Patents by Inventor Brent Ridley

Brent Ridley 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: 20210025091
    Abstract: An adaptive textile that includes a plurality of a first fiber having a first expansion coefficient and a plurality of a second fiber having a second expansion coefficient. There is a difference between the expansion coefficient of the first fiber and the expansion coefficient of the second fiber; at least one of the first or second fibers is a twisted coil actuator; and linear displacement of the twisted coil actuator causes the adaptive textile to bend.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventors: Brent Ridley, Saul Griffith, Shara Maikranz, Jean Chang, Pete Lynn
  • Publication number: 20200399795
    Abstract: A method of generating a coiled actuator fiber that includes twisting a fiber to generate a twisted fiber; wrapping the twisted fiber around a core yarn or fiber to generate a coil in the twisted fiber, which generates a coiled twisted fiber; setting the coiled twisted fiber by heat or chemical treatment; and removing at least a portion of the core yarn or fiber to generate a coiled actuator fiber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Publication date: December 24, 2020
    Inventors: Brent Ridley, Jean Chang, Shara Maikranz
  • Patent number: 10793979
    Abstract: A system and method of generating a coiled actuator fiber. The method includes twisting a fiber to generate a twisted fiber, wrapping the twisted fiber around a core to generate a coil in the twisted fiber; and removing at least a portion of the core to generate a coiled actuator fiber. In some aspects that fiber can be a yarn with one or more fibers or a fiber comprising a single elongated element. In some aspects, a portion of the core includes a removable sacrificial portion. The removable sacrificial portion can be dissolvable in a solvent or physically removable. In some aspects, the core further includes a non-dissolvable portion that is not dissolvable and generating a coiled actuator can include removing the sacrificial portion by treating a twisted fiber on the core to remove the sacrificial portion and leaving the non-dissolvable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: OTHER LAB, LLC
    Inventors: Brent Ridley, Jean Chang, Shara Maikranz
  • Patent number: 10793981
    Abstract: An adaptive sheet that includes a first layer defining a first length, the first layer configured to assume a base configuration in response to a first environmental condition and assume a lofted configuration in response to a second environmental condition with the first layer being curled along the first length compared the base configuration. The first fabric layer includes a first material defining a second length and having a first expansion coefficient, and wherein the first material is configured to increasingly change length along the second length in response to the second environmental condition, and a second material defining a third length and having a second expansion coefficient that is different than the first expansion coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: OTHER LAB, LLC
    Inventors: Brent Ridley, Saul Griffith, Shara Maikranz, Jean Chang, Pete Lynn
  • Publication number: 20200220492
    Abstract: An actuator assembly that includes an angled bottom plate having an opposing first side face and second side face; a first set of one or more inflatable actuators engaging the first side face of the angled bottom plate; and a second set of one or more inflatable actuators engaging the second side face of the angled bottom plate. The first and second sets of inflatable actuators are configured to be separately fluidically inflated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Leila Marcia MADRONE, Kyle Douglas BETTS, Peter Sturt LYNN, Louis Hong BASEL, Brent RIDLEY, Saul Thomas GRIFFITH, James Dylan MCBRIDE, Jeffrey LAMB, Eric Preston Lien SUAN, Erica LIN, Joshua ERICKSON, Vincent Domenic ROMANIN
  • Patent number: 10601366
    Abstract: A pneumatically actuated solar panel array system that includes a plurality of separate actuator assemblies that each have a top plate and bottom plate and a first and second bellows that each extend between and are coupled to the top and bottom plates at a respective top head and bottom head, the first and second bellows being configured to be separately pneumatically inflated, where the pneumatic inflation expands the bellows along a length. The pneumatically actuated solar panel array system can also include a plurality of solar panels coupled to the actuator assemblies with the solar panels being configured to be actuated based on inflation of one or more bellows associated with the plurality of actuator assembles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SUNFOLDING, INC.
    Inventors: Leila Marcia Madrone, Kyle Douglas Betts, Peter Sturt Lynn, Louis Hong Basel, Brent Ridley, Saul Thomas Griffith, James Dylan McBride, Jeffrey Lamb, Eric Preston Lien Suan, Erica Lin, Joshua Erickson, Vincent Domenic Romanin
  • Publication number: 20190269188
    Abstract: A thermally adaptive material configured to assume a lofted configuration and flat configuration in response to different temperatures. The thermally adaptive material includes an adaptive first textile layer with one or more sections of a first material that has a first thermal expansion coefficient and one or more sections of a second material disposed adjacent to the one or more sections of the first material, the one or more sections of the second material having a second thermal expansion coefficient that is different from the first thermal expansion coefficient. The thermally adaptive material also includes a second textile layer disposed opposing the adaptive first textile layer; a plurality of engaging portions between the first textile layer and second textile layer; and one or more cavities defined by the first and second layers that are generated while the adaptive textile is at least in a lofted configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Inventors: Brent Ridley, Jean Chang, Leah Bryson
  • Publication number: 20190020303
    Abstract: A pneumatically actuated solar panel array system that includes a plurality of separate actuator assemblies that each have a top plate and bottom plate and a first and second bellows that each extend between and are coupled to the top and bottom plates at a respective top head and bottom head, the first and second bellows being configured to be separately pneumatically inflated, where the pneumatic inflation expands the bellows along a length. The pneumatically actuated solar panel array system can also include a plurality of solar panels coupled to the actuator assemblies with the solar panels being configured to be actuated based on inflation of one or more bellows associated with the plurality of actuator assembles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Publication date: January 17, 2019
    Inventors: Leila Marcia MADRONE, Kyle Douglas BETTS, Peter Sturt LYNN, Louis Hong BASEL, Brent RIDLEY, Saul Thomas GRIFFITH, James Dylan MCBRIDE, Jeffrey LAMB, Eric Preston Lien SUAN, Erica LIN, Joshua ERICKSON, Vincent Domenic ROMANIN
  • Patent number: 10135388
    Abstract: A pneumatically actuated solar panel array system that includes a plurality of separate actuator assemblies that each have a top plate and bottom plate and a first and second bellows that each extend between and are coupled to the top and bottom plates at a respective top head and bottom head, the first and second bellows being configured to be separately pneumatically inflated, where the pneumatic inflation expands the bellows along a length. The pneumatically actuated solar panel array system can also include a plurality of solar panels coupled to the actuator assemblies with the solar panels being configured to be actuated based on inflation of one or more bellows associated with the plurality of actuator assembles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: SUNFOLDING, INC.
    Inventors: Leila Marcia Madrone, Kyle Douglas Betts, Peter Sturt Lynn, Louis Hong Basel, Brent Ridley, Saul Thomas Griffith, James Dylan McBride, Jeffrey Lamb, Eric Preston Lien Suan, Erica Lin, Joshua Erickson, Vincent Domenic Romanin
  • Publication number: 20180291535
    Abstract: A system and method of generating a coiled actuator fiber. The method includes twisting a fiber to generate a twisted fiber, wrapping the twisted fiber around a core to generate a coil in the twisted fiber; and removing at least a portion of the core to generate a coiled actuator fiber. In some aspects that fiber can be a yarn with one or more fibers or a fiber comprising a single elongated element. In some aspects, a portion of the core includes a removable sacrificial portion. The removable sacrificial portion can be dissolvable in a solvent or physically removable. In some aspects, the core further includes a non-dissolvable portion that is not dissolvable and generating a coiled actuator can include removing the sacrificial portion by treating a twisted fiber on the core to remove the sacrificial portion and leaving the non-dissolvable portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Brent Ridley, Jean Chang, Shara Maikranz
  • Patent number: 9704713
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention provides undoped and doped siloxanes, germoxanes, and silagermoxanes that are substantially free from carbon and other undesired contaminants. In a second aspect, the present invention provides methods for making such undoped and doped siloxanes, germoxanes, and silagermoxanes. In still another aspect, the present invention provides compositions comprising undoped and/or doped siloxanes, germoxanes, and silagermoxanes and a solvent, and methods for forming undoped and doped dielectric films from such compositions. Undoped and/or doped siloxane compositions as described advantageously provide undoped and/or doped dielectric precursor inks that may be employed in forming substantially carbon-free undoped and/or doped dielectric films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Thin Film Electronics ASA
    Inventors: Wenzhuo Guo, Brent Ridley, Joerg Rockenberger
  • Publication number: 20160341498
    Abstract: A membrane heat exchanger comprising a first planar sheet a second planar sheet coupled to the first planar sheet at least by a seam and at least one fluid chamber defined by the first and second planer sheet and the seam and comprising a first and second end, the fluidic chamber extending a length of the membrane heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Peter Lynn, Saul Griffith, Sam Sarcia, Brent Ridley, Shara Maikranz, James McBride, Vincent Domenic Romanin, Keith Pasko
  • Publication number: 20160340814
    Abstract: An adaptive sheet that includes a first layer defining a first length, the first layer configured to assume a base configuration in response to a first environmental condition and assume a lofted configuration in response to a second environmental condition with the first layer being curled along the first length compared the base configuration. The first fabric layer includes a first material defining a second length and having a first expansion coefficient, and wherein the first material is configured to increasingly change length along the second length in response to the second environmental condition, and a second material defining a third length and having a second expansion coefficient that is different than the first expansion coefficient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Brent Ridley, Saul Griffith, Shara Maikranz, Jean Chang, Pete Lynn
  • Publication number: 20160261224
    Abstract: A pneumatically actuated solar panel array system that includes a plurality of separate actuator assemblies that each have a top plate and bottom plate and a first and second bellows that each extend between and are coupled to the top and bottom plates at a respective top head and bottom head, the first and second bellows being configured to be separately pneumatically inflated, where the pneumatic inflation expands the bellows along a length. The pneumatically actuated solar panel array system can also include a plurality of solar panels coupled to the actuator assemblies with the solar panels being configured to be actuated based on inflation of one or more bellows associated with the plurality of actuator assembles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Publication date: September 8, 2016
    Inventors: Leila Marcia MADRONE, Kyle Douglas BETTS, Peter Sturt LYNN, Louis Hong BASEL, Brent RIDLEY, Saul Thomas GRIFFITH, James Dylan MCBRIDE, Jeffrey LAMB, Eric Preston Lien SUAN, Erica LIN, Joshua ERICKSON, Vincent Domenic ROMANIN
  • Patent number: 9336925
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention provides undoped and doped siloxanes, germoxanes, and silagermoxanes that are substantially free from carbon and other undesired contaminants. In a second aspect, the present invention provides methods for making such undoped and doped siloxanes, germoxanes, and silagermoxanes. In still another aspect, the present invention provides compositions comprising undoped and/or doped siloxanes, germoxanes, and silagermoxanes and a solvent, and methods for forming undoped and doped dielectric films from such compositions. Undoped and/or doped siloxane compositions as described advantageously provide undoped and/or doped dielectric precursor inks that may be employed in forming substantially carbon-free undoped and/or doped dielectric films.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Thin Film Electronics ASA
    Inventors: Wenzhuo Guo, Brent Ridley, Joerg Rockenberger
  • Patent number: 8846507
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for controlled polymerization and/or oligomerization of hydrosilanes compounds including those of the general formulae SinH2n and SinH2n+2 as well as alkyl- and arylsilanes, to produce soluble silicon polymers as a precursor to silicon films having low carbon content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Thin Film Electronics ASA
    Inventors: Dmitry Karshtedt, Joerg Rockenberger, Fabio Zurcher, Brent Ridley, Erik Scher
  • Patent number: 8840857
    Abstract: Heterocyclosilane compounds and methods for making the same. Such compounds (and/or ink compositions containing the same) are useful for printing or spin coating a doped silane film onto a substrate that can easily be converted into a doped amorphous silicon film (that may also be hydrogenated to some extent) or doped polycrystalline semiconductor film suitable for electronic devices. Thus, the present invention advantageously provides commercial qualities and quantities of doped semiconductor films from a “doped liquid silicon” composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Thin Film Electronics ASA
    Inventors: Wenzhuo Guo, Fabio Zürcher, Joerg Rockenberger, Klaus Kunze, Vladimir K. Dioumaev, Brent Ridley, James Montague Cleeves
  • Patent number: 8624049
    Abstract: Dopant-group substituted (cyclo)silane compounds, liquid-phase compositions containing such compounds, and methods for making the same. Such compounds (and/or ink compositions containing the same) are useful for printing or spin coating a doped silane film onto a substrate that can easily be converted into a doped amorphous or polycrystalline silicon film suitable for electronic devices. Thus, the present invention advantageously provides commercial qualities and quantities of doped semiconductor films from a doped “liquid silicon” composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kovio, Inc.
    Inventors: Wenzhuo Guo, Vladimir K. Dioumaev, Brent Ridley, Fabio Zürcher, Joerg Rockenberger, James Montague Cleeves
  • Patent number: 8603426
    Abstract: A method of making hydrogenated Group IVA compounds having reduced metal-based impurities, compositions and inks including such Group IVA compounds, and methods for forming a semiconductor thin film. Thin semiconducting films prepared according to the present invention generally exhibit improved conductivity, film morphology and/or carrier mobility relative to an otherwise identical structure made by an identical process, but without the washing step. In addition, the properties of the present thin film are generally more predictable than those of films produced from similarly prepared (cyclo)silanes that have not been washed according to the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Kovio, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Kunze, Wenzhuo Guo, Fabio Zürcher, Mao Takashima, Laila Francisco, Joerg Rockenberger, Brent Ridley
  • Publication number: 20130252407
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for controlled polymerization and/or oligomerization of hydrosilanes compounds including those of the general formulae SinH2n and SinH2n+2 as well as alkyl- and arylsilanes, to produce soluble silicon polymers as a precursor to silicon films having low carbon content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: Dmitry KARSHTEDT, Joerg ROCKENBERGER, Fabio ZURCHER, Brent RIDLEY, Erik SCHER