Patents by Inventor James A. Wheaton

James A. Wheaton 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: 20190120922
    Abstract: An MRI system includes processing circuitry configured to generate two or more RF pulses to form a spin echo, wherein each RF pulse corresponds to selecting at least two slice locations. Additionally, the MRI system encodes magnetic resonance (MR) magnetization to form echo signal data for each RF pulse, applies a set of time-shifts to a slice-selection gradient for each selected slice location, generates a pattern of slice-position-dependent moments on the echo signal data based on the set of time-shifts to the slice-selection gradient, receives image data corresponding to the echo signal data, and reconstructs the image data to form a plurality of images, wherein each of the plurality of images corresponds to one of the selected slice locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew James WHEATON
  • Patent number: 10025841
    Abstract: A method and system for playlist generation is disclosed. In one aspect, the system may include at least one analysis module for receiving and analyzing an unknown work and generating a corresponding representation thereof, and at least one identification (ID) server for receiving the representation from the analysis modules and determining the identity of the unknown work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Audible Magic, Inc.
    Inventors: James B. Schrempp, Vance Ikezoye, Erling H. Wold, Thomas L. Blum, Douglas F. Keislar, James A. Wheaton
  • Publication number: 20180196115
    Abstract: Described herein is an apparatus and method for determining a time origin of an input RF pulse of a plurality of input RF pulses. The method includes generating an RF echo based on the plurality of input RF pulses, a time-duration between the input RF pulses being controllable in order to determine a time instance corresponding to an ideal position of the RF echo. The method further includes acquiring a data signal corresponding to a scan of a subject, and computing a time-difference between a measured peak of the acquired data signal and the time instance corresponding to the ideal position of the RF echo, the computed time difference corresponding to a measure of a time-shift of an effective magnetic center of the input RF pulse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew James WHEATON, Michael R. THOMPSON
  • Publication number: 20150154273
    Abstract: A method and system for playlist generation is disclosed. In one aspect, the system may include at least one analysis module for receiving and analyzing an unknown work and generating a corresponding representation thereof, and at least one identification (ID) server for receiving the representation from the analysis modules and determining the identity of the unknown work.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: June 4, 2015
    Inventors: James B. Schrempp, Vance Ikezoye, Erling H. Wold, Thomas L. Blum, Douglas F. Keislar, James A. Wheaton
  • Patent number: 8972481
    Abstract: A method and system for playlist generation is disclosed. In one aspect, the system may include at least one analysis module for receiving and analyzing an unknown work and generating a corresponding representation thereof, and at least one identification (ID) server for receiving the representation from the analysis modules and determining the identity of the unknown work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Audible Magic, Inc.
    Inventors: James B. Schrempp, Vance Ikezoye, Erling H. Wold, Thomas L. Blum, Douglas F. Keislar, James A. Wheaton
  • Patent number: 8086445
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating a signature of a sampled work in real-time is disclosed herein. Unique signatures of an unknown audio work are created by segmenting a file into segments having predetermined segment and hop sizes. The signature then may be compared against reference signatures. One aspect may be characterized in that the hop size of the sampled work signature is less than the hop size of reference signatures. A method for identifying an unknown audio work is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Audible Magic Corporation
    Inventors: Erling H. Wold, Thomas L. Blum, Douglas F. Keislar, James A. Wheaton
  • Publication number: 20090240361
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating a signature of a sampled work in real-time is disclosed herein. Unique signatures of an unknown audio work are created by segmenting a file into segments having predetermined segment and hop sizes. The signature then may be compared against reference signatures. One aspect may be characterized in that the hop size of the sampled work signature is less than the hop size of reference signatures. A method for identifying an unknown audio work is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventors: Erling H. Wold, Thomas L. Blum, Douglas F. Keislar, James A. Wheaton
  • Patent number: 7562012
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for creating a signature of a sampled work in real-time is disclosed herein. Unique signatures of an unknown audio work are created by segmenting a file into segments having predetermined segment and hop sizes. The signature then may be compared against reference signatures. One aspect may be characterized in that the hop size of the sampled work signature is less than the hop size of reference signatures. A method for identifying an unknown audio work is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Audible Magic Corporation
    Inventors: Erling H. Wold, Thomas L. Blum, Douglas F. Keislar, James A. Wheaton
  • Publication number: 20060102803
    Abstract: The present invention is directed generally toward leading edge flap apparatuses and corresponding methods. One aspect of the invention is directed toward an aircraft system having an airfoil, an actuator driver, and a leading edge device with two flow surfaces and six links. In a further aspect of the invention, the flow surfaces of the leading edge device are at least approximately located in the same position when the actuator driver is in two different positions. Another aspect of the invention is directed toward an aircraft system having an airfoil and a leading edge device movable between at least a retracted position and an extended position along a motion path having two segments. The second flow surface can be positioned generally behind and/or generally above the first flow surface when the first and second flow surfaces are located in the first segment of the motion path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Publication date: May 18, 2006
    Inventors: James Wheaton, Stephen Amorosi
  • Publication number: 20030018709
    Abstract: A method and system for playlist generation is disclosed. In one aspect, the system may include at least one analysis module for receiving and analyzing an unknown work and generating a corresponding representation thereof, and at least one identification (ID) server for receiving the representation from the analysis modules and determining the identity of the unknown work.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Publication date: January 23, 2003
    Applicant: Audible Magic
    Inventors: James B. Schrempp, Vance Ikezoye, Erling H. Wold, Thomas L. Blum, Douglas F. Keislar, James A. Wheaton
  • Patent number: 5918223
    Abstract: A system that performs analysis and comparison of audio data files based upon the content of the data files is presented. The analysis of the audio data produces a set of numeric values (a feature vector) that can be used to classify and rank the similarity between individual audio files typically stored in a multimedia database or on the World Wide Web. The analysis also facilitates the description of user-defined classes of audio files, based on an analysis of a set of audio files that are members of a user-defined class. The system can find sounds within a longer sound, allowing an audio recording to be automatically segmented into a series of shorter audio segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Muscle Fish
    Inventors: Thomas L. Blum, Douglas F. Keislar, James A. Wheaton, Erling H. Wold
  • Patent number: 5569871
    Abstract: A musical tone generating apparatus employs an array of microresonant structures to generate the harmonic component signals of a musical tone to be generated. The microresonant structures produce high frequency signals which are down converted to audio frequency range by mixing them with a high frequency reference signal. The desired tone color is achieved by modifying the relative amplitudes of the harmonic component signals to produce a desired tone color. A large number of microresonators are preferably integrated on a single integrated circuit substrate to provide a variable tone generating system in a relatively compact environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1996
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Wheaton, Erling Wold, John Strawn, Steven Warwick
  • Patent number: 5541358
    Abstract: A performance unit is provided that is freely movable within a three-dimensional performance region. Control circuitry is used to detect a position of the performance unit with respect to a reference point in the performance region and to generate a position signal. The position signal may be used as the basis either for generating a musical tone by an electronic musical instrument or for controlling a device that imparts an effect to, or otherwise controls a parameter of, a musical tone output from a musical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Wheaton, Erling Wold, Andrew J. Sutter
  • Patent number: 5422956
    Abstract: A microphone is provided with sensors to detect pitch and roll of the microphone and pressure applied to the microphone. The sensor signals are mapped by control circuitry to control desired effects such as reverberation, vibrato and tremolo to be applied to the audio signal from the microphone or to control effects or other parameters such as volume and tempo in an accompaniment musical instrument. Both the effect to be imparted and the degree of the effect can be controlled based upon signals from the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: James A. Wheaton
  • Patent number: 5288938
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling electronic tone generation determines a type of gesture used by a player to contact a performance surface provided with an array of pressure sensors. The performance surface repeatedly is scanned to determine which of the sensors has been activated at each scan time. When a player contacts the performance surface, parameter data associated with the incoming gesture is compared with gesture recognition rules corresponding to various reference gestures. The gesture recognition rules may be preset, and/or the control system may be provided with an optional programming capability which allows the player to establish individualized gesture recognition rules in accordance with reference gestures input by the player. An electronic tone generator is controlled in accordance with the reference gesture which is determined to best fit an incoming gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: James A. Wheaton
  • Patent number: 5245130
    Abstract: A polyphonic breath controlled electronic musical instrument includes a hand held breath sensor unit having a plurality of bidirectional air flow sensing passageways for detecting sucking or blowing action of the performer in a manner similar to a conventional acoustic harmonica. The breath sensor unit further includes pressure sensing transducers on the surface thereof, adapted to sense lip pressure and finger pressure of the performer, as well as a plurality of switches activated by the fingers of the performer holding the breath sensor unit. A microphone configured in the breath sensor unit picks up the vocal sounds of the performer. A thumb wheel controller is provided on the sensor unit to allow a control of tone parameters, such as volume, by the thumb of the performer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: James A. Wheaton