Patents Examined by Randall N Crenwelge
  • Patent number: 9196169
    Abstract: A real-time virtual reality welding system including a programmable processor-based subsystem, a spatial tracker operatively connected to the programmable processor-based subsystem, at least one mock welding tool capable of being spatially tracked by the spatial tracker, and at least one display device operatively connected to the programmable processor-based subsystem. The system is capable of simulating, in virtual reality space, a weld puddle having real-time molten metal fluidity and heat dissipation characteristics. The system is further capable of importing data into the virtual reality welding system and analyzing the data to characterize a student welder's progress and to provide training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Wayne Wallace, Carl Peters, Antonius Aditjandra
  • Patent number: 8915740
    Abstract: A simulator facilitates virtual welding activity of pipe and open root weld joints. The simulator may include a logic processor based system operable to execute coded instructions for generating an interactive welding environment that emulates welding activity on a section of virtual pipe having at least one virtual weld joint. It also includes a display connected to the logic processor based system for visually depicting the interactive welding environment, wherein the display depicts the section of virtual pipe. A mock welding tool is provided for performing virtual welding activity on the at least one weld joint in real time where one or more sensors are adapted to track movement of the input device in real time for communicating data about the movement of the input device to the logic processor based system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: David Anthony Zboray, Matthew Alan Bennett, Matthew Wayne Wallace, Jeremiah Hennessey, Yvette Christine Dudac, Zachary Steven Lenker, Andrew Paul Lundell, Paul Dana, Eric A. Preisz, Lynn Briggs, Richard B. Droller, Eric C. Briggs
  • Patent number: 8915738
    Abstract: A driver performance evaluation and apparatus includes means for generating first data stream representing driver actions, a second data stream representing vehicle movements, a filtering function to eliminate short term actions in both data streams, the generation of a raw score which is independent of timing and the adjustment of the raw score based on a comparison of actual driver action timing to an ideal timing sequence to provide a final score which is an indication of driver performance/proficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Matteo T. Mannino
  • Patent number: 8851896
    Abstract: A simulator facilitating virtual welding activity. The simulator may include a logic processor based subsystem operable to generate an interactive welding environment in virtual reality space that emulates welding activity by simulating a virtual weld puddle having dynamic, real time molten metal fluidity and heat dissipation characteristics, responsive to performing a simulated welding activity in real time. The simulator may include a foot pedal device in operative communication with the logic processor based subsystem and configured to affect a characteristic of the virtual weld puddle in real time, responsive to user control of the foot pedal device. The simulator may be configured to track the movements of a mock welding tool and a mock filler wire and determine interaction between the virtual weld puddle, a corresponding virtual welding tool, and a corresponding filler wire in virtual reality space that would result in the welding tool becoming contaminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Wayne Wallace, David Anthony Zboray, Antonius Aditjandra, Adam Lee Webb, Deanna Postlethwaite, Zachary Steven Lenker
  • Patent number: 8827706
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing firearms training without using traditional firearms. Replicas of firearms have control systems in communication with magazines inserted into the replicas to control the number of rounds that can be fired for each magazine. The control systems can also monitor, record and communicate data relating to all use of the replica to centralized control units. Additionally, the control systems can include location sensors to monitor the location of the replicas and only authorize firing of the replicas in approved locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Practical Air Rifle Training Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Russell Hogan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8794968
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for making more accurate range and marksmanship determinations in laser-based military engagements. These methods and systems allow a shooter and a target in a laser engagement system to be paired with one another in a substantially unambiguous manner. Such pairing allows the lasers to be used at full power and is particularly well suited for clustered environments in which multiple combatants may be in close proximity to one another. The methods and systems are also particularly well suited for testing new or experimental weapon systems by virtue of the more accurate range and marksmanship estimates provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Allister McNeish, Keith A. Kunz
  • Patent number: 8777629
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) and a method for simulating a welding process. The device comprises a computer (2) having an input device (11) and an output device (6), a welding torch (3), a magnetic position monitoring device having at least one transmitter and a plurality of sensors, a retaining device (15) for a workpiece (4) used for the simulation and a visualization device (16) for generating a two- or three-dimensional image on the output device (6). The retaining device (15) has a recess into which the workpiece (4) can be inserted, at least one transmitter of the position monitoring device being arranged below the recess at as small a distance from the workpiece as possible, and the retaining device (15) being designed as a small, portable box to be placed on a table (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Fronius International GmbH
    Inventors: Josef Kreindl, Stefan Glanseck
  • Patent number: 8747116
    Abstract: A real-time virtual reality welding system including a programmable processor-based subsystem, a spatial tracker operatively connected to the programmable processor-based subsystem, at least one mock welding tool capable of being spatially tracked by the spatial tracker, and at least one display device operatively connected to the programmable processor-based subsystem. The system is capable of simulating, in virtual reality space, a weld puddle having real-time molten metal fluidity and heat dissipation characteristics. The system is further capable of displaying the simulated weld puddle on the display device in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: David Anthony Zboray, Matthew Alan Bennett, Matthew Wayne Wallace, Jeremiah Hennessey, Yvette Christine Dudac, Zachary Steven Lenker, Andrew Paul Lundell, Paul Dana, Eric A. Preisz
  • Patent number: 8740622
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods and devices for teaching the proper configuration of the oral articulators, particularly the tongue, corresponding to particular speech sounds by providing intraoral tactile feedback. Intraoral tactile feedback is achieved by placing nodes in the oral cavity of the patient in locations corresponding to the proper lingual position required to produce a target sound. These nodes facilitate identification of the appropriate lingual position corresponding to a target speech sound by providing tactile differentiation when the target sound is properly produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Articulate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Penake, Alexey Salamini, Gordy Rogers, Joe Watson
  • Patent number: 8714979
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for simulating a missile. A simulation program for a weapon using a processor unit is executed in a simulation unit. A number of input signals is received from a control station in a vehicle through an interface system connected to a weapons interface on the vehicle. The interface system is in communications with the processor unit. The control station is capable of operating the weapon connected to the weapons interface. A number of output signals is generated using a simulation of the weapon. The number of output signals is sent through the weapons interface to the control station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James Victor Leonard, Robert Kastner Menzel, Richard E. Meyer, Aaron L. Eggemeyer, Joshua Ryan Pollema, William J. Ebert, III
  • Patent number: 8657605
    Abstract: Arc welding simulations that provide simulation of virtual destructive and non-destructive testing and inspection of virtual weldments for training purposes. The virtual testing simulations may be performed on virtual weldments created using a virtual reality welding simulator system (e.g., a virtual reality arc welding (VRAW) system). The virtual inspection simulations may be performed on “pre-canned” (i.e. pre-defined) virtual weldments or using virtual weldments created using a virtual reality welding simulator system. In general, virtual testing may be performed using a virtual reality welding simulator system (e.g., a virtual reality arc welding (VRAW) system), and virtual inspection may be performed using a standalone virtual weldment inspection (VWI) system or using a virtual reality welding simulator system (e.g., a virtual reality arc welding (VRAW) system).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Wayne Wallace, Carl Peters
  • Patent number: 8573978
    Abstract: Systems, method, and programs evaluate a driving condition of a vehicle in accordance with road characteristic information that is included in map data, acquire evaluation information that includes an evaluation result based on the evaluation, and store the evaluation information. The systems, methods, and programs acquire update data to change the road characteristic information included in the map data, update the map data, and analyze the evaluation result for the evaluation information acquired during the period between the time when a road characteristic is modified and the time when the map data is updated, based on the changed road characteristic information included in the updated map data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoki Miura
  • Patent number: 8442423
    Abstract: A digital media item, such as an electronic book (eBook), may include testing content. The testing content may include questions about the content of the digital media item. When is user is viewing the digital media item on an electronic device, such as an eBook reader, the user may be allowed to select whether the testing content is displayed. The user may also be allowed to select a particular mode of testing, such as automatic testing, selective testing, etc. If the user chooses to display the testing content, the user may also be allowed to provide answers to the testing questions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Ryan, Edward J. Gayles, Laurent An Minh Nguyen, Steven K. Weiss, Martin Görner
  • Patent number: 8297980
    Abstract: A calf roping training apparatus incorporating a simulated calf, a support column and a towing structure. The support column has a spin joint and an invert joint. The calf body of the simulated calf is formed by one or more pieces of simulated skin and a simulated head fixed in anatomical form by a body frame. The support column is anchored to the towing structure. The towing structure has a tow member, a pair of long skids, a short skid, and a towing attachment device. The support column base is attached to the short skid which provides for transfer of the weight of the simulated calf to the ground. The support column top is attached to or integrated with the body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: William Clark Reynolds
  • Patent number: 8113841
    Abstract: A reading device for blind or visually impaired persons for recognizing and reading text passages comprises an image capturing unit being configured to capture an image of an environment of a blind or visually impaired person and to output image data corresponding thereto, an image processing unit being configured to process the image data such that text is recognized and extracted from the image data and to output text data corresponding thereto, a text outputting unit being configured to output data corresponding to the text data in a form noticeable or convertable to be noticeable by the blind or visually impaired person, and a housing comprising a first part and a second part, the first part having the image capturing unit attached thereto and the second part accommodating the image processing unit and the text outputting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Beyo GmbH
    Inventors: Raul Rojas, Cüneyt Göktekin, Oliver Tenchio
  • Patent number: 8002551
    Abstract: A student providing a multi-word response in a computerized language teaching system provides a manual input concurrently with each responsive word. For example, he might enter a keystroke correspondent to the first letter of each word. When using the teaching computer silently, a student will typically “speak” each word mentally as he enters a keystroke, so the limited experience is almost as effective as speaking out loud. When a student types one or more keystrokes concurrently with each word that he speaks, the computer will be able to detect when a student is responding with a correct word, but merely mispronouncing it. Also, since the computer will receive a keystroke as the student starts each new word, it is better able to distinguish the boundaries between words and recognize them more reliably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Rosetta Stone, Ltd.
    Inventors: Gregory Keim, Jack August Marmorstein, Ronald Bryce Inouye, John Fairfield, Michael Scott Fulkerson