Patents by Inventor Morris P. Kesler

Morris P. Kesler 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: 20190252920
    Abstract: This application includes a source for a wireless power transfer system including: sensing and measurement circuitry configured to process signals associated with a source resonator and a source impedance matching network including a tunable component; a PWM generator coupled with power transistors of an amplifier coupled with the source impedance matching network, wherein the PWM generator is configured to control a driving signal to drive the source resonator using the power transistors; and a controller coupled with the sensing and measurement circuitry to receive measured signals, wherein the controller is configured to control a component value or an operating point of at least one of the tunable component(s), and the controller is configured to modify operation of the PWM generator based on the measured signals to modify at least a phase of the driving signal while changing power delivered to the source resonator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Inventors: Andrew J. Campanella, Herbert T. Lou, Morris P. Kesler, Katherine L. Hall, Ron Fiorello, Aristeidis Karalis
  • Patent number: 10340745
    Abstract: A wireless power system for powering a television includes a source resonator, configured to generate an oscillating magnetic field, and at least one television component attached to at least one device resonator, wherein the at least one device resonator is configured to wirelessly receive power from the source resonator via the oscillating magnetic field when the distance between the source resonator and the at least one device resonator is more than 5 cm, and wherein at least one television component draws at least 10 Watts of power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Andre B. Kurs, Aristeidis Karalis, Morris P. Kesler, Andrew J. Campanella
  • Publication number: 20190181694
    Abstract: The disclosure features apparatus, methods, and systems for wireless power transfer that include a power source featuring at least one resonator, a power receiver featuring at least one resonator, a first detector featuring one or more loops of conductive material and configured to generate an electrical signal based on a magnetic field between the power source and the power receiver, a second detector featuring conductive material, and control electronics coupled to the first and second detectors, where during operation, the control electronics are configured to measure the electrical signal of the first detector and compare the measured electrical signal of the first detector to baseline electrical information for the first detector to determine information about whether debris is positioned between the power source and the power receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Arunanshu Mohan Roy, Noam Katz, Andre B. Kurs, Christopher Buenrostro, Simon Verghese, Morris P. Kesler, Katherine L. Hall, Herbert Toby Lou
  • Patent number: 10300800
    Abstract: A wireless power system for powering a television includes a source resonator, configured to generate an oscillating magnetic field, and at least one television component attached to at least one device resonator, wherein the at least one device resonator is configured to wirelessly receive power from the source resonator via the oscillating magnetic field when the distance between the source resonator and the at least one device resonator is more than 5 cm, and wherein at least one television component draws at least 10 Watts of power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Andre B. Kurs, Aristeidis Karalis, Morris P. Kesler
  • Patent number: 10264352
    Abstract: Techniques herein provide wireless energy transfer to audio devices such as headphones, headsets, hearing aids, and the like. Audio devices are integrated with a device resonator. The device resonator may be positioned and oriented to reduce interaction with lossy or sensitive components of the audio device. A repeater resonator and/or a source resonator is integrated into a headrest of a seat or a chair providing continuous power to the headphones while in use. The audio devices may be recharged wirelessly when positioned near source resonators that may be embedded in pads, tables, carrying cases, cups, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Ganem, Hiroshi A. Mendoza, Morris P. Kesler, Konrad J. Kulikowski, Andre B. Kurs, Alexander P. McCauley, Eric R. Giler, Katherine L. Hall, Gozde Guckaya
  • Patent number: 10248899
    Abstract: The disclosure features wireless power transmitters configured to detect a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, the transmitters including a transmitter resonator, a transmitter impedance matching network coupled to the transmitter resonator, an amplifier coupled to the transmitter impedance matching network, a detection subsystem connected to the transmitter resonator, and a controller coupled to the amplifier and to the detection subsystem and configured so that during operation of the transmitter, the controller is configured to control the transmitter resonator, the amplifier, and the impedance matching network to cycle the transmitter between a power transmission mode and a RFID tag detection mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Morris P. Kesler, Dustin J. Alinger, Karl Twelker, Oguz Atasoy, Shrenik Vora, Noam Katz
  • Patent number: 10230243
    Abstract: Described herein are improved configurations for a wireless power transfer for electronic devices. In embodiments reconfigurable or flexible attachment between a source and a device is realized using permanent magnets or electromagnets. Magnetic material may be positioned on or around one or more of the resonator to provide for locations for attaching permanent magnets. A permanent magnet attached to or near one of a source or device or repeater resonators may be used to flexibly attach to the non-lossy magnetic material of another resonator structure. In embodiments, replacing lossy permanent magnets and/or electromagnets in even one of the resonators of a wireless power system may be advantageous to system performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Schatz, Herbert T. Lou, Morris P. Kesler, Katherine L. Hall, Konrad Kulikowski, Eric R. Giler, Ron Fiorello
  • Patent number: 10218224
    Abstract: This application includes systems and techniques relating to wireless power transfer, such as a system including: sensing and measurement circuitry configured to process signals associated with a resonator and an impedance matching network coupled with the resonator; a PWM (pulse width modulation) generator configured to control a driving signal to drive the resonator through the impedance matching network; and a controller coupled with the sensing and measurement circuitry, the controller configured to adjust operation of the PWM generator and operation of the impedance matching network based on measured signals from the sensing and measurement circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew J. Campanella, Herbert T. Lou, Morris P. Kesler, Katherine L. Hall, Ron Fiorello, Aristeidis Karalis
  • Patent number: 10211681
    Abstract: The disclosure features apparatus, methods, and systems for wireless power transfer that include a power source featuring at least one resonator, a power receiver featuring at least one resonator, a first detector featuring one or more loops of conductive material and configured to generate an electrical signal based on a magnetic field between the power source and the power receiver, a second detector featuring conductive material, and control electronics coupled to the first and second detectors, where during operation, the control electronics are configured to measure the electrical signal of the first detector and compare the measured electrical signal of the first detector to baseline electrical information for the first detector to determine information about whether debris is positioned between the power source and the power receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Arunanshu Mohan Roy, Noam Katz, Andre B. Kurs, Christopher Buenrostro, Simon Verghese, Morris P. Kesler, Katherine L. Hall, Herbert Toby Lou
  • Patent number: 10186372
    Abstract: A resonator connector for a wireless power transfer system includes: one or more conducting materials to carry electricity between two or more electromagnetic resonators; a first plug coupled with the one or more conducting materials; a second plug coupled with the one or more conducting materials; and an impedance module coupled with the one or more conducting materials, the impedance module including an impedance matching network; wherein the impedance module is configurable to adjust electrical properties of the one or more conducting materials, using the impedance matching network, when the resonator connector electrically couples together the two or more electromagnetic resonators of the wireless power transfer system including at least three electromagnetic resonators, so as to improve power transfer efficiency among the at least three electromagnetic resonators of the wireless power transfer system, the at least three electromagnetic resonators including the two or more electromagnetic resonators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Sasha John, Katherine L. Hall, Konrad J. Kulikowski, Morris P. Kesler, Andre B. Kurs, Arunanshu M. Roy, Gozde Guckaya
  • Patent number: 10158251
    Abstract: A wireless energy transfer enabled battery includes a resonator that is positioned asymmetrically in a battery sized enclosure such that when two wirelessly enabled batteries are placed in close proximity the resonators of the two batteries have low coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Patrick McCauley, Morris P. Kesler, Volkan Efe, Katherine L. Hall
  • Publication number: 20180337564
    Abstract: A wireless energy transfer system includes a foreign object debris detection system. The system includes at least one wireless energy transfer source configured to generate an oscillating magnetic field. The foreign object debris may be detected by at least one field gradiometer positioned in the oscillating magnetic field. The voltage of the at least one field gradiometer may be measured using readout circuitry and a feedback loop based on the readings from the gradiometers may be used to control the parameters of the wireless energy source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Simon Verghese, Morris P. Kesler, Katherine L. Hall, Herbert T. Lou
  • Patent number: 10097011
    Abstract: Described herein are improved configurations for a wireless power transfer involving photovoltaic panels. Described are methods and designs that use electric energy from a photovoltaic module to energize at least one wireless energy source to produce an oscillating magnetic field for wireless energy transfer. The source may be configured and tuned to present an impedance to a photovoltaic module wherein said impedance enables substantial extraction of energy from said photovoltaic module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Morris P. Kesler, Katherine L. Hall, Eric R. Giler, Konrad J. Kulikowski, Andrew J. Campanella, Simon Verghese
  • Patent number: 10084348
    Abstract: Wireless energy transfer apparatus include, in at least one aspect, a device resonator configured to supply power for a load by receiving wirelessly transferred power from a source resonator; a temperature sensor positioned to measure a temperature of a component of the apparatus; a tunable component coupled to the device resonator to adjust a resonant frequency of the device resonator, an effective impedance the device resonator, or both; and control circuitry configured to, in response to detecting a temperature condition using the temperature sensor, (i) tune the tunable component to adjust the resonant frequency of the device resonator, the effective impedance of the device resonator, or both, and (ii) signal the source resonator regarding the temperature condition to cause an adjustment of a resonant frequency of the source resonator, a power output of the source resonator, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Morris P. Kesler, Katherine L. Hall, Andre B. Kurs, Aristeidis Karalis, Marin Soljacic, Andrew J. Campanella, David A. Schatz
  • Publication number: 20180241221
    Abstract: The disclosure features wireless energy transfer sources that include at least two source resonators and a power source, where: each of the at least two source resonators has a nominal impedance when a device resonator is not positioned on or near any of the at least two source resonators, the nominal impedances of each of the at least two source resonators varying by 10% or less from one another; and the at least two source resonators are configured so that during operation of the wireless energy transfer source, when a device resonator is positioned on or near a first one of the at least two source resonators: (a) the impedance of the first source resonator is reduced to a value smaller than the nominal impedances of each of the other resonators by a factor of 2 or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Alexander P. McCauley, Arunanshu M. Roy, Noam Katz, Andre B. Kurs, Morris P. Kesler
  • Publication number: 20180241220
    Abstract: The disclosure features wireless energy transfer sources that include at least two source resonators and a power source, where: each of the at least two source resonators has a nominal impedance when a device resonator is not positioned on or near any of the at least two source resonators, the nominal impedances of each of the at least two source resonators varying by 10% or less from one another; and the at least two source resonators are configured so that during operation of the wireless energy transfer source, when a device resonator is positioned on or near a first one of the at least two source resonators: (a) the impedance of the first source resonator is reduced to a value smaller than the nominal impedances of each of the other resonators by a factor of 2 or more.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Publication date: August 23, 2018
    Inventors: Alexander P. McCauley, Arunanshu M. Roy, Noam Katz, Andre B. Kurs, Morris P. Kesler
  • Patent number: 10027184
    Abstract: A wireless energy transfer system includes a foreign object debris detection system. The system includes at least one wireless energy transfer source configured to generate an oscillating magnetic field. The foreign object debris may be detected by at least one field gradiometer positioned in the oscillating magnetic field. The voltage of the at least one field gradiometer may be measured using readout circuitry and a feedback loop based on the readings from the gradiometers may be used to control the parameters of the wireless energy source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Simon Verghese, Morris P. Kesler, Katherine L. Hall, Herbert T. Lou
  • Publication number: 20180131233
    Abstract: Described herein are improved configurations for a wireless power transfer. Described are methods and designs to reduce and manage heating and heat dissipation in resonator structures. Configuration and orientation of magnetic material as well as heat sinking material with respect to the dipole moment of the resonator is used to reduce and control thermal properties of the resonator structure and reduce the effects of heating on the performance of wireless power transfer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Andre B. Kurs, Morris P. Kesler, Katherine L. Hall, Ron Fiorello, Matthew J. MacDonald
  • Publication number: 20180122567
    Abstract: Described herein are improved configurations for an apparatus that may include a plurality of resonators electrically interconnected and arranged in an array to form a composite resonator for wireless power transfer, each one of the plurality of resonators may include a block of a magnetic material having a conductor wire wrapped around a cross section thereof to form at least one loop enclosing an area substantially equal to the cross section, wherein the plurality of resonators are may be oriented so that a dipole moment of each one of the plurality of resonators is aligned with a dipole moment of each other one of the plurality of resonators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Katherine L. Hall, Morris P. Kesler, Konrad J. Kulikowski, Michael Alan Feldstein, Volkan Efe
  • Publication number: 20180115168
    Abstract: Described herein are improved configurations for a wireless power transfer for electronic devices. In embodiments reconfigurable or flexible attachment between a source and a device is realized using permanent magnets or electromagnets. Magnetic material may be positioned on or around one or more of the resonator to provide for locations for attaching permanent magnets. A permanent magnet attached to or near one of a source or device or repeater resonators may be used to flexibly attach to the non-lossy magnetic material of another resonator structure. In embodiments, replacing lossy permanent magnets and/or electromagnets in even one of the resonators of a wireless power system may be advantageous to system performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Inventors: David A. Schatz, Herbert T. Lou, Morris P. Kesler, Katherine L. Hall, Konrad Kulikowski, Eric R. Giler, Ron Fiorello