Patents by Inventor John Gardner

John Gardner 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: 20090195434
    Abstract: A communication system for use with a motorcycle includes a main unit that has a detector and a transmitter that transmits an alert signal upon the detection of a radar or laser by the detector. The system further includes either a visual indicator or an audio indicator. The visual indicator has a receiver that receives the alert signal from the transmitter, and a display which provides a visual display of the alert signal. The audio indicator has a receiver that receives the alert signal from the transmitter, and a speaker which emits an auditory response of the alert signal. The system can further include a mounting assembly having a connector that is removably connected to a part of a motorcycle, a support bracket to which the main unit is removably coupled, and a link that pivotably couples the support bracket and the connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Wayne Chen, Adam Gold, Andrew Serbinski, John Gardner
  • Patent number: 7546952
    Abstract: A method of illuminating objects using adaptively controlled mixing of spectral illumination energy to form and detect digital images of objects at POS environments with sufficiently high image contrast and quality. The method comprises provides, at a POS environment, a digital image capture and processing system having a system housing with an imaging window, and an area-type illumination and imaging station disposed within said system housing, for projecting a coextensive area-type illumination and imaging field (i.e. zone) through said imaging window into a 3D imaging volume during object illumination and imaging operations. As the object is moved through the 3D imaging volume, its motion is automatically detected, and signals indicative of said detected object motion are generated. In response to the generated signals, a first field of visible illumination is produced from an array of visible LEDs, simultaneously with a second field of invisible illumination from a array of infrared (IR) LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: C. Harry Knowles, Xiaoxun Zhu, Timothy Good, Tao Xian, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Michael Veksland, Mark Hernandez, John Gardner, Steven Essinger, Patrick Giordano, Sean Kearney, Mark Schmidt, John Furlong, Nicholas Ciarlante, Yong Liu, Jie Ren, Xi Tao, JiBin Liu, Ming Zhuo, Duane Ellis
  • Publication number: 20090134221
    Abstract: A tunnel-type digital imaging-based system capable of generating and projecting coplanar and/or coextensive illumination and imaging planes or zones into a 3D imaging volume within a tunnel structure. The system includes a tunnel housing structure which is supported above a package conveyor in a retail environment, and employs automatic package detection, identification, profiling/dimensioning, weighing, tracking and correlating techniques during self-checkout and/or cashier-assisted operations for achieving increased levels of efficiency and productivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventors: Xiaoxun Zhu, Tao Xian, Jie Ren, John Gardner, Sean Kearney, Timothy Good, Michael Schnee, Yong Liu, Patrick Giordano, Liang Wang, JiBin Liu, Ming Zhuo, Steven Essinger, Konstantin Yakovlev, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Xi Tao, Jun Lu, Ka Man Au, Duane Ellis, C. Harry Knowles
  • Publication number: 20090101719
    Abstract: A digital image capturing and processing system including a system housing having an imaging window; illumination and imaging stations for generating and projecting illumination and imaging planes or zones through the imaging window, and into a 3D imaging volume definable relative to the imaging window, for digital imaging an object passing through the 3D imaging volume, and generating digital linear images of the object as the object intersects the illumination and imaging planes or zones during system operation. A digital image processor processes the digital images and automatically recognizes graphical intelligence (e.g. bar code symbols, alphanumeric characters etc) graphically represented in the digital images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: C. Harry Knowles, Xiaoxun Zhu, Timothy Good, Tao Xian, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Michael Veksland, Mark Hernandez, John Gardner, Steven Essinger, Patrick Giordano, Sean Kearney, Mark Schmidt, John A. Furlong, Nicholas Ciarlante, Yong Liu, Jie Ren, Xi Tao, JiBin Liu, Ming Zhuo, Duane Ellis
  • Publication number: 20090101718
    Abstract: A digital image capturing and processing system for illuminating objects using automatic object detection and spectral-mixing illumination technique. The system comprises an area-type illumination and imaging module for projecting a coextensive area-type illumination and imaging field (i.e. zone) into a 3D imaging volume during object illumination and imaging operations. The area-type illumination and imaging module includes a spectral-mixing based illumination subsystem for producing a first field of visible illumination from an array of visible LEDs, and producing a second field of invisible illumination from an array of infrared (IR) LEDs, wherein the first and second fields of illumination spatially overlap and intermix with each other and produce a composite illumination field that is at least substantially coextensive with the FOV of the image sensing array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Applicant: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: C. Harry Knowles, Xiaoxun Zhu, Timothy Good, Tao Xian, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Michael Veksland, Mark Hernandez, John Gardner, Steven Essinger, Patrick Giordano, Sean Kearney, Mark Schmidt, John A. Furlong, Nicholas Ciarlante, Yong Liu, Jie Ren, Xi Tao, JiBin Liu, Ming Zhuo, Duane Ellis
  • Patent number: 7504983
    Abstract: A communication system for use with a motorcycle includes a main unit that has a detector and a transmitter that transmits an alert signal upon the detection of a radar or laser by the detector. The system further includes either a visual indicator or an audio indicator. The visual indicator has a receiver that receives the alert signal from the transmitter, and a display which provides a visual display of the alert signal. The audio indicator has a receiver that receives the alert signal from the transmitter, and a speaker which emits an auditory response of the alert signal. The system can further include a mounting assembly having a connector that is removably connected to a part of a motorcycle, a support bracket to which the main unit is removably coupled, and a link that pivotably couples the support bracket and the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Adaptiv Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Wayne Chen, Adam Gold, Andrew Serbinski, John Gardner
  • Publication number: 20090065584
    Abstract: A POS-based digital image capturing and processing system for illuminating objects using automatic object detection and spectral-mixing illumination technique. The system comprises an area-type illumination and imaging station for projecting a coextensive area-type illumination and imaging field (i.e. zone) into a 3D imaging volume during object illumination and imaging operations. The area-type illumination and imaging station includes an illumination subsystem for producing a first field of visible illumination from an array of visible LEDs, and producing a second field of invisible illumination from an array of infrared (IR) LEDs. wherein the first and second fields of illumination spatially overlap and intermix with each other and are substantially coextensive with the FOV of the image sensing array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: C. Harry Knowles, Xiaoxun Zhu, Timothy Good, Tao Xian, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Michael Veksland, Mark Hernandez, John Gardner, Steven Essinger, Patrick Giordano, Sean Kearney, Mark Schmidt, John A. Furlong, Nicholas Ciarlante, Yong Liu, Jie Ren, Xi Tao, JiBin Liu, Ming Zhuo, Duane Ellis
  • Patent number: 7479623
    Abstract: A photomultiplier tube circuit with reduced power consumption comprising a photomultiplier tube having a plurality of dynodes, charging circuitry for providing charge to the plurality of dynodes and an oscillator for providing a high voltage supply to the charging circuitry characterised in that the photomultiplier tube circuit further comprises means for sampling the voltage of at least one of the dynodes and a switching means for switching the oscillator on and off with respect to the at least one dynode voltage sampled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: The Secretary of State for Defence in Her Britannic Majesty's Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    Inventor: John Gardner
  • Patent number: 7459662
    Abstract: A photomultiplier tube circuit with reduced power consumption comprising a photomultiplier tube having a plurality of dynodes, charging circuitry for providing charge to the plurality of dynodes and an oscillator for providing a high voltage supply to the charging circuitry characterised in that the photomultiplier tube circuit further comprises means for sampling the voltage of at least one of the dynodes and a switching means for switching the oscillator on and off with respect to the at least one dynode voltage sampled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: The Secretary of State or Defense
    Inventor: John Gardner
  • Publication number: 20080283611
    Abstract: Digital image capture and processing systems and methods for generating and projecting coplanar illumination and imaging planes and/or coextensive area-type illumination and imaging zones, through one or more imaging windows, and into a 3D imaging volume in a retail POS environments, while employing automatic object motion and/or velocity detection, real-time image analysis and other techniques to capture and processing high-quality digital images of objects passing through the 3D imaging volume, and intelligently controlling and/or managing the use of visible and invisible forms of illumination, during object illumination and imaging operations, that might otherwise annoy or disturb human operators and/or customers working and/or shopping in such retail environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventors: C. Harry Knowles, Xiaoxun Zhu, Timothy Good, Tao Xian, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Michael Veksland, Mark Hernandez, John Gardner, Steven Essinger, Patrick Giordano, Sean Kearney, Mark Schmidt, John A. Furlong, Nicholas Ciarlante, Yong Liu, Jie Ren, Xi Tao, JiBin Liu, Ming Zhuo, Duane Ellis
  • Publication number: 20080282801
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for sensing accelerations directed along multiple directions are provided. An embodiment comprises a sensor array comprising two sensor pairs, each of which provides an output signal based on acceleration along two orthogonal directions. The sensor pairs are so that they collectively provide an output signal for each of three mutually orthogonal directions. In some embodiments, the sensor array is augmented to provide three additional signals, each of which is based on rotation about an axis aligned with one of the three orthogonal directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Applicant: INTELLISENSE SOFTWARE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Luzhong Yin, Sandeep Akkaraju, John Gardner Bloomsburgh, Yie He
  • Publication number: 20080252985
    Abstract: A tunnel-type digital imaging-based self-checkout system capable of generating and projecting coplanar illumination and imaging planes into a 3D imaging volume within a tunnel structure. The tunnel structure is supported above a package conveyor in a retail POS environment, and employs automatic package identification, profiling and tracking techniques during self-checkout operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventors: Xiaoxun Zhu, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Tao Xian, Timothy Good, Jie Ren, Yong Liu, Konstantin Yakovlev, John Gardner, Steven Essinger, Patrick Giordano, Sean Kearney, Xi Tao, JiBin Liu, Ming Zhuo, Duane Ellis, C. Harry Knowles
  • Publication number: 20080249884
    Abstract: A POS-centric digital imaging system for installation at a retail point of sale (POS) station having a countertop surface. The POS-centric digital imaging system includes a system housing having at least one imaging window, and providing a cashier side and a customer side for the POS-centric digital imaging system. An omni-directional digital image capturing and processing subsystem is disposed in the system housing, for generating a 3D imaging volume adjacent the imaging window. A cashier/customer terminal is integrated within the system housing, for simultaneously supporting (i) cashier product scanning/imaging and checkout operations on said cashier side, and (ii) customer payment and other services on said customer side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventors: C. Harry Knowles, Xiaoxun Zhu, Timothy Good, Tao Xian, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Michael Veksland, Mark Hernandez, John Gardner, Steven Essinger, Patrick Giordano, Sean Kearney, Mark Schmidt, John A. Furlong, Nicholas Ciarlante, Yong Liu, Jie Ren, Xi Tao, JiBin Liu, Ming Zhuo, Duane Ellis
  • Publication number: 20080229189
    Abstract: A new form of DHTML behaviors, called ˜Element Behaviors,” wherein a behavior component is bound to an HTML element, and not just attached to the element as with attached behaviors. A special processing instruction is used to import the Element Behavior into a Web page. Upon parsing the Web page, the Element Behavior is initialized as soon as it has been downloaded and parsed. This immediate initialization makes the Element Behavior declaratively available to bind synchronously to the element(s) it is modifying. A viewLink is a feature of Element Behaviors that permits encapsulation of a behavior component file (e.g., an HTC file) so that the structure of the HTC file is transparent to a Web page (˜primary document”) to which the HTC file is linked, but the content of the HTC file may be displayed in the primary document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald R. Martinsen, David H. Massy, Joseph S. Beda, Richard John Gardner, Bulusu K. Mohan, Alexander J. Zotov, John M. Harding, Robert A. Relyea, Markus W. Mielke, Dave Cox, Kris Markel
  • Publication number: 20080198061
    Abstract: A communication system for use with a motorcycle includes a main unit that has a detector and a transmitter that transmits an alert signal upon the detection of a radar or laser by the detector. The system further includes either a visual indicator or an audio indicator. The visual indicator has a receiver that receives the alert signal from the transmitter, and a display which provides a visual display of the alert signal. The audio indicator has a receiver that receives the alert signal from the transmitter, and a speaker which emits an auditory response of the alert signal. The system can further include a mounting assembly having a connector that is removably connected to a part of a motorcycle, a support bracket to which the main unit is removably coupled, and a link that pivotably couples the support bracket and the connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Wayne Chen, Adam Gold, Andrew Serbinski, John Gardner
  • Publication number: 20080185439
    Abstract: A digital illumination and imaging system employing one or more planar laser illumination modules (PLIMs) each including: (i) a laser illumination source driven preferably by high frequency modulated (HFM) diode current drive circuitry; (ii) a beam collimating optics disposed beyond the laser source; (ii) an optical beam multiplexer (OMUX) device disposed beyond the collimating optics; and (iv) a planarizing-type illumination lens array disposed beyond the OMUX device, and arranged for generating a plurality of substantially planar coherence-reduced laser illumination beams (PLIBs) that form a composite substantially planar laser illumination beam (PLIB) having substantially reduced spatial/temporal coherence. A digital image detection array for detecting digital images of an object illuminated by the composite substantially planar laser illumination beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Applicant: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: C. Harry Knowles, Xiaoxun Zhu, Timothy Good, Tao Xian, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Michael Veksland, Mark Hernandez, John Gardner, Steven Essinger, Patrick Giordano, Sean Kearney, Mark Schmidt, John A. Furlong, Nicholas Ciarlante, Yong Liu, Jie Ren, Xi Tao, JiBin Liu, Ming Zhuo, Duane Ellis
  • Publication number: 20080169348
    Abstract: A method of illuminating objects using adaptively controlled mixing of spectral illumination energy to form and detect digital images of objects at POS environments with sufficiently high image contrast and quality. The method comprises providing, at a POS environment, a digital image capture and processing system having a system housing with an imaging window, and a coplanar illumination and imaging station disposed within said system housing, for projecting a coplanar illumination and imaging plane through the imaging window into an imaging volume during object illumination and imaging operations. As the object is moved through the imaging volume, its motion is automatically detected, and signals indicative of said detected object are generated. In response to the generated signals, a first field of visible illumination is produced from an array of visible laser diodes (VLDs), simultaneously with a second field of invisible illumination from a array of infrared (IR) laser diodes (LDs).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Applicant: Metrologic Instruments, inc.
    Inventors: C. Harry Knowles, Xiaoxun Zhu, Timothy Good, Tao Xian, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Michael Veksland, Mark Hernandez, John Gardner, Steven Essinger, Patrick Giordano, Sean Kearney, Mark Schmidt, John A. Furlong, Nicholas Ciarlante, Yong Liu, Jie Ren, Xi Tao, JiBin Liu, Ming Zhuo, Duane Ellis
  • Publication number: 20080156877
    Abstract: A laser beam despeckling device including a laser diode for producing a laser beam having a central characteristic wavelength. The device includes diode current drive circuitry for producing a diode drive current to drive said laser diode and produce said laser beam. High frequency modulation (HFM) circuitry modulates the diode drive current at a sufficiently high frequency to cause said laser diode to produce spectral side-band components about the central characteristic wavelength, and reducing the coherence as well as coherence length of the laser beam. An optical beam multiplexing (OMUX) module is provided for receiving the laser beam as input beam, a generating as output, a plurality of laser beam components that are recombined to produce a composite laser beam having substantially reduced coherence for use in illumination applications where a substantial reduction in speckle pattern noise is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventors: C. Harry Knowles, Xiaoxun Zhu, Timothy Good, Tao Xian, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Michael Veksland, Mark Hernandez, John Gardner, Steven Essinger, Patrick Giordano, Sean Kearney, Mark Schmidt, John A. Furlong, Nicholas Ciarlante, Yong Liu, Jie Ren, Xi Tao, JiBin Liu, Ming Zhuo, Duane Ellis
  • Publication number: 20080149726
    Abstract: A multi-stage laser beam despeckling device including a first laser beam despeckling module for optically multiplexing an input laser beam into a temporal/spatial coherence-reduced output laser beam; and a second laser beam despeckling module, optically coupled to the first laser beam despeckling module, for receiving the temporal/spatial coherence-reduced as an input laser beam to the second despeckling module and producing a further temporal/spatial coherence-reduced output laser beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: C. Harry Knowles, Xiaoxun Zhu, Timothy Good, Tao Xian, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Michael Veksland, Mark Hernandez, John Gardner, Steven Essinger, Patrick Giordano, Sean Kearney, Mark Schmidt, John A. Furlong, Nicholas Ciarlante, Yong Liu, Jie Ren, Xi Tao, JiBin Liu, Ming Zhuo, Duane Ellis
  • Publication number: 20080142596
    Abstract: A POS-based digital image capturing and processing system for illuminating objects using automatic object detection and spectral-mixing illumination technique. The system comprises an coplanar illumination and imaging station for projecting at least one coplanar illumination and imaging plane into a imaging volume during object illumination and imaging operations. The coplanar illumination and imaging station includes an illumination subsystem for producing a first field of visible illumination from an array of visible VLDs, and producing a second field of invisible illumination from an array of infrared (IR) laser diodes (IR-LDs). wherein the first and second fields of illumination spatially overlap and intermix with each other and are substantially coplanar with the FOV of the linear image sensing array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventors: C. Harry Knowles, Xiaoxun Zhu, Timothy Good, Tao Xian, Anatoly Kotlarsky, Michael Veksland, Mark Hernandez, John Gardner, Steven Essinger, Patrick Giordano, Sean Kearney, Mark Schmidt, John A. Furlong, Nicholas Ciarlante, Yong Liu, Jie Ren, Xi Tao, JiBin Liu, Ming Zhuo, Duane Ellis