Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Curtis A. Vock
  • Patent number: 5686727
    Abstract: An ultraviolet radiation detection exposure system determines either ultraviolet flux or accumulated ultraviolet energy. A detector converts the ultraviolet radiation into voltage, and a voltage-to-frequency converter provides a corresponding frequency. If the system measures flux, a conversion subsystem converts the frequency to an associated ultraviolet flux in watts. If the sensor measures ultraviolet energy over a period of time, a counter counts at the frequency of the voltage-to-frequency converter thereby integrating the received ultraviolet energy at the detector. A reset button allows the user to reset the system, clearing the counter, prior to entering the sun for the day. A warning light, display, or buzzer indicates to the user of the system that her skin is in danger of receiving a sun burn. A plurality of fibers and/or lambertian half-spheres are used to provide substantially uniform solar acceptance. A solar cell can be used to power the apparatus, especially within a watch configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Assignee: SeeUV
    Inventors: Arthur Reenstra, Wende Reenstra, Thomas Belletete, Curtis A. Vock
  • Patent number: 5682525
    Abstract: A user can access a common database from a remote communications port, at any qualified location, to generate a map or other positional information which locates selected items of interest, e.g., businesses, stores, architectural sites, and the like. The database contains information representing the items of interest, including, for each of the items of interest, positional coordinates, a geographic vicinity, and a selected category. The positional coordinates discretely locate the vicinity, while the vicinity specifies the exact locations of the items of interest in the selected category. For example, a user in New York can select the display of sporting shops in the area surrounding Chicago O'Hara International Airport selectively. A user can also access a port and display locations of items of interest within the same vicinity as the user and relative to the user's position. The database can be modified from qualified remote locations to change, or add to, the information therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: Civix Corporation
    Inventors: W. Lincoln Bouve, William T. Semple, Steven W. Oxman
  • Patent number: 5680962
    Abstract: A lotion such as a sunscreen includes a pH indicator which colorizes the lotion until the lotion is applied to the human skin, whereinafter the colored lotion turns clear. A physiologically compatible pH indicator such as phenolphthalein is used which has a red appearance from pH 7.5+ and which has a clear appearance from about pH 7.0 to 7.5; the general pH range of the skin. The invention is suitable for use in any lotion, gel, mousse or medication that is best applied in an even and uniform manner to the skin. Accordingly, one preferred use of the invention is in UV-protecting sunscreens so that a user can ensure even distribution of the sunscreen on the body. In certain aspects of the invention, a cap houses the pH indicator and attaches to a container of the lotion, e.g.; a sunscreen. The pH indicator mixes with the lotion as it is applied to the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Inventors: John McEleney, Wende Reenstra, Curtis A. Vock
  • Patent number: 5638150
    Abstract: A hand-held lamp instrument has a substantially elongated handle that houses one or more batteries and that connects to a line filament lamp. A front knob is threaded to the handle so that it is rotatable about the elongated axis of the handle. The front knob has an internal hollow section that houses one or more imaging elements to generate a slit image of the line filament out through an aperture in the front knob and away from the instrument. The rotation of the front knob axially displaces the imaging elements relative to the lamp to control the magnification and distance of the slit image. A rear knob also threads to the handle and rotates about the axis to provide an electrical switch. The rotation of the rear knob displaces the rear knob relative to the handle and between a first "ON" position and a second "OFF" position. A retaining ring, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Inventor: Victor J. Doherty
  • Patent number: 5636146
    Abstract: The invention detects the loft time and/or speed of a vehicle, such as a sporting vehicle, during activities of moving and jumping. A loft sensor detects when the vehicle leaves the ground and when the vehicle returns to the ground. A microprocessor subsystem converts the sensed information to determine a loft time. A display shows the recorded loft time to a user of the system. In addition, a speed sensor can detect the vehicle's speed for selective display to the user. The invention can be used, for example, in sporting activities such as snowboarding where users loft into the air on ski jumps and catch "air" time but have no quantitative measure of the actual time lapse in the air. Therefore, users in skiing can use invention to record, store, and playback selected information relating to their sporting day, including the total amount of "air" time for the day and information such as dead time, i.e., time not spent on the slopes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Assignee: PhatRat Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Flentov, Dennis M. Darcy, Curtis A. Vock
  • Patent number: 5595784
    Abstract: A gaseous mixture of a titanium halide and silane is introduced to a plasma or thermal CVD reactor to induce a reaction such that a conformal and pure titanium film is deposited onto a semiconductor device within the reactor. The titanium halide has a chemical form of TiX.sub.4, where X is a halogen. Other gaseous combinations of the titanium halide, ammonia, hydrogen, a halogen and silane are subjected to plasma or thermal CVD to induce a reaction to deposit titanium silicide and titanium nitride films onto the semiconductor device. Successive CVD processes create bilayers of TiSi.sub.x /TiN or Ti/TiN, and/or trilayers of TiSi.sub.x /Ti/TiN onto the semiconductor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Inventors: Robert Kaim, John W. Vanderpot
  • Patent number: 5567420
    Abstract: A lotion such as a sunscreen includes a pH indicator which colorizes the lotion until the lotion is applied to the human skin, whereinafter the colored lotion turns clear. A physiologically compatible pH indicator such as phenolphthalein is used which has a red appearance from pH 7.5+ and which has a clear appearance from about pH 7.0 to 7.5, the general pH range of the skin. The invention is suitable for use in any lotion, gel, mousse or medication that is best applied in an even and uniform manner to the skin. Accordingly, one preferred use of the invention is in UV-protecting sunscreens so that a user can ensure even distribution of the sunscreen on the body. In certain aspects of the invention, a cap houses the pH indicator and attaches to a container of the lotion, e.g a sunscreen. The pH indicator mixes with the lotion as it is applied to the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Inventors: John McEleney, Wende Reenstra, Curtis A. Vock
  • Patent number: 5556327
    Abstract: The invention provides apparatus and methods for applying force to an object or workpiece. The invention has a first stationary magnet and second moveable magnet within a housing member. The magnets are arranged such that the magnets repel one another with a force related to the spacing between the magnets. The housing member is coupled to a modifying member, e.g., a motorized grinder or sharpener, with the object or workpiece disposed between the second magnet and the modifying member such that the second magnet forces the object or workpiece against the modifying element. The magnets can be electromagnets. In a preferred aspect, the object is a rotary razor head commonly used in electric razors and the invention sharpens the rotary razor head. In this aspect, the modifying member is a rotating grinding disc and anti-rotation elements prevent the razor head and magnets from rotating with the grinding element. The razor head is forced into the grinding element by the magnetic force formed by the two magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Inventors: Gary Jenkins, Richard Mitrano, Curtis A. Vock
  • Patent number: 5438518
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable distance tracking system for use by a player on a playing field. The system includes a mobile interface unit that has a memory element, position interface electronics, a data processor, and a player interface. The memory element stores digitized map representations of playing fields. The position interface electronics receivers position indicative signals that are representative of a geographical location of the mobile unit from an external source. The data processor couples to the memory element and to the position interface electronics and correlates the geographical location to a field location of the mobile interface unit on the playing field. The processor also determines the distance from the mobile interface unit to a first landmark. The player interface is coupled to the data processor and communicates the distance between the mobile interface unit and the first landmark to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Inventors: Joseph A. Bianco, Curtis A. Vock, John V. Bianco