Patents by Inventor Steven Stanek

Steven Stanek 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: 20210273419
    Abstract: A shutter mechanism for a camera of an electronic device can include a slider mechanism that enables the shutter mechanism to operate between an open state in which a lens of the camera is exposed and a closed state that blocks the lens of the camera. The slider mechanism comprises a one or more slider appendages that operate the shutter mechanism between the open state and the closed state. Each of the one or more slider appendages slide along a horizontal axis in relation to a horizontal axis corresponding to the lens of the camera.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Aaron T. Emigh, Steven Stanek
  • Publication number: 20210273420
    Abstract: An electrical mating interface includes one or more electrical connectors that electrically couple the mounting device to a corresponding set of electrical connectors of an electronic device. The electrical mating interface further includes a front fa├žade comprising a plunger coupled to a safety switch. The safety switch is disposed between the one or more electrical connectors and main wiring of a dwelling. When the plunger depresses upon coupling of the electronic device to the electrical mating interface, the safety switch closes and electrically couples the main wiring of the dwelling to the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2021
    Publication date: September 2, 2021
    Inventors: Aaron T. Emigh, Steven Stanek
  • Publication number: 20210208723
    Abstract: A touch-based control device can include an exterior panel that includes a groove region and a surrounding region, one or more touch sensors for detecting touch inputs performed anywhere on a substantial portion of the exterior panel, and a sensing module comprising one or more processors to detect, via the one or more touch sensors, touch inputs performed by a user on the exterior panel. The sensing module can interpret the touch input based on at least one of (i) a region where the touch input occurred, or (ii) a type of the touch input, and control a connected device based on the interpreted touch input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Aaron T. Emigh, Steven Stanek, Brian Cardanha, Bozhi See, Iris Yan, Gaurav Hardikar
  • Publication number: 20210211319
    Abstract: A device controller can include one or more touch sensors, an exterior panel, and a wireless transceiver to communicate with a local network of smart devices and one or more intermediary devices for transmitting scene commands for implementation by a second device controller. The device controller may create a mesh bridge with the one or more intermediary devices to establish a communication link with the destination controller and generate and transmit a set of scene commands via the mesh bridge to the destination controller to cause the destination controller to execute the scene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Bozhi See, Steven Stanek, Jeremy Hiatt
  • Publication number: 20210212133
    Abstract: A control device having a surface that is hidden after installation of the control device. The control device includes an optical code disposed on the surface. The optical code encodes a device identifier of the control device and a secret code. The control device includes a wireless transceiver configured to communicate with a user device during a provisioning sequence of events that is initiated based on the user device scanning the optical code to obtain the device identifier and the secret code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Publication date: July 8, 2021
    Inventors: Steven Stanek, Jeremy Hiatt
  • Patent number: 11057238
    Abstract: A distributed system of home device controllers can control a set of home devices within one or more local networks of the distributed system, analyze interactions of a user with respect to the set of home devices to determine a scene pattern configured by the user, and generate an automatic scene corresponding to the scene pattern to enable execution of the automatic scene without user interaction with the set of home devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Brilliant Home Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron T. Emigh, Steven Stanek, Jeremy Hiatt, Ashley Chou
  • Publication number: 20210194758
    Abstract: A home device controller can publish state data indicating a state of each home device in its local network of home devices to a message bus of the distributed system, the message bus being accessed by each of a plurality of home device controllers in a distributed system of home device controllers. In doing so, the distributed system can mitigate or resolve fault conditions occurring with any of the home device controllers in the distributed system through a lease acquisition process that enables home device controllers to acquire the home devices from other home device controllers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Publication date: June 24, 2021
    Inventors: Aaron T. Emigh, Steven Stanek, Ashley Chou, Jeremy Hiatt
  • Patent number: 10985972
    Abstract: A home device controller can receive inputs on a touch control mechanism from a user to control a selected home device in a local network of the home device controller. The controller can generate a set of control commands based on the inputs, and transmit the set of control commands to the selected home device for execution. The controller can publish state data indicating a state of the selected home device, following execution of the set of control commands, to a message bus of the distributed system, the message bus being accessed by each of the plurality of home device controllers to mitigate or resolve fault conditions occurring with any of the home controllers in the distributed system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Brilliant Home Technoloy, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron T. Emigh, Steven Stanek, Ashley Chou, Jeremy Hiatt
  • Publication number: 20200388995
    Abstract: A mounting device includes a panel portion, and a fastener receiving structure provided within a perimeter of the panel portion. The fastener receiving structure can include an aperture to receive an insertive fastener, and a flexure mechanism to enable at least a portion of the fastener receiving structure that includes the aperture to flex with insertion of the fastener in the aperture that attaches the panel portion against an underlying surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Inventors: Aaron T. Emigh, Steven Stanek
  • Patent number: 10771173
    Abstract: Presence detection using Bluetooth and hybrid-mode transmitters is disclosed. In some embodiments, one or more transmitters are configured to transmit an iBeacon broadcast and a proprietary Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) broadcast, wherein at least one of the transmitted broadcasts includes an identifier that specifies a venue. The broadcasts are captured by a handset and decoded to infer presence of the handset at the venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: shopkick, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron T. Emigh, Vivek Shrivastava, Steven Stanek
  • Patent number: 10749319
    Abstract: A mounting device includes a panel portion, and a fastener receiving structure provided within a perimeter of the panel portion. The fastener receiving structure can include an aperture to receive an insertive fastener, and a flexure mechanism to enable at least a portion of the fastener receiving structure that includes the aperture to flex with insertion of the fastener in the aperture that attaches the panel portion against an underlying surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Brilliant Home Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron T. Emigh, Steven Stanek
  • Publication number: 20200028335
    Abstract: A mounting device includes a panel portion, and a fastener receiving structure provided within a perimeter of the panel portion. The fastener receiving structure can include an aperture to receive an insertive fastener, and a flexure mechanism to enable at least a portion of the fastener receiving structure that includes the aperture to flex with insertion of the fastener in the aperture that attaches the panel portion against an underlying surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Aaron T. Emigh, Steven Stanek
  • Publication number: 20200028734
    Abstract: A home device controller can receive inputs on a touch control mechanism from a user to control a selected home device in a local network of the home device controller. The controller can generate a set of control commands based on the inputs, and transmit the set of control commands to the selected home device for execution. The controller can publish state data indicating a state of the selected home device, following execution of the set of control commands, to a message bus of the distributed system, the message bus being accessed by each of the plurality of home device controllers to mitigate or resolve fault conditions occurring with any of the home controllers in the distributed system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Aaron T. Emigh, Steven Stanek, Ashley Chou, Jeremy Hiatt
  • Publication number: 20190215184
    Abstract: A distributed system of home device controllers can control a set of home devices within one or more local networks of the distributed system, analyze interactions of a user with respect to the set of home devices to determine a scene pattern configured by the user, and generate an automatic scene corresponding to the scene pattern to enable execution of the automatic scene without user interaction with the set of home devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Aaron T. Emigh, Steven Stanek, Jeremy Hiatt, Ashley Chou
  • Patent number: 10070499
    Abstract: A system to control an electrical device, such as a lighting component or set of components. The system includes a set of connection lines, a power control module and a load interface component. The power control module is responsive to an alternating current source being connected to one of a first connection line and a second connection line to provide a regulated voltage signal output. A load interface component receives the regulated voltage signal output to control the electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Brilliant Home Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Marcus Stewart, Aaron T. Emigh, Steven Stanek
  • Publication number: 20180192496
    Abstract: A system to control an electrical device, such as a lighting component or set of components. The system may include a set of connection lines, a power control module and a load interface component. The power control module is responsive to an alternating current source being connected to one of a first connection line or a second connection line, to provide a regulated voltage signal output. A load interface component receives the regulated voltage signal output to control the load device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: J. Marcus Stewart, Aaron T. Emigh, Steven Stanek
  • Publication number: 20180191517
    Abstract: A home device controller can include one or more touch grooves, a touch slider operatively coupled to each of the one or more touch grooves, and one or more processors. The processor(s) can receive signals from each touch sensor, each signal corresponding to a touch gesture performed by a user interacting with the one or more touch grooves. The processor(s) can generate control commands executable by a home device based at least in part on the signals, and transmit the control commands to the home device for execution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Aaron T. Emigh, Steven Stanek
  • Patent number: 9697539
    Abstract: Various presence detection techniques are disclosed. In some embodiments, a system comprises a signal generator configured to generate a signal that includes a plurality of selected frequencies that are selected from among a set of candidate frequencies, wherein inclusion or exclusion of each candidate frequency in the signal encodes a bit of information and wherein the encoded information comprises a store identifier that identifies a retail store; and a transmitter configured to transmit the signal within the retail store; wherein presence of a device in the retail store is determined in response to reception of the signal at the device and extraction of the store identifier from the received signal by decoding the received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: shopkick, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron T. Emigh, Steven Stanek, Yen C. Lee
  • Publication number: 20160078484
    Abstract: Various presence detection techniques are disclosed. In some embodiments, a system comprises a signal generator configured to generate a signal that includes a plurality of selected frequencies that are selected from among a set of candidate frequencies, wherein inclusion or exclusion of each candidate frequency in the signal encodes a bit of information and wherein the encoded information comprises a store identifier that identifies a retail store; and a transmitter configured to transmit the signal within the retail store; wherein presence of a device in the retail store is determined in response to reception of the signal at the device and extraction of the store identifier from the received signal by decoding the received signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Publication date: March 17, 2016
    Inventors: Aaron T. Emigh, Steven Stanek, Yen C. Lee
  • Patent number: 9264151
    Abstract: The transmission system transmits an encrypted identifier ultrasonically in an open-air environment using an ultrasonic transmitter. The ultrasonic identifier is associated with a location, which may be a store or a department within a store, and may be received by a microphone on a mobile phone. The identifier may be used to infer presence of the mobile phone user at the location associated with the identifier. The transmitter may include an ultrasonic transducer. The system may further provide a reward, responsive to inferring presence at the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: shopkick, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron T. Emigh, Steven Stanek, Yen C. Lee