Patents by Inventor Dennis W. Tom

Dennis W. Tom 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: 10729973
    Abstract: Sensor parameters in a remote game peripheral are dynamically. The remote game peripheral may contain one or more sensors that measure the motion of the remote game peripheral via at least one sensor. This information is communicated to a game server. The game server then determines if the sensor sensitivity setting is appropriate for the expected motion of the remote game peripheral at that point in the game. The game server may, at any time during game play, transmit a sensor sensitivity adjustment to adjust the sensor sensitivity level setting to one that is likely to capture the motion of the game peripheral with minimal loss of data. The dynamic adjustment of the sensitivity level may also be used to provide corrective feedback to a game player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Eric P. Filer, Loren Douglas Reas, Vasco Rubio, Dennis W. Tom
  • Patent number: 8380119
    Abstract: Various embodiments related to providing user feedback in an electronic entertainment system are disclosed herein. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method of providing user feedback in a karaoke system, comprising inviting a microphone gesture input from a user, receiving the microphone gesture input from the user via one or more motion sensors located on a microphone, comparing the microphone gesture input to an expected gesture input, rating the microphone gesture input based upon comparing the microphone gesture input to the expected gesture input, and providing feedback to the user based upon the rating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Vasco Rubio, Eric Filer, Loren Douglas Reas, Dennis W. Tom
  • Publication number: 20120077171
    Abstract: The presentation of visual feedback in an electronic entertainment system is disclosed. One disclosed embodiment relates to a method of providing user feedback in an electronic entertainment system, wherein the method comprises inviting an input from a user, receiving a user input via a hand-held remote input device, performing a comparison of the user input received to an expected input, assigning a rating to the user input received based upon the comparison to the expected input, and adjusting light emitted by one or more lights sources on the input device based upon the rating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Vasco Rubio, Eric Filer, Loren Douglas Reas, Dennis W. Tom
  • Patent number: 8098831
    Abstract: The presentation of visual feedback in an electronic entertainment system is disclosed. One disclosed embodiment relates to a method of providing user feedback in an electronic entertainment system, wherein the method comprises inviting an input from a user, receiving a user input via a hand-held remote input device, performing a comparison of the user input received to an expected input, assigning a rating to the user input received based upon the comparison to the expected input, and adjusting light emitted by one or more lights sources on the input device based upon the rating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Vasco Rubio, Eric Filer, Loren Douglas Reas, Dennis W Tom
  • Publication number: 20090325710
    Abstract: Disclosed is a gaming system having a processing device and a remote input device that is operationally coupled to the processing device. The remote input device may include a motion sensor. The resolution of the motion sensor may be set dynamically from the game software, such that both gross and fine gestures can have the maximum effect. By enabling the game software to assess and control the resolution requirements, and enabling the input device to adjust and respond accordingly, relatively fine gestures, as well as relatively gross gestures, can be discerned and depicted with better accuracy and precision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric P. Filer, Loren Douglas Reas, Vasco Rubio, Dennis W. Tom
  • Publication number: 20090325705
    Abstract: Sensor parameters in a remote game peripheral are dynamically. The remote game peripheral may contain one or more sensors that measure the motion of the remote game peripheral via at least one sensor. This information is communicated to a game server. The game server then determines if the sensor sensitivity setting is appropriate for the expected motion of the remote game peripheral at that point in the game. The game server may, at any time during game play, transmit a sensor sensitivity adjustment to adjust the sensor sensitivity level setting to one that is likely to capture the motion of the game peripheral with minimal loss of data. The dynamic adjustment of the sensitivity level may also be used to provide corrective feedback to a game player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric P. Filer, Loren Douglas Reas, Vasco Rubio, Dennis W. Tom
  • Publication number: 20090305785
    Abstract: A game controller, such as a microphone controller, incorporates motion sensors that are configured to detect gestures performed by a user of the game controller. The gestures can be used to navigate and perform actions in a graphic user interface that a game console employs to provide a consistent user experience when navigating to different media types available on the game console. In this way, the game controller avoids the need to use a separate gamepad-type controller to navigate the graphic user interface, while also avoiding the need to incorporate additional buttons. As a result, the sense of realism and the overall gaming experience may be enhanced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Steven M. Beeman, Edward C. Giaimo, III, Eric Filer, Dennis W. Tom
  • Publication number: 20090284950
    Abstract: The presentation of visual feedback in an electronic entertainment system is disclosed. One disclosed embodiment relates to a method of providing user feedback in an electronic entertainment system, wherein the method comprises inviting an input from a user, receiving a user input via a hand-held remote input device, performing a comparison of the user input received to an expected input, assigning a rating to the user input received based upon the comparison to the expected input, and adjusting light emitted by one or more lights sources on the input device based upon the rating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vasco Rubio, Eric Filer, Loren Douglas Reas, Dennis W. Tom
  • Publication number: 20090286601
    Abstract: Various embodiments related to providing user feedback in an electronic entertainment system are disclosed herein. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method of providing user feedback in a karaoke system, comprising inviting a microphone gesture input from a user, receiving the microphone gesture input from the user via one or more motion sensors located on a microphone, comparing the microphone gesture input to an expected gesture input, rating the microphone gesture input based upon comparing the microphone gesture input to the expected gesture input, and providing feedback to the user based upon the rating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vasco Rubio, Eric Filer, Loren Douglas Reas, Dennis W. Tom
  • Patent number: 7543917
    Abstract: A method of forming a semiconductor device, the method including forming a substrate including a first surface having a non-doped region, forming an insulative material over the first surface of the substrate, forming a first conductive material over the first insulative material, forming an opening in the first conductive material that forms a path to the substrate that is substantially free of the first conductive material and the first insulative material, forming a second insulative material over the first conductive material, and forming a second conductive material over the second insulative material, wherein the second conductive material is formed in the opening and contacts the non-doped region of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Comapny, L.P.
    Inventors: Simon Dodd, S. Jonathan Wang, Dennis W. Tom, Frank R. Bryant, Terry E. McMahon, Richard Todd Miller, Gregory T. Hindman
  • Patent number: 7150516
    Abstract: A fluid ejection device including: a substrate having a first surface having an non-doped region; a first insulative material disposed on a portion of the first surface, the first insulative material having a plurality of openings forming a path to the first surface; a first conductive material disposed on the first insulative material, the first conductive material being disposed so that the plurality of openings are substantially free of the first conductive material; a second insulative material disposed on the first conductive material and portions of the first insulative material, the second insulative material being disposed so that the plurality of openings are substantial free of the second insulative material and a second conductive material being disposed on second insulative material and within plurality of openings so that some of the second conductive material disposed upon the second insulative material is in electrical contact with the non-doped region on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Simon Dodd, S. Jonathan Wang, Dennis W. Tom, Frank R. Bryant, Terry E. McMahon, Richard Todd Miller, Gregory T. Hindman
  • Publication number: 20040248306
    Abstract: The illustrated invention defines an analytical chip comprising an optically transparent substrate such as glass or silicon that defines a fluid inlet port and at least one fluid carrying channel communicating with the inlet. At least one reaction chamber fluidly communicates with the channel and an air management chamber is in fluid communication with the reaction chamber to facilitate capillary flow of fluid into the reaction chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventors: Juan J. Hernandez, Alicia Chen, Dennis W. Tom, Dustin W. Blair
  • Patent number: 6787049
    Abstract: A method of coupling a barrier layer to a substrate of a fluid ejection device includes disposing a mechanical intercoupling structure on a substrate at least one fluid ejector thereon; disposing a chamber layer over said substrate, wherein side walls of an ejection chamber are defined by the chamber layer; and substantially embedding said mechanical intercoupling structure with the chamber layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Dennis W. Tom, Juan J. Hernandez
  • Patent number: 6396076
    Abstract: A test structure determines the trench depth from etching in a resistive substrate. The test structure has a first contact and a second contact to the substrate. Between the first and second contact is disposed an etch window. A measurement of resistance between the first contact and the second contact is indicative of the depth of etching in the etch window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventor: Dennis W. Tom
  • Publication number: 20020021334
    Abstract: A method of coupling a barrier layer to a substrate of a fluid ejection device includes disposing a mechanical intercoupling structure on a substrate at least one fluid ejector thereon; disposing a chamber layer over said substrate, wherein side walls of an ejection chamber are defined by the chamber layer; and substantially embedding said mechanical intercoupling structure with the chamber layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Inventors: Dennis W. Tom, Juan J. Hernandez
  • Patent number: 6347861
    Abstract: A fluid ejection device has a fluid ejector on a substrate, and a mechanical intercoupling structure disposed on the substrate. A chamber layer is disposed on the substrate, and is substantially embedding the mechanical intercoupling structure and defining the side walls of an ejection chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventors: Dennis W. Tom, Juan J. Hernandez
  • Patent number: 6342401
    Abstract: A test structure determines the trench depth from etching in a resistive substrate. The test structure has a first contact and a second contact to the substrate. Between the first and second contact is disposed an etch window. A measurement of resistance between the first contact and the second contact is indicative of the depth of etching in the etch window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventor: Dennis W. Tom