Patents by Inventor Ashley TAYLOR

Ashley TAYLOR 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: 11394274
    Abstract: An apparatus providing mechanical-to-electrical energy conversion generates electrical current by moving a conductive fluid in the presence of magnetic field. The motion of the fluid is induced by a mechanical energy source and the generated electrical current is directed to a useful load. The proposed apparatus utilizes a conductive fluid as a “liquid rotor” has substantially different radial velocity distribution than the conventional, prior art solid rotor. The apparatus includes an inverter, controlled by the flow of the conductive fluid, to generate a train of pulses as an output, where the pulses are used by an associated transformer to provide an AC output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventors: Thomas Nikita Krupenkin, Joseph Ashley Taylor
  • Publication number: 20220047848
    Abstract: A handle assembly includes a drive wire coupled to an expandable end effector, the wire having a diameter of no more than 3 French and a handle cannula receiving the wire therethrough, rotation of the handle cannula transferring torque to rotate the wire. The assembly also includes a shaft receiving the handle cannula, rotation of the shaft transferring torque to rotate the handle cannula. The assembly further includes an actuation assembly receiving the shaft, the actuation assembly coupled to a sheath sized to receive the wire and end effector therethrough, the actuation assembly moveable between a proximal configuration in which the sheath is moved proximally to expand the end effector and a distal configuration in which the sheath is moved distally to retract the end effector, the actuation assembly including a rotation mechanism transferring torque to the shaft to rotate the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2021
    Publication date: February 17, 2022
    Inventors: Michael S. H. CHU, Ashley TAYLOR, Brian P. WATSCHKE
  • Patent number: 11185667
    Abstract: A handle assembly includes a drive wire coupled to an expandable end effector, the wire having a diameter of no more than 3 French and a handle cannula receiving the wire therethrough, rotation of the handle cannula transferring torque to rotate the wire. The assembly also includes a shaft receiving the handle cannula, rotation of the shaft transferring torque to rotate the handle cannula. The assembly further includes an actuation assembly receiving the shaft, the actuation assembly coupled to a sheath sized to receive the wire and end effector therethrough, the actuation assembly moveable between a proximal configuration in which the sheath is moved proximally to expand the end effector and a distal configuration in which the sheath is moved distally to retract the end effector, the actuation assembly including a rotation mechanism transferring torque to the shaft to rotate the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED, INC.
    Inventors: Michael S. H. Chu, Ashley Taylor, Brian P. Watschke
  • Patent number: 10938276
    Abstract: A method of mechanical-to-electrical energy conversion utilizes a mechanical spring in combination with a rapid-action variable inductance magnetic flux switch to convert a spring-loaded mechanical energy into a change in magnetic flux captured by an electrical coil element within the magnetic flux switch. The change in coil inductance and magnetic flux induces a current to flow through the electrical coil in the form of a a pulse of electrical energy that may be stored. The electrical coil is coupled to the mechanical spring so that each time the spring is released, the coil moves with respect to a magnetic core and a change in flux is created. The application of an external mechanical force (such as human locomotion) functions to compress and subsequently “unlock” the mechanical switch, allowing for the electrical energy associated with the application of aperiodic forces to be harvested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas Nikita Krupenkin, Joseph Ashley Taylor
  • Publication number: 20200119619
    Abstract: A method of mechanical-to-electrical energy conversion utilizes a mechanical spring in combination with a rapid-action variable inductance magnetic flux switch to convert a spring-loaded mechanical energy into a change in magnetic flux captured by an electrical coil element within the magnetic flux switch. The change in coil inductance and magnetic flux induces a current to flow through the electrical coil in the form of a a pulse of electrical energy that may be stored. The electrical coil is coupled to the mechanical spring so that each time the spring is released, the coil moves with respect to a magnetic core and a change in flux is created. The application of an external mechanical force (such as human locomotion) functions to compress and subsequently “unlock” the mechanical switch, allowing for the electrical energy associated with the application of aperiodic forces to be harvested.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Nikita Krupenkin, Joseph Ashley Taylor
  • Publication number: 20200023163
    Abstract: A handle assembly includes a drive wire coupled to an expandable end effector, the wire having a diameter of no more than 3 French and a handle cannula receiving the wire therethrough, rotation of the handle cannula transferring torque to rotate the wire. The assembly also includes a shaft receiving the handle cannula, rotation of the shaft transferring torque to rotate the handle cannula. The assembly further includes an actuation assembly receiving the shaft, the actuation assembly coupled to a sheath sized to receive the wire and end effector therethrough, the actuation assembly moveable between a proximal configuration in which the sheath is moved proximally to expand the end effector and a distal configuration in which the sheath is moved distally to retract the end effector, the actuation assembly including a rotation mechanism transferring torque to the shaft to rotate the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Michael S. H. CHU, Ashley TAYLOR, Brian P. WATSCHKE
  • Publication number: 20190388074
    Abstract: A tissue removal device may include a handle. The device may include a sheath coupled to the handle. A first portion of the sheath may be within the handle. A second portion of the sheath may protrude from the handle. The sheath may include a passage. The device may include an end effector coupled to an end of the sheath. The device may include a drive member coupled to the handle and to the end effector. The drive member may extend through the passage of the sheath to the end effector. Actuation of the handle may move the end effector between an open state, for receiving material, and a closed state, for holding onto material, by causing relative movement between the drive member and the sheath. Further actuation of the handle may move the end effector relative to the handle while the end effector remains in the closed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Applicant: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. TAH, Ashley TAYLOR, Brian P. WATSCHKE, Robert Edward LUND, Niraj Prasad RAUNIYAR, Michael S. H. CHU
  • Patent number: 10264846
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating thermal energy (heat) from human locomotion is proposed and used to provide heating of the user's footwear. The apparatus takes the form of a pair of flexible, liquid-filled chambers connected by an energy-generating tube. One chamber is located in the heel region of a footwear insole, with the other in the toe region, such that as a person walks, the liquid moves back and forth within the tube. This movement is used to also move an energy-producing element (either an electromagnetic arrangement or viscous liquid) back and forth within the tube and convert the captured human locomotion energy into thermal energy, thus warming the footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Nikita Krupenkin, Joseph Ashley Taylor
  • Patent number: 9999273
    Abstract: A sole for footwear capable of recovering part of the energy produced during deambulation including: at least one energy harvesting means, including: a tubular body, fixed in use, having a first and a second end and a movable part slidable in the tubular body; the energy harvesting means being provided, in use, for generating electrical energy following the sliding of the movable part with respect to the tubular body that is fixed in use, during the deambulation; at least one actuator group for the energy harvesting means, including at least one fluid-dynamic circuit including: at least one first and one second tank including a fluid, the first tank being housed at a rear area of the sole and the second tank being housed at a front area of the sole; at least one first and one second joining conduit in fluid connection between the first tank and the first end of the at least one tubular body, and the second tank and the second end of the tubular body, respectively, where, the first tank has a configuration in
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: VIBRAM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Tom Krupenkin, Joseph Ashley Taylor, Virgilio Mattoli, Francesco Greco, Barbara Mazzolai, Alessio Mondini
  • Publication number: 20180123429
    Abstract: An apparatus providing mechanical-to-electrical energy conversion generates electrical current by moving a conductive fluid in the presence of magnetic field. The motion of the fluid is induced by a mechanical energy source and the generated electrical current is directed to a useful load. The proposed apparatus utilizes a conductive fluid as a “liquid rotor” has substantially different radial velocity distribution than the conventional, prior art solid rotor. The apparatus includes an inverter. controlled by the flow of the conductive fluid, to generate a train of pulses as an output, where the pulses are used by an associated transformer to provide an AC output voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Nikita Krupenkin, Joseph Ashley Taylor
  • Patent number: 9681552
    Abstract: A device comprising a substrate having a surface that comprises a conductive base layer. The device also comprises fluid-support-structures on the conductive base layer. Each of the fluid-support-structures has at least one dimension of about 1 millimeter or less. Each of the fluid-support-structures is coated with an electrical insulator. The device is configured to oscillate a fluid locatable between tops of the fluid-support-structures and the conductive base layer when a voltage is applied between the conductive base layer and the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Joanna Aizenberg, Marc Scott Hodes, Paul Robert Kolodner, Thomas Nikita Krupenkin, Joseph Ashley Taylor
  • Publication number: 20170119089
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating thermal energy (heat) from human locomotion is proposed and used to provide heating of the user's footwear. The apparatus takes the form of a pair of flexible, liquid-filled chambers connected by an energy-generating tube. One chamber is located in the heel region of a footwear insole, with the other in the toe region, such that as a person walks, the liquid moves back and forth within the tube. This movement is used to also move an energy-producing element (either an electromagnetic arrangement or viscous liquid) back and forth within the tube and convert the captured human locomotion energy into thermal energy, thus warming the footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Nikita Krupenkin, Joseph Ashley Taylor
  • Patent number: 9572393
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for generating thermal energy (heat) from human locomotion is proposed and used to provide heating of the user's footwear. The apparatus takes the form of a pair of flexible, liquid-filled chambers connected by an energy-generating tube. One chamber is located in the heel region of a footwear insole, with the other in the toe region, such that as a person walks, the liquid moves back and forth within the tube. This movement is used to also move an energy-producing element (either an electromagnetic arrangement or viscous liquid) back and forth within the tube and convert the captured human locomotion energy into thermal energy, thus warming the footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Nikita Krupenkin, Joseph Ashley Taylor
  • Publication number: 20170042275
    Abstract: A sole for footwear capable of recovering part of the energy produced during deambulation including: at least one energy harvesting means, including: a tubular body, fixed in use, having a first and a second end and a movable part slidable in the tubular body; the energy harvesting means being provided, in use, for generating electrical energy following the sliding of the movable part with respect to the tubular body that is fixed in use, during the deambulation; at least one actuator group for the energy harvesting means, including at least one fluid-dynamic circuit including: at least one first and one second tank including a fluid, the first tank being housed at a rear area of the sole and the second tank being housed at a front area of the sole; at least one first and one second joining conduit in fluid connection between the first tank and the first end of the at least one tubular body, and the second tank and the second end of the tubular body, respectively where, the first tank has a configuration in p
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Tom KRUPENKIN, Joseph Ashley TAYLOR, Virgilio MATTOLI, Francesco GRECO, Barbara MAZZOLAI, Alessio MONDINI
  • Patent number: 9433907
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed wherein the movement of a droplet disposed on a nanostructured or microstructured surface is determined by at least one characteristic of the nanostructure feature pattern or at least one characteristic of the droplet. In one embodiment, the movement of the droplet is laterally determined by at least one characteristic of the nanostructure feature pattern such that the droplet moves in a desired direction along a nanostructured feature pattern. In another embodiment, the movement of the droplet is determined by either at least one characteristic of the nanostructure feature pattern or at least one characteristic of the droplet in a way such that the droplet penetrates the feature pattern at a desired area and becomes substantially immobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Avinoam Kornblit, Thomas Nikita Krupenkin, Mary Louise Mandich, Tobias Manuel Schneider, Joseph Ashley Taylor, Shu Yang
  • Patent number: 9312792
    Abstract: A closed-loop apparatus for converting mechanical energy into electrical energy utilizes a closed-loop channel including sections of different cross-section (including a first group of sections having a constrained cross-section and a second group sections having an enlarged cross-section). An energy-producing configuration (such as coils and/or electrodes) is formed to surround at least a portion of the channel. A closed-loop chain of energy-producing elements is positioned in channel such that when the chain moves along the channel, the mechanical motion generates electrical energy. The chain is formed to include a set of expandable assemblies that change in dimension as they pass through the different cross-section areas of the channel. An inert fluid is injected into the channel at one or more locations by a mechanical force, resulting in the creation of a pressure-induced force differential that initiates and maintains the movement of the chain with respect to the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas Nikita Krupenkin, Joseph Ashley Taylor
  • Publication number: 20160065044
    Abstract: An energy harvesting system for converting mechanical energy into electrical energy uses an electrostatic arrangement based upon the interaction between conductive microfluidic droplets and dielectric-coated electrodes in combination with an electromagnetic arrangement based upon the interaction between magnetic elements and coils, with the two arrangements disposed in an interleaved configuration that provides a degree of synergy to the overall system in the form of providing spacings between adjacent elements and providing a bias voltage source for the electrostatic arrangement from the energy created by the electromagnetic arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas Krupenkin, Joseph Ashley Taylor
  • Patent number: 9259047
    Abstract: An energy harvesting apparatus is described that utilizes hydraulic actuation and creates a continuous, revolving motion of a chain of energy-producing elements within an energy-producing channel (the channel being in the form of a tube, for example). In particular, the arrangement of the present invention is based upon a specially-designed dual-loop channel topology that allows for efficient conversion of a unidirectional flow of a fluid entering the energy-producing channel into a smooth, continuous revolving motion of a chain of energy-producing elements within the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas Nikita Krupenkin, Joseph Ashley Taylor
  • Patent number: 9203291
    Abstract: An energy harvesting system for converting mechanical energy into electrical energy uses an electrostatic arrangement based upon the interaction between conductive microfluidic droplets and dielectric-coated electrodes in combination with an electromagnetic arrangement based upon the interaction between magnetic elements and coils, with the two arrangements disposed in an interleaved configuration that provides a degree of synergy to the overall system in the form of providing spacings between adjacent elements and providing a bias voltage source for the electrostatic arrangement from the energy created by the electromagnetic arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Krupenkin, Joseph Ashley Taylor
  • Patent number: 9109583
    Abstract: An energy harvesting apparatus utilizes a modular structure to preserve the proper alignment between a chain of energy-producing elements and an energy-producing channel (within which the chain is located and free to slide along, creating electrical energy from mechanical movement). The channel includes a plurality of rigid modules that are separated by flexible segments of tubing. The rigid channel modules house the energy-producing electrodes and/or coils. The chain includes a plurality of rigid modules that are attached along a flexible string in a spaced-apart configuration. The rigid chain modules house the energy-producing magnets and/or conductive droplets. The combination of the flexible channel segments and chain string allow for freedom of motion of the apparatus (required for human locomotion, for example), while providing the desired “fixed” alignment between the rigid energy-producing modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas Nikita Krupenkin, Joseph Ashley Taylor