Patents by Inventor George G. Mueller

George G. Mueller 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: 20030137258
    Abstract: Various exemplary implementations of light emitting diode (LED) based illumination products and methods are disclosed including, but not limited to, glow sticks, key chains, toys, balls, various game accessories, light bulbs, night lights, wall lights, wall switches, wall sockets, wall panels, modular lights, flexible lights, automotive lights, wearable accessories, light ropes, decorative lights such as icicles and icicle strings, light tubes, insect control lights and methods, and lighted air fresheners/scent dispensers. Any of the foregoing devices may be equipped with various types of user interfaces (both “local” and “remote”) to control light generated from the device. Additionally, devices may be controlled via light control information or programs stored in device memory and/or transmitted or downloaded to the devices (e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventors: Colin Piepgras, George G. Mueller, Ihor A. Lys, Kevin J. Dowling, Frederick M. Morgan
  • Publication number: 20030133292
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for generating and modulating white light illumination conditions. Examples of applications in which such methods and apparatus may be implemented include retail environments (e.g., food, clothing, jewelry, paint, furniture, fabrics, etc.) or service environments (e.g., cosmetics, hair and beauty salons and spas, photography, etc.) where visible aspects of the products/services being offered are significant in attracting sales of the products/services. Other applications include theatre and cinema, medical and dental implementations, as well as vehicle-based (automotive) implementations. In another example, a personal grooming apparatus includes one or more light sources disposed in proximity to a mirror and configured to generate variable color light, including essentially white light, whose color temperature may be controlled by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventors: George G. Mueller, Alfred D. Ducharme, Kevin J. Dowling, Ihor A. Lys, Frederick M. Morgan, Charles H. Cella
  • Patent number: 6577080
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems for signal processing for illumination control signals, which may include a decoder for decoding a combined signal and a connection for delivering a portion of the combined signal to an illumination source, which source is capable of generating an illumination condition from the portion of the combined signal. The system may also include an encoder for encoding the combined signal from an illumination control signal and a second signal. The illumination source may be an LED system that is controlled by a microprocessor to vary at least one of the color and intensity of the illumination produced by the illumination source in response to the illumination control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Color Kinetics Incorporated
    Inventors: Ihor Lys, George G. Mueller
  • Publication number: 20030100837
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for illuminating various materials using an LED system. These methods and systems can be applied to a plurality of materials, including biological entities, and may be employed to effect one or more changes in the illuminated material. Exemplary systems may be particularly configured and suitable for use in medical applications, including diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2002
    Publication date: May 29, 2003
    Inventors: Ihor Lys, George G. Mueller, Frederick Marshall Morgan
  • Publication number: 20030057884
    Abstract: In computer games, there is typically a display that represents a view into a virtual world of some type. There is also typically a user in a real world environment that surrounds the display screen interacting with the virtual world. Disclosed herein are systems and methods for using lighting systems, in particular LED based lighting systems, to allow a user to receive information from the virtual world in coordination with, in addition to, and/or instead of the information received from the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2001
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventors: Kevin J. Dowling, Ian Lane Davis, George G. Mueller, Ihor A. Lys
  • Patent number: 6528954
    Abstract: A smart light bulb is provided which may include a housing, an illumination source, disposed in the housing, and a processor, disposed in the housing, for controlling the illumination source. The housing may be configured to fit a conventional light fixture. The illumination source may be an LED system or other illumination source. The processor may control the intensity or the color of the illumination source. The housing may also house a transmitter and/or receiver. The smart light bulb may respond to a signal from another device or send a signal to another device. The other device may be another smart light bulb or another device. The smart light bulb may be associated with a wide variety of illumination applications and environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Color Kinetics Incorporated
    Inventors: Ihor Lys, George G. Mueller
  • Publication number: 20030011538
    Abstract: Linear lighting systems and methods. In one example, two or more lighting elements having an essentially linear or curvilinear shape are coupled together to form a lighting system. Each lighting element includes a group of LEDs arranged so as to illuminate the essentially linear or curvilinear shape of the lighting element. Each element may include LEDs to generate the same color light, and/or LEDs to generate light of different colors. Additionally, each element may include one or more controllers to control the LEDs so as to create a variety of temporal and/or color-oriented lighting effects. The controller(s) may employ one or more of a variety of control techniques to control the LEDs, such as those involving analog control signals or pulse-width modulated (PWM) control signals. The lighting elements of the system may each be configured as a “stand alone” unit working within the system, producing respective lighting effects that may or may not be coordinated with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Inventors: Ihor A. Lys, George G. Mueller, Frederick M. Morgan, Michael Blackwell
  • Publication number: 20020171377
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for illumination of liquids in a variety of environments. In one example, multi-color LED-based light sources are employed to achieve a wide range of enhanced lighting effects in liquids. In another example, a pool or spa is illuminated by one or more multi-color light sources that may be employed as individually and independently controllable devices, or coupled together to form a networked lighting system to provide a variety of programmable and/or coordinated color illumination effects in the pool or spa environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Inventors: George G. Mueller, Frederick M. Morgan, Ihor A. Lys, Kevin J. Dowling
  • Publication number: 20020171365
    Abstract: Light fixtures for illumination of liquids in a variety of environments. In one example, multi-color LED-based light fixtures are employed to achieve a wide range of enhanced lighting effects in liquids. In another example, a pool or spa is illuminated by one or more multi-color light fixtures that may be employed as individually and independently controllable devices, or coupled together to form a networked lighting system to provide a variety of programmable and/or coordinated color illumination effects in the pool or spa environment. The light fixtures may have a significantly thin depth dimension to facilitate streamlined mounting in the pool or spa. Additionally, the light fixtures may be particularly constructed to take advantage of the liquid in contact with the light fixture so as to facilitate the dissipation of heat generated by the light fixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Inventors: Frederick M. Morgan, Ihor A. Lys, George G. Mueller, Kevin J. Dowling, Brian Roberge
  • Publication number: 20020171378
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for controlling illumination. In one example, one or more multi-color light sources are controlled based on one or more interruptions of power supplied to the light source(s). In another example, a pool or spa is illuminated by one or more multi-color light sources that may be employed as individually and independently controllable devices that may be controlled based on one or more interruptions in power. In another example, the selection of a particular illumination program for such light sources (e.g., by one or more interruptions in power) is indicated to a user via the radiation generated by the light sources.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Inventors: Frederick M. Morgan, Ihor A. Lys, George G. Mueller, Kevin J. Dowling
  • Publication number: 20020163316
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for sensor responsive illumination of liquids in a variety of environments. In one example, multi-color LED-based sensor responsive light sources are employed to achieve a wide range of enhanced lighting effects in liquids. In another example, a pool or spa is illuminated by one or more multi-color sensor responsive light sources that may be employed as individually and independently controllable devices, or coupled together to form a networked lighting system to provide a variety of programmable and/or coordinated color illumination effects in the pool or spa environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Inventors: Ihor A. Lys, Frederick M. Morgan, George G. Mueller, Kevin J. Dowling
  • Publication number: 20020153851
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for remotely controlled illumination of liquids in a variety of environments. In one example, remotely controlled multi-color LED-based light sources are employed to achieve a wide range of enhanced lighting effects in liquids. In another example, a pool or spa is illuminated by one or more remotely controlled multicolor light sources that may be employed as individually and independently controllable devices, or coupled together to form a remotely controlled networked lighting system to provide a variety of programmable and/or coordinated color illumination effects in the pool or spa environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Inventors: Frederick M. Morgan, Ihor A. Lys, George G. Mueller, Kevin J. Dowling, Timothy Holmes
  • Patent number: 6459919
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for illuminating a material using an LED system, a processor for controlling the LED system and a positioning system for positioning the LED system in a spatial relationship with the material being illuminated. Furthermore, these methods and systems are available for producing certain color characteristics in an illuminated material or environment. These methods and systems can be applied to a plurality of materials, including biological entities. These methods and systems can be adapted for use in a medical applications, and are advantageously employed for diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Color Kinetics, Incorporated
    Inventors: Ihor Lys, George G. Mueller, Frederick Marshall Morgan
  • Publication number: 20020130627
    Abstract: Light sources for illumination of liquids in a variety of environments. In one example, multi-color LED-based light sources are adapted to engage mechanically and electrically with various types of conventional light sockets, including light sockets conventionally found in a pool or spa environment. In another example, a light fixture for a pool or spa is particularly adapted to engage mechanically and electrically with a wedge type socket supported by a pool or spa. In another example, a light fixture for illumination of liquids includes an encapsulant to protect the light fixture from moisture, due to the characteristically humid environment encountered in liquid illumination applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Publication date: September 19, 2002
    Inventors: Frederick M. Morgan, Ihor A. Lys, George G. Mueller, Keyin J. Dowling
  • Publication number: 20020113555
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems for signal processing for illumination control signals, which may include a decoder for decoding a combined signal and a connection for delivering a portion of the combined signal to an illumination source, which source is capable of generating an illumination condition from the portion of the combined signal. The system may also include an encoder for encoding the combined signal from and illumination control signal and a second signal. The combined signal may include any signal, such as a video signal, a radio frequency signal, an electrical signal, an infrared signal, an acoustic signal, and audio signal, and an optical signal. The encoder may send signals to the decoder by any known method or system, such as broadcast, cable, network, circuit, or the like. The system may include a controlled illumination source and another device, which may be any electrical device, such as an entertainment device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2000
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Applicant: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ihor Lys, George G. Mueller
  • Publication number: 20020101200
    Abstract: One embodiment is a lighting system associated with a machine vision system. The machine vision system may direct lighting control commands to the lighting system to change the illumination conditions provided to an object. A vision system may also be provided and associated with the machine vision system such that the vision system views and captures an image(s) of the object when lit by the lighting system. The machine vision system may direct the lighting system to change the illumination conditions and then capture the image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Publication date: August 1, 2002
    Inventors: Kevin J. Dowling, George G. Mueller, Ihor A. Lys
  • Publication number: 20020074559
    Abstract: Ultraviolet producing light emitting diode devices. An embodiment of the present invention is a purification device. The purification device may comprise a purification chamber, and at least one LED that produces ultraviolet light wherein the at least one LED is arranged to irradiate the inside of the chamber. Other LED based devices are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2001
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: Kevin J. Dowling, Frederick M. Morgan, George G. Mueller, Ihor A. Lys, Matthew L. Tullman
  • Publication number: 20020070688
    Abstract: High-brightness LEDs, combined with a processor for control, can produce a variety of pleasing effects for display and illumination. A system disclosed herein uses high-brightness, processor-controlled LEDs in combination with diffuse materials to produce color-changing effects. The systems described herein may be usefully employed to bring autonomous color-changing ability and effects to a variety of consumer products and other household items. The system may also include sensors so that the illumination of the LEDs might change in response to environmental conditions or a user input. Additionally, the system may include an interface to a network, so that the illumination of the LEDs may be controlled via the network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2001
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Inventors: Kevin J. Dowling, Frederick M. Morgan, Ihor A. Lys, Michael K. Blackwell, Alfred Ducharme, Ralph Osterhout, Colin Piepgras, George G. Mueller, Dawn Geary
  • Publication number: 20020057061
    Abstract: The systems and methods described herein relate to LED systems capable of generating light, such as for illumination or display purposes. The light-emitting LEDs may be controlled by a processor to alter the brightness and/or color of the generated light, e.g., by using pulse-width modulated signals. Thus, the resulting illumination may be controlled by a computer program to provide complex, predesigned patterns of light in virtually any environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2001
    Publication date: May 16, 2002
    Inventors: George G. Mueller, Ihor A. Lys
  • Publication number: 20020047569
    Abstract: A color-changing device which includes an enclosure at least a portion of which is material which is desired to change color. There is also included an illumination device, such as an LED or collection of LEDs which can illuminate the material. There can also be included a controller which can take some form of input, such as from a network, or a sensor, and can convert that input into a signal to control the illumination. There is also included a method for performing such color change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Publication date: April 25, 2002
    Inventors: Kevin J. Dowling, George G. Mueller, Ihor A. Lys