Patents by Inventor Grant D. Miller

Grant D. Miller 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: 11047690
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically detecting a location is provided. The method includes receiving by a vehicle, data describing a specified geographical area of a collapsed structure. A received control signal enables control of the vehicle such that the vehicle initiates motion and navigates in a specified direction towards the specified geographical area and upon arriving at the specified geographical area, a size and a magnitude of the collapsed structure is determined via sensors of the vehicle. A center location of the collapsed structure is determined and the vehicle hovers above the center location. Geographical coordinates of the location above the center location are transmitted to a search and rescue system and the center location is scanned via ground penetrating radar. Open spaces within the collapsed structure are determined and scanned to locate living entities within the open spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kelley L. Anders, Jeremy R. Fox, Grant D. Miller
  • Patent number: 10885797
    Abstract: Embodiments for managing drones by one or more processors are described. A condition related to the operation of a drone in a selected area is detected. A set of drone operating parameters associated with the operation of the drone in the selected area is changed based on the detecting of the condition. A signal representative of the changing of the set of drone operating parameters is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradford O. Brooks, Grant D. Miller, Louis S. Sickenius, Srinivas B. Tummalapenta, Robert D. Wilhelm, Hamza Yaswi
  • Patent number: 10839100
    Abstract: Embodiments for managing temporal access to data by a processor. Permission for communicating with a user for providing temporal consent data during a selected time window based on a plurality of factors may be established. The temporal consent data may be delivered during the selected time window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael C. Hollinger, Kelley Anders, Jeremy R. Fox, Grant D. Miller
  • Patent number: 10839337
    Abstract: An apparatus, termed a destination validation device (DVD), comprises a sensor configured to sense physical presence of a parcel and to obtain metadata from said parcel; at least one data processor connected with at least one memory storing software instructions that when executed causes the DVD to at least determine from reading the obtained metadata whether a signature is required for delivery of the parcel, and prepare a destination delivery acknowledgement indicating whether said signature is required; and a transmitter configured to communicate the prepared destination delivery acknowledgement external of the DVD. In this manner a delivery service can verify that the parcel is at the physical delivery location. Further details provide for also obtaining the (digital) signature when the metadata indicates it is required for delivery of the parcel. Other embodiments include a method and a computer program product comprised of software instructions on a computer-readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Nader M. Nassar, Grant D. Miller, Erich D. Walls, Richard Newhook, Stephen Y. Chow
  • Patent number: 10749916
    Abstract: An approach is provided in which an information handling system invokes a conferencing session over a computer network between a first user utilizing a headset and one or more second users. The information handling system detects an audible interruption from a third user proximate to the first user, while the headset inhibits the first user from detecting the audible interruption. Next, the information handling system sends an interruption notification to the first user in response to determining that the audible interruption matches at least one of a set of notification triggers corresponding to the first user. In turn, the information handling system captures a dialog between the one or more second users in the conferencing session in response to the first user accepting the interruption notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kelley Anders, Jeremy R. Fox, Grant D. Miller
  • Patent number: 10726268
    Abstract: A system and computer-implemented method include a wireless network hub configured to forward received sensor readings to a sensor analysis system. One or more sensor units coupled to the wireless network hub and affixed to a structure are configured to wirelessly transmit data to the wireless network hub at a first time frequency, and, in response to a detected danger to the structure, wirelessly transmit sensor readings to the wireless network hub at a second time frequency greater than the first time frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kelley L. Anders, Jeremy R. Fox, Grant D. Miller
  • Patent number: 10648904
    Abstract: Polarized light characteristics are detected and mapped to an application, such as product identification. A process of reflecting a directed light emission through a polarizing filter, and sensing the processed light emission having particular characteristics is provided. The characteristics of the sensed light emission is associated with a “color code” that is cross-referenced within a database of color codes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gabriel P. Borges, Claude Falbriard, Grant D. Miller, Nader M. Nassar
  • Patent number: 10593216
    Abstract: Embodiments for managing drones by one or more processors are described. A first aerial drone having a payload coupled thereto is controlled such that the first aerial drone travels from a first location to a second location. A second aerial drone is controlled such that the second aerial drone travels to the second location. While the first aerial drone and the second aerial drone are in flight at the second location, the payload is detached from the first aerial drone and coupled to the second aerial drone. After the payload is detached from the first aerial drone and while the payload is coupled to the second aerial drone, the second aerial drone is controlled such that the second aerial drone travels from the second location to a third location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen Chow, Grant D. Miller, Nader M. Nassar, Richard J. Newhook, Erich D. Walls
  • Publication number: 20200072614
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically detecting a location is provided. The method includes receiving by a vehicle, data describing a specified geographical area of a collapsed structure. A received control signal enables control of the vehicle such that the vehicle initiates motion and navigates in a specified direction towards the specified geographical area and upon arriving at the specified geographical area, a size and a magnitude of the collapsed structure is determined via sensors of the vehicle. A center location of the collapsed structure is determined and the vehicle hovers above the center location. Geographical coordinates of the location above the center location are transmitted to a search and rescue system and the center location is scanned via ground penetrating radar. Open spaces within the collapsed structure are determined and scanned to locate living entities within the open spaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Kelley L. Anders, Jeremy R. Fox, Grant D. Miller
  • Patent number: 10533858
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically detecting a location is provided. The method includes receiving by a vehicle, data describing a specified geographical area of a collapsed structure. A received control signal enables control of the vehicle such that the vehicle initiates motion and navigates in a specified direction towards the specified geographical area and upon arriving at the specified geographical area, a size and a magnitude of the collapsed structure is determined via sensors of the vehicle. A center location of the collapsed structure is determined and the vehicle hovers above the center location. Geographical coordinates of the location above the center location are transmitted to a search and rescue system and the center location is scanned via ground penetrating radar. Open spaces within the collapsed structure are determined and scanned to locate living entities within the open spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kelley L. Anders, Jeremy R. Fox, Grant D. Miller
  • Publication number: 20200005043
    Abstract: A system and computer-implemented method include a wireless network hub configured to forward received sensor readings to a sensor analysis system. One or more sensor units coupled to the wireless network hub and affixed to a structure are configured to wirelessly transmit data to the wireless network hub at a first time frequency, and, in response to a detected danger to the structure, wirelessly transmit sensor readings to the wireless network hub at a second time frequency greater than the first time frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Kelley L. Anders, Jeremy R. Fox, Grant D. Miller
  • Publication number: 20190311310
    Abstract: Embodiments for managing potential customers by one or more processors are described. An identification of a potential customer for a vendor is received. A risk level associated with the potential customer is determined based on customer data from at least one data source associated with the potential customer. A signal representative of the determined risk level associated with the potential customer is generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Grant D. MILLER, Kelley ANDERS, Jeremy R. FOX
  • Publication number: 20190311153
    Abstract: Embodiments for managing temporal access to data by a processor. Permission for communicating with a user for providing temporal consent data during a selected time window based on a plurality of factors may be established. The temporal consent data may be delivered during the selected time window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael C. HOLLINGER, Kelley ANDERS, Jeremy R. FOX, Grant D. MILLER
  • Patent number: 10402652
    Abstract: A system and computer-implemented method include a wireless network hub configured to forward received sensor readings to a sensor analysis system. One or more sensor units coupled to the wireless network hub and affixed to a structure are configured to wirelessly transmit data to the wireless network hub at a first time frequency, and, in response to a detected danger to the structure, wirelessly transmit sensor readings to the wireless network hub at a second time frequency greater than the first time frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kelley L. Anders, Jeremy R. Fox, Grant D. Miller
  • Publication number: 20190250095
    Abstract: Polarized light characteristics are detected and mapped to an application, such as product identification. A process of reflecting a directed light emission through a polarizing filter, and sensing the processed light emission having particular characteristics is provided. The characteristics of the sensed light emission is associated with a “color code” that is cross-referenced within a database of color codes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Gabriel P. Borges, Claude Falbriard, Grant D. Miller, Nader M. Nassar
  • Patent number: 10317335
    Abstract: Polarized light characteristics are detected and mapped to an application, such as product identification. A process of reflecting a directed light emission through a polarizing filter, and sensing the processed light emission having particular characteristics is provided. The characteristics of the sensed light emission is associated with a “color code” that is cross-referenced within a database of color codes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gabriel P. Borges, Claude Falbriard, Grant D. Miller, Nader M. Nassar
  • Publication number: 20190137279
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically detecting a location is provided. The method includes receiving by a vehicle, data describing a specified geographical area of a collapsed structure. A received control signal enables control of the vehicle such that the vehicle initiates motion and navigates in a specified direction towards the specified geographical area and upon arriving at the specified geographical area, a size and a magnitude of the collapsed structure is determined via sensors of the vehicle. A center location of the collapsed structure is determined and the vehicle hovers above the center location. Geographical coordinates of the location above the center location are transmitted to a search and rescue system and the center location is scanned via ground penetrating radar. Open spaces within the collapsed structure are determined and scanned to locate living entities within the open spaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Kelley L. Anders, Jeremy R. Fox, Grant D. Miller
  • Patent number: 10254755
    Abstract: Embodiments for managing drones by one or more processors are described. Information about each of a plurality of drones is received. Each of the plurality of drones is associated with a respective one of a plurality of users. A request to transport an item from an origination point to a destination is received. Based on the information about the plurality of drones, the origination point, and the destination, a first of the plurality of drones is selected to transport the item from the origination point to an intermediate region. Based on the information about the plurality of drones, the origination point, and the destination, a second of the plurality of drones is selected to transport the item from the intermediate region to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen Chow, Grant D. Miller, Nader M. Nassar, Richard J. Newhook, Erich D. Walls
  • Patent number: D850297
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Rachio, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley W. Alcorn, Grant D. Miller, Erol Searfoss, Thomas J. Dooley, J. Daniel Massam, Mark R. Clark
  • Patent number: D850298
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Rachio, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley W. Alcorn, Grant D. Miller, Erol Searfoss, Thomas J. Dooley, J. Daniel Massam, Mark R. Clark