Patents by Inventor Eric R. Meyer

Eric R. Meyer 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: 11458052
    Abstract: An occupant support structure for supporting an occupant includes an orientation adjustable torso section, a lower body section, and a control system. The lower body section includes a heel region subsection which supports the heel region of an occupant of the occupant support. The control system is adapted to A) cause the heel region subsection to temporarily substantially disengage from the heel region of the occupant in response to a change of angular orientation of the torso section which begins at a time t0, and B) cause the heel region subsection to subsequently re-engage with the heel region of the occupant, the re-engagement occurring at a time tB which is later than t0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles A. Lachenbruch, Neal Wiggermann, Darrell L. Borgman, Eric R. Meyer
  • Patent number: 11463780
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for streaming live television broadcasts and providing DVR services to subscribers in a designated market area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Didja, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Long, James A. Erickson, Ali Mehrpour, Donald E. Meyer, James E. Monroe, Jay B. Perry, Claire E. Schendel, Delmer R. Schneider, Jr., Andrii Skaliuk, Michael J. Sobieski, Eric L. Walstad
  • Publication number: 20220244900
    Abstract: An example method occurs at a computing system comprising one or more processors, memory, a first housing that includes a primary display, and a second housing at least partially containing: (i) a physical keyboard and (ii) a respective key that is adjacent to at least one key of the physical keyboard and the respective key including a fingerprint sensor. The method includes receiving an input at the respective key, and in accordance with a determination that the input at the respective key is an input of a first type, initiating a process for logging out, restarting, and/or powering-off portable computing system. The method also includes that receiving an input at the respective key, and in accordance with a determination that the input at the respective key is an input of a second type, performing an operation associated with a fingerprint detected by the fingerprint sensor associated with the respective key.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventors: Jeffrey Traer Bernstein, Duncan R. Kerr, John B. Morrell, Lawrence Y. Yang, Eric Lance Wilson, Adam S. Meyer
  • Patent number: 11357683
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a bed frame having a head end and a foot end and control circuitry carried by the bed frame. The control circuitry receives information about conditions of the patient support apparatus. A light is coupled to the bed frame adjacent the foot end and is coupled to the control circuitry. The light is in a first state when the patient support apparatus is operating normally and the light is in a second state when the control circuitry detects an alert condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Bobey, Stephen L. Douglas, Eric R. Meyer, Jonathan H. Mueller, Robert Petrosenko, Stephen R. Schulte, Andrew F. Skinner, Michael Z. Sleva, Richard B. Stacy, Daniel K. Stevens, Mayur Yermaneni
  • Publication number: 20210298643
    Abstract: One or more radar sensors can be used to monitor patients in a variety of different environments and embodiments. In one embodiment, radar sensors can be used to monitor a patient's movement, including movement in a patient bed and around a room. In another embodiment, a patient position can be monitored in a patient bed, which can be used as feedback for control of bladders of a patient bed. Additional embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2021
    Publication date: September 30, 2021
    Inventors: Steven D. Baker, Douglas A. Seim, Frank E. Sauser, Theodore Corsaro, Michael Churilla, Kathryn R. Smith, Eric R. Meyer, Gregory J. Shannon, Michael S. Hood, Brandon P. Fisk, Rachel L. Williamson
  • Publication number: 20210251519
    Abstract: One or more radar sensors can be used to monitor patients in a variety of different environments and embodiments. In one embodiment, radar sensors can be used to monitor a patient's breathing, including monitoring of tidal volume, chest expansion distance, breathing rate, etc. In another embodiment, a patient position can be monitored in a patient bed, which can be used as feedback for control of bladders of a patient bed. Additional embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2021
    Publication date: August 19, 2021
    Inventors: Stacey A. Fitzgibbons, David L. Ribble, Eric R. Meyer, Michael S. Hood, Gregory J. Shannon, Yue Wang, Charles A. Lachenbruch (Deceased), Steven D. Baker
  • Publication number: 20210000669
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to patient support systems, such as hospital beds, and particularly to reconfigurable patient support systems movable among a number of different positions. The present disclosure further relates to control algorithms and interfaces for use in patient support systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Inventors: Eric R. Meyer, Darrell Borgman, Timothy Joseph Receveur, Gregory W. Branson, Sandy Mark Richards, Howard J. Boyd, David W. Hornbach, Robert Mark Zerhusen, James Maurice Allen, Jennifer Fearing, Mark S. Chiacchira, Jonathan D. Turner, Mark Lanning, Aziz A. Bhai
  • Patent number: 10810353
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein are related to a method that can include discovering, by a platform abstraction layer (PAL), configuration data related to hardware associated with a media display, generating and supporting, by the platform abstraction layer, a common set of platform application programming interfaces (APIs) for displaying content on the media display according to the discovered hardware, receiving, by a platform shim, check-in instructions from a content management system, and causing, by a media player engine, the media display to display the content in accordance with the check-in instructions by using the common set of platform APIs generated by the PAL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: RMG Networks Holding Corporation
    Inventors: George Clopp, Eric R. Meyer, Thamer Hummadi
  • Patent number: 10806655
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to patient support systems, such as hospital beds, and particularly to reconfigurable patient support systems movable among a number of different positions. The present disclosure further relates to control algorithms and interfaces for use in patient support systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric R. Meyer, Darrell Borgman, Timothy Joseph Receveur, Gregory W. Branson, Sandy Mark Richards, Howard J. Boyd, David W. Hornbach, Robert Mark Zerhusen, James Maurice Allen, Jennifer Fearing, Mark S. Chiacchira, Jonathan D. Turner, Mark Lanning, Aziz A Bhai
  • Publication number: 20200323718
    Abstract: A hospital bed includes a sleep deck having an upper portion, a middle portion, and a lower portion each defining a support surface and an underbody that defines a notch. An opening is defined by and extends through the upper portion. A space is defined between the upper portion and the middle portion. A mattress is disposed on the sleep deck. An outer mattress shell encases the mattress and includes a fold defined by a weld. A mattress retention assembly is coupled to the outer mattress shell. The mattress retention assembly includes at least one of a first magnet and a second magnet selectively coupling the mattress to the sleep deck, a portion of the mattress retention assembly extends between the outer mattress shell and the sleep deck, an affixing member disposed on the outer mattress shell, and a retention ridge extending through the sleep deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Douglas Borgman, Jnanesha Ramegowda, David Newkirk, Jason Brennan Grace, Brian Guthrie, Eric R. Meyer, Darrell L. Borgman, Nicole Johannigman, Rachel L. Williamson, Michael Churilla, James Evans, Taylor Franklin, Catherine Marie Wagner, Keith Moores, Katherine Lin
  • Publication number: 20200268580
    Abstract: A mattress state indicator includes a housing. The mattress state indicator also includes a display supported by the housing. The display is configured to provide visual indicia of a mattress operation state of a mattress. The display includes a light source disposed proximate the display. A connection feature is engaged with the housing. The connection feature is configured to couple the housing with a bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: David Newkirk, Eric R. Meyer, Brian Guthrie, Brandon Fisk
  • Patent number: 10695247
    Abstract: A patient support includes a cover defining an interior region, an air permeable first layer located in the interior region, and a support layer located beneath the air permeable first layer. A pressure sensing layer is located underneath the support layer. At least one air supply is coupled to the support layer. A controller is coupled to the air supply and to the pressure sensing layer. The controller controls inflation and deflation of the support layer in response to a signal from the pressure sensing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley T. Wilson, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Daniel K. Stevens, Darrell L. Borgman, Dennis S. Flessate, Eric R. Meyer, Gregory W. Branson, John Alan Bobey, Jonathan H. Mueller, Karen Janoff, Kenith W. Chambers, Rachel Hopkins King, Rebecca Anne Ginther, Reza Hakamiun, Richard B. Stacy, Sohrab Soltani, Stephen L. Douglas
  • Patent number: 10660544
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes detectors and a controller operable to automatically update a tare weight for use in determining a true patient weight. The detectors are configured to produce signals indicating a presence or absence of a corresponding removable component. The controller is configured to determine weights of each and every removable component on the patient support apparatus and store each weight in a memory. The controller is further configured to receive the signals produced by the detectors and detect any addition or removal of removable components of the patient support apparatus, update the tare weight, and determine a weight of a patient being supported on the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Hoffman, Mike J. Viltro, Chris L. Hildenbrand, James L. Walke, Aziz A. Bhai, Eric R. Meyer, David C. Newkirk, Frank Sauser, Nicole Johannigman, Brandon P. Fisk
  • Publication number: 20200146909
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a bed frame having a head end and a foot end and control circuitry carried by the bed frame. The control circuitry receives information about conditions of the patient support apparatus. A light is coupled to the bed frame adjacent the foot end and is coupled to the control circuitry. The light is in a first state when the patient support apparatus is operating normally and the light is in a second state when the control circuitry detects an alert condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: John A. Bobey, Stephen L. Douglas, Eric R. Meyer, Jonathan H. Mueller, Robert Petrosenko, Stephen R. Schulte, Andrew F. Skinner, Michael Z. Sleva, Richard B. Stacy, Daniel K. Stevens, Mayur Yermaneni
  • Patent number: 10617581
    Abstract: An occupant support includes a turn assist layer which includes left and right side arrays of two or more longitudinally distributed turn assist members. Each array member comprises one or more longitudinally distributed turn assist bladders. At least two of the array members on the left side are longitudinally spaced from each other by a left intermember reach-in space having a left intermember dimension. At least two of the array members on the right side are longitudinally spaced from each other by a right intermember reach-in space having a right intermember dimension. A support layer resides above the turn assist layer. The support layer includes a collapsible zone at least part of which overlies the intermember spaces. The occupant support also includes a user interface for enabling a user to operate the turn assist layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Luke Gibson, Andrew R. Kerr, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Eric R. Meyer, Joshua A. Williams, Rachel L. Williamson
  • Patent number: 10561550
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus includes a bed frame having a head end and a foot end and control circuitry carried by the bed frame. The control circuitry receives information about conditions of the patient support apparatus. A light is coupled to the bed frame adjacent the foot end and is coupled to the control circuitry. The light is in a first state when the patient support apparatus is operating normally and the light is in a second state when the control circuitry detects an alert condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John A Bobey, Stephen L Douglas, Eric R Meyer, Jonathan H Mueller, Robert Petrosenko, Stephen R Schulte, Andrew F Skinner, Michael Z Sleva, Richard B Stacy, Daniel K Stevens, Mayur Yermaneni
  • Patent number: 10555850
    Abstract: A patient support system includes a patient support apparatus and a support surface mounted on the patient support apparatus. The patient support apparatus is reconfigurable among a plurality of different configurations for supporting a patient on the support surface in a plurality of positions. The support surface is mounted on the patient support apparatus to move in response to reconfiguration of the patient support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric R. Meyer, Darrell Borgman, Timothy J. Receveur, Gregory W. Branson, Sandy M. Richards, Howard J. Boyd, David W. Hornbach, Jonathan D. Turner, Aziz A. Bhai
  • Publication number: 20200038269
    Abstract: An occupant support structure for supporting an occupant includes an orientation adjustable torso section, a lower body section, and a control system. The lower body section includes a heel region subsection which supports the heel region of an occupant of the occupant support. The control system is adapted to A) cause the heel region subsection to temporarily substantially disengage from the heel region of the occupant in response to a change of angular orientation of the torso section which begins at a time t0, and B) cause the heel region subsection to subsequently re-engage with the heel region of the occupant, the re-engagement occurring at a time tB which is later than t0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Charles A. Lachenbruch, Neal Wiggermann, Darrell L. Borgman, Eric R. Meyer
  • Patent number: 10507147
    Abstract: This disclosure describes certain exemplary embodiments of a patient support having a plurality of vertically-oriented on substantially can-shaped inflatable bladders. In one embodiment, the patient support includes a support layer positioned above the vertical bladders. In another embodiment, the patient support includes a high air loss device. In still another embodiment, the patient support includes a pneumatic device located within the patient support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Bobey, Gregory W. Branson, Rebecca A. Ginther, Reza Hakamiun, Charles A. Lachenbruch, Jonathan H. Mueller, Sohrab Soltani, Bradley T. Wilson, Stephen L. Douglas, Kenith W. Chambers, Rachel H. King, Eric R. Meyer, Christopher R. O'Keefe, Richard B. Stacy, Thomas E. Uzzle
  • Publication number: 20190377616
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein are related to a method that can include discovering, by a platform abstraction layer (PAL), configuration data related to hardware associated with a media display, generating and supporting, by the platform abstraction layer, a common set of platform application programming interfaces (APIs) for displaying content on the media display according to the discovered hardware, receiving, by a platform shim, check-in instructions from a content management system, and causing, by a media player engine, the media display to display the content in accordance with the check-in instructions by using the common set of platform APIs generated by the PAL.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: George Clopp, Eric R. Meyer, Thamer Hummadi