Occupation Patents (Class 434/219)
  • Publication number: 20030027115
    Abstract: To the best of our knowledge there is no game—board game or CD-ROM—currently on the market that allows individuals to learn about professional behavior in a fun, interactive manner, Anyone who holds a job or is trying to obtain one will be able to benefit from this game. “Help! Was That a Career Limiting Move?” will be unlike any other learning tool previously used in business training settings, and will be the first game of its kind on the market.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2001
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventors: Marjorie Brody, Pam Holland
  • Patent number: 6514085
    Abstract: Methods and Systems for training a user regarding controlling a device. Through these methods and systems a user may remotely access a device in order to perform an assignment or task designed to train the user in the operation of the device. The user is able to access the devices through a user computer that is remotely connected to a pod controller. This connection may traverse a Internet or Intra-net, or it may be a direct connection. The pod controller receives device control information sent from the user and translates it so it can be directly fed into the device, thus, providing the user with actual control over the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Element K Online LLC
    Inventors: Terrance C. Slattery, Shawn G. Coville
  • Patent number: 6514079
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and method of interactive multimedia teaching and learning, through the use of audiovisual presentations. The invention provides a computer based multimedia presentation which may include pictures, sound, graphics and text to provide a trainee with a presentation regarding the performance of an occupational skill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: RuMe Interactive
    Inventors: Kevin McMenimen, Matthew P. Sack
  • Publication number: 20030022145
    Abstract: The general learning support system comprises a preliminarily learning unit 50, an information providing unit 20, an input unit 53 and a post leaning unit 55. The preliminarily learning unit 50 provides, for preliminary learning, first information about a situation to be experienced by a learner. The information providing unit 20 provides second information to the learner who preliminary learned the first information by using the preliminary learning unit 50 such that the learner experiences the situation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2002
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Applicant: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiya Kobayashi, Hayato Honma
  • Publication number: 20030022139
    Abstract: A system and method for providing education that includes a database of educational material and a user interface. When prompted by a user through the user interface, the system provides a specific educational session from the database that is directed to satisfying a present business need/solution (e.g., a need for a specific legally binding written document with a customer or supplier). With the invention, the educational session produces a completed version of the legally binding written document. The user interface preferably includes a decision tree providing options for the user to select from different computerized educational sessions relating only to the present business need/solution. While the database includes educational material relating to many business needs/solutions, the decision tree limits user access to only those educational sessions relating to the present business need/solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventors: Debra M. Adams, Dillon B. Edwards
  • Publication number: 20030017438
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are presented for an augmented reality-based firefighter training system. The system includes hardware for motion tracking, display, and vari-nozzle instrumentation. System software includes a real-time fire model, a layered smoke obscuration model, simulation of an extinguishing agent, and an interface to a zone fire model. Physical modeling and graphical elements in the software combine to create realistic-looking fire, smoke, and extinguishing graphics. The hardware and software components together contribute to a realistic, interactive training experience for firefighters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Publication date: January 23, 2003
    Inventors: John Franklin Ebersole, Todd Joseph Furlong, John Franklin Ebersole
  • Publication number: 20020182572
    Abstract: A sanitation department educational toy including a plurality of action figurines representing sanitation workers. A plurality of cleaning implements are also included as well as a plurality of sanitation vehicles. The action figurines, cleaning implements, and sanitation vehicles can all be arranged and used to simulate daily activities of sanitation workers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventor: Steve Steurenthal
  • Publication number: 20020164565
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for educating an individual with the skills necessary to perform a new job, as well as providing the individual with practical work experience by providing the individual with work to perform, where the work is capable of being performed by someone having the individual's skill level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2001
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dimitri Kanevsky, Peter G. Fairweather, Sara H. Basson
  • Patent number: 6464505
    Abstract: An educational system to enhance the benefits derived from home schooling. A Home Schooling Program Center is established to coordinate between an existing school district and the home schooling units (i.e. the parent (s) and the student being home schooled). This Center enrolls the home school student as a student in the school district and assists the home school parents in accomplishing the proper education of the student. Various educational equipment, texts and other aids are provided. The home school students are periodically tested and gain full credit as other students enrolled in the school program, so that the student could qualify for further education and be fully certified high school graduates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Inventor: Rodney W. Pocock
  • Publication number: 20020142273
    Abstract: A business process learning aid includes functions for assisting a user/learner in carrying out tasks associated with completing the business process wherein the functions include a task resource that assists the user/learner in performing a task within the process. The task resource allows the user/learner to selectively access portions of the learning aid wherein process actions are identified with scenario links. Upon linking to the scenario the user/learner is instructed via a demonstrative operation of the actions that the user/learner must take to complete the associated process task. Optionally, the user/learner can initiate audio instructional accompaniment for assistance in the learning experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Inventors: James T. Dollins, Paul J. Okoniewski
  • Publication number: 20020142274
    Abstract: A human resources mixture skill development method suitable for being used by an entity comprises: a human resources mixture skill definition step that defines achievement in skill items of a human resources mixture required by the entity; a human resources mixture skill measurement step that measures achievement in the skill items of the current human resources mixture of the entity; and a first training path calculation step that generates training paths including combinations of a plurality of training courses so as to fill in differences between the achievement in the skill items defined in the human resources mixture definition step and the achievement in the skill items measured in the human resources mixture skill measurement step, and derives a training path that has the best value of numeric data, each of the numeric data being preassigned to each of the training courses, from a plurality of the training paths generated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Applicant: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Akio Fujino
  • Publication number: 20020119430
    Abstract: A system for training and certifying hypnotists, and for referring patients to appropriately certified hypnotists for behavior modification therapy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2002
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventor: Alexander Goen Szynalski
  • Patent number: 6435878
    Abstract: An interactive automatic system and technique for measuring and training of mental ability. In the illustrative embodiment, the invention is implemented on a computer which automatically presents a variety of visual and auditory stimuli. The system then measures reaction to the stimuli, adjusts certain stimulus parameters, and provides scores in response thereto. The scores are tabulated and displayed for analysis. In particular embodiments, the invention tests for physical reaction time, perceptual awareness thresholds, attention level, speed, efficiency and capacity of information processing by the brain and elementary cognitive processes, including memory, memory access and decision-making speed. The invention measures, identifies and quantifies noise in the subject's brain and elementary cognitive processing system, and the information exchange rate between the subject's left and right brain hemispheres.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: BCI, LLC
    Inventors: Josh Reynolds, Jeremy Knight
  • Publication number: 20020110794
    Abstract: A book cover for retaining objects is presented including a front panel and back panel hingedly connected to form a book cover. A window extends outward from the front panel in the book cover, forming an enclosure for retaining objects between the cover and a surface proximate to the cover. The window can be clear, displaying the objects held in place thereby, and the book cover may include a closure mechanism to prevent the window from opening and letting the pieces out. The book cover may also be incorporated into an educational activity book comprising a front panel and a back panel connected to form a book cover. Puzzle pieces may be provided in one embodiment for inclusion in the cover of the book in order to assist in teaching children object association and enhancing their coordination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventors: William Derraugh, Michael Morris
  • Publication number: 20020106616
    Abstract: A system for providing training in semiconductor manufacturing system operation techniques in which a system training server and a user terminal are interconnected via a circuit is provided in which the system training server stores at least one program for conducting simulation related to a semiconductor manufacturing system, receives simulation condition data related to the semiconductor manufacturing system that were input to the user terminal by the user and transmitted from the user terminal via the circuit, executes the stored program based on the received condition data, and transmits result data of the simulation conducted by the executed program to the user terminal via the circuit. Since the user is therefore trained by providing the user with the result data through the user terminal, effective training can be conducted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Publication date: August 8, 2002
    Inventors: Minoru Nakano, Tsuyoshi Saito
  • Publication number: 20020098464
    Abstract: A computer-aided learning method and apparatus for a learning user to learn materials inexpensively. Not only does the apparatus provide the user the freedom as to where and when to learn, and the guidance as to what to learn, the apparatus also reduces a significant hurdle to learning—Tuition. The apparatus retrieves a user identifier entered by the user, and determines whether the user is a learning user or an institute user. If the user is a learning user, the apparatus allows the user to access information regarding learning materials. If the user is an institute user, the apparatus permits the user to access information regarding at least one learning user. The institute user might be interested to use the apparatus to recruit employees to fill job openings. A learning user pays significantly less than an institute user to access information, so as to encourage the learning user to work on learning materials. The apparatus can also track and update information regarding the users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2002
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, John P. Del Favero,, Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 6416328
    Abstract: An interconnective and interrelational information system comprising at least one computer having an input member, an output member and an storage member. At least one of the at least one computers includes a managing structure, a data storage structure and a training structure. The managing structure manages at least one process. The data storage structure is associated with the process managing structure, and includes at least one item of data pertaining to the at least one process. The training structure facilitates the training of at least one employee to complete the processes identified in the process managing structure. The training structure interfaces with the process managing structure and with the data storage structure, to, in turn, obtain the necessary item of data from the data storage structure to provide training to the at least one employee for the at least one process. The invention further includes methods of managing processes and training employees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Inventor: John F. Callahan
  • Patent number: 6409514
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing training activities are disclosed. In one embodiment, the invention is a method including scheduling the worker for a selected class in response to user input, tracking an available class the worker might attend; electronically determining whether the available class is the selected class; querying the worker about attending the available class if the available class is the selected class; receiving the worker's reply to the query; and enrolling the worker in the available class responsive to the reply. In another embodiment, the invention is a method including tracking a worker's training information; tracking information regarding a class available for the worker to attend; comparing the training information with the available class information; and automatically electronically contacting the worker regarding attending the available class responsive to the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Micron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Bull
  • Patent number: 6398556
    Abstract: A computer-aided learning method and apparatus for a learning user to learn materials inexpensively. Not only does the apparatus provide the user the freedom as to where and when to learn, and the guidance as to what to learn, the apparatus also reduces a significant hurdle to learning—Tuition. The apparatus retrieves a user identifier entered by the user, and determines whether the user is a learning user or an institute user. If the user is a learning user, the apparatus allows the user to access information regarding learning materials. If the user is an institute user, the apparatus permits the user to access information regarding at least one learning user. The institute user might be interested to use the apparatus to recruit employees to fill job openings. A learning user pays significantly less than an institute user to access information, so as to encourage the learning user to work on learning materials. The apparatus can also track and update information regarding the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, John P. Del Favero, Jr., Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 6390822
    Abstract: A system for training an individual phrases associated with a job and in a language foreign to the individual. The system includes a first list of phrases associated with the job in a language native to the individual and a second list of phrases associated with the job in a language foreign to the individual. Each of the phrases in the second list corresponds to a different one of the phrases in the first list. Illustrative icons and audio formats are also available to further enhance the learning and recognition of the foreign words.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Inventors: David Wayne Murphy, Gary Lee Collins
  • Patent number: 6386803
    Abstract: A drill (100) for drilling a material (104) with a drill bit (102) which is specially adapted for use by inexperienced users is provided. The drill (100) includes a rotatable helix screw (132) having a helix groove (134). A support block (136) travels up and down the helix screw (132) when the helix screw (132) is rotated via a handle section (120). A key pin (138) is mounted in the support block (136) to ride in the helix groove (134). Preferably, the center of mass of the support block (136) is tangential to the helix screw (132). A short level section (304) is formed in the bottom of the helix groove (134) such that the key pin (138) rests in the level section (304) when not in use. The drill (100) may comprise an overhead support mechanism (108) for rotatably supporting the drill (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: DuPage Children's Museum
    Inventors: Richard Sparber, Paul E. Maass
  • Publication number: 20020051956
    Abstract: A system and method for remote learning, such as in the area of compensation and benefits for costs and benefits personnel and professionals. The method can include receiving over a computer network a user request to access a remote course, providing course material for the requested, and providing a virtual picture frame wherein the frame surrounds the course material and includes one or more links to executable applications relevant to the requested course. The method can further include receiving a user request to access through a link in the virtual picture frame an executable application, executing the application and providing a display of the content of the application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2001
    Publication date: May 2, 2002
    Inventor: David J. Thomsen
  • Patent number: 6375470
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for training individuals in the work place that utilizes a specific process to facilitate work place alliance-building by focusing on interpersonal skills and abilities found in instinctive behavior patterns, the mature brain, rather than cognitive behavior patterns, the new brain. This method is titled Thought Process Development System. The method according to the present invention relies upon the psychological and/or sociological theories of evolutionary psychology. Specifically, the present invention is built upon the theories that the human brain embodies both an old, early evolved brain, termed the “mature brain” and a more recently evolved brain, termed the “new brain”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Inventor: Dennis Rohan
  • Publication number: 20020045152
    Abstract: Process for the collection and controlled distribution of images from inspection equipment, by the capture, editing and controlled dissemination of the images and their associated descriptive information for later use in the training of operators of the inspection equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Inventors: James S. Viscardi, Michael R. Rooksby, Howard C. Rooksby
  • Patent number: 6368110
    Abstract: In general, an educational homeroom provides a central location for a student to receive and interact with educational tools and information that are focused upon a Knowledge Area in which the student has expressed educational interest. When the student expresses educational interest, the educational homeroom dynamically changes such that options made available to the student are always tailored to offer educational tools and information within the student's Knowledge Areas of choice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Epic Learning
    Inventors: Lynne Koenecke, Jennifer Hart, Burr Warne, David Stirling, Scott Bain, Clint Crowe
  • Publication number: 20020031752
    Abstract: A testing system, particularly directed at contract workers, permits computer-aided instruction and testing at each of a plurality of testing sites. Different tests are created and administered for each of a plurality of work sites, which can be selected by the prospective contract worker. Whether the worker passed a particular site-specific test is stored in a database, which in turn is accessible by the work site management. The system has particular application to safety instruction and testing as mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Publication date: March 14, 2002
    Inventors: Don M. Kouba, Brian O'Reilly
  • Patent number: 6341212
    Abstract: A system which contains a plurality of examinee systems connected over the Internet to an exam distribution server. The exam distribution server connects to an exam database system which contains a plurality of exam questions that have been approved by one or more exam question approvers. The exam database system may store a plurality of potential exam questions for each of a plurality of sections of the examination, including a section for web search and evaluation, a section for general computing concepts, a web page design section, a section for using presentation software, a section relating to spreadsheets and word processing, and a section relating to legal and ethical issues. An exam administrator system then generates an exam through an exam generation module that selects a predetermined number of questions in each of the predetermined sections of the examination and presents the proposed exam to the exam administration system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges
    Inventors: Anil M. Shende, Linda N. Dalch, Mark R. Warner
  • Patent number: 6325631
    Abstract: A testing system, particularly directed at contract workers, permits computer-aided instruction and testing at each of a plurality of testing sites. Different tests are created and administered for each of a plurality of work sites, which can be selected by the prospective contract worker. Whether the worker passed a particular site-specific test is stored in a database, which is turn is accessible by the work site management. The system has particular application to safety instruction and testing as mandated by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Kouba-O'Reilly Consulting Group
    Inventors: Don M. Kouba, Brian O'Reilly
  • Publication number: 20010046660
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and methods for providing just-in-time construction assistance to contractors in need of assistance. One object of the invention is to provide systems and methods which assist contractors with just-in-time construction services. Another object is to provide real time productivity analysis tools for statistical process control techniques to assist in improving construction jobs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Publication date: November 29, 2001
    Inventor: Chris A. Krueger
  • Patent number: 6322368
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for training and testing human judgement concerning one or more complex human activities. Computer storage and access of a plurality of audio/visual presentations and corresponding measures of performance is provided, the presentations are played back and users are required to rank the audio/visual presentations. User rankings are compared against the corresponding measures of performance, and scores are tabulated for one or more users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: CY Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Young, Paul E. Young, Christopher C. Young
  • Patent number: 6287124
    Abstract: Target music piece, which a trainee player aims to perform well through practice, is designated by a user or player from among various music genres such as classical music, popular music and enka (Japanese popular ballads). Lesson information supplying section supplies lesson information prepared by combining information descriptive of a plurality of training music pieces bearing particular relations to the target music piece, to allow the player to become skillful enough for performing the designated target music piece. The lesson information comprises a combination of information descriptive of a plurality of optimum training music pieces selected on the basis of all kinds of musical information, such as a music genre, key, rhythm and beat, of the target music piece. Control section controls player's performance practice on the basis of the lesson information supplied by the lesson information supplying section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamaura, Mikio Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 6224385
    Abstract: A display unit of a job aiding apparatus disposed in each of work stations displays a job aid image for showing a job detail in each of the work stations. The worker in each of the work stations performs the job according to the displayed job detail. The job aiding apparatus decides whether a job result falls within a predetermined range or not, and changes the job aid image to a next job aid image only when the job result falls within the predetermined range. The worker can thus perform the job accurately and efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masao Nitta, Kou Namiki, Hiroshi Hamano, Tadatoshi Tsuji
  • Patent number: 6213780
    Abstract: Computer-aided learning methods and apparatus that can automatically identify learning objectives and provide learning materials for a user based on a job position identified for the user. The identification process depends on at least one attribute of the user's profile. After the job position is identified, the apparatus ascertains at least one learning objective for selecting learning materials to prepare the user for the job position. The user may be in the process of leaving a company, or may be graduating from a school.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 6164972
    Abstract: An educational doll or action figure comprises the professional attire, tools and safety gear of a particular profession so as to give a child a hands-on learning experience regarding the requirements, responsibility and hazards involved in carrying out the profession. The educational doll or action figure preferably also includes a written, schematic and/or multimedia description of the attire, tools and safety gear of the profession so as to further the general knowledge of the child about the particular profession. The clothing, tools, safety gear and written description may be sold separately from the doll figure so as to allow the child to dress a single doll in a variety of professions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Inventor: Andrew R. Winslow
  • Patent number: 6157808
    Abstract: Disclosed is a computer system and a method for a computer-based data integration and management processing system and a method to support an efficient management of employee development, training and performance improvement in a performance-competence based organization. The present invention includes an integrated system that provides an ability to develop training material, career paths or to determine an employee's qualifications and performance. The present invention provides comprehensive support for job and task analysis; learning objective development; standards and processes; objective, reference based test items; examination and evaluations; training program identification and content description; training scheduling; training-evaluation documentation; and reporting. Each job defined in the current system has specific duties, tasks and skills associated with an identified job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: GPU, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald T. Hollingsworth
  • Patent number: 6126448
    Abstract: Computer-aided learning methods and apparatus that can automatically provide learning materials for a user based on a job position related to the user, who is associated with a company. In one embodiment, a retriever retrieves the job position. Then, a learning determinator identifies the one or more jobs needed to be done for the job position, and determines whether the learning materials needed for the one or more jobs should be presented to the user. The job position can be the position the user occupies, or can be the position the user is interested in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 6109921
    Abstract: There is disclosed a soft skin make-up mannequin head having an "ideal" facial configuration, the make-up mannequin head having a smooth, realistic surface and texture simulative of human skin. The make-up mannequin head is accompanied by at least one flexible, soft-skin companion mask carrying a facial configuration identical with the facial configuration carried by said make-up mannequin head. The companion mask is stretchable and elastically resilient and mountable tightly upon said make-up mannequin head and selectively removable therefrom. The make-up mannequin head and associated companion mask presented particularly is intended for the teaching, training and practice of application of permanent make-up using tattoo techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: Peter Yau
  • Patent number: 6091413
    Abstract: An HTML file corresponding to the current selected step is displayed by a WWW browser as a display screen 160. A link title 168 represents the preceding step; the link titles are linked with the HTML files corresponding to the preceding steps separately. A link title 170 represents the step following the current step; it is linked with an HTML file 174 corresponding to the following step. Thus, the user can select any one only from among all steps corresponding to the link titles 168 and the following step 174 and cannot skip steps following the current step to select any one of the following steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Takeuchi, Shinji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 6083007
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating a data structure containing at least one field corresponding to a setting of a product includes a memory storing a plurality of queries corresponding to various configuration settings of the product. The memory includes a plurality of queries that are presented to a user of the product and/or a user of a training device associated with the product. The apparatus also includes a display for displaying the queries to a user and an input device for providing responses to the queries by the user. The apparatus may also include a training device having a plurality of lessons for training the user on the product. The training device may also include an exam having a plurality of questions that may be presented to the user to test the user's understanding of the product. A method of the present invention configures the lessons presented by the training device to the user and the questions asked by the training device according to the configuration settings stored in the data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventors: Carla C. Joliat, Charlotte Swartz
  • Patent number: 6077081
    Abstract: A firefighting training apparatus is provided for simulating the pumping of water through various long lengths of hose to train firefighters to deliver a proper amount of water through the fire hose. The apparatus includes a disk having one or more apertures therethrough. The one or more apertures permit the passage of water through the disk while providing resistance to the water to simulate the resistance encounted by water flowing through a long length of fire hose. The firefighting training apparatus is used by placing the disk within the flow of water through the fire hose. A firefighter can practice delivering a proper amount of water through a fire hose to a nozzle without the need of using a long length of fire hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventor: John B. Dunn
  • Patent number: 6072946
    Abstract: A computerized method and system for interactively simulating a plurality of telecommunications services operates in response to a user sending a message from his client computer across a data network to a server requesting to download on one of the service simulation programs. In response to the message from the client, the server provides the requested telecommunications service simulation program. The program provided by the server is downloaded and executed by the client. The downloaded program provides the user with an interaction experience representative of the selected one of the plurality of telecommunications services. This interaction experience may include additional communication between the service simulation program and the server. Additionally, the service simulation program provides guidance to the user in using and configuring both the service simulation program and, potentially, the actual telecommunications service to which the user has subscribed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignees: MediaOne Group, Inc., U S West, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Dooley, Randall B. Sparks, Kyle Habermehl, A. Scott Wolff
  • Patent number: 6062862
    Abstract: The invention includes a user method and system for accessing mentor experience information in a knowledge based user educational guidance system accessing, storing, compiling and transferring mentor experience information directed to financial services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventor: Robin S. Koskinen
  • Patent number: 6033226
    Abstract: The present invention is a an interactive multi-media training system which incorporates text, audio, and video graphics animation and other tools to teach an operator to use a machining or other tool. The training system includes a computer workstation to allow inputs from an operator, computer memory, and a training computer program operating on the computer and having a graphical user interface for interfacing the operator with the workstation and interactively training the operator to operate and perform tasks on the machine tool. The operator can provide inputs to the training system by various input devices such as a keyboard, cursor or mouse. The training system additionally includes interface software operating on the computer for controlling the machine tool and sharing access to and exchange data with the computer memory and a remote station linked to the computer memory for allowing an instructor to monitor and supervise the operator in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventor: George Nicholas Bullen
  • Patent number: 6033225
    Abstract: The present invention is a device that simulates a radioactive, bacteriological and/or hazardous chemical source and a radioactivity, bacteriological and/or hazardous chemical detector, to train individuals in the correct use of a real radioactivity, bacteriological and/or hazardous chemical detector. A magnet, ultrasound emitter, or passive radio identification device (PRID) is used to simulate the hazardous material source. The PRID may include a magnet. The simulated detector includes a Hall effect device to detect the magnet when used. When the magnet is detected as a trainee moves the simulated detector close to the PRID, the simulated detector outputs a 50 ms RF burst to activate the PRID. The simulated detector may transmit the burst every 250 ms when the magnet is not used in the PRID. Once activated, the PRID waits for completion of the 50 ms pulse, and then transmits a signal that identifies the type of contamination to the simulated detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventor: Steven D. Pike
  • Patent number: 6027344
    Abstract: A training kit for training individuals to recognize one or more hazardous materials including a housing having dividing means within the housing dividing the housing into a plurality of compartments; each compartment having a set of container receiving portions; and container means in each of the container receiving portions of each of the compartments; indicia means associated with each compartment having identifying information, each container means in a compartment containing a simulant having one or more characteristics, the characteristics being perceptible to the individual; wherein the simulant mimics one or more characteristics of the hazardous material and the simulant is less hazardous than the hazardous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Keith J. Johanns, Gregory W. Bowen, Robert E. Wyant
  • Patent number: 5971763
    Abstract: A cosmetology training, teaching and practice system, and a make-up mannequin kit, each charcterized by provision of a soft skin make-up mannequin head having a body carrying an oval symmetrical facial configuration and plural soft skin flexible, elastic, resilient and stretchable companion mask members suitable for mounting upon the make-up mannequin head. Each of the companion mask members having, each of which is formed of size and shape conforming to the size of the make-up mannequin head and having a facial configuration identical to the facial configuration of said make-up mannequin head. Each companion mask member having a surface of skin tone and color representative of the skin tone and color of different plural human ethnic and racial origin. The selected companion mask is stretched to mount upon the make-up mannequin head and is sufficiently resilient to spring back in tight engagement with the facial configuration of the make-up mannequin head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Peter Yau
  • Patent number: 5961331
    Abstract: A computerized air traffic voice interactive simulator is provided for simulating the communications between a pilot and an air traffic controller. The air traffic voice interactive simulator includes an audio input means, central processing unit and audio input means. The central processing unit interprets and evaluates verbal responses received from a user through the audio input means for selecting an appropriate audio message for production on the audio output means. The audio messages are selected to provide feedback and interactive communication with a user so as to simulate dialog between a pilot and air traffic controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Fusionworks, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Fisch
  • Patent number: 5954510
    Abstract: An interactive system and method for assisting people in achieving and learning to achieve self-determined, measurable goals over time collects data from a user on the user's progress toward achieving the goals. Metrics are computed from the data which gauge the user's progress towards achieving the goals, and performance feedback is provided to the user. Additional information may be collected from the user regarding their estimate of the likelihood of achieving the goals, and a separate computation may be made of an objective estimate of the user's likelihood of achieving the goals. Random or scheduled, positive or negative psychological reinforcement may also be provided to the user. Preferably, a computer-based system is employed for implementing the method in which a computer system receives and stores all of the collected information, computes the metrics and generates the performance feedback in the form of a progress report.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Inventors: David W. Merrill, deceased, by Mary Edge Merrill, executrix
  • Patent number: 5954511
    Abstract: An improved method of developing and testing the degree of a student's ability to mentally image a task requiring a motor response. Line diagrams symbolizing objects or maps of actions are presented with instructions that invoke mental images of objects and motor response actions. The students ability to respond to the mental image is measured, recorded and shown to the student only after the response is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Inventor: Malcolm J. Conway
  • Patent number: 5927990
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for training firefighters. The apparatus is uniquely designed to realistically simulate both the precursor indications of the flashover phenomena as well as flashover phenomenon itself. Because the trainees are positioned within the apparatus, the first hand training method of the invention teaches the trainee, not only how to recognize the warning signs of flashovers, but also teaches the trainee what follows these warning signs and what to do if confronted with the warning signs. The training apparatus of the invention is of a simple but durable construction which provides a high degree of safety to the trainees and is one which can be provided to fire departments at relatively low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventors: Mike Welch, Mike Dingillo