Patents by Inventor Nicholas R. Antel

Nicholas R. Antel 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: 10562398
    Abstract: An unmanned battery optimization vehicle includes a transceiver, a battery optimization apparatus, and a control circuit. The transceiver is configured to transmit and receive signals. The battery optimization apparatus is configured to interact with a battery disposed at an unmanned autonomous vehicle. The control circuit is coupled to the transceiver and the battery optimization apparatus. The control circuit is configured to cause the unmanned battery optimization vehicle to independently navigate and travel to a present location of the autonomous vehicle based at least in part upon the signals received at the transceiver. When the unmanned battery optimization vehicle reaches the present location of the unmanned autonomous vehicle, the control circuit is further configured to direct the battery optimization apparatus to engage in an interaction with the battery at the unmanned autonomous vehicle. The interaction is effective to optimize battery operation at the unmanned autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Donald R. High, John J. O'Brien, Robert L. Cantrell, Nicholas Ray Antel
  • Publication number: 20190337722
    Abstract: Generally speaking, pursuant to various embodiments, systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein useful for autonomously delivering lockers. In some embodiments, a system comprises a carrier vehicle, the carrier vehicle comprising a storage area, a docking station including a plurality of storage docks, each of the plurality of storage docks configured to secure at least one locker, wherein the docking station is located within the storage area, and a retrieval point, a plurality of lockers each configured to house at least one product, a delivery vehicle, the delivery vehicle comprising a delivery dock, wherein the delivery dock is configured to receive, at the retrieval point, at least one locker, and a propulsion mechanism, wherein the propulsion mechanism propels the delivery vehicle, and a control circuit, the control circuit configured to identify, from the plurality of lockers, a selected locker, and cause the selected locker to move to the retrieval point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Donald R. High, David C. Winkle, Michael D. Atchley, Brian G. McHale, Nicholas Ray Antel, John J. O'Brien, Todd D. Mattingly, Bruce W. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 10399775
    Abstract: Generally speaking, pursuant to various embodiments, systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein useful for autonomously delivering lockers. In some embodiments, a system comprises a carrier vehicle, the carrier vehicle comprising a storage area, a docking station including a plurality of storage docks, each of the plurality of storage docks configured to secure at least one locker, wherein the docking station is located within the storage area, and a retrieval point, a plurality of lockers each configured to house at least one product, a delivery vehicle, the delivery vehicle comprising a delivery dock, wherein the delivery dock is configured to receive, at the retrieval point, at least one locker, and a propulsion mechanism, wherein the propulsion mechanism propels the delivery vehicle, and a control circuit, the control circuit configured to identify, from the plurality of lockers, a selected locker, and cause the selected locker to move to the retrieval point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Donald R. High, David C. Winkle, Michael D. Atchley, Brian G. McHale, Nicholas Ray Antel, John J. O'Brien, Todd D. Mattingly, Bruce W. Wilkinson
  • Publication number: 20190196506
    Abstract: Some embodiments include systems, methods, and apparatuses capable of determining a leader of a group of autonomous vehicles. In some embodiments, a system of autonomous vehicles comprises two or more autonomous vehicles each having a communication device and in communication with one another, each of the two or more autonomous vehicles configured to travel as a group, receive and transport goods, communicate with others of the two or more autonomous vehicles in the group, and conduct a negotiation to establish at least one leader, wherein any one of the two or more autonomous vehicles can become the at least one leader.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Donald R. High, David C. Winkle, Michael D. Atchley, Brian G. McHale, Nicholas Ray Antel, John J. O'Brien, Todd D. Mattingly, Nathan G. Jones
  • Publication number: 20190168966
    Abstract: Generally speaking, pursuant to various embodiments, systems, apparatuses, and methods are provided herein useful for autonomously delivering lockers. In some embodiments, a system comprises a carrier vehicle, the carrier vehicle comprising a storage area, a docking station including a plurality of storage docks, each of the plurality of storage docks configured to secure at least one locker, wherein the docking station is located within the storage area, and a retrieval point, a plurality of lockers each configured to house at least one product, a delivery vehicle, the delivery vehicle comprising a delivery dock, wherein the delivery dock is configured to receive, at the retrieval point, at least one locker, and a propulsion mechanism, wherein the propulsion mechanism propels the delivery vehicle, and a control circuit, the control circuit configured to identify, from the plurality of lockers, a selected locker, and cause the selected locker to move to the retrieval point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Donald R. High, David C. Winkle, Michael D. Atchley, Brian G. McHale, Nicholas Ray Antel, John J. O'Brien, Todd D. Mattingly, Bruce W. Wilkinson
  • Publication number: 20190070995
    Abstract: In some embodiments, methods and systems are provided that for transporting and deploying unmanned aerial vehicles. The unmanned aerial vehicles may be deployed from mobile stations that include receptacles each configured to retain an unmanned aerial vehicle. The receptacles may be independently movable into relative positions that permit multiple unmanned aerial vehicles to be deployed simultaneously from the mobile stations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Publication date: March 7, 2019
    Inventors: Robert L. Cantrell, Donald R. High, Brian G. McHale, Nicholas R. Antel, Gregory A. Hicks, Nathan G. Jones, John J. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20190047577
    Abstract: Input signals and a failure indication are received from an automated ground vehicle (AGV) or aerial drone. A type of failure at the AGV or aerial drone is determined based upon analyzing the failure indication and the input signals. When the type of failure is a power failure, a first control signal is transmitted that connects a back-up power source to an electrical power network of the AGV or aerial drone. Upon reception of the failure indication, a second control signal is transmitted to the AGV or aerial drone that instigates a security protection measure at the AGV or aerial drone. A third control signal that is effective to actuate a recovery assistance apparatus is transmitted. The recovery assistance apparatus, upon being actuated, replaces or repairs the failed or suspect component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Inventors: Nicholas R. Antel, John J. O'Brien, Donald R. High, Robert L. Cantrell
  • Publication number: 20190034877
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide aerial retail product delivery system, comprising: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV); unmanned ground vehicle mobile control points (MCP) each configured to move to a pre-selected intermediate locations; wherein a UAV control circuit is configured to: determine adjustments to a final approach path between the UAV and a MCP to improve an alignment approach at a pre-selected intermediate location by applying a cooperative navigation between the UAV and the MCP as a function of both a first set of navigation data detected by coordination navigation sensor of the UAV, and a second set of navigation data detected by an inbound navigation sensor of the MCP; implement the adjustments to flight of the UAV to modify the final approach path; and direct the transfer of a product to the MCP and to cause the MCP to transport and deposit the product at a delivery location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Robert L. Cantrell, John J. O'Brien, Nicholas R. Antel, Donald R. High
  • Publication number: 20190034856
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to enable delivery of commercial products via one or more modular autonomous vehicles. In some embodiments, the system may include databases and primary autonomous vehicles (PAVs). Each database can include information corresponding to commercial missions each defining delivery characteristic and commercial product characteristics of products scheduled for delivery to a delivery destination. Each PAV can include transceivers, storage areas (e.g., to store secondary autonomous vehicles (SAV), SAV components, and commercial objects), and control circuits. The control circuit(s) can be configured to assess commercial missions and select SAV components in accordance with assessed commercial missions. The control circuits can be configured to cause the selected SAV components to be affixed on the SAV.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Todd D. Mattingly, David C. Winkle, Michael D. Atchley, Brian G. McHale, Nicholas R. Antel, John J. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20180341275
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to streamline a product distribution process, including unloading, loading, and storage. In some embodiments, a trailer is described herein that initiates communications with a facility so that it can be determined whether the trailer has products intended for delivery to the facility. Further, the trailer can scan an interior thereof to maintain an accurate inventory. In several embodiments, the trailer, facility, and guided vehicles/machines at the facility can autonomously interact to unload products from the trailer, load products into the trailer, and store the trailer, as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventor: Nicholas R. Antel
  • Publication number: 20180005312
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to provide experiential on-site use of physical products within a retail shopping facility in a combined virtual and physical setting. In some embodiments, a customer may use a physical retail product within the retail shopping facility in an environment simulated to be similar to those typically used or recommended for use with the physical retail product. Thus, for certain items that cannot be easily experienced in a retail shopping facility, the systems, apparatuses, and methods herein provide for a manner of experiencing a physical retail product before purchase. The combined virtual-physical experience may serve as a retail marketing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Todd D. Mattingly, David Tovey, Nicholas R. Antel, John J. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20170200117
    Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to fulfill product orders. In some embodiments, a product order fulfillment system, comprises: a plurality of Optical Head-Mounted Display (OHMD) systems; and a customer order fulfillment system associated with a retail store and configured to wireless communicate with each of the plurality of OHMD systems, and comprising a fulfillment management circuit configured to: receive multiple different product orders; determine separate product collection routes through the retail store that are each to be respectively followed by one of one or more workers; and wirelessly communicate route information and product identifier information to the OHMD systems and cause the route information and the product identifier information to be visually displayed through the OHMD systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Publication date: July 13, 2017
    Inventors: Donald R. High, Michael D. Atchley, Nicholas R. Antel