Patents by Inventor John A. Wolfe

John A. Wolfe 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: 10790766
    Abstract: A dynamic energy harvesting and variable harvesting force system is disclosed. A boost converter increases a motor voltage as a motor current associated with the motor voltage propagates through the boost converter thereby generating a boost voltage associated with the changing motor current. A power storage device stores energy harvested by the boost converter when the boost voltage exceeds an energy storage threshold. A controller dynamically adjusts a harvesting force applied by the motor so that the harvesting force is relative to the force applied to the motor. The controller also dynamically adjusts the harvested energy stored by the power storage device by adjusting the charging of the power storage device, ensuring that the boost voltage threshold is maintained. The boost voltage when maintained within the boost voltage threshold enables the power storage device to store the harvested energy without impacting the harvesting force applied by the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: John A. Wolfe, Daniel Langenberg, Michael Stock
  • Publication number: 20200298652
    Abstract: A thermal management system includes a housing, and a monolithic core structure disposed within the housing. An outer surface of the core structure defines at least part of a first passageway. An inner surface of the core structure defines at least part of a second passageway. The core structure includes a separator wall that isolates a first flow passing through the first passageway from a second flow passing through the second passageway. The first passageway is in thermal communication with the second passageway. The core structure includes one or more heat exchanger features, or fins, that are positioned within the first passageway, the second passageway, or both the first and second passageways. The core structure may have a compliant segment coupled to two or more walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin Bailey, James Fitzgerald Bonar, John Dowell, Rachel Wyn Levine, Nicolas Kristopher Sabo, Mohammed El Hacin Sennoun, Jared Wolfe
  • Publication number: 20200266757
    Abstract: A preassembled solar panel module includes a solar panel configured for receiving and converting solar radiation to produce electrical power. Multiple panel rails are coupled in preassembly to a backside surface of the solar panel, including at least two panel rails disposed halfway or more along opposing longest edges of the solar panel. Multiple snap connector components are each coupled to one of the at least two rails and are each configured to couple with a complementary snap connector component of an adjacent preassembled solar panel module. One or more mounting feet are each coupled at a selected location to one of the at least two panel rails and are each configured for coupling at a selected location to a roof or other sunlight receiving surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Neil Goldberg, Troy Douglas Tyler, Eugene Kim, Bron Davis, David Schultz, Miguel Martinho Lopes Praca, John Wolfe
  • Patent number: 10726211
    Abstract: Systems for facilitating acquisition of a language by a user receive initial user input representing a phrase in a first language. The phrase is translated to a second language then parsed to generate constituent data indicative of one or more groups of related words within the phrase. The constituents may constitute comprehensible linguistic inputs for communication to a user when the initial phrase is not a comprehensible input. Output data is generated to output the constituents to the user. Based on the relationships between the words, the characteristics of the second language, or user data indicative of the user's previous comprehension of constituents, the amplitude, frequency, output rate, or other audible characteristic of output may be modified to emphasize or deemphasize portions of the constituents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Nikolas Wolfe, John Thomas Beck, Lee Michael Bossio, Logan Gray Chittenden, Matthew Darren Choate, Matthew Girouard
  • Patent number: 10663734
    Abstract: A wearable image display system includes a headpiece, a first and a second light engine, and a first and a second optical component. The first and second light engines generate a first and a second set of beams respectively, each beam substantially collimated so that the first and second set form a first and a second virtual image respectively. Each optical component is located to project an image onto a first and a second eye of a wearer respectively. The first and second sets of beams are directed to incoupling structures of the first and second optical components respectively. Exit structures of the first and second optical components guide the first and second sets of beams onto the first and second eyes respectively. The optical components are located between the light engines and the eyes. Both of the light engines are mounted to a central portion of the headpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Tapani Levola, Pasi Saarikko, Steven John Robbins, Yarn Chee Poon, Lena Adele Wolfe, Erica Lee Towle
  • Patent number: 10655489
    Abstract: An assembly for a turbomachine and a method for assembling a plurality of flow path components are presented. The assembly includes a plurality of flow path components disposed adjacent to one another, each flow path component having a forward surface, an aft surface, a pressure side surface, and a suction side surface. A seal channel is defined by the pressure side surface and the suction side surface of adjacent flow path components. The seal channel has an open forward end proximate to the forward surfaces and at least two rear ends proximate to the aft surfaces. The assembly includes a plurality of seal layers disposed within the seal channel such that one or more seal layers extend from the open forward end to a rear end and one or more other seal layers extend from the open forward end to another rear end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Neelesh Nandkumar Sarawate, Christopher Edward Wolfe, Victor John Morgan, Jason Ray Gregg
  • Patent number: 10616545
    Abstract: A camera system including imaging optics, a system controller, a retroreflective surface, and an illumination source allows for capturing high quality images that allow for similar white balance between subsequent images. The camera system includes a camera body coupled to the illumination source such that the illumination source emits light towards the retroreflective surface. An object, is mounted to the retroreflective surface such that at least part of the retroreflective surface is obscured by the garment. Consequently, the light emitted from the illumination source is reflected by both the retroreflective surface and the object towards the camera body. The camera body contains imaging optics which capture an image from the reflected light. Thus, the camera system captures images of the object and retroreflective surface. The camera system similarly white balances any number of images including any number of objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: THREDUP INC.
    Inventors: John Voris, Matthew Wolfe, John Friedl, Joshua Mahoney
  • Publication number: 20200054351
    Abstract: A patient-specific acetabular guide can be used for preparing an acetabulum of a patient to receive an acetabular implant. The acetabular guide includes a patient-specific engagement surface designed to be complementary and mateable with a corresponding surface of the patient's pelvic anatomy. The acetabular guide is designed during a pre-operative plan for the patient by a three-dimensional reconstruction of the anatomy of the patient using two-dimensional medical images. The patient-specific engagement surface has a first portion mateable with a portion of the acetabulum of the patient. The acetabular guide includes a guiding element that extends from the acetabular guide opposite to the first portion of engagement surface. The guiding element defines a bore designed to be oriented along an alignment axis for an acetabular implant when the acetabular guide is engaged to the acetabulum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Jason D. Meridew, Tyler D. Witt, Ryan John Schoenefeld, William Jason Slone, Adolph V. Lombardi, Jeffrey H. Nycz, Matthew D. Munsterman, Alexander P. Wolfe, Tamon Kabata, James Nairus, John C. Clohisy
  • Patent number: 10536108
    Abstract: A preassembled solar panel module includes a solar panel configured for receiving and converting solar radiation to produce electrical power. Multiple panel rails are coupled in preassembly to a backside surface of the solar panel, including at least two panel rails disposed halfway or more along opposing longest edges of the solar panel. Multiple snap connector components are each coupled to one of the at least two rails and are each configured to couple with a complimentary snap connector component of an adjacent preassembled solar panel module or of a wind deflector accessory, or both. One or more mounting feet are each coupled at a selected location to one of the at least two panel rails and are each configured for coupling at a selected location to a roof or to other sunlight receiving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Smash Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: Neil Goldberg, Troy Douglas Tyler, Eugene Kim, Bron Davis, David Schultz, Miguel Martinho Lopes Praca, John Wolfe
  • Publication number: 20200007054
    Abstract: A dynamic energy harvesting and variable harvesting force system is disclosed. A boost converter increases a motor voltage as a motor current associated with the motor voltage propagates through the boost converter thereby generating a boost voltage associated with the changing motor current. A power storage device stores energy harvested by the boost converter when the boost voltage exceeds an energy storage threshold. A controller dynamically adjusts a harvesting force applied by the motor so that the harvesting force is relative to the force applied to the motor. The controller also dynamically adjusts the harvested energy stored by the power storage device by adjusting the charging of the power storage device, ensuring that the boost voltage threshold is maintained. The boost voltage when maintained within the boost voltage threshold enables the power storage device to store the harvested energy without impacting the harvesting force applied by the motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: John A. Wolfe, Daniel Langenberg, Michael Stock
  • Patent number: 10507029
    Abstract: A patient-specific acetabular guide can be used for preparing an acetabulum of a patient to receive an acetabular implant. The acetabular guide includes a patient-specific engagement surface designed to be complementary and mateable with a corresponding surface of the patient's pelvic anatomy. The acetabular guide is designed during a pre-operative plan for the patient by a three-dimensional reconstruction of the anatomy of the patient using two-dimensional medical images. The patient-specific engagement surface has a first portion mateable with a portion of the acetabulum of the patient. The acetabular guide includes a guiding element that extends from the acetabular guide opposite to the first portion of engagement surface. The guiding element defines a bore designed to be oriented along an alignment axis for an acetabular implant when the acetabular guide is engaged to the acetabulum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Jason D. Meridew, Tyler D. Witt, Ryan John Schoenefeld, William Jason Slone, Adolph V. Lombardi, Jeffrey H. Nycz, Matthew D. Munsterman, Alexander P. Wolfe, Tamon Kabata, James Nairus, John C. Clohisy
  • Publication number: 20190339062
    Abstract: An In-Process Diameter Gage comprises a Position Detection Subsystem, preferably an optical switch and trigger, a Dimension Measurement Subsystem, preferably comprising a wheel of known diameter and a rotation encoder, and a Data Processing Subsystem, all configured and arranged to determine a dimensional property of a rotating part, such as diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: Gagemaker, LP
    Inventors: Jimmy I. FRANK, John WOLFE, III, Craig CLOUD, Mark BEWLEY, Kris L. DAWSON
  • Patent number: 10450139
    Abstract: An order fulfillment system stores any number of items in an item population. The item population includes any number of unique items. The order fulfillment system includes an input system, a storage system, and a packing system. The input system receives items for the population, prepares the received items for storage, and translates the items to the storage system. The storage system stores items in unique storage locations until the items are ordered by a customer of the order fulfillment system. The packing system prepares items orders, packages the items of the order, and sends the orders to the customer which ordered the items. The order fulfillment system also includes storage and fulfillment policies for determining storage locations and packing stations, respectively. Operators of the order fulfillment system can perform actions in the order fulfillment system to facilitate storing and fulfilling orders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: THREDUP INC.
    Inventors: John Friedl, John Voris, Matthew Wolfe, Michael Santhanam, Vivek Daver, Kerrie Yee
  • Publication number: 20190285899
    Abstract: A wearable image display system includes a headpiece, a first and a second light engine, and a first and a second optical component. The first and second light engines generate a first and a second set of beams respectively, each beam substantially collimated so that the first and second set form a first and a second virtual image respectively. Each optical component is located to project an image onto a first and a second eye of a wearer respectively. The first and second sets of beams are directed to incoupling structures of the first and second optical components respectively. Exit structures of the first and second optical components guide the first and second sets of beams onto the first and second eyes respectively. The optical components are located between the light engines and the eyes. Both of the light engines are mounted to a central portion of the headpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Tapani Levola, Pasi Saarikko, Steven John Robbins, Yarn Chee Poon, Lena Adele Wolfe, Erica Lee Towle
  • Patent number: 10348221
    Abstract: A dynamic energy harvesting and variable harvesting force system is disclosed. A boost converter increases a motor voltage as a motor current associated with the motor voltage propagates through the boost converter thereby generating a boost voltage associated with the changing motor current. A power storage device stores energy harvested by the boost converter when the boost voltage exceeds an energy storage threshold. A controller dynamically adjusts a harvesting force applied by the motor so that the harvesting force is relative to the force applied to the motor. The controller also dynamically adjusts the harvested energy stored by the power storage device by adjusting the charging of the power storage device, ensuring that the boost voltage threshold is maintained. The boost voltage when maintained within the boost voltage threshold enables the power storage device to store the harvested energy without impacting the harvesting force applied by the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: John A. Wolfe, Daniel Langenberg, Michael Stock
  • Patent number: 10345601
    Abstract: A wearable image display system includes a headpiece, a first and a second light engine, and a first and a second optical component. The first and second light engines generate a first and a second set of beams respectively, each beam substantially collimated so that the first and second set form a first and a second virtual image respectively. Each optical component is located to project an image onto a first and a second eye of a wearer respectively. The first and second sets of beams are directed to incoupling structures of the first and second optical components respectively. Exit structures of the first and second optical components guide the first and second sets of beams onto the first and second eyes respectively. The optical components are located between the light engines and the eyes. Both of the light engines are mounted to a central portion of the headpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Tapani Levola, Pasi Saarikko, Steven John Robbins, Yarn Chee Poon, Lena Adele Wolfe, Erica Lee Towle
  • Publication number: 20190203606
    Abstract: An assembly for a turbomachine and a method for assembling a plurality of flow path components are presented. The assembly includes a plurality of flow path components disposed adjacent to one another, each flow path component having a forward surface, an aft surface, a pressure side surface, and a suction side surface. A seal channel is defined by the pressure side surface and the suction side surface of adjacent flow path components. The seal channel has an open forward end proximate to the forward surfaces and at least two rear ends proximate to the aft surfaces. The assembly includes a plurality of seal layers disposed within the seal channel such that one or more seal layers extend from the open forward end to a rear end and one or more other seal layers extend from the open forward end to another rear end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Neelesh Nandkumar Sarawate, Christopher Edward Wolfe, Victor John Morgan, Jason Ray Gregg
  • Publication number: 20190141306
    Abstract: A camera system including imaging optics, a system controller, a retroreflective surface, and an illumination source allows for capturing high quality images that allow for similar white balance between subsequent images. The camera system includes a camera body coupled to the illumination source such that the illumination source emits light towards the retroreflective surface. An object, is mounted to the retroreflective surface such that at least part of the retroreflective surface is obscured by the garment. Consequently, the light emitted from the illumination source is reflected by both the retroreflective surface and the object towards the camera body. The camera body contains imaging optics which capture an image from the reflected light. Thus, the camera system captures images of the object and retroreflective surface. The camera system similarly white balances any number of images including any number of objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: ThredUp Inc.
    Inventors: John Voris, Matthew Wolfe, John Friedl, Joshua Mahoney
  • Publication number: 20190006983
    Abstract: A preassembled solar panel module includes a solar panel configured for receiving and converting solar radiation to produce electrical power. Multiple panel rails are coupled in preassembly to a backside surface of the solar panel, including at least two panel rails disposed halfway or more along opposing longest edges of the solar panel. Multiple snap connector components are each coupled to one of the at least two rails and are each configured to couple with a complimentary snap connector component of an adjacent preassembled solar panel module or of a wind deflector accessory, or both. One or more mounting feet are each coupled at a selected location to one of the at least two panel rails and are each configured for coupling at a selected location to a roof or to other sunlight receiving surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Neil Goldberg, Troy Douglas Tyler, Eugene Kim, Bron Davis, David Schultz, Miguel Martinho Lopes Praca, John Wolfe
  • Publication number: 20180041161
    Abstract: A mounting system and techniques for securing solar panels to a fixed structure including a plurality of mounting brackets and tracks and a plurality of mounting feet that connect to the tracks and anchor to the fixed structure. Each mounting bracket has a means to interconnect and interlock with the mounting brackets on adjacent solar modules. In addition, the mounting feet have a quick release mechanism to connect and disconnect from the track. The mounting feet are appropriately selected for the given fixed structure or roof type. The solar module system, in accordance with certain embodiments, has toggle anchors to reliably mount into sheathing plywood or OSB material. The solar module system, in accordance with certain embodiments, also describes an electrical conduction and coupling system for solar modules that integrates electrical coupling with mechanical coupling at the point of mechanical attachment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Neil GOLDBERG, Troy Douglas TYLER, David SCHULZ, Bron DAVIS, Eugene KIM, John WOLFE, Miguel Martinho Lopes PRACA