Patents by Inventor Neil W. KUYVENHOVEN

Neil W. KUYVENHOVEN 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: 10481189
    Abstract: A wireless remote sensor (110) that is powered by an inductive transmitter (112) and is configured to produce an oscillating wave that varies based on one or more sensed parameters. The oscillating wave is communicated to the inductive transmitter (112) by reflected impedance, where it can be detected to determine the sensed value(s). In another aspect, the present invention provides a wireless remote sensor with a Wheatstone bridge arrangement having an internal resonant circuit to produce an electromagnetic field indicative of the sensed value. In a third aspect, the present invention provides a wireless remote sensor with optical feedback from a reference circuit and a sensor circuit. In a fourth aspect, the present invention provides a wireless remote temperature sensor having coils printed on a material with a high coefficient of thermal expansion so that the size and/or shape of the coils varies as the temperature increases or decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Philips I.P. Ventures B.V.
    Inventors: Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Cody D. Dean, David W. Baarman, Benjamin C. Moes, Hai D. Nguyen, Matthew J. Norconk, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Joshua B. Taylor, Joseph S. Melton, Jr., Ronald L. Stoddard
  • Patent number: 10277279
    Abstract: A communication system that uses keyed modulation to encode fixed frequency communications on a variable frequency power transmission signal in which a single communication bit is represented by a plurality of modulations. To provide a fixed communication rate, the number of modulations associated with each bit is dynamic varying as a function of the ratio of the communication frequency to the carrier signal frequency. In one embodiment, the present invention provides dynamic phase-shift-keyed modulation in which communications are generated by toggling a load at a rate that is a fraction of the power transfer frequency. In another embodiment, the present invention provides communication by toggling a load in the communication transmitter at a rate that is phase locked and at a harmonic of the power transfer frequency. In yet another embodiment, the present invention provides frequency-shift-keyed modulation, including, for example, modulation at one of two different frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS IP VENTURES B.V.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Norconk, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Colin J. Moore, Joshua B. Taylor, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Dale R. Liff, Jason L. Amistadi, Robert D. Gruich, Arthur Kelley, Kenneth C. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 10225966
    Abstract: A composite metal surface that looks metallic, but permits effective transmission of an electromagnetic field. The composite metal surface can be integrated into various electronic equipment, such as telephones, remote controls, battery doors, keyboards, mice, game controllers, cameras, laptops, inductive power supplies, and essentially any other electronic equipment. The composite metal surface can also be integrated into non-electrically conductive heat sinks, high permeability shielding, and polished metal non-electrically conductive surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS IP VENTURES B.V.
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Benjamin C. Moes, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Roy M. Taylor, Jr., Kaitlyn J. Turner, Robert Wolford, Matthew J. Norconk, Ryan D. Schamper
  • Patent number: 10199877
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wireless power supply system including a remote device capable of both transmitting and receiving power wirelessly. The remote device includes a self-driven synchronous rectifier. The wireless power supply system may also include a wireless power supply configured to enter an OFF state in which no power, or substantially no power, is drawn, and to wake from the OFF state in response to receiving power from a remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS IP VENTURES B.V.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Van Den Brink, Joshua B. Taylor, Matthew J. Norconk, Colin J. Moore, Benjamin C. Moes, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, David W. Baarman
  • Patent number: 10187042
    Abstract: A wireless power transfer component with a selectively adjustable resonator circuit having a Q control subcircuit that varies the Q factor of the resonator circuit to control the amount of power relayed by the resonator circuit. The resonator circuit may be in the wireless power supply, the wireless power receiver, an intermediate resonator or any combination thereof. The resonator circuit may be actively configured based on a feedback circuit. The feedback circuit may sense a characteristic in the secondary circuit or elsewhere and actively operate the control subcircuit based on the sensed characteristic. The feedback circuit may cause the Q control subcircuit to change (reduce or increase) the Q factor when the sensed characteristic crosses a threshold value. The Q control subcircuit may include a variable resistor having a value that can be varied to adjust the Q factor of the resonator circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: PHILIPS IP VENTURES B.V.
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Benjamin C. Moes, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Joshua B. Taylor, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Matthew J. Norconk, Colin J. Moore, John James Lord, Kristen J. Blood
  • Publication number: 20180122568
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wireless power supply system in which a remote device is provided with different control methodologies depending on one or more factors. One type of wireless power supply can selectively control one or more remote devices according to a first control methodology and another type of wireless power supply can control the remote device according to a second control methodology. In one embodiment, a wireless power supply system is provided for wirelessly powering a display circuit in a product located at a point of display differently than when charging at a point of use, or when the device is in use. In another embodiment, a wireless power supply is programmed to operate a remote device according to a primary control methodology and the remote device is programmed to operate the remote device according to a secondary control methodology where the remote device includes circuitry for enabling the primary control methodology instead of the secondary control methodology.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Publication date: May 3, 2018
    Inventors: Richard J. Weber, Joseph C. Van Den Brink, Kaitlyn J. Turner, Benjamin C. Moes, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Sean T. Eurich, David W. Baarman, Scott J. Anderson, Scott A. Tiedemann, Carolyn E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9870859
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wireless power supply system in which a remote device is provided with different control methodologies depending on one or more factors. One type of wireless power supply can selectively control one or more remote devices according to a first control methodology and another type of wireless power supply can control the remote device according to a second control methodology. In one embodiment, a wireless power supply system is provided for wirelessly powering a display circuit in a product located at a point of display differently than when charging at a point of use, or when the device is in use. In another embodiment, a wireless power supply is programmed to operate a remote device according to a primary control methodology and the remote device is programmed to operate the remote device according to a secondary control methodology where the remote device includes circuitry for enabling the primary control methodology instead of the secondary control methodology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: Richard J. Weber, Joseph C. Van Den Brink, Kaitlyn J. Turner, Benjamin C. Moes, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Sean T. Eurich, David W. Baarman, Scott J. Anderson, Scott A. Tiedemann, Carolyn E. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20170294807
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wireless power supply system including a remote device capable of both transmitting and receiving power wirelessly. The remote device includes a self-driven synchronous rectifier. The wireless power supply system may also include a wireless power supply configured to enter an OFF state in which no power, or substantially no power, is drawn, and to wake from the OFF state in response to receiving power from a remote device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Publication date: October 12, 2017
    Inventors: Joseph C. Van Den Brink, Joshua B. Taylor, Matthew J. Norconk, Colin J. Moore, Benjamin C. Moes, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, David W. Baarman
  • Patent number: 9748774
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wireless power supply system including a remote device capable of both transmitting and receiving power wirelessly. The remote device includes a self-driven synchronous rectifier. The wireless power supply system may also include a wireless power supply configured to enter an OFF state in which no power, or substantially no power, is drawn, and to wake from the OFF state in response to receiving power from a remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Joseph C. Van Den Brink, Joshua B. Taylor, Matthew J. Norconk, Colin J. Moore, Benjamin C. Moes, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, David W. Baarman
  • Patent number: 9743565
    Abstract: An electrical component with conductive material(s) that is suitable for use within the electromagnetic field path of a wireless power transfer system. The electronic component includes conductive materials that are sufficiently thin to absorb no more than an acceptable amount of the electromagnetic field, yet thick enough to remain sufficiently conductive to perform the desired electrical function. In embodiments in which the wireless power supply delivers up to 20 watts of power, the conductive materials are not substantially thicker than about 1/10 the skin depth of the material at the anticipated wireless power frequency. The electrical component may be disposed at any location between the wireless power supply transmitter and the remote device receiver. The present invention permits the use of a wide rang of electrical components in the field path, such as a display, a sensor or a component capable of selectively operating as both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Joseph C. Van Den Brink, Hai D. Nguyen, Benjamin C. Moes, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven
  • Patent number: 9699928
    Abstract: An item of print media (30) including an inductive secondary (50) for providing power to a load (32). The inductive secondary is responsive to an electromagnetic flux to generate a time-varying current or voltage therein. The current or voltage induced in the inductive secondary directly or indirectly powers the load to thereby enhance the functionality and/or the appeal of the item of print media without significantly adding to its cost. The load can provide a visual and/or auditory output, and can include an electroluminescent display, an e-ink display, a piezo speaker coil, an electrostatic speaker, an OLED, an LED or an LCD display. Embodiments of the invention can be utilized in connection with a wide variety of print media, including for example books, booklets, pamphlets, labels, magazines, manuals, brochures, maps, charts, posters, journals, newspapers or loose leaf pages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Joseph C. Van Den Brink, Sean T. Eurich, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Kaitlyn J. Turner, Benjamin C. Moes, Hai D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9597261
    Abstract: A pill dispensing system that includes pill packages that can be used to dispense pills manually or with a dispenser system to provide enhanced functionality. The packages can be provided with information relating to the packaged pills or to the use of the packaged pills. By reading the information from the package, the dispenser system can know what is in the package, when it is to be taken and can understand and track inventory. The dispenser system provides reminders of when the pills should be taken. The dispenser system may have the ability to key a specific electronic device, such as a cell phone, to a specific user and the dispenser system may require the electronic device to be within proximity of the dispenser system before dispensing pills for that user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Sean T. Eurich, Scott A. Mollema, Cody D. Dean, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Matthew K. Runyon, Joseph C. Van Den Brink, Ryan D. Schamper
  • Publication number: 20170063165
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling inductive power transfer in an inductive power transfer system and a method for designing an inductive power transfer system with power accounting. The method of controlling inductive power transfer including measuring a characteristic of input power, a characteristic of power in the tank circuit, and receiving information from a secondary device. Estimating power consumption based on the measured characteristic of tank circuit power and received information and comparing the measured characteristic of input power, the information from the secondary device, and the estimated power consumption to determine there is an unacceptable power loss. The method for designing an inductive power transfer system with power accounting including changing the distance between a primary side and a secondary side and changing a load of the secondary side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Esai E. Umenei, Dale R. Liff, Andrew C. Zeik, Mark A. Blaha, Jason L. Amistadi, Robert D. Gruich
  • Patent number: 9524822
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling inductive power transfer in an inductive power transfer system and a method for designing an inductive power transfer system with power accounting. The method of controlling inductive power transfer including measuring a characteristic of input power, a characteristic of power in the tank circuit, and receiving information from a secondary device. Estimating power consumption based on the measured characteristic of tank circuit power and received information and comparing the measured characteristic of input power, the information from the secondary device, and the estimated power consumption to determine there is an unacceptable power loss. The method for designing an inductive power transfer system with power accounting including changing the distance between a primary side and a secondary side and changing a load of the secondary side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Esai E. Umenei, Dale R. Liff, Mark A. Blaha, Robert D. Gruich
  • Patent number: 9520226
    Abstract: A contactless power supply is provided. The contactless power supply includes two or more primary coils for generating a region of cooperative magnetic flux generally therebetween. A portable device having a secondary coil can be positioned proximate this region of magnetic flux to receive wireless power from the contactless power supply. The spaced-apart primary coils can be wound in alternating directions about a common axis and driven in phase, or can be wound in a single direction about a common axis and driven approximately 180 degrees out of phase. The contactless power supply can include a plurality of primary coils in an adjustable array to accommodate multiple portable devices each with different secondary configurations and power consumption needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Norconk, Joshua K. Schwannecke, David W. Baarman, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Benjamin C. Moes, Colin J. Moore
  • Patent number: 9496081
    Abstract: A contactless power supply is provided. The contactless power supply includes two or more primary coils for generating a region of cooperative magnetic flux generally therebetween. A portable device having a secondary coil can be positioned proximate this region of magnetic flux to receive wireless power from the contactless power supply. The spaced-apart primary coils can be wound in alternating directions about a common axis and driven in phase, or can be wound in a single direction about a common axis and driven approximately 180 degrees out of phase. The contactless power supply can include a plurality of primary coils in an adjustable array to accommodate multiple portable devices each with different secondary configurations and power consumption needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Norconk, Joshua K. Schwannecke, David W. Baarman, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Benjamin C. Moes, Colin J. Moore
  • Publication number: 20160294445
    Abstract: A communication system that uses keyed modulation to encode fixed frequency communications on a variable frequency power transmission signal in which a single communication bit is represented by a plurality of modulations. To provide a fixed communication rate, the number of modulations associated with each bit is dynamic varying as a function of the ratio of the communication frequency to the carrier signal frequency. In one embodiment, the present invention provides dynamic phase-shift-keyed modulation in which communications are generated by toggling a load at a rate that is a fraction of the power transfer frequency. In another embodiment, the present invention provides communication by toggling a load in the communication transmitter at a rate that is phase locked and at a harmonic of the power transfer frequency. In yet another embodiment, the present invention provides frequency-shift-keyed modulation, including, for example, modulation at one of two different frequencies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Matthew J. Norconk, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Colin J. Moore, Joshua B. Taylor, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Dale R. Liff, Jason L. Amistadi, Robert D. Gruich, Arthur Kelley, Kenneth C. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 9407332
    Abstract: A communication system that uses keyed modulation to encode fixed frequency communications on a variable frequency power transmission signal in which a single communication bit is represented by a plurality of modulations. To provide a fixed communication rate, the number of modulations associated with each bit is dynamic varying as a function of the ratio of the communication frequency to the carrier signal frequency. In one embodiment, the present invention provides dynamic phase-shift-keyed modulation in which communications are generated by toggling a load at a rate that is a fraction of the power transfer frequency. In another embodiment, the present invention provides communication by toggling a load in the communication transmitter at a rate that is phase locked and at a harmonic of the power transfer frequency. In yet another embodiment, the present invention provides frequency-shift-keyed modulation, including, for example, modulation at one of two different frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Norconk, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Colin J. Moore, Joshua B. Taylor, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Dale R. Liff, Jason L. Amistadi, Robert D. Gruich, Arthur Kelley, Kenneth C. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 9344155
    Abstract: A system and method for mitigating interference between two or more inductive systems. Interference can be mitigated by, in response to an interference causing event, temporarily adjusting operation of one or more of the inductive sub-systems to reduce interference. A controller can receives communication from multiple inductive systems and instruct the systems to operate so as to reduce interference. The inductive systems can coordinate to operate out of phase with respect to one another to reduce interference. Communication from a data transfer inductive system can be mimicked by another inductive system so that both systems transmit the communication. Interference between multiple inductive systems can be mitigated by specific physical positioning of the transmitters of the inductive sub-systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin C. Moes, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Hai D. Nguyen, Joshua K. Schwannecke, Dale R. Liff, Andrew Zup
  • Publication number: 20160128906
    Abstract: A pill dispensing system that includes pill packages that can be used to dispense pills manually or with a dispenser system to provide enhanced functionality. The packages can be provided with information relating to the packaged pills or to the use of the packaged pills. By reading the information from the package, the dispenser system can know what is in the package, when it is to be taken and can understand and track inventory. The dispenser system provides reminders of when the pills should be taken. The dispenser system may have the ability to key a specific electronic device, such as a cell phone, to a specific user and the dispenser system may require the electronic device to be within proximity of the dispenser system before dispensing pills for that user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Publication date: May 12, 2016
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Sean T. Eurich, Scott A. Mollema, Cody D. Dean, Neil W. Kuyvenhoven, Matthew K. Runyon, Joseph C. Van Den Brink, Ryan D. Schamper