Patents by Inventor Michael Howard

Michael Howard 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: 20190288549
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a power apparatus, includes at least one first and second power supply to receive power from a main power supply, the at least one first power supply including at least one first input capacitor to smooth voltage ripples, a voltage monitor to monitor voltage provided by the main power supply, and cause enablement and/or disablement of at least one part of the at least one first power supply according to the voltage provided by the main power supply, and at least one first blocking and passing component configured to selectively channel energy from the main power supply to charge the at least one first input capacitor during a time when the at least one part is enabled, and channel energy from the at least one first input capacitor to the at least one second power supply during a time when the at least one part is disabled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Publication date: September 19, 2019
    Inventors: Dean NGUYEN, Matt HOWARD, Michael GRANT
  • Patent number: 10415493
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for improving calibration of a variable compression ratio engine. Cylinder-to-cylinder compression ratio variations are detected and accounted for by comparing cylinder fuel flow and IMEP at each compression ratio setting. Dilution parameters including EGR and VCT schedule are also calibrated to account for the cylinder-to-cylinder compression ratio variations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Michael Howard Shelby, Lyth Alobiedat
  • Publication number: 20190279251
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying a customer's location within a facility or place of business, such as, but not limited to a casino. The system and method provides notification company representatives upon arrival of the customer at the given location. Additionally, the method and system allows for navigational services to be provided to customers, and real-time location determination, location tracking and confirmation to customers of location and rewards program status. The disclosed method and system can work through a system of wireless radio, sound and/or light-based beacons communicating with the customer's smartphone, computer system, or other electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: BRUCE HOWARD KUSENS, MICHAEL KUSENS, ARTHUR MILLER
  • Publication number: 20190279450
    Abstract: A method and system that allows authorized individuals access into controlled access locations and the ability to grant temporary and limited access to guests into these locations. The method and system allows for navigational services to be provided to members and guests, and real-time tracking and confirmation to members and administrators that guests have arrived at their destination and did not enter any unauthorized areas. The method preferably can work through a system of wireless radio, sound and/or light-based beacons communicating with member and guest's electronic devices. Members and administrators can send one or more temporary electronic access keys to a guest's smartphone or other electronic device. Wireless radio, sound and/or light-based beacons provide an access control and location tracking system with real-time data about the member and guest whereabouts, allowing for the confirmation and tracking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: BRUCE HOWARD KUSENS, MICHAEL KUSENS
  • Patent number: 10410531
    Abstract: An imaging system for a moving vehicle aggregates pre-existing data with sensor data to provide an image of the surrounding environment in real-time. The pre-existing data are combined with data from one or more 3-D sensors, and 2-D information from a camera, to create a scene model that is rendered for display. The system accepts data from a 3-D sensor, transforms the data into a 3-D data structure, fuses the pre-existing scene data with the 3-D data structure and 2-D image data from a 2-D sensor to create a combined scene model, and renders the combined scene model for display. The system may also weight aspects of data from first and second sensors to select at least one aspect from the first sensor and another aspect from the second sensor; wherein fusing the pre-existing scene data with the sensor data uses the selected aspect from the first sensor and the selected aspect from the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: SIERRA NEVADA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jack Philip Cross, William Edward Brandstetter, III, Igor Valigura, Justin Michael Bode, Damien Bruno Jourdan, David McMartin Howard, Rodney Lee Pickens, Timothy L. Sweet, Joshua D. Gleason, Joseph H. Hansen, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20190269362
    Abstract: A device for a user-actuated mixing mechanism includes a cartridge with a dry reagent compartment, a liquid reservoir, and a fluidic barrier. The fluidic barrier is capable of separating the dry reagent compartment from the liquid reservoir. The dry reagent compartment may contain at least one lyophilized enzyme and the liquid reservoir may contain at least one liquid reagent. The liquid reservoir is capable of receiving a target analyte from secretions of a test subject using the device. When the fluidic barrier is removed from the cartridge, the dry reagent compartment is in contact with the liquid reservoir such that the lyophilized enzyme is capable of reacting with the target analyte from the test subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Shari Howard, Evan Strenk, Bob Lansdorp, Michael Williams
  • Patent number: 10403001
    Abstract: An example method of generating three-dimensional objects based on two-dimensional images of at least part of the object may include: receiving, from a mobile computing device, a notification indicating that a plurality of images depicting an object have been uploaded to a first storage location; transmitting, to a rendering application, a rendering request specifying the first storage location; receiving, from the rendering application, a rendering response indicating that a polygonal mesh representing the images of the object has been stored at a second storage location; transmitting, to an interactive video gaming device, a notification of comprising an identifier of the third second storage location; and making a file comprising the polygonal mesh available for download by the interactive video gaming device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Electronic Arts Inc.
    Inventors: David Auclair, Gianvito Serra, Caleb Howard, Robert Jay Reynolds, Gerald Phaneuf, Aaron Jeromin, Michael Frederich Polak, Jerome Timothy Bradley, Edmond Lo, Thomas Ince, Ray Shannon, Timothy King
  • Patent number: 10403477
    Abstract: A microwave plasma reactor for manufacturing synthetic diamond material via chemical vapor deposition, the microwave plasma reactor comprising: a microwave generator configured to generate microwaves at a frequency f; a plasma chamber comprising a base, a top plate, and a side wall extending from said base to said top plate defining a resonance cavity for supporting a microwave resonance mode, wherein the resonance cavity has a central rotational axis of symmetry extending from the base to the top plate, and wherein the top plate is mounted across said central rotational axis of symmetry; a microwave coupling configuration for feeding microwaves from the microwave generator into the plasma chamber; a gas flow system for feeding process gases into the plasma chamber and removing them therefrom; and a substrate holder disposed in the plasma chamber and comprising a supporting surface for supporting a substrate on which the synthetic diamond material is to be deposited in use; wherein the resonance cavity is con
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Element Six Technologies Limited
    Inventors: John Robert Brandon, Alexander Lamb Cullen, Stephen David Williams, Joseph Michael Dodson, Helen Wilman, Christopher John Howard Wort
  • Publication number: 20190268041
    Abstract: Technology for a spatially aware wireless network is disclosed. One embodiment comprises a plurality of near field magnetic induction nodes. One or more nodes is configured to communicate a polarized spatial position signal using near field magnetic induction (NFMI) to determine one or more of a position and an orientation of one or more nodes in the spatially aware wireless network. A detection module is operable to configure the spatially aware wireless network based one or more of a position and an orientation of one or more nodes in the plurality of nodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Douglas Howard Dobyns, Michael Scott Abrams
  • Publication number: 20190263384
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, the engine system may be installed in a hybrid vehicle, and, in response to a request to restart the engine while the vehicle is being propelled via motor torque only, the engine may be rotated unfueled via the motor torque at less than cranking speed while at least partially opening a valve disposed in a passage coupled between the first exhaust manifold and the intake passage. In another example, in response to the request to restart the engine, all exhaust valves of a second set of exhaust valves coupled to the second exhaust manifold may be deactivated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, John D. Russell, Michael Howard Shelby
  • Publication number: 20190268774
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically terminating access or initiating a logout session for a restricted access system by determining that an authorized user has left the vicinity of the restricted access system. The authorized user preferably carries a wireless transmitter which transmits an authorization signal. When the authorized user leaves the vicinity of the restricted access system after logging in, the signal is no longer received by a wireless receiver or too weak of a signal, such that an access control system in communication with the wireless receiver automatically causes the restricted access system to initiate a logout action in order to prevent or reduce the chance of an unauthorized user gaining access to the restricted access system. In one embodiment the signal strength from the authorization signal at the time of logon is used as a baseline signal strength for future calculations that determine when to initiate an automatic termination of access to the restricted access system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: BRUCE HOWARD KUSENS, MICHAEL KUSENS
  • Patent number: 10394672
    Abstract: A first logical partition in a first processing complex of a server cluster is operated in an active mode and a second logical partition in the processing complex is operated in a standby mode. Upon detection of a failure in a second processing complex of the server cluster. the standby mode logical partition in the first processing complex is activated to an active mode. In one embodiment, partition resources are transferred from an active mode logical partition to the logical partition activated from standby mode. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: William Joseph Armstrong, Michael Howard Hartung, Yu-Cheng Hsu, Glenn Rowan Wightwick
  • Publication number: 20190255202
    Abstract: A device and system for sterilizing objects, commonly dental, medical, or veterinary instruments, having a double door configuration that can provide entry of contaminated instruments into a sterilizer from a contaminated area and subsequently, post-sterilization, their pass-through directly into a sterile area through an exit door from said sterilizer. More specifically, the invention is a countertop, high velocity, dry heat sterilization device that is readily adaptable for those clinical areas requiring separation of contaminated and sterile areas for the processing of medical, dental, or veterinary instruments. The sterilization device utilizes a dual airflow pathway and a controlled heat delivery system to deliver to the sterilization chamber the supply air having temperature uniformity and air velocity required of the high velocity dry heat sterilization process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: William Bryan Smith, Michael Howard Linse, Nelson Sigman Slavik
  • Patent number: 10387237
    Abstract: A collaboration system may include a non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection device that may communicate with at least one other computing device via a computing network. The computing network may communicatively couple a plurality of computing devices and the NDT inspection device may acquire inspection data, establish a communication connection to the at least one other computing device, and send the data to the at least one other computing device. There, the at least one other computing device may analyze the data. After the data is analyzed, the NDT inspection device may receive the analyzed data from the at least one other computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Christopher Domke, Jason Howard Messinger, Sekhar Soorianarayanan, Thomas Eldred Lambdin, Scott Leo Sbihli
  • Publication number: 20190253104
    Abstract: Technology is described for proximity based communications. A proximity boundary can be defined with dimensions defined, in part, by a communication range of one of a first Short Range Communication (SRC) device and a second SRC device. The first SRC device and the second SRC device can be configured to communicate using near field magnetic induction (NFMI). A proximity signal can be communicated in the proximity boundary between the first SRC device and the second SRC device, wherein at least one of the first and second SRC devices includes at least two antennas to provide magnetic induction diversity. A security permission can be provided to enable selected data to be communicated from one or more of the first SRC device and the second SRC device using NFMI when the proximity signal is detected between the first SRC device and the second SRC device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Douglas Howard Dobyns, Michael Scott Abrams
  • Patent number: 10378458
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for improving calibration of a variable compression ratio engine. Cylinder-to-cylinder compression ratio variations are detected and accounted for by comparing cylinder fuel flow and IMEP at each compression ratio setting. Dilution parameters including EGR and VCT schedule are also calibrated to account for the cylinder-to-cylinder compression ratio variations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Michael Howard Shelby, Lyth Alobiedat
  • Publication number: 20190244257
    Abstract: The present application describes systems, methods and devices for creative asset management, some of which can be utilized in closed/batch supply and/or open real-time bidding (RTB) supply opportunities. The present application further describes systems, methods and devices for omni-channel creative asset management that may have bi-directional features. In particular, in some embodiments, the creative asset management systems, methods, and devices described herein can allow advertisers to consolidate their online advertising efforts into a central platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Aaron Goldman, Daniel Robert Howard Bougourd, Justin Michael Dougherty, Michael John Perreux, Cullinan B. Hartnett, Wilfried A. Schobeiri, Ming Tung-Lun
  • Publication number: 20190238186
    Abstract: Spatially enabled secure communication technologies are disclosed. A proximity boundary can be defined by a communication range of one or more SRC devices configured to communicate using near field magnetic induction (NFMI) using at least two antennas to provide magnetic induction diversity. Secure data can be selected for NFMI communication on a spatially secure NFMI data link between the one or more SRC devices. Non-secure data can be selected for communication on one of a wireless local area network or a wireless wide area network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Douglas Howard Dobyns, Michael Scott Abrams
  • Publication number: 20190236872
    Abstract: A method and system that allows authorized individuals access into controlled access locations and the ability to grant temporary and limited access to guests into these locations. The method and system allow for navigational services to be provided to members and guests, and real-time tracking and confirmation to members and administrators that guests have arrived at their destination and did not enter any unauthorized areas. The method preferably can work through a system of wireless radio, sound and/or light-based beacons communicating with member and guest's electronic devices. Members and administrators can send one or more temporary electronic access keys to a guest's smartphone or other electronic device. Wireless radio, sound and/or light-based beacons provide an access control and location tracking system with real-time data about the member and guest whereabouts, allowing for the confirmation and tracking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: BRUCE HOWARD KUSENS, MICHAEL KUSENS
  • Publication number: 20190234327
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for operating a split exhaust engine system that provides blowthrough air and exhaust gas recirculation to an intake passage via a first exhaust manifold and exhaust gas to an exhaust passage via a second exhaust manifold. In one example, during a cold start, a method may include adjusting a position of a first valve disposed in an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) passage based on an engine operating condition, the EGR passage coupled between the first exhaust manifold coupled to a first set of exhaust valves and the intake passage, upstream of a compressor. As one example, the engine operating condition may include an engine temperature or a temperature of a catalyst disposed in the exhaust passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph Norman Ulrey, Michael Howard Shelby, Kim Hwe Ku, Brad Alan Boyer