can be a thermally insulated in-door ice compartment of a refrigerated appliance. One example is a bottom freezer style, with the in-door ice compartment in the cold food section of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Deron M. Drach, Eric D. Lively, Garett L. Strandemo, Eric W. Kost, Julie A. Mann
  • Patent number: 9436177
    Abstract: A motor driving amplifier and a numerical controller are connected to each other via communication to configure a numerical control system. The numerical controller includes a numerical control unit, a motor control unit, and an amplifier interface unit. Furthermore, a motor control processor included in the motor control unit is a multi-core processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: FANUC Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuo Kurakake, Toru Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9438150
    Abstract: A method of controlling a brushless permanent-magnet motor. The method includes commutating a winding of the motor at times relative to zero-crossings of back EMF in the winding. Commutation is then advanced when the motor operates over a first speed range, and commutation is retarded when the motor operates over a second speed range higher than that of the first speed range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Libo Zheng, Yongji Zhou, Tuncay Celik
  • Patent number: 9426243
    Abstract: A method for remote collaboration includes receiving posting content from a first employee of a company. The posting content includes a multitude of key terms. The method further includes generating a first employee posting using the posting content, extracting the multitude of key terms from the posting content, matching one of the plurality of key terms to a key term label, storing the key term label in the first employee posting, and selecting a company channel corresponding to the key terms label. The method further includes identifying a subscriber of the company channel, where the subscriber is a second employee of the company, and presenting the first employee posting content to the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen Whitley, Floyd Louis Broussard, III, Scott Trevor Raphael, Patrick Dineen, Horacio Ricardo Bouzas, Cyril Laroche-Py, Chad Brockman, Vignesh Venkataraman, Brandon David Plost
  • Patent number: 9283662
    Abstract: A method of a hand held torque delivering power tool for tightening a screw joint up to a predetermined target torque level, the method including applying a tightening torque to the screw joint during a tightening phase via a snug torque level, indicating during the tightening phase a torque growth characteristic, interrupting the torque application on the screw joint upon arrival at a target torque level to prevent further rotation of the screw joint, and resuming the torque application via a declination ramp at a declining rate after the target torque level is reached. The resumed torque application is declined at a rate corresponding to the indicated torque growth characteristic to obtain an ergonomically favorable torque reaction characteristic in the power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventor: Adam Klotblixt
  • Patent number: 9276349
    Abstract: A receptacle is provided to connect modular electronic instruments to each other. A box-shaped case has a front face having an opening for inserting a single modular electronic instrument into the box-shaped case. A first connector is disposed inside the box-shaped case to connect the single modular electronic instrument to the receptacle. A second connector is disposed on a first side face of the receptacle for connecting the receptacle to a first receptacle on the side of the first side face. A third connector is disposed on a second side face of the receptacle for connecting the receptacle to a second receptacle on the side of the second side face. A lock secures the connection with one of the first and second receptacles. A leg is disposed on the bottom face. The position of the leg is deviated only to one of the first or second side faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventors: Kenichi Yoshida, Hiroshi Akaishi
  • Patent number: 9222802
    Abstract: A sensor power management arrangement includes a signal processing circuit configured to receive signal from a sensor, to test the signal against at least one criterion, and to pass the signal for further processing in response to the signal passing the at least one criterion. In this way, only signals that are of a sufficient importance or significance will consume the maximum amount of processing energy and through processing by later processes or circuitry. Should a signal from a sensor not be strong enough or meet other criteria, power will not be wasted in preparing that signal for provision to the microcontroller or microprocessor. Additional flexibility in the sensor power management can be realized by adjusting the criteria against which the sensor signal is compared based on a status of the sensor apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventors: Sriram Narayanan, David Louis Freeman, Marco Corsi
  • Patent number: 9225783
    Abstract: A sensor event assessor input/output controller is disclosed. In one embodiment, a multi-channel sensor input configuration provides two-way communication with a plurality of sensors, each of the plurality of sensors having its own channel. An electronic signal receiver receives electronic signals from one or more of the plurality of sensors at a pre-defined sample rate. A signal combiner bundles the electronic signals from one or more of the plurality of sensors into a single electronic signal. A single channel output is used to provide the single electronic signal to the sensor event assessor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Cory J. Stephanson
  • Patent number: 9207871
    Abstract: A computing device can include a connector to connect with a removable storage device. A switch can control the connector to prevent in a first state and allow in a second state at least one of the writing and erasing of a removable storage device connected to the connector. The switch can be prevented from changing states when a component is in a first configuration. The state of the switch can be changeable when the component is in a second configuration. The component is operationally connected to the computing device in the first configuration, and the component is operationally disconnected from the computing device in the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Marcin Tomasz Wiacek
  • Patent number: 9189939
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a node located in a structure, an indication of an evacuation condition. The structure includes a plurality of nodes in communication with one another. The method also includes sending, by the node, a message to one or more additional nodes. The message informs the one or more additional nodes that the node is going to determine an evacuation route in response to the indication of the evacuation condition such that the one or more additional nodes do not determine the evacuation route. The method also includes determining, by the node, the evacuation route based at least in part on the indication of the evacuation condition and at least in part on a layout of the structure. The method further includes providing, by the node, the evacuation route to the one or more additional nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: OneEvent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Joseph Wedig, Daniel Ralph Parent, Tammy Michelle Wedig, Kristin Ann Sutter-Parent
  • Patent number: 9158565
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for providing guaranteed quality of service in distributed computing platforms for execution of distributed applications, by combining: i) a partitioned operating system (POS) or a hypervisor (101) executed on at least two computers (300,301); where said POS/hypervisor allocates the CPU, memory and I/O hardware resources to computer partitions in said computers; where said computers are capable of executing different computer partitions (104, 105, 106) with different application tasks within one said computer partition or executing different operating systems (in case of hypervisor) within one said computer partition; wherein the said POS/hypervisor ensures that the application tasks executed in different partitions within the same said computer get their allocated hardware resources; wherein said POS/hypervisor performs a time-driven scheduling for a subset of computer partitions based on a given configuration (136), ii) means, for example network communication technology, f
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: FTS Computertechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Mirko Jakoljevic, Astrit Ademaj
  • Patent number: 9051718
    Abstract: An auto-powered mobile machine with controls for a riding operator and a system for carrying and making efficient use of a variety of attachable tools. Wireless radio communication from the controls to a lower tool may allow the swivel to spin any number of times without limitation. Hydraulic tool position controls are wirelessly coupled to a remote sensor that responds to a string datum line, a curb, direction of gravity, or GPS data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen T. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9055627
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a virtual room-based user interface includes one or more virtual rooms. Each virtual room is rendered from one or more images captured of a corresponding physical room of a structure, and includes depictions of one or more light fixtures within the physical room, one or more furnishings within the physical room and one or more boundaries of the physical room. A user selects a particular depiction of a particular light fixture within a particular virtual room. In response, a state of the particular light fixture within the corresponding physical room is changed. Also, appearance of the particular virtual room is updated such that the depiction of the particular light fixture shows the particular light fixture with the changed state and the depictions of the one or more boundaries or the one or more furnishings show lighting effects resulting from the changed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Robert P. Madonna, Nicholas J. Cipollo
  • Patent number: 9047758
    Abstract: Embodiments of a solar powered energy module are provided wherein a solar powered module maybe added to a building or vehicle which is self-powered and need not be connected to the existing power system of the building or vehicle. The solar powered energy module may be utilized to power an awning or other desirable features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Dometic Corporation
    Inventors: Gnana Jeevan Robinson, Dale Malott, Mike Hicks, Alfred J. Haimbach, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150147155
    Abstract: A fan control method, apparatus, and system, so as to implement speed regulation and rotation direction control on a four-wire system counter-rotating fan with a conventional four-wire fan interface by using a PWM control bus. The method provided by the embodiments of the present invention includes: receiving a first fan regulation and control signal sent by a system control module; converting the first fan regulation and control signal to a forward-rotating control signal, a counter-rotating control signal, or a rotation direction switchover control signal according to a duty cycle range of the first fan regulation and control signal and a current rotation direction of the fan; and sending a control signal obtained by the conversion to a fan driving module, so that the fan driving module drives, according to the control signal obtained by the conversion, the fan to operate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: WEIFENG DUAN, Xi Chao
  • Publication number: 20150148961
    Abstract: A building data managing apparatus according to an embodiment of present invention, includes a first processing unit for receiving from equipments within a building a first management data having BACnet protocol and a second management data having wireless communication protocol via the Ethernet communication interface, and converting the first management data and the second management data to BAS (Building Automation System) common communication layer data, a second processing unit for converting the BAS common communication layer data to commissioning common communication layer data, and a third processing unit for converting the commissioning common communication layer data to commissioning common communication layer message having protocol for transmission to an external control server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jong Won KIM, Youn Kwae JEONG, Il Woo LEE
  • Publication number: 20150148948
    Abstract: Current handheld marking devices typically use hand movement to create marks on a surface. Marks, in this context, can be defined as an area on a surface having different physical properties from its surroundings. Such marks are created by the motion of a marking region that travels on a surface plane, creating a mark over time. Examples of such devices are: pens, brushes, markers, spray tools, and engraving instruments. Marking devices carry motion from the brain, to the hand, through the device and onto the surface. A feedback loop is created from the brain to hands to a final mark on a surface. The mark is observed as it is created and loops back into the brain. This creative mark making loop is the process to generate a visual element or design on a surface. Typically this loop is consistent across handheld marking devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Dilip Singh, Michael Isner
  • Publication number: 20150148962
    Abstract: A method for controlling the fill volume of a grapple, such as a bulk-material crane grapple which includes at least one hoist-and-closure unit, may include adjusting the fill volume of the grapple is during the grapple closure process by adjusting/controlling the grapple hoist height. The grapple hoist speed and/or grapple hoist height may be the controlling parameter for the adjustment of the fill volume of the grapple.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Andreas Schwarzhans
  • Patent number: 9043033
    Abstract: A network system may be provided that includes an electronic product, a recognition target, a recognition device, a setting program and a display unit. The electronic product may operate to manage or process a target. The recognition target may include information relating to the target. The recognition device may recognize information listed on the recognition target. The setting program may convert information recognized by the recognition device into setting information. The display unit may display the setting information converted by the setting program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Museung Kim, Minjin Oh
  • Publication number: 20150142173
    Abstract: A system which controls a group of multiple arrays of actuator elements, each of the actuator elements including a moving element which moves between a first and a second extreme positions; the system including: a controller, configured to generate control commands for at least one array of the multiple arrays in each individual cycle out of a series of sampling cycles, based on obtained information; and (b) an interface configured to transfer the control commands to the at least one array, thereby resulting in releasing from the first extreme position during the intended cycle of at least one moving element that is included in the at least one array; wherein release of all moving elements of at least one restrained array out of the multiple arrays is prevented during the intended cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel Lewin, Yuval Cohen, Eric Andreas Haber, Shay Kaplan, Meir Ben Simon, Raanan Zacher
  • Publication number: 20150142175
    Abstract: The invention relates to a machine component of a drive train and to a method for configuring and/or putting into operation and/or operating such a drive train (2) of a machine (1), which drive train comprises machine components that can be controlled by means of a control unit (9) as well as non-controllable machine components (5-8), wherein the method comprises the steps of: equipping at least a portion of the non-controllable machine components (5-8) with component-specific data storage devices (12-15), on which in each case design-related technical data of the non-controllable machine components (5-8) are stored, which data are relevant for the control of one or several controllable machine components (3-4); transmitting the data stored on the data storage devices (12-15) to the control unit (9); and controlling one or more controllable machine components (3, 4) by using the control unit (9) and on the basis of the data transmitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Jan-Dirk Reimers, Arno Klein-Hitpass, Ralf Martin Dinter
  • Publication number: 20150142176
    Abstract: An air conditioning management system manages air conditioning units having unique physical addresses using logical addresses. The system includes a local controller collecting driving information for the air conditioning units, and an operating unit for each air conditioning unit. The local controller has a memory section which stores identification information for each of the air conditioning units, an information collecting section which collects the driving information, and an associating section which associates the driving information with the logical addresses. The identification information for each of the air conditioning units has a physical address section, a real address section set from the operating unit, and a temporary address section arbitrarily settable without the operating unit. The associating section uses the real address as the logical address when the real address is set and uses the temporary address as the logical address when the real address is not set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Kazuhito Senba
  • Publication number: 20150142178
    Abstract: A component control system includes a component. At least one component element is included in the component. A component controller is included in the component, coupled to the at least one component element, and operable to couple to an Information Handling System (IHS) controller. The component controller is operable to receive a normalized component performance (NCP) value from the IHS controller. The NCP value is associated with at least one component output range. The component controller is also operable to provide a control signal that is associated with the NCP value to the at least one component element. In response to receiving the control signal, the at least one component element operates such that the component produces at least one component output, and each component output produced by the component is within a corresponding component output range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Chris Everett Peterson, Dominick Adam Lovicott