Weather Patents (Class 702/3)
  • Patent number: 10379259
    Abstract: An estimation apparatus includes an acquirer, a deriver, and a determiner. The acquirer acquires time-sequential observation data related to cloud-altitude. The deriver derives a first change in cloud altitude from at least a first altitude at a first time and a second altitude at a second time. The deriver derives a second change in cloud altitude from at least a third altitude at a third time and a fourth altitude at a fourth time. The determiner determines a cloud developmental stage based at least in part on the first and second changes in cloud altitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Tetsuya Kobayashi, Aya Namiki, Fumihiko Mizutani, Takahiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10374547
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an aggregation management apparatus includes processing circuitry configured to acquire position information and performance information of each photovoltaic power generation facility in a set of photovoltaic power generation facilities from a storage; and calculate an evaluation value of a predictive error of a total generated energy of the set of photovoltaic power generation facilities, based on the position information, the performance information, and a correlation level of the predictive errors of solar radiation information depending on a distance between two locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hiromasa Shin, Mitsuru Kakimoto, Yusuke Endoh
  • Patent number: 10375182
    Abstract: A system for collecting and managing wind speed data via an external communications network comprises one or more wind stations, each including an anemometer producing wind speed signals, a station computing device converting the signals to wind speed data, a station memory securely storing the wind speed data on site and a station communication interface transmitting the wind speed data onto an external network. The system further comprises one or more data servers, each including a server computing device, a server communication interface receiving the wind speed data from the wind stations and a server memory storing the received wind speed data. The data server can determine if the received wind speed data satisfies predetermined conditions for certification and/or triggering a payout in accordance with a contract, and can thereafter transmit the appropriate data signals to another location on the external communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: New Paradigm Group, LLC
    Inventor: Bradley I. Meier
  • Patent number: 10371863
    Abstract: A method for estimating adjusted rainfall values for a set of geo-locations using agricultural data comprises using a server computer system that receives, via a network, agricultural data records that are used to estimate rainfall values for the set of geo-locations. Within the server computer system, rainfall calculation instructions receive digital data including observed radar and rain-gauge agricultural data records. The computer system then aggregates the agricultural data records and creates and stores the agricultural data sets. The agricultural data records are then transformed into one or more distribution sets. The distribution sets are then used to determine regression parameters for a digital rainfall regression model. The digital rainfall regression model then is used to estimate adjusted rainfall values for a new set of geo-locations. The server computer system then generates a digital image that includes the geo-locations and the adjusted rainfall values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Bill Leeds, Valliappa Lakshmanan
  • Patent number: 10366357
    Abstract: A central server containing a database receives snowfall data from weather stations that are contained at a multitude of different sites within a defined geographical area. The central server stores the snowfall data in the database, correlating the data with various user accounts. For instance, the data is correlated with the account of the owner of the site from which the data was received, and with the accounts of landscape contractors whom the owner of the site has engaged to clear snow from his site. The central server provides alerts to various user accounts based on the snowfall data. For instance, the server provides alerts to site owners based on the snowfall at their sites, and to landscape contractors based on the snowfall at sites they are engaged to clear snow from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Telsco Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkataramu L. Bangalore, William C. Savelle, Jr., Lex M. Mason, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10367924
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a network control system, a message that includes content and a header. The header identifies a propagation mode for sending the content via a network. The method includes, based on at least the propagation mode, obtaining location data regarding a plurality of devices connected to the network. The method also includes, based on at least the location data, identifying an intended recipient from the plurality of devices. The method includes transmitting the content to the intended recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Interwise Ltd.
    Inventors: Sofia Belikovetsky, Yossi Ben-Hagai, Ofer HaCohen
  • Patent number: 10359206
    Abstract: A Thermal Performance Forecast approach is described that can be used to forecast heating and cooling fuel consumption based on changes to user preferences and building-specific parameters that include indoor temperature, building insulation, HVAC system efficiency, and internal gains. A simplified version of the Thermal Performance Forecast approach, called the Approximated Thermal Performance Forecast, provides a single equation that accepts two fundamental input parameters and four ratios that express the relationship between the existing and post-change variables for the building properties to estimate future fuel consumption. The Approximated Thermal Performance Forecast approach marginally sacrifices accuracy for a simplified forecast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Clean Power Research, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Hoff
  • Patent number: 10359359
    Abstract: A gas concentration-length quantification method, including: acquiring a first image including a gas plume with a camera; identifying and segmenting pixels corresponding to the gas plume in the first image; generating a background image corresponding to the first image using an image inpainting algorithm with the first image and positional information of the segmented pixels corresponding to the gas plume as inputs; calculating a gas concentration-length for each pixel corresponding to the gas plume in the first image, based on the first image and the background image data; and triggering an alert when the gas concentration-length for at least one pixel exceeds a threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Laboratory U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Leiming Wang, Ting Xu
  • Patent number: 10359543
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for forecasting lightning activity. Such a method may include obtaining radar reflectivity data from a radar detection device for multiple altitudes over an environmental region for a past period of time, and dividing the reflectivity data into multiple sub-regions within the region. The method may also include obtaining lightning discharge data for the environmental region from a lightning discharge detecting device for a past period of time, and establishing a customizable mathematical operator based on the radar reflectivity data and the lightning discharge data. The method may additionally include receiving forecast radar data for at least one of the sub-region for a future time period, and forecasting a probability of lightning strikes in at least one of the sub-regions based on applying the customizable mathematical operator to the forecast radar data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Vaisala, Inc.
    Inventor: Evan Ruzanski
  • Patent number: 10356317
    Abstract: A system for wide-scale light field imaging comprising: a network of multiple terrestrial cameras positioned at multiple known locations, where each of the cameras comprises a wide-angle lens directed towards the sky and configured to capture one or more images of the sky, and a processor configured to operate a wired and/or wireless communications infrastructure for transmitting the captured images; and a server configured to receive the wirelessly transmitted images and jointly process the received images, thereby producing a wide-scale light field image of the sky.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Technion Research & Development Foundation Limited
    Inventors: Yoav Y. Schechner, Dmitri Veikherman, Amit Aides
  • Patent number: 10354429
    Abstract: A patient monitoring system is described herein. In one example, the patient monitoring system comprises at least one processor programmed to generate an image which displays a patient condition as color weather radar on a map. In some examples, at least one monitored condition is positioned on the map so that the weather image expands, develops or moves over the condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Lawrence A. Lynn
  • Patent number: 10338274
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system receives first data comprising precipitation gauge measurements at a plurality of gauge locations. The system obtains second data comprising radar based precipitation estimates at the plurality of gauge locations. For each radar based precipitation value at the plurality of gauge locations, the system identifies one or more corresponding precipitation gauge measurement, computes a gauge radar differential value for the radar based precipitation estimate, and stores the gauge radar differential value with location data identifying a corresponding location of the plurality of gauge locations. The system then obtains a particular radar based precipitation estimate at a non-gauge location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Francisco Alvarez, Valliappa Lakshmanan
  • Patent number: 10339232
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method to evaluate building heating fuel consumption is described. The evaluation can be used for quantifying personalized electric and fuel bill savings. Such savings may be associated with investment decisions relating to building envelope improvements; HVAC equipment improvements; delivery system efficiency improvements; and fuel switching. The results can also be used for assessing the cost/benefit of behavioral changes, such as changing thermostat temperature settings. Similarly, the results can be used for optimizing an HVAC control system algorithm based on current and forecasted outdoor temperature and on current and forecasted solar irradiance to satisfy consumer preferences in a least cost manner. Finally, the results can be used to correctly size a photovoltaic (PV) system to satisfy needs prior to investments by anticipating existing energy usage and the associated change in usage based on planned investments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Clean Power Research, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Hoff
  • Patent number: 10331089
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a computer-implemented method of forecasting power generation. The method includes analyzing, using a processor, a set of historical weather data. A set of historical power generation data is analyzed using the processor. The processor then determines a plurality of clusters, where each cluster of the plurality of clusters represents weather data for a time period and power generated during the time period. The processor then receives a weather forecast for a future time period. The processor determines which cluster of the set of cluster contains weather data that is most similar to the weather forecast. The processor then uses the historical power generation data of the cluster to forecast power generation for the future time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ildar Khabibrakhmanov, Tarun Kumar, Rui Zhang
  • Patent number: 10330826
    Abstract: A sensor based system for capturing localized weather data and a server system for communicating with a plurality of reporting and recipient mobile communication devices. The communication devices are enabled to capture additional weather information to supplement the sensor based system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: HARTFORD FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Eugene T. Smyth, Deborah D. Fox, Roopak Hooda, Kristen Sara Mattson, Kristian L. Sanders
  • Patent number: 10325382
    Abstract: A contextual image manipulation apparatus may include an image part identifier to identify a part of an image, an information collector to collect information from at least one external source, a context identifier communicatively coupled to the information collector to determine contextual information from the collected information and at least one other contextual source, and an image manipulator communicatively coupled to the image part identifier and the context identifier to alter a feature of the image part based on the contextual information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Shahar Taite, Tomer Rider, Shay Pluderman
  • Patent number: 10317571
    Abstract: Real-time monitoring, parametric profiling, and regulating contaminated outdoor air particulate matter throughout a region, via hyper-spectral imaging and analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Green Vision Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Danny S. Moshe
  • Patent number: 10314242
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method comprises the steps of using a processor to calculate, for a current calendar date, an initial growing degree day (GDD) warmth value based at least in part upon a past GDD warmth value for a calendar date in a previous year corresponding to the current calendar date; calculate a present GDD warmth value; calculate a deviation value from at least the initial GDD warmth value and the present GDD warmth value; calculate for a future calendar date a future growing degree day (GDD) warmth value based at least in part upon a past GDD warmth value for a calendar date in a previous year corresponding to the future calendar date; and determine a predicted GDD warmth value for the future calendar date by applying the deviation value to the future GDD warmth value. An apparatus to perform the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Anand Persad
  • Patent number: 10317575
    Abstract: The present application describes a means for utilizing mobile sensors to obtain estimated weather observations for use in enhancing climatological databases. Such mobile sensor data is incorporated into a database also containing data from fixed reference sensors. The mobile sensor weather data is combined statistically to derive pseudo-observations to be added to the database. The data from sensors and from prior pseudo-observations are used to perform quality analysis of the data in the database and invalidate outlier data values. The remaining data is used to generate a climatology database that enables generation of more accurate weather forecasts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Global Weather Corporation
    Inventors: William B Gail, William Myers, Danny Cheresnick, Joshua Thompson
  • Patent number: 10318558
    Abstract: Methods and arrangements for automating weather model configurations. Characteristics of a target geographical area are received, as are a plurality of existing weather model configurations which are implemented for undertaking weather modeling in other geographical areas. A subset of the existing weather model configurations is selected, the subset comprising configurations corresponding to geographical areas having characteristics similar to the characteristics of the target area. A weather model is run with respect to each configuration in the subset of existing weather model configurations. Based on the running of a weather model with respect to each configuration, an output set of weather model configurations is selected for undertaking weather modeling in the target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, UNIVERSITI BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
    Inventors: James Peter Cipriani, Thomas George, Saiful A. Husain, Rashmi Mittal, Anthony P. Praino, Yogish Sabharwal, Vaibhav Saxena, Lloyd Alan Treinish
  • Patent number: 10295704
    Abstract: An approach for forecasting local weather patterns. The approach includes a method that includes receiving, by at least one computing device, images that include weather related information. The method includes analyzing, by the at least one computing device, the images to determine particular types of weather phenomena. The method includes analyzing, by the at least one computing device, the images to determine a motion of the particular types of weather phenomena. The method includes determining, by the at least one computing device, a weather forecast based on the analyzed images and the motion of the particular types of weather phenomena.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATINOAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard M. Haas, Randy S. Johnson, Tedrick N. Northway, William H. Rinckel
  • Patent number: 10287739
    Abstract: This invention provides a disaster prevention system capable of taking an effective measure against a flood disaster. According to one embodiment, a disaster prevention system comprises a weather prediction unit configured to calculate a predicted rainfall in a region based on rainfall information necessary for protecting the region from a flood; an analysis unit configured to determine, based on the predicted rainfall calculated by the weather prediction unit, whether a flood can occur in the region; and a control unit configured to control to close a water stop gate provided in the region to protect the region from the flood if the analysis unit determines that the flood can occur in the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventors: Satoshi Kida, Masakazu Wada
  • Patent number: 10289760
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems, methods, and machine-readable media for assessing potential water damage. One or more embodiments include surveying a structure with a sensor in communication with a mobile computing device, generating a model of the structure based on the survey of the structure, simulating water movement in relation to the structure to determine a potential for water damage to the structure, and determining whether to purchase flood insurance for the structure based on the simulation of the water movement in relation to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Charles L. Oakes, III, Bradly J. Billman, Wayne M. Hartman, Amanda Danko
  • Patent number: 10282787
    Abstract: Methods and systems for assessing damage to a property associated with an insurance-related event are provided. According to certain aspects, a smart home controller or insurance provider remote processor may store data received from a plurality of smart devices disposed on or proximate to a property. The stored data may be used to develop a baseline for normal conditions associated with the property. When the insurance-related event is occurring, the smart home controller or insurance provider remote processor may receive a second set of data from the plurality of smart devices. The second set of data may be compared to the baseline to determine a sequence of events associated with the insurance-related event that caused the damage to the property. Subsequently, according to certain aspects, the smart home controller or insurance provider remote server may automatically generate an insurance claim for damage associated with the insurance-related event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Daryoush Hakimi-Boushehri, Jackie O. Jordan, II, Shawn M. Call, John H. Weekes, Ronny S. Bryant, Jennifer Criswell, Todd Binion, Elisabeth McDermeit, John Donovan
  • Patent number: 10274620
    Abstract: A system for predicting occurrence of earthquakes greater than magnitude 4.5 within 24-48 hours includes a plurality of sensor stations in communication with a data center. The sensor stations collect data from three induction magnetometers, two ion detectors (positive and negative), a geophone, and temperature and humidity sensors. Infrared data for the area around the station is also collected and evaluated at the data center. Other sensors may be deployed to detect, identify, and eliminate signals that are attributed to noise. Noise sources may include solar storms, lightning, vehicles, electric trains, and other local machinery or man-made sources. Using the captured data, the data center applies signal-processing algorithms to identify patterns in the collected data that match known data patterns which have immediately preceded earthquakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: STELLAR SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Bleier, Karl Kappler, John Doering, Laura MacLean, Dan Schneider, James Lemon, Dan Coughlin
  • Patent number: 10267950
    Abstract: A populace centric weather forecast system, method of forecasting weather and a computer program product therefor. A forecasting computer applies a grid to a forecast area and provides a weather forecast for each grid cell. Area activity data sources indicate human activity in the forecast area. A dynamic selection module iteratively identifies grid cells for refinement in response to the weather forecast and to indicated/expected human activity. The dynamic selection module provides the forecasting computer with a refined grid for each identified grid cell in each iteration. The forecasting computer provides a refined weather forecast in each iteration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Victor Fernandes Cavalcante, Ricardo Guimaraes Herrmann, Kiran Mantripragada, Marco Aurelio Stelmar Netto, Lucas Correia Villa Real, Cleidson Ronald Botelho De Souza
  • Patent number: 10234595
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for precipitation prediction is provided. In exemplary embodiments, the method may comprise, at a server having one or more processors and memory storing one or more programs for execution by the one or more processors: decomposing climate model attractors; receiving ground data in a region from a client as well as global data; reweighting and reordering the relative importance of the climate model attractors based on a rank and incorporating the ground data; reassembling a selected group of data including the ground data, thereby adding information to the climate model; and generating a prediction of regional weather based on the reassembled selected group of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: OFS FITEL, LLC
    Inventor: Michael J Luvalle
  • Patent number: 10223819
    Abstract: A method for visualizing weather data via a GUI accessible via a computer display is provided. The GUI provides a map view for displaying a weather map image and an interactive time selection view for displaying a time selection image. The method comprises composing the time selection image that depicts an arrangement of symbols jointly representing a current time period, each symbol representing a respective sub-period of time within the current time period and having an appearance that is descriptive of at least one precipitation characteristic in one or more precipitation data records that include weather data for the respective sub-period of time; receiving an indication of a user-selected time instant; and composing the weather map image by overlaying a weather image on a map image, wherein the weather image is derived on basis of a precipitation data record that includes weather data for the user-selected time instant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Vaisala Oyj
    Inventors: Douglas Paris, Teppo Rouvi, Antti Sulanto, Hannu-Pekka Valo
  • Patent number: 10215840
    Abstract: A method for processing weather data, where the method includes receiving, at a vehicle and from a base station, a request for weather data, wherein the request comprises an indication of a specified location in space for the weather data. The method further includes determining two or more parameters, wherein a first parameter of the two or more parameters comprises a distance between the vehicle and the specified location in space. The method further includes calculating a confidence level based on the two or more parameters, wherein the confidence level indicates an estimated accuracy for the weather data obtained from the vehicle. The method further includes determining whether the confidence level exceeds a threshold level and determining whether to transmit the weather data to the base station based on whether the confidence level exceeds the threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Haiming Wang
  • Patent number: 10197706
    Abstract: A system and method employing a hybrid method for predicting sub-seasonal forecasts of winter storms and cold air outbreaks (CAOs). In various embodiments, the method includes, deriving a lead-time series of forecasted indices describing a state of stratospheric mass circulation from a plurality of forecasts generated by an operational numerical model for seasonal weather forecasts, detecting one or more PULSE events in the lead-time series of forecasted indices describing a state of stratospheric mass circulation to determine a state of the stratospheric mass circulation during the detected PULSE events and generating a sub-seasonal forecast of winter snowstorms and cold air outbreaks (CAOs) by linking the state of stratospheric mass circulation during the detected PULSE events to one or more maps of surface temperature and wintery precipitation based on historical observation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: The Florida State University Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Ming Cai, Yueyue Yu
  • Patent number: 10197610
    Abstract: Method for measuring the power line thermal rating or maximum allowable current rating of an overhead power line with respect to a suspended/anchored cable span (2), comprising at least the following steps of: monitoring a motion of at least one point P of said suspended/anchored cable span (2) over a time interval; monitoring actual line current I, in A, over said time interval; determining an actual sag of said suspended/anchored cable, as a variable of actual line current; measuring or determining the effective wind speed of said suspended/anchored cable span (2) over said time interval; determining a sag reserve DF, in m, for thermal rating, which is the distance between the actual sag and a maximum allowable sag; determining the rate of change, tan(?), in m/A2, of the actual sag versus the square of the line current for the effective wind speed; and determining the power line thermal rating of the overhead power line, or ampacity, linked to a corresponding safety clearance, at measured or determined
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ampacimon S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Lilien, Huu-Minh Nguyen, Bertrand Godard
  • Patent number: 10197705
    Abstract: The calculation of the variance of a correlation coefficient matrix for a photovoltaic fleet can be completed in linear space as a function of decreasing distance between pairs of photovoltaic plant locations. When obtaining irradiance data from a satellite imagery source, irradiance statistics must first be converted from irradiance statistics for an area into irradiance statistics for an average point within a pixel in the satellite imagery. The average point statistics are then averaged across all satellite pixels to determine the average across the whole photovoltaic fleet region. Where pairs of photovoltaic systems are located too far away from each other to be statistically correlated, the correlation coefficients in the matrix for that pair of photovoltaic systems are effectively zero. Consequently, the double summation portion of the calculation can be simplified to eliminate zero values based on distance between photovoltaic plant locations, substantially decreasing the size of the problem space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CLEAN POWER RESEARCH, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Hoff
  • Patent number: 10192185
    Abstract: A farmland management system includes an information detection unit configured to acquire information relating to a crop being cultivated, a storage unit configured to store crop registration information for estimating a growth condition of the crop, a growth estimation unit configured to refer to the crop registration information and estimate the growth condition of the crop based on the information relating to the crop and the crop registration information, and a display unit configured to display the growth condition estimated by the growth estimation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Tomii, Shohei Matsumura, Takashi Noguchi, Kensuke Masuda, Kohji Oshikiri, Takeshi Denda, Hirokazu Takenaka, Yuji Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 10178835
    Abstract: A platform may receive raw data from a remote system and may then applies various forms of analysis to convert the raw data into parameters of interest in a garden. These parameters include but are not limited to soil moisture, soil salinity, air temperature, soil temperature, and pH. The platform enables inexpensive and simple sensors to be deployed in the garden. The platform may also use other data, such as the data from a weather service, to predict actions that should be taken in the garden to provide optimal growing conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: GroGuru, Inc.
    Inventor: Farooq A. Anjum
  • Patent number: 10175387
    Abstract: In an approach, a computer receives an observation dataset that identifies one or more ground truth values of an environmental variable at one or more times and a reforecast dataset that identifies one or more predicted values of the environmental variable produced by a forecast model that correspond to the one or more times. The computer then trains a climatology on the observation dataset to generate an observed climatology and trains the climatology on the reforecast dataset to generate a forecast climatology. The computer identifies observed anomalies by subtracting the observed climatology from the observation dataset and forecast anomalies by subtracting the forecast climatology from the reforecast dataset. The computer then models the observed anomalies as a function of the forecast anomalies, resulting in a calibration function, which the computer can then use to calibrate new forecasts received from the forecast model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Kleeman, Holly Dail
  • Patent number: 10157451
    Abstract: A technique to remove fog from an image more appropriately has been called for. An image processing system is provided, including: a luminance evaluation value deriving unit that derives a luminance evaluation value of an at least partial region of an image; a saturation evaluation value deriving unit that derives a saturation evaluation value of the at least partial region of the image; a contrast evaluation value deriving unit that derives a contrast evaluation value of the at least partial region of the image; and a haze depth estimating unit that derives a haze depth estimate value of the image based on the luminance evaluation value, the saturation evaluation value, and the contrast evaluation value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: EIZO Corporation
    Inventors: Masafumi Higashi, Takashi Nakamae, Reo Aoki
  • Patent number: 10145732
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to measuring ultraviolet (UV) exposure. One example system includes an electronic sensor chip that includes a UV sensor that measures a UV intensity reading, an inertial measurement unit that acquires movement data of the UV sensor, and at least one processor. The system further includes a light pipe that guides light towards the UV sensor and a diffuser that has an angle-dependent transmission function and covers an end of the light pipe. Example operations can be performed by the processor include determining a solar incidence angle between a direction of the sun and a normal direction of the UV sensor, computing an estimation of a maximum UV intensity at normal incidence based on the UV intensity reading, the solar incidence angle, and the angle-dependent transmission function of the diffuser, and outputting a UV index based on the estimation of the maximum UV intensity at normal incidence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventor: David Gibson
  • Patent number: 10140401
    Abstract: A photovoltaic system's configuration specification can be inferred by an evaluative process that searches through a space of candidate values for the variables in the specification. Each variable is selected in a specific ordering that narrows the field of candidate values. A constant horizon is assumed to account for diffuse irradiance insensitive to specific obstruction locations relative to the photovoltaic system's geographic location. Initial values for the azimuth angle, constant horizon obstruction elevation angle, and tilt angle are determined, followed by final values for these variables. The effects of direct obstructions that block direct irradiance in the areas where the actual horizon and the range of sun path values overlap relative to the geographic location are evaluated to find the exact obstruction elevation angle over a range of azimuth bins or directions. The photovoltaic temperature response coefficient and the inverter rating or power curve of the photovoltaic system are determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: CLEAN POWER RESEARCH, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Hoff
  • Patent number: 10120004
    Abstract: A power consumption analyzing server and a power consumption analyzing method thereof are provided. According to the user data, the power consumption analyzing server clusters users into a plurality of groups. For each group, the power consumption analyzing server generates M+1 number of encoded outputs by inputting total power consumption time sequence data corresponding to a reference user in the group into an autoencoder. For each group, the power consumption analyzing server receives an actual appliance measurement data from an energy management system apparatus of the reference user, and labels M number of encoded outputs of the M+1 number of encoded outputs to map them to M categories of appliances. Finally, for each group, the power consumption analyzing server establishes a non-intrusive load monitoring system model of the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Institute For Information Industry
    Inventors: Chia-Wei Tsai, Yung-Chieh Hung, Kuei-Chun Chiang
  • Patent number: 10117248
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for mitigating interference caused by tropospheric ducting are provided. Tropospheric ducting causes interference by propagating signals transmitted from one base station, which may be received by a second base station in a neighboring market operating on the same frequencies as the first base station. Atmospheric conditions are monitored to determine an interference probability, or a probability that tropospheric ducting is occurring, while an interference level is also determined. Based on the interference level and interference probability, it is determined whether to utilize a ducting mitigation mode in which the frequencies operating by antennas at the first base station are different than frequencies operating by antennas at the second base station. Upon determining whether to utilize the ducting mitigation mode, adjustments may be made to the antennas in accordance with the ducting mitigation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Andrew Mark Wurtenberger, Sreekar Marupaduga, Rajveen Narendran, Ryan Patrick Dreiling
  • Patent number: 10114149
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for cloud coverage estimation by dynamic scheduling of a distributed set of cameras are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Samarth Bharadwaj, Ramachandra Kota, Pankaj Dayama, Shivkumar Kalyanaraman, Pratyush Kumar
  • Patent number: 10107939
    Abstract: A system and method for improving radar based precipitation estimates using spatiotemporal interpolation is provided. In an embodiment, an agricultural intelligence computer system receives a plurality of radar based precipitation rate values representing precipitation rate measurements at a plurality of locations and a plurality of times. The agricultural intelligence computer system identifies a first non-zero radar based precipitation rate value associated with a first location of the plurality of locations and a first time of the plurality of times. The agricultural intelligence computer also identifies a second non-zero radar based precipitation rate value associated with a second location of the plurality of locations and a second time of the plurality of times. The agricultural intelligence computer system determines that the first non-zero radar based precipitation rate value corresponds to the second non-zero radar based precipitation rate value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: The Climate Corporation
    Inventors: Francisco Alvarez, Valliappa Lakshmanan
  • Patent number: 10111307
    Abstract: Imitation candle devices and systems with enhanced features are described that facilitate remote operation and usage of electronic candles. The disclosed features include application programs running on a processor of a mobile device and a detachable wireless transceiver included within an imitation candle to facilitate the electronic candle to be turned on or off remotely. In some embodiments, when a user blows into the microphone of the mobile device the imitation flame of the electronic candle is moved according to the speed of the blow. In some implementations, parameters such as a flicker speed, a flicker color, a duration of flickering, are changed using signals that are received from the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Xiaofeng Li
  • Patent number: 10096092
    Abstract: A technique to remove fog from an image more appropriately has been called for. An image processing system is provided, including: a haze depth estimating unit that derives a haze depth estimate value of one frame among a plurality of frames included in a moving image; a parameter adjusting unit that adjusts a parameter to be used in a haze removal process of the one frame based on a haze depth estimate value of the one frame, and a relationship between the one frame and a past frame of the one frame; and a haze removing unit that executes a haze removal process on the one frame based on the parameter adjusted by the parameter adjusting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: EIZO Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Nakamae, Masafumi Higashi, Reo Aoki
  • Patent number: 10094905
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods and techniques for calibrating an altimeter of a mobile device. For example, a characterized motion of a mobile device may be used to infer an altitude of the mobile device. If it is further inferred that the mobile device is in an outdoor environment, an altitude of the mobile device may be based on application of an estimated location of the mobile device to an altitude terrain map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Arnold Jason Gum, Mark Leo Moeglein
  • Patent number: 10088678
    Abstract: In a method to illustrate a weather condition via a near-eye display system, a representation of a geographic region is displayed via the near-eye display system. For each of a series of elevations above the geographic region, a weather-data slice is received, which defines a weather-parameter value for each of a plurality of 2D coordinates at that elevation. A volume-filling weather model is constructed based on the weather-parameter values received for each elevation and 2D coordinate. A digital filter and a coordinate transform are then applied to the volume-filling weather model to obtain a weather-display model, the weather-display model including a display-parameter value for each of a plurality of 3D coordinates. Then, the weather-display model is displayed via the near-eye display system, co-registered to the representation of the geographic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: John Copic, Gregory Bishop Bahm, Jonathan Gustav Paulovich, Jedd Alexander Chevrier, Michael Casey Lanigan, Ryan Hastings
  • Patent number: 10074381
    Abstract: Disclosed is an augmented reality system to generate and cause display of an augmented reality interface at a client device. Various embodiments may detect speech, identify a source of the speech, transcribe the speech to a text string, generate a speech bubble based on properties of the speech and that includes a presentation of the text string, and cause display of the speech bubble at a location in the augmented reality interface based on the source of the speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Piers Cowburn, Qi Pan, Eitan Pilipski
  • Patent number: 10070259
    Abstract: A method is disclosed comprising: obtaining a plurality of pieces of estimation information, the obtaining comprising receiving or determining the plurality of pieces of estimation information, wherein each of the plurality of pieces of estimation information represents one or more respective absolute values of an altitude, wherein each of the one or more absolute values of an altitude is associated with a respective position information, each of the plurality of pieces of estimation information determined based, at least in part, on a respective relative altitude information and, at least in part, on a respective absolute altitude information associated with a data element of a database comprising map data representing an altitude map; and aggregating the plurality of pieces of estimation information in a spatial grid, wherein the spatial grid is divided into a plurality of grid points. It is further disclosed an according apparatus, computer program and system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Pavel Ivanov, Lauri Aarne Johannes Wirola, Jari Tapani Syrjärinne, Muhammad Irshan Khan
  • Patent number: 10066987
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a method for determining a pseudo location of a user. The method includes collecting, by a processing device, ultraviolet (UV) sensor data from a UV sensor of a user device of the user. The method further includes analyzing, by the processing device, the UV sensor data by comparing the UV sensor data to a UV profile for a geographic area. The method further includes determining, by the processing device, the pseudo location of the user based at least in part on the UV sensor data and the UV profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rachel Bellamy, Victor C. Dibia
  • Patent number: 10067919
    Abstract: A device may receive a request to generate a feedback report regarding an error. The device may cause an image associated with a user interface and the error to be captured based on receiving the request to generate the feedback report. The device may cause the image to be altered, to highlight or redact information of the image, by: altering the image to highlight a first portion of the image or altering the image to redact a second portion of the image. The device may obtain contextual information associated with the image. The device may provide the feedback report for resolution of the error. The feedback report may include the contextual information and the image that is altered to highlight or redact information of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Suma Manoraj, Raul Alvarado Ramirez, Jonathan Paul Bastidas