Occupation Patents (Class 434/219)
  • Publication number: 20120237958
    Abstract: The invention provides methods for identifying animals with a reduced ability to digest fat or protein by determining various blood and physical factors for the animals and comparing the determined values to standard values that are indicative of a reduced ability to digest fat and protein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Carolyn Jean Cupp, Avinash Patil
  • Publication number: 20120231427
    Abstract: An apparatus displaying a job screen indicating a job procedure, has a management unit that manages a job and a plurality of processes, a monitor unit that monitors an operation of an operator, a recorder unit that records an address of a job, an instructing unit that retrieves an address in response to a notification, determines whether to update the retrieved address in response to a type of a notified operation, and stores the updated address when the retrieved address has been updated, a storage unit that stores the job screen, and a control unit that reads the job screen and controls the read job screen, wherein the management unit retrieves the updated address, and instructs the display control unit to display the job screen, and wherein the display control unit reads out the instructed job screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Kazuki Kitamura, Mitsutaka Kaneki, Yuichiro Kitagawa, Yasuo Hatanaka, Hiroshi Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20120219933
    Abstract: A distributed drilling simulation system includes a choke manifold, a high pressure manifold, a blowout preventer console, a choke console, a remote console, a driller console, a teacher console and a graphic projecting unit, wherein the driller console, the remote console, the blowout preventer console, the choke console, the choke manifold, and the high pressure manifold are interconnected through a PPI (processor/peripheral interface) protocol. The teacher console is connected with the PPI protocol through a PPI interface. A communication program and a main control program run on a main control computer and a graphic processing program runs on a graphic computer. The invention has the advantages of realizing high-degree top driving drilling simulation, enhancing the field sense for teaching and training, shortening the training period and reducing the training cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: Chengdu Esimtech Petroleum Equipment Simulation Technology Exploitation Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lixue Chen
  • Patent number: 8251703
    Abstract: A healthcare simulation system includes a mannequin with active physiological characteristics, a display monitor adapted for displaying physiological parameters and a computer for controlling the mannequin and the monitor. A healthcare simulation method includes the steps of programming the computer with healthcare scenarios, operating active characteristics of the mannequin and dynamically displaying physiological parameters corresponding to patient vital signs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Johnson County Community College Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Zamierowski, Kathy A. Carver
  • Publication number: 20120214142
    Abstract: The work guidance unit of a work procedure guidance system calculates, using the data in a work database, the total standard man-hour and the removal/attachment procedures up to the removal/attachment of a designated part. Then, among the plurality of calculated removal/attachment procedures, guidance is provided for the removal/attachment procedure requiring the at least standard man-hours up to the removal/attachment of the aforementioned part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihide Togawa
  • Patent number: 8248324
    Abstract: A display device that includes a housing that houses a display, and a control panel. Control panel and display are connected to a controller disposed inside of the housing. A control device can also be attached to display device. The control device is configured to resemble a welding gun. The control device is also connected to the controller. A viewer, such as welding mask viewer, is be mounted to the housing of display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Lincoln Global, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Nangle
  • Publication number: 20120208153
    Abstract: Systems and methods providing distributed training simulations are provided. A system may include a trainer station computer in operable communication with multiple trainee workstation computers. The trainer station computer can be operable to: facilitate simulation of plant operations on at least one of the trainee workstation computers; and monitor operations performed by at least one of the trainee workstation computers. The trainee workstation computers can be operable to: display the simulation of plant operations to a user; receive control instructions input to cause a change in the simulation of plant operations; and transmit to the trainer station computer information associated with at least one of: (a) the control instructions input; or (b) the change in the simulation of plant operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Veera Paparao Bolla, Clayton Synard, Chetan Udupa
  • Patent number: 8239294
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus for providing a variety of end product build plans based on multiple business scenarios for exhausting excess inventory. Raw financial data and variable scaling factors are input into a scenario engine component along with a business objective that contains logic. The scaling factor may be embedded within the logic of the business objective, or it may be selected by a user to indicate the user's preferences. The scenario engine then applies the financial data and variable scaling factor inputs to the business objective logic to generate modified financial data. The logic of the business objective may also be manipulated to provide modified logic. The modified financial data, and optionally the modified logic, are then input into an optimizer component for determining multiple portfolios for end products that, if built, would consume excess inventory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vikas Agrawal, Thomas R. Ervolina, Yunhee Jang
  • Publication number: 20120196254
    Abstract: A method for teaching an aircraft assembly method to students at locations separate from the location of an instructor is described. The method includes providing, from the instructor location, a first video feed based on a line of sight of the instructor and a second video feed being a field view of the assembly area. The video feeds are received at the disparate locations for display within a line of sight of the students such that the students may view the instructor performing the assembly method concurrent with the students performing the assembly method. Like video feeds are provided from the student locations such that the instructor may view at least one of the students performing the assembly method concurrent with the instructor performing the assembly method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventors: Bobby Joe Marsh, Peter E. Covell, Michael M. Vander Wel
  • Publication number: 20120189992
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to apparatus and methods for establishing standards for visual residue limits, training individuals to visually observe and recognize surfaces exceeding or complying with residue limits, and certifying individuals for such detection limits The invention features a kit comprising an assembly of coupons with predetermined loads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: WATERS TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Carl Craig, William McHale
  • Patent number: 8226477
    Abstract: An exemplary method for automatically simulating calling scenarios comprises the steps of receiving, from a user, information relating to a call center scenario, automatically obtaining at least one calling scenario template based on the information, automatically merging code modules specific to the scenario with the template to generate a simulation program, executing the simulation program, and providing simulation results to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: LiveOps, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Machado, Markus Hahn
  • Publication number: 20120183936
    Abstract: The invention describes a method for evaluating educational programs which, firstly, develops criteria which will address the strengths and weaknesses of the educational program. The second step of the method is to observe the criteria, chosen in step one, in the educational program. The third step is to assign a numerical value to each of the criteria observed in step two. The next step is to assign an overall rating to the educational program based on the numerically valued criteria. The personnel involved in the educational program can then decide what steps in addition to the assessment can be done to improve or maintain the educational program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: Qualistar Early Learning
    Inventors: Douglas Price, Anna Jo Haynes, Meera Mani, Gerrit Westervelt
  • Publication number: 20120178062
    Abstract: A device for endoscopic simulation includes an endoscopic interface with a guiding tube for guiding an endoscope. The tube is mounted on bearings for free rotation and includes windows for allowing a contact between the endoscope and friction rollers for tracking axial displacement of the endoscope and for imposing a linear force feedback on the endoscope. One friction roller is connected to a motor for transmission of torque generated by the motor. Another friction roller is connected to an encoder for tracking its axial displacement. The device further includes an axial brake for blocking axial movement of the endoscope while allowing rotation of the endoscope. The axial brake includes two pairs of brake rollers placed around the endoscope. One pair of brake rollers is movable relatively to another pair for realizing the axial blocking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2010
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
    Inventors: Lionel Flaction, Evren Samur, Pascal Maillard
  • Publication number: 20120171648
    Abstract: A system for electronically assessing an individual's likelihood of success within a life-style occupation, including a success defining archetype, a multi-layered questions including evaluation of a test subject, a bracketed scoring scheme indexed to different levels of success within a life-style occupation, a readiness assessment, and a process for refining the evaluation. The archetype is a representation of a successful and well documented practitioner of the life-style occupation. The evaluation serves to determine the functional equivalency between an archetype and a test subject. The evaluation is refined to yield increasingly accurate predictions of success within a life-style occupation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: Paula Price
  • Publication number: 20120156661
    Abstract: An exoskeleton that typically provides human power and endurance augmentation is adapted for use with a simulator system that generates a virtual environment by accepting and processing commands from the simulator to implement gross motor virtual feedback in which some motions of the exoskeleton's wearer (called the “pilot”) are constrained by the exoskeleton to simulate the interaction of the pilot with virtual objects in the virtual environment. In this way, the pilot can interact with virtual objects generated by the simulator system not only visually but through touch as well. For example, a pilot in a combat simulation can move along a virtual wall by feel while maintaining cover from enemy fire and perform actions like pushing virtual objects to clear obstacles from a path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: David Alan Smith, Randel A. Crowe
  • Publication number: 20120156662
    Abstract: The subject disclosure is directed towards guiding a user through a physical work task. A model comprising, rules, constraints and equations corresponding to the task generates a work plan based upon user input data and work-related data. The model determines a subtask to perform based upon the data and the current state of the task, and outputs data (plan objects) used to generate of visualization that instructs the user as to how to perform the subtask, e.g., what other part to attach a current component to, what tool is needed, advice, risk assessment, alternatives and so forth. The model may base the current state on a scene input to the model that represents the current state of the task and/or historical data that indicates the current state of the task.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: MICROSOFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vijay Mital, Darryl E. Rubin
  • Publication number: 20120156663
    Abstract: A forced entry practice device for a door includes a housing assembly configured to be installed in a cutout of a door and defining a cavity. A support arm extends outwardly from a side portion of the housing assembly and across a major surface of the door. A casing is coupleable to a door jamb of a door frame associated with the door. A first engagement portion is coupled to the casing, and a second engagement portion is coupled to the housing assembly. A retaining member includes a first section receivable in the first engagement portion and a second section receivable in the second engagement portion. The edge of the door is maintained proximate to the door jamb when the retaining member is received in the engagement portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: TROXFIRE TRAINING SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel M. Troxell
  • Publication number: 20120148990
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a practice includes a display device, a first controller, an input device and a second controller. The first controller, which controls the display device by displaying an input interface image in the first display area of the display device. The second controller, which controls the display device by playback a dynamic image representing a cue event indicating a cue of the operation in the second display area of the display device, or by continuously displaying a plurality of still images including an image related to a cue event. The second controller stops the playback of the dynamic image or the continuous display of the still images during the period from the moment an image related to a cue event is displayed to the moment an operation is input through the input device that is to be carried out by taking the cue event as a cue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takesi Kawaguti, Masanori Sambe
  • Publication number: 20120135381
    Abstract: Immersive training scenario systems and related methods are provided. The immersive training scenario systems can provide at least one simulated structure. The at least one simulated structure can include a base structure having at least one surface thereon. One or more substrates with one or more photographic images printed thereon are applied to the surface of the base structure so that the simulated structure has realistic visual characteristics representative of a mission site or mission scenario.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventors: K. Dominic Cincotti, Trevor J. Kracker
  • Patent number: 8182271
    Abstract: A system and method for certifying a trainee to use a device is disclosed. The system and method include a testing computer configured to create an answer log containing at least one answer given by the trainee to at least one question of a certification test and a centralized grading server in communication with the testing computer, the centralized grading server configured to receive the answer log from the testing computer, evaluate the answer log to determine if the trainee has passed the certification test, and provide a license file providing a license file if the trainee passes the certification test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Katharina Socher
  • Publication number: 20120122062
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a reconfigurable platform management apparatus for a virtual reality-based training simulator, which enables a device platform to be reconfigured to suit various work environments and to fulfill various work scenario requirements of users. The reconfigurable platform management apparatus for a virtual reality-based training simulator includes an image output unit for outputting a stereoscopic image of mixed reality content that is used for work training of a user. A user working tool unit generates virtual sensation feedback corresponding to sensation feedback generated based on a user's motion to the outputted stereoscopic image when working with an actual working tool. A tracking unit transmits a sensing signal obtained by sensing a user's motion working tool unit to the image output unit and the user working tool unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Ung-Yeon YANG, Gun A. LEE, Yong-Wan KIM, Dong-Sik JO, Jin-Sung CHOI, Ki-Hong KIM
  • Publication number: 20120115114
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus to coach a salesperson to complete a sale. One aspect is a computer-implemented method of coaching a salesperson to complete a sale including the steps of entering into a database information about an entity to whom the salesperson wishes to sell; entering into the database information about a sales opportunity of the entity; instantiating objects in the database in response to the entered information; executing a rule set over the instantiated objects; and displaying the results of executing the rule set. In one embodiment the step of displaying includes displaying a set of suggestions relating to completing the sale. Another aspect of the invention relates to a computer system for coaching a salesperson to complete a sale including a processor and a database. The processor executes a set of rules on a set of objects to generate a set of suggestions relating completing a sale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventors: Donal Daly, Tammy Billington Dynes
  • Publication number: 20120107780
    Abstract: An inspection apparatus includes: a display, a first display control section which displays, on the display, instructions for carrying out a plurality of inspection steps with the inspection apparatus, an evaluation section which performs an evaluation of a result of one of the inspection steps, a second display control section which displays, on the display, additional instructions for carrying out at least one additional inspection step; and, a control section which controls the second display control section to display the additional instructions in response to the evaluation section determining that said one of the inspection steps has not passed the evaluation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryoji MOTOKI
  • Patent number: 8167620
    Abstract: A team roping training apparatus that comprises a motor having a motor shaft, a spool having a spool shaft, and a switch to selectively energize the motor. The spool is selectively rotatable with the motor shaft such that when rotation of shaft is impeded through a roper's grasping of an attached rope, the spool is disengaged form the motor shaft. According to the preferred embodiment, such selective rotation is accomplished with a clutch mechanically coupling the spool shaft with the motor shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventors: James Baker, John R. Ray
  • Patent number: 8167621
    Abstract: A training device is described for perfecting the art of forcibly opening a door in an emergency. The training device has a frame and a door placed in the frame. A dead bolt is mounted in the door and protrudes from the door in a locked position relative to the frame. A vise is attached to the frame. The vise has a movable jaw mounted on a block and a stationary jaw, and means for tightening the movable jaw against the dead bolt. The dead bolt protrudes from the door between the stationary and movable jaw. A method of using the training device causes the door to pivot and the dead bolt to move off of the vise, thus simulating an actual forced opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Red Barn Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Thomas J. Allen
  • Publication number: 20120100513
    Abstract: A simulated body panel system is provided for aiding a person to learn how to paint a vehicle and for testing new paints and their spray application. The simulated body panel system includes a frame and a relatively thin and flexible body panel incapable of self support. The frame includes a front end, a rear end, a first side, a second side, and a panel support member mounted to the frame. The flexible body panel incapable of self support includes a top face and a bottom face. The body panel can be selectively mounted to and supported by the frame, wherein the body panel bottom face contacts and is supported by the panel support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventors: Gary M. Simecek, Gary J. Billington
  • Publication number: 20120100512
    Abstract: An inspection apparatus includes: a display, a display control section which displays, on a first surface area of the display, instructions for carrying out a plurality of inspection steps with the inspection apparatus, and which displays, on a second surface area of the display that is greater than the first surface area, instructions for carrying one of the inspection steps, and a controller which controls the display control section to display instructions for carrying a first one of the inspection steps on the second surface area before the first one of the inspection steps is performed, and to display instructions for carrying a second one of the inspection steps on the second surface area after the first one of the inspection steps is performed and before the second one of the inspection steps is performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryoji MOTOKI
  • Publication number: 20120094260
    Abstract: A portable work capacities testing apparatus comprising a portable computer, a hub releaseably interconnected with the portable computer, a dynamic strength and lifting device releaseably interconnected with the hub, a hand grip strength device releaseably interconnected with the hub, a finger pinch strength device releaseably interconnected with the hub, a forearm/wrist strength device releaseably interconnected with the hub, a handling/proprioception device releaseably interconnected with the hub, a finger flexion device releaseably interconnected with the hub, a whole body coordination device releaseably interconnected with the hub, and a strength push/pull/lift device releaseably interconnected with the hub.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventors: Robert Akins, John Banks, Mark Means
  • Patent number: 8152530
    Abstract: The invention describes a method for evaluating educational programs which, firstly, develops criteria which will address the strengths and weaknesses of the educational program. The second step of the method is to observe the criteria, chosen in step one, in the educational program. The third step is to assign a numerical value to each of the criteria observed in step two. The next step is to assign an overall rating to the educational program based on the numerically valued criteria. The personnel involved in the educational program can then decide what steps in addition to the assessment can be done to improve or maintain the educational program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Qualistar Early Learning
    Inventors: Douglas Price, Anna Jo Haynes, Meera Mani, Gerrit Westervelt
  • Publication number: 20120082967
    Abstract: A method for training a gas turbine engine test cell operator during a simulated engine test is provided. The method includes transmitting, from a data acquisition and control system (DACS) to a software engine model, data indicative of at least one of an operator input and an instructor input. The method further includes receiving the data at the software engine model and transmitting response data from the software engine model to the DACS, the response data simulating to the DACS that an operational state of a live engine has changed in response to the at least one of an operator input and an instructor input. The method also includes receiving the response data at the DACS and outputting an indication of the changed operational state to the operator based on the response data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Roy Lee Stone, Renee Jean Feulner Mudman, Anthony Lee Anderson, Michael Edward Masters, Timothy Michael Meyers, Charles H. Loux, Kenneth William Simon, Thomas Daniel Losness, Larry Dean Duvick
  • Publication number: 20120077158
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and program product are provided for optimizing a training regimen to achieve performance goals. Historical training data is provided. At least one training regimen is defined. A training objective is selected for at least one training regimen to optimize. The training regimen is optimized by computing an initial training regimen solution and computing a neighbor solution at a distance from the initial training regimen solution. The neighbor solution is compared to the initial training regimen solution. If the neighbor solution is determined to be a better solution than the initial training regimen solution, the initial training regimen solution is replaced with the neighbor solution. The distance is updated per a schedule to compute a next neighbor solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: Government of the United States, as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Tiffany S. Jastrzembski, Stuart M. Rodgers, Kevin A. Gluck, Michael A. Krusmark
  • Patent number: 8137107
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program for interacting with team members of a virtual team. Persistent storage is configured to store collective qualifications of the virtual team based on the individual qualifications of the team members, while a team broker is configured to present the collective qualifications to third parties. Thus, the broker provides a dynamic representation of the collective knowledge, skills and experience of a virtual team. The broker further enables an entity, such as a team employer or teacher, to interact with the virtual team as if that team were a single entity, rather than a collection of individual members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David F. Bantz, Jarir K. Chaar, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 8140289
    Abstract: In one aspect, a network-centric processing (NCP) system includes sensors configured to monitor activities associated with testing of an asset, a first system configured to provide the testing on the asset, a second system configured to provide training of personnel using the asset, a third system configured to record problems associated with the testing and the training of the asset as input for an acquisition process and a network connected to the first system, the second system, the third system and the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Timothy R. Morris
  • Publication number: 20120060851
    Abstract: This invention provides a method of assessing and treating stress related disorders, such as PTSD, as physical disorders whose psychological components are the result of conditioning. The method involves both physical testing in order to identify the physical problems underlying the condition and indirect testing to identify and reverse the psychological matrix created by conditioning and the cascading effects of trauma.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventor: Eric C. Amberg
  • Patent number: 8133057
    Abstract: A method for providing training media to a mobile device involves obtaining a training media file selected from multiple training media files, based on user metadata, and communicating the training media file to the mobile device, where the user metadata is associated with a user of the mobile device, and where the training media file includes training information associated with a job function of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Oracle America, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Hunter, Jeffrey S. Demoff, Alan S. Wolff
  • Patent number: 8128408
    Abstract: A door breach training system comprising a first restraint assembly connecting a door to a frame. The door is attached to a lock jamb of the frame with a first restraint assembly that exposes a shear joint to impact from a projectile, such as shotgun round. Another embodiment further comprises attachment of the door to the hinge jamb with at least one second restraint assembly that functionally simulates a typical door hinge and exposes a shear joint to impact from a ballistic round. The preferred embodiment includes replaceable lock panels and hinge panels that are designed to break in a known manner in order to replicate those same failure modes for both door locks and door hinges in typical residential and commercial construction environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventors: Darron Phillips, Jeff Wright, Jeff Lambert
  • Publication number: 20120040316
    Abstract: A handheld field maintenance tool includes a training mode. The handheld field maintenance tool has a process communication module operably coupleable to a field device, a user interface, and a controller coupled to the process communication module and the user interface. The controller is configured to interact with a user through the user interface, and is configured to provide a simulation function where at least one characteristic of the field device, indicated through the user interface, is generated by the controller instead of the field device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Brad N. Mathiowetz, Christopher P. Kantzes, Todd M. Toepke, Kun Yang, Adam E. Lund
  • Patent number: 8113844
    Abstract: A system and system are provided for providing synchronous multimedia recording and playback. Aspects the exemplary embodiment include in response to a training session is being conducted, synchronously recording in real-time simulator data from a simulator captured by a simulator capture tool, and video of the training session captured by a plurality of A/V sources; encoding each of the videos captured by the plurality of A/V sources as respective digital media files formatted as streaming media; and transmitting both the simulator data and the video media files from a server to a client over a network, such that when the client receives the simulator data and the stream, the respective videos are synchronously played back with the simulator data on the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Atellis, Inc.
    Inventors: Lucas K. Huang, Chafic A. Kazoun
  • Patent number: 8116674
    Abstract: A system and method for professional development for teachers which includes a structured framework for creating and providing online courses, qualification testing, instructional material, and mentoring teacher access, all subject specific to help teachers gain competency in their individualized teaching assignments and by extension help in the recruitment, development and retention of teachers leading to improved student achievement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Teaching Point, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas Matthews
  • Publication number: 20120034583
    Abstract: An apparatus for use in a process to assist a user to prepare for a veterinary examination includes a computer-readable non-transitory medium storing a veterinary exam practice question, and a plurality of answers that correspond to the veterinary exam practice question, and a processor configured to receive a request from a mobile device, access the medium to retrieve the veterinary exam practice question and the plurality of answers in response to the received request, and provide the retrieved veterinary exam practice question and the plurality of answers for display on the mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: VETPREP.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Mauricio Dujowich, Eric Chan, Ira K. Gordon, Stephen C. Shaw
  • Publication number: 20120003619
    Abstract: A method for execution by a computing apparatus comprising identifying a job to be assigned to an employee, the job requiring a given job qualification, wherein the given job qualification is associated with at least one requirement for maintaining the job qualification and a time-frame during which the at least one requirement should be satisfied. Completion of the job by an employee at least partially completes the at least one requirement for maintaining the job qualification. The method further comprises assigning the job to a selected employee from a set of employees, wherein each employee in the set of employees has the given job qualification. The selected employee is selected at least in part on a basis of a probability of the selected employee losing the job qualification relative to other employees in the set of employees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY COMPANY
    Inventors: Leonard John Podgurny, Alan Bruce Randall
  • Publication number: 20110320066
    Abstract: An information display system for a vehicle includes a display screen disposed at an interior cabin of a vehicle so as to be viewable by a driver of the equipped vehicle. The information display system is operable to display on the display screen vehicle user information so as to provide information to the driver of the equipped vehicle related to use of the equipped vehicle. The display screen is operable to display video images captured by a rearward facing camera of the equipped vehicle for assisting the driver during a reversing maneuver. The video images are captured by the rearward facing camera and are displayed on the display screen when the equipped vehicle is executing a reversing maneuver. When the equipped vehicle is not executing a reversing maneuver, the information display system is operable to display on the display screen vehicle user information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Applicant: DONNELLY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth Schofield, Troy O. Cooprider
  • Publication number: 20110311954
    Abstract: A set of candidates and one or more mentors can be enrolled in a cohort for a cycle. A set of loops can be conducted within the cycle. Each loop can end with a focus period. The focus period can be a continuous period of time that the cohort spends interacting face-to-face at a common geospatial location. Candidate performance can be evaluated at each loop. During this evaluation, a set of at least one of the candidates can be selectively permitted to continue to participate in the cycle while a different set is not permitted to continue. The evaluating can be performed based at least in part on candidate specific evaluation metrics provided by each of the one or more mentors. A postgraduate degree can be granted to each candidate responsive to and contingent upon successful completion of the cycle by the candidate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventor: STEVEN R. BUCHHEIT
  • Patent number: 8068780
    Abstract: The present invention is related to interactive training. In one embodiment, a training system presents a stored scenario to a user via a terminal. The user is provided with the ability to intervene and stop the pre-recorded scenario to identify an error in handling the situation presented in the scenario and/or an opportunity presented in the scenario. Once the user has intervened, the user can be presented with a question regarding the opportunity and/or error. The user is scored based in part on the number of errors and/or opportunities that the user identified and optionally on the user's response to the question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Breakthrough Performancetech, LLC
    Inventor: Martin L. Cohen
  • Publication number: 20110281246
    Abstract: Systems designed to train and certify persons to act as at least one responsible person(s) for decision making and management operations as part of an emergency response at incidents that contain at least one hazard zone; such hazard zone defined as any work area which contains a hazard that can injure or kill, for example, burning structures, hazardous material incidents, roadways with active traffic, natural disaster sites, and/or other emergency response scenes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: ACROSS THE STREET PRODUCTIONS
    Inventors: John Nicholas Brunacini, Robert Nicholas Brunacini, Alan Vincent Brunacini
  • Patent number: 8057237
    Abstract: According to a question displayed on a computer screen, a to-be-examined person selects, out of constituent elements (components) displayed on the screen, constituent elements that he considers optimum for the question and then makes a design by constructing them on the screen, and the content of the design on the screen is evaluated by using predetermined evaluation data. Further, there is provided a system which enables assembling an actual apparatus (an apparatus to be evaluated) according to the content of design, measures the performance of the assembled actual apparatus and evaluates the ability of the to-be-examined person to assemble the actual apparatus from the measured data by using a computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Shinko Engineering Research Corp.
    Inventors: Takasi Kumagai, Hideki Kumagai
  • Publication number: 20110275039
    Abstract: A teaching and training head model for haircutting and hairdressing includes a soft and flexible synthetic resin casing, a shape keeping arrangement mounted in the casing to keep the shape of the casing and a support stand for supporting the shape keeping arrangement. The support stand includes: a base board; and a guiding bar, a pushing cylinder for lifting plates and a pressing cylinder which are centered about the center of the base board and sequentially positioned on the base board from inside to outside. A fixing ring for fixing the casing is provided at the periphery of the pressing cylinder. The shape keeping arrangement includes components fitted with the support stand and umbrella-shaped supporting components for supporting the casing. The shape keeping arrangement has a simple structure, and it will expand to keep the shape of the casing when the shape keeping arrangement mounted in the casing is inserted into the supporting stand. The shape keeping arrangement is simple to assemble.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: QINGDAO JIFA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mingxian Li, Guangwei Fan, Jiankai Zhao
  • Publication number: 20110256515
    Abstract: A system, method and facility for providing training, which may include basic, initial, developmental, intermediate, advanced, sustainment, training, mission rehearsals, exercises, annual events, missions, and practice scenarios, etc. Training may include props and reconfigurable scenarios simulating, e.g., a sensitive site exploitation (SSE) or forensic collection (FC) training scenario, etc. The method may include providing a reconfigurable training area which may be enclosed, in a building, or may be outdoors, or partially in and outdoors. The training area may provide a plurality of reconfigurable wall panels; and providing at least one moveable element in the reconfigurable training area. The training area may include providing an observation area for observing the training scenarios being conducted in the reconfigurable training area. The method may include providing an open, transparent, or one directionally transparent ceiling or wall to allow observation of the reconfigurable training area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: The Washington Security Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean M. Miller, Donald L. Wenzlick
  • Publication number: 20110229864
    Abstract: A system and method for training that includes: providing training to a user; testing the user on the training, wherein the testing is performed in short, frequent bursts and continues for a predetermined period of time; and rewarding the user based on results related to the training or testing. In particular, the provision of testing in short, frequent bursts or pulses over a continuous period of time and an iterative manner assists with knowledge retention and reinforcement. The use of a reward system reinforces knowledge and motivates acquisition and retention of knowledge. In a particular case, the rewarding may include providing the user with a chance to win a prize. This approach makes a game out of the reward process to encourage further participation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: CORECULTURE INC.
    Inventors: John Wayne Short, Rebecca Yvonne Short, Brian Robert Scott, Lara Pawlicz
  • Patent number: 8021163
    Abstract: Provided are, inter alia, systems, methods and techniques for facilitating identification of a skilled resource's skill set. Initially, a master set of previously identified skills is filtered in order to identify a subset of skills that appear to be potentially applicable to a skilled resource. Then, based on the identified subset, a query regarding skills actually possessed by the skilled resource is created and presented. A response that designates skills possessed by the skilled resource is received and incorporated into a user skills database. The above-referenced filtering is performed by utilizing an automated tool to analyze content from a set of computer files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: George Henry Forman