Patents by Inventor Mark Kraz

Mark Kraz 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: 11120636
    Abstract: A method for guiding installation of smart-home devices may include capturing, by a camera of a mobile computing device, a view of an installation location for a smart-home device; identifying a wire in the view of the installation location for the smart-home device; determining an instruction for connecting the wire to the smart-home device; and displaying the view of the installation location for a smart-home device with the instruction for connecting the wire to the smart-home device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Adam Mittleman, Jason Chamberlain, Jacobi Grillo, Daniel Biran, Mark Kraz, Lauren Chanen, Daniel Foran, David Fichou, William Dong, Bao-Tram Phan Nguyen, Brian Silverstein, Yash Modi, Alex Finlayson, Dongeek Shin
  • Patent number: 11089187
    Abstract: The various implementations described herein include a video camera assembly that includes: (1) a housing; (2) an image sensor positioned within the housing and having a field of view corresponding to a scene in the smart home environment; and (3) a concave-shaped front face positioned in front of the image sensor such that light from the scene passes through the front face prior to entering the image sensor; where the front face includes: (a) an inner section corresponding to the image sensor; and (b) an outer section between the housing and the inner section, the outer section having a concave shape that extends from an outer periphery of the outer section to an inner periphery of the outer section; and where the concave shape extends around an entirety of the outer periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Mark Kraz, Kevin Edward Booth, Tyler Scott Wilson, Nicholas Webb, Jason Evans Goulden, William Dong, Jeffrey Law, Rochus Jacob, Adam Duckworth Mittleman, Oliver Mueller
  • Publication number: 20210164623
    Abstract: A light ring assembly for a smart-home device may include a plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and a light guide, where the light guide may include a plurality of cutouts that receive the plurality of LEDs, and a plurality of transmissive sections between the plurality of cutouts where a thickness of the transmissive sections tapers as the transmissive sections extend away from the plurality of cutouts. The light ring assembly may also include an output surface that receives light emitted from the plurality of LEDs through the plurality of transmissive sections, where the output surface is substantially circular.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Publication date: June 3, 2021
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventors: Mark Kraz, Amber Volmering, Bryan Macomber, Jacobi Grillo, Adam Kilgore
  • Publication number: 20210120151
    Abstract: The various implementations described herein include a video camera assembly that includes: (1) a housing; (2) an image sensor encased in the housing and configured to capture activity of the smart home environment; (3) a wireless radio configured to transmit video frames captured by the image sensor to an electronic device via a remote server; (4) at least one infrared transmitter configured to selectively illuminate the smart home environment; (5) one or more circuit boards encased in the housing, the one or more circuit boards including at least one processor mounted thereon; and (6) a heating component coupled to the image sensor, the heating component configured to continuously maintain the image sensor at a temperature above a threshold temperature while the image sensor is capturing the activity of the smart home environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2020
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Jason Rukes, Tyler Wilson, Amber Volmering, William Dong, Jeffrey Law, Jason Goulden, Guangxun Liao, Kevin Edward Booth, Dietrich Ho, Daniel Patrick Foran, Oliver Mueller, Mark Kraz
  • Publication number: 20210074073
    Abstract: A method for guiding installation of smart-home devices may include capturing, by a camera of a mobile computing device, a view of an installation location for a smart-home device; identifying a wire in the view of the installation location for the smart-home device; determining an instruction for connecting the wire to the smart-home device; and displaying the view of the installation location for a smart-home device with the instruction for connecting the wire to the smart-home device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Publication date: March 11, 2021
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventors: Adam Mittleman, Jason Chamberlain, Jacobi Grillo, Daniel Biran, Mark Kraz, Lauren Chanen, Daniel Foran, David Fichou, William Dong, Bao-Tram Phan Nguyen, Brian Silverstein, Yash Modi, Alex Finlayson, Dongeek Shin
  • Patent number: 10914431
    Abstract: A light ring assembly for a smart-home device may include a plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and a light guide, where the light guide may include a plurality of cutouts that receive the plurality of LEDs, and a plurality of transmissive sections between the plurality of cutouts where a thickness of the transmissive sections tapers as the transmissive sections extend away from the plurality of cutouts. The light ring assembly may also include an output surface that receives light emitted from the plurality of LEDs through the plurality of transmissive sections, where the output surface is substantially circular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Mark Kraz, Amber Volmering, Bryan Macomber, Jacobi Grillo, Adam Kilgore
  • Patent number: 10914430
    Abstract: A light ring assembly for a smart-home device may include a plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and a light guide, where the light guide may include a plurality of cutouts that receive the plurality of LEDs, and a plurality of transmissive sections between the plurality of cutouts. The light ring assembly may also include an output surface that receives light emitted from the plurality of LEDs through the plurality of transmissive sections, where the output surface is substantially circular. The light guide may also include a plurality of micro-lenses in the plurality of transmissive sections where a relative density of the micro-lenses increases as the transmissive sections extend away from the plurality of cutouts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Mark Kraz, Amber Volmering, Bryan Macomber, Jacobi Grillo, Adam Kilgore
  • Patent number: 10880460
    Abstract: The various implementations described herein include a video camera assembly that includes: (1) a housing; (2) an image sensor encased in the housing and configured to capture activity of the smart home environment; (3) a wireless radio configured to transmit video frames captured by the image sensor to an electronic device via a remote server; (4) at least one infrared transmitter configured to selectively illuminate the smart home environment; (5) one or more circuit boards encased in the housing, the one or more circuit boards including at least one processor mounted thereon; and (6) a heating component coupled to the image sensor, the heating component configured to continuously maintain the image sensor at a temperature above a threshold temperature while the image sensor is capturing the activity of the smart home environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Jason Rukes, Tyler Wilson, Amber Volmering, William Dong, Jeffrey Law, Jason Goulden, Guangxun Liao, Kevin Edward Booth, Dietrich Ho, Daniel Patrick Foran, Oliver Mueller, Mark Kraz
  • Patent number: 10839608
    Abstract: A method for optimizing the placement of smart-home devices may include receiving, by a mobile computing device, a location for a smart-home device, where the mobile computing device comprises a display and a camera; rendering a view of a virtual object that represents a field-of-view of the smart-home device, where the view of the virtual object is rendered based on a position corresponding to a position of the mobile computing device; and displaying, by the mobile computing device, the view of a virtual object that represents a field-of-view of the smart-home device on the display of the mobile computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Adam Mittleman, Jason Chamberlain, Jacobi Grillo, Daniel Biran, Mark Kraz, Lauren Chanen, Daniel Foran, David Fichou, William Dong, Bao-Tram Phan Nguyen, Brian Silverstein, Yash Modi, Alex Finlayson, Dongeek Shin
  • Publication number: 20200340620
    Abstract: An attachment mechanism for mounting an electronic device to a surface including a mounting plate configured to attach to the surface, the mounting plate having at least one projection, and a base configured to releasably couple to the mounting plate. The base may include a first biasing member, and a first arm pivotably coupled to the base and biased toward a first direction by the first biasing member, the first arm configured to interlock with the at least one projection when the base is coupled to the mounting plate. The base may further include a release mechanism coupled to the first arm such that actuation of the release mechanism when the base is coupled to the mounting plate in a secured engagement causes movement of the first arm in a second direction to disengage the first arm from the at least one projection to enable detachment of the base from the mounting plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Applicant: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Law, William Dong, Oliver Mueller, Kevin Booth, Tyler Wilson, Mark Kraz
  • Patent number: 10795244
    Abstract: A hinge for an electronic device includes a base including a stem, a ball rigidly fixed to the stem, a first friction surface that contacts and is configured to move with respect to a first outer surface of the ball, a second friction surface that contacts and is configured to move with respect to a second outer surface of the ball, the second outer surface of the ball being on a side of the ball that is opposite the first outer surface of the ball, and a biasing member configured to bias the first and/or second friction surface against the ball to generate a frictional force sufficient to hold the first and second friction surfaces in a set position relative to the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Wilson, Kevin Booth, Jeffrey Law, Mark Kraz, Oliver Mueller
  • Publication number: 20200244845
    Abstract: The various implementations described herein include a video camera assembly that includes: (1) a housing; (2) an image sensor encased in the housing and configured to capture activity of the smart home environment; (3) a wireless radio configured to transmit video frames captured by the image sensor to an electronic device via a remote server; (4) at least one infrared transmitter configured to selectively illuminate the smart home environment; (5) one or more circuit boards encased in the housing, the one or more circuit boards including at least one processor mounted thereon; and (6) a heating component coupled to the image sensor, the heating component configured to continuously maintain the image sensor at a temperature above a threshold temperature while the image sensor is capturing the activity of the smart home environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Jason Rukes, Tyler Wilson, Amber Volmering, William Dong, Jeffrey Law, Jason Goulden, Guangxun Liao, Kevin Edward Booth, Dietrich Ho, Daniel Patrick Foran, Oliver Mueller, Mark Kraz
  • Publication number: 20200244844
    Abstract: The various implementations described herein include a video camera assembly that includes: (1) a housing; (2) an image sensor positioned within the housing and having a field of view corresponding to a scene in the smart home environment; and (3) a concave-shaped front face positioned in front of the image sensor such that light from the scene passes through the front face prior to entering the image sensor; where the front face includes: (a) an inner section corresponding to the image sensor; and (b) an outer section between the housing and the inner section, the outer section having a concave shape that extends from an outer periphery of the outer section to an inner periphery of the outer section; and where the concave shape extends around an entirety of the outer periphery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Publication date: July 30, 2020
    Inventors: Mark Kraz, Kevin Edward Booth, Tyler Scott Wilson, Nicholas Webb, Jason Evans Goulden, William Dong, Jeffrey Law, Rochus Jacob, Adam Duckworth Mittleman, Oliver Mueller
  • Patent number: 10697583
    Abstract: An attachment mechanism for mounting an electronic device to a surface including a mounting plate configured to attach to the surface, the mounting plate having at least one projection, and a base configured to releasably couple to the mounting plate. The base may include a first biasing member, and a first arm pivotably coupled to the base and biased toward a first direction by the first biasing member, the first arm configured to interlock with the at least one projection when the base is coupled to the mounting plate. The base may further include a release mechanism coupled to the first arm such that actuation of the release mechanism when the base is coupled to the mounting plate in a secured engagement causes movement of the first arm in a second direction to disengage the first arm from the at least one projection to enable detachment of the base from the mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Law, William Dong, Oliver Mueller, Kevin Booth, Tyler Wilson, Mark Kraz
  • Patent number: 10602035
    Abstract: The various implementations described herein include a video camera assembly that includes: (1) a housing; (2) an image sensor encased in the housing and configured to capture activity of the smart home environment; (3) a wireless radio configured to transmit video frames captured by the image sensor to an electronic device via a remote server; (4) at least one infrared transmitter configured to selectively illuminate the smart home environment; (5) one or more circuit boards encased in the housing, the one or more circuit boards including at least one processor mounted thereon; and (6) a heating component coupled to the image sensor, the heating component configured to continuously maintain the image sensor at a temperature above a threshold temperature while the image sensor is capturing the activity of the smart home environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Jason Rukes, Tyler Wilson, Amber Volmering, William Dong, Jeffrey Law, Jason Goulden, Guangxun Liao, Kevin Edward Booth, Dietrich Ho, Daniel Patrick Foran, Oliver Mueller, Mark Kraz
  • Patent number: 10530974
    Abstract: The various implementations described herein include a video camera assembly that includes: (1) a housing; (2) an image sensor positioned within the housing and having a field of view corresponding to a scene; and (3) a concave-shaped front face positioned in front of the image sensor such that light from the scene passes through the front face prior to entering the image sensor; where the front face has a concave shape that extends around an entirety of an outer periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Mark Kraz, Kevin Edward Booth, Tyler Scott Wilson, Nicholas Webb, Jason Evans Goulden, William Dong, Jeffrey Law, Rochus Jacob, Adam Duckworth Mittleman, Oliver Mueller, Brian Conner, Scott Mullins
  • Publication number: 20190385373
    Abstract: A method for optimizing the placement of smart-home devices may include receiving, by a mobile computing device, a location for a smart-home device, where the mobile computing device comprises a display and a camera; rendering a view of a virtual object that represents a field-of-view of the smart-home device, where the view of the virtual object is rendered based on a position corresponding to a position of the mobile computing device; and displaying, by the mobile computing device, the view of a virtual object that represents a field-of-view of the smart-home device on the display of the mobile computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventors: Adam Mittleman, Jason Chamberlain, Jacobi Grillo, Daniel Biran, Mark Kraz, Lauren Chanen, Daniel Foran, David Fichou, William Dong, Bao-Tram Phan Nguyen, Brian Silverstein, Yash Modi, Alex Finlayson, Dongeek Shin
  • Publication number: 20190339596
    Abstract: A hinge for an electronic device includes a base including a stem, a ball rigidly fixed to the stem, a first friction surface that contacts and is configured to move with respect to a first outer surface of the ball, a second friction surface that contacts and is configured to move with respect to a second outer surface of the ball, the second outer surface of the ball being on a side of the ball that is opposite the first outer surface of the ball, and a biasing member configured to bias the first and/or second friction surface against the ball to generate a frictional force sufficient to hold the first and second friction surfaces in a set position relative to the ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Publication date: November 7, 2019
    Applicant: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Wilson, Kevin Booth, Jeffrey Law, Mark Kraz, Oliver Mueller
  • Patent number: 10401710
    Abstract: A hinge for an electronic device includes a base including a stem, a ball rigidly fixed to the stem, a first friction surface that contacts and is configured to move with respect to a first outer surface of the ball, a second friction surface that contacts and is configured to move with respect to a second outer surface of the ball, the second outer surface of the ball being on a side of the ball that is opposite the first outer surface of the ball, and a biasing member configured to bias the first and/or second friction surface against the ball to generate a frictional force sufficient to hold the first and second friction surfaces in a set position relative to the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Wilson, Kevin Booth, Jeffrey Law, Mark Kraz, Oliver Mueller
  • Publication number: 20190208095
    Abstract: A light ring assembly for a smart-home device may include a plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and a light guide, where the light guide may include a plurality of cutouts that receive the plurality of LEDs, and a plurality of transmissive sections between the plurality of cutouts. The light ring assembly may also include an output surface that receives light emitted from the plurality of LEDs through the plurality of transmissive sections, where the output surface is substantially circular. The light guide may also include a plurality of micro-lenses in the plurality of transmissive sections where a relative density of the micro-lenses increases as the transmissive sections extend away from the plurality of cutouts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventors: Mark Kraz, Amber Volmering, Bryan Macomber, Jacobi Grillo, Adam Kilgore