Patents by Inventor David A. Rice

David A. Rice 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: 20210084868
    Abstract: A beehive excluder, for preventing rodent and other animal intrusion, is configured to be coupled to the opening of a beehive and includes a body defining a first upper and second lower row of openings into a beehive. Each opening of each row is configured to allow the bees to land and proceed through the opening without traversing a vertical abutment. The body includes a dividing ridge extending the excluder's width, wherein a plurality of openings include vertical sidewalls extending from the dividing ridge and sloping toward the interior of the beehive. The body is a one piece molded structure and further includes clip members configured to couple the excluder to the beehive, wherein the clip members are formed by a plurality of cantilevered extension members extending into the beehive opening with upwardly extending detent members on distal ends thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Publication date: March 25, 2021
    Inventor: David Rice
  • Patent number: 10884271
    Abstract: An image processing system for a vehicle can include a set of cameras generating image data of a surrounding environment of the vehicle, and a masking layer comprising a plurality of pixels. The system can detect, in first image data generated by the set of cameras, one or more light sources in a field of view of a respective camera of the set of cameras. The system can then activate a number of pixels of the masking layer to block each of the one or more light sources for the respective camera, preemptively bolstering a quality of second image data generated by the set of cameras while the masking layer blocks each of the one or more light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Patent number: 10579347
    Abstract: A method for self re-encoding an interpreted application includes parsing a string of characters in a comment section of the interpreted application file. Responsive to determining that at least one character of the string of characters is not readable by the target platform, the processor re-encodes the interpreted application file using the string of characters in the comment section. The re-encoding includes parsing a first character in the string of characters. The processor then, optionally, outputs a warning message indicative that a non-native encoding exists in the interpreted application file. The processor parses a second character sequential to the first character. The second character is a first element in a second string of characters indicative of a re-encoding scheme for re-encoding the interpreted application. The processor then outputs a re-encoded application file that is executable by the processor of the target platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph A. Bostian, Nicholas Marion, Dow Moran, David Rice
  • Patent number: 10479376
    Abstract: A self-driving vehicle (SDV) can operate by analyzing sensor data to autonomously control acceleration, braking, and steering systems of the SDV along a current route. The SDV includes a number of sensors generating the sensor data and a control system to detect conditions relating to the operation of the SDV, such as vehicle speed and local weather, select a set of sensors based on the detected conditions, and prioritize the sensor data generated from the selected set of sensors to control aspects relating to the operation of the SDV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: UATC, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice, Scott Boehmke, Carl Wellington
  • Publication number: 20190138284
    Abstract: A method for self re-encoding an interpreted application includes parsing a string of characters in a comment section of the interpreted application file. Responsive to determining that at least one character of the string of characters is not readable by the target platform, the processor re-encodes the interpreted application file using the string of characters in the comment section. The re-encoding includes parsing a first character in the string of characters. The processor then, optionally, outputs a warning message indicative that a non-native encoding exists in the interpreted application file. The processor parses a second character sequential to the first character. The second character is a first element in a second string of characters indicative of a re-encoding scheme for re-encoding the interpreted application. The processor then outputs a re-encoded application file that is executable by the processor of the target platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph A. Bostian, Nicholas Marion, Dow Moran, David Rice
  • Publication number: 20190114482
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a method for providing task related information to a user may be provided. The method may include: determining location information based on a spatial model; determining task information based on a task model; determining sensor information; determining output information based on the location information, task information and sensor information; and providing the output information to the user. In a specific embodiment, the output information may comprise an orientation cue, an error indication or a contextual cue to assist the user in performing the task associated with the location detected by a vision recognition method, and the output information can be provided to the user as augmented reality in a wearable device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Liyuan LI, Mark David RICE, Joo Hwee LIM, Suat Ling Jamie NG, Teck Sun Marcus WAN, Shue Ching CHIA, Hong Huei TAY, Shiang Long LEE
  • Publication number: 20180356455
    Abstract: A capacitance sensor includes flexible interdigitated electrodes and an uncomplicated, compact control circuit including a frequency meter, a resistance capacitance oscillator, a display, and a microcontroller to manage these components. In an exemplary method of use of the capacitance sensor to monitor known parameters of a fluid, the flexible electrodes may be inserted into a circular tubular conduit containing the fluid. As fluid flows past the electrodes, any discrepancies from the known parameters may be detected and signaled immediately.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventor: David Rice
  • Publication number: 20180299903
    Abstract: An image processing system for a vehicle can include a set of cameras generating image data of a surrounding environment of the vehicle, and a masking layer comprising a plurality of pixels. The system can detect, in first image data generated by the set of cameras, one or more light sources in a field of view of a respective camera of the set of cameras. The system can then activate a number of pixels of the masking layer to block each of the one or more light sources for the respective camera, preemptively bolstering a quality of second image data generated by the set of cameras while the masking layer blocks each of the one or more light sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Patent number: 10099723
    Abstract: An integrated clutch steering mechanism for an autonomous vehicle (AV) can include a steering clutch coupled to a steering column of the AV, and an AV steering motor coupled to the steering clutch. The AV steering motor can apply torque to the steering column via the steering clutch to control steering of the AV. When a predetermined amount of torque is exceeded on the steering column, the steering clutch slips to enable manual steering of the AV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Publication number: 20180290632
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a sensor cleaning system that cleans one or more sensors of an autonomous vehicle. Each sensor can have one or more corresponding sensor cleaning units that are configured to clean such sensor using a fluid (e.g., a gas or a liquid). Thus, the sensor cleaning system can include both a gas cleaning system and a liquid cleaning system. According to one aspect, the sensor cleaning system can provide individualized cleaning of the autonomous vehicle sensors. According to another aspect, a liquid cleaning system can be pressurized or otherwise powered by the gas cleaning system or other gas system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Wesly Rice, Nikolaus Wittenstein, Zhizhuo Jin, Paul Smith, Sean Kennelly, Peter Brueckner, David Rice
  • Publication number: 20180272963
    Abstract: A self-driving vehicle (SDV) can operate by analyzing sensor data to autonomously control acceleration, braking, and steering systems of the SDV along a current route. The SDV includes a number of sensors generating the sensor data and a control system to detect conditions relating to the operation of the SDV, such as vehicle speed and local weather, select a set of sensors based on the detected conditions, and prioritize the sensor data generated from the selected set of sensors to control aspects relating to the operation of the SDV.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice, Scott Boehmke, Carl Wellington
  • Patent number: 10077007
    Abstract: A sidepod stereo camera system for an autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a sidepod housing mounted to the AV, a view pane coupled to the sidepod housing, and a stereo camera mounted within the sidepod housing. The stereo camera has a field of view extending outward from the sidepod housing through the view pane. A control system of the sidepod stereo camera system or the AV can conditionally activate and deactivate the sidepod stereo camera system when needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Patent number: 10048696
    Abstract: An intelligent lens masking system for a camera array of an autonomous vehicle (AV) can include an array interface to receive real-time data from the camera array as the AV travels along a given route, where each camera of the camera array may include a masking layer on its lens. The intelligent lens masking system can dynamically identify, in the real-time data, a number of light sources in the field of view for each respective camera in the camera array. Once the light source(s) for the respective camera is detected, the intelligent lens masking system can dynamically block the lights source(s) for the respective camera by activating a number of pixels of the masking layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Publication number: 20180179762
    Abstract: Described are dry cast lightweight veneer blocks and a system and method of installing lightweight veneer blocks. The courses can be assembled without mortar between the courses. As an example, sides of the veneer blocks have areas that recede from an imaginary plane between adjacent veneer blocks to give a deep texturing and a shadow effect between veneer blocks. The installation system and method include a substrate, an air barrier applied to the substrate, a plurality of veneer blocks, and an adhesive applied between the plurality of veneer blocks and the air barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Publication date: June 28, 2018
    Inventors: Leonard BROWNING, David RICE
  • Patent number: 9855816
    Abstract: An automated vehicle (AV) can include a data processing system housed in a cooling rack, and a thermal reduction system to provide cooling for the data processing system. The thermal reduction system can include a fluid pump to pump cooling fluid through the cooling rack, a cabin radiator to receive the cooling fluid and pump cabin air from the interior cabin of the AV to cool the cooling fluid, and a main radiator to receive the cooling fluid and pump outside air to further cool the cooling fluid. Additionally, the thermal reduction system can include a secondary cooling unit that includes a condenser, evaporator, and compressor pump to further cool the cooling fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Uber Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Publication number: 20170282675
    Abstract: A thermal reduction system for an autonomous vehicle can include a fluid pump pumping cooling fluid through one or more fluid lines of a cooling rack to cool a data processing system of the autonomous vehicle. The thermal reduction system can further include a cabin radiator receiving the cooling fluid from the fluid pump. The cabin radiator can include an air pump forcing cabin air from an interior passenger cabin of the AV though the cabin radiator to cool the cooling fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Publication number: 20170259753
    Abstract: A sidepod stereo camera system for an autonomous vehicle (AV) includes a sidepod housing mounted to the AV, a view pane coupled to the sidepod housing, and a stereo camera mounted within the sidepod housing. The stereo camera has a field of view extending outward from the sidepod housing through the view pane. A control system of the sidepod stereo camera system or the AV can conditionally activate and deactivate the sidepod stereo camera system when needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Publication number: 20170174037
    Abstract: An automated vehicle (AV) can include a data processing system housed in a cooling rack, and a thermal reduction system to provide cooling for the data processing system. The thermal reduction system can include a fluid pump to pump cooling fluid through the cooling rack, a cabin radiator to receive the cooling fluid and pump cabin air from the interior cabin of the AV to cool the cooling fluid, and a main radiator to receive the cooling fluid and pump outside air to further cool the cooling fluid. Additionally, the thermal reduction system can include a secondary cooling unit that includes a condenser, evaporator, and compressor pump to further cool the cooling fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Publication number: 20170177000
    Abstract: An intelligent lens masking system for a camera array of an autonomous vehicle (AV) can include an array interface to receive real-time data from the camera array as the AV travels along a given route, where each camera of the camera array may include a masking layer on its lens. The intelligent lens masking system can dynamically identify, in the real-time data, a number of light sources in the field of view for each respective camera in the camera array. Once the light source(s) for the respective camera is detected, the intelligent lens masking system can dynamically block the lights source(s) for the respective camera by activating a number of pixels of the masking layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice
  • Publication number: 20170174259
    Abstract: An integrated clutch steering mechanism for an autonomous vehicle (AV) can include a steering clutch coupled to a steering column of the AV, and an AV steering motor coupled to the steering clutch. The AV steering motor can apply torque to the steering column via the steering clutch to control steering of the AV. When a predetermined amount of torque is exceeded on the steering column, the steering clutch slips to enable manual steering of the AV.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Eric Meyhofer, David Rice