Patents by Inventor James Logan

James Logan 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: 20080092168
    Abstract: A system for utilizing metadata created either at a central location for shared use by connected users, or at each individual user's location, to enhance user's enjoyment of available broadcast programming content. A variety of mechanisms are employed for automatically and manually identifying and designating programming segments, associating descriptive metadata which the identified segments, distributing the metadata for use at client locations, and using the supplied metadata to selectively record and playback desired programming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventors: James Logan, Scott Durgin, Brian Doe, Vincent Colella, Jeffrey Santos, Michael Palone, Stephen Boone, McFarland Hale, Paul Mansfield, Gregory Read
  • Publication number: 20080060001
    Abstract: A system for replaying a broadcast sports event using a video on demand or personal video recording system. Metadata is created that subdivides the original broadcast into segments, and associates descriptive information with each segment. Playlists that specify an ordered subsequence of the sequence may be selected and used to present a variety of expanded or condensed versions of the sporting event to a viewer. Navigation controls including segment lists, specially formatted screen displays, and special functions under the control of a user-operated remote control, facilitate the interactive selection and control of the presentation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventors: James Logan, Scott Durgin, Dana Burd
  • Publication number: 20080052739
    Abstract: A system for utilizing metadata created either at a central location for shared use by connected users, or at each individual user's location, to enhance user's enjoyment of available broadcast programming content. A variety of mechanisms are employed for automatically and manually identifying and designating programming segments, associating descriptive metadata which the identified segments, distributing the metadata for use at client locations, and using the supplied metadata to selectively record and playback desired programming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventor: James Logan
  • Publication number: 20080037718
    Abstract: A personal audio player including an audio program reproduction unit for delivering audio program content to a user and an announcement generator for delivering one or more timed announcement messages or alarm signals to the user of said audio player. A control interface accepts preference data specifying the time at which announcement messages are delivered to said user. The audio player may take the form hand-held music player or cellular phone which is coupled to an earpiece which may be touched to request an announcement message. Announcement messages may take the form of prerecorded human voices and may be transmitted to the player from a remote source. Announcement messages may also contain data from a remote source and may be delivered in both audible and visual form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventor: James Logan
  • Publication number: 20080027599
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing one-way rides by autonomous vehicles are disclosed. An exemplary embodiment of the invention operates as a personal ski lift that includes an autonomous snowmobile or all terrain vehicle for providing a low-cost and flexible means to ascend ski-able terrain to bring a skier to a high-altitude skiing destination, so that the skier may depart the vehicle and ski down the terrain independent from the vehicle. The vehicle of the exemplary embodiment may meanwhile travel autonomously to a lower-altitude rendezvous point to meet the skier upon completion of his skiing. Other embodiments within the invention for providing one-way rides by various types of vehicles for various purposes are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Inventors: James Logan, Matthew Vestal, David Northup
  • Publication number: 20080015373
    Abstract: The process for preparing a refinery feedstock from black liquor soap comprising adding excess alcohol (preferably methanol) to black liquor soap. Acid is then added to the mixture to drop the pH of the mixture to approximately 2 to convert carboxylate salt of fatty and resin acids to the free fatty and resin acids. In the reaction process, the free fatty and resin acids react with the alcohol, with the aid of the acid catalyst, to yield the desired ester products. The resulting feedstock can be distilled or refined to yield sterols and related alcohols, biodiesel and other fuels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2006
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Applicant: Pioneer Biofuel Inc.
    Inventors: Mark James Logan, Phillip Richard Pearce, David George Dick
  • Publication number: 20080005130
    Abstract: An audio program and message distribution system in which a host system organizes and transmits program segments to client subscriber locations. The host organizes the program segments by subject matter and creates scheduled programming in accordance with preferences associated with each subscriber. Program segments are associated with descriptive subject matter segments, and the subject matter segments may be used to generate both text and audio cataloging presentations to enable the user to more easily identify and select desirable programming. A playback unit at the subscriber location reproduces the program segments received from the host and includes mechanisms for interactively navigating among the program segments. A usage log is compiled to record the subscriber's use of the provided program materials, to return data to the host for billing, to adaptively modify the subscriber's preferences based on actual usage, and to send subscriber-generated comments and requests to the host for processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2007
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Inventors: James Logan, Daniel Goessling, Charles Call
  • Publication number: 20070184881
    Abstract: A headset terminal for speech applications includes a headband assembly, an earcup assembly and a power source assembly. Processing circuitry is positioned in at least one of the earcup assembly and the power source assembly and includes speech processing circuitry for recognizing and synthesizing speech. A radio communicates with a central system to process the activity information of the headset terminal user. A rotatable microphone boom assembly includes controls mounted on opposite sides of a rotation axis to maintain a consistent orientation on the boom assembly with respect to the head of a user. The boom assembly snaps together with the earcup assembly to rotate. The headband assembly includes at least one transverse band and a sliding arm coupled to the earcup assembly for dynamically adjusting the position of the earcup assembly. A latch of the power source assembly snaps into position to secure it with the assembly and slides between latched and unlatched positions to secure a battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Publication date: August 9, 2007
    Inventors: James Wahl, Andres Viduya, Ben Kessing, Roger Byford, James Logan, Dominic Tooze, Philip Shade, Graham Lacy
  • Publication number: 20070113250
    Abstract: A method for enhancing a fantasy sports game with recorded sports broadcasts includes the steps of receiving video programs depicting sports-related events, storing the video programs, associating to a plurality of segments of the video programs attribute data that identifies for a segment of the plurality of segments at least one of a plurality of persons related to a portion of the sports-related events depicted in the segment of the plurality of segments, transmitting to a presentation device for display a player guide containing at least one of the plurality of persons, receiving from a user of the presentation device a video request related to a particular person contained in the player guide, retrieving from the plurality of segments a particular segment associated with attribute data that identifies the particular person, and transmitting the particular segment to the presentation device for display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Publication date: May 17, 2007
    Inventors: James Logan, Mark Pascarella, Dana Burd, Olivier Karfis, Eric Sackowitz
  • Publication number: 20070080930
    Abstract: A device is comprised of processing circuitry operable for providing a speech interface to facilitate a speech dialog with a user or generates commands for a user. An RFID reader, operably coupled with the processing circuitry, is operable for reading data from an RFID tag. In one aspect, the reading occurs in the context of a speech dialog. In another aspect, the data is used to generate speech commands. In another aspect, information is stored to an RFID tag during the speech dialog.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Publication date: April 12, 2007
    Inventors: James Logan, Jack LeVan, Roger Byford, Timothy Eusterman, Lawrence Sweeney
  • Publication number: 20070037610
    Abstract: A cellular telephone automatically places itself in a sleep mode in which one or more components are de-eneragized to conserve battery power whenever sensed status variables indicated that the telephone will not or cannot be used. The user can schedule time periods during which the phone will be in sleep mode and can establish conditional rules which establish conditions which, if satisfied, will place the phone in a sleep mode. Sensed variables such as ambient light and sound, the time of day, applied pressure, and the location and movement of the phone are processed along with user-defined preference values to begin and end automated sleep modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Publication date: February 15, 2007
    Inventor: James Logan
  • Publication number: 20070037605
    Abstract: A system for controlling the magnitude or timing of the alert signal (e.g. ringing) generated to notify the user of a portable (e.g. cellular) telephone of an incoming phone call. Data values that indicate the status of the telephone are processed to control the character of the alert signals. These data values may include position data indicating the absolute location of the phone or the relative location of the phone with respect to another object, the level of ambient light or sound in the vicinity of the telephone, the time of day, the movement of the telephone, and/or whether the telephone is being held by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Publication date: February 15, 2007
    Inventor: James Logan
  • Publication number: 20070026852
    Abstract: A multi-media telephone system capable of presenting multi-media content to users defined by structured script files incorporating markup tags, such as HTML, XML, SMIL or VoiceXML tags. The script files form “homepage” presentations displayed on the telephone stationset. The script files may be transmitted from called parties to calling parties at the time a telephone connection is first established, or transmitted at the request of either party thereafter, and are executed by a processor in the receiving stationset (such as a cellular telephone), providing both visual displays and audio output in an interactive interface which can be used to provide additional information or services from a menu of displayed or spoken option prompts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Publication date: February 1, 2007
    Inventors: James Logan, Charles Call
  • Publication number: 20060280437
    Abstract: A DVD player/recorder incorporates a hard drive mass memory device for temporarily storing program content and metadata, includes a network interface for connecting to content and metadata providers, as well as other resources and other computers, via the Internet, a television interface for connecting to a conventional television set which reproduces content from the DVD player, and also connects the DVD player to a set top box which provides a connection to a cable or satellite provider which forms a further source of programming and metadata. The DVD player can retrieve and play content, and permit the navigation of content, specified on a metadata playlist file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Publication date: December 14, 2006
    Applicant: Gotuit Media Corp
    Inventors: James Logan, Daniel Morton
  • Publication number: 20060237427
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for managing the content of containers, such as existing kitchen cabinets, refrigerators, storage rooms and lockers, and medicine cabinets. Controllable latching modules and/or cameras are attached to the containers to control access to and/or record changes to the contents of the containers. The latching modules include an electromechanical device controlled by a microprocessor or responsive to electronic signals from an external source to permit or deny access to the container at predetermined times, or permit or deny access to specific persons, or under other conditions specified by a rule based control system. In addition, the camera may be used to reveal changes in the contents when the door to the container is open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2006
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventor: James Logan
  • Publication number: 20060218579
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for editing the content of a broadcast programming signal to provide a proprietary program signal that has been tailored to the preferences of an individual monitoring the broadcast programming signal. Accordingly, the systems and methods of the invention offer computer-integrated television monitoring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Publication date: September 28, 2006
    Inventors: James Logan, Richard Goldhor, Daniel Goessling
  • Publication number: 20060186215
    Abstract: A faucet controller for accepting desired temperature, flow rate, spray configuration selections, and volume delivery limits from a user and for thereafter controlling the delivery of water through the faucet in accordance with the selections accepted from the user. A set of selector “preset” buttons is used to store the current flow state (temperature, flow rate, and spray configuration), as well as volume delivery limits when desired, and that stored state may then restored by pressing the present selector button used to store that prior state. A force feedback joystick may be used to control the faucet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Publication date: August 24, 2006
    Inventor: James Logan
  • Patent number: 7001562
    Abstract: The present invention provides an efficient method for topically treating and drying fibrous web materials such as nonwoven web materials and nonwoven laminate materials without unduly damaging the materials due to excessive heating during drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Kimberly Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Kenneth Schiffer, Clayton James Logan, Michael David Powers, Hue Scott Snowden
  • Publication number: 20060015925
    Abstract: A system for replaying a sales presentation television program using a video on demand (VOD) or digital video recording (DVR) system. Metadata is created that subdivides the original broadcast into segments, and associates descriptive information with each segment. Playlists that specify an ordered subsequence of the sequence may be selected and used to present a variety of expanded or condensed versions of the sales presentation program originally broadcast to a viewer. Navigation controls including segment and subsegment lists, specially formatted screen displays, and special functions under the control of a user-operated remote control, facilitate the interactive selection and control of the presentation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Publication date: January 19, 2006
    Applicant: Gotuit Media Corp
    Inventor: James Logan
  • Publication number: 20050259658
    Abstract: A cross-referencing server connected to the Internet stores cross-references between different address designations for the same person, entity or location. The address designations stored in each cross-reference can include a unique shorthand string of characters used as a virtual address for a particular person, entity or location, and also the mailing address and telephone and fax numbers, email address, or Internet URL(s) associated with that person, entity or location. The server can be employed to translate any of the stored address into a different address.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2005
    Publication date: November 24, 2005
    Inventors: James Logan, Charles Call