Patents by Inventor Timothy Gill

Timothy Gill 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: 20230407701
    Abstract: A motorized window treatment system controls a plurality of motorized window treatments to maximize daylight autonomy, while minimizing cognitive dissonance. The system may include motorized window treatments, window sensors, and a system controller. Each motorized window treatment may be operable to adjust a respective covering material to control the amount of light entering a space. Each sensor may be mounted adjacent to at least one of the motorized window treatments, and may be configured to measure an amount of daylight shining on the sensor. The system controller may receive sensor readings from the sensors and may control the motorized window treatments in response to the sensors to keep the covering materials aligned when the sensor readings are within a predetermined amount. The system controller may dynamically group and re-group the sensors into subgroups based upon the sensor readings and may control the motorized window treatments based upon the subgroups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2023
    Publication date: December 21, 2023
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Lundy, Brent Protzman, Timothy Gill, Michael J. Zizza
  • Patent number: 11781377
    Abstract: A motorized window treatment system controls a plurality of motorized window treatments to maximize daylight autonomy, while minimizing cognitive dissonance. The system may include motorized window treatments, window sensors, and a system controller. Each motorized window treatment may be operable to adjust a respective covering material to control the amount of light entering a space. Each sensor may be mounted adjacent to at least one of the motorized window treatments, and may be configured to measure an amount of daylight shining on the sensor. The system controller may receive sensor readings from the sensors and may control the motorized window treatments in response to the sensors to keep the covering materials aligned when the sensor readings are within a predetermined amount. The system controller may dynamically group and re-group the sensors into subgroups based upon the sensor readings and may control the motorized window treatments based upon the subgroups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Lundy, Brent Protzman, Timothy Gill, Michael J. Zizza
  • Publication number: 20230232520
    Abstract: A load control system may comprise load control devices for controlling respective electrical loads, and a system controller operable to transmit digital messages including different commands to the load control devices in response to a selection of a preset. The different commands may include a preset command configured to identify preset data in a device database stored at the load control device and/or a multi-output command configured to define the preset data for being stored in the device database. The system controller may decide which of the commands to transmit to the load control devices in response to the selection of the preset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2023
    Publication date: July 20, 2023
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Timothy Gill, Sriram Gopalakrishnan, Roshni Ashwin Shah, Vidya Sukumar, Mark S. Taipale, Mark Yorgey
  • Publication number: 20230185260
    Abstract: A method comprises measuring a light intensity at a window; determining if the light intensity exceeds a cloudy-day threshold; operating in a sunlight penetration limiting mode to control the motorized window treatment to control the sunlight penetration distance in the space; enabling the sunlight penetration limiting mode if the light intensity is greater than the cloudy-day threshold; and disabling the sunlight penetration limiting mode if the total lighting intensity is less than the cloudy-day threshold. The cloudy-day threshold is maintained at a constant threshold if a calculated solar elevation angle is greater than a predetermined solar elevation angle, and the cloudy-day threshold varies with time if the calculated solar elevation angle is less than the predetermined solar elevation angle. The cloudy-day threshold is a function of the calculated solar elevation angle if the calculated solar elevation angle is less than the predetermined solar elevation angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2022
    Publication date: June 15, 2023
    Applicant: LUTRON TECHNOLOGY COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Timothy Gill, Shilpa Sarode
  • Patent number: 11617251
    Abstract: A load control system may comprise load control devices for controlling respective electrical loads, and a system controller operable to transmit digital messages including different commands to the load control devices in response to a selection of a preset. The different commands may include a preset command configured to identify preset data in a device database stored at the load control device and/or a multi-output command configured to define the preset data for being stored in the device database. The system controller may decide which of the commands to transmit to the load control devices in response to the selection of the preset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Timothy Gill, Sriram Gopalakrishnan, Roshni Ashwin Shah, Vidya Sukumar, Mark S. Taipale, Mark Yorgey
  • Patent number: 11467548
    Abstract: A method comprises measuring a light intensity at a window; determining if the light intensity exceeds a cloudy-day threshold; operating in a sunlight penetration limiting mode to control the motorized window treatment to control the sunlight penetration distance in the space; enabling the sunlight penetration limiting mode if the light intensity is greater than the cloudy-day threshold; and disabling the sunlight penetration limiting mode if the total lighting intensity is less than the cloudy-day threshold. The cloudy-day threshold is maintained at a constant threshold if a calculated solar elevation angle is greater than a predetermined solar elevation angle, and the cloudy-day threshold varies with time if the calculated solar elevation angle is less than the predetermined solar elevation angle. The cloudy-day threshold is a function of the calculated solar elevation angle if the calculated solar elevation angle is less than the predetermined solar elevation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Timothy Gill, Shilpa Sarode
  • Publication number: 20220034157
    Abstract: A load control system automatically controls the amount of daylight entering a building through at least one window of a non-linear façade of the building. The load control system comprises at least two motorized window treatments located along the non-linear façade, and a system controller. The controller is configured to calculate an optimal position for the motorized window treatments at each of a plurality of different times during a subsequent time interval using at least two distinct façade angles of the non-linear façade, such that a sunlight penetration distance will not exceed a maximum distance during the time interval. The controller is configured to use the optimal positions to determine a controlled position to which both of the motorized window treatments will be controlled during the time interval and to automatically adjust each of the motorized window treatments to the controlled position at the beginning of the time interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: Timothy Gill
  • Patent number: 11091956
    Abstract: A load control system automatically controls the amount of daylight entering a building through at least one window of a non-linear façade of the building. The load control system comprises at least two motorized window treatments located along the non-linear façade, and a system controller. The controller is configured to calculate an optimal position for the motorized window treatments at each of a plurality of different times during a subsequent time interval using at least two distinct façade angles of the non-linear façade, such that a sunlight penetration distance will not exceed a maximum distance during the time interval. The controller is configured to use the optimal positions to determine a controlled position to which both of the motorized window treatments will be controlled during the time interval and to automatically adjust each of the motorized window treatments to the controlled position at the beginning of the time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: Timothy Gill
  • Publication number: 20210140234
    Abstract: A motorized window treatment system controls a plurality of motorized window treatments to maximize daylight autonomy, while minimizing cognitive dissonance. The system may include motorized window treatments, window sensors, and a system controller. Each motorized window treatment may be operable to adjust a respective covering material to control the amount of light entering a space. Each sensor may be mounted adjacent to at least one of the motorized window treatments, and may be configured to measure an amount of daylight shining on the sensor. The system controller may receive sensor readings from the sensors and may control the motorized window treatments in response to the sensors to keep the covering materials aligned when the sensor readings are within a predetermined amount. The system controller may dynamically group and re-group the sensors into subgroups based upon the sensor readings and may control the motorized window treatments based upon the subgroups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Lundy, Brent Protzman, Timothy Gill, Michael J. Zizza
  • Publication number: 20210028622
    Abstract: A load control system may comprise load control devices for controlling respective electrical loads, and a system controller operable to transmit digital messages including different commands to the load control devices in response to a selection of a preset. The different commands may include a preset command configured to identify preset data in a device database stored at the load control device and/or a multi-output command configured to define the preset data for being stored in the device database. The system controller may decide which of the commands to transmit to the load control devices in response to the selection of the preset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Publication date: January 28, 2021
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Timothy Gill, Sriram Gopalakrishnan, Roshni Ashwin Shah, Vidya Sukumar, Mark S. Taipale, Mark Yorgey
  • Publication number: 20200379422
    Abstract: A method comprises measuring a light intensity at a window; determining if the light intensity exceeds a cloudy-day threshold; operating in a sunlight penetration limiting mode to control the motorized window treatment to control the sunlight penetration distance in the space; enabling the sunlight penetration limiting mode if the light intensity is greater than the cloudy-day threshold; and disabling the sunlight penetration limiting mode if the total lighting intensity is less than the cloudy-day threshold. The cloudy-day threshold is maintained at a constant threshold if a calculated solar elevation angle is greater than a predetermined solar elevation angle, and the cloudy-day threshold varies with time if the calculated solar elevation angle is less than the predetermined solar elevation angle. The cloudy-day threshold is a function of the calculated solar elevation angle if the calculated solar elevation angle is less than the predetermined solar elevation angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Publication date: December 3, 2020
    Applicant: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Timothy Gill, Shilpa Sarode
  • Patent number: 10753147
    Abstract: A motorized window treatment system controls a plurality of motorized window treatments to maximize daylight autonomy, while minimizing cognitive dissonance. The system may include motorized window treatments, window sensors, and a system controller. Each motorized window treatment may be operable to adjust a respective covering material to control the amount of light entering a space. Each sensor may be mounted adjacent to at least one of the motorized window treatments, and may be configured to measure an amount of daylight shining on the sensor. The system controller may receive sensor readings from the sensors and may control the motorized window treatments in response to the sensors to keep the covering materials aligned when the sensor readings are within a predetermined amount. The system controller may dynamically group and re-group the sensors into subgroups based upon the sensor readings and may control the motorized window treatments based upon the subgroups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Lundy, Brent Protzman, Timothy Gill, Michael J. Zizza
  • Patent number: 10663935
    Abstract: A method comprises measuring a light intensity at a window; determining if the light intensity exceeds a cloudy-day threshold; operating in a sunlight penetration limiting mode to control the motorized window treatment to control the sunlight penetration distance in the space; enabling the sunlight penetration limiting mode if the light intensity is greater than the cloudy-day threshold; and disabling the sunlight penetration limiting mode if the total lighting intensity is less than the cloudy-day threshold. The cloudy-day threshold is maintained at a constant threshold if a calculated solar elevation angle is greater than a predetermined solar elevation angle, and the cloudy-day threshold varies with time if the calculated solar elevation angle is less than the predetermined solar elevation angle. The cloudy-day threshold is a function of the calculated solar elevation angle if the calculated solar elevation angle is less than the predetermined solar elevation angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Timothy Gill, Shilpa Sarode
  • Patent number: 10651653
    Abstract: A load control system may comprise load control devices for controlling respective electrical loads, and a system controller operable to transmit digital messages including different commands to the load control devices in response to a selection of a preset. The different commands may include a preset command configured to identify preset data in a device database stored at the load control device and/or a multi-output command configured to define the preset data for being stored in the device database. The system controller may decide which of the commands to transmit to the load control devices in response to the selection of the preset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Timothy Gill, Sriram Gopalakrishnan, Roshni Ashwin Shah, Vidya Sukumar, Mark S. Taipale, Mark Yorgey
  • Publication number: 20190295367
    Abstract: Various embodiments relating to management of game data of a video game by a game service and service triggered delivery of game data to various subscribers are provided. In one embodiment, game data of a video game is received at a game service computing machine as the video game is being executed on a user gaming machine. A game statistic is generated by the game service computing machine based on the game data. The game statistic is sent to subscribers having a subscription to the game statistic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Cierra D. McDonald, Michael J. Horstmanshof, Sela P. Davis, Pooja Mathur, Antonio Vargas Garcia, Daniel Av, Michael Alyn Miller, Cody Luitjens, Craig Suthers, Nicholas Koller, Timothy Gill, Chad Gibson, William Michael Zintel, Dave Reed, Doug Beck
  • Patent number: 10354485
    Abstract: Various embodiments relating to management of game data of a video game by a game service and service triggered delivery of game data to various subscribers are provided. In one embodiment, game data of a video game is received at a game service computing machine as the video game is being executed on a user gaming machine. A game statistic is generated by the game service computing machine based on the game data. The game statistic is sent to subscribers having a subscription to the game statistic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Cierra D. McDonald, Michael J. Horstmanshof, Sela P. Davis, Pooja Mathur, Antonio Vargas Garcia, Daniel Av, Michael Alyn Miller, Cody Luitjens, Craig Suthers, Nicholas Koller, Timothy Gill, Chad Gibson, William Michael Zintel, Dave Reed, Doug Beck
  • Publication number: 20180278056
    Abstract: A load control system may comprise load control devices for controlling respective electrical loads, and a system controller operable to transmit digital messages including different commands to the load control devices in response to a selection of a preset. The different commands may include a preset command configured to identify preset data in a device database stored at the load control device and/or a multi-output command configured to define the preset data for being stored in the device database. The system controller may decide which of the commands to transmit to the load control devices in response to the selection of the preset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Michael Courtney, Timothy Gill, Sriram Gopalakrishnan, Roshni Ashwin Shah, Vidya Sukumar, Mark S. Taipale, Mark Yorgey
  • Publication number: 20180276945
    Abstract: Various embodiments relating to management of game data of a video game by a game service and service triggered delivery of game data to various subscribers are provided. In one embodiment, game data of a video game is received at a game service computing machine as the video game is being executed on a user gaming machine. A game statistic is generated by the game service computing machine based on the game data. The game statistic is sent to subscribers having a subscription to the game statistic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Cierra D. McDonald, Michael J. Horstmanshof, Sela P. Davis, Pooja Mathur, Antonio Vargas Garcia, Daniel Av, Michael Alyn Miller, Cody Luitjens, Craig Suthers, Nicholas Koller, Timothy Gill, Chad Gibson, William Michael Zintel, Dave Reed, Doug Beck
  • Patent number: 10041293
    Abstract: A load control system automatically controls the amount of daylight entering a building through at least one window of a non-linear façade of the building. The load control system comprises at least two motorized window treatments located along the non-linear façade, and a system controller. The controller is configured to calculate an optimal position for the motorized window treatments at each of a plurality of different times during a subsequent time interval using at least two distinct façade angles of the non-linear façade, such that a sunlight penetration distance will not exceed a maximum distance during the time interval. The controller is configured to use the optimal positions to determine a controlled position to which both of the motorized window treatments will be controlled during the time interval and to automatically adjust each of the motorized window treatments to the controlled position at the beginning of the time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Gill
  • Patent number: 9997014
    Abstract: Various embodiments relating to management of game data of a video game by a game service and service triggered delivery of game data to various subscribers are provided. In one embodiment, game data of a video game is received at a game service computing machine as the video game is being executed on a user gaming machine. A game statistic is generated by the game service computing machine based on the game data. The game statistic is sent to subscribers having a subscription to the game statistic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Cierra D. McDonald, Michael J. Horstmanshof, Sela P. Davis, Pooja Mathur, Antonio Vargas Garcia, Daniel Av, Michael Alyn Miller, Cody Luitjens, Craig Suthers, Nicholas Koller, Timothy Gill, Chad Gibson, William Michael Zintel, Dave Reed, Doug Beck