Patents by Inventor Thomas Casey Hill

Thomas Casey Hill 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: 9020426
    Abstract: A wireless communications system may include a plurality of wireless communications devices (WCDs). A source WCD from among the plurality of WCDs may be configured to designate message data for at least one target WCD from among the plurality of WCDs, where the message data has a security restriction associated therewith. At least one intermediary WCD from among the plurality of WCDs may be configured to wirelessly receive the message data from the source WCD when in proximity thereto, and with restricted access to the message data based upon the security restriction. The at least one target WCD may be configured to wirelessly receive the message data from the at least one intermediary WCD when in proximity thereto and with less access restriction to the message data than the at least one intermediary WCD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Thomas Casey Hill
  • Patent number: 8825777
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for selective delivery of social network messages within a social network. When it is determined that one or more new messages to be communicated to members of a social group of the social network have content substantially similar to a given content of a plurality of messages previously communicated to the social group, notification of the one or more new messages to the one or more members of the social group can be selectively adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Michael Joseph DeLuca, Thomas Casey Hill
  • Patent number: 8803659
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to support personal information management are described. One example method includes receiving personal information of a user from a mobile device through close-proximity communication, accessing verification information related to the personal information, obtaining biometric information; and verifying the personal information based on the biometric information and based on a comparison of the verification information and the personal information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Thomas Casey Hill
  • Patent number: 8710966
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to provide haptic feedback are disclosed. One example method includes receiving a goal condition at a mobile device, requesting information from a host device using a first close-proximity communication, receiving the information at a mobile device using a second close-proximity communication, determining a level of haptic feedback based on the received information and the goal condition, and causing a haptic effect on the mobile device based on the level of haptic feedback. Other implementations are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: Thomas Casey Hill
  • Publication number: 20130174044
    Abstract: Example methods and apparatus to control presentation devices are described. One example method includes establishing a communication link between a mobile device and a first external presentation device, receiving, via a user interface of the mobile device, a first selection of a first application to be displayed on a destination external presentation device, receiving, at the mobile device, a first indication via the communication link that the first external presentation device was selected as the destination external presentation device for the first application, and causing the first application to be displayed on the first external presentation device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Casey Hill
  • Publication number: 20130155309
    Abstract: A device is provided. The device includes a primary camera to capture images, a secondary camera to capture images, a viewfinder, and a processor. The viewfinder can display images captured by the primary camera. The processor can provide eye tracking analysis on images captured by the secondary camera in order to determine a region of interest in the viewfinder. The processor further associates the region of interest with a portion of an image captured by the primary camera. The processor further initiates an autofocus procedure based on the region of interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Samuel Aaron Hill, Thomas Casey Hill
  • Publication number: 20130147784
    Abstract: Example methods and apparatus to control presentation devices are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Casey Hill
  • Publication number: 20130091223
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for selective delivery of social network messages within a social network. When it is determined that one or more new messages to be communicated to members of a social group of the social network have content substantially similar to a given content of a plurality of messages previously communicated to the social group, notification of the one or more new messages to the one or more members of the social group can be selectively adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Joseph DeLuca, Thomas Casey Hill
  • Publication number: 20130088410
    Abstract: An electronic notification device can include a flexible exterior facing display screen and an electronic device coupler. The electronic device coupler can be configured to electrically couple the flexible display screen to an electronic device. The electronic device coupler can provide at least power to the flexible display screen from the electronic device. The electronic device coupler can also provide data to the flexible display screen from the electronic device. The flexible display screen configured to display a notification of receipt of a message. In one example, the flexible display screen is adapted to receive signals transmitted from the electronic device to display the notification via at least one of a Bluetooth connection, a near field communication connection, and a Wi-Fi connection. The electronic device coupler can be one of an induction coupler, a conductive contact pad, and a USB connector to provide power to the flexible display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventors: Samuel Aaron HILL, Thomas Casey Hill
  • Publication number: 20130009994
    Abstract: Example methods and apparatus to generate virtual-world environments are disclosed. A disclosed example method involves receiving real-world data associated with a real-world environment in which a person is located at a particular time and receiving virtual-reality data representative of a virtual-world environment corresponding to the real-world environment in which the person was located at the particular time. The method also involves displaying the virtual-world environment based on the virtual-reality data and displaying, in connection with the virtual-world environment, a supplemental visualization based on supplemental user-created information. The supplemental user-created information is obtained based on the real-world data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Casey Hill
  • Publication number: 20120218075
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to support personal information management are described. One example method includes receiving personal information of a user from a mobile device through close-proximity communication, wherein the personal information includes government-issued credentials of the user; accessing verification information related to the personal information; and verifying the personal information based on a comparison of the verification information and the personal information. Other implementations are possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas Casey Hill
  • Publication number: 20120218078
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to support personal information management are described. One example method includes receiving personal information of a user from a mobile device through close-proximity communication, accessing verification information related to the personal information, obtaining biometric information; and verifying the personal information based on the biometric information and based on a comparison of the verification information and the personal information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas Casey Hill
  • Publication number: 20120218089
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to provide haptic feedback are disclosed. One example method includes receiving a goal condition at a mobile device, requesting information from a host device using a first close-proximity communication, receiving the information at a mobile device using a second close-proximity communication, determining a level of haptic feedback based on the received information and the goal condition, and causing a haptic effect on the mobile device based on the level of haptic feedback. Other implementations are possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas Casey Hill
  • Publication number: 20090318232
    Abstract: The invention discloses a method and system for controlling load in a communication network having one or more communication devices. The method includes monitoring at least one communication resource parameters in the communication network. Further, the method includes changing difficulty level within a gaming application when one of the at least one communication resource parameters reaches a pre-determined threshold. One or more communication devices are involved in the gaming application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: MOTOROLA, INC.
    Inventors: John M. Harris, Thomas Casey Hill
  • Patent number: 7177657
    Abstract: A server (102) receives (302) from an originator a group message directed to an address associated in the server with a pre-defined plurality of recipients whose coupling to the wireless communication system at any given time is either active or inactive. The server stores (304) the group message, and transmits (316) the group message to each recipient of the pre-defined plurality of recipients whenever the recipient is actively coupled to the wireless communication system. The server indicates (318) thereafter to the originator that the recipient has received the group message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Casey Hill, Michael Kotzin
  • Patent number: 6965779
    Abstract: A device (102) external to a wireless communication system infrastructure (104), defines (402) a dispatch group having a dispatch group identifier and including a plurality of wireless units (300). The device receives (404) a call for the dispatch group, the call including a message. The device establishes (408), through the wireless communication system infrastructure, a group connection to the plurality of wireless units in response to receiving the call; and delivers (410) the message and the dispatch group identifier to the plurality of wireless units through the group connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Casey Hill, Michael Kotzin, Henry Kazecki
  • Publication number: 20040192269
    Abstract: There is presented a mobile station (160, 162, 164, 166) in communication with a remote device (160, 162, 164, 166, 180) and a method of operating the same. The mobile station receives (410) context classifications associated with an application (214, 314) from the remote device. When the mobile station detects (420) an event, the mobile station determines (430), its current state and selects a particular classification based on its current state. The mobile station provides (450) the particular classification to the remote device for utilization by the application. The mobile station may also communicate (540) appropriate classifications to different applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Inventor: Thomas Casey Hill
  • Patent number: 6781978
    Abstract: A plurality of wireless transceivers (114) for communicating messages to SCRs (Selective Call Radios) (116) include a radio transceiver (402, 404, 406, 408), and a processing system (412) coupled thereto. A periodic communication cycle (FIG. 9) is divided into a plurality of time slots, each time slot having a duration equal to or greater than the predetermined propagation delay of a signal transmitted between wireless transceivers. Each of the wireless transceivers is assigned to a corresponding one of the time slots. To transmit a message from a selected one of the wireless transceivers to a targeted SCR, the processing system of each of the wireless transceivers is adapted to locate the targeted SCR.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Motorola Inc.
    Inventors: Hai Xie, Thomas Casey Hill, Jheroen Pieter Dorenbosch
  • Publication number: 20030232626
    Abstract: A device (102) external to a wireless communication system infrastructure (104), defines (402) a dispatch group having a dispatch group identifier and including a plurality of wireless units (300). The device receives (404) a call for the dispatch group, the call including a message. The device establishes (408), through the wireless communication system infrastructure, a group connection to the plurality of wireless units in response to receiving the call; and delivers (410) the message and the dispatch group identifier to the plurality of wireless units through the group connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2002
    Publication date: December 18, 2003
    Applicant: MOTOROLA, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Casey Hill, Michael Kotzin, Henry Kazecki
  • Publication number: 20030223449
    Abstract: A server (102) receives (302) from an originator a group message directed to an address associated in the server with a pre-defined plurality of recipients whose coupling to the wireless communication system at any given time is either active or inactive. The server stores (304) the group message, and transmits (316) the group message to each recipient of the pre-defined plurality of recipients whenever the recipient is actively coupled to the wireless communication system. The server indicates (318) thereafter to the originator that the recipient has received the group message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Applicant: MOTOROLA, INC
    Inventors: Thomas Casey Hill, Michael Kotzin