Occupation Patents (Class 434/219)
  • Publication number: 20070190504
    Abstract: A method for facilitating self-knowledge and career management including providing a user interface to a career management software tool that includes a type and temperament module, a skills and experiences module, and a career interests module. The user interface has a screen flow and includes illustrated scenarios as a form of stimuli. One or more of the modules are executed to determine characteristics of a user. The executing includes receiving information from the user via the user interface and performing user validation of the determined characteristics. The user validation includes altering the screen flow in response to the information received from the user. A job taxonomy database that includes occupational themes and associated occupational characteristics is accessed to select a subset of the occupational themes based on the determined characteristics of the user. The subset of the occupational themes is transmitted to the user via the user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Applicant: CAREERDNA, LLC
    Inventors: Brian A. Schwartz, Robert F. Parker, Frank P. Bordonaro
  • Patent number: 7257189
    Abstract: A method and system for using Threat Imaging Projection (TIP) technology, and the operator testing data that it generates, in order to certify x-ray inspection system operators and thereby assure an acceptable and uniform level of operator performance. In a preferred configuration, the operator views x-ray images of objects on a screening system equipped with TIP technology. When the operator believes that a threat item image appears on the screening system, the operator indicates such via an indicating means. The system is capable of recording, storing and transmitting individual operator performance data relating to proper detections, missed detections, and false alarms, i.e., when an operator indicates that a threat item image appears when no such image actually appears on the screening system. The system preferably contains a library of various threat item images, e.g., guns, bombs, knives, etc., which are classified according to type of threat and difficulty of detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Rapiscan Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Modica, Khai Le, Phong Nguyen
  • Patent number: 7221899
    Abstract: A customer support system for improving the skill of a person engaged in a business with reduced cost for technical training support and enhancing practical training. The customer support system includes a computer system for introducing training contents from a service providing side to a customer side through a computer network; an instructor training facility for training an instructor based on training contents; and a remote technique training support device for the instructor, for supporting technical training on the customer side, from the service providing side, through the computer network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignees: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha, Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Ohno, Mitsuo Katagiri, Isao Shiromaru, Noriaki Suginohara
  • Patent number: 7219097
    Abstract: To provide a system and its method for receiving inquiries for personal histories or performing certification of histories collectively. The present invention provides an authentication history certification system for certifying a personal history on a computer system, including a history acquisition means (122) for acquiring and recording histories, a history verification means (123) for making a history inquiry or verification with an organization authorizing the history to verify whether or not a personal history is authentic, a history extraction means (124) for extracting and displaying a history, and a history certification means (125) for certifying a personal history defined by a history extracted from history data recorded and managed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Nihon Toukei Jim Center
    Inventor: Hiroshi Okubo
  • Patent number: 7207804
    Abstract: A multi-media method and system performs psychological assessment of an individual for suitability for particular jobs, whereby the individual is shown and provided with discrete visual and auditory stimuli on a multi-media computer screen, so that the individual's responses can be monitored in conjunction with physiological responses received by biofeedback sensors. The computer tallies the test subject's recorded responses. Virtual work environments are optionally displayed, to enable the tested individual to simulate a real work environment. Unlike other job evaluation systems, the system evaluates a job candidate's ability to maintain task focus under pressure. It directly measures performance under pressure, rather than only inferring potential performance based upon selective input from a job candidate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Michael Hersh
  • Patent number: 7201580
    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: October 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Inventors: Chi Fai Ho, John P. Del Favero, Jr., Peter P. Tong
  • Patent number: 7198490
    Abstract: A computer based training tool and method that emulates human behavior using a computer-simulated person in a realistic scenario. It provides an interactive experience in detecting deception during interviews and acceptance of statements during interpersonal conversations. The simulated person provides verbal responses in combination with an animated video display reflecting the body language of the simulated person in response to questions asked and during and after responses to the questions. The questions and responses are pre-programmed and interrelated groups of questions and responses are maintained in dynamic tables which are constantly adjusted as a function of questions asked and responses generated. The system provides a critique and numerical score for each training session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventor: Dale E. Olsen
  • Patent number: 7195489
    Abstract: An education set used for education of a work including a series of work steps. The education set includes segment diagrams (105a, 105b, 105c) where work directions for executing the series of work steps, work directions including work guide information from which part of information is excluded, or work guide information are shown and subsegment diagrams (106a, 106b, 106c) where the information excluded from the segment diagrams are shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Inventor: Hideo Fujita
  • Patent number: 7194444
    Abstract: A system is disclosed that provides a goal based learning system utilizing a rule based expert training system to provide a cognitive educational experience. The system provides the user with a simulated environment that presents a business opportunity to understand and solve optimally. Mistakes are noted and remedial educational material presented dynamically to build the necessary skills that a user requires for success in the business endeavor. The system utilizes an artificial intelligence engine driving individualized and dynamic feedback with synchronized video and graphics used to simulate real-world environment and interactions. Multiple “correct” answers are integrated into the learning system to allow individualized learning experiences in which navigation through the system is at a pace controlled by the learner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Indeliq, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Stewart Nichols
  • Patent number: 7191138
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system for cataloging, inventorying, selecting, measuring, valuing and matching Intellectual Capital skills and matching or inquiring of an individual's skills, and particularly to a system for finding candidates for an employment or consulting position having requisite skills, and more particularly to a system for creating a searchable knowledge base of individuals skills indexed in a hierarchical cataloging, measuring and valuation system. The present invention includes generating a list of Intellectual Capital Codes based upon a standardized skills catalog which contains a set of skill categories organized in a hierarchical manner with a unique code assigned to each category within each hierarchical level, wherein the combination of at least one code from at least one of the hierarchical levels forms an Intellectual Capital code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Mindloft Corporation
    Inventors: Malcolm Roy, Robert Reno, Calvin Ward
  • Patent number: 7191139
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system for cataloging, inventorying, selecting, measuring, valuing and matching Intellectual Capital skills and matching or inquiring of an individual's skills, and particularly to a system for finding candidates for an employment or consulting position having requisite skills, and more particularly to a system for creating a searchable knowledge base of individuals skills indexed in a hierarchical cataloging, measuring and valuation system. The present invention includes generating a list of Intellectual Capital Codes based upon a standardized skills catalog which contains a set of skill categories organized in a hierarchical manner with a unique Intellectual Capital code and at least one weighting factor assigned to each skill, wherein a plurality of Intellectual Capital codes and weighting factors can be compared to determine a match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Mindloft Corporation
    Inventors: Malcolm Roy, Calvin Ward, Robert Paul Reno
  • Patent number: 7175439
    Abstract: Devices for training in extinguishing fires comprising a control unit and a flame generation unit as well as methods and systems of use thereof are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Inventors: Paul R. Darois, Steven Galonska, John Blackburn, Burt L. Swersey, Travis B. Bashaw
  • Patent number: 7165973
    Abstract: A method of testing a subject's competence for operating machines by successively presenting a plurality of pages of scattered images to the subject, having the subject establish a path through the scattered images on each of the plurality of pages, recording the absolute time required for the subject to establish the path through the scattered images on each of the plurality of pages, determining the relative time required for the subject to establish the path on at least two of the plurality of pages of scattered images, and classifying the subjects competence for operating machines based on the absolute time and the relative time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Inventor: Michael B. Cantor
  • Patent number: 7164347
    Abstract: A mannequin suitable for use as a hairdressing training tool including a head component, a hair portion, sensors for sensing undesirable characteristics such as high temperature or rapid movement, and signalling means for indicating the same to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Inventor: Beverely Nita
  • Patent number: 7121830
    Abstract: A method for collecting data relating to human performance skills and/or attributes comprising the steps of creating a questionnaire relating to the human performance skills of a target individual and establishing a rating scale for responses to the questionnaire. The rating scale comprises a dual sided continuum. The middle point on the dual sided scale is associated with the proper amount of the performance skill. The markers on the first side of the dual sided scale are associated with exhibiting too much of the human performance skill and the markers on the other side of the dual sided scale are associated with increased intensity of the human performance skill. Preferably, pairs of questionnaire elements are generated that relate to opposing but complementary performance skills to exhibit the individual's versatility in terms of dichotomies. The questionnaire results are compiled and a report is generated that that displays the results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Kaplan Devries Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Kaplan, Robert B. Kaiser
  • Patent number: 7104863
    Abstract: A method for teaching production cycle project development utilizing a construction set having at least one construction set component designed to be alterable (e.g., robot) for constructing a user-definable apparatus. The teaching may include providing instructions for constructing the user-definable apparatus including at least one construction set component designed to be alterable. The instructions provided may include a task to be completed by the user-definable apparatus. A test environment for the user-definable apparatus to be tested to satisfy predefined specifications may be established. The test environment may be established on top of a desk. The user-definable apparatus may be tested in the test environment to verify that the predefined specifications are satisfied. A determination may be made as to whether the user-definable apparatus satisfies the predefined specifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Innovation First, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert H. Mimlitch, III, David A. Norman
  • Patent number: 7074043
    Abstract: A firefighting training unit and a method of fabrication such a unit. The fabrication involves modifying an existing structure such as a steel cargo container. The modification procedures first require that combustibles be removed and a steel floor welded in place of the existing wood floor. Viewing ports and access doors are provided in the sidewalls. Roof ventilation vents are cut in the roof and the opening controlled by a hinged hatch. The units are economical, mobile and may be used for both fire training and forensic investigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Damon Jacobson
  • Patent number: 7054698
    Abstract: A software system is provided that tracks employee and contractor operation/certification of fabrication equipment and processes is provided to ensure that only qualified personnel are allowed to process the materials. The system is real time with an auto-update features, Web enabled, dynamic tool interface with automatic record checking and reporting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Alan J. Wegleitner, Gregory Rodenroth, Milan Chiploonkar
  • Patent number: 7048544
    Abstract: A computer based training tool and method that emulates human behavior using a computer-simulated person in a realistic scenario. It provides an interactive experience in detecting deception during interviews and acceptance of statements during interpersonal conversations. The simulated person provides verbal responses in combination with an animated video display reflecting the body language of the simulated person in response to questions asked and during and after responses to the questions. The questions and responses are pre-programmed and interrelated groups of questions and responses are maintained in dynamic tables which are constantly adjusted as a function of questions asked and responses generated. The system provides a critique and numerical score for each training session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventor: Dale E. Olsen
  • Patent number: 7033180
    Abstract: An education set used for education of a work including a series of work steps. The education set includes segment diagrams (105a, 105b, 105c) where work directions for executing the series of work steps, work directions including work guide information from which part of information is excluded, or work guide information are shown and subsegment diagrams (106a, 106b, 106c) where the information excluded from the segment diagrams are shown. FIG. 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventor: Hideo Fujita
  • Patent number: 7011528
    Abstract: A method and system generates skill sheets for a user participating in a medical emergency response simulation program. Providing a simulation scenario, a skill sheet template is chosen. The skill sheet template comprises a plurality of line items. The relevance of the line items are determined. Each relevant line item is evaluated and a score is computed. A skill sheet is generated from the evaluated line items of the skill sheet templates. The skill sheets generated are in compliance with Department of Transportation standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventors: Anne G. Tweet, Craig F. Knoche
  • Patent number: 7008230
    Abstract: A mobile simulator for use in firefighting training exercises. The mobile simulator includes a plurality of rooms, including a room for simulating a kitchen fire, and a room for simulating a wall fire condition. The mobile simulator also includes a confined space under the trailer for simulating firefighting in a crawl space. The top surface of the trailer also includes a dome projecting upward from the trailer where the dome has a plurality of knock out panels for attic venting training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Superior Simulation Technologies
    Inventor: Russell W. Hoglund
  • Patent number: 6997717
    Abstract: The present invention discloses methods and systems for providing education at a point of need. The invention includes creating granules of educational material, associating educational credits with the granules of educational material, receiving a request for at least one of the granules of educational material from the point of need, responding to the request by electronically delivering at least one of the granules of educational material to the point of need, and recording educational credits based on at least one of the granules of educational material delivered to the point of need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: University of Iowa Research Foundation
    Inventors: Michael G. Kienzle, Dawn R. Ainger
  • Patent number: 6984177
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method and apparatus for providing a coding competition. In one embodiment, a method for providing a coding competition includes transmitting a coding problem to contestants, receiving computer code created by a contestant determining a response of the computer code to test data, and evaluating the response of the computer code to the test data. In another embodiment, a method for evaluating a skill level of a contestant includes electronically communicating a coding problem to contestants, electronically receiving a software program in response to the coding problem from one of the contestants, evaluating the received software program, awarding points to the contestant based on the received software program, and determining a rating for the contestant for the competition based on the number of points awarded to the contestant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: TopCoder, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Lydon, John M. Hughes
  • Patent number: 6979199
    Abstract: The invention is a system and method for training and organizing on-site event professionals in the hospitality and tourism industry. The system has at least one server computer having a processor, an area of main memory for executing program code under the direction of the processor, a storage device for storing data and program code and a bus connecting the processor and the storage device, at least one relational database stored on the storage device, a data communications device connected to the bus for connecting the server computer to the Internet and Web-based training for on-site event professionals computer program code stored in the storage device and executing in the main memory under the direction of the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Tartan LLC
    Inventor: Ashley L. Barron
  • Patent number: 6976846
    Abstract: A method and system for simulation training of one or more persons in the installation and/or repair of telecommunications equipment. The method includes presenting a plurality of scenarios associated with the installation and/or repair of telecommunications equipment to a user viewing a display, providing predetermined desired user inputs responsive to the presented plurality of scenarios, and providing a user input device for the user to transmit user inputs to the computer for responding to the plurality of scenarios. The user inputs represent actions by a user controllable virtual person representing the user to perform a series of simulated person interactions and simulated physical tasks associated with telecommunications equipment installation. The user inputs responsive to the plurality of scenarios are received and stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services GmbH
    Inventors: Anne Dupont, Brian Koldyke
  • Patent number: 6944596
    Abstract: Analyzing employees based on results of an education business simulation. A network is utilized to present a training simulation to a user for achieving a training goal. Information is integrated into the training simulated utilizing the network that helps motivate achievement of the goal by the user. Progress of the user towards achieving the goal is measured utilizing the network. For further motivating achievement of the goal, feedback is also provided to the user utilizing the network. There are three levels of feedback, where each is progressively more detailed and is selected based on the number of mistakes made by the user, the user's progress towards the goal is subsequently reported to the employer of the user utilizing the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Accenture LLP
    Inventors: William A. Gray, Douglas S. Coons
  • Patent number: 6941105
    Abstract: A system and method to reduce the time and complexity of IT classroom setup. The present invention leverages virtual machine technology to create a new learning platform. In one embodiment, the system includes a classroom computer having installed therein a virtual machine platform, virtual machines, and an exercise launcher. The system also includes a database for associating classroom exercises with one or more of the virtual machines. The launcher has a user interface that enables a student to select a classroom exercise. In response to the student selecting a classroom exercise, the exercise launcher determines the virtual machines associated with the selected exercise and requests the virtual machine platform to launch the determined virtual machines. In this way, the classroom computer is automatically configured to enable the student to perform the entire exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Novell, Inc.
    Inventors: David Dean Rowley, Jeffrey Alan Fischer, Thomas Keoki Christensen, Keith Lars Jenkins, Craig Ralph Jenkins, Sean Daniel Gale
  • Patent number: 6921266
    Abstract: In a server, a data processor creates a question message in accordance with question-setting data, in order to study behavior characteristics of a sales staff in sales activities. The data processor evaluates the behavior characteristics of the sales staff in the sales activities, based on first answer data representing an answer of the sales staff and second answer data representing an answer of a boss of the sales staff. A curriculum creator automatically creates a training curriculum in accordance with a process result of the data processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsutomu Kon
  • Patent number: 6918771
    Abstract: A simulation method and system based on a distributive processing model is used for training and educating healthcare teams. The system allows team members to be at the training facility or located remotely and connected via data communication links. The system allows multiple participants for individual team member roles at various connected simulation workstations. If simulation participants cannot man all the team roles, the system can provide virtual team members in their stead. The simulation server computer delivers to each workstation the particular programs and outputs required for any given simulation exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Medical Simulation Corporation
    Inventors: Michael L. Arington, Bradford E. Bailey, Bill B. Clark, Chen Yuanming, Qiang Gao, Dave Wilson, William E. Younkes
  • Patent number: 6916180
    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: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: Qualistar Colorado
    Inventors: Douglas Price, Anna Jo Haynes, Meera Mani, Gerrit Westervelt
  • Patent number: 6913466
    Abstract: A system and methods are provided for training a trainee to analyze media, such as music, in order to recognize and assess the fundamental properties of any piece of media, such as a song or a segment of a song. The process includes an initial tutorial and a double grooving process. The tutorial phase exposes the trainee to a canonical set of classifications and then exposes the trainee to certain definitive song examples for each classification level of fundamental properties. The double grooving phase leverages the skills of the experts that defined the canonical set of classification terms to ensure that new listeners, even though exposed to the tutorial, appropriately recognize all fundamental musical properties. Thus, for specific song examples, a new listener matches results with the system experts within a degree of tolerance. When a high enough degree of cross-listening consensus is reached, the new listener becomes a groover and can classify new songs or segments of songs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey R. Stanfield, Eric Bassman
  • Patent number: 6904380
    Abstract: A test system (10) is coupled to a control system (20) in a manner which allows the test system to communicate with and drive the control system by sending and receiving signals via both the controller-I/O communication channel (160) and the field I/O connectors (225). The test system (10) is used to both simulate a plant to be controlled and to monitor, validate, and/or modify the internal state of the control system controller and possibly the control system I/O interface (220). Plant simulation is accomplished by simulating the I/O devices to which the control system (20) is coupled (and hence the plant processes) when installed in the operational environment. In addition to the simulation of I/O devices, the test system (10) takes advantage of the fact that many commonly used controller and I/O interfaces are capable of communication with other devices by using such communications ability to provide instructions to or obtain information from a control system's controller(s) and I/O interface(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Fluor Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: D. Dwight Brayton, Stephen G. Romero, Christopher S. Ghormley, Mark E. Dallas
  • Patent number: 6899540
    Abstract: A means for training and testing baggage screening machine operators. The invention is a computer system which causes the baggage screening monitor to show computer-generated (i.e. simulated) contraband items in a piece of baggage. This can be done in one of two ways: the image of the contraband item can be superimposed on the image of an actual piece of baggage being screened so that it appears to be within the piece of baggage, or the image of an entire piece of baggage containing a contraband item can be displayed. The invention allows the operator's proficiency in spotting contraband items to be evaluated and it can be used for training a new operator as well as for providing continued proficiency training and evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Transportation
    Inventors: Eric C. Neiderman, James L. Fobes
  • Patent number: 6892049
    Abstract: A system and method for selecting training materials is provided. In an aspect of the invention, a system is provided that includes a skill requirements database and a training products database. A user can input data representing a student's skill level and the system will select one or more suitable products from the training products database that can be used by the student to achieve a desired skill level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel George Phalp, Kamal Ahluwalia
  • Patent number: 6877988
    Abstract: A door breach training system and related method of use thereof. The system includes a door and frame with replaceable shear pins which are designed to break under known pressures to replicate pressures required to breach doors of varying physical characteristics and lock configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventors: Darron Phillips, Jeff Wright
  • Patent number: 6866511
    Abstract: An electronic bar tool is disclosed that is capable of displaying titles and recipes for a plurality of mixed drinks. The apparatus comprises a handle having a display device and a measuring device for measuring a volume of liquid. The display displays the drink ingredients and the necessary volumes and may also indicate to a user the type of glass the drink is to be served in, whether the drink should be shaken or stirred, and whether the drink should be served with or without ice. The drink titles and recipes may be stored in a memory that may be changed through a communications port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Brookstone Purchasing Inc.
    Inventors: David Harris, Rudy Woodard, Scott Rubenstein
  • Patent number: 6866515
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a computer-implemented method for providing business conduct training. The trainee is identified using an identifier input by the trainee. A training course including training information relating to business conduct is displayed to the trainee. As the trainee progresses through the course, the trainee is provided access to an information center module comprising materials for reinforcing the training information displayed in the training course. A practical scenario is illustrated to the trainee. The scenario has associated training questions and training answer choices requiring application of the training information provided in the training course. The trainee selects one or more training answer selections from the training answer choices and receives feedback on the answers given.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Bryan Cave LLP
    Inventor: Timothy A. Garnett
  • Patent number: 6865581
    Abstract: A method of performing job analyses and delivering or providing access to the results of the job analyses by creating a list of job requirements and working conditions for each discrete task of a job, creating a physical demands analysis comprising a list of physical requirements of each discrete task of a job, and combining the lists into a job analysis database for determining whether a worker can perform a job.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: iComp Health Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles R. Cloninger, Jr., Rajiv D. Pandya
  • Patent number: 6857877
    Abstract: A recorded medium on which a program for displaying an index of skill achievement level of vocational field concerning the skills that one or more users have is recorded. The program is a (skill-map) displaying program characterized in that the program has a table having item (a) where the results of evaluation of the degrees of achievement of skill items necessary for the vocational field by a predetermined evaluating method are inputted as numerical values and item (b) where the reference values of the skill items are inputted as numerical values, the numerical values inputted to table (a) and those of table (b) are compared to display the skill achievement levels of the users at the input time and the reference values for comparison. Such a program is used especially through a network to facilitate the matching of a vocation and the business management for companies and to help the user make a skill-up plan and know the market value of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Skill/Vision Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuko Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6847800
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for computer based training relating to a target system. A user interface includes at least one graphic display portion, and a courseware viewer portion. Several exercise modules are provided, each having (1) at least one display file, (2) at least one script corresponding to the display file(s), and (3) a work file, to be loaded into the target system. The steps in the exercise module are displayed by parsing a script in the exercise modules. The steps are sequentially displayed in the courseware viewer portion, and the corresponding display files are displayed in the display window(s). The work file is simultaneously loaded into the target system, and the target system is run by the user while displaying the exercise. The target system generates events corresponding to user responses to the exercise, and the training system displays appropriate confirmation and feedback messages based on the responses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: Bentley Systems, Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen F. Harned, William K. Weber, Jr., Robert Powell
  • Publication number: 20040259063
    Abstract: A method for training employees and other personnel to aid the improvement of interpersonal relationships is herein described. The inventive method utilizes the compilation and interrelation of allegories with audience questions and comments to direct the audience down the path of better understanding and appreciation for interpersonal relationships.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2003
    Publication date: December 23, 2004
    Inventor: Michael J. Lehr
  • Publication number: 20040253571
    Abstract: To evaluate leadership abilities of individuals or teams in a competitive environment simulating the non-transitive character of interactions between three or more leadership competences, protagonists are caused to display their skills by competing to acquire vignettes or similar objects out of a kit of three or more categories respectively representing the three or more competences. Confrontations and negotiations are carried out according to accounting rules, which reflect the non-transitive dominance interaction between the respective leadership competences posted on the vignettes of each corresponding category. These rules include a confrontation differential between the values of vignettes of different categories.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Inventors: Pierre Jean Valayer, Clementine Aude Valayer, Monique Valayer
  • Publication number: 20040248071
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for autonomously training an operator to manipulate an object, such as a robotics device in space or simulated in-space conditions. Input parameters are gathered during a presented training exercise and used to provide feedback to the operator relating to the results of the training exercise. The feedback can be presented as graphical and textual data, and can be shown in varying degrees of detail. The system can advantageously determine a factor having a high correlation between the result of the training exercise and the operator's level of skill relating to that determined factor, which helps the operator to define the cause of the training result. Training is preferably presented to the operator based on baseline skill levels associated with a stored operator's profile. A system and method are also provided to monitor and mitigate operator critical skill degradation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventors: Serguei Bedziouk, Laurent Chardon
  • Publication number: 20040241627
    Abstract: A computer aided training and certification method and system is provided that also serves to control jobsite access. A hosting center/central network stores multimedia content and administrative/certification information and communicates with training units to deliver the training and instructional scripts directed to site and task specific requirements and records trainee responses to inquiries and test questions. Site access is limited to only those qualified for the purpose and satisfying mandatory pre-employment safety orientations, including testing, and/or to only those having a pre-determined purpose for entry through system generated identification cards, administrative computer tracking and/or site located electronic card readers. Individual qualification, upon entry and for use in permitting entry, is also provided for a cataloging of those individuals/employees on site and identifying those on site by the skills and tasks to which they are qualified and/or certified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Raymond Delfing
  • Publication number: 20040229195
    Abstract: A system including a scanning apparatus is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system has (a) an article having (i) a surface having a plurality of positions and a plurality of print elements respectively at the plurality of positions, and (ii) a plurality of codes respectively at the plurality of positions and relating to absolute or relative locations of the positions. The system also has (b) a scanning apparatus comprising (i) a stylus having an optical detector and an optical emitter, (ii) a processor coupled to the optical detector and the optical emitter, (iii) a memory unit comprising code for audio corresponding to the print elements, the memory unit coupled to the processor, and (iv) an audio output device coupled to the processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Applicant: LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: James Marggraff, Mark Flowers
  • Publication number: 20040229197
    Abstract: A method to eliminate the inefficiencies of the leture/lab methodology of providing training by specifically designing training according to the business goals of the student's employer and for developing a customized learning plan to provide training while simultaneously meeting those business goals by performing the training using a combination of lectures, hands-on labs designed to advance the business goal, mentoring and support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventor: Tim Hatton
  • Publication number: 20040224293
    Abstract: A system, method, or apparatus for use in providing worker specific health and safety training (e.g., individualized training for each of a plurality of trainee individuals with respect to a particular configuration of respirator or other health and safety equipment and information).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2003
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Applicant: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Paula J. Penning, John C. Mathison
  • Patent number: 6802718
    Abstract: An enhanced deck for generating live fire simulations of fuel spill and chemical fires and the like, and includes a pit for receiving a volume of fluid, such as water, within which is mounted a fuel burner array. Gaseous or liquid fuel is delivered to the burner assembly under pressure, resulting in the expulsion of fuel into the liquid, where the fuel transforms into vapor and rises to the surface of the pit. A support surface structure is provided at the top of the pit flush to the ground level to permit vehicle movement. The fuel vapor is ignited at the support surface to generate a training fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Kidde Fire Trainers Inc.
    Inventors: Dominick J. Musto, Steven J. Williamson
  • Patent number: 6799975
    Abstract: A mobile confined space rescue training simulation unit having a simple adjustable modular construction that may be set up in any of a number of different confined space rescue scenarios to meet a variety of specialized training needs. The unit is preferably trailer-mounted for portability and has an elongated upper work area and two interior modular sections in communication with each other. The first section allows for establishing different labyrinths through which rescue trainees must travel, and the second section has a retractable sloping floor that may be replaced by simulated machinery such as a rotating shaft with blades. Multiple combinations of training rescue scenarios are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Inventor: Michael L. Dunn