Having Particular Position Determining Apparatue (e.g., Portable Or Handheld) Patents (Class 700/66)
  • Patent number: 10417893
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system that stores information indicative of real-time locations of a wearable alert devices, receives information indicative of a potentially dangerous condition in a geographic area, determines which of the wearable alert devices are in the geographic area, and outputs alerts for transmittal to the wearable alert devices in the geographic area. In another embodiment, the system stores a user profile that associates a wearable alert device with a user and includes contact information for an emergency contact, receives information indicative of a real-time location of the wearable alert device and information indicating that the user of the wearable alert device is potentially experiencing an abnormal physiological condition, and outputs an alert for transmittal to the emergency contact that includes an indication that the user is potentially experiencing the abnormal physiological condition and the real-time location of the wearable alert device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: LOCATOR IP, L.P.
    Inventors: Joel N. Myers, Lachlan Myers, Michael R. Root, Michael R. Smith
  • Patent number: 9673651
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an electronic system comprises one or more power circuits configured to receive a first voltage from an external power source and produce a second voltage to one or more electronic components of the electronic system, and a power management circuit configured to determine one or more output currents of the one or more power circuits, wherein the power management circuit causes the external power source to change the first voltage based on at least one output current of at least one power circuit to reduce power loss of the at least one power circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Shadi Hawawini, VaraPrasad Arikatla, Hee Jun Park
  • Patent number: 9535461
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor and a display that is operably coupled to the processor. The display includes four sides, where each of the four sides is substantially equal in length, a center of mass for the apparatus is located between a geometric center of the apparatus and an edge of one of the four sides and the edge of one of the four sides includes a grip area that is located on a same side as the center of mass for the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: William Hamburgen, Lawrence Lam, Felix Jose Alvarez Rivera
  • Patent number: 9526946
    Abstract: A system and method for providing therapy and assessment utilizing vibrotactile feedback is disclosed and claimed. Such treatment is useful for the treatment of disequilibrium and balance disorders. The system and method uses sensors such as force plates, inertial sensors, and three dimensional cameras to provide a subject with vibrotactile feedback in response to an attempt by the subject to perform predetermined motions. Predetermined motions are motions such as stand, sit-to-stand, reach, bend, functional gait, functional gait plus headshake, and other functional tasks. Vibrotactile stimulation may be applied during the subject's performance of a functional gait task as a disruptive input. Variance and rate of change of variance between measured and expected parameters are determined and used as a tool for assessment, and may also be used for providing real-time vibrotactile training. Such assessment and therapy is useful in the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventors: Gary Zets, Bruce Mortimer
  • Patent number: 9490625
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a processor, and a connector used for connecting an external device to the electronic device, wherein the processor monitors fluctuation in a voltage at a specific terminal of the connector, and when the fluctuation in the voltage during a predetermined time period are not within a predetermined range, the processor electrically separates the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Ryo Tanimoto, Takahiko Yasuda, Masato Soga
  • Patent number: 9449500
    Abstract: In response to a detected presence of an intended target appliance within a logical topography of controllable appliances identity information associated with the intended target appliance is used to automatically add to a graphical user interface of a controlling device an icon representative of the intended target appliance and to create at a Universal Control Engine a listing of communication methods for use in controlling corresponding functional operations of the intended target appliance. When the icon is later activated, the controlling device is placed into an operating state appropriate for controlling functional operations of the intended target appliance while the Universal Control Engine uses at least one of the communication methods to transmit at least one command to place the intended target appliance into a predetermined operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Paul D. Arling
  • Patent number: 9437105
    Abstract: A device receives a request from a controlling device, such as a remote control, smart phone, or the like, where the request is intended to have one or more target devices perform one or more functional operations. The device responds to the request by applying the optimum methodology to propagate one or more commands to each intended target appliance to cause each intended target appliance to perform the intended one or more functional operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: UNIVERSAL ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Paul D. Arling
  • Patent number: 9083811
    Abstract: Embodiment methods and systems include external hardware that can be fitted to a wireless communication device to optimize group communications on the wireless devices. The wireless device may be coupled to an external case configured with a physical button that enables group communication such as push-to-talk and other push-to-experience capabilities. Optimizations for push-to-talk communication may be implemented in a push-to-talk mode in response to detecting connection to the external hardware. Signaling between the external case and the wireless device allows detection of the switch to (or from) push-to-talk mode when a user depresses (or releases) the hard key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sandeep Sharma, Mohammed Ataur R. Shuman, Shobha Subbaramoo
  • Patent number: 9052585
    Abstract: To provide a control system of a stereo imaging device that is able to obtain a stereo image, which can be viewed stereoscopically, even when relative-position relationship of a pair of imaging units is unknown. A control system of a stereo imaging device includes a pair of imaging units, an error calculation unit and a control unit. A pair of the imaging units has a digital or analog degree of freedom so as to be able to control at least a yaw, pitch, roll and zoom factor, and can capture video frames using imaging elements. The error calculation unit uses each of images captured by a pair of the imaging units to calculate a rotating error and zoom error of each imaging unit on the basis of a difference from a predetermined standard convergence model of each imaging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: BI2-VISION CO.
    Inventors: Xiaolin Zhang, Zining Zhen
  • Publication number: 20150148921
    Abstract: A wireless device (1) searches a database that stores positional information of the wireless device (1), a device (2-4) and control identifiers for controlling the devices (2-4) in an associated manner, acquires a device (2-4) located near the wireless device (1) and a control identifier for controlling the device (2-4) based on the positional information of the wireless device (1), and, based on the device (2-4) and the control identifier for controlling the device (2-4) that have been acquired, determines a controlled device (at least one of the devices (2-4)) and generates a control identifier for the controlled device. The wireless device (1) transmits, by wireless communication, the generated controlled identifier to a receiver mounted on the controlled device to control the controlled device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Tetsuya Ito, Yukihiro Hara, Masahito Iwai, Yuma Asada, Yuta Okamoto, Shota Kakibuti, Ryou Nagase, Shohei Fukayama, Hironori Fukui, Noboru Miyamoto, Hiroyuki Yomo, Takatoshi Kimura, Suhua Tang, Akio Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 9037305
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for detecting a power outage. In one aspect, a status request requesting a status of a portion of a power distribution network is received, where the request includes a reference to a power meter that is located within the portion of the network. In response to the status request, a block of communications channels is selected, where the block includes a target communications channel over which a signal corresponding to the referenced power meter is received. In turn, an amplitude of the signal being received over the target communications channel is obtained. A determination is made whether the amplitude of the signal is less than an outage threshold and a status notification is provided that specifies the status of the portion of the power distribution network for which the status has been requested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stanley E. McHann, Jr., Robert Zeppetelle
  • Publication number: 20150134085
    Abstract: There is provided a building management system and a method for associating a portable sensor device with a stationary control device in such a system. Upon detection of a movement of the portable sensor device, the portable sensor device starts to transmit signals more frequently to the stationary control devices. It is determined that the movement of the portable sensor device has stopped if the signal strength of the transmitted signals received at the stationary control devices is essentially constant during a time window. In response to such a determination, the portable sensor device is associated with the stationary control device having the highest received signal strength and the portable sensor device returns to an energy-saving mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Jan Brissman
  • Patent number: 9026249
    Abstract: A robot calibration method which aligns the coordinate system of a gantry module with the coordinate system of a camera system is disclosed. The method includes using an alignment tool, which allows the operator to place workpieces in locations known by the gantry module. An image is then captured of these workpieces by the camera system. A controller uses the information from the gantry module and the camera system to determine the relationship between the two coordinate systems. It then determines a transformation equation to convert from one coordinate system to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason M. Schaller, Robert Brent Vopat, James R. McLane
  • 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: 8990042
    Abstract: A system and method that may sense and recognize a motion of a user is provided. The system and method may recognize a variety of motions of the user based on sensing data received from a remote controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Ju Han, Jung Bae Kim, Chi Youn Park
  • Patent number: 8903517
    Abstract: Sensor fusion algorithm techniques are described. In one or more embodiments, behaviors of a host device and accessory devices are controlled based upon an orientation of the host device and accessory devices, relative to one another. A combined spatial position and/or orientation for the host device may be obtained based on raw measurements that are obtained from at least two different types of sensors. In addition, a spatial position and/or orientation for an accessory device is ascertained using one or more sensors of the accessory device. An orientation (or position) of the accessory device relative to the host computing device may then be computed based on the combined spatial position/orientation for the host computing device and the ascertained spatial position/orientation for the accessory device. The relative orientation that is computed may then be used in various ways to control behaviors of the host computing device and/or accessory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Perek, Michael A. Schwager, Sharon Drasnin, Mark J. Seilstad
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20140277607
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for determining with dead reckoning the position, relative to an anchor point, of a mobile device. Data indicating an anchor position within a process plant is acquired and an anchor position is determined according to the acquired data. Data indicative of acceleration and orientation of the mobile device are received from circuitry of the mobile device. A position of the mobile device is determined according to the received data and the anchor position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark J. Nixon, Ken J. Beoughter, Daniel D. Christensen
  • Patent number: 8839273
    Abstract: A system and method for notifying users in a manner that is appropriate for the event and the environment for the user. The method of the present invention relates to determining the desired properties of an event and assigning varying notification characteristics to that event. Profiles are created of the various events, wherein each profile relates to a different mode or situational environment, such as a meeting environment, an office or normal environment, a louder outside-type environment, etc. The invention further relates to placing the small computer device in a particular mode, either automatically or manually. Once in a particular mode the device provides notifications according to that mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Kathryn L. Parker, Peter Vale
  • Patent number: 8751162
    Abstract: A prediction method that estimates the real-time position of a mobile device based on previously observed data is provided. The present invention can be used in real-time navigation, including providing real-time alerts of an upcoming destination and notifications of emergency events in close geographic proximity. The prediction method utilizes neural networks and/or functions generated using genetic algorithms in estimating the mobile device's real-time position. The prediction method provides reliable Location-Based Services (LBS) in events where traditional positioning technologies become unreliable. It is also seamless, as the user remains unaware of any interruption in accessing the positioning technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Sean J. Barbeau, Philip L. Winters, Rafael Perez, Miguel Labrador, Nevine Georggi
  • Patent number: 8718981
    Abstract: A modular sensor assembly in which a sensing module may be packaged and provided separately from a signal processing module and which, in some applications, may facilitate disposal and/or replacement of the sensing module when exposed to a “dirty” or “contaminated” environment without requiring disposal and/or replacement of the entire sensor assembly. In certain applications, the sensing module may include at least one transducer or sensor and a local memory containing a set of conditioning coefficients. The sensing module may be removably coupled to a signal processing module which, in some cases, may be configured to download the set of conditioning coefficients stored in the local memory of the sensing module, and to use the set of conditioning coefficients to produce a substantially linearized output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Prehn Bey, William Hoover, Jamie Speldrich, Ryan Jones
  • Publication number: 20140114444
    Abstract: This document discusses among other things, methods and apparatus to conserve energy when providing proximity information. An example apparatus can include an energy emitter configured to emit a first pulse of energy, an energy sensor configured to receive reflected energy from the first pulse of energy, a control circuit including a processor, the processor configured to provide first proximity information of the apparatus with respect to an object using the reflected energy. The control circuit can be configured to control the energy emitter, to compare the first proximity information with second proximity information, and to modulate a delay between the first pulse of energy and a subsequent pulse of energy using the comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: Robert A. Card
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140094939
    Abstract: An industrial control system provides for distributed processing of position related signals by remote I/O modules to correct for spatial offsets of sensors or actuators associated with the I/O modules, the latter which may receive position data and may correct timing signals detected at the I/O modules according to a stored position offset within the I/O modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Scott A. Pierce
  • Patent number: 8682457
    Abstract: Aspects of this invention relate to an adjustable bed that may include one or more articulating portions, and may include one or more components, including an air inflatable mattress associated with the adjustable bed frame, a programmable logic controller, a remote memory storage facility, a remote storage location of user preferences, a cell phone remote control, a modular control device, an air purification facility, a power outlet controller, a Bluetooth remote control, an ultra wide band remote control, a wireless USB remote control, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Martin B. Rawls-Meehan
  • Publication number: 20140081428
    Abstract: The system includes a software program for locating a machine in a fixed reference coordinate (FRC) system for a manufacturing system, such as a fiber placement machine used in the construction of a composite part. The software system also locates a part in the FRC, and further includes locating an optical tool point in space by using laser information from known two positions to determine the position of the optical tool point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventors: Todd W. Rudberg, Joshua M. Cemenska
  • Patent number: 8665762
    Abstract: The invention provides a method, apparatus and computer program product for ensuring that a device (26) operable in a network (1) is configured to operate according to documented functional requirements for the network. Positional information comprising the coordinates of each device (26, 9, 50) in the network (1) is received via a gateway (9, 50) at a data processing apparatus (10) storing the documented functional requirements. The coordinates of each device (26, 9) in the network (1) are used to deduce the required functionality of the device based on the stored functional requirements, instructions for implementing the functionality are generated and the instructions are sent via the gateway (9, 50) to the network. The invention has particular relevance in the commissioning stage of a lighting control network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Engel J. Knibbe, Theodoor H. Stommen
  • Patent number: 8666695
    Abstract: A system and method that may sense and recognize a motion of a user is provided. The system and method may recognize a variety of motions of the user based on sensing data received from a remote controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Ju Han, Jung Bae Kim, Chi Youn Park
  • Patent number: 8620471
    Abstract: A system for controlling a numerical control machine tool with movable component parts carrying tools (5) and/or mechanical component parts to be checked includes a control unit (7) and a sensor device (9) having an associated interface unit (15). A digital channel (20), through which there are transmitted measuring signals from the interface unit to the control unit, is used, at different moments and as an alternative to the measuring process, for transmitting confirmation pulse signals (ACK) consequent to request/instruction messages that the control unit sends to the interface unit. A method for controlling the machine tool includes the sending of request/instruction messages (M) from the control unit to the interface unit, for example for checking the efficiency and the operativeness of the measuring chain, and the reception of confirmation pulse signals through the transmission channel which is a component part of the measuring chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Marposs Societa' per Azioni
    Inventor: Andrea Turrini
  • Patent number: 8600674
    Abstract: A prediction method that estimates the real-time position of a mobile device based on previously observed data is provided. The present invention can be used in real-time navigation, including providing real-time alerts of an upcoming destination and notifications of emergency events in close geographic proximity. The prediction method utilizes neural networks and/or functions generated using genetic algorithms in estimating the mobile device's real-time position. The prediction method provides reliable Location-Based Services (LBS) in events where traditional positioning technologies become unreliable. It is also seamless, as the user remains unaware of any interruption in accessing the positioning technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Sean J. Barbeau, Philip L. Winters, Rafael Perez, Miguel Labrador, Nevine Georggi
  • Patent number: 8552836
    Abstract: An alignment system for coupling a component to a vehicle includes at least one sensor target coupled to the component, and a controller assembly configured to transmit a signal towards the sensor target and receive a reflected signal from the sensor target, wherein the controller assembly is configured to output an orientation dataset for the component relative to the vehicle using the reflected signal. The system also includes a processing device communicatively coupled to the controller assembly, wherein the processing device is programmed to translate the orientation dataset and cause a set of component positioning signals based on the orientation dataset to be displayed at a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joshua R. Pollema, James V. Leonard, Richard E. Meyer, John D. Musgraves, Jr., William J. Ebert
  • Patent number: 8548608
    Abstract: Sensor fusion algorithm techniques are described. In one or more embodiments, behaviors of a host device and accessory devices are controlled based upon an orientation of the host device and accessory devices, relative to one another. A combined spatial position and/or orientation for the host device may be obtained based on raw measurements that are obtained from at least two different types of sensors. In addition, a spatial position and/or orientation for an accessory device is ascertained using one or more sensors of the accessory device. An orientation (or position) of the accessory device relative to the host computing device may then be computed based on the combined spatial position/orientation for the host computing device and the ascertained spatial position/orientation for the accessory device. The relative orientation that is computed may then be used in various ways to control behaviors of the host computing device and/or accessory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Perek, Michael A. Schwager, Sharon Drasnin, Mark J. Seilstad
  • Patent number: 8543227
    Abstract: Sensor fusion algorithm techniques are described. In one or more embodiments, behaviors of a host device and accessory devices are controlled based upon an orientation of the host device and accessory devices, relative to one another. A combined spatial position and/or orientation for the host device may be obtained based on raw measurements that are obtained from at least two different types of sensors. In addition, a spatial position and/or orientation for an accessory device is ascertained using one or more sensors of the accessory device. An orientation (or position) of the accessory device relative to the host computing device may then be computed based on the combined spatial position/orientation for the host computing device and the ascertained spatial position/orientation for the accessory device. The relative orientation that is computed may then be used in various ways to control behaviors of the host computing device and/or accessory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Perek, Michael A. Schwager, Sharon Drasnin, Mark J. Seilstad
  • Publication number: 20130245790
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus controls position measurement performed by a position measurement device. The apparatus includes a memory and a processor that executes a process in the memory. The process includes acquiring schedule information associated with the position measurement device and including a start time and an end time, acquiring position information acquired by the position measurement device, and extending a position measurement cycle of the position measurement device compared to a position measurement cycle before the start time of the schedule information when positions that respectively correspond to a plurality of pieces of position information acquired between the start time and the end time are in a given area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Hironori SAKAKIHARA
  • Publication number: 20130231755
    Abstract: Sensor fusion algorithm techniques are described. In one or more embodiments, behaviors of a host device and accessory devices are controlled based upon an orientation of the host device and accessory devices, relative to one another. A combined spatial position and/or orientation for the host device may be obtained based on raw measurements that are obtained from at least two different types of sensors. In addition, a spatial position and/or orientation for an accessory device is ascertained using one or more sensors of the accessory device. An orientation (or position) of the accessory device relative to the host computing device may then be computed based on the combined spatial position/orientation for the host computing device and the ascertained spatial position/orientation for the accessory device. The relative orientation that is computed may then be used in various ways to control behaviors of the host computing device and/or accessory device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: David R. Perek, Michael A. Schwager, Sharon Drasnin, Mark J. Seilstad
  • Patent number: 8515207
    Abstract: A technique for efficient processing of annotations in images such as panoramic images is herein disclosed. In an embodiment, a first user annotation is received for a feature in a first panorama, and a second user annotation for the same feature is received in a second panorama. The coordinates for the feature can then be generated by computing the intersection between data generated for the first user annotation and for the second user annotations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Chau
  • Patent number: 8495762
    Abstract: An apparatus is configured with one or more sensors arranged to detect a first shape-related parameter, one or more control elements arranged to provide a force, and circuitry operably connected to the one or more sensors and the one or more control elements to determine the force provided to the one or more control elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130138226
    Abstract: A quasi-translator for economically producing pure, smooth translational motion with broad arcuate or error-free motion regardless of orientation, which is useful in numerous interferometer applications including spectroscopy, a Fourier modulator and a Fourier spectrometer are provided. The quasi-translator utilizes a support, an arm including a driving magnet on a first end and a driven element on a second end, an axis for rotation of the arm, a bearing system that controls the rotation of the arm about the axis, a drive coil and a drive amplifier to drive the arm in the arcuate motion. The quasi-translator may be employed in a Fourier modulator to change the optical path difference of the interferometer/quasi-translator at a substantially constant rate of change. The quasi-translator and/or Fourier modulator may be used in a Fourier spectrometer to create an optical spectrum from a light beam and/or electrical signal created from the light beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: FTRX LLC
    Inventor: FTRX LLC
  • Patent number: 8390150
    Abstract: A field device interface module includes a connector, a plurality of terminals, a protocol interface module, a controller and a power supply module. The connector is configured to operably couple to a computer. The terminals are operably coupleable to a field device. The protocol interface module is coupled to the plurality of terminals and configured to generate signals in accordance with a process communication protocol. A power supply module is coupled to the plurality of terminals. The controller is coupled to the protocol interface module and to the power supply module and is configured to measure a voltage across the plurality of terminals and selectively cause the power supply module to provide power to the field device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel E. Vande Vusse, Alden C. Russell, III, Douglas W. Arntson
  • Patent number: 8386112
    Abstract: A vessel hull robot navigation subsystem and method for a robot including a drive subsystem onboard the robot for driving the robot about the hull. A sensor subsystem onboard the robot outputs data combining robot and vessel motion. A memory onboard the robot includes data concerning the configuration of the hull and a desired path of travel for the robot. A fix subsystem communicates position fix data to the robot. A navigation processor onboard the robot is responsive to the memory data, the sensor subsystem, the position fix data, and the data concerning vessel motion. The navigation processor is configured to determine the position of the robot on the hull by canceling, form the sensor subsystem output data combining both robot and vessel motion, the determined vessel motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: James H. Rooney, III, Stephen C. Jacobsen, Fraser Smith
  • 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: 8352961
    Abstract: A system and method for notifying users in a manner that is appropriate for the event and the environment for the user. The method of the present invention relates to determining the desired properties of an event and assigning varying notification characteristics to that event. Profiles are created of the various events, wherein each profile relates to a different mode or situational environment, such as a meeting environment, an office or normal environment, a louder outside-type environment, etc. The invention further relates to placing the small computer device in a particular mode, either automatically or manually. Once in a particular mode the device provides notifications according to that mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Kathryn L. Parker, Peter Vale
  • Patent number: 8314678
    Abstract: A consumable holder for use in an appliance configured to perform an operation cycle related to a consumable in the consumable holder, in response to a cycle structure, has or is enabled to acquire information about the cycle structure. The information about the cycle structure can be communicated to the appliance for use by the appliance to change the cycle structure and thereby change the operation cycle related to the consumable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Mark E. Glotzbach, Joel A. Luckman, Richard A. McCoy, Christopher S. Moes, Andre O. Pires
  • Patent number: 8306638
    Abstract: One aspect of this disclosure relates to locating at least one position of at least one mote device; and affecting at least one presentation based at least in part on the at least one position of the at least one mote device. Another aspect of this disclosure relates to sensing at least one position of an item at least partially using at least one mote device; and affecting at least one indication of the at least one position at least partially using the at least one mote device based at least in part on the sensing the at least one position of the item. Yet another aspect of this disclosure relates to causing the at least one mobile mote device to displace itself; and affecting at least one presentation with the at least one mobile mote device based at least in part on the causing at least one mobile mote device to displace itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Edward K. Y. Jung, Royce A. Levien, Robert W. Lord, Mark A. Malamud, John D. Rinaldo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8296669
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a technique for controlling one or more devices within a physical room of a structure is provided. One or more devices in the structure are coupled, either directly or indirectly, to a programmable multimedia controller configured to issue control commands which, when implemented, change the state of the devices. A virtual room-based user interface is displayed on a display screen. The virtual room-based user interface may include one or more virtual rooms, each virtual room including a substantially photo-realistic depiction of a portion of the structure, including substantially photo-realistic depictions of one or more devices located within the portion of the structure. In response to the selection of a particular substantially photo-realistic visual depiction, the programmable multimedia controller may issue control commands which, when implemented, change the state of a particular device. The appearance of the particular virtual room may be updated to reflect the changed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Robert P. Madonna, Nicholas J. Cipollo
  • Patent number: 8272069
    Abstract: An apparatus is configured with one or more sensors arranged to detect a first shape-related parameter, one or more control elements arranged to provide a force, and circuitry operably connected to the one or more sensors and the one or more control elements to determine the force provided to the one or more control elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8264318
    Abstract: A consumable holder is provided for use in an appliance configured to perform an operation cycle related to a consumable in the consumable holder. The consumable holder has or is enabled to acquire information associated with itself or the consumable, and further includes a converter configured to transform the information to a cycle structure. Thus, the consumable holder can communicate with a cycle engine to create or modify a cycle structure for use by the appliance to perform an operation cycle related to the consumable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Mark E. Glotzbach, Richard A. McCoy, Andre O. Pires
  • Patent number: 8260444
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an auxiliary controller of a HVAC system, a method of manufacturing a HVAC system, a method of starting a HVAC system and a HVAC system. In one embodiment, the HVAC system includes: (1) a main system controller having a main non-volatile memory and configured to direct operation of the HVAC system and store main controller application information associated therewith on the main non-volatile memory (2) an auxiliary controller having (2A) an interface coupled to the main system controller and configured to communicate therewith, (2B) a processor, coupled to the interface and configured to direct the operation of a component of the HVAC system and (2C) an auxiliary non-volatile memory configured to receive a copy of the main controller application information via the interface and store the main controller application information thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Will Kowald, Darko Hadzidedic