Patents Examined by Monica C King
  • Patent number: 10923793
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to improve an antenna for IoT services intended for things that constitute an internal space. There is provided an antenna device including an antenna and a dielectric body. In an internal space which is constituted by plural faces including a first face which is an electrically conductive body, the antenna device is adapted to have a shape to be fit inside a hole in the first face. The antenna device is installed, not protruding from the hole to an outer space. The antenna and the dielectric body are placed in series between the internal space and the outer space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI, LTD.
    Inventors: Masami Oonishi, Kenichi Mizugaki, Ryosuke Fujiwara, Rintaro Katayama
  • Patent number: 10912171
    Abstract: Various embodiments include apparatuses and methods control apparatus to color tune a light-emitting diode (LED) array. In one specific example, a control apparatus to color tune a light-emitting diode (LED) array for perceptually uniform color-tuning is disclosed. The apparatus includes a correlated color temperature (CCT)-control device that is adjustable by an end-user to a desired color temperature of the LED array and producing an output signal corresponding to the desired color temperature. A storage device is electrically coupled to the CCT-control device to correlate a mechanical movement range of the CCT-control device to provide substantially uniform increases in perceptual CCT values from the LED array based on a set of N predetermined values. Other apparatuses and methods are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Lumileds LLC
    Inventor: Yifeng Qiu
  • Patent number: 10903577
    Abstract: A printed wiring board includes a laminated structure including insulating layers, and conductive layers laminated on the insulating layer, respectively, such that the conductive layers include an outermost conductive layer having a radiation slot, and an inner-side conductive layer having an excitation portion facing the radiation slot in a lamination direction. The laminated structure has a recess portion recessed from the radiation slot toward the excitation portion such that a bottom surface of the recess portion is positioned between the outermost conductive layer and the excitation portion, and the insulating layers include an insulating layer having at least a portion covering the excitation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: IBIDEN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hirotaka Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 10904967
    Abstract: An LED lighting system having at least one LED circuit and at least two circuits or drivers capable of receiving an AC voltage at a first frequency and having an output capable of driving the at least one LED circuit, wherein the output of each circuit or driver capable of driving the at least one LED circuit is provided to the at least one LED circuit through a circuit or sensor capable of permitting only a single output from the at least two circuits or drivers be provided to the at least one LED circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Lynk Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Miskin, Robert L. Kottritsch
  • Patent number: 10904722
    Abstract: A client-server system and a blockchain method for calculating whether a time-crucial shipment is located according to an expectation comprising a client device adapted for being adhered to or placed within a time-crucial package shipment; and a remote special purpose computer server comprising a transit plan schedule database based on pickup time and location stored in memory, the remote special purpose computer server being programmed to calculate a location of the client device based on data accessed from a Wi-Fi access point location database, the transmitted identification data, and the transmitted signal strength data, and compare the calculated location to an expected location based on common carrier schedule transit plan pickup time and delivery location received from third party database sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Elliot Klein
  • Patent number: 10897151
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for charge recycling. The method is comprised of the steps of receiving a charge at an energy storage element from a parasitic component, storing the charge at the energy storage element, and providing the charge stored at the energy storage element to a power supply's input or output. The step of receiving the charge at the energy storage element includes operating a discharging switch to selectively couple the parasitic component with the energy storage element and receiving the charge at the energy storage element via the discharging switch when the energy storage element and the parasitic component are coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Dialog Semiconductor (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Zhenyu Song, Junyue Sun, Nailong Wang, Ze Han, Xiaogang Zhao
  • Patent number: 10895373
    Abstract: A light projection device includes a tubular casing having a light-emitting part at one tube end; a light source configured with a light-emitting diode; and a light amount control mechanism positioned between the light source and the light-emitting part. The light amount control mechanism includes a rotating body, an operating part attached to the rotating body such as to allow for rotary operation of the rotating body from outside the casing, a variable resistor, and a link mechanism operably connecting the rotating body and the variable resistor such that a forward movement of the rotating body causes a movable part of the variable resistor to move in a direction in which the amount of current is increased and such that a backward movement of the rotating body causes the movable part of the variable resistor to move in a direction in which the amount of current is decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Ushio Lighting, Inc.
    Inventor: Takehiko Maeda
  • Patent number: 10892124
    Abstract: A load control device (e.g., a switching device) for controlling power delivered from an AC power source to an electrical device (e.g., a lighting load) may be configured to detect that a relay is stuck closed and attempt to fix the relay. The relay of the load control device may be adapted to be coupled between the source and the electrical device to control the power delivered to the electrical device so as to generate a switched-hot voltage. The load control device may comprise a detect circuit configured to generate a detect signal indicating a magnitude of the switched-hot voltage, and a control circuit configured to monitor the detect signal. The control circuit may be configured to determine that the relay is stuck closed in response to the detect signal, and to control the relay in order to attempt to fix the relay by repeatedly closing and opening the relay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: William Zotter
  • Patent number: 10893584
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure are related to systems and methods for voltage interfaces between legacy control systems and light sources. An example voltage interface may include a control loop including a first op-amp, an output loop including a second op-amp, and an optical isolator configured to electrically isolate the control loop from the output loop, the optical isolator being configured to receive an input signal from the control loop and transmit an output signal to the output loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Fluence Bioengineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Morgenstern
  • Patent number: 10879584
    Abstract: Access points which can be mounted in a variety of locations or orientations and can support multiple communications protocols are described. The access point includes a main housing, e.g., main body, and a front housing connected together by a hinge. A Wi-Fi antenna is included in the front housing in some embodiments. The access point can be used in an open or closed position. When mounted in a vertical position the front housing can be lowered into a horizontal position facilitating preferred antenna orientation. A first set of cooling fins serves to keep the internal components of the access point off a wall when the access point is wall mounted facilitating air flow. Additional fins act as a spacer between the main housing and the front housing when the access point is used in a closed position facilitating air flow around both sides of the main housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Juniper Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Josh Rosenthal, John Musante
  • Patent number: 10880974
    Abstract: A wired system and method for controlling lighting attributes of at least one low voltage lighting device. The method comprises selecting desired lighting attributes via an input means at a lighting controller or transmitter, serializing and encoding the selected lighting attributes and at least one device address into a data stream output by the transmitter, propagating the encoded data stream through pulse shaping circuitry to at least one power device which drives an output wire comprising both data and power, decoding the lighting attributes from the encoded data stream by a microcontroller within a receiver connected to the output wire, and applying the decoded lighting attributes to at least one output power device to drive at least one low voltage lighting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: PYRAMID TIME SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: George Bucci
  • Patent number: 10880967
    Abstract: An LED drive circuit can include: a transistor and an LED load coupled in series, and being configured to receive a direct current bus voltage, and to generate an input current; and a control circuit configured to generate a drive signal to control an operation state of the transistor to control a distribution range of the input current by controlling an amount of accumulated charge of the input current during a half power frequency period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Silergy Semiconductor Technology (Hangzhou) LTD
    Inventors: Qingliang Zheng, Qiukai Huang, Jianxin Wang
  • Patent number: 10874005
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for communicating via a communications network with a load control system of a respective user environment, receiving information on the load control system via the communications network, displaying graphical user interfaces based on the received information, and controlling and configuring the load control system via graphical user interfaces by communicating via the communications network messages the load control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Rhythm Agarwal, Brad M. Kreschollek, Bryan R. Barnes, Christopher M. Green, Rhodes B. Baker, Jennifer Wong, Gregory S. Altonen, Karelys Alfonzo
  • Patent number: 10868355
    Abstract: An antenna module includes a first antenna and a second antenna. The first antenna forms multiple operating states. By switching the multiple operating states, the first antenna supports an LTE low frequency of 698-960 MHz and an LTE medium-high frequency of 1710-2690 MHz, and supports multi-carrier aggregation in the band. In each operating state, the first antenna also operates in 5G bands of 3300-3800 MHz and 4800-5000 MHz, the second antenna operates in 5G bands of 3300-3800 MHz and 4800-5000 MHz and a new TDD-LTE band of 5150-5925 MHz. The first antenna and the second antenna together form a 2×2 MIMO of 5G bands of 3300-3800 MHz and 4800-5000 MHz. The antenna module provided by the disclosure has better communication performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiaojun Qiu, Bo Zhu
  • Patent number: 10856116
    Abstract: A client-server system and a blockchain method for calculating whether a time-crucial shipment is located according to an expectation comprising a client device adapted for being adhered to or placed within a time-crucial package shipment; and a remote special purpose computer server comprising a transit plan schedule database based on pickup time and location stored in memory, the remote special purpose computer server being programmed to calculate a location of the client device based on data accessed from a Wi-Fi access point location database, the transmitted identification data, and the transmitted signal strength data, and compare the calculated location to an expected location based on common carrier schedule transit plan pickup time and delivery location received from third party database sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Elliot Klein
  • Patent number: 10855773
    Abstract: An end device having a controller and a method for controlling the end device are provided. The end device has a host module for processing commands received at the end device and for applying commands received to the end device, a radio module for receiving wireless communications to be provided to the host module as commands and for receiving wired communications to be provided to the host module as commands, and a DMX module for receiving wired communications to be provided to the host module as commands. When wired communications are received at the DMX module, those communications are provided to the radio module for relaying to the host module as a command. A method is provided for controlling the end device described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: CITY THEATRICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Gary Fails, Paul Kleissler, Philip Nye
  • Patent number: 10841992
    Abstract: Systems and methods include receiving a desired light color temperature-time function. A first drive signal parameter is selected for a first light source having a first color temperature and a second drive signal parameter is selected for a second light source having a second color temperature. The drive signal parameters are selected to create a color temperature for a value of the desired light color temperature-time function. First light is emitted from the first light source and second light from the second light source. The first light and the second light combine to form blended light at the color temperature for the value from the desired light color temperature-time function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: ELECTRIC MIRROR, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James Vernon Mischel, Sr., Richard Allen Lindsay, Michael Martin Uhl, Johann Friedrich Adam
  • Patent number: 10833402
    Abstract: A reconfigurable antenna system includes an antenna array; a set of metamaterial panels configured to surround the antenna array; a control unit, coupled to each of the metamaterial panels, for selectively addressing each of the metamaterial panels to control separately at least one property of each of the metamaterial panels; and a receiver coupled to the antenna array and to the control unit. The control unit is configured to monitor signal reception by the antenna array via the receiver and to establish a set of configurations of the metamaterial panels to produce a pattern of reception according to a set of prespecified criteria that include a set of azimuthal and elevational ranges characterizing the configurations. Optionally, the system further includes a transmitter coupled to the antenna array and to the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Notch, Inc.
    Inventors: Shahriar Khushrushahi, Wardah Inam
  • Patent number: 10833423
    Abstract: In this novel geometry, the 3D radiator unit cell has been designed with flat sided unit cells. Each 3D radiator unit cell incorporates a curf border of sacrificial material. This border permits independent sub-array size and shape. It also allows a gap between sub-arrays while retaining contiguous unit cell spacing giving flexibility to array size, shape and line replaceable unit capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventor: Glenn A. Brigham
  • Patent number: 10834800
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling electrical loads in one or more areas. The system includes a room controller having a microprocessor for accessing data and providing commands, memory for storing information operably connected to the microprocessor, a relay for powering a load based on commands from the microprocessor, and a port for connecting a peripheral device. The system also includes a peripheral device connected to the port and configured to send data including a device type and a device instance byte to the controller indicating the type of peripheral device. The device instance byte includes a port number identifying the port and a slot number identifying a time slot within a time domain multiplexing cycle. The system also includes a load connected to the relay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventors: Theodore Eric Weber, Mark Alan Rosenau, Edward John Krohne, Stephan Karl Zitz, Thomas James Hartnagel, Edward Leo Rivas, Michael Lee Muecke, Peter Anthony Baselici, Terrence Robert Arbouw