Patents by Inventor Hugo SWART

Hugo SWART 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: 20210303880
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for determining a characteristic of a device's object detection sensor oriented in a first direction. An example device may include one or more processors. The device may further include a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory including one or more instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the device to determine a direction of travel for the device, compare the direction of travel to the first direction to determine a magnitude of difference, and determine a characteristic of the object detection sensor based on the magnitude of difference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Publication date: September 30, 2021
    Inventors: Charles Wheeler SWEET, III, Hugo SWART
  • Patent number: 11074463
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for determining a characteristic of a device's object detection sensor oriented in a first direction. An example device may include one or more processors. The device may further include a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory including one or more instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the device to determine a direction of travel for the device, compare the direction of travel to the first direction to determine a magnitude of difference, and determine a characteristic of the object detection sensor based on the magnitude of difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles Wheeler Sweet, III, Hugo Swart
  • Patent number: 10126722
    Abstract: Various embodiments involve dynamically controlling parameters for processing sensor data, including rates at which vehicle sensors are sampled and analyzed, based on the vehicle's speed and direction. Data or sampling rates of sensors useful for collision avoidance and/or path planning may be adjusted to emphasize data from sensors having a field of view encompassing the travel direction, while limiting processing of data from sensors less likely to provide useful data for such purposes. In some embodiments, the rate at which data from a particular sensor is sampled and/or processed may depend on a vehicle's direction and speed of travel as well as the sensor's field of view. Processing demands may be reduced by focusing processing on data from sensors viewing the direction of travel while reducing processing of data from sensors viewing other directions. In some embodiments, sensor data sampling or processing rates may vary based on collision risk probabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles Wheeler Sweet, III, Hugo Swart
  • Publication number: 20180322348
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for determining a characteristic of a device's object detection sensor oriented in a first direction. An example device may include one or more processors. The device may further include a memory coupled to the one or more processors, the memory including one or more instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the device to determine a direction of travel for the device, compare the direction of travel to the first direction to determine a magnitude of difference, and determine a characteristic of the object detection sensor based on the magnitude of difference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Charles Wheeler Sweet, III, Hugo Swart
  • Publication number: 20180032042
    Abstract: Various embodiments include dynamically controlling one or more parameters for obtaining and/or processing sensor data received from a sensor on a vehicle based on the speed of the vehicle. In some embodiments, parameters for obtaining and/or processing sensor data may be individually tuned (e.g., decreased, increased, or maintained) by leveraging differences in the level of quality, accuracy, confidence and/or other criteria in sensor data associated with particular missions/tasks performed using the sensor data. For example, the sensor data resolution required for collision avoidance may be less than the sensor data resolution required for inspection tasks, while the update rate required for inspection tasks may be less than the update rate required for collision avoidance. Parameters for obtaining and/or processing sensor data may be individually tuned based on the speed of the vehicle and/or the task or mission to improve consumption of power and/or other resources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew Hyatt Turpin, Stephen Marc Chaves, Daniel Warren Mellinger, III, John Anthony Dougherty, Michael Joshua Shomin, Charles Wheeler Sweet, III, Hugo Swart
  • Publication number: 20180032040
    Abstract: Various embodiments involve dynamically controlling parameters for processing sensor data, including rates at which vehicle sensors are sampled and analyzed, based on the vehicle's speed and direction. Data or sampling rates of sensors useful for collision avoidance and/or path planning may be adjusted to emphasize data from sensors having a field of view encompassing the travel direction, while limiting processing of data from sensors less likely to provide useful data for such purposes. In some embodiments, the rate at which data from a particular sensor is sampled and/or processed may depend on a vehicle's direction and speed of travel as well as the sensor's field of view. Processing demands may be reduced by focusing processing on data from sensors viewing the direction of travel while reducing processing of data from sensors viewing other directions. In some embodiments, sensor data sampling or processing rates may vary based on collision risk probabilities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Charles Wheeler Sweet, III, Hugo Swart
  • Patent number: 9129135
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices, and computer program products are described for controlling access to electronic applications by a user. A request may be received (e.g., from a user) to access an electronic application. The availability of points, credits, or time for the particular user may be determined, and access to the electronic application granted or denied based on the determination. User identity may be verified through biometric data, with such verification repeated at periodic or random intervals. Access may be restricted based on a permission level of a particular authority that has responsibility for all or a portion of the user's activities during a particular time period. Access may also be restricted based on the location of the user at the time of the access request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventors: Guilherme Luiz Karnas Hoefel, Hugo Swart, Khaled Helmi El-Maleh, Luis Mirabal
  • Patent number: 8718633
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices for controlling mobile device functions via a combination of parental control settings set by a parent-user and parental control settings set by a third party-user. A parental control server receives parental control settings and context criteria from a parent-user, and parental control settings from a third party user. The parental control server receives authorization from the parent-user to allow third party parental controls to control a child's device. When the context criteria identified by the parent is present (e.g., child device is in an identified location, time of day, day of week, etc.), a combination of parental controls designated by the parent-user and the third party control the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen A. Sprigg, Hugo Swart, R. Michael James
  • Patent number: 8699998
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices for controlling access to messaging (SMS, MMS, email, etc.) on mobile devices (e.g., cell phones) during times or in locations in which such activity is prohibited or inhibited by the parental control settings. Parental control settings limit messaging features available to mobile devices to certain times and/or locations. Messages received at restricted times/locations are stored in temporary memory without notifying the mobile device user (i.e., messages are not placed in the inbox), unless the message is received from a pre-approved source (e.g., parent, teachers, etc.). Once the context for restricting access to messaging (e.g., time, location, etc.) no longer applies, the stored messages may be transferred from the temporary memory to the inbox and the user may be alerted regarding the new message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen A. Sprigg, Hugo Swart
  • Patent number: 8571538
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices to dynamically generate community based parental controls for cell devices based on most common parental control settings selected by members of the community. Communities may establish sponsored profiles on a parental control server that contains a community-based set of parental control settings. Parents may select a community based setting and modify each of the settings in accordance with the parents' personal preferences. The parental control server continually monitors the modifications to those settings and generates new community-based settings reflecting the most common modifications that may be selected by other parents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen A. Sprigg, Hugo Swart
  • Publication number: 20130047260
    Abstract: Methods, systems, devices, and computer program products are described for controlling access to electronic content. Content ratings for electronic content are received from each of a number of reviewers, and the input value for each of the reviewers is weighted. Content analysis for the electronic content is also received on each of a number of factors, and each factor is weighted. These weightings may be based on community standards, be specific to a geographic region, or be personalized. The weighted content ratings and the weighted content analysis may be combined to generate an access metric. Access to the electronic content may be controlled based on the access metric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Guilherme Luiz Karnas Hoefel, Hugo Swart, Khaled Helmi El-Maleh, Luis Mirabal
  • Publication number: 20130047229
    Abstract: Systems, methods, devices, and computer program products are described for controlling access to electronic applications by a user. A request may be received (e.g., from a user) to access an electronic application. The availability of points, credits, or time for the particular user may be determined, and access to the electronic application granted or denied based on the determination. User identity may be verified through biometric data, with such verification repeated at periodic or random intervals. Access may be restricted based on a permission level of a particular authority that has responsibility for all or a portion of the user's activities during a particular time period. Access may also be restricted based on the location of the user at the time of the access request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Guilherme Luiz Karnas Hoefel, Hugo Swart, Khaled Helmi El-Maleh, Luis Mirabal
  • Publication number: 20130040604
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices for controlling access to messaging (SMS, MMS, email, etc.) on mobile devices (e.g., cell phones) during times or in locations in which such activity is prohibited or inhibited by the parental control settings. Parental control settings limit messaging features available to mobile devices to certain times and/or locations. Messages received at restricted times/locations are stored in temporary memory without notifying the mobile device user (i.e., messages are not placed in the inbox), unless the message is received from a pre-approved source (e.g., parent, teachers, etc.). Once the context for restricting access to messaging (e.g., time, location, etc.) no longer applies, the stored messages may be transferred from the temporary memory to the inbox and the user may be alerted regarding the new message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Stephen A. SPRIGG, Hugo SWART
  • Publication number: 20130040629
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices to dynamically generate community based parental controls for cell devices based on most common parental control settings selected by members of the community. Communities may establish sponsored profiles on a parental control server that contains a community-based set of parental control settings. Parents may select a community based setting and modify each of the settings in accordance with the parents' personal preferences. The parental control server continually monitors the modifications to those settings and generates new community-based settings reflecting the most common modifications that may be selected by other parents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Stephen A. SPRIGG, Hugo SWART
  • Publication number: 20130017806
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices for controlling mobile device functions via a combination of parental control settings set by a parent-user and parental control settings set by a third party-user. A parental control server receives parental control settings and context criteria from a parent-user, and parental control settings from a third party user. The parental control server receives authorization from the parent-user to allow third party parental controls to control a child's device. When the context criteria identified by the parent is present (e.g., child device is in identified location, time of day, day of week, etc.), a combination of parental controls designated by the parent-user and the third party control the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Stephen A. SPRIGG, Hugo SWART, R. Michael JAMES