Time Duration Or Rate Patents (Class 702/176)
  • Patent number: 8447705
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus that generates automatically a characteristic pattern in time series data by clustering a plurality of time series subsequences generated from the time series data. The apparatus includes a time series subsequence generation unit that generates a plurality of time series subsequences from the time series data, a phase alignment unit that aligns a phase of the generated time series subsequence, a clustering unit that performs clustering of a plurality of the time series subsequences, each having a phase aligned, a storage apparatus that stores the pattern obtained by the clustering, and an output apparatus that outputs the stored pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Ryohei Fujimaki, Syunsuke Hirose, Takayuki Nakata
  • Publication number: 20130124143
    Abstract: A method for determining a value of a measured variable, which is a function of a first auxiliary measured variable and at least a second auxiliary measured variable, comprising: registering and providing a sequence of measured values of the first auxiliary measured variable over at least a first time range; providing a value of the second auxiliary measured variable, wherein the point in time of registering the provided value lies in the first time range; selecting a value of the first auxiliary measured variable from the sequence of measured values of the first auxiliary measured variable as a function of information concerning point in time of registering the provided value of the second auxiliary measured variable; and ascertaining a value of the measured variable as a function of the selected value of the first auxiliary measured variable and the value of the second auxiliary measured variable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: Endress + HAuser GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Romuald Girardey, Roland Dieterle, Marc Schlachter
  • Patent number: 8437983
    Abstract: A clock determination method executed by a first one of apparatuses included in a system includes receiving a list including first definite clock values of respective apparatuses, the list being circulated among the apparatuses; determining the first clock value of the first apparatus at a point in time based on a smallest of logical clock values regarding corresponding commands on which processing is not completed, the commands being included in commands received by the first apparatus and the logical clock values being obtained at a time of receiving the corresponding commands and being stored, and updating the first clock value, the updated first clock value being included in the list, by using the determined first clock value; specifying, as a second clock value for the system, a smallest of the first clock values included in the updated list; and transmitting the updated list to a second one of the apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Hiromichi Kobashi, Yuichi Tsuchimoto, Miho Murata, Nobutaka Imamura, Toshiaki Saeki, Yasuo Yamane, Hiroki Moue
  • Patent number: 8438127
    Abstract: Provided is a mobile terminal including a movement sensor that detects a movement of a user and outputs movement information, acquires information on a building existing at a current location or information on buildings existing in a vicinity of the current location, analyses the movement information output from the movement sensor, and detects a first behavior pattern corresponding to the movement information from multiple first behavior patterns obtained by classifying behaviors performed by the user over a relatively short period of time, and analyses the information on a building or buildings and the first behavior pattern, and detects a second behavior pattern corresponding to the information on a building or buildings and the first behavior pattern from multiple second behavior patterns obtained by classifying behaviors performed by the user over a relatively long period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masatomo Kurata, Makoto Murata, Takashi Ogata, Yasutaka Fukumoto, Masanori Katsu
  • Patent number: 8433539
    Abstract: Status monitoring of a wind turbine is automatically performed, and evaluation of that status is quantitatively performed according to an appropriate criterion. Provided is a wind turbine monitoring device including a first storage unit in which a diagnostic data file is stored; a second storage unit in which a normal data file is stored; a diagnostics setting unit that that extracts and sets a plurality of datasets to be used in diagnosis from the first storage unit and that extracts and sets a plurality of datasets to be used in diagnosis from the second storage unit; an index-value calculating unit that calculates status index values representing the status of the wind turbine using a statistical calculation method, on the basis of the set datasets in the diagnostic data file and the datasets in the reference data file; a fault determining unit that evaluates the status of the wind turbine on the basis of the status index values; and a notification unit that notifies the result of this evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahito Ishioka, Yasuyuki Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20130096847
    Abstract: Data for a plurality of samples collected by an LC/MS, GC/MS or other systems are converted into a two-dimensional table format without losing information and with a light load, thereby allowing a multivariate analysis processing to be efficiently performed. After LC/MS data on a plurality of samples are obtained and the respective extracted ion chromatograms (XICs) are created (S1 and S2), the correction of the retention-time difference, the waveform processing and the like are performed (S3 and S4), followed by the creation of a one-dimensional table in which the signal-strength values are arranged for each XIC. Then, one-dimensional tables of a plurality of XICs for one sample are joined together in order of m/z value to create an elongate one-dimensional table (S5). The elongate one-dimensional tables of a plurality of samples are arranged in another dimensional direction to obtain a two-dimensional table (S6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinichi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8423322
    Abstract: The invention comprises systems and methods for evaluating changes in the operational efficiency of an HVAC system over time. The climate control system obtains temperature measurements from at least a first location conditioned by the climate system, and status of said HVAC system. One or more processors receives measurements of outside temperatures from at least one source other than said HVAC system and compares said temperature measurements from said first location with expected temperature measurements. The expected temperature measurements are based at least in part upon past temperature measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: EcoFactor, Inc.
    Inventors: John Douglas Steinberg, Scott Douglas Hublou
  • Patent number: 8412488
    Abstract: The invention comprises systems and methods for estimating the rate of change in temperature inside a structure. At least one thermostat located is inside the structure and is used to control an climate control system in the structure. At least one remote processor is in communication with said thermostat and at least one database stores data reported by the thermostat. At least one processor compares the outside temperature at least one location and at least one point in time to information reported to the remote processor from the thermostat. The processor uses the relationship between the inside temperature and the outside temperature to determine whether the climate control system is “on” or “off”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: EcoFactor, Inc.
    Inventors: John Douglas Steinberg, Scott Douglas Hublou
  • Publication number: 20130080114
    Abstract: In particular embodiments, a method includes accessing a first binary decision diagram (BDD) representing data streams from sensors, selecting portions from the first BDD based on ease-of-analysis, and constructing a plurality of sub-BDDs by partitioning the first BDD, wherein the sub-BDDs comprises a first sub-BDD representing the selected portions, and second sub-BDDs representing the non-selected portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Stergios Stergiou, Jawahar Jain
  • Patent number: 8407221
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention related to a method and system for finding a distance between a plurality of time series, wherein each individual time series in the plurality of time series including a data, wherein the data is uncertain, and using such distance computed in business applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Karin Murthy, Smruti Ranjan Sarangi
  • Patent number: 8400309
    Abstract: A system and method of monitoring compliance with a hygiene protocol is disclosed. The movement of person within or otherwise associated with a facility may be tracked and hygiene requirements may be imposed based on the movement. In monitoring hygiene compliance, a number of hygiene levels may be defined that are associated with difference hygiene requirements. A hygiene level may be associated with an individual and that level may be raised or lowered based on hygiene related activity associated with the individual. An individual's hygiene level and/or his compliance with multi-level hygiene requirements may be tracked through the use of monitored hygiene stations and/or location tracking stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Resurgent Health & Medical, LLC
    Inventors: James Glenn, Paul R. Barnhill, Timothy Prodanovich, Thomas M. Johannsen, Stephan Jerome Heim, Douglas W. Swartz
  • Patent number: 8387460
    Abstract: A vibration dosimeter (2) for determining the vibrational loading of people includes a determination device (6) for determining the operating period duration, a calculation device (6) for calculating the permitted work time as a function of a tool-specific characteristic vibration value, a comparison device (6) for comparing the effective operating period duration with the permitted work time, and an interface (3) for reading in the characteristic vibration value from the tool (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Roth, Andreas Strasser
  • Patent number: 8392138
    Abstract: The frequency-sampling method is widely used to accommodate nonlinear electromagnetic source tuning in swept-wavelength interferometric techniques, such as optical frequency domain reflectometry (OFDR) and swept-wavelength optical coherence tomography (OCT). Two sources of sampling errors are associated with the frequency-sampling method. One source of error is the limit of an underlying approximation for long interferometer path mismatches and fast electromagnetic source tuning rates. A second source of error is transmission delays in data acquisition hardware. Aspects of the invention relate to a method and system for correcting sampling errors in swept-wavelength interferometry systems such that the two error sources correct sampling errors associated with the first radiation path and the second radiation path cancel to second order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Colorado
    Inventors: Eric D. Moore, Robert R. McLeod
  • Patent number: 8386120
    Abstract: A method for automatically determining an engine oil change frequency at an engine control unit includes the steps of determining an amount of fuel used per oil change, and calculating an amount of fuel remaining from the fuel used per oil change. The method also includes the steps of comparing the amount of fuel remaining to a predetermined amount of fuel remaining, and actuating an oil change indicator if the fuel remaining is less than the predetermined amount of fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC.
    Inventor: Randall L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8378698
    Abstract: A testing apparatus includes a test controller configured to output a plurality of chip selection signals for selecting chips to be tested from among a plurality of chips, a plurality of first control signals for controlling supply of a power supply voltage to the chips selected by the chip selection signals, and a plurality of second control signals for controlling receiving of test voltages output from the chips supplied with the power supply voltage, and a probe card including one or more test blocks each having a plurality of signal transmitters configured to respectively transfer the power supply voltage to the corresponding chips in response to the different first control signals and respectively apply the test voltages output from the corresponding chips to the test controller in response to the different second control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-Young Choi, Chang-Hyun Cho
  • Patent number: 8369966
    Abstract: A network having a plurality of subscribers has at least one message transmitter and at least one message receiver. The at least one message transmitter sends messages at predefined time intervals. The message receiver receives the messages at the predefined time intervals. A delay time of the messages is monitored on the basis of time outs. In addition, at least one of the subscribers repeatedly estimates a current delay time using a time measurement between sending out a request message and receiving a response message. The estimated delay time is compared with a predefined threshold value. If the estimated delay time exceeds the defined threshold value, an error signal is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Pilz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Matthias Holzaepfel, Reinhard Sperrer, Stefan Woehrle, Klaus Wohnhaas
  • Patent number: 8370092
    Abstract: A method of associating chronological time with energy consumption includes a step of storing in a utility meter a plurality of energy consumption values, each energy consumption value corresponding to a time interval of a first type. The method also includes obtaining from a source external to the utility meter chronological time information regarding at least one of the plurality of energy consumption values. The method further includes associating each of the energy consumption values with a time interval of the second type, each time interval of the second type associated with at least one chronological time value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr, Inc.
    Inventor: Warren T. Martin
  • Patent number: 8370100
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention have the technical effect of determining when to test an overspeed protection system of a powerplant machine. As described herein, embodiments of the present invention may be applied to a wide variety of powerplant machines, each comprising a shaft. After determining that test of the overspeed protection system should be performed, embodiments of the present invention may allow for a variety of methods to test the overspeed protection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Frederick William Block, Richard Lee Nichols, Joseph Robert Law, Bret Stephen Dalton, George Allen Ellis
  • Publication number: 20130004268
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the present invention discloses cleaned storage processes and systems for high level cleanliness articles, such as extreme ultraviolet (EUV) reticle carriers. A decontamination chamber can be used to clean the stored workpieces. A purge gas system can be used to prevent contamination of the articles stored within the workpieces. A robot can be used to detect the condition of the storage compartment before delivering the workpiece. A monitor device can be used to monitor the conditions of the stocker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: Dynamic Micro Systems, Semiconductor Equipment GmbH
    Inventor: Lutz Rebstock
  • Patent number: 8347123
    Abstract: Exemplary techniques for turning off the clock signal to flip flops are described, which may reduce power consumption by electronic devices. In an implementation, a clock-gating logic turns off the clock signal to a flip flop when a data input of the flip flop remains untoggled. The reduction in power consumption is envisioned to also reduce heat generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: LSI Corporation
    Inventor: Richard Thomas Schultz
  • Patent number: 8346505
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for determining which one or more time series parameters of a plurality of time series parameters relating to operation of a system are correlated with a first operation state of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: European Space Agency
    Inventors: José Antonio Martinez-Heras, Alessandro Donati, Kar Lam Yeung
  • Patent number: 8340924
    Abstract: A method is provided for precisely predicting the temporal variation of a membranous filtration resistance, a transmembrane pressure, a membranous filtration flowrate, or a membranous filtration flowrate as occurs in filtrating a liquid with a membrane, in a membranous filtration method wherein the liquid is filtrated by the separation membrane with the transmembrane pressure as a driving force. The method includes calculating: a constituent component quantity value of the liquid that attaches on a surface of the separation membrane at a time t+?t; a constituent component quantity value of the liquid that exists in pores of the separation membrane; a consolidation degree of a constituent component of the liquid that attaches on the separation membrane surface; a membranous filtration resistance value; a transmembrane pressure value; and a membranous filtration flowrate value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Shigehisa Hanada, Hiroo Takabatake
  • Publication number: 20120323496
    Abstract: Example embodiments may relate systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer readable media configured to process input specifying a user attribute, adjust a performance zone based on the user attribute, receive data generated by at least one of an accelerometer and a force sensor, determine whether the data is within the performance zone, and output the determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Brandon S. Burroughs, Richard J. Engelberg, Jordan M. Rice, Bob Sweet, Aaron B. West, Wade Convay
  • Publication number: 20120323527
    Abstract: A method for determining a parameter representative of the state of vigilance of a vehicle driver, on the basis of information, termed TLC values, representative of the residual time before the vehicle crosses a traffic line, includes, at each instant t0 of measurement of a TLC value, calculating an indicator parameter representing the state of vigilance PerTLC(t0) such that: PerTLC ? ( t ? ? 0 ) = ? ? M ? ? I ? ? N ? M ? ? AX ? PerTLC ? ( W ? ( ? ) , ? ) ? ? ? with: PerTLC(W(?),?)=percentage of time during which the TLC value is below a threshold ? in a time window W(?), [?min-?max] determined range of values ? expressed in units of time and W(?) monotonic function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE
    Inventor: Bertrand Godreau
  • Publication number: 20120310427
    Abstract: Automatically determining issues associated with a photovoltaic (PV) system. Information regarding the PV system may be stored. The information may include logical information regarding a logical configuration of the PV system and physical information regarding a physical layout of the PV system. Measurement data regarding the PV system may be received. The measurement data regarding the PV system may be automatically analyzed using the logical information and the physical information. An indication of any issues determined by said analyzing may be automatically provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: B. Jeffery Williams, Raymond A. Burgess, Wilbur L. Dublin, III, John W. Merritt
  • Publication number: 20120310545
    Abstract: A measuring device electronics comprises a processor and two clock signal generators. One clock signal generator serves for producing a working clock signal, and also for producing a reference clock signal which is dependant on the working clock signal. The other clock signal generator, serves for producing a second reference clock signal, which is independent of the working clock signal. Based on the two independent reference clock signals, a frequency difference, can, to the extent that such is present, be ascertained during operation of the measuring device electronics or of the measuring device formed therewith. The frequency difference, represents a difference between the instantaneous clocking frequency of the first reference clock signal and the instantaneous clocking frequency of the second reference clock signal, and, in this respect, represents a measure for a deviation of an instantaneous clocking frequency, from the nominally predetermined clocking frequency, of the working clock signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: Endress + Hauser Flowtec AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Drahm, Gernot Engstler, Hans Pohl, Christian Matt, Robert Lalla, Matthias Brudermann
  • Patent number: 8311680
    Abstract: A method of setting a demand threshold is provided. A control unit arranges a plurality of demand data in a descending or an ascending order as a curve. The control unit connects a maximum demand datum and a minimum demand datum with a line. The control unit sets a demand datum with a longest perpendicular distance to the line as a demand threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Wen-Hsiang Tseng, Cheng-Ting Lin
  • Patent number: 8301412
    Abstract: A method includes defining a hierarchy associated with a test system including a plurality of test units for testing integrated circuit devices. At least some of the test units have a plurality of sockets. The hierarchy includes a first level including a first plurality of entities each associated with one of the sockets and at least a second level including a second plurality of entities each associated with a grouping of the sockets. State data associated with operational states of the sockets is received. A set of state metrics is generated for each entity at each level of the hierarchy based on the state data. Each set of state metrics identifies time spent in the operational states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.
    Inventors: Eric O. Green, Morgan R. Bickle, Yeo-Ming Sk Koh
  • Patent number: 8294585
    Abstract: A complete hand hygiene station and method of monitoring a complete hand hygiene station are provided. The complete hand hygiene station may include at least an automated wash cylinder or chamber, a sanitizer dispenser and a lotion dispenser. The wash chamber and/or the sanitizer dispenser may be used to provide a user with a hand washing. The lotion dispenser may be used to moisturize a user's hands after the usage of the sanitizer dispenser. The complete hand hygiene station may be monitored to ensure compliance with one or more hygiene protocols. A particular hygiene protocol may specify hygiene requirements such as daily hygiene station usage, lotion usage subsequent to sanitizer usage, and/or mandatory wash chamber use subsequent to a predetermined number of lotion usages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Resurgent Health & Medical, LLC
    Inventor: Paul R. Barnhill
  • Patent number: 8280679
    Abstract: An activity monitor that has a sensor for sensing movement, a processor for processing sensed data and a memory, wherein the processor is configured to use the sensed data to determine the number of steps taken for each of a plurality of epochs and to determine a measure of the fraction of each epoch spent stepping, the monitor being configured to record in a long term part of the memory at least two of the number of steps; the measure of the fraction of each epoch spent stepping and a measure of cadence calculated using the number of steps and the fraction of each epoch spent stepping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Pad Technologies Ltd
    Inventors: Douglas James Maxwell, Nikos Mourselas
  • Patent number: 8274374
    Abstract: Disclosed is a synchronization method between a reader and tag according to an example embodiment, the method including: transmitting, by the reader, a first write command message to the tag at a first time; detecting, by the tag, the first write command message from the reader at a second time and transmitting a first response message to the reader in response to the first write message; transmitting, by the reader, a second write command message including first time information of the first time to the tag; and correcting, by the tag, a clock offset using a difference between the first time and the second time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Electronics And Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Hyunseok Kim, Su Na Choi, Heyung Sub Lee, Nak Seon Seong, Cheol Sig Pyo, Jong-Suk Chae
  • Patent number: 8269649
    Abstract: A system, method and device are provided for obtaining, from each endpoint device, meter reading data where the meter reading data are recorded and managed based on a relative time clock in each endpoint device. The relative time clock may be a simple inexpensive clock that tracks minutes and triggers recording of meter reading data for a particular hour at the end of that hour. In that embodiment, a collection system sends an endpoint device a request that includes a requested time that is converted into a relative time so that the endpoint device can understand the request. Since each recorded interval is generated based on a relative time maintained by the clock in the endpoint device rather than an absolute (real) time, the endpoint device does not need to maintain accurate date/time or to read meter reading data from the utility meter based on a real date/time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Cornwall
  • Patent number: 8265902
    Abstract: A circuit measures a time interval between a first event and a second event. One or more activity inputs receive a respective signal indicating the first and second events. For each activity input, a respective high-speed serial receiver includes a sampling circuit and a deserializer. The sampling circuit generates sample bits from sampling the respective signal at active edges of a clock signal. The deserializer converts the sample bits into a sequence of parallel data words. The sample bits undergo a first change in response to the first event and a second change in response to the second event. An arithmetic circuit receives the sequence of parallel data words from the respective high-speed serial receiver. The arithmetic circuit determines a number of the sample bits between the first and second changes in the sequence of parallel data words. The number measures the time interval between the first and second events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Xilinx, Inc.
    Inventors: Noel J. Brady, Lionel Barker, Peter H. Alfke
  • Patent number: 8265900
    Abstract: There is described a portable wrist worn device for determining information about the movement of a human body when swimming. The device comprises a waterproof housing containing: an accelerometer operable to generate an acceleration signal; a processor operable to process the acceleration signal so as to generate one or more metrics relating to the movement of the human body; and a means for feedback of the one or more metrics to the user. The accelerometer may be operable to generate an acceleration signal along an axis parallel to the proximo-distal axis of the user's arm in use and/or the accelerometer may be operable to generate an acceleration signal along an axis parallel to the dorsal-palmar axis of the user's hand in use. The device may also be used in sports other than swimming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Swimovate Limited
    Inventors: James Christopher Irlam, Lisa Jane Irlam
  • Patent number: 8255188
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and related methodology for providing fast low frequency jitter rejection in the measurement of signals under test. A signal under test may be sampled alternately with a reference signal under similar conditions. The resulting sampled signal blocks may then be processed to subtract the known calibrated value of the reference signal from the average signal under test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: GuideTech, Inc.
    Inventor: Sassan Tabatabaei
  • Publication number: 20120206051
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an object—sensing lighting network and an intelligent control system therefore. The control system dynamically determines the at least one lighting fixture's relationship to a plurality of other lighting fixtures. The light output level of a light source of the at least one lighting fixture is based at least partially on the at least one lighting fixture's relationship to the other lighting fixtures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILLIPS E;ECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventor: Erik Nieuwlands
  • Publication number: 20120203506
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus comprising, an acquisition unit acquiring information of a shooting time-and-date from each of a plurality of image data and information of a positioning time-and-date from each of a plurality of GPS log files, and a processing unit specifying a GPS log file corresponding to each image data by comparing the shooting time-and-date information with the positioning time-and-date information. If the shooting time-and-date information contains first time-and-date information according to UTC, the processing unit specifies the corresponding GPS log file by comparing the first time-and-date information with the positioning time-and-date information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koji Hatanaka, Masahiro Satoh
  • Publication number: 20120197581
    Abstract: A non-volatile memory device may be integrated in a chip of semiconductor material. The memory device may include circuitry for receiving a measure instruction for obtaining a numerical measure value of a selected one among a plurality of predefined memory operations of the memory device. The memory device may also include circuitry for enabling the execution of the selected memory operation in response to the measure instruction. The execution of the selected memory operation may generate a corresponding result. The memory device may further include circuitry for providing at least one time signal, different from the corresponding result, relating to the execution of each memory operation, and circuitry for determining the measure value according to the at least one time signal of the selected memory operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Maurizio Francesco Perroni, Giuseppe Castagna
  • Patent number: 8234087
    Abstract: A battery status detecting method for detecting a battery status of a secondary battery that supplies power to an electrical load is disclosed. This method includes measuring a discharge current value of the secondary battery, and estimating the dischargeable capacity or the dischargeable time of the secondary battery with the measured discharge current value based on discharge characteristics of the secondary battery indicating the discharge status of the secondary battery when the voltage of the secondary battery drops to a predetermined voltage specified by the electrical load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihide Majima
  • Publication number: 20120191413
    Abstract: A desired number of a data transmitted from a sensor terminal of transmitting the data subjected to sensing within a predetermined time period is previously determined. An analysis server calculates an acquiring rate of a data used in a batch processing on the basis of the desired number of the data and a number of an effective data which is actually received from the plural sensor terminals within the previously determined time period. In a case where there is a variation in the acquiring rate of the data per unit time, the analysis server carries out the batch processing by using the data from the sensor terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuo SATO, Satomi TSUJI, Kazuo YANO, Miki HAYAKAWA
  • Patent number: 8229700
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a method and a device for measuring the progress of a moving person. The method calculating at least one of the following quantities describing the progress of the moving person: speed, step rate, step count, step length, distance and way of progress, based on values of a vertical acceleration of a body of the moving person measured by an acceleration sensor over a measured time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: VTI Technologies Oy
    Inventor: Ulf Meriheinä
  • Patent number: 8224621
    Abstract: A method for the determination of the time of flight of a signal transmitted between a transmitter (42, 44) and a receiver (44, 42). In one form, the method involves transmitting a first signal and a second signal having a waveform modification introduced at a predetermined point in time of the duration of the second signal; receiving said first and second transmitted signals; determining a point of diversion between the first and second received signals to determine an arrival time of the introduced waveform feature modification at the receiver. In addition, the invention provides an accurate time of flight determination of ultrasonic signals in a flow sensor (24) adapted for a smoke detector system (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Vision Fire & Security Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Kemal Ajay, Arjun Vinoo Caprihan, Michael Rezny
  • Patent number: 8223751
    Abstract: Sensor nodes (or addresses therefore), acting as real-time message decoys, are distributed across a real-time communications network to attract unsolicited real-time messages. Filtering rules are derived from the message characteristics (such as the source address) and messaging content of the traffic encountered at the sensor nodes. The filtering rules are distributed to filtering agents positioned in the communications network in such a way that they can filter traffic for legitimate users. The filtering agents may identify and control the disposition of real-time messaging traffic that is part of a mass communication campaign on behalf of legitimate users of the real-time messaging communication system. Disposition may include suppressing, diverting, or labeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Watchguard Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rod Gilchrist, Richard Fogel, Robert Osborne, John Alsop
  • Publication number: 20120150488
    Abstract: The invention provides a number of steps counting apparatus, an electronic apparatus, a pedometer, and a program which achieve reduction of power consumption. In the pedometer having a walking detecting unit configured to output a walking signal indicating a walking state and a calculating unit configured to calculate the number of steps, the walking detecting unit repeats actions of operating for a first period and stopping for a second period during the operation of the pedometer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: Shotaro Kamiyama, Akira Takakura
  • Patent number: 8195426
    Abstract: Data analysis systems and related methods. An implementation of a method of determining a relationship between a variable of interest and one or more process variables represented by a corresponding plurality of tags may include accessing a data historian including historical data including a variable of interest and a plurality of tags. The method may include defining a plurality of bins, retrieving historical data corresponding with the plurality of bins using the data historian, filtering the historical data for each of the plurality of bins using one or more filters to produce filtered historical data, generating an output display using the filtered historical data for the variable of interest and each of the plurality of tags, and determining which of the plurality of tags correlate with the variable of interest using the output display. The output display may include an overlay CUSUM chart and a correlation plot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: John Antanies
  • Patent number: 8185355
    Abstract: Techniques for collecting and displaying sensor data captured by a spatially and temporally representative sample of sensors requested in a search query are described. The sensors are represented in an index structure (e.g., a data tree) having a plurality of leaf nodes and internal nodes. The leaf nodes are associated with sensors and the internal nodes are allotted with caches having cache slots for storing sensor data with various expiry times. In response to a query, the index structure is leveraged to identify a set of nodes associated with sensors of a user selected spatial region. Sensor data having an expiry time greater than a user specified expiry time is then collected from one or more cache slots of the set of nodes. In this manner, the number of sensors to be probed to collect the sensor data is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Suman K. Nath, Yanif Ahmad
  • Patent number: 8185347
    Abstract: A method and apparatus, including computer program products, for determining characteristic parameters on the basis of a series of m values, H_1, H_2, . . . , H_m, over time. The values are descriptive for a predetermined process, and the series has linear characteristics. Differences, denoted as ?_i, between pairs of values of points of the historical time series, the points having a predetermined time distance to each other, denoted as p are computed. The median value, denoted as ?_i_M, of the computed differences ?_i is determined. On the basis of the determined median value ?_i_M, a trend parameter, denoted as T, T being defined as T=?_1_M/p is computed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: SAP Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ralph Moessner, Stefan Theis
  • Patent number: 8175733
    Abstract: A method, and corresponding computer program product and system, defines and uses marker points within a modeled manufacturing process routing that includes multiple sequenced operations. The method includes receiving user input that defines one or more marker points within the modeled manufacturing process routing and between sequential ones of the operations. The marker points define a user-defined point within a manufacturing process and include one of multiple defined types that each define a different use to be made by the marker point. The method also includes detecting if any marker points of a specified one of the defined types have been defined in the manufacturing process routing. If a marker point having the specified one of the defined types is detected, a predefined computing function is executed that uses the detected marker point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventor: Mario Rothenburg
  • Patent number: 8171033
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determination of thresholds for time-series data. Data is transformed by reducing outliers, dividing the time series data into discrete time intervals, and taking parts of the data corresponding to the range that the thresholds will bound. If data cycles are known, they may be applied to the data and the resulting sets are weighted. Thresholds are then derived from the weighted means and variances of the sets of weighted data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: VMware, Inc.
    Inventor: Mazda A. Marvasti
  • Patent number: 8160826
    Abstract: A method and a system for estimating use time of electric appliances are provided. In the present method, all time points corresponding to an appliance power on event or an appliance power off event are obtained according to a value-time curve of at least one electric characteristic. A characteristic value of each of the time points is calculated according to the value-time curve, so as to pair the time points corresponding to the appliance power off event with the time points corresponding to the appliance power on event appropriately. After the pairing process is accomplished, the use time of each of the electric appliances can be calculated by the paired time points and thereby the power consumption of the electric appliances can be figured out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Institute for Information Industry
    Inventors: Hung-Ren Lai, Chi-Tai Cheng