Patents Represented by Attorney Macheledt Bales LLP
  • Patent number: 8308483
    Abstract: A rotatable drawing device intended for children. The top and sides of said device are attached and are formed to accept drawing mediums such as chalk, water or dry erase marker used to color, write and draw upon this device. The top of the drawing device has a recessed portion to hold the drawing medium when not in use. The drawing device rests upon and is attached to a base platform on which it rotates. The drawing unit is spaced above the base platform so that the drawing cylinder may rotate about its center axis. Feet adhered to the bottom of the base hold the invention off the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Christopher A. Hume
  • Patent number: 8224068
    Abstract: A method, system, and associated program code, for 3-dimensional image acquisition, using structured light illumination, of a surface-of-interest under observation by at least one camera. One aspect includes: illuminating the surface-of-interest, while static/at rest, with structured light to obtain initial depth map data therefor; while projecting a hold pattern comprised of a plurality of snake-stripes at the static surface-of-interest, assigning an identity to and an initial lock position of each of the snake-stripes of the hold pattern; and while projecting the hold pattern, tracking, from frame-to-frame each of the snake-stripes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: University of Kentucky Research Foundation (UKRF)
    Inventors: Laurence G. Hassebrook, Daniel L. Lau, Charles J. Casey
  • Patent number: 8127544
    Abstract: This invention provides a compact, fuel-efficient internal combustion engine that can be used to provide rotating shaft output power to a wide variety of mobile and stationary applications. It is based on a two-stroke free-piston gas generator that implements the homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) combustion principle for essentially constant-volume combustion, and it employs a variable piston stroke to maintain a high level of efficiency across a wide range of loads and speeds. A rotary device, which may be of either an aerodynamic or positive displacement type, converts the energetic gas stream to power at a rotating shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventors: Paul Albert Schwiesow, Ronald Lee Schwiesow, Dino Tomassetti, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8007457
    Abstract: A therapeutic garment system for use on a mammalian body, and associated method of donning, whereby the garments are adapted for donning and releasably securing in a close-fitting fashion so that a plurality of elasticized pieces may be releasably applied, utilizing fasteners, against an outwardly facing surface of at least one—and more often two—of the garments in an operative therapeutic configuration. At least one elasticized garment is included for donning around an area of a torso such as the upper-torso, lower-torso, or full-torso area; a second elasticized garment is included for donning and releasably securing in a close-fitting fashion around a portion of the body, other than that around which the first garment will (or has been) be donned. In addition to an outwardly facing surface adapted for accepting releasable fasteners, each garment has an under-layer with an inwardly facing surface to resist slippage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: TheraTogs, Inc.
    Inventor: Beverly Cusick Taylor
  • Patent number: 7966949
    Abstract: An assembly for supporting at least one item while in transit within a vehicle having cushioned passenger seating. The assembly used during transit within a vehicle, has: a platform (for supporting the item) that has an aperture for receiving at least one primary support-post therethrough, and a plurality of recesses; an anchor for releasably securing the assembly between cushion structures within the vehicle is used (e.g., such that it can be wedged into the spacing between back support cushion and seat cushion). The anchor comprises a base member having a free end and a bulbous end, between which a pedestal extends having a recessed shape, such as a cup, for receiving a lower end of the primary support-post. The bulbous end can be fabricated integral with the base member, or made of one or more hinged-sections interconnected with the base member. At least a portion of the outer surface of the primary support-post is preferably threaded, around which a mating internally-threaded leveling ring can twist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Kevin E. Willey
  • Patent number: 7918402
    Abstract: An item contents verification system, and associated method, for use in an assembly line of carrier-totes (if used) each containing at least one of a plurality of items having a labeling. Also, a labeling for use with a computerized inspection apparatus for verification of items, and associated method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Tension International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin M. Conlon, Timothy J. Owens
  • Patent number: 7912661
    Abstract: Circuitry and program code adapted for carrying out an associated technique for characterizing the response of one or more magnetoelastic sensor elements during exposure to an excitation field generated by an interrogation coil: including: (a) measuring a total sensor signal from the coil with the sensor element positioned within the excitation field within a spacing created by a winding of the coil; and (b) automatically determining: (i) a total measured impedance spectrum from said total sensor signal so measured, and (ii) a plurality of magnitude values representing the real part of a reconstructed impedance spectrum for the sensor element. The reconstructed impedance spectrum for the sensor element, having been calculated by subtracting an impedance generally attributable to the coil during the time an AC excitation signal is provided, from the total measured impedance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: KMG2 Sensors Corporation
    Inventors: Kefeng Zeng, Keat Ghee Ong, Xiping Yang, Craig A. Grimes
  • Patent number: 7852479
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for measuring the fluorescence of large multi-cellular organisms in a sample of liquid includes a pumping mechanism, a fluorescence measuring device, a method of analyzing the measurements, and optionally, a sorting mechanism. The pumping mechanism transfers large multi-cellular organisms from a reservoir through a fluorescence-measuring device causing minimum physical damage and/or stress. The pressure differential driving the organisms from a sample container/reservoir through the measuring device can be derived from gravity, air pressure, or liquid pressure, or some combination of the three. The fluorescence can be measured in a cytometer using a light detector or imager. Generally the detection element will include a filter, isolating the wavelength of fluorescent emission. The illumination may be provided by a laser or by an LED, combined with the use of dichroic mirrors to allow multiple wavelength simultaneous illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: University of Wyoming
    Inventor: Paul E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7844079
    Abstract: A technique, associated system and program code, for retrieving depth information about at least one surface of an object, such as an anatomical feature. Core features include: projecting a composite image comprising a plurality of modulated structured light patterns, at the anatomical feature; capturing an image reflected from the surface; and recovering pattern information from the reflected image, for each of the modulated structured light patterns. Pattern information is preferably recovered for each modulated structured light pattern used to create the composite, by performing a demodulation of the reflected image. Reconstruction of the surface can be accomplished by using depth information from the recovered patterns to produce a depth map/mapping thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: University of Kentucky Research Foundation (UKRF)
    Inventors: Laurence G. Hassebrook, Daniel L. Lau, Chun Guan
  • Patent number: 7830928
    Abstract: All-optical quasi-phase matching (QPM) uses a train of counterpropagating pulses to enhance high-order harmonic generation (HHG) in a hollow waveguide. A pump pulse enters one end of the waveguide, and causes HHG in the waveguide. The counterpropagation pulses enter the other end of the waveguide and interact with the pump pulses to cause QPM within the waveguide, enhancing the HHG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corp
    Inventors: Xiaoshi Zhang, Amy L. Lytle, Oren Cohen, Henry C. Kapteyn, Margaret M. Murnane
  • Patent number: 7750229
    Abstract: The present synthesizer generates an underlying spectrum, pitch and loudness for a sound to be synthesized, and then combines the underlying spectrum, pitch and loudness with stored Spectral, Pitch, and Loudness Fluctuations and noise elements. The input to the synthesizer is typically a MIDI stream. A MIDI preprocess block processes the MIDI input and generates the signals needed by the synthesizer to generate output sound phrases. The synthesizer comprises a harmonic synthesizer block (which generates an output representing the tonal audio portion of the output sound), an Underlying Spectrum, Pitch, and Loudness (which takes pitch and loudness and uses stored algorithms to generate the slowly varying portion of the output sound) and a Spectral, Pitch, and Loudness Fluctuation portion (which generates the quickly varying portion of the output sound by selecting and combining Spectral, Pitch, and Loudness Fluctuation segments stored in a database).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: Eric Lindemann
  • Patent number: 7729403
    Abstract: A pre-ionized medium created by a capillary discharge results in more efficient use of laser energy in high-order harmonic generation (HHG) from ions. It extends the cutoff photon energy, and reduces the distortion of the laser pulse as it propagates down the waveguide. The observed enhancements result from a combination of reduced ionization energy loss and reduced ionization-induced defocusing of the driving laser as well as waveguiding of the driving laser pulse. The discharge plasma also provides a means to spectrally tune the harmonics by tailoring the initial level of ionization of the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignees: Colorado State University Research Foundation, Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate
    Inventors: Jorge J. Rocca, Henry C. Kapteyn, Margaret M. Mumane, David Gaudiosi, Michael E. Grisham, Tenio V. Popmintchev, Brendan A. Reagan
  • Patent number: 7725484
    Abstract: An image retrieval technique employing a novel hierarchical feature/descriptor vector quantizer tool—‘vocabulary tree’, of sorts comprising hierarchically organized sets of feature vectors—that effectively partitions feature space in a hierarchical manner, creating a quantized space that is mapped to integer encoding. The computerized implementation of the new technique(s) employs subroutine components, such as: A trainer component of the tool generates a hierarchical quantizer, Q, for application/use in novel image-insertion and image-query stages. The hierarchical quantizer, Q, tool is generated by running k-means on the feature (a/k/a descriptor) space, recursively, on each of a plurality of nodes of a resulting quantization level to ‘split’ each node of each resulting quantization level. Preferably, training of the hierarchical quantizer, Q, is performed in an ‘offline’ fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: University of Kentucky Research Foundation (UKRF)
    Inventors: David Nistér, Henrik Stewénius
  • Patent number: 7718885
    Abstract: The present synthesizer includes functionality for changing over from a current note to the following notes that results in natural and expressive combinations and transitions. The method of the present invention incorporates an delay (actual, functional, or look ahead) between receiving control data inputs and generating an output sound. This period of delay is used to modify how notes will be played according to control data inputs for later notes. The input to the synthesizer is typically a time-varying MIDI stream, which may be provided by a musician or a MIDI sequencer from stored data. An actual delay occurs when the synthesizer receives a MIDI stream and buffers it while looking ahead for changeovers between notes. A functional delay occurs in a system in which the synthesizer has knowledge of note changeovers ahead of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventor: Eric Lindemann
  • Patent number: 6852243
    Abstract: A confinement device for operative arrangement within a substrate etching chamber, having a lower surface of the device generally arranged over a substrate outer top surface such that a gap-spacing therebetween is generally equidistant. This spacing is less than a sheath thickness for the plasma, preferably less than ?rd of an inner width of an aperture through the lower surface of the device. The aperture, sized preferably greater than 3 times the sheath thickness, is in communication with a channel of the device in which an etchant gas can be confined for reaction to selectively etch a localized area in the substrate outer top surface generally below the aperture. A system for dry etching an IC wafer includes a substrate etching chamber and a confinement device. The etchant gas may be a plasma induced and sustained by RF energy, a microwave source, or other source, as designed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: LSI Logic Corporation
    Inventors: Charles W. Jurgensen, Gregory A. Johnson, Kunal N. Taravade
  • Patent number: 6793387
    Abstract: An apparatus and associated method of preparing a mixture using a computerized apparatus having a plurality of vessels, each of which is arranged on a support structure and oriented for dispensing a fluent substance through at least one exit port and a first flow channel. Each first flow channel is in further communication with a dedicated measurement assembly, for dosing fluent substance so dispensed, and a second flow channel. The apparatus also includes a receptacle support; and can further incorporate a user interface for receiving a first input concerning the mixture plus a storage device to hold instructions for locating a respective one of the second flow channels and the receptacle support in operative relation. The apparatus can further comprise titration and mixing modules; and an alternative apparatus and method can utilize a support structure having a framework moveably coupled to a sustaining member, whereby many flexible-walled vessels can be accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Chata Biosystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin D. Neas, Dennis L. Templar, Harry J. Tiffany, III
  • Patent number: 6734681
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for detecting manufacturing defects on unpopulated printed circuit boards under test (BUT) utilizing reliable single point current measurement. In a first set of preferred embodiments, an AC signal generator is connected to a signal plate placed under the BUT for applying an electrical field and thereby generating signals in conductors of the BUT. An array of pins mounted on an assembly on top of the BUT at fixed intervals samples currents from the test points on the BUT. In a second set of preferred embodiments, the AC signal generator is connected to the pin array, and the pins apply test signals into the conductive elements of the BUT at fixed intervals. The signal plate detects the electrical field on the BUT. The detected signals are analyzed to discern board faults.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Inventor: James Sabey
  • Patent number: 6729369
    Abstract: An apparatus (having a flexible-walled vessel compatible with a fluent substance not for direct consumption by mammals) for transporting the fluent substance and dispensing during research, testing, and other related processes. The process is separate from a filling-site where the vessel is filled. The vessel, as oriented by a support framework, has an upper-end and a lower-portion with at least one port through which the fluent substance is dispensed, and an outwardly-facing indicia. This port is in communication with a primary flow channel and a valve for controlling the dispensing of a preselected amount of the substance as needed during the process. The fluent substance is selected from the group consisting of liquid reagents, cleaning solutions, solvents, and/or other fluent substances used in the production process. A second flow channel, in communication with a second port of the vessel's lower-end, may be added for filling the vessel at the filling-site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Chata Biosystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin D. Neas, Dennis L. Templar
  • Patent number: 6727712
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for detecting manufacturing defects on unpopulated printed circuit boards under test (BUT) utilizing reliable single point current measurement. In a first set of preferred embodiments, an AC signal generator is connected to a signal plate placed under the BUT for applying an electrical field and thereby generating signals in conductors of the BUT. An array of pins mounted on an assembly on top of the BUT at fixed intervals samples currents from the test points on the BUT. In a second set of preferred embodiments, the AC signal generator is connected to the pin array, and the pins apply test signals into the conductive elements of the BUT at fixed intervals. The signal plate detects the electrical field on the BUT. The detected signals are analyzed to discern board faults.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: James Sabey
  • Patent number: D622527
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: Jack H Wang