Patents by Inventor Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith 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: 12028792
    Abstract: Methods and related systems for operating a climate control system for an indoor space are disclosed. In an embodiment, the method includes establishing a connection between a device and a hub of the climate control system along a first signal pathway, wherein at least a portion of the first signal pathway comprises a short-range radio connection between the device and a first component of the system. In addition, the method includes monitoring one or more parameters of the first signal pathway and one or more parameters of a second signal pathway extending between the device and the hub, wherein at least a portion of the second signal pathway comprises a short-range radio connection between the device and a second component of the system. Further, the method includes re-routing the connection between the portable device and the system hub from the first signal pathway to the second signal pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventors: Carl L. Garrett, Nathan Smith, Daniel J. Blair, Drew Whitehurst, Caleb Davis
  • Publication number: 20240211714
    Abstract: A system for foreign material accountability includes a kiosk, which further includes a touch enabled display screen that is back-lit and automatically adjusts brightness based on ambient environment. A user input device, wherein the user input device includes a pin pad, one or more sensors selected from a group consisting of temperature sensors, RFID sensors, IR sensors, optical sensors, iris sensors and one or more cameras, a processor, a data bus coupled to the processor and a computer-usable medium embodying computer code operating on the kiosk. The computer code includes programmed instructions executable by the processor to control accessibility of items into a restricted area based on data received from at least one of the display screen operated by a user, the user input device, and the one or more sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2024
    Publication date: June 27, 2024
    Inventors: Kelvin D. Mann, Eric Bergstrom, David Hansen, Nikolas Tripp, Nathan Smith, Stephen Lauser, Matthew Montgomery
  • Patent number: 11962658
    Abstract: A system for providing network services is provided. The system includes a device configured to interface with the network to receive a container, where the container is configured to interface with an operating system of the device and a plurality of applications operating on the device. The container is further configured to interface with a network services provider of one or more network services and one or more third party service providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: RELIANCE JIO INFOCOMM USA, INC.
    Inventors: Nathan A. Smith, Mathew Oommen, Pallavur A. Sankaranaraynan
  • Publication number: 20240095459
    Abstract: Techniques for displaying workflow responses based on determining topics associated with user requests are discussed herein. In some examples, a user may post a request (e.g., question) to a virtual space (e.g., a channel, thread, board, etc.) of a communication platform. The communication platform may input the request into a machine learning model trained to identify topics associated with the request and confidence levels associated with topics. In such examples, the communication platform may associate a topic with the user request based on the confidence level of the topic. In some examples, the communication platform may determine that the topic is associated with a graphical identifier (e.g., emoji). The communication platform may cause the graphical identifier to be displayed to the virtual space within which the user request was posted. In response to displaying the graphical identifier, the communication platform may display a workflow response to the virtual space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2022
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Inventors: Mitchell McNeill, Neil Brady, Nathan Smith
  • Publication number: 20240054308
    Abstract: A system for foreign material accountability includes a kiosk, which further includes a touch enabled display screen that is back lit and automatically adjusts brightness based on ambient environment. A user input device, wherein the user input device includes a pin pad, one or more sensors selected from a group consisting of temperature sensors, RFID sensors, IR sensors, optical sensors, iris sensors and one or more cameras, a processor, a data bus coupled to the processor and a computer-usable medium embodying computer code operating on the kiosk. The computer code includes programmed instructions executable by the processor to control accessibility of items into a restricted area based on data received from at least one of the display screen operated by a user, the user input device, and the one or more sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2023
    Publication date: February 15, 2024
    Applicant: ACCESS SOLOTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Kelvin D. Mann, Eric Bergstrom, David Hansen, Nikolas Tripp, Nathan Smith, Stephen Lauser, Matthew Montgomery
  • Patent number: 11836557
    Abstract: A system for foreign material accountability includes a kiosk, which further includes a touch enabled display screen that is back-lit and automatically adjusts brightness based on ambient environment. A user input device, wherein the user input device includes a pin pad, one or more sensors selected from a group consisting of temperature sensors, RFID sensors, IR sensors, optical sensors, iris sensors and one or more cameras, a processor, a data bus coupled to the processor and a computer-usable medium embodying computer code operating on the kiosk. The computer code includes programmed instructions executable by the processor to control accessibility of items into a restricted area based on data received from at least one of the display screen operated by a user, the user input device, and the one or more sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Access Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Kelvin D. Mann, Eric Bergstrom, David Hansen, Nikolas Tripp, Nathan Smith, Stephen Lauser, Matthew Montgomery
  • Patent number: 11815173
    Abstract: Methods and systems for operating a transmission that includes one or more dog clutches are described. In one example, a torque capacity of a gear is estimated from an engagement depth of the dog clutch, and the gear may be held or shifted according to the torque capacity of the gear and a commanded torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: DANA HEAVY VEHICLE SYSTEMS GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: James Allen, Jordan M. Houser, Nathan Smith
  • Patent number: 11746550
    Abstract: A nuclear reactor is constructed in sub-modules and super modules which are manufactured, packaged, and shipped to a construction site. At least some of the modules are packaged in suitable shielding containers or portions of containers, which may be steel. The modules are assembled on-site, and some of the modules remain within their respective shipping containers after assembly. One or more of the shipping containers may be used as concrete forms to support the pouring of concrete in between selected modules. The concrete may be used for structural support, shielding, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: TERRAPOWER, LLC
    Inventors: Derek Bass, Michael F. Dimitri, Brian C. Johnson, Calen Kaneko, Christopher A. Martin, Sean T. Mosier, Philip M. Schloss, Nathan Smith, Mark R. Werner
  • Patent number: 11729018
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a CAN network topology for an HVAC communication system. The CAN network topology comprises at least three primary nodes having a predetermined termination impedance and a plurality of end nodes coupled to each primary node, wherein the predetermined termination impedance is set to the optimal setting of 180 ohms. Advantageously, the present disclosure eliminates the need for physically setting CAN node terminations. This reduces install time and removes variability of the install settings. Further, removing this variability reduces the risk for post-installation call-backs due to incorrect system setup. The present disclosure optimizes signal slew rate, which improves signal reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventors: Ramon Portillo, Neal Harrington, Nathan Smith, Caleb A. Davis, Brad T. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20230239365
    Abstract: A system for providing network services is provided. The system includes a device configured to interface with the network to receive a container, where the container is configured to interface with an operating system of the device and a plurality of applications operating on the device. The container is further configured to interface with a network services provider of one or more network services and one or more third party service providers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2023
    Publication date: July 27, 2023
    Applicant: RELIANCE JIO INFOCOMM USA, INC.
    Inventors: Nathan A. Smith, Mathew Oommen, Pallavur A. Sankaranaraynan
  • Patent number: 11702893
    Abstract: A drill string connect tool comprises a housing having first and second sections. The first section has a first recess, and the second section has a second recess. The tool and the first and sections may be in a connected configuration or a disconnected configuration. The connect tool comprises at least one tension member placeable within, and suitable to transfer tensile forces between, the first and second sections when in the connected configuration. A retaining member can retain the tension member within the first and second recesses. The retaining member is selectively dissolvable by a dissolving fluid, while the remaining components of the tool can withstand the dissolving fluid. When exposed to a dissolving fluid, the retaining member dissolves, allowing the tension member to exit the first and second recesses, thereby actuating the tool to the disconnected configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Inventor: Nathan Smith
  • Publication number: 20230120196
    Abstract: Methods and related systems for operating a climate control system for an indoor space are disclosed. In an embodiment, the method includes establishing a connection between a device and a hub of the climate control system along a first signal pathway, wherein at least a portion of the first signal pathway comprises a short-range radio connection between the device and a first component of the system. In addition, the method includes monitoring one or more parameters of the first signal pathway and one or more parameters of a second signal pathway extending between the device and the hub, wherein at least a portion of the second signal pathway comprises a short-range radio connection between the device and a second component of the system. Further, the method includes re-routing the connection between the portable device and the system hub from the first signal pathway to the second signal pathway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2022
    Publication date: April 20, 2023
    Inventors: Carl L. Garrett, Nathan Smith, Daniel J. Blair, Drew Whitehurst, Caleb Davis
  • Publication number: 20230122148
    Abstract: Methods and the like according to the disclosure can include receiving a connection request from a portable device (where the connection request comprises at least one of a predefined code or encryption token), determining a first value of at least one parameter of a first wireless signal of a first signal pathway (where the first signal pathway is between the portable device and a first component of the HVAC system), determining a second value of the at least one parameter of a second wireless signal of a second signal pathway (where the second signal pathway is between the portable device and a second component of the HVAC system), authenticating the portable device, wherein the authenticating is based, at least in part, on the connection request, the first value, and the second value, and, in response to the portable device being authenticated, granting access to the HVAC system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2022
    Publication date: April 20, 2023
    Inventors: Carl L. Garrett, Nathan Smith, Daniel J. Blair, Drew Whitehurst, Caleb Davis
  • Patent number: 11622016
    Abstract: A system for providing network services is provided. The system includes a device configured to interface with the network to receive a container, where the container is configured to interface with an operating system of the device and a plurality of applications operating on the device. The container is further configured to interface with a network services provider of one or more network services and one or more third party service providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: RELIANCE JIO INFOCOMM USA, INC.
    Inventors: Nathan A. Smith, Mathew Oommen, Pallavur A. Sankaranaraynan
  • Publication number: 20230074872
    Abstract: Methods and related systems for charging a refrigerant into a climate control system. In an embodiment, the method includes (a) coupling a storage tank to a refrigerant loop of the climate control system through a charging valve; (b) opening and closing the charging valve in a plurality of cycles; and (c) flowing refrigerant from the storage tank to the refrigerant loop through the charging valve when the charging valve is open, during (b). In addition, the method includes (d) determining a detected saturated temperature of the refrigerant within the refrigerant loop after each cycle of the plurality of cycles; and (e) adjusting an amount of time that the charging valve is open during each cycle of the plurality of cycles during (b) as a function of the detected saturated temperature from a previous cycle of the plurality of cycles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2022
    Publication date: March 9, 2023
    Inventors: Raymond Walter Rite, Drew Whitehurst, Nathan Smith
  • Patent number: 11577450
    Abstract: Described herein are bioprinters comprising: one or more printer heads, wherein a printer head comprises a means for receiving and holding at least one cartridge, and wherein said cartridge comprises contents selected from one or more of: bio-ink and support material; a means for calibrating the position of at least one cartridge; and a means for dispensing the contents of at least one cartridge. Further described herein are methods for fabricating a tissue construct, comprising: a computer module receiving input of a visual representation of a desired tissue construct; a computer module generating a series of commands, wherein the commands are based on the visual representation and are readable by a bioprinter; a computer module providing the series of commands to a bioprinter; and the bioprinter depositing bio-ink and support material according to the commands to form a construct with a defined geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Organovo, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Murphy, Scott Dorfman, Nathan Smith, Larry Bauwens, Ian Sohn, Tim McDonald, Chris Leigh-Lancaster, Richard Jin Law
  • Patent number: 11577451
    Abstract: Described herein are bioprinters comprising: one or more printer heads, wherein a printer head comprises a means for receiving and holding at least one cartridge, and wherein said cartridge comprises contents selected from one or more of: bio-ink and support material; a means for calibrating the position of at least one cartridge; and a means for dispensing the contents of at least one cartridge. Further described herein are methods for fabricating a tissue construct, comprising: a computer module receiving input of a visual representation of a desired tissue construct; a computer module generating a series of commands, wherein the commands are based on the visual representation and are readable by a bioprinter; a computer module providing the series of commands to a bioprinter; and the bioprinter depositing bio-ink and support material according to the commands to form a construct with a defined geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Organovo, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Murphy, Scott Dorfman, Nathan Smith, Larry Bauwens, Ian Sohn, Tim McDonald, Chris Leigh-Lancaster, Richard Jin Law
  • Patent number: 11564148
    Abstract: Methods and related systems for operating a climate control system for an indoor space are disclosed. In an embodiment, the method includes establishing a connection between a device and a hub of the climate control system along a first signal pathway, wherein at least a portion of the first signal pathway comprises a short-range radio connection between the device and a first component of the system. In addition, the method includes monitoring one or more parameters of the first signal pathway and one or more parameters of a second signal pathway extending between the device and the hub, wherein at least a portion of the second signal pathway comprises a short-range radio connection between the device and a second component of the system. Further, the method includes re-routing the connection between the portable device and the system hub from the first signal pathway to the second signal pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventors: Carl L. Garrett, Nathan Smith, Daniel J. Blair, Drew Whitehurst, Caleb Davis
  • Patent number: 11506433
    Abstract: Methods and related systems for charging a refrigerant into a climate control system. In an embodiment, the method includes (a) coupling a storage tank to a refrigerant loop of the climate control system through a charging valve; (b) opening and closing the charging valve in a plurality of cycles; and (c) flowing refrigerant from the storage tank to the refrigerant loop through the charging valve when the charging valve is open, during (b). In addition, the method includes (d) determining a detected saturated temperature of the refrigerant within the refrigerant loop after each cycle of the plurality of cycles; and (e) adjusting an amount of time that the charging valve is open during each cycle of the plurality of cycles during (b) as a function of the detected saturated temperature from a previous cycle of the plurality of cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Walter Rite, Drew Whitehurst, Nathan Smith
  • Patent number: D978406
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: HINKLEY LIGHTING, INC.
    Inventor: Nathan Smith