Patents by Inventor John W. Hopkins

John W. Hopkins 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: 20200202866
    Abstract: A method according to one embodiment includes receiving audio input by a microphone of an access control device that controls access through a passageway, processing an audio signal associated with the audio input to identify and authenticate a user, determining a command corresponding with the audio signal in response to identification and authentication of the user, and performing at least one action that corresponds with the command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel Langenberg, Joseph W. Baumgarte, Joshua Long, Brady Plummer, John D. Goodwin, Dakoda Johnson, Benjamin J. Hopkins, Robert Prostko, Robert Martens
  • Patent number: 10677741
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices of the various embodiments may enable simultaneous preparation of a substrate for adhesive bonding and detection of minute contaminants on the substrate. Various embodiments may enable detection of contaminants on a surface of a substrate while the surface of the substrate is being prepared for adhesive bonding by laser ablation. Various embodiments may provide an integrated laser treatment and measurement system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of NASA
    Inventors: John W. Connell, Frank L. Palmieri, William T. Yost, John W. Hopkins, Rodolfo I Ledesma
  • Publication number: 20200100108
    Abstract: An access control system and methods according to at least one embodiment leverage wireless access credentials to allow a user to securely gain access to a secured area using his or her mobile device. As such, a credentialed mobile device may permit access to the secured area without requiring a real-time connection to a credential management system and/or an administrative system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Publication date: March 26, 2020
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Everson, Gregory Ross, Seth Kaufman, Dakoda Johnson, Christopher Bauer, John Luif, John Evenson, Lakshmi Santhanakrishnan, Mark Duckworth, Keith R. Broerman, Joseph W. Baumgarte, Matthew Dexter, Benjamin J. Hopkins, David Studt
  • Patent number: 10259077
    Abstract: Surface energy of a substrate is changed without the need for any template, mask, or additional coating medium applied to the substrate. At least one beam of energy directly ablates a substrate surface to form a predefined topographical pattern at the surface. Each beam of energy has a width of approximately 25 micrometers and an energy of approximately 1-500 microJoules. Features in the topographical pattern have a width of approximately 1-500 micrometers and a height of approximately 1.4-100 micrometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of NASA
    Inventors: Christopher J. Wohl, Jr., Marcus A. Belcher, John W. Connell, John W. Hopkins
  • Publication number: 20190033231
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices of the various embodiments may enable simultaneous preparation of a substrate for adhesive bonding and detection of minute contaminants on the substrate. Various embodiments may enable detection of contaminants on a surface of a substrate while the surface of the substrate is being prepared for adhesive bonding by laser ablation. Various embodiments may provide an integrated laser treatment and measurement system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: John W. Connell, Frank L. Palmieri, William T. Yost, John W. Hopkins, Rodolfo I Ledesma
  • Publication number: 20190022974
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices of the various embodiments provide for the creation of holey graphene meshes (HGMs) and composite articles including HGMs. Various embodiments provide solvent-free methods for creating arrays of holes on holey graphene-based articles formed from dry compression (such as films, discs, pellets), thereby resulting in a HGM. In further embodiments, a HGM can used as part of a composite, such as by: 1) embedding a HGM into another matrix material such as carbon, polymer, metals, metal oxides, etc; and/or (2) the HGM serving as a matrix by filling the holes of the HGM or functionalizing the HGM body with another one or more materials. In various embodiments, HGM can also be made as a composite itself by creating holes on dry-compressed articles pre-embedded with one or more other materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Yi Lin, John W. Connell, John W. Hopkins, Brandon Moitoso
  • Publication number: 20150196972
    Abstract: Surface energy of a substrate is changed without the need for any template, mask, or additional coating medium applied to the substrate. At least one beam of energy directly ablates a substrate surface to form a predefined topographical pattern at the surface. Each beam of energy has a width of approximately 25 micrometers and an energy of approximately 1-500 microJoules. Features in the topographical pattern have a width of approximately 1-500 micrometers and a height of approximately 1.4-100 micrometers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Publication date: July 16, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher J. Wohl, JR., Marcus A. Belcher, John W. Connell, John W. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 8987632
    Abstract: Surface energy of a substrate is changed without the need for any template, mask, or additional coating medium applied to the substrate. At least one beam of energy directly ablates a substrate surface to form a predefined topographical pattern at the surface. Each beam of energy has a width of approximately 25 micrometers and an energy of approximately 1-500 microJoules. Features in the topographical pattern have a width of approximately 1-500 micrometers and a height of approximately 1.4-100 micrometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Christopher J. Wohl, Jr., Marcus A. Belcher, John W. Connell, John W. Hopkins
  • Publication number: 20110086204
    Abstract: Surface energy of a substrate is changed without the need for any template, mask, or additional coating medium applied to the substrate. At least one beam of energy directly ablates a substrate surface to form a predefined topographical pattern at the surface. Each beam of energy has a width of approximately 25 micrometers and an energy of approximately 1-500 microJoules. Features in the topographical pattern have a width of approximately 1-500 micrometers and a height of approximately 1.4-100 micrometers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: USA as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Christopher J. Wohl, JR., Marcus A. Belcher, John W. Connell, John W. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 7895168
    Abstract: Dimensional data with attributed categorical variables is mined against a continuous target with any data mining method by ranking variables. The ranked variables are used to generate a tree. A population and a target value, obtained from a top node of the tree, are stored. The top node is removed from the tree to create a new tree with a next top node. Obtaining and storing a next population and a next target value for the next top node, and removing the top node or top field to create a new tree, are repeated. The listing of sequential top node parameters is plotted on a tree cusp curve that provides a graphical user interface enabling identification of a field which affect a greatest or a least number of records, based upon a magnitude of departure of the field from a norm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Steven G. Barbee, Benjamin R. Chu, John W. Hopkins
  • Publication number: 20090177682
    Abstract: Dimensional data with attributed categorical variables is mined against a continuous target with any data mining method by ranking variables. The ranked variables are used to generate a tree. A population and a target value, obtained from a top node of the tree, are stored. The top node is removed from the tree to create a new tree with a next top node. Obtaining and storing a next population and a next target value for the next top node, and removing the top node or top field to create a new tree, are repeated. The listing of sequential top node parameters is plotted on a tree cusp curve that provides a graphical user interface enabling identification of a field which affect a greatest or a least number of records, based upon a magnitude of departure of the field from a norm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven G. Barbee, Benjamin R. Chu, John W. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 6938402
    Abstract: Mowing blades which include a one-piece member having a drive mechanism coupling section, a deformation section and a cutting section. When the mowing blades receive a particular load from an obstructing object, the deformation section deforms, dissipates energy and reduces damage to drive mechanisms of mowing machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Jack E. Arfstrom, John W. Hopkins, David J. Pahl
  • Publication number: 20040083700
    Abstract: The present invention relates to mowing blades, which in one embodiment, include a one-piece member having a drive mechanism coupling section, a deformation section and a cutting section. When the mowing blades receive a particular load from an obstructing object, the deformation section deforms, dissipates energy and reduces damage to drive mechanisms of mowing machines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Inventors: Jack E. Arfstrom, John W. Hopkins, David J. Pahl
  • Publication number: 20020032580
    Abstract: A business method is disclosed wherein a company promotes health awareness, education and access to a healthcare system. The company advertises its services to reach prospective patients with a specified medical condition and has patient advocate personnel to answer inquiries. The company arranges with doctors and medical suppliers who specialize in the specified medical condition and with other entities to become contributors for funding of a healthcare pathway. A patient advocate shepherds assigned patients through the healthcare pathway at no cost to the patient. The company arranges with not-for-profit associations to provide affinity grant funding in return for supplying prospective patients. The healthcare pathway provides the patients with expedited treatment and enables doctors and suppliers specializing in the specific medical condition to be more efficient and enables the company to be financially self-sustaining.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2001
    Publication date: March 14, 2002
    Inventor: John W. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 5390214
    Abstract: Broadcasting system digitizes audio input signals before RF modulating and transmitting over airwaves to one or more remote receiving stations. Receiving station recovers the digitized signal by demodulating and exponentially expanding the received RF signal. Recovered digital signal is subsequently frequency modulated and sent, via an electrically conductive cable, to an FM radio, over which the original audio input signals are faithfully reproduced. A time switch in series with the RF receiver and the FM modulator is capable of temporarily disabling modulated transmissions to radio through the electrically conductive cable. Relay stations, (either land-based or satellite), allow for transmission beyond the range (i.e. "line-of-sight") of common FM radio transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Inventors: John W. Hopkins, Anthony J. Impastato
  • Patent number: 5333580
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine has a crankcase, an output crankshaft, and an input shaft assembly. The input shaft assembly has an input shaft and a crank plate press-fit connected to the input shaft. The crank plate comprises a single sheet metal member with slightly elongate radial slots adapted to receive the crankpin of the output crankshaft. The slots are open ended to allow for misalignment between the output crankshaft and the input shaft whereby the crankpin can longitudinally move in its crank plate slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: Textron Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 5179576
    Abstract: Broadcasting system digitizes audio input signals before RF modulating and transmitting over airwaves to one or more remote receiving stations. Receiving station recovers the digitized signal by demodulating and exponentially expanding the received RF signal. Recovered digital signal is subsequently frequency modulated and sent, via an electrically conductive cable, to an FM radio, over which the original audio input signals are faithfully reproduced. A time switch in series with the RF receiver and the FM modulator is capable of temporarily disabling modulated transmissions to radio through the electrically conductive cable. Relay stations, (either land-based or satellite), allow for transmission beyond the range (i.e. "line-of-sight") of common FM radio transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Inventors: John W. Hopkins, Anthony J. Impastato
  • Patent number: 5056134
    Abstract: This invention relates to the application of an audible logo to a telecommunications call, for identifying the common carrier serving that call. A call is received in an operator assistance system. After applying a calling card prompt tone and prior to connecting the call to an operator position or receiving further digits such as those for a calling card number, the operator assistance system connects an audible logo, identifying a common carrier, to the call. Advantageously, a telephone customer receives the information necessary to identify whether his/her preferred common carrier is going to be used on this call at a sufficiently early time to make it convenient to disconnect and reoriginate. This information is particularly important for calls originated away from home or office, calls that are likely to be operator assistance (0 or 0+ directory number) calls. Subsequently, the operator assistance call is processed as in the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: AT&T Bell Laboratories
    Inventors: Thomas M. Bauer, Thomas A. Dunn, Christina M. Gurke, John W. Hopkins, Richard D. Nafziger
  • Patent number: 5020309
    Abstract: A shredder attachment for use with lawn machines having vacuum or fan movement of shreddable material. The attachment comprises a frame suitably sized and shaped to be substantially mounted inside a conduit of a lawn machine. The attachment further comprises a cutter for cutting material passing through the conduit and a motor for driving the cutter. The attachment can be used in such lawn machines as a discharge conduit for a riding mower bagging system, an auxiliary cutter for a walk behind mower or a hand-held leaf vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: Textron, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 4930154
    Abstract: This invention relates to the application of an audible logo to a telecommunications call, for identifying the common carrier serving that call. A call is received in an operator assistance system. After applying a calling card prompt tone and prior to connecting the call to an operator position or receiving further digits such as those for a calling card number, the operator assistance system connects an audible logo, identifying a common carrier, to the call. Advantageously, a telephone customer receives the information necessary to identify whether his/her preferred common carrier is going to be used on this call at a sufficiently early time to make it convenient to disconnect and reoriginate. This information is particularly important for calls originated away from home or office, calls that are likely to be operator assistance 0 or 0+ directory number) calls. Subsequently, the operator assistance call is processed as in the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Assignee: AT&T Bell Laboratories
    Inventors: Thomas M. Bauer, Thomas A. Dunn, Christina M. Gurke, John W. Hopkins, Richard D. Nafziger