Patents by Inventor Michael A. Stephens

Michael A. Stephens 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: 20200154647
    Abstract: A control system includes a shell including an enclosed area, one or more carts moving on a track within the enclosed area, an air supplier within the enclosed area, one or more vents connected to the air supplier and configured to output air within the enclosed area, and a controller. The controller is configured to: identify a plant on the one or more carts; determine a humidity recipe for the identified plant; control the air output from the one or more vents based on the humidity recipe for the identified plant; receive an image of the plant the in one or more carts captured by the imaging sensor; and update the humidity recipe for the plant based on the captured image of the plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: Grow Solutions Tech LLC
    Inventors: Gary Bret Millar, Mark Gerald Stott, Todd Garrett Tueller, Michael Stephen Hurst, Alan Ray Bentley, Taylor John Woodbury
  • Publication number: 20200160268
    Abstract: Provided are various systems and processes for improving last-mile delivery of real-time, on-demand orders for perishable goods. In one aspect, a method is provided for aggregating on-demand deliveries using a depot dispatch protocol which may implement automated order transport and retrieval systems. The method comprises dispatching merchant couriers to transport on-demand orders from merchants to a merchant depot where the orders are aggregated and batched based on optimized delivery routes and destination proximities. Batches of orders are then transported to a customer depot corresponding to an area of delivery destinations. Orders are then assigned to delivery couriers for completion of delivery to customers. Such delivery routing systems and processes may be implemented alongside a delivery tracking system for generating estimated time of arrival predictive updates for real-time delivery of perishable goods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: DoorDash, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Ning Han, Dan Michael Babcock, Thomas Scott Stephens, Cody Duane Aughney
  • Patent number: 10656841
    Abstract: A storage stack exposes an API for use by user mode applications. An application calls a function exposed by the API to enqueue requests to read a file on a file submission queue (“FSQ”). Read requests in the FSQ are dequeued in batches, and file offsets in the batches of dequeued read requests are translated to disk offsets. The translated batches of read requests are stored in a storage submission queue (“SSQ”). A storage subsystem retrieves batches of the translated read requests from the SSQ and performs the specified read operations. Completion notifications for the read requests are stored in a storage completion queue (“SCQ”). Batches of completion notifications are dequeued from the SCQ and translated to file completions. Batches of file completions are stored in a file completion queue (“FCQ”). The user mode application that submitted the read requests can dequeue batches of completion notifications from the FCQ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Xin Huang, Bartosz Tomasz Nyczkowski, Michael Stephen Sterling, Mark James McNulty
  • Patent number: 10658878
    Abstract: A wireless power transmitting device transmits wireless power signals to a wireless power receiving device. The wireless power receiving device has a rectifier and a wireless power receiving coil that receives wireless power signals. The wireless power transmitting device uses a layer of coils to transmit the wireless power signals. A dielectric layer in the wireless power transmitting device defines a charging surface that receives the wireless power receiving device. A layer of temperature sensors is interposed between the layer of coils and the dielectric layer. Control circuitry in the wireless power transmitting device uses temperature information from the temperature sensors to determine whether a foreign object such as a coin is present on the charging surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: J. Stephen Smith, Behrooz Shahsavari, Jacob E. Mattingley, Joseph C. Doll, Steven P. Hotelling, Siddharth Seth, Douglas J. Adams, Michael A. Cretella
  • Publication number: 20200150204
    Abstract: According to some aspects, a low-field magnetic resonance imaging system is provided. The low-field magnetic resonance imaging system comprises a magnetics system having a plurality of magnetics components configured to produce magnetic fields for performing magnetic resonance imaging, the magnetics system comprising, a B0 magnet configured to produce a B0 field for the magnetic resonance imaging system at a low-field strength of less than 0.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: Hyperfine Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Stephen Poole, Cedric Hugon
  • Publication number: 20200150202
    Abstract: According to some aspects, a method of producing a permanent magnet shim configured to improve a profile of a B0 magnetic field produced by a B0 magnet is provided. The method comprises determining deviation of the B0 magnetic field from a desired B0 magnetic field, determining a magnetic pattern that, when applied to magnetic material, produces a corrective magnetic field that corrects for at least some of the determined deviation, and applying the magnetic pattern to the magnetic material to produce the permanent magnet shim. According to some aspects, a permanent magnet shim for improving a profile of a B0 magnetic field produced by a B0 magnet is provided. The permanent magnet shim comprises magnetic material having a predetermined magnetic pattern applied thereto that produces a corrective magnetic field to improve the profile of the B0 magnetic field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: Hyperfine Research, Inc
    Inventors: Cedric Hugon, Michael Stephen Poole, Tyler S. Ralston
  • Patent number: 10650527
    Abstract: The inventive subject matter is directed to point-of-care analytical devices that accurately determine the volume of test samples using image analysis to improve the accuracy of test results performed on the sample. Most preferably, the image analysis is based on rate changes in optical saturation that parallels sample saturation in a porous structure containing the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Qualigen, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Poirier, John Stephen Middleton, Suzanne Marie Poirier
  • Patent number: 10649050
    Abstract: According to some aspects, a low-field magnetic resonance imaging system is provided. The low-field magnetic resonance imaging system comprises a magnetics system having a plurality of magnetics components configured to produce magnetic fields for performing magnetic resonance imaging, the magnetics system comprising, a B0 magnet configured to produce a B0 field for the magnetic resonance imaging system at a low-field strength of less than 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Hyperfine Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Stephen Poole, Cedric Hugon, Hadrien A. Dyvorne, Laura Sacolick, William J. Mileski, Jeremy Christopher Jordan, Alan B. Katze, Jr., Jonathan M. Rothberg, Todd Rearick, Christopher Thomas McNulty
  • Patent number: 10649614
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes delineating a region in a two-dimensional (2D) image in a virtual reality environment, generating a mask based on an object detected in the delineated region, wherein the mask is defined by a perimeter, and generating a virtual object in the virtual reality environment, where the virtual object incorporates the detected object, and the virtual object is generated by applying the mask to a three-dimensional (3D) object. Delineating a region may include receiving user input that delineates the region, and the input may trace a perimeter of the region. Delineating a region may include detecting an object and determining a perimeter of the detected object. The detected object may be classified as corresponding to a specified object type. The 2D image may include a camera perspective view of an object in the virtual reality environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandros Alexander, Michael Stephen Booth
  • Patent number: 10641852
    Abstract: A low-field MRI system comprising: a magnetics system having a plurality of magnetics components configured to produce magnetic fields for MR imaging. The magnetics system comprises: a B0 magnet configured to produce a B0 field at a field strength of less than 0.2 Tesla (T); a plurality of gradient coils configured to, when operated, generate magnetic fields to provide spatial encoding of emitted MR signals; and at least one RF coil configured to, when operated, transmit RF signals to a field of view of the MIR system and to respond to MR signals emitted from the field of view. The MRI system comprises a power system comprising one or more power components configured to provide power to the magnetics system to operate the MRI system to perform image acquisition, wherein the power system operates the MRI system using an average of less than 5 kilowatts during image acquisition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Hyperfine Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Stephen Poole, Cedric Hugon, Hadrien A. Dyvorne, Laura Sacolick, William J. Mileski, Jeremy Christopher Jordan, Alan B. Katze, Jr., Jonathan M. Rothberg, Todd Rearick, Christopher Thomas McNulty
  • Patent number: 10625205
    Abstract: Dry pumps are used to pump a variety of gas mixtures from the semiconductor industry. The present invention provides a liquid ring pump located between the dry pump and an abatement device to remove soluble corrosive materials prior to the exhaust gases entry to the abatement device, the work fluid exhausted from the liquid ring pump being separated from the gas prior to entry to the abatement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Mark Bailey, Clive Marcus Lloyd Tunna, Jack Raymond Tattersall, Ingo Stephen Graham, Michael Roger Czerniak, Gary Peter Knight, Darren Mennie, Duncan Michael Price, Derek Martin Baker, Andrew James Seeley
  • Patent number: 10627464
    Abstract: According to some aspects, a portable magnetic resonance imaging system is provided. The portable magnetic resonance imaging system comprises a B0 magnet configured to produce a B0 magnetic field for an imaging region of the magnetic resonance imaging system, a noise reduction system configured to detect and suppress at least some electromagnetic noise in an operating environment of the portable magnetic resonance imaging system, and electromagnetic shielding provided to attenuate at least some of the electromagnetic noise in the operating environment of the portable magnetic resonance imaging system, the electromagnetic shielding arranged to shield a fraction of the imaging region of the portable magnetic resonance imaging system. According to some aspects, the electromagnetic shielding may be configurable to providing a variable amount of shielding for the imaging region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hyperfine Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Hadrien A. Dyvorne, Todd Rearick, Jonathan M. Rothberg, Michael Stephen Poole
  • Publication number: 20200118345
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for visualizing nonconformance data for a physical object. An augmented reality application in a portable computing device plots, in a defined coordinate cube, points corresponding to nonconformance locations on the physical object. The augmented reality application determines a sub-set of the points plotted that correspond to a region of the physical object visible in an image of the region of the physical object acquired by the portable computing device at a position of the portable computing device, where the sub-set of the points exclude nonconformance locations occluded from view by a physical object structure of the physical object in the image. The augmented reality application displays the nonconformance data for the sub-set of the points visible in the image in association with a sub-set of the nonconformance locations for the physical object in the image displayed on a display system in the portable computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Jeremiah Kent Scott, Robert Stephen Kanematsu Baker, Bryan James Beretta, Michael Louis Bernardoni
  • Publication number: 20200113345
    Abstract: Temperature management bedding systems for mattresses and quilt panels generally include a trilayer of active components including a phase change material applied to a top surface of a flexible substrate thereof, a fire retardant layer underlying the flexible substrate including hydrophilic rayon fibers treated with ammonium polyphosphate; and a vertically oriented fiber batting layer underlying the first retardant layer including an elastomeric binder. The temperature management bedding systems provide heat control and mass transfer of moisture from the bedding surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Stephen DeFranks, Richard F. Gladney, Sheri L. McGuire, James G. Ruehlmann
  • Patent number: 10623934
    Abstract: Embodiments of the systems, devices and methods described herein generally facilitate performing Bluetooth pairing between a first device and a second device. In accordance with one example embodiment, a first device generates a barcode that encodes Bluetooth pairing data for transmission to the second device, wherein the pairing data comprises a Bluetooth address associated with the first device, and wherein the pairing data further comprises a personal identification number usable to complete the Bluetooth pairing, the barcode is transmitted to the second device, and Bluetooth pairing is performed with the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Stephen Brown, Herbert Anthony Little
  • Patent number: 10613168
    Abstract: A method of producing a permanent magnet shim configured to improve a profile of a B0 magnetic field produced by a B0 magnet is provided. The method comprises determining deviation of the B0 magnetic field from a desired B0 magnetic field, determining a magnetic pattern that, when applied to magnetic material, produces a corrective magnetic field that corrects for at least some of the determined deviation, and applying the magnetic pattern to the magnetic material to produce the permanent magnet shim. In addition, a permanent magnet shim for improving a profile of a B0 magnetic field produced by a B0 magnet is provided. The permanent magnet shim comprises magnetic material having a predetermined magnetic pattern applied thereto that produces a corrective magnetic field to improve the profile of the B0 magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hyperfine Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Cedric Hugon, Michael Stephen Poole, Tyler S. Ralston
  • Patent number: 10613181
    Abstract: In some aspects, a method of operating a magnetic resonance imaging system comprising a B0 magnet and at least one thermal management component configured to transfer heat away from the B0 magnet during operation is provided. The method comprises providing operating power to the B0 magnet, monitoring a temperature of the B0 magnet to determine a current temperature of the B0 magnet, and operating the at least one thermal management component at less than operational capacity in response to an occurrence of at least one event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hyperfine Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Rothberg, Jeremy Christopher Jordan, Michael Stephen Poole, Laura Sacolick, Todd Rearick, Gregory L. Charvat
  • Publication number: 20200104534
    Abstract: A new computational machine is invented, called a clock machine, that is a novel alternative to computing machines (digital computers) based on logic gates. In an embodiment, computation is performed with one or more clock machines that use time. In an embodiment, a cryptographic cipher is implemented with random clock machines, constructed from a non-deterministic process, wherein the compiled set of instructions (i.e., the implementation of the cryptographic procedure) is distinct on each device or chip that executes the cryptographic cipher. In an embodiment, by using a different set of clock machines to execute two different instances of the same cryptographic procedure, each execution of a procedure looks different to malware that may try to infect and subvert the cryptographic procedure. This cryptographic process also makes timing attacks more challenging. In an embodiment, a detailed implementation of the Midori cipher with random clock machines is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: AEMEA, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Stephen Fiske
  • Patent number: 10602676
    Abstract: A cart having a wheel, a drive motor coupled to the wheel such that an output of the drive motor causes the wheel to rotate and propel the cart, a cart-computing device communicatively coupled to the drive motor; and one or more sensors communicatively coupled to the cart-computing device, the one or more sensors generating one or more signals in response to a detected event. The cart-computing device receives a communication signal and electrical power via the wheel. The communication signal corresponds to one or more instructions for controlling an operation of the cart. The cart-computing device receives the one or more signals from the one or more sensors. The cart-computing device generates and transmits a control signal to the drive motor to cause the drive motor to operate based on at least one of the one or more signals generated by the one or more sensors or the communication signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: GROW SOLUTIONS TECH LLC
    Inventors: Gary Bret Millar, Mark Gerald Stott, Todd Garrett Tueller, Michael Stephen Hurst, Alan Ray Bentley, Taylor John Woodbury, Shane York
  • Patent number: D885002
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Samuel Emrys James, Michael James Douglas, David Stephen Clare, Chris Pinches, Nick Sardar