Patents by Inventor Larry Howell

Larry Howell 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: 11224124
    Abstract: A flexible electronics assembly includes a single-piece substrate having two regions of rigidity separated by a localized region of flexibility. The localized region of flexibility has a lower rigidity than the two regions of rigidity. The two regions of rigidity are angularly deflectable from a planar configuration of the single-piece substrate to a non-planar configuration of the single-piece substrate by hinging action of the localized region of flexibility. At least one electronic component is mounted on at least one of the two regions of rigidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Bryce Parker DeFigueiredo, Spencer Magleby, Larry Howell
  • Publication number: 20210194420
    Abstract: An apparatus can include a central member comprising a first side, a second side, and a third side, a first interior panel rotatably attached to the first side, a second interior panel rotatably attached to the second side, a third interior panel rotatably attached to the third side, a first exterior panel rotatably attached to the first interior panel, a second exterior panel rotatably attached to the second interior panel, a third exterior panel rotatably attached to the third interior panel, a first interior biasing member attached to the central member and the first interior panel and biasing the first interior panel to extend away from the central member toward a plane parallel to the central member, and a first interior restraint cable attached to the central member and the first interior panel and restraining the first interior panel from extending along the plane parallel to the central member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: Spencer Magleby, Larry Howell, Nathan Pehrson
  • Publication number: 20200109755
    Abstract: A lamina emergent torsional (LET) joint that includes an integrated membrane to reduce, or eliminate, certain unwanted motions and/or displacements associated with the operation of the LET joint is disclosed. The membrane-integrated LET joint (i.e., M-LET) can be used as a hinge for a lamina emergent mechanism and/or as a surrogate fold for an origami application to ensure accurate and repeatable transitions from a planar (i.e., lamina) state to a non-planar (i.e., lamina-emergent) state, and vice versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Guimin Chen, Larry Howell, Spencer Magleby
  • Publication number: 20200092982
    Abstract: A flexible electronics assembly includes a single-piece substrate having two regions of rigidity separated by a localized region of flexibility. The localized region of flexibility has a lower rigidity than the two regions of rigidity. The two regions of rigidity are angularly deflectable from a planar configuration of the single-piece substrate to a non-planar configuration of the single-piece substrate by hinging action of the localized region of flexibility. At least one electronic component is mounted on at least one of the two regions of rigidity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Bryce Parker DEFIGUEIREDO, Spencer Magleby, Larry Howell
  • Publication number: 20200038255
    Abstract: A diaper is provided which includes at least one origami pattern. The at least one origami pattern includes a pattern of pre-determined fold lines. A method of manufacturing a diaper is also provided. In one step, at least one origami pattern is selected, comprising a pattern of fold-lines, to meet at least one of the following three parameters for the diaper: (1) sag; (2) shape-conformance; or (3) wicking. In another step, the diaper is manufactured to include the selected at least one origami pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Janette D.F. HERRON, Bridget N. BEATSON, Spencer P. MAGLEBY, Larry HOWELL
  • Patent number: 10506708
    Abstract: A flexible electronics assembly includes a single-piece substrate having two regions of rigidity separated by a localized region of flexibility. The localized region of flexibility has a lower rigidity than the two regions of rigidity. The two regions of rigidity are angularly deflectable from a planar configuration of the single-piece substrate to a non-planar configuration of the single-piece substrate by hinging action of the localized region of flexibility. At least one electronic component is mounted on at least one of the two regions of rigidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Brigham Young University (BYU)
    Inventors: Bryce Parker Defigueiredo, Spencer Magleby, Larry Howell
  • Patent number: 9936937
    Abstract: A surgical retractor device for retaining and/or moving internal organs during minimally invasive or laparoscopic surgery is provided. The surgical retractor can be a single continuous structure that includes a shaft. The shaft can branch into a first elongate finger with a first distal end opposite the shaft and a second elongate finger with a second distal end opposite the shaft. The retractor can further include a resilient lattice structure disposed between the first elongate finger and the second elongate finger. The retractor can have an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration based on relative distance between the first distal end and the second distal end. When the retractor is in the collapsed configuration, spring force energy can be stored in the resilient lattice structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Bryce Edmondson, Quentin Allen, Michael McCain, John J. Pierce, Terri Bateman, Larry Howell
  • Publication number: 20180020536
    Abstract: A flexible electronics assembly includes a single-piece substrate having two regions of rigidity separated by a localized region of flexibility. The localized region of flexibility has a lower rigidity than the two regions of rigidity. The two regions of rigidity are angularly deflectable from a planar configuration of the single-piece substrate to a non-planar configuration of the single-piece substrate by hinging action of the localized region of flexibility. At least one electronic component is mounted on at least one of the two regions of rigidity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Inventors: Bryce Parker DEFIGUEIREDO, Spencer Magleby, Larry Howell
  • Patent number: 9867631
    Abstract: Surgical forceps for gripping internal organs during minimally invasive surgery are provided. The surgical forceps can be a sanitizable sheet in a folded configuration that includes a first elongate region which transitions to a resilient hinge which transitions to a second elongate region, all of which are formed of the same sheet. The first elongate region can further include a first grasper end opposite the resilient hinge and the second elongate region can include a second grasper end opposite the resilient hinge. The resilient hinge can apply a spring force to the first elongate region and the second elongate region that biases the forceps in an open configuration where the first grasper end and the second grasper end are distal from each other. When an external force is applied against the resilient hinge, the first grasper end can close against the second grasper end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Bryce Edmondson, Clayton Grames, Landen Bowen, Eric Call, Terri Bateman, Spencer Magleby, Larry Howell
  • Patent number: 9839270
    Abstract: In one general aspect, an apparatus can include a container including a lid, and a cradle configured to support a device. The apparatus can include a lifting mechanism operably coupled to the cradle and the lid. The lifting mechanism can be configured to move between a storage position where the cradle is disposed in the container to a dispensing position where the cradle is disposed outside of the container. The lifting mechanism can be configured to move between the storage position and the dispensing position in response to moving the lid. The lifting mechanism can include a first link aligned parallel to a second link when the lifting mechanism is in the dispensing position and when the lifting mechanism is in the storage position. The first link and the second link can both be within the same plane when in a position between the storage position and the dispensing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Larry Howell, Spencer Magleby, Holly Greenburg Nihipali, Samuel Wilding
  • Patent number: 9642651
    Abstract: A spinal implant includes a plurality of frame segments that define a first frame array, the first frame array being coupled to a first mounting connection. A plurality of contiguous segments define a second frame array, the plurality of contiguous segments being coupled to a second mounting connection and being coupled to the first frame array. The first frame array and the second frame array are positioned relative to one another such that application of a force in a first direction to the first and second mounting connections results in application of a force in an opposing direction to the plurality of contiguous segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Anton Bowden, Larry Howell, Todd Nelson, Trevor Stephens
  • Publication number: 20160015428
    Abstract: A spinal implant includes a plurality of frame segments that define a first frame array, the first frame array being coupled to a first mounting connection. A plurality of contiguous segments define a second frame array, the plurality of contiguous segments being coupled to a second mounting connection and being coupled to the first frame array. The first frame array and the second frame array are positioned relative to one another such that application of a force in a first direction to the first and second mounting connections results in application of a force in an opposing direction to the plurality of contiguous segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Publication date: January 21, 2016
    Inventors: Anton Bowden, Larry Howell, Todd Nelson, Trevor Stephens
  • Publication number: 20150296943
    Abstract: In a general aspect, an apparatus can include a container including a lid, and a cradle including a void and configured to support a device. The apparatus can include a lifting mechanism operably coupled to the cradle and the lid. The lifting mechanism can be configured to move between a storage position where the cradle is disposed in the container to a dispensing position where the cradle is disposed outside of the container. The lifting mechanism can be configured to move between the storage position and the dispensing position in response to moving the lid. The lifting mechanism can include a first link aligned parallel to a second link when the lifting mechanism is in the dispensing position and when the lifting mechanism is in the storage position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Larry HOWELL, Spencer MAGLEBY, Holly Greenburg NIHIPALI, Samuel WILDING
  • Publication number: 20150065805
    Abstract: A surgical retractor device for retaining and/or moving internal organs during minimally invasive or laparoscopic surgery is provided. The surgical retractor can be a single continuous structure that includes a shaft. The shaft can branch into a first elongate finger with a first distal end opposite the shaft and a second elongate finger with a second distal end opposite the shaft. The retractor can further include a resilient lattice structure disposed between the first elongate finger and the second elongate finger. The retractor can have an expanded configuration and a collapsed configuration based on relative distance between the first distal end and the second distal end. When the retractor is in the collapsed configuration, spring force energy can be stored in the resilient lattice structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Bryce Edmondson, Quentin Allen, Michael McCain, John J. Pierce, Terri Bateman, Larry Howell
  • Publication number: 20150057702
    Abstract: Surgical forceps for gripping internal organs during minimally invasive surgery are provided. The surgical forceps can be a sanitizable sheet in a folded configuration that includes a first elongate region which transitions to a resilient hinge which transitions to a second elongate region, all of which are formed of the same sheet. The first elongate region can further include a first grasper end opposite the resilient hinge and the second elongate region can include a second grasper end opposite the resilient hinge. The resilient hinge can apply a spring force to the first elongate region and the second elongate region that biases the forceps in an open configuration where the first grasper end and the second grasper end are distal from each other. When an external force is applied against the resilient hinge, the first grasper end can close against the second grasper end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Bryce Edmondson, Clayton Grames, Landen Bowen, Eric Call, Terri Bateman, Spencer Magleby, Larry Howell
  • Publication number: 20120217206
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a system for collecting surface material in marine environments, comprising (1) one or more arm members extendable from an operation platform; (2) at least one sprayer releasably attachable to a distal end of at least one arm member; (3) at least one skimmer releasably attachable to a distal end of at least one arm member, the skimmer being operationally configured to collect material from a water surface; and (4) a fluid delivery means in fluid communication with the sprayer, the sprayer being operationally configured for linear discharge of fluid to a target, the direction of fluid discharge being adjustable in relation to the location of the operation platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: Robert S. Brown, III, Robert S. Brown, IV, Larry Howell, JR.
  • Publication number: 20080036478
    Abstract: A micromechanical device may include one or more piezoresistive elements whose electrical resistance changes in response to externally or internally induced strain. The present invention leverages the piezoresistive properties of such devices to sense the positional state of the device. A sensing circuit may be integrated into the device that senses an electrical resistance of at least a portion of the micromechanical device and provides information regarding the positional state of the micromechanical device. The micromechanical device may be a compliant device that includes relatively flexible members such as mechanical beams or ribbons. The positional states may be continuous positional states (such as the position of an actuator) or discreet positional states (such as the positional state of a bistable memory device). In certain embodiments, the micromechanical device is a threshold detector that latches to a particular stable configuration when an applied force exceeds a selected value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventors: Robert Messenger, Timothy McLain, Jeffrey Anderson, Larry Howell
  • Publication number: 20070028714
    Abstract: A platform actuator includes a substrate, a first, a second, and a third spherical input slider-crank mechanism, wherein each of the first, second, and third spherical input slider crank mechanism is coupled by a first end to said substrate, and a platform is coupled to a second end of each of the first, second, and third spherical input slider-cranks. According to one exemplary embodiment, each of the first, second, and third spherical input slider-crank mechanisms are configured to convert in-plane motion to out-of-plane motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Publication date: February 8, 2007
    Applicant: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Craig Lusk, Larry Howell
  • Publication number: 20070023271
    Abstract: A spherical bi-stable mechanism includes a planar bi-stable compliant member including an input and an output, and a spherical mechanism member coupled to the output of the first planar bi-stable compliant component. An actuation of the first planar bi-stable compliant member in a first plane is configured to cause the spherical mechanism member to be selectively positioned in a second plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Publication date: February 1, 2007
    Applicant: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Craig Lusk, Larry Howell
  • Patent number: 7126446
    Abstract: A micromechanism (104) with two unique, stable configurations is disclosed. The micromechanism (104) has a base member (120) and a shuttle (122) designed to move in linear fashion. The shuttle (122) is coupled to the base member (120) via a coupling (26) in which flexible members (50, 52) are placed under axial tension in addition to bending. The coupling (26) also has a compressive member (54) that is compressed as the flexible members (50, 52) are placed in tension. The shuttle (122) has a displacement between the stable configurations that is suitable for use with thermomechanical microactuators and microswitching applications. Such a micromechanism may have multiple couplings (26), which may be disposed on either side of the shuttle (122) and may be attached to multiple base members (120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Larry Howell, Nathan Masters