Patents by Inventor Jon Stuart Battles

Jon Stuart Battles 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: 10649446
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for operating a conveyance system (e.g., a conveyor belt, tilt plane, robotic arm) of a mobile drive unit (MDU) independent of the MDU's navigation system. The MDU may be configured to obtain, convey, and deliver items within the workspace. Navigation information related to navigating the MDU within a workspace may be obtained. Operations of a navigational system of the MDU may be performed to move the MDU to various locations within the workspace in accordance with the navigation information. Conveyance information related to physically obtaining and/or delivering an item within the workspace may be obtained by the MDU (e.g., via conveyance-related fiducial markers and/or sensors of the MDU). At least one operation of a conveyance system of the MDU may be executed which may cause the item to be physically relocated based at least in part on the conveyance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon William Porter, Jon Stuart Battles, William George Bowes, David Henry Clark, Scott Dresser
  • Patent number: 10507982
    Abstract: Described are systems, methods, and apparatus for managing the movement of inventory items within a materials handling facility using rollable containers and a gravity feed conveyance system. Inventory items are placed in the rollable containers and are routed to different locations within the materials handling facility along the gravity feed conveyance system, through use of gravitational forces that cause the rollable containers to roll. By using gravity to route inventory items within the materials handling facility, the energy and power requirements for the materials handling facility are reduced, which reduces overhead costs and which is better for the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, David Henry Clark, Ned Lecky, Jayson Michael Jochim
  • Publication number: 20190332096
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided herein for operating a conveyance system (e.g., a conveyor belt, tilt plane, robotic arm) of a mobile drive unit (MDU) independent of the MDU's navigation system. The MDU may be configured to obtain, convey, and deliver items within the workspace. Navigation information related to navigating the MDU within a workspace may be obtained. Operations of a navigational system of the MDU may be performed to move the MDU to various locations within the workspace in accordance with the navigation information. Conveyance information related to physically obtaining and/or delivering an item within the workspace may be obtained by the MDU (e.g., via conveyance-related fiducial markers and/or sensors of the MDU). At least one operation of a conveyance system of the MDU may be executed which may cause the item to be physically relocated based at least in part on the conveyance information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Brandon William Porter, Jon Stuart Battles, William George Bowes, David Henry Clark, Scott Dresser
  • Patent number: 10450138
    Abstract: Containers can be exchanged between container holders and container shuttles using an inventory conveyance system within a workspace. The container holders are configured to hold one or more containers having consolidated inventory items in high density storage. The container shuttles are also configured to hold one or more containers for performing other operations with respect to inventory items in the one or more containers. The containers are configured to hold inventory items while the inventory items move for various operations throughout the workspace and while the inventory items are stowed in high density storage in the workspace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tamas Pikler, Fei Hoai Lee, Jeremiah Brazeau, Jon Stuart Battles, Martin Peter Aalund, Jayson Michael Jochim, Gregory Karl Lisso, Samuel Christopher Uhlman
  • Patent number: 10322878
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an inventory storage module has first and second guiderails that are spaced from one another along a lateral direction. Each guiderail has an upper track and a lower track, and first and second connecting tracks that connect the upper track to the lower track at first and second ends of the storage module, respectively. The module has a plurality of inventory carriers that are supported between the first and second guiderails, are arranged end-to-end along the upper and lower tracks along a longitudinal direction, and are elongate along the lateral direction. The module can also have a plurality of storage containers carried by each inventory carrier in a side-by-side relation along the lateral direction, where the plurality of storage containers carry a plurality of inventory items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dinesh Mahadevan, Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Jon David DeFant, Benjamin Douglas Garcia, Vahideh Kamranzadeh, George T. Davies, Steven Eric Nuetzman
  • Publication number: 20190168965
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an inventory storage module has a pair of upper tracks and a pair of lower tracks that are connected to one another so as to define a closed movement path in a vertical plane. The module has a plurality of carriers arranged end-to-end along the upper and lower tracks. Each carrier is elongate along a direction that extends between a pair of the upper or lower tracks so as to carry a set of the storage containers that are arranged side-by-side. Each carrier has first and second first wheel assemblies that couple the carrier to the pairs of upper tracks and lower tracks when supported by the pairs of upper tracks and lower tracks, respectively. The storage module can move the inventory carriers around the movement path until a desired one of the inventory carriers is presented at one of the first and second ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Dinesh Mahadevan, Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Jon David DeFant, Benjamin Douglas Garcia, Vahideh Kamranzadeh, George T. Davies, Steven Eric Nuetzman
  • Patent number: 10287097
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an inventory storage system has a vertical stack of storage modules that extend from a first stack end to a second stack end, and are stacked on top of one another. Each storage module defines a path that forms a loop in a vertical plane, and each storage module has a plurality of inventory carriers that translate around the loop. The vertical stack has a first end section that extends from the first stack end towards the second stack end, and that includes a first end of each loop of the stack. The vertical stack also has a second end section that extends from the second stack end towards the first stack end, and that includes a second end of each loop of the stack. The sections can be transported separately by a truck or container and then coupled together at the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dinesh Mahadevan, Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Jon David DeFant, Benjamin Douglas Garcia, Vahideh Kamranzadeh, George T. Davies, Steven Eric Nuetzman
  • Patent number: 10273085
    Abstract: An example process may include receiving a request identifying an action with respect to an item and a modular storage system. The modular storage system may include a plurality of shipping containers accessible from an item transfer facility. The process may also include identifying a particular shipping container of the plurality of shipping containers to fulfill the request. The process may also include identifying, within the particular shipping container, a particular storage module to fulfill the request. The particular storage module may include a particular plurality of storage containers. The process may also include identifying, from among the particular plurality of storage containers, a particular storage container to fulfill the request. The process may also include causing movement of the particular plurality of storage containers to move the particular storage container to an access position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Timothy Alan Talda, Martin Peter Aalund
  • Patent number: 10246257
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described herein for managing item storage using rotating platforms. In some examples, an item can be loaded on to a material conveyance device. The item then can be unloaded from the material conveyance device to a rotating platform. The rotating platform can include a sloped surface. Sensor data that identifies the item can be received. A robotic manipulator can be used to manipulate the item based at least in part on the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Martin Peter Aalund, John Elias Darrow, Timothy Alan Talda
  • Patent number: 10239690
    Abstract: An example storage module may include an upper support structure, a lower support structure, and a frame. The upper support structure may engage with a corresponding lower support structure of a first different storage module. The lower support structure may engage with a corresponding upper support structure of a second different storage module. The frame may include a first component and a second component. Each component may include an upper portion, a lower portion, and a set of connecting portions. The upper portion may define an upper level of the storage module. The lower portion may define a lower level of the storage module. The set of connecting portions may connect the upper and lower portions. The storage module may also include a set of carrier devices to move in accordance with a movement path and support a set of storage containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Timothy Alan Talda, Martin Peter Aalund
  • Patent number: 10221015
    Abstract: Described are systems, methods, and apparatus for automated item singulation. The system includes a singulation station in which a plurality of different type items may be transitioned onto a singulation table. The singulation table activates and the movement of the singulation table causes the items to de-shingle, separate in distance with respect to one another and migrate along the singulation table toward a pick conveyor. As the de-shingled and singulated items arrive on the pick conveyor they are detected and individually picked by a robotic unit and transitioned from the singulation station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Martin Peter Aalund, Toby Ge Xu, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Yan Yan
  • Publication number: 20190051061
    Abstract: Systems and methods for broadcasting strategy modes of autonomous vehicles are described. An autonomous vehicle may include one or more notification devices that broadcast a selected strategy mode for the autonomous vehicle. The selected strategy mode may include an uncoupled strategy mode, a permissive strategy mode, an assistive strategy mode, and a preventative strategy mode. The notification devices may include visual, audio, or signal notification devices. In addition, the autonomous vehicle may broadcast other information associated with the vehicle, such as a position, a velocity, a priority, or an identity of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, James Christopher Curlander, Larry Felser, Gur Kimchi, Pragyana K. Mishra
  • Publication number: 20190049997
    Abstract: Systems and methods for coordinating operations of a plurality of autonomous vehicles are described. An autonomous vehicle management system may receive information from the plurality of autonomous vehicles related to strategy modes, actions, and the environments. The strategy modes may include an uncoupled strategy mode, a permissive strategy mode, an assistive strategy mode, and a preventative strategy mode. The autonomous vehicle management system may then process the received information based on an operational goal for the system as a whole. The autonomous vehicle management system may then instruct modifications to operations of one or more of the plurality of autonomous vehicles to achieve the operational goal for the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, James Christopher Curlander, Larry Felser, Gur Kimchi, Pragyana K. Mishra
  • Publication number: 20190049960
    Abstract: Systems and methods for operating autonomous vehicles are described. An autonomous vehicle may detect strategy modes and/or actions of other vehicles in a local environment. The autonomous vehicle may then select a strategy mode for its operations based on the detected strategy modes and/or actions of other vehicles, and based on an operational goal for the autonomous vehicle. The strategy modes may include an uncoupled strategy mode, a permissive strategy mode, an assistive strategy mode, and a preventative strategy mode. The autonomous vehicle may further select an action for its operations based on the selected strategy mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, James Christopher Curlander, Larry Felser, Gur Kimchi, Pragyana K. Mishra
  • Publication number: 20190049961
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining strategy modes for autonomous vehicles are described. An autonomous vehicle may detect aspects of other vehicles and aspects of the environment using one or more sensors. The autonomous vehicle may then determine strategy modes of the other vehicles, and select a strategy mode for its own operation based on the determined strategy modes and an operational goal for the autonomous vehicle. The strategy modes may include an uncoupled strategy mode, a permissive strategy mode, an assistive strategy mode, and a preventative strategy mode. The autonomous vehicle may further determine elements in the environment and topological constraints associated with the environment, and select the strategy mode for its own operation based thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, James Christopher Curlander, Larry Felser, Gur Kimchi, Pragyana K. Mishra
  • Patent number: 10197981
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling the movement of portable receptacles within a materials handling facility are described. The materials handling facility utilizes at least one linear induction motor (LIM) to move the portable receptacles having conductive elements from a first location to a second location within the facility. The LIMs may be configured such that most, if not all, of the movement of the receptacles is controlled by the application of energy from the LIMs to the conductive elements of the receptacles. This energy may cause the receptacles to move from one LIM to another LIM, where each LIM in sequence can apply force to the receptacle to pass it to the next LIM in the sequence. In some implementations, the portable receptacles are configured such that at least a base portion of the receptacle includes a conductive element to interact with the LIMs, while maintaining an overall light-weight configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jayson Michael Jochim, Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Paul Roy Raines, Jr., Yan Yan
  • Publication number: 20190023490
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an inventory storage module has first and second guiderails that are spaced from one another along a lateral direction. Each guiderail has an upper track and a lower track, and first and second connecting tracks that connect the upper track to the lower track at first and second ends of the storage module, respectively. The module has a plurality of inventory carriers that are supported between the first and second guiderails, are arranged end-to-end along the upper and lower tracks along a longitudinal direction, and are elongate along the lateral direction. The module can also have a plurality of storage containers carried by each inventory carrier in a side-by-side relation along the lateral direction, where the plurality of storage containers carry a plurality of inventory items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Dinesh Mahadevan, Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Jon David DeFant, Benjamin Douglas Garcia, Vahideh Kamranzadeh, George T. Davies, Steven Eric Nuetzman
  • Publication number: 20190023489
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an storage module has first and second guide rails that are spaced from one another along a lateral direction. Each guiderail has an upper track and a lower track spaced from one another along a vertical direction, and first and second connecting tracks that connect the upper track to the lower track at first and second ends, respectively. A plurality of inventory carriers that are supported between the guiderails and are arranged end-to-end along the upper and lower tracks. A drivetrain drives the carriers to translate along the upper and lower tracks at a first speed, and drives the carriers to translate along the connecting tracks at a second speed, faster than the first speed. Increasing the speed of the carriers at the connecting tracks can prevent the carriers from colliding with one another when transitioning between the upper track and the lower track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Dinesh Mahadevan, Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Jon David DeFant, Benjamin Douglas Garcia, Vahideh Kamranzadeh, George T. Davies, Steven Eric Nuetzman
  • Publication number: 20190023491
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an inventory storage system has a vertical stack of storage modules that extend from a first stack end to a second stack end, and are stacked on top of one another. Each storage module defines a path that forms a loop in a vertical plane, and each storage module has a plurality of inventory carriers that translate around the loop. The vertical stack has a first end section that extends from the first stack end towards the second stack end, and that includes a first end of each loop of the stack. The vertical stack also has a second end section that extends from the second stack end towards the first stack end, and that includes a second end of each loop of the stack. The sections can be transported separately by a truck or container and then coupled together at the destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Dinesh Mahadevan, Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, Jon David DeFant, Benjamin Douglas Garcia, Vahideh Kamranzadeh, George T. Davies, Steven Eric Nuetzman
  • Patent number: 10183424
    Abstract: A product to be shipped is placed on a platform. A conveyor belt moves the product and platform toward a packaging station where mold forms at least define a space which encloses the product. Expanding foam is then injected via injector lines into the space. Once the expanding foam has at least partially hardened, the mold forms may be retracted and the package is moved to a next station for at least one of finishing, loading, or storing. The foam thus becomes the shipping package for the product. This eliminates the need to store shipping containers of multiple standardized sizes and shapes, and to fill the standardized shipping containers with dunnage. The mold forms also provide for customized exterior shapes for the shipping package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Karl Lisso, Jon Stuart Battles, John Tan, Samuel Christopher Uhlman