Patents Represented by Attorney Steven M. Milde, Hoffberg & Macklin, LLP Hoffberg
  • Patent number: 5920477
    Abstract: The need for a more-readily usable interface for programmable devices is widely recognized. The present invention relates to programmable sequencing devices, or, more particularly, the remote controls for consumer electronic devices. The present invention provides an enhanced interface for facilitating human input of a desired control sequence in a programmable device by employing specialized visual feedback. The present invention also relates to a new interface and method of interfacing with a programmable device, which is usable as an interface for a programmable video cassette recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventors: Steven M. Hoffberg, Linda I. Hoffberg-Borghesani
  • Patent number: 5875108
    Abstract: An adaptive interface for a programmable system, for predicting a desired user function, based on user history, as well as machine internal status and context. The apparatus receives an input from the user and other data. A predicted input is presented for confirmation by the user, and the predictive mechanism is updated based on this feedback. Also provided is a pattern recognition system for a multimedia device, wherein a user input is matched to a video stream on a conceptual basis, allowing inexact programming of a multimedia device. The system analyzes a data stream for correspondence with a data pattern for processing and storage. The data stream is subjected to adaptive pattern recognition to extract features of interest to provide a highly compressed representation which may be efficiently processed to determine correspondence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventors: Steven M. Hoffberg, Linda I. Hoffberg-Borghesani
  • Patent number: 5867386
    Abstract: The need for a more-readily usable interface for programmable devices is widely recognized. The present invention relates to programmable sequencing devices, or, more particularly, the remote controls for consumer electronic devices. The present invention provides an enhanced interface for facilitating human input of a desired control sequence in a programmable device by employing specialized visual feedback. The present invention also relates to a new interface and method of interfacing with a programmable device, which is usable as an interface for a programmable video cassette recorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventors: Steven M. Hoffberg, Linda I. Hoffberg-Borghesani
  • Patent number: 5802859
    Abstract: A self-contained refrigerant recovery device for recovering refrigerant from a transfer vessel into a storage reservoir, comprising, in a single enclosure a qualitative analyzer for determining a quality of a refrigerant in the transfer vessel; a quantitative analyzer for determining a quantity of refrigerant in the transfer vessel; a refrigerant extractor for withdrawing refrigerant from the transfer vessel into a storage reservoir; an accounting system for determining a value of refrigerant in the transfer vessel based on the qualitative analysis and the quantitative analysis; and an output for outputting said value. The system preferably has a plurality of storage reservoirs, the refrigerant being withdrawn from the transfer vessel into one of said plurality of storage reservoirs based on said qualitative analysis. In operation, a single connection between the transfer vessel and the recovery device is sufficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Hudson Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Zugibe
  • Patent number: 5774357
    Abstract: A human interface device for a user, including a data transmission selector for selecting at least one of a plurality of simultaneously transmitted programs being responsive to an input; a program database containing information relating to at least one the plurality of programs, having an output; a graphical user interface for receiving user commands; and a controller for controlling the graphical user interface and the data transmission selector, the controller determining a user characteristic, receiving the output of the program database and presenting, based on the user characteristic and the program database, information relating to at least one of the plurality of programs on the graphic user interface in association with a command, the graphic user interface allowing the user to select the command and thereby authorize an operation in relation to the at least one of the plurality of programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Inventors: Steven M. Hoffberg, Linda I. Hoffberg-Borghesani
  • Patent number: 5770289
    Abstract: A die cut self adhesive label sheet, comprising at least three circular CD-ROM labels arranged on a letter or A4 size sheet. The sheet preferably has about a 5 mm margin on each side, with CD-ROM label diameters of about 115 mm (letter size) and 112-113 mm (A4 size). A plurality of additional labels may be formed in the interstices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventor: Peter Tracy