Patents by Inventor Michael Patrick Johnson

Michael Patrick Johnson 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: 20130257709
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to proximity sensing for wink detection. An illustrative method includes receiving data from a receiver portion of a proximity sensor. The receiver portion is disposed at a side section of a head-mountable device (HMD). When a wearer wears the HMD, the receiver portion is arranged to receive light reflected from an eye area of the wearer, the proximity sensor detects a movement of the eye area, and the data represents the movement. The method includes determining that the data corresponds to a wink gesture. The method also includes selecting a computing action to perform, based on the wink gesture. The method further includes performing the computing action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Hayes Solos Raffle, Michael Patrick Johnson, David Sparks, Bo Wu
  • Publication number: 20130254525
    Abstract: The present description discloses systems and methods for changing the state of a device. One embodiment may include a device configured to provide a device in a first state, receive a signal indicative of first angular data of the device, and compare the first angular data to a first threshold. The device may then execute instructions to initiate a timer when the first angular data is greater than the first threshold, receive a signal indicative of a second angular data of the device, and compare the second angular data to a second threshold. When the second angular data is less than the second threshold and the time passed is within a pre-determined time period, the device may execute instructions to transition the device to a second state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Patrick Johnson, Steve Lee, Mat Balez, Nirmal Patel