Patents by Inventor David P. Ramer

David P. Ramer 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: 20200104094
    Abstract: A control module, for lighting or other environmental control or the like has embedded voice responsive control capability. The recognizable command set supported by the control module is customizable. Software for a data processor configures the control module to identify a user in the vicinity of the control module and change voice response software based at least in part on identity of the user. The changed voice response software configures the control module, to recognize a customized set of vocal commands, e.g. associated with the identified user, in response to speech detected via a microphone and an audio processor of the control module, without requiring network communication. The control module issues control signals to equipment controlled by the module that correspond to the recognized commands of the customized vocal command set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: Sean P. WHITE, Daniel M. MEGGINSON, Januk AGGARWAL, David P. RAMER
  • Patent number: 10591355
    Abstract: Disclosed are examples of hyperspectral imager-equipped lighting devices that provide general illumination supplied by artificial or natural light, and that also detect environmental conditions in the environment around the lighting device. The hyperspectral imager detects light within a contiguous spectral band from the environment in the vicinity of the lighting device. In response, the hyperspectral imager generates image data representative of the spectral intensity of one or more subsets of a continuous spectrum of wavelengths of the detected light. A controller may analyze the image data generated by the hyperspectral imager and may initiate action to control operation of the light source or building management products based on an environmental condition detected by the analysis of the generated image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: David P. Ramer, Jack C. Rains, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10584827
    Abstract: A support structure provides two or more axes of intelligent locomotion for a movable object on the support structure. The support structure can include a track system made up of a plurality of identically configured track modules that are connected end-to-end. Each track module can include an elongated body defining a longitudinal axis and having two ends. Each end can include at least one beveled edge and at least one track surface extending longitudinally along the elongated body. The track surface can include a plurality of protuberances arranged in rows that are parallel to the longitudinal axis of the elongated body, and in columns that are perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the elongated body. The track modules can be connected to a power source and include electrical contacts that provide electricity to self-propelled units that travel along the track system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Youssef F. Baker, Sean P. White, Daniel M. Megginson, Jenish S. Kastee, Nathaniel W. Hixon, Niels G. Eegholm, David P. Ramer
  • Publication number: 20200073199
    Abstract: A cleansing lighting device includes a laser light source configured to emit light in the visible light spectrum or in the infrared light spectrum. The cleansing lighting device also includes a light frequency up-converter to convert longer wavelength light from the laser light source to shorter wavelength light. The converted light has a dominant wavelength in the portion of the ultraviolet range at or below 380 nm, suitable for the cleansing application. An example cleansing lighting device may also include an optical element, such as a beam shaping lens or a variable optical beam deflector, to distribute the resulting ultraviolet light from the up-converter for the cleansing application. Such a cleansing lighting device may be a standalone device, although the device or individual components for light-based cleansing may be incorporated in a luminaire, for example, together with an artificial light source adapted to general illumination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Inventors: Guan-Bo LIN, David P. RAMER, Yan RODRIGUEZ, Sean P. WHITE
  • Publication number: 20200068684
    Abstract: Examples of lighting equipment provide services to and on behalf of a biomechatronically enhanced organism and/or a biomechatronic component of the organism. Such services include charging, communications, location-related services, control, optimization, client-server functions and distributed processing functionality. The biomechatronically enhanced organism and/or biomechatronic component utilize such services provided by and/or via the lighting equipment to enable, enhance or otherwise influence operation of the organism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: David P. RAMER, Jack C. Rains, JR., Januk Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 10551921
    Abstract: A system including a controllable device configured to provide a premises related service in an area of a premises. The system includes an electroencephalography (EEG) device configured to be positioned with respect to a head of a user and process signals detected in real-time. The system also includes a processor in communication with the EEG device, a memory accessible by the processor and instructions stored in the memory for execution by the processor. A data is stored in the memory that associates each of a plurality of predetermined sets of signals from the brain detected via the EEG device with at least one control instruction. The execution of the instructions configures the processor to using the stored data, analyze the real-time detected signals to determine that the real-time detected signals correspond to one of the plurality of predetermined set of signals associated with the one control instruction and generate a control data signal based on the one control instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: David P. Ramer, Jack C. Rains, Jr., Youssef F. Baker, Niels G. Eegholm, Daniel M. Megginson, Jenish S. Kastee
  • Publication number: 20200037419
    Abstract: The lighting device includes a luminaire, duplex circuitry, a lighting control device to control a light output and operation of a light source in a vicinity of the luminaire, and a sound transducer integrated on a surface of an element of the luminaire. The sound transducer responds to vibrations of the luminaire element to detect incoming audio waves and generates outgoing audio waves in the vicinity of the luminaire. The duplex circuitry is coupled to electrical terminals of the sound transducer and configured to generate a first electrical signal of the incoming audio waves, and supply a second electrical signal to cause the sound transducer to generate the outgoing audio waves in the vicinity of the luminaire that are directly proportional to the second electrical signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Scott, Min-Hao Michael Lu, David P. Ramer, Yan Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10546525
    Abstract: The examples relate to various implementations to enable simultaneous controllable lighting distribution and a wide angle image light output from areas of a luminaire. An example of such a luminaire includes image light emitters and an array of general illumination light emitters for general illumination. A grid structure that has a supporting grid of rows and columns with intersection points and transparent sections or gaps is used to maintain a spaced arrangement of the general illumination light emitters and the image light emitters. Each of the transparent sections is bounded by individual structural members of the grid meeting at individual intersection points. In a specific example, image light emitters are located at intersection points of the grid structure. The general illumination light emitters are optically coupled for emitting general illumination light through the transparent sections of the grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Ravi Kumar Komanduri, David P. Ramer, Guan-Bo Lin
  • Publication number: 20200025332
    Abstract: A support structure provides two or more axes of intelligent locomotion for a movable object on the support structure. The support structure can include a track system made up of a plurality of identically configured track modules that are connected end-to-end. Each track module can include an elongated body defining a longitudinal axis and having two ends. Each end can include at least one beveled edge and at least one track surface extending longitudinally along the elongated body. The track modules can be connected to a power source and include electrical contacts that provide electricity to movable objects that travel along the track system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Youssef F. Baker, Sean P. White, Daniel M. Megginson, Jenish S. Kastee, Nathaniel W. Hixon, Niels G. Eegholm, David P. Ramer
  • Patent number: 10535236
    Abstract: A lighting device or an apparatus for use with a light source has one or more sensors, intelligence in the form of programmed processors and communication capabilities. Each sensor is configured to monitor one or more conditions external to a lighting device not directly related to operational performance of the respective lighting device. Programming provides a standardized interface to enable processing of sensed conditions from sensors of different types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: David P. Ramer, Jack C. Rains, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20200011506
    Abstract: An example lighting device has a luminaire. The luminaire includes a laser light source configured to be driven by electrical power to emit laser light rays, a phosphor plate, and a solid medium freeform prism or waveguide. The solid medium freeform prism or waveguide confines incoming laser light ray emitted from the laser light source inside the solid medium until conversion into illumination lighting by the phosphor plate. The solid medium includes an input surface or lens coupled to the laser light source, an output surface, and a highly reflective internal surface to reflect laser light rays to propagate inside the solid medium until emission through the output surface. The phosphor plate is coupled to the output surface of the solid medium to convert the reflected laser light rays into the illumination lighting to emit from the luminaire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: An MAO, Guan-Bo Lin, Rashmi Kumar Rogers, David P. Ramer
  • Publication number: 20200011733
    Abstract: A spectrometer-equipped lighting device detects substances in an environment around the device. A fiber detector is optically coupled to receive light from a light source. The fiber detector has a bare area from which emanates an evanescent wave of light surrounding an exterior of the fiber detector to interact with the environment in which the fiber detector is exposed. The spectrometer, optically coupled to an opposite end of the fiber detector, detects the light output and in response, generates signals representative of the spectral power distribution of the light of the evanescent wave that has interacted with the surrounding environment. A controller analyzes the spectrometer generated signals and initiates action based on the analysis of the generated signals or outputs a report indicating an environmental condition detected by the spectrometer-equipped device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: David P. RAMER, Jack C. RAINS, JR.
  • Publication number: 20200011509
    Abstract: An example luminaire includes a laser light source, a photoluminescent material and a holographic optical element. The holographic optical element has a hologram optically coupled to the laser light source and to the photoluminescent material. The hologram is configured to distribute light received from the laser light source as a pattern of light to the photoluminescent material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Publication date: January 9, 2020
    Inventors: David P. RAMER, Guan-Bo LIN, An MAO, Januk AGGARWAL, Rashmi Kumar ROGERS
  • Patent number: 10531541
    Abstract: An example of a lighting system includes intelligent lighting devices, each of which includes a light source, a communication interface and a processor coupled to control the light source. In such a system, at least one of the lighting devices includes a user input sensor to detect user activity related to user inputs without requiring physical contact of the user; and at least one of the lighting devices includes an output component to provide information output to the user. One or more of the processors in the intelligent lighting devices are further configured to process user inputs detected by the user input sensor, control lighting and control output to a user via the output component so as to implement an interactive user interface for the system, for example, to facilitate user control of lighting operations of the system and/or to act as a user interface portal for other services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Januk Aggarwal, Jason W. Rogers, Jack C. Rains, Jr., David P. Ramer
  • Patent number: 10520165
    Abstract: An example lighting device has a luminaire. The luminaire includes a laser light source configured to be driven by electrical power to emit laser light rays, a phosphor plate, and a solid medium freeform prism or waveguide. The solid medium freeform prism or waveguide confines incoming laser light ray emitted from the laser light source inside the solid medium until conversion into illumination lighting by the phosphor plate. The solid medium includes an input surface or lens coupled to the laser light source, an output surface, and a highly reflective internal surface to reflect laser light rays to propagate inside the solid medium until emission through the output surface. The phosphor plate is coupled to the output surface of the solid medium to convert the reflected laser light rays into the illumination lighting to emit from the luminaire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: An Mao, Guan-Bo Lin, Rashmi Kumar Rogers, David P. Ramer
  • Patent number: 10506685
    Abstract: Examples of lighting equipment provide services to and on behalf of a biomechatronically enhanced organism and/or a biomechatronic component of the organism. Such services include charging, communications, location-related services, control, optimization, client-server functions and distributed processing functionality. The biomechatronically enhanced organism and/or biomechatronic component utilize such services provided by and/or via the lighting equipment to enable, enhance or otherwise influence operation of the organism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: David P. Ramer, Jack C. Rains, Jr., Januk Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 10497337
    Abstract: An example of a virtual luminaire store allows a user to select an image or the like for a luminaire appearance and a set of performance parameters related to a virtual luminaire. Based on the user selection, a configuration information file is obtained and transmitted to a software configurable lighting device. The software configurable lighting device receives the transmitted file, stores the transmitted file and generates illumination in accordance with the configuration information from the file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Jack C. Rains, Jr., Mark A. Black, David P. Ramer, Rashmi Kumar Raj, Hampton Boone Maher
  • Publication number: 20190360686
    Abstract: Disclosed are examples of luminaires that provide light for general illumination and detect toxins in air via a biosensor. In the examples, a luminaire may include a light source configured to illuminate a space, a biosensor configured to detect toxins in the air, and an air circulation system. The light source may be configured to illuminate a space in which the luminaire is located with general illumination light. The biosensor may include an air permeable membrane, a substrate, and a microorganism that responds to the presence of a toxin in the air that comes in contact with the microorganism. A sensor may detect the response by the microorganism of the presence of the toxin, and output a signal indicating the presence of the toxin based on the detected response. A processor coupled to the luminaire may receive the outputted sensor signal and output a report of the toxin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Kathryn Margaret PENDO, David P. RAMER, Jack C. RAINS, JR., Min-Hao Michael LU, James Benton FRENCH
  • Publication number: 20190364650
    Abstract: A lighting system utilizes intelligent system elements, such as lighting devices, user interfaces for lighting control or the like and possibly sensors. The system also has a data communication network. Some number of the intelligent lighting system elements, including at least two of the lighting devices, also support wireless communication with non-lighting-system devices at the premises. Each such element has a communication interface system configured to provide a short range, low power wireless data communication link for use by non-lighting-system devices at the premises in proximity to the respective intelligent system element. Also, in such an element, the processor is configured to control communications via the communication interface system so as to provide access to the data network and through the data network to the wide area network outside the premises for non-lighting related communications of the non-lighting-system devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Januk AGGARWAL, Jason ROGERS, Jack C. RAINS, JR., David P. RAMER
  • Publication number: 20190358584
    Abstract: Disclosed are examples of luminaires that provide light for general illumination and treat air via a biofilter. In the examples, a luminaire may include a light source configured to illuminate a space, a biofilter configured to treat air, and an air circulation system. The light source may be configured to illuminate a space in which the luminaire is located with general illumination light. The biofilter may include an air permeable membrane, a substrate, and a microorganism that treats air that comes in contact with the microorganism. The air circulation system is configured to draw air into contact with the biofilter and output air treated by contact with the biofilter into at least a portion of the space illuminated by the light source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Kathryn Margaret PENDO, David P. RAMER, Jack C. RAINS, JR., Min-Hao Michael LU, James Benton FRENCH