Patents by Inventor Brian Adolf

Brian Adolf 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: 10418856
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein may relate to wireless energy transfer between a transmitter and a receiver via resonant coupling. In example embodiments, a method includes identifying a receiver in a wireless power transmission system and identifying a transmitter in the wireless power transmission system. The method also includes determining a real-time per-unit offer corresponding to the identified receiver and determining a real-time per-unit request corresponding to the identified transmitter. The method yet further includes determining a real-time per-unit match based on the offer and the request. The method further includes, in response to determining the match, causing the transmitter to provide electrical energy to the receiver via a wireless resonant coupling link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Brian Adolf, Eric Liu
  • Patent number: 10381878
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of determining an operational configuration of a wireless power adapter. The method includes determining whether the wireless power adapter is calibrated to supply a legacy device with electrical energy. The method further includes, in response to determining that the wireless power adapter is not calibrated to supply the legacy device with electrical energy, delivering a first power signal to the legacy device via a first electrical coupling member. The method also includes detecting a response of the legacy device to receiving the first power signal, and based on the response of the legacy device, determining an operational configuration of the wireless power adapter. Furthermore, the method includes configuring the wireless power adapter to operate according to the determined operational configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Michael Grundmann, Brian Adolf, Eric Liu, Mathias Fleck, Samuel Dean Banks, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10243415
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for providing wireless power. The method includes determining a route in an area for a charger vehicle, where the charger vehicle includes a primary wireless power transceiver. The method further includes determining a schedule according to which the charger vehicle travels along the route. The method also includes determining a number of repeater vehicles to deploy in the area to extend a range of the primary transceiver of the charger vehicle. Further, the method includes deploying the determined number of repeater vehicles into the area. Furthermore, the method includes coupling each of the repeater vehicles to the charger vehicle via a respective first wireless resonant coupling link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Michael Grundmann, Brian Adolf, Eric Liu, Mathias Fleck, Maaike Evers, Matt Swinton, Michael Simonian
  • Patent number: 10164476
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and systems for facilitating a wireless power handover. In particular, a controller may cause a first transmitter to provide electrical power to a receiver. The controller may then determine that a handover condition is met and may responsively facilitate a handover to a second transmitter. During this handover, the controller may engage in a phase-determination process to determine first and second phases at which the first and second transmitters should respectively provide electrical power to the receiver. Once determined, the controller may then cause the first and second transmitters to respectively provide electrical power to the receiver at the first and second phases and at substantially the same time. Subsequently, the controller may cause the first transmitter to no longer provide electrical power to the receiver and the second transmitter to continue to provide electrical power to the receiver, thereby completing the handover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Brian Adolf, Michael Grundmann, Eric Liu
  • Patent number: 10091496
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, devices, and methods for calibrating a light field projection system. One example system includes a projection unit operable to project a scanning sequence toward a screen having convex reflective elements. The scanning sequence is modulated according to a baseline intensity profile. The system also includes a calibration device disposed such that a portion of the scanning sequence is intercepted by the calibration device. The calibration device includes a first light detector arranged to detect an intercepted intensity profile. The calibration device also includes a second light detector arranged to detect a reflected portion of the scanning sequence as a measured intensity profile. The system further includes a control system. The control system is configured to determine an expected intensity profile and to modify operation of the light field projection system based on a comparison of the measured intensity profile to the expected intensity profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Richard DeVaul, Brian Adolf
  • Publication number: 20180160982
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for receiving brain activity data of a user from a brainwave sensor and user physiological data from a non-brainwave sensor, where the brain activity data represents a brainwave pattern related to a physiological activity of the user and a brainwave pattern related to a mental activity of the user. Identifying a physiological action of the user based on the user physiological data. Identifying, within the brain activity data, a pattern that is representative of the identified physiological action. Filtering the brain activity data to lessen a contribution of the pattern representative of the identified physiological action to the brain activity data, thereby, providing filtered brain activity data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Inventors: Sarah Laszlo, Philip Edwin Watson, Matthew Eisaman, Brian Adolf, Gabriella Levine
  • Publication number: 20180159375
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and systems for facilitating a wireless power handover. In particular, a controller may cause a first transmitter to provide electrical power to a receiver. The controller may then determine that a handover condition is met and may responsively facilitate a handover to a second transmitter. During this handover, the controller may engage in a phase-determination process to determine first and second phases at which the first and second transmitters should respectively provide electrical power to the receiver. Once determined, the controller may then cause the first and second transmitters to respectively provide electrical power to the receiver at the first and second phases and at substantially the same time. Subsequently, the controller may cause the first transmitter to no longer provide electrical power to the receiver and the second transmitter to continue to provide electrical power to the receiver, thereby completing the handover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Brian Adolf, Michael Grundmann, Eric Liu
  • Publication number: 20180152697
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, devices, and methods for calibrating a light field projection system. One example system includes a projection unit operable to project a scanning sequence toward a screen having convex reflective elements. The scanning sequence is modulated according to a baseline intensity profile. The system also includes a calibration device disposed such that a portion of the scanning sequence is intercepted by the calibration device. The calibration device includes a first light detector arranged to detect an intercepted intensity profile. The calibration device also includes a second light detector arranged to detect a reflected portion of the scanning sequence as a measured intensity profile. The system further includes a control system. The control system is configured to determine an expected intensity profile and to modify operation of the light field projection system based on a comparison of the measured intensity profile to the expected intensity profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Publication date: May 31, 2018
    Inventors: Richard DeVaul, Brian Adolf
  • Publication number: 20180138748
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein may relate to wireless energy transfer between a transmitter and a receiver via resonant coupling. In example embodiments, a method includes identifying a receiver in a wireless power transmission system and identifying a transmitter in the wireless power transmission system. The method also includes determining a real-time per-unit offer corresponding to the identified receiver and determining a real-time per-unit request corresponding to the identified transmitter. The method yet further includes determining a real-time per-unit match based on the offer and the request. The method further includes, in response to determining the match, causing the transmitter to provide electrical energy to the receiver via a wireless resonant coupling link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Brian Adolf, Eric Liu
  • Patent number: 9961333
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for projecting a light field. One light field projection system includes a screen and a projection unit. On the screen, there is a plurality of convex reflective elements arranged in a two-dimensional array. The projection unit has a light source. The projection unit also has a modulator to modulate light from the light source. The projection unit further has one or more movable mirrored elements to reflect light from the light source toward the screen to sequentially scan the plurality of convex reflective elements. The projection unit also has a control system that determines a light modulation scheme used by the modulator. The light modulation scheme provides that the light reflected from the light source toward the screen to sequentially scan the plurality of convex reflective elements forms a light field that is concurrently viewable from a plurality of perspectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Brian Adolf, Richard DeVaul
  • Patent number: 9891516
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods for calibrating a light field projection system that includes a screen having convex reflective elements. One example method for calibrating a light field projection system includes scanning the plurality of convex reflective elements with light modulated according to a baseline intensity profile. The method also includes detecting a light intensity profile of the scanned light using a light detector at a first perspective. The method further includes comparing the detected light intensity profile to an expected light intensity profile and modifying operation of a control system that determines light field modulation schemes for projecting light fields to account for any differences between the detected intensity profile and the expected intensity profile. The detector may be moved to a second perspective and the previously steps of the method may be repeated from the second perspective of the light detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Richard DeVaul, Brian Adolf