Patents by Inventor Robert J. Walsh

Robert J. Walsh 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: 20220361974
    Abstract: A multi-layer, super-planar laminate structure can be formed from distinctly patterned layers. The layers in the structure can include at least one rigid layer and at least one flexible layer; the rigid layer includes a plurality of rigid segments, and the flexible layer can extend between the rigid segments to serve as a joint. The layers are then stacked and bonded at selected locations to form a laminate structure with inter-layer bonds, and the laminate structure is flexed at the flexible layer between rigid segments to produce an expanded three-dimensional structure, wherein the layers are joined at the selected bonding locations and separated at other locations. A layer with electrical wiring can be included in the structure for delivering electric current to devices on or in the laminate structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Applicant: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Joshua B. Gafford, Samuel B. Kesner, Conor J. Walsh, Michael Karpelson, Robert J. Wood, Zivthan Dubrovsky, Benjamin I. Goldberg, Kathleen O'Donnell, Michael J. Smith
  • Patent number: 11464700
    Abstract: In at least one aspect, there is provided a system for generating force about one or more joints including a soft exosuit having a plurality of anchor elements and at least one connection element disposed between the plurality of anchor elements. The system also includes at least one sensor to determine a force the at least one connection element or at least one of the plurality of anchor elements and to output signals relating to the force, at least one actuator configured to change a tension in the soft exosuit and at least one controller configured to receive the signals output from the at least one sensor and actuate the at least one actuator responsive to the received signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Alan Thomas Asbeck, Ye Ding, Robert Joseph Dyer, Ignacio Galiana Bujanda, Arnar Freyr Larusson, Brendan Thomas Quinlivan, Kai Schmidt, Diana Wagner, Conor J. Walsh, Michael Wehner
  • Patent number: 11460208
    Abstract: Detecting a thermostat call for heating or cooling based on detecting a heat W or compressor Y signal is activated and energizing a fan signal output and operating a system fan/blower while the W or Y signal is activated and energizing the fan signal and operating the fan for a variable fan-off delay immediately after the W or Y signal is de-activated and de-energizing the fan signal and not operating the fan after the variable fan-off delay when a fan G signal is not activated. Detecting the fan G signal is activated and the W or Y signal is not activated indicating a fan-on duration control selected by a user, and energizing the fan signal and operating the fan while the fan G signal is activated and de-energizing the fan signal and not operating the fan and not providing the variable fan-off delay when the fan G signal is de-activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Inventors: Robert J. Mowris, John M. Walsh
  • Patent number: 11422045
    Abstract: A strain sensor comprising a conductive member having a plurality of elements arranged adjacent to one another, and a non-conductive and elastically deformable material encapsulating the conductive member, wherein, in an equilibrium state, compressive forces cause at least one of the plurality of elements to contact at least a portion of an adjacent element, and wherein, when a strain is applied, a resulting elastic deformation causes at least one of the plurality of elements to space apart from an adjacent element such that the contacted portion decreases or is eliminated. A multi-axis force sensor comprising a sensing array comprising at least two planar sensors arranged radially on a planar substrate in antagonistic pairs, and a compressible member positioned between the substrate and a central portion of the sensing array, the compressible member acting to displace the central portion of the sensing array away from the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Oluwaseun A. Araromi, Conor J. Walsh, Robert J. Wood
  • Patent number: 11419693
    Abstract: A multi-layer, super-planar laminate structure can be formed from distinctly patterned layers. The layers in the structure can include at least one rigid layer and at least one flexible layer; the rigid layer includes a plurality of rigid segments, and the flexible layer can extend between the rigid segments to serve as a joint. The layers are then stacked and bonded at selected locations to form a laminate structure with inter-layer bonds, and the laminate structure is flexed at the flexible layer between rigid segments to produce an expanded three-dimensional structure, wherein the layers are joined at the selected bonding locations and separated at other locations. A layer with electrical wiring can be included in the structure for delivering electric current to devices on or in the laminate structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Joshua B. Gafford, Samuel B. Kesner, Conor J. Walsh, Michael Karpelson, Robert J. Wood, Zivthan Dubrovsky, Benjamin I. Goldberg, Kathleen O'Donnell, Michael J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10587654
    Abstract: A wireless device can obtain a network information record from another device operating as a credential source. The network information record can include network access information for a wireless network (e.g., SSID and password) and a usage policy specifying conditions under which the wireless device should search for the wireless network (e.g., temporal and/or spatial conditions). The wireless device can implement the usage policy by searching for the wireless network only when the conditions are satisfied. In some instances, the network access information can include instructions for dynamically generating time-varying network access information, and the wireless device can use the instructions to generate network access information during a search for wireless networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron M. Sigel, Andrew R. Whalley, Awartika Pandey, Robert J. Walsh
  • Publication number: 20180337956
    Abstract: A wireless device can obtain a network information record from another device operating as a credential source. The network information record can include network access information for a wireless network (e.g., SSID and password) and a usage policy specifying conditions under which the wireless device should search for the wireless network (e.g., temporal and/or spatial conditions). The wireless device can implement the usage policy by searching for the wireless network only when the conditions are satisfied. In some instances, the network access information can include instructions for dynamically generating time-varying network access information, and the wireless device can use the instructions to generate network access information during a search for wireless networks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron M. Sigel, Andrew R. Whalley, Awartika Pandey, Robert J. Walsh
  • Patent number: 10051003
    Abstract: A wireless device can obtain a network information record from another device operating as a credential source. The network information record can include network access information for a wireless network (e.g., SSID and password) and a usage policy specifying conditions under which the wireless device should search for the wireless network (e.g., temporal and/or spatial conditions). The wireless device can implement the usage policy by searching for the wireless network only when the conditions are satisfied. In some instances, the network access information can include instructions for dynamically generating time-varying network access information, and the wireless device can use the instructions to generate network access information during a search for wireless networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron M. Sigel, Andrew R. Whalley, Awartika Pandey, Robert J. Walsh
  • Patent number: 9794867
    Abstract: Updated network access information can be distributed to wireless devices that have joined a wireless network whose configuration is being or has been modified. In some instances, an update can be scheduled in advance and a notification provided from a base station to other devices on the network. In some instances, a portable wireless device can distribute updated network access information to other devices that had been on the network prior to the update in a partially or fully automated process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yunis Naduvile Purayil Mustafa, Gregg Golembeski, Jr., Robert J. Walsh, Edward Thomas Mackowiak
  • Patent number: 9742442
    Abstract: An accessory having an RF tuner for digital radio, such as HD radio, can be in communication with a media player such as a portable media device (“PMD”). The user can be given the ability to command the accessory to provide raw digital data, the ability to scan only for stations having digital audio content (or for all available stations), the ability to provide station lists of stations having digital audio content (or all available stations), and the ability to request and store metadata beyond that for stations actually being listened to provide enhanced search capabilities. Enhanced metadata and searching can provide the listener the ability to refine station choices without having to listen at length to any particular station, and further can facilitate tagging broadcast tracks for subsequent access and/or purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jason J. Yew, Allen P. Haughay, Jr., Robert J. Walsh
  • Patent number: 9730268
    Abstract: An accessory can communicate wirelessly with a host device such as a portable electronic device. Existing accessory protocols developed for wired communication can be used without modification, and a wireless network connecting the two devices can provide a transport or channel connecting the two devices. Establishing a wireless channel can involve the active participation of both devices. For instance, the host device can create and identify virtual port to be used by the accessory, after which the accessory can initiate communication on that virtual port. A host device can be configured to automatically connect to certain accessories upon detection of that accessory on a wireless network under various specific conditions. Encryption of accessory-protocol communications between an accessory and a host device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence G. Bolton, Jason J. Yew, Robert J. Walsh, Awartika Pandey
  • Patent number: 9588563
    Abstract: A host device can manage a controllable power adapter accessory using a communication protocol. Based on information provided by the controllable power adapter accessory as to its power capabilities and the power needs and preferences of the host device, the host device can determine a desired power profile and request power from the accessory conforming to the desired profile. The desired power profile can also depend in part on the power-carrying capability of one or more cables connected between the host device and the accessory. In some instances, the host device and controllable power adapter accessory can be connected via an intermediary accessory that can siphon power from the controllable power adapter accessory, and the host device can manage the power siphoning behavior of the intermediary accessory using the communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Shailesh Rathi, Jason J. Yew, Robert J. Walsh
  • Publication number: 20170034215
    Abstract: A wireless device can obtain a network information record from another device operating as a credential source. The network information record can include network access information for a wireless network (e.g., SSID and password) and a usage policy specifying conditions under which the wireless device should search for the wireless network (e.g., temporal and/or spatial conditions). The wireless device can implement the usage policy by searching for the wireless network only when the conditions are satisfied. In some instances, the network access information can include instructions for dynamically generating time-varying network access information, and the wireless device can use the instructions to generate network access information during a search for wireless networks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Publication date: February 2, 2017
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron M. Sigel, Andrew R. Whalley, Awartika Pandey, Robert J. Walsh
  • Patent number: 9501100
    Abstract: Sensor data is communicated between two electronic devices under control of the receiving device. For example, one device is equipped with one or more sensors that can produce a stream of real-time readings. The other device can request the sensor data from the first device and can also specify to the first device one or more throttling criteria to control or limit the amount of sensor data that is sent. Each throttling criterion can specify both a category of criterion (e.g., time-based, value-based, etc.) and a throttling parameter specific to the category. The first device can monitor the sensor data to determine when a throttling criterion specified by the second device is satisfied; when the throttling criterion is satisfied, the first device can send the current sensor reading as sensor data to the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Sylvain R. Y. Louboutin, Robert J. Walsh, Shyam S. Toprani
  • Publication number: 20160316420
    Abstract: Updated network access information can be distributed to wireless devices that have joined a wireless network whose configuration is being or has been modified. In some instances, an update can be scheduled in advance and a notification provided from a base station to other devices on the network. In some instances, a portable wireless device can distribute updated network access information to other devices that had been on the network prior to the update in a partially or fully automated process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yunis Naduvile Purayil Mustafa, Gregg Golembeski, JR., Robert J. Walsh, Edward Thomas Mackowiak
  • Publication number: 20150346792
    Abstract: A host device can manage a controllable power adapter accessory using a communication protocol. Based on information provided by the controllable power adapter accessory as to its power capabilities and the power needs and preferences of the host device, the host device can determine a desired power profile and request power from the accessory conforming to the desired profile. The desired power profile can also depend in part on the power-carrying capability of one or more cables connected between the host device and the accessory. In some instances, the host device and controllable power adapter accessory can be connected via an intermediary accessory that can siphon power from the controllable power adapter accessory, and the host device can manage the power siphoning behavior of the intermediary accessory using the communication protocol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Shailesh Rathi, Jason J. Yew, Robert J. Walsh
  • Patent number: 8983639
    Abstract: An accessory having an RF tuner for digital radio, such as HD radio, can be in communication with a media player such as a portable media device (“PMD”). The user can be given the ability to command the accessory to provide raw digital data, the ability to scan only for stations having digital audio content (or for all available stations), the ability to provide station lists of stations having digital audio content (or all available stations), and the ability to request and store metadata beyond that for stations actually being listened to provide enhanced search capabilities. Enhanced metadata and searching can provide the listener the ability to refine station choices without having to listen at length to any particular station, and further can facilitate tagging broadcast tracks for subsequent access and/or purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jason J. Yew, Allen P. Haughay, Jr., Robert J. Walsh
  • Publication number: 20140365694
    Abstract: An accessory can communicate wirelessly with a host device such as a portable electronic device. Existing accessory protocols developed for wired communication can be used without modification, and a wireless network connecting the two devices can provide a transport or channel connecting the two devices. Establishing a wireless channel can involve the active participation of both devices. For instance, the host device can create and identify virtual port to be used by the accessory, after which the accessory can initiate communication on that virtual port. A host device can be configured to automatically connect to certain accessories upon detection of that accessory on a wireless network under various specific conditions. Encryption of accessory-protocol communications between an accessory and a host device is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Lawrence G. Bolton, Jason J. Yew, Robert J. Walsh, Awartika Pandey
  • Patent number: 8880770
    Abstract: An adapter facilitates communications between an accessory and a media source. When the adapter is connected to the accessory, the adapter can receive a connection request from the media source. Based on the connection request, the adapter can determine whether the media source supports an accessory protocol. The adapter can receive streamed media from the media source. When a control message is received by the adapter from the accessory, if the adapter determined that the media source supports the accessory protocol, the adapter transmits the control message to the media source using the accessory protocol. If the adapter determined that the media source does not support the accessory protocol, the adapter translates the control message and transmits the translated message to the media source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence G. Bolton, Robert J. Walsh, Scott Krueger
  • Patent number: D778659
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventors: Robert J. Walsh, Andrew Haingaertner