Patents by Inventor Howard Jeffrey Locker

Howard Jeffrey Locker 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: 20200312268
    Abstract: In one aspect, a device includes at least one processor, a display accessible to the at least one processor, and storage accessible to the at least one processor. The storage includes instructions executable by the at least one processor to present content on the display and to identify at least one condition related to a user's eyes. The instructions are also executable to, based at least in part on the identification, change at least one setting that is being used to present the content on the display and/or present a prompt on the display that includes an instruction for the user to take an action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Inventors: John Weldon Nicholson, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Daryl C. Cromer
  • Publication number: 20170237848
    Abstract: In one aspect, a device includes an accelerometer, a processor and a memory accessible to the processor. The memory bears instructions executable by the processor to receive first data from a biometric sensor which communicates with the device, and receive second data from the accelerometer. The first data pertains to a biometric of a user and the second data pertains to acceleration of the device. The memory also bears instructions executable by the processor to determine one or more emotions of the user based at least partially on the first data and the second data, and determine whether to execute a function at the device at least partially based on the emotion and based on third data associated with a use context of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Mark Charles Davis, Richard Wayne Cheston, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Robert A. Bowser, Goran Hans Wibran
  • Patent number: 9537957
    Abstract: A first device captures session data for each application session that is executing on a first device, and provides the session data to a second device in order for the second device to reconstruct the application sessions. A first device identifies one or more application sessions currently executing on the first device. Each of the application sessions include a media object and session data, which includes a media object identifier that corresponds to the media object and a first device media session position. The first device captures the session data transmits the captured session data to one or more second devices. The second devices are adapted to reconstruct at least one of the application sessions using the received session data and positions the application sessions at a second device media session position that corresponds to the received first device media session position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jennifer Greenwood Zawacki, Justin Tyler Dubs, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Julie Anne Morris, Steven Richard Perrin, Axel Ramirez Flores, James Joseph Thrasher, Sean Michael Ulrich
  • Patent number: 9232201
    Abstract: The color of a projected image is dynamically corrected by sensing the color of the surface onto which the image is projected before the image is projected, and/or sensing the color of the surface between frames of the projected image, and/or by sensing the projected image as it is displayed on the surface and comparing what is sensed to the original image. Corrections to the color of the projected image are then made based on the sensed information from the surface onto which the image is projected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: John Weldon Nicholson, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Aaron Michael Stewart, Michaela Rose Case
  • Publication number: 20150372707
    Abstract: A system includes at least one computer; at least one dock which engages the computer, and at least first and second millimeter wave transceivers which transmit information between the computer and the dock. The first transceiver sends signals having a first polarization and the second transceiver sends signals having a second polarization different from the first polarization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Charles Davis, Howard Jeffrey Locker
  • Patent number: 9104311
    Abstract: Fingertip-sized discrete areas are provided on a slate computer and have different tactile characteristics than the remainder of the surface on which they are disposed. The discrete areas are arranged to mimic home keys of a keyboard and each discrete area corresponds to a respective home key. In this way, a user is given tactile feedback of when fingers are properly placed in the home position, with home key finger placement triggering the presentation of a full keyboard on screen. Other embodiments do not use tactilely distinct keys, with simultaneous placement of two or more fingers on the computer triggering display of the virtual keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Justin Tyler Dubs, Howard Jeffrey Locker, QianYing Wang, Jennifer Greenwood Zawacki
  • Publication number: 20150188324
    Abstract: In one aspect, a device includes a battery charger, a processor, and a memory accessible to the processor. The memory bears instructions executable by the processor to access a history of at least one previous battery charge by the battery charger of a battery powering the device, access calendar information of a user of the device, determine an approximate time available to charge the battery based on the history, the calendar information, and a current charge level of a battery to be charged by the battery charger, and regulate current from the battery charger to the battery to charge the battery to a predetermined capacity to within at least a threshold time of the approximate time available.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Applicant: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: John Weldon Nicholson, Axel Ramirez Flores, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Scott Edwards Kelso, John Miles Hunt, Kenneth Scott Seethaler, Larry Glenn Estes, Jeremy Robert Carlson
  • Publication number: 20150189247
    Abstract: The color of a projected image is dynamically corrected by sensing the color of the surface onto which the image is projected before the image is projected, and/or sensing the color of the surface between frames of the projected image, and/or by sensing the projected image as it is displayed on the surface and comparing what is sensed to the original image. Corrections to the color of the projected image are then made based on the sensed information from the surface onto which the image is projected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 2, 2015
    Applicant: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: JOHN WELDON NICHOLSON, HOWARD JEFFREY LOCKER, AARON MICHAEL STEWART, MICHAELA ROSE CASE
  • Publication number: 20150169832
    Abstract: In one aspect, a device includes an accelerometer, a processor and a memory accessible to the processor. The memory bears instructions executable by the processor to receive first data from a biometric sensor which communicates with the device, and receive second data from the accelerometer. The first data pertains to a biometric of a user and the second data pertains to acceleration of the device. The memory also bears instructions executable by the processor to determine one or more emotions of the user based at least partially on the first data and the second data, and determine whether to execute a function at the device at least partially based on the emotion and based on third data associated with a use context of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 18, 2015
    Applicant: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE, LTD.
    Inventors: Mark Charles Davis, Richard Wayne Cheston, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Robert A. Bowser, Goran Hans Wibran
  • Publication number: 20150147978
    Abstract: A system includes at least one computer, at least one dock which engages the computer, and at least first and second millimeter wave transceivers which transmit information between the computer and the dock. The first transceiver sends signals having a first polarization and the second transceiver sends signals having a second polarization different from the first polarization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark Charles Davis, Howard Jeffrey Locker
  • Patent number: 8862709
    Abstract: Systems and arrangements for remotely selecting a bootable image via a WOL packet for a wake-on-LAN (WOL) capable computer are contemplated. Server-side embodiments include hardware and/or software for determining a client to be managed, determining whether the client is active on the network, and transmitting a WOL packet having a vector, or operating system partition identification (OSPID), to describe a bootable image accessible by the WOL capable computer. Some embodiments may include an OSPID that points to a secure bootable image such as a bootable image on a hard drive, a compact disk (CD) connected to the computer, or other local resource. Client-side embodiments may receive the WOL packet at, for instance, a network interface card (NIC), recognize that the WOL packet includes an OSPID that describes the bootable image to boot, and implement an alternative boot sequence to boot from that bootable image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daryl Carvis Cromer, Richard Alan Dayan, Joseph Wayne Freeman, Steven Dale Goodman, Eric Richard Kern, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Randall Scott Springfield
  • Patent number: 8677117
    Abstract: Systems and arrangements for remotely selecting a bootable image via a WOL packet for a wake-on-LAN (WOL) capable computer are contemplated. Server-side embodiments include hardware and/or software for determining a client to be managed, determining whether the client is active on the network, and transmitting a WOL packet having a vector, or operating system partition identification (OSPID), to describe a bootable image accessible by the WOL capable computer. Some embodiments may include an OSPID that points to a secure bootable image such as a bootable image on a hard drive, a compact disk (CD) connected to the computer, or other local resource. Client-side embodiments may receive the WOL packet at, for instance, a network interface card (NIC), recognize that the WOL packet includes an OSPID that describes the bootable image to boot, and implement an alternative boot sequence to boot from that bootable image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daryl Carvis Cromer, Richard Alan Dayan, Joseph Wayne Freeman, Steven Dale Goodman, Eric Richard Kern, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Randall Scott Springfield
  • Patent number: 8566110
    Abstract: Hacking a rental computer to use it beyond purchased rental time is prevented by plugging a time card with internal counter into a DIMM socket of the motherboard and encrypting the register locations of the time card with the private key of the motherboard to bind the time card to the motherboard. Thus, if the time card is not detected at boot or if it is removed during operation the computer is disabled. The counter counts down the rented time period as it receives clocking signals, and at the elapse of the purchased period disables the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Howard Jeffrey Locker, Daryl Carvis Cromer, Randall Scott Springfield, Rod David Waltermann
  • Patent number: 8539572
    Abstract: A system, method, and program product is provided that establishes a shared secret between a computer system and a peripheral device such as a removable nonvolatile storage device or a printer. After establishing the shared secret, the peripheral device is locked. After the peripheral device is locked, an unlock request is received and the shared secret is sent to the peripheral device. The peripheral device then attempts to verify the shared secret. If the shared secret is successfully verified, then the peripheral device is unlocked allowing use of the device by using an encryption key that is made available by the verified shared secret. On the other hand, if the shared secret is not verified, then the peripheral device remains locked and use of the device is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: David Carroll Challener, Daryl Cromer, Philip John Jakes, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Randall Scott Springfield
  • Patent number: 8514709
    Abstract: A wireless network access point is described which provides the resources of a backbone network to wireless clients. The access point is able to detect a degraded condition on the backbone network. Upon detecting the degraded condition, the access point selectively dissociates clients on the wireless network. In order to select which clients are dissociated first, a predetermined client dissociation policy is established. The policy can include account priority, bandwidth utilization, elapsed time since last transfer, and, amongst other criteria, whether the client is currently transferring in peer-to-peer mode on the wireless network. Upon detecting the degraded condition, either immediately or after a predetermined delay to ensure that the degraded condition is not temporary, clients on the wireless network are dissociated according to the preestablished policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daryl Carvis Cromer, Philip John Jakes, Howard Jeffrey Locker
  • Patent number: 8499345
    Abstract: An approach is provided that receives a user identifier from a user of the information handling system. The user identifier can include a username as well as a user authentication code, such as a password. Hardware settings that correspond to the user identifier are retrieved from a nonvolatile memory. Hardware devices, such as ports (e.g., USB controller), network interfaces, storage devices, and boot sequences, are configured using the retrieved hardware settings. After the hardware devices have been configured to correspond to the identified user, an operating system is booted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: David Carroll Challener, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Joseph Michael Pennisi, Randall Scott Springfield
  • Patent number: 8381304
    Abstract: A hard disk drive unit includes a microprocessor programmed to erase data stored within the drive unit if it is determined that a process potentially leading to a misuse of the data stored within the drive unit, and if secure disposal configuration data stored in nonvolatile storage within the drive indicates that the data is to be erased. Such a process includes initializing the drive unit for operation without providing a password matching a password stored in the drive unit, initializing the drive unit in a system not having CMOS configuration data matching the drive unit, and determining that a failure rate within the drive unit exceeds a threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Daryl Cromer, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Randall S. Springfield, Rod D. Waltermann
  • Patent number: 8312534
    Abstract: A system, method, and program product is provided that initializes a counter maintained in a nonvolatile memory of a security module to an initialization value. The security module receives requests for a secret from requesters. The security module releases the secret to the requesters and the released secrets are stored in memory areas allocated to the requesters. A counter is incremented when the secret is released. Requestors send notifications to the security module indicating that the requestor has removed the secret from the requestor's memory area. The security module decrements the counter each time a notification is received. When the computer system is rebooted, if the counter is not at the initialization value, the system memory is scrubbed erasing any secrets that remain in memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: David Carroll Challener, Daryl Carvis Cromer, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Randall Scott Springfield
  • Patent number: 8274786
    Abstract: An I/O housing holds an I/O port and is pivotable between a housed position, wherein the I/O housing is held snugly flat in a chassis of the computer, and an extended position, wherein the port end of the housing is distanced from the chassis. The I/O housing can mechanically engage an I/O device with the port establishing communication between the I/O device and the computer processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Richard Sapper, Peter Geoffrey Gaucher, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Michael Terrell Vanover, Shigeki Mori, Tomoyuki Takahashi, Hidenori Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 8259613
    Abstract: A method of selecting a network connection for use with a data processing system includes detecting environmental information indicative of a current environment in which the system is operating, determining whether the current environment is a known environment, and, rapidly selecting a current network connection by identifying a known environment network connection. Detecting environmental information may include detecting time information and detecting whether specified hardware (e.g., docking station, external monitor, printer, external network adapter) is present. The determining may include accessing a network connection data structure containing historical network connection information. The network connection data structure may include a plurality of records, each record identifying an environmental state and a network connection used in conjunction with the respective environmental state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Daryl Carvis Cromer, Philip John Jakes, Howard Jeffrey Locker, Raymond Gary Octaviano, II