Patents by Inventor James Kerr

James Kerr 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: 9265849
    Abstract: The present disclosure presents sanitization devices and methods. More particularly, the disclosure presents devices and methods that significantly reduce or eliminate the activity of germs, bacteria and/or other infectious microorganisms from objects such as TV remotes, cell phones, electronic devices and personal and other handheld devices. The devices and methods use a pre-cleaning component to substantially remove radiation blocking debris allowing the germicidal radiation to exposes areas of the object that would not be exposed if the debris had not been removed allowing for improved sanitization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: James Kerr
  • Patent number: 9244539
    Abstract: Embodiments that relate to positioning a target indicator via a display system are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method for positioning a target indicator using gaze tracking data having a coarse accuracy from a gaze tracking system of a computing device. Head pose data having a fine accuracy greater than the coarse accuracy is received from a head tracking system. Using the gaze tracking data, an approximate user gaze region within a display region is determined, and the target indicator is displayed at an initial location within the approximate user gaze region. A reposition input from the user is received. In response, subsequently received head pose data is used to calculate an adjusted location for the target indicator. The target indicator is then displayed at the adjusted location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Morgan Kolya Venable, Bernard James Kerr, Weerapan Wilairat
  • Publication number: 20150331485
    Abstract: Examples relating calibrating an estimated gaze location are disclosed. One example method comprises monitoring the estimated gaze location of a viewer using gaze tracking data from a gaze tracking system. Image data for display via a display device is received and, without using input from the viewer, at least one target visual that may attract a gaze of the viewer and a target location of the target visual are identified within the image data. The estimated gaze location of the viewer is compared with the target location of the target visual. An offset vector is calculated based on the estimated gaze location and the target location. The gaze tracking system is calibrated using the offset vector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Inventors: Weerapan Wilairat, Vaibhav Thukral, David Nister, Morgan Kolya Venable, Bernard James Kerr, Chris Aholt
  • Patent number: 9108677
    Abstract: A trailer frame assembly for a fifth wheel trailer frame in which at least a portion of the frame is torsionally stiffened with a rectangular closed section in a transverse cross section. The rectangular closed section is formed by longitudinal, parallel spaced vertical side plates, a top pan extending between top portions of the side plates, and a bottom pan between bottom portions of the side plates. Overlap joints between the side plates and the top and bottom pans allow for connection with threaded or rivet fasteners. An end dump semi trailer is also provided with a double acting lift cylinder on each side of the trailer. Also provided is a latch lift assembly for a dump gate using a linkage assembly to impart vertical upward movement to dump gate to unlatch the dump gate from a cradle catch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: WRT Equipment Ltd
    Inventors: Darryl James Kerr, Yowin Daniel Yowin, Taylor James Ritz
  • Publication number: 20150190537
    Abstract: The present disclosure presents sanitization devices and methods. More particularly, the disclosure presents devices and methods that significantly reduce or eliminate the activity of germs, bacteria and/or other infectious microorganisms from objects such as TV remotes, cell phones, electronic devices and personal and other handheld devices. The devices and methods use a pre-cleaning component to substantially remove radiation blocking debris allowing the germicidal radiation to exposes areas of the object that would not be exposed if the debris had not been removed allowing for improved sanitization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Inventor: James Kerr
  • Publication number: 20150193018
    Abstract: Embodiments that relate to positioning a target indicator via a display system are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method for positioning a target indicator using gaze tracking data having a coarse accuracy from a gaze tracking system of a computing device. Head pose data having a fine accuracy greater than the coarse accuracy is received from a head tracking system. Using the gaze tracking data, an approximate user gaze region within a display region is determined, and the target indicator is displayed at an initial location within the approximate user gaze region. A reposition input from the user is received. In response, subsequently received head pose data is used to calculate an adjusted location for the target indicator. The target indicator is then displayed at the adjusted location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: July 9, 2015
    Inventors: Morgan Kolya Venable, Bernard James Kerr, Weerapan Wilairat
  • Publication number: 20150103003
    Abstract: Embodiments that relate to scaling a visual element displayed via a display device are disclosed. In one embodiment a method includes receiving and using gaze tracking data to determine gaze locations at which a user is gazing on the display device. Depth tracking data is received and used to determine that a user's pointer is at a predetermined location. In response, a locked gaze location on the screen is locked, where the locked gaze location includes at least a portion of the visual element. In response to locking the locked gaze location, the visual element is programmatically scaled by a predetermined amount to an enlarged size. A user input selecting the visual element is then received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Bernard James Kerr, Edward Elliott, Morgan Kolya Venable
  • Patent number: 8988344
    Abstract: Embodiments that relate to navigating a hierarchy of visual elements are disclosed. In one embodiment a method includes presenting one or more visual elements from a two-dimensional plane via a display device. A home location within a viewable region of the display is established. A proportional size relationship between each element and each of the other elements is established. Using gaze tracking data, a gaze location at which a user is gazing within the viewable region is determined. The gaze location is mapped to a target location, and movement of the target location toward the home location is initiated. As the target location moves closer to the home location, each of the visual elements is progressively enlarged while the proportional size relationship between each of the visual elements and each of the other visual elements is also maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Morgan Kolya Venable, Bernard James Kerr, Vaibhav Thukral, David Nister
  • Publication number: 20140375544
    Abstract: Embodiments that relate to navigating a hierarchy of visual elements are disclosed. In one embodiment a method includes presenting one or more visual elements from a two-dimensional plane via a display device. A home location within a viewable region of the display is established. A proportional size relationship between each element and each of the other elements is established. Using gaze tracking data, a gaze location at which a user is gazing within the viewable region is determined. The gaze location is mapped to a target location, and movement of the target location toward the home location is initiated. As the target location moves closer to the home location, each of the visual elements is progressively enlarged while the proportional size relationship between each of the visual elements and each of the other visual elements is also maintained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Morgan Kolya Venable, Bernard James Kerr, Vaibhav Thukral, David Nister
  • Publication number: 20140380230
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed herein that relate to selecting user interface elements via a periodically updated position signal. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method comprising displaying on a graphical user interface a representation of a user interface element and a representation of an interactive target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Morgan Kolya Venable, Bernard James Kerr, Vaibhav Thukral, David Nister
  • Patent number: 8766693
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improvement of a 4-quadrant clock phase interpolator design to allow independent rotation of the output clocks in steps of 90°. This feature is useful in clock/data recovery where the 90° “jumps” can be used as a coarse control to re-align the data capture clock to achieve any desired data word alignment and/or receive bus clock alignment. The phase interpolator has a switching circuit comprising a single level of switches; a set of four transistor loads; and a set of four current sources operable to be switched by the switching circuit through to any of the set of four transistor loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Andrew Pickering, Andrew Stewart, Benjamin James Kerr
  • Patent number: 8654884
    Abstract: A method and circuit for performing channel equalization in a high speed transmission system comprising a transmitter and receiver. An application specific digital signal processor, ASDSP, performs channel equalization and compensation on digital data received from an analogue-to digital converter of the receiver. The ASDSP is operable to execute an application specific set of op-codes needed for performing channel equalization and compensation. An ASDSP register is coupled between the ASDSP and a system CPU in a feedback loop for performing channel equalization at the receiver. The ASDSP stores equalizer parameters and bit error rate measurements used by the ASDSP for performing channel equalization and compensation. An ASDSP program storage memory, coupled to and accessible by the ASDSP, stores an ASDSP micro-sequence program for controlling the processing steps for channel equalization and dataflow through the ASDSP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Benjamin James Kerr
  • Patent number: 8617464
    Abstract: The present invention relates to sanitization devices and methods. More particularly, the invention relates to devices and methods that significantly reduce or eliminate germs, bacteria and/or other microorganisms from objects such as bags, purses, footwear or other objects, as well as bare feet, hands, paws, hooves or other anatomical surfaces, which come into contact with them. The device and method uses germicidal radiation which exposes only the areas of the object that come into applied contact with the device. A top platform of the device is partitioned so that each partition can act independently of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: RJG Associates, LLC
    Inventor: James Kerr
  • Publication number: 20130259742
    Abstract: The present invention relates to sanitization devices and methods. More particularly, the invention relates to devices and methods that significantly reduce or eliminate germs, bacteria and/or other microorganisms from objects such as bags, purses, footwear or other objects, as well as bare feet, hands, paws, hooves or other anatomical surfaces, which come into contact with them. The device and method uses germicidal radiation which exposes only the areas of the object that come into applied contact with the device. A top platform of the device may be partitioned so that each partition can act independently of each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: RJG ASSOCIATES
    Inventor: James Kerr
  • Patent number: 8512631
    Abstract: The present invention relates to sanitization devices and methods. More particularly, the invention relates to devices and methods that significantly reduce or eliminate germs, bacteria and/or other microorganisms from objects such as bags, purses, footwear or other objects, as well as bare feet, hands, paws, hooves or other anatomical surfaces, which come into contact with them. The device and method uses germicidal radiation which exposes only the areas of the object that come into applied contact with the device. A top platform of the devices may be in a tilted position when not in uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: James Kerr
  • Publication number: 20130175458
    Abstract: The present invention relates to sanitization devices and methods. More particularly, the invention relates to devices and methods that significantly reduce or eliminate germs, bacteria and/or other microorganisms from objects such as bags, purses, footwear or other objects, as well as bare feet, hands, paws, hooves or other anatomical surfaces, which come into contact with them. The device and method uses germicidal radiation which exposes only the areas of the object that come into applied contact with the device. A top platform of the device is partitioned so that each partition can act independently of each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: RJG ASSOCIATES, LLC
    Inventor: James KERR
  • Publication number: 20130177474
    Abstract: The present invention relates to sanitization devices and methods. More particularly, the invention relates to devices and methods that significantly reduce or eliminate germs, bacteria and/or other microorganisms from objects such as bags, purses, footwear or other objects, as well as bare feet, hands, paws, hooves or other anatomical surfaces, which come into contact with them. The device and method uses germicidal radiation which exposes only the areas of the object that come into applied contact with the device. A top platform of the device is partitioned so that each partition can act independently of each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: RJG ASSOCIATES, LLC
    Inventor: James Kerr
  • Patent number: 8470239
    Abstract: The present invention relates to sanitization devices and methods. More particularly, the invention relates to devices and methods that significantly reduce or eliminate germs, bacteria and/or other microorganisms from objects such as bags, purses, footwear or other objects, as well as bare feet, hands, paws, hooves or other anatomical surfaces, which come into contact with them. The device and method uses germicidal radiation which exposes only the areas of the object that come into applied contact with the device. A top platform of the device is partitioned so that each partition can act independently of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: James Kerr
  • Publication number: 20120230867
    Abstract: The present invention relates to sanitization devices and methods. More particularly, the invention relates to devices and methods that significantly reduce or eliminate germs, bacteria and/or other microorganisms from objects such as bags, purses, footwear or other objects, as well as bare feet, hands, paws, hooves or other anatomical surfaces, which come into contact with them. The device and method uses germicidal radiation which exposes only the areas of the object that come into applied contact with the device. A top platform of the devices may be in a tilted position when not in uses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: RJG Associates, LLC
    Inventor: James KERR
  • Publication number: 20120086185
    Abstract: A trailer frame assembly for a fifth wheel trailer frame in which at least a portion of the frame is torsionally stiffened with a rectangular closed section in a transverse cross section. The rectangular closed section is formed by longitudinal, parallel spaced vertical side plates, a top pan extending between top portions of the side plates, and a bottom pan between bottom portions of the side plates. Overlap joints between the side plates and the top and bottom pans allow for connection with threaded or rivet fasteners. An end dump semi trailer is also provided with a double acting lift cylinder on each side of the trailer. Also provided is a latch lift assembly for a dump gate using a linkage assembly to impart vertical upward movement to dump gate to unlatch the dump gate from a cradle catch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: WRT Equipment Ltd.
    Inventors: Darryl James KERR, Yowin Daniel YOWIN, Taylor James RITZ