Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTRemotely readable valve position indicators and related methods are described. An example apparatus in accordance with the teachings of this disclosure includes a valve body, a valve stem and a fluid flow control apparatus coupled to the valve stem. The fluid flow control apparatus is longitudinally displaceable between a first position and a second position to control fluid flow through a flow aperture of the valve body. The apparatus also includes a valve position indicator including an identifier device coupled to the valve stem. In the first position, the wireless identifier device associated with a first value indicative of the first position of the fluid flow control apparatus. In the second position, the wireless identifier device associated with a second value indicative of the second position of the fluid flow control apparatus.
Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA system for preventing drowsiness in a driver by employing a thermal grill. The system includes a detection module and an intervention module. The detection module monitors a driver's parameters to determine whether the driver is drowsy. If the driver is determined to be drowsy, the intervention module activates a thermal grill with interlaced hot and cold regions. This activation causes the hot regions to approach one temperature and the cold regions to approach another. Additionally, this activation leads to an uncomfortable sensation for the driver, alerts the driver, and prevents the driver from getting drowsy.
Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA parking brake engagement indicator for a parking brake system on a commercial truck wherein an indicator bar is mounted on the truck and is moveable between a position of impediment between the driver's outside lower leg portion and the driver's side exit doorframe of the truck, to a second position of non-impediment. The indicator bar is connected to the parking brake system whereby the bar is manipulated by the brake system itself to the position of impediment when the parking brake is disengaged and the bar is manipulated by the brake system to the position of non-impediment when the parking brake is engage.
Tue, 19 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA fluid-pressure indicator includes a housing having a first region and a second region. A pressure-responsive member is disposed in the first region and is movable between an expanded state and a compressed state. An indicator disk is viewable through the pressure-responsive member when the pressure-responsive member is in the compressed state and is obscured from view through the pressure-responsive member when the pressure-responsive member is in the expanded state. A diaphragm is movable from a relaxed state to a deflected state in response to pressure within the second region exceeding a threshold pressure and prevents fluid communication between the first region and the second region. The diaphragm additionally causes the pressure-responsive member to move from the expanded state to the compressed state when the pressure exceeds the threshold pressure.
Tue, 12 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA multi-purpose reflective collar for attachment to a fire hydrant that increases the visibility of the hydrant to motorists and others, and that indicates the hydrant's flow rate, water source and pressure rating to firefighters and other first responders through the use of color coded reflective tape webs that can be removably attached to the collar. The multi-purpose reflective collar of the present invention is adjustable to accommodate fire hydrants of different shapes and sizes, and is useful in increasing safety and the efficiency of firefighting procedures.
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTHerein described is an electro-pneumatic sound alarm, to be fitted on a two or four wheeled vehicle, constituted by an electro-compressor (2), having the function of drawing atmospheric air, compressing it and conveying it to an acoustic group (3). Such sound alarm (1) is characterized in that the electro-compressor (2) and the acoustic group (3) are mutually held by means of removable fit-coupling; furthermore, the coupling elements are rigid and integral with the aforementioned two components (FIG. 1).
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTThe present invention includes pressure event indicators that identify specific pressurized vessels or pipes from which a pressurized fluid has been exhausted, closed pressurized systems that implement such pressure event indicators, and methods of using such pressure event indicators. Embodiments of such pressure event indicators may include a housing having a substantially horizontal elongate passage, a rotatable axle orthogonally passing through the passage, a paddle fixedly attached to the axle having a closed position, an open position, and a shape that is complementary to a portion of the passage and that occludes a portion of the passage when the paddle is in the closed position, and at least one visual indicator outside of the housing and fixedly attached to the axle, where the purpose of the visual indicator is to identify a position of the paddle to an observer.
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA device to be mounted or adhere to a bottle cap, a box or other surface that easy and economically tracks when the last day and dose of a medicine or vitamin was taken or when the next is due The present invention comprises two disk and a dial. The base disk has indicia representing the days of the week, recessed teeth on the edge means to inhibit counterclockwise rotation of the cover disk and a central pin protruding from the center that clasp the three elements together at the same times that allows rotation of the cover disk over the base. The cover disk has indicia for the dose with a protruding wedge tooth means to inhibit counterclockwise rotation of the cover in relation to the base and a window to see the indicia of the base disk. The dial points to the dose indicia and holds the three parts together once the pin from the base disk clasp inside its aperture.
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA dosage indicator assembly is presented which may be removably attached or fixedly attached to a pill bottle or other medication container, for instance, for disposition onto a top surface of a pill bottle cap, as a replacement cap for a pill bottle, or integral with a cap of a pill bottle. In particular, the dosage indicator assembly of the various embodiments of the present invention is cooperatively structured to track and/or indicate to a user the consumption of prescription pills or other medication in order to prevent inadvertent overdose, for instance, as a result of a lapse in memory as to whether a pill or medication has recently been consumed.
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn automobile instrument (1) includes: a dial (4); an indicator (11) configured to rotate on the dial (4); a facing member (14) configured to surround a circumference of the dial (4) and comprising a plurality of transparent light guide portions (35) radially arranged respectively from an end of the circumference of the dial (4) at intervals in a circumferential direction of the dial (4); a first light source (17) configured to irradiate the dial (4) with light; and a second light source (19) configured to emit light to the transparent light guide portions (35).
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA combination meter has an indicator for radiating light having entered from an entrance portion thereof and a display panel having a displaying portion illuminated by light passing through such portion. A cylindrical body is inserted into a panel-side opening of the display panel. The cylindrical body has a body-side supporting portion so as to hold the display panel between the body-side supporting portion and a housing-side supporting portion. An outer peripheral reflecting portion formed in the cylindrical body reflects light toward a housing-side reflecting portion of a housing. Light emitted from a light source not only illuminates the indicator but also is reflected by the respective reflecting portions to illuminate the displaying portion.
Tue, 05 May 2015 08:00:00 EDTA pressure gauge includes a base including an annular flange and a pipe for gas flow; a ring on the flange; an uneven pressure measuring member on the ring; a moveable assembly including a seat, a hollow insert, and a shaft wherein the seat is secured to the pressure measuring member, the insert includes two opposite, internal, upper projections, the insert is fastened in the seat, the shaft includes external threads secured to the projections, an upper annular groove, a top protrusion, and an axis projects upward from the protrusion; a pointer secured to the axis; a covering member includes a ring member on the pressure measuring member, and a bridge crossing the ring member and allowing the axis to pass through, and a bent member; a balance spring in the groove and fastened in the bent member; a scale on the bridge; a housing; and a transparent cover.
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDTThe disclosure relates to an indicator device that can be used on an instrument panel comprising two electric motors, two concentric shafts, a visual information member moved in translation by one of the shafts in a transverse direction relative to the axis of rotation of the shaft, and a guide member that is rotatably linked to the other shaft, rotates the visual information member with itself, and guides the visual information member in translation in the transverse direction. According to the disclosure, the two shafts are concentric, the visual information member is self-supporting, and the visual information member is longer than the guide member in the transverse direction.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDTA roadside equipment (RSE) system that can be used for controlling traffic signals and other equipment and corresponding method. A method includes maintaining a traffic signal in a GREEN phase in a first direction, including displaying a GREEN indicator in the first direction. The method includes detecting an event indicating that the phase of the traffic signal in the first direction should be changed and changing the phase of the traffic signal to a pre-YELLOW phase in response to the detected event, including continuing to display the GREEN indicator in the first direction. The method includes wirelessly transmitting a message indicating the pre-YELLOW phase and a phase time, the phase time indicating a next change of phase of the traffic signal, and changing the phase of the traffic signal to a YELLOW phase when the phase time has been reached.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDTAmong other things, an entry monitor has circuitry to detect when a person enters a monitored space and an indicator perceptible to other people in the space to indicate a cleanliness state of the hands of the person who has entered the space.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDTA counting device includes a shaft, a handle affixed to a first end of the shaft, and a locking unit mounted in the handle spaced from the shaft. A locking plate has an opening for accommodating the shaft. The locking plate has a plurality of recesses facing the locking unit for cooperating with the locking unit. A position indicating assembly is coupled to the shaft to move as the handle is rotated. The recesses are arranged in a circular pattern on the locking plate such that the locking unit engages each recess as the handle is rotated around the shaft. The recesses are configured to permit one-way rotation of the handle.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDTA vehicle display apparatus includes a first partition member and a second partition member disposed in front of a display screen of a display panel. Each of the first and second partition members includes a window portion. The first and second partition members may be set in separated positions or in overlapping positions. In the separated positions, the first and second partition members are spaced apart from each other along the display screen. In the overlapping positions, the first partition member is separated forward from the display screen, the second partition member is located between the first partition member and the display screen, and the window portions of the first and second partition members overlap.
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDTA center-less pointer type display apparatus includes a pointer moving device having a pointer section and a carrying section, and a containing case having a case body and a dial plate. A pointer accommodated in the containing case indicates a scale on the dial plate. The carrying section has a guide rail and a wire. A spring is interposed between a first support member and a second support member of the pointer section so that a lower portion and an upper portion of the spring push the first support member and the second support member respectively, and thereby holding an upper portion and a lower portion of the guide rail respectively. A wire fixing section is provided at an intermediate portion of the pointer section on a line connecting the upper pulley and the lower pulley.
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDTIn order to achieve simple maintenance and/or installation of an elevator system, a marking device has at least one light emitting unit for generating at least one mark on a component of the system.
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDTLiquid consumption counter devices are described herein. One liquid consumption counter device can comprise a body having a number of indicator points, and a counter coupled to the body, wherein the counter rotates around the body to each of the number of indicator points and wherein rotation of the counter to each of the consecutive indicator points indicates consumption of a volume of liquid.
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDTThe present invention relates to an indicator device, a display device, particularly for a motor vehicle, and a needle mounting method for a display device.
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDTA cartridge monitoring system for use in a cartridge-operated fire suppression system having an enclosure with an opening, sidewalls, an interior space, a cover, and a regulator assembly having a cartridge-receiving opening for receiving a cartridge and a regulator mount. The system includes a fixture positioned in the interior space in a fixed position relative to the regulator assembly; an elongate member having a rotation point fixed to a hinge member, a free end, and an arm portion between the free end and the rotation point, with the elongate member being rotatable about the axis of rotation between a first position in which the free end of the elongate member is within the interior space and a second position in which the free end is outside of the interior space.
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDTA light-guide indicator is provided with a base part, and an indicator main body extending along the indicator plate from one end of the base part. One end of a light-guide output shaft provided with a motor is arranged opposite to the other end of the base part, and the other end of the output shaft is arranged opposite to a light source. A back side of the indicator plate is provided with a light-guide member, and the light-guide member is provided with a first recess receiving the other end of the base part and a second recess receiving the one end of the output shaft. A bottom face of the first recess is arranged tapered in such a way that the bottom face approaches the output shaft as approaches rotation axis of the output shaft.
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDTThe patent application is directed to a moisture indicator that reversibly changes between two different colors depending on whether the moisture indicator is in a wet state or in a dry state. The moisture indicator is used to provide visual information about dryness/wetness of a substrate such as plant soil. The moisture indicator comprises a porous body member having a moisture indicating color and a moisture indicating material over the moisture indicating color. Water passed through the porous material activates the moisture indicating material from a dry opaque state to a transparent clear state. In the transparent clear state, the moisture indicating material reveals the moisture indicating color.
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDTSystems and methods for displaying a marine signaling device are disclosed. A flag coupled to a top section of a telescoping shaft includes a folding arm pivotally coupled to the top section that folds upward to gather the flag into alignment with the telescoping shaft. A housing couples to a boat and supports the shaft in the display configuration and receives the shaft in the storage configuration. As the shaft is retracted, the folding arm contacts an upper surface of the housing and gathers the flag into alignment with the shaft. A motor automatically extends/retracts the shaft based on detected tension on a tow rope mount of the boat or a tow rope coupled to the boat. A tension switch detects tension and activates the motor based on the detected tension. The tension switch may include arms that rotate in response to tension to activate a limit switch.
Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn animal alert device comprising a sound emitting device, the sound emitting device having an internal geometry configured to emit sound while a vehicle is in motion, an attachment portion having a first portion, a second portion, and a transition portion, wherein the attachment portion is configured to engage a window of the vehicle when in a first position, and an extension portion operably connecting the sound emitting device and the attachment portion, wherein the animal alert device is movable from the first position to a second position from a position within the vehicle is provided. Furthermore, an associated method is also provided.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTA device for collecting samples of the sea floor, including a collection apparatus, a diving apparatus and a control apparatus.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTA signaling device for signaling heating in a mechanical system susceptible to undergo contact heating during operation. The signaling device includes a body containing a thermally triggered charge generating combustion gas, ignition of the charge able to be triggered under the effect of a predetermined heat contribution, from a heating area of the body toward the charge, or under the action of an ignition command, a reservoir containing a fluid, and delivery means delivering pressurized fluid outside the reservoir through the action, directly or through an intermediate member moving in the reservoir, of the combustion gases. The signaling device also comprises at least one visual signaling element for visually signaling combustion of the charge, the visual signaling element being visible at an outer peripheral area of the signaling device after combustion of the charge. The invention also relates to a mechanical system equipped with at least one such signaling device.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTA display apparatus characterized by having a scale mark display section which is provided in a predetermined display area; a pointer which moves on the scale mark display section and indicates a scale mark in the scale mark display section; a stepping motor which drives the pointer; a stopper section which is positioned in an end section of the scale mark display section and which restricts movement range of the pointer; and a movable supporting section which movably supports the stopper section.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTAn improved orthotic has a strap that secures the orthotic to a wearer, and comprises a tension indicator coupled to the strap. The tension indicator includes a first element disposed to produce a tactile signal when a tension in the strap reaches a threshold that is less than a permanent deformation threshold.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTA float switch apparatus for controlling the energization of multiple electric circuits in response to the level of a liquid in a vessel, and a pump system incorporating same, are provided. The apparatus has a guide structure adapted to be mounted in a fixed position relative to the vessel. A first micro-switch with a normal and an engaged position is mounted to the guide structure and is adapted to be connected into a first electric circuit to control the energization thereof. A second microswitch with a normal and an engaged position is mounted to the guide structure at a location above the first micro-switch and is adapted to be connected into a second electric circuit to control the energization thereof. A float rod is slideably mounted to the guide structure for reciprocating movement in a generally vertical direction in a zone above a resting position. The float rod has upper and lower float stops and a lower cam surface for releasing the first micro-switch from an engaged position to its normal position during upward movement of the float rod above the resting position. The float rod also has an upper cam surface for moving the second micro-switch from its normal position to its engaged position during upward movement of the float rod. The float, adapted to float with the level of liquid in the vessel, is slideably mounted to the float rod between the upper and lower float stops.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTThere is disclosed an apparatus and method for visual identification of valves in multi valve distribution and transmission systems, and particularly for municipal utility infrastructures such as mainline, connection, drain, pressure district, pressure regulating and pressure sustaining valves. In an embodiment, color coded valve box inserts are made to specifications, inserted and secured into place at the opening of multiple valve boxes to easily and accurately identify the different types or sizes of valves. Each color represents a different type or size of valve, as established by the municipality. A color coding chart identifying the different types or sizes of valves may be placed at each point of access to the valves to assist in identification of the different types of valves.
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTA turn signal adaptor for use with a turn signal lever of a vehicle. The turn signal adaptor includes a mounting member and a crossover signal arm. The crossover signal arm extends from the mounting end at the right side of a steering column of a steering wheel of the vehicle to the free end at the left side of the steering column. At least one height adjustment screw allows leveling of the mounting member and the crossover signal arm relative to the turn signal lever such that the crossover signal arm extends across the steering column of the vehicle while creating no or minimal visibility issues with the driver seeing an instrument cluster panel of the vehicle, allowing a user to activate the turn signal lever with the use of the right hand, without taking hands off the steering wheel.
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTIn one embodiment, the present invention includes an apparatus to assist in parking a vehicle. The apparatus comprises a housing coupled to the vehicle and at least one laser coupled to the housing. The laser emanates light that impinges on a surface peripheral to the vehicle. The light indicates a target on the surface and a proximity to a boundary.
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTA flow indication system for a central tire inflation system is provided. The flow indication system provides a venturi in fluid communication with the conduit providing air to a tire. A pressure reading is taken at the inlet and throat of the venturi and the air flowing through the venturi is calculated based on the pressure differential. According to some embodiments, the pressure readings are provided to a microcontroller that uses a table and interpolation algorithms to calculate the flow of the air flowing through the venturi, such as the mass of air in a given unit of time (grams/second for example). In one embodiment, two separate pressure sensors are coupled to different ends of a narrowed orifice that causes a pressure change in the flow as flow rate increases in the throat of the sensor. This pressure change is then used to calculate a proportional flow that can then be broadcast to various parties instead of an on/off reading.
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTThe invention relates to a self-propelled road-milling machine for doing work on surfacings on the ground, and in particular carriageways. The road-milling machine according to the invention is characterized by a signalling arrangement which has at least one control unit for the entry of at least two different states of operation by the driver of the road-milling machine and at least one visual indicator or display unit to indicate or display for the driver of the transporting vehicle the at least two states of operation which are preset with the control unit by the driver of the road-milling machine. The first state of operation may be a request for the transporting vehicle to be braked or stopped and the second state of operation may be a request for the transporting vehicle to be started or to continue travelling. In a preferred embodiment of the visual indicator or display unit, the request for braking or stopping is shown as a cross and the request for starting or continued travel as an arrow.
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTThe present disclosure relates to a dosimeter for measuring exposure to heat over time in combination with peak temperature indicators and reversible temperature indicators. The preferred temperature indicator tag is credit card sized and comprises four time-temperature dosimeters. Each dosimeter has a wick in contact with a separate reservoir containing a mix of a colored dye, a wax and an amorphous polymer to indicate a distinct temperature range when the mix melts. The wicks are preferably made of porous paper with a pore size around 8 microns to allow for proper capillary action along its length. An adhesive, except where each wick contacts its respective reservoir and at a vent, preferably seals each wick. The tag preferably has a plurality of peak temperature indicators where each indicator has a blend of a dye, a wax and a polymer for a temperature indication range. The tag also preferably has a plurality of reversible temperature sensors.
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTIn some aspects of the present application, a method is disclosed that can include determining a change in state of an ink printed on a label; and determining a change in temperature to which the label has been exposed to based on the change in state of the ink.
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTA fluid detecting adhesive article that indicates when a substrate or device to which the adhesive article is applied has been submerged in a fluid, such as water. The adhesive article may be an adhesive tape, label or sheet.
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTA boat trailer position assisting device includes a plate has a front side and a back side. A post is attached to and extends outwardly from the front side. A bulbous member is attached to a distal end of the post relative to the plate. An attachment member is attached to the plate and removably attaches the plate to a trailer. The trailer may then be backed into a body of water until the bulbous member touches the water to indicate that trailer is deep enough in the water.
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTA status indicator includes a display disc with a pin located within a central portion if the display disc, a first colored section, and a second colored section. The status indicator also includes a lens unit with an opaque section and a non-opaque section to alternately reveal the first colored section or the second colored section such that either the first or the second colored section is visible from any angle within a hemisphere below the status indicator. The status indicator also includes an indicator cam configured to receive a linear force initiated by an actuator component and to translate the linear force to a rotational force on the pin. The rotational force causes the display disc to rotate from a first position to a second position that aligns the second colored section with the non-opaque section.
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTA hanging pot water indicator having a hollow tubular spring housing, a dust protector on the upper end of the tubular housing, the dust protector having a fastening collar fitting around the upper end of the tubular housing, a hollow tubular sliding sleeve, having an interior diameter greater than the exterior diameter of the tubular housing, and being telescopically slidable in respect thereof, a lower flared portion on the lower end of the sleeve, an opening in the dust protector, a coiled extension spring within the tubular housing and the sleeve, an upper wire extension portion extending from the upper end of the spring passing through the opening in the dust protector, and defining an upper hook, and a lower wire extension extending from the lower end of the spring, and formed to define a hook.
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTA hollow metal flagpole has apertures spaced along the length thereof. Light fixtures and reflectors are inserted inside the pole to direct light outward through the apertures. The pole is intended to be supported horizontally, or nearly horizontally, with the apertures directed downwardly to thereby illuminate a suspended flag.
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTThe audible alarm device comprises a coupling assembly, a chamber assembly and an air horn assembly, releasably separable from each other. The coupling assembly and the chamber assembly are movable by squeezing action so that in one relative position pressurized air from an air inlet in the coupling assembly is allowed through a valve assembly into an interior chamber in the chamber assembly, the air driving a bi-stable piston into repeated contact with a percussion diaphragm, producing a below surface audible sound. An exhaust passage permits air to pass from the interior chamber to the surrounding environment. When the coupling assembly and the chamber assembly are moved by diver action to a second relative position, the exhaust passage is blocked, forcing air in the interior chamber to exhaust to the air horn assembly, which produces an audible sound above the water surface.
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDTA condensate sensing device to generate a condensate signal when condensate within a condensate collector reaches a predetermined level comprising a hollow shell and overmold integrally formed to form a water tight enclosure to operatively house a signal generator including electronic components to selectively generate the condensate signal when the condensate within the predetermined level reaches the predetermined level to control the operation of equipment and/or energize an alarm.
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:00:00 ESTA retractable flagpole assembly includes a retractable flagpole, a top pivot holder rotatably capped on the top rod of the retractable flagpole and provided with a hanging lug for securing an inner top end of a flag, an end block spaced below the lower pivot holder and provided with a hanging lug for securing an inner bottom end of the flag, a link coupled between the top pivot holder and the end block, and a lower pivot holder rotatably sleeved onto the retractable flagpole and axially movable along the link and lockable to the end block.
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:00:00 ESTIncluded are embodiments of a guide apparatus. In some embodiments, the guide apparatus includes a body portion, a connector housing, and a rounded connector portion. The connector housing may include a connector snap surface that is disposed on an interior surface of the connector housing. Additionally, the connector housing may define a hollow portion adjacent to the interior surface. The connector housing may be coupled to the body portion via the connector snap surface. Similarly, the rounded connector portion may be coupled to the connector housing and may removably secure to a spad that is disposed on a ceiling, such that the guide apparatus hangs substantially downward, regardless of the orientation of the spad. By hanging substantially downward, the retractable guide apparatus may more accurately identify an intended path within a mine shaft.
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:00:00 ESTA date indicating device attachable to food storage containers is selectably set to indicate the date that the food product inside of the container. The device can be attached to the upper rim of the lid or handle of the container. The device includes a plurality of adjustable knobs which enable the date to be set and includes the month, day, and year.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:00:00 ESTA filter status module for use with a container based filtration device includes a dispensing sensor and a user interface communicatively coupled to a processing unit. The processing unit counts a number of dispensing events, duration and/or angle of tilt signaled by the dispensing sensor and outputs a filter status on the user interface as a function of the number of dispensing events, duration and/or angle of tilt. The processing unit may further track an elapsed period of time from insertion of a new filter and output the filter status as a further function of the elapsed period of time.
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:00:00 ESTA vehicle support information system mounted in a vehicle, the vehicle support system including: a man-detecting unit; a vehicle-position detecting unit; a communication unit; a man-position/waiting-score calculating unit; a stopping-vehicle determining unit determining whether or not the vehicle should be stopped, based on a man position and a waiting score of an at least one potential-crossing-man; a travelling controller for stopping the vehicle when the stopping-vehicle determining unit determines that the vehicle should be stopped; and a man-crossing-signal display unit displaying information to inform the at least one potential-crossing-man whether or not the at least one potential-crossing-man can safely cross the road, based on an instruction of the stopping-vehicle determining unit, wherein the man-position/waiting-score calculating unit outputs the man-position/waiting-score to the communication unit.