Patents Assigned to Thales Avionics, Inc.
  • Patent number: 9282530
    Abstract: An entertainment system includes radio access nodes (RANs) spaced apart from each other and a location measurement node. The location measurement node includes a memory and at least one processor. The memory contains a seat layout map identifying an arrangement of seats and locations of the RANs relative to the seats. The processor measures distances between the RANs and a transceiver device located at a seat among the seats arranged according to a seat layout map residing in memory, and retrieves from the seat layout map, the locations of the RANs relative to the seats. The processor identifies one of the seats within the seat layout map where the transceiver device is located based on comparison of the measured distances and the retrieved locations of the RANs relative to the seats, and stores in the memory an identifier for the transceiver device associated with an identifier for the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Yves Couleaud, Tracy Decuir, David Reichert, Roberto Filocamo
  • Patent number: 9247279
    Abstract: A portable entertainment system for a vehicle includes a portable housing, a transceiver, a processor, a memory, and a rechargeable battery. The transceiver communicates through RF signals with Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) operated by vehicle passengers. The rechargeable battery supplies power to the transceiver, the processor, and the memory. The memory is coupled to the processor and includes entertainment content and further includes computer readable program code that causes the processor to communicate a list, of at least some of the entertainment content available in the memory, to the PEDs. A content selection message is received through the transceiver from one of the PEDs that requests communication of a selected one of the entertainment content identified in the list. The selected entertainment content is communicated through the transceiver to the PED. The transceiver, the processor, and the memory are enclosed within the portable housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Bleacher, Andrew Musgrave, David Thomas, Simon Gresham
  • Patent number: 9233764
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for testing a vehicle entertainment (IFE) system, comprising: functionally replicating each of a plurality of IFE components selected from the group consisting of an aircraft interface unit, a content server unit, a network distribution unit, and a seat unit with a corresponding simulator unit model that simulates functions of the respective IFE component; providing each simulator unit model on a simulator server having a processor, the simulator server connecting to an IFE network that also connects at least one of actual or simulated seat units to at least one of actual or simulated content servers; providing a test controller that controls each simulator unit model; transmitting scenario information containing operation instructions to the simulator unit model; and executing the scenario information by the simulator unit model to perform operations corresponding to the operation instructions that cause the simulator unit model to communicate over the IFE network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventor: Edouard Oliveira
  • Patent number: 9060202
    Abstract: A controller is disclosed that controls an entertainment system which includes a video display unit that is separate from the controller. The controller includes a network interface, a display device, and a processing device. The network interface communicates with the video display unit via at least one data network. The processing device communicates a first command over the at least one data network to control a display of first content on the video display unit, and controls a display of second content on the display device of the controller. The second content is displayed concurrently with the first content. Related entertainment systems are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher K. Mondragon, Brett Bleacher, John J. Daly, David Pook
  • Patent number: 9037178
    Abstract: Systems and methods for increasing a combined data rate for communication links between a plurality of radio systems and a plurality of base stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Krzysztof Ronald Grochla, Yair Bourlas, Maciej Zenon Borzecki, Bartlomiej Piotr Swiercz, Jaroslaw Piotr Dzierzega, Krzysztof Waclaw Jaskiewicz, Aleksander Karol Seman
  • Patent number: 9037354
    Abstract: A vehicle entertainment system is controlled responsive to gestures that are formed by a passenger of the vehicle. The vehicle entertainment system includes a display device, at least one gesture control camera, and a processor. The gesture control camera generates a camera signal responsive to light reflected from at least one object within a field of view of the at least one gesture control camera. The processor analyzes the camera signal to identify a gesture made by a passenger moving the at least one object, and controls at least one operation of the vehicle entertainment system responsive to the identified gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher K. Mondragon, Brett Bleacher, William W. Allen, David Reichert
  • Patent number: 8984421
    Abstract: Provided is a system and method for displaying a graphic on a crew user interface. The system comprises a crew user interface comprising an input and an output, a server accessed by the crew user interface comprising a display application program that retrieves screen configuration data stored in a non-volatile memory of a database connected to the server and an aircraft entertainment system connected to the crew user interface. The output comprises the graphic that is produced during run-time by the application program interpreting the screen configuration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Canal, Carla Ree Arnold, Pennie Walley
  • Patent number: 8928585
    Abstract: An in-flight entertainment system includes a video display unit facing a user seat. The video display unit includes a display surface that displays images to a user who is seated on the user seat. A light emitter illuminates eyes of the user. A camera outputs a video signal containing reflections from the illuminated eyes. A processor processes the video signal to determine a viewing location on the display surface at which the eyes are directed, and controls at least one function for how images are displayed on the display surface responsive to the determined viewing location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher K. Mondragon, Brett Bleacher
  • Patent number: 8929082
    Abstract: A module carrier unit comprises a plurality of passenger interface modules that perform different functions, the functions including at least one of inputting and outputting information, the modules having a common size, shape, and interface; an outer case portion comprising a plurality of receptacles, each having a common size, shape, and interface designed to receive one of the modules, the plurality of receptacles being such that a first module having a first function is operable in a first receptacle, and a second module having a second function is operable in the first receptacle, the modules being removably connected to the receptacles; and a communications interface that performs at least one of transmitting and receiving data to and from a processor located near a seat of a passenger in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignees: Thales Avionics, Inc., Phitek Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher K. Mondragon, Nigel Greig, Edward Scholten, Roy Moody, Paul Simmonds, Elaine Clarke, Thomas Allen Darbonne
  • Patent number: 8879760
    Abstract: Entertainment systems are provided including directional sound speakers associated with a media player of the entertainment system; and a directional sound controller associated with the directional sound speakers of the media player. The directional sound controller is configured to direct a sound beam associated with the media player at a defined target region such that the sound beam is only audible within the defined target region and experiences less than about 20 dB of leakage outside the target region during operation of the media player. In-flight entertainment systems and related methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Bleacher, Christopher K. Mondragon
  • Patent number: 8769015
    Abstract: Methods for distributing content in an entertainment system are provided. The entertainment system includes a plurality of clients connected in a bi-directional loop configuration. Each of the plurality of clients has at least one associated video display unit. The method includes deriving a content distribution plan for distributing content files to the plurality of clients based on a theoretical symmetric system where each of the plurality of clients in the symmetric system is configured to store at least a fraction of each of the content files; and applying the derived content distribution plan for distributing content files to an actual entertainment system wherein each of the content files are stored in full in at least one of the plurality of clients of the system to provide an actual content distribution plan for the actual entertainment system. Related entertainment systems and content distribution modules are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventor: Anh Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20140053185
    Abstract: A vehicle entertainment system is disclosed that includes docking cradles that can store handheld controllers, and a management terminal. The management terminal controls an electronically controlled lock apparatus of the cradles to selectively lock the handheld controllers in a stored position within the docking cradles. The management terminal may receive and display the status of which of the docking cradles store a handheld controller, and may display at least one user selectable indicia that is touch selectable by a user to control one or more of the docking cradles to lock and unlock handheld controllers stored therein. Related inductive charging circuits, theft alert circuits, and other components of the vehicle entertainment system are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Bleacher, Christopher K. Mondragon, Charles G. Smith, Richard J. Lopez
  • Patent number: 8649994
    Abstract: A method and associated system are provided for testing components of a vehicle entertainment system, comprising: interconnecting, via a network, a server computer comprising media content, and a plurality of user computers comprising software and hardware via which the user can interact with the media content; loading a test agent component onto a first of the user computers; loading a first scenario file comprising a series of user entry events that emulate user entry actions via a user interface device of the first user computer; executing the user entry events of the first scenario file by the test agent to generate system events that would normally be generated by a user operating the first user computer to interact with media server; and responding to the first user computer, by the server computer, to the system events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Edouard Oliveira, David H. Close, Jason Kyong-min Yi, Raghunath Narasimha Murthy Gunti, David Franciosi
  • Patent number: 8635654
    Abstract: A wireless communication system for a vehicle includes a seat or overhead video display unit, a control and audio unit that is associated with and located remotely with respect to the video display unit, a first wireless transceiver associated with the video display unit, a second wireless transceiver associated with the control and audio unit, where the first and second wireless transceivers are linked together for communication. The video display unit receives audiovisual content and splits audio content for transmission to the control unit. The control unit can similarly transmit control and selection information to the video display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Paulo Correa, Kenneth A. Brady, Jr., Gary Vanyek, V. Ian McClelland, Arnaud Heydler, Harmon F. Law
  • Patent number: 8621527
    Abstract: An aircraft in-flight entertainment system includes a plurality of seat electronic units (SEUs) that are daisy chained through a packet data network (PDN) loop to a content server containing media content. The SEU includes a power supply, a communication switch, a processor, a communication interface, and a power control circuit. The power supply supplies power to the communication switch, the processor, and the communication interface. The communication switch selectively routes packets containing media content through the processor and the communication interface to the video display unit, or through a segment of the PDN loop to a downstream electronic unit. The power control circuit responds to the power supply supplying less than a threshold level of power by supplying power to the communication switch from the segment of the PDN loop connected to the upstream electronic unit and/or the downstream electronic unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Yves Couleaud, Kenneth A. Brady, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8605917
    Abstract: A hand-held passenger control unit for use by a passenger on an aircraft or any other type of vehicle is provided. The control unit may include a controller, a memory, and a display panel. The control unit may have a first and a second mode of operation. In the first mode of operation, the control unit controls its own display panel. In the second mode of operation, the control unit controls a remote video display unit that is disposed proximate to the passenger. The control unit may also have an integrated audio player, thereby permitting passengers to bring their own audio content aboard the aircraft without having to bring their own audio players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Bleacher, Mark Thompson, Robert Kandel
  • Patent number: D746837
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew A. Guesnon, Jr.
  • Patent number: D752076
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: THALES AVIONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew A. Guesnon, Jr.
  • Patent number: D752077
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: THALES AVIONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew A. Guesnon, Jr.
  • Patent number: D752078
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: THALES AVIONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Andrew A. Guesnon, Jr.