Patents by Inventor David A. Smith

David A. Smith 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: 10925447
    Abstract: A surface cleaning apparatus including a body defining an agitation chamber, an agitator partially disposed within the agitation chamber and configured to rotate about a pivot axis, and a debrider at least partially disposed within the agitation chamber. The agitator includes an elongated body having a first and a second end, a sidewall extending radially outward from the elongated body extending between the first and the second ends, and a plurality of bristles extending radially outward from the elongated body. The plurality of bristles are arranged in at least one row adjacent to the sidewall. The debrider includes a plurality of teeth configured to contact a portion of the sidewall as the agitator rotates about the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Daniel R. Der Marderosian, John Freese, Gordon Howes, Wenxiu Gao, David S. Clare, Nathan Herrmann, Hugh Jamie Croggon, Nicholas Sardar, Tyler Smith, Ian Liu, Jiancheng Wang
  • Patent number: 10929902
    Abstract: A method of facilitating an augmented reality experience to purchase an item at a merchant location may be provided. The method may include storing profile data, receiving location data and environmental data from a computing device associated with the stored profile data. Upon determining that the user device has entered a predefined merchant location, the method may include initiating a sequence of augmented reality modes including at least a first augmented reality mode associated with the selection of an item and a second augmented reality mode associated with the payment of the item. The user device may display virtual content in association with each mode, and upon detecting predetermined user inputs such as gestures, fixed gazes, or moving through thresholds, the system may enable the selection and payment of one or more items by sending a purchase request to a merchant terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: David Gabriele, Justin Smith, Damaris Kroeber
  • Publication number: 20210046278
    Abstract: A catheter includes an elongated tube having a distal portion having a distal end and a sidewall defining at least one drainage lumen. The catheter also includes a permeable material. The permeable material is configured to be deployed in the urinary tract to maintain the distal end of the elongated tube at a predetermined position in a bladder, a ureter, a renal pelvis, or a kidney of the patient. When deployed, the permeable material defines a three-dimensional shape of sufficient size to permit flow of at least a portion of fluid from the urinary tract through the permeable material and the at least one drainage lumen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: John R. Erbey, II, Jacob L. Upperco, David E. Orr, Andrew Wilbourn, Daisy Smith, Colin Huber, Morgan Hinchey
  • Publication number: 20210047390
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a composition including a recombinant nucleic acid sequence that encodes an antibody to a Respiratory Syncytial Virus antigen. Also disclosed herein is a method of generating a synthetic antibody in a subject by administering the composition to the subject. The disclosure also provides a method of preventing and/or treating an Respiratory Syncytial virus infection in a subject using said composition and method of generation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: David Weiner, Kar Muthumani, Jing Chen, Trevor Smith, Katherine Schultheis
  • Publication number: 20210046897
    Abstract: An autonomous robot vehicle includes a front side and an energy absorbing system. The front side includes a front bumper and a front face including a frame defining a cavity. The energy absorbing system includes an energy absorbing member mounted in the cavity of the frame, and an inflatable airbag. The energy absorbing member is configured to reduce impact on an object struck by the autonomous robot vehicle. The inflatable airbag is mounted on the front side of the autonomous robot vehicle such that when the inflatable airbag is deployed, the inflatable airbag is external to the autonomous robot vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Publication date: February 18, 2021
    Inventors: David Ferguson, Jiajun Zhu, Nick Vines, Russell Smith
  • Patent number: 10919770
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides nanostructure compositions and methods of producing nanostructure compositions. The nanostructure compositions comprise at least one population of nanostructures, at least one reactive diluent, at least one anaerobic stabilizer, and optionally at least one organic resin. The present disclosure also provides nanostructure films comprising a nanostructure layer and methods of making nanostructure films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Nanosys, Inc.
    Inventors: Austin Smith, David Olmeijer, Jared Lynch, Minghu Tu, Charles Hotz
  • Patent number: 10918827
    Abstract: A catheter includes an elongated tube having a distal portion having a distal end and a sidewall defining at least one drainage lumen. The sidewall includes a drainage portion which allows fluid to pass through the sidewall and into the drainage lumen. The catheter also includes a permeable tissue support. The tissue support is configured to be deployed in the urinary tract to maintain the distal end of the elongated tube at a predetermined position in a bladder, a ureter, a renal pelvis, or a kidney of the patient. When deployed, the permeable tissue support defines a three-dimensional shape of sufficient size to permit flow of at least a portion of fluid from the urinary tract through the tissue support and drainage portion of the elongated tube to the at least one drainage lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: John R. Erbey, II, Jacob L. Upperco, David E. Orr, Andrew Wilbourn, Daisy Smith, Colin M. Huber, Morgan Hinchey
  • Patent number: 10922930
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system for managing and/or operating a nodal grid network in which resources are received, dispensed, and transferred throughout the nodal grid network. The nodal network may comprise automated teller machines, merchant stores, delivery vehicles, processing centers, and the like. The system scans resource notes for important and sometimes unique information as the resource notes are received and/or dispensed at each of the nodes. This information about the resource notes and the nodes of the network can be recorded and stored in real-time, such that the system can make real-time decisions regarding how to address any necessary adjustments of resource quantities at each node. Furthermore, historical nodal data can be analyzed to identify trends at each node, and this historical data can be extrapolated to provide insight into an expected health of each node at future points in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kerry Michelle Cantley, David Joseph Koval, Kristy Lynn Monk, Keith Dion Owes, Brett C. Carter, James Wayland Pierce, Jr., John Zemaitis, Kim Leah Bunn, Sherri Sullivan, Matthew Joseph Wallace, Veronica Smith
  • Patent number: 10923116
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described herein for placing secondary content into a break of unknown duration in a stream of primary content. In one aspect the described techniques may include receiving information indicative of a break in streaming of the primary content, such as metadata data that is inserted into the stream of primary content, for example, on a client device. A duration of the stream of the primary content may be obtained. Secondary content may be played, for example during a break in the streaming of the primary content. Upon detecting that the duration of the stream of the primary content has increased to a second duration, for example, in response to the client device receiving additional primary content, the primary content may be streamed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Aaron Miller, Jason D. Justman, Lora Clark Bouchard, Michael Ellery Bouchard, Kevin James Cotlove, Mathew Keith Gitchell, Stacia Lynn Haisch, Jonathan David Kersten, Matthew Karl Marchio, Peter Arthur Pulliam, George Allen Smith, Todd Christopher Tibbetts
  • Publication number: 20210044490
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to systems and methods for generation of a physical and logical design of a software defined network (SDN). In one embodiment, a system may receive a plurality of user-provided parameters associated with a plurality of performance requirements of the SDN. A library may include performance metrics of a plurality of devices comprised in the SDN. An SDN design subsystem may generate the physical and logical design of the SDN based on the user-provided parameters and the performance metrics of the devices in the library. A traffic routing subsystem may generate a plurality of communication flows based on the logical design of the physical and logical design and to be implemented by the SDN. An SDN simulation subsystem may generate an assessment of the physical and logical design of the SDN and the plurality of communication flows in comparison to the user-provided parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Applicant: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Rhett Smith, David M. Buehler, Josh Powers
  • Publication number: 20210041382
    Abstract: A gas monitor apparatus includes a sorbent material that adsorbs a target gas based on a concentration of the target gas in a monitored environment and a reference material that does not respond to the target gas. The gas monitor also includes a first thermistor disposed within the sorbent material and a second thermistor disposed within the reference material, the first thermistor to provide a first indication of a first temperature of the sorbent material and the second thermistor to provide a second indication of a second temperature of the reference material. A processing device determines a concentration of the target gas based at least in part on a differential measurement between the first temperature and the second temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Jianer Bao, Clinton Smith, Eric Cocker, David Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20210041370
    Abstract: A system for detecting specular surfaces, the system including an image sensor that captures image data from an area, a first light emitter that emits a first light into the area from a first position, a second light emitter that emits a second light into the area from a second position, and control circuitry. The control circuitry operates to acquire first image data from the image sensor while the first light emitter is active and the second light emitter is inactive, acquire second image data from the image sensor while the second light emitter is active and the first light emitter is inactive, and process the first image data with the second image data to identify non-overlapping image data between the first image data and the second image data as a specular surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventor: John David Smith
  • Publication number: 20210041778
    Abstract: The described embodiments are directed to a system and methods of calibrating a fluorescence microscope and/or light detection device using a calibrating apparatus. The apparatus may comprise a main body housing, a sensor head, and a microcontroller assembly disposed within the housing. The housing may include an adapter to mechanically couple the housing to a microscope. The sensor head may comprise (i) an optical power sensor to produce a power signal representative of an optical power magnitude of light applied to the optical power sensor, (ii) an optical wavelength sensor configured to produce wavelength information associated with the light applied to the optical wavelength sensor, and (iii) a light source configured to direct light toward a detection device associated with the microscope. The microcontroller assembly may be configured to generate an optical power magnitude value based on the power signal and adjusted according to the wavelength information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: David Grunwald, Maximiliaan Huisman, Carlas Smith
  • Patent number: 10915162
    Abstract: A varifocal head mounted display (HMD) includes an electronic display, an optical system, and the guidance system. The electronic display presents content. The optical system includes one or more optical elements and provides the content to an eyebox of the HMD. The guidance system is a flexure based guidance system that includes an actuator and a first and second flexure elements (e.g., parallel beam, dual Roberts, etc.) guiding movement of the electronic display along an optical axis of the optical system in order to adjust a location of one or moveable elements in the optical system and, thereby, control a location of an image plane. The first and second flexure elements are able to flex or bend with movement of the actuator to adjust the location of the one or moveable elements that includes the electronic display and/or one or more optical elements of the optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Michael Ebert, David C. Lindberg, Seth Robert Moczydlowski, Clinton Smith
  • Patent number: 10914484
    Abstract: An electronic control module is provided. The electronic control module is operably connected to a power supply for providing power to a motor. The electronic control module includes an input device, a processor coupled to the input device, and first and second current supply lines. The processor is configured to generate a command signal in response to an input supplied by the input device and transmit the command signal to the motor. The command signal controls an operating point of the motor. The first and second current supply lines are operably connectable to the motor and the processor. At least one of the current supply lines, the input device and the processor are adapted to utilize the current supply lines both to transmit power to the motor and to transmit the command signal to the motor over the current supply lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Steven Mullin, Michael David Smith, Katie Da-Nelle Hamilton, Srinivas Chandu Kutcherlapati
  • Patent number: 10917683
    Abstract: A show system or in-room entertainment or show system configured to provide engaging and immersive multimedia shows or presentations in nearly any space (or “room”) that is defined by one or more walls. The in-room show system generally includes a controller for selectively operating a display device (e.g., a television or the like), a video projector, an audio system (e.g., one or more speakers), and other show components (e.g., one or more lights, a fan, a mechanical device, and so on). Media content is predefined for the room, and the controller operates (such as in response to a triggering switch or remote control device that may take the form of a show prop activated by someone in the room) to serve the media content to tell a story and/or magically transform the space into a multidimensional and immersive entertainment space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Reichow, Jeffrey L. Voris, John David Smith, Zachery W. Kennedy, Preston Timothy Landry
  • Publication number: 20210037105
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a first server computing is configured to send, to a network component, a request to subscribe to a multicast group. In addition, the first server computing device may receive a message sent from a second server computing device to the multicast group. The first server computing device may determine, from the message, an internet protocol (IP) address and port number associated with the second server computing device. In addition, the first server computing device may determine that the first server computing device has not previously received information associated with the second server computing device. The first server computing device may cause a connection to be established between the first server computing device and the second server computing device, the connection for enabling the first server computing device to determine whether the second server computing device offers storage for the first server computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Oliver David Smith-Denny, Gian Carlo Boffa
  • Publication number: 20210029865
    Abstract: A system for determining material accumulation relative to ground engaging tools of an agricultural implement includes a frame member extending along a first direction, first and second ground engaging tools coupled to the frame member, a sensing arm, a sensor, and a controller. The first and second ground engaging tools are spaced apart from each other in the first direction such that an open space is defined between the first and second ground engaging tools. The sensing arm is aligned with the open space defined between the first and second ground engaging tools and is displaceable, with the sensor being configured to detect displacement of the sensing arm. The controller is configured to monitor the displacement based at least in part on data received from the sensor to determine a presence of material accumulation between the first and second ground engaging tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Inventors: Kevin M. Smith, Joshua David Harmon
  • Patent number: 10909974
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein for optimizing the presentation of content through obtaining viewership metrics, generating multiple renditions of presentations of content, and selecting optimized renditions of content. One aspect includes associating a request for viewership metrics with a presentation of content, publishing the presentation of content, and receiving information of the viewership metrics associated with the presentation. Another aspect includes copying a presentation of a content item, creating a second presentation of the content item for publishing over one or more channels, and linking the presentation of the content item to the second presentation of the content item, such that a change to one propagates to the other of the presentation of the content item or the second presentation of the content item. In yet another aspect, a content rendition may be selected for presentation based on performance of the rendition out of multiple renditions in an auction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Aaron Miller, Jason D. Justman, Lora Clark Bouchard, Michael Ellery Bouchard, Kevin James Cotlove, Mathew Keith Gitchell, Stacia Lynn Haisch, Jonathan David Kersten, Matthew Karl Marchio, Peter Arthur Pulliam, George Allen Smith, Todd Christopher Tibbetts
  • Patent number: D909076
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Jason David Smith