Patents by Inventor Thomas A. Manning

Thomas A. Manning 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: 10246201
    Abstract: A positioning system is provided for orienting a payload. The system may continuously orient the payload relative to another object without twisting connections of the payload. The positioning system may be provided with a base, a rotating member, a pivoting member, an anti-twist member, and a coupling apparatus. The rotating member may be rotatably mounted to the base such that the rotating member rotates about a first axis. The pivoting member may be pivotably mounted to the rotating member such that the pivoting member pivots about a second axis. The anti-twist member may be rotatably mounted to the pivoting member. The coupling apparatus may rotationally couple the anti-twist member to the base such that the rotational orientation of the anti-twist member relative to the base remains constant regardless of a rotational orientation or a pivoting orientation of the pivoting member relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Andrew E. Kalman, Eli David Bashevkin, Joseph Patrick Kenahan, Brian T. Mahlstedt, Brian Thomas Manning
  • Publication number: 20180375806
    Abstract: Artificial intelligence systems utilizing a chat driven interface that includes a chat portion and a display portion are disclosed. The user may interact with the chat portion of the interface in a human understandable and comfortable manner (e.g., through natural language). The artificial intelligence system uses the context of the interactions in the chat potion of the interface to drive the presentation of content in the display portion interface and the chat portion of the such that the content presented in the display portion of the interface reflects the intents or concepts expressed in the chat portion of the interface and the chat portion and the display portion of the interface are kept in synchronicity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Inventors: Dorian Lowell Thomas Manning, Terrell B. Jones, Kyle W. Kothe
  • Patent number: 10027537
    Abstract: Methods and systems for configuration management of computer applications implemented in different configurations use configuration parameters having assigned scopes of applicability. A method includes storing configuration parameters for a computer application for the different configurations. The stored configuration parameters have assigned scopes of applicability. At least one of the assigned scopes of applicability is selected and used to select a set of configuration parameters from the stored configuration parameters for application to a corresponding running instance of the computer application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eryk Brian Nice, James V. Schultz, Dinkar Chivaluri, Thomas A. Manning
  • Patent number: 9733481
    Abstract: An immersive headset device is provided that includes a display portion and a body portion. The display portion may include microdisplays having a compact size. The microdisplays may be movable (e.g., rotational) relative to the body portion and can be moved (e.g., rotated) between a flipped-up position and a flipped-down position. In some instances, when the microdisplays are flipped up, the headset provides an augmented reality (AR) mode to a user, and when the microdisplays are flipped down, the headset provide a virtual reality (VR) mode to the user. In certain implementations, the headset includes an electronics source module to provide power and/or signal to the microdisplays. The electronics source module can be attached to a rear of the body portion in order to provide advantageous weight distribution about the head of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: eMagin Corporation
    Inventors: Jerome T. Carollo, Amal Ghosh, John Chi-Liang Ho, Andrew Thomas Manning Rosen
  • Patent number: 9607303
    Abstract: A system, architecture and model for facilitating extensible messaging and interaction are provided. The message system may use a messaging architecture that includes a domain message model, and open message model and a wire format. The wire format may implement primitive data types that may be used by the open message model to define additional and/or more complex data formats. The open message model may further specify interaction paradigms, generic messages, and message and transport attributes. The generic messages may include payload data whose meaning and context may be defined using the domain message model. The domain message model may include a content definition model and an item type model for building data and object types and specifying data context and relationships. As such, the message system may use generic messages and formats to create different message and item types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Thomson Reuters Global Resources
    Inventors: Robert John Bonaguro, Brian Thomas Manning, Michael J. Dupre, Jeffrey Culver Barcalow, John Patrick Merrick
  • Publication number: 20160274364
    Abstract: An immersive headset device is provided that includes a display portion and a body portion. The display portion may include microdisplays having a compact size. The microdisplays may be movable (e.g., rotational) relative to the body portion and can be moved (e.g., rotated) between a flipped-up position and a flipped-down position. In some instances, when the microdisplays are flipped up, the headset provides an augmented reality (AR) mode to a user, and when the microdisplays are flipped down, the headset provide a virtual reality (VR) mode to the user. In certain implementations, the headset includes an electronics source module to provide power and/or signal to the microdisplays. The electronics source module can be attached to a rear of the body portion in order to provide advantageous weight distribution about the head of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Inventors: Jerome T. Carollo, Amal Ghosh, John Chi-Liang Ho, Andrew Thomas Manning Rosen
  • Publication number: 20160176547
    Abstract: A positioning system is provided for orienting a payload. In some embodiments, the system may continuously orient the payload relative to another object without twisting connections of the payload. The positioning system may be provided with a base, a rotating member, a pivoting member, an anti-twist member, and a coupling apparatus. The rotating member may be rotably mounted to the base such that the rotating member rotates about a first axis. The pivoting member may be pivotably mounted to the rotating member such that the pivoting member pivots about a second axis. The anti-twist member may be rotably mounted to the pivoting member. The coupling apparatus may rotationally couple the anti-twist member to the base such that the rotational orientation of the anti-twist member relative to the base remains constant regardless of a rotational orientation or a pivoting orientation of the pivoting member relative to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Publication date: June 23, 2016
    Inventors: Andrew E. KALMAN, Eli David BASHEVKIN, Joseph Patrick KENAHAN, Brian T. MAHLSTEDT, Brian Thomas MANNING
  • Patent number: 9366871
    Abstract: An immersive headset device is provided that includes a display portion and a body portion. The display portion may include microdisplays having a compact size. The microdisplays may be movable (e.g., rotational) relative to the body portion and can be moved (e.g., rotated) between a flipped-up position and a flipped-down position. In some instances, when the microdisplays are flipped up, the headset provides an augmented reality (AR) mode to a user, and when the microdisplays are flipped down, the headset provide a virtual reality (VR) mode to the user. In certain implementations, the headset includes an electronics source module to provide power and/or signal to the microdisplays. The electronics source module can be attached to a rear of the body portion in order to provide advantageous weight distribution about the head of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: EMAGIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Amal Ghosh, John Chi-Liang Ho, Andrew Thomas Manning Rosen
  • Publication number: 20160135435
    Abstract: Many types of artificial reefs have been deployed in the world's oceans, bays and estuaries. These range from sinking ships to dispersing old building debris. In most approaches, the material placed in the marine environment lacks any nutrients needed for growth or concern regarding proper chemical conditions necessary to start and sustain life. In this discovery, concrete is made from both inorganic and organic components. The inorganic components are selected to include species that will be used to create a receptive surface to start and sustain life. Moreover, other conditions such as pH, chemical toxicity, nutrient levels and biodegradability are considered in the formulation. Additionally, there is an organic component that is part of the concentration mixture which provides trace nutrients and serves to weaken the structures so it will biodegrade over time. The biodegradable concrete slowly releases small quantities of resources (over months and years) providing a steady flux of essential nutrients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 19, 2016
    Applicant: Valdosta State University, University System of Georgia
    Inventors: Thomas Manning, Brittany Butler, Mehulkumar Patel, Sydney Plummer, Tess Baker
  • Publication number: 20160116748
    Abstract: An immersive headset device is provided that includes a display portion and a body portion. The display portion may include microdisplays having a compact size. The microdisplays may be movable (e.g., rotational) relative to the body portion and can be moved (e.g., rotated) between a flipped-up position and a flipped-down position. In some instances, when the microdisplays are flipped up, the headset provides an augmented reality (AR) mode to a user, and when the microdisplays are flipped down, the headset provide a virtual reality (VR) mode to the user. In certain implementations, the headset includes an electronics source module to provide power and/or signal to the microdisplays. The electronics source module can be attached to a rear of the body portion in order to provide advantageous weight distribution about the head of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Publication date: April 28, 2016
    Inventors: Jerome T. Carollo, Amal Ghosh, John Chi-Liang Ho, Andrew Thomas Manning Rosen
  • Patent number: 9086098
    Abstract: A positioning system is provided for orienting a payload. The system may continuously orient the payload relative to another object without twisting connections of the payload. The positioning system may be provided with a base, a rotating member, a pivoting member, an anti-twist member, and a coupling apparatus. The rotating member may be rotatably mounted to the base such that the rotating member rotates about a first axis. The pivoting member may be pivotably mounted to the rotating member such that the pivoting member pivots about a second axis. The anti-twist member may be rotatably mounted to the pivoting member. The coupling apparatus may rotationally couple the anti-twist member to the base such that the rotational orientation of the anti-twist member relative to the base remains constant regardless of a rotational orientation or a pivoting orientation of the pivoting member relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Andrew E. Kalman, Eli David Bashevkin, Joseph Patrick Kenahan, Brian T. Mahlstedt, Brian Thomas Manning
  • Publication number: 20150053436
    Abstract: A field tillage system that reduces soil compaction, fuel consumption, and dust pollution includes a pair of wheeled support assemblies, a pair of booms connected to the wheeled support assemblies so that the booms can be moved up and down with respect to the wheeled support assemblies and in and out with respect to one another, a pair of carriages connected to the booms so that the carriages can be moved hack and forth along the booms, a set of implements connected to the carriages for tilling a field as the carriages move back and forth along the booms, and a drive system connected to the carriages for simultaneously moving the carriages and implements in opposite directions creating opposing forces thereby producing their own traction as they move along the booms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Manning Thompson
  • Publication number: 20130206957
    Abstract: A positioning system is provided for orienting a payload. In some embodiments, the system may continuously orient the payload relative to another object without twisting connections of the payload. The positioning system may be provided with a base, a rotating member, a pivoting member, an anti-twist member, and a coupling apparatus. The rotating member may be rotably mounted to the base such that the rotating member rotates about a first axis. The pivoting member may be pivotably mounted to the rotating member such that the pivoting member pivots about a second axis. The anti-twist member may be rotably mounted to the pivoting member. The coupling apparatus may rotationally couple the anti-twist member to the base such that the rotational orientation of the anti-twist member relative to the base remains constant regardless of a rotational orientation or a pivoting orientation of the pivoting member relative to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: Andrew E. Kalman, Eli David Bashevkin, Joseph Patrick Kenahan, Brian T. Mahlstedt, Brian Thomas Manning
  • Publication number: 20120290581
    Abstract: A system, architecture and model for facilitating extensible messaging and interaction are provided. The message system may use a messaging architecture that includes a domain message model, and open message model and a wire format. The wire format may implement primitive data types that may be used by the open message model to define additional and/or more complex data formats. The open message model may further specify interaction paradigms, generic messages, and message and transport attributes. The generic messages may include payload data whose meaning and context may be defined using the domain message model. The domain message model may include a content definition model and an item type model for building data and object types and specifying data context and relationships. As such, the message system may use generic messages and formats to create different message and item types.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: REUTERS AMERICA, LLC.
    Inventors: Robert John Bonaguro, Brian Thomas Manning, Michael J. Dupre, Jeffrey Culver Barcalow, John Patrick Merrick
  • Patent number: 8234391
    Abstract: A system, architecture and model for facilitating extensible messaging and interaction are provided. The message system may use a messaging architecture that includes a domain message model, and open message model and a wire format. The wire format may implement primitive data types that may be used by the open message model to define additional and/or more complex data formats. The open message model may further specify interaction paradigms, generic messages, and message and transport attributes. The generic messages may include payload data whose meaning and context may be defined using the domain message model. The domain message model may include a content definition model and an item type model for building data and object types and specifying data context and relationships. As such, the message system may use generic messages and formats to create different message and item types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Reuters America, LLC.
    Inventors: Robert John Bonaguro, Brian Thomas Manning, Michael J. Dupre, Jeffrey Culver Barcalow, John Patrick Merrick
  • Publication number: 20120060388
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods particularly suited for drying tissue grade paper. In certain embodiments, a wet web, such as a web exiting a tissue manufacturing machine, is transferred to an air floatation dryer with specially arranged air bars and impingement nozzles described herein where the wet web is dried while still at least partly supported by an air-permeable belt. In certain embodiments, the specially arranged air floatation dryer comprises one or more air floatation dryer units through which the wet web is conveyed by way of a supporting endless loop or belt of air-permeable construction. The air bars and opposing impingement nozzles are so arranged as to force the web into contact with the belt and then subsequently lift the web from the belt surface in a repetitive and alternating fashion as the web and belt travel through the dryer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: MEGTEC SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Rocheleau, Thomas Manning
  • Publication number: 20080069141
    Abstract: A system, architecture and model for facilitating extensible messaging and interaction are provided. The message system may use a messaging architecture that includes a domain message model, and open message model and a wire format. The wire format may implement primitive data types that may be used by the open message model to define additional and/or more complex data formats. The open message model may further specify interaction paradigms, generic messages, and message and transport attributes. The generic messages may include payload data whose meaning and context may be defined using the domain message model. The domain message model may include a content definition model and an item type model for building data and object types and specifying data context and relationships. As such, the message system may use generic messages and formats to create different message and item types.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Applicant: REUTERS AMERICA INC.
    Inventors: Robert John Bonaguro, Brian Thomas Manning, Michael J. Dupre, Jeffrey Culver Barcalow, John Patrick Merrick
  • Publication number: 20060011771
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for unwinding yarns with: (1) a drive roll with a polished metal finish to ensure good fiber/metal contact; (2) a drive roll/separator roll combination that enables multiple wraps of yarn on the drive roll; (3) pivoting yarn holding arms for the active and standby packages that provide for easier access to the packages on a frame; and (4) in combination with the pivoting yarn holding arms, one or more pivoting legs extending from a frame so that the apparatus has a relatively small footprint and simplified yarn threading/string-up as compared to background art OETO apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Publication date: January 19, 2006
    Applicant: INVISTA North America S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Thomas Manning, Ronald Bing-Wo
  • Patent number: D650198
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas Manning
  • Patent number: D661511
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas Manning