Patents by Inventor Russel Howe

Russel Howe 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: 20170010679
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of this disclosure includes a method for an autonomous vehicle (e.g., a fully autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle) to communicate with external observers. The method includes: receiving a task at the autonomous vehicle; collecting data that characterizes a surrounding environment of the autonomous vehicle from a sensor coupled to the autonomous vehicle; determining an intended course of action for the autonomous vehicle to undertake based on the task and the collected data; and conveying a human understandable output via an output device, the human understandable output expressly or implicitly indicating the intended course of action to an external observer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: W. Daniel HILLIS, Kjerstin I. Williams, Thomas A. Tombrello, James W. Sarrett, Luke W. Khanlian, Adrian L. Kaehler, Russel Howe
  • Patent number: 9475422
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of this disclosure includes a method for an autonomous vehicle (e.g., a fully autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle) to communicate with external observers. The method includes: receiving a task at the autonomous vehicle; collecting data that characterizes a surrounding environment of the autonomous vehicle from a sensor coupled to the autonomous vehicle; determining an intended course of action for the autonomous vehicle to undertake based on the task and the collected data; and conveying a human understandable output via an output device, the human understandable output expressly or implicitly indicating the intended course of action to an external observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Applied Invention, LLC
    Inventors: W. Daniel Hillis, Kjerstin I. Williams, Thomas A. Tombrello, James W. Sarrett, Luke W. Khanlian, Adrian L. Kaehler, Russel Howe
  • Patent number: 9259658
    Abstract: An enhanced toy produces repeating, decaying notes in response to applied pressure. The tone of each note is determined, based on the location at which a user applies pressure. The initial amplitude of each note is proportional to the intensity, as measured by a stress sensor. The toy periodically repeats each note, attenuating the amplitude of each successive repetition by a decay factor. The toy may alter the notes associated with each of a plurality of locations. For example, if all currently repeating notes have decayed below a predetermined threshold, the currently available set of notes may be exchanged for a new set of notes, e.g. with different tones or timbres. The stress sensors may comprise flexible capacitors within the toy. As the user applies pressure, the geometry of one or more capacitors deform, altering the measured capacitance, through which the intensity of the applied pressure is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: APPLIED INVENTION, LLC
    Inventors: W. Daniel Hillis, Russel Howe
  • Patent number: 9215408
    Abstract: A view morphing algorithm is applied to synchronous collections of video images from at least two video imaging devices, and interpolating between the images, creates a composite image view of the local participant. This composite image approximates what might be seen from a point between the video imaging devices, presenting the image to other video session participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: APPLIED INVENTION, LLC
    Inventors: W. Daniel Hillis, Bran Ferren, Russel Howe
  • Publication number: 20150336502
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of this disclosure includes a method for an autonomous vehicle (e.g., a fully autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle) to communicate with external observers. The method includes: receiving a task at the autonomous vehicle; collecting data that characterizes a surrounding environment of the autonomous vehicle from a sensor coupled to the autonomous vehicle; determining an intended course of action for the autonomous vehicle to undertake based on the task and the collected data; and conveying a human understandable output via an output device, the human understandable output expressly or implicitly indicating the intended course of action to an external observer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 26, 2015
    Inventors: W. Daniel HILLIS, Kjerstin I. WILLIAMS, Thomas A. TOMBRELLO, James W. SARRETT, Luke W. KHANLIAN, Adrian L. KAEHLER, Russel HOWE
  • Publication number: 20130271552
    Abstract: A view morphing algorithm is applied to synchronous collections of video images from at least two video imaging devices, and interpolating between the images, creates a composite image view of the local participant. This composite image approximates what might be seen from a point between the video imaging devices, presenting the image to other video session participants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: W. DANIEL HILLIS, BRAN FERREN, RUSSEL HOWE
  • Patent number: 8542807
    Abstract: In a communications system, after parties form a dial up voice telephone connection, the parties respective communications devices automatically create or leverage machine readable features or content of the telephone connection to identify the parties to each other or to a rendezvous server, and thereafter the communications devices and/or the rendezvous server automatically establishes a data link between the parties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Minds, LLC
    Inventors: W. Daniel Hillis, Neal E. Chapman, Russel Howe, Dev Kumar, Randall Adam Yates
  • Patent number: 8519980
    Abstract: The invention determines the location of multiple, simultaneous contact areas on a touch sensing region using a light source and several light detectors. The invention is robust against occlusion and many of the ambiguities that can arise with multiple, simultaneous contact areas. Generally, the light source is positioned such that light emanating the light source passes across the touch sensing region, and the light detector are positioned such that at least a portion of the light source is within the field of view of each light detector. The contact areas are determined by identifying positive fans corresponding to an angular sector of the field of view of a light detector in which the view of the light source is occluded and negative fans corresponding to an angular sector of the field of view of a light detector in which the view of the light source is not occluded. The positive fans and negative fans are then additively and subtractively combined, respectively, to determine the contact areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: James Lamanna, Russel Howe
  • Patent number: 8467510
    Abstract: A view morphing algorithm is applied to synchronous collections of video images from at least two video imaging devices, and interpolating between the images, creates a composite image view of the local participant. This composite image approximates what might be seen from a point between the video imaging devices, presenting the image to other video session participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Minds, LLC
    Inventors: W. Daniel Hillis, Bran Ferren, Russel Howe
  • Patent number: 8326552
    Abstract: A power distribution and communication system includes nodes connected by power lines and communication links. The system receives power from one or more power sources. Each node contains at least one power port, data port and load port. Associated with each power port and load port is a port monitor for measuring current flowing into or out of the port and the voltage difference between the port outlet and ground, which measurements are passed to a processing element. The processing element and monitor analyze measured values to detect fault conditions. Upon fault condition detection, the port is disabled by opening a switch, disconnecting the port from the system voltage. The processing element receives power directly from the power line, thus receiving power from a live power line even if the associated power port is disabled allowing the processing element to enable a disabled node following a failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Applied Minds, LLC
    Inventors: W. Daniel Hillis, Anthony N. Gardner, Russel Howe, Randall Adam Yates
  • Publication number: 20120220187
    Abstract: An enhanced toy produces repeating, decaying notes in response to applied pressure. The tone of each note is determined, based on the location at which a user applies pressure. The initial amplitude of each note is proportional to the intensity, as measured by a stress sensor. The toy periodically repeats each note, attenuating the amplitude of each successive repetition by a decay factor. The toy may alter the notes associated with each of a plurality of locations. For example, if all currently repeating notes have decayed below a predetermined threshold, the currently available set of notes may be exchanged for a new set of notes, e.g. with different tones or timbres. The stress sensors may comprise flexible capacitors within the toy. As the user applies pressure, the geometry of one or more capacitors deform, altering the measured capacitance, through which the intensity of the applied pressure is determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: W. Daniel HILLIS, Russel Howe
  • Publication number: 20120038589
    Abstract: The invention determines the location of multiple, simultaneous contact areas on a touch sensing region using a light source and several light detectors. The invention is robust against occlusion and many of the ambiguities that can arise with multiple, simultaneous contact areas. Generally, the light source is positioned such that light emanating the light source passes across the touch sensing region, and the light detector are positioned such that at least a portion of the light source is within the field of view of each light detector. The contact areas are determined by identifying positive fans corresponding to an angular sector of the field of view of a light detector in which the view of the light source is occluded and negative fans corresponding to an angular sector of the field of view of a light detector in which the view of the light source is not occluded. The positive fans and negative fans are then additively and subtractively combined, respectively, to determine the contact areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: James LAMANNA, Russel Howe
  • Patent number: 8047904
    Abstract: A method for controlling a plurality of fans operatively disposed in a shipping container. The fans are arranged in a plurality of banks within a closed fluid path. Each bank has a sub-set of the fans arranged in a plurality of horizontal layers. Two banks form an adjacent pair in the closed fluid path if a fluid exiting one of the two banks next enters the other of the two banks. The method includes determining a proposed fluid flow rate for each of the banks. The method also includes modifying each of the flow rates by a respective scaling factor such that the flow rates for each adjacent pair satisfy a continuity criteria. The method further includes controlling the fans based on the modified flow rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Oracle America, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall A. Yates, Bran Ferren, W. Daniel Hillis, Russel Howe, Ira M. Lichtman, Kenneth D. Salter
  • Publication number: 20100283830
    Abstract: A view morphing algorithm is applied to synchronous collections of video images from at least two video imaging devices, and interpolating between the images, creates a composite image view of the local participant. This composite image approximates what might be seen from a point between the video imaging devices, presenting the image to other video session participants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: W Daniel HILLIS, Bran Ferren, Russel Howe
  • Publication number: 20100202599
    Abstract: In a communications system, after parties form a dial up voice telephone connection, the parties respective communications devices automatically create or leverage machine readable features or content of the telephone connection to identify the parties to each other or to a rendezvous server, and thereafter the communications devices and/or the rendezvous server automatically establishes a data link between the parties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventors: W. Daniel Hillis, Neal E. Chapman, Russel Howe, Dev Kumar, Randall Adam Yates
  • Patent number: 7773108
    Abstract: A view morphing algorithm is applied to synchronous collections of video images from at least two video imaging devices, and interpolating between the images, creates a composite image view of the local participant. This composite image approximates what might be seen from a point between the video imaging devices, presenting the image to other video session participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Applied Minds, Inc.
    Inventors: W. Daniel Hillis, Bran Ferren, Russel Howe
  • Publication number: 20100057386
    Abstract: A power distribution and communication system includes nodes connected by power lines and communication links. The system receives power from one or more power sources. Each node contains at least one power port, data port and load port. Associated with each power port and load port is a port monitor for measuring current flowing into or out of the port and the voltage difference between the port outlet and ground, which measurements are passed to a processing element. The processing element and monitor analyze measured values to detect fault conditions. Upon fault condition detection, the port is disabled by opening a switch, disconnecting the port from the system voltage. The processing element receives power directly from the power line, thus receiving power from a live power line even if the associated power port is disabled allowing the processing element to enable a disabled node following a failure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventors: W. Daniel Hillis, Anthony N. Gardner, Russel Howe, Randall Adam Yates
  • Patent number: 7505898
    Abstract: A simple and efficient method for producing an obfuscated speech signal which may be used to mask a stream of speech, is disclosed. A speech signal representing the speech stream to be masked is obtained. The speech signal is then temporally partitioned into segments, preferably corresponding to phonemes within the speech stream. The segments are then stored in a memory, and some or all of the segments are subsequently selected, retrieved, and assembled into an obfuscated speech signal representing an unintelligible speech stream that, when combined with the speech signal or reproduced and combined with the speech stream, provides a masking effect. While the presently preferred embodiment finds application most readily in an open plan office, embodiments suitable for use in restaurants, classrooms, and in telecommunications systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Applied Minds, Inc.
    Inventors: W. Daniel Hillis, Bran Ferren, Russel Howe
  • Publication number: 20090015426
    Abstract: A designation based system (1000) is used with a network (530) to provide for a reconfigurable working environment. The system (1000) employs at least one control wand (892) for transmitting spatial programming signals (890) to IR receivers (844) associated with switches (967) and connector modules (144). The connector modules (144) are connected to application devices, and controlled and controlling relationships can be configured and reconfigured between the switches (967) and the connector modules (144), thereby controlling interconnected application devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventors: James B. Long, W. Daniel Hillis, Russel Howe
  • Publication number: 20080302033
    Abstract: A split bus rail system (100) is employed within a commercial interior (102). The system (100) includes a main rail (114) with a power bus assembly (116) and a communications bus assembly (112). Application devices (512) are selectively energized through connector modules (400) coupled to the bus assemblies (116, 118).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Inventors: Robert W. Insalaco, James B. Long, W. Daniel Hillis, Russel Howe