Miscellaneous Systems Patents (Class 307/149)
  • Patent number: 10411514
    Abstract: There is provided a container (30) of consumer goods, the container (30) comprising a wrapped bundle of consumer goods (10) comprising a wrapper (16) wrapped around one or more consumer goods. The wrapper (16) comprises a folded laminar blank comprising at least one carrier layer (12) and at least one conductive layer (13), the at least one conductive layer (13) forming at least one power transfer receiver coil (14) configured to wirelessly receive a supply of electrical energy. The container (30) further comprises an outer housing (31) containing the wrapped bundle of consumer goods (10), and an electronic device (38) connected to the at least one power transfer receiver coil (14) to receive the supply of electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Philip Morris Products S.A.
    Inventor: Arjen Hamilcar Slooff
  • Patent number: 10380107
    Abstract: A system, method, and an apparatus related to a standardized interface to separate new functions from the primary features of the DTM. This can circumvent the need for modification of the DTM when new functions are desired to be added. This can prevent the necessity of regression testing for existing functions in the DTM, and prevent risk of degradation of performance of the DTM after addition of the new functions. Consequently, by reducing the testing time, development time of upgrades to DTMs can be shortened and a lower cost can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Yokogawa Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Sin Wai Chan, Mamerto Giango, Maryann Concepcion Prosia, Shankar Rajappa
  • Patent number: 10381147
    Abstract: A container arrangement for power transformers that are constructed from individual components. The components are releasably connected to one another in such a way that simple mounting/demounting and separate transportation is made possible. At least some of the components are arranged in containers, wherein each container contains a predetermined type of components in such a way that the components necessary for intended construction variants of the power transformers at the use location are contained in a corresponding selection of containers. This renders possible the correct and efficient mounting of power transformers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Christian Ettl
  • Patent number: 10377255
    Abstract: According to some implementations, an apparatus for transmitting charging power wirelessly to a load is provided. The apparatus comprises at least one ferrite structure comprising a first ferrite portion, a second ferrite portion comprising at least a first ferrite leg, a second ferrite leg, and a third ferrite leg, each physically separated from the first ferrite portion by a first distance, and a third ferrite portion positioned between the second ferrite leg and the first ferrite portion and physically contacting the second ferrite leg. The at least one ferrite structure further comprises a coil wound around the second ferrite leg and configured to generate an alternating current under influence of an alternating magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: WiTricity Corporation
    Inventors: Mickel Bipin Budhia, Chang-Yu Huang, Nicholas Athol Keeling, Michael Le Gallais Kissin, Jonathan Beaver
  • Patent number: 10361589
    Abstract: A power transmission device performs contactless power transmission from a power transmitter to a power receiver. The power transmitter includes a main body supporting the power receiver by first and second surfaces that are disposed adjacent to each other, a power transmitting coil disposed within the main body and having a first coil portion corresponding to the first surface and a second coil portion corresponding to the second surface, and a power source supplying power to the power transmitting coil. The power receiver includes a main body having a third surface and a fourth surface opposed to the first and second surfaces, respectively, and a power receiving coil disposed within the main body and having a third coil portion corresponding to the third surface and a fourth coil portion corresponding to the fourth surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masakazu Kato
  • Patent number: 10352304
    Abstract: A wind turbine that includes a housing, an asynchronous generator disposed in the housing and configured to be electrically connected to a power grid connection; a power converter circuit disposed in the housing and configured to be electrically connected to the asynchronous generator; and a variable impedance device disposed in the housing, connected to the generator and configured to limit current by varying impedance in response to a transient current. The wind turbine delivers reactive power to the power grid when the variable impedance device varies impedance in response to the transient current. The variable impedance device can be arranged in series between the asynchronous generator and the power grid connection, or can be in a shunt arrangement between the asynchronous generator and a neural point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: INGETEAM POWER TECHNOLOGY, S.A.
    Inventors: Francisco Javier Chivite Zabalza, Carlos Girones Remirez, Ainhoa Carcar Mayor, Eneko Olea Oregi, Jesus Lopez Taberna
  • Patent number: 10341863
    Abstract: A method for authenticating a user with respect to a facility, for example, with respect to a vehicle. A signal having an item of information relating to the user is injected into skin of the user by a transmitting device. Direct contact is established between the skin of the user and a receiving device assigned to the facility, with the result that the signal is transmitted from the skin of the user to the receiving device. The user is also authenticated based on the signal received by the receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AG
    Inventors: Dino Fontana, Sascha Jurthe
  • Patent number: 10329784
    Abstract: A customizable pool automation control system includes a system housing defining a protective enclosure. A processor is located within the housing. A plurality of expansion slots are formed with the housing, and operatively communicate with the processor. A plurality of modular external expansion cards are adapted for being custom selected by a user and inserted into respective expansion slots. The expansion cards are selected from a group consisting of a chlorine generator control, a water level control, a camera control, a valve actuator control, and a relay control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: WINCOR, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas M. Corwin
  • Patent number: 10326309
    Abstract: Provided is a transmitter in a wireless power transmission system, the transmitter including a Transmission (Tx) power converter for converting a Direct Current (DC) voltage into a first Alternating Current (AC) voltage, and converting the converted first AC voltage into a second AC voltage by amplifying the converted first AC voltage, a Tx matching circuit for matching an impedance thereof with that of a receiver for receiving the second AC voltage to transmit the second AC voltage, a Tx resonator for resonating the second AC voltage into resonant waves to transmit the second AC voltage to the receiver, and a Tx controller for determining an amplification rate of the first AC voltage and controlling the Tx power converter to convert the first AC voltage into the second AC voltage according to the determined amplification rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Kyung-Woo Lee, Kang-Ho Byun, Young-Min Lee, Se-Ho Park
  • Patent number: 10291060
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an adapter and a charging control method. The adapter includes: a power converter, configured to convert input alternating current to obtain an output voltage and an output current of the adapter, the output current of the adapter being a current with a first pulsating waveform; a sampling and holding unit, coupled to the power converter, and configured to sample the current with the first pulsating waveform in a sampling state, and to hold a peak value of the current with the first pulsating waveform in a holding state; a current sampling controller, coupled to the sampling and holding unit, and configured to determine whether the sampling and holding unit is in the holding state, and to sample the peak value of the current with the first pulsating waveform held by the sampling and holding unit when the sampling and holding unit is in the holding state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Chen Tian, Jialiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10221853
    Abstract: A fluid circulation monitoring system includes a distributed processing system having a first processor located on-premises near a space filled with a circulating fluid and a second processor located off-premises. The first processor and the second processor are in communication with one another. A sensor is operatively connected to the first processor and senses at least one parameter associated with a flow rate of fluid through the circulation system. The distributed processing system is configured to process the at least one parameter and derive a volumetric fluid flow rate through a fluid pump which propels the fluid through the circulation system. Pattern recognition is applied to the at least one parameter to detect maintenance events and predict the need for maintenance events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Axel Nix
  • Patent number: 10224728
    Abstract: A totable ensemble is attachable to a plurality of totable objects for re-charging peripheral power sources such as mobile communications devices thereby. The totable power source ensemble includes a primary power bank and a mechanism for attaching the primary power bank to a wide variety of totable objects such as backpacks, purses, and hand luggage. The primary power bank basically includes a battery and a mechanism for accessing power stored by the battery. The mechanism for attaching the primary power bank to a totable object may include an assembly-receiving pocket or other structure that provides matable attachments for attaching the assembly-receiving pocket or other structure to an attachment structure associated with each totable object. The battery is thus made accessible upon the totable object and the attachment mechanism enables the user to attach and re-attach the ensemble to any number of totable objects for ease of device recharge-ability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: M-EDGE INTERNATIONAL CORP.
    Inventors: Adam R. Ashley, Joshua B. King
  • Patent number: 10205326
    Abstract: Disclosed, in one example, is an energy consumption node. The node includes a guided surface wave receive structure configured to obtain electrical energy from a guided surface wave traveling along a terrestrial medium. The node also includes a distribution system coupled to the guided surface wave receive structure and configured to distribute the obtained electrical energy to an electrical load coupleable to the distribution system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, James D. Lilly
  • Patent number: 10205352
    Abstract: A power receiving apparatus, that complies with at least two power transfer methods and receives power wirelessly from a power transmitting apparatus, detects unexpected power which is not power transmitted from the power transmitting apparatus while a first power transfer method is used out of the at least two power transfer methods. When the unexpected power is detected, the power receiving apparatus controls the power transmitting apparatus and the power receiving apparatus so that a second power transfer method which is different from the first power transfer method out of the at least two power transfer methods is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tadashi Eguchi
  • Patent number: 10141771
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system including RF circuitry configured to generate an RF signal; a plurality of unit cells configured to receive the RF signal and to cause an RF energy signal having a center frequency to be present within the unit cells; and receiver circuitry configured to charge an electronic device in response to an antenna of the electronic device receiving the RF energy signal when the antenna is tuned to the center frequency and positioned in a near-field distance from one or more of the unit cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Alister Hosseini, Michael A. Leabman
  • Patent number: 10120676
    Abstract: When a baseboard management controller (BMC) is used to control a fan speed of a fan unit of a server by executing a firmware with fan parameter data stored in one temporary storage region, the fan parameter data is updated by receiving fan parameter update data and storing the fan parameter update data in another temporary storage region, and updating the fan parameter data using the fan parameter update data after determining that the received fan parameter update data is valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Mitac Computing Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Chien-Huai Su
  • Patent number: 10122218
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for long distance transmission of offshore generated power. A turbine is located offshore. The turbine can be mechanically coupled to a generator. A guided surface waveguide probe is electrically coupled to the generator and configured to launch a guided surface wave on a terrestrial medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: CPG Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James F. Corum, Kenneth L. Corum, John Robert Ashcroft, Stephen W. Wilson, Michael W. Miller
  • Patent number: 10110056
    Abstract: A system for banking energy is provided. The system includes a rechargeable battery and a controller selectively controlling a supply of electricity from the rechargeable battery and from at least one additional energy source to a plurality of electrically powered devices of a facility. The controller directs electricity from the at least one additional energy source to the rechargeable battery at selective times when the rechargeable battery is not supplying electricity to the plurality of electrically powered devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Lightening Energy
    Inventors: Christopher K. Dyer, Michael L. Epstein, Duncan Culver
  • Patent number: 10062228
    Abstract: A person identification device 100 has a tag 110 with a code and a tamper evident tether 120 able to secure the tag 110 to a person having a body. The person identification device also has a signal generator 140 able to generate a signal representing the code. The tag 110 has a capacitive contact 130 able to capacitively couple the signal into the body of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: G4S MONITORING TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Tom Coggins, John Potter
  • Patent number: 10050462
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for wirelessly sharing power among multiple mobile devices connected to a power sharing community network using a mobile device application. This method may provide an easy and effective way to wirelessly share power from a group of mobile devices to one or more mobile devices in need of charge, located within the same area, such as a train station, bus station, food courts, airport terminals, etc. The method may include wireless power transmission through suitable techniques such as pocket-forming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Energous Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Leabman, Gregory Scott Brewer
  • Patent number: 10036670
    Abstract: A peak junction temperature monitoring system for a semiconductor device includes a peak power dissipation sensor for sensing the peak power dissipation in the device. A temperature sensor senses an average temperature of the device, and a peak junction temperature computation circuit generates a signal representative of a peak junction temperature based on input from the peak power dissipation sensor and the temperature sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: CIRRUS LOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Anindya Bhattacharya, Tim Green, Jing Bai
  • Patent number: 10008457
    Abstract: Coupled resonators for galvanically isolated signaling between integrated circuit modules. An illustrative multi-module integrated circuit comprises: a transmitter in a first module, the transmitter providing a modulated carrier signal; a receiver in a second module demodulating the modulated carrier signal; and a galvanically isolated signaling path that includes: a first integrated resonator in the first module and a second integrated resonator in the second module, the first and second integrated resonators being resonantly coupled to convey the modulated carrier signal from the transmitter to the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Scott Burton, Karel Ptacek
  • Patent number: 9970652
    Abstract: A system and method for creating a visual display on an outer surface of a turntable platter. The system and method includes providing a light source around and directed toward the periphery of the platter that includes a number of reflective nodes on its outer peripheral surface. The reflective nodes project a lighted display around the outer periphery of the platter thereby creating a visual effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Gibson Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Gustave Jursch
  • Patent number: 9960731
    Abstract: A method of signaling between a photovoltaic module and an inverter module. The inverter module is connected to the photovoltaic module. In an initial mode of operation an initial code is modulated thereby producing an initial signal. The initial signal is transmitted from the inverter module to the photovoltaic module. The initial signal is received by the photovoltaic module. The operating mode is then changed to a normal mode of power conversion, and during the normal mode of operation a control signal is transmitted from the inverter to the photovoltaic module. A control code is demodulated and received from the control signal. The control code is compared with the initial code producing a comparison. The control command of the control signal is validated as a valid control command from the inverter module with the control command only acted upon when the comparison is a positive comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Solaredge Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Guy Sella, Meir Adest, Lior Handelsman, Yoav Galin, Amir Fishelov, Meir Gazit, Ilan Yoscovich, Yaron Binder
  • Patent number: 9935468
    Abstract: A power receiving apparatus (105) is provided with: a power reception unit (106) disposed at a distance from and opposed to a power transmission unit (104) of the power transmitting apparatus (101); a direct current (DC) voltage changing device (108) which constitutes one portion of a power receiving circuit configured to electrically connect the power reception unit and an electrical load (109) and which can change DC voltage supplied to the electrical load; and a controlling device (112) configured to control the DC voltage changing device to change the DC voltage to bring a current phase difference between current of the power transmission unit and current of the power reception unit close to 180 degrees when the electric power is transmitted and received between the power transmission unit and the power reception unit, the current phase difference corresponding to overall resonant frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Pioneer Corporation
    Inventor: Keisuke Iwawaki
  • Patent number: 9923516
    Abstract: Circuits integrated or integrable with a photovoltaic panel to provide built-in functionality to the photovoltaic panel including safety features such as arc detection and elimination, ground fault detection and elimination, reverse current protection, monitoring of the performance of the photovoltaic panel, transmission of the monitored parameters and theft prevention of the photovoltaic panel. The circuits may avoid power conversion, for instance DC/DC power conversion, may avoid performing maximum power tracking to include a minimum number of components and thereby increase overall reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Solaredge Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Liron Har-Shai, Alon Zohar, Ilan Yoscovitch, Yoav Galin, Lior Handelsman
  • Patent number: 9924308
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to determining location of client devices in a distributed antenna system (DAS) based on detecting uplink received power. In this regard, a client device location system is provided in the DAS to configure each remote unit in the DAS to generate a power-regulated UL communications signal based on an assigned power pattern. If a respective power pattern of a reference signal(s) uniquely identifying a client device corresponds to the assigned power pattern of the remote unit that generates the power-regulated UL communications signal, the client device location system reports the location of the remote unit as the location of the client device in the DAS. Hence, it is possible to locate the client device based on the location of the remote unit, thus providing the location of the client device with higher degree of accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Corning Optical Communications Wireless Ltd
    Inventors: Dror Harel, Parwiz Shekalim
  • Patent number: 9906053
    Abstract: An energy storage device capable of receiving energy using an energy input interface or charging an electronic device using an energy output interface. The energy storage device includes an adapter, an energy storage unit and a charger module. The adapter provides the charger module with an input current, and the charger module provides the energy storage unit with a first current. Otherwise, the charger module provides the electronic device with the input current. When the input current provided by the adapter is higher than a maximum safe current of the adapter, the energy storage unit provides the charger module with a second current. The charger module outputs energy to the electronic device according to the second current to assist the adapter to charge the electronic device. The second current is opposite to the first current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: ANPEC ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chih-Ning Chen
  • Patent number: 9893818
    Abstract: Human-body communication apparatuses and methods of exchanging information thereof are disclosed. A human-body communication apparatus includes a processing module and a human-body communication module coupled to the processing module. When a user comes in contact with another user, the human-body communication module is configured to establish a wireless connection with the human-body communication apparatus of the other user. The processing module is configured to obtain a time duration of the wireless connection, compare the time duration with a preset first time threshold, and exchange information with the human-body communication apparatus of the other user via the human-body communication module, if the time duration is greater than the first time threshold. Thus, the present disclosure can allow interaction of information through body contact, increasing the user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: HUIZHOU TCL MOBILE COMMUNICATION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jie Zhang
  • Patent number: 9876466
    Abstract: Circuits integrated or integrable with a photovoltaic panel to provide built-in functionality to the photovoltaic panel including safety features such as arc detection and elimination, ground fault detection and elimination, reverse current protection, monitoring of the performance of the photovoltaic panel, transmission of the monitored parameters and theft prevention of the photovoltaic panel. The circuits may avoid power conversion, for instance DC/DC power conversion, may avoid performing maximum power tracking to include a minimum number of components and thereby increase overall reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Solaredge Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Liron Har-Shai, Alon Zohar, Ilan Yoscovitch, Yoav Galin, Lior Handelsman
  • Patent number: 9871414
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a system for transferring power wirelessly from a transmitter to a receiver, the transmitter having a transmitter processor and a transmitter antenna. The system includes the transmitter processor configured to convert electric power signals to an electromagnetic field (EMF); associate each of a plurality of keys with one of a plurality of operating frequencies, and store the plurality of keys associated with the plurality of operating frequencies in a table; select one of the plurality of operating frequencies stored in the table as an active operating frequency, wherein the active operating frequency is assigned as the current operating frequency of the transmitter antenna, and wherein the key associated with the active operating frequency is assigned as an active key; wirelessly transmit to the receiver the EMF at the active operating frequency; and wirelessly transmit to the receiver the table and an identification of the active key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lydia M. Do, Sasikanth Eda, Riyazahamad M. Shiraguppi
  • Patent number: 9871298
    Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) energy harvesting device (rectenna) includes an antenna structure configured to resonate at RF frequencies, and a rectifying circuit that facilitates harvesting multiband RF signals having low energy levels (i.e., tens of mW and below) by utilizing two Zero Bias Schottky diodes having different forward voltage and peak inverse voltage values. Positive voltage pulses from a captured RF signal generated on a first antenna end point are passed by the first diode to a first internal node where they are summed with a second RF signal generated on the second antenna end point (i.e., after being passed through a capacitor), thereby producing a first intermediate voltage having a substantially higher voltage level. Positive voltage pulses are then passed from the first internal node through the second diode to an output control circuit for conversion into a usable DC output voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: George Daniel, Bernard D. Casse, Armin R. Volkel, Victor Liu
  • Patent number: 9866070
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a system for transferring power wirelessly from a transmitter to a receiver, the transmitter having a transmitter processor and a transmitter antenna. The system includes the transmitter processor configured to convert electric power signals to an electromagnetic field (EMF); associate each of a plurality of keys with one of a plurality of operating frequencies, and store the plurality of keys associated with the plurality of operating frequencies in a table; select one of the plurality of operating frequencies stored in the table as an active operating frequency, wherein the active operating frequency is assigned as the current operating frequency of the transmitter antenna, and wherein the key associated with the active operating frequency is assigned as an active key; wirelessly transmit to the receiver the EMF at the active operating frequency; and wirelessly transmit to the receiver the table and an identification of the active key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lydia M. Do, Sasikanth Eda, Riyazahamad M. Shiraguppi
  • Patent number: 9837824
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a connection system for connecting a power generator to a DC electrical power system, with a controllable voltage source unit functionally connected in series with the power generator to receive AC electrical power from the power generator, and to generate an AC electrical power output accordingly, and a rectifier arranged to receive AC electrical power output from said voltage source unit and to rectify the AC electrical power output to a DC electrical power to be provided to the DC electrical power system. The invention also relates to method for connecting a power generator to a DC electrical power system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: Philip Carne Kjær, Dumitru-Mihai Valcan, Lars Helle
  • Patent number: 9806769
    Abstract: An electromagnetically-coupled state detection circuit including a detection unit that measures a primary side Q value of a circuit containing a primary side coil electromagnetically coupled with a secondary side coil and power transmission efficiency to the secondary side coil, corrects the power transmission efficiency based on the Q value of the primary side coil, and detects a state of electromagnetic coupling with the secondary side coil based on an obtained corrected value of the power transmission efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroaki Nakano, Tomomichi Murakami, Shinichi Fukuda, Osamu Kozakai, Kenichi Fujimaki
  • Patent number: 9740264
    Abstract: On embodiment provides an electronic apparatus including: a controller configured to perform a power management of the electronic apparatus; a battery capable of counting cycles of a charging; and a charge circuit configured to perform the charging to the battery by using DC power supplied from an AC power supply device, wherein the controller is configured to cause the charge circuit to step down a charge voltage of the battery every predetermined number of the counts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Tomonori Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 9692245
    Abstract: Example aspects of the present disclosure are directed to an improvement of an energy storage system. The energy storage system includes a power connector and a battery management system (BMS). The power connector includes a connector body having a first face and a second face which is disposed oppositely to the first face. A first terminal and a second terminal can be disposed on the first face. The first terminal and the second terminal can be configured to electrically couple the BMS to a positive conductor and a negative conductor to form a power connection, Moreover, a first current shunt can be disposed on the second face and electrically coupled to the first terminal, while the second current shunt can be disposed on the second face and electrically coupled to the second terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Stanley Zanoni, Christopher James Chuah
  • Patent number: 9692248
    Abstract: A wirelessly powered device and operating method to aid in locating the device in relation to an energy transmitter. A device positioning aid processor places at least one component into a high electrical current consumption mode and determines, based on placing the at least one component into a high electrical current consumption mode, an amount of electrical current induced in a receiving coil that is adapted to inductively couple to a transmission coil external to the wirelessly powered device. An indicator, which is communicatively coupled to the device positioning aid processor, is configured to provide, in response to a determination of the amount of electrical current, an indication corresponding to the amount of electrical current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Joshua David Paladeni, Joseph Patino
  • Patent number: 9692510
    Abstract: A lighting network includes a plurality of nodes, each having a node identifier. Each node includes a light source and a radio-frequency (RF) transceiver that transmits RF signals to and receives RF signals from other ones of the nodes. Each signal includes a data packet having a packet identifier, a destination node identifier and a payload. Each node compares the packet identifier of a received packet to a list of packets identifiers and when the packet identifier is not in the list, adds the packet identifier to the list. If the node is the destination node for the packet, the node then executes a command contained in the payload of the packet. If the node is not the destination node, the node retransmits the packet to the nodes that are within range of the RF transceiver. When the packet is in the list, the node discards the packet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Ryan, Kelby Edward Green, Emanuel Paul Malandrakis, Konstantin Klitenik
  • Patent number: 9684023
    Abstract: A EUT (equipment under test) positioning device is disclosed. The device comprises a holder element configured to hold EUT, a sliding element configured to move the holder element horizontally, a rotating element attached to the sliding element and configured to rotate the holder element, at least three telescopic elements attached to the rotating element and configured to independently move the holder element vertically, at least five actuators individually attached to the sliding element, the rotating element and the telescopic elements, wherein the actuators are configured to activate movement of the sliding element, the rotating element and the telescopic elements, and a position monitoring element configured to monitor the position of EUT. The holder element, the sliding element, the rotating element, and the telescopic elements comprise radio frequency transparent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Tapio Juhani Ronkainen
  • Patent number: 9677602
    Abstract: Single or multi-axis positioning mechanisms are provided that include a caging mechanism that may be actuated without requiring axial displacement of rotational components of the positioning mechanisms. In some multi-axis positioning mechanism implementations, each rotational axis may have an associated caging mechanism that is transitioned between a caged and uncaged state using a common release device. In some implementations, the release device may be a single-use device. In other implementations, the release device may be capable of re-caging the positioning mechanism after uncaging the positioning mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Space Systems/Loral, LLC
    Inventor: Varouj G. Baghdasarian
  • Patent number: 9680531
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving wireless power is provided. The apparatus comprises a receive coupler configured to receive the wireless power from a wireless power transmitter. The apparatus comprises a receive circuit electrically connected to the receive coupler, the receive circuit configured to provide power to a load. The apparatus comprises a controller circuit configured to provide a first amount of power from the receive circuit to the load. The controller circuit is further configured to reduce the first amount of power to a second amount of power for a duration of communication with the wireless power transmitter to increase a difference between a first impedance and a second impedance of the receive circuit compared to when the first amount of power is provided to the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Houman Tavakoli Shiraji, Zhen Ning Low, Michael Carlile Bailey
  • Patent number: 9655186
    Abstract: An emergency lighting system for an aircraft includes an emergency light control unit, having an external power input and at least one external control input for receiving external control commands from at least one of a cockpit crew, a cabin crew, a board computer and an autopilot, and a plurality of autonomous emergency light units, each of the plurality of autonomous emergency light units comprising at least one LED and a rechargeable capacitor. The emergency light control unit is configured to process the external control commands and to communicate emergency light control commands to the plurality of autonomous emergency light units as a response to the external control commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Andre Hessling Von Heimendahl, Frank Klein, Benno Heissig
  • Patent number: 9641114
    Abstract: A generator system includes an AC generator having one or more phases; a transformer having the same number of phases as the AC generator; for each phase of the AC generator, only a capacitive element receiving the current from a respective output winding of the AC generator for conveying in series to a primary winding of a respective phase of the transformer, each capacitive element having a first terminal electrically connected to the respective output winding and a second terminal electrically connected to the respective primary winding; a prime mover in driving engagement with the AC generator; and a load connected to a secondary winding of the transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Ryan Jameson Horne
  • Patent number: 9634470
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a distribution line, and more particularly, to a method of constructing a distribution line using an extra-high voltage neutral line combined with an overhead earth wire having a separate installation structure of the extra-high voltage neutral line and a low-voltage neutral line for improving electric power quality, in which a distribution line simultaneously perform functions of an overhead earth wire for shielding lightning, an extra-high voltage neutral line for returning unbalanced currents and fault currents and an optical communication line for establishing a communication network, such that a number of disconnections of power lines is reduced by reducing surge voltage thereby achieving excellent lightning shielding effects such as improved power quality, etc., construction costs are reduced, load is reduced, construction quality is improved, and aesthetic features of the urban area is improved by simplifying the distribution equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: DAEWON ELECTRIC CO., LTD
    Inventor: Sae Won Kwon
  • Patent number: 9620987
    Abstract: A dynamically configurable battery management system includes a controller system with a first processor connected to a first memory and a first wireless transceiver connected to a wireless packet network. A battery system with a second processor is connected to a second memory and a second wireless transceiver connected to the wireless packet network. One or more batteries are connected to the battery system, and the connected batteries include a battery pack. A sensor that is connected to the battery system generates a data stream that is stored in the second memory. The data stream allows for establishing a battery capability and status unique to each battery in the battery pack. The stored data stream is stored as a battery record with a universal unique identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: EAGLE HARBOR HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Alexander, Michael Bannerman, Isaac Burbank, Braden Copple, Kyle Pease
  • Patent number: 9612296
    Abstract: This disclosure provides methods and apparatus for wireless power field testing. A method for generating testing the interoperability of a wireless power transmitter with one or more wireless power receivers is provided. The method includes generating a magnetic field via a transmit antenna. The method further includes measuring a first uniformity of the magnetic field at all the locations within the magnetic field on a charging surface of the wireless power transmitter. The method also includes determining that the measure first uniformity of the magnetic field is within a range of values at all locations on the charging surface of the wireless power transmitter. In some implementations, the method further includes applying a load to the magnetic field, measuring a second uniformity of the magnetic field while the load is applied, and determining if the first uniformity of the magnetic field is substantially similar to the second uniformity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: William Henry Von Novak, III, Mei-Li Chi
  • Patent number: 9601937
    Abstract: A method includes receiving currents supplied by a power generation apparatus, distributing the currents supplied by the power generation apparatus to a load and a lithium ion battery to ensure normal running of the load and enable the lithium ion battery to be charged. After the lithium ion battery is fully charge, the currents supplied by the power generation apparatus are distributed to the lead acid battery so that the lead acid battery is charged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Guangyu Dong
  • Patent number: 9562745
    Abstract: A personal portable power distribution apparatus including a portable central power source, a power management module coupled to receive power from the central power source, and a harness assembly having at least one power supply node for distributing power from the power management module, wherein the power management module is operable to control supply of power through each individual power supply node, each power supply node terminating in a like connector, and an adaptor module is fitted to a power input terminal of an electronic accessory device to adapt the device for operation with the power distribution apparatus by providing a corresponding connector suitable for interconnection with said like connector(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Tectonica Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Miles Partridge, John Retelj, Anatoly Kaganov
  • Patent number: 9559595
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bidirectional multi-level DC/DC converter and its non-linear control, adapted to transfer power between at least one energy source and an electricity distribution network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: ALSTOM TECHNOLOGY LTD
    Inventors: Abdelkrim Benchaib, Miguel Jimenez Carrizosa