Patents by Inventor Christopher K. Mondragon

Christopher K. Mondragon 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: 9788118
    Abstract: Entertainment systems are provided including a plurality of spatial sound speakers embedded in a headrest of a passenger seat and associated with a media player of the entertainment system. A spatial sound controller associated with the plurality of spatial sound speakers of the media player is also provided. The spatial sound controller is configured to provide simulated surround sound associated with the media player to a defined target region. The plurality of spatial sound speakers are adjusted to a position of a passenger seated in the passenger seat based on external input associated with the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: THALES AVIONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Brett Bleacher, Christopher K. Mondragon
  • Patent number: 9584846
    Abstract: A vehicle entertainment system is disclosed that includes docking cradles that can store handheld controllers, and a management terminal. The management terminal controls an electronically controlled lock apparatus of the cradles to selectively lock the handheld controllers in a stored position within the docking cradles. The management terminal may receive and display the status of which of the docking cradles store a handheld controller, and may display at least one user selectable indicia that is touch selectable by a user to control one or more of the docking cradles to lock and unlock handheld controllers stored therein. Related inductive charging circuits, theft alert circuits, and other components of the vehicle entertainment system are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Bleacher, Christopher K. Mondragon, Charles G. Smith, Richard J. Lopez
  • Patent number: 9529431
    Abstract: Entertainment systems are provided including directional sound speakers embedded in a headrest of a passenger seat, the headrest being associated with a media player of the entertainment system; and a directional sound controller associated with the directional sound speakers of the media player. The directional sound controller is configured to direct a sound beam associated with the media player at a defined target region such that the sound beam is only audible within the defined target region and experiences less than about 20 dB of leakage outside the target region during operation of the media player. In-flight entertainment systems and related methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Bleacher, Christopher K. Mondragon
  • Publication number: 20160286316
    Abstract: Entertainment systems are provided including a plurality of spatial sound speakers embedded in a headrest of a passenger seat and associated with a media player of the entertainment system. A spatial sound controller associated with the plurality of spatial sound speakers of the media player is also provided. The spatial sound controller is configured to provide simulated surround sound associated with the media player to a defined target region. The plurality of spatial sound speakers are adjusted to a position of a passenger seated in the passenger seat based on external input associated with the passenger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Inventors: Brett Bleacher, Christopher K. Mondragon
  • Patent number: 9060202
    Abstract: A controller is disclosed that controls an entertainment system which includes a video display unit that is separate from the controller. The controller includes a network interface, a display device, and a processing device. The network interface communicates with the video display unit via at least one data network. The processing device communicates a first command over the at least one data network to control a display of first content on the video display unit, and controls a display of second content on the display device of the controller. The second content is displayed concurrently with the first content. Related entertainment systems are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher K. Mondragon, Brett Bleacher, John J. Daly, David Pook
  • Patent number: 9037354
    Abstract: A vehicle entertainment system is controlled responsive to gestures that are formed by a passenger of the vehicle. The vehicle entertainment system includes a display device, at least one gesture control camera, and a processor. The gesture control camera generates a camera signal responsive to light reflected from at least one object within a field of view of the at least one gesture control camera. The processor analyzes the camera signal to identify a gesture made by a passenger moving the at least one object, and controls at least one operation of the vehicle entertainment system responsive to the identified gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher K. Mondragon, Brett Bleacher, William W. Allen, David Reichert
  • Publication number: 20150049887
    Abstract: Entertainment systems are provided including directional sound speakers embedded in a headrest of a passenger seat, the headrest being associated with a media player of the entertainment system; and a directional sound controller associated with the directional sound speakers of the media player. The directional sound controller is configured to direct a sound beam associated with the media player at a defined target region such that the sound beam is only audible within the defined target region and experiences less than about 20 dB of leakage outside the target region during operation of the media player. In-flight entertainment systems and related methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Brett Bleacher, Christopher K. Mondragon
  • Patent number: 8929082
    Abstract: A module carrier unit comprises a plurality of passenger interface modules that perform different functions, the functions including at least one of inputting and outputting information, the modules having a common size, shape, and interface; an outer case portion comprising a plurality of receptacles, each having a common size, shape, and interface designed to receive one of the modules, the plurality of receptacles being such that a first module having a first function is operable in a first receptacle, and a second module having a second function is operable in the first receptacle, the modules being removably connected to the receptacles; and a communications interface that performs at least one of transmitting and receiving data to and from a processor located near a seat of a passenger in the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignees: Thales Avionics, Inc., Phitek Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher K. Mondragon, Nigel Greig, Edward Scholten, Roy Moody, Paul Simmonds, Elaine Clarke, Thomas Allen Darbonne
  • Patent number: 8928585
    Abstract: An in-flight entertainment system includes a video display unit facing a user seat. The video display unit includes a display surface that displays images to a user who is seated on the user seat. A light emitter illuminates eyes of the user. A camera outputs a video signal containing reflections from the illuminated eyes. A processor processes the video signal to determine a viewing location on the display surface at which the eyes are directed, and controls at least one function for how images are displayed on the display surface responsive to the determined viewing location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher K. Mondragon, Brett Bleacher
  • Patent number: 8879760
    Abstract: Entertainment systems are provided including directional sound speakers associated with a media player of the entertainment system; and a directional sound controller associated with the directional sound speakers of the media player. The directional sound controller is configured to direct a sound beam associated with the media player at a defined target region such that the sound beam is only audible within the defined target region and experiences less than about 20 dB of leakage outside the target region during operation of the media player. In-flight entertainment systems and related methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Bleacher, Christopher K. Mondragon
  • Publication number: 20140064524
    Abstract: Entertainment systems are provided including directional sound speakers associated with a media player of the entertainment system; and a directional sound controller associated with the directional sound speakers of the media player. The directional sound controller is configured to direct a sound beam associated with the media player at a defined target region such that the sound beam is only audible within the defined target region and experiences less than about 20 dB of leakage outside the target region during operation of the media player. In-flight entertainment systems and related methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Brett Bleacher, Christopher K. Mondragon
  • Publication number: 20140053185
    Abstract: A vehicle entertainment system is disclosed that includes docking cradles that can store handheld controllers, and a management terminal. The management terminal controls an electronically controlled lock apparatus of the cradles to selectively lock the handheld controllers in a stored position within the docking cradles. The management terminal may receive and display the status of which of the docking cradles store a handheld controller, and may display at least one user selectable indicia that is touch selectable by a user to control one or more of the docking cradles to lock and unlock handheld controllers stored therein. Related inductive charging circuits, theft alert circuits, and other components of the vehicle entertainment system are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Bleacher, Christopher K. Mondragon, Charles G. Smith, Richard J. Lopez
  • Publication number: 20130066526
    Abstract: A vehicle entertainment system is controlled responsive to gestures that are formed by a passenger of the vehicle. The vehicle entertainment system includes a display device, at least one gesture control camera, and a processor. The gesture control camera generates a camera signal responsive to light reflected from at least one object within a field of view of the at least one gesture control camera. The processor analyzes the camera signal to identify a gesture made by a passenger moving the at least one object, and controls at least one operation of the vehicle entertainment system responsive to the identified gesture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher K. Mondragon, Brett Bleacher, William W. Allen, David Reichert
  • Publication number: 20130063340
    Abstract: An in-flight entertainment system includes a video display unit facing a user seat. The video display unit includes a display surface that displays images to a user who is seated on the user seat. A light emitter illuminates eyes of the user. A camera outputs a video signal containing reflections from the illuminated eyes. A processor processes the video signal to determine a viewing location on the display surface at which the eyes are directed, and controls at least one function for how images are displayed on the display surface responsive to the determined viewing location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher K. Mondragon, Brett Bleacher
  • Publication number: 20120298737
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and articles of manufacture to provide passenger preference data to in-flight entertainment systems are disclosed. A disclosed example airline passenger seat includes an optical device to optically scan a barcode presented by a passenger associated with the airline passenger seat, the barcode generated by the passenger and including a representation of passenger preference data, a display device to enable the passenger to review the passenger preference data, and a communication module to provide the passenger preference data to an in-flight entertainment system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chetan Yogendra Thakar, Christopher K. Mondragon, Kenneth A. Brady, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120174165
    Abstract: A controller is disclosed that controls an entertainment system which includes a video display unit that is separate from the controller. The controller includes a network interface, a display device, and a processing device. The network interface communicates with the video display unit via at least one data network. The processing device communicates a first command over the at least one data network to control a display of first content on the video display unit, and controls a display of second content on the display device of the controller. The second content is displayed concurrently with the first content. Related entertainment systems are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher K. Mondragon, Brett Bleacher, John J. Daly, David Pook
  • Publication number: 20120066726
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention provide video display units including at least one video display monitor at least one sheet of polarized material configured to extend on a viewing surface of the at least one video display monitor. The video display unit is adapted for use in an aircraft in-flight entertainment system. Some video display units include a plurality of video display monitors. Related methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher K. Mondragon, Stuart Dunleavy, Brett Bleacher
  • Publication number: 20120039048
    Abstract: A module carrier unit comprises a plurality of passenger interface modules that perform different functions, the functions including at least one of inputting and outputting information, the modules having a common size, shape, and interface; an outer case portion comprising a plurality of receptacles, each having a common size, shape, and interface designed to receive one of the modules, the plurality of receptacles being such that a first module having a first function is operable in a first receptacle, and a second module having a second function is operable in the first receptacle, the modules being removably connected to the receptacles; and a communications interface that performs at least one of transmitting and receiving data to and from a processor located near a seat of a passenger in the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicants: Phitek Systems, Ltd., Thales Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher K. Mondragon, Nigel Greig, Edward Scholten, Roy Moody, Paul Simmonds, Elaine Clarke, Thomas Allen Darbonne