Patents Examined by Carlos D Amaya
  • Patent number: 10361585
    Abstract: Smart switch devices, systems, and methods for modifying an existing electrical system to utilize the power state output of a physical switch as an indicator or signal for the operation of a smart home device or system or network of such devices to facilitate interoperability of physical switches with smart devices. The smart switch detects or determines the power state of a circuit and infers the corresponding state of a mechanical switch that operates the circuit. This information is then transmitted to associated smart devices, which may not be physically connected to the circuit controlled by the switch. When the mechanical switch is operated, it can control both electrically attached loads, such as a conventional light or appliance, and wirelessly control unconnected smart devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ivani, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Wootton, Boris Dieseldorff
  • Patent number: 10345356
    Abstract: A current consumed by an electric consumer is sampled as a first sampled current, and a main current sensor samples a current provided by an electric supply system as a second sampled current. A fault current detector detects a fault current between the electric supply system and the electric consumer, based on a non-zero difference between the first sampled current and the second sampled current and, in response, generates a circuit break signal. A residual current device receives the circuit break signal and, in response, to breaks a circuit between electric supply system and the electric consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Parviz Fotoohi
  • Patent number: 10340745
    Abstract: A wireless power system for powering a television includes a source resonator, configured to generate an oscillating magnetic field, and at least one television component attached to at least one device resonator, wherein the at least one device resonator is configured to wirelessly receive power from the source resonator via the oscillating magnetic field when the distance between the source resonator and the at least one device resonator is more than 5 cm, and wherein at least one television component draws at least 10 Watts of power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Andre B. Kurs, Aristeidis Karalis, Morris P. Kesler, Andrew J. Campanella
  • Patent number: 10291058
    Abstract: A portable timepiece includes a case, a power receiving coil accommodated in the case, a bypass member configured to include a soft magnetic material, and a first band that is internally equipped with the bypass member, and that is transformable so as to dispose the bypass member between the power receiving coil and a charging device when charging is performed using the charging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Teruo Kato, Yasunori Hara, Tamotsu Maesawa, Dai Terasawa, Hideki Okuda
  • Patent number: 10291083
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a contactless power receiving unit that receives power supplied by an external contactless power supplying apparatus. The electronic apparatus further includes a first contactless power receiving unit arranged on a first surface, a second contactless power receiving unit arranged on a second surface different from the first surface, and a determination unit that determines a placement orientation of the electronic apparatus on a basis of a power reception state of the first wireless power receiving unit and a power reception state of the second wireless power receiving unit. The determination unit determines that the placement orientation of the electronic apparatus is a placement orientation where a surface on which a contactless power receiving unit that is successfully receiving power is arranged faces the contactless power supplying apparatus, the contactless power receiving unit being one of the first and second contactless power receiving units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10283969
    Abstract: A solar photovoltaic output optimizer circuit includes a PV input device for receiving output of a solar photovoltaic panel; a switching device for converting a DC voltage input through the PV input device into a predetermined pulse voltage or AC voltage; and a voltage doubler rectification device for stepping up power output of the switching device to a predetermined voltage. The PV input device includes: an inductance L1 connected in series to “+” output of the PV panel; and a surge protection circuit that is connected in parallel to the inductance L1, operates so as to absorb surge voltage to occur in output of the inductance L1 only when output of the PV panel is small and normal control cannot be performed, and is automatically separated from the inductance L1 when the output of the PV panel is large.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignees: MERSINTEL, CO., LTD., CLEAN ENERGY FACTORY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10277078
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present technology generally relate to wireless power transmitter and antenna configurations for transmitting wireless power to one or more clients. In some embodiments, the wireless power transmitter includes boards having multiple antennas (i.e., an Antenna Matrix Board(s) (AMB)). The antennas can be on one side of each AMB board, while the control and power circuitry are on the reverse side. The antennas emit electromagnetic (EM) radiant energy that the client(s) receive, store, and/or use for communication with the charger or for the client device battery charging process. The antenna boards can be arranged in a configuration to increase (e.g., optimize) the amount of power transmitted to client(s). In various embodiments, the boards are arranged in polygonal shape as individual flat panels physically coupled to a support structure and attached to the CCB by plug in multiple pin connectors unique in mechanical design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ossia Inc.
    Inventors: Hatem Ibrahim Zeine, Luis Perez, Dale Mayes, Anthony L. Johnson, Prithvi Shylendra, Alireza Pourghorban Saghati, Douglas Wayne Williams
  • Patent number: 10277081
    Abstract: A wireless energy transmission method and a detection device are provided. A method includes detecting abnormality in changes of wireless energy transmission intensity in a phase calibration stage between a wireless energy sending device and a wireless energy receiving device; and notifying the wireless energy sending device of the abnormality in the case that the abnormality is detected. It can be detected that the wireless energy receiving device is affected by other non-associated wireless energy sending devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING ZHIGU RUI TUO TECH CO., LTD
    Inventor: Jia Liu
  • Patent number: 10270258
    Abstract: Aspects relate to a system and a method of manufacturing an integrated device. The method includes providing a circuit board, configuring an upper surface of the circuit board as a substrate, integrally depositing photovoltaic device layers that include at least a semi-conductor absorber layer, a buffer layer, and a top electrode layer on the upper surface of the circuit board to form a photovoltaic device using the upper surface of the circuit board as a photovoltaic device substrate, wherein the buffer layer is integrally deposited between the semi-conductor absorber layer and the top electrode, and electrically connecting the photovoltaic device to one or more on-board electronic components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Talia S. Gershon, Richard A. Haight, James B. Hannon, Teodor K. Todorov
  • Patent number: 10270255
    Abstract: A system for providing power from a direct current (DC) source to the power grid. The system includes a first inverter with an input and an output. The input is adapted to connect to the DC source. A first switch disposed between the output and the power grid. A second inverter with a DC terminal and an AC terminal, the AC terminal is adapted to connect in parallel with the output of the first inverter. A battery adapted to connect to the DC terminal of the second inverter. A second switch connected between the DC terminal of the second inverter and the input of the first inverter. The second switch also operatively connects the DC source to the battery. The system may further include a charging circuit adapted to be disposed between the input and the DC terminal and a load adapted to connect to the output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Solaredge Technologies Ltd
    Inventors: Yaron Binder, Guy Sella, Meir Adest, Lior Handelsman, Yoav Galin, Amir Fishelov
  • Patent number: 10270259
    Abstract: Aspects relate to a system and a method of operating an integrated device is provided. The method includes providing a circuit board that includes one or more on-board electronic components and an upper surface configured as a substrate, providing photovoltaic device layers that include at least a semi-conductor absorber layer, a buffer layer, and a top electrode layer on the upper surface of the circuit board that form a photovoltaic device using the upper surface of the circuit board as a photovoltaic device substrate, wherein the buffer layer is integrally deposited between the semi-conductor absorber layer and the top electrode, generating electricity using the photovoltaic device, and powering one or more of the on-board electronic components using the electricity from the photovoltaic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Talia S. Gershon, Richard A. Haight, James B. Hannon, Teodor K. Todorov
  • Patent number: 10256644
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for supplying a power to a hardware module when the hardware module is mounted are provided. The method and apparatus may supply a power to a hardware module when both a mounting signal indicating that the hardware module is mounted in a module circuit and a trigger signal input by a user are received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taesin Ha, Youngbo Shim, Hyun Do Choi, Kyung-Rock Kim, Jeonghun Kim
  • Patent number: 10256628
    Abstract: A controller and method are usable to control the provision of electrical power from a local electrical network to a power grid. If it is determined that changes in the power grid voltage are correlated with the provision of power to the power grid, the power that is being provided to the power grid is manipulated so that the rate of change of the wattage that is provided to the power grid does not exceed a predetermined ramp rate. Such a manipulation is accomplished by adjusting an operational parameter of one or more electrical loads that are connected with the local electrical network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Yigang Wang, Roger Wayne Rognli
  • Patent number: 10256665
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a power driver to receive power and to selectively provide power, and a plurality of power transfer contacts to receive power from the power driver and to provide power to an external device. A controller may control the power driver to provide power to the plurality of power transfer contacts based on a plurality of time periods having a frequency shifted such that a length of a second one of the time periods is different than a length of a first one of the time periods. The controller may control the power driver to disconnect power from the power driver to the power transfer contacts during a plurality of test time durations. The controller may obtain data during the plurality of test time durations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Reed D. Vilhauer, John J. Fallin
  • Patent number: 10256803
    Abstract: An electrical device includes an electrical load, an electronic switch with an electronic switching element and a driver controlling the electronic switching element, and at least one pulsed power supply having a power unit coupled with the electronic switching element and configured to generate an electrical supply current for the electrical load from a voltage based on alternately turning on and off the electronic switching element. During operation of the power supply, an electrical current associated with the electronic switching element flows through a current path. A pulse transformer has a primary side coupled with the power unit such that the electrical current flows through a primary-side winding. A comparator compares a secondary-side electrical voltage or a filtered secondary-side electrical voltage of the transformer, and an evaluation device coupled with the comparator detects potential defects of the electronic switch based on the result of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: KUKA Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Sebastian Zehetbauer
  • Patent number: 10247356
    Abstract: A configurable industrial safety relay device allows individual adjustment of rated input currents for each safety input. The safety relay device can support a number of programmable configuration settings or parameters, including parameters that allow a desired input current to be individually selected for each safety input. In this way, an input current can be selected for each safety input that is appropriate for the safety circuit being monitored by the safety input. In particular, an input current can be selected that ensures reliable detection of the safety signal by the safety input while substantially minimizing power consumption by the safety relay device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Norbert Machuletz, Thomas Helpenstein, Oliver Heckel, Rudolf Laurenz Papenbreer
  • Patent number: 10250044
    Abstract: An energy storage apparatus for an onboard electrical system of a motor vehicle has a first electrical energy store characterized by a first voltage characteristic curve defining the quiescent voltage of the first store depending on the relative state of charge of the first store, and a second electrical energy store which can be connected in parallel with the first electrical energy store by a controllable switching element and which is characterized by a second voltage characteristic curve defining the quiescent voltage of the second electrical energy store depending on the relative state of charge of the second store. A first voltage value range covered by the first voltage characteristic curve and a second voltage value range which is covered by the second voltage characteristic curve partially overlap. The energy storage apparatus further has a device for determining the state of charge of the first energy store and/or of the second energy store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Moritz Schindler, Markus Mauerer
  • Patent number: 10249452
    Abstract: An assemblage having a thermally insulating switch and a thermal insulator for constituting an electrical conductor passthrough through the thermal insulator. The thermal insulator insulates an inner space from an outer space, the assemblage having inner connector on the side of the inner space and outer connector on the side of the outer space, which are electrically conductively connectable by the switch. The assemblage has a control unit for controlling the thermally insulating switch, a current flowing through the switch is detectable by the control unit, the switch is controllable by the control unit in such a way that the switch is actuatable only in a substantially zero-current state, and the switch is disposed in the thermal insulator in such a way that thermal insulation between the inner connector and the outer connector is accomplished by way of the switch in the open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Letsch, Joerg Thielen, Martin Tenzer
  • Patent number: 10250084
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for receiving wireless power and providing wired power. In some embodiments, a predictive phase estimation apparatus comprises a transceiver module configured to receive a plurality of beaconing signals from a wireless client during a beacon cycle. The predictive phase estimation apparatus also comprises a phase compensation module configured to store the received plurality of beaconing signals, a phase predictor module is coupled to the transceiver module and configured to calculate predictive phases based on the received plurality of beaconing signals and based on beaconing signals received from the wireless client prior to the beacon cycle, and a signal converter coupled to the transceiver module. The signal converter is configured to form transmission signals based on the predictive phases and supply the transmission signals to the transceiver module. The transceiver module also transmits the transmission signals for delivery of wireless power to the wireless client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Ossia Inc.
    Inventors: Ahmad Moghaddam, Hatem Ibrahim Zeine
  • Patent number: 10250078
    Abstract: A method for wireless power transfer. The method includes adapting a variable form factor transmitter into an adapted form factor based on a pre-determined wireless power transfer area, wherein the variable form factor transmitter in the adapted form factor comprises a characteristic frequency, maintaining the characteristic frequency to be substantially independent of the adapted form factor, and transmitting, from a radio frequency (RF) power source and based at least in part on the characteristic frequency, RF power across the pre-determined wireless power transfer area via a near electromagnetic field of the variable form factor transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Robert A Moffatt, Jeffrey J Yen