Patents by Inventor David A. Ball

David A. Ball 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: 20210126881
    Abstract: A message may be suggested to a user participating in a conversation using one or more neural networks where the suggested message is adapted to the preferences or communication style of the user. The suggested message may be adapted to the user with a user embedding vector that represents the preferences or communication style of the user in a vector space. To suggest a message to the user, a conversation feature vector may be computed by processing the text the conversation with a neural network. A context score may be computed for one or more designated messages, where the context score is computed by processing the user embedding vector, the conversation feature vector, and a designated message feature vector with a neural network. A designated message may be selected as a suggested message for the user using the context scores. The suggestion may then presented to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Kelsey Taylor Ball, Tao Lei, Christopher David Fox, Joseph Ellsworth Hackman
  • Patent number: 10970713
    Abstract: A system for effecting electronic payments via multiple payment schemes from a single payment integrated circuit (IC) card includes a payment IC card conforming to a payment card standard, the payment IC card being issued with a plurality of primary account numbers (PANs) from the payment card standard; a wallet server storing account details of one or more payment schemes with which a user has an account; and a vendor payment system configured to accept transactions using the payment card standard. The payment IC card is operable to transact with the vendor payment system using the payment card standard. The vendor payment system is operable to provide to the wallet server one of the PANs issued to the payment IC card to effect a financial transaction via one of the payment schemes with which the user has an account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SCRAMCARD HOLDINGS (HONG KONG) LIMITED
    Inventors: David Ball, Simon Hewitt
  • Patent number: 10963864
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a smartcard that enables a one-time pin code offline security authentication with a card reader. This is achieved by generating a one-time pin code when the user inputs their pin code. The inputted pin code is encrypted and matched with the encrypted user correct pin code. If there is a match the one-time pin code is stored in memory and the transaction can proceed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SCRAMCARD HOLDINGS (HONG KONG) LIMITED
    Inventors: David Ball, Simon Hewitt
  • Patent number: 10955220
    Abstract: A method for forming a weapon accessory mounting device to attach to a projectile firing weapon is disclosed. A flexure for receiving a body of the weapon accessory is formed. A pivot portion is formed at a first end of the flexure to attach the flexure to the weapon at a first attachment region. A second attachment portion is formed at a second end of the flexure to attach the flexure to the weapon at a second attachment region. A first aperture is formed in the pivot portion configured to receive a pivot pin. A second aperture in the weapon accessory body receives the pivot pin at a weapon accessory body first end to attach the weapon accessory body first end to the pivot portion. The pivot portion is configured to convert at least a portion of energy of a weapon shock recoil from translational energy to rotational energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Qioptiq Limited
    Inventors: Kenneth David Ball, Mark Riley, David A. Jones
  • Publication number: 20200217619
    Abstract: A method for forming a weapon accessory mounting device to attach to a projectile firing weapon is disclosed. A flexure for receiving a body of the weapon accessory is formed. A pivot portion is formed at a first end of the flexure to attach the flexure to the weapon at a first attachment region. A second attachment portion is formed at a second end of the flexure to attach the flexure to the weapon at a second attachment region. A first aperture is formed in the pivot portion configured to receive a pivot pin. A second aperture in the weapon accessory body receives the pivot pin at a weapon accessory body first end to attach the weapon accessory body first end to the pivot portion. The pivot portion is configured to convert at least a portion of energy of a weapon shock recoil from translational energy to rotational energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Kenneth David Ball, Mark Riley, David A. Jones
  • Patent number: 10605571
    Abstract: A system and method for a weapon accessory mount is disclosed. The weapon accessory mount is configured to attach a weapon accessory to a rail of a weapon configured to fire a projectile in a projectile path. A flexure is configured to receive the weapon accessory. The flexure includes a first end attached to the rail at a first pivot portion, and a second end opposite the first end attached to the rail at a second portion. The first pivot portion is configured to convert at least a portion of energy of a shock recoil from the weapon from translational energy to rotational energy, the second pivot portion has a similar functionality to the first pivot portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Qioptiq Limited
    Inventors: Kenneth David Ball, Mark Riley, David A. Jones
  • Publication number: 20200016639
    Abstract: A tank system includes a primary arm and a secondary arm mounted on a trolley. Each arm is configured to independently rotate 340 to 360 degrees in horizontal planes. The primary arm includes a pivot frame for adjusting the vertical position of the secondary arm by pivoting the primary arm in a vertical plane. At least one nozzle and a submersible pump are mounted to the secondary arm. The tank system is mounted within a tank or other enclosure by securing the trolley to a track system within the tank or other enclosure. The trolley is configured to move along the track system within the tank or other enclosure. The tank system may pump a fluid from the tank in a pumping configuration, mix the fluid within the tank in a mixing configuration, and/or clean the tank in a cleaning configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: CleanTech Systems, LLC
    Inventor: David Ball
  • Patent number: 10481361
    Abstract: A system includes a dome-shaped optical component having a substantially circular edge and a mounting base for the optical component. A recess is in an outer surface of the optical component. A projection on an inner surface of the mounting base and is configured to engage the recess. An adhesive material is between the optical component and the mounting base. The adhesive material forms an upper band and a lower band with a void between the upper band and the lower band. The void is positioned relative to the recess in the outer surface of the optical component such that a bending stress in the optical component at the recess is less than what the bending stress would be without the void. A heater is inside and thermally coupled to the optical component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Qioptiq Limited
    Inventor: Kenneth David Ball
  • Publication number: 20190277604
    Abstract: A system and method for a weapon accessory mount is disclosed. The weapon accessory mount is configured to attach a weapon accessory to a rail of a weapon configured to fire a projectile in a projectile path. A flexure is configured to receive the weapon accessory. The flexure includes a first end attached to the rail at a first pivot portion, and a second end opposite the first end attached to the rail at a second portion. The first pivot portion is configured to convert at least a portion of energy of a shock recoil from the weapon from translational energy to rotational energy, the second pivot portion has a similar functionality to the first pivot portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Kenneth David Ball, Mark Riley, David A. Jones
  • Patent number: 10267372
    Abstract: A method and device for a compact shock isolation apparatus are disclosed. The apparatus is adapted for mounting a sensitive component to a base. The apparatus includes a collar, a plurality of axial flexures mounted to the base to attenuate an axial shock force/acceleration. A plurality of radial flexures extend axially between the collar and the axial flexures, connecting each of the axial flexures to the collar to attenuate radial and/or circumferential shock forces/acceleration. A plurality of attachment pads disposed between adjacent radial flexures extend axially from the collar toward the axial flexures and attach to the sensitive component. The shock isolation apparatus supports the sensitive component in non-contacting proximity to the base. The apparatus optionally includes vibration dampening material disposed between the sensitive component and the axial flexures and/or the radial flexures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Qioptiq Limited
    Inventor: Kenneth David Ball
  • Publication number: 20180341081
    Abstract: A system includes a dome-shaped optical component having a substantially circular edge and a mounting base for the optical component. A recess is in an outer surface of the optical component. A projection on an inner surface of the mounting base and is configured to engage the recess. An adhesive material is between the optical component and the mounting base. The adhesive material forms an upper band and a lower band with a void between the upper band and the lower band. The void is positioned relative to the recess in the outer surface of the optical component such that a bending stress in the optical component at the recess is less than what the bending stress would be without the void. A heater is inside and thermally coupled to the optical component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventor: Kenneth David Ball
  • Patent number: 10061098
    Abstract: A system includes a dome-shaped optical component having a substantially circular edge and a mounting base for the optical component. A recess is in an outer surface of the optical component. A projection on an inner surface of the mounting base and is configured to engage the recess. An adhesive material is between the optical component and the mounting base. The adhesive material forms an upper band and a lower band with a void between the upper band and the lower band. The void is positioned relative to the recess in the outer surface of the optical component such that a bending stress in the optical component at the recess is less than what the bending stress would be without the void. A heater is inside and thermally coupled to the optical component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Qioptiq Limited
    Inventor: Kenneth David Ball
  • Publication number: 20170068951
    Abstract: A system for effecting electronic payments via multiple payment schemes from a single payment integrated circuit (IC) card includes a payment IC card conforming to a payment card standard, the payment IC card being issued with a plurality of primary account numbers (PANs) from the payment card standard; a wallet server storing account details of one or more payment schemes with which a user has an account; and a vendor payment system configured to accept transactions using the payment card standard. The payment IC card is operable to transact with the vendor payment system using the payment card standard. The vendor payment system is operable to provide to the wallet server one of the PANs issued to the payment IC card to effect a financial transaction via one of the payment schemes with which the user has an account.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Publication date: March 9, 2017
    Applicant: SCRAMCARD HOLDINGS (HONG KONG) LIMITED
    Inventors: David BALL, Simon HEWITT
  • Publication number: 20160313530
    Abstract: A system includes a dome-shaped optical component having a substantially circular edge and a mounting base for the optical component. A recess is in an outer surface of the optical component. A projection on an inner surface of the mounting base and is configured to engage the recess. An adhesive material is between the optical component and the mounting base. The adhesive material forms an upper band and a lower band with a void between the upper band and the lower band. The void is positioned relative to the recess in the outer surface of the optical component such that a bending stress in the optical component at the recess is less than what the bending stress would be without the void. A heater is inside and thermally coupled to the optical component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Inventor: Kenneth David Ball
  • Publication number: 20150316113
    Abstract: A method and device for a compact shock isolation apparatus are disclosed. The apparatus is adapted for mounting a sensitive component to a base. The apparatus includes a collar, a plurality of axial flexures mounted to the base to attenuate an axial shock force/acceleration. A plurality of radial flexures extend axially between the collar and the axial flexures, connecting each of the axial flexures to the collar to attenuate radial and/or circumferential shock forces/acceleration. A plurality of attachment pads disposed between adjacent radial flexures extend axially from the collar toward the axial flexures and attach to the sensitive component. The shock isolation apparatus supports the sensitive component in non-contacting proximity to the base. The apparatus optionally includes vibration dampening material disposed between the sensitive component and the axial flexures and/or the radial flexures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: November 5, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth David Ball
  • Publication number: 20140330726
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a smartcard that enables a one-time pin code offline security authentication with a card reader. This is achieved by generating a one-time pin code when the user inputs their pin code. The inputted pin code is encrypted and matched with the encrypted user correct pin code. If there is a match the one-time pin code is stored in memory and the transaction can proceed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: David Ball, Simon Hewitt
  • Publication number: 20130023152
    Abstract: The present invention provides a universal broadband interface connection system, which increases the reliability of a drop system. The present invention provides a cable connection system including a nut assembly including a nut and a donut; a slug assembly including a first sleeve, a second sleeve, and a ferrule; and a port assembly including a port and an insulative ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: David Ball
  • Patent number: 8208203
    Abstract: An optical imaging system includes a non-gimbaled telescope attached to a platform configured for outer-space orbit. Attached to the platform is a coelostat that is positioned in front of the aperture of the telescope. The coelostat includes two connected mirrors. Mirror one receives light from a scene of interest and mirror two receives light from the first mirror and transfers that light to the aperture of the telescope. The coelostat rotates 360 degrees around the azimuth axis. Additionally, mirror one rotates around the elevational axis to provide the entire system with a large field of regard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Perry Ramsey, David Ball, Paul Griffith, David Edwin Lund, Donald David Gregory, Loren Woody
  • Patent number: 8028378
    Abstract: A clamping device, having a plurality of clamp segments, each clamp segment, having an arcuate base, each arcuate base having an interior side and an exterior side, a first pair of sidewalls extruding radially inward from the interior side of the arcuate base, thereby defining an interior channel, wherein the sidewalls are conformable to a fitting inside the interior channel, a second pair of sidewalls extruding radially outward from the exterior side of the arcuate base, thereby defining an exterior channel, wherein each clamp segment is interconnected with at least one other clamp segment by a hinge; and a cable tie to keep the plurality of clamp segments in a closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Sanisure, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Shor, David Ball
  • Patent number: D765177
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: ScramCard Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Simon Hewitt, David Ball