Specific Application, Apparatus Or Process Patents (Class 700/90)
  • Patent number: 10282681
    Abstract: A method for providing a customized platform for facilitating prescheduling transport and delivery services based on estimated driver availability and compatibility with individual customers. A service provider and customer may be matched based on favorites, preferred or regular and a dispatch matrix of preferences, limitations, and indicators. Customers and service providers may create favorites lists, preferred lists, and blacklists according to feedback with each other to enable customers to receive service from their favorite service providers and vice versa, and prevent service between customers and service providers when blacklisted. Customers and drivers may also negotiate prices for requested services based at least in part on supply and demand. The method provides for automatically scheduling transportation services in which service requests are received and automatically scheduled based on a partner driver arrangement using a micro-dispatch system without live dispatching agent involvement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: OPERR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Kevin Sunlin Wang
  • Patent number: 10275776
    Abstract: Described are techniques for performing compliance testing. Configuration state information is received for one or more devices managed using a configuration management system. The configuration state information is stored in a data container. One or more compliance tests are executed using the configuration state information to determine if the one or more devices are compliant. The one or more compliance tests are defined using one or more queries and one or more compliance rules. The one or more queries are used for retrieving a portion of said configuration state information from said data container and generating one or more result sets. The one or more compliance rules specifying compliance criteria are used for determining whether the one or more result sets include configuration state information which is compliant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Thomas L. Watson, Fredrick A. Crable
  • Patent number: 10271404
    Abstract: The described embodiments relate to systems, methods, and apparatuses for establishing a network of sensor-responsive lighting units using an interface of each lighting unit. The interface of each lighting unit can include a channel selector switch for selecting a channel to which each lighting unit will be connected. In this way, the creation of a network can be created by placing the lighting units proximate to each other and selecting the same channel at the interface at each lighting unit. The lighting units can include sensors for detecting events occurring at each lighting unit, and information related to the detected events can be shared among other lighting units in the network. Each lighting unit can operate in different operating modes such as a testing mode for testing communications channels and a manual mode for allowing a lighting unit to operate independently of the information shared over the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: HeathCo LLC
    Inventors: Martin James Fornek, Timothy Gale Birdwell, Scott Blaise Tylicki
  • Patent number: 10268168
    Abstract: A system is provided for controlling a first switch terminal or equivalent of a building occupied by one or more building occupant, the system includes a plurality of switch terminal or equivalent parameters relative to the building, a first computer system is coupled to the first switch terminal or equivalent of the building at a first location of the building. The first computer system runs on at least one platform, a first plurality of sensors is coupled to the first switch terminal and the first computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Edison Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin Billings
  • Patent number: 10262030
    Abstract: A data recipe may be automatically generated to provide requested information to a user. After the information is requested, one or more data sources may be interrogated to discover a plurality of data types of data stored in the data sources. The data types may be categorized to define a plurality of data recipe ingredients that are likely to be needed to provide the requested information. The data recipe ingredients may be compared with a reference data recipe. Based on the results of the comparison, a new data recipe that provides the requested information may be made by either modifying the reference data recipe or by proceeding independently of the reference data recipe. The new data recipe may, for example, calculate a key performance indicator used to measure organizational performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: DOMO, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Burtenshaw, Daren Thayne, Joshua G. James, Paul Baker
  • Patent number: 10257363
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method, including: receiving, at a first device, a user input; determining, at the first device, a second device is capable of responding to the user input; resolving, using a processor, a target device from among the first device and the second device; and executing, using the target device, a command in response to the user input. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: John Carl Mese, Arnold S. Weksler, Nathan J. Peterson, Rod D. Waltermann, Russell Speight VanBlon
  • Patent number: 10230536
    Abstract: A communication apparatus is disclosed. A home appliance includes a driving unit to drive a component of the home appliance, a controller configured to control the driving unit, a display to display a network connection related indicator and a smart grid related indicator, and a communication unit to connect to an access point apparatus, the communication unit to connect to a server via the connected access point apparatus, and the communication unit to receive a power information signal from the server, wherein the controller to control operation of the driving unit based on the received power information signal. Accordingly, it is possible to conveniently recognize a smart grid mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Koonseok Lee
  • Patent number: 10185008
    Abstract: In a method for operating a medical imaging examination apparatus having multiple sub-systems, a control computer controls the sub-systems to execute a scan sequence in which magnetization in at least two subvolumes of an object being scanned is simultaneously manipulated by a sub-sequence and/or used for the scan data acquisition process. A control protocol assigned to the scan sequence is provided to the control device, and sequence control data for the control protocol are determined that define different functional sub-sequences of the scan sequence. Different effective volumes are assigned to each functional sub-sequence, taking into account the aforementioned sub-modules. Effective volume position data are provided to the control device that define the position and extent of the effective volumes assigned to the different functional sub-sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Thorsten Feiweier
  • Patent number: 10171466
    Abstract: A wireless system receives a registration from a user device and transfers a request for the user device to an authorization server. The authorization server authorizes a user session for the user device and transfers a common identifier for the user session to the wireless system. The wireless system receives the common identifier and transfers a registration for the user device to an application node. The application node receives the registration and transfers a request for the user device to the authorization server. The authorization server authorizes a user application for the user device and transfers the common identifier for the user application to the application node. The wireless communication system tracks the user session and transfers user session data records having the common identifier. The application node tracks the user application and transfers user application data records having the common identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Gary Joel Rieschick, Jeremy R. Breau, Raymond Robert Doerr, John Eric Belser
  • Patent number: 10157168
    Abstract: Asymmetrical formatting of word spaces according to the uncertainty between words includes an initial filtering process and subsequent text formatting process. An equivocation filter generates a mapping of keys and values (output) from a corpus or word sequence frequency data (input). Text formatting process for asymmetrically adjusts the width of spaces adjacent to keys using the values. The filtering process, which generates a mapping of keys and values can be performed once to analyze a corpus and once generated, the key-value mapping can be used multiple times by a subsequent text processing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Asymmetrica Labs Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D Nicholas, Kenneth R Brownfield
  • Patent number: 10154574
    Abstract: A multifunctional smart home lamp control and security remote control signal receiver is embedded in the ceiling and displays a plurality of lamp control display zones, a sensing display zone, a sound zone, human body sensors and a sensing adjustment zone and/or camera recorders by facing downward so that a user can easily watch the lamp control status or the security displayed by the LED display lamp on the remote control receiver. A rear surface is disposed with an electric zone having a plurality of wire sockets, a fuse zone and an electrifying zone. The electrifying zone is provided for introducing supply mains, and power is provided to a plurality of lamps through the wire sockets of the electric zone to provide the multifunctional smart home lamp control and security remote control signal receiver for simultaneously handing lamp control status and security status in the home life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignees: G-Light Technologies Co., Ltd., TGM Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ting-Kuang Yeh
  • Patent number: 10152840
    Abstract: A system in accordance with present embodiments includes a plurality of wearable devices and a virtual queue control system configured to maintain respective virtual queues for respective attractions and in communication with the plurality of virtual queuing attraction stations. The virtual queue control system is configured to receive communications from the plurality of virtual queuing stations and add guests to the respective virtual queues based on the communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Geraghty, Justin Michael Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10152651
    Abstract: A medical image processing apparatus according to an embodiment includes acquisition circuitry, extraction circuitry, calculation circuitry, and determination circuitry. The acquisition circuitry configured to acquire a first photographic image and a second photographic image that contain tree structures of a subject. The extraction circuitry configured to extract branch points of each of the tree structures in the first photographic image and the second photographic image. The calculation circuitry configured to calculate the similarities between the branch points in the first photographic image and the branch points in the second photographic image based on the feature quantities of the branch points. The determination circuitry configured to determine the corresponding path between the branch points in the first photographic image and the branch points in the second photographic image based on the similarities between the branch points calculated by the calculation circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Shaobin Wang, Qi Chen, Yang Zhang, Yanhua Wang, Jialin Zhang, Minfeng Xu, Jianchun Zhao, Xiaotian Yang
  • Patent number: 10140853
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for replication and learning of a waveform for infrared (IR) remote control of a household appliance. The method includes: sampling a data code in a household appliance infrared remote waveform by a direct sampling method, so as to obtain sampled data; performing feature extraction on the sampled data to obtain a feature value; reversing the level whose length is shorter than the minimum feature value and is within a preset range; adding the reversed level length with the adjacent levels length to perform deburring in the household appliance infrared remote waveform, wherein adjacent levels refer to the levels previous and after the reversed level, and the minimum feature value is feature value of the minimum level length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Phicomm (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lei Chen
  • Patent number: 10130218
    Abstract: An automatic seasoning adding apparatus applicable in a fully automated cooking machine comprises a machine frame (100), a wok lid (200), a hollow shaft (31), a wok lid controlling assembly (3), and a seasoning pumping assembly (40). The wok lid is provided with an opening to be fixedly connected to and in communication with the hollow shaft. The wok lid controlling assembly is provided on the machine frame and is slidingly engaged with the hollow shaft to control the wok lid to cover/uncover a wok (20). The seasoning pumping assembly comprises a plurality of peristaltic pumps (41). All the peristaltic pumps are connected to a master control device (7) to receive a command issued by the master control device on the basis of a preset recipe program, and pump, on the basis of the command, an appropriate amount of the liquid seasoning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Jinbiao Xu, Guang He
  • Patent number: 10129047
    Abstract: A technician assistance application aids installation and diagnostics for an automated home monitoring system often referred to as an “Intelligent Home” system. The monitoring system includes a plurality of security sensor devices deployed around a dwelling and responsive to a monitoring application on a central computing device. The central computing device provides an on-site console for gathering signals from the security sensors and forwarding the gathered signals to a monitoring station or central office. The central office interprets the received signals to identify an anomaly or other signal consistent with a need to notify first responders or otherwise trigger an alarm. In addition to basic intrusion and fire protection, the monitoring system may monitor a variety of other non-emergency aspects such as lights, visual camera signals, door locks and environmental conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Suchitra Voddhi, Scott Taylor, Mike Roudi, Donald Murtha
  • Patent number: 10119712
    Abstract: A room condition monitor (RCM) that includes a processor with an embedded router software object that is in signal communication with a first communication connector including BACnet/IP interface for the transmission receipt of data packages over a building management system (BMS) communication network according to a BACnet/IP protocol. The RCM also includes a room condition sensor for detecting a room condition. In addition, the RCM includes a projected capacitive LCD screen display to display information regarding the detected room condition, or other building information associated with the BMS. A second communication connector with a second network protocol interface is provided for communication with network legacy devises through the RCM router.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Setra Systems
    Inventors: Paul Francis Grosshart, Gino Amaro Pinto, Eric Christopher Beishline, Sunil Barot, Kevin Bourbeau, Anthony T. Batista, Shawn Oscar Henry, Brandon Thomas Rogers, Bernard A. Manning, II
  • Patent number: 10091278
    Abstract: Technology is described for providing data exchange services. A set of definitions for a data exchange service that is accessible via a data exchange domain may be received. The data exchange service may be configured to facilitate an exchange of device reporting information transformed using the set of definitions. The exchange may be between a first device and a second device. The device reporting information may be received from the first device. The first device may be registered with the data exchange service. The device reporting information may be in accordance with the set of definitions. The device reporting information may be forwarded to a second device via the data exchange service. The device reporting information may be converted to a data format that is readable by the second device, and the device reporting information may be forwarded to a second device via the data exchange service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Vikram Garlapati, Matthew Thomas Tavis, Thomas Charles Stickle
  • Patent number: 10084610
    Abstract: A control apparatus controls consumer equipment provided in a power consumer facility. The control apparatus comprises a controller configured to transmit, information indicating an operatable function capable of being operated by an operation apparatus operating the consumer equipment among a plurality of functions of the consumer equipment, to the operation apparatus, when the control apparatus is connected to the operation apparatus via a first network provided in the consumer facility. The controller is further configured to transmit a request message for requesting execution of a function designated from the operatable function to the consumer facility, when the control apparatus receives an operation instruction of the designated function of the operatable function from the operation apparatus. The controller is further configured to select the operatable function among the plurality of functions according to whether the operation apparatus is located outside the consumer facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Yuri Sato
  • Patent number: 10032133
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an electronic signature service receives a document to be electronically signed on behalf of an organization. The electronic signature service automatically determines at least one authorized signatory from the organization for executing the received document. The authorized signatory is determined from data describing an organizational structure and signature authorities for the organization. The electronic signature service electronically provides the document to the authorized signatory via a data network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: Benjamin David Follis
  • Patent number: 10033431
    Abstract: A novel procedure is described which provides a method for initialization of a group of CPE devices (short: CPEs) during a training that in part registers capabilities of the CPEs, wherein at least one CPE registers late to the training and thus cannot be registered. In accordance with the example described herein, the method comprises: determining capabilities of the CPEs during a Joining Phase of the training, wherein it is determined whether a CPE device is capable of employing vectoring. The method further comprises placing in a hold status the at least one CPE that registers late by keeping a line active that is coupled to the at least one CPE. Another Joining Phase is provided after the Joining Phase in order to register the at least one CPE which has registered late.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Lantiq Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Pidder Kassel
  • Patent number: 10021145
    Abstract: A communication apparatus is disclosed. A home appliance includes a driving unit to drive a component of the home appliance, a controller configured to control the driving unit, a communication unit configured to provide network setup related information to an access point apparatus, to receive network related information from the access point apparatus, to access the access point apparatus after receiving the network related information, and to provide, to a server, after accessing the access point apparatus, product related information for product registration, and a memory configured to store the received network related information. Accordingly, it is possible to conveniently perform product registration of the home appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Koonseok Lee
  • Patent number: 10014030
    Abstract: A video file and relation chain information of the video file are obtained. A video-file editing information is generated with the relation chain information. The video file is edited with the video-file editing information. The edited video file is played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Shaohua Luo
  • Patent number: 10007241
    Abstract: A system and method for remotely controlling behavior of multiple devices are presented. The system comprises a plurality of devices, e.g. puffers, and a remote master controller. Each device includes a radio frequency (RF) control system for programming and control of its operation. The communication between the puffer and the master controller during mass programming is through Bluetooth Low Energy peripheral mode and observer mode. Using its peripheral mode, the master controller advertises a desired program for the puffers in an orchard through a custom UUID. Each puffer picks up and parses the custom UUID and reprograms itself. Each puffer also uses its peripheral mode to advertise its configuration to be picked up by the master controller so that the master controller can verify that the puffer has correctly reprogrammed itself based on the mass programming advertisement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Suterra, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Hedin, Joseph Bonniwell, Matt Hamman
  • Patent number: 10002473
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to displaying user preferences related to operation of a vehicle. For example, the associated systems and methods may include receiving a user's personal information and preferences and displaying them on an in-vehicle infotainment system or a mobile device application. More particularly, the user may input her automobile insurance provider, health insurance provider, medical information, a preferred repair facility or mechanic, a preferred towing company, a preferred hospital, an emergency contact number, the user's blood type, etc. The user preferences may be stored and displayed on the in-vehicle infotainment system or the mobile device application. Furthermore, the in-vehicle infotainment system or the mobile device application may receive vehicle diagnostic information from the vehicle, and display user preferences based on the diagnostic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: William J. Leise, Douglas Albert Graff, Christina P. Mullen
  • Patent number: 9997246
    Abstract: Methods including performing an access operation on a memory device using trims corresponding to trim settings, receiving a command to suspend the access operation, loading updated trim settings into a particular trim register of the memory device, setting updated trims for the access operation in response to the updated trim settings of the particular trim register, and resuming the access operation using the updated trims. Apparatus including an external controller and a memory device having an internal controller configured to set trims in response to trim settings and to perform an access operation on an array of memory cells using the trims in response to receiving the access command, wherein the external controller is configured to select trim settings corresponding to a desired mode of operation, and to transmit the selected trim settings to the memory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry Grunzke
  • Patent number: 9998297
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for controlling a smart home device to upload data and a method and an apparatus for acquiring data uploaded by a smart home device are provided. The method includes: acquiring operation status data of the smart home device; and according to binding relationships of the smart home device with application servers, sending the operation status data to all bound application servers; wherein the smart home device is bound to at least two application servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yanlu Zhang, Ziguang Gao, Enxing Hou
  • Patent number: 9967109
    Abstract: An information presenting method includes: receiving, from a refrigerator, a signal including an identification result of an identified user; extracting a scheduled future event by referring to schedule information corresponding to the user, based on the identification result of the user, the schedule information being included in a plurality of pieces of schedule information of users; determining an item associated with the extracted scheduled future event; generating information including information that is to be presented to the user, based on the determined item, the information that is to be presented to the user being included in stock information that relates to one or more items stored in the refrigerator; and transmitting, to an apparatus through the network, a signal for causing the apparatus to output the generated information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Kozo Nishimura, Tomohiko Kitamura
  • Patent number: 9961512
    Abstract: A method for operating devices in a ZigBee network comprising ZigBee Green Power (ZGP)-capable devices and non-ZGP-capable devices, both to be controlled by at least one ZGPD device, is disclosed. In one example, the ZGPD device transmits a ZGPD command frame, and, upon reception of the ZGPD command frame from the ZGPD device, a ZGP-capable device: translates the received ZGPD command to a regular ZigBee command compatible with non-ZGP-capable devices, forwards the translated command, and tunnels the ZGPD command using a ZGP tunneling mechanism, wherein the ZGP-capable devices controlled by the ZGPD device execute only the tunneled command, if the controlled application functionality is supported, and wherein the non-ZGP-capable devices controlled by the ZGPD device execute only the translated command, if the controlled application functionality is supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Marinus Gerardus Maria Tolhuizen, Bozena Erdmann, Robert Cornelis Houtepen
  • Patent number: 9928546
    Abstract: A method of processing data in connection with a security is provided. The security is collateralized by a plurality of home mortgage loans or by portions of the plurality of home mortgage loans. The method comprises generating payment projections regarding principal and interest payment projections for the plurality of home mortgage loans; determining that the payment projections have errors; and modifying loan characteristic data to eliminate errors in the loan characteristic data that cause errors in the payment projections. According to another embodiment, a method comprises receiving payment data regarding the plurality of loans a plurality of times separated by a plurality of days during the reporting cycle. Each time the payment data is received, the payment data is processed and the opportunity to make corrections is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Fannie Mae
    Inventors: Dror Oppenheimer, Maryann Bastnagel, William P. Nixon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9910575
    Abstract: The present invention relates to assisting a user in selecting a lighting device (408) design through receiving an image of a scene, e.g. the user taking a picture using his/her smartphone of his/her living room (410) and analyzing this image in order to select or generate a lighting device (408) design. The analysis can comprise determining the presence of a pattern, material or color in the scene and a lighting device (408) design can be selected (e.g. from an electronic catalog) that comprises a similar pattern, material or color. As another example, a lighting device (408) design can be generated to match such a pattern, material or color. The invention further comprises a system and computer program product for implementation of this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Petrus Johannes Hendrikus Seuntiens, Bartel Marinus Van De Sluis, Chris Damkat, Bram Knaapen, Anthonie Hendrik Bergman, Wei Pien Lee, Tim Dekker, Stefan Donivan Twigt, Robertus Antonius Jacobus Maria Hovers, Bertrand Rigot
  • Patent number: 9910927
    Abstract: Example embodiments of the present disclosure include a system comprising a computer-readable storage medium storing at least one program and a computer-implemented method for providing an interactive graphical user interface (GUI) on an interactive mirror display. Consistent with some embodiments, the method may include identifying an item based on an identification device affixed to the item and accessing product information for the item from a product database. The method may further include generating a recommendation for an additional item related to the item. The method may further include generating the interactive GUI using the product information and the recommendation and causing the interactive GUI to be presented on the interactive mirror display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Healey Cypher, Tracy Ogishi, Darren Endo, Michael Franklin, Lars Wensel
  • Patent number: 9900784
    Abstract: A method for geo-location of a wireless communication unit (410) is provided. The communication unit (410) communicates with a wireless communication network (430) of a wireless communication system (400). A probability density function is derived for the location of the wireless communication unit (410), from measured information and/or information about the wireless communication network (430). The probability density function is sampled to provide spatial and probability information about each of at least two possible locations for the wireless communication unit (410). A wireless communication system (400) and a method of selecting enhancements to a wireless communication system (400) are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Viavi Solutions UK Limited
    Inventor: Michael Joseph Flanagan
  • Patent number: 9863392
    Abstract: A system for providing driving insurance for an individual driver may comprise at least one subsystem implemented on one or more computing systems configured for electronically calculating a risk of insuring a driver for liability arising from a vehicle accident regardless of any specific vehicle driven by the driver during the accident, at least one subsystem implemented on one or more computing systems configured for electronically and automatically calculating an insurance premium rate based on the previously calculated risk, and at least one subsystem implemented on one or more computing systems configured for electronically preparing an insurance policy according to the calculated premium rate wherein the insurance policy provides liability vehicle insurance covering the driver regardless of any specific vehicle driven by the driver during an accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Robert Lance Tucker, Bradly Jay Billman
  • Patent number: 9857873
    Abstract: A tactile sense providing apparatus comprising a tactile sense providing unit, a measuring light source unit, a light-receiving unit; and a control unit. The control unit is configured to calculate a distance to an object based on a light emitted by the measuring light source unit and received by the light-receiving unit, determine a tactile stimulus condition based on the distance; and drive the tactile sense providing unit according to the tactile stimulus condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Osamu Ito
  • Patent number: 9858641
    Abstract: A method comprising: obtaining a first viewpoint representing a partial depiction of a system, wherein the first viewpoint comprises a property base, an instance base and a class base; obtaining a second viewpoint representing a partial depiction of the system, wherein the second viewpoint comprises a property base, an instance base and a class base, wherein the instance base of the second viewpoint is different than the instance base of the first viewpoint; creating a third viewpoint based on the first and second viewpoints, wherein the third viewpoint representing the system, wherein the third viewpoint comprises a property base, an instance base and a class base, wherein the instance base comprises instances defined by the instance base of the first viewpoint and instances defined by the instance base of the second viewpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lior Limonad, Michael Masin, Aviad Sela, Yishai A Feldman
  • Patent number: 9858789
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to systems and methods for security and/or automation systems. The methods may include detecting an event in a home associated with a first occupant of the home, and identifying a presence of a second occupant in the home. In any embodiment, the second occupant may be different from the first occupant. The method may further include providing an alert to the second occupant of the home based at least in part on the detected event and the identifying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Child, Michelle Zundel
  • Patent number: 9845967
    Abstract: An intelligent with abnormality alarm which may comprise a housing, jacks in the surface of the housing and a conductive component arranged within the housing, wherein the housing is internally provided with a single chip processor as well as a current detection module, a voltage detection module, an outdoor temperature detection module, an indoor temperature detection module, a display module and a power supply module which are electrically connected with the single chip processor respectively. The power supply module is connected with the display module to power it. The socket may be used to carry out a real-time monitoring without making modification to the software and hardware. After applying the air conditioner socket of the present invention, the user may replace the socket of the air conditioner of a corresponding model him or her, i.e., the monitoring of an installed air conditioner may be accomplished with a minimum cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Staba Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuhua Deng
  • Patent number: 9836867
    Abstract: Systems and methods for rendering an image of a selected garment on a photograph containing a selected individual are disclosed. A computer-implemented method includes: analyzing and tagging, by a computing device, a plurality of photographs stored in a repository; receiving, by the computing device, an indication of a selected garment and a selected individual; determining, by the computing device, a selected photograph from the plurality of photographs based on at least one of: appropriateness of outfit; appropriateness of environment; and usage patterns; generating, by the computing device, an augmented photograph by superimposing an image of the selected garment on the selected photograph; and transmitting, by the computing device, the augmented photograph to a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Martin G. Keen, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 9822596
    Abstract: Techniques for releasing a well tool string from a wireline release tool includes initiating actuation of a linear actuator of the wireline release tool, the actuator coupled to an inner mandrel on which a retractable latch rides, the retractable latch including a profile formed on an outer surface of the latch that is coupled to the well tool string; actuating the actuator to move the inner mandrel of the wireline release tool to remove support of the profile by a ramp formed on the outer surface, the profile retracted toward the inner mandrel based on the movement of the inner mandrel; decoupling the profile from the well tool string based on retraction of the profile toward the inner mandrel; and moving the wireline release tool into a position to release the wireline release tool from the well tool string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Gammill Clemens, Bryan William Kasperski, Matthew Craig Mlcak, George Nathan Aldredge
  • Patent number: 9788042
    Abstract: Provided is an image display apparatus including: an interface unit through which a pointing signal is received from an external input device; and a display unit that includes a first region and a second region which are distinguishable from each other and on any one of which an image object of which a function is activated by the pointing signal is displayed; and a controller that activates an application corresponding to a predetermined pattern, when in a state where a content screen is output to the first and second regions of the display unit, the image object that is displayed according to the pointing signal moves in the predetermined pattern, in which while maintaining the outputting of the content screen, the controller performs control in such a manner that a control screen for an external apparatus, which corresponds to the activation of the application, is output to the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sijeong Ro, Myungbok Yoo, Duksung Kim
  • Patent number: 9785542
    Abstract: A method for debugging test procedures for automated device testing is disclosed. The method comprises receiving a command to update at least one modified test procedure modified during a first debugging session and saving state information for a test plan, wherein the state information comprises information regarding a breakpoint entry location, and wherein the modified test procedure is invoked within the test plan. The method subsequently comprises suspending execution of the test plan and unloading the modified test procedure. It also comprises compiling the modified test procedure to produce a compiled file and then reloading the test procedure into the test plan using the compiled file. Finally, it comprises resuming execution of the modified test procedure in a second debugging session and breaking the execution during the second debugging session at a breakpoint corresponding to the breakpoint entry location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: ADVANTEST CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Elston, Leon Chen, Harsanjeet Singh, Hironori Maeda, Ankan Pramanick, Youbi Katsu
  • Patent number: 9773127
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a memory that stores, for each of a plurality of items that can be described in extensions included in a certificate signing request, item names and item contents with associating each of the item names with a respective one of the item contents; an acquiring unit that acquires specific information; a preparation unit that makes out a specific certificate signing request including specific extensions in which a specific item name and a specific item content are described, according to a condition for making out specific extensions which is determined in response to a user's instruction, by acquiring the specific item name and the specific item content from the memory and using the acquired specific information, specific item name and specific item content; and an output unit that outputs the specific certificate signing request to an outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoru Yanagi
  • Patent number: 9766881
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computer-implemented method executable by a multi-tenant server system to manage a project is provided. The method includes receiving user input data indicating project data that includes at least one of project information, task information, and details information associated with the project; associating tenant-specific metadata with the project data; and storing the project data and the associated tenant-specific metadata in a project data datastore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventor: Belinda Wong
  • Patent number: 9758303
    Abstract: A method of and device for generating an identifiable signal to facilitate an order picking process are disclosed. The method and device can be used on an order picking station having containers with items to be picked. In some embodiments, the station has multiple shelves having signal generating devices coupled with each of the containers on the shelves. The device takes the information of the items to be picked and generate identifiable signals, such that the device provides visual effects to facilitate workers' picking and gathering efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventor: Fernando Antonio Sanchez Marquez
  • Patent number: 9749455
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a communication unit configured to communicate with at least one a first electronic device or at least one second external device by at least one communication method, and a control unit configured to, when a message is received from the first electronic device, identify at least one of the second electronic device to which a message is sent in response to the message received from the first electronic device, create the message that is to be sent to the identified second electronic device, and send the created message to the second electronic device. Other various embodiments may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ji-Ryang Chung, Suck-Ho Seo, Sung-Ho Park, Dong-Hyoun Son, Il-Sung Hong, Ji-Hyun Park, Ki-Soo Cho
  • Patent number: 9740826
    Abstract: A wireless medical room control arrangement includes a wireless controller having a wireless router. A room identifier and a device identifier are stored in the controller. A communication interface sends commands to and receives commands from the wireless controller. In response to commands from the interface, the wireless controller sends wireless control signals to operate medical devices in the room. A room monitor adjacent a doorway provides room identifiers to medical devices and wireless controllers entering the room and provides dummy identifiers to medical devices and controllers exiting the room. The room monitors may connect to a global network processor that determines the location of the medical devices in a medical facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Prabhu Raghavan, Travis Morgan
  • Patent number: 9734459
    Abstract: A method for managing a project including displaying, to a user, a Gantt chart illustrating one or more project items of the project as one or more corresponding bars, alerting the user when one of the one or more project items has a status of warning or critical, selecting one of the one or more corresponding bars, and displaying additional information pertaining to the project item corresponding to the selected one of the one or more corresponding bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Barrett, Andrew Barnett
  • Patent number: 9730298
    Abstract: Lighting units, systems, and methods are described herein for determining whether occupancy detections are legitimate or not. Methods and systems are further described herein for powering down a network of power over ethernet (PoE) components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Philips Lighting Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Jurgen Mario Vangeel, Mark Henricus Verberkt, Peter Fitski
  • Patent number: 9721301
    Abstract: A computer-based method for obtaining repair estimates for a vehicle, and a related network server, are provided. The method comprises receiving a vehicle identification number (VIN) over a network from a customer computer, retrieving vehicle information, associated with the VIN, from a database, sending the vehicle information and a graphical representation of the vehicle, including a plurality of selectable vehicle damage locations, over the network to the customer computer, receiving a selection of at least one vehicle damage location over the network from the customer computer, receiving at least one image of the vehicle over the network from the customer computer, storing the vehicle information, the selected damage location and the vehicle image as a repair job in a non-volatile memory or the database, and sending a notification, indicating that the new repair job is available for review, over the network to at least one repair provider computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: SHzoom LLC
    Inventor: Ingrid Cook