Patents by Inventor Stephen Clark Brown

Stephen Clark 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: 11566938
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling tintable windows based on cloud detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Clark Brown, Jason David Zedlitz, Jack Kendrick Rasmus-Vorrath, Nitin Khanna, Ruican Zhong, Vashisth Parekh, Nidhi Tiwari, Kriti Sharma
  • Patent number: 11566468
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein relate to power distribution networks for optically switchable windows. A number of different topologies are provided. In many embodiments, a control panel may be connected with a trunk line, which is connected to a plurality of optically switchable windows. The plurality of optically switchable windows may be powered by the shared trunk line. This topology provides substantial improvements over topologies in which each optically switchable window is connected to the control panel via separate, individual lines. Further, certain embodiments herein relate to installation kits for installing power distribution networks for optically switchable windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Vigano, Stephen Clark Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava, Kevin Kazuo Kaneshiro
  • Publication number: 20230011016
    Abstract: Window controller systems and methods are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, a window controller system for controlling multiple optically switchable devices comprises a printed circuit board comprising a first plurality of footprints to which a first plurality of components is mounted and a second plurality of footprints, wherein a subset of the second plurality of footprints is populated by a second plurality of components. The first plurality of components may comprise: a plurality of insulated glass unit (IGU) controllers, each configured to control an IGU of a corresponding plurality of IGUs operatively coupled to the window controller system; and a processing unit configured to control each of the plurality of IGU controllers. The second plurality of components may be selected based on a cable type and/or a protocol type used to provide power and data signals to the printed circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2022
    Publication date: January 12, 2023
    Inventors: Robert Michael Martinson, Feliciano Vicente Gomez-Martinez, Sajith Kamalnath Gopinathanasari, Nitesh Trikha, Stephen Clark Brown, Anshu A. Pradhan, Sridhar Karthik Kailasam
  • Publication number: 20230004059
    Abstract: Window controllers and methods for controlling tinting and other functions of tinting zones of multi-zone tintable windows and multiple tinting zones of a group of tintable windows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2022
    Publication date: January 5, 2023
    Inventors: Erich Robert Klawuhn, Stephen Clark Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava, Douglas S. Silkwood, Jason David Zedlitz, Trevor Gustav Frank, Charudatta Joshi, Thomas Anthony Gubiotti
  • Patent number: 11543723
    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: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Vigano, Stephen Clark Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava
  • Publication number: 20220413351
    Abstract: Resources of a system for controlling optically switchable windows may be used for a personal computing unit. The window system resources may include (i) a display associated with an optically switchable window, (ii) one or more processors of one or more controllers on a window network connected to a plurality of optically switchable windows in a building, wherein the one or more controllers are configured to vary tint states of the plurality of optically switchable windows in the building, (iii) memory of one or more controllers on the window network connected to the plurality of optically switchable windows in the building, and/or (iv) at least a part of the window network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2022
    Publication date: December 29, 2022
    Inventors: Nitesh Trikha, Stephen Clark Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava, Robert T. Rozbicki
  • Publication number: 20220382224
    Abstract: Optically controllable windows and an associated window control system provide a building security platform. A window controller or other processing device can monitor for window breakage, cameras associated with windows can monitor for intruders, and transparent displays can provide alerts regarding detected activity within a building. A window control system can detect deviations from expected I/V characteristics of an optically controllable window during normal operation of the window (tint transitions, steady state conditions, etc.) and/or during application of a security-related perturbing event, and provide alerts upon their occurrence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2022
    Publication date: December 1, 2022
    Applicant: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Dhairya Shrivastava, Stephen Clark Brown, Gordon E. Jack, Horop Puth, Illayathambi Kunadian, Oner Bicakci, Sridhar Karthik Kailasam, Fabian Strong, Brandon Tinianov, Joseph Lunardi
  • Patent number: 11513412
    Abstract: A tintable window is described having a tintable coating, e.g., an electrochromic device coating, for regulating light transmitted through the window. In some embodiments, the window has a transparent display in the window's viewable region. Transparent displays may be substantially transparent when not in use, or when the window is viewed in a direction facing away from the transparent display. Windows may have sensors for receiving user commands and/or for monitoring environmental conditions. Transparent displays can display graphical user interfaces to, e.g., control window functions. Windows, as described herein, offer an alternative display to conventional projectors, TVs, and monitors. Windows may also be configured to receive, transmit, or block wireless communications from passing through the window. A window control system may share computational resources between controllers (e.g., at different windows).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitesh Trikha, Stephen Clark Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava, Robert T. Rozbicki
  • Publication number: 20220365494
    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: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Inventors: Dhairya Shrivastava, Stephen Clark Brown, Vijay Mani
  • Publication number: 20220365830
    Abstract: Disclosed are platforms for communicating among one or more otherwise independent systems involved in controlling functions of buildings or other sites having switchable optical devices deployed therein. Such independent systems include a window control system and one or more other independent systems such as systems that control residential home products (e.g., thermostats, smoke alarms, etc.), HVAC systems, security systems, lighting control systems, and the like. Together the systems control and/or monitor multiple features and/or products, including switchable windows and other infrastructure of a site, which may be a commercial, residential, or public site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2022
    Publication date: November 17, 2022
    Inventors: Dhairya Shrivastava, Stephen Clark Brown, Ronald F. Cadet
  • Publication number: 20220357626
    Abstract: Methods, systems, apparatuses, and media for controlling optical transitions are provided. In some embodiments, a method comprises: (a) applying a drive voltage having a preset magnitude to an optically switchable device to cause the optically switchable device to transition from an initial optical state toward a target optical state; (b) measuring an open circuit voltage (Voc) of the optically switchable device and/or an amount of charge that has been delivered to the optically switchable device; (c) comparing characteristics of the measured Voc and/or the amount of charge to at least one parameter indicative of a target duration of time for the optically switchable device to transition from the initial optical state to the target optical state; (d) modifying the drive voltage to have a modified magnitude, wherein the modified magnitude is determined based at least in part on the comparison; and (e) repeating (a) and (b) until the target optical state is reached.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2022
    Publication date: November 10, 2022
    Inventors: Stephen Clark Brown, Sridhar Karthik Kailasam, Anshu A. Pradhan
  • Patent number: 11493819
    Abstract: A tintable window is described having a tintable coating, e.g., an electrochromic device coating, for regulating light transmitted through the window. In some embodiments, the window has a transparent display in the window's viewable region. Transparent displays may be substantially transparent when not in use, or when the window is viewed in a direction facing away from the transparent display. Windows may have sensors for receiving user commands and/or for monitoring environmental conditions. Transparent displays can display graphical user interfaces to, e.g., control window functions. Windows, as described herein, offer an alternative display to conventional projectors, TVs, and monitors. Windows may also be configured to receive, transmit, or block wireless communications from passing through the window. A window control system may share computational resources between controllers (e.g., at different windows).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitesh Trikha, Stephen Clark Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava, Robert T. Rozbicki
  • Publication number: 20220334445
    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: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2022
    Publication date: October 20, 2022
    Inventors: Gordon E. Jack, Sridhar Karthik Kailasam, Stephen Clark Brown, Anshu A. Pradhan, Jose Vigano, Dhairya Shrivastava, Mark David Mendenhall
  • Publication number: 20220325574
    Abstract: This disclosure provides connectors for smart windows. A smart window may incorporate an optically switchable pane. In one aspect, a window unit includes an insulated glass unit including an optically switchable pane. A wire assembly may be attached to the edge of the insulated glass unit and may include wires in electrical communication with electrodes of the optically switchable pane. A floating connector may be attached to a distal end of the wire assembly. The floating connector may include a flange and a nose, with two holes in the flange for affixing the floating connector to a first frame. The nose may include a terminal face that present two exposed contacts of opposite polarity. Pre-wired spacers improve fabrication efficiency and seal integrity of insulated glass units. Electrical connection systems include those embedded in the secondary seal of the insulated glass unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2022
    Publication date: October 13, 2022
    Inventors: Stephen Clark Brown, Mark A. Collins, Travis D. Wilbur, Alexander Rumer, Dennis Mullins
  • Patent number: 11467464
    Abstract: A tintable window is described having a tintable coating, e.g., an electrochromic device coating, for regulating light transmitted through the window. In some embodiments, the window has a transparent display in the window's viewable region. Transparent displays may be substantially transparent when not in use, or when the window is viewed in a direction facing away from the transparent display. Windows may have sensors for receiving user commands and/or for monitoring environmental conditions. Transparent displays can display graphical user interfaces to, e.g., control window functions. Windows, as described herein, offer an alternative display to conventional projectors, TVs, and monitors. Windows may also be configured to receive, transmit, or block wireless communications from passing through the window. A window control system may share computational resources between controllers (e.g., at different windows).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitesh Trikha, Stephen Clark Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava, Robert T. Rozbicki
  • Publication number: 20220316270
    Abstract: This disclosure provides connectors for smart windows. A smart window may incorporate an optically switchable pane. In one aspect, a window unit includes an insulated glass unit including an optically switchable pane. A wire assembly may be attached to the edge of the insulated glass unit and may include wires in electrical communication with electrodes of the optically switchable pane. A floating connector may be attached to a distal end of the wire assembly. The floating connector may include a flange and a nose, with two holes in the flange for affixing the floating connector to a first frame. The nose may include a terminal face that present two exposed contacts of opposite polarity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2022
    Publication date: October 6, 2022
    Inventor: Stephen Clark Brown
  • Patent number: 11462814
    Abstract: In one aspect, an apparatus is described that includes a transparent pane having a first surface and a second surface. An electrochromic device (ECD) is arranged over the second surface that includes a first conductive layer adjacent the second surface, a second conductive layer, and an electrochromic layer between the first and the second conductive layers. The apparatus further includes at least one conductive antenna structure arranged over the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Hughes, Stephen Clark Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava
  • Patent number: 11460749
    Abstract: Resources of a system for controlling optically switchable windows may be used for a personal computing unit. The window system resources may include (i) a display associated with an optically switchable window, (ii) one or more processors of one or more controllers on a window network connected to a plurality of optically switchable windows in a building, wherein the one or more controllers are configured to vary tint states of the plurality of optically switchable windows in the building, (iii) memory of one or more controllers on the window network connected to the plurality of optically switchable windows in the building, and/or (iv) at least a part of the window network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitesh Trikha, Stephen Clark Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava, Robert T. Rozbicki
  • Patent number: 11454854
    Abstract: A tintable window is described having a tintable coating, e.g., an electrochromic device coating, for regulating light transmitted through the window. In some embodiments, the window has a transparent display in the window's viewable region. Transparent displays may be substantially transparent when not in use, or when the window is viewed in a direction facing away from the transparent display. Windows may have sensors for receiving user commands and/or for monitoring environmental conditions. Transparent displays can display graphical user interfaces to, e.g., control window functions. Windows, as described herein, offer an alternative display to conventional projectors, TVs, and monitors. Windows may also be configured to receive, transmit, or block wireless communications from passing through the window. A window control system may share computational resources between controllers (e.g., at different windows).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitesh Trikha, Stephen Clark Brown, Dhairya Shrivastava, Robert T. Rozbicki
  • Patent number: 11436061
    Abstract: Disclosed are platforms for communicating among one or more otherwise independent systems involved in controlling functions of buildings or other sites having switchable optical devices deployed therein. Such independent systems include a window control system and one or more other independent systems such as systems that control residential home products (e.g., thermostats, smoke alarms, etc.), HVAC systems, security systems, lighting control systems, and the like. Together the systems control and/or monitor multiple features and/or products, including switchable windows and other infrastructure of a site, which may be a commercial, residential, or public site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Dhairya Shrivastava, Stephen Clark Brown, Ronald F. Cadet