Patents by Inventor Robert Allen

Robert Allen 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: 20190258988
    Abstract: Described in detail herein are methods and systems for dynamic projection. The dynamic projection system includes a projector configured to project a first set of information associated with a set of like physical objects onto a front portion of a shelving unit. The first set of information includes an image of a machine-readable element encoded with an identifier associated with the set of like physical objects. An optical scanner can scan and decode the identifier from the image of the machine-readable element. The optical scanner can transmit the identifier or location of the scanner to a computing system. The computing system can further control an output of the projector to dynamically project the second set of information associated with the set of like physical objects onto the front portion of the shelving unit receiving the identifier or location of the optical scanner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Matthew Allen Jones, Aaron James Vasgaard, Nicholaus Adam Jones, Robert James Taylor
  • Patent number: 10384830
    Abstract: A tab is provided, which includes a body having first and second opposing ends, a nose portion disposed at or about the first end of the body, a lift portion disposed at or about the second end of the body of the tab, and a rivet receiving portion disposed proximate the nose portion. The rivet receiving portion includes a generally planar portion, a rivet hole having a perimeter, and an upturned portion extending upwardly from the generally planar portion about the perimeter of the rivet hole. The upturned portion reinforces the rivet hole and has an arcuate cross section profile. An integral rivet extends through the rivet hole and is staked to affix the tab to a can end. The upturned portion is devoid of any corners or edges both before and after the integral rivet is staked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: STOLLE MACHINERY COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Richard Mitchell, Craig Allen McEldowney, Robert H. Brussell, Gregory H. Butcher
  • Publication number: 20190251347
    Abstract: A method for object characterization and authentication is described. In one embodiment, the method may include establishing, over a communication network, a connection between a network accessible image capturing device and a remote computing device, capturing a first image of an object using the microscope before performing an action in relation to the object, identifying a distinguishing feature of the object on the first image of the object, capturing a second image of the object using the microscope after performing the action in relation to the object, and identifying the distinguishing feature of the object on the second image of the object. In one embodiment, the image capturing device may include, or be associated with, a microscope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Sterling Jewelers, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Timpone, Tyson A. Corvin, Jason Edleman, John Liebler, Melissa Suzanne Scott, Robert Allen Ruffner
  • Patent number: 10381527
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are directed to a composite light source which includes at least one blue light source having peak wavelength in the range of about 400 nm to about 460 nm; at least one yellow-green garnet phosphor; and at least one narrow-band red-emitting down-converter. Such composite light source may have a Lighting Preference Index (LPI) of at least 120. In other aspects the disclosure is directed to composite light source comprising at least one blue light source having peak wavelength in the range of about 400 nm to about 460 nm; at least one yellow-green garnet phosphor; and at least one broad red down-converter. In this latter aspect the composite light source may have a Lighting Preference Index (LPI) of at least 120. Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Consumer Lighting, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin James Vick, Gary Robert Allen, Ashfaqul I. Chowdhury
  • Patent number: 10380262
    Abstract: Automatic semantic analysis for characterizing and correlating literary elements within a digital work of literature is accomplished by employing natural language processing and deep semantic analysis of text to create annotations for the literary elements found in a segment or in the entirety of the literature, a weight to each literary element and its associated annotations, wherein the weight indicates an importance or relevance of a literary element to at least the segment of the work of literature; correlating and matching the literary elements to each other to establish one or more interrelationships; and producing an overall weight for the correlated matches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Corville Orain Allen, Scott Robert Carrier, Eric Woods
  • Patent number: 10377690
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for forming enals from corresponding alehydes in a single enclosed unit such as a divided wall reaction distillation unit. The method of the present invention includes (a) feeding an aldehyde feed stream comprising at least one aldehyde reactant into a reaction zone contained within said single enclosed unit; (b) reacting said at least one aldehyde reactant in said reaction zone in the presence of a catalyst to form an enal-containing reaction zone effluent comprising an enal; (c) purifying said enal-containing reaction zone effluent in a first separation zone within said single enclosed unit to form an enal-rich product mixture and a residual unreacted aldehyde mixture; and (d) collecting from said single enclosed unit at least a portion of said enal-rich product mixture. The method of the present invention results in high enal yields at a markedly reduced capital cost and energy consumption as compared to prior art processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventors: Scott Allen Owens, Robert Lin, Jody Lee Rodgers
  • Publication number: 20190244991
    Abstract: A photodiode array is disclosed and comprises a first photodiode comprising a first set of spatially separate and electrically interconnected photodiode segments. A second photodiode comprises a second set of spatially separate and electrically interconnected photodiode segments. A first group of photodiode segments comprises photodiode segments from the first and/or second set of photodiode segments. The photodiode segments from the first group of photodiode segments are radially arranged around a common center of symmetry in a common first distance with respect to the common center of symmetry. A second group of photodiode segments comprises photodiode segments from the first and/or second set of photodiode segments. Photodiode segments from the second group of photodiode segments are radially arranged around the common center of symmetry in a second common distance with respect to the common center of symmetry, wherein the first distance is different from the second distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: ams AG
    Inventor: Robert Allen HELMICK
  • Patent number: 10370916
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in a wellbore. The apparatus includes a locating device having a locating collet configured to engage with a locating profile on a housing and disengage from the locating profile when a first pull load is applied to the locating collet, a delay device that prevents application of the first pull load on the locating collet when it is engaged with the locating profile until the delay device has been activated, and a locking device configured to prevent activation of the delay device until a second pull load less than the first is applied on the locking device for a selected period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES, A GE COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Robert S. O'Brien, Jason A. Allen, Andrew James Cayson, Geoffrey York Powers
  • Publication number: 20190232416
    Abstract: A wire shaping device for shaping a welding wire stored in a bulked storage container shapes the welding wire by flexing of the welding wire as it is drawn around sheaves. The wire shaping device can be located immediately adjacent to a wire feeding device of the welder. In use, the wire shaping device may include an inlet port for receiving the wire, a first rotatable sheave for receiving the wire from the inlet port, the first rotatable sheave being rotatable in a first direction; a second rotatable sheave for receiving the wire from the first rotatable sheave, the second rotatable sheave being rotatable in a second direction opposite of the first direction; and an outlet port for receiving the wire from the second rotatable sheave. The wire shaping device may also include a mounting plate and first and second rollers operatively associated with the first and second sheaves, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Leo Pfaller, Robert Allen Krause
  • Publication number: 20190236515
    Abstract: Systems and methods can be implemented to provide suggestions to a user device to execute user tasks in a variety of applications. In various embodiments, a set of tasks of a user from a number of task sources are identified for possible consolidation. The tasks in the set can be analyzed to identify a location to accomplish the tasks, estimate times to complete the tasks at the identified locations, and compute routes to the locations from a starting location or compute routes with respect to a route to another location of another task of the set of tasks. The identified locations, the estimated times, and the computed routes can be used to determine which tasks of the set of tasks are available for consolidation. One or more suggestions of task consolidations can be generated to or within the user device. Additional systems and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Vanessa Murdock, Russell Allen Herring, JR., Nirupama Chandrasekaran, Robert A. Sim, Ryen W. White
  • Patent number: 10368189
    Abstract: Described is a system for directing employee movement to maintain a minimum distance between any two employees on a sales floor, and maximize employee coverage on the sales floor. The system includes a first mobile computing device carried by a first employee. The first mobile computing device includes a proximity detection module that detects the proximity of a second mobile computing device carried by a second employee. If it is determined that the distance between the first and the second employee is too small, the first mobile computing device will output a motion direction instruction to the first employee, telling the first employee to change direction, thus increasing the distance between the first and the second employee. The mobile computing devices can be in communication with a base station that receives proximity information and helps coordinate employee coverage and motion direction instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Allen Jones, Nicholaus Adam Jones, Robert James Taylor
  • Patent number: 10363662
    Abstract: A system and method for a self-contained modular manufacturing device having self-contained modular tools configured to collectively accomplish a specific task or function. In an embodiment, the modular device includes a housing that has a mount configured to engage a robotic arm or other form of maneuvering actuator (such a crane or gantry). The housing may provide a base by which additional modules may be mounted and coupled. The modular device also includes an interface configured to communicate with a remote control system capable of control the robotic arm. The modular device also includes one or more other modules that are configured to accomplish a particular task or function. Such modules are sometimes called end-effectors and work in conjunction with each other to accomplish tasks and functions. In a self-contained modular manufacturing device, individual processors disposed in the housing may be configured to control the functional tools (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: MTM Robotics, LLC
    Inventors: Chace Howard Fadlovich, Robert Allen Brown, David James Whalen-Robinson, Michael Gary Woogerd, Eric J Davis
  • Patent number: 10367646
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for distributing cryptographic material are disclosed. In the method and apparatus, cryptographic material is obtained and it is determined that the cryptographic material is to be made available for use by one or more computing resources. The cryptographic material is then sent to one or more secure modules, whereby a secure module of the one or more secure modules is programmatically accessible to a computing resource of the one or more computing resources and programmatic access enables the computing resource to request performance of one or more cryptographic operations using the cryptographic material while exporting the cryptographic material to the computing resource is denied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Lawrence Cignetti, Andrew Jeffrey Doane, Stefan Popoveniuc, Matthew Allen Estes, Alexander Edward Schoof, Robert Eric Fitzgerald, Peter Zachary Bowen
  • Publication number: 20190223626
    Abstract: Utensil dispensers and methods for making and using same. The utensil dispensers can include a housing configured to contain a stack of utensils. The stack of utensils can include a next utensil. A drive mechanism can be configured to contact the next utensil. An access port can provide an opening to the housing. An actuator can be operably connected to the drive mechanism and configured to move the drive mechanism into a release position such that the drive mechanism contacts the next utensil in the stack of the utensils to push the next utensil causing the next utensil to release from the stack of the utensils and become a released utensil. The released utensil can fall to a dispense position and be accessible via the access port for removing from the dispenser. A prime mechanism can be configured to move the drive mechanism to the release position without removing any released utensil from the dispense position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Allen Patterson, Darin Richard Driessen
  • Publication number: 20190226566
    Abstract: A locking differential assembly includes a differential case defining an axis of rotation. A first side gear is at a first end of the differential case. A second side gear is at a second end of the differential case. A stator is disposed at the first end. A solenoid is fixedly attached to the stator. The stator is selectably magnetically actuatable to translate an axial translation distance by the solenoid. A lock ring is selectably engagable with the first side gear to prevent the first side gear from rotating relative to the differential case. At least two relay pins are connected to the lock ring and in contact with the stator to space the lock ring at least a predetermined distance from the stator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2017
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Chad Robert HILLMAN, Jordan Robert ALLEN
  • Patent number: 10357814
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus, system and method for a new and improved coiling head utilized in wrapping elongated materials, which may have a zero and or near zero gap between leaves thereby reducing and or elimination indentations in the coiled elongated materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Reel Power Licensing Corp.
    Inventors: Christopher D. Rekieta, Joseph Henry, David Lasswell, Earl Richardson, Robert Allen, Gary Donald Thompson
  • Patent number: 10358216
    Abstract: An aircraft store ejector systems and subsystems thereof. Embodiments can include a two-reservoir re-pressurization system wherein a remote reservoir is used to maintain desired pressure in a local ejector reservoir. The system can include a release valve having a vent valve and valve piston. The release valve can control release of pressurized gas to a pitch control valve. The pitch control valve can be configured to distribute the pressurized gas between two or more ejector piston assemblies. One or more of the ejector piston assemblies can include multiple concentric piston stages and piston chambers, the piston chambers configured to contain a volume of gas. The ejector piston assemblies can be configured to compress the volume of gas within the piston chambers as the piston stages are extended out from the aircraft. Such compression can provide a return force to the piston stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: MARVIN ENGINEERING CO., INC.
    Inventors: Lee Allen Tobias, Sohrab John Talebian, Robert Ronald Evans
  • Patent number: 10357622
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dry powder inhaler for administering a medicament via oral inhalation route to a subject. Particularly, the dry powder inhaler according to present invention is suitable for delivering accurate doses of a medicament in different ranges of inspiratory capacity of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: GLENMARK PHARMACEUTICALS LIMITED
    Inventors: Ulhas Dhuppad, Rachel Victoria Striebig, Scott Alexander Lewis, Matthew David Allen, Lai Chiu Tang, Stuart Robert Abercrombie, John William Sanford Hale, Thomas Stephen Collings
  • Publication number: 20190218191
    Abstract: The present invention relates to processes and intermediates for preparing Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone (GnRH) receptor antagonists of structure (VI); and stereoisomers and pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Donald J. Gallagher, Laszlo R. Treiber, Robert Michael Hughes, Onorato Campopiano, Peng Wang, Yuxin Zhao, Shine K. Chou, Michael Allen Ouellette, Donald Nicholas Hettinger
  • Patent number: 10351154
    Abstract: A shopping cart deflection measurement system and associated methods are described. The shopping cart deflection measurement system includes a shopping cart, a sensor, and a processing device equipped with a processor. The shopping cart includes a frame, a basket portion pivotably mounted to the frame so as to enable deflection of at least one edge of the basket portion downward in the direction of gravity following a weight being placed in the basket portion, and a lower rack portion mounted to the frame and disposed below the basket portion. The processing device can be configured to execute instructions to measure deflection of the basket portion relative to the lower rack portion of the shopping cart using data acquired by the sensor. The measured deflection can be indicative of a fullness of the basket portion with one or more products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus Adam Jones, Robert James Taylor, Aaron Vasgaard, Matthew Allen Jones