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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
340636150 By voltage 15
340636200 Including charging circuit 13
340636190 Battery deterioration detection 7
340636120 By current and voltage 6
340636110 By change or rate of change of impedance or admittance 4
20090289805Device With Window For Viewing Fuel Gauge On Battery - A battery powered device that includes a battery pack having a fuel gauge to display a state of charge of the battery pack. The fuel gauge is located on the battery pack such that when the battery pack is engaged with the battery powered device the fuel gauge is visible through a window provided on the housing of the device.11-26-2009
20100277326METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING PORTABLE COMMUNICATION DEVICES - A method of supporting portable digital devices includes providing each device with an installed service application. The service application for each device monitors operational parameters associated with other applications that are running on the device. When a monitored parameter suggests a device operational problem, the service application generates an alert, and it provides the device's user with information about how to resolve the alert. The application also may transmit the alert, along with data showing the applications running and the monitored parameters at the time of the alert, to a remote service operation. Also, during non-alert conditions, the application may periodically transmit data showing the applications running and the monitored parameters at the time of the transmission. The service operation may use this data to identify trends, manage device operation, or perform other functions.11-04-2010
20100302051Battery thermal event detection system using a thermally interruptible electrical conductor - A method and apparatus is provided for determining when a battery, or one or more batteries within a battery pack, undergoes an undesired thermal event such as thermal runaway. The system uses a conductive member mounted in close proximity to, or in contact with, an external surface of the battery or batteries to be monitored. A resistance measuring system such as a continuity-tester or an ohmmeter is coupled to the conductive member, the resistance measuring system outputting a first signal when the temperature corresponding to the battery or batteries is within a prescribed temperature range and a second signal when the temperature exceeds a predetermined temperature that falls outside of the prescribed temperature range.12-02-2010
20130135110ADVANCED BATTERY EARLY WARNING AND MONITORING SYSTEM - Systems, apparatuses and methods for detecting internal cell faults using online and real-time sensing techniques, and providing an accurate and reliable early warning for the incoming failure of battery cells hours or days prior to failure. A system is configured to perform real-time and direct measurement of battery cell parameters of temperature, voltage, and AC impedance through online sensing. These parameters may be simultaneously processed using advanced probabilistic and/or fuzzy logic-based algorithms to provide an early warning for the incoming failure of battery cells in a battery pack. This technology may safeguard the LIB battery packs while allowing them to operate at or near 100% capacity in both transportation and stationary applications.05-30-2013
340636130 By current 3
20100134305INTELLIGENT ADAPTIVE ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A WIRELESS MOBILE DEVICE - An intelligent adaptive energy management system and method for an electronic device such as a cell phone or laptop computer. The system comprises at least two batteries that work cooperatively. The system includes multiple features that may be used alone or in combination. One feature includes one or more sensors capable of measuring various characteristics of the battery cells such as temperature, voltage, and shape deformation. The sensors communicate the measured data to a control module which may control cell charging, cell discharging, cell balancing, and/or terminating the use of one or more of the cells. A second feature is to enhance the scalability of the batteries by making the battery cells logically and/or physically removable and configurable so that the capacity of the batteries can be scaled on demand. A third feature is to provide intelligent charging and discharging methodologies. One alternate discharge method discharges the cells intelligently using measured rotational turns. This process allows every battery cell to recover energy due to chemical elasticity during its idle phase and, therefore, output more energy. A forth feature of this invention is to allow the alternate discharging method to make possible hot plug of battery cells. Another feature is to provide a communication mechanism between a secondary battery and the powered mobile device. Through this communication, the secondary battery can be managed based on the primary battery status and the power requirements (profile) of the electronic device. Another feature is to provide a method to store historical data that will facilitate better performing energy management algorithms that are device use specific. Circuitry, firmware, and programmable software may be used to implement and control the above systems and methodologies.06-03-2010
20100271223BATTERY MODULE, BATTERY SYSTEM, AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A plurality of battery cells is connected in series via a plurality of bus bars. An FPC board is attached to the bus bars. On the FPC board, PTC elements are respectively arranged in close proximity to the bus bars. Each of conductor lines on the FPC board extends between an attachment portion of the bus bar and the PTC element arranged in close proximity to the bus bar, extends between the PTC element and one end of the FPC board, and is connected to a plurality of connection terminals of a printed circuit board. The connection terminals are electrically connected to a detecting circuit.10-28-2010
20100182157WIRELESS BATTERY SENSOR - A sensor includes a detector circuit configured to measure current, voltage, and temperature of a battery. A processor is in communication with the detector circuit and is configured to convert the current, voltage, and temperature into battery information. A transmitter is in communication with the processor and is configured to wirelessly transmit the battery information. A receiver is in wireless communication with the transmitter and is configured to receive the battery information and control an external component in response to the battery information. A method includes measuring the current, voltage, and temperature of the battery, converting the current, voltage, and temperature into battery information, wirelessly transmitting the battery information to the receiver, and controlling the external component in response to the battery information.07-22-2010
340636160 Having load detail 3
20100277327Digital Electronic Apparatus - A digital electronic apparatus includes a touch display panel, an active touch pen and a power shortage reminding module. The active touch pen is suitable for inputting signals to the touch display panel. The power shortage reminding module is disposed in one of the touch display panel and the active touch pen. The power shortage reminding module is suitable for monitoring a remaining power of the active touch pen and prompting the touch display panel to send out a reminding signal for charging the active touch pen, and therefore, the active touch pen can be timely charged, which prevents the power of the active touch pen be exhausted in use.11-04-2010
20110102185POWER-DRIVEN WINDOW SHADE WITH AN ALARM DEVICE - A power-driven window shade mainly utilizes a controlling device connected to an alarm which includes a power storage respectively connected to a power device and a processing unit of the controlling device, and a detector connected to the power device. If a sudden interruption of electricity supply occurs while the window shade is still running, the detector would generate a warning signal reaction to any abnormal electrical variation and transmit it to the processing unit. Whereby, the processing unit helps a counter save its counting value via the electricity pre-stored in the power storage, and by following the previous saved counting value, the counter is able to continue its counting after resuming the electricity supply. Thus, the present invention preferably prevents from the conventional potential rolling error as well as inconvenient resetting due to an unexpected shutdown of electricity supply.05-05-2011
20100245102INFORMATION DISPLAY DEVICE - An information display device, after detecting the completion of charging of a battery, counts the number of times that display content of a nonvolatile display part is rewritten. Based on the number of times of rewriting processing, the information display device derives information on a remaining battery capacity of the battery. The information display device displays the derived information on the remaining battery capacity.09-30-2010
340636170 Having overcharge detection or protection 2
20120188086BATTERY EARLY WARNING AND MONITORING SYSTEM - An early warning and monitoring system is disclosed for battery cells and battery packs. During normal cycling of a battery, surface temperature, voltage, current and impedance may be monitored to determine if abnormalities exist in the battery and/or battery structure. The abnormalities may be advantageously detected using battery temperature characteristics, where the characteristics are subject to rule-based processing to determine impending battery failure. By receiving advance notice of failure, a warning signal may be transmitted to provide notice and/or allow corrective action to be taken.07-26-2012
20120229288BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND BATTERY PACK COMPRISING THE SAME - A battery management system and a battery pack are disclosed. The battery management system determines that a battery is in a non-use state, and thereafter, detects a battery voltage of the battery. If the battery voltage is less than an over-discharge reference voltage, the system generates a warning signal.09-13-2012
340636210 Wet cell type 1
20110128154BATTERY ELECTROLYTE LEVEL INDICATOR - A battery electrolyte monitor including a probe and a control circuit. The control circuit includes a capacitive element within the probe. The probe is acid resistant, and therefore the probe protects the capacitive element from contact with the battery electrolyte. The control circuit periodically charges and discharges the capacitive element using direct current. Depending on at least one of a charging characteristic and a discharging characteristic, the control circuit determines the electrolyte level. If the electrolyte is below a desired minimum level, the control circuit illuminates an indicator light.06-02-2011
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20130027213ELECTRONIC APPARATUS - An electronic apparatus includes an executer. An executer executes a plurality of functions. A detector detects a remaining amount of a battery attached to the apparatus. A changer changes one portion or all of the executable functions, in response to the detected remaining amount. A notifier notifies a user of an execution function changed when one portion or all of the execution functions by the executor are changed by the changer.01-31-2013
20090051556OPTICAL NETWORK TERMINAL BACKUP BATTERY VOLTAGE ALERT - An optical network terminal (ONT) battery backup unit (BBU) battery voltage alert system (BVAS). The BVAS can send multiple alerts via email, pager, land-line telephone, wireless telephone, fax, personal digital assistant (PDA), etc. when the backup battery voltage is less than its full voltage. The alerts can be categorized as “marginal” or “bad” depending on degree of battery voltage depletion. Less than full battery voltage can result from battery usage if there is a utility company power outage, or if a cell in the battery fails even if there is no power outage. The alerts can be sent to the customer of the ONT, to the ONT supplier company so it can offer any assistance it can and to a third party monitoring service which can keep track of the history of all such deployed batteries in the customer base of the ONT supplier. This alert is provided as a supplement to an audio alarm which sounds when the backup battery is discharging because that alarm may not be heard in sufficient time if the alarm is remotely located relative to its customer, e.g., in the customer's basement or outside.02-26-2009
20100109889DISPLAY BLANKING CONTROLLER FOR PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A portable electronic device comprises a battery, a display, a switch and a processor. The battery is for supplying operating power. The switch includes a magnetic element and a sensor configured for detecting the magnetic flux of the magnetic element. The sensor has a first predetermined value for turning on the switch. The switch is turning on in response to the magnetic flux of the magnetic element detected by the sensor being equal to the first predetermined value of the sensor. The processor is coupled to the switch, the battery and the display. The processor responsive to turning on of the switch for controlling supply of operating power from the battery to the display. The processor maintains supply of operating power from the battery to the display in response to turning on of the switch.05-06-2010
20100109890SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RECHARGING A MOBILE, SUBMERSIBLE DEVICE - There is herein described a charging unit adapted for insertion into a mobile device to enable a charging of a rechargeable battery in the mobile device, the unit comprising: at least two electrical charging contacts for receiving a potential difference from a power source; a blocking device for blocking energy leaking through the at least two electrical charging contacts and out of the rechargeable battery to ensure a neutrality of the at least two charging contacts when the charging is inactive; and a logic circuitry for controlling the charging of the rechargeable battery of the mobile device by activating the charging based on the potential difference received at the at least two electrical charging contacts.05-06-2010
20090040058ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An electronic apparatus that enables a remaining battery capacity to be checked without requiring the battery to be loaded into the electronic apparatus. In this electronic apparatus, a battery lid closes a battery chamber that accommodates a battery. An opening/closing detection device detects opening/closing of the battery lid. An acquisition device acquires battery information of the battery when the opening/closing detection device detects that the battery lid opens. A storing device stores the battery information acquired by the acquisition device. A display device displays the battery information that is stored in the storing device, and displays the battery information of a battery that is not accommodated in the battery chamber.02-12-2009
20120306655ADAPTIVE LOW-BATTERY WARNINGS FOR BATTERY-POWERED ELECTRONIC DEVICES - The disclosed embodiments provide a system that facilitates the use of an electronic device. The electronic device may be a keyboard, a mouse, a trackpad, a remote control, a mobile phone, a wireless phone, a toy, a portable media player, a game controller, and/or a camera. During operation, the system monitors a state-of-charge of a battery used to power the electronic device. Next, the system calculates a charge threshold associated with a low-battery warning for the battery based on the monitored state-of-charge. If the state-of-charge of the battery reaches the charge threshold, the system generates the low-battery warning.12-06-2012
20130063271DELAYED POWER-ON FUNCTION FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A delayed power-on function for an electronic device is disclosed. A charging unit charges a rechargeable battery with a pre-charge current when a voltage of the rechargeable battery is less than a voltage threshold value and with a current larger than the pre-charge current when the voltage of the rechargeable battery is greater than the voltage threshold value. A disabling unit can disable power-on when the voltage of the rechargeable battery is less than the voltage threshold value. A user may also be notified when power-on is disabled.03-14-2013
20120112921METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VISUAL SILENT ALARM INDICATOR - A handheld computer includes a processor; a memory in communication with the processor; and at least one light-emitting device that emits visible light as a visual indicator of an occurrence of a designated event. The processor is programmed to selectively activate the visual indicator in response to an occurrence of a designated event to provide the visual indicator to a user of the handheld computer. The processor is programmed to monitor for occurrence of two or more different types of designated events. The processor varies the visual indicator based on the type of the event for which occurrence is being signaled by that visual indicator, such that a different visual indicator is associated with each type of event for which the processor is programmed to monitor.05-10-2012
20120235823BATTERY LIFE INDICATION TECHNIQUES FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A portable electronic device, such as a fluid infusion device, obtains its operating power from a primary battery and a secondary battery. The primary battery may be a replaceable battery, and the secondary battery may be a rechargeable battery that can be charged with the primary battery under certain conditions. The device utilizes a power management scheme that transitions between the primary battery and/or the secondary battery to prolong the useful life of the primary battery. The device may also generate an intelligent battery life indicator that displays an accurate representation of the remaining life of the primary battery.09-20-2012
20110285539APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING ABNORMALITY IN CELL BALANCING CIRCUIT - Provided are an apparatus and a method for diagnosing an abnormality in a cell balancing circuit. The apparatus may include a floating capacitor charged with voltage of a battery cell, a cell balancing circuit for discharging the floating capacitor, a voltage measuring unit for measuring the battery cell voltage of the charged floating capacitor and a residual voltage of the discharged floating capacitor, and a control unit for determining an abnormality in the cell balancing circuit based on the residual voltage of the discharged floating capacitor.11-24-2011
20110285538APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING ABNORMALITY IN CELL BALANCING CIRCUIT - Provided are an apparatus and a method for diagnosing an abnormality in a cell balancing circuit. The apparatus may include a plurality of cell balancing circuits respectively connected to a plurality of battery cells included in a battery pack for balancing the voltages of the battery cells, a diagnosis resistor respectively installed between the cell balancing circuit and a cathode terminal and an anode terminal of the corresponding battery cell, a voltage measuring unit for measuring a voltage difference of the balancing circuit corresponding to each of the battery cells, and a control unit for turning on or off a cell balancing circuit to be diagnosed and for determining whether there is an abnormality in the cell balancing circuit to be diagnosed, based on a variation pattern of a voltage difference of a cell balancing circuit adjacent to the cell balancing circuit to be diagnosed that is measured by the voltage measuring unit.11-24-2011
20110298624Vehicle Power Management System - A vehicle power management system (VPMS) controls a charging voltage of a battery in a vehicle, wherein a VPMS controller evaluates state-of-charge (SOC), battery temperature, and battery charging current to determine a charge mode. A rapid charge mode is used when the SOC is less than a first threshold, wherein the VPMS controller selects a target rapid charge voltage, compensates the target rapid charge voltage for the battery temperature, and transmits the compensated rapid charge voltage to the charging source. A normal charge mode is used when the SOC is greater than the first threshold and less than a second threshold, wherein a target normal charge voltage is selected and compensated which is less than the target rapid charge voltage. A trickle charge mode is used when the SOC is greater than the second threshold, wherein a target trickle charge voltage is less than the target normal charge voltage. The VPMS controller also enters the trickle charge mode in the event of a failure to receive the SOC, battery temperature, or battery charging current from a battery monitor.12-08-2011
20090146824Methods for Controlling a Rechargeable Battery and Rechargeable Battery for Carrying Out Said Method - The invention relates to control of a battery, permitting a reduction in the number of components of the battery. The battery comprises several modules (06-11-2009
20090146825METHOD OPERATING WIRELESS DEVICE ACCORDING TO POWER STATE - A method of operating a wireless memory device is provided. In the method, the wireless memory device detects the power state of a power supply source in response to a power measurement command received from a host and controls data transmission/reception based on the measured power state.06-11-2009
20080266126Battery Residual Quantity Display Method and Electronic Equipment - The present invention is directed to a battery residual quantity display method for performing display of battery residual quantity of a battery pack mounted at an electronic equipment and serving to supply power to the electronic equipment. When power is turned ON, a first microcomputer (10-30-2008
20100090847PORTABLE COMPUTER BATTERY INDICATOR - A portable computer may include battery indicator light structures. Battery status information in the portable computer may be presented to a user using an array of light-emitting diodes or other light emitters. Light-emitting diodes may be mounted on a printed circuit board. A stiffener may provide the printed circuit board with rigidity. The printed circuit board may include a connector that allows the board to be connected to a main logic board. A switch on the printed circuit board may be actuated by a power button on the portable computer. An opaque member with an array of holes may be used to reduce light bleed between adjacent light-emitting diodes. Diffusing plastic may be mounted within the array of holes. Bumps in the diffusing plastic may mate with corresponding holes on a portable computer housing.04-15-2010
20110199223APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SENSING LEAKAGE CURRENT OF BATTERY - An apparatus for sensing leakage current of a battery includes a voltage distribution node installed on a first conductive line connecting both terminals of a battery; first and second switches installed between the voltage distribution node and positive/negative terminals of the battery; an insulation resistance and a current sensing resistance installed on a second conductive line connecting the voltage distribution node to a ground; a DC voltage applying unit for applying positive/negative DC voltage to a ground-side end of the current sensing resistance to induce potential difference between the voltage distribution node and the DC voltage applying node; and a leakage current determining unit for sensing magnitude of electric current flowing through the current sensing resistance according to the induced potential difference in turning-on state of the switches, and then determining leakage current by checking whether the magnitude of electric current is out of standard level over threshold value.08-18-2011
20090273481Solar-Charged Power Source - A solar-charged power source for use in powering an electronic device, such as a game camera, comprises a housing, a photovoltaic cell provided on an upper surface of the housing, a battery and electronic circuitry, including a microcontroller, contained within the housing. A display is mounted on an outer surface of the housing and provides a user selectable indication of a microcontroller determined condition of the power source including the current charge state of the battery, a real time solar value indicating the electrical current production of the photovoltaic cell, a computed daily solar average and a weekly solar average of the current produced by the photovoltaic cell, based on the energy consumption requirements of the powered device.11-05-2009
20090278700AUDIO STATUS INFORMATION FOR A PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - Improved techniques for providing status information associated with an electronic device to its user in an audible manner are disclosed. The status information can pertain to one or more conditions of the electronic device. The conditions can vary depending on the nature of the electronic device. As an example, where the electronic device is battery powered, one condition of the electronic device that can be monitored is a battery charge level.11-12-2009
20090102671Low battery alert for an image reader - A method of operating an optical reading device for collecting and processing indicia data comprising the steps of: converting light reflected from a target into output signals representative thereof utilizing an image sensor; illuminating the target utilizing an illumination source; directing light from the target to the image sensor array utilizing receive optics; decoding information contained in information bearing indicia within the target derived from the output signals utilizing a processor; powering the image sensor, illumination source, processor and display with a battery; measuring at least one parameter indicative of the battery charge; communicating charge information to an operator on a display; and housing the processor, image sensor, receive optics, illumination source and display in a common housing for hand held operation.04-23-2009
20110267199PORTABLE SYSTEM AND POWER ADAPTER THEREOF - A portable system includes a portable device and a power adapter to supply power to the portable device. The portable device includes a rechargeable battery and a measurement chip to measure charge remaining in the rechargeable battery. The power adapter includes a transmission line, a microprocessor, and a display unit. The microprocessor receives the readout of the amount of charge remaining in the rechargeable battery from the measurement chip via the transmission line, and generates a display signal according to the charge remaining. The display unit displays the charging progress of the rechargeable battery according to the display signal received from the microprocessor.11-03-2011
20090027218Battery case and secondary battery using the same - A battery case and a secondary battery incorporating the battery case, comprised of the battery case being provided with a push button of pressure distribution structure in order to prevent a push button mount from being damaged due to the pressure against the push button for checking residual capacity. The secondary battery according to the present invention comprises a bare cell, a circuit which is electrically connected with the bare cell, and calculates the residual capacity of the bare cell, and has a push switch and a light emitting device;, a case which receives the bare cell and the circuit and comprises a residual capacity display unit having a fulcrum and a display window respectively at positions corresponding to the push switch and the light emitting device, and a cover film which is attached to an external surface of the residual capacity display unit.01-29-2009
20100201533CONVEYING DEVICE INFORMATION RELATING TO WIRELESS CHARGING - Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless charging. A charging device configured to wirelessly charge one or more electronic devices may comprise at least one charging region, wherein each charging region of the at least one is configured for placement of one or more electronic devices. The charging device may further include an interface configured to convey information relating at least one electronic device of the one or more electronic devices placed within the at least one charging region.08-12-2010
20090167543Configurable Battery End-of-Life Indicator - A method, system, and computer program product are disclosed for providing end-of-life indicators for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. User input is received regarding designated conditions for activating the end-of-life indicator. The UPS system monitors itself to determine whether monitored conditions correspond to the designating conditions. Upon the monitored conditions corresponding to the designating conditions, an audible or visible end-of-life indicator is activated. For critical systems, a user may specify conservative settings for the designated conditions. For other systems, a user may provide a designated condition (i.e., user input) that results in maximizing service life for the UPS system or associated batteries and reducing costs of ownership and operation.07-02-2009
20080303679NETWORK INTERFACE DEVICE COMMUNICATION VIA POWER LINE - The invention is directed to an optical network terminal (ONT) for use in a passive optical network (PON) that provides reliable battery status reporting and, optionally, remote monitoring and configuration of an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) unit. In particular, the UPS unit provides power to the ONT via a power line and transmits data to the ONT via the power line. Generally, the described invention supports one-way or two-way communication of status, alarm, and configuration signals using a single power line. Specifically, such signals may be transmitted over the power line by inserting a carrier frequency, such as a carrier frequency of approximately 1 MHz, onto the power line. In this manner, the invention may provide a simple battery status monitoring system while also reducing the cost of installation.12-11-2008
20110205075HAND CRANKED ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHT - A hand cranked energy efficient light has a housing which houses a dynamo and associated electronic control circuitry that allows a user to turn a crank to charge a battery or capacitor which provides the energy required to operate LED lights and a clock. To help conserve energy, the number of LED light energized as well as their intensity may be varied. In one embodiment, an adjustable arm is provided to allow positioning of the light. In another embodiment, a camping lantern is provided. In another embodiment, a radio or other electronic device is also built in.08-25-2011
20090160662APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING POWER TO A NETWORK INTERFACE DEVICE - An apparatus and a method for providing power to a network interface device are disclosed. The apparatus includes a gateway device and a battery back-up and power unit. The battery back-up and power unit provides power to the gateway device, which in turn provides powers to the network interface device.06-25-2009
20090015418ELECTRONIC DEVICE, MANAGEMENT METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM WHICH STORES MANAGEMENT PROGRAM - There is provided an electronic device having a detachable part and a main unit with a communicating section. In order to prevent the electronic device from being left, the electronic device including a sensor detecting a detached state of the part; a first timer measuring time for which the part has been in a detached state from the main unit since the sensor has detected the detached state of the part; and a warning section issues a warning, the warning section issues the warning if the first timer detects the passage of a first time period.01-15-2009
20090231150FAULTED CIRCUIT INDICATOR WITH END-OF-LIFE DISPLAY AND DISCHARGE - A faulted circuit indicator (FCI) for providing an indication of a fault on a monitored conductor, determining whether the FCI is near the end of its useful life (or entered into an end-of-life mode) and altering an operation of the FCI if the useful life of the FCI has reached a select threshold. The operation alteration may include an alteration of the display and/or deactivation of certain features and/or functions of the FCI. Thus, the useful life of the FCI will be increased. Further, utility personnel will be more likely to notice that the FCI is in end-of-life mode. The FCI may also include a battery discharge module and a thyristor for discharging the battery for disposal upon decommissioning of the FCI.09-17-2009
20090251326LOW POWER WARNING IN A PORTABLE COMMUNICATION DEVICE BASED ON PREDICTED DEVICE UTILIZATION - A system and method for providing a low power warning in a portable communication device based on predicted device utilization. Various aspects of the present invention may comprise monitoring power utilization for a portable communication device. A power utilization profile may be determined based, at least in part, on the results of the power utilization monitoring. Power availability for the portable communication device may be determined. Future power need for the portable communication device may be predicted based, at least in part, on the determined power utilization profile. The predicted future power need and the determined power availability may be analyzed to determine whether to generate a warning indicating a potential future power shortage. If it is determined that a potential future power shortage warning should be generated, such a warning may be generated. Such a warning may, for example, be generated in accordance with user specifications.10-08-2009
20090315730METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING BATTERY FAULT NOTIFICATIONS ON WIRELESS DEVICES - A battery pack for a mobile device, a method for processing fault notifications for a mobile device, and a mobile device for processing fault notifications are described. The battery pack comprises a housing, at least one battery cell within the housing, and a memory accessible by an application of the mobile device, the memory having stored thereon identifying information for identifying at least one of the battery pack and battery cell. Notifications are sent to mobile device including fault parameters for identifying at least one battery pack and/or battery cell affected by a fault. If the identifying information is within the fault parameters, displaying a fault notification on the display of the mobile device.12-24-2009
20120194346DRIVING ASSISTANT METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A driving assistant method for an electric vehicle is provided with the following steps. When the electric vehicle is started up, a battery energy safe driving region is calculated and displayed. The battery energy safe driving region is updated dynamically according to vehicle information. The vehicle information includes battery information of the electric vehicle.08-02-2012
20100001870Method and apparatus for detecting abnormal power consumption of a battery in mobile devices - A method for detecting abnormal power consumption of respective batteries in mobile devices includes defining one or more operational states affecting power consumption of the batteries; collecting time-series data on an amount of the power consumption and use time of each battery in each of the operational states; calculating a power consumption rate, usage patterns, and an actual use time of the individual batteries based on the time-series data; estimating an amount of an available time remaining on the individual batteries based on average power consumption rate of all of the batteries; and comparing the estimated available time with the actual use time of the individual batteries to judge whether a power of the individual batteries is being consumed abnormally.01-07-2010
20100182154BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE - The invention provides a battery management system which can reliably and easily manage a power unit of an electric vehicle. The power unit includes a plurality of battery modules. The battery management system includes: a power source for a motor, the power source being constituted by a plurality of battery modules having battery cells; battery module status sensors mounted on the battery modules on the one to one basis, detecting voltages and temperatures of the battery modules; and a control unit judging statuses of the battery modules on the basis of data detected by the battery module status sensors. The battery module status sensors are mutually connected in series by a communication line for transmitting numbering data, and each battery module status sensor assigning itself with an ID code on the basis of ID information received from an upstream battery module status sensor, and transmitting the ID information as well as the ID code to a downstream battery module status sensor. The control unit is connected to the battery module status sensors via the communication line for transmitting the numbering data and a communication line for transmitting various data except for the numbering data, and locates an abnormal battery module on the basis of detection information received via the communication line for transmitting the numbering data and the communication line for transmitting various data except for the numbering data.07-22-2010
20100182155DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING LOADING OF BATTERY - A battery load detecting device includes: a battery check pulse generator generating a check pulse in response to a check enable signal; a constant voltage regulator generating a battery status signal in response to a first battery check signal; and a battery detection determining unit comparing a predetermined reference signal with the battery status signal to generate a comparison result signal, using the comparison result signal and the check pulse to generate a second battery check signal, and using the second battery check signal to generate a battery detection signal indicating whether a chargeable battery is electrically connected to the constant voltage regulator.07-22-2010
20100188238DELAYED POWER-ON FUNCTION FOR AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE - A delayed power-on function for an electronic device is disclosed. A charging unit charges a rechargeable battery with a pre-charge current when a voltage of the rechargeable battery is less than a voltage threshold value and with a current larger than the pre-charge current when the voltage of the rechargeable battery is greater than the voltage threshold value. A disabling unit can disable power-on when the voltage of the rechargeable battery is less than the voltage threshold value. A user may also be notified when power-on is disabled.07-29-2010
20100259400MOBILE TERMINAL, CONTROL METHOD, PROGRAM AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A mobile terminal, a control method, a program and a recording medium which can advise the user about a charge or a change to a charged battery is provided. There are provided: a control means for erasing a screen of a display device automatically and showing a reason of the erasing and/or a coping process to a user; and a detection means for detecting a battery exchange or attachment/detachment of an external power supply.10-14-2010
20100225496MULTI-CHANNEL CONVERTER WITH SELF-DIAGNOSIS FUNCTIONALITY - An apparatus includes a plurality of channels, a converter, a control block and a counter. The channels can be used to measure a first plurality of signals. The converter can be used to convert the first plurality of signals into a second plurality of signals. The control block can be used to control the channels and the converter and to determine if any of the channels and the converter experience an abnormal condition. The counter can be used to count the number of times the channels and the converter experience an abnormal condition.09-09-2010
20110109466POWER SUPPLY SYSTEM - A power supply system can conveniently supply power to a network transmission device and a sensor. When a host sends instructions to obtain environmental readings as pulse signals to a radio frequency (RF) antenna, the RF antenna absorbs electrical energy from the pulse signals to charge an ultra-capacitor. The ultra-capacitor supplies power to the network transmission device and the sensor.05-12-2011
20110057807PORTABLE DEVICE, DISPLAY METHOD, AND DISPLAY PROGRAM - A portable device driven by a battery unit including a rechargeable battery which can be charged and discharged, the portable device includes an impact detecting part configured to detect an impact applied to the portable device; an abnormality determining part configured to determine whether an abnormality is generated in the battery unit based on status information indicating the status of the battery unit; and a display control part configured to control displaying by a displaying device of the portable device, wherein the abnormality determining part determines whether the abnormality is generated in the battery unit in a case where the impact is detected by the impact detecting part; and the display control part performs the displaying indicating the abnormality of the battery unit in a case where the abnormality determining part determines that the battery unit is abnormal.03-10-2011
20110032110Electric power amount information output device and system - In an electric power amount information output device for a vehicle, a control section checks whether a remaining electric power amount of a battery of a motor-driven vehicle at a departure point is less than a total electric power amount required for the vehicle to travel to a destination point. The control section drives an output section to output insufficiency information indicating that the remaining electric power amount of the battery is insufficient, if the remaining electric power amount is less than the required total electric power amount.02-10-2011
20090109045BATTERY AND POWER MANAGEMENT FOR INDUSTRIAL INSPECTION HANDSET - An industrial inspection handset is disclosed, comprising a battery assembly for providing power to the handset, wherein the battery assembly comprises a connector for connecting a battery charger, a battery circuit for communicating with a processor in the handset, and a battery charge indicator on the surface of the battery assembly connected to the battery circuit for providing a visual indication of the charge remaining in the battery assembly. A method of power management for an industrial inspection handset is also disclosed comprising the steps of setting a first maximum power output value for the camera illumination for the insertion, monitoring an imager signal processor, to determine that the gain value of the image signal processor is less than a predetermined gain value, and setting a lower second maximum power output value for the camera illumination in order to increase the gain value. Additional methods of power management for an industrial inspection handset are disclosed, comprising the steps of setting a first maximum power output value for the articulation of the insertion tube attached to the handset, monitoring the operator controls to determine that there has been no articulation for a first predetermined amount of time, monitoring the position of the insertion tube to determine whether the insertion tube position is inside or outside of a predetermined zone of coordinates, and reducing or turning off the articulation power to hold the position of the insertion tube.04-30-2009
20110128153POWER CONVERTER WITH REDUCED POWER CONSUMPTION WHEN TOGGLING BETWEEN SLEEP AND NORMAL MODES DURING DEVICE CHARGING - Electronic devices may have batteries that power internal circuitry. A power converter may connect to an input-output port in an electronic device to deliver power to the electronic device. Battery charging circuitry in the electronic device may be used to charge the battery in an electronic device while power is delivered from the power converter. The power converter may have load detection circuitry. When an output load is present, the power converter operates in an active mode and delivers power to the electronic device. When the output load is not present, the power converter enters a low-power standby mode. The electronic device has switching circuitry that periodically either electrically couples or electrically isolates the input-output port from internal circuitry. When the input-output port is isolated, the power converter senses that no output load is present and enters the standby state to conserve power.06-02-2011
20110025514Light source and detecting device thereof - The present invention relates to a light source and detecting device thereof includes: a housing; a printed circuit board; an optical fiber connector; a laser diode; a laser driving module; a light coupling device; a light detecting module; an analog-to-digital converter; a micro controlling device; a stroke switch and a displaying device; when the stroke switch is pressed, the light detecting module is activated according to a determination made by the micro controlling device then a light signal coupled by the light coupling device is detected by the light detecting module, then the signal is displayed on the displaying device after being converted by the analog-to-digital converter or the laser diode is driven by the laser driving module and a laser source is therefore emitted.02-03-2011
20110084845First Energy Storage Device - A device including a first energy storage device configured to be charged by a machine when the device is coupled to the machine and a wireless transceiver configured to receive input commands from an input device and transmit the input commands to the machine, where the first energy storage device is configured to transfer electrical energy to the input device when the device is operatively coupled to the input device.04-14-2011
20100052926PROJECTION DISPLAY DEVICE - A projection display device has a power supply unit which supplies electric power from an external power supply, a charging circuit which charges a rechargeable battery with the power supply unit, an alarm part for outputting an alarm sound, and a switching circuit which supplies either the electric power from the power supply unit or an electric power from the rechargeable battery to the alarm part. When a voltage from the rechargeable battery becomes less than a threshold value, the electric power supply from the rechargeable battery to the alarm part is cut off, and power consumption of the rechargeable battery is suppressed.03-04-2010
20100052925POWER SAVING MODE FOR REMOTE CONTROLLER - A method, system and apparatus provide for enhanced power savings of a remote controller. Power savings are achieved by automatically entering a power saving mode of the remote controller, based upon user usage of the remote controller. A usage condition associated with use of the remote controller is detected; the usage condition has associated with it a predetermined period of time. Upon detection of the occurrence of the usage condition, the remote controller automatically enters a power saving mode from its normal operational mode after the predetermined period of time of the usage condition.03-04-2010
20110068941Electronic Apparatus with Remaining Battery Power Indicating Function - An electronic apparatus has a multiplicity of display units including an electronic viewfinder and a liquid crystal display (LCD) panel. The apparatus has various display modes. The remaining battery power, i.e., estimated amounts of remaining battery times relative to a current remaining battery capacity, are calculated for the respective display modes. The calculated remaining battery power is collectively displayed as the remaining battery power information on the respective display units. The remaining battery power can be obtained for all the display modes even when the battery is being charged, so that a user can always grasp the remaining battery power of any of the display modes.03-24-2011
20110068942WAIT STAFF SIGNALING APPARATUS WITH HIGH VISIBILITY INDICATORS - A wait staff signaling apparatus and method used to summon wait staff to a restaurant table includes a housing having a plurality of signaling indicators wherein the indicators illuminate by means of a light source driven by a battery and an integral control module when activated by a patron at the table by pressing or touching the respective switch. The indicators are color coded with the color codes corresponding to the type of service required by the patron. The device incorporates a high efficiency secondary optics lens component so as to provide high visibility in all light conditions at a wide variety of viewing angles, including a narrow low angle intense beam for distant viewing, thereby providing a low power, portable, battery driven device with a long service life and a low manufacturing cost.03-24-2011
20100219963APPARATUS FOR INDICATING THE STATE OF CHARGE OF A STORAGE BATTERY - Storage batteries having a rechargeable battery for operating electric tools often have a state of charge indicator. A state of charge circuit, which has a sensor that is coupled to the evaluation unit, is provided in order to identify the operating state of the storage battery. An interlock switch for preventing indication of the state of the charge is coupled to the evaluation unit. If charging or discharging of the rechargeable battery is identified using the sensor, the interlock switch is used to prevent indication of the current state of charge.09-02-2010
20110254692IN-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND IN-VEHICLE APPARATUS - An in-vehicle communication system is disclosed. The in-vehicle communication system is configured to connect a short range wireless communication link between an in-vehicle apparatus and a portable device, and predicts a battery level threshold reach time, which is a time when a battery level of a battery of the portable device reaches below a threshold. When it is determined that the battery level threshold reach time is prior to a vehicle travel end time, the in-vehicle communication system notifies the passenger of prompt battery charge information to prompt the passenger to charge the battery of the portable device.10-20-2011
20100214107DEVICE CHARGING - A system may include a battery powered device and a cable used to charge the battery powered device. The cable may include a first connector to connect to the battery powered device and a second connector to connect to a power source. The cable may also includes a flexible portion located between the first connector and the second connector. The flexible portion may include an inner portion that includes an electrical conductor and an outer portion that includes a transparent or translucent material. The cable may further include at least one light source and circuitry to activate the light source based on a charge status of the battery powered device. The activated light source may illuminate at least a portion of the cable.08-26-2010
20100194576ELECTRONIC BATTERY TESTER WITH NETWORK COMMUNICATION - An electronic battery tester for testing a storage battery includes test circuitry configured to provide a battery test output related to a condition of the battery. A memory stores a battery tester address of the battery tester, and communication circuitry transmits the battery test output formatted with the battery tester address on a communication link to a remote location.08-05-2010
20110181429VOICE NOTIFICATION CIRCUIT AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME - A voice notification circuit includes a plurality of comparison circuits, a plurality of switch circuits, a plurality of resistors and a plurality of voice storage circuits. The comparison circuits compare power levels of wireless signals to a plurality of reference voltage ranges, and output a plurality of logic control signals. The switch circuits are connected to the comparison circuits respectively to switch on/off based on the logic control signals. The resistors turn the switch circuits on. The voice storage circuits store the audio sounds. When the power levels of the wireless signals fall in one of the reference voltage ranges, the corresponding switch circuit is off and an audio signal can be output.07-28-2011
20090174562Smoke detector battery tester triggered by any infrared remote - The user may perform a smoke detector battery capacity test via an infrared (IR) trigger from a remote controller. When the proper amount of directed infrared energy (sourced by an infrared remote control device) is detected at the smoke detector the smoke detector runs the battery life test. The result of the battery test is displayed on a visual indicator on the smoke detector unit.07-09-2009
20110006905INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - An information processing apparatus includes: a rechargeable battery that is electrically connected to a charging electric power generating device; a switch that is disposed between the rechargeable battery and the charging electric power generating device; an electric power measuring unit that measures electric power produced by the charging electric power generating device; and a charge controller that controls the switch to be turned OFF when the electric power measured by the electric power measuring unit is smaller than a first electric power threshold.01-13-2011
20120038483SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR BATTERY STATUS INDICATION - A method and apparatus are provided to indicate battery capacity status. Different blinking frequencies of an LED correspond to different battery states of charge. Furthermore, the present invention provides a smooth visual brightness change of the LED by providing the appropriate LED current according to human eye characteristics.02-16-2012
20120249334BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - The present application describes, among other things, a battery management system. The battery management system includes a computing device and first and second battery unit monitoring modules. The computing device includes an output data request port and an input data port. Each battery unit monitoring module is connected in parallel to the input data port of the computing device. In response to a data request from the output data request port of the computing device, the first battery unit monitoring module transmits data of the first battery unit to the input data port of the computing device, and transmits a data request to the second battery unit monitoring module. In response to the data request from the first battery unit monitoring module, the second battery unit monitoring module transmits data of the second battery unit to the input data port of the computing device.10-04-2012
20110316709METHOD OF DETERMINING A REMAINING CAPACITY OF AN ENERGY SOURCE OF AN INFORMATION TAG FOR AGRICULTURE - The invention relates to a method of determining a remaining capacity of an energy source of an agricultural information tag. The method includes adjusting, such as increasing or decreasing, a counter at the occurrence of an event which leads to a consumption of energy from the energy source, and determining a remaining capacity of the energy source from a value of the counter. The event may include the elapsing of a predetermined period of time and a transmission of information by the information tag.12-29-2011
20120013474METHOD FOR INFORMING A USER OF A POSSIBILITY TO COMPLETE THE EXECUTION OF A PROCESS IN A COMPUTING DEVICE - A method for informing a user of the possibility to execute a given process using existing resources is disclosed, the method comprising selecting a process to be executed, receiving information indicative of a level of battery charge, determining if said level of battery charge is sufficient for completing the execution of the selected process and providing information indicative of the determination to a user.01-19-2012
20090135017WIRELESS HEADSET AND BATTERY STATUS INDICATION METHOD THEREOF - An enhanced wireless headset and battery status indication method is provided for indicating an accurate battery level of a wireless headset. A battery status indication method for a wireless headset determines a residual charge of a battery of the wireless headset and emits light having one of a plurality of colors from a status indication unit of the wireless headset. Each of the plurality of colors indicates a different residual charge of the battery. The wireless headset and battery status indication method also enables indicating whether the wireless headset is operating in charging mode by maintaining or blinking the battery status indication light. In addition, the wireless headset and battery status indication method enables indicating a radio communication status as well as a battery status by blinking the battery status indication light in correspondence with a communication radio scanning cycle.05-28-2009
20100245101COMMUNICATING DEVICE AND COMMUNICATING METHOD - A communicating device includes a power source, a storing unit, a detecting unit, and a communicating unit. The power source is operable to supply power to the communicating device. The storing unit is operable to store a warning message for warning that the communicating device is low on power and will be powered off. The detecting unit is operable to measure the remaining power of the power source and determine if the remaining power of the power source drops below a predetermined threshold value. The communicating unit is operable to send the warning message to a target communicating device which the communicating device is communicating with, when the remaining power of the power source is determined to be below the predetermined threshold value.09-30-2010
20120126991Device and Method of Determining Safety in a Battery Pack - A battery pack includes at least one battery cell that expands and contracts in relation to the chemical conditions of the battery cell. A substrate is configured to contact the at least one battery cell. A sensor is attached to the substrate and the sensor produces a signal indicative of the displacement of the substrate. A controller is communicatively connected to the sensor such that the controller receives the signal from the sensor. The controller processes the signal to produce an indication of a status of the battery cell. A method of monitoring battery safety includes movably securing a substrate across at least one cell of a battery. A displacement of the substrate is measured. The measured displacement is processed with a controller to identify a safety status of the at least one cell. An output device is operated with a controller to provide an indication of the safety status of the at least one cell of the battery.05-24-2012
20090015417Method and apparatus for managing battery log information and method of generating revenue through sales thereof - Example embodiments of the present invention provide management and reporting tools for service providers to manage batteries within battery backup units (BBUs) deployed their networks. Service providers may generate battery reports periodically, on-demand, or on an event driven basis, and, in turn, may notify customers of a status of battery replacement. Specifically, example embodiments of the present invention allow an Optical Network Terminal (ONT) to log BBU history via a craft port, Optical Line Terminal (OLT), direct internal communications with the battery, or some other technician interface. The ONT may store this information in memory when it detects a battery replacement or when a technician issues commands about battery log information. The OLT or an Element Management System (EMS) may query battery log information from all ONTs and generate management reports therefrom. The information may be sold, on a subscription fee basis, for example, to battery manufacturers or service providers.01-15-2009
20100207771Inductively coupled power transfer assembly - Apparatus for transferring power to through an isolated, insulated connection. A power transfer assembly includes a portable cable assembly and a receiver. The portable cable assembly includes a power plug and a transmitter with a plug portion that mates with a receptacle on the receiver. A magnetic latch secures the plug portion in the ring receptacle. The transmitter includes a power supply, a power switch, a signal sensor, and a transmitting inductor. The receiver includes a receiving inductor, a signal coil, a magnet, a power converter, a temperature sensor, and an isolation switch. When the transmitter is coupled with the receiver, the power switch is operated by the magnet, the signal sensor is magnetically coupled to the signal coil, and the transmitting inductor is magnetically coupled to the receiving inductor. The normally open isolation switch is operated when the power converter is energized by the transmitter.08-19-2010
20120133522GAP ANALYZER DEVICE AND METHOD - A method and gap analyzer device configured to determine a gap in a turbo-machine is provided. The gap analyzer device includes a housing configured to receive a rechargeable battery; a voltage multiplier unit configured to increase a voltage of the rechargeable battery to a predetermined value; a voltage stabilization unit configured to stabilize the voltage having the predetermined value; an output port configured to output the voltage having the predetermined value to a probe; an input port configured to receive from the probe a signal indicative of the gap of the turbo-machine; a processor unit configured to determine a voltage associated with the signal; a display configured to display the determined voltage; a common port connected to the voltage stabilization unit, the voltage multiplier unit and the display; and a switch electrically connected between the processor unit and the battery for switching on and off the gap analyzer device.05-31-2012
20120133521FAULT DETECTION AND MONITORING IN BATTERIES - The disclosed embodiments provide a battery pack that includes a fault-monitoring mechanism for detecting faults in the battery pack and indicating the faults to a user. The battery pack also includes a battery cell and enclosure material that encloses the battery cell. The fault may correspond to penetration of the battery pack, a puncture in the enclosure material, a short circuit within the battery cell, and/or a change in pressure within the battery pack. To detect the fault, the fault-monitoring mechanism may utilize a conductive mechanism, a color-changing mechanism, and/or a sensor mechanism in the battery pack.05-31-2012
20120075105INDICATION DEVICE, METHOD FOR PRODUCING INDICATON DEVICE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH THE INDICATION DEVICE - An indication device includes a substrate, a printed image, and a backlight source. The substrate is transparent or semi-transparent. The printed image is printed on a surface of the substrate and includes a first sub-image with a first color and a second sub-image with a second color. The backlight source setting on an opposite second surface of the substrate and capable of emit different color light. When the backlight source emits light with color different from both of the first color and the second color, the whole printed image is visible and indicates a first status of the task being executed. When the backlight source emits light with the same color as the second color, only the first sub-image is visible, the printed image indicates a second status of the task being executed.03-29-2012
20100007506BATTERY MONITORING SYSTEM, SUCH AS FOR USE IN MONITORING CELL SITE POWER SYSTEMS - A system, apparatus, and method for generating backup power in a wireless communications system such as a wireless communications service base station includes a communications interface, a primary power interface, a generator, rectifiers, and a battery circuit. During normal operation, the communications interface is powered from the primary power interface. During a power outage, the communications interface is powered from either the generator or the battery circuit. A battery circuit monitoring circuit detects and/or predicts loose, corroded, intermittent, high resistance, arcing, open, shorted, and/or the like connections.01-14-2010
20100328086ELECTRONIC DEVICE PROVIDING CHARGE STATUS - An electronic device includes a switching circuit, a hardware (HD) indication unit, a LED module, a software (SF) indication unit, a first control switch electrically connected between a power port, an anode of the LED module, and the HD indication unit, and a second control switch connected between a cathode of the LED module, the SF indication unit and ground. When the electronic device is charged in a powered state, the cathode of the LED module is grounded, the HD indication unit directs the first control switch to turn on and off alternatingly, and the LED module flashes accordingly. When the electronic device is charged in a powered off state, the anode of the LED module is at a high voltage level, and the SF indication unit directs the second control switch to turn on and off alternatingly, and the LED module flashes accordingly.12-30-2010
20110037603Alarm Device - The alarm device of the present invention includes a battery power supply; a sensor section that outputs an anomaly detection signal in the case of detecting an anomaly; an alert section that outputs an alarm based on the anomaly detection signal; a reception circuit section that discontinuously receives an event signal from another alarm device at every predetermined reception cycle; a transmission circuit section that transmits an event signal to the other alarm device in a transmission time that is at least the predetermined reception cycle; an anomaly monitoring section that, when the sensor section has detected an anomaly, causes the alert section to output the anomaly alarm based on the anomaly detection signal and causes the transmission of an event signal relating to the anomaly of the alarm device to the other alarm device by the transmission circuit section, and on the other hand, when the reception circuit section has received from the other alarm device an event signal relating to an anomaly of the other alarm device, causes the alert section to output the anomaly alarm; and a low battery monitoring section that, upon detecting a voltage drop of the battery power supply, causes a low battery alarm of the alarm device to be output by the alert section, and stops the transmission and reception of event signals in the transmission circuit section and the reception circuit section.02-17-2011
20120081230POWER CONSERVING ALERT FOR MEDICAL DEVICES - Techniques are provided for alerting a person to check a medical device while conserving battery power. The medical device initiates a status alert if a readiness condition of the medical device is no longer being met. The status alert includes notification periods during which an audible sound is emitted alternating with off periods during which substantially no audible sound is emitted. The audible sounds may include certain tones or at least one spoken word. At least one of the duration of successive notification periods or the duration of successive off periods may be varied. In this manner, the medical device may provide audible sound at different times during the day in an attempt to get the attention of a person. In addition, the medical device may sense an activity to determine when to provide the audible sound.04-05-2012
20120139738PORTABLE COMPUTER BATTERY INDICATOR - A portable computer may include battery indicator light structures. Battery status information in the portable computer may be presented to a user using an array of light-emitting diodes or other light emitters. Light-emitting diodes may be mounted on a printed circuit board. A stiffener may provide the printed circuit board with rigidity. The printed circuit board may include a connector that allows the board to be connected to a main logic board. A switch on the printed circuit board may be actuated by a power button on the portable computer. An opaque member with an array of holes may be used to reduce light bleed between adjacent light-emitting diodes. Diffusing plastic may be mounted within the array of holes. Bumps in the diffusing plastic may mate with corresponding holes on a portable computer housing.06-07-2012
20120249335AUTOMATIC FLIGHT-SAFE INDICATOR AND METHOD OF USE FOR BATTERIES - An flight-safe indicator for a battery displays the flight-safety state of a battery to be transported by an aircraft. The indicator can be easily recognized by ground personnel anywhere regardless of the language they speak or read. The indicator comprises an icon indicating that the battery is safe for flight and would be easily recognized by personnel at an airport. The icon would be placed on the battery or on the battery packaging prior to loading on the aircraft. When the magnitude of power stored on the battery exceeds a safety threshold, the icon changes to an indication that the battery is not safe for transporting by aircraft and the operator may discharge the battery using a load until it reaches a safe level.10-04-2012
20130127625BATTERY ASSEMBLY WITH ALARM - A battery alarm for use with a battery assembly is provided, the battery alarm including a first activation component, a signaling component, and an output component. The first activation component is configured to activate the alarm upon disengagement of the battery assembly from a battery-operated device and is further configured to deactivate the alarm upon engagement of the battery pack with the battery-operated device. The signaling component is coupled to the first activation component and is configured to transmit a signal when the alarm is activated. The output component is adapted to receive the signal from the signaling component and is configured to produce a visual, audible, and/or tactile output upon receipt of the signal from the signaling component.05-23-2013
20080204262On-board emergency reporting apparatus and auxiliary battery device for the same - An emergency reporting apparatus includes a power supply circuit, a control circuit, and a timer. The power supply circuit generates operating power of the emergency reporting apparatus from a vehicle battery in a vehicle battery mode and from an auxiliary battery in an auxiliary battery mode. The control circuit causes the power supply circuit to switch from the vehicle battery mode to the auxiliary battery mode in response to a trigger event and starts an emergency reporting procedure using the auxiliary battery. The timer measures time elapsed since the power supply circuit switches to the auxiliary battery mode. The control circuit causes the power supply circuit to switch back to the vehicle battery mode, when the elapsed time exceeds a predetermined threshold time period.08-28-2008
20110248859METHOD OF PROVIDING 3D IMAGE AND 3D DISPLAY APPARATUS USING THE SAME - Provided are a three dimensional (3D) display apparatus, a method of setting up a graphic user interface (GUI) thereof, and 3D glasses. The method of providing a GUI of the 3D display apparatus operating in association with the 3D glasses includes receiving a signal including battery information from the 3D glasses, generating a GUI related to the battery information of the 3D glasses, using the battery information contained in the received signal, and displaying the generated GUI on a screen of the 3D display apparatus.10-13-2011
20120256751Talking Power Management Utility - An architecture is presented that provides a computer-implemented system and method for monitoring a remaining battery charge level in a device and detecting when said battery charge level is reduced to a selected level. The system comprises a monitoring component that monitors remaining battery charge levels for any device that requires power management. The monitoring component can monitor all types of batteries as is known in the art. Further, the monitoring component communicates with a detection component which detects when the battery charge levels of the devices are low and/or reach a predetermined threshold level. The system further comprises a trigger component that sends a customizable alert to a user once a low battery charge level and/or a predetermined threshold level has been reached. Furthermore, the system comprises a power component that automatically places the device in standby mode after a predetermined period of time after the alerts are sent.10-11-2012
20130201026RECHARGEABLE "SMART" BATTERY WITH CYCLE STATUS INDICATOR FOR USE IN MOBILE, HANDHELD ELECTRICAL DEVICES - An electronic battery label for displaying the status of a “smart” battery, wherein the “smart” battery comprises “smart” circuitry for determining the status of the “smart” battery, the electronic battery label comprising: an e-paper display; means for mounting the e-paper display to the “smart” battery; and connection means for electrically connecting the e-paper display to the “smart” circuitry of the “smart” battery.08-08-2013

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