Distance-adjusted Patents (Class 236/51)
  • Patent number: 10808600
    Abstract: A coolant control system for a vehicle, including: a coolant control valve including a radiator valve; an actuator connected to the coolant control valve; and a control unit. Upon shutdown of the vehicle: the control unit is arranged to generate a control signal based upon a prediction of an ambient temperature and transmit the control signal to the actuator; and the actuator is arranged to receive the control signal and rotate a portion of the radiator valve according to the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Raghunath Paralkar
  • Patent number: 10788231
    Abstract: Presently disclosed is a fault condition management system of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The system includes a controller having a user interface with a display and a lockout status indicator. The controller is configured to determine that the HVAC system is in a plurality of fault conditions and to individually present, on the display of the user interface, a respective fault code corresponding to each respective fault condition of the plurality of fault conditions in a repeating loop. Each respective fault code is presented for a fault code presentation duration followed by a rest duration. The controller is configured to control illumination of the lockout status indicator during the fault code presentation duration of each respective fault code to indicate a respective lockout status of the corresponding respective fault condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Shaun B. Atchison, Noel A. Grajeda-Trevizo
  • Patent number: 10782039
    Abstract: A thermostat includes a front housing, a rear housing interoperably coupled to the front housing, at least one sensor integrated with the front housing, a display integrated with the front housing, and processing circuitry interoperably coupled to the at least one sensor and the display. The display is a touch-screen display and is configured to demonstrate a user-interface screen. The user-interface screen comprises a horseshoe-shaped temperature scale, a heat set-point control, and a cool set-point control. The heat set-point control and the cool set-point control are positioned on the horseshoe-shaped temperature scale. The horseshoe-shaped temperature scale can be adjusted by dragging at least one of the heat set-point control and the cool set-point control along circumferential edges of the horseshoe-shaped temperature scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Golden, Daniel Castillo, Keith Mowery, Jayprakash Charavda, Melissa Amoros, Sunil K. Khiani, Steve Lazar
  • Patent number: 10775810
    Abstract: A controller apparatus for controlling IoT devices has a rotation disk, a rotation detection circuit, a control circuit, a wireless circuit, a circuit board and a housing. The rotation disk has a rotating shaft in an inner surface of the rotation disk for generating a rotation operation, where the rotation operation is either a clockwise rotation or a counterclockwise rotation. The rotation detection circuit is used for detecting the rotation operation of the rotating shaft. The control circuit retrieves the rotation operation from the rotation detection circuit, and generates a control instruction according to the rotation operation to the wireless circuit to control a corresponding external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: XIAMEN ECO LIGHTING CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Jiaqing Zhuang, Shuwen Zhou, Fengyu Yan
  • Patent number: 10759256
    Abstract: A method for setting a thermal comfort state of at least one user of a vehicle, wherein, at a starting time, at least one actual state variable of the user is detected by at least one device for detecting the at least one state variable and a starting comfort state of the user is determined depending on the at least one actual state variable, wherein a target comfort state is determined, wherein at least one target state variable is determined depending on the target comfort state, wherein at least one vehicle-end device for changing the state variable is controlled so that a deviation in the actual state variable from the target state variable is minimized when the target comfort state deviates from the starting comfort state, wherein the at least one state variable is detected by a device carried by the user for detecting the at least one state variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Viktor Bader, Christoph Wäller
  • Patent number: 10739030
    Abstract: Various arrangements for monitoring and controlling operation of a HVAC system are provided. Battery-operated temperature monitoring devices may be situated within the structure and connected with a network. A user command may be received that includes a selection of at least one of the battery-operated temperature monitoring devices. An offset may be calculated based on an evaluation of a first temperature reading of the selected battery-operated temperature monitoring device relative to a second temperature reading of the thermostat. The offset may be overridden when an override condition is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Kara Malhotra, Eric Burger, Liana Kong, Priya Kasirajan, Caitlin Donhowe, Mark Rose, Lauren Von Dehsen, Samuel Chang
  • Patent number: 10741074
    Abstract: An indoor positioning energy-saving lighting device has a central processing module, a light source control module, a motion sensing module, a communication module, and an indoor positioning module. The light source control module, the motion sensing module, the communication module, and the indoor positioning module are electrically connected to the central processing module. The motion sensing module continuously sends out an identification code and a turn-on message. The motion sensing module senses a movement of an object or the communication module receives the light-on message, the light source control module controls the light source to illuminate, and the indoor positioning module is used to memorize the location information of other indoor positioning energy-saving lighting devices and position information of an external gyroscope received by the communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Brilliant Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Chia-Chan Tai, Cheng-Pang Liao
  • Patent number: 10731890
    Abstract: An air conditioning operation analysis device includes: an air conditioning operation data acquirer that acquires air conditioning operation data of at least one air conditioner installed in a room, a room information acquirer that acquires room information indicating a configuration of the room, an environmental information data acquirer that acquires environmental information data from at least one sensor arranged in the room, and an outputter that outputs heat load data that is calculated based on the acquired air conditioning operation data, the acquired room information, and the acquired environmental information data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Eri Sakai, Hiroko Izumihara
  • Patent number: 10718538
    Abstract: A method for obtaining a water amount for a humidifier, includes: obtaining a target humidification parameter for a space to be humidified; determining a water amount required for the humidifier to reach the target humidification parameter; and outputting a notifying message, the notifying message carrying the determined water amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignees: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd., Beijing Smartmi Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tiejun Liu, Xingsheng Lin, Yanan Meng, Dongdong Wang
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10670331
    Abstract: A securing assembly which can present and secure a tablet computer for example in a door of a refrigerator includes a receiving space for securing a display of the computer. At least one limiting opening and at least one slot are defined in one of the securing assembly or the display, the other one comprises at least one limiting post and at least one latch. The at least one limiting post is latched to the at least one limiting opening, the at least one latch is latched to the at least one slot, thereby securing the display to the securing assembly in a first direction. A refrigerator employing the securing assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jung-Chun Yeh, Peng Deng
  • Patent number: 10670290
    Abstract: Electricity wasting due to an unnecessary operation is prevented and the usability is improved. A multi air conditioner includes an outdoor unit, a first indoor unit and a second indoor unit. The first indoor unit and the second indoor unit are connected to the outdoor unit and are respectively disposed in different rooms. When the first indoor unit is operated based on a first operating mode, if an operation start instruction based on a second operating mode which is different from the first operating mode is sent to the second indoor unit from a remote controller without using an internet (S5: YES, S7: NO), the first indoor unit becomes an operation stop state and the second indoor unit starts an operation based on the second operating mode on condition that the last instruction to the first indoor unit is sent from a smart phone via the internet (S9: YES) (S12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Takashige Mori
  • Patent number: 10648728
    Abstract: Example systems have a defrost system that can receive a first RF signal at a first frequency to defrost a load. An air treatment device can receive a second RF signal at a second frequency and perform an air treatment process. An RF signal source has a power output, and a switching arrangement selectively electrically connects the defrost system and the first air treatment device to the power output of the RF signal source. A controller can electrically connect one of the defrost system and the first air treatment device to the power output of the RF signal source. When the defrost system is electrically connected, the RF signal source outputs the first RF signal at the first frequency, and when the first air treatment device is electrically connected, the RF signal source outputs the second RF signal at the second frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: NXP USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Marie Jean Piel, Lionel Mongin, Paul Richard Hart
  • Patent number: 10641508
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling the air temperature of a building using a control plan based on a target time. The system includes a controller which may be connected to a number of indoor and outdoor heating ventilation and air-conditioning units. The system may include a thermostat. The system may also operate without a thermostat. The method includes determining a control plan to reach a desired temperature in a target time. The method also includes updating the plan by comparing the actual time to reach the desired temperature with the target time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Goodman Manufacturing Company LP
    Inventors: Douglas Notaro, Jim Fisher
  • Patent number: 10621800
    Abstract: At least one embodiment may provide a remote server that can determine occurrence of an abnormal condition in a power transmission system without using a threshold value in advance. There may be provided a remote server that receives operating and non-operating information of a working unit, information on a working date, information on a traveling speed, and information on a load factor of an engine, respectively from a combine harvester. The remote server calculates for each predetermined period an average of the engine load factor while the traveling speed is at or above a predetermined traveling speed with all working units in non-operation. If the average during a predetermined period is in a status of a predetermined difference from the average up to the predetermined period, the remote server determines that a moving power transmission mechanism of a traveling system of the combine harvester is in an abnormal condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: YANMAR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Ouchida, Shingo Eguchi
  • Patent number: 10612802
    Abstract: A zone control panel that is easy and intuitive to use and to program. In some embodiments, a zone control panel may be configured to have an easy to use, single level menu structure with, for example, a configuration mode and/or a checkout mode. The configuration mode may, if present, include a number of menu screens sometimes without any sub-menu levels. Likewise, the checkout mode may, if present, include a number of menu screens sometimes without any sub-menu levels. A mode selector may be provided to select a particular mode, after which, the menu screens that correspond to the selected mode may be sequentially displayed to the user. Other features and aspects are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Steven R. Hoglund, Paul G. Schwendinger, Jian Huang, David Arneson, Brad Paine
  • Patent number: 10606290
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices for managing energy consumption in multi-room facilities are provided. In particular, intelligent mechanisms for determining a location of a mobile device associated with a room and then for managing energy settings, especially setback controls, of that room are provided. Some logic for implementing these mechanisms may be provided in a mobile device and in-room device, such as a motion detector, thermostat, HVAC controller, door, lock, television, set top box, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY AB
    Inventors: Stig Lagerstedt, Daniel Berg, Daniel Bailin, Mark Robinton, Masha Leah Davis
  • Patent number: 10598401
    Abstract: Environmental condition controller and method for controlling an environmental condition in an area of a building. The controller stores a predictive model generated by a neural network training engine, and a previously calculated environmental condition adjustment value (yn?1). The controller receives an environmental condition target value (xref), and an environmental condition measured value (x). The controller recursively calculates an environmental condition adjustment value (yn) by executing a neural network inference engine using the predictive model for inferring the environmental condition adjustment value (yn) based on the previously calculated environmental condition adjustment value (yn?1), the environmental condition target value (xref), the environmental condition measured value (x), and an adaptive proportionality value (k). The controller also generates and transmits a command based on the environmental condition adjustment value (yn).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: DISTECH CONTROLS INC.
    Inventor: Dominic Gagnon
  • Patent number: 10591878
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and computer-readable media for providing integrative comfort a structure are described herein. One method includes determining a comfort preference associated with a user of a mobile device, the comfort preference including a plurality of aspects of physical comfort, storing the comfort preference in a memory, and modifying a respective operation of a plurality of connected devices in a portion of a structure to provide the comfort preference in the portion of the structure responsive to a distance between the mobile device and the portion of the structure being less than a particular threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Amit Kulkarni, Patrick Gonia, David R. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 10578330
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for conservation and efficient use of energy through controlling and monitoring of devices, the system comprising at least one structure, wherein the structure comprises at least one zone, wherein the zone comprises at least one sensor configured to capture ambient data; at least one device; and at least one processing controller connected to the sensor and the device, the processing controller configured to receive the ambient data from the sensor and operating parameters from the device; a user module configured to receive input parameters from a plurality of users; an admin module configured to provide pre-defined parameters for operating the device adapted in the zone of the structure and manage and view the device adapted in the zone of the structure; a central processing module, connected to the structure, the user module, and the admin module through wired and/or wireless connection, the central processing module configured to process the data received from the p
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Rajesh Ramnik Solanki
  • Patent number: 10563876
    Abstract: An HVAC controller may be programmed to execute a guided set up routine that may guide a user through configuring the thermostat to control a particular HVAC system configuration based, at least in part, on which wires from the HVAC system are connected to terminals of the HVAC controller. The guided set-up routine may be accessible through a user interface provided at a remote device that a user may utilize to interact with the HVAC controller from a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron J. Klein, Jeffrey Boll, Paul Derby, Heidi J. Finch, Dan Murr
  • Patent number: 10562541
    Abstract: An autonomous vehicle including a sensor system that outputs a sensor signal indicative of a condition of the autonomous vehicle. The vehicle also includes a communication system including a speaker. Based upon a profile of the passenger, the autonomous vehicle can determine that support is to be provided audibly to the passenger when the support is provided to the passenger. Moreover, the autonomous vehicle can detect occurrence of an event that has been identified as potentially causing discomfort to the passenger based upon the sensor signal output by the sensor system. Responsive to detecting the occurrence of the event, and in accordance with the profile of the passenger, the autonomous vehicle can cause the speaker to output an audible support message. Content of the audible support message is based on the detected event, and the audible support message solicits feedback from the passenger of the autonomous vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Jacqueline Mary Shannon, Stephanie Olivia Engle
  • Patent number: 10559045
    Abstract: A thermostat for a building space. The thermostat includes a communications interface and a processing circuit. The communications interface is configured to engage in bidirectional communications with heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and to receive an indication of a current heating or cooling load from the HVAC equipment. The processing circuit is configured to determine an occupancy of the building space based on the indication of the current heating or cooling load received from the HVAC equipment. The processing circuit is further configured to operate the HVAC equipment based on the determined occupancy of the building space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Jedidiah O. Bentz, Brian D. Rigg, Theresa N. Gillette, Tom R. Tasker, Tyler McCune, John W. Uerkvitz, Shaun B. Atchison, Daniel S. Middleton, Aneek Muhammad Noor, William P. Alberth, Jr., Joseph R. Ribbich
  • Patent number: 10558876
    Abstract: An automatic driving assistance device includes an information acquirer configured to acquire information on a state of a cabin of a vehicle capable of automatic driving and a modifier configured to modify traveling characteristics in automatic driving according to the state of the cabin of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO TEN Limited
    Inventors: Azusa Naka, Akiko Muroi, Akihide Fujio, Minoru Maehata
  • Patent number: 10551084
    Abstract: An air conditioner is provided that may include a plurality of units including an outdoor unit and an indoor unit, the plurality of units being distributed at a plurality of layers or levels or stories in a building; and a controller configured to monitor and control the plurality of units. The controller and the plurality of units may include a communication unit configured to transmit/receive data in a wireless communication unit, respectively, and the communication unit may transmit/receive the data using a sub-giga band frequency. The plurality of units may transmit/receive data in a wireless communication scheme so that an indoor unit and an indoor unit, and an indoor unit and an outdoor unit may directly communicate with each other in a wireless scheme, and the indoor unit may directly communicate with the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Kwonhyung Lee
  • Patent number: 10539605
    Abstract: A system, method, and battery control module for detecting negative contactor status of a battery, such as a high voltage vehicle battery, is disclosed. The method includes applying a constant current to a bipolar transistor element having a base, an emitter, and a collector, wherein the base is electrically connected to a first resistor and an analog-to-digital converter, the collector being electrically connected to a second resistor and a diode. A collected current is delivered by the collector, and the method includes injecting the collected current through the second resistor and the diode and into a negative contactor of a battery. The method also includes determining a resistance across the negative contactor of the battery. The system may include a battery having a negative contactor, the negative contactor having a switch side, and a battery control module in communication with the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Sebastian Kleppe
  • Patent number: 10514173
    Abstract: A climate control system is operated by receiving climate information from climate control input devices at one or more plugin modules. The climate information is communicated from the plugin modules to a main control unit, which determines operating instructions for climate output devices and air inlets. When it is detected that the main control unit is not operational, the control system switches to a standby control unit if so equipped. The climate information is then communicated from the plugin modules to the standby control unit. The standby control unit determines operating instructions for the climate output devices and air inlets based on the climate information. When it is detected that the standby control unit is also not operational, the plugin modules switch to an autonomous mode such that operating instructions for the climate output devices and air inlets are determined by the plugin modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: The GSI Group, LLC
    Inventors: Yvon Gaudreau, Benoit R. Laberge, Adam Weiss, Nicolas Bégin
  • Patent number: 10506015
    Abstract: A controller for a rooftop air handling unit includes control logic configured to generate a control signal for the HVAC device using values for one or more variables monitored by the controller. The controller includes an equipment model that links specific instances of data objects to the variables used by the control logic and a view definition that identifies one or more of the data objects. The controller includes a web server configured to dynamically generate a web portal that includes one or more of the data objects identified by the view definition. The controller includes a communications interface that provides the web portal to a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Daniel F. Leising, Justin J. Seifi
  • Patent number: 10498877
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for personalizing interaction with a structure are described herein. One method includes determining a comfort preference associated with a user of a mobile device corresponding to a particular location with respect to a structure, storing the comfort preference in a memory, and modifying an operation of at least one device in the structure to provide the comfort preference responsive to a distance between the mobile device and the particular location being less than a particular threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Arun Vijayakumari Mahasenan, Amit Kulkarni, Patrick Gonia
  • Patent number: 10488062
    Abstract: A building control system that uses geofencing in conjunction with a time-based schedule when control one or more building systems. In one example, geofencing may be used to determine if the building is occupied or unoccupied. If the building is determined to be unoccupied via geofencing, the building controller may control to an unoccupied setpoint. If the building is determined to be occupied via geofencing, the HVAC controller may control in accordance with a time-based schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: David Quam, Sara Slate, Ted Booth, Shannon Roberts, Jason Tiefenauer, Dan Tran
  • Patent number: 10476431
    Abstract: The device and method for measuring the effect of soiling on a photovoltaic device includes a device in which a photovoltaic device (reference solar cell, solar cells, PV module, etc.) may be shifted between partially and fully enclosed compartments in quick succession for measurements of the same device (1) when directly exposed to illumination or solar radiation; (2) when placed under a glass or transparent cover maintained cleared or cleaned of soil; and (3) when placed under glass or transparent cover left exposed to natural outdoor soiling, or attenuated using simulated soil that is not periodically cleaned. The measurements may be of short circuit current (Isc), maximum power (Pmax), or other electrical parameter conventionally used to evaluate performance of the photovoltaic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
    Inventors: Feras Ghazi Alzubi, Abdullah Ramadhan Alkandary, Abdulwahab Tareq Alasfour
  • Patent number: 10474118
    Abstract: Methods and systems relating to the monitoring and control of heating devices in multiple units in one or more buildings. An intelligent node, containing a monitoring module and a controlling module, is installed for each unit in a building. The monitoring module monitors the activation and deactivation of the heating device or, alternatively, directly measures the amount of power used by the heating device. This monitoring data is transmitted to a central server and is sent to a user. The user can control the duty cycle of the heating device and, as such, can directly cause savings in energy. The duty cycle for each heating device is adjusted by the controlling module based on the user's commands. The system can also be used so that the duty cycle is set such that energy settings for adjacent units are similar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Trevor Boicey
  • Patent number: 10447201
    Abstract: The device and method for measuring the effect of soiling on a photovoltaic device includes a device in which a photovoltaic device (reference solar cell, solar cells, PV module, etc.) may be shifted between partially and fully enclosed compartments in quick succession for measurements of the same device (1) when directly exposed to illumination or solar radiation; (2) when placed under a glass or transparent cover maintained cleared or cleaned of soil; and (3) when placed under glass or transparent cover left exposed to natural outdoor soiling, or attenuated using simulated soil that is not periodically cleaned. The measurements may be of short circuit current (Isc), maximum power (Pmax), or other electrical parameter conventionally used to evaluate performance of the photovoltaic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
    Inventors: Feras Ghazi Alzubi, Abdulwahab Tariq Al-Asfour, Abdullah Ramadhan Alkandary
  • Patent number: 10430056
    Abstract: The invention includes a control for adjusting a thermostat comprising a controller including a microprocessor and memory for storing a user interface, a display screen including a touch sensitive screen, the display screen coupled to the microprocessor and memory; the user interface including a main screen having a temperature icon, a time icon, an adjustment icon, and temperature and time set points for at least two days of the week and the microprocessor programmed to highlight one of the time or temperature icons upon selection of said one of the time or temperature icons and thereafter, without navigating away from the main screen, upon selection of the adjustment touch pad icon, the microprocessor programmed to adjust the time or temperature set point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Braeburn Systems LLC
    Inventors: Daniel S Poplawski, Glenn A. Moore
  • Patent number: 10408483
    Abstract: A device detects that a first wearable device has connected to a network. The device receives user preferences from the first wearable device. The device identifies a set point corresponding to a climate parameter. The device receives climate information corresponding to the climate parameter from one or more sensors. The device determines whether the climate information is within a threshold percentage of the set point, and based on the determination that the climate information is not within the threshold percentage of the set point, the device adjusts the set point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Carey, Bryan M. Jones, Aditi Rajagopal, Ryan L. Rossiter
  • Patent number: 10401811
    Abstract: Techniques are described for providing remote device (e.g., thermostat, lighting, appliance, etc.) control and/or energy monitoring. A system monitors sensor data captured by one or more sensors that sense attributes relevant to user presence at one or more monitored properties and status of one or more energy consuming devices associated with the one or more monitored properties. The system analyzes the monitored sensor data and the monitored device status with respect to a set of one or more rules and performs an operation related to controlling the one or more energy consuming devices based on the analysis of the monitored sensor data and the monitored device status with respect to the set of one or more rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Alarm.com Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Scott Trundle, Alison Jane Slavin, Jean-Paul Martin, David James Hutz
  • Patent number: 10401830
    Abstract: Disclosed are exemplary embodiments of apparatus and methods for remote testing of controllers such as thermostats, to detect incorrect climate control system configuration parameters. In an exemplary embodiment, a computer wirelessly connects with a remote thermostat and sends signal(s) to the thermostat instructing the thermostat to perform climate control function(s) in predefined sequence(s). The computer receives signal(s) from the thermostat indicating whether the thermostat is performing the climate control function(s) in accordance with the sent signal(s). Based on the signal(s) received from the thermostat, the computer determines whether the thermostat is configured with accurate climate control system configuration parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventor: Fadi M. Alsaleem
  • Patent number: 10393397
    Abstract: A device detects that a first wearable device has connected to a network. The device receives user preferences from the first wearable device. The device identifies a set point corresponding to a climate parameter. The device receives climate information corresponding to the climate parameter from one or more sensors. The device determines whether the climate information is within a threshold percentage of the set point, and based on the determination that the climate information is not within the threshold percentage of the set point, the device adjusts the set point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Carey, Bryan M. Jones, Aditi Rajagopal, Ryan L. Rossiter
  • Patent number: 10376130
    Abstract: A warewash machine for washing wares includes a chamber for receiving wares, the chamber having at least one wash zone with an associated spray system for spraying liquid onto wares passing therethrough, wherein a downstream drying zone includes a blower for blowing air onto wares passing therethrough. The blower includes an ambient intake operatively connected to an ambient air flow path, a machine intake operatively connected to an internal machine air flow path and an exhaust intake operatively connected to a machine exhaust air flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Joseph F. Sanders, Alexander R. Anim-Mensah, Mary E. Paulus
  • Patent number: 10372093
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for mapping a building space using wearable devices in order to better control the comfort level in the building. In some instances, a system compiles information such as temperature information that is provided by an individual's wearable device as the individual moves about the building over time. Using this data, the system may create and/or update a comfort map of the building, which can be used to determine how various rooms of the building heat and cool over time, as well as usage pattern of the various rooms of the building. The system can then use the comfort map of the building to better control one or more comfort sources of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Pedro Davalos, Wendy Foslien, Ajay Pai
  • Patent number: 10352581
    Abstract: A control apparatus controls a facility device and is used in an energy consumption management system that grants an incentive to a user of the facility device when the facility device performs an adjustment of energy consumption for an adjustment period in response to an adjustment request. The control apparatus includes an incentive standard setting unit, a comfort standard setting unit, an incentive prediction calculation unit, a comfort prediction calculation unit, a control condition change unit, and a control unit. The control condition change unit determines whether incentive and comfort predictions are within ranges of incentive and comfort standards, and changes a preset control condition when there is variation in a derivation element of the incentive during the adjustment period. The control unit controls the facility device based on the control condition changed by the control condition change unit after the variation has occurred in the derivation element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Daikin Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinya Inuga, Wakiko Sunamori
  • Patent number: 10344998
    Abstract: An air conditioner including indoor and outdoor devices is provided. The indoor device may include a first connector including a first AC power terminal, a first communication terminal, and a first neutral terminal, a first relay connected between the first AC power terminal and the first communication terminal, and a first communication device connected to the first communication terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seokbae Seo, Kwangman Kim, Yongho Yun
  • Patent number: 10333810
    Abstract: A control system with asynchronous wireless data transmission includes a wireless sensor and a controller. The wireless sensor includes a measurement device configured to collect a plurality of samples of a measured variable at a plurality of different sampling times, a transmission generator configured to generate a compressed data object containing the plurality of samples of the measured variable, and a wireless radio configured to transmit the compressed data object at a transmission time asynchronous with at least one of the sampling times. The controller includes an object decompressor configured to extract the plurality of samples of the measured variable from the compressed data object and a feedback controller configured to use one or more of the extracted samples of the measured variable to modulate a control signal for a plant that operates to affect the measured variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Carlos Felipe Alcala Perez, Kirk H. Drees
  • Patent number: 10322722
    Abstract: A method of controlling an autonomously operating vehicle includes determining if the vehicle is currently occupied by a passenger, or if the vehicle is not currently occupied by a passenger. When the vehicle is currently occupied by a passenger, a vehicle controller controls at least one vehicle system to operate using a set of passenger present operating parameters. The set of passenger present operating parameters control the vehicle to provide a minimum level of passenger comfort. When the vehicle is not currently occupied by a passenger, the vehicle controller controls at least one vehicle system to operate using a set of passenger not-present operating parameters. The set of passenger not-present operating parameters control the vehicle for one of optimal energy efficiency, or for optimal vehicle diagnostic performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Brett T. Muller, Joshua R. Auden, Fred W. Huntzicker
  • Patent number: 10289131
    Abstract: The invention comprises systems and methods for detecting the use 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 networked 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: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: EcoFactor, Inc.
    Inventor: John Douglas Steinberg
  • Patent number: 10279762
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an electronic device configured to send a service request of a service to a remote server; receive an authority from the remote server; and control, according to the authority, an on-board device mounted on a target vehicle that is assigned by the remote server to provide the service to a user associated with the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: BEIJING DIDI INFINITY TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yang Meng, Zhenghong Wang, Yuqing Li, Hongjing Sun
  • Patent number: 10266033
    Abstract: In a method for estimating thermal sensation, thermal environment information at least regarding a thermal environment of or around a person is obtained, (1) a method for estimating a first thermal sensation, (2) a method for estimating a second thermal sensation, or (3) both the method for estimating the first thermal sensation and the method for estimating the second thermal sensation is selected as a method for estimating thermal sensation, which indicates a degree of warmth or coldness of the person, on the basis of the thermal environment information, and the thermal sensation is estimated using the selected method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aki Yoneda, Koichi Kusukame, Hiroko Kubo
  • Patent number: 10261530
    Abstract: The invention relates to a control apparatus (3) for an HVAC system (5), wherein the control apparatus (3) has a communication module (33) for communicating with one or more components of the HVAC system (5). The control apparatus comprises a passive NFC transponder (34), which is set up to receive and store a unique identifier (341) of each of the one or more components from a mobile service apparatus (2) before a power supply for the control apparatus (3) is switched on, and a control module (35) which is set up to access stored identifiers (341) after a power supply for the control apparatus (3) has been switched on and to transmit control signals to components determined by the identifiers via the communication module (33). The invention also relates to a mobile service apparatus (2) and to components in the form of drives (1), sensor apparatuses, regulators, operating devices and/or communication devices of the HVAC system (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: BELIMO HOLDING AG
    Inventors: Peter Schmidlin, Silvio Grogg
  • Patent number: 10253994
    Abstract: Methods and systems for setting up HVAC controllers for a particular installation site are disclosed. In an example, an HVAC controller may be configured to control at least part of an HVAC system in accordance with an algorithm that includes equipment information pertaining to operation of the specific HVAC equipment forming the HVAC system as well as comfort information such as desired temperatures. In some cases, the HVAC controller may be configured to enable display of certain of the equipment information in a read-only fashion, and in some cases, certain of the equipment information that would be of interest to an building inspector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Ademco Inc.
    Inventors: Jaymeson Tucker, John B. Amundson, Preston Gilmer, Sriharsha Putrevu
  • Patent number: 10222767
    Abstract: A system and approach for providing information about a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. A screen of the system on a display may have a portion revealing a perspective with a view of components such as cooling and heating coils, fans, dampers, sensors, and so forth. Data modules may be shown proximate to the components on the screen and indicate certain parameters about them. As second portion of the screen may show control and information modules related to items such as temperature and pressure control, and operating mode. The screen may also reveal relationships among sub-systems, applications, zones, alarms, and other items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Holaso, Stuart Donaldson, Kevin Callahan