Means Responsive To Occupancy Of Space Patents (Class 165/237)
  • Patent number: 11480359
    Abstract: An estimation unit estimates a thermal sensation representing how hot or cold a user feels based on an image of the user taken by a camera. A control unit controls an air-conditioning operation of an air conditioner based on an estimation result of the estimation unit so that the thermal sensation falls within a target range, the air conditioner targeting a room in which the user is present. The image shows a motion and/or state of the user representing a hot or cold sensation of the user, and the estimation unit extracts the motion and/or state of the user from the image to estimate the thermal sensation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Keita Kitagawa, Takuya Kazusa, Youichi Handa
  • Patent number: 11479078
    Abstract: A multi-zone air conditioner system for large vehicles may include an air conditioning device configured to partition an internal of a vehicle into a plurality of zones to independently cool each zone, a detecting device configured to include a room temperature detector for detecting a room temperature of each zone and a photo detector for detecting an amount of solar radiation, an input device configured to switch an operating state of the air conditioning device to an automatic mode or a manual mode, and a control device configured to generate a control signal for operating the air conditioning device based on a signal transmitted from the detecting device and the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Nam-Seok Yun
  • Patent number: 10927841
    Abstract: A fan includes a temperature sensor, such as a passive infrared sensor, for sensing temperature at a location remote from the fan, such as at a floor, ceiling, or wall, or simply external to the fan housing. This may avoid the influence of heat generated from components of the fan, such as the fan motor or controller for controlling the operation of the fan. A mounting arrangement for forming a connection between two parts, such as components of a fan, is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: DELTA T, LLC
    Inventors: David R. Banks, Richard A. Oleson
  • Patent number: 10845086
    Abstract: An air-conditioning control device for controlling an air-conditioning apparatus configured to perform air conditioning of a room in which a device that changes an amount of water vapor is located. The air-conditioning control device includes a condensation occurrence determiner configured to determine whether condensation occurs in the room after a certain amount of time elapses by using an amount of change in water vapor, which is predicted by collating device operation data with a device operation table, and an air-conditioning controller configured to change an operation state of the air-conditioning apparatus when the condensation occurrence determiner determines that condensation occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masae Sawada, Mio Motodani, Osamu Nakajima, Takaya Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10823285
    Abstract: Agricultural machines such as sprayers can be improved by providing a pressure relief system in the operator cab to allow the operator cab to be pressurized while avoiding over-pressurization. The pressure relief system can be arranged to allow air to freely escape from the operator cab during what would otherwise be an over-pressurization event, such as a door or window being closed. In one aspect, the pressure relief system can include a spring-loaded pressure relief valve configured to passively allow air to escape from the cab in order to maintain a cab pressure at or below a predetermined threshold, such as 100 Pascals. In addition, interior and exterior pressures can be monitored for implementing a closed loop control for the pressurization system to enable a more comfortable experience for the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Steven N. Winkel, Nathan Brooks
  • Patent number: 10792977
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for measuring interior temperature of a vehicle, the apparatus includes a base substrate provided inside an interior panel of the vehicle and a housing including an infrared ray blocking material for inhibiting temperature of an inner space from being increased. The housing includes an exposed part provided in one side of the housing and exposed to an interior space of the vehicle, and an opening on a side portion of the exposed part for allowing the inner space of the housing to communicate with the interior space through the opening. The apparatus further includes a non-contact sensor provided on the inner space of the housing for measuring temperatures of the exposed part and the opening, and a controller calculating temperature of the interior space of the vehicle with the measured values by the non-contact sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dong Ho Kwon, Gee Young Shin, Dae Ig Jung, Seung Hyeok Chang, Young Oh Kim, Hyun Hoo Jang
  • Patent number: 10704799
    Abstract: A movable air conditioner includes an air conditioner main body, an air conditioning unit installed in the air conditioner main body and configured to generate a cold air or a warm air, a moving unit configured to move the air conditioner main body, a control unit configured to control the air conditioning unit and the moving unit, and a human body recognition unit configured to recognize a person existing in a specific space. The control unit is configured to control the moving unit so that the air conditioner main body is moved toward the person recognized by the human body recognition unit so as to supply the cold air or the warm air from the air conditioning unit to the person recognized by the human body recognition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Yeon Seob Kim, Dong Woo Kim, Jeong Hoon Lee
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10309662
    Abstract: Heating, ventilating and air conditioning are provided to a temporary, flexible shelter, especially in a rugged, remote and/or extreme environment, including locations and/or conditions where access to electric power may be limited and/or expensive. A portable system may include a light weight HVAC unit, with variable-speed components that are dynamically managed for efficiency, reliability and safety, and a flexible, self-insulating duct for connecting the HVAC unit to the temporary shelter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Alaska Structures, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald A. Alston
  • Patent number: 9909766
    Abstract: A flow control system for controlling exhaust flow can measure effluent escaping from the exhaust hood at a given flow rate. An interferometric detector can measure fluctuations in fluid properties external to and/or in the vicinity of the exhaust hood. The flow control system may vary a flow rate of the exhaust hood and/or control exhaust hood structures responsive to the measurements to contain the effluent while minimizing the exhaust of air from the occupied space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: OY HALTON GROUP LTD.
    Inventors: Rick A. Bagwell, Derek Schrock, Andrey Livchak
  • Patent number: 9857095
    Abstract: In an indoor unit for an air-conditioning apparatus, a casing has an air inlet formed in an upper part and an air outlet formed below a front part. The casing accommodates a heat exchanger and fan. A horizontal airflow-direction louver is mounted pivotally inside the air outlet to guide airflow in a horizontally changeable manner. A vertical airflow-direction louver is mounted to cover the air outlet in a closed position and to guide airflow in a vertically changeable manner. An infrared sensor projects downward from the casing at a position in a horizontal end portion of the casing and in front of the air outlet. An airflow blocking portion is located behind the infrared sensor, and has a side wall on or beside one edge of the air outlet. The side wall is located closer to a center of the air outlet in the horizontal direction than the infrared sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Seiji Hirakawa, Hidetomo Nakagawa, Nobutaka Tanabe, Motoshi Tezuka
  • Patent number: 9845964
    Abstract: Disclosed is an air conditioner. The air conditioner includes an outdoor unit. The air conditioner further includes an indoor unit located in a building and configured to distribute cool air to a space within the building. The air conditioner further includes an antenna unit configured to sense (i) movement of human bodies within the space or (ii) presence of human bodies located in the space and determine a number of human bodies based on the sensed presence, where the antenna unit includes a housing and a plurality of antenna arrays located on an outer surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Joongkeun Lee, Kunkook Park, Juwan Lee, Daegeun Seo, Soonhaeng Jo
  • Patent number: 9838992
    Abstract: Providing hospitality via a mobile device is described herein. One method includes determining, by a mobile device, a hospitality preference of a user of the mobile device for a particular location, storing the hospitality preference in a memory of the mobile device, and modifying, by the mobile device, an operation of at least one system device associated with the particular location to provide the hospitality preference responsive to a distance between the mobile device and the particular location exceeding a particular threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Himanshu Khurana, Datta Godbole, Heather Lister, Patrick Tessier
  • Patent number: 9690266
    Abstract: An arrangement configured to control an environmental parameter in a building space includes a building automation system. The building automation system includes a plurality of field devices configured to control the environmental parameter within the building space. The arrangement further includes a motion detector configured to determine a number of humans within the building space and a measure of movement for the number of humans. The building automation system is configured to control the field devices based at least in part on the determined number of humans and the measure of movement for the number of humans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC.
    Inventor: Pornsak Songkakul
  • Patent number: 9657743
    Abstract: An air conditioner for determining whether a human body exists in a sensing region using a plurality of heat sensors, as human body-detecting sensors, installed in the air conditioner and arranged at regular intervals. The air conditioner recognizing, when a human body has been detected, angles formed between the human body-detecting sensors and the human body, and calculating a distance from the human body-detecting sensors to the human body based on the recognized angles and a distance between the human body-detecting sensors, and adjusting a direction and speed of wind according to the calculated distance to the human body, and a control method of the air conditioner. Also, the air conditioner may be used as a security sensor when it does not operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seong Man Park
  • Patent number: 9395096
    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 trial period; 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 trial period; 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 trial period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Evan J. Fisher, Yoky Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 9292746
    Abstract: A method of determining emissions captured can include receiving information indicative of transmission of light through a region nearby an air handling apparatus. The information can include information indicative of a first condition wherein emissions to be captured by the air handling apparatus are suppressed and information indicative of a second condition wherein the emissions to be captured by the air handling apparatus are present. A processor circuit can be used to determine a difference between the information about the transmission of light during the first condition and information about the transmission of light during the second condition. The processor circuit can be used to determine a portion of the emissions captured by the air handling apparatus using information about the determined difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Broan-NuTone LLC
    Inventors: Richard R. Sinur, Eric Williams, Joseph Brandon Adamo
  • Patent number: 9188353
    Abstract: A self-contained pre-manufactured roof top unit is used to circulate fresh air, heat or cool a building. The housing has a blower connected into a circulation system to circulate air into and out of the building. The unit has a pressure relief opening for connection into the building that is used to relieve air pressure buildup within the building. The pressure relief opening is part of a pressure relief passage that is independent of the blower and has an exhaust vent that opens and closes automatically in response to pressure differential between the building and ambient air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: 2109617 Ontario Inc.
    Inventor: Greig J. Tollar
  • Publication number: 20150136378
    Abstract: A remote controller and an air-conditioning apparatus are provided. The remote controller includes an operation unit, a human detection sensor, a transmission/reception unit, and a processor. The human detection sensor detects the presence or absence of a person, and generates a presence/absence detection signal representing a result of detection of the presence or absence of a person. The processor transmits a schedule operation signal and the presence/absence detection signal to the air-conditioning apparatus. The air-conditioning apparatus includes a heat-source-side control section that controls the operation of the air-conditioning apparatus based on the schedule operation signal and the presence/absence detection signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Kazuo Maeda
  • Publication number: 20150136379
    Abstract: In an air-conditioning system, during precooling or preheating control, a setting temperature is controlled such that a first temperature difference between the setting temperature and an indoor temperature is not less than a temperature difference at which a compressor performs operation, and the setting temperature is controlled to be changed to a target temperature when a second temperature difference between the indoor temperature and the target temperature is less than the first temperature difference. Since the compressor can be operated in the range from a low capacity to a medium capacity, operation efficiency of the air-conditioning apparatus can be increased, and the energy-saving operation with less power consumption can be realized. Since the operation capacity of the compressor can be readily suppressed with adjustment of the setting temperature, control is facilitated and the precooling control can be incorporated in various types of air-conditioning apparatuses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Emi Takeda, Shinichi Ito, Fumitake Unezaki, Mamoru Hamada, Toshiaki Yoshikawa, Takashi Matsumoto, Hirotoshi Yano
  • Publication number: 20150108230
    Abstract: A multiple heating/cooling zone control system is disclosed. A heating/cooling system control device continuously monitors heating/cooling zone demand and matches the heating/cooling device output capacity to the total space or heat input required. Within the calculated heating/cooling device output capacity the heating/cooling device is modulated based on zone temperature setpoint to further adjust heating/cooling device output. As heat/cooling loss is increased heating/cooling device capacity and modulation are increased. Should heat/cooling loss decrease heating/cooling device capacity and modulation are decreased. Since heat/cooling output is adjusted based on the heat loss(gain) the heating/cooling device can be immediately adjusted to the proper or matching heating/cooling rate even before water/air temperature based adjustments can be made.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicants: BURNHAM HOLDINGS, INC., U.S. BOILER COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Michael CLOONAN, Christopher Read DREW
  • Publication number: 20150068721
    Abstract: A method for occupancy based energy optimization can include determining a size and speed of a number of objects within an area, determining a number of human occupants within the area based on the size and speed of the number of objects within the area, and altering a number of environmental settings for the area based on the determined number of human occupants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: SrinivasaRao Katuri, Steve Huseth, Amit Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 8950687
    Abstract: An HVAC system includes an HVAC unit having a cooling mode and a heating mode for conditioning the air in an inside space, and a programmable thermostat located remotely from the HVAC unit. The HVAC unit may have an onboard controller configured to control when the HVAC unit is in the cooling mode or heating mode, and whether the HVAC unit is activated or not. In some cases, the onboard controller of the HVAC unit may use a common temperature setpoint when controlling in the cooling mode and the heating mode. The programmable thermostat may have a programmable schedule with a plurality of time periods, where each time period has a heating setpoint and a cooling setpoint separated by a dead band. The onboard controller of the HVAC unit may be configured to accept input signals from the remotely located thermostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel Albert Bergman, Chris Mullarkey, Cary Leen, David Schultz, Milos Cabel
  • Publication number: 20150013362
    Abstract: In an air conditioner, one of a linkage mode or a non-linkage mode is selected by a user as a control mode of an external device. In the air conditioner, when the linkage mode is selected, on/off control of the external device by using a human detection sensor is permitted during operation, whereas on/off control of the external device by using the human detection sensor is inhibited during suspension of operation. In the air conditioner, when the non-linkage mode is selected, on/off control of the external device by using the human detection sensor is always permitted, irrespective of whether the air conditioner is in operation or not.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Yumoto, Tsuyoshi Yokomizo, Shunichi Uenaka, Mario Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20150013958
    Abstract: A controller sets a target setting temperature for an air-conditioning space, compares a value obtained by subtracting an outdoor temperature detected by an outdoor temperature sensor from the target setting temperature, with a first threshold related to the value, compares a value obtained by subtracting the outdoor temperature from an indoor temperature detected by an indoor temperature sensor, with a second threshold related to the value, compares a value obtained by subtracting a heat load in the air-conditioning space from a cooling capacity, with a third threshold related to the value, and controls operation of a heat pump type air-conditioning device and a ventilating device on the basis of these comparison results. The first threshold, the second threshold, and the third threshold are set in accordance with the number of people detected by a human detection sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuya Kubo
  • Publication number: 20140376206
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an arrangement (10) for a merchandise display system. The arrangement comprises a detector (5) arranged to detect the presence of a person (8) in the proximity of a display region (2) adapted to accommodate a piece of merchandise (3), a temperature adjustment device (4) arranged to adjust the temperature in the proximity of the display region, and a controller (6) configured to, based on the detection, control the temperature adjustment device. The present invention is advantageous in that the temperature difference may contribute to how the piece of merchandise is perceived by the person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Nebojsa Fisekovic
  • Publication number: 20140374083
    Abstract: Disclosed is an air conditioner. The air conditioner includes an outdoor unit. The air conditioner further includes an indoor unit located in a building and configured to distribute cool air to a space within the building. The air conditioner further includes an antenna unit configured to sense (i) movement of human bodies within the space or (ii) presence of human bodies located in the space and determine a number of human bodies based on the sensed presence, where the antenna unit includes a housing and a plurality of antenna arrays located on an outer surface of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Joongkeun LEE, Kunkook PARK, Juwan LEE, Daegeun SEO, Soonhaeng JO
  • Publication number: 20140367079
    Abstract: A HVAC system is provided. In one embodiment, the HVAC system includes (1) a sensor being configured to measure a body condition of a user and having a transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit body condition information, and (2) a HVAC controller having a receiver configured to receive the body condition information and being configured to adjust a current conditioning set point of the HVAC system to a temporary conditioning set point based on the body condition information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Anthony DiFulgentiz, III
  • Publication number: 20140345845
    Abstract: An occupancy sensing electronic thermostat is described that includes a thermostat body, an electronic display that is viewable by a user in front of the thermostat, a passive infrared sensor for measuring infrared energy and an infrared energy directing element formed integrally with a front surface of the thermostat body. The passive infrared sensor may be positioned behind the infrared energy directing element such that infrared energy is directed thereonto by the infrared energy directing element. The thermostat may also include a temperature sensor and a microprocessor programmed to detect occupancy based on measurements from the passive infrared sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventors: Anthony M. Fadell, Matthew L. Rogers, David Sloo, Michael Plitkins, Shigefumi Honjo, John B. Filson, Michael J. Matas, Fred Bould, Brian Huppi
  • Patent number: 8840033
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention comprise systems and methods for using the geographic location of networked consumer electronics devices as indications of occupancy of a structure for purposes of automatically adjusting the temperature setpoint on a thermostatic HVAC control. At least one thermostat is located inside a structure and is used to control an HVAC system in the structure. At least one mobile electronic device is used to indicate the state of occupancy of the structure. The state of occupancy is used to alter the setpoint on the thermostatic HVAC control to reduce unneeded conditioning of unoccupied spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: EcoFactor, Inc.
    Inventor: John Douglas Steinberg
  • Publication number: 20140232516
    Abstract: A monitoring system comprises a module having at least one sensor which could be an electric-field sensor within a housing. The device may be durable or disposable. A receiver may be provided to obtain and display data from the module. The module may also display the output data. The output data comprises both detected and derived data relating to physiological and contextual parameters of the wearer and may be transmitted directly to a local recipient or remotely over a communications network. The system is capable of deriving and predicting the occurrence of a number of physiological and conditional states and events and reporting the same as output data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: John M. Stivoric, David Andre, Eric Teller, Scott K. Boehmke, James A. Gasbarro, Jonathan Farringdon, Christopher Pacione, Steve Menke, Mark Handel, Suresh Vishnubhatla, Christopher D. Kasabach, Eric Hsiung, James Hanlon
  • Publication number: 20140217185
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system has an input configured to receive at least one of a first heating setting, a first ventilation setting, a first cooling setting, a first humidity setting, and a first air quality setting, at least one of an image sensor and a microphone connected to at least one component in the HVAC system, the image sensor and/or microphone being configured to capture an data from a first zone, and a controller connected to the input and at least one of the image sensor and microphone, the controller configured to control at least one of the first heating setting, the first ventilation setting, the first cooling setting, the first humidity setting, and the first air quality setting in response to receiving the data from at least one of the image sensor and the microphone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Kirby Neal Bicknell
  • Publication number: 20140190679
    Abstract: A control component for insertion in a standard size connection box of a conventional component such as a switch or other electrical mechanism. The control component may have new capabilities plus maintain the capabilities of the conventional component. The connection box need not be removed, or if the box is removed then the structure or space encompassing the box need not be enlarged. Further, no new wiring for is necessarily needed for connecting the control component. This placement or substitution may be particularly applicable to many rooms of hotels, motels, and other facilities. Neither time nor expense of modifications to the connection box, wiring and/or the room is necessarily needed. In many cases, a room or space cannot necessarily be modified to add a larger or an additional component having additional capabilities, such as a component having an air quality controlled device for operating a ventilation fan in a room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Philipp Roosli, Ryan Gardner, Ravi Sagar
  • Patent number: 8770492
    Abstract: An air conditioner and a controlling method thereof are provided. The controlling method may include determining an initial operation temperature based on a received external input or setting, cooling or heating a room at the determined initial operation temperature for a preset initial operation time period, and thereafter increasing or decreasing the room temperature at a preset time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Dong Jang, Su Chang Woo, Mi Jin Jung, Ho Jung Kim, Ju Youn Lee, Choong Hee Lee
  • Publication number: 20140158338
    Abstract: An Electronically-Controlled Register vent (ECRV) that can be easily installed by a homeowner or general handyman is disclosed. The ECRV can be used to convert a non-zoned HVAC system into a zoned system. The ECRV can also be used in connection with a conventional zoned HVAC system to provide additional control and additional zones not provided by the conventional zoned HVAC system. In one embodiment, the ECRV is configured have a size and form-factor that conforms to a standard manually-controlled register vent. In one embodiment, a zone thermostat is configured to provide thermostat information to the ECRV. In one embodiment, the zone thermostat communicates with a central monitoring system that coordinates operation of the heating and cooling zones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Nest Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence KATES
  • Publication number: 20140158782
    Abstract: An Electronically-Controlled Register vent (ECRV) that can be easily installed by a homeowner or general handyman is disclosed. The ECRV can be used to convert a non-zoned HVAC system into a zoned system. The ECRV can also be used in connection with a conventional zoned HVAC system to provide additional control and additional zones not provided by the conventional zoned HVAC system. In one embodiment, the ECRV is configured have a size and form-factor that conforms to a standard manually-controlled register vent. In one embodiment, a zone thermostat is configured to provide thermostat information to the ECRV. In one embodiment, the zone thermostat communicates with a central monitoring system that coordinates operation of the heating and cooling zones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Nest Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence KATES
  • Publication number: 20140158337
    Abstract: An Electronically-Controlled Register vent (ECRV) that can be easily installed by a homeowner or general handyman is disclosed. The ECRV can be used to convert a non-zoned HVAC system into a zoned system. The ECRV can also be used in connection with a conventional zoned HVAC system to provide additional control and additional zones not provided by the conventional zoned HVAC system. In one embodiment, the ECRV is configured have a size and form-factor that conforms to a standard manually-controlled register vent. In one embodiment, a zone thermostat is configured to provide thermostat information to the ECRV. In one embodiment, the zone thermostat communicates with a central monitoring system that coordinates operation of the heating and cooling zones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: NEST LABS, INC.
    Inventor: Lawrence KATES
  • Publication number: 20140096945
    Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system configured for use in a vehicle to provide a perceived comfortable thermal environment to an occupant seated in a rear portion of a vehicle cabin. A heat exchanger provides a first airstream characterized as having a first temperature to an air moving device configured to generate a second airstream characterized as having a second temperature. The second airstream comprises a mixture of the first airstream and cabin air drawn from the rear portion of the vehicle cabin. The air moving device may be disposed in the rear portion of the vehicle. The HVAC system further includes a nozzle that may be configured to direct the second airstream toward an occupant in the rear portion of the vehicle cabin to provide spot conditioning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: DELPHI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: DEBASHIS GHOSH, MINGYU WANG, PRASAD S. KADLE
  • Publication number: 20140088904
    Abstract: A system may be provided for limiting false detections of occupancy caused by air flow. The system may include control unit and sensors that detect motion in one or more areas, where the control unit and the sensors are connected by a network. The control unit may determine that the area or areas are unoccupied, and autotune parameters of the sensors so that the sensors indicate that the area or areas are unoccupied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: REDWOOD SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Mark Covaro
  • Publication number: 20140060100
    Abstract: Subject matter disclosed herein relates to distribution of electrical energy, and more particularly to distribution of solar electric energy at or near particular power points of solar cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Robert L. Bryson
  • Patent number: 8639387
    Abstract: A method of controlling a controllable device related to a building aperture, whereby a climate related characteristic for the aperture is adjusted by the device, and whereby the device is controlled in accordance with a climate and comfort program which is dependent on a control parameter, whereby the device is controlled in accordance with a time schedule provided by the climate and comfort program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: VKR Holding A/S
    Inventors: Henrik Raun Byberg, Ulrik Vagn Ebbe
  • Patent number: 8622314
    Abstract: A thermostat, includes a housing and an occupancy sensor that is disposed within the housing and configured to detect physical presences of users within a responsive area of the occupancy sensor. The thermostat may also include a processing system that is disposed within the housing and in operative communication with the occupancy sensor. The processing system may be configured to determine, after a trial period, whether to activate an away-state feature by storing indications of how often the occupancy sensor detected physical presences during the trial period, computing an occupancy level for the trial period, comparing the occupancy level to a threshold criterion, determining whether sufficiently true indications of occupancy conditions were sensed by the occupancy sensor during the trial period, and enabling the away-state feature of the thermostat if it is determined that the sufficiently true indications of occupancy conditions were sensed during the trial period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Nest Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan J. Fisher, Yoky Matsuoka
  • Publication number: 20130284417
    Abstract: A first fan controlling section of a controller circuit is configured to control a first blower fan so as to induce the discharge of the airflow of a cool air through a first air outlet defined in a first enclosure of an indoor unit of the air conditioner. A second fan controlling section is configured to control second blower fans so as to induce the discharge of the airflows of a room air through second air outlets, respectively, defined in a pair of second enclosures disposed on the opposite sides of the first enclosure. An enclosure attitude controlling section is configured to change the respective attitude of the second enclosures relative to the first enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: FUJITSU GENERAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Ritsushi TAIRA, Shinji SUGIYAMA, Kenji HARUYAMA, Syun IWANO, Fumiaki TANAKA
  • Patent number: 8556188
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention comprise systems and methods for using the geographic location of networked consumer electronics devices as indications of occupancy of a structure for purposes of automatically adjusting the temperature setpoint on a thermostatic HVAC control. At least one thermostat is located inside a structure and is used to control an HVAC system in the structure. At least one mobile electronic device is used to indicate the state of occupancy of the structure. The state of occupancy is used to alter the setpoint on the thermostatic HVAC control to reduce unneeded conditioning of unoccupied spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: EcoFactor, Inc.
    Inventor: John Douglas Steinberg
  • Publication number: 20130221860
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for controlling a parameter of a device through motion sensing are disclosed. One apparatus includes a motion sensor for sensing a first instance of motion. The apparatus further includes a controller interfaced to the motion sensor and the device, wherein the controller is operative to activate the light only if consecutive instances of motion are sensed, wherein each instance is sensed within a gap of time of a previously sensed instance of motion, and the consecutive instances of motion being sensed span an entire window of time after sensing the first instance of motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: ENLIGHTED, INC.
    Inventors: Tanuj Mohan, Premal Ashar
  • Publication number: 20130098596
    Abstract: A thermostat, includes a housing and an occupancy sensor that is disposed within the housing and configured to detect physical presences of users within a responsive area of the occupancy sensor. The thermostat may also include a processing system that is disposed within the housing and in operative communication with the occupancy sensor. The processing system may be configured to determine, after a trial period, whether to activate an away-state feature by storing indications of how often the occupancy sensor detected physical presences during the trial period, computing an occupancy level for the trial period, comparing the occupancy level to a threshold criterion, determining whether sufficiently true indications of occupancy conditions were sensed by the occupancy sensor during the trial period, and enabling the away-state feature of the thermostat if it is determined that the sufficiently true indications of occupancy conditions were sensed during the trial period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: NEST LABS, INC.
    Inventor: NEST LABS, INC.
  • Patent number: 8424325
    Abstract: Disclosed is an air conditioner includes a cabinet that is configured to mount on an indoor ceiling. The air conditioner also include a front panel that is coupled to the cabinet and having an air inlet and outlet. The air conditioner further include a suction panel that is coupled to the front panel and configured to move between an open positione in which air is able to circulate through the air conditioner and a closed position in which air is blocked from circulating through the air conditioner. The air conditioner further include a sensor unit that is mounted on the suction panel, that is configured to move together with the suction panel and that is configured to detect a position of a person in the indoor place. In addition, the air conditioner also include a controller adjusting a direction of air flow from the outlet based on the deteded position of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: In Ho Choi, Jong Chan Park, Han Lim Choi, Dong Whan Choi, Nam Sik Yim
  • Publication number: 20130092364
    Abstract: A comfort system is provided for a motor vehicle. A seat occupancy sensor determines whether a third row zone is occupied. At least one flow controller is provided in the floor duct for controllably supplying the conditioned airflow to at least the third row outlet. If the third row zone is occupied, then a second row outlet and the third row outlet are turned on to supply a conditioned airflow to a front seat zone, a second row zone, and the third row zone. If the third row zone is not occupied, then the third row outlet is closed off. If the second row zone is not occupied, then the second and third row outlets are closed off. If occupied, then the second row outlet is turned on until a desired comfort level is achieved in the second row zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mukesh Kumar, Paul B. Hoke, Martha E. Nefcy, David Wong
  • Publication number: 20130048263
    Abstract: A method of controlling a heating and/or ventilation and/or air-conditioning (HVAC) system, characterized in that it comprises the steps of: (12)—Calculation of a theoretical thermal comfort parameter (PMValgo) for at least one occupant of at least one area of a building on the basis of at least one parameter specific to the occupant, such as their metabolic rate (met) and/or their clothing (clo), and controlling a heating and/or ventilation and/or air-conditioning (HVAC) system so that the theoretical thermal comfort parameter converges toward a predefined thermal comfort range corresponding to a satisfactory level of comfort, (17)—Correction of at least one parameter specific to the occupant if the real thermal sensation of the occupant is not satisfactory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: Commissariat a L'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventors: Romain Nouvel, Franck Alessi
  • Patent number: RE44146
    Abstract: A space conditioning system for a building including production and occupied spaces provides precise control of exhaust and space conditioning equipment by taking into account multiple conditions and by using predictive control. The control method and system are illustrated by a commercial kitchen ventilation application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Oy Halton Group Ltd.
    Inventors: Rick Bagwell, Andrey Livchak