Patents by Inventor Stephen O'Connor

Stephen O'Connor 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).

  • Patent number: 11031697
    Abstract: An electromagnetic, EM, device includes: a 3D body made from a dielectric material having a proximal end and a distal end; the 3D body having a first region toward the center of the 3D body made from a dielectric material having a first average dielectric constant, the first region extending at least partially to the distal end of the 3D body; and the 3D body having a second region outboard of the first region made from a dielectric material other than air having a second average dielectric constant that is greater than the first average dielectric constant, the second region extending from the proximal end to the distal end of the 3D body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: ROGERS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kristi Pance, Gianni Taraschi, Roshin Rose George, Sergio Clavijo, Shailesh Pandey, Karl E. Sprentall, Trevor Polidore, Stephen O'Connor, Jared DuPerre
  • Publication number: 20210155782
    Abstract: A cured, shaped dielectric component, including a crosslinked product of a composite comprising a thermoplastic polymer, an optional crosslinking co-agent, an optional cure initiator, an optional additive composition, and a ceramic filler composition; wherein the cured, shaped dielectric component has a permittivity of 1.1 to 20 at 10 GHz; and wherein the cured, shaped dielectric component has no melt flow index when tested at 190° C., 2.16 kg, in accordance with ASTM D1238-20.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Publication date: May 27, 2021
    Inventors: William Blasius, Stephen O'Connor
  • Patent number: 10918289
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a ring-shaped wearable device for detecting biometrics with a light source and a photodetector directed towards a digit wearing the ring-shaped device. The ring can thus detect oxygen saturation of a wearer based on light transmitted through the wearer's finger. The ring can include power saving measures to extend the battery life. A motion sensor can help determine opportune moments for data collection such as when the wearer is still. The motion sensor can be used to remove noise from the data caused by motion. After data is collected or during data collection, the ring can wirelessly communicate the data to another portable electronic device such as a phone or watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: FITBIT, INC.
    Inventors: Jaclyn Leverett Wasson, Peter W. Richards, Lindsey Michelle Sunden, Corey Stephen O'Connor, Conor Joseph Heneghan, Xi Zhang, Hamed Vavadi, Chris Hanrahan Sarantos, Peter Colin Dess
  • Publication number: 20210013613
    Abstract: A dielectric resonator antenna (DRA) includes: a volume of a dielectric material configured to be responsive to a signal feed, the signal feed being productive of a main E-field component having a defined direction ? in the DRA; wherein the volume of a dielectric material includes a volume of non-gaseous dielectric material having an inner region having a dielectric medium having a first dielectric constant, the volume of non-gaseous dielectric material that is other than the inner region having a second dielectric constant, the first dielectric constant being less than the second dielectric constant; wherein the volume of non-gaseous dielectric material has a cross sectional overall height Hv as observed in an elevation view of the DRA, and a cross sectional overall width Wv in a direction parallel to the defined direction ? as observed in the plan view of the DRA; and wherein Hv is greater than Wv/2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Inventors: Kristi Pance, Karl E. Sprentall, Shawn P. Williams, Robert C. Daigle, Stephen O'Connor, Gianni Taraschi
  • Patent number: 10804611
    Abstract: A dielectric resonator antenna (DRA) operable at a defined frequency includes: at least one volume of a dielectric material configured and structured to be responsive to a signal feed when electromagnetically coupled to the at least one volume of a dielectric material, the signal feed when present and electrically excited being productive of a main E-field component having a defined direction, ?, in the DRA as observed in a plan view of the DRA; wherein the at least one volume of a dielectric material includes a non-gaseous dielectric material having a defined dielectric constant, the non-gaseous dielectric material having an inner region having a dielectric medium having a dielectric constant that is less than the dielectric constant of the non-gaseous dielectric material, at the defined frequency; wherein the inner region has a cross sectional overall height Hr as observed in an elevation view of the DRA, and a cross sectional overall width Wr in a direction parallel to the direction ? as observed in the pl
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: ROGERS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kristi Pance, Karl E. Sprentall, Shawn P. Williams, Robert C. Daigle, Stephen O'Connor, Gianni Taraschi
  • Publication number: 20200176876
    Abstract: An electromagnetic, EM, device includes: a 3D body made from a dielectric material having a proximal end and a distal end; the 3D body having a first region toward the center of the 3D body made from a dielectric material having a first average dielectric constant, the first region extending at least partially to the distal end of the 3D body; and the 3D body having a second region outboard of the first region made from a dielectric material other than air having a second average dielectric constant that is greater than the first average dielectric constant, the second region extending from the proximal end to the distal end of the 3D body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventors: Kristi Pance, Gianni Taraschi, Roshin Rose George, Sergio Clavijo, Shailesh Pandey, Karl E. Sprentall, Trevor Polidore, Stephen O'Connor, Jared DuPerre
  • Patent number: 10589705
    Abstract: A restraint system includes an instrument panel having an exterior panel directed downward, an airbag having an uninflated position behind the exterior panel and having a left chamber and a right chamber, a left inflator coupled to the left chamber, a right inflator coupled to the right chamber, and a controller programmed to selectively activate each inflator to one of a high output and a low output based on an impact angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Stephen O'Connor, Jacob Wookeun Lee
  • Patent number: 10525923
    Abstract: A system includes a sensor, a controller, and a seatbelt retractor. The controller is programmed to receive a signal from the sensor indicating detection of a vehicle front oblique impact. The seatbelt retractor includes a load limiting mechanism selectively releasable from a high load mode to a low load mode. The controller is programmed to release the load limiting mechanism from the high load mode to the low load mode at a predetermined time in response to a signal from the sensor indicating a vehicle front oblique impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Stephen O'Connor, Jacob Wookeun Lee, Elizabeth G. Owen, Keith Trudgeon, Jamel E. Belwafa
  • Publication number: 20190341696
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an electromagnetic device, comprises a substrate a substrate comprising a dielectric layer and a first conductive layer; at least one dielectric structure comprising at least one non-gaseous dielectric material that forms a first dielectric portion that extends outward from the first side of the substrate, the first dielectric portion having an average dielectric constant and an optional second dielectric portion that extends into an optional via. The at least one dielectric structure is bonded to the substrate by at least one of: a mechanical interlock between the second dielectric portion and the substrate due to the at least one interlocking slot comprising a retrograde surface; an intermediate layer located in between the dielectric structure and the substrate having a roughened surface; or an adhesive material located in between the dielectric structure and the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen O'Connor, Gianni Taraschi, Christopher Brown, Kristi Pance, Karl E. Sprentall, Bruce Fitts, Dirk Baars, William Blasius, Murali Sethumadhavan, Roshin Rose George, Michael S. White, Michael Lunt, Sam Henson, John Dobrick
  • Publication number: 20190319357
    Abstract: A dielectric resonator antenna (DRA) operable at a defined frequency includes: at least one volume of a dielectric material configured and structured to be responsive to a signal feed when electromagnetically coupled to the at least one volume of a dielectric material, the signal feed when present and electrically excited being productive of a main E-field component having a defined direction, ?, in the DRA as observed in a plan view of the DRA; wherein the at least one volume of a dielectric material includes a non-gaseous dielectric material having a defined dielectric constant, the non-gaseous dielectric material having an inner region having a dielectric medium having a dielectric constant that is less than the dielectric constant of the non-gaseous dielectric material, at the defined frequency; wherein the inner region has a cross sectional overall height Hr as observed in an elevation view of the DRA, and a cross sectional overall width Wr in a direction parallel to the direction ? as observed in the pl
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Kristi Pance, Karl E. Sprentall, Shawn P. Williams, Robert C. Daigle, Stephen O'Connor, Gianni Taraschi
  • Publication number: 20190291364
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a thermoplastic composite comprises a thermoplastic polymer; and a dielectric filler having a multimodal particle size distribution; wherein a peak of a first mode of the multimodal particle size distribution is at least seven times that of a peak of a second mode of the multimodal particle size distribution; and a flow modifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Inventors: Stephen O'Connor, Murali Sethumadhavan
  • Patent number: 10355361
    Abstract: A dielectric resonator antenna (DRA) includes a plurality of volumes of dielectric materials having N volumes, N being an integer equal to or greater than 3, disposed to form successive and sequential layered volumes V(i), i being an integer from 1 to N, and a signal feed disposed to produce a main E-field component having a defined direction, ?, in the DRA. The N volumes include a non-gaseous dielectric material, and have an inner region with a dielectric constant that is less than the dielectric constant of the non-gaseous dielectric material. The inner region has a cross sectional overall height Hr, and a cross sectional overall width Wr in a direction parallel to ?, and the volume of non-gaseous dielectric material has a cross sectional overall height Hv, and a cross sectional overall width Wv in a direction parallel to ?, wherein Hr is greater than Wr/2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ROGERS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kristi Pance, Karl E. Sprentall, Shawn P. Williams, Robert C. Daigle, Stephen O'Connor, Gianni Taraschi
  • Publication number: 20190123448
    Abstract: An electromagnetic device includes: an electromagnetically reflective structure having an electrically conductive structure and a plurality of electrically conductive electromagnetic reflectors that are integrally formed with or are in electrical communication with the electrically conductive structure; wherein the plurality of reflectors are disposed relative to each other in an ordered arrangement; and, wherein each reflector of the plurality of reflectors forms a wall that defines and at least partially circumscribes a recess having an electrically conductive base that forms part of or is in electrical communication with the electrically conductive structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Gianni Taraschi, Kristi Pance, Shawn P. Williams, Karl E. Sprentall, Stephen O'Connor, Murali Sethumadhavan, Michael S. White
  • Publication number: 20190077354
    Abstract: A system includes a sensor, a controller, and a seatbelt retractor. The controller is programmed to receive a signal from the sensor indicating detection of a vehicle front oblique impact. The seatbelt retractor includes a load limiting mechanism selectively releasable from a high load mode to a low load mode. The controller is programmed to release the load limiting mechanism from the high load mode to the low load mode at a predetermined time in response to a signal from the sensor indicating a vehicle front oblique impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Stephen O'Connor, Jacob Wookeun Lee, Elizabeth G. Owen, Keith Trudgeon, Jamel E. Belwafa
  • Publication number: 20190039549
    Abstract: A restraint system includes an instrument panel having an exterior panel directed downward, an airbag having an uninflated position behind the exterior panel and having a left chamber and a right chamber, a left inflator coupled to the left chamber, a right inflator coupled to the right chamber, and a controller programmed to selectively activate each inflator to one of a high output and a low output based on an impact angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Stephen O'Connor, Jacob Wookeun Lee
  • Publication number: 20180323514
    Abstract: A connected dielectric resonator antenna array (connected-DRA array) operational at an operating frequency and associated wavelength, includes: a plurality of dielectric resonator antennas (DRAs), each of the plurality of DRAs having at least one volume of non-gaseous dielectric material; wherein each of the plurality of DRAs is physically connected to at least one other of the plurality of DRAs via a relatively thin connecting structure, each connecting structure being relatively thin as compared to an overall outside dimension of one of the plurality of DRAs, each connecting structure having a cross sectional overall height that is less than an overall height of a respective connected DRA and being formed from at least one of the at least one volume of non-gaseous dielectric material, each connecting structure and the associated volume of the at least one volume of non-gaseous dielectric material forming a single monolithic portion of the connected-DRA array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventors: Kristi Pance, Gianni Taraschi, Murali Sethumadhavan, Stephen O'Connor, Karl E. Sprentall, Shawn P. Williams
  • Patent number: 10099647
    Abstract: An instrument-panel assembly in a vehicle includes an instrument panel extending along a longitudinal axis and an airbag supported by the instrument panel. The airbag is inflatable from an undeployed position to a deployed position. In two embodiments, the airbag includes a side extending in a direction transverse to the longitudinal axis and a tether attached to the side, and the side has a fold when the airbag is in the deployed position. Alternatively, in a third embodiment, the airbag in the deployed position has a tapered shape from a vertical perspective relative to the instrument panel at the instrument panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Stephen O'Connor, Jacob Wookeun Lee
  • Patent number: 10053040
    Abstract: A restraint system includes an instrument panel. The restraint system includes an airbag coupled to the instrument panel and having an impact panel facing away from the instrument panel when the airbag is inflated. The impact panel has a left half and a right half. A left tether is releasably coupled to the instrument panel and to the left half of the impact panel. A right tether is releasably coupled to the instrument panel and to the right half of the impact panel. A controller is programmed to selectively release one of the left and right tethers based on an impact angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TEHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Stephen O'Connor, Jacob Wookeun Lee
  • Publication number: 20180115072
    Abstract: A dielectric resonator antenna (DRA) includes a plurality of volumes of dielectric materials having N volumes, N being an integer equal to or greater than 3, disposed to form successive and sequential layered volumes V(i), i being an integer from 1 to N, and a signal feed disposed to produce a main E-field component having a defined direction, ?, in the DRA. The N volumes include a non-gaseous dielectric material, and have an inner region with a dielectric constant that is less than the dielectric constant of the non-gaseous dielectric material. The inner region has a cross sectional overall height Hr, and a cross sectional overall width Wr in a direction parallel to ?, and the volume of non-gaseous dielectric material has a cross sectional overall height Hv, and a cross sectional overall width Wv in a direction parallel to ?, wherein Hr is greater than Wr/2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Kristi Pance, Karl E. Sprentall, Shawn P. Williams, Robert C. Daigle, Stephen O'Connor, Gianni Taraschi
  • Publication number: 20180079383
    Abstract: An instrument-panel assembly in a vehicle includes an instrument panel extending along a longitudinal axis and an airbag supported by the instrument panel. The airbag is inflatable from an undeployed position to a deployed position. In two embodiments, the airbag includes a side extending in a direction transverse to the longitudinal axis and a tether attached to the side, and the side has a fold when the airbag is in the deployed position. Alternatively, in a third embodiment, the airbag in the deployed position has a tapered shape from a vertical perspective relative to the instrument panel at the instrument panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Stephen O'Connor, Jacob Wookeun Lee