Patents by Inventor Stephen James Frederic Hankinson

Stephen James Frederic Hankinson 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: 20190340646
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for inducing expansion of audience of source contents posted in a social medium are disclosed. Upon posting the source contents, spontaneous audience are detected and content-coupled audience are determined; the content-coupled audience and the spontaneous audience are users of the social medium that accessed common contents, or contents of a common class, other than the source contents. A set of content-coupled audience is pruned to determine a set of prospective audience. Information relevant to the source contents is disseminated to the prospective audience resulting in audience gain. Processes of iterative-recursive exploration of multi-stratum content coupling are performed to further enhance the audience gain. An apparatus implementing the method may employ a single processor or multiple processors operating concurrently and exchanging intermediate results through commonly accessed buffers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen James Frederic HANKINSON, Timothy Andrew BURKE
  • Publication number: 20190146981
    Abstract: A method of complementary clustering of a vast population of objects is disclosed. The method aims at maximizing a global measure of object affinity within naturally-formed clusters. A first clustering procedure produces primary centroids of clusters of objects and a second clustering procedure produces secondary clusters of the primary centroids and corresponding secondary centroids. Refined clusters of the population of objects are formed based on object proximity to the secondary centroids. The first clustering procedure is preferably based on a variation of the K-means method, and the second clustering procedure is preferably based on the Density-Based Spatial Clustering of Applications with Noise (DBSCAN). An apparatus implementing the method is devised to facilitate conflict-free parallel processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: AFFINIO INC.
    Inventors: Stephen James Frederic HANKINSON, Timothy Andrew BURKE
  • Publication number: 20130254264
    Abstract: In one aspect, a mobile browser may be used to facilitate tethering of a client computing device to a mobile device. A first data connection may be opened between a client computing device seeking internet access and a browser application executing in the mobile browser. A second data connection may be opened between the browser application executing in the browser and an internet server. The browser application may automatically relay internet-destined data received from the client device to the internet server and may further automatically relay internet-originated data received from the internet server to the client device. In another aspect, a gateway identifier identifying a gateway for accessing the internet via a wireless LAN data connection may be modified or deleted to cause the mobile device to use a cellular data network data connection, rather than the wireless LAN data connection, for relaying internet-destined data from the client computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: Stephen James Frederic Hankinson, Patrick Ian Wayne Hankinson, Chad Douglas Murphy
  • Publication number: 20100137079
    Abstract: A device for use by a player to improve his handling of an object on a surface, comprising at least one camera positioned such that the field of view of the at least one camera may capture an image of the surface and the object; a processor providing an image processing algorithm adapted to receive data relating to an image of the surface and the object, and to calculate therefrom image data relating to the position of the object on the surface; at least one monitor for viewing an image positioned in front of the player and adapted to receive data relating to the position of the object on the surface; means for transmitting data relating to the image of a playing surface and the object to the processor and means for transmitting image data relating to the position of the object on the surface from the processor to the monitor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventors: Timothy Andrew Burke, Stephen James Frederic Hankinson