Patents by Inventor Michael Kolb

Michael Kolb 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: 20200359481
    Abstract: An operating circuit has a supply circuit that is connected to a supply voltage and that has a first converter circuit. The supply circuit is connected to a power stage through an intermediate circuit with an energy storage to buffer an intermediate circuit voltage. The power stage has a second converter circuit. The output side of the power stage has the at least one illuminant connected to it. A desired dimming level is specified through a dimming input signal. Depending on the dimming input signal, the power stage is actuated by means of a dimming control signal to adjust the lighting power. The dimming control signal or a signal characterizing the dimming control signal is taken into consideration in the controller of the supply circuit, to keep the intermediate circuit voltage within a specified voltage range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Applicant: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Elmar HINRICHS, Michael KOLB
  • Patent number: 10800036
    Abstract: Robotic control systems and methods may include providing an end effector tool of a robotic device configured to perform a task on a work surface within a worksite coordinate frame. Unintended movement over time of the end effector tool with respect to the work surface and with respect to the worksite coordinate frame may be determined based on image data indicative of the work surface, first location data indicative of a first location of the end effector tool with respect to the worksite coordinate frame, and second location data indicative of a second location of the end effector tool with respect to the work surface. One or more control signals for the robotic device may be adjusted in order to counteract the unintended movements of the end effector tool with respect to the work surface and worksite coordinate frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Michael Kolb, Jeff Linnell, Anthony Sean Jules
  • Patent number: 10754721
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, devices, and methods related to assets and asset operating conditions. In particular, examples involve defining and using a predictive model that is configured to output an indication of whether at least one failure type from the group of possible failure types is likely to occur at an asset within the given period of time in the future.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: UPTAKE TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Horrell, John Ciasulli, Sheng Zhong, Jason Kolb
  • Publication number: 20200147287
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a hemodialyzer for the purification of blood and use thereof. The hemodialyzer comprises a bundle of hollow fiber membranes, wherein the hollow fiber membranes have an inner diameter (dB) within the range of 168-175 ?m, a fiber wall thickness (?m) within the range of 25-26 ?m, and an effective length (L) within the hemodialyzer within the range of 207-287 mm. The bundle of hollow fiber membranes has a packing density within the range of 57.5-60.0%, and a total membrane surface area (Atot) within the range of from 1.64 to 1.73 m2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Danilo DONATO, Sunny ELOOT, Carina ZWEIGART, Adriana BOSCHETTI-DE-FIERRO, Michael KOLB, Bernd KRAUSE, Markus STORR
  • Patent number: 10618165
    Abstract: Robotic control systems and methods may include providing an end effector tool of a robotic device configured to perform a task on a work surface within a worksite coordinate frame. Unintended movement over time of the end effector tool with respect to the work surface and with respect to the worksite coordinate frame may be determined based on image data indicative of the work surface, first location data indicative of a first location of the end effector tool with respect to the worksite coordinate frame, and second location data indicative of a second location of the end effector tool with respect to the work surface. One or more control signals for the robotic device may be adjusted in order to counteract the unintended movements of the end effector tool with respect to the work surface and worksite coordinate frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Michael Kolb, Jeff Linnell, Anthony Sean Jules
  • Publication number: 20190382681
    Abstract: The invention is related to a composition for use in hydraulic systems of an aircraft. The composition typically comprises an adipic acid-based polyester in a phosphate ester base stock substantially consisting of trialkyl phosphates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Applicant: Evonik Oil Additives GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Karl Maier, Nicolai Kolb, Michael Neusius
  • Patent number: 10444962
    Abstract: Presented here are systems and methods to enable software applications to display images on irregular screen shapes containing the shape without display functionality. In one embodiment, the shape without display functionality is confined within a bounding shape, which, when subtracted from the irregular screen shape leaves a rectangular area of the screen where the image can be displayed. The area within the bounding shape can be occupied by images provided by the operating system associated with the irregular screen, such as a status bar and/or navigation bar. In another embodiment, the image can be displayed on the full irregular screen, such that the shape without display functionality covers a part of the image. When the occluded part of the image contains a critical object, such as a menu item, a button, etc., the image can be modified to move the critical object out of the area occluded by the shape without display functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Adithya Gajulapally, Michael Kolb, Rebecca Schultz Zavin
  • Patent number: 10417076
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, devices, and methods related to assets and asset operating conditions. In particular, examples involve defining and executing predictive models for outputting health metrics that estimate the operating health of an asset or a part thereof, analyzing health metrics to determine variables that are associated with high health metrics, and modifying the handling of abnormal-condition indicators in accordance with a prediction of a likely response to such abnormal-condition indicators, among other examples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Uptake Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Ciasulli, Michael Horrell, Sheng Zhong, Jason Kolb
  • Publication number: 20190150572
    Abstract: A low-pressure operation conforming membrane for manufacturing an article of footwear includes a perimeter portion having a thickness in a range of 1 to 15 millimeters forming an outer perimeter of the conforming membrane. The conforming membrane also includes a transition portion having a thickness in a range of 1 to 4 millimeters between a first surface and a second surface with the transition portion extending interior to the outer perimeter. The conforming membrane also includes a conforming portion extending from the transition portion in a direction of the second surface and forming a receiving cavity, the conforming portion having a thickness in a range of 1 to 4 millimeters. The perimeter portion, the transition portion, and the conforming portion are a unitary construction comprising a common material composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Kolb, Lonnie Ballard, Joseph Johnson, Peter Kim, YoungSam Kim
  • Patent number: 10291733
    Abstract: In an environment where a plurality of data platforms are communicatively coupled via a communication network, one platform in the environment may govern whether other platforms in the environment are permitted to participate in the sharing of asset-related information. For example, a first platform may receive, from a second platform (e.g., a master or seed platform) that is communicatively coupled to the first platform via the communication network, criteria that governs whether the first platform is permitted to share asset-related data with one or more other platforms in the network. In turn, the first platform may assess the reliability of the platform's stored asset-related data and then apply the criteria to the assessed reliability to determine whether the first platform is permitted to share asset-related data with the one or more other platforms and then operate in accordance with that determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Uptake Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Goldstein, Will Hansmann, Tom Ravensberg, Jason Kolb
  • Patent number: 10291732
    Abstract: In an environment where a plurality of data platforms are communicatively coupled via a communication network, two of more of the platforms may be configured to share asset-related information. For example, a first platform may receive asset-related data and determine that a portion of the received data should be pushed to another platform that is communicatively coupled to the first platform via the communication network. Based on that determination, the first platform may prepare a portion of the received data to be transmitted to another platform and then push the portion of the data to another platform over a network connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Uptake Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Goldstein, Will Hansmann, Tom Ravensberg, Jason Kolb
  • Patent number: 10206040
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the technology disclosed herein include generating a virtual sound field based on data from an ambisonic recording device. The ambisonic device records sound of a surrounding environment using at least four microphones having a tetrahedral orientation. An omnidirectional microphone having an audio-isolated portion can be used to isolate sound from a particular direction. Sound received from the plurality of microphones can be used to generate a virtual sound field. The virtual sound field include a dataset indicating a pressure signal and a plurality of velocity vectors. The ambisonic recording device can include a wide angle camera and generate wide angle video corresponding to the virtual sound field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Kolb, Xinrui Jiang, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Xiaoyu Miao, Joseph Anthony Tate, Jason Sean Gagne-Keats, David John Evans, V, Rebecca Schultz Zavin
  • Publication number: 20190004687
    Abstract: Presented here are systems and methods to enable software applications to display images on irregular screen shapes containing the shape without display functionality. In one embodiment, the shape without display functionality is confined within a bounding shape, which, when subtracted from the irregular screen shape leaves a rectangular area of the screen where the image can be displayed. The area within the bounding shape can be occupied by images provided by the operating system associated with the irregular screen, such as a status bar and/or navigation bar. In another embodiment, the image can be displayed on the full irregular screen, such that the shape without display functionality covers a part of the image. When the occluded part of the image contains a critical object, such as a menu item, a button, etc., the image can be modified to move the critical object out of the area occluded by the shape without display functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Adithya Gajulapally, Michael Kolb, Rebecca Schultz Zavin
  • Patent number: 10144128
    Abstract: Robotic control systems and methods may include providing an end effector tool of a robotic device configured to perform a task on a work surface within a worksite coordinate frame. Unintended movement over time of the end effector tool with respect to the work surface and with respect to the worksite coordinate frame may be determined based on image data indicative of the work surface, first location data indicative of a first location of the end effector tool with respect to the worksite coordinate frame, and second location data indicative of a second location of the end effector tool with respect to the work surface. One or more control signals for the robotic device may be adjusted in order to counteract the unintended movements of the end effector tool with respect to the work surface and worksite coordinate frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Michael Kolb, Jeff Linnell, Anthony Sean Jules
  • Patent number: 9996158
    Abstract: Introduced here are methods and systems to create a relief on an electronic display. In one embodiment, the relief is created by micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) placed above a cover layer of the electronic display. Each MEMS when activated can protrude or depress, thus creating the relief on the electronic display. In another embodiment, the relief is created by a plurality of resistors placed beneath the cover layer. The cover layer is made out of an elastically deformable material that, when heated, expands, thus creating a protrusion on the electronic display. Each resistor when activated heats a section of the cover layer, causing the cover layer to protrude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Andrew E. Rubin, Xinrui Jiang, Xiaoyu Miao, Joseph Anthony Tate, Matthew Hershenson, Jason Sean Gagne-Keats, Michael Kolb
  • Patent number: 9961283
    Abstract: In one embodiment, coloring artifacts of a color image output by a camera are minimized by taking into account a distortion introduced by the lens. Based on the distortion, the color reconstruction determines which pixels in the grayscale image to include in the reconstruction process. Additionally, the color reconstruction can take into account edges depicted in the grayscale image to determine which pixels to include in the reconstruction process. In another embodiment, coloring artifacts in a 360 degree color image are minimized by performing the color reconstruction process on a three-dimensional surface. Before the color reconstruction takes place, the two-dimensional grayscale image is projected onto a three-dimensional surface, and the color reconstruction is performed on the three-dimensional surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Kolb, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Rebecca Schultz Zavin
  • Patent number: 9959027
    Abstract: Presented here are systems and methods to enable software applications to display images on irregular screen shapes containing the shape without display functionality. In one embodiment, the shape without display functionality is confined within a bounding shape, which, when subtracted from the irregular screen shape leaves a rectangular area of the screen where the image can be displayed. The area within the bounding shape can be occupied by images provided by the operating system associated with the irregular screen, such as a status bar and/or navigation bar. In another embodiment, the image can be displayed on the full irregular screen, such that the shape without display functionality covers a part of the image. When the occluded part of the image contains a critical object, such as a menu item, a button, etc., the image can be modified to move the critical object out of the area occluded by the shape without display functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Adithya Gajulapally, Michael Kolb, Rebecca Schultz Zavin
  • Publication number: 20180074586
    Abstract: Introduced here are methods and systems to create a relief on an electronic display. In one embodiment, the relief is created by micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) placed above a cover layer of the electronic display. Each MEMS when activated can protrude or depress, thus creating the relief on the electronic display. In another embodiment, the relief is created by a plurality of resistors placed beneath the cover layer. The cover layer is made out of an elastically deformable material that, when heated, expands, thus creating a protrusion on the electronic display. Each resistor when activated heats a section of the cover layer, causing the cover layer to protrude.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: David John Evans, V, Andrew E. Rubin, Xinrui Jiang, Xiaoyu Miao, Joseph Anthony Tate, Matthew Hershenson, Jason Sean Gagne-Keats, Michael Kolb
  • Publication number: 20180070033
    Abstract: In one embodiment, coloring artifacts of a color image output by a camera are minimized by taking into account a distortion introduced by the lens. Based on the distortion, the color reconstruction determines which pixels in the grayscale image to include in the reconstruction process. Additionally, the color reconstruction can take into account edges depicted in the grayscale image to determine which pixels to include in the reconstruction process. In another embodiment, coloring artifacts in a 360 degree color image are minimized by performing the color reconstruction process on a three-dimensional surface. Before the color reconstruction takes place, the two-dimensional grayscale image is projected onto a three-dimensional surface, and the color reconstruction is performed on the three-dimensional surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Kolb, Andrew E. Rubin, Matthew Hershenson, Rebecca Schultz Zavin
  • Publication number: 20180042591
    Abstract: A handheld surgical instrument is provided, including a housing, a handle and a trigger mounted on the housing, and an elongated tubular portion extending distally from the housing. The surgical instrument includes a hand grip having a top surface, a bottom surface, and at least one opening disposed therebetween, wherein the handle of the handheld surgical instrument is insertable into the at least one opening of the hand grip for engagement therewith. When the hand grip is engaged to the handle of the handheld surgical instrument, the hand grip affects a distance defined between the handle and the trigger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Mark Russo, Jin Yong, Jessica Dinan, Michael Kolb, Kevin Sniffin, Brian Laird