Patents by Inventor Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons

Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons 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: 11415818
    Abstract: Apparatuses and systems for wearable devices such as eyewear are described. According to one embodiment, the wearable device includes a frame, onboard electronics components, and an antenna disposed around an eyepiece area of the frame that is configured to hold an optical element. The antenna is configured for inductive coupling. In some embodiments, a switch coupled to the antenna allows selection between circuitry for inductive charging of a battery and near-field communication (NFC) circuitry for communicating data via the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Ugur Olgun, Patrick Kusbel, Russell Douglas Patton, Jonathan M Rodriguez, II, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Patent number: 11361781
    Abstract: Method to perform dynamic beamforming to reduce SNR in signals captured by head-wearable apparatus starts with microphones generating acoustic signals. Microphones are coupled to first stem of the apparatus and to second stem of the apparatus. First and second beamformers generate first and second beamformer signals, respectively. Noise suppressor attenuates noise content from the first beamformer signal and the second beamformer signal. Noise content from first beamformer signal are acoustic signals not collocated in second beamformer signal and noise content from second beamformer signal are acoustic signals not collocated in first beamformer signal. Speech enhancer generates clean signal comprising speech content from first noise-suppressed signal and second noise-suppressed signal. Speech content are acoustic signals collocated in first beamformer signal and second beamformer signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Asfaw, Russell Douglas Patton, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Publication number: 20220109820
    Abstract: Camera compensation methods and systems that compensate for misalignment of sensors/camera in stereoscopic camera systems. The compensation includes identifying a pitch angle offset between a first camera and a second camera, determining misalignment of the first and second cameras from the identified pitch angle offset, determining a relative compensation delay responsive to the determined misalignment, introducing the relative compensation delay to image streams produced by the cameras, and producing a stereoscopic image on a display from the first and second image streams with the introduced delay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2021
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Inventors: Dmitry Ryuma, David Ben Ezra, Dunxu Hu, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Publication number: 20220109230
    Abstract: An eyewear device has an antenna system having at least one element which contributes to wireless signal transmission, and which is thermally connected to a heat-generating electronic component of the eyewear device to serve as a heat sink for the electronic component. A driven antenna element and/or a plurality of PCB extenders electrically connected to a PCB ground plane can thus be employed for both signal transmission and heat management.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Patrick Kusbel, Jun Lin, Douglas Wayne Moskowitz, Ugur Olgun, Russell Douglas Patton, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons, Stephen Andrew Steger
  • Patent number: 11259008
    Abstract: Camera compensation methods and systems that compensate for misalignment of sensors/camera in stereoscopic camera systems. The compensation includes identifying a pitch angle offset between a first camera and a second camera, determining misalignment of the first and second cameras from the identified pitch angle offset, determining a relative compensation delay responsive to the determined misalignment, introducing the relative compensation delay to image streams produced by the cameras, and producing a stereoscopic image on a display from the first and second image streams with the introduced delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitry Ryuma, David Ben Ezra, Dunxu Hu, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Patent number: 11181757
    Abstract: An eyewear device has an antenna system having at least one element which contributes to wireless signal transmission, and which is thermally connected to a heat-generating electronic component of the eyewear device to serve as a heat sink for the electronic component. A driven antenna element and/or a plurality of PCB extenders electrically connected to a PCB ground plane can thus be employed for both signal transmission and heat management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Patrick Kusbel, Jun Lin, Douglas Wayne Moskowitz, Ugur Olgun, Russell Douglas Patton, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons, Stephen Andrew Steger
  • Publication number: 20210345055
    Abstract: Head-wearable apparatus to generate binaural audio content includes a first stem coupled to a first microphone housing that encases first front microphone and first rear microphone that generates acoustic signals, respectively. First microphone housing includes a first front port that faces downward and a first rear port that faces backwards. Apparatus includes second stem coupled to second microphone housing that encases second front microphone and second rear microphone that generate acoustic signals, respectively. Second microphone housing includes second front port that faces downward and second rear port that faces backwards. Apparatus includes binaural audio processor that includes beamformer and storage device. Beamformer generate first beamformer signal based on acoustic signals from first front microphone and first rear microphone, and second beamformer based on acoustic signals from second front microphone and second rear microphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2021
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Asfaw, Dunxu Hu, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons, Victoria Lulu Wang Limketkai
  • Publication number: 20210305830
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are regulated power supplies. The power source delivers power to a system load and includes battery units. The power source also includes power flow devices coupled to the battery units that are configured to provide power from the battery units to the system load. Each power flow device corresponds to a respective one of the battery units, and includes a one direction current flow device connected in series with a current regulator between the respective battery unit and the system load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2021
    Publication date: September 30, 2021
    Inventors: Gerald Nilles, Russell Douglas Patton, Raul Alejandro Perez, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Patent number: 11068034
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing temperatures of wearable device components are disclosed. In one aspects, a method includes determining a temperature of an electronic component of the wearable device, determining a rate of temperature change of the electronic component, and determining whether to increase or decrease a transmission rate limit of the electronic component based on the temperature and the rate, adjusting the transmission rate limit based on the determination, and limiting a rate of transmission of the electronic component based on the adjusted transmission rate limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Michael Wollman, Nicholas Larson, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Patent number: 11063338
    Abstract: An antenna system comprises a combination of a loop antenna and a non-loop antenna. The loop antenna and the non-loop antenna is connected in common to a transceiver mechanism or signal feed mechanism. The non-loop antenna is in some embodiments provided by a dipole conductor. An eyewear device incorporates the antenna system, a loop conductor and a dipole conductor of the antenna system being integrated in a body of the eyewear device. The loop conductor may be provided by a lens ring that extends around a lens held by the body. The lens ring may serve both as loop conductor and as a lens retention mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Mathias Andreas Hintermann, Pat Kusbel, Douglas Wayne Moskowitz, Ugur Olgun, Russell Douglas Patton, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons, John Bernard Ardisana, II, Teodor Dabov, Ashutosh Y. Shukla
  • Publication number: 20210203909
    Abstract: Camera compensation methods and systems that compensate for misalignment of sensors/camera in stereoscopic camera systems. The compensation includes identifying a pitch angle offset between a first camera and a second camera, determining misalignment of the first and second cameras from the identified pitch angle offset, determining a relative compensation delay responsive to the determined misalignment, introducing the relative compensation delay to image streams produced by the cameras, and producing a stereoscopic image on a display from the first and second image streams with the introduced delay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Dmitry Ryuma, David Ben Ezra, Dunxu Hu, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Patent number: 11050280
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are regulated power supplies. The power source delivers power to a system load and includes battery units. The power source also includes power flow devices coupled to the battery units that are configured to provide power from the battery units to the system load. Each power flow device corresponds to a respective one of the battery units, and includes a one direction current flow device connected in series with a current regulator between the respective battery unit and the system load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald Nilles, Russell Douglas Patton, Raul Alejandro Perez, Patrick Timothy Mcsweeney Simons
  • Patent number: 11044568
    Abstract: Head-wearable apparatus to generate binaural audio content includes a first stem coupled to a first microphone housing that encases first front microphone and first rear microphone that generates acoustic signals, respectively. First microphone housing includes a first front port that faces downward and a first rear port that faces backwards. Apparatus includes second stem coupled to second microphone housing that encases second front microphone and second rear microphone that generate acoustic signals, respectively. Second microphone housing includes second front port that faces downward and second rear port that faces backwards. Apparatus includes binaural audio processor that includes beamformer and storage device. Beamformer generate first beamformer signal based on acoustic signals from first front microphone and first rear microphone, and second beamformer based on acoustic signals from second front microphone and second rear microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Asfaw, Dunxu Hu, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons, Victoria Lulu Wang Limketkai
  • Patent number: 10965931
    Abstract: Camera compensation methods and systems that compensate for misalignment of sensors/camera in stereoscopic camera systems. The compensation includes identifying a pitch angle offset between a first camera and a second camera, determining misalignment of the first and second cameras from the identified pitch angle offset, determining a relative compensation delay responsive to the determined misalignment, introducing the relative compensation delay to image streams produced by the cameras, and producing a stereoscopic image on a display from the first and second image streams with the introduced delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitry Ryuma, David Ben Ezra, Dunxu Hu, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Publication number: 20210083523
    Abstract: A RF wireless charging enclosure configured to enable efficient wireless charging of a CE device in the enclosure while also allowing wireless communication of the CE device to devices outside the enclosure. In one example, time multiplexing is used such that the CE device is enabled to either be charged, or to communicate with a device outside the enclosure. In another example, frequency division is used such that the CE device is charged at a first frequency, and simultaneously communicates through the enclosure at a second different frequency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2020
    Publication date: March 18, 2021
    Inventors: Ugur Olgun, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Publication number: 20200411026
    Abstract: Method to perform dynamic beamforming to reduce SNR in signals captured by head-wearable apparatus starts with microphones generating acoustic signals. Microphones are coupled to first stem of the apparatus and to second stem of the apparatus. First and second beamformers generate first and second beamformer signals, respectively. Noise suppressor attenuates noise content from the first beamformer signal and the second beamformer signal. Noise content from first beamformer signal are acoustic signals not collocated in second beamformer signal and noise content from second beamformer signal are acoustic signals not collocated in first beamformer signal. Speech enhancer generates clean signal comprising speech content from first noise-suppressed signal and second noise-suppressed signal. Speech content are acoustic signals collocated in first beamformer signal and second beamformer signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Asfaw, Russell Douglas Patton, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Publication number: 20200264455
    Abstract: Apparatuses and systems for wearable devices such as eyewear are described. According to one embodiment, the wearable device includes a frame, onboard electronics components, and an antenna disposed around an eyepiece area of the frame that is configured to hold an optical element. The antenna is configured for inductive coupling. In some embodiments, a switch coupled to the antenna allows selection between circuitry for inductive charging of a battery and near-field communication (NFC) circuitry for communicating data via the antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Ugur Olgun, Patrick Kusbel, Russell Douglas Patton, Jonathan M. Rodriguez, II, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Publication number: 20200142458
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing temperatures of wearable device components are disclosed. In one aspects, a method includes determining a temperature of an electronic component of the wearable device, determining a rate of temperature change of the electronic component, and determining whether to increase or decrease a transmission rate limit of the electronic component based on the temperature and the rate, adjusting the transmission rate limit based on the determination, and limiting a rate of transmission of the electronic component based on the adjusted transmission rate limit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Michael Wollman, Nicholas Larson, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Patent number: 10551889
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing temperatures of wearable device components are disclosed. In one aspect, a wearable electronic device includes glasses, a wireless transmitter, an ambient temperature sensor, hardware processing circuitry, and a hardware memory storing instructions that when executed configure the hardware processing circuitry to determine an ambient temperature using the ambient temperature sensor, determine a maximum temperature of the wearable electronic device based on the ambient temperature, determine a temperature of the wearable electronic device, determine a difference between the maximum wearable temperature and the determined temperature of the wearable electronic device, and adjust a transmission rate of the wireless transmitter based on the difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Michael Wollman, Nicholas Larson, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Patent number: 10534203
    Abstract: Apparatuses and systems for wearable devices such as eyewear are described. According to one embodiment, the wearable device includes a frame, onboard electronics components, and an antenna disposed around an eyepiece area of the frame that is configured to hold an optical element. The antenna is configured for inductive coupling. In some embodiments, a switch coupled to the antenna allows selection between circuitry for inductive charging of a battery and near-field communication (NFC) circuitry for communicating data via the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Ugur Olgun, Patrick Kusbel, Russell Douglas Patton, Jonathan M Rodriguez, II, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons