Patents by Inventor Frank Yang

Frank Yang 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: 20220031049
    Abstract: This disclosure includes a description of a public-surface contact-avoidance device comprising a container configured to store an item to be used repeatedly by a user; and a public contact device attached to the container; wherein the container is configured to be held by the user in a manner that allows the user to contact the public contact device with public surfaces without requiring the user to touch the public surfaces with the user's hands. In some embodiments, a liquid container comprises a bottle comprising a storage portion and a lid portion, the bottle being configured to store liquid for drinking; and a contact device affixed to the bottle; wherein the contact device is configured to be used to actuate a door without requiring contact between the door and the user's hands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Jungbum Martin Kim
  • Publication number: 20220031885
    Abstract: This disclosure includes a description of a sanitizing system for sanitizing a mobile electronic device comprising: a housing; a sanitizer contained within the housing configured to emit radiation with a sanitizing effect; and an entry system with a default closed position, the entry system being configured to permit a mobile electronic device to pass through the entry system and then automatically return to the default closed position, the entry system comprising a first outer enclosure and a second inner obstruction; wherein the entry system blocks radiation emitted within the sanitizing system to a level acceptable for consumer use, or wherein the second inner obstruction provides more radiation attenuation than the first outer enclosure, and/or wherein the combination of the first outer enclosure and the second inner obstruction provides more radiation attenuation than the first outer enclosure by itself. Disclosed are internal reflectors to help distribute sanitizing radiation generally evenly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Ryan Wong, Cory Bowman, Frederick Bushroe, William Patrick Conley, Nasser Pirshafiey
  • Publication number: 20210401240
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a domestic appliance communication system that provides consumers with the ability to remotely access information about their domestic appliances, and in particular domestic appliances which utilize consumable resources which may need to be periodically replaced or replenished. The domestic appliance communication system may periodically receive status information from the domestic appliances owned by a consumer or household and provide updated status information to the consumer, either on demand or via alerts triggered in response to certain events. The present disclosure also describes implementations and improvements which may be made to domestic appliances in order to provide periodic measuring and transmitting of status information to a remote system, such as the domestic appliance communication system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2021
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Guy Cohen, Paul Hamburger, Sanam Lahijani, Nicholas Swenson, Chao He, James Allen
  • Publication number: 20210378459
    Abstract: A soap dispenser can be configured to dispense an amount of liquid soap, for example, upon detecting the presence of an object. Certain embodiments of the dispenser include a housing, reservoir, pump, motor, sensor, electronic processor, and nozzle. In certain embodiments, the sensor can be configured to generate a signal based on a distance between an object and the sensor. In certain embodiments, the electronic processor can be configured to receive the signal from the sensor and to determine a dispensation volume of the liquid. The dispensation volume can vary as a function of the distance between the object and the sensor. The processor can be configured to control the motor to dispense approximately the dispensation volume of the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Publication date: December 9, 2021
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Joseph Sandor, Guy Cohen, Jay Patel
  • Patent number: 11141026
    Abstract: Various dispensing devices, such as foaming soap pumps, are disclosed. The soap pump can include a fluid storage unit and a fluid handling unit. The fluid storage unit can include a reservoir that is configured to hold a quantity of product, such as liquid soap. The fluid handling unit can include a pumping assembly and dispensing assembly. The soap pump can be configured to withdraw liquid soap from the reservoir, convert the liquid soap to foamed soap, and dispense the foamed soap from the discharge assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Kenneth Yen, Guy Cohen, Hon-Lun Chen, Nasser Pirshafiey, Joseph Sandor
  • Publication number: 20210307491
    Abstract: A mirror assembly can include a housing, a mirror, and a light source. In some embodiments, the mirror comprises one or more adjustable sections. In certain embodiments, the mirror includes a light column configured to emit a substantially constant amount of light along a periphery of a mirror section. In some embodiments, the light column can produce various color temperatures. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly comprises a capacitive touch sensor that allows control of one or more features of the light emitted from the light source. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly can be configured control on/off settings and other features of the emitted light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Tzu-Hao Wei, Guy Cohen, Joseph Sandor
  • Patent number: 11136186
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a trash can assembly (e.g., a receptacle configured to receive refuse, recycleable materials, or otherwise), and related methods, are provided. Some embodiments of the trash can assembly include a body component and a lid configured to move between an open position and a closed position. In some variants, the lid can be moved between the open and closed positions by a power operated driving mechanism, such as a motor and/or other drivetrain components. In certain embodiments, the trash can assembly includes a clutch mechanism to facilitate manual operation of the lid while inhibiting or preventing damage to the motor and/or other drivetrain components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Joseph Sandor, Kenneth Yen, Orlando Cardenas, Michael James Basha, Christopher B. Fruhauf
  • Patent number: 11064846
    Abstract: A soap dispenser can be configured to dispense an amount of liquid soap, for example, upon detecting the presence of an object. Certain embodiments of the dispenser include a housing, reservoir, pump, motor, sensor, electronic processor, and nozzle. In certain embodiments, the sensor can be configured to generate a signal based on a distance between an object and the sensor. In certain embodiments, the electronic processor can be configured to receive the signal from the sensor and to determine a dispensation volume of the liquid. The dispensation volume can vary as a function of the distance between the object and the sensor. The processor can be configured to control the motor to dispense approximately the dispensation volume of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Joseph Sandor, Orlando Cardenas, Guy Cohen
  • Publication number: 20210196028
    Abstract: A mirror assembly can include a housing, a mirror, and a light source. In certain embodiments, the mirror is rotatable within a support portion of the mirror assembly. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a light pipe configured to emit a substantially constant amount of light along a periphery of the mirror. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly can be configured to adjust the amount of emitted light based on the position of a user in relation to the mirror.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Publication date: July 1, 2021
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Zachary Rapoport, Eric Beaupre, Sachin Kumar, Chetan Machakanoor, Varun Sundar
  • Patent number: 11030247
    Abstract: A layered graph data structure can be stored using a vertex table and an edge table. The vertex table includes a vertex identifier column and a first graph identifier column. The edge table includes a second graph identifier column, a node identifier column, and an edge type column. Queries of the layered graph data structure include a target entity and a graph level, and iterative searching of the vertex table and the edge table is performed based on the graph level and data stored in edge type column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Electronic Arts Inc.
    Inventors: Xinfeng Zhang, Jian Li, Frank Yang, Guowen Feng, Wen Ren, Anand Nair, Jian Zhou
  • Patent number: 11026497
    Abstract: A mirror system can include a mirror assembly and a protective portion, such as a holder or cover. A mirror assembly can include a housing portion, a mirror, a light source, a light conveying channel, and an orienting structure. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a component interaction actuator, such as a switch, configured to automatically activate or deactivate when two components in the mirror system interact or cease interacting. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly is configured to turn on upon removal of at least a portion of the mirror assembly from at least a portion of the protective portion and to turn off upon at least a portion of the mirror assembly being received by at least a portion of the protective portion. In some embodiments, a user can hold the mirror assembly and use the orienting structure as a finger-retaining portion. In some embodiments, the user can use the orienting structure as a stand for the mirror assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Di-Fong Chang, Guy Cohen
  • Patent number: 11027916
    Abstract: A trashcan assembly can include a body portion, a lid portion pivotably coupled with the body portion, and a sensor assembly configured to generate a signal when an object is detected within a sensing region. The sensor assembly can include a plurality of transmitters having a first subset of transmitters and a second subset of transmitters. A transmission axis of at least one transmitter in the first subset of transmitters can be different from a transmission axis of at least one of the transmitters in the second subset of transmitters. An electronic processor can generate an electronic signal to a power-operated drive mechanism for moving the lid portion from a closed position to an open position, such as in response to the sensor assembly detecting the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Guy Cohen, Bryce Wilkins
  • Patent number: 11013307
    Abstract: A mirror assembly can include a housing, a mirror, and a light source. In some embodiments, the mirror comprises one or more adjustable sections. In certain embodiments, the mirror includes a light column configured to emit a substantially constant amount of light along a periphery of a mirror section. In some embodiments, the light column can produce various color temperatures. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly comprises a capacitive touch sensor that allows control of one or more features of the light emitted from the light source. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly can be configured to control on/off settings and other features of the emitted light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Tzu-Hao Wei, Guy Cohen, Joseph Sandor
  • Publication number: 20210025584
    Abstract: A mirror assembly can include a housing, a mirror, and a light source. In certain embodiments, the mirror includes a light pipe configured to emit a substantially constant amount of light along a periphery of the mirror. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly can be configured to adjust the amount of emitted light based on the position of a user in relation to the mirror. Certain embodiments of the mirror include an algorithm to adjust light based on the position of a user relative to the mirror, the level of ambient light, and/or the activation of different light modes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Joseph Sandor, Orlando Cardenas, Frederick N. Bushroe
  • Publication number: 20200407159
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a trash can assembly (e.g., a receptacle configured to receive refuse, recycleable materials, or otherwise), and related methods, are provided. Some embodiments of the trash can assembly include a body component and a lid configured to move between an open position and a closed position. In some variants, the lid can be moved between the open and closed positions by a power operated driving mechanism, such as a motor and/or other drivetrain components. In certain embodiments, the trash can assembly includes a clutch mechanism to facilitate manual operation of the lid while inhibiting or preventing damage to the motor and/or other drivetrain components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Joseph Sandor, Kenneth Yen, Orlando Cardenas, Michael James Basha, Christopher B. Fruhauf
  • Patent number: 10869537
    Abstract: A mirror assembly can include a housing, a mirror, and a light source. In certain embodiments, the mirror is rotatable within a support portion of the mirror assembly. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a light pipe configured to emit a substantially constant amount of light along a periphery of the mirror. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly includes a sensor assembly. The sensor assembly can be configured to adjust the amount of emitted light based on the position of a user in relation to the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Zachary Rapoport, Eric Beaupre, Sachin Kumar, Chetan Machakanoor, Varun Sundar
  • Publication number: 20200383528
    Abstract: Various dispensing devices, such as foaming soap pumps, are disclosed. The soap pump can include a fluid storage unit and a fluid handling unit. The fluid storage unit can include a reservoir that is configured to hold a quantity of product, such as liquid soap. The fluid handling unit can include a pumping assembly and dispensing assembly. The soap pump can be configured to withdraw liquid soap from the reservoir, convert the liquid soap to foamed soap, and dispense the foamed soap from the discharge assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Kenneth Yen, Guy Cohen, Hon-Lun Chen, Nasser Pirshafiey, Joseph Sandor
  • Patent number: D925928
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Tzu-Hao Wei, Daniel Ballou
  • Patent number: D927863
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: SIMPLEHUMAN, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Di-Fong Chang, Myk Lum, Adam Wade, Shinwei Rhoda Yen, Eric Renard
  • Patent number: D930933
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: simplehuman, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Yang, Di-Fong Chang, Myk Lum, Adam Wade, Helen Miller