Patents Assigned to View, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10088729
    Abstract: Conventional electrochromic devices frequently suffer from poor reliability and poor performance. Improvements are made using entirely solid and inorganic materials. Electrochromic devices are fabricated by forming an ion conducting electronically insulating interfacial region that serves as an IC layer. In some methods, the interfacial region is formed after formation of an electrochromic and a counter electrode layer, which are in direct contact with one another. The interfacial region contains an ion conducting electronically insulating material along with components of the electrochromic and/or the counter electrode layer. Materials and microstructure of the electrochromic devices provide improvements in performance and reliability over conventional devices. In addition to the improved electrochromic devices and methods for fabrication, integrated deposition systems for forming such improved devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhongchun Wang, Anshu Pradhan, Robert Rozbicki
  • Patent number: 10088731
    Abstract: Window units, for example insulating glass units (IGU's), that have at least two panes, each pane having an electrochromic device thereon, are described. Two optical state devices on each pane of a dual-pane window unit provide window units having four optical states. Window units described allow the end user a greater choice of how much light is transmitted through the electrochromic window. Also, by using two or more window panes, each with its own electrochromic device, registered in a window unit, visual defects in any of the individual devices are negated by virtue of the extremely small likelihood that any of the visual defects will align perfectly and thus be observable to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Friedman, Sridhar K. Kailasam, Rao Mulpuri, Ronald A. Powell, Dhairya Shrivastava
  • Patent number: 10069978
    Abstract: A system, smart device and method for apportioning costs of smart device operations between purposes. Operation information concerning operations performed by the smart device is recorded. The operations are apportioned between purposes based on categorization information and the operation information. The cost of the apportioned operations performed by the device is determined for the purposes based on the operation information and tariff information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Mobility View Inc.
    Inventor: Thom Damstra
  • Patent number: 10054833
    Abstract: Prior electrochromic devices frequently suffer from high levels of defectivity. The defects may be manifest as pin holes or spots where the electrochromic transition is impaired. This is unacceptable for many applications such as electrochromic architectural glass. Improved electrochromic devices with low defectivity can be fabricated by depositing certain layered components of the electrochromic device in a single integrated deposition system. While these layers are being deposited and/or treated on a substrate, for example a glass window, the substrate never leaves a controlled ambient environment, for example a low pressure controlled atmosphere having very low levels of particles. These layers may be deposited using physical vapor deposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Sridhar Karthik Kailasam, Robin Friedman, Anshu A. Pradhan, Robert T. Rozbicki
  • Patent number: 10048561
    Abstract: A method of controlling tint of a tintable window to account for occupant comfort in a room of a building. The tintable window is between the interior and exterior of the building. The method predicts a tint level for the tintable window at a future time based on a penetration depth of direct sunlight through the tintable window into the room at the future time and space type in the room. The method also provides instructions over a network to transition tint of the tintable window to the tint level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Clark Brown
  • Patent number: 10039555
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating disc herniation include surgical and endoscopic access and removal of disc tissue. The tissue removal devices that may be used include flexible elongate members, such as a cable, that may be inserted into a vertebral disc and rotated to pulverize the disc material and facilitate its removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Spine View, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. To, Gary Daniel Zaretzka, Hiep Nguyen, Singfatt Chin, Robert May
  • Publication number: 20180185046
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are tissue-removal devices and methods for treating spinal diseases using such devices. The tissue-removal devices may comprise a cable and/or extendable elements with a retracted and a deployed configuration. The cable and/or extendable elements may be distally supported and restrained by a support element such that the support element may be pushed transversely away when the extendable element is distally extended into its deployed configuration. An annular cutting element may be provided about the distal end of the extendable element or the support element. Various configurations of the extendable and support elements are described herein, as well as methods of using tissue-removal devices with extendable and support elements coupled by an annular cutting element for treating spinal diseases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Applicant: Spine View, Inc.
    Inventors: David Batten, John To, Hiep Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10001691
    Abstract: Onboard EC window controllers are described. The controllers are configured in close proximity to the EC window, for example, within the IGU. The controller may be part of a window assembly, which includes an IGU having one or more EC panes, and thus does not have to be matched with the EC window, and installed, in the field. The window controllers described herein have a number of advantages because they are matched to the IGU containing one or more EC devices and their proximity to the EC panes of the window overcomes a number of problems associated with conventional controller configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Dhairya Shrivastava, Anshu A. Pradhan, Stephen C. Brown, David Walter Groechel, Robert T. Rozbicki
  • Patent number: 9995985
    Abstract: Methods of manufacturing electrochromic windows are described. Insulated glass units (IGU's) are protected, e.g. during handling and shipping, by a protective bumper. The bumper can be custom made using IGU dimension data received from the IGU fabrication tool. The bumper may be made of environmentally friendly materials. Laser isolation configurations and related methods of patterning and/or configuring an electrochromic device on a substrate are described. Edge deletion is used to ensure a good seal between spacer and glass in an IGU and thus better protection of an electrochromic device sealed in the IGU. Configurations for protecting the electrochromic device edge in the primary seal and maximizing viewable area in an electrochromic pane of an IGU are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald M. Parker, Robert T. Rozbicki, Yashraj Bhatnagar, Abhishek Anant Dixit, Anshu A. Pradhan
  • Patent number: 9962170
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating spinal stenosis include endoscopic access devices and bone removal devices used to perform a foraminotomy or other bone removal procedures. Some of the bone removal devices include expandable members which may be used to control the forced exerted and/or position of the bone removal mechanism, and to protect neurovascular structures and other soft tissue structures from the bone removal mechanism. Other bone removal devices include a trephine with a viewing window and a guide wire lumen used to position the trephine at a target tissue site using an anchored wire. The viewing window may be used to monitor structures or tissues adjacent to the target tissue site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Spine View, Inc.
    Inventors: Lex P. Jansen, John W. Davis, John T. To, Singfatt Chin, Myra I. L. Fabro
  • Patent number: 9958750
    Abstract: Methods of manufacturing electrochromic windows are described. Insulated glass units (IGU's) are protected, e.g. during handling and shipping, by a protective bumper. The bumper can be custom made using IGU dimension data received from the IGU fabrication tool. The bumper may be made of environmentally friendly materials. Laser isolation configurations and related methods of patterning and/or configuring an electrochromic device on a substrate are described. Edge deletion is used to ensure a good seal between spacer and glass in an IGU and thus better protection of an electrochromic device sealed in the IGU. Configurations for protecting the electrochromic device edge in the primary seal and maximizing viewable area in an electrochromic pane of an IGU are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald M. Parker, Robert T. Rozbicki, Yashraj Bhatnagar, Abhishek Anant Dixit, Anshu A. Pradhan
  • Patent number: 9952481
    Abstract: Embodiments described include bus bars for electrochromic or other optical state changing devices. The bus bars are configured to color match and/or provide minimal optical contrast with their surrounding environment in the optical device. Such bus bars may be transparent bus bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Rozbicki, Gordon Jack, Disha Mehtani
  • Patent number: 9946138
    Abstract: Onboard EC window controllers are described. The controllers are configured in close proximity to the EC window, for example, within the IGU. The controller may be part of a window assembly, which includes an IGU having one or more EC panes, and thus does not have to be matched with the EC window, and installed, in the field. The window controllers described herein have a number of advantages because they are matched to the IGU containing one or more EC devices and their proximity to the EC panes of the window overcomes a number of problems associated with conventional controller configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Dhairya Shrivastava, Anshu A. Pradhan, Stephen C. Brown, David Walter Groechel, Robert T. Rozbicki
  • Publication number: 20180095337
    Abstract: Electrochromic devices comprise first and second conductors, wherein at least one of the first and second conductors is a multi-layered conductor. The electrochromic devices further comprise an electrochromic stack between the conductors adjacent to a substrate. The at least one multi-layered conductor comprises a metal layer sandwiched between a first non-metal layer and a second non-metal layer such that the metal layer does not contact the electrochromic stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicant: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert T. Rozbicki, Anshu A. Pradhan, Sridhar Karthik Kailasam, Robin Friedman, Gordon E. Jack, Dane Thomas Gillaspie
  • Patent number: 9927674
    Abstract: “Smart” controllers for windows having controllable optical transitions are described. Controllers with multiple features can sense and adapt to local environmental conditions. Controllers described herein can be integrated with a building management system (BMS) to greatly enhance the BMS's effectiveness at managing local environments in a building. The controllers may have one, two, three or more functions such as powering a smart window, determining the percent transmittance, size, and/or temperature of a smart window, providing wireless communication between the controller and a separate communication node, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava
  • Patent number: 9921450
    Abstract: Controllers and control methods apply a drive voltage to bus bars of a thin film optically switchable device. The applied drive voltage is provided at a level that drives a transition over the entire surface of the optically switchable device but does not damage or degrade the device. This applied voltage produces an effective voltage at all locations on the face of the device that is within a bracketed range. The upper bound of this range is associated with a voltage safely below the level at which the device may experience damage or degradation impacting its performance in the short term or the long term. At the lower boundary of this range is an effective voltage at which the transition between optical states of the device occurs relatively rapidly. The level of voltage applied between the bus bars is significantly greater than the maximum value of the effective voltage within the bracketed range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Anshu A. Pradhan, Disha Mehtani, Gordon Jack
  • Patent number: 9910336
    Abstract: This disclosure describes insulated glass units (IGUs) that incorporate electrochromic devices. More specifically, this disclosure focuses on different configurations available for providing an electrical connection to the interior region of an IGU. In many cases, an IGU includes two panes separated by a spacer. The spacer defines an interior region of the IGU and an exterior region of the IGU. Often, the electrochromic device positioned on the pane does not extend past the spacer, and some electrical connection must be provided to supply power from the exterior of the IGU to the electrochromic device on the interior of the IGU. In some embodiments, the spacer includes one or more holes (e.g, channels, mouse holes, other holes, etc.) through which an electrical connection (e.g., wires, busbar leads, etc.) may pass to provide power to the electrochromic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald M. Parker, Yashraj Bhatnagar, Trevor Frank, Travis D. Wilbur, Stephen C. Brown
  • Patent number: 9904138
    Abstract: Prior electrochromic devices frequently suffer from high levels of defectivity. The defects may be manifest as pin holes or spots where the electrochromic transition is impaired. This is unacceptable for many applications such as electrochromic architectural glass. Improved electrochromic devices with low defectivity can be fabricated by depositing certain layered components of the electrochromic device in a single integrated deposition system. While these layers are being deposited and/or treated on a substrate, for example a glass window, the substrate never leaves a controlled ambient environment, for example a low pressure controlled atmosphere having very low levels of particles. These layers may be deposited using physical vapor deposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Sridhar Karthik Kailasam, Robin Friedman, Anshu A. Pradhan, Robert T. Rozbicki
  • Patent number: 9897888
    Abstract: This disclosure provides spacers for smart windows. In one aspect, a window assembly includes a first substantially transparent substrate having an optically switchable device on a surface of the first substrate. The optically switchable device includes electrodes. A first electrode of the electrodes has a length about the length of a side of the optically switchable device. The window assembly further includes a second substantially transparent substrate a metal spacer between the first and the second substrates. The metal spacer has a substantially rectangular cross section, with one side of the metal spacer including a recess configured to accommodate the length of the first electrode such that there is no contact between the first electrode and the metal spacer. A primary seal material bonds the first substrate to the metal spacer and bonds the second substrate to the metal spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Yashraj Bhatnagar, Trevor Frank, Fabian Strong, Sridhar Kailasam, Robert Babcock, Ronald M. Parker, Robert T. Rozbicki
  • Patent number: D816518
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Brown, Alexander Rumer, Nilesh T. Desai