Patents by Inventor Steven C. Blum

Steven C. Blum 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: 20200268073
    Abstract: Implementations described herein include surgical helmet assemblies that have a helmet enclosure shaped to encircle a head of a user. The helmet enclosure retains a fan and includes a brow bar portion at a front of the helmet enclosure that is shaped to extend along a brow or a forehead of the user and having a light positioned therein. The helmet enclosure also includes a stabilizer extending downward from the helmet enclosure in front of the ears of a user, a face shield that is transparent and coupleable to at least the brow bar portion, a headband shaped to extend across an occiput region of the user's head, and a surgical garment for covering at least the head and shoulders of a user in use. The brow bar portion includes vents disposed therein to direct airflow pushed through the helmet enclosure from the fan onto the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Ganesh B. Pavalarajan, Douglas C. Barker, John Bartholomew, George Brand, Anna Diorio-Blum, Larry Keith Hooks, JR., Steven E. Huckaby, Russell Kittel, James Prescott, Krista I.A. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200269888
    Abstract: An attraction loading system is provided that includes a turntable configured to rotate about a vertical axis. A ride vehicle is configured to travel along a loading path disposed about a perimeter of the turntable. A first track switch of the system is disposed along the loading path to direct the ride vehicle to a main portion of the loading path from an attraction path, or to direct the ride vehicle to the main portion of the loading path from a secondary portion of the loading path. A second track switch of the system is disposed along the loading path to direct the ride vehicle from the main portion of the loading path to the attraction path, or to direct the ride vehicle from the main portion of the loading path to the secondary portion of the loading path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Inventors: Luis Carlos Alarcon, Steven C. Blum, Michael David Russell, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20200265629
    Abstract: An entertainment imagery system including a structure that incorporates a display and a sensor that operates to detect activity. The display includes an electronic ink system that operates to provide animation on the display via transitioning electronic ink particles within the electronic ink system. A controller of the entertainment imagery system operates to control the electronic ink system to provide the animation in coordination with the activity detected by the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Publication date: August 20, 2020
    Inventors: Steven C. Blum, Brian Birney McQuillian
  • Publication number: 20200254352
    Abstract: An amusement park system in accordance with present embodiments includes a tower having a central passage disposed therethrough, a ride vehicle disposed within the central passage, and a drive system coupled to the ride vehicle. The drive system is configured to displace the ride vehicle vertically within the central passage of the tower, and the tower is configured to rotate about the drive system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Publication date: August 13, 2020
    Inventors: Steven C. Blum, Lisa Marie Levy
  • Patent number: 10729985
    Abstract: A dynamic signal to noise ratio tracking system enables detection of people within the field of view of the tracking system. The tracking system may include an emitter configured to emit electromagnetic radiation within an area, a detector configured to detect electromagnetic radiation reflected back from people and/or objects within the area, and a control unit configured to evaluate signals from the detector and control various automated amusement park equipment as a result of this evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Paula Stenzler, Robert J. Cortelyou, Brian B. McQuillian, Christopher Oliver, Steven C. Blum, Justin M. Schwartz, Bradley D. Okeson
  • Patent number: 10699557
    Abstract: A system in accordance with present embodiments includes a source of electromagnetic radiation that operates to emit electromagnetic radiation into an active playing area. The system also includes a sensing device that operates to receive the electromagnetic radiation after being reflected from a retro-reflective material of an article positioned in the active playing area and operable to generate data based on receiving reflected electromagnetic radiation from a series of article positions. Further, the system includes a controller that operates to process the data generated by the sensing device to determine whether the series of article positions correlate to a stored gesture and output a control signal to actuate an effect when the series of article positions correlate to the stored gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Sameer Kawash, Justin Michael Schwartz, Steven C. Blum
  • Patent number: 10687568
    Abstract: Surgical helmet assemblies have a helmet enclosure shaped to encircle a head of a user. The helmet enclosure retains a fan and includes a brow bar portion at a front of the helmet enclosure that is shaped to extend along a brow or a forehead of the user and having a light positioned therein. The helmet enclosure also includes a stabilizer extending downward from the helmet enclosure in front of the ears of a user, a face shield that is transparent and coupleable to at least the brow bar portion, a headband shaped to extend across an occiput region of the user's head, and a surgical garment for covering at least the head and shoulders of a user in use. The brow bar portion includes vents disposed therein to direct airflow pushed through the helmet enclosure from the fan onto the user. The face shield is coupleable to the helmet enclosure by one or more of a hook and loop fastener on the helmet enclosure or the stabilizer and a post protruding from the brow bar portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Zimmer, Inc.
    Inventors: Ganesh B Pavalarajan, Douglas C. Barker, John Bartholomew, George Brand, Anna Diorio-Blum, Larry Keith Hooks, Jr., Steven E. Huckaby, Russell Kittel, James Prescott, Krista I. A. Smith
  • Publication number: 20200192469
    Abstract: A ride system includes at least one ride vehicle. The at least one ride vehicle is configured to receive a ride passenger. The ride system includes electronic goggles configured to be worn by the ride passenger. The electronic goggles include a camera and a display. The ride system includes a computer graphics generation system communicatively coupled to the electronic goggles, and configured to generate streaming media of a real world environment based on image data captured via the camera of the electronic goggles, generate one or more virtual augmentations superimposed on the streaming media of the real world environment, and to transmit the streaming media of the real world environment along with the one or more superimposed virtual augmentations to be displayed on the display of the electronic goggles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Steven C. Blum, Brian B. McQuillian
  • Patent number: 10632390
    Abstract: An amusement park system in accordance with present embodiments includes a tower having a central passage disposed therethrough, a ride vehicle disposed within the central passage, and a drive system coupled to the ride vehicle. The drive system is configured to displace the ride vehicle vertically within the central passage of the tower, and the tower is configured to rotate about the drive system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Steven C. Blum, Lisa Marie Levy
  • Patent number: 10606348
    Abstract: A ride system includes at least one ride vehicle. The at least one ride vehicle is configured to receive a ride passenger. The ride system includes electronic goggles configured to be worn by the ride passenger. The electronic goggles include a camera and a display. The ride system includes a computer graphics generation system communicatively coupled to the electronic goggles, and configured to generate streaming media of a real world environment based on image data captured via the camera of the electronic goggles, generate one or more virtual augmentations superimposed on the streaming media of the real world environment, and to transmit the streaming media of the real world environment along with the one or more superimposed virtual augmentations to be displayed on the display of the electronic goggles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Steven C. Blum, Brian B. McQuillian
  • Publication number: 20200054831
    Abstract: Core annular flow is used to enable the subcutaneous delivery of a viscous fluid such as a protein therapeutic formulation. The high-viscosity fluid is surrounded by a low-viscosity fluid, and the low-viscosity fluid lubricates the passage of the high-viscosity fluid. This allows the use of protein formulations that have a higher concentration and a higher viscosity at comparatively reduced injection forces and reduced injection times. Several different embodiments of injection devices that provide core annular flow are described herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Inventors: Eric C. Scribben, Steven M. Risser, Amy M. Heintz, Jeffrey L. Ellis, John D. Clay, Timothy M. Blum
  • Patent number: 10537991
    Abstract: A robotic system includes a robotic arm and a movable hardstop disposed proximate to the robotic arm. The movable hardstop is separated from the robotic arm by at least one clearance in a first operating condition. The movable hardstop physically contacts the robotic arm in a second operating condition. The robotic system also includes one or more controllers configured to control movement of the robotic arm and movement of the movable hardstop such that the first operating condition is maintained or such that, if the second operating condition occurs, the hardtop blocks movement of the robotic arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Eric Vance, Steven C. Blum
  • Publication number: 20190374863
    Abstract: An inverted Stewart platform assembly includes a first platform having a first surface, a second platform having a second surface facing the first surface of the first platform, and six legs extending between and coupling the first platform and the second platform. The six legs are configured to be actuated between a first arrangement in which adjustable lengths of the six legs, measured from the first platform to the second platform, are substantially equal to one another, and a plurality of second arrangements in which the adjustable lengths of the six legs are not substantially equal to one another, wherein each leg of the six legs forms, in the first arrangement, an angle of less than or equal to 45 degrees with a plane defined by the first platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Steven C. Blum, Steven King
  • Patent number: 10493205
    Abstract: Core annular flow is used to enable the subcutaneous delivery of a viscous fluid such as a protein therapeutic formulation. The high-viscosity fluid is surrounded by a low-viscosity fluid, and the low-viscosity fluid lubricates the passage of the high-viscosity fluid. This allows the use of protein formulations that have a higher concentration and a higher viscosity at comparatively reduced injection forces and reduced injection times. Several different embodiments of injection devices that provide core annular flow are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Eric C. Scribben, Steven M. Risser, Amy M. Heintz, Jeffrey L. Ellis, John D. Clay, Timothy M. Blum
  • Publication number: 20190362623
    Abstract: A system in accordance with present embodiments includes a source of electromagnetic radiation that operates to emit electromagnetic radiation into an active playing area. The system also includes a sensing device that operates to receive the electromagnetic radiation after being reflected from a retro-reflective material of an article positioned in the active playing area and operable to generate data based on receiving reflected electromagnetic radiation from a series of article positions. Further, the system includes a controller that operates to process the data generated by the sensing device to determine whether the series of article positions correlate to a stored gesture and output a control signal to actuate an effect when the series of article positions correlate to the stored gesture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Sameer Kawash, Justin Michael Schwartz, Steven C. Blum
  • Publication number: 20190351341
    Abstract: The ride vehicle system includes a ride vehicle having a ride vehicle base configured to interface with a ride track and move along the ride track. The ride vehicle also has a movable arm having a base end and a free end. The moveable arm moves along one or more motion-controlled axes. The movable arm is mounted to the ride vehicle at the base end. A ride seat is attached to the free end of the movable arm. A coupling device couples a first portion of the movable arm to the ride vehicle base, the ride seat to a second portion of the movable arm, the ride seat to the ride vehicle base, or some combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Publication date: November 21, 2019
    Inventors: Steven C. Blum, David Majdali
  • Patent number: 10463982
    Abstract: A ride assembly includes a ride vehicle configured to carry one or more passengers and to move in a direction along a ride path, a first passenger seat of the ride vehicle having a seatback, where the first passenger seat is configured to seat a first passenger of the one or more passengers, and where the seatback is configured to rotate with respect to the ride vehicle from a loading position to an active position, a second passenger seat of the ride vehicle positioned behind the first passenger seat with respect to the direction, where the second passenger seat is configured to seat a second passenger of the one or more passengers, and a passenger restraint coupled to the seatback of the first passenger seat, where the passenger restraint is configured to secure the second passenger in the second passenger seat when the seatback is in the active position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Tom Masterson, Steven C. Blum, Christopher Oliver, Eric A. Vance, Daniel Freedman, Ted W. Van Winkle
  • Patent number: 10460539
    Abstract: A system includes a portable locker including a container that may receive and store items and a first lock coupled to the container and that may lock the container to block access to the stored items. The first lock includes a detector that may receive a wireless signal, and receiving the wireless signal causes the first lock to lock or unlock. The system also includes a restraint coupled to the container and includes a second lock. The second lock may secure the portable locker to a rider of an amusement park ride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Amanda K. Zielkowski, Michelle Phillips, John Ugrin, Alexandria Catania, Steven C. Blum, Matthew Preston Jones
  • Patent number: 10413836
    Abstract: A ride system includes a base, a ride vehicle, a platform assembly positioned between the base and the ride vehicle, and an extension mechanism coupled to the platform assembly and positioned between the base and the ride vehicle. The platform assembly includes a first platform, a second platform, and six legs extending between the first platform and the second platform, and the platform assembly is configured to actuate each of the six legs so as to move the first platform relative to the second platform in different configurations based on which of the six legs is actuated. The extension mechanism is configured to extend and contract so as to move the ride vehicle away from and toward, respectively, the base of the ride system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Steven C. Blum, Steven King
  • Patent number: 10380884
    Abstract: A system in accordance with present embodiments includes a source of electromagnetic radiation that operates to emit electromagnetic radiation into an active playing area. The system also includes a sensing device that operates to receive the electromagnetic radiation after being reflected from a retro-reflective material of an article positioned in the active playing area and operable to generate data based on receiving reflected electromagnetic radiation from a series of article positions. Further, the system includes a controller that operates to process the data generated by the sensing device to determine whether the series of article positions correlate to a stored gesture and output a control signal to actuate an effect when the series of article positions correlate to the stored gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Sameer Kawash, Justin Michael Schwartz, Steven C. Blum