Patents by Inventor Karl J. Mead

Karl J. Mead 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: 11212898
    Abstract: A method for facilitating space experiences for at least a first space user and for at least first and second different spaces, the method comprising the steps of storing first and second space experience specifications for the first and second different spaces, respectively, wherein the first and second space experience specifications indicate space affordance settings for the first and second spaces, respectively, sensing a trigger event associated with at least one of the first and second different spaces, where the sensed trigger event is associated with the first space, using the first space experience specification to control the first space affordances and where the sensed trigger event is associated with the second space, using the second space experience specification to control the second space affordances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Karl J. Mead, Hyun Yoo, Cherie Johnson
  • Publication number: 20200113030
    Abstract: A method for facilitating space experiences for at least a first space user and for at least first and second different spaces, the method comprising the steps of storing first and second space experience specifications for the first and second different spaces, respectively, wherein the first and second space experience specifications indicate space affordance settings for the first and second spaces, respectively, sensing a trigger event associated with at least one of the first and second different spaces, where the sensed trigger event is associated with the first space, using the first space experience specification to control the first space affordances and where the sensed trigger event is associated with the second space, using the second space experience specification to control the second space affordances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: KARL J. MEAD, HYUN YOO, CHERIE JOHNSON
  • Patent number: 10561006
    Abstract: A method for facilitating space experiences for at least a first space user and for at least first and second different spaces, the method comprising the steps of storing first and second space experience specifications for the first and second different spaces, respectively, wherein the first and second space experience specifications indicate space affordance settings for the first and second spaces, respectively, sensing a trigger event associated with at least one of the first and second different spaces, where the sensed trigger event is associated with the first space, using the first space experience specification to control the first space affordances and where the sensed trigger event is associated with the second space, using the second space experience specification to control the second space affordances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Karl J. Mead, Hyun Yoo, Cherie Johnson
  • Publication number: 20180332688
    Abstract: A method for facilitating space experiences for at least a first space user and for at least first and second different spaces, the method comprising the steps of storing first and second space experience specifications for the first and second different spaces, respectively, wherein the first and second space experience specifications indicate space affordance settings for the first and second spaces, respectively, sensing a trigger event associated with at least one of the first and second different spaces, where the sensed trigger event is associated with the first space, using the first space experience specification to control the first space affordances and where the sensed trigger event is associated with the second space, using the second space experience specification to control the second space affordances.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: KARL J. MEAD, HYUN YOO, CHERIE JOHNSON
  • Patent number: 10115293
    Abstract: An alert system for generating a signal indicating at least one aspect of sound within a workspace environment, the system comprising at least a first sensor positioned one of within and proximate a workspace, the at least a first sensor sensing at least one aspect of sound generated within the workspace and generating a signal indicating the at least one aspect, a communication device located within the workspace, the communication device configured to generate a signal perceivable within the workspace and a processor receiving signals from the at least a first sensor and linked to the communication device, the processor programmed to perform the steps of identifying when the at least one aspect exceeds a threshold value and driving the communication device to indicate that the at least one aspect exceeds the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventors: Robert Scheper, Matthew Warner, Karl J. Mead, Brett Kincaid, Kurt Heidmann
  • Publication number: 20180025615
    Abstract: An alert system for generating a signal indicating at least one aspect of sound within a workspace environment, the system comprising at least a first sensor positioned one of within and proximate a workspace, the at least a first sensor sensing at least one aspect of sound generated within the workspace and generating a signal indicating the at least one aspect, a communication device located within the workspace, the communication device configured to generate a signal perceivable within the workspace and a processor receiving signals from the at least a first sensor and linked to the communication device, the processor programmed to perform the steps of identifying when the at least one aspect exceeds a threshold value and driving the communication device to indicate that the at least one aspect exceeds the threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Robert Scheper, Matthew Warner, Karl J. Mead, Brett Kincaid, Kurt Heidmann
  • Patent number: 9805581
    Abstract: An alert system for generating a signal indicating at least one aspect of sound within a workspace environment, the system comprising at least a first sensor positioned one of within and proximate a workspace, the at least a first sensor sensing at least one aspect of sound generated within the workspace and generating a signal indicating the at least one aspect, a communication device located within the workspace, the communication device configured to generate a signal perceivable within the workspace and a processor receiving signals from the at least a first sensor and linked to the communication device, the processor programmed to perform the steps of identifying when the at least one aspect exceeds a threshold value and driving the communication device to indicate that the at least one aspect exceeds the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Scheper, Matthew Warner, Karl J. Mead, Brett Kincaid, Kurt Heidmann
  • Publication number: 20160232775
    Abstract: An alert system for generating a signal indicating at least one aspect of sound within a workspace environment, the system comprising at least a first sensor positioned one of within and proximate a workspace, the at least a first sensor sensing at least one aspect of sound generated within the workspace and generating a signal indicating the at least one aspect, a communication device located within the workspace, the communication device configured to generate a signal perceivable within the workspace and a processor receiving signals from the at least a first sensor and linked to the communication device, the processor programmed to perform the steps of identifying when the at least one aspect exceeds a threshold value and driving the communication device to indicate that the at least one aspect exceeds the threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Publication date: August 11, 2016
    Inventors: Robert Scheper, Matthew Warner, Karl J. Mead, Brett Kincaid, Kurt Heidmann
  • Patent number: 9125486
    Abstract: A work surface arrangement comprising a support structure extending upward from a base end, a first work surface forming member supported by the support structure at a first vertical height, a second work surface forming member supported by the support structure at a second vertical height and extending to a first side of the support structure where the second vertical height is lower than the first vertical height, the second member including an undersurface, a first cover supported by the support structure and extending downward below the first member to a lower edge below the second vertical height, a second cover supported by the support structure and extending downward from a height proximate the undersurface of the second member and spaced from the first cover to bound a cavity, at least one horizontal channel supported by the support structure between the first and second work surface forming members to face the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventors: Alan E. Rheault, Karl J. Mead, George K. Vangelatos
  • Patent number: 9051729
    Abstract: A reversible door assembly for use in a panel wall system includes a door frame assembly having first and second door jamb assemblies which are adapted to receive vertical slider members in a channel disposed along a length of the door jamb assemblies. The slider members are vertically adjustable within the channels and may include hinge mechanism such that either door jamb assembly can hingedly support a door member therefrom. As one door jamb assembly supports the door member between open and closed positions, the opposite door jamb assembly includes a vertically adjustable latch striker plate for engaging a door latch mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Karl J. Mead, Marvin C. Knauf
  • Patent number: 9045896
    Abstract: A panel wall system includes a frame assembly adapted to support a plurality of skin assemblies in a floor-to-ceiling relationship, wherein the skin assemblies include solid panel assemblies as well as captured glass skin assemblies. The solid panel assemblies are coupled to the frame assembly with seal members disposed between the panel assemblies and the frame assembly. The seal members are unitary seal members able to seal adjacent panel assemblies on the frame assembly. The seal members further include pierceable body portions that can be pierced by various engagement structures to engage the frame assembly through the seal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore M. Haan, Karl J. Mead, Ryan Geister, David Michael Kerley, Chuck C. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20150091425
    Abstract: A work surface arrangement comprising a support structure extending upward from a base end, a first work surface forming member supported by the support structure at a first vertical height, a second work surface forming member supported by the support structure at a second vertical height and extending to a first side of the support structure where the second vertical height is lower than the first vertical height, the second member including an undersurface, a first cover supported by the support structure and extending downward below the first member to a lower edge below the second vertical height, a second cover supported by the support structure and extending downward from a height proximate the undersurface of the second member and spaced from the first cover to bound a cavity, at least one horizontal channel supported by the support structure between the first and second work surface forming members to face the first side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Alan E. RHEAULT, Karl J. MEAD, George K. VANGELATOS
  • Patent number: 8959859
    Abstract: A panel wall system includes a frame assembly adapted to support a plurality of skin assemblies in a floor-to-ceiling relationship, wherein the skin assemblies include solid panel assemblies as well as captured glass skin assemblies. The solid panel assemblies are coupled to the frame assembly with seal members disposed between the panel assemblies and the frame assembly. The seal members are unitary seal members able to seal adjacent panel assemblies on the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore M. Haan, Karl J. Mead, Ryan Geister, David Michael Kerley, Chuck C. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8960102
    Abstract: A work surface arrangement comprising a support structure extending upward from a base end, a first work surface forming member supported by the support structure at a first vertical height, a second work surface forming member supported by the support structure at a second vertical height and extending to a first side of the support structure where the second vertical height is lower than the first vertical height, the second member including an undersurface, a first cover supported by the support structure and extending downward below the first member to a lower edge below the second vertical height, a second cover supported by the support structure and extending downward from a height proximate the undersurface of the second member and spaced from the first cover to bound a cavity, at least one horizontal channel supported by the support structure between the first and second work surface forming members to face the first side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Alan E Rheault, Karl J Mead, George K Vangelatos
  • Publication number: 20140362999
    Abstract: An alert system for generating a signal indicating at least one aspect of sound within a workspace environment, the system comprising at least a first sensor positioned one of within and proximate a workspace, the at least a first sensor sensing at least one aspect of sound generated within the workspace and generating a signal indicating the at least one aspect, a communication device located within the workspace, the communication device configured to generate a signal perceivable within the workspace and a processor receiving signals from the at least a first sensor and linked to the communication device, the processor programmed to perform the steps of identifying when the at least one aspect exceeds a threshold value and driving the communication device to indicate that the at least one aspect exceeds the threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Robert Scheper, Matthew Warner, Karl J. Mead, Brett Kincaid, Kurt Heidmann
  • Patent number: 8850762
    Abstract: A vertically adjustable door assembly for use in a modular wall assembly includes a door opening defined by first and second door jamb assemblies which are adapted to receive vertical slider members in a channel disposed along a length of the door jamb assemblies. The slider members are vertically adjustable within the channels and include hinge mechanism such that either door jamb assembly can support a door member therefrom. Another aspect of the invention includes a vertically adjustable header assembly providing an aesthetically pleasing uniform appearance between the door assembly and the modular wall assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Marvin C. Knauf, Karl J. Mead, Beverly Jo Sugarbaker, Jamie L. Payne
  • Publication number: 20140075862
    Abstract: A reversible door assembly for use in a panel wall system includes a door frame assembly having first and second door jamb assemblies which are adapted to receive vertical slider members in a channel disposed along a length of the door jamb assemblies. The slider members are vertically adjustable within the channels and may include hinge mechanism such that either door jamb assembly can hingedly support a door member therefrom. As one door jamb assembly supports the door member between open and closed positions, the opposite door jamb assembly includes a vertically adjustable latch striker plate for engaging a door latch mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Steelcase, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl J. Mead, Marvin C. Knauf
  • Publication number: 20140075861
    Abstract: A vertically adjustable door assembly for use in a modular wall assembly includes a door opening defined by first and second door jamb assemblies which are adapted to receive vertical slider members in a channel disposed along a length of the door jamb assemblies. The slider members are vertically adjustable within the channels and include hinge mechanism such that either door jamb assembly can support a door member therefrom. Another aspect of the invention includes a vertically adjustable header assembly providing an aesthetically pleasing uniform appearance between the door assembly and the modular wall assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Marvin C. Knauf, Karl J. Mead, Beverly Jo Sugarbaker, Jamie L. Payne
  • Publication number: 20140075871
    Abstract: A panel wall system includes a frame assembly adapted to support a plurality of skin assemblies in a floor-to-ceiling relationship, wherein the skin assemblies include solid panel assemblies as well as captured glass skin assemblies. The solid panel assemblies are coupled to the frame assembly with seal members disposed between the panel assemblies and the frame assembly. The seal members are unitary seal members able to seal adjacent panel assemblies on the frame assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Steelcase, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore M. Haan, Karl J. Mead, Ryan Geister, David Michael Kerley, Chuck C. Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20140075867
    Abstract: A panel wall system includes a frame assembly adapted to support a plurality of skin assemblies in a floor-to-ceiling relationship, wherein the skin assemblies include solid panel assemblies as well as captured glass skin assemblies. The solid panel assemblies are coupled to the frame assembly with seal members disposed between the panel assemblies and the frame assembly. The seal members are unitary seal members able to seal adjacent panel assemblies on the frame assembly. The seal members further include pierceable body portions that can be pierced by various engagement structures to engage the frame assembly through the seal member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Steelcase, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore M. Haan, Karl J. Mead, Ryan Geister, David Michael Kerley, Chuck C. Nguyen