Patents by Inventor Charles A. Thomas

Charles A. Thomas 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: 20200098386
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing voice detection via a network microphone device are disclosed herein. In one example, individual microphones of a network microphone device detect sound. The sound data is captured in a first buffer and analyzed to detect a trigger event. Metadata associated with the sound data is captured in a second buffer and provided to at least one network device to determine at least one characteristic of the detected sound based on the metadata. The network device provides a response that includes an instruction, based on the determined characteristic, to modify at least one performance parameter of the NMD. The NMD then modifies the at least one performance parameter based on the instruction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Connor Kristopher Smith, Kurt Thomas Soto, Charles Conor Sleith
  • Publication number: 20200098372
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing voice detection via a network microphone device (NMD) based on a selected voice-assistant service (VAS) are disclosed herein. In one example, the NMD detects sound via individual microphones and selects a first VAS to communicate with the NMD. The NMD produces a first sound-data stream based on the detected sound using a spatial processor in a first configuration. Once the NMD determines that a second VAS is to be selected over the first VAS, the spatial processor assumes a second configuration for producing a second sound-data stream based on the detected sound. The second sound-data stream is then transmitted to one or more remote computing devices associated with the second VAS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Connor Kristopher Smith, Kurt Thomas Soto, Charles Conor Sleith
  • Patent number: 10596310
    Abstract: The specification discloses a portable dialysis machine having a detachable controller unit and base unit. The controller unit includes a door having an interior face, a housing with a panel, where the housing and panel define a recessed region configured to receive the interior face of the door, and a manifold receiver fixedly attached to the panel. The base unit has a planar surface for receiving a container of fluid, a scale integrated with the planar surface, a heater in thermal communication with the planar surface, and a sodium sensor in electromagnetic communication with the planar surface. Embodiments of the disclosed portable dialysis system have improved structural and functional features, including improved modularity, ease of use, and safety features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry Neil Fulkerson, James Roswell Braig, David J Mishelevich, Charles Clemens, Clark Berg Foster, Martin Hering, Jan Brian Zwierstra, Russell Thomas Joseph, Victor Gura, Thomas Robinson, Milan Trcka, Daniele Ghidoli, Frank Isackson, Mark Forrest Smith
  • Patent number: 10595890
    Abstract: A minimally invasive laparoscopic tissue removal device, namely a morcellator. The device includes, from proximal end to distal end, a handle, handle guard, elongate sheath, and mouth, finally terminating in a safety tip. The elongate sheath and mouth are concentric, such that two elongate, rotating cutting/shredding blades/teeth and one elongate auger feed screw can be positioned along the length of the sheath and mouth. The teeth are opposingly disposed and staggered, such that contact with tissue mass grabs and pulls tissue inwards toward the auger, which transports the tissue proximally toward the outside of the patient's body. A motor unit and gear assembly can be coupled to the teeth and auger to drive rotation of the teeth and auger. A cup assembly can be disposed in overlying relation to the mouth for guiding the tissue mass towards the mouth. Various mechanisms of safely covering the mouth are contemplated as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Stuart Richard Hart, Erik James Esinhart, Adam Thomas Lytle, Daniel Ryan Kamsler, Charles William Drake, III, Yasin Ahamed Junaideen, Mario Alves Simoes
  • Publication number: 20200090646
    Abstract: In one aspect, a playback deice is configured to identify in an audio stream, via a second wake-word engine, a false wake word for a first wake-word engine that is configured to receive as input sound data based on sound detected by a microphone. The first and second wake-word engines are configured according to different sensitivity levels for false positives of a particular wake word. Based on identifying the false wake word, the playback device is configured to (i) deactivate the first wake-word engine and (ii) cause at least one network microphone device to deactivate a wake-word engine for a particular amount of time. While the first wake-word engine is deactivated, the playback device is configured to cause at least one speaker to output audio based on the audio stream. After a predetermined amount of time has elapsed, the playback device is configured to reactivate the first wake-word engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Connor Kristopher Smith, Charles Conor Sleith, Kurt Thomas Soto
  • Publication number: 20200082728
    Abstract: A method for coordinating a plurality of vehicles (102, 104) comprising: defining, as a command vehicle (C), a vehicle in the plurality; storing, by one or more storage devices (204) located on one or more of the vehicles (102, 104), a list of capabilities of each vehicle (102, 104); receiving, by one or more processors (202) on the command vehicle (C), a specification of a goal; based on the stored vehicle capabilities, allocating, by the one or more processors (202), to one or more of the vehicles (102, 104), one or more tasks, the one or more tasks being such that, if each of those tasks was to be performed, the goal would be accomplished; and sending, from the command vehicle (C), to each vehicle (102, 104) to which a task has been allocated, a specification of the one or more tasks allocated to that vehicle (102, 104).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: BAE Systems plc
    Inventors: Roderick Buchanan, Richard Charles Freeman, David William Thomas Clark, Andrew James Thomas
  • Publication number: 20200070033
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a system, program product, and method for use and an artificial intelligence (AI) platform to identify and analyze physical forces related to sensory input. A sensor operatively coupled to an inertial measurement unit (IMU) is activated. An initial position of the IMU responsive to the sensor activation is captured and movement of the IMU from the initial position is recognized. A comparison is preformed, where the captured initial position is compared to a second position which is correlated with the recognized movement. A score based on the performed comparison is determined and a diagnostic assessment based on the performed comparison and determined score is created. The diagnostic assessment is converted to feedback, where the conversion utilizes real-time communication of an instruction of a second movement position of the IMU. Receipt of the feedback physically conveys a manifestation of the feedback to the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Pawan Chowdhary, Kumar R. Virwani, Charles Thomas Rettner, Bulent N. Kurdi
  • Patent number: 10575935
    Abstract: A urinary tract valve includes an expandable valve element positionable within a bladder of a patient via a urinary tract of the patient in a collapsed configuration. The expandable valve element is configured to transition from the collapsed configuration to an expanded configuration after being positioned within the bladder of the patient. The expandable valve element includes a ferromagnetic element that facilitates selective control of the expandable valve element with a magnetic field between an open position and a closed position when positioned within the bladder of the patient. In the closed position, the expandable valve element is configured to seal an internal urethral opening of the patient. In the open position, the expandable valve element is configured to allow urine to pass from the bladder of the patient, through an internal urethral opening of the patient and into a urethra of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Xuan K. Wei, Eric H. Bonde, Charles Thomas Bombeck
  • Publication number: 20200062760
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel compounds and pharmaceutical compositions thereof, and methods for inhibiting the activity of SHP2 phosphatase with the compounds and compositions of the invention. The present invention further relates to, but is not limited to, methods for treating disorders associated with SHP2 deregulation with the compounds ad compositions of the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Fabrizio Giordanetto, Jack Benjamin Greisman, Paul Maragakis, Alexander M. Taylor, Lucian V. Dipietro, Elizabeth H. Kelley, André Lescarbeau, Mark Andrew Murcko, Levi Charles Thomas Pierce, Kelley C. Shortsleeves, W. Patrick Walters, Sathesh Bhat, Eric Therrien, Markus Kristofer Dahlgren
  • Publication number: 20200063746
    Abstract: A ceiling fan can include a motor having a rotor defining a rotational axis and a rotor periphery. At least one blade iron is mounted to the rotor and includes a first blade mount located radially exterior of the rotor periphery and a second blade mount located radially interior of the rotor periphery. A blade mounts to the blade iron at both the first blade mount and the second blade mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Charles William Botkin, Bobby Neal Norwood, Matthew McPherson, James Thomas Breeden, JR.
  • Patent number: 10573321
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optimizing voice detection via a network microphone device (NMD) based on a selected voice-assistant service (VAS) are disclosed herein. In one example, the NMD detects sound via individual microphones and selects a first VAS to communicate with the NMD. The NMD produces a first sound-data stream based on the detected sound using a spatial processor in a first configuration. Once the NMD determines that a second VAS is to be selected over the first VAS, the spatial processor assumes a second configuration for producing a second sound-data stream based on the detected sound. The second sound-data stream is then transmitted to one or more remote computing devices associated with the second VAS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Connor Kristopher Smith, Kurt Thomas Soto, Charles Conor Sleith
  • Publication number: 20200058232
    Abstract: Educational doll systems for teaching female anatomy and use of sanitary products intended for menstruation are provided. The educational doll systems comprise an educational doll comprising an outer shell and internal anatomical features, and apparatus representing sanitary products intended for use when menstruating. The educational doll systems may be used for instruction and for facilitating conversation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Peter A. Thomas, Amy R. Thomas, Charles P. Holden
  • Patent number: 10561521
    Abstract: A method for fabricating an article of headwear for a subject is provided. The method comprises: generating a three-dimensional digital data file for the subject at a clinic by capturing a three-dimensional data file representative of the head by utilizing apparatus located at the clinic operating to capture three-dimensional data representative of the head; utilizing a processor to process the three-dimensional digital data file to produce a device file comprising the shape for the article of headwear; and manufacturing the article of headwear at the clinic by utilizing an additive manufacture device located at the clinic to operate with the three-dimensional digital data file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: CRANIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy R Littlefield, Jerold N Luisi, George E Kechter, Mark Charles Thomas
  • Patent number: 10557629
    Abstract: A steam generator comprising a vessel having an inlet and an outlet, and in use a primary fluid flow enters the vessel through the inlet and exits the vessel through the outlet. A plurality of modules are connected in series and at least partially housed within the vessel, and each module comprises at least one tube. The modules are arranged such that at least one tube of one module is coaxial with at least one tube of an adjacent module so as to define a conduit through which a secondary fluid can flow from one module to an adjacent module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignees: ROLLS-ROYCE plc, ROLLS-ROYCE POWER ENGINEERING plc
    Inventors: Ian Michael Bunce, Nigel Alastair Town, Mark Alwyn Thomas Causton, Matthew Charles Blake, David William Mills
  • Patent number: 10558299
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein involve calibrating an input device to a display using the input device. An example method includes determining first coordinates of a position-encoded film corresponding to a location of an input device relative to the position-encoded film of a display of a computing device based on first position points of the position-encoded film, determining second coordinates of a pixel array corresponding to the location of the input device relative to the pixel array of the display based on a first reference pixel of the display, measuring a first offset between the first coordinates of the position-encoded film and the second coordinates of the pixel array, and calculating a calibration transformation to control the computing device based on the first offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. Bassett, Fred Charles Thomas, III, Lauren M. Domingo
  • Patent number: 10546471
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating haptic stimulations is provided. The apparatus includes one or more pods coupled to a garment, each pod including: (i) an internal structure, and (ii) an airtight bladder surrounding the internal structure, where the bladder is pneumatically coupled to a pneumatic device that is configured to control a pressurized state of the bladder. Each pod is configured to: (i) have a first degree of flexibility when the bladder of the pod is in a first pressurized state; and (ii) have a second degree of flexibility, less than the first degree of flexibility, when the bladder of the pod is in a second pressurized state different from the first pressurized state. Each pod provides a haptic stimulation to a wearer of the garment when the corresponding bladder is in the second pressurized state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Daniel West, Aaron Alan Ambuske, John Dietrich Martin, Brian Fletcher, Nicholas Roy Corson, Brian Cox, Charles Stewart, Tristan Thomas Trutna
  • Patent number: 10541001
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes accessing a video; detecting one or more objects in one or more frames of the video; identifying one or more of the detected objects; determining a relevance score for each of the one or more of the identified objects with respect to a user the video is to be presented to; selecting one or more frames of the video based on the determined relevance scores for the identified objects in the frames; and providing for presentation to the user one or more of the selected frames of the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Charles Cheung, Hermes Germi Pique Corchs, Maria Chiara Cacciani, Andrew James Thomas Buckley, Stef Marc Smet, Milen Georgiev Ozhumerov, Mircea-Gabriel Suciu, Muhammed Elsayed Muhammed Elsayed Ibrahim, Cunpu Bo
  • Patent number: 10540870
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating haptic stimulations is provided. The apparatus includes pod(s) coupled to a garment, each pod including: (i) an internal structure including an arrangement of a plurality of protrusions and (ii) an airtight bladder surrounding the internal structure, wherein the bladder is pneumatically coupled to a pneumatic device that is configured to control a pressurized state of the bladder. The internal structure in each pod is configured to: (i) when the respective bladder of the respective pod is in a first pressurized state, have a first degree of flexibility; and (ii) when the respective bladder is in a second pressurized state different from the first pressurized state: curve, at least partially, in a predetermined direction, and have a second degree of flexibility less than the first degree of flexibility, thereby providing a haptic stimulation to a wearer when the respective bladder is in the second pressurized state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Daniel West, Aaron Alan Ambuske, John Dietrich Martin, Brian Fletcher, Nicholas Roy Corson, Brian Cox, Charles Stewart, Tristan Thomas Trutna
  • Publication number: 20200017770
    Abstract: An improved process is provided for catalytic pyrolysis of biomass, comprising pneumatically injecting a biomass feed via a pneumatic injection line into a fluidized heat medium, for example, hot catalyst, with a carrier gas at a velocity of from 5 to 40 m/s in at least one mixing zone in communication with a pyrolysis reactor in which catalytic pyrolysis occurs, and maintaining a catalyst/biomass mixture flowrate ratio (C/B) of from 4 to 40 downstream from the point of catalyst injection via a catalyst injection line in the at least one mixing zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Benjamin Thomas AMBLARD, Raghava DASARATHY, Frédéric Jean-Michel FEUGNET, Thierry Albert Pierre GAUTHIER, Eugene SCHMELZER, Charles Mitchel SORENSEN, JR., Sina TEBIANIAN
  • Patent number: D872573
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: PRINCE CASTLE LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Thomas Kestner, Christopher B. Lyons, Jr., Charles B. Hartfelder, Zachary N. McCoy