Due Time Monitoring (e.g., Medication Clock, Maintenance Interval) Patents (Class 702/177)
  • Patent number: 10499242
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for ensuring data integrity and security for communications over a wide area network in smart power systems are provided. These can be particularly helpful in sub station-to-sub station and sub station-to-control-center communications, for example when a fast and secure method is required to transfer critical messages over the network such as generic object oriented substation event messages. In addition to guaranteeing data integrity, methods and apparatuses provide reliable security algorithms based on the concept of sequence hopping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: The Florida International University Board of Trustees
    Inventors: Mohammad Mahmoudian Esfahani, Tarek Youssef, Osama Mohammed
  • Patent number: 10354420
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus for inputting minutes data comprises an input unit which inputs the minutes data, a designation unit which designates, among a plurality of object images displayed on a display screen, at least one object images to be stored together with the minutes data, and a determination unit which determines, based on the minutes data input by the input unit, the plurality of object images to be displayed on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshimizu Yamane
  • Patent number: 10255823
    Abstract: A method to generate a personalized exercise program includes: receiving, at a processor, user information of a user generating, using the processor, personalized metabolic equivalent of task (MET) information based on the user information; calculating, using the processor, a target exercise amount based on a cumulative activity amount in a daily life of the user; and generating, using the processor, a personalized exercise program based on the personalized MET information and the target exercise amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dae-Geun Jang, Byunghoon Ko, SangKon Bae
  • Patent number: 10169540
    Abstract: The present invention provides a blood glucose system for treating a glucose metabolic disorder. The system includes a dosing device having a counter for generating a count and memory for storing dose quantities and counts, a blood glucose measuring device having memory for storing blood glucose measurements and measurement times, and a data processor for receiving data from the dosing device and blood glucose measuring device and converting counts to actual times. The data processor synchronizes the counts with the measurement times using a time standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthias Köhler, Peter Blasberg
  • Patent number: 10169033
    Abstract: Assigning a given computer to a computer group of a set of computer groups. Software components installed on the given computer are scanned, resulting in a list of discovered software components of the given computer. In addition, for each computer group of the set of computer groups, a list of software components most frequently installed on the computers of the computer group is obtained. For each computer group, the list is compared with the list of discovered software components and, based on the comparison, a likelihood that the given computer belongs to the computer group is computed. In case only one of the likelihoods exceeds a threshold, the given computer is assigned to the respective computer group for which the likelihood exceeds the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Krzysztof Fabjanski, Marek Peszt, Agnieszka Tkaczyk, Piotr J. Walczak
  • Patent number: 10034088
    Abstract: The present technology relates to a sound processing device, a sound processing method, and a program, which can collect a desired sound. A sound processing device includes: a sound collection unit configured to collect a sound; an application unit configured to apply a predetermined filter to a signal of the sound collected by the sound collection unit; a selection unit configured to select a filter coefficient of the filter applied by the application unit; and a correction unit configured to correct the signal from the application unit. The selection unit selects the filter coefficient on the basis of the signal of the sound collected by the sound collection unit. The selection unit creates, on the basis of the signal of the sound collected by the sound collection unit, a histogram which associates a direction where the sound occurs and a strength of the sound and selects the filter coefficient on the basis of the histogram. The present technology can be applied to a sound processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keiichi Osako, Kenichi Makino, Kohei Asada, Tetsunori Itabashi
  • Patent number: 9964572
    Abstract: A method and system are provided. The method includes collecting, from a plurality of phasor measurement units, a plurality of synchronized phasor measurements from different portions of a power system. The method further includes estimating, by a controller, oscillation modes of the plurality of synchronized phasor measurements. Each estimated oscillation mode specifies, for each of the plurality of synchronized phasor measurements, two or more of an amplitude, a phase, a frequency, and damping coefficients. The method also includes performing, by the controller, a modal analysis of the oscillation modes of the plurality of synchronized phasor measurements to identify critical modes based on critical mode identifying criteria. The method additionally includes constructing, by the controller based on the critical modes, a power system oscillation dampening control signal for controlling a grid-scale storage portion of the power system to dampen one or more oscillations of the power system at any given time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Di Shi, Ratnesh Sharma, Feng Guo
  • Patent number: 9903895
    Abstract: An intelligent electronic device (IED) having a gain control unit adapted to selectively regulate operating ranges of output signals of a sensing circuit of the device is described. In one embodiment, the IED is a digital electric power and energy meter, which operating ranges for supply voltages and supply currents of electrical services may be adjusted to match pre-determined ranges for input signals of a data acquisition system or a data processing module of the meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Electro Industries/Gauge Tech
    Inventors: Tibor Banhegyesi, Erran Kagan, Patricia E. Banker
  • Patent number: 9891592
    Abstract: The present technique relates particularly to an information processing device, an information processing method, and a program which can improve sleep efficiency. The information processing device according to one aspect of the present technique has: an acquisition unit which acquires information which indicates an action schedule of a user; and a first determination unit which determines whether the user needs to wake up or sleep, and determines the degree of necessity of waking up when determining that the user needs to wake up and the degree of necessity of sleeping when determining the user needs to sleep, according to the action schedule of the user. The present technique is applicable to a mobile device such as a mobile telephone, a PDA and a digital camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato Kimishima, Naoyuki Onoe, Tatsuhito Sato, Hideyuki Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 9891999
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a processor configured to record exercise history information relating to an exercise performed by a user of the electronic device, and a memory configured to store the exercise history information, wherein the processor is configured to record the exercise history information continuously if an exercise application of the electronic device is unintentionally terminated, and retrieve the stored exercise history information when the exercise application is restarted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Heum Mo Gu, Ji Young Kong, Srivastava Sonika, Kyung Sub Min, Ik Hwan Cho, Seung Wok Han
  • Patent number: 9825827
    Abstract: A method for managing a network queue memory includes receiving sensor information about the network queue memory, predicting a memory failure in the network queue memory based on the sensor information, and outputting a notification through a plurality of nodes forming a network and using the network queue memory, the notification configuring communications between the nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Carlos H. Andrade Costa, Chen-Yong Cher, Yoonho Park, Bryan S. Rosenburg, Kyung D. Ryu
  • Patent number: 9660891
    Abstract: Methods and systems for deriving metrics for service and/or computer (e.g., server) utilization and stability from instrumentation of applications showing Poisson characteristics are disclosed. Such methods and systems may be further applied to automatically act upon the conditions indicated by the derived metrics, for example, to provision additional virtual server resource(s) in a cloud-based system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: TravelClick, Inc.
    Inventor: David Marshall
  • Patent number: 9450571
    Abstract: An integrated circuit 2 has data processing circuitry processing a data signal passing along a data path 14. Clocked circuitry coupled to the data processing circuitry serves to regulate passage of the data signal along the data path. The data signal is supplied at a data signal voltage amplitude and the clock signal is supplied at a different clock signal voltage amplitude. The clock signal voltage amplitude is higher than the data signal voltage amplitude. A separate clock signal power supply grid 12 is provided in addition to the data power supply grid 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: ARM Limited
    Inventors: Marlin Wayne Frederick, Jr., Ashwani Kumar Srivastava
  • Patent number: 9410546
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting cavitation in a reciprocating positive displacement pump. Fluid pressure proximate the pump's suction manifold is compared to a predetermined pressure that would be conducive to cavitation. If the detected pressure approximates the predetermined pressure, the presence of cavitation is confirmed via correlation of increased vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Thomas Jaeger, Ashley Christian, Gregory E. Griffith, Gulshan Singh, Michael Lataquin
  • Patent number: 9378569
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus for inputting minutes data comprises an input unit which inputs the minutes data, a designation unit which designates, among a plurality of object images displayed on a display screen, at least one object images to be stored together with the minutes data, and a determination unit which determines, based on the minutes data input by the input unit, the plurality of object images to be displayed on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshimizu Yamane
  • Patent number: 9232290
    Abstract: A combination cooler and audio system device is described which is configured to insulate foods and beverages while simultaneously emitting audio from at least one onboard speaker. The device is equipped with a Bluetooth radio configured to interface with an audio device such as a cell phone or Mp3 player over conventional Bluetooth wireless frequencies. The device also has a wireless remote control, storage drawer, and solar powered lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Junior Horace Besay
  • Patent number: 9159109
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention disclose a method and apparatus for detecting the statuses of energy source consumption devices, relate to the field of energy source auditing and are intended to improve the efficiency and accuracy of detecting the statuses of the energy source consumption devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: NEC (CHINA) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Lei Song, Changjian Hu, Lu Yu, Kai Zhao
  • Patent number: 9072654
    Abstract: A medication reminder device is provided. The device includes a housing that defines a recess for receiving a container. A diaphragm overlies the recess in the housing and is positioned for contact with a container positioned within the recess. The device includes a power supply and a switch that is connected to the power supply that responds to a presence of the container within the recess. A signal generator is connected to the power supply for activation when the container is present in the recess and emits a signal at a predetermined interval after activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Argentum Creations LLC
    Inventor: Edward Matias Pentz
  • Patent number: 9037432
    Abstract: A probe card assembly can include a wireless link to an external verifier (e.g., debugger). The wireless link can interface to a boundary scan interface of a controller on the probe card assembly. The wireless link can allow for verification of the probe card assembly while it is installed within a prober.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: FormFactor, Inc.
    Inventor: Susumu Kaneko
  • Patent number: 9020942
    Abstract: A maintenance operation instance collection apparatus includes: a storage unit that includes a maintenance operation instance database in which operation information obtained from a device via a sensor and maintenance information on a measure to deal with the operation information corresponding thereto are stored in association with each other; and a control unit that receives an input of new operation information, receives an input of new maintenance information, searches the maintenance operation instance database using the newly-received maintenance information as a search key, acquires searched operation information, compares the newly-received operation information to the acquired operation information, determines whether or not the newly-received operation information is close to the acquired operation information in such a degree of satisfying a prescribed criterion, and, if the newly-received operation information is not determined to be close to the acquired operation information, prompts a re-input
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Uchiyama, Shinya Yuda, Kozo Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20150066429
    Abstract: A drug delivery system comprising a controller adapted to detect when a given user-actuated operation being part of the expelling of an amount of drug is performed, record detected operations as a function of time, and estimate, based on recorded operations, time parameters for the detected operations, thereby providing time parameters for a medical regimen on which the detected operations are assumed to be based upon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Novo Nordisk A/S
    Inventors: Ole C. Nielsen, Michael Monrad, Mads Moeller, Torkil Filholm
  • Patent number: 8926320
    Abstract: Smoking cessation lighter is configured for lighting cigarettes for a smoker, and learning software is provided for monitoring smoking behavior of a smoker during a first data collection period and guiding a smoker's smoking cessation by directing the smoker when the smoker is to smoke a cigarette based on data collected during the first data collection period. The learning software monitors user behavior and collects data during use of the lighter by the smoker after the initial data collection period in order to analyze and further guide the smoker based on the smoker's cheating behavior, the smoker's behavior of lighting a cigarette for a friend, and the smoker's behavior of skipping use of the lighter at a time when the smoker has been directed to light a cigarette by the lighter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Samer Elias Al Gharib
  • Patent number: 8798778
    Abstract: A cluster tool may be operated on the basis of an enhanced sequencing regime in which the supply of substrates is controlled such that a planned time of maintenance is reached for two or more process chambers simultaneously. Consequently, the occurrence of non-correlated sequential down times of various process chambers may be significantly reduced, thereby enhancing throughput and availability of complex cluster tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Kilian Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20140058703
    Abstract: The present technique relates particularly to an information processing device, an information processing method, and a program which can improve sleep efficiency. The information processing device according to one aspect of the present technique has: an acquisition unit which acquires information which indicates an action schedule of a user; and a first determination unit which determines whether the user needs to wake up or sleep, and determines the degree of necessity of waking up when determining that the user needs to wake up and the degree of necessity of sleeping when determining the user needs to sleep, according to the action schedule of the user. The present technique is applicable to a mobile device such as a mobile telephone, a PDA and a digital camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato Kimishima, Naoyuki Onoe, Tatsuhito Sato, Hideyuki Matsunaga
  • Patent number: 8639462
    Abstract: A method of estimating the time of flight of a burst signal includes: receiving the burst signal; determining the slope of the phase characteristic of the Fourier transform of the received burst signal; and estimating the time-of-flight of the burst signal from the slope of the phase characteristic of the Fourier transform of the received burst signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Avago Technologies General IP (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Osvaldo Buccafusca
  • Patent number: 8588315
    Abstract: Provided are a decoding apparatus, a decoding method and a receiving apparatus for decoding in a system supporting an OFDM/OFDMA scheme. The decoding method includes the steps of: receiving phase-modulated signal; performing subcarrier demodulation on the received signal and generating correlation metrics; generating decoding metrics using the correlation metrics; and determining a payload using the largest metric of the decoding metrics and at least one of an average metric and the second largest metric of the decoding metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Intellectual Discovery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zheng Zi Li, Yong Suk Hwang, Jae Hyeong Kim, Sang Bae Ji
  • Patent number: 8463635
    Abstract: An elevator device having a computer system associated therewith for determining a risk of failure in the elevator device and for determining an inspection schedule to mitigate the risk. The computer system includes a module for determining an acceptable risk score, a module for determining an inspection schedule based on said risk score, a module for determining an increase in risk score proportional to a time elapsed since an expected inspection in the inspection schedule if the expected inspection has been missed, a module for determining a tolerance within the inspection schedule based on the increased risk, and a module for specifying an inspection schedule and an inspection tolerance based on the determined schedule and the determined tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Technical Standards and Safety Authority
    Inventors: Srikanth Mangalam, Lency Abraham Mulamootil, Muddassir Nazir
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8398592
    Abstract: A system and method are provided to associate a medication name with an infusion pump and to communicate that association to a patient data management system (“PDMS”) for display and monitoring. In the case where the infusion pump does not contain a library of selectable medical fluid names that includes the name of the medical fluid to be infused, a separate computer will display a list of medical fluid names for the infusion pump and the operator may select the name of the medical fluid for that infusion pump. The computer will then continually associate that medical fluid name with that infusion pump and communicate the association to the PDMS. In the case where the infusion pump is capable of accepting an upload of new medical fluid names, the computer will upload an abbreviated list of fluid names so as not to overburden the computer with the transfer of large amounts of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Leibner-Druska
  • Patent number: 8396686
    Abstract: In one embodiment, one or more electronic devices access energy-consumption data at each of a plurality of electricity-consuming devices, the energy-consumption data at each of the electricity-consuming devices indicating for each of a plurality of past pre-determined time periods an aggregate energy usage by the electricity-consuming device over the past pre-determined time period, an energy-measurement unit at the electricity-consuming device having measured and recorded the aggregate energy usage by the electricity-consuming device for each of the past pre-determined time periods for later access, each of the energy-measurement units having a substantially unique identifier (ID), each of the electricity-consuming devices having its own one of the energy-measurement units; and based on the energy-consumption data, determine one or more energy-consumption patterns across the electricity-consuming devices over at least the past pre-determined time periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Zhexuan Song, Indradeep Ghosh
  • Patent number: 8365990
    Abstract: Every off-line response card to be registered comprises a card ID identifying the off-line card uniquely. In the registering process the card ID of a first off-line response card is read and a virtual user ID associated with the card ID of the first off-line response card is obtained. Afterwards, the obtained virtual user ID, for example, can be associated with card IDs of any subsequent off-line response card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Medixine Oy
    Inventor: Tapio Jokinen
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8326574
    Abstract: A method for issuing alert signals as a reminder to perform a recurring act. The method comprises providing a device with a programmable electronic circuit, an electrical power source, a control switch, and an alert body controlled by the electronic circuit, programming the device with a signaling pattern, determining a first alert time based at least in part on the signaling pattern, issuing a first signal from the alert body, issuing a second signal from the alert body at the first alert time, the second signal being different from the first signal, and determining a next alert time upon activation of the control switch, wherein the next alert time is based at least in part on the signaling pattern and the time elapsed between the first alert time and activation of the control switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: IniVention B.V.
    Inventor: Bart Theodoor Hogebrink
  • 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: 8296791
    Abstract: Media monitoring and measurement systems and methods are disclosed. Some embodiments of the present invention provide a media measurement system and method that utilizes audience data to enhance content identifications. Some embodiments analyze media player log data to enhance content identification. Other embodiments of the present invention analyze sample sequence data to enhance content identifications. Other embodiments analyze sequence data to enhance content identification and/or to establish channel identification. Yet other embodiments provide a system and method in which sample construction and selection parameters are adjusted based upon identification results. Yet other embodiments provide a method in which play-altering activity of an audience member is deduced from content offset values of identifications corresponding to captured samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Anonymous Media Research LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan S. Steuer, Christopher Otto
  • 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: 8117007
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer program product for identifying an interval for performing a maintenance task. The process retrieves scheduled maintenance data and un-scheduled in-service maintenance data for a given apparatus type. The process maps the un-scheduled in-service maintenance data to the scheduled maintenance data for the given apparatus type to form mapped maintenance data. The process performs a statistical analysis on the mapped maintenance data. The process identifies an optimal interval for performing the maintenance task based on a result of the statistical analysis to form a recommended maintenance interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Anbessie A. Yitbarek, I-Li Lu, Ranjan K. Paul, Farshad Dopulatshahi, Elizabeth A. Whalen, Shuying Zhu, Peter A. Fiddler
  • Patent number: 8078429
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a plant diagnostic system for diagnosing a problem with the plant. The plant diagnostic system can include an agent-based plant diagnostic network that has an adaptive global agent located in a central facility, a plant expert agent located at the plant and a plurality of subsystem resident agents. Each of the subsystem resident agents can be assigned to a subsystem of the plant. A diagnosis agent can also be included, the diagnosis agent operable to be instructed by the adaptive global agent, transmitted to the plant expert agent, be received by the plant expert agent, transmitted by the plant expert agent back to the adaptive global agent and be received by the adaptive global agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Liu Qiao
  • Patent number: 8069009
    Abstract: A physical quantity detection circuit (12) is used for a physical quantity sensor (10) that outputs a sensor signal according to a physical quantity given externally. A sampling phase adjustment circuit (100) adjusts the phase of a sampling clock (CKa). An analog-to-digital converter circuit (104) converts the sensor signal (Ssnc) to a digital sensor signal (Dsnc) in synchronization with the sampling clock (CKsp) phase-adjusted by the sampling phase adjustment circuit. A detection circuit (107) detects the physical quantity based on the digital sensor signal (Dsnc) from the analog-to-digital converter circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Fumihito Inukai, Seiichi Muroya, Yoichi Kaino
  • Patent number: 8065173
    Abstract: A computer-readable electronic services management system for a mobile communications network, comprising a distributed network of agents in the form of collaborative autonomous software agents wherein the agents are configured to represent and act on behalf of a user and to communicate with each other to manage, for the user, one or more electronic services (e.g. electronic messages, a purchase etc.) via the user's communications devices. Multiple types of agents include a primary personal agent, a primary creation agent for creating other agents and subordinate agents, and a primary destruction agent for destroying agents meeting pre-determined criteria based on a threshold value in relation to an agent value coefficient. Collaboration between agents is by a private user whiteboard facility whereby collaborating agents post to the whiteboard addressed electronic services, including service tasks to be performed for the user, and extract from the whiteboard electronic services addressed to them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventors: Suhayya Abu-Hakima, Kenneth E. Grigg
  • Patent number: 8035492
    Abstract: A device for detecting an installation error of satellite sensors on opposite sides of a vehicle is provided, which device detects the installation error based on a signal comparison between a door contact signal and a signal of one of the satellite (door acceleration) sensors during closing of a side door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Fislage, Christophe Kolb
  • Patent number: 8027805
    Abstract: Exemplary methods, systems, and products are described for executing an overall quantity of data processing within an overall processing period that include executing repeatedly through a series of iterations a portion of the overall quantity of data processing that can be completed in a set processing period, wherein each iteration includes the set processing period and a variable delay period and calculating the variable delay period for an iteration in dependence upon the set processing period, a portion of the overall quantity of data processing performed during the set processing period of the iteration, the overall quantity of data processing, and the overall processing period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Troy D. Armstrong, Naresh Nayar, Gary R. Ricard
  • Patent number: 7977529
    Abstract: An incontinence management system for monitoring wetness in one or more absorbent articles, includes input for receiving one or more sensor signals indicative of a presence of wetness in an absorbent article, processor for processing the one or more sensor signals and for performing an analysis of the signals to characterise wetness events occurring in an absorbent article and user interface for communicating with a user of the system. A mathematical model is used to characterise wetness events, receiving as inputs variables derived from sensor signals and optionally, patient and demographic data. The mathematical model can be configured and/or re-configured utilising observation data obtained while monitoring a patient for wetness. A diaper for use with such as system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Fred Bergman Healthcare Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Frederick Bergman, Ari Bergman, legal representative, David Albert Barda, Daniel Weinstock, Remi Guibert, Maria C. Rodda, Guy Eitzen
  • Publication number: 20110166826
    Abstract: A control for ensuring periodical servicing of articles of hospital and care furniture (1). The control is based on the cleaning of the article of furniture and recaptures the number of cleanings in a counter. The signal for the counter is initiated either by manual activation when the piece of furniture has been cleaned, or automatically when the piece of furniture (1) is driven out of the automatic washer apparatus (2). In a special embodiment a thermo sensor is used to detect that the article of furniture is being cleaned. An indication of the requirement for servicing is triggered and shown in an indication panel (24) when the number of cleanings exceeds a preset number.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventors: Peter Brøndum Jensen, Svend Erik Knudsen Jensen
  • Patent number: 7901358
    Abstract: A system for acquiring an ultrasound signal comprises a signal processing unit adapted for acquiring a received ultrasound signal from an ultrasound transducer having a plurality of elements. The system is adapted to receive ultrasound signals having a frequency of at least 20 megahertz (MHz) with a transducer having a field of view of at least 5.0 millimeters (mm) at a frame rate of at least 20 frames per second (fps). The signal processing can further produce an ultrasound image from the acquired ultrasound signal. The transducer can be a linear array transducer, a phased array transducer, a two-dimensional (2-D) array transducer, or a curved array transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignees: VisualSonics Inc., Sunnybrook Health Science Centre
    Inventors: James Mehi, Ronald E. Daigle, Laurence C. Brasfield, Brian Starkoski, Jerrold Wen, Kai Wen Liu, Lauren S. Pflugrath, F. Stuart Foster, Desmond Hirson
  • Patent number: 7899633
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a sensing instrument capable to detect a substance existing in a very small quantity, such as environmental pollutants, instantly with a high degree of precision. As a specific means for solving the problem, a frequency signal from a crystal oscillator is sampled using a frequency signal from a reference clock generating part, the sampling value is outputted in a digital signal, quadrature detection is conducted with the digital signal for a frequency signal corresponding to the output signal, the rotational vector rotating at a frequency corresponding to the difference between the frequency of the frequency signal and the frequency of a sinusoidal wave used for the quadrature detection is taken out, and the variation of the frequency is detected by detecting the velocity of the rotational vector based on the respective sampling values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignees: Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., Ltd., DSP Technology Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Nobuo Tsukamoto, Kazuo Akaike, Tsukasa Kobata
  • Publication number: 20110037425
    Abstract: An electric-motor drive arrangement is proposed having at least one electric motor and having at least one control device, wherein the electric-motor drive arrangement has a measurement data processing apparatus and a non-volatile memory. In this case, the memory is connected to a comparator which operates at least one optical display block of a display apparatus when a predetermined set value is reached or exceeded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: Dewert Antriebs-und Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Karsten Gehrke, Stefan Langejürgen, Steffen Loley
  • Patent number: 7873489
    Abstract: A dialysis machine that monitors an elapsed time and a number of accumulated hours during a current servicing interval is disclosed. The machine executes a machine-servicing algorithm on at least the elapsed time and the accumulated operating hours to generate a projected servicing interval duration. A servicing event indicator displays servicing event schedule information based on the projected servicing interval duration. A transfusion pump, similarly equipped, is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: B. Braun Medizintechnologie GmbH
    Inventors: Sándor Dolgos, G. Róbert Schin, Stefan Moll
  • Patent number: 7840376
    Abstract: A method for determining an optimal inspection schedule for a structure is described. The method includes determining a crack size distribution table for the structure, determining a plurality of risk values, each risk value for a different estimated usage hours of the structure and based on said crack size distribution table, estimating a first inspection interval based on a predetermined risk value threshold, and determining a second inspection interval based on analyzing the rate of increase of risk value and probability of detection of a crack in said first inspection interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Yi Tony Torng
  • Patent number: RE44953
    Abstract: The invention refers to a system of recording the activities carried out by an individual person during specific time intervals. This system will normally be on an electronic device, but the initial method of recording may be paper-based. This system involves recording activity and associated attributes as a function of time on a grid, using lines to define the activity recorded in each grid interval. The invention is an intuitive data entry system, principally but not exclusively via touchscreen. The system will preferably be deployed on a handheld digital device with touchscreen entry capability. The activity recording system may also record values, attributes or files associated with specific time intervals. It may generate charts, tables, alerts and reminders. It may synchronize with other devices and applications and may import or export data from them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Katrina Delargy