Patents by Inventor Steven Taylor

Steven 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).

  • Patent number: 11961053
    Abstract: A delivery robot includes a propulsion system, a storage area arranged to contain at least one item for delivery, a wireless interface, a memory device, and a processor. The processor is configured to receive, from a robot management system (RMS) and via the wireless interface, a delivery request, wherein the delivery request identifies at least the item contained within the storage area, a delivery location, and a recipient. The processor is also configured to control the propulsion system to navigate the delivery robot to the delivery location in response to receiving the delivery request, receive an authentication credential from the recipient, authenticate the recipient based upon the authentication credential, and in response to authenticating the recipient, control the storage area to provide the at least one item contained within the storage area to the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michelle Cupersmith, Victor Blanco, Eric Taylor, Steven Santisi
  • Patent number: 11954652
    Abstract: A robot is described. The robot includes a camera device, a memory device, and a processor configured to execute instructions stored in the memory device. The instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to receive an input prompting the robot to navigate to a location in a venue for providing photo services with the camera device and cause the robot to navigate to the location. The instructions further cause the processor to capture, by the camera device, at least one photo at the location and provide access to a copy of the at least one photo to an authorized person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michelle Cupersmith, Victor Blanco, Frank Rodriguez, Rajendrasinh Jadeja, Steven Santisi, Eric Taylor
  • Patent number: 11945703
    Abstract: An assistance system uses cameras and sensors to identify a set of vehicle wheels within a lift area, then virtualizes the position and orientation of the vehicle relative to one or more lift posts. The system also determines a center of gravity for the vehicle and uses that center of gravity and other information associated with the vehicle to determine a position within the lift area at which the vehicle should be positioned. The system may also provide guidance to aid in positioning the vehicle at or near that position. Such guidance may be provided as one or more visual or audio indicators or via a software interface. The system may be integrated with lift arms allowing for automated rotation, extension, and elevation of lift adapters once the vehicle is positioned, and it may use distributed processing to locate relevant objects in captured images used in this calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Vehicle Service Group, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Taylor, Gerry Lauderbaugh
  • Patent number: 11936842
    Abstract: An immersive experience system is provided. The immersive experience system has a processor that determines a position of a first head-mounted display. Further, the processor determines a position of a second head-mounted display. The processor also generates a first image for a first immersive experience corresponding to the position of the first head-mounted display. Moreover, the process encodes the first image into a first infrared spectrum illumination having a first wavelength. In addition, the processor generates a second image for a second immersive experience corresponding to the position of the second head-mounted display. Finally, the processor encodes the second image into a second infrared spectrum illumination having a second wavelength. The first wavelength is distinct from the second wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Chapman, Joseph Popp, Alice Taylor, Joseph Hager
  • Publication number: 20240080594
    Abstract: A speaker can have a main body with a generally spheroidal shape, which can be supported standing on its end. The speaker can include a subwoofer that faces forward. A plurality of mid-range drivers can be distributed around the sub-woofer, facing generally forward and radially outward. A plurality of tweeters can be distributed around the sub-woofer, facing generally forward and generally outward. The outer housing portion of the speaker can be covered with a fabric material. A user interface ring 162 can be touch sensitive to receive input, and can have a plurality of lights that can be illuminated separately to convey information to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2023
    Publication date: March 7, 2024
    Inventors: Timothy David Williamson, Peter Joseph Hamblin, Maximilian Vincent Wozniak, Robert James Wilson, Wilson E. Taylor, JR., Larry E. Hand, Mark Robert Westcott, Mark Edward Trainer, Ellie Rei Fukuda, Joel Robert Sietsema, Paul Michael Belanger, Matthew Patrick Lyons, Timothy Steven DeYoung, Werner Kirchmann, Ralph Wilhelm Hermann
  • Patent number: 11923732
    Abstract: The method of manufacturing a magnetic rotor unit comprises providing a composite magnetic rotor body. The composite magnetic rotor body comprises magnetic particles dispersed in a polymer resin. The composite magnetic rotor body has a hole. The method further comprises inserting a shaft into the hole. The outer diameter of the shaft corresponds to the inner diameter of the hole. The method further comprises heating of the shaft. By heating the shaft, the elevated temperature of the shaft surface preferentially induces the polymer resin from an inner surface of the hole to exude or sweat on to the shaft surface, so as to provide a bonding layer between the magnetic rotor body and the shaft. An apparatus for such manufacture, and a magnetic rotor unit manufactured by such method, are also provided. Such rotor units have wide application, and may for example be used in sensors, electromagnetic generators, pulse generators, motors, magnetic brakes and magnetic couplings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: SG Technologies Limited
    Inventors: David Brown, Matthew Magee, Jon Swift, Steven Roome, John Taylor
  • Publication number: 20240070623
    Abstract: A kiosk robot includes a propulsion system configured to allow the kiosk robot to move within an operations venue, a wireless interface configured to allow wireless networked communication between the kiosk robot and a wireless network, a touchscreen display device, a memory device, and a processor. The robot is configured to receive, from a robot management system (RMS) and via the wireless interface, a relocation request identifying a service location within the operations venue and at which the kiosk robot is to provide kiosk functionality, in response to receiving the relocation request, control the propulsion system to navigate the kiosk robot to the service location, and provide a kiosk graphical user interface (GUI) using the touchscreen display device, the kiosk GUI provides kiosk functionality to a user at the service location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2023
    Publication date: February 29, 2024
    Inventors: Michelle Cupersmith, Victor Blanco, Steven Santisi, Eric Taylor
  • Patent number: 11917077
    Abstract: A method for moderation in a permissioned blockchain using a hash-oriented scheme includes: storing a blockchain including a most recent block; receiving transaction data values; receiving a first reference value and a second reference value; generating a first hash value by hashing the first reference value; generating a block proof including the first hash value, a second hash value, a third reference value, and a block value; verifying a block header of the most recent block using the block proof; receiving a new block value; generating a new block header including the first reference value, the second reference value, a fourth reference value, and the new block value; generating a new block for the blockchain including the new block header and the transaction data values; and transmitting the new block to one or more additional nodes associated with the blockchain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Steven C. Davis, Paul Taylor, Eduardo Andrade
  • Patent number: 11861553
    Abstract: A lockable package delivery locker at a publicly accessible location facilitates secure delivery by a delivery user of a package for later pickup by a recipient user. While the package is inside the locker a disinfection system disinfects the package and potentially its contents. A plurality of disinfection systems may provide different types of disinfection, including UV, chemical, nanotechnology, based on the type of packaging material. An electronic message may facilitate positioning UV emitters or chemical dispersion nozzles relative to the package. A locking mechanism and the disinfection system(s) may be controllable remotely from a server to which a computer device of the locker is in communication with, locally via an application on a UE device, or manually via an interface of the locker. The delivery user may be an individual shipping the package or a delivery service personnel, with the recipient user typically being the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Inventor: Thomas Steven Taylor
  • Patent number: 11853788
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for creating and managing virtual appliances. A command to create a virtual machine image for a hosted instance of an application image is received. The virtual machine image is created in response to receiving the command. The virtual machine image can include an operating system; a container orchestration service configured to host the instance of the application image; and a configuration service. The configuration service can be configured to at least install a management agent in response to a first boot of the virtual machine and configure the management agent to download and install the application image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: VMWARE, INC.
    Inventors: Steven Taylor, Rahul Agarwal, Etienne Robert Le Sueur, Sindhu Shashidhara, Sunny Tulsi Sreedhar Murthy, Gal Yardeni, Sandhya Pai
  • Publication number: 20230382700
    Abstract: A vehicle engagement assembly includes a base frame, a lift arm pivotally coupled to the base frame, and a pivot restraint mechanism that can inhibit rotation of the lift arm relative to the base frame about a pivot axis while the pivot restraint mechanism is in a restrained configuration. The base frame includes a first pair of flanges and a web connecting the first pair of flanges. The pivot restraint mechanism includes an arm restraint body and a base frame restraint body. The arm restraint body is associated with the lift arm such that the arm restraint body pivots with the lift arm relative to the base frame. The base frame restraint body is associated with the base frame and includes a rotational stopping surface that engages with the web to thereby transfer a rotational load from the lift arm onto the web in the restrained configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2023
    Publication date: November 30, 2023
    Applicant: Vehicle Service Group, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Taylor, Robert Elliott, Bryan Averill
  • Patent number: 11648677
    Abstract: An automatic wheel changer robot has a includes a drive assembly, a torque gun, a sensor assembly, and a controller. The drive assembly has a mobile base and two wheel-clamping assemblies, each configured to engage a wheel. The controller generates a set of instructions based, at least in part, on information obtained from the sensor assembly. The drive assembly uses the set of instructions to cooperatively remove respective wheels from respective hubs on a vehicle and/or attach respective wheels to respective hubs on a vehicle. The device may have lidar sensors and Mecanum wheels that the controller is programmed to use to move between respective hubs and wheel storage locations install wheels, replace wheels, rotate tires, and perform similar operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Vehicle Service Group, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Taylor, Gerry Lauderbaugh, Robert Elliott
  • Publication number: 20220356051
    Abstract: A lift system includes a lift structure and a lift structure actuation assembly. The lift structure can actuate between a lowered position and a raised position. The lift structure actuation assembly includes a hydraulic cylinder operably coupled with the lift structure, a motor, a hydraulic pump powered by the motor, and a flow control assembly that can limit hydraulic fluid exiting the hydraulic cylinder to a maximum volumetric flow rate. The hydraulic pump can pump hydraulic fluid into the hydraulic cylinder in order to raise the lift structure. The lift structure actuation assembly can lower the lift structure in a fast descent mode and a slow decent mode. In the slow descent mode, the hydraulic pump pumps hydraulic fluid toward the hydraulic cylinder such that the hydraulic fluid exits the hydraulic cylinder at a slower volumetric flow rate compared to the maximum volumetric flow rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2022
    Publication date: November 10, 2022
    Applicant: Vehicle Service Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Elliott, Steven Taylor
  • Publication number: 20220219958
    Abstract: A vehicle lift system uses locally and globally available datasets to provide various automated and semi-automated lift positioning modes that may be used to position lift arms and engage adapters with lift points of a vehicle. A set of sensors are used to determine a position and orientation of a vehicle within a lift area. Each lift arm includes a camera that is coupled to the lift arm with a static field of view relative to the adapter despite extension, retraction, or rotation of lift arm members. The cameras provide images of the adapter and its surroundings that may be analyzed with object recognition to identify the vehicle's lift points. Lift point positions may also be determined using back-calculation. Automatic positioning of the lift arms may be performed based on identified lift points and may also include projection of an optical locator from a locator within the adapter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2022
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Applicant: Vehicle Service Group, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Taylor, Austin Deuerling, Robert Elliott, Roger Ward
  • Publication number: 20220221556
    Abstract: A laser scanner determines the direction and distance of one or more targets by emitting two substantially parallel beams and receiving respective return beams. Components for handling the received beams are affixed to a monolithic block to ensure fixed relative placement. The direction of the target is determined using an optical encoder to reduce the timing window for interpolation to a fraction of the time it takes for the scanner to make a full revolution. A detection algorithm adapts detection thresholds for the different signatures of return signals depending on the distance to the target. Distance calculations are also adjusted for thermal expansion of the scanner components by including a temperature-variant thermometer output signal in the distance calculation algorithm. Target location and orientation information is used to adjust the location of ADAS calibration targets and perform the ADAS calibration process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2022
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Applicant: Vehicle Service Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Elliott, Brent Johnson, Michael Hill, Steven Taylor
  • Publication number: 20220147382
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for creating and managing virtual appliances. A command to create a virtual machine image for a hosted instance of an application image is received. The virtual machine image is created in response to receiving the command. The virtual machine image can include an operating system; a container orchestration service configured to host the instance of the application image; and a configuration service. The configuration service can be configured to at least install a management agent in response to a first boot of the virtual machine and configure the management agent to download and install the application image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Inventors: Steven Taylor, Rahul Agarwal, Etienne Robert Le Sueur, Sindhu Shashidhara, Sunny Tulsi Sreedhar Murthy, Gal Yardeni, Sandhya Pai
  • Publication number: 20220073326
    Abstract: A mobile lift column (200) is configured to automatically position itself with respect to a vehicle (112) to be lifted. A proximity and object sensor is used to identify a location of a vehicle and navigate obstructions while advancing to the vehicle. The column includes a set of automatically driven Mecanum wheels (222, 224) that can be variably controlled to provide precise movement in any direction without rotating the column. A camera (244) positioned on the column identifies a wheel of the vehicle, and an alignment beam is projected onto the wheel to verify centering on the wheel. Once positioned, the column may operate one of several lift members, including a pair of removable fork adapters (216, 218), to extend underneath the vehicle and contact the vehicle lifting points. With at least two columns properly positioned, each mobile column can simultaneously raise its lift member(s) to lift the vehicle to a desired height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Applicant: Vehicle Service Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Elliott, Steven Taylor, Gerry Lauderbaugh, Kevin Katerberg
  • Patent number: 11269676
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for creating and managing virtual appliances. A command to create a virtual machine image for a hosted instance of an application image is received. The virtual machine image is created in response to receiving the command. The virtual machine image can include an operating system; a container orchestration service configured to host the instance of the application image; and a configuration service. The configuration service can be configured to at least install a management agent in response to a first boot of the virtual machine and configure the management agent to download and install the application image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: VMWARE, INC.
    Inventors: Steven Taylor, Rahul Agarwal, Etienne Robert Le Sueur, Sindhu Shashidhara, Sunny Tulsi Sreedhar Murthy, Gal Yardeni, Sandhya Pai
  • Publication number: 20220048849
    Abstract: Provided are inhibitors of pathogenic, bacterial metabolite production and conjugates of the inhibitors. Also provided are pharmaceutical compositions containing the inhibitors or conjugates and methods of using the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Publication date: February 17, 2022
    Inventors: Devin Forest Reed DOUD, Timothy BRIGGS, Steven TAYLOR, Elijah BOGART, John PROUDFOOT, Dinara Shashanka GUNASEKERA, Spencer Cory PECK, Angela SHE, William MCELROY, Bernard LANTER, Michael RUTLIN
  • Patent number: D1000617
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: MONOVO LLC
    Inventors: Jarom Shurtliff, Jonathan Muñoz, Steven Taylor