Patents by Inventor Michael Babcock

Michael Babcock 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: 20210103892
    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: December 18, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Applicant: DoorDash, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Ning Han, Dan Michael Babcock, Thomas Scott Stephens, Cody Duane Aughney
  • Patent number: 10970668
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: DoorDash, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Ning Han, Dan Michael Babcock, Thomas Scott Stephens, Cody Duane Aughney
  • Publication number: 20210012287
    Abstract: Provided are various mechanisms and processes for optimizing real-time, on-demand delivery service for perishable goods. In one aspect, a method is provided for aggregating on-demand deliveries using a depot dispatch protocol. The method comprises dispatching runners to pick up on-demand orders for drop off at a depot where the orders are aggregated and batched based on optimized delivery routes and destination proximities. Batches of orders are then assigned to couriers who may arrive at the depot to receive the batched orders without having to navigate through areas of high congestion. Such delivery routing system 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: September 30, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicant: DoorDash, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Ning Han, Dan Michael Babcock, Thomas Scott Stephens, Cody Duane Aughney
  • Patent number: 10872305
    Abstract: Provided are various mechanisms and processes for optimizing real-time, on-demand deliveries of perishable goods. In one aspect, a method is provided for aggregating on-demand deliveries using a depot dispatch protocol. The method comprises dispatching runners to pick up on-demand orders for drop off at a depot where the orders are aggregated and batched based on optimized delivery routes and destination proximities. Batches of orders are then assigned to couriers who may arrive at the depot to receive the batched orders without having to navigate through areas of high congestion. Such delivery routing system may be implemented alongside a delivery tracking system for generating estimated time of arrival predictive updates for real-time delivery of perishable goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: DoorDash, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Ning Han, Dan Michael Babcock, Thomas Scott Stephens, Cody Duane Aughney
  • Publication number: 20200183414
    Abstract: Provided are various systems and processes for improving last-mile delivery of real-time, on-demand orders for perishable goods. In one aspect, an automated vehicle (AV) comprises a body including a storage compartment for storing perishable goods. The storage compartment is accessible by a user upon authentication of the user. The AV further comprises a sensor module for receiving data for navigating the AV. The sensor module is positioned above the body on a support structure at a predetermined height above the ground, such as three to five feet. The data includes one or more of the following: audio data, video data, radio waves, and backscattered light waves. The AV further comprises an onboard computer system configured to process the data to navigate the AV along motor vehicle routes and pedestrian routes. The AV may be configured to interface with an automated locker system to retrieve or deposit the perishable goods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: DoorDash, Inc.
    Inventors: Harrison Shih, Jeff Ning Han, Thomas Scott Stephens, Dan Michael Babcock, Cody Duane Aughney
  • 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: 10535175
    Abstract: A method of creating a computer-generated animation uses a graphical user interface including a two-dimensional array of cells. The array has a plurality of rows associated with computer-generated elements and a plurality of columns associated with frames of the animation. The array includes a first cell associated with a first computer-generated element and a first frame. A first view of the array is displayed in which the first cell has a first width and includes a key frame indicator that indicates that a designated value is associated with the first computer-generated element for the first frame. A second view is displayed in which the first cell has a second width and includes an element value indicator. The second width is greater than the first width, and the element value indicator represents the designated value associated with the first computer-generated element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: DreamWorks Animation L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael Babcock, Fredrik Nilsson, Matthew Christopher Gong
  • Publication number: 20190130354
    Abstract: Provided are various mechanisms and processes for optimizing real-time, on-demand deliveries of perishable goods. In one aspect, a method is provided for aggregating on-demand deliveries using a depot dispatch protocol. The method comprises dispatching runners to pick up on-demand orders for drop off at a depot where the orders are aggregated and batched based on optimized delivery routes and destination proximities. Batches of orders are then assigned to couriers who may arrive at the depot to receive the batched orders without having to navigate through areas of high congestion. Such delivery routing system 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: October 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: DoorDash, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Ning Han, Dan Michael Babcock, Thomas Scott Stephens, Cody Duane Aughney
  • Publication number: 20180232933
    Abstract: A method of creating a computer-generated animation uses a graphical user interface including a two-dimensional array of cells. The array has a plurality of rows associated with computer-generated elements and a plurality of columns associated with frames of the animation. The array includes a first cell associated with a first computer-generated element and a first frame. A first view of the array is displayed in which the first cell has a first width and includes a key frame indicator that indicates that a designated value is associated with the first computer-generated element for the first frame. A second view is displayed in which the first cell has a second width and includes an element value indicator. The second width is greater than the first width, and the element value indicator represents the designated value associated with the first computer-generated element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Inventors: Michael BABCOCK, Fredrik NILSSON, Matthew Christopher GONG
  • Patent number: 9972115
    Abstract: A method of creating a computer-generated animation uses a graphical user interface including a two-dimensional array of cells. The array has a plurality of rows associated with visual characteristics of a computer-generated character and a plurality of columns associated with frames of the animation. The array includes a first cell associated with a first visual characteristic and a first frame. A first view of the array is displayed in which the first cell has a first width and includes a key frame indicator that indicates that a designated value is associated with the first visual characteristic for the first frame. A second view is displayed in which the first cell has a second width and includes an element value indicator. The second width is greater than the first width, and the element value indicator represents the value associated with the first visual characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: DreamWorks Animation L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael Babcock, Fredrik Nilsson, Matthew Christopher Gong
  • Publication number: 20150363960
    Abstract: A method of creating a computer-generated animation uses a graphical user interface including a two-dimensional array of cells. The array has a plurality of rows associated with visual characteristics of a computer-generated character and a plurality of columns associated with frames of the animation. The array includes a first cell associated with a first visual characteristic and a first frame. A first view of the array is displayed in which the first cell has a first width and includes a key frame indicator that indicates that a designated value is associated with the first visual characteristic for the first frame. A second view is displayed in which the first cell has a second width and includes an element value indicator. The second width is greater than the first width, and the element value indicator represents the value associated with the first visual characteristic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Publication date: December 17, 2015
    Inventors: Michael BABCOCK, Fredrik NILSSON, Matthew Christopher GONG
  • Patent number: 8633933
    Abstract: A real-time method for producing an animated performance is disclosed. The real-time method involves receiving animation data, the animation data used to animate a computer generated character. The animation data may comprise motion capture data, or puppetry data, or a combination thereof. A computer generated animated character is rendered in real-time with receiving the animation data. A body movement of the computer generated character may be based on the motion capture data, and a head and a facial movement are based on the puppetry data. A first view of the computer generated animated character is created from a first reference point. A second view of the computer generated animated character is created from a second reference point that is distinct from the first reference point. One or more of the first and second views of the computer generated animated character are displayed in real-time with receiving the animation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: The Jim Henson Company
    Inventors: Brian Henson, Jeff Forbes, Michael Babcock, Glenn Muravsky, John Criswell
  • Patent number: 8339402
    Abstract: A real-time method for producing an animated performance is disclosed. The real-time method involves receiving animation data, the animation data used to animate a computer generated character. The animation data may comprise motion capture data, or puppetry data, or a combination thereof. A computer generated animated character is rendered in real-time with receiving the animation data. A body movement of the computer generated character may be based on the motion capture data, and a head and a facial movement are based on the puppetry data. A first view of the computer generated animated character is created from a first reference point. A second view of the computer generated animated character is created from a second reference point that is distinct from the first reference point. One or more of the first and second views of the computer generated animated character are displayed in real-time with receiving the animation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventors: Brian Henson, Jeff Forbes, Michael Babcock, Glenn Muravsky, John Criswell
  • Publication number: 20110204555
    Abstract: Herein is described a device to keep the pop-up portion of a sprinkler in an upright position having a flexible strap with a hole near one end of said strap where the strap is capable of being wrapped around the pop-up portion of a sprinkler and the end of the strap farthest from the hole is capable of being secured through the hole in the strap such that the pop-up portion of the sprinkler is immobilized in an upright position allowing the user the ability to mark and adjust the sprinkler head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Kristin Babcock, Michael Babcock
  • Patent number: 7791608
    Abstract: A method of animating a computer generated character in real-time through a single person performance is disclosed. The method provides a mobile input device configured to receive a hand puppetry movement as an input from a performer. Further, the method provides a motion capture device that includes a plurality of markers. The motion capture device is configured to be worn on the body of the performer. Motion capture data is received at a computer. The motion capture data is representative of the positions of the plurality of markers. In addition, input device data is received from the mobile input device at the computer. A computer generated animated character is then generated, the body movements of the character being based on the motion capture data, and head and facial movements being based on the input device data received from the mobile input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: The Jim Henson Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Henson, Jeff Forbes, Michael Babcock, Glenn Muravsky, John Criswell
  • Patent number: 5318488
    Abstract: A waterski simulator is provided comprising a platform constructed and arranged to hold one practice skier and to rotate 180.degree. about a first pivot point, a pivoting arm constructed and arranged to rotate about 180.degree. about a second pivot point, the pivoting arm and the platform pivoting towards each other, a handle means connected to and extending from the pivoting arm and a resisting means associated with the pivoting arm providing resistance to the rotation thereof, said resistance being overcomeable by a practicing skier, whereby the practicing skier stands on the platform facing the pivoting arm and holds the handle means thereof, alternatively pivoting the platform and the pivoting arm, thereby simulating the movements associated with waterskiing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1994
    Assignee: Michael Anthony Babcock
    Inventor: Michael A. Babcock
  • Patent number: 5282597
    Abstract: A safety line anchor device holds a safety line for workmen and is generally intended for use in roof construction. The device is especially useful for use on wood truss roofs of any pitch. The first embodiment of the invention is constructed and arranged for use on one side of a wood truss, 24" centered roof of any pitch. This safety line anchor device comprises a main bar from which fastening straps extend, and at least one anchoring means for holding a safety line. The device is adapted to receive a fastening means, by which it is fixed to a roof. This embodiment can be designed for one or multiple anchor points. A second embodiment of the invention is adapted for use on the peak of a roof and comprises two pivotally joined anchors which straddle the roof peak, each anchor having an anchoring means for holding a safety line attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Assignee: Michael A. Babcock
    Inventor: Michael A. Babcock
  • Patent number: 4802344
    Abstract: A thermally insulated cooler for enclosing a beverage keg having a pre-chilled beverage temperature to be maintained. The cooler is of a soft sided composition cylindrical is shape having a permanently closed bottom end and a removable lid zippered at the other end for affording access to the storage compartment. A zippered access opening centrally located in the lid enables a dispensing tap connected to the keg to extend outward thereof without exposing the key to ambient temperatures. A strap extending longitudinally on opposite sides and across the bottom end enables the cooler with keg in place to be conveniently carried by hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Inventors: Mark L. Livingston, Michael Babcock
  • Patent number: 4544153
    Abstract: A slalom waterskiing simulator for exercising muscles used in aggressive slalom waterskiing, the apparatus including a pivoting swing arm and associated mechanism for controllably moving and manuevering a practicing skiier between the two extreme positions normally encountered in slalom-type waterskiing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1985
    Inventor: Michael A. Babcock