Patents by Inventor Michael A. Kapp

Michael A. Kapp 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: 20180192221
    Abstract: An audio system for use in a confined space comprises N acoustic transducers, where N is an integer and N?2. Each acoustic transducer is configured to receive an audio signal for a respective channel of the audio system and to generate an acoustic signal therefrom, and is operably coupled to a respective filter having a phase response. The phase response of at least one of the filters is different from the phase response of at least one other of the filters at a frequency f having a corresponding wavelength ?=d/(n+½), where n is an integer and n?0 and d is a characteristic separation of two or more of the N acoustic transducers when in the confined space. Compensation is thereby achieved for a reduction in acoustic power that would otherwise occur over a range of frequencies of width ?f around frequency f.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Richard Hollinshead, Michael Kapp, Alan Wood
  • Patent number: 5949348
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing and using a variable format, configuration and location keyboard image which enables a digitizing device to present a different keyboard configuration and/or location to each user so that detection by an unauthorized viewer of a personal identification number (PIN) or other secret identification number during entry will become significantly more difficult. The presentation may include a random or scrambled keyboard entry image for each customer, and a single or set of customer preselected images that will be tied to the customer's account number which is read from the magnetic strip on a personal card. In addition to the keyboard, the device provides a single write surface for capturing a signature entry so that the two security features are incorporated in a single device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Kapp, Floyd Jones, Tom Donnelly, David A. Ellis, David M. Allgeier, Robert L. Protheroe
  • Patent number: 5297202
    Abstract: A method and system for generating a completed payment document ready for signature in image form. The document is signed by a customer and a copy of the signature is captured in digital form. Thereafter the signature is encrypted and saved along with a digital record of the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Kapp, Robert L. Protheroe, Albert Onega
  • Patent number: 5233547
    Abstract: An electronic checkbook and method for using it. The checkbook comprises upper and lower parts which fold together when not in use. The lower part receives on its upper surface a booklet of checks. A digitizer is hingedly connected or fixed to the remainder of the lower part and operates as a keyboard in one mode when placed above the check booklet, and can be placed beneath the top check of the booklet and used in a second mode as a means for inputting signals to the remainder of the device representing information written on the check. The lower part of the checkbook also includes other elements of the device including a microprocessor, a power supply and a smart card reader/writer. The upper part includes a display screen upon which checking account information appears during use of the electronic checkbook. The method of use of the checkbook provides maintenance of a record of transactions in the account, including addition of deposits and subtraction of checks drawn on the account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1993
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Kapp, Stephen J. Ames
  • Patent number: 5223677
    Abstract: A handwriting capture device which employs an insertable form interface over a digitizer to minimize or eliminate the need for a display. The form may include a menu corresponding to a repetitive task, a keypad, or a place for a signature. The form may be removable as a receipt, work order, invoice, or other document. The handwriting capture device also includes a housing having a top surface and a recess within the top surface, a frame for holding the form in the recess in the top surface, and circuitry for processing information entered into the digitizer. A display of minimal size may be added when the form is permanent and reusable to display signature and user prompts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Kapp, Albert M. Onega
  • Patent number: 5195133
    Abstract: A method and system for generating a completed payment document ready for signature in image form. The document is signed by a customer and a copy of the signature is captured in digital form. Thereafter the signature is encrypted and saved along with a digital record of the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Kapp, Robert L. Protheroe, Albert Onega