Patents by Inventor James Hughes

James Hughes 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: 20190181323
    Abstract: At least some aspects of the present disclosure direct to a flexible thermoelectric module. The thermoelectric module includes a flexible substrate, a plurality of p-type thermoelectric elements and a plurality of n-type thermoelectric elements, a first set of connectors, and a second set of connectors. The substrate includes a plurality of vias filled with an electrically conductive material or thermoelectric elements. In some cases, the plurality of p-type thermoelectric elements and the plurality of n-type thermoelectric elements are disposed on the flexible substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Jae Yong Lee, Roger W. Barton, Emily L. Bowen, Donato G. Caraig, Gareth A. Hughes, Ravi Palaniswamy, James F. Poch, Michael W. Dolezal
  • Publication number: 20190149447
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for the dynamic monitoring of network health characteristics via a visualization platform. The platform receives collected information regarding network health characteristics and applies a rule set defining at least one threshold to classify each of the network health characteristics for each network component over a time period. The classifications can be represented visually on a graphical user interface to a network administrator, allowing the administrator to quickly discern which aspects of the network are operating properly and which aspects are not.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: David Anthony Hughes, Santosh Bheemarajaiah, Damon John Ennis, David Holt Merwin, Rolf Muralt, Onur Ozduygu, Kevin James Roselle, Pawan Kumar Singh
  • Publication number: 20190136178
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and systems for generating biological tissues that are configured for folding into a pre-determined three-dimensional form. The present disclosure utilizes contractile cells for folding a biological tissue into a three-dimensional shape. The methods include disposing a pattern of contractile cells on a surface that includes fibers actuated by the contractile cells and folding of the surface by the action of the contractile cells on the fibers. Tissues generated using the methods and systems of the present disclosure are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Zev Jordan Gartner, Alex James Hughes
  • Patent number: 10277639
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems are disclosed for managing digitally-streamed audio communication sessions between user devices (7a, 7b, 7c). The user devices are configured to send digitally-streamed data (21) indicative of received audio contributions from respective participants in a multiple-participant audio communication session to a multiple-participant audio communication session controller (30) for processing and onward streaming of data (22) indicative of the received audio contributions from the session controller (30) to one or more other user devices (7a, 7b, 7c) for conversion to audio representations for respective other participants of the received audio contributions. The data (21, 22) is streamed between the session controller and the respective user devices in accordance with one or more digital streaming profiles having one or more adjustable digital streaming parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY
    Inventor: Peter James Hughes
  • Patent number: 10277732
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems are disclosed for managing digitally-streamed audio communication sessions between user devices (7a, 7b, 7c). The user devices are configured to send digitally-streamed data (21) indicative of received audio contributions from respective participants in a multiple-participant audio communication session to a multiple-participant audio communication session controller (30) for processing and onward streaming of data (22) indicative of the received audio contributions from the session controller (30) to one or more other user devices (7a, 7b, 7c) for conversion to audio representations for respective other participants of the received audio contributions. The data (22) streamed from the session controller to the respective user devices has one or more audio parameters affecting the audio representations provided by the user devices to the participants using them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS public limited company
    Inventor: Peter James Hughes
  • Patent number: 10267795
    Abstract: Electrophoretic separation devices and methods for using the same are provided. Aspects of the devices include a polymeric separation medium that includes a plurality of microwells. Also provided are methods, systems and kits in which the subject devices find use. The devices and methods find use in a variety of different electrophoretic separation applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Amy E. Herr, Alex James Hughes, Elly Sinkala, Todd A. Duncombe, Kevin A. Yamauchi, Julea Vlassakis, Chi-Chih Kang, Zhuchen Xu, Robert Lin
  • Patent number: 10252408
    Abstract: A staple removal device for removing a staple and wire arrangement from a fence post includes a main body having a first jaw and a second jaw spaced apart from each other. The first jaw and second jaw provide a first and second elongate channel respectively for receiving the wire. Both the first and second elongate channels comprise a closed end in which the wire may be received. A gripping portion is moveably connected to the main body and a lever causes movement of the gripping portion. Beneficially, a first and second block portion is configured at a surface of the main body wherein a side edge of the first and second block portion is substantially in alignment with the closed end of the first and second channel respectively so as to, in use, increase the surface area of the contact region between the staple removal device and the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Alan James Hughes
  • Patent number: 10220859
    Abstract: A zip line includes a substantially rigid track supported above a ground surface by a plurality of supports, a trolley which moves along the track, and a rider support suspended from the trolley. The track is comprised of a plurality of track segments connected together such that adjacent track segments have substantially no freedom of movement relative to each other, and such that adjacent track segments present a substantially smooth, continuous, and uninterrupted surface. The track includes a run and a flange extending upwardly from the run. The trolley comprises a frame having upper wheel mounts to which first and second upper wheels are rotatably mounted. The first upper wheels are oriented such that they engage an upper surface of the track run and the second upper wheels are oriented such that they will engage the track flange upon rotational movement of the trolley relative the track run.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Miracle Recreation Equipment Company
    Inventors: Lloyd W. Reese, James A. Hughes
  • Patent number: 10066446
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a first number of splines located near a first end of a first joint section and a second number of splines located near a second end of a second joint section. The first number of splines extends in an axial direction of the first joint section and spans a circumferential surface of the first joint section. Each of the first number of splines has a base, a tip, and a pair of flanks that extends from the base to the tip and forms an acute angle. Each of the first number of splines are configured to be received between adjacent pairs of splines in the second number of splines as the first end of the first joint section and the second end of the second joint section are joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SUNSTONE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: William James Hughes, Bryan Lane, Gary Marshall Briggs
  • Patent number: 10060197
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a first number of splines located near a first end of a first joint section and a second number of splines located near a second end of a second joint section. The first number of splines extends in an axial direction of the first joint section and spans a circumferential surface of the first joint section. Each of the first number of splines has a base, a tip, and a pair of flanks that extends from the base to the tip and forms an acute angle. Each of the first number of splines are configured to be received between adjacent pairs of splines in the second number of splines as the first end of the first joint section and the second end of the second joint section are joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: SUNSTONE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: William James Hughes, Bryan Lane
  • Patent number: 10006255
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a first number of splines located near a first end of a first joint section and a second number of splines located near a second end of a second joint section. The first number of splines extends in an axial direction of the first joint section and spans a circumferential surface of the first joint section. Each of the first number of splines has a base, a tip, and a pair of flanks that extends from the base to the tip and forms an acute angle. Each of the first number of splines are configured to be received between adjacent pairs of splines in the second number of splines as the first end of the first joint section and the second end of the second joint section are joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Sunstone Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: William James Hughes, Bryan Lane
  • Publication number: 20180091563
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems are disclosed for managing digitally-streamed audio communication sessions between user devices (7a, 7b, 7c). The user devices are configured to send digitally-streamed data (21) indicative of received audio contributions from respective participants in a multiple-participant audio communication session to a multiple-participant audio communication session controller (30) for processing and onward streaming of data (22) indicative of the received audio contributions from the session controller (30) to one or more other user devices (7a, 7b, 7c) for conversion to audio representations for respective other participants of the received audio contributions. The data (21, 22) is streamed between the session controller and the respective user devices in accordance with one or more digital streaming profiles having one or more adjustable digital streaming parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventor: Peter James HUGHES
  • Publication number: 20180091648
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems are disclosed for managing digitally-streamed audio communication sessions between user devices (7a, 7b, 7c). The user devices are configured to send digitally-streamed data (21) indicative of received audio contributions from respective participants in a multiple-participant audio communication session to a multiple-participant audio communication session controller (30) for processing and onward streaming of data (22) indicative of the received audio contributions from the session controller (30) to one or more other user devices (7a, 7b, 7c) for conversion to audio representations for respective other participants of the received audio contributions. The data (22) streamed from the session controller to the respective user devices has one or more audio parameters affecting the audio representations provided by the user devices to the participants using them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Publication date: March 29, 2018
    Inventor: Peter James HUGHES
  • Publication number: 20180029212
    Abstract: A staple removal device for removing a staple and wire arrangement from a fence post includes a main body having a first jaw and a second jaw spaced apart from each other. The first jaw and second jaw provide a first and second elongate channel respectively for receiving the wire. Both the first and second elongate channels comprise a closed end in which the wire may be received. A gripping portion is moveably connected to the main body and a lever causes movement of the gripping portion. Beneficially, a first and second block portion is configured at a surface of the main body wherein a side edge of the first and second block portion is substantially in alignment with the closed end of the first and second channel respectively so as to, in use, increase the surface area of the contact region between the staple removal device and the wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventor: Alan James Hughes
  • Patent number: 9880314
    Abstract: The present specification describes methods and systems for inspecting objects by means of penetrating radiation where objects are conveyed through the penetrating radiation and subsequent images of objects are reviewed by an operator. Specifically, the present specification describes a system that decouples the synchronization between cessation of image generation on the display and image acquisition through conveyance of the article. Further, the present specification discloses methods for compensating for image acquisition inefficiencies involving article separation by the queuing conveyor and the post-stop back belt process, resulting in throughput enhancement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Rapiscan Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Pfander, Ronald James Hughes
  • Publication number: 20170370163
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a first number of splines located near a first end of a first joint section and a second number of splines located near a second end of a second joint section. The first number of splines extends in an axial direction of the first joint section and spans a circumferential surface of the first joint section. Each of the first number of splines has a base, a tip, and a pair of flanks that extends from the base to the tip and forms an acute angle. Each of the first number of splines are configured to be received between adjacent pairs of splines in the second number of splines as the first end of the first joint section and the second end of the second joint section are joined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: William James Hughes, Bryan Lane, Gary Marshall Briggs
  • Patent number: 9845645
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a first number of splines located near a first end of a first joint section and a second number of splines located near a second end of a second joint section. The first number of splines extends in an axial direction of the first joint section and spans a circumferential surface of the first joint section. Each of the first number of splines has a base, a tip, and a pair of flanks that extends from the base to the tip and forms an acute angle. Each of the first number of splines are configured to be received between adjacent pairs of splines in the second number of splines as the first end of the first joint section and the second end of the second joint section are joined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: SUNSTONE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: William James Hughes, Bryan Lane, Gary Marshall Briggs
  • Publication number: 20170163413
    Abstract: System and Method for Content Encryption in a Key/Value Store System and method embodiments are provided for content encryption in a key/value store. The embodiments include encrypting both the key and value of client data blocks for storage so that the data can be retrieved reliability without compromising the key. An embodiment method includes obtaining a key from a data block comprising the key and a value, encrypting the key using a deterministic encryption algorithm with an encryption key to map the key to a cypher text in a one-to-one mapping, and encrypting the value using a second encryption algorithm to randomly map the value to a second cypher text. Encrypting both the key and the value provides more protection to the client data instead of encrypting only the value and leaving the key vulnerable without encryption. The encrypted key can also be protected from unauthorized access and from the owner of the database or the storage system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Anthony Scarpino, James Hughes
  • Patent number: 9666228
    Abstract: Implementations disclosed herein provide a method comprising storing data in a two level key-value data store in an SMR storage device, wherein a first level of the data store comprises a journal of incoming host operations and a second level of the data store comprises a plurality of ordered data stores, ordered based on a predetermined ordering criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY LLC
    Inventors: Rekha Pitchumani, James Hughes
  • Publication number: 20170120935
    Abstract: A zip line includes a substantially rigid track supported above a ground surface by a plurality of supports, a trolley which moves along the track, and a rider support suspended from the trolley. The track is comprised of a plurality of track segments connected together such that adjacent track segments have substantially no freedom of movement relative to each other, and such that adjacent track segments present a substantially smooth, continuous, and uninterrupted surface. The track includes a run and a flange extending upwardly from the run. The trolley comprises a frame having upper wheel mounts to which first and second upper wheels are rotatably mounted. The first upper wheels are oriented such that they engage an upper surface of the track run and the second upper wheels are oriented such that they will engage the track flange upon rotational movement of the trolley relative the track run.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Inventors: Lloyd W. Reese, James A. Hughes