Patents by Inventor Stephen C. Robinson

Stephen C. Robinson 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: 20190215408
    Abstract: Described herein is a multi-user retail photo kiosk system that includes multiple touch screen and Graphic User Interface (GUI) controlled consumer photo editing, photo print and product selection, and photo order placement terminals and multiple photo printers. The user photo kiosk terminals can receive images. Billing and payment is accomplished using barcoded receipts provided at the user terminal for payments for purchased photo products. A printer array incorporating various printers capable of producing prints or various sizes and formats can be configured as a horizontal counter or as a vertical tower and includes means to alert the user that their photo print order is complete. In addition, the system automatically notifies operators if equipment service, maintenance, media refilling, and/or post printing finishing procedures are required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Applicant: KODAK ALARIS INC.
    Inventors: Richard H. REPKA, Stephen J. PASQUARETTE, Scott C. ROBINSON, Michael S. GRAHAM, Nicole Petra ELLSAESSER, Lydia C. POWERS
  • Publication number: 20080208324
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for occluding an anatomical structure including a device having at least first and second clamp portions adapted to cooperate to move from an open position adjacent an anatomical structure to a closed position engaging and occluding the anatomical structure. A system for delivery of a fluid to affect occlusion of an anatomical structure is provided, as well as an applicator for deploying occlusion devices having different sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventors: Jason I. Glithero, Livyn O. Okorocha, James G. Tappel, Eric E. Bielefeld, Michael W. Goldenbogen, Chadd R. Tyler, Todd A. Hall, Stephen C. Robinson, Greg R. Furnish
  • Patent number: 7079947
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are provided to display or otherwise provide addresses in proximity to the device, and to periodically update the addresses as the navigational aid device is transported along a road. The device is adapted to be transported on a road. The device includes a processor and a memory adapted to communicate with the processor. The processor and the memory are adapted to cooperate to provide an address that is proximate to the device. Another aspect includes a method. According to one method embodiment, an address proximate to a navigational aid device is estimated and displayed on the navigational aid device. Other aspects are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Shane R. Runquist, Stephen C. Robinson, Thomas H. Walters, Mark D. Tompkins
  • Patent number: 6859721
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are provided to display or otherwise provide addresses in proximity to the device, and to periodically update the addresses as the navigational aid device is transported along a road. The device is adapted to be transported on a road. The device includes a processor and a memory adapted to communicate with the processor. The processor and the memory are adapted to cooperate to provide an address that is proximate to the device. Another aspect includes a method. According to one method embodiment, an address proximate to a navigational aid device is estimated and displayed on the navigational aid device. Other aspects are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Shane R. Runquist, Stephen C. Robinson, Thomas H. Walters, Mark D. Tompkins
  • Patent number: 6839624
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are provided to compress data, and in particular to code and decode data. One aspect of the present subject matter is a data structure. The data structure includes a field representing a decoding structure to decode canonical Huffman encoded data, and a field representing a symbol table. The decoding structure includes a field representing an accelerator table to provide a 2N-deep direct-index lookup to provide high-frequency symbols for high-frequency data and to provide bracketing indices for low-frequency data. The decoding structure also includes a field for a binary search table to provide a low-frequency symbol index using a binary search bounded by the bracketing indices provided by the accelerator table. The symbol table is adapted to provide a symbol associated with the low-frequency index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Darin J. Beesley, Stephen C. Robinson, Michael Childs, Chunyen Liu
  • Patent number: 6782318
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are provided to compress data, and in particular to code and decode data in a PDA. One aspect of the present subject matter is a data structure. The data structure includes a field representing a decoding structure to decode canonical Huffman encoded data, and a field representing a symbol table. The decoding structure includes a field representing an accelerator table to provide a 2N-deep direct-index lookup to provide high-frequency symbols for high-frequency data and to provide bracketing indices for low-frequency data. The decoding structure also includes a field for a binary search table to provide a low-frequency symbol index using a binary search bounded by the bracketing indices provided by the accelerator table. The symbol table is adapted to provide a symbol associated with the low-frequency index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Darin J. Beesley, Stephen C. Robinson, Michael E. Childs, Chunyen Liu
  • Patent number: 6650996
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are provided to compress data, and in particular to code and decode data. One aspect of the present subject matter is a data structure. The data structure includes a field representing a decoding structure to decode canonical Huffman encoded data, and a field representing a symbol table. The decoding structure includes a field representing an accelerator table to provide a 2N-deep direct-index lookup to provide high-frequency symbols for high-frequency data and to provide bracketing indices for low-frequency data. The decoding structure also includes a field for a binary search table to provide a low-frequency symbol index using a binary search bounded by the bracketing indices provided by the accelerator table. The symbol table is adapted to provide a symbol associated with the low-frequency index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Darin J. Beesley, Stephen C. Robinson, Michael Childs, Chunyen Liu
  • Patent number: 6252605
    Abstract: A system and method for constructing an R-Tree index structure, and packing spatial data in the structure to permit parameters of the R-Tree to be constructed to be selected, within provided ranges, by an operator of the system. The spatial data features to be packed into the R-Tree constructed, are sorted, according to fractal geometry, and placed in a table of records. Each record is individually selected from the table, and data associated with each record is temporarily stored in one of a plurality of buffer storage locations according to a plurality of packing algorithms. The data in a buffer storage location is split, into first and second groups of data, upon the occurrence of one of a plurality of predetermined conditions. Data is selectively removed from the buffer for placement in the R-Tree being packed, such that data representing nearby geographical areas is most optimally clustered together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventors: Darin J. Beesley, Stephen C. Robinson, Thomas H. Walters
  • Patent number: 6222485
    Abstract: A electronic navigation device utilizing a desired orientation to adjust an electronic map displayed on the device. Acquiring global positioning system data, a processor calculates the current position of the navigation device. Scanning into cartographic memory located in memory, the processor locates a predefined thoroughfare containing or most adjacent the calculated position. Utilizing points located nearest the calculated position, the processor establishes the heading of the thoroughfare at that location. The processor adjusts the orientation of the map display to reflect the calculated heading of the adjacent thoroughfare. The processor continues to update the current position and the heading of the map display on a real time basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas H. Walters, Darin J. Beesley, Stephen C. Robinson
  • Patent number: 6188955
    Abstract: A method and device implementing a three-level hierarchy for storing, recalling and processing navigational and graphical data. A vehicle is equipped with an electronic navigation thoroughfare planning device capable of calculating the distance to a desired thoroughfare. To calculate a distance, a driver inputs a plurality of variables, including cartographic data and a final desired destination, as well as several potential additional variables. Upon receiving the driver inputs, the navigation device implements a three-level hierarchy for storing, recalling and processing cartographic data. After the cartographic data is stored in memory, the navigation unit can calculate distance to a thoroughfare utilizing a cascading search method beginning with searching the most specific first level and progressing to the broader second and third levels until a common network between the two locations is established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen C. Robinson, Darin J. Beesley, Thomas H. Walters
  • Patent number: 6144917
    Abstract: A portable electronic navigational aid device and method calculates estimated time en route and estimated time of arrival. A user inputs a plurality of variables, including identity, cartographic data, final destination. Upon receiving the inputs, the device determines from cartographic data the estimated distance to the final destination and the type of thoroughfare the inputted trip will traverse. During operation, the device recalls the average driving velocity for the inputted driver over each different type of thoroughfare traversed. Using prestored average velocity data, the device calculates an initial estimated time en route and an estimated time of arrival for a desired route. The device continues to receive GPS data as to the driver's position and velocity and updates the average velocity record for that driver on the specific type of thoroughfare. As the average velocity fluctuates, the device adjusts the estimated time en route and the estimated time of arrival.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas H. Walters, Darin J. Beesley, Stephen C. Robinson
  • Patent number: 6073285
    Abstract: A mobile support unit such as an IV stand or the like coupled to a mobile hospital bed, gurney or wheelchair by a latch mechanism which provides hands free operation thereby avoiding the need for a nurse or care provider to manually manipulate the latch to secure the units together for tandem transport. Further, the latch mechanism according to this invention includes a clutch which prevents relative movement of the IV stand or support unit with respect to the hospital bed during transport up to a specific adjustable torque level thereby avoiding the problem of the IV stand or support unit swinging freely relative to the bed during movement. Further, the clutch permits movement of the IV stand or support unit through an arc relative to the bed when a specified force is applied as required by the nurse or care provider to reposition the stand or support unit relative to the bed and provide increased access to the patient or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Inventors: Douglas C. Ambach, Timothy M. Sellers, Michael L. Burns, Dennis M. Lanci, Christopher D. Bryan, Stephen C. Robinson, Joshua R. Uth
  • Patent number: 6032219
    Abstract: A system for buffering data has a processor connected to a memory for storing mass data, connected to a single buffer having a plurality of buffer storage locations in a chain, and connected to a plurality of counters, wherein each counter corresponds to one of the buffer storage locations. The processor selects a sector of memory containing desired data associated with an open file, scans the buffer storage locations to determine whether the data is in the buffer and, when the data is not within the buffer, reads the data from the selected sector of memory into a selected buffer storage location that is unallocated to an open file. The processor then points to that allocated buffer storage location, so that the data can be retrieved from the buffer for processing. As additional data is desired that is not found in the buffer, the buffer storage location allocated to the open file is de-allocated and, if not allocated to any other open files, moved to the beginning of the chain of buffers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen C. Robinson, Darin J. Beesley, Thomas H. Walters
  • Patent number: 5995970
    Abstract: The storage space required for representing geographic features is reduced by determining an optimum number of bits that can be used to store coordinate data along each separate axis. Any coordinate change that cannot directly fit within the optimum bit size is subjected to an escape sequence made up of one or more special values and a normal value that fits in the optimum bit size. The special values are obtained by a predetermined calculation for each bit size. If all changes for one axis are in the same direction and special values are not needed, a global sign can be used to further enhance use of the available space on the storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Garmin Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen C. Robinson, Darin J. Beesley, Thomas H. Walters
  • Patent number: 5898961
    Abstract: A mobile support unit such as an IV stand or the like coupled to a mobile hospital bed, gurney or wheelchair by a latch mechanism which provides hands free operation thereby avoiding the need for a nurse or care provider to manually manipulate the latch to secure the units together for tandem transport. Further, the latch mechanism according to this invention includes a clutch which prevents relative movement of the IV stand or support unit with respect to the hospital bed during transport up to a specific adjustable torque level thereby avoiding the problem of the IV stand or support unit swinging freely relative to the bed during movement. Further, the clutch permits movement of the IV stand or support unit through an arc relative to the bed when a specified force is applied as required by the nurse or care provider to reposition the IV stand or support unit relative to the bed and provide increased access to the patient or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: Hill-Rom, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas C. Ambach, Timothy M. Sellers, Michael L. Burns, Dennis M. Lanci, Christopher D. Bryan, Stephen C. Robinson, Joshua R. Uth
  • Patent number: 5332142
    Abstract: A stapler mechanism is described which contains a stapling assembly, and anvil assembly, firing means and knife means. These means are activated by a firing trigger. The anvil assembly is closed upon the stapling assembly by means of a closure trigger. The firing trigger is inoperable until the closure trigger has been activated. Another mechanism in the stapler is capable of locking the closure trigger after use so it does not spring open inadvertently before actuation of the firing trigger. Additionally, the stapler mechanism allows forward motion of both triggers and also is capable of allowing reverse motion of the closure trigger to open the mechanism. Furthermore, the stapler mechanism contains means for obstructing the flow of insufflation gasses or bodily fluid from the surgical site through the instrument during endoscopic surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Robinson, Todd Olson, Dan Meiser, Gary Steed, Eric Huffman, Matthew Otten, Ronald VanOverloop, Darrel Powell, Thomas Knodell, Edward Rhad, Ralph Chen, Robert Cook
  • Patent number: D336228
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1993
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventors: Robert L. Anderson, Robert H. Bruno, John M. Estep, Stephen C. Robinson, Donald R. Warner