Patents by Inventor Richard H. Cavallaro

Richard H. Cavallaro 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: 20200233084
    Abstract: A system simultaneously tracks multiple objects. All or a subset of the objects includes a wireless receiver and a transmitter for providing an output. The system includes one or more wireless transmitters that send commands to the wireless receivers of the multiple objects instructing different subsets of the multiple objects to output (via their respective transmitter) at different times. The system also includes object sensors that receive output from the transmitters of the multiple objects and a computer system in communication with the object sensors. The computer system calculates locations of the multiple objects based on the sensed output from the multiple objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Applicant: SportsMEDIA Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Richard H. CAVALLARO, James Orville McGuffin, John Roy Borton
  • Patent number: 10684117
    Abstract: A sensor system and a method of operating a sensor system including a plurality of sensors tracking a moving object in an area having known bounding surfaces. The apparatus and method calculate a time-specific position of the object based on data and sensor parameters from at least two of the plurality of sensors and determine errors between the calculated time-specific positions calculated. The method and apparatus calculate a minimum system error attributable to the at least two sensors by constraining at least one dimension in the data of the sensor used in the calculated time-specific position of the object associated with the sensor, the constraining based on an object/surface interaction, the minimum system error calculated by solving for modified sensor parameters for each sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: SPORTSMEDIA TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Roger R. Labbe, Divya Ramakrishnan, Lavanya Sridharan, Richard H. Cavallaro, Marvin S. White
  • Patent number: 10613226
    Abstract: A system simultaneously tracks multiple objects. All or a subset of the objects includes a wireless receiver and a transmitter for providing an output. The system includes one or more wireless transmitters that send commands to the wireless receivers of the multiple objects instructing different subsets of the multiple objects to output (via their respective transmitter) at different times. The system also includes object sensors that receive output from the transmitters of the multiple objects and a computer system in communication with the object sensors. The computer system calculates locations of the multiple objects based on the sensed output from the multiple objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SPORTSMEDIA TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard H. Cavallaro, James Orville McGuffin, John Roy Borton
  • Publication number: 20190344143
    Abstract: A hockey puck is disclosed including an internal signal transmitter enabling instantaneous identification of its position as it moves around. The puck includes two molded subcomponents, which encapsulate the signal transmitter. The signal transmitter includes driver electronics and a number of signal transmitters which together generate and emit an electromagnetic signal. The electromagnetic signal is emitted by a plurality of diodes mounted in cavities in the subcomponents, for example around an outer circumference of the hockey puck and through a top and bottom surfaces of the hockey puck. The puck is alternatively formed of a material that allows electromagnetic radiation to be emitted through the subcomponents, and the diode cavities omitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: SportsMEDIA Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Kent Mason, Richard H. CAVALLARO, Jim Doeden
  • Publication number: 20190219694
    Abstract: A system simultaneously tracks multiple objects. All or a subset of the objects includes a wireless receiver and a transmitter for providing an output. The system includes one or more wireless transmitters that send commands to the wireless receivers of the multiple objects instructing different subsets of the multiple objects to output (via their respective transmitter) at different times. The system also includes object sensors that receive output from the transmitters of the multiple objects and a computer system in communication with the object sensors. The computer system calculates locations of the multiple objects based on the sensed output from the multiple objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Applicant: SportsMEDIA Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Richard H. CAVALLARO, James Orville McGuffin, John Roy Borton
  • Patent number: 10343042
    Abstract: A hockey puck is disclosed including an internal signal transmitter enabling instantaneous identification of its position as it moves around. The puck includes two molded subcomponents, which encapsulate the signal transmitter. The signal transmitter may include driver electronics and a number of signal transmitters which together generate and emit an electromagnetic signal. The electromagnetic signal may be emitted by a plurality of diodes mounted in cavities in the subcomponents, for example around an outer circumference of the hockey puck and through a top and bottom surfaces of the hockey puck. The puck may alternatively be formed of a material that allows electromagnetic radiation to be emitted through the subcomponents, and the diode cavities may be omitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SPORTSMEDIA TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kent Mason, Richard H. Cavallaro, Jim Doeden
  • Publication number: 20190204066
    Abstract: A sensor system and a method of operating a sensor system including a plurality of sensors tracking a moving object in an area having known bounding surfaces. The apparatus and method calculate a time-specific position of the object based on data and sensor parameters from at least two of the plurality of sensors and determine errors between the calculated time-specific positions calculated. The method and apparatus calculate a minimum system error attributable to the at least two sensors by constraining at least one dimension in the data of the sensor used in the calculated time-specific position of the object associated with the sensor, the constraining based on an object/surface interaction, the minimum system error calculated by solving for modified sensor parameters for each sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: SportsMEDIA Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Roger R. Labbe, Divya Ramakrishnan, Lavanya Sridharan, Richard H. CAVALLARO, Marvin S. WHITE
  • Patent number: 10241205
    Abstract: A system simultaneously tracks multiple objects. All or a subset of the objects includes a wireless receiver and a transmitter for providing an output. The system includes one or more wireless transmitters that send commands to the wireless receivers of the multiple objects instructing different subsets of the multiple objects to output (via their respective transmitter) at different times. The system also includes object sensors that receive output from the transmitters of the multiple objects and a computer system in communication with the object sensors. The computer system calculates locations of the multiple objects based on the sensed output from the multiple objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SPORTSMEDIA TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard H. Cavallaro, James Orville McGuffin, John Roy Borton
  • Publication number: 20180326276
    Abstract: A hockey puck is disclosed including an internal signal transmitter enabling instantaneous identification of its position as it moves around. The puck includes two molded subcomponents, which encapsulate the signal transmitter. The signal transmitter may include driver electronics and a number of signal transmitters which together generate and emit an electromagnetic signal. The electromagnetic signal may be emitted by a plurality of diodes mounted in cavities in the subcomponents, for example around an outer circumference of the hockey puck and through a top and bottom surfaces of the hockey puck. The puck may alternatively be formed of a material that allows electromagnetic radiation to be emitted through the subcomponents, and the diode cavities may be omitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: SportsMEDIA Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Kent Mason, Richard H. Cavallaro, Jim Doeden
  • Publication number: 20170219707
    Abstract: A system simultaneously tracks multiple objects. All or a subset of the objects includes a wireless receiver and a transmitter for providing an output. The system includes one or more wireless transmitters that send commands to the wireless receivers of the multiple objects instructing different subsets of the multiple objects to output (via their respective transmitter) at different times. The system also includes object sensors that receive output from the transmitters of the multiple objects and a computer system in communication with the object sensors. The computer system calculates locations of the multiple objects based on the sensed output from the multiple objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: SportsMEDIA Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Richard H. CAVALLARO, James Orville McGuffin, John Roy Borton
  • Patent number: 9625321
    Abstract: A system simultaneously tracks multiple objects. All or a subset of the objects includes a wireless receiver and a transmitter for providing an output. The system includes one or more wireless transmitters that send commands to the wireless receivers of the multiple objects instructing different subsets of the multiple objects to output (via their respective transmitter) at different times. The system also includes object sensors that receive output from the transmitters of the multiple objects and a computer system in communication with the object sensors. The computer system calculates locations of the multiple objects based on the sensed output from the multiple objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: SPORTVISION, INC.
    Inventors: Richard H. Cavallaro, James Orville McGuffin, John Roy Borton
  • Patent number: 9215383
    Abstract: An automated system is configured to enhance live video in real time by adding virtual graphics to imagery obtained from a moving camera, where the added virtual graphics can represent real yet not visible attributes such as wind speed and direction and non-real attributes such as lines indicative of racing advantages. The displayed positions of the virtual graphics are dependent on sensor measurements of the locations and/or attitudes in a real world 3D coordinate system of objects and of the movable camera The displayed positions of the virtual graphics are functions of corresponding locations in the real world 3D coordinate system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: SPORTSVISION, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Milnes, Stanley K. Honey, James O. McGuffin, Richard H. Cavallaro, John R. Borton, Rand Pendleton
  • Patent number: 8977585
    Abstract: A simulation system is proposed that makes use of historical and live data sensed for one or more objects (e.g., people, cars, balls, rackets, etc.). An event will include one or more decision points. A choice of an action to take at a decision point is made. That chosen action will be simulated based on the historical and live data. The simulation can be compared to the actual action taken in the event as a way to judge the choice. Although the choice of action to take at the decision point is simulated, the real event is not altered by the choice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Sportsvision, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Cavallaro, John Roy Borton
  • Publication number: 20150021481
    Abstract: A system simultaneously tracks multiple objects. All or a subset of the objects includes a wireless receiver and a transmitter for providing an output. The system includes one or more wireless transmitters that send commands to the wireless receivers of the multiple objects instructing different subsets of the multiple objects to output (via their respective transmitter) at different times. The system also includes object sensors that receive output from the transmitters of the multiple objects and a computer system in communication with the object sensors. The computer system calculates locations of the multiple objects based on the sensed output from the multiple objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: SPORTVISION, INC.
    Inventors: Richard H. Cavallaro, James Orville McGuffin, John Roy Borton
  • Patent number: 8884741
    Abstract: A system simultaneously tracks multiple objects. All or a subset of the objects includes a wireless receiver and a transmitter for providing an output. The system includes one or more wireless transmitters that send commands to the wireless receivers of the multiple objects instructing different subsets of the multiple objects to output (via their respective transmitter) at different times. The system also includes object sensors that receive output from the transmitters of the multiple objects and a computer system in communication with the object sensors. The computer system calculates locations of the multiple objects based on the sensed output from the multiple objects. In some embodiments, the system can also track an item based on proximity of that item to one or more of the objects. In such embodiments, the multiple objects each includes one or more local sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Sportvision, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Cavallaro, James Orville McGuffin, John Roy Borton
  • Patent number: 8786415
    Abstract: A system simultaneously tracks multiple objects. All or a subset of the objects includes a wireless receiver and a transmitter for providing an output. The system includes one or more wireless transmitters that send commands to the wireless receivers of the multiple objects instructing different subsets of the multiple objects to output (via their respective transmitter) at different times. The system also includes object sensors that receive output from the transmitters of the multiple objects and a computer system in communication with the object sensors. The computer system calculates locations of the multiple objects based on the sensed output from the multiple objects. In some embodiments, the system can also track an item based on proximity of that item to one or more of the objects. In such embodiments, the multiple objects each includes one or more local sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: SportVision, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Cavallaro, James Orville McGuffin, John Roy Borton
  • Patent number: 8558883
    Abstract: A video broadcast of a live event is enhanced by providing graphics in the video in real time to depict the fluid flow around a moving object in the event and to provide other informative graphics regarding aerodynamic forces on the object. A detailed flow field around the object is calculated before the event, on an offline basis, for different speeds of the object and different locations of other nearby objects. The fluid flow data is represented by baseline data and modification factors or adjustments which are based on the speed of the object and the locations of the other objects. During the event, the modification factors are applied to the baseline data to determine fluid flow in real time, as the event is captured on video. In an example implementation, the objects are race cars which transmit their location and/or speed to a processing facility which provides the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Sportvision, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Cavallaro, Alina Alt, Vidya Elangovan, James O. McGuffin, Timothy P. Heidmann, Reuben Halper
  • Patent number: 8456526
    Abstract: A video effect is created that provides an experience to a viewer of freezing time during an event that is the subject of a video presentation, investigating the event during that frozen moment in time, and (optionally) resuming the action of the event. During that frozen moment in time, the video can move around the scene of the event and/or zoom in (or out) to better highlight an aspect of the event. In one embodiment, there will be a transition from video captured by a broadcast camera (or another camera) to a high resolution still image, movement around the high resolution still image, and a transition from the high resolution still image back to video from the broadcast camera (or another camera).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Sportvision, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Gloudemans, Walter Hsiao, John LaCroix, Richard H. Cavallaro, Marvin S. White
  • Patent number: 8457392
    Abstract: A representation of an object in an image of a live event is obtained by determining a color profile of the object. The color profile may be determined from the image in real time and compared to stored color profiles to determine a best match. For example, the color profile of the representation of the object can be obtained by classifying color data of the representation of the object into different bins of a color space, in a histogram of color data. The stored color profiles may be indexed to object identifiers, object viewpoints, or object orientations. Color data which is common to different objects or to a background color may be excluded. Further, a template can be used as an additional aid in identifying the representation of the object. The template can include, e.g., a model of the object or pixel data of the object from a prior image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Sportvision, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Cavallaro, Vidya Elangovan, Marvin S. White, Kenneth A. Milnes
  • Patent number: 8456527
    Abstract: An object is detected in images of a live event by storing and indexing templates based on representations of the object from previous images. For example, the object may be a vehicle which repeatedly traverses a course. A first set of images of the live event is captured when the object is at different locations in the live event. A representation of the object in each image is obtained, such as by image recognition techniques, and a corresponding template is stored. When the object again traverses the course, for each location, the stored template which is indexed to the location can be retrieved for use in detecting the object in a current image. The object's current location may be obtained from GPS data from the object, for instance, or from camera sensor data, e.g., pan, tilt and zoom, which indicates a direction in which the camera is pointed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Sportvision, Inc.
    Inventors: Vidya Elangovan, Richard H. Cavallaro, Timothy P. Heidmann, Marvin S. White, Kenneth A. Milnes