Patents by Inventor Stephen C. Brown

Stephen C. Brown 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: 11126057
    Abstract: A method of controlling tint of a tintable window to account for occupant comfort in a room of a building. The tintable window is between the interior and exterior of the building. The method predicts a tint level for the tintable window at a future time based on a penetration depth of direct sunlight through the tintable window into the room at the future time and space type in the room. The method also provides instructions over a network to transition tint of the tintable window to the tint level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Brown, Deepika Khowal, Namrata Vora, Santosh V. Philip
  • Patent number: 11112674
    Abstract: Aspects of this disclosure concern controllers and control methods for applying a drive voltage to bus bars of optically switchable devices such as electrochromic devices. Such devices are often provided on windows such as architectural glass. In certain embodiments, the applied drive voltage is controlled in a manner that efficiently drives an optical transition over the entire surface of the electrochromic device. The drive voltage is controlled to account for differences in effective voltage experienced in regions between the bus bars and regions proximate the bus bars. Regions near the bus bars experience the highest effective voltage. In some cases, feedback may be used to monitor an optical transition. In these or other cases, a group of optically switchable devices may transition together over a particular duration to achieve approximately uniform tint states over time during the transition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Jack, Sridhar K. Kailasam, Stephen C. Brown, Anshu A. Pradhan
  • Publication number: 20210271879
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying whether an article is validly worn by a user and releasing content to the user upon confirmation of such validly worn article. A manipulated user device equipped with at least one camera is deployed to determine if the article is validly worn. The device captures images and the system has the ability to determine from the images and any additional spatial information the orientation and/or position parameters of the article and of the user's body to confirm whether an anatomically valid spatial relationship exists between the user's body and/or body part and the worn article. Guidance for placement of the article with respect to the camera to aid in the determination process may be provided. The content released to the user can be contextual and can range from items such as music, videos, games, virtual content, augmented content, coupons (virtual or physical), promotions, special offers and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2020
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Stephen J. Brown, Stephen C. Harris
  • Publication number: 20210264430
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to a message processing platform for enhanced phishing message detection. A computing platform may receive a first message from a first source entity, where the first message was flagged as potentially malicious through selection of a malicious message button in a mobile banking application, and where the first message includes content from the first source entity pretending to be a second source entity different than the first source entity. Using one or more machine learning algorithms, the computing platform may parse the first message to identify the second source entity. The computing platform may identify an enterprise security system associated with the second source entity, and may generate a second message that includes the first message as an attachment and indicates that the first message was flagged as potentially malicious. Subsequently, the computing platform may send, to the enterprise security system, the second message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Publication date: August 26, 2021
    Inventors: Cody Searl, Keaton Drake, Stephen C. Brown, Christopher D. Birch, George Albero
  • Patent number: 11092868
    Abstract: Electrochromic window systems and components thereof are disclosed, more particularly systems where electrochromic devices are powered and/or controlled using photonic energy. In some instances, a laser is driven by a driver to deliver photonic power and/or control information into an optical fiber. The optical fiber carries the power and control information to a photovoltaic converter and a controller. The photovoltaic converter and controller may be included within an insulated glass unit (IGU). The photovoltaic converter converts the light energy into electrical energy used to power a transition in an optical state of an electrochromic layer or layers within the IGU. The controller may be used to control the power delivered to the electrochromic layer(s), such that a smooth transition occurs. In some embodiments, control information may be transmitted in an upstream manner to communicate information regarding, for example, the state of an electrochromic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger W. Phillips, Stephen C. Brown
  • Publication number: 20210232015
    Abstract: Onboard EC window controllers are described. The controllers are configured in close proximity to the EC window, for example, within the IGU. The controller may be part of a window assembly, which includes an IGU having one or more EC panes, and thus does not have to be matched with the EC window, and installed, in the field. The window controllers described herein have a number of advantages because they are matched to the IGU containing one or more EC devices and their proximity to the EC panes of the window overcomes a number of problems associated with conventional controller configurations. Also described are self-meshing networks for electrochromic windows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2021
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Inventors: Stephen C. Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava, Erich R. Klawuhn, Trevor Frank, Douglas Silkwood
  • Publication number: 20210234884
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to information security by identifying unique or related factors in common between individuals subject to a common threat vector. Data mining and data acquisition of public and non-public user information is performed to prevent, disrupt, and/or address criminal, cyber, and fraudulent threats. The information can be normalized into template(s) to align information across disparate datasets and enable efficient storage of the big data into appropriate fields to be tracked. The information can be stored in data warehouse(s) or in multidimensional data structure(s) for investigation if a threat vector against a group of individuals is detected. The multidimensional data can be analyzed to identify direct connections, common connecting entities, and/or connectivity clusters between individuals who were attacked or who may be attacked in the future.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Inventors: Stephen C. Brown, John Scott Alston, Olga Kocharyan, George Albero, Edward Lee Traywick, Keaton Drake, Cody Searl
  • Patent number: 11067869
    Abstract: Onboard EC window controllers are described. The controllers are configured in close proximity to the EC window, for example, within the IGU. The controller may be part of a window assembly, which includes an IGU having one or more EC panes, and thus does not have to be matched with the EC window, and installed, in the field. The window controllers described herein have a number of advantages because they are matched to the IGU containing one or more EC devices and their proximity to the EC panes of the window overcomes a number of problems associated with conventional controller configurations. Also described are self-meshing networks for electrochromic windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava, Erich R. Klawuhn, Trevor Frank, Douglas Silkwood
  • Publication number: 20210215990
    Abstract: This disclosure describes insulated glass units (IGUs) that incorporate electrochromic devices. More specifically, this disclosure focuses on different configurations available for providing an electrical connection to the interior region of an IGU. In many cases, an IGU includes two panes separated by a spacer. The spacer defines an interior region of the IGU and an exterior region of the IGU. Often, the electrochromic device positioned on the pane does not extend past the spacer, and some electrical connection must be provided to supply power from the exterior of the IGU to the electrochromic device on the interior of the IGU. In some embodiments, the spacer includes one or more holes (e.g, channels, mouse holes, other holes, etc.) through which an electrical connection (e.g., wires, busbar leads, etc.) may pass to provide power to the electrochromic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2020
    Publication date: July 15, 2021
    Applicant: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald M. Parker, Yashraj Bhatnagar, Trevor Frank, Travis D. Wilbur, Stephen C. Brown
  • Publication number: 20210208468
    Abstract: Aspects of this disclosure concern controllers and control methods for applying a drive voltage to bus bars of optically switchable devices such as electrochromic devices. Such devices are often provided on windows such as architectural glass. In certain embodiments, the applied drive voltage is controlled in a manner that efficiently drives an optical transition over the entire surface of the electrochromic device. The drive voltage is controlled to account for differences in effective voltage experienced in regions between the bus bars and regions proximate the bus bars. Regions near the bus bars experience the highest effective voltage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Gordon Jack, Sridhar K. Kailasam, Stephen C. Brown, Anshu A. Pradhan
  • Patent number: 11016357
    Abstract: Onboard EC window controllers are described. The controllers are configured in close proximity to the EC window, for example, within the IGU. The controller may be part of a window assembly, which includes an IGU having one or more EC panes, and thus does not have to be matched with the EC window, and installed, in the field. The window controllers described herein have a number of advantages because they are matched to the IGU containing one or more EC devices and their proximity to the EC panes of the window overcomes a number of problems associated with conventional controller configurations. Also described are self-meshing networks for electrochromic windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava, Erich R. Klawuhn, Trevor Frank, Douglas Silkwood
  • Publication number: 20210149266
    Abstract: Onboard EC window controllers are described. The controllers are configured in close proximity to the EC window, for example, within the IGU. The controller may be part of a window assembly, which includes an IGU having one or more EC panes, and thus does not have to be matched with the EC window, and installed, in the field. The window controllers described herein have a number of advantages because they are matched to the IGU containing one or more EC devices and their proximity to the EC panes of the window overcomes a number of problems associated with conventional controller configurations. Also described are self-meshing networks for electrochromic windows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2020
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: Stephen C. Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava, Erich R. Klawuhn, Trevor Frank, Douglas Silkwood
  • Patent number: 11003041
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein relate to networks of electrochromic windows. The networks may be configured in particular ways to minimize the likelihood that the windows on the network draw more power than can be provided. The network may include particular hardware components that provide additional power to windows as needed. The network may also be configured to adjust how the windows therein transition to prevent overloading the network. The techniques described herein can be used to design networks of electrochromic windows that are undersized when considering the amount of power that would be needed to simultaneously transition all the windows on the network using normal transition parameters, while still allowing simultaneous transitions to occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Vigano, Stephen C. Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava
  • Publication number: 20210108960
    Abstract: Certain aspects pertain to a combination sensor comprising a set of physical sensors facing different directions proximate a structure, and configured to measure solar radiation in different directions. The combination sensor also comprises a virtual facade-aligned sensor configured to determine a combi-sensor value at a facade of the structure based on solar radiation readings from the set of physical sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Erich R. Klawuhn, Douglas S. Silkwood, Jason Zedlitz, Stephen C. Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava
  • Patent number: 10942413
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein relate to networks of electrochromic windows. The networks may be configured in particular ways to minimize the likelihood that the windows on the network draw more power than can be provided. The network may include particular hardware components that provide additional power to windows as needed. The network may also be configured to adjust how the windows therein transition to prevent overloading the network. The techniques described herein can be used to design networks of electrochromic windows that are undersized when considering the amount of power that would be needed to simultaneously transition all the windows on the network using normal transition parameters, while still allowing simultaneous transitions to occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Vigano, Stephen C. Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava
  • Patent number: 10908470
    Abstract: “Smart” controllers for windows having controllable optical transitions are described. Controllers with multiple features can sense and adapt to local environmental conditions. Controllers described herein can be integrated with a building management system (BMS) to greatly enhance the BMS's effectiveness at managing local environments in a building. The controllers may have one, two, three or more functions such as powering a smart window, determining the percent transmittance, size, and/or temperature of a smart window, providing wireless communication between the controller and a separate communication node, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava
  • Patent number: 10901286
    Abstract: This disclosure describes insulated glass units (IGUs) that incorporate electrochromic devices. More specifically, this disclosure focuses on different configurations available for providing an electrical connection to the interior region of an IGU. In many cases, an IGU includes two panes separated by a spacer. The spacer defines an interior region of the IGU and an exterior region of the IGU. Often, the electrochromic device positioned on the pane does not extend past the spacer, and some electrical connection must be provided to supply power from the exterior of the IGU to the electrochromic device on the interior of the IGU. In some embodiments, the spacer includes one or more holes (e.g, channels, mouse holes, other holes, etc.) through which an electrical connection (e.g., wires, busbar leads, etc.) may pass to provide power to the electrochromic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald M. Parker, Yashraj Bhatnagar, Trevor Frank, Travis D. Wilbur, Stephen C. Brown
  • Patent number: 10895498
    Abstract: Certain aspects pertain to a combination sensor comprising a set of physical sensors facing different directions proximate a structure, and configured to measure solar radiation in different directions. The combination sensor also comprises a virtual facade-aligned sensor configured to determine a combi-sensor value at a facade of the structure based on solar radiation readings from the set of physical sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: VIEW, INC.
    Inventors: Erich R. Klawuhn, Douglas S. Silkwood, Jason Zedlitz, Stephen C. Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava
  • Patent number: 10859983
    Abstract: A site monitoring system may analyze information from sites to determine when a device, a sensor, a controller or other structure associated with optically switchable devices has a problem. The system may, if appropriate, act on the problem. In certain embodiments, the system learns customer/user preferences and adapts its control logic to meet the customer's goals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Dhairya Shrivastava, Stephen C. Brown, Vijay Mani
  • Publication number: 20200363261
    Abstract: Certain aspects pertain to a combination sensor comprising a set of physical sensors facing different directions proximate a structure, and configured to measure solar radiation in different directions. The combination sensor also comprises a virtual facade-aligned sensor configured to determine a combi-sensor value at a facade of the structure based on solar radiation readings from the set of physical sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Inventors: Erich R. Klawuhn, Douglas S. Silkwood, Jason Zedlitz, Stephen C. Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava