Patents Assigned to Kinestral Technologies, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10997383
    Abstract: A smart driver system for electrochromic devices is provided. The system includes at least one smart driver having one or more processors, memory and a communication module. The at least one smart driver is configurable to couple to or integrate with one or more smart windows having electrochromic devices. The at least one smart driver is configurable to input identification information from a plurality of self-identifying components of a smart window system, including the one or more smart windows, and to self-initialize or self-adjust a plurality of operating parameters for operation of the self-identifying components in accordance with the identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Wally Barnum, Doug Brainard, Steve Coffin, Paul Nagel
  • Patent number: 10941613
    Abstract: A smart window system is provided. The system includes a plurality of smart windows, each having at least one electrochromic window and a plurality of sensors. The system includes a control system coupling the plurality of smart windows and the plurality of sensors. The control system is configured to couple to a network, and configured to generate a building model that includes information regarding the plurality of smart windows and is based on information from the plurality of sensors and information from the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Nagel, Wally Barnum, Stephen Coffin, Brandon Nichols, Antoine Dubois
  • Patent number: 10921694
    Abstract: A wall controller is provided. The wall controller includes a projection screen arranged to project a digital image onto the projection screen from the projector, wherein the projector has an optical axis that is non-orthogonal to the projection screen. The wall controller includes a housing having the projection screen mounted thereto. A housing is dimensioned to fit a second end of the housing through an aperture in a first wall, fit the second end into a wall space between the first wall and a second wall, and fit a majority of the first end of the housing into the aperture until the projection screen is parallel to a surface of the first wall. The aperture dimensioned to fit the first end of the housing or the front portion of the projection screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Antoine Dubois, John Bogdan, Paul Nagel, Craig Henricksen, Stephen Coffin, Wally Barnum
  • Patent number: 10921675
    Abstract: A system for causing electrochromic devices to be controlled is described. The system may include a memory and a processing device coupled to the memory. The processing device may receive a data stream from a driver controlling a set of electrochromic devices, transmit a first subset of the data stream to a server device, and store at least a second subset of the data stream in a data file in the memory. The processing device may receive one or more instructions from the server device and transmit the one or more instructions to the driver to cause the set of electrochromic devices to be controlled based on the one or more instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Kinestral Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter Thomas Barnum, Jason Aaron Litzinger
  • Patent number: 10901284
    Abstract: A monolithic tandem electrochromic device, comprising a central transparent conductor ion blocking layer, a first electrochromic multilayer stack arranged on a first surface of the central transparent conductor ion blocking layer, and a second electrochromic multilayer stack arranged on a second surface of the central transparent conductor ion blocking layer is described. The central transparent conductor ion blocking layer can comprise ion conductivities between 10?4 and 10?20 S/cm, and electrical resistivity less than 100 Ohm-cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Howard Turner, Howard Bergh, John Bass, Daniel Giaquinta
  • Patent number: 10877347
    Abstract: An electrochromic multi-layer stack is provided. The electrochromic multi-layer stack includes a thin film that includes lithium tungsten oxide with lithium included in the fully bleached state. The electrochromic multi-layer stack also includes an electrically conductive layer, and an outer substrate. An electrochromic device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Daniel Giaquinta, Brian Wiers, John David Bass, Scott Gamble, Gregory Daniloff, Hugues Duncan
  • Patent number: 10871695
    Abstract: A multi-layer device comprising a first substrate and a first electrically conductive layer on a surface thereof, the first electrically conductive layer having a sheet resistance to the flow of electrical current through the first electrically conductive layer that varies as a function of position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Howard S. Bergh, Jonathan Ziebarth, Nicolas Timmerman
  • Patent number: 10845666
    Abstract: Multi-layer devices comprising a layer of an electrochromic lithium nickel oxide composition on a first substrate, the lithium nickel oxide composition comprising lithium, nickel and a Group 5 metal selected from niobium, tantalum and a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Hye Jin Choi, Mark Bailey, John David Bass, Stephen Winthrop von Kugelgen, Eric Lachman, Howard W. Turner
  • Patent number: 10838280
    Abstract: A multi-layer device comprising a first substrate, a first electrically conductive layer on a surface thereof, and a first current modulating layer, the first electrically conductive layer having a sheet resistance to the flow of electrical current through the first electrically conductive layer that varies as a function of position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Howard S. Bergh, Jonathan Ziebarth, Nicolas Timmerman
  • Patent number: 10831079
    Abstract: A method for controlling an electrochromic device is provided. The method includes applying a constant supply current to the electrochromic device and determining an amount of charge transferred to the electrochromic device, as a function of time and current supplied to the electrochromic device. The method includes ceasing the applying the constant supply current, responsive to a sense voltage reaching a sense voltage limit and applying one of a variable voltage or a variable current to the electrochromic device to maintain the sense voltage at the sense voltage limit, responsive to the sense voltage reaching the sense voltage limit. The method includes terminating the applying the variable voltage or the variable current to the electrochromic device, responsive to the determined amount of charge reaching a target amount of charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Jonathan Ziebarth, Howard S. Bergh
  • Patent number: 10768503
    Abstract: A dual rail driver for an electrochromic device is provided. The dual rail driver includes a power supply having a first power supply rail and a second power supply rail and an H bridge connected to the first power supply rail and the second power supply rail and configurable to couple to an electrochromic device. The dual rail driver includes a controller coupled to the H bridge through a failsafe module and configurable to control switches of the H bridge to charge and discharge the electrochromic device from the first power supply rail and the second power supply rail. The failsafe module is configurable to override one or more signals from the controller that controls the switches of the H bridge through the failsafe module, responsive to detecting anomaly of the electrochromic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Paul Nagel, Wally Barnum, Doug Brainard
  • Patent number: 10768501
    Abstract: A tiled electrochromic (EC) device comprises a carrier glass, a first EC panel laminated to the carrier glass, a second EC panel laminated to the carrier glass, and a seam between the first EC panel and second EC panel. The first and second EC panels comprise an active area, a clear state and a dark state, and the tiled EC device is capable of switching between a clear state and a dark state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Sam Bergh, Howard Turner, Gregg Higashi, Paul Nagel, Wally Barnum
  • Patent number: 10761394
    Abstract: Process for forming a multi-layer electrochromic structure, the process comprising depositing a film of a liquid mixture onto a surface of a substrate, and treating the deposited film to form an anodic electrochromic layer, the liquid mixture comprising a continuous phase and a dispersed phase, the dispersed phase comprising metal oxide particles, metal alkoxide particles, metal alkoxide oligomers, gels or particles, or a combination thereof having a number average size of at least 5 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Hye Jin Choi, Mark Bailey, John David Bass, Stephen Winthrop von Kugelgen, Eric Lachman, Howard W. Turner, Daniel Mark Giaquinta
  • Patent number: 10739657
    Abstract: Multi-layer devices comprising a layer of an electrochromic lithium nickel oxide composition on a first substrate, the lithium nickel oxide composition comprising lithium, nickel and a Group 4 metal selected from titanium, zirconium, hafnium and a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Hye Jin Choi, Mark Bailey, John David Bass, Stephen Winthrop von Kugelgen, Eric Lachman, Howard W. Turner, Julian P. Bigi
  • Patent number: 10723835
    Abstract: Multi-layer electrochromic structures, and processes for assembling such structures, incorporating a cross-linked ion conducting polymer layer that maintains high adhesive and cohesive strength in combination with high ionic conductivity for an extended period of time, the ion conducting polymer layer characterized by electrochemical stability at voltages between about 1.3 V and about 4.4 V relative to lithium, lithium ion conductivity of at least about 10?5 s/cm, and lap shear strength of at least 100 kPa, as measured at 1.27 mm/min in accordance with ASTM International standard D1002 or D3163.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Nicolas Timmerman, Mark Micklatcher, Justin Kerszulis
  • Patent number: 10705403
    Abstract: A method of controlling an electrochromic device is provided. The method includes measuring an open circuit voltage between a first electrode and a reference electrode in the electrochromic device in a fully bleached state. The method includes calculating a charge Q to return the first electrode to a baseline state and darkening the first electrode in the electrochromic device to a darkened state. The method includes transferring charge from the first electrode in the darkened state to a redox element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: John Bass, Hugues Duncan, Jonathan Ziebarth
  • Patent number: 10698286
    Abstract: An electrochromic multi-layer stack is provided. The multi-layer stack includes an electrochromic multi-layer stack having a first substrate, a first electrically conductive layer, a first electrode layer, an ion conductor layer, a second substrate, a second electrically conductive layer, and a second electrode layer. The multi-layer stack includes a redox element, wherein the redox element is electrically isolated from the first and second electrically conductive layers and the first and second electrode layer and is laterally adjacent to either the first electrically conductive layer and the first electrode, or the second electrically conductive layer and the second electrode layer. A method for controlling an electrochromic device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: John David Bass, Jonathan Ziebarth, Hugues Duncan, Justin Kerszulis, Howard W. Turner, Jeffrey Charles Yoder
  • Patent number: 10678109
    Abstract: A distributed device control system is provided. The system includes a plurality of windows, each window of the plurality of windows having at least one electrochromic window, a voltage or current driver for the at least one electrochromic window, and a first control system local to the window. The system includes a plurality of window controllers, each window controller configured to couple to one or more of the plurality of windows and having a second control system, for the one or more of the plurality of windows, local to the window controller. The system includes a command and communication device configured to couple to each of the plurality of window controllers, configured to couple to a network, and having a third control system, for the plurality of windows, wherein control of the plurality of windows is distributed across the plurality of windows, the plurality of window controllers, the command and communication device, and a portion of the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Nagel, Wally Barnum, Stephen Coffin, Jonathan Ziebarth
  • Patent number: D906303
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Antoine Dubois, John B. Bogdan
  • Patent number: D906304
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: KINESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Antoine Dubois, John B. Bogdan