Patents by Inventor Kevin Callahan

Kevin Callahan 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: 20070018045
    Abstract: A system for communicating electrical signals between two spaced apart seat assemblies on a mobile platform, for example an aircraft. The seat assemblies are secured to seat tracks mounted on a floor of the aircraft cabin. The seat tracks have a plurality of spaced apart holes that enable seat assembly mounting. A seat track cover is snap-fit onto one or more seat track mount devices. Each of the seat track mount devices includes one or more cleats or knobs that can be snap fit into the openings in the seat track to quickly and easily secure the seat track cover to the seat track. The seat track cover and mount devices enable a simple, planar seat track having spaced apart holes to be employed, rather than a C-shaped seat mounting track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Publication date: January 25, 2007
    Inventors: Kevin Callahan, Bradley Mitchell, Trevor Laib, James Ebner
  • Publication number: 20060271970
    Abstract: A system and method for transmitting an audio portion of information received at a first seat on a mobile platform to an adjacent second seat, over pre-existing power lines supplying power to various electronic components of both the first and second seats. An encoder subsystem generates a high frequency, encoded signal that is inductively superimposed onto the power signal on the power lines by a first coupling subsystem. The coupling subsystem includes a high pass filter and an inductive coupling element. At the second seat the superimposed signal is inductively sensed by a second coupling subsystem associated with the second seat, and transmitted to a decoder subsystem associated with the second seat. The decoder subsystem decodes the encoded electrical signal and transmits it to an audio jack on the second seat. Thus, an occupant seated in the second seat can listen to audio content while viewing video content displayed on a video display unit supported from a seatback portion of the first seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Publication date: November 30, 2006
    Inventors: Bradley Mitchell, Kevin Callahan
  • Publication number: 20060258210
    Abstract: The electrical connector insert, apparatus and associated fabrication method provide a connector insert attached to flat wire segments. In addition, the connector insert retains the industry accepted openings into which connection portions, such as pins, of the component are positioned. The insert includes at least one housing, which includes multiple openings to receive at least one connector portion of at least one component and multiple conductive contacts, such as conductive pins and/or conductive sockets, that extend at least partially within the at least one housing, where each conductive contact is associated with an opening. The insert also includes at least one flat wire segment having conductive traces and connection elements to connect the conductive contacts of the housing to the conductive traces. If there are at least two housings, the housings may be sized and shaped to cooperate with each other when the housings are positioned adjacent one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Publication date: November 16, 2006
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Callahan, Daniel Diessner, Bradley Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20060238994
    Abstract: This invention relates to a light guide (1) for a control knob, particularly an instrument panel of a vehicle. The knob is fitted with an index (3) free to move in rotation about an axis (A). The light guide (1) will be inserted between a light source (2) and the index (3) and comprises at least one entry surface (4) for light rays emitted by the light source (2), a first exit surface (6) of light rays towards the index (3) and side faces (5) inserted between the entry surface (4) and the first exit surface (6). The light guide comprises first optical means (4, 8, 15, 16) to orient received light rays approximately parallel to the rotation axis (A) of the index (3), and second optical means (5, 22, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20) to focus the previously reoriented light rays towards at least the first exit surface (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Applicant: Valeo Systemes Thermiques S. A. S.
    Inventors: Andre Chery, Stephane Guichardon, Jerome Wroblewski, Laurent Lucaora, Kevin Callahan
  • Publication number: 20060185128
    Abstract: The subject of the invention is a rotary control knob (2) of a control panel in particular for a ventilation, heating and/or air-conditioning installation of a vehicle cabin. This control knob (2) consists of a cylinder (3) provided at one of its ends with a gripping member (6) intended for the user, and equipped with at least one boss (15) for limiting its rotational travel between its end positions. Said boss (15) is formed at the base of the gripping member (6) and is covered at least partially by a flexible mass (19) emanating from a flexible covering (18) of the gripping member (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Publication date: August 24, 2006
    Applicant: Valeo Systemes Thermiques S. A. S.
    Inventors: Louis Lacroix, Andre Chery, Laurent Lucaora, Patrick Corduan, Kevin Callahan
  • Publication number: 20060102784
    Abstract: A seat track cover for transferring at least one of electrical power and data between two seats. The cover has a housing and a cable. The housing is sized to extend between a first seat leg assembly of a first seat and a second seat leg assembly of a second seat. The housing comprises a channel forming a first aperture at one end and a second aperture at a second end opposite the first aperture. The cable is seated within the housing and has a length at least equal to the length of the housing. The cable comprises a first connector and a second connector. The cable is seated within the housing such that the first connector is at the first aperture of the housing and the second connector is at the second aperture of the housing. The first connector couples with the first seat leg assembly and the second connector couples with the second seat leg assembly when the housing is positioned between the first seat leg and the second seat leg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Publication date: May 18, 2006
    Inventors: Kevin Callahan, Bradley Mitchell, Trevor Laib
  • Publication number: 20060049311
    Abstract: A power/data bus for conducting at least one of data and power signals to a variety of different locations on a mobile platform. The bus has a plurality of discrete connection ports, and at least one conductive cable. The power/data bus extends across an area where access to at least one of data and electricity is desired. The discrete connection ports are spaced apart at different locations along the power/data bus. The conductive cable extends through the power/data bus and is connected to at least one of the discrete connection ports. The conductive cable conducts at least one of power and data signals between the discrete connection ports and a data/power source. At least one of the connection ports are operable to cooperate with a connector of an external device to supply at least one of power and data signals to the external device. The power/data bus, when used in an aircraft passenger cabin, eliminates the need to extend individual data and/or power cables to or between each passenger seat group.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Publication date: March 9, 2006
    Inventors: Kevin Callahan, Trevor Laib, Bradley Mitchell, James Henley
  • Publication number: 20060032979
    Abstract: An interior cabin configuration determination system (10) includes multiple objects (16), including two or more monuments or passenger service units, that are within an interior cabin (13). The objects (16) include card readers (12). Object controllers (18) are coupled to the card readers (12) and determine the position of the objects (18) in response to the position information on the cards (12). A remotely located controller (20) determines the configuration of the objects (18) in response to the position information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Publication date: February 16, 2006
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Bradley Mitchell, Trevor Laib, Kevin Callahan
  • Publication number: 20060016944
    Abstract: A seat having a seat leg assembly for use on a mobile platform, especially on an aircraft. The seat comprises a front seat leg, a rear seat leg, and a spreader bar coupled to and extending between the front seat leg and the rear seat leg. The spreader bar has a door. The door is movable between a closed position in which the door prevents access to areas beneath the spreader bar and an open position in which the door permits access to areas beneath the spreader bar. In this manner, the open door allows an installer to grasp electrical cabling beneath the spreader bar and feed the cabling through a hole in the door so that the cable can be connected a connection point on or adjacent to the seat track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Publication date: January 26, 2006
    Inventors: Daniel Howard, Kevin Callahan, Samuel Feist, Bradley Mitchell, Trevor Laib, James Henley
  • Publication number: 20050258676
    Abstract: A conductive bus device and method operable to distribute signals throughout a platform. The bus delivers signals to any number of select locations within the platform, such as to seats mounted to a seat track. The bus is mounted beneath a floor of the platform. The signals can be transmitted between the power bus and the passenger seats using a conductor that extends from the passenger seats to the bus through a opening in the seat track. The bus device and method eliminates the need to run separate connections between a signal source and each seat. This device and method significantly reduce the cost, energy, and time necessary to wire each seat individually.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2005
    Publication date: November 24, 2005
    Inventors: Bradley Mitchell, Kevin Callahan, Trevor Laib, Robert Johnson, Darrell Santala
  • Publication number: 20050230548
    Abstract: A safety system for an electrical distribution system that insures voltage sufficient to power user devices interfaced to the distribution system is only provided when the distribution system is fully functional and not damaged. The safety system comprises the power distribution system, a power control box, and a circuit activator signal generator in electrical communication with the power distribution system. The power control box is electrically coupled to the power distribution system and is operable to generate a first signal of a first voltage and a second signal of a higher second voltage. The power control box communicates the first signal to the circuit activator signal generator. Upon receipt of the first signal, the circuit activator signal generator generates a third signal having a third voltage that is lower than the second voltage and communicates the third signal to the power control box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2005
    Publication date: October 20, 2005
    Inventors: Bradley Mitchell, Kevin Callahan
  • Publication number: 20050230543
    Abstract: A system for distributing signals between a first seat and a second seat of a platform. The system generally includes an elongated bus and a connector operable to provide a connection between the bus and the passenger seats. Signals can be transmitted between the bus and the passenger seats, via the connector, at any point along the power bus, thus eliminating the need to run separate connections between the signal source and each seat. The bus is connected to the connector by depressing the bus upon the connector. This system and method significantly reduces the amount of time, energy, and expense necessary to individually wire each passenger seat to receive signals, such as power and/or data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2005
    Publication date: October 20, 2005
    Inventors: Trevor Laib, Bradley Mitchell, Kevin Callahan
  • Publication number: 20050215095
    Abstract: A seat track system for conducting electricity between spaced apart seatst, such as between passenger seats of an aircraft passenger cabin, comprising a conductive tube assembly and a housing. The conductive tube assembly includes a conductive inner layer having a first conductive portion and a second conductive portion that is structurally independent of the first conductive portion. The first and the second portions define a socket. The tube assembly further includes a dielectric outer layer that is elastic so as to exert a biasing force on the conductive inner layer to urge the first portion and the second portion together. The housing is operable to receive the conductive tube assembly and support the tube assembly between the first and the second seats. The socket is operable to receive a conductive member that mates with the conductive inner layer to conduct electricity to and from the conductive tube assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2005
    Publication date: September 29, 2005
    Inventors: Bradley Mitchell, Kevin Callahan, Daniel Howard
  • Publication number: 20050211835
    Abstract: A power distribution system having a continuous power bus to supply power and/or data to aircraft passenger seats in a mobile platform. The power distribution system generally includes a bus strip that extends along a length of the passenger cabin and a connector operable to provide a connection between the bus strip and the passenger seats. Power and/or data can be transmitted between the bus strip and the passenger seats, via the connector, at any point along the bus strip, thus eliminating the need to run separate connections between the power and/or data source and each passenger seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2004
    Publication date: September 29, 2005
    Inventors: James Henley, Robert Johnson, Darrel Santala, Samuel Feist, Trevor Laib, Bradley Mitchell, Kevin Callahan
  • Publication number: 20050200934
    Abstract: Electrochromic device control systems and methods are disclosed. In one embodiment, a window system includes a plurality of transparent windows, a plurality of electrochromic devices, a plurality of control modules, and a main controller. Each transparent window has an electrochromic device operatively associated therewith. A control module is operatively coupled to each electrochromic device and is adapted to controllably adjust an electric field to activate and de-activate the electrochromic device. Finally, the main controller is operatively coupled to the plurality of control modules and adapted to simultaneously adjust the electric fields of the plurality of electrochromic devices to activate and de-activate the plurality of electrochromic devices in unison. In one particular embodiment, a window dimming control system in accordance with the present invention may advantageously be incorporated into an existing cabin services system of a passenger aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2004
    Publication date: September 15, 2005
    Inventors: Kevin Callahan, Roland Schafer
  • Publication number: 20050159244
    Abstract: The electrical connector insert, apparatus and associated fabrication method provide a connector insert attached to flat wire segments. In addition, the connector insert retains the industry accepted openings into which connection portions, such as pins, of the component are positioned. The insert includes at least one housing, which includes multiple openings to receive at least one connector portion of at least one component and multiple conductive contacts, such as conductive pins and/or conductive sockets, that extend at least partially within the at least one housing, where each conductive contact is associated with an opening. The insert also includes at least one flat wire segment having conductive traces and connection elements to connect the conductive contacts of the housing to the conductive traces. If there are at least two housings, the housings may be sized and shaped to cooperate with each other when the housings are positioned adjacent one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2004
    Publication date: July 21, 2005
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Callahan, Daniel Diessner, Bradley Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20050110952
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying seats within a mobile platform such as an aircraft, bus, ship, train, etc. A sensor subsystem detects when a door of the mobile platform is opened and transmits a wireless signal to each one of a plurality of projector subsystems. Each of the projector subsystems are disposed adjacent an associated seat of the mobile platform. Each projector subsystem projects an enlarged, optical signal with seat identifying information onto the seatback of its associated seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Publication date: May 26, 2005
    Inventors: Hau Pho, Melanie Kimsey, Kevin Callahan
  • Publication number: 20040019534
    Abstract: A system for facilitating the purchase of a replacement part online with the aid of an interactive exploded view of the product the replacement part goes into are disclosed. Initially, the system helps an online user identify a particular product for which a replacement part is desired. Once the product is identified (e.g., by model number), the system transmits an interactive exploded view of the product. Preferably, the interactive exploded view is a perspective view of at least a portion of the identified product showing how the parts fit together even though most of each part is visible. The interactive exploded view includes selectable regions for each replacement part. When the user clicks on a part in the interactive exploded view, the part is added to an electronic shopping cart. Subsequently, the shopping cart order may be fulfilled by an appropriate parts vendor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Inventors: Kevin Callahan, Daryle Gibbens
  • Publication number: 20020107716
    Abstract: A system for scheduling an in-home appliance repair service is disclosed. The system receives inputs from a user via a client device. The inputs are used to identify one or more home appliances in need of repair. For example, the user may have a clogged dishwasher. Data identifying the appliance is then transmitted to a repair scheduling server. The repair scheduling server executes a program which determines a plurality of available repair time slots and transmits a list of choices to the client device for display. The available repair time slots may depend on the type of appliance, the brand of the appliance, the particular model, the user's identify, and/or the geographical location of the appliance. Preferably, time slots are dynamically determined in cooperation with a plurality of service providers. Once the user selects a timeslot, the service is confirmed and scheduled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2001
    Publication date: August 8, 2002
    Inventors: Kevin Callahan, Daryle Gibbens
  • Patent number: 6011960
    Abstract: A personal communications system permits a wireless handset to access either a cellular mobile telephone system (CMTS) or a private wireless telephone system (WTS) which shares the CMTS frequency band by utilizing those CMTS channels which are idle in the area serviced by the WTS. The wireless handset automatically selects between the WTS and CMTS operating modes by maintaining a list of previously accessed WTS control channels and periodically scanning that list for a WTS available at the location of the handset. If a WTS control channel is not found in that list, then the handset periodically scans all possible WTS control channels for the purpose of registering on an available WTS. If no WTS is found, then the handset switches to CMTS mode. The scanning methodology permits the wireless handset to rapidly lock on to an available WTS which will provide service to the handset, so as to reduce the possibility of the wireless handset missing incoming paging signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Yamada, Kevin Callahan, Charles A. Jacobs