Patents by Inventor Andrew Long

Andrew Long 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: 20130091206
    Abstract: Illustrated is a system and method to retrieve a list that includes at least one contact, from a social network platform. The system and method to build a contact object for the at least one contact, the contact object including an avatar representing the at least one contact. Additionally, the system and method to retrieve update data for the at least one contact object over a period of time. Further, the system and method to display the avatar and the update data associated with the at least one contact object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: Juliano Godinho Varaschin de Moraes, Edward Ballot, Eric Lovett, Andrew Long, Andrew Grignon
  • Patent number: 8365064
    Abstract: In one embodiment, access a first one of one or more network resources, the first network resource comprising one or more keywords. For each of the keywords of the first network resource: request a search engine to conduct a search on the keyword; obtain one or more second ones of the network resources identified by the search engine as a result of the search conducted on the keyword; and associate the second network resources identified for the keyword with the keyword. Rank the keywords of the first network resource according to their relative degrees of popularity based at least on a number of the network resources tagged with the keyword. Visually distinguish the keywords of the first network resource according to their popularity ranking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventor: James Andrew Long
  • Patent number: 8334425
    Abstract: An absorbent article may include one or more circuits formed on the exterior of the article that are configured to connect to a monitoring device. When connected to a monitoring device, the circuit(s) can be used to provide input data to the monitoring device. The monitoring device may provide audio, visual, and other feedback that changes based on user input data. In some embodiments, the monitoring device can further connect to one or more circuits internal to the article to sense changes in the state of the article. For example, interactive features supported by the monitoring device may relate to the wetness state of the article and/or may be used to control the type of indication(s) provided by the monitoring device when wetness (or another state) is detected. In some embodiments, the monitoring device can be used to provide interactive games for the user of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Ales, Shirlee Ann Weber, Andrew Long
  • Publication number: 20120275068
    Abstract: A fault tolerant electrical machine including: a plurality of phases; a detector arranged to detect a fault in at least one of the phases; and a controller arranged to intentionally cause a fault in at least one other of the phases such that the vector sum of the second harmonic power vectors of the remaining phases is zero.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventors: John James Anthony Cullen, Stephen Andrew Long
  • Patent number: 8224055
    Abstract: A reference image is used to calibrate a subsequent image, such as one obtained during therapy. A number of local histograms are prepared for each image, a transformation is identified that transforms the histograms to be substantially the same and is applied to voxels in the subsequent image. Changes between the reference and subsequent images such as the movement of internal structures will be preserved since the method compares local histograms and this corrects intensities, not shapes. Gently varying artifacts such as the cup artifact will be substantially eliminated. The volume image thus derived can then be used for treatment planning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Elekta AB (publ)
    Inventor: Andrew Long
  • Publication number: 20120167010
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for a user interface that provides active assistance to discover, investigate, refine and save multiple topics of interest, i.e., a topic incubator where user interests are discovered, quickly developed to maturity and preserved. Each topic may have an independent topic interface with independently suggested topics. In each topic interface, users may control topic development by selecting saved topics, dynamically suggested topics and manually entered topics. Suggested topics may be based on saved interests, related interests and/or browsed content. Suggested topics may differ between topic interfaces and may change with topics. Suggested topics may be continuously refined or updated based on existing topics, changed topics, selected suggested topics and selected content. Users control treatment of selected topics individually or as refinements of (combinations with) other topics to create compound topics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Neil Gawain Campbell, Barry Crane, James Andrew Long
  • Patent number: 8193750
    Abstract: Electrical machine arrangements have advantages with regard to providing local electrical power and starting. Embedding such electrical machine arrangements in machinery such as gas turbine engines is advantageous in removing mechanical linkages and reducing aerodynamic drag. However, the components utilized must be able to withstand harsh environmental conditions and therefore the DC link capacitor used for smoothing of voltage fluctuations are limited to relatively low capacitance densities. Low density DC link capacitors require large sizes which render electrical machines less acceptable for embedded usage. By providing offset of electrical current in inductance elements such as stator windings and stator coils of electrical machines in dead periods of the cycle a reduction in DC link capacitor requirements is achieved reducing the size, weight and complexity of installing electrical machines in gas turbine engines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventors: David Reginald Trainer, Harsh Agarwal, Stephen Mark Husband, Gareth Edward Moore, David James Powell, Stephen Andrew Long
  • Publication number: 20120084657
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein for providing content to a user from multiple sources based on interest tag(s) that are included in an interest cloud. An interest cloud is a tag cloud that includes interest tags, which correspond to respective interests of a user. An interest of a user is subject matter that is deemed to have a greater importance than other subject matter to the user based on information that pertains to the user. For example, an interest of a user may be derived from information in the user's emails, social update streams, web browsing history, a content element that is selected by the user, content that is received from a source that is selected by the user, etc. In another example, a user may designate subject matter as being an interest of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventors: Manish Ranade, James Andrew Long, Amit Motgi
  • Publication number: 20110276921
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein for selecting content based on interest tags that are included in an interest cloud. An interest cloud is a tag cloud that includes interest tags, which correspond to respective interests of a user. An interest of a user is subject matter that is deemed to have a greater importance than other subject matter to the user based on information that pertains to the user. For example, an interest of a user may be derived from information in the user's emails, vitality streams, Web browsing history, etc. In another example, a user may designate subject matter as being an interest of the user. For instance, if a user adds an interest tag to an interest cloud, subject matter that corresponds to the interest tag is said to be an interest of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventor: James Andrew Long
  • Patent number: 8043272
    Abstract: A collection insert for use in a diaper for the testing of the urine of a baby is generally disclosed. The collection insert is configured to collect and temporarily retain the urine, allowing the urine to be later tested for the presence of absence of an analyte. The collection insert is fluidly isolated from the absorbent core of the diaper, and can be positioned between the bodyside liner and the outer cover or located in a pocket defined by the bodyside liner. The collection insert can include an insert cover and a collection core, such as a sponge, cellulosic material, polymeric nonwoven material, and the like. Additionally, the collection insert can be substantially free of superabsorbent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Long, Shirlee Ann Weber
  • Patent number: 7924971
    Abstract: For Respiration Correlated Cone Beam CT scanning, we have observed that improvements in the frame rate are in fact undesirable. We therefore propose a radiographic apparatus comprising a beam of radiation and a detector therefor, adapted to obtain a two dimensional image of the beam after passing through a cyclically varying object to be investigated, a processor adapted to review the images and select images at like points in the cycle, and a control means for the beam of radiation adapted to activate the beam periodically. The control means can activate the beam at a frequency of between 0.5 and 5 Hertz, more preferably between 1 and 3 Hertz, which corresponds (roughly) to a frequency that is between 6 and 10 times the frequency of the cyclical variation. It will assist if the selected point of the cycle is an extremity thereof, as the rate of change in these areas is at a minimum. Thus, slight mismatches between the two cycles will then have only a small effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Elekta AB (Publ)
    Inventors: Christopher Knox, Andrew Long, Kevin Brown
  • Patent number: 7907699
    Abstract: A reference phantom includes CT-imageable detail together with light-reflective spheres. This item can be placed on a patient table in a known location, following which the diagnostic source can be activated to detect the phantom position relative to the isocentre and camera employed to detect the PSS position. A synthetic image of the phantom can be used for comparison with the CT dataset. This allows improved correlation of the source and the patient support, enable further steps to be taken in enhancing the clinical effectiveness of the apparatus. In-use variations of the isocentre location can be corrected in real time by adjustment of the patient support. Thus, as the isocentre moves, the patient can be moved so as to track the moving isocentre. The linac arm could also be designed differently, as the existing design constraint (that isocentre movement must be limited as far as possible) could potentially be relaxed in order to achieve other aims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Elekta AB (publ)
    Inventors: Andrew Long, Michael Vogele
  • Publication number: 20110047447
    Abstract: In one embodiment, access a first one of one or more network resources, the first network resource comprising one or more keywords. For each of the keywords of the first network resource: request a search engine to conduct a search on the keyword; obtain one or more second ones of the network resources identified by the search engine as a result of the search conducted on the keyword; and associate the second network resources identified for the keyword with the keyword. Rank the keywords of the first network resource according to their relative degrees of popularity based at least on a number of the network resources tagged with the keyword. Visually distinguish the keywords of the first network resource according to their popularity ranking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventor: James Andrew Long
  • Patent number: 7860215
    Abstract: Flat panel images obtained during concurrent radiotherapy typically suffer from artefacts that relate to the pulses of MV energy. For a radiotherapeutic apparatus comprising a pulsed source of therapeutic radiation, a detector comprising control circuitry, an array of pixel elements, each having a signal output and an ‘enable’ input and being arranged to release a signal via the signal output upon being triggered by the enable input, and an interpreter arranged to receive the signal outputs of the pixel elements, the interpreter having a reset control, there are advantages in the control circuitry being adapted to reset the interpreter after a pulse of therapeutic radiation, prior to enabling at least one pixel of the array. Alternatively, the control circuitry can prompt a plurality of pulses by the pulsed source and then enable a plurality of pixels of the array. In effect, the therapeutic pulses are grouped into a short flurry of pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Elekta AB (publ)
    Inventors: Andrew Long, Kevin Brown, John Allen
  • Publication number: 20100322491
    Abstract: A method is disclosed whereby a prior reference image is used as a calibration source for a volume image prepared using less accurate apparatus, such as during therapy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: Elekta AB (publ)
    Inventor: Andrew Long
  • Patent number: 7839304
    Abstract: An onboard system for a rotary wing aircraft detects a limit cycle oscillation in the tail mast and provides a timely indication of the limit cycle oscillation to an aircrew before serious damage to the airframe is likely to occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Robert Michael Riser, Matthew Joseph Stepura, Mark Andrew Long, Allen James Landers
  • Patent number: 7830105
    Abstract: Embedding electrical machines in gas turbine engines has particular advantages by avoiding the need to provide mechanical connections. However, electrical machines such as switched reluctance electrical machines require relatively large electrical capacitors to accommodate and filter voltage variations in the phases of the electrical machine. Generally, the electrical machine will have a motoring period or generating period with a spacer period between. By injecting electrical current as electrical power in the spacer period, there is limited effect upon net torque within the electrical machine or electrical power generation. However, such stored electrical power in an inductive winding element of the electrical machine augments power pulses provided by a power source incorporating an electrical capacitor. In such circumstances, a smaller sized electrical capacitor can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventors: David Reginald Trainer, John James Anthony Cullen, Stephen Andrew Long
  • Publication number: 20100104070
    Abstract: For Respiration Correlated Cone Beam CT scanning, we have observed that improvements in the frame rate are in fact undesirable. We therefore propose a radiographic apparatus comprising a beam of radiation and a detector therefor, adapted to obtain a two dimensional image of the beam after passing through a cyclically varying object to be investigated, a processor adapted to review the images and select images at like points in the cycle, and a control means for the beam of radiation adapted to activate the beam periodically. The control means can activate the beam at a frequency of between 0.5 and 5 Hertz, more preferably between 1 and 3 Hertz, which corresponds (roughly) to a frequency that is between 6 and 10 times the frequency of the cyclical variation. It will assist if the selected point of the cycle is an extremity thereof, as the rate of change in these areas is at a minimum. Thus, slight mismatches between the two cycles will then have only a small effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: Elekta AB (publ)
    Inventors: Christopher Knox, Andrew Long, Kevin Bronw
  • Patent number: 7649125
    Abstract: A method of detecting the presence of an insult in an absorbent article. An electrical property of the article is measured and either a proportional difference or a rate of change of the electrical property is determined. The proportional difference or the rate of change is compared to a difference indicator value and a rate indicator value, respectively, to determine the presence of an insult in the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Ales, III, Andrew Long, Meghan E. Collins, Shawn J. Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20100002836
    Abstract: Flat panel images obtained during concurrent radiotherapy typically suffer from artefacts that relate to the pulses of MV energy. For a radiotherapeutic apparatus comprising a pulsed source of therapeutic radiation, a detector comprising control circuitry, an array of pixel elements, each having a signal output and an ‘enable’ input and being arranged to release a signal via the signal output upon being triggered by the enable input, and an interpreter arranged to receive the signal outputs of the pixel elements, the interpreter having a reset control, there are advantages in the control circuitry being adapted to reset the interpreter after a pulse of therapeutic radiation, prior to enabling at least one pixel of the array. Alternatively, the control circuitry can prompt a plurality of pulses by the pulsed source and then enable a plurality of pixels of the array. In effect, the therapeutic pulses are grouped into a short flurry of pulses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Inventors: Andrew Long, Kevin Brown, John Allen