Patents by Inventor Todd H. Becker

Todd H. Becker 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: 10258712
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing scent in an environment include receiving data from sensors disposed in an environment regarding an indication that a service is being delivered in the environment and identifying remote atomizing scent diffusion devices disposed in the environment, wherein each scent diffusion device comprises a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from the remote computer. Based on the indication, an electronic data structure is created defining a physical operational state of the scent diffusion devices, including data specifying at least one of a production of a scent that is intended to be a complement to the service, a fan speed of a fan in the diffusion device that moves particles carrying a scent, and a voltage of a pump of the diffusion device. The diffusion devices are caused to implement the at least one defined operational state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Todd H. Becker, Thomas A. Conroy
  • Patent number: 10258713
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing scent in an environment include disposing scent diffusion devices within the environment, wherein the diffusion devices comprise a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from a non-fragrance dispensing, wide-area network gateway device that receives communication and control functions from a remote computer for distribution to the plurality of scent diffusion devices. A sensor in the environment transmits sensor data to the remote computer. A scent parameter for scenting the environment is received at the remote computer. Diffusion of a liquid from the scent diffusion devices is controlled by the network gateway device the to achieve the scent parameter, wherein controlling includes setting or adjusting an operation parameter of one or more of the scent diffusion devices in response to the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Todd H. Becker, David L. Langton, Christopher H. Patstone
  • Patent number: 10220109
    Abstract: A system for integrated pest management in an environment includes devices positioned within the environment. The devices each include a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from a network device. The system further includes a network to provide communication between the network device to the devices. The network device receives communication and control functions from a remote computer for distribution to the devices. The system further includes a sensor positioned within the environment to transmit sensor data to the remote computer. The sensor is configured to detect and transmit a parameter for the environment to the remote computer. The system further includes a controller to control the emission of a fluid from a source of the fluid in fluid communication with the devices. The controller is configured to set or adjust an operation parameter of the devices in response to the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Todd H. Becker
  • Publication number: 20190063488
    Abstract: An electronically-releasable suction cup assembly is designed to releasably secure an object to a surface. The suction cup assembly includes a suction cup secured to the object. The suction cup has a cavity and is configured to be releasably secured to the surface. The suction cup assembly further includes a gas generating cell coupled to the suction cup. The gas generating cell is configured to selectively eject fluid into the cavity of the suction cup to release the suction cup from the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventor: Todd H. Becker
  • Publication number: 20180132507
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods and systems for a networked soda reconstruction appliance, adapted for home or office use, that includes intelligent sub-systems for handling various beverage components, which can be mixed under intelligent control, including local control and control by a remote host system, which may help manage the appliance itself as well as the replenishment supply chains involved in delivering appropriate beverage components to the appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas G. Siegel, Todd H. Becker
  • Publication number: 20180036448
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure include a method of managing scent in an environment, which includes disposing at least one scent diffusion device within an environment, wherein the at least one scent diffusion device comprises a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from a remote computer, receiving at least one target value of a scent parameter for the environment at the remote computer, and controlling, via the remote computer, diffusion of a liquid from a source of the liquid in fluid communication with the at least one scent diffusion device to achieve the target value of the scent parameter. Controlling a diffusion rate of the liquid includes altering at least one of a voltage and a duty cycle applied to at least one component of the diffusion device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Todd H. Becker, Thomas A. Conroy, David L. Langton, Christopher H. Patstone
  • Publication number: 20170281822
    Abstract: A system for integrated pest management in an environment includes devices positioned within the environment. The devices each include a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from a network device. The system further includes a network to provide communication between the network device to the devices. The network device receives communication and control functions from a remote computer for distribution to the devices. The system further includes a sensor positioned within the environment to transmit sensor data to the remote computer. The sensor is configured to detect and transmit a parameter for the environment to the remote computer. The system further includes a controller to control the emission of a fluid from a source of the fluid in fluid communication with the devices. The controller is configured to set or adjust an operation parameter of the devices in response to the sensor data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventor: Todd H. Becker
  • Publication number: 20170232130
    Abstract: The disclosure herein concerns a method including receiving at a computer at least one target value of a scent parameter for an environment that is remote from the computer, receiving at the computer a sensed parameter of the environment, and controlling, via the computer, diffusion of a liquid from a source of the liquid in fluid communication with at least one scent diffusion device to achieve the target value of the scent parameter, wherein controlling includes setting or adjusting an operation parameter of the at least one scent diffusion device in response to the sensed parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20170173203
    Abstract: A diffusion device for atomizing liquids includes a floating magnet disposed within a track inside at least one package with liquid for the atomizing diffusion device, wherein as a liquid level inside the package changes, the floating magnet moves substantially vertically along the track, a plurality of Hall effect sensors or Hall effect switches disposed outside the liquid at various positions, the Hall effect sensors or Hall effect switches each generating an output voltage in response to a magnetic field of the floating magnet, and a processor that receives the output voltages and fits them to a model that includes the floating magnet position with respect to various sets of output voltages to determine a position of the floating magnet with respect to the Hall effect sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Todd H. Becker, David L. Langton
  • Publication number: 20160367716
    Abstract: The disclosure herein concerns an atomizing diffusion device including at least two packages with liquid in fluid communication with the atomizing diffusion device, a liquid level sensor that determines the liquid level in the package, and a processor, operatively coupled to the liquid level sensor, for generating a signal indicative of the liquid level and a control instruction for a switch based on the signal, wherein the switch, operatively coupled to the processor, receives the control instruction from the processor, and wherein the control instruction causes the diffusion device to switch from utilizing one package in the diffusion device to utilizing a different package in the diffusion device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20160361453
    Abstract: Scent cartridges for use in a networked scent diffusion device include a reservoir that holds a liquid and an atomizer head assembly. An anti-tampering identifier is associated with at least one of the reservoir and the atomizer head assembly. Scent diffusion from the device is based on the condition of the anti-tampering identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20160339135
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing scent in an environment include receiving data from sensors disposed in an environment regarding an indication that a service is being delivered in the environment and identifying remote atomizing scent diffusion devices disposed in the environment, wherein each scent diffusion device comprises a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from the remote computer. Based on the indication, an electronic data structure is created defining a physical operational state of the scent diffusion devices, including data specifying at least one of a production of a scent that is intended to be a complement to the service, a fan speed of a fan in the diffusion device that moves particles carrying a scent, and a voltage of a pump of the diffusion device. The diffusion devices are caused to implement the at least one defined operational state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Todd H. Becker, Thomas A. Conroy
  • Publication number: 20160339136
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing scent in an environment include disposing scent diffusion devices within the environment, wherein the diffusion devices comprise a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from a non-fragrance dispensing, wide-area network gateway device that receives communication and control functions from a remote computer for distribution to the plurality of scent diffusion devices. A sensor in the environment transmits sensor data to the remote computer. A scent parameter for scenting the environment is received at the remote computer. Diffusion of a liquid from the scent diffusion devices is controlled by the network gateway device the to achieve the scent parameter, wherein controlling includes setting or adjusting an operation parameter of one or more of the scent diffusion devices in response to the sensor data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Todd H. Becker, David L. Langton, Christopher H. Patstone
  • Patent number: 9474824
    Abstract: Scent cartridges for use in a networked scent diffusion device include a reservoir that holds a liquid and an atomizer head assembly. An anti-tampering identifier is associated with at least one of the reservoir and the atomizer head assembly. Scent diffusion from the device is based on the condition of the anti-tampering identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Patent number: 9452234
    Abstract: The disclosure herein concerns an atomizing diffusion device including at least two packages with liquid in fluid communication with the atomizing diffusion device, a liquid level sensor that determines the liquid level in the package, and a processor, operatively coupled to the liquid level sensor, for generating a signal indicative of the liquid level and a control instruction for a switch based on the signal, wherein the switch, operatively coupled to the processor, receives the control instruction from the processor, and wherein the control instruction causes the diffusion device to switch from utilizing one package in the diffusion device to utilizing a different package in the diffusion device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Patent number: 9439995
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing scent in an environment include disposing a plurality of scent diffusion devices within an environment, wherein the diffusion devices include a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from a remote computer and disposing at least one sensor within the environment that transmits sensor data to the remote computer. At least one scent parameter for scenting an environment is received at the remote computer. The remote computer controls diffusion of a liquid from a source of a liquid in fluid communication with at least one of the plurality of scent diffusion devices to achieve the scent parameter. Controlling includes setting or adjusting an operation parameter of the scent diffusion device in response to the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20150297778
    Abstract: The disclosure herein concerns a method including receiving at a computer at least one target value of a scent parameter for an environment that is remote from the computer, receiving at the computer a sensed parameter of the environment, and controlling, via the computer, diffusion of a liquid from a source of the liquid in fluid communication with at least one scent diffusion device to achieve the target value of the scent parameter, wherein controlling includes setting or adjusting an operation parameter of the at least one scent diffusion device in response to the sensed parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20150297777
    Abstract: The disclosure herein concerns an atomizing diffusion device including at least two packages with liquid in fluid communication with the atomizing diffusion device, a liquid level sensor that determines the liquid level in the package, and a processor, operatively coupled to the liquid level sensor, for generating a signal indicative of the liquid level and a control instruction for a switch based on the signal, wherein the switch, operatively coupled to the processor, receives the control instruction from the processor, and wherein the control instruction causes the diffusion device to switch from utilizing one package in the diffusion device to utilizing a different package in the diffusion device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20150297776
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing scent in an environment include disposing a plurality of scent diffusion devices within an environment, wherein the diffusion devices include a communications facility that enables transmitting signals to and receiving signals from a remote computer and disposing at least one sensor within the environment that transmits sensor data to the remote computer. At least one scent parameter for scenting an environment is received at the remote computer. The remote computer controls diffusion of a liquid from a source of a liquid in fluid communication with at least one of the plurality of scent diffusion devices to achieve the scent parameter. Controlling includes setting or adjusting an operation parameter of the scent diffusion device in response to the sensor data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel
  • Publication number: 20150297779
    Abstract: Scent cartridges for use in a networked scent diffusion device include a reservoir that holds a liquid and an atomizer head assembly. An anti-tampering identifier is associated with at least one of the reservoir and the atomizer head assembly. Scent diffusion from the device is based on the condition of the anti-tampering identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Publication date: October 22, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas A. Conroy, Todd H. Becker, Thomas G. Siegel