Patents by Inventor Eric D. Schwartz

Eric D. Schwartz 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: 10655984
    Abstract: An outage estimator that generates outage data characterizing a power state for a number of premises serviced by a power grid, the number of premises comprising a first set of the premises and a second set of the premises different from the first set of the premises. The generating includes executing a first stage analysis that estimates the power state for the first set of the premises associated with a set of transformers coupled to a first feeder in the power grid in response to detecting an event message from a smart meter associated with the first set of the premises. The generating also includes executing a second stage analysis that estimates the power state for a second set of premises associated with a set of laterals coupled to a second feeder in the power grid in response to detecting that no event messages have been provided from smart meters associated with the second set of the premises within a predetermined amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY
    Inventors: Eric D Schwartz, Ronald A Capute
  • Publication number: 20200041560
    Abstract: Unmanned monitoring devices, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), drones or rovers may inspect system components within an area of interest (AOI) such an electric power distribution system including generation, transmission, and distribution elements for autonomous detection of damage to the components. Work orders for repairing the damage are autonomously generated and resources identified within the work orders are autonomously provisioned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Eric D. Schwartz, Stephen S. Cross, Bryan M. Kitchener
  • Patent number: 10549247
    Abstract: A nail polish creator is provided. The nail polish creator may include a processor that can receive a selection of the nail polish color from a device communicatively linked with the nail polish creator, such as via a wireless communication. Once the selection is received, the processor may determine an amount of one or more nail polish colors that are needed to create a nail polish corresponding to the selection. The nail polish creator may further include an assembly that may receive a nail polish bottle so that the nail polish bottle is in a position to receive the nail polish that is created based on the amount of the nail polish colors needed to create the nail polish. Moreover, the nail polish creator may include a mixer assembly for mixing the nail polish in the nail polish bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Eric D. Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20190382111
    Abstract: Unmanned monitoring devices, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), drones or rovers may survey an area of interest (AOI) such an electric power distribution system including generation, transmission, and distribution elements to automatically determine components in the AOI to be monitored. Types, placements locations, and pathways taken by other unmanned monitoring devices to facilitate the monitoring of the components of the AOI are also automatically determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: Eric D. SCHWARTZ, Stephen S. CROSS, Bryan M. KITCHENER
  • Patent number: 10489019
    Abstract: Systems and methods to determine events that are associated with one another. Reports of a first, second, and third events are received. Based upon data associated with the first and second event, a determination is made that the first event is associated with the second event. Based upon data associated with the first event and the third event, a determination is made that the first event is not associated with the third event. A presentation is created indicating that the first and second events are related to the second event and that the first and third events are not related. The presentation is presented to a different process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventors: David L. Herlong, II, Eric D. Schwartz, Ronald A. Capute, Alexandra J. Hayes, Michael A. Gonzalez, Prashant R. Kansakar, Carmen J. Seppy, Andres Gomez, Giovanni Herazo
  • Publication number: 20190236631
    Abstract: Systems and methods to manage a crowd sourced observation program. A plurality of participant cameras are determined where each participant camera is within a threshold distance of a geographic location for observation. An accepting participant camera is selected. Based on selecting the accepting participant camera, a cancellation of the offer is sent to each participant in the plurality of participants other than the accepting participant. Based on selecting the accepting participant camera, the accepting participant camera is instructed to go to the geographic location for image capture. The image capture is received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Eric D. SCHWARTZ, Steve D. SHNIDER, Donna M. MICELI, Hari B. DUMPA
  • Patent number: 10352916
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system and method for accurate, field-ready, non-destructive, and three-dimensional plant root characterization using acoustic signals. The system is portable, fast, precise, and can be used in field conditions, including moist soil, to visualize root structure or mass distribution, without damaging growing crops. The system may also be applied to characterize other underground objects, such as pipes, building foundations, archaeological artifacts, or mineral ores. During operation, the system generates a source acoustic signal. The system sends the source acoustic signal to an actuator acoustically coupled directly to a plant. The system obtains a response acoustic signal from an underground transducer monitoring a root of the plant. The system analyzes the response acoustic signal according to a model and based on the source acoustic signal. The system then determines, based on the analyzed response acoustic signal, a physical configuration of the plant root.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Eric D. Cocker, Scott A. Elrod, Uriel A. Rosa, Jessica L. B. Rivest, George W. Daniel, David E. Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20190186952
    Abstract: An outage estimator that generates outage data characterizing a power state for a number of premises serviced by a power grid, the number of premises comprising a first set of the premises and a second set of the premises different from the first set of the premises. The generating includes executing a first stage analysis that estimates the power state for the first set of the premises associated with a set of transformers coupled to a first feeder in the power grid in response to detecting an event message from a smart meter associated with the first set of the premises. The generating also includes executing a second stage analysis that estimates the power state for a second set of premises associated with a set of laterals coupled to a second feeder in the power grid in response to detecting that no event messages have been provided from smart meters associated with the second set of the premises within a predetermined amount of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Eric D. Schwartz, Ronald A. Capute
  • Publication number: 20190184422
    Abstract: An organofluorine coating on a major surface of a substrate, wherein the organofluorine coating has a surface composition of about 5 at % to about 15 at % oxygen and about 30 at % to about 50 at % fluorine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Ta-Hua Yu, Moses M. David, Kevin D. Hagen, Samuel J. Carpenter, Eric J. Hanson, Martin B. Wolk, Steven J. McMan, Evan L. Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20190159444
    Abstract: Systems and methods for deterring avian species from approaching a sensitive area. A determination is made that a bird is approaching a sensitive area. A predefined flight path is selected from a plurality of predefined flight paths based on the determination that the bird is approaching the sensitive area. Each of the predefined flight paths of the plurality of predefined flight paths is configured to avoid objects within the sensitive area. An unmanned aerial vehicle is instructed to traverse the predefined flight path that has been selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: Florida Power & Light Company
    Inventors: Eric D. Schwartz, David C. NIEBCH
  • Patent number: 10291885
    Abstract: A retrieving device for retrieving an object may be provided. The retrieving device may include a retriever pole that may include a scooping device positioned at one end of the retriever pole. The scooping device may be configured to retrieve the object when positioned over the object. Additionally, the retrieving device may include a camera configured to record image data of an area within a viewing range of the camera and image data associated with the object. The retrieving device may also include a monitor positionable at the other end of the retrieving pole, which may be electrically coupled to the camera via an insulated electrical wire. The monitor may display the image data of the area and the image data associated with the object recorded by the camera. Furthermore, the retrieving device may include a power source that may be electrically coupled to the monitor and the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Eric D. Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20180364295
    Abstract: Systems and methods to combine line fault location probabilities. A first and second location probability distribution are received for a location of an line fault along an electrical line based upon at least electrical current measurements reported by a first electrical current monitor at a first location and at least a second electrical current measurements reported by a second electrical current monitor at a second location. The second electrical current measurements being made within a time interval of the first electrical current measurements. A composite location probability distribution is determined for the location of the line fault along the electrical line based on an algorithm processing the first location probability distribution and the second location probability distribution. The composite location probability distribution is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Eric D. Schwartz, Ronald A. Capute
  • Publication number: 20180364874
    Abstract: Systems and methods to determine events that are associated with one another. Reports of a first, second, and third events are received. Based upon data associated with the first and second event, a determination is made that the first event is associated with the second event. Based upon data associated with the first event and the third event, a determination is made that the first event is not associated with the third event. A presentation is created indicating that the first and second events are related to the second event and that the first and third events are not related. The presentation is presented to a different process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: David L. HERLONG, II, Eric D. SCHWARTZ, Ronald A. CAPUTE, Alexandra J. HAYES, Michael A. GONZALEZ, Prashant R. KANSAKAR, Carmen J. SEPPY, Andres GOMEZ, Giovanni HERAZO
  • Publication number: 20180364294
    Abstract: Systems and methods to combine line fault location probabilities. A first and second location probability distribution are received for a location of an line fault along an electrical line based upon at least electrical current measurements reported by a first electrical current monitor at a first location and at least a second electrical current measurements reported by a second electrical current monitor at a second location. The second electrical current measurements being made within a time interval of the first electrical current measurements. A composite location probability distribution is determined for the location of the line fault along the electrical line based on an algorithm processing the first location probability distribution and the second location probability distribution. The composite location probability distribution is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: David L. HERLONG, II, Eric D. SCHWARTZ, Ronald A. CAPUTE, Alexandra J. HAYES, Michael A. GONZALEZ, Prashant R. KANSAKAR, Carmen J. SEPPY, Andres GOMEZ, Giovanni HERAZO
  • Publication number: 20160105647
    Abstract: A retrieving device for retrieving an object may be provided. The retrieving device may include a retriever pole that may include a scooping device positioned at one end of the retriever pole. The scooping device may be configured to retrieve the object when positioned over the object. Additionally, the retrieving device may include a camera configured to record image data of an area within a viewing range of the camera and image data associated with the object. The retrieving device may also include a monitor positionable at the other end of the retrieving pole, which may be electrically coupled to the camera via an insulated electrical wire. The monitor may display the image data of the area and the image data associated with the object recorded by the camera. Furthermore, the retrieving device may include a power source that may be electrically coupled to the monitor and the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Publication date: April 14, 2016
    Inventor: Eric D. Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20150231582
    Abstract: A nail polish creator is provided. The nail polish creator may include a processor that can receive a selection of the nail polish color from a device communicatively linked with the nail polish creator, such as via a wireless communication. Once the selection is received, the processor may determine an amount of one or more nail polish colors that are needed to create a nail polish corresponding to the selection. The nail polish creator may further include an assembly that may receive a nail polish bottle so that the nail polish bottle is in a position to receive the nail polish that is created based on the amount of the nail polish colors needed to create the nail polish. Moreover, the nail polish creator may include a mixer assembly for mixing the nail polish in the nail polish bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Publication date: August 20, 2015
    Inventor: Eric D. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8960994
    Abstract: A portable nail polish creator is provided. The portable nail polish creator may include a user interface to allow a user to select a nail polish color. Additionally, the nail polish creator may include a processor that can receive the selection of the nail polish color via the interface. Once the selection is received, the processor may determine an amount of at least one of a plurality of nail polish colors to create a nail polish corresponding to the selection. The nail polish creator may further include an arm assembly that may receive a signal from the processor to move a nail polish bottle in position to receive the nail polish based on the amount of at least one of the plurality of nail polish colors determined by the processor. Moreover, the nail polish creator may include a mixer assembly for mixing the nail polish in the nail polish bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Eric D. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8796591
    Abstract: An apparatus for warming a container, the apparatus including a holder having an inner wall, an outer wall, and an insulation layer between the inner and outer walls, wherein the inner wall defines a first volume having a size and shape for receiving at least a portion of the container, and wherein the holder defines a second volume. The apparatus can also include a solution and an activation disk positioned within the second volume and in contact with the solution, wherein the solution and activation disk are made from materials such that a force applied to the activation disk causes the solution to undergo a chemical reaction that generates heat for warming the container in the first volume. Furthermore, the apparatus can include a disk actuator for applying the force to the activation disk, and elastic bands to increase thermal contact between the container and the solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Eric D. Schwartz
  • Patent number: D832636
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: LittleWunz, LLC
    Inventor: Eric D. Schwartz
  • Patent number: D832637
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: LittleWunz, LLC
    Inventor: Eric D. Schwartz