Patents by Inventor Joseph J. Hebenstreit

Joseph J. Hebenstreit 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: 20190196438
    Abstract: A position sensing tool for enabling topographical measurements of a working surface is provided. The tool includes sensors for mapping the tool environment and for positioning of the tool within the environment. The tool enables tracking of tool activity within the environment. The tool enables design and fabrication collaboration with other computer systems. The tool enables user and tool environment safety using tool positional, user position and tool environment awareness. Certain embodiments of the tool permit automated guidance of tasks in the tool environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Applicant: SHAPER TOOLS, INC.
    Inventors: ALEC ROTHMYER RIVERS, JOSEPH J. HEBENSTREIT, ILAN ELLISON MOYER, SAM CUTTRISS, MATTHEW WYATT MARTIN, JEREMY EVAN BLUM
  • Patent number: 9477306
    Abstract: Substrates for components such as a display, touch sensor, multifunction stackup, and so forth may incorporate one or more haptic actuators configured to generate haptic output. These actuators may be formed from a portion of a body of the substrate, or separate pieces bonded or otherwise affixed to the substrate. Audible output resulting from activation of the actuators may be minimized by coupling the actuators such that they produce a physical displacement of the body of the substrate within, rather than orthogonal to, the plane of the body of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Hebenstreit, David C. Buuck, Ilya D. Rosenberg, Julien G. Beguin
  • Patent number: 9262063
    Abstract: A user interface for a touch-screen display of a dedicated handheld electronic book reader device is described. The user interface detects human gestures manifest as pressure being applied by a finger or stylus to regions on the touch-screen display. In one implementation, the touch-screen user interface enables a user to turn one or more pages in response to applying a force or pressure to the touch-screen display. In another implementation, the touch-screen user interface is configured to bookmark a page temporarily by applying a pressure to the display, then allowing a user to turn pages to a new page, but reverting back to a previously-displayed page when the pressure is removed. In another implementation, the touch-screen user interface identifies and filters electronic books based on book size and/or a time available to read a book. In another implementation, the touch-screen user interface converts text to speech in response to a user touching the touch-screen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Kim, Christopher Green, Joseph J. Hebenstreit, Kevin E. Keller
  • Patent number: 9188976
    Abstract: A dedicated electronic book reader device and accompanying accessory are described. When the accessory is used with the electronic book reader device, the accessory unlocks content that would otherwise be unavailable to the device. The accessory may be configured to provide a password that unlocks content stored on the electronic book reader device, stored on the accessory, or stored remotely. In one implementation, the accessory is a cover which also physically protects the electronic book reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Kim, Joseph J. Hebenstreit
  • Patent number: 9182820
    Abstract: A plurality of haptic actuators is disposed to form a high resolution haptic array. This array may be configured to provide haptic feedback to a user by activating one or more of the plurality of haptic actuators. A display, a touch sensor, and the haptic array may be integrated into a single low-profile multifunction stackup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Hebenstreit, David C. Buuck, Ilya D. Rosenberg, Julien G. Beguin
  • Patent number: 9030308
    Abstract: User interface experiences with electronic devices are enhanced with feedback cues such as haptic or vibrotactile output feedback. One or more piezoelectric actuators generate haptic output. The one or more piezoelectric actuators may be integrated onto a display substrate, a battery case, a device enclosure, or other component. Such integration may improve propagation of the haptic output to the user, reduce bulk of the electronic device, minimize parts count, and reduce production costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Buuck, Joseph J. Hebenstreit
  • Patent number: 8970540
    Abstract: An electronic device has a marking surface overlaid on a touch sensor. Marks made upon the marking surface create pressure that is transferred through the thickness of the marking surface to the touch sensor. Thus, the signals detected by the touch sensor correspond to the marks made on the marking surface. The marking surface may include a thin material that displays marks such as a pressure-sensitive cholesteric liquid crystal display or a conventional sheet of paper. The touch sensor may comprise a sensor capable of detecting an amount of incident force such as an interpolating force-sensitive resistance touch sensor. The electronic device may also have hardware and/or software to analyze the marks detected by the touch sensor and to communicate with other electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Hebenstreit, Amish Rajesh Babu
  • Patent number: 8878809
    Abstract: A user interface for a touch-screen display of a dedicated handheld electronic book reader device is described. The user interface detects human gestures manifest as pressure being applied by a finger or stylus to regions on the touch-screen display. In one implementation, the touch-screen user interface enables a user to turn one or more pages in response to applying a force or pressure to the touch-screen display. In another implementation, the touch-screen user interface is configured to bookmark a page temporarily by applying a pressure to the display, then allowing a user to turn pages to a new page, but reverting back to a previously-displayed page when the pressure is removed. In another implementation, the touch-screen user interface identifies and filters electronic books based on book size and/or a time available to read a book. In another implementation, the touch-screen user interface converts text to speech in response to a user touching the touch-screen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Kim, Joseph J. Hebenstreit, Christopher Green, Kevin E. Keller
  • Patent number: 8648772
    Abstract: A reflective display, such as an electrophoretic display (EPD), and an emissive display, such as a backlit liquid crystal display, may be combined to form an amalgamated display. This combination may include layering one display atop the other, alternating reflective and emissive display elements, or otherwise interspersing reflective and emissive display elements with one another. Images on the amalgamated display may be presented using either reflective or emissive modes or a combination of the two, depending upon factors such as refresh rate, power consumption, presence of color and/or video, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Hebenstreit, Amish Rajesh Babu
  • Patent number: 8624851
    Abstract: A user interface for a touch-screen display of a dedicated handheld electronic book reader device is described. The user interface detects human gestures manifest as pressure being applied by a finger or stylus to regions on the touch-screen display. In one implementation, the touch-screen user interface enables a user to turn one or more pages in response to applying a force or pressure to the touch-screen display. In another implementation, the touch-screen user interface is configured to bookmark a page temporarily by applying a pressure to the display, then allowing a user to turn pages to a new page, but reverting back to a previously-displayed page when the pressure is removed. In another implementation, the touch-screen user interface identifies and filters electronic books based on book size and/or a time available to read a book. In another implementation, the touch-screen user interface converts text to speech in response to a user touching the touch-screen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Kim, Christopher Green, Joseph J. Hebenstreit, Kevin E. Keller
  • Patent number: 8471824
    Abstract: A user interface for a touch-screen display of a dedicated handheld electronic book reader device is described. The user interface detects human gestures manifest as pressure being applied by a finger or stylus to regions on the touch-screen display. In one implementation, the touch-screen user interface enables a user to turn one or more pages in response to applying a force or pressure to the touch-screen display. In another implementation, the touch-screen user interface is configured to bookmark a page temporarily by applying a pressure to the display, then allowing a user to turn pages to a new page, but reverting back to a previously-displayed page when the pressure is removed. In another implementation, the touch-screen user interface identifies and filters electronic books based on book size and/or a time available to read a book. In another implementation, the touch-screen user interface converts text to speech in response to a user touching the touch-screen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Kim, Joseph J. Hebenstreit, Christopher Green, Kevin E. Keller
  • Patent number: 8451238
    Abstract: A user interface for a touch-screen display of a dedicated handheld electronic book reader device is described. The user interface detects human gestures manifest as pressure being applied by a finger or stylus to regions on the touch-screen display. In one implementation, the touch-screen user interface enables a user to turn one or more pages in response to applying a force or pressure to the touch-screen display. In another implementation, the touch-screen user interface is configured to bookmark a page temporarily by applying a pressure to the display, then allowing a user to turn pages to a new page, but reverting back to a previously-displayed page when the pressure is removed. In another implementation, the touch-screen user interface identifies and filters electronic books based on book size and/or a time available to read a book. In another implementation, the touch-screen user interface converts text to speech in response to a user touching the touch-screen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Kim, Joseph J. Hebenstreit, Christopher Green, Kevin E. Keller
  • Patent number: 8416365
    Abstract: A diffusive display, such as a polymer network liquid crystal display (PNLCD) and a visible wavelength light polarizer are combined to form a diffusive display device. The diffusive display device may provide black and white or color presentation with refresh rates suitable for playback of animation or full motion video using ambient or emitted light. By altering a state of the diffusive material, such as polymer network liquid crystals, between a scatter state and a clear state an image may be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventors: Ilya D. Rosenberg, Joseph J. Hebenstreit
  • Patent number: 8382295
    Abstract: A electronic device that includes an optical assembly containing a projector, an imager, or both is described. The optical assembly may be disposed in an accessory such as a cover for the electronic device, or the electronic device itself. The optical assembly may be attached by a flexible connector or articulated arm that, when extended, positions the optical assembly generally above a plane of an electronic display of the device. The optical assembly may project images onto the electronic display, portions of the cover, or other surfaces. An imager in the optical assembly detects user gestures or other visual inputs to initiate commands on the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Kim, Joseph J. Hebenstreit
  • Patent number: 8378979
    Abstract: Haptic feedback may be provided to a user of an electronic device, such as an electronic book reader device, to confirm receipt of user input or otherwise convey information to the user. The haptic feedback may be provided more quickly than a display update time of a display of the electronic device. Different patterns, durations, and/or intensities of haptic feedback may be used in response to different events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcos Frid, Rajiv Kotesh Ghanta, Joseph J. Hebenstreit, John T. Kim
  • Patent number: 8348450
    Abstract: A dedicated electronic book (“eBook”) reader device and a reading light are described. The reading light may be embedded in a cover for the eBook reader device. The cover may draw power from the eBook reader device and provide that power to the reading light. The reading light may be attached to the cover by a flexible connector that, when withdrawn from the cover, automatically positions the reading light to illuminate an electronic display of the eBook reader device. In one implementation, the flexible connector is made of shape-memory alloy. The reading light may be oriented within the cover such that the reading light extends from a corner of the cover at an approximately 45 degree angle from a spine of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Hebenstreit, Wilfrido Loor Canizares, Amrinder Pal Singh Siani, Hannah Rebecca Lewbel
  • Patent number: 8345073
    Abstract: Layers of a touch sensor array used by electronic devices may be incorporated into other components, such that a touch sensor array is formed upon assembly of the other components. This touch sensor array may then be used as an input device by a user. For example, one layer of a touch sensor array may be integrated into the back of a display component, forming a first integrated package. Similarly, a second layer of the touch sensor array may be integrated into the front of a battery, forming a second integrated package. Upon assembly of the display atop the battery, the touch sensor array is formed. Such integration results in simpler and less expensive assembly, reduces the count of discrete parts during assembly, and minimizes the electronic device's physical profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph J. Hebenstreit, David C. Buuck
  • Patent number: 8295037
    Abstract: An electronic device, such as an electronic book (“eBook”) reader device, is configured with two panels connected via a hinge. A first panel includes components such as a battery, a main logic board, a wireless networking interface, and so forth while a second panel includes a display component such as an electrophoretic display. The panels may be opened for use wherein the display is visible to a user, or closed such that the first panel protects and/or obscures the second panel and the display located therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Buuck, Joseph J. Hebenstreit, Kenneth M. Karakotsios
  • Publication number: 20110164410
    Abstract: A dedicated electronic book (“eBook”) reader device and a reading light are described. The reading light may be embedded in a cover for the eBook reader device. The cover may draw power from the eBook reader device and provide that power to the reading light. The reading light may be attached to the cover by a flexible connector that, when withdrawn from the cover, automatically positions the reading light to illuminate an electronic display of the eBook reader device. In one implementation, the flexible connector is made of shape-memory alloy. The reading light may be oriented within the cover such that the reading light extends from a corner of the cover at an approximately 45 degree angle from a spine of the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventors: Joseph J. Hebenstreit, Amrinder Pal Singh Siani, Wilfrido Loor Canizares
  • Publication number: 20110050594
    Abstract: A user interface for a touch-screen display of a dedicated handheld electronic book reader device is described. The user interface detects human gestures manifest as pressure being applied by a finger or stylus to regions on the touch-screen display. In one implementation, the touch-screen user interface enables a user to turn one or more pages in response to applying a force or pressure to the touch-screen display. In another implementation, the touch-screen user interface is configured to bookmark a page temporarily by applying a pressure to the display, then allowing a user to turn pages to a new page, but reverting back to a previously-displayed page when the pressure is removed. In another implementation, the touch-screen user interface identifies and filters electronic books based on book size and/or a time available to read a book. In another implementation, the touch-screen user interface converts text to speech in response to a user touching the touch-screen display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: John T. Kim, Christopher Green, Joseph J. Hebenstreit, Kevin E. Keller