Patents by Inventor ALAN HIGHTOWER

ALAN HIGHTOWER 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).

  • Patent number: 10791848
    Abstract: Sensory outputs are synchronized to input tempos for providing soothing and other effects for children and other persons. In example embodiments, juvenile products such as rockers and swings have motors that are controlled to produce an oscillatory motion with an adaptive tempo that is synchronized to rhythmic inputs such as a parent's heartbeat. In other example embodiments, juvenile products such as music players are controlled to output signals to play songs via speakers with an adaptive tempo that is synchronized to rhythmic inputs such as an infant's respiratory rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: KIDS2, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Zufi, Scott Wells, Alan Hightower
  • Publication number: 20190357697
    Abstract: Sensory outputs are synchronized to input tempos for providing soothing and other effects for children and other persons. In example embodiments, juvenile products such as rockers and swings have motors that are controlled to produce an oscillatory motion with an adaptive tempo that is synchronized to rhythmic inputs such as a parent's heartbeat. In other example embodiments, juvenile products such as music players are controlled to output signals to play songs via speakers with an adaptive tempo that is synchronized to rhythmic inputs such as an infant's respiratory rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Applicant: KIDS II, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan ZUFI, Scott WELLS, Alan HIGHTOWER
  • Patent number: 9780895
    Abstract: A radio tuning method for a vehicle includes sensing that the vehicle is traveling out of a first broadcast range of a first radio station that a radio of the vehicle is currently tuned to. The first radio station broadcasts first content. A second radio station is identified having a second broadcast range that the vehicle will be in when the vehicle is no longer in the first broadcast range. The identifying includes determining that the second radio station broadcasts second content that is substantially similar to the first content broadcasted by the first radio station. A user of the vehicle is provided with an option to switch tuning of the radio from the first radio station to the second radio station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Eric Williams, Alan Hightower
  • Publication number: 20170093511
    Abstract: A radio tuning method for a vehicle includes sensing that the vehicle is traveling out of a first broadcast range of a first radio station that a radio of the vehicle is currently tuned to. The first radio station broadcasts first content. A second radio station is identified having a second broadcast range that the vehicle will be in when the vehicle is no longer in the first broadcast range. The identifying includes determining that the second radio station broadcasts second content that is substantially similar to the first content broadcasted by the first radio station. A user of the vehicle is provided with an option to switch tuning of the radio from the first radio station to the second radio station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: ERIC WILLIAMS, ALAN HIGHTOWER
  • Patent number: 9548829
    Abstract: A radio tuning method for a vehicle includes sensing that the vehicle is traveling out of a first broadcast range of a first radio station that a radio of the vehicle is currently tuned to. The first radio station broadcasts first content. A second radio station is identified having a second broadcast range that the vehicle will be in when the vehicle is no longer in the first broadcast range. The identifying includes determining that the second radio station broadcasts second content that is substantially similar to the first content broadcasted by the first radio station. A user of the vehicle is provided with an option to switch tuning of the radio from the first radio station to the second radio station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Eric Williams, Alan Hightower
  • Publication number: 20160182173
    Abstract: A method of operating a vehicle radio system includes the following automatic, computer-implemented steps. A radio is tuned to a first radio station of a particular genre. It is determined that a received signal strength from the first radio station is becoming weaker. Other candidate radio stations of the particular genre are scanned for. Respective broadcast locations of the candidate radio stations are ascertained. One of the candidate radio stations is selected to switch tuning to. The selecting is based upon the ascertained broadcast locations of the candidate radio stations and a planned route of the vehicle received from a navigation system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: ERIC WILLIAMS, ALAN HIGHTOWER
  • Publication number: 20160173213
    Abstract: A radio tuning method for a vehicle includes sensing that the vehicle is traveling out of a first broadcast range of a first radio station that a radio of the vehicle is currently tuned to. The first radio station broadcasts first content. A second radio station is identified having a second broadcast range that the vehicle will be in when the vehicle is no longer in the first broadcast range. The identifying includes determining that the second radio station broadcasts second content that is substantially similar to the first content broadcasted by the first radio station. A user of the vehicle is provided with an option to switch tuning of the radio from the first radio station to the second radio station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: ERIC WILLIAMS, ALAN HIGHTOWER
  • Patent number: 9306688
    Abstract: A radio tuning method for a vehicle includes sensing that the vehicle is traveling out of a first broadcast range of a first radio station that a radio of the vehicle is currently tuned to. The first radio station broadcasts first content. A second radio station is identified having a second broadcast range that the vehicle will be in when the vehicle is no longer in the first broadcast range. The identifying includes determining that the second radio station broadcasts second content that is substantially similar to the first content broadcasted by the first radio station. A user of the vehicle is provided with an option to switch tuning of the radio from the first radio station to the second radio station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: Eric Williams, Alan Hightower
  • Publication number: 20150229420
    Abstract: A radio tuning method for a vehicle includes sensing that the vehicle is traveling out of a first broadcast range of a first radio station that a radio of the vehicle is currently tuned to. The first radio station broadcasts first content. A second radio station is identified having a second broadcast range that the vehicle will be in when the vehicle is no longer in the first broadcast range. The identifying includes determining that the second radio station broadcasts second content that is substantially similar to the first content broadcasted by the first radio station. A user of the vehicle is provided with an option to switch tuning of the radio from the first radio station to the second radio station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Applicant: Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
    Inventors: ERIC WILLIAMS, ALAN HIGHTOWER