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: 20190257542
    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: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Mark Malhotra, Evan J. Fisher
  • Patent number: 10346275
    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: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Evan J. Fisher, David Sloo, Yoky Matsuoka, Timo A. Bruck, Matthew Lee Rogers, Anthony Michael Fadell
  • Publication number: 20190200872
    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: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Shwetak Patel, Michael Dixon, William Greene
  • Publication number: 20190205655
    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, where the video camera may include a thermal imaging camera, and where the video feed may include thermal images of a face of the subject. The method may also include establishing a baseline thermal signature of the face of the subject. The method may additionally include identifying a thermal anomaly by comparing the baseline thermal signature to a current thermal image of the face of the subject. The method may further include identifying a condition of the subject based on the thermal anomaly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Shwetak Patel, Michael Dixon
  • Publication number: 20190206062
    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: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2017
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Shwetak Patel, Michael Dixon
  • Patent number: 10337754
    Abstract: The current application is directed to an intelligent control system that includes intelligent thermostats and remote servers that spread call-home events over time to avoid large peak computational and communications loads on intelligent-control-system servers. The spreading of call-home vents over time is effected by use of call-home splay values pseudorandomly generated for intelligent thermostats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Steven A. Hales
  • Patent number: 10332059
    Abstract: This patent specification relates to apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for providing home security 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 objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Maxime Veron, Shigefumi Honjo, Isabel Guenette, Mark Rajan Malhotra
  • Publication number: 20190182534
    Abstract: Various arrangements for initiating and conducting asymmetrical video communication are presented. A streaming video and audio device may detect an acceleration of the streaming video and audio device over a predefined acceleration threshold. In response, the streaming video and audio device may transmit an acceleration-triggered asymmetrical video communication request to a cloud-based communication server system. The cloud-based communication server system may determine a user account that is linked with the video and audio capture device from which the acceleration-triggered asymmetrical video communication request was received. In response, an acceleration-triggered asymmetrical video communication link may be established between the video and audio capture device and an application executed by a mobile device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventor: Yoky Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10317104
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, methods, and related computer program products for optimizing a schedule of setpoint temperatures used in the control of an HVAC system. The systems disclosed include an energy management system in operation with an intelligent, network-connected thermostat located at a structure. The thermostat includes a schedule of setpoint temperatures that is used to control an HVAC system associated with a structure in which the thermostat is located. The schedule of setpoint temperatures is continually adjusted by small, unnoticeable amounts so that the schedule migrates from the original schedule to an optimal schedule. The optimal schedule may be optimal in terms of energy consumption or some other terms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Mark Malhotra, Evan Fisher
  • Publication number: 20190162434
    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 11, 2018
    Publication date: May 30, 2019
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventor: Yoky Matsuoka
  • Publication number: 20190156653
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using multi-criteria state machines to manage alarming states and pre-alarming states of a hazard detection system are described herein. The multi-criteria state machines can include one or more sensor state machines that can control the alarming states and one or more system state machines that can control the pre-alarming states. Each state machine can transition among any one of its states based on sensor data values, hush events, and transition conditions. The transition conditions can define how a state machine transitions from one state to another. The hazard detection system can use a dual processor arrangement to execute the multi-criteria state machines according to various embodiments. The dual processor arrangement can enable the hazard detection system to manage the alarming and pre-alarming states in a manner that promotes minimal power usage while simultaneously promoting reliability in hazard detection and alarming functionality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Jeffrey Lee
  • Patent number: 10295974
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for interactively and graphically displaying performance information to a user of an HVAC system controlled by a self-programming network-connected thermostat. The information is made on a remote display device such as a smartphone, tablet computer or other computer, and includes a graphical daily summary each of several days. In response to a user selection of a day, detailed performance information is graphically displayed that can include an indication of HVAC activity on a timeline, the number of hours of HVAC activity, as well as one or more symbols on a timeline indicating setpoint changes, and when a setpoint was changed due to non-occupancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Timo A. Bruck, Evan J. Fisher, James B. Simister, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Clemens M. Knieper, Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Michael Plitkins
  • Patent number: 10274914
    Abstract: A control unit for controlling the operation of at least one smart-home system may include at least one occupancy sensor and a processing system. The processing system may be configured to receive readings from the at least one occupancy sensor during a time interval; compare information derived from the readings to at least one threshold criterion to establish whether the one or more occupancy sensors reliably determined occupancy of an enclosure in which the control unit is installed during the time interval; and enable an away-state feature of the control unit if it is determined that the one or more occupancy sensors reliably determined occupancy of an enclosure during the time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Evan J. Fisher, Yoky Matsuoka
  • Publication number: 20190122522
    Abstract: Various arrangements are presented for monitoring a resident of a residence. A confidence assessment may be performed based on a plurality of smart home devices in the residence. The residence may be identified as eligible for monitoring of the resident based on the confidence assessment. A learning process may be performed to create an ordinary behavior model. Data that is received from the plurality of smart home devices may be monitored to identify data indicative of behavior considered unusual based on the ordinary behavior model. An alert may be created that identifies the behavior and identifies how the behavior contrasts with the ordinary behavior model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventors: Mark Stefanski, Yoky Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10262508
    Abstract: Various arrangements of smart devices and systems are presented. Such smart devices and systems may include a wireless interface, a light sensor that detects an ambient brightness level of an ambient environment of the smart device, a motion sensor that detects motion of a user in the ambient environment of the smart device, a light that is capable of outputting light into the ambient environment of the smart device, and a processing system. The processing system may cause the light to illuminate based on: the message indicating that the lighting feature has been activated; the ambient brightness level being below the threshold brightness value; and the user moving in the ambient environment of the smart device or system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Anthony M. Fadell, Nick Webb, Matthew L. Rogers, David Sloo, Yoky Matsuoka, Adam Mittleman, Shigefumi Honjo
  • Patent number: 10241484
    Abstract: The current application is directed to intelligent controllers that continuously, periodically, or intermittently calculate and display the time remaining until a control task is projected to be completed by the intelligent controller. In general, the intelligent controller employs multiple different models for the time behavior of one or more parameters or characteristics within a region or volume affected by one or more devices, systems, or other entities controlled by the intelligent controller. The intelligent controller collects data, over time, from which the models are constructed and uses the models to predict the time remaining until one or more characteristics or parameters of the region or volume reaches one or more specified values as a result of intelligent controller control of one or more devices, systems, or other entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Rangoli Sharan, Mark D. Stefanski, Joseph Adam Ruff
  • Publication number: 20190079474
    Abstract: Embodiments provided herein relate to: suggesting, automatically implementing, or both suggesting and automatically implementing, one or more household policies to be implemented within a household environment. The household policies include one or more input criteria that is derivable from at least one smart device within the household environment, the one or more input criteria relating to a characteristic of the household environment, a characteristic of one or more occupants of the household, or both. The household policies also include one or more outputs to be provided based upon the one or more input criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Anthony M. Fadell, Yoky Matsuoka, David Sloo, Maxime Veron
  • Patent number: 10229583
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using multi-criteria state machines to manage alarming states and pre-alarming states of a hazard detection system are described herein. The multi-criteria state machines can include one or more sensor state machines that can control the alarming states and one or more system state machines that can control the pre-alarming states. Each state machine can transition among any one of its states based on sensor data values, hush events, and transition conditions. The transition conditions can define how a state machine transitions from one state to another. The hazard detection system can use a dual processor arrangement to execute the multi-criteria state machines according to various embodiments. The dual processor arrangement can enable the hazard detection system to manage the alarming and pre-alarming states in a manner that promotes minimal power usage while simultaneously promoting reliability in hazard detection and alarming functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Anthony Michael Fadell, Matthew Lee Rogers, Jeffrey Lee
  • Patent number: 10222277
    Abstract: Computational methods and systems for generating virtual smart-meter data from operational data collected by intelligent controllers in buildings that do not have smart meters are disclosed. Methods and systems include collecting operational data from a number of intelligent controllers and collecting smart-meter data from a number of smart meters associated with the intelligent controllers. The collected operational data and associated smart-meter data are used to generate a mathematical model relating operational data to smart-meter data. The mathematical model can be used to calculate virtual smart-meter data from operational data collected by an intelligent controller located in a building that does not have a smart meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Yoky Matsuoka, Scott McGaraghan
  • Publication number: 20190035259
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a smart home device is presented. The smart home device may include at least one sensor. The smart home device may include a speaker, a light, and a motion detection sensor that detects motion in an ambient environment of the smart home device. A processing system of the smart home device may be configured to select an illumination state based on a determined status. The processing system may cause the light to illuminate based on the selected illumination state. The processing system may determine a gesture has been performed in the ambient environment of the smart home device following the light being illuminated based on the selected illumination state. The processing system may output a detail of the status via the speaker corresponding to the illumination state in response to determining the gesture has been performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Applicant: Google LLC
    Inventors: David Sloo, Anthony M. Fadell, Matthew L. Rogers, Maxime Veron, Sophie Le Guen, Yoky Matsuoka, Jeffrey A. Boyd