Patents by Inventor Larry L. Howell

Larry L. 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: 10919459
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided having an interior cabin and a roof at the top of the interior cabin. The vehicle includes a flatbed, an opening in the roof of the interior cabin, a first retractable telescoping structure having a first set of surveillance equipment mounted to the flatbed, and a second retractable telescoping structure having a second set of surveillance equipment mounted so as to extend through the opening of the roof, and to fully retract into the interior cabin. A sealing device mounts to the second retractable telescoping structure below the second set of surveillance equipment and oriented parallel to the roof of the interior cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: FREEDOM SURVEILLANCE, LLC
    Inventors: Larry L. Day, Mark J. Howell, Eric Schleppegrell, David Ausley
  • Publication number: 20200256647
    Abstract: An example barrier can be switchable between an at least partially collapsed state and at least partially expanded state (e.g., a deployed state). For example, the barrier can be formed from a sheet and a plurality of rigid sections (e.g., rigid panels) attached or incorporated into the sheet. The barrier can also include a plurality of hinges, such as hinge lines, between the panels that are formed from the sheet. The hinges enable the barrier to be rigid foldable (e.g., the hinges can fold and unfold while the rigid sections remain stiff and rigid) between the expanded and collapsed states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby, David C. Morgan, Terri Bateman, Jeffrey E. Niven, Alex Avila, Erica Crampton, Kyler Tolman, Jacob Greenwood, Peter Schleede, Kendal Hal Seymour, Joseph Tyler Eddington
  • Publication number: 20200114836
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided having an interior cabin and a roof at the top of the interior cabin. The vehicle includes a flatbed, an opening in the roof of the interior cabin, a first retractable telescoping structure having a first set of surveillance equipment mounted to the flatbed, and a second retractable telescoping structure having a second set of surveillance equipment mounted so as to extend through the opening of the roof, and to fully retract into the interior cabin. A sealing device mounts to the second retractable telescoping structure below the second set of surveillance equipment and oriented parallel to the roof of the interior cabin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Larry L. Day, Mark J. Howell, Eric Schleppegrell, Daivd Ausley
  • Publication number: 20200085415
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein can be used in a variety of sample retrieval, grasping, cutting, and manipulating operations. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes an elongated member and a retention member movably coupled to the elongated member. The elongated member includes a cutting portion configured to cut a target sample when moved, and defines an internal volume within which at least a portion of the target sample can be received. The retention member includes an engagement portion configured to move between a first position and a second position when the retention member is actuated. The engagement portion is configured to extend within the internal volume to exert a force on the target sample within the internal volume when the engagement portion is in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason DEARDEN, Jared BRUTON, Trent ZIMMERMAN, Clayton GRAMES, Amelia Mariah PARKINSON, Brian D. JENSEN, Spencer P. MAGLEBY, Larry L. HOWELL
  • Publication number: 20200008827
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein can be used in a variety of grasping, cutting, and manipulating operations. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a first joint member, a second joint member, and a flexure. The first joint member includes a first connection portion and a contact surface. The second joint member including a second connection portion. A first end portion of the flexure is coupled to the first connection portion, and a second end portion of the flexure is coupled to the second connection portion. The flexure is configured to deform elastically when the first joint member and the second joint member move from a first configuration to a second configuration. When in the first configuration, the central portion of the flexure is spaced apart from the contact portion. When in the second configuration, the central portion of the flexure contacting the contact portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason DEARDEN, Clayton GRAMES, Larry L. HOWELL, Brian D. JENSEN, Spencer P. MAGLEBY
  • Publication number: 20190290375
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein can be used in a variety of grasping, cutting, and manipulating operations. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a shaft, a tool member, and a flexure. The shaft has a distal end portion and a proximal end portion, and defines a longitudinal axis. The distal end portion includes a ground portion. The tool member has an engagement portion and an actuation portion. The engagement portion is disposed distally from the actuation portion, and can exert an engagement force on a target structure. The actuation portion receives an actuation force. The flexure has a first end portion coupled to the ground portion of the shaft, and a second end portion coupled to the tool member. The flexure is configured to deform elastically when the actuation force is exerted on the actuation portion of the tool member such that the tool member rotates relative to the shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason DEARDEN, Jordan TANNER, Clayton GRAMES, Bryce EDMONDSON, Brian D. JENSEN, Spencer P. MAGLEBY, Larry L. HOWELL
  • Publication number: 20190269885
    Abstract: An origami bellows includes a plurality of layers including a support layer having a diameter that remains fixed irrespective of axial expansion or compression of the origami bellows. The origami bellows may be used as an anti-buckling device providing lateral support to a catheter or other elongated medical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: David W. Bailey, Jared J. Butler, Larry L. Howell, Brian D. Jensen, Spencer P. Magleby, Brandon Scott Sargent, Kendall Hal Seymour
  • Patent number: 10398842
    Abstract: An auto-injection syringe shaped similar to a credit card and having a biased injection mechanism operable to drive a needle into a user's body by a fixed distance to dispense a dose of fluid at a subcutaneous location. A safety may be provided to avoid undesired actuation of the injection mechanism. After the safety is bypassed, a trigger may be actuated by the user to allow operation of the injection mechanism. A reciprocating needle-cover resists casual view of the needle by the user during and after use of the syringe. A locking mechanism automatically holds the needle-cover at an extended position to isolate the needle from further contact and to resist re-use of the syringe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Niven, Jason Dearden, Peter S. Schleede, Andrew J. Moulton, Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby
  • Patent number: 10390898
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a device may include a first member, a second member, and a wrist mechanism disposed between the first member and the second member. The wrist mechanism may include a first cylinder portion coupled to the first member, and a second cylinder portion coupled to the second member. The first cylinder portion may be rollably engaged with the second cylinder portion such that movement of the first cylinder portion with respect to the second cylinder portion is configured to cause the first member to move in at least two directions with respect to the second member. The second cylinder portion may be positioned with respect to the first cylinder portion such that a longitudinal axis of the second cylinder portion is orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of the first cylinder portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Jensen, Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby, Bryce Edmondson, Jordan Tanner, Clayton Grames, Jason Lund
  • Publication number: 20190226814
    Abstract: An example barrier can be switchable between an at least partially collapsed state and at least partially expanded state (e.g., a deployed state). For example, the barrier can be formed from a continuous sheet and a plurality of rigid sections (e.g., rigid panels) attached or incorporated into the continuous sheet. The barrier can also include a plurality of hinges, such as hinge lines, between the panels that are formed from the continuous sheet. The hinges enable the barrier to be rigid foldable (e.g., the hinges can fold and unfold while the rigid sections remain stiff and rigid) between the expanded and collapsed states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby, David C. Morgan, Terri Bateman, Jeffrey E. Niven, Alex Avila, Erica Crampton, Kyler Tolman, Jacob Greenwood, Peter Schleede
  • Publication number: 20190216447
    Abstract: A deployable tube apparatus may include a spool and a flexible sheet coiled about the spool in a laterally unfurled condition. The flexible sheet may have a first lateral margin and a second lateral margin, and may be deployable from the laterally unfurled condition with the first and the second lateral margins spaced from each other to a deployed tubular condition where the first and the second lateral margins are coupled to each other to form an enclosed lumen. The deployable tube apparatus may provide lateral support to an elongated flexible instrument, such as a catheter. Methods of creating and using the deployable tube apparatus are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: David W. Bailey, Maxwell J. Bean, Larry L. Howell, Brian D. Jensen, Hannah Rose Lutz, Spencer P. Magleby, Brandon Scott Sargent
  • Publication number: 20190192248
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a device may include a first member, a second member, and a wrist mechanism disposed between the first member and the second member. The wrist mechanism may include a first cylinder portion coupled to the first member, and a second cylinder portion coupled to the second member. The first cylinder portion may be rollably engaged with the second cylinder portion such that movement of the first cylinder portion with respect to the second cylinder portion is configured to cause the first member to move in at least two directions with respect to the second member. The second cylinder portion may be positioned with respect to the first cylinder portion such that a longitudinal axis of the second cylinder portion is orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of the first cylinder portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Brian D. Jensen, Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby, Bryce Edmondson, Jordan Tanner, Clayton Grames
  • Patent number: 10251718
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a device may include a first member, a second member, and a wrist mechanism disposed between the first member and the second member. The wrist mechanism may include a first cylinder portion coupled to the first member, and a second cylinder portion coupled to the second member. The first cylinder portion may be rollably engaged with the second cylinder portion such that movement of the first cylinder portion with respect to the second cylinder portion is configured to cause the first member to move in at least two directions with respect to the second member. The second cylinder portion may be positioned with respect to the first cylinder portion such that a longitudinal axis of the second cylinder portion is orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of the first cylinder portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Jensen, Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby, Bryce Edmondson, Jordan Tanner, Clayton Grames
  • Patent number: 10227804
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a device may include a deployable rolling joint having a first deployable joint member, a second deployable joint member, and a plurality of flexures coupled to the first deployable joint member and the second deployable joint member. The deployable rolling joint may move from an undeployed state to a deployed state in which the first deployable joint member forms a convex surface portion and the second deployable joint member forms a convex surface portion. When the deployable rolling joint is in the deployed state, the convex surface portion of the first deployable joint member may roll with respect the convex surface portion of the second deployable joint member, and the plurality of flexures may hold the first deployable joint member and the second deployable joint member together as the first deployable joint member and the second deployable joint member roll across each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Larry L. Howell, Todd Nelson
  • Patent number: 10119151
    Abstract: Systems and methods for manipulating molecular material are provided. In one aspect, for example, a method for manipulating molecular material may include positioning an uncharged needle structure in electrical proximity with a charged molecular material at a first locus in a liquid environment, charging the needle structure such that at least a portion of the charged molecular material becomes associated with the needle structure, moving the needle structure and the first locus relative to one another, and discharging the needle structure to disassociate the charged molecular material at a second locus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Quentin T. Aten, Larry L. Howell, Brian D. Jensen, Sandra Burnett
  • Publication number: 20180243506
    Abstract: An auto-injection syringe shaped similar to a credit card and having a biased injection mechanism operable to drive a needle into a user's body by a fixed distance to dispense a dose of fluid at a subcutaneous location. A safety may be provided to avoid undesired actuation of the injection mechanism. After the safety is bypassed, a trigger may be actuated by the user to allow operation of the injection mechanism. A reciprocating needle-cover resists casual view of the needle by the user during and after use of the syringe. A locking mechanism automatically holds the needle-cover at an extended position to isolate the needle from further contact and to resist re-use of the syringe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Niven, Jason Dearden, Peter S. Schleede, Andrew J. Moulton, Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby
  • Patent number: 9742348
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein relate to a foldable array of three-dimensional panels, which may include one or more functional electrical components. For instance, the three-dimensional multi-panel array may be reconfigured from a substantially planar configuration into a three-dimensional configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Kevin Campbell Francis, Cory Nelson Newton, Mary E. Wilson, Shannon Alisa Zirbel, Spencer P. Megleby, Larry L. Howell
  • Publication number: 20170219007
    Abstract: A hinged mechanism includes: panels; and hinges connecting respective pairs of the panels to each other in a closed loop so that the hinged mechanism is non-planar, wherein at least one of the hinges is a rolling-contact hinge. All of the hinges can be rolling-contact hinges. The closed-loop hinged mechanism can comprise at least four hinges, each of the at least four hinges being a sole connection between a respective adjacent pair of the panels. A cross section of rolling surfaces of the rolling-contact hinge can be circular. A cross section of rolling surfaces of the rolling-contact hinge can be non-circular.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Robert J. LANG, Larry L. HOWELL, Spencer P. MAGLEBY, Todd G. NELSON
  • Patent number: 9512618
    Abstract: Rigidly foldable, foldable multi-body arrays or systems that may include three-dimensional bodies connected together by multiple hinges and reconfigurable between unfolded and folded configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Robert J. Lang, Bryce J. Edmondson, Spencer P. Magleby, Larry L. Howell
  • Publication number: 20160228260
    Abstract: A spinal implant comprises a first rolling-contact core operably coupled to a first vertebra, said first rolling-contact core having a first convex surface having a first axis, said first convex surface configured to provide a first rolling motion in a first direction to said first vertebra relative to a second vertebra. At least one flexure is connected to said first rolling-contact core, said flexure configured to constrain said first rolling motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Applicant: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Peter Halverson, Larry L. Howell, Spencer P. Magleby, Anton E. Bowden