Patents by Inventor Gregory G. Jones

Gregory G. Jones 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: 20190248490
    Abstract: In some embodiments, systems, apparatuses and methods are provided to enhance delivery of packages and/or cargo through the use of unmanned delivery vehicle. In some embodiments, a mechanical package release system is provided that comprises: a package release hanger configured to couple with and suspend from an unmanned delivery vehicle; and one or more tension supports each configured to secure with a package and to releasably couple with the package release hanger wherein a decrease of at least a threshold amount of a force being applied by the weight of the package on the one or more tension supports induces a mechanical release of the coupling between the one or more tension supports and the package release hanger resulting in a release of the package from the unmanned delivery vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Nathan G. Jones, Gregory A. Hicks, Donald R. High
  • Publication number: 20190248489
    Abstract: In some embodiments, systems, apparatuses and methods are provided to enhance delivery of packages. Some embodiments provide an unmanned delivery system comprising: a rotational drive shaft; a crane motor cooperated with the drive shaft that is rotated by the crane motor; a first crane system with a first cord fixed with the first crane system, wherein the first crane system is configured to cooperate with the drive shaft to control the first crane system in controlling the spooling and retraction of the first cord; a control circuit coupled with the crane motor; and a stop switch electrically coupled with the control circuit and positioned to be contacted by a package release hanger secured with the first cord when the first cord is retracted to a first threshold; wherein the control circuit is configured to stop the crane motor in response to receiving a signal from the stop switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Nathan G. Jones, Gregory A. Hicks, Donald R. High
  • Patent number: 10301021
    Abstract: In some embodiments, systems, apparatuses and methods are provided to enhance delivery of packages and/or cargo through the use of unmanned delivery aircraft. In some embodiments, a mechanical package release system is provided that comprises: a package release hanger configured to couple with and suspend from an unmanned delivery aircraft; and one or more tension supports each configured to secure with a package and to releasably couple with the package release hanger wherein a decrease of at least a threshold amount of a force being applied by the weight of the package on the one or more tension supports induces a mechanical release of the coupling between the one or more tension supports and the package release hanger resulting in a release of the package from the unmanned delivery aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan G. Jones, Gregory A. Hicks, Donald R. High
  • Patent number: 10301020
    Abstract: In some embodiments, systems, apparatuses and methods are provided to enhance delivery of packages. Some embodiments provide an unmanned delivery system comprising: a rotational drive shaft; a crane motor cooperated with the drive shaft that is rotated by the crane motor; a first crane system with a first cord fixed with the first crane system, wherein the first crane system is configured to cooperate with the drive shaft to control the first crane system in controlling the spooling and retraction of the first cord; a control circuit coupled with the crane motor; and a stop switch electrically coupled with the control circuit and positioned to be contacted by a package release hanger secured with the first cord when the first cord is retracted to a first threshold; wherein the control circuit is configured to stop the crane motor in response to receiving a signal from the stop switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan G. Jones, Gregory A. Hicks, Donald R. High
  • Publication number: 20170253500
    Abstract: A water conditioning apparatus for separating organic compounds and dissolved solids from water. A membrane separates organic compounds from a liquid feed comprising water, organic compounds, and dissolved solids. A fluid passageway receives from the membrane, liquid from which the membrane has separated organic compounds, and allows the liquid to flow through the passageway. Magnets are disposed and oriented such that liquid flowing through the passageway passes through a magnetic field effect produced by the magnets. A precipitator receives fluid that has flowed through the magnetic field effect and collects particles that the magnetic field effect has caused to precipitate from the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Inventor: Gregory G. Jones
  • Patent number: 8737064
    Abstract: An electronic device stand comprises mechanically coupled first and second members. The stand is couplable to an edge of an electronic device. The first and second members rotate relative to each other, thus changing a viewing angle for the electronic device. The stand transmits data and power to and/or from the electronic device. This can allow the stand to be used to synchronize data between the electronic device and a support device. In some cases, the stand is detected as being coupled to the electronic device, and one or more applications are executed on the device as a result of the detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Sung Ho Son, Gregory G. Jones
  • Patent number: 8718314
    Abstract: An earphone comprises an inner shell, a stem and a pivot connection. The inner shell has a generally circular periphery shaped to at least partially fit in a user's concha. The stem is mounted to the inner shell at a position spaced from a rotational center of the inner shell and supports a wire leading to the inner shell. The inner shell and the stem are rotatable relative to each other by the pivot connection to configure the earphone to fit the user's ear with the shell member positioned at least partially in the user's concha and the stem positioned exteriorly along an intertragic notch of the ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Sung Ho Son, Gregory G. Jones
  • Patent number: 8634873
    Abstract: A mobile communication device comprises a first device with a first display and multiple second devices. The second devices are releasably attachable to the first device and are interchangeable with each other. The mobile device can operate as a mobile cell phone with one or more second devices operable as a mobile phone hand set. The second devices can comprise one or more game controllers, batteries, physical keyboards and/or mobile phone handsets with a display. In a detached configuration, the first device is separated from the second devices and can wirelessly communicate with one or more of the detached second devices. In a three device configuration, the first device can send commands, control signals or content to one or more external devices in addition to the second devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory G. Jones, Lisa M. Hanson, Thomas Kleist
  • Patent number: D693711
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Joel B. Jacobs, Scott Dallmeyer, Brett D. Christie, Carl J. Ledbetter, Audrey C. Louchart, Saro Nalbandian, Gregory G. Jones
  • Patent number: D703194
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Joel B. Jacobs, Scott Dallmeyer, Brett D. Christie, Carl L. Ledbetter, Audrey C. Louchart, Saro Nalbandian, Gregory G. Jones
  • Patent number: D707144
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Joel B. Jacobs, Scott Dallmeyer, Brett D. Christie, Carl J. Ledbetter, Audrey C. Louchart, Saro Nalbandian, Gregory G. Jones
  • Patent number: D708971
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Joel B. Jacobs, Scott Dallmeyer, Brett D. Christie, Carl J. Ledbetter, Audrey C. Louchart, Saro Nalbandian, Gregory G. Jones
  • Patent number: D715741
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Dallmeyer, Gregory G. Jones, Sung Ho Son, Saro Nalbandian, Richard Dean Harley, Jr.
  • Patent number: D805067
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan A. Sparks, Nicolas Denhez, YeongKyu Yoo, Andrew Kim, Young Duk Song, Gregory G. Jones, Carl J. Ledbetter
  • Patent number: D805086
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan A. Sparks, Nicolas Denhez, YeongKyu Yoo, Andrew Kim, Young Duk Song, Gregory G. Jones, Carl J. Ledbetter
  • Patent number: D805130
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan A. Sparks, Nicolas Denhez, YeongKyu Yoo, Andrew Kim, Young Duk Song, Gregory G. Jones, Carl J. Ledbetter
  • Patent number: D805131
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan A. Sparks, Nicolas Denhez, YeongKyu Yoo, Andrew Kim, Young Duk Song, Gregory G. Jones, Carl J. Ledbetter
  • Patent number: D805132
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan A. Sparks, Nicolas Denhez, YeongKyu Yoo, Andrew Kim, Young Duk Song, Gregory G. Jones, Carl J. Ledbetter
  • Patent number: D805133
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan A. Sparks, Nicolas Denhez, YeongKyu Yoo, Andrew Kim, Young Duk Song, Gregory G. Jones, Carl J. Ledbetter
  • Patent number: D820358
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan A. Sparks, Nicolas Denhez, YeongKyu Yoo, Andrew Kim, Young Duk Song, Gregory G. Jones, Carl J. Ledbetter