Patents by Inventor Steven J. Taylor

Steven J. Taylor 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: 20180136686
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an input device that replicates mechanical actuation of a rotatable input mechanism in such a way that the haptic output provided by the input device is controllable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Benjamin G. Jackson, Brenton A. Baugh, Megan A. McClain, Steven J. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20180081437
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to an input device and methods related to the use thereof. The embodiment may include a deformable structure. The deformable structure may include a first layer defining an input surface and a second layer coupled to, and offset from, the first layer. At least one of the first layer or the second layer may define a geometric feature (e.g., including a protrusion, embossed portion, or other feature of one or both of the first and second layers). The geometric feature may be configured to collapse the deformable structure at a localized region in response to a force input. The embodiment may further include an input structure configured to produce an electrical response based on a magnitude of the force input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Steven J. Taylor, Brigit E. Lamberson, Gemma A. Roper, Megan A. McClain, Thomas S. Hulbert, Benjamin G. Jackson
  • Patent number: 9921652
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device includes a mechanical input configured to move in a first direction in response to an input at the mechanical input. A mechanical input sensor is coupled to the mechanical input and configured to sense the input at the mechanical input based on the movement of the mechanical input in the first direction. A mechanical input actuator is coupled to the mechanical input and configured to displace the mechanical input in a second direction, different from the first direction. In some examples, the second direction is orthogonal to the first direction. In some examples, the mechanical input comprises a rotary input configured to rotate in the first direction in response to the input. In some examples, the mechanical input actuator is configured to displace the mechanical input in the second direction while the mechanical input is moving in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Camille Moussette, John Morrell, Duncan Robert Kerr, Benjamin G. Jackson, Steven J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9891651
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an input device that replicates mechanical actuation of a rotatable input mechanism in such a way that the haptic output provided by the input device is controllable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin G. Jackson, Brenton A. Baugh, Megan A. McClain, Steven J. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20170248986
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an input device that replicates mechanical actuation of a rotatable input mechanism in such a way that the haptic output provided by the input device is controllable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2016
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Benjamin G. Jackson, Brenton A. Baugh, Megan A. McClain, Steven J. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20170249024
    Abstract: A haptic mouse is configured to provide various kinds of haptic input. In some embodiments, the mouse has first and second housing portions and an actuator operable to provide haptic output by moving the first housing portion with respect to the second housing portion so as to tangentially displace skin or alter hand posture of a user's hand. In various embodiments, the mouse has a force sensor, an actuator, and a controller operable to determine an amount of force exerted on the haptic mouse, simulate a mouse click if the amount of the force exceeds a threshold, and adjust the threshold upon receiving an instruction. In numerous embodiments, the mouse has a housing, a friction adjustment mechanism operable to alter friction between the housing and a surface by adjusting an amount of a material in contact with the surface, and a controller operable to provide a haptic output by signaling the friction adjustment mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2016
    Publication date: August 31, 2017
    Inventors: Benjamin G. Jackson, John B. Morrell, Megan A. McClain, Steven J. Taylor, Brian T. Gleeson
  • Patent number: 9535501
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device includes a mechanical input configured to move in a first direction in response to an input at the mechanical input. A mechanical input sensor is coupled to the mechanical input and configured to sense the input at the mechanical input based on the movement of the mechanical input in the first direction. A mechanical input actuator is coupled to the mechanical input and configured to displace the mechanical input in a second direction, different from the first direction. In some examples, the second direction is orthogonal to the first direction. In some examples, the mechanical input comprises a rotary input configured to rotate in the first direction in response to the input. In some examples, the mechanical input actuator is configured to displace the mechanical input in the second direction while the mechanical input is moving in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Camille Moussette, John Morrell, Duncan Robert Kerr, Benjamin G. Jackson, Steven J. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20160378187
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device includes a mechanical input configured to move in a first direction in response to an input at the mechanical input. A mechanical input sensor is coupled to the mechanical input and configured to sense the input at the mechanical input based on the movement of the mechanical input in the first direction. A mechanical input actuator is coupled to the mechanical input and configured to displace the mechanical input in a second direction, different from the first direction. In some examples, the second direction is orthogonal to the first direction. In some examples, the mechanical input comprises a rotary input configured to rotate in the first direction in response to the input. In some examples, the mechanical input actuator is configured to displace the mechanical input in the second direction while the mechanical input is moving in the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventors: Camille MOUSSETTE, John MORRELL, Duncan Robert KERR, Benjamin G. JACKSON, Steven J. TAYLOR
  • Publication number: 20160378189
    Abstract: An electronic device is disclosed. The electronic device includes a mechanical input configured to move in a first direction in response to an input at the mechanical input. A mechanical input sensor is coupled to the mechanical input and configured to sense the input at the mechanical input based on the movement of the mechanical input in the first direction. A mechanical input actuator is coupled to the mechanical input and configured to displace the mechanical input in a second direction, different from the first direction. In some examples, the second direction is orthogonal to the first direction. In some examples, the mechanical input comprises a rotary input configured to rotate in the first direction in response to the input. In some examples, the mechanical input actuator is configured to displace the mechanical input in the second direction while the mechanical input is moving in the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Publication date: December 29, 2016
    Inventors: Camille MOUSSETTE, John MORRELL, Duncan Robert KERR, Benjamin G. JACKSON, Steven J. TAYLOR
  • Patent number: 7250216
    Abstract: A reinforced composite material includes a decorative layer, and a strengthening panel, preferably directly fused to each other. The decorative layer is preferably made of one to three layers of (preferably printed) paper impregnated with a resin such as polyester or melamine resin. The strengthening panel may have a foil facing on one surface for fusion to the decorative layer, or may be roughed and directly fused to the decorative layer without such foil facing. Also provided is a method for the production of such a material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Crane Composites, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven J. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20030157850
    Abstract: A reinforced composite material includes a laminate panel, a strengthening panel that includes a reinforcement embedded therein, and a layer of adhesive disposed between the laminate panel and the strengthening panel to adhere the laminate panel and the strengthening panel together. Preferably, the reinforcement in the strengthening panel may be fiberglass fibers, randomly oriented, or it may be provided in the form of a mesh or the like. In either case, the strengthening panel is preferably a plastic (polymeric) material of the type known as fiberglass reinforced polyester. Also provided is a method for the production of such a material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Publication date: August 21, 2003
    Inventor: Steven J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 6242262
    Abstract: A method for isolating an active catalyst from a library of compounds that are potential catalysts is disclosed. The method involves providing a library which comprises a plurality of discrete solid supports, each solid support having a different organic compound bound thereto; and providing a reaction solution in a reaction vessel, the reaction solution containing the reactant or reactants necessary for a chemical reaction to occur in the presence of a catalyst for that reaction. The library and the reaction solution are then combined in the reaction vessel, and then one of the discrete solid supports is detected that is characterized by a temperature change in said solution greater than the temperature change of a plurality of other of said discrete solid supports in said solution. The detected solid support carries an active catalyst for the chemical reaction. Continuous flow apparatus for carrying out the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Inventors: James P. Morken, Steven J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 5505248
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel process for forming metal matrix composite bodies by using a barrier material. Particularly, an infiltration enhancer or an infiltration enhancer precursor or an infiltrating atmosphere are in communication with a filler material or a preform, at least at some point during the process, which permits molten matrix metal to spontaneously infiltrate the filler material or preform up to the barrier material. Such spontaneous infiltration occurs without the requirement for the application of any pressure or vacuum. Accordingly, shaped metal matrix composite bodies can be produced having superior surface finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1996
    Assignee: Lanxide Technology Company, LP
    Inventors: Michael K. Aghajanian, Steven D. Keck, John T. Burke, Gregory E. Hannon, Kurt J. Becker, Steven J. Taylor, Robert J. Wiener, Allyn L. McCormick, Ratnesh K. Dwivedi
  • Patent number: 5316069
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel process for forming metal matrix composite bodies by using a reactive barrier material. Particularly, an infiltration enhancer or an infiltration enhancer precursor or an infiltrating atmosphere are in communication with a filler material or a preform, at least at some point during the process, which permits molten matrix metal to spontaneously infiltrate the filler material or preform up to the reactive barrier material. Such spontaneous infiltration occurs without the requirement for the application of any pressure or vacuum. Accordingly, shaped metal matrix composite bodies can be produced having superior surface finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Assignee: Lanxide Technology Company, LP
    Inventors: Michael K. Aghajanian, Steven D. Keck, John T. Burke, Gregory E. Hannon, Kurt J. Becker, Steven J. Taylor, Robert J. Wiener, Allyn L. McCormick