Patents by Inventor Scott A. Schimke

Scott A. Schimke 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: 20190270540
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a collapsible virtual reality viewer. Aspects of the viewer include a body portion and a viewing portion, each having a plurality of panels abutting fold lines. The viewer may be folded along the fold lines to move from an expanded configuration to a collapsed configuration when it is not being used. In one aspect, the viewer includes a detachable panel that is removeably coupled to the viewer along a plurality of perforations. Promotional material may be printed on or attached to the detachable panel. In another embodiment, the body portion and the viewing portion are each formed of a unitary construction in which the panels of each portion are die cut from a single piece of material and folded along fold lines to form the body and viewing portions, which are then secured together at one or more locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: ROBERT R. PAVLU, JR., THOMAS A. WALLEN, SCOTT A. SCHIMKE
  • Patent number: 10329047
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a collapsible virtual reality viewer. Aspects of the viewer include a body portion and a viewing portion, each having a plurality of panels abutting fold lines. The viewer may be folded along the fold lines to move from an expanded configuration to a collapsed configuration when it is not being used. In one aspect, the viewer includes a detachable panel that is removeably coupled to the viewer along a plurality of perforations. Promotional material may be printed on or attached to the detachable panel. In another embodiment, the body portion and the viewing portion are each formed of a unitary construction in which the panels of each portion are die cut from a single piece of material and folded along fold lines to form the body and viewing portions, which are then secured together at one or more locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Pavlu, Jr., Thomas A. Wallen, Scott A. Schimke
  • Publication number: 20190180520
    Abstract: Aspects of the technology described herein provide an activatable postage. As an initial step, the activatable postage is printed on a media, such as an envelope or sticker. Initially, the activatable postage has no postage value and will not have any value until activated. Each instance of activatable postage comprises a unique identifier encoded in a machine-readable format. Postage value is added to the activatable postage through an activation process. In order to activate an individual instance of activatable postage, the unique identifier encoded in the activatable postage needs to be provided to the activation application. At the end of the activation process, a central database is updated to associate the unique identifier with a postal value calculated during activation. When the Postal Service receives an item with activatable postage it validates the activatable postage and then deactivates the activatable postage by updating the central database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Jennifer R. Garbos, Stephanie F. Young, Jeanette B. Raven, Scott Schimke
  • Publication number: 20180267677
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are provided for altering an appearance of acquaintances when viewed through smart glasses, which may be altered using augmented reality technology. In particular, an embodiment of the invention is directed to allowing users to specify their appearances to others when viewed by others wearing smart glasses. The others viewing the user through smart glasses include friends, family, contacts, or other acquaintances, which may be specified in one or more social networks or contacts databases. The altered appearance that is displayed may be based on the particular relationship between the user and the viewer. For example, a user may appear as a particular superhero to his friends on a social network website, as having a cartoon feature (such as an enormous head) to his children, as normal to his mother and business contacts, and as wearing a Hawaiian shirt to his closest buddies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventor: SCOTT A. SCHIMKE
  • Patent number: 9977572
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are provided for altering an appearance of acquaintances when viewed through smart glasses, which may be altered using augmented reality technology. In particular, an embodiment of the invention is directed to allowing users to specify their appearances to others when viewed by others wearing smart glasses. The others viewing the user through smart glasses include friends, family, contacts, or other acquaintances, which may be specified in one or more social networks or contacts databases. The altered appearance that is displayed may be based on the particular relationship between the user and the viewer. For example, a user may appear as a particular superhero to his friends on a social network website, as having a cartoon feature (such as an enormous head) to his children, as normal to his mother and business contacts, and as wearing a Hawaiian shirt to his closest buddies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards, Incorporated
    Inventor: Scott A. Schimke
  • Publication number: 20180053243
    Abstract: An aspect of the present invention includes a physical gift item that is constructed to include a tag, which includes a unique tag identifier. Using a gift-transfer application, a digital gift can be associated with the unique tag identifier, and the physical gift item can be given to a gift recipient. The gift recipient may then use the unique tag identifier to retrieve the digital gift.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: SCOTT A. SCHIMKE, JENNIFER R. GARBOS
  • Publication number: 20180039978
    Abstract: An aspect of the present invention includes a physical gift item that is constructed to include an NFC tag. By scanning the NFC tag, a gift-transfer application can be launched, which allows a user to select a digital gift and associate the digital gift with the NFC tag. The physical gift item can be given to another user, who can also scan the NFC tag in order to retrieve the digital gift.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventor: SCOTT A. SCHIMKE
  • Publication number: 20180002059
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a collapsible virtual reality viewer. Aspects of the viewer include a body portion and a viewing portion, each having a plurality of panels abutting fold lines. The viewer may be folded along the fold lines to move from an expanded configuration to a collapsed configuration when it is not being used. In one aspect, the viewer includes a detachable panel that is removeably coupled to the viewer along a plurality of perforations. Promotional material may be printed on or attached to the detachable panel. In another embodiment, the body portion and the viewing portion are each formed of a unitary construction in which the panels of each portion are die cut from a single piece of material and folded along fold lines to form the body and viewing portions, which are then secured together at one or more locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: ROBERT R. PAVLU, JR., THOMAS A. WALLEN, SCOTT A. SCHIMKE
  • Publication number: 20170270324
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media are provided for using Near Field Communication (NFC) smart “tags” associated with physical objects in conjunction with NFC-enabled devices to associate digital content with physical assets. Digital content is received that is to be associated with an NFC tag associated with a physical object. In embodiments, such digital content may be provided by a purchaser of a physical asset and may include, by way of example only, photographs, videos, audio files, text files, data files, hyperlinks, and the like that are related to a particular event or occasion. The received digital content is stored, in an online environment, in association with a unique identifier associated with the NFC tag. Upon receiving an indication that the NFC tag has been read by an NFC reader associated with a user device, the digital content is provided for presentation in association with the user device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: MAX JEFFERIES YOUNGER, SCOTT SCHIMKE, COLLIN GLENN SMITH
  • Patent number: 9473251
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention use one or more audible tones to communicate metadata during a transfer of an audio file. Embodiments of the present invention communicate an audio file from a speaker in a recording device (e.g., a recordable book, toy, computing device) to a microphone in a receiving device. The audio file is transferred by audibly broadcasting the audio file content. The audio file may be a recording made by the user (e.g., the user singing a song, a child responding to a storybook prompt intended to elicit a response). The file transfer process uses one or more audible tones, such as dual-tone multi-frequency signaling (“DTMF”) tones to communicate metadata associated with the audio file. Audible tones may also be used to communicate commands that delineate the beginning and/or end of a file broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: HALLMARK CARDS, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Scott A. Schimke, Nicholas Pedersen, Kiersten Wilmes, Max J. Younger, Ma Lap Man
  • Publication number: 20150279117
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are provided for altering an appearance of acquaintances when viewed through smart glasses, which may be altered using augmented reality technology. In particular, an embodiment of the invention is directed to allowing users to specify their appearances to others when viewed by others wearing smart glasses. The others viewing the user through smart glasses include friends, family, contacts, or other acquaintances, which may be specified in one or more social networks or contacts databases. The altered appearance that is displayed may be based on the particular relationship between the user and the viewer. For example, a user may appear as a particular superhero to his friends on a social network website, as having a cartoon feature (such as an enormous head) to his children, as normal to his mother and business contacts, and as wearing a Hawaiian shirt to his closest buddies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Inventor: Scott A. Schimke
  • Publication number: 20150081282
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention use one or more audible tones to communicate metadata during a transfer of an audio file. Embodiments of the present invention communicate an audio file from a speaker in a recording device (e.g., a recordable book, toy, computing device) to a microphone in a receiving device. The audio file is transferred by audibly broadcasting the audio file content. The audio file may be a recording made by the user (e.g., the user singing a song, a child responding to a storybook prompt intended to elicit a response). The file transfer process uses one or more audible tones, such as dual-tone multi-frequency signaling (“DTMF”) tones to communicate metadata associated with the audio file. Audible tones may also be used to communicate commands that delineate the beginning and/or end of a file broadcast.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: SCOTT A. SCHIMKE, NICHOLAS PEDERSEN, KIERSTEN WILMES, MAX J. YOUNGER, MA LAP MAN
  • Publication number: 20120011751
    Abstract: An audio greeting card is typically manufactured with pre-recorded songs that play when the greeting card is opened. The purchaser of an audio greeting card is limited to the songs already selected for such cards. A customizable audio greeting card is provided, for which the user can select the audio that is played. The audio greeting card has an audio receiving and playback device, with a connector for receiving audio information. User-selected audio information is sent to the greeting card and identifiable information is generated pertaining to the sent audio information. The identifiable information may be printed onto a label for affixing to the greeting card or may be printed directly onto the greeting card. The identifiable information is utilized when completing the sale of the customized greeting card, thereby indicating the finalized customization of the user-selected audio played on the purchased audio greeting card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventors: Scott A. Schimke, Jennifer Cameron Black, Mark J. Reichert
  • Patent number: 6676587
    Abstract: The emboss module of the present invention provides for automatic die and bolster conversion. The emboss module includes a frame, a die changer sub-assembly and a bolster sub-assembly. The die changer sub-assembly includes rotatable die changers for automatically registering dies therein, and the bolster sub-assembly includes counters and panels for receiving the sheet of material and the die. Both the die changer and bolster sub-assemblies are adapted for use with emboss and foil dies and counters. Accordingly, a more efficient and scalable emboss system and method for automatically changing dies and bolsters is described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards Incorporated
    Inventors: Ronald R. Smith, Scott A. Schimke
  • Publication number: 20030050164
    Abstract: The emboss module of the present invention provides for automatic die and bolster conversion. The emboss module includes a frame, a die changer sub-assembly and a bolster sub-assembly. The die changer sub-assembly includes rotatable die changers for automatically registering dies therein, and the bolster sub-assembly includes counters and panels for receiving the sheet of material and the die. Both the die changer and bolster sub-assemblies are adapted for use with emboss and foil dies and counters. Accordingly, a more efficient and scalable emboss system and method for automatically changing dies and bolsters is described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Inventors: Ronald R. Smith, Scott A. Schimke
  • Patent number: 6349639
    Abstract: A flexible counter for an embossing system provides resilient support under a sheet which opposes pressure from a contoured die forming an embossment in the sheet. The flexible counter includes a resilient mat and a fixed bolster which supports the mat. The bolster has peripheral walls which extend around sides of the mat so that an upper portion of the mat protrudes above the peripheral walls. In addition, the bolster includes a resilient bumper that bounds an upper portion of the mat. An upper edge of the bumper is about flush with an upper surface of the mat. The walls have a peripheral channel in which the bumper is disposed. The bumper is formed of a resilient material having higher rigidity than the mat, thereby controlling the flow and stretching behavior of the upper surface of the mat as compressed during an embossing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards, Incorporated
    Inventors: Ronald R. Smith, Scott A. Schimke
  • Patent number: 6186936
    Abstract: A flexible counter for an embossing system provides resilient support under a sheet which opposes pressure from a contoured die forming an embossment in the sheet. The flexible counter includes a resilient mat and a fixed bolster which supports the mat. The bolster has a peripheral wall which extends around sides of the mat so that an upper portion of the mat protrudes above the peripheral wall. In addition, the bolster includes support surfaces bounded by recesses. The support surfaces support a bottom surface of the mat, and the recesses receive bulging portions of the mat when compressed under pressure from the die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards, Incorporated
    Inventors: Ronald R. Smith, Scott A. Schimke