Harold J. Weber 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).
Abstract: A microwave oven which accepts user-placement of a cook item on a turntable accessed through a usually front-facing door. The turntable is rotated during a preset cook-time. The turntable returns to the original user-placement situation near the door and concurrently stops at the end of the cook-time. This results in a simultaneous end of turntable rotation and an end of cooking, enabling the cook-item to be conveniently reparked adjacent with the access door thereby enabling safe and convenient removal immediately upon completion of the cook-time. The cook-time and the turntable operational and reparking parameters are factored to enable a maximum extent of turntable rotation during the cook time and still assure the return to the original starting location concurrent with cook-time completion.
Abstract: A keyboarded a mix of private and public text composing a source-text document is submitted through an encryption adapter intersituated in a data signal link between the keyboard and a computer system. A user selects and obfuscates the private text character portions with surrogate cloak characters in concurrent alternation with direct entry of the public text characters. A resultant protected document's data signal is safeguarded for editing and data storage without revelation of the private text content. The protected document is sufficiently secure for submission into a cloud computing environment and is immune to key-entry tracking malware. Clandestine hacking of residual data remaining in the computer firmware is negated in interpretative value by enabling the user's selective obfuscation of the source-text document's private text character content with surrogate cloak characters prior to entry into the computer system's keyboard input port.
Abstract: A hand-held universal remote control enabling a user to jump directly to a desired channel and adjust sound level of a conventional remotely-controllable television receiver. A minimum number of key-buttons reduces operator confusion, particularly for elderly and physically challenged persons. A desired channel number is incrementally entered by actuation of a single key-button that advances a viewable display to any channel between 01 and 99. Once the desired channel number appears on the display a SEND button is pressed and the desired channel number change is commanded to the television receiver. A provision enabling entry of 3-digit channels between 001 and 999 is discussed. Inclusion of at least one additional key-button controls sound volume level and mute. The SEND key may also command power on/off. A complement of as few as three keybuttons may implement all of the essential features.
Abstract: A microwave cooking oven return of a food item to an original placement parking of the oven's rotating table concurrent with the end of a selected cook-time. The cooked foodstuff ends-up parked at the same frontward facing turntable orientation that existed at the onset of the oven's overall operating cycle by synchronizing overall turntable circumrotation time with a preferred cook time. This absolute concurrency of return-parking and selected cook-time completion safely provides for unencumbered open-door access enabling immediate removal of the foodstuff from the turntable at the very moment of cooking completion.
Abstract: An appurtenant remote control adapter device suited for application with portable remote controllers commonly used with entertainment equipment including television receptors. The proxy adaptor is configured to intercept a sequence of wireless command signals emitted by the remote control. The intercepted command signals are adapted for temporal storage in a memory. A singular “SEND” command button may be subsequently actuated by a user to urge discharge of the temporarily stored wireless command signal from the memory for forthright translation to a remotely controlled apparatus as a usually singular packetized data burst of wireless signal. The adapter allows a user to leisurely enter individual keystrokes composing the command signal sequence and only then necessarily aim the adapter towards the remotely controlled apparatus with a concurrent singular actuation of the SEND key-button to translate the wireless signal to command the remotely controlled apparatus.
Abstract: Oceanic tidal energy sources hydroelectric generating system coupled to a primary tidal reservoir through a bi-directional tideway exciting a primary turbine as a diurnal cycle tide waxes and wanes. A secondary tidal reservoir includes a tideway and secondary turbine with flow modulated by a gradated control of a sluice gate to proportionately blend reserve tidewater capacity of the secondary tidal reservoir as a delayed resource of virtual tidal influx and reflux. An aggregate summation of tidal energy acting upon the turbine driven generators delivers a constant flow of electric power throughout the diurnal tidal cycle. A tertiary tidal reservoir operating in alternation with the secondary tidal reservoir optimizes the secondary turbine drive during slack-tide. Shunting excess tidal energy around the turbines during periods of reduced power-demand supplements tidal resources in subsequent phases of the diurnal tidal day when solar-day related power-demand may increase.
Abstract: A conjoined portable display monitor and portable keyboard similar to the arrangement of a laptop style portable computer are used to provide user interface for a desktop personal computer or workstation. The portable display monitor is configured to receive video data signals from the desktop computer, while the portable keyboard and associated mouse are configured to deliver their signals to corresponding inputs of the desktop computer. The arrangement retains the space-saving advantages of a portable computer's embodiment with the enhanced performance and available options of a full-sized desktop computer. An example mode of this teaching shows a portable computer adapted to receive video signals from and deliver keyboard signals to conventional data-signal ports inherent with the desktop computer system. The user may return the portable computer's signal ports to a conventional mode and continue usage as a conventional self-contained portable computer.
Abstract: Oceanic tidal energy sources hydroelectric generating system coupled to a primary tidal basin through a bi-directional tideway exciting a turbine as a diurnal cycle tide waxes and wanes. A secondary tidal basin includes a tideway and turbine with flow modulated by a regulator gate to proportionately blend reserve tidewater capacity of the secondary tidal basin as a delayed resource compensating a slacking of the primary tidal flow with a graduated secondary tidal basin influx or outflow providing an aggregate summation of tidal energy acting upon the turbines to continuously drive generators and deliver a constant flow of electric power throughout the diurnal tidal cycle. Shunting excess tidal energy around the turbines during periods of reduced electric power demand furthers a full capacity of tidal resources in subsequent phases of the diurnal tidal day when solar day related power demand may increase.
Abstract: A portable and usually handheld remote controller for accepting manual entry of acronymical as well as decimal input data urged through a keypad and converting the submitted input data into channel number selection data which is sent via wireless command to a channel selection receiver, such as a television set. The remote controller is particularly suited for accepting a program content provider's acronym, such as NBC and converting it, usually through an intermediate decimal entry step represented by keypad equivalent decimal values such as 622 and finally into a variously presetable channel selection decimal value such as 07 which is subsequently sent via the wireless command for effectuating a television channel selection uniquely designated by any particular service provider's virtual or real channel number assignments.
Abstract: An emergency hailing device for use by elderly, physically challenged, addicted and medically at-risk users, particularly when living alone. The device periodically interrogates the at-risk user and in absence of a prompt response to the automatic interrogation signal cue, the at-risk user is presumed to need help and an emergency service or prearranged care-provider is automatically beckoned. The device may be worn or set near the at-risk user, available for immediate manual acknowledgment after the interrogation cue signal occurs. Failure to return a prompt response within a presettable time or response absence indicates that a problematic situation may exist and an emergency signal is activated assuring the at-risk user that help will be promptly hailed even if physical or mental incapacitation occurs. Emergency signal may include a bell or siren, a flashing-light to attract neighbors, or a predetermined telephone may be auto-dialed to hail a prearranged care-provider.
Abstract: A user operated remote controller for quieting of sound volume from a television set or other entertainment equipment. User remotely commands an abrupt lowering of the volume to a HUSH level intermediate between a normal and a muted volume level. A remote control command receiver responds to a uniquely encoded wireless “lower the volume” command signal and the volume is immediately lowered to a HUSH level preset just loud enough to telltale a viewer when a program content change occurs, or to allow a parallel activity such as answering a telephone, without completely losing the gist of the audio program content or denying other persons from quietly listening to the program. Temporarily lowers overbearing volume of a television program during station breaks and commercials, while enabling the user to audibly notice when the principal program resumes. Changing a channel selection on a televisor may automatically initiate the lower-volume HUSH mode.
Abstract: A remote controller for use with cable or satellite provided TV program signals in which an original “over the air” TV station's real channel assignment (such as channel 38) may be instead translated to a virtual channel (such as channel 14) by the cable or satellite service provider. The viewer may enter the TV station's real channel value and the remote controller automatically converts it to the virtual channel value prior to sending it as command to the controlled device, such as a TV-set, cable box or satellite receiver. Similarly, “over the air” TV station channel numbers which have not been intermediately translated (such as 4, 5, 12, etc.) may be entered by the viewer and directly sent to the controlled device. Additionally, single digit entries may be automatically prefixed with a leading ∅ to reduce likelihood for an entry error by the user.
Abstract: A portable remote controller for use with several remotely controlled entertainment devices which enables their concurrent usage in shared proximity without random interference between remotely submitted and individually directed encoded device commands. Discusses a provision for user accessible preselection between more than one alternative encoding and decoding data format when a command sent to one device appears to cause undesirable random interference with another device's functions. A user's preemptive selection of an alternate remote control encoding format assures the proximal, concurrent use of two substantially identical devices, such as two VCR-machines, without command interference. When a user finds objectionable command interference caused by mutual remote controller coupling, the user may select and preset a distinctly different code format for at least one of the remotely controlled devices.
Abstract: Portable remote controller for accessory television devices for program channel selection and other operating functions. A single uniquely identified keybutton enables the viewer to remotely reset a televisor's video input to an “unused” channel such as channel 3. After a reset, the remote controller's functions revert to whatever device was previously selected. A variation provides that intentional pressing of a a “device selection” button, such as a CBL “cable box select” button, for a few seconds implements the input reset mode to automatically urge a specific video input selection. Another variation senses an extent of a TV or other device's “select” keybutton action. A partial depression of the TV keybutton may merely initiate the usual device selection function. By further depressing the TV keybutton a preceptive wireless signal is automatically sent to remotely affirm the appropriate video input selection.
Abstract: A portable remote controller for use with an accessory television device, such as a cable converter, satellite receiver, VCR, DVD player, delayed playback machine or video camera, particularly when used in conjunction with a televisor. The remote controller includes a provision for enabling a manual entry of a channel selection preference or other user determined command. User entry is usually accomplished through a finger actuated keypad submission, resulting in a command encoded wireless command signal being developed by the remote controller and sent to the controlled accessory device. As a result, the accessory device such as a cable box responds to the user's channel selection entry or other command and delivers an intermediate signal on a predetermined channel, commonly channel 3 or channel 4, that couples with the televisor.
Abstract: A computer providing multiple display capability where one display presents the current document and another display may show a true display of a previously opened document. The computer is a singular processed video data signal source which presents a primary monitor with current video data. A user selected video screen sample of the current processed video data signal is diverted to this invention where it is stored in a memory. Subsequently the stored video screen sample of the processed video data signal is read-out of the memory and reconstituted as an absolute copy of the original processed video data signal and concurrently presented on a secondary monitor. User selection may be attained by a keyboard key-sequence entry, a mouse button click or using an external button-switch. Operation is absolutely independent from operating system constraints, being of equivalent usefulness while running any Operating System versions of Windows®, Unix, MS-DOS, Linux, CP/M86 or Apple-OS.
Abstract: A handheld remote controller for a televisor that automatically prefixes a single-digit program channel selection, typically between 2 and 9, with a leading zero in response to a prolonged single digit keybutton actuation exceeding about 3 seconds or by an intended ersatz key entry, such as a star “*” key, either preceding or following the channel digit key entry. A HUSH control provides audio volume reduction intermediate between mute and normal volume levels, obtainable by pressing a HUSH keybutton, or automatically hushed concurrent with a program channel change. Maintaining a televisor's necessitous channel 3 or 4 selection when used in conjunction with a cable box, VCR or other intermediate device is assured by concurrently sending a reiterative channel 3 (or channel 4) tuning command to the televisor whenever a program channel change command or other function signal is dispatched to the cable box, VCR or other television signal tuning apparatus.
Abstract: A telephone line incoming call filtering device. A ring-through of an incoming call to a subscriber's controlled telephone is reserved to a second call attempt quickly following a succession of a first call and a hang-up. As a result, nuisance calls such as trash calls from telemarketeers and other unwanted calls may be simply diverted to an answering machine. This nuisance call filtering is transparently obtained without even bothering the subscriber when the first call attempt rings more often than one or two times. On the other hand, repeating a rapid-fire succession of incoming calls where the first call attempt is allowed to ring only once or twice followed by a second call attempt are allowed to ring-through directly to the subscriber's telephone set. Filtering of unwanted calls is achieved by permitting the ring-through to occur only when the first call attempt is allowed to ring only a few times and distinctly a less number of times than ordinarily attempted by casual or nuisance callers.
Abstract: A handheld remote controller device that may be manually programmed while the keypad is conveniently supported in an easy to actuate and readily viewable position in front of a user. Individual keybutton entries are temporarily stored until the entry sequence is complete. Each keybutton entry may be visually displayed for review by the user. When the entry sequence is completed the remote controller device is then aimed at a remotely controlled television set, video tape or video disk player, cable or satellite signal converter. The user initiates a SEND command and the stored entries are retrieved and transmitted from the remote controller device to the receptor of the remotely controlled device as a packet of data which acts to change channel selection or accomplish other tasks in the remotely controlled device. A keybutton entry filter reduces a likelihood for accidental multiple entries which may be caused by tremors and other physical or mental maladies.
Abstract: A computer system including several nonconcurrently active hard disk drives ordinarily loaded with unique software bundles. Each active hard drive introduces an especial operating system setup and applications installation which is unconditionally denied access by activities obtained under another hard disk drive's software instructions. An absolute isolation between two or more user's application programs and data files is achieved while sharing a common set of computer system hardware and peripherals. Each category of nonconcurrent user operates independently without a threat of corruption from activities of another prior or subsequent user utilizing the same computer system for another disparate activity.