Patents by Inventor Christopher Daniel Gatland

Christopher Daniel Gatland 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: 10931934
    Abstract: A watercraft may include a safety system having an imaging component and a control component. The control component may modify the operation of the watercraft based on images from the imaging component. The imaging component may include a thermal imaging component and a non-thermal imaging component. The watercraft may include more than one imaging component disposed around the periphery of the watercraft to monitor a volume surrounding the watercraft for objects in the water such as debris, a person, and/or dock structures. Operating the watercraft based on the images may include operating propulsion and/or steering systems of the watercraft based on a detected object. The control component may operate the propulsion and/or steering systems to disable a propeller when a swimmer is detected, to avoid detected debris, and/or to perform or assist in performing docking maneuvers. The imaging components may include compact thermal imaging modules mounted on or within the hull of the watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Austin A. Richards, Peter A. Reid, Jay E. Robinson, Andrew C. Teich, Christopher Daniel Gatland, Gordon Pope
  • Patent number: 10852428
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide three dimensional volume rendering of volume data for use when operating mobile structures. A three dimensional volume rendering system includes a logic device configured to communicate with a user interface and receive volume data from a volume data source. The logic device is configured to render a three dimensional) representation of the volume data on a display of the user interface according to a view perspective, render an indicator key on a first two dimensional plane overlaid in the 3D representation, detect a change condition, and rotate the indicator key about a rotational axis in response to the detected change condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Paul Stokes, Adam Murphy, Christopher Daniel Gatland, Michael Robb
  • Patent number: 10802125
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide touch screen side-scan sonar adjustment for mobile structures. A side-scan sonar adjustment system includes a user interface with a touch screen display and a logic device configured to communicate with the user interface and a side-scan sonar system. The user interface is configured to receive and/or display side-scan sonar data provided by the side-scan sonar system. The logic, device is configured to determine a horizontal swipe gesture rate component performed on the touch screen display, stretch the displayed image in accordance with the swipe gesture, and snap to a new field of view in accordance with current field of view and swipe length information. The user interface and logic device may be integrated together to form a multifunction display used to power and/or supply side-scan sonar transmission signals to the side-scan sonar system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventor: Christopher Daniel Gatland
  • Patent number: 10754528
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide intuitive user interfaces for sonar systems attached to mobile structures. A sonar user interface system includes a logic device configured to communicate with one or more sonar controllers and/or sonar transducer assemblies and associated processing and control electronics and optionally orientation and/or position sensors disposed substantially within the sonar transducer assemblies. Each sonar controller and/or transducer assembly includes channels that can be operated together or independently. Configurations for each channel, transducer assembly, controller, and/or for the entire sonar system are rendered and displayed using a combination of graphical and textual indicators to allow intuitive selection and/or arrangement of system, controller, assembly, and/or channel configurations and to store configurations for recall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher Daniel Gatland
  • Patent number: 10712166
    Abstract: Electronic navigation systems may be provided with user and/or demo profiles. Each user or demo profile may define a specific settings regarding display layout, user preferences, and various functions and features displayed or provided at an electronic navigation system. A user profile may define specific display preferences on a menu screen for a profile owner. A demo profile may define specific functions/features displayed on a screen for demonstrating use with a specific type of vehicle or a specific type of activity. Each demo profile also may store simulation data that allow the electronic navigation system to simulate the use of the navigation system with a specific type of vehicle or a specific type of activity. The electronic navigation system may allow users to create a new profile, edit an existing profile, and/or activate or deactivate an existing profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventors: Mark Rivers, Christopher Daniel Gatland
  • Patent number: 10677921
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide casting guidance for users of mobile structures, including watercraft. A casting guidance system includes a sonar transducer assembly and a logic device configured to communicate with the sonar transducer assembly. The sonar transducer assembly is adapted to be mounted to a mobile structure and placed in a body of water. The logic device is configured to identify one or more underwater targets in sonar data received from the sonar transducer assembly, determine casting guidance parameters corresponding to the one or more identified underwater targets, and generate at least one casting guidance identifier based, at least in part, on the determined casting guidance parameters. Subsequent user input, the sonar data, and/or the casting guidance parameters may be used to adjust a steering actuator, a propulsion system thrust, and/or other operational systems of the mobile structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventors: Adam Murphy, Christopher Daniel Gatland, Mark Johnson
  • Publication number: 20200064471
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide three dimensional target selection for use when operating mobile structures. A three dimensional target selection system includes a logic device configured to communicate with a user interface and receive volume data from a volume data source. The logic device is configured to render a first perspective of a three dimensional representation of the volume data on a display of the user interface, determine a first viewpoint vector within the 3D representation based, at least in part, on a first user input received by the user interface; and identify an object or position within the volume data based, at least in part, on the first viewpoint vector and the first user input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Christopher Daniel Gatland, Mark Rivers
  • Patent number: 10527429
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide sailing information to users of a mobile structure. A sailing user interface system includes a logic device in communication with a compass or orientation sensor, a wind sensor, and/or a speed sensor. Sensor signals provided by the various sensors are used to determine a heading and a wind direction for the mobile structure, which can be referenced to Magnet North. The wind direction and heading may be used to orient a sail chart rendered by the logic device. The sail chart graphically indicates the heading of the mobile structure relative to the wind direction and a performance contour for the mobile structure. The sail chart may be displayed to a user to refine manual operation of the mobile structure, and the information rendered in the sail chart may be used to autopilot the mobile structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Daniel Gatland, Gregory W. Wells, Mark Johnson, Marcel Tremblay
  • Patent number: 10503393
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide touch screen sonar adjustment for mobile structures. A sonar adjustment system includes a user interface with a touch screen display and a logic device configured to communicate with the user interface and a sonar system. The user interface is configured to receive and/or display sonar data provided by the sonar system. The logic device is configured to determine a stimulus or scroll rate component and a sample scale component of a pinch gesture performed on the touch screen display, adjust a rate and/or a sample scale factor for the touch screen display and/or for the sonar system, and render the sonar data according to the adjusted rate and/or sample scale factor. The user interface and logic device may be integrated together to form a multifunction display used to power and/or supply sonar transmission signals to the sonar system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR Belgium BVBA
    Inventor: Christopher Daniel Gatland
  • Patent number: 10444349
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide waypoint sharing with respect to sonar imagery for mobile structures. A waypoint sharing system includes a portable electronic device with a display, a communications module, and a logic device configured to receive a waypoint database from a sonar system user interface or a waypoint server over a wireless communication link, receive user input to adjust at least a portion of the waypoint database, and provide the adjusted waypoint database to the sonar system user interface or the waypoint server over the wireless communication link. The sonar system user interface is configured to provide a waypoint database to the portable electronic device or the waypoint server over the wireless communication ink, receive the adjusted waypoint database from the device or the server over the wireless communication link, and render at least a portion of the adjusted waypoint database on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR BELGIUM BVBA
    Inventor: Christopher Daniel Gatland
  • Patent number: 10191153
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide augmented reality sonar imagery for mobile structures. An augmented reality sonar imagery system includes a portable imaging device, a sonar transducer assembly, and a logic device in communication with the sonar transducer assembly and the portable imaging device. The sonar transducer assembly is adapted to be mounted to a mobile structure and placed in a body of water, and the portable imaging device includes a display and an imager position and/or orientation sensor. The logic device is configured to determine a waterline of the body of water relative to a field of view of the display and render sonar data in a portion of the field of view that extends below the waterline. Subsequent user input and/or the sonar data may be used to adjust a steering actuator, a propulsion system thrust, and/or other operational systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Daniel Gatland
  • Publication number: 20180217257
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide casting guidance for users of mobile structures, including watercraft. A casting guidance system includes a sonar transducer assembly and a logic device configured to communicate with the sonar transducer assembly. The sonar transducer assembly is adapted to be mounted to a mobile structure and placed in a body of water. The logic device is configured to identify one or more underwater targets in sonar data received from the sonar transducer assembly, determine casting guidance parameters corresponding to the one or more identified underwater targets, and generate at least one casting guidance identifier based, at least in part, on the determined casting guidance parameters. Subsequent user input, the sonar data, and/or the casting guidance parameters may be used to adjust a steering actuator, a propulsion system thrust, and/or other operational systems of the mobile structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Adam Murphy, Christopher Daniel Gatland, Mark Johnson
  • Publication number: 20180188064
    Abstract: Electronic navigation systems may be provided with user and/or demo profiles. Each user or demo profile may define a specific settings regarding display layout, user preferences, and various functions and features displayed or provided at an electronic navigation system. A user profile may define specific display preferences on a menu screen for a profile owner. A demo profile may define specific functions/features displayed on a screen for demonstrating use with a specific type of vehicle or a specific type of activity. Each demo profile also may store simulation data that allow the electronic navigation system to simulate the use of the navigation system with a specific type of vehicle or a specific type of activity. The electronic navigation system may allow users to create a new profile, edit an existing profile, and/or activate or deactivate an existing profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Mark Rivers, Christopher Daniel Gatland
  • Publication number: 20180164434
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide three dimensional volume rendering of volume data for use when operating mobile structures. A three dimensional volume rendering system includes a logic device configured to communicate with a user interface and receive volume data from a volume data source. The logic device is configured to render a three dimensional) representation of the volume data on a display of the user interface according to a view perspective, render an indicator key on a first two dimensional plane overlaid in the 3D representation, detect a change condition, and rotate the indicator key about a rotational axis in response to the detected change condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Paul Stokes, Adam Murphy, Christopher Daniel Gatland, Michael Robb
  • Publication number: 20180095170
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide touch screen side-scan sonar adjustment for mobile structures. A side-scan sonar adjustment system includes a user interface with a touch screen display and a logic device configured to communicate with the user interface and a side-scan sonar system. The user interface is configured to receive and/or display side-scan sonar data provided by the side-scan sonar system. The logic, device is configured to determine a horizontal swipe gesture rate component performed on the touch screen display, stretch the displayed image in accordance with the swipe gesture, and snap to a new field of view in accordance with current field of view and swipe length information. The user interface and logic device may be integrated together to form a multifunction display used to power and/or supply side-scan sonar transmission signals to the side-scan sonar system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher Daniel Gatland
  • Publication number: 20170168159
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide augmented reality sonar imagery for mobile structures. An augmented reality sonar imagery system includes a portable imaging device, a sonar transducer assembly, and a logic device in communication with the sonar transducer assembly and the portable imaging device. The sonar transducer assembly is adapted to be mounted to a mobile structure and placed in a body of water, and the portable imaging device includes a display and an imager position and/or orientation sensor. The logic device is configured to determine a waterline of the body of water relative to a field of view of the display and render sonar data in a portion of the field of view that extends below the waterline. Subsequent user input and/or the sonar data may be used to adjust a steering actuator, a propulsion system thrust, and/or other operational systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Inventor: Christopher Daniel Gatland
  • Publication number: 20170160393
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide waypoint sharing with respect to sonar imagery for mobile structures. A waypoint sharing system includes a portable electronic device with a display, a communications module, and a logic device configured to receive a waypoint database from a sonar system user interface or a waypoint server over a wireless communication link, receive user input to adjust at least a portion of the waypoint database, and provide the adjusted waypoint database to the sonar system user interface or the waypoint server over the wireless communication link. The sonar system user interface is configured to provide a waypoint database to the portable electronic device or the waypoint server over the wireless communication ink, receive the adjusted waypoint database from the device or the server over the wireless communication link, and render at least a portion of the adjusted waypoint database on a display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventor: Christopher Daniel Gatland
  • Publication number: 20170003865
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide intuitive user interfaces for sonar systems attached to mobile structures. A sonar user interface system includes a logic device configured to communicate with one or more sonar controllers and/or sonar transducer assemblies and associated processing and control electronics and optionally orientation and/or position sensors disposed substantially within the sonar transducer assemblies. Each sonar controller and/or transducer assembly includes channels that can be operated together or independently. Configurations for each channel, transducer assembly, controller, and/or for the entire sonar system are rendered and displayed using a combination of graphical and textual indicators to allow intuitive selection and/or arrangement of system, controller, assembly, and/or channel configurations and to store configurations for recall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventor: Christopher Daniel Gatland
  • Publication number: 20160370187
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide sailing information to users of a mobile structure. A sailing user interface system includes a logic device in communication with a compass or orientation sensor, a wind sensor, and/or a speed sensor. Sensor signals provided by the various sensors are used to determine a heading and a wind direction for the mobile structure, which can be referenced to Magnet North. The wind direction and heading may be used to orient a sail chart rendered by the logic device. The sail chart graphically indicates the heading of the mobile structure relative to the wind direction and a performance contour for the mobile structure. The sail chart may be displayed to a user to refine manual operation of the mobile structure, and the information rendered in the sail chart may be used to autopilot the mobile structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Inventors: Christopher Daniel Gatland, Gregory W. Wells, Mark Johnson, Marcel Tremblay
  • Publication number: 20160259520
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide touch screen sonar adjustment for mobile structures. A sonar adjustment system includes a user interface with a touch screen display and a logic device configured to communicate with the user interface and a sonar system. The user interface is configured to receive and/or display sonar data provided by the sonar system. The logic device is configured to determine a stimulus or scroll rate component and a sample scale component of a pinch gesture performed on the touch screen display, adjust a rate and/or a sample scale factor for the touch screen display and/or for the sonar system, and render the sonar data according to the adjusted rate and/or sample scale factor. The user interface and logic device may be integrated together to form a multifunction display used to power and/or supply sonar transmission signals to the sonar system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Inventor: Christopher Daniel Gatland