Patents by Inventor Pierre Hamel

Pierre Hamel 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: 9426342
    Abstract: A handheld electronic magnifier for providing a magnified representation of an object is provided. The magnifier includes a casing having a camera face and an opposed display face, a camera inside the casing for acquiring an image of the object, and a display extending along the display face for displaying the magnified representation of the object based on the image acquired by the camera. The handheld electronic magnifier also includes a handle and a two-axis hinge assembly rotatably connecting the casing and the handle about orthogonal first and second hinge axes extending respectively along a length of the casing and a width of the handle. The two-axis hinge assembly includes a longitudinal and a transverse hinge member rigidly fixed to each other and extending along the first and second hinge axes, respectively. The longitudinal and transverse hinge members are rotatably connected to the casing and the handle, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Technologies Humanware Inc.
    Inventors: Georges Bourque, Patrick De Grasse, Louis-Philippe Massé, Carle Auclair, Pierre Hamel
  • Patent number: 9298661
    Abstract: A docking assembly for docking a handheld device thereto is provided. The docking assembly includes a cradle for receiving the handheld device, and a handle adjacent to the cradle and reciprocally movable inwardly and outwardly relative to the cradle between an open and a position. The handle has a handle interface facing a corresponding device interface of the handheld device when the handheld device is placed in the cradle. The handle interface has a pair of alignment projections and a handle data connector connectable to a device data connector of the handheld device, the alignment projections being engageable with complimentary alignment cavities of the handheld device. The docking assembly further includes a displacement mechanism configured such that, as the handle moves toward the closed position, the alignment projections progressively engage the alignment cavities and guide the handle and device data connectors toward each other for connection therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: TECHNOLOGIES HUMANWARE INC.
    Inventors: Pierre Hamel, Martin Julien, Georges Bourque, Carle Auclair, Luc Blanchette
  • Patent number: 9165185
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for providing a text-based representation of a region of interest of an image to first is provided that includes a step of identifying text zones within the image, each text zone including textual content and having a respective rank assigned thereto based on an arrangement of the text zones within the image. The method also includes determining a processing sequence for performing optical character recognition (OCR) on the text zones. The processing sequence is based, firstly, on an arrangement of the text zones with respect to the region of interest and, secondly, on the ranks assigned to the text zones. The method further includes performing an OCR process on the text zones according to the processing sequence to progressively obtain a machine-encoded representation of the region of interest, and concurrently present the machine-encoded representation to the user, via an output device, as the text-based representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Technologies Humanware Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Hamel, Alain Bélanger, Éric Beauchamp
  • Patent number: 9135504
    Abstract: A method and a system for providing a text-based representation of a portion of a working area to a user are provided. The method includes acquiring an image of the entire working area and performing a fast OCR process on at least a region of interest of the image corresponding to the portion of the working area, thereby rapidly obtaining an initial machine-encoded representation of the portion of the working area and immediately presenting it to the user as the text-based representation. Parallelly to the fast OCR process, a high-precision OCR process is performed on at least the region of interest of the image, thereby obtaining a high-precision machine-encoded representation of the portion of the working area. Upon completing the high-precision OCR process, the high-precision machine-encoded representation of the portion of the working area is presented to the user as the text-based representation, in replacement of the initial machine-encoded representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: TECHNOLOGIES HUMANWARE INC.
    Inventors: Pierre Hamel, Alain Bélanger, Éric Beauchamp
  • Patent number: 8913138
    Abstract: A handheld magnification device for displaying a magnified representation of an object in a see-through manner is provided. The handheld magnification device includes a casing and a first and a second camera both adapted to acquire an image of the object, and having respectively a first working range proximate the handheld magnification device and a second working range different from and extending beyond the first working range. The handheld magnification device also includes a distance-sensitive sensor for measuring a distance parameter representative of a distance between the object and the handheld magnification device, as well as a processing unit for automatically selecting, based on the distance parameter and the first and second working ranges, one of the first and second cameras as a selected camera. The handheld magnification device further includes a display for displaying the magnified representation of the object based on the image acquired by the selected camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Technologies Humanware Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Hamel, Martin Julien, Francois Boutrouille, Stephane Sicard, Carle Auclair
  • Publication number: 20140314319
    Abstract: A method and a system for providing a text-based representation of a portion of a working area to a user are provided. The method includes acquiring an image of the entire working area and performing a fast OCR process on at least a region of interest of the image corresponding to the portion of the working area, thereby rapidly obtaining an initial machine-encoded representation of the portion of the working area and immediately presenting it to the user as the text-based representation. Parallelly to the fast OCR process, a high-precision OCR process is performed on at least the region of interest of the image, thereby obtaining a high-precision machine-encoded representation of the portion of the working area. Upon completing the high-precision OCR process, the high-precision machine-encoded representation of the portion of the working area is presented to the user as the text-based representation, in replacement of the initial machine-encoded representation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: TECHNOLOGIES HUMANWARE INC.
    Inventors: Pierre HAMEL, Alain BÉLANGER, Éric BEAUCHAMP
  • Publication number: 20140314338
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for providing a text-based representation of a region of interest of an image to first is provided that includes a step of identifying text zones within the image, each text zone including textual content and having a respective rank assigned thereto based on an arrangement of the text zones within the image. The method also includes determining a processing sequence for performing optical character recognition (OCR) on the text zones. The processing sequence is based, firstly, on an arrangement of the text zones with respect to the region of interest and, secondly, on the ranks assigned to the text zones. The method further includes performing an OCR process on the text zones according to the processing sequence to progressively obtain a machine-encoded representation of the region of interest, and concurrently present the machine-encoded representation to the user, via an output device, as the text-based representation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: TECHNOLOGIES HUMANWARE INC.
    Inventors: Pierre HAMEL, Alain BÉLANGER, Éric BEAUCHAMP
  • Publication number: 20140176767
    Abstract: A handheld magnification device for displaying a magnified representation of an object in a see-through manner is provided. The handheld magnification device includes a casing and a first and a second camera both adapted to acquire an image of the object, and having respectively a first working range proximate the handheld magnification device and a second working range different from and extending beyond the first working range. The handheld magnification device also includes a distance-sensitive sensor for measuring a distance parameter representative of a distance between the object and the handheld magnification device, as well as a processing unit for automatically selecting, based on the distance parameter and the first and second working ranges, one of the first and second cameras as a selected camera. The handheld magnification device further includes a display for displaying the magnified representation of the object based on the image acquired by the selected camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Technologies Humanware Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Hamel, Martin Julien, Francois Boutrouille, Stephane Sicard, Carle Auclair
  • Publication number: 20140181347
    Abstract: A docking assembly for docking a handheld device thereto is provided. The docking assembly includes a cradle for receiving the handheld device, and a handle adjacent to the cradle and reciprocally movable inwardly and outwardly relative to the cradle between an open and a position. The handle has a handle interface facing a corresponding device interface of the handheld device when the handheld device is placed in the cradle. The handle interface has a pair of alignment projections and a handle data connector connectable to a device data connector of the handheld device, the alignment projections being engageable with complimentary alignment cavities of the handheld device. The docking assembly further includes a displacement mechanism configured such that, as the handle moves toward the closed position, the alignment projections progressively engage the alignment cavities and guide the handle and device data connectors toward each other for connection therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Technologies Humanware Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Hamel, Martin Julien, Georges Bourque, Carle Auclair, Luc Blanchette
  • Publication number: 20140176690
    Abstract: A magnification system which allows viewing a magnified representation of an object is provided. The magnification system includes two main components: a handheld device and a base station. The handheld device is provided with a camera module, a processing unit and, optionally, a display unit. The base station has a frame structure and, optionally, a monitor. The frame structure includes a cradle for receiving the handheld device. The handheld device can function as a stand-alone device and can be carried around for use outside of the home or office or, generally, away from the base station, or it can be mounted on the base station where images of documents or other objects disposed on a workspace of the frame structure can be acquired by the camera module of the handheld device and shown on the monitor through the processing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Technologies Humanware Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Hamel, Martin Julien, Georges Bourque, Stephane Sicard, Francois Boutrouille, Gilles Pepin, Yves Boisjoli, Luc Blanchette
  • Publication number: 20130025250
    Abstract: The present relates to a front mount rotary cutter. The present front mount rotary cutter comprises a shell, a drive coupler affixed to the shell, and a plurality of rotary blades hingedly mounted to the shell. The plurality of rotary blades is driven by the drive coupler. The present front mount rotary cutter also comprises a plurality of discharge chutes. The plurality of discharge chutes protects a vehicle and/or the drive coupler from dust and debris generated upon operation of the plurality of rotary blades.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Pierre HAMEL, Yannick CHAMPAGNE, Louis LAMONTAGNE
  • Publication number: 20090286772
    Abstract: The invention encompasses novel compounds of Formula (I) or pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof. These compounds are inhibitors of the microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1 (mPGES-1) enzyme and are therefore useful to treat pain and/or inflammation from a variety of diseases or conditions, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and acute or chronic pain. Methods of treating diseases or conditions mediated by the mPGES-1 enzyme and pharmaceutical compositions are also encompassed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Anh Chau, Bernard Cote, Yves Ducharme, Richard Frenette, Richard Friesen, Marc Gagnon, Andre Giroux, Evelyn Martins, Hongping Yu, Pierre Hamel
  • Publication number: 20090255050
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to structures for enclosing bathing fixtures, such as bathtubs, whirlpools and showers. More particularly, it relates to an apron assembly comprising a frame member and an access panel that are held together through magnetic means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Inventors: Nicolas LEBRUN, David SAUVAGEAU, Paul ISABELLE, Patrice GENOIS, Pierre HAMEL
  • Publication number: 20090209571
    Abstract: The invention encompasses novel compounds of Formula or pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof. These compounds are inhibitors of the microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1 (mPGES-1) enzyme and are therefore useful to treat pain and/or inflammation from a variety of diseases or conditions, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and acute or chronic pain. Methods of treating diseases or conditions mediated by the mPGES-1 enzyme and pharmaceutical compositions are also encompassed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Inventors: Bernard Cote, Yves Ducharme, Richard Frenette, Richard Friesen, Andre Giroux, Evelyn Martins, Pierre Hamel
  • Patent number: 7432912
    Abstract: The adaptation of a regular pocket size computer for use by a visually impaired person is provided. A framework is firstly provided for building adapted applications, having adapted input and output services, a system resources library including tools for interacting with these adapted services and an adaptation library. A tactile keyboard is further provided to allow data entry through the screen interface of the computer. The tactile keyboard includes a membrane having raised keys on one side and corresponding screen activating tips on the other. Means for mounting the keyboard above the computer with the screen activating tips positioned in contact less alignment with the corresponding selected areas of the screen interface are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Technologies Humanware Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Côté, Gilles Pepin, Lucia Gomez, Richard Nadeau, Luc Blanchette, Maryse Legault, Jacques Desmarais, Pierre Émond, Alain Bélanger, Danny Thibaudeau, Dany Desbiens, Dominic Labbé, Ivan Lagacé, Pierre Hamel
  • Publication number: 20060040981
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of enhancing cognition in a healthy subject comprising administering a safe cognition enhancing amount of a phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor. In particular, this invention is directed to a method of enhancing memory, learning, retention, recall, awareness and judgement in health subjects comprising administering a safe and effective amount of a phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2003
    Publication date: February 23, 2006
    Inventors: Daniel Dube, Michel Gallant, Patrick Lacombe, Yves Girard, Dwight Macdonald, Richard Friesen, Yves Ducharme, Bernard Cote, Marc Blouin, Evelyn Martins, Daniel Guay, Pierre Hamel, Mario Girard, Richard Frenette, Sebastien Laliberte, Annette Robichaud, Anthony Mastracchio, Helene Perrier
  • Publication number: 20050206622
    Abstract: The adaptation of a regular pocket size computer for use by a visually impaired person is provided. A framework is firstly provided for building adapted applications, having adapted input and output services, a system resources library including tools for interacting with these adapted services and an adaptation library. A tactile keyboard is further provided to allow data entry through the screen interface of the computer. The tactile keyboard includes a membrane having raised keys on one side and corresponding screen activating tips on the other. Means for mounting the keyboard above the computer with the screen activating tips positioned in contact less alignment with the corresponding selected areas of the screen interface are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Publication date: September 22, 2005
    Inventors: Derek Cote, Gilles Pepin, Lucia Gomez, Richard Nadeau, Luc Blanchette, Maryse Legault, Jacques Desmarais, Pierre Emond, Alain Belanger, Danny Thibaudeau, Dany Desbiens, Dominic Labbe, Ivan Lagace, Pierre Hamel
  • Publication number: 20050140544
    Abstract: This invention relates to a system for orienting and guiding visually impaired pedestrians. The system combines a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to a dead reckoning unit that compensates for GPS imprecision and loss of signal. The system is highly portable: it is based on a handheld portable computing platform that communicates wirelessly with a self-powered strap containing the GPS receiver and the dead reckoning unit. The system also uses wireless protocols to receive additional orientation information from a remote location server or operator accessible through the internet. Additionally, a positioning algorithm for mapping the user near a street intersection is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Publication date: June 30, 2005
    Inventors: Pierre Hamel, Manon Gaudet, Daniel Chabot, Marc Laframboise
  • Publication number: 20050070569
    Abstract: Compounds represented by Formula (I) or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, are phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitors useful in the treatment of asthma and inflammation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Publication date: March 31, 2005
    Inventors: Daniel Guay, Mario Girard, Pierre Hamel, Sebastien Laliberte, Richard Friesen
  • Patent number: 6841564
    Abstract: Novel ethanes substituted with i) a phenyl, ii) a thiazole, and iii) a pyridyl moiety are PDE4 inhibitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Merck Frosst Canada & Co.
    Inventors: Richard Freisen, Yves Ducharme, Bernard Cote, Marc Blouin, Evelyn Martins, Daniel Guay, Pierre Hamel, Mario Girard, Richard Frenette, Sebastien Laliberte