Patents by Inventor Brent Thorington

Brent Thorington 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: 10129380
    Abstract: A wearable device includes an output display device, a transceiver, a user-operable control, and a processor. The transceiver is configured to communicate over a wireless link with a phone. The processor is configured to generate a control signal in response to an operation of the user-operable control. The processor is also configured to cause the transceiver to transmit, over the wireless link, the control signal. In addition, the processor is configured to receive, via the transceiver and over the wireless link, a notification of a status change at a headset based on the control signal. Furthermore, the processor is configured to cause the output display device to indicate the status change at the headset based on the control signal. The headset is in wireless communication with the phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Beau Wilder, Benjamin Alfred Gesing, Brent Thorington
  • Patent number: 9787847
    Abstract: Methods for operating a meeting coordinator to initiate a teleconference meeting using an automated teleconferencing system, having corresponding meeting coordinators and computer-readable media, comprise: generating a roster of meeting participants comprising meeting invitees; accessing calendaring information concerning the teleconference meeting, the calendaring information including a time of the meeting; a meeting location; identities of the meeting invitees; and contact information for the meeting invitees; and transmitting at least some of the calendaring information to the teleconferencing system to enable the system to connect remotely-located meeting invitees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Kaye, Beau Wilder, Brent Thorington
  • Patent number: 9787848
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for accurately determining whether a mobile electronic device associated with a user is at a meeting location comprise: initiating a scan for a first beacon signal emanating from a first beacon located at the meeting location; detecting the first beacon signal; confirming that the mobile electronic device is within a predetermined proximity of the first beacon based on the first beacon signal; and responsive to confirming that the mobile electronic device is within a predetermined proximity of the first beacon activating a trigger system enabling further resolution of the proximity of the mobile electronic device to the meeting location, wherein the trigger system is located at an entry to the meeting location, and activating a confirmation system to confirm that the mobile electronic device is at the meeting location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Kaye, Brent Thorington
  • Publication number: 20170223162
    Abstract: A wearable device includes an output display device, a transceiver, a user-operable control, and a processor. The transceiver is configured to communicate over a wireless link with a phone. The processor is configured to generate a control signal in response to an operation of the user-operable control. The processor is also configured to cause the transceiver to transmit, over the wireless link, the control signal. In addition, the processor is configured to receive, via the transceiver and over the wireless link, a notification of a status change at a headset based on the control signal. Furthermore, the processor is configured to cause the output display device to indicate the status change at the headset based on the control signal. The headset is in wireless communication with the phone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Beau Wilder, Benjamin Alfred Gesing, Brent Thorington
  • Patent number: 9661117
    Abstract: One embodiment features a wearable device having computer-readable media and comprising: an output device; a receiver configured to communicate over a wireless link with a phone; and a processor configured to cause the output device to indicate a status of a headset, the headset being in wireless communication with the phone, responsive to the receiver receiving, over the wireless link, an indication of the status of the headset. Another embodiment features a wearable device having associated computer-readable media and comprising: an output device; a receiver configured to communicate over a wireless link with a headset; and a processor configured to cause the output device to indicate a status of a headset responsive to the receiver receiving, over the wireless link, an indication of the status of the headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Beau Wilder, Benjamin Alfred Gesing, Brent Thorington
  • Publication number: 20170019517
    Abstract: One embodiment features a wearable device having computer-readable media and comprising: an output device; a receiver configured to communicate over a wireless link with a phone; and a processor configured to cause the output device to indicate a status of a headset, the headset being in wireless communication with the phone, responsive to the receiver receiving, over the wireless link, an indication of the status of the headset. Another embodiment features a wearable device having associated computer-readable media and comprising: an output device; a receiver configured to communicate over a wireless link with a headset; and a processor configured to cause the output device to indicate a status of a headset responsive to the receiver receiving, over the wireless link, an indication of the status of the headset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Publication date: January 19, 2017
    Applicant: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Beau Wilder, Benjamin Alfred Gesing, Brent Thorington
  • Publication number: 20150110259
    Abstract: Methods for operating a meeting coordinator to initiate a teleconference meeting using an automated teleconferencing system, having corresponding meeting coordinators and computer-readable media, comprise: generating a roster of meeting participants comprising meeting invitees; accessing calendaring information concerning the teleconference meeting, the calendaring information including a time of the meeting; a meeting location; identities of the meeting invitees; and contact information for the meeting invitees; and transmitting at least some of the calendaring information to the teleconferencing system to enable the system to connect remotely-located meeting invitees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Kaye, Beau Wilder, Brent Thorington
  • Publication number: 20150111552
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for accurately determining whether a mobile electronic device associated with a user is at a meeting location comprise: initiating a scan for a first beacon signal emanating from a first beacon located at the meeting location; detecting the first beacon signal; confirming that the mobile electronic device is within a predetermined proximity of the first beacon based on the first beacon signal; and responsive to confirming that the mobile electronic device is within a predetermined proximity of the first beacon activating a trigger system enabling further resolution of the proximity of the mobile electronic device to the meeting location, wherein the trigger system is located at an entry to the meeting location, and activating a confirmation system to confirm that the mobile electronic device is at the meeting location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: PLANTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Kaye, Brent Thorington
  • Publication number: 20150112748
    Abstract: Methods having corresponding systems and computer-readable media comprise: accessing calendaring information associated with a smart teleconference meeting, the calendaring information including a time of the meeting, a meeting location, identities of meeting invitees, and contact information for the meeting invitees; transmitting the calendaring information from a meeting coordinator to a conferencing system configured to contact meeting participants and join them to the meeting; contacting the meeting invitees with the conferencing system conferencing system and joining them to the meeting; generating a roster of the meeting participants based on the calendaring information; tracking a participation status of the meeting participants; and updating the roster to reflect the participation status of the meeting participants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Kaye, Beau Wilder, Brent Thorington
  • Publication number: 20150111550
    Abstract: Mobile electronic devices having corresponding methods and computer-readable media comprise: a receiver configured to receive beacon signals associated with meeting locations; a memory configured to store calendaring information associated with a teleconference meeting at one of the meeting locations; and a processor configured to responsive to a triggering event, discern the beacon signal associated with the one of the meeting locations; process the beacon signal associated with the one of the meeting locations to determine whether the mobile electronic device is located at the one of the meeting locations; and generate a message announcing that the mobile electronic device is located at the one of the meeting locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: PLANTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Kaye, Beau Wilder, Brent Thorington