Patents by Inventor Robert Czarnek

Robert Czarnek 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: 20180074463
    Abstract: A diet watch includes a housing with an adjustable wristband attached thereto, at least one accelerometer and/or gyroscope sensor and/or magnetometer disposed within the housing, a processor disposed within the housing and operatively coupled to the at least one accelerometer and/or gyroscope sensor and/or magnetometer, and a feedback device coupled to the processor. The at least one accelerometer and/or gyroscope sensor and/or magnetometer provides a signal related to an orientation and movement of a user's hand in space. The processor uses the signal from the at least one accelerometer and/or gyroscope sensor and/or magnetometer to determine that a bite was taken by the user and starting a timer to countdown a preset time interval. The feedback device provides an indication to the user that another bite of food may be taken after the preset time interval has elapsed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Czarnek
  • Patent number: 9283149
    Abstract: The present invention is a pill dispensing method and apparatus wherein a first rotor rotates pills about a rotation axis along a first part of a spiral path at a first rotational speed whereupon the pills move spirally away from the rotation axis. A second rotor receives the pills from the first rotor and rotates the pills about the rotation axis along a second part of the spiral path at a second, greater rotational speed whereupon the pills move spirally away from the rotation axis toward a discharge chute which dispenses the pills into a pill bottle or a storage container. A counter can be provided for counting pills that exit the discharge chute or opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Czarnek & Orkin Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Czarnek
  • Publication number: 20150336689
    Abstract: A vaping liquid dispensing and vending apparatus comprises filling module(s), user container holder(s), positioning mechanism(s) and controller module(s). The filling module(s) comprise: machine container(s) configured to hold vaping liquid(s), nozzle(s) configured to dispense vaping liquid(s) to user container(s), and measuring pump module(s) configured to pump a measured amount of vaping liquid(s) from machine container(s) to nozzle(s). The user container holder(s) are configured to hold user container(s). Positioning mechanism(s) align user container holder(s) with filing module(s). Controller module(s) execute production instructions causing vaping liquid formulations to be dispensed into user container(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2015
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Inventors: Joshua Thomas Brown, Thomas Robert Young, II, Robert Czarnek
  • Patent number: 9086314
    Abstract: A fluid level sensor system includes a primary coil, at least one secondary coil adjacent the primary coil, a control system operative for applying a time varying signal to the primary coil and for detecting a response of the secondary coil to the time varying signal in the primary coil, and at least one float resonator adapted to move adjacent the primary and secondary coils. Each float resonator includes an electrical storage device and a circuit which is switchable between a first state that enhances the response of a section of the secondary coil adjacent the float resonator to the time varying signal in the primary coil and the charging of the electrical storage device, and a second state where the effect of the circuit on the response of the secondary coil to the time varying signal in the primary coil is diminished relative to the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Czarnek & Orkin Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Czarnek
  • Publication number: 20140361032
    Abstract: The present invention is a pill dispensing method and apparatus wherein a first rotor rotates pills about a rotation axis along a first part of a spiral path at a first rotational speed whereupon the pills move spirally away from the rotation axis. A second rotor receives the pills from the first rotor and rotates the pills about the rotation axis along a second part of the spiral path at a second, greater rotational speed whereupon the pills move spirally away from the rotation axis toward a discharge chute which dispenses the pills into a pill bottle or a storage container. A counter can be provided for counting pills that exit the discharge chute or opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Czarnek
  • Patent number: 8808203
    Abstract: A capacitive uterine contraction sensor includes an insulating substrate, a first electrode disposed on one side of the substrate, and a second electrode positioned on the first side of the substrate in a spaced relation to the first electrode. The second electrode is configured to move toward or away from the first electrode. The sensor may also include a conductive standoff sandwiched between the substrate and the second electrode for maintaining the second electrode in spaced relation to the first electrode. The conductive standoff is electrically coupled to the second electrode and electrically isolated from the first electrode. Alternatively, the second electrode may include a spring mechanism used in conjunction with a standoff to maintain the second electrode in spaced relation to the first electrode. The spring mechanism is electrically isolated from the first electrode and enables the second electrode to move toward or away from the first electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Robert Czarnek
  • Patent number: 8794483
    Abstract: The present invention is a pill dispensing method and apparatus wherein a first rotor rotates pills about a rotation axis along a first part of a spiral path at a first rotational speed whereupon the pills move spirally away from the rotation axis. A second rotor receives the pills from the first rotor and rotates the pills about the rotation axis along a second part of the spiral path at a second, greater rotational speed whereupon the pills move spirally away from the rotation axis toward a discharge chute which dispenses the pills into a pill bottle or a storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Czarnek & Orkin Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Czarnek
  • Publication number: 20120085775
    Abstract: The present invention is a pill dispensing method and apparatus wherein a first rotor rotates pills about a rotation axis along a first part of a spiral path at a first rotational speed whereupon the pills move spirally away from the rotation axis. A second rotor receives the pills from the first rotor and rotates the pills about the rotation axis along a second part of the spiral path at a second, greater rotational speed whereupon the pills move spirally away from the rotation axis toward a discharge chute which dispenses the pills into a pill bottle or a storage container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: CZARNEK & ORKIN LABORATORIES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Czarnek
  • Patent number: 7855936
    Abstract: A diet watch includes a housing with an adjustable wristband attached thereto, at least one accelerometer disposed within the housing, a microcontroller disposed within the housing and operatively coupled to the accelerometer and a feedback device operatively coupled to the microcontroller. The accelerometer provides a signal indicative of an orientation of a user's hand in space. The microcontroller uses the signal from the at least one accelerometer to determine that a bite was taken by the user and starting a timer to countdown a preset time interval. The feedback device provides an indication to the user that another bite of food may be taken after the preset time interval has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Czarnek & Orkin Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Czarnek, Sylvia D. Aruffo
  • Publication number: 20090187692
    Abstract: A holder for a USB drive is disclosed. The holder can be used as a stand-alone product, or as a retrofit to notebooks and binders, or as an integrated part of such a binder. A holder includes a backing, a pouch coupled to the backing and defining with the backing a cavity for receiving a USB drive such that a portion of the USB drive extends out of the cavity. The holder can include a tab, a leaf spring, a combination spring-loaded plunger and holding plate, or a securable flap for securing the USB drive in the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Inventors: Nicholas Michael Czarnek, Robert Czarnek
  • Publication number: 20090163795
    Abstract: A capacitive uterine contraction sensor includes an insulating substrate, a first electrode disposed on one side of the substrate, and a second electrode positioned on the first side of the substrate in a spaced relation to the first electrode. The second electrode is configured to move toward or away from the first electrode. The sensor may also include a conductive standoff sandwiched between the substrate and the second electrode for maintaining the second electrode in spaced relation to the first electrode. The conductive standoff is electrically coupled to the second electrode and electrically isolated from the first electrode. Alternatively, the second electrode may include a spring mechanism used in conjunction with a standoff to maintain the second electrode in spaced relation to the first electrode. The spring mechanism is electrically isolated from the first electrode and enables the second electrode to move toward or away from the first electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Robert Czarnek
  • Patent number: 7495208
    Abstract: In a wound scanning apparatus and method, a beam or sheet of light is scanned on a wound and reflections of the scanned beam or sheet of light interacting with the wound at a plurality of points thereof is detected. The detected reflections are processed into data representative of the wound. The data or a representation thereof is reproduced in a human understandable form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Czarnek and Orkin Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Czarnek, Brian Stroup, Lisa Stroup
  • Patent number: 7468789
    Abstract: A cytometer system includes a fluid input manifold having a sample bore for accommodating a flow of sample fluid surrounded by a frustoconical shaped chamber for accommodating a flow of sheath fluid. A cuvette has a central bore positioned for receiving from the sample bore the flow of the sample fluid surrounded by and in non-mixing contact with the flow of the sheath fluid. The section of the central bore receiving the sample fluid and the sheath fluid has a frustoconical shape that converges and terminates in a section of the central bore that has a square cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Czarnek
  • Patent number: 7434486
    Abstract: A bearing assembly includes a housing having a substantially round throughbore, a first side, and a second side. A sleeve bearing is situated within the throughbore. A first spring washer is situated adjacent the first side of the housing and the sleeve bearing, and similarly, a second spring washer is situated adjacent the second side of the housing and the sleeve bearing. A bushing extends into an opening of the first spring washer, an opening of the sleeve bearing, and the throughbore of the housing. A thrust washer is situated adjacent to the second spring washer and a fastener is situated adjacent to the thrust washer. A kit including the aforementioned components is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Czarnek
  • Publication number: 20080153125
    Abstract: A system for the rapid detection of microbial contamination in a fluid sample such as water, involving the use of a filter material having a surface adapted to receive the sample in order to retain substantially all microbes from the sample on the filter surface under conditions that minimize the potential for contamination from sources other than the sample itself, and in a manner that permits the filter surface to be incubated in order to grow viable microbes contained thereon, in combination with a growth medium and an analytic instrument to permit analysis of the filter surface, within a predetermined incubation period, in order to determine whether the growth onset of viable microbes that may be present on the surface has begun.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: ADVANCED ANALYTICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel A. BUTTRY, Angela M. OPPEDAHL, Robert CZARNEK, Martin C. FOSTER, Steven J. LASKY, Ho-Ming PANG
  • Patent number: 7370819
    Abstract: In a biological sample grinding device and method, a bearing having a plurality of rolling elements disposed between a pair of rings is disposed in a container in which a fluid having at least one biological sample particle therein is introduced. With the bearing immersed in the fluid having the biological sample particle therein, one ring of the bearing is rotated relative to the other ring thereof, whereupon the rolling elements roll between the pair of rings and, in response thereto, the biological sample particle is drawn by the fluid between the pair of rings where it is subject to being crushed or ground between at least one of the rolling elements and at least one of the rings. A baffle can be disposed in the container for inhibiting the rotation of the fluid and, hence, the introduction of air into the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Czarnek
  • Patent number: 7320570
    Abstract: A set screw includes a threaded body having a hole defined therein, wherein the hole is situated along an axis of the threaded body. The set screw also includes a super-elastic alloy insert, such as a nickel-titanium alloy (NiTi) insert, partially received and secured within the hole. The NiTi insert may include a plurality of grooves adapted to allow for transverse expansion of the NiTi insert. The NiTi insert may be polygonally or cylindrically shaped. The NiTi insert may also have a substantially flat tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Czarnek and Orkin Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Czarnek
  • Publication number: 20070295888
    Abstract: In a wound scanning apparatus and method, a beam or sheet of light is scanned on a wound and reflections of the scanned beam or sheet of light interacting with the wound at a plurality of points thereof is detected. The detected reflections are processed into data representative of the wound. The data or a representation thereof is reproduced in a human understandable form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Publication date: December 27, 2007
    Applicant: Czarnek & Orkin Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Czarnek, Brian Stroup, Lisa Stroup
  • Patent number: 7296924
    Abstract: A vortexer that includes a base, a plurality of electromagnets mounted in the base, a holder having a body formed, at least in part, of magnetic material pivotably supported on the base and spaced above the electromagnets, a power source and a device in communication with the electromagnets and the power source for selectively activating and deactivating each electromagnet with power from the power source, whereupon the holder pivotably moves toward at least one of the electromagnets when activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Czarnek
  • Publication number: 20070262181
    Abstract: In a biological sample grinding device and method, a bearing having a plurality of rolling elements disposed between a pair of rings is disposed in a container in which a fluid having at least one biological sample particle therein is introduced. With the bearing immersed in the fluid having the biological sample particle therein, one ring of the bearing is rotated relative to the other ring thereof, whereupon the rolling elements roll between the pair of rings and, in response thereto, the biological sample particle is drawn by the fluid between the pair of rings where it is subject to being crushed or ground between at least one of the rolling elements and at least one of the rings. A baffle can be disposed in the container for inhibiting the rotation of the fluid and, hence, the introduction of air into the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Publication date: November 15, 2007
    Applicant: Advanced Analytical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Czarnek