Patents by Inventor Tyler S. SMITH

Tyler S. 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: 11503968
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus may include at least one isolator configured to absorb mechanical vibration generated by contact between an agitator and a combining unit to reduce noise and/or vibration. The isolator may include at least one combing isolator disposed at least partially between the combing unit and the surface cleaning head. Alternatively (or in addition), the isolator may include a panel isolator disposed at least partially between a housing of the cleaning apparatus and a panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: John B. Freese, Tyler S. Smith, Wenxiu Gao, Ian Liu, Nicholas Sardar
  • Publication number: 20220266310
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus includes an end cap assembly for use with an agitator. The end cap assembly includes a stationary end cap, a rotating end cap, and a fragmentor. The stationary end cap is secured to and stationary with respect to a housing of the cleaning apparatus. The rotating end cap is coupled to the agitator and rotates with the agitator relative to the housing. The stationary and rotating end caps define a gap extending radially inward therebetween. The fragmentor is disposed within the gap and is configured to break debris which enters the gap into smaller pieces. The fragmentor may be disposed on a surface of the stationary end cap facing towards the rotating end cap and/or on a surface of the rotating end cap facing towards the stationary end cap. The fragmentor may include a cutting blade and/or an abrasive surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2022
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Inventors: Andre D. BROWN, Charles S. BRUNNER, Tyler S. SMITH
  • Publication number: 20220240671
    Abstract: One or more devices are provided that are configured to detachably engage within a modular system. The one or more devices are expandable to provide a surface to perform work.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2022
    Publication date: August 4, 2022
    Inventors: Aaron S. Blumenthal, Aaron M. Williams, Ryan C. Dick, Tyler J. Smith, Benjamin T. Jones, George Barton, Matthew A. Lownik
  • Patent number: 11247245
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus includes an end cap assembly for use with an agitator. The end cap assembly includes a stationary end cap, a rotating end cap, and a fragmentor. The stationary end cap is secured to and stationary with respect to a housing of the cleaning apparatus. The rotating end cap is coupled to the agitator and rotates with the agitator relative to the housing. The stationary and rotating end caps define a gap extending radially inward therebetween. The fragmentor is disposed within the gap and is configured to break debris which enters the gap into smaller pieces. The fragmentor may be disposed on a surface of the stationary end cap facing towards the rotating end cap and/or on a surface of the rotating end cap facing towards the stationary end cap. The fragmentor may include a cutting blade and/or an abrasive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: SharkNinja Operating LLC
    Inventors: Andre D. Brown, Charles S. Brunner, Tyler S. Smith
  • Publication number: 20210389245
    Abstract: The present disclosure is drawn to devices and systems for target detection in samples, particularly allergen detection in food samples. The allergen detection system includes a sampler, a disposable analysis cartridge and a detection device with an optimized optical system. The allergen detection utilizes nucleic acid molecules as detection agents and detection probes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Publication date: December 16, 2021
    Inventors: Adi Gilboa-Geffen, Alan Lloyd Weeks, Valerie Villareal, Patrick Murphy, Eric Anthony Robertson, Deirdre Ellen Day, Matthew Bernard Dean, Todd Glendon Campbell, Brian Christopher Burke, Tyler S. Smith, Thomas Christopher Hartner, Stanley Owen Thompson, Nhat Nam Trinh, David Carpenter, Gregory J. Kintz, Paul Koh, David Jennings Dostal, Kevin Doherty, Joel F. Jensen, William Law, Russell C. Mead, Jr., J. EfraĆ­n Alcorta
  • Publication number: 20200046184
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus may include at least one isolator configured to absorb mechanical vibration generated by contact between an agitator and a combining unit to reduce noise and/or vibration. The isolator may include at least one combing isolator disposed at least partially between the combing unit and the surface cleaning head. Alternatively (or in addition), the isolator may include a panel isolator disposed at least partially between a housing of the cleaning apparatus and a panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: John B. FREESE, Tyler S. SMITH, Wenxiu GAO, Ian LIU, Nicholas SARDAR
  • Publication number: 20190193120
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus includes an end cap assembly for use with an agitator. The end cap assembly includes a stationary end cap, a rotating end cap, and a fragmentor. The stationary end cap is secured to and stationary with respect to a housing of the cleaning apparatus. The rotating end cap is coupled to the agitator and rotates with the agitator relative to the housing. The stationary and rotating end caps define a gap extending radially inward therebetween. The fragmentor is disposed within the gap and is configured to break debris which enters the gap into smaller pieces. The fragmentor may be disposed on a surface of the stationary end cap facing towards the rotating end cap and/or on a surface of the rotating end cap facing towards the stationary end cap. The fragmentor may include a cutting blade and/or an abrasive surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Andre D. BROWN, Charles S. BRUNNER, Tyler S. SMITH
  • Publication number: 20190191947
    Abstract: A cleaning apparatus comprising a housing, at least one agitator configured to be rotatably coupled to the housing, a combing unit comprising a plurality of spaced teeth configured to contact the agitator for preventing build up and removing debris, and a switch configured to cause the combing unit to move between an active mode in which the plurality of spaced teeth are configured to contact the agitator for preventing build up and removing debris, and an inactive mode in which the plurality of spaced teeth are configured to not contact the agitator. The switch may be configured to cause the combing unit to rotate about a pivot axis between the active mode and the inactive mode. The switch may be configured to convert linear motion of the switch into the rotational motion of the combing unit about the pivot axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: John B. FREESE, Nicholas SARDAR, Tyler S. SMITH