Patents by Inventor John Dietrich Martin

John Dietrich Martin 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: 20200219370
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating haptic stimulations is provided. The apparatus includes one or more pods coupled to a garment, each pod including: (i) an internal structure, and (ii) an airtight bladder surrounding the internal structure, where the bladder is pneumatically coupled to a pneumatic device that is configured to control a pressurized state of the bladder. Each pod is configured to: (i) have a first degree of flexibility when the bladder of the pod is in a first pressurized state; and (ii) have a second degree of flexibility, less than the first degree of flexibility, when the bladder of the pod is in a second pressurized state different from the first pressurized state. Each pod provides a haptic stimulation to a wearer of the garment when the corresponding bladder is in the second pressurized state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Zachary Daniel West, Aaron Alan Ambuske, John Dietrich Martin, Brian Fletcher, Nicholas Roy Corson, Brian Cox, Charles Stewart, Tristan Thomas Trutna
  • Patent number: 10546471
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating haptic stimulations is provided. The apparatus includes one or more pods coupled to a garment, each pod including: (i) an internal structure, and (ii) an airtight bladder surrounding the internal structure, where the bladder is pneumatically coupled to a pneumatic device that is configured to control a pressurized state of the bladder. Each pod is configured to: (i) have a first degree of flexibility when the bladder of the pod is in a first pressurized state; and (ii) have a second degree of flexibility, less than the first degree of flexibility, when the bladder of the pod is in a second pressurized state different from the first pressurized state. Each pod provides a haptic stimulation to a wearer of the garment when the corresponding bladder is in the second pressurized state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Daniel West, Aaron Alan Ambuske, John Dietrich Martin, Brian Fletcher, Nicholas Roy Corson, Brian Cox, Charles Stewart, Tristan Thomas Trutna
  • Patent number: 10540870
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating haptic stimulations is provided. The apparatus includes pod(s) coupled to a garment, each pod including: (i) an internal structure including an arrangement of a plurality of protrusions and (ii) an airtight bladder surrounding the internal structure, wherein the bladder is pneumatically coupled to a pneumatic device that is configured to control a pressurized state of the bladder. The internal structure in each pod is configured to: (i) when the respective bladder of the respective pod is in a first pressurized state, have a first degree of flexibility; and (ii) when the respective bladder is in a second pressurized state different from the first pressurized state: curve, at least partially, in a predetermined direction, and have a second degree of flexibility less than the first degree of flexibility, thereby providing a haptic stimulation to a wearer when the respective bladder is in the second pressurized state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Daniel West, Aaron Alan Ambuske, John Dietrich Martin, Brian Fletcher, Nicholas Roy Corson, Brian Cox, Charles Stewart, Tristan Thomas Trutna
  • Patent number: 10372219
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating haptic stimulations is provided. The apparatus includes pod(s) coupled to a garment, each pod including: (i) an outer internal structure that defines an opening, (ii) an inner internal structure disposed in the opening defined by the outer internal structure, and (iii) an airtight bladder, pneumatically coupled with a pneumatic device, surrounding the inner and outer internal structures. Further, when a bladder of a respective pod is at a first pressure, respective top surfaces of the internal structures contact a first portion of a user's body, said contact with the first portion of the body having a first area, and when the bladder is at a second pressure, the top surface of the inner internal structure and/or the top surface of the outer internal structure contact a second portion of the user's body, said contact with the second portion of the body having a second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Daniel West, Aaron Alan Ambuske, John Dietrich Martin, Brian Fletcher, Nicholas Roy Corson, Brian Cox, Charles Stewart, Tristan Thomas Trutna
  • Publication number: 20190217975
    Abstract: A gravity-fed system for harvesting and storing clean drinking water in a vehicle is provided. The gravity-fed system includes a heat-exchanger and a reservoir adapted to receive gravity-fed water from the heat-exchanger. The gravity-fed system further includes a bottle receptacle fluidly connected to the reservoir to receive gravity-fed water from the reservoir. The gravity-fed system further includes a filter fluidly connected to and disposed between the reservoir and the bottle receptacle to filter gravity-fed water received from the reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: John P. CASCI, Courtney L'ARRIVEE, Joshua DIETRICH, Scott SCHERAGA, Douglas Raymond MARTIN
  • Patent number: 7648404
    Abstract: A foot strap and recreational sports board that allows the user to easily tension a foot strap over the top of his or her foot. The foot strap, attached to the board, includes a strap, a cable, and a cable adjuster. The strap has separate first and second sides connected by the cable cinched and uncinched together as the cable is tightened and loosened by the cable adjuster with which it is engaged. A single cable adjuster and cable can be employed to simultaneously adjust two straps, both attached to the sports board. A pull may be included to facilitate exercise of the cable adjuster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: John Dietrich Martin
  • Patent number: 6993859
    Abstract: A boot (200), such as a snowboard boot, having a harness assembly (240) disposed in an outer shell (210). The harness defines a vamp gap and includes a plurality of cord keepers (268) disposed on either side of the gap. A cord—for example, a stainless steel cable (266)—slidably engages the cord keepers, for tightening the harness about the user's ankle. A tensioning mechanism (190) having a knob (192) is attached to the harness assembly and engages the cable, whereby the user can releasably tension the cable. An aperture (126) in the outer shell is adapted to receive the knob, whereby the user can tighten or loosen the harness without removing the boot. The cable may slidably engage the tongue (215) of the boot, such that tensioning the cable will bias the tongue inwardly, towards the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventors: John Dietrich Martin, Bobby Meeks
  • Patent number: 6889407
    Abstract: A cord lock apparatus (100) is disclosed comprising a base (120) having a converging channel (128), and an elastically flexible locking insert (140) that is retained by the base. The locking insert defines a loop including left and right legs (146) that are generally parallel to the sidewalls (124) of the channel, and receive a cord (102) therebetween. When the locking insert is undeformed, the cord is clampingly engaged between the insert legs and the base sidewalls. The user pulls upwardly on the loop to elastically deform the insert such that the legs rotate inwardly, releasing the cord. The insert may also slide longitudinally to a limited extent in the channel. Teeth (123, 143) may be provided on the locking insert and/or the base to more securely engage the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventor: John Dietrich Martin
  • Patent number: 6877256
    Abstract: A boot (100), such as a sports boot, having a removable liner (160) that is adapted to be inserted into an outer shell (110). The liner includes a vamp gap (170) with a plurality of cable keepers (168) disposed on either side of the gap, and a cable (166) that slidably engages the cable keepers, for tightening the liner about the user's foot. A tightening mechanism (190) having a knob (192) is attached to the liner and engages the cable, whereby the user can releasably tension the cable. An aperture (126) including a grommet portion (130) in the outer shell is adapted to receive the knob whereby the user can tighten the liner without removing the boot outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: K-2 Corporation
    Inventors: John Dietrich Martin, Bobby Meeks
  • Publication number: 20040250388
    Abstract: A cord lock apparatus (100) is disclosed comprising a base (120) having a converging channel (128), and an elastically flexible locking insert (140) that is retained by the base. The locking insert defines a loop including left and right legs (146) that are generally parallel to the sidewalls (124) of the channel, and receive a cord (102) therebetween. When the locking insert is undeformed, the cord is clampingly engaged between the insert legs and the base sidewalls. The user pulls upwardly on the loop to elastically deform the insert such that the legs rotate inwardly, releasing the cord. The insert may also slide longitudinally to a limited extent in the channel. Teeth (123, 143) may be provided on the locking insert and/or the base to more securely engage the cord.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Applicant: K-2 Corporation
    Inventor: John Dietrich Martin
  • Publication number: 20040200098
    Abstract: A boot (200), such as a snowboard boot, having a harness assembly (240) disposed in an outer shell (210). The harness defines a vamp gap and includes a plurality of cord keepers (268) disposed on either side of the gap. A cord—for example, a stainless steel cable (266)—slidably engages the cord keepers, for tightening the harness about the user's ankle. A tensioning mechanism (190) having a knob (192) is attached to the harness assembly and engages the cable, whereby the user can releasably tension the cable. An aperture (126) in the outer shell is adapted to receive the knob, whereby the user can tighten or loosen the harness without removing the boot. The cable may slidably engage the tongue (215) of the boot, such that tensioning the cable will bias the tongue inwardly, towards the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: John Dietrich Martin, Bobby Meeks
  • Publication number: 20040159017
    Abstract: A boot (100), such as a sports boot, having a removable liner (160) that is adapted to be inserted into an outer shell (110). The liner includes a vamp gap (170) with a plurality of cable keepers (168) disposed on either side of the gap, and a cable (166) that slidably engages the cable keepers, for tightening the liner about the user's foot. A tightening mechanism (190) having a knob (192) is attached to the liner and engages the cable, whereby the user can releasably tension the cable. An aperture (126) including a grommet portion (130) in the outer shell is adapted to receive the knob whereby the user can tighten the liner without removing the boot outer shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Applicant: K-2 Corporation
    Inventor: John Dietrich Martin