Patents Represented by Attorney J. Wiley Horton
  • Patent number: 8316972
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for robotic control that allows an unbalanced pendulum robot to raise its Center of Mass and balance on two motorized wheels. The robot includes a pair of arms that are connected to the upper body of the robot through motorized joints. The method consists of a series of movements employing the arms of the robot to raise the robot to the upright position. The method comprises a control loop in which the motorized drives are included for dynamic balance of the robot and the control of the arm apparatus. The robot is first configured as a low Center of Mass four-wheeled vehicle, then its Center of Mass is raised using a combination of its wheels and the joint located at the attachment point of the arm apparatus and the robot body, between the rear and front wheels; the method then applies accelerations to the rear wheels to dynamically pivot and further raise the Center of Mass up and over the main drive wheels bringing the robot into a balancing pendulum configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
    Inventors: Timothy L. Hutcheson, Jerry E. Pratt
  • Patent number: 8313441
    Abstract: An apparatus, software, procedures and technology that, beginning with a simple manipulative auditory paradigm, moves up the auditory neural pathways, modifying the basic stimulus from a unilateral routine audiology tool to a dichotic central auditory processing diagnostic tool that defines hearing loss along the entire auditory chain from the middle ear to the cortex. From the resultant data comes information related to the reduction of tinnitus employing parathreshold central procedures rather than the traditional suprathreshold masking or phase-shifting techniques. The new application modifies and applies known technology in new ways for both the top-down and bottom-up differential diagnosis of auditory disorders and the tinnitus reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Dichonics Corporation
    Inventor: Leslie Dalton
  • Patent number: 8307664
    Abstract: A portable cooler including a sealable outer container, and a sealable inner container situated within the outer container. A first thermoelectric cooling device having a cooling panel and a heating panel is mounted on the wall of the outer container such that the cooling panel faces the interior of the sealable outer container and the heating panel faces outside of said sealable outer container. A second thermoelectric cooling device, also having a cooling panel and a heating panel, is mounted on the wall of the internal container such that the cooling panel faces the interior of the inner container and the heating panel faces outside of the sealable inner container into the interior of said sealable outer container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Donald Whillock, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8308413
    Abstract: A roller for moving, rolling and unrolling rolls of sod. The roller is generally comprised of a top portion including a side shift actuator and at least one attachment member for attachment to a vehicle, preferably a skid steer. The roller also includes a rotary actuator with a shaft, slidably attached to the top portion. A main frame consisting of a top member, side member, base member and an end gate, extends down from the shaft of the rotary actuator. The end gate of the main frame is configured to pivot open and closed. The main frame is configured to rotate with the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Anthony Ford
  • Patent number: 8302365
    Abstract: A partially self-erecting wind turbine tower and a method for carrying out the assembly thereof. A central extendable pylon is provided. This is placed in an upright position, with its base on a temporary foundation. A plurality of legs is then attached to the extendable pylon. The upper extreme of each of the plurality of legs is temporarily attached to the upper extreme of the extendable pylon. With the pylon and legs thus secured, a nacelle is attached to the upper extreme of the extendable pylon. A hub with attached blades is then affixed to the nacelle. The extendable pylon is then forced upward through the collar to extend the height of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Anthony F. Gee
  • Patent number: 8303024
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a method and associated devices for reducing the noise produced by an open cavity within a moving automobile (such as open sunroofs and open windows). The invention proposes placing microjet orifices proximate the open cavity. These inject small but rapidly moving columns of air into the prevailing flow. The projected columns reduce the formation of large coherent structures in the prevailing flow. As these large coherent structures are a critical component of the resonance which is responsible for much of the noise produced across the open cavity, the overall noise level is reduced by the microjets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Florida State University Research Foundation
    Inventor: Farrukh S. Alvi
  • Patent number: 8286895
    Abstract: A high bandwidth multi-stage microjet actuator. The actuator can produce relatively large amplitude flow disturbances over a broad range of frequencies. The disturbance frequency can be varied by altering the geometry of the device, altering the pressure ratio(s) within the device, and combinations of the two. The actuator has many potential applications, including noise abatement for jet aircraft, and flow control over a moving airfoil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Florida State University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Farrukh S. Alvi, Rajan Kumar, John T Solomon
  • Patent number: 8287478
    Abstract: A multi-layered orthosis designed to stabilize the human shoulder joint. A base harness includes a shoulder enclosure, an anterior panel, and a posterior panel. An adjustable break separates free ends of the anterior and posterior panels which are distal to the shoulder enclosure. The base harness is applied to a patient by slipping the shoulder enclosure around the affected shoulder. Anterior and posterior straps are passed over the deltoid region of the affected shoulder and secured to the base harness. An additional large strap is placed over the anterior and posterior straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventors: Doak Ostergard, Bryan E. Kilbey
  • Patent number: 8270652
    Abstract: A television mount incorporating an integrated audio system. The mount attaches the television to a wall or a pedestal. The mount includes an electronics/subwoofer enclosure. This enclosure house an audio amplifier and a low-range speaker. One or more external speakers are attached to a speaker assembly which is connected to the mount—preferably by attaching the supports to the electronics/subwoofer enclosure. The speaker supports is preferably made adjustable so that the degree of extension from the mount may be adjusted by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Metra Electronics, Corp.
    Inventors: Douglas G. Caldes, Raymond I. Leake
  • Patent number: 8243050
    Abstract: A stylus for use in operating any small device requiring contact for inputting commands. The stylus is comprised of a wrap and a tip. The wrap encircles and engages a user's digit. The tip is positioned to easily contact a touch-screen device when the wrap is placed on a user's digit. The stylus is made of a conductive material such that a conductive connection is made between the user's digit and the touch-screen device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Gordon K. Adkiins
  • Patent number: 8235035
    Abstract: An inflatable solar energy collector. The device uses two elongated and pressure-stabilized air chambers with a trough-shaped reflecting surface in between. The curvature of the reflecting surface is adjusted by adjusting the differential pressure between the two air chambers. The device can be configured to provide a focal point outside the air chambers or inside the air chambers. For the version using the external focal point an external energy receiver is appropriately positioned. For the version using the internal focal point, the receiver is mounted inside one of the air chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Florida State University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Ian L. Winger, Sean A. Barton
  • Patent number: 8236219
    Abstract: A process for forcibly infusing liquid potting compound into the strands of a cable in order to attach an anchor to the cable. The process uses a strand cavity within an anchor that encloses the exposed strands. The strand cavity is sealed. Liquid potting compound is then forced into the strand cavity, where it runs around and through the exposed strands. A second venting passage is preferably employed, so that the liquid potting compound flows through the mold without trapping any substantial air pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Bright Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard V. Campbell, Kevin J. Barefield
  • Patent number: 8225450
    Abstract: A multifunctional nozzle attachment for a portable hand-held lawn blower. The multifunctional nozzle attachment includes a coupler which can be attached to the nozzle of the lawn blower. Various attachments including scrapers, rakes, and brushes are provided for use with the coupler. When attached to the coupler, the attachments may be used to break up debris that does not release from the ground using the air stream alone. Once the debris is broken up, the air stream carries the debris away.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Petersen
  • Patent number: 8221077
    Abstract: A fan blade assembly having both an electrical connection and a mechanical connection to a rotating hub. The assembly is configured so that a single installation motion creates the mechanical connection and the electrical connection. The electrical connection preferably includes multiple independent conductor paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Fatchdato, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Pelshak, Henri Hudson, Anand Paleja, Rodger Seabrooks
  • Patent number: 8200373
    Abstract: A system for balancing energy being consumed by a first device against the available energy being produced by a second separate device. One application for the invention is monitoring the amount of energy being produced by a photovoltaic array and using that information to control a load so that the load consumes substantially the same amount of energy as is then being produced by the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Stiles, Jr., Brian J. Boothe
  • Patent number: 8186274
    Abstract: A modified fluid delivery cartridge. A conventional straight-sided high pressure cartridge case is primed and then filled with solid propellant. A burst cup is inserted in the case mouth. The burst cup is preferably embossed with a cross or other shape to promote predictable rupture. A charge casing is provided which opens into a high pressure cartridge receiver bounded by an inner charge casing wall. The inner charge casing wall is provided with a step, in which the diameter of the high pressure cartridge receiver is reduced. The high pressure cartridge case is pressed into the receiver in the charge casing wall. As the high pressure cartridge case is being pressed into place, the straight wall of the case passes over the step in the inner charge casing wall, which deforms the straight wall to form a neck. This neck captured the burst cup within the high pressure cartridge case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Martin Electronic
    Inventor: Bruce G. Van Stratum
  • Patent number: 8182560
    Abstract: A process for gasifying hydrocarbon-containing materials and separating the resultant stream into hydrogen gas and other useful products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas W. Kaufman, Verner Christensen
  • Patent number: 8176620
    Abstract: A composite superconducting wire and a method of manufacturing the wire is disclosed. Nano-particle dispersion strengthened copper is co-drawn with Niobium rod to produce DSC-1Nb wire. n numbers of DSC-1Nb wires are then stacked in a hollow DSC tube and drawn to form a DSC-n.Nb hexagonal wire. In a separate preliminary process, Tin rod is co-deformed with Copper tube to form a Cu-1Sn wire. m DSC-n Nb wires and 1 Cu-1Sn wires are then wrapped by Niobium foil and placed into a Copper tube. This entire assembly is then drawn to a finished size. The drawn composite is then subjected to heat treatment with a final stage at 650-700° C. for about 100 hours or longer. The new wire has higher electric critical current and higher mechanical strength than the controlled conventional ones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Florida State University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jingping Chen, Ke Han, Peter N. Kalu, William Markiewicz
  • Patent number: 8176862
    Abstract: A method for making a fitted tablecloth for covering a utility or card table is disclosed. The steps include providing a primary panel having a plurality of sides, providing a rail panel having a plurality of side panels and a plurality of pleats, such that the plurality of side panels are separated by the plurality of pleats, folding the plurality of pleats against the plurality of side panels such that the plurality of side panels meet at a plurality of joints, connecting the primary panel to the rail panel such that the plurality of side panels are connected to one another at a plurality of top joints, and stitching the side panels from the plurality of top joints to a portion of the side panel forming an inner seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Jane Birdwell
  • Patent number: 8161843
    Abstract: A torque damper motor connected to the output side of a mechanical gear system. The damper motor, along with its associated control system, mitigates backlash problems, reduced torsional resonance, and provides improved output torque control. In the preferred embodiment, the damper motor is powered by a power electronics-based variable speed drive. The damper motor can be significantly less powerful than the overall rating of the gear system (typically 5-10% of the overall rating) while still providing the enhanced performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Florida State University Research Foundation
    Inventor: Michael Steurer