Patents by Inventor Thomas H. Miller

Thomas H. Miller 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: 11398645
    Abstract: Processes and reaction mixtures including non-aqueous solvent mixtures are presented. Non-aqueous solvent mixtures including fluoride salt and non-aqueous solvent combinations are provided that possess high fluoride ion concentrations useful for a range of applications, including organic synthesis. Further non-aqueous solvent mixtures are provided including a salt possessing a non-fluoride anion and a non-aqueous solvent that, when contacted with aqueous fluoride-containing reagents, extract fluoride ions to form non-aqueous fluoride-ion solutions possessing high fluoride-ion concentrations. The salts include an organic cation that does not possess a carbon in the ?-position or does not possess a carbon in the ?-position having a bound hydrogen. This salt structure facilitates its ability to be made anhydrous without decomposition. Example anhydrous fluoride salts include (2,2-dimethylpropyl)trimethylammonium fluoride and bis(2,2-dimethylpropyl)dimethylammonium fluoride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignees: California Institute of Technology, The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Simon C. Jones, Victoria K. Davis, Christopher M. Bates, Nebojsa Momcilovic, Brett M. Savoie, Michael A. Webb, Thomas F. Miller, III, Robert H. Grubbs, Jennifer M. Murphy
  • Publication number: 20210229766
    Abstract: An example robot includes a first actuator and a second actuator connecting a first portion of a first member of the robot to a second member of the robot. Extension of the first actuator accompanied by retraction of the second actuator causes the first member to roll in a first roll direction. Retraction of the first actuator accompanied by extension of the second actuator causes the first member to roll in a second roll direction. A third actuator connects a second portion of the first member to the second member. Extension of the third actuator accompanied by retraction of both the first and second actuators causes the first member to pitch in a first pitch direction. Retraction of the third actuator accompanied by extension of both the first and second actuators causes the first member to pitch in a second pitch direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2021
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Applicant: Boston Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Everett Thorne, John Aaron Saunders, Marco da Silva, Thomas H. Miller, Alexander Douglas Perkins
  • Patent number: 10988192
    Abstract: An example robot includes a first actuator and a second actuator connecting a first portion of a first member of the robot to a second member of the robot. Extension of the first actuator accompanied by retraction of the second actuator causes the first member to roll in a first roll direction. Retraction of the first actuator accompanied by extension of the second actuator causes the first member to roll in a second roll direction. A third actuator connects a second portion of the first member to the second member. Extension of the third actuator accompanied by retraction of both the first and second actuators causes the first member to pitch in a first pitch direction. Retraction of the third actuator accompanied by extension of both the first and second actuators causes the first member to pitch in a second pitch direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Boston Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Everett Thorne, John Aaron Saunders, Marco da Silva, Thomas H. Miller, Alexander Douglas Perkins
  • Patent number: 9878751
    Abstract: An example robot includes a first actuator and a second actuator connecting a first portion of a first member of the robot to a second member of the robot. Extension of the first actuator accompanied by retraction of the second actuator causes the first member to roll in a first roll direction. Retraction of the first actuator accompanied by extension of the second actuator causes the first member to roll in a second roll direction. A third actuator connects a second portion of the first member to the second member. Extension of the third actuator accompanied by retraction of both the first and second actuators causes the first member to pitch in a first pitch direction. Retraction of the third actuator accompanied by extension of both the first and second actuators causes the first member to pitch in a second pitch direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Everett Thorne, John Aaron Saunders, Marco da Silva, Thomas H. Miller, Alexander Douglas Perkins
  • Patent number: 4396259
    Abstract: Spectrum eyeglasses to provide a tranquilizing field of vision to the user are disclosed. The eyeglasses of the present invention comprise a frame mounted in front of the eyes of the user, an opaque wall supported by the frame positioned to prevent the entry of ambient light to the eye, a light source, a color wheel for selectively coloring light emitted from the light source, an opening formed in the opaque wall to expose the user's eye to a selectively varied field of color that is tranquilizing and sleep inducing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1983
    Inventor: Thomas H. Miller
  • Patent number: 4358424
    Abstract: An improved instrument for preparing quality control solutions of liquid and gas for use in calibrating blood gas analyzers includes a gas inlet providing gas to a humidifier, a diffusion tube, flexible tubing connecting the gas from the humidifier to the diffusion tube and a temperature controlled environment for the diffusion tube. These standard components are arranged in a unique combination permitting the tubing connecting the outlet of the humidifier to the diffusion tube and the diffusion tube itself to both be replaced or individually replaced without disturbing the other components of the instrument. For this purpose, a metal heat block is used as the temperature controlled environment and is provided with an open top for receiving the diffusion tube. The humidifier and connecting tubing are exterior of the heat block so that the referred to replacement of the tubing can readily be carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1982
    Assignee: R. S. Weber, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell S. Weber, Thomas H. Miller, Alfons von den Stemmen
  • Patent number: 4235794
    Abstract: This invention pertains to a process for the manufacture of metal soap granulates or mixtures thereof by means of reacting an aqueous solution or suspension of a metal oxide, metal hydroxide or metal carbonate, including basic metal carbonates, or mixtures thereof with a water insoluble fatty acid which may be aliphatic, saturated or unsaturated, straight chained or branched and which may either be natural or synthetic fatty acids, having a chain length of C.sub.8 -C.sub.32 and a melting point of above 0.degree. C. and below 100.degree. C.; such fatty acids may be used alone or in mixtures with the reaction taking place in the absence of catalysts and wetting agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1980
    Assignee: Chemische Werke Munchen Otto Barlocher GmbH
    Inventors: Gernot Rieber, Thomas H. Miller
  • Patent number: 3938101
    Abstract: A computer system executes instructions for an I/O device not attached to the system. A quasi I/O attachment device is responsive to the commands for the unattached I/O device and generates an interrupt condition. The interrupt condition causes the command instructions for the unattached I/O device to be translated to command instructions for an I/O device connected to the computer system. The I/O device attached to the system performs the designated operation and generates associated I/O device status data. This associated I/O device status data is translated into I/O device status data for the unattached I/O device and thus permits a program for operating an unattached I/O device to operate instead an I/O device attached to the system which otherwise could not be operated by that program. A second embodiment performs the emulation of the unattached I/O device remotely of the central processing unit in the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1973
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1976
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David O. Lewis, Thomas H. Miller, Steven A. Schmitt
  • Patent number: D264504
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1982
    Inventors: Russell S. Weber, Thomas H. Miller
  • Patent number: D278024
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1985
    Assignee: The Ron Hoffman Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald J. Hoffman, Joy E. Tiffin, Paula L. Kovarik, Susan C. Moinester, Thomas H. Miller
  • Patent number: D337251
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1993
    Inventor: Thomas H. Miller