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: 20020048169
    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: April 25, 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: 20020047646
    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: March 22, 2001
    Publication date: April 25, 2002
    Inventors: Ihor Lys, George G. Mueller
  • Publication number: 20020044066
    Abstract: A system and method for the control of color-based lighting through voice control or speech recognition as well as a syntax for use with such a system. In this approach, the spoken voice (in any language) can be used to more naturally control effects without having to learn the myriad manipulation required of some complex controller interfaces. A simple control language based upon spoken words consisting of commands and values is constructed and used to provide a common base for lighting and system control.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2001
    Publication date: April 18, 2002
    Inventors: Kevin J. Dowling, George G. Mueller
  • Patent number: 6340868
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a current control for a lighting assembly, which may be an LED lighting assembly, which may be a pulse width modulated (“PWM”) current control or other form of current control where each current-controlled unit is uniquely addressable and capable of receiving illumination color information on a computer lighting network. In an embodiment, the invention includes a binary tree network configuration of lighting units (nodes). In another embodiment, the present invention comprises a heat dissipating housing, made out of a heat-conductive material, for housing the lighting assembly. The heat dissipating housing contains two stacked circuit boards holding respectively the power module and the light module. The light module is adapted to be conveniently interchanged with other light modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Color Kinetics Incorporated
    Inventors: Ihor Lys, George G. Mueller, Frederick Marshall Morgan, Michael K. Blackwell
  • Publication number: 20010028227
    Abstract: Provided herein may be methods and systems for delivering data, which may include a track having a plurality of conducting wires, a housing for the track, a driver, for delivering data to the track, the driver capable of controlling a transition signal between a state representing a logical one and a state representing a logical zero, and a plurality of devices disposed on the housing and connected to the track, the devices being compatible with the RS-485 standard, wherein the devices include an LED system designed to be controlled by a processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Publication date: October 11, 2001
    Inventors: IHOR LYS, GEORGE G. MUELLER
  • Patent number: 6292901
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems for powering a device, which include providing a data signal and extracting power from the data signal to power the device. The device may be either a device that responds to the data signal or another device. The data signal may vary between at least two data states. The methods and systems may extract power during one or both of the data states. The methods and systems may include a multiplexor. The controlled device may be an RS-485 compliant device, such as an LED system associated with a processor. The data signal may be a DMX-512 signal. The data signal may control a processor for control of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Color Kinetics Incorporated
    Inventors: Ihor Lys, George G. Mueller
  • Patent number: 6211626
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a current control for a lighting assembly, which may be an LED lighting assembly, which may be a pulse width modulated (“PWM”) current control or other form of current control where each current-controlled unit is uniquely addressable and capable of receiving illumination color information on a computer lighting network. In an embodiment, the invention includes a binary tree network configuration of lighting units (nodes). In another embodiment, the present invention comprises a heat dissipating housing, made out of a heat-conductive material, for housing the lighting assembly. The heat dissipating housing contains two stacked circuit boards holding respectively the power module and the light module. The light module is adapted to be conveniently interchanged with other light modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Color Kinetics, Incorporated
    Inventors: Ihor Lys, George G. Mueller, Frederick Marshall Morgan, Michael K. Blackwell
  • Patent number: 6166496
    Abstract: A system is provided for combining an illumination control signal and an entertainment signal. At a decoder, the combined signal may be decoded into an entertainment signal that is delivered to an entertainment device, and an illumination control signal that is delivered to an illumination source. The entertainment device may be a video- and/or audio-capable device, such as a TV set, a computer, a CD- or tape recorder/player, a toy, and the like. The illumination source may be an LED system that is controlled by a microprocessor to vary the color and intensity of the illumination produced by the illumination source in response to the illumination control signal. The system may be used to adjust illumination conditions in response to the contents of the entertainment signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Color Kinetics Incorporated
    Inventors: Ihor Lys, George G. Mueller
  • Patent number: 6150774
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Color Kinetics, Incorporated
    Inventors: George G. Mueller, Ihor Lys
  • Patent number: 6016038
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Color Kinetics, Inc.
    Inventors: George G. Mueller, Ihor A. Lys