Patents by Inventor William Johnson

William Johnson 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: 10186910
    Abstract: Various embodiments are described that relate to directing of a signal. An incoming signal can be compared to a threshold voltage. If the signal does not meet the threshold voltage, then the signal can be used for normal usage, such as communication with a software-defined radio. However, if the signal does meet the threshold, then the signal can be directed away from normal usage. In one example, the signal can be directed away from a communication component and directed to an energy harvesting component that charges a battery of the software-defined radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Rex Johnson, Marianne Lazzaro, Matthew Lazzaro, William Toth
  • Publication number: 20190008352
    Abstract: An autonomous floor cleaning robot includes a body, a controller supported by the body, a drive supporting the body to maneuver the robot across a floor surface in response to commands from the controller, and a pad holder attached to an underside of the body to hold a removable cleaning pad during operation of the robot. The pad includes a mounting plate and a mounting surface. The mounting plate is attached to the mounting surface. The robot includes a pad sensor to sense a feature on the pad and to generate a signal based on the feature, which is defined in part by a cutout on the card backing. The mounting plate enables the pad sensor to detect the feature. The controller is responsive to the signal to perform operations including selecting a cleaning mode based on the signal, and controlling the robot according to a selected cleaning mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Ping-Hong Lu, Joseph M. Johnson, Daniel Foran, Marcus Williams, Andrew Graziani
  • Publication number: 20190008503
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a surgical device configured to deliver implants and a method of repairing damaged tissue, such as meniscus tears. One exemplary surgical device includes a cannula and a pusher moveable within the cannula to deploy a plurality of implants. Movement of the pusher in the distal direction deploys a distal-most implant and moves any additional implants distally within the cannula. Thus, multiple implants can be loaded into the cannula and deployed using one pusher. The disclosed arrangement is easy to use and has fewer component parts compared to prior devices, which in turn increases the ease of manufacture and reduces cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua Joseph Michalik, Kenneth T. Helenbolt, Andrew Osika, Timothy J. Haughton, Marshall Dean, Omar Bermudez, Charles William Sears, Timothy N. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10174764
    Abstract: Described is a fan assembly comprising a body comprising an inlet, an outlet, and means for generating an air flow. The fan assembly also comprises a nozzle mountable on the body for receiving the air flow from the body and for emitting the air flow and a nozzle retaining means for releasably retaining the nozzle on the body. The nozzle retaining means has a first configuration in which the nozzle is retained on the body and a second configuration in which the nozzle is released for removal from the body. The fan assembly also comprises a manually actuable member located on the nozzle for effecting movement of the nozzle retaining means from the first configuration to the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Jack Johnson, Steven Eduard Peet, Christopher Steven Hodgson, Leanne Joyce Garner, Adam James Bates, William Richard Hunt
  • Patent number: 10156386
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment of the invention, there is provided a system for cooling a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen J. Bartlett, William Johnson, Mark Collins, Sergei Syssoev, Michael J. Eacobacci
  • Publication number: 20180336099
    Abstract: A method for execution by a dispersed storage and task (DST) processing unit that includes a processor includes receiving an access request from a requesting entity via a network indicating an original data object. At least one read request is generated for transmission to at least one storage unit indicating a plurality of encoded original data slices associated with the original data object. A regenerated original data object is generated by utilizing a decoding scheme on the plurality of encoded original data slice. A transformed data object is generated for transmission to the requesting entity via the network by utilizing a transformation function on the first regenerated original data object based on an entity identifier associated with the requesting entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventor: Trent William Johnson
  • Publication number: 20180334326
    Abstract: An automated storage and retrieval system includes a first independently operable section having a first number of predetermined storage and retrieval transactions, and a second independently operable section in communication with the first independently operable section and having a second number of predetermined storage and retrieval transactions. The first and second independently operable sections are configured to provide a respective number of predetermined storage and retrieval transactions so that the first number of predetermined storage and retrieval transactions substantially matches the second number of predetermined storage and retrieval transactions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Larry Sweet, Kil Kwak, Kirill Pankratov, Russell G. Barbour, William Johnson, Juergen D. Conrad, Juergen Baumbach, Ronald Kyslinger
  • Patent number: 10114696
    Abstract: A method for execution by a dispersed storage and task (DST) processing unit that includes a processor includes receiving an access request from a requesting entity via a network indicating an original data object. At least one read request is generated for transmission to at least one storage unit indicating a plurality of encoded original data slices associated with the original data object. A regenerated original data object is generated by utilizing a decoding scheme on the plurality of encoded original data slice. A transformed data object is generated for transmission to the requesting entity via the network by utilizing a transformation function on the first regenerated original data object based on an entity identifier associated with the requesting entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Trent William Johnson
  • Patent number: 10088550
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for updating the location information for a gas detector device. A gas detector device may comprise a wireless scanner operable to receive information from one or more passive tags. In some cases, the passive tags may comprise location information. When the gas detector scans a passive tag, the location information stored on the gas detector may be updated accordingly. In some cases, the subsequent readings of the gas detector may be associated with the updated location information. In some cases, the passive tags may be located at critical areas within a facility, such as entrances or exits to locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kirk William Johnson, Mahdi Javer, Stephen Mroszczak
  • Publication number: 20180267003
    Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for completing processes on a gas detector device using near-field communication between the gas detector device and an NFC tag. The NFC tag may communicate instructions or information to the gas detector device. The NFC tag may be located on or near a gas testing system, comprising gas deliver tube(s), gas tank(s), as well as other elements. In some embodiments, the gas detector device may comprise a single button to simplify interactions with the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Kirk William JOHNSON, Kelly ENGLOT, Stephen MROSZCZAK
  • Patent number: 10051092
    Abstract: A method and device is provided for managing data transmission on a network. The device includes Transparent Interceptor for transparently intercepting socket connections from first parties to one or more second parties. A signal socket connection is established to each second party. When one or more first parties request a data stream to a second party, the device distributes the data stream obtained from the second party through the single socket connection to one or more first parties. Data processor of the device may operate on data contents from the first or second party. A customized protocol may be used for the data transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Frederico Jones, Mark Brady Jorgenson, Robert William Johnson, William Michael Bova, Erin Irene Hayhoe
  • Patent number: 10035650
    Abstract: An automated storage and retrieval system includes a first independently operable section having a first number of predetermined storage and retrieval transactions, and a second independently operable section in communication with the first independently operable section and having a second number of predetermined storage and retrieval transactions. The first and second independently operable sections are configured to provide a respective number of predetermined storage and retrieval transactions so that the first number of predetermined storage and retrieval transactions substantially matches the second number of predetermined storage and retrieval transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Symbotic LLC
    Inventors: Larry Sweet, Kil D. Kwak, Kirill Pankratov, Russell G. Barbour, William Johnson, Juergen D. Conrad, Juergen Baumbach, Ronald Kyslinger
  • Publication number: 20180112303
    Abstract: A feedstock for a thermal spray process is disclosed. The feedstock includes fly ash derived from coal combustion. A method for coating an article is disclosed. The method includes applying the feedstock as a coating precursor by a thermal spray process. The fly ash preferentially forms a coating disposed on a substrate of the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: Leo Vinod Marcus ANTONY, Kurt William JOHNSON, Randall Lee PRICE, Matthew Eric JENNINGS
  • Publication number: 20180092448
    Abstract: An apparatus includes three nail grooming structures each of varying sandpaper densities to allow the user to select the best one for optimum nail smoothness and when finished filing, an integrated outer cap is rotated to over a location which no longer exposes the grit surfaces so as to protect them from damage and maintain cleanliness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Tamra Lynn Johnson, Paul William Johnson, Duane Alan Lundin, Warren Matthew Johnson
  • Publication number: 20180093937
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for the production of an ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid or ester, preferably ?,? ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acids or esters, by the liquid phase reaction of formaldehyde or a suitable source thereof with a non-cyclic carboxylic acid ester in the presence of a basic metal salt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Inventors: Graham Ronald EASTHAM, David William JOHNSON, Mark WAUGH, Jonathan Ainsley IGGO, MICHAEL BEAUMONT
  • Publication number: 20180056751
    Abstract: An auxiliary heater with a casing enclosing internal components which components include a heat exchanger separate from and outside the coolant tank and wherein two coolant loops each have their own coolant pumps and wherein a potable water loop exchanges heat with coolant within the heat exchanger. A control circuit provides enhanced coolant flow through the heat exchanger when the call for hot water is significant without significantly reducing the temperature of the hot water being used. A level switch within the coolant tank prevents coolant pumps from running without pump coolant and a filling and air purging operation improves the initial filling operation of the auxiliary heater with coolant and also prevents the coolant pump from running dry. A user switch may dedicate the hot coolant from the coolant tank to either the production of hot potable water or it may share both hot water and space heating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL THERMAL RESEARCH LTD.
    Inventors: NADER KIAROSTAMI, VICTOR WILLIAM JOHNSON, REZA SONAVI
  • Patent number: 9890103
    Abstract: A method of extracting (meth)acrylic acid from an aqueous reaction medium into an organic phase in contact therewith is described. The aqueous reaction medium is formed from at least one base catalyst and at least one dicarboxylic acid selected from maleic, fumaric, malic, itaconic, citraconic, mesaconic, and citramalic acid or mixtures thereof in aqueous solution and contains the base catalyzed decarboxylation products of the base catalyzed reaction. The method includes either the addition of at least one of the said dicarboxylic acids and/or a pre-cursor thereof to the aqueous reaction medium to enhance the solvent extraction of the (meth)acrylic acid into the organic solvent or maintaining the level of base catalyst to dicarboxylic acid and/or pre-cursor at a sub-stoichiometric level during the extraction process. The method extends to a process of producing (meth)acrylic acid, its esters and polymers and copolymers thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: LUCITE INTERNATIONAL UK LIMITED
    Inventors: David William Johnson, Graham Ronald Eastham, Martyn Poliakoff, Thomas Andrew Huddle
  • Publication number: 20180018228
    Abstract: A method for execution by a dispersed storage and task (DST) processing unit that includes a processor includes receiving an access request from a requesting entity via a network indicating an original data object. At least one read request is generated for transmission to at least one storage unit indicating a plurality of encoded original data slices associated with the original data object. A regenerated original data object is generated by utilizing a decoding scheme on the plurality of encoded original data slice. A transformed data object is generated for transmission to the requesting entity via the network by utilizing a transformation function on the first regenerated original data object based on an entity identifier associated with the requesting entity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Inventor: Trent William Johnson
  • Publication number: 20180013288
    Abstract: A system includes a converter configured to be coupled between an energy storage unit and a grid and a control circuit configured to detect frequency and voltage variations of the grid and to responsively cause the converter to transfer power and reactive components to and/or from the grid. The control circuit may implement a power control loop having an inner frequency control loop and a reactive component control loop having an inner voltage control loop. The control circuit may provide feedforward from the inner frequency control loop to the inner voltage control loop to inhibit reactive component transfer in response to a voltage variation deviation of the grid due to a power transfer between the energy storage unit and the grid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Mengbin Yang, Pasi Taimela, Tony Olivo, Robert William Johnson, JR., Gopi Balakrishnan
  • Publication number: 20180002981
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to control architectural opening covering assemblies are disclosed herein. An architectural covering assembly including an architectural covering; a tube to which the architectural covering is coupled; a manual controller operatively coupled to the tube to rotate the tube; a motor including a motor housing and a motor shaft; and a clutch assembly including a clutch and a clutch housing in which the clutch is disposed, the motor shaft coupled to the clutch and the clutch coupled to the manual controller to hold the motor shaft substantially stationary when the architectural covering is moved under an influence of the motor to cause the motor housing to rotate with the clutch housing and the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Publication date: January 4, 2018
    Inventors: Wendell B. Colson, Daniel M. Fogarty, Paul G. Swiszcz, Kevin M. Dann, William Johnson, Jörg Bohlen