Patents by Inventor Jonathan Shea Robinson

Jonathan Shea Robinson 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: 20180345137
    Abstract: A user-input device includes a user-actuatable trigger configured to pivot about a trigger axis, a rack gear interfacing with the user-actuatable trigger, a force-feedback motor including a drive gear interfacing with the rack gear, and a posture sensor configured to determine a posture of the user-actuatable trigger about the trigger axis. The force-feedback motor is configured to drive the rack gear based on a force-feedback signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron SCHMITZ, Gabriel Michael Rask GASSOWAY, Jonathan Shea ROBINSON
  • Publication number: 20180345134
    Abstract: A user-input device includes a user-actuatable trigger configured to pivot about a trigger axis, a posture sensor configured to determine a posture of the user-actuatable trigger about the trigger axis, a force sensor configured to determine an actuation force applied to the user-actuatable trigger, and a force-feedback motor operatively coupled to the user-actuatable trigger. The force-feedback motor is configured to activate based on a force-feedback signal and adjust a user-perceived state of the user-actuatable trigger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron SCHMITZ, Gabriel Michael Rask GASSOWAY, Jonathan Shea ROBINSON
  • Publication number: 20180345136
    Abstract: A user-input device includes a user-actuatable trigger configured to pivot about a trigger axis, the user-actuatable trigger including a sector gear, a posture sensor configured to determine a posture of the user-actuatable trigger about the trigger axis, and a force-feedback motor configured to drive the sector gear based on a force-feedback signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron SCHMITZ, Gabriel Michael Rask GASSOWAY, Jonathan Shea ROBINSON
  • Patent number: 9964997
    Abstract: A locking system is disclosed. The locking system comprises a locking bar rotatable between a locked position and an unlocked position. A locking feature on the locking bar engages a tab when the locking bar is rotated into the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: George Hristov Gueorguiev, Jonathan Shea Robinson
  • Publication number: 20180056180
    Abstract: An accessory apparatus includes a housing, an apparatus connector, a plurality of auxiliary accessory interfaces, and an internal microcontroller. The connection connector is configured to mate with a corresponding accessory connector of a physical controller to electrically connect the internal microcontroller to the physical controller. Each auxiliary accessory connector is configured to enable a separate auxiliary user input device to operatively connect to the accessory apparatus and electrically connect with the internal microcontroller. The internal microcontroller is configured to: (1) receive an input control signal from an auxiliary user input device operatively connected to an auxiliary accessory connector of the plurality of auxiliary accessory connectors, (2) map the input control signal to a mapped control signal corresponding to a physical control of the physical controller, and (3) send the mapped control signal to the physical controller via the apparatus connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Brian G. Russell, Sam Michael Sarmast, Robert Bryce Johnson, Jonathan Shea Robinson, Andre Sutanto, Leo Shing, Ross Nelson, Christopher Kujawski, Evelyn Thomas, Kristine A. Hunter, Flor Albornoz, Rachel Yang, Christopher Harmon, Gregory M. Daly
  • Patent number: 9868058
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatuses, and computer program products are provided for a user input device, such as a game controller, that includes a thumbstick having adjustable tilt tension. The user input device includes a housing, a joystick assembly, a thumbstick cap, and an adjustment mechanism. The housing defines an internal cavity of the user input device and includes an aperture. The joystick assembly is disposed within the internal cavity. The joystick assembly comprises a tilt-able post and is operable to generate an analog input control signal based on a position of the tilt-able post in relation to a default position. The thumbstick cap is mounted through the aperture to an end of the tilt-able post. The adjustment mechanism is configured to enable a tilt tension of the tilt-able post to be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Joshua P. Weiher, Eph John Evans, Benjamin Michael Finney, Jason Victor Tsai, Jonathan Shea Robinson, Aaron Schmitz, Dustin Tiffany
  • Publication number: 20170001106
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatuses, and computer program products are provided for a user input device, such as a game controller, that includes a thumbstick having adjustable tilt tension. The user input device includes a housing, a joystick assembly, a thumbstick cap, and an adjustment mechanism. The housing defines an internal cavity of the user input device and includes an aperture. The joystick assembly is disposed within the internal cavity. The joystick assembly comprises a tilt-able post and is operable to generate an analog input control signal based on a position of the tilt-able post in relation to a default position. The thumbstick cap is mounted through the aperture to an end of the tilt-able post. The adjustment mechanism is configured to enable a tilt tension of the tilt-able post to be changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventors: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Joshua P. Weiher, Eph John Evans, Benjamin Michael Finney, Jason Victor Tsai, Jonathan Shea Robinson, Aaron Schmitz, Dustin Tiffany
  • Publication number: 20160361639
    Abstract: A game controller includes a trigger-activation sensor, a sensor-activation feature, and a trigger-retention feature. The sensor-activation feature is moveable relative to the trigger-activation sensor. The trigger-activation sensor outputs a control signal based on a relative position of the sensor-activation feature and the trigger-activation sensor. The trigger-retention feature is configured to removably affix a selected removable trigger accessory to the game controller. The selected removable trigger accessory is one of a plurality of differently configured removable trigger accessories removably affixable to the game controller. The selected removable trigger accessory is configured to change the relative position of the sensor-activation feature and the trigger-activation sensor based on finger manipulation of the selected removable trigger accessory when the selected removable trigger accessory is removably affixed to the game controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Schmitz, Jonathan Shea Robinson, Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway
  • Publication number: 20160351362
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatuses, and computer program products are provided for a user input device, such as a game controller. The user input device includes a finger depressible trigger button, a trigger travel path adjustment assembly that resides in an internal cavity of a housing of the user input device, and a finger switch configured to be switched between a plurality of selectable positions in real-time (e.g., during game play). A first selectable position of the finger switch enables the trigger button to be depressed a first distance. A second selectable position of the finger switch enables the trigger button to be depressed a second distance that is greater than the first distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Jason Victor Tsai, Kenneth Dennis Jasinski, Jonathan Shea Robinson, Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway
  • Patent number: 9437969
    Abstract: A connection mechanism between two components may use one or more metallic pins that are magnetically extended when the components are engaged, the pins extending into one or more slots. The components are attached in place by the pins extended into the slots during attachment. The connection mechanism may include one or more magnets mounted on either or both components. The magnets may be arranged to attract the components when the components are in the locking orientation and to repel the components when the components are in an unlocked position. The connection mechanism may include electrical connections between the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Witter, John P. Fitzgerald, Jonathan Shea Robinson, Adam D. Center, Larry Holmes
  • Publication number: 20160252935
    Abstract: A locking system is disclosed. The locking system comprises a locking bar rotatable between a locked position and an unlocked position. A locking feature on the locking bar engages a tab when the locking bar is rotated into the locked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Applicant: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: GEORGE HRISTOV GUEORGUIEV, JONATHAN SHEA ROBINSON
  • Publication number: 20150249302
    Abstract: A connection mechanism between two components may use one or more metallic pins that are magnetically extended when the components are engaged, the pins extending into one or more slots. The components are attached in place by the pins extended into the slots during attachment. The connection mechanism may include one or more magnets mounted on either or both components. The magnets may be arranged to attract the components when the components are in the locking orientation and to repel the components when the components are in an unlocked position. The connection mechanism may include electrical connections between the components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Publication date: September 3, 2015
    Inventors: KEVIN W. WITTER, JOHN P. FITZGERALD, JONATHAN SHEA ROBINSON, ADAM D. CENTER, LARRY HOLMES
  • Patent number: 9062695
    Abstract: A connection mechanism between two components may use one or more metallic pins that are magnetically extended when the components are engaged, and a sloped groove that retracts and unlocks the pins when the components are rotated. The components are locked in place by the pins during engagement. Disengagement may be performed by rotating the two components with respect to each other. The connection mechanism may include one or more magnets mounted on either or both components. The magnets may be arranged to attract the components when the components are in the locking orientation and to repel the components when the components are rotated to an unlocked position. The connection mechanism may include electrical connections between the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: OTTER PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Witter, John P. Fitzgerald, Jonathan Shea Robinson, Adam D. Center, Larry Holmes
  • Publication number: 20140077044
    Abstract: A connection mechanism between two components may use one or more metallic pins that are magnetically extended when the components are engaged, and a sloped groove that retracts and unlocks the pins when the components are rotated. The components are locked in place by the pins during engagement. Disengagement may be performed by rotating the two components with respect to each other. The connection mechanism may include one or more magnets mounted on either or both components. The magnets may be arranged to attract the components when the components are in the locking orientation and to repel the components when the components are rotated to an unlocked position. The connection mechanism may include electrical connections between the components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: OTTER PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: KEVIN W. WITTER, JOHN P. FITZGERALD, JONATHAN SHEA ROBINSON, ADAM D. CENTER, LARRY HOLMES
  • Patent number: 8608502
    Abstract: A connection mechanism between two components may use one or metallic pins that are magnetically extended when the components are engaged, and a sloped groove that retracts and unlocks the pins when the components are rotated. The components are locked in place by the pins during engagement. Disengagement may be performed by rotating the two components with respect to each other. The connection mechanism may include one or more magnets mounted on either or both components. The magnets may be arranged to attract the components when the components are in the locking orientation and to repel the components when the components are rotated to an unlocked position. The connection mechanism may include electrical connections between the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventors: Kevin W Witter, John P Fitzgerald, Jonathan Shea Robinson, Adam D Center, Larry Holmes
  • Publication number: 20130303000
    Abstract: A connection mechanism between two components may use one or metallic pins that are magnetically extended when the components are engaged, and a sloped groove that retracts and unlocks the pins when the components are rotated. The components are locked in place by the pins during engagement. Disengagement may be performed by rotating the two components with respect to each other. The conncection mechanism may include one or more magnets mounted on either or both components. The magnets may be arranged to attract the components when the components are in the locking orientation and to repel the components when the components are rotated to an unlocked position. The connection mechanism may include electrical connections between the components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: OTTER PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Witter, John P. Fitzgerald, Jonathan Shea Robinson, Adam D. Center, Larry Holmes
  • Patent number: 7933119
    Abstract: A heat transfer system is provided. The system includes a heat sink disposed proximate a first circuit. An air mover is adapted to provide airflow, and at least a portion of the airflow can flow through the heat sink along a flow path having a path length. A first portion of the airflow flows along the entire path length through the heat sink. A remaining portion of the airflow exits the heat sink prior to flowing the entire path length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrew L. Wiltzius, Robert Lee Crane, Jonathan Shea Robinson, River Yao
  • Publication number: 20110026219
    Abstract: A heat transfer system is provided. The system includes a heat sink disposed proximate a first circuit. An air mover is adapted to provide airflow, and at least a portion of the airflow can flow through the heat sink along a flow path having a path length. A first portion of the airflow flows along the entire path length through the heat sink. A remaining portion of the airflow exits the heat sink prior to flowing the entire path length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.
    Inventors: Andrew L. Wiltzius, Robert Lee Crane, Jonathan Shea Robinson, River Yao
  • Patent number: D694521
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Shea Robinson, Larry Holmes
  • Patent number: D695015
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Otter Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Shea Robinson, Larry Holmes