Measurement System Patents (Class 702/127)
  • Patent number: 11359944
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system for spatially resolved determination of at least one physical or chemical process variable of a flowable medium arranged in a container in an automation system, at least one sensor being provided, which is movable in the medium and/or in the container and which ascertains information about the at least one process variable, a position determination unit being provided which supplies the information about the respective current position of the sensor relative to the medium and/or to the container, and a data transmission unit being provided which collects information about the respective current position of the sensor and the corresponding information supplied by the sensor about the at least one process variable and/or communicates the information to an external control unit and/or display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: ENDRESS+HAUSER SE+CO. KG
    Inventors: Marc Baret, Holger Eberhard, Heiko Oehme, Nicolas Wimmer, Emilio Schiavi, Detlev Wittmer, Hege Bjonnes, Ulrich Kaiser
  • Patent number: 11348447
    Abstract: An alarm management system of the present disclosure includes an alarm management apparatus, a monitoring terminal, and a controller. The alarm management apparatus generates an alarm based on information received from the controller or receives an alarm from the controller, receives information related to a filtering condition from the monitoring terminal, performs filtering on the alarm based on the filtering condition, and presents the alarm subjected to the filtering to an operator via the monitoring terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Ono, Kengo Honda, Kazuki Murayama, Motoichi Kuwatani
  • Patent number: 11340599
    Abstract: The monitoring of a technical system using sensor data. In the event of the failure of a sensor, in this case, for the failed sensor, virtual sensor data are created on the basis of the remaining functional sensors. In this case, the sensors for the calculation of the virtual sensor data are selected in two stages. In a first step, firstly, possible candidates of sensors are ascertained on the basis of a knowledge-based approach and the topology of the system. A second step involves calculating a mathematical relationship between the sensor data of a faulty sensor and the possible candidates of sensors for the calculation of the virtual sensor data. Those sensors which form a suitable basis for the calculation of the virtual sensor data can be identified in this way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Thomas Hubauer, Martin Ringsquandl
  • Patent number: 11325406
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes an ink tank, a recording head, a monitor, an operation panel, and a controller. The ink tank forms an ink chamber and including an injection inlet. The recording head ejects ink from the ink chamber to record an image on a sheet. The operation panel receives user input. The controller controls operation of the recording head, the monitor, and the operation panel. The controller performs receiving a completion signal indicating completion of ink injection, decision processing deciding whether an initial processing has been completed, and inquiry processing based on receipt of the completion signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mana Honoki, Kenta Horade
  • Patent number: 11320322
    Abstract: A temperature sensor evaluation method is mentioned. The temperature sensor is arranged in a memory device and includes a comparator, a voltage divider and a band gap reference voltage source. The comparator compares a temperature reference voltage that varies with temperature with a plurality of divided voltages generated by the voltage divider. The evaluation method for a plurality of predetermined testing temperatures includes changing the plurality of divided voltages of the voltage divider, using the comparator to compare the divided voltages with the temperature reference voltage to determine the first detection voltage, and based on the voltage difference between a target divided voltage and the first detection voltage, retrieving the value of a temperature error between the sensing temperature of the temperature sensor and the testing temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: WINBOND ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Hsuan-Jen Yang, Ting-Han Huang
  • Patent number: 11281262
    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: July 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Sorin V. Dusan
  • Patent number: 11268899
    Abstract: A method comprises a) radiating at least one measurement light pulse having a pulse duration and intensity onto a measurement area of the inhomogeneous sample; b) detecting at least one pressure transient at the measurement area; and c) calculating a value for the energy density absorbed by the sample during the pulse duration from a curve of the at least one pressure transient at the start and at the end of the at least one measurement light pulse. The method further includes: repeating steps a) to c) for different angles of incidence of the measurement light; modelling the inhomogeneous sample as a stack of layers, each layer being assigned at least a layer thickness and an absorption coefficient, at least one absorption coefficient of a layer being a fitting parameter; and performing a fitting procedure for the fitting parameters; outputting the fitted fitting parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: QUANTUNE TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Raphael Schlesinger, Jan-Ferenc Kischkat, Hermann Von Lilienfeld-Toal
  • Patent number: 11265445
    Abstract: Color conversion attempt to reproduce an input CMYK combination on a print media using an output CMYK combination. In a 2-step process, ICC profiles are used for the color conversion. In some instances, a 1-step process may be used that avoids the use of the ICC profiles and provides a faster processing time. A color progression checker determines whether the 1-step process may be used for color conversions based on standard deviations of the colorants along paths within a three-dimensional look-up table for a destination ICC profile. If a certain number of standard deviations exceed 20%, then the 1-step process for color conversion may not be effective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Michael M. Chang
  • Patent number: 11215517
    Abstract: A clamping force measuring instrument for a radial clamping device having at least one force sensor for detecting a clamping force of the clamping device and an evaluation device for evaluating sensor data of the force sensor. The clamping force measuring instrument is embodied as a modular clamping force measuring instrument, having an evaluation module a sensor module. The sensor module includes at least one measurement surface and the force sensor. The evaluation module has a radio interface, a memory and/or a display device. The sensor module and the evaluation module are configured for coupling to one another by a coupling device and each has a data connection device. The data connection devices are connected to one another to produce a data connection in the event of the sensor module being coupled to the evaluation module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: HAINBUCH GMBH SPANNENDE TECHNIK
    Inventors: Sebastian Ivenz, Andreas Keller
  • Patent number: 11198975
    Abstract: A system for detecting and pre-warning railway roadbed deformation includes: a control box and an optical fiber-pressure sensor group. The optical fiber-pressure sensor group is formed by disposing a plurality of optical fiber-pressure sensors into a cuboid shape, and is buried in the railway roadbed for detecting magnitude of roadbed deformation in each direction. The direction of the deformation can be acknowledged easily, allowing the staff to eliminate potential risks purposefully. A time series prediction algorithm is performed to forecast a trend of the roadbed deformation in each direction, such that the staff may purposefully overhaul and correct the tracks where the roadbed is deformed excessively. At the same time, the staff may overhaul the track before the magnitude of the roadbed deformation reaches a predetermined value. Potential safety hazards may be eliminated in advance, ensuring the safety for the operation of the railroad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: EAST CHINA JIAOTONG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jun Hu, Boyi Luo, Yunwei Zhang, Binyuan Shi, Chengcheng Guo
  • Patent number: 11179956
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus includes an ink tank, a recording head, a monitor, an operation panel, and a controller. The ink tank forms an ink chamber and including an injection inlet. The recording head ejects ink from the ink chamber to record an image on a sheet. The operation panel receives user input. The controller controls operation of the recording head, the monitor, and the operation panel. The controller performs receiving a completion signal indicating completion of ink injection, decision processing deciding whether an initial processing has been completed, and inquiry processing based on receipt of the completion signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mana Honoki, Kenta Horade
  • Patent number: 11166315
    Abstract: A wireless smart utility networks (Wi-SUN) device participating in a Wi-SUN network for coexistence with a Wi-Fi HaLow network sharing frequency spectra between the networks is disclosed. The Wi-SUN device includes a receiver to receive packets of neighbor Wi-SUN devices, a memory configured to store computer executable programs including a Hybrid carrier-sense multiple access (CSMA) control program and Wi-SUN Backoff control Program, a processor configured to execute the Hybrid CSMA control program, including instructions that cause the processor to perform steps of estimating a severity of Wi-Fi Halow interference based on a severity detection method, switching a backoff mode between predetermined backoff modes in response to the estimated severity, and performing a backoff procedure according to the selected backoff mode, and a transmitter to transmit packets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Jianlin Guo, Philip Orlik, Yukimasa Nagai, Takenori Sumi
  • Patent number: 11126786
    Abstract: A method for displaying data on a mobile terminal accesses a database and displays parameters in data fields a first screen view on the touch screen of the mobile terminal, with touching the screen changing to a second screen view displaying different data fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Nicolas Bissantz
  • Patent number: 11096593
    Abstract: Motion activity data is collected from at least one sensor. An initial motion activity classifier function is applied to the motion activity data to produce an initial motion activity posteriorgram. Pre-processing and segmenting the motion activity data into windows produces segmented motion activity data from which sensor specific features are extracted. An updated motion activity classifier function is generated from the extracted sensor specific features. Subsequent motion activity data is also collected from the at least one sensor, and the updated motion activity classifier function is applied to the subsequent motion activity data to produce an updated motion activity posteriorgram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignees: STMicroelectronics, Inc., STMicroelectronics International N.V.
    Inventors: Mahesh Chowdhary, Arun Kumar, Ghanapriya Singh, Rajendar Bahl
  • Patent number: 11078886
    Abstract: A method of controlling a wind turbine includes: accumulating a cumulative damage degree Du of each evaluation point of the wind turbine in a unit period over an entire evaluation period, to calculate a total cumulative damage degree Dt of the entire evaluation period at each evaluation point; comparing the Dt at each of the evaluation points with a first threshold value (P*Q) and comparing an increase rate dDt/dt of Dt at each evaluation point with a second threshold value to evaluate fatigue of a part to which each evaluation point belongs; and determining an operation mode based on an evaluation result into a normal operation mode or a low-load operation mode in which an output is suppressed compared with the normal operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Vestas Offshore Wind A/S
    Inventor: Keita Ishimitsu
  • Patent number: 11081147
    Abstract: A pseudo-cryogenic semiconductor device includes memory cells having a plurality of transistors; and a bulk bias voltage supply circuit configured to provide a bulk bias voltage to be applied to a bulk region of the memory cells. The bulk bias voltage supply circuit includes a first temperature sensing circuit configured to generate a first voltage adjustment signal by sensing a temperature in a range from about 70° K to about 173° K; and a bulk bias voltage selector configured to receive the first voltage adjustment signal, select one of a first bulk bias voltage and a second bulk bias voltage different from the first bulk bias voltage, and output the selected voltage as the bulk bias voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventor: Won-Kyung Park
  • Patent number: 11037661
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, apparatuses, and systems generate and maintain patient-specific models of patient data to assist in monitoring a patient's unique health conditions, and to provide more informative analyses of patient data and the relationships between elements of patient data. When a patient modeling server receives patient data from an external device, the patient modeling server determines whether values for elements of patient data satisfy individualized ranges for the elements of patient data, specific to the patient. In response to this determination, the patient modeling server can transmit notification and/or alert messages, and modify the individualized ranges for the elements of patient data. The patient modeling server also determines relationships between elements of patient data, based on analyses performed on the elements of patient data, to generate patient-specific models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: CURESOFT, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Morris, Daniel Fobes
  • Patent number: 11014247
    Abstract: A mobile robot is provided to follow a trajectory and adopt a behavior which can be defined by movements of articulated limbs of the robot. The mobile robot is equipped with a processor which is configured, based on instructions defining a motion of the mobile robot and instructions defining a behavior of the mobile robot, to calculate a target trajectory of a center of mass of the mobile robot; calculate, based on the target trajectory of the center of mass of the mobile robot and dynamic constraints of the mobile robot, a predicted trajectory of the center of mass of the mobile robot over a time horizon, and calculate, based on the predicted trajectory of the center of mass of the mobile robot and the instructions defining a behavior of the mobile robot, predicted movements of articulated limbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: SOFTBANK ROBOTICS EUROPE
    Inventors: Sébastien Dalibard, Justine Lanca, Jory Lafaye
  • Patent number: 11013959
    Abstract: Determining pace or speed based on sensor data may include determining an amount of contact time a user's foot has with a workout surface such as the ground. Contact time may be determined by identifying samples in the sensor data that correspond to various events such as a heelstrike, a toe-off and a subsequent heelstrike. In one example, these events may be identified by determining a sequence of three sample values (e.g., a triplet) that exceeds corresponding thresholds. The validity of an identified triplet (e.g., heelstrike, toe-off and heelstrike) may be confirmed by determining whether a difference between a last event sample and a middle event sample is greater than a difference between the middle event sample and an initial event sample. Once confirmed, a contact time may be determined from the triplet. A linear or non-linear relationship may then be applied to the contact time to determine a speed or pace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron B. Weast, James M. Mullin
  • Patent number: 10989519
    Abstract: A sensor system and a method of operating a sensor system including a plurality of sensors tracking a moving object in an area having known bounding surfaces. The apparatus and method calculate a time-specific position of the object based on data and sensor parameters from at least two of the plurality of sensors and determine errors between the calculated time-specific positions calculated. The method and apparatus calculate a minimum system error attributable to the at least two sensors by constraining at least one dimension in the data of the sensor used in the calculated time-specific position of the object associated with the sensor, the constraining based on an object/surface interaction, the minimum system error calculated by solving for modified sensor parameters for each sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SPORTSMEDIA TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Roger R. Labbe, Divya Ramakrishnan, Lavanya Sridharan, Richard Cavallaro, Marvin S. White
  • Patent number: 10974728
    Abstract: Methods and systems for facilitating driver behavior monitoring and evaluation of driver performance during a trip are provided. The method includes facilitating, by a processing system of an on-board detection device positioned in a vehicle, recording of media data using cameras mounted on the vehicle and multisensory data using sensors positioned in the vehicle. The media data includes a plurality of image frames. The method includes generating metadata based on at least one image frame of the plurality of image frames and the multisensory data, detecting an occurrence of an event based at least on the metadata and a set of configuration parameters, uploading the metadata and the media data of the event to a cloud server based on event upload rules, and facilitating a media status update flag corresponding to the event, the media status update flag representing a completion of uploading of the media data of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: LIGHTMETRICS TECHNOLOGIES PVT. LTD.
    Inventors: Krishna A G, Pushkar Patwardhan, Gururaj Putraya, Ravi Shenoy, Soumik Ukil, Mithun Uliyar
  • Patent number: 10915156
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products are provided for supervised power management between a primary platform and a secondary platform. Communication between a primary platform and a secondary platform is established. An application running on the secondary platform is captured. Input features and output measures are collected to build a training set for the application, wherein the input features are collected through direct measurement and the output measures reflect characteristics of the application. Based on the training set, power consumption of the secondary platform with an expected performance level is predicted for a new application running on the secondary platform. Accordingly, an optimal power management policy is derived that minimizes the total power consumption of the primary and secondary platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Avago Technologies International Sales Pte. Limited
    Inventor: Hwisung Jung
  • Patent number: 10915307
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a server generates expected levels of capability associated with possible combinations of settings for first and second adjustable parameters for an aspect of a software image feature. The server receives an indication of a desired level of capability for the aspect of the software image feature and, based on the indication, identifies a particular expected level of capability associated with a particular possible combination of the settings for the first and second adjustable parameters. The particular expected level of capability is closer to a desired level of capability for an aspect of a software image feature than the other expected levels of capability associated with the possible combinations of the settings for the first and second adjustable parameters. The server produces a software image that includes the particular possible combination of the settings for the first and second adjustable parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian James Wells, Santosh Ramrao Patil, Christopher Metz, Durgaprasad Sukhadeo Pawar, Avaneesh Anandrao Kadam, Vikram Prasad Munishwar
  • Patent number: 10902355
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a counting unit, a storage control unit, a first determination unit, and a second determination unit. The counting unit counts the number of objects queuing in a waiting line. The storage control unit stores estimated times when the objects enter the waiting line and the number of objects queuing in the waiting line counted by the counting unit in association with each other. The first determination unit determines estimated time when each object exits the waiting line based on the number of objects exiting the waiting line and the number of objects queuing in the waiting line. The second determination unit determines waiting time of each object in the waiting line based on the estimated time when the object enters the waiting line and the estimated time when the object exits the waiting line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Nagao
  • Patent number: 10874761
    Abstract: A sanitation system may include a sink, a sanitation material dispenser for dispensing material such as soap, and a dryer for either dispensing dryer material such as paper towels or providing heated air. An electronic device may be in communication with one or more of these items, and a sanitation module may operate on the sanitation system. The sanitation module may time a sanitation activity for the sanitation system, such as hand washing. Content may be displayed on the electronic device, and the content may serve to engage or distract the user. The electronic device may be able to identify the individual user and customize the content. The sanitation module may time the sanitation procedure and may accordingly promote a minimum time spent on the sanitation activity. The sanitation system may also be used for monitoring either the sanitation material or the dryer material and automatically order new material when the material is low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jeffrey Riggio, Robert Neff
  • Patent number: 10854411
    Abstract: A microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) switching circuit and related apparatus is provided. A MEMS apparatus includes a MEMS switching circuit and a control circuit. The MEMS switching circuit includes a first number of MEMS switches, each configured to close and open based on a high driving voltage and a low driving voltage, respectively. The MEMS switching circuit includes a MEMS-based driver circuit configured to receive a second number of control signals that collectively identify a selected MEMS switch among the first number of MEMS switches. Accordingly, the MEMS-based driver circuit decodes the second number of control signals and causes the selected MEMS switch to close. By using a lesser number of control signals to control a larger number of MEMS switches, it may be possible to reduce control lines between the control circuit and the MEMS switching circuit, thus helping to reduce routing complexity and footprint of the MEMS apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Qorvo US, Inc.
    Inventor: Nadim Khlat
  • Patent number: 10845926
    Abstract: The present application discloses a capacitance detecting circuit, a touch device and terminal device, which are beneficial for reducing an area of the capacitance detecting circuit, thereby reducing costs of a chip. The capacitance detecting circuit is connected to a measurement capacitor and where it includes a calibration capacitor; a charging and discharging module including a first current source configured to perform charging or discharging on the measurement capacitor, and a second current source configured to perform charging or discharging on the calibration capacitor; an integrator, configured to convert a capacitance signal of the measurement capacitor into a voltage signal; and a control module, configured to control working states of the charging and discharging module and the integrator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN GOODIX TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zhengfeng Wang, Shuo Fan
  • Patent number: 10830637
    Abstract: An abnormality diagnosis device, which is capable of detecting that a vibration sensor is detached from a measurement object, includes a vibration sensor and a control device. The vibration sensor is attached to a measurement object, and measures vibration of the measurement object. The control device determines whether or not the vibration sensor is detached from the measurement object, based on data received from the vibration sensor. The control device calculates a first partial overall value in a first frequency band. The control device calculates a second partial overall value in a second frequency band which is higher than the first frequency band. The control device calculates an index value having a correlation with a ratio between the first partial overall value and the second partial overall value. The control device determines whether or not the vibration sensor is detached from the measurement object, based on the index value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ikeda, Toru Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10829114
    Abstract: A system, comprising a computer that includes a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to track a target in lidar point cloud data by minimizing an error function based on a smoothed target position, a smoothed target velocity, a smoothed target acceleration and a measured target position. The processor can be further programmed to operate a vehicle based on tracking the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yixin Yao, Mark Steven Yamazaki, Yucong Lin
  • Patent number: 10814169
    Abstract: Determining pace or speed based on sensor data may include determining an amount of contact time a user's foot has with a workout surface such as the ground. Contact time may be determined by identifying samples in the sensor data that correspond to various events such as a heelstrike, a toe-off and a subsequent heelstrike. In one example, these events may be identified by determining a sequence of three sample values (e.g., a triplet) that exceeds corresponding thresholds. The validity of an identified triplet (e.g., heelstrike, toe-off and heelstrike) may be confirmed by determining whether a difference between a last event sample and a middle event sample is greater than a difference between the middle event sample and an initial event sample. Once confirmed, a contact time may be determined from the triplet. A linear or non-linear relationship may then be applied to the contact time to determine a speed or pace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron B. Weast, James M. Mullin
  • Patent number: 10796346
    Abstract: Illustrative embodiments of the present invention are directed to methods and computer systems for reporting unusual or anomalous usage or spending of a commodity by consumers. A computer system retrieves a set of usage-information datasets corresponding to a set of consumers, each dataset including past usage of the commodity during at least one of a completed billing period and a current usage of the commodity during the current billing period. The computer system establishes a set of report-trigger conditions for the current billing period, each of the report-trigger conditions corresponding to a consumer. The computer system monitor usage or spending of the set of consumers to determine, for each consumer, whether an estimated usage established for each consumer fulfills the consumer's report-trigger condition. Once the report-trigger condition is fulfilled, the computer system outputs a report to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Opower, Inc.
    Inventors: Janet Yu, Tom Mercer, Eric Chang, Richard Tyler Curtis, Daniel J. Yates
  • Patent number: 10781594
    Abstract: A method and device for halting the extension or retraction of a retractable awning comprises a sensor coupled to a processor that commands awning extension and retraction. The sensor senses a motion parameter, such as acceleration, which is associated with extension or retraction motion of a retractable awning and generates corresponding respective extension or retraction motion parameter signals. The processor calculates an acceleration rate of change and/or a tilt angle from the motion parameter signals received from the sensor, and halts awning extension or retraction by generating and sending a stop signal when the acceleration rate of change or tilt angle meets at least one predetermined criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: LIPPERT COMPONENTS INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Herman Prohaszka, Kenneth Alan Higbee, David James Cattermole, John Peter Manfreda
  • Patent number: 10783989
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to methods, devices, and computer systems thereof for automated data collection from a subject. In certain embodiments, one or more characteristics of a subject are sensed, and the subject is given a queue status indicator based on a comparison of the subject's one or more sensed characteristics with corresponding sensed characteristics from other subjects. In one embodiment, the subject is a healthcare worker and the system, methods, and devices are utilized to evaluate the overall health of the worker as part of the check-in process for work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Mahalaxmi Gita Bangera, Michael H. Baym, Philip A. Welkhoff, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10775705
    Abstract: A method of tuning a patterning stack, the method including: defining a function that measures how a parameter representing a physical characteristic pertaining to a pattern transferred into a patterning stack on a substrate is affected by change in a patterning stack variable, the patterning stack variable representing a physical characteristic of a material layer of the patterning stack; varying, by a hardware computer system, the patterning stack variable and evaluating, by the hardware computer system, the function with respect to the varied patterning stack variable, until a termination condition is satisfied; and outputting a value of the patterning stack variable when the termination condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Wim Tjibbo Tel, Jozef Maria Finders, Orion Jonathan Pierre Mouraille, Anton Bernhard Van Oosten
  • Patent number: 10761575
    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: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Sorin V. Dusan
  • Patent number: 10763146
    Abstract: Metrology methods and modules are provided, which comprise carrying out recipe setup procedure(s) and/or metrology measurement(s) using zonal analysis with respect to respective setup parameter(s) and/or metrology metric(s). The zonal analysis comprises relating to spatially variable values of the setup parameter(s) and/or metrology metric(s) across one or more wafers in one or more lots. Wafer zones may be discrete or spatially continuous, and be used to weight one or more parameter(s) and/or metric(s) during any of the stages of the respective setup and measurement processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Roie Volkovich, Michael Adel, Liran Yerushalmi, Eitan Herzel, Mengmeng Ye, Eran Amit
  • Patent number: 10719314
    Abstract: Embodiments construct a precise and scalable call graph that models potentially incomplete object-oriented program code, including libraries. The call graph encodes the probabilities of call relationships in the graph, where the probabilities are based on context information from the program, and are adjusted based on client configurations. Embodiments derive topics to associate with unknown elements, as well as probabilities for those topics, from declared types of the unknown elements. Configuration information encodes sets of feature conditions that direct the weighting of the unknown element types. As embodiments propagate type tuples through the graph, the probabilities of the types for each node are recalculated based on the type/probability information for the predecessors of the node. Type/probability information joins are necessary for nodes with multiple dependencies, where the manner of the join is configurable by the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yi Lu, Daniel Wainwright, Michael Reif
  • Patent number: 10688341
    Abstract: A system and method for range of motion analysis while exercising, including methods for constructing user movement profiles based on repeated and typical user movements during exercises as are typical for an adult of a user's age, weight, etc., and capable of warning a user of unhealthy, unsafe, or anomalous movement patterns during exercise, using a balance trainer, range of motion analyzer, and a plurality of sensors in conjunction with an exercise device, in an effort to reduce health risks to users during exercise with an enhanced or mixed reality exercise device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BLUE GOJI LLC.
    Inventor: Coleman Fung
  • Patent number: 10684117
    Abstract: A sensor system and a method of operating a sensor system including a plurality of sensors tracking a moving object in an area having known bounding surfaces. The apparatus and method calculate a time-specific position of the object based on data and sensor parameters from at least two of the plurality of sensors and determine errors between the calculated time-specific positions calculated. The method and apparatus calculate a minimum system error attributable to the at least two sensors by constraining at least one dimension in the data of the sensor used in the calculated time-specific position of the object associated with the sensor, the constraining based on an object/surface interaction, the minimum system error calculated by solving for modified sensor parameters for each sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SPORTSMEDIA TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Roger R. Labbe, Divya Ramakrishnan, Lavanya Sridharan, Richard H. Cavallaro, Marvin S. White
  • Patent number: 10680878
    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: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James K. Hook, Hamish C. Hunt, Nicholas K. Lincoln, Simon D. Stone
  • Patent number: 10650666
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a storage device, for using a drone to test a sensor. In one aspect, the method includes actions of detecting a message (i) broadcast by the drone and (ii) indicating that the drone is going to administer a test of a sensor, determining, by the monitoring system and based on the message and (i) sensor data generated by the sensor in response to the administration of the test, by the drone, within a predetermined period of time of the message or (ii) a lack of sensor data generated by the sensor in response to the administration of the test, by the drone, within a predetermined period of time of the message, whether the sensor is functioning properly, and in response to a determination that the sensor is not functioning properly, storing data indicating that the sensor is not functioning properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Gary Franklin Bart, Dean Constantine
  • Patent number: 10638120
    Abstract: An information processing device causes an information processing section to perform information processing of a game for example, based on a user's operation received by an input information acquiring section and on images acquired by a stereo camera and obtained through an acquired image obtaining section. The information processing device causes an output data generating section to output the result of the information processing to a display device. At this point, a tracking processing section detects corresponding marker images from stereoscopic images and, based on a parallax therebetween, obtains position information about a target object. In accordance with vertical position misalignment between the detected marker images, a calibration determining section determines whether camera calibration is needed and requests the output data generating section to notify the user of the determined need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Hirofumi Okamoto, Shoichi Ikenoue
  • Patent number: 10591535
    Abstract: A measuring system for performing over-the-air measurements on a device under test is provided. The measuring system comprises an antenna, configured for performing over-the-air measurements, an alignment device and an antenna holder interface, configured for interchangeably holding one of the antenna and the alignment device. The alignment device is configured for aligning the antenna holder interface and the device under test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: ROHDE & SCHWARZ GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Markus Gallhauser, Thomas Hartmann, Nino Voss, Werner Perndl
  • Patent number: 10586522
    Abstract: A method of performing cancellation for acoustic or electromagnetic measurement or communications includes receiving an output signal to be applied to a transmit transducer, introducing a delay to the output signal to produce a delayed output signal, applying the delayed output signal to the transmit transducer, receiving an input signal from a receiving transducer, wherein the input signal comprises at least a portion of the delayed output signal, and iteratively solving a Kalman filter problem as a function of the input signal, the output signal, and the delay to produce a first filtered input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Foster-Miller, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil Judell
  • Patent number: 10561900
    Abstract: A system and method for range of motion analysis while exercising, including methods for constructing user movement profiles based on repeated and typical user movements during exercises as are typical for an adult of a user's age, weight, etc., and capable of warning a user of unhealthy, unsafe, or anomalous movement patterns during exercise, using a balance trainer, range of motion analyzer, and a plurality of sensors in conjunction with an exercise device, in an effort to reduce health risks to users during exercise with an enhanced or mixed reality exercise device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: BLUE GOJI LLC.
    Inventor: Coleman Fung
  • Patent number: 10551916
    Abstract: A wearable device (such as a glove or other control adapted to be worn on a portion of a body) includes multiple magnetic field generators at various locations on the wearable device and a magnetic flux sensor at a predetermined position relative to the wearable device. A position determines spatial positions of locations of the wearable device based on magnetic fields generated by various magnetic field generators and detected by the magnetic flux sensor. In some embodiments, the magnetic field generators have known positions relative to each other. Additionally, each magnetic field generator may generate a magnetic field in response to an input signal having a particular attribute, allowing the magnetic flux sensor to identify magnetic fields generated by different magnetic field generators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ke-Yu Chen, Sean Jason Keller, David R. Perek, Tristan Thomas Trutna, Bruce A. Cleary, III
  • Patent number: 10504184
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for fast track routing of streaming data as between multiple compute resources. For example, the system may comprise a first processor, a second processor, a shared memory that is mapped into a kernel and user space of an operating system for the processor, a network protocol stack, and driver code for execution within the kernel space of the operating system while the operating system is in the kernel mode. The driver code can be configured to (1) maintain a kernel level interface into the network protocol stack, (2) copy the streaming data from the network protocol stack into the shared memory, wherein the copy operation is performed by the driver code without the operating system transitioning to the user mode, and (3) facilitate DMA transfers of data from the shared memory into the second processor for processing thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: IP RESERVOIR, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Parsons, David E. Taylor, David Vincent Schuehler, Mark A. Franklin, Roger D. Chamberlain
  • Patent number: 10503083
    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: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Lithoptek LLC
    Inventors: Mark Schattenburg, Rudolf Hendel, John Glenn
  • Patent number: 10489903
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a stepwise refinement detection method for pavement cracks, processing pavement images comprising the following primary steps: extracting and processing marking lines, extracting ROA, adaptive threshold segmentation based on ROA, extracting ROC and region growth based on ROC direction feature weighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: WUHAN WUDA ZOYON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qingquan Li, Dejin Zhang, Min Cao, Hong Lin
  • Patent number: 10452666
    Abstract: In the sensor data retrieval system, a gateway connected to a plurality of sensor devices collects sensor data including measurement values and time stamps and stores them in a temporary storage part, and the management computer collects sensor data and stores sensor data in the first storage part, the management computer updates the collected time for each gateway as the first time, registers the sensor data of the first storage part in the second storage part in the registration cycle, the search part which updates the latest time stamp among the time stamps of the registered sensor data for each gateway with the second time as the second time and accepts the search period and searches for the sensor data of the time stamp included in the search period, and the search upper limit time from the search period, and compares the second time with the search upper limit time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Ishii, Yuji Ogata, Yuji Tsushima