Patents by Inventor Gary Fong

Gary Fong 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).

  • Publication number: 20220043447
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to providing flight control for an unmanned aerial vehicle based on opposing fields of view with overlap. The UAV may include a housing, a motor, a first image sensor, a second image sensor, a first optical element having a first field of view greater than 180 degrees, a second optical element having a second field of view greater than 180 degrees, and one or more processors. The first optical element and the second optical element may be carried by the housing such that a centerline of the second field of view is substantially opposite from a centerline of the first field of view, and a peripheral portion of the first field of view and a peripheral portion of the second field of view overlap. Flight control for the UAV may be provided based on parallax disparity of an object within the overlapping fields of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2021
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Inventors: Pablo Lema, Gary Fong, Shu Ching Ip
  • Publication number: 20210358469
    Abstract: A noise cancelation system for an unmanned aerial vehicle may have an audio capture module, a metadata module and a filter. The audio capture module may be configured to receive an audio signal captured from a microphone, e.g., on a camera. The metadata module may be configured to retrieve noise information associated with noise generating components operating on the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The filter may be configured to receive the audio signal and noise information from the audio capture module. The filter also may be configured to retrieve a baseline profile from a database based on the noise information. The baseline profile includes noise parameter to filter out audio frequencies from the audio signal corresponding to the noise generating component. The filter may generate a filtered audio signal for output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2021
    Publication date: November 18, 2021
    Inventor: Gary Fong
  • Patent number: 11155975
    Abstract: A prefabricated formwork is disclosed. The prefabricated formwork of the present disclosure comprises at least one bracket comprising a first slot and a second slot, at least one first wall configured to be inserted into the first slot of the at least one bracket, and at least one second wall configured to be inserted into the second slot of the at least one bracket. The prefabricated framework may further comprise at least one support having at least one groove configured to receive the at least one bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Will Watson, Gary Fong
  • Patent number: 11126181
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to providing flight control for an unmanned aerial vehicle based on opposing fields of view with overlap. The UAV may include a housing, a motor, a first image sensor, a second image sensor, a first optical element having a first field of view greater than 180 degrees, a second optical element having a second field of view greater than 180 degrees, and one or more processors. The first optical element and the second optical element may be carried by the housing such that a centerline of the second field of view is substantially opposite from a centerline of the first field of view, and a peripheral portion of the first field of view and a peripheral portion of the second field of view overlap. Flight control for the UAV may be provided based on parallax disparity of an object within the overlapping fields of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Pablo Lema, Gary Fong, Shu Ching Ip
  • Patent number: 11105110
    Abstract: A closed wall hold down system is provided including at least one closed wall panel, at least one first tie rod, at least one second tie rod, at least one coupler nut, and at least one ratcheting take-up device. The at least one closed wall panel includes a bottom plate and a top plate. The at least one first tie rod projects through the bottom plate. The at least one coupler nut is coupled to the at least one first tie rod and to a first end of the at least one second tie rod. A second end of the at least one second tie rod extends through the top plate. The at least one ratcheting take-up device engages the second end of the at least one second tie rod. A method of installing the closed wall hold down system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Will Watson, Gary Fong
  • Patent number: 11086283
    Abstract: A monitoring and control system receives, from sensing capable devices situated within a designated area and in communication with the monitoring and control system, input indicating a respective number of events. The system identifies, for each of the events, a probability for taking each of a number of actions in response to the event, then calculates, for each of the actions, an overall probability for taking the action based on the identified probabilities for taking the action in response to the number of events, and selects one or more actions to be taken responsive to the number of events and the calculated overall probability for taking the action, for each of the actions, exceeding a respective threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Katerra, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Burke, Brian Joseph Reeves, Paul Edward Reeves, Mark Thomas, Steven Fuertes, Gary Fong
  • Patent number: 11032895
    Abstract: A wireless light switch harvests energy for ambient environment/space conditions and uses the harvested energy to energize low-power electronics. An exemplary application is for wireless control (ON/OFF or dimming) of light fixtures. The energy harvesting circuitry transduces ambient light to electricity and uses this energy to charge an energy storage device as well as power a wireless transmitter which can be triggered based on user interaction with an ON/OFF or Dim+/Dim? element. The wireless light switch with energy harvesting circuitry is paired with a wireless receiver circuit which can be connected to a light fixture that is to be controlled by the wireless light switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Bahman Sharifipour, Jumie Yuventi, Gary Fong
  • Patent number: 11024279
    Abstract: A noise cancelation system for an unmanned aerial vehicle may have an audio capture module, a metadata module and a filter. The audio capture module may be configured to receive an audio signal captured from a microphone, e.g., on a camera. The metadata module may be configured to retrieve noise information associated with noise generating components operating on the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The filter may be configured to receive the audio signal and noise information from the audio capture module. The filter also may be configured to retrieve a baseline profile from a database based on the noise information. The baseline profile includes noise parameter to filter out audio frequencies from the audio signal corresponding to the noise generating component. The filter may generate a filtered audio signal for output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Fong
  • Publication number: 20210148508
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic gimbal with camera and mounting configuration. The gimbal can include an inertial measurement unit which can sense the orientation of the camera and three electronic motors which can manipulate the orientation of the camera. The gimbal can be removably coupled to a variety of mount platforms, such as an aerial vehicle, a handheld grip, or a rotating platform. Moreover, a camera can be removably coupled to the gimbal and can be held in a removable camera frame. Also disclosed is a system for allowing the platform, to which the gimbal is mounted, to control settings of the camera or to trigger actions on the camera, such as taking a picture, or initiating the recording of a video. The gimbal can also provide a connection between the camera and the mount platform, such that the mount platform receives images and video content from the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: Noriaki Saika, Ryan Harrison, Joshua Todd Druker, Himay Rashmikant Shukla, Nenad Uzunovic, Edward Gordon Russell, Gary Fong
  • Publication number: 20210078047
    Abstract: Lumber sorting systems and methods that use adaptive lumber management to tailor the distribution of lumber to improve the yield and aesthetic properties of a product are disclosed. An adaptive lumber management system in accordance with the present disclosure may comprise a lumber scanner configured to record one or more characteristics of each board and create a data file for each board comprising information regarding the characteristic of the board. A processor may be configured to determine a target tray for each board based on the data files. The processor may be further configured to generate at least one mapping. The system may further comprise a sorting mechanism configured to sort the plurality of boards into their respective target trays and at least one tipple configured to select each board or the plurality of boards from the plurality of trays according to the at least one mapping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Applicant: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Brent David OLSON, Carl Daniel MORROW, Mengzhe GU, Sam HERMANN, William August HOILES, Gary FONG
  • Publication number: 20210062520
    Abstract: A double plate floor panel is provided. The double plate floor panel includes a first panel, a second panel, and a plurality of connectors. The first panel has a first plurality of recesses on a first surface, and the second panel has a second plurality of recesses on a second surface. Each connector of the plurality of connectors inserts into a recess of the first plurality of recess and a recess of the second plurality of recesses. The connectors are sandwiched between the first surface of the first panel and the second surface of the second panel. A method of assembling the double plate floor panel is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Todd BEYREUTHER, Daniel KOEBERL, Gary FONG
  • Patent number: 10914419
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic gimbal with camera and mounting configuration. The gimbal can include an inertial measurement unit which can sense the orientation of the camera and three electronic motors which can manipulate the orientation of the camera. The gimbal can be removably coupled to a variety of mount platforms, such as an aerial vehicle, a handheld grip, or a rotating platform. Moreover, a camera can be removably coupled to the gimbal and can be held in a removable camera frame. Also disclosed is a system for allowing the platform, to which the gimbal is mounted, to control settings of the camera or to trigger actions on the camera, such as taking a picture, or initiating the recording of a video. The gimbal can also provide a connection between the camera and the mount platform, such that the mount platform receives images and video content from the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Noriaki Saika, Ryan Harrison, Joshua Todd Druker, Himay Rashmikant Shukla, Nenad Uzunovic, Edward Gordon Russell, Gary Fong
  • Patent number: 10818264
    Abstract: A content visualization system generates visual content for a visualization device based on visual content of an event. The content visualization system collects visual content and source perspective data from visual content sources. The visualization device requests visual content from the content visualization system by providing device perspective data to the content visualization system. The content visualization system generates visual content for the visualization device based on the visual content from the visual content sources, the source perspective data, and the device perspective data. The content visualization system can determine visual content that is relevant to the device perspective by identifying source perspectives that overlap with the device perspective. The content visualization system generates visual content for the visualization device based on the identified visual content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Campbell, Gary Fong
  • Publication number: 20200255122
    Abstract: A variable pitch propeller is designed to adjust the pitch of the propeller blade during flight to maximize the propeller efficiency. The propeller blade may comprise airfoil cross-sections. Each cross-section may be composed of different materials at the leading edge and trailing edge. In various embodiments, these materials are selected and oriented to achieve the necessary elastic moduli of the leading and trailing edge for the airfoil cross-section. During liftoff, the airfoil at the blade tip possesses a high blade pitch (e.g. 20 degrees), thereby increasing the generated lift on the propeller blades. During flight or hover conditions when maximal lift is no longer required, the trailing edge of the airfoil displaces upward and reduces the blade pitch to minimize the drag forces on the blade tip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Campbell, Leo Baldwin, Gary Fong
  • Publication number: 20200250903
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle manages storage of data and transfer between other connected devices. The unmanned aerial vehicle captures sensor data from sensors on the unmanned aerial vehicle. The unmanned aerial vehicle transfers the captured sensor data from the unmanned aerial vehicle to a remote controller via a wireless interface. The captured data may be transferred via a TCP link, a UDP link, or a combination thereof. If a loss of link is detected, the captured sensor data is stored to a buffer and a battery level of the unmanned aerial vehicle and a flight status of the unmanned aerial vehicle is monitored. The stored sensor data is transferred from the buffer to a non-volatile storage responsive to the battery level dropping below a predefined threshold or detecting that the unmanned aerial vehicle is stationary and a shutdown may be imminent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Inventors: Ashwani Arya, Gary Fong
  • Publication number: 20200208420
    Abstract: A prefabricated formwork is disclosed. The prefabricated formwork of the present disclosure comprises at least one bracket comprising a first slot and a second slot, at least one first wall configured to be inserted into the first slot of the at least one bracket, and at least one second wall configured to be inserted into the second slot of the at least one bracket. The prefabricated framework may further comprise at least one support having at least one groove configured to receive the at least one bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Applicant: Katerra Inc.
    Inventors: Will Watson, Gary Fong
  • Publication number: 20200192371
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to providing flight control for an unmanned aerial vehicle based on opposing fields of view with overlap. The UAV may include a housing, a motor, a first image sensor, a second image sensor, a first optical element having a first field of view greater than 180 degrees, a second optical element having a second field of view greater than 180 degrees, and one or more processors. The first optical element and the second optical element may be carried by the housing such that a centerline of the second field of view is substantially opposite from a centerline of the first field of view, and a peripheral portion of the first field of view and a peripheral portion of the second field of view overlap. Flight control for the UAV may be provided based on parallax disparity of an object within the overlapping fields of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Pablo Lema, Gary Fong, Shu Ching Ip
  • Publication number: 20200160825
    Abstract: A noise cancelation system for an unmanned aerial vehicle may have an audio capture module, a metadata module and a filter. The audio capture module may be configured to receive an audio signal captured from a microphone, e.g., on a camera. The metadata module may be configured to retrieve noise information associated with noise generating components operating on the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The filter may be configured to receive the audio signal and noise information from the audio capture module. The filter also may be configured to retrieve a baseline profile from a database based on the noise information. The baseline profile includes noise parameter to filter out audio frequencies from the audio signal corresponding to the noise generating component. The filter may generate a filtered audio signal for output.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventor: Gary Fong
  • Patent number: 10643406
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle manages storage of data and transfer between other connected devices. The unmanned aerial vehicle captures sensor data from sensors on the unmanned aerial vehicle. The unmanned aerial vehicle transfers the captured sensor data from the unmanned aerial vehicle to a remote controller via a wireless interface. The captured data may be transferred via a TCP link, a UDP link, or a combination thereof. If a loss of link is detected, the captured sensor data is stored to a buffer and a battery level of the unmanned aerial vehicle and a flight status of the unmanned aerial vehicle is monitored. The stored sensor data is transferred from the buffer to a non-volatile storage responsive to the battery level dropping below a predefined threshold or detecting that the unmanned aerial vehicle is stationary and a shutdown may be imminent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashwani Arya, Gary Fong
  • Patent number: 10618629
    Abstract: A variable pitch propeller is designed to adjust the pitch of the propeller blade during flight to maximize the propeller efficiency. The propeller blade may comprise airfoil cross-sections. Each cross-section may be composed of different materials at the leading edge and trailing edge. In various embodiments, these materials are selected and oriented to achieve the necessary elastic moduli of the leading and trailing edge for the airfoil cross-section. During liftoff, the airfoil at the blade tip possesses a high blade pitch (e.g. 20 degrees), thereby increasing the generated lift on the propeller blades. During flight or hover conditions when maximal lift is no longer required, the trailing edge of the airfoil displaces upward and reduces the blade pitch to minimize the drag forces on the blade tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Patrick Campbell, Leo Baldwin, Gary Fong