Patents by Inventor Marshall Friend Tappen

Marshall Friend Tappen 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: 10614416
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a device and system for verifying the content of items in a bin within a materials handling facility. In some implementations, a bin content verification apparatus may pass by one or more bins and capture images of those bins. The images may be processed to determine whether the content included in the bins has changed since the last time images of the bins were captured. A determination may also be made as to whether a change to the bin content was expected and, if so, if the determined change corresponds with the expected change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Christopher Curlander, Jules Cook Graybill, Marshall Friend Tappen, Barry James O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10304034
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a device and system for verifying the content of items in a bin within a materials handling facility. In some implementations, a bin content verification apparatus may pass by one or more bins and capture images of those bins. The images may be processed to determine whether the content included in the bins has changed since the last time images of the bins were captured. A determination may also be made as to whether a change to the bin content was expected and, if so, if the determined change corresponds with the expected change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Christopher Curlander, Jules Cook Graybill, Marshall Friend Tappen, Barry James O'Brien
  • Patent number: 10099381
    Abstract: Described are techniques for storing and retrieving items using a robotic device for moving items. Any combinations of image data depicting a manipulator interacting with an item, sensor data from sensors instrumenting the manipulator or item, item data regarding characteristics of the item, and constraint data relating to characteristics of the robotic device may be used to generate one or more configurations for the robotic device. The configurations may include points of contact and force vectors for contacting the item using the robotic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Pradeep Krishna Yarlagadda, Cédric Philippe Charles Jean Ghislain Archambeau, James Christopher Curlander, Michael Donoser, Ralf Herbrich, Barry James O'Brien, Marshall Friend Tappen
  • Patent number: 10048700
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for obtaining environmental data and operational data from autonomous vehicles in a roadway. A vehicle state of the autonomous vehicles can be updated using data that is obtained from nearby vehicles or other vehicles that are on the roadway. The roadway management system can also generate updates to the vehicle state based upon data obtained from sources external to autonomous vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Christopher Curlander, Pragyana K. Mishra, Ryan Scott Russell, Hilliard Bruce Siegel, Darren Ernest Canavor, Wesley Scott Lauka, Marshall Friend Tappen, Jules Cook Graybill, Udit Madan, Erik Resch Parker, Jonathan Blair Norwood, Allan Scott Bathurst
  • Publication number: 20180210446
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for implementing passenger profiles for autonomous vehicles. A passenger of the autonomous vehicle is identified. A passenger profile corresponding to the passenger and comprising a passenger preference is identified. The passenger preference is identified. A configuration setting of the autonomous vehicle corresponding to autonomous operation of the autonomous vehicle is then adjusted based at least in part on the passenger preference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Darren Ernest Canavor, Erik Resch Parker, Allan Scott Bathurst, Marshall Friend Tappen
  • Patent number: 9971348
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for implementing passenger profiles for autonomous vehicles. A passenger of the autonomous vehicle is identified. A passenger profile corresponding to the passenger and comprising a passenger preference is identified. The passenger preference is identified. A configuration setting of the autonomous vehicle corresponding to autonomous operation of the autonomous vehicle is then adjusted based at least in part on the passenger preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Darren Ernest Canavor, Erik Resch Parker, Allan Scott Bathurst, Marshall Friend Tappen
  • Patent number: 9958870
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for non-mechanical assistance for autonomous vehicles. An unknown environmental condition may be detected that affects a navigation of the autonomous vehicle. A passenger and/or other source may be presented an inquiry requesting identification of the unknown environmental condition. A response to the inquiry may be used as an input by the vehicle control system in determining appropriate navigation of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jules Cook Graybill, Erik Resch Parker, Marshall Friend Tappen, Hilliard Bruce Siegel, Jonathan Blair Norwood
  • Patent number: 9864911
    Abstract: Imaging data regarding an interior portion of a storage vessel may be obtained from an imaging device (e.g., a digital camera or depth sensor) and interpreted in order to identify an available volume within the storage vessel. Where the imaging data includes an image of an interior of the storage vessel, an area of one or more contiguous spaces of a rear face of the storage vessel may be identified from the image and multiplied by a depth of the storage vessel in order to estimate the available volume. Where the imaging data includes a depth profile of the interior, the depth profile may be processed in order to estimate the available volume. Once an available volume has been estimated, the capacity of the available volume to accommodate one or more additional items may be determined, and information regarding the capacity may be provided to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Christopher Curlander, Jules Cook Graybill, Udit Madan, Marshall Friend Tappen, Michael Ellsworth Bundy, David Daniel Glick
  • Patent number: 9811802
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a device and system for verifying the content of items in a bin within a materials handling facility. In some implementations, a bin content verification apparatus may pass by one or more bins and capture images of those bins. The images may be processed to determine whether the content included in the bins has changed since the last time images of the bins were captured. A determination may also be made as to whether a change to the bin content was expected and, if so, if the determined change corresponds with the expected change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Christopher Curlander, Jules Cook Graybill, Marshall Friend Tappen, Barry James O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9731420
    Abstract: Described are techniques for storing and retrieving items using a robotic manipulator. Images depicting a human interacting with an item, sensor data from sensors instrumenting the human or item, data regarding physical characteristics of the item, and constraint data relating to the robotic manipulator or the item may be used to generate one or more configurations for the robotic manipulator. The configurations may include points of contact and force vectors for contacting the item using the robotic manipulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Pradeep Krishna Yarlagadda, Cédric Philippe Charles Jean Ghislain Archambeau, James Christopher Curlander, Michael Donoser, Ralf Herbrich, Barry James O'Brien, Marshall Friend Tappen
  • Patent number: 9704044
    Abstract: Imaging data regarding an interior portion of a storage vessel may be obtained from an imaging device (e.g., a digital camera or depth sensor) and interpreted in order to identify an available volume within the storage vessel. Where the imaging data includes an image of an interior of the storage vessel, an area of one or more contiguous spaces of a rear face of the storage vessel may be identified from the image and multiplied by a depth of the storage vessel in order to estimate the available volume. Where the imaging data includes a depth profile of the interior, the depth profile may be processed in order to estimate the available volume. Once an available volume has been estimated, the capacity of the available volume to accommodate one or more additional items may be determined, and information regarding the capacity may be provided to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Christopher Curlander, Jules Cook Graybill, Udit Madan, Marshall Friend Tappen, Michael Ellsworth Bundy, David Daniel Glick
  • Patent number: 9704054
    Abstract: Image classification and related imaging tasks performed using machine learning tools may be accelerated by using one or more of such tools to associate an image with a cluster of such labels or categories, and then to select one of the labels or categories of the cluster as associated with the image. The clusters of labels or categories may comprise labels that are mutually confused for one another, e.g., two or more labels or categories that have been identified as associated with a single image. By defining clusters of labels or categories, and configuring a machine learning tool to associate an image with one of the clusters, processes for identifying labels or categories associated with images may be accelerated because computations associated with labels or categories not included in the cluster may be omitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Marshall Friend Tappen, Avinash Aghoram Ravichandran, Hakan Boyraz, Baoyuan Liu
  • Patent number: 9686481
    Abstract: Radiographic imaging, or X-ray imaging, may be used to identify information regarding the contents of a container or other sealed object without having to open the container or the sealed object. One or more visual analyses of radiographic images may identify items within a container, or a condition of such items, as well as the portions or amounts of the contents of the container that correspond to air or dunnage. Additionally, a radiographic image may be projected onto an external surface of a container, or rendered within an augmented reality device or wearable computer device, thereby providing information regarding the contents of the container to a worker or other personnel within a vicinity of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jules Cook Graybill, James Christopher Curlander, Marshall Friend Tappen
  • Patent number: 9460524
    Abstract: Imaging data regarding an interior portion of a storage vessel may be obtained from an imaging device (e.g., a digital camera or depth sensor) and interpreted in order to identify an available volume within the storage vessel. Where the imaging data includes an image of an interior of the storage vessel, an area of one or more contiguous spaces of a rear face of the storage vessel may be identified from the image and multiplied by a depth of the storage vessel in order to estimate the available volume. Where the imaging data includes a depth profile of the interior, the depth profile may be processed in order to estimate the available volume. Once an available volume has been estimated, the capacity of the available volume to accommodate one or more additional items may be determined, and information regarding the capacity may be provided to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Christopher Curlander, Jules Cook Graybill, Udit Madan, Marshall Friend Tappen, Michael Ellsworth Bundy, David Daniel Glick
  • Patent number: 9381645
    Abstract: Described are techniques for storing and retrieving items using a robotic manipulator. Images depicting a human interacting with an item, sensor data from sensors instrumenting the human or item, data regarding physical characteristics of the item, and constraint data relating to the robotic manipulator may be used to generate one or more configurations for the robotic manipulator. Points of contact and force vectors of the configurations may correspond to the points of contact and force vectors determined from the images and sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Pradeep Krishna Yarlagadda, Cédric Philippe Charles Jean Ghislain Archambeau, James Christopher Curlander, Michael Donoser, Ralf Herbrich, Barry James O'Brien, Marshall Friend Tappen
  • Patent number: 9174800
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a device and system for verifying the content of items in a bin within a materials handling facility. In some implementations, a bin content verification apparatus may pass by one or more bins and capture images of those bins. The images may be processed to determine whether the content included in the bins has changed since the last time images of the bins were captured. A determination may also be made as to whether a change to the bin content was expected and, if so, if the determined change corresponds with the expected change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Christopher Curlander, Jules Cook Graybill, Marshall Friend Tappen, Barry James O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9120621
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a device and system for verifying the content of items in a bin of an inventory holder within a materials handling facility. In some implementations, a bin content verification apparatus may be positioned within the materials handling facility and configured to capture images of inventory holders that include bins as the inventory holders are moved past the apparatus by mobile drive units. The images may be processed to determine whether the content included in the bins has changed since the last time images of the bins were captured. A determination may also be made as to whether a change to the bin content was expected and, if so, if the determined change corresponds with the expected change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Christopher Curlander, Jules Cook Graybill, Marshall Friend Tappen, Barry James O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8837861
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to enhancing a quality attribute of an input image. The input image can have a first level of the quality attribute. Dense correspondences between the input image and candidate exemplar images, which are included in an image database, can be computed utilizing a dense image alignment technique. The candidate exemplar images can have a second level of the quality attribute. Further, the candidate exemplar images can be warped to align with the input image based upon the dense correspondences. Moreover, patches from the candidate exemplar images as warped can be integrated with the input image to generate an output image. The output image can have the second level of the quality attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Ce Liu, Marshall Friend Tappen
  • Publication number: 20140169700
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to enhancing a quality attribute of an input image. The input image can have a first level of the quality attribute. Dense correspondences between the input image and candidate exemplar images, which are included in an image database, can be computed utilizing a dense image alignment technique. The candidate exemplar images can have a second level of the quality attribute. Further, the candidate exemplar images can be warped to align with the input image based upon the dense correspondences. Moreover, patches from the candidate exemplar images as warped can be integrated with the input image to generate an output image. The output image can have the second level of the quality attribute.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ce Liu, Marshall Friend Tappen