Patents by Inventor Michael A. Greenspan

Michael A. Greenspan 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: 20210183095
    Abstract: A method by an imaging controller of detecting item facings from image sensor data includes: obtaining, at the imaging controller, the image sensor data corresponding to a support structure containing at least one item; identifying, by a feature detector of the imaging controller, a set of matched keypoint pairs from keypoints of the image sensor data; determining, by a peak detector of the imaging controller, a separation distance between the keypoints of each matched keypoint pair; detecting, by the peak detector, a count of item instances represented in the image sensor data based on the separation distances; and presenting item facing detection output including the count of item instances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventors: Eyal Braunstain, Michael A. Greenspan, Joseph Lam
  • Patent number: 10937534
    Abstract: A programmable medication dispenser is provided to securely dispense medication to a patient and mitigate the risk of diversion of the medication to an unauthorized user. The programmable medication dispenser may include a processor, a memory, a housing, a biometric verification module, an inner receptacle having a plurality of compartments for storing the medication, and a gate for dispensing the medication from one of the compartments. A patient may access the medication stored within the medication dispenser according to a prescribed dosing schedule based on instructions executed by the processor after verifying his or her identify via the biometric verification module. A system is also provided for securely dispensing, monitoring, controlling medication for a patient using the programmable medication dispenser and for mitigating the risk of diversion of the medication to an unauthorized user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SBG MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Michael Greenspan, David Greenspan
  • Publication number: 20200234811
    Abstract: A programmable medication dispenser is provided to securely dispense medication to a patient and mitigate the risk of diversion of the medication to an unauthorized user. The programmable medication dispenser may include a processor, a memory, a housing, a biometric verification module, an inner receptacle having a plurality of compartments for storing the medication, and a gate for dispensing the medication from one of the compartments. A patient may access the medication stored within the medication dispenser according to a prescribed dosing schedule based on instructions executed by the processor after verifying his or her identify via the biometric verification module. A system is also provided for securely dispensing, monitoring, controlling medication for a patient using the programmable medication dispenser and for mitigating the risk of diversion of the medication to an unauthorized user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: SBG Medical Technologies
    Inventors: Michael Greenspan, David Greenspan
  • Publication number: 20190307647
    Abstract: A programmable medication dispenser is provided to securely dispense medication to a patient and mitigate the risk of diversion of the medication to an unauthorized user. The programmable medication dispenser may include a processor, a memory, a housing, a biometric verification module, an inner receptacle having a plurality of compartments for storing the medication, and a gate for dispensing the medication from one of the compartments. A patient may access the medication stored within the medication dispenser according to a prescribed dosing schedule based on instructions executed by the processor after verifying his or her identify via the biometric verification module. A system is also provided for securely dispensing, monitoring, controlling medication for a patient using the programmable medication dispenser and for mitigating the risk of diversion of the medication to an unauthorized user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: SBG Medical Technologies
    Inventors: Michael Greenspan, David Greenspan
  • Patent number: 9711850
    Abstract: Control of dual (two) antennas, for satellite communications (satcom) with satellites in one or more constellations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). The dual antennas are typically part of a ground-based antenna system, in particular using the Satrack single pedestal with split antenna design, housed efficiently under a compact radome. Features simultaneous pointing toward two separate satellites during the satellites' handover/switching periods with instantaneous transition between the satcom modems for assuring real-time, continuous data communication over a LEO/MEO satellite link. The dual (two) antennas system can also be used in a “monopulse/electronic scan” mode where a first antenna is used for tracking according to ephemeris data, while a second antenna on the same pedestal will scan for offset/compensation to the first antenna path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: ORBIT COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS LTD
    Inventors: Guy Naym, Hanan Keren, Michael Greenspan, Azriel Yakubovitch, Miron Voin, Stav Gizunterman
  • Publication number: 20160164173
    Abstract: Control of dual (two) antennas, for satellite communications (satcom) with satellites in one or more constellations in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). The dual antennas are typically part of a ground-based antenna system, in particular using the Satrack single pedestal with split antenna design, housed efficiently under a compact radome. Features simultaneous pointing toward two separate satellites during the satellites' handover/switching periods with instantaneous transition between the satcom modems for assuring real-time, continuous data communication over a LEO/MEO satellite link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Inventors: GUY NAYM, Hanan KEREN, Michael GREENSPAN, Azriel YAKUBOVITCH, Miron VOIN, Stav GIZUNTERMAN
  • Patent number: 8648748
    Abstract: An effective marine stabilized antenna system, in terms of antenna to radome size and antenna/RF performance complies with all relevant worldwide SatCom regulations. The combination of a dual offset Gregorian antenna (DOGA) with a stabilized polarization over elevation over tilt over azimuth pedestal, and a control/stabilization algorithm, ensures antenna orientation restrictions guarantee compliance with side-lobe intensity regulations. Operating a dual offset Gregorian antenna substantially within a pre-determined antenna cut range of a 45 degree angle relative to a configuration of the antenna and a relative position of a target provides antenna performance that complies with applicable SatCom regulations, despite having to flip the antenna 90 degrees to continue tracking the satellite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Orbit Communication Ltd.
    Inventors: Azriel Yakubovich, Guy Naym, Idan Fogel, Ervin Rozman, Shlomo Levi, Michael Greenspan, Moshe Gvili, Or Dadush, Benny Ben Rey
  • Publication number: 20130264386
    Abstract: Method and system for allowing entry to physically secured areas based on the detected presence of a contactless enabled financial instrument, financial card or financial device, including the ability to unlock or allow entry to a secured area. One embodiment includes the unlocking/allowing of entry into a secured/locked A.T.M. vestibule when a contactless enabled financial instrument, financial card or financial device is detected or tapped on a Contactless Card/Device Reader. Embodiments may include integrating into existing locking systems or working in parallel/complimentary fashion without direct integration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: David Michael Greenspan
  • Publication number: 20110304496
    Abstract: An effective marine stabilized antenna system, in terms of antenna to radome size and antenna/RF performance complies with all relevant worldwide SatCom regulations. The combination of a dual offset Gregorian antenna (DOGA) with a stabilized polarization over elevation over tilt over azimuth pedestal, and a control/stabilization algorithm, ensures antenna orientation restrictions guarantee compliance with side-lobe intensity regulations. Operating a dual offset Gregorian antenna substantially within a pre-determined antenna cut range of a 45 degree angle relative to a configuration of the antenna and a relative position of a target provides antenna performance that complies with applicable SatCom regulations, despite having to flip the antenna 90 degrees to continue tracking the satellite.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: ORBIT COMMUNICATION LTD.
    Inventors: Azrial Yakubovich, Guy Naym, Idan Fogel, Ervin Rozman, Shlomo Levi, Michael Greenspan, Moshe Gvili, Or Dadush, Benny Ben Rey
  • Publication number: 20110070960
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for accurately positioning a robotic pool-playing device. The system comprises a computer controlled robotic positioning device, such as a gantry robot, that can position a cue over the pool table and place a shot. A global camera is mounted on the ceiling looking down at the table, and the acquired images are transmitted to the computer for analysis to determine the identity and locations of the balls within the table coordinate reference frame. The computer also automatically determines which ball to strike. An aspect of the invention is the use of a local camera, mounted on or near the robotic end-effector in a fixed relationship with the cue, to improve the positioning error of the robotic device prior to placing a shot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Michael GREENSPAN
  • Patent number: 7831337
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for accurately positioning a robotic pool-playing device. The system comprises a computer controlled robotic positioning device, such as a gantry robot, that can position a cue over the pool table and place a shot. A global camera is mounted on the ceiling looking down at the table, and the acquired images are transmitted to the computer for analysis to determine the identity and locations of the balls within the table coordinate reference frame. The computer also automatically determines which ball to strike. An aspect of the invention is the use of a local camera, mounted on or near the robotic end-effector in a fixed relationship with the cue, to improve the positioning error of the robotic device prior to placing a shot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Greenspan
  • Publication number: 20060063599
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for accurately positioning a robotic pool-playing device. The system comprises a computer controlled robotic positioning device, such as a gantry robot, that can position a cue over the pool table and place a shot. A global camera is mounted on the ceiling looking down at the table, and the acquired images are transmitted to the computer for analysis to determine the identity and locations of the balls within the table coordinate reference frame. The computer also automatically determines which ball to strike. An aspect of the invention is the use of a local camera, mounted on or near the robotic end-effector in a fixed relationship with the cue, to improve the positioning error of the robotic device prior to placing a shot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Publication date: March 23, 2006
    Inventor: Michael Greenspan
  • Patent number: 6125354
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically adjusting charges billed to an organization by a service provider, so as to create an invoice of rebill charges. An organizational hierarchy, comprising a list of elements of an organization, is displayed on a display device. Services that have been provided to a selected element by one or more service providers are associated with the selected element. The billed charges for the services are then adjusted, so as to calculate the rebill charges.Adjustment of the billed charges is effected by applying reprice parameters and miscellaneous charges. The reprice parameters are used to adjust the billed charge by a desired percentage, by a fixed rate per time, or by a fixed charge per service. The miscellaneous charges are in addition to the billed charges. After adjustment of the billed charges, an invoice is generated based on the rebill charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: BellSouth Intellectual Property Corporation
    Inventors: Lloyd MacFarlane, Dwight D. Driskell, Vivian C. Henley, Nancy C. Lane, Michael Greenspan, Betty J. Nielsen
  • Patent number: 6072493
    Abstract: A system and method for providing and analyzing information regarding the association of services with elements of an organization. The system gathers information encoded in electronic form, organizes it into a services list, and correlates it with elements of an organization that are classified in an organizational hierarchy. A user of the system may examine a selected elements at any level of the organizational hierarchy and obtain information regarding all associated services, or vice versa. A user may further synchronize the services list and organizational hierarchy in such a manner that selection of an item from one displays corresponding data from the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: BellSouth Corporation
    Inventors: Dwight D. Driskell, Michael Greenspan, Vivian C. Henley, Nancy C. Lane, Lloyd MacFarlane, Betty J. Nielsen
  • Patent number: 6026189
    Abstract: A new method is presented for efficient and reliable object recognition within noisy, cluttered, and occluded range images. An image is captured and quantized into cells having characteristics. A tree data structure is provided wherein each node of the tree is associated with a cell. The tree is traversed according to the characteristics of each associated cell using a best-first algorithm. When a leaf node is reached, potential object poses, types and locations associated with the leaf node are stored. Once sufficient information is stored, each potential recognized object is verified using a more reliable algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: National Research Council of Canada
    Inventor: Michael Greenspan
  • Patent number: 5471541
    Abstract: A method for determining the 3-D pose of an object is provided assuming that an approximate pose of the object is known. As a laser range camera scans the object, depth profiles of the object are obtained and stored in a memory. Synthetic profiles are obtained from a model of the object that has been oriented to the assumed pose of the object, by using a conventional raster rendering technique to obtain a series of slices of the model. Once this synthetic profile signature of the model of the object is generated, a comparison is performed between this profile signature and the profiles obtained from the laser range camera. When a suitable match is found, a correction to the 3-D pose is calculated from the offset parameters associated with the match; further refinement may be performed by repeating the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1995
    Assignee: National Research Council of Canada
    Inventors: Nestor Burtnyk, Michael A. Greenspan
  • Patent number: 5347459
    Abstract: A method is provided for detecting a collision between a robot and one or more obstacles before it occurs. The robot is modeled by spheres in a voxelized workspace. Each voxel within the workspace is assigned a value which corresponds to its distance from the closest obstacle. A collision is determined to be imminent if the voxel value at the center of a sphere is less than the radius of the sphere in voxels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: National Research Council of Canada
    Inventors: Michael A. Greenspan, Nestor Burtnyk
  • Patent number: 4780311
    Abstract: The compounds of the following general structural formula (I) ##STR1## wherein R is hydrogen or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, are .beta.-ketoacyl-coenzyme A thiolase inhibitors and are useful as antihypercholesterolemic agents for the treatment of disease in which the inhibition of cholesterol biosynthesis would be useful, such as arteriosclerosis, hyperlipidemia and familial hypercholesterolemia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1988
    Assignee: Merck & Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Janet Onishi, Michael Greenspan