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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UTILIZING INFORMATION FROM AN RFID TAG ASSOCIATED WITH AN ARTICLE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method and system is disclosed for using RFID tags associated with articles of commerce with standard mobile wireless devices and application software used as readers for identifying and tracking articles before and after the sale of the article. Information is used to enhance product marketing by manufacturers and resellers, to identify and authenticate desirable articles and provide information on cost and where the article can be purchased by the general public, to care for the article and log its usage over time, and to track the location of the article over time. Operation may also occur via automated software control, using available mobile wireless devices as a free or very low cost ad hoc wireless network.



NUCLEAR POWER PLANT CONTAINMENT REAL-TIME REMOTE OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT EMPLOYING SERVER AND CLIENT

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A server-based nuclear containment operations system can be used to monitor structures, systems, components, and personnel within the containment building of a nuclear power facility. The disclosed and claimed concepts relate generally to a method for utilizing near field communication (NFC) on a mobile client device having the dynamic capabilities of a logic-based computerized procedures system (CPS). The client permits the execution of procedures remotely in the field while monitoring the real-time current state and operation of the systems, components, and sensors of a large facility such as a nuclear power plant. This system consists of a client and server application which provide real-time monitoring of procedure adherence and place keeping, facility clearance information, and work order administration (including tracking an operator's procedure adherence) and further provides a capability for operator input. The client portion of the system is wireless and is designed to be taken into the field, which would include areas such as radiological and hazardous area where retrieval of completed paperwork can be impractical. The client has the capability to use NFC for physical component identification which enables clearance verification.



NON-TRANSITORY STORAGE MEDIUM ENCODED WITH COMPUTER READABLE INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM ALLOWING USE OF DATA IN STORAGE MEDIUM AMONG DIFFERENT APPLICATION PROGRAMS, INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A non-transitory storage medium encoded with a computer readable information processing program, the information processing program causing a computer to function as a reading module which reads data from an information storage medium by establishing near field wireless communication with the information storage medium, a first processing module which executes a first application program generating second data with the use of first data read by the reading module, a writing module which writes the second data into the information storage medium by establishing near field wireless communication with the information storage medium, and a second processing module which executes a second application program different from the first application program with the use of the second data read by the reading module.



RECTIFIER AND LIMITER CIRCUIT HAVING A PLURALITY OF TIME CONSTANTS AND PASSIVE RADIO FREQUENCY TAG

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention relates to the technical field of radio frequency identification, in particular to a rectifier and limiter circuit having a plurality of time constants and a passive radio frequency tag containing this rectifier and limiter circuit. By applying analog control signals with different time constants to control terminals of two discharge paths of the rectifier and limiter circuit, respectively, i.e., adjusting the voltage amplitude at different switching speeds, switching the two discharge paths from a completely open state to a completely closed state is realized. Discharging is performed properly according to the amount of charge at antenna terminals and the level of energy of the tag, thus to improve the demodulation capacity of the tag and increase the read-write distance of the tag.



TRAFFIC COMPLEXITY ESTIMATION

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A vehicle system includes at least one environmental sensor and a processing device. The environmental sensor is programmed to collect traffic information. The processing device is programmed to receive the traffic information, generate a traffic complexity index based at least in part on the traffic information, compare the traffic complexity index to a predetermined threshold, and generate a traffic alert signal if the traffic complexity index exceeds the predetermined threshold.



Traffic Signal Sequence Alert

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

This invention is a device that alerts the driver of a vehicle located at or near a traffic signal-controlled intersection that the red light has changed to green. The alert takes place by either audible, visual, or tactile means. The invention is to be powered by the automobile electrical system, either through the OBD2 port or through the 12V accessory port.



TRAFFIC SIGNALING APPARATUS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In one aspect, traffic signaling apparatus are described herein. In some embodiments, a traffic signaling apparatus described herein comprises a first traffic light structure and a second traffic light structure. The second traffic light structure is operable to display a plurality of traffic signals, such as a red traffic signal and a green traffic signal. Further, the second traffic light structure is attached to a horizontal or substantially horizontal cable or to a horizontal or substantially horizontal mast arm. Moreover, the first traffic light structure is attached to the second traffic light structure or to the mast arm by a pole. Additionally, in some cases, the first traffic light structure is disposed at least three feet above the second traffic light structure. The first traffic light structure can also be substantially horizontally aligned with the second traffic light structure.



PROCESS INSTRUMENTATION WITH WIRELESS CONFIGURATION

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of automatically configuring a remote indicator is provided. The method includes placing the remote indicator within near field communication range of an operating field device. Configuration information is wirelessly exchanged between the remote indicator and the field device. The remote indicator is coupled to receive process information. Process information is received through the coupling and displayed on a display of the remote indicator. A field device and remote indicator are also provided.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING AND SECURING A SUPERVISED OPENING

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method of securing an opening or access point may transition to a first alarm state in response to an indication that the access point is open, sound a first audible alarm in response to an open access point, silence the first audible alarm and return to the armed state in response to a disarming action by a user, transition to a first disarmed state in response to an indication of the disarming action by the user, initiate a countdown from a first predetermined time period in response to the disarming action by the user, return to the armed state upon the expiration of the first predetermined period, transition to a second disarmed state in response to an indication of a closed access point, and initiate a countdown from a second predetermined period in response to a remaining first predetermined period being greater than the second predetermined period.



HAND-WASH MANAGEMENT AND COMPLIANCE SYSTEM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method and apparatus for managing hand-washing compliance can include: sensing a user's hand-wash motions; estimating hand-wash scrubs per minute based on the user's hand-wash motions; counting a total hand-wash scrubs based on the user's hand-wash motions; estimating hand-wash vigor based on the user's hand-wash motions; calculating a hand-wash score based on the hand-wash vigor; displaying the hand-wash vigor, the total hand-wash scrubs, and the hand-wash scrubs per minute on a display; and displaying a timer that counts down based on the hand-wash vigor.



METHOD FOR PREVENTING PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE FROM BEING LEFT IN VEHICLE, THE PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE, AND THE VEHICLE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for preventing a portable electronic device from being left in a vehicle, and the electronic device and the vehicle using the same is provided. The method of the electronic device includes receiving, from the vehicle, a first signal including information regarding identification of an off state of an engine of the vehicle, receiving, from the vehicle, a second signal including information regarding identification of a change to an empty state of at least one seat of the vehicle, determining movement of the electronic device, and executing an alarm function, based on at least one of the first signal, the second signal, and the determined movement of the electronic device.



Method Using a Mobile computing device to Improve bluetooth Anti-lost reminder in Precise Positioning and remindering

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Systems and methods for precise location and tracking of a bag, wallet or luggage body. The system having a bag, wallet or luggage body having an anti-lost communication device attached to the bag, wallet or luggage body, the anti-lost communication device comprising a wireless communication device; and an application on a mobile computing device in communication with the wireless communication device, wherein the application issues a reminder on the mobile computing device when it determines the wireless communication device is a predetermined distance from the mobile computing device or the wireless communication device has lost communication with the mobile computing device.



Detecting Physical Separation of Portable Devices

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for detecting physical separation between a first device and a second device includes identifying a moving state of the first device. A first set of motion data is collected for the first device responsive to identifying the moving state. A second set of motion data is received from a second device. The first and second sets of motion data are compared to determine a motion consistency metric. An alert signal is generated responsive to the motion consistency metric being less than a predetermined threshold.



MULTIPLE COIL CONFIGURATION FOR FAULTED CIRCUIT INDICATOR

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A faulted circuit indicator (FCI) may use a multiple coil configuration to improve measurements of current flowing through a power line. The FCI may include a fault alert module and a sensor configured to measure a current flowing within a power line based on a first inductive coupling with the power line. The FCI may further include a power supply configured to provide at least one supply voltage based on a second inductive coupling with the power line. The FCI may include a detector/controller module coupled to the fault alert module, sensor, and power supply. The detector/controller may be configured to monitor measurements provided by the sensor, and provide a warning signal to the fault alert module when a fault condition in the power line is detected.



WHISTLE CAPABLE OF DETECTING AIR PRESSURE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A whistle capable of detecting an air pressure includes a housing and a circuit board module. The housing further includes a shell body and a division assembly. The shell body has an interior space. The division assembly dividing the interior space into an air chamber and an accommodation chamber further has a detection opening communicative in space with the air chamber. The air chamber has a blow hole for a user to blow an air into the air chamber. The circuit board module located in the shell body includes a main board and an air-pressure sensor. The main board partly at least located in the accommodation chamber has an air-detecting region respective to the detection opening The air-pressure sensor mounted in the air-detecting region is to detect the air and to transmit a corresponding detection signal upon detecting the air.



NETWORKED FILTER CONDITION INDICATOR

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A filter condition indicator system is described herein. A pressure differential switch monitors air pressure across a filter, and a transmitter coupled to the pressure differential switch sends a signal to a networked device. If the pressure differential near the filter triggers the switch, then a “dirty” signal is sent to or retrieved by a mobile device which indicates that the filter is dirty and should be replaced. The filter condition indicator is able to be used by bypassing a thermostat and sending an alert to a computer or mobile device wirelessly. Alternatively, the filter condition indicator system described herein is able to be used in conjunction with a previously installed furnace/thermostat system by utilizing the pre-existing thermostat wiring. The filter condition indicator system is able to be used with HVAC systems, air conditioning systems, other heating/cooling systems, or other systems or devices.



Active protection system

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An active protection system for protecting an object includes a first lens, a second lens, a processing unit and an alarm unit. The first lens is configured to receive first light and generate a first image. The second lens is configured to receive second light and generate a second image. The processing unit is configured to obtain a characteristic value of the object from the second image, determine whether the characteristic value reaches a pre-set value, and judge whether the object is regulated in a predetermined period after the characteristic value reaches the pre-set value. The alarm unit is configured to raise an alarm under control of the processing unit if the object is not regulated in the predetermined period after the characteristic value reaches the pre-set value.



SWIMMING AID TO PREVENT DROWNING

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system for drowning prevention in a swimming pool including a wearable swimming aide having a plurality of wireless sensors including as an underwater depth transmitter, a heart rate sensor, a motion sensor and a blood oxygen sensor. Further the system includes an underwater array of sensors and an overhead array of sensors configured to receive signal from the underwater depth transmitter. A drowning prevention controller configured to receive signal from the wearable swimming aid, the underwater array of sensors, and the overhead array of sensors. The drowning prevention controller configured to activate an alarm system that includes an underwater array of light and an array of underwater bubble generator. Further drowning prevention controller is a circuitry implementing a method that includes determination of drowning event, the location and activation of the alarm system.



VEHICLE OPERATOR IMPAIRMENT DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An operator impairment detection system comprising a wearable mobile device including a frame for supporting the wearable mobile device on an operator's face, an accelerometer for sensing acceleration of the wearable mobile device, a proximity sensor configured to be aimed at an eye area of the operator when the operator is wearing the wearable mobile device for sensing the operator's eye closing and opening, and a processor configured to receive acceleration vector data and proximity vector data and run an application for determining when the operator's head nods or rotates and when the operator's eye blinks and for determining when the nod, rotation, and/or blink or combination of nods, rotations, and/or blinks constitutes an operator impairment event, the processor being configured to instruct the wearable mobile device to alert the operator when an impairment event is detected.



ESTIMATION AND MONITORING OF PATIENT TORSO ANGLE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A person support apparatus supports a person in a laying-down or a seated position. One or more body-mounted sensors detect changes in the position of the person relative to a reference. A control system receives output from the body-mounted sensor or sensors through a remote coupling. The control system uses patient position information obtained from the body-mounted sensors to determine whether the person has experienced a change-in-position and/or a change-in-activity event. Alternatively or in addition, the position of the person situated on a person support apparatus is detected using one or more sensors that are not body-mounted, but rather are coupled to the person support apparatus or to another component of a patient support system. The patient position information is used to estimate the patient's torso angle. The estimated torso angle is used to assess the patient's condition.



DISTANCE DETECTION SYSTEM, VIBRATION PROMPT CIRCUIT AND VIBRATION PROMPT METHOD

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A distance detection system in an electronic device includes a vibration prompt circuit and a prompt module. The vibration prompt circuit includes a distance sensor, a processor, and a comparison module. The distance sensor is coupled to the processor. The processor is coupled to the comparison module. The comparison module is coupled to the prompt module. The distance sensor sends a distance value as to the distance between itself and a detected object to the processor. The processor converts the distance value to a current value and the current value is compared with a reference value. The prompt module activates a vibration device if the current value is greater than the reference value. A vibration prompt circuit and a vibration prompt method are also provided.



NOTIFICATIONS ON A USER DEVICE BASED ON ACTIVITY DETECTED BY AN ACTIVITY MONITORING DEVICE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A mobile device is provided, including: a synchronization module configured to receive, at the mobile device, activity data from an activity monitoring device via a wireless connection; an activity data processing module configured to process the activity data to determine an activity metric for a user; a notification generator configured to compare the activity metric against a predefined threshold, the predefined threshold being mapped to a notification message, determine, based on the comparison, that the activity metric has reached or exceeds the predefined threshold, and access an electronic calendar associated with the user to obtain electronic calendar data; a display; and, a notification presenter configured to display the notification message on the mobile device via the display responsive to determining that the activity metric has reached or exceeded the predefined threshold, a timing of the display of the notification message being determined based on the electronic calendar data.



FIRE DETECTION

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A particle detection system including a particle detector in fluid communication with at least two sample inlets for receiving a sample flow from a monitored region. The particle detector includes detection means for detecting the level of particles within the sample flow and outputting a first signal indicative of the level of particles within the sample flow. A flow sensor is located downstream of the sample inlets for measuring the flow rate of the sample flow and outputting a second signal indicative of the flow rate of the sample flow. At least a first sample inlet is normally open to the monitored region for receiving at least part of the sample flow. At least a second sample inlet is normally closed to the monitored region but is openable to the monitored region in response to a change in environmental conditions in the monitored region. The particle detection system further includes processing means adapted for receiving the first and second signals and comparing the first signal to a predetermined threshold level and comparing the second signal to a predetermined threshold flow rate, and generating an output signal based on the respective comparisons of the first and second signals. A method of particle detection is also described.



ALARM CIRCUIT FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An alarm circuit for electronic device includes a detection unit, a signal conversion circuit, and an alarm control circuit. The detection unit is configured to detect a working status of an electronic device, and output a control signal of a first voltage level when the detection circuit determines the presence of smoke in the electronic device. The signal conversion circuit is configured to receive the control signal of the first voltage level, and convert the control signal of the first voltage level to an alarm signal of a first voltage level. The alarm control circuit is configured to receive the alarm signal of the first voltage level and transmit an alarm.



ALARM SYSTEM FOR LUGGAGE IN A LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT IN A PASSENGER TRAIN

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system, passenger train, method and software product for assisting a passenger to monitor luggage and eventually issue an alarm. The system includes a luggage compartment with an RFID reader in connection with a train server aboard of the train. The train server is provided with information about an RFID tag attached to a piece of luggage of a specific passenger, and the train server is provided with information about the mobile device of this specific passenger. Upon detection of a piece of luggage with a registered RFID tag the train server notifies the mobile device of the passenger associated with the RFID tag and requests the passenger to confirm deposit of the luggage. The RFID reader seizes to protect the RFID tag of the deposited piece of luggage, the train server notifies the mobile device of the passenger associated with the RFID tag.



POINT OF SALE TERMINAL HAVING ENHANCED SECURITY

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A case-open switch assembly for a data entry device including a housing, the case-open switch assembly including at least one arrangement of electrical contacts arranged on a base surface, the at least one arrangement including a central contact and at least one contact spaced from and at least partially surrounding the central contact and at least one element, having a conductive contact surface including a central contact engagement portion and at least one contact engagement portion spaced from and at least partially surrounding the central contact engagement portion, which contacts the central contact and the at least one contact spaced from and at least partially surrounding the central contact and defines a short circuit between the central contact and at least one of the at least one contact when in a closed operative orientation.



PROJECTED DOORBELL SWITCH NOTIFICATIONS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A doorbell switch including a projector is described. The doorbell switch can be configured to provide a first or automated display state of the projector based on one or more rules or predefined conditions defined at a client device, state conditions of a security system, or another backend the computing system, as well as various time of day, sensor, and other conditions. The automated display state can change over time in response to changes in the operation and/or status of various systems. Additionally, the doorbell switch can be configured to provide a second or actuated display state in response to the actuation of the doorbell switch.



DYNAMIC AUTHENTICATION ADAPTOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Various embodiments of the present invention provide for secure and flexible access to the contents of a smart package in the chain of transportation. In embodiments, access is automatically controlled by a security authentication adaptor based on an authentication mechanism that adapts to changing security environments during transportation. In embodiments, a level of required authentication is adjusted depending on situational, contextual awareness that is achieved via sensors coupled to a context state detector to monitor and detect a transportation state of the smart package. Based on the transportation state, a security state machine dynamically adjust a risk level associated with the transportation state and instructs an authentication module apply, in response to an authentication request, one or more authentication methods based on the risk level.



VEHICLE KEY SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR USING THE SAME

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A vehicle key system includes a transmitting device issuing optical signals and a receiving device. The transmitting device includes a light source module. An optical signal with predetermined Identification (ID) information is generated by the light source module and the optical signal is converted into an electrical signal. A signal receiving module of the receiving device verifies the electrical signal and controls a vehicle to unlock. An electronic energy is converted into an electromagnetic signal and the electromagnetic signal is broadcast. A wireless charging receiver of the transmitting device receives the electromagnetic signal and generates the electronic energy. The present disclosure also provides a method for using the vehicle key system.



COLLECTION OF INFORMATION USING CONTACTLESS DEVICES IN COMBINATION WITH MOBILE COMPUTING DEVICES

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An approach for collecting information in a facility including a plurality of users, wherein each of the plurality of users includes at least one contact-less device for accessing the facility, wherein the contact-less device stores an identifier, and at least one of the plurality of users includes a wireless computing device, is provided. The approach broadcasts an interrogation signal by a selected wireless computing device from at least one of the plurality of users. The approach receives a response signal to the interrogation signal by the selected wireless computing device from each of one or more proximal contact-less devices of one or more contact-less devices within the operating range of the selected wireless computing device. The approach generates a collection message from the selected wireless computing device. The approach transmits the collection message from the selected wireless computing device to a central computing system.



OPERATING SYSTEMS FOR AN RFID TAG

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for a wireless computing device, comprising an antenna, an analog block for receiving and transmitting an RF signal through the antenna, a power management block for managing power requirements of the wireless computing device, and a data processing and controller block for data management, wherein the data processing and controller block comprises (i) a first program memory adapted to store a first set of instructions comprising a system call adapted to control at least one function of the wireless computing device (ii) a second program memory adapted to store a second set of instructions comprising an instruction to call the system call, and (iii) at least one processor, wherein at least one processor is adapted to execute the first set of instructions and at least one processor is adapted to execute the second set of instructions.



CLINICAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A clinical information management system including a patient sensor system that collects data of a patient, a hospital information system that displays the data, a clinical server that processes the data from the patient sensor system and determines whether the patient is in need of assistance, and a monitoring apparatus. The clinical server transmits a message to the monitoring apparatus based on the data.



VOLTAGE WARNING SYSTEM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A voltage warning system includes a voltage dividing module configured to be coupled to an output voltage from a power module; a first switch module is coupled to the voltage dividing module; a second switch module is coupled to the first switch module; and a warning module is coupled to the second switch module. The voltage dividing module is configured to divide the output voltage, and the divided voltage is configured to switch on and off the first switch module. The first switch module is configured to activate and deactivate the second switch module. The second switch module is configured to activate and deactivate the warning module. When the output voltage is lower than a setting voltage, the divided voltage activates the warning module to sound alarm via the first switch module and the second switch module.



Ultrasonic Water Flow Detection In Highrise Buildings

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

This system is used to monitor water flow in a multi-resident high rise apartment building with the use of an ultrasonic flow meter and sensor. The non-intrusive process is designed to measure water flow in either a horizontal pipe at the floor level or in a vertical riser pipe. The operational process is designed to solve the problem of continuous unwanted water flow and leaks over a given preset period. For example, a broken faucet or an overflowing toilet are some of the problems affecting stakeholders. This invention embodies water flow from zero to maximum flow in accordance with a scaled 4-20 mA signal to provide early warning to stakeholders with the use of cellular text message. The scaled 4-20 mA signal is fed into a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) with Human to Man Interface (HMI) to provide live water-flow trend locally and remotely with the use of a web server.



Systems and Methods for Detecting Lever Locking Positions on Liquid Level Controllers

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

During shipment or other handling events, it is necessary to protect a liquid level controller from damage by manually engaging a lever locking mechanism to secure a lever assembly of the liquid level controller. The lever locking mechanism must be manually disengaged prior to calibrating or putting the liquid level controller into operation. To better facilitate an operator in monitoring the state of the lever locking mechanism, a sensor is coupled to the lever locking mechanism to detect whether the lever locking mechanism is in a locked or unlocked position. This information is then provided to the operator via a user interface. Compared to current visual inspections, the use of the sensor is more robust and reliable, and provides a simple non-contact method for determining the state of the lever locking mechanism.



VESSEL DISPLAY DEVICE AND VESSEL INFORMATION DISPLAY METHOD

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A vessel display device displays information on a vessel. The vessel display device includes an information acquirer that acquires the same type of information on a plurality of propulsion machines included in the vessel, a display information generator that generates, based on the information acquired by the information acquirer, display information which displays information on the plurality of propulsion machines on a single scale, and a display that displays the display information generated by the display information generator. The display information generator may generate display information which displays the same type of information on the plurality of propulsion machines in a different format on a single scale. The display information generator may generate display information which sequentially displays the same type of information on the plurality of propulsion machines on a single scale.



VESSEL CARGO MONITORING SYSTEM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system for assessing vessel stability includes a weight sensor, a data storage device, a locator, and a display device. The system provides real-time weight and position data for each cargo aboard the vessel in relation to the vessel's cargo areas. The display device may be used by the vessel Captain to assess the stability of the vessel, for instance, during loading and unloading of cargoes when the vessel is near a rig. The weight and position data may alternatively be sent to the vessel stability computer system to assist in determining the vessel stability.



DROWSY DRIVER DETECTION

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In embodiments of drowsy driver detection, a drowsy driver mode is initiated on a wearable wireless device being worn by a user in response to detecting that the user is driving a vehicle. The drowsy driver mode causes the wearable wireless device to use a first sensor to generate first sensor data which can be analyzed to detect a drowsy driver condition. In response to detecting the drowsy driver condition, a second sensor on the wearable wireless device is activated to generate second sensor data that can be analyzed to confirm the drowsy driver condition. In response to confirming the drowsy driver condition, one or more alerts are initiated. Generally, the alerts are intended to wake up the user, warn other passengers in the vehicle that the user is drowsy or otherwise impaired, and/or notify an emergency operator.



TRAFFIC WARNING INDICATOR SYSTEM

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A traffic indicator warning unit for preventing collisions in blind corners has a weather-resistant chassis, a rechargeable battery within the chassis configured to power the unit, an indicator assembly mounted to the chassis comprising a first indicator light configured to indicate to a driver to stop and wait, and a second indicator light configured to indicate to a driver that the unit is non-operational, and further a motion-detector mounted to the chassis, configured to detect a moving vehicle near the unit, a metal detector mounted to the chassis, configured to detect the metal in a vehicle near the unit, and a transmitter/receiver within the chassis having an antenna, wherein the transmitter/receiver is configured to communicate with one or more other traffic warning units. A method of use of a traffic indicator warning system for a blind corner system is also disclosed.



DISPLAY DEVICE OF VEHICLE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A display device of a vehicle comprises a rotational speed display unit including a dial plate section including scale markings to indicate a rotational speed of a motor, and an indicator needle member which is movable with respect to the dial plate section according to the rotational speed of the motor and points to one of the scale markings; a threshold determiner unit which determines whether or not the rotational speed of the motor has exceeded a predetermined threshold; and a display configuration control unit which changes a display configuration of the indicator needle member to urge a rider to perform a shift-up operation of a transmission, when the threshold determiner unit determines that the rotational speed has exceeded the predetermined threshold.



BATTERY JOINT MONITORING METHOD AND ASSEMBLY

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An exemplary method includes providing an alert in response to an analysis of an array that includes at least a first recorded value and a second recorded value, the first recorded value corresponding to an electrical parameter of a battery joint under a first set of operating conditions, the second recorded value corresponding to the electrical parameter of the battery joint under a second set of operating conditions.



Device and Method for Validating License Plate Tags, a/k/a PROOF

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A device and method for validating license plates has a central server in communication with third party databases, external communication means, a fleet of indicators upon license plates of vehicles, and the indicators communicating to the central server. The central server receives input from insurance company, vehicle registration, law enforcement, and subscriber databases. The central server compares a license plate or other data to criteria. Upon meeting one criterion, the central server sends a signal through the communication means to an indicator upon a subscriber's license plate for illumination. Upon failing another criterion, the central server communicates a different signal to an indicator for intermittent illumination. The central server also has an emergency function that a subscriber may activate which illuminates the indicator. The indicator unit has an antenna, a battery, a connection to a vehicle's electrical system, a microprocessor, and a light emitting diode.



AUTOMATIC CONTROL OF A DIRECTION OF TRAVEL INDICATOR OF A VEHICLE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for automatically controlling a direction of travel indicator of a vehicle having the following steps: receiving a signal for the chronologically limited activation of the direction of travel indicator, chronologically limited activation of the direction of travel indicator after reception of the signal for the chronologically limited activation of the direction of travel indicator, starting a timer for a measurement interval after reception of the signal for the chronologically limited activation of the direction of travel indicator, checking a steering angle measurement signal during the measurement interval, and deactivation of the direction of travel indicator as a function of the checking of the steering angle measurement signal.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING TIRE PRESSURE

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A tire pressure monitor system allows for customized configurations and a variety of intelligent alerts to increase usability and reliability over existing tire pressure monitor systems. A central receiver determines the alerts, rather than individual receivers, so that the tires can be monitored as a system rather than as individual tires. For instance, a Cross-Axle Alert is triggered when the pressure in a tire on one side of an axle is significantly greater than the pressure in a tire on an opposite side of the axle. Additional features include the use of Dynamic Reference Pressures, as opposed to static reference pressures, so that the alert parameters can be adjusted according to the current driving conditions. A robust user interface provides a user with a variety of views and screens and enables an administrator to adjust alert parameters while preventing a driver from adjusting the same parameters.



Eye Detection Method and System

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An eye detection method for detecting a degree of eye opening and closure of a testee includes detecting a location of an eye pupil, a location of an inner eye corner and a location of an outer eye corner of an eye of the testee; calculating an eye width according to the location of the inner eye corner and the location of the outer eye corner; multiplying the eye width by a specific ratio to obtain an eye height; generating a region of interest with a center on the location of the eye pupil, a length equal to the eye width, and a width equal to the eye height; and determining a ratio of the eye occupying a detection area in the region of interest, and determining the degree of eye opening and closure of the testee accordingly.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING PATIENT PHYSIOLOGICAL DATA

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system for monitoring patient physiological data is disclosed herein. The system comprises a wireless patient monitoring device with a known device identity having a first sensor for retrieving patient physiological data, and a data reception device comprising a processor for processing data received via a wireless communication protocol from the patient monitoring device and a memory for storing the known patient monitoring device identity, the memory being connected to an identity input device for entering the known patient monitoring device identity. The data reception device can receive and process identification data to obtain a patient monitoring device identity and to compare said identity with the stored known identity. When the identity matches, the data reception device is allowed to receive and process the retrieved patient physiological data. The patient monitoring device comprises a visual identification and the identity input device comprises an optical sensor for retrieving the visual identification.



PATIENT MONITORING SYSTEMS AND MESSAGES THAT SEND ALERTS TO PATIENTS

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system for is provided for using telemetry data based on patient habit information or patient monitoring. One or more patient monitoring devices has a unique patient ID. The one or more monitoring devices acquire patient information selected from of at least one of, a patient's activities, behaviors and habit information, and patient monitoring. ID circuitry is at the patient monitoring device. The ID circuitry includes ID storage, a communication system that reads and transmits the unique ID from an ID storage, a power source and a pathway system to route signals through the circuitry. An alarm is at the patient monitoring device that provides an alert only when the patient is in a wake-state. A telemetry system is in communication with the patient monitoring device. The telemetry system includes a database of patient ID's.



Marine Life Trap

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Apparatuses, methods, and systems are provided for making the harvesting of sea life efficient. For example, real-time or periodic information about the status of the many traps a fisherman may have set is communicated to the fisherman while the traps are still in the water. A fisherman can use this information to determine the best time and path for trap retrieval and reset operations to reduce fuel use and improve the catch efficiency per unit effort.



METHOD FOR DATA TRANSMISSION BETWEEN MEASURING APPARATUSES AND A DATA PROCESSING DEVICE IN A MEASURED DATA RECORDING SYSTEM

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for data transmission, between measuring apparatuses (5) and a data processing device (3, 3′) in a measured data recording system (1, 1′) with a controller (7, 7′), includes repeated execution of exchange steps by the controller. The exchange steps include reception of analog measured signals from the measuring apparatuses (5) and/or the digital exchange of digital messages between the measuring apparatuses and the controller (7, 7′). The exchange steps are started with a predefined time lag. A digital data packet is sent by the data processing device (3, 3′) to the controller. The digital data packet contains the code of one of the plurality of measuring apparatuses (5) and a digital message. The controller extracts the code from the digital data packet by the controller (7, 7′) and sends the digital message to the one of the plurality of measuring apparatuses, after the completion of the digital exchange.



AUTOMATION AND PERSONALIZATION PLATFORM

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A system and method of using a combination of portable devices including wearable devices and tags and fixed devices including plug-in readers that are able to communicate using a short range wireless technology is described. The environment in which the fixed devices are disposed include residential, vehicle and commercial/work areas. The environment is able to detect the presence and absence of particular portable devices, determine whether personalized triggers exist and act accordingly based on information stored in a server or cloud-based storage. The actions in the environment include security, environmental controls, and alert transmission.