Patents by Inventor William Richards

William Richards 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: 20170042452
    Abstract: Dimensions of a surface feature are determined by capturing an image of the surface feature and determining a scale associated with the image. Structured light may be projected onto the surface, such that the position of structured light in the captured image allows determination of scale. A non-planar surface may be unwrapped. The surface may alternatively be projected into a plane to correct for the scene being tilted with respect to the camera axis. A border of the surface feature may be input manually by a user. An apparatus and system for implementing the method are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: William Richard Fright, Mark Arthur Nixon, Bruce Clinton McCallum, James Telford George Preddey
  • Publication number: 20170040637
    Abstract: A solid electrolyte material represented by Formula 1: L1+2x(M1)1-x(M2)(M3)4??Formula 1 wherein 0.25<x<1, L is at least one element selected from a Group 1 element, M1 is at least one element selected from a Group 2 element, a Group 3 element, a Group 12 element, and a Group 13 element, M2 is at least one element selected from a Group 5 element, a Group 14 element, and a Group 15 element, and M3 is at least one element selected from a Group 16 element, and wherein the solid electrolyte material has an I-4 crystal structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: Gerbrand CEDER, Jaechul Kim, Lincoln Miara, William Richards, Tomoyuki Tsujimura, Yan Wang, Naoki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9542645
    Abstract: A method for managing synapse plasticity in a neural network includes converting a first set of synapses from a plastic synapse type to a fixed synapse type. The method may also include converting a second set of synapses from the fixed synapse type to the plastic synapse type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Vikram Gupta, Sarah Paige Gibson, Jeffrey Alexander Levin, Ravindra Manohar Patwardhan, Avijit Chakraborty, William Howard Constable, William Richard Bell, II
  • Publication number: 20170000351
    Abstract: A handheld skin monitoring or measuring device includes a camera having a camera optical axis; and a structured light arrangement configured to project three or more laser fan beams such that the laser an beams cross at a crossing point in front of the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventors: William Richard Fright, Brent Stephen Robinson, Shane Robert Goodwin, Bruce Clinton McCallum, Philip John Barclay
  • Publication number: 20160361625
    Abstract: A game board and seating system is used for playing chess and providing comfortable seating for users. The system includes a board frame, a first seat assembly, a second seat assembly, and an inclined game board. The board frame supports the inclined game board, the first seat assembly, and the second seat assembly. The inclined game board is used to play chess and attaches onto the board frame. The first seat assembly and a second seat assembly are used to comfortably seat users while playing. The first seat assembly and the second seat assembly are both mounted to board frame. The system also includes a plurality of game pieces and at least two piece-adjusting arms. Similar to a traditional chessboard, the game pieces are used to play chess. The at least two piece-adjusting arms are used to move hard to reach game pieces on the inclined game board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: William Richard Ballard, Deborah Ann Ballard
  • Publication number: 20160356095
    Abstract: The invention addresses protecting the free ends of communication lines from debris during downhole wet-mate connection in a wellbore, with protection of the lines upon disconnection as well. A reciprocating debris exclusion device is provided for use with upper and lower tools to be connected. The lower tool has a reciprocating cover member mounted for sliding engagement with the housing of the lower tool, the cover member shielding the free end of a communication line. An upper tool has a bladder-type cover member attached to the upper tool and protecting the free end of a communication line. The reciprocating cover member is moveable between a closed and an open position and is moved in response to contact with the upper tool. The bladder cover is movable between closed and open positions and is moved to the open position by contact with the reciprocating cover member of the lower tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: December 8, 2016
    Inventors: Eddie Perez, Bryon Mullen, William Germany, William Richards, William Henderson
  • Publication number: 20160333710
    Abstract: A stationary guide vane includes a top platform, a bottom platform, and a vane body located between the top platform and the bottom platform. The vane body includes one or more cavities formed on a side wall of the vane body. One or more of the cavities are filled with vibration damping material and a vane cover is bonded to the vane body over the one or more containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: November 17, 2016
    Inventors: Carl Brian Klinetob, Stephen J. Lindahl, Myron L. Klein, Andrew Pope, William Richard Ganoe, JR., Thomas D. Kasprow, Douglas J. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20160328646
    Abstract: A method of quantizing a floating point machine learning network to obtain a fixed point machine learning network using a quantizer may include selecting at least one moment of an input distribution of the floating point machine learning network. The method may also include determining quantizer parameters for quantizing values of the floating point machine learning network based at least in part on the at least one selected moment of the input distribution of the floating point machine learning network to obtain corresponding values of the fixed point machine learning network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Publication date: November 10, 2016
    Inventors: Dexu LIN, Venkata Sreekanta Reddy ANNAPUREDDY, David Edward HOWARD, David Jonathan JULIAN, Somdeb MAJUMDAR, William Richard BELL, II
  • Patent number: 9486874
    Abstract: A welding gun includes a control switch combined with a trigger. The control switch features a slide movable to at least first and second positions. In an operating mode, the control switch switches between two differing sets of welding parameters in the first and second positions. In another operating mode, the control switch operates a safety lock-out, allowing activation of the welding gun by the trigger in one position and preventing activation in the other position. For operator convenience, the control switch may be positioned to slide transversely relative to the wire passageway of the weld gun with which the trigger is generally aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: William Richard Giese
  • Publication number: 20160314876
    Abstract: High-data-rate interconnect cables are disclosed, wherein electrical data signals are transmitted in a conductor assembly made of a thin metal layer surrounding a cylindrical support member. The cylindrical support member can be a high-resistivity conductor or a dielectric, such as a glass optical waveguide that supports the transmission of optical signals. The cylindrical support member can also be a core conductor that supports the transmission of electrical power and low-frequency auxiliary signals. The high-data-rate interconnect cables are self-equalizing, so that a data link transmission system that employs the high-data-rate interconnect cable does not require active equalization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Publication date: October 27, 2016
    Inventors: Mathieu Charbonneau-Lefort, Rostislav Radiyevich Khrapko, William Richard Trutna, Richard Clayton Walker
  • Patent number: 9459080
    Abstract: A jet cutter venting apparatus and method for venting gases generated during deflagration. The venting apparatus and method including vent grooves inside the jet cutter providing a pathway for deflagration gases to escape. The venting apparatus and method also may include using notches or holes placed inside the jet cutter to facilitate the venting of gases during deflagration. The venting of the gases during deflagration facilitates pressure relief within the jet cutter and increases safety from accidental detonation during a fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Hunting Titan, Inc.
    Inventors: William Richard Collins, Ian Douglas Rudnik, Mark Allan Pederson
  • Patent number: 9458431
    Abstract: We disclose a particle comprising a matrix coated thereon and having a positive charge, the particle being of a size to allow aggregation of primate or human stem cells attached thereto. The particle may comprise a substantially elongate, cylindrical or rod shaped particle having a longest dimension of between 50 ?m and 400 ?m, such as about 200 ?m. It may have a cross sectional dimension of between 20 ?m and 30 ?m. The particle may comprise a substantially compact or spherical shaped particle having a size of between about 20 ?m and about 120 ?m, for example about 65 ?m. We also disclose a method of propagating primate or human stem cells, the method comprising: providing first and second primate or human stem cells attached to first and second respective particles, allowing the first primate or human stem cell to contact the second primate or human stem cell to form an aggregate of cells and culturing the aggregate to propagate the primate or human stem cells for at least one passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Inventors: Steve Oh, Shaul Reuveny, Jian Li, William Richard Nicholas Birch
  • Publication number: 20160285874
    Abstract: A method for providing secure remote access by a controller is described. The method includes establishing a link through a security service to a client device via a cloud server based on a security token from the client device. The method also includes receiving a command message from the client device for an application program interface (API) located within the controller. The command message is forwarded by the cloud server. The method further includes producing an automation command based on the command message. The API interprets the command message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Inventors: Wallace Eric Smith, David Paul Fay, Erik Frederick, William Richard Clark
  • Publication number: 20160262659
    Abstract: Dimensions of a surface feature are determined by capturing an image of the surface feature and determining a scale associated with the image. Structured light may be projected onto the surface, such that the position of structured light in the captured image allows determination of scale. A non-planar surface may be unwrapped. The surface may alternatively be projected into a plane to correct for the scene being tilted with respect to the camera axis. A border of the surface feature may be input manually by a user. An apparatus and system for implementing the method are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Inventors: William Richard Fright, Mark Arthur Nixon, Bruce Clinton McCallum, James Telford George Preddey
  • FAN
    Publication number: 20160238024
    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: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Applicant: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Jack JOHNSON, Steven Eduard PEET, Christopher Steven HODGSON, Leanne Joyce GARNER, Adam James BATES, William Richard HUNT
  • Publication number: 20160222821
    Abstract: A vibration damping assembly and a method of damping vibration in a gas turbine engine are disclosed. The vibration damping assembly includes a strut configured to couple a fan case and turbine engine case of a turbine engine, a strut cavity disposed within the strut, and vibration damping media disposed in the strut cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: August 4, 2016
    Inventors: Carl Brian Klinetob, William Richard Ganoe, JR., Thomas B. Hyatt, Jason Leroux, Douglas J. Morgan
  • Patent number: 9407094
    Abstract: A method for adaptive load control by an electronic device is described. The method includes determining a wiring mode. The method also includes determining a frequency of a power source. The method further includes capturing a voltage waveform. The method additionally includes capturing a current waveform. The method also includes determining a load type of a load based on the voltage waveform and the current waveform. The method further includes determining a power factor based on the voltage waveform, the current waveform and the wiring mode. The method additionally includes operating the load based on the load type, the power factor and the frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Control4 Corporation
    Inventors: James K. Russell, Luis F. Gomez, Michael Stephenson, William Richard Schonle
  • Patent number: 9404314
    Abstract: The invention addresses ways to protect the free ends of communication lines from debris during downhole connection. A lower assembly, positioned downhole, has a lower connector with a free end of a communication line. An upper assembly is moved downhole and has an upper connector. A reciprocating member with attached protective cover is mounted for movement on the lower assembly. A second reciprocating member with attached protective cover is mounted for reciprocating movement on the upper assembly. The free ends are connected as the upper and lower assemblies are moved toward one another. Upon disconnection, the upper and lower connectors are moved apart and the reciprocating members return to their initial positions, again protecting the free ends of the communication lines. The covers are preferably biased towards a closed position and return to a closed state upon disconnection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Eddie Perez, Bryon Mullen, William Germany, William Richards, William Henderson
  • Patent number: 9391966
    Abstract: A method for providing secure remote access by a controller is described. The method includes sending one or more endpoint requests. The method also includes receiving authentication service endpoint information and connection service endpoint information. The method further includes requesting authentication based on the authentication service endpoint information. Requesting authentication includes requesting license validation. The method also includes sending one or more registration messages based on the connection service endpoint information. The method further includes receiving a session request. The method additionally includes determining controller candidate link information. The method also includes sending the controller candidate link information. The method further includes receiving an automation message based on the controller candidate link information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Control4 Corporation
    Inventors: William Richard Clark, Wallace Eric Smith, John Mar, Andrew Van Uitert, Charles Alexander Hudson, Clinton Perry
  • Patent number: 9388799
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for actuating a shape-memory alloy actuator. An example method comprises a measurement phase, in which a voltage is applied across a bridge comprising a sense resistor to measure the resistance of the shape-memory alloy actuator, and a drive phase, in which a bypass unit is used to bypass the sense resistor while still driving current through the shape-memory alloy actuator in order to drive the shape-memory alloy actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: CAMBRIDGE MECHATRONICS LIMITED
    Inventors: Mark George Easton, David Charles William Richards