Patents by Inventor John M. Levin

John M. Levin 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: 20190124244
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide systems and methods for motion capture to generate content (e.g., motion pictures, television programming, videos, etc.). An actor or other performing being can have multiple markers on his or her face that are essentially invisible to the human eye, but that can be clearly captured by camera systems of the present disclosure. Embodiments can capture the performance using two different camera systems, each of which can observe the same performance but capture different images of that performance. For instance, a first camera system can capture the performance within a first light wavelength spectrum (e.g., visible light spectrum), and a second camera system can simultaneously capture the performance in a second light wavelength spectrum different from the first spectrum (e.g., invisible light spectrum such as the IR light spectrum). The images captured by the first and second camera systems can be combined to generate content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd.
    Inventors: John Knoll, Leandro Estebecorena, Stephane Grabli, Per Karefelt, Pablo Helman, John M. Levin
  • Publication number: 20190122374
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure provide systems and methods for motion capture to generate content (e.g., motion pictures, television programming, videos, etc.). An actor or other performing being can have multiple markers on his or her face that are essentially invisible to the human eye, but that can be clearly captured by camera systems of the present disclosure. Embodiments can capture the performance using two different camera systems, each of which can observe the same performance but capture different images of that performance. For instance, a first camera system can capture the performance within a first light wavelength spectrum (e.g., visible light spectrum), and a second camera system can simultaneously capture the performance in a second light wavelength spectrum different from the first spectrum (e.g., invisible light spectrum such as the IR light spectrum). The images captured by the first and second camera systems can be combined to generate content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd.
    Inventors: Leandro Estebecorena, John Knoll, Stephane Grabli, Per Karefelt, Pablo Helman, John M. Levin
  • Patent number: 9369694
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for adjusting stereo images includes receiving a video sequence associated with a recorded setting of a stereoscopic camera, the video sequence comprising pairs of left and right images. The method includes processing the pairs of left and right images to reduce influence of a discrepancy between the recorded setting and an actual configuration of the stereoscopic camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: LUCASFILM ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: John M. Levin, Brian Cantwell, Ronald Mallet, Jeffrey Saltzman
  • Publication number: 20140002452
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for adjusting stereo images includes receiving a video sequence associated with a recorded setting of a stereoscopic camera, the video sequence comprising pairs of left and right images. The method includes processing the pairs of left and right images to reduce influence of a discrepancy between the recorded setting and an actual configuration of the stereoscopic camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd.
    Inventors: John M. Levin, Brian Cantwell, Ronald Mallet, Jeffrey Saltzman
  • Publication number: 20040049288
    Abstract: Continuous internal peritoneal dialysis prosthesis and method employing an abdominal sac adapted to be retained in the abdominal region of a patient's body and including dialysate therein for permitting unconcentrated urine within the peritoneal region to pass through a semi-permeable membrane wall of the abdominal sac. The unconcentrated urine within the abdominal sac is directed through a section of the patient's bowel and is communicated with the internal wall of the bowel to thereby concentrate the urine. The concentrated urine is then directed into the urinary bladder for subsequent excretion from the patient's body. In the preferred prosthesis and method of this invention the normal breathing pattern of the patient is employed to assist in the circulation of the unconcentrated urine from the abdominal sac into and through the section of the patient's bowel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Inventor: John M. Levin
  • Patent number: 6656227
    Abstract: Continuous internal peritoneal dialysis prosthesis and method employing an abdominal sac adapted to be retained in the abdominal region of a patient's body and including dialysate therein for permitting unconcentrated urine within the peritoneal region to pass through a semi-permeable membrane wall of the abdominal sac. The unconcentrated urine within the abdominal sac is directed through a section of the patient's bowel and is communicated with the internal wall of the bowel to thereby concentrate the urine. The concentrated urine is then directed into the urinary bladder for subsequent excretion from the patient's body. In the preferred prosthesis and method of this invention the normal breathing pattern of the patient is employed to assist in the circulation of the unconcentrated urine from the abdominal sac into and through the section of the patient's bowel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Inventor: John M. Levin
  • Publication number: 20030199800
    Abstract: Protective bandages in accordance with this invention include an anchoring strip having a protective layer on a lower surface thereof for overlying a desired area on a person's skin. Force-transmission-impeding means is provided on the side of the anchoring strip opposed to the side including the protective layer. The force-transmission-impeding means includes a top sheet adhered adjacent peripheral edges thereof to an upper surface of the anchoring strip to define an internal compartment between the anchoring strip and the top sheet. A compressive cushioning member is provided within the internal compartment for absorbing compressive forces, and low friction, relatively movable confronting surfaces are provided within the internal compartment spaced from the upper surface of the anchoring strip to absorb shear forces imposed upon the bandage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Inventor: John M. Levin
  • Patent number: 6629950
    Abstract: A fluid delivery system that is implantable in the body for delivering treatment fluids to a person. The delivery system includes a fluid-containing sack positioned in the body which is responsive to internal pressure changes resulting from the breathing pattern of the person. The delivery system also includes a fluid delivery conduit which communicates with the sack through a one-way valve. The conduit is provided for directing treatment fluid out of the delivery system in response to the breathing pattern of a patient and delivering the treatment fluid to a desired region of the person's body in repetitive dosages over a sustained period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Inventor: John M. Levin
  • Patent number: 6613095
    Abstract: Continuous internal peritoneal dialysis prosthesis and method employing an abdominal sac adapted to be retained in the abdominal region of a patient's body and including dialyzate therein for permitting unconcentrated urine within the peritoneal region to pass through a semi-permeable membrane wall of the abdominal sac. The unconcentrated urine within the abdominal sac is directed through a section of the patient's bowel and is communicated with the internal wall of the bowel to thereby concentrate the urine. The concentrated urine is then directed into the urinary bladder for subsequent excretion from the patient's body. In the preferred prosthesis and method of this invention the normal breathing pattern of the patient is employed to assist in the circulation of the unconcentrated urine from the abdominal sac into and through the section of the patient's bowel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventor: John M. Levin
  • Publication number: 20030130693
    Abstract: A laparoscopic/thorascopic insertion device is inserted into a body cavity and provides a passageway for inserting a laparoscopic/thorascopic clamp, dissector, or other surgical device without the use of a separate trocar. The insertion device includes a cylindrical shaft having a central passage extending inwardly from a proximal end of the insertion device for frictionally receiving a surgical device. A distal end of the insertion device has a conical shape terminating at a blunt tip adapted to safely displace muscle fibers, blood vessels, and delicate organs and body parts. In a preferred embodiment, the distal end is provided with a gripping area or region that can be engaged by a removal tool that initially is directed through a trocar inserted into the body cavity at an adjacent area of the body cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventors: John M. Levin, Matthew Wallash Levin
  • Publication number: 20030130656
    Abstract: An insulated surgical scissors including a cauterizing tip that permits a surgeon the ability to mechanically cut tissue that is purchased between the cutting blades of the scissors and to apply a cauterization current to a precise portion of the seized tissue, thereby minimizing inadvertent burning of surrounding tissue. Both monopolar and bipolar configurations of the insulated surgical scissors are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventor: John M. Levin
  • Patent number: 6569130
    Abstract: An internal peritoneal dialysis prosthesis and method employing an abdominal sac adapted to be retained in the abdominal region of a patient's body and including dialysate therein for permitting unconcentrated urine within the peritoneal region to pass through a semi-permeable membrane wall of the abdominal sac. The unconcentrated urine within the abdominal sac is directed for subsequent excretion from the patient's body via a reservoir in liquid communication with the abdominal sac. In a preferred embodiment, the abdominal sac includes a central region and lobes of semi-permeable membrane extending from the central region. The lobes are constructed to preferably extend between folds of bowel and mesentery to increase the interface area between the sac and abdomen, and maximize diffusion and ultrafiltration of urine from the mesenteric parentis and peritoneum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventor: John M. Levin
  • Patent number: 6562035
    Abstract: An insulated surgical scissors including a cauterizing tip that permits a surgeon the ability to mechanically cut tissue that is purchased between the cutting blades of the scissors and to apply a cauterization current to a precise portion of the seized tissue, thereby minimizing inadvertent burning of surrounding tissue. Both monopolar and bipolar configurations of the insulated surgical scissors are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventor: John M. Levin
  • Patent number: 6551313
    Abstract: An electrosurgical instrument having a working end that utilizes a coagulation surface and a cutting surface that can be moved relative to each other and wherein only one of the two surfaces is electrically enabled depending on their relative positions. The user can then depress a switch to activate the electrically enabled surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Inventor: John M. Levin
  • Publication number: 20020107467
    Abstract: Continuous internal peritoneal dialysis prosthesis and method employing an abdominal sac adapted to be retained in the abdominal region of a patient's body and including dialysate therein for permitting unconcentrated urine within the peritoneal region to pass through a semi-permeable membrane wall of the abdominal sac. The unconcentrated urine within the abdominal sac is directed through a section of the patient's bowel and is communicated with the internal wall of the bowel to thereby concentrate the urine. The concentrated urine is then directed into the urinary bladder for subsequent excretion from the patient's body. In the preferred prosthesis and method of this invention the normal breathing pattern of the patient is employed to assist in the circulation of the unconcentrated urine from the abdominal sac into and through the section of the patient's bowel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Publication date: August 8, 2002
    Inventor: John M. Levin
  • Publication number: 20020091301
    Abstract: A laparoscopic/thorascopic support device is described that engages and supports a body part in a non-traumatic manner while it is being acted upon by a surgical instrument. The support device is capable of lifting or otherwise moving a body part into a desired position to be operated upon or isolated from another body part. The support device includes an insertion device that punctures a covering of a body tissue to provide a passageway for access to the desired body part and a catheter. The catheter extends through the passageway and engages and temporarily supports the desired body part in a non-traumatic manner. The catheter (or manipulating device) includes a shaft having a distal end with a curved configuration that is made of a material having sufficient elastic memory that can be straightened for insertion into the passageway or placement about the desired body part, and that resumes its curved configuration due to its elastic memory to at least partially encircle and support the desired body part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Publication date: July 11, 2002
    Inventor: John M. Levin
  • Patent number: 6384294
    Abstract: Protective bandages in accordance with this invention include an anchoring strip having a protective layer on a lower surface thereof for overlying a desired area on a person's skin. Force-transmission-impeding means is provided on the side of the anchoring strip opposed to the side including the protective layer. The force-transmission-impeding means includes a top sheet adhered adjacent peripheral edges thereof to an upper surface of the anchoring strip to define an internal compartment between the anchoring strip and the top sheet. A compressive cushioning member is provided within the internal compartment for absorbing compressive forces, and low friction, relatively movable confronting surfaces are provided within the internal compartment spaced from the upper surface of the anchoring strip to absorb shear forces imposed upon the bandage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: John M. Levin
  • Patent number: 6358198
    Abstract: A laparoscopic/thorascopic support device is described that engages and supports a body part in a non-traumatic manner while it is being acted upon by a surgical instrument. The support device is capable of lifting or otherwise moving a body part into a desired position to be operated upon or isolated from another body part. The support device includes an insertion device that punctures a covering of a body tissue to provide a passageway for access to the desired body part and a catheter. The catheter extends through the passageway and engages and temporarily supports the desired body part in a non-traumatic manner. The catheter (or manipulating device) includes a shaft made of a material that is sufficiently flexible to bend to a desired straight or curved orientation and is sufficiently rigid to maintain the desired orientation. According to the preferred embodiments of the invention, a distal end of the shaft bends about the desired body part to form a loop and secure the desired part within the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Inventors: John M. Levin, Matthew Wallash Levin
  • Patent number: 6080168
    Abstract: A reversibly expandable compression pad for compressing tissues and/or organs to provide a relatively unobstructed surgical field during laparoscopic surgery and/or thorascopic surgery. The compression pad is flexible enough to be deployed, manipulated and removed through a laparoscopic access tube, and is heavy enough to compress tissues and/or organs. The pad can also be used as a table on which to rest objects during surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventors: John M. Levin, Judy A. Smith
  • Patent number: 6001120
    Abstract: A surgical dissector has two sets of dissecting jaws with serrated inner surfaces to firmly grasp and dissect tissue. The second set of jaws projects transversely from the first set of jaws. Both sets of jaws are curved, and in one alternative, curvature of the second set of jaws is in a direction opposite to the curvature of the first set of jaws, while in the second alternative, the curvature of the second set of jaws is in the same direction as the curvature of the first set of jaws. In a first embodiment, for use during laparoscopic surgery, the dissector is positioned within a trocar for insertion into the body. In a second embodiment, for use during open surgery, a forceps type of dissector is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Inventor: John M. Levin