Patents by Inventor James H. Foster

James H. Foster 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: 20170229009
    Abstract: A wireless communication device may wirelessly control an object, such as a physical device, directly or through interaction with a virtual representation (or placeholder) of the object situated at a predefined physical location. In particular, the wireless communication device may identify an intent gesture performed by a user that indicates intent to control the object. For example, the intent gesture may involve pointing or orienting the wireless communication device toward the object, with or without additional input. Then, the wireless communication device may determine the object associated with the intent gesture using wireless ranging and/or device orientation. Moreover, the wireless communication device may interpret sensor data from one or more sensors associated with the wireless communication device to determine an action gesture corresponding to a command or a command value. The wireless communication device may then transmit the command value to control the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventors: James H. FOSTER, Duncan R. KERR
  • Patent number: 9485870
    Abstract: The described embodiments relate generally to electronic devices and more particularly to methods for selectively encapsulating circuit boards and other electronic components contained within electronic devices. A first encapsulation layer can be limited to specific regions of a circuit board using a variety of processes including molding, laser ablation, etching, milling, and the like. Secondary assembly steps can then take place in the regions where the encapsulation layer is removed. In some embodiments, secondary encapsulants having various thermal, electrical, and optical characteristics can fill openings left in the first encapsulation layer to aid in the operation of underlying components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sean A. Mayo, James H. Foster, Trevor J. Ness, Shankar S. Pennathur
  • Patent number: 9179538
    Abstract: Electronic components on a substrate may be shielded using electromagnetic shielding structures. Insulating materials may be used to provide structural support and to help prevent electrical shorting between conductive materials and the components. The shielding structures may include compartments formed using metal fences that surround selected components or by injection molding plastic. The shielding structures may be formed using metal foil wrapped over the components and the substrate. Electronic components may be tested using test posts or traces to identify components that are faulty. The test posts or traces may be deposited on the substrate and may be used to convey test signals between test equipment and the components. After successful testing, the test posts may be permanently shielded. Alternatively, temporary shielding structures may be used to allow testing of individual components before an electronic device is fully assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James H. Foster, James W. Bilanski, Amir Salehi, Ramamurthy Chandhrasekhar, Nicholas Unger Webb
  • Publication number: 20150135108
    Abstract: Devices, methods and graphical user interfaces for manipulating user interfaces based on fingerprint sensor inputs are provided. While a display of an electronic device with a fingerprint sensor displays a first user interface, the device may detect movement of a fingerprint on the fingerprint sensor. In accordance with a determination that the movement of the fingerprint is in a first direction, the device allows navigating through the first user interface, and in accordance with a determination that the movement of the fingerprint is in a second direction different from the first direction, the device allows displaying a second user interface different from the first user interface on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Pope, Daniel W. Jarvis, Nicholas G. Merz, Scott A. Myers, Michael A. Cretella, Michael Eng, James H. Foster, Terry L. Gilton, Myra Haggerty, Byron B. Han, M. Evans Hankey, Steven P. Hotelling, Brian R. Land, Stephen Brian Llynch, Paul Meade, Mushtaq A. Sarwar, John P. Ternus, Paul M. Thompson, Marcel Van Os, John A. Wright
  • Publication number: 20140190930
    Abstract: The described embodiments relate generally to electronic devices and more particularly to methods for selectively encapsulating circuit boards and other electronic components contained within electronic devices. A first encapsulation layer can be limited to specific regions of a circuit board using a variety of processes including molding, laser ablation, etching, milling, and the like. Secondary assembly steps can then take place in the regions where the encapsulation layer is removed. In some embodiments, secondary encapsulants having various thermal, electrical, and optical characteristics can fill openings left in the first encapsulation layer to aid in the operation of underlying components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sean A. Mayo, James H. Foster, Trevor J. Ness, Shankar S. Pennathur
  • Publication number: 20140149057
    Abstract: The present embodiments provide a system that estimates a battery life for a portable electronic device. During operation, the system obtains a usage log containing traces of user-related system activity for the portable electronic device. Next, the system runs the usage log against a power model for the portable electronic device to determine the power consumption for the portable electronic device. Finally, the system uses the determined power consumption to estimate a battery life for the portable electronic device. In some embodiments, estimating the battery life involves determining a battery size to achieve a desired battery life for the portable electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: James H. Foster
  • Publication number: 20140085850
    Abstract: Electronic devices may contain electrical systems in which electrical components are mounted on a substrate such as a printed circuit board. The electrical components may include surface mount technology components. Multiple surface mount technology components may be stacked on top of each other and beside each other to form an electrical component that minimizes the amount of area that is consumed on a printed circuit board. Noise suppression circuits and other circuits may be implemented using stacked surface mount technology components. Surface mount technology components placed on the printed circuit board may be pushed together and subsequently injection molded to form packed component groups. An integrated circuit may be mounted to the printed circuit board via an interposer and may cover components mounted to the printed circuit board. An integrated circuit may be mounted over a recessed portion of the printed circuit board on which components are mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Xingqun Li, Carlos Ribas, Dennis R. Pyper, James H. Foster, Joseph R. Fisher, JR., Scott P. Mullins, Sean A. Mayo, Wyeman Chen
  • Publication number: 20120320558
    Abstract: Electronic components on a substrate may be shielded using electromagnetic shielding structures. Insulating materials may be used to provide structural support and to help prevent electrical shorting between conductive materials and the components. The shielding structures may include compartments formed using metal fences that surround selected components or by injection molding plastic. The shielding structures may be formed using metal foil wrapped over the components and the substrate. Electronic components may be tested using test posts or traces to identify components that are faulty. The test posts or traces may be deposited on the substrate and may be used to convey test signals between test equipment and the components. After successful testing, the test posts may be permanently shielded. Alternatively, temporary shielding structures may be used to allow testing of individual components before an electronic device is fully assembled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Inventors: James H. Foster, James W. Bilanski, Amir Salehi, Ramamurthy Chandhrasekhar, Nicholas Unger Webb
  • Patent number: 5094272
    Abstract: A orifice fitting for measuring fluid flow in fluid pipelines has a seal mechanism to seal the orifice plate to the orifice fitting body. The orifice fitting has an orifice plate carrier which moves downward into a seat slot to position an orifice plate in the fluid flow. An annular seal mounts to the orifice plate assembly for engaging and sealing against the downstream side of the seat slot. A retaining ring mounts to an upstream side of the plate carrier. Threads on the retaining ring allow the ring to be adjusted to set the overall width of the plate carrier assembly to provide an interference fit in the seat slot. Set screws in the retaining ring bear against the orifice plate, which in turn bears against the seal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Inventors: James H. Foster, John Beson
  • Patent number: 5050842
    Abstract: An orifice fitting has a slide valve seal strip of increased sealing area. The orifice fitting has a body with an upper chamber and a lower chamber, separated by a slot. A plate carrier will move an orifice plate from the upper chamber, through the lower chamber, and down into a flow passage below the lower chamber. A slide valve carrier will open and close the slot between the upper and lower chambers. A seal strip locates on the slide valve carrier for sealing against the seat of the slot. The seal strip has on opposite sides a pair of outward extending flanges. Each flange overlies and contacts a shoulder formed on the upper side of the slide valve carrier. The seal strip has a lower section that locates within the shoulders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1991
    Inventors: James H. Foster, John Beson
  • Patent number: 5042531
    Abstract: A orifice fitting for measuring gas flow in gas pipelines has an energized seal. The orifice fitting has a plate carrier which moves downward into a seat slot to position an orifice plate in the gas flow. An annular seal mounts to the plate carrier for engaging a downstream side of the seat slot. The seal is energized or pressed outwardly by hydraulic fluid pressure. The plate carrier has a chamber containing hydraulic fluid and a piston. A pin protrudes outward. The orifice fitting slide valve carrier engages and pushes the pin downward as the slide valve carrier moves to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Inventors: James H. Foster, John Beson
  • Patent number: 4993169
    Abstract: A gaging device will measure the widths between opposed seat faces in an orifice fitting. The orifice fitting has a body with flow passages for connecting into a pipeline. A seat slot locates in the flow passage. A carrier will move from an upper chamber in the body downward into the seat slot. When gaging, deformable plugs will be mounted to the carrier. The plugs have dimensions that are greater than the width of the slot. Each plug will deform as the carrier moves into the seat slot. When the carrier is removed from the seat slot, the plugs can be measured to determine the widths of the seat slot at various points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Inventors: James H. Foster, H. George Butler
  • Patent number: 4104605
    Abstract: A thin film strain gauge fabricated by depositing a first film of a high temperature insulating material upon a surface of an article to be tested, depositing both a thin film of a resistive material and a conducting lead in connection with each end of the resistive pattern upon the surface of the first film and overcoating the resistive strain gauge film and at least a portion of the conducting leads with a second film of high temperature insulating material to protect the strain gauge against corrosion and erosion in its operating environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1978
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lee J. Boudreaux, James H. Foster
  • Patent number: 3993872
    Abstract: A free running counter is sampled for a random number and the number is stored at the start of a cycle initiated by a central processor. The central processor also provides a range digit to a shift register. A traffic distributor control then controls an internal cycle to form a product from the range digit (number) and the random number from the free running counter. The final random number produced will be returned to the processor and will be less than the range digit given to the traffic distributor from the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1974
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1976
    Inventors: Robert A. Borbas, James H. Foster
  • Patent number: 3965458
    Abstract: A central processor for controlling the operation of the subsystems of a telephone exchange switching system which are interconnected on a common data bus to establish requested service between telephone subscribers, wherein the exchange system includes a program memory also connected to the common data bus for storing a plurality of selectable multiple bit operational codes to be utilized by the central processor in response to a particular service being requested, a program address register for selecting a desired operational code from the program memory, an instruction register for storing the selected operational codes and a control word generator which provides function control signals in response to the particular operational codes stored in the instruction register. A bit time counter coupled to the control word generator controls the timing of the central processor so that the function control signals are supplied in proper time sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1974
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1976
    Assignee: GTE Automatic Electric (Canada) Limited
    Inventors: Robert A. Borbas, John P. Dufton, James H. Foster, Jeffrey W. Siegel
  • Patent number: D701861
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventors: Kecia I. Foster, James H. Foster