Patents by Inventor Thomas Dickinson

Thomas Dickinson 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: 10366380
    Abstract: A point of sale system capable of operating in an indicia-reading mode or a verification mode is disclosed. In the indicia-reading mode, the point of sale system configures its illumination, imaging, and processing to read indicia as part of a normal checkout process. If triggered by a user or by an event, the point of sale system may operate in a verification mode. In the verification mode, the point of sale system enables the necessary illumination, imaging, and processing to verify an item. This verification includes illuminating the item in a way that causes a noticeable response from a security mark (or marks) on the item. An image of the response may be captured and processed to authenticate/verify the item. The point of sale system may then respond to the verification and/or may store the image/results as a record of the verification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: HAND HELD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Erik Van Horn, Sean Philip Kearney, Patrick Anthony Giordano, Timothy Good, Chandler Dickinson, Ka Man Au, David Wilz, Sr., John A. Furlong, Benjamin Hejl, Joseph A. Walczyk, Larry Coyle, James Rosetti, Thomas Haggerty
  • Publication number: 20190172040
    Abstract: A point of sale system capable of operating in an indicia-reading mode or a verification mode is disclosed. In the indicia-reading mode, the point of sale system configures its illumination, imaging, and processing to read indicia as part of a normal checkout process. If triggered by a user or by an event, the point of sale system may operate in a verification mode. In the verification mode, the point of sale system enables the necessary illumination, imaging, and processing to verify an item. This verification includes illuminating the item in a way that causes a noticeable response from a security mark (or marks) on the item. An image of the response may be captured and processed to authenticate/verify the item. The point of sale system may then respond to the verification and/or may store the image/results as a record of the verification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Erik VAN HORN, Sean Philip KEARNEY, Patrick Anthony GIORDANO, Timothy GOOD, Chandler DICKINSON, Ka Man AU, David WILZ, SR., John A. FURLONG, Benjamin HEJL, Joseph A. WALCZYK, Larry COYLE, James ROSETTI, Thomas HAGGERTY
  • Patent number: 8556775
    Abstract: A system and method for regulating torque transmitted via a torque converter can include providing a lock up clutch between a crankshaft and transmission of a vehicle. A position sensor can output data indicative of at least one of an engaged position of the lock-up clutch, a transitional position of the lock-up clutch, and a disengaged position of the lock-up clutch. An engine speed sensor can output data indicative of rotational speed of the crankshaft. A controller can be placed in electrical communication with the engine speed sensor and the position sensor and configured to determine when actuation of the lock-up clutch is desired. The controller can be configured to determine a torque reduction target based on certain variables, for example, engine acceleration. The controller can then signal the engine to output torque substantially equal to the torque reduction target when conditions exist that warrant torque reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Thomas Dickinson, Christopher Irwin Hopp
  • Patent number: 8527160
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for automatically controlling a drivetrain coupled to at least one drive wheel of a vehicle can include providing a first assembly including a low range drive ratio and a high range drive ratio. An electronic control unit can be configured to receive information from at least one sensor located on the vehicle and to provide an output signal based on the information. An actuator mechanism can be provided and configured to cause the first assembly to operate at a selected one of the low range drive ratio and the high range drive ratio based on instructions from the control unit. Separate algorithms can be provided to determine when to actuate from the high range drive ratio to the low range drive ratio and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Fox, Michael Thomas Dickinson
  • Patent number: 8452504
    Abstract: A vehicle drivetrain can include various structures, such as a multi-ratio transmission, a two-speed final drive assembly connected in series with the multi-ratio transmission and including a low speed final drive ratio and a high speed final drive ratio, a pair of front driveshafts driven by the two-speed final drive assembly, a pair of rear driveshafts, a rear differential assembly connected to the two-speed final drive assembly, and a control assembly including. The control assembly can include a controller in electrical communication with portions of the rear differential assembly, such as a variable displacement pump and purge valve. An input array can be in electrical communication with the controller and can include a plurality of sensors, and at least one switch accessible to an operator of the vehicle. Various related methods can also be executed for control and operation of such a drivetrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Thomas Dickinson, Andrew J. Fox
  • Publication number: 20130109535
    Abstract: A system and method for regulating torque transmitted via a torque converter can include providing a lock up clutch between a crankshaft and transmission of a vehicle. A position sensor can output data indicative of at least one of an engaged position of the lock-up clutch, a transitional position of the lock-up clutch, and a disengaged position of the lock-up clutch. An engine speed sensor can output data indicative of rotational speed of the crankshaft. A controller can be placed in electrical communication with the engine speed sensor and the position sensor and configured to determine when actuation of the lock-up clutch is desired. The controller can be configured to determine a torque reduction target based on certain variables, for example, engine acceleration. The controller can then signal the engine to output torque substantially equal to the torque reduction target when conditions exist that warrant torque reduction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: MICHAEL THOMAS DICKINSON, Christopher Irwin Hopp
  • Patent number: 8364369
    Abstract: A vehicle anti-rollback system and method can be incorporated into a vehicle that includes a pair of front wheels, a pair of rear wheels, a power unit, and a transmission connecting the power unit to at least one wheel of the front and rear wheels. The transmission can include a plurality of forward drive ratios and at least one reverse drive ratio and a two speed final drive ratio transmission configured to select between a high range drive ratio and a low range drive ratio when the transmission is in one of the plurality of forward drive ratios. A controller can be provided that senses a vehicle rollback condition. When the rollback condition is detected, the controller can decrease torque distributed from the power unit of the vehicle to the at least one wheel, and can actuate a brake. While the vehicle is braked and torque transfer is reduced, the controller can execute drive ratio changeover in a stable manner from the high range drive ratio to the low range drive ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Thomas Dickinson, Andrew J. Fox
  • Patent number: 8286421
    Abstract: An exhaust diluting and diffusing apparatus includes a pipe mountable on a exhaust stack pipe, and having a flared skirt inlet to define an annular inlet, a mixing section adjacent the inlet, and an exhaust section formed as a pipe section with a multiplicity of holes. The apparatus pipe has a diameter greater than the diameter of the exhaust stack on which it is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Volvo Group North America, LLC
    Inventors: Hugh Thomas Dickinson, Clinton Lane Lafferty, Rayvonn Donnell Core, William Robert Miller
  • Publication number: 20120029781
    Abstract: A vehicle anti-rollback system and method can be incorporated into a vehicle that includes a pair of front wheels, a pair of rear wheels, a power unit, and a transmission connecting the power unit to at least one wheel of the front and rear wheels. The transmission can include a plurality of forward drive ratios and at least one reverse drive ratio and a two speed final drive ratio transmission configured to select between a high range drive ratio and a low range drive ratio when the transmission is in one of the plurality of forward drive ratios. A controller can be provided that senses a vehicle rollback condition. When the rollback condition is detected, the controller can decrease torque distributed from the power unit of the vehicle to the at least one wheel, and can actuate a brake. While the vehicle is braked and torque transfer is reduced, the controller can execute drive ratio changeover in a stable manner from the high range drive ratio to the low range drive ratio.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: MICHAEL THOMAS DICKINSON, Andrew J. Fox
  • Publication number: 20120029779
    Abstract: A vehicle drivetrain can include various structures, such as a multi-ratio transmission, a two-speed final drive assembly connected in series with the multi-ratio transmission and including a low speed final drive ratio and a high speed final drive ratio, a pair of front driveshafts driven by the two-speed final drive assembly, a pair of rear driveshafts, a rear differential assembly connected to the two-speed final drive assembly, and a control assembly including. The control assembly can include a controller in electrical communication with portions of the rear differential assembly, such as a variable displacement pump and purge valve. An input array can be in electrical communication with the controller and can include a plurality of sensors, and at least one switch accessible to an operator of the vehicle. Various related methods can also be executed for control and operation of such a drivetrain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventors: MICHAEL THOMAS DICKINSON, ANDREW J. FOX
  • Patent number: 8042329
    Abstract: An engine exhaust dispersing device includes a tubular member having a first portion formed as a generally cylindrical wall and adapted to be mounted in fluid communication with an exhaust outlet and a second portion formed as a longitudinally-sectioned cylindrical wall defining a longitudinally extending opening, and, a wedge surface formed on said second portion and protruding into the longitudinally extending opening, the wedge surface having an apex adjacent or in the first portion and a base at an end of the second portion, the base having a width substantially equal to a width of the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Volvo Group North America, LLC
    Inventors: Hamilton Gerald Saunders, Hugh Thomas Dickinson
  • Patent number: 8006489
    Abstract: An exhaust diffuser for a truck includes a chamber mountable on a truck exhaust stack pipe. The chamber has a cross sectional area much greater than the cross sectional area of the exhaust pipe, and has a dispersing element disposed in the line of exhaust flow to divert exhaust gases laterally into the chamber volume. One or both of the top and front side walls are formed as a mesh or screen to allow the dispersed exhaust gases to flow outward away from the truck cab in a diffused area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Volvo Group North America, LLC
    Inventors: Hugh Thomas Dickinson, Clinton Lane Lafferty, Rayvonn Donnell Core
  • Publication number: 20110196584
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for automatically controlling a drivetrain coupled to at least one drive wheel of a vehicle can include providing a first assembly including a low range drive ratio and a high range drive ratio. An electronic control unit can be configured to receive information from at least one sensor located on the vehicle and to provide an output signal based on the information. An actuator mechanism can be provided and configured to cause the first assembly to operate at a selected one of the low range drive ratio and the high range drive ratio based on instructions from the control unit. Separate algorithms can be provided to determine when to actuate from the high range drive ratio to the low range drive ratio and vice versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventors: Andrew J. Fox, Michael Thomas Dickinson
  • Publication number: 20100314504
    Abstract: A support apparatus for an exhaust includes a first bracket mountable to a vehicle cab, a spherical bearing carried by the first bracket, a second bracket mountable to an exhaust pipe, and a rod fixedly mounted to the second bracket and extending through the spherical bearing, the rod being freely movable axially in the spherical bearing, and the spherical bearing allowing the rod to pivot relative to the first bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: Volvo Group North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Hugh Thomas Dickinson
  • Publication number: 20100170228
    Abstract: A control device for a truck dump body heating system includes a valve for controlling an exhaust gas flow to either an exhaust stack or an inlet to the dump body heating conduit. The valve may be manually controlled by the operator to select between the exhaust and heating functions. An override detects whether a diesel particulate filter regeneration is being performed, and responsive thereto, causes the valve to direct exhaust gas to the stack, preventing excessive heating of the dump body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Applicant: VOLVO GROUP NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Hugh Thomas Dickinson
  • Publication number: 20100083647
    Abstract: An exhaust diffuser for a truck includes a chamber mountable on a truck exhaust stack pipe. The chamber has a cross sectional area much greater than the cross sectional area of the exhaust pipe, and has a dispersing element disposed in the line of exhaust flow to divert exhaust gases laterally into the chamber volume. One or both of the top and front side walls are formed as a mesh or screen to allow the dispersed exhaust gases to flow outward away from the truck cab in a diffused area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: Volvo Trucks North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hugh Thomas Dickinson, Clinton Lane Lafferty, Rayvonn Donnell Core
  • Publication number: 20100043412
    Abstract: An exhaust diluting and diffusing apparatus includes a pipe mountable on a exhaust stack pipe, and having a flared skirt inlet to define an annular inlet, a mixing section adjacent the inlet, and an exhaust section formed as a pipe section with a multiplicity of holes. The apparatus pipe has a diameter greater than the diameter of the exhaust stack on which it is mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: Volvo Trucks North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hugh Thomas Dickinson, Clinton Lane Lafferty, Rayvonn Donnell Core, William Robert Miller
  • Patent number: 7628260
    Abstract: A lock-up clutch control method and apparatus controls a lock-up state of a torque converter interposed between a drive unit and a transmission on a vehicle. Data indicative of the operating condition of an antilock braking system can be provided as input to the control method and apparatus and affect the lock-up state of the torque converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Thomas Dickinson
  • Publication number: 20090188248
    Abstract: An engine exhaust dispersing device includes a tubular member having a first portion formed as a generally cylindrical wall and adapted to be mounted in fluid communication with an exhaust outlet and a second portion formed as a longitudinally-sectioned cylindrical wall defining a longitudinally extending opening, and, a wedge surface formed on said second portion and protruding into the longitudinally extending opening, the wedge surface having an apex adjacent or in the first portion and a base at an end of the second portion, the base having a width substantially equal to a width of the second portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Applicant: Volvo Group North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hamilton Gerald Saunders, Hugh Thomas Dickinson
  • Patent number: D582826
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Volvo Group North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Lee Burchett, Jeffrey Robert Cotner, Hugh Thomas Dickinson