Patents by Inventor Robert R. Soler

Robert R. Soler 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: 10257988
    Abstract: A lighting system with selectable emission characteristics may include a housing, a controller, a first plurality of light sources operatively coupled to the controller and carried by the housing, and a second plurality of light sources operatively coupled to and controlled by the controller and carried by the housing. The first and second pluralities of light sources may be operable to emit first and second combined lights, respectively, and to emit a first light having a wavelength within the range of 650 nanometers to 700 nanometers, a second light having a wavelength within the range of 500 nanometers to 570 nanometers, and a third light having a wavelength within the range of 430 nanometers to 470 nanometer. The second light may be characterized by a human photopic response of greater than 0.0 and less than 0.4 throughout the range from 500 nanometers to 570 nanometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, Robert R. Soler, David E. Bartine, Eliza Katar Grove, Anthony Crawford
  • Patent number: 10222011
    Abstract: A thoroughfare lighting device includes a housing to be attached to a thoroughfare surface, and including sidewalls that taper. A plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) selectively illuminate individual lanes, including a first set of LEDs to emit a generally white light, and a second set of LEDs to emit colored light that is observable by an observer. A driver circuit operates the second set of LEDs to emit colored light illuminating a single lane indicating a condition of the individual lane. Optics may be carried by the housing and positioned in optical communication with at least a portion of the plurality of LEDs. A traffic sensor communicatively coupled to the driver circuit and configured to sense a traffic pattern and generate information regarding traffic on the associated thoroughfare. The driver circuit is configured to operate the plurality of LEDs responsive to the information generated by the traffic sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Mark Andrew Oostdyk, Addy S. Widjaja, Fredric S. Maxik, David E. Bartine, Robert R. Soler, Ran Zhou, James Lynn Schellack
  • Patent number: 10212781
    Abstract: A lighting system comprising a light source operable to emit a source light, a sensor operable to sense environmental light from an environment, and a controller operatively connected to each of the sensor and the light source and configured to analyze the environmental light sensed by the sensor to at least one of detect and generate data relating to a condition of the environment, the data being transmittable in a transmitted data light. The sensor is operable to sense the presence or absence of a dominant wavelength comprised by the environmental light. Additionally, the controller is operable to correlate the dominant wavelength with a substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Environmental Light Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, Eric Bretschneider, Pedro Medelius, David Bartine, Robert R. Soler, Gregory Flickinger
  • Publication number: 20180356086
    Abstract: A luminaire that includes a heat spreader, a heat sink diametrically outboard of the heat spreader, an optic retained by the heat spreader, a light source disposed on the front side of the heat spreader, and a power conditioner disposed on the heat spreader. The power conditioner is disposed on the same side of the heat spreader as the light source. The heat sink includes fins that alternate with adjacently disposed and radially oriented recesses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Applicant: Lighting Science Group Corporation
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, Raymond A. Reynolds, Addy Widjaja, Mark Penley Boomgaarden, Robert R. Soler, James Lynn Schellack
  • Patent number: 10072835
    Abstract: A luminaire is providing comprising a heat spreader and a heat sink thermally coupled to the heat spreader, an outer optic retained relative to at least one of the heat spreader and the heat sink, a light source in thermal communication with the heat spreader and comprising a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) that are disposed on the heat spreader such that the heat spreader dissipates heat from the plurality of LEDs, and a power conditioner configured to receive AC voltage and deliver DC voltage to the plurality of LEDs, the power conditioner being disposed on a same side of the heat spreader as the plurality of LEDs. A combination defined by the heat spreader, the heat sink and the outer optic is so dimensioned to cover an opening defined by a nominally sized can light fixture and cover an opening defined by a nominally sized electrical junction box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, Raymond A. Reynolds, Addy S. Widjaja, Mark Penley Boomgaarden, Robert R. Soler, James Lynn Schellack
  • Patent number: 9974973
    Abstract: A method is for dynamically adjusting a circadian rhythm of an observer via a user device that includes control circuitry and an associated memory. The method includes accessing a calendar, identifying future events to precondition for and determining a preconditioning schedule for at least one of the identified future events. Determining the schedule includes identifying a circadian shift needed for the at least one identified future event, determining a magnitude of the circadian shift, determining a timeframe for preconditioning, determining a magnitude of a per-day shift based upon the timeframe, and determining if the per-day shift exceeds a maximum allowed per-day shift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, David E. Bartine, Mark Andrew Oostdyk, Matthew Regan, Robert R. Soler, Gregory Flickinger
  • Patent number: 9959699
    Abstract: A system for assembling a luminaire comprising a housing, a computer-controlled manipulation device, and a parts repository defined within the housing and configured to carry a plurality of light modules, a plurality of luminaire housings of various luminaire housing types, and a plurality of optics of various optic types. The system further comprises a programming device configured to program a light module of the plurality of light modules to emit light having lighting characteristics. Each of the light modules are configured to be removably couplable to the computer-controlled manipulation device. The luminaire housings each comprise a locking tab configured to permit the respective light modules to engage therewith, thereby enabling attachment of the respective light modules to the respective luminaire housings. Each of the optics comprise a locking tab configured to permit a respective luminaire housing to engage therewith, enabling attachment of the respective luminaire housing to the respective optic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, Robert R. Soler, David E. Bartine, Valerie A. Bastien, Matthew Regan, James Lynn Schellack, Theodore Scone
  • Publication number: 20180077769
    Abstract: A lighting system comprising a light source operable to emit a source light, a sensor operable to sense environmental light from an environment, and a controller operatively connected to each of the sensor and the light source and configured to analyze the environmental light sensed by the sensor to at least one of detect and generate data relating to a condition of the environment, the data being transmittable in a transmitted data light. The sensor is operable to sense the presence or absence of a dominant wavelength comprised by the environmental light. Additionally, the controller is operable to correlate the dominant wavelength with a substance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Applicant: Environmental Light Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, Eric Bretschneider, Pedro Medelius, David Bartine, Robert R. Soler, Gregory Flickinger
  • Patent number: 9863588
    Abstract: A luminaire comprising a first and second terminal connected to an alternating current power source having a period, a first LED light source electrically coupled to each of the first and second terminals, and a second LED light source electrically coupled to each of the first and second terminals. The first LED light source comprises a first color conversion layer having a first emission latency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Lighting Science Group Corporation
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, David E. Bartine, Robert R. Soler, Theodore Scone, Mark Andrew Oostdyk
  • Patent number: 9839092
    Abstract: A wavelength sensing lighting system that may comprise a light source included in an array to emit illuminating light, the array including a plurality of light sources, a sensor included in the array configured to sense environmental light from an environment, and a controller operatively connected to each of the sensor and the light source and may be configured to analyze the environmental light sensed by the sensor to at least one of detect and generate data relating to a condition of the environment, the data being transmittable in a data light. The controller may be configured to receive the data included in the data light using the sensor. The controller may be configured to analyze the data and to control the transmission of the data light from the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Environmental Light Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, Eric Bretschneider, Pedro Medelius, David E. Bartine, Robert R. Soler, Gregory Flickinger
  • Patent number: 9827439
    Abstract: A method of dynamically adjusting a circadian rhythm comprising the steps of determining a current circadian rhythm status of a circadian rhythm of an observer, accessing a calendar of the observer, and identifying a future event of the observer to precondition for, defined as an identified future event. A preconditioning schedule responsive to the identified future event may then be determined. Furthermore, communication with a light source may be established, and the light source may then be operated to emit light according to the preconditioning schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Biological Illumination, LLC
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, David E. Bartine, Mark Andrew Oostdyk, Matthew Regan, Robert R. Soler, Gregory Flickinger
  • Publication number: 20170307202
    Abstract: A luminaire is providing comprising a heat spreader and a heat sink thermally coupled to the heat spreader, an outer optic retained relative to at least one of the heat spreader and the heat sink, a light source in thermal communication with the heat spreader and comprising a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) that are disposed on the heat spreader such that the heat spreader dissipates heat from the plurality of LEDs, and a power conditioner configured to receive AC voltage and deliver DC voltage to the plurality of LEDs, the power conditioner being disposed on a same side of the heat spreader as the plurality of LEDs. A combination defined by the heat spreader, the heat sink and the outer optic is so dimensioned to cover an opening defined by a nominally sized can light fixture and cover an opening defined by a nominally sized electrical junction box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Applicant: Lighting Science Group Corporation
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, Raymond A. Reynolds, Addy S. Widjaja, Mark Penley Boomgaarden, Robert R. Soler, James Lynn Schellack
  • Publication number: 20170303364
    Abstract: A luminaire for use in a lighting apparatus comprising a plurality of luminaires and a computerized device comprising a plurality of lights and a controller configured to communicate with the computerized device, and coupled to the plurality of lights, and configured to operate the luminaire to emit source light, the source light being characterized by a dominant source light wavelength that varies with time within a range from 390 nanometers to 750 nanometers. The controller is configured to operate the plurality of lights to emit a source light with a different dominant source light wavelength than the source light of another luminaire in the lighting apparatus and combine with the source light emitted by the at least one other luminaire to form a combined light at a distance from the luminaire, receive a lighting scenario from the computerized device, and operate the luminaire responsive to the lighting scenario.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Applicant: Lighting Science Group Corporation
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, Robert R. Soler, David E. Bartine, Addy S. Widjaja, Matthew Regan, Eliza Katar Grove
  • Patent number: 9789334
    Abstract: A method of dynamically adjusting a circadian rhythm comprising the steps of determining a current circadian rhythm status of a circadian rhythm of an observer, accessing a calendar of the observer, and identifying a future event of the observer to precondition for, defined as an identified future event. A preconditioning schedule responsive to the identified future event may then be determined. Furthermore, communication with a light source may be established, and the light source may then be operated to emit light according to the preconditioning schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Biological Illumination, LLC
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, David E. Bartine, Mark Andrew Oostdyk, Matthew Regan, Robert R. Soler, Gregory Flickinger
  • Patent number: 9794996
    Abstract: A lighting device may include a light source, a control circuit, and a communication device positioned in communication with the control circuit. The communication device may be configured to receive a transmission from a user device, and the transmission may include a data structure. The data structure may include a show packet and an event packet. The show packet may include an ID string and information regarding a number of event packets associated with the data structure, and the event packet may include information regarding a lighting spectrum, a fade type, a fade duration, and a hold duration. The control circuit may be configured to operate the light source to emit light transitioning from a present light emission having a present spectral power distribution to a light emission having spectral power distribution indicated by the lighting spectrum according to the fade type and fade duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Lighting Science Group Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Soler, Fredric S. Maxik, David E. Bartine, Mark Andrew Oostdyk, Matthew Regan
  • Publication number: 20170281967
    Abstract: A method is for dynamically adjusting a circadian rhythm of an observer via a user device that includes control circuitry and an associated memory. The method includes accessing a calendar, identifying future events to precondition for and determining a preconditioning schedule for at least one of the identified future events. Determining the schedule includes identifying a circadian shift needed for the at least one identified future event, determining a magnitude of the circadian shift, determining a timeframe for preconditioning, determining a magnitude of a per-day shift based upon the timeframe, and determining if the per-day shift exceeds a maximum allowed per-day shift.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Applicant: BIOLOGICAL ILLUMINATION, LLC
    Inventors: Fredric S Maxik, David E. Bartine, Mark Andrew Oostdyk, Matthew Regan, Robert R. Soler, Gregory Flickinger
  • Patent number: 9726365
    Abstract: A luminaire is providing comprising a heat spreader and a heat sink thermally coupled to the heat spreader, an outer optic retained relative to at least one of the heat spreader and the heat sink, a light source in thermal communication with the heat spreader and comprising a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) that are disposed on the heat spreader such that the heat spreader dissipates heat from the plurality of LEDs, and a power conditioner configured to receive AC voltage and deliver DC voltage to the plurality of LEDs, the power conditioner being disposed on a same side of the heat spreader as the plurality of LEDs. A combination defined by the heat spreader, the heat sink and the outer optic is so dimensioned to cover an opening defined by a nominally sized can light fixture and cover an opening defined by a nominally sized electrical junction box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Lighting Science Group Corporation
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, Raymond A. Reynolds, Addy S. Widjaja, Mark Penley Boomgaarden, Robert R. Soler, James Lynn Schellack
  • Patent number: 9723682
    Abstract: A luminaire is for use in a lighting apparatus that includes a plurality of luminaires and a computerized device. The luminaire includes a plurality of lights and a controller. The luminaire is operated to emit source light characterized by a dominant source light wavelength within a range from 390 nanometers to 750 nanometers, and with a different dominant source light wavelength than the source light of at least one other luminaire in the lighting apparatus, and such that the source light emitted by the luminaire is combined with the source light emitted by the at least one other luminaire to form a combined light. The dominant source light wavelength of the luminaire is variable with time, and the controller operates the plurality of LEDs such that a color temperature of the combined light does not vary more than 5% across the length and width of the area of illumination while the dominant source wavelength varies with time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Lighting Science Group Corporation
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, Robert R. Soler, David E. Bartine, Addy S. Widjaja, Matthew Regan, Eliza Katar Grove
  • Publication number: 20170205037
    Abstract: A thoroughfare lighting device includes a housing to be attached to a thoroughfare surface, and including sidewalls that taper. A plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) selectively illuminate individual lanes, including a first set of LEDs to emit a generally white light, and a second set of LEDs to emit colored light that is observable by an observer. A driver circuit operates the second set of LEDs to emit colored light illuminating a single lane indicating a condition of the individual lane. Optics may be carried by the housing and positioned in optical communication with at least a portion of the plurality of LEDs. A traffic sensor communicatively coupled to the driver circuit and configured to sense a traffic pattern and generate information regarding traffic on the associated thoroughfare. The driver circuit is configured to operate the plurality of LEDs responsive to the information generated by the traffic sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: Lighting Science Group Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Andrew Oostdyk, Addy S. Widjaja, Fredric S. Maxik, David E. Bartine, Robert R. Soler, Ran Zhou, James Lynn Schellack
  • Patent number: 9681522
    Abstract: An adaptive light system including a color matching engine, a controller, and a plurality of light sources each configured to emit a source light. The color matching engine determines a dominant wavelength of a selected color, and a combination of the light sources that the controller may operate to emit a combined wavelength that approximately matches the dominant wavelength of the selected color. A color capture device transmits a source color signal designating the selected color. A method of adapting light comprises receiving a selected color, converting a value representing a dominant wavelength of the selected color, determining a combination of and percentages of colors emitted by the plurality of light sources that may be combined to form an adapted light that matches the selected color, and operating the light sources along with a white light to emit the adapted light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Lighting Science Group Corporation
    Inventors: Fredric S. Maxik, Robert R. Soler, David E. Bartine, Matthew Regan, Eliza Katar Grove, Valerie A. Bastien, Mark Andrew Oostdyk