Patents by Inventor Roderick Thorne

Roderick Thorne 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: 20070013481
    Abstract: A tag has first and second modes of operation, and uses substantially less battery power in the first mode. In the first mode, the tag is responsive to receipt of a first wireless signal from a remote location with a first transmission range for shifting to the second mode. In the second mode, the tag transmits a second wireless signal with a second transmission range. In one configuration, the second transmission range is greater than or equal to the first transmission range. In a different configuration, the tag periodically checks for the first wireless signal during the first mode at points in time spaced by a time interval. The second transmission range is less than the first transmission range by a difference that is greater than or equal to the time interval multiplied by a speed of movement of the tag toward the remote location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2005
    Publication date: January 18, 2007
    Applicant: Savi Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Liping Zhu, Roderick Thorne
  • Publication number: 20060255947
    Abstract: A tag includes a housing, an antenna disposed within the housing, and circuitry within the housing that is electrically coupled to the antenna. A battery within the housing is electrically coupled to the circuitry, the battery being positioned so as to avoid significant interference with electromagnetic fields associated with the antenna. A tag holder can be detachably coupled to a radio frequency tag, and has structure facilitating attachment of the tag holder to an object other than a tag. A tag includes a circuit and an antenna, the antenna having a plurality of conductive segments and capacitors that are coupled in series to form an endless loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Publication date: November 16, 2006
    Applicant: Savi Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Redler, Nikola Cargonja, Philip Keleshian, Roderick Thorne
  • Publication number: 20060144940
    Abstract: Systems and methods to provide multi-layer visibility of nested containers at a mobile checkpoint are disclosed. Thee systems include a portable deployment kit in communication with a nested container. The portable deployment kit can be contained in a durable carrying case having a total weight that is within military standards for carrying by one person and includes a handle. Inside, the carrying case can include foam or other material to protect internal components during transport and deployment. In use within the system, the portable deployment kit can serve as a self-contained checkpoint or site server for gathering necessary information from the nested container and uplinking for centralized data collection. In one embodiment, the portable deployment kit includes a label printer for updating an identification device on the nested container to reflect, for example, aggregation and deaggregation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Publication date: July 6, 2006
    Inventors: David Shannon, Steven Farrell, Stephen Lambright, Roderick Thorne, Blair LaCorte, Ravindra Rajapakse, Leo Chang
  • Publication number: 20060012481
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a carrier, and a system that is responsive to wireless signals transmitted by tags on items carried by the carrier for maintaining a local inventory of items carried by the carrier. A different apparatus involves a carrier having a container with an interior, a sensor for detecting a condition externally of the container that can be related to an environment within the container, and a system that handles information from the sensor in a manner facilitating an evaluation of the likelihood that a problem exists within the container. Another apparatus involves a carrier for a plurality of items, and a system that is responsive to wireless signals received from a remote location for determining a current location of the carrier and for evaluating whether the carrier is proceeding along an intended route.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Publication date: January 19, 2006
    Applicant: Savi Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravindra Rajapakse, Roderick Thorne, Robert Jennings, Steven Farrell, Liping Zhu