Patents by Inventor Daniel Johnson

Daniel Johnson 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: 10531708
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus related to footwear including a modular lacing engine for automated lace tightening. In an example, a modular footwear apparatus includes an upper portion, a lower portion, and a lacing engine for automated lace tightening. The upper portion can include a lace to adjust fit of the upper portion against a foot, the lace adjustable between a first position and a second position based at least in part on manipulation of an effective length of the lace. The lower portion can include a mid-sole and an out-sole, and the lower portion can be coupled to the upper portion at the mid-sole. The lacing engine can include a top-loading lace spool to engage a loop of the lace to enable manipulation of the effective length of the lace through rotation of the lace spool, the lacing engine received within a cavity in the lower portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Summer L. Schneider, Daniel A. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20200003014
    Abstract: A completions bit for use in a wellbore includes: a shank having a coupling formed at an upper end thereof; a body mounted to a lower end of the shank; and a cutting face forming a lower end of the bit. The cutting face includes: a blade protruding from the body; a tangentially oriented leading cutter mounted to a bearing face of the blade adjacent to a leading edge of the blade at an inner portion of the cutting face; and a radially oriented leading cutter mounted to the bearing face of the blade in proximity to the leading edge thereof at an outer portion of the cutting face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: JOHNATHAN WALTER HOWARD, MATTHEW CHARLES STROEVER, JEFFERY LEWAYNE JOHNSON, CHARLES DANIEL JOHNSON
  • Patent number: 10506848
    Abstract: An article of footwear may have an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The upper includes a base layer, a plurality of strand segments, and a deposition layer. The base layer has a first surface and an opposite second surface. The strand segments are located adjacent to the first surface and extend substantially parallel to the first surface for a distance of at least five centimeters. The deposition layer is deposited upon the first surface and the strand segments, and the deposition layer is joined with the first surface and the strand segments. The deposition layer is applied using a screen printing process. Different inks can be used during the screen printing process to form the deposition layer and an indicia layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Dojan, Chin-Chen Huang, Daniel A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10408693
    Abstract: Various sensor systems are described herein, including inserts having sensors thereon, which are configured to be received in an article of footwear. The inserts may be connected to a sole member of the footwear, or may function as a sole member. The sensors may be bonded to an outer surface of the insert, or positioned within the insert, in some configurations. The system may also include an electronic module that is overmolded into the sole structure and includes a connector for external access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Amos, Frederick J. Dojan, Daniel Johnson, James C. Meschter, Matthew A. Nurse, Andrew A. Owings, Jeffrey C. Pisciotta, Allan M. Schrock, Steven H. Walker
  • Patent number: 10366692
    Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques and systems for encoding instructions in audio data that, when output on a speaker of a first device in an environment, cause a second device to output content in the environment. In some instances, the audio data has a frequency that is inaudible to users in the environment. Thus, the first device is able to cause the second device to output the content without users in the environment hearing the instructions. In some instances, the first device also outputs content, and the content output by the second device is played at an offset relative to a position of the content output by the first device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Zoe Adams, Pete Klein, Derick Deller, Michael John Guarniere, Alina Chen, Apoorv Naik, Jeremy Daniel Johnson, Aslan Appleman
  • Publication number: 20190116935
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus related to an automated footwear platform including an actuator assembly for controlling a footwear lacing apparatus are discussed. In an example, an Lacing architectures for automated footwear assemblies are discussed. In an example, a footwear assembly can include a floating tongue within an upper assembly. The lacing architecture can include a first plurality or lace guides forming a first lacing zone and a second plurality of lace guides forming a second lacing zone. The lacing architecture can also include a tongue lace guide assembly secure to a proximal portion of the floating tongue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Fanny Yung Ho, Daniel A. Johnson, Peter R. Savage, Summer L. Schneider
  • Patent number: 10245796
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a center deck assembly for a tire building drum. The tire building drum is rotatably mounted on a central drive shaft and includes a center section. The center deck assembly is disposed in the center section of the drum and includes a hub that seats on and is secured to the central drive shaft. At least one piston extends circumferentially in the tire building drum about the hub and a plurality of segment bars are disposed about the circumference of the center deck assembly. The at least one piston is operably connected to the segment bars by a plurality of linkages, in which each of the linkages includes a scissor-lever mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Dennis Alan Lundell, Douglas Raymond Weaver, Mark John Montgomery, Kenneth Dean Conger, Kristian Daniel Johnson
  • Publication number: 20190070812
    Abstract: A method of building a tire on a second stage tire building drum is disclosed. The method employs the steps of mounting a green cylindrically shaped tire carcass onto a tire building drum so that each bead are seated in a respective bead pocket segment, inflating the carcass under low pressure and expanding the carcass into engagement with tread and belt assembly while allowing the one or more of the hubs or one or more of the bead pocket segments to freely slide in the axial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: George Michael STOILA, Michael James HOGAN, Frank Anthony KMIECIK, Minwu YAO, Mark John MONTGOMERY, Kristian Daniel JOHNSON, John Edward ANDERSON, Richard David VARGO, Pablo Rafael MORALES, Andrew Robert ONDO
  • Publication number: 20190070811
    Abstract: A second stage tire building drum is disclosed. The tire building drum has two hubs with an inner sleeve mounted to a central shaft of the tire building drum and configured for axial movement. At least one of the hubs is configured for free axial movement. Preferably, each hub further include a sliding sleeve mounted on the inner sleeve for unconstrained sliding in the axial direction relative to the inner sleeve. Preferably, each hub has a bead receiving mechanism mounted on the sliding sleeve and comprised of one or more segments that are radially expandable. Preferably, each segment has a pocket with a curved surface for receiving a bead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: George Michael STOILA, Michael James HOGAN, Frank Anthony KMIECIK, Minwu YAO, Mark John MONTGOMERY, Kristian Daniel JOHNSON, John Edward ANDERSON, Richard David VARGO, Pablo Rafael MORALES, Andrew Robert ONDO
  • Patent number: 10221387
    Abstract: An integrated facility for the co-production of ethanol and biodiesel fuel is provided. Ethanol and corn oil, the primary product and a by-product from the ethanol plant, are utilized as feedstocks for a biodiesel plant operating within the same general facility as the corn ethanol plant. By-products of the biodiesel plant, principally crude liquid glycerol and gaseous ethanol or methanol, are recycled to various parts of the ethanol plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Rayeman Elements, Inc.
    Inventors: Rachel Overheul, Brandon Awtrey, Daniel Johnson
  • Publication number: 20190061771
    Abstract: Systems and method are provided for controlling a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method of predicting sensor information of an autonomous vehicle includes: receiving point cloud data sensed from an environment associated with the vehicle; processing, by a processor, point cloud data with a convolutional neural network (CNN) to produce a set of segmentations stored in a set of memory cells; processing, by the processor, the set of segmentations of the CNN with a recurrent neural network (RNN) to predict future point cloud data; processing, by the processor, the future point cloud data to determine an action; and controlling the vehicle based on the action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Solomon Bier, Elliot Branson, Cody Neil, Samuel Abrahams, Nathan Mandi, Daniel Johnson, Haggai Nuchi
  • Publication number: 20180325217
    Abstract: A bonded mesh composite panel can be used to form a three-dimensional upper shell that includes extensions used for double-lasting and/or to otherwise provide a shelf to support foam padding. The foam padding may be, e.g., a foam midsole. The extensions of the upper shell may be located in a lower portion of the shell and may be bonded to the foam midsole in a heel, midfoot and/or forefoot regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Dojan, Daniel A. Johnson, Shane S. Kohatsu, Chin-Chen Huang
  • Publication number: 20180330428
    Abstract: A system and method for a centralized data asset marketplace including a single network or cloud platform environment for the sharing and distribution of data assets, a user interface layer providing a user access to the environment, data assets, an access control and audit component which stores user's requests and a single sign on component allowing the user to access the user interface layer, wherein the user interface layer includes a meta data management component, a service discovery component, a service request processing component, and a delivery service.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
    Inventors: Alex Rosenthal, Daniel Johnson, Jennifer Dieter, Wang Cheung, Ashutosh Khandekar, Prathamesh Jagtap
  • Publication number: 20180268374
    Abstract: A method to visually represent change conflicts between a plurality of changes within the network of retail stores on a display of a user device is disclosed. One of a change identifier or a store identifier is received from the user device. The user device is instructed to display a change calendar including a plurality of calendar blocks representing changes for one or more of the retail stores. A request to add or modify a change is received from the user device. The user device is instructed to display the change calendar according to the request. One or more of a color coding or an indicator are displayed to indicate whether a conflict is present between the change of the request and one or more of the other changes for the one or more retail stores.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Jonathan BJORKMAN, Daniel JOHNSON
  • Publication number: 20180263338
    Abstract: An article of footwear, such as a shoe, includes an upper and a sole. The upper may be formed with an outer layer and a floating textile layer relative to one or more portions of the outer layer. The floating textile layer has an apparent elongation that is less than an apparent elongation of the outer layer in response to an equal tensile force applied to each of the floating textile layer and the outer layer along a same axis of orientation. The differential in apparent elongation of the outer layer and the floating textile layer may increase wearability and functionability of the upper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Sam Amis, Vianney de Montgolfier, Gjermund Haugbro, James Hwang, Daniel A. Johnson, Tetsuya T. Minami
  • Publication number: 20180263340
    Abstract: Systems and apparatus related to footwear including a modular lacing engine are discussed. In an example, a modular footwear apparatus including an upper portion, a lower portion, and a lacing engine is described. The upper portion can include a lace to adjust fit of the upper portion against a foot, the lace adjustable between a first position and a second position based at least in part on manipulation of an effective length of the lace. The lower portion can include a mid-sole and an out-sole, and the lower portion can be coupled to the upper portion at the mid-sole. The lacing engine can include a top-loading lace spool to engage a loop of the lace to enable manipulation of the effective length of the lace through rotation of the lace spool, the lacing engine received within a cavity in the lower portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Summer L. Schneider, Daniel A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10051917
    Abstract: A bonded mesh composite panel can be used to form a three-dimensional upper shell that includes extensions used for double-lasting and/or to otherwise provide a shelf to support foam padding. The foam padding may be, e.g., a foam midsole. The extensions of the upper shell may be located in a lower portion of the shell and may be bonded to the foam midsole in a heel, midfoot and/or forefoot regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick J. Dojan, Daniel A. Johnson, Shane S. Kohatsu, Chin-Chen Huang
  • Publication number: 20180214995
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a welding station for holding a workpiece, comprising: (a) a base; (a) purge gas manifold, operatively connected to the welding station, or incorporated into the base, to act as a conduit for an unreactive or passivating purge gas; (c) a rotatable chuck stage for holding the workpiece, comprising a purge gas outlet, and having a first axis of rotation that allows the workpiece to swing into place at a desired angle, and a first detent to lock the motion of the rotatable stage once the desired angle in the first axis of rotation is attained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventor: Daniel Johnson
  • Publication number: 20180172645
    Abstract: Methods, systems and components made according to the methods and systems, are disclosed relating to making inspection reference standards for the non-invasive inspection of composite materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventors: SADIE LEE FIENI, JAMES C. KENNEDY, JESSICA OFFUTT, DANIEL JOHNSON, KRISTOFER LOGAN PETERSON
  • Publication number: 20180131791
    Abstract: A hands-free wireless wearable GPS enabled video camera and audio-video communications headset, mobile phone and personal media player, capable of real-time two-way and multi-feed wireless voice, data and audio-video streaming, telecommunications, and teleconferencing, coordinated applications, and shared functionality between one or more wirelessly networked headsets or other paired or networked wired or wireless devices and optimized device and data management over multiple wired and wireless network connections. The headset can operate in concert with one or more wired or wireless devices as a paired accessory, as an autonomous hands-free wide area, metro or local area and personal area wireless audio-video communications and multimedia device and/or as a wearable docking station, hot spot and wireless router supporting direct connect multi-device ad-hoc virtual private networking (VPN).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Ronald Eugene FISHER, Bryan Jonathan DAVIS, Bradley Brian BUSHARD, Mark Joseph MEYER, James FISHER, Nitin PATIL, Ben YOUNG, Daniel JOHNSON