Patents by Inventor Benjamin C. Moes

Benjamin C. Moes 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).

  • Patent number: 10530188
    Abstract: A remote device in accordance with the present invention includes an adaptive power receiver that receives wireless power from the wireless power supply by induction. The adaptive power receiver may be switched among two or more modes of operation, including, for example, a high-Q mode and a low-Q mode. By controlling the switching between modes, the amount of energy received by the adaptive receiver may be controlled. This control is a form of adaptive resonance control or Q control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Philips IP Ventures B.V.
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Colin J. Moore, Joshua B. Taylor, Matthew J. Norconk, Thomas J. Leppien, Scott A. Mollema, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Benjamin C. Moes, A. Esai Umenei, John James Lord, Robert D. Gruich
  • Patent number: 10481189
    Abstract: A wireless remote sensor (110) that is powered by an inductive transmitter (112) and is configured to produce an oscillating wave that varies based on one or more sensed parameters. The oscillating wave is communicated to the inductive transmitter (112) by reflected impedance, where it can be detected to determine the sensed value(s). In another aspect, the present invention provides a wireless remote sensor with a Wheatstone bridge arrangement having an internal resonant circuit to produce an electromagnetic field indicative of the sensed value. In a third aspect, the present invention provides a wireless remote sensor with optical feedback from a reference circuit and a sensor circuit. In a fourth aspect, the present invention provides a wireless remote temperature sensor having coils printed on a material with a high coefficient of thermal expansion so that the size and/or shape of the coils varies as the temperature increases or decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Philips I.P. Ventures B.V.
    Inventors: Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Cody D. Dean, David W. Baarman, Benjamin C. Moes, Hai D. Nguyen, Matthew J. Norconk, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Joshua B. Taylor, Joseph S. Melton, Jr., Ronald L. Stoddard
  • Patent number: 10250083
    Abstract: The present invention relates to wireless power supplies adapted to supply power and communicate with one or more remote devices. The systems and methods of the present invention generally relate to a communication timing system that may ensure information being communicated does not overlap with that of another device, preventing data collisions and information from going undetected. With information being communicated in a way that addresses or avoids potential communication issues in multiple device systems, the wireless power supply may control operation to effectively supply wireless power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS IP VENTURES B.V.
    Inventors: Joshua B. Taylor, Matthew J. Norconk, Colin J. Moore, Benjamin C. Moes, Merdad Veiseh, Dale R. Liff, Mark A. Blaha, Jason L. Amistadi
  • Patent number: 10225966
    Abstract: A composite metal surface that looks metallic, but permits effective transmission of an electromagnetic field. The composite metal surface can be integrated into various electronic equipment, such as telephones, remote controls, battery doors, keyboards, mice, game controllers, cameras, laptops, inductive power supplies, and essentially any other electronic equipment. The composite metal surface can also be integrated into non-electrically conductive heat sinks, high permeability shielding, and polished metal non-electrically conductive surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS IP VENTURES B.V.
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Benjamin C. Moes, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Roy M. Taylor, Jr., Kaitlyn J. Turner, Robert Wolford, Matthew J. Norconk, Ryan D. Schamper
  • Patent number: 10199877
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wireless power supply system including a remote device capable of both transmitting and receiving power wirelessly. The remote device includes a self-driven synchronous rectifier. The wireless power supply system may also include a wireless power supply configured to enter an OFF state in which no power, or substantially no power, is drawn, and to wake from the OFF state in response to receiving power from a remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS IP VENTURES B.V.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Van Den Brink, Joshua B. Taylor, Matthew J. Norconk, Colin J. Moore, Benjamin C. Moes, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, David W. Baarman
  • Patent number: 10193389
    Abstract: A power supply with a multi-bridge topology configured to provide multiple different bridge topologies during operation. The power supply includes a plurality of half-bridge circuits connected to a controller. The controller can selectively configure the power supply between a plurality of different bridge topologies during operation by controlling the half-bridge circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS IP VENTURES B.V.
    Inventors: Benjamin C. Moes, Matthew J. Norconk, Joshua B. Taylor, Colin J. Moore
  • Patent number: 10187042
    Abstract: A wireless power transfer component with a selectively adjustable resonator circuit having a Q control subcircuit that varies the Q factor of the resonator circuit to control the amount of power relayed by the resonator circuit. The resonator circuit may be in the wireless power supply, the wireless power receiver, an intermediate resonator or any combination thereof. The resonator circuit may be actively configured based on a feedback circuit. The feedback circuit may sense a characteristic in the secondary circuit or elsewhere and actively operate the control subcircuit based on the sensed characteristic. The feedback circuit may cause the Q control subcircuit to change (reduce or increase) the Q factor when the sensed characteristic crosses a threshold value. The Q control subcircuit may include a variable resistor having a value that can be varied to adjust the Q factor of the resonator circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS IP VENTURES B.V.
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Benjamin C. Moes, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Joshua B. Taylor, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Matthew J. Norconk, Colin J. Moore, John James Lord, Kristen J. Blood
  • Publication number: 20180226835
    Abstract: A remote device in accordance with the present invention includes an adaptive power receiver that receives wireless power from the wireless power supply by induction. The adaptive power receiver may be switched among two or more modes of operation, including, for example, a high-Q mode and a low-Q mode. By controlling the switching between modes, the amount of energy received by the adaptive receiver may be controlled. This control is a form of adaptive resonance control or Q control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Colin J. Moore, Joshua B. Taylor, Matthew J. Norconk, Thomas J. Leppien, Scott A. Mollema, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Benjamin C. Moes, A. Esai Umenei, John James Lord, Robert D. Gruich
  • Publication number: 20180122568
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wireless power supply system in which a remote device is provided with different control methodologies depending on one or more factors. One type of wireless power supply can selectively control one or more remote devices according to a first control methodology and another type of wireless power supply can control the remote device according to a second control methodology. In one embodiment, a wireless power supply system is provided for wirelessly powering a display circuit in a product located at a point of display differently than when charging at a point of use, or when the device is in use. In another embodiment, a wireless power supply is programmed to operate a remote device according to a primary control methodology and the remote device is programmed to operate the remote device according to a secondary control methodology where the remote device includes circuitry for enabling the primary control methodology instead of the secondary control methodology.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Richard J. Weber, Joseph C. Van Den Brink, Kaitlyn J. Turner, Benjamin C. Moes, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Sean T. Eurich, David W. Baarman, Scott J. Anderson, Scott A. Tiedemann, Carolyn E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9912166
    Abstract: A remote device in accordance with the present invention includes an adaptive power receiver that receives wireless power from the wireless power supply by induction. The adaptive power receiver may be switched among two or more modes of operation, including, for example, a high-Q mode and a low-Q mode. By controlling the switching between modes, the amount of energy received by the adaptive receiver may be controlled. This control is a form of adaptive resonance control or Q control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Colin J. Moore, Joshua B. Taylor, Matthew J. Norconk, Thomas J. Leppien, Scott A. Mollema, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Benjamin C. Moes, A. Esai Umenei, John James Lord, Robert D. Gruich
  • Patent number: 9870859
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wireless power supply system in which a remote device is provided with different control methodologies depending on one or more factors. One type of wireless power supply can selectively control one or more remote devices according to a first control methodology and another type of wireless power supply can control the remote device according to a second control methodology. In one embodiment, a wireless power supply system is provided for wirelessly powering a display circuit in a product located at a point of display differently than when charging at a point of use, or when the device is in use. In another embodiment, a wireless power supply is programmed to operate a remote device according to a primary control methodology and the remote device is programmed to operate the remote device according to a secondary control methodology where the remote device includes circuitry for enabling the primary control methodology instead of the secondary control methodology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: Richard J. Weber, Joseph C. Van Den Brink, Kaitlyn J. Turner, Benjamin C. Moes, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Sean T. Eurich, David W. Baarman, Scott J. Anderson, Scott A. Tiedemann, Carolyn E. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20170294807
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wireless power supply system including a remote device capable of both transmitting and receiving power wirelessly. The remote device includes a self-driven synchronous rectifier. The wireless power supply system may also include a wireless power supply configured to enter an OFF state in which no power, or substantially no power, is drawn, and to wake from the OFF state in response to receiving power from a remote device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Inventors: Joseph C. Van Den Brink, Joshua B. Taylor, Matthew J. Norconk, Colin J. Moore, Benjamin C. Moes, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, David W. Baarman
  • Patent number: 9748774
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wireless power supply system including a remote device capable of both transmitting and receiving power wirelessly. The remote device includes a self-driven synchronous rectifier. The wireless power supply system may also include a wireless power supply configured to enter an OFF state in which no power, or substantially no power, is drawn, and to wake from the OFF state in response to receiving power from a remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Joseph C. Van Den Brink, Joshua B. Taylor, Matthew J. Norconk, Colin J. Moore, Benjamin C. Moes, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, David W. Baarman
  • Patent number: 9743565
    Abstract: An electrical component with conductive material(s) that is suitable for use within the electromagnetic field path of a wireless power transfer system. The electronic component includes conductive materials that are sufficiently thin to absorb no more than an acceptable amount of the electromagnetic field, yet thick enough to remain sufficiently conductive to perform the desired electrical function. In embodiments in which the wireless power supply delivers up to 20 watts of power, the conductive materials are not substantially thicker than about 1/10 the skin depth of the material at the anticipated wireless power frequency. The electrical component may be disposed at any location between the wireless power supply transmitter and the remote device receiver. The present invention permits the use of a wide rang of electrical components in the field path, such as a display, a sensor or a component capable of selectively operating as both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Joseph C. Van Den Brink, Hai D. Nguyen, Benjamin C. Moes, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven
  • Publication number: 20170237297
    Abstract: A power supply with a multi-bridge topology configured to provide multiple different bridge topologies during operation. The power supply includes a plurality of half-bridge circuits connected to a controller. The controller can selectively configure the power supply between a plurality of different bridge topologies during operation by controlling the half-bridge circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Benjamin C. Moes, Matthew J. Norconk, Joshua B. Taylor, Colin J. Moore
  • Patent number: 9699928
    Abstract: An item of print media (30) including an inductive secondary (50) for providing power to a load (32). The inductive secondary is responsive to an electromagnetic flux to generate a time-varying current or voltage therein. The current or voltage induced in the inductive secondary directly or indirectly powers the load to thereby enhance the functionality and/or the appeal of the item of print media without significantly adding to its cost. The load can provide a visual and/or auditory output, and can include an electroluminescent display, an e-ink display, a piezo speaker coil, an electrostatic speaker, an OLED, an LED or an LCD display. Embodiments of the invention can be utilized in connection with a wide variety of print media, including for example books, booklets, pamphlets, labels, magazines, manuals, brochures, maps, charts, posters, journals, newspapers or loose leaf pages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Joseph C. Van Den Brink, Sean T. Eurich, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Kaitlyn J. Turner, Benjamin C. Moes, Hai D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9680398
    Abstract: A power supply with a multi-bridge topology configured to provide multiple different bridge topologies during operation. The power supply includes a plurality of half-bridge circuits connected to a controller. The controller can selectively configure the power supply between a plurality of different bridge topologies during operation by controlling the half-bridge circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin C. Moes, Matthew J. Norconk, Joshua B. Taylor, Colin J. Moore
  • Patent number: 9680311
    Abstract: A wireless power system for wirelessly transferring power to a remote device from a wireless power supply at a range of distances. Various embodiments are contemplated in which reflected impedance from the remote device can be reduced by reducing coupling outside the desired wireless power transfer path, allowing delivery of wireless power over a range of distances. For example, a system incorporating one or more of shielding, spacing, and offsetting may be used to reduce reflected impedance from the remote device. An adapter may also be used to extend the range of wireless power transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Kristen J. Blood, Joshua B. Taylor, Matthew J. Norconk, Colin J. Moore, Benjamin C. Moes, John James Lord
  • Publication number: 20170043189
    Abstract: An acoustic module with a transducer and a solid waveguide. The transducer and waveguide may be curved to focus the acoustic energy along a focal line. The transducer, the top surface of the waveguide and the bottom surface of the waveguide may extend along coaxial curves. The waveguide may include a recess closely receiving the transducer. The waveguide may include an integral skirt that provides a thermal mass. The acoustic module may include a space to accommodate thermal management options. For example, the acoustic module may include a heatsink, an active ventilation system and/or a phase change material. The ultrasound device may include a controller configured to perform a uniformity scan sweep during supply of operating power to the transducer. The uniformity scan sweep can extend through a frequency range that includes the operating point of the acoustic module and does not exceed an acceptable efficiency loss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Publication date: February 16, 2017
    Inventors: Ronald L. Stoddard, Michael E. Miles, Matthew J. Norconk, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Joseph C. Van Den Brink, Colin J. Moore, A. Esai Umenei, Ryan D. Schamper, Mark S. Bartrum, Benjamin C. Moes, Karlis Vecziedins, Ziqi Wu, Mark C. Smith, Bradley J. Pippel, David S. Vachon
  • Patent number: 9520226
    Abstract: A contactless power supply is provided. The contactless power supply includes two or more primary coils for generating a region of cooperative magnetic flux generally therebetween. A portable device having a secondary coil can be positioned proximate this region of magnetic flux to receive wireless power from the contactless power supply. The spaced-apart primary coils can be wound in alternating directions about a common axis and driven in phase, or can be wound in a single direction about a common axis and driven approximately 180 degrees out of phase. The contactless power supply can include a plurality of primary coils in an adjustable array to accommodate multiple portable devices each with different secondary configurations and power consumption needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Norconk, Joshua K. Schwannecke, David W. Baarman, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Benjamin C. Moes, Colin J. Moore