Miscellaneous Systems Patents (Class 307/149)
  • Patent number: 10879735
    Abstract: Solid-state energy harvesters comprising layers of metal suboxides and cerium dioxide utilizing a solid-state electrolyte to produce power and methods of making and using the same are provided. The solid-state energy harvester may have two or three electrodes per cell and produces power in the presence of water vapor and oxygen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: OMEGA ENERGY SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Lee Horovitz, Robert B. Dopp, Greyson Williams
  • Patent number: 10833517
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides charging devices for vehicles, vehicles including the same, and methods of controlling the vehicles. In one form of the present disclosure, a remote control device includes a charging device for a vehicle, the charging device includes a plurality of chargers installed in the vehicle, a communication device provided in each charger of the plurality of chargers and configured to receive information regarding a charging capacity of an electronic device connected to the plurality of chargers from the electronic device and a controller configured to determine charging capacities allocated to the plurality of chargers based on the information regarding the charging capacity of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Se Min Oh
  • Patent number: 10826330
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a complementary metal oxide semiconductor wireless power receiver may include a receiver chip with an inductor, a configurable capacitance, and a rectifier. The method may include receiving an RF signal utilizing the inductor, extracting a clock signal from the received RF signal, generating a DC voltage utilizing a rectifier circuit, sampling the DC voltage, and adjusting the configurable capacitance based on the sampled DC voltage. The rectifier circuit may include CMOS transistors and T-gate switches for coupling to the inductor. The T-gate switches may be controlled by the generated DC voltage. A signed based gradient-descent algorithm may be utilized to maximize the DC voltage. The DC voltage may be sampled utilizing a comparator powered by the DC voltage, which may adaptively configure the capacitance. The inductor may be shielded utilizing a floating shield. The DC voltage may be increased utilizing a voltage-boosting rectifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventors: Meysam Zargham, Glenn Gulak
  • Patent number: 10826319
    Abstract: The innovation disclosed and claimed herein, in at least one aspect thereof, comprises continuously charging a cell phone while the user utilizes the cellular phone for ordinary activities (e.g. posting to social media sites, texting, talking, etc.). The signals from routine cellular phone operations will send signals to a photocoupler or other dedicated sensor. The dedicated sensor will output current to drive a magnet mechanism which will in turn drive a fan that generates current to charge to a super/ultra-capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Tiarra Barton
  • Patent number: 10827628
    Abstract: An assembly for connecting a flat body to a voltage supply is presented. The assembly includes a ribbon cable, a control unit, and a connection element. A voltage supply supplies an electric voltage to the control unit. The flat body includes an electrically conductive structure, and a switching surface for generating a control signal that is received by the control unit. According to one aspect, the control unit is embedded in an insulating material between the flat body and the connection element. Also presented is a flat body with such an assembly, as well as a method for producing such an assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventor: Patrick Weber
  • Patent number: 10819159
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of wireless power transfer to at least one wireless station connected to a network from an energy signal transfer apparatus operating in the same frequency band as a wireless local area network (WLAN). The method includes: receiving an energy transfer request from a first wireless station connected to the network; calculating the direction of energy signal transfer in response to the energy transfer request; and sending an energy signal to the first wireless station in the calculated direction of energy signal transfer for the duration of energy transfer. The energy signal transfer apparatus allows for power transfer without causing interference with data transmission on a channel where data transmission occurs, by transferring energy only in the direction of stations requesting energy transfer by beamforming technology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Research & Business Foundation Sungkyunkwan University
    Inventors: Tae-Jin Lee, Young Il Cho, Ji Hyoung Ahn
  • Patent number: 10790687
    Abstract: The present invention provides a power supply controlling module, which is suitable for a power supply controlling device. The power supply controlling device comprises a power source and a plurality of connecting ports. The power supply controlling module comprises a plurality of control units and a resistance. Each of the control units respectively connects with each of the connecting ports. The control units comprise a first control unit and at least one second control unit. The resistance electrically connects with the control units. The first control unit comprises a detecting circuit and a first control circuit, which respectively connects with the resistance. Each of the at least one second control unit comprises a second control circuit, which respectively connects with the resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: GENESYS LOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Wei-te Lee, Chien-kang Cheng
  • Patent number: 10784815
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module remote-access module switch and real-time temperature monitoring system is provided. In one embodiment, a remote-access module switch and monitoring circuit capable of communicating with a remote receiver and having a pair of output electrical leads, and a pair of input electrical leads connected to a pair of electrical power leads of a solar photovoltaic module is provided, and which further includes a series switch, a module voltage measurement circuit, a module current measurement circuit, a temperature sensor, and a communication circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Sigmagen, Inc.
    Inventor: Mehrdad M. Moslehi
  • Patent number: 10769329
    Abstract: A retention model includes a sequential block including two flip-flop/latch elements and a signal routing circuit having a network of alternative signal paths controlled by path control signals, which are generated by a retention controller block. The signal routing circuit enters a default operating mode when the signal path control signals are de-asserted, whereby the retention model implements a standard flip-flop/latch functionality in response to generic UPF signals applied to the model's generic input nodes, thereby facilitating RTL simulation of the retention model using a Verilog original always command. A selected retention strategy is implemented by modifying a retention controller block to assert a selected combination of path control signals, whereby the retention model may be implemented during UPF simulation using a map_retention_cell command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Synopsys, Inc.
    Inventors: Harsh Chilwal, Stephen T. Scherr, Todd M. Buzan
  • Patent number: 10673351
    Abstract: A rectifying circuit includes, in part, first and second NMOS transistors, an impedance matching network, and an RF block circuit. The source and gate terminals of the first NMOS transistor respectively receive the ground potential and a biasing voltage. The second NMOS transistor has a gate terminal coupled to the drain terminal of the first NMOS transistor, a drain terminal coupled to the gate terminal of the first NMOS transistor, and a source terminal receiving the ground potential. The impedance matching network is disposed between the antenna and the drain terminals of the first and second NMOS transistors. The RF block circuit is coupled between the drain terminals of the first and second NMOS transistors and the output terminal of the rectifying circuit. The RF block circuit is adapted to prevent the RF signal from flowing into the output terminal of the rectifying circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Seyed Ali Hajimiri, Behrooz Abiri, Florian Bohn
  • Patent number: 10666092
    Abstract: A solar power transmission system having a solar-microwave fabric for absorbing sunlight, transforming the sunlight into electrical energy, amplifying a received signal using the electrical energy, and transmitting the amplified signal to a rectenna beacon. Embodiments according to the present invention include a system for space-based solar power transmission having a solar power collection balloon in geostationary orbit around Earth, which allows for continuous, feasible, and efficient collection of solar power in space that can be packaged into a condensed canister for launch and deployed without manual or machine assembly once in orbit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: David C. Hyland, Haithem A. Altwaijry
  • Patent number: 10658881
    Abstract: First, a power receiving apparatus RX is detected (S100). Subsequently, a pre digital ping is sent according to a first method (S112). Upon reception of an unique signal defined for the first method from the power receiving apparatus RX (YES in S114), tentative judgment is made that the power receiving apparatus RX supports the first method, and the flow transits to a final judgment operation (S120). When such an unique signal has not been received (NO in S114), tentative judgment is made that the power receiving apparatus RX supports a second method, and the flow transits to a final judgment operation (S130).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sayako Hamaguchi, Xun He, Naoki Inoue
  • Patent number: 10637302
    Abstract: A wireless power transmission device and a method for controlling the same are provided. The method includes receiving a charging request from an external apparatus using radio communication, determining a direction in which the external apparatus is positioned, determining a distance between the wireless power transmission device and the external apparatus, and transmitting an ultrasonic signal to the external apparatus based on the direction in which the external apparatus is positioned and the distance between the wireless power transmission device and the external apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mohammad Anwarul Hoque, Mahbubur Rahman, Mohammad Tawhidul Islam Chowdhury, Kazy Fayeen Shariar, Sardar Muhammad Monzurur Rahman
  • Patent number: 10587061
    Abstract: Provided is an electrical junction box with a novel structure with which the occurrence of solder cracks can be advantageously avoided, while also achieving a reduction in manufacturing costs. In an electrical junction box including an terminal-equipped printed circuit board in which an intermediate section of a board terminal in the length direction is press-fitted into and held by a resin block, and a lead portion of the board terminal is connected to a conductive path of a printed circuit board by soldering, the resin block is formed of a flat-shaped printed circuit board base material, and is arranged on the printed circuit board with a gap therebetween, and the resin block is supported in a fixed position on the printed circuit board by a block-receiving portion that is separate from the resin block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideo Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10566828
    Abstract: An adapter, a charging control method and a charging system are provided. 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 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 unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Chen Tian, Jialiang Zhang
  • Patent number: 10523005
    Abstract: According to a first aspect there is provided a method of controlling transfer of electrical power, said method comprising: in response to formation of an electrical power transfer connection between an electrical power supply network and an electrical device, controlling electrical power transfer through said connection according to the contents, presence or absence of a message received over the connection from said device comprising one or more credentials. According to a second aspect there is provided a method of obtaining electrical power from and/or providing electrical power to an electrical power supply network, said method comprising an electrical device: forming an electrical power transfer connection with said electrical power supply network; and in response thereto, transmitting a power transfer request over said connection, said request comprising one or more credentials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Mastercard International Incorporated
    Inventors: Lukas Ekselius, Fikret Ates, Sebastien Pochic
  • Patent number: 10498167
    Abstract: A power provider circuit includes a plurality of power delivery controllers, a single stage power supply, and control circuitry. Each of the plurality of power delivery controllers is configured to provide power to a detachable device. The single stage power supply is configured to generate the power for provision to the detachable devices, and to provide the power at a plurality of selectable voltages. The control circuitry configured to select a given voltage of the plurality of selectable voltages to be made available via all of the power delivery controllers based on power utilization capabilities and other optional status indications reported by the detachable devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Deric Wayne Waters, Robert Mason Hanrahan
  • Patent number: 10476366
    Abstract: The invention relates to a DC-DC converter with a first input voltage connection and a second input voltage connection, between which an input DC voltage can be applied, a first converter device, which is designed to convert a first sub-voltage of the input DC voltage into an output DC voltage, and a second convertor device, which is coupled between the first input voltage connection and the second input voltage connection in a series circuit relative to the first convertor device on the input side and which is designed to convert a second sub-voltage of the input DC voltage into an output DC voltage. The DC-DC converter further comprises a control device which is coupled to the first convertor device and the second converter device and which is designed to operate the first converter device with a variable first sub-voltage and the second converter device with a constant second sub-voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: David Tastekin, Stefan Butzmann
  • Patent number: 10468980
    Abstract: Systems, devices, controllers, and methods for simultaneous transfer of wireless and wired power are described herein. An example device can include a power converter or inverter circuit having a switch, a power inductor, a wired power output loop for delivering wired power to a wired load, and a wireless power output loop for delivering wireless power to a wireless load. The wired power can be a function of a direct current (DC) component of a current of the power inductor, and the wireless power can be a function of an induced and/or switching alternating current (AC) ripple component of the current of the power inductor. In addition, the device can include a controller operably coupled to the power converter or inverter circuit. The controller can include a processing unit and a memory and can be configured to independently regulate the wired power and the wireless power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
    Inventor: Jaber A. Abu Qahouq
  • Patent number: 10454452
    Abstract: An apparatus for converting power includes at least one impedance matching network which receives an electrical signal. The apparatus includes at least one AC to DC converter in communication with the impedance matching network. Also disclosed is a method for powering a load and an apparatus for converting power and additional embodiments of an apparatus for converting power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Powercast Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Greene, Daniel W. Harrist
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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