Patents Examined by Alexander H Taningco
  • Patent number: 11820338
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a cleanable surface disposed within its interior. The vehicle also includes a processor, a light source able to illuminate the surface, and a sensor configured to capture an image of the surface while the surface is illuminated by the light source. The vehicle also includes a passenger survey system for receiving input from a passenger regarding cleanliness of the surface. The processor is configured to adjust a detection threshold based on the input, and to detect foreign material on the surface based on the detection threshold and a comparison between the captured image and a stored image. After detecting the foreign material on the surface, the processor indicates that the vehicle needs to be cleaned, and may initiate an automatic cleaning procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Paul D. Schmalenberg, Sean P. Rodrigues, Atsushi Iwai
  • Patent number: 11802729
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided having at least one internal refrigerated compartment in which a plurality of refrigeration zones are provided, wherein an environment in each refrigeration zone may be independently controlled using a user interface configured to receive a zone selection input from a user indicating one of the plurality of refrigeration zones in which the user desires to adjust the environment; a plurality of lights provided in the internal refrigerated compartment and disposed proximate to each of the plurality of refrigeration zones, wherein groups of the plurality of lights may be separately controlled for visually identifying each of the refrigeration zones; and a controller configured to receive a zone selection input from the user interface, identify a group of the plurality of lights that are disposed proximate the selected refrigeration zone, and control the identified group of the plurality of lights to visually confirm the selected refrigeration zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Ammerman, Jae Kim
  • Patent number: 11754239
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a light unit and a controller for providing a controlled humanly visible illumination. A solar converter unit and an energy storage device supply an energy output to enable the light unit to provide the controlled illumination. The solar converter unit is configured to charge the energy storage device during a substantial shade charging condition. The controller includes a processor coupled to manage the controlled illumination, a memory accessible to the processor, and a program stored in the memory for execution by the processor to manage the controlled illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Inventor: Gary Thomas Osborne
  • Patent number: 11754271
    Abstract: A display apparatus for lighted footwear, having a spring switch, a battery-powered integrated circuit sealingly encapsulated, a plurality of illuminators, and a wiring harness connecting the illuminators to points of the integrated circuit, the integrated circuit being configured for activating the illuminators in a sequential pattern that can include repeated activation cycles when the spring switch is subjected to an effective acceleration. The display apparatus preferably includes the battery being sealingly encapsulated together with the spring switch and the integrated circuit; an ON/OFF switch can be included for selectively producing a deep sleep state of the integrated circuit that is unresponsive to the spring switch. Also disclosed is footwear incorporating the display apparatus, wherein the encapsulated enclosure is located within a sole heel portion of the shoe, and the illuminators are distributed on the footwear for external view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: Fujian Yibao Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jiayang Lin
  • Patent number: 11758628
    Abstract: A light emitting diode (LED) lamp includes at least one LED and an LED driver. The LED driver includes at least two terminals, a burning processor, and an address memory. The at least two terminals have a power input terminal and a power output terminal. The power input terminal and the power output terminal are externally coupled to a power line. The burning processor receives a burning activation data of a burning signal through the power input terminal or the power output terminal, and directly and externally receives a burning address data of the burning signal without from the power line. When a burning function of the burning processor is activated by the burning activation data, the burning processor converts the burning address data into a local address data and burns the local address data into the address memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: SEMISILICON TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventor: Wen-Chi Peng
  • Patent number: 11758634
    Abstract: A plurality of light sources are mounted in a vehicular passenger cabin. Each light source illuminates a respective illumination zone with a midpoint. Each light source is configured to illuminate at a plurality of brightness levels up to a full brightness. A gaze tracker monitors an occupant cabin to detect a gaze point. A controller responds to an illumination request from the occupant to actuate at least two light sources to illuminate the passenger cabin at the gaze point. The controller uses the gaze point to select a respective brightness level for each light source based on a proximity of the gaze point to respective midpoints of the illumination zones. At least a first one of the actuated light sources with a midpoint closer to the gaze point provides a higher brightness level than a second one of the actuated light sources with a midpoint farther from the gaze point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brendan F. Diamond, Keith Weston, Michael A. McNees, Anthony J. Maraldo
  • Patent number: 11746975
    Abstract: A lighting system and a method of operating a lighting module are described. The lighting module includes a heat sink a first LED element mounted on the heat sink emits light as a low beam pattern. A second LED element mounted on the heat sink emits light as a high beam pattern. A driver circuit electrically connected to the first and second LED elements to selectively supply electrical power for operation. The driver circuit is disposed to operate in a first and a second mode. In the first mode, to provide a low beam illumination, the first LED element is operated in a high power state while the second LED element is turned off. In the second mode, to provide a high beam illumination, the second LED element is operated in a high power state, while the first LED element is operated in a dimmed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: LUMILEDS LLC
    Inventors: J├╝rgen Mertens, Harry Gijsbers, Astrid Marchewka, Benno Spinger
  • Patent number: 11745642
    Abstract: A present invention provide a vehicle light system which prevents low-beam headlights from being forgotten to turn on while a vehicle is traveling and is able to turn off the low-beam headlights when it is not necessary, a rotation position of a light switch includes an AUTO position, a SMALL position, and an OFF position, the light switch includes a momentary mechanism which returns a position to the AUTO position when the position is changed to the OFF position or the SMALL position, lights include the low-beam headlights and position lights, the AUTO position allows the low-beam headlights and the position lights to turn on or off depending on a brightness outside the vehicle, and a light control unit turns off the low-beam headlights and turns on the position lights when the rotation position is set to the AUTO position, the brightness outside the vehicle is lower than a predetermined value, a speed is lower than a first predetermined speed, and the rotation position is then changed to the SMALL position
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Manabu Shimada, Shigeto Iwamoto, Keisuke Maeda, Takashi Mai
  • Patent number: 11737194
    Abstract: There is provided a light switch system having a housing and a controller secured to the housing. The controller is to control a light source to generate a light output based on a demanded output. The light source is to illuminate at least a portion of an operational volume. The light switch system also has an occupancy sensor communicatively coupled to the controller. The occupancy sensor is to generate an occupancy indicator to indicate whether the operational volume is occupied. Moreover, the light switch system has a functional module communicatively coupled to the controller. In addition, the controller is to divert power from the light source to the functional module by controlling the light source to a the light output to produce an altered light output based on the occupancy indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: GENERAC POWER SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen B. E. McFadyen, Houston Keil-Vine
  • Patent number: 11725808
    Abstract: A carry-signal controlled LED light with low power consumption includes at least one LED and a drive unit. The drive unit is coupled to the at least one LED, and receives a carry light signal to control the at least one LED. The drive unit includes a light control unit. The light control unit drives the at least one LED according to a light command content of the carry light signal. When a voltage of the carry light signal is less than a low-level voltage, the light control unit enters an eco mode, and the light control unit detects and identifies signals within a time interval. After the time interval, the light control unit enters a sleep mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2023
    Assignee: SEMISILICON TECHNOLOGY CORP.
    Inventor: Wen-Chi Peng
  • Patent number: 11719425
    Abstract: A light bulb has a first internal circuit that is configured to generate, from received external line power, a first illumination above a first brightness value. An internal charge storage element is configured to store electrical energy from the external line power. A second internal circuit has an ambient brightness sensor and a motion sensor. The second internal circuit is configured to generate, from the stored electrical energy, a second illumination below the first brightness value according to received signals from both the ambient brightness sensor and the motion sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Inventor: James Odorczyk
  • Patent number: 11696384
    Abstract: A multiple location load control system comprises a main device and remote devices, which do not require neutral connections, but allow for visual and audible feedback at the main device and the remote devices. The main device and the remote devices are adapted to be coupled together via an accessory wiring. The main device can be wired on the line side and the load side of the load control system. The main device is configured to enable a charging path to allow the remote devices to charge power supplies through the accessory wiring during a first time period of a half cycle of the AC power source. The main device and the remote devices are configured to communicate with each other via the accessory wiring during a second time period of the half cycle, for example, by actively pulling-up and actively pulling-down the accessory wiring to communicate using tri-state logic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Ehsan Dadashnialehi, Robert C. Newman, Jr., Daniel Curtis Raneri, Jaykrishna A. Shukla
  • Patent number: 11691698
    Abstract: A watercraft safety lighting system includes one or more light sensors for measuring ambient light levels, which are operatively connected to an electronic controller, such as a programmable logic controller or any suitable programmable computing device. The navigation lights are operatively connected to the electronic controller, as well as docking lights, interior lights, and instrument panel lighting, such as the lighting for gauges, instrument panels, video screens, GPS monitors, and the like. When ambient light levels reach a predetermined level of low light (as darkness is setting in, for example), the electronic controller is programmed to switch on the navigation lights, and to adjust other lighting to appropriate levels for night-time operations. The system may also shut off docking lights at a predetermined speed after dark, and may include alarms to warn the boat captain of improper lighting settings in low-light conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Inventors: Daniel Scott Trotter, Maron Isom
  • Patent number: 11696380
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lighting fixture and lighting system for automatically adjusting a color temperature. The optimal color temperature is obtained by adjusting step by step using the light intensity, the infrared movement signal, the visibility, the human body temperature and the environment temperature. Specifically, the color temperature is compensated for and adjusted by the light sources of at least two light emitting units. In this way, the adjustment range of the color temperature is extended, making it possible to obtain the optimal color temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Test Rite International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Agnes Shih
  • Patent number: 11690153
    Abstract: A lighting system including one or more light assemblies, each light assembly having a light-producing subassembly with one or more light sources for emitting light upon energization thereof, one or more sensors for sensing a preselected event, and a control subassembly, to control energization of the light source upon the sensor(s) sensing the preselected event. The light assembly also includes an internal communications subassembly, for effecting communications between the sensor and the control subassembly. The lighting system includes a command center, for providing commands to the control subassembly via the internal communications subassembly, and an external communications subassembly, for communicating the commands to the internal communications subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: BLUE MARBLE ENTERPRISES LTD.
    Inventor: John Johnston
  • Patent number: 11644268
    Abstract: A muzzle flash simulator for use in an airsoft gun, comprising an internal passage, a detector, a controller, and multiple illuminating components. In response to a projectile passing through and away from the internal passage, the simulator will be triggered and flash multi-color lights on a projectile passage in front of the simulator. When each color light is illuminated on the moving projectile at a specific intensity at specified time periods, because of an afterimage phenomenon of the human eye, the surface of the moving projectile reflects the corresponding color and leaves a multi-layered light-trail accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: ACETK CORP LTD.
    Inventor: Yung-Hui Chang
  • Patent number: 11622434
    Abstract: A lighting fixture includes an optoelectronic light source, for example, designed to illuminate a room, and a modulatable supply circuit that is connected to the optoelectronic light source, wherein a current through or a voltage applied to the light source may be modulated by the modulatable supply circuit. A data stream generator is connected to a modulation input of the supply circuit. A trigger element that is connected to the data stream generator and configured to deliver a first signal to the data stream generator in response to a comparison of a counter value with a threshold value and an event signal. The data stream generator may be configured to deliver a modulation signal to the modulation input in response to an event signal and to the first signal, and the modulation signal encodes position information relative to a reference point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: OSRAM GMBH
    Inventors: Bernhard Siessegger, Christoph Peitz, Markus Jung
  • Patent number: 11596042
    Abstract: In an initialization method of human-factor lamps capable of intelligently adjusting ambient light, each light emitting device with a Bluetooth transmission function has its corresponding Bluetooth address, and a specialist carries a mobile device with the Bluetooth transmission function to move to the position of each of the light emitting devices. If a detection unit of the light emitting device detects the specialist, an active state will be shown, and the mobile device will select and display the active state and the light emitting device within the Bluetooth detection range, and then the light emitting device corresponding to the active state will show a luminous change, and the specialist can confirm the correct position of the light emitting device by the luminous change and use the pre-set relationship list to confirm the light emitting device and write the corresponding identity code into the light emitting device to complete an initialization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventors: Chien Lee, Yung-Hong Wang
  • Patent number: 11591034
    Abstract: A driving device for driving an in-vehicle lighting device in which a plurality of light sources are arranged in one direction, comprising a detection unit configured to detect an environment of a vehicle, and a driving unit configured to drive the plurality of light sources in sequence in the one direction, wherein the driving unit drives the plurality of light sources so that driving timings of the plurality of light sources will change in accordance with a detection value obtained by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yosuke Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 11582853
    Abstract: The control system for a stage light fixture with photobiological safety includes a control unit connected to a motor assembly and a light source and configured to control the stage light fixture to operate, and a distance sensor connected to the control unit, and configured to acquire an instant distance from a living being to the stage light fixture. The control unit stores a light radiation hazard exposure radiance limit value and a light fixture irradiance value acquired in advance per unit of time and distance, and acquires a parameter of the living being entering an irradiation danger zone according to the instant distance, the light radiation hazard exposure radiance limit value, and the light fixture irradiance value. When a hazard condition reaches the parameter of the living being entering the irradiation danger zone, the control unit controls the stage light fixture to move to eliminate the hazard condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Inventor: Weikai Jiang