Patents by Inventor James Miller

James Miller 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: 20200095792
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a pool cleaner including a housing, a cavity defined within the housing, and a removable debris container received within the cavity. The pool cleaner includes a modular components that may be individually accessed and/or removed for servicing or replacement without disturbing other system components. The pool cleaner can include electronics modularly housed in an electronics housing. The pool cleaner can include a modular drive system for moving the pool cleaner, and a modular hydraulic system that draws water and debris into the housing, and discharges filtered water, providing thrust to the pool cleaner. Also, scrubbers individually coupled to the housing can include helical vanes configured to guide debris into a debris inlet of the pool cleaner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: James Miller, William Evans, Mitchell Bellamy, Stephen Mitchell, Adam Key, Montie Roland, David Vaughn
  • Publication number: 20200096287
    Abstract: Airguns are provided. In one aspect, a shuttle having a breech bushing therein is moved between a cocking position where a projectile is loaded into a breach bushing channel and a firing position where the breech bushing channel is located between a port from which compressed air flows firing and a barrel opening into which the compressed air advances the projectile. The barrel has a barrel guide surface at the back barrel face, wherein the breech bushing has a shaped surface facing the barrel and wherein the breech bushing shaped surface and the barrel guide surface are configured to interact as the barrel is moved from the cocked position to the firing position to urge the breach insert to move within the shuttle passageway in a manner that reduces the extent of any misalignment between the breech bushing channel and the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: James Miller, Jeffrey W. Mock
  • Publication number: 20200086746
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a generator for supplying power to a load; and one or more controllers, programmed to responsive to detecting a fuel level reaching a predefined critical value, stop the generator and instruct a second vehicle to start to generate power, the vehicle serving as a pass-through conduit between the load and the second vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Thomas G. Leone, Kenneth James Miller
  • Publication number: 20200089400
    Abstract: The present invention relates to touch sensor detectors incorporating interpolated variable impedance touch sensor arrays and specifically to detectors for non-planar touch controls. Variable impedance touch sensor arrays are applied to the surface of objects, inside objects, or other objects such that touches are detected directly or indirectly from the non-planar touch controls. An exemplary system includes a plurality of sensor panels on a plurality of device and a processor communicatively coupled to the sensor panels. The sensor panels include a plurality of physical VIA columns connected by interlinked impedance columns and a plurality of physical VIA rows connected by interlinked impedance rows. The processor detects touches at a first time at the sensor panels, determines that the two or more touches at the first time are arranged in a pattern corresponding to a predetermined gesture, and determines a relative pressure between the two or more touches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: John Aaron Zarraga, Alexander Meagher Grau, Bethany Noel Haniger, Bradley James Bozarth, Brogan Carl Miller, Ilya Daniel Rosenberg, James Frank Thomas, Mark Joshua Rosenberg, Peter Hans Nyboer, Reuben Eric Martinez, Scott Gregory Isaacson, Stephanie Jeanne Oberg, Timothy James Miller, Tomer Moscovich, Yibo Yu
  • Publication number: 20200089383
    Abstract: The present invention relates to touch sensor detector systems and methods incorporating an interpolated variable impedance touch sensor array and specifically to such systems and methods for gesture recognition and associating a UI element with the recognized gesture. In one embodiment, the present invention provides a variable impedance array (VIA) system for receiving a gesture that includes: a plurality of physical VIA columns connected by interlinked impedance columns; a plurality of physical VIA rows connected by interlinked impedance rows; and a processor configured to interpolate a location and/or pressure of the gesture in the physical columns and rows from an electrical signal from a plurality of column drive sources (connected to the plurality of physical VIA columns through the interlinked impedance columns) sensed at a plurality of row sense sinks (connected to the plurality of physical VIA rows through the interlinked impedance rows).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: John Aaron Zarraga, Alexander Meagher Grau, Bethany Noel Haniger, Bradley James Bozarth, Brogan Carl Miller, Ilya Daniel Rosenberg, James Frank Thomas, Mark Joshua Rosenberg, Peter Hans Nyboer, Reuben Eric Martinez, Scott Gregory Isaacson, Stephanie Jeanne Oberg, Timothy James Miller, Tomer Moscovich, Yibo Yu
  • Publication number: 20200089367
    Abstract: The present invention relates to interpolated variable impedance touch sensor arrays for force-aware large-surface device interaction. An exemplary system for detecting a continuous pressure curve includes a plurality of physical variable impedance array (VIA) columns connected by interlinked impedance columns and a plurality of physical VIA rows connected by interlinked impedance rows. The system also includes a plurality of column drive sources connected to the interlinked impedance columns and to the plurality of physical VIA columns through the interlinked impedance columns as well as a plurality of row sense sinks connected to the interlinked impedance rows and to the plurality of physical VIA rows through the interlinked impedance rows. Further, the system includes a processor configured to interpolate the continuous pressure curve in the physical VIA columns and physical VIA rows from an electrical signal from the plurality of column drive sources sensed at the plurality of row sense sinks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: John Aaron Zarraga, Alexander Meagher Grau, Bethany Noel Haniger, Bradley James Bozarth, Brogan Carl Miller, Ilya Daniel Rosenberg, James Frank Thomas, Mark Joshua Rosenberg, Peter Hans Nyboer, Reuben Eric Martinez, Scott Gregory Isaacson, Stephanie Jeanne Oberg, Timothy James Miller, Tomer Moscovich, Yibo Yu
  • Publication number: 20200089357
    Abstract: The present invention relates to automotive interface systems and methods. In one embodiment, an automotive interface system includes a steering wheel and an integrated interpolated variable impedance array that comprises a grid of sensing elements. The sensing elements are configured to power on simultaneously and to simultaneously generate multiple currents along multiple current paths in response to sensing a touch wherein the amount of current generated by a sensing element of the grid is directly proportional to the force applied by the touch. The automotive interface system also includes an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and a processor communicatively coupled to the interpolated variable impedance array that are configured to receive the multiple currents along multiple current paths and determine a location, a duration, an area, and a force of the touch from the multiple currents along multiple current paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Alexander Meagher Grau, Bethany Noel Haniger, Mark Joshua Rosenberg, Reuben Eric Martinez, Scott Gregory Isaacson, Stephanie Jeanne Oberg, Timothy James Miller, Tomer Moscovich
  • Patent number: 10589054
    Abstract: A valve assembly comprising a fluid conduit (11,18) having an inlet and an outlet, and a valve seat (24) adapted to be engaged by a valve member (40) for controlling the flow of fluid through the outlet of the fluid conduit (11,18), wherein the valve assembly is defined by at least a valve body component (10) and a valve seat component (20) engaged therewith, the valve body component (10) defining at least part of the fluid conduit (11,18), and the valve seat component (10) defining at least the valve seat (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Intersurgical AG
    Inventors: Andrew Neil Miller, Matthew James Leary
  • Patent number: 10588177
    Abstract: A method of supplying electricity to an electrical component inside a vacuum chamber may include positioning an electrical component inside a vacuum chamber, the electrical component having a first electrical connector portion. A second electrical connector portion may then be connected to the first electrical portion through a hole in a flexible wall of the vacuum chamber, the second electrical connector portion being electrically connected to circuitry disposed outside the vacuum chamber. The connecting step may include hermetically clamping the flexible wall of the vacuum chamber between the first and second electrical connector portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John F. Spalding, Jr., Christopher John Hottes, Robert James Miller
  • Publication number: 20200070676
    Abstract: A renewable energy charging system for increasing the charging efficiency of an autonomous vehicle includes a computer programed to predict, in a vehicle at a plurality of locations, an amount of power generation associated with each location. The computer selects one of the locations based at least on the predicted amounts of power generation and moves the vehicle to the selected location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Kenneth James MILLER, Aed M. DUDAR, Douglas Raymond MARTIN
  • Publication number: 20200069171
    Abstract: A speculum includes a first blade member and a second blade member. Each of the first and second blade members extend from a proximal end to a distal end. A speculum control includes a control nut threadingly engaged with a threaded shaft. Internal threads of the control nut are oversized relative external threads of the threaded shaft such that the control nut freely spins upon the threaded shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: Cyalume Technologies, Inc
    Inventors: JAMES MILLER, ERIC DOMINGOS, JOSEPH LONGO
  • Publication number: 20200076758
    Abstract: A mobile application for integrating a location sharing event with a messaging platform such as a text messaging or email platform allows users to be prompted about location sharing when at least a part of the message includes location or time information. In one embodiment, the mobile application takes the form of an integrated location sharing application that parses the message to discern the relevant location or time information. The application may also provide a notification of a future event and may optionally generate a location sharing event based on the notification. In another embodiment, the application permits interactive route sharing between at least two computing devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Bryan Trussel, Stephen Miller, James Stanton, Jason Keimig, Craig Link
  • Publication number: 20200068947
    Abstract: An enclosed cannabis cigarette preparation system that includes an indexing module configured to accept a plurality of pre-rolled cones, each having a sealed end and an open end, and to move the pre-rolled cones through a plurality of stations. The system further includes a filling module configured to dispense, at a first station, a portion of cannabis shake material into the open end of each of the pre-rolled cones to form loosely filled cones; a tamping module configured to compress, at a second station, the cannabis shake material in each of the loosely filled cones to form tamped cones; a de-clogging module; and a pinching module configured to pinch-twist, at a third station, the open end of each of the pre-rolled cones to form rolled cigarettes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Jack Leadbeater, Trent Bohl, James O'Connor, John Kinnard, Larry Miller, Jesse Haws, Riley Chicci, Frank Ross, Julie Stefl, Yani Deros
  • Publication number: 20200071034
    Abstract: A closure constructed for being inserted and securely retained in a portal-forming neck of a container, the closure having a substantially cylindrical shape and comprising substantially flat terminating surfaces forming the opposed ends of the closure, wherein the closure further comprises: (a) a closure precursor having a substantially cylindrical shape and comprising a lateral surface and substantially flat terminating surfaces forming the opposed ends of the closure precursor, wherein the lateral surface and the flat terminating surfaces of the closure precursor have a substantially uniform color; and (b) a decorative layer that at least partially covers at least the lateral surface of the closure precursor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Darrell James Miller, Olav Marcus Aagaard, Christine Phi Phuong Duong
  • Publication number: 20200071222
    Abstract: A method of forming a strengthened glass article is provided. The method includes providing a strengthened glass article. The strengthened glass article is in the form of a container including a sidewall having an exterior surface and an interior surface that encloses an interior volume. The sidewall has an exterior strengthened surface layer that includes the exterior surface, an interior strengthened surface layer that includes the interior surface and a central layer between the exterior strengthened surface layer and the interior strengthened surface layer that is under a tensile stress. A laser-induced intended line of separation is formed in the central layer at a predetermined depth between the exterior strengthened surface layer and the interior strengthened surface layer by irradiating the sidewall with a laser without separating the glass article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Rebecca Vernon Higginbottom Dahlman, William James Miller, Katherine Rose Rossington, Alexander Mikhailovich Streltsov
  • Patent number: 10581115
    Abstract: Electrolyte for a solid-state battery includes a body having grains of inorganic material sintered to one another, where the grains include lithium. The body is thin, has little porosity by volume, and has high ionic conductivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Michael Edward Badding, Jacqueline Leslie Brown, Jennifer Anella Heine, Thomas Dale Ketcham, Gary Edward Merz, Eric Lee Miller, Zhen Song, Cameron Wayne Tanner, Conor James Walsh
  • Publication number: 20200064557
    Abstract: A non-contact system for measuring an insertion loss of a cable assembly with cable fibers includes a light source system that emits light and a launch connector supporting launch fibers. A detector system includes receive fibers supported by a receive connector. The detector system has detectors optically coupled to the receive fibers, with one detector directly optically coupled to the light source system for calibration. A first movable stage supports the launch connector and a second movable stage supports the receive connector. A launch optical system images output end faces of the launch fibers onto input end faces of the cable fibers of the cable assembly. A receive optical system images output end faces of the cable fibers onto input end faces of the receive fibers. The light exiting the receive fibers is detected and processed to determine the insertion loss of the cable assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: William James Miller, Robert Adam Modavis
  • Publication number: 20200065845
    Abstract: A computerized system for transacting the purchase and sale of consumer motor fuels between motor fuel merchants and retail consumers through software on a mobile or desktop connected device for periods in the future through the simultaneous execution of multi-party, multi-layered contingent transactions and pricing algorithms to ensure that all inter-related motor fuel merchant transactions are simultaneously transacted upon a retail consumer purchase execution. Motor fuels include refined products such as gasoline and diesel fuel, renewable fuels (e.g. ethanol, biodiesel), natural gas (including liquefied natural gas), jet fuel and electricity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph H. LeBlanc, JR., Nick DiCosola, Sagy P. Mintz, Leo E. Murphy, Robert A. Miller, William K. Ward, William F. Kerins, Luis R. Luque, Parker P. Drew, James V. Blanton
  • Patent number: 10569889
    Abstract: A selection is made between single stage and multistage parachute deployment for a vehicle based at least in part on vehicle state information. In the event multistage parachute deployment is selected, a drogue parachute is deployed during a first deployment stage and afterwards, a main parachute is deployed during a second deployment stage. In the event single stage parachute deployment is selected, at least the main parachute is deployed in a single stage where in the event the drogue parachute is deployed during the single stage, the drogue and main parachute are deployed simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventors: Craig Western, Damon Vander Lind, Eric Miller, James Thomas Yaru, Timothy Mattson, Andrew David Goessling
  • Patent number: 10570875
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for expediting heating of intake valves to improve engine startability. An engine laser ignition system is operated prior to, and during, an engine start to heat intake valves, thereby improving fuel vaporization. The ignition system is also operated to initiate cylinder air/fuel combustion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Douglas Raymond Martin, Aed M. Dudar