Patents by Inventor William V. Smith

William V. Smith 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: 20190265005
    Abstract: A ballistic-resistant garment having an incrementally-adjustable fit, and methods of making and using such a ballistic-resistant garment, whereby the ballistic-resistant garment includes a front panel having a front panel pocket configured to receive a first ballistic-resistant insert; a back panel having a back panel pocket configured to receive a second ballistic-resistant insert; a front panel first fastener coupled to the front panel; and a plurality of discrete back panel first fasteners coupled in spaced apart relation to the back panel, whereby each of the discrete back panel first fasteners is configured to matably engage with the front panel first fastener to provide a first pair of releasably engaged fasteners which couple the front and back panels to fasten the ballistic-resistant garment about a torso of a wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: Angel Armor, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Wellman, Alan V. Morine, Ross M. Hinschberger, William T. Smith, Ryan M. Miller
  • Patent number: 10379271
    Abstract: This disclosure generally relates to retroreflective articles and methods of making such articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Benton Free, Bimal V. Thakkar, Mieczyslaw H. Mazurek, Kenneth L. Smith, Suman K. Patel, William D. Coggio, Mikhail L. Pekurovsky
  • Patent number: 10367999
    Abstract: Techniques to selectively capture media using a single user interface element are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a touch controller, a visual media capture component, and a storage component. The touch controller may be operative to receive a haptic engagement signal. The visual media capture component may be operative to be configured in a capture mode based on whether a haptic disengagement signal is received by the touch controller before expiration of a first timer, the capture mode one of a photo capture mode or video capture mode, the first timer started in response to receiving the haptic engagement signal, the first timer configured to expire after a first preset duration. The storage component may be operative to store visual media captured by the visual media capture component in the configured capture mode. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: William M. Ruben, Daniel J. Smith, II, Nilesh V. Patel, Mykyta Lutsenko, William J. Flynn, Andrei V. C. Gheorghe
  • Patent number: 5898459
    Abstract: A multi-camera programmable pan-and-tilt apparatus comprising a base and a camera mechanism having a first camera and a second camera, with the second camera including a zoom mechanism for varying the zoom magnification of the second camera. The apparatus further has a pan-and-tilt mechanism for moving the cameras with respect to the base, and a video switch receiving the video outputs of the cameras and selecting one for view. The first camera is viewed while the camera mechanism is moved from one scene to another and the second camera is viewed while the camera mechanism is not moving and is paused for observation of a scene. A programmable controller controls the camera mechanism and the pan-and-tilt mechanism, and, while the camera mechanism is moving from one scene to another and the output of the first camera is being viewed, causes the zoom magnification and focus of the second camera to become set to the desired zoom magnification and focus for the next scene position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: Lectrolarm Custom Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: William V. Smith, Alfred M. Alperin
  • Patent number: 5354159
    Abstract: A cable passes over pulleys to precisely control the linear movement of a machine element back and forth along a guideway. The cable path connects multiple pulleys on stationary machine elements to multiple pulleys on the movable machine element, affording mechanical advantage to one driven pulley. A particular arrangement and alignment of the pulleys that pull in one direction with the pulleys that pull in the opposite direction cancel extraneous forces and moments and cause the resultant force to act on the center of gravity of the moving element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Assignee: Excellon Automation
    Inventor: William V. Smith
  • Patent number: 5246316
    Abstract: A method of precisely calibrating a spindle position with respect to a drilling apparatus worktable. The drilling apparatus includes a control device, which calculates an expected relative position of the spindle and the worktable based upon predetermined information, and the controlled movement of the spindle relative to the worktable. The method includes positioning the spindle in a first position, empirically determining the position of the spindle with respect to the worktable in both a first and a second direction, and determining a "correction factor" between the expected spindle position relative to the worktable at the first position and the empirically determined spindle position relative to the worktable in the first and second directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1993
    Assignee: Excellon Automation
    Inventor: William V. Smith
  • Patent number: 4893202
    Abstract: An automatic programming and video camera control system is disclosed in which while the camera operator is operating the video camera system, the control signals generated by the operator are converted to a unique plurality of signals for recordation on a mass storage media, such as a video tape recorder. On playback of the mass storage medium, the recorded signals are reproduced, decoded and used to provide automatic control of the video camera system. A modified video tape recorder may be used in which, during playback of the programmed signals, the video images viewed by the video camera are recorded on the video track portion of the magnetic tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1990
    Assignee: Lectrolarm Custom Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William V. Smith
  • Patent number: 4856054
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for remotely reading at least one of a plurality of utility meters at a subscriber's location using the subscriber's non-dedicated telephone communication line is disclosed in which the device is activated only during a certain time on a predetermined day of the mouth and only after a predetermined number of ring signals are detected on the subscriber's line. An identifying tone signal is generated at the central station and sent to the meter reader at the subscriber's location where it is detected and compared to a pre-set tone signal. Upon acceptance, the meter reader then sequentially reads a plurality of voltages which are produced by applying a pre-determined voltage to a plurality of contacts for each utility meter dial. The voltage applied to the contacts passes through a plurality of zener diodes of different values. The different voltages thus generated correspond to the consumption registered by the utility meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Assignee: Lectrolarm Custom Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William V. Smith
  • Patent number: 4720851
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for remotely reading at least one of a plurality of utility meters at a subscriber's location using the subscriber's non-dedicated telephone communication line is disclosed in which the device is activated only during a certain time on a predetermined day of the month and only after a predetermined number of ring signals are detected on the subscriber's line. An identifying tone signal is generated at the central station and sent to the meter reader at the subscriber's location where it is detected and compared to a pre-set tone signal. Upon acceptance, the meter reader then sequentially reads a plurality of voltages which are produced by applying a pre-determined voltage to a plurality of contacts for each utility meter dial. The voltage applied to the contacts passes through a plurality of zener diodes of different values. The different voltages thus generated correspond to the consumption registered by the utility meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1988
    Assignee: Lectrolarm Custom Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William V. Smith
  • Patent number: 4688815
    Abstract: A hydraulically driven bicycle frame with two axle members coupled to the bicycle frame and front and rear wheels mounted on such axles for rotation about the axis of the respective axle and a pair of pedals mounted on a pedal drive shaft coupled to the bicycle frame for rotation for applying manual power for operating the hydraulic system of the bicycle. The hydraulically driven bicycle has a hydraulic pump mechanism and a hydraulic drive mechanism. The hydraulic pump mechanism is operated by rotational movement of the pedal drive shaft. The hydraulic pump mechanism includes a pump housing having two sectional pump housing members that form a pump chamber between them. The two sectional pump housing members are capable of relative movement with respect to each other so that the pump chamber is capable of being varied in size for varying the flow of fluid through the pump mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1987
    Assignee: Lectrolarm Custom Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William V. Smith
  • Patent number: 4675672
    Abstract: A control system is provided for selectively generating one of a plurality of control signals with each signal corresponding to a particular predesignated function of a system such as a video camera system. Such a video camera system includes a plurality of video cameras, each of which can be individually controlled. The output signals from the control system are generated in response to constant voltage input signals produced by an input circuit. The input circuit is coupled to a control circuit associated with a video camera through a transmission line over which different constant level voltage input signals are transmitted. The input circuit enables the operator to first select the particular camera to be controlled and then to transmit the input signals to the control circuit for the selected camera. The voltage level of the input signal which is transmitted is selected from among a plurality of predetermined levels in dependence upon the control function to be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Assignee: Lectrolarm Custom Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William V. Smith
  • Patent number: 4570163
    Abstract: A control system is provided for selectively generating one of a plurality of control signals with each signal corresponding to a particular predesignated function of a system such as a video camera system. Such a video camera system includes a plurality of video cameras, each of which can be individually controlled. The output signals from the control system are generated in response to constant voltage input signals produced by an input circuit. The input circuit is coupled to a control circuit associated with a video camera through a transmission line over which different constant level voltage input signals are transmitted. The input circuit enables the operator to first select the particular camera to be controlled and then to transmit the input signals to the control circuit for the selected camera. The voltage level of the input signal which is transmitted is selected from among a plurality of predetermined levels in dependence upon the control function to be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1986
    Assignee: Lectrolarm Custom Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William V. Smith
  • Patent number: 4543609
    Abstract: A television surveillance system is disclosed. A first embodiment of the invention is a system for selecting sectors of rotation of a camera that are contained within predetermined angular limits of rotation of the camera. The system for selecting sectors of rotation include a camera, rotating means for rotating the camera within and between predetermined angular limits, and a mechanism for selectively limiting the rotation of the camera to a sector contained within the predetermined angular limits, and a mechanism for selectively limiting the rotation of the camera to a sector contained within the predetermined angular limits. A second embodiment of the invention is a system for changing the mode of operation of a camera from a first mode to a second mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1985
    Assignee: Lectrolarm Custom Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William V. Smith
  • Patent number: 4534021
    Abstract: An apparatus for optically reading a recording medium having information tracks disposed on alternating inclined recording surfaces preferably arranged in separate but alternately interposed spirals inclined at different angles on the medium. The apparatus includes photodetectors for detecting light reflected from each of the tracks, and circuitry for controllably combining the signals from the photodetectors to minimize crosstalk in the recovered signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1985
    Assignee: Discovision Associates
    Inventor: William V. Smith
  • Patent number: 4468700
    Abstract: During a scanning operation of a camera as the camera moves along its predetermined path, it is occasionally necessary to readjust the iris of the camera due to varying light conditions occurring over a period of time. A control mechanism is incorporated within the lens system of the camera for enabling intermittent automatic adjustment of the iris at one or more predetermined positions along the path of movement of the camera or at preselected time intervals during the scanning operation. A drive motor acts for driving the iris to vary the size of the iris and such drive motor operates in response to signals received from a motor control circuit. In order to generate signals for adjusting the iris the light from the scene being viewed by the camera, e.g. the light passing through the lens, is measured and compared with a predetermined standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1984
    Assignee: Lectrolarm Custom Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William V. Smith
  • Patent number: 4404923
    Abstract: A heat alarm for releasing a strong readily noticeable odor when subjected to heat above a preselected level. A glass container having an elongated breakable neck portion is filled with an odoriferous fluid. When the neck portion is broken, the fluid can escape from the container. The fluid upon contact with the atmosphere creates a strong odor the presence of which is immediately apparent to all persons within the surrounding area. A heat reactive member that bends upon being subjected to heat above a preselected level is arranged around the neck portion of the container. When this heat reactive member is subjected to heat above the preselected level, the member bends and breaks the neck portion of the container thereby enabling the fluid to escape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1983
    Assignee: Lectrolarm Custom Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William V. Smith
  • Patent number: 4369467
    Abstract: A video camera monitoring system includes a plurality of video cameras and a control system provided for selecting one of the cameras to be controlled and causing a plurality of control signals to control various functions of the camera with each signal corresponding to a particular predesignated function. The video cameras of the system can each be individually controlled or controlled simultaneously from a single set of controls at an input console. A separate control circuit is associated with each video camera and is arranged at the location of the camera. Both the control circuit and the camera are provided with power from a source located at the camera location. The output signals from each control circuit are generated in response to constant voltage input signals produced on an input line of the control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1983
    Assignee: Lectrolarm Custom Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William V. Smith
  • Patent number: 4364332
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a automatic egg collection system that comprises an elongated integrally constructed housing including two spaced apart rows of individual laying nests that are inclined such that the eggs laid in the respective nests are induced by gravity to move inwardly towards a common central conveying system that collects eggs from each row of nests and conveys them from the housing structure to a central collection area. The nest and complete housing is unitized to form a relatively simple single structure. When installed, respective nesting housings can be aligned to receive and cooperate with one central conveyor system for collecting eggs within a laying house.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1982
    Inventor: William V. Smith
  • Patent number: 4321625
    Abstract: A control system is provided for selectively generating one of a plurality of control signals with each signal corresponding to a particular predesignated function of a system such as a video camera system. Such a video camera system includes a plurality of video cameras, each of which can be individually controlled. The output signals from the control system are generated in response to constant voltage input signals produced by an input circuit. The input circuit is coupled to a control circuit associated with a video camera through a transmission line over which different constant level voltage input signals are transmitted. The input circuit enables the operator to first select the particular camera to be controlled and then to transmit the input signals to the control circuit for the selected camera. The voltage level of the input signal which is transmitted is selected from among a plurality of predetermined levels in dependence upon the control function to be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1982
    Assignee: Lectrolarm Custom Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William V. Smith
  • Patent number: 4314278
    Abstract: A control system is provided capable of selectively providing one of a plurality of control signals with each signal corresponding to a particular predesignated function of a system such as a video camera system. The output signals from the control system are generated in response to constant voltage input signals produced by an input circuit. The input circuit is coupled to a control circuit through a single transmission line over which different constant level voltage signals are transmitted. The voltage level of the input signal which is transmitted is selected from among a plurality of predetermined levels in dependence upon the control function to be achieved. The control circuit, in turn, receives the input signals and in response thereto will activate one of a plurality of switches for providing a corresponding output signal which serves to enable an appropriate camera function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1982
    Assignee: Lectrolarm Custom Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William V. Smith