Patents by Inventor Michael Timothy Jones

Michael Timothy Jones 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: 10399652
    Abstract: An automatic wing control mechanism for sailing vessels is described. The automatic wing control mechanism adjusts a wing orientation with respect to the apparent wind to optimize its efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Subseasail LLC
    Inventors: Chris Todter, Mark Timothy Ott, Michael B. Jones
  • Publication number: 20160299901
    Abstract: A geographic information system and method are disclosed which facilitate the browsing of large geocoded datasets. In a embodiment, a method displays data elements on a map. The method includes the steps: identifying data elements of a dataset that geocode to an area of the map; arranging the data elements into one or more nested shapes; determining a coordinate for the one or more nested shapes; and displaying the one or more nested shapes on the map centered on the coordinate. The coordinate corresponds to the area of the map.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Publication date: October 13, 2016
    Inventors: Michael Timothy Jones, Amin Pyarali Charaniya
  • Patent number: 9378571
    Abstract: A geographic information system and method are disclosed which facilitate the browsing of large geocoded datasets. In a embodiment, a method displays data elements on a map. The method includes the steps: identifying data elements of a dataset that geocode to an area of the map; arranging the data elements into one or more nested shapes; determining a coordinate for the one or more nested shapes; and displaying the one or more nested shapes on the map centered on the coordinate. The coordinate corresponds to the area of the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Timothy Jones, Amin Pyarali Charaniya
  • Patent number: 9218362
    Abstract: Data-driven guarded evaluation of conditional-data associated with data objects is used to control activation and processing of the data objects in an interactive geographic information system. Methods of evaluating conditional-data to control activation of the data objects are disclosed herein. Data structures to specify conditional data are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: John Rohlf, Bent Hagemark, Brian A. McClendon, Michael Timothy Jones
  • Patent number: 8350849
    Abstract: Interactive geographic information systems (GIS) and techniques are disclosed that provide users with a greater degree of flexibility, utility, and information. A markup language is provided that facilitates communication between servers and clients of the interactive GIS, which enables a number of GIS features, such as network links (time-based and/or view-dependent dynamic data layers), ground overlays, screen overlays, placemarks, 3D models, and stylized GIS elements, such as geometry, icons, description balloons, polygons, and labels in the viewer by which the user sees the target area. Also, “virtual tours” of user-defined paths in the context of distributed geospatial visualization is enabled. Streaming and interactive visualization of filled polygon data are also enabled thereby allowing buildings and other such features to be provided in 3D. Also, techniques for enabling ambiguous search requests in a GIS are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Timothy Jones, John Rohif, Brian A. McClendon
  • Patent number: 7134681
    Abstract: A handle assembly for converting a conventional yard cart for use in the manner of a wheelbarrow includes an L-shaped handle including a vertical portion and a horizontal portion. A socket member is connected to the yard cart tow bar which is normally coupled to a garden tractor. The handle member is connected to the socket member after the tow bar is uncoupled from the garden tractor thereby enabling the yard cart to be guided and moved by an operator in the manner of a wheelbarrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Inventor: Michael Timothy Jones
  • Patent number: 6417860
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for quickly and efficiently providing texel data relevant for displaying a textured-image. A large amount of texture source data, such as photographic terrain texture, is stored as a two-dimensional or three-dimensional texture MIP-map on one or more mass storage devices. Only a relatively small clip-map representing selected portions of the complete texture MIP-map is loaded into faster, more expensive memory. These selected texture MIP-map portions forming the clip-map consist of tiles which contain those texel values at each respective level of detail that are most likely to be mapped to pixels being rendered for display based upon the viewer's eyepoint and field of view. To efficiently update the clip-map in real-time, texel data is loaded and discarded from the edges of tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Joseph Migdal, James L. Foran, Michael Timothy Jones, Christopher Clark Tanner
  • Patent number: 6249289
    Abstract: A high resolution distortion correction system is provided for an arbitrary projection system. First, a field of view is subdivided into multiple viewports. The multiple subdivided viewports provide a first approximation of the distortion. Polygons that are projected onto a particular subdivided viewport are rendered in a frame buffer and stored in texture memory as an intermediate texture image. The intermediate texture images are subsequently applied to a rendered distortion mesh to generate an output image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Silicon Graphics, Inc.
    Inventors: Remi Arnaud, Javier Castellar, Michael Timothy Jones
  • Patent number: 5877771
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for high quality texture mapping. Multi-resolutional texture data for a destination pixel is supersampled at horizontal and vertical screen space sampling rates based on the local rate of change at a texture coordinate. Two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional multi-resolutional texture data is sampled. The calculated local rates of change in texture can be scaled, independently, to allow the effect of each texture dimension upon the horizontal and vertical screen space sampling rates to be controlled separately. Three examples for calculating screen space sampling rates according to the present invention are provided based on a maximum texture gradient, an optimized maximum texture gradient, or a minimum sampling routine which ensures sampling when footprint area collapses to a line. Unnecessary calculations and delays encountered in supersampling an entire display image uniformly are avoided. An excellent filter is obtained for live video texture mapping in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Silicon Graphics, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Drebin, Michael Timothy Jones
  • Patent number: 5760783
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for quickly and efficiently providing texel data relevant for displaying a textured image. A large amount of texture source data, such as photographic terrain texture, is stored as a two-dimensional or three-dimensional texture MIP-map on one or more mass storage devices. Only a relatively small clip-map representing selected portions of the complete texture MIP-map is loaded into faster, more expensive memory. These selected texture MIP-map portions forming the clip-map consist of tiles which contain those texel values at each respective level of detail that are most likely to be mapped to pixels being rendered for display based upon the viewer's eyepoint and field of view. To efficiently update the clip-map in real-time, texel data is loaded and discarded from the edges of tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Silicon Graphics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Joseph Migdal, James L. Foran, Michael Timothy Jones, Christopher Clark Tanner