Patents by Inventor Dennis Silva

Dennis Silva 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: 6497368
    Abstract: A portable data collection system employing a portable data terminal having increased functionality is disclosed. The portable data terminal includes an integral magnetic stripe reader for reading information magnetically encoded on a magnetic stripe card, such as a credit card or the like. An interchangeable feature pod may be attachable to the data terminal and may include a selected data collection or communication device such as, for example, a data communication port, optical indicia reader or laser scanner to facilitate data entry and communication. The interchangeable feature pod may include a compact, ergonomically efficient actuator for activating the selected data collection or communication device. Interconnection of the portable data terminal to interchangeable feature apparatus such as an electrical power supply, peripheral devices, or data communication apparatus may be accomplished via separate line connection, a port replication apparatus or a vehicle docking apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Intermec IP Corp.
    Inventors: Steven D. Friend, Kurt Kordes, Dennis Silva
  • Patent number: 6266685
    Abstract: A hand-held data input system having an input stylus and a data receiving pad is disclosed. The data input system can include a recessed stylus holder. The recessed stylus holder can receive the input stylus such that it does not protrude from the system's housing. The data input system can alternatively include a grip facilitator. The grip facilitator can be located proximate the data receiving pad to make contact with a finger of a hand gripping a side of the hand-held unit. Other embodiments include features such as an active stylus, a radio frequency receiver, input keys, handwriting recognition capability, an indicia reader and a handstrap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: Intermec IP Corp.
    Inventors: Arvin D. Danielson, Darald R. Schultz, Dennis Silva, Darrell L. Boatwright, Rickey G. Austin, Daniel E. Alt, Steve Darren Friend
  • Patent number: 6144976
    Abstract: A portable data collection terminal has an elongate housing with a hand grip conforming rear surface. A front surface features a numerical keyboard adjacent a lower end of the housing and an LCD screen adjacent the keyboard toward an upper end of the housing. The display screen is of elongate rectangular shape, its length extending longitudinally of the housing of the data terminal. The active area of the display screen is covered by a touch sensitive overlay screen which is configured in one mode of operation of the data terminal into an alphabetical keyboard. The orientation of the display is switchable between orientations in which the line direction of the displayed data extends across or longitudinally of the data terminal. The keys of the numerical keyboard are identified by indicia disposed on a template. The orientation of the template may be sensed to switch the orientation of the displayed data and touch sensitive key identifiers to correspond to the orientation of the indicia on the template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Norand Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis Silva, Paul Beard, Steven Darren Friend, Arvin D. Danielson, Darrell L. Boatwright, Rickey G. Austin, Daniel E. Alt, Darald R. Schultz
  • Patent number: 6052279
    Abstract: A customizable hand-held data terminal system employs multiple housing bases able to accommodate different components allow the manufacture of hand-held data terminals with a variety of features based on a single design. Because the system according to the present invention does not require the external mounting of components, the ergonomics and basic footprint of the unit remains unaltered. The present system also alleviates problems with moisture resistance, shielding, and survivability under harsh treatment associated with terminals employing externally mounted end cap modules or pod. The present invention employs a plurality of different sized base units which can accommodate a variety of different components and configurations, and wherein the different base units are interchangeable with a single upper surface and user interface comprising a display screen and keypad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Intermec IP Corp.
    Inventors: Steven Darren Friend, Dennis Silva, Kurt A. Kordes
  • Patent number: 6049813
    Abstract: A portable data collection terminal has an elongate housing with a hand grip conforming rear surface. A front surface features a numerical keyboard adjacent a lower end of the housing and an LCD screen adjacent the keyboard toward an upper end of the housing. The display screen is of elongate rectangular shape, its length extending longitudinally of the housing of the data terminal. The active area of the display screen is covered by a touch sensitive overlay screen which is configured in one mode of operation of the data terminal into an alphabetical keyboard. The orientation of the display is switchable between orientations in which the line direction of the displayed data extends across or longitudinally of the data terminal. The keys of the numerical keyboard are identified by indicia disposed on a template. The orientation of the template may be sensed to switch the orientation of the displayed data and touch sensitive key identifiers to correspond to the orientation of the indicia on the template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: Intermec IP Corp.
    Inventors: Arvin D. Danielson, Darald R. Schultz, Dennis Silva, Darrell L. Boatwright, Rickey G. Austin, Daniel E. Alt
  • Patent number: 5996080
    Abstract: A portable, hand-held data collection terminal is of modular structure including, among other modules, multiple endcap modules and radio frequency communications pod modules, each of which may be chosen from a plurality of modules available for assembly into the terminal unit therby providing a plurality of modular combinations thereof. The functions of the multiple modular combinations are activated and controlled by a virtual trigger on a touch sensitive display. The virtual trigger may be positioned anywhere on the display to ergonomically accommodate different users. The terminal evaluates touch images retrieved from the touch sensitive display to determine whether they constitute an intentional touch. Unintentional touching will not activate the virtual button. Various other safety and power saving features are provided via orientation and motion sensors placed within the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Norand Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis Silva, Paul Beard, Jeffry A. Howington
  • Patent number: 5873070
    Abstract: An improved data collection system utilizing at least partially integrated data collection and gathering devices and related peripherals. The system includes an at least partially wearable data collection terminal, associated peripherals, and a communication system. The data collection system may utilize a wearable data collection terminal having a computer processor, associated memory, inputs, and outputs. Associated peripheral devices may include voice inputs and outputs, an optically readable information set reader, a keyboard and/or touch-panel, intelligent-body-conforming battery packs, mass storage devices, user position and next task location device, a display, a printer, and a data communication system for both local area and wide area communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Norand Corporation
    Inventors: Alan G. Bunte, George E. Hanson, Dennis Silva, Steven E. Koenck, Paul Beard, Darald R. Schultz, Steven H. Salvay
  • Patent number: 5850358
    Abstract: A portable data collection terminal has an elongate housing with a hand grip conforming rear surface. A front surface features a numerical keyboard adjacent a lower end of the housing and an LCD screen adjacent the keyboard toward an upper end of the housing. The display screen is of elongate rectangular shape, its length extending longitudinally of the housing of the data terminal. The active area of the display screen is covered by a touch sensitive overlay screen which is configured in one mode of operation of the data terminal into an alphabetical keyboard. The orientation of the display is switchable between orientations in which the line direction of the displayed data extends across or longitudinally of the data terminal. The keys of the numerical keyboard are identified by indicia disposed on a template. The orientation of the template may be sensed to switch the orientation of the displayed data and touch sensitive key identifiers to correspond to the orientation of the indicia on the template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Assignee: Norand Corporation
    Inventors: Arvin D. Danielson, Darald R. Schultz, Dennis Silva, Darrell L. Boatwright, Rickey G. Austin, Daniel E. Alt
  • Patent number: 5805416
    Abstract: A portable, hand-held data collection terminal unit is of modular structure including, among other modules, multiple endcap modules and radio frequency communications pod modules, each of which may be chosen from a plurality of modules available for assembly into the terminal unit thereby providing a plurality of modular combinations thereof. Consequently, a wide combination of terminal units may be assembled form the available modular choices in order to adapt and optimize the utility thereof for particular data collection and communications operations. The modules provide various modes of connectivity and data transfer capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Norand Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Darren Friend, Dennis Silva
  • Patent number: 5805474
    Abstract: A portable data collection terminal system has a housing having a display screen with coincident graphic data input and a keyboard on the frontal side thereof. An accessory pod, having a width less than the width of the display screen and a handgrip extension adapted to hold a selected accessory device, such as a laser scanner, is disposed on the housing, opposite said frontal side. The accessory pod has one or two activation, diaphragm-type switches disposed in a pod wall disposed transversely to the handgrip extension and extending outwardly from, opposite the frontal side, the housing. The switch or switches are connected in parallel, if more than one, and are disposed near an end of the pod wall such that they are operable by either a user's thumb or finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Norand Corporation
    Inventors: Arvin D. Danielson, Darald R. Schultz, Dennis Silva, Darrell L. Boatwright, Rickey G. Austin, Daniel E. Alt, Steve Darren Friend
  • Patent number: 5710728
    Abstract: A portable data collection terminal system has a housing having a display screen with coincident graphic data input and a keyboard on the frontal side thereof. An accessory pod, having a width less than the width of the display screen and a handgrip extension adapted to hold a selected accessory device, such as a laser scanner, is disposed on the housing, opposite said frontal side. The accessory pod has one or two activation, diaphragm-type switches disposed in a pod wall disposed transversely to the handgrip extension and extending outwardly from, opposite the frontal side, the housing. The switch or switches are connected in parallel, if more than one, and are disposed near an end of the pod wall such that they are operable by either a user's thumb or finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Norand Corporation
    Inventors: Arvin D. Danielson, Darald R. Schultz, Dennis Silva, Darrell L. Boatwright, Rickey G. Austin, Daniel E. Alt, Steve Darren Friend, Paul Beard
  • Patent number: 5680334
    Abstract: A portable data collection terminal has an elongate housing with a hand grip conforming rear surface. A front surface features a numerical keyboard adjacent a lower end of the housing and an LCD screen adjacent the keyboard toward an upper end of the housing. The display screen is of elongate rectangular shape, its length extending longitudinally of the housing of the data terminal. The active area of the display screen is covered by a touch sensitive overlay screen which is configured in one mode of operation of the data terminal into an alphabetical keyboard. The orientation of the display is switchable between orientations in which the line direction of the displayed data extends across or longitudinally of the data terminal. The keys of the numerical keyboard are identified by indicia disposed on a template. The orientation of the template may be sensed to switch the orientation of the displayed data and touch sensitive key identifiers to correspond to the orientation of the indicia on the template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Assignee: Norand Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis Silva, Paul Beard, Steven Darren Friend, Daniel E. Alt, Rickey G. Austin, Darrell L. Boatwright, Arvin D. Danielson
  • Patent number: 5617343
    Abstract: A portable data collection terminal has an elongate housing with a hand grip conforming rear surface. A front surface features a numerical keyboard adjacent a lower end of the housing and an LCD screen adjacent the keyboard toward an upper end of the housing. The display screen is of elongate rectangular shape, its length extending longitudinally of the housing of the data terminal. The active area of the display screen is covered by a touch sensitive overlay screen which is configured in one mode of operation of the data terminal into an alphabetical keyboard. The orientation of the display is switchable between orientations in which the line direction of the displayed data extends across or longitudinally of the data terminal. The keys of the numerical keyboard are identified by indicia disposed on a template. The orientation of the template may be sensed to switch the orientation of the displayed data and touch sensitive key identifiers to correspond to the orientation of the indicia on the template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Assignee: Norand Corporation
    Inventors: Arvin D. Danielson, Darald R. Schultz, Dennis Silva, Darrell L. Boatwright, Rickey G. Austin, Daniel E. Alt
  • Patent number: 5536124
    Abstract: A semi-liquid impervious captive fastener system for electronic components and the like which includes a first rigid member adapted for securement to a second rigid member. The first rigid member has a well opening, a fastener well, and a fastener aperture. An elastic member is co-molded to the first rigid member such that the elastic member extends at least partially over the well opening and into the well so as to surround the fastener aperture. A threaded fastener having a head portion may reside in the well such that a driving instrument may be inserted through the elastic member for driving the threaded fastener so as to secure a first rigid member to a second rigid member and forming at least a semi-liquid impervious seal while acting to secure the threaded fastener within the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Assignee: Norand Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis Silva
  • Patent number: 5488575
    Abstract: A portable data collection terminal has an elongate housing with a hand grip conforming rear surface. A front surface features a numerical keyboard adjacent a lower end of the housing and an LCD screen adjacent the keyboard toward an upper end of the housing. The display screen is of elongate rectangular shape, its length extending longitudinally of the housing of the data terminal. The active area of the display screen is covered by a touch sensitive overlay screen which is configured in one mode of operation of the data terminal into an alphabetical keyboard. The orientation of the display is switchable between orientations in which the line direction of the displayed data extends across or longitudinally of the data terminal. The keys of the numerical keyboard are identified by indicia disposed on a template. The orientation of the template may be sensed to switch the orientation of the displayed data and touch sensitive key identifiers to correspond to the orientation of the indicia on the template.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Assignee: Norand Corporation
    Inventors: Arvin D. Danielson, Darald R. Schultz, Dennis Silva, Darrell L. Boatwright, Rickey G. Austin, Daniel E. Alt
  • Patent number: 5404267
    Abstract: A portable data entry unit capable of being set up for right handed or left handed operation. The lower housing of a casement for the data entry unit is provided with four carrier mount receiving regions configured to secure a strap bracket. Two strap carrier mounts are used, one each in an appropriately located region for either handed configuration. The rear external surface of the lower housing has a central recessed portion flanked by two support portions. Each support portion is provided with a co-molded surface region to enhance the gripability of the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: AST Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Silva, Steven D. Friend
  • Patent number: D356547
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: AST Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Silva, Ken L. Dulaney, Steven D. Friend