Patents by Inventor Thomas Ellenby

Thomas Ellenby 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: 20190361950
    Abstract: A method including monitoring an amount of angular motion of an electronic device for a movement (e.g., casting motion) of the electronic device and determining that the amount of angular motion for the movement exceeds a threshold. A geographic location and a pointing direction of the electronic device may be determined for the movement. A geographic region may be determined based at least in part on the geographic location and the pointing direction of the electronic device. In some implementations, the geographic region may be determined based on the amount of angular motion for the movement. The geographic region may be used as part of a search query. Places of interest corresponding to the geographic region may be determined and provided for display and selection via a user interface of the electronic device. Selectable transactions for the geographic region may also obtained and presented by the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Venkat Ganesan, William Foster, Peter Ellenby, Thomas William Ellenby
  • Publication number: 20150242800
    Abstract: A maintenance and security guidance system is formed of a computer-based processor made responsive to location, time of day, manual user inputs, among others to provide maintenance and security suggestions based upon information stored as site descriptors. In response to user requests in combination with present conditions such as time, location, operating state, etc., a database request is executed against stored site data to produce a resultset of site descriptors. These site descriptors are used both manually and automatically to assist maintenance and security workers in executing a routine in agreement with the prescribed parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Publication date: August 27, 2015
    Applicant: GeoVector Corp.
    Inventors: Peter Malcolm Ellenby, Thomas Ellenby, John Ellenby
  • Publication number: 20140344681
    Abstract: A tour guidance system is formed of a computer-based processor made responsive to location, time of day, manual user inputs, among others to provide visitor site suggestions based upon information stored as site descriptors. In response to user requests in combination with present conditions such as time, location weather, etc., a database request is executed against stored site data to produce a resultset of site descriptors. These site descriptors are used both manually and automatically to assist a user-tourist in executing a visit in agreement with the prescribed parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Peter Malcolm Ellenby, Thomas Ellenby
  • Publication number: 20140247342
    Abstract: Photographer's tour guidance systems are formed about a computer-based processor made responsive to location, position and orientation, time-of-day, manual user inputs, among others to provide photo exposure suggestions based upon. information stored as photo tour definitions. In espouse to user requests and sometimes in combination with present conditions such as time, location, weather, et cetera, a database request is executed against stored photo tour data to produce a result set of photo exposure suggestions in agreement with a tour definition. These photo exposure suggestions may he used both manually and automatically to assist a photographer user in making photo exposures to form as natural series of related photographs. These systems may be directly coupled with a modern electronic DSLR type camera and may operate via user controls and interfaces thereof. in alternative versions, these system have independent control and user interfaces with outputs coupled to a DSLR control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventors: Peter Ellenby, Thomas Ellenby
  • Publication number: 20140225917
    Abstract: Imaging systems which include an augmented reality feature are provided with automated means to throttle or excite the augmented reality generator. Compound images are presented whereby an optically captured image is over late with a pewter generated image portion to form the complete augmented image for presentation to a user. Upon the particular conditions of the imager, imaged scene and the Imaging environment, these imaging systems include automated responses. Computer-generated images which are overlaid optically captured images are either bolstered all in the detail and content where an increase in information is needed, or they are tempered where a decrease in information is preferred as determined by prescribed conditions and values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Peter Ellenby, Thomas Ellenby
  • Publication number: 20130188061
    Abstract: A photographer's guidance system is formed of a computer-based processor made responsive to location, time of day, manual user inputs, among others to provide photo exposure suggestions based upon information stored as photo set-up descriptors. In response to user requests in combination with present conditions such as time, location weather, etc., a database request is executed against stored photo set-up data to produce a result set of photo set-up descriptors. These descriptors are used both manually and automatically to assist a photographer user in setting up a photo exposure in agreement with the prescribed parameters. These systems may be directly coupled with a DSLR type camera and may operate via user controls and interfaces thereof. In alternative versions, these system have independent control and user interfaces with outputs coupled to a DSLR control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: Peter Ellenby, Thomas Ellenby, Joseph Page
  • Patent number: 8228413
    Abstract: A photographer's guidance system is formed of a computer-based processor made responsive to location, time of day, manual user inputs, among others to provide photo exposure suggestions based upon information stored as photo set-up descriptors. In response to user requests in combination with present conditions such as time, location weather, etc., a database request is executed against stored photo set-up data to produce a result set of photo set-up descriptors. These descriptors are used both manually and automatically to assist a photographer user in setting up a photo exposure in agreement with the prescribed parameters. These systems may be directly coupled with a DSLR type camera and may operate via user controls and interfaces thereof. In alternative versions, these system have independent control and user interfaces with outputs coupled to a DSLR control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: GeoVector Corp.
    Inventors: Peter Ellenby, Thomas Ellenby, Joseph Page
  • Publication number: 20110050909
    Abstract: A photographer's guidance system is formed of a computer-based processor made responsive to location, time of day, manual user inputs, among others to provide photo exposure suggestions based upon information stored as photo set-up descriptors. In response to user requests in combination with present conditions such as time, location weather, etc., a database request is executed against stored photo set-up data to produce a result set of photo set-up descriptors. These descriptors are used both manually and automatically to assist a photographer user in setting up a photo exposure in agreement with the prescribed parameters. These systems may be directly coupled with a DSLR type camera and may operate via user controls and interfaces thereof. In alternative versions, these system have independent control and user interfaces with outputs coupled to a DSLR control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: Peter Ellenby, Thomas Ellenby, Joseph Page
  • Publication number: 20100127971
    Abstract: Methods for defining the complexity and priority of graphics rendering in mobile devices based upon various physical states and factors related to the mobile system including those measured and sensed by the mobile device, such as position, pointing direction and vibration rate, are disclosed and described. In particular, a handheld computing system having an image type user interface includes graphical images generated in response to the instantaneous position and orientation of the handheld device to improve the value of the presented image and overall speed of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas Ellenby
  • Publication number: 20080068400
    Abstract: An image processing system for delivering real scene information to a data processor. The system includes the data processor, an image-delivery mechanism, an information delivery mechanism, and a graphic processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2007
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Inventors: Ellenby John, Thomas Ellenby, Peter Ellenby, Kenyon McGuire
  • Publication number: 20060190812
    Abstract: Computer pointing systems include schemes for producing image map type hyperlinks which are associated and stored integrally with image data from which they are derived. An object being addressed by a pointing system of is implicitly identified by way of its location and position relative to the pointing system. A geometric definition which corresponds to space substantially occupied by the addressed object is rotated appropriately such that it perspective matches that of the imaging station. When an image is captured, the image data (pixel data) is recorded and associated with image map objects which may include network addresses such as a URL. On reply, these images automatically present network hyperlinks to a user whereby the user can click on an image field and cause a browser application to be directed to a network resource.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Publication date: August 24, 2006
    Inventors: Thomas Ellenby, Peter Ellenby, John Ellenby
  • Publication number: 20060161379
    Abstract: Addressing systems are arranged to provide users information relating to objects of interest. Users point a hand-held device of the invention toward an object to address it. The device determines which objects are being addressed by making position and attitude measurements and a search of a database containing preprogrammed information relating to those objects being addressed. Information relating to objects determined to be those presently being addressed is presented at a user interface. Devices include a point reference, a direction reference, a position determining support, attitude determining support, a computer processor and database, and at least one user interface. Methods of systems include the steps of addressing an object, determining position and attitude, searching a database, and presenting information to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Publication date: July 20, 2006
    Inventors: Thomas Ellenby, Peter Ellenby, John Ellenby, Joseph Page
  • Publication number: 20050024501
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that senses physical characteristics of an electronic device. The system controls the electronic device in response to the sensed physical characteristics. The system includes a control subsystem. The control subsystem includes a time trigger and an anticipation/latency reduction subsystem. The anticipation/latency reduction subsystem includes additional subsystems such as a time trigger, a position trigger and an attitude trigger. In an alternate embodiment, the anticipation/latency reduction subsystem also includes an activation interval trigger, a repetitive action trigger and a repetitive distance trigger. The various triggers can be implemented using processors that execute software. The system also includes sensing devices, such as a position sensing device and an attitude sensing device, to sense physical characteristics of the particular electronic device being controlled. The control subsystem receives signals from the sensing devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Publication date: February 3, 2005
    Inventors: John Ellenby, Peter Ellenby, Thomas Ellenby
  • Publication number: 20040095345
    Abstract: Vision systems for use in modeling environments or scenes are presented. Users view scenes via electronic cameras and are simultaneously presented with CAD type functionality for creating graphical representations of addressed scenes. These systems, having knowledge of position with respect to objects being addressed and with respect to positions measured at prior times, continuously update model perspective and size to reflect a present view of scenes in real time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventors: John Ellenby, Thomas Ellenby, Peter Ellenby
  • Patent number: 6690370
    Abstract: Vision systems for use in modeling an environment or scene are presented. A user views a scene through an electronic camera and is presented with CAD type functionality for creating graphical representation of the addressed scene. The apparatus having knowledge of where it is with respect to objects being addressed and with respect to where it has been previously, the model perspective and size can be continuously updated to reflect the presend view of the scene in real time as the camera addresses from any point in space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: GeoVector Corp.
    Inventors: John Ellenby, Thomas Ellenby, Peter Ellenby
  • Publication number: 20030184594
    Abstract: Devices for remotely addressing objects via pointing action are provided with graphical user interfaces. In response to an object being addressed, a computer device and software provide graphical user interfaces which relates to objects being addressed. As different types of objects are addressed, user interfaces provided change in form and function to agree with the type of category of object being addressed at that instant. Devices have position and attitude determining facility in communication with a computer having prerecorded data. The data includes information relating to object types and corresponding graphical user interfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Inventors: John Ellenby, Thomas Ellenby, Peter Ellenby, Joseph Page
  • Publication number: 20030132935
    Abstract: Vision systems for use in modeling an environment or scene are presented. A user views a scene through an electronic camera and is presented with CAD type functionality for creating graphical representation of the addressed scene. The apparatus having knowledge of where it is with respect to objects being addressed and with respect to where it has been previously, the model perspective and size can be continuously updated to reflect the presend view of the scene in real time as the camera addresses from any point in space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventors: John Ellenby, Thomas Ellenby, Peter Ellenby
  • Publication number: 20030128162
    Abstract: Systems are arranged to provide a user information which relates to objects of interest. A user may provide indication of a directional reference to a device. The device determines which objects are being addressed by searching a database containing preprogrammed information relating to objects. Information relating to objects being addressed can then be presented at a user interface. A device of the system may include a point reference, a position determining means, a input receiving means, a computer processor and database, and a user interface. Methods of the system includes the steps of indicating a direction, determining position, searching a database, and presenting information to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventors: Thomas Ellenby, Peter Ellenby
  • Patent number: 6535210
    Abstract: A vision system for use in modeling an environment or scene is presented. A user views a scene through an electronic camera and is presented with CAD type functions for creating graphical representation of the scene. As the apparatus has knowledge of where it is with respect to objects in the scene and with respect to where it has been previously, the model perspective and size can be continuously updated to reflect the view of the scene as the camera addresses from any point in space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: GeoVector Corp.
    Inventors: John Ellenby, Thomas Ellenby, Peter Ellenby
  • Patent number: 6522292
    Abstract: Systems are arranged to provide a user information which relates to objects of interest. A user may provide indication of a directional reference to a device. The device determines which objects are being addressed by searching a database containing preprogrammed information relating to objects. Information relating to objects being addressed can then be presented at a user interface. A device of the system may include a point reference, a position determining means, a input receiving means, a computer processor and database, and a user interface. Methods of the system includes the steps of indicating a direction, determining position, searching a database, and presenting information to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: GeoVector Corp.
    Inventors: Thomas Ellenby, Peter Ellenby, Jeffrey Alan Jay