Patents by Inventor Tiantian Zha

Tiantian Zha 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: 20200107520
    Abstract: Insect storage and dispensing system are described. An example system may include a dispensing container including at least one wall defining an interior volume for retaining a plurality of adult insects. The system may also include a piston that extends through a first opening of the dispensing container so as to expose a top face of the piston to the interior volume. Longitudinal movement of the piston toward a second opening of the dispensing container may dispense a portion of the plurality of insects from the dispensing container when the plurality of insects is retained in the dispensing container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Applicant: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Peter Massaro, Nigel Snoad, Tiantian Zha, Craig Eldershaw, Martin Sheridan
  • Patent number: 10561127
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a blood feeding system using nonwoven fabric materials are disclosed. In one embodiment, a feeding pouch includes: a first surface comprising an impermeable material; a second surface comprising a nonwoven fabric material, the first surface bonded to the second surface to form a pouch; and blood deposited within the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC
    Inventors: Peter Massaro, Charles Behling, Tiantian Zha
  • Patent number: 10292375
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a vessel having an interior space to receive water and insect pupae. The apparatus may include a release container connected to the vessel and a sensor positioned proximate to the release container to detect an adult insect passing by the sensor and into the release container. A shutter may be positioned proximate to an entrance to the release container. The shutter may have an open position and a closed position to control access between the vessel and the release container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC
    Inventors: Peter Massaro, Robert Sobecki, Tiantian Zha, Brian Wasson
  • Publication number: 20190141947
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to systems and methods for dynamic release planning for insect release. One example method includes receiving information indicating a population of wild insects within a geographic region; determining a number of wild insects per unit area within the geographic region; placing, based on the number of wild insects per unit area, one or more insect release points based on the number of wild insects per unit area, each insect release point indicating a release of a predefined quantity of insects; and generating an insect release route through the geographic region, the insect release route passing through each insect release point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Applicant: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Tiantian Zha, Peter Massaro, Erika Lee
  • Patent number: 10278368
    Abstract: An insect separating apparatus may include a sensor positioned to detect one or more insects when present within a test chamber. For example, the sensor may emit signals into the test chamber and receive reflected signals indicative of Doppler shifts caused by movement of the one or more insects. Based on information from the sensor, a computing device may determine a characteristic of the one or more insects in the chamber, such as a wing beat frequency, sex, or other characteristic. The computing device may instruct different responses based on the characteristic determined, such as activating an air mover to divert detected mosquitoes out of the test chamber in response to the determined characteristics matching those of female mosquitoes, or deactivating or maintaining the air mover in an inactive condition in response to the determined characteristics matching those of male mosquitoes, for example, to allow passage through the chamber into a collection receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC
    Inventors: Eric Peeters, Peter Massaro, Tiantian Zha, Victor Criswell, Nigel Snoad, Peter Smith, Benjamin Krasnow
  • Patent number: 10149148
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium may include instructions stored thereon. When executed, the instructions may cause a portable computing device to prompt a user to activate a data saving feature based on a previous user having activated the data saving feature. The instructions may be configured to cause the portable computing device to accept login credentials from a first user, activate the data saving feature in response to input from the first user during a session associated with the first user, log the first user out, after logging the first user out, accept login credentials from a second user, and based on activating the data saving feature during the session associated with the first user, prompt the second user to activate the data saving feature during a session associated with the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Tiantian Zha, Joshua Woodward, Gregory Levin, Albert Scott Bodenhamer
  • Publication number: 20180316768
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for sharing device capabilities between computing devices. A plurality of device capabilities are registered with a server. A first computing device, on identifying an operation to be performed by an application on the first computing device, accesses the server and determines one of the registered device capabilities to perform the operation. The operation is then reassigned from the first computing device to the second computing device based on the determination of the device capability. The operation is performed by the second computing device and the result of the operation provided to the first computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: Benjamin GOLDSMITH, Tiantian Zha, Jennifer Shien-Ming Chen, Alexander Friedrich Kuscher, Santhosh Balasubramanian
  • Patent number: 10051845
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a vessel and a first passageway and a second passageway that connect the vessel to a first release container and a second release container, respectively. A first and a second sensor may be positioned proximate to a first and a second release container, respectively. Each sensor may detect an adult insect passing into the respective release container. A first and second shutter may be positioned in the first passageway and the second passageway, respectively. Each shutter may have an open and a closed position to control access to the respective release container. A computing device may receive a first input signal from the first sensor and a second input signal from the second sensor. The first and second shutter may receive a first output signal and a second output signal, respectively, from the computing device to position the respective shutter in the open or closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC
    Inventors: Peter Massaro, Robert Sobecki, Tiantian Zha, Brian Wasson
  • Patent number: 10028491
    Abstract: Example insect egg conveyors are disclosed. One example insect egg conveyor device includes multiple rollers positioned along a path and a drive unit that includes a motor connected to a roller of the multiple rollers to drive the roller and rotate the roller. The device also includes a substrate positioned on the roller and a fluid source positioned along the path. The rollers are arranged to move the substrate along the path and toward the fluid source in response to the motor rotating the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: VERILY LIFE SCIENCES LLC
    Inventors: Peter Massaro, Robert Sobecki, Tiantian Zha
  • Publication number: 20180121764
    Abstract: Insects can be localized and classified using a predictive model. To begin, image data is obtained that corresponds to the insects. Using a predictive model, samples of the image data are evaluated to determine whether the image portions include an insect and, if so, into what category the insect should be classified (e.g., male/female, species A/species B, etc.).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Tiantian Zha, Yaniv Ovadia, Daniel Newburger, Dilip Krishnan, Josh Livni, Mark Desnoyer
  • Publication number: 20180092339
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure can provide an automated mass rearing system for insect larvae. The automated mass rearing system can facilitate hatching, feeding, monitoring the growth and emergence of insect larvae and pupae. In some embodiments, the automated mass rearing system can include a production unit, a transportation unit, a storage unit, a dispensing unit, and a monitoring unit. In some embodiments, this automated mass rearing system can facilitate mass mosquito growth from egg hatching all the way through to full adults or certain stages in between such as the larvae rearing process (i.e., from larvae to pupae) with little or no human intervention. By automating the rearing and transportation of insect eggs, larvae, and pupae, deaths or developmental issues can be minimized. Various techniques and apparatuses are used in this automation that causes minimal disturbance to the insects during development, and thereby maximizing survival rate and fitness of the insects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Peter Massaro, Robert Sobecki, Charles Behling, Victor Criswell, Tiantian Zha, Roman Devengenzo
  • Publication number: 20180077911
    Abstract: Example insect egg conveyors are disclosed. One example insect egg conveyor device includes multiple rollers positioned along a path and a drive unit that includes a motor connected to a roller of the multiple rollers to drive the roller and rotate the roller. The device also includes a substrate positioned on the roller and a fluid source positioned along the path. The rollers are arranged to move the substrate along the path and toward the fluid source in response to the motor rotating the roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Peter Massaro, Robert Sobecki, Tiantian Zha
  • Publication number: 20180070565
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a blood feeding system using nonwoven fabric materials are disclosed. In one embodiment, a feeding pouch includes: a first surface comprising an impermeable material; a second surface comprising a nonwoven fabric material, the first surface bonded to the second surface to form a pouch; and blood deposited within the pouch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Peter Massaro, Charles Behling, Tiantian Zha
  • Patent number: 9880611
    Abstract: A system and method for operating an electronic computing device that is capable of invoking a battery saver mode may monitor an amount of power remaining in a battery of the electronic computing device, and generate an alert when the remaining amount of power in the battery available for continued operation of the device is at or below a predetermined threshold. The alert may include a notification of the estimated power remaining and an option to enable the battery saver mode. The alert may include a notification of the estimated power remaining and that battery saver mode has been enabled, and an option to disable the battery saver mode. The alert may include a notification of the estimated power remaining, and an option to customize the parameters of the battery saver mode by adjusting operation of various features and applications of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Tiantian Zha, Albert Bodenhamer, Joshua Woodward
  • Publication number: 20170353853
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium may include instructions stored thereon. When executed, the instructions may cause a portable computing device to prompt a user to activate a data saving feature based on a previous user having activated the data saving feature. The instructions may be configured to cause the portable computing device to accept login credentials from a first user, activate the data saving feature in response to input from the first user during a session associated with the first user, log the first user out, after logging the first user out, accept login credentials from a second user, and based on activating the data saving feature during the session associated with the first user, prompt the second user to activate the data saving feature during a session associated with the second user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Tiantian Zha, Joshua Woodward, Gregory Levin, Albert Scott Bodenhamer
  • Patent number: 9756502
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium may include instructions stored thereon. When executed, the instructions may cause a portable computing device to activate a data saving feature in response to determining that the portable computing device is in a limited data environment. The instructions may be configured to cause the portable computing device to at least determine that the portable computing device is in the limited data environment, and based on the determining that the portable computing device is in the limited data environment, prompt a user to activate the data saving feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Tiantian Zha, Joshua Woodward, Gregory Levin, Albert Scott Bodenhamer
  • Publication number: 20170102915
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject technology relate to systems and methods for processing voice input data. Voice input data is received from a computing. An intended task is determined based on the received voice input data. Contextual information related to the intended task is obtained. A plurality of services to be accessed at the computing device is determined based on the intended task and the obtained contextual information. Instructions associated with the plurality of services are provided for transmission to the computing device for execution at the computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Inventors: Alexander Friedrich KUSCHER, Santhosh BALASUBRAMANIAN, Tiantian ZHA
  • Publication number: 20170060225
    Abstract: A system and method for operating an electronic computing device that is capable of invoking a battery saver mode may monitor an amount of power remaining in a battery of the electronic computing device, and generate an alert when the remaining amount of power in the battery available for continued operation of the device is at or below a predetermined threshold. The alert may include a notification of the estimated power remaining and an option to enable the battery saver mode. The alert may include a notification of the estimated power remaining and that battery saver mode has been enabled, and an option to disable the battery saver mode. The alert may include a notification of the estimated power remaining, and an option to customize the parameters of the battery saver mode by adjusting operation of various features and applications of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: Tiantian ZHA, Albert BODENHAMER, Joshua WOODWARD
  • Publication number: 20170048693
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium may include instructions stored thereon. When executed, the instructions may cause a portable computing device to activate a data saving feature in response to determining that the portable computing device is in a limited data environment. The instructions may be configured to cause the portable computing device to at least determine that the portable computing device is in the limited data environment, and based on the determining that the portable computing device is in the limited data environment, prompt a user to activate the data saving feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Tiantian Zha, Joshua Woodward, Gregory Levin, Albert Scott Bodenhamer