Operator Control Of Remotely Located Element Patents (Class 700/65)
  • Patent number: 10372307
    Abstract: A communication terminal (T) equipped with a means of processing (TRT) designed to allow the use of software applications and equipped with an interface (INT) for communicating with a communication network (N), said means of processing comprising at least: •A first module (MZG) designed to delimit a geographical zone (ZG) based on a curve described in space by the communication terminal, •A second module (MOR) designed to determine a set of active real objects (O1, 02) located in this zone and having an interface (Int1, Int2) with the communication network, •A third module (MIA) designed to identify an application in relation to the active real objects, •A fourth module (MDA) designed to interface the application with the previously determined active real objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Alain Pastor, Cedric Mivielle
  • Patent number: 10281893
    Abstract: A system displays a representation of an original equipment remote control device for a target device to be controlled using a macro button of a configurable controlling device. The displayed representation of the original equipment remote control device includes representations of buttons that would be used on the original equipment remote control device to control controllable functions of the target device. The system accepts input by which one or more of the displayed representations of buttons are selected. The macro button is then configured whereby an activation of the macro button will cause a transmission of commands from the configurable controlling device to control those controllable functions of the target devices that correspond to the one or more of the displayed representations of buttons that were selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Rex Xu, Cesar Alvarado
  • Patent number: 10272014
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing network connectivity and remote monitoring, optimization, and control of pool/spa equipment are provided. “Internet-of-Things” (IoT) functionality is provided for pool and spa equipment in a flexible and cost-effective manner. Network connectivity and remote monitoring/control of pool and spa equipment is provided by various components such as a network communication and local control subsystem installed in pool/spa equipment, and other components. Also disclosed are various control processes (“pool logic”) which can be embodied as software code installed in any of the various embodiments of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hayward Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Potucek, James Murdock, James Carter, Gregory Fournier, Arthur W. Johnson, III, David Blaine, Jason DeBruin, Bruce Aubrey, Scott Petty, Jason Parcell, Craig Horrocks
  • Patent number: 10228671
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a home appliance which can communicate with an outside of the home appliance, an online system including the same and a method for using an online system. According to embodiments of the present invention, a home appliance, an online system and a method for using an online system may be provided, each including a WiFi communication module mounted or connected to the home appliance for supporting a setting mode for making communication connection and a use mode for enabling communication, and a particular input unit provided to run the setting mode by user's selection, wherein the home appliance is changed to the use mode upon reception of SSID (Service Set Identifier; a name of a wireless LAN) information of an access point AP desired to access and user information required for registration of the home appliance through an external terminal after access to the setting mode through the external terminal provided separate from the home appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Mikyung Ha
  • Patent number: 10209680
    Abstract: A controller device for controlling multiple devices, where a controller and device are brought into near field communication distance of one another, the proximity of which is such that the controller and device communicate and initiate processes that establish control mechanisms between at least the controller and the respective device, wherein the controller and device each include: a processor for processing digital data; a digital data memory a portion of the memory including digital data usable by the processor to restrict access of the controller to none, one or more devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: XPED HOLDINGS PTY LTD
    Inventors: John Schultz, Chris Wood
  • Patent number: 10169928
    Abstract: Apparatus for providing real-time data to a hardware-in-the-loop simulator for an automotive vehicle. The apparatus includes a test vehicle having at least one sensor which generates an output signal representative of a condition of the vehicle. A wireless transmitter such as a cellular phone on the motor vehicle receives the sensor output signal as an input signal and transmits that output signal to a computer network. A simulator data server receives the data from the computer network and provides that data to the hardware-in-the-loop simulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Heming Chen, Sujit Phatak, Yuan Xiao
  • Patent number: 10116496
    Abstract: Methods, computer systems, and computer program products for improving resiliency in a network of computing components functioning according to a multilayered Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model include, upon exceeding a predetermined threshold for at least one of the multiple layers in the OSI model, for a certain event, a real-time notification of the event is provided in an inter-layer basis such that the responsible entity manages the event according to an OSI model-wide system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tara Astigarraga, Christopher V. Derobertis, Louie A. Dickens, Daniel J. Winarski
  • Patent number: 9888060
    Abstract: A control method includes receiving setting information containing a first property representing a property of an operation performed by one or more target appliances and a setting of the first property, obtaining correspondence information between device information identifying each of the appliances and a second property representing a property of an operation performed by the appliance, extracting the device information items of the target appliances from among the device information items in the correspondence information, the device information items each having a second property that is the same as the first property, generating a plurality of control information items each associated with each of the extracted device information items of one or more target appliances, containing the setting information and a predetermined information corresponding to the first property and each of the device information items, transmitting the control information to the target appliance through wireless communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Erina Okamoto, Toshiaki Tanaka, Masaru Yamaoka, Mahbub Rashid
  • Patent number: 9804757
    Abstract: A smart device is provided with a main remote control application that may be configured using information obtained from a QR code. The main remote control application may present images of original remote controls corresponding to devices which are controllable by the configured main remote control application. In connection with a presented image of an original remote control, the display may present icons that are representative of a subset of the buttons of the original remote control. The user interface also allows a user to select amongst the images of the original remote controls to change which appliances are to be controlled via the user interface. A pop-up remote control widget may also be provided which may be invoked without switching to the main remote control application provisioned on the smart device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel Hilbrink, Rex Xu, Cesar Alvarado, Paul D. Arling, Patrick H. Hayes
  • Patent number: 9785715
    Abstract: Systems, media, and methods for automated response to social queries comprising: monitoring queries from users, each query submitted to a vendor via an interactive chat feature of an external electronic communication platform, monitoring human responses to the queries, monitoring subsequent communications conducted via the electronic communication platform until each query is resolved; applying a first machine learning algorithm to the monitored communications to identify a query susceptible to response automation; applying a second machine learning algorithm to the query susceptible to response automation to identify one or more responses likely to resolve the query; and either i) notifying a human to respond to the query susceptible to response automation with the one or more responses likely to resolve the query, or ii) instantiating an autonomous software agent configured to respond to the query susceptible to response automation with the one or more responses likely to resolve the query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: CONVERSABLE, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Thomas Busey, Anthony Dan Chen, Isao Uchida Jonas, Douglas James Daniels, Jr., Benjamin Edward Lamm
  • Patent number: 9727290
    Abstract: A management apparatus configured to communicate with a plurality of information processing apparatuses generates common data to be set into the plurality of information processing apparatuses in common and individual data to be individually set into any one of the plurality of information processing apparatuses, in such a manner that the common data and the individual data are associated with an installation location, identification information for identifying an information processing apparatus to be set being not finalized for the any one of the plurality of information processing apparatuses. The management apparatus registers and manages the common data and the individual data in a storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiaki Igarashi
  • Patent number: 9729998
    Abstract: A method and apparatus associated with one or more wearable devices for a user includes utilizing the one or more wearable devices, for a set of functionality, in a first configuration by the user, wherein the user is in a specific role; communicating data, in a Personal Area Network (PAN), between the one or more wearable devices and between a mobile device associated with the user; and providing information to a recommendation engine, wherein the information is related to the specific role, the set of functionality, and the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart S Kreitzer, Jesus F Corretjer
  • Patent number: 9696792
    Abstract: A digital device and a method for controlling the same are disclosed herein. Herein, a digital device having its display turned off may include a user input receiver receiving a user input, a controller performing control operations, so as to configure a virtual page, wherein the virtual page includes at least one or more unique functions and applications of the digital device, and to execute a predetermined function in accordance with a user selection, and an output unit outputting the configured virtual page and outputting data respective to the execution of the predetermined function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Sangjun Na
  • Patent number: 9693652
    Abstract: A beverage preparation machine (1) comprises: an arrangement (40) for processing one or more beverage ingredients to dispense a beverage; a control unit (21) connected to the ingredient processing arrangement for controlling the processing of such one or more beverage ingredients; and a communication module (11) for communication with an external network (50, 511). The communication module (11) is prevented from controlling the ingredient processing arrangement (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Alfred Yoakim, Fabien Ludovic Agon
  • Patent number: 9634899
    Abstract: A function update method improving household appliance functions by enabling new and existing household appliances to perform cooperative processing. In the method, a server stores registration information listing identification information for each household appliance owned by a user, combination information listing combinations each including household appliances performing cooperative processing, and update information for each household appliance in each combination, for updating a function for performing the cooperative processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihisa Nakano, Motoji Ohmori, Masayuki Kozuka, Masao Nonaka, Ryota Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 9542222
    Abstract: A system and method can deploy and manage software services in virtualized and non-virtualized environments. The system provides an enterprise application virtualization solution that allows for centralized governance and control over software and Java applications. The system includes a plurality of resource broker agents. Each resource broker agent resides on one of the plurality of virtualized and non-virtualized machines in the computing environment and can be used to manage the software processes and compute resources running in the computing environment. Each resource broker agent is responsible for starting a set of Virtual Machines running on a specific compute resource and performing resource metering control. The system also includes a virtual machine pool that communicates with the plurality of resource broker agents to create and manage the set of virtual machines for each resource broker agent and collect data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard P. Mousseau, John Herendeen, Helena Aberg Ostlund, Ravi Sankar Akella, Mark Spotswood, Sutanu Ghosh
  • Patent number: 9542646
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The methods include, for instance: generating a drift annealed time series prediction model based on training data. In one embodiment the generating may include: recording an ensemble of candidate models for at least one predictor variable of the training data responsive to creating the ensemble based on the training data by machine learning. The ensemble includes three candidate models represented by respective prediction function to formulate a potentially predictive relationship between a target variable and predictor variables in the training data. Respective candidate models in the ensemble is manipulated to adjust degrees associated with predictor variables such that respective new models take relative importance of predictor variables into account and the drift annealed time series prediction model based on the new models is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aaron Keith Baughman, Mauro Marzorati, Stefan Aloysius Gert Van der Stockt
  • Patent number: 9480536
    Abstract: A surgery assistance device includes an operation input section, a motion section which is formed with a channel into which a surgical instrument is insertable and is capable of moving through the channel, a movement amount detection means detecting a treatment section movement amount, a motion section information calculation means calculating motion section information, and a motion control unit controlling motion in the motion section based on a manipulation order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shintaro Inoue, Kosuke Kishi
  • Patent number: 9467795
    Abstract: A method and apparatus associated with one or more wearable devices for a user includes utilizing the one or more wearable devices, for a set of functionality, in a first configuration by the user, wherein the user is in a specific role; communicating data, in a Personal Area Network (PAN), between the one or more wearable devices and between a mobile device associated with the user; and providing information to a recommendation engine, wherein the information is related to the specific role, the set of functionality, and the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Stuart S Kreitzer, Jesus F Corretjer
  • Patent number: 9288422
    Abstract: Systems and methods for saving and restoring scenes in a multimedia system with minimal configuration are provided. The techniques of the present invention can allow the states of the components in the multimedia system to be captured in a scene. Once the scene has been saved, the scene can be restored at a later time. A remote control system for recommending scenes by comparing states of components in the current scene with states of components in saved scenes is also provided. The remote control system can also recommend scenes based on usage patterns. Moreover, the remote control system can allow users to designate one or more saved scenes as favorite scenes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Cannistraro
  • Patent number: 9218265
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and method for monitoring and controlling the operation of devices in a distributed network of broadcast devices, such as Set Top Boxes (STBs). Such devices typically require periodic updates as new versions of operating software is developed. However, it is not possible to guarantee that all devices that have received an updated software version are able to operate correctly. The system initiates a test for a STB and monitors in real time the state of the STB as the software download occurs. The state of the STB is reported to a system controller and the results are output to a test engineer. Other devices in the broadcast network can be controlled by the controller and various troubleshooting or operational tests performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: EchoStar Global B.V.
    Inventors: Harmen Bekedam, Menno De Jong, Riemer Andries van Rozen
  • Patent number: 9152152
    Abstract: A controller for mobile hydraulic equipment includes a radio receiver, hydraulic controller, and display unit. The controller further includes terminals configurable to function as a combination of analog or digital inputs or outputs according to the system requirements. A user interface included on the controller permits an operator to select a desired function for each terminal and to configure the controller according to the application requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Magnetek, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene Novak, Eric J. Zacherl
  • Patent number: 9047720
    Abstract: A vehicle data gathering apparatus that implements a vehicle data gathering method includes: a bus use rate detection means connected to an in-vehicle network for detecting a bus use rate in the in-vehicle network; a selection setting means for selecting and setting a plurality of data request signals to be transmitted to at least one of a plurality of ECUs; a transmission interval setting means for setting a uniform transmission interval for each data request signal in a predetermined period on the basis of the number of the data request signals set by the selection setting means; and a request signal transmission means for transmitting each data request signal at the set uniform interval when it is determined that the bus use rate is lower than a first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuichiro Sumi, Erito Nagata
  • Patent number: 9020618
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to techniques for controlling a device to perform a function, for example, window washing. A controller device may be adapted to control a controlled device. In response to hand movement, an accelerometer in the controller may obtain acceleration and/or angle signals. The signals may be processed in order to identify a command that may be used to control the controlled device. The controlled device may be secured to, for example, a window. Upon identifying command(s) initiated from the controller device, the controlled device may respond to the commands. The controlled device may include, for example, a cleaning unit. The command(s) may be instructions for the controlled device to move about the window and activate the cleaning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventors: Xin Wu, Liang Gao, Kewan Chen
  • Patent number: 9020619
    Abstract: Example methods and apparatus to a controller of a local control loop having a field device and a sensor configured in a closed-loop control system are disclosed. The controller is wirelessly coupled to a control system wherein the controller and the control system execute complementary control over the field device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventors: Mitchell Stephen Panther, Kurtis Kevin Jensen
  • Patent number: 9014826
    Abstract: A mobile terminal includes a wireless communication unit for collecting external information or transmitting recommended operation information to a home appliance, and a controller for generating the recommended operation information for the home appliance based on the collected external information. The mobile terminal may provide customized recommended operation information for each home appliance without separately including a device for controlling one or more home appliances provided in a home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kwanho Yum, Sangoh Kim, Bongmun Jang
  • Patent number: 8989878
    Abstract: Two water heaters may be installed in series at a customer location, such that an output of a first (or storage) water heater is coupled to the input of a second (or primary) water heater, the output of which provides hot water to the customer location. During normal operation, only the primary water heater may actually heat water for use at the customer location. However, during periods of excess capacity, the electrical service provider may enable the storage water heater to store the excess electrical power that is generated by operating the power plant at higher output (which may be more efficient). Later, during hours of greater demand, the electrical service provider may disable the storage water heater used to store the excess capacity, whereas the primary water heater may operate normally. However, during the time of greater demand, the storage water heaters may provide pre-heated water to the primary water heater, which in-turn, may need to heat the water less or perhaps not at all.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel P. Flohr, Stewart Ramsay
  • Patent number: 8983634
    Abstract: Provided herein is a vehicular stage with individual seats and seat control system and method for controlling a movement of a seat, the seat control system including: a motor configured to move the seat in at least one direction; a control computer, which is disposed remotely with respect to the seat, and which is configured to output control commands for controlling the movement of the seat; and a microcontroller, which is connected to the motor and the control computer and configured to receive the control commands from the control computer and to control the motor to move the seat in the at least one direction based on the control commands received from the control computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: John C. Yank, III
  • Patent number: 8938311
    Abstract: A method of managing electrical power storage can include remotely controlling operation of one of a plurality of water heating units included in a single water heater, separately from controlling a remainder of the plurality of the water heating units, at a customer location in response to a remotely transmitted indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel P. Flohr
  • Patent number: 8914013
    Abstract: Mobile device management macros may be provided. A request to perform a function may be received. If the function is associated with a management macro comprising a plurality of operations, the macro may be activated to perform at least some of the plurality of operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Airwatch LLC
    Inventor: Alan Dabbiere
  • Patent number: 8909357
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns a communication system adapted to communicate between a handheld remote control and a first adjustable bed controller of a first adjustable bed facility, and a second communication system adapted to communicate between the first adjustable bed controller of the first adjustable bed facility and a second adjustable bed controller of a second adjustable bed facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Martin B Rawls-Meehan
  • Patent number: 8908828
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a method and apparatus for contactless control of a medical imaging system. A medical image can be acquired and displayed, and an aspect of the image can be altered based on a tracked position of a user body part. The user can be sensed by a sensing device, and the user body part tracked by a tracking unit in a first processing unit. A second processing unit can be coupled to the first processing unit and can have a control unit for controlling the medical imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Triple Ring Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Denis Burion, Henry Hong Lin Liu
  • Patent number: 8903468
    Abstract: An integral laser imaging and coagulation apparatus, and associated systems and methods that allow an ophthalmologist to perform laser retinal surgical procedures with an integral laser imaging and coagulation apparatus disposed at a first (i.e. local) location from a control system disposed at a second (i.e. remote) location, e.g., a physician's office. In some embodiments, communication between the integral laser imaging and coagulation apparatus and control system is achieved via the Internet®.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Gholam Peyman
  • Patent number: 8863649
    Abstract: A networking system, method and apparatus for real time management, operation, command and control of various intelligent beverage appliances and intelligent culinary appliances enabled for the preparation, storage and serving/dispensing of hot and cold beverages and food items. The intelligent beverage appliances and intelligent culinary appliances enabled for personalized/customized preparation, storage and dispensing of selected beverage/food items in accordance with user/customer preference profiles maintained within said intelligent appliances and or in conjunction with a central server, a mobile device, a stationary device or a combination thereof; including the maintenance of user/customer information in secure databases for evaluation and analysis by the customer, vendor and an authorized health care professional for personal health management and other utility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: IP Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Raman K. Rao, Rekha K. Rao, Sunil K. Rao, Sanjay K. Rao
  • Patent number: 8855691
    Abstract: A radiographic imaging device has: a generating unit that generates image data expressing a radiographic image formed by irradiated radiation; a first communicating unit at which wireless communication is possible selectively in either of a direct communication mode or an indirect communication mode; a storing unit that stores a setting of a communication mode; and a control unit that, if a setting to carry out communication in the direct communication mode has been made, controls the first communicating unit to carry out wireless communication in the direct communication mode, and, if a setting to carry out communication in the indirect communication mode has been made, controls the first communicating unit to attempt wireless communication in the indirect communication mode with a control device that controls the radiographic imaging device, and, if communication is impossible, controls the first communicating unit to carry out wireless communication in the direct communication mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Kamiya, Yusuke Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 8855794
    Abstract: According to an aspect of the disclosure, a provisioning system for a network includes a first device associated with a site. The first device includes an RFID reader associated therewith. The system also includes a second device including a device identifier associated therewith. The device identifier includes information about the second device to assist in joining it to the network. The RFID reader is configured to read the device identifier on the second device to obtain information about the second device. Based on the information about the second device it can then be joined to the network by the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Allure Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Imes, James Hollister, John Cottrell
  • Patent number: 8849015
    Abstract: Described herein is a three-dimensional scanning system that features a camera integrated with a user-guided haptic interface device. The system allows an operator, through the sense of touch, to intuitively and interactively identify optimum locations for obtaining images or scans of an object. The system then assembles these scans to produce a virtual three-dimensional representation of the object with a high degree of accuracy and with a minimum of data artifacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: 3D Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Bodony, Dan Cookson, Curt Rawley, David Tzu-Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 8843245
    Abstract: A robot cleaner has a camera to generate an image of a cleaning area, a controller to prepare a cleaning map based on the image and to drive a robot cleaner, and a communicator to transmit the image and cleaning map to an external device and to receive a control command from the external device. The image and map may be transmitted over a local or wide area network, and the external device may be a computer, television, smart phone, portable phone, or other type of wireless access device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Suuk Choe, Younggie Kim, Jeongsuk Yoon, Seongsoo Lee, Junho Jang, Sangik Na, Yiebin Kim, Donghoon Yi, Seungmin Baek
  • Patent number: 8818534
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a first member, a second member with a first point and a second point, a processing unit, and a drive device. The drive device pivotably connects the second member to the first member. The processing unit calculates a first distance between the first point and a third point and a second distance between the second point and the third point. The processing unit controls the drive device to rotate the second member relative to the first member according to the first distance and the second distance, thus the line defined by the third point and a middle point between the first point and the second point is perpendicular to the line defined by the first point and the second point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ting-Kai Wang, Bin Li
  • Patent number: 8788104
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a method of starting a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, a method of manufacturing a HVAC system, a HVAC system, and an integrated controller thereof. In one embodiment, the method of starting includes: (1) receiving an initiation signal at a main system controller of the HVAC system, (2) determining if main controller application information associated with the main system controller is stored thereon, (3) querying an auxiliary controller of the HVAC system when determining the main controller application information is not stored on the main system controller, (4) sending the main controller application information to the main system controller from the auxiliary controller when the auxiliary controller includes the main controller application information and (5) initiating the HVAC system based on the initiation signal and employing the main controller application information sent to the main system controller from the auxiliary controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Will Kowald, Darko Hadzidedic
  • Patent number: 8781607
    Abstract: A system, a method and a recording medium for driving a programmable logic controller are disclosed. This system includes a server and an adaptive unit electrically connected to the server. When determining that a programmable logic controller is connected, a hardware layer management module of the adaptive unit informs the server. The server outputs a controller query data to query the programmable logic controller through the hardware layer management module. The server generates a control data conforming to a specification of the programmable logic controller according to a controller response data of the programmable logic controller, for the hardware layer management module to control the programmable logic controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Institute For Information Industry
    Inventors: Tun-Hsiao Chu, Hong-En Chen
  • Patent number: 8774950
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling an apparatus including receiving data indicative of an actual state of the apparatus, defining a first viewpoint relative to at least one of the environment and the apparatus, determining a first predicted state of the apparatus at time T, determining a first predicted state of the environment at time T, producing a first virtualized view from the first viewpoint, sending a first control signal to the apparatus after producing the first virtualized view, defining a second viewpoint relative to at least one of the apparatus and the environment, determining a second predicted state of the apparatus at time T+delta T, determining a second predicted state of the environment at time T+delta T, producing the second virtualized view from the second viewpoint, sending a second control signal to the apparatus after producing the second virtualized view, and changing the actual state of the apparatus based on the first control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Alonzo James Kelly, Herman Herman, Peter William Rander, Randon Warner
  • Publication number: 20140172127
    Abstract: A system for operating a machine includes a portable computing device removably mounted on the machine. A controller is configured to determine authorized functionality of the machine based upon the data codes from the portable computing device, to determine the operating conditions of the machine and images to be displayed on a display, and generate operating commands based at least in part upon the authorized functionality. A method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventors: Lonny E. Johnson, Timothy Felty, James Mason
  • Patent number: 8723655
    Abstract: A remote control having a touch-sensitive control panel and a transmission unit for transmitting encoded signals which are produced on the basis of a direction of movement of contact with successive regions of the control panel, regardless of the location at which contact is made with the control panel. It is also possible to produce encoded signals on the basis of a movement by the remote control in combination with a motion sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: FM Marketing GmbH
    Inventor: Ferdinand Maier
  • Patent number: 8706363
    Abstract: A system for modifying a boundary of operation of a machine has a change in terrain sensor system. A controller determines a change in terrain based at least in part upon a change in terrain signal. If the change in terrain exceeds a threshold, the controller modifies the boundary of operation of the machine. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Stratton, Troy K. Becicka, Michael Taylor, Thandava K. Edara
  • Patent number: 8700184
    Abstract: A switching power supply includes a circuit that provides an output voltage, a switching component that switches the circuit between a first output voltage state and a second output voltage state, and a driver component that receives an input control signal and that drives the switching component to cause the circuit to switch between the first output voltage state and the second output voltage state. An adaptive plant estimator receives the output voltage from the circuit and an input to the switching power supply and provides a model of the switching power supply that reflects changes in an output voltage state of the switching power supply. A compensator design component receives the model and provides compensator parameters that reflect changes in the output voltage state of the switching power supply. An adaptive compensator receives the compensator parameters and provides the input control signal to the driver component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: L&L Engineering, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Latham, John C. Canfield
  • Patent number: 8640038
    Abstract: Systems and methods receive, from a building, an inventory identifying a plurality of electronic devices associated with a building automation system. The systems and methods compare the inventory to an additional inventory associated with an additional building automation system of an additional building to determine that the inventory is the same as or similar to the additional inventory, wherein the additional inventory identifies a plurality of additional electronic devices. The systems and methods further identify an automation scene that coordinates operation of at least a portion of the plurality of additional electronic devices and provide the automation scene to the building for implementation in the building automation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Andrew Reeser, Shawn M. Call, Stacy L. Kennedy, Lee C. Drinan, Lisa Ann Frey, Kevin Payne, Michael Jacob
  • Patent number: 8583263
    Abstract: An Internet appliance, comprising, within a single housing, packet data network interfaces, adapted for communicating with the Internet and a local area network, at least one data interface selected from the group consisting of a universal serial bus, an IEEE-1394 interface, a voice telephony interface, an audio program interface, a video program interface, an audiovisual program interface, a camera interface, a physical security system interface, a wireless networking interface; a device control interface, smart home interface, an environmental sensing interface, and an environmental control interface, and a processor, for controlling a data transfer between the local area network and the Internet, and defining a markup language interface communicated through a packet data network interface, to control a data transfer or control a remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventors: Steven M. Hoffberg, Linda I. Hoffberg-Borghesani
  • Patent number: 8571692
    Abstract: A method of managing excess electrical power generation may be provided by remotely controlling operation of at least one of two energy storage devices coupled in series at a customer location in response to availability of generated electricity to the customer location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel P. Flohr, Stewart Ramsay
  • Patent number: 8554378
    Abstract: A controller for mobile hydraulic equipment includes a radio receiver, hydraulic controller, and display unit. The controller further includes terminals configurable to function as a combination of analog or digital inputs or outputs according to the system requirements. A user interface included on the controller permits an operator to select a desired function for each terminal and to configure the controller according to the application requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Magnetek, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene Novak, Eric J. Zacherl