Patents by Inventor Todd A. Smith

Todd A. Smith 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: 10500123
    Abstract: A body weight support system includes a support track configured to movably suspend a trolley therefrom. A power rail of the system is coupled to the support track and is in electrical contact with the trolley. A switch included in the system has a support track portion and a power rail portion. The switch is configured to transition between a first configuration, in which a first portion of the support track and the support track portion of the switch define a first path, and a second configuration, in which a second portion of the support track and the support track portion of the switch define a second path. The trolley is configured to receive a flow of electric power from at least one of the power rail or the power rail portion of the switch that is operable to move the trolley along the first path or the second path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Bioness Inc.
    Inventors: Arkady Glukhovsky, Todd Cushman, Augustine Smith
  • Publication number: 20190373035
    Abstract: A plurality of icons are displayed on a companion device having a touch screen interface; the icons can be manipulated by the touch screen interface, and each of the plurality of icons represents a different one of a plurality of audiovisual assets which can be viewed on an external audiovisual device. An input gesture on the touch screen interface is obtained from a user of the companion device, wherein a given one of the icons is flicked in a manner associated with the external audiovisual device. Responsive to the obtaining of the gesture, a signal is dispatched from the companion device. The signal causes the external audiovisual device to access a given one of the plurality of audiovisual assets associated with the given one of the icons. Techniques for other than touch screen devices, and techniques to obtain programs on the companion device, are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Todd Smith, James C. Stark
  • Patent number: 10485111
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to semiconductor structures and, more particularly, to via and skip via structures and methods of manufacture. The method includes: forming a first metallization layer with a first capping layer over the first metallization layer; forming a second metallization layer with a second capping layer over the second metallization layer; forming a partial skip via structure to the first metallization layer by removing a portion of the first capping layer and the second capping and depositing conductive material in an opening formed in the second metallization layer; forming a third capping layer over the filled partial skip via and the second capping layer; and forming a remaining portion of a skip via structure in alignment with the partial skip via structure by opening the third capping layer to expose the conductive material of the partial skip via.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC.
    Inventors: Shao Beng Law, Nicholas V. LiCausi, Errol Todd Ryan, James McMahon, Ryan S. Smith, Xunyuan Zhang
  • Publication number: 20190346147
    Abstract: A range has burner coil elements which have temperature switches as a portion of the replaceable coils. Upon reaching a predetermined temperature, the switch opens and power through the burner element is secured. The burner elements are preferably open coil units. Lowering the temperature in a cooking utensil below common ignition temperatures while still allowing boiling is an objective of many embodiments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Applicant: Brown Stove Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd A. Smith, Matthew H. Brown
  • Patent number: 10471259
    Abstract: Devices and methods provide for the sensing of physiological signals by providing a stimulation waveform that includes a stimulation pulse followed by an active recharge pulse to clear the charge in capacitors within the stimulation path. The active recharge pulse is followed by a period of passive recharge and then a period of no recharge. Non-neurological sources of artifacts within the sensed physiological signal may be handled by providing a brief period of passive recharge followed by a lengthy period of no recharge, which is made possible by the use of the active recharge pulse prior to the passive recharge. The period of no recharge removes any low impedance path to ground from the stimulation electrodes, which allows an amplifier of the sensing circuit to provide common mode rejection of non-neurological signals, such as cardiac signals, present at the sensing electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: MEDTRONIC, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Stanslaski, Robert Devine, Timothy Denison, Vincent Roczniak, Todd Smith, Thomas Adamski
  • Publication number: 20190331762
    Abstract: In a method of determining the position of an object, raw image data of the sky is recorded using a celestial imaging unit. The last known position, orientation, date, and time data of the object are obtained, and the position of a celestial body is measured. A latitude and longitude of the object is determined by matching the measured celestial body position to the expected celestial body position based on the input parameters. A system for determining a new position of an object comprises a celestial imaging unit configured to record image data of the sky, a signal processing unit, and a signal processing unit configured to receive and store in memory the image data received from the celestial imaging unit. The signal processing unit filters the image to find the positions of celestial objects in the sky. The signal processing unit is further configured to use roll and pitch from an IMU, and date and time from a clock to determine the object's position (latitude and longitude).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Todd M. Aycock, Arthur Lompado, David Chenault, Adam Smith
  • Publication number: 20190327497
    Abstract: Systems, devices, methods, and computer readable media are provided for distributing data with multi-tiered encoding. For example, a system for communication of data streams to endpoints is provided that includes: encoders, each encoder configured to encode a data stream according to at least one encoding parameter; transmitting devices organized into groups based on at least one communication characteristic; each group of transmitting devices configured to receive encoded data from an associated one of the encoders; each transmitting device of the plurality of transmitting devices configured to transmit the encoded data to an associated one of the plurality of endpoints; and at least one controller configured to monitor communication characteristics of the plurality of transmitting devices and to adjust membership of the transmitting devices in the plurality of groups based on the monitored communication characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: David Pui Keung SZE, Cameron Kenneth SMITH, Anthony Todd SCHNEIDER, Bogdan FRUSINA
  • Publication number: 20190317837
    Abstract: A bipartite workflow graph, representing an understanding of an overall service, comprises two different graph elements: entities and processes and each individual microservice defines their logical constructs as either an entity or a process in accordance with a universal schema. Notifications from such microservices conform to the universal schema, thereby enabling microservices to individually change how they operate internally, without affecting an understanding of the overall system as represented by the workflow graph. Each graph element has its state maintained by a separately addressable execution unit executing a state machine, which can be individually updated based on information received from the microservices. Changes to the workflow graph are logged and an insight engine monitors such a log to insert insight markers in accordance with predefined events, thereby enabling the collection of metrics on a service wide basis and across multiple microservices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2018
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: James FLETCHER, Robert Franz HAIN, Kelly Michael SMITH, Isaac MATICHUK, Jared James GOHR, Curtis Todd JOHNSON, Michael Dennis SCHUELLER
  • Publication number: 20190316657
    Abstract: A sealed hydraulic tensioner includes a cylinder having a cylinder surface formed in a housing; a piston, received by the cylinder, having an inner surface forming a piston cavity and an outer surface that closely conforms in shape to the cylinder inhibiting the flow of fluid between the outer surface of the piston and the cylinder surface; a tensioner biasing member engaging the piston and the cylinder forcing the piston in an axial direction; a check valve regulating fluid flow between a high-pressure chamber and a low-pressure chamber; one or more apertures formed in the piston extending between the inner surface and the outer surface of the piston that communicate fluid between the piston cavity and the cylinder, wherein a substantially fixed quantity of fluid is encapsulated within the piston cavity and the cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Keith B. Cobb, Mark Patton, XiaoJian Lu, Kevin Todd, Dale N. Smith, Fabio Magni, Ron J. Mielbrecht, Glenn Swanson, Giuseppe Baddaria
  • Publication number: 20190308075
    Abstract: A sport ball includes a casing that includes a plurality of joined panels and defines a cavity. The casing includes at least a first panel having (a) a first layer positioned to form a portion of an exterior surface of the sport ball, (b) a second layer disposed adjacent to the first layer, and (c) a third layer disposed adjacent to the second layer. The first panel defines a first indentation and a second indentation spaced apart from the first indentation. The first indentation has a first depth and the second indentation has a second depth that is less than the first depth. The first depth is from 0.5 times to 4 times larger than the second depth. The sport ball also includes a bladder disposed within the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Ryan Berggren, Tal Cohen, Gary W. Glahn, Arthur Molinari, Todd Smith, Vincent F. White
  • Patent number: 10419782
    Abstract: A television with an interactive portal and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the television, the television is deployed to provide an interactive portal in a hospitality establishment having multiple rooms, such as a hotel. The television is associated with a room and includes a processor, memory, tuner, panel, and audio drive disposed in an interconnected busing architecture. The television generates a default interactive portal as well as a guest-specific interactive portal, which is generated from a guest configuration profile having information including guest identification, a guest channel preference presentation, and a guest service preference presentation with guest account information. The guest configuration profile may also enable the creation of a local area wireless network with substantially the same behavior as the guest's home wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Enseo, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas R. Miller, Vanessa Ogle, Charles Todd Hixon, Craig D. Smith
  • Patent number: 10418157
    Abstract: Resistors and a method of manufacturing resistors are described herein. A resistor includes a resistive element and a plurality of conductive elements. The plurality of conductive elements are electrically insulated from one another via a dielectric material and thermally coupled to the resistive element via an adhesive material disposed between each of the plurality of conductive elements and a surface of the resistive element. The plurality of conductive elements is coupled to the resistive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Vishay Dale Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Clark Smith, Todd Wyatt
  • Publication number: 20190276055
    Abstract: A system includes one or more processors, a communication device, and a positive train control (PTC) system. The one or more processors and communication device are onboard a lead vehicle of a vehicle system that includes the lead vehicle and a first remote vehicle. The PTC system is configured to restrict movement of the vehicle system based on a location of the vehicle system. The PTC system communicates a list of vehicle identifiers to the one or more processors. The communication device communicates a wireless linking message, which includes a vehicle identifier associated with the first remote vehicle, to the first remote vehicle. The communication device establishes a communication link between the lead vehicle and the first remote vehicle responsive to receipt of the wireless linking message at the first remote vehicle. The one or more processors remotely control movement of the first remote vehicle via the communication link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Jared Klineman Cooper, Brian Joseph McManus, Frank Wawrzyniak, Ralph C. Haddock, III, Robert James Foy, James Glen Corry, Mark Bradshaw Kraeling, Todd William Goodermuth, Eugene Smith, Steven Andrew Kellner, Joseph Mario Nazareth, Brian William Schroeck, David Michael Peltz, Jeffrey Donald Kernwein, Daniel J. Rush, David Allen Eldredge
  • Patent number: 10408462
    Abstract: A range has burner coil elements which have temperature switches as a portion of the replaceable coils. Upon reaching a predetermined temperatures, the switch opens and power through the burner element is secured. The burner elements are preferably open coil units. Lowering the temperature in a cooking utensil below common ignition temperatures while still allowing boiling is an objective of many embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Brown Stove Works, Incv.
    Inventors: Todd A. Smith, Matthew H. Brown
  • Patent number: 10389778
    Abstract: A plurality of icons are displayed on a companion device having a touch screen interface; the icons can be manipulated by the touch screen interface, and each of the plurality of icons represents a different one of a plurality of audiovisual assets which can be viewed on an external audiovisual device. An input gesture on the touch screen interface is obtained from a user of the companion device, wherein a given one of the icons is flicked in a manner associated with the external audiovisual device. Responsive to the obtaining of the gesture, a signal is dispatched from the companion device. The signal causes the external audiovisual device to access a given one of the plurality of audiovisual assets associated with the given one of the icons. Techniques for other than touch screen devices, and techniques to obtain programs on the companion device, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: TIME WARNER CABLE ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Robert Todd Smith, James C. Stark
  • Publication number: 20190224547
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a stick-handling training system for use in at least sports like hockey, ringette and field hockey. The system is comprised of height adjustable bases and cross members positioned in those bases. The height adjustable bases are vertically adjustable between a first and a second position and elevate the cross members from the ground at heights that can vary based on the object used to be passed underneath in stick-handling training.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Jonathan THÉRIAULT, Christian GAUTREAU, Todd SMITH
  • Patent number: D863473
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Smith
  • Patent number: D863474
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Smith
  • Patent number: D863475
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Todd Smith
  • Patent number: D865801
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Senior Group LLC
    Inventor: Todd Smith