With Time Delay Or Retardation Means Patents (Class 307/141)
  • Patent number: 11324088
    Abstract: A lighting system comprises one or more illuminants and a control device for adjusting light parameters of the illuminants during operation. The control device is arranged to adjust the light parameters time-dependently according to a predetermined course of the light parameters. The control device is further adapted to receive a one-dimensional user setting and to change the course of the light parameters according to the one-dimensional user setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: LEDVANCE GMBH
    Inventors: Dieter Lang, Enzo Peres, Timo Weinert
  • Patent number: 11251607
    Abstract: An electronic fuse (e-fuse) for controlling input current of a load includes a transistor switch and a transorb device that is coupled in parallel to the transistor switch between a source and a drain of the transistor switch. A circuit comprising the transistor switch and the transorb device in parallel comprises a first end and a second end. The first end of the circuit is coupled to a power bus. The second end of the circuit is coupled to a first node of the load. The e-fuse includes an RC circuit comprising a resistor coupled in series with a first capacitor. The RC circuit is coupled between the power bus at the first end of the circuit and a return. The return is coupled to a second node of the load. The e-fuse includes a second capacitor that is coupled between the return and the second end of the circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
    Inventors: Mohamed Amin Bemat, Daniel Humphrey, Benjamin Wade Dumas
  • Patent number: 11240889
    Abstract: A lighting system has at least one light fixture and a control device. The at least one light fixture has light parameters. The control device is in communication with the at least one light fixture. The control device has a plurality of one-dimensional user setting, a predetermined sequence of light parameters as a function of time, and an adjustment to the predetermined sequence as a function of a selected one-dimensional user setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: LEDVANCE GMBH
    Inventors: Dieter Lang, Enzo Peres, Timo Weinert
  • Patent number: 11088514
    Abstract: A power distributor having a plurality of power distribution modules arranged in a row, for directly mounting on a carrier rail, having a supply module arranged on one end face and a signal module arranged on the opposite end face, and having at least one connection module arranged therebetween. The supply module has a supply connection for a main power line for tapping off a supply power. The connection module is fitted or can be fitted with a protective switch that can be actuated and a plurality of load connections for connecting to an interruptible load circuit by means of the protective switch. The signal module has a first signal connection for a switch signal actuating the protective switch, and the power distribution modules are or can be coupled to each other in an electrically conductive manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Ellenberger & Poensgen GmbH
    Inventors: Erich Fischer, Klaus Werner
  • Patent number: 10844533
    Abstract: A method and appliance for controlling a household washing machine for washing laundry includes receiving, in a user interface, a user-selected steam sanitize cycle, displaying, on the user interface, a first indicator, and executing, by the controller, the sanitize cycle, and displaying a sanitized indicator, for example, on the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Benne, Matthew T. Doll, Carolyn Y. Groppel, Claudia Schuler, Casey J. Tubman
  • Patent number: 10680504
    Abstract: To provide a bandgap reference circuit capable of shortening a start time at power-on in a circuit lowered in power consumption. There is provided a bandgap reference circuit using an op amplifier to generate a reference voltage, which is equipped with a first current source connected between a power supply terminal and an operating current input terminal of the op amplifier, a second current source having one end connected to the power supply terminal, and a switch connected between the other end of the second current source and the operating current input terminal of the op amplifier, and in which a switch is turned on at power-on and turned off after starting of the reference voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: ABLIC INC.
    Inventors: Akihiro Kawano, Katsuya Goto
  • Patent number: 10530298
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided a semiconductor device including a first switch, a first capacitive element, a second capacitive element, a first rectifying circuit, a second rectifying circuit, a third rectifying circuit, and a fourth rectifying circuit. The first switch is electrically inserted between a first node and a second node. The first capacitive element is electrically inserted between a first signal node and the first node. The second capacitive element is electrically inserted between a second signal node and the second node. The first rectifying circuit is electrically connected to the first node with a first polarity. The second rectifying circuit is electrically connected to the first node with a second polarity opposite to the first polarity. The third rectifying circuit is electrically connected to the second node with the first polarity. The fourth rectifying circuit is electrically connected to the second node with the second polarity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Hoshino
  • Patent number: 10520236
    Abstract: Stand-alone ice making appliances and methods of controlling stand-alone ice making appliances are provided. An appliance includes a container defining a first storage volume for receipt of ice, a water tank defining a second storage volume for receipt of water, and a pump in fluid communication with the second storage volume. The appliance further includes an ice maker which is in fluid communication with the pump for receiving water from the pump. The appliance further includes an off-time detector configured to provide a signal indicative of whether the ice maker has been unpowered for a time period sufficient to begin ice production without overheating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Scott Tarr, Yan Bo
  • Patent number: 10438757
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of determining an electrical operating time of a circuit breaker (140) in a multiphase electrical system having a subsystem (160) at an electric potential resulting from electrical characteristics of electrical components within the subsystem. The method comprises monitoring (145) the voltage of the subsystem in the first phase, determining a first rate of change from the monitored voltage in the first phase, detecting at least one instance of switching based on the first rate of change, determining an electrical operating time of the circuit breaker based on the detected at least one instance of switching and an instance at which a command for switching was provided to the circuit breaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Anil Talluri, Anoop Parapurath, Rahul Radhakrishnan
  • Patent number: 10424451
    Abstract: A load control device may control power delivered to an electrical load from an AC power source. The load control device may include a controllably conductive device adapted to be coupled in series electrical connection between the AC power source and the electrical load, a zero-cross detect circuit configured to generate a zero-cross signal representative of the zero-crossings of an AC voltage. The zero-cross signal may be characterized by pulses occurring in time with the zero-crossings of the AC voltage. The load control device may include a control circuit operatively coupled to the controllably conductive device and the zero cross detect circuit. The control circuit may be configured to identify a rising-edge time and a falling-edge time of one of the pulses of the zero-cross signal, and may control a conductive state of the controllably conductive device based on the rising-edge time and the falling-edge time of the pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Robert W. Lenig, Michael Sizemore, Joshua W. Thaler, Russell L. MacAdam
  • Patent number: 10414285
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for preventing a battery including a master battery and a slave battery from being over-charged, the apparatus including: a master battery management system (BMS) which determines whether the master battery is over-charged, and turns off a main relay which connects or disconnects between the battery and a motor of a vehicle when the master battery is over-charged as a result of the determination; and a slave BMS which determines whether the slave battery is over-charged, and turns off a charging relay which connects or disconnects between the battery and a charger provided outside the vehicle when the slave battery is over-charged as a result of the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI AUTRON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Seong Park, Sang Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 10381853
    Abstract: The invention relates to a battery cell unit (10) which comprises a rechargeable electrochemical battery cell (11), a monitoring-and-control unit (12) connected in parallel to said battery cell (11), and a coupling unit in the form of a half bridge (14) comprising a first power semi-conductor (15) and a second power semi-conductor (16). Said battery cell unit (10) is equipped with an integrated circuit (20) that has a noise source (21). A switch-on delay can be achieved by means of said noise source (21). The invention also relates to a switching method for a battery system which comprises a plurality of intrinsically-safe battery cell units (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Philipp Hillenbrand
  • Patent number: 10361649
    Abstract: A pump assembly (1) includes a pump unit (2), an electrical drive motor (203) for driving the pump unit (2), and a control unit (201) for controlling the drive motor (203). The control unit (201) includes a frequency converter (209), a voltage converter (207) and a controller (211). The voltage converter (207) is configured to provide an input voltage (Uin) to the frequency converter (209). The input voltage (Uin) is adjustable within a voltage range between a minimum input voltage (Umin) and a maximum input voltage (Umax). The controller (211) is configured to determine an actual power consumption of at least one of the drive motor (203), the frequency converter (209) and the voltage converter (207) during operation of the pump unit (2). The controller (211) is further configured to tune the input voltage (Uin) depending on the determined actual power consumption during operation of the pump unit (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Klaus Vestergaard Kragelund, Jan Plougmann, Jan Carøe Aarestrup
  • Patent number: 10227969
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for automated control of a pump utilized to draw liquid from a fluid reservoir. Certain aspects relate to one or more components of an oil well pump control system. Other aspects relate to methods for automated control of a pump utilized to draw oil from an oil well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Darrell Dana Cushing, Kenn Nelson, Steve Fowler, Troy Edwards, Jason Carabetta
  • Patent number: 10103567
    Abstract: A power management system includes a battery circuit element connected in parallel with a load and including a non-rechargeable battery and a first diode connected in series with the non-rechargeable battery, a capacitor circuit element connected in parallel with the battery circuit element and including a capacitor connected in series with a second diode, and a photovoltaic cell circuit element connected in parallel with the capacitor circuit element and including a photovoltaic cell connected in series with a third diode. The first and second diodes are configured such that when a voltage of the non-rechargeable battery exceeds a voltage of the capacitor, the non-rechargeable battery supplies current to the load to power the load, and when the voltage of the capacitor exceeds the voltage of the non-rechargeable battery, the capacitor supplies current to the load to power the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Mark Moore
  • Patent number: 10095566
    Abstract: An operator control element in a motor vehicle generates an activation signal as a function of the activation of the operating element, and a control unit receives the activation signal and measures a signal length of the activation signal, and signals the activation if the signal length becomes greater than a predetermined debounce time. Despite possible incorrect triggering of the activation signal owing to voltage fluctuations, the debounce time is to be short. The control unit determines for this purpose an operating parameter, and on the basis of the operating parameter it is detected that a supply voltage, made available at the control unit, satisfies a predetermined instability criterion, and when the instability criterion is satisfied the control unit delays the measurement of the signal length for a predetermined blocking time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Jürgen Hartmann, Patrick Sassmannshausen
  • Patent number: 10015893
    Abstract: An automation field device having a housing and a modular field device electronics unit located inside the housing. The electronics unit has a first circuit board having at least one first and one second plug-in connector element, wherein the first plug-in connector element is used to electrically connect a peripheral unit, wherein both the first and the second plug-in connector elements can be contacted essentially from the same preferred plug-in direction, and a second circuit board having at least one third plug-in connector element, wherein the circuit boards are arranged such that the second plug-in connector element is connected to the third plug-in connector element in a detachable manner to electrically connect the peripheral unit to the second circuit board, and the second circuit board has at least one opening, via which the first plug-in connector element of the first circuit board is accessible for connecting the peripheral unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Endress+Hauser GmbH+Co. KG
    Inventors: Roland Grozinger, Andreas Kaiser, Dietmar Spanke
  • Patent number: 9949403
    Abstract: A device for cooling electronic boards grouped together in an electronic unit. The principle is that of providing at least one distinct cooling board that is introduced into the unit in place of one or more electronic board(s). The manufacture, use and maintenance of such a cooling device are thereby greatly optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventor: Louis Rouch
  • Patent number: 9888551
    Abstract: A programmable light timer for implementing a timing pattern is described. The programmable light timer comprises a wireless communication circuit configured to receive, using a wireless communication protocol, a timing pattern and a location from a wireless communication device; and a memory storing the timing pattern and the location; wherein programmable light timer application applies the timing pattern based upon the location received from the wireless communication device. A method of implementing a programmable light timer is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Cantigny Lighting Control, LLC
    Inventor: John Joseph King
  • Patent number: 9841805
    Abstract: A power management circuit that controls a plurality of power circuits for generating supply voltages at least for a processor is disclosed. The circuit includes: a real time clock that generates clock signals with a predetermined frequency; a power-on terminal to which a power-on key is connected, wherein the power-on terminal receives a voltage whose level depends on whether the power-on key is pressed or not; a power-on detecting unit that monitors a voltage at the power-on terminal and asserts a start signal if it is determined using the clock signals that the power-on key is pressed and held for a predetermined time period; and a power management controller that receives a system voltage based on a battery voltage or a DC voltage from a DC power source and, upon the start signal is asserted, starts up the plurality of power circuits in a predetermined sequence using the clock signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuaki Shimada
  • Patent number: 9817448
    Abstract: A hot swap system applied in an electronic device includes a plurality of expansion cards and a plurality of electronic components coupled to the expansion cards. Each of the expansion cards includes an expansion chip, a time delay unit, and a switch unit. The time delay unit is electrically coupled to the expansion chip, and outputs a delay signal to the expansion chip to control the expansion chip not operate within a preset time. The switch unit can operate and transmit signal between the corresponding expansion card and the plurality of electronic components after preset time. Therefore, the hot swap system can operate normally, even when one of the expansion cards is inserted suddenly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: MiiCs & Partners (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Meng-Liang Yang
  • Patent number: 9746893
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for identifying, for each of multiple circuits of an electrical device, a discharge time that indicates an amount of time previously taken for a voltage level of the circuit to decrease from a normal operating voltage to a specified voltage level after power was removed from the circuit. A delay time period is determined for the electrical device based on each discharge time. A command is received to cycle power to one or more components of the electrical device. In response to receiving the command, power is removed from the circuits for an amount of time that corresponds to the delay time period and power is restored to the circuits in response to the amount of time lapsing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Sizikov, Richard Roy
  • Patent number: 9669780
    Abstract: An electrical system assembly for a motor vehicle may include a first electrical system and a second electrical system galvanically isolated from the first electrical system. The second electrical system may be switchable between an idle state and an active state. A capacitive coupling element may couple the first electrical system to the second electrical system. A signal transmission unit may be arranged in the first electrical system and may be configured to transmit an activation signal to the capacitive coupling element for activating the second electrical system. A signal receiving unit may be arranged in the second electrical system and be configured to receive the activation signal via the capacitive coupling element and switch the second electrical system from the idle state to the active state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Daniele Ambrosio, Tobias Binder, Markus Cramme, Michael Krappel
  • Patent number: 9609996
    Abstract: In a method for pumping a fluid out of an aquiferous household device such as a dishwashing machine, a drain pump and a circulation pump are operated at least partially simultaneously to ensure that, in the event of an abrupt stop of the circulation pump, reverse flow that may cause filter cake formed by separating soiling and particles to loosen resulting in their re-soiling of the items to be cleaned. The speed of the circulation pump is lowered from a maximum speed to at least a minimum speed substantially without pressure surges before startup of the drain pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Fauth, Erwin Oberstaller, Andreas Reiter, Roland Rieger
  • Patent number: 9590538
    Abstract: An electrodynamic braking device for a universal motor includes a field winding configured to be fed from a grid during a braking operation, and an armature that is configured to be directly short-circuited. A braking process is performed by means of control electronics. Good braking is achieved with relatively low brush wear. Such an electrodynamic braking device can be used effectively for a power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Hans Hermann Rottmerhusen
  • Patent number: 9564752
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus comprises: a displacement unit provided to an electronic apparatus main body; a first power source provided to the main body and supplying power to a load provided to the displacement unit; a first connecting unit that opens and closes a first supply path supplying an electric current from the first power source to the load in response to displacement of the displacement unit; a limiting unit provided on the first supply path and limiting an electric current flowing through the first supply path for a predetermined time from when an electric current is supplied from a second power source; and a second connecting unit that opens and closes a second supply path supplying an electric current from the second power source to the limiting unit in response to the displacement, wherein the first connecting unit opens and closes the second supply path in response to the displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshihiro Hamano
  • Patent number: 9472967
    Abstract: A method and circuit for avoiding a low voltage shutdown in a portable device due to a low voltage falsely indicating a discharged battery employs an input current sensing circuit to determine when a high current is being drawn by the portable device. When the portable device is drawing a high current from the battery, the shutdown function is at least temporarily suppressed. If, during the high current event, the battery behavior indicates that it is actually near fully discharged, the shutdown functionality can be enabled to shut down the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventors: Diego I Nunez, Peter J Bartels
  • Patent number: 9462665
    Abstract: A circuit in a configurable light timer for receiving data to control the operation of the configurable light timer is described. The circuit comprises an input portion coupled to receive first data from a portable memory device by way of a connector on the configurable light timer; and a data transceiver coupled to receive wireless communication signals according to a wireless communication protocol, the wireless communication signals comprising second data for implementing the configurable light timer; wherein the second data coupled to the configurable light timer by way of the wireless communication link comprises timing characterization data. A method of receiving data to control the operation of the configurable light timer is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: John Joseph King
  • Patent number: 9431187
    Abstract: A switch actuation device for use in connection with electrical switch mechanism having an actuatable structure. The device includes an actuation mechanism in operable communication with the actuatable structure for use in urging the actuatable structure of the electrical switch mechanism from a first position to a second position. An actuatable electrical switch arrangement is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Ian Blakeman
  • Patent number: 9413172
    Abstract: A remote controlled extension cord. The extension cord has a wire attached to a plug with an integrated base. The base serves to cradle a remote control, which is used to turn power on/off to the extensions on the cord. The extension cord has a number of advanced operations, for example a sequential flash operation which cycles power between all of the individual sockets in the extension cord in sequence, and then repeats the sequence. This can all be controlled by the remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Michael McClurkan
  • Patent number: 9396897
    Abstract: A timed electrical power strip assembly allows each of a plurality of electrical outlet receptacles to be controlled by a separate timer. The assembly includes a power strip housing having a top wall, a bottom wall and a peripheral wall attached to and extending between the top and bottom walls. A plurality of electrical outlet receptacles is disposed within the housing and extends through the top wall. Each of the receptacles has a plurality of openings therein wherein each of the openings is configured to receive a male plug-in end of an external electrical cord. A plurality of individual timer switches is provided. Each of the individual timer switches is electrically coupled to an associated receptacle wherein manipulation of the individual timer switches selectively provides power to the associated one of the receptacles for a selectable period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Omotolani M. Ademola
  • Patent number: 9398671
    Abstract: A control device including a first switch, a control unit and a second switch is provided. When the first switch is turned on, a power signal generated by a power supply is transmitted to a lighting load via the first switch. The brightness of the lighting load is gradually increased or reduced as time increases. When the first switch is turned on, the control unit executes a countdown according to a time value. Upon finishing the countdown, the control unit generates a trigger signal and simultaneously the brightness of the lighting load is at a set value. When receiving the trigger signal, the second switch stops transmitting the power signal from the first switch to the lighting load at first and then transmits the power signal from the first switch to the lighting load such that the brightness of the lighting load keeps at the set value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Lextar Electronics Corporation
    Inventor: Chien-Nan Yeh
  • Patent number: 9264035
    Abstract: A power supply unit for use with thermostats or other like devices requiring power. A power supply unit may be designed to keep electromagnetic interference emissions at a minimum, particularly at a level that does not violate governmental regulations. A unit may be designed so that there is enough power for a triggering a switch at about a cross over point of a waveform of input power to the unit. Power for triggering may come from a storage source rather than line power to reduce emissions on the power line. Power for the storage source may be provided with power stealing. Power stealing may require switching transistors which can generate emissions. Gate signals to the transistors may be especially shaped to keep emissions from transistor switching at a minimum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Tousignant, Daniel Landry
  • Patent number: 9204778
    Abstract: A dishwasher, especially a household dishwasher, includes a control device, in which at least one wash program for carrying out a wash cycle comprising a number of part wash cycles for cleaning and/or drying items to be washed is stored, and an operating device for entering operating commands for the control device. At least one operating command for carrying out one or more adaptation measures on at least one of the wash programs can be input at the operating device to improve avoidance of spots on the items to be washed and/or the drying result on the washed items, when the wash cycle based on the adapted wash program is carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Jerg, Andreas Reiter, Michael Georg Rosenbauer
  • Patent number: 9099633
    Abstract: A memory element can include a first electrode; a second electrode; and a memory material programmable between different resistance states, the memory material disposed between the first electrode and the second electrode and comprising a solid electrolyte with at least one modifier element formed therein; wherein the first electrode is an anode electrode that includes an anode element that is ion conductible in the solid electrolyte, the anode element being different than the modifier element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Adesto Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Chakravarthy Gopalan, Wei Ti Lee, Yi Ma, Jeffrey Allan Shields
  • Patent number: 9100676
    Abstract: Audiovisual reproduction system comprising a central unit managing a sound control circuit, and a telecommunications modem connected to a distribution network controlled by a host server, through a multitask operating system created around a tools and services library, characterized in that the operating system comprises a function that adjusts the sound control circuit to couple volumes in the various areas in which the loudspeakers in the audiovisual reproduction system are used, this function being accessible through a management mode of the multitask operating system, the coupling maintaining the ratios between the various volumes in each area when the volume in one area is modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventor: Guy Nathan
  • Patent number: 9063555
    Abstract: A user interface for use with an HVAC system, a method of providing service reminders on a single screen of a user interface of an HVAC system and an HVAC system incorporating the user interface or the method. In one embodiment, the user interface includes: (l) a display configured to provide information to a user, (2) a touchpad configured to accept input from the user and (3) a processor and memory coupled to the display and the touchpad and configured to drive the display and provide a plurality of seasonal programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Lennox Industies Inc.
    Inventor: Bobby DiFulgentiz
  • Patent number: 9048040
    Abstract: An electrical unit outlet device is disclosed for controlling power isolation, based on a predetermined time, for a device charger, while remaining plugged into a power outlet. A power isolating circuit cuts any power to the charging device off when charge is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Takecharge, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis L. Miller, Dwain C. May
  • Patent number: 9007034
    Abstract: An electric power generation control system for a vehicle, which enables generation of electric power by a generator as much as possible while preventing an electrical component from being overheated by power generation by the generator. The electric power generation control system selectively switches a mode of the generator between first and second modes in which an instruction voltage is higher and not higher than an allowable voltage of a wire harness, respectively. A counter value is counted up in the first mode and down in the second mode. When the counter value has reached a higher limit value, the first mode is inhibited and the power generation mode is set to the second mode. This increase the proportion of an execution time period of the first, and accordingly, when a possibility of overheating the wire harness becomes high, the instruction voltage is lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Iida, Masahiko Asakura, Satoru Sunada, Hiroshi Endo, Kojiro Tsutsumi, Ryuko Komatsu, Nobumasa Toyoshima
  • Patent number: 9000624
    Abstract: A power-good signal generator generates a power-good signal according to a control signal of a controller, and comprises an impedance element, a controlled transistor and a power sequencing free circuit. An end of the impedance element is coupled to a second voltage source. The controlled transistor has first and second input/output ends and a controlled end, wherein the first input/output end is coupled to the other end of the impedance element to generate the power-good signal. An operating state of the controlled transistor is changed in response to the control signal. The power sequencing free circuit is coupled to the controlled end and one of the first input/output end and the second voltage source. When the second voltage source is supplied before the first voltage source, the power sequencing free circuit turns on the controlled transistor to clamp the power-good signal to be lower than a predetermined voltage level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Green Solution Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Li-Min Lee, Zhong-Wei Liu, Chung-Che Yu, Shian-Sung Shiu
  • Patent number: 8947033
    Abstract: A delay circuit for a fan includes a signal generation circuit, a first switch, a delay microchip, and a second switch. The signal generation circuit receives a driving signal and generates a control signal according to the driving signal. The first switch is electronically connected to the signal generation circuit to receive the control signal. The second switch is electronically connected between the delay microchip and the fan. When the signal generation circuit is electronically connected to the fan via the first switch, the control signal is transmitted to the fan to activate the fan. When the signal generation circuit is electronically connected to the delay microchip, the delay microchip receives the control signal and outputs a delayed control signal after a predetermined delay time, and the delayed control signal is transmitted to the fan via the second switch to activate the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShanZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lei Liu, Guo-Yi Chen
  • Patent number: 8860248
    Abstract: A demand response unit (DRU) interposed between a utility's electrical power line (PL) and at least one load (L1-Ln) to which power is supplied by the utility over the line. A detector (Fdet or Vdet) measures a characteristic (frequency F, voltage V) of an electrical waveform (W) by which power is transmitted by the utility to the load. The detector determines both when the measured frequency or voltage exceeds a predetermined threshold for a first predetermined period of time; and, if the threshold is exceeded, when the frequency or voltage exceeds the second predetermined threshold for a second predetermined period of time. For this purpose, the detector processes a predetermined number of intervals of the waveform and produces an average value of the characteristic which is compared to the threshold. This is done to reduce the effect of extraneous events which may temporarily change the value of the frequency or voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Aclara Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Christopher K. Fleck
  • Patent number: 8841799
    Abstract: A plurality of normally-open pushbutton switches are coupled to and cooperate with a pair of MOSFETs to provide each pushbutton switch of the plurality of pushbutton switches with a power on switch function for a personal audio device that does not require power to be drawn from a power source to monitor each of the pushbutton switches or to identify which of the pushbutton switches was manually operated to power on the personal audio device while awaiting operation of one of the pushbutton switches to cause the personal audio device to be powered on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Paul G. Yamkovoy, Benjamin D. Burge
  • Publication number: 20140252885
    Abstract: An actuator control method and an actuator control device that incorporate an element of feedback control in time optimal control, including: a calculation step of calculating a switching time at which an acceleration output is switched to a deceleration output and an end time of the deceleration output expressed by time elapsed from a calculation time at which calculation for control is performed using a maximum acceleration and a maximum deceleration, which are measured in advance, at the time of the maximum output of control force of an actuator; a control output step of setting the control force of the actuator to a maximum acceleration output from the calculation time to the switching time, setting the control force of the actuator to a maximum deceleration output from the switching time to the end time, and ending the output of the control force at the end time, and an update step of calculating and updating the switching time and the end time by repeating the calculation step at each preset time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Isuzu Motors Limited
    Inventor: Yasushi Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20140191591
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides apparatus, systems, and methods for preventing out-of-synchronism closing between power systems. An intelligent electronic device (IED) apparatus may include a control component and a delay component. The control component is configured to selectively control opening and closing of a breaker. The control component selectively outputs a close signal to cause the breaker to connect a first portion of a power delivery system to another portion of the power delivery system. The delay component is configured to delay output of the close signal to the breaker. The delay component includes circuitry independent from control by the control component and the delay component is inconfigurable from a remote location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
  • Publication number: 20140175905
    Abstract: A serial advanced technology attachment dual in-line memory module device includes first and second electronic switches, a voltage detecting circuit, a power circuit, and an edge connector. The edge connector includes first to third power pins and first and second notches. The first power pins are connected to an input terminal of the voltage detecting circuit. An output terminal of the voltage detecting circuit is connected to first terminals of the first and second electronic switches. The second power pins are connected to the second terminal of the first electronic switch. The third power pins are connected to the second terminal of the second electronic switch. The third terminals of the first and second electronic switches are connected together and also connected to the power circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: MENG-LIANG YANG
  • Publication number: 20140132224
    Abstract: Interrupting the charging status of a rechargeable battery comprises providing a timer operable electrical extension cord. The extension cord comprises a conducting cable or media capable of transmitting electric current providing desired extended operative connection between at least a power input connector to a power source or one or more electrical sockets at one end of the conducting media and a power output connector at other end of the conducting media to any intermittently operable or charge dependent electrically operable unit. The extension cord includes a timer for continuously tracking the desired time duration for which the switch is to be either in an on state or in an off state. The timer cooperates with a controller to trigger a corresponding change in a switching state of the extension cord.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Madhavan Pisharodi
  • Patent number: 8659316
    Abstract: A power control circuit is connected between a power supply voltage and a logic circuit to switch power supplied to the logic circuit. The power control circuit includes a plurality of first power gating cells (PGCs) receiving an external mode change signal in parallel, at least one second PGC connected with one first PGC, at least one third PGC connected with the at least one second PGC, and at least one fourth PGC connected with the at least one third PGC. The second power gating cell, the third PGC, and/or the fourth PGC may include a plurality of gating cells. At least one of the second, third, and fourth pluralities has power gating cells connected in series. Each of the first through fourth PGCs switches power supplied in response to the mode change signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyung Ock Kim, Jae Han Jeon, Jung Yun Choi, Hyo Sig Won, Kyu Myung Choi
  • Patent number: 8632199
    Abstract: A lamp apparatus include a lamp body, at least an alternating current light-emitting diode and a plug. The alternating current light-emitting diode is disposed on a lamp body. The plug is electrically connected to the alternating current light-emitting diode. In lamp apparatuses utilizing AC LED, heat generated thereby is almost concentrated on chips. Compared with conventional lamp apparatuses utilizing DC LEDs, heat generated thereby is distributed on chips and outer rectifier. In lamp apparatuses utilizing AC LEDs, heat generated thereby is almost concentrated on chips because AC LEDs operate directly with AC electric power, omitting a rectifier and preventing power loss during operation of power rectification. Therefore, the heat accumulated on the chips of the AC LEDs is enough to be used to evaporate essential oil. In another embodiment, the invention utilizes low-resistance pure water surrounding the AC LED to dissipate its heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Epistar Corporation
    Inventors: Wen-Yung Yeh, Jui-Ying Lin, Yu-Chen Yu, Ming-Te Lin, Yu-Chun Lin, Ta-Wei Chien
  • Patent number: 8630076
    Abstract: A safe disconnect circuit is provided for mitigating the effect of harmful circuit conditions upon a load, such as an integrated power module (IPM). The safe disconnect circuit comprises a switching circuit operative to receive a pulsed input signal, and to detect the presence of a load threatening input signal, e.g. a load control signal, having an amplitude below a preset amplitude threshold and a duration beyond a present duration threshold. The switching circuit is operative to terminate load power in response to detect a presence of the load threatening signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Edmond J. Tajirian, Jeff A. Knowles, Mark D. Cayot