Patents Assigned to Savant Systems, LLC
  • Patent number: 10295999
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a general-purpose wireless mobile device having a touch-sensitive screen and executing a remote control application is used to remotely control a vehicle (e.g., a marine vessel). The general-purpose wireless mobile device communicates via a wireless network with an interface (e.g., a server) that is coupled to an electronic control system of the vehicle (e.g., the vessel). In operation, environmental information and/or system status information is collected through the electronic control system, propagated to the interface (e.g., server), and then sent over the wireless network to the wireless mobile device. Similarly, control input is sent over the wireless network to the interface (e.g., server), which passes the information to the electronic control system, which in turn issues appropriate control signals to the vehicle subsystems (e.g., marine subsystems) to control the motion of the vehicle (e.g., the vessel).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: Savant Systems, LLC, Apple, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven P. Jobs, Robert P. Madonna, Michael C. Silva, Cameron Pulsford, Nicholas J. Cipollo
  • Patent number: 10261529
    Abstract: In one embodiment, graphical programming is used to configure a system of audio, video, lighting, HVAC and/or security components. Representations of audio, video, lighting, heating, HVAC and/or security components are displayed in a graphical user interface. Each representation corresponds to a physical component that is available for inclusion in the system. A zone map that represents one or more zones is displayed in the graphical user interface. A selected representation of an audio, video, lighting, heating, HVAC or security component is dragged and dropping to a selected zone of the zone map to indicate installation of a selected physical component in the corresponding room. One or more realized services that the system is capable of providing are determined based at least in part on the selected zone of the zone map. Thereafter, an output is provided based on the one or more realized services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Michael C. Silva, Robert P. Madonna, Kevin C. Kicklighter, Bryan S. Bonczek, David M. Benvenuti, Arthur A. Jacobson, Nicholas Cipollo, Gerald W. Shields
  • Patent number: 10255145
    Abstract: In one embodiment, two or more programmable multimedia controllers are provided a multimedia system that includes a plurality of audio/video (A/V) devices that source or output digital media streams. Each of the programmable multimedia controllers has at least a processing subsystem and a switch capable of switching the digital media streams. Arbitration is conducted among the programmable multimedia controllers to select one of the programmable multimedia controllers as winning the arbitration. Master status is assigned to the one of the programmable multimedia controllers that won the arbitration. Subordinate status is assigned to at least one other programmable multimedia controller that did not win the arbitration. It is periodically verified whether the programmable multimedia controller assigned master status is operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Siegmar K. Eschholz, Michael C. Silva
  • Patent number: 10211998
    Abstract: In one embodiment, device addition to an expandable multimedia control system is performed without creating or modifying source code. A configuration bundle is stored on a first device of the expandable multimedia control system, the configuration bundle including a list of unique identifiers (UIDs) representing devices that are eligible to become a part of the expandable multimedia control system. The first device monitors a local area network (LAN), and determines a UID of a second device. The first device compares the UID of the second device with the list of UIDs in the configuration bundle. In response to a match of the UID of the second device with a UID of the list of UIDs in the configuration bundle, the second device is added to the expandable multimedia control system, and at least a portion of the configuration bundle is shared with it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Michael C. Silva
  • Patent number: 10209693
    Abstract: An architecture that provides ubiquitous access to a home automation system utilizes both a home database and a configuration database maintained by remote cloud services. In one example embodiment, a system configuration of the home automation system is generated and maintained in a home database accessible on an in-home LAN. The home database is synchronized with a configuration database of cloud services over the Internet. User input is received in a home automation control UI indicating a change to one or more services or scenes provided by hardware elements of the home automation system. When there is connectivity between a device providing the home automation control UI and the in-home LAN, the system configuration in the home database is utilized to effect the indicated change. When there is no connectivity between the device providing the home automation control UI and the in-home LAN, the system configuration in the configuration database of cloud services is utilized to effect the indicated change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Bharat Welingkar, Arthur A. Jacobson, Matt N. Gloier
  • Patent number: 10146398
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a virtual room-based user interface includes one or more virtual rooms. Each virtual room is rendered from one or more images captured of a corresponding physical room of a structure, and includes depictions of one or more light fixtures within the physical room, one or more furnishings within the physical room and one or more boundaries of the physical room. A user selects a particular depiction of a particular light fixture within a particular virtual room. In response, a state of the particular light fixture within the corresponding physical room is changed. Also, appearance of the particular virtual room is updated such that the depiction of the particular light fixture shows the particular light fixture with the changed state and the depictions of the one or more boundaries or the one or more furnishings show lighting effects resulting from the changed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Robert P. Madonna, Nicholas J. Cipollo
  • Patent number: 10042336
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for defining and activating scenes in a home automation system. In one embodiment, a user-defined scene is automatically captured based on current states in a home automation system and a last media query. Current states in the home automation system are automatically captured for services to build a set of states, the set of states including states of services provided by multiple different types of devices, the multiple different types including two or more of audio/video (A/V) devices, lighting devices, heating ventilation and cooling (HVAC) devices, security devices, shade control devices, energy conservation devices, or communications devices. A last media query performed by the home automation system is also captured. A user-defined scene is generated from both. The user-defined scene is stored, and when it is determined it should be activated, service requests are sent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Cipollo, Andrew R. Hamm, Ryan E. Kitson, Nathan A. Trapp, Cameron B. Pulsford, Timothy R. Locascio, George T. Katsiris, Michael C. Silva, Jose J. Ronquillo Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10042339
    Abstract: An architecture for a home automation system is provided that utilizes a home database stored in an in-home host controller that is synchronized with a configuration database maintained by remote cloud services. In one example embodiment, the home database of the host controller is synchronized over the Internet with the configuration database of cloud services. When there is connectivity between a mobile app used to configure and/or control the home automation system and the host controller via an in-home LAN, data interactions related to the home automation system are performed between the mobile app and the home database over the in-home LAN. When there is not this connectivity, data interactions related to the home automation system are performed between the mobile app and the configuration database over the Internet. If the host controller is reset or replaced, the home database may be restored by synchronization with the configuration database of cloud services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Bharat Welingkar, Arthur A. Jacobson, Matt N. Gloier
  • Patent number: 10032364
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a wireless lighting application (app) is executed on a mobile device to configure a wireless lighting control system including a plurality of wireless lighting control devices. A connection is established between the mobile device and a wireless lighting control device. In response to user input in a graphical user interface (GUI) of the wireless lighting app, the wireless lighting app configures at least one of a lighting controller, keypads or lamp modules by at least associating an attached lighting load with a load name. Further, the wireless lighting app defines a lighting scene that uses the lighting load having the load name. Still further, the wireless lighting app assigns the lighting scene to a programmable button of one of the wireless lighting control devices such that, in response to a press of the programmable button, the wireless lighting control system produces the predefined lighting effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew R. Hamm, Kevin C. Kicklighter, Nichol F. Draper
  • Patent number: 10018977
    Abstract: In one embodiment, history-based key phrase suggestions are provided for voice control of a home automation system. A host controller builds a history database that maintains a history of events, each event indicating one or more services activated, one or more scenes activated or one or more types of media content presented by the home automation system. A predictions process on the host controller selects a subset of the events of the history database based on a present condition of the home automation system to produce a predication dataset. A grammar process on a remote control or mobile device selects one or more intentions from a list used by a voice recognition engine, based on the prediction dataset. Each intention includes a key phrase paired with an action. A voice user interface (UI) process suggests key phrases from the one or more selected intentions in a voice control UI on the remote control or mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Cipollo, Ryan E. Kitson, George T. Katsiris
  • Patent number: 9876652
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a technique is provided for automatically generating a custom user interface (UI) of a control device usable to control a home automation system. A configuration database is maintained, for example, on a host controller, of the home automation system. The configuration database stores logical representations that describe a configuration. The configuration database is transferred (e.g., downloaded) to a control device. The control device accesses the configuration database for one or more of the logical representations, and translates returned information related to the one or more of the logical representations to UI element, using predefined mappings. The controll device then displays the UI elements as a custom UI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: David W. Tatzel, Arthur A. Jacobson, Nicholas J. Cipollo, Jose J. Ronquillo Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9867260
    Abstract: An automation system includes a lighting controller having a WiFi interface through which wireless communication may be established with one or more mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and the like. Using a mobile device, an installer may rapidly and reliably configure the lighting controller including creating or modifying bindings and settings for keypads which are associated with the lighting controller. The lighting controller includes a dynamic snubber circuit which automatically adjusts itself to operate with different types of loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin C. Kicklighter, Steven R. McDaniel, Nichol Fife Draper
  • Patent number: 9806900
    Abstract: In various embodiments, techniques are provided for utilizing a WPAN (e.g., BLE) and an in-home LAN (e.g., Wi-Fi network) together to provision and/or configure hardware elements of a home automation system. In one embodiment, a first WPAN-discoverable hardware element (e.g., a host controller) of the home automation system advertises its presence on a WPAN. The first WPAN-discoverable hardware element receives user-provided network credentials from a mobile app, which are used to configure the first WPAN-discoverable hardware element on the in-home LAN, and which are stored in a storage device of the first WPAN-discoverable hardware element. To provision a second WPAN-discoverable hardware element (e.g., a device) of the home automation system on the in-home LAN, the first WPAN-discoverable hardware element transfers the network credentials back to the mobile app via the in-home LAN, and causes the mobile app to forward the network credentials via the WPAN to the second hardware element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Arthur A. Jacobson, David W. Tatzel, Michael C. Silva, Adam J. Moore, Jaireh Tecarro, Gregory T. Shirai
  • Patent number: 9736616
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a connection device couples a mobile device having a touch-sensitive display screen to a component of home automation system. The connection device couples a wired serial communication interface of the mobile device to a wired serial communication interface of the component. The mobile device executes a configuration application (app), whose a user interface is displayed on the touch-sensitive display screen. Using the user interface, a user may configure the component to join a Wi-Fi network, as well as configure more advanced settings of the component. Similarly, in response to further input on the user interface, the configuration app on the mobile device may send additional control commands via the connection device, or the Wi-Fi network, to the component, to configure additional settings of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Madonna, Michael Silva, Cory Haflett, Michael Noonan, Zev Eisenberg, Duarte Avelar, Matthew Aguiar
  • Patent number: D776617
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jonas Lagerstedt, Robert Brunner
  • Patent number: D776656
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jonas Lagerstedt, Robert Brunner
  • Patent number: D776657
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jonas Lagerstedt, Robert Brunner
  • Patent number: D786200
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jonas Lagerstedt, Robert Brunner
  • Patent number: D812592
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Jonas Lagerstedt, Martin Gschwandtl, Robert Brunner
  • Patent number: D839226
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Savant Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Cary Lee Christie