Patents by Inventor William J. Robbins

William J. Robbins 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: 10545653
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments, a method includes displaying a representation of a first automatically-generated playlist, the representation of the first automatically-generated playlist including representations of a first set of media items selected for inclusion in the first automatically-generated playlist based on first playlist generation criteria for the first automatically-generated playlist. While displaying the first automatically-generated playlist, detecting user interaction with the representations of the first set of media items, and then detecting that a first update criterion for the first automatically-generated playlist has been met. In response, the method includes updating the first set of media items based on the first playlist generation criteria and the user interaction with the representations of the first set of media items—by adding or removing one or more removed media items from the first set of media items, and/or maintaining media items in the first set of media items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Alan C. Dye, Christopher P. Foss, Cyrus Daniel Irani, David Chance Graham, Drew Domm, Eric Lance Wilson, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Matthew Joseph Cielak, Monika Ewa Gromeck, Ofer Morag, Prashant J. Desai, Stephen Olivier Lemay, Taylor Gerard Carrigan, William Martin Bachman
  • Patent number: 10478717
    Abstract: Augmented reality and physical game techniques are described. In one or more implementations, an indication is received by a computing device of a location of a physical gaming piece of a game. An augmentation is computed based on the indication by the computing device to be displayed as part of the game. The augmentation is displayed by the computing device on a display device that is at least partially transparent such that a physical portion of the game is viewable through the display device concurrently with the augmentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Steven John Robbins, William J. Westerinen, Lisa M. Hanson, Sung Ho Son, Richard J. Wattles
  • Publication number: 20190338476
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a base having a length in a first direction, a height in a second direction different from the first direction, and a depth in a third direction different from the first direction and the second direction. The base includes at least one sidewall having an outer surface, an inner surface, and an edge defining an open end of a cavity within the base. The base also includes a plurality of ribs extending from the inner surface of the at least one sidewall toward the open end of the cavity. The ribs of the plurality of ribs are separated from one another along the first direction. The base further includes at least one tube extending from the inner surface of the at least one sidewall toward the open end of the cavity. The apparatus also includes at least one plaque removably attached to the outer surface of base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Inventor: William J. Robbins
  • Publication number: 20190313355
    Abstract: Methods and systems provide synchronized sharing of multimedia between multiple devices. The multiple devices may form an ad-hoc network for sharing of multimedia. In an embodiment, group members may have playlist manipulation privileges such as pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding, or adding tracks to the playlist. A system may stream or distribute content according to the shared playlist. Playback may be synchronized for group members so that everyone is exposed to a same part of the content as the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 10, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Alsina, Taylor G. Carrigan, Szu-Wen Huang, Eric S. Lee, William M. Bachman, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Steve S. Gedikian, Nicholas J. Paulson, Gregory R. Chapman, David P. Saracino, Steven P. Bischoff
  • Patent number: 10388073
    Abstract: Augmented reality light guide display techniques are described. In one or more implementations, an apparatus includes a housing configured in a hand-held form factor, one or more sensors configured to detect a position and orientation of the housing in three dimensions in a physical environment of the housing, a light guide that is at least partially transparent and supported by the housing, a light engine that is optically coupled to the light guide, and one or more modules disposed within the housing and implemented at least partially in hardware. The one or more modules are configured to calculate a position and orientation of an augmentation and cause the light engine to output the augmentation for display using the light guide such that the augmentation is viewable concurrently with at least a portion of the physical environment through the light guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: William J. Westerinen, Steven John Robbins, Rajeev Badyal, Rod G. Fleck
  • Publication number: 20190242077
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a base having a length in a first direction, a height in a second direction different from the first direction, and a depth in a third direction different from the first direction and the second direction. The base includes at least one sidewall having an outer surface, an inner surface, and an edge defining an open end of a cavity within the base. The base also includes a plurality of ribs extending from the inner surface of the at least one sidewall toward the open end of the cavity. The ribs of the plurality of ribs are separated from one another along the first direction. The base further includes at least one tube extending from the inner surface of the at least one sidewall toward the open end of the cavity. The apparatus also includes at least one plaque removably attached to the outer surface of base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventor: William J. Robbins
  • Patent number: 10370806
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a base having a length in a first direction, a height in a second direction different from the first direction, and a depth in a third direction different from the first direction and the second direction. The base includes at least one sidewall having an outer surface, an inner surface, and an edge defining an open end of a cavity within the base. The base also includes a plurality of ribs extending from the inner surface of the at least one sidewall toward the open end of the cavity. The ribs of the plurality of ribs are separated from one another along the first direction. The base further includes at least one tube extending from the inner surface of the at least one sidewall toward the open end of the cavity. The apparatus also includes at least one plaque removably attached to the outer surface of base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: RubberForm Recycled Products, LLC
    Inventor: William J. Robbins
  • Patent number: 6879251
    Abstract: An electrical input signal from a vehicle's safety system actuates an electronic switch to close a by-pass circuit that circumvents a manual control for hazard lights. As a result, the hazard lights are automatically activated in response to the input signal upon actuation from the safety system and without manual intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventors: William J. Robbins, Allan Solomon
  • Publication number: 20030201886
    Abstract: An electrical input signal from a vehicle's safety system actuates an electronic switch to close a by-pass circuit that circumvents a manual control for hazard lights. As a result, the hazard lights are automatically activated in response to the input signal upon actuation from the safety system and without manual intervention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Inventors: William J. Robbins, Allan Solomon
  • Patent number: 5000153
    Abstract: A game and sport device which can be used to repeatably mold and accurately throw snowballs as launched missiles. It comprises a hollow plastic shaft having a cup used for molding and holding a snowball at one or both ends. Snowballs are held in place by snow compacted into a series of 360.degree. grooves inside each end cup. They are launched into flight at about the zenith of the throwing motion when the force of the throw exceeds the shear force of the snow where it is compacted into the grooves. The widest cup diameter occurs at the cup mouth and the snowballs are discharged from the device as a single mass of material. Two cups each having a different groove pattern, sizes or the like can be provided at opposite ends of the device to allow opportunity for cup selection to compensate for various snow conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Assignee: Sun Products International, Inc.
    Inventors: K. DeMarr Zimmerman, William J. Robbins, Jr.
  • Patent number: D625677
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventors: William J. Robbins, Sr., Deborah A. Robbins