Patents by Inventor Ned Lecky

Ned Lecky 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: 10592657
    Abstract: Techniques of implementing automated secure disposal of hardware components in computing systems are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving data representing a command instructing removal of a hardware component from a server in a datacenter upon verification. In response to receiving the maintenance command, the method includes autonomously navigating from a current location to the destination location corresponding to the server, verifying an identity of the hardware component at the destination location, and removing the hardware component from the server. The method further includes upon successful removal of the hardware component, generating and transmitting telemetry data indicating verification of the hardware component at the destination location and successful removal of the verified hardware component from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Helsel, Ned Lecky, Nicholas Keehn
  • Patent number: 10507982
    Abstract: Described are systems, methods, and apparatus for managing the movement of inventory items within a materials handling facility using rollable containers and a gravity feed conveyance system. Inventory items are placed in the rollable containers and are routed to different locations within the materials handling facility along the gravity feed conveyance system, through use of gravitational forces that cause the rollable containers to roll. By using gravity to route inventory items within the materials handling facility, the energy and power requirements for the materials handling facility are reduced, which reduces overhead costs and which is better for the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, David Henry Clark, Ned Lecky, Jayson Michael Jochim
  • Publication number: 20190266321
    Abstract: Techniques of implementing automated secure disposal of hardware components in computing systems are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving data representing a command instructing removal of a hardware component from a server in a datacenter upon verification. In response to receiving the maintenance command, the method includes autonomously navigating from a current location to the destination location corresponding to the server, verifying an identity of the hardware component at the destination location, and removing the hardware component from the server. The method further includes upon successful removal of the hardware component, generating and transmitting telemetry data indicating verification of the hardware component at the destination location and successful removal of the verified hardware component from the server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Helsel, Ned Lecky, Nicholas Keehn
  • Patent number: 10331876
    Abstract: Techniques of implementing automated secure disposal of hardware components in computing systems are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving data representing a command instructing removal of a hardware component from a server in a datacenter upon verification. In response to receiving the maintenance command, the method includes autonomously navigating from a current location to the destination location corresponding to the server, verifying an identity of the hardware component at the destination location, and removing the hardware component from the server. The method further includes upon successful removal of the hardware component, generating and transmitting telemetry data indicating verification of the hardware component at the destination location and successful removal of the verified hardware component from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Helsel, Ned Lecky, Nicholas Keehn
  • Patent number: 10121122
    Abstract: An RFID device may include one or more manually activated RFID tags configured to transmit unique RFID signals in response to a manual activation thereof. A transaction may be defined upon receiving a confluence of multiple RFID signals at the same time, or at nearly the same time, at an RFID reader. A transaction may also be defined upon receiving multiple RFID signals or confluences of such signals in a predetermined series or sequence. The RFID devices may include a single manually activated RFID tag, or two or more of such tags, which may be individually activated by one or more manual interactions from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Scott Russell, Wesley Scott Lauka, Ned Lecky, Joshua Joel Boelter
  • Publication number: 20180247081
    Abstract: Techniques of implementing automated secure disposal of hardware components in computing systems are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving data representing a command instructing removal of a hardware component from a server in a datacenter upon verification. In response to receiving the maintenance command, the method includes autonomously navigating from a current location to the destination location corresponding to the server, verifying an identity of the hardware component at the destination location, and removing the hardware component from the server. The method further includes upon successful removal of the hardware component, generating and transmitting telemetry data indicating verification of the hardware component at the destination location and successful removal of the verified hardware component from the server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Publication date: August 30, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Helsel, Ned Lecky, Nicholas Keehn
  • Publication number: 20180150787
    Abstract: An RFID device may include one or more manually activated RFID tags configured to transmit unique RFID signals in response to a manual activation thereof. A transaction may be defined upon receiving a confluence of multiple RFID signals at the same time, or at nearly the same time, at an RFID reader. A transaction may also be defined upon receiving multiple RFID signals or confluences of such signals in a predetermined series or sequence. The RFID devices may include a single manually activated RFID tag, or two or more of such tags, which may be individually activated by one or more manual interactions from a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Ryan Scott Russell, Wesley Scott Lauka, Ned Lecky, Joshua Joel Boelter
  • Publication number: 20180068261
    Abstract: Inventory systems may include one or more sensors capable of detecting spatial positioning of inventory holders and an arm of a worker interacting with the inventory holder. Data can be received from a sensor, a gesture of the arm can be determined from the data, and a bin location or other information can be determined based on the gesture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Inventors: Ned Lecky, Peter K. Mansfield, Peter R. Wurman, Dennis Polic
  • Patent number: 9830485
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for pick verification using moving radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. A robotic picker moves an item storage structure within range of a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag reader, wherein the item storage structure comprises multiple items and the items each have an RFID tag affixed. The RFID tag reader emits an electric field. The robotic picker moves the item storage structure while the RFID tag reader emits the electric field. An RFID tag identification device receives responses from energized RFID tags affixed to the items. The RFID tag identification device determines that an energized RFID tag is in motion and selects an identifier broadcast by the energized RFID tag that is in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ned Lecky
  • Patent number: 9824328
    Abstract: Inventory systems may include one or more sensors capable of detecting spatial positioning of inventory holders and an arm of a worker interacting with the inventory holder. Data can be received from a sensor, a gesture of the arm can be determined from the data, and a bin location or other information can be determined based on the gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ned Lecky, Peter K. Mansfield, Peter R. Wurman, Dennis Polic
  • Patent number: 9734367
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for verifying that items have been correctly retrieved to fulfill orders or shipments. A plurality of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are energized with an electromagnetic field emitted from an RFID reader, wherein individual ones of the RFID tags include a sensor. Motion data is reported by the RFID tags and detected via the RFID reader. Subsequently, at least one of the plurality of RFID tags is selected from the plurality of RFID tags based at least in part on the motion data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ned Lecky, Ryan Scott Russell, Wesley Scott Lauka
  • Publication number: 20170174436
    Abstract: Described are systems, methods, and apparatus for managing the movement of inventory items within a materials handling facility using rollable containers and a gravity feed conveyance system. Inventory items are placed in the rollable containers and are routed to different locations within the materials handling facility along the gravity feed conveyance system, through use of gravitational forces that cause the rollable containers to roll. By using gravity to route inventory items within the materials handling facility, the energy and power requirements for the materials handling facility are reduced, which reduces overhead costs and which is better for the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Martin Peter Aalund, Jon Stuart Battles, David Henry Clark, Ned Lecky, Jayson Michael Jochim
  • Patent number: 9600798
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for an automated materials handling facility. The automated materials handling facility uses a series of automated devices, such as automated guidance vehicles, mobile drive units, robotic arms, automated sorters, etc., to facilitate item receive, stow, pick, shipping and other aspects of materials handling. The automated devices are controlled by a materials handling control system that sends instructions to the various devices to coordinate operation of those devices and to coordinate flow of items through the materials handling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Jayson Michael Jochim, Martin Peter Aalund, Ned Lecky, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Paul Roy Raines, Jr., Kaushik Mani, Yan Yan, David Henry Clark, John Tan
  • Patent number: 9580245
    Abstract: Inventory systems may include one or more sensors capable of detecting spatial positioning of inventory holders and associated inventory items. Data can be received from a sensor, a boundary corresponding to a face of the inventory holder can be determined from the data, and items projecting across the boundary can be determined as items protruding from the inventory holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter K. Mansfield, Ned Lecky, Peter R. Wurman, Dennis Polic, David Levy
  • Publication number: 20170043953
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for an automated materials handling facility. The automated materials handling facility uses a series of automated devices, such as automated guidance vehicles, mobile drive units, robotic arms, automated sorters, etc., to facilitate item receive, stow, pick, shipping and other aspects of materials handling. The automated devices are controlled by a materials handling control system that sends instructions to the various devices to coordinate operation of those devices and to coordinate flow of items through the materials handling system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Jayson Michael Jochim, Martin Peter Aalund, Ned Lecky, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Paul Roy Raines, JR., Kaushik Mani, Yan Yan, David Henry Clark, John Tan
  • Patent number: 9489655
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for verifying that items have been correctly retrieved to fulfill orders or shipments. A plurality of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags may be energized with an electromagnetic field emitted from an RFID reader, wherein individual ones of the plurality of RFID tags comprise a unique identifier. A signal strength reader may detect a change in a signal strength corresponding to the RFID tag. The RFID reader may then identify the unique identifier of the RFID tag in response to detecting the change in the signal strength corresponding to the RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ned Lecky
  • Patent number: 9478030
    Abstract: By evaluating readily available facts regarding an object, an item may be identified, or one or more characteristics of the item may be determined, and a destination for the item may be selected. An extraction module including a depth sensor may capture depth imaging data regarding the item, which may then be processed in order to estimate one or more dimensions of the item, and an appropriate container or storage area for the item may be selected. Additionally, the extraction module may further include a scale for determining a mass of the item, or digital cameras for capturing one or more images of the item. The images of the item may be analyzed in order to interpret any markings, labels or identifiers disposed on the item, and a destination for the item may be selected based on the mass, the analyzed images or the depth imaging data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ned Lecky
  • Patent number: 9449295
    Abstract: An RFID device may include one or more manually activated RFID tags configured to transmit unique RFID signals in response to a manual activation thereof. A transaction may be defined upon receiving a confluence of multiple RFID signals at the same time, or at nearly the same time, at an RFID reader. A transaction may also be defined upon receiving multiple RFID signals or confluences of such signals in a predetermined series or sequence. The RFID devices may include a single manually activated RFID tag, or two or more of such tags, which may be individually activated by one or more manual interactions from a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Scott Russell, Wesley Scott Lauka, Ned Lecky, Joshua Joel Boelter
  • Patent number: 9298997
    Abstract: Where the recognition of small characters (e.g., text, numbers or symbols) expressed in substantially large images is desired, the recognition process may be facilitated by identifying a signature or a pattern of marked identifiers (e.g., bar codes) within the image, and determining where such characters are typically located in relation to the signature or pattern of identifiers. Because the recognition of characters within images typically occupies a substantial amount of a computer's processing capacity, focusing a recognition technique on portions where such characters are frequently located within an image that includes the signature or pattern, and not on the entire image, the time required in order to process an image in order to recognize such characters may be markedly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ned Lecky
  • Publication number: 20150379459
    Abstract: An RFID device may include one or more manually activated RFID tags configured to transmit unique RFID signals in response to a manual activation thereof. A transaction may be defined upon receiving a confluence of multiple RFID signals at the same time, or at nearly the same time, at an RFID reader. A transaction may also be defined upon receiving multiple RFID signals or confluences of such signals in a predetermined series or sequence. The RFID devices may include a single manually activated RFID tag, or two or more of such tags, which may be individually activated by one or more manual interactions from a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: December 31, 2015
    Inventors: Ryan Scott Russell, Wesley Scott Lauka, Ned Lecky, Joshua Joel Boelter