Odor Patents (Class 73/23.34)
  • Patent number: 10528066
    Abstract: A method is disclosed comprising drawing air into a robotic vapor device, exposing the drawn air to a sensor to detect one or more constituents in the drawn air, determining measurement data for the one or more constituents of the drawn air via the sensor, and engaging a filtration component in the robotic vapor device based on the measurement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: LUNATECH, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Seamus Blackley
  • Patent number: 10503180
    Abstract: In an aspect a method is disclosed comprising drawing air into a robotic vapor device, exposing the drawn air to a sensor to detect one or more constituents in the drawn air, determining first measurement data for the one or more constituents of the drawn air via the sensor, transmitting the first measurement data to a computing device via a network, receiving second measurement data from the computing device via the network, determining one or more vaporizable materials to vaporize based on the first measurement data and the second measurement data, and dispensing a vapor comprised of the one or more vaporizable materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: LunaTech, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Seamus Blackley
  • Patent number: 10502439
    Abstract: A method is disclosed comprising drawing air into a robotic vapor device via a pump, exposing the drawn air to a sensor, determining a concentration of one or more constituents of the drawn air via the sensor, dispensing a vapor from the robotic vapor device based on an air treatment protocol, and engaging a filtration element based on the air treatment protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: LUNATECH, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Seamus Blackley
  • Patent number: 10393763
    Abstract: An odor discriminating apparatus includes: a measurement chamber including multiple pieces of odor sensors; a gas introducer for introducing a sample gas into the measurement chamber; concentration adjuster for diluting or condensing the sample gas before introducing the sample gas into the measurement chamber; a vector length computation unit for plotting, in a multidimensional space formed by axes corresponding to detection signals generated by each piece of odor sensors, a measurement point representing a measurement result of the sample gas and for computing a vector length of an odor vector directed from an origin of the multidimensional space to the measurement point; and a controller for feedback-controlling the concentration adjuster so that the vector length computed by the vector length computation unit reaches a predetermined target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Shimadzu Co.
    Inventors: Junichi Kita, Motoo Kinoshita, Hisamitsu Akamaru, Masayuki Okada
  • Patent number: 10330643
    Abstract: A fluidic device incorporating at least one BAW resonator structure (e.g., a biosensing device) and a fluidic passage includes one or more features that provide filtration capability. Certain embodiments include at least one group of pillars extending into the fluidic passage which are arranged between an active region of the at least one BAW resonator structure and at least one fluidic port. Individual pillars are separated from one another by inter-pillar spaces that provide redundant fluid flow paths while preventing passage of obstruction media such as particulate matter, cells, and/or bubbles. Certain embodiments provide porous material arranged in fluid communication with at least one fluidic port and configured to filter contents of fluid supplied thereto. Porous material (e.g., porous membranes) may be provided in a cover structure of a fluidic device or within a filtration cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: QORVO US, INC.
    Inventors: Rio Rivas, Vincent K. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 10204176
    Abstract: A method of determining olfactory perception signature of a subject is disclosed. The method comprises: providing the subject with a plurality of physical odorant samples for sniffing; for each sniffed odorant sample, presenting to the subject, by a user interface, a set of odorant descriptors and a respective set of rating controls, and receiving ratings entered by the subject using the rating controls. Each rating is indicative of a descriptiveness of a respective odorant descriptor for the odorant sample, thereby obtaining a set of descriptiveness levels for the odorant sample. The method also comprises calculating, by a computer, relations between pairs of sets of descriptiveness levels corresponding to pairs of odorant samples, to provide a vector of relations, wherein the vector represents the olfactory perception signature of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Yeda Research and Development Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Noam Sobel, Lavi Secundo, Kobi Snitz, Kineret Weissler, Liron Pinchover, Idan Frumin, Dana Shoshana Bar Zvi Mildworf, Sagit Shushan
  • Patent number: 10123509
    Abstract: Vapor wake detection is a highly advantageous method and system for detecting explosives and other illicit substances. With vapor wake detection, a canine and a handler are used; however, unlike other detection schemes, the canine leads the handler. After the handler positions the canine in a desired location, the canine detects scents in the air that come to the canine. When the canine detects a trained scent, the canine leads the handler to or follows behind the carrier of the item with the scent. Once the carrier is identified by the handler, the proper personnel are contacted. To implement vapor wake detection effectively, specific rigorous training is utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Auburn University
    Inventors: John Pearce, L. Paul Waggoner, Jeanne S. Brock, Timothy Baird, David A. Baffa, Daniel McAfee, Robert E. Leonard
  • Patent number: 10096163
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods may provide for classifying a physical proximity event with respect to a wearable device based on one or more of a haptic input or a scent input. Additionally, the classified physical proximity event may be correlated with an augmented reality (AR) effect, wherein the AR effect may be initiated via the wearable device. In one example, the AR effect cancels a negative perceptual impact of the physical proximity event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Tamara Gaidar, Yosi Govezensky, Glen J. Anderson, Ido Lapidot
  • Patent number: 10065138
    Abstract: In an aspect, an apparatus is disclosed comprising a processor, coupled to a network access device, wherein the processor is configured for receiving an instruction to vaporize one or more vaporizable materials from a computing device, an intake, configured to receive air from an area around the apparatus, a vaporizer component, coupled to the processor, configured for vaporizing the one or more vaporizable materials to create a vapor based on the instruction, and a vapor output, coupled to the vaporizer component, configured for expelling the vapor into the area around the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: LunaTech, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Seamus Blackley
  • Patent number: 10060639
    Abstract: A method is disclosed comprising drawing air into a robotic vapor device via a pump, exposing the drawn air to a sensor, determining a concentration of one or more constituents of the drawn air via the sensor, dispensing a vapor from the robotic vapor device based on an air treatment protocol, and engaging a filtration element based on the air treatment protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: LunaTech, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Seamus Blackley
  • Patent number: 10042369
    Abstract: A method is disclosed comprising drawing air into a robotic vapor device, exposing the drawn air to a sensor to detect one or more constituents in the drawn air, determining measurement data for the one or more constituents of the drawn air via the sensor, and engaging a filtration component in the robotic vapor device based on the measurement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: LunaTech, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Seamus Blackley
  • Patent number: 9933790
    Abstract: A method is disclosed comprising drawing air into a robotic vapor device, exposing the drawn air to a sensor to detect one or more constituents in the drawn air, determining first measurement data for the one or more constituents of the drawn air via the sensor, transmitting the first measurement data to a one or more of a plurality of vapor devices via a peer-to-peer network, receiving second measurement data from the one or more of the plurality of vapor devices via the peer-to-peer network, determining one or more vaporizable materials to vaporize based on the first measurement data and the second measurement data, and dispensing a vapor comprised of the one or more vaporizable materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: LunaTech, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Seamus Blackley
  • Patent number: 9702840
    Abstract: A portable device includes an outer housing including an inlet port and a outer slot adapted to receive a vapor sensor card; an operating circuit disposed at least partially within the outer housing; a sensor holder at least partially disposed within the outer housing. The sensor holder includes: an inner housing including a gas intake chamber in downstream fluid communication with the inlet port. The gas intake chamber has a gas outlet in fluid communication with an inner slot retaining a sensor card socket for engaging the vapor sensor card. The sensor holder further comprises an electrical heater element, a fan, and a turbulent-flow-inducing member. The vapor sensor card comprises a sensor housing and a capacitive sensor element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Michael C. Palazzotto, Stefan H. Gryska, Justin Tungjunyatham, Ryan D. Erickson, Jaime B. Willoughby
  • Patent number: 9696287
    Abstract: A self-contained mobile apparatus which replicates the evaluation of scents, fragrances, aromas and odors in controlled and home environments. The apparatus simulates various stages of the consumer experience and has adjustable settings for dosing, air flow, and room size. The scented compound sample is placed within a cabinet having an enclosed sample chamber which is connected to an upward facing sample tube. An air fan is mounted within the sample chamber which circulates and controls sample air flow upward to a testing station wherein the sample air flow is tested for the identification and the concentration of the scent contained therein. A return air chamber and filter are mounted below the testing station. The filtered return air is controlled downward by a return air blower to provide an exhaust out through the bottom of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Q Research Solutions Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Patti Lynn Nelson
  • Patent number: 9517286
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an aroma diffusing system and aroma diffusing method thereof. This method includes establishing wireless communication connection between a mobile terminal and an aroma diffuser; receiving user input and generating a corresponding order through the mobile terminal and sending the order in a wireless mode; receiving the order through the wireless communication module of the aroma diffuser and executing the order through the electric control element of the aroma diffuser; feeding back order execution result to the mobile terminal through the wireless communication module of the aroma diffuser; receiving the order execution result through the mobile terminal and giving a corresponding prompt in the mobile terminal. The present invention may control the operation mode of the aroma diffuser and improve operation experience and use experience through a smart phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: PUZHEN LIFE CO., LIMITED
    Inventor: Dong Sheng Li
  • Patent number: 9335310
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for detecting and analyzing materials contributing to a detected odor from an air conditioner. The method includes analyzing the detected odor using a sensory evaluation of the detected odor. A first gas sample is then collected and instrumental analysis is performed to determine a plurality of contributing materials of the detected odor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Tae Hee Lee, Ji Wan Kim
  • Patent number: 9310781
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus and method for interaction between content and an olfactory recognition device. In the method for interaction between an olfactory recognition device and a content device, the method allows the olfactory recognition device to interact with the content device. If a connection to the content device has been made to enable data communication with the content device, an open signal is transmitted to the content device. As a response to the open signal, an approval signal is received from the content device. A device information datasheet that is information about the olfactory recognition device is transmitted to the content device in response to the approval signal. An acknowledgement signal is received from the content device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Hae-Ryong Lee, Hyung-Gi Byun, Jeong-Do Kim, Dong-Wan Ryoo, Jun-Seok Park, Jeon-Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 9028751
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for dynamically controlling odor emission. The system comprises an odor measurement tool, a weather condition measurement tool, a processing module and a controller. The odor measurement tool is adapted to measure an odor level. The weather condition measurement tool is adapted to measure at least one weather condition. The processing module is adapted to calculate an odor emission threshold based on the measured odor level, the at least one weather condition, an atmospheric dispersion model and a predetermined remote odor level threshold. The controller is adapted to control the odor emission below the odor emission threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Odotech Inc.
    Inventors: Thierry Pagé, Philippe Barnéoud, Philippe G. Micone, Delphine F. Courmier
  • Patent number: 9021860
    Abstract: A self-contained mobile apparatus which replicates the evaluation of scents, fragrances, aromas and odors in controlled and home environments. The apparatus simulates various stages of the consumer experience and has adjustable settings for dosing, air flow, and room size. The scented compound sample is placed within a cabinet having an enclosed sample chamber which is connected to an upward facing sample tube. An air fan is mounted within the sample chamber which circulates and controls sample air flow upward to a testing station wherein the sample air flow is tested for the identification and the concentration of the scent contained therein. A return air chamber and filter are mounted below the testing station. The filtered return air is controlled downward by a return air blower to provide an exhaust out through the bottom of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Q Research Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Patti Lynn Nelson
  • Patent number: 8986998
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for identifying the compounds contributing to a pungent odor from an air conditioner, a method for artificially reproducing the pungent odor, and preparing a corresponding pungent odor composition. Through the analysis method of the present invention, the compounds contributing to the pungent odor from an air conditioner may be identified and quantified. The pungent odor may be reproduced from a combination of the compounds identified by the analysis method of the present invention. The reproduced pungent odor may provide significant data required for development of an apparatus and a method for removing specific odors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Tae Hee Lee, Ji Wan Kim
  • Publication number: 20150059438
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and systems for calculating a food additive. A first method includes identifying chemical compounds of an averse food ingredient, identifying chemical compounds of a flavorful food ingredient and calculating a set of chemical compounds for the food additive such that an olfactory perception of a mixture of the averse food ingredient, the flavorful food ingredient and the food additive is the same as an olfactory perception of only the flavorful food ingredient. A first device includes a database storing information identifying chemical compounds of an averse food ingredient and identifying chemical compounds of a flavorful food ingredient, and a processor for calculating a food additive such that an olfactory perception of flavors of a mixture of the averse food ingredient, the flavorful food ingredient and the food additive is the same as an olfactory perception of only the flavorful food ingredient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kush R. Varshney, Lav R. Varshney
  • Patent number: 8969084
    Abstract: A method that identifies the compounds contributing to a sweet odor from an air conditioner, reproduces the sweet odor, and prepares a corresponding sweet odor composition. Through the analysis method of the present invention, the compounds contributing to the sweet odor from an air conditioner are identified and quantified. The sweet odor is reproduced from a combination of the compounds identified by the analysis method of the present invention. The reproduced sweet odor provides significant data required for development of an apparatus and a method for removing specific odor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Tae Hee Lee, Ji Wan Kim, Seok Man Kim, Sang Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 8969083
    Abstract: A method that identifies the compounds contributing to a fish-like odor from an air conditioner and artificially reproduces the fish-like odor, and prepares a corresponding fish-like odor composition. Through the analysis method of the present invention, the compounds contributing to the fish-like odor from an air conditioner are identified and quantified. The fish-like odor is reproduced from a combination of the compounds identified by the analysis method of the present invention. The reproduced fish-like odor provides significant data required for development of an apparatus and a method for removing specific odor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Tae Hee Lee, Ji Wan Kim, Sang Jun Lee, Seok Man Kim
  • Patent number: 8959982
    Abstract: Vapor wake detection is a highly advantageous method and system for detecting explosives and other illicit substances. With vapor wake detection, a canine and a handler are used; however, unlike other detection schemes, the canine leads the handler. After the handler positions the canine in a desired location, the canine detects scents in the air that come to the canine. When the canine detects a trained scent, the canine leads the handler to or follows behind the carrier of the item with the scent. Once the carrier is identified by the handler, the proper personnel are contacted. To implement vapor wake detection effectively, specific rigorous training is utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Auburn University
    Inventors: John Pearce, L. Paul Waggoner, Jeanne S. Brock, Timothy Baird, David A. Baffa, Daniel McAfee, Robert E. Leonard
  • Patent number: 8962334
    Abstract: A method is provided that identifies the compounds contributing to a malodor from an air conditioner, reproduces the malodor, and prepares a corresponding malodor composition. Through the analysis method of the present invention, the compounds contributing to the malodor from an air conditioner are identified and quantified. The malodor is reproduced from a combination of the compounds identified by the analysis method of the present invention. The reproduced malodor provides significant data required for development of an apparatus and a method for removing specific odor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Tae Hee Lee, Chi Won Jeong, Ji Wan Kim, Sun Dong Kim, Sang Jun Lee, Seok Man Kim
  • Patent number: 8950238
    Abstract: A device is provided which includes an activity sensor, a communication portion, and a route suggesting portion. The activity sensor can detect physical activity of a user of a device. The communication portion may provide access one or more social networks via a communication network, in which the device may communicate with a social network of contacts. The route suggesting portion may provide an alternate route to travel such that the predicted odor may not offend others that are socially connected to the user and that travel the same routes as the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Stephen H. Shaw, Rachid M. Alameh, William P. Alberth, Jerome Vogedes
  • Publication number: 20150033825
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting and indicating the presence of undesirable substances in ingestible substance such as food or beverages. More specifically, systems and methods for nonvisually and concealably indicating and detecting the presence of unwanted or undesired drugs in beverages and/or food.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen F. Holmes
  • Patent number: 8932871
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle includes a first ozone sensor that generates a first sensor signal indicating a first amount of ozone in air flowing into a radiator. A second ozone sensor generates a second sensor signal indicating a second amount of ozone in air flowing out of the radiator. A control module receives the first sensor signal and the second sensor signal and determines an ozone conversion rate based on the first sensor signal and the second sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventors: Scott H. Wittkopp, Chang H. Kim, Brian T. Heil
  • Patent number: 8931327
    Abstract: Vapor wake detection is a highly advantageous method and system for detecting explosives and other illicit substances. With vapor wake detection, a canine and a handler are used; however, unlike other detection schemes, the canine leads the handler. After the handler positions the canine in a desired location, the canine detects scents in the air that come to the canine. When the canine detects a trained scent, the canine leads the handler to or follows behind the carrier of the item with the scent. Once the carrier is identified by the handler, the proper personnel are contacted. To implement vapor wake detection effectively, specific rigorous training is utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Auburn University
    Inventors: John Pearce, L. Paul Waggoner, Jeanne S. Brock, Timothy Baird, David A. Baffa, Daniel McAfee, Robert E. Leonard, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150000373
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an artificial olfactory system (100), comprising of an inlet (101); a gas chamber (110) having a detector means, connected to a data acquisition system (104); a heater (112) and a plurality of fans (115); a humidity absorber (111); an outlet (102); a vacuum pump (103); characterized by the detector means having a plurality of sensors (121) in each of a plurality of clusters (120), wherein the plurality of sensors (121) in each of the plurality of clusters (120) comprises identical sensors capable of responding to a particular gas or vapour.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Universiti Putra Malaysia
    Inventors: Mohd Nizar Hamidon, Nasser Lotfivandvahed
  • Patent number: 8910508
    Abstract: A sensor module is provided that monitors the odor within the physical enclosure of a computing device that includes one or more components. A recognition module determines whether the odor within the physical enclosure is indicative of an overheating component that is overheating within the physical enclosure of the computing device. The recognition module may use an artificial neural network (ANN) to determine whether the odor is indicative of an overheating component. An alert module initiates an overheating protocol in response to determining that the odor within the physical enclosure is indicative of an overheating component. The alert module may, for example, alert the user and/or applications that a component is overheating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Francisco D. Liwa
  • Patent number: 8869591
    Abstract: A method for sensing analyte. The method includes the steps of sensing one or more parameters in reaction to the presence of one or more analytes and outputting a current therefrom in accordance with level of the sensed parameter by each of a plurality of sensors, each of the plurality of sensors being provided in one or more sensor array columns, selectively heating one or more of the sensor array columns by a heating element, and receiving an output current from one of the plurality of sensors from each of the plurality of sensor arrays by a Voltage Controlled Oscillator (VCO) arranged in a VCO array. The method further includes the steps of generating an output oscillation frequency by each VCO in accordance with the level of the received output current, and counting a number of oscillations over a predetermined time received from each of the plurality of VCOs in the VCO array by a plurality of counters arranged in a counter array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Sensorbit Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Dimmler, Thomas Moss, III
  • Publication number: 20140311219
    Abstract: A target odor detecting method for screening odor emitters in a relatively confined space using an animate and/or inanimate odor detector to detect one or more target odors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Freddie R. Brasfield
  • Publication number: 20140311217
    Abstract: A method is provided that identifies the compounds contributing to fishy water odor from an air conditioner, reproduces the fishy water odor, and prepares a corresponding fishy water odor composition. Through the analysis method of the present invention, the compounds contributing to the fishy water odor from an air conditioner are identified and quantified. The fishy water odor is reproduced from a combination of the compounds identified by the analysis method of the present invention. The reproduced fishy water odor provides significant data required for development of an apparatus and a method for removing specific odor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Tae Hee Lee, Ji Wan Kim, Seok Man Kim
  • Publication number: 20140311218
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method that can be used to scientifically fabricate pseudoscents of narcotics, which, in their entirety, are comprised of non-narcotic materials. It also discloses specific compositions of such pseudoscents, which can be used as narcotic-free-but-odoriferously-identical simulants for a range of narcotics and are comprised of non-narcotic components of the scent signature of a narcotic and/or scent components of the same headspace scent signature that have narcotic qualities but have been rendered non-narcotic. The scents achievable by the groups of formulations generated by this method include the different types of prohibited and controlled narcotics, and the components within the pseudoscents can be further tuned to generate simulants representative of different qualities and quantities of such narcotics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: David Adebimpe
  • Patent number: 8852945
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for identifying compounds contributing to a sour odor emitting from an air conditioner, a method for artificially reproducing the detected sour odor and preparing a corresponding sour odor composition. Through the analysis method of the present invention, the compounds contributing to the sour odor emitted from an air conditioner may be identified and quantified. The detected sour odor may be reproduced from a combination of the compounds identified by the analysis method of the present invention. The reproduced sour odor may provide meaningful data required for development of an apparatus and a method for removing specific odors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Tae Hee Lee, Ji Wan Kim
  • Patent number: 8852946
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for identifying the compounds contributing to urine odor emitting from an air conditioner, a method for artificially reproducing the detected urine odor, and preparing a corresponding urine odor composition. Through the analysis method of the present invention, the compounds contributing to the urine odor emitted from an air conditioner may be identified and quantified. The detected urine odor may be reproduced from a combination of the compounds identified by the analysis method of the present invention. The reproduced urine odor may provide meaningful data required for development of an apparatus and a method for removing specific odor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Tae Hee Lee, Ji Wan Kim, Seok Man Kim
  • Patent number: 8844337
    Abstract: An apparatus is presented including an input unit for receiving initial breath samples; a breath analysis module for analyzing the initial breath samples; a comparison module for comparing the initial breath samples to subsequent breath inputs; and a breath authorization module for locking and/or unlocking the apparatus in response to results received from the comparison module. The apparatus may also include a storage unit for storing the initial breath samples and the subsequent breath inputs. The breath analysis module is a chemical breath component analyzer configured to: (i) count each of a plurality of select volatile organic compounds from the initial breath samples and the subsequent breath inputs received from the input unit and (ii) determine a concentration of each of the plurality of the select volatile organic compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Theodosios Kountotsis, Agjah Libohova
  • Patent number: 8826723
    Abstract: In some aspects, olfactory devices include a housing having a first inlet and a second inlet, an ambient air inlet cartridge defining a channel in fluid communication with the first inlet, and a position sensor. The ambient air inlet cartridge includes a first member defining a first orifice, and a second member moveable relative to the first member, the second member defining a second orifice, where a degree of overlap between the first orifice and the second orifice controls a flow capacity of the channel. The position sensor signals the degree of overlap between the first orifice and the second orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: NUtech Ventures
    Inventor: Christopher G. Henry
  • Patent number: 8806914
    Abstract: A target odor detecting apparatus and method, the apparatus including a rotatable door assembly is disclosed for screening odor emitters for target odors. A screening zone is defined within the rotatable door assembly wherein air is moved to an observation room for screening by an animate odor detector to detect one or more target odors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Freddie R. Brasfield
  • Publication number: 20140186968
    Abstract: A method that identifies the compounds contributing to a fish-like odor from an air conditioner and artificially reproduces the fish-like odor, and prepares a corresponding fish-like odor composition. Through the analysis method of the present invention, the compounds contributing to the fish-like odor from an air conditioner are identified and quantified. The fish-like odor is reproduced from a combination of the compounds identified by the analysis method of the present invention. The reproduced fish-like odor provides significant data required for development of an apparatus and a method for removing specific odor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: Tae Hee Lee, Ji Wan Kim, Sang Jun Lee, Seok Man Kim
  • Patent number: 8746036
    Abstract: A method for sensing analyte. The method includes the steps of sensing one or more parameters in reaction to the presence of one or more analytes and outputting a current therefrom in accordance with level of the sensed parameter by each of a plurality of sensors, each of the plurality of sensors being provided in one or more sensor array columns, selectively heating one or more of the sensor array columns by a heating element, and receiving an output current from one of the plurality of sensors from each of the plurality of sensor arrays by a Voltage Controlled Oscillator (VCO) arranged in a VCO array. The method further includes the steps of generating an output oscillation frequency by each VCO in accordance with the level of the received output current, and counting a number of oscillations over a predetermined time received from each of the plurality of VCOs in the VCO array by a plurality of counters arranged in a counter array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Sensorbit Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Dimmler, Thomas Moss, III
  • Publication number: 20140137636
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for detecting and analyzing materials contributing to a detected odor from an air conditioner. The method includes analyzing the detected odor using a sensory evaluation of the detected odor. A first gas sample is then collected and instrumental analysis is performed to determine a plurality of contributing materials of the detected odor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Tae Hee Lee, Ji Wan Kim
  • Patent number: 8726719
    Abstract: The invention provides a light weight analyzer, e.g., detector, capable of locating clandestine graves. The detector utilizes the very specific and unique chemicals identified in the database of human decompositional odor. This detector, based on specific chemical compounds found relevant to human decomposition, is the next step forward in clandestine grave detection and will take the guess-work out of current methods using canines and ground-penetrating radar, which have historically been unreliable. The detector is self contained, portable and built for field use. Both visual and auditory cues are provided to the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Arpad A. Vass, Marcus B. Wise
  • Patent number: 8718956
    Abstract: Described is an apparatus for measuring mass change under high pressure, comprising: a high pressure cell comprising a reference quartz crystal microbalance sensor and a sample quartz crystal microbalance sensor, wherein the sample quartz crystal microbalance sensor is coated with a test sample selected from the group consisting of nanoporous materials and metal-organic frameworks; a pressure sensor operatively connected to the high pressure cell; a thermocouple operatively connected to the high pressure cell, wherein the high pressure cell is maintained at a pre-selected temperature; a gas inlet fluidly connected to the high pressure cell; and a gas outlet fluidly connected to the high pressure cell. Also described are methods of making and using the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignees: Phillip 66 Company, Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Hesketh, Sankar Nair, Ken McCarley, Milad Navaei, Kevin Bagnall, Anandram Venkatasubramanian
  • Patent number: 8701463
    Abstract: A target odor detection apparatus and system configured to house one or more inanimate odor detectors for screening air passed across odor emitters or conveyances that pass through the target odor detection apparatus. Various communication technologies are incorporated in certain embodiments to provide enhanced control over an apparatus or system located in multiple and, in some cases, very distant, geographic locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Freddie R. Brasfield
  • Publication number: 20140096590
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a mobile electronic system that gathers and analyzes odors, airborne chemicals and/or compounds. The system includes a sample delivery component that can gather airborne substances and/or gaseous substances. A detection component can detect the presences of chemicals, substances, and/or visual gases in a sample. Analyzed samples can be compared with known substance and/or odor analysis. In addition, the source of the sample can be determined. Accordingly, odor, gas, and/or airborne substance identification can be accomplished.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventors: Alexander Himanshu Amin, Himanshu Subhash Amin
  • Publication number: 20140087475
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method for identifying compounds contributing to a sour odor emitting from an air conditioner, a method for artificially reproducing the detected sour odor and preparing a corresponding sour odor composition. Through the analysis method of the present invention, the compounds contributing to the sour odor emitted from an air conditioner may be identified and quantified. The detected sour odor may be reproduced from a combination of the compounds identified by the analysis method of the present invention. The reproduced sour odor may provide meaningful data required for development of an apparatus and a method for removing specific odors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Tae Hee Lee, Ji Wan Kim
  • Patent number: 8671737
    Abstract: A target odor detection apparatus and system configured to temporarily house one or more animate odor detectors for screening air passed across odor emitters or conveyances that pass through the target odor detection apparatus. Various types of sensor technologies are incorporated in certain embodiments to provide consistent detection results by, inter alia, consistently interpreting trained signals from animate odor detectors. Various communication technologies are incorporated in certain embodiments to provide enhanced control over an apparatus or system located in multiple and, in some cases, very distant, geographic locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Freddie R. Brasfield
  • Publication number: 20140060150
    Abstract: A device is provided which includes an activity sensor, a communication portion, and a route suggesting portion. The activity sensor can detect physical activity of a user of a device. The communication portion may provide access one or more social networks via a communication network, in which the device may communicate with a social network of contacts. The route suggesting portion may provide an alternate route to travel such that the predicted odor may not offend others that are socially connected to the user and that travel the same routes as the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Stephen H. Shaw, Rachid M. Alameh, William P. Alberth, Jerome Vogedes