Patents by Inventor Michael William Bridenbaugh

Michael William Bridenbaugh 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: 20240073393
    Abstract: During operation of a machine, an understanding of terrain features is critical. Accordingly, disclosed embodiments augment a video stream, captured by a camera mounted on the machine, with terrain information. In particular, an overlay is generated on at least one image frame. The overlay, which may comprise one or more semi-transparent bands, may cyclically recede from a foreground to a background of the image frame(s), cyclically advance from a background to a foreground of the image frame(s), or cyclically move horizontally across the image frame(s). The overlay may be colorized to illustrate the height of the terrain underneath the overlay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2022
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Allan LEHOCKY, Michael William BRIDENBAUGH, Brad Robert VAN DE VEER, Jeffrey K. BERRY, Jeffrey J. BAKER
  • Publication number: 20240060276
    Abstract: A controller may monitor a plurality of operations performed using one or more implements of the work machine. The controller may determine that the work machine is performing a particular operation based on monitoring the plurality of operations. The controller may obtain, based on information regarding the particular operation, camera view information, from a data structure, indicating that the particular operation is associated with a particular camera of a plurality of cameras of the work machine. Each camera, of the plurality of cameras, may capture a respective view of a plurality of views of the work machine. The controller may determine, based on the camera view information, that a bandwidth associated with a video stream, of a particular view of the work machine captured by the particular camera, is to be increased. The controller may increase the bandwidth associated with the video stream provided by the particular camera based on determining that the bandwidth is to be increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2022
    Publication date: February 22, 2024
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Michael William BRIDENBAUGH, Matthew Daniel FIKE, Micheal D. VALERIO, Brad Robert VAN DE VEER
  • Patent number: 11898332
    Abstract: A controller may monitor a plurality of operations performed using one or more implements of the work machine. The controller may determine that the work machine is performing a particular operation based on monitoring the plurality of operations. The controller may obtain, based on information regarding the particular operation, camera view information, from a data structure, indicating that the particular operation is associated with a particular camera of a plurality of cameras of the work machine. Each camera, of the plurality of cameras, may capture a respective view of a plurality of views of the work machine. The controller may determine, based on the camera view information, that a bandwidth associated with a video stream, of a particular view of the work machine captured by the particular camera, is to be increased. The controller may increase the bandwidth associated with the video stream provided by the particular camera based on determining that the bandwidth is to be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Michael William Bridenbaugh, Matthew Daniel Fike, Micheal D. Valerio, Brad Robert Van De Veer
  • Publication number: 20240028042
    Abstract: A device may determine, based on image data of an environment that includes a ground surface, depth information indicating distances from a vehicle to different areas of the ground surface. The device may generate, based on the depth information, an overlay to indicate a range of distances from the vehicle. The range of distances may be associated with an area. The device may provide, for display, a video feed including the image data with the overlay on the ground surface. The overlay may provide the perception of depth, with respect to the area, during an operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2023
    Publication date: January 25, 2024
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Michael William BRIDENBAUGH, Craig Allan LEHOCKY, Jeffrey J. BAKER, Jeffrey Kent BERRY, Brad Robert VAN DE VEER
  • Patent number: 11860641
    Abstract: A device may determine, based on image data of an environment that includes a ground surface, depth information indicating distances from a vehicle to different areas of the ground surface. The device may generate, based on the depth information, an overlay to indicate a range of distances from the vehicle. The range of distances may be associated with an area. The device may provide, for display, a video feed including the image data with the overlay on the ground surface. The overlay may provide the perception of depth, with respect to the area, during an operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Michael William Bridenbaugh, Craig Allan Lehocky, Jeffrey J. Baker, Jeffrey Kent Berry, Brad Robert Van De Veer
  • Publication number: 20230295901
    Abstract: One or more devices may receive target position data indicating a target position of an implement of the machine, the target position being determined based on operator control data indicating a position of an operator control associated with the machine. The one or more devices may determine a current position of the implement. The one or more devices may determine a command that causes the implement to move from the current position to the target position, wherein the command is determined based on the target position and the current position. The one or more devices may provide the command to cause the implement to move from the current position to the target position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2022
    Publication date: September 21, 2023
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Michael William BRIDENBAUGH, Bradley Paul KRONE, Joseph Leo FAIVRE
  • Publication number: 20230116011
    Abstract: A work machine includes a frame, a traction system, an engine, an implement system, an operator cab with a roof; a machine control system, and a secondary control system. The secondary control system is configured to interface with the machine control system and includes a secondary control device, a control module, a communication module, a base plate, and two rails. The base plate is configured to support the control module and the communication module, and protect the plurality of harness connections. The two rails are configured to support the base plate in an operation orientation and a service orientation and each include a plurality of channels configured to support the base plate in the service orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2021
    Publication date: April 13, 2023
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah J. Borgman, Benjamin Thomas Nelson, Michael William Bridenbaugh
  • Patent number: 11479948
    Abstract: A remote control console or operator's station includes a proportional travel control joystick that effects continuous changes in machine travel speed through movement of the joystick away from a central-biased position, a sensor that measures progressively changing positions of the joystick, and an electronic controller communicatively coupled to the sensor and the joystick. The electronic controller is programmed to perform a closed loop control including mapping the progressively changing positions of the joystick to corresponding desired machine travel speeds, and adjusting the speeds of an engine used to propel the machine and the amounts of service braking used to slow the machine to achieve desired machine travel speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Todd Anderson, Michael William Bridenbaugh
  • Publication number: 20220236741
    Abstract: A device may determine, based on image data of an environment that includes a ground surface, depth information indicating distances from a vehicle to different areas of the ground surface. The device may generate, based on the depth information, an overlay to indicate a range of distances from the vehicle. The range of distances may be associated with an area. The device may provide, for display, a video feed including the image data with the overlay on the ground surface. The overlay may provide the perception of depth, with respect to the area, during an operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2021
    Publication date: July 28, 2022
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Michael William BRIDENBAUGH, Craig Allan LEHOCKY, Jeffrey J. BAKER, Jeffrey Kent BERRY, Brad Robert VAN DE VEER
  • Publication number: 20210277628
    Abstract: A remote control console or operator's station includes a proportional travel control joystick that effects continuous changes in machine travel speed through movement of the joystick away from a central-biased position, a sensor that measures progressively changing positions of the joystick, and an electronic controller communicatively coupled to the sensor and the joystick. The electronic controller is programmed to perform a closed loop control including mapping the progressively changing positions of the joystick to corresponding desired machine travel speeds, and adjusting the speeds of an engine used to propel the machine and the amounts of service braking used to slow the machine to achieve desired machine travel speeds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Publication date: September 9, 2021
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventors: Randall Todd ANDERSON, Michael William BRIDENBAUGH
  • Patent number: D927531
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Tony R. Metzger, Steven D. Ott, Michael William Bridenbaugh, Randall T. Anderson, Qi Xing
  • Patent number: D944284
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Tony R. Metzger, Steven D. Ott, Michael William Bridenbaugh, Randall T. Anderson, Qi Xing