Patents by Inventor Douglas Turner

Douglas Turner 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: 11395455
    Abstract: A particulate material agitation and leveling control system includes a controller having a memory and a processor. The processor is configured to receive a sensor signal indicative of a measured load on a drive system coupled to an agitation and leveling system, select an operating mode of the agitation and leveling system from an agitation mode and a leveling mode based on the measured load, and instruct the drive system to operate the agitation and leveling system based on the operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: CNH Industrial Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jack Donald Turner, Graham Douglas Stuart
  • Publication number: 20220198431
    Abstract: A computing device provides enhancement of the capabilities of text messaging applications that execute on user devices. The computing device includes a processor that receives a text message via a network from a user device, the text message including a character representation of a product bundle of a merchant. The processor determines bundle data for the product bundle by referencing a database using the character representation. The processor provides one or more text messages via the network to the user device with transaction data including the bundle data, payment data, and shipping data. The processor receives a text message via the network from the user device confirming the transaction data. The user may use text commands presented by the computing device or natural language conversation in the text messages to the computing device to modify the transaction data and perform other ecommerce actions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Inventors: Gavin Neil Foster, JR., David Dennison Lacho, Brian James Swank, Vishak Swaminathan Visvanathan, Adam Sandstrom Turner, Colin Douglas Turner, Alex Elias Beller
  • Patent number: 10286195
    Abstract: The present invention discloses systems and methods to alert a medical operator that a surgical drain has been sutured in place within a patient's body. A readily removable sheath is provided at a distal end of a surgical drain. The sheath is configured to be placed within a surgical wound along with the surgical drain, and after the surgical drain is placed, to be removed from the surgical drain and withdrawn from the patient's body, leaving the surgical drain in place. As the medical operator attempts to withdraw the sheath from the drain and the patient's body, in the event that a suture has inadvertently passed through the body of the surgical drain, such inadvertently placed suture will obstruct the removal of the sheath, in turn alerting the medical operator that the surgical drain has been inadvertently sutured and allowing them to correct the drain placement during the same surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: University of Maryland, Baltimore, The United States of America as Represented by the Department of Veterans Affairs
    Inventor: Douglas Turner
  • Publication number: 20170173311
    Abstract: The present invention discloses systems and methods to alert a medical operator that a surgical drain has been sutured in place within a patient's body. A readily removable sheath is provided at a distal end of a surgical drain. The sheath is configured to be placed within a surgical wound along with the surgical drain, and after the surgical drain is placed, to be removed from the surgical drain and withdrawn from the patient's body, leaving the surgical drain in place. As the medical operator attempts to withdraw the sheath from the drain and the patient's body, in the event that a suture has inadvertently passed through the body of the surgical drain, such inadvertently placed suture will obstruct the removal of the sheath, in turn alerting the medical operator that the surgical drain has been inadvertently sutured and allowing them to correct the drain placement during the same surgical procedure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventor: Douglas TURNER
  • Publication number: 20070244514
    Abstract: An end effector for use in an endoscopic device including a cup, and a hinge extension formed separately from the cup and connected to the cup. The hinge extension has a pivot for pivotally connecting the end effector to an identical second end effector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Publication date: October 18, 2007
    Inventors: Patrick Weizman, Douglas Turner, Richard Schwemberger, Stephen Evans, Dean Bruewer, Gina Szweda
  • Publication number: 20070108854
    Abstract: A rectifier assembly includes individual diodes arranged to form a full-wave bridge such that the silicon wafers of the diodes are loaded in compression. As so arranged, the centrifugal forces add to the compression forces on the diodes and on the electrical contacts therewith. The three-phase (AC) input conductors are connected by conductive straps which connect the diodes through to DC (+/?) terminal ring outputs. One surface of each of the diodes is in electrical contact with a conductive strap which then connects with the individual (AC) phases of an exciter rotor winding. The opposing surface of the diode contacts the ring diode pad on either the DC (+/?) output terminal ring. Two conductive posts, each of which are connected to only one of the DC (+/?) output terminal rings permit external connection to a main rotor winding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Publication date: May 17, 2007
    Inventors: Mark Osborn, Douglas Turner, Brandon Grell
  • Publication number: 20060249956
    Abstract: A starter/generator system for a gas turbine engine used in aeronautical applications that couples a single dynamoelectric machine to the gas turbine engine through a torque converter in a starting mode, and engages the engine to the dynamoelectric machine through a mechanical differential in a generating mode after the engine reaches self-sustaining speed and combines the output of the engine and the torque converter to regulate the frequency of AC generated by the dynamoelectric machine within a range of frequencies suitable for on-board electrical equipment by dynamically regulating the flow of hydraulic fluid to the torque converter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2004
    Publication date: November 9, 2006
    Inventors: Scott Thomson, Douglas Turner
  • Publication number: 20060242558
    Abstract: Systems and methods for redacting portions of a document resulting in one or more versions of the document that show to readers the portions of the document that have been redacted. At least one of these one or more versions may have the content of the redacted portions encrypted and/or actually removed and replaced with a sort of filler (e.g., to resemble a blacked out portion of a paper copy). At least one other version may show to users the actual content that has been redacted. This latter version may be retained for users privy to the content (i.e., information) of the redacted portions, so that they know what content was redacted, whereas versions with the content removed or encrypted may be provided to those not privy to the content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Dean Racovolis, Douglas Turner
  • Publication number: 20060176720
    Abstract: The present invention is a rectifier assembly having three phase straps with two diodes mounted to each phase strap. The rectifier assembly also includes a first support and a second support, which are received within a housing. The phase straps are assembled together with the first and second supports. The diodes are each connected to the phase straps so that when assembled the diodes are each perpendicular to an axis at the center of the electrically insulated housing. During operation the first and second supports rotate about the axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Publication date: August 10, 2006
    Inventors: Glenn Lemmers, Mark Osborn, Douglas Turner, Gregory Christiansen
  • Publication number: 20060161862
    Abstract: Enabling a user to link to documents through the file menu of an application, including linking to documents of types other then those supported by the application. A user may be provided access, through a file menu of an application, to a link directory of links, at least one of the links linking to a document of a type not supported by the application. In response to the user selecting a link to a document of a type not supported by the application, focus may be transferred to another application that does support the type of document. If the document was not already open, an opening of the document may be initialized, and if the other application was not already running, a launch of the other application may be controlled. A user may be enabled to create, organize and/or refresh a display of a link directory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2005
    Publication date: July 20, 2006
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Dean Racovolis, Douglas Turner
  • Publication number: 20060042734
    Abstract: A wear component includes an acceptable wear portion, a marginal wear portion, and a sensor disposed below the acceptable wear portion and configured to generate a condition signal in response to an energizing signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2004
    Publication date: March 2, 2006
    Inventors: Douglas Turner, Laurence Matola, Jeffrey Higgins
  • Publication number: 20060012180
    Abstract: A starter/generator system for a gas turbine engine used in aeronautical applications that couples a single dynamoelectric machine to the gas turbine engine through a torque converter in a starting mode, and then disengages the torque converter and engages the engine to the dynamoelectric machine through an adjustable speed transmission in a generating mode after the engine reaches self-sustaining speed, wherein the speed of the adjustable speed transmission is set to match the frequency of AC generated by the dynamoelectric machine with on-board electrical equipment requirements to suit flight conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2004
    Publication date: January 19, 2006
    Inventors: Richard Hoppe, Scott Thomson, Douglas Turner
  • Publication number: 20060012179
    Abstract: A starter/generator system for a gas turbine engine used in aeronautical applications that couples a single dynamoelectric machine to the gas turbine engine through a torque converter in a starting mode, and engages the engine to the dynamoelectric machine through a mechanical differential in a generating mode after the engine reaches self-sustaining speed and combines the output of the engine and the torque converter to regulate the frequency of AC generated by the dynamoelectric machine within a range of frequencies suitable for on-board electrical equipment by dynamically regulating the flow of hydraulic fluid to the torque converter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Publication date: January 19, 2006
    Inventors: Scott Thomson, Douglas Turner
  • Patent number: 6941420
    Abstract: A log structured array (LSA) controller apparatus controls the transfer of information between a processor and a plurality of information storage devices configured as an N+1 array in which the information is stored as stripes extending across the devices of the array, each stripe comprising N information strips and one parity strip, each information strip storing an integer number of logical tracks. The controller defines an LSA directory that specifies the location of each logical track in terms of the ID of the stripe to which the track belongs and the offset of the track within the stripe; wherein on the addition of an information storage device to the array, the additional strip provided for each stripe by the storage device is logically appended to the end of each stripe in the LSA directory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Henry Esmond Butterworth, Robert Bruce Nicholson, William James Scales, Douglas Turner
  • Publication number: 20050006914
    Abstract: An improved disposable combination animal waste pickup device and bag for sanitary pickup and disposal of animal waste has a first pickup portion formed from a cut-out blank, folded and sealed to a second holding portion, such as a bag, whereby animal waste may be picked up by the first pickup portion and sealingly held in the bag. The first pickup portion also includes a handle that is grasped by a user to cause the first pickup portion and bag to fold into each other so as to prevent leakage or loss of any waste in the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2003
    Publication date: January 13, 2005
    Inventor: Douglas Turner
  • Patent number: 6704839
    Abstract: A data storage system and method of storing data with at least two controllers (200, 300) which share a storage space (244, 344) on an array of storage devices and which support the same set of logical upstream devices. The controllers (200, 300) share the workload by dividing the shared storage space (244, 344) into stripes where the stripes are sufficiently small to divide the workload uniformly across the storage device. This is achieved in the case of two controllers (200, 300) of a log structured array by dividing the storage space into odd and even tracks, all odd tracks being designated to one controller (300) and all even tracks to the other controller (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Henry Esmond Butterworth, Robert Bruce Nicholson, Douglas Turner
  • Publication number: 20020124271
    Abstract: An interactive public media display terminal capable of presenting different presentations to the viewing public simultaneously is presented. The media terminal includes a large vertically orientated display that can be partitioned to display varied content to attract different factions of a viewing audience. The content can be configured to attract viewers based on the distance they are away from the terminal. To accomplish this, the display can be coupled among a computer and a communication device configured to exchange data with a network such as the Internet. The display can also include a touch sensitive screen and other input devices that allow a user to physically interact with the terminal based on the content being presented. Furthermore, the terminal can be configured to gather data regarding the audience that views the content that is displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Publication date: September 5, 2002
    Inventors: R. Scott Herrmann, Timothy J. Sherwood, Jim L. Dixon, Robson B. Grieve, Tom C. O'Rourke, William Becker, Helene Dahlander, Douglas Turner, Richard Boyer, Darryl Laferte
  • Publication number: 20020118582
    Abstract: A log structured array (LSA) controller apparatus controls the transfer of information between a processor and a plurality of information storage devices configured as an N+1 array in which the information is stored as stripes extending across the devices of the array, each stripe comprising N information strips and one parity strip, each information strip storing an integer number of logical tracks. The controller defines an LSA directory that specifies the location of each logical track in terms of the ID of the stripe to which the track belongs and the offset of the track within the stripe; wherein on the addition of an information storage device to the array, the additional strip provided for each stripe by the storage device is logically appended to the end of each stripe in the LSA directory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Henry Esmond Butterworth, Robert Bruce Nicholson, William James Scales, Douglas Turner
  • Publication number: 20020046322
    Abstract: A data storage system and method of storing data with at least two controllers (200, 300) which share a storage space (244, 344) on an array of storage devices and which support the same set of logical upstream devices. The controllers (200, 300) share the workload by dividing the shared storage space (244, 344) into stripes where the stripes are sufficiently small to divide the workload uniformly across the storage device. This is achieved in the case of two controllers (200, 300) of a log structured array by dividing the storage space into odd and even tracks, all odd tracks being designated to one controller (300) and all even tracks to the other controller (200).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Henry Esmond Butterworth, Robert Bruce Nicholson, Douglas Turner
  • Patent number: 5403059
    Abstract: An improved shield which is readily attached or detached at the forward edge portion of a hood of a vehicle. The shield has a longitudinal member of flexible material laterally extending across the front edge of the hood. The longitudinal member has an upper section adapted to engage the upper surface of the hood and a lower section adapted to engage the underside of the hood. The longitudinal member further has a linking section linking the upper and lower sections and shaped to apply a spring force to the vehicle hood so that the vehicle hood is resiliently clamped between the upper and lower sections of the shield by the spring force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: G.T. Styling, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Turner