Portable Patents (Class 701/526)
  • Patent number: 9970761
    Abstract: An event location analysis system includes a first wireless terminal device. The first wireless terminal device includes a first measurement unit, a second measurement unit, and a first processor. The second measurement unit consumes larger amounts of power than the first measurement unit consumes. The first processor is configured to transmit a first notification signal upon detecting a first event on basis of a measurement value of the first measurement unit. The first processor is configured to start the second measurement unit upon receiving a second notification signal. The first processor is configured to activate a measurement operation of the first measurement unit and a measurement operation of the second measurement unit after the second measurement unit is started. The first processor is configured to stop the measurement operation of the second measurement unit after a predetermined time has elapsed since the start of the second measurement unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Takahisa Suzuki, Koichiro Yamashita, Koji Kurihara, Toshiya Otomo
  • Patent number: 9869772
    Abstract: A method performed in connection with a handheld communication device for monitoring a context in a battery efficient manner and for detecting a vehicular context, the handheld communication device comprising a GPS hardware component, a network-based position estimation component and a data processor, the method comprising: identifying a non-vehicular context; when the non-vehicular context is not identified, powering on the GPS hardware component and acquiring speed data using the GPS hardware component, determining whether the acquired speed is within predetermined vehicular speed ranges and identifying either a vehicular context or the non-vehicular context; when the vehicular context is not identified, powering off the GPS hardware component to save battery power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Driveway Software Corporation
    Inventor: Igor Katsman
  • Patent number: 9857182
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a device including a processor, a location determining device to determine a geographical location of the device and a communication device to wirelessly transmit data. In at least one embodiment, the processor is arranged to determine when the device is located in a vehicle which has vacated a parking place and, in response, to transmit a message via the communication device indicating a location of the parking place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: TOMTOM INTERNATIONAL B.V.
    Inventors: Mark Huijnen, Frederic Bruneteau, Jeroen Trum
  • Patent number: 9557420
    Abstract: A method performed in connection with a handheld communication device for monitoring a context in a battery efficient manner and for detecting a vehicular context, the handheld communication device comprising a GPS hardware component, a network-based position estimation component and a data processor, the method comprising: acquiring a sequence of location data readings using the network-based position estimation component; identifying a non-vehicular context based on changes in the acquired sequence of the location data readings; when the non-vehicular context is not identified, powering on the GPS hardware component and acquiring speed data using the GPS hardware component, determining whether the acquired speed is within predetermined vehicular speed ranges and identifying either a vehicular context or the non-vehicular context; when the vehicular context is not identified, powering off the GPS hardware component to save battery power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Driveway Software Corporation
    Inventor: Igor Katsman
  • Patent number: 9538339
    Abstract: A system for outputting visual data from a mobile device application on a mobile computing device to a vehicle display, the system comprising a wireless transceiver for communicating signals between a mobile computing device and a vehicle computing system having a graphical display. The vehicle computing system is configured to receive caller identification from the mobile computing device identifying a mobile device application configured to operate with the vehicle computing system. The vehicle computer system is also configured to receive a signal from the mobile computing device representative of a visual indication to be displayed on the vehicle display. The vehicle computer system may determine a location to display the visual indication on the display and output the visual indication on the vehicle display at the determined location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Yiping Xia, Douglas VanDagens, Edward Andrew Pleet, Doron M. Elliott
  • Patent number: 9465984
    Abstract: There is provided a display control system including a plurality of display units, an imaging unit configured to capture a subject, a predictor configured to predict an action of the subject according to a captured image captured by the imaging unit, a guide image generator configured to generate a guide image that guides the subject according to a prediction result from the predictor, and a display controller configured to, on the basis of the prediction result from the predictor, select a display unit capable of displaying an image at a position corresponding to the subject from the plurality of display units, and to control the selected display unit to display the guide image at the position corresponding to the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Watanabe, Yoichiro Sako, Akira Tange, Kazuyuki Sakoda, Kohei Asada, Takatoshi Nakamura, Mitsuru Takehara, Yasunori Kamada, Takayasu Kon, Kazunori Hayashi, Hiroyuki Hanaya, Yuki Koga, Tomoya Onuma
  • Patent number: 9280919
    Abstract: A method of generating anthropomorphic vehicle images for a vehicle owner is shown that includes providing a plurality of anthropomorphic vehicle images on a visual display for a vehicle owner to select; receiving a selection of an anthropomorphic vehicle image from the vehicle owner using a wireless device; obtaining vehicle data using one or more vehicle sensors located on the vehicle; altering at least a portion of the selected anthropomorphic vehicle image based on the accessed vehicle data; and displaying the altered anthropomorphic vehicle image on a wireless device to the vehicle owner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignees: GM Global Technology Operations LLC, General Motors LLC
    Inventors: Richard A. Johnson, Michael A. Wuergler
  • Patent number: 9253594
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed pertain to apparatuses, systems, and methods for dynamically characterizing a mobile station (MS) in a wireless network by determining the variability of measured Round Trip Time (RTT) parameter values, the variability of measured Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) parameter values and other determined characteristics and classifying the MS into at least one of a plurality of classification groups based on the values of at least one of the RTT variability, the RSSI variability, or the other determined characteristics. The classification groups associated with a mobile station may be used to selecting a positioning method to determine the position of the MS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Abdelmonaem Lakhzouri, Florean Curticapean, Sergey Guborev
  • Publication number: 20150106012
    Abstract: In some implementations, a mobile device can be configured to provide simplified audio navigation instructions. The simplified audio navigation instructions can provide a reduced set of audio navigation instructions so that the audio instructions are only presented to the user when the user wishes to or needs to hear the instructions. A user can enable the simplified audio navigation instructions. The simplified audio navigation instructions can be enabled automatically. The simplified audio navigation instructions can be configured with rules for when to present audio navigation instructions. For example, the rules can specify that audio navigation instructions are to be provided for complex road segments, a user defined portion of a route, or specified road types, among other criteria. The mobile device can be configured with exceptions to the rules such that audio navigation instructions can be presented when the user has, for example, deviated from a defined route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anil K. Kandangath, Xiaoyuan Tu
  • Patent number: 8994548
    Abstract: A system includes a receiver configured to receive a signal representing a sequence of user inputs to a portable electronic device and an audible device configured to generate a sound based at least in part on the sequence of user inputs. A duration and volume of the sound is based at least in part on the sequence of user inputs received within a predetermined time interval. A method includes receiving the signal provided to the portable electronic device within a predetermined time interval and generating the sound based at least in part on the sequence of user inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Howard Gaboury, John Robert Van Wiemeersch, Lisa Therese Boran, Mark George Vojtisek
  • Patent number: 8983766
    Abstract: To provide useful information to a user of a personal navigation device (PND) related to their current mode of transportation the PND receives a plurality of satellite navigation signals, utilizes the plurality of satellite navigation signals to determine position of the PND, determines a plurality of data based on the plurality of satellite navigation signals, utilizing the plurality of data as inputs to a statistical model to determine the mode of transportation, determines the information corresponding to the mode of transportation, and displays the information corresponding to the mode of transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Mitac International Corp.
    Inventor: Simon Dean Morley
  • Patent number: 8972078
    Abstract: A mobile identification transmitter for activating a security system of a motor vehicle, particularly an access and/or ignition control system, having a housing in which electronics and a communication means are arranged, wherein the communication means can be brought into communication with a communication means of the security system on board the motor vehicle, a payment element is removably fastened in a receptacle of the housing, where a closure is separately arranged on the housing, the identification transmitter can be set in a normal state and in a secure state, in the normal state and in the secure state communication can be made with the security system, in the secure state the payment element is removed from the receptacle, and the closure seals and protects the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Huf Hulsbeck & Furst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Alexander Geldmacher
  • Publication number: 20150057929
    Abstract: Various implementations described herein are directed to a non-transitory computer readable medium having stored thereon computer-executable instructions which, when executed by a computer, may cause the computer to receive data recorded by a wearable device during a fishing trip. The computer may receive location data that corresponds to the fishing trip. The computer may use the data recorded by the wearable device to determine a time period for a fishing activity during the fishing trip. The computer may use the location data to determine locations corresponding to the time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Robert Bailey
  • Publication number: 20150057928
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for controlling an electrical device and a wireless charging device, each comprising one or more modules. An interrupt signal is received. A type of the interrupt signal is determined. A first module is activated based on the type of the interrupt signal to perform one or more functions. The electrical device and the wireless charging device share at least the first module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: O2Micro Inc.
    Inventors: James WANG, Mei YU, Weihua ZHANG, Jinghua ZOU, Jun WANG, Ke GAO, Mao LIU
  • Publication number: 20150051832
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a mobile device or a network device is configured to identify when a transit vehicle deviates from a transit path. The mobile device is configured to perform a positioning technique to generate data indicative of the location of a mobile device. Based on the location of the mobile device, a path is identified. The path is associated with an estimated path width based on the classification of the path and/or the accuracy of the positioning technique. A target route is calculated using the estimated path width. As the transit vehicle travels, the target route is compared to the location of the mobile device. If the mobile device and or transit vehicle deviates from the target route, a message is generated. The message may indicate that the transit vehicle is being re-routed and/or recommends the computation of a new path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Leo Modica, Leon Stenneth
  • Publication number: 20150025798
    Abstract: The accuracy of a reverse geocode for a GPS fix in a mobile phone navigation device is improved significantly by considering together the user's last known location on an original route, the elapsed time between the last known location on the original route and the latest GPS fix, and the likelihood that the user could have travelled from the last known location on the original route to one of numerous candidate locations (generated from the reverse geocode) in the elapsed time. The navigation server relies only on a GPS fix, timestamps, and a back-end routing database to provide improved or superior accuracy of reverse geocoding a GPS fix (selection of a point on a road) when a relevant user has deviated from the intended route. The reverse geocoding allows for accurate and functional re-routing capabilities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Bob Barcklay, John Hahn, Kevin Tsurutome
  • Publication number: 20150019131
    Abstract: In one disclosed embodiment, a portable user-carried device includes wireless communication circuitry capable of determining a relative direction of a wireless signal in a vehicle. A processor may be programmed to determine a location of the device within a vehicle based upon the relative direction of the wireless signal as determined by the wireless communication circuitry. In a disclosed method for activating a function in a vehicle, a state of a user-carried portable device is determined. A function is activated based upon the state of the user-carried portable device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Otman A. Basir
  • Publication number: 20150012213
    Abstract: The method estimating said route between an origin location and a destination location of a cell phone user requesting said route by using a computer device receiving as inputs location data from a base station tower, said computer device: creating a plurality of perturbations of at least one of said computed origin or said destination location within said base station tower coverage; for each perturbation created querying a route calculation engine, based on geospatial data, to calculate a route between said perturbations or between said perturbations and said origin or destination and obtaining a list of routes, and choosing among said list of routes an optimal route by maximizing an utility function that assesses the efficacy of each route of said list of routes by using user's location data being performed within certain distance of said calculated routes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: TELEFONICA DIGITAL ESPANA, S.L.U.
    Inventors: Haewoon KWAK, Enrique FRIAS MARTINEZ
  • Patent number: 8930163
    Abstract: A method for detecting a human's steps and estimating the horizontal translation direction and scaling of the resulting motion relative to an inertial sensor is described. When a pedestrian takes a sequence of steps the displacement can be decomposed into a sequence of rotations and translations over each step. A translation is the change in the location of pedestrian's center of mass and a rotation is the change along z-axis of the pedestrian's orientation. A translation can be described by a vector and a rotation by an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: TRX Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kamiar Kordari, Benjamin Funk, Jared Napora, Ruchika Verma, Carole Teolis, Travis Young
  • Publication number: 20140372027
    Abstract: Music-based positioning (MP) provides positioning service only sporadically and therefore is not suitable for indoor positioning. The present invention discloses system and method for music-based positioning aided by dead reckoning (MP-DR). At each signature burst (i.e. a highly unique short musical segment suitable for positioning), musical sounds are used for positioning. Between signature bursts, positioning is performed by dead reckoning (DR). MP-DR is an ideal combination of MP and DR: DR extends temporal coverage for MP, while MP provides the much needed periodic calibrations for DR.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicants: HANGZHOU HAICUN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO. LTD.
    Inventors: GUOBIAO ZHANG, BRUCE BING WANG
  • Publication number: 20140372030
    Abstract: In one implementation, a computer-implemented method includes obtaining travel information that indicates travel patterns for a mobile computing device that is associated with a user; identifying a current context for the mobile computing device and the user; identifying one or more destination locations that the user has at least a threshold likelihood of travelling to with the mobile computing device based on the current context and the obtained travel information; generating a prediction that one or more events have at least a threshold probability of occurring along one or more of a plurality of routes for travelling to the identified one or more destination locations; selecting a particular route from the plurality of routes to recommend to the user based on the current context and the prediction of the one or more events; and providing route information that identifies the selected particular route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Adam L. Leader, Andrew Kirmse
  • Publication number: 20140372029
    Abstract: A navigating and routing device for a mobile device is disclosed. The navigating and routing device includes a setting unit, for setting a local device information of the navigating and routing device and at least one device information of at least one navigating and routing device of at least one mobile device; a positioning unit, for obtaining a local position information of the navigating and routing device and at least one positioning information of the at least one navigating and routing device via a positioning system according to the local device information and the at least one device information; and a navigating and routing unit, for navigating and routing a route from the mobile device to a target according to a position of the target and the local position information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: NOVATEK Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventor: Szu-Ying Huang
  • Publication number: 20140365118
    Abstract: A mobile device that displays a list of traveling maneuvers or driving directions according to a route from a start location to a destination location is provided. The displayed list of driving directions includes a series of graphical items that each corresponds to a maneuver in the route. The displayed list of driving directions is updated dynamically according to the current position of the mobile device. Each maneuver actually taken or traveled causes the mobile device to display the item that corresponds to the taken maneuver differently. After a number of maneuvers have been taken, the graphical items that correspond to the taken maneuvers are removed from display and new maneuvers are brought into view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Bradford A. Moore, Scott Lopatin, Marcel van Os, Woo-Ram Lee
  • Patent number: 8908472
    Abstract: A method and system for acquiring seismic data from a seismic survey plan is provided. A survey area is selected in which the seismic data will be acquired. A coordinate for at least one point of interest within the survey area is determined and input into a portable navigation device. A navigation solution is determined between a GPS-determined location of the portable navigation device and the determined coordinate and thereupon presented in a human cognizable media. A seismic device may be positioned at the determined coordinate to insonify a subterranean formation with seismic energy or for detecting reflected seismic energy. Data may be periodically entered into and retrieved from the portable navigation device by an in-field operator. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract which will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Inova Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew Bull, Craig Williamson, Martin C. Williams, Scott T. Hoenmans
  • Patent number: 8898014
    Abstract: A method of operation of a navigation system includes: setting a delivery range for establishing a boundary; detecting a current location relative to the delivery range to a destination with the current location for locating a device; generating a travel route from the current location to the destination; selecting a delivery mode based on whether the current location is within the delivery range; and generating a local notification based on activating the delivery mode for displaying on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Telenav, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Matthew Witkemper
  • Patent number: 8892360
    Abstract: A method of generating a suggested navigation route with a portable electronic device includes presenting a map to a user on a touch-sensitive screen of the portable electronic device, and receiving touch input from a user stroking the touch-sensitive screen from a touch-down location corresponding to a starting point on the map to a release location corresponding to an ending point on the map for indicating a location of a preferred route, the preferred route beginning with the starting point and finishing with the ending point. The method further includes generating the suggested navigation route by selecting streets for the suggested navigation route according to the preferred route in order to closely approximate the preferred route, presenting the suggested navigation route to the user on the touch-sensitive screen, and providing navigation assistance to the user for guiding the user along the suggested navigation route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Mitac International Corp.
    Inventor: Takuya Otani
  • Publication number: 20140330516
    Abstract: A navigation system and method are described. A destination may be determined for a user. A starting location may be determined for the user using data obtained via a mobile device of the user. The user may be enabled to establish a route from the starting location to the destination using the mobile device. Route information that details the established route may be stored in a database for subsequent display to other users. In some embodiments, a value total for each user may be stored, and value may be added to the user's value total in response to the user establishing the route from the starting location to the destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Joff Redfern
  • Publication number: 20140324340
    Abstract: While a user carrying a mobile terminal is aboard a vehicle, communication is available between on-vehicle equipment and the mobile terminal by near field communication, and therefore, the mobile terminal stands by and only the location information measured by the on-vehicle equipment is transmitted to a server. After the user gets off the vehicle, radio communication between the on-vehicle equipment and the mobile terminal is cut off, and therefore, the mobile terminal starts measuring the location etc. and only the location information measured by the mobile terminal is transmitted to the server. The server accumulates the location information sent from the on-vehicle equipment or the mobile terminal. Then, the server generates an inquiry image in which figures each representing the movement trajectory of the user are combined on a map based on the accumulated location information and transmits the inquiry image to the on-vehicle equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Megumi NISHIDA
  • Publication number: 20140324331
    Abstract: A portable navigation device and method are capable of presenting a destination direction to a user without resorting to visual sensation with a relatively simple configuration. Vibration elements are disposed on or in different positions of a housing. The respective vibration intensities of the vibration elements are determined on the basis of an angular difference ? between a destination direction Vn and a terminal direction Vd. The vibration elements are respectively controlled in accordance with the determined vibration intensities. The position of a vibration, which is obtained as a result of blending vibrations of the vibration elements is sensed by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuya OOKA
  • Publication number: 20140324333
    Abstract: A smartphone (10) includes an area information obtaining unit (17), a map information obtaining unit (18), and a display unit (12). The area information obtaining unit (17) obtains area information indicating at least one area communicable directly or indirectly. The map information obtaining unit (18) obtains location information indicating a location associated with the airplane (2). The display unit (12) displays the area information and the location information in a superimposed manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi MAEDA
  • Patent number: 8862400
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for determining navigation/positional data, implemented in a computing system programmed to perform the method. The method includes receiving a plurality of signal strength measurements and user ID data from a hand-held user device, determining user navigation/position data using the plurality of signal strength measurements from the hand-held user device, and transferring the user navigation/position data to the hand-held user device in response to a request signal associated with the user ID data. The user navigation/position data can include 2-D position, 3-D position, relative position, heading, orientation, speed, bearing, and the like. Benefits of this method and system include user hardware independence, reduced computational load on user hardware, and network-level tracking of aggregated traffic patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: mCube Inc.
    Inventor: Joe Kelly
  • Publication number: 20140297180
    Abstract: A location associated with an identified hardware device is determined. A mobilized sensor system navigates to the determined location. The mobilized sensor system captures identity information from a “located” device at the determined location. Whether or not the located device is the identified hardware device is determined based on the information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: John Minjae Cho
  • Patent number: 8843317
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and non-transitory computer readable storage medium, in one embodiment, associating at least one wireless device and at least one user, requesting audio information from at least one remote source by said at least one wireless device, receiving said audio information from said remote source, broadcasting an audio identifier to said at least one wireless device, using said audio information, authenticating said association between said at least one wireless device and at least one transport, based on said audio information, determining at least one characteristic of said at least one user based on at least one of at least one user search history and at least one user preference selection and determining at least one probable route of said at least one transport based on said at least one characteristic and at least one of at least one route history and at least one input destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Open Invention Network, LLC
    Inventor: David Gerard Ledet
  • Publication number: 20140278084
    Abstract: Improved methods and systems for position acquisition and/or monitoring are disclosed. The position acquisition and/or monitoring can be performed with improved intelligence so that data acquisition, transmission and/or processing is reduced. As a result, the position acquisition and/or monitoring is able to be performed in a power efficient manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Chung Lau, C. Douglass Thomas
  • Patent number: 8818714
    Abstract: A portable navigation device and method are capable of presenting a destination direction to a user without resorting to visual sensation with a relatively simple configuration. Vibration elements are disposed on or in different positions of a housing. The respective vibration intensities of the vibration elements are determined on the basis of an angular difference ? between a destination direction Vn and a terminal direction Vd. The vibration elements are respectively controlled in accordance with the determined vibration intensities. The position of a vibration, which is obtained as a result of blending vibrations of the vibration elements is sensed by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Ooka
  • Patent number: 8818724
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus and method for generating a sketch map in a portable terminal. The apparatus includes a sketch map generating unit. The sketch map generating unit collects information about route points of the portable terminal by using location information, generates a sketch map message including the route information, and shares the generated sketch map message with another user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Woo-Jun Choi
  • Patent number: 8812235
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide improved systems and methods for estimating N-dimensional parameters while sensing fewer than N dimensions. In one embodiment a navigational system comprises a processor and an inertial measurement unit (IMU) that provides an output to the processor, the processor providing a navigation solution based on the output of the IMU, wherein the navigation solution includes a calculation of an n-dimensional parameter. Further, the navigational system includes at most two sensors that provide an output to the processor, wherein the processor computes an estimate of an n-dimensional parameter from the output of the at most two sensors for bounding errors in the n-dimensional parameter as calculated by the processor when the trajectory measured by the IMU satisfies movement requirements, wherein “n” is greater than the number of the at most two sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Ingvalson, Wesley J. Hawkinson, Robert C. McCroskey, Paul Samanant
  • Publication number: 20140222334
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a system and method for identification of points of interest within a predefined area. Location estimates for substantially stationary mobile devices may be utilized to determine locations of one or more points of interest. Location estimates for mobile devices in motion may be utilized to determine locations of one or more corridors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Rajarshi Gupta, Min-Wook Jeong
  • Patent number: 8798916
    Abstract: A location based service using combinatorial data sources for routing and time information is disclosed. One embodiment comprises using a user location, a first data set from a first data source containing information related to a first waypoint, and a second data set from a second data source containing information related to a second waypoint to determine a tour of the first waypoint and the second waypoint. In this way, the embodiment may send the tour of the first waypoint and the second waypoint to a navigation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Bussmann, Joseph Figueroa, Thomas G. Phillips
  • Patent number: 8781738
    Abstract: Traffic notification systems include a location determination system that can determine a geographic location of a subscriber, and an automated traffic notification system that can automatically transmit a traffic notification message that is based on the geographic location of the subscriber to a wireless terminal associated with the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Wei Zhao, Lara F. Morgan, Xiaofeng Gao, Michael A. Oblon
  • Patent number: 8768618
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining a location of a mobile device using a multi-modal Kalman filter are described. According to an example method, a mobile device may maintain multiple approximations of a location of a mobile device. Each approximation includes an estimated geographic location of the mobile device that is determined by filtering a respective subset of location estimates received by the mobile device using a respective Kalman filter, and one of the multiple approximations is designated as an active approximation. The method also involves receiving data indicating an estimate of a geographic location of the mobile device and, based on a distance between the estimate of the geographic location and a given approximation of the multiple approximations, updating the given approximation using the estimate of the geographic location. Additionally, the method involves providing for display a visual indication of an estimated geographic location associated with the active approximation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: David Nicholas Christie, Brian Patrick Williams, Mohammed Waleed Kadous
  • Publication number: 20140163867
    Abstract: A system adapted to provide a way finder throughout a facility is described. The system includes an array of sensors, each sensor in the array adapted to transmit a wireless beacon signal, the beacon signal including a sensor ID associated with the sensor; at least one mobile device adapted to receive the wireless beacon signal from a particular sensor from the array of sensors and generate a request for a route to a destination; and a server adapted to receive the request and generate the route based on a location of the particular sensor and a location of a destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: NETCLEARANCE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: David Fernandez
  • Patent number: 8751144
    Abstract: An automatic navigation method and automatic navigation system are provided. The automatic navigation method includes the following steps. A guiding path is provided. A current facing direction which a user faces is obtained by an electronic compass. A turning direction is obtained according to the current facing direction and the guiding path. The turning direction is notified by an electric shock signal. A nearest trace point of the guiding path is obtained by sensing a radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag. The turning direction is updated according to the nearest trace point and the current facing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Szu-Han Tzao, Jong-Jeng Hong, Shang-Yuan Cheng
  • Patent number: 8712690
    Abstract: A non-time of flight or time of arrival position location system for accurate determination of a user's location in an enclosed, indoor, or covered environment can include a number of beacons mounted in an arrangement within the environment. Each of the beacons is mounted in a known location and transmits a broadcast signal containing a unique identifier that identifies the originating beacon. A handheld electronic device including a receiver and a communicably coupled processor can receive broadcast signals from at least some of the number of beacons, iteratively determine a vector quantity corresponding to each of the received signals, and sum the resultant vector quantities to determine an updated position. The iterative process can be repeated until consecutive iterations yield an updated position that falls within a defined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Intermec IP Corp.
    Inventors: Allen White, Michael Hansen, Ronald van der Putten
  • Patent number: 8712689
    Abstract: A digitized image of a map is stored in a data memory. At least one point of the image of the map is selected as reference point. Space coordinates of the location which corresponds to the reference point are determined and allocated to the reference point. A supplementary calibration information item which enables the image of the map to be calibrated in space coordinates is determined. A mobile radio telephone has a navigation device which is set up for carrying out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Mobile Communications GmbH
    Inventors: Ian Courtney, Josef Ploetz, Dan Dinescu
  • Patent number: 8713700
    Abstract: When a user carries a mobile terminal with confidential information, such as customer information, stored therein, it is required to maintain information confidentiality and to prevent an unauthorized third party from accessing the confidential information even if the mobile terminal is stolen. According to the disclosed access control method, an encryption key is generated based on a planned route and the information is encrypted. When the user accesses the information, a decryption key is generated based on the actual movement route that is regularly acquired. The encrypted information can be decrypted if the planned route and the movement route match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Sytstems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuneo Sobue, Tatsuaki Osafune
  • Publication number: 20140114571
    Abstract: Techniques are described for providing a meeting notification and automatic modification service. A system may be configured to identify an appointment in a calendar application, identify a geographic location of the appointment, and identify, before the appointment time, a geographic location of a first participant of the appointment. Based on the geographic information, the system may identify a route extending from the geographic location of the first participant to the geographic location of the appointment, and may identify a travel time associated with the route. Based on the travel time and the appointment time, the system may determine whether the first participant is estimated to arrive at the appointment on time and, based on the determination, the system may send a message to participants of the appointment or dynamically reschedule the appointment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Coughlin, Adrienne C. Meisels, Steven E. Greenberg
  • Publication number: 20140107916
    Abstract: A navigation system includes: a hearing device configured to be worn at a head of a user and having speakers for emission of sound towards ears of the user; a GPS unit for determining a geographical position of the system; a user interface for receiving input from the user regarding at least one of available time and maximum distance; a sound generator for outputting audio signals to the speakers; and a processor configured for determining a route between selected Points-Of-Interest, which route can be covered within the at least one of available time and maximum distance, wherein the processor is also configured for controlling the sound generator to output the audio signals for processing by the speakers to guide the user along the determined route; wherein the processor is further configured for taking information on preferred directions of approach for at least one Point-Of-Interest into account when determining the route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: GN Store Nord A/S
    Inventors: Kathrine Steen URUP, Jakob JENSEN, Peter MOSSNER
  • Patent number: 8694252
    Abstract: A personal navigation device includes a navigation console and a peripheral device. The navigation console is configured to acquire a navigation instruction from a start point to a destination and a detailed map which depicts a predetermined area around the destination. The peripheral device is connected to the navigation console in a detachable manner for displaying the detailed map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Mitac International Corp.
    Inventors: Wei-Han Hu, Yao-Tsung Yeh
  • Publication number: 20140095069
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to computer-implemented methods and systems for intelligent route planning. An example method may include receiving, by a computation system comprising one or more processors, one or more tasks. The one or more tasks may be associated with one or more locations. The method may further include storing, by the computation system, the one or more tasks. The method may further include receiving, by the computation system, current location information associated with a user. The method may further include generating, by the computation system, based upon the one or more tasks and the current location information, one or more notifications associated with at least one task for presentation to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Jennifer A. Healey, Alexandra C. Zafiroglu, Tim Plowman, Helen A. Gould, Philip J. Corriveau