Patents by Inventor James A. Webster

James A. Webster 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: 20200297328
    Abstract: Embodiments of a vaginal temperature sensing apparatus, a visually sense-able battery power-on indicator (16), manufacturing with cure temperatures that protect a battery, substantially error-free, user-initiated device activation componentry (30) to start battery power, and a timer to automatically terminate flow of battery power. Data can by an automatic data transform recalculator (138) with body temperature dips in transformed and recalculated diurnal high body temperatures predict an ovulation event and provide an indication through a zenith based ovulation indicator (106). Systems can include neural network based artificial intelligence to automatically self-improve by using historical or even other, multi user data and user input and improve its indication result.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Wade Webster, Richard Pollack, Eric Harden, Calder Daenzer, James Frank Kasic, II
  • Patent number: 10737398
    Abstract: Continuum robots and similar devices and methods and systems for controlling such devices are provided. The devices can include rods comprising strips, that are pre-curved, or both. Also provided is a system and method for modeling and controlling the configuration and operation of such devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Vanderbilt University
    Inventors: Andria A. Remirez, Daniel Caleb Rucker, Robert James Webster, III
  • Patent number: 10739809
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes a body having a passenger compartment and at least one pedal box for controlling vehicle acceleration or braking. The pedal box is movably coupled to an interior structural point disposed within the passenger compartment and movable between first and second positions with respect to the structural point. At least one pedal, actuatable by an occupant, is coupled to the pedal box. The vehicle additionally includes an actuator operably coupled to the pedal box and configured to selectively move the pedal box between the first position and the second position. The vehicle further includes at least one controller. The controller is configured to, in response to satisfaction of a first operating condition, control the actuator to move the pedal box to the first position, and, in response to satisfaction of a second operating condition, control the actuator to move the pedal box to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: James Wojciechowski, Tomasz R. Warzecha, James A. Webster, Daniel D. Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 10735889
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for using wireless networks to support a variety of school related operations including attendance record keeping, student class work assignment receipt and student test answer result receipt are described. Short range wireless signals transmitted in an area corresponding to a class session are used to facilitate verification of a student's presence in the class. Students submit attendance messages, test answer messages and/or work corresponding to an assignment wirelessly with the submission message or attendance message including information from a short range wireless signal received by the student device along with student authentication information such as a captured image or fingerprint obtained from the student at the time of submission or attendance message transmission. Based on the information in a received message the network node authenticates the student and that it was submitted from the area of the class. Records are updated based on received message content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: CECELUMEN, LLC
    Inventors: James S. Buscemi, Jim Webster
  • Patent number: 10721147
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for associating content with wireless signals, e.g., beacon signals, and for controlling the ability to access or alter content provided in response to an indication that one or more wireless signals have been received are described. In some embodiments a beacon transmitter is placed in a product such as a teddy bear, story book, toy, piece of jewelry, etc. Devices in the range of the wireless transmitter detect the signal and report the receipt of the signal to a registry device. The registry device takes into consideration which wireless signal or signals were reported as being received in a given time period, the identity of the device reporting the receipt of the signal, the time period in which the wireless signal was received, and/or other factors. Based on one or more rules the registry device determines which content, if any, to supply to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: CECELUMEN, LLC
    Inventors: James S. Buscemi, Jim Webster
  • Patent number: 10655591
    Abstract: A multiple-keyed crankshaft and flywheel provides for different ignition timing options for an internal combustion engine. The crankshaft of the engine includes multiple keyways set at designated angular displacements of the crankshaft that correspond with keyways on a flywheel for providing different timing options for the engine. The flywheel may be mounted to the crankshaft by aligning one of the keyways of the flywheel to one of the keyways of the crankshaft related to a particular ignition timing selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Michael Kleczewski, James Webster
  • Publication number: 20200011672
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for communicating information to a visitor of a site, e.g., a theme park, historical site, zoo, etc., providing mementoes of the visit and/or communicating information encouraging future, e.g., repeat, visits are described. In various embodiments costumed characters, vending carts and/or other items of interest may move around a site and thus be at different locations at different times of the day. In some embodiments beacon transmitters are inserted in the costumes of the characters, on the vending carts and/or on other moveable items. Each beacon transmitter transmits a unique wireless signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: James S. Buscemi, Jim Webster, Justin Maestri
  • Publication number: 20190367895
    Abstract: A mutant subtilase cytotoxin B subunit protein is provided which can bind glycans having ?2-3-linked N-glycolylneuraminic acid and glycans having ?2-6-linked N-glycolylneuraminic acid. The mutant SubB protein has deletions of one or more of the amino acid sequence TTSTE and has a previously undescribed ability to bind glycans having ?2-6-linked N-glycolylneuraminic acid, while not losing the ability to bind glycans having ?2-3-linked N-glycolylneuraminic acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Paul Jennings, Christopher Day, Adrienne Webster Paton, James Cleland Paton
  • Publication number: 20190310678
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes a body having a passenger compartment and a movable pedal housing which is movable between first and second positions with respect to the passenger compartment. The vehicle additionally includes at least one pedal which is operably coupled to the housing and actuatable by an occupant. The vehicle also includes an actuator operably coupled to the pedal and to the housing. The actuator is configured to apply a resistive force to the pedal to resist motion of the pedal. The actuator is configured to selectively move the housing between the first and second positions. The vehicle further includes at least one controller configured to, in response to satisfaction of a first operating condition, control the actuator to move the pedal housing to the first position, and, in response to satisfaction of a second operating condition, control the actuator to move the pedal housing to the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: James Wojciechowski, Tomasz R. Warzecha, James A. Webster
  • Publication number: 20190302827
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle includes a body having a passenger compartment and at least one pedal box for controlling vehicle acceleration or braking. The pedal box is movably coupled to an interior structural point disposed within the passenger compartment and movable between first and second positions with respect to the structural point. At least one pedal, actuatable by an occupant, is coupled to the pedal box. The vehicle additionally includes an actuator operably coupled to the pedal box and configured to selectively move the pedal box between the first position and the second position. The vehicle further includes at least one controller. The controller is configured to, in response to satisfaction of a first operating condition, control the actuator to move the pedal box to the first position, and, in response to satisfaction of a second operating condition, control the actuator to move the pedal box to the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: James Wojciechowski, Tomasz R. Warzecha, James A. Webster, Daniel D. Rodrigues
  • Publication number: 20190281909
    Abstract: An insulated composite fabric has an inner fabric layer, an outer fabric layer, and an insulating-filler layer enclosed there between. The insulating-filler layer is a textile fabric with at least one raised surface. One side of the insulating-filler layer comprises a first surface with relatively high pile, including regions of no pile or relatively low pile interspersed among regions of relatively high pile. The other side of the insulating-filler layer comprises a second surface with relatively high pile, including regions of no pile or relatively low pile interspersed among regions of relatively high pile. Interconnecting piles are formed with regions of the relatively high pile of the first pile surface and regions of the relatively high pile of the second pile surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Moshe Rock, James Zeiba, Gadalia Vainer, Jane Hunter, Charles Haryslak, David Costello, Shawn Flavin, Marcus Webster
  • Patent number: 10415980
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for communicating information to a visitor of a site, e.g., a theme park, historical site, zoo, etc., providing mementoes of the visit and/or communicating information encouraging future, e.g., repeat, visits are described. In various embodiments costumed characters, vending carts and/or other items of interest may move around a site and thus be at different locations at different times of the day. In some embodiments beacon transmitters are inserted in the costumes of the characters, on the vending carts and/or on other moveable items. Each beacon transmitter transmits a unique wireless signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: CECELUMEN, LLC
    Inventors: James S. Buscemi, Jim Webster, Justin Maestri
  • Publication number: 20190281354
    Abstract: A method of utilizing tones includes receiving content including at least an audio portion for broadcast to a first plurality of users having a first recipient computing device and a second plurality of users having a second recipient computing device, receiving data comprising a first and a second message, determining one or more locations within the content for embedding the first and second messages, converting at least the first and second messages into a plurality of tones that cannot be directly detected by the first and second pluralities of users during broadcast, incorporating the plurality of tones into the content at the one or more locations, and providing the content with the plurality of tones for broadcast via a presentation device such that the plurality of tones are detected by the first and second recipient devices for determining at least one of the first and second messages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Webster, James Blommel, James Salzarulo
  • Patent number: 10378599
    Abstract: A brake rotor comprising a brake pad wear surface; a hat surface; and a decorative insert comprising an insert material, the decorative insert disposed on the brake pad wear surface, the hat surface, or both; wherein at least one of a friction coefficient between the decorative insert and a brake pad is substantially the same as a friction coefficient between the brake pad wear surface and the brake pad, a wear rate of the decorative insert is substantially the same as or greater than a wear rate of the brake pad wear surface, or a wear rate of the decorative insert is substantially the same as or greater than a wear rate of the hat surface; and at least a portion of the decorative insert is visible on the brake pad wear surface, the hat surface, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Mettrick, Mark T. Riefe, Michael L. Holly, James A. Webster, Michael J. Walker, Anil K. Sachdev
  • Publication number: 20190203139
    Abstract: A method for improving friction and wear control, while maintaining or improving energy efficiency, in an engine or other mechanical component lubricated with a lubricating oil, by using as the lubricating oil a formulated oil. The formulated oil has a composition including at least one lubricating oil base stock. The at least one lubricating oil base stock includes one or more liquid crystals, wherein the one or more liquid crystals are represented by the formula: A?(R1)n wherein A is a mono-ring or a multi-ring aromatic group, R1 is the same or different and is a substituted or unsubstituted, hydrocarbon, alkoxy, or alkylthio group having from 2 to 24 carbon atoms, and n is a value from 1 to 12. The lubricating oil base stock has a kinematic viscosity of 2 cSt to 200 cSt at 40° C., as determined according to ASTM D445, and a kinematic viscosity of 1 cSt to 25 cSt at 100° C., as determined according to ASTM D445.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Halou OUMAR-MAHAMAT, Angela M. BRUNEAU, Martin N. WEBSTER, G. James JOHNSTON
  • Publication number: 20190203137
    Abstract: A method for improving wear control, while maintaining or improving energy efficiency, in an engine or other mechanical component lubricated with a lubricating oil, by using as the lubricating oil a formulated oil. The formulated oil includes at least one lubricating oil base stock having one or more liquid crystals represented by the formula: R1-(A)m-Y—(B)n—R2 wherein R1 and R2 are the same or different and are a substituted or unsubstituted, hydrocarbon, alkoxy or alkylthio group having from 2 to 24 carbon atoms; A and B are the same or different and are a cycloaliphatic group or aromatic group, provided at least one of A and B is an aromatic group; Y is a covalent bond, —CH2-CH2-, —CH?CH—, —OCOO—, —CO—, —CSO—, —CSS—, —CS—, —O—, —S—, —SO—, —SO2-, —CH2O—, —OCH2O—, —NO—, —ONO2, or —C?N; and m and n are independently 0, 1, 2 or 3. The lubricating oil base stock has a kinematic viscosity of 2 cSt to 200 cSt at 40° C., and 1 cSt to 25 cSt at 100° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Halou OUMAR-MAHAMAT, Angela M. BRUNEAU, Martin N. WEBSTER, G. James JOHNSTON
  • Patent number: 10339773
    Abstract: A home security system may infer a mode of operation based on indications it receives regarding a user's behavior. The disclosed implementations provide for a vacation mode of operation that defines a response for a security event that differs from the response that would be provided by the home security system for the same security event if it operated in another mode such as an away mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Zachery Webster Kennedy, Ted Boda, Jeffrey Alan Boyd, Jeffery Theodore Lee, Jesse Boettcher, David Hendler Sloo, Michael Andrew Mizono, Tomas Brennessl, James Simister, Anton Davydov
  • Publication number: 20190137449
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an apparatus for measuring binding kinetics of an interaction of an analyte material present in a fluid sample are disclosed. The apparatus includes a sensing resonator having at least one binding site for the analyte material; actuation circuitry adapted to drive the sensing resonator into an oscillating motion; measurement circuitry coupled to the sensing resonator and adapted to measure an output signal of the sensing resonator representing resonance characteristics of the oscillating motion of the sensing resonator; and a controller coupled to the actuation and measurement circuitry, wherein the controller is adapted to detect an individual binding event between the at least one binding site and a molecule of the analyte material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventor: James Webster
  • Publication number: 20190024619
    Abstract: A multiple-keyed crankshaft and flywheel provides for different ignition timing options for an internal combustion engine. The crankshaft of the engine includes multiple keyways set at designated angular displacements of the crankshaft that correspond with keyways on a flywheel for providing different timing options for the engine. The flywheel may be mounted to the crankshaft by aligning one of the keyways of the flywheel to one of the keyways of the crankshaft related to a particular ignition timing selection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Kleczewski, James Webster
  • Patent number: D851846
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Peter David Gammack, Stephen Robert Dimbylow, Robert Hinchliffe, Jeremy William Crouch, Alexander Patrick Webster, Charles Franklin Gale, Alexander Michael Campbell-Hill, Ashley James Hribar-Green, Stuart Lloyd Genn