Patents by Inventor Kevin Powell

Kevin Powell 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: 10451831
    Abstract: A fiber optic stripping and cutting apparatus comprising a tool housing and a stripping tool slidingly secured to the tool housing, the stripping tool having a pair of opposing stripping blades pivotable with respect to each other, each stripping blade having at least two teeth, the teeth on one stripping blade aligned with teeth on the opposite stripping blade. The fiber optic stripping and cutting apparatus includes a cutting tool removably secured to the tool housing, the cutting tool having a pair of opposing flat blades, each flat blade including a sharp edge. The stripping and cutting tools are each independently slideable from a retracted position within the housing to an extended position at least partially extending from the tool housing. The stripping tool and cutting tool may be removable from the tool housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ripley Tools, LLC
    Inventors: Manuel A. Santos, Sean Powell, Kevin Kilton, Paul Phillips
  • Patent number: 10390065
    Abstract: An online system receives a video-presentation request from a third party system. The video-presentation request comprises a video and a target audience specification for the video. The online system selects a plurality of users as the target audience of the video based on the target audience specification. From the target audience, the online system generates a sample subset of users and determines a sampled video reach count for the subset of users. A sample user who, as determined by the online system, would have viewed the view for at least a threshold duration, is included in the sampled video view count. The online system estimates a total video reach count for target audience by extrapolating the sampled video reach count for the subset of users to the target audience. The total video reach count can be used to determine a parameter for presenting the video on an online system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Jiajin Yu, Max K. Comer, Zhengyong Zhu, Kevin Wenkai Heh, Spencer Powell
  • Publication number: 20160241623
    Abstract: A communications platform bridge gathers information from remote areas, including war battlefields, in order to redistribute the information that is gathered throughout a network. The communications platform includes a router, a compute node, an encoder, and a streaming media server. Additionally, the communications platform may include services providing a session protocol server, an application server, a chat server, a time server, a file storage server, and a map server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Applicant: ARGENT LINE, LLC
    Inventors: George ZOULIAS, Joshua MADDEN, Kevin POWELL
  • Patent number: 8996994
    Abstract: Tools and techniques are described for providing multi-lingual word hyphenation using inductive machine learning on training data. Methods provided by these techniques may receive training data that includes hyphenated words, and may inductively generate hyphenation patterns that represent substrings of these words. The hyphenation patterns may include the substrings and hyphenation codes associated with characters occurring in the substrings. The methods may receive induction parameters applicable to generating the hyphenation patterns, and may store the hyphenation patterns into a language-specific lexicon file. These methods may also receive requests to hyphenate input words that occur in a human language, and may evaluate how to process the request based on the language. The methods may search for hyphenation patterns occurring in the input words, with the hyphenation patterns being stored in the lexicon file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Siarhei Alonichau, Ravi Shahani, Kevin Powell
  • Patent number: 8486198
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of processing substrates including: (a) etching, in a chamber, a generally vertical structure in a substrate using a cyclic process including an etch step using a reactive etch gas and a deposition step for depositing a protective polymer on to the side walls of that part of the structure which has already been etched by a preceding etch step or steps; and (b) cleaning, in the absence of any substrate, the chamber of material deposited thereon by the performance of the deposition step in step (a) characterized in that following the cleaning of the deposition derived material, the chamber is cleaned of material derived from the etchant gas by exposing the chamber to a plasma containing a mixture of O2 and at least the active element of elements of the etchant gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Aviza Technology Limited
    Inventors: Nicholas John Appleyard, Kevin Powell
  • Publication number: 20110179049
    Abstract: Project-related data may be aggregated from various data sources, given context, and may be stored in a data repository or organizational knowledge base that may be available to and accessed by others. Documents, emails, contact information, calendar data, social networking data, and any other content that is related to a project may be brought together within a single user interface, irrespective of its data type. A user may organize and understand content, discover relevant information, and act on it without regard to where the information resides or how it was created.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas Caldwell, Venkat Pradeep Chilakamarri, Saliha Azzam, Yizheng Cai, Michael Calcagno, Benjamin Edward Childs, Arun Chitrapu, Steven Dimmick, Michael Gamon, Bernhard SJ Kohlmeier, Shiun-Zu Kuo, Jonathan C. Ludwig, Kimberly Manis, Courtney Anne O'Keefe, Diego Perez Del Carpio, Tu Huy Phan, Kevin Powell, Jignesh Shah, Ashish Sharma, Paulus Willem ter Horst, Mukta Pramod Walvekar, Ye-Yi Wang
  • Publication number: 20110179045
    Abstract: A space in which a user may organize data and collaborate with other users is provided. Project data and metadata may be saved into a reusable template and stored in a repository, wherein other users may discover and download the template for use as a resource for a related project type. A template may contain various document types that may expose a breadth of applications and application functionalities that may be utilized for a given task or project. Questions and answers, task templates, and terminology may also be provided. Project templates may allow for collaboration on projects, wherein business and/or social groups may collaborate quickly, easily, and more completely.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas Caldwell, Venkat Pradeep Chilakamarri, Saliha Azzam, Benjamin Edward Childs, Bernhard SJ Kohlmeier, Jonathan C. Ludwig, Kimberly Manis, Courtney Anne O'Keefe, Diego Perez Del Carpio, Tu Huy Phan, Kevin Powell, Jignesh Shah, Ashish Sharma
  • Publication number: 20110179060
    Abstract: An automatic discovery of content to add to a data store for a project is disclosed. A data item may be parsed for data features that are contextually relevant to a given project or task. Discovered interesting data may be extracted and mapped to various search mechanisms. A search may be built and applied to various data sources to discover data items based on the contextually relevant data features. Search results from various search mechanisms may be displayed in a single user interface and may be presented to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Venkat Pradeep Chilakamarri, Nicholas Caldwell, Saliha Azzam, Benjamin Edward Childs, Arun Chitrapu, Steven Dimmick, Bernhard SJ Kohlmeier, Shiun-Zu Kuo, Jonathan C. Ludwig, Kimberly Manis, Courtney Anne O'Keefe, Diego Perez Del Carpio, Tu Huy Phan, Kevin Powell, Jignesh Shah, Ashish Sharma, Paulus Willem ter Horst, Mukta Pramod Walvekar
  • Publication number: 20110179061
    Abstract: An analysis module, when triggered by a synchronization framework when a new data item is added to a project data store, runs a series of analysis feature extractors on the new content. An analysis may be conducted, and features of interest may be extracted from the data item. The analysis utilizes natural language processing, as well as other technologies, to provide an automatic or semi-automatic extraction of information. The extracted features of interest are saved as metadata within the project data store, and are associated with the data item from which it was extracted. The analysis module may be utilized to discover additional information that may be gleaned from content that is already in the project data store.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Venkat Pradeep Chilakamarri, Nicholas Caldwell, Saliha Azzam, Yizheng Cai, Benjamin Edward Childs, Arun Chitrapu, Steven Dimmick, Michael Gamon, Bernhard SJ Kohlmeier, Shiun-Zu Kuo, Jonathan C. Ludwig, Kimberly Manis, Courtney Anne O'Keefe, Diego Perez Del Carpio, Tu Huy Phan, Kevin Powell, Jignesh Shah, Ashish Sharma, Paulus Willem ter Horst, Mukta Pramod Walvekar, Ye-Yi Wang
  • Patent number: 7617607
    Abstract: A shaving razor blade unit including a housing having a primary guard at a front of the housing and a primary cap at an upper surface at a back of the housing, one or more primary shaving blades between the primary guard and the primary cap, a rear wall having a rear exterior surface extending downward from the upper surface at the back of the housing to a terminating surface, and a trimming blade mounted on the rear wall and having a trimming cutting edge extending at least partially beyond the terminating surface inside of an imaginary extension of the rear exterior surface, the rear exterior surface defining a secondary cap for the trimming blade. The back of the housing can include trimming guard including spaced guard segments. The trimming blade, trimming guard and trimming cap can be provided as an assembly that is attached to the rest of the housing. The assembly can include a sheet metal support with a blade welded to the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Evan Pennell, Alejandro Lee, Vincent Walker, Robert Trotta, Kevin Powell, John Yuskowski
  • Publication number: 20090182550
    Abstract: Tools and techniques are described for providing multi-lingual word hyphenation using inductive machine learning on training data. Methods provided by these techniques may receive training data that includes hyphenated words, and may inductively generate hyphenation patterns that represent substrings of these words. The hyphenation patterns may include the substrings and hyphenation codes associated with characters occurring in the substrings. The methods may receive induction parameters applicable to generating the hyphenation patterns, and may store the hyphenation patterns into a language-specific lexicon file. These methods may also receive requests to hyphenate input words that occur in a human language, and may evaluate how to process the request based on the language. The methods may search for hyphenation patterns occurring in the input words, with the hyphenation patterns being stored in the lexicon file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Siarhei Alonichau, Ravi Shahani, Kevin Powell
  • Publication number: 20080230510
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of processing substrates including: (a) etching, in a chamber, a generally vertical structure in a substrate using a cyclic process including an etch step using a reactive etch gas and a deposition step for depositing a protective polymer on to the side walls of that part of the structure which has already been etched by a preceding etch step or steps; and (b) cleaning, in the absence of any substrate, the chamber of material deposited thereon by the performance of the deposition step in step (a) characterised in that following the cleaning of the deposition derived material, the chamber is cleaned of material derived from the etchant gas by exposing the chamber to a plasma containing a mixture of O2 and at least the active element of elements of the etchant gas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventors: Nicholas John Appleyard, Kevin Powell
  • Publication number: 20080058597
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to locating and imaging with a swallowable sensor device disposed in a patient. The swallowable sensor device transmits an acoustic signal from inside a patient's body. A plurality of sensing elements receive the acoustic signal. A computation module determines a location of the swallowable sensor device with respect to the plurality of sensing elements based on the acoustic signal received by at least a subset of the plurality of sensing elements. A three-dimensional image of an interior portion of the patient can also be formed based on the received acoustic signal. The three-dimensional image may be formed by stereoscopically displaying two two-dimensional images of the interior portion, wherein the two two-dimensional images correspond to the swallowable sensor device being located at two different locations. Alternatively, the three-dimensional image may be formed by computing three-dimensional pixels of the interior portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Applicant: Innurvation LLC
    Inventors: Michael ARNESON, William Bandy, Roger Davenport, Kevin Powell
  • Publication number: 20070227010
    Abstract: Multi-blade razors are provided, having blades with differing properties. In one aspect, a razor is provided that includes a safety razor blade unit comprising a guard, a cap, and first, second and third blades with parallel sharpened edges located between the guard and cap with the first blade closest to the cap, the third blade furthest from the cap, and the second blade disposed between the first and third blades, the blades having first, second and third tip radii, respectively, at least two of the three blades having different tip radii, and at least two of the blades having different coefficients of friction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventors: Andrew Zhuk, Weili Yu, Hoang Trankiem, Neville Sonnenberg, Kevin Powell, Yiqian Liu, Robert Lescanec, Steve Hahn, Joseph DePuydt, Alan Crook, Cinzia Cloke
  • Publication number: 20070229230
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses for monitoring and refreshing data stored in radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are described. A voltage margin for data stored in memory of a tag is checked. If the voltage margin has decreased to an undesirable level, the data stored in the tag is refreshed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2006
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Applicant: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Drago, Ming-Hao Sun, Chun-Huei Bair, Kevin Powell, Omid Roshan-Afshar, Theodore Hockey, Jonathan Pfeifer
  • Publication number: 20070227008
    Abstract: Multi-blade razors are provided. The razors include blades having different tip radii and thus different relative sharpness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventors: Andrew Zhuk, Weili Yu, Hoang Trankiem, Neville Sonnenberg, Kevin Powell, Yiqian Liu, Robert Lescanec, Steve Hahn, Joseph DePuydt, Alan Crook, Cinzia Cloke
  • Publication number: 20070200712
    Abstract: Devices and systems to interrogate radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are described. Compact and inexpensive interrogation devices are realized by implementing integrated circuit chip-based RFID reader and antenna on a common substrate. The small form-factor devices may be used for quick and easy installation of RFID reader network. In an aspect, the device may be incorporated into hand-held mobile devices in order to serve as a mobile reader. In another aspect, the device may be installed as a shelf-reader or a rack-reader, displaying product-specific information on a display screen. In a further aspect, the device may comprise an appliance, whose operation can be tailored according to instructions received specific to a RFID-tagged item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Publication date: August 30, 2007
    Applicant: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Arneson, William Bandy, Robert Beach, Kevin Powell
  • Publication number: 20070194933
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification (RFID) architecture is described. RFID tags are interrogated by a reader, which may be located in a network of readers. The reader transmits symbols to the tags. Tags respond to the interrogations with symbols that each represent one or more bits of data. An RFID tag includes an antenna pad, a receiver, a state machine, and a modulator. The receiver is coupled to the antenna pad. The receiver receives a symbol from the antenna pad and outputs a received signal. The state machine is configured to determine a response symbol from the received signal and an operating state of the tag. The modulator is coupled to the antenna pad. The modulator is configured to backscatter modulate the received symbol with the response symbol. The modulator is configured to output the backscatter modulated symbol to the antenna pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Publication date: August 23, 2007
    Applicant: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Shanks, William Bandy, Michael Arneson, Kevin Powell
  • Publication number: 20070177694
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatuses for demodulation and decoding of backscattered RFID tag signals, represented by their in-phase and quadrature components at the output of the demodulator in the receiver portion of a reader interrogator. Correlation coefficients for the in-phase and quadrature components of the received signal are calculated over a shifted bit interval. Performing a correlation over a shifted bit interval relative to the real bit interval allows the base-band receiver to involve a two-bit interval in making a decision about each transmitted bit. In contrast, in a conventional decoding algorithm, a single bit interval is involved in the decision-making process. Thus, the current method provides a 3 dB energy gain compared to the conventional method. A single zero-mean reference signal is used to compute correlation coefficients, eliminating constant components of the received signal, and simplifying digital implementation of the base-band receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Publication date: August 2, 2007
    Applicant: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yuri Okunev, Kevin Powell
  • Publication number: 20070139163
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatuses for RFID readers forming a reader network are described. In an aspect of the present invention, a plurality of RFID readers are configured to interrogate tags. Furthermore, the readers are configured to communicate with one another. Each of the readers include a ID number which identifies that particular reader within a reader network during communications. Each reader includes a network interface module and an optimization module to receive and process statistical data obtained from other readers in the network. Aspects of the present invention include a ‘primary/secondary’ reader network configuration, as well as a ‘distributed elements’ reader network configuration. A set of operational rules for the environment is indicated, and tag interrogations are optimized according to the rules. Readers may communicate according to a “Listen Before Talk” (LBT) protocol to avoid undesirable interference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Applicant: Symbol Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Powell, William Bandy, Michael Arneson