Patents by Inventor Christopher V. Beckman

Christopher V. Beckman 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: 20200053565
    Abstract: New techniques for establishing communications connections for computer systems are provided. In some aspects, a new technique for rapidly establishing a uniform, secure wireless peripheral device network is provided. In some embodiments of the invention, multiple secure wireless networks are established based on identifying users' by their physical location within a room or other area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Publication number: 20200026076
    Abstract: New augmented reality display systems are provided, including a new form of mediated reality technique, known as shifted-reality techniques. In some embodiments, an augmented reality display system includes a matrix of light-augmenting pixels within a variable-transmission, semi-transparent screen (e.g., an augmented reality headset, comprising a semi-transparent L.E.D. screen) and creates redirected, attenuated and augmented light to form and alter virtual objects. In some embodiments with a plurality of angle-alterable, shiftable sources (e.g., light-focusing and -directing pixels), which aids in creating virtual, 3-D objects of greater realism than conventional 3-D imaging methods, and aids in reducing the appearance of other objects or conditions. In these aspects, existing images and objects viewed through a screen may be shifted in perspective for an observer, and enhanced and overlaid with effects and demonstrative information related to viewable objects and a surrounding environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Publication number: 20190375486
    Abstract: New water rescue devices and methods of use are provided. In some embodiments, a rescue device comprises an inflatable net with a handle, and a switch for causing the inflation of the inflatable net. In some methods, a user positions the inflatable net underneath at least part of a person or other object prior to inflation, and the inflating net rises due to increased buoyancy, while water passes through and below the net. The rising net lifts the person or object above the surface of a body of water, rescuing the person or object. In some embodiments, the invention is incorporated in a rescue buoy or rescue can. In some embodiments, an inflatable body other than a net also, or alternatively, is provided. For example, an expanding flotation ring or other flotation device is provided, which envelopes and holds the person or object when inflated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Publication number: 20190365291
    Abstract: New activity recognition, recording, analysis and control techniques, systems and sensors are provided. In one embodiment, multiple sensory tags with unique identification and data transfer attributes, create positional, movement, orientation and acceleration data and supply it to a control system. The tags may be placed at location(s) on the user's body, clothing, personal effects, exercise equipment and other activity-relevant locations, to enhance activity recognition and mapping. The system may define a personal activity space, sample data preferentially from that space, and perform a simplified form of object-recognition to determine, record and analyze user activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Applicant: Group Mee LLC
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Publication number: 20190357667
    Abstract: Hands-free devices adapted for rapid brushing, cleaning and treating users' teeth are provided. In some embodiments, such a device comprises brushes for cleaning each of a user's teeth simultaneously. In some embodiments, such a device is generally U-shaped, accepting, cleaning and/or treating all of a user's teeth simultaneously. In some embodiments, a device is adapted to fit an individual user, based on 3-dimensional imaging. Example customized fluid jets within such devices are provided, introducing dentifrices and other treatments into tooth-conforming channels. In some embodiments, specialized handles are set forth, configured for hands-free use. Example methods and modes for such devices' use are also set forth. In some embodiments, compartments and cartridges with a proprietary form factor for delivering dentifrice and other treatments and for disposing of waste without mess are provided. In some embodiments, observational data are gathered, analyzed and serve as the basis for a treatment action plan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Publication number: 20190358794
    Abstract: Improved connection techniques are provided. In some embodiments, specialized connectors are provided with both physical fastening and signal-conducting attributes. In some such embodiments, signals related to conditions of a connector are passed through the connector. In other embodiments, multiple-section connectors are included, which may be self-actuating and create remotely-detectable conditions and signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Patent number: 10472147
    Abstract: New fastening devices and techniques are provided. A self-bonding cord is provided with unlimited possible divisions and self-bonding points. In some embodiments, radially-emanating columns with barbs for self-bonding are provided, where the barbs are angled to promote holding as they are spread by the interposition of other columns during self-bonding of the cord. The columns also define the outer surface of the cord, having outer gripping features that create an outer surface of the cord. In other embodiments, a cord has a memory and conformational structure providing elastic bundling, and encouraging self-bonding and wrapping—with semi-circular semi-ports and outer holding ridges spaced at intervals corresponding with the contact profile of the cord. In a method of use, one wraps various items in at least one loop of the cord, and presses loose ends of the cord together, creating a strong, reversible self-bond. Multiple-strength touch bonding is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Patent number: 10452589
    Abstract: New techniques for establishing communications connections for computer systems are provided. In some aspects, a new technique for rapidly establishing a uniform, secure wireless peripheral device network is provided. In some embodiments of the invention, the secure peripheral device network is activated by physical docking and/or interlocking, without any use of a wired network connection, based on precise proximity and location information. In other embodiments, a secure, encrypted peripheral device network is established by a system in response to terminating a wired network connection, easing the transition from wired to wireless connection status, and easing the creation of wireless networks. The resulting wireless networks may also be more secure than other forms of wireless networks, using a new form of physically-isolated negotiation for encryption keys, based on physical features and limits of a peripheral device interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Publication number: 20190316878
    Abstract: New systems, hardware and methods for extremely precise aiming and shooting of firearms by relatively unskilled users are provided. In some embodiments, shots may be planned in advance and rapidly carried out. A specialized control system comprising computer hardware allows a user to plot a planned shot or shot sequence with indicators on a site display, evaluate the accuracy of the planned shot(s), adjust the location of the shot(s), and then shoot. In some embodiments, the system may counteract and otherwise adjust for certain ballistic and other accuracy-impacting factors with a position-actuable firing mechanism to maintain a projected flight path of such a point of impact at all times. The system is unobtrusive, allowing users to engage ordinary targeting activity, including ordinary firearm aiming movements. In some embodiments, aiming and execution aspects of the invention are adapted to non-lethal measures, which may be assigned by the system autonomously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Patent number: 10383551
    Abstract: New activity recognition, recording, analysis and control techniques, systems and sensors are provided. In some aspects of the invention, multiple sensory tags with unique identification and data transfer attributes, create positional, movement, orientation and acceleration data and supply it to a control system. The tags may be placed at location(s) on the user's body, clothing, personal effects, exercise equipment and other activity-relevant locations, to enhance activity recognition and mapping. For example, a specialized PDA may comprise part of the control system, and may provide, reflect and/or receive modified data signals to and from such tags. In other aspects, a system defines a personal activity space, samples data preferentially from that space, and performs a simplified form of object-recognition to determine, record and analyze personal activities. A GUI interface within the control system may also aid in recognizing and recording activity patterns, in addition to tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Group Mee LLC
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Patent number: 10377025
    Abstract: Improved techniques for maintaining connector integrity are provided. In some aspects, specialized connector systems are provided in conjunction with sensors for detecting proper characteristics and connection conditions for a particular connector. In other aspects, multiple-section connectors are included, which may be self-tightening, and create detectable tightness and integral conditions, aiding in identifying a connector aspect that has loosened, slipped, or may be in need of recharging, tightening or replacing. A specialized connector head may selectively break away before stripping and thereby expose a stronger, secondary driver head. A specialized cord connector has testable connecting fiber sections, allowing for greater safety (e.g., in climbing or suspension bridges).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Patent number: 10368632
    Abstract: A device adapted for brushing and flossing each of a user's teeth simultaneously is disclosed. Many methods and modes for the device's use are also set forth. In some embodiments, the device is custom-fitted to each user, based on molds, impressions or other 3-dimensional imaging techniques, allowing for a more effective, rapid brushing experience. Customized flossing lines, comprising a wide variety of materials and cleansing products, are set forth in exemplary detail. A specialized handle is set forth, configured for maintaining easy access to controls while leaving the device in place in a user's mouth while cleaning, hands-free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Patent number: 10364004
    Abstract: New expanding net interceptors and rescue devices are provided. In some aspects of the invention, a rescue device comprises a dense, positionable head, an extendable boom and a handle with an expansion and/or inflation trigger, wherein the positionable head comprises folded or compacted net, expandable and/or inflatable by the expansion and/or inflation trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Patent number: 10338385
    Abstract: New visual systems are provided, implementing a new form of mediated reality, known as shifted-reality. In some embodiments, a matrix of specialized pixels creates redirected light with a plurality of angle-alterable, shiftable sources, which create virtual objects of greater realism than conventional 3-D imaging methods, and reduce the appearance of other objects or conditions. In some embodiments, existing images and objects viewed through a screen are shifted in perspective, and enhanced with effects and information related to objects and an environment. An object structure and materials library may be maintained, as well as an object inventory, based on observation with sensors. One sensor may be non-visual, but with a perspective related to a visual sensor. An array of subdividing material and structural categories may also be maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Publication number: 20190150675
    Abstract: New forms of self-cleansing surfaces are provided. In some embodiments, a self-cleansing surface is provided, which is configured to be handled by a human user, as a user interface. The self-cleansing surface may comprise one or more surface device(s), with surface-covering pores configured to release a cleanser upon physical contact or actuation of the user interface, and configured to clean the self-cleansing surface. In some embodiments, the release is mediated by a physical trigger. In some embodiments, the surface device includes a control system that monitors surface handling with a sensor, and mediates the release with an actuator. The invention may be provided on or in any form of user interface that may be physically touched by a user. For example, in some embodiments, the invention may be provided on door handles or controls, appliance handles or controls, and any other user interfaces bearing a risk of carrying microbes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Patent number: 10209035
    Abstract: New targeting systems, hardware and techniques are provided, in which an auxiliary probe is first launched and deployed at a target. Extremely precise, deliberate targeting for future projectiles, weapons or non-lethal measures is then made relative to the position and orientation of the probe. In one embodiment, a system enables a sniper to plan measures with extreme precision within an environment, evaluate their effectiveness, and execute them extremely rapidly once satisfied. A user may create, set, adjust and execute Impact Point indicators, corresponding with projected points of impact of a projectile on a target subject within a target environment. The system may counteract and otherwise adjust for certain ballistic and environmental factors in a firing mechanism to maintain such an Impact Point fire ready, in real time. Yet the system is unobtrusive, allowing the user to engage ordinary targeting activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Patent number: 10183088
    Abstract: New forms of self-sterilizing and antiseptic surfaces are provided. In some embodiments, a handled surface or GUI comprises internal hardware performing a heavy rinse of the handled surface triggered by an end-of-use function. In other embodiments, pressure on a handled surface instead causes the surface to uniformly exude water and other antiseptic compositions from a refillable source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Publication number: 20180337560
    Abstract: New wireless power transmission techniques are disclosed. In some aspects of the invention, a system distributes wireless power from a power and information transmitting base station, through a network of intermediate wireless power enhancement and consumption devices, each of which may be independently owned and controlled. The system may assign invoices comprising monetary credits and debits, based on each device's use or enhancement of the wireless power provided through the network. Other power storage and transmission techniques are also disclosed, including a new form of universal battery, with variable space-filling aspects and a central battery core with improved, flexibly-applied contacts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Publication number: 20180105325
    Abstract: New techniques for stowing and rapidly shipping valuables in a retail setting are provided. In some aspects of the invention, a new form of coded shopping bag, configured to covert to a box (a.k.a. a “BagBox”) for on-location holding and/or shipping is provided. Systems and methods for BagBox conversion, stowing and/or shipping via specialized kiosks are provided. Billing methods based on the coding and recorded user preferences are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman
  • Publication number: 20180099731
    Abstract: New expanding net interceptors and rescue devices are provided. In some aspects of the invention, a rescue device comprises a dense, positionable head, an extendable boom and a handle with an expansion and/or inflation trigger, wherein the positionable head comprises folded or compacted net, expandable and/or inflatable by the expansion and/or inflation trigger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher V. Beckman