Patents by Inventor Michael Sommers

Michael Sommers 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).

  • Patent number: 10436883
    Abstract: The present invention provides a time-of-flight sensor (22) including at least one time-of-flight pixel (23) for demodulating a received modulated light beam (Sp2), wherein the time-of-flight pixel (23) comprises at least two integrating nodes (Ga, Gb) and the integration nodes (Ga, Gb) are connected to a device (500) for charge compensation, wherein the charge compensation device (500) comprises at least two SBI input transistors (M1, M2) which at a potential (Ua, Ub) of the integration nodes (Ga, Gb) which according to the amount exceeds an SBI threshold value (USBI) drive SBI current transistors (M3, M4) such that at both integration nodes (Ga, Gb) a compensating current (ik) of the same level flows, wherein the source terminals of the SBI-current transistors (M3, M4) are not connected to a supply voltage (UDD) but are connected to a working voltage (URES, Uarb) (FIG. 7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: PMD Technologies AG
    Inventors: Michael Sommer, Jens Prima, Christoph Kamerow
  • Publication number: 20190219205
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a clamp (1), comprising a clamp band (2) extending in a peripheral direction (U) and a tensioning device (7) for tensioning the clamp band (2). According to an embodiment, in order to form the clamp (1) with yielding properties during tensioning and from a minimal number of structural components, the clamp band (2) has structures (11, 12) that extend at the edges (5, 6) of the clamp band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: NORMA Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Leusner, Helmut Geppert, Gerrit von Breitenbach, Linda Breideband, Michael Sommer, Michael Lenz
  • Patent number: 10334071
    Abstract: Collecting and distributing information related to recent content publication activity of an instant messaging (IM) user provides other users in a network with timely, relevant information about people known to the user or within the same social network. A user participating in a social network can quickly and efficiently perceive new information related to other users (referred to as co-users) in a social network by reviewing the co-users' recent content publication activity. A user may be made able to do so without requiring the co-user to send a communication directly to the user regarding the new facts or new content, and also without requiring the user to actively browse or request information about the co-user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Oath Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Armstrong, Alan Keister, Lark Dunham, Jennifer Granito, Steven Greenberg, Rakesh Agrawal, Michael Sommers, Carol A. Glover
  • Patent number: 10313383
    Abstract: Disclosed are exemplary embodiments of systems and methods for evaluating payment applications based on associated vulnerability risks. In an exemplary embodiment, a method generally includes soliciting, by a computing device, application data associated with a payment application via a vulnerability questionnaire interface, validating, by the computing device, the application data against criterion, and determining, by the computing device, a vulnerability risk score of the application based on the application data. The method also includes approving, by the computing device, the application when the vulnerability risk score satisfies an approval threshold, denying, by the computing device, the application when the vulnerability risk score satisfies a denial threshold, and referring, by the computing device, the application for manual decision when the vulnerability risk score satisfies a manual decision threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Adam Michael Sommer
  • Patent number: 10300774
    Abstract: An element to be integrated in a guide rail for a sliding roof of a motor vehicle, having a vertical wall and a flange surface which protrudes from the vertical wall and is configured to be screwed to a guide rail and to a frame part of the motor vehicle, wherein in an operationally mounted state, the flange surface points in the direction of an outer side of the vehicle, and the flange surface tapers in the direction of the vertical wall with respect to a main direction of extent of the vertical wall. According to other embodiments, a roof arrangement and a motor vehicle are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventors: Ulrich Sommer, Mustafa Yurt, Michael Passenheim
  • Publication number: 20180367732
    Abstract: Approaches are described for managing the capture and/or presentation of images, such as panorama images. An electronic device can be used to “paint” the scene desired to be captured, where the device can be panned horizontally or vertically, or both, to capture images of a much larger area than the field of view of the camera. The overlap between adjacent images can be determined image-by-image and visual or other cues can be provided to assist a user controlling the device to pan the device in a particular manner to ensure an appropriate amount of overlap between captured images. Further, the user can be presented the entire panorama image being captured at the highest scale possible by filling the display element of the device with the image and dynamically scaling down the image as the user continues to add to the panorama image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Leo Benedict Baldwin, Steven Michael Sommer
  • Patent number: 10021295
    Abstract: Approaches are described for managing the capture and/or presentation of images, such as panorama images. An electronic device can be used to “paint” the scene desired to be captured, where the device can be panned horizontally or vertically, or both, to capture images of a much larger area than the field of view of the camera. The overlap between adjacent images can be determined image-by-image and visual or other cues can be provided to assist a user controlling the device to pan the device in a particular manner to ensure an appropriate amount of overlap between captured images. Further, the user can be presented the entire panorama image being captured at the highest scale possible by filling the display element of the device with the image and dynamically scaling down the image as the user continues to add to the panorama image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Leo Benedict Baldwin, Steven Michael Sommer
  • Publication number: 20180171747
    Abstract: The present invention is to a packer plug that can be tripped into a particular location in a well bore and set using slips or expansion rings and packer elements. The plug presents little flow resistance because of its wide inner diameter throat through the mandrel. A ball seat at an upper end allows for the sealing of the interior passage. The ball can be flowed upward or dissolved to remove the seal and allow flow through the plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Sommers
  • Publication number: 20180106892
    Abstract: An optical sensor device configured to detect a time of flight of an electromagnetic signal includes a semiconductor substrate with a conversion region configured to convert at least a portion of the electromagnetic signal into photo-generated charge carriers. A deep control electrode is formed in a trench extending into the semiconductor substrate. The deep control electrode extends deeper into the semiconductor substrate than a shallow control electrode. A control circuit is configured to apply to the deep control electrode and to the shallow control electrode varying potentials having a fixed phase relationship to each other, to generate electric potential distributions in the conversion region, by which the photo-generated charge carriers in the conversion region are directed. The directed photo-generated charge carriers are detected at at least one readout node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Applicants: Infineon Technologies AG, pmdtechnologies ag
    Inventors: Stefano PARASCANDOLA, Henning FEICK, Matthias FRANKE, Dirk OFFENBERG, Jens PRIMA, Robert ROESSLER, Michael SOMMER
  • Patent number: 9927949
    Abstract: A computing device can utilize a recognition mode wherein an interface utilizes graphical elements, such as virtual fireflies or other such elements, to indicate objects that are recognized or identified. As objects are recognized, fireflies perform one or more specified actions to indicate recognition. A ribbon or other user-selectable icon is displayed indicates a specific action that the device can perform with respect to the respective object. As additional objects are recognized, additional ribbons are created and older ribbons can be moved off screen and stored for subsequent retrieval or search. The fireflies disperse when the objects are no longer represented in captured sensor data, and can be animated to move towards representations of new objects as features of those objects are identified as potential object features, in order to communicate a level of recognition for a current scene or environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Thomas Gray, Marc Anthony Salazar, Steven Michael Sommer, Charles Eugene Cummins, Sean Anthony Rooney, Bryan Todd Agnetta, Jae Pum Park, Richard Leigh Mains, Suzan Marashi
  • Patent number: 9905033
    Abstract: A computing device can include a recognition mode interface utilizing graphical elements, such as virtual fireflies, to indicate recognized or identified objects. The fireflies can be animated to move across a display, and the fireflies can create bounding boxes around visual representations of objects as the objects are recognized. In some cases, the object might be of a type that has specific meaning or information to be conveyed to a user. In such cases, the fireflies might be displayed with a particular size, shape, or color to convey that information. The fireflies also can be configured to form shapes or patterns in order to convey other types of information to a user, such as where audio is being recognized, light is sufficient for image capture, and the like. Other types of information can be conveyed as well via altering characteristics of the fireflies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Thomas Gray, Charles Eugene Cummins, Angela Kathleen Warren, Marc Anthony Salazar, Suzan Marashi, Steven Michael Sommer, Russell Edward Glaser, Forrest Elliott, Tito Pagan
  • Patent number: 9896901
    Abstract: The present invention is to a packer plug that can be tripped into a particular location in a well bore and set using slips or expansion rings and packer elements. The plug presents little flow resistance because of its wide inner diameter throat through the mandrel. A ball seat at an upper end allows for the sealing of the interior passage. The ball can be flowed upward or dissolved to remove the seal and allow flow through the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Target Completions, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Sommers
  • Publication number: 20170353482
    Abstract: Disclosed are exemplary embodiments of systems and methods for evaluating payment applications based on associated vulnerability risks. In an exemplary embodiment, a method generally includes soliciting, by a computing device, application data associated with a payment application via a vulnerability questionnaire interface, validating, by the computing device, the application data against criterion, and determining, by the computing device, a vulnerability risk score of the application based on the application data. The method also includes approving, by the computing device, the application when the vulnerability risk score satisfies an approval threshold, denying, by the computing device, the application when the vulnerability risk score satisfies a denial threshold, and referring, by the computing device, the application for manual decision when the vulnerability risk score satisfies a manual decision threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventor: Adam Michael Sommer
  • Publication number: 20170212225
    Abstract: The present invention provides a time-of-flight sensor (22) including at least one time-of-flight pixel (23) for demodulating a received modulated light beam (Sp2), wherein the time-of-flight pixel (23) comprises at least two integrating nodes (Ga, Gb) and the integration nodes (Ga, Gb) are connected to a device (500) for charge compensation, wherein the charge compensation device (500) comprises at least two SBI input transistors (M1, M2) which at a potential (Ua, Ub) of the integration nodes (Ga, Gb) which according to the amount exceeds an SBI threshold value (USBI) drive SBI current transistors (M3, M4) such that at both integration nodes (Ga, Gb) a compensating current (ik) of the same level flows, wherein the source terminals of the SBI-current transistors (M3, M4) are not connected to a supply voltage (UDD) but are connected to a working voltage (URES, Uarb) (FIG. 7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: PMD Technologies AG
    Inventors: Michael Sommer, Jens Prima, Christoph Kamerow
  • Publication number: 20170191512
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clamp (1), in particular for fastening tubular objects to an underlying surface, comprising a clamp band (2), which has a first peripheral end (3) having a first leg (4) and a second peripheral end (5) having a second leg (6), and comprising at least one clip (7, 71), which is arranged on at least one of the legs (4, 6) on a side opposite the other leg (6, 4). The problem addressed by the invention is that of designing such a clamp in a simple manner and provide said clamp economically. This problem is solved in that the clamp band (2) has at least one projection (21), which interacts with the at least one clip (7, 71).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Publication date: July 6, 2017
    Inventors: Helmut Geppert, Frank Schmidt, Michael Sommer
  • Patent number: 9671941
    Abstract: A computing device can utilize a recognition mode wherein an interface utilizes graphical elements, such as virtual fireflies, to indicate recognized or identified objects. Fireflies can be displayed near an input element to indicate that a recognition mode is available. When a user selects the input element, the fireflies can appear to emanate from the input element and disperse across the display screen. As objects are recognized, fireflies can create bounding boxes around those objects, or otherwise appear proximate those objects, to indicate recognition. The fireflies can again disperse as the objects fall out of view, and can begin moving towards new objects as features of those objects are identified as potential object features. A subsequent selection of the input element to exit recognition mode can cause the fireflies to appear to retreat to their original location in, or near, the input element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Thomas Gray, Charles Eugene Cummins, Russell Edward Glaser, Tito Pagan, Steven Michael Sommer, Brian Peter Kralyevich, Angela Kathleen Warren, Marc Anthony Salazar, Suzan Marashi
  • Patent number: 9665249
    Abstract: A computing device can be controlled based on changes in the angle of a user's head with respect to the device, such as due to the user tilting the device and/or the user tilting his head with respect to the device. Such control based on the angle of the user's head can be achieved even when the user is operating the device “off-axis” or when the device is not orthogonal and/or not centered with respect to the user. This can be accomplished by using an elastic reference point that dynamically adjusts to a detected angle of the user's head with respect to the device. Such an approach can account for differences between when the user is changing his natural resting position and/or the resting position of the device and when the user is intending to perform a gesture based on the angle of the user's head relative to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Yi Ding, Stephen Vincent Mangiat, Peter Cheng, Kenneth Mark Karakotsios, Steven Michael Sommer, Peter Andrew Schiller
  • Patent number: 9646710
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a semiconductor device, including a channel area; a gate line extending along the channel area so that the channel area can be set into a conductive state by activating the gate line; a plurality of terminals including an electrical connection to the channel area, so that the plurality of terminals is connectable to a predetermined voltage by activating the gate line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Michael Sommer
  • Patent number: 9576844
    Abstract: A composite wafer is manufactured by providing a carrier wafer including graphite and a protective layer, forming a bonding layer, and bonding the carrier wafer to a semiconductor wafer through the bonding layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Rudolf Berger, Hermann Gruber, Wolfgang Lehnert, Guenther Ruhl, Raimund Foerg, Anton Mauder, Hans-Joachim Schulze, Karsten Kellermann, Michael Sommer, Christian Rottmair, Roland Rupp
  • Patent number: 9461182
    Abstract: A memory cell including a substrate with a protruding portion, the protruding portion having a side wall and a bottom, an upper doped region connected to a bit line, a lower region being closer to a bottom of the protruding portion than the upper region, a substrate contact, a control element configured to control a current flow between the lower region and the substrate contact, and a wordline portion, a first insulator near the wordline portion, a floating gate near the wordline portion, and a second insulator between the floating gate and the side wall of the protruding portion, wherein the wordline portion and the floating gate are arranged so that the channel is generate-able in the substrate near the side wall between the upper doped region and the lower region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventor: Michael Sommer