Patents by Inventor Robert Koenen

Robert Koenen 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: 20210044779
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for facilitating multiuser communication in a Virtual Reality [VR] environment (10). The multiuser communication may involve a VR device configured to render the VR environment (10) to a local user (5), a plurality of remote communication devices which enable respective remote users to participate in the multiuser communication, and a camera (120) configured to record video of the local user (5) and to transmit the video as part of communication data to the plurality of remote communication devices for remote rendering of the video.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Inventors: Martin Prins, Hans Maarten Stokking, Robert Koenen
  • Patent number: 10871110
    Abstract: An electronic governor system includes a motor, a transmission coupled to the motor, a throttle plate coupled to the transmission, the throttle plate movable to multiple positions between closed and wide-open, wherein power is supplied to the motor to move the throttle pate to a desired position and wherein power is not supplied to the motor to maintain the throttle plate in the desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Koenen, Daniel Brueck
  • Publication number: 20200300206
    Abstract: An apparatus including an internal combustion engine, an electric motor configured to start the internal combustion engine, a brake mechanism, a release mechanism movable to a first position to release the brake mechanism, a switch actuated by the release mechanism, a pull rope, a sensor configured to output a signal based on the pull rope being actuated, and a control module coupled to the switch and the sensor. The switch is configured to provide a switch input to the control module when the release mechanism is in the first position. The sensor is configured to provide a sensor input to the control module when the pull rope is actuated. The control module activates the electric motor in response to the switch input and the sensor input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: September 24, 2020
    Applicant: BRIGGS & STRATTON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jeffrey ZEILER, Robert KOENEN, Jason HANSEN
  • Patent number: 10764602
    Abstract: A method of forming a video signal by a decoder device is described wherein the method comprises receiving a bitstream and decoder information, the decoder information signaling the decoder device the presence of one or more resolution components in the bitstream for forming a video signal, a resolution component representing a spatially subsampled version, preferably a polyphase subsampled version, of a first video signal having a first resolution, the one or more resolution components being part of a resolution component group, the group comprising a plurality of resolution components on the basis of which the first video signal is reconstructable; and, the decoder device parsing the bitstream and decoding the one or more resolution components into video frames on the basis of the decoder information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: Koninklijke KPN N.V., Nedeerlandse Oranisatie voor Toegepast—Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Emmanuel Thomas, Omar Aziz Niamut, Robert Koenen
  • Publication number: 20200169751
    Abstract: A method of forming a video signal by a decoder device is described wherein the method comprises receiving a bit-stream and decoder information, the decoder information signaling the decoder device the presence of one or more resolution components in the bitstream for forming a video signal, a resolution component representing a spatially subsampled version, preferably a polyphase subsampled version, of a first video signal having a first resolution, the one or more resolution components being part of a resolution component group, the group comprising a plurality of resolution components on the basis of which the first video signal is reconstructable; and, the decoder device parsing the bitstream and decoding the one or more resolution components into video frames on the basis of the decoder information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicants: Koninklijke KPN N.V., Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-Natuurweten schappelijk Onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Emmanuel Thomas, Omar Aziz Niamut, Robert Koenen
  • Publication number: 20200158072
    Abstract: An engine operation detection system includes an engine including a spark plug and a spark plug wire, and an engine run sensor including a signal wire including an antenna, the antenna configured to receive a spark plug signal from the spark plug wire, a data acquisition output wire outputting an engine on/off condition signal, a power supply providing power to the engine run sensing circuit, and an engine run sensing circuit configured to transform the spark plug signal into the engine on/off condition signal output via the data acquisition output wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Applicant: BRIGGS & STRATTON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason RAASCH, Robert KOENEN, Christopher MEYERS, Timothy OGDEN, Kevin BERNIER
  • Publication number: 20200124013
    Abstract: An electric starting system for an internal combustion engine is provided. The starting system includes a battery, a starter motor, and a blower housing. The starter motor is configured to start the internal combustion engine. The battery is integrated with the blower housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: BRIGGS & STRATTON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Koenen, Matthew Markowski, Michael Meyer, James Nommensen
  • Publication number: 20200083706
    Abstract: A battery for equipment having a charging system providing a charging voltage is provided. The battery includes a primary power supply, a secondary power supply, and a battery management system configured to at least one of (a) selectively increase the charging voltage to a boosted voltage and (b) selectively decrease the charging voltage to a bucked voltage, and provide at least one of the boosted voltage and the bucked voltage to the primary power supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Publication date: March 12, 2020
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew J. Paskov, Jeffrey M. Zeiler, Robert Koenen, Daniel Brueck, Jason A. Hansen
  • Publication number: 20200058910
    Abstract: A battery adapter assembly for engine-powered outdoor power equipment including a battery pack, an adapter, a receiver, and a starting motor. The battery pack includes multiple battery cells, a positive terminal, and a negative terminal and is removable and replaceable. The adapter is structured to selectively connect to the battery pack and electrically connect to the positive terminal and the negative terminal of the battery pack. The receiver is structured to selectively receive and electrically connect to the adapter to transfer power from the battery pack to the receiver. The starting motor is structured to start an internal combustion engine and selectively receives power supplied by the battery pack. The adapter is structured to connect to and transfer power from multiple battery packs having different voltages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Publication date: February 20, 2020
    Applicant: BRIGGS & STRATTON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brian Poirier, Steve Curty, Robert Koenen
  • Publication number: 20200001313
    Abstract: A pressure washer structured to output a pressurized fluid including an engine having a throttle plate structured to move between a closed position and a wide-open position, a pump driven by the engine and having an inlet and an outlet that discharges fluid, a spray gun having a spray gun inlet fluidly coupled to the outlet of the pump and a nozzle structured to discharge the fluid and having selectable nozzle orifices, and an electronic governor system structured to control a speed of the engine. The electronic governor system includes a carburetor, a motor coupled to the throttle plate to move the throttle plate between the closed and wide-open position, and a controller coupled to the motor to control the motor to control the speed of the engine in response to a selection of at least one of the one or more selectable nozzle orifices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Applicant: BRIGGS & STRATTON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steve Bindl, Joseph Giacalone, Brandon Gramoll, Marvin Klowak, Robert Koenen, Craig Serio, Kyler Weid, Bryan Zymanek
  • Patent number: 10514013
    Abstract: An electric starting system for an internal combustion engine is provided. The starting system includes a rechargeable battery, a battery receiver, and a starter motor. The rechargeable battery including a battery housing, internal circuitry housed within the battery housing, two voltage output terminals, and an enable terminal. The battery receiver includes a battery receptacle configured to receive the rechargeable battery, two voltage output terminals, and the enable terminal. The starter motor is configured to start the internal combustion engine. The internal circuitry is coupled to the enable terminal and configured to enable and disable an internal switch to provide power to one of the two voltage output terminals, the internal circuitry monitoring at least one internal condition of the rechargeable battery for a fault condition. The internal circuitry disables the internal switch upon detection of the fault condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Koenen, Matthew Markowski, Michael Meyer, James Nommensen
  • Patent number: 10392761
    Abstract: A snowthrower includes a body, a chute rotatable relative to the body among multiple chute positions, wherein the chute is configured to discharge snow from the snowthrower, a motor for rotating the chute, a user input device, and an electronic control unit configured to control the motor to automatically rotate the chute from a first chute position on a first side of a zero degree chute position aligned with the forward direction of travel of the snowthrower to a second chute position on a second side of the zero degree chute position upon actuation of the user input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Jason J. Raasch, Robert Koenen, Dan Brueck
  • Publication number: 20190178219
    Abstract: A battery pack for use in providing starting power for a starter motor of an internal combustion engine and to supply power to one or more auxiliary loads. The battery pack includes an outer housing that encloses a plurality of battery cells. The battery pack further includes a control module. The control module includes a processing circuit configured to control one or more functions associated with the internal combustion engine and an interface circuit configured to interface with the internal combustion engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Koenen
  • Publication number: 20190166376
    Abstract: A method is described for forming output video frames by a decoder device wherein the method comprises: receiving a bitstream, the bitstream comprising bitstream parts representing encoded media data of video tiles and tile positioning information associated with the encoded video tiles; extracting tile positioning information from the bitstream, the tile positioning information comprising tile identifiers for identifying encoded video tiles, a tile identifier being associated with one or more boundary identifiers, an boundary identifier identifying an boundary of a video tile identified by a tile identifier; determining a tile map on the basis of the boundary identifiers in the tile positioning information, the tile map representing a spatial layout of video tiles in an output video frame; and, forming an output video frame, including identifying parts of the bitstream representing encoded media data of video tiles identified in the tile map, decoding the identified encoded media data and copying the decoded
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Inventors: Emmanuel Thomas, Omar Aziz Niamut, Robert Koenen
  • Patent number: 10263485
    Abstract: An engine control system includes an engine, crankshaft, and a flywheel. The flywheel is coupled to the crankshaft of the engine and includes a number of magnets arranged axially along a first side. The system further includes a printed circuit board including a number of coils integrated into the circuit board. The printed circuit board is positioned such that a first face of the printed circuit board is positioned parallel to the first side of the flywheel. Power is generated by the flywheel rotating and causing the magnetic fields associated with the magnets to induce a current though the coils integrated into the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Koenen, Jason Hansen
  • Publication number: 20190107062
    Abstract: Portable jobsite equipment includes a generator including an internal combustion engine and an alternator. The internal combustion engine includes a first cylinder including a first spark plug configured to create a first electrical spark, a second cylinder including a second spark plug configured to create a second electrical spark, an electronic control unit configured to activate and deactivate at least one of the first cylinder and the second cylinder, and a load source receiving supplied power from the generator. The electronic control unit activates one of the first cylinder and the second cylinder in response to a threshold increase of the load source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Publication date: April 11, 2019
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Koenen, Jason Hansen
  • Publication number: 20180298868
    Abstract: An electric starting system for an internal combustion engine is provided. The starting system includes a rechargeable battery, a battery receiver, and a starter motor. The rechargeable battery including a battery housing, internal circuitry housed within the battery housing, two voltage output terminals, and an enable terminal. The battery receiver includes a battery receptacle configured to receive the rechargeable battery, two voltage output terminals, and the enable terminal. The starter motor is configured to start the internal combustion engine. The internal circuitry is coupled to the enable terminal and configured to enable and disable an internal switch to provide power to one of the two voltage output terminals, the internal circuitry monitoring at least one internal condition of the rechargeable battery for a fault condition. The internal circuitry disables the internal switch upon detection of the fault condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Koenen, Matthew Markowski, Michael Meyer, James Nommensen
  • Patent number: 10024292
    Abstract: An electric starting system for an internal combustion engine is provided. The starting system includes a rechargeable battery including two voltage output terminals and an enable terminal, a battery receiver including a battery receptacle configured to receive the rechargeable battery, two voltage output terminals, and an enable terminal, a starter motor configured to start the internal combustion engine, and a continuous duty electrical load. The voltage output terminals of the lithium-ion battery and the battery receiver are configured to connect to complete a circuit between the rechargeable battery and the continuous duty electrical load when the rechargeable battery is attached to the battery receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Koenen, Matthew Markowski, Michael Meyer, James Nommensen
  • Patent number: D831566
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: James Nommensen, Paul D. Kluck, Matthew Markowski, Robert Koenen, Dale S. Dilulio, Bart Mayer, Brian D. Neeley
  • Patent number: D853319
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventors: James Nommensen, Paul D. Kluck, Matthew Markowski, Robert Koenen, Dale S. DiIulio, Bart Mayer, Brian D. Neeley