Patents by Inventor John D. Robbins

John D. Robbins 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: 10605411
    Abstract: Automated methods and systems for diverting transmix from a petroleum pipeline are provided to reduce the overall production of transmix on the pipeline, based on pre-defined programmed cut-points associated with the various subtypes of hydrocarbon carried on the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Texon LP
    Inventors: John Colin Robbins, Larry D. Mattingly, Gary S. Wawak
  • Patent number: 10480718
    Abstract: Automated methods and systems for diverting transmix from a petroleum pipeline are provided to reduce the overall production of transmix on the pipeline, based on pre-defined programmed cut-points associated with the various subtypes of hydrocarbon carried on the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Texon LP
    Inventors: John Colin Robbins, Larry D. Mattingly, Gary S. Wawak
  • Patent number: 10398556
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and direct cardiac contact diastolic recoil device to improve diastolic recoil of a heart and includes a biocompatible film attached to or enclosing one or more structural elements that store elastic energy during heart contraction and release energy during heart filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignees: CorInnova Incorporated, The Texas A&M University System
    Inventors: John C. Criscione, Saurabh Biswas, Michael R. Moreno, Lewis D. Harrison, Dennis I. Robbins
  • Patent number: 5335011
    Abstract: A teleconferencing system 100 is disclosed having a video camera for generating a video signal representative of a video image of a first station B. A microphone array 150, 160 is also provided in the first station for receiving a sound from one or more fixed non-overlapping volume zones 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, into which the first station is divided. The microphone array is also provided for generating a monochannel audio signal 170 representative of the received sound and a direction signal indicating, based on the sound received from each zone, from which of the volume zones the sound originated. The teleconferencing system also includes a display device 120A at a second station A for displaying a video image of the first station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: Bell Communications Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. Addeo, John D. Robbins, Gennady Shtirmer
  • Patent number: 5068650
    Abstract: A system for combining a plurality of video signals and various forms of still imagery such as text or graphics into a single high resolution display is disclosed. The inventive system utilizes a multiport memory and a key based memory access system to flexibly compose a multiplicity of video signals and still images into a full color high definition television display comprising a plurality of overlapping windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Assignee: Bell Communications Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonio Fernandez, Hugo Pineiro Gaggioni, Martin J. Jaquez, John D. Robbins, E. Scott Soper
  • Patent number: 4947257
    Abstract: A system for combining a plurality of video signals and various forms of still imagery such as text or graphics into a single high resolution display is disclosed. The invention system utilizes a multiport memory and a key based memory access system to flexibly compose a multiplicity of video signals and still images into a full color high definition television display comprising a plurality of overlapping windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: Bell Communications Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonio Fernandez, Hugo P. Gaggioni, Martin J. Jaquez, John D. Robbins, E. Scott Soper
  • Patent number: 4897799
    Abstract: A method for enabling format independent communication of visual information between diverse computers, work stations, and terminals is disclosed. The inventive method relies on a universal format which can be used to represent the data comprising any raster display. Illustratively, the data comprising a raster display is first translated from the native format of an originating system into the universal format. When in the universal format, it is possible to convert the raster from one type to another (e.g., from color to pseudo-color or grey to pseudo-color) so that the raster can be displayed by a receiving system which comprises equipment different from that of the originating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1990
    Assignee: Bell Communications Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Didier J. Le Gall, John D. Robbins
  • Patent number: 4632453
    Abstract: Disclosed is an auxiliary support system for a bicycle passenger. A seat mount assembly (12) is affixed to the horizontal tubular frame member (48) of a bicycle between the primary seat (11) and neck (44). A conventional bicycle seat (56) is attachable to the seat mount assembly. A footrest assembly (14) is attached to the neck (44) of the bicycle frame. The footrest assembly supplies support for the passenger's feet while seated on the auxiliary seat. Quick-release harnesses (17) are incorporated into the footrest assembly in order to safely secure the passenger's feet adjacent to the footrest assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Inventors: John D. Robbin, John W. Robbin
  • Patent number: 4631440
    Abstract: In a color cathode ray tube having a vertically striped screen and a vertically slotted aperture mask, the top and bottom screen edges are made smooth by varying the vertical pitch between mask apertures while keeping the number of apertures per vertical column constant, so that every other column terminates in a full length slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1986
    Assignee: North American Philips Consumer Electronics Corp.
    Inventor: John D. Robbins
  • Patent number: 4513221
    Abstract: The invention relates to internal magnetic shielding means for a cathode ray tube using a spun-funnel envelope portion. The sidewall of the shielding structure is of discretely shaped contour to provide a desired spatial compatibility with at least portions of a projecting glass ridge on the interior surface of the funnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1985
    Assignee: North American Philips Consumer Electronics Corp.
    Inventor: John D. Robbins
  • Patent number: 4383272
    Abstract: Information defining elements of a picture is estimated by interpolation using information from related locations in preceding and succeeding versions of the picture. The related locations are determined by forming an estimate of the displacement of objects in the picture. Displacement estimates are advantageously formed recursively, with updates being formed only in moving areas of the picture. If desired, an adaptive technique can be used to permit motion compensated interpolation or fixed position interpolation, depending upon which produces better results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1983
    Assignee: Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated
    Inventors: Arun N. Netravali, John D. Robbins
  • Patent number: 4278996
    Abstract: Pictorial information is encoded using an interframe prediction technique which accounts for spatial and/or temporal changes in illumination. In one embodiment (FIG. 3), the intensity value of each element of a picture is predicted using the intensity of the corresponding element in a previous frame and a recursively updated gain factor .rho. which can account for both illumination changes as well as object movement. The prediction error and pel location is encoded only if the error exceeds a predetermined threshold. In a second embodiment (FIG. 3), additional predictions are made using displacement compensated prediction alone and in combination with gain adjustment. The best predictor is selected and the corresponding prediction error transmitted only if it is large.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1981
    Assignee: Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated
    Inventors: Arun N. Netravali, John D. Robbins, John A. Stuller
  • Patent number: 4232338
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for encoding a video signal wherein the prediction errors for previously encoded pels are evaluated using motion compensation and frame difference predictions. Each present pel intensity value is then predicted using the technique which produced the smaller prediction error sum. Prediction errors for the present pel are encoded, together with address information, if the error exceeds a threshold value. The motion compensated prediction utilizes a displacement estimate which is recursively updated. A decoder is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1980
    Assignee: Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated
    Inventors: Arun N. Netravali, John D. Robbins
  • Patent number: 4218703
    Abstract: A technique for estimation of displacement and/or velocity of objects in television scenes is recursive, in that each displacement calculation is made using the results of the previous calculation. In a first embodiment, a displaced frame difference DFD (i.e., the intensity difference between a spatial location in the present video frame and a location in the previous frame displaced from that location by an initial displacement estimate) is updated using the initial value of DFD normalized by a measure of local picture activity. In a second embodiment, the update is a multiplicative function of DFD and the intensity gradient at the displaced location in the previous frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1980
    Assignee: Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated
    Inventors: Arun N. Netravali, John D. Robbins
  • Patent number: 4218704
    Abstract: A motion compensated video encoder includes apparatus (100) for recursively updating an estimate of displacement in the moving area of a picture, and for predicting the intensity values of elements of the picture using the displacement estimate. Address information is encoded for background (non-moving) elements and for moving elements for which the motion compensated prediction errors are satisfactorily small. For uncompensable pels, where the error exceeds a threshold, both address information and error values are encoded. The displacement estimate can also be encoded, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1980
    Assignee: Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated
    Inventors: Arun N. Netravali, John D. Robbins