Patents by Inventor Michael Finn

Michael Finn 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: 20120197343
    Abstract: A controller is provided for a functional electrical stimulator for attachment to a leg comprising, a connector for a foot switch for sensing foot rise or foot strike, a circuit for responding to said foot switch for generating stimulation pulses and a connector for first and second electrodes for attachment to the leg for supplying stimulation pulses from said circuit The circuit includes a voltage divider of which the foot switch when connected comprises one element, a second element being provided by a digital potentiometer forming part of the controller. A micro controller is configured to make adaptive adjustment of the resistance of said digital potentiometer to take account of the resistance characteristics of the foot switch to provide an output or reference voltage permitting an open/closed state of the switch to be monitored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
    Inventors: Rodney Paul Lane, Darren John Hart, Stacey Michael Finn, Paul Nicholas Taylor, Steven Eric Crook, Ian Douglas Swain
  • Publication number: 20120010523
    Abstract: An apparatus of use in identifying neuropathy in the feet of a subject is disclosed, the apparatus comprising means for measuring the temperature of the foot of a subject; means for comparing a first measured temperature obtained from one of the subject with a second measured temperature obtained from the other foot of the subject; and means for providing an indication to a user when the difference between the first and second measured temperatures exceeds a predetermined amount. A method method determining the relative temperature of the feet of a subject is also disclosed, the method comprising measuring the temperature of a first foot of the subject; measuring the temperature of a second foot of the subject; comparing the first measured temperature with the second measured temperature to determine the difference therebetween; and providing the user with an indication when the difference between the first and second measured temperatures exceeds a preset value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: Lorraine Ba-Tin, Charles Byrne, Stacey Michael Finn
  • Patent number: 7912228
    Abstract: In a method and equipment for operating a voice-supported system, such as a communications and/or intercom/two-way intercom device in a motor vehicle, using at least one microphone and at least one loudspeaker to reproduce a signal generated by the microphone, as well as a bandpass filter configured between the microphone and the loudspeaker, a power of the signal as a function of a frequency is determined, and the bandpass filter is adjusted as a function of at least one local maximum of the power of the signal as a function of the frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Audi AG
    Inventors: Brian Michael Finn, Shawn K. Steenhagen
  • Publication number: 20110040455
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a motor vehicle having a steering wheel, the motor vehicle including a first display, integrated into the steering wheel, for the variable representation of information; a first touchscreen, situated over the first display, for the input of commands; a second display, integrated into the steering wheel and separated spatially from the first display, for the variable representation of information; and a second touchscreen, situated over the second display, for the input of commands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Inventors: William Brian Lathrop, Evan Small, Brian Michael Finn, Deborah Garcia
  • Patent number: 7797104
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for representing locations in a geographic database in a manner that facilitates navigation and routing. A core map database includes data that represents public roads in a geographic region. Each of a plurality of location map databases includes data that represent facilities, such as businesses, stores, offices, or other places, that are physically located away from the public network and access to which requires travel on paths away from the public road network. Each of the facilities represented in the location map databases is assigned a location reference code that is associated with data from which a path connecting the facility and the public road network can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: NAVTEQ North America, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Finn, Jason Borak, James Ronald Bennett
  • Patent number: 7787212
    Abstract: Stiffness reducing features for top covers of data storage systems are provided to prevent delaminating of top layers of the top covers. A top cover for a data storage system includes a bottom layer, a top layer and an adhesive layer that interconnects the top and bottom layers. At least one groove is formed in and extends along the top layer. The at least one groove reduces a thickness of the top layer along the at least one groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Seagate Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan S. Haynes, Michael A. Finn
  • Publication number: 20100145606
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for representing locations in a geographic database in a manner that facilitates navigation and routing. A core map database includes data that represents public roads in a geographic region. Each of a plurality of location map databases includes data that represent facilities, such as businesses, stores, offices, or other places, that are physically located away from the public network and access to which requires travel on paths away from the public road network. Each of the facilities represented in the location map databases is assigned a location reference code that is associated with data from which a path connecting the facility and the public road network can be determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: Michael Finn, Jason Borak, James Ronald Bennett
  • Publication number: 20100121939
    Abstract: A system and method relate to accessing an in-vehicle communication network, including a media interface having a microprocessor. The media interface may be connected to a vehicle media system. Further, a media device may be connected to the media interface, and the media device may access the in-vehicle communication network via the media interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventors: Jason Swager, Eric Jensen, Brian Michael Finn
  • Patent number: 7660666
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for representing locations in a geographic database in a manner that facilitates navigation and routing. A core map database includes data that represents public roads in a geographic region. Each of a plurality of location map databases includes data that represent facilities, such as businesses, stores, offices, or other places, that are physically located away from the public network and access to which requires travel on paths away from the public road network. Each of the facilities represented in the location map databases is assigned a location reference code that is associated with data from which a path connecting the facility and the public road network can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Navteq North America, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Finn, Jason Borak, James Ronald Bennett
  • Publication number: 20090037092
    Abstract: In a navigation system, e.g., for a motor vehicle, for determining the route from a location of the navigation system to a destination point, the navigation system includes a display device for displaying the route in a map display or a map-type display, and/or a direction indication that corresponds to the route, and it is possible to simultaneously display a canonically oriented graphic or image of a prominent route point with the aid of the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventors: Brian Lathrop, Brian Michael Finn, Jackie Chang
  • Patent number: 7467084
    Abstract: A method and a device are for operating a voice-enhancement system, such as a communication and/or intercom/two-way intercom or duplex telephony device in a motor vehicle. The device includes at least one microphone and at least one loudspeaker for reproducing a signal generated by the microphone, as well as a bandpass filter configured between the microphone and the loudspeaker. The bandpass filter is adjusted as a function of a comparison between the power of the signal generated by the microphone at a test frequency, and the power of the signal generated by the microphone at an at least substantially integral multiple of the test frequency, or as a function of a comparison between the power of the signal generated by the microphone at a test frequency, and the power of the signal generated by the microphone at the test frequency at at least an earlier point in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Audi AG
    Inventors: Brian Michael Finn, Shawn K. Steenhagen
  • Publication number: 20070206322
    Abstract: Stiffness reducing features for top covers of data storage systems are provided to prevent delaminating of top layers of the top covers. A top cover for a data storage system includes a bottom layer, a top layer and an adhesive layer that interconnects the top and bottom layers. At least one groove is formed in and extends along the top layer. The at least one groove reduces a thickness of the top layer along the at least one groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Publication date: September 6, 2007
    Applicant: Maxtor Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan S. Haynes, Michael A. Finn
  • Publication number: 20070118278
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for representing locations in a geographic database in a manner that facilitates navigation and routing. A core map database includes data that represents public roads in a geographic region. Each of a plurality of location map databases includes data that represent facilities, such as businesses, stores, offices, or other places, that are physically located away from the public network and access to which requires travel on paths away from the public road network. Each of the facilities represented in the location map databases is assigned a location reference code that is associated with data from which a path connecting the facility and the public road network can be determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Publication date: May 24, 2007
    Inventors: Michael Finn, Jason Borak, James Bennett
  • Publication number: 20040158460
    Abstract: A method and a device for operating a voice-enhancement system, such as a communication and/or intercom/two-way intercom or duplex telephony device in a motor vehicle, having at least one microphone and at least one loudspeaker for reproducing a signal generated by the microphone, as well as a bandpass filter configured between the microphone and the loudspeaker, the bandpass filter being adjusted as a function of a comparison between the power of the signal generated by the microphone at a test frequency, and the power of the signal generated by the microphone at an at least substantially integral multiple of the test frequency, or as a function of a comparison between the power of the signal generated by the microphone at a test frequency, and the power of the signal generated by the microphone at the test frequency at at least an earlier point in time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2003
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Inventors: Brian Michael Finn, Shawn K. Steenhagen
  • Patent number: 6648587
    Abstract: A material delivery system is disclosed which is particularly useful for filtered environments, such as clean rooms, minienvironments, or the like. One aspect of this particular material delivery system is that movement of an elevator is automatically controlled (i.e., no operator input), and more preferably is accomplished by monitoring for the presence of containers at multiple vertical positions. Another aspect of this particular material delivery system is that its elevator may be installed on and removed from a main housing of the material delivery system without requiring any tools. Yet another aspect of this particular material delivery system is that containers need not be unloaded from the material delivery system prior to removing its elevator, such as for replacement/maintenance purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Maxtor Corporation
    Inventors: Tom E. McMunigal, Michael A. Finn, John D. McCrandall