Patents by Inventor Stephen Herman

Stephen Herman 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: 20190210560
    Abstract: Data including vehicle occupant authentication information is received. A request to control a vehicle component is received. A role for the vehicle occupant is identified. A determination is made whether the identified role includes a permission to control the vehicle component. The requested control of the vehicle component is performed if the identified role includes the permission to control the vehicle component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Nunzio DECIA, Nicholas Alexander SCHEUFLER, David A. HERMAN, David Joseph ORRIS, Stephen Jay ORRIS
  • Publication number: 20190195644
    Abstract: Data to initiate movement of a vehicle is received from a first user. The first user is identified. A determination is made whether to initiate the movement of the vehicle based at least in part on the data and the one or more characteristics of the first user. The movement of the vehicle is initiated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Nicholas Alexander SCHEUFLER, David A. HERMAN, Nunzio DECIA, Stephen Jay ORRIS, Jr., David Joseph ORRIS
  • Publication number: 20190188503
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for vehicle monitoring of infrastructure lighting, an example of which includes a vehicle having a camera, an inter-vehicle communication module and a controller. The controller is to identify a stationary infrastructure object within an image captured by the camera and identify, in response to determining that the stationary infrastructure object includes a lamp, whether the lamp is inoperable. The controller also is to send, via vehicle-to-infrastructure communication utilizing the inter-vehicle communication module, an alert to an infrastructure communication node indicating that the lamp is inoperable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen Jay Orris, JR., David A. Herman, Nicholas Alexander Scheufler, Nunzio DeCia, David Michael Herman, David Joseph Orris
  • Patent number: 10312721
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods are disclosed for unlocking a vehicle. An example vehicle includes a power system, a remote unlock system controlled by a remote unlocking device, and a door applique. The door applique comprises a wireless charger coupled to the power system, configured to charge the remote unlocking device, and a ridge configured to engage the remote unlocking device, wherein the wireless charger is configured to charge the remote unlocking device for a limited time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Joseph Orris, Nunzio DeCia, Stephen Jay Orris, David A. Herman, Howard Paul Tsvi Linden, Nicholas Alexander Scheufler
  • Patent number: 7719213
    Abstract: An actuating mechanism for a door includes a first antenna block having a first integrated microcontroller electrically connected to a first transceiver device and a first antenna. A second antenna block having a second integrated microcontroller is electrically connected to a second transceiver device and a second antenna. A processor device is electrically connected between the first and second microcontrollers and a first switch. The first and second antennas receive a first radio frequency signal from a third, mobile transceiver device. The processor device measures a time difference of arrival (TDOA) of the first radio frequency signal. The processor device computes a direction of arrival (DOA). The DOA measurement is compared against a predefined range of DOAs. The processor device sends a control signal to the first switch to actuate the door in the event of a match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventors: Stephen A. Herman, Garrett J. Swank, Estit S. Ramirez
  • Publication number: 20080092443
    Abstract: An actuating mechanism for a door includes a first antenna block having a first integrated microcontroller electrically connected to a first transceiver device and a first antenna. A second antenna block having a second integrated microcontroller is electrically connected to a second transceiver device and a second antenna. A processor device is electrically connected between the first and second microcontrollers and a first switch. The first and second antennas receive a first radio frequency signal from a third, mobile transceiver device. The processor device measures a time difference of arrival (TDOA) of the first radio frequency signal. The processor device computes a direction of arrival (DOA). The DOA measurement is compared against a predefined range of DOAs. The processor device sends a control signal to the first switch to actuate the door in the event of a match.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventors: Stephen A. Herman, Garrett J. Swank, Estit S. Ramirez
  • Publication number: 20060178655
    Abstract: A drug delivery device for implantation into a patient is provided that includes at least one device element which comprises a substrate having a plurality of discrete reservoirs disposed therein, said reservoirs containing drug molecules and a degradable matrix material which controls in vivo release of the drug molecules from the reservoirs, wherein the drug delivery device is adapted to conform to a curved bone tissue surface. In one embodiment, the substrate is flexible and conforms to a bone tissue surface. In another embodiment, the device has two or more device elements attached to or integral with a flexible supporting layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2005
    Publication date: August 10, 2006
    Inventors: John Santini, Michael Cima, Norman Sheppard, Stephen Herman
  • Publication number: 20060110039
    Abstract: A method (100) and system (600) for adaptively segmenting pixel elements in an image frame is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of segmenting pixel elements into at least one first region based on a selection criteria (110), refining the selection criteria (150) based on information associated with each of the pixel elements within an associated first region and segmenting (160) the image pixel elements into at least one second region based on said refined selection criteria (150).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Publication date: May 25, 2006
    Inventors: Stephen Herman, Erwin Bellers
  • Publication number: 20060100608
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for the controlled release or exposure of reservoir contents. The device includes a reservoir cap formed of an electrically conductive material, which prevents the reservoir contents from passing out from the device and prevents exposure of the reservoir contents to molecules outside of the device; an electrical input lead connected to said reservoir cap; and an electrical output lead connected to said reservoir cap, such that upon application of an electrical current through the reservoir cap, via the input lead and output lead, the reservoir cap ruptures to release or expose the reservoir contents. The reservoir contents can comprise a release system containing drug molecules for release or can comprise a secondary device, such as a sensor. In one embodiment, the controlled release system is incorporated into an implantable drug delivery device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2005
    Publication date: May 11, 2006
    Inventors: Scott Uhland, Benjamin Polito, John Maloney, Norman Sheppard, Stephen Herman, Barry Yomtov
  • Publication number: 20060072842
    Abstract: A method and system for improving the quality of a video image (100) segmented into a plurality of blocks (110, 115, 120) of known size is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of associating a value to each of said blocks and altering said associated value corresponding to a selected one of said blocks when each of said associated values of blocks adjacent to said selected block is different than said selected block associated value. The block value is a first value when said block probability function is greater than a threshold value, otherwise it a set as a second value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Publication date: April 6, 2006
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Stephen Herman, Erwin Bellers
  • Publication number: 20060024358
    Abstract: Devices and methods are provided for transdermal administration of a pharmaceutical agent to a patient in need thereof. The device includes a substrate, a plurality of discrete reservoirs in the substrate, one or more pharmaceutical agents stored in the reservoirs, discrete reservoir caps that prevent the pharmaceutical agent from passing out from the reservoirs until desired, control means for actuating release of the one or more pharmaceutical agents from one or more of the reservoirs by disintegrating or permeabilizing the reservoir caps, means for securing the device to the skin of the patient, and means for transporting the pharmaceutical agent to the skin following release from the one or more of the reservoirs. In another embodiment, the device is adapted for diagnostic sensing instead of or in addition to drug delivery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Publication date: February 2, 2006
    Inventors: John Santini, Mark Staples, Stephen Herman
  • Publication number: 20050267440
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for enhancing mass transport through any fibrous tissue capsule that may form around an implanted medical device following implantation. Methods and devices are also provided to enhance vascularization around the implanted device, which also will aid in mass transport to/from the device. The device preferably comprises multiple reservoirs containing (i) a drug formulation for short- or long-term, controlled drug delivery, (ii) sensors for sensing an analyte in the patient, or (iii) a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Publication date: December 1, 2005
    Inventors: Stephen Herman, Timothy Kreiger, John Santini, James Prescott, Mark Staples, Sara Lipka
  • Publication number: 20050234397
    Abstract: This invention describes novel methods and devices for stabilizing and retracting tissue during surgery, in particular internal tissue. Patches of material, preferably biodegradable, are adhered to tissue surfaces. By manipulation of the patches, for example directly with forceps, or via sutures attached to the patches, tissues can be retracted or otherwise manipulated with minimal trauma to the tissues. The method is especially useful in minimally-invasive surgery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Publication date: October 20, 2005
    Applicant: Focal, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Poff, Stephen Herman, Dean Pichon, Amarpreet Sawhney
  • Publication number: 20050143715
    Abstract: Device are provided for the controlled release or exposure of molecules or secondary devices comprising a substrate; a plurality of reservoirs located in the substrate; reservoir contents comprising molecules, a secondary device, or both, isolated inside the reservoirs; reservoir caps positioned on the reservoirs over the reservoir contents, wherein the reservoir caps (which can comprise a metal film) are mechanically reinforced with a second material deposited and patterned on the surface of the metal film inside the reservoir or on the surface of the metal film outside the reservoir or on both of said surfaces; and control circuitry and a power source for disintegrating the reservoir caps to initiate exposure or release of the reservoir contents in selected reservoirs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Publication date: June 30, 2005
    Inventors: Michael Cima, John Santini, Stephen Herman
  • Patent number: 6903782
    Abstract: There is disclosed an apparatus for performing segmentation-based enhancements of a video image. The apparatus comprises: 1) an input buffer for storing video frames of an incoming video signal; 2) a segmentation controller capable of segmenting a first stored frame into a plurality of segments, each of the plurality of segments comprising a plurality of pixels having at least one common property; 3) an image processor capable of calculating a probability function associated with at least one pixel in the first stored frame, the probability function indicating a probability that the at least one pixel belongs within a first selected one of the plurality of segments; and 4) an enhancement controller capable of enhancing a parameter of the at least one pixel as a function of the probability function of the at least one pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Stephen Herman, Johan G. Janssen
  • Publication number: 20050096587
    Abstract: Medical devices, utilizing multiple reservoirs to protect and selectively expose sensors or other reservoir contents, are provided having (i) a reservoir contents destruction mechanism to interrupt the release or exposure of reservoir contents, for example, to deactivate an unneeded sensor and prevent it from negatively impacting other sensors, (ii) a protective covering material layer over the sensor underneath the reservoir cap, which protects the sensor membrane and sensor during reservoir cap disintegration and then is removed, (iii) a device design for containing sensors in shallow, wide reservoir structures to enhance sensor exposure by minimizing molecular diffusion distances, (iv) an implantable sensor unit and a separate drug delivery unit, or (v) combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Publication date: May 5, 2005
    Inventors: John Santini, Stephen Herman
  • Publication number: 20050077584
    Abstract: Devices are provided for the controlled exposure or release of contents stored in hermetically sealed reservoirs. The devices comprise a primary substrate having a front side and a back side, and including one or more hermetic sealing materials; a plurality of reservoirs in the primary substrate positioned between the front side and the back side; reservoir contents, which comprise chemical molecules (such as drugs) or a secondary device (such as a glucose sensor), located inside the reservoirs; a hermetic sealing substrate having a surface composed of one or more hermetic sealing materials; and a hermetic seal formed between and joining the primary substrate and the hermetic sealing substrate, wherein the hermetic seal independently seals the reservoirs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Publication date: April 14, 2005
    Inventors: Scott Uhland, Benjamin Polito, Stephen Herman, John Santini, John Maloney
  • Patent number: 6879326
    Abstract: There is disclosed an apparatus and method for highlighting one or more selected portions of a display screen. The apparatus comprises a color shift controller capable of receiving a user input selecting one of a plurality of portions of a display screen and, in response to the user input selection, modifying the value of the pixels within the selected portion to increase the color temperature of the pixels. The method comprises selecting a portion of the display screen and increasing the color temperature of at least one color within the selected portion of the display screen. In one advantageous embodiment of the present invention, the color shift controller modifies white color pixel values in a selected portion of the display screen to new white color pixel values that have a higher color temperature. The higher color temperatures increase the apparent brightness of the displayed images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Stephen Herman
  • Patent number: 6832000
    Abstract: Pixels in a video image may be segmented based upon selected criteria, such as a common color, texture, shape, amplitude range or temporal variation. Color values for these pixels may be used to calculate a color probability function which indicates the probability that the color value of the pixel will lie within a designated range of values. The pixels are also used to calculate a texture probability function that indicates whether the pixel represents a designated texture. Pixels that are assigned to a given segment may then be further processed to improve the quality of an image. In this manner, pixels that identify grass, sky, human skin, etc. may be identified and processed in order to achieve a more pleasing appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Stephen Herman, Johan Janssen, Erwin Bellers, James Wendorf
  • Patent number: 6692136
    Abstract: A hybrid lighting system for producing white light including at least one light emitting diode and phosphor-light emitting diode. The hybrid lighting system exhibits improved performance over conventional LED lighting systems that use LEDs or phosphor-LEDs to produce white light. In particular, the hybrid system of the invention permits different lighting system performance parameters to be addressed and optimized as deemed important, by varying the color and number of the LEDs and/or the phosphor of the phosphor LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Marshall, Michael D. Pashley, Stephen Herman