Patents by Inventor Scott G. Adams

Scott G. Adams 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: 20190331258
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved mounting and securing device. The device provides for attachment at least one elongate object to a surface and includes a diaphragm spring and an oval fir tree mount. The device is secured to and prevents rotation in an oval or slot shaped hole in a mounting surface. The oval fir tree mount has a tapered tip and a substantially oval shape. Fir tree branches are attached to an oval shaped trunk at various elevations or staggered heights. The diaphragm spring includes a flexible umbrella extending toward the fir tree branches. The diaphragm spring provides tension and resistance when the fir tree mount is inserted into a mount hole formed in a supporting surface such as a panel. The flexible spring combined with the staggered height branches allow the device to be securely retained in different mounting hole thicknesses. The substantially oval configuration prevents rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Gerard G. Geiger, Scott J. Adams
  • Patent number: 10393605
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that perform pressure sensing using pressure sensor(s) that include deformable pressure vessel(s). A pressure vessel is an object that has a cross section that defines a void. A deformable pressure vessel is a pressure vessel that has at least one curved portion that is configured to structurally deform (e.g., bend, shear, elongate, etc.) based on a pressure difference between a cavity pressure in a cavity in which at least a portion of the pressure vessel is suspended and a vessel pressure in the pressure vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Kionix, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott G. Adams, Charles W. Blackmer, Kristin J. Lynch
  • Publication number: 20190204447
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that are capable of forming a depth map and/or projecting an image onto object(s) based on the depth map. A depth map is a three-dimensional representation of an environment. Forming the depth map may utilize a progressive resolution refinement technique. For example, locating information may be determined in accordance with the progressive resolution refinement technique in response to performing a scan of a current point over a field of view. The current point is a point, selected from a plurality of points (e.g., a grid of points) in the field of view, to which a detection beam of light is directed at a respective time as the scan is performed over the field of view. In accordance with this example, the locating information may be coordinated with the scan to form the depth map.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Clifford A. Lardin, Shahyaan Desai, Scott G. Adams
  • Patent number: 10315915
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and computer program products for electronic systems with through-substrate interconnects and mems device. An interconnect formed in a substrate having a first surface and a second surface, the interconnect includes: a bulk region; a via extending from the first surface to the second surface; an insulating structure extending through the first surface into the substrate and defining a closed loop around the via, wherein the insulating structure comprises a seam portion separated by at least one solid portion; and an insulating region extending from the insulating structure toward the second surface, the insulating region separating the via from the bulk region, wherein the insulating structure and insulating region collectively provide electrical isolation between the via and the bulk region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Kionix, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott G. Adams, Charles W. Blackmer
  • Patent number: 10310085
    Abstract: A distance-measuring pixel apparatus includes a photonic integrated circuit disposed on a common substrate that further includes a photonic integrated circuit substrate having disposed thereon two 3 dB directional couplers, a GRIN lens, and a partially reflecting Faraday mirror having a first side that is optomechanically coupled to a second side of the GRIN lens; and a source laser, a first photodetector, and a second photodetector. A related distance measuring method includes, using the distance-measuring pixel apparatus, generating a local oscillator (LO) beam, generating an echo, combining the LO beam and the echo beam, splitting the combined LO beam and the echo beam, and producing a modulation of the photodetector assembly photocurrent at a frequency that encodes the distance of a remote object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Mezmeriz Inc.
    Inventors: Shahyaan Desai, Scott G. Adams, Clifford A. Lardin
  • Patent number: 10228466
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that are capable of forming a depth map and/or projecting an image onto object(s) based on the depth map. A depth map is a three-dimensional representation of an environment. Forming the depth map may utilize a progressive resolution refinement technique. For example, locating information may be determined in accordance with the progressive resolution refinement technique in response to performing a scan of a current point over a field of view. The current point is a point, selected from a plurality of points (e.g., a grid of points) in the field of view, to which a detection beam of light is directed at a respective time as the scan is performed over the field of view. In accordance with this example, the locating information may be coordinated with the scan to form the depth map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Mezmeriz, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford A. Lardin, Shahyaan Desai, Scott G. Adams
  • Publication number: 20190064358
    Abstract: This disclosure presents a non-contact, frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) coherent optical distance measuring system and method for determining a measured distance over a wide distance range and simultaneously with fine range resolution. The approach and apparatus presented within eliminates the need for expensive, high frequency post-detection electronics to perform the necessary signal processing to accurately determine distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Applicant: Mezmeriz Inc.
    Inventors: Shahyaan Desai, Scott G. Adams, Clifford A. Lardin
  • Publication number: 20190011559
    Abstract: A distance-measuring pixel apparatus includes a photonic integrated circuit disposed on a common substrate that further includes a photonic integrated circuit substrate having disposed thereon two 3 dB directional couplers, a GRIN lens, and a partially reflecting Faraday mirror having a first side that is optomechanically coupled to a second side of the GRIN lens; and a source laser, a first photodetector, and a second photodetector. A related distance measuring method includes, using the distance-measuring pixel apparatus, generating a local oscillator (LO) beam, generating an echo, combining the LO beam and the echo beam, splitting the combined LO beam and the echo beam, and producing a modulation of the photodetector assembly photocurrent at a frequency that encodes the distance of a remote object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Applicant: Mezmeriz Inc.
    Inventors: Shahyaan Desai, Scott G. Adams, Clifford A. Lardin
  • Publication number: 20180222746
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of forming an interconnect in a substrate having a first surface and a second surface. The method includes forming an insulating structure abutting the first surface and defining a closed loop around a via in the substrate and forming an insulating region abutting the second surface such that the insulating region contacts the insulating structure and separates the via from a bulk region of the substrate. Forming the insulating structure includes etching the substrate beginning from the first surface to form a trench, filling the trench to form a seam portion, and converting a first portion of the substrate to a first solid portion to form the closed loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Scott G. Adams, Charles W. Blackmer
  • Publication number: 20180081059
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that are capable of forming a depth map and/or projecting an image onto object(s) based on the depth map. A depth map is a three-dimensional representation of an environment. Forming the depth map may utilize a progressive resolution refinement technique. For example, locating information may be determined in accordance with the progressive resolution refinement technique in response to performing a scan of a current point over a field of view. The current point is a point, selected from a plurality of points (e.g., a grid of points) in the field of view, to which a detection beam of light is directed at a respective time as the scan is performed over the field of view. In accordance with this example, the locating information may be coordinated with the scan to form the depth map.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Clifford A. Lardin, Shahyaan Desai, Scott G. Adams
  • Patent number: 9751757
    Abstract: A calibration unit, system, and method for calibrating a device under test are provided. The calibration unit, system, and method use a single axis rotational unit to calibrate devices under test on a test head. The single axis rotation unit is configured to extend at an angle from a known axis. The test head can be designed in the shape of a frustum with multiple sides. The calibration unit, system, and method can use combinations of gravitational excitation, Helmholtz coil excitation, and rotational rate excitation for calibrating the device under test. The calibration unit, system, and method can calibrate a 3 degree for freedom or higher MEMS devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Kionix, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan L. Stirling, Luke E. DeWalt, James E. Strait, Scott G. Adams
  • Publication number: 20170089785
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that perform pressure sensing using pressure sensor(s) that include deformable pressure vessel(s). A pressure vessel is an object that has a cross section that defines a void. A deformable pressure vessel is a pressure vessel that has at least one curved portion that is configured to structurally deform (e.g., bend, shear, elongate, etc.) based on a pressure difference between a cavity pressure in a cavity in which at least a portion of the pressure vessel is suspended and a vessel pressure in the pressure vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Publication date: March 30, 2017
    Inventors: Scott G. Adams, Charles W. Blackmer, Kristin J. Lynch
  • Patent number: 9541462
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that perform pressure sensing using pressure sensor(s) that include deformable pressure vessel(s). A pressure vessel is an object that has a cross section that defines a void. A deformable pressure vessel is a pressure vessel that has at least one curved portion that is configured to structurally deform (e.g., bend, shear, elongate, etc.) based on a pressure difference between a cavity pressure in a cavity in which at least a portion of the pressure vessel is suspended and a vessel pressure in the pressure vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Kionix, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott G. Adams, Charles W. Blackmer, Kristin J. Lynch
  • Publication number: 20170001858
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and computer program products for electronic systems with through-substrate interconnects and mems device. An interconnect formed in a substrate having a first surface and a second surface, the interconnect includes: a bulk region; a via extending from the first surface to the second surface; an insulating structure extending through the first surface into the substrate and defining a closed loop around the via, wherein the insulating structure comprises a seam portion separated by at least one solid portion; and an insulating region extending from the insulating structure toward the second surface, the insulating region separating the via from the bulk region, wherein the insulating structure and insulating region collectively provide electrical isolation between the via and the bulk region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventors: Scott G. ADAMS, Charles W. BLACKMER
  • Publication number: 20160377721
    Abstract: High-resolution laser range finding using frequency-modulated pulse compression techniques can be accomplished using inexpensive semiconductor laser diodes. Modern applications of laser range finding often seek to maximize the distance over which they can resolve range together with the range resolution and to minimize the pulse duration in order to acquire more data in less time. The combination of these requirements results in increasing bandwidth requirements for processing the ranging data, which can exceed 10 GHz over ranges of tens of meters, depending on the range resolution and pulse duration. Here we describe a method of compressing this range data bandwidth in real time using low-cost components and simple techniques that require no increase in processing time or resources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Applicant: Mezmeriz Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford A. Lardin, Shahyaan Desai, Scott G. Adams
  • Publication number: 20160377722
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that are capable of forming a depth map and/or projecting an image onto object(s) based on the depth map. A depth map is a three-dimensional representation of an environment. Forming the depth map may utilize a progressive resolution refinement technique. For example, locating information may be determined in accordance with the progressive resolution refinement technique in response to performing a scan of a current point over a field of view. The current point is a point, selected from a plurality of points (e.g., a grid of points) in the field of view, to which a detection beam of light is directed at a respective time as the scan is performed over the field of view. In accordance with this example, the locating information may be coordinated with the scan to form the depth map.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventors: Clifford A. Lardin, Shahyaan Desai, Scott G. Adams
  • Patent number: 9347846
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that perform capacitance-based pressure sensing using pressure vessel(s). A pressure vessel is an object that has a cross section that defines a void. The void has a shape that is configured to change based on a change of pressure difference between a cavity pressure in a cavity in which at least a portion of the pressure vessel is suspended and a vessel pressure in the pressure vessel. The pressure vessel may be formed in the shape of an enclosed loop (e.g., along a path that is perpendicular to the cross section), resulting in a looped pressure vessel. For instance, an end of the pressure vessel may be connected to another end of the pressure vessel to form the enclosed loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Kionix, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott G. Adams
  • Publication number: 20160061679
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that perform pressure sensing using pressure sensor(s) that include deformable pressure vessel(s). A pressure vessel is an object that has a cross section that defines a void. A deformable pressure vessel is a pressure vessel that has at least one curved portion that is configured to structurally deform (e.g., bend, shear, elongate, etc.) based on a pressure difference between a cavity pressure in a cavity in which at least a portion of the pressure vessel is suspended and a vessel pressure in the pressure vessel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 3, 2016
    Inventors: Scott G. Adams, Charles W. Blackmer, Kristin J. Lynch
  • Publication number: 20150276532
    Abstract: Techniques are described herein that perform capacitance-based pressure sensing using pressure vessel(s). A pressure vessel is an object that has a cross section that defines a void. The void has a shape that is configured to change based on a change of pressure difference between a cavity pressure in a cavity in which at least a portion of the pressure vessel is suspended and a vessel pressure in the pressure vessel. The pressure vessel may be formed in the shape of an enclosed loop (e.g., along a path that is perpendicular to the cross section), resulting in a looped pressure vessel. For instance, an end of the pressure vessel may be connected to another end of the pressure vessel to form the enclosed loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Applicant: Kionix, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott G. Adams
  • Patent number: 8853803
    Abstract: A micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) device can include a substrate and a first beam suspended relative to a substrate surface. The first beam can include a first portion and a second portion that are separated by an isolation joint made of an insulative material. The first and second portions can each include a first semiconductor and a first dielectric layer. The MEMS device can also include a second beam suspended relative to the substrate surface. The second beam can include a second semiconductor and a second dielectric layer to promote curvature of the second beam. The MEMS device can also include a third beam suspended relative to the substrate surface. The third beam consists essentially of a first material. The second beam is configured to move relative to the third beam in response to an acceleration along an axis perpendicular to the surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kionix, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott G. Adams, Andrew J. Minnick, Charles W. Blackmer, Mollie K. Devoe