Patents by Inventor William Carter

William Carter 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: 20190275983
    Abstract: Shock absorbing seat belt height adjusters for use with vehicle occupant restraint systems, and associated systems and methods are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a shock absorbing height adjuster can be attached to a vehicle frame between an upper anchor point and a lower anchor point adjacent to an occupant's shoulder. The height adjuster can include a web clamp that locates a D-ring for positioning a shoulder web portion of the restraint web at a desired height that is comfortable for the occupant. Additionally, the height adjuster can include an anti-cinch feature that can elastically extend in response to tension loads in the shoulder web portion, thereby reducing shock loads from being transmitted to the seat occupant from the shoulder web portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Ruth Anne Hamilton, Wayne Deyo Carter, Matt Robert McCollough, Mikail Paulo Gagasca Santiaguel, Collyn William Bennett
  • Publication number: 20190275982
    Abstract: Shock absorbing seat belt height adjusters for use with vehicle occupant restraint systems, and associated systems and methods are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a shock absorbing height adjuster includes an adjustable D-ring that is operably coupled to an anchor point on a vehicle frame near a seat occupant's shoulder. The height adjuster can include an anti-cinch feature that enables the D-ring to elastically respond to tension loads in a shoulder web portion of the occupant restraint through at least an initial portion of D-ring movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Publication date: September 12, 2019
    Inventors: Ruth Anne Hamilton, Wayne Deyo Carter, Matt Robert McCollough, Mikail Paulo Gagasca Santiaguel, Collyn William Bennett
  • Publication number: 20190264897
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for an under-cabinet LED light fixture comprises in one embodiment a ferromagnetic mounting plate or bar for being securable to the upper wall of the under-cabinet, and the LED light fixture has a topside to which is attached one or more permanent magnetics. The one or more magnets attached to the topside are magnetically attracted to the mounting plate to attach the under-cabinet light fixture to the mounting plate. In another embodiment, the mounting plate is a magnet, and the under-cabinet LED light fixture has one or more ferromagnetic portions for being attached to the mounting plate by magnetic attraction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: ETi Solid State Lighting Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Van Winkle, William Carter, Kerby Siglin
  • Publication number: 20190256376
    Abstract: A composite material for use in water treatment. The composite material includes a porous matrix including a resin capable of retaining a catalyst and magnetic material therein, and includes a density regulating portion disposed therein. The catalyst is capable of facilitating a chemical reaction involving a contaminants in the water. The magnetic material and density regulating portion can be used to separate the composite material from treated water. Systems and methods of use involving passive water treatment, continuous water treatment, solar light exposure, UV light exposure, and electrochemical cells, employing photochemical, electrochemical, and photoelectrochemical reactions are described. Methods of manufacture are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy Michael Carter LESHUK, Zachary William YOUNG, Frank GU
  • Patent number: 10379829
    Abstract: A method for managing software on a device is provided. The method comprises: receiving, from a third party associated with the device, by a software administrator of an organization different from the third party, release information regarding software versions for the device; creating, by the software administrator, a profile that specifies whether or not at least one of the software versions is allowed on the device; and transmitting the profile, by the software administrator to a server computer associated with the third or other parties, to promote enforcement of the profile for the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Christopher Smith, Thomas Owen Parry, Srdan Dikic, Spencer Leavitt George Quin, Christopher Donald MacDonald, Michael William Loosemore, Jason Lee Carter
  • Patent number: 10382631
    Abstract: A Toll-Free Management Platform (TFMP) includes methods and systems for number administration, customer administration, call management services, texting services and text registry, and a smart services registry. The TFMP may allow users to receive through a web-based interface, an activate request from a user, wherein the request includes at least a customer record template reference and an indication of when to active a toll-free telecommunications number associated with the request. The request may include at least one IP address datum associated with the toll-free telecommunications number. A user interface may allow activating a toll-free number, and users may access the TFMP to create and access existing templates of toll-free call routing templates, and utilize a routing tree engine to create customized call routing trees for the toll-free numbers of interest to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Somos, Inc.
    Inventors: Sriram Sharma, William Carter, Manisha Bhat, Pamela J. Carter, Sanjeev Chauhan, Ryan Karnas, Michael Kimmel, Suk Yee Wong, Alan Stiffler, Dewang Lakhani
  • Patent number: 10379333
    Abstract: An apparatus for imaging a feature within a specimen is provided. According to one implementation the apparatus includes a substrate that is configured to support a specimen on an upper surface of the substrate so that the specimen resides over a hole that extends through the substrate. A heater is located vertically above the upper surface of the substrate. The heater is configured to heat the specimen when the specimen is supported on the substrate. An imaging device is located vertically below the lower surface of the substrate. The imaging device has an unobstructed line of sight to and through the hole in the substrate. The lower surface of the substrate is supported on a heat insulating platform in a manner that permits air to flow between the heat insulating platform and the lower surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Southern Research Institute
    Inventors: William Carter Ralph, Kevin Connolly
  • Patent number: 10369477
    Abstract: Methods of managing virtual resources within a virtual world are described which use a device comprising a connecting element to which one or more smart beads can be attached. A smart bead represents either a virtual resource in the virtual world or an action on a virtual resource in the virtual world. The device is arranged to detect and identify which smart beads are attached to the connecting element and to autonomously update quantities of one or more virtual resources based on combinations of virtual resources and/or actions on virtual resources, where at least one of the virtual resources or actions in any combination is represented by a detected smart bead. In an embodiment, the device is a fashion item such as a wearable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: James William Scott, Haiyan Zhang, Nicolas Villar, Alexandra Keeley Bunting, Jonathan Leslie Venables, Simon Jay Carter
  • Publication number: 20190232158
    Abstract: An interactive computer game is described which works in conjunction with a number of physical modules that a user can connect together in different ways to form a coherent physical whole object. The game receives data from the object via a wireless link, the data identifying at least which modules form part of the object and updates game play based on the data received. At some point within the game play, the game presents an objective or goal to the user which the user can only achieve by interacting with the physical object formed from the modules. In an embodiment, this interaction comprises re-arranging the modules or swapping modules to form an object with a different visual appearance, moving all or part of the object and/or interacting with a sensor on a module in the object. The game may receive further data from the object during the user interaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: James William Scott, Haiyan Zhang, Nicolas Villar, Greg Saul, Alexandra Keeley Bunting, Lee Jason Schuneman, Philip Robert Harrison, Jonathan Steven Robinson, Sabina Lopez-Moreno, Simone Rita Thomas, Patrizio Spadoni, Alex Hall, Tariq Adaci, Levi Naess, Sebastien Vandenberghe, Alma Coyolxauhqui Salinas Lopez, Simon Jay Carter
  • Publication number: 20190210437
    Abstract: A tonneau system comprising: (a) a plurality of tonneau sections; (b) a retraction system including: (i) a drive roller; (ii) a pulley spaced apart from the drive roller; (iii) a track extending from a location proximate to the drive roller to a location proximate to the pulley; and (iv) a line connected to the drive roller and one or more of the plurality of tonneau sections; wherein the line extends between the one or more of the plurality of tonneau sections and the driver roller when the plurality of tonneau sections are in the closed position, and the line extends from the one or more of the plurality of tonneau sections around the pulley and to the drive roller when the plurality of tonneau sections are in the stored position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Chad Carter, Ryan DeLong, Jerome Facchinello, William Cohoon, Robert Gaarder, Wilbur Paul Winkle, III
  • Patent number: 10332564
    Abstract: Devices, systems and methods are disclosed for generating video tags associated with previously captured video data. During a recording mode, video data may be captured and uploaded to a server. In response to a command, video may be tagged and selected, for example for inclusion in a video summary. During a standby mode, video data may be captured and temporarily stored in a buffer. In response to the command, video data stored in the buffer prior to the command may be selected. The video data may be selected for further processing and/or uploaded to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan Josef Andrizzi, Alex Carter, Peter Van Tuyl Bentley, William Christopher Banta
  • Publication number: 20190163167
    Abstract: Some embodiments facilitate creation of an industrial asset item via an additive manufacturing process wherein motion is provided between a build plate and a print arm. A correction engine may receive, from an industrial asset item definition data store containing at least one electronic record defining the industrial asset item, the data defining the industrial asset item. A correction engine computer processor may then correct the motion provided between the build plate and the print arm such that the motion deviates from a path indicated by the data defining the industrial asset item. The three-dimension printer may be a rotary printer such that the build plate rotates about a vertical axis and moves along the vertical axis during printing. In these cases, a pre-compensation algorithm may be applied to correct the motion provided between the build plate and the print arm before transmitting data to the three-dimensional additive manufacturing printer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Subhrajit ROYCHOWDHURY, Brian McCARTHY, Michael TUCKER, David C BOGDAN, JR., Michael Evans GRAHAM, William CARTER, Victor OSTROVERKHOV
  • Patent number: 10306075
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for the management, routing and reporting of toll-free telecommunications calls and data. Methods and systems are provided for pre-populating a call routing template based on natural language inputs and populating telecommunications routing codes at nodes of a call routing decision tree to generate a call routing template that may be identified and presented to a user interface based at least in part on a natural language input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Somos, Inc.
    Inventors: Sriram Sharma, William Carter, Michael Kimmel
  • Publication number: 20190137661
    Abstract: Methods of manufacturing a structure having at least one plated region and at least one unplated region. The method includes plating a metal on a polymer structure having a first region accepting the metal and a second region unreceptive to the metal plating. The first region may include fully-cured polymer optical waveguides and the second region may include partially-cured polymer optical waveguides. The first region may include a first polymer composition and the second region may include a second polymer composition different than the first polymer composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Jacob M. Hundley, Zak C. Eckel, Sophia S. Yang, Alan J. Jacobsen, William Carter
  • Publication number: 20190113907
    Abstract: Some embodiments facilitate creation of an industrial asset item via a rotary additive manufacturing process. For example, a build plate may rotate about a vertical axis and move, relative to a print arm, along the vertical axis during printing. An industrial asset item definition data store may contain at least one electronic record defining the industrial asset item. A frame creation computer processor may slice the data defining the industrial asset item to create a series of two-dimensional, locally linear frames helically arranged as a spiral staircase of steps (and each step may be oriented normal to the vertical axis. Indications of the series of two-dimensional frames may then be output to be provided to a rotary three-dimensional printer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Inventors: Subhrajit ROYCHOWDHURY, Brian McCARTHY, Michael TUCKER, David C. BOGDAN, JR., Michael Evans GRAHAM, William CARTER
  • Publication number: 20190089844
    Abstract: A Toll-Free Management Platform (TFMP) includes methods and systems for number administration, customer administration, call management services, texting services and text registry, and a smart services registry. The TFMP may allow users to receive through a web-based interface, an activate request from a user, wherein the request includes at least a customer record template reference and an indication of when to active a toll-free telecommunications number associated with the request. The request may include at least one IP address datum associated with the toll-free telecommunications number. A user interface may allow activating a toll-free number, and users may access the TFMP to create and access existing templates of toll-free call routing templates, and utilize a routing tree engine to create customized call routing trees for the toll-free numbers of interest to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Sriram Sharma, William Carter, Manisha Bhat, Pamela J. Carter, Sanjeev Chauhan, Ryan Karnas, Michael Kimmel, Suk Yee Wong, Alan Stiffler, Dewang Lakhani
  • Patent number: 10232583
    Abstract: A sparse micro-truss structure having a series of unit cells arranged in an array is disclosed. Each of the unit cells includes a series of struts interconnected at a node. Adjacent unit cells are spaced apart by a gap. Spacing apart the adjacent unit cells is configured to reduce the sensitivity of the sparse micro-truss structure to premature mechanical failure due to buckling in one or more of the struts compared to related art micro-truss structures having a series of fully interconnected unit cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Eric C. Clough, Jie Ensberg, Alan J. Jacobsen, Jacob M. Hundley, William Carter, Tobias A. Schaedler
  • Patent number: 10197708
    Abstract: Methods of manufacturing a structure having at least one plated region and at least one unplated region. The method includes plating a metal on a polymer structure having a first region accepting the metal and a second region unreceptive to the metal plating. The first region may include fully-cured polymer optical waveguides and the second region may include partially-cured polymer optical waveguides. The first region may include a first polymer composition and the second region may include a second polymer composition different than the first polymer composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Jacob M. Hundley, Zak C. Eckel, Sophia S. Yang, Alan J. Jacobsen, William Carter
  • Publication number: 20180341181
    Abstract: A system for forming a micro-truss structure including a reservoir having walls and a flat bottom configured to hold a volume of a liquid photomonomer configured to form a photopolymer when exposed to light, a partially transparent mask secured to, or being, the bottom of the reservoir, a release layer on the mask configured to resist adhesion by the photopolymer, and a blocker positioned a first distance below the mask. The system also includes a light source positioned below the blocker configured to produce collimated light suitable for causing conversion of the photomonomer into the photopolymer, and to which the blocker is opaque, and a first mirror, oblique to the blocker, configured to reflect the light from the light source around the blocker and through the mask and into the reservoir. The blocker is positioned to block a straight path of light from the light source to the mask.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Sophia S. Yang, Alan J. Jacobsen, Joanna A. Kolodziejska, Robert E. Doty, William Carter, Jacob M. Hundley
  • Patent number: D840616
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: TTI (Macao Commercial Offshore) Limited
    Inventors: Daniel William Carter, Kwun Yin Chan, Simon Matthew Pougher, Luca Anthony Frondella, Francis McGovern, Sophie Nadia Benaissa Hyde