Patents by Inventor Alan Erickson

Alan Erickson has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200334248
    Abstract: A format conversion engine for Apache Hadoop that converts data from its original format to a database-like format at certain time points for use by a low latency (LL) query engine. The format conversion engine comprises a daemon that is installed on each data node in a Hadoop cluster. The daemon comprises a scheduler and a converter. The scheduler determines when to perform the format conversion and notifies the converter when the time comes. The converter converts data on the data node from its original format to a database-like format for use by the low latency (LL) query engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Marcel Kornacker, Justin Erickson, Nong Li, Lenni Kuff, Henry Noel Robinson, Alan Choi, Alex Behm
  • Publication number: 20200334247
    Abstract: A format conversion engine for Apache Hadoop that converts data from its original format to a database-like format at certain time points for use by a low latency (LL) query engine. The format conversion engine comprises a daemon that is installed on each data node in a Hadoop cluster. The daemon comprises a scheduler and a converter. The scheduler determines when to perform the format conversion and notifies the converter when the time comes. The converter converts data on the data node from its original format to a database-like format for use by the low latency (LL) query engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Marcel Kornacker, Justin Erickson, Nong Li, Lenni Kuff, Henry Noel Robinson, Alan Choi, Alex Behm
  • Patent number: 10706059
    Abstract: A format conversion engine for Apache Hadoop that converts data from its original format to a database-like format at certain time points for use by a low latency (LL) query engine. The format conversion engine comprises a daemon that is installed on each data node in a Hadoop cluster. The daemon comprises a scheduler and a converter. The scheduler determines when to perform the format conversion and notifies the converter when the time comes. The converter converts data on the data node from its original format to a database-like format for use by the low latency (LL) query engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Cloudera, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcel Kornacker, Justin Erickson, Nong Li, Lenni Kuff, Henry Noel Robinson, Alan Choi, Alex Behm
  • Publication number: 20200122846
    Abstract: A deployable lead line anchor point system for an aerodynamic decelerator on an aerial vehicle, the system including a housing that is structured to attach to the aerial vehicle and store the aerodynamic decelerator in a stored state prior to deployment, the housing including a base that is structured to removably mount the housing to the aerial vehicle, and an inflatable tube that is stored in the housing and configured to extend from the housing and deploy the aerodynamic decelerator away from the aerial vehicle in response to inflation of the inflatable tube, the inflatable tube having a first end with a fluid port, and a second end, the first end structured to connect to the housing and the second end having a connector structured to anchor the lead line on the aerodynamic decelerator to the inflatable tube, preventing entanglement of the decelerator with the aerial vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventors: Alan Erickson, Amber McDonald, Zachary Cawvey
  • Publication number: 20190344897
    Abstract: An assembly for use with an aerodynamic decelerator for an aerial vehicle, such as a parachute, the assembly having a lead line with a first end and a second end, with the first end structured for attachment to the aerial vehicle, and an energy absorbing assembly having a first end attached to the second end of the shock cord and a second end structured for attachment to the parachute, the energy absorbing assembly in one implementation including an elongate flexible filament having first and second ends attached, the first end attached to the lead line and the second end attached to a decelerator. The first and second ends are attached to each other with rip-stitching, the first and second ends structured to break apart from each other in response to a load exerted by deployment of the parachute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Warren Reasner, Alan Erickson
  • Patent number: 10452083
    Abstract: A thermostat includes a plurality of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) wire connectors for receiving a plurality of HVAC control wires corresponding to an HVAC system. The thermostat also includes a thermostat processing and control circuit operative to at least partially control the operation of the HVAC system and a powering circuit coupled to the HVAC wire connectors and configured to provide an electrical load power to the thermostat processing and control circuit. The thermostat includes circuitry and methods for maximizing efficiency of energy harvested from the HVAC system connected to the thermostat, and depending on which system is connected to the thermostat, different power schemes can be implemented in order to obtain power from the HVAC system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Adam Warren, Hugo B. Fiennes, Jonathan Alan Dutra, David Bell, Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Ian C. Smith, Edwin H. Satterthwaite, Jr., Grant Michael Erickson, Andrea Mucignat, Joseph E. Palmer
  • Patent number: 10445407
    Abstract: In various embodiments, methods and systems, for automatically generating guides, are provided. A user can generate guides based on content zones of a wireframe layout or visual element layout. A selection of a content zone having a shape is received. A selection of a guide creation action to generate a grid structure encompassing the shape of the content zone is received. A determination of a boundary set for the shape is made. The boundary set includes a top boundary, a bottom boundary, a left boundary, and a right boundary. The boundary set is based on a data (e.g., vector, pixel, text) perimeter of the shape. The grid structure is automatically generated based on the shape. The grid structure comprises a top horizontal guide, a bottom horizontal guide, a left vertical guide, and right vertical guide. The grid structure is located adjacent to portions of the boundary set of the shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Adobe Inc.
    Inventors: Seth Alan Shaw, Alan Lee Erickson
  • Publication number: 20190227584
    Abstract: A thermostat includes a plurality of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) wire connectors for receiving a plurality of HVAC control wires corresponding to an HVAC system. The thermostat also includes a thermostat processing and control circuit operative to at least partially control the operation of the HVAC system and a powering circuit coupled to the HVAC wire connectors and configured to provide an electrical load power to the thermostat processing and control circuit. The thermostat includes circuitry and methods for maximizing efficiency of energy harvested from the HVAC system connected to the thermostat, and depending on which system is connected to the thermostat, different power schemes can be implemented in order to obtain power from the HVAC system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Adam Warren, Hugo B. Fiennes, Jonathan Alan Dutra, David Bell, Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Ian C. Smith, Edwin H. Satterthwaite, JR., Grant Michael Erickson, Andrea Mucignat, Joseph E. Palmer
  • Publication number: 20190039324
    Abstract: A product made by a method for bonding fibers that includes providing a first fiber layer and a second fiber layer positioned below the first fiber layer to bond the first fiber layer with the second fiber layer. The method may also include providing a first additive layer. The first additive layer is located between the first fiber layer and the second fiber layer. Then, the method may further include activating the first additive layer by directing energy at the first additive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Alan Erickson, Mackinzie Banbury
  • Patent number: 10149528
    Abstract: An applicator package (40), consisting of an applicator and a substance (48) in the applicator, is provided so a user can apply the substance (48) to a target region. A set of components is provided for being assembled as the applicator, and a method is provided for making the applicator package (40). The applicator package (40) includes a platform (42) having an outer side (56) and having an inner side (54) defining a substance support surface (55). The substance (48) is supported on the platform support surface (55). The platform (42) defines (1) at least one fill passage (58) that extends from the platform outer side (56) to the platform inner side (54), and (2) at least one channel (60) that is located between portions of the substance support surface (55) and that communicates between the platform inner side (54) and the platform outer side (56). A dome (46 or 44) is initially, releasably mounted on the platform (42) over the substance (48) at the platform inner side (54).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Alan Erickson, Mark G. Neuhalfen, Stephen Virgilio
  • Patent number: 10137638
    Abstract: A method for bonding fibers includes providing a first fiber layer and a second fiber layer positioned below the first fiber layer to bond the first fiber layer with the second fiber layer. The method may also include providing a first additive layer. The first additive layer is located between the first fiber layer and the second fiber layer. Then, the method may further include activating the first additive layer by directing energy at the first additive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: INDEMNIS, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Erickson, Mackinzie Banbury
  • Publication number: 20180104902
    Abstract: A method for bonding fibers includes providing a first fiber layer and a second fiber layer positioned below the first fiber layer to bond the first fiber layer with the second fiber layer. The method may also include providing a first additive layer. The first additive layer is located between the first fiber layer and the second fiber layer. Then, the method may further include activating the first additive layer by directing energy at the first additive layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Alan Erickson, Mackinzie Banbury
  • Publication number: 20180055086
    Abstract: An extruder has an auger unit having an extruder screw. The extruder also has a food product inlet passageway and a food product die outlet. The food product inlet passageway is configured to receive food product extruded via the extruder screw. The food product die outlet is configured to expel food product from the extruder as an extrudate. The extruder further has at least first and second food passageways that operatively and in parallel connect the inlet passageway to the die outlet. The first and second food product passageways are configured such that food product passing through the first food passageway will travel from the inlet passageway to the die outlet more quickly than food product passing through the second food passageway will travel from the inlet passageway to the die outlet as additional food product is forced into the inlet passageway by the extruder screw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: Kevin Cizio, Alan Erickson
  • Patent number: 9889941
    Abstract: A system and method for resisting an uncontrolled descent or uncontrolled flight condition of an aerial vehicle, the system including a parachute having shroud lines attached to a canopy, a housing to store the parachute, an inflatable tube that attaches to and is stored in the housing, the tube having a distal end with a connector that connects to the shroud lines, and a source of fluid that couples to the tube and selectively introduces fluid into the enclosed interior of the inflatable tube to inflate the tube and force the distal end of the tube and the attached parachute out of the housing and away from the aerial vehicle, wherein the tube tethers the parachute to the aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: INDEMNIS, INC.
    Inventors: Alan Erickson, Amber McDonald, Zachary Cawvey
  • Patent number: 9775424
    Abstract: A platform (42) and lid (44) are connected and operated by a user according to a method of applying a substance (48) to a target region. The platform (42) has an outer side (56) and has an inner side (54) defining a substance support surface (55) on which the substance (48) is supported. The user holds the open lid (44) with one hand while extending a finger of that hand alongside the platform outer side (56) and exerts a force with the finger on the platform outer side (56) in a direction to urge the substance (48) against the target region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventors: Gregory Alan Erickson, Mark G. Neuhalfen, Stephen Virgilio
  • Publication number: 20160353860
    Abstract: An applicator package (40), consisting of an applicator and a substance (48) in the applicator, is provided so a user can apply the substance (48) to a target region. A set of components is provided for being assembled as the applicator, and a method is provided for making the applicator package (40). The applicator package (40) includes a platform (42) having an outer side (56) and having an inner side (54) defining a substance support surface (55). The substance (48) is supported on the platform support surface (55). The platform (42) defines (1) at least one fill passage (58) that extends from the platform outer side (56) to the platform inner side (54), and (2) at least one channel (60) that is located between portions of the substance support surface (55) and that communicates between the platform inner side (54) and the platform outer side (56). A dome (46 or 44) is initially, releasably mounted on the platform (42) over the substance (48) at the platform inner side (54).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Applicant: AptarGroup, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Alan Erickson, Mark G. Neuhalfen, Stephen Virgilio
  • Patent number: D823572
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: POST CONSUMER BRANDS, LLC
    Inventors: Ellen Johnston, James T. Schultz, Alan Erickson
  • Patent number: D826515
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: POST CONSUMER BRANDS, LLC
    Inventors: Ellen Johnston, James T. Schultz, Alan Erickson
  • Patent number: D836285
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: POST CONSUMER BRANDS, LLC
    Inventors: Ellen Johnston, James T. Schultz, Alan Erickson
  • Patent number: D877447
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: POST CONSUMER BRANDS, LLC
    Inventors: Ellen Johnston, James T. Schultz, Alan Erickson