Accelerometer Patents (Class 702/141)
  • Patent number: 10327696
    Abstract: An action notification system includes an exercise information measurement apparatus that includes an action determiner to determine an action of a user based on a detection signal of a body motion sensor, and a transmission controller to cause a communicator to transmit characteristic information of a detection signal waveform of the body motion sensor, which corresponds to the determined action, and an exercise information measurement apparatus that includes a characteristic information acquirer to acquire the characteristic information transmitted from the exercise information measurement apparatus via a communicator, and an output device controller to cause a vibrator to operate in accordance with the acquired characteristic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuru Samejima, Takehiro Hamaguchi, Naoki Takeishi, Nobuki Yakura, Shinichi Toda, Kengo Nishiyama
  • Patent number: 10312964
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a system that performs operations including receiving electromagnetic waves on an outer surface of a transmission medium having a non-hybrid wave mode and a cutoff frequency, detecting a degradation of a signal quality of the electromagnetic waves, generating adjusted electromagnetic waves having a hybrid wave mode and a non-optical frequency range responsive to the detecting, and directing the adjusted electromagnetic waves having the hybrid wave mode and the non-optical frequency range to the outer surface of the transmission medium for guiding propagation of the adjusted electromagnetic waves without utilizing an electrical return path. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Paul Shala Henry, Robert Bennett, Farhad Barzegar, Irwin Gerszberg, Donald J. Barnickel, Thomas M. Willis, III
  • Patent number: 10307081
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for foot sensors to be used to determine at least two characteristics of a subject's activity by using a combination of sensors for force and foot orientation/motion/position. A wearable footwear ecosystem is comprised of the subject's footwear, sensor-enabled insoles or insertable devices, in- or on-footwear electronics that is hard wired to the sensors and may contain additional sensors such as accelerometers, a master device and means to communicate (typically wirelessly) among the various sensor platforms, and the master device including clock synchronization. Correlating the time stamps for data among various sensors, and the master device communicating wirelessly is critical to accurate determination of the desired characteristics. Multiple force-sensitive resistors on a common substrate are individually optimized for dynamic range. Pulse sensors using arrays of such force-sensitive resistors are implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: REFLX LABS, INC.
    Inventors: Giovanni Nino, Jose Torres, Jr., Tyler Blumenthal, Phillip Dewayne Bondurant, Vincent Fratello, Christian Robert Lentz
  • Patent number: 10309983
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for characterizing motion of a device by taking the difference between pairs of sensor signal samples and comparing an expected higher order moment for the differences determined from an observed first order moment for the differences and/or an observed second order moment for the differences and the observed higher order moment for the differences. A determination of whether the device is experiencing motion may be made based on a comparison of the difference of the moments to a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: InvenSense, Inc.
    Inventor: William Kerry Keal
  • Patent number: 10291975
    Abstract: Ear buds may have optical proximity sensors and accelerometers. Control circuitry may analyze output from the optical proximity sensors and the accelerometers to identify a current operational state for the ear buds. The control circuitry may also analyze the accelerometer output to identify tap input such as double taps made by a user on ear bud housings. Samples in the accelerometer output may be analyzed to determine whether the samples associated with a tap have been clipped. If the samples have been clipped, a curve may be fit to the samples. Optical sensor data may be analyzed in conjunction with potential tap input data from the accelerometer. If the optical sensor data is ordered, a tap input may be confirmed. If the optical sensor data is disordered, the control circuitry can conclude that accelerometer data corresponds to false tap input associated with unintentional contact with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Adam S. Howell, Hung A. Pham, Akifumi Kobashi, Rami Y. Hindiyeh, Xing Tan, Alexander Singh Alvarado, Karthik Jayaraman Raghuram
  • Patent number: 10288427
    Abstract: A module operable to be mounted onto a surface of a board. The module includes a linear accelerometer to provide a first measurement output corresponding to a measurement of linear acceleration in at least one axis, and a first rotation sensor operable to provide a second measurement output corresponding to a measurement of rotation about at least one axis. The accelerometer and the first rotation sensor are formed on a first substrate. The module further includes an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) to receive both the first measurement output from the linear accelerometer and the second measurement output from the first rotation sensor. The ASIC includes an analog-to-digital converter and is implemented on a second substrate. The first substrate is vertically bonded to the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: INVENSENSE, INC.
    Inventors: Steven S. Nasiri, David Sachs, Babak Taheri
  • Patent number: 10285130
    Abstract: Methods and systems of signal generation for an electronic device are provided. First, a posture or a motion of an electronic device is detected by at least one sensor. It is determined whether the electronic device continuously moves in a predefined interval. When the electronic device does not continuously move in the predefined interval, a signal is generated. When the electronic device continuously moves in the predefined interval, a delay time is determined, and a signal is generated after the delay time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: NOODOE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chieh Yang
  • Patent number: 10275213
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for physical detecting movement of a playback device which plays audio sound via a speaker enclosed in the playback device. While the speaker plays the audio sound, a determination is made whether the playback device is physically moving. In response to the playback device physically moving, the audio sound played by the speaker is modified, for example, by adjusting the volume or equalization of the audio sound, so as to reduce the physical movement of the playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Seamus Daly
  • Patent number: 10272924
    Abstract: Described is a system and method that provides the ability for an autonomous driving vehicle (ADV) to determine (or estimate) one or more control characteristics for the ADV. In order to determine these control characteristics, the system may perform one or more driving maneuvers such as an acceleration or deceleration maneuver, and a constant velocity maneuver. By performing these maneuvers using various known forces, the system may then perform various calculations to obtain one or more unknown characteristics. For example, the system may determine as estimated mass of the ADV, and as a result, adjust (or tune) various controls of the ADV based on the estimated mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Qi Luo, Qi Kong, Fan Zhu, Sen Hu, Xiang Yu, Guang Yang, Jingao Wang
  • Patent number: 10240921
    Abstract: A method and a device for determining an angle of rotation of an object about a rotation axis. The method includes measuring a first acceleration profile of an acceleration sensor mounted on the object during a first period of time; and computing the angle of rotation by which the object has rotated about the rotation axis during the first period of time, based on the first accelerations during the first period of time and based on a predetermined distance of the acceleration sensor from the rotation axis. The device includes an acceleration sensor which is mountable on the object; and a computing device which is designed for determining the angle of rotation based on an acceleration profile measured by the acceleration sensor during a period of time, and based on a predetermined distance of the acceleration sensor from the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Sergej Scheiermann
  • Patent number: 10231651
    Abstract: A gait authentication system and method is provided. The system includes a mobile computing device configured to be carried by a person while moving with a unique gait. A first sensor (e.g. an accelerometer) is carried by the mobile computing device and generates a first signal. A second sensor (e.g. a gyroscope) is carried by the mobile computing device and generates a second signal. A gait dynamics logic implements an identity vector (i-vector) approach to learn feature representations from a sequence of arbitrary feature vectors carried by the first and second signals. In the method for real time gait authentication, the computing of invariant gait representations are robust to sensor placement while preserving highly discriminative temporal and spatial gait dynamics and context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Yunbin Deng, Yu Zhong
  • Patent number: 10228804
    Abstract: A mobile device includes an acceleration sensor, a touch screen and a controller. The acceleration sensor is capable of detecting a direction and a magnitude of acceleration acting on the mobile device. The touch screen is capable of measuring electrostatic distribution. The controller is capable of executing an estimation whether the mobile device is being immersed in water based on the electrostatic distribution. The controller periodically executes the estimation upon determining that the mobile device is moving in a direction opposite to a gravity direction based on the direction and the magnitude of the acceleration when estimating that the mobile device is being immersed in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masanori Morobishi, Makoto Honjo, Taro Iio, Manabu Sakuma, Yudai Nagata, Yuya Yamaguchi, Takayuki Fujiki
  • Patent number: 10219127
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a recognizing unit configured to recognize a terminal which is a transmission source of a signal on the basis of a detection result of the signal for radiRs111o communication for allowing terminals to perform direct communication with each other via a radio transmission path; a recording unit configured to record history information including a recognition result of the terminal and information for determining whether or not the terminal detected by a predetermined detecting unit is held by a user, for each first period; a determining unit configured to determine whether or not the terminal is held by the user on the basis of the history information recorded during a second period which is longer than the first period; and a processing unit configured to execute predetermined processing on the basis of the recognition result of the terminal and the determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daisuke Mochizuki, Shosuke Momotani
  • Patent number: 10188322
    Abstract: There is provided a method of determining the orientation of an accelerometer that is being carried or worn by a user, the method comprising measuring acceleration using the accelerometer as the user moves; processing the measured acceleration to determine a step frequency of the movements by the user; and processing the measured acceleration to identify a lateral component of acceleration as a component of acceleration having a high response at a frequency corresponding to half the step frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Marten Jeroen Piijl, Johannes Henricus Maria Korst
  • Patent number: 10137347
    Abstract: A golf club having a sensor that is removably connected at one or more positions of the golf club where the sensor comprises an inertial measurement unit including an accelerometer capable of measuring linear accelerations in three orthogonal axes and a gyroscope capable of measuring an angular rate of rotation around the same axes. The sensor may further comprise a processor which may perform instructions to detect the impact of the golf club with a golf ball and determine the start of the golf swing without any additional input from the user. The sensor may further have a power management system to extend the life of the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Thornton, Jeffrey A. Hadden, Bradley C. Glenn
  • Patent number: 10137348
    Abstract: A method and system for using a low resolution image of a golfer's swing for analysis is disclosed. Cameras obtain images of various portions of a golfer's swing. A computer calculates parameters associated with a golfer and a golf club from the images. Parameters include body angles, head position, shoulder positions, arm positions, hand positions, leg positions, foot positions, club shaft angles, and club head position. Different portions of the swing are captured using the cameras, including a static initial address, a backswing, a downswing, a forward swing, and a follow-through. A computer uses measured parameters from two or more portions of the swing to determine comparative parameters during different portions of the swing. The computer uses the parameters to generate swing analysis outputs, including swing characteristic information and/or swing profile information. A correlation table relates identified swing analysis outputs to recommendations to the golfer to improve the swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur Molinari, Nicholas A. Leech, Nicholas Yontz
  • Patent number: 10132733
    Abstract: Proposed is a universal mechanical tester for measuring friction and wear characteristics of materials. The tester allows performing multiple test protocols with a single machine. The tester consists of a frame that supports a carriage moveable in a vertical direction, a force sensor assembly attached to the carriage, a positioning stage with a slide and a platform, and a plurality of modular sample stages interchangeably installable on the platform for executing linear and rotary motions of the lower sample relative to the upper sample in various directions and planes. The tester is provided with a set of electronic identification devices for identifying a modular sample stage installed on the platform and the force sensor assembly attached to the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Vinogradov-Nurenberg, Vishal Khosla, Nicholas Doe, Gautam Char
  • Patent number: 10132828
    Abstract: An acceleration predictor and method including at least one digital smoothing filter capable of calculating at least one acceleration estimate. In one or more embodiments, the estimator may include an overlay, an acceleration heat map, at least one threshold, wherein each acceleration heat map covers a range of a plurality of tool string components, a scroll bar, visual indications that may be color coded, or a maximum acceleration value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Nazareth Sarkis Bedrossian
  • Patent number: 10123176
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a location estimation apparatus and method using a combination of different positioning resources. The location estimation apparatus includes a motion model generation unit for generating a motion model corresponding to a state variable of a terminal based on a current time, a weight calculation unit for extracting a dynamic location database (DB) from a location DB based on multiple pieces of measurement information received from the terminal, and calculating a weight proportional to a likelihood of the multiple pieces of measurement information based on the dynamic location DB, and a location estimation unit for estimating a location and direction of the terminal by applying the weight to at least one sample value corresponding to the motion model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Young-Su Cho, Joo-Young Kim, Ju-Il Jeon, Myung-In Ji
  • Patent number: 10101793
    Abstract: A wearable computing device can detect device-raising gestures. For example, onboard motion sensors of the device can detect movement of the device in real time and infer information about the spatial orientation of the device. Based on analysis of signals from the motion sensors, the device can detect a raise gesture, which can be a motion pattern consistent with the user moving the device's display into his line of sight. In response to detecting a raise gesture, the device can activate its display and/or other components. Detection of a raise gesture can occur in stages, and activation of different components can occur at different stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Xiaoyuan Tu, Anil K. Kandangath, Adam S. Howell
  • Patent number: 10048768
    Abstract: An electronic device for detecting input movement is described. The electronic device includes a processor. The processor is configured to obtain an acceleration signal from a finger-mounted device. The processor is also configured to obtain a rotation signal from the finger-mounted device. The processor is further configured to determine an input movement based on at least one peak of at least one of the acceleration signal and the rotation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hong Jin, Atsushi Ishii
  • Patent number: 10042057
    Abstract: The information processing device 1 includes an acceleration acquisition unit, a vertical direction estimation unit, and a traveling direction estimation unit. The acceleration acquisition unit acquires acceleration occurring by the movement of the user. The vertical direction estimation unit estimates a first vertical direction based on the acceleration acquired by the acceleration acquisition unit. The traveling direction estimation unit estimates a first traveling direction (first traveling direction vector) corresponding to the first vertical direction (first vertical direction vector) estimated by the vertical direction estimation unit. The traveling direction estimation unit estimates a second traveling direction (second traveling direction vector) by shifting the first traveling direction based on the vertical direction as reference and the vertical direction (second vertical direction vector) estimated after the reference vertical direction by the vertical direction estimation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshitsugu Manabe
  • Patent number: 9983846
    Abstract: Embodiments can include systems, methods, and apparatus for recording three-dimensional audio and associated data. In one embodiment, an apparatus can include a base, a stick operable to move in either an X-axis direction or a Y-axis direction with respect to the base, a pedal operable to mount to a portion of the stick and receive a user input in either the X-axis direction or the Y-axis direction, and a sliding mechanism operable to facilitate sliding the pedal with respect to the base, wherein the pedal is further operable to receive another user input to correspond to a Z-axis direction. In certain embodiments, the apparatus can also include a locking mechanism operable to receive a user input to limit sliding the pedal with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Strubwerks, LLC
    Inventor: Tyner Brentz Strub
  • Patent number: 9977953
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for a sensor network for trick classification are described herein. A first data stream may be received from a first sensor array affixed to a first free-moving body of a sporting device. A second data stream may be received from a second sensor array affixed to a second free-moving body of the sporting device. A trick region of a predetermined length of the first data stream corresponding with an occurrence of a trick may be determined using data from the first data stream. The trick may be classified using a first set of data from the first data stream corresponding with the trick region and a second set of data from the second data stream. The second set of data may be obtained by aligning the trick region of the first data stream with the second data stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Stephanie Moyerman, Tyler Fetters, James Brian Hall
  • Patent number: 9968840
    Abstract: A system and method to provide haptic and visual feedback of motion of the skier foot and the forces transmitted to the skiboot insole and consequently to the ski/snow interface. This system comprises a motion and force sensors and a haptic actuator embedded in the skiboot insole in communication with a smart-phone based analysis application, configured to calculate insole motion and orientation and the distribution of pressure points inside the skiboot, then to provide haptic feedback to the skier foot instructing on timing and direction of change in the pressure points necessary to achieve optimal turn parameters. Furthermore, analyzed together with GPS coordinates are transmitted by the application to the cloud based server for further processing. Graphical and numerical representation of data is superimposed over a 3D map of a slope which may be viewed on the user smart-phone or on a remote computer terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: IPComm
    Inventors: Stanislaw Czaja, Muhammad Afsar, Andrzej Bachleda-Curus
  • Patent number: 9955319
    Abstract: Embodiments of a method for improving movement characteristic determination using a plurality of mobile devices associated with a vehicle can include: collecting a first movement dataset corresponding to at least one of a first location sensor and a first motion sensor of a first mobile device of the plurality of mobile devices; collecting a second movement dataset corresponding to at least one of a second location sensor and a second motion sensor of a second mobile device of the plurality of mobile devices; determining satisfaction of a device association condition indicative of the first and the second mobile devices as associated with the vehicle, based on the first and the second movement datasets; and after determining the satisfaction of the device association condition, determining a vehicle movement characteristic based on the first and the second movement datasets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Zendrive, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Matus, Pankaj Risbood, Aditya Karnik, Manish Sachdev
  • Patent number: 9952043
    Abstract: A device identifying a cyclic movement type of a physical system from a set of possible cyclic movements types includes: a movement sensor providing an observation data sequence concerning the physical system; a storage storing at least one statistical hidden-state Markov model; and a computer programmed to analyze the observation data sequence and select one cyclic movement type based on the stored statistical model. The storage includes least one statistical hidden-state Markov model for each possible cyclic movement type and the computer is programmed to analyze compatibility of the observation data sequence with each possible cyclic movement type based on the statistical model associated with this cyclic movement type. The computer is further programmed to provide a sequence of hidden states of the statistical model associated with the selected cyclic movement type, based on the observation data sequence and the statistical model associated with the selected cyclic movement type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignees: Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, Movea
    Inventors: Florence Gris, Pierre Jallon
  • Patent number: 9952675
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an electronic device to be worn on a user's forearm includes a display and a set of one or more sensors that provide sensor data. In one aspect, a device may detect, using sensor data obtained from a set of sensors, that a first activity state of a user is active. The device may determine, while the first activity state is active, that the sensor data matches a watch check rule associated with the first activity state. Responsive to the detected match, the device may cause a change in visibility of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandros Pantelopoulos, Shelten Gee Jao Yuen, Heiko Gernot Albert Panther
  • Patent number: 9924320
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure support improving determination of a location of a driver device that performs bandwidth constrained communication with a server, based on sensor data acquired by the driver device. The driver device reduces dimensionality of the acquired sensor data before transmitting the sensor data to the server over a communication network. The server receives GPS data and compressed sensor data from the driver device, and determines a quality metric related to the GPS data. Based on the quality metric, the server increases dimensionality of the compressed sensor data to reconstruct original sensor data acquired by the driver device. The server than augments the GPS data with the reconstructed sensor data, and determines location information of the driver device based on the augmented data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Srinivasan Rajagopal, Mohammed Waleed Kadous
  • Patent number: 9914018
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for training a swing movement of a club includes storing a desired swing data in a measuring device, capturing a training swing data in the measuring device, comparing the training swing data to the desired swing data to determine a set of differential data, outputting a signal to a user corresponding to the set of differential data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventors: Uwe Richter, Xiping Huo, Ann Koo, Nikolai Maltsev, Louis Lau, John Groot
  • Patent number: 9897449
    Abstract: A determination device includes a detection unit that detects acceleration. The determination device includes a setting unit that sets a reference direction based on the acceleration detected by the detection unit. The determination device includes an acquisition unit that acquires a characteristic amount based on acceleration in a direction with respect to the reference direction set by the setting unit. The determination device includes a determination unit that determines a traveling state of a terminal device by using the characteristic amount acquired by the acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Munehiro Azami
  • Patent number: 9863867
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and systems apparatus for automatically updating hard iron and soft iron coefficients of a magnetic sensor of a device are disclosed. One method includes making measurements of a magnetic field by the magnetic sensor during rotations of the device, determining by at least a criterion whether to input the measurements of the magnetic field into a coefficient estimator, calculating, by the coefficient estimator, new hard iron and soft iron coefficients upon receiving the measurements of the magnetic field, determining a quality of the newly calculated hard iron and soft iron calculated coefficients, and updating existing hard iron and soft iron coefficients to the newly calculated hard iron and soft iron coefficients only if the quality of the newly calculated hard iron and soft iron coefficients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: PNI Sensor Corporation
    Inventor: Davy J. Figaro
  • Patent number: 9866990
    Abstract: A system for controlling a plurality of peripheral devices includes a portable electronic device and a plurality of peripheral devices in wireless communication with the portable electronic device. The portable electronic device includes a processor configured to connect to each of the plurality of peripheral devices one at a time based on round-robin scheduling. The processor is configured to execute an instruction for searching for a broadcast signal transmitted from a selected one of the plurality of peripheral devices. The processor is configured to execute an instruction to wirelessly connect with the selected one of the plurality of peripheral devices. The processor is configured to execute an instruction to send a control signal to the selected one of the plurality of peripheral devices. The processor is configured to execute an instruction to terminate the connection between the portable electronic device and the selected one of the plurality of peripheral devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: TECHNICAL CONSUMER PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Dustin Cairns, Timothy Chen, Andrew Charles Hussey
  • Patent number: 9838846
    Abstract: A method implemented by one or more processors may include determining a rotation between a client device frame and a world frame, determining a rotation between an average gravity aligned (AGA) frame of the client device and the client device frame, performing step detection of the client device, and determining a change in orientation from a first detected step to a second detected step. In one example, computing the change in orientation includes determining a rotation between a horizontally projected AGA (HPAGA) frame and the AGA frame, determining a rotation between the world frame and the HPAGA frame, and determining the change in orientation by using the rotation between the world frame and the HPAGA frame. The method may also include determining, using the computed change in orientation, pedestrian dead reckoning data of the client device over a time period, and determining an output location estimate of the client device using the pedestrian dead reckoning data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Etienne Le Grand
  • Patent number: 9823709
    Abstract: A device includes a display panel configured to display one or more interfaces. The device includes one or more motion sensors. The device includes circuitry configured to determine, based on an input from the one or more motion sensors, a tilt angle of the device. The circuitry is configured to select, based on the determined tilt angle, an interface, of the one or more interfaces, and to control the display panel to display the selected interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventor: Kenji Tokutake
  • Patent number: 9803983
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing an improved heading estimate of a mobile device in a vehicle is presented. First, the mobile device determines if it is mounted in a cradle attached to the vehicle; if so, inertia sensor data may be valid. While in a mounted stated, the mobile device determines whether it has been rotated in the cradle; if so, inertia sensor data may no longer be reliable and a recalibration to determine a new relative orientation between the vehicle and the mobile device is needed. If the mobile device is mounted and not recently rotated, heading data from multiple sensors (e.g., GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer) may be computed and combined to form the improved heading estimate. This improved heading estimate may be used to form an improved velocity estimate. The improved heading estimate may also be used to compute a bias to correct a gyroscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Joseph Czompo, Ashutosh Joshi, Shanta Pavan Namburi, Disha Ahuja
  • Patent number: 9804764
    Abstract: In a method for displaying information, a portion of a list is displayed on a display area, which includes a plurality of list entries, and the displayed portion of the list is changed by a first operator action of a user, the entries of the list being run through consecutively by the first operator action. By a second operator action multiple list entries are skipped so as to reach a list entry that is not contained in the displayed portion of the list entries that were displayed while performing the second operator action. In a device for displaying information, the above method steps are implementable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventor: Sven Hoehne
  • Patent number: 9767575
    Abstract: The described technology regards an augmented reality system and method for estimating a position of a location of interest relative to the position and orientation of a display, using a forward buffer to store current and predicted position estimates calculated by the methods of the present invention. Systems of the described technology include including a plurality of sensors, a processing module or other computation means, and a database. Methods of the described technology use data from the sensor package useful to accurately render graphical user interface information on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Applied Research Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Alberico Menozzi
  • Patent number: 9767574
    Abstract: The described technology regards an augmented reality system and method for estimating a position of a location of interest relative to the position and orientation of a display, including a retroactive update to a previously rendered estimate of the position of the orientation of the display stored in a rewind buffer. Systems of the described technology include including a plurality of sensors, a processing module or other computation means, and a database. Methods of the described technology use data from the sensor package useful to accurately render graphical user interface information on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Applied Research Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Alberico Menozzi
  • Patent number: 9733729
    Abstract: The invention discloses an improved method and device for sensing orientation of an object in space in a Working Reference Frame. The device of the invention includes an angular velocity sensor with at least two sensing axes and a linear acceleration sensor with at least three sensing axes. The method used for sensing orientation of the object in space in the Working Reference Frame uses synthetic values of the gravity component of the acceleration of the object. It depends upon the number of sensing axes of the angular velocity sensor and upon the dynamicity of the movement of the object. The dynamicity of the movement of the object is tested to compute the synthetic values which are used. The method and device of the invention allow control of a cursor on a display, independently of the roll imparted to the device by a user, in a seamless manner which is greatly improved over the devices and methods of the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Movea
    Inventors: Grégoire Aujay, Guillaume Aujay
  • Patent number: 9734690
    Abstract: Devices and methods of using a personal emergency reporting system device is described. The personal emergency reporting system (PERS) device wakes up based on timing, manual activation or an accelerometer in the PERS device detecting an abnormal condition. The PERS device measures the orientation and correlate and sends statistics to a console. The PERS device determines whether a predetermined threshold has been met to determine whether a fall event has occurred or whether to enter a more active monitoring state. The PERS device also determines whether it is appropriate to transmit an alarm to a central monitoring station via the console and transmits the alarm if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Nortek Security & Controls LLC
    Inventors: James J Haflinger, Jeffrey Michael Sweeney
  • Patent number: 9721343
    Abstract: A method and system provide light to project to an operation space so that a received image from the operation space will include, if an object is in the operation space, a bright region due to the reflection of light by the object, and identify a gesture according to the variation of a barycenter position, an average brightness, or an area of the bright region in successive images, for generating a corresponding command. Only simple operation and calculation is required to detect the motion of an object moving in the X, Y, or Z axis of an image, for identifying a gesture represented by the motion of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventors: Yu-Hao Huang, En-Feng Hsu
  • Patent number: 9706288
    Abstract: Personal listening device (PLD) includes earphone housing having therein (a) inertial sensor to detect motion of PLD and to generate motion signal, (b) pressure sensor to detect compression of portion of PLD and to generate pressure sensor signal, and (c) speaker to receive anti-noise signal and desired audio signal from electronic device, and active noise control (ANC) system to generate anti-noise signal as being one of first or second anti-noise signal. ANC system includes processor, vibration detector to detect vibration of the PLD based on at least one of motion signal or pressure sensor signal, and ANC anti-noise generator to generate first anti-noise signal when vibrations are not detected by vibration detector, and to generate second anti-noise signal when vibrations are detected by vibration detector. Second anti-noise signal is based on detected vibrations. Processor reconfigures ANC system for ANC anti-noise generator to generate second anti-noise signal. Other embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Terlizzi
  • Patent number: 9684353
    Abstract: A mode switching method of wearable equipment and the wearable equipment are disclosed. The method comprising: confirming a current mode being a sleep mode, detecting an accumulated time of a motion state, judging whether the accumulated time is greater than a first predetermined time period and switching to a fake sleep mode if it is; and detecting an accumulated footsteps and a sleep state, which by judging whether the accumulated footsteps in a second predetermined time period is greater than a threshold footsteps and switching to the motion state if it is; and judging whether the second predetermined time period is experienced in the sleep state and switching to the sleep mode if it is. The present invention can improve the accuracy, while reducing power consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignees: Inventec Appliances (Pudong) Corporation, Inventec Appliances Corp., Inventec Appliances (Nanchang) Corporation
    Inventors: Xiao-Long Xu, Xin Huang
  • Patent number: 9684013
    Abstract: A motion detecting device has: an input section to which acceleration signals, that express accelerations of respective axes of three axes of a three-dimensional orthogonal coordinate system, are respectively inputted; and a motion detecting section that sets each of plural axes, that include two different axes that are selected from among the three axes, as a designated axis in a predetermined order, and outputs a motion detection signal if it is judged that directions of motion, that are detected on the basis of the acceleration signals of the respective axes that were inputted to the input section, are directions of respective designated axes that have been set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: LAPIS SEMICONDUCTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junpei Sato
  • Patent number: 9673864
    Abstract: A wireless hierarchical heterogonous pico-net providing communication between smart-phone based analysis and control application and multiplicity of sensors and actuators embedded in the ski equipment is described. The topology of this pico-net comprises two layers of hierarch, where the first layer is configured as a Bluetooth wireless network using a Round-Robin scheduling method and consisting of a single master and up-to seven slaves, and the second layer of the hierarchy is configured as a sub-nets consisting of multiplicity of sensors and actuators and communicating internally using ANT personal area network (PAN) wireless interface, or via a digital wire interface. Such network topology provides deterministic latency of a hierarchy a single-hop Bluetooth network, irrespective of the numbers of sensors and actuators embedded within each sub-net of the second layer of hierarchy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: IPCOMM
    Inventor: Stanislaw Czaja
  • Patent number: 9654932
    Abstract: One or more mobile device movement detection computing devices and methods are disclosed herein based on acceleration data collected from an accelerometer of a mobile device found within an interior of a vehicle. The mobile device movement detection computing devices may identify a likely mobile device movement event based on a change of angle between two three-dimensional acceleration vectors. Where the mobile device movement detection computing devices detect a likely mobile device movement event, sensor data from various sensors of a mobile device are collected and aggregated for a window of time encompassing the mobile device movement event. Data from vehicle sensors and other external systems may also be used. The mobile device movement detection computing devices calculate a risk score based on the aggregates sensor data, and provide feedback to a mobile device or vehicle based on the calculated risk score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Yasir Mukhtar, Varun Nagpal, Jared S. Snyder, Connor Walsh
  • Patent number: 9654951
    Abstract: An automatic distress alarming method includes that: A. a distress alarm automatically sends out a sound and light alarming signal; B. the distress alarm automatically sends a distress signal and a GPS signal to a mobile phone; C. the distress alarm sends out the distress signal and the GPS signal by a manual operation; D. a disconnected distress alarm sends out the distress signal and the GPS signal. And its system includes a microprocessor U1, a driving chip U2, a wireless transmitting module U3, a switching circuit of an angular rate sensor, a GPS circuit, a storage device, a reset button, a manual operation alarming switch, a manual operation communicating switch and a disconnecting alarming button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Lai Ming Wu, Chui Ha Kung, Michael Tong Chang, Ka Ho Cheung, Heung Kai Chan, Choi Lam Cheung, Hon Wai Chan
  • Patent number: 9648478
    Abstract: A wearable device for detecting a user state is disclosed. The wearable device includes an accelerometer for measuring an acceleration of a user, a magnetometer for measuring a magnetic field associated with the user's change of orientation, a microphone for receiving audio, a memory for storing the audio, and at least one processor communicatively connected to the accelerometer, the magnetometer, the microphone, and the memory. The processor is identified to declare a measured acceleration as a suspected user state, and to categorize the suspected user state based on the stored audio as one of an activity of daily life (ADL), a confirmed user state, or an inconclusive event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Nortek Security & Control LLC
    Inventors: Ram David Adva Fish, Henry Messenger, Leonid Baryudin, Soroush Salehian Dardashti, Evgenia Goldshtein
  • Patent number: 9631956
    Abstract: Methods and systems for calibrating sensors on a computing device are described herein. In an example implementation, a computing device may perform a method to calibrate one or more sensors, which may include receiving an indication that a sensor has been calibrated. The computing device may further receive independent observations of a motion of a device from the calibrated sensor and a potentially non-calibrated sensor. The device may determine as independent estimation of motion based on the movement of the device corresponding to the outputs of the respective sensors. Based on whether or not the estimation of motion as provided by the potentially non-calibrated sensor is within a threshold variance of the estimation of motion as provided by the calibrated sensor, the computing device may provide instructions to adjust parameters of the non-calibrated sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Mihelich, Renzo De Nardi, Ivan Dryanovski