Portable Patents (Class 701/541)
  • Publication number: 20150134245
    Abstract: A method including receiving a first location for a mobile device at a first time; receiving a second location for the mobile device at a second time; determining a most likely route for the mobile device based on the first location, the second location, and a time interval between the first time and the second time; and generating a synthetic location for the mobile device based on the most likely route at a corresponding synthetic time between the first time and the second time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: AT&T MOBILITY II LLC
    Inventors: Sheldon MEREDITH, MARK AUSTIN, JEREMY FIX
  • Publication number: 20150134249
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device is provided. The wearable electronic device includes a gravity sensor, a processor and an input/output module. The gravity sensor is used for sensing a moving direction of the wearable electronic device. The gravity sensor and the input/output module are electrically connected to the processor, respectively. The processor generates navigation information according to the moving direction. The input/output module displays the navigation information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC.
    Inventor: Wei-Chi Yen
  • Publication number: 20150127259
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for determining a navigational constraint for a portable device using an optical sensor. The navigational constraint may be used to supplement other navigational solutions or may be used independently. The optical sensor may capture a plurality of samples to be processed to determine the constraint. Determining the constraint may include any or all of determining a context for usage, distinguishing usage modes, estimating an orientation of the portable device, determining an absolute and/or relative elevation, determining a direction of motion and determining a speed of the portable device from the samples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Bashir Kazemipur, Amr Al-Hamad, Jacques Georgy, Zainab Syed, Christopher Goodall, Naser El-Sheimy
  • Publication number: 20150112593
    Abstract: A humanized navigation system provides humanized instructions that mimic a real human navigator, focuses on comprehension rather than precision, and attempts to make the navigation session less stressful for the user. In some implementations, complex navigation situations are classified according to shared common navigation problems. Once a class is determined, humanized navigation instructions are generated and/or selected based on the class and the current location of the user. The humanized navigation instructions include information to aid the user in navigating a route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Anil K. Kandangath, Xiaoyuan Tu
  • Publication number: 20150094952
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed pertain to the use of user equipment (UE) for the generation of a 3D exterior envelope of a structure based on captured images and a measurement set associated with each captured image. In some embodiments, a sequence of exterior images of a structure is captured and a corresponding measurement set comprising Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) measurements, wireless measurements (including Global Navigation Satellite (GNSS) measurements) and/or other non-wireless sensor measurements may be obtained concurrently. A closed-loop trajectory of the UE in global coordinates may be determined and a 3D structural envelope of the structure may be obtained based on the closed loop trajectory and feature points in a subset of images selected from the sequence of exterior images of the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Leo MOEGLEIN, Christopher BRUNNER, Arvind RAMANANDAN, Mahesh RAMACHANDRAN, Abhishek TYAGI, Murali Ramaswamy CHARI
  • Patent number: 8977558
    Abstract: Electronically generating an engineering plan for installation of equipment, such as cable system equipment, at a work site. First geographic information relating to a first location of the work site is compared with second geographic information representing a second location of an engineer generating the engineering plan (or of a plan generating tool being used by the engineer to generate the plan) to verify that the engineer/tool is sufficiently near to the work site. A digital image of a geographic area including the work site is displayed on the plan generating tool, and user input is acquired from the engineer (e.g., via a user input device associated with the plan generating tool) relating to at least one first position, relative to the displayed digital image, representing a first equipment location of at least a first piece of the equipment to be installed at the work site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: CertusView Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr
  • Publication number: 20150046022
    Abstract: A vehicle system is in communication with a mobile device. The vehicle system receives information from the mobile device and determines the quality of the information. If the quality of the information is acceptable, the vehicle system may use the information from the mobile device. In addition, the quality of the information may be used to determine if the information should be sent to other vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sue Bai, Radovan Miucic
  • Publication number: 20150019125
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a navigational process for alerting a user of a portable navigational device of an upcoming point of interest. The navigational process may be implemented as a navigational software application that runs on the portable navigational device. In some embodiments, a wide-area global positioning system (GPS) provides navigational route information and points of interest information to the portable navigational device after the navigational process requests the navigational route information. In some embodiments, the wide-area GPS system retrieves the navigational route information from a map service. In some embodiments, the wide-area GPS system retrieves the points of interest information from a points of interest (POI) service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: EDUARD MAZANEC
  • 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: 20140372037
    Abstract: A method and device for providing a travel route of a portable medical diagnosis apparatus include acquiring a travel image obtained by capturing a space to move of the medical diagnosis apparatus; predicting the travel route of the medical diagnosis apparatus on the basis of a steering angle of the medical diagnosis apparatus; and displaying information regarding the travel route on the travel image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD
    Inventor: Myeong-Je KIM
  • Publication number: 20140365126
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for an application executing on a mobile device. The method renders an animated navigation presentation for output to an external display screen not part of the mobile device. The navigation presentation includes an animated map showing at least a portion of a route to a destination. The method simultaneously displays information regarding a maneuver along the route on a display screen of the mobile device without displaying a same animated map on the mobile device. In some embodiments, the displayed information regarding the maneuver comprises a graphical instruction and a text instruction for a next maneuver along the route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Emanuele Vulcano, Bradford A. Moore, Jorge Fino, Marcel van Os
  • Publication number: 20140365127
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for modeling characteristics of a venue are disclosed. The method comprises identifying a set of constraints associated with the venue, determining a plurality of paths to be traveled by one or more mobile devices in accordance with the set of constraints, directing the one or more mobile devices to navigate the venue using the plurality of paths, receiving data collected by the one or more mobile devices, and generating a model of the venue using the data collected by the one or more mobile devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Sameera PODURI, Payam Pakzad
  • Publication number: 20140365125
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for an application that operates on a mobile device. The method predicts several likely destinations for a vehicle to which the mobile device is connected based on data from a several different sources. The method generates, for a display screen of the vehicle, a display that includes the several likely destinations. In some embodiments, the method receives a first type of input through a control of the vehicle to select one of the likely destinations, and enters a turn-by-turn navigation mode to the selected destination in response to the received input. In some embodiments, the display is for a first destination of the several likely destinations. The method receives a second type of input through a control of the vehicle to step through the set of likely destinations, and generates a display for a second destination in response to the input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Emanuele Vulcano, Bradford A. Moore, Jorge Fino
  • Patent number: 8909475
    Abstract: A system for planning transportation for a passenger along a route from an origin to a destination includes software which stores information pertaining to the passenger's desired route, one or more public transportation options, and one or more drivers willing to transport the passenger, using a private vehicle, along at least a portion of the route. Drivers bids for transporting the passenger are obtained using crowd-sourcing. The public transportation information and driver information are used to calculate one or more combinations of private legs and public legs using a graph search algorithm and the heuristic formula w=ntp(+*)(tm)x, where n and x are constant, x<1, and tp, tm are time waiting and time moving, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Zzzoom, LLC
    Inventor: Kayle Gishen
  • Publication number: 20140350847
    Abstract: A system and method for recalling and utilizing location data are presented. A connection between a device and a vehicle is detected. After the connection is detected, a first set of data stored on the device is identified. The first set of data includes a last known location of the vehicle. A current value of a vehicle sensor is compared to a historical value of the vehicle sensor. The historical value was captured from the vehicle sensor at about a time the first set of data was stored on the device. When the current value of the vehicle sensor is the same as the historical value of the vehicle sensor, the first set of data is used to define a current location of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Honda Patent & Technologies Norht America LLC
    Inventor: Jumpei Ichinokawa
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140343853
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a navigation technology capable of enhancing convenience for a user in the cancellation of the designation of an interchange on a guide route. In order to achieve the object, a navigation device of the present invention includes: a route guide unit capable of presenting a guide route; and a re-routing unit that cancels the designation of an interchange based on detection of a predetermined condition including at least one of a first condition, a second condition and a third condition, and performs re-routing for the guide route. Then, the first condition is a predetermined number of re-routings on a general road, the second condition is entrance to the expressway from an interchange different from the designated entrance interchange, and the third condition is entrance to the general road from an interchange located before the designated exit interchange in a traveling direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Ebina
  • Publication number: 20140330517
    Abstract: A method comprising determining a transit timeline indicative of a commute from a start location to a destination location, and causing display of a representation of the transit timeline such that, at least part of, the transit timeline is configured to surround a center point such that time along the transit timeline is represented by an angle from the center point is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Craig Barnes
  • Patent number: 8880346
    Abstract: This invention discloses a navigation device and a control method. The navigation device includes input modules, display modules and a processing module. The input modules receive drag signals inputted by a user. The display modules include a primary display screen and at least one secondary display screen, and the primary display screen displays map information or a point of interest, and the at least one secondary display screen is pivotally coupled to an adjacent side of the primary display screen and superimposed onto the primary display screen. The processing module receives the drag signal and analyzes the map information, the point of interest or both according to the drag signal to obtain a regional map, point-of-interest information or a local path planning, and controls the at least one secondary display screen to display the regional map, the point-of-interest information or the local path planning according to the drag signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignees: Mitac International Corp., Mitac Research (Shanghai) Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-Min Lu
  • Patent number: 8862399
    Abstract: In a method for generating a generic object exchange profile message, navigation data is inserted into the generic object exchange profile message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Intel Mobile Communications GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Schmidt, Norbert Schwagmann, Achim Luft
  • Patent number: 8855918
    Abstract: A method of assisting a user of a personal navigation device with automatically selecting a route after the personal navigation device transitions from driving mode to walking mode includes detecting a mode transition in the personal navigation device from driving mode to walking mode, recording a vehicle location where the mode transition from driving mode to walking mode occurs, receiving a request from the user to create navigation instructions to a destination location, determining a distance from the current location to the destination location, and guiding the user back to the vehicle location by providing walking instructions with the personal navigation device when the distance from the current location to the destination location is greater than or equal to a threshold distance and then guiding the user to the destination location by providing driving instructions with the personal navigation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Mitac International Corp.
    Inventors: Paul Ranford, Richard Stanton
  • Publication number: 20140297185
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for presenting navigational information for a mobile device. The mobile device is configured to determine its location, for example via GPS. One or more input images and navigational information are obtained. The input images may be obtained, for example, via a camera. One or more output images are generated by processing the input images to integrate the obtained navigational information. Processing of the input images includes recognizing one or more objects in the input images. The recognized objects may be indicative of navigational instructions, for example, a navigation route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Jeffery Erhard LINDNER
  • Patent number: 8838318
    Abstract: A route planning device plans plural routes from a current location to a destination, calculates an amount of electricity consumed by a motor during driving to the destination along each planned route in each of plural drive modes, calculates an amount of electricity consumed by electric equipment during driving to the destination along each planned route for each of plural operational settings of the electric equipment, calculates an estimated amount of charge remaining in a battery on arrival at the destination, calculates, for each of the planned routes, a total comfort level score for each of the drive modes and/or each of the operational settings of the electrical equipment, selects plural operation plans each formed from a combination of the route, drive mode, and operational setting on the basis of the calculated total comfort level score, and displays the selected operation plans on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Daisei Segawa, Taisuke Tsurutani, Masanori Hayashi, Koichiro Takemasa
  • Patent number: 8825398
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for assisting in the navigation of a person, both inside and outside a building. The device, being fitted to the person, comprises at least: a computer (41) comprising in memory a digitized map of the place (1) in which the path of the person is planned between a departure point and an arrival point, and a location software; a human-machine interface linked to the computer; a set of sensors (42) worn by the person and linked to the computer, the sensors delivering information about the movements of the person; the location software performing a processing of the signals originating from the sensors (42) and from the interface, and performing the fusion of the data provided by the digitized map and the information arising from the sensors and from the interface, and then calculating on the basis of these data the absolute location of the person on the map and correcting the position estimation errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'energie Atomique
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Alexandre, Sylvie Lamy-Perbal, Rodolphe Gelin
  • Publication number: 20140229111
    Abstract: The invention relates to a navigation system, which includes an appliance for finding a desired route from a starting point to an end point. The navigation system includes explicit markings discernible by the senses, which are located on the route, and the markings on the route are arranged in the appliance in the order of progression. The invention also relates to a navigation method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Jouni Hirvonen
  • Patent number: 8798914
    Abstract: Apparatuses and Methods of navigating from a current position to a destination location at a mobile device are provided. A navigation program is launched at the mobile device, and a selection of a calendar event from a calendar program is received, where the calendar event is an entry in the calendar program. A location associated with the received calendar event location is determined, and a destination location is determined based on the associated location. The navigation program generates navigation instructions (e.g., turn-by-turn directions, map information, etc.) from a current location of the mobile device to the destination location. In an alternative aspect, instead of a calendar program, the associated location can be retrieved from a given contact in a contact list or program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventor: Arnold Jason Gum
  • Patent number: 8798912
    Abstract: A method and a lighting device for providing a Location Based Service (LBS) service that is based on Visible Light Communication (VLC) in the lighting device is provided. The method includes receiving, from a terminal, a data request needed to perform an LBS service; and transmitting data to the terminal, the data including identification information of the lighting device, which is used by the terminal to identify a location of the lighting device and a location of the terminal located in the position corresponding to the lighting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tae-Han Bae, Eun-Tae Won, Jae-Seung Son, Do-Young Kim
  • Patent number: 8775065
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates to systems, methods, apparatuses, devices, articles, and means for updating radio models. For certain example implementations, a method for one or more server devices may comprise receiving at one or more communication interfaces at least one measurement that corresponds to a position of a first mobile device within an indoor environment. At least one radio model that is stored in one or more memories may be updated based, at least in part, on the at least one measurement to produce at least one updated radio model. The at least one radio model and the at least one updated radio model may correspond to the indoor environment. The at least one updated radio model may be transmitted to enable a second mobile device to use the at least one updated radio model for positioning within the indoor environment. Other example implementations are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Rajarshi Gupta, Ayman Fawzy Naguib, Alok Aggarwal, Saumitra Mohan Das, Vinay Sridhara
  • Patent number: 8773465
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing navigational information associated with locations of objects includes an imaging device configured to acquire image data, a visual display coupled to the imaging device and configured to display the image data, a position measuring device configured to determine position information associated with the imaging device, and an orientation device configured to determine orientation information associated with the imaging device. The apparatus may also include a rendering system coupled to the visual display, the position measuring device, and the orientation device. The rendering system may be configured to determine image coordinates associated with a location of an object and provide a navigational graphic on the visual display oriented relative to the image coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Peter France, Kevin Sharp, Stuart Ralston
  • Patent number: 8751148
    Abstract: A navigation system uses a dead reckoning method to estimate an object's present position relative to one or more prior positions. In some embodiments, the dead reckoning method determines a change in position from the object's heading and speed during an elapsed time interval. In embodiments suitable for use with wheeled objects, the dead reckoning method determines the change in position by measuring the heading and the amount of wheel rotation. Some or all of the components of the navigation system may be disposed within a wheel, such as a wheel of a shopping cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Gatekeeper Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott J. Carter, Stephen E. Hannah, Jesse M. James
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8700319
    Abstract: A method of creating a customizable exercise route for a user of a personal navigation device is disclosed. The method includes providing routing instructions for a user along a first route, recording a first speed for a user traveling between a first point and a second point on the first route, providing routing instructions for a user along a second route, recording a second speed for a user traveling between a third point and a fourth point on the second route, comparing the first speed and the second speed to calculate a performance difference related to the first route and the second route, and notifying the user about the performance difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Mitac International Corp.
    Inventors: Mark Steven Kendall, Marcus Spranger, Mukesh Bhika
  • Publication number: 20140081571
    Abstract: A navigational apparatus includes a visual display, first and second imaging devices, and one or more processors. The first imaging device has an optical axis extending in a first direction and is configured to obtain first image data. The second imaging device has an optical axis extending in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction and is configured to obtain second image data. When the visual display is displaying first image data, the one or more processors are configured to superimpose a first navigational graphic on the visual display overlaid on a portion of the first image data associated with the point of interest. When the visual display is displaying second image data, the one or more processors are configured to superimpose a second navigational graphic on the visual display overlaid on a portion of the second image data associated with the point of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Graham Briggs, Christian Graesser, James M. Janky
  • Patent number: 8674849
    Abstract: An information display terminal allows a user to grasp rapidly and surely the direction to a destination, and can guide the user to the destination without placing a burden on the user. The information display terminal is provided at a passage, and its display screen displays a route guidance screen that guides a route to the destination. The route guidance screen displays a pseudo-action image that shows the walking motion, and a destination display information image indicating a destination name such as “Subway Ticket Gate”. The action image shows the motion of walking toward the destination, but the display position does not change. The destination display information image is displayed in front of the action image in the advancing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Hoshino, Youichi Horii, Tadaaki Ishikawa, Yukiko Ichige, Hiroki Sato
  • Publication number: 20140046595
    Abstract: A route planning device plans plural routes from a current location to a destination, calculates an amount of electricity consumed by a motor during driving to the destination along each planned route in each of plural drive modes, calculates an amount of electricity consumed by electric equipment during driving to the destination along each planned route for each of plural operational settings of the electric equipment, calculates an estimated amount of charge remaining in a battery on arrival at the destination, calculates, for each of the planned routes, a total comfort level score for each of the drive modes and/or each of the operational settings of the electrical equipment, selects plural operation plans each formed from a combination of the route, drive mode, and operational setting on the basis of the calculated total comfort level score, and displays the selected operation plans on a display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisei Segawa, Taisuke Tsurutani, Masanori Hayashi, Koichiro Takemasa
  • Patent number: 8626334
    Abstract: A method for manually configuring an order-picking warehouse by using a guidance system comprises equipping at least some of the storage locations with respective storage-location displays; connecting the associated storage-location displays to a master computer via a controller, and allocating to each controller a dedicated controller address; and configuring the order-picking warehouse by assigning respectively dedicated storage-location addresses to the equipped storage locations. All of the displays, which have not yet been assigned a dedicated storage-location address, are visually activated. At least one visually activated display is selected, thereby selecting the associated storage location and causing visual deactivation of the selected storage-location display. Each of the selected storage locations is assigned one dedicated storage-location address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: SSI Schaefer Peem GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Buchmann, Markus Schlagbauer, Robert Kottlan
  • Patent number: 8611930
    Abstract: Promotional or informational materials are selected for presentation to mobile device users based at least in part on knowledge about where those users intend to go. If a user performs a points-of-interest search that evinces a particular intent, then the mobile device can select informational materials that are associated with that particular intent, and then display those informational materials. The informational materials selected can be limited to those that are mapped to a point of interest that the searching user selected from a list of points of interest that are relevant to the user's specified intent. Additionally or alternatively, the mobile device might display only the informational materials that are mapped to a particular point of interest in response to detecting that the user has entered within a specified proximity of that particular point of interest, as determined through a global positioning system of the user's mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sylvain Louboutin, Gregg Golembeski, Jr., Daniel de Rocha Rosario, Robert J. Walsh
  • Patent number: 8583374
    Abstract: Methods and systems for route summarization are described herein. The method includes generating a route from an origin to a destination, the route including a plurality of maneuvers. One or more maneuvers are removed from the plurality of maneuvers. A summarized route is generated that reflects the removal of the one or more maneuvers from the plurality of maneuvers such that the summarized route has fewer maneuvers than the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Morten Just Petersen, Noam Ben Haim, Jens Riegelsberger
  • Publication number: 20130289877
    Abstract: A method of guidance by radio focusing includes a “visitor” entity heading towards a radio source of number k=1 (or k=klast) by observing intensity of the radio source of number k=1 (or k=klast) as measured by an “Evisitor” communicating device carried by the visitor, until the visitor reaches the source of number k=1 (or k=klast). The visitor heads in succession for k=1, 2, . . . , klast-1 (or in reverse) from a radio source of number k towards a radio source of number (k+1) (or (k?1)) by observing intensity of the source (k+1) (or (k?1)), until the visitor reaches the source (k+1) (or (k?1)). Each radio source is a virtual radio source as produced by a respective signal k or by superposing a plurality of respective signals k. Each signal is transmitted by a respective communicating device ER.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: ORANGE
    Inventors: Dinh Thuy Phan Huy, Nadine Malhouroux Gaffet
  • Patent number: 8566029
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for identifying points-of-interest. In one aspect, a method includes identifying points-of-interest (POIs) associated with one or more of multiple, selected geographic areas, and determining, for each of the multiple geographic areas, a score associated with the identified POIs. The actions also include generating a combined score for each identified POI based on the determined scores associated with the respective POI, selecting a subset of the identified POIs based at least on the combined scores, and displaying a link to the POIs in the subset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Andrei Lopatenko, Hyung-Jin Kim, Soham Mazumdar
  • Patent number: 8560239
    Abstract: A method is provided for modifying navigation information on a control display unit which has at least one entry field and a plurality of display lines. The method includes at least receiving a plurality of delete command entries, receiving a display line selection, determining the number of delete command entries, identifying a navigation route segment displayed in the selected display line, wherein the navigation route segment displayed in the selected display line comprises at least a first navigation route segment, deleting the first navigation route segment, deleting navigation route segments which follow the first navigation route segment in sequential order until the number of deleted navigation route segments equals the number of delete command entries received, and displaying the navigation information. A system which executes the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Samuel T. Clark, Robert P. Smith, Roglenda R. Bowe, Andrew D. Neff
  • Patent number: 8554464
    Abstract: Navigation techniques including map based and object recognition based and especially adapted for use in a portable reading machine are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: K-NFB Reading Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Rafael Maya Zetune
  • Publication number: 20130261892
    Abstract: In a method for determining an installation position of a portable information terminal on a vehicle, a present camera image showing a camera image at a present position of the camera of the portable information terminal installed on the vehicle is acquired. It is determined, based on a position of a predetermined vehicle component of the vehicle in the present camera image, whether or not the portable information terminal is installed at a predetermined installation position on the vehicle. It is notified from the portable information terminal that the portable information terminal is not installed at the predetermined installation position if it is determined that the portable information terminal is not installed at the predetermined installation position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shujiro INUI
  • Publication number: 20130253834
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments relate to recognition of navigation and/or guidance related information within an expressed conversational narrative between a provider of the narrative and a receiver thereof. The recognized navigation and/or guidance related information is then converted into navigation data which may be used to present a navigation route and/or guidance information related thereto to the receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Slusar
  • Patent number: 8494770
    Abstract: A method and system for calculating savings routes for display on a portable computing device (PCD) are described. The method includes receiving at least one of a product category and a service category from an operator of a PCD. The PCD may also receive a destination address. With this information, circle of influence data based on an offer for at least one product or service corresponding to the product category or service category may be generated and provided to the PCD. The circle of influence data may impact edge weights of a graph search algorithm. The graph search algorithm solves a single-source shortest path problem for a graph with non-negative edge path costs. The circles of influence in combination with the graph search algorithm allow a PCD to calculate one or more savings routes based on a start point and the desired destination address provided by the operator of the PCD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Babak Forutanpour, Wolfgang G. Frank, Sumesh Udayakumaran
  • Patent number: 8483956
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of portable electronic device with guide function includes a housing, a processing unit, a command unit, and a guiding unit. The processing unit and the guiding unit are positioned inside the housing, and the command unit is positioned at least partially outside of the housing. The processing unit is electrically connected to the command unit and the guiding unit. Operating the command unit, the portable electronic device with guide function is actuated into guiding mode controlled by the processing unit. The guiding unit sends detection signals to detect obstacles, receives feedback signals from the obstacles, the processing unit receives the feedback signal from the guiding unit to generate corresponding obstacle types and distance according to the feedback signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Bin Zhang
  • Publication number: 20130158860
    Abstract: A system and method for conditionally transitioning a navigation process on a mobile device between an active state and a reduced activity state are described. In particular, a transition of the navigation process between the active state and the reduced activity state may occur in response to the mobile device approaching a transition location on a predetermined route where the navigation process is to transition to the active state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Arnold Jason Gum
  • Patent number: 8467969
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems for performing a marking operation to mark a presence or absence of at least one underground facility using a marking device. Marking material is dispensed onto a target surface via actuation of an actuation system of the marking device. A location tracking system detects a location of the marking device. One or more input devices of the marking device detect(s) one or more operating conditions of the marking device, and marking information is logged into local memory of the marking device. In one aspect, at least some operating information relating to the one or more detected conditions of the marking device are included in the marking information logged into memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Certusview Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Curtis Chambers, Jeffrey Farr
  • Patent number: 8447513
    Abstract: An electronic mobile device includes a display for displaying a graphical element. A tilt sensor is configured to sense first and second tilt angles of the mobile device. A processor is coupled to the display and the tilt sensor and configured to move the graphical element relative to the display in a first direction based on the first tilt angle, and to move the graphical element relative to the display in a second direction based on the second tilt angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Kevin Howard Orr, Alexander Kornilovsky, Alexei Skarine