Patents by Inventor Paul Beard

Paul Beard 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: 20210013595
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems for routing wireless communications. Some systems may include an apparatus comprising an enclosure configured to attach to an external portion of an aircraft and which may contain: a wireless communications device, and an antenna in communication with the wireless communications device and configured to send or receive signals to and/or from aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicant: uAvionix Corporation
    Inventors: Christian Ramsey, Paul Beard, Jeff Walker, Ryan Braun
  • Publication number: 20210001998
    Abstract: A combined automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) and carbon monoxide (CO) detecting device includes an ADS-B circuitry configured to receive an ADS-B transmission, a CO sensor configured to obtain a CO reading for ambient air in an aircraft cabin, a processor configured to generate a data stream combining the ADS-B transmission and the CO reading, and a wireless communication circuitry configured to provide the data stream to at least one aircraft crew computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Publication date: January 7, 2021
    Applicant: ForeFlight LLC
    Inventors: Jason Miller, Paul Beard, Jeffrey Walker
  • Patent number: 10849013
    Abstract: A three dimensional digital spectrum modulation spread spectrum technique (DSM-X) that improves channel diversity by providing multiple bands within the available portion of the frequency spectrum increasing the number of available channels. The system also improves the channel immunity through the use of at least three dimensions of pseudo-random data encoding, which adds two levels of pseudo-random frequency allocation to the pseudo-random data encoding used in prior DSM systems. The three dimensions of pseudo-random allocation may include pseudo-random data encoding, pseudo-random frequency pattern allocation among a plurality of bands defined within the assigned frequency spectrum, and pseudo-random frequency sequencing among a plurality of channels defined within each band. Additional levels of pseudo-random encoding may be implemented in direct sequence coding for header data, repeat packet timing, and packet iteration timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Horizon Hobby, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Beard
  • Patent number: 10809347
    Abstract: The ADS-B power transcoder extracts transponder data from parasitic oscillations on the aircraft power line induced by transmissions of ownship radar transponder reply signals (e.g., responses to interrogations of the transponder). The radio is configured for replacement installation of an aircraft lighting assembly, and connection thereby to legacy onboard power sources without resorting to wireless or wired radar transponder, or pneumatic connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: UAVIONIX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Paul Beard
  • Patent number: 10733894
    Abstract: A direct-broadcast remote identification (RID) device attachable to an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) encodes identifier signals based on a unique identifier of the UAS and position data, e.g., the current and originating (launch) positions of the UAS, and transmits encoded data signals receivable and decodable by specially configured receiver devices in range. The encoded identifier signals may be transmitted at low power via radio-control frequencies, whitespace frequencies, ISM frequencies, DME frequencies, or ADS-B frequencies as needed. The receiver devices may decode identifier signals to display the relative positions of, and information about, nearby UAS even in internet-denied areas (standalone mode). The receiver devices may retrieve additional data, such as operator information and flight plans, from remote databases by establishing wireless connections when said connections are available (connected mode).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: UAVIONIX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul Beard, Christian Ramsey
  • Publication number: 20200142416
    Abstract: Systems and methods for stabilizing the steering and throttle of a radio-controlled (RC) vehicle are described herein. More specifically, sensors and circuitry are configured to control the wheel speed and wheel direction of a RC vehicle based on rotational information. In operation, one or more sensors may be configured to receive angular rotational information associated with a rotation of the RC vehicle. The rotational information may define a rotation of the RC vehicle around one or more axes of the RC vehicle. The circuitry may be configured to receive the angular rotation information associated with the rotation of the RC vehicle from the one or more sensors, and control a wheel speed and/or a wheel direction of at least one wheel of the RC vehicle based at least in part on (i) command data received from a controller associated with the RC vehicle and (ii) the received angular rotation information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Paul Beard, Jukka Steenari, John Adams
  • Patent number: 10528060
    Abstract: Systems and methods for stabilizing the steering and throttle of a radio-controlled (RC) vehicle are described herein. More specifically, sensors and circuitry are configured to control the wheel speed and wheel direction of a RC vehicle based on rotational information. In operation, one or more sensors may be configured to receive angular rotational information associated with a rotation of the RC vehicle. The rotational information may define a rotation of the RC vehicle around one or more axes of the RC vehicle. The circuitry may be configured to receive the angular rotation information associated with the rotation of the RC vehicle from the one or more sensors, and control a wheel speed and/or a wheel direction of at least one wheel of the RC vehicle based at least in part on (i) command data received from a controller associated with the RC vehicle and (ii) the received angular rotation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Horizon Hobby, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Beard, Jukka Steenari, John Adams
  • Publication number: 20190373504
    Abstract: A three dimensional digital spectrum modulation spread spectrum technique (DSM-X) that improves channel diversity by providing multiple bands within the available portion of the frequency spectrum increasing the number of available channels. The system also improves the channel immunity through the use of at least three dimensions of pseudo-random data encoding, which adds two levels of pseudo-random frequency allocation to the pseudo-random data encoding used in prior DSM systems. The three dimensions of pseudo-random allocation may include pseudo-random data encoding, pseudo-random frequency pattern allocation among a plurality of bands defined within the assigned frequency spectrum, and pseudo-random frequency sequencing among a plurality of channels defined within each band. Additional levels of pseudo-random encoding may be implemented in direct sequence coding for header data, repeat packet timing, and packet iteration timing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Beard
  • Patent number: 10438062
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tracking a subject using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) are disclosed. The UAV includes an onboard camera to capture/stream multiple images. The camera captures reference images of a subject to be stored in memory; the reference images may portray gestures performed by the subject and associated with specific command procedures. The camera may capture subsequent images portraying the subject; the control system may, based on cascade recognition, identify the subject and a stored gesture to a determined confidence level. Once the subject and gesture are positively identified, the control system and/or propulsion system of the UAV may execute the associated command procedures to change the position, velocity, or heading of the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Draganfly Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Beard, Cameron Chell, Jamie Clarke, Craig McDermott, Erika Racicot, Paul Readwin
  • Patent number: 10419970
    Abstract: A three dimensional digital spectrum modulation spread spectrum technique (DSM-X) that improves channel diversity by providing multiple bands within the available portion of the frequency spectrum increasing the number of available channels. The system also improves the channel immunity through the use of at least three dimensions of pseudo-random data encoding, which adds two levels of pseudo-random frequency allocation to the pseudo-random data encoding used in prior DSM systems. The three dimensions of pseudo-random allocation may include pseudo-random data encoding, pseudo-random frequency pattern allocation among a plurality of bands defined within the assigned frequency spectrum, and pseudo-random frequency sequencing among a plurality of channels defined within each band. Additional levels of pseudo-random encoding may be implemented in direct sequence coding for header data, repeat packet timing, and packet iteration timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Horizon Hobby, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Beard
  • Patent number: 10375359
    Abstract: A system and related method for tracking a moving subject via a ground-based or airborne peripheral device includes plugging an intelligent camera device to the unmanned vehicle, establishing a peripheral link by which the intelligent camera device can assume control of the unmanned vehicle's control systems. Based on analysis of images captured by the intelligent camera device, in addition to position data associated with the unmanned vehicle or with the subject, the intelligent camera device may autonomously maneuver the unmanned vehicle to track or follow the subject while maintaining the moving subject in a consistent framing orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Trace Live Network Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Beard, Craig McDermott
  • Publication number: 20190228007
    Abstract: An interactive vehicle information map system is disclosed in which, in various embodiments, geographical, geospatial, vehicle, and other types of data, geodata, objects, features, and/or metadata are efficiently presented to a user on an interactive map interface. In an embodiment, the user may search vehicle-related data via the interactive map by providing search criteria including, for example, information regarding a geographic area, a time period, a vehicle, a vehicle owner, and/or a license plate number, among other items. The map system may provide search results including a list of vehicles that match the search criteria, vehicle information, and/or points on the interactive map that indicate license-plate recognition read locations, among other information. In an embodiment, the user may view detailed information associated with particular vehicles including, for example, captured images, vehicle-owner data, event history, and the like. Further, the user may export data and/or create search alerts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Mitchell Beard, Michael Glazer, Robin Lim, Sina Iman, Mark Basoa, Tristan Huber, Paul Ryan, Youssef Moussaoui, Bonnie McLindon, Nick White, Alexander Vasilyev, Mark Lundquist
  • Publication number: 20190197907
    Abstract: A system for intelligent non-disruptive airspace integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is disclosed. The system includes an onboard positioning system and altimeter that determine a current position and altitude of the UAS. Under normal conditions, the UAS remains in inert mode: a transceiver listens for and decodes transmissions from nearby aircraft and ground-based traffic and control facilities. If certain conditions are met (e.g., proximate aircraft, altitude ceilings, controlled or restricted airspaces) the system may declare an alert mode. When in alert mode, the transceiver broadcasts position and identifier information of the UAS to alert neighboring aircraft to its presence. Intelligent transmission strategies regulate the power level or rate of alert-mode transmissions to reduce spectrum congestion due to high UAS density. Alert-mode transmissions continue until the underlying conditions change and inert mode is resumed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Paul Beard, Christian Ramsey
  • Patent number: 10244364
    Abstract: A system and related methods for location determination aboard a subject vehicle not equipped with a GNSS-based positioning system receives position signals transmitted by non-satellite atmospheric vehicles and surface objects, which may include precise locations of the transmitting objects or position metrics associated with containment regions within which the transmitting objects should be to a particular certainty level. The received position signals may include ADS-B signals transmitted by proximate aircraft and facilities. The system may determine ownship location via multilateration of received position signals, via processing the received position metrics and corresponding containment regions, or via combining or correlating the two to determine accurate ownship location data of the subject vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: uAvionix Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Beard
  • Patent number: 10187580
    Abstract: An action camera system for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) selects a target based on a reference image captured by an onboard camera. Image processing determines a desired orientation of the target to the UAV, by which the UAV can track the target and provide streaming video images from the desired orientation. Image processing establishes a visual lock on the target and controls the UAV to maintain the desired orientation while capturing streaming images. Additional position data provided by sensors aboard a smartphone carried by the target enhances the tracking ability of the action camera system and enables predictive analysis of the target's future position. The action camera system may additionally provide preselected modes of operation that control UAV movement and image capture depending on the user's desired objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Dragonfly Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Beard, Craig McDermott, Cameron Chell, Erika Racicot, Jamie Clarke, Bruce McDonald, Paul Readwin
  • Patent number: 10156627
    Abstract: The ADS-B radio extracts Mode transponder data from parasitic oscillations on the aircraft power line induced by transmissions of ownship radar transponder reply signals. The radio is configured for replacement installation of an aircraft lighting assembly, and connection thereby to legacy onboard power sources without resorting to wireless or wired radar transponder, or pneumatic connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: UAVIONIX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Paul Beard
  • Patent number: 10101736
    Abstract: An example method includes receiving data representing a target rotational position of an output shaft of a brushless motor configured to control a rotational position of the output shaft with continuous resolution, determining a plurality of control signals via an algorithm configured for open-loop control of the rotational position of the output shaft, and providing the plurality of control signals to respective input terminals of the brushless motor to cause the brushless motor to rotate the output shaft to the target rotational position. An example system includes a brushless motor comprising an output shaft, and a control module configured to provide a plurality of control signals to respective input terminals of the brushless motor via an algorithm configured for open-loop control of a rotational position of the output shaft. The system is configured to control the rotational position of the output shaft with continuous resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Horizon Hobby, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Beard
  • Patent number: 10071733
    Abstract: Example implementations may relate to an obstacle detection system. In particular, an example device may include a light emitter, a line-image sensor, and a controller that are mounted on a rotatable component. In an example embodiment, the line-image sensor may receive light signals emitted from the light emitter. The controller may be communicatively coupled to the light emitter and line-image sensor and configured to determine a multipath signal based on the time of flight of the light signal and the position along the line-image sensor at which the line-image sensor received the given reflected light signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Horizon Hobby, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Beard, Jeffrey Walker
  • Patent number: 10054941
    Abstract: A system and related method for regulating the location of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) determines the current position of the UAS via onboard sensors or via decoding and derivation of ADS-B signals received from other vehicles. The system may operate in inert mode, where the position of the UAS is not broadcast, or alert mode, where the position of the UAS is continually broadcast via ADS-B Out signal. Based on the position of the UAS, the system detects proximate vehicles, restricted airspaces, or other problem statuses of the UAS. If a problem status is detected, the UAS may activate the alert mode. If a problem status is critical, the UAS may execute an auto-landing or correct course to exit a restricted airspace or avoid a detected vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: uAvionix Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Beard
  • Patent number: D842718
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: uAvionix Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Beard