Patents by Inventor Russell Douglas Patton

Russell Douglas Patton 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: 20220300032
    Abstract: A wearable device includes a body having fasteners and a frame coupled between two fasteners. The frame includes first and second sections. A first portion of the body includes the first section of the frame and one fastener and a second portion of the body includes the second section of the frame and the other fastener. A speaker and a microphone are connected to the first portion and another speaker and another microphone are connected to the second portion. The body also includes a processor, memory accessible to the processor, and programming in the memory for configuring the processor to selectively activate the speakers and microphones such that a first speaker emits an output sound signal while a first microphone and a second speaker are deactivated and a second microphone captures an input sound signal during the emission of the output sound signal by the first speaker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2022
    Publication date: September 22, 2022
    Inventors: Russell Douglas Patton, Jonathan M. Rodriguez, II, Julio Cesar CastaƱeda, Samuel Bryson Thompson
  • Patent number: 11445112
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining a location of a wearable electronic device are disclosed. In some aspects, the device includes a position acquisition device and an accelerometer. A hardware processor included in the device may be configured to generally maintain the position acquisition device in a low power state to save power. When a video or image is captured, it may tag the video or image with first location information. Given the inoperative position acquisition device, a current location may not be known. In some aspects, in response to a need for location information, measurements from an accelerometer may be stored. The position acquisition device may also be transitioned to an operative state, and after some time delay, a second location determined. In some aspects, the location of the capture may then be obtained based on the acceleration measurements and the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Zhibin Zhang, Russell Douglas Patton, Peter Brook, Dunxu Hu
  • Patent number: 11415818
    Abstract: Apparatuses and systems for wearable devices such as eyewear are described. According to one embodiment, the wearable device includes a frame, onboard electronics components, and an antenna disposed around an eyepiece area of the frame that is configured to hold an optical element. The antenna is configured for inductive coupling. In some embodiments, a switch coupled to the antenna allows selection between circuitry for inductive charging of a battery and near-field communication (NFC) circuitry for communicating data via the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Ugur Olgun, Patrick Kusbel, Russell Douglas Patton, Jonathan M Rodriguez, II, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Patent number: 11392173
    Abstract: A wearable device includes a body having fasteners and a frame coupled between two fasteners. The frame includes first and second sections. A first portion of the body includes the first section of the frame and one fastener and a second portion of the body includes the second section of the frame and the other fastener. A speaker and a microphone are connected to the first portion and another speaker and another microphone are connected to the second portion. The body also includes a processor, memory accessible to the processor, and programming in the memory for configuring the processor to selectively activate the speakers and microphones such that a first speaker emits an output sound signal while a first microphone and a second speaker are deactivated and a second microphone captures an input sound signal during the emission of the output sound signal by the first speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Russell Douglas Patton, Jonathan M. Rodriguez, II, Julio Cesar CastaƱeda, Samuel Bryson Thompson
  • Publication number: 20220197062
    Abstract: A case for an eyewear device having a conductive interface includes a housing that receives the eyewear device. A multi-purpose interface, supported by the housing, includes at least one contact arranged to couple with the conductive interface of the eyewear device when the housing receives the eyewear device. Circuitry is coupled to the at least one contact and includes a processor that detects a connection of the conductive interface of the eyewear device to the multi-purpose interface of the case. The processor performs a charging process during a charge state of the case in which an electrical charge is provided at the multi-purpose interface of the case to the eyewear device. Data is exchanged with the eyewear device during a communication state of the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2022
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Inventors: Miran ALHAIDERI, Alex BAMBERGER, Gerald Nilles, Russell Douglas PATTON, Yu Jiang THAM
  • Patent number: 11361781
    Abstract: Method to perform dynamic beamforming to reduce SNR in signals captured by head-wearable apparatus starts with microphones generating acoustic signals. Microphones are coupled to first stem of the apparatus and to second stem of the apparatus. First and second beamformers generate first and second beamformer signals, respectively. Noise suppressor attenuates noise content from the first beamformer signal and the second beamformer signal. Noise content from first beamformer signal are acoustic signals not collocated in second beamformer signal and noise content from second beamformer signal are acoustic signals not collocated in first beamformer signal. Speech enhancer generates clean signal comprising speech content from first noise-suppressed signal and second noise-suppressed signal. Speech content are acoustic signals collocated in first beamformer signal and second beamformer signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Asfaw, Russell Douglas Patton, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Patent number: 11333904
    Abstract: A case for an eyewear device having a conductive interface includes a housing that receives the eyewear device. A multi-purpose interface, supported by the housing, includes at least one contact arranged to couple with the conductive interface of the eyewear device when the housing receives the eyewear device. Circuitry is coupled to the at least one contact and includes a processor that detects a connection of the conductive interface of the eyewear device to the multi-purpose interface of the case. The processor performs a charging process during a charge state of the case in which an electrical charge is provided at the multi-purpose interface of the case to the eyewear device. Data is exchanged with the eyewear device during a communication state of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Miran Alhaideri, Alex Bamberger, Gerald Nilles, Russell Douglas Patton, Yu Jiang Tham
  • Patent number: 11320651
    Abstract: One aspect disclosed is a method including determining a location from a positioning system receiver, determining, using a hardware processor and the location, that the location is approaching a path of direction of visual direction information, displaying the visual direction information on a display of a wearable device in response to the determining, determining, using the positioning system receiver, whether the turn of the visual direction information has been made, determining, by the hardware processor, a first period of time for display of the content data based on whether the turn of the visual direction information has been made, powering on the display and displaying, using the display, content data for the first period of time, turning off the display and the hardware processor following display of the content data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Bamberger, Peter Brook, Nicolas Dahlquist, Matthew Hanover, Russell Douglas Patton, Jonathan M Rodriguez, II
  • Publication number: 20220123573
    Abstract: A charging cable configured to obtain power from different power supply devices for delivery to a chargeable electronic device, and to techniques and equipment to enable the charging cable to identify current limitation of the connected power supply device and to enforce that current limit via the charging cable. The charging cable has a logic circuit coupled to signal pins to detect a signal indicating a power limitation of the power supply device. The logic circuit controls a current limiter connected in the power delivery bus of the charging cable to limit current flowing through the charging cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2022
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Inventors: Shaheen Moubedi, Russell Douglas Patton
  • Publication number: 20220109230
    Abstract: An eyewear device has an antenna system having at least one element which contributes to wireless signal transmission, and which is thermally connected to a heat-generating electronic component of the eyewear device to serve as a heat sink for the electronic component. A driven antenna element and/or a plurality of PCB extenders electrically connected to a PCB ground plane can thus be employed for both signal transmission and heat management.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Patrick Kusbel, Jun Lin, Douglas Wayne Moskowitz, Ugur Olgun, Russell Douglas Patton, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons, Stephen Andrew Steger
  • Publication number: 20220057631
    Abstract: Eyewear having an optical waveguide communicating infrared light from a remote infrared emitter in the eyewear to an optical output coupler that uniformly illuminates an eye for tracking eye movement of a user. An optical input coupler couples a light beam emitted by the remote infrared emitter into the waveguide. The remote infrared emitter simplifies industrial design and is a single light source. The remote infrared emitter is not in a peripheral vision of a user's eye and improves a cosmetic impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2021
    Publication date: February 24, 2022
    Inventors: Kenneth Kubala, Russell Douglas Patton, Jonathan M. Rodriguez, II
  • Publication number: 20220039011
    Abstract: Systems and methods for device handshaking are described. Embodiments for client device and associated wearable device initiated handshaking are described. In certain embodiments, a device such as wearable camera eyeglasses having both high-speed wireless circuitry and low-power wireless circuitry communicates with a client device. The low-power wireless circuitry is used for signaling and to manage power on handshaking for the high-speed circuitry in order to reduce power consumption. An analysis of a high-speed connection status may be performed by a client device, and used to conserve power at the glasses with signaling from the client device to indicate when the high-speed circuitry of the glasses should be powered on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Alex Bamberger, Peter Brook, Nicolas Dahlquist, Matthew Hanover, Russell Douglas Patton, Jonathan M. Rodriguez, II
  • Publication number: 20220038622
    Abstract: System, methods, devices, and instructions are described for fast boot of a processor as part of camera operation. In some embodiments, in response to a camera input, a digital signal processor (DSP) of a device is booted using a first set of instructions. Capture of image sensor data is initiated using the first set of instructions at the DSP. The DSP then receives a second set of instructions and the DSP is programmed using the second set of instructions after at least a first frame of the image sensor data is stored in a memory of the device. The first frame of the image sensor data is processed using the DSP as programmed by the second set of instructions. In some embodiments, the first set of instructions includes only instructions for setting camera sensor values, and the second set of instructions includes instructions for processing raw sensor data into formatted image files.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Peter Brook, Russell Douglas Patton, Jonathan M. Rodriguez, II
  • Patent number: 11218007
    Abstract: A charging cable configured to obtain power from different power supply devices for delivery to a chargeable electronic device, and to techniques and equipment to enable the charging cable to identify current limitation of the connected power supply device and to enforce that current limit via the charging cable. The charging cable has a logic circuit coupled to signal pins to detect a signal indicating a power limitation of the power supply device. The logic circuit controls a current limiter connected in the power delivery bus of the charging cable to limit current flowing through the charging cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Shaheen Moubedi, Russell Douglas Patton
  • Publication number: 20210399405
    Abstract: An antenna system comprises a combination of a loop antenna and a non-loop antenna. The loop antenna and the non-loop antenna is connected in common to a transceiver mechanism or signal feed mechanism. The non-loop antenna is in some embodiments provided by a dipole conductor. An eye-wear device incorporates the antenna system, a loop conductor and a dipole conductor of the antenna system being integrated in a body of the eyewear device. The loop conductor may be provided by a lens ring that extends around a lens held by the body. The lens ring may serve both as loop conductor and as a lens retention mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Mathias Andreas Hintermann, Pat Kusbel, Douglas Wayne Moskowitz, Ugur Olgun, Russell Douglas Patton, Patrick Timothy McSweene Simons, John Bernard Ardisana, II, Teodor Dabov, Ashutosh Y. Shukla
  • Publication number: 20210390882
    Abstract: Eyewear with camera-based compensation that improves the user experience of eyewear devices, including for user's having partial blindness or complete blindness. The camera-based compensation uses eyewear cameras and an algorithm to detect geometric features of physical objects, such as edges. An alert is generated when a physical object is detected, such as an aural alert, that may indicate the nearby presence of the physical object, the distance of the object from the eyewear, and the type of object. This type of geometric detection uses less processing power, thus extending battery life.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Publication date: December 16, 2021
    Inventors: Venu IYENGAR, Russell Douglas Patton
  • Patent number: 11190681
    Abstract: System, methods, devices, and instructions are described for fast boot of a processor as part of camera operation. In some embodiments, in response to a camera input, a digital signal processor (DSP) of a device is booted using a first set of instructions. Capture of image sensor data is initiated using the first set of instructions at the DSP. The DSP then receives a second set of instructions and the DSP is programmed using the second set of instructions after at least a first frame of the image sensor data is stored in a memory of the device. The first frame of the image sensor data is processed using the DSP as programmed by the second set of instructions. In some embodiments, the first set of instructions includes only instructions for setting camera sensor values, and the second set of instructions includes instructions for processing raw sensor data into formatted image files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Brook, Russell Douglas Patton, Jonathan M Rodriguez, II
  • Patent number: 11181757
    Abstract: An eyewear device has an antenna system having at least one element which contributes to wireless signal transmission, and which is thermally connected to a heat-generating electronic component of the eyewear device to serve as a heat sink for the electronic component. A driven antenna element and/or a plurality of PCB extenders electrically connected to a PCB ground plane can thus be employed for both signal transmission and heat management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Patrick Kusbel, Jun Lin, Douglas Wayne Moskowitz, Ugur Olgun, Russell Douglas Patton, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons, Stephen Andrew Steger
  • Patent number: 11169374
    Abstract: Eyewear having an optical waveguide communicating infrared light from a remote infrared emitter in the eyewear to an optical output coupler that uniformly illuminates an eye for tracking eye movement of a user. An optical input coupler couples a light beam emitted by the remote infrared emitter into the waveguide. The remote infrared emitter simplifies industrial design and is a single light source. The remote infrared emitter is not in a peripheral vision of a user's eye and improves a cosmetic impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Kubala, Russell Douglas Patton, Jonathan M. Rodriguez, II
  • Publication number: 20210344140
    Abstract: Methods and devices for wired charging and communication with a wearable device are described. In one embodiment, a symmetrical contact interface comprises a first contact pad and a second contact pad, and particular wired circuitry is coupled to the first and second contact pad to enable charging as well as receive and transmit communications via the contact pads as part of various device states.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2021
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Inventors: Russell Douglas Patton, Jonathan M. Rodriguez, II, Stephen Andrew Steger