Patents by Inventor Ross C. Miller

Ross C. Miller 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: 10481757
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling an electronic system is presented. An icon is displayed on a display. The icon is associated with a function of the electronic system and has an entrance zone about a center of the icon and an exit zone about the center of the icon. The exit zone is larger than the entrance zone. A location of a gaze of a user upon the display is detected using an eye gaze detection system. When the location of the gaze of the user is within the entrance zone, an indication that the icon is selected is presented. When the location of the gaze of the user is outside the exit zone, an indication that the icon is deselected is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Steven Feit, Jason Lin, Ross C. Miller
  • Publication number: 20190324721
    Abstract: According to one or more aspects, systems and methods for human-vehicle interaction are described herein. A touchpad may include a first touchpad zone and a second touchpad zone. A display may include a first display zone and a second display zone, which correspond to the first touchpad zone and the second touchpad zone, respectively. A processor may execute instructions stored on a memory to perform rendering a first application in a first mode within the first display zone of the display and rendering a second application in a second mode within the second display zone of the display. The processor, in response to an input from the touchpad, may render the already running second application in a first mode within the first display zone of the display and render the first application in a second mode within the second display zone of the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Steven Feit, Ross C. Miller, Jessica Champi
  • Patent number: 10402161
    Abstract: According to one or more aspects, systems and methods for human-vehicle interaction are described herein. A touchpad may include a first touchpad zone and a second touchpad zone. A display may include a first display zone and a second display zone, which correspond to the first touchpad zone and the second touchpad zone, respectively. A processor may execute instructions stored on a memory to perform rendering a first application in a first mode within the first display zone of the display and rendering a second application in a second mode within the second display zone of the display. The processor, in response to an input from the touchpad, may render the already running second application in a first mode within the first display zone of the display and render the first application in a second mode within the second display zone of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven Feit, Ross C. Miller, Jessica Champi
  • Patent number: 10336323
    Abstract: A system for preventing accidents includes an eye gaze detector for receiving an eye gaze vector from a driver. The system additionally comprises a proximity sensor for detecting locations of nearby objects and their velocities. A risk is determined based on the nearby object location and velocity. Additionally, the driver's knowledge of vehicle circumstances is determined based on the nearby object location and velocity as well as the eye gaze location. Responsive to the driver's knowledge and the risk, an alert is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven Feit, Nicholas A. Scheufler, Ross C. Miller, Michelle Kosterich, Jason Lin, Dave Jaeyeong Choi, Cody D. Grebe
  • Patent number: 10073546
    Abstract: A two-zone track pad and a system including a two-zone track pad and corresponding display are disclosed herein. An example two-zone track pad for controlling a two-zone display includes a first track pad section, a second track pad section, and a bezel disposed between the first track pad section and the second track pad section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ross C. Miller, Cody D. Grebe, Churu Yun
  • Publication number: 20180196589
    Abstract: An infotainment computer device for use in controlling an infotainment system in a vehicle is provided. The infotainment computer device includes at least one processor communicatively coupled to at least one memory device and a display device communicatively coupled to the at least one processor. The infotainment computer device is programmed to display an active page and a toolbar. The active page includes a plurality of buttons and the toolbar includes a shortcut area including at least one shortcut button. The infotainment computer device is also programmed to receive a first input requesting access to a customization mode, retrieve a current speed of the vehicle, activate the customization mode if the current speed of the vehicle is zero, receive a second input indicating a desired change to at least one of the active page and the toolbar, and change the display based on the desired change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Inventors: Steven Feit, David A. Vanderburgh, Ross C. Miller, Koo Ho Shin
  • Publication number: 20180136902
    Abstract: According to one or more aspects, systems and methods for human-vehicle interaction are described herein. A touchpad may include a first touchpad zone and a second touchpad zone. A display may include a first display zone and a second display zone, which correspond to the first touchpad zone and the second touchpad zone, respectively. A processor may execute instructions stored on a memory to perform rendering a first application in a first mode within the first display zone of the display and rendering a second application in a second mode within the second display zone of the display. The processor, in response to an input from the touchpad, may render the already running second application in a first mode within the first display zone of the display and render the first application in a second mode within the second display zone of the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Steven Feit, Ross C. Miller, Jessica Champi
  • Patent number: 9760175
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for a morphable pad and display configured for tactile control. The system comprises a display for displaying a user interface comprising a layout of vehicle control features. The display is configured to highlight a portion of the layout associated with a received highlight input, and to update the layout based on a received selection input. A morphable pad is connected to the display and comprises an array of switches. Each switch is configured to receive highlight input and selection input. The switches are also configured to adjust in tactile feel to match the layout, and to reconfigure in tactile feel responsive to a change in the layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Scheufler, Steven Feit, Dave Jaeyeong Choi, Ross C. Miller
  • Publication number: 20170247031
    Abstract: A system for preventing accidents includes an eye gaze detector for receiving an eye gaze vector from a driver. The system additionally comprises a proximity sensor for detecting locations of nearby objects and their velocities. A risk is determined based on the nearby object location and velocity. Additionally, the driver's knowledge of vehicle circumstances is determined based on the nearby object location and velocity as well as the eye gaze location. Responsive to the driver's knowledge and the risk, an alert is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Steven Feit, Nicholas A. Scheufler, Ross C. Miller, Michelle Kosterich, Jason Lin, Dave Jaeyeong Choi, Cody D. Grebe
  • Publication number: 20170160908
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling an electronic system is presented. An icon is displayed on a display. The icon is associated with a function of the electronic system and has an entrance zone about a center of the icon and an exit zone about the center of the icon. The exit zone is larger than the entrance zone. A location of a gaze of a user upon the display is detected using an eye gaze detection system. When the location of the gaze of the user is within the entrance zone, an indication that the icon is selected is presented. When the location of the gaze of the user is outside the exit zone, an indication that the icon is deselected is presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Steven Feit, Jason Lin, Ross C. Miller
  • Patent number: 9626072
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a vehicle system is presented. An icon is displayed on a display. The icon is associated with a function of the vehicle system and has an entrance zone about a center of the icon and an exit zone about the center of the icon. The exit zone is larger than the entrance zone. A location of a gaze of a user upon the display is detected using an eye gaze detection system. When the location of the gaze of the user is within the entrance zone, an indication that the icon is selected is presented. When the location of the gaze of the user is outside the exit zone, an indication that the icon is deselected is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven Feit, Jason Lin, Ross C. Miller
  • Publication number: 20170060249
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for a morphable pad and display configured for tactile control. The system comprises a display for displaying a user interface comprising a layout of vehicle control features. The display is configured to highlight a portion of the layout associated with a received highlight input, and to update the layout based on a received selection input. A morphable pad is connected to the display and comprises an array of switches. Each switch is configured to receive highlight input and selection input. The switches are also configured to adjust in tactile feel to match the layout, and to reconfigure in tactile feel responsive to a change in the layout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Scheufler, Steven Feit, Dave Jaeyeong Choi, Ross C. Miller
  • Patent number: 9529499
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for a morphable pad and display configured for tactile control. The system comprises a display for displaying a user interface comprising a layout of vehicle control features. The display is configured to highlight a portion of the layout associated with a received highlight input, and to update the layout based on a received selection input. A morphable pad is connected to the display and comprises an array of switches. Each switch is configured to receive highlight input and selection input. The switches are also configured to adjust in tactile feel to match the layout, and to reconfigure in tactile feel responsive to a change in the layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Scheufler, Steven Feit, Dave Jaeyeong Choi, Ross C. Miller
  • Publication number: 20160188064
    Abstract: A two-zone track pad and a system including a two-zone track pad and corresponding display are disclosed herein. An example two-zone track pad for controlling a two-zone display includes a first track pad section, a second track pad section, and a bezel disposed between the first track pad section and the second track pad section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Publication date: June 30, 2016
    Inventors: Ross C. Miller, Cody D. Grebe, Churu Yun
  • Publication number: 20160170507
    Abstract: A touch pad module including a housing and a touch pad is provided. The housing is disposed on a center console of a vehicle and defines an opening. The touch pad is positioned within the opening. The touch pad has an arcuate contact surface curved inwardly with respect to the opening toward a central axis of the touch pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Ross C. Miller, Cody D. Grebe
  • Publication number: 20150153915
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for a morphable pad and display configured for tactile control. The system comprises a display for displaying a user interface comprising a layout of vehicle control features. The display is configured to highlight a portion of the layout associated with a received highlight input, and to update the layout based on a received selection input. A morphable pad is connected to the display and comprises an array of switches. Each switch is configured to receive highlight input and selection input. The switches are also configured to adjust in tactile feel to match the layout, and to reconfigure in tactile feel responsive to a change in the layout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Publication date: June 4, 2015
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Scheufler, Steven Feit, Dave Jaeyeong Choi, Ross C. Miller
  • Publication number: 20140129987
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a vehicle system is presented. An icon is displayed on a display. The icon is associated with a function of the vehicle system and has an entrance zone about a center of the icon and an exit zone about the center of the icon. The exit zone is larger than the entrance zone. A location of a gaze of a user upon the display is detected using an eye gaze detection system. When the location of the gaze of the user is within the entrance zone, an indication that the icon is selected is presented. When the location of the gaze of the user is outside the exit zone, an indication that the icon is deselected is presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventors: Steven Feit, Jason Lin, Ross C. Miller
  • Patent number: 8145599
    Abstract: A system and method for managing an on board entertainment system is disclosed. The system and method can wirelessly receive music files from a computer and store those music files on an on board unit associated with a motor vehicle. The system and method can also include provisions to associate music information with a received music file and can include provisions to manage the music collection on board a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Pilgrim, John Vilkinofsky, Nathaniel W. Diedrich, Andrew T. Goeppner, Ross C. Miller, Jason A. Dutter
  • Patent number: 7869916
    Abstract: A power management system for a motor vehicle is disclosed. The power management system can track one or more usage parameters to insure that electrical accessories or resources do not fully drain a battery and leave enough battery life to conduct at least one cold start. In some cases, the power management system can track one or more of the following usage parameters: the amount of time of one or more hands free telephone systems are used, the number of attempts to contact a computer, and/or the amount of time used to conduct wireless communications with a computer that is physically separate from the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Pilgrim, John Vilkinofsky, Nathaniel W. Diedrich, Andrew T. Goeppner, Ross C. Miller, Jason A. Dutter
  • Publication number: 20100287138
    Abstract: A power management system for a motor vehicle is disclosed. The power management system can track one or more usage parameters to insure that electrical accessories or resources do not fully drain a battery and leave enough battery life to conduct at least one cold start. In some cases, the power management system can track one or more of the following usage parameters: the amount of time of one or more hands free telephone systems are used, the number of attempts to contact a computer, and/or the amount of time used to conduct wireless communications with a computer that is physically separate from the motor vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Pilgrim, John Vilkinofsky, Nathaniel W. Diedrich, Andew T. Goeppner, Ross C. Miller, Jason A. Dutter