Patents by Inventor Brian L. Douthitt

Brian L. Douthitt 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: 10284652
    Abstract: A method for providing network-based content to an in-vehicle telematics system is shown and described. The method includes include establishing a communications link between communications electronics of the vehicle telematics system and a remote content management server in communication with a plurality of remote content providers. The method further includes using the communications link to communicate with the remote content management server using an application programming interface. The processing electronics receives content from the plurality of remote content providers via the application programming interface. The communication between the remote content management server and at least one of the plurality of remote content providers is conducted according to a protocol for which the vehicle telematics system does not have an interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: VISTEON GLOBALTECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Brian L. Douthitt, Mark L. Zeinstra, David T. Dembinski, Kaloyan Tenchov
  • Patent number: 10115392
    Abstract: A method for adjusting a voice recognition system and a voice recognition system is disclosed, wherein the voice recognition system comprises a speaker and a microphone, and wherein the method comprises the steps of: memorizing an audio frequency signal, playing back the audio frequency signal by means of the speaker, generating a detection signal by detecting the audio frequency signal by means of the microphone, and adjusting parameters of the voice recognition system dependent on the detection signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: VISTEON GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Sims, Brian L. Douthitt, David J. Hughes, Mark Zeinstra, Ted W. Ringold, Douglas W. Klamer, Todd Witters, Elisabet A. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20180113606
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are devices, methods and systems for integrating one or more applications and/or data sources to present a combined application employing data from the one or more applications and/or data sources. The one or more combined applications may employ data from the source applications and/or data sources, or be relevant to the context presented by the one or more combined applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Evan Crawford, Sivakumar Yeddnapuddi, Brian L. Douthitt, Lori D. Markatos, Chris W. Gattis, Mark W. Jarvis, Sheetal Patil, Gnanasekaran Ravindran, Sukumar Ranjeethkumar
  • Patent number: 9587958
    Abstract: A control system (106) for mounting to a vehicle (100) and for providing information to an occupant of the vehicle from a first source device (116) is provided. The vehicle includes an audio system (130) and/or a display system (100). The control system includes a first interface (120) for communicating with the first source device (116). The control system further includes a second interface for providing a signal to the audio system and/or the display system. The control system yet further includes a processor (122). A memory unit (122) is communicably connected to the processor and includes a first transport (2112) configured to send a control signal to the interface. The memory unit (132) further includes a first manager (2304) configured to receive a command from an application (2104) and to translate the command from the application (2104) into a command for the transport (2112).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas C. Campbell, Richard J. Chutorash, Brian L. Douthitt, Rodger W. Eich, James B. Price, Mark Zeinstra, Philip J. Vanderwall, Elisabet A. Anderson, Michael J. Sims, Mike Davis, Ted W. Ringold
  • Patent number: 9430945
    Abstract: A system for mounting in a vehicle and for providing route information calculated by a remote source (116) to a display is provided. The system includes a display interface (124) for providing a signal to the display (108). The system further includes a communications device (120). The system yet further includes a processor (122) operatively coupled to the communications device (120) and the display interface (124), wherein the processor (122) is configured to cause vehicle position information to be sent to the remote source (116) via the communications device (120). The processor is further configured to receive route information from the remote source (116) via the communications device (120). The processor (122) is yet further configured to provide a representation of the route information to the display interface (124), the route information conveying directions from a position of the vehicle to a destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Rodger W. Eich, Brian L. Douthitt, Richard J. Chutorash, John D. Spencer
  • Patent number: 9418661
    Abstract: A voice recognition system includes a microphone for receiving speech from a user and processing electronics. The processing electronics are in communication with the microphone and are configured to use a plurality of rules to evaluate user interactions with the voice recognition system. The processing electronics automatically determine and set an expertise level in response to and based on the evaluation. The processing electronics are configured to automatically adjust at least one setting of the voice recognition system in response to the set expertise level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: William Fay, Brian L. Douthitt, David J. Hughes, Brian Hannum
  • Publication number: 20150310865
    Abstract: A voice recognition system includes a microphone for receiving speech from a user and processing electronics. The processing electronics are in communication with the microphone and are configured to use a plurality of rules to evaluate user interactions with the voice recognition system. The processing electronics automatically determine and set an expertise level in response to and based on the evaluation. The processing electronics are configured to automatically adjust at least one setting of the voice recognition system in response to the set expertise level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 29, 2015
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: William FAY, Brian L. DOUTHITT, David J. HUGHES, Brian HANNUM
  • Patent number: 9092435
    Abstract: A method is provided for extracting meta data from a digital media storage device in a vehicle over a communication link between a control module of the vehicle and the digital media storage device. The method includes establishing a communication link between control module of the vehicle and the digital media storage device, identifying a media file on the digital media storage device, and retrieving meta data from a media file, the meta data including a plurality of entries, wherein at least one of the plurality of entries includes text data. The method further includes identifying the text data in an entry of the media file and storing the plurality of entries in a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Brian L. Douthitt, Karl W. Schripsema, Michael J. Sims
  • Publication number: 20140349599
    Abstract: A system for searching stored audio data is described. The system includes a memory configured to store audio data received from a radio receiver and a processing circuit. The processing circuit is configured to receive a search pattern, search the stored audio data for the search pattern, and provide audio data based on the search.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: David A. BLAKER, Thomas R. Olson, Brian L. Douthitt
  • Patent number: 8805310
    Abstract: A system for searching stored audio data is described. The system includes a memory configured to store audio data received from a radio receiver and a processing circuit. The processing circuit is configured to receive a search pattern, search the stored audio data for the search pattern, and provide audio data based on the search.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: David A. Blaker, Thomas R. Olson, Brian L. Douthitt
  • Publication number: 20140164579
    Abstract: A method for providing network-based content to an in-vehicle telematics system is shown and described. The method includes include establishing a communications link between communications electronics of the vehicle telematics system and a remote content management server in communication with a plurality of remote content providers. The method further includes using the communications link to communicate with the remote content management server using an application programming interface. The processing electronics receives content from the plurality of remote content providers via the application programming interface. The communication between the remote content management server and at least one of the plurality of remote content providers is conducted according to a protocol for which the vehicle telematics system does not have an interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2011
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventors: Brian L. Douthitt, Mark L. Zeinstra, David T. Dembinski, Kaloyan Tenchov
  • Patent number: 8311584
    Abstract: A method is provided for creating a phonebook for a hands-free telephone system in a vehicle using phonebook entries retrieved from a remote phonebook of a mobile phone over a wireless communication link between a control module of the hands-free telephone system and the mobile phone. The method includes receiving a remote phonebook from the mobile phone, the remote phonebook including a plurality of entries, each entry including text data and numeric data, identifying the text data in each entry, generating an acoustic baseform for each entry based on the text data for each entry, storing the acoustic baseform for each entry in a baseform list, and storing the plurality of entries in a mobile phonebook associated with the baseform list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Brian L. Douthitt, Steven G. Schultz, Ted W. Ringold, Jeffrey N. Golden, Mark L. Zeinstra
  • Publication number: 20110301954
    Abstract: A method for adjusting a voice recognition system and a voice recognition system is disclosed, wherein the voice recognition system comprises a speaker and a microphone, and wherein the method comprises the steps of: memorizing an audio frequency signal, playing back the audio frequency signal by means of the speaker, generating a detection signal by detecting the audio frequency signal by means of the microphone, and adjusting parameters of the voice recognition system dependent on the detection signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Sims, Brian L. Douthitt, David J. Hughes, Mark Zeinstra, Ted W. Ringold, Douglas W. Klamer, Todd Witters, Elisabet A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7870142
    Abstract: A control system in a vehicle for extracting meta data from a digital media storage device over a communication link. The system includes a communication module for establishing a communication link with the digital media storage device. The system also includes a processing module coupled to the communication module. The processing module is configured to retrieve, via the communication module, meta data associated with a media file from the digital media storage device. The meta data includes a plurality of entries, wherein at least one of the plurality of entries includes text data. The processing module is also configured to compare the text data of the entries with a set of data files stored in a database. The system also includes a memory module configured to store the plurality of entries retrieved from the digital media storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Mark Michmerhuizen, Mark Zeinstra, Brian L. Douthitt
  • Publication number: 20100280956
    Abstract: A system for a vehicle and for conducting a transaction with a remote system includes a circuit configured to wirelessly obtain data from a payment mechanism brought into the vehicle and to wirelessly transmit the data to the remote system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Richard J. Chutorash, Mark Zeinstra, James E. Trainor, Jeffrey N. Golden, Steven L. Geerlings, Philip J. Vanderwall, Michael J. Sims, Rodger W. Eich, Brian L. Douthitt, Danny B. Larsen
  • Patent number: 7787907
    Abstract: A method for accessing data files with an in-vehicle control system from a remote source over a communication link. The communication link is established between an in-vehicle control system and the remote source. The method includes: establishing the communication link between the in-vehicle control system and the remote source to facilitate retrieving the data files from the remote source to the in-vehicle control system; retrieving at least one of the data files from the remote source over the communication link, wherein each of the data files may include text and numeric data; identifying the text and numeric data of each of the data files; generating a phonemic representation of the text and numeric data of the data files; and storing the data file retrieved from a remote source in a memory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Mark Zeinstra, Brian L. Douthitt, Michael J. Sims
  • Publication number: 20100097239
    Abstract: A control system (106) for mounting to a vehicle (100) and for providing information to an occupant of the vehicle from a first source device (116) is provided. The vehicle includes an audio system (130) and/or a display system (100). The control system includes a first interface (120) for communicating with the first source device (116). The control system further includes a second interface for providing a signal to the audio system and/or the display system. The control system yet further includes a processor (122). A memory unit (122) is communicably connected to the processor and includes a first transport (2112) configured to send a control signal to the interface. The memory unit (132) further includes a first manager (2304) configured to receive a command from an application (2104) and to translate the command from the application (2104) into a command for the transport (2112).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventors: Douglas C. Campbell, Richard J. Chutorash, Brian L. Douthitt, Rodger W. Eich, James B. Price, Mark L. Zeinstra, Phillip J. Vanderwall, Elisabet A. Anderson, Michael J. Sims, Mike Davis, Ted W. Ringold
  • Publication number: 20100100310
    Abstract: A system for mounting in a vehicle and for providing route information calculated by a remote source (116) to a display is provided. The system includes a display interface (124) for providing a signal to the display (108). The system further includes a communications device (120). The system yet further includes a processor (122) operatively coupled to the communications device (120) and the display interface (124), wherein the processor (122) is configured to cause vehicle position information to be sent to the remote source (116) via the communications device (120). The processor is further configured to receive route information from the remote source (116) via the communications device (120). The processor (122) is yet further configured to provide a representation of the route information to the display interface (124), the route information conveying directions from a position of the vehicle to a destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Inventors: Rodger W. Eich, Brian L. Douthitt, Richard J. Chutorash, John D. Spencer
  • Publication number: 20100017210
    Abstract: A system for searching stored audio data is described. The system includes a memory configured to store audio data received from a radio receiver and a processing circuit. The processing circuit is configured to receive a search pattern, search the stored audio data for the search pattern, and provide audio data based on the search.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: David A. Blaker, Thomas R. Olson, Brian L. Douthitt
  • Publication number: 20090326949
    Abstract: A method is provided for extracting meta data from a digital media storage device in a vehicle over a communication link between a control module of the vehicle and the digital media storage device. The method includes establishing a communication link between control module of the vehicle and the digital media storage device, identifying a media file on the digital media storage device, and retrieving meta data from a media file, the meta data including a plurality of entries, wherein at least one of the plurality of entries includes text data. The method further includes identifying the text data in an entry of the media file and storing the plurality of entries in a memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: Brian L. Douthitt, Karl W. Schripsema, Michae; J. Sims