Patents by Inventor Patrick A. Smith

Patrick A. 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).

  • Publication number: 20210214067
    Abstract: The technology described herein relates to autonomous aerial vehicle technology and, more specifically, to autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle with folding collapsible arms. In some embodiments, a UAV including a central body, a plurality of rotor arms, and a plurality of hinge mechanisms is disclosed. The plurality of rotor arms each include a rotor unit at a distal end of the rotor arm. The rotor units are configured to provide propulsion for the UAV. The plurality of hinge mechanisms mechanically attach (or couple) proximal ends of the plurality of rotor arms to the central body. Each hinge mechanism is configured to rotate a respective rotor arm of the plurality of rotor arms about an axis of rotation that is at an oblique angle relative to a vertical median plane of the central body to transition between an extended state and a folded state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventors: Zachary Albert West, Yevgeniy Kozlenko, Kevin Patrick Smith O'Leary, Benjamin Scott Thompson, Abraham Galton Bachrach, Adam Parker Bry, Asher Mendel Robbins-Rothman, Brett Nicholas Randolph, Dylan Matthew Callaway, Daniel Thomas Adams
  • Publication number: 20210214068
    Abstract: The technology described herein relates to autonomous aerial vehicle technology and, more specifically, to image stabilization systems for autonomous aerial vehicles. In some embodiments, a UAV including a central body, an image capture assembly that couples the image capture assembly to the central body. The image stabilization assembly is configured to provide structural protection and support around the image capture assembly while passively isolating the image capture assembly from vibrations and other motion of the central body while the UAV is in flight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Inventors: Adam Parker Bry, Abraham Galton Bachrach, Yevgeniy Kozlenko, Kevin Patrick Smith O'Leary, Asher Mendel Robbins-Rothman, Zachary Albert West, Daniel Thomas Adams, Donald Allen Severns, Patrick Allen Lowe, Benjamin Scott Thompson
  • Publication number: 20210180366
    Abstract: A lock system for securing a storage container comprises a first lock having a first lock body and a shackle, the first lock having a first locked condition wherein the shackle is locked to the first lock body and a first unlocked condition wherein the shackle is unlocked from the first lock body. The first lock has a first key receptacle for actuating the first lock between the first locked condition and the first unlocked condition. The lock assembly includes a second lock having a second lock body and a cable. The second lock has a second locked condition wherein the cable is locked to the second lock body and a second unlocked condition wherein the cable is unlocked from the second lock body. The second lock has a second key receptacle for actuating the second lock between the second locked condition and the second unlocked condition. A key is receivable by both the first key receptacle and the second key receptacle and keyed to lock and unlock both the first lock and the second lock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2021
    Publication date: June 17, 2021
    Inventor: Patrick Smith
  • Patent number: 11018964
    Abstract: An apparatus and method that captures a complete history of serial network Link Training negotiations by continuously monitoring multiple analog signals representing both sides of full duplex lanes in real-time by pattern matching the Link Training Frame Marker and the subsequent negotiation request/response data values. The apparatus and method compare the digitized version of the incoming signal against a nominal pattern at the start to find the Frame Markers and Control Channel data, storing only those Control Channel data values that do not match the current compare pattern, and further by updating the current compare pattern to the new pattern just received, so that only the transitions in the data values are stored, thereby vastly reducing the amount of data presented to the user, but nonetheless retaining the complete substantive history of the Link Training negotiations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Kelly, Patrick A. Smith, Jed H. Andrews, Keith D. Rule
  • Patent number: 11002556
    Abstract: A system determines wind information for achieving a desired outcome for travel of a selected group of one or more vehicles along one or more routes. The system determines wind drag and/or a parasitic energy loss for travel by different potential groups of vehicles based on the wind information. The system determines the wind drag and/or parasitic energy loss for each of plural, different locations along the one or more routes, visually presents the wind drag and/or parasitic energy loss for each of the different groups of vehicles, and/or determines the selected group of the one or more vehicles from the different groups of vehicles for travel along the one or more routes to achieve the desired outcome based on the wind drag and/or parasitic energy loss that is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: TRANSPORTATION IP HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Patrick Smith, Eren Con
  • Publication number: 20210120997
    Abstract: A cooking system for cooking food includes a housing defining a hollow chamber configured to receive the food, a lid movable relative to said housing between an open position and a closed position to form a pressure-tight cooking volume between said hollow chamber and said lid, at least one heating element associated with at least one of said housing and said lid, and a temperature probe positionable within said pressure-tight cooking volume. The cooking system is operable in a pressure cooking mode and during said pressure cooking mode. The temperature probe is operable to detect a temperature of the food in said pressure-tight cooking volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2020
    Publication date: April 29, 2021
    Inventors: Danny Martins Raposo, Roger Neil Jackson, Christopher Patrick Smith
  • Publication number: 20210114276
    Abstract: Methods of fabricating a hydrogel tube, and related systems, employ extrusion of a cross-linkable hydrogel solution from an annular outer nozzle of a nozzle assembly to form a cross-linkable hydrogel tube. The cross-linkable hydrogel tube is cured to form a cross-linked hydrogel tube. A second hydrogel solution can be coextruded via the axial inner nozzle to form an inner hydrogel filament coaxially positioned within the cross-linkable hydrogel tube. The cross-linked hydrogel tube can be functionalized with collagen to enable cell adhesion, and cells can be cultured on the luminal surfaces of these tubes to yield tubular endothelial layers. A 3D printed coaxial nozzle can be used to fabricate biofunctional tubular conduits that can be utilized for engineering in vitro models of tubular biological structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Alshakim Nelson, Siyami Millik, Patrick Smith, Dylan Karis, Ashleigh Theberge, Ashley Dostie
  • Patent number: 10936840
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optical imaging using an optical sensor in an active area of the display are described. The optical sensor includes a set of detector elements positioned in a detector plane; a transparent layer; and a set of first reflective surfaces in the transparent layer. Each reflective surface in the first set of reflective surfaces is positioned to receive light from a portion of a sensing region of the display and to reflect the received light. The optical sensor further includes a second set of reflective surfaces, each reflective surface in the second set of reflective surfaces is positioned to receive the transmitted light from the first set of reflective surfaces, and to further reflect the received light towards one of the set of detector elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: FINGERPRINT CARDS AB
    Inventors: Marek Mienko, Patrick Smith, Arash Akhavan Fomani
  • Publication number: 20210056157
    Abstract: Optimizations are provided for distinguishing between webpages that are cached and webpages that have been or currently are displayed on a user interface. In some instances, a list of webpages is generated in response to a query entered by a user. Then, a determined number of webpages that were included in the list are cached in memory. These cached webpages each have an associated agent string, and at least some of these agent strings are updated to reflect a cached status. Subsequently, a first webpage is displayed on a user interface. This first webpage was included among those webpages that were cached. Further, the agent string for this webpage is updated to reflect an in-view status. In response to the first webpage being replaced by a second webpage, the agent string for the second webpage is then updated to reflect the in-view status.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Publication date: February 25, 2021
    Inventors: Jason Bosarge, D. Levi King, Spencer Patrick Smith
  • Patent number: 10891460
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for optical sensing, comprising: a display comprising a transparent substrate and a plurality of light emitters disposed above the transparent substrate; a transparent cover layer disposed above the display, wherein a top surface of the transparent cover layer provides an input surface for sensing an input object; and, an angled filter disposed below the transparent substrate of the display, wherein the angled filter is configured to allow light within a tolerance angle of an acceptance angle to pass through the angled filter, wherein the acceptance angle is centered around a non-zero angle relative to a normal of the input surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Will Semiconductor (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Guozhong Shen, Richard Klenkler, Paul Wickboldt, Young Seen Lee, Patrick Smith, Bob Lee Mackey, Marek Mienko, Arash Akhavan Fomani, Alvin Jee, Erik Jonathon Thompson, Bjoren Davis
  • Publication number: 20200408982
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device comprising: a light guide configured to receive incident light from one or more light sources; a cover layer with a sensing surface configured to receive an input object to be sensed; and a set of photodetectors. The light guide includes diffraction gratings configured to diffract the incident light as diffracted light, wherein the diffracted light exits the light guide and travels towards the sensing surface. The diffracted light is reflected from the sensing surface as reflected light. The reflected light is sensed by the set of photodetectors to form an image of the input object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Pascale El Kallassi, Marek Mienko, Patrick Smith
  • Publication number: 20200386564
    Abstract: A system determines wind information for achieving a desired outcome for travel of a selected group of one or more vehicles along one or more routes. The system determines wind drag and/or a parasitic energy loss for travel by different potential groups of vehicles based on the wind information. The system determines the wind drag and/or parasitic energy loss for each of plural, different locations along the one or more routes, visually presents the wind drag and/or parasitic energy loss for each of the different groups of vehicles, and/or determines the selected group of the one or more vehicles from the different groups of vehicles for travel along the one or more routes to achieve the desired outcome based on the wind drag and/or parasitic energy loss that is determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Patrick Smith, Eren Con
  • Patent number: 10845920
    Abstract: An input device includes a transparent layer having a top surface and a bottom surface, and an inner layer positioned below and directly contacting the bottom surface of the transparent layer, wherein the inner layer has a second index of refraction (n2) that is lower than a first index of refraction (n1) of the transparent layer, and wherein a first region of the transparent layer extends past an end of the inner layer. The device also includes a light source positioned below the bottom surface of the transparent layer, and a reflector arrangement configured to reflect light emitted by the light source into the transparent layer in or proximal to the first region of the transparent layer, wherein at least a portion of the light reflected into the transparent layer propagates within the transparent layer by total internal reflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: FINGERPRINT CARDS AB
    Inventors: Patrick Smith, Paul Wickboldt, Marek Mienko, Pascale El Kallassi
  • Publication number: 20200349332
    Abstract: A hybrid capacitive and optical fingerprint sensor system includes: capacitive sensor electrodes; an optical image sensor having a plurality of image sensor pixels; light conditioning elements, configured to condition light from a sensing region of the hybrid capacitive and optical fingerprint sensor for detection by the optical image sensor; and a processing system having one or more controllers, configured to operate the capacitive sensor electrodes in a low-power mode of operation for the hybrid capacitive and optical fingerprint sensor, and to operate the optical image sensor to acquire an image from the sensing region of the hybrid capacitive and optical fingerprint sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Applicant: FINGERPRINT CARDS AB
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Lillie, Mark Pude, Eric Bohannon, Eric Moule, Erik Jonathon Thompson, Patrick Smith, Lynn Kern
  • Patent number: 10796128
    Abstract: An optical sensor device includes: a display layer, comprising a light source configured to generate light incident on an input surface of the optical sensor device; an image sensor layer, disposed below the display layer, comprising an optical image sensor having a plurality of image sensor pixels; and a first ambient light filter layer, disposed between the display layer and the image sensor layer, configured to block one or more wavelengths of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: FINGERPRINT CARDS AB
    Inventors: Arash Akhavan Fomani, Marek Mienko, Richard Klenkler, Patrick Smith, Robert J. Gove, Guozhong Shen, Alvin Jee, Young Seen Lee, Jason Goodelle, Bob Lee Mackey
  • Patent number: 10796123
    Abstract: Optical sensing systems and methods for imaging objects include under-display optical sensors with one or multiple discrete light sources positioned on, in or under the display. The optical sensors may include an array of optical sensing elements, e.g., photodetectors, arranged in or under the display. The displays include OLED or LCD displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Will Semiconductor (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Patrick Smith, Arash Akhavan Fomani, Marek Mienko, Bob Lee Mackey, Guozhong Shen
  • Publication number: 20200304110
    Abstract: Methods of triggering a test and measurement instrument having a plurality of inputs include the step of generating a trigger signal in response to every occurrence of any one of a plurality of specified trigger events. A first specified trigger event occurs in at least a first one of the inputs and a second specified trigger event occurs in at least a second one of the plurality of inputs. A specified trigger event may include at least one selected input from the plurality of inputs and a selected activity type. Some methods include configuring each of a plurality of event activity detectors to produce a pulse in a logic signal in response to every occurrence of one of the specified trigger events. The plurality of logic signals are combined in a logical OR circuit to generate the trigger signal. Trigger circuits configured according to these methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2020
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: Tektronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick A. Smith, Daniel G. Knierim
  • Patent number: 10773717
    Abstract: A method for assisting the operation of a host vehicle traveling on a roadway includes acquiring images around the host vehicle with at least one primary camera assembly having a first field of view. Visibility is detected within the first field of view. The at least one primary camera assembly is deactivated when the detected visibility is below a predetermined value. Images are acquired around the host vehicle with at least one secondary camera assembly having a second field of view until the detected visibility in the first field of view is at or above the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Nicolas Guibert De Bruet, Patrick A. Smith
  • Patent number: 10777990
    Abstract: A submersible habitat chamber providing a contained environment for repairing subsea cable is provided. The habitat chamber includes first and second shell parts assembled to at least partly define the contained environment, a first seal provided between the first and second shell parts, a cable seal provided for engagement with the cable, and at least one access port through at least one of the shell parts to allow a user to access the contained environment from outside the habitat. A method of using the habitat chamber and a kit for assembly of the chamber are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MOYLE INTERCONNECTOR LIMITED
    Inventors: Stephen James Hemphill, Michael John McGuckin, Maurice Patrick Smith, Gerard Joseph Rathborne, Patrick James O'Rourke
  • Patent number: D906170
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: SKYDIO, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Scott Thompson, Kevin Patrick Smith O'Leary, Asher Mendel Robbins-Rothman, Patrick Allen Lowe, Daniel Thomas Adams