Patents by Inventor Steven C. Atkins

Steven C. Atkins 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: 20210105536
    Abstract: Embodiments of the inventive concepts disclosed herein are directed to systems and methods of providing in-flight entertainment related content. A content server may upload first content to in-seat client terminals for local storage and subsequent playback. The content server may upload second content to overhead client terminals for local storage and subsequent playback. Each client terminal may synchronize to a defined reference point for initiating playback of the first content and of the second content. Each client terminal may operate independently of each other and the content server subsequent to initiation of the playback. Subsequent to the initiation of the playback and in response to a system disruption to the playback at a client terminal, the client terminal may resume the playback of the corresponding content at the client terminal at a point at which the disruption occurred. The resumption may be independent of the playback in other client terminals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Applicant: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Atkins, Robert V. Troxel, Jeffrey B. Whitney
  • Patent number: 10897652
    Abstract: Embodiments of the inventive concepts disclosed herein are directed to systems and methods of providing in-flight entertainment related content. A content server may upload first content to in-seat client terminals for local storage and subsequent playback. The content server may upload second content to overhead client terminals for local storage and subsequent playback. Each client terminal may synchronize to a defined reference point for initiating playback of the first content and of the second content. Each client terminal may operate independently of each other and the content server subsequent to initiation of the playback. Subsequent to the initiation of the playback and in response to a system disruption to the playback at a client terminal, the client terminal may resume the playback of the corresponding content at the client terminal at a point at which the disruption occurred. The resumption may be independent of the playback in other client terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Atkins, Robert V. Troxel, Jeffrey B. Whitney
  • Patent number: 10693553
    Abstract: A hybrid satellite communication system for cockpit, cabin, and crew connectivity includes a hybrid antenna mountable on an exterior surface of an aircraft. The hybrid antenna includes an L-band antenna. The hybrid antenna includes a high-throughput antenna configured to operate on at least one of a ku-band or a ka-band. The hybrid satellite communication system includes a multi-constellation modem manager in communication with the hybrid antenna. The multi-constellation modem manager includes an L-band antenna modem card configured to communicate with the L-band antenna. The multi-constellation modem manager includes a high-throughput modem card configured to communicate with the high-throughput antenna. The multi-constellation modem manager is configured for simultaneous operation on multiple satellite constellations by simultaneously communicating via the L-band antenna and the high-throughput antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee M. Paulsen, Steven C. Atkins
  • Patent number: 8789954
    Abstract: A front projection display system for a vehicle including a pico projector including keystone correction; and, a retractable pico front projector screen operatively connected to the pico projector. In one embodiment, a common housing contains the pico projector and the retractable pico front projector screen. In another embodiment the pico projector is mounted within the protective covering. In some embodiments the front projector screen is motor driven and in other embodiments it operated by hand. The present invention is particularly advantageous in an aircraft environment where size and weight considerations are imperative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Atkins, Chris A. Jameson, Timothy J. Bohr, James R. Dan, David F. Little, Alfred S. Alvarado