Patents by Inventor Andrea Ashwood

Andrea Ashwood has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20220109230
    Abstract: An eyewear device has an antenna system having at least one element which contributes to wireless signal transmission, and which is thermally connected to a heat-generating electronic component of the eyewear device to serve as a heat sink for the electronic component. A driven antenna element and/or a plurality of PCB extenders electrically connected to a PCB ground plane can thus be employed for both signal transmission and heat management.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2021
    Publication date: April 7, 2022
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Patrick Kusbel, Jun Lin, Douglas Wayne Moskowitz, Ugur Olgun, Russell Douglas Patton, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons, Stephen Andrew Steger
  • Publication number: 20210378152
    Abstract: A cooling device generating unidirectional air flow to cool an electrical component. The cooling device is an equivalent of an electrical acoustic diode to make air flow only one direction. A speaker generates air flow in a first passageway to a cavity, and then expels air out from the cavity through a second passageway. An electrical component is cooled by the air flow, and may be positioned adjacent the passageways, or positioned in the cavity. In one example, eyewear having an electrical component positioned in a temple is cooled by the cooling device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Publication date: December 2, 2021
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Dillon Johnson, Daniel C. Wiggins
  • Patent number: 11181757
    Abstract: An eyewear device has an antenna system having at least one element which contributes to wireless signal transmission, and which is thermally connected to a heat-generating electronic component of the eyewear device to serve as a heat sink for the electronic component. A driven antenna element and/or a plurality of PCB extenders electrically connected to a PCB ground plane can thus be employed for both signal transmission and heat management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Patrick Kusbel, Jun Lin, Douglas Wayne Moskowitz, Ugur Olgun, Russell Douglas Patton, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons, Stephen Andrew Steger
  • Publication number: 20210325691
    Abstract: A wearable device is disclosed according to one embodiment. The wearable device can include an eyewear body, onboard electronic components, a thermal coupling and a heat transfer device. The eyewear body can be configured for wearing by a user to hold one or more optical elements mounted on the eyewear body within a field of view of the user. The onboard electronic components can be carried by the eyewear body at a first portion of the eyewear body and can comprise a heat source that generates heat during electrically powered operation thereof. The thermal coupling can be thermally coupled to the heat transfer device at a second portion of the eyewear body. The elongate heat transfer device can be disposed within the eyewear body and can be thermally coupled to the heat source and the thermal coupling. The heat transfer device can extend lengthwise between the heat source and the thermal coupling to transfer heat from the heat source to the thermal coupling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Inventor: Andrea Ashwood
  • Publication number: 20210318736
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing temperatures of wearable device components are disclosed. In one aspects, a method includes determining a temperature of an electronic component of the wearable device, determining a rate of temperature change of the electronic component, and determining whether to increase or decrease a transmission rate limit of the electronic component based on the temperature and the rate, adjusting the transmission rate limit based on the determination, and limiting a rate of transmission of the electronic component based on the adjusted transmission rate limit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Publication date: October 14, 2021
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Michael Wollman, Nicholas Larson, Patrick Timothy McSweene Simons
  • Patent number: 11086140
    Abstract: A wearable device is disclosed according to one embodiment. The wearable device can include an eyewear body, onboard electronic components and a heat transfer device. The eyewear body can be configured for wearing by a user to hold one or more optical elements mounted on the eyewear body within a field of view of the user. The onboard electronic components can be carried by the eyewear body at a first portion of the eyewear body and can comprise a heat source that generates heat during electrically powered operation thereof. The elongate heat transfer device can be disposed within the eyewear body and can be thermally coupled to the heat source. The heat transfer device can extend lengthwise between the heat source and the thermal coupling to transfer heat from the heat source through the eyewear body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventor: Andrea Ashwood
  • Patent number: 11068034
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing temperatures of wearable device components are disclosed. In one aspects, a method includes determining a temperature of an electronic component of the wearable device, determining a rate of temperature change of the electronic component, and determining whether to increase or decrease a transmission rate limit of the electronic component based on the temperature and the rate, adjusting the transmission rate limit based on the determination, and limiting a rate of transmission of the electronic component based on the adjusted transmission rate limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Michael Wollman, Nicholas Larson, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Publication number: 20210098837
    Abstract: A phase change material (PCM) is positioned about a battery of an eyewear device such that a latent energy of the PCM transfers to the battery as the ambient temperature drops to maintain a battery temperature. The latent energy maintains the temperature of the battery until the PCM loses it latent energy and converts to a solid phase. At normal operating temperatures, the PCM is in the liquid phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Gerald Nilles
  • Patent number: 10928658
    Abstract: Apparatuses and systems are disclosed and can include a case for eyewear having an eyewear body carrying onboard electronic components that comprise a heat source that generates heat during electrically powered operation is disclosed. The case can hold the eyewear when the eyewear are in a stowed position. The case can further include one or more supports to support the eyewear in the stowed position within the holding space. One or more heat sinks are integrated with the one or more supports. Each of the one or more heat sinks are thermally conductive coupled with a corresponding heat sink of the eyewear. A first heat conduction pathway is thermally connected to the one or more heat sinks and can extend into the case body to conduct heat from the heat source into the case with the eyewear supported in the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Ashutosh Y. Shukla, Stephen Andrew Steger
  • Publication number: 20200142458
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing temperatures of wearable device components are disclosed. In one aspects, a method includes determining a temperature of an electronic component of the wearable device, determining a rate of temperature change of the electronic component, and determining whether to increase or decrease a transmission rate limit of the electronic component based on the temperature and the rate, adjusting the transmission rate limit based on the determination, and limiting a rate of transmission of the electronic component based on the adjusted transmission rate limit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Michael Wollman, Nicholas Larson, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Publication number: 20200119433
    Abstract: An antenna system comprises a driven antenna element connected to a printed circuit board (PCB), and a plurality of PCB extenders provided by electrical conductors connected to a PCB ground plane for cooperation with the driven antenna element in signal communication. In an eyewear device that incorporates the antenna system, the plurality of PCB extenders are provided by conductive structural elements incorporated in an eyewear frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Publication date: April 16, 2020
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Patrick Kusbel, Jun Lin, Douglas Wayne Moskowitz, Ugur Olgun, Russell Douglas Patton, Patrick Timothy McSweene Simons, Stephen Andrew Steger
  • Patent number: 10551889
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing temperatures of wearable device components are disclosed. In one aspect, a wearable electronic device includes glasses, a wireless transmitter, an ambient temperature sensor, hardware processing circuitry, and a hardware memory storing instructions that when executed configure the hardware processing circuitry to determine an ambient temperature using the ambient temperature sensor, determine a maximum temperature of the wearable electronic device based on the ambient temperature, determine a temperature of the wearable electronic device, determine a difference between the maximum wearable temperature and the determined temperature of the wearable electronic device, and adjust a transmission rate of the wireless transmitter based on the difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Michael Wollman, Nicholas Larson, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Patent number: 10379377
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems for electronic wearable devices such as smart glasses are described. According to one embodiment, the wearable device can include an eyewear body, onboard electronic components, and a core wire. The eyewear body can be configured for wearing by a user to hold one or more optical elements mounted on the eyewear body within a field of view of the user. The onboard electronic components can be carried by the eyewear body and can comprise a heat source that generates heat during electrically powered operation thereof. The core wire can be disposed within the body to form part of a structural framework for at least part of the eyewear body. The core wire can be thermally coupled to the heat source to provide a heat sink for the heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventor: Andrea Ashwood
  • Publication number: 20190187765
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing temperatures of wearable device components are disclosed. In one aspect, a wearable electronic device includes glasses, a wireless transmitter, an ambient temperature sensor, hardware processing circuitry, and a hardware memory storing instructions that when executed configure the hardware processing circuitry to determine an ambient temperature using the ambient temperature sensor, determine a maximum temperature of the wearable electronic device based on the ambient temperature, determine a temperature of the wearable electronic device, determine a difference between the maximum wearable temperature and the determined temperature of the wearable electronic device, and adjust a transmission rate of the wireless transmitter based on the difference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Michael Wollman, Nicholas Larson, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Patent number: 10317700
    Abstract: A wearable device is disclosed according to one embodiment. The wearable device can include an eyewear body, onboard electronic components and a heat transfer device. The eyewear body can be configured for wearing by a user to hold one or more optical elements mounted on the eyewear body within a field of view of the user. The onboard electronic components can be carried by the eyewear body at a first portion of the eyewear body and can comprise a heat source that generates heat during electrically powered operation thereof. The elongate heat transfer device can be disposed within the eyewear body and can be thermally coupled to the heat source. The heat transfer device can extend lengthwise between the heat source and the thermal coupling to transfer heat from the heat source through the eyewear body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventor: Andrea Ashwood
  • Publication number: 20190064891
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing temperatures of wearable device components are disclosed. In one aspects, a method includes determining a temperature of an electronic component of the wearable device, determining a rate of temperature change of the electronic component, and determining whether to increase or decrease a transmission rate limit of the electronic component based on the temperature and the rate, adjusting the transmission rate limit based on the determination, and limiting a rate of transmission of the electronic component based on the adjusted transmission rate limit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Michael Wollman, Nicholas Larson, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Patent number: 10216236
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing temperatures of wearable device components are disclosed. In one aspects, a method includes determining a temperature of an electronic component of the wearable device, determining a rate of temperature change of the electronic component, and determining whether to increase or decrease a transmission rate limit of the electronic component based on the temperature and the rate, adjusting the transmission rate limit based on the determination, and limiting a rate of transmission of the electronic component based on the adjusted transmission rate limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Michael Wollman, Nicholas Larson, Patrick Timothy McSweeney Simons
  • Patent number: 10042187
    Abstract: Apparatuses and systems are disclosed and can include a case for eyewear having an eyewear body carrying onboard electronic components that comprise a heat source that generates heat during electrically powered operation is disclosed. The case can hold the eyewear when the eyewear are in a stowed position. The case can further include one or more supports to support the eyewear in the stowed position within the holding space. One or more heat sinks are integrated with the one or more supports. Each of the one or more heat sinks are thermally conductive coupled with a corresponding heat sink of the eyewear. A first heat conduction pathway is thermally connected to the one or more heat sinks and can extend into the case body to conduct heat from the heat source into the case with the eyewear supported in the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Ashutosh Y. Shukla, Stephen Andrew Steger
  • Publication number: 20180136491
    Abstract: Apparatuses and systems are disclosed and can include a case for eyewear having an eyewear body carrying onboard electronic components that comprise a heat source that generates heat during electrically powered operation is disclosed. The case can hold the eyewear when the eyewear are in a stowed position. The case can further include one or more supports to support the eyewear in the stowed position within the holding space. One or more heat sinks are integrated with the one or more supports. Each of the one or more heat sinks are thermally conductive coupled with a corresponding heat sink of the eyewear. A first heat conduction pathway is thermally connected to the one or more heat sinks and can extend into the case body to conduct heat from the heat source into the case with the eyewear supported in the stowed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Andrea Ashwood, Ashutosh Y. Shukla, Stephen Andrew Steger
  • Publication number: 20180074343
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems for electronic wearable devices such as smart glasses are described. According to one embodiment, the wearable device can include an eyewear body, onboard electronic components, and a core wire. The eyewear body can be configured for wearing by a user to hold one or more optical elements mounted on the eyewear body within a field of view of the user. The onboard electronic components can be carried by the eyewear body and can comprise a heat source that generates heat during electrically powered operation thereof. The core wire can be disposed within the body to form part of a structural framework for at least part of the eyewear body. The core wire can be thermally coupled to the heat source to provide a heat sink for the heat source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventor: Andrea Ashwood