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20100153060Multidimensional Sensor Data Analyzer - A multidimensional sensor data analyzer that includes: discretizing values in multidimensional sensor data at index locations in value surfaces that reside in a multidimensional value space; deriving surface components resulting from the intersection of a geometric beam shape function that describing the sensor beam with the value surfaces; determining minimum-maximum index location limits for the surface components; determining surface component index points by identifying the index locations that are located within the minimum-maximum index location limits for the surface components; and generating a beam value by performing a beam function using the values at the surface component index points.06-17-2010
20100153059APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MEASURING THE POSITIONS OF MARKS ON A MASK - An apparatus for measuring the positions of marks on a mask is provided, said apparatus comprising a mask holder for holding the mask, a recording unit for recording the marks of the mask held by the mask holder, an actuating module for moving the mask holder and the recording unit relative to each other, and an evaluating module, which numerically calculates the gravity-induced sagging of the mask in the mask holder and determines the positions of the marks on the mask, based on the calculated sagging, the recordings made by the recording unit and the relative movement between the mask holder and the recording unit, wherein, prior to calculating said sagging, the present position of the mask in the mask holder is determined and is taken into consideration in said numerical calculation, and/or the geometrical dimensions of the mask are taken into consideration in said numerical calculation of sagging.06-17-2010
20130211778METHOD FOR REALIZING A SPACE SURVEY SYSTEM FOR MONITORING NEAR-EARTH SPACE - A method for realizing a space survey system for the LEO zones of the Earth orbit includes positioning and placing network stations of optical survey systems over the surface of the globe according to a grid designed to offer an effective daily cycle of the system close to 24 hours and a chosen revisit period for the LEO zone observed.08-15-2013
20130211777FLUID GAUGES COMPRISING MULTIPLE DIFFERENTIAL PRESSURE SENSORS - The subject fluid gauges measure actual position of a workpiece relative to a target position. A gauge body that is positionable relative to the workpiece and that includes multiple differential-pressure (DP) sensors has a measurement channel and respective reference channels. Each DP sensor measures, over a respective individual dynamic pressure range, a differential pressure established by a respective fluid flow in the measurement channel relative to a fluid flow in a respective reference channel. The dynamic pressure ranges of the DP sensors substantially overlap each other. A controller is connected to and monitors the DP sensors. The controller is configured to select, for obtaining a differential pressure indicative of the position of the workpiece, a DP sensor sensing the smallest magnitude of DP.08-15-2013
20110196647STATE VECTOR ESTIMATION USING A CONSTRAINT DERIVED FROM A MAP - It is disclosed to estimate a state vector of an object, wherein the state vector comprises a state variable related to a position or an orientation of the object, based on at least one of a probability density function of the state vector truncated under consideration of a constraint for the state variable, wherein the constraint is derived from a map, and properties of the truncated probability density function.08-11-2011
20110196646Alignment System, Lithographic System and Method - A lithographic system includes a lithographic apparatus comprising a projection system which projects a patterned radiation beam onto a target portion of a substrate and an alignment system which measures the position of a feature of the pattern on the substrate at a number of locations over the substrate. A controller compares the measured positions with points on a grid of values and extrapolates values for intermediate positions on the substrate based on values of corresponding intermediate points on the grid, so as to provide an indication of the intermediate positions on the substrate and their displacements relative to the grid. The grid is based on at least one orthogonal basis function, the measurement on the substrate being performed at positions corresponding to the root values of the at least one orthogonal basis function.08-11-2011
20110196645SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TESTING OBJECTS USING A MECHANICAL ARM - A system and method for testing objects using a mechanical arm sets one or more first positions. When a user selects one or more second positions of the mechanical arm, a distance between each of the second positions and each of the first positions is calculated. A nearest first position of each of the second positions is determined. Each of the second positions is stored in a test list corresponding to each of the nearest first positions. The mechanical arm is controlled to move to each of the nearest first positions, and tests objects located at the second positions stored in each test list corresponding to each of the nearest first positions.08-11-2011
20080319706Method for the Determination of the Wheel Geometry and/or Axle Geometry of Motor Vehicles - The invention relates to a method for determining the wheel geometry and/or axle geometry of motor vehicles by means of an optical measuring apparatus. According to said method, at least two recording points are assigned to each other and are referenced in relation to the measuring space with the aid of an image recording system, optionally taking into account reference characteristics and vehicle body characteristics, an object segment (12-25-2008
20130211779METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE POSITION OF A ROTATION AXIS - In a system having a substrate holding means for holding a substrate, wherein the substrate holding means is rotatable about an axis of rotation that is perpendicular to an X-Y coordinate system, a method for determining position of the axis of rotation in the X-Y coordinate system, comprising the steps of: 08-15-2013
20110202307Method and System for Recognizing the Working Range of a Mobile Tool - A method for recognizing the operating range of a mobile, autonomous implement, in which the operating range assigned to the implement is limited by a border which can be used as an electrical conductor loop, and the implement recognizes the operating range by detecting signals from the conductor loop, wherein an additional, non-wired, external signal is used for controlling the implement.08-18-2011
20100076720ORIENTATION DETECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS, AND MOVEMENT RECORD COMPUTING APPARATUS - An orientation detection method includes: a standard orientation determination step that detects a direction of an orientation determination element outside of a portable device with a direction detection device under the condition that a position of the portable device is fixed, and that determines the standard orientation of the portable device based on the result of the detection and the position of the portable device; and a relative angle detection step that computes a present orientation of the portable device based on both a result of a re-detection of the direction of the orientation decision element with the direction detection device and the position of the portable device after the determination of the standard orientation, and that detects an angle between the present orientation and the standard orientation.03-25-2010
20120245886ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING PROXIMITY SENSOR AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME - An electronic device includes a main body; at least one proximity sensor arranged in the main body to detect a motion of a user in a predetermined range from the main body. A memory arranged in the main body store a relationship table defining a relationship between an operation event and an executable function. The operation event includes: the times of the proximity of a user to the main body, the duration of a stationary state of the user relative to the main body, and the distance of the movement of a user with respect to the main body. In addition, includes a processor receiving data from the at least one sensor determining an operation event and executing an executable function according to the relationship table.09-27-2012
20130080109ACCURACY IN A CAPACITIVE SENSE ARRAY - A capacitive sense array configured to improve accuracy in detecting a presence of a conductive object is described. In one embodiment the capacitive sense array includes a first set of sense elements including a plurality of sub-sections and a second set of sense elements including a plurality of sub-sections such that the plurality of sub-sections of one sense element of the first set straddle at least one of the plurality of sub-sections of at least two of the sense elements of the second set. The straddle as defined in the present invention includes shifting and interleaving sub-section of one sense element with the sub-sections of at least two sense elements adjacent to the one sense element.03-28-2013
20130085714Method and device for moving a sensor close to a surface - A method and a system for positioning a sensor of an electrostatic force microscope is disclosed. In a method according to the invention, the AC bias voltage and DC bias voltage systems of the EFM are utilized to determine a sensor sensitivity “G”, which is then used to adjust the position of the sensor or the AC bias voltage in a manner that reduces the risk of arcing and/or contact between the sensor and the surface to be analyzed.04-04-2013
20130035894BALLONET MEASUREMENT SYSTEM - Systems and methods for measuring a volume of a ballonet are provided. In some aspects, the system may include a plurality of sensors configured to transmit a plurality of signals toward an interior surface of the ballonet and to receive the plurality of signals reflected off of the interior surface of the ballonet, a distance calculating module configured to calculate a plurality of distances from the plurality of sensors to the interior surface of the ballonet using the received plurality of signals, and a mapping module configured to create a three-dimensional surface using the calculated plurality of distances. The system may further include a measurement module configured to calculate the volume of the ballonet using the three-dimensional surface.02-07-2013
20130035895Compass Heading Display for A Computerized Mobile Device - A method for displaying a compass heading implemented by a computerized mobile device includes displaying a compass heading on a display of a computerized mobile device according to a compass onboard the computerized mobile device if the computerized mobile device is traveling below a motion threshold. The method also includes displaying a compass heading on a display of a computerized mobile device according to a compass heading calculated using at least two coordinates for the computerized mobile device if the computerized mobile device is traveling above the motion threshold.02-07-2013
20090043532METHOD FOR VISUALISING THE ECCENTRICITY OF CABLES IN THE ECCENTRICITY MEASUREMENT OF THE CABLES - A method for visualising the eccentricity of cables which is acquired in the eccentricity measurement of the cables, wherein eccentricity measurements take place at the same time on plural locations spaced apart across the perimeter of the cable during the transportation of the cable, and the measurement values are represented graphically on a display after being processed in a computer, characterised in that a frequency distribution of individual eccentricity values acquired during the measurement interval is represented on the display, wherein the scattering caused by measuring instruments is significantly smaller than the scattering of the individual eccentricity values.02-12-2009
20100324862AZIMUTH PROCESSING DEVICE, AZIMUTH PROCESSING METHOD, AZIMUTH PROCESSING PROGRAM, DIRECTION FINDING DEVICE, TILT OFFSET CORRECTING METHOD, AZIMUTH MEASURING METHOD, COMPASS SENSOR UNIT, AND PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - An azimuth processing device is designed for outputting azimuth data based on measurement data sequentially output from a compass sensor. In the device, an accumulation section selectively accumulates substantially new pieces of the measurement data. An offset data updating section updates offset data of the compass sensor based on plural pieces of the measurement data accumulated by said accumulation section. An azimuth data output section outputs the azimuth data based on substantially newest measurement data and the offset data.12-23-2010
20100324859APPARATUS, SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR REGISTERING THE TIME AND LOCATION OF WEAPON FIRINGS - An exemplary embodiment of the present invention sets forth an apparatus for registering time and location of a weapon firing of a weapon. The apparatus includes a microcontroller, a pressure sensor located in proximately to the weapon and adapted to determine pressure data based on air pressure in proximity to the weapon and provide the pressure data to a microcontroller, an accelerometer located in proximity to the weapon and adapted to determine acceleration data based on movement of the weapon and provide the acceleration data to the microcontroller; a time device adapted to keep time and provide the time to the microcontroller; a location sensor located in proximity to the weapon and adapted to determine a location of the weapon and provide the location of the weapon to the microcontroller; and a memory coupled to the microcontroller.12-23-2010
20090157347Communications system for position detector - A communications system for a position detector comprises a position detector for detecting the amount of movement of a table, an A/D converter connected to the position detector, a numerical control device connected to the A/D converter and receiving a position signal converted by the A/D converter, and an information processor connected to the A/D converter via a USB capable of bidirectional communication. The information processor includes a storage section for preserving data and a program, a computing section for computationally operating the program, and a display section for indicating the results of computational operation by the computing section, and the data.06-18-2009
20100106452MOVING DIRECTION DETECTOR - In detecting the position and the moving direction of a magnetic moving body, there is provided a moving direction detector that can accurately detect the position, regardless of the moving direction. The moving direction detector is provided with groups of sensor elements that face a moving body (04-29-2010
20100106453ACTION RECOGNITION AND INTERPRETATION USING A PRECISION POSITIONING SYSTEM - To facilitate the recognition and interpretation of actions undertaken within an environment, the environment is associated with a precision positioning system (PPS) and a controller in communication with the PPS. Within the environment, an entity moves about in furtherance of one or more tasks to be completed within the environment. The PPS determines position data corresponding to at least a portion of the entity, which position data is subsequently compared with at least one known action corresponding to a predetermined task within the environment. Using a state-based task model, recognized actions may be interpreted and used to initiate at least one system action based on the current state of the task model and correspondence of the position data to the at least one known action. In an embodiment, an entity recognition system provides an identity of the entity to determine whether the entity is authorized to perform an action.04-29-2010
20120215485PROGRAMMING METHOD FOR A COORDINATE MEASURING MACHINE AND COMPUTING DEVICE THEREOF - In a programming method, a number of points measured on a product are roughly fitted into/matched with one or more geometrical elements, and a fitting value of the geometrical elements are output to a first data list. The method records the storing positions of the geometrical elements having fitting values that are within a predetermined tolerance value in a second data list, and obtains a best geometrical element type of the product by determining geometrical element types that correspond to each of the storing positions recorded in the second data list using a matching condition. After the best geometrical element type from the first data list is obtained, the method generates a measurement program and displays the measurement program on a display device.08-23-2012
20120185207THREE WIRE TRANSFORMER POSITION SENSOR, SIGNAL PROCESSING CIRCUITRY, AND TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION CIRCUITRY THEREFOR - A three-wire transformer position sensor is provided that includes an excitation coil and an output coil. The excitation coil is adapted to be electrically excited with an excitation signal, and has a first end and a second end. The output coil includes a first coil and a second coil and is inductively coupled to the excitation coil upon electrical excitation thereof the excitation coil. The first end of the first coil is electrically connected to the second end of the second coil and to the second end of the excitation coil, and the second end of the first coil is electrically connected to the first end of the second coil. The output coil is configured, when it is balanced and the excitation coil is being electrically excited, to supply a null output signal.07-19-2012
20120185208Method for detecting position and arrival time of accelerated particles and apparatus for carrying out said method - The present invention refers to a method for detecting position and arrival time of accelerated particles, particularly in a linear particle accelerator, and to an apparatus for carrying out said method. When a correction is triggered, the apparatus according to the invention digitally processes a triggering signal by means of a programmable digital synthetic system being set in a manner that it is equivalent, referring to the time response, to the analogue correction signal received. The output from said synthetic system is deducted from the measurement, therefore, the correction signal is entirely deleted from the measurement. A special adaptive algorithm takes care for the time response compliance of the synthetic system with alterations in the analogue circuit generated due to the warming of the circuit itself.07-19-2012
20120185206METHOD FOR SETTING THE GEOLOCATION OF A NON-GPS ENABLED DEVICE - A method and device for setting a geolocation of a non-GPS enabled device utilizes GPS mapping technology to allow a user to select and set an exact location for a given device within a facility. The method can include obtaining a GPS map of the site where the device is deployed, obtaining a site map of the site, determining the GPS coordinates of at least one of the corners of the site map, overlaying the site map on the GPS map, aligning the at least one corner of the site map with corresponding GPS coordinates on the GPS map, calculating a grid covering the site map, selecting a location on the site map corresponding to the position of the device, and determining the geolocation of the device by calculating the latitude and longitude of said position.07-19-2012
20090177435Method, System and Computer Program Product for Locating a Measuring Device and for Measuring Large Objects - For the measurement of a large object, a reference point known in the coordinate system of the measuring arm is located by using an optical locating system, when the measuring arm is in the first location. The sensors of the sensor-equipped measuring arm indicate how the measuring tip moves between the different positions of the measuring arm. The sensor-equipped measuring arm is transferred to a second location, in which a new reference point is located. Also in the second location, the sensors indicate how the measuring tip moves between the different positions of the measuring arm. The information indicating the location of the points to be measured is transformed to a common coordinate system by using the information on the location of the first and second reference point and information indicating the location of the measuring tip in each position of the measuring arm.07-09-2009
20120191408SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COUNTING AN ELEMENTARY MOVEMENT OF A PERSON - System for counting an elementary displacement of a person, comprising a casing and fixing means for securely tying said casing to a part of the body of said person, comprising: 07-26-2012
20120191407METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING LOCATION OF WARD - A method and apparatus for managing a location of a ward, the method including: determining a ward location updating period based on a current location of the ward within a safety zone; and if the determined location updating period is about to elapse, transmitting the current location of the ward at a time when the updating period elapses.07-26-2012
20130073252MAGNETIC-POLE POSITION DETECTION APPARATUS FOR SYNCHRONOUS MACHINES - An object is to provide a magnetic-pole position detection apparatus for synchronous machines that allows a desired accuracy of magnetic-pole position detection regardless of variation in DC voltage of a DC voltage source. Calculation means (03-21-2013
20110015893ULTRASONIC DIGITIZER AND HOST - A computing system comprises a processor and internal peripheral devices, and a system bus connecting the internal peripheral devices to the processor. One of the internal peripheral devices is an ultrasonic digitizer that digitizes ultrasonic signals from at least two associated microphones into a digitized audio signal carrying a corresponding location and outputs the digitized audio as a signal on the system bus.01-20-2011
20090271143RADIATION MEASURING DEVICE AND DATA PROCESSING METHOD - A radiation measuring device capable of identifying the incident direction of a radiation ray and energy (segmentation) The directivity characteristics of a plurality of detectors are different from each other. A plurality of energy segmentations are set respectively for a plurality of spectra corresponding to a plurality of detectors, and actual measurement ratio information (a plurality of actual measurement counting ratios) expressing the mutual ratio between integrated counting values for each energy segmentation is computed. The actual measurement ratio information is checked against a plurality of response functions, and, when the compatibility relation between specific actual measurement ratio information and specific theoretical ratio information is found, the incident direction of a radiation ray and an energy segmentation are identified based on that relation.10-29-2009
20090076769Non-contact capacitive sensor with gain and offset values calculated as adjustment values - In a capacitance type of non-contact sensor for detecting the position of an object to be detected, such as dielectric material, a detection gain is changed in a first case where the object to be detected is placed in a first position and also in a second case where the object to be detected is placed in a second position, and an offset value is adjusted for each gain to bring an output value to a predetermined value. The adjusted offset values are stored in order to define a gain and an offset value at a point, where the offset values in the first and second cases are closest, as adjustment values.03-19-2009
20090076768ABSOLUTE POSITION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS - An absolute position measurement apparatus includes an output unit outputting a plurality of first signals and a plurality of superimposed signals formed by superimposing each of plural second signals on each of the plural first signals, a phase computing unit calculating phases of the first signals during a first period in which the output means outputs the plural first signals, and calculating phases of the second signals during a second period in which the output means outputs the plural superimposed signals, a regression computing unit calculating a regression coefficient of the phase of the first signals calculated during the first period, a subtracter calculating a phase difference between the phase of the first signals and the phase of the second signals during the second period, a phase difference computing unit determining an origin position of the object to be measured based on a position where a sign of the phase difference output from the subtracter is inverted, and an absolute position calculating unit calculating an absolute position of the object to be measured based on the origin position.03-19-2009
20120226470THREE-DIMENSIONAL LOCATION OF TARGET LAND AREA BY MERGING IMAGES CAPTURED BY TWO SATELLITE-BASED SENSORS - Target land area is three-dimensionally located using an optical sensor and a radar sensor in satellites. The positions of the satellites are measured and images are captured when the sensors point toward land areas. The aiming direction of the optical sensor for each area is measured. The distance between each area and the radar sensor pointing thereto is measured. Images of land areas captured by the sensors and covering common areas are matched. The distance between the target area selected from the common areas and the optical sensor is accurately determined on the basis of the positions of the sensors, the distance between the target area and the radar sensor, and the aiming direction of the optical sensor, which are associated with the images covering the target area.09-06-2012
20090030646AC magnetic tracking system with phase locking - Plural transmitter coils of a magnetic locating system are driven with widely-separated main frequencies. One of the transmitter coils is also driven with a marker frequency close to the main frequency applied to that coil. The receiver determines a phase relationship with the transmitter based on the main and marker frequencies, so that the receiver does not suffer from phase ambiguity. The main and marker frequencies may interfere with one another, and the receiver may correct for such interference based on known characteristics of the signals at the main and marker frequencies.01-29-2009
20130066588Agility Training and Assessment - A controller communicates a series of commands to a subject within a control area. A control area sensor generates movement data by monitoring the movement of the subject executing the command. Rebound surface sensor(s) generate contact data by monitoring contacts with rebound surface(s) resulting from the subject executing the commands. Performance of the subject is analyzed using the movement data and the contact data.03-14-2013
20130066587WIRELESS MAGNETIC POSITION SENSOR - In one example, a position sensor is provided. The position sensor comprises an integrated circuit, and a magnetic field sensor that provides a detected signal indicative of a position of a magnetic field source to the integrated circuit. The magnetic field sensor comprises a tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) sensor. The position sensor further comprises a wireless circuit coupled to the integrated circuit, wherein the wireless circuit comprises an antenna configured to radiate a position signal based on the detected signal.03-14-2013
20110022350System for Detecting Orientation of Magnetically Coupled Devices - A device includes a receiving surface to magnetically retain the orientation-dependent device in any one of a plurality of possible orientations. The detection device includes circuitry that detects the relative orientation of the orientation-dependent device based on a magnetic orientation of the orientation-dependent device relative to the detection device.01-27-2011
20120116716Device and method of gyro sensor calibration - Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a method and apparatus for calibration of gyro sensors by using magnetic sensor measurements and background computation during normal product operation. In one embodiment, magnetic sensor measurements are used to adjust gyro gain by comparing measured magnetic vector orientation with its expected orientation computed from gyro integration. The background process constantly compares this discrepancy for various values of gyro gain and selects the one that minimizes such error on average. In one embodiment, device orientation obtained by gyro integration is improved by using magnetic sensor measurements.05-10-2012
20120116715ENCODER, SERVO UNIT, AND POSITION DATA CALCULATING METHOD - An encoder includes a detector, a first position data calculator, a first data converter, an approximation device and a third position data calculator. The first data converter is configured to convert a first position data calculated by the first position data calculator into second position data whose second width in bits is longer than a first width in bits of the first position data. The approximation device is configured to calculate an approximation function that derives position data when timing data is input, based on a plurality of the second position data converted by the first data converter at a plurality of successive sampling timings, respectively. The third position data calculator is configured to calculate third position data indicating a position of a detection target at an output timing, based on the approximation function calculated by the approximation device.05-10-2012
20120116714Digital Data Processing Systems and Methods for Skateboarding and Other Social Sporting Activities - Systems and methods for social and other sporting activities. A system according to one such aspect of the invention comprises a sensing device that is attached to an object, such as a skateboard (by way of non-limiting example), for measuring characteristics thereof. It communicates those characteristics wirelessly, e.g., via bluetooth, to a mobile device, such as a cell phone, personal digital assistant, or the like (by way of non-limiting example). That device can log and/or display those characteristics, graphically, for study or analysis by the operator (e.g., the skateboard enthusiast) or others.05-10-2012
20120116712METHOD FOR TRACKING THE POSITION AND THE HEADING OF A VEHICLE USING DEAD RECKONING AND A TRACKING DEVICE FOR CARRYING OUT THE METHOD05-10-2012
20090012741Location Device with a Gravity Measuring Device - A location device has a gravity measurement instrument in communication with a database which has the locations relative to time of an astronomical object. The location device also has a timepiece indicating the time which may be used to determine the location of the astronomical object.01-08-2009
20080294367Method for Measuring the Position of a Mark in a Deflector System - The present invention relates to a method for determining the coordinates of an arbitrarily shaped pattern in a deflector system. The method basically comprises the steps of: moving the pattern in a first direction (X), calculating the position of the edge of the pattern by counting the number of micro sweeps, performed in a perpendicular direction (Y), until the edge is detected, and determining the coordinates by relating the number of counted micro sweeps to the speed of the movement of the pattern. The invention also relates to software implementing the method.11-27-2008
20110029279 METHOD FOR POSITION-CALIBRATION OF A DIGGING ASSEMBLY FOR ELECTRIC MINING SHOVELS - The present invention relates generally to the field of positioning mechanical equipment, and particularly to the likes of mechanical excavation and electric mining shovels. In one embodiment, there is disclosed a system for calibrating the sensors that measure hoist and crowd motions for an electric mining shovel, enabling the position of a bucket to be known with greater accuracy than can be achieved using previously known approaches.02-03-2011
20110029278OBJECT POSITION ESTIMATION SYSTEM, OBJECT POSITION ESTIMATION DEVICE, OBJECT POSITION ESTIMATION METHOD AND OBJECT POSITION ESTIMATION PROGRAM - ID likelihoods and position likelihoods of an object are detected by a first observation device (02-03-2011
20120059622LOCATION SYSTEM FOR STREET LIGHT MONITORING - A street light monitoring system has a small fraction of the street lights in the system being anchor nodes that are configured to detect and store their own actual fixed position, thereby acting as reference points. Further, the other street lights are referred to as blind nodes and do not have their actual fixed position but can derive their position using the coordinates of the anchor nodes and estimating their distance to them. The distance estimation for any blind node can be performed using a received signal strength indication (RSSI) measured at the respective blind node for small distances of up to a threshold value and a link quantization technique takes advantage of the typical placement of the street lights. Inferred distances between the street lights can be assigned to pre-determined categories of distances for a coarse estimation and further position adjustment to a closest possible “real” position.03-08-2012
20120065930VICINITY SENSOR SYSTEM AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Embodiments of vicinity sensor systems are described herein. Other embodiments and related methods are also disclosed herein.03-15-2012
20120265485INPUT DEVICE AND POSITION DETERMINING METHOD - An input device (10-18-2012
20110137608Position Estimation Apparatuses and Systems and Position Estimation Methods Thereof - A position estimation system is provided, including at least one measurement unit, a plurality of evaluation units and a particle filter. The at least one measurement unit obtains a first information, wherein the first information at least includes a motion information and a corresponding noise model of a traced object. Each of the evaluation units has a corresponding evaluation model, wherein each evaluation model generates a corresponding unit displacement estimation according to the first information. The particle filter samples and generates a plurality of displacement estimations according to the unit displacement estimations and the corresponding noise models respectively.06-09-2011
20090076766METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HOLOGRAPHIC USER INTERFACE COMMUNICATION - A system and corresponding method for provide a 3 dimensional (3-D) user interface displays images in a 3-D coordinate system. Sensors are configured to sense user interaction within the 3-D coordinate system, so that a processor may receive user interaction information from the sensors. The sensors are able to provide information to the processor that enables the processor to correlate user interaction with images in the 3-D coordinate system. The system may be used for interconnecting or communicating between two or more components connected to an interconnection medium (e.g., a bus) within a single computer or digital data processing system.03-19-2009
20110301912PROVIDING LOCATION ESTIMATES BASED ON A LOCATION CLASSIFICATION CATEGORY - In an example embodiment, there is described herein an apparatus comprising an interface and logic operable receive data from a device via the interface. The logic is operable to estimate a location of the device based on data received via the interface based on a first (e.g. default) location classification. The logic is further operable to estimate a location of the device based on data received via the interface based on a second location classification responsive to a predefined trigger.12-08-2011
20120158354METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR LOCATING AND TRACKING OBJECTS - A system for locating and tracking an object is provided. The system includes a measuring device configured to determine a property of a paving-related material, a locating device configured to determine a location of the measuring device, a tracking system configured to store tracking information associated with the measuring device and one or more properties determined by the measuring device, and a communications system configured to transfer, to a remote device, the location of the measuring device and the tracking information associated with the measuring device.06-21-2012
20110288815POSITION DETECTOR AND POSITIONING DEVICE - A position detector (11-24-2011
20110288813COORDINATE MEASURING APPARATUS AND METHOD - Disclosed herein is a coordinate measuring apparatus and method. Path equations of individual photodetection units relative to each light emitting unit are calculated using a plurality of photodetection units and a small number of light emitting units, and the coordinates of one or more actual targets are obtained using the calculated path equations. Accordingly, there are advantages in that, since a small number of light emitting sensors are used, installation costs can be reduced, maintenance costs can be reduced, and the lifespan of products can be extended.11-24-2011
20110288814TIRE APPEARANCE INSPECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD - A tire appearance inspection apparatus and method employing image processing is capable of performing tire appearance inspection with great accuracy. The tire appearance inspection apparatus includes a sectional shape acquiring device for acquiring cross-sectional shapes of a tire in the radial direction along the circumference of the tire, an arc fitting device for fitting an arc to each of the cross-sectional shapes, an arc center position calculating device for calculating the center positions of the arcs, and a sectional shape aligning device for aligning the cross-sectional shapes using the center positions of the arcs for the cross-sectional shapes.11-24-2011
20080208518System Comprising a Generating Device and a Comparing Device08-28-2008
20110295551LOCATION-BASED NOVELTY INDEX VALUE AND RECOMMENDATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - The invention is a system and method for computing a result for a location, wherein the result indicates how novel it is for a wireless device to occupy a specific location. After determining the location of a wireless device through various means, a Novelty Index Value (NIV) is calculated for the location, and the NIV is then stored into a database. The NIV may then be subsequently used by application programs to compute a desired result from the NIV. Multiple users may utilize and/or share the same NIV values. The NIV may also be used to alter the configuration of a wireless device as well. A recommendation system is also disclosed, wherein user context is utilized along with NIV values to compute particular results for a user.12-01-2011
20110295550MEASURING DEVICE OF THREAD PARAMETERS FOR THREADED JOINTS - Thread parameters for a threaded object are determined. Spatial reference systems (X, Y, Z) and (X′, Y′, Z′) are respectively identified for a position sensor and the threaded object. A transformation matrix describing a quadratic form representing the threaded object in (X, Y, Z) may be determined to relate the reference systems. For example, a sensor trajectory on the threaded object may be determined, along with measurement points on the threaded object. The measurement points may be selected so the matrix, evaluated on these values, has maximum rank. Position data at measurement points in the second reference system may be transformed into the first reference system, yielding first results. After coating the threaded object, position data at the measurement points may be acquired again and transformed into the first reference system, yielding second results. Comparisons between the first and second results may provide thickness of the coating and quality verification.12-01-2011
20080228432Electrical Device with a Selected Orientation for Operation - The present invention provides methods and apparatuses for configuring an electrical device to a selected orientation. Direction information that is indicative of the orientation of the electrical device is provided by a directional detection switch. A processor selects a selected orientation from a plurality of permitted orientations by processing the direction information and instructs a display unit to operate in the selected orientation. Different adjacent contacts of a directional detection switch are activated corresponding to different orientation of the electrical device. A conductive ball may be positioned by gravity and consequently conducts an electrical current between two corresponding adjacent contacts based on the orientation of the electrical device. A display unit of an electrical device may include an output component or an input component that is configured based on the orientation of the electrical device.09-18-2008
20110218760DISPLACEMENT DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CORRECTING ERROR OF SCALE USED FOR DISPLACEMENT DETECTION APPARATUS - A displacement detection apparatus includes a scale 09-08-2011
20110218759SCALABLE SENSOR LOCALIZATION FOR WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORKS - Adaptive rule-based methods to solve localization problems for ad hoc wireless sensor networks are disclosed. A large problem may be solved as a sequence of very small subproblems, each of which is solved by semidefinite programming relaxation of a geometric optimization model. The subproblems may be generated according to a set of sensor/anchor selection rules and a priority list. The methods scale well and provide improved positioning accuracy. A dynamic version may be used for estimating moving sensors locations in a real-time environment. The method may use dynamic distance measurement updates among sensors, and utilizes subproblem solving for static sensor localization. Methods to deploy sensor localization algorithms in clustered distributed environments are also provided, permitting application to arbitrarily large networks. In addition, the methods may be used to solve sensor localizations in 2D or 3D space. A preprocessor may be used for localization of networks without absolute position information.09-08-2011
20100082289METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING GEOMETRIC DATA OF A CONICAL MEASUREMENT OBJECT - Determining geometric data of a conical measurement object comprises determining spatial coordinates at a plurality of measurement points of the measurement object. At least six spatial coordinates are determined on at least six different measurement points. Element parameters of a tangential conical substitute element are determined by means of a system of equations which describes difference values between the spatial coordinates and the tangential conical substitute element. The difference values are modeled by means of at least two difference parameters whose sum represents a perpendicular spacing between the tangential conical substitute element and a spatial coordinate. Geometric data of the conical measurement object is determined using the substitute element.04-01-2010
20110270571SYSTEM FOR ASSEMBLING AIRCRAFT - A system automatically moves large scale components of a vehicle such as an airplane, into final assembly alignment. A noncontact measurement system determines the locations of aerodynamically significant features on each of the components. The measured locations of the components are used to control an automated jacking system that includes assembly jacks for individually moving the components into assembly alignment. A system is provided for calculating the cruise configuration of the vehicle “as-built” and for transferring the cruise configuration into the vehicle where it is recorded in the form of a physical monument.11-03-2011
20120109576NEEDLE MOVING DEVICE - The invention provides a needle moving device which can detect a fault in a signal provided by a system controller to a performing device. An X-direction driving motor (05-03-2012
20110077901MULTI-FACE, MULTI-EVENT, ORIENTATION SENSOR - An apparatus and a computer implemented method for monitoring and recording the orientation data for an object. The orientation apparatus comprises an outer casing. Inside the outer casing is an orientation device that comprises six chambers, with a ball sensor in each chamber, and a ball. The orientation apparatus also comprises a data recorder for recording an event history of the orientation device, and a communicator for conveying the event history.03-31-2011
20110202306Adjustable Virtual Reality System - Disclosed are virtual reality systems, in particular immersive virtual reality systems, their parts, construction and use. The systems and/or parts thereof may be used by adults or children, and may be adapted to support, often within a single device, a large range of users of different sizes and medical condition. Users with physical disabilities have difficulties using existing immersive technologies such as those using accessories like head-mounted displays and data gloves. Such users are provided with immersive virtual reality outputs that allow them to see virtual representations of their body parts which appear in a correct spatial position relative to the users' viewpoint.08-18-2011
20100094585REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEMS THAT CAN DISTINGUISH STRAY LIGHT SOURCES - Remote control systems that can distinguish predetermined light sources from stray light sources, e.g., environmental light sources and/or reflections are provided. The predetermined light sources can be disposed in asymmetric substantially linear or two-dimensional patterns. The predetermined light sources also can output waveforms modulated in accordance with one or more signature modulation characteristics. The predetermined light sources also can output light at different signature wavelengths.04-15-2010
20100125432MEASUREMENT APPARATUS, MEASUREMENT METHOD, COMPUTER, PROGRAM, AND EXPOSURE APPARATUS - A measurement apparatus includes an interferometer, and a computer configured to calculate a phase distribution and an amplitude distribution by Fourier-transforming a first interference signal detected by the photoelectric conversion element of the interferometer, to correct the phase distribution using a correction-use phase difference distribution, to calculate a second interference signal by reverse-Fourier-transforming the phase distribution that has been corrected and the amplitude distribution, and to calculate the position of the target surface based on the second interference signal.05-20-2010
20090024351Method for Determining Correction Values for the Measured Values of Positions of Structures on a Substrate - A method for allocating correction values of the degree of bending of a substrate (01-22-2009
20120143562LOCATING SENSOR NODES THROUGH CORRELATIONS - A method is provided for estimating distances between sensor nodes. The method includes receiving a temporal sequence of measurements of a selected local environmental condition from each of the sensor nodes. The method includes determining an amount of correlation between the measurements of the selected local environmental condition that were received from two or more of the sensor nodes. The method also includes estimating distances between the two or more of the sensor nodes based on the determined amount of correlation.06-07-2012
20080208521METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ELECTRONICALLY ALIGNING CAPACITIVELY COUPLED MNI-BARS - Embodiments of the present invention provide a system that electronically aligns mini-bars on different semiconductor chips which are situated face-to-face to facilitate communication between the semiconductor chips through capacitive coupling. During operation, the system selects a group of transmitter mini-bars on the first chip to form a transmitter bit position and selects a group of receiver mini-bars on the second chip to form a receiver bit position. The system then associates transmitter bit positions on the first chip with proximate receiver bit positions on the second chip. In this way, the system allows data signals transmitted by the mini-bars within a transmitter bit position on the first chip to be collectively received by the mini-bars within an associated receiver bit position on the second chip.08-28-2008
20080208520METHOD FOR DETERMINING A HIGHLY ACCURATE POSITION OF ROUTES AND/OR OBJECTS - The invention relates to a method for determining a highly accurate position of routes and/or objects, in which the routes and/or objects to be recorded are first of all surveyed. In this case, the teaching provides for the routes and/or objects to be recorded to be surveyed repeatedly and for the positions to be determined with the aid of statistical methods using measured values obtained by the repeated surveying operation.08-28-2008
20080208519Device and method for monitoring the position of a cable in a cable operated transportation system and a cable operated transportation system - In order to improve a cable position monitoring device for monitoring the position of a cable guided in the rollers of a roller assembly in at least one first cable roller that is to be monitored of the roller assembly of a cable operated transportation system comprising at least one first and at least one second cable roller defining a reference roller, such that a threatening cable-dislodgement of the cable from at least one cable roller of the transportation system can be recognized in a simple manner, it is proposed that a movement-magnitude detecting device be provided for determining a first movement-magnitude of the at least one first cable roller and a second movement-magnitude of the reference roller, and that an evaluating device be provided for comparing the first and second movement-magnitudes and for determining a mutual movement-magnitude deviation between the first and second movement-magnitudes which corresponds to a safe-to-operate status of the transportation system.08-28-2008
20110172954FENCE INTRUSION DETECTION - A compact, inexpensive, and reliable fence intrusion detection system may detect activity on a fence and determine the type of activity based on discrimination. The hardware may include a 3-axis accelerometer and a RISC microprocessor. The system may be equipped with a wireless device which enables the system to work remotely and communicate with a base station. An algorithm may detect activity vs. no-activity on the fence. The algorithm may thereafter recognize the type of the activity; such as whether it is due to rattling caused by strong wind or a breach such as a person climbing the fence. The recognition algorithm may be computationally inexpensive and therefore also may be embedded inside a local RISC microcontroller. The system has been tested on different fences and demonstrated an over 90% correct recognition rate.07-14-2011
20090281765METHOD OF LOCATING AN OBJECT IN 3D - Methods and devices for calculating the position of a movable device are disclosed. The device may include multiple optical detectors (ODs) and the movable device may include light sources. Optics may be above the ODs. A controller may calculate the position of the light source based on data from the ODs and properties of the optics. The device may be a game console, and the light source may be a game controller. The roles of the OD and light sources may be interchanged. The rotation of the movable device may be determined using multiple light sources and/or multiple ODs on the movable device. The movable device may calculate its position and transmit it to a console. The light sources may be modulated by time or frequency to distinguish between the light sources. There may be two or more movable devices. There may be two or more consoles.11-12-2009
20090281764METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEASUREMENT OF PARAMETERS OF A FLAT MATERIAL - A system and method for measurement of parameters of a conductive material, include generating an oscillating electromagnetic field (EMF) interacting with a sample portion from a remotely positioned source; measuring values of components of impedance of the electromagnetic; populating a system of equations including a theory of electromagnetism-based mathematical model of the electromagnetic system; solving the system of equations to calculate values of a distance between the sample portion and the source, thickness of the sample portion in proximity to a point of projection of the source onto the sample portion and electromagnetic properties of the sample portion; outputting the calculated values as the measured values; and repeating the steps of generating, populating, solving, outputting and repeating using the calculated values for the step of populating in place of the measured component values.11-12-2009
20090281762IC device-in-pocket detection with angular mounted lasers and a camera - A detection method and apparatus is provided. The detection apparatus includes at least two angular mounted lasers, a surface for receiving laser lines emitted by the angular mounted lasers, a camera for detecting a laser pattern formed by the laser lines on the surface, and a processor for analyzing the laser pattern. The lasers emit orthogonal laser lines on a surface of the device. The camera detects a laser pattern on the surface of the device and the processor analyzes the laser pattern to determine whether the position of the device is in pocket based on the analysis and position algorithms.11-12-2009
20090299685METHOD AND DEVICE FOR POSITION DETERMINATION - A method and device for position determination, in which one or more application requests a positioning method selection device for positioning data. The positioning method selection device provides an application with positioning data using one or more positioning method in accordance with settings defined by the application and/or the user. The positioning method selection device receives a positioning request from an application, forms a parameter or parameters indicating the quality of positioning requested by the application, compares the quality of positioning data provided by the positioning methods with the positioning quality required by the application, and sends the positioning data to the application in response to the positioning request.12-03-2009
20090299684Method for calibrating cameras installed on vehicle - A method for calibrating vehicle cameras is simplified by providing painted patterns on a road surface and by capturing those patterns by the cameras to be calibrated. According to a predefined positional relationship of the cameras with the painted patterns, captured images of the painted patterns are bird's-eye converted and matched with reference to calculate camera positions in a vehicle, thereby enabling an automatic calibration of camera directions and the like.12-03-2009
20090299683Emitting and focusing apparatus, methods, and systems - Apparatus, methods, and systems provide emitting, field-adjusting, and focusing of electromagnetic energy. In some approaches the field-adjusting includes providing an extended depth of field greater than a nominal depth of field. In some approaches the field-adjusting includes field-adjusting with a transformation medium, where the transformation medium may include an artificially-structured material such as a metamaterial.12-03-2009
20080243424Methods for predicting warp at a given condition - Methods are provided for predicting warp of a lumber product at a given condition, such as relative humidity, temperature, moisture content, or the like. Note that this methodology may apply to any of crook, bow, twist, cup, or combinations of these quantities. The method involves measuring an original warp of a first wood product at a known condition; changing the condition of the first wood product to a new condition; measuring a second warp of the first wood product at the new condition; developing a prediction model based on data from the original warp and condition and the second warp; measuring an original warp and condition of the given wood product; and inputting data from the original warp and condition of the given wood product to the prediction model to determine warp at a given condition.10-02-2008
20080281553Object-Tracking and Situation-Analysis System - A situation analysis system for detecting and tracking moving objects within a limited space over a predetermined time period and for analyzing object combinations and episodes in relation to time as well as situations during the period of time, includes at least one tracking unit which has at least one sub-unit which is arranged and oriented to detect the limited space and moving and stationary objects disposed therein,11-13-2008
20080281554SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR REPAIRING COMPOSITE PARTS - A composite repair system and method for assisting in the repair of a cured composite part in which a damaged portion has been cut out and removed, exposing a plurality of composite plies and their corresponding composite ply edges. The composite repair system may comprise a light source to illuminate the ply edges, an image capturing device to obtain an image of the ply edges, and a computing device for processing the image of the ply edges and creating a map of the ply edges based on the image. The map may be used to manufacture filler plies having peripheral edges shaped to correspond with the composite ply edges for replacing the damaged portion of the composite part.11-13-2008
20080228436MEASUREMENT OF VERTICAL TRACT MODULUS USING SPACE CURVES - An on-board, non-contact measurement system and method is disclosed for measuring track quality, vertical track stiffness and vertical track modulus for a portion of track underlying the rail vehicle. The system comprises two or more position sensors for determining the position profile of the track and a computation system for determining the vertical displacement of the track.09-18-2008
20080228433Method and Device for Determining the Relative Position of a First Object with Respect to a Second Object, Corresponding Computer Program and a Computer-Readable Storage Medium - The invention is directed to a method and a system for determining the relative position of a first object in relation to a second object, as well as a corresponding computer program and a corresponding computer-readable storage medium, which can be used, in particular, to determine a spatial position and orientation of measurement devices in environments of arbitrary complexity.09-18-2008
20080228434INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND CALIBRATION JIG - When a calibration jig (09-18-2008
20080228435MEASUREMENT SYSTEM FOR CORRECTING OVERLAY MEASUREMENT ERROR - A measurement system and a measurement method, which can obtain a measurement value close to a true value considering an overlay measurement error according to a higher order regression analysis model. The measurement system and the measurement method provide a technique for determining optimal positions of shots to be measured using an optimal experimental design. When the regression analysis model and the number of shots to be measured are determined in advance, a method is used for determining an optimal number of shots to be measured according to the regression analysis model and process dispersion using a confidence interval estimating method. A dynamic sampling method is used for dynamically changing the number and positions of shots to be measured according to a change in process features by combining the above two methods. And, when erroneous data is detected, or when measured data is missing, a robust regression analysis method and a technique for filtering the erroneous data and the missing data are used.09-18-2008
20080288205OPTICAL NAVIGATION DEVICE WITH SURFACE AND FREE SPACE NAVIGATION - An optical navigation device for operation in a surface navigation mode and a free space navigation mode is described. One embodiment of the optical navigation device includes a microcontroller, a surface navigation sensor, and a free space navigation sensor. The surface and free space navigation sensors are coupled to the microcontroller. The microcontroller is configured to process a movement of the optical navigation device. The surface navigation sensor is configured to generate a surface navigation signal in response to a surface navigation image. The free space navigation sensor is configured to generate a free space navigation signal in response to a free space navigation image. Embodiments of the optical navigation device facilitate an integrated optical solution to provide desktop navigation and scene navigation in a single optical navigation device.11-20-2008
20090265133LOCALIZATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MOBILE OBJECT USING WIRELESS COMMUNICATION - The present invention relates to a localization system and method for a mobile object. An object of the present invention is to provide a localization system and method for a mobile object capable of obtaining precise stable position data against changes in light intensity and vibration of the mobile object and reducing operation loads of a control system disposed in the mobile object, as compared with a conventional case. Accordingly, the present invention provides a localization system for a mobile object mainly including a localization module which is mounted in the mobile object and comprises one or more optical indicators, an RF transceiving means, and a processing unit for receiving location information on the optical indicator from a sensing module and calculating a position and direction of the mobile object, and a sensing module which comprises an optical sensing means for detecting an optical signal emitted from the optical indicator of the localization module, an RF transceiving means, and a processing unit for obtaining the location information on the optical indicator from the optical signal detected by the optical sensing means. In addition, in the localization method according to the present invention, a position of the mobile object is not measured by using an own sensor disposed in the mobile object, and the localization module receives position information measured by the sensing module installed in outside through wireless communication and uses the position information to confirm a position thereof.10-22-2009
20090119060Spacecraft solar cell monitoring system - An onboard solar cell array current and voltage characteristic determination method is preferably used on small spacecraft and determines the solar cell orientation relative to the sun by a comparison between prelaunch solar cell characteristics with on-orbit solar cell characteristics well suited for spin axis determinations and monitoring the degradation of on-orbit solar cells over the operational life of a picosatellite.05-07-2009
20120296602IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING THE SAME - An image processing apparatus includes a living body detection unit configured to detect approaching of a living body based on a detection output depending on a distance to the living body, an operation unit configured to receive an operation command from a user, a history recording unit configured to record a history of a detection output of the living body detection unit and a history of an operation performed on the operation unit, and a determination unit configured to determine a threshold value of the detection output, the threshold value being used by the living body detection unit as a determination reference value in determining whether a living body is detected, the determination of the threshold value being made based on the history recorded in the history recording unit as to the detection output of the living body detection unit and as to the operation performed on the operation unit.11-22-2012
20090319223Encoder with lifetime events memory - A position measuring system features a position measuring device (12-24-2009
20080270067VOLUMETRIC PHYSIOLOGICAL MEASURING SYSTEM AND METHOD - A system and method for measuring volumes and areas using electromagnetic induction techniques. A current is generated and fed into one of two coil assemblies to induce voltage into another coil assembly to provide accurate values for volume or area.10-30-2008
20100138183Surgical Navigation Enabled Imaging Table Environment - A system for integrating radiolucent tracking sensors in a medical table, table mat, or surgical drape of a surgical navigation system, allowing the surgical navigation system to be less obtrusive in a surgery environment. A plurality of radiolucent magnetoresistance sensors are integrated into a table, table mat, or surgical draping of a surgical navigation system for improving surgical navigation workflow and eliminating image artifacts from intraoperative images. The plurality of radiolucent magnetoresistance sensors may be located within a table or adjacent to a table surface.06-03-2010
20100138184Likelihood Map System for Localizing an Emitter - A system and a method for displaying an emitter location are disclosed. The system includes a plurality of receivers at different locations in a field. Each receiver generates a receiver signal that depends on the magnitude of a signal from the emitter. The system also includes a processor that receives the receiver signal and generates a likelihood map indicative of an approximation of a probability as a function of position in the field of the emitter location. The likelihood map includes a plurality of receiver maps. Each receiver map includes a probability as a function of position in the field of the emitter location based on the signal magnitude for at least one of the receiver signals. Each receiver map may depend on a ratio of the signal magnitudes from a corresponding pair of the receivers, or on one of the signal magnitudes from a corresponding one of the receivers.06-03-2010
20090099809METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR JUDGING POSITION SHIFT - Time-course data that has been obtained by measuring, in time series, a change in the density of a sample material by a color reaction thereof is input. A regression curve generation unit generates a regression curve that approximates the time-course data. A standard deviation obtainment unit obtains the value of a standard deviation representing the distribution of the approximation error of the regression curve with respect to the time-course data. A standard deviation comparison judgment unit compares the value of the standard deviation and a predetermined threshold value that is stored in a standard deviation storage unit with each other. When the value of the standard deviation is greater than the threshold value, the standard deviation comparison judgment unit judges that a position shift of the sample material with respect to a sample table is present and outputs the result of the judgment.04-16-2009
20090082991Mobile Instrument, Viewing Device, and Methods of Processing and Storing Information - A method of transferring information stored in a mobile instrument, the information including a first information file (03-26-2009
20090082990Method and device for determining an optimum direction of projection for recording projection images - The invention relates to a method and a device for determination of an optimum direction of projection or position for recording a number of two-dimensional projection images of an object of interest, with the two-dimensional projection images being recorded by rotation or translation of an imaging system around the object. Inventively the process is as follows: a) estimating a position of the object at a point in time; b) determining at least one optimum imaging view from which the optimum direction of projection and/or position is produced, for the position estimated under a) with the aid of previously determined measurement. Preferably the measurement is expressed as a function of a transformation which is described by a spatial object-imaging system relationship.03-26-2009
20110208474INSTALLATION ERROR ESTIMATING DEVICE AND INSTALLATION ERROR ESTIMATING METHOD - The installation error estimating device is capable of enabling error-free high-precision positioning with simple installation. The device has a predicted pattern acquisition unit (an observation point setting unit (08-25-2011
20120065928OPTICAL MEASUREMENT SYSTEM - A system for measurement of spatial coordinates and/or orientation of a probe, comprising a first spatial direction sensor associated with a pattern of targets with known positions relative to each other and to the first spatial direction sensor, a second spatial direction sensor, and03-15-2012
20090089007Micropositioning Apparatus - The present invention allows the simple measurement of position and orientation with low cost setup and simple calibration using a small set of transmitting nodes and a simple handheld wand. This can be used in place of measuring tools such as non contact reflection based ultrasonic measurement tools or traditional tools such as tape measures and rulers where multiple high precision measurements are needed with minimal set up time. The present invention also provides true three dimensional output and orientation calculation.04-02-2009
20090132198Mobile Electronic Apparatus and Method for Processing Bearing of Mobile Electronic Apparatus - The influence of a magnetic field on a geomagnetic sensor is detected to report a highly reliable bearing, and a 3D geomagnetic sensor (05-21-2009
20090119059Position Detecting System and Method for Electronic Device - A position detecting system and method for an electronic device used an audio signal input module of the electronic device and a signal receiver to connect to the audio signal input module convert an external position signal into an audio signal. A position detecting software running on the electronic device analyzes the audio signal. Accordingly, the current position of the electronic device is obtained. The audio signal input module of the electronic device is employed as an input port for the external position signal, thus saving the construction cost of the system. Besides, the current position of the electronic device with an ever-changing position can be obtained during a test process, such that the electronic device can start or stop a test item accordingly.05-07-2009
20090138230SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING AN ELEMENT OF A STRUCTURE IN AN ENGINEERED ENVIRONMENT - A system and method are provided in which an element of a structure may be reliably identified. For example, a system may include a part selection element configured to interact with at least one positional marker having a predefined location. The part selection element is also configured to select at least a portion of a structure, with the structure being positioned at a predetermined location and orientation. The part selection element may also be configured to identify a depth within the structure. The system also includes a computing device configured to identify an element of the structure based upon the position and orientation of the part selection element and the portion of the structure selected by the part selection element. In instances in which a depth is identified, the computing device may also be configured to identify the element of the structure at the depth identified within the structure.05-28-2009
20120072170VISION MEASUREMENT PROBE AND METHOD OF OPERATION - A method of operating a vision measurement probe for obtaining and supplying images of an object to be measured. The vision measurement probe is mounted on a continuous articulating head of a coordinate positioning apparatus, and the continuous articulating head having at least one rotational axis. The object and vision measurement probe can be moved relative to each other about the at least one rotational axis and in at least one linear degree of freedom during a measuring operation. The method includes: processing at least one image obtained by the vision measurement probe to obtain feedback data; and controlling the physical relationship between the vision measurement probe and the object based on said feedback data.03-22-2012
20090144017DEVICE FOR LOCATING A RIGHT OR LEFT POSITION OF A TIRE AND WHEEL ASSEMBLY OF A VEHICLE - A location device is provided, in which the device is configured to be carried by a tire and wheel assembly so as to locate a right or left position of the assembly in a vehicle. The device includes two magnetic sensors with axes of maximum sensitivity; a measurement circuit for measuring a signal across terminals of each of the magnetic sensors, the measurement circuit being able to deliver two periodic signals phase-shifted with respect to one another and each periodic signal being representative of variations in values of a magnetic field detected by a corresponding magnetic sensor during a revolution of the tire and wheel assembly; and a calculation processor programmed to determine, based on the phase shift between the two periodic signals, a direction of rotation of the tire and wheel assembly, and to deduce from the direction of rotation and a direction of travel of the vehicle, a right or left location of the tire and wheel assembly. The two magnetic sensors have their axes of maximum sensitivity oriented in parallel, and in the two magnetic sensors are configured to be placed on the tire and wheel assembly at distinct azimuths.06-04-2009
20090006030Methods for estimating location using signal with varying signal speed - Robust methods are developed to provide bounds and probability distributions for the locations of objects as well as for associated variables that affect the accuracy of the location such as the positions of stations, the measurements, and errors in the speed of signal propagation. Realistic prior probability distributions of pertinent variables are permitted for the locations of stations, the speed of signal propagation, and errors in measurements. Bounds and probability distributions can be obtained without making any assumption of linearity. The sequential methods used for location are applicable in other applications in which a function of the probability distribution is desired for variables that are related to measurements.01-01-2009
20090177436Position Detecting Device and Position Detecting Method - The present invention relates to a position detecting device capable of canceling an error due to looseness in a vertical direction and of eliminating variation in temperature characteristics by calculating a ratio between output voltages of a plurality of Hall elements. Assuming that the Hall voltage Vhe1 of a Hall element becomes A·K·Bhe1 (A is the amplification factor of a preamplifier, K is a constant, and Bhe1 is the magnetic flux density the Hall element receives), then a PI regulator automatically adjusts the bias point of the PI output by feedback control in such a manner that A·K·Bhe1+Vref=AGND (=0) holds. The Hall voltage Vhe2 of the Hall element after amplification becomes A·K·Bhe2. Since K=−Vref/A·Bhe1, the Hall voltage Vhe2 of the Hall element is given by −Vref·Bhe2/Bhe1.07-09-2009
20090024352Method, Device and System For Verifying Points Determined on an Elliptic Curve - Conventional cryptographic methods that are based on elliptic curves are prone to side-channel attacks. Previously known methods for preventing side-channel attacks have the disadvantage of requiring high arithmetic capacity and a large amount of available memory space. The proposed method overcomes said disadvantage by using a process for verifying points on elliptic curves which saves arithmetic capacity and memory space.01-22-2009
20100241393SYSTEM FOR CALCULATING AXIAL DEFORMATION OF TURBINE ROTOR - A system calculates axial deformation of a turbine rotor. The system includes: an input part that sets measurement points of a rotor disk that constitutes the turbine rotor; a deflection amount detection part that derives radial displacement amounts of the turbine rotor for at least four or more measurement points along an outer surface in a circumferential direction of the turbine rotor based on measured values measured by a displacement gage; a storage part that stores the radial displacement amounts derived by the deflection amount detection part and measured angles at the measurement points; and a calculation part that calculates misalignment data of a most probable circle of the turbine rotor based on data stored in the storage part. At least four or more measurement points are set in the circumferential direction of the turbine rotor. The calculated circle is calculated from the displacement amount and the measured angle measured at each measurement point. The most probable circle is determined from the calculated circle, and the misalignment data of the most probable circle is calculated from the most probable circle, thereby allowing axial deformation to be calculated by a simpler method than conventional methods.09-23-2010
20090204362INDOOR LOCATION DETERMINATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - Disclosed are a system and a method for an indoor location determination using a matrix pencil. The system comprises a transmitter node that creates and transmits a transmission packet having a plurality of same symbols. A receiver node receives the transmission packet, calculates a delay time by using the symbols in the transmission packet and a matrix pencil algorithm, and calculates a distance between the transmitter node and the receiver node by using the delay time. The delay time estimation using the matrix pencil can reduce an error ratio and therefore can estimate more exactly the distance between the nodes.08-13-2009
20090082989SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING THE DISTORTION TOLERANCE OF AN ELECTROMAGNETIC TRACKING SYSTEM - A system and method for improving the tolerability of metal distorters within the electromagnetic field of an electromagnetic tracking system through the use of transmission frequency optimization techniques and/or solution subset measurements.03-26-2009
20110144940Sensor and Method for the Detection of Local Displacements and Rotations06-16-2011
20110231149BORING TOOL TRACKING FUNDAMENTALLY BASED ON DRILL STRING LENGTH, PITCH AND ROLL - A boring tool moves having a pitch orientation, a yaw orientation and a roll orientation and is steerable underground using the roll orientation. A maximum drill string curvature is established for steering. The boring tool is advanced over a path segment. An averaged roll characteristic is determined for movement of the boring tool along the path segment. A path segment pitch orientation is established based on at least one measured pitch orientation along the path segment. Using the maximum drill string curvature in combination with the averaged roll characteristic and the path segment pitch orientation, the yaw orientation is determined. The averaged roll characteristic is determined based on a series of incremental roll measurements that are spaced across the path segment. A set of coupled ordinary differential equations is used to characterize movement of the boring tool.09-22-2011
20110231147RADIATION DETECTOR AND VERIFICATION TECHNIQUE OF POSITIONING ACCURACY FOR RADIATION DETECTOR - The present invention provides, at low cost, a multilayer radiation detector whose position relative to a beam axis can be verified. The radiation detector includes a plurality of sensors that react to radiation and are stacked in parallel inlayers in a traveling direction of the radiation. The sensors are each sectioned into a central region including the center of the sensor and another region surrounding the central region. The radiation detector independently measures signals measured by the central regions and signals measured by the other regions. Thus, the position of the radiation detector can be verified.09-22-2011
20110231148MOTION DETERMINATION APPARATUS AND MOTION DETERMINATION METHOD - According to an aspect of the invention, a motion determination apparatus, acquires, at regular intervals, detection information indicating a change in a position of and/or a posture of a motion sensor and/or a device including the motion sensor, and stores the detection information with time information of acquisition time of the detection information mapped thereto; calculates from the detection information a plurality of feature quantities indicating features at a plurality of different time points; and determines a motion applied to the motion sensor and/or the device including the motion sensor in response to a feature quantity.09-22-2011
20090099810METHOD FOR FAULT DETECTION IN AN ACTUATOR - A method for detecting fault in an actuator. By transmitting a control value, which is generated by a control unit, to an input of the actuator a signal for the measured actuator position is produced at the output of the actuator. The signal for the measured actuator position is sent to an input of a signal conditioning unit which determines from it a measure of actuator movement. The control value is also transmitted to an input of a modeling unit, which calculates from it an expected measure of actuator movement. These movements are sent to a computer unit, which produces a corresponding status signal for the functionality of the actuator and for the functionality of the sensor for determining the actuator position.04-16-2009
20120078572Road Surface Condition Estimating Device and Method - A road surface condition estimating device includes an undulation estimating portion for estimating undulations on the trajectory of a traveling vehicle from behavioral information about plural vehicles collected during travel of the vehicles, and a rut estimating portion for estimating undulations of ruts relative to the trajectories of the vehicles from the trajectories of traveling vehicles and from the behavioral information about the vehicles. The behavioral information includes information about positions, postures, and speeds of travel of the vehicles. Undulations on the trajectory of each traveling vehicle found by the undulation estimating portion and undulations of ruts relative to the trajectory of the traveling vehicle are superimposed for each vehicle to find road surface conditions, which are delivered to the vehicles.03-29-2012
20080319705Method For Reliable Position Monitoring - A method for reliable position monitoring includes: (a) transmitting two measured position values from a position measuring device to a first processing unit; (b) transmitting a setpoint value from a setpoint value generator to a second processing unit; (c) transmitting one of the two measured position values to the second processing unit; (d) transmitting the setpoint value to the first processing unit; (e) performing mutually independent comparisons between the setpoint value and the measured position values by the first processing unit and the second processing unit; and (f) monitoring the measured position values for an electronic shaft break between the position measuring device and the first processing unit. The position values are different and have a defined relationship with respect to each other, and the transmitting (a) includes alternately transmitting the two measured position values to the first processing unit.12-25-2008
20090248352MOTION SENSING PROGRAM AND ELECTRONIC COMPASS WITH MOTION SENSING PROGRAM - A motion sensing program for executing a motion sensing based on at least a biaxial output of a magnetic sensor, which includes the steps of determining with respect to execution of the motion sensing based on the output of the specific biaxial output of the magnetic sensor upon its rotation in a predetermined direction, and identifying the rotating direction when execution of the motion sensing is determined.10-01-2009
20090259431ELECTRON BEAM WRITING APPARATUS AND POSITION DISPLACEMENT AMOUNT CORRECTING METHOD - The present invention provides an electron beam writing apparatus and an image placement error correcting method each capable of calculating a high-accuracy correction amount relative to an image placement error in consideration of a difference in required unit area of height distribution data between the shape of a back surface of an EUV mask and the shape of a surface of a pin chuck. Of back surface shape data of the EUV mask necessary to perform an image placement error correction of each pattern, the back surface shape data of a position brought into contact with each pin of the pin chuck is extracted. The image placement error is calculated only from the extracted back surface shape data.10-15-2009
20120035882APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR IMBALANCE COMPENSATION - Provided are apparatus and methods for compensation of mechanical imbalance in a measurement apparatus, that provides options for increased accuracy and/or less expensive manufacture of a torsion balance. Orientation measurements are taken and an imbalance torque about the torsion spring's axis of rotation is determined, and used to calculate a compensation. The measurement apparatus of one embodiment includes a test body and a set of magnets for generating a first disturbing force on the test body in response to a paramagnetic gas. A conductor element in the magnetic field receives an electrical current that generates a second opposing force to the test body, under feedback control that varies the current until the test body achieves a balanced null position. The control signal required to achieve the fixed null position is measured. Corrections are then made for an imbalance mass by measuring the orientation of the apparatus relative to an acceleration or gravitational field and determining the imbalance torque resulting from the imbalance mass. Use of the invention can improve accuracy or reduce the cost of manufacture of a torsion balance, by enabling compensation for imbalances.02-09-2012
20090248351Contact Displacement Meter - It is an object to provide a contact displacement meter capable of performing an accurate displacement measurement even in a case where a movement speed of a contact is fast, as well as having high resistance property to optical noise. A reference light passing regions are away from each other by a distance of a unique value in a movement scale. A peak position of the reference light passing region at which s received light signal of light passed through the reference light passing region takes a local maxim is detected, and an absolute position of the reference light passing region is specified based on the distance between the adjacent peak positions. A relative position of the reference light passing region with respect to a line sensor is specified based on a received light signal of light passed through a lattice region. A displacement of the contact is calculated based on the specified absolute position and the relative position.10-01-2009
20090259432TRACKING DETERMINATION BASED ON INTENSITY ANGULAR GRADIENT OF A WAVE - Handheld device, base station, computer readable medium and method for detecting a position of a handheld device. The method includes measuring intensities of at least one beam emitted by a base station; calculating relative intensities based on the measured intensities; and determining the position of the handheld device based on the measured intensities and the calculated relative intensities.10-15-2009
20100153058GEOMETRIC INSPECTION OF MACHINED OBJECTS - A method and apparatus may be present for inspecting an object. A plurality of locations associated with a plurality of operations performed by a tool on the object may be tracked. The plurality of locations is tracked while the plurality of operations is performed on the object. A path for the tool may be mapped using the plurality of locations to form a tool path. The tool path may be compared to a model of the object.06-17-2010
20100161272PHYSICAL AMOUNT MEASURING DEVICE AND PHYSICAL AMOUNT MEASURING METHOD - Even if a measurement data group is not a measurement data group that is obtained in a space where the magnitude of a vector physical quantity to be measured is uniform, an offset with high reliability is estimated. The reliability of the estimated offset is further improved. A vector physical quantity comprised of a plurality of components is repeatedly detected and vector physical quantity data group is obtained, and a difference vector group is calculated from the obtained vector physical quantity data group. A reference point included in the vector physical quantity data group is estimated based on a predetermined evaluation formula using the calculated difference vector group. Whether the calculated difference vector group is suitable for the estimation of the reference point is determined. Only a predetermined difference vector group is output for the estimation of the reference point based on the determination result.06-24-2010
20100262400IDENTIFICATION AND LOCALIZATION OF RADIOISOTOPES USING LIKELIHOOD ESTIMATION - A radiation detection, localization, and identification system uses a searching algorithm to identify hypothetical solutions to Compton scatter data. Model based representations of the physical data collection yield the identity and location of radiation sources when correct associations of gamma ray energies and locations are made with detected data events. The system's detector is an array of radiation detectors networked to act as a single detection system. This network has wide area of view and high sensitivity to radiation sources since no collimation is required.10-14-2010
20100191501Traveling direction measuring apparatus and traveling direction measuring method - The present invention relates to a traveling direction measuring apparatus usable as a pedestrian navigation system in locations where it is difficult to obtain high positioning accuracy such as inside buildings or around multistory buildings where a GPS cannot be used. An acceleration detecting section (1) detects 3-axes acceleration of the traveling direction measuring apparatus, which varies with the walking of the pedestrian. An acceleration data acquiring section (2) obtains 3-axes acceleration data repeatedly by the number of prescribed times or more, said 3-axes acceleration data varies with the walking of the pedestrian. A first gravity acceleration calculating section (3) calculates, when the pedestrian is walking with holding the traveling direction measuring apparatus in a generally fixed attitude, gravity acceleration by averaging acceleration data sets during several steps obtained by the acceleration data acquiring section (2). A first moving direction estimating section (4) estimates the moving direction of the pedestrian from frequency components corresponding to the duration of one step of the acceleration data sets projected on a plane perpendicular to the gravity acceleration calculated by the first gravity acceleration calculating section (3).07-29-2010
20100179786METHOD FOR MEASURING POSITION OF PORTABLE TERMINAL AND INDOOR ILLUMINATING APPARATUS FOR THE SAME - Provided is a method of measuring the position of a portable terminal, comprising detecting indoor illuminating light, and outputting an electric signal corresponding to the detected indoor illuminating light, obtaining a plurality of data frames from the output electrical signal, and calculating a position of the portable terminal based on information regarding the position of a corresponding reference light source included in each data frame and an identifier corresponding to the reference light source included in said each frame and a reception time of said each data frame.07-15-2010
20080215286APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE POSITION OF A DEVICE - An apparatus and method are disclosed for use in a device, such as a handheld printer or scanner, having functionality that requires information of its position relative to an origin and initial orientation. The module includes two sensors to generate movement data indicative of movement direction and orientation changes of the device. The location and orientation of the device relative to the origin and initial orientation is derived based on the movement data. A handheld printer or scanner implementing the device may thus be moved in different directions across a media to print or scan images, text, or other objects.09-04-2008
20120197590PHYSICAL SENSOR DEVICES HAVING A MULTI-REFERENCE VECTOR SYSTEM - Physical sensor devices, methods, and computer useable mediums for estimating an orientation of a physical sensor device are disclosed. According to one embodiment, a method for estimating an orientation of a physical sensor device includes determining a sensed vector associated with a physical sensor and comparing the at least one sensed vector to at least a portion of a plurality of check vectors. Each check vector of the plurality of check vectors corresponds to an orientation of the physical sensor device. Additionally, a reference vector is associated with each check vector, thereby defining a plurality of reference vectors. The method further includes selecting at least one check vector that is closest to the at least one sensed vector, selecting a selected at least one reference vector associated with the selected at least one check vector, and estimating the orientation of the physical sensor device based at least in part on the selected at least one reference vector.08-02-2012
20100185411OBJECT MONITOR - An object monitor including two or more sensors for detecting two or more objects on two or more paths. Each sensor operates to detect location values of an object traveling along one of the paths. A processor receives first location values of a first object and calculates a first arrival time of the first object at a collision point. The processor receives second location values of a second object and calculates a second arrival time of the second object at the collision point. The processor operates to provide an alarm signal when the first arrival time and the second arrival time are within a safety difference value of being equal.07-22-2010
20100241392METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING TOLERANCE TO INTERFERENCE AND OBSTRUCTIONS OF LINE OF SIGHT - Various aspects of the present invention are shown and described, each of which has stand alone utility in a navigated medical environment. A receiver position calibration system and method facilitates calibration of a reference frame prior to each navigated procedure. A concept and application of confidence weights is introduced. Confidence weights can be applied to distance calculations to mitigate the effects of interference and increase the tolerance of the navigated medical system. Multi-path interference is minimized through the transmission of a signal having a pattern of unique frequencies and filtering of the distance calculations for each frequency to identify the “best” distance in the presence of multi-path interference. A position determination method and system that transmits a signal having multiple frequency components permits positions to be identified with high resolution over a large area.09-23-2010
20100217560INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM - A system for smoothly executing information processing in the case where information processing is executed to all of the information in relation to a target area, and at the same time other information processing is executed in parallel thereto. In information processing system 08-26-2010
20100223026Methods for Reducing the Receipt of Multiple Signals in a Portable Information Handling System - A method for reducing the receipt of multiple signals in a portable information handling system (IHS) is closed including receiving a first signal corresponding to a detected lid position of the portable IHS. The method further includes determining if a first predetermined amount of time has elapsed and if the first predetermined amount of time has not elapsed, preventing the receipt of an additional signal corresponding to a change in the detected lid position. Further, a portable information handling system may include a lid, a base coupled to the lid and a sensor disposed on the lid or base, wherein the sensor detects a lid position. The system further includes a processor coupled to the sensor, wherein the processor generates a first signal corresponding to the lid position and the processor is operable to generate an additional signal corresponding to a change in the lid position.09-02-2010
20090076770POSITION INDICATOR, VARIABLE CAPACITOR, POSITION INPUT DEVICE AND COMPUTER SYSTEM - A position indicator (03-19-2009
20090076767DEVICE FOR DETERMINING A NEUTRAL POSITION OF TWO COMPONENTS - A device for determining a neutral position of two components (03-19-2009
20100235137ABSOLUTE POSITION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD - An absolute position measurement apparatus measures an absolute position of an object to be measured using a first light source and a second light source which has coherency lower than that of the first light source. The absolute position measurement apparatus includes a measurement part which measures a point where phases of interference signals from the first and the second light sources coincide with each other or a point where an intensity of the interference signal from the second light source is maximized, an origin defining part which defines the point measured by the measurement part as an origin position, a phase storing part which stores the phase of the interference signal from the first light source at the origin position, an origin redefining part which redefines the origin position, and a position calculating part which calculates the absolute position of the object to be measured.09-16-2010
20100211352MARK ARRANGEMENT INSPECTING METHOD, MASK DATA, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE - A method of inspecting a mark arrangement according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: generating mask data in which mark seed data that includes an inspection mark that includes vector information and is not drawn on a mask and mark data is arranged on a scribe line of the mask, calculating coordinates of the inspection mark from a reference position of the mark seed data, detecting an arrangement state of the inspection mark with respect to the reference position by using the coordinates and vector information, and judging whether the mark seed data is correctly arranged by comparing the arrangement state of the inspection mark with an arrangement check rule.08-19-2010
20100211351GLOBAL POSITIONING USING PLANETARY CONSTANTS - The disclosed invention is generally comprised of a device capable of measuring the vector sum of the centripetal acceleration of the rotation of the Earth (or that of any other planet in a planetary system) around its axis (a08-19-2010
20130218516COORDINATE SENSING SYSTEM, COORDINATE SENSING METHOD AND DISPLAY SYSTEM - A coordinate sensing system includes a magnetic member, a direction sensor, a first magnetic sensor and a processor, wherein the processor communicates with the direction sensor and is electrically connected to the first magnetic sensor. The magnetic member has a magnetic dipole moment. The direction sensor is used for sensing a direction of the magnetic dipole moment. The first magnetic sensor is used for sensing a first magnetic field of the magnetic member. The processor is used for calculating a first distance between the magnetic member and the first magnetic sensor and calculating a direction of the first distance according to a value of the magnetic dipole moment, the direction of the magnetic dipole moment and the first magnetic field. The processor is further used for calculating a coordinate of the magnetic member according to the first distance and the direction of the first distance.08-22-2013
20100114522PHOTOLITHOGRAPHY SYSTEMS AND ASSOCIATED ALIGNMENT CORRECTION METHODS - Several embodiments of photolithography systems and associated methods of alignment correction are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method for correcting alignment errors in a photolithography system includes detecting a first alignment error at a first location of a first microelectronic substrate and a second alignment error at a second location of a second microelectronic substrate. The second location generally corresponds to the first location. The method also includes deriving a statistical dispersion between the first alignment error and the second alignment error and associating the first and second locations with an alignment procedure based on the derived statistical dispersion.05-06-2010
20110238366Joint motion sensing to make a determination of a positional change of an individual - An apparatus in one example comprises one or more sensors that produce one or more signals based on one or more joint motions of an individual, and one or more processing components that employ one or more of the one or more signals to make a determination of a positional change of the individual.09-29-2011
20100198551Sensor for the Detection of the Position of a Mechanical Force-Transmitting Device - A device for the wire-free determination of a position of a mechanical force-transmitting device, having at least one storage device for storing electrical energy, at least one sensor element which detects the position and is monitored by at least one sensor electronic unit, including at least one radio transmitter, and at least one photovoltaic energy supply device supplying the storage device with electrical energy.08-05-2010
20090281763METHOD TO ORIENT A SPHERE OR BALL - A method for aligning a sphere to a desired orientation includes imaging a non-surface alignment feature of the sphere and calculating a current orientation of the sphere based on an image of the non-surface alignment feature. Using these calculations, a relationship between the current orientation of the sphere and the desired orientation of the sphere is calculated and communicated to a motion control device, and aligning the sphere into the desired orientation using the motion control device.11-12-2009
20090319222PORTABLE TERMINAL DEVICE - An object of the invention is to provide a portable terminal device capable of always providing a precise azimuth if the distance or the direction from a magnetism generation section of a loudspeaker, etc., to a magnetism detector changes as cases are opened/closed or are rotated. A portable terminal device 12-24-2009
20120143561ALIGNMENT DETECTION DEVICE - An alignment device provides position information for an antenna coupled to an extendable tower. The alignment device can provide position data including pitch data, roll data, and azimuth data. The position data can be collected at multiple times, and reported to a remote computing device. The position data can be reported as the raw measured data, a delta between two sets of position data, or other data. The alignment device may be solar powered and include a transceiver client for communicating with a remote computing device via a transceiver server.06-07-2012
20100299101Method, Apparatus, And System For Computer-Aided Tracking, Navigation And Motion Teaching - Methods, apparatuses, and systems for computer-aided tracking, navigation, and motion tracking. In one embodiment, a system for determining a spatial position, including a tracking device and a processor. The tracking devices has a working end, a reference end, a plurality of links connecting the working end to the reference end, wherein each link has at least one degree of freedom relative to an adjacent link, and a plurality of sensors measuring the orientation of the links in a plurality of degrees of freedom, wherein X is a minimum number of degrees of freedom about which information is required to define the spatial position. The processor receives information from the sensors and determine the spatial position of the working end of the tracking device relative to the reference end of the tracking device based on information from the sensors measuring Y degrees of freedom, wherein Y is greater than X.11-25-2010
20100299102Location Device with a Gravity Measuring Device - A location device has a gravity measurement instrument in communication with a database which has the locations relative to time of an astronomical object. The location device also has a timepiece indicating the time which may be used to determine the location of the astronomical object.11-25-2010
20100324860Signal Emitting or Receiving Pointer - A signal emitting or receiving pointer and method for its use to enable the determination of the geometrical center of a rotating gantry. The pointer has emitters or receivers installed on the pointer and the signals sent or received as the gantry is rotated allow the calculation of the geometrical center of a rotating gantry.12-23-2010
20130132024SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING SCANNING PLANES OF IMAGING DEVICE - This patent indicates a type of system and method for controlling scanning planes of imaging device, it comprises: tracer, on which a tracer coordinate system is built, is fixed on the target which is to be scanned; a tracking device, on which a tracking device coordinate system is built, is used to get the position and orientation of the tracer in the tracking device coordinate system and convert the known position and orientation of the target which is to be scanned from the tracer coordinate system to the tracking device coordinate system; an imaging device, on which an imaging device coordinate system is built, is used to scan the position and orientation of the said target to be scanned in the imaging device coordinate system to form images; a conversion module, which is preset in the tracking device or the imaging device, is used to convert the position and orientation of the target which is to be scanned from the tracking device coordinate system to the imaging device coordinate system; when the conversion module is preset in the tracking device, the tracking device transfers the position and orientation of the target which is to be scanned in the tracking device coordinate system to the imaging device. This patent has the ability to provide high efficiency, and high precision when scanning target image, it can be used at any type of image devices.05-23-2013
20090070064VERTICAL TRACK MODULUS TRENDING - Systems and methods for determining a trend in vertical track modulus are disclosed in accordance with embodiments of the present invention. Vertical deflection data is collected along a particular section of railroad track. A first set of vertical track modulus is determined, based in part, on the collected vertical deflection data. At a second time, vertical deflection data is again collected along the particular section of railroad track to be used in determining a second set of vertical track modulus. At least the first and second sets of vertical track modulus are analyzed to determine a mathematical algorithm that facilitates developing a trend in the vertical track modulus of the railroad track.03-12-2009
20090037138Methods, Systems and Formats for Data, Such as Data Used in Laser Projection of Fasteners Used in Manufacturing - A system and method provides data for a laser projection process used in manufacturing involving fasteners. For example, the laser projection process may include projecting a laser image associated with fasteners used to assemble objects. Fastener attribute data may be extracted from an engineer's design data and processed to generate a laser projection output file. This output file may include geometric data used to project a laser image associated with the fasteners. For example, this image may be an outline indicating the location, shape, and orientation of a fastener. The output file may also include non-geometric data associated with attributes of the objects to be assembled. Both the geometric and the non-geometric data can then be displayed in a user interface, such as a display screen of a laser projector control device, in addition to the display of the laser image in three-dimensional space.02-05-2009
20110112794HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY APPARATUS FOR PROFILING SYSTEM - The invention provides a head-mounted display to visualize a medium through a surface by displaying an image characterizing the medium under the surface provided by a profiling system and referenced in the real environment of the user. An image of the medium under the surface is projected in front of one or both eyes of a person wearing the head-mounted display, in superimposition with the real environment of the user. The head-mounted display comprises a positioning sensor, such as an inertial positioning sensor, for determining its position and orientation in the real environment. As the user moves around the medium, the image of the medium is updated to display the medium as if it could be seen through the surface. In one embodiment of the invention, the image of the medium under surface is displayed in stereoscopy, the user thereby visualizing the medium in three dimensions.05-12-2011
20130138391PLATEN WRAP DETECTION - Provided herein are devices, systems, methods and various means, including those related to linerless printers that are configured to detect an existing or potential platen wrap condition and, in response stop printing, as well as printers that may include a relatively narrow and long landing pad configured to receive and deliver to a user media that has been printed.05-30-2013
20090070063LOCATING FERROMAGNETIC OBJECTS IN A SINGLE PASS - A ferromagnetic object is located by moving magnetic sensors along a path in an area of detection; using the sensors to measure a total magnetic field in the area of detection; using the sensors to measure all three vector components of magnetic field as the sensors travel along the path and passes the object; computing theoretical vector components of the total magnetic field in the area of detection; matching the measured vector components with the computed theoretical vector components of the total magnetic field; calculating an error measurement between matched measured vector components and computed theoretical vector components of the magnetic field; determining optimized values of parameters that minimize an error between the measured vector components and computed theoretical vector components of the magnetic field; and determining a position of the object based on the measured components of the magnetic field as a function of the optimized values.03-12-2009
20080319704Device and Method for Determining Spatial Co-Ordinates of an Object - The invention relates to a measuring device (12-25-2008
20110029277METHODS AND APPLICATIONS FOR MOTION MODE DETECTION FOR PERSONAL NAVIGATION SYSTEMS - A method and apparatus of detecting and using motion modes in a mobile device is described. Movement data is collected from an inertial motion unit (IMU) of the mobile device and compared to two or more sets of training data, each set of training data corresponding to a different motion mode. Then, a motion mode is determined to be the current mode of the mobile device on the results of the comparison. The motion mode is used by the mobile device in a variety of applications.02-03-2011
20110035183DEVICE, METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR DETECTING POSITION - Sonic wave speed at a part is calculated considering the environment surrounding the part, sonic wave speed around the part is measured, and the accuracy of the position detection is improved. An ultrasonic wave transmitting device is arranged at a robot hand tip, hexahedrons which can contain the tip are set, and the ultrasonic wave transmitting-receiving devices are arranged at the top points thereof. Upon detecting the tip position, a top point that is close to the tip is selected as a specific point, and sonic wave speeds from other top points to this specific point are calculated. Based on these sonic wave speeds, sonic wave speed along a route from the tip to the specific point is calculated. Based on this sonic wave speed value and spread time of ultrasonic waves between the tip and the specific point, distance from the specific point to the tip is calculated.02-10-2011
20110246131SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEASURING SHAFT DEFLECTION IN A WIND TURBINE - A measurement system and a method for measuring a net deflection of a shaft in a wind turbine are disclosed. The measurement system includes at least one first sensor positioned proximate a first shaft component, the at least one first sensor configured to measure at least one first deflection of the first shaft component, and at least one second sensor configured to measure at least one reference deflection. The measurement system further includes a base, wherein the at least one first sensor and the at least one second sensor are coupled together and configured on the base, and a processor configured to calculate the net deflection of the shaft utilizing the at least one first deflection and the at least one reference deflection.10-06-2011
20110246130Localization in Industrial Robotics Using Rao-Blackwellized Particle Filtering - Embodiments of the invention disclose a system and a method for determining a pose of a probe relative to an object by probing the object with the probe, comprising steps of: determining a probability of the pose using Rao-Blackwellized particle filtering, wherein a probability of a location of the pose is represented by a location of each particle, and a probability of an orientation of the pose is represented by a Gaussian distribution over orientation of each particle conditioned on the location of the particle, wherein the determining is performed for each subsequent probing until the probability of the pose concentrates around a particular pose; and estimating the pose of the probe relative to the object based on the particular pose.10-06-2011
20110246129ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - An ultrasonic diagnostic imaging system not depending on an operator who operates the apparatus is provided. The system includes a measuring unit (coordinate calculation section 10-06-2011
20110178761Pattern For Identifying A Location On A Surface - Provided is a method (07-21-2011
20110213585Utility Mapping and Data Distribution System and Method - A system and method of mapping underground utilities and other subsurface objects involves one or more of acquiring utility location data using a number of different detectors and sensors, processing the multiple detector/sensor output data to produce mapping data, storing the mapping data in a database, and providing access to and use of the stored mapping data by subscribing users on a usage fee basis.09-01-2011
20110082665STICK-SLIP DETECTING DEVICE AND DETECTING METHOD - A diagnosing operation controlling portion compares the magnitude of change of a control instruction value that controls the dislocation of a valve stem to a reference value that has been set in advance, and stops the malfunction evaluation operation in a diagnosing portion if the magnitude of change per unit time in the control instruction value exceeds a reference value. If the magnitude of change per unit time in the control instruction value exceeds the reference value, then the evaluation may be the same as for a case wherein a stick-slip has occurred, even if the operation is functioning properly. In contrast, it is possible to prevent incorrect stick-slip evaluations by stopping the operation of the diagnosing portion when the magnitude of change per unit time in the control instruction value exceeds a reference value.04-07-2011
20110087455Method and device for analyzing positions - The method and device for analyzing position are disclosed. By analyzing sensing information with at least one zero-crossing, each position can be analyzed. The number of analyzed positions may be different from the number of zero-crossings. When the number of analyzed positions is different from the number of zero-crossing, the number of analyzed positions is more than one.04-14-2011
20110246132MACHINE MOTION TRAJECTORY MEASURING DEVICE, NUMERICALLY CONTROLLED MACHINE TOOL, AND MACHINE MOTION TRAJECTORY MEASURING METHOD - A machine motion trajectory measuring device for measuring the motion trajectory of a machine used in an apparatus which controls the position of the machine by feeding back a detected position obtained by converting the rotation angles of motors for a plurality of movable axes and then driving the motors such that the detected position follows a commanded position is provided. The machine motion trajectory measuring device includes accelerometers for measuring the acceleration of the machine; and a motion trajectory measuring unit that measures the motion trajectory of the machine by obtaining the position of the machine by integrating the acceleration twice and correcting the position of the machine such that the profile of the position of the machine coincides with the profile of the detected position or the profile of an estimated position estimated using a model for simulating the response of the position of the machine to the commanded position.10-06-2011
20100023297GEAR MESHING ANGLE DETECTION METHOD AND DEVICE - Based on a left tooth surface (01-28-2010
20090312981ALIGNMENT MARK AND ALIGNMENT METHOD USING THE ALIGNMENT MARK - An alignment mark structure includes a first pair of first side walls and a second pair of second side walls. The first pair of first side walls faces each other and extends in a first direction. The first pair of first side walls crosses a first data detection line. The second pair of second side walls faces each other and extends in a second direction being different from the first direction. The second pair of second side walls crosses the first data detection line.12-17-2009
20090312980System for detecting position of underwater vehicle - A position detection system for an underwater inspection unit (underwater vehicle) is capable of being improved in detection accuracy of its position.12-17-2009
20090216484METHOD FOR THE RELATIVE POSITIONING OF AN OBJECT TO BE MEASURED AND OF A MOTOR VEHICLE TO A MEASURING DEVICE, AND MEASURING DEVICE AND A DEVICE FOR MEASURING A CHASSIS - A method for the relative positioning of an object to be measured with respect to a measuring device, first of all the object to be measured is detected by the measuring device and the position of the object to be measured with respect to the measuring device is ascertained. Then a return message signal is generated which indicates whether the object to be measured is located in a position that is suitable for taking the measurement or not.08-27-2009
20100063767Position Detector - Embodiments of the present invention provide a position detector for detecting the position of a helicopter blade comprising a sensor arranged to generate a signal in dependence on the position of a helicopter blade with respect to the sensor and a data processing module arranged to receive the signal from the sensor and generate an output indicative of the blade position from the received signal, the sensor comprising; a mask (M03-11-2010
20110098969POST SLEEVE POSITIONING APPARATUS AND METHOD - A post sleeve installation device includes a standing structure, a structure coupled to the standing structure and configured to support a post sleeve below the standing structure, and a mechanism configured to enable selective translation of the support structure in three axes and rotation around a vertical axis. Locks are provided to lock the post sleeve at a selected position and orientation relative to the standing structure. A beam extending from one installation device to another measures or controls the relative spacing, orientation, and elevation of associated post sleeves, and related data is collected for off-site manufacture of fence panels. Additionally, a repository is provided, to which the data is transmitted for retention, and from which the data can be retrieved for manufacture of replacement fence panels.04-28-2011
20110153266AUGMENTED VEHICLE LOCATION SYSTEM - A system comprises a mobile vehicle, a global positioning system (GPS) based vehicle position and heading system, at least one two-dimensional (2D) velocity sensor, a yaw rate system, and a vehicle position and heading estimator. The GPS based vehicle position and heading system is supported on the vehicle and measures global easting and global northing (measured position) of the vehicle, and determines a heading (measured heading) of the vehicle. The 2D velocity sensor measures the velocity of the vehicle with respect to the ground, over which the vehicle travels, in two orthogonal directions (measured velocity). The yaw rate system is supported on the vehicle and measures a yaw rate of the vehicle (yaw rate measurement). The vehicle position and heading estimator comprises at least one processor that computes a position of the vehicle (estimated position) and a heading of the vehicle (estimated heading) based on the measured position, the measured heading, the measured velocity and the yaw rate measurement.06-23-2011
20110153263POINTER DETECTION APPARATUS AND POINTER DETECTION METHOD - A pointer detection apparatus and a pointer detection method of the cross point electrostatic coupling type are disclosed, by which a pointer on a conductor pattern can be detected at a higher speed. The pointer detection apparatus includes a conductor pattern, a spread code supplying circuit, a reception conductor selection circuit, an amplification circuit, an analog to digital conversion circuit, and a correlation value calculation circuit. The spread code supplying circuit supplies a plurality of spread codes at the same time. The correlation value calculation circuit determines correlation values between signals output from the analog to digital conversion circuit and the correlation calculation codes respectively corresponding to the spread codes. A pointer is detected based on the determined correlation values.06-23-2011
20120303318Kinematic Predictor for Articulated Mechanisms - A predictor usable for rapid and accurate calculation of joint commands of an articulated mechanism describes relationship between the joints in the form of a differential equation. The predictor solves this differential equation by direct substitution of a power series for each of its variables and the combining of selected sets of coefficients of these power series into linear systems of equations which may be solved to determine power series coefficients to arbitrary order.11-29-2012
20120303317DISPLACEMENT SENSOR - Teaching processing using a model of a workpiece is performed by accepting at least one input of a target value for a response time and a tolerance value for a detection error as a parameter representing a condition for a displacement sensor to operate. A CPU during teaching processing determines a maximum exposure time while it causes repeated detection processing by a light projecting unit and a light receiving unit, calculates variation in measurement data of an amount of displacement, and derives the number of pieces of data of moving average calculation suitable for a value for the input parameter as a result of operation processing using the maximum exposure time and variation in measurement data. This number of pieces of data is registered in a memory and used for moving average calculation in a normal operation mode.11-29-2012
20120303316Method of Dynamically Adjusting Threshold Values and Related Electronic Device - A method of dynamically adjusting threshold values for an electronic device is disclosed. The method comprises setting the base proximity value to a maximum proximity value; polling a detected proximity value; determining a first range where the detected proximity value falls according to a mapping table; setting the base proximity value to a largest value of the first range; determining a high threshold value and a low threshold value according to the base proximity value; and resetting the base proximity value to a default value when the proximity function is disabled.11-29-2012
20120203498TAMPER DETECTION WITH TILT SENSORS - A reference relative orientation between a first component and a second component of a package is determined based on signals generated by a first tilt sensor mounted on the first component of a package and a second tilt sensor mounted on a second component of the package. After determining the reference relative orientation, tampering with the first or second components of the package can be detected by at least determining whether the orientation of the first and second components have changed relative to each other based on the reference relative orientation and signals generated by the first and second tilt sensors.08-09-2012
20110040520TRACK DETECTION DEVICE AND TRACK DETECTION METHOD THEREOF - A track detection device includes an insulating spherical housing including an inner surface, a plurality of electrostatic induction units embedded within the insulating spherical housing and evenly spaced around a center of the insulating spherical housing, a charged ball moveably attracted to the inner surface of the insulating spherical housing, and a processor electrically connected to the plurality of electrostatic induction units. The plurality of electrostatic induction units generate electrical signals when the charged ball rolls along the inner surface at a portion of the insulating spherical housing where the electrostatic induction unit is embedded. The processor is configured for detecting a track of the charged ball moving inside the insulating spherical housing according to the electrical signals.02-17-2011
20110040521SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EVALUATING AN AREA - There are provided a method of evaluating an area located behind a structure and a system thereof. The system includes: at least one source of electro-magnetic radiation adapted to illuminate a structure portion and to illuminate a area portion via openings formed between elements of the structure while a relative movement is introduced between the structure and the system; multiple detectors adapted to detect electro-magnetic radiation returned from the structure portion and from the area portion; a computing unit adapted to: (i) generate, in response to the detected electro-magnetic radiation, a simplified representation the area portion; and (ii) evaluate the area portion in response to a relationship between the simplified representation of the area portion and a reference simplified representation of the area portion.02-17-2011
20100280790SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CALIBRATING END EFFECTOR ALIGNMENT USING AT LEAST A LIGHT SOURCE - A method for calibrating alignment of an end effector with respect to a chuck in a plasma processing system is provided. The method including providing a first light beam from the end effector to said chuck. The method including moving the end effector along a predefined calibration path such that the first light beam traverses a surface of the chuck. The method also includes receiving a set of reflected light signals, the set of reflected light signals being generated at least when the surface reflects the first light beam during the moving. The method including analyzing the set of reflected light signals to identify three or more discontinuities. The three or more discontinuities are related to three or more reflected light signals generated when the first light beam encounters an edge of the chuck. The method also including determining three or more coordinate data points based on the three or more discontinuities, the three or more coordinate data points representing three or more points on the edge of the chuck. The method includes determining a center of the chuck based on the three or more coordinate data points.11-04-2010
20110257928SENSING DEVICE - A sensing device including a sensor, a triggering mechanism and a covering is provided. The covering is positioned in contact with a body such that the triggering mechanism extends from a moving segment to a reference segment and across a joint center located therebetween. Movement of the moving segment activates the triggering mechanism to provide a force input to the sensor, actuating the sensor to generate an output defining at least one measurement of the movement. The measurement may be one or more of rotation, translation, velocity, acceleration, and joint angle. An intermediate mechanism may be interposed between the triggering mechanism and the sensor. The sensing device may include a means to process or record measurements corresponding to movement of the moving segment and joint center. A system and method of measuring the movement of a moving segment is also provided.10-20-2011
20110213586Device and Method for Transmitting Data Between a Position-Measuring Device and Sequential Electronics - In a device and a method for transmitting data between a position-measuring device and sequential electronics via a data-transmission channel, the position-measuring device includes an interface unit and a processing unit, the interface unit being connected first of all to the data-transmission channel, and secondly, to the processing unit for the purpose of an internal data exchange with the aid of a request channel and a response channel. The interface unit includes a command interpreter by which, using conversion rules, commands which arrive via the data-transmission channel are convertible into internal requests and are able to be fed via the request channel to the processing unit, and response data which arrives from the processing unit via the response channel is convertible into output data. The interface unit further includes a rules memory for storing the conversion rules, which is at least partially modifiable.09-01-2011
20110213583FAST CLUSTERING OF POSITION DATA FOR USER PROFILING - A method of position clustering includes maintaining a set of clusters by storing a rectangular boundary of each cluster in the set of clusters, a centroid within each cluster, and a number of the points within each cluster. The method further includes adding a point to a cluster in the set of clusters when the cluster bounds the point by adjusting the rectangular boundary of the cluster, the centroid within the cluster, and the number of the points within the cluster.09-01-2011
20080234971REMOTE-CONTROLLED MOTION APPARATUS WITH SENSING TERRESTRIAL MAGNETISM AND REMOTE CONTROL APPARATUS THEREFOR - A remote-controlled motion apparatus is controlled by a remote control apparatus. The remote control apparatus transmits a target motion signal by radio. The remote-controlled motion apparatus includes a communication module, a terrestrial magnetism sensing module, a processing module and a driving module. The communication module receives the target motion signal from the remote control apparatus. The terrestrial magnetism sensing module senses a terrestrial magnetism of the remote-controlled motion apparatus to output a terrestrial magnetism sensing signal. The processing module is coupled with the terrestrial magnetism sensing module and the communication module, and processes the terrestrial magnetism sensing signal and the target motion signal to output a driving control signal. The driving module is coupled with the processing module to receive the driving control signal, and adjusts the driving of the remote-controlled motion apparatus according to the driving control signal.09-25-2008
20100114521VARIABLE SHAFT SIZING FOR MEASUREMENT TARGETS - A measurement targeting apparatus comprises a target body, a vessel with a channel, a fluid located within the channel in the vessel, and a pressurization system. The target body is selected from one of a photogrammetry target, a theodolite target, a construction ball, a touch probe target, a coordinating measurement machine probe target, a laser tracker target, and a laser projector target. The vessel has a centerline, has a substantially cylindrical portion capable of being received in a hole in a part, and is comprised of a material selected from steel, aluminum, and plastic. The vessel is capable of expanding when the fluid within the channel in the vessel is pressurized. The pressurization system is capable of pressurizing the fluid within the channel to cause the vessel to expand around the centerline.05-06-2010
20100004894ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR MEASURING MOTION OF SCREW MECHANISM - An electronic measuring device for measuring and displaying a linear displacement of a horizontal screw mechanism, the device comprising: a gravity acceleration sensor adapted for measuring an angle of rotation value of a horizontal rotational shaft of a screw mechanism; a data processing unit for converting the angle of rotation value into a linear displacement value according to characteristics of the linear screw mechanism; and a digital display unit for displaying the linear displacement value; in which the gravity acceleration sensor, the data processing unit, and the digital display unit are electronically or electrically connected.01-07-2010
20110153265METHOD OF MEASURING PROPERTIES OF DYNAMIC POSITIONING ERRORS IN A LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, DATA PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - Movements of a lithographic apparatus include dynamic positioning errors on one or more axes which cause corresponding errors which can be measured in the applied pattern. A test method includes operating the apparatus several times while deliberately imposing a relatively large dynamic positioning error at different specific frequencies and axes. Variations in the error in the applied pattern are measured for different frequencies and amplitudes of the injected error across a frequency band of interest for a given axis or axes. Calculation using said measurements and knowledge of the frequencies injected allows analysis of dynamic positioning error variations in frequency bands correlated with each injected error frequency.06-23-2011
20080243425Tracking target objects through occlusions - A computerized object tracking method uses data captured from any of a number of sensor suites deployed in an area of interest to identify and track objects of interest within the area covered by the sensors. Objects of interest are uniquely identified utilizing an ellipse-based model and tracked through complex data sets through the use of particle-filtering techniques. The combination of unique object identification and particle-filtering techniques produces the ability to track any of a number of objects of interest through complex scenes, even when the objects of interest are occluded by other objects within the dataset. The tracking action is presented in real-time to a user of the system and accepts direction and requests from the system user.10-02-2008
20090182527GENERAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - An information management system is intended for management of digitally represented information which is associated with absolute positions on an imaginary surface (07-16-2009
20110257930Method and an Apparatus for Manufacturing an Optical Lens - A method of manufacturing an optical lens, the method comprising the steps of blocking a lens member at a first positioning on a blocker; determining the first positioning of the lens member with respect to the blocker; comparing the first positioning of the lens member with a predetermined positioning in order to determine a positioning error between the first positioning and the predetermined positioning; determining a surface positioning of the surface to be manufactured with respect to the blocker according to the positioning error; and configuring operational parameters of a lens manufacturing tool in order to manufacture a surface according to the determined surface positioning such that the desired optical properties of the optical lens are respected. The invention further relates to an apparatus for manufacturing an optical lens.10-20-2011
20110257929METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING A POSITION AND/OR ORIENTATION OF A DISPLACEABLE LOAD - The invention relates to a method for determining a position and/or orientation of a movable load. The invention also relates to a position and orientation determining system for a group which comprises a towing vehicle and at least one load which can be moved by the towing vehicle.10-20-2011
20120203500OSCILLOSCOPE AND METHOD, SYSTEM THEREOF FOR COLLECTING AND DISPLAYING SIGNAL WAVEFORM - An oscilloscope and a method and system thereof for collecting and displaying signal waveform are disclosed, including a control measuring unit determining a corresponding test command and test parameter according to the selection of test points on a tested object; calculating position coordinate of each test point, and sending the test command and test parameter to an automatic collecting unit; the automatic collecting unit returning test signals of each test point collected by a collecting probe of the automatic collection unit to the control measuring unit according to the test command and test parameter; and the control measuring unit generating corresponding waveform data according to the test signals returned by the automatic collecting unit, storing and displaying the waveform data.08-09-2012
20120203499Deflection Measuring System and Method - A deflection measurement probe includes a body portion having a cavity defined by the body portion, a first positional measurement sensor disposed in the cavity of the body portion, the first positional measurement sensor including a sensor tip extending from the body portion operative to contact a measurement surface, and a second positional measurement sensor disposed in the cavity of the body portion, the first positional measurement sensor including a sensor tip extending from the body portion operative to contact a measurement surface.08-09-2012
20080288206Noncontinuous resonant position feedback system - A system and method for sensing position of an oscillating moving element. The inventive position sensor includes a first arrangement for sampling the position of the element at first positions thereof and providing samples in response thereto and a second arrangement for calculating other positions of the element using the sample of the first position. In the illustrative application, the first arrangement includes an LED and a photodiode and the moving element is a piston of a long-life cryogenic cooler. A processor receives samples from the photodiode and solves an equation of motion therefor. The equation of motion is P(t)=A·sin(ωt+θ)+B, where P(t)=the position of the element; A=position waveform amplitude; B=position waveform DC Offset; ω=angular frequency of operation; t=time; and θ=position waveform phase.11-20-2008
20110131006PROGRAMMABLE SYSTEM FOR CHECKING MECHANICAL COMPONENT PARTS - A system for checking dimensions of mechanical component parts includes a checking probe (06-02-2011
20080255798WAFER CENTER FINDING WITH A KALMAN FILTER - A number of wafer center finding methods and systems are disclosed herein that improve upon existing techniques used in semiconductor manufacturing.10-16-2008
20110054836NAVIGATION TRAJECTORY MATCHING - Among other things, first data is received from an inertial tracking device worn by a first person, the first data approximating locations along a first path that was traversed by the first person. Second data is received from an inertial tracking device worn by a second person, the second data approximating locations along a second path, similar to the first path, that is being traversed by the second person. A determination is made about how to guide the second person to reach the first person by using the first data and the second data to correlate locations along the first path and corresponding locations along the second path.03-03-2011
20110054834DETERMINING USER COMPASS ORIENTATION FROM A PORTABLE DEVICE - Apparatus and methods are provided for determining a person's compass orientation from data generated by one or more sensors embedded within a portable device transported by the person. Such sensors may include an accelerometer, a GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver, a magnetometer (e.g., a compass), a barometer, etc. In some scenarios (e.g., when the person is walking), the person's initial orientation is directly determined and is used to calculate an initial orientation delta describing a difference between the person's initial orientation and an initial orientation of the device. In other scenarios, the person's current orientation is calculated based on an initial orientation of the device and a known or assumed orientation delta. Later in time, the orientation delta can be applied to the device's current orientation to determine the person's current orientation. As events involving the person and/or the device are observed, an orientation delta may be updated.03-03-2011
20110054833PROCESSING MOTION SENSOR DATA USING ACCESSIBLE TEMPLATES - Systems and methods for processing motion sensor data using data templates accessible to an electronic device are provided. Each data template may include template sensor data and template event data. Template sensor data of one or more templates may be compared by the electronic device to motion sensor data generated by a motion sensor. A particular template may be distinguished based on the similarity between the motion sensor data and the template sensor data of the particular template. The template event data of the distinguished particular template may then be used to control a function of the electronic device. The motion sensor data and/or the template sensor data may be associated with a user stepping event, and the template event data of the distinguished particular template may then be used to record the occurrence of the stepping event to track a user's workout history.03-03-2011
20110022351CAPACITIVE POSITION SENSOR - A sensor for determining a position for an adjacent object in two dimensions is described. The sensor comprises a substrate with a sensitive area defined by a pattern of electrodes, wherein the pattern of electrodes includes a first group of drive elements interconnected to form a plurality of row electrodes extending along a first direction, a second group of drive elements interconnected to form a plurality of column electrodes extending along a second direction, and a group of sense elements interconnected to form a sense electrode extending along both the first and second directions. The sensor further comprises a controller comprising a drive unit for applying drive signals to the row and column electrodes, and a sense unit for measuring sense signals representing a degree of coupling of the drive signals applied to the row and column electrodes to the sense electrode. Thus a 2D position sensor requiring only a single sense channel is provided.01-27-2011
20110257927SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING INERTIAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM FAULTS - An inertial navigation system (INS) includes a primary inertial navigation system (INS) unit configured to receive accelerometer measurements from an accelerometer and angular velocity measurements from a gyroscope. The primary INS unit is further configured to receive global navigation satellite system (GNSS) signals from a GNSS sensor and to determine a first set of kinematic state vectors based on the accelerometer measurements, the angular velocity measurements, and the GNSS signals. The INS further includes a secondary INS unit configured to receive the accelerometer measurements and the angular velocity measurements and to determine a second set of kinematic state vectors of the vehicle based on the accelerometer measurements and the angular velocity measurements. A health management system is configured to compare the first set of kinematic state vectors and the second set of kinematic state vectors to determine faults associated with the accelerometer or the gyroscope based on the comparison.10-20-2011
20110046917MEASURING METHOD FOR AN ARTICULATED-ARM COORDINATE MEASURING MACHINE - The invention relates to a measuring method for determining a measurement position of a probe element 02-24-2011
20110046916Pyrometer - A position sensitive pyrometer includes a sensor.02-24-2011
20110046915USE OF POSITIONING AIDING SYSTEM FOR INERTIAL MOTION CAPTURE - The invention provides robust real-time motion capture, using an inertial motion capture system, aided with a positioning system, of multiple closely interacting actors and to position the actor exactly in space with respect to a pre-defined reference frame. It is a further object of the invention to use such positioning systems to aid the inertial motion capture system that the known advantages of using inertial motion capture technology is not compromised to a great extent. Such positioning systems include pressure sensors, UWB positioning systems and GPS or other GNSS systems. It is a further object of the invention to avoid the use of the earth magnetic field as a reference direction as much as possible, due to the known problems of distortion thereof.02-24-2011
20110082664METHOD OF PREDICTING POSITION OF OBJECT - A method of predicting a position of an object includes the steps of (04-07-2011
20110264404IDENTIFICATION METHOD OF DATA POINT DISTRIBUTION AREA ON COORDINATE PLANE AND RECORDING MEDIUM - A disclosed identification method of identifying a data point distribution area on a coordinate plane includes selecting a data point as a first representative point, setting the first representative point as an initial reference point, setting a direction passing through the initial reference point as an initial representative point selection direction, selecting an initial data point direction having a smallest angle relative to the initial representative point selection direction in a predetermined rotation direction when viewed from the initial representative point selection direction, selecting a data point corresponding to the initial data point direction as a second representative point of the data point distribution area, and determining whether there is an overlapping area where a distribution representative point area overlaps a determination area.10-27-2011
20110119024METHOD OF ESTIMATING POSITION OF MOBILE NODE IN WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORK - There is provided a method for estimating a position of a mobile node in a wireless sensor network. The method includes estimating a frequency offset between anchor nodes and estimating a difference between times when ranging frames from a mobile node are received by two anchor node, without use of a separate synchronization unit, such as a network synchronized clock supply unit that supplies a network synchronized clock via a cable, in a wireless sensor network, unlike a conventional method of estimating Time of Flight (TOF) using Two-Way Ranging (TWR) and Symmetric Double Sided-TWR (SDS-TWR) schemes. The estimated receiving time difference is directly applied to a Time Difference Of Arrival (TDOA) algorithm in order to estimate the position of the mobile node.05-19-2011
20100324861SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR BEHAVIORAL MONITORING AND CALIBRATION - Systems and methods for the analysis of the diverse behaviors of animal subjects in defined areas are provided, including tools for filtering and analysis of high-resolution behavioral data. These systems and methods provide an opportunity to examine behavioral patterns with levels of precision and quantization that have not been previously achieved. Methods and systems for managing and analyzing the very large and unique datasets produced by behavioral monitoring systems, including quality assessment and control, archiving, data query, data reduction, analytical procedures and visualization techniques are provided. Such detailed analyses of spontaneous behavior provide fundamental insights into the neural organization of behavior and enable detection of genetic, pharmacological and environmental influences on brain function with high sensitivity.12-23-2010
20110172953SENSING SYSTEM FOR RECOGNITION OF DIRECTION OF MOVING BODY - The present invention relates to an apparatus for recognizing an entry/exit direction of a moving body, and more particularly, to an apparatus for recognizing an entry/exit direction of a moving body, comprising: a first moving body detection sensor positioned at an entrance side of a specific object space or a portion adjacent thereto; a second moving body detection sensor positioned in an inner side direction of the specific object space from a position where the first moving detection sensor is positioned; and a control means connected to the first and second moving body detection sensors by wire/wireless so as to recognize as an entry of a moving body only when, after moving body detection signals of the first and second moving body detection sensors are received simultaneously or together for a first predetermined time, the moving body detection signal of the second moving detection sensor is not lastly received, and to recognize as an exit of a moving body only when, after moving body detection signals of the first and second moving body detection sensors are received simultaneously or together for a first predetermined time, the moving body detection signal of the first moving detection sensor is not lastly received.07-14-2011
20120310593TOOTHBRUSH TRACKING SYSTEM - A method of monitoring tooth brushing comprising: receiving a position signal from a position sensor (12-06-2012
20120310592TOUCH DEVICE AND DETECTION METHOD THEREOF - A touch device includes a plurality of sensors, a storage module and a processing module. The sensors are placed on a substrate for detecting acoustic waves and generating electrical signals. The storage module stores a plurality of templates of delay measurement for a plurality of locations on the substrate. The processing module is coupled to the sensors and to the storage module for calculating a received delay measurement and comparing the received delay measurement to the plurality of templates of delay measurement to estimate touch location. A detection method for the touch device is also provided.12-06-2012
20120310591TRACKING A BODY BY NONLINEAR AND NON-GAUSSIAN PARAMETRIC FILTERING - A general framework for parametric filters is based on belief condensation (BC), which can cope with highly nonlinear and non-Gaussian system models. The methodology exploits the specific structure of the problem and decomposes it in such a way that the linear and Gaussian part can be solved in closed form, while the remaining parts are addressed by an optimization process, referred to as BC. Simulation results show that the performance of the proposed BC filter is close to that of the particle filter, but with a much lower complexity.12-06-2012
20110077900APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CHECKING THE ATTITUDE OF A VEHICLE - An apparatus (03-31-2011
20120072168SENSING DEVICE FOR DETECTING A WEARING POSITION - The invention relates to sensing device (03-22-2012
20110178762Portable Articulated Arm Coordinate Measuring Machine with Multiple Communication Channels - A portable articulated arm coordinate measuring machine (AACMM) with multiple communication channels that includes a manually positionable articulated arm portion having opposed first and second ends, the arm portion including a plurality of connected arm segments, each of the arm segments including at least one position transducer for producing a position signal. The portable AACMM also includes a measurement device attached to a first end of the portable AACMM and a plurality of communication channels. The portable AACMM also includes an electronic circuit for receiving the position signals from the transducers and for providing data corresponding to a position of the measurement device. The portable AACMM also includes executable by the electronic circuit for receiving a request from a user to communicate via a selected one of the plurality of communication channels, and for configuring the portable AACMM to communicate via the selected communication channel.07-21-2011
20100082288DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING THE PATH OF AN OBJECT MOVING IN TWO DIMENSIONS - A method of reconstructing, in two dimensions, a path of a living being or of an object moving, by a repetitive movement, in a plane or a two-dimensional surface or along a plane or a two-dimensional surface, including: measuring at least two variable components of the projection of the terrestrial magnetic field on at least two axes of a biaxial or triaxial magnetometer connected to or situated on the living being or object, measuring the period, or frequency, of a signal corresponding to the measurement of at least one of the variable components along one of the axes of the magnetometer, measuring the heading, or direction, of the movement, from at least two field measurements along at least two axes of the magnetometer, and reconstituting the path from the measurements of period or frequency and of heading or direction.04-01-2010
20100082287METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETECTING SPECTROPHOTOMETER MISALIGNMENT - This application generally relates to methods and systems for detecting spectrophotometer misalignment. In particular, the application may characterize the noise of a spectral measurement relative to a reference substrate known to exhibit a generally linear (flat) spectral output over a known spectrum. From the spectral measurement, a linear regression may be performed on a portion of the spectral output to determine a best fit line and a correlation of determination (“R-squared value”) may be determined correlated the measured data to the best fit line. Finally, the R squared value may be compared to a predetermined threshold R squared value to determine if the sensor is misaligned beyond an acceptable amount. If so, an alert may be generated.04-01-2010
20110184690POSITION DETECTING SYSTEM AND POSITION DETECTING METHOD - A position detecting system that detects the position of a body-insertable apparatus inserted into a subject includes: a driving-magnetic-field generating unit that generates a driving magnetic field in a detection space in which the subject into which the body-insertable apparatus, which generates a resonant magnetic field induced by the driving magnetic, is inserted is surrounded; a magnetic sensor that detects a magnetic field generated in the detection space; a position detecting unit that detects, based on the magnetic field detected by the sensor, a position and a direction of the body-insertable apparatus; a guiding unit that guides at least one of the position and the direction of the body-insertable apparatus to at least one of a position and a direction set as targets; a predicting unit that predicts, using the position and the direction detected by the position detecting unit, a position and a direction at certain time of the body-insertable apparatus; and a control unit that controls the driving-magnetic-field generating unit and the position detecting unit based on the position and the direction at the certain time predicted by the predicting unit.07-28-2011
20120150484Threat detection systems and methods using position-sensing photodiodes - Threat detection systems and methods are disclosed that employ position-sensing photodiodes to locate a munitions flash within a field of view of a collection optical system. The flash is then located on a map of the monitored terrain, which map can be displayed to a system user. Processing electronics determine whether the flash is actually munitions-based or is from another non-threatening light source.06-14-2012
20110153267LOCATION-BASED SERVICES - A location tracking unit for use with a location based service system is presented. The location tracking unit comprises: a navigation receiver adapted to implement a location tracking function; data processing means adapted to determine an occupied location according to a first location matching process, the first location matching process using navigation data from the navigation receiver and a first set of geographic data; and data processing means adapted to verify the integrity of the first location matching process based on a second location matching process using navigation data and a second set of geographic data.06-23-2011
20110153264LOCATION DETERMINATION FOR INDIVIDUAL TIRES OF A MULTI-TIRE - An apparatus and a method are provided for ascertaining the relative position of a first tire and a second tire in a multiple tire. The apparatus may include a first electromechanical transducer providing a first sensor signal indicating a contact area length of the first tire in the multiple tire, and a second electromechanical transducer providing a second sensor signal indicating a contact area length of the second tire in the multiple tire. The apparatus includes a reception unit configured for receiving the first and second sensor signals; a contact area characteristic ascertainment unit ascertaining the contact area lengths characteristic of the first and second tires based on the first and second sensor signals; and a position finding unit ascertaining the position of the first tire relative to the second tire by evaluating the contact length characteristics of the first and second tires during cornering.06-23-2011
20110191060METHOD FOR MEASURING A WORK PIECE, CALIBRATION METHOD AND COORDINATE MEASURING DEVICE - A work piece is measured by at least one point of a surface of the work piece being sampled by a feeler. The feeler exerts a probing force on the surface and the feeler is deflected relative to a mounting of the feeler. On the basis of the deflection, a position of the point of the surface is determined. A directional dependence of a flexibility of the feeler is determined and/or is known. The feeler and the work piece are positioned and/or oriented relative to each other, while taking into consideration the directional dependence, such that during sampling of the point of the surface unintentional slipping of the feeler on the surface does not occur, or occurs only with low probability, or an unintentional deviation of the feeler from an intended path on the surface does not occur, or occurs only with low probability.08-04-2011
20110264403CLEARANCE MEASURING METHOD AND MEASURING UNIT - The present invention provides a method for measuring a clearance (10-27-2011
20110264402COURSE OF MOTION DETERMINATION - A computer-implemented method for determining a course of motion between an artefact (10-27-2011
20100030513Method for Disposing Power/Ground Plane of PCB - A method for disposing power planes and ground planes of a printed circuit board (PCB), said method comprising the steps of: providing a PCB on which is disposed with a geometric layout and a via hole; providing a line on said PCB for intersecting said geometric layout to form a plurality of points of intersection; defining line segments by segmenting said line at each of said points of intersection to form a plurality of line segments; deleting some of said line segments having one end not being point of intersection for said geometric layout to form a plurality of segmented regions; searching a closed region by repeatedly searching region from any one of the points in said plurality of segmented regions; determining whether a closed region is a smallest closed region; determining whether a via hole is located within said smallest closed region.02-04-2010
20110054835METHOD OF EVALUATING PRECISION OF OUTPUT DATA USING ERROR PROPAGATION - Method of evaluating precision of output data using error propagation includes performing numerical differentiation using input data in data processing, and thereby obtaining a Jacobian matrix J of the data processing; estimating variance-covariance of errors of the input data, and thereby obtaining an error matrix D of the input data; and calculating an error matrix from the Jacobian matrix J and the error matrix D of the input data, the error matrix R representing variance-covariance of errors of output data.03-03-2011
20110119023METHOD AND SYSTEM TO SENSE RELATIVE PARTIAL-POSE INFORMATION USING A SHAPE SENSOR - A shape-sensing segment traverses through at least a portion of a kinematic chain of a tele-operated slave surgical instrument in a tele-operated minimally-invasive surgical system. The shape-sensing segment includes a pre-set perturbation. Shape information from the pre-set perturbation allows determination of relative partial-pose information for at least one link in the kinematic chain.05-19-2011
20110307210SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRACKING A MOBILE NODE - Techniques for tracking the position and movement of a mobile node within a field of fixed nodes are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, positional information generated from neighboring nodes in the field of nodes along with positional information obtained from the mobile node itself is compiled and used to track the location of the mobile node. The field of fixed nodes may relay positional information to interested nodes within the field in order to communicate the movement of the mobile node. Based on the positional information of the mobile node, the mobile node can be tracked, and an estimated time of arrival and a likelihood of reaching a defined point or a fixed node can be computed. Additionally, fixed nodes may use the estimated time of arrival and likelihood calculations to initiate anticipatory processing if the mobile node is likely to encounter the fixed node.12-15-2011
20110307211Method For Measuring The Position Of A Mark In A Deflector System - The present invention relates to a method for determining the coordinates of an arbitrarily shaped pattern in a deflector system. The method basically comprises the steps of: moving the pattern in a first direction (X), calculating the position of the edge of the pattern by counting the number of micro sweeps, performed in a perpendicular direction (Y), until the edge is detected, and determining the coordinates by relating the number of counted micro sweeps to the speed of the movement of the pattern. The invention also relates to software implementing the method.12-15-2011
20120041710METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING DISPOSITION OF VIA HOLE ON PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD - A method for determining disposition of via hole on printed circuit board (PCB), said method comprising the steps of: providing a PCB on which is disposed with a geometric layout and a via hole; providing a line on said PCB for intersecting said geometric layout to form a plurality of points of intersection; defining line segments by segmenting said line at each of said points of intersection to form a plurality of line segments; deleting some of said line segments having one end not being point of intersection for said geometric layout to form a plurality of segmented regions; searching a closed region by repeatedly searching region from any one of the points in said plurality of segmented regions; determining whether a closed region is a smallest closed region; determining whether a via hole is located within said smallest closed region.02-16-2012
20120041709CONCEPT FOR MAKING GOAL DECISIONS BY MEANS OF MAGNETIC FIELDS - A method for deciding whether a movable object has been brought through a goal having a goal area defined by the goal, an internal magnetic field being measurable, within the goal area or in parallel with the goal area, which is larger than an external magnetic field present outside the goal area, the method including a step of generating the internal magnetic field within the goal, a step of providing information about a magnetic field experienced by the movable object, and a step of evaluating the information about the magnetic field to provide a goal statement by means of a detection that the movable object has passed through the internal magnetic field.02-16-2012
20090177437Indoor navigation system and method - This document discusses, among other things, a portable device that generates position and orientation data to facilitate movement within a building. The device can be, for example, handheld or affixed to a cane. Data for navigation is derived from reflections from interior surfaces and dead reckoning sensors.07-09-2009
20100191500ANALYSIS OF PARALLEL MANIPULATORS - A method of determining the positions and orientations of the base (07-29-2010
20120046906PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING DIRECTIONAL PROXIMITY SENSORS BASED ON DEVICE ORIENTATION - A portable electronic device having one or more proximity sensors. The portable electronic device comprises a housing, one or more signal emitters to direct source signal(s) based on the orientation of the housing, and one or more signal receivers to receive return signals corresponding to the source signal(s). The device may include multiple signal emitters and a sensor to identify an orientation of the housing. The appropriate signal emitter may be selected based on the orientation of the housing as identified by the sensor.02-23-2012
20120046905Direction Processing Based on Multi-State Inputs - A computer-implemented method for determining the direction of a moving object across a sensor having a plurality of inputs is disclosed. The invention determines the direction of a moving object, such as a vehicle on a roadway, based on inputs provided by sensors along the object's path. The methods involve monitoring state changes of the inputs as the object passes the sensor and comparing the magnitude of state changes in the order in which a forward-moving object would cause inputs to switch to a particular state. For each state change comparison, a direction variable is adjusted to indicate forward or reverse movement. After passage of the object, a direction of movement is assigned to the moving object on the basis of the final value of the direction variable. The invention provides a high degree of accuracy, is simple to reconfigure, and more economical than other methods.02-23-2012
20120046904SUBSTRATE CARRYING MECHANISM, SUBSTRATE CARRYING METHOD AND RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM INCLUDING SET OF INSTRUCTIONS TO BE EXECUTED TO ACCOMPLISH THE SUBSTRATE CARRYING METHOD - A substrate carrying mechanism includes: a base; a substrate holding member placed on the base and capable of holding a substrate and of being advanced and retracted relative to the base; four or more detecting units respectively for detecting different parts of the edge of a substrate held by the substrate holding member when the substrate holding member holding a substrate is retracted; and a controller that determines whether or not a notch formed in the edge of the substrate has been detected by one of the detecting units, on the basis of measurements measured by the four or more detecting units and corrects an error in a transfer position where the substrate is to be transferred to the succeeding processing unit on the basis of measurements measured by the detecting units excluding the one detecting unit that has detected the notch of the substrate.02-23-2012
20120004887ACTION ANALYSIS DEVICE AND ACTION ANALYSIS METHOD - A motion analysis apparatus is provided that enables an analysis result presentation quantity to be easily adjusted. A motion analysis apparatus (01-05-2012
20120004884DEVICE AND METHOD FOR THE SPACE-COLORIMETRIC MEASUREMENT OF A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT - The disclosure relates to a device and a method for the space-colorimetric measurement of a three-dimensional object, in order to digitally model the low-relief and the colorimetric coordinates of this object according to multiple analysis points. In order to do so, the measuring device of the disclosure combines a lighting means with at least four optical detection means, including at least two twin detection means sensitive to substantially identical light wavelength ranges, in order to determine by stereoscopic effect the low-relief of the object analysed. The disclosure thus proposes a device for the space-colorimetric measurement of a three-dimensional object, that comprises a detection head including a lighting means for the object and at least four detection means for detecting the light reflected by the object, wherein said device further includes a unit for processing the information received by the detection means. At least two twin detection means are sensitive to substantially identical light wavelength ranges.01-05-2012
20120004885SENSOR FOR THE DETECTION OF THE POSITION OF A MECHANICAL FORCE-TRANSMITTING DEVICE - A device for the wire-free determination of a position of a mechanical force-transmitting device, having at least one storage device for storing electrical energy, at least one sensor element which detects the position and is monitored by at least one sensor electronic unit, including at least one radio transmitter, and at least one photovoltaic energy supply device supplying the storage device with electrical energy.01-05-2012
20120209561METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR IDENTIFYING A POINT OF INTEREST ON THE PERIPHERY OF AN OBJECT - Methods and systems for identifying a point of interest on the periphery of an object are disclosed. A system comprises a track, a carriage, an advancement mechanism, a non-contact measurement device, and a processor. The advancement mechanism is configured to advance the carriage along the path defined by the track. The measurement device comprises a transmitter configured to transmit a beam of radiation toward the periphery of the object and a detector configured to detect at least a portion of the radiation reflected from the periphery of the object. The processor is programmed to (i) advance the carriage along the path, (ii) measure a distance between the periphery of the object and the measurement device, (iii) calculate a center of mass of the object from the measured distances, and (iv) determine the point of interest on the periphery of the object using the calculated center of mass of the object.08-16-2012
20120004886DEVICE FOR MEASURING DIMENSIONS - Measuring system having a plurality of probes for measuring lengths, each probe including a probe tip connected in removable fashion relative to a casing, a transducer supplying an electric signal that is representative of the position of said probe tip relative to the casing, a digital processing unit for sampling the signal from said transducer and transforming it into a digital representation of said position, and a bidirectional interface for a wireless communication network connecting said probes with a control unit. A method including a step during which the clocks of the digital processing units of the probes are synchronized through said bidirectional wireless interface and a step during which the control unit transmits commands determining the instant at which said electric signals are sampled.01-05-2012
20120116713System and Method for Tomographic Retrieval of Parameter Profile from Traveling Path - A system for measuring a parameter of a medium with a vehicle moving in a traveling direction through the medium includes four detecting portions and a calculating portion. The four detecting portions respectively detect first through fourth values of the parameter from first through fourth lines-of-sight in first through fourth directions at first through fourth positions of the vehicle at first through fourth times. The first line-of-sight and the third line-of-sight are in a first plane and intersect at a first intersection, while the second line-of-sight and the fourth line-of-sight are in a second plane and intersect at a second intersection. The calculating portion calculates the parameter based on the first through fourth values and the first and second intersections.05-10-2012
20120116711Portable celestial compass - A portable celestial compass (PCC) that provides a new multi-functional capability for high precision target localization. The battery-powered PCC is built around US Army's M-25 stabilized binocular and includes a miniature eye-safe laser range finder, a gyro stabilized binocular, a 3-axis tilt compensated digital compass, and a built-in specialized chip with star catalog and software for target AZ/EL determination and sight reduction. A gyro stabilized binocular rejects up to 98% of image motion caused by hand tremor and platform vibration. Laser rangefinder has the accuracy of ±2 m at 5 km range. The PCC uses celestial objects as absolute references for target azimuth and elevation determination. The azimuth and elevation accuracy is 2 mrad, or 10 m at 5 km range, which is by a factor of up to 5 better than that for a magnetic compass.05-10-2012
20120010847ADJUSTABLE HIGH PRECISION SURVEYING DEVICE - Methods and devices for use in surveying operations are provided. A device is provided for selectively connecting to surveying equipment, such as a surveying pole, and is adapted for accurately adjusting a reference point in at least two axes. The device is adapted to work in conjunction with additional surveying equipment, such as theodolites and transits as well as one or more central processing units for analyzing, storing, and providing data.01-12-2012
20120016626UPLOAD AND DOWNLOAD OF POSITION REFERENCE DATA - An apparatus, a method and a computer program, the apparatus comprising: collection circuitry configured to collect position reference data, wherein the collected position reference data is for assisting another apparatus to determine a position of the another apparatus based upon wireless signals received by the another apparatus; receiver circuitry configured to receive control data relating to controlling the transmission of collected position reference data by the apparatus; transmitter circuitry configured to transmit collected position reference data; and processing circuitry configured, in dependence upon the received control data, to selectively control transmission of collected position reference data by the transmitter circuitry.01-19-2012
20110166822REED TESTING DEVICE FOR SINGLE-REED INSTRUMENT - Objective index is indicated with respect to the characteristic comparison between the front and the back sides of the reed, the right and left balance, and the hardness characteristic compared to the reference reed. A holder guiding member 07-07-2011
20120065929COORDINATE INPUT APPARATUS - Position information of a first sensor unit and a second sensor unit is calculated using angle information of peaks calculated from a light amount distribution having a plurality of peaks detected by light-receiving unit of the second sensor unit from light emitted by light-emitting unit of the first sensor unit. The coordinates of a pointed position are calculated based on the position information of the first sensor unit and the second sensor unit and a change in a received light amount distribution that occurs due to a pointing to a coordinate input region detected by the light-receiving units. Here, the light-emitting units of the respective multiple sensor units are arranged in known positions relative to the light-receiving units.03-15-2012
20120016625LINEAR POSITION SENSOR SYSTEM - A position sensor measures a magnetic flux of a magnetic field produced by a magnet system in a first direction and a second direction. Values associated with the measured magnetic flux in the first direction are adjusted based on a first gain and a first offset that are determined based on the measured magnetic flux and a reference magnetic flux in the first direction. Values associated with the measured magnetic flux in the second direction are adjusted based on a second gain and a second offset that are determined based on the measured magnetic flux and a reference magnetic flux in the second direction. A position of the magnet system with respect to the position sensor at a given time may then be determined based on the adjusted values of the magnetic flux in the first and second directions at the given time.01-19-2012
20120016628METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ANALYZING POSITIONS - The method and device for analyzing position are disclosed. By analyzing sensing information with at least one zero-crossing, each position can be analyzed. The number of analyzed positions may be different from the number of zero-crossings. When the number of analyzed positions is different from the number of zero-crossing, the number of analyzed positions is more than one.01-19-2012
20120016627APPARATUS FOR ESTIMATING LOCATION OF VEHICLE AND PROGRAM EXECUTED THEREBY - An on-vehicle apparatus adapted to estimate a location of a subject vehicle, in which the apparatus acquires vehicle-information including a location, a velocity and a running direction of the subject vehicle at a reference time and a factor that changes the velocity of the subject vehicle. The on-vehicle apparatus predicts a location of the subject vehicle at an object time which is advanced from the reference time based on the acquired factor01-19-2012
20120022826SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING A POSITION OF A MOVABLE OBJECT, ARRANGEMENT OF GENERAL LIGHTING LED AND LIGHT SENSOR FOR A POSITION DETERMINATION OF A MOVABLE OBJECT - A system for determining a position of a moving object is described, having: an arrangement having at least three general lighting LEDs, wherein each of the general lighting LEDs is implemented to transmit one light signal each with a transmission time information and a transmitter information, wherein the wavelength ranges of the general lighting LEDs for the signal transmission overlap, wherein the transmitter information enables at least a determination of a position of the respective general lighting LEDs and the transmission time information is information on a point in time when the respective signal was transmitted; a light sensor mounted to the moving object and implemented to receive the light signals and allocate one signal receive time each; and an evaluation unit which is implemented to determine the position of the object based on the transmitter information, the transmission time information and the receive time information.01-26-2012
20120059623POSITIONING APPARATUS JUDGING MOVING METHOD TO CONTROL POSITIONING TIMING - A positioning apparatus includes: a position measuring section to obtain measured position data by measuring its own present position; a positioning controlling section to control operation timing of the position measuring section to make the position measuring section discontinuously obtain the measured position data; a movement measuring section to measure a movement operation; a moving method judging section to judge a moving method based on a measurement result of the movement measuring section; a map data storage section to store information of a rail route map; and a migration path judging section to judge a migration path in a period judged to be a moving state by an electric train by the moving method judging section based on the measured position data measured by the position measuring section and the information of the rail route map.03-08-2012
20120232838Installation of Magnetic Signal Sources for Positioning - It is inter alia disclosed to use, in a positioning process, positioning process information that is at least one of information on a detected magnetic signal, information determined based on said detected magnetic signal and information determined based on data measured to detect said detected magnetic signal. The magnetic signal stems from a magnetic signal source installed in an environment. The positioning process is for positioning the device in said environment.09-13-2012
20120059621METHOD AND DEVICE FOR LOCALIZING OBJECTS - A method for localizing an object moving in an unknown environment. The method includes providing k position marks at undetermined positions p03-08-2012
20110093237WAFER CENTER FINDING WITH CHARGE-COUPLED DEVICES - A device for handling a substantially circular wafer is provided. The device includes an interior accessible through a plurality of entrances, and a plurality of sensors consisting of two sensors for each one of the plurality of entrances, each sensor capable of detecting a presence of the substantially circular wafer, at a predetermined location within the interior, wherein the plurality of sensors are arranged so that at least two of the plurality of sensors detect the wafer for any position of the wafer entirely within the interior, wherein a first one of the two sensors is positioned to detect the wafer when the wafer has passed entirely into the interior through one of the plurality of entrances, and a second one of the two sensors is positioned immediately outside a diameter of the wafer when the wafer has passed entirely into the interior through one of the plurality of entrances.04-21-2011
20120065927METHOD FOR AUTOMATED POSITION VERIFICATION - An improved method for verifying a position of a sensor with respect to an object under test includes detecting a signal from the sensor that is positioned at a given location on an object under test and comparing the signal from the sensor with a historical signal that is associated with a Uniquely Identified Location (UIL) on the object under test. If the two signals are consistent, and if the position of the sensor at the given location on the object under test is the same as the UIL, it is concluded that the position of the sensor is correct.03-15-2012
20120158355POSITION DETECTING METHOD - A position alignment of a transfer point of a transfer arm is performed by using a position detecting method. The method includes: detecting electrostatic capacitances in relation with a reference object for position alignment by a plurality of electrostatic capacitance detecting electrodes provided on a surface of the substrate body; communicating with each electrostatic capacitance detecting electrode and controlling a detection of each electrostatic capacitance detecting electrode; and calculating coordinates (x, y) of the reference object with respect to the substrate body based on a preset relationship between electrostatic capacitance values of multiple electrostatic capacitance detecting electrodes and a position of the reference object with respect to the substrate body.06-21-2012
20120158353Proximity Sensor Apparatus For A Game Device - A proximity sensing apparatus includes a device housing, a plurality of energy emitters, an energy detector, a reflective member, and a controller system. The proximity sensing apparatus channels reflected energy to the energy detector and determines the location of the source of reflection. The channeling of energy to the energy detector may reduce manufacturing costs by utilizing less hardware while maintaining a high level of reliability.06-21-2012
20120158352ELECTRONIC DEVICE, POSITIONING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - According to one embodiment, an electronic device includes a display module, an operation module, a communication module, an obtaining module, and a calculator. The operation module obtains operation on the display screen of the display module. The communication module communicates with another electronic device. The obtaining module obtains trace information indicating a trace of operation moving from the electronic device to the other electronic device or a trace of operation moving from the other electronic device to the electronic device based on operation on the display screen of the electronic device and operation on the display screen of the other electronic device. The calculator calculates a positional relationship between the electronic device and the other electronic device based on the trace information.06-21-2012
20120072167SENSOR FUSION - Accurate and reliable techniques for determining a current status of an accessory device in relation to an electronic device are described.03-22-2012
20120072166DEDUCED RECKONING NAVIGATION WITHOUT A CONSTRAINT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ORIENTATION OF A SENSOR PLATFORM AND A DIRECTION OF TRAVEL OF AN OBJECT - Systems, methods, and apparatus for performing deduced reckoning navigation without a constraint relationship between orientation of a sensor platform and a direction of travel of an object are described herein. A sensor fusion component can be configured to receive data from sensors of a sensor platform coupled to a pedestrian; and generate world coordinate information based on the data. Further, a gait recognition component can be configured to record one or more walking patterns of the pedestrian in a training database; and determine whether the world coordinate information is associated with a walking pattern of the one or more walking patterns. Furthermore, a position estimation component can be configured to estimate a position of the pedestrian based on the world coordinate information if the world coordinate information is associated with the walking pattern, regardless of an orientation of the sensor platform with respect to the position of the pedestrian.03-22-2012
20110066398METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR LOCATING AND TRACKING OBJECTS - Methods, systems, and computer program products for locating and tracking objects are disclosed. According to one system, a locating device can be configured to determine a location of an object. According to another system, an identifying device can be configured to determine the identification of an object. Further, a tracking system configured to store tracking information associated with the object. A communications system can be configured to communicate a signal to a remote computer device that identifies the location of the object and includes the tracking information associated with the object.03-17-2011
20110106488ENCODER - An encoder includes a scale, an encoder head, and a multiplication processing circuit. The encoder head includes a signal generation unit configured to generate a substantially sine-wave signal, and an output unit configured to output one of the substantially sine-wave signal and the center voltage of the substantially sine-wave signal to the multiplication processing circuit. The multiplication processing circuit includes a mode switching unit configured to switch a processing mode to one of an offset voltage detection processing mode in which an offset voltage serving as a difference between a predetermined reference voltage and the center voltage is corrected, and a displacement amount detection processing mode in which displacement detection processing is performed, an offset voltage detection unit configured to detect the offset voltage, and an offset voltage correction unit configured to correct an offset voltage of the substantially sine-wave signal output from the output unit.05-05-2011
20120123734MISALIGNMENT INDICATION DECISION SYSTEM AND METHOD - Systems and methods for deciding whether or not to indicate misalignment. In some examples, an analysis of parametric data relating to tests sensitive to misalignment is performed in order to determine which data is incongruous and to identify corresponding probes or socket contacts as suspected misaligned. In some examples, additionally or alternatively, a spatial analysis quantifies the placement of a set of identified suspected misaligned probes, which were identified from pass/fail test data and/or parametric test data, with respect to a contiguous or non-contiguous area on one or more wafers.05-17-2012
20100094584Sensing System and Method for Obtaining Location of Pointer thereof - In a sensing system and a method for obtaining a location of a pointer, the sensing system includes a sensing area, a reflective mirror, a first image sensor and a second image sensor. The reflective mirror is configured for generating a mirror image of the sensing area. The sensing system utilizes the above two image sensors to sense the pointer disposed in the sensing area and a mirror image of the pointer for obtaining two coordinate values. And then the sensing system endues each of the two coordinate values with a weighting factor for calculating the location of the pointer.04-15-2010
20120316825LENS ALIGNING DEVICE AND IMAGE CAPTURING LENS - A lens aligning device includes: a decentering detection mechanism for measuring a first lens decentering amount; a aligning position calculation control mechanism for calculating a target inter-lens decentering amount by using Formula (12-13-2012
20120316829METHOD FOR LOCATING THE POSITION OF WHEELS OF A VEHICLE - A method for localization the position of wheels of a vehicle includes: storing, for each wheel, an image of the intensity of the signal originating from an electronic module fitted to the wheel; controlling the emission by each electronic module of a sequence of n signals emitted with predetermined time intervals; computing for each sequence of n signals, the temporal variation of the correlation coefficients between each signal of the sequence and each of the stored images; computing the peak of correlation of the correlation coefficients of each of the n signals and the temporal position over a wheel revolution of each of the n peaks of correlation; and selecting, for each stored image, the wheel at the origin of the emission of sequences having the highest peaks of correlation associated with time intervals corresponding to the time intervals of emission of the n signals of the sequences.12-13-2012
20090132199Method for Measuring the Structural Health of a Civil Structure - Methods are disclosed wherein the structural health of a civil structure, such as, but not limited to, a bridge or the like is measured by electronic distance measurement from a plurality of stable locations to a plurality of cardinal points on the structure in a methodical manner. By measuring the coordinates of the cardinal points, the dynamic and long-term static behavior of the structure provide an indication of the health of the structure. Analysis includes; comparison to a Finite Element Model (FEM), comparison to historical data, linearity, hysteresis, symmetry, creep, damping coefficient, and harmonic terms.05-21-2009
20120166136Monitoring Method of Vertical Displacement and Vertical Deflection Change of Building Construction Elements, Especially of the Roof, and a System for Realization of this Method - The invention relates to a monitoring method of vertical displacement of selected points of building construction elements, especially roof construction elements or their parts, and vertical deflection change in these points, wherein a distance, preferably vertical, between each of monitored points of construction elements and the stable elements or stable floor is measured, and then a value of vertical displacement of each monitored point, which occurred from the moment of monitoring initiation, is calculated, and then for each monitored construction element the value of vertical deflection change in the monitored point is calculated. The invention relates also to a system for monitoring of vertical displacement of monitored points as well as vertical deflection change in these points of building construction elements.06-28-2012
20120084049OPTICAL COMPONENT WITH A PASSIVE ALIGNMENT MEMBER - Various embodiments of machine vision systems, methods, and devices are disclosed for providing passive alignment of an optical component to an electrical device. One embodiment is a method for passively aligning an optical subassembly to an electrical subassembly. One such method comprises: a machine vision system positioning an optical subassembly relative to an electrical subassembly; the machine vision system capturing an image of the optical subassembly; the machine vision system processing the image to identify an alignment member formed on the optical subassembly; and the machine vision system determining a first position of the optical axis of the optical subassembly based on a second position of the alignment member.04-05-2012
20120221292METHOD OF ASSISTING THE PLACEMENT OF CONSTRUCTION ELEMENTS OF A CIVIL ENGINEERING WORK - This method of assisting the placement of construction elements of a civil engineering work, comprises: 08-30-2012
20120166137Enhanced Position Measurement Systems and Methods - Novel solutions for position measurement, including without limitation tools and techniques that can be used for land surveying and in similar applications. One such tool is a greatly enhanced position measurement system that takes the form of a surveying rod with substantial independent functionality, which can be used with or without a total station or similar device.06-28-2012
20120130673CAPTURING BODY MOVEMENT RELATED TO A FIXED COORDINATE SYSTEM - Briefly, in accordance with one or more embodiments, a kinematic sensor may be carried by or on one or more body segments of a user to obtain one or more kinematic variables based at least in part on movement of the user with respect to a fixed, global reference system. The kinematic sensor comprises a tri-axial accelerometer sensor, a gyroscope sensor, and a magnetometer sensor to define the global reference system and to obtain kinematic data. The kinematic data may be transmitted via a wireless link to a remote information handling system or device, for example to monitor a health status of the user based at least in part on movement of the user with respect to the fixed, global reference system.05-24-2012
20120316827INTERNAL MEASUREMENT COLLECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING SAME - A system for measuring dimensions and/or other internal properties of a shoe, garment or other object of interest is described. The system includes a fixture having a measurement tip. When the tip is placed inside of the object of interest, a processor collects positional data from the fixture to develop a three-dimensional model of the interior of the object. If the measurement tip includes one or more pressure sensors, the processor may collect pressure data and use the pressure data to include stretch properties in the three-dimensional model.12-13-2012
20100204953GESTURE RECOGNITION APPARATUS, GESTURE RECOGNITION METHOD AND PROGRAM - A gesture recognition apparatus includes: first and second one-dimensional sensor means for detecting movement corresponding to a motion of an object in a one-dimensional direction along one detection axis and outputting a signal corresponding to the detected movement; a normalization processing means for executing processing of normalization of first and second signals outputted from the first and second one-dimensional sensor means; a phase plane mapping processing means for forming a signal track corresponding to the first and second signals in time series by plotting coordinates on a phase plane using x- and y-coordinate values based on the normalized first and second signals; a correlation coefficient calculation means for calculating a correlation coefficient with respect to the first and second signals using coordinate values forming the signal track; and a motion determination means for determining whether the detected movement is a motion in the first or second direction based on the value of the correlation coefficient.08-12-2010
20120136626METHOD FOR GENERATING POSITION DATA OF AN INSTRUMENT - A method for detecting deformations and errors and/or for generating position data of an instrument (05-31-2012
20120136625Monitoring Unit and Method for Monitoring Position Signals of Incremental Position-Measuring Devices - In a monitoring unit for monitoring position signals of incremental position-measuring devices, at least two position signals are applied on the input side that result from the scanning of an incremental graduation track by a scanning unit and that are out-of-phase with each other. The monitoring unit includes a signal logic unit with which at least two position-dependent status data words are able to be generated from different position signals, and an evaluation unit to which the status data words are supplied, in which invalid statuses are ascertainable by comparing the status data words, and an error signal is able to be generated in response to an ascertained invalid status.05-31-2012
20120136623LOCATING A DEVICE USING A REFERENCE POINT TO ALIGN LOCATION INFORMATION - In a particular embodiment, a method includes receiving a first set and a second set of location data at a mobile device. The method includes locating a first reference point identifier that is included in the first set of location data and a second reference point identifier that is included in the second set of location data. The first reference point identifier field and the second reference point identifier field identify a common reference point. The method includes identifying first information in the first set of location data that is associated with the common reference point. The method also includes identifying second information in the second set of location data that is associated with the common reference point and spatially aligning the first set of location data with the second set of location data based on the common reference point to associate the first information with the second information.05-31-2012
20120136624COORDINATE RECOGNITION APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - According to one embodiment, a coordinate recognition apparatus includes a detection device, a first calculation section, a second calculation section, and a setting section. The detection device detects an operation for an operation area. The first calculation section calculates coordinates of an operation position by a user on the basis of the detection result of the detection device. The second calculation section calculates the smoothed coordinates by smoothing a particular number m (m>0) of samples among the coordinates calculated by the first calculation section counted from the new one in a calculation order. The setting section sets a value of the number m of samples to be smaller as the speed of movement of the operation position is higher.05-31-2012
20090037137Displacement Detection Method, Displacement Detection Device, Displacement Detection Program, Phase Singularity Matching Method and Phase Singularity Matching Program - The present invention relates to a displacement detection method for detecting a displacement from phase singularities before and after the displacement, a displacement detection device, a displacement detection program, a feature point matching method and a feature point matching program. The displacement detection method for detecting the displacement from the phase singularities before and after the displacement acquires predetermined specifies the phase singularities based on predetermined elements by acquiring the elements from a phase structure of the phase singularities, and detects positions of the phase singularities. Hence, it is possible to reliably specify the phase singularities before and after the displacement, and easily and reliably detect the displacement. Various displacements, including rotary displacement, are detectable.02-05-2009
20120253739PRESENCE DECIDING APPARATUS, SYSTEM, METHOD AND PROGRAM - The fact that a movable object exits a specific area is judged with high accuracy. A first movement sensor detects the movement of the movable object in a first area. A second movement sensor detects the movement of the movable object in a second area including the first area. A time judgment unit judges whether or not a time difference from a time point when a measurement value obtained by the first movement sensor becomes a predetermined value or less to a time point when a measurement value obtained by the second movement sensor becomes the predetermined value or less is a first threshold value or more. An existence judgment unit judges that the movable object does not exist in the first area in the case where the time judgment unit has judged that the time difference is the first threshold value or more.10-04-2012
20120173192APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY RECOGNIZING POSITION OF WHEEL OF VEHICLE - Disclosed herein are an apparatus and a method for automatically recognizing a position of a wheel of a vehicle. The apparatus includes a rotation sensor unit sensing a variation in rotation of the wheel of the vehicle; a pressure sensor unit sensing a rate of variation in pressure of the wheel of the vehicle; and a sensor control unit judging the position of the wheel of the vehicle by the variation in rotation and the rate of variation in pressure obtained from the rotation sensor unit and the pressure sensor unit. The sensor control unit judges the position of the wheel of the vehicle by dw/dt×dp/dt, in which dw/dt is the variation in rotation and dp/dt is the rate of variation in pressure. The wheel is judged as a front wheel when a value of dw/dt×dp/dt has a negative (−) sign and the wheel is judged as a rear wheel when the value of dw/dt×dp/dt has a positive (+) sign.07-05-2012
20120173193MEASUREMENT APPARATUS - A measurement apparatus includes a platform, a base, and an observation unit. The base is slidably mounted on the platform. The observation unit is slidably mounted on the base. The observation unit comprises an image measurement assembly and a contact measure assembly. The image measure assembly measures an object supported on the platform using the image measurement assembly. The contact measurement assembly can be used to measure the object by direct contact.07-05-2012
20120316826METHOD OF ALIGNING, ALIGNING PROGRAM AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL PROFILE EVALUATING SYSTEM - A method of aligning that aligns a measurement point group and a design point group by an arithmetic processing unit, the measurement point group including a plurality of measurement points obtained by measuring a workpiece by a measuring instrument, and the design point group including a plurality of design points specified by design data of the workpiece, comprises selecting a partial point group from the measurement point group, performing an alignment processing of the partial point group and the design point group to calculate a shift parameter, shifting the measurement point group using the shift parameter, and performing an alignment processing of the measurement point group after shifting and the design point group.12-13-2012
20100049469Relative positioning - For supporting a relative positioning, information on barometric pressure at a first device and information on barometric pressure at a second device is converted into a difference in altitude between the first device and the second device. The difference in altitude between the first device and the second device is then used in determining a position of the first device relative to the second device.02-25-2010
20120179417SYSTEM AND PROCESS FOR CHARTING AND DISPLAYING THE TIME AND POSITION OF CONTESTANTS IN A RACE - There is a system and a process for determining the timing and position of contestants on a track. This system comprises at least one directional antenna in communication with at least one competitor communication device that can be coupled to each contestant. A remote base station, is in communication with the positioning device, wherein the positioning device determines a contestant time as the contestant passes the projected field and also determines the position of the contestant in relation to an inside guide such as a rail. There is also a process which includes attaching at least one competitor communication device on at least one contestant, starting a race and then recording the position and time for each contestant and transmitted from the competitor communication device to a remote base station.07-12-2012
20100010772COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDING INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM AND INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - A first attitude calculation means S01-14-2010
20120316828METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING THE POSITION OF A PISTON OF A PISTON CYLINDER THROUGH THE USE OF MICROWAVES - A method for detecting the position of a piston of a piston cylinder is provided. A microwave transmit signal is emitted in the direction of the piston and microwaves reflected from the piston are detected. The transmit signal comprises a modulated signal with a base frequency sinusoidally modulated at a modulation frequency. An evaluation of the phase between transmit signals and receive signals is performed. A phase determination at the baseband and a simultaneous phase determination at at least one sideband are also performed. The phase determination at the baseband is used for fine determination of the piston position and the phase determination at the at least one sideband is used for coarse determination of the piston position. Bandpass filtering on receive signals and evaluation transmit signals is performed with respect to the base frequency or an intermediate frequency. Bandpass filtering is performed with respect to the modulation frequency.12-13-2012
20120232837ENHANCED PRECISE LOCATION - A line locator includes a signal detector to detect signals from an underground line; an error modeler that models a phase error in the signal from neighboring underground lines; and an enhanced electromagnetic field modeler that provides a location of the underground line based on the signal and a result from the error modeler.09-13-2012
20120232836NON-CONTACT POSITION SENSING DEVICE AND NON-CONTACT POSITION SENSING METHOD - A non-contact position sensing device includes a plurality of infrared LEDs provided in different positions and each being configured to transmit an infrared light ray, a photosensor configured to receive multiple ones of infrared light rays reflected by an object, and a control section configured to calculate a position of the object based on reflected light rays received by the photosensor. The control section switches between intensity position calculation to calculate the position of the object based on intensities of the reflected light rays and phase position calculation to cause intensities of the infrared light rays transmitted from the infrared LEDs to periodically change and calculate the position of the object based on phases of intensity changes of the reflected light rays.09-13-2012
20120232835ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ANALYZING ADJOINING PARTS OF A PRODUCT - A scanner obtains point-cloud data of adjoining parts of a product. A computing device reads two point-clouds from the point-cloud data, fits two or more lines according to the two point-clouds, selects two lines that have the same ascending direction from the two or more lines, and creates a two-dimensional coordinates system base on the two selected lines. The computing device determines a highest point in each of the two point-clouds based on distances from each point in either of the point-clouds to a corresponding selected line, and determines two nearest points in the two point-clouds. A difference between Y coordinates of the two highest points is determined as a gap-height of two adjoining parts of the product, and a difference between X coordinates of the two nearest points is determined as a gap-width between two adjoining parts.09-13-2012
20120232834METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR ASSESSING ORTHOPEDIC ALIGNMENT USING TRACKING SENSORS - A method for determining orthopedic alignment is provided. The method includes monitoring a first and second sequence of signals transmitted from the first device to a second device, estimating a location of the first device from sensory measurements of the signals at respective sensors on the second device, calculating a set of phase differences, weighting a difference of an expected location and estimated location of the first device with the set of phase differences to produce a relative displacement, and reporting a position of an orthopedic instrument coupled to the first device based on the relative displacement.09-13-2012
20110004438COMMON MODE VOLTAGE ENUMERATION IN A BATTERY PACK - An apparatus and method for these embodiments of the present invention, useful in manufacturing for example, includes a plurality of battery modules serially intercoupled together, each module including a housing with an anode connector and a cathode connector, each housing including a memory for storing a module identifier and wherein an anode connector of a first module is coupled to a cathode connector of a second module; and a processing system, coupled to each the module, for determining a plurality of positional attributes of each the module, one positional attribute associated with each the module of the plurality of modules, the processing system writing an ID into the memory of each particular module responsive to the associated positional attribute for the particular module.01-06-2011
20120239344POSITION REGISTRATION APPARATUS, NON-TRANSITORY, COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING POSITION REGISTRATION APPARATUS - A position registration apparatus recording a position where an event occurs, the apparatus has a detecting unit, a first position specifying unit that specifies a first position, a movement detecting unit that detects an amount of movement of the position registration apparatus, a memory that accumulates the amount of movement as movement information at least not before the detected event occurrence, and a second position specifying unit that specifies the amount of movement of the position registration apparatus from a point of time of the event occurrence up to a point of time of the information that specifies a position is acquired from outside of the position registration apparatus, and specifies a second position of the position registration apparatus at the point of time of the event occurrence based on the first position of the position registration apparatus and from the specified amount of movement of the position registration apparatus.09-20-2012
20110131007Measurement Of Overlay Offset In Semiconductor Processing - A system for overlay offset measurement in semiconductor manufacturing including a radiation source, a detector, and a calculation unit. The radiation source is operable to irradiate an overlay offset measurement target. The detector is operable to detect a first reflectivity and a second reflectivity of the irradiated overlay offset measurement target. The calculation unit is operable to determine an overlay offset using the detected first and second reflectivity by determining a predetermined overlay offset amount which provides an actual offset of zero.06-02-2011
20120265484ENCODER - An encoder includes a scale, a detector array that includes a plurality of detectors, and a signal processor configured to process and convert into positional information, an output signal from the detector array. The signal processor includes a first phase acquirer configured to acquire a first phase of a first modulation period from an output signal of the detector array. The encoder further includes a weighting unit configured to weight an output signal from each of a plurality of detectors using a weight in accordance with a position of the detector array. The weight is set so that in a predetermined range that contains a spatial frequency corresponding to the second modulation period in a spatial frequency response of the first phase acquirer, a value weighted by the weighting unit is equal to or smaller than a non-weighted value.10-18-2012
20120265483TIME SYNCHRONIZATION VIA OVER-DETERMINED MEASUREMENTS - Disclosed are a method and a system for clock synchronization estimation using position over-determination principles applied to TDOA measurements of well-tracked targets with a height of about 5 km and higher. Clock correction factors or delays can then be applied to sensor clock signals, providing accurate tracking of targets such as aircraft, even in the event of GPS failure or jamming.10-18-2012
20120330602ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ESTABLISHING A SAFETY PLANE IN COORDINATE MEASUREMENTS - In a method for establishing a safety plane in coordinate measurements, the method meshes a 3D model of a workpiece and a probe by triangles, and calculates a maximum bounding box of the probe. The method further obtains a moving path of the maximum bounding box after moving the maximum bounding box from a first measuring point to a second, and obtains a maximum space box of the moving path. If the maximum space box has one or more intersections with the workpiece, the method calculates a distance between vertices of each of the triangles falling within the maximum space box and a bottom face of the maximum space box, and obtains a point in the bottom face of the maximum space box that has a maximum distance from the triangles. By correcting a plane containing the point, the safety plane is obtained.12-27-2012
20120330600ELECTRONIC DEVICE, POSITIONING METHOD, POSITIONING SYSTEM, COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM - An electronic device, a positioning method, a positioning system, a computer program product, and a computer-readable recording medium are provided. The electronic device includes at least one wireless transceiver, at least one measurement unit (MU), and a processor. The processor is coupled with the wireless transceiver and the MU. The processor obtains distances between a plurality of participant devices through the wireless transceiver, wherein the participant devices include the electronic device. The processor obtains a displacement of each of the participant devices through the wireless transceiver and the MU and determines the spatial location of each of the participant devices according to the distances and the displacements.12-27-2012
20120330601DETERMINING TILT ANGLE AND TILT DIRECTION USING IMAGE PROCESSING - A survey instrument includes a surveying device configured to perform survey measurements and an imaging device coupled to the surveying device and having a known spatial relationship with the surveying device. The imaging device may be configured to obtain image information. The survey instrument also includes a processor in electrical communication with the imaging device. The processor may be configured to receive the image information from the imaging device, process the image information to determine a pose of the imaging device, and determine a tilt angle of the survey instrument and a tilt direction of the survey instrument in a reference frame. Tilt angle and the tilt direction of the survey instrument may be determined using the pose of the imaging device.12-27-2012
20120330603RF Fingerprinting for Location Estimation - A method of estimation of a location of a terminal within an area of coverage of a wireless network comprising at least one fixed node. The method comprises estimating the location of the terminal on the basis of at least a comparison between data representing a first metric of a complex frequency response of a radio channel between the terminal and one of the at least one fixed node and data representing a plurality of stored metrics. Each of the plurality of stored metrics being related to one of a plurality of different locations within the network and each stored metric being of a complex frequency response measured between the one of the fixed nodes and the location within the network to which the metric relates.12-27-2012
20120330599Methods and Systems to Implement a Surrogate Head Model and Directly Measure Brain/Skull Relative Displacement - A human surrogate head model (HSHM) to measure brain/skull displacement due to a physical force, such as due to an explosive, ballistic, or automotive crash type of event. A HSHM may include a plurality of magnetic field generators positioned stationary relative to a HSHM skull, each to generate a magnetic field oriented with respect to a corresponding one of multiple directions. The HSHM may include one or more electromagnetic force (EMF)-based displacement sensors, each of which may include three inductive coils oriented orthogonally with respect to one another and co-aligned about a central point. A signal processor may be implemented to separate signals generated by each coil of each EMF-based displacement sensor into a plurality of component magnitudes, each attributable to a corresponding one of the magnetic fields. A computer-implemented model may be implemented to correlate between the component magnitudes and a corresponding position and orientation of the displacement sensor.12-27-2012
20120323524COORDINATE DETECTING DEVICE AND COORDINATE DETECTING PROGRAM - A coordinate detecting device includes a detecting unit configured to detect the capacitance of each of a plurality of electrodes which are arranged in a predetermined direction, a storage unit configured to store the detected capacitance of each electrode, and an arithmetic processing unit configured to perform an arithmetic process on the basis of the capacitance of each electrode stored in the storage unit. The detecting unit sequentially detects the capacitance of the plurality of electrodes from one end to the other end of the predetermined direction. The arithmetic processing unit determines a coordinate region of a detection target in the predetermined direction on the basis of a comparison value between capacitance variations of adjacent electrodes and the magnitude of the detected capacitance variation of each electrode.12-20-2012
20110238365Diffraction Based Overlay Linearity Testing - An empirical diffraction based overlay (eDBO) measurement of an overlay error is produced using diffraction signals from a plurality of diffraction based alignment pads from an alignment target. The linearity of the overlay error is tested using the same diffraction signals or a different set of diffraction signals from diffraction based alignment pads. Wavelengths that do not have a linear response to overlay error may be excluded from the measurement error.09-29-2011
20080300821SMART TETHER SYSTEM FOR UNDERWATER NAVIGATION AND CABLE SHAPE MEASUREMENT - A position sensing system including a flexible tether and at least one sensor at least partially embedded within a portion of the flexible tether is disclosed. The sensor may be adapted to detect a sensor position factor. The system also includes a communication device adapted to transmit the sensor position factor from the sensor, and a signal processor adapted to receive the sensor position factor. The signal processor is also adapted to calculate at least one of the shape or orientation of the flexible tether from the sensor position factor. The sensor position factor may be relative orientation, relative depth, relative pressure, presence of a magnetic field, presence of an electric field, acceleration, or relative rate of rotation. The system may also include a probe connected to the flexible tether, and the signal processor may calculate the orientation of the probe from the sensor position factor.12-04-2008
20100250183INTERACTIVE SENSOR SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DIMENSIONING - The present disclosure relates to interactive systems and methods for dimensioning with a mobile device. The mobile device can include an accelerometer, imager, and a corresponding algorithm configured to compute dimensions based on a plurality of inputs from the accelerometer, imager, etc. Specifically, the accelerometer allows the mobile device to measure acceleration and time, and the algorithm is configured to convert these measurements into distances. Additionally, with a three-axis accelerometer, the user can move the device off an axis being measured and still receive an accurate measurement, i.e. the algorithm can compensate for off-axis movement. Further, the present invention can incorporate an imager on the mobile device to provide additional compensation supplementing the algorithm and allowing the user additional freedom to be positioned away from the starting and end-point of a measurement.09-30-2010
20120278031MULTI-TOUCH AND MULTI-USER DETECTING DEVICE - A system and method are provided to enable the indication positions of respective indicators (e.g., fingers) to be detected (multiple-point detection) and also to enable detection of the users of the indicators (user detection). Signal generators for generating different signals for respective users are provided, and the signals from the signal generators are supplied to a sensor section through indicators. In a multi-touch and multi-user detecting device 11-01-2012
20120278032DETERMINATION OF CD AND/OR MD VARIATIONS FROM SCANNING MEASUREMENTS OF A SHEET OF MATERIAL - CD variations and/or MD variations in scan measurements are determined from spectral components of power spectra of scan measurements taken using two or more scanning speeds. Dominant spectral components having the same spatial frequencies identify CD variations and dominant spectral components having the same temporal frequencies identify MD variations. Dominant spectral components are extracted from a noisy power spectrum (PS) by sorting all spectral components into an ordered PS. A first polynomial representing background noise of the ordered PS is used to set a first threshold. Spectral components of the ordered PS that exceed the first threshold are removed to form a noise PS. A second polynomial representing the noise PS is used to set a second threshold. Spectral components of the PS that exceed the second threshold are identified as dominant spectral components of the PS.11-01-2012
20120278030COMPUTING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONFIGURING ASSEMBLY INFORMATION OF A DATA CENTER - In a method for configuring assembly information of a data center using a computing device, the data center includes racks, and each of the racks includes data nodes. Each of the data nodes includes drawers, and each of the drawers has one or more motherboards and hard disks. The method determines a placement position of each of the motherboards in each of the drawers according to the center of gravity of the motherboard and the center point of the drawer, and determines a placement position of each of the hard disks according to the center of gravity of the hard disk and the center point of the drawer. The method determines a placement position of each of the drawers in the data node, and generates a report of the data center accordingly which can be used for assembly and reference relating to the data center.11-01-2012
20120089363METHOD FOR JUDGING NUMBER OF TOUCHES - Disclosed is a method for precisely judging the number of touches. The method includes a step A of reading a touch sensing signal sensed by an i04-12-2012
20110276306Display element manufacturing method and manufacturing apparatus - The display element manufacturing apparatus has a transporting part, which transports a substrate in a first direction, a first alignment system, which detects fiducial marks, a second alignment system, which is arranged at a prescribed distance from the first alignment system in the first direction and detects fiducial marks, calculating parts, which detect the fiducial marks and calculate the expansion/contraction of the substrate in the first direction or the transport speed of the substrate, and a processing part, which processes a prescribed position of the substrate based on at least one of the expansion/contraction of the substrate in the first direction or the transport speed of the substrate and the fiducial marks.11-10-2011
20110320165ELECTRONIC PEN SYSTEM, POSITIONAL VARIATION MEASURING DEVICE, DISPLAY METHOD, AND PROGRAM - Disclosed is an electronic pen system wherein re-calibration can be easily carried out when a receiver is re-attached or when the position of the receiver is varied after calibration to adjust the position of the pen with respect to the receiver to the position of the pen on the image projected by a projector or the like. The system comprises a measuring means for measuring the angle of variation from the initial setting of the receiver for measuring the position of the electronic pen to the re-setting of the receiver and the amounts of movement in the horizontal direction and the vertical direction from the initial setting to the re-setting and a display means for reflecting the measured angle of variation and the measured amounts of movement in the horizontal direction and the vertical direction on the trace of the electronic pen after the re-setting.12-29-2011
20110320164BIAS ESTIMATING METHOD, POSTURE ESTIMATING METHOD, BIAS ESTIMATING DEVICE, AND POSTURE ESTIMATING DEVICE - A bias estimating method includes: calculating a virtual posture angle which is a posture angle with a bias which is assumed to be zero by the use of detection values of a plurality of axes in a calibration posture where one axis of a multi-axis acceleration sensor is parallel to the vertical direction; and estimating a bias value contained in the detection value of the axis using the detection value of the axis and the virtual posture angle.12-29-2011
20110320163METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING ROAD DATA - A method, a system and a computer program are provided for determining road data including the steps of: (i) measuring variables suitable for determining an actual trajectory (A) of the vehicle; (ii) determining the actual trajectory from the measured variables; (iii) estimating road geometry values based on the determined actual trajectory; and (iv) determining a virtual road the vehicle is following based on the estimated road geometry data and the actual trajectory.12-29-2011
20110320162METHOD AND DEVICE FOR COMMUNICATING ELECTRICAL POSITIONING INFORMATION OF A FINAL CONTROL ELEMENT - In a method for communicating electrical positioning information of an actuator-positioned final control element such as a valve element, the positioning information resulting from continually sensing the position of the final control element, a binary signal is formed or received signalling a condition 0 (zero) when the final control element has attained a predefined position and a condition 1 (one) when the final control element has not attained the predefined position or the predefined position range. For forming a positioning signal, the corresponding signal condition of the binary signal and the associated continually sensed positioning information are combined such that the corresponding signal condition of the binary signal or the positioning information or both can be optionally invoked from the positioning signal.12-29-2011
20120101773METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MEASURING CONDUCTIVITY INFORMATION AND CORRESPONDING MARKERS - The invention provides a marker (04-26-2012
20120101772DEVICE FOR THE MAGNETIC MEASUREMENT OF THE ROTATION OF A MAGNETISED BALL AND METHOD FOR MEASURING THE ROTATION OF THE BALL - A device and method for measuring rotation, the device including at least one ball, each ball being magnetized or having a temporary magnetization so as to present a dipole magnetization. The ball is free in rotation in a receptacle of a frame, the device including detection means of a magnetic field created by said at least one ball, along at least three non-coplanar axes of different directions.04-26-2012
20120290254INDOOR LOCALIZATION OF MOBILE DEVICES - Aspects of the present disclosure relate generally to indoor localization, for example, where GPS or other localization signals are unavailable. More specifically, aspects relate to using a particle filter in conjunction with a gyroscope and/or accelerometer to identify a current location of a client device with respect to a map. In one example, the map may be based upon a map including a series of walls representing locations where a user may not walk within a building. In another example, the map may be based upon a series of rails representing locations where a user may walk within a building.11-15-2012
20120290256METHOD, DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR CALIBRATING POSITIONING DEVICE - Embodiments of the present invention provide not only a technical solution for calibrating a positioning device but also a technical solution for characterizing an area of interest in a space. Specifically, there is provided a system, which may comprise: a tag capable of emitting ranging signals, placed at location points which are selected as space feature points in the space; a positioning device in said space, configured to obtain relative coordinates of said space feature points in relation to the positioning device based on the ranging signals from the tag; and a server, configured to determine location parameters of said positioning device in said space based on said relative coordinates, so as to calibrate said positioning device. The positioning device can be calibrated automatically, fast and accurately using the system.11-15-2012
20120290253APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR HEIGHT DETERMINATION - A method for determining a height (i.e., elevation above ground level) at which a communication device having an electronic processor and a sensor is located may include obtaining a reference height of a first location, the reference height being a known height relative to ground level, the reference height having a corresponding reference pressure; obtaining, with the sensor, a pressure measurement at a second location; and calculating, with the electronic processor, a height at the second location based on the pressure measurement, the reference height, and the reference pressure. The height may also be based on temperature data, location data, motion data, and/or the like.11-15-2012
20120290255CLEAR LAYER ISOLATION - A method for optical isolation in a clear mold package is provided. The method comprises forming a substrate and mounting a first component on the substrate. The method also comprises depositing a clear layer over the first component and the substrate and fabricating a trench in the clear layer near the first component, wherein the trench extends from a top surface of the substrate to the top surface of the clear layer. Further, the method comprises depositing an opaque material within the trench.11-15-2012
20100198552Camber Tracking System - An edge detection system including an elongated sheet defining a longitudinal axis and having at least one edge and a sensor positioned relative to the elongated sheet, the sensor defining a scan field having a null zone, wherein the sensor is moveable relative to the sheet in a direction generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis to align the null zone with the edge.08-05-2010
20100169041SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING ILLUSTRATIVE INFORMATION OF MEASURED DATA - A method for dynamically displaying illustrative information of measured data of a manufactured part, obtained by a coordinate measuring machine, defines measured characteristics of the measured data. Graphical aides are created. Each of the defined measured characteristics is related to one of the graphical aides. If one of the defined measured characteristics is to be illustrated, the related graphical aide is retrieved and displayed.07-01-2010
20130013250ABSOLUTE POSITION DETECTOR WITH ABNORMALITY DETECTION FUNCTION - In an absolute position detector, a relative error calculation circuit calculates, at times indicated by a clock signal C01-10-2013
20120150485LUMINANCE SENSING SYSTEM AND METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT THEREOF - A luminance sensing system and method and a computer program product thereof are provided. The system includes: a first luminance sensing unit, arranged at a first position, and used for sensing a light ray luminance at the first position to generate a first illumination value; a second luminance sensing unit, arranged at a second position, having a displacement unit, and used for sensing a light ray luminance at the second position to generate a second illumination value; and a computing unit, electrically connected to the first luminance sensing unit, the displacement unit, and the second luminance sensing unit, and used for acquiring the first illumination value and the second illumination value, acquiring luminance range information by using the first illumination value, and determining whether the second illumination value conforms to the luminance range information, so as to decide whether to control the displacement unit to move.06-14-2012
20130018629CROWD SOURCING BASED ON DEAD RECKONINGAANM Sidhu; Gursharan S.AACI SeattleAAST WAAACO USAAGP Sidhu; Gursharan S. Seattle WA USAANM Agarwal; SharadAACI SeattleAAST WAAACO USAAGP Agarwal; Sharad Seattle WA US - An identification is made as to when a device is at an anchor location, which can be a proximity zone along an edge of a dead zone or a location where a signal from a beacon is detected. In response to the device being at an anchor location, recording of crowd sourcing data based on dead reckoning starts. Recording crowd sourcing data based on dead reckoning includes identifying one or more signals received by a device while the device is at each of multiple positions. For each of the multiple positions, both an indication of the position determined based at least in part on dead reckoning and an indication of the one or more signals received while the device is at that position are recorded.01-17-2013
20130018628METHODS AND DEVICES TO DETERMINE A MOBILE DEVICE HOUSING POSITIONAANM Parco; Adam LouisAACI KitchenerAACO CAAAGP Parco; Adam Louis Kitchener CAAANM Holbein; Marc E.AACI KitchenerAACO CAAAGP Holbein; Marc E. Kitchener CAAANM Almalki; NazihAACI WaterlooAACO CAAAGP Almalki; Nazih Waterloo CAAANM Snow; Christopher HarrisAACI KitchenerAACO CAAAGP Snow; Christopher Harris Kitchener CA - Methods and devices to determine a mobile device housing position are described. An example device disclosed herein includes a housing having a first portion movably coupled to a second portion, the second portion to have a first position, a second position, and at least one intermediate position relative to the first portion, wherein the intermediate position is between the first and second positions; a position detector in the first portion, the position detector to measure a transitional magnetic field when the second portion is in the intermediate position and to measure a second magnetic field; and a processor to determine that the second portion is in the first position or the second position based on the transitional magnetic field and the second magnetic field.01-17-2013
20110161045DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETECTING STOPPED STATE OF VEHICLE, AND ALIGNMENT ADJUSTING DEVICE - Provided are a device and a method for detecting a stopped state of a vehicle which are capable of precisely detecting the stopped state of the vehicle in order to automate an operation which is externally provided to the stopped vehicle such as an alignment adjusting operation; and an alignment adjusting device to which the device and the method for detecting a stopped state of a vehicle are applied. An arithmetic unit detects, with respect to the left-front tire, for example, an evaluation point of the left-front tire on the basis of the gravity point of a triangle comprising, as vertexes, a point A, a point B, and a point C which are detected by a group of distance sensors; detects an evaluation point of the left-front fender on the basis of a point detected by the group of distance sensors; and detects the stopped state of the vehicle on the basis of the respective evaluation points of the respective tires and the respective evaluation points of the respective fenders.06-30-2011
20110161044Wireless Location-Based System for Detecting Hazardous Conditions - A method and apparatus are provided for estimating the location of a portable device. The method includes the steps of providing a plurality of location anchor transceivers and a plurality of enhanced location anchor transceivers within a region, each of the plurality of location anchor transceivers and enhanced location anchor transceivers operating from respective predetermined locations, a portable transceiver within the region detecting and measuring a signal parameter of a signal from at least some of the plurality of location anchor transceivers and enhanced location anchor transceivers within the region, a location engine determining a location of the portable transceiver based upon the signal measurements of the portable transceiver and the respective predetermined locations of the plurality of location anchor transceivers and enhanced location anchor transceivers within the region, each of the plurality of enhanced location anchor transceivers detecting and measuring a signal parameter of a signal from at least some of the plurality of location anchor transceivers and other enhanced location anchor transceivers, the location engine receiving the measured signal parameters from each of the plurality of enhanced location anchor transceivers, the location engine calculating an estimated location for each of the plurality of enhanced location anchor transceivers from the measured signal parameters and the location engine calculating a location error for each of the plurality of enhanced location anchor transceivers based upon the estimated location and predetermined location of the enhanced location anchor transceiver.06-30-2011
20130024157TWO-DIMENSIONAL LOCATING METHOD OF MOTION PLATFORM BASED ON MAGNETIC STEEL ARRAY - A two-dimensional locating method of a motion platform based on a magnetic steel array involves the following steps: placing more than four linear Hall sensors at any different positions within one or more polar distances of the magnetic steel array on the surface of the motion platform in a motion system; determining a magnetic flux density distribution model according to the magnetic steel array; determining the mounting positions of the above-mentioned linear Hall sensors, which are converted into phases with respect to the mass center of the motion platform; recording the magnetic flux density measured values of the linear Hall sensors as the motion proceeds; solving the phases of the mass center of the motion platform in a plane, with the measured values being served as observed quantities and the magnetic flux density distribution model being served as a computation model; and determining the position of the mass center of the motion platform with respect to an initial phase according to the phase, so as to realize the planar location of the motion platform. The present invention provides a simple, fast and robust method for computing mass center positions for a motion system containing a magnetic steel array.01-24-2013
20130024156METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE POSITION OF A MAGNETIC ELEMENT USING HALL EFFECT LINEAR SENSORS AND ASSOCIATED DEVICE - Method for determining the position of a magnetic element on a gearbox selector of an automobile, generating a magnetic field ({right arrow over (V)}), the speed selector moving in two directions with respect to a longitudinal axis, a main direction and a secondary direction, the magnetic element facing a position sensor including three Hall effect cells, includes measuring three voltages (V01-24-2013
20130024155System and Method for Tuning Geo-Location in Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) Networks - Various methods, systems, and computer program products are disclosed for determining a location estimate of user equipment in a mobile network. For example, a method may include receiving measurement data that includes a time of arrival indication of data communicated between the user equipment and base stations of the mobile network. The method may further include processing only the received measurement data that is within a particular time window and excluding some of the received measurement data outside the particular time window. The method may further include determining a sync value based on the received measurement data within the time window. The sync value may synchronize timing between at least two base stations of the mobile network. The method may include determining a location of the user equipment based on the sync value and the measurement data. The method may include geometric or linear optimization of the determined location estimate.01-24-2013
20130024154Method and System for Evaluating Characteristics of an S-cam - A system and method for evaluating characteristics of an S-cam are provided. The inventive method includes the step of obtaining angle values and displacement values indicative of an angle of rotation of the S-cam and displacement of a cam follower caused by rotation of a lobe of the S-cam. The method further includes the step of determining a profile for the lobe of the S-cam responsive to the angle values and the displacement values. The method further includes the steps of computing a deviation of the profile from a desired profile for the lobe of the S-cam and determining a rate of change in the deviation of the profile. In addition, the system and method may evaluate characteristics such as the concentricity of the S-cam and power transfer characteristics of the S-cam.01-24-2013
20130173211SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING LOW GROUND MASS CONDITIONS IN SENSOR DEVICES - A processing system for an input device includes a sensor module and a determination module. The sensor module includes sensor circuitry and is configured to acquire a first plurality of measurements of change in capacitive coupling between each sensor electrode of a first set of sensor electrodes and a second set of sensor electrodes. The sensor module is further configured to acquire a second plurality of measurements of change in capacitive coupling between each sensor electrode of the second set of sensor electrodes and an input object. The determination module is configured to determine a first combined measurement based on the first plurality of measurements, determine a second combined measurement based on the second plurality of measurements, and determine positional information for the input object based on a low ground mass parameter. The low ground mass parameter is based on the first combined measurement and the second combined measurement.07-04-2013
20130173212MOTION ANALYSIS METHOD AND MOTION ANALYSIS APPARATUS - A motion analysis apparatus includes a sensor that is attached to an object and detects a physical value of the object, a holder that holds the object and sets the sensor in a first position, and a motion analyzer that acquires an output from the sensor and analyzes the motion of the object based on the output, the output including first output data from the sensor set in the first position and second output data from the sensor produced after the object is separated from the holder and the sensor is set in at least one known second position.07-04-2013
20110270570MEASURING SYSTEM - Measuring system including a coordinate measuring machine having a processing unit and a moveable support, and one or more actuators for positioning said movable support relative to a reference surface, the moveable support having a support connector, a scanning probe, detachably connected with the moveable support, for measuring points lying on a scanning path on a surface of a workpiece positioned on the reference surface, a modular rotation fitting, comprising a first connector, arranged to interoperate with the support connector for connecting the modular rotation fitting to said moveable support, and a second connector, arranged to interoperate with the probe connector, for connecting the scanning probe to the modular rotation fitting, and an actuator, for rotating the second connector relative to said first connector, wherein the first and said second connector contain a plurality of signal connections for transmitting driving signals to the actuator of said modular rotation fitting.11-03-2011
20130090890ABSOLUTE POSITION MEASURING DEVICE AND METHOD - Two similar incremental sensors, one with 2N+1 spatial periods or pitches over a range of 2R, or N+0.5 pitches over a range of R, and the other with 2N−1 pitches over the range of 2R, or N−0.5 pitches over a range of R, measure a common position along an axis x. Both sensors consist of a scale having spatially periodic features that define the above pitches, and a reading head. An exact absolute position over the maximum range of 2R can be computed from outputs of the two sensors with a resolution about twice that of one sensor. For a reduced absolute range of less than R, computing the correct absolute position becomes simpler and more tolerant of sensor linearity. A preferred embodiment is a compact and linear absolute gauge combining two inductive incremental sensors, replacing current analog LVDT or half-bridge inductive gauges.04-11-2013
20130096870CONTROL METHOD APPLIED TO EDGE DETECTION APPARATUS AND CONTROL APPARATUS THEREOF - A control method applied to an edge detection apparatus is provided, wherein the edge detection apparatus includes a light emitting device, and the edge detection apparatus receives an output light of the light emitting device driven by a driving signal in order to generate a sensed signal. The method includes determining a first intensity difference value corresponding to a difference between high and low intensities of the sensed signal; adjusting the driving signal and accordingly determining a second intensity difference value corresponding to a difference between high and low intensities of the sensed signal in response to adjusting of the driving signal; comparing the first intensity difference value and a second intensity value to generate a comparison result; and adjusting the driving signal according to the comparison result.04-18-2013
20130096869INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM STORING PROGRAM - An information processing apparatus includes an analysis unit, a starting point determination unit, and a coordinate conversion unit. The analysis unit analyzes an action history of a first subject, in accordance with action information obtained by detecting an action of the first subject. The starting point determination unit determines a position of a starting point of an action of the first subject, in accordance with the action history analyzed by the analysis unit. The position of the starting point is represented as a relative coordinate position. When a second subject different from the first subject has an absolute coordinate position, the coordinate conversion unit converts the relative coordinate position representing the starting point of the action of the first subject into an absolute coordinate position, in accordance with the absolute coordinate position of the second subject.04-18-2013
20130096871ENCODER SYSTEM HAVING FUNCTION OF DETECTING ORIGIN POSITION, MACHINE TOOL, AND TRANSFER APPARATUS - An encoder system includes a supporting member including a plurality of marks, first and second sensors provided to be shifted from each other by a first distance and capable of reading the marks, and a calculation processing unit that performs a calculation processing of detected signals of the first and second sensors, and the calculation processing unit calculates a first time that is required for one mark to move the first distance and a second time that is required for two adjacent marks to pass a detection position of the first or second sensor while the supporting member moves relatively to the first and second sensors, and determines that a mark pattern used to calculate a first index is an origin mark pattern when the first index calculated based on the first and second times corresponds to a second index that characterizes an origin position.04-18-2013
20130179117POSITION SENSOR - The disclosure relates in particular to a method for parameterizing a system for measuring an absolute position, the system including a permanent magnet, at least one probe that is mobile relative to the magnet over a given path, and a controller providing position information calculated on the basis of the arctangent of the ratio, wherein a correction coefficient G is assigned, between the output signals of the probe, wherein the signals are pseudo-sinusoidal and squared. The method includes an optimization operation that involves selecting the value of the coefficient G that minimizes the errors of the measurement system resulting from the pseudo-sinusoidal character of the signals output from the probe.07-11-2013
20130179116SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL VECTOR ANALYSIS IN WEARABLE DEVICES USING SENSOR DATA - Spatial and temporal vector analysis in wearable devices using sensor data are described, including evaluating a motion to determine motion signals, the motion being evaluated using data provided by one or more sensors in data communication with a wearable device, isolating motion signals into one or more motion sub-signals, determining a spatial vector and a temporal vector associated with each of the one or more motion sub-signals, and transforming the spatial vector and the temporal vector into a data structure to be used by an application configured to analyze the data structure and to generate content associated with the motion.07-11-2013
20130179115Systems and Methods That Use Magnetic Field Sensors to Identify Positions of a Gear Shift Lever - A system and an associated method provide an ability to sense, with a magnetic field sensor, a position of a plurality of gears (and neutral) selected by a gear shift lever of a vehicle. In some embodiments, the system and method use a ferromagnetic target having features, positions of which can be sensed by the magnetic field sensor. In other embodiments, the system and method use a magnet having features and characteristics that can be sensed by the magnetic field sensor.07-11-2013
20130179114SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING LOCATION INFORMATION - A computer implemented method for determining the location of a target device is disclosed. A locate request is received for the target device. The locate request is forwarded. A locate for the target device in response to the locate request is received, the locate including a location and a location accuracy. The received location accuracy is compared with an accuracy threshold, and a calculated location of the target device is forwarded when the received location accuracy is not within the accuracy threshold.07-11-2013
20130103344METHOD TO IMPROVE LEVELING PERFORMANCE IN NAVIGATION SYSTEMS - An attitude estimator system is provided. The attitude estimator system includes a navigation system, a Kalman filter, and a form observations module. The navigation system receives input from a first accelerometer and gyroscope, a second accelerometer and gyroscope, and a third accelerometer and gyroscope. The form observations module receives input from at least one high performance accelerometer and/or gyroscope; forms and outputs at least one of velocity-derived observations and attitude-derived observations. The Kalman filter processes by at least one of: inputting the velocity-derived observations formed in the form observations module, rotating the velocity-derived observation into a sensor-frame, and zeroing gains associated with at least one low performance accelerometer and/or gyroscope; or inputting the attitude-derived observations that are based on output from at least one of the first high performance accelerometer, the first high performance gyroscope, and the second high performance accelerometer.04-25-2013
20130124139METHOD AND A NETWORK NODE FOR LOCALIZATION OF A USER EQUIPMENT - A method is disclosed that includes receiving one or more first localization related measures for a user equipment node at a first localization measurement time, and receiving at least one or more second localization related measures for the user equipment node at a second localization measurement time. The localization related measurements are included in a trace of localization related measurements for the user equipment node from the first localization measurement time to the second localization measurement time. A location for the user equipment at a single time instant in a time interval between the first localization measurement time and the second localization measurement time is estimated from the trace.05-16-2013
20130124140Apparatus and Method for Driving Touch Sensor - Disclosed herein is an apparatus and method for driving a touch sensor, which is capable of improving touch sensitivity and accuracy. The touch sensor driving apparatus includes a touch sensor; a read-out circuit; and a signal processor configured to compare raw data from the read-out circuit with a predetermined primary reference value and secondary reference value so as to determine whether the touch node has been touched, wherein the signal processor collects the raw data of each touch node or each channel during a plurality of frames and resets and updates the secondary reference value of each touch node or each channel using the collected raw data.05-16-2013
20110313719BELT-TYPE CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION - A belt-type continuously variable transmission that is able, using a simple structure, to accommodate size reduction and to accurately determine an actual transmission ratio. A belt-type continuously variable transmission includes a measurement surface formed on an outer circumferential end of a movable sheave, and a displacement sensor provided isolatedly from the outer circumferential end for measuring the distance between the measurement surface and the displacement sensor. The measurement surface is formed such that the distance H between the measurement surface and the displacement sensor is changed as the movable sheave moves in the axial direction.12-22-2011
20110313718Construction Modulus Testing Apparatus and Method - A system and method of determining lift deflection during construction of aggregate columns allows for real time monitoring of construction to ensure meeting defined parameters. The amount of deflection of a tamper head during tamping is determined multiple times for each lift. When the amount of deflection matches a predetermined value, tamping is stopped.12-22-2011
20130132025CENTER-OF-GRAVITY DETECTING SYSTEM - A center-of-gravity detecting system includes a motion detector for detecting a vertical motion of a travelling object and a horizontal motion of the travelling object and an arithmetic unit that calculates a center-of-gravity location of the travelling object using the frequency of a vertical motion of the travelling object, a frequency of the horizontal motion of the travelling object, a central angle of the horizontal motion of the travelling object, and the width of the traveling object. The arithmetic unit calculates a center-of-gravity location, using the frequency of the vertical motion, a frequency of the horizontal motion, the center-of-gravity location, and the length of the travelling object in the travel direction.05-23-2013
20110276307Method and System for Registering an Object with a Probe Using Entropy-Based Motion Selection and Rao-Blackwellized Particle Filtering - A probe is registered with an object by probing the object with the probe at multiple poses, wherein each pose of the probe includes a location and an orientation. A probability distribution of a current location of the probe is represented by a set of particles, and a probability distribution of a current orientation of the probe is represented by a Gaussian distribution for each particle conditioned on the current location. A set of candidate motions is chosen, and for each candidate motion, an expected uncertainty based on the set of particles is determined. The candidate motion with a least expected uncertainty is selected as a next motion of the probe, the probe is moved according to the next motion, and the set of particles is updated using the next pose of the probe.11-10-2011
20110213584Calibration of Lithographic Apparatus - System parameters are checked through self-assessment of a production wafer without a reference or a monitor wafer. In particular, exposure errors and substrate table positioning errors can be corrected for.09-01-2011
20110224945METHOD OF PERFORMING ETCH PROXIMITY CORRECTION, METHOD OF FORMING PHOTOMASK LAYOUT USING THE METHOD, COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM STORING PROGRAMMED INSTRUCTIONS FOR EXECUTING THE METHOD, AND MASK IMAGING SYSTEM - A method of performing etch proximity correction, taking into account an orientation-dependent component, includes providing a layout, selecting a target point on an edge of the layout, defining a proximity range from the target point, defining a probability function including a distance-dependent component, an orientation-dependent component, or both a distance-dependent component and an orientation-dependent component with respect to the proximity range, and calculating a surface integral of the probability function over the proximity range.09-15-2011
20100286949POSITION DETERMINATION SYSTEM, TRANSMISSION DEVICE AND RECEPTION DEVICE, AND POSITION DETERMINATION METHOD - Positions of a plurality of transmission devices are precisely detected by a direct wave arriving first at a reception device without being affected by other ultrasonic signals from the transmission device.11-11-2010
20100286948MAGNETIC POLE POSITION ESTIMATION METHOD FOR AC SYNCHRONOUS MOTOR - If there is static friction, the magnetic pole position estimation is completed at the time when error torque used for magnetic pole position estimation becomes less than the friction, so that there remains magnetic pole error. A problem has been that when the error torque becomes less than a forward static friction, there remains a positive magnetic pole deviation and when the error torque becomes less than a backward static friction, there remains a negative magnetic pole deviation. By shifting in the negative direction and the positive direction initial values for estimating a magnetic pole error in operation sets, a true pole-error estimation value is estimated in the use of a pole-error estimation value having a positive magnetic pole error obtained by the positive shift operation and a negative one obtained by the negative shift operation, which can reduce estimation error due to the static friction.11-11-2010
20100286947RESILIENCE AND DISPLACEMENT MEASURING DEVICE AND METHOD - A resilience and displacement measuring device is disclosed, which is configured with a shaft having a displacement detection module and a force detection module disposed respectively at the two ends thereof. When the shaft is moved for driving a probe of the force detection module to press on a tested press-key, a reflective panel in the displacement detection module will be caused to displace along with the moving of the shaft for allowing a light sensor to measure the displacement of the shaft, and the same time that the pressing of the probe on the press-key will force a detection film to deform for allowing a stain gauge to measure a resilience. The device is capable of dividing a measurement range into a plurality of sub-ranges while designing calculation models specifically for the sub-ranges, by that a precise distance can be obtained from the measured distance information of calculation models.11-11-2010
20100286946ORIENTATION CALCULATION APPARATUS AND STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING ORIENTATION CALCULATION PROGRAM STORED THEREIN - A game apparatus calculates an orientation of an input device including an acceleration sensor and a gyroscope based on at least acceleration data and angular rate data acquired from the input device. The game apparatus includes reflection rate setting means, first orientation calculation means, and second orientation calculation means. The reflection rate setting means sets a reflection rate representing a degree by which an acceleration indicated by the acceleration data is reflected in the orientation. The first orientation calculation means calculates the orientation of the input device based on the acceleration indicated by the acceleration data when the reflection rate is equal to or greater than a predetermined first threshold. The second orientation calculation means calculates the orientation of the input device based on an angular rate indicated by the angular rate data when the reflection rate is less than a predetermined second threshold equal to or less than the first threshold.11-11-2010
20100318320Method for the Computer-Aided Calculation of the Movement of an Object Using Sensor Data - A method for the computer-aided calculation of the movement of an object using sensor data from a sensor arranged on the object is provided. The sensor data comprise measuring point set measured at different time points, and the movement of the object is determined between different measuring point sets. From the measuring point sets, initially structural information is extracted and stored together with the measuring points that are not to be associated with any structural type. Subsequently, associations between the structural elements with the same structure type are determined and a corresponding transformation for representing the structural elements is performed. An association of the unassignable measuring points and the structural elements is created and a corresponding transformation of the superimposed associated measuring points and structural elements is performed. The structural elements or measuring points are associated preferably by a statistic method taking into account a measuring noise of the sensor.12-16-2010
20100318319PROJECTION APPARATUS - The invention relates to an apparatus (12-16-2010
20100318318Methods for Estimating Location Using Signal with Varying Signal Speed - Robust methods are developed to provide bounds and probability distributions for the locations of objects as well as for associated variables that affect the accuracy of the location such as the positions of stations, the measurements, and errors in the speed of signal propagation. Realistic prior probability distributions of pertinent variables are permitted for the locations of stations, the speed of signal propagation, and errors in measurements. Bounds and probability distributions can be obtained without making any assumption of linearity. The sequential methods used for location are applicable in other applications in which a function of the probability distribution is desired for variables that are related to measurements.12-16-2010
20120283986System and Method for Measuring Positions - A system for measuring a position includes a scale pattern encoding the position with a first resolution; a sensor for acquiring an input signal representing a portion of the scale pattern, the portion encoding a codeword shifted with a shift; and a processor for comparing the input signal with a model signal of the codeword to determine the shift, and to determine the position based on the codeword and the shift.11-08-2012
20130158943Threat detection systems and methods using image intensifiers and position-sensing photodiodes - Threat detection systems and methods are disclosed that employ position-sensing photodiodes (PSDs) to locate a munitions flash within a field of view of a collection optical system. Image intensifiers are used to form intensified first and second focus spots from the focus spots formed by the collection optical system over two different wavelength bands. The intensified focus spots are then detected by corresponding PSDs. The flash is then located on a map of the monitored terrain, which map can be displayed to a system user. Processing electronics determine whether the flash is actually munitions-based or is from another non-threatening light source.06-20-2013
20130158944DEVICE FOR DETECTING MOTIONS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING MOTIONS - The present invention relates to a device for detecting motions and a method for detecting motions and includes a change rate calculation unit for calculating a change rate of signals outputted from the sensor, a decision range determination unit for determining the decision range in proportion to the change rate calculated in the change rate calculation unit, a motion decision unit for deciding the existence and inexistence of the motions from the signals outputted in the sensor based on the decision ranged determined in the decision range determination unit and an output unit for outputting the decision result of the motion decision unit.06-20-2013
20130185017Method for Supervising the Correct Function of a Periodically Modulated Sensor Controlling the Position of a Rotating System and Controller Device for Performing this Method - A method for supervising the correct function of a periodically modulated sensor controlling the position of a rotating system, includes the steps of a) determining a response {right arrow over (g07-18-2013
20110282623Control System And Method Using An Ultrasonic Area Array - A computer control system and method is disclosed. Such a system may include a processor and an ultrasonic area-array sensor configured to receive a ridged surface, such as one or more digits of a hand. The processor may be configured to: 11-17-2011
20110282622Systems and methods for processing mapping and modeling data - A method for post-processing georeferenced mapping data includes providing positioning data indicating a position of a data acquisition system in a defined space at specific moments in time, providing ranging data indicating relative position of objects in the defined space with respect to the data acquisition system at the specific moments in time, performing a smoothing process on the positioning data to determine smoothed best estimate of trajectory (SBET) data for trajectory of the data acquisition system, performing a scan matching process on the SBET data and the ranging data to identify objects and/or object features in the defined space, performing a process to revise the SBET data so that the SBET data aligns with the identified objects and/or object features and storing the revised SBET data with the range data.11-17-2011
20120022827METHOD FOR AUTOMATIC MEASUREMENT AND FOR TEACHING-IN OF LOCATION POSITIONS OF OBJECTS WITHIN A SUBSTRATE PROCESSING SYSTEM BY MEANS OF SENSOR CARRIERS AND ASSOCIATED SENSOR CARRIER - The invention relates to a method for automatic measurement and for teaching-in of location positions of objects (01-26-2012
20120022825SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING AN ORIENTATION OF A DEVICE - A relative bearing sensor for determining an orientation of a device. The relative bearing sensor including a ferromagnetic housing, and wherein the ferromagnetic housing includes a ferromagnetic ball configured to roll with respect to an orientation of the ferromagnetic housing, a magnetic flux sensor, a permanent magnet configured to emit a plurality of magnetic flux lines through the magnetic flux sensor, the plurality of magnetic flux lines steered by a location of the ferromagnetic ball, and a processor programmed. The processor is programmed to determine a flux angle of the plurality of magnetic flux lines, compare the determined flux angle with a predefined flux angle, and determine an orientation of the relative bearing sensor based on the comparing.01-26-2012
20120029868POSITION DETECTOR - A position detector includes detection coils for outputting two sinusoidal signals that have phases shifted from each other by 90 degrees; subtractors for eliminating offset components included in output signals DCA and DSC output from the detection coils; an interpolation calculator for converting the two signals DCA and DSC in which the offset components have been eliminated into position information IP; a radius calculator for calculating a root-sum-square of the two signals DC and DS output from the detection coils; correlation calculators for respectively multiplying a fluctuation component RDA of an output from the radius calculator by the signals DCA and DSC in which the offset components have been eliminated; low-pass filters (LPFs) for extracting DC components of output values output from the correlation calculators; and an outputter for outputting offset components including offset displacement fractions based on output values COMDC and SOMDC output from the LPFs.02-02-2012
20120029867METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INTEGRATED TIMING MEASUREMENTS - A method and system for determining the location of a mobile appliance in a communications system having a plurality of nodes. The plurality of nodes are tasked to measurement the time of arrival (TOA) of the signal transmitted by the mobile appliance in an assigned time slot across multiple frames of data. TOA measurement data may be derived from ones of the multiple frames of data where the derived TOA measurement data is non-coherently integrated across the ones of the multiple frames of data. A location estimate of the mobile appliance may then be determined as a function of the derived TOA measurement data.02-02-2012
20130197859Tracking Entities by Means of Hash Values - Mechanisms for tracking an entity are provided. A time is determined by a sensor having a clock, the time being within a time slot in a series of time slots. First data of the time slot is provided and shared between a plurality of sensors. The sensor receives data from the movable entity. The sensor calculates identifying data from the received data for identifying the entity. Derivative identifying data is calculated by applying a modifying function using the provided first data for modifying the identifying data. The sensor calculates a hash value by taking the derivative identifying data as input. The sensor sends a message to a central server for determining the position of the entity, the message comprising the hash value and an identifier of the sensor.08-01-2013
20120035883METHOD OF DETECTING AN OBJECT WITH A PROXIMITY SENSOR - The disclosure relates to a method of detecting an object using a detection signal supplied by a proximity sensor. The method comprises the steps of generating a reference signal by filtering the value of the detection signal, defining a first detection threshold, and going from an object non-detecting state to an object detecting state when the value of the detection signal becomes greater than the first detection threshold. When the value of the detection signal becomes greater than the first detection threshold, the value of the reference signal is readjusted in a manner such that the value of the detection signal again becomes less than or respectively greater than, the first detection threshold.02-09-2012
20130204573WHEEL LOCALIZER, WHEEL LOCALIZATION DEVICE, SYSTEM, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR LOCATING A POSITION OF A WHEEL - Embodiments can provide a system, a wheel localizer, a wheel localization device, a method or a computer program for locating a position of wheel. The system for locating the position of the wheel on the vehicle includes a detector for obtaining information related to a state of movement of the vehicle and a locator for determining the position of the wheel based on the information related to the state of movement of the vehicle.08-08-2013
20130204574Method for Estimating Positions Using Absolute Encoders - A position is determined by sensing a signal corresponding to a subsequence of marks in a non-periodic sequence of the marks on a scale. A coarse position P08-08-2013
20120072169POSITION MEASUREMENT ENCODER AND METHOD OF OPERATION - A method of operating a position encoder apparatus, including a scale having features defining position information and a readhead for reading the scale. The method includes: calculating extrapolated position information from at least one previous reading of the scale; comparing an extrapolated position with a position calculated from a reading of the scale to determine any discrepancy between them; using the extrapolated position information whether or not there is a discrepancy; and maintaining a record of any discrepancies.03-22-2012
20120084050Method and System for Azimuth Measurements Using a Gyroscope Unit - Methods and systems for azimuth measurements using a gyroscope unit are disclosed. The method includes acquiring a ratio value between two earth rate components orthogonal to each other by using the gyroscope unit at a measuring position; acquiring three gravity vector components orthogonal to each other at the measuring position; and determining an azimuth with respect to a reference axis predetermined in the gyroscope unit, based on the ratio value, the three gravity vector components and a geodetic latitude of the measuring position.04-05-2012
20120084048SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR DETERMINING ONE OR MORE CONTACT POINTS BETWEEN A PAIR OF OBJECTS - A system, method, and computer program product are provided for determining one or more contact points between a pair of objects. In operation, a first contact normal is identified between a pair of objects at a first position. Additionally, a relative velocity of the pair of objects is determined at the first position. Furthermore, one or more contact points between the pair of objects are determined at a second position through a translational analysis, utilizing the first contact normal and the relative velocity.04-05-2012
20120095725PROGRAMMING METHOD FOR A COORDINATE MEASURING MACHINE AND COMPUTING DEVICE THEREOF - In a programming method, a dimension system relating to a product can be embedded into a programming system. The dimension system includes measurement dimensions of measuring points of the product, and the serial numbers preset for the dimensions. The method arranges the serial numbers according to a predefined measuring path, and stores the serial numbers into a dimension list according to the order of the serial numbers presented in the measuring path. After importing the dimensions of the serial numbers into the programming system according to the presented order, the method converts each of the dimensions into a series of codes, and generates a measurement program for the dimensions according to the codes.04-19-2012
20130211776BALL GRID STRUCTURE - An apparatus includes a contact grid array disposed on a substrate in a non-orthogonal row-column format with connection elements arranged in a hexagonal configuration. The contact grid array has an orientation based, at least in part, on an area available for the contact grid array on the substrate. A method to determine the orientation of the contact grid array includes identifying the area available for a contact grid array on a substrate and determining the orientation for the contact grid array based, at least in part, on the area available for the contact grid array on the substrate.08-15-2013

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