Speed Patents (Class 702/142)
  • Patent number: 10308259
    Abstract: A system for determining movement characteristics of a mobile machine may comprise: a sensor coupled to the machine and configured to communicate a signal indicative of a velocity of the machine, wherein the sensor is coupled to a portion of the machine that is disparate from a rear axle of the machine; an inertial measurement unit coupled to the machine and configured to communicate a signal indicative of an acceleration and an angular velocity of the machine; and a controller configured to: receive (a) the velocity signal and (b) the acceleration and angular velocity signal; and using (a) the velocity signal and (b) the acceleration and angular velocity signal, determine a lateral velocity of the rear axle of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Nolan A. Graves, Nicholas R. Vogel
  • Patent number: 10304331
    Abstract: An approach is provided for determining tunnel speed for a vehicle travelling through a tunnel. A tunnel processing platform aggregates probe data associated with at least one vehicle into at least one tunnel path based, at least in part, on a network geometry topology for at least one tunnel. The tunnel processing platform also designates at least one probe point collected upstream of the at least one tunnel as at least one starting point of the at least one tunnel path and at least one temporary probe point as at least one endpoint of the at least one tunnel path, wherein the at least one temporary probe point is downstream of the at least one tunnel. It then determines at least one temporary tunnel speed for the at least one tunnel path based, at least in part, on the timestamp for the at least one probe point and the current time associated with the at least one temporary probe point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: James Fowe, Finn Swingley
  • Patent number: 10279815
    Abstract: A vehicle can include throttle, braking, and steering systems. The vehicle can further include a computing system that obtains, from one or more sensors, data representing one or more of a velocity or an acceleration of the vehicle. The computing system can further determine an estimated weight of the vehicle based on the one or more of the velocity or the acceleration of the vehicle, and autonomously operate the throttle, braking, and steering systems of the vehicle based on the estimated weight of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Burnette
  • Patent number: 10258851
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods of calculating projected impact generated by sports and gaming implements. An exemplary method comprises: receiving a measurement from a sensor associated with a subject of impact; receiving a measurement from a sensor associated with an object of impact; wherein the at least one received measurement includes one or more characteristics of movement of the subject in response to an external stimuli and one or more characteristics of movement of the object in response to the impact by the subject; calculating, by a projection tool, a projected impact of the subject on the object before the actual impact; and calculating, by a modeling tool, a model of movement of the object in response to the impact by the subject based at least on the projected impact and one or more rules defining a movement of the object based on the projected impact by the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: AO Kaspersky Lab
    Inventors: Eugene V. Kaspersky, Daniil S. Borschev
  • Patent number: 10226681
    Abstract: A golf club having a sensor that is releasably connected is disclosed, where the sensor comprises a plurality of inertial measurement units. Each inertial measurement unit is able to measure linear accelerations along three orthogonal axes and angular rates of rotation along the same three orthogonal axes. Each inertial measurement unit is positioned such that at least two of the axes of each inertial measurement unit are oriented differently. Additionally, a process may be implemented by a processor to expand the measurement range of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Thornton, Jeffrey A. Hadden, Bradley C. Glenn
  • Patent number: 10227937
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for detecting a change in turbocharger performance. In one example, a method comprises determining a level of turbocharger imbalance based on output from a turbine speed sensor and generating a signal related to a change in a performance level of the turbocharger if the level of turbocharger imbalance is greater than a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GE Global Sourcing LLC
    Inventors: Aninda Bhattacharya, Bret Dwayne Worden, Ajay Kumar Behera, Mahesh Panicker, Wrichik Basu, Matthew John Malone, Arwa Hatim Ginwala
  • Patent number: 10220258
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing workout guide information are provided. The apparatus includes a display, a memory configured to store workout route data including location data and elevation data, and a user profile, and a processor configured to determine at least one slope section through an analysis of the workout route data based on the user profile and output a map for displaying a workout route including the slope section to the display. The slope section in the workout route is configured to be displayed in a different form than a non-slope section. In addition, various embodiments identified throughout the specification are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Heum Mo Gu, Geun Woo Kim, Hyung Kim, Hee Seung Shin, Wan Sang Lee, Young Woon Chun, Kyung Sub Min
  • Patent number: 10194264
    Abstract: Systems and methods for collecting data in a network of moving things. As non-limiting examples, various aspects of this disclosure provide systems and methods for operating sensor systems and collecting data from sensor systems in a power-efficient and network-efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Veniam, Inc.
    Inventors: Joao Azevedo, Rui Costa, Roy Russell
  • Patent number: 10174693
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for generating a predictive tachometer profile at a tachometer of a vehicle. An engine speed offset can be generated based on an engine acceleration and an accelerator pedal position rate. A predictive tachometer profile displayed at the tachometer can then be generated based on the engine speed offset and an actual engine speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Richard I. Chang, Matthew D. Whitton
  • Patent number: 10118627
    Abstract: A computing system determines an estimated weight of a vehicle by measuring kinematic data of the vehicle, including at least one of a velocity or an acceleration of the vehicle. The computing system processes the data to determine an estimated weight of the vehicle. Based on the estimated weight of the vehicle, the computing system can autonomously operate the throttle, braking, and steering systems of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Burnette
  • Patent number: 9992328
    Abstract: A mobile communication device has a plurality of modes, including a normal mode and a driving mode. In the driving mode, one or more features of said device are at least partially disabled, including one or more features relating to communication supported by the device. The device tracks particular information about the device's modes and reports some of the particular information to at least one location off the device. The particular information about said device's modes is usable to determine when the device was in driving mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Emma Michaela Siritzky
  • Patent number: 9977047
    Abstract: A method is provided for calibrating an acceleration sensor for ascertaining a longitudinal acceleration of a motor vehicle. One or multiple sensor parameter(s) of a sensor model of the acceleration sensor is/are determined, via which the actual longitudinal acceleration of the motor vehicle is ascertainable from a physical sensor variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventor: Matthias Schueler
  • Patent number: 9785268
    Abstract: A electronic device that is operable to communicate with a spectrum analyzer. In one or more implementations, the electronic device includes a touch-sensitive display, the touch-sensitive display configured to receive one or more inputs, a memory operable to store one or more modules, and a processor communicatively coupled to the touch-sensitive display and to the memory. The processor is operable to execute the one or more modules to cause generation of a graphical representation of frequency-domain characteristics of an input signal at the touch-sensitive display. The processor is also operable to execute the one or more modules to dynamically adjust the graphical representation of the frequency-domain characteristics of the input signal at the touch-sensitive display in response to input received at the touch-sensitive display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: COOLFIRE SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventor: David P. Farmer
  • Patent number: 9779511
    Abstract: An object tracking method is provided. The method includes obtaining current position coordinates of a tracked object for a first time using a tracking algorithm and initializing a filter acting on a time-varying system based on the obtained current position coordinates. The method further includes updating a system state through the filter acting on the time-varying system when the tracking algorithm outputs new current position coordinates of the tracked object with a spatial delay and comparing speed of the tracked object to a compensation determination threshold. Further, the method includes when the speed of the tracked object is greater than the compensation determination threshold, compensating the new current position coordinates of the tracked object with the spatial delay through the filter acting on the time-varying system, and outputting the compensated current position coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: SUPERD CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Qing Yang, Peiyun Jian, Dongfang Li
  • Patent number: 9781250
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems support focused driving, working, and studying without distraction. A method of operating a mobile phone includes setting the phone into a driving focused mode and keeping the phone in the driving focused mode while the phone is moving, wherein in the focused mode certain features of the mobile phone are modified or at least partially disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventor: Emma Michaela Siritzky
  • Patent number: 9704399
    Abstract: A system and method for adaptive motion sensing with location determination is described. In one embodiment, the adaptive motion sensor is based on vibration sensor readings and can identify different states of motions based on modifiable parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: SkyBitz, Inc.
    Inventors: Rich Battista, Jianming Yuan
  • Patent number: 9700241
    Abstract: A system for gait analysis may include a mobile data recording device configured to record accelerations associated with user motion and a data processing device in communication with the mobile data recording device. The data processing device can be configured to receive acceleration data from the mobile data recording device and process the acceleration data to extract stride data sequences from the acceleration data through use of bounding boxes on one or more points of the acceleration data. Each of the stride data sequences comprising data for a corresponding stride. The bounding boxes may define time and acceleration bounds. The data processing system may further determine one or more stride metrics. According to one embodiment, the data recording device may be a smartphone or other device having an accelerometer with a limited range that is inadequate to capture the full range of accelerations experienced by a runner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyler Eastman, Kevin Callahan, Robin Thurston
  • Patent number: 9699301
    Abstract: Methods, devices and systems support focused driving, working, and studying without distraction. A method of operating a mobile phone includes setting the phone into a driving focused mode and keeping the phone in the driving focused mode while the phone is moving, wherein in the focused mode certain features of the mobile phone are modified or at least partially disabled. A method also includes setting one or more computer devices, including mobile phones, into a focused mode to prevent usage of and distraction by the devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Emma Michaela Siritzky
  • Patent number: 9592882
    Abstract: An electronically controlled suspension system for a bicycle includes at least one spring element between first and second parts the bicycle, both parts being movably interconnected. At least one parameter of the spring element is modified. At least one actuator influences the spring element to modify the at least one parameter. An electronic module produces a control signal for the at least one actuator. A control device is influenced by the control signal produced by the electronic module. The control device is connected to at least one of the electronic module and the actuator through a radio signal. A corresponding method controls the suspension system for the bicycle and a computer program executes the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignees: Befra Electronic, S.R.O, Gustav Magenwirth GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Peter Butora, Jürgen Beier, Reiner Künstle, Florian Koller, Christoph Kern
  • Patent number: 9513311
    Abstract: Briefly, in accordance with one or more embodiments, a method to test one or more sensors of a device under test may comprise capturing visual motion data of the device under test disposed on an arm of a pendulum apparatus while the arm of the pendulum apparatus is in motion, capturing data from the one or more sensors while the arm of the pending apparatus is in motion, and comparing the visual motion data with the data from the one or more sensors to determine a relationship between the visual motion data and the data from the one or more sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Rajashree Baskaran, Neil Goodey
  • Patent number: 9470517
    Abstract: Repeated simultaneous concentration measurements at spatially separated points are used to provide information on the lateral spatial extent of a gas plume. More specifically the spatial correlations in this data provide this information. Fitting a gas plume model directly to this multi-point data can provide good estimates of total plume emission. The distance between the plume source and the measurement points does not need to be known to provide these estimates. It is also not necessary to perform any detailed atmospheric modeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Picarro, Inc.
    Inventor: Chris W. Rella
  • Patent number: 9248361
    Abstract: A complete closed-loop system of capture, analysis, and corrective feedback uses small unobtrusive, strategically placed sensors on the ear, hip, knee, wrist, and/or ankle that communicate wirelessly to a base unit. The sensors capture movement during an activity to be analyzed, such as a golf swing, and send data to a base unit, which processes and transmits the data to a smart phone or other suitable portable and wireless communications device. The wireless communications device, in turn, transmits the processed data to a data base in the cloud (centrally based Internet software) where software instantly analyzes the motion represented by the processed data, then provides immediate feedback for improvement to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Virtual Sports Training, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik W. Jones
  • Patent number: 9230366
    Abstract: A system and method is provided that identifies dynamic objects within a set of photographic images. The objects may be identified as dynamic based on depth data associated with the images. The depth data may also be used to determine the potential states of the dynamic objects within the set of images. A three-dimensional model be created in which the dynamic objects are displayed in accordance with one of the potential states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Brian McClendon, Jonah Jones
  • Patent number: 9127610
    Abstract: A method of controlling a vehicle engine system is described. The method involves sensing a pressure in the engine; generating a signal indicative of the sensed pressure; encrypting the signal to generate an encrypted data message containing information indicative of the sensed pressure; transmitting the encrypted data message to an engine control means; decrypting the encrypted data message to obtain the information indicative of the sensed pressure; and controlling the vehicle engine system in dependence upon the information contained in the encrypted data message. A pressure sensor for use in the method, and a suitably programmed electronic control unit are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Delphi International Operations Luxembourg S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Smith, Richard A. Judge
  • Patent number: 9067565
    Abstract: System and method for evaluating driver performance, comprising detecting operations of a vehicle using an on-board vehicle monitoring system, comparing the operations to predetermined criteria, identifying violations of the predetermined criteria, tracking violations that occur during an evaluation period, and, at the end of the evaluation period, calculating a grade associated with operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: inthinc Technology Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott McClellan, Todd Follmer
  • Patent number: 9043177
    Abstract: A sensor information acquisition section acquires angular velocity information (GX, GY, GZ) around three axes acquired by three angular velocity sensors, and acceleration information (AX, AY, AZ) in three axial directions acquired by three acceleration sensors. A posture information calculation section calculates a posture angle and position coordinates in a virtual three-dimensional space based on the angular velocity information (GX, GY, GZ) and the acceleration information (AX, AY, AZ). The posture information calculation section calculates a fixed coordinate system velocity vector based on an inertial coordinate system acceleration vector (A) obtained from the acceleration information (AX, AY, AZ), and calculates position coordinates in a virtual three-dimensional space corresponding to the fixed coordinate system velocity vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hirofumi Udagawa, Yoshihiro Kobayashi, Yasushi Nakaoka
  • Publication number: 20150127285
    Abstract: A learning processing unit derives, using learning data in which a characteristic value based on a distribution coordinate of a detected acceleration by an acceleration sensor which configured to be worn on a body of a user is associated with a moving speed of the user, a moving speed relational expression for finding an estimated speed from the characteristic value. A moving speed estimation unit finds an estimated speed from a current characteristic value using the derived moving speed relational expression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Tsubasa SHIRAI, Fumikazu SANO, Akifumi HAYASHI, Kazuhiko TSUCHIMOTO, Ryota HIRAKAWA, Hidekazu MAEZAWA
  • Patent number: 9020782
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling of ski vibration consisting an accelerator/actuator sub-system attached to the ski and a adaptive vibration control application residing in the user smart-phone and communicating with the accelerometer/actuator sub-system over Bluetooth radio interface is disclosed. The adaptive vibration control application extracts vibration frequencies and amplitudes from signal received from an accelerometer, separates such frequencies according to their types—bending or torsional, and after thresholding and scaling by the ski calibration parameters and by the user desired ski response, apply such signal to the control loop and consequently to the actuators to provide vibration dampening force. In one embodiment, such actuators are attached to the ski, while in another embodiment such actuators are embedded into the ski.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: IPComm
    Inventors: Stanislaw Czaja, Grzegorz Staszczuk, Muhammad Afsar
  • Publication number: 20150106050
    Abstract: A motion analysis method includes: specifying plural operations included in a motion operation using an output from an inertial sensor; calculating an operating time of each of the plural operations; adjusting a time axis of each operating time; and outputting operation information of the operation based on the adjusted time axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Kazuhiro SHIBUYA, Masafumi SATO, Kazuo NOMURA, Kenya KODAIRA
  • Patent number: 9008996
    Abstract: In order to acquire positioning results (position and azimuth) of a moving body and reducing cumulative errors in integration processing of the positioning results, a moving body positioning apparatus includes: movement detecting means for detecting whether or not a moving body is moving; position acquiring means for acquiring a position of the moving body; integrating means for integrally processing a plurality of positions acquired by the position acquiring means as positioning results; and preprocessing means for preprocessing the positioning results to be inputted into the integrating means. In accordance with output from the movement detecting means, the preprocessing means inputs the positioning results obtained from the position acquiring means into the integrating means, which integrally processes the positioning results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventors: Masakatsu Kourogi, Takeshi Kurata
  • Patent number: 8990042
    Abstract: A system and method that may sense and recognize a motion of a user is provided. The system and method may recognize a variety of motions of the user based on sensing data received from a remote controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung Ju Han, Jung Bae Kim, Chi Youn Park
  • Patent number: 8983678
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle includes a speed determination module, a buffer module, and a speed prediction module. The speed determination module determines changes in measured vehicle speed. The buffer module stores the determined changes in measured vehicle speed. The speed prediction module predicts a speed of the vehicle when the measured vehicle speed is less than a predetermined threshold, wherein the predicted vehicle speed is based on an average of the stored changes in measured vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Justin Louie, Xuefeng Tim Tao
  • Patent number: 8959981
    Abstract: A measurement apparatus includes a first Doppler sensor which outputs a first transmission signal and receives a first Doppler signal, that is the first transmission signal returned after being reflected by an impacting object, a timing detection unit that detects an impact timing which is a moment when an impacted object is impacted by the impacting object, an impacting object speed computing unit that computes a speed of the impacting object based on the first Doppler signals obtained from the detected impact timing to a timing before a predetermined period, and an imaging unit that images the impacted object immediately after the impact so as to be used for computing a motion state of the impacted object, based on the computed speed of the impacting object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignees: Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd., Flovel Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Arakawa, Tetsuya Nakamura, Takanori Shibui, Tatsuya Ishikawa, Masataka Kai, Naoyuki Miyagawa
  • Patent number: 8949070
    Abstract: A method or apparatus for monitoring human activity using an inertial sensor is described. The method includes monitoring accelerations, and identifying a current user activity from a plurality of user activities based on the accelerations. In one embodiment, each of the plurality of user activities is associated with one of a plurality of types of periodic human motions that are detectable by the portable electronic device, and wherein the identification of the current user activity is made based on detecting two or more instances of the periodic human motion associated with the user activity. The method further includes counting periodic human motions appropriate to the current user activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: DP Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philippe Richard Kahn, Arthur Kinsolving, Mark Andrew Christensen, Brian Y. Lee, David Vogel
  • Patent number: 8938362
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the invention may include systems, methods, and apparatus for Doppler light detection and ranging (LIDAR). According to an example embodiment of the invention, a method is provided for measuring atmospheric wind speed. The method includes tuning, in sequence, light output of a laser to a first wavelength and a second wavelength, wherein the first wavelength and the second wavelength are symmetric about a maximum transmission wavelength peak associated with a Fabry-Perot etalon; directing the light output to one or more portions of the atmosphere; receiving backscattered light from the one or more portions of the atmosphere; directing the received backscatter light through the Fabry-Perot etalon; detecting a transmission signal corresponding to light transmitted through the Fabry-Perot etalon; and determining, by at least the transmission signal, atmospheric wind speed at one or more portions of the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: The Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Pavel Igorevich Ionov, Steven M. Beck
  • Patent number: 8935052
    Abstract: In a method for controlling at least one door of a vehicle, a movement of a mobile identification signal generator, assigned to the vehicle, relative to the vehicle is sensed as a function of time. A future position of the mobile identification signal generator is estimated at a future time based on the position, the speed of movement and the direction of movement of the mobile identification signal generator at the current time, and furthermore an unlocking condition is detected if the future position of the mobile identification signal generator is within a predetermined range. Finally, the at least one door is unlocked and/or opened based on the unlocking condition. As a result of the estimation of the position of an identification signal generator with respect to a next position measuring point, the reaction time and the susceptibility to faults of an access arrangement can be improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Hermann
  • Publication number: 20150006099
    Abstract: Motion sensors of a mobile device mounted to a vehicle are used to detect a mount angle of the mobile device. The motion sensors are used to determine whether the vehicle is accelerating or de-accelerating, whether the vehicle is turning and whether the mount angle of the mobile device is rotating. The mount angle of the mobile device is obtained from data output from the motion sensors and can be used to correct a compass heading. Data from the motion sensors that are obtained while the vehicle is turning or the mobile device is rotating are not used to obtain the mount angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Hung A. Pham, Martin M. Menzel, Sunny Kai Pang Chow, Xiaoyuan Tu
  • Publication number: 20140379295
    Abstract: In a motion analysis device, a first detection section detects a first state of a shaft portion of sporting equipment using an output of an inertial sensor. The first state corresponds to, for example, a resting state. A second detection section detects a second state of the shaft portion of the sporting equipment using the output of the inertial sensor. The second state corresponds to, for example, an impact. The second detection section detects a relative rotational angle of the shaft portion having varied around an axis of the shaft portion from the first state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Masafumi SATO, Kazuhiro SHIBUYA, Kenya KODAIRA, Kazuo NOMURA
  • Patent number: 8914773
    Abstract: The disclosed logic tables include a truth table, an answer table and a state table. The logic tables enable integration of conditional logic, complex situational judging, and state handling using an elegant, visual set of tools with a consistent graphical user interface. The user is able to create logical interactions between objects which would otherwise require the use of a complex computer programming language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Allen Learning Technologies
    Inventors: Michael W. Allen, Steven M. Birth, Jesse L. Coyle
  • Publication number: 20140365165
    Abstract: Disclosed is a gradient information acquisition method comprising: a speed measured value acquisition step in which a measured value of the speed of a rail vehicle is acquired; a speed calculation step in which a calculated value of the speed of said vehicle is found using an equation of movement including a parameter indicating the gradient of the path of travel of said rail vehicle; a parameter value acquisition step in which a parameter value is found of a function indicating said gradient, for which parameter the difference of said measured value of the speed and said calculated value of the speed is a minimum; and a gradient information acquisition step of finding the gradient of said path of travel, based on the parameter value of the function indicating said gradient that was acquired in said parameter value acquisition step.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Noritaka Yanai, Hiroyuki Takaki, Toshihiko Niinomi, Yasuyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8903678
    Abstract: A sensing device with lower power consumption by controlling a rate for generating output data is to be provided. A sensing device includes: a sensor module including a group of sensors, at least one of which is set as a motion sensor; and a data generating unit that generates output data on the basis of outputs from the group of sensors. The data generating unit switches, on the basis of an output from the motion sensor, a rate for generating the output data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Taketo Chino
  • Publication number: 20140345381
    Abstract: A motion rate sensor for detecting the rate of movement of an article, comprising: a housing relative to which, in use, the article moves, a detection unit disposed within the housing, the detection unit including a conversion device adapted for generating detector signals caused by the motion of the article, and processing circuitry adapted for receiving said detector signals and outputting motion signals indicative of the rate of movement of the article. In embodiments, the detector signals are caused by variations in optical or light energy, in magnetic fields or radiation intensity. The variations may be caused by variations on the surface in the article, for example a random or repetitive pattern. An apparatus and method for calibrating the sensor are also disclosed, as are a system and method for determining the speed of motion of an article using the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Nigel J. Cronin, Adam Guy
  • Patent number: 8892451
    Abstract: A data logging device tracks the operation of a vehicle or driver actions. The device includes a storage device, which may be removable or portable, having a first memory portion that may be read from and may be written to in a vehicle and a second memory portion that may be read from and may be written to in the vehicle. The second memory portion may retain data attributes associated with the data stored in the first removable storage device. A processor reads data from an automotive bus that transfers data from vehicle sensors to other automotive components. The processor writes data to the first memory portion and the second memory portion that reflect a level of risk or safety. A communication device links the storage device to a network of computers. The communication device may be accessible through software that allows a user to access files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Progressive Casualty Insurance Company
    Inventors: William Curtis Everett, Richard Ashton Hutchinson, Wilbert John Steigerwald, III, William Andrew Say, Patrick Lawrence O'Malley, Dane Allen Shrallow, Raymond Scott Ling, Robert John McMillan
  • Patent number: 8849601
    Abstract: A method for self-calibrating, while a vehicle is moving, an accelerometer mounted on a wheel of the vehicle so that its plane of maximum sensitivity is secant with the axis of rotation of the wheel. The average value and on the other hand the amplitude of the signal representative of the acceleration Acc-read delivered by the accelerometer are calculated first, for an established speed of the vehicle, based on measurements performed by the accelerometer during a time window corresponding to the time needed for the wheel to complete n rotations, with n>1, then the values of the gain C1 and of the offset C2 of the accelerometer are determined by resolving the system of two equations with two unknown values: ?2R=C1×(average value of Acc-read)+C2 2 g=C1×(amplitude of Acc-read) with: ? the speed of rotation of the wheel, R the radius of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Automotive France
    Inventor: Youri Vassilieff
  • Patent number: 8849606
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that monitor movement of a person, or of a vehicle ridden by the person, to determine speed, distance traveled and/or airtime of the person or vehicle. Accelerometer-based sensors, pressure sensors or Doppler sensors may be employed in these systems and methods. A liquid crystal display may attach to the person to display speed, distance traveled and/or airtime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Flentov, Dennis M. Darcy, Curtis A. Vock
  • Publication number: 20140288879
    Abstract: An apparatus to detect a direction or velocity of a movement of equipment by using a single sensor. The apparatus includes a conversion unit that converts sensed information obtained from the single sensor into a voltage value corresponding to the movement of the equipment, a determination unit that determines whether one of a first interrupt and a second interrupt occurs, the first interrupt occurring when the converted voltage value reaches a threshold value and the second interrupt occurring when a preset amount of time passes from a time when the single sensor starts operating, and a calculation unit that calculates one of the direction and the velocity of the movement of the equipment by using voltage information at time s when the first interrupt or the second interrupt occurs and voltage information at a predetermined time before the times when the first interrupt or the second interrupt occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Dong-eui SHIN, Myung-won PARK, Jae-heung PARK, Ki-oh JUNG
  • Patent number: 8840569
    Abstract: Device (1) for measuring muscular capacity, comprising: removable fastening means (12) for fastening the device to the athlete or to the moved weight (3; 2); autonomous electrical power supply means (15); a display (11); a three-axis accelerometer (14) for delivering a sequence of accelerations (a(t)) along the axis of movement of the weight, said sequence comprising at least 100 measurements per second over a duration between 1 and 10 seconds; and data processing means (16) for determining, at the end of the test, on the basis of said sequence of accelerations, at least one quantity representative of the muscular capacity of the athlete and for displaying this quantity on said display (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Myotest SA
    Inventors: Patrick Flaction, Manu Praz
  • Patent number: 8830162
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method that generates outputs based on the operating position of a sensor which is determined by the biomechanical positions or gestures of individual operators. The system including a garment on which one or more than one sensor is removably attached and the sensors provide a signal based on the biomechanical position, movement, action or gestures of the person wearing the garment, a transmitter receiving signals from the sensors and sends signals to a computer that is calibrated to recognize the signals as representing particular positions that are assigned selected outputs. Suitably the outputs are audio outputs of an instrument, such as a guitar, and the outputs simulate the sound of a guitar that would be played when the biomechanical motion, action, gesture or position of the operator resembles those that would occur when an actual instrument is played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventor: Richard James Neil Helmer
  • Patent number: 8805639
    Abstract: A data processing system which comprises: a first sensor adapted to provide indications of a first type on a vehicle's engine operational mode; a second sensor adapted to provide indications of a second type related to the vehicle movement; and a processor adapted to identify one or more vehicle idling periods, based on at least one indication of the first type and at least one indication of the second type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Greenroad Driving Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Oren Musicant, Yaakov Hayun, Ofer Nissim Raz
  • Patent number: 8805641
    Abstract: Methods and systems may provide for a plurality of kinematic sensors to be coupled to a corresponding plurality of shanks of an individual, a processor, and a memory to store a set of instructions. If executed by the processor, the instructions can cause the system to calculate a timed up and go (TUG) time segment based on angular velocity data from the plurality of kinematic sensors. The instructions may also cause the system to calculate a derived parameter based on the angular velocity data, and generate a falls risk assessment based on at least one of the TUG time segment and the derived parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Intel-GE Care Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Barry R. Greene