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Thomas G Zimmerman, Jaron Z Lanier: Computer data entry and manipulation apparatus and method. VPL Research, Townsend and Townsend, January 29, 1991: US04988981 (513 worldwide citation)

Apparatus is disclosed for generating control signals for the manipulation of virtual objects in a computer system according to the gestures and positions of an operator's hand or other body part. The apparatus includes a glove worn on the hand which includes sensors for detecting the gestures of th ...


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Don Coppersmith, Prabhakar Raghavan, Thomas G Zimmerman: System and method for near-field human-body coupling for encrypted communication with identification cards. International Business Machines Corporation, Khanh Q Tran, August 18, 1998: US05796827 (247 worldwide citation)

An apparatus and method are disclosed for encoding and transferring data from a transmitter to a receiver, using the human body as a transmission medium. The transmitter includes an electric field generator, a data encoder which operates by modulating the electric field, and electrodes to couple the ...


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Thomas G Zimmerman: System and method for remote optical digital networking of computing devices. International Business Machines Corporation, Jon A Gibbons, Fleit Kain Gibbons Gutman Bongini & Bianco P L, July 19, 2005: US06920289 (148 worldwide citation)

This invention extends the range of optical data of mobile device by trading speed for distance as well as integrating a plurality of pulses over time to define a single bit of information. The present invention uses a number of integrated pulses to represent a single bit instead of utilizing a one ...


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Thomas G Zimmerman, Samuel P Wantman: Electronic musical re-performance and editing system. January 30, 1996: US05488196 (136 worldwide citation)

A music re-performance system allows a plurality of untrained instrumentalist to play pre-stored music using traditional playing techniques along with an automatic accompaniment at a tempo controlled by a selected-instrumentalist. Instrumentalist's gestures start and stop pre-stored score notes and ...


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Thomas G Zimmerman: Photoelectric proximity detector and switch. Thomas M Freiburger, April 7, 1992: US05103085 (131 worldwide citation)

A reflection-type photoelectric proximity detector and switch is capable of detecting the incremental and binary proximity of a finger through several layers of glass, cancelling out extraneous reflections and stray sources of radiation. The circuitry includes a modulated infrared emitter, an infrar ...


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Thomas G Zimmerman: Optical flex sensor. VPL Research, Richard L Miller, September 17, 1985: US04542291 (83 worldwide citation)

An optical flex sensor is provided and consists of a flexible tube having two ends, a reflective interior wall within the flexible tube and a light source placed within one end of the flexible tube and a photosensitive detector placed within the other end of the flexible tube to detect a combination ...


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Thomas G Zimmerman: Music training apparatus. Haynes & Davis, October 8, 1996: US05563358 (77 worldwide citation)

An apparatus to assist the musical instruction of a student including one or more tone sources (e.g. flute, human voice, violin) playing monophonically as inputs, means to quantify aural parameters of pitch, amplitude, duration, and timbre of inputs, means to visually store and represent temporal hi ...


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Thomas G Zimmerman: Music training apparatus. February 22, 1994: US05287789 (64 worldwide citation)

An apparatus to assist the musical instruction of a student including one or more tone sources (e.g., flute, human voice, violin) playing monophonically as inputs, means to quantify aural parameters of pitch, amplitude, duration, and timbre of inputs, means to visually store and represent temporal h ...


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Young L Harvill, Thomas G Zimmerman, Jean Jacques G Grimaud: Motion sensor which produces an asymmetrical signal in response to symmetrical movement. VPL Research, Townsend and Townsend, March 17, 1992: US05097252 (43 worldwide citation)

In one embodiment of the invention, a plurality of sensors are placed over the joints of a hand. Each motion sensor comprises an optical fiber disposed between a light source and a light sensor. An upper portion of the fiber is treated so that transmission loss of light being communicated through th ...


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Thomas G Zimmerman: System and method for remote optical digital networking of computing devices. International Business Machines Corporation, Jon A Gibbons, Fleit Kain Gibbons Gutman Bongini & Bianco P L, February 12, 2008: US07330662 (31 worldwide citation)

The extended range of optical data communication is enabled through the use of intermediary relay stations spaced fairly far apart. IRDA communicatiOn, as is well known, uses very short duration optical pulses to send data up to 1 Mbit/sec; this has the concomitant effect of minimizing LED duty cycl ...