Patents Examined by Haissa Philogene
  • Patent number: 10343592
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, devices and methods for vehicle headlight control. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving image data from a front facing camera of the vehicle and detecting at least one object in the image data. An illumination level of the at least one object in the image data is detected and a control setting is determined to modify illumination of at least one lighting element of the vehicle, wherein the control setting is determined to increase an illumination level for the at least one object. The method also includes controlling the at least one lighting element of the vehicle in response to the control setting. Vehicle systems and devices are provided with a front facing camera and a control unit for a plurality of lighting elements wherein control settings may be modified based on objects detected in image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Rajesh Biswal, Srinivas Sai, Pratyush Sahay
  • Patent number: 10349510
    Abstract: A nozzle for additive manufacturing includes a plasma gas tube operable to provide plasma gas to a plasma flame, and a source material tube arranged concentrically inside the plasma gas tube such that the source material passes through the plasma flame. An apparatus and method for additive manufacturing are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wayde R. Schmidt, Paul Sheedy
  • Patent number: 10349498
    Abstract: A system of light devices including a first light device and a second light device. The first light device having a first housing, a first light, a first transceiver, a first electronic processor. The second light having a second housing, a second light, a second transceiver, a second electronic processor. The first electronic processor is coupled to the first light and the first transceiver, and configured to control operation of the first light, and transmit, via the first transceiver a command to the second light device. The second electronic processor coupled to the second light and the second transceiver, and configured to receive, via the second transceiver, the command from the first light device, and change an operational parameter of the second light in response to the command from the first light device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason Isaacs, Brandon L. Verbrugge, Matthew J. Mergener, Burtrom L. Stampfl, Stephen Matson, Christian Coulis, Scott Schneider, Josh Schermerhorn, Thomas G. Simeone
  • Patent number: 10344954
    Abstract: In accordance with various embodiments, lighting systems features multiple inter-connectable light panels each having multiple light-emitting elements thereon. One or more of the light panels features one or more connectors, and associated conductors, for the transmission of power, communication signals, and/or control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: COOLEDGE LIGHTING INC.
    Inventors: Michael A. Tischler, Paul Palfreyman
  • Patent number: 10349489
    Abstract: An adaptable skylight includes a frame facing an interior of an enclosure having an opening for allowing light to pass. An opacity-control pane adjacent the opening allows a variable amount of light to pass, and an artificial light source illuminates the frame. An aircraft skylight assembly includes a variable pane, an artificial light source for illuminating portions of the skylight assembly, and a controller configured for adjusting an amount of external light transmission through the variable pane and an amount of artificial light illumination. An internal ambiance lighting system includes the adaptable skylight having a dimmable pane for providing transmission of a variable amount of external light into an enclosure, the artificial light illuminates the frame surrounding the adaptable skylight, and the controller automatically adjusts external light transmission through the adaptable skylight and illumination of the frame based on a lighting preference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Textron Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Scott Robinson, Frank Joseph Rowe, Todd Alan Thisius
  • Patent number: 10342090
    Abstract: An illuminated doorknob or lockset which provides for a self-contained unit where light components and all control apparatus are included within the structure of the doorknob or lockset. The doorknob or lockset will generally provide for a dual signal activation where activation of illumination occurs only after a certain level of dimness is detected and motion is detected within a certain range of the doorknob or lockset. The doorknob or lockset may also include an audible sound which is triggered in conjunction with the illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher Noeldner
  • Patent number: 10327303
    Abstract: A method for controlling a chromaticity of total light provided by a lighting system includes detecting the total light by a sensor system, determining a component of the total light that is attributable to uncontrolled light, and selecting a calibration for a sensor based on the uncontrolled light, and using the calibration to adjust the output of the sensor system. The calibration tables may be based on spectral responsivity of the sensors in the sensor system and calibration functions rather than physical light sources. Relative intensities of controllable light sources having different xy values are then adjusted to cause the total light provided by the lighting system to approximate a target chromaticity. A daylighting system implementing this method includes controllable light sources with different xy values. The intensities of the controllable light sources are adjusted to augment sunlight to control the chromaticity of total light provided by the daylighting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: Bernhard Siessegger, Richard C. Garner, Helmar Adler
  • Patent number: 10327310
    Abstract: A lighting control system that allows for flexible control of low-voltage LED light fixtures connected to an output of a digital power module such that during “normal” operation where the digital power module is receiving electrical power from the building electrical system, the digital power module controls the connected light fixtures according to a first control scheme and in the event of an interruption of building electrical power (“emergency” operation), the system receives backup power and control the connected light fixtures according to a second control scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: USAI, LLC
    Inventor: Donald L. Wray
  • Patent number: 10327297
    Abstract: A control circuit for an LED driving circuit having a rectifier and a power transistor for driving an LED load, can include: a control signal regulation circuit configured to control a driving voltage of the power transistor to vary with a rectifier output voltage to control the variation of a current flowing through the power transistor to be consistent with that of the rectifier output voltage to decrease a power loss of the power transistor; and the control signal regulation circuit being configured to control the driving voltage of the power transistor to vary with the rectifier output voltage to control the variation of the current flowing through the power transistor to be opposite to that of the rectifier output voltage to improve a power factor of the LED driving circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Silergy Semiconductor Technology (Hangzhou) LTD
    Inventors: Jianxin Wang, Huiqiang Chen
  • Patent number: 10321541
    Abstract: A lighting device having a plurality of analog LEDs mounted on a substrate, a plurality of addressable digital LEDs mounted on the substrate, a first LED circuit connected to the plurality of analog LEDs, and a second LED circuit connected to the plurality of addressable digital LEDs. The plurality of analog LEDs and the plurality of addressable digital LEDs are arranged in an array or pattern on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: ILUMI SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Swapnil Bora, Corey Egan
  • Patent number: 10317034
    Abstract: An automotive adaptive driving beam (ADB) headlamp (20) includes a housing (22), a digital camera (32), an ADB controller (28), a segmented lighting array (24), and an ADB driver (30), wherein the digital camera (32) is integral with the ADB headlamp (20). The housing (22) includes an attachment structure (34) for attachment to a vehicle headlamp cavity (15). The digital camera (32) captures an image preceding the vehicle (2) and the ADB controller (28) detects an object (48) in the image and generates a control signal based, at least in part, on a position of the object (48). The segmented lighting array (24) is disposed within the housing (22) and includes a plurality of solid-state light sources (40a-n) arranged to emit a light in a light distribution pattern (26). The ADB driver (30) selectively drives the solid-state light sources (40a-n) based on the control signal from the ADB controller (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Tessnow, Patrick Bittman
  • Patent number: 10321527
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems and methods for regulating the output currents of a power supply at a target output current include a buck converter module operably connected to a power source and a load. A first switch couples the power source to the buck converter module during a first period of a given operating cycle, while the buck converter module stores and provides electrical power to the load. During a second period, a second switch may discharge, the electrical power stored during the first period. A current sensor senses the currents during at least one of the first period and the second period and, over the operating cycle, the switching times are adjusted so the average output current equals the target output current. Adjustments to the first and second period durations result in maximum and a minimum currents symmetrically disposed about the average current provided to the load during the operating cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Eggermont
  • Patent number: 10321545
    Abstract: A variably controlled lighting mechanism, sometimes referenced as a hog light, may be attached to the underside of a feeder and used in non-daylight hours to provide selective illumination through more than one color of LED light that may be inset within the hog light. The hog light may include one or more sensors that may be triggered based on motion by animals within the vicinity of the hog light. The hog light may then turn on and stay lit for a specified length of time or until no further movement is detected. A wireless remote may include a series of inputs that may control various aspects of the hog light, particularly to illuminate the different LED lights that are integrated within the hog light, as well as to control the motor and/or feeder. The hog light also may be manually operated to selectively illuminate the different LED lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: All Seasons Feeders, Ltd.
    Inventor: Zach Gates
  • Patent number: 10311790
    Abstract: A system for controlling a display in which each pixel circuit comprises a light-emitting device, a drive transistor, a storage capacitor, a reference voltage source, and a programming voltage source. The storage capacitor stores a voltage equal to the difference between the reference voltage and the programming voltage, and a controller supplies a programming voltage that is a calibrated voltage for a known target current, reads the actual current passing through the drive transistor to a monitor line, turns off the light emitting device while modifying the calibrated voltage to make the current supplied through the drive transistor substantially the same as the target current, modifies the calibrated voltage to make the current supplied through the drive transistor substantially the same as the target current, and determines a current corresponding to the modified calibrated voltage based on predetermined current-voltage characteristics of the drive transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ignis Innovation Inc.
    Inventor: Gholamreza Chaji
  • Patent number: 10314122
    Abstract: A controller for controlling a plurality of serially-connected LED strings includes a reference voltage generator configured to generate a plurality of reference voltages. The reference voltage generator is further configured to vary the plurality of reference voltages based on a sampled voltage signal. The sampled voltage signal can include one or both of a peak voltage of the rectified input AC voltage and a peak voltage of an LED diode forward voltage Vf. The controller further includes a plurality of linear regulators, each linear regulator coupled between a cathode of a corresponding LED string and a common current sense node, and each linear regulator is configured to regulate a current through a corresponding LED string according to a corresponding reference voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Diodes Incorporated
    Inventors: Dongjie Cheng, John Huang
  • Patent number: 10300242
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device and method of training a child to go to sleep by providing a light which dims in response to a child sound or a presence other than the child and turns back on or brightens when the sound stops or the presence leaves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Hush Buddy, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Hanson
  • Patent number: 10306744
    Abstract: A plasma generation apparatus includes a chamber, a high-frequency power source, a magnetic field generator and a parallel capacitor. The chamber has an inner, toroidal-shaped electric discharge space. The high-frequency power source outputs a high-frequency current to the magnetic field generator, which generates a high-frequency magnetic field upon flowing of the high-frequency current therethrough. The parallel capacitor is connected in parallel to the magnetic field generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: DAIHEN Corporation
    Inventors: Hayato Notomi, Shigeki Amadatsu, Eiji Tatebe, Michio Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10299362
    Abstract: A nozzle for additive manufacturing includes a plasma gas tube operable to provide plasma gas to a plasma flame, and a source material tube arranged concentrically inside the plasma gas tube such that the source material passes through the plasma flame. An apparatus and method for additive manufacturing are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORTION
    Inventors: Wayde R. Schmidt, Paul Sheedy
  • Patent number: 10299371
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic device includes a circuit board and a circuit component on an upper surface or a lower surface of the circuit board. The circuit component includes a first ceramic capacitor and a second ceramic capacitor. Vibration characteristics of the first ceramic capacitor and a second ceramic capacitor are opposed to each other. The first ceramic capacitor is near the second ceramic capacitor to cause vibrations of the first and second ceramic capacitors to cancel each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Japan Display Inc.
    Inventors: Atsuhiro Yamano, Shinichi Nukumizu
  • Patent number: 10278254
    Abstract: An illumination system includes a plurality of distributed units, each having a light source and a light-source controller. The plurality of light sources simultaneously emits a selected type of light. The system also has a primary controller, which includes power-voltage-delivering circuitry and power-sequence-controlling circuitry. The power-voltage-delivering circuitry delivers a LOW or HIGH power voltage to the plurality of distributed units simultaneously. The power-sequence-controlling circuitry causes the power-voltage-delivering circuitry to automatically transition the power voltage between LOW and HIGH in different sequences corresponding to the type of selected light. Each of the plurality of light-source controllers is configured to detect the power voltage provided to the corresponding distributed unit and cause the corresponding light source to emit the selected light type upon receiving the corresponding sequence while the power voltage is HIGH and at a constant voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: STERNO HOME INC.
    Inventors: Frédéric Boucher, Lucian Hurduc, Danny Kam Yin Lai