Patents by Inventor W. Hillis

W. Hillis 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: 20170232446
    Abstract: A system for eliminating unexploded ordnance from a mixture. The system includes a separation plant, including a crusher, a magnetic separation station, and a screen plant. The crusher reduces the size of pieces in the mixture, the magnetic separator separates pieces containing a significant amount of ferrous metal, and the screen separates small pieces from larger pieces. The fine output of the screen is composed of pieces that are sufficiently small to pose little hazard; they may be further subjected to heat treatment. Large pieces containing ferrous metal, or large pieces containing nonferrous metal, may be explosive and are transported, using an unmanned machine, to an inspection plant where they are sorted and where any unexploded ordnance is identified and disposed of. The separation plant is sufficiently distant from the inspection plant that an explosion at the separation plant does not pose a hazard to personnel at the inspection plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Gale W. Hillis, Craig J. Morris
  • Patent number: 9134205
    Abstract: A fluid jet may be delivered by an outlet to dislodge particles from an object, such as a person. An image sensor may determine a target location on the object for delivering the fluid jet. In some embodiments, the image sensor may locate particles of interest to determine the target location. A steering mechanism may direct the fluid jet, so that it impacts the target location. The dislodged particles may then be captured for analysis. A distraction mechanism may distract the object and/or mask the sound of the fluid jet to prevent the object from realizing the fluid jet has been delivered. Additional substances and/or tags may be delivered by the outlet to the object and/or particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Daniel W. Hillis, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140078493
    Abstract: A fluid jet may be delivered by an outlet to dislodge particles from an object, such as a person. An image sensor may track particles dislodged from the object. The image sensor may also be configured to analyze the dislodged particles in flight. The dislodged particles may also be captured for further analysis. The image sensor may provide feedback for adjusting an impact location of the fluid jet and/or for adjusting the positioning of a particle capture mechanism. A distraction mechanism may distract the object and/or mask the sound of the fluid jet to prevent the object from realizing the fluid jet has been delivered. Additional substances and/or tags may be delivered by the outlet to the object and/or particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Daniel W. Hillis, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140076069
    Abstract: A proximity sensor may detect the presence of an object, such as a person. A fluid jet may be delivered by an outlet to dislodge particles from the object. The dislodged particles may then be captured for analysis. The proximity sensor may determine the distance and/or velocity of the object to determine when to deliver the fluid jet. An image sensor may determine a target location for delivering the dislodging fluid jet and/or track particles dislodged from the object. A distraction mechanism may distract the object and/or mask the sound of the fluid jet to prevent the object from realizing the fluid jet has been delivered. Additional substances and/or tags may be delivered by the outlet to the object and/or particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Daniel W. Hillis, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140076068
    Abstract: A fluid jet may be delivered by an outlet to dislodge particles from an object, such as a person. An image sensor may determine a target location on the object for delivering the fluid jet. In some embodiments, the image sensor may locate particles of interest to determine the target location. A steering mechanism may direct the fluid jet, so that it impacts the target location. The dislodged particles may then be captured for analysis. A distraction mechanism may distract the object and/or mask the sound of the fluid jet to prevent the object from realizing the fluid jet has been delivered. Additional substances and/or tags may be delivered by the outlet to the object and/or particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: ELWHA LLC
    Inventors: Daniel W. Hillis, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100212087
    Abstract: The present embodiments provide an integrated patient room having multiple features designed to enhance the safety, satisfaction and/or outcomes for a patient and/or caregiver. In one embodiment, the integrated patient room comprises at least one bed and at least one chair. The bed and the chair can each assume a wide range of positions, and can be pre-programmed into preferred positions. Further, the bed, chair, and/or other components in the patient room may be automatically synchronized with one another to facilitate transfer of a patient. A touch screen monitor with an intuitive graphical user interface may be employed as a communication portal. The functions of the bed, chair and/or other components in the room may be accessed and/or controlled through the communication portal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Roger Leib, Bran Ferren, Mark Setrakian, Christian Carlberg, Lars Jangaard, Dan Danknick, Russell Howe, Daniel W. Hillis, Shawn Jasmann, Robert Insalaco, John Mathaii
  • Publication number: 20090046976
    Abstract: An electromagnetically responsive element includes sets of arrangements of self-resonant bodies, such as atoms or quantum dots that form an effective dielectric constant, typically at or near a resonance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Daniel W. Hillis, Roderick A. Hyde, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090022455
    Abstract: An electromagnetically responsive element includes sets of arrangements of self-resonant bodies, such as atoms or quantum dots that form an effective dielectric constant, typically at or near a resonance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Inventors: Daniel W. Hillis, Roderick A. Hyde, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Clarence T. Tegreene, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20080155915
    Abstract: A structural channel system (100) includes a main structural channel rail (102), cross-channels (104) and cross-rails (106). A modular plug assembly (130) couples electrical power and communication signals to connector modules (132, 140, 144) which, in turn, control application of power to application devices (939, 969) based on the communication signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventors: Russel Howe, Daniel W. Hillis, Robert W. Insalaco, James B. Long
  • Publication number: 20080055755
    Abstract: Embodiments include an apparatus, a medical device, a method and a system. The medical device includes an ellipsoidally shaped reflector having a first focus and a second focus. The ellipsoidally shaped reflector also provides a translational coupling of electromagnetic energy from the first focus to the second focus. The medical device also includes a controllable electromagnetic energy source aligned to emit a non-biologically emitted electromagnetic energy in a proximity to the first focus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventors: W. Hillis, Leroy Hood, Roderick Hyde, Eric Leuthardt, Nathan Myhrvold, Clarence Tegreene, Lowell Wood
  • Publication number: 20080052005
    Abstract: Compositions, apparatus, systems, kits, and methods, including but not limited to, feedback and cooperative methods and systems for obfuscating target biological material identifiers in an environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventors: W. Hillis, Nathan Myhrvold, Clarence Tegreene, Richa Wilson
  • Publication number: 20080049995
    Abstract: Compositions, apparatus, systems, kits, and methods, including but not limited to, feedback and cooperative methods and systems for obfuscating target biological material identifiers in an environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventors: W. Hillis, Nathan Myhrvold, Clarence Tegreene, Richa Wilson
  • Publication number: 20080033569
    Abstract: Lumen-traveling biological interface devices and associated methods and systems are described. Lumen-traveling biological interface devices capable of traveling within a body lumen may include a propelling mechanism to produce movement of the lumen-traveling device within the lumen, electrodes or other electromagnetic transducers for detecting biological signals and electrodes, coils or other electromagnetic transducers for delivering electromagnetic stimuli to stimulus responsive tissues. Lumen-traveling biological interface devices may also include additional components such as sensors, an active portion, and/or control circuitry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, W. Hillis, Roderick Hyde, Muriel Ishikawa, Edward Jung, Eric Leuthardt, Nathan Myhrvold, Clarence Tegreene, Lowell Wood, Victoria Wood
  • Publication number: 20080034224
    Abstract: Data in a portable electronic device is protected by using external and internal status detection means to determine if the device is misplaced, lost, or stolen. The device then takes, singly or in combination, one of several actions to protect the data on the device, including declaring its location to an owner or service provider, locking the device or specific functions of the device to disable all data retrieval functionality, erasing or overwriting all the stored data in the device or, where the data has been stored in the device in an encrypted format, destroying an internally-stored encryption key, thereby preventing unauthorized access to the encrypted data in the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, W. Hillis
  • Publication number: 20080019602
    Abstract: A system constructs a composite image using focus assessment information of image regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Publication date: January 24, 2008
    Inventors: W. Hillis, Nathan Myhrvold, Lowell Wood
  • Publication number: 20080009167
    Abstract: A low-profile genderless connector uses interlocking tabs and spring levers to form a secure mechanical link with another identical genderless connector using rotational. engagement. Upon full engagement of two opposing yet identical connectors, electrical contacts on each connector complete multiple signal paths for ground, power, and signal communication in a preferred sequential order. In an alternative embodiment, the connectors rotationally engage to form a coupling having optical contacts. In yet another embodiment, the connectors rotationally engage to form a coupling to provide strictly mechanical or structural connectivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Inventors: W. Hillis, Luke Khanlian
  • Publication number: 20070283586
    Abstract: A gravity pendulum, referred to as a low-displacement pendulum because it does not displace air as it rotates, is disclosed. The low-displacement pendulum uses an unbalanced wheel instead of the more conventional suspended bob. Because the pendulum does not displace air as it rotates, it eliminates an important component of air drag that causes energy loss in a normal pendulum. The low-displacement pendulum also eliminates errors caused by variations in barometric pressure. In addition, it can be easily thermally compensated without the use of special materials, such as Invar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventor: W. Hillis
  • Publication number: 20070280550
    Abstract: A system constructs a composite image using focus assessment information of image regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Publication date: December 6, 2007
    Inventors: W. Hillis, Nathan Myhrvold, Lowell Wood
  • Publication number: 20070244520
    Abstract: Lumen-traveling biological interface devices and associated methods and systems are described. Lumen-traveling biological interface devices capable of traveling within a body lumen may include a propelling mechanism to produce movement of the lumen-traveling device within the lumen, electrodes or other electromagnetic transducers for detecting biological signals and electrodes, coils or other electromagnetic transducers for delivering electromagnetic stimuli to stimulus responsive tissues. Lumen-traveling biological interface devices may also include additional components such as sensors, an active portion, and/or control circuitry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Publication date: October 18, 2007
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, W. Hillis, Roderick Hyde, Muriel Ishikawa, Edward Jung, Eric Leuthardt, Nathan Myhrvold, Clarence Tegreene, Lowell Wood, Victoria Wood
  • Publication number: 20070242129
    Abstract: An advanced video teleconferencing (AVTC) system uniquely combines a number of features to promote a realistic “same room” experience for meeting participants. These features include an autodirector to select audio and video sources and to compose shots, a collaboration interface for each participant to communicate nonverbal information, directional LEDs to privately alert participants, audio reflected from the main display, and a collaborative table to share a view of objects or papers on a table. When implemented with sufficient bandwidth for take advantage of these features and to keep latency time low, this AVTC system results in a highly realistic and productive teleconferencing experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Publication date: October 18, 2007
    Inventors: BRAN FERREN, W. HILLIS