Patents by Inventor James Tracy

James Tracy 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: 20190105688
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a product applicator assembly is provided. The assembly comprises a housing having a porous portion. The housing defines a hollow interior bounded at least in part by the porous portion. The assembly further comprises a sealed product container positioned within the hollow interior. The product container contains a spreadable product therein. The housing is at least partially compressible. At least a portion of the housing causes the sealed product container to burst and to release at least a portion of the spreadable product into the porous portion of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Inventors: Christopher Bourne, Aaron Irvin, James Tracy
  • Publication number: 20170025850
    Abstract: An intelligent current lead device, its design, fabrication, and methods of operation are described in this disclosure. The intelligent current lead device described in this disclosure electrically and thermally connects and disconnects one or more power sources or loads operating at one temperature reservoir with one or more machines or devices operating at either the same or a different temperature reservoir. The intelligent current lead can operate in either an active mode or passive mode. The intelligent current lead device may incorporate the use of multiple types of diagnostic sensors and instrumentation, which can be monitored, interpreted, and analyzed. The program logic of the intelligent current lead may be used to interpret the data obtained from the diagnostic sensors and instrumentation in order to adjust/actuate/switch the current lead so as to optimize its configuration to respond to requirements of an electrical load that changes with time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher Mark Rey, Thomas James Tracy, JR., Benjamin Scott Andrews
  • Publication number: 20110302203
    Abstract: A system and method for performing searches may include storing data available for searching. In response to receiving a search request includes a “what” search parameter and a “with” search parameter from a user, the data using the “what” and “with” search parameters may be searched, and search results may be generated. The search results may be returned to a user who submitted the search request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventors: James Tracy, Derek McKenzie, James Cordes, Jorge Cordova, Jordan Strauch
  • Publication number: 20100116145
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for steaming and blending food products such as baby food. The apparatus includes a base including a steam chamber and a drive shaft. A container assembly can be mounted to the base in an inverted position for steaming the food and in an upright position for blending the food. The apparatus may further include a baby bottle sterilizing unit and a bottle warmer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: SUNBEAM PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: James Tracy, Augusto Picozza
  • Patent number: 7617766
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for steaming and blending food products such as baby food. The apparatus includes a base including a steam chamber and a drive shaft. A container assembly can be mounted to the base in an inverted position for steaming the food and in an upright position for blending the food. The apparatus may further include a baby bottle sterilizing unit and a bottle warmer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James Tracy, Augusto Picozza
  • Publication number: 20080047439
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for steaming and blending food products such as baby food. The apparatus includes a base including a steam chamber and a drive shaft. A container assembly can be mounted to the base in an inverted position for steaming the food and in an upright position for blending the food. The apparatus may further include a baby bottle sterilizing unit and a bottle warmer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventors: James Tracy, Augusto Picozza
  • Publication number: 20070287801
    Abstract: A method of forming a poly(arylene ether)-containing solid concentrate is described. The method includes blending a poly(arylene ether), a thermosetting resin, and a compatibilizing agent in the presence of a solvent to form a homogeneous solution, and removing the solvent to yield the solid concentrate. The solid concentrate is useful for preparing curable conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventors: Michael Davis, James Tracy
  • Publication number: 20070141860
    Abstract: A connector (30) can include a housing (32), a plurality of magnets (14) within the housing used for data transfer and at least one alignment magnet (16 or 18) within the housing used for proper alignment and polarity. The connector can also include at least one magnetic induction circuit (52) coupled to at least one of the plurality of magnets. The plurality of magnets can include a plurality of inductor elements or micro-metric inductor elements. The magnetic induction circuit can be a magnetic induction circuit using Gaussian Minimum Shift Keying modulation. A connector (64) can further include an inductive coil (67) operating at a lower frequency than the at least one magnetic induction circuit. The inductive coil can enable contactless energy transfer from the connector to an energy storage device (69) operatively coupled to an electronic product (62).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Applicant: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin Hernandez, James Tracy
  • Publication number: 20070121256
    Abstract: The invention concerns a portable carrying apparatus (100) and a method (800) of the operation thereof. In one arrangement, the portable carrying apparatus can include a holding device (104) and a clip (106). The holding device can be made of a material that is capable of transmitting light. A light source (302) can be activated by an activation device (410) to illuminate the holding device in the occurrence of an event. The method can also include configuring the duration as well as a sequence of illumination of the light source, depending on the event that takes place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2005
    Publication date: May 31, 2007
    Inventors: Monika Wolf, Matthew Johnson, David Karl, James Tracy, Michael Page
  • Publication number: 20070102267
    Abstract: A keypad assembly (10) with embedded audio components can include a keypad and an audio component (14) within at least one key (12) of the keypad. At least one key can include an audio port (13). The keypad assembly can further include an insulating layer (18) or flexible circuit (21) between the audio component and a printed circuit board (17) as well as a switch (15) or other switch activation means on the printed circuit board for activating a function when the at least one key is depressed. The audio component can be a microphone or a speaker or an ultrasonic transducer for example. The keypad assembly can include a plurality of keys where each key in the plurality can have a microphone or speaker to form a microphone array or speaker array respectively. For example, the audio generating component can be formed using micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Publication date: May 10, 2007
    Applicant: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Schentrup, James Tracy
  • Publication number: 20060244720
    Abstract: The invention concerns a collapsible projection assembly (112) and a method (600) for operating same. The collapsible projection assembly can include a rotatable arm (116) having at least one pivot point (118), a projector (120) that can project an image (122) onto a surface (114), a first sensor (124) that can detect the location of an input device (128) in relation to the image and a second sensor (126) that can detect when the input device pierces a plane (130) above the image. The rotatable arm can be movable from a non-operational position to an operational position such that a predetermined spatial relationship between the projector, the first sensor and the second senor can be at least substantially maintained when the rotatable arm reaches the operational position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Publication date: November 2, 2006
    Inventor: James Tracy
  • Publication number: 20060248251
    Abstract: A charger docking station (102) is used to charge a battery (122) of a portable information device (104), and provide enhanced input (110) and enhanced output (112) ability. The enhanced input allows a user to more easily input information into the portable information device, while the enhanced output allows the user to view more information than may be displayed by a display (126) of the portable information device. When the charger docking station is connected to a power source (116) a power supply (114) provides power to the enhanced input and display elements, but when the power source is disconnected from the power supply, the enhanced input and display elements are powered from the battery of the portable information device, or from an external auxiliary battery (106), or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Publication date: November 2, 2006
    Inventors: James Tracy, Rohan Kale, Tom Mathew, Irfan Nasir, Amy Perkins, Jon Schindler, Bharat Vakil
  • Publication number: 20060146027
    Abstract: A keypad assembly for an electronic device where characters are displayed on the buttons has a flexible display laminate (105). The flexible display laminate has a driver layer (106) on which button regions of conductor (300) are formed. Surrounding the button regions are conductorless regions (312). The lack of conductor in the surrounding regions allows appropriate tactile feedback to a user when the user depresses an actuating member (112), through which character formed by the flexible display laminate may be seen, actuating a popple switch circuit which allows the device to detect the button press.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2004
    Publication date: July 6, 2006
    Inventors: James Tracy, James Zollo
  • Publication number: 20060148568
    Abstract: A video game system (100) includes one or more game carousels (101), one or more physical game media (118), and one or more game consoles (112). The game carousel (101) is capable of holding one or more game media (118). The game console (112) wirelessly requests, from the game carousel (101), access to game code associated with a game media (118). If the game media (118) is physically present in, or in communication with, the game carousel (101), access is granted and at least a portion of the game code is wirelessly transmitted from the game carousel (101) to the game console (112). Once the game media (118) is removed from, or stops communication with, the game carousel (101), or if the game carousel (101) and game console (112) stop communication with each other, game play is terminated at the game console (112).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Publication date: July 6, 2006
    Applicant: MOTOROLA, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Schultz, James Tracy
  • Publication number: 20060135706
    Abstract: A method of forming a poly(arylene ether)-containing solid concentrate is described. The method includes blending a poly(arylene ether) and a thermosetting resin in the presence of a solvent to form a homogeneous solution, and removing the solvent to yield the solid concentrate. The solid concentrate is useful for preparing curable conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Publication date: June 22, 2006
    Inventors: Michael Davis, James Tracy
  • Publication number: 20060103404
    Abstract: A system includes a temperature chamber (100), a text fixture (402), a test coupon (400), a data acquisition unit (404), an ohmmeter (406) and a computer (410). The temperature chamber (100) provides temperature extremes to the test coupon (400). The test coupon (400) includes a substrate (314), one or more vias (418-429) and traces (402-412) connecting the vias. The data acquisition unit (404) continuously measures a resistance value of the circuit formed by the vias (418-429) and traces (402-412) during temperature cycling of the test coupon (400) held by the test fixture (402). The ohmmeter (406) measures the temperature of the test coupon (400) with a thermocouple. The data is used to detect failures of the materials in the test coupon (400) during the temperature cycling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Publication date: May 18, 2006
    Applicant: MOTOROLA, INC.
    Inventors: Nitin Desai, Paul Crandall, Ilya Lisak, Robert Mulligan, James Tracy, James Zollo
  • Publication number: 20060084480
    Abstract: A system includes a wireless device (101) and at least one stimulator pad (400, 500). The stimulator pad (400, 500) has a set of electrodes (404) that are in communication with the wireless device (101). The stimulator pad (400, 500) is worn on the skin of a user. The wireless device (101) is operable to receive an incoming signal and to place an electric potential on the conductors (404) so that various areas of the user's body are stimulated and the user will receive notification of the incoming signal in a completely silent manner. The pad (400) can be either wired or wireless and can be used to deliver therapeutic body stimulation as well. In another embodiment, the wireless device (101) controls at least one stimulator pad (400, 500) independent of any incoming signal received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Publication date: April 20, 2006
    Applicant: MOTOROLA, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Patino, Jose Korneluk, James Tracy
  • Publication number: 20060079330
    Abstract: A communication device provides voice communications addressed to destinations corresponding to relevant characters in a game (117) in play. The communication device (101) provides, for example, a transmitter (105) for transmitting calls when operably connected to a dispatch network (111), and a processor (107). The processor is configured to facilitate interfacing with a user to play a multi-player game, in play between players including a first player on the communication device (101) and one or more second players having communication devices (103). The processor (101) is configured to facilitate, responsive to a call request, communicating via the transmitter with one or more recipients of a call from the first player, including automatically determining, in accordance with information representing the relevant characters, the appropriate recipient or recipients of the call, and causing the transmitter (105) to call the recipient or recipients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Publication date: April 13, 2006
    Inventors: Joseph Dvorak, Charles Schultz, James Tracy
  • Publication number: 20060046779
    Abstract: A mobile communication device is provided with an electrical interface in a battery compartment (204) of the mobile communication device. The interface is provided by a flexible circuit member (106) disposed on a radiation shield (100), which is mounted on a circuit board (14) of the mobile communication device. The flexible circuit member and shield are accessible through an opening (206) in the back surface (210) of the battery compartment. Initially the mobile communication device is provided with a label (214) concealing the electrical interface. The label may be removed later so that a battery accessory module (600) may replace a standard battery (502). An accessory circuit (808) in the battery accessory module connects to the mobile communication device through the interface, and provides additional functionality to the mobile communication device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Publication date: March 2, 2006
    Inventors: James Tracy, Jaime Borras, Georg Mussenden
  • Publication number: 20050243522
    Abstract: A multi-purpose product packaging (100, 200) for an electronic host product (250) having its own casing can include an apparatus casing (110, 210) for removably and substantially encasing the electronic host product, circuitry (240) within the apparatus casing for providing at least one function to the electronic host product, and an interface (255) on the apparatus casing for enabling the at least one function to operate in conjunction with the electronic product. The apparatus casing can be made of recyclable products and the interface can form a portion of the circuitry within the apparatus casing. In one embodiment, the electronic host device can be a phone and the circuitry can provide any number of functions including the function of charging a power source within the phone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Publication date: November 3, 2005
    Applicant: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Nilsen, James Tracy, Nitin Desai, James Zollo