Patents by Inventor Ian R. Summers

Ian R. Summers 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: 5321491
    Abstract: In the grading of shell eggs passing in a stream through a candling bed, images of the eggs are compared with image data characteristic of eggs of known grade so as to assign a grade to each egg in the stream. Positional information representative of the movement of the eggs is combined with the assigned grade to control a mechanical egg routing device. Images of multiple egg streams may be multiplexed and processed together. The images may be Fourier transformed before comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Assignee: Ovascan Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Ian R. Summers, Donald S. Bloser, Blake R. Painter
  • Patent number: 4319081
    Abstract: Sound level monitoring apparatus for a deaf person comprises a microphone, a discriminator connected to the microphone to provide an output signal in response to the attainment of a predetermined sound level threshold in the ambient sound detected by the microphone, and a sensory transducer responsive to the discriminator to provide a representation of the output signal. In use the threshold suitably represents the normal speech level of the user, and may be adjustable, and the transducer accordingly indicates whether the user should raise or lower his speech level in a given environment. The apparatus can operate in association with several thresholds with the lowest denoting normal speech and with one or more transducers providing respectively, mutually distinctive representations. The transducer or transducers can be of visual form, with use of differently colored light outputs or of vibratory tactile form, with different operating frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1982
    Assignee: National Research Development Corporation
    Inventors: Michael C. Martin, Ian R. Summers