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Mendocino
07-15-2008, 09:41 PM
I was pleasantly surprised today when I learned that I had a patent issued (finally). This one (http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=6&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=Hamilton.INNM.&OS=IN/Hamilton&RS=IN/Hamilton) is a big deal.:)

wesintl
07-15-2008, 10:10 PM
Sweet. It's no small feat to get a patent issued. Congrats!

JohnInDenver
07-15-2008, 10:22 PM
Sure looks like a simpler system then currently exists to set up monitoring of court ordered offenders. Cheaper too since it does not tie up a land phone nor is limited by the number of monitoring devices in the same area.
My truck is not a daily driver nor insured for theft. It would be cool to have one of those devices, especially if I could control the off on button!.

Cheaper than LoJack?

John
KDODCU

DaveInDenver
07-15-2008, 10:33 PM
Right on!

Romer
07-15-2008, 10:40 PM
Cool Jeff

Rock Dog
07-15-2008, 11:31 PM
Very Cool! As Wes said no small feat, Congrats ! :thumb:

Hulk
07-16-2008, 10:49 AM
Very cool! Congrats, Jeff!

CBone
07-16-2008, 01:50 PM
Congrats Jeff on your patent. Can you tell us what exactly a "A portable motion-activated position reporting device" is and what it does? Doesn't sound like an aftermarket add on for a Landcruiser :cheers:

Mendocino
07-16-2008, 03:21 PM
Congrats Jeff on your patent. Can you tell us what exactly a "A portable motion-activated position reporting device" is and what it does? Doesn't sound like an aftermarket add on for a Landcruiser :cheers:

One manifestation of the invention would be to enhance this (http://www.trimble.com/trimtrac_about.shtml) with the inclusion of RFID.

One other system that can come from this is mobile asset management using RFID (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RFID), GNSS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNSS), terrestrial positioning, ultra wide band (UWB (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra_wide_band)), etc. If produced in large enough quantities you could put asset tags (devices) on everything from welders, compressors, shipping containers, vehicles, etc and know what there state is when they move.

Another manifestation that I am particularly keen on is where a RFID tag is placed in a survey monument and encoded with the monument's information. You then have an RFID interragator in a data collection device that can "see" the hidden RFID tag in the monument. This could also be extended to certain sub-surface assets as well. By doing this the operator knows that they are at the right device even if its obstructed from view. They can also write to the RFID tag so that there would be a history of when it was visited, by whom, and its condition.

This overall concept could be extended to lots of things like forestry. In the forestry example you place small RFID tags (a few millimeters) into a sapling. The tag could be written with the type of tree, its age at planting, genotype, phenotype, etc. Over the life of the tree when it is visited and surveyed by a forestry professional the phenotypical changes of the tree could be recorded on the tag. When the tree was harvested there would be a chain of custody documenting the trees life and the silvicultural (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silviculture) practices which were used to raise it. This becomes very important when documenting and proving that a given piece of lumber was produced in a green or sustainable manner.

There are many, many other manifestations to this patent as well.

Cheers,

Jeff

nakman
07-16-2008, 03:53 PM
Wow, that's very sweet, well done!

Now all you need is to design a nice new custom manufactured plastic enclosure... ;)

Mendocino
07-16-2008, 05:30 PM
Thanks:) I have seven other patents pending:cool: These days it takes about three years to get one through the process.

rover67
07-16-2008, 07:13 PM
Patents are always cool, way to go!