Patents by Inventor Brian M. Collins

Brian M. Collins 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: 10845969
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an interactive media content with explorable content on a computing device that includes rendering a field of view within a navigable media content item; rendering at least one targetable object within the media content item; through a user input mechanism, receiving a navigation command; navigating the field of view within the media based at least in part on the received user input mechanism; detecting a locking condition based, at least in part, on of the targetable object being in the field of view and entering a object-locked mode with the targetable object; and in the object-locked mode, automatically navigating the field of view to substantially track the targetable object of the object-locked mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Baback Elmieh, Brian M. Collins, Jan J. Pinkava, Douglas Paul Sweetland
  • Publication number: 20200060359
    Abstract: A personal protection and ventilation system is provided. The system includes a gown having front and rear panels, a hood, and visor; a fan; an air tube; and a helmet. The fan is positioned between the wearer and a body-facing surface of the rear panel. The front panel and at least a portion of the hood are formed from a first material including a first spunbond layer, a spunbond-meltblown-spunbond laminate, and a liquid impervious elastic film disposed therebetween. The first material has an air volumetric flow rate of less than about 1 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm). The rear panel is formed from a second material including a nonwoven laminate having an air volumetric flow rate of about 20 scfm to about 80 scfm. Therefore, the fan is able to intake a sufficient amount of air from the environment through the rear panel to provide cooling/ventilation to the hood.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Jerald T. Jascomb, Brian E. Lin, Dennis Joseph, Prasad S. Potnis, Brian M. Collins, Namita A. Mithani
  • Publication number: 20200060375
    Abstract: A personal protection and ventilation system is provided. The system includes a gown having front and rear panels, a hood, and visor; a fan; an air tube; and a helmet. The fan is positioned between the wearer and a body-facing surface of the rear panel. The front panel and at least a portion of the hood are formed from a first material including a first spunbond layer, a spunbond-meltblown-spunbond laminate, and a liquid impervious elastic film disposed therebetween. The first material has an air volumetric flow rate of less than about 1 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm). The rear panel is formed from a second material including a nonwoven laminate having an air volumetric flow rate of about 20 scfm to about 80 scfm. Therefore, the fan is able to intake a sufficient amount of air from the environment through the rear panel to provide cooling/ventilation to the hood.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Jerald T. Jascomb, Brian E. Lin, Dennis Joseph, Prasad S. Potnis, Brian M. Collins, Namita A. Mithani
  • Patent number: 10341731
    Abstract: Techniques and apparatuses for view-selection feedback for a visual experience are described. These techniques and apparatuses enable writers, directors, and other story creators to create or alter visual experiences based on feedback provided by view selections made during visual experiences. This feedback can be analyzed to determine portions of a visual experience that users focused on, wanted to see more of, were not interested in, found difficult to understand, and so forth. With this feedback, visual experiences, such as live-action movies and animated shorts, can be created or improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Baback Elmieh, Jan J. Pinkava, Douglas Paul Sweetland, Brian M. Collins, Darren Mark Austin
  • Publication number: 20190009757
    Abstract: A landing gear assembly includes a leg assembly including a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first and second portions of the leg assembly telescopingly engage one another, a gear assembly operably coupled to the first and second leg portions and configured to telescopingly move the first and second leg portions with respect to one another, and a drive assembly operably coupled to the gear assembly, and including a planetary gear arrangement configured to drive the gear assembly at a first speed and at a second speed that is different than the first speed, and a motor configured to drive the planetary gear assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: William J. Hicks, Andrew L. Wallner, David Sun, Tianyu Ling, Patrick Salois, Brian M. Collins
  • Patent number: 10056114
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses for small-screen movie-watching using a viewport. These techniques enable viewers to experience movies and other media programs using a small screen as a viewport to the movie rather than dramatically compressing or cropping the movie to fit the small screen. A viewer may select whatever portion of the movie imagery he or she desires to experience through the small screen at a size sufficient to perceive details of plot elements and an environment in which the plot elements interact. Thus, the viewer may follow plot elements central to the plot while also exploring the environment that provides context for these plot elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Colby Nipper
    Inventors: Darren Mark Austin, Baback Elmieh, Douglas Paul Sweetland, Brian M. Collins, Mark Jason Oftedal, Jan J. Pinkava
  • Publication number: 20180225028
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an interactive media content with explorable content on a computing device that includes rendering a field of view within a navigable media content item; rendering at least one targetable object within the media content item; through a user input mechanism, receiving a navigation command; navigating the field of view within the media based at least in part on the received user input mechanism; detecting a locking condition based, at least in part, on of the targetable object being in the field of view and entering a object-locked mode with the targetable object; and in the object-locked mode, automatically navigating the field of view to substantially track the targetable object of the object-locked mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Applicant: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Baback Elmieh, Brian M. Collins, Jan J. Pinkava, Douglas Paul Sweetland
  • Patent number: 9933921
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an interactive media content with explorable content on a computing device that includes rendering a field of view within a navigable media content item; rendering at least one targetable object within the media content item; through a user input mechanism, receiving a navigation command; navigating the field of view within the media based at least in part on the received user input mechanism; detecting a locking condition based, at least in part, on of the targetable object being in the field of view and entering a object-locked mode with the targetable object; and in the object-locked mode, automatically navigating the field of view to substantially track the targetable object of the object-locked mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Baback Elmieh, Brian M. Collins, Jan J. Pinkava, Douglas Paul Sweetland
  • Patent number: 9779480
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses enabling view-driven consumption of frameless media. These techniques and apparatuses provide frameless media and enable a user to engage with the frameless media by orienting a viewing device within the world created by that frameless media. This orienting by the user drives what the user sees in this world and when the user sees it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Darren Mark Austin, Baback Elmieh, Douglas Paul Sweetland, Brian M. Collins, Jan J. Pinkava
  • Patent number: 9766786
    Abstract: Techniques and apparatuses for visual storytelling on a mobile media-consumption device are described. These techniques and apparatuses enable a user to view events central to the story while also viewing context for the story. By so doing, a user may enjoy the story as the story's author intended without sacrificing a user's ability to engage with the story's context.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Baback Elmieh, Darren Mark Austin, Brian M. Collins, Mark Jason Oftedal, Jan J. Pinkava, Douglas Paul Sweetland
  • Patent number: 9728145
    Abstract: A method performed by a processor of a electronic device, including rendering (402), on an electronic display, a line segment having a first direction and moving in a second direction. The method also includes a step of determining (404) whether the direction of the line segment (the first direction) is in the same direction that the line segment is moving (the second direction). If the processor determines that the line segment is not moving in the same direction of the direction of the line segment (the first direction), then the processor performs (408) a first action, such as adjusting the color intensity of the line segment. If the processor determines that the line segment is moving in the same direction of the direction of the line segment (e.g., the two directions are substantially parallel to each other), then the processor performs (406) a second action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Sen Yang, Brian M. Collins, Daniel C. Wong, Zhiming Zhuang
  • Publication number: 20170178690
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses for small-screen movie-watching using a viewport. These techniques enable viewers to experience movies and other media programs using a small screen as a viewport to the movie rather than dramatically compressing or cropping the movie to fit the small screen. A viewer may select whatever portion of the movie imagery he or she desires to experience through the small screen at a size sufficient to perceive details of plot elements and an environment in which the plot elements interact. Thus, the viewer may follow plot elements central to the plot while also exploring the environment that provides context for these plot elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2017
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Darren Mark Austin, Baback Elmieh, Douglas Paul Sweetland, Brian M. Collins, Mark Jason Oftedal, Jan J. Pinkava
  • Patent number: 9589597
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses for small-screen movie-watching using a viewport. These techniques enable viewers to experience movies and other media programs using a small screen as a viewport to the movie rather than dramatically compressing or cropping the movie to fit the small screen. A viewer may select whatever portion of the movie imagery he or she desires to experience through the small screen at a size sufficient to perceive details of plot elements and an environment in which the plot elements interact. Thus, the viewer may follow plot elements central to the plot while also exploring the environment that provides context for these plot elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Darren Mark Austin, Baback Elmieh, Douglas Paul Sweetland, Brian M. Collins, Mark Jason Oftedal, Jan J. Pinkava
  • Patent number: 9517027
    Abstract: An advancement mechanism of a lancing device operates to sequentially advance lancets in a cartridge. The advancement mechanism includes a rotary drive gear assembly with a first gear and a second gear that co-rotate in a first angular direction by operation of an inter-gear unidirectional drive mechanism such as a ratcheting mechanism. A second-gear unidirectional lock mechanism, such as a ratcheting mechanism, locks the second drive gear from co-rotating with the first drive gear in a second opposite angular direction without impeding rotation in the first direction. The second gear directly or indirectly rotationally drives a pinion gear, which rotationally drives a cartridge gear to advance the lancets in indexed increments for use. The first drive gear is rotated in the first and second directions by a rack gear of a translating operating handle. In addition, a rotary-gear cap-displacement mechanism and a rotary-gear charging/actuation mechanism are provided in other embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: FACET TECHONOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Gil Kan, Brian M. Collins, Gregory Lamps
  • Publication number: 20160054863
    Abstract: Techniques and apparatuses for view-selection feedback for a visual experience are described. These techniques and apparatuses enable writers, directors, and other story creators to create or alter visual experiences based on feedback provided by view selections made during visual experiences. This feedback can be analyzed to determine portions of a visual experience that users focused on, wanted to see more of, were not interested in, found difficult to understand, and so forth. With this feedback, visual experiences, such as live-action movies and animated shorts, can be created or improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 25, 2016
    Inventors: Baback Elmieh, Jan J. Pinkava, Douglas Paul Sweetland, Brian M. Collins, Darren Mark Austin
  • Patent number: 9153065
    Abstract: A method carried out by a graphics processing apparatus samples a texture value of a first texture layer at an offset to a second texture layer of a surface and adjusts pixel color for a pixel of the second texture layer using the texture value such that an appearance of depth is created between the first texture layer and the second texture layer. The method may adjust the pixel color using the sampled texture value alpha component. Another method includes transforming a surface normal vector to eye space for a surface having at least first and second texture layers mapped thereto, determining an offset between the first texture layer and the second texture layer using the transformed surface normal vector, sampling a texture value of the first texture layer using the offset, and adjusting pixel color for a pixel of the second texture layer using the texture value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Brian M Collins, Allen Khorasani
  • Patent number: 9095294
    Abstract: A lancing device and lancet are provided with depth-control, lancet ejection, and/or guidance mechanisms. The depth-control mechanism includes a dial rotationally mounted at a distal end of the housing of the lancing device, the dial being coupled to a linkage whereby rotation of the dial imparts translational movement to a stop surface of the linkage to limit the stroke of the lancet and thereby control lancing penetration depth. The ejection mechanism includes an ejector that is advanced into contact with a transversely flared flange of the lancet to discharge the lancet from the lancing device. The guidance mechanism includes an inner guidance housing for restricting out-of-axis movement of a lancet carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: FACET TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Lamps, Brian M. Collins, Lauren R. Pusey
  • Patent number: 9095293
    Abstract: A lancing device and lancet are provided with depth-control, lancet ejection, and/or guidance mechanisms. The depth-control mechanism includes a dial rotationally mounted at a distal end of the housing of the lancing device, the dial being coupled to a linkage whereby rotation of the dial imparts translational movement to a stop surface of the linkage to limit the stroke of the lancet and thereby control lancing penetration depth. The ejection mechanism includes an ejector that is advanced into contact with a transversely flared flange of the lancet to discharge the lancet from the lancing device. The guidance mechanism includes an inner guidance housing for restricting out-of-axis movement of a lancet carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: FACET TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Lamps, Brian M. Collins, Lauren R. Pusey
  • Publication number: 20150022557
    Abstract: This document describes techniques and apparatuses enabling view-driven consumption of frameless media. These techniques and apparatuses provide frameless media and enable a user to engage with the frameless media by orienting a viewing device within the world created by that frameless media. This orienting by the user drives what the user sees in this world and when the user sees it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Darren Mark Austin, Baback Elmieh, Douglas Paul Sweetland, Brian M. Collins, Jan J. Pinkava
  • Publication number: 20150026576
    Abstract: Techniques and apparatuses for visual storytelling on a mobile media-consumption device are described. These techniques and apparatuses enable a user to view events central to the story while also viewing context for the story. By so doing, a user may enjoy the story as the story's author intended without sacrificing a user's ability to engage with the story's context.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Baback Elmieh, Darren Mark Austin, Brian M. Collins, Mark Jason Oftedal, Jan J. Pinkava, Douglas Paul Sweetland