Patents by Inventor Christopher Coley

Christopher Coley 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: 20190035261
    Abstract: Systems and methods for updating a control device may include receiving identifying information about an appliance, receiving identifying information about a component of the appliance, and sending a query to a remote server including information about the appliance and the component. The remote server may provide a response including configuration information for the control device, with a command for the appliance and a command that is specific to the component. A first input of the control device may be mapped to the command for the appliance, and a second input of the control device may be mapped to the command that is specific to the component, etc. When the second input is received, a command that is specific to the component may be generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Gareth Selfe, Christopher Coley, Oliver Hoheisel, Matthew Dickenson, Stephen Wheeler, John Craig Robert DeGruchy
  • Patent number: 10115301
    Abstract: Systems and methods for updating a control device may include receiving identifying information about an appliance, receiving identifying information about a component of the appliance, and sending a query to a remote server including information about the appliance and the component. The remote server may provide a response including configuration information for the control device, with a command for the appliance and a command that is specific to the component. A first input of the control device may be mapped to the command for the appliance, and a second input of the control device may be mapped to the command that is specific to the component, etc. When the second input is received, a command that is specific to the component may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Gareth Selfe, Christopher Coley, Oliver Hoheisel, Matthew Dickinson, Stephen Wheeler, John Craig Robert DeGruchy
  • Patent number: 10008037
    Abstract: An augmented reality environment allows interaction between virtual and real objects. By monitoring user actions with the augmented reality environment various functions are provided to users. Users may buy or sell items with a gesture, check inventory of objects in the augmented reality environment, view advertisements, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Spencer Worley, III, Edward Dietz Crump, Robert A. Yuan, Christopher Coley, Colter E. Cederlof
  • Patent number: 9996972
    Abstract: An augmented reality environment allows interaction between virtual and real objects. By monitoring user actions with the augmented reality environment various functions are provided to users. Users may buy or sell items with a gesture, check inventory of objects in the augmented reality environment, view advertisements, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Spencer Worley, III, Edward Dietz Crump, Colter E. Cederlof, Christopher Coley, Robert A. Yuan
  • Publication number: 20180082576
    Abstract: Systems and methods for updating a control device may include receiving identifying information about an appliance, receiving identifying information about a component of the appliance, and sending a query to a remote server including information about the appliance and the component. The remote server may provide a response including configuration information for the control device, with a command for the appliance and a command that is specific to the component. A first input of the control device may be mapped to the command for the appliance, and a second input of the control device may be mapped to the command that is specific to the component, etc. When the second input is received, a command that is specific to the component may be generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Gareth Selfe, Christopher Coley, Oliver Hoheisel, Matthew Dickinson, Stephen Wheeler, John Craig Robert DeGruchy
  • Patent number: 9921641
    Abstract: An augmented reality environment allows interaction between virtual and real objects. By monitoring user actions with the augmented reality environment various functions are provided to users. Users may buy or sell items with a gesture, check inventory of objects in the augmented reality environment, view advertisements, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Spencer Worley, III, Christopher Coley, Robert A. Yuan, Edward Dietz Crump, Colter E. Cederlof
  • Patent number: 9911321
    Abstract: Systems and methods utilize a smart control hub and a relatively “dumb” remote control device that receives display information from the control hub. The remote control communicates simplified commands that are interpreted by the control hub, and translated into commands that are transmitted by the control hub to devices being controlled. Various display pages, or menus of options, may be fed to the remote control and displayed and/or updated on the remote control. A user can navigate the various pages to control various devices using a limited number of buttons and/or a limited reconfigurable input surface. The pages may be updated, for example, to reflect current state information for devices, e.g. on/off, percent power, etc., or to change available commands, e.g. alternating between “on” and “off”, “pause” and “play”, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Gareth Selfe, Wei Jiang, Christopher Coley
  • Patent number: 9830808
    Abstract: Systems and methods for updating a control device may include receiving identifying information about an appliance, receiving identifying information about a component of the appliance, and sending a query to a remote server including information about the appliance and the component. The remote server may provide a response including configuration information for the control device, with a command for the appliance and a command that is specific to the component. A first input of the control device may be mapped to the command for the appliance, and a second input of the control device may be mapped to the command that is specific to the component, etc. When the second input is received, a command that is specific to the component may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: LOGITECH EUROPE S.A.
    Inventors: Gareth Selfe, Christopher Coley, Oliver Hoheisel, Matthew Dickinson, Stephen Wheeler, John Craig Robert DeGruchy
  • Patent number: 9766057
    Abstract: Objects and their placement within a particular scene may be characterized using structured light with no or minimal manual intervention or calibration to the scene. The structured light pattern may be rendered with visible light, yet imperceptible to users, by generating a set of opposing excursions in one or more image properties for durations which are shorter than the integration time of the human eye. A set of assumptions and ongoing testing of those assumptions against physical objects identified within the environment allows characterization of the scene and the objects therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Coley, Jonathan Betts-LaCroix, William Spencer Worley, III
  • Patent number: 9478067
    Abstract: An architecture includes a system to create an augmented reality environment in which images are projected onto a scene and user movement within the scene is captured. In addition to primary visual stimuli, the architecture further includes introduction of a secondary form of sensory feedback into the environment to enhance user experience. The secondary sensory feedback may be tactile feedback and/or olfactory feedback. The secondary sensory feedback is provided to the user in coordination with the visual based activity occurring within the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Spencer Worley, III, Christopher Coley, Edwin Joseph Selker, William Thomas Weatherford
  • Publication number: 20160307439
    Abstract: Systems and methods utilize a smart control hub and a relatively “dumb” remote control device that receives display information from the control hub. The remote control communicates simplified commands that are interpreted by the control hub, and translated into commands that are transmitted by the control hub to devices being controlled. Various display pages, or menus of options, may be fed to the remote control and displayed and/or updated on the remote control. A user can navigate the various pages to control various devices using a limited number of buttons and/or a limited reconfigurable input surface. The pages may be updated, for example, to reflect current state information for devices, e.g. on/off, percent power, etc., or to change available commands, e.g. alternating between “on” and “off”, “pause” and “play”, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Applicant: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Gareth Selfe, Wei Jiang, Christopher Coley
  • Patent number: 9462262
    Abstract: An architecture includes a system to create an augmented reality environment in which images are projected onto a scene and user movement within the scene is captured. The augmented reality environment is hosted within a surrounding area in which various ambient conditions, external to the augmented reality environment, persist. The architecture monitors the external conditions and controls secondary devices that selectively modify the conditions as desired in cooperation with operation of the augmented reality environment to effectively enhance user experience. Alternatively or additionally, the architecture may inform the user of what changes to make, and the user manually makes the adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Spencer Worley, III, Edward Dietz Crump, William Thomas Weatherford, Christopher Coley
  • Patent number: 9349217
    Abstract: An architecture is provided to integrate multiple augmented reality environments to expand user experiences that might otherwise be limited in a single augmented reality environment. The architecture includes multiple augmented reality functional nodes located in separate locations to generate augmented reality environments within respective locations. The nodes are communicatively coupled together through a peer network, via cloud services, or other arrangements. The community of environments allows data, such as captured images, to be ported from one location to another, thereby allowing users to share in common experiences. Examples of such experiences might include team software coding, playing software games, virtually extending line-of-sight beyond physical boundaries, and controlling remote locations by virtually placing oneself in those locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Spencer Worley, III, Edward Dietz Crump, William Thomas Weatherford, Christopher Coley
  • Patent number: 9300900
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for increasing the effective contrast ratio and brightness yields for digital light valve image projectors using a variable luminance control mechanism (VLCM), associated with the projector optics, for modifying the light output and provide a correction thereto; and an adaptive luminance control module (ALCM) for receiving signals from the video input board, the adaptive luminance control module producing a signal on a VLCM bus connecting the variable luminance control mechanism and the adaptive luminance control module, the signal causing the variable luminance control mechanism to change the luminance of the light output and provide a corrected video signal for the projector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: ALLEN VIDEO TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventors: Eddie E. Allen, Thomas D. Strade, Christopher Coley
  • Patent number: 9241141
    Abstract: Sensing systems using projection blocks of structured light provide useful information about the surfaces they are projected onto. A camera captures an image which contains a captured block, that is, an image of the projection block interacting with the surface. Corrections may be applied to the captured image to compensate for distortions produced by projector and/or camera systems and produce a corrected image. Noise may be removed from the corrected image using a bilateral filter, producing a filtered image. The filtered image may be processed to determine a boundary of the captured block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Henry Chang, Christopher Coley, Lynnda Gray, Petr G. Shepelev
  • Patent number: 9229550
    Abstract: A configurable user interface (UI) includes actuators capable of protruding from a surface of the configurable UI to effectively add texture, buttons, knobs, or other virtual objects with which a user may interact. In addition, this document describes a system for supplementing this configurable UI by projecting content onto the surface, such as one or more images corresponding to the set of controls provided by the configurable UI. In addition, the system may identify (e.g., with use of a camera) when a user interacts with the configurable UI and may instruct the configurable UI to physically modify some aspect of the interface in response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Coley
  • Patent number: 9137511
    Abstract: Devices and techniques are described for generating three-dimensional (3D) models of objects. Depth data acquired from a depth camera system is used with data about surface normals to generate a 3D model of the object. The depth camera system may use cameras or projectors with different baseline distances to generate depth data. The use of different baseline distances may improve accuracy of the depth data. The data about surface normals may be calculated from images acquired when the object is illuminated from different angles. By using the depth data and relative depth changes from the surface normal data, high resolution spatial data may be generated at high frame rates. Data from multiple baseline distances may also be combined to improve performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Rawles LLC
    Inventors: Louis L. LeGrand, III, Christopher Coley, William Spencer Worley, III, Edward Dietz Crump
  • Patent number: 9134593
    Abstract: A display system having a modulated light source is configured to include one or more non-visible wavelengths as part of the display sequence. In one implementation a color wheel, configured to modulate the wavelengths emitted by a projector, includes an infrared (IR) segment, allowing for projection of an IR image. The wavelength modulated non-visible light may be spatially modulated to generate a structured light pattern, for signaling, to synchronization with other devices, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Spencer Worley, III, William Thomas Weatherford, Christopher Coley, Edward Dietz Crump
  • Patent number: 9118782
    Abstract: Structured light generated by a projector may be recovered by a camera to determine three-dimensional data about a scene. The structured light signal acquired by the camera may be impaired due to interference from flickering sources of illumination such as lights, electronic displays, and so forth. This optical interference to an image acquisition system, such as a structured light system, is mitigated by modifying operation of a camera by applying a sampling coefficient to the camera's frame rate or by presenting structured light frames during times non-coincident with the interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Coley, Petr G. Shepelev
  • Patent number: D806657
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Logitech Europe S.A.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Russo, Andrew Julian Gartrell, Ram Chaturabul, Gregory Staples, Christopher Coley, Amish Rajesh Babu