Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm John R. Ross
  • Patent number: 7680650
    Abstract: A very low bit rate communication system. In preferred embodiments, an off-the-shelf module is adapted to convert a speaker's voice to text. A processor is provided to separate the text into individual words. The processor is programmed with a dictionary which provides pre-assigned specific 14-bit numeric values to each word in the dictionary (words used more frequently may be assigned shorter codes). The processor creates a numeric stream from 14-bit numeric values and this numeric stream is then transmitted to a receiver. Typical speech contains 4 words/second, so bit rates as low as 50 bits/second may be achieved with this technique. At the receiving end, the stream of received 14-bit numeric values, representing the speaker's words, are looked up in a dictionary identical to that at the transmitting end and the text of the words reconstructed. Text-to-speech techniques common to the industry are then used to regenerate the speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Trex Enterprises Corp.
    Inventor: Paul Johnson
  • Patent number: 7649138
    Abstract: A quickly attachable electric generator device for producing electric power from surfaces of hot or cold pipes. The invention provides a thermoelectric unit which includes a pedestal comprised of a material with high thermal conductivity on which a thermoelectric module is located. The pedestal includes a heat transfer element made to conform to a hot or cold cylindrical surface. The module also includes a module-to-air heat transfer element and the thermoelectric module is compressed between the air-to-module element and the pedestal. This element is referred to as a heat sink when energy is extracted from a hot surface and is referred to as a heat source when energy is flowing from the air and a cold surface. In preferred embodiments the heat transfer element is a thin flexible heat conductor that conforms to the hot or cold surface of various shapes and serves as a heat transfer conduit to transfer heat to or from a rigid portion of the pedestal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Hi-Z Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan David Hiller, John Claude Bass
  • Patent number: 7645228
    Abstract: A sexual enhancement device for improving a user's sexual experience. A prostate pad is positioned adjacent to a male user's perineum below his prostate gland. A first prostate strap is connected to the prostate pad and is looped behind the user's neck. When the prostate strap is tightened, the prostate pad applies pressure to the perineum. This pressure is felt at the user's prostate and provides pleasurable stimulation to the prostate. A second prostate strap is also connected to the prostate pad and is looped around the user's waist. Preferably, the second prostate strap is also looped over the top of the user's erect penis. When looped over the top of the penis, tightening of the second prostate strap assists in restricting the flow of blood out of the erect penis, preferably allowing for an erection that lasts longer than it would otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: Samuel O. Flores
  • Patent number: 7548682
    Abstract: An optical fiber alignment unit for the easy precise alignment of optical fibers in and array. In a preferred embodiment the positioning array is incorporated twice in an all optical cross connect switch utilizing MEMS mirrors for cross connecting optical fibers in a first set of optical fibers to optical fibers in a second set of optical fibers. The optical fibers are preferably arranged in rectangular arrays. These arrays include array sizes such as 4×8, 16×16 and 8×16. A preferred embodiment built and tested by Applicants is a modular optical switch in which an input 8×16 array of optical fibers from sixteen eight-fiber ribbons are cross-connected into an output 8×16 array of optical fibers also from sixteen eight-fiber ribbons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Trex Enterprises Corp.
    Inventors: Matthew Last, Yoshinao Taketomi
  • Patent number: 7530553
    Abstract: A high-velocity water misting gun with a very high-speed radial inflow hydraulic turbine mounted on the same shaft with an axial flow air compressor wheel compressing air discharged at high velocities through an exhaust air nozzle. A preferred embodiment utilizes a plastic-metal hydraulic turbine wheel in which the plastic portion of the wheel other than blades is solidly anchored within a metal containing wheel. High pressure water drives the hydraulic turbine and provides water lubrication to high-speed bearings supporting a rotating shaft. The preferred embodiment utilizes hybrid bearings (part hydrodynamic, part hydrostatic) suitable for low-viscosity fluids such as water. In the preferred embodiment all of the water discharging from the hydraulic turbine wheel is channeled through a hollow shaft to a set of high-speed, shaft-mounted rotating orifices providing a fine water mist discharging into a high-velocity air flow provided by the axial-flow compressor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Inventor: Davorin Kapich
  • Patent number: 7525168
    Abstract: A MOS or CMOS based active pixel sensor designed for operation with zero or close to zero potential across the pixel photodiodes to minimize or eliminate dark current. In preferred embodiments the pixel photodiodes are produced with a continuous pin or nip photodiode layer laid down over pixel electrodes of the sensor. In this preferred embodiment, the voltage potential across the pixel photodiode structures is maintained constant and close to zero, preferably less than 1.0 volts. This preferred embodiment enables the photodiode to be operated at a constant bias condition during the charge detection cycle. Setting this constant bias condition close to zero (near “short circuit” condition) assures that dark current is substantially zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: e-Phocus, Inc.
    Inventor: Tzu-Chiang Hsieh
  • Patent number: 7517656
    Abstract: Methods and devices for the measurement of molecular binding interactions. Preferred embodiments provide real-time measurements of kinetic binding and disassociation of molecules including binding and disassociation of protein molecules with other protein molecules and with other molecules. In preferred embodiments ligands are immobilized within pores of a porous silicon interaction region produced in a silicon substrate, after which analytes suspended in a fluid are flowed over the porous silicon region. Binding reactions occur when analyte molecules diffuse closely enough to the ligands to become bound. Preferably the binding and subsequent disassociation reactions are observed utilizing a white light source and thin film interference techniques with spectrometers arranged to detect changes in indices of refraction in the region where the binding and disassociation reactions occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Trex Enterprises Corp.
    Inventors: Peter Martin, Keiki-Pua Dancil, Arthur Lee Morsell, Hus Tigli
  • Patent number: 7506598
    Abstract: A fitted deck and a method for installing the fitted deck above an as-built deck of a boat, ship or yacht (sometime referred to hereafter collectively as a vessel). Threaded stud elements are stud welded or glued to the surface of the as-built deck of the vessel to form a regular grid of threaded studs spaced close together (preferably about 1 foot apart). Onto each stud a “leveling plate” is threaded to a specific height preferably indicated by laser level indicator and a set of height specifications determined by a computer processor to achieve for the deck a desired camber, sheer, and slope. Support rails are spot welded to the leveling plates to provide a floor support for the deck. The support rails are preferably aligned in directions generally perpendicular to the vessel axis (i.e., aligned port to starboard).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Ray Kimble
  • Patent number: 7503567
    Abstract: An automated wheelchair for moving over a contact surface. The automated wheelchair includes an operator chair for seating the wheelchair operator, a control computer, an operator input device for transmitting operator inputs to the control computer, and two wheelchair wheels for propelling the wheelchair. Each wheelchair wheel includes extendable and retractable spokes. The extension and retraction of each spoke is controlled by a motor. At the ends of each spoke are contact sensor devices. The control computer is programmed to receive inputs transmitted from the contact sensor devices to record contact position data. The control computer generates and sends control signals to each spoke motor in response to the operator inputs and in response to the contact position data generated by the contact sensor devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas T. Frankie
  • Patent number: 7505133
    Abstract: Metrology systems and methods that measure thin film thickness and or index of refraction of semiconductor wafers with at least one deposited or grown thin film layer. The present invention measures near normal incidence and grazing angle of incidence reflection (using reflected broadband UV, visible, and near infrared electromagnetic radiation) from a small region on a sample. Embodiments of the system selectively comprise a near-normal incidence spectrometer/ellipsometer, a high angle of incidence spectrometer/ellipsometer, or a combination of the two.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: SCI Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Emad Zawaideh, Javier Ruiz
  • Patent number: 7492120
    Abstract: A portable PV modular solar generator for providing electricity to a stationary electrically powered device. A plurality of wheels is attached to a rechargeable battery container. The plurality of wheels allow for movement of the PV modular solar generator so that the distance can be varied between the PV modular solar generator can be positioned in optimum sunlight. There is a rechargeable battery contained inside the rechargeable battery container. There is a pivotally connected photovoltaic panel for generating electricity. There is an electrical component for receiving an processing electricity generated by the pivotally connected photovoltaic panel. The electrical component also directs the electricity to either the rechargeable battery for storage or to the stationary electrically powered device. The PV modular solar generator supplies energy to an AC main panel for the stationary electrically powered device. The AC main panel receives generated energy from a public utility grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Inventors: William M. Benn, John T. Benn
  • Patent number: 7491298
    Abstract: A plant and process for efficient production of low deuterium water from seawater. The plant includes a solar still with a black pan for collecting solar heat, that vaporizes portions of the seawater and a porous sloped membrane positioned over the black pan to collect and condense the vapor and to direct the condensate via gravity to a condensate tank. The condensate water is separated into its atomic components, hydrogen and oxygen, in an electralizer; then the hydrogen and oxygen are combined in a reactor to produce heat and low deuterium water. In preferred embodiments the reactor is a fuel cell which in addition to the heat and water also produces electricity. At least a portion of the heat produced in the reactor is used in the solar still to assist in the vaporization of the seawater and to greatly increase the efficiency of the still.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Inventor: Vladimir Z. Zlotopolski
  • Patent number: 7484940
    Abstract: A compact, high capacity pump for pumping fluid. A first one-way valve is between an inlet port and the pump's fluid chamber. A second one-way valve is between the pump's fluid chamber and an outlet port. A diaphragm separates a piezoelectric stack from the fluid chamber. A power source provides power to the piezoelectric stack causing it to expand and contract. The expansion and contraction of the piezoelectric stack causes fluid to be pumped from the inlet port to the fluid chamber through the first one-way valve and causes fluid to be pumped from the fluid chamber to the outlet port through the second one-way valve. In one preferred embodiment, both one-way valves are disc valves. In another preferred embodiment both one-way valves are MEMS valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Kinetic Ceramics, Inc.
    Inventor: Conal O'Neill
  • Patent number: 7486141
    Abstract: A wide bandwidth, high power amplifier system for amplifying a signal in a radio frequency (RF) system in a specific bandwidth within the frequency range from 1 MHz to 100 GHz. The system includes a number of amplifier modules and an equal number of input transformers connected in series, with each input transformer providing an input signal to one amplifier module. It also includes an equal number of output transformers connected in series with each output transformer receiving an input signal from one amplifier module. The series of input transformers, the series of output transformers and the amplifier modules each provide an impedance matched approximately to the impedance of the RF system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Trex Enterprises Corp.
    Inventors: Ky-Hein Do, James Schellenberg, Kevin Miyashiro
  • Patent number: 7460294
    Abstract: Optically controlled micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) is disclosed. In one embodiment, a MEMS device may include a rotatable mirror having an optical sensor that is in electrical communication with the rotatable mirror via an associated electrode. Electrical potential may be supplied to an appropriately configured optical sensor so that a variable range of voltages may be supplied to the rotatable mirror. In operation, an optical control beam may be directed onto the optical sensor where it may be sampled to determine its optical characteristics (e.g., optical wavelength, light intensity, position, polarization, duty cycle, etc.) The optical sensor may then supply voltage to the rotatable mirror based on the determined optical characteristics of the optical control beam, causing the rotatable mirror to rotate about one or more axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Trex Enterprises Corp
    Inventor: Donald Bruns
  • Patent number: 7447591
    Abstract: An automatic celestial navigation system for navigating both night and day by observation of K-band or H-band infrared light from multiple stars. One or more telescopes mounted on a movable platform such as a ship or airplane and directed at a substantially different portion of sky. Telescope optics focus (on to a pixel array of a sensor) H-band or K-band light from one or more stars in multiple telescopic fields of view. Each system also includes a GPS sensor and a computer processor having access to catalogued infrared star charts. The processor for each system is programmed with special algorithms to use image data from the infrared sensors, position and timing information from the GPS sensor, and the catalogued star charts information to determine orientation (attitude) of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Trex Enterprises Corp.
    Inventors: Mikhail Belenkii, David Sandler, Donald Bruns, Eric Korevaar
  • Patent number: 7445293
    Abstract: A restraint safety device. A chest clip is slidingly attached to a first shoulder strap and a second shoulder strap. The chest clip includes a first chest clip half removably attached to a second chest clip half. A child resistant lock prevents a child from inadvertently detaching the first chest clip half from the second chest clip half In a preferred embodiment the child resistant lock includes a squeezable threaded cap that locks the first chest clip half to the second chest clip half and is removable by an adult when squeezed and turned. In another preferred embodiment the child resistant lock includes a cover lock that locks the first chest clip half to the second chest clip half via prongs and is removable when an adult squeezes the prongs and lifts the cover lock. In another preferred embodiment the child resistant lock includes a cap that covers a press release button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Inventors: Carrie L. Smith, Julie A. Brown, Nicholas E. Rambo, Aaron A. Brown
  • Patent number: 7436038
    Abstract: A MOS or CMOS sensor for high performance imaging in broad spectral ranges including portions of the infrared spectral band. These broad spectral ranges may also include portions or all of the visible spectrum, therefore the sensor has both daylight and night vision capabilities. The sensor includes a continuous multi-layer photodiode structure on a many pixel MOS or CMOS readout array where the photodiode structure is chosen to include responses in the near infrared spectral ranges. A preferred embodiment incorporates a microcrystalline copper indium diselenide/cadmium sulfide photodiode structure on a CMOS readout array. An alternate preferred embodiment incorporates a microcrystalline silicon germanium photodiode structure on a CMOS readout array. Each of these embodiments provides night vision with image performance that greatly surpasses the GEN III night vision technology in terms of enhanced sensitivity, pixel size and pixel count.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: e-Phocus, Inc
    Inventors: Michael G. Engelmann, Calvin Chao, Tzu-Chiang Hsieh, Peter Martin, Milam Pender
  • Patent number: 7432846
    Abstract: A millimeter wave imaging system. The system includes at least one millimeter wave frequency scanning antenna for collecting frequency dependent beams of millimeter wave radiation from a narrow one-dimensional field of view; a millimeter wave amplifier for amplifying at the collected frequencies said millimeter wave radiation. A beam-former separates the amplified radiation to produce frequency dependent signals corresponding to the frequency dependent beam. The beam-former includes delay lines, a millimeter wave lens, and an array of millimeter wave power detectors for detecting the power in each frequency dependent beam. A sampling circuit reads out the frequency dependent signals to produce a one-dimensional image of the antenna field of view. A two dimensional image of a target may be obtained by moving the target across the field of view of the scanning antenna or by moving the antenna in order to scan its line of focus over the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Trex Enterprises Corp.
    Inventors: Chris Martin, John Lovberg
  • Patent number: 7414245
    Abstract: A scintillation based imaging system. The device utilizes a single-crystal inorganic scintillator to convert ionizing radiation to light in a spectral range or ranges within the visible or ultraviolet spectral ranges. The conversion takes place inside the single crystal material, preserving special resolution. The single crystal scintillator is sandwiched between a first plate that is substantially transparent to the ionization radiation and a second plate that is transparent to the visible or ultraviolet light. The ionization radiation is directed from the submicron source through a target to create a shadow image of the target inside the scintillator crystal. Several submicron sources of radiation are described. These include submicron x-ray and high-energy ultraviolet sources, submicron electron beam sources, submicron alpha particle sources, submicron proton sources, submicron positron sources and sub-micron neutron sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Inventor: Richard G. Trissel