Measurement System Patents (Class 702/127)
  • Patent number: 10277456
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, systems and computer program products for operating and controlling network-enabled devices. A network-enabled device communicates capability information representative of its set of capabilities. The network-enabled device also communicates a status signal indicative of the status of the device. It may be determined that the first network-enabled device is unable or unavailable to perform a function based on a status signal communicated by the first network-enabled device. A second network-enabled device may be identified to assign a failover function to based on the respective capabilities of the second network-enabled devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James K. Hook, Hamish C. Hunt, Nicholas K. Lincoln, Simon D. Stone
  • Patent number: 10261480
    Abstract: A method and a computer-implemented system for automatically monitors and determines the status of entire process sections in a process unit in a computer-implemented manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Bayer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Thomas Ross
  • Patent number: 10257204
    Abstract: The present application provides an information processing method and an electronic apparatus that can automatically adjust the electronic apparatus to an information inaccessible state, thus the information security is enhanced. The method includes the steps of when a current state of the electronic apparatus is an information accessible state, obtaining an information of at least one parameter for determining whether it is necessary to adjust the current state from the information accessible state to an information inaccessible state or not; determining whether the at least one parameter meets a first preset condition or not to obtain a first determination result; when the first determination result is YES, adjusting the current state of the electronic apparatus to the information inaccessible state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fanzhi Li, Jianjun Pang, Xiaofan Fan, Yunlong Wei, Ran Wang, Peipei Niu, Jiazi Chen
  • Patent number: 10254804
    Abstract: An electronic device that can be worn on a limb of a user can include a processing device and one or more position sensing devices operatively connected to the processing device. The processing device can be adapted to determine which limb of the user is wearing the electronic device based on one or more signals received from at least one position sensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Sorin V. Dusan
  • Patent number: 10246859
    Abstract: A hand cleaning system includes four cleaning devices, a sensing device and a control device. Cleaning services respectively provided by the four cleaning devices are different. The control device controls each of the cleaning devices and the sensing device. The control device is set with procedure control data, which causes the control device to sequentially activate the cleaning devices when read. The control device has a first operation mode in which each of the cleaning devices can be independently activated, and a second operation mode in which the procedure control data is read upon acquiring a procedure activation signal to temporarily control the cleaning devices to operate. The control device in the second operation mode determines whether a usage time of each of the cleaning devices satisfies a minimum usage time condition to accordingly demand a user to properly perform hand cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HOKWANG INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chi-Chin Hsu
  • Patent number: 10213134
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining foot force data that is created by sampling, in accordance with a sampling signal, data from pressure sensing elements of a shoe sensor system. The method further includes obtaining three-dimensional foot data that is created by sampling, in accordance with the sampling signal, data from an accelerometer of the shoe sensor system. The method further includes correlating the foot force data and the three-dimensional foot data in accordance with the sampling signal to produce correlated foot data. The method further includes processing the correlated foot data to determine one or more of: distance traveled during a time period, stride length data, time duration, fatigue indication, injury prevention indicators, elevation tracking for the time period, running optimization, and rotational sport optimization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy W. Markison, Sayfe Kiaei, Gary McCoy
  • Patent number: 10191464
    Abstract: A system for managing notifications for a modular power plant that includes one or more power-generation module (PGM) assemblies and one or more common-systems (CS) includes a transceiver that receives data over a network; a display device that displays a graphical display; a memory that stores at least instructions; and a processor device that executes instructions that perform actions. The actions include receiving power plant data over the network that includes signals generated by one or more sensors included in at least one of the PGM assemblies or one of the CS; detecting an event based on the power plant data and one or more notification thresholds; in response to the event, determining a notification type based on the data and the one or more notification thresholds; providing a notification to a user via the graphical display based on the notification type and the event; and enabling the user to acknowledge the notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: NuScale Power, LLC
    Inventors: Ross Snuggerud, Kevin LaFerriere
  • Patent number: 10165206
    Abstract: An imaging device which includes a counter electrode, a first pixel electrode facing the counter electrode, a second pixel electrode facing the counter electrode, a photoelectric conversion layer sandwiched between the first pixel electrode and the second pixel electrode, and the counter electrode, a first signal detection circuit electrically connected to the second pixel electrode, and a first switching element connected between the first pixel electrode and the first signal detection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Yamada, Masashi Murakami, Kazuko Nishimura, Hidenari Kanehara, Yasuo Miyake
  • Patent number: 10147040
    Abstract: A method is provided for a device comprising at least one sensor providing sensor data. The method includes receiving, by a computer coupled to the device, the sensor data, providing the sensor data to at least one rule detector, evaluating, by the at least one rule detector, instances of sensor data triggered by the at least one rule detector, and determining, by the computer, that a sampling interval has ended, and in response calculating a data quality index based on the instances of triggered sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Alchemy IoT
    Inventors: Andrei Khurshudov, Stephen Skory, Nicholas Roseveare
  • Patent number: 10145857
    Abstract: Images of a tube tray, which fits within a drawer and holds tubes in slots arranged in rows and columns, are captured to determine characteristics related to the tube tray. By analyzing the images, features of the tubes are determined, providing valuable information in an IVD environment in which a sample handler is processing the tubes. Each row of the tube tray is encoded to allow for detection of a new row moving into focus of cameras. The cameras capture an image of the tube tray, and the image is stored in a memory buffer. When the next row moves into focus, a subsequent image is taken and stored. The result is a series of images providing multi-perspective views of the rows of the tube tray. The images are analyzed to determine characteristics of the tubes, which are utilized by the sample handler in processing the tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Pollack, Ryan German
  • Patent number: 10147010
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to the field of shoe production. There provides a smart shoe which has an identification function. The smart shoe includes an upper, a shoe sole and a foot sole print recognition sensor disposed in the shoe sole; the foot sole print recognition sensor is configured to acquire foot sole print information of a user who wears the smart shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wenbo Li
  • Patent number: 10121046
    Abstract: A dermatoglyph identification apparatus and an identifying method thereof are provided. The dermatoglyph identification apparatus includes a switch circuit, a signal source and a plurality of sensors. The signal source is selectively connected to the sensors through an impedance element. The switch circuit switches at least one sensor to be connected to the impedance element, and switches rest of the sensors to be connected to a ground terminal of the signal source. The dermatoglyph identification apparatus identifies dermatoglyph according to a sensing signal generated by the sensor connected to the impedance element in response to a reference signal of the signal source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: HIMAX TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Jia-Ming He, Yaw-Guang Chang
  • Patent number: 10113443
    Abstract: The failure detection device includes an accumulated data storage unit 30, a unit space generating module 13, a signal space generating module 14 and a determining module 16, wherein the unit space generating module 13 and the signal space generating module 14 use values as they are for condition sensor values defined as sensor values that affect other sensor values and sensor values that are not affected by the condition sensor values, and use values nondimensionalized by the condition sensor values or values adjusted by the condition sensor values for the other sensor values affected by the condition sensor values, and the determining module 16 compares a distance between the unit space and the signal space and determines presence/absence of a possibility of a failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: IHI Corporation
    Inventors: Kouichi Masuda, Hiroyuki Furukawa, Moe Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 10108096
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for treating a substrate and, in particular, making secondary adjustments to the results of a primary process applied to the substrate, leading to improved uniformity of the overall process, in which a substrate is positioned on a substrate holder; a scanning a beam of light is directed onto the surface of the substrate; and the amplitude of the scanned beam is varied by location based on a substrate signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Lithoptek LLC
    Inventors: Mark Schattenburg, Rudolf Hendel, John Glenn
  • Patent number: 10093426
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated devices relate to a system for measuring a maximum size of super-cooled water droplets in a cloud atmosphere. The system includes a housing having a convex exterior surface on a forward end and having stabilizers projecting from an aft end. The system includes a gimballed mounting mechanism configured to attach the housing to an aircraft while permitting the housing to freely pitch and yaw with respect to the aircraft. When an airstream engages the stabilizers, the housing aligns with a direction of the engaging airstream. The system includes a sequence of indices on a corresponding sequence of ice-accretion regions of the convex exterior surface, each of the sequence of indices visible in the absence of ice accretion. The forward-most ice-free one of the sequence of indices is indicative of a maximum size of super-cooled water droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventor: Vincent R. LoPresto
  • Patent number: 10086492
    Abstract: A plurality of spectra reflected from one or more substrates at a plurality of different positions on the one or more substrates are represented in the form of a first matrix, and the first matrix is decomposed into products of at least two component matrixes of a first set of component matrixes. The dimensions of each of the at least two component matrixes is reduced to produce a second set of component matrixes containing the at least two matrixes with reduced dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Drue David, Boguslaw A. Swedek, Benjamin Cherian
  • Patent number: 10061023
    Abstract: A capture region calculation unit calculates a capture point having the local highest reflection intensity in power profile information and calculates a capture region surrounding the capture point. An edge calculation unit calculates the edges of one or more objects from image data. A marker calculation unit calculates a marker from the capture region. A component region calculation unit calculates component regions by extending the marker using the edges. A grouping unit groups component regions belonging to the same object, of the component regions. The object identification unit identifies the types of one or more objects (e.g., large vehicle, small vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian, flight object, bird) on the basis of a target object region resulting from the grouping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Weijie Liu, Yoichi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10058721
    Abstract: An electronic directional indicator includes a microcontroller in electronic communication with an electronic compass, an electronic motion-detecting module and at least one light source that is controllably illuminable. A battery life of the electronic directional indicator is managed by monitoring the electronic motion-detecting module for motion within pre-defined time periods and reducing power to electronic components accordingly. The electronic directional indicator can be placed on the face shield portion of a self-contained breathing apparatus face mask to provide a constant source of orientation for fire-fighters in reduced- or zero-visibility environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Dykes
  • Patent number: 9982988
    Abstract: A displacement sensor is disclosed for contactlessly measuring a relative position of a magnetic field source which produces a magnetic field and a magnetic field sensor in relation to each other, wherein the magnetic field source and the magnetic field sensor are movable relative to each other. Each magnetic field probe detects at least two spatial components of a magnetic flux density of the magnetic field. A storage unit stores individual position signals. A control and calculation unit calculates an output signal of the displacement sensor based on the position signals, and calculates a magnitude of the magnetic flux density and compare it with a predetermined threshold value to output a current calculated position signal for each magnetic field probe if the magnitude is greater than the threshold value and to output a preceding stored position signal if the magnitude is less than or equal to the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: TE Connectivity Germany GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Schaaf
  • Patent number: 9965787
    Abstract: A system and method for conveying product information. The system includes an interactive product guide that has product options linked to a product database comprising product data organized in an ontology and a taxonomy. The product options dynamically switch from being available or unavailable for selection by a user depending on prior option selections by the user. Product data from the product database corresponding to products characterized by the selected options are presented to the user. Methods for using the system include presenting the system to a user for interaction therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: EdgeAQ, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Richardson Frederick, Adam Ford Redd, Brian Mark Rudolph, Robert Bruce Smith, Cory Michael Payne, Joseph A. Czarnecky, Scott Rudolph
  • Patent number: 9965936
    Abstract: A safe network system is provided, wherein the safe network system communicatively couples to proximate peripheral and adjunct devices for identifying threats, sending threat alerts, providing routes to safe locations in threatened areas, and checking in on network users during and after the identified threat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Shawn W. Epps
  • Patent number: 9952070
    Abstract: An apparatus that determines an immersion risk of a mobile terminal user, includes an immersion determination unit configured to determine whether the user is immersed in a mobile terminal based on data of the user, and calculate an immersion frequency based on a result of the determination. The apparatus further includes an immersion risk determination unit configured to calculate a degree of the immersion risk based on the immersion frequency, and determine whether the immersion risk is present based on the degree of the immersion risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ho-Sub Lee
  • Patent number: 9954968
    Abstract: A remote access gateway configurable control system. There may be a series of control commands to set or adjust a gateway device's running parameters and modify the behavior of the device or start process action. There may be configuration commands for remote control of the device and server commands for unattended devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Bo Wang, Patrick Lemire, Cherry Lv
  • Patent number: 9940184
    Abstract: In an anomaly detecting method by using multi-dimensional time series sensor signals including, generating anomaly model by using data of a learning period including neither that period nor any exclusion candidate period, calculating anomaly measurements on the basis of the distance from the normal model and, making a period containing the maximum anomaly measurement value but no exclusion candidate period, learning exclusion periods and anomaly determining thresholds are determined as learned data on the basis of the result in each round, generates anomaly model data in a learning period except learning-exclusion periods regarding acquired data or data in a designated evaluation period, an anomaly measurement at each time point is calculated on the basis of the distance from the normal model, and data at each time point is determined to be anomaly or normal by comparing the anomaly measurements with anomaly determining thresholds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignees: HITACHI HIGH-TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION, HITACHI POWER SOLUTIONS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hisae Shibuya
  • Patent number: 9928214
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for quickly and approximately solving structured regression problems. In one aspect, the system, method and computer program product are applied to problems that arise naturally in various statistical modeling settings—when the design matrix is a Vandermonde matrix or a sequence of such matrices. Using the Vandermonde matrix structure further accelerates the solution of the regression problem, achieving running times that are faster than “input sparsity”. The modeling framework speedup benefits of randomized regression for solving structured regression problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Haim Avron, Vikas Sindhwani, David P. Woodruff
  • Patent number: 9922551
    Abstract: Provided is a remote control system with which leakage current flowing in a switch can be reduced so that power consumption can be reduced. The remote control system includes a portable information terminal, a server, and an electric device. The on/off of the switch included in the electric device is controlled using information transmitted from the portable information terminal to the server. The switch includes a transistor formed using a semiconductor whose band gap is larger than that of single crystal silicon in a channel formation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR ENERGY LABORATORY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shunpei Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9900748
    Abstract: Mesh node modules are associated with stadium seats and companion nodes such as fan CE devices can dynamically form a mesh network which uploads information of the nodes to a network. Sporting information may be downloaded to a fan's CE device or services provided to the fan while in a seat based on information sent through the node modules in the stadium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Milne, Gregory Peter Carlsson, Frederick J. Zustak
  • Patent number: 9886717
    Abstract: A method of selecting interconnection products using a computer-based interconnection selection tool, the method comprising: (a) providing an image to a user, the image depicting multiple interconnections, each interconnection having a referenced interconnection level; (b) receiving a selected interconnection level of interest; (c) providing at least one interconnection prompt corresponding to a given interconnection level of interest; (d) receiving at least one response to the interconnection prompt; (e) providing interconnection options responsive to the at least one response; (f) receiving at least one product selection from the interconnection options and storing the product selection to a list; (g) optionally reiterating steps (c)-(g) until a prompt is provided in step (c) for each level of a group of interconnection levels or the user terminates the process; and (h) after step (g) or the user terminates the process, providing the list to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: TE CONNECTIVITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Joseph Duca, Jr., Michael Lee Willis, Karen Paul Seubert
  • Patent number: 9888190
    Abstract: An imaging device according to the present disclosure includes: a counter electrode; a first pixel electrode facing the counter electrode; a second pixel electrode facing the counter electrode; a third pixel electrode facing the counter electrode; a photoelectric conversion layer sandwiched between the first pixel electrode, the second pixel electrode, and the third pixel electrode, and the counter electrode; a first signal detection circuit electrically connected to the first pixel electrode; a second signal detection circuit electrically connected to the second pixel electrode; a first switching element connected between the third pixel electrode and the first signal detection circuit; and a second switching element connected between the third pixel electrode and the second signal detection circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Yamada, Masashi Murakami, Kazuko Nishimura, Hidenari Kanehara, Yasuo Miyake
  • Patent number: 9869988
    Abstract: An analog input unit as an analog unit attached to a PLC includes an A/D converting unit as a first converting unit performing conversion between an analog value and a digital value according to a first conversion characteristic, a shared memory as a retaining unit retaining a conversion characteristic table indicating a second conversion characteristic of conversion between digital values, and a conversion processing unit as a second converting unit converting a digital value according to the second conversion characteristic by referring to the conversion characteristic table. The conversion characteristic table includes combinations of a first value that is a digital value and a second value that is a conversion result of the first value, the number of which corresponds to resolution of a digital value in the analog unit, and the second value of each of the combinations of the first value and the second value can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Satoru Ukena, Koichi Ishida
  • Patent number: 9833874
    Abstract: A plurality of spectra reflected from one or more substrates at a plurality of different positions on the one or more substrates are represented in the form of a first matrix, and the first matrix is decomposed into products of at least two component matrixes of a first set of component matrixes. The dimensions of each of the at least two component matrixes is reduced to produce a second set of component matrixes containing the at least two matrixes with reduced dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Drue David, Boguslaw A. Swedek, Benjamin Cherian
  • Patent number: 9817017
    Abstract: A system for monitoring individuals while protecting their privacy includes at least one energy emitter configured to emit energy onto a field-of-view that may contain an individual, and at least one energy sensor configured to capture reflected energy from within the field-of-view. A spatial measurement module calculates spatial measurements of objects within the field-of-view based on data from the energy sensor. A schematic generation module creates schematic views of objects within the field-of-view, distinguishing human beings from each other and from inanimate objects or animals. Three-dimensional measurements of the individual and environs are transformed into a two-dimensional or other schematic view, allowing ongoing monitoring of the individual while preventing viewing of the individual's face and appearance, and preventing observation of what the individual may be wearing or watching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Atlas5D, Inc.
    Inventor: Zebadiah M. Kimmel
  • Patent number: 9754229
    Abstract: One aspect of the application provides a cueing device. The device is configured to alert a user to a perishable item associated with the cueing device based on one or more cueing parameters indicative of an urgency of the perishable item and a context for alerting the user to a status of the perishable item. The device includes a visual output capable of providing multiple levels of visual alert. The device further includes an input capable of receiving, from the user, an acknowledgement to an alert, or a cueing parameter. The device further includes one or more sensors configured to detect environmental characteristics affecting the perishable item. The device further includes a wireless communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: VIVEO LABS, INC.
    Inventors: Harris Gabriel Romanoff, Ravi Shankar Venkata Dwivedula
  • Patent number: 9728070
    Abstract: A portable compliance dispenser provides a compliance module that is removably attached to a replaceable refill container, which carries any suitable liquid material, such as sanitizer. The compliance module is configured to be worn or carried by an individual and communicates hygiene compliance data to a remote monitoring station when material from the refill container is dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: GOJO Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jackson W. Wegelin, Matthew J. Archer
  • Patent number: 9710772
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for determining a user's proximity to a reference location or a user's orientation in relation to an output device associated with the reference location and modifying one or more attributes of information presented to the user based on the detected proximity or orientation. The attributes that may be modified include, among other things, a size of visual information presented to the user, an intensity of audible or haptic information presented to the user, an orientation of the output device, and so forth. In addition, at least a portion of information initially presented to a user via a first output device may instead be presented to the user via a second output device based on the user's proximity to one or more reference locations, the user's orientation in relation to the first and second output devices, or attribute(s) of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Justin David Kelly, Wesley Scott Lauka
  • Patent number: 9702345
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of operating a wind turbine having a rotor with a plurality of blades, a system for determining one or more loads on the wind turbine, a historical register of data on the wind turbine operation, and a control system for controlling one or more operational parameters of the wind turbine. The method comprises determining the loads on the wind turbine, and storing the determined loads on the wind turbine in the historical register. The method further comprises obtaining, from the historical register, a characteristic indicative of the loads on the wind turbine accumulated over time, and determining one or more wind thrust limits depending on the obtained characteristic indicative of the loads accumulated over time. One or more operational parameters of the wind turbine are controlled to keep the wind thrust on the wind turbine within the determined wind thrust limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: ALSTOM Renewable Technologies
    Inventor: Marc Guadayol Roig
  • Patent number: 9674491
    Abstract: The preferred embodiment of the present invention provides a system and method for programming and/or charging one or more audio/video devices such that the audio/video devices will be programmed and charged to receive transmitted audio and video signals associated with an event, allowing a user to use the audio/video device to observe the sights and sounds of the event. A preferred embodiment of the present invention includes a cart with a docking port for each of a plurality of personal audio/video devices, a charger configured to charge the power source of each personal audio/video display device, and programming logic configured to program each of the personal audio/video devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Entertainment, LLC
    Inventors: Tazwell L. Anderson, Jr., Mark A. Wood, Geoffrey L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9651416
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring sensors of a lighting control system. The method comprises performing a training of a plurality of sensors of the lighting control system (210) to determine a joint probability distribution function (PDF) of the illuminance at a given time t; collecting parameters from the training and storing the parameters in a prior data storage (S212); observing illuminance of the plurality of sensors (S222); determining if there is at least a faulty sensor from among the plurality of sensors based in part on the parameters stored prior data storage (S224); and locating a faulty sensor based on the determination of the existence of the at least a faulty sensor and the prior data (S232, S234).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Dagnachew Birru, Tianqi Wang
  • Patent number: 9654135
    Abstract: An AD converter converts an analogue input voltage into a digital value including a most significant bit to a least significant bit. The AD converter includes: a common node; a capacitive DAC; a comparator; a successive approximation controller; and an integrator. The integrator includes first to Xth integrating circuits connected in a cascade arrangement, where X is an integer greater than or equal to two, and at least one feedforward path that each samples a residual voltage and outputs the sampled residual voltage to one of the second to Xth integrating circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Takuji Miki, Kazuo Matsukawa
  • Patent number: 9613255
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for signature detection. One example of a method includes: acquiring an article defect density map comprising a plurality of sections corresponding to a first resolution level which is indicative of defect numbers for the sections, and determining a distribution representative of the defect numbers or function thereof; determining a threshold in accordance with said distribution, and identifying sections, out of said plurality of sections in the article defect density map, with defect numbers or function thereof above the threshold; and clustering at least part of adjoining identified sections, into one or more signatures, thus detecting said one or more signatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Applied Materials Israel Ltd.
    Inventors: Moshe Amzaleg, Ariel Shkalim, Efrat Rozenman
  • Patent number: 9606097
    Abstract: A pressure probe for detecting clathrates includes a probe wall defining an inside area. A window is arranged in the probe wall. A device including a circuit board having a surface is arranged below the window. A permittivity sensor and temperature sensor are arranged on the surface of the circuit board and in thermal contact with each other and with a temperature control device. An insulating layer is disposed on the surface of the circuit board over the permittivity sensor and the temperature sensor. The window includes a part of the insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
    Inventors: Michael Rapp, Achim Voigt, Mauro Carvalho Dos Santos
  • Patent number: 9598823
    Abstract: To make a transport vehicle stop close to a bund in dependence on the shape of the bund. A stop position determining device for a transport vehicle includes: a bund identification module (520) that identifies the shape of a bund (400) provided on a traveling surface based on information from an external sensor (231) provided on the transport vehicle; and a target stop position calculation module (530) that calculates a target stop position (SP) for the transport vehicle based on the shape of the bund identified by the bund identification module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wataru Tanaka, Masanori Ichinose, Yukihiko Ono, Shinjiro Saito
  • Patent number: 9524424
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for deriving a relationship between minimum ground clearance (MGC) and inertial sensor data. A regression model may be generated by collecting tri-axial angular velocity and acceleration data from inertial sensors and MGC data from optical motion capture systems during a walking trial. A linear, quadratic, interaction, stepwise interaction, or another regression model may be generated. The regression model may estimate the MGC as a function of one or more parameters measured by or derived from the inertial sensor data. The regression model may be used to calculate an estimate of the MGC based on inertial sensor data collected from one or more individuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: CARE INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Barry R. Greene
  • Patent number: 9503331
    Abstract: A blade enclosure comprises a plurality of physical interfaces of a first type, each for connecting a blade to the blade enclosure, a plurality of physical interfaces of a second type, each for connecting a conventional computer to the blade enclosure, a management component connected to the physical interfaces and for managing the blades and conventional computers connected to the physical interfaces, and a body containing the physical interfaces and the management component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Ian James McCloy
  • Patent number: 9497830
    Abstract: A lighting structure having a climate sensor is disclosed. In one example, a lighting structure includes at least one light source and at least one climate sensor. Each climate sensor is configured to determine at least one ambient climate characteristic value that quantifies an ambient climate characteristic at a location distant from the lighting structure. For example, an ambient climate characteristic may be an ambient temperature of a distant object in the same room as the lighting structure. The lighting structure also includes a controller in communication with the at least one climate sensor. The controller is configured to receive the at least one ambient climate characteristic value from the at least one climate sensor. The controller is further configured to transmit information based on the at least one ambient climate characteristic value to a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Yoakum, Clark D. Petrie
  • Patent number: 9476708
    Abstract: Determining an object's inclination fixed reference frame relative to a gravity field includes supplying circularly disposed accelerometers rigidly linked by the object and measuring in non-collinear directions. A radius linking it to the circle's center defines an accelerometer's measurement direction. The accelerometers measure components of the field along the measurement directions to provide measurement values. Then, a matrix equation is solved to obtain the object's inclination relative to the reference frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives
    Inventors: Mikael Carmona, Laurent Jouanet, Nathalie Sprynski
  • Patent number: 9473748
    Abstract: Video frames of a baseball game are analyzed to determine a track for the participants in the game, e.g., players, coaches and umpires, and to update a digital record of the game. The start and/or end of a half-inning can be indicated by factors such as: the participants leaving the dugout region and entering the playing field, including the outfield, a participant leaving the dugout region and entering the region of a base coach's box, a pitcher throwing pitches when no batter is present, and players on the playing field throwing the ball back and forth to one another. In one approach, the combination of detecting an event which is known to occur most often or always between half-innings followed by detecting another event which is known to occur most often or always during a half-inning, can be used to signal that a half-inning has started.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Sportvision, Inc.
    Inventors: Vidya Elangovan, Marlena Fecho, Timothy P Heidmann
  • Patent number: 9447563
    Abstract: A stroke operation diagnosis supporting device for a hydraulic cylinder includes: movable portions; hydraulic cylinders; a stroke sensor measuring a stroke length of the hydraulic cylinder; a reset sensor measuring a reset reference point at which a measurement value of the stroke length obtained by the stroke sensor is reset; a stroke end detection process unit detecting a stroke end position of the hydraulic cylinder; a calibration process unit calibrating the measurement value of the stroke length upon the detection of the reset reference point and/or the stroke end position; and a monitor displaying on a screen at least the measurement value of the stroke length obtained by the stroke sensor and a calibration state obtained by the calibration process unit, wherein the monitor displays continuous time change of the measurement value of the stroke length obtained by the stroke sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Ikegami, Yoshiki Kami, Yuki Shimano, Hayato Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 9443191
    Abstract: The dynamics of a nonlinear sensor are configured to mimic threshold crossing dynamics of an integrate-fire neuron with negatively correlated inter-spike intervals. The configuration of the sensor results in a biomimetic sensor that provides results with an accuracy that mimic neuron sensing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Nigel G Stocks, Alexander Nikitin, Adi R. Bulsara
  • Patent number: 9407669
    Abstract: Pacing communications between a message sending computer and a message receiving computer that are both members of a message group of a sysplex includes receiving, by the message receiving computer, a message comprising data sent by the message sending computer; determining, by the message receiving computer, to stop receiving a subsequent message from the message sending computer; and transmitting, by the message receiving computer to the message sending computer, a first control message instructing the message sending computer to not send any more messages. Pacing further includes determining, by the message receiving computer, to resume receiving the subsequent message from the message sending computer; and transmitting, by the message receiving computer to the message sending computer, a second control message instructing the message sending computer to resume sending messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce A. Schaefer