Patents by Inventor Stephen S. Walker

Stephen S. Walker 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: 10538307
    Abstract: A wing assembly comprises a raked wing tip having an outboard portion hinged to one of a main wing having at least one moveable control surface and an inboard raked wing tip portion. The outboard portion of the raked wing tip does not carry any moveable flight control surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Paul W. Dees, Mark S. Good, Seiya Sakurai, Jan A. Kordel, Stephen J. Fox, Matthew A. Lassen, Bruce Robert Fox, Steven Paul Walker, Gregory M. Santini
  • Publication number: 20200016477
    Abstract: A roulette table allows players to make customized betting selections and customize the layout of the betting options that appear on the player station of the roulette table. In particularly contemplated embodiments, players may add, delete, or modify the appearance of betting options through a user interface so that the players may more readily indicate desired wagers. This functionality may not only speed up game play, but also make the betting layout more intuitive for each user resulting in increased attendance of roulette games.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Russell P. Sammon, Stephen C. Tulley, Daniel E. Tedesco, Robert C. Tedesco
  • Patent number: 10529184
    Abstract: A method is provided for providing payments at a gaming device, where the payments may occur at predictable times and are of predictable amounts. In one or more embodiments, a gaming device may provide a guaranteed payment every hour on the hour, so long as a player meets one or more criteria. Criteria may include a total amount wagered, a total number of handle pulls completed, or a total amount of time spent at a gaming device. One or more embodiments provide a method for withholding value from a player in order that the value may delivered later in the form of a guaranteed payment. One or more embodiments provide a method whereby multiple gaming devices may provide payments simultaneously, thereby creating mutually reinforcing sounds and visual displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, David F. Zucker, Jose A. Suarez, Stephen C. Tulley, Geoffrey M. Gelman
  • Patent number: 10482709
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a method provides for determining that a qualifying outcome has been obtained as a result of a game play conducted on a gaming device and determining a buy-in amount for a current play session in which the game play is included. The method further provides for setting, in response to the obtainment of the qualifying outcome, a credit meter balance to the buy-in amount, thereby providing a payout for the qualifying outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Jose A. Suarez, Robert C. Tedesco, Stephen C. Tulley, Daniel E. Tedesco, Geoffrey M. Gelman
  • Patent number: 10427030
    Abstract: A roulette table allows players to make customized betting selections and customize the layout of the betting options that appear on the player station of the roulette table. In particularly contemplated embodiments, players may add, delete, or modify the appearance of betting options through a user interface so that the players may more readily indicate desired wagers. This functionality may not only speed up game play, but also make the betting layout more intuitive for each user resulting in increased attendance of roulette games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Russell P. Sammon, Stephen C. Tulley, Daniel E. Tedesco, Robert C. Tedesco
  • Patent number: 6490409
    Abstract: A personal photographic collection system involving activities of a customer at an amusement park, which includes personal images captured by a plurality of cameras, environ images separately captured and interleaved between the personal segments, and text. The organization of certain images of the personal photographic collection is determined by a customer who registers identification and information data prior to activating the cameras. Upon completion of the image capturing, the personal photographic images, the text and environ images are assembled, processed, and duplicated for delivery to the subscriber. The environ images are selected to display weather conditions existing at the time of capturing the personal photographic images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Verizon Laboratories Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen S. Walker
  • Patent number: 6243465
    Abstract: A method for providing video programming in a nearly on demand basis is disclosed. A video network includes a video server that operates several video recorders to simultaneously exhibit video performances or programs on a plurality of channels. The video server is controlled in real time in accordance with data presented to it in an exhibition plan. The exhibition plan calls for two or more channels to show the same program on a time offset basis. Due to the offset in exhibiting a given program, a subscriber may view a program at any time, from the beginning of a program, by waiting for a period of time that is no longer than the offset. Preferably, this offset is substantially shorter than the run time of the program. The channels carrying this program are unscrambled prior to the beginning of the program and for a predetermined duration into the program so that subscribers may preview the program. However, the channels are scrambled for the remainder of the exhibition of the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignees: GTE Service Corporation, GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Kathryn E. Ullrich, Stephen S. Walker, Lauren F. Calaby, David E. Seibel, Thomas F. Gillette
  • Patent number: 5872887
    Abstract: A personal video involving activities of a subscriber at an amusement park, which includes personal segments recorded by a plurality of video cameras, environ segments separately recorded and interleaved between the personal segments, and text. The organization of certain segments of the personal video is determined by a subscriber who registers identification and information data prior to activating the cameras. Upon completion of the recording, the personal segments, the text and environ segments are assembled, processed, and duplicated for delivery to the subscriber. The environ segments are selected to display weather conditions existing at the time of recording the personal video segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventor: Stephen S. Walker
  • Patent number: 5583937
    Abstract: A method for providing video programming in a nearly on demand basis is disclosed. A video network includes a video server that operates several video recorders to simultaneously exhibit video performances or programs on a plurality of channels. The video server is controlled in real time in accordance with data presented to it in an exhibition plan. The exhibition plan calls for two or more channels to show the same program on a time offset basis. Due to the offset in exhibiting a given program, a subscriber may view a program at any time, from the beginning of a program, by waiting for a period of time that is no longer than the offset. Preferably, this offset is substantially shorter than the run time of the program. The channels carrying this program are unscrambled prior to the beginning of the program and for a predetermined duration into the program so that subscribers may preview the program. However, the channels are scrambled for the remainder of the exhibition of the program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignees: GTE Service Corporation, GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Kathryn E. Ullrich, Stephen S. Walker, Lauren F. Calaby, David E. Seibel, Thomas F. Gillett
  • Patent number: 5243652
    Abstract: A communication system includes a remote mobile node which acquires time-correlated data of its actual position from a global positional system (GPS), and securely transmits the information as a position history to a central facility. The mobile node includes encrypted programming material such as copyrighted video. At the central facility, a comparison is made between the received position history and predetermined signature data representing acceptable time-position histories. If a positive match is detected, a decryption key associated with the matched history is forwarded to the mobile node for decoding of the encrypted programming material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Melvin J. Teare, Stephen S. Walker
  • Patent number: 5168353
    Abstract: System for distributing video programs includes a transmission system having a plurality of channels, includes a stored database representing a predetermined schedule including timing instructions. A computer is programmed to provide real time outputs in response to the database time instructions. A bus has an input coupled to the computer and providing control signals in response to the real time outputs. A recorded media contains programs in television format. A plurality of video players are used for playing the recorded media, each video player having a control port coupled to the bus and responsive to the control signals. Each video player has an output providing television signals for coupling to a separate corresponding channel, and at least two of the video players loaded with duplicate recorded media and controlled to play at staggered overlapping time intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen S. Walker, Kathryn E. Ullrich
  • Patent number: 5054064
    Abstract: A video system includes a central facility and a terminal. Means are provided for playing a video recording medium storing a video program including a series of television fields including a first field containing both a random digital code encrypted according to a code encryption key and program identification data, and a second field containing an unintelligible video signal previously transformed from a intelligible video signal according to the random digital code. The terminal includes means for sending the program identification data to the central facility. The central facility includes a data base for storing and retrieving at least one code encryption key corresponding to the program identification data and means for sending the code encryption key from the central facility to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen S. Walker, Clarence M. Sidlo, Melvin J. Teare
  • Patent number: 5046092
    Abstract: A video system includes a central facility and a terminal. Means are provided for transmitting to the terminal a video program including a series of television fields including a first field containing both a random digital code encrypted according to a code encryption key and program identification data, and a second field containing an unintelligible video signal previously transformed from an intelligible video signal according to the random digital code. The terminal includes means for sending the program identification data to the central facility. The central facility includes a data base for storing and retrieving at least one code encryption key corresponding to the program identification data and means for sending the code encryption key from the central facility to the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen S. Walker, Clarence M. Sidlo, Melvin J. Teare
  • Patent number: 5046090
    Abstract: A video recording medium storing a video program includes a series of television fields including a first field containing both a random digital code encrypted according to a code encryption key and program identification data, and a second field containing an unintelligible video signal previously transformed from an intelligible video signal according to the random digital code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen S. Walker, Clarence M. Sidlo, Melvin J. Teare
  • Patent number: 4991208
    Abstract: A video system includes a central facility and a terminal. Video program means for provides the terminal with a video program including a series of television fields including a first field containing both a random digital code encrypted according to a code encryption key and program identification data, and a second field containing an unintelligible video signal previously transformed from an intelligible video signal according to the random digital code. The terminal includes means to store terminal identification data and a terminal specific encryption key; and means to send to the central facility the program idenficiation data and the terminal identification data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1991
    Assignee: GTE Laboratories Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen S. Walker, Clarence M. Sidlo, Melvin J. Teare
  • Patent number: 4703505
    Abstract: A coding scheme which uses Shannon-Fano coding for data headers to identify the type of command signal, uses a first set of formant data in the command signal to generate second sets of formant data for sound class initialization, and uses delta modulation to update the initialized sound class and for sound type transitions. The header indicates initialization of sound classes, repeat of the previous command, updating the previous command or end of word. Given types of command signals and sound classes have the same header and the data portion of the command signal defines which type of command signal is present. A unique delta modulation scheme is used wherein an increment, decrement or no change is indicated by a 11, a 00 or a 10 or 01 wherein each pair represents the delta modulation bit for a parameter, one in the present frame and one in the previous frame for that parameter. A repeat code with no data is used when the delta modulation bit for all parameters change from the previous frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1987
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Norman C. Seiler, Stephen S. Walker
  • Patent number: 4586193
    Abstract: A formant-based multi-path speech synthesizer is reconfigurable to use common elements for different types of sounds. A pitch generator or a noise generator is connected to a glottal signal path for vowel or aspirate sound, respectively. The pole and zero filters normally part of the fricative signal path which produces fricative or stop sounds are used in the glottal signal path for nasal sounds. The output of a spectral filter in the glottal signal path bypasses the cascaded formant filters and is connected directly to the glottal path attenuator for voice bar sounds. The output of the first formant filter is rectified and modulates the noise signal in the fricative path and the glottal and fricative signal paths are summed for voiced fricative sounds. To minimize spectral tilt, the third and fourth formant filters and the pole filter are peak filters. The glottal path attenuator is at the end of the glottal signal path to maximize the signal-to-noise ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1986
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Norman C. Seiler, Stephen S. Walker