US Patent No: 5,832,440

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Trolling motor with remote-control system having both voice--command and manual modes

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A device for controlling the speed and direction of a watercraft using voice commands. The device includes a voice recognition computer, which recognizes spoken commands, and a motor control computer which causes the speed and steering direction of the watercraft to change in response to the spoken commands. A remote control beltpack unit with a radio or infrared link allows free movement of the operator while controlling the watercraft.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
DACE TECHNOLOGYAUSTIN, TX1

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ruiz, Erik Cedar Park, TX 1 22
Woodbridge, Donald A Austin, TX 2 38

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NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD. (11)
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4,538,295 Speech recognition system for an automotive vehicle 17 1982
4,531,228 Speech recognition system for an automotive vehicle 53 1982
4,593,403 Speech recognition system and method for an automotive vehicle 31 1982
4,528,687 Spoken-instruction controlled system for an automotive vehicle 26 1982
4,558,459 Speech recognition system for an automotive vehicle 27 1983
4,597,098 Speech recognition system in a variable noise environment 16 1985
4,637,045 Speech recognition system for an automotive vehicle 16 1985
 
ZEBCO CORPORATION (7)
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5,069,642 Kill function for a steered trolling motor 11 1990
5,078,070 Membrane potentiometers used as error transducers in a trolling motor 5 1990
5,088,943 Park function for a steered trolling motor 9 1990
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5,112,256 Gear train of a servo-controlled trolling motor 9 1990
5,171,173 Trolling motor steering and speed control 58 1990
 
KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA (6)
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MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. (4)
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NEC CORPORATION (4)
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OKI ELECTRIC INDUSTRY CO., LTD. (4)
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Pioneer Electronic Corporation (4)
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MOTOROLA, INC. (3)
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VOICE CONTROL SYSTEMS, INC. (3)
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JOHNSON WORLDWIDE ASSOCIATES, INC. (2)
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5,172,324 Electronic steering system 15 1990
 
Konica Corporation (2)
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Rice-Kelly Research and Engineering, Inc. (2)
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SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (2)
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5,440,606 X-ray system control 8 1994
 
U.S. Philips Corporation (2)
4,864,623 Method of recognizing a control command in a system, and interactive system for carrying out the method 10 1985
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ALCATEL N.V. (1)
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Architectural Control Systems, Inc. (1)
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Audion Pty. Ltd. (1)
5,220,287 Voice processing apparatus 5 1992
 
CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA (1)
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CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. (1)
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DSP GROUP INC. (1)
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FUJITSU LIMITED (1)
5,371,800 Speech detection circuit 4 1991
 
GE AVIATION UK (1)
5,228,087 Speech recognition apparatus and methods 30 1992
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (1)
4,426,733 Voice-controlled operator-interacting radio transceiver 43 1982
 
GOINES, MICHAEL A. (1)
5,359,576 Voice activated target launching system with automatic sequencing control 13 1992
 
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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (1)
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INVENTIO AG (1)
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ITT CORPORATION (1)
4,897,878 Noise compensation in speech recognition apparatus 66 1985
 
JOHNSON FISHING, INC. (1)
5,202,835 Trolling motor with heading lock 6 1992
 
JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC. (1)
5,386,368 Apparatus for maintaining a boat in a fixed position 36 1993
 
Kabushiki Kaisha Toyoda Jidoshokki Seisakusho (1)
4,516,207 Apparatus for controlling air conditioner by voice 27 1982
 
Kearney & Trecker Corporation (1)
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Keyes; Russel H. (1)
4,739,236 Portable helm 28 1987
 
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MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC WORKS, LTD. (1)
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Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha (1)
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MONTEFIORE HOSPITAL ALSO KNOWN AS THE MONTEFIORE HOSPITAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA, INC., ALSO KNOWN AS MONTEFIORE HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA, ALSO KNOWN AS THE MONTEFIORE HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA, ALSO KNOWN A (1)
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MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC. (1)
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NATIONAL RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (1)
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5,303,148 Voice actuated volume image controller and display controller 149 1990
 
PITNEY BOWES INC. (1)
4,556,944 Voice responsive automated mailing system 30 1983
 
Position Orientation Systems, Inc. (1)
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Prince Corporation (1)
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PRONOUNCED TECHNOLOGIES LLC (1)
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4,720,802 Noise compensation arrangement 73 1983
 
SRI INTERNATIONAL (1)
5,148,489 Method for spectral estimation to improve noise robustness for speech recognition 50 1992
 
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5,375,063 Apparatus and method for voice controlled apparel machine 10 1993
 
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The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force (1)
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TOMY COMPANY, LTD. (1)
4,717,364 Voice controlled toy 101 1984
 
TORQUE-TRACTION TECHNOLOGIES LLC (1)
4,862,363 Voice actuated two speed axle 20 1987
 
Toyota Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (1)
4,493,100 Apparatus for controlling air conditioner by voice 11 1982
 
TROLLMATE, INC. (1)
4,824,408 Remotely controlled steering apparatus for outboard trolling motors 21 1986
 
TRONTECH LICENSING INCORPORATED (1)
5,406,618 Voice activated, handsfree telephone answering device 54 1992
 
VSC INDUSTRIES, INC. (1)
5,303,299 Method for continuous recognition of alphanumeric strings spoken over a telephone network 81 1992
 
WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION (1)
4,520,576 Conversational voice command control system for home appliance 67 1983
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (10)
4,275,266 Device to control machines by voice 28 1979
4,302,749 Automatic firing for clay pigeon launcher 5 1979
4,605,080 Speech recognition control system and method 25 1985
4,641,292 Voice controlled welding system 98 1985
4,882,685 Voice activated compact electronic calculator 28 1988
5,041,029 Automatic trolling arrangement 12 1989
H891 Automatic illumination switching device 5 1989
5,335,313 Voice-actuated, speaker-dependent control system for hospital bed 121 1991
5,345,538 Voice activated control apparatus 96 1992
5,362,263 Trolling autopilot 15 1992

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CATTRON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION (5)
6,466,847 Remote control system for a locomotive using voice commands 11 2000
6,697,716 Remote control system for a locomotive using voice commands 25 2002
6,799,098 Remote control system for a locomotive using voice commands 11 2002
6,853,890 Programmable remote control system and apparatus for a locomotive 11 2003
7,236,859 Remote control system for a locomotive 1 2004
 
GENERAL MOTORS LLC (3)
7,986,974 Context specific speaker adaptation user interface 7 2003
8,005,668 Adaptive confidence thresholds in telematics system speech recognition 2 2004
8,626,506 Method and system for dynamic nametag scoring 0 2006
 
CBB ASSET MANAGEMENT LLC (2)
6,655,309 Apparatus for maneuvering boats 4 2002
6,865,997 Apparatus for maneuvering boats 2 2003
 
BRUNSWICK CORPORATION (1)
8,106,617 Motor power-management protection method and circuit 0 2009
 
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (1)
6,995,527 Point-n-click steering 4 2004
 
JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC. (1)
7,538,511 Modular trolling motor control system 0 2007
 
LG ELECTRONICS INC. (1)
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Maruta Electric Boatworks LLC (1)
7,335,071 Electronic shut off systems 3 2005
 
Mongiardo, Lorenzo (1)
7,818,108 System of automatic control of maneuver of motor crafts, related method, and craft provided with the system 0 2005
 
PARUS HOLDINGS, INC. (1)
7,327,723 Computer, internet and telecommunications based network 7 2004
 
PHONAK AG (1)
7,136,007 Hearing-aid remote control 0 2003
 
Robertson, Glen E. (1)
6,678,589 Boat positioning and anchoring system 13 2002
 
SRC (1)
6,314,401 Mobile voice verification system 11 1999
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
6,554,667 Device for achieving hand control of a control pedal for an electric trolling motor 2 2002
7,430,977 Watercraft recovery device 0 2006