Patents by Inventor Richard Sharpe

Richard Sharpe 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: 20100305903
    Abstract: A tea timer for determining a tea steeping time and optionally a tea steeping temperature is described. The tea timer includes a temperature measuring component, for example, a thermometer or thermistor enabled probe, for measuring temperature of a fluid and a control body having a display and circuitry. The display displays at least the determined tea steeping time. The circuitry determines the tea steeping time according to a measured fluid temperature, a user selected tea type and one or both of a tea strength and a brew type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Richard Sharpe
  • Publication number: 20090091425
    Abstract: 2-way pagers, methods and software products implement two-way paging between a first wireless device and a second wireless device. A key sequence is accepted at the first wireless device to compose information of a page. The page is sent from the first wireless device to the second wireless device, the page comprising information of a network ID, a pager ID, a pagee ID and a page code. The page is received at the second wireless device and the second wireless device is validated as being configured for the network ID of the page. A confirmation is sent from the second wireless device to the first wireless device to confirm that the page was received.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Publication date: April 9, 2009
    Inventor: Richard Sharpe
  • Publication number: 20090026212
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a tank for storing flammable liquids underground includes fabricating a cylindrical tank core. Structurally, the core encloses a chamber and has an outer surface. Further, the core includes at least one opening for monitoring the integrity of the chamber positioned on the core's bottom centerline. Also, the tank includes a screen attached to the outer surface of the core along the bottom centerline to cover the opening. Moreover, a foil is affixed to the screen and to the outer surface of the tank core. Sprayed or applied on the foil is a seamless jacket formed from polyurea to encapsulate the tank core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: Jess A. Robbins, Richard A. Sharpe
  • Publication number: 20080100826
    Abstract: A device and process monitors particulate accumulation proximate a surface of a filter. A radiation source generates a signal that optically couples to a detector that detects the signal. An optical window is disposed before the detector and accumulates particulate matter. A controller processes the detected signal to monitor changes in particulate accumulation on the optical window by comparing an initial measurement of the detected signal to a subsequent measurement of the detected signal. At least one output device indicates particulate accumulation. A housing assembly mounts the radiation source, the detector and the processor to an upstream surface of the filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventor: Richard Sharpe
  • Publication number: 20070085737
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method for a combined use of a local positioning system, a local RTK system and a regional, wide-area, or global differential carrier-phase positioning system (WADGPS) in which disadvantages associated with the local positioning system, the RTK and the WADGPS navigation techniques when used separately are avoided. The method includes determining a first position of the object based on information from the WADGPS, and determining a second position of the object based on position information from a local positioning/RTK positioning system. Thereafter, position determined by the WADGPS and the position determined by the local positioning/RTK positioning system are compared.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Publication date: April 19, 2007
    Inventors: Daniel Eslinger, Jing Sun, Richard Sharpe, Frederick Nelson, Terence Pickett, Ronald Hatch
  • Publication number: 20060148423
    Abstract: Systems for locating and identifying victims of manmade or natural disasters are disclosed. A system includes a transceiver having a transmitter for transmitting a first emergency location signal that contains a first digital identification and a receiver for receiving a second emergency location signal and decoding a second digital identification. In an embodiment, individual victims may be assigned to individual searchers according to their unique digital identification in order to expedite and organize rescue efforts. Additionally, or alternatively, digital identification may be used to differentiate between different types of signals, for example, an egress or a specific waypoint signal and a personal signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Publication date: July 6, 2006
    Inventor: Richard Sharpe
  • Publication number: 20060086258
    Abstract: A digital cooking pan provides temperature and/or food doneness information associated with food cooked within the pan. A thermal sensor coupled with the pan senses temperature and generates corresponding signals, and processing electronics coupled with the sensor convert the signals to data to provide indications to a user of food cooked within the pan. The cooking pan may be programmed to desired food types or personal temperatures or food doneness options. An electronic cooking system is also provided in which processing electronics generate a signal relating to cooking characteristics; the signal is transmitted to a cooking appliance controller connected to a cooking appliance to regulate energy output of one or more burners of the appliance. In this way, the heat generated by a cooking appliance for cooking in the digital cooking pan is automatically controlled while the pan is in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Publication date: April 27, 2006
    Inventor: Richard Sharpe
  • Publication number: 20060026971
    Abstract: A system for determining and monitoring wine temperature includes a housing, a first temperature sensor for sensing an ambient temperature and a second temperature sensor for sensing the temperature of a wine bottle, for example without opening the bottle. A processor processes the ambient temperature with the wine bottle temperature to determine the temperature of wine within the bottle. Measured temperatures may be displayed in Celsius or Fahrenheit units on a display, responsive to user inputs. A user may select a target wine temperature, which may further be displayed. The system may fit around the neck of the wine bottle or over the cork of the wine bottle, or the system may be configured as a coaster. Sensors may be contact or non-contact sensors such as infrared sensors. In one embodiment, an infrared system for determining and monitoring wine temperature is provided as a bottle stopper that replaces the cork of a wine bottle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2005
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Inventor: Richard Sharpe
  • Publication number: 20060017611
    Abstract: A method and system are provided to determine a relative position vector between primary receiver associated with a reference station and secondary receiver associated with a user. The method and system determine a position of the reference station at the reference station according to signals received thereat from a plurality of satellites, determine a position of the user receiver at the user based on measurements obtained thereat and on error corrections computed at the reference station, and compute the relative position vector by differencing the position of the reference station and the position of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2004
    Publication date: January 26, 2006
    Inventors: Ronald Hatch, Richard Sharpe
  • Publication number: 20060012463
    Abstract: Systems and methods for 2-way paging are disclosed. A 2-way pager ceiver for transmitting a sent page and for receiving a received page, and a or displaying information of the received page and for inputting information of The pager also includes memory configured to store a list of pagee IDs and a es; and a processor. The processor responds to the user interface and the associates a selected pagee ID with a selected page code to compose the sent page.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Publication date: January 19, 2006
    Inventors: Richard Sharpe, James Poulos
  • Publication number: 20050264444
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method for a combined use of a local RTK system and a regional, wide-area, or global differential carrier-phase positioning system (WADGPS) in which disadvantages associated with the RTK and the WADGPS navigation techniques when used separately are avoided. The method includes using a known position of a user receiver that has been stationary or using an RTK system to initialize the floating ambiguity values in the WADGPS system when the user receiver is moving. Thereafter, the refraction-corrected carrier-phase measurements obtained at the user GPS receiver are adjusted by including the corresponding initial floating ambiguity values and the floating ambiguity values are treated as well known (small variance) in subsequent processes to position the user receiver in the WADGPS system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2005
    Publication date: December 1, 2005
    Inventors: Richard Sharpe, Frederick Nelson, Terence Pickett, Ronald Hatch, Yang Yunchun
  • Publication number: 20050248485
    Abstract: The present invention includes a process for navigating an object according to signals from satellites by propagating the position of the object forward in time using successive changes in the carrier-phase measurements. The process computes at a low rate matrices required for solving for the position of the objects, and repeatedly uses the most recently computed matrices to compute position updates at a high rate until the next low-rate computation is completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Publication date: November 10, 2005
    Inventors: Ronald Hatch, Richard Sharpe, Yunchun Yang
  • Publication number: 20050203702
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method for performing backup dual-frequency navigation during a brief period when one of two frequencies relied upon by dual-frequency navigation is unavailable. The method includes synthesizing the code and carrier-phase measurements on the unavailable frequency using the carrier-phase measurements on the retained frequency and a model of ionospheric refraction effects, which is updated when measurements on both frequencies are available.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Publication date: September 15, 2005
    Inventors: Richard Sharpe, Frederick Nelson, Terence Pickett, Ronald Hatch, Yunchun Yang
  • Publication number: 20050151683
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method for a combined use of a local RTK system and a regional, wide-area, or global differential carrier-phase positioning system (WADGPS) in which disadvantages associated with the RTK and the WADGPS navigation techniques when used separately are avoided. The method includes using a known position of a user receiver that has been stationary or using an RTK system to initialize the floating ambiguity values in the WADGPS system when the user receiver is moving. Thereafter, the refraction-corrected carrier-phase measurements obtained at the user GPS receiver are adjusted by including the corresponding initial floating ambiguity values and the floating ambiguity values are treated as well known (small variance) in subsequent processes to position the user receiver in the WADGPS system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2004
    Publication date: July 14, 2005
    Inventors: Richard Sharpe, Frederick Nelson, Terence Pickett, Ronald Hatch, Yunchun Yang
  • Publication number: 20050052319
    Abstract: A method for detecting and identifying a faulty measurement among a plurality of GPS measurements, obtained by a GPS receiver with respect to a plurality of satellites in view of the GPS receiver, determines whether the plurality of GPS measurements include a faulty measurement. In response to a determination that the plurality of GPS measurements include a faulty measurement, the method identifies a satellite contributing the faulty measurement by computing a correlation value associated with each of the plurality of satellites, and selecting a satellite associated with a highest correlation value as the satellite contributing the faulty measurement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Publication date: March 10, 2005
    Inventors: Ronald Hatch, Richard Sharpe, Yunchun Yang
  • Patent number: 6860192
    Abstract: A digital frying pan provides temperature and/or food doneness information associated with food cooked within the pan. A thermal sensor coupled with the pan senses temperature and generates corresponding signals, and processing electronics coupled with the sensor convert the signals to data for display on a LCD. A warning buzzer or LED warns the user of completed cooking. The frying pan may be programmed to desired food types or personal temperatures or food doneness options. The invention also provides a remote sensing food doneness system for remotely viewing and then determining food temperature and/or food doneness. The remote system uses thermal imaging optics and thermal sensing techniques to remotely sense food temperature. Preferably a second optical element images the food onto a CCD to display an image of the food to a user. The system is mounted by a user who views the CCD to ensure appropriate placement in line of sight from the food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Inventor: Richard Sharpe
  • Publication number: 20050024263
    Abstract: A method for generating satellite clock corrections for a WADGPS network computers satellite clock corrections after removing other substantial error components. Errors caused by the ionosphere refraction effects are removed from GPS measurements taken at reference stations using dual-frequency GPS measurements. The multipath noise are removed by smoothing of GPS pseudorange code measurements with carrier-phase measurements. The tropospheric refraction effect can be largely removed by modeling, and if desired, can be improved by the use of small stochastic adjustments included in the computation of the clock correction. After removing the above error factors, satellite clock corrections are computed for individual reference stations, and an average clock correction is formed for each of a plurality of satellites by taking an average or weighted average of the satellite clock corrections over reference stations to which the satellite is visible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Publication date: February 3, 2005
    Inventors: Richard Sharpe, Ronald Hatch, Frederick Nelson
  • Publication number: 20040016348
    Abstract: A digital cooking pan provides temperature and/or food doneness information associated with food cooked within the pan. A thermal sensor coupled with the pan senses temperature and generates corresponding signals, and processing electronics coupled with the sensor convert the signals to data to provide indications to a user of the cooking pan regarding food cooked within the pan. The cooking pan may be programmed to desired food types or personal temperatures or food doneness options. The invention also provides an electronic cooking system in which processing electronics generate a signal relating to cooking characteristics; the signal is transmitted to a cooking appliance controller connected to a cooking appliance to regulate energy output of one or more burners of the appliance. In this way, the heat generated by a cooking appliance for cooking in the digital cooking pan is automatically controlled while the pan is in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Inventor: Richard Sharpe
  • Publication number: 20030209153
    Abstract: A digital frying pan provides temperature and/or food doneness information associated with food cooked within the pan. A thermal sensor coupled with the pan senses temperature and generates corresponding signals, and processing electronics coupled with the sensor convert the signals to data for display on a LCD. A warning buzzer or LED warns the user of completed cooking. The frying pan may be programmed to desired food types or personal temperatures or food doneness options. The invention also provides a remote sensing food doneness system for remotely viewing and then determining food temperature and/or food doneness. The remote system uses thermal imaging optics and thermal sensing techniques to remotely sense food temperature. Preferably a second optical element images the food onto a CCD to display an image of the food to a user. The system is mounted by a user who views the CCD to ensure appropriate placement in line of sight from the food.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2003
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Inventor: Richard Sharpe
  • Patent number: 6578469
    Abstract: A digital frying pan provides temperature and/or food doneness information associated with food cooked within the pan. A thermal sensor coupled with the pan senses temperature and generates corresponding signals, and processing electronics coupled with the sensor convert the signals to data for display on a LCD. A warning buzzer or LED warns the user of completed cooking. The frying pan may be programmed to desired food types or personal temperatures or food doneness options. The invention also provides a remote sensing food doneness system for remotely viewing and then determining food temperature and/or food doneness. The remote system uses thermal imaging optics and thermal sensing techniques to remotely sense food temperature. Preferably a second optical element images the food onto a CCD to display an image of the food to a user. The system is mounted by a user who views the CCD to ensure appropriate placement in line of sight from the food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Digital Cookware, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Sharpe