Patents by Inventor Michael A. Smith

Michael A. Smith 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: 20210021973
    Abstract: A system and a method to wirelessly synchronize, monitor, or communicate, or a combination thereof, amongst sensors (e.g., sensors, hubs, sensor controllers, etc.) in a Bluetooth Low Energy-based microlocation system. The system or method, or both, may use the BLE hardware (e.g., transmitters, receivers, antennas, etc.) to interleave a communications protocol within the connection interval gaps of the BLE protocol used to communicate with devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Raymond Michael Stitt, Eric John Smith, Tyler Lloyd Zoerner
  • Publication number: 20210019622
    Abstract: A user device can send, to a server, a request for a set of documents likely to be opened by a user, determine a client-suggested document to present to the user and a potential motive for the user to open the client-suggested document, receive a suggestion message from the server, the suggestion message including a set of documents likely to be opened by the user and potential motives for the user to open documents in the set of documents, and present, on a display of the user device, visual representations of the client-suggested document, the potential motive for the user to open the client-suggested document, multiple documents included in the set of documents, and the potential motives for the user to open the multiple documents in the set of documents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Alan Green, Cayden Meyer, Julian Gibbons, Alexandre Mah, Divanshu Garg, Reuben Kan, Michael Smith, Sandeep Tata, Alexandrin Popescul
  • Publication number: 20210017072
    Abstract: A glass-based article including a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface defining a thickness (t) of about 3 millimeters or less (e.g., about 1 millimeter or less), and a stress profile, wherein all points of the stress profile between a thickness range from about 0·t up to 0.3·t and from greater than about 0.7·t to t, comprise a tangent with a slope having an absolute value greater than about 0.1 MPa/micrometer. In some embodiments, the glass-based article includes a non-zero metal oxide concentration that varies along at least a portion of the thickness (e.g., 0·t to about 0.3·t) and a maximum central tension of less than about 71.5/?(t) (MPa). In some embodiments, the concentration of metal oxide or alkali metal oxide decreases from the first surface to a point between the first surface and the second surface and increases from the point to the second surface. The concentration of the metal oxide may be about 0.05 mol % or greater or about 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Publication date: January 21, 2021
    Inventors: Timothy Michael Gross, Guangli Hu, Rostislav Vatchev Roussev, Charlene Marie Smith, Zhongzhi Tang, Steven Alvin Tietje
  • Patent number: 10895077
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to siding, for example, suitable for covering a wall surface. The present disclosure relates more particularly to a frame for a wall panel. The frame includes a support strip extending in a lateral direction across the width of the wall panel and has first and second ends. The frame also includes a row of columns extending in a first direction from the support strip. Each column includes a proximal end attached to the support strip and a free distal end. The row of columns includes a first column disposed at a first end of the row of columns and laterally offset from the first end of the support strip, and a second column disposed at a second end of the row of columns and laterally offset from the second end of the support strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: CertainTeed LLC
    Inventors: James M. Smith, Christopher Michael Colyn, David J. Stucky
  • Patent number: 10895192
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an engine cooling system for controlling the temperature of an engine of a motor vehicle. The system includes an engine cooling circuit for circulating a coolant to transfer heat from the engine to an airflow. An electric water pump is configured to circulate the coolant through the circuit at a maximum electric pump flow rate, and a mechanical water pump is configured to circulate the coolant through the circuit at a maximum mechanical pump flow rate that is higher than the maximum electric pump flow rate. The circuit further includes a selector valve configured to fluidly connect one of the electric water pump and the mechanical water pump to the engine. An engine control module generates a valve signal for actuating the selector valve to fluidly connect one of the electric water pump and the mechanical water pump to the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Smith, Scott K. Wilson, Eugene V. Gonze, James B. Hicks, Sergio Quelhas, Anthony J. Corsetti
  • Patent number: 10894674
    Abstract: A storage, retrieval and processing system for processing objects is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, John Richard Amend, Jr., Benjamin Cohen, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, William Hartman Fort, Christopher Geyer, Victoria Hinchey, Jennifer Eileen King, Thomas Koletschka, Michael Cap Koval, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, William Chu-Hyon Mcmahan, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Publication number: 20210008323
    Abstract: A CPAP device includes a flow generator including an outlet, a humidifier including an inlet, and an adaptor connector between the outlet of the flow generator and the inlet of the humidifier. The connector includes a flexible and conformable sealing portion that is movable to accommodate misalignment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Ian Malcolm SMITH, John Michael SNOW, Perry David LITHGOW, Dan KAO
  • Publication number: 20210008379
    Abstract: A stimulation system stimulates anatomical targets in a patient for treatment of dry eye. The system may include a controller and a microstimulator. The controller may be implemented externally to or internally within the microstimulator. The components of the controller and microstimulator may be implemented in a single unit or in separate devices. When implemented separately, the controller and microstimulator may communicate wirelessly or via a wired connection. The microstimulator may generate pulses from a controller signal and apply the signal via one or more electrodes to an anatomical target. The microstimulator may not have any intelligence or logic to shape or modify a signal. The microstimulator may be a passive device configured to generate a pulse based on a signal received from the controller. The microstimulator may shape or modify a signal. Waveforms having different frequency, amplitude and period characteristics may stimulate different anatomical targets in a patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Douglas Michael ACKERMANN, Daniel PALANKER, James Donald LOUDIN, Garrett Cale SMITH, Victor Wayne MCCRAY, Brandon McNary FELKINS
  • Patent number: 10890596
    Abstract: A sampling system is provided. The sampling system includes a housing. Mounted to the housing is a Hall effect sensor. A probe configured to contact a sample is inserted into the housing. The probe includes an elongated portion and a restorative spring inserted onto the elongated portion of the probe. The restorative spring provides sufficient restorative force to return the probe to a relaxed position. The Hall effect sensor is configured to sense a field strength generated by the proximity of the restorative spring of the probe in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Glen Davis, John Jackson, Gregory Kaduchak, Wesley Smith, Michael Ward
  • Patent number: 10892259
    Abstract: Apparatus having an array of memory cells might include a first transistor having a control gate, a first source/drain connected to a first contact for connection to peripheral circuitry, and a second source/drain connected to a second contact for connection to a data line selectively connected to a respective set of strings of series-connected memory cells of the array of memory cells; and a second transistor having a control gate, a first source/drain connected to the second contact, and a second source/drain connected to a third contact for connection to a common source selectively connected to each string of series-connected memory cells of the respective set of strings of series-connected memory cells for the data line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Smith
  • Publication number: 20210002599
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer readable medium includes instructions configured to adapt a controller to maintain a first target environment in a bioreactor vessel containing a population of cells for a first incubation period to produce a population of genetically modified cells from the population of cells, initiate a flow of media to the bioreactor vessel, maintain a second target environment in the bioreactor vessel for a second incubation period to produce an expanded population of genetically modified cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicant: Global Life Sciences Solutions USA LLC
    Inventors: Weston Blaine Griffin, Alex D Corwin, Xiaohua Zhang, Reginald Donovan Smith, Zhen Liu, Chengkun Zhang, Vandana Keskar, Brian Michael Davis, Kashan Shaikh
  • Patent number: 10884123
    Abstract: Sonar devices for detecting underwater objects are provided whereby a set of angled ultrasound transducers are employed to sense ultrasound signals from a plurality of different spatial regions. The angled ultrasound transducers may include a first pair of side-viewing ultrasound transducers and a second pair of ultrasound transducers configured for interrogating forward and reverse directions. The ultrasound signals from the set of angled ultrasound transducers may be processed to identify the presence of underwater objects in each spatial region, and the resulting identified underwater objects may be displayed, on a per-region basis, on a user interface. The ultrasound signals may additionally or alternatively be processed to generate a topographical model of the bed surface, and to generate a topographical surface image based on the three-dimensional topographical model. The topographical surface image may be displayed as a fly-over animation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: NAVICO HOLDING AS
    Inventors: Michael Smith, Jung Wook Yeum
  • Patent number: 10883669
    Abstract: Light emitting diode (LED) light tubes having rotatable end caps assemblies are described. The LED light tubes include a hollow tube and a circuit board with LED chips thereon. The rotatable end cap assemblies are provided on either end of the tube. Each rotatable end cap assembly includes a socket cap, a plug having a plug body and at least one connector, and an end cap body, one end of which engages one of the ends of the hollow tube. A cam locking mount is positioned within the plug body and on the opposite side has projections to be positioned in the bore of the end cap body. A rotation cam is seated in the cam locking mount and provides for controlled rotation of the LED tube relative to the end caps. Methods of installing the LED light tubes in new installations and retrofit installations and for use in sign assemblies are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Keystone Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua David Brown, Evan Michael Smith
  • Publication number: 20200408732
    Abstract: Methods of analyzing the rock content of a geologic formation are provided herein. The methods typically comprise obtaining samples from the formation and subjecting the samples to conditions that will cause the extraction and/or release of one or more volatile compounds from the samples, if present in the samples, and then analyzing the amount of such one or more volatile compounds released/extracted from the sample and then further relating such results to the physical and/or rock content composition of two or more regions of the geologic formation. The results can be used to inform or guide oil and/or gas exploration and/or production operations, such as placement of fracking operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Smith
  • Publication number: 20200409712
    Abstract: Operand-based reach explicit dataflow processors, and related methods and computer-readable media are disclosed. The operand-based reach explicit dataflow processors support execution of a producer instruction that explicitly names a target consumer operand of a consumer instruction in a consumer operand encoding namespace of the producer instruction. The produced value from execution of the producer instruction is provided or otherwise made available as an input to the named target consumer operand of the consumer instruction as a result of processing the producer instruction. The target consumer operand is encoded in the producer instruction as an operand target distance relative to the producer instruction. Instructions in an instruction stream between the producer instruction and the targeted consumer instruction that have no operands do not consume an operand reach namespace in the producer instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Douglas CLANCY, Melinda Joyce BROWN, Yusuf Cagatay TEKMEN, Brian Michael STEMPEL, Michael Scott MCILVAINE, Thomas Philip SPEIER, Rodney Wayne SMITH, Gagan GUPTA, David Tennyson HARPER, III
  • Patent number: 10875185
    Abstract: A sensing manipulator of an articulated arm is disclosed. The sensing manipulator includes a compliant section and a movement detection system provided along a first direction of the compliant section such that movement of the compliant section along both the first direction and at least one direction transverse to said first direction, are detectable by the movement detection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, Christopher Geyer, Thomas Koletschka, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 10878626
    Abstract: A graphics processing system comprising: a tiling unit configured to tile a first view of a scene into a plurality of tiles; a processing unit configured to identify a first subset of the tiles that are associated with regions of the scene that are viewable in a second view; and a rendering unit configured to render to a render target each of the identified tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Imagination Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Simon Fenney, Michael Worcester, Stuart Smith
  • Patent number: 10875057
    Abstract: An object processing system within a trailer for a tractor trailer is discloses. The object processing system includes an input area of the trailer at which objects to be processed may be presented, a perception system for providing perception data regarding objects to be processed, and a primary transport system for providing transport of each object in one of at least two primary transport directions within the trailer based on the perception data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Berkshire Grey, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Wagner, Kevin Ahearn, Benjamin Cohen, Michael Dawson-Haggerty, Christopher Geyer, Thomas Koletschka, Kyle Maroney, Matthew T. Mason, Gene Temple Price, Joseph Romano, Daniel Smith, Siddhartha Srinivasa, Prasanna Velagapudi, Thomas Allen
  • Patent number: 10874577
    Abstract: An embodiment of a system for treating sleep apnea includes a collar, pump, motor, sensor, memory, and controller, which is configured to store, in the memory, information related to sleep-apnea events or sleep-apnea treatment, experienced by the subject. For example, the controller can obtain, and store in the memory, information related to sleep-apnea events, and the controller, or another computing system, can correlate this information with the subject's lifestyle choices, and can recommend lifestyle changes to improve the subject's sleep apnea. Furthermore, the controller can obtain and store, in the memory, information related to usage and settings of the sleep-apnea system, and the controller, or another computing system, can correlate this information with the subject's wellbeing, and can recommend changes in the usage or the settings of the sleep-apnea system that can improve the subject's wellbeing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Somne LLC
    Inventors: Roderick A. Hyde, Kenneth G. Caldeira, Gary L. McKnight, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Dennis J. Rivet, Katherine A. Sharadin, Michael A. Smith
  • Patent number: D906806
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignees: The Coca-Cola Company, Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Rohit Joshi, Matthew Cooper, Susan Propp, Ellen Gutierrez, Michael Pickholtz, Christopher Lee Beatty, Brian Scott Loo, Darin Pugne, Carl Smith