Patents by Inventor Eric Teller

Eric Teller 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: 11803804
    Abstract: Methods and systems for recipient-assisted recharging during delivery by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) are disclosed herein. During a UAV transport task, a UAV determines that the UAV has arrived at a delivery location specified by a first flight leg of the transport task. The UAV responsively initiates a notification process indicating that a recipient-assisted recharging process should be initiated at or near the delivery location. When the UAV determines that the recipient-assisted recharging process has recharged a battery of the UAV to a target level, and also determines that a non-returnable portion of the payload has been removed from the UAV while a returnable portion of the payload is coupled to or held by the UAV, the UAV initiates a second flight segment of the transport task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Wing Aviation LLC
    Inventors: Jesse Blake, Andrè Prager, Eric Teller
  • Patent number: 11733716
    Abstract: An example method involves determining an expected demand level for a first type of a plurality of types of transport tasks for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the first type of transport tasks associated with a first payload type. Each of the UAVs is physically reconfigurable between at least a first and a second configuration corresponding to the first payload type and a second payload type, respectively. The method also involves determining based on the expected demand level for the first type of transport tasks, (i) a first number of UAVs having the first configuration and (ii) a second number of UAVs having the second configuration. The method further involves, at or near a time corresponding to the expected demand level, providing one or more UAVs to perform the transport tasks, including at least the first number of UAVs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Wing Aviation LLC
    Inventors: Jesse Blake, James Schmalzried, Scott Velez, Andre Prager, Eric Teller, Matthew Nubbe
  • Publication number: 20230161155
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining an individual gaze value are disclosed herein. An exemplary method involves: (a) receiving gaze data for a first wearable computing device, wherein the gaze data is indicative of a wearer-view associated with the first wearable computing device, and wherein the first wearable computing device is associated with a first user-account; (b) analyzing the gaze data from the first wearable computing device to detect one or more occurrences of one or more advertisement spaces in the gaze data; (c) based at least in part on the one or more detected advertisement-space occurrences, determining an individual gaze value for the first user-account; and (d) sending a gaze-value indication, wherein the gaze-value indication indicates the individual gaze value for the first user-account.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2023
    Publication date: May 25, 2023
    Inventor: Eric Teller
  • Publication number: 20230130472
    Abstract: In one aspect, there is provided a marine sensor platform that includes: a line having a plurality of slots that are spaced apart on the line, a plurality of sensor nodes, each sensor node configured to couple to each of the slots on the line, and each sensor node including at least one sensor, a power source coupled to the plurality of sensor nodes and configured to supply power to the plurality of sensor nodes on the line, and a controller coupled to the power source and the plurality of sensor nodes on the line, wherein the controller is configured to identify a type of the at least one sensor included in each of the sensor nodes when each of the sensor nodes is coupled to the respective slot on the line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2021
    Publication date: April 27, 2023
    Inventors: Andrew Rossignol, Eric Teller, Laura Valentine Chrobak, Neil Davé, Balaprakash Kasiviswanathan
  • Publication number: 20230088334
    Abstract: The optical tracking module includes an optical phased array (OPA), an analog drive, an integrated photodetector, and one or more processors. The OPA includes a plurality of array elements, and a plurality of phase shifters. The analog drive is configured to adjust the plurality of phase shifters. The integrated photodetector is configured to receive light from the OPA. The one or more processors is configured to extract signal information of an incoming beam via the OPA, and control an outgoing beam using the analog drive based on the signal information. The OPA, the analog drive, the integrated photodetector and the one or more processors are in an integrated circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2022
    Publication date: March 23, 2023
    Applicant: X DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Baris Ibrahim Erkmen, Devin Brinkley, Eric Teller, Thomas Moore, Jean-Laurent Plateau
  • Patent number: 11579442
    Abstract: Methods and systems for determining an individual gaze value are disclosed herein. An exemplary method involves: (a) receiving gaze data for a first wearable computing device, wherein the gaze data is indicative of a wearer-view associated with the first wearable computing device, and wherein the first wearable computing device is associated with a first user-account; (b) analyzing the gaze data from the first wearable computing device to detect one or more occurrences of one or more advertisement spaces in the gaze data; (c) based at least in part on the one or more detected advertisement-space occurrences, determining an individual gaze value for the first user-account; and (d) sending a gaze-value indication, wherein the gaze-value indication indicates the individual gaze value for the first user-account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Eric Teller
  • Publication number: 20230034563
    Abstract: Methods and systems for recipient-assisted recharging during delivery by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) are disclosed herein. During a UAV transport task, a UAV determines that the UAV has arrived at a delivery location specified by a first flight leg of the transport task. The UAV responsively initiates a notification process indicating that a recipient-assisted recharging process should be initiated at or near the delivery location. When the UAV determines that the recipient-assisted recharging process has recharged a battery of the UAV to a target level, and also determines that a non-returnable portion of the payload has been removed from the UAV while a returnable portion of the payload is coupled to or held by the UAV, the UAV initiates a second flight segment of the transport task.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2022
    Publication date: February 2, 2023
    Inventors: Jesse Blake, Andrè Prager, Eric Teller
  • Publication number: 20230022421
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle configured for active sensing may also be configured to weigh expected information gains from active-sensing actions against risk costs associated with the active-sensing actions. An example method involves: (a) receiving information from one or more sensors of an autonomous vehicle, (b) determining a risk-cost framework that indicates risk costs across a range of degrees to which an active-sensing action can be performed, wherein the active-sensing action comprises an action that is performable by the autonomous vehicle to potentially improve the information upon which at least one of the control processes for the autonomous vehicle is based, (c) determining an information-improvement expectation framework across the range of degrees to which the active-sensing action can be performed, and (d) applying the risk-cost framework and the information-improvement expectation framework to determine a degree to which the active-sensing action should be performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2022
    Publication date: January 26, 2023
    Inventors: Eric Teller, Peter Lombrozo
  • Publication number: 20230004159
    Abstract: A vehicle configured to operate in an autonomous mode can obtain sensor data from one or more sensors observing one or more aspects of an environment of the vehicle. At least one aspect of the environment of the vehicle that is not observed by the one or more sensors could be inferred based on the sensor data. The vehicle could be controlled in the autonomous mode based on the at least one inferred aspect of the environment of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2022
    Publication date: January 5, 2023
    Inventors: Peter Lombrozo, Eric Teller, Bradley Templeton
  • Patent number: 11502744
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods operable in a balloon network. The method can include determining that a balloon is at a location associated with a legally-defined geographic area. An area profile of the legally-defined geographic area may identify geographically-restricted data that must not be removed from the legally-defined geographic area. The method can also include determining that the balloon contains at least some of the geographically-restricted data. The method can also include determining that the balloon is likely to move out of the legally-defined geographic area. The method can also include removing the geographically-restricted data from the memory of the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: SoftBank Corp.
    Inventor: Eric Teller
  • Patent number: 11474520
    Abstract: A vehicle configured to operate in an autonomous mode can obtain sensor data from one or more sensors observing one or more aspects of an environment of the vehicle. At least one aspect of the environment of the vehicle that is not observed by the one or more sensors could be inferred based on the sensor data. The vehicle could be controlled in the autonomous mode based on the at least one inferred aspect of the environment of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Peter Lombrozo, Eric Teller, Bradley Templeton
  • Patent number: 11427189
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle configured for active sensing may also be configured to weigh expected information gains from active-sensing actions against risk costs associated with the active-sensing actions. An example method involves: (a) receiving information from one or more sensors of an autonomous vehicle, (b) determining a risk-cost framework that indicates risk costs across a range of degrees to which an active-sensing action can be performed, wherein the active-sensing action comprises an action that is performable by the autonomous vehicle to potentially improve the information upon which at least one of the control processes for the autonomous vehicle is based, (c) determining an information-improvement expectation framework across the range of degrees to which the active-sensing action can be performed, and (d) applying the risk-cost framework and the information-improvement expectation framework to determine a degree to which the active-sensing action should be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Eric Teller, Peter Lombrozo
  • Patent number: 11386384
    Abstract: Methods and systems for recipient-assisted recharging during delivery by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) are disclosed herein. During a UAV transport task, a UAV determines that the UAV has arrived at a delivery location specified by a first flight leg of the transport task. The UAV responsively initiates a notification process indicating that a recipient-assisted recharging process should be initiated at or near the delivery location. When the UAV determines that the recipient-assisted recharging process has recharged a battery of the UAV to a target level, and also determines that a non-returnable portion of the payload has been removed from the UAV while a returnable portion of the payload is coupled to or held by the UAV, the UAV initiates a second flight segment of the transport task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Wing Aviation LLC
    Inventors: Jesse Blake, André Prager, Eric Teller
  • Publication number: 20220191598
    Abstract: An example method involves a computing device: receiving point-of-view (POV) image data that is generated by an image capture device of a head-mountable device (HMD); using one or more real-world aspects detected in the POV image data as a basis for determining a context of the HMD; making a threshold determination as to whether or not the context of the HMD is appropriate for display of media content in the HMD; and when it is determined that the context is appropriate for display of media content in the HMD, then: (a) selecting first media content for display at the HMD, wherein the first media content is selected based at least in part on a combination of the determined context and a user-profile associated with the HMD; and (b) sending an indication to play out the first media content at the HMD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2022
    Publication date: June 16, 2022
    Inventor: Eric Teller
  • Patent number: 11362901
    Abstract: Example embodiments may relate to web interfaces for a balloon-network. For example, a computing device may display a graphical interface that provides information related to a balloon network configured to provide service in a geographic area, where the graphical interface includes a map. The computing device may receive real-time bandwidth data related to balloons in the balloon network, where the balloons are each configured to change position via altitudinal movement and via horizontal movement with respect to the ground. Based at least in part on the received real-time bandwidth data, the computing device may display, on the map, a visual representation of bandwidth information corresponding to one or more regions in the geographic area, where the visual representation of bandwidth information updates from time to time based at least in part on a change in position of one or more balloons in the balloon network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: SoftBank Corp.
    Inventors: Eric Teller, Richard Wayne DeVaul, Michael Cassidy
  • Publication number: 20220137646
    Abstract: An example method involves determining an expected demand level for a first type of a plurality of types of transport tasks for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the first type of transport tasks associated with a first payload type. Each of the UAVs is physically reconfigurable between at least a first and a second configuration corresponding to the first payload type and a second payload type, respectively. The method also involves determining based on the expected demand level for the first type of transport tasks, (i) a first number of UAVs having the first configuration and (ii) a second number of UAVs having the second configuration. The method further involves, at or near a time corresponding to the expected demand level, providing one or more UAVs to perform the transport tasks, including at least the first number of UAVs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2022
    Publication date: May 5, 2022
    Inventors: Jesse Blake, James Schmalzried, Scott Velez, Andre Prager, Eric Teller, Matthew Nubbe
  • Patent number: 11303972
    Abstract: An example method involves a computing device: receiving point-of-view (POV) image data that is generated by an image capture device of a head-mountable device (HMD); using one or more real-world aspects detected in the POV image data as a basis for determining a context of the HMD; making a threshold determination as to whether or not the context of the HMD is appropriate for display of media content in the HMD; and when it is determined that the context is appropriate for display of media content in the HMD, then: (a) selecting first media content for display at the HMD, wherein the first media content is selected based at least in part on a combination of the determined context and a user-profile associated with the HMD; and (b) sending an indication to play out the first media content at the HMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Eric Teller
  • Patent number: 11277314
    Abstract: Example embodiments may relate to web interfaces for a balloon-network. For example, a computing device may display a graphical interface that that includes one or more interface features to receive a request for use of bandwidth of a balloon network. In particular, the computing device may receive, via the graphical interface, input data corresponding to a bandwidth request for a first location, where the bandwidth request includes: (i) an indication of the first location and (ii) an indication of time. Subsequently, the computing device may receive an indication corresponding to whether or not the bandwidth request is accepted, where acceptance of the bandwidth request is based at least in part on expected movement of one or more balloons from a plurality of balloons in the balloon network. As such, the computing device may display, on the graphical interface, the indication corresponding to whether or not the bandwidth request is accepted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: SoftBank Corp.
    Inventors: Eric Teller, Richard Wayne Devaul, Michael Cassidy
  • Patent number: 11256271
    Abstract: An example method involves determining an expected demand level for a first type of a plurality of types of transport tasks for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the first type of transport tasks associated with a first payload type. Each of the UAVs is physically reconfigurable between at least a first and a second configuration corresponding to the first payload type and a second payload type, respectively. The method also involves determining based on the expected demand level for the first type of transport tasks, (i) a first number of UAVs having the first configuration and (ii) a second number of UAVs having the second configuration. The method further involves, at or near a time corresponding to the expected demand level, providing one or more UAVs to perform the transport tasks, including at least the first number of UAVs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Wing Aviation LLC
    Inventors: Jesse Blake, James Schmalzried, Scott Velez, Andre Prager, Eric Teller, Matthew Nubbe
  • Publication number: 20220005081
    Abstract: Methods and systems herein may help to provide an advertisement marketplace for advertisements that are valued according to gaze data from wearable computing devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventor: Eric Teller