Patents by Inventor Michael S. Richards

Michael S. Richards 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: 20200370350
    Abstract: A hinge bracket assembly includes an anchor plate. A retention member extends perpendicular to the anchor plate. The anchor plate defines a first receiving aperture. A hinge plate is aligned with the anchor plate and includes a hinge arm and a protrusion. The protrusion extends from an edge of the hinge plate opposite the hinge arm. The hinge plate defines a second receiving aperture aligned with the first receiving aperture when the protrusion is received by a space defined by the retention member. A locking arm is rotatable between an unlocked position and a locked position and is configured to be at least partially received by the first and second receiving apertures to couple the anchor plate and the hinge plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ian Pavnick, Ryan M. Post, Michael S. Richards, Chad J. Rotter
  • Publication number: 20200344393
    Abstract: Example refrigerators having internal content cameras, and methods of operating the same are disclosed. A disclosed example refrigerator includes a cabinet, an internal compartment disposed within the cabinet, a closing member operatively coupled to the cabinet providing selective access to the internal compartment, two cameras disposed in the compartment and positioned to capture images of different portions of the compartment, two light sources disposed in the compartment, and a controller communicatively coupled with the cameras and light sources and configured to control the light sources to provide two different illuminations for respective ones of the two cameras.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Victor Henrique Sfoggia Carlotto, Michael Todd Moore, Sushanth Purandhar, Ryan Michael Post, Michael S. Richards
  • Patent number: 10731977
    Abstract: A laser angle measuring device has a concave detection surface with a plurality of light sensors and an opaque light shield. One or more multi-axis gravity sense potentiometers determine the orientation of the laser angle measuring device, and a GPS receiver determines the location of the laser angle measuring device. The laser angle measuring device is part of a system including one or more laser emitters, each with one or more selectable laser sources. Each laser emitter may also include location and orientation measuring mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean D. Howard, Michael S. Richard, Geoffrey A. Lohff
  • Publication number: 20200233776
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to performance testing of software code. In some embodiments, a method includes executing a software program, where the software program includes at least one target portion of code to be performance tested. The method further includes receiving a data stream, where the data stream includes a plurality of events, and where the at least one target portion of code processes the plurality of events based on an event rate. The method further includes monitoring for failures associated with the at least one target portion of code processing the plurality of events. The method further includes modifying the event rate if at least one failure is detected, where the event rate is modified until no failures are detected. The method further includes generating a performance report if no failures are detected during a target success time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Owen RICHARDS, Michael S. HUME, Christopher Ian COLLINS, Bradley Joel BERGERON, Manisha GUPTA
  • Patent number: 10721382
    Abstract: Example refrigerators having internal content cameras, and methods of operating the same are disclosed. A disclosed example refrigerator includes a cabinet, an internal compartment disposed within the cabinet, a closing member operatively coupled to the cabinet providing selective access to the internal compartment, two cameras disposed in the compartment and positioned to capture images of different portions of the compartment, two light sources disposed in the compartment, and a controller communicatively coupled with the cameras and light sources and configured to control the light sources to provide two different illuminations for respective ones of the two cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Victor Henrique Sfoggia Carlotto, Michael Todd Moore, Sushanth Purandhar, Ryan Michael Post, Michael S. Richards
  • Publication number: 20200224689
    Abstract: A retention device for supporting a component relative to a wall of a home appliance is provided. The retention device includes a backing nut and a core piece that can be installed from a single side of the wall. The backing nut defines a central bore and includes a threaded surface. The core piece includes a body having a threaded portion configured to mate with the threaded surface of the backing nut and at least one flange projecting outwardly from a body of the core piece. The core piece is configured to be inserted into an aperture in the wall and rotated to engage the at least one flange with the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael S. Richards, Ryan J. Rutter, Anthony F. Wojtowicz
  • Patent number: 10425814
    Abstract: An iris biometric recognition module includes technology for capturing images of an iris of an eye of a person, whether the person is moving or stationary. The iris biometric recognition technology can perform an iris matching procedure for, e.g., authentication or identity purposes, by comparing a digital iris image to a reference iris image and, if the digital and reference iris images match, authenticating a person as authorized to access a first device and transmitting a wireless communication from the first device to a second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Princeton Identity, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven N. Perna, Mark A. Clifton, Jongjin Kim, Bobby S. Varma, Stephen J. Piro, Barry E. Mapen, Kevin P. Richards, David Alan Ackerman, Ann-Marie Lanzillotto, David J. Wade, Timothy J. Davis, Michael P. Fleisch, Jitendra J. Bhangley, Glen J. Van Sant
  • Patent number: 10184716
    Abstract: A door ajar detection system is provided. The door ajar detection system may be incorporated in a refrigerator to provide a warning when a door is left in an open position, or to prevent a false door-closed detection. The system utilizes like magnetic poles of magnets positioned opposite to each other to push one or more doors in a refrigerator into a full open position such that a door ajar detection assembly may provide an accurate reading. A latch assembly may be provided to hold the one or more doors in a closed position against the force of the like magnetic poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan M. Post, Michael S. Richards, Andrew M. Tenbarge
  • Publication number: 20190017742
    Abstract: A door ajar detection system is provided. The door ajar detection system may be incorporated in a refrigerator to provide a warning when a door is left in an open position, or to prevent a false door-closed detection. The system utilizes like magnetic poles of magnets positioned opposite to each other to push one or more doors in a refrigerator into a full open position such that a door ajar detection assembly may provide an accurate reading. A latch assembly may be provided to hold the one or more doors in a closed position against the force of the like magnetic poles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryan M. Post, Michael S. Richards, Andrew M. Tenbarge
  • Publication number: 20190000415
    Abstract: A method for ultrasound imaging acquires an initial set of ultrasound images of a region of interest at an initial time t0 using a pulsed wave velocity imaging mode and one or more subsequent sets of ultrasound images in pulsed wave velocity imaging mode over the same region at a predetermined frame rate. The relative displacement between acquired frames is computed. A pulse wave velocity distribution is generated according to the computed displacement by comparing arrival times of the pulse wave at different locations over the region. A subset of pulse wave velocity values from the distribution is identified according to standard deviation or other statistical criterion. Statistical results are computed according to the subset of pulse wave velocity values. Computed statistical results are displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Ajay ANAND, Michael S. RICHARDS
  • Publication number: 20180324340
    Abstract: Example refrigerators having internal content cameras, and methods of operating the same are disclosed. A disclosed example refrigerator includes a cabinet, an internal compartment disposed within the cabinet, a closing member operatively coupled to the cabinet providing selective access to the internal compartment, two cameras disposed in the compartment and positioned to capture images of different portions of the compartment, two light sources disposed in the compartment, and a controller communicatively coupled with the cameras and light sources and configured to control the light sources to provide two different illuminations for respective ones of the two cameras.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Victor Henrique Sfoggia Carlotto, Michael Todd Moore, Sushanth Purandhar, Ryan Michael Post, Michael S. Richards
  • Patent number: 10027866
    Abstract: Example refrigerators having internal content cameras, and methods of operating the same are disclosed. A disclosed example refrigerator includes a cabinet, an internal compartment disposed within the cabinet, a closing member operatively coupled to the cabinet providing selective access to the internal compartment, two cameras disposed in the compartment and positioned to capture images of different portions of the compartment, two light sources disposed in the compartment, and a controller communicatively coupled with the cameras and light sources and configured to control the light sources to provide two different illuminations for respective ones of the two cameras.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Victor Henrique Sfoggia Carlotto, Michael Todd Moore, Sushanth Purandhar, Ryan Michael Post, Michael S. Richards
  • Patent number: 10006693
    Abstract: A refrigerating appliance includes an interior volume divided by a medial wall into refrigerating and freezing compartments. A horizontal false mullion extends through one of the compartments, parallel with the medial wall to define a pantry compartment in thermal communication with at least one of the refrigerating and freezing compartments. A center vertical mullion is removably engaged with the medial wall and divides the pantry compartment into first and second pantry sub compartments. First and second outer drawer glides are positioned on the cabinet structure within the pantry compartment and opposite first and second inner drawer glides of the center vertical mullion. The first inner and first outer drawer glides partially define the first pantry sub compartment. The second inner and second outer drawer glides partially define the second pantry sub compartment. First and second pantry drawers are slidably engaged with first and second pantry sub compartments, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Axel Julio Ramm, Michael S. Richards, Rahul Wadke, Joshua J. Wittes
  • Patent number: 9945602
    Abstract: A refrigerating appliance includes an interior volume divided by a medial wall into refrigerating and freezing compartments. A horizontal false mullion extends through one of the compartments, parallel with the medial wall to define a pantry compartment in thermal communication with at least one of the refrigerating and freezing compartments. A center vertical mullion is removably engaged with the medial wall and divides the pantry compartment into first and second pantry sub compartments. First and second outer drawer glides are positioned on the cabinet structure within the pantry compartment and opposite first and second inner drawer glides of the center vertical mullion. The first inner and first outer drawer glides partially define the first pantry sub compartment. The second inner and second outer drawer glides partially define the second pantry sub compartment. First and second pantry drawers are slidably engaged with first and second pantry sub compartments, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Axel Julio Ramm, Michael S. Richards, Rahul Wadke, Joshua J. Wittes
  • Publication number: 20170321958
    Abstract: A refrigerating appliance includes an interior volume divided by a medial wall into refrigerating and freezing compartments. A horizontal false mullion extends through one of the compartments, parallel with the medial wall to define a pantry compartment in thermal communication with at least one of the refrigerating and freezing compartments. A center vertical mullion is removably engaged with the medial wall and divides the pantry compartment into first and second pantry sub compartments. First and second outer drawer glides are positioned on the cabinet structure within the pantry compartment and opposite first and second inner drawer glides of the center vertical mullion. The first inner and first outer drawer glides partially define the first pantry sub compartment. The second inner and second outer drawer glides partially define the second pantry sub compartment. First and second pantry drawers are slidably engaged with first and second pantry sub compartments, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Axel Julio Ramm, Michael S. Richards, Rahul Wadke, Joshua J. Wittes
  • Patent number: 9759479
    Abstract: A refrigerating appliance includes an interior volume divided by a medial wall into refrigerating and freezing compartments. A horizontal false mullion extends through one of the compartments, parallel with the medial wall to define a pantry compartment in thermal communication with at least one of the refrigerating and freezing compartments. A center vertical mullion is removably engaged with the medial wall and divides the pantry compartment into first and second pantry sub compartments. First and second outer drawer glides are positioned on the cabinet structure within the pantry compartment and opposite first and second inner drawer glides of the center vertical mullion. The first inner and first outer drawer glides partially define the first pantry sub compartment. The second inner and second outer drawer glides partially define the second pantry sub compartment. First and second pantry drawers are slidably engaged with first and second pantry sub compartments, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Axel Julio Ramm, Michael S. Richards, Rahul Wadke, Joshua J. Wittes
  • Patent number: 9752817
    Abstract: A panel adjustment mechanism for an appliance includes an adjustment bracket having a first lateral adjustment mechanism extending from a first side of the adjustment bracket. A vertical adjustment mechanism extends from a second side of the adjustment bracket. A door panel abutment surface is positioned perpendicular to the first and second sides of the panel adjustment bracket. A bracket housing defines an adjustment region and includes first and second flanges, wherein the first lateral adjustment mechanism extends through a lateral adjustment slot defined in the first flange, wherein the vertical adjustment mechanism extends through a vertical adjustment slot defined within the second flange, wherein the operation of at least one of the lateral adjustment mechanism and the vertical adjustment mechanism moves the panel adjustment bracket between a plurality of positions within the adjustment region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Richards, Rahul Wadke, Joshua J. Wittes
  • Publication number: 20170176088
    Abstract: A panel adjustment mechanism for an appliance includes an adjustment bracket having a first lateral adjustment mechanism extending from a first side of the adjustment bracket. A vertical adjustment mechanism extends from a second side of the adjustment bracket. A door panel abutment surface is positioned perpendicular to the first and second sides of the panel adjustment bracket. A bracket housing defines an adjustment region and includes first and second flanges, wherein the first lateral adjustment mechanism extends through a lateral adjustment slot defined in the first flange, wherein the vertical adjustment mechanism extends through a vertical adjustment slot defined within the second flange, wherein the operation of at least one of the lateral adjustment mechanism and the vertical adjustment mechanism moves the panel adjustment bracket between a plurality of positions within the adjustment region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael S. Richards, Rahul Wadke, Joshua J. Wittes
  • Publication number: 20170167779
    Abstract: A refrigerating appliance includes a cabinet structure having an inner liner defining an interior compartment. A drawer includes a panel member and a sliding structure that extends between the panel member and the cabinet structure. The sliding structure serves to operably dispose the panel member between extended and retracted positions of the drawer. A drawer liner is selectively positioned approximate the drawer and is engaged with the panel member. The drawer liner includes opposing sides that define first and second channels, respectively, wherein the first and second channels extend over portions of the sliding structure. A wire chase is defined within at least one of the first and second channels wherein electrical wiring extends from the cabinet structure and to the panel member through the wire chase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Publication date: June 15, 2017
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Haeberle, Dakota E. Kosek, Michael S. Richards, Todd J. Tunzi, Rahul Wadke, Joshua J. Wittes
  • Publication number: 20170115051
    Abstract: A refrigerating appliance includes an interior volume divided by a medial wall into refrigerating and freezing compartments. A horizontal false mullion extends through one of the compartments, parallel with the medial wall to define a pantry compartment in thermal communication with at least one of the refrigerating and freezing compartments. A center vertical mullion is removably engaged with the medial wall and divides the pantry compartment into first and second pantry sub compartments. First and second outer drawer glides are positioned on the cabinet structure within the pantry compartment and opposite first and second inner drawer glides of the center vertical mullion. The first inner and first outer drawer glides partially define the first pantry sub compartment. The second inner and second outer drawer glides partially define the second pantry sub compartment. First and second pantry drawers are slidably engaged with first and second pantry sub compartments, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Publication date: April 27, 2017
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Axel Julio Ramm, Michael S. Richards, Rahul Wadke, Joshua J. Wittes