Patents by Inventor Nicholas Vitale

Nicholas Vitale 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: 11277545
    Abstract: An image capture device includes a heatsink having a cutout within the heatsink. The image capture device also includes a housing, a mounting structure located on an external side of the housing, and an integrated sensor and lens assembly (ISLA) extending through the cutout in the heatsink and connecting to the mounting structure. The ISLA is free of contact with the heatsink. The heatsink can include mounting flanges to support components including printed circuit boards and battery cages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Kielan C. Crow, Akshay Shinde, Nicholas Vitale, Eduardo Hernandez Pacheco
  • Publication number: 20220021795
    Abstract: An image capture device includes a heatsink that absorbs thermal energy and a first component that generates thermal energy. The image capture device includes a second component that generates thermal energy and a first conductor that extends between the first component and the heatsink, and the first conductor moves thermal energy from the first component to the heatsink by conduction. The image capture device includes a second conductor that extends between the second component and the heatsink, and the second conductor has a portion perpendicularly extended relative to the first conductor. The second conductor moves thermal energy from the second component to the heatsink by conduction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Inventors: Kielan C. Crow, Nicholas Vitale, Eduardo Hernandez Pacheco
  • Publication number: 20210397070
    Abstract: An image capture device is described that includes a body; a mounting structure that is connected to the body; an integrated sensor-lens assembly (ISLA) that defines an optical axis and extends through the body and the mounting structure; and an accessory that is releasably connectable to the mounting structure via rotation through a range of motion less than approximately 90 degrees. The mounting structure and the accessory include corresponding angled bearing surfaces that are configured for engagement such that rotation of the accessory relative to the mounting structure creates a bearing effect that displaces the accessory along the optical axis to thereby reduce any axial force required during connection and disconnection of the accessory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Matthew David Thomas, Jordan Zook Todd, Jesse Patterson, Nicholas Vitale, Joseph Tucker, Ian Griggs
  • Publication number: 20210389646
    Abstract: An image capture device includes a housing defining a receptacle having a housing electrical interface and a mechanical coupling mechanism coupled to or connected with the housing at a location of the receptacle. The image capture device includes an interchangeable lens module that releases connection with the mechanical coupling mechanism. The interchangeable lens module including a module electrical interface and an imaging sensor. A collar rotatable about the interchangeable lens module and lockable to the mechanical coupling mechanism to secure the interchangeable lens module to the housing and couple the module electrical interface to the housing electrical interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2021
    Publication date: December 16, 2021
    Inventors: Chao Chen, Nicholas Vitale, Herman Wong, Adrian Santos
  • Publication number: 20210344819
    Abstract: An image capture device that includes a housing and a heatsink located partially or completely within the housing. The heatsink comprises a planar surface, a printed circuit board in communication with the heatsink, and a sheet conductor that is a graphite sheet connected to the planar surface of the heatsink and in direct contact with the printed circuit board or components of the printed circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2021
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Inventors: Nicholas Vitale, Raul Vargas Gonzalez, Herman Wong
  • Publication number: 20210321027
    Abstract: An image capture device includes a first component that is configured to provide thermal energy. A heatsink is spaced a distance apart from the first component, and a second component is positioned between the first component and the heatsink. A conductor contacts the first component and the heatsink, and the conductor extends from the first component along sides of the second component to the heatsink.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Inventors: Kielan C. Crow, Nicholas Vitale, Eduardo Hernandez Pacheco
  • Patent number: 11146711
    Abstract: An image capture device includes a first component that is configured to provide thermal energy. A heatsink is spaced a distance apart from the first component, and a second component is positioned between the first component and the heatsink. A conductor contacts the first component and the heatsink, and the conductor extends from the first component along sides of the second component to the heatsink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Kielan C. Crow, Nicholas Vitale, Eduardo Hernandez Pacheco
  • Publication number: 20210306536
    Abstract: A housing assembly for an image capture device is disclosed. The housing assembly includes: a front housing portion defining an opening; a rear housing portion that is connected (secured) to the front housing portion so as to form a watertight seal therebetween; a mounting structure, which is configured as a discrete component that is separate from the front housing portion and the rear housing portion and connected (secured) to the front housing portion adjacent to the opening; a first sealing member that is positioned between the mounting structure and the front housing portion and configured to form a watertight seal therebetween; an integrated sensor-lens assembly (ISLA) that is connected (secured) to the mounting structure such that the ISLA extends through the opening in the front housing portion; and a second sealing member that is positioned between the ISLA and the mounting structure and configured to form a watertight seal therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Publication date: September 30, 2021
    Inventor: Nicholas Vitale
  • Publication number: 20210274067
    Abstract: An image capture device includes a heatsink having a cutout within the heatsink. The image capture device also includes a housing, a mounting structure located on an external side of the housing, and an integrated sensor and lens assembly (ISLA) extending through the cutout in the heatsink and connecting to the mounting structure. The ISLA is free of contact with the heatsink. The heatsink can include mounting flanges to support components including printed circuit boards and battery cages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Kielan C. Crow, Akshay Shinde, Nicholas Vitale, Eduardo Hernandez Pacheco
  • Publication number: 20210173288
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a body, electronic components contained in the body, and two finger members. The two finger members movable relative to the body between an extended state and a collapsed state. In the extended state, the two finger members extend outward from the body for receipt by a mount of an external support. In the collapsed state, the two finger members are collapsed toward the body. In the extended state, the two finger members may extend parallel with each other for receipt in parallel slots of the mount of the external support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2021
    Publication date: June 10, 2021
    Inventors: Nicholas Vitale, John George Muhlenkamp, IV, Huy Phuong Nguyen, Marco Marroquin, Nicholas D. Woodman, Kielan C. Crow
  • Publication number: 20210111210
    Abstract: An image capture device includes a first housing, a second housing, a first integrated sensor-lens assembly (ISLA), and a second ISLA. The second housing is coupled to the first housing to form an internal compartment. The first ISLA includes a first image sensor coupled to a first lens in fixed alignment. The second ISLA includes a second image sensor coupled to a second lens in fixed alignment. The first ISLA is positively statically connected to the first housing, and the second ISLA is coupled to the first housing indirectly via the first ISLA.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Nicholas Vitale, Michael Brookmire, Matthew David Thomas, Jordan Zook Todd, John George Muhlenkamp, IV, Heman Au
  • Publication number: 20210112182
    Abstract: An image capture device includes electronic components and a body. The electronic components include an image sensor and a processing apparatus. The body defines an internal compartment containing the electronic components. The body includes a rear housing and a chassis. The rear housing extends around a top side, a right side, a bottom side, and a left side of the body. The chassis includes an upright portion and a lateral portion extending rearward from the upright portion. The rear housing and the chassis are coupled to each other to cooperatively form the internal compartment with the upright portion of the chassis being coupled to a front end of the rear housing and the lateral portion being positioned outside of and below the internal compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Kielan C. Crow, Nicholas Vitale, Marco Marroquin, Matthew David Thomas, Jordan Zook Todd, John George Muhlenkamp, IV, Huy Phuong Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20210105549
    Abstract: A device includes an audio assembly and a housing defining an aperture that interfaces with the audio assembly at an interior surface of the housing. The device includes stanchions coupled to an exterior surface of the housing at a location of the aperture and a cover coupled to the stanchions and free of contact with the housing. The device includes a drainage channel extending between the cover, the exterior surface of the housing, and the stanchions. The drainage channel includes a first portion defining an inlet of the drainage channel, and the first portion has a first width defined by the stanchions. The drainage channel includes a second portion defining an outlet of the drainage channel, and the second portion has a second width defined by the stanchions. The stanchions are tapered in shape so that the first width is wider than the second width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Inventors: Eric Penrod, Nicholas Vitale, Adrian Santos
  • Patent number: 10928711
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a body, electronic components contained in the body, and two finger members. The two finger members movable relative to the body between an extended state and a collapsed state. In the extended state, the two finger members extend outward from the body for receipt by a mount of an external support. In the collapsed state, the two finger members are collapsed toward the body. In the extended state, the two finger members may extend parallel with each other for receipt in parallel slots of the mount of the external support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Vitale, John George Muhlenkamp, IV, Huy Phuong Nguyen, Marco Marroquin, Nicholas D. Woodman, Kielan C. Crow
  • Patent number: 10812899
    Abstract: A drainage system includes an inlet defined between a housing of a device and a first edge of a cover coupled to the housing. The cover protects an audio assembly disposed beneath the cover from an environment external to the device. The drainage system includes an outlet defined between the housing and a second edge of the cover and a drainage channel extending from the inlet to the outlet between an interior surface of the cover and an exterior surface of the housing. The drainage channel is configured to drain moisture from the audio assembly, and the inlet is configured to allow ambient audio to pass through the drainage channel to the audio assembly at a predetermined time period after the image capture device emerges from a liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Penrod, Nicholas Vitale
  • Patent number: D905786
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Vitale, John George Muhlenkamp, IV, Huy Phuong Nguyen, Marco Marroquin, Nicholas D. Woodman
  • Patent number: D907680
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Huy Phuong Nguyen, Daniel J. Coster, John George Muhlenkamp, IV, Heman Au, Senka Agic Bergman, Nicholas Vitale
  • Patent number: D946074
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: John George Muhlenkamp, IV, Daniel J. Coster, Huy Phuong Nguyen, Kielan C. Crow, Nicholas Vitale
  • Patent number: RE49005
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Senka Agic Bergman, Nicholas Vitale, Erik Jorgensen
  • Patent number: D950624
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: John George Muhlenkamp, IV, Daniel J. Coster, Huy Phuong Nguyen, Kielan C. Crow, Nicholas Vitale