Patents by Inventor Robert T. Etter

Robert T. Etter 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).

  • Patent number: 7549907
    Abstract: A hardware system for recording honey bee acoustics coupled with software for filtering, summarizing and analyzing acoustic data detects and identifies airborne toxics. Summary data is analyzed using routine statistical procedures to associate sound spectra with acoustic variations produced by specific airborne compounds. Honey bees produce unique acoustics upon exposure to sub-lethal concentrations of various airborne toxicants, as well as to other stressors such as predatory mites. The system profiles acoustic signatures of free-flying honey bee colonies, analyzes the resulting sounds, and identifies compounds based on specific properties of the acoustic recording, providing a solution to the problem of wide-area, atmospheric monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventors: Jerry J. Bromenshenk, Colin B. Henderson, Robert A. Seccomb, Steven D. Rice, Robert T. Etter
  • Patent number: 6910941
    Abstract: An integrated bee monitoring system for monitoring bee colonies in a hive has a central microprocessor, at least two input transducers and at least two output signals. Input transducers include sensors which report the status of the colonies including colony weight, temperature, and relative humidity. A bee counter can also be included in the system to indicate colony activity. A bee counter is disclosed which uses an amplifying, multiplexer hysteresis and debounce circuitry to enable rapid and accurate polling of a single passageway. Information collected can be retrieved by read-out or liquid crystal display. Alternatively, information ca be retrieved by telephone line or wireless communications. The bee monitoring system also can remotely control peripheral devices such as feeders or chemical samplers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: The University of Montana
    Inventors: Jerry Bromenshenk, Robert A. Seccomb, Steven D. Rice, Robert T. Etter
  • Patent number: 6896579
    Abstract: A method to condition honey bees to search for a non-rewarding producing target odor source enables bees to identify a number of chemical substances such as those associated with unexploded ordnances, land mines, and illicit drug laboratories. Further, the subject method can be used to increase pollination efficiency by conditioning the bees to search for a specific vapor from a target crop. The method includes conditioning the bees to the target odor by moving their hives into a staging area. The staging area is located at least two miles from the ultimate site to be searched. The target odor is applied to the hive. Bulk feeders containing the target odor are placed near the hive. The hives are reoriented to the bulk feeders for several days. The hives are then moved to the search site and feeding/conditioning trays containing the target odor are placed nearby. For the first, approximately 24 hours, the bees are fed from the feeding/conditioning trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: The University of Montana
    Inventors: Jerry Bromenshenk, Robert A. Seccomb, Steven D. Rice, Robert T. Etter, Colin B. Henderson
  • Publication number: 20040077290
    Abstract: An integrated bee monitoring system for monitoring bee colonies in a hive is described. The system has a central microprocessor, at least two input transducers and at least two output signals. Input transducer include sensors which report the status of the colonies including colony weight, temperature, and relative humidity. A bee counter can also be included in the system to indicate colony activity. A bee counter is disclosed which uses an amplifying, multiplexer hysteresis an debounce circuitry to enable rapid and accurate polling of a single passageway. Information collected can be retrieved by read-out or liquid crystal display. Alternatively, information can be retrieved by telephone line or wireless communications. The bee monitoring system also can remotely control peripheral devices such as feeders or chemical samplers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Inventors: Jerry Bromenshenk, Robert A. Seccomb, Steven D. Rice, Robert T. Etter
  • Publication number: 20040077289
    Abstract: A method to condition honey bees to search for a non-reward producing target odor source is described. The method can be used to enable bees to identify a number of chemical substances such as those associated with unexploded ordinances, land mines, and illicit drug laboratories. Further, the subject method can be used to increase pollination efficiency by conditioning the bees to search for a specific vapor from a target crop. The method includes conditioning the bees to the target odor by moving their hives into a staging area. The staging area is located at least two miles from the ultimate site to be searched. The target odor is applied to the hives. Bulk feeders containing the target odor are placed near the hives. The hives are reoriented to the bulk feeders for several days. The hives are then moved to the search site and feeding/conditioning means containing the target odor are placed nearby. For the first, approximately 24 hours, the bees are fed from the feeding/conditioning means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Inventors: Jerry Bromenshenk, Robert A. Seccomb, Steven D. Rice, Robert T. Etter, Colin B. Henderson
  • Patent number: 6369952
    Abstract: A visual display device is provided for delivering a generated image, preferably combinable with environment light, to the eye of a user. The device is lightweight and compact but yields a high quality image. In one embodiment, a shroud protects from stray light and holds optical elements in desired alignment. In one embodiment an image generator is masked by at least two masks to provide for a high quality image without waste. In one embodiment, a removably mounted shield or activatable device and convert the apparatus from a see-through device to an immersion device and back again. In one embodiment, the device can be comfortably mounted to the user's head while still allowing for use of conventional eyeglasses. A tracker for outputting an indication of the orientation, attitude and/or position of a head-mounted display (HMD) may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: i-O Display Systems LLC
    Inventors: Richard Dennis Rallison, C. Gregory Amadon, Wolfgang Adam Mack, Jr., Leo Nikora, Eric Tseo, Douglas Donaldson, Robert T. Etter
  • Patent number: 5991085
    Abstract: A visual display device is provided for delivering a generated image, preferably combinable with environment light, to the eye of a user. The device is lightweight and compact but yields a high quality image. In one embodiment, a shroud protects from stray light and holds optical elements in desired alignment. In one embodiment an image generator is masked by at least two masks to provide for a high quality image without waste. In one embodiment, a removably mounted shield or activatable device and convert the apparatus from a see-through device to an immersion device and back again. In one embodiment, the device can be comfortably mounted to the user's head while still allowing for use of conventional eyeglasses. A tracker for outputting an indication of the orientation, attitude and/or position of a head-mounted display (HMD) may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: i-O Display Systems LLC
    Inventors: Richard Dennis Rallison, C. Gregory Amadon, Wolfgang Adam Mack, Jr., Leo Nikora, Eric Tseo, Douglas Donaldson, Robert T. Etter