Patents by Inventor Yoky Matsuoka

Yoky Matsuoka 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: 20200253029
    Abstract: This patent specification relates to a wall switch that comprises a docking station and a user-removable wall-switch head unit. In some embodiments, the docking station is configured to receive the user-removable wall-switch head unit, and configured to be permanently connected to a wall and coupled to high-power voltage wires. In some embodiments, the user-removable wall-switch head unit is configured to be user-insertable into said docking station and user-removable therefrom such that the user is not exposed to high-voltage connections when inserting or removing. In some embodiments, the wall switch controller further comprises inputs and outputs and circuitry for switchably controlling household line current power to a household electrical fixture. In some embodiments, the wall switch controller further comprises an occupancy sensor, a temperature sensor, or a processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2020
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventors: Anthony M. Fadell, Matthew L. Rogers, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Maxime Veron, Isabel I. Guenette, Shigefumi Honjo
  • Patent number: 10735216
    Abstract: This patent specification relates to apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for providing home security/smart home objectives. More particularly, this patent specification relates to a plurality of devices, including intelligent, multi-sensing, network-connected devices, that communicate with each other and/or with a central server or a cloud-computing system to provide any of a variety of useful home security/smart home objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Shigefumi Honjo, Scott A. McGaraghan, Michael Plitkins, Maxime Veron, Isabel Guenette
  • Patent number: 10718539
    Abstract: A control system includes an energy management system in operation with intelligent, network-connected thermostats located in structures. The thermostats are operable to control heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Control during a demand response (DR) event period may be performed based on an optimal control trajectory of the HVAC system, where the control trajectory is optimal in that it minimizes a cost function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Mark Malhotra, Allen J. Minich, Mark D. Stefanski
  • Patent number: 10709335
    Abstract: A method of optimizing sleep of a subject using smart-home devices may include operating a smart-home system that is configured to operate in a normal mode and a sleep mode. The method may also include determining that the smart-home system should transition into the sleep mode. The smart-home devices may use a set of default parameters when operating in the sleep mode. The method may additionally include monitoring, while in the sleep mode, a sleep cycle of the subject using the smart-home devices. The method may further include detecting behavior of the subject that indicates that the sleep cycle of the subject is being interrupted or about to be interrupted, determining an environmental control that corresponds with the behavior of the subject, and adjusting the environmental control using the smart-home devices to prevent or stop the sleep cycle of the subject from being interrupted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Shwetak Patel, Michael Dixon, William Greene
  • Patent number: 10697662
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, methods, for optimizing a schedule of setpoint temperatures used in the control of an HVAC system are presented herein. A schedule of setpoint temperatures may be adjusted by small, incremental amounts so that the schedule migrates from the original schedule to a more energy-efficient schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Mark Malhotra, Evan J. Fisher
  • Publication number: 20200204561
    Abstract: A method includes generating a utility portal interface in response to a request from a utility computer system that receives parameters that specify a demand response event; providing a display of groups of energy-consuming locations that are available to be selected to participate in the demand response event; providing a display of an energy demand profile for the utility during the demand response event; receiving a selection of a subset of the groups of energy-consuming locations to participate in the demand response event; causing the display of the energy demand profile for the utility during the demand response event to be dynamically updated as the subset of the groups of energy-consuming locations are selected or deselected by the utility computer system to participate; and sending transmissions to thermostats associated with the subset of the groups of energy-consuming locations to execute the demand response event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Anthony M. Fadell, Matthew L. Rogers, David Sloo, Scott A. McGaraghan, Samuel W. Kortz
  • Patent number: 10690369
    Abstract: A method includes operating a controller according to a control schedule; detecting events that indicate occupancy; storing a record of the events that indicate occupancy in one or more memory devices; and causing the controller to enter an auto-away state. A determination that the controller should enter the auto-away state may be based at least in part on a length of a time interval during which no events that indicate occupancy were detected; and the stored record of the events that indicate occupancy. The method also includes detecting a pattern of instances where the controller enters the auto-away state over a plurality of days; and adjusting the control schedule based at least in part on the pattern of instances where the controller enters the auto-away state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Evan J. Fisher, Mark Malhotra, Mark D. Stefanski, Rangoli Sharan, Frank E. Astier
  • Publication number: 20200191424
    Abstract: Methods for controlling temperature in a conditioned enclosure such as a dwelling are described that include an “auto-away” and/or “auto-arrival” feature for detecting unexpected absences which provide opportunities for significant energy savings through automatic adjustment of the setpoint temperature. According to some preferred embodiments, when no occupancy has been detected for a minimum time interval, an “auto-away” feature triggers a changes of the state of the enclosure, and the actual operating setpoint temperature is changed to a predetermined energy-saving away-state temperature, regardless of the setpoint temperature indicated by the normal thermostat schedule. The purpose of the “auto away” feature is to avoid unnecessary heating or cooling when there are no occupants present to actually experience or enjoy the comfort settings of the schedule, thereby saving energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Frank E. Astier, Rangoli Sharan, Anthony Michael Fadell
  • Patent number: 10684038
    Abstract: A method of using a server to update stored control schedules for environmental controllers includes communicating with an environmental controller that controls, during a monitoring period, an environmental system in an enclosure according to a stored control schedule; receiving a first immediate-control input provided through the environmental controller during the monitoring period; receiving a first control-schedule change provided through the environmental controller during the monitoring period; receiving a second immediate-control input provided through a user device during the monitoring period; receiving a second control-schedule change provided through the user device during the monitoring period; processing at least the first immediate-control input, the first control-schedule change, the second immediate-control input, and the second control-schedule change together to generate an updated control schedule; and causing the environmental controller to control the environmental system according to th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Eric A. Lee, Steven A. Hales, Mark D. Stefanski, Rangoli Sharan
  • Patent number: 10678200
    Abstract: A control system may be configured to learn a heating schedule at a first location according to an automated schedule learning algorithm that processes inputs including user inputs and occupancy sensing inputs and derives schedule-affecting parameters therefrom that are processed to compute the control schedule. The control system may also be configured to determine whether a thermostat has been moved to a new location, and if it is determined that the thermostat has been moved to the new location, then determine one or more parameters associated with the new location and establish a new control schedule for the new location, where zero or more of the schedule-affecting parameters are re-used based on the one or more parameters associated with the new location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Daniel A. Warren, Anthony M. Fadell, Matthew L. Rogers, Helen Vo
  • Publication number: 20200168057
    Abstract: Various arrangements for assessing an installation of a smart home device are presented. An orientation of the smart home device may be analyzed to determine whether the orientation of the smart home device is unsuitable for one or more features of the smart home device to function properly. An indication of whether the orientation of the smart home device is unsuitable may be output, such as by the smart home device using voice or lighting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventors: David Sloo, Nick Webb, Yoky Matsuoka, Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers
  • Publication number: 20200167834
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for intelligent identification and provisioning of devices and services for a smart home. A user can identify an issue or a question with respect to how to solve a problem within their home. The system can use advanced intelligence to interact with the user to obtain information that can allow the system to identify relevant information for solving the user's problem or answering the user's question by identifying correlated information about the user, such as demographic or behavioral information, and using that information in conjunction with past purchasing information, information specific to the user's home, and the like to generate a recommendation and installation plan for one or more smart home devices for the user. Once implemented, the system can also provide confirmation that the installation was completed properly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Mark Malhotra, Shwetak Patel, Camille Dredge
  • Patent number: 10667347
    Abstract: This patent specification relates to a wall switch that comprises a docking station and a user-removable wall-switch head unit. In some embodiments, the docking station is configured to receive the user-removable wall-switch head unit, and configured to be permanently connected to a wall and coupled to high-power voltage wires. In some embodiments, the user-removable wall-switch head unit is configured to be user-insertable into said docking station and user-removable therefrom such that the user is not exposed to high-voltage connections when inserting or removing. In some embodiments, the wall switch controller further comprises inputs and outputs and circuitry for switchably controlling household line current power to a household electrical fixture. In some embodiments, the wall switch controller further comprises an occupancy sensor, a temperature sensor, or a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Anthony M. Fadell, Matthew L. Rogers, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Maxime Veron, Isabel I. Guenette, Shigefumi Honjo
  • Patent number: 10638292
    Abstract: Systems and Methods disclosed herein relate to providing a message to an application programming interface (API). The message includes a request for data from a data model, a submission of data to the data model, or both; and a host selection between: a representational state transfer (REST) host and a subscription-based application programming interface (API) host, wherein the REST host receives REST-based messages and the subscription-based API host receives messages in accordance with a standard of the subscription-based API host; wherein the request for data, the submission of data, or both are configured to create, delete, modify, or any combination thereof data related to a smart-device environment structure, a thermostat, a hazard detector, or any combination thereof stored in a data model accessible by the API.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Igor Karp, Lev Stesin, Carles Pi-Sunyer, Mark Andrew McBride, Alexander Dubman, James Lyons, Samuel W. Kortz, Gregory J. Hu, Amanda Surya, Aubrey Thelen, David Horton, Michael Soucie, Leon Tan, Christopher Anthony Boross, Jesse Boettcher, Tim Enwall, Prashant P. Reddy, Mark Malhotra, Evan Fisher, Todd Hester, Yoky Matsuoka, Andrew J. Urman
  • Patent number: 10619876
    Abstract: A device includes a memory configured to store a preexisting schedule and one or more processors configured to perform operations including controlling a temperature within an enclosure according to a first setpoint, wherein the first setpoint is from the preexisting schedule and represents a temperature for when the enclosure is occupied. The operations also include accessing occupancy data indicating occupancy within the enclosure and automatically changing the first setpoint to a second setpoint upon expiration of a predetermined time interval during which no occupancy has been detected. The second setpoint requires less energy to maintain than the first setpoint, and the predetermined time interval is modified based at least in part on received manual settings that indicate occupancy following the changing to the second setpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Frank E. Astier, Rangoli Sharan, Anthony Michael Fadell
  • Patent number: 10621733
    Abstract: A method of monitoring physical characteristics of subjects in sleep environments may include receiving, through a video camera, a video feed of a subject in a sleep environment; analyzing the video feed of the subject to identify motion of the subject in the video feed; and causing a mobile device to present a representation of the motion of the subject, wherein the motion of the subject is exaggerated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Shwetak Patel, Michael Dixon
  • Patent number: 10621442
    Abstract: This application discloses a method implemented by an electronic device to detect a signature event (e.g., a baby cry event) associated with an audio feature (e.g., baby sound). The electronic device obtains a classifier model from a remote server. The classifier model is determined according to predetermined capabilities of the electronic device and ambient sound characteristics of the electronic device, and distinguishes the audio feature from a plurality of alternative features and ambient noises. When the electronic device obtains audio data, it splits the audio data to a plurality of sound components each associated with a respective frequency or frequency band and including a series of time windows. The electronic device further extracts a feature vector from the sound components, classifies the extracted feature vector to obtain a probability value according to the classifier model, and detects the signature event based on the probability value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Rajeev Conrad Nongpiur, Michael Dixon
  • Publication number: 20200109872
    Abstract: An intelligent control system includes intelligent thermostats and controls an environment, such as a residential living space, commercial building, or another environment. The intelligent control system obtains information related to the controlled environment by collecting sensor data, obtaining data from users during interactive information-exchange sessions, and by directing information queries to users on one or more user devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventor: Yoky Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10606724
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for attributing a primary causative agent for HVAC system usage being above or below an average, the HVAC system being controlled by a self-programming network-connected thermostat. Systems and method are also described interactively and graphically displaying schedule information to a user of an HVAC system controlled by a network-connected thermostat. The displayed information can include indications of the manner in which one or more setpoints was created or last modified. Historical HVAC performance information can also be displayed that can include details of certain energy-effecting events such as setpoint changes, adaptive recovery, as well as automatic and manually set non-occupancy modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Evan J. Fisher, David Sloo, Yoky Matsuoka, Timo A. Bruck, Matthew Lee Rogers, Anthony Michael Fadell
  • Patent number: 10581862
    Abstract: A method includes generating a utility portal interface in response to a request from a utility computer system that receives parameters that specify a demand response event; providing a display of groups of energy-consuming locations that are available to be selected to participate in the demand response event; providing a display of an energy demand profile for the utility during the demand response event; receiving a selection of a subset of the groups of energy-consuming locations to participate in the demand response event; causing the display of the energy demand profile for the utility during the demand response event to be dynamically updated as the subset of the groups of energy-consuming locations are selected or deselected by the utility computer system to participate; and sending transmissions to thermostats associated with the subset of the groups of energy-consuming locations to execute the demand response event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Anthony M. Fadell, Matthew L. Rogers, David Sloo, Scott A. McGaraghan, Samuel W. Kortz