Patents by Inventor Timothy Alan Talda

Timothy Alan Talda 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: 20190239116
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe wireless transmission techniques for mitigating interference between wirelessly controlled machines in a shared space. To mitigate interference, the machines may be assigned different channels within the same frequency band. However, if machines using the same channel in a frequency band receive each other's wireless signals, the wireless signals can interfere. To free up additional bandwidth, in one embodiment, the command signals are transmitted using a different frequency band than a heartbeat signal used to stop the machines in case of emergencies. In another embodiment, time multiplexing or directional antennas can be used to mitigate interference. In another example, antenna diversity and multiple-input-multiple output (MIMO) can be used to further focus the radiation pattern onto the desired machine while avoiding transmitting wireless signals to neighboring machines. In one embodiment, the machines may use dual-channels to transmit and receive duplicate data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Inventors: Sachin Rajendra KOTHARI, Samuel Gardner GARRETT, Seshachalamgupta MOTAMARRI, Timothy Alan TALDA
  • Patent number: 10336542
    Abstract: An example system includes a conveyor configured to move a plurality of items, a ramp configured to support at least one item of the plurality of items as the at least one item is transferred from the conveyor to a tote, and a platform supported on a support surface and configured to support the tote at a location proximate the ramp. In some examples, the tote includes a base having a top surface defining at least part of an interior space of the tote. Further, the platform positions the tote such that the top surface of the base extends at an angle, relative to a horizontal plane, greater than approximately 5 degrees and less than approximately 10 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Gardner Garrett, John Stuart Battles, Timothy Alan Talda, Tyson Wittrock
  • Publication number: 20190161228
    Abstract: The apparatus includes a moveable support platform within the container to reduce a distance that items fall into the container when stowed. The support platform is lowered by a movement mechanism as items are placed into the container. The movement mechanism may be a bladder filled with air, a biasing device, a pneumatic device, or a mechanical device. The moveable support may form a bottom portion of the container during transport of the container. In some instances, the movement mechanism may lift items out of the container to empty the container at a destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Samuel Gardner Garrett, Martin Peter Aalund, Vinay Balan, Michael Barrett Hill, David Bruce McCalib, JR., Timothy Alan Talda, Toby Ge Xu
  • Patent number: 10301121
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system has a carousel that has a guiderail that forms a loop that has a loading position and an unloading position. The carousel also has a plurality of buckets, each having an upper end and a lower end. The lower end includes at least one bottom wall that is moveable between (i) a transporting configuration where the at least one bottom wall substantially closes the lower end of the bucket and (ii) a discharge configuration where the at least one bottom wall is moved so as to define an opening in the lower end of the bucket. The buckets are supported by the guiderail such that the buckets can be driven from the loading position towards the unloading position in the transporting configuration. The buckets can be transitioned to the discharge configuration so as to unload inventory items at the unloading position into a packaging material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Hoffman, Martin Peter Aalund, David Alspaugh, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Paul Roy Raines, Jr., Timothy Alan Talda, Akshay Tilekar, Stephanie Tomasetta, Eric Wyman, Toby Ge Xu
  • Patent number: 10296870
    Abstract: A packaging system employs a cartridge having moveable walls such that the cartridge discharges or inducts one or more items into a cavity of a package, such as a film that is sealed into a pouch or mailer. A bottom wall of the cartridge is retracted relative to an end panel of the cartridge during the induction process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Hoffman, Martin Peter Aalund, David Alspaugh, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Paul Roy Raines, Jr., Timothy Alan Talda, Akshay Tilekar, Stephanie Tomasetta, Eric Wyman, Toby Ge Xu
  • Publication number: 20190132769
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe wireless transmission techniques for mitigating interference between wirelessly controlled machines in a shared space. To mitigate interference, the machines may be assigned different channels within the same frequency band. However, if machines using the same channel in a frequency band receive each other's wireless signals, the wireless signals can interfere. To free up additional bandwidth, in one embodiment, the command signals are transmitted using a different frequency band than a heartbeat signal used to stop the machines in case of emergencies. In another embodiment, time multiplexing or directional antennas can be used to mitigate interference. In another example, antenna diversity and multiple-input-multiple output (MIMO) can be used to further focus the radiation pattern onto the desired machine while avoiding transmitting wireless signals to neighboring machines. In one embodiment, the machines may use dual-channels to transmit and receive duplicate data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Inventors: Sachin Rajendra KOTHARI, Samuel Gardner GARRETT, Seshachalamgupta MOTAMARRI, Timothy Alan TALDA
  • Patent number: 10273085
    Abstract: An example process may include receiving a request identifying an action with respect to an item and a modular storage system. The modular storage system may include a plurality of shipping containers accessible from an item transfer facility. The process may also include identifying a particular shipping container of the plurality of shipping containers to fulfill the request. The process may also include identifying, within the particular shipping container, a particular storage module to fulfill the request. The particular storage module may include a particular plurality of storage containers. The process may also include identifying, from among the particular plurality of storage containers, a particular storage container to fulfill the request. The process may also include causing movement of the particular plurality of storage containers to move the particular storage container to an access position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Timothy Alan Talda, Martin Peter Aalund
  • Patent number: 10278095
    Abstract: Embodiments herein describe wireless transmission techniques for mitigating interference between wirelessly controlled machines in a shared space. To mitigate interference, the machines may be assigned different channels within the same frequency band. However, if machines using the same channel in a frequency band receive each other's wireless signals, the wireless signals can interfere. To free up additional bandwidth, in one embodiment, the command signals are transmitted using a different frequency band than a heartbeat signal used to stop the machines in case of emergencies. In another embodiment, time multiplexing or directional antennas can be used to mitigate interference. In another example, antenna diversity and multiple-input-multiple output (MIMO) can be used to further focus the radiation pattern onto the desired machine while avoiding transmitting wireless signals to neighboring machines. In one embodiment, the machines may use dual-channels to transmit and receive duplicate data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sachin Rajendra Kothari, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Seshachalamgupta Motamarri, Timothy Alan Talda
  • Publication number: 20190100369
    Abstract: A packaging cushion includes a first liner and a second liner opposite one another and each defining an inner surface. A transverse liner axis extends normal to the inner surfaces. The packaging cushion includes a mesh bonded to and disposed between the first and second liners. The mesh has a top mesh surface and an opposed bottom mesh surface. The mesh defines a plurality of nodes and a plurality of legs interconnecting the plurality of nodes. Each of the plurality of nodes defines 1) a top node surface defined by the top mesh surface, 2) a bottom node surface defined by the bottom mesh surface, and 3) a transverse node axis extending substantially normal to the top and bottom node surfaces. The transverse node axes of at least some of the plurality of nodes are each oriented at an oblique angle relative to the transverse liner axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: April 4, 2019
    Inventors: Brian Hoffman, Michael Ralph, Timothy Alan Talda
  • Patent number: 10246257
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described herein for managing item storage using rotating platforms. In some examples, an item can be loaded on to a material conveyance device. The item then can be unloaded from the material conveyance device to a rotating platform. The rotating platform can include a sloped surface. Sensor data that identifies the item can be received. A robotic manipulator can be used to manipulate the item based at least in part on the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Martin Peter Aalund, John Elias Darrow, Timothy Alan Talda
  • Patent number: 10239690
    Abstract: An example storage module may include an upper support structure, a lower support structure, and a frame. The upper support structure may engage with a corresponding lower support structure of a first different storage module. The lower support structure may engage with a corresponding upper support structure of a second different storage module. The frame may include a first component and a second component. Each component may include an upper portion, a lower portion, and a set of connecting portions. The upper portion may define an upper level of the storage module. The lower portion may define a lower level of the storage module. The set of connecting portions may connect the upper and lower portions. The storage module may also include a set of carrier devices to move in accordance with a movement path and support a set of storage containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Timothy Alan Talda, Martin Peter Aalund
  • Patent number: 10227154
    Abstract: A moveable support platform within a container may reduce a distance that items fall into the container when stowed. The moveable support platform is lowered by a movement mechanism as items are placed into the container. The movement mechanism may be a bladder filled with air, a biasing device, a pneumatic device, or a mechanical device. The moveable support platform may form a bottom portion of the container during transport of the container. In some instances, the movement mechanism may lift items out of the container to empty the container at a destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Gardner Garrett, Martin Peter Aalund, Vinay Balan, Michael Barrett Hill, David Bruce McCalib, Jr., Timothy Alan Talda, Toby Ge Xu
  • Patent number: 10179695
    Abstract: An example item storage system may include a shipping container and a plurality of storage modules disposed within the interior of the shipping container. Each storage module may include an upper support structure, a lower support structure, and a frame. The upper support structure may engage with a corresponding lower support structure of a first different storage module. The frame may define an upper level to support a first plurality of moveable container carriers, and a lower level to support a second plurality of moveable container carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Timothy Alan Talda, Martin Peter Aalund
  • Patent number: 10086998
    Abstract: Sortation systems and methods are described, in which the sortation systems may include a cylindrical sortation tower. The cylindrical sortation tower may include a plurality of sortation levels, and each of the sortation levels may include a plurality of sortation positions arranged around a periphery of the level. Each sortation position may include a sortation container. The cylindrical sortation tower may also include one or more horizontal tracks and vertical tracks, and each of the sortation levels may further include a circumferential track. Shuttles may traverse the horizontal, vertical, and circumferential tracks to transport items to desired sortation containers. Further, robotic arms may remove completed sortation containers from and add empty sortation containers to the cylindrical sortation tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Akshay Tilekar, Emily Dunne, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Timothy Alan Talda, Unnikrishnan Vadakkanmaruveedu
  • Patent number: 10053299
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a conveyor system reorients objects from a side-by-side orientation to a sequential orientation. The system has an upper conveyor level and a subsequent conveyor level disposed below the upper level. The upper level has an upper conveyor segment that has an upstream end, a downstream end opposite the upstream end along a flow direction, a pair of lateral sides, a top side, and a bottom side. The upper conveyor segment defines an conveying surface that is between the pair of lateral sides and that carries objects aligned therewith along the flow direction. The upper conveyor segment also defines a discharge opening that is between the conveying surface and one of the lateral sides. The discharge opening extends through the upper conveyor segment along a vertical direction so as to discharge objects onto the subsequent conveyor level that are aligned with the discharge opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Unnikrishnan Vadakkanmaruveedu, Jon Stuart Battles, Emily Dunne, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Timothy Alan Talda, Akshay Rajendra Tilekar, Jacqueline Underberg
  • Patent number: 10046913
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a conveyor system has a conveyor segment and a knock-down device. The conveyor segment has an upstream end, and a downstream end opposite the upstream end. The conveyor segment defines a conveying surface that carries objects along a flow direction that extends from the upstream end to the downstream end. The knock-down device has a knock-down body that is spaced entirely from the conveying surface along a vertical direction by at least a clearance height. The knock-down body has an upstream body end, a downstream body end offset from the upstream body end with respect to the flow direction, and a ramped surface that extends between the upstream body end and the downstream body end. The ramped surface is ramped away from the conveying surface as the ramped surface extends along the flow direction, and knocks down objects that are stacked on top of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Unnikrishnan Vadakkanmaruveedu, Jon Stuart Battles, Emily Dunne, Samuel Gardner Garrett, Timothy Alan Talda, Akshay Rajendra Tilekar, Jacqueline Underberg
  • Publication number: 20180201445
    Abstract: An example process may include receiving a request identifying an action with respect to an item and a modular storage system. The modular storage system may include a plurality of shipping containers accessible from an item transfer facility. The process may also include identifying a particular shipping container of the plurality of shipping containers to fulfill the request. The process may also include identifying, within the particular shipping container, a particular storage module to fulfill the request. The particular storage module may include a particular plurality of storage containers. The process may also include identifying, from among the particular plurality of storage containers, a particular storage container to fulfill the request. The process may also include causing movement of the particular plurality of storage containers to move the particular storage container to an access position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Timothy Alan Talda, Martin Peter Aalund
  • Publication number: 20180201439
    Abstract: An example item storage system may include a shipping container and a plurality of storage modules disposed within the interior of the shipping container. Each storage module may include an upper support structure, a lower support structure, and a frame. The upper support structure may engage with a corresponding lower support structure of a first different storage module. The frame may define an upper level to support a first plurality of moveable container carriers, and a lower level to support a second plurality of moveable container carriers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Timothy Alan Talda, Martin Peter Aalund
  • Publication number: 20180201442
    Abstract: An example storage module may include an upper support structure, a lower support structure, and a frame. The upper support structure may engage with a corresponding lower support structure of a first different storage module. The lower support structure may engage with a corresponding upper support structure of a second different storage module. The frame may include a first component and a second component. Each component may include an upper portion, a lower portion, and a set of connecting portions. The upper portion may define an upper level of the storage module. The lower portion may define a lower level of the storage module. The set of connecting portions may connect the upper and lower portions. The storage module may also include a set of carrier devices to move in accordance with a movement path and support a set of storage containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Publication date: July 19, 2018
    Inventors: Jon Stuart Battles, Timothy Alan Talda, Martin Peter Aalund
  • Publication number: 20180141754
    Abstract: An example system includes a conveyor configured to move a plurality of items, a ramp configured to support at least one item of the plurality of items as the at least one item is transferred from the conveyor to a tote, and a platform supported on a support surface and configured to support the tote at a location proximate the ramp. In some examples, the tote includes a base having a top surface defining at least part of an interior space of the tote. Further, the platform positions the tote such that the top surface of the base extends at an angle, relative to a horizontal plane, greater than approximately 5 degrees and less than approximately 10 degrees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Publication date: May 24, 2018
    Inventors: Samuel Gardner Garrett, John Stuart Battles, Timothy Alan Talda, Tyson Wittrock