Patents by Inventor Charles D. Huston

Charles D. Huston 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: 20210374782
    Abstract: A spectator system and method that displays different views of an event, such as a sporting event, and in particular uses a position selected by the spectator to assist in displaying a view from the selected position. The spectator, using an internet device can zoom, pan, tilt and change the view, as well as change the view to another position, such as a finish line, goal, or a participant position (e.g. Driver of car #3 or Tiger Wood's position). The starting viewing position can be specified, as well as the target position or orientation from the starting viewing position. Vital information on the sporting event or a participant can be appended to the view. In some forms, artificial reality or any geographic referenced datasets can be used and combined, such as 3D imagery or 3D renderings, to enhance the experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Inventors: Charles D. Huston, Chris Coleman
  • Patent number: 11087345
    Abstract: A system and method for creating content such as artificial reality (AR) messages at an event, particularly among members on a social network, thereby enhancing and expanding the event experience. Typically, a participant shares an event with spectators, such as friends or a subset of friends in the participant's social network. The AR message may include geo-referenced artificial reality words, products or symbols and appear in a perspective view of the event to the participant or spectators. In addition to creating an active gallery for an event, messages, audio and video can be exchanged among participants and spectators, and virtual goods, money, bets, applause, other feedback, and donations exchanged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Charles D. Huston, Chris Coleman
  • Patent number: 10937239
    Abstract: A system and method for creating a 3D virtual model of an event, such as a wedding or sporting event, and for sharing the event with one or more virtual attendees. Virtual attendees connect to the experience platform to view the 3d virtual model of the event on virtual reality glasses, i.e. a head mounted display, from a virtual gallery, preferably from a user selected location and orientation or a common location and orientation for all virtual attendees. In one form the virtual attendees can see and interact with other virtual attendees in the virtual gallery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Charles D. Huston, Chris Coleman
  • Patent number: 10936537
    Abstract: Glasses wearable by a user and responsive to gestural commands and method for operating the glasses to control one or more devices. In a preferred form, the glasses include a plurality of spaced, depth cameras that react to a user's hand command based, at least in part, on the distance of the hand from the depth camera. The depth cameras can recognize multiple distances and gesture movement, as well as hand configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventor: Charles D. Huston
  • Patent number: 10802153
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying a person in a geographic area of interest, who shares the identity of friendly participants with a user if certain criteria are met. In one form, the identity of a participant in the area and meeting certain criteria is displayed to a user or other friendly participants. The identity is displayed to friendly participants on, for example, a GPS-equipped cell phone or head-mounted glasses. Other information can be shared among friendly participants, including social information, photographs, gender, status, and location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Charles D. Huston
  • Publication number: 20200218690
    Abstract: A system and method for capturing a location based experience at an event including a plurality of mobile devices having a camera employed near a point of interest to capture random, crowdsourced images and associated metadata near said point of interest. In a preferred form, the images include depth camera information from prepositioned devices around the point of interest during the event. A network communicates images, depth information, and metadata to build a 3D model of the region, preferably with the location of contributors known. Users connect to this experience platform to view the 3D model from a user selected location and orientation and to participate in experiences with, for example, a social network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Charles D. Huston, Chris Coleman
  • Patent number: 10600235
    Abstract: A system and method for capturing a location based experience at an event including a plurality of mobile devices having a camera employed near a point of interest to capture random, crowdsourced images and associated metadata near said point of interest. In a preferred form, the images include depth camera information from prepositioned devices around the point of interest during the event. A network communicates images, depth information, and metadata to build a 3D model of the region, preferably with the location of contributors known. Users connect to this experience platform to view the 3D model from a user selected location and orientation and to participate in experiences with, for example, a social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Charles D. Huston, Chris Coleman
  • Publication number: 20200061435
    Abstract: A system and method for creating content such as artificial reality (AR) messages at an event, particularly among members on a social network, thereby enhancing and expanding the event experience. Typically, a participant shares an event with spectators, such as friends or a subset of friends in the participant's social network. The AR message may include geo-referenced artificial reality words, products or symbols and appear in a perspective view of the event to the participant or spectators. In addition to creating an active gallery for an event, messages, audio and video can be exchanged among participants and spectators, and virtual goods, money, bets, applause, other feedback, and donations exchanged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Charles D. Huston, Chris Coleman
  • Patent number: 10512832
    Abstract: A system and method for creating content such as artificial reality (AR) messages at an event, particularly among members on a social network, thereby enhancing and expanding the event experience. Typically, a participant shares an event with spectators, such as friends or a subset of friends in the participant's social network. The AR message may include geo-referenced artificial reality words, products or symbols and appear in a perspective view of the event to the participant or spectators. In addition to creating an active gallery for an event, messages, audio and video can be exchanged among participants and spectators, and virtual goods, money, bets, applause, other feedback, and donations exchanged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventors: Charles D. Huston, Chris Coleman
  • Patent number: 10442300
    Abstract: A system for facilitating communication between a vehicle and a user includes a vehicle having a rechargeable battery and a communication and control subsystem. The communication and control subsystem is communicatively coupled to the battery to gather and transmit vehicle information, which may include battery information and a vehicle identifier. The system also includes a charging station having a charging station identifier and an electrical coupling between the charging station, a power source, and the vehicle. The electrical coupling is operable to charge the battery and includes a communicative coupling. The control subsystem is operable to receive communications from the user via the communicative coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: KLD ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Charles D. Huston, Martyn T. Hunt
  • Publication number: 20180270609
    Abstract: A system and method for viewing artificial reality messages, such as at an event at a venue, where the messages are geo-referenced, artificial reality words or symbols and enhanced for greater comprehension or relevancy to the user. Typically, the messages are geo-referenced to a moving participant or to a fixed location at the venue. Using the spectator's chosen location as the viewing origin, an artificial reality message or product is inserted into the spectator's perspective view of the venue. The enhancement involves changing the content for context, or changing the perspective, orientation, size, background, font, or lighting for comprehension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventor: Charles D. Huston
  • Publication number: 20180154788
    Abstract: A system for facilitating communication between a vehicle and a user includes a vehicle having a rechargeable battery and a communication and control subsystem. The communication and control subsystem is communicatively coupled to the battery to gather and transmit vehicle information, which may include battery information and a vehicle identifier. The system also includes a charging station having a charging station identifier and an electrical coupling between the charging station, a power source, and the vehicle. The electrical coupling is operable to charge the battery and includes a communicative coupling. The control subsystem is operable to receive communications from the user via the communicative coupling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Charles D. Huston, Martyn T. Hunt
  • Publication number: 20180143976
    Abstract: Glasses wearable by a user and responsive to gestural commands and method for operating the glasses to control one or more devices. In a preferred form, the glasses include a plurality of spaced, depth cameras that react to a user's hand command based, at least in part, on the distance of the hand from the depth camera. The depth cameras can recognize multiple distances and gesture movement, as well as hand configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventor: Charles D. Huston
  • Patent number: 9977782
    Abstract: A system, method, and device for creating an environment and sharing an experience using a plurality of mobile devices having a conventional camera and a depth camera employed near a point of interest. In one form, random crowdsourced images, depth information, and associated metadata are captured near said point of interest. Preferably, the images include depth camera information. A wireless network communicates with the mobile devices to accept the images, depth information, and metadata to build and store a 3D model of the point of interest. Users connect to this experience platform to view the 3D model from a user selected location and orientation and to participate in experiences with, for example, a social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventors: Charles D. Huston, Chris Coleman
  • Patent number: 9965471
    Abstract: A system and method for capturing a location based experience at an event including a plurality of mobile devices having a camera employed near a point of interest to capture random, crowdsourced images and associated metadata near said point of interest. In a preferred form, the images include depth camera information from prepositioned devices around the point of interest during the event. A network communicates images, depth information, and metadata to build a 3D model of the region, preferably with the location of contributors known. Users connect to this experience platform to view the 3D model from a user selected location and orientation and to participate in experiences with, for example, a social network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventors: Charles D. Huston, Chris Coleman
  • Publication number: 20180108172
    Abstract: A system and method for capturing a location based experience at an event including a plurality of mobile devices having a camera employed near a point of interest to capture random, crowdsourced images and associated metadata near said point of interest. In a preferred form, the images include depth camera information from prepositioned devices around the point of interest during the event. A network communicates images, depth information, and metadata to build a 3D model of the region, preferably with the location of contributors known. Users connect to this experience platform to view the 3D model from a user selected location and orientation and to participate in experiences with, for example, a social network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Charles D. Huston, Chris Coleman
  • Publication number: 20180045831
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying a person in a geographic area of interest, who shares the identity of friendly participants with a user if certain criteria are met. In one form, the identity of a participant in the area and meeting certain criteria is displayed to a user or other friendly participants. The identity is displayed to friendly participants on, for example, a GPS-equipped cell phone or head-mounted glasses. Other information can be shared among friendly participants, including social information, photographs, gender, status, and location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventor: Charles D. Huston
  • Patent number: 9868359
    Abstract: A system for facilitating communication between a vehicle and a user includes a vehicle having a rechargeable battery and a communication and control subsystem. The communication and control subsystem is communicatively coupled to the battery to gather and transmit vehicle information, which may include battery information and a vehicle identifier. The system also includes a charging station having a charging station identifier and an electrical coupling between the charging station, a power source, and the vehicle. The electrical coupling is operable to charge the battery and includes a communicative coupling. The control subsystem is operable to receive communications from the user via the communicative coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: KLD Energy Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles D. Huston, Martyn T. Hunt
  • Publication number: 20170365102
    Abstract: A system and method for creating a 3D virtual model of an event, such as a wedding or sporting event, and for sharing the event with one or more virtual attendees. Virtual attendees connect to the experience platform to view the 3d virtual model of the event on virtual reality glasses, i.e. a head mounted display, from a virtual gallery, preferably from a user selected location and orientation or a common location and orientation for all virtual attendees. In one form the virtual attendees can see and interact with other virtual attendees in the virtual gallery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Charles D. Huston, Chris Coleman
  • Patent number: 9798012
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying a person in a geographic area of interest, who shares the identity of friendly participants with a user if certain criteria are met. In one form, the identity of a participant in the area and meeting certain criteria is displayed to a user or other friendly participants. The identity is displayed to friendly participants on, for example, a GPS-equipped cell phone or head-mounted glasses. Other information can be shared among friendly participants, including social information, photographs, gender, status, and location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventor: Charles D. Huston