Patents by Inventor Michael L. Thompson

Michael L. Thompson 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: 20190227541
    Abstract: In some embodiments, unmanned aerial task systems are provided that comprise multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) each comprising: a UAV control circuit; a motor; and a propulsion system coupled with the motor and configured to enable the respective UAVs to move themselves; and wherein a first UAV control circuit of a first UAV of the multiple UAVs is configured to identify a second UAV carrying a first tool system configured to perform a first function, cause a notification to be communicated to the second UAV directing the second UAV to transfer the first tool system to the first UAV, and direct a first propulsion system of the first UAV to couple with the first tool system being transferred from the second UAV.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Robert L. Cantrell, John P. Thompson, David C. Winkle, Michael D. Atchley, Donald R. High, Todd D. Mattingly, Brian G. McHale, John J. O'Brien, John F. Simon, Nathan G. Jones, Robert C. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20190227554
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein for field monitoring. A system for field monitoring comprises a plurality of types of sensor modules, an unmanned vehicle comprising a sensor system, and a control circuit configured to: receive onboard sensor data from the sensor system of the unmanned vehicle, detect an alert condition at a monitored area based on the onboard sensor data, select one or more types of sensor modules from the plurality of types of sensor modules to deploy at the monitored area based on the onboard sensor data, and cause the unmanned vehicle and/or one or more other unmanned vehicles to transport one or more sensor modules of the one or more types of sensor modules to the monitored area and deploy the one or more sensor modules by detaching from the one or more sensor modules at the monitored area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Robert L. Cantrell, John P. Thompson, David C. Winkle, Michael D. Atchley, Donald R. High, Todd D. Mattingly, John J. O'Brien, John F. Simon, Nathan G. Jones, Robert C. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20190227542
    Abstract: In some embodiments, unmanned task systems are provided that comprise multiple unmanned vehicles each comprising: a control circuit; a motor; and a propulsion system coupled with the motor and configured to enable the respective unmanned vehicles to move themselves; and wherein a first control circuit of a first unmanned vehicle of the multiple unmanned vehicles is configured to identify a second unmanned vehicle carrying a first tool system configured to perform a first function, cause a notification to be communicated to the second unmanned vehicle directing the second unmanned vehicle to transfer the first tool system to the first unmanned vehicle, and direct a first propulsion system of the first unmanned vehicle to couple with the first tool system being transferred from the second unmanned vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Robert L. Cantrell, John P. Thompson, David C. Winkle, Michael D. Atchley, Donald R. High, Todd D. Mattingly, Brian G. McHale, John J. O'Brien, John F. Simon, Nathan G. Jones, Robert C. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20190210725
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein for unmanned flight optimization. A system for unmanned flight comprises a set of motors configured to provide locomotion to an unmanned aerial vehicle, a set of wings coupled to a body of the unmanned aerial vehicle via an actuator and configured to move relative to the body of the unmanned aerial vehicle, a sensor system on the unmanned aerial vehicle, and a control circuit. The control circuit being configured to: control the unmanned aerial vehicle, cause the set of motors to lift the unmanned aerial vehicle, detect condition parameters based on the sensor system, determine a position for the set of wings based on the condition parameters, and cause the actuator to move the set of wings to the wing position while the unmanned aerial vehicle is in flight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Robert L. Cantrell, John P. Thompson, David C. Winkle, Michael D. Atchley, Donald R. High, Todd D. Mattingly, John J. O'Brien, John F. Simon
  • Publication number: 20190193853
    Abstract: In some embodiments, unmanned aerial task systems are provided that include a plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) each comprising: a UAV control circuit; a motor; propulsion system; and a universal coupler configured to interchangeably couple with and decouple from one of multiple different tool systems each having different functions to be put into use while carried by a UAV, wherein a coupling system of the universal coupler is configured to secure a tool system with the UAV and enable a communication connection between a communication bus and the tool system, and wherein the multiple different tool systems comprise at least a package securing tool system configured to retain and enable transport of a package while being delivered, and a sensor tool system configured to sense a condition and communicate sensor data of the sensed condition to the UAV control circuit over the communication bus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Robert L. Cantrell, John P. Thompson, David C. Winkle, Michael D. Atchley, Donald R. High, Todd D. Mattingly, Brian G. McHale, John J. O'Brien, John F. Simon, Nathan G. Jones, Robert C. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20190176998
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for septa for acoustic cells. One embodiment is a method that includes fabricating a septum of a cell of an acoustic panel, by heating a material into a molten material, depositing the molten material to form a lower chamber of the septum that extends vertically upwards and includes an entry, iteratively depositing layers of the molten material, each layer comprising a filament at the entry that includes overhangs with respect to vertically adjacent layers, and forming openings at locations of the overhangs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Zachary B. Renwick, Brandon L. Bertolucci, Eric Herrera, Michael William Hayes, John C. Waldrop III, Matthew Scott Thompson
  • Patent number: 10296005
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein for field monitoring. A system for field monitoring comprises a plurality of types of sensor modules, an unmanned vehicle comprising a sensor system, and a control circuit configured to: receive onboard sensor data from the sensor system of the unmanned vehicle, detect an alert condition at a monitored area based on the onboard sensor data, select one or more types of sensor modules from the plurality of types of sensor modules to deploy at the monitored area based on the onboard sensor data, and cause the unmanned vehicle and/or one or more other unmanned vehicles to transport one or more sensor modules of the one or more types of sensor modules to the monitored area and deploy the one or more sensor modules by detaching from the one or more sensor modules at the monitored area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Robert L. Cantrell, John P. Thompson, David C. Winkle, Michael D. Atchley, Donald R. High, Todd D. Mattingly, John J. O'Brien, John F. Simon, Nathan G. Jones, Robert C. Taylor
  • Patent number: 10295724
    Abstract: This application describes a back-lit transmissive display including a transmissive display and a variable index light extraction layer optically coupled to a lightguide. The variable index light extraction layer has first regions of nanovoided polymeric material and second regions of the nanovoided polymeric material and an additional material. The first and second regions are disposed such that for light being transported at a supercritical angle in the lightguide, the variable index light extraction layer selectively extracts the light in a predetermined way based on the geometric arrangement of the first and second regions. The transmissive display may be a transmissive display panel or a polymeric film such as a graphic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: David Scott Thompson, Kevin R. Schaffer, Zhaohui Yang, Encai Hao, Audrey A. Sherman, Michael A. Meis, John A. Wheatley, Matthew S. Stay, Robert F. Kamrath, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky, Steven D. Solomonson
  • Patent number: 10288254
    Abstract: This application describes a front-lit reflective display assembly including a reflective display and an illumination article for front-lighting the display when the article is optically coupled to a light source. The illumination article includes a variable index light extraction layer optically coupled to a lightguide. The variable index light extraction layer has first and second regions, the first region comprising nanovoided polymeric material, the second region comprising the nanovoided polymeric material and an additional material, the first and second regions being disposed such that for light being transported at a supercritical angle in the lightguide, the variable index light extraction layer selectively extracts the light in a predetermined way based on the geometric arrangement of the first and second regions. Front-lit reflective display devices including the front-lit reflective display assembly optically coupled to a light source are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Kevin R. Schaffer, David Scott Thompson, Zhaohui Yang, Encai Hao, Audrey A. Sherman, Michael A. Meis, William J. Bryan, John A. Wheatley, Joseph W. Woody, Steven D. Solomonson, Matthew S. Stay, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky
  • Publication number: 20190133022
    Abstract: A vehicle platform comprises a central body that can support one or more implement configurations, such as sprayer booms, or planting row units. A plurality of adjustable legs extends downward from the central body. An arm assembly has a first end and a second end opposite the first end. The first end is pivotably coupled the central body and the second end coupled to a support beam. A plurality of nozzle assemblies is supported from the support beam. An arm actuator is arranged to control a transverse position of the support beam and the nozzle assemblies with respect to a reference point on the central body, such that each nozzle assembly may be aligned with a row of seeds or plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Applicant: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Richard Connell, Shayne C. Rich, Brandon M. McDonald, Newton L. Lingenfelter, Michael M. Miller, Austin N. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10147981
    Abstract: The present disclosure a battery module having electrochemical cells and a bus bar carrier. The bus bar carrier includes a finger having a first surface, a second surface opposite to the first surface and configured to be disposed proximate to a first electrochemical cell of the plurality of electrochemical cells, a thickness extending between the first surface and the second surface, an opening extending through the first surface, through the thickness, and through the second surface, and a cavity disposed adjacent to the opening and exposed through the second surface of the finger. The battery module also includes a lead wire passing through the opening from the first surface of the finger to the second surface of the finger, and a sensor coupled to the lead wire to enable communication between the sensor and the first electrochemical cell, wherein the sensor is disposed in the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Mack, Richard M. DeKeuster, Michael L. Thompson, Mark R. Johnson, Jonathan P. Lobert
  • Publication number: 20160380316
    Abstract: The present disclosure a battery module having electrochemical cells and a bus bar carrier. The bus bar carrier includes a finger having a first surface, a second surface opposite to the first surface and configured to be disposed proximate to a first electrochemical cell of the plurality of electrochemical cells, a thickness extending between the first surface and the second surface, an opening extending through the first surface, through the thickness, and through the second surface, and a cavity disposed adjacent to the opening and exposed through the second surface of the finger. The battery module also includes a lead wire passing through the opening from the first surface of the finger to the second surface of the finger, and a sensor coupled to the lead wire to enable communication between the sensor and the first electrochemical cell, wherein the sensor is disposed in the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventors: Robert J. Mack, Richard M. DeKeuster, Michael L. Thompson, Mark R. Johnson, Jonathan P. Lobert
  • Publication number: 20160336578
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a battery module having a first battery cell with a first cell terminal, a second battery cell with a second cell terminal, a first adapter disposed about the first cell terminal, where the first adapter has a first recess positioned proximate to the first cell terminal, and a second adapter disposed about the second cell terminal, wherein the second adapter has a second recess positioned proximate to the second cell terminal The battery module also includes a bus bar configured to electrically couple the first cell terminal to the second cell terminal via the first and second recesses and an electrically insulative shield configured to cover the first cell terminal and the second cell terminal when the bus bar is being coupled to the first and second recesses to prevent a short circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Inventors: Robert J. Mack, Richard M. DeKeuster, Jennifer L. Czarnecki, Michael L. Thompson, Jonathan P. Lobert
  • Publication number: 20160197328
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a battery module that includes an electrochemical cell having a minor terminal. The battery module also includes a major terminal electrically coupled to the electrochemical cell, wherein the major terminal includes a base and a post extending from the base. Further, the battery module includes an electrical path between the minor terminal of the electrochemical cell and the major terminal of the battery module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Publication date: July 7, 2016
    Inventors: Robert J. Mack, Richard M. DeKeuster, Michael L. Thompson, Jonathan P. Lobert, Edward J. Soleski
  • Publication number: 20110191141
    Abstract: A method for conducting consumer research includes steps of: designing efficient consumer studies to collect data suitable for reliable mathematical modeling of consumer behavior in a consumer product category. building reliable Bayesian (belief) network models (BBN) based upon direct consumer responses to the survey, upon unmeasured factor variables derived from the consumer survey responses, and upon expert knowledge about the product category and consumer behavior within the category. using the BBN to identify and quantify the primary drivers of key responses within the consumer survey responses (such as, but not limited to, rating, satisfaction, purchase intent. and using the BBN to identify and quantify the impact of changes to the product concept marketing message and/or product design on consumer behavior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventors: Michael L. Thompson, Diane D. Farris
  • Patent number: 7119518
    Abstract: A system for testing a battery includes a first capacitor and a second capacitor. The first capacitor and the second capacitor are configured to be arranged in series in a first arrangement and in parallel in a second arrangement. The first capacitor and the second capacitor may be cycled between the first arrangement and the second arrangement to characterize a response of a battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Dougherty, Ronald C. Miles, Michael L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7061246
    Abstract: A method for predicting the remaining life of a battery for a vehicle includes obtaining a value representative of the amount of remaining life for a battery in a new and fully charged state and monitoring at least one parameter of the battery during use of the battery. The method also includes obtaining an acceleration factor based on the at least one monitored parameter and estimating the amount of life lost from the battery utilizing the acceleration factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Dougherty, William J. Wruck, Ronald C. Miles, Deeyu C. Chen, Michael L. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20040189257
    Abstract: A method for predicting the remaining life of a battery for a vehicle includes obtaining a value representative of the amount of remaining life for a battery in a new and fully charged state and monitoring at least one parameter of the battery during use of the battery. The method also includes obtaining an acceleration factor based on the at least one monitored parameter and estimating the amount of life lost from the battery utilizing the acceleration factor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Dougherty, William J. Wruck, Ronald C. Miles, Deeyu C. Chen, Michael L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 6727708
    Abstract: A battery monitoring system is disclosed. The system comprises a means for acquiring a value representative of a first period of time during which the battery will deliver a sufficient amount of power. The system also comprises a means for measuring a set of parameters comprising a voltage of the battery and a temperature of the battery during a second period of time. The system also comprises a means for predicting whether the battery will deliver the sufficient amount of power during a third period of time less than the first period of time. An output signal is provided if the means for predicting determines that the battery will deliver the sufficient amount of power during the third period of time. A system for determining whether a battery for a vehicle will deliver a sufficient amount of power for a sufficient amount of time is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Dougherty, William J. Wruck, Ronald C. Miles, Deeyu C. Chen, Michael L. Thompson
  • Patent number: 5619077
    Abstract: A system and method for providing an alternate AC voltage to an electrical load having a main AC voltage. The system and method include a signal generator for generating a main AC voltage signal representing the value of the main AC voltage, and a processor for processing the main AC voltage signal to determine a status of the main AC voltage, a main AC voltage failure time period, and a main AC voltage restoration time period. The system and method also include a control signal generator for generating a control signal in response to the main AC voltage signal, the main AC voltage failure time period, the main AC voltage restoration time period, and a pre-selected delay time period, and a switch for switching the electrical load between the main AC voltage and the alternate AC voltage in response to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Assignee: Holophane Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Green, Gregory J. Sheka, Michael L. Thompson, John B. Hissong, Ming D. Tan