Patents by Inventor John E. Johnston

John E. Johnston 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: 10313818
    Abstract: The derivation of personalized HRTFs for a human subject based on the anthropometric feature parameters of the human subject involves obtaining multiple anthropometric feature parameters and multiple HRTFs of multiple training subjects. Subsequently, multiple anthropometric feature parameters of a human subject are acquired. A representation of the statistical relationship between the plurality of anthropometric feature parameters of the human subject and a subset of the multiple anthropometric feature parameters belonging to the plurality of training subjects is determined. The representation of the statistical relationship is then applied to the multiple HRTFs of the plurality of training subjects to obtain a set of personalized HRTFs for the human subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Piotr Tadeusz Bilinski, Jens Ahrens, Mark R. P. Thomas, Ivan J. Tashev, John C. Platt, David E. Johnston
  • Patent number: 9819815
    Abstract: Presentation by a display is enhanced by placing the active elements of the display at or substantially proximate to the surface of an electronic device. A protective sheet of the display is extended to cover a front surface of the electronic device. Such placement improves image quality, reduces shadow on the display, improves spill resistance, and minimizes the overall profile of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Amish Rajesh Babu, John E. Johnston, Toby Warren Smith, Shyeu-Yang Wang
  • Patent number: 9750344
    Abstract: This disclosure provides apparatus that includes kits and systems for connecting together a plurality of tables, having a plurality of elongated foot members that include a plurality of table leg connectors that are connectable to the lower ends of legs of a plurality of tables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Workrite Ergonomics, LLC
    Inventors: Erik Alexander Gammon, Ruby Schaefer, Oky Sulistio, Alexander Justin Hautau, John E. Johnston, Darren S. Hulsey, Charles F. Lawrence, David Warren Dean, Derek Aaron Timm, Cody Ralph Darwin
  • Publication number: 20170224109
    Abstract: This disclosure provides apparatus that includes kits and systems for connecting together a plurality of tables, having a plurality of elongated foot members that include a plurality of table leg connectors that are connectable to the lower ends of legs of a plurality of tables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Publication date: August 10, 2017
    Inventors: Erik Alexander Gammon, Ruby Schaefer, Oky Sulistio, Alexander Justin Hautau, John E. Johnston, Darren S. Hulsey, Charles F. Lawrence, David Warren Dean, Derek Aaron Timm, Cody Ralph Darwin
  • Patent number: 9655445
    Abstract: This disclosure provides apparatus that includes kits and systems for connecting together a plurality of tables, having a plurality of elongated foot members that include a plurality of table leg connectors that are connectable to the lower ends of legs of a plurality of tables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Workrite Ergonomics, LLC
    Inventors: Erik Alexander Gammon, Ruby Schaefer, Oky Sulistio, Alexander Justin Hautau, John E. Johnston, Darren S. Hulsey, Charles F. Lawrence, David Warren Dean, Derek Aaron Timm, Cody Ralph Darwin
  • Publication number: 20170086581
    Abstract: This disclosure provides apparatus that includes kits and systems for connecting together a plurality of tables, having a plurality of elongated foot members that include a plurality of table leg connectors that are connectable to the lower ends of legs of a plurality of tables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Erik Alexander Gammon, Ruby Schaefer, Oky Sulistio, Alexander Justin Hautau, John E. Johnston, Darren S. Hulsey, Charles F. Lawrence, David Warren Dean, Derek Aaron Tim, Cody Ralph Darwin
  • Patent number: 8692736
    Abstract: An electronic book reading device with a configurable keypad is described. The device includes a first display configured to display visual representations of content of an electronic book. The device further includes a second display configured to display a plurality of different button configurations, one button configuration being displayed at a time. The device also includes a switch array disposed under the second display, wherein the switch array is configured to receive user input and provide tactile feedback when the user input is received. The device includes a processor and memory in electronic communication with the processor. Instructions are stored in the memory. The instructions are executable to process the user input and change a button configuration on the second display from a first button configuration to a second button configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Johnston, Greg Zehr
  • Patent number: 8460017
    Abstract: Electrical power adapters comprising retractable prongs and/or retractable electrical outputs are disclosed. In one example, an electrical travel adapter includes a power unit having a retractable electrical output and a plug unit coupled to the power unit, the plug unit having a plurality of retractable prongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Green, John E. Johnston, Lawrence E. Davis, Daniel R. Bauen
  • Patent number: 8413904
    Abstract: A keyboard layout for a handheld electronic book device is described herein. The device includes a display screen adapted for displaying visible representations of textual or graphic content related to the electronic book. The device also includes a keyboard for controlling presentation of the content. The keyboard includes two sets of keys. A first set of keys is arranged in an arcuate configuration relative to a first point of reference on the device. A second set of keys is arranged in an arcuate configuration relative to a second point of reference on the device. The second point of reference is spaced from the first point of reference on the device. One or more of the first set of keys and one or more of the second set of keys are arranged in a horizontal row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventors: Gregg E. Zehr, John E. Johnston, Symon J. Whitehorn, Thomas J. Hobbs
  • Patent number: 8113855
    Abstract: Electrical power adapters comprising retractable prongs and/or retractable electrical outputs are disclosed. In one example, an electrical travel adapter includes a power unit having a retractable electrical output and a plug unit coupled to the power unit, the plug unit having a plurality of retractable prongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Green, John E. Johnston, Lawrence E. Davis, Daniel R. Bauen
  • Patent number: 8033029
    Abstract: A multi-line chalk reel is disclosed that may be comprised of three or more line reels disposed in a polar arrangement of parallel but distinct rotation axes that has a single method for engaging and disengaging a single drive arrangement to any one spool. This arrangement provides a variety of advantages, including a package solution of useful dimensions and a low part count to minimize parts in assembly. The single drive arrangement reduces cost, and provides for convenient access to individual spools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Design to Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: John E Johnston, Wilfred Anderson, Andrew Butler, David H Titzler, Edward J Cooper, Christopher Tackind, Heather Fleming
  • Patent number: 8018431
    Abstract: A page turner is provided for a handheld electronic book reader device. The page turner is configured to detect a human gesture to turn a page in an electronic book that is being displayed by the device. In one implementation, the page turner is configured as a page turning mechanism having at least one tactile member (e.g., ridge, indentation, etc.) and at least one sensor positioned proximate to the tactile member to detect gesture proximity. The tactile member provides tactile feedback as the user passes a finger over the mechanism to simulate a riffle sensation akin to flipping through paper pages in a paperback book. In certain implementations, the eBook reader device has a non-symmetrical shape with a dual display system and QWERTY keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregg E. Zehr, John E. Johnston, Jateen P. Parekh, Symon J. Whitehorn, Thomas J. Hobbs
  • Publication number: 20100190363
    Abstract: Electrical power adapters comprising retractable prongs and/or retractable electrical outputs are disclosed. In one example, an electrical travel adapter includes a power unit having a retractable electrical output and a plug unit coupled to the power unit, the plug unit having a plurality of retractable prongs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventors: Chris Green, John E. Johnston, Lawrence E. Davis, Daniel R. Bauen
  • Patent number: D600699
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Johnston, Gregg E. Zehr
  • Patent number: D601500
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Green, John E. Johnston
  • Patent number: D601559
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Green, John E. Johnston, Jonah Avram Becker, Jeffrey Scott Croyle, Bernhard Wildner, Youenn Herve Yann Colin, Derek Jenchia Loh, Audrey Caroline Christine Louchart
  • Patent number: D611409
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Green, John E. Johnston
  • Patent number: D622722
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Green, John E. Johnston, Jonah Avram Becker, Jeffrey Scott Croyle, Bernhard Wildner, Youenn Herve Yann Colin, Derek Jenchia Loh, Audrey Caroline Christine Louchart
  • Patent number: D623184
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Green, John E. Johnston, Jonah Avram Becker, Jeffrey Scott Croyle, Bernhard Wildner, Derek Jenchia Loh
  • Patent number: D624074
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Green, John E. Johnston, Jonah Avram Becker, Jeffrey Scott Croyle, Bernhard Wildner, Derek Jenchia Loh