Patents Assigned to Color Kinetics, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20060262516
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided herein for illuminating a variety of household products and other items using color-controlled illumination systems that include lights under the control of processors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Publication date: November 23, 2006
    Applicant: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Dowling, Charles Cella, Josh Strauss, Michael Blackwell
  • Publication number: 20060152172
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for generating and modulating white light illumination conditions. Examples of applications in which such methods and apparatus may be implemented include retail environments (e.g., food, clothing, jewelry, paint, furniture, fabrics, etc.) or service environments (e.g., cosmetics, hair and beauty salons and spas, photography, etc.) where visible aspects of the products/services being offered are significant in attracting sales of the products/services. Other applications include theatre and cinema, medical and dental implementations, as well as vehicle-based (automotive) implementations. In another example, a personal grooming apparatus includes one or more light sources disposed in proximity to a mirror and configured to generate variable color light, including essentially white light, whose color temperature may be controlled by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Publication date: July 13, 2006
    Applicant: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventors: George Mueller, Alfred Ducharme, Kevin Dowling, Ihor Lys, Frederick Morgan, Charles Cella
  • Publication number: 20060050509
    Abstract: A color-changing device which includes an enclosure at least a portion of which is material which is desired to change color. There is also included an illumination device, such as an LED or collection of LEDs which can illuminate the material. There can also be included a controller which can take some form of input, such as from a network, or a sensor, and can convert that input into a signal to control the illumination. There is also included a method for performing such color change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Publication date: March 9, 2006
    Applicant: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Dowling, George Mueller, Ihor Lys
  • Patent number: 6969954
    Abstract: A system and method for automatic configuration of devices that comprises a receiver for receiving information from a device that uniquely identifies the device, a controller capable of assigning an address to the device, and a communication link for transmitting said information from the receiver to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventor: Ihor A. Lys
  • Publication number: 20050236029
    Abstract: Thermal indication methods and systems. In one example, electrical power is generated based on a temperature of a thermal surface, and at least one indication is provided, based on the generated electrical power, representative of the temperature of the thermal surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Publication date: October 27, 2005
    Applicant: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Dowling
  • Publication number: 20050236998
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlled semiconductor-based illumination. In one example, one or more semiconductor-based illumination systems are configured to illuminate an area about the illumination system(s). A user interface facility is employed to instruct one or more of the semiconductor-based illumination systems to produce a desired mixed light output to illuminate the area about the illumination system(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Publication date: October 27, 2005
    Applicant: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventors: George Mueller, Ihor Lys
  • Publication number: 20050174473
    Abstract: The embodiments disclosed herein show how such LED methods and systems, especially intelligent LED systems, can be used for photographic and cinematography applications and provide many benefits. Controlled LED illumination allows easy customization of these features to create a particular mood and can be used to create light of desired saturation and hue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Publication date: August 11, 2005
    Applicant: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick Morgan, George Mueller, Kevin Dowling, Ihor Lys, Charles Cella, Edward Nortrup
  • Publication number: 20050099824
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for medical and surgical lighting systems, including methods and systems wherein semiconductor illumination light sources are integrated into surgical tools for providing controlled lighting to a work area, such as a body cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Publication date: May 12, 2005
    Applicant: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Dowling, Robert O'Toole, Michael Blackwell, Frederick Morgan
  • Patent number: 6883929
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for generating an information signal. Exemplary methods and apparatus may comprise (A) electrically associating at least one LED with a Seebeck power generator; (B) thermally associating the Seebeck power generator with a surface; and (C) heating the surface to cause the Seebeck power generator to generate electricity to energize the at least one LED. In one example, such methods and apparatus may be used to provide an indication of the temperature of a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin J. Dowling
  • Publication number: 20050062440
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems for controlling the conversion of data inputs to a computer-based light system into lighting control signals. The methods and systems include facilities for controlling a nonlinear relationship between data inputs and lighting control signal ouputs. The nonlinear relationship may be programmed to account for varying responses of the viewer of a light source to different light source intensities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Publication date: March 24, 2005
    Applicant: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ihor Lys, Frederick Morgan, Michael Blackwell, Alfred Ducharme
  • Publication number: 20050044617
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for illumination of liquids in a variety of environments. In one example, multi-color LED-based light sources are employed to achieve a wide range of enhanced lighting effects in liquids. In another example, a pool or spa is illuminated by one or more multi-color light sources that may be employed as individually and independently controllable devices, or coupled together to form a networked lighting system to provide a variety of programmable and/or coordinated color illumination effects in the pool or spa environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Publication date: March 3, 2005
    Applicant: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventors: George Mueller, Frederick Morgan, Ihor Lys, Kevin Dowling
  • Publication number: 20050047132
    Abstract: A color-changing device which includes an enclosure at least a portion of which is material which is desired to change color. There is also included an illumination device, such as an LED or collection of LEDs which can illuminate the material. There can also be included a controller which can take some form of input, such as from a network, or a sensor, and can convert that input into a signal to control the illumination. There is also included a method for performing such color change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Publication date: March 3, 2005
    Applicant: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Dowling, George Mueller, Ihor Lys
  • Publication number: 20050040774
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for generating and modulating white light illumination conditions. Examples of applications in which such methods and apparatus may be implemented include retail environments (e.g., food, clothing, jewelry, paint, furniture, fabrics, etc.) or service environments (e.g., cosmetics, hair and beauty salons and spas, photography, etc.) where visible aspects of the products/services being offered are significant in attracting sales of the products/services. Other applications include theatre and cinema, medical and dental implementations, as well as vehicle-based (automotive) implementations. In another example, a personal grooming apparatus includes one or more light sources disposed in proximity to a mirror and configured to generate variable color light, including essentially white light, whose color temperature may be controlled by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Publication date: February 24, 2005
    Applicant: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventors: George Mueller, Alfred Ducharme, Kevin Dowling, Ihor Lys, Frederick Morgan, Charles Cella
  • Publication number: 20050041424
    Abstract: An illumination system according to the principles of the invention may include a first LED and a carrier material. The carrier material may be comprised of plastic, synthetic material, polymer, latex, rubber or other material. The carrier material may also contain a phosphor, fluorescent material, organic fluorescent material, inorganic fluorescent material, impregnated phosphor, phosphor particles, phosphor material, YAG:Ce phosphor, or other material for converting electromagnetic radiation into illumination or visible light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Publication date: February 24, 2005
    Applicant: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventor: Alfred Ducharme
  • Publication number: 20050035728
    Abstract: In one example, a lighting apparatus comprises a processor wherein the processor is configured to control a color-changing lighting effect generated by the lighting apparatus; wherein the processor is further configured to monitor an operating power source; and wherein the processor is further configured to synchronize the color-changing lighting effect in coordination with a parameter of the operating power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Publication date: February 17, 2005
    Applicant: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Schanberger, Kevin Dowling
  • Publication number: 20050036300
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided herein for illuminating a variety of household products and other items using color-controlled illumination systems that include lights under the control of processors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Publication date: February 17, 2005
    Applicant: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Dowling, Charles Cella, Josh Strauss, Michael Blackwell
  • Publication number: 20040240890
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for computer-based control of light sources in a networked lighting system. In one example, a plurality of LED-based lighting systems are arranged as computer controllable “light strings.” Applications contemplated for such light strings include, but are not limited to, decorative and entertainment-oriented lighting applications (e.g., Christmas tree lights, display lights, theme park lighting, video and other game arcade lighting, etc.). Via computer control, one or more such light strings may provide a variety of complex temporal and color-changing lighting effects. In one example, lighting data is communicated in a given light string in a serial manner, according to a variety of different data transmission and processing schemes. In another example, individual lighting systems of a light string are coupled together via a variety of different conduit configurations to provide for easy coupling and arrangement of multiple light sources constituting the light string.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Applicant: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ihor A. Lys, Frederick M. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20040212993
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling illumination. In one example, one or more multi-color light sources are controlled based on one or more interruptions of power supplied to the light source(s). In another example, a pool or spa is illuminated by one or more multi-color light sources that may be employed as individually and independently controllable devices that may be controlled based on one or more interruptions in power. In another example, the selection of a particular illumination program for such light sources (e.g., by one or more interruptions in power) is indicated to a user via the radiation generated by the light sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Applicant: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick M. Morgan, Ihor A. Lys, George G. Mueller, Kevin J. Dowling, Timothy Holmes, John Warwick
  • Publication number: 20040160199
    Abstract: Described herein are lighting units of a variety of types and configurations, including linear lighting units suitable for lighting large spaces, such as building exteriors and interiors. Also provided herein are methods and systems for powering lighting units, controlling lighting units, authoring displays for lighting units, and addressing control data for lighting units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Applicant: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick M. Morgan, Kevin J. Dowling, Ihor A. Lys, Brian Roberge, Brian Chemel, Jeff Hyer, Michael K. Blackwell, John Warwick
  • Patent number: D492042
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin Piepgras