Patents by Inventor John Trevor Morrison

John Trevor Morrison 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: 11320876
    Abstract: A portable information handling system housing has a handle to aid an end user in carrying of the system. A heat pipe loop passes through the handle and couples to a processing component heat sink to transfer excess thermal energy from within the housing to the handle for rejection to the ambient environment. Thermal wax disposed in the handle stores energy with a phase change from a solid to a liquid state. A color indicator disposed on the handle provides an end user with an indication of a temperature of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Travis C. North, Jace W. Files, John Trevor Morrison
  • Publication number: 20220131105
    Abstract: A portable information handling system presents visual images in a tablet configuration having a housing in a closed position by passing the visual images through a switchable film having a transparent state and out an upper surface of housing. The housing opens to a clamshell configuration to expose the display at the inner housing surface and presents display visual images against an opaque state of the switchable film. A graphics processor or timing controller adjusts the visual image orientation based upon whether the display is viewed from the inner surface or outer surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Publication date: April 28, 2022
    Applicant: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Jace W. Files, John Trevor Morrison
  • Publication number: 20220107684
    Abstract: A portable information handling system rotates a lid housing portion integrating a display from a closed to an open position with a motorized hinge. One or more sensors monitor an end user position during the rotating from the closed to the open position so that the motorized hinge aligns the display with a desired viewing position relative to the end user, such as substantially perpendicular to the end user's gaze. The one or more sensors monitor the end user during usage of the information handling system to adjust the motorized hinge as the end user's position changes relative to the display over time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Applicant: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Jace W. Files, John Trevor Morrison, Gerald R. Pelissier
  • Patent number: 11276371
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying and correcting illumination sources are described. In some embodiments, an Information Handling System (IHS) may include a processor and a memory coupled to the processor, the memory having program instructions stored thereon that, upon execution, cause the IHS to: receive a measurement from an Ambient Light Sensor (ALS); determine that the measurement indicates an increase in ambient illumination equal to or greater than a threshold value; in response to the determination, receive an image from a charge-coupled device (CCD) sensor; extract illumination data from the image; and adjust the measurement in response to the illumination data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Stefan Peana, Karun Palicherla Reddy, John Trevor Morrison
  • Patent number: 11262821
    Abstract: A portable information handling system rejects excess thermal energy from within a housing by blowing a cooling airflow with a cooling fan across first and second sets of cooling fins and out an exhaust. The cooling fins have an interleaved position with higher impedance and a separated position with a lower impedance that can increase cooling airflow. In one example embodiment, a central processing unit couples to a first circuit board and the first set of cooling fins and a graphics processor couples to a second circuit board and the second set of cooling fins so that movement of the circuit boards moves the cooling fins between the interleaved and separated positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Travis C. North, Jace W. Files, John Trevor Morrison
  • Patent number: 11262822
    Abstract: A portable information handling system rejects excess thermal energy from within a housing by blowing a cooling airflow with a cooling fan across first and second sets of cooling fins and out an exhaust. The cooling fan has an upper and lower intake and moves vertically within the housing to adjust spacing at the upper intake. The cooling fan exhaust couples to one of the sets of cooling fins to exhaust across both sets of cooling fins when interleaved and the one set of cooling fins when spacing at the upper cooling fan intake increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Travis C. North, Jace W. Files, John Trevor Morrison
  • Patent number: 11262807
    Abstract: A piezoelectric speaker fits in a cavity of a portable information handling system covered by a transparent cover that defines a speaker chamber within the cavity. The transparent cover integrates wirelines that align power pads with power contacts of the speaker to communicate audible information that generates sounds. In one embodiment, the transparent cover integrates a liquid crystal display that presents visual images associated with generated sound and backlit with illumination provided from the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Travis C. North, Jace W. Files, John Trevor Morrison
  • Patent number: 11262820
    Abstract: A portable information handling system manages thermal conditions of an external surface based upon context that indicates user presence versus use in a standalone mode, such as based upon movements sensed by an accelerometer, touches sensed by a capacitive sensor, and the rotational orientation of the system housing. In one embodiment, a motorized hinge varies a time to close the housing so that the housing external surface cools sufficiently for an end user touch. A color coded light illuminates that the housing to provide the end user a visual indication of the housing temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Travis C. North, Jace W. Files, John Trevor Morrison
  • Publication number: 20220044653
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying and correcting illumination sources are described. In some embodiments, an Information Handling System (IHS) may include a processor and a memory coupled to the processor, the memory having program instructions stored thereon that, upon execution, cause the IHS to: receive a measurement from an Ambient Light Sensor (ALS); determine that the measurement indicates an increase in ambient illumination equal to or greater than a threshold value; in response to the determination, receive an image from a charge-coupled device (CCD) sensor; extract illumination data from the image; and adjust the measurement in response to the illumination data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2020
    Publication date: February 10, 2022
    Applicant: Dell Products, L.P.
    Inventors: Stefan Peana, Karun Palicherla Reddy, John Trevor Morrison
  • Patent number: 11234429
    Abstract: In some implementations, a pest detector may receive sensor data from a sensor. The pest detector may determine, using a machine learning algorithm, that the sensor data indicates a presence of a first type of pest. The pest detector may send a notification message, including at least a portion of the sensor data, to a computing device and visually indicate that the first type of pest was detected using an indicator. The pest detector may receive an update to the machine learning algorithm from a server and install the update to create an updated machine learning algorithm. The pest detector may receive second sensor data and determine, using the updated machine learning algorithm, that the second sensor data indicates the presence of a second type of pest that is not recognized by the machine learning algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventors: Jace W. Files, John Trevor Morrison, Shivshanker Somashekar Naimpally
  • Patent number: 11234427
    Abstract: In some implementations, a server may receive sensor data from a plurality of detectors, including receiving first sensor data from a first detector and second sensor data from a second detector. The server may use the sensor data to retrain a detector-based machine learning algorithm to create an updated detector-based machine learning algorithm. The server may send the updated detector-based machine learning algorithm to the first detector and the second detector. For example, the updated machine learning algorithm may be trained to identify at least one pest that the machine learning algorithm is incapable of identifying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventors: Jace W. Files, John Trevor Morrison, Shivshanker Somashekar Naimpally
  • Patent number: 11234428
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device may receive a notification from a pest detector. In response, the computing device may initiate execution of a software application and display a user interface. The user interface may enable playback of the notification, such as displaying a photograph of a pest or playing back audio of noise made by the pest. The user interface may display a floor plan of a building along with a location of the pest detector and additional locations of additional pest detectors located in the building superimposed on the floor plan. The user interface may enable selecting a particular building of multiple buildings, a particular floor of multiple floors, or a particular room of multiple rooms. The user interface may display where pests have been detected superimposed on the floor plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Inventors: Jace W. Files, John Trevor Morrison, Shivshanker Someshekar Naimpally
  • Publication number: 20220026948
    Abstract: An information handling system kickstand hinge with a minimum profile transitions a kickstand between extended and retract positions with a first axle of a stand member that slides between forward and rear positions within guides or a rail housing and a second axle of the stand member that couples to the rail housing with riser arms disposed on opposing sides of the stand member. A first torque engine integrated in the riser housing resists sliding motion of a torque member engages with the first axle. A second torque engine integrated in the stand member resists rotation about the second axle. A spring aligned with the torque member biases the stand member towards the extended position to aid in extension of the kickstand from the retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Publication date: January 27, 2022
    Applicant: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Chiu Jung Tsen, John Trevor Morrison, Chia-Hao Hsu
  • Publication number: 20220004270
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for a smart mouse that may include transmitting, by the mechanical switch of the smart mouse, a signal to a microcontroller unit of the smart mouse in response to a movement of the smart mouse caused by a user, the movement causing the mechanical switch to be in a closed position, the signal indicating that the mechanical switch is in the closed position; receiving, by the microcontroller unit, the signal indicating that the mechanical switch is in the closed position; and in response to receiving the signal: causing, by a power switch of the smart mouse, at least one battery of the smart mouse to provide power to an optical unit of the smart mouse, the provided power causing the optical unit to be in an on state, the on state of the optical unit causing the smart mouse to be electrically enabled for use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Inventors: Karthikeyan Krishnakumar, John Trevor Morrison
  • Patent number: 11157092
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for a smart mouse that may include transmitting, by the mechanical switch of the smart mouse, a signal to a microcontroller unit of the smart mouse in response to a movement of the smart mouse caused by a user, the movement causing the mechanical switch to be in a closed position, the signal indicating that the mechanical switch is in the closed position; receiving, by the microcontroller unit, the signal indicating that the mechanical switch is in the closed position; and in response to receiving the signal: causing, by a power switch of the smart mouse, at least one battery of the smart mouse to provide power to an optical unit of the smart mouse, the provided power causing the optical unit to be in an on state, the on state of the optical unit causing the smart mouse to be electrically enabled for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Karthikeyan Krishnakumar, John Trevor Morrison
  • Patent number: 11099611
    Abstract: A portable information handling system housing rotationally couples first and second housing portions with a hinge assembly having first and second axles held in a parallel fixed lateral disposition and selectively engaging with a first or second gear assembly having a first or second gear ratio. A distance between the first and second axles varies based upon the selected gear assembly to adapt the information handling system to accept a keyboard between the first and second housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: James H. Hallar, John Trevor Morrison
  • Patent number: 11093008
    Abstract: A portable information handling system housing rotationally couples first and second housing portions with a hinge assembly having first and second axles held in a parallel fixed lateral disposition by interaction of a gear chassis, a drive carriage and an idler assembly. The first and second axles expand to increase the distance between the first and second housing portions in the event that the housing portions close over an object disposed between them. The idler assembly couples to the gear chassis and drive carriage to rotate with the second axle as it moves relative to the first axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: James H. Hallar, John Trevor Morrison
  • Publication number: 20210247817
    Abstract: A portable information handling system housing rotationally couples first and second housing portions with a hinge assembly having first and second axles held in a parallel fixed lateral disposition by interaction of first and second chassis that slide to move the axles to varied distances. The first and second axles transfer rotation through one or more belts and first and second transfer pulleys rotationally coupled with members that adjust transfer pulley positions as the distance between the first and second axles change to maintain belt tension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Applicant: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: James H. Hallar, John Trevor Morrison
  • Publication number: 20210247816
    Abstract: A portable information handling system housing rotationally couples first and second housing portions with a hinge assembly having first and second breakaway brackets that define an adjacent position of the first and second housing portions relative to each other and a spread position. The first and second breakaway brackets expand the spacing between the first and second housing portions in the event that the housing portions close over an object disposed between them. The breakaway brackets bias to the adjacent position with a biasing device and a retainer that maintains the adjacent position unless a predetermined force is applied through the hinge assembly at the breakaway brackets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Applicant: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: James H. Hallar, John Trevor Morrison
  • Publication number: 20210232234
    Abstract: An information handling system keyboard extends plural feet from a bottom surface to reduce contaminants at the bottom surface that might scratch a touchscreen display and retracts the plural feet when resting on the touchscreen display to place a non-scratch and contaminant free surface against the touchscreen display. In one embodiment, the plural feet automatically retract when in proximity to a display surface, such as in response to a magnetic sensor integrated in the keyboard that senses a magnet integrated in the display or in response to a command from an information handling system having an integrated display on which the keyboard rests. In one embodiment, the keyboard integrates accelerometers to automatically extend the plural feet during accelerations and retract the plural feet when the keyboard rests on a display after accelerations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Applicant: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: John Trevor Morrison, Jace W. Files