Specified Power Supply Patents (Class 340/693.1)
  • Patent number: 10270297
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for providing compatibility with a wireless power transmitting device in a wireless power transmitting system. The method includes the steps of: detecting a wireless power receiving device on the basis of a load change; transmitting a request signal for requesting information for a receiving device to the wireless power receiving device; receiving the information for the receiving device from the wireless power receiving device, wherein the information selectively includes version information on standard technical specifications for realizing the wireless power receiving device; and, when the version information is included in the information for the receiving device, performing a wireless power transmitting operation according to the standard technical specifications corresponding to the version information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GE HYBRID TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Yong Gu Yoon, Choon Kil Jung
  • Patent number: 9991752
    Abstract: A direction of the first power transmission antenna is detected in a power transmission stop state from the slave power transmission apparatus after detection of a power reception apparatus, by using a master power transmission apparatus including a first power transmission device and a first power transmission antenna and a slave power transmission apparatus including a second power transmission device and a plurality of the second power transmission antennas, a second power transmission antenna in which an amount of electric power received by the power reception apparatus becomes maximum is detected in the power transmission stop state from the master power transmission apparatus, and a phase of at least one power transmission radio wave of the master power transmission apparatus and the slave power transmission apparatus is adjusted to a phase in which the amount of the electric power received by the power reception apparatus becomes maximum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Tani
  • Patent number: 9035494
    Abstract: An elevator interior illumination assembly comprising a primary LED driver that provides conditioned DC power to primary and backup LEDs when AC power is available from a primary electric power source. The backup LEDs receive DC power from a backup electric power source when AC power is not available to the primary LED driver from the primary electric power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: MAN-D-TEC, INC.
    Inventors: Dalton J. Mandy, Terry R. Mandy, Brandon R. Mandy
  • Publication number: 20150084780
    Abstract: Disclosed is an interconnected smoke detector system of one or more smoke detector(s) wired into a dedicated circuit with a single location housing a DC power backup source, such as a rechargeable DC battery. The DC power backup source may be replaceable or rechargeable with DC current from and AC-DC transformer, a photovoltaic cell, or other means. Electronic relays within the system provide a current to the dedicated circuit by selecting between the line-voltage alternating current source and the DC power backup.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Preston Palmer, Wesley Palmer, Larkin Palmer
  • Publication number: 20150068069
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for powering a processor and a wireless transceiver in a sole having a sole plate and one or more spring elements disposed in a forefoot area of the sole plate, each of said spring elements including a piezoelectric generator coupled thereto, wherein each of the plurality of spring elements has one free end not directly connected to the sole plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Alexander Bach Tran, Ha Tran, Bao Tran
  • Patent number: 8970342
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system and a method with at least one presence detector, wherein the presence detector has a radio transmitter. The system further comprises at least one radio receiver that is constructed in such a manner as to receive and evaluate signals of the presence detector transmitted via radio. The radio receiver further comprises at least one device that acts on downstream units as a function of the evaluation result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: EnOcean GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Schmidt, Armin Anders, Christian Bach
  • Patent number: 8970356
    Abstract: A vehicle approach notification apparatus for an electric motorcycle, which outputs notification sound for notifying a walker or the like of approach of a vehicle from a speaker attached to a vehicle body includes a control unit for controlling the notification sound. The control unit is attached to a position, displaced rather forwardly of the vehicle body, of a bottom face in an accommodating box disposed below a seat of the electric motorcycle. A cover plate, which configures part of the bottom of the accommodating box, is removably disposed above the control unit. A low voltage battery as a power supply for auxiliaries is accommodated on the bottom of the accommodating box displaced rather rearwardly of the vehicle body from the control unit. The cover plate is disposed so as to cover an upper portion of the low voltage battery in flush with an upper face of the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Tamaki, Ryuji Akiba, Yoshihiro Nomura, Hiroyuki Shinmura
  • Patent number: 8953041
    Abstract: An Engineer's View (EV) wireless video system for powered and unpowered model railroad engines is disclosed. The invention uses commercially available wireless spy cameras, powered by a custom power supply circuit which is compatible with either DC or DCC track systems. The present invention is compatible with all commercial model railroad gauge diesel engines including HO and N Gauge or may be factory installed. The EV system demonstrates a remarkably stable and realistic image of a model railroad layout. Moreover, the present invention may also provide a stable source of power to the engine where stalling could occur at points of track defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Richard Johnson Bartlett, Sr., William Travis Bartlett
  • Patent number: 8948931
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle, capable of suppressing increase in power consumption and reducing running cost when electric power supplied from power source is consumed by an on-vehicle electric device. The control system 1 for a vehicle V includes an ECU 2. If a predetermined communication state where a portable device 11 is estimated to be in a compartment of the vehicle V is established (if the answer to the question of the step 23 is NO) after a state where a power source position set by a changeover switch 22 is an accessory position has continued for a first predetermined time period (?T·TREF), the ECU 2 stops power supply from the power source to the on-vehicle electric device when a second predetermined time period (?T·TREF) elapses after the predetermined communication state was established (steps 26, 11, 13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Kowada, Shinichi Arie, Junpei Noguchi
  • Patent number: 8922383
    Abstract: Electronic equipment includes: a first substrate; a second substrate; and a harness that connects the first substrate and the second substrate with other. The first substrate includes: a conversion unit that outputs converted power converted from supply of power supplied by a power source, and a control unit that outputs a control signal used to control output of the supply of power to the second substrate. The second substrate includes: a semiconductor circuit operated by the supply of power and the converted power, and a connector that outputs the control signal to the power source. The harness includes a signal line of the control signal and a power line through which the converted power is supplied from the first substrate to the second substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventor: Takaaki Shirai
  • Patent number: 8922372
    Abstract: A secure peripheral device, coupled to a computer, capable of enabling a user to use a peripheral device such as a microphone, speakers, headset or video camera when the device is in operational state, while giving to the user a clear visual indication that the device is enabled. The device simultaneously disables the user peripheral device; and turns off the visual indication when the secure peripheral device is in secure state. The operational state is activated by the user by pressing a momentary push-button switch. A timer resets the device to a secure state after a short preset time. The device has anti-tempering functionality and becomes permanently disabled if tempered with. Optionally the device is coupled to the computer via a USB port that powers it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: High Sec Labs Ltd
    Inventor: Aviv Soffer
  • Publication number: 20140354437
    Abstract: Energy harvesting devices provide power to devices of emergency equipment stations (e.g., fire extinguisher station, fire alarm pull station, defibrillator station, etc.) distributed throughout a facility to monitor one or more internal or external conditions (e.g., identifiable objects detected near the station, presence of an obstruction restricting access to the station, etc.) and relay information about the monitored conditions to a central station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Brendan T. McSheffrey
  • Patent number: 8902065
    Abstract: In various representative aspects, a security alarm system for protecting an HVAC unit from theft. The system includes an alarm; a control box; a switch connector comprising two terminals, as well as an open state and a closed state; and a fastener that holds the switch connector in the close position while connected to an HVAC unit. The conductors connect the switch connector to the control box, forming a circuit. The control box can apply an energy potential across the circuit, detect an energy flow across the circuit, and trigger the alarm if the energy flow stops. Normally, the terminals do not touch each other, and the switch connector is in its open state. When they touch each other, the switch connector goes to its closed state. If the fastener is removed from the HVAC unit, the switch connector returns to the open state and triggers the alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventors: Jonathan Willis, Stan Willis
  • Patent number: 8896460
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lighting fixture including a light source, a light source controller, and an external controller plug. The light source controller controls power to the light source. The external controller plug allows an external controller to selectively engage a power source to the light source controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Alexandrovich, Charles A. Brunault
  • Patent number: 8854224
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless charging. A charging device configured to wirelessly charge one or more electronic devices may comprise at least one charging region, wherein each charging region of the at least one is configured for placement of one or more electronic devices. The charging device may further include an interface configured to convey information relating at least one electronic device of the one or more electronic devices placed within the at least one charging region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Miles Alexander Lyell Kirby, Virginia Walker Keating, Rinat Burdo, Ernest T. Ozaki
  • Patent number: 8854196
    Abstract: An electric motorcycle includes a front cover for covering a head pipe of a vehicle body frame from a forward direction and a speaker for notifying an individual, such as a walker or the like, of the approach of a vehicle. The speaker has a sound emitting direction directed forwardly on the vehicle body and is disposed at a position on the opposite side to a key cylinder of a main switch, which is disposed in a vehicle body sideward direction of the head pipe, across the head pipe. A front stay support a front carrier disposed on the vehicle body front side of the front cover and is attached to the vehicle body front side of the head pipe is provided on the vehicle body rear side of the front cover. The speaker is disposed above the front stay as viewed in front elevation of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Tamaki, Ryuji Akiba, Yoshihiro Nomura, Hiroyuki Shinmura
  • Publication number: 20140292527
    Abstract: A solar powered solution for providing security lighting and other functionality in remote locations is disclosed. The solution enables multiple functionalities to be incorporated into a modular system. Solar power is utilized where traditional power supply sources are lacking One or more batteries are utilized for power storage. High intensity, low power-consuming light fixtures are utilized and activated only when necessary, such as in low ambient light conditions. Motion detection switching may also be incorporated and the light cycle can be adjusted for length of duration to conserve battery power. The solar power may be used to operate other component devices. The system may further include a GPS addressable communication device to allow wireless communication with the system and the system components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Rodney Alan Sisneros
  • Publication number: 20140285342
    Abstract: A reception unit 2 of a detection unit 3 includes a transmitter 30 that transmits a reception (detection) level of an infrared beam to a transmission unit 1, and a demand signal output unit 26 that transmits to the transmission unit 1 a demand signal M, demanding to control the intensity of the infrared beam to be transmitted so that the reception level matches a predetermined value. The transmission unit 1 includes an infrared ray (detection beam) intensity control unit 15 that controls, upon receipt of the demand signal M, the intensity of the infrared beam to be transmitted so that the reception level matches the predetermined value. A power source unit 31 is a solar battery unit including a solar panel and a charging medium that stores power from the solar panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: OPTEX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi MAKINO, Koji HAYASHIDE, Mataichi KURATA, Hiroyuki IKEDA
  • Patent number: 8836166
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, systems and methods to provide an internal supply rail with over voltage protection using a host power source, an external power source, and a switch configured to receive indications of host and external power source validity. In an example, the switch can be configured to provide the internal supply rail using the host power source when the indication of host power source validity indicates a valid host power source and the external power source when the indication of host power source validity indicates an invalid host power source and the indication of external power source validity indicates a valid external power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory A. Maher, Myron J. Miske
  • Publication number: 20140253332
    Abstract: A housing comprised of substantially arced configured first and second pieces pivotally coupled with one another to form an enclosure that defines a substantially circular-cylindrical hole for encompassing and securing an article therein. The housing includes a magnetic switch for resetting an internal alarm system of the EAS alarm tag to OFF, an interlocking sensor switch and an auxiliary sensor switch for arming the EAS alarm tag. When both the interlock sensor switch and the auxiliary sensor switch are closed, the internal alarm system of the EAS alarm tag is armed and set to ON, and if any one of the interlocking sensor switch and the auxiliary sensor switch is tampered, an alarm (external the EAS alarm tag and or) of the EAS alarm tag is triggered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Universal Surveillance Corporation
    Inventors: Adel O. Sayegh, Edgardo Redublo, Weiliang Tong, Mingxing Chen
  • Patent number: 8781639
    Abstract: A digital wireless network receptacle has an upper housing, two power sockets formed through the upper housing, a lower housing and a multi-layer mechanism mounted between the upper housing and the lower housing. A single microcontroller unit (MCU) is employed within the multi-layer mechanism so that an intelligent control circuit can be effectively integrated and received in the receptacle with standardized size and limited space. Each power socket of the receptacle is independently monitored and controlled, and power consumed from each power socket can be recorded to ensure a complete understanding of power usage. Besides transmission of power consumption information to a host server through a wireless network, automatic power breaking safety protection upon an overload or standby condition of electrical appliances can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Max Li, Roy Ting
  • Patent number: 8779626
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, systems and methods to provide an internal supply rail with over voltage protection using a host power source, an external power source, and a switch configured to receive indications of host and external power source validity. In an example, the switch can be configured to provide the internal supply rail using the host power source when the indication of host power source validity indicates a valid host power source and the external power source when the indication of host power source validity indicates an invalid host power source and the indication of external power source validity indicates a valid external power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory A. Maher, Myron J. Miske
  • Patent number: 8774707
    Abstract: A wireless node that bridges a wireless communications gap between a first wireless device, such as a smart meter, and a wireless network, such as a smart grid network, by repeating wireless communications received by the wireless node. The wireless node is integrated with another powered device common to buildings to provide a clandestine improvement to wireless communications. Additionally, the wireless node may effect testing of the powered device and provide results of the test wirelessly to remote devices. The wireless node may take the form of an exit sign, an emergency light, a speaker, and a combination of one or more of these devices. The wireless node may also track power consumption of the repeater portion of the wireless node to provide billing credit to power consumers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Silver Spring Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: George Flammer, III, Eli Marlin
  • Publication number: 20140184419
    Abstract: An alarm communicator system has the capability to restore a Wide Area Network (WAN) connection to a remote alarm monitoring center. The system includes an alarm WAN communicator for communicating an alarm signal to a WAN gateway; a WAN outage detector for detecting a WAN outage condition; a power interruption signal transmitter connected to the alarm WAN communicator; a power interrupter unit connected between a WAN gateway power source and the gateway; and a power interruption signal receiver connected to the power interrupter unit. The system can transmit a power interruption signal through the power interruption signal transmitter after detection of the WAN outage condition. The power interrupter unit disconnects and then reconnects the power supplied from the power source to the gateway after receipt of the power interruption signal so as to cause the WAN gateway to power down and restart after the power supply is reconnected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Multicom Systems Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Glenn Gary Smith
  • Patent number: 8766810
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for monitoring and reporting leakage currents caused by a load that is coupled to an AC supply line. A sensor positioned adjacent to an AC supply line senses an amperage difference between currents traveling along the AC supply line. A processor coupled to the sensor compares the amperage difference to a threshold value. A reporting device coupled to the processor generates a report at least when the amperage difference exceeds the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: International Intelligent Metering, LLC
    Inventors: Craig C Fahrenkrug, Robert C Dively
  • Patent number: 8760295
    Abstract: A wound dressing includes a substrate, an optical energy emitting device, and a radio frequency receiving device. The substrate is configured to engage biological tissue of a patient. The optical energy emitting device is attached to the substrate, and the radio frequency receiving device is electrically coupled with the optical energy emitting device. The radio frequency receiving device is configured to capture energy from radio frequency transmissions. The radio frequency receiving device is further configured to direct at least a portion of the energy to the optical energy emitting device. Upon receipt of the energy from the radio frequency receiving device, the optical energy emitting device is configured to emit light onto biological tissue of a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Ian J. Forster
  • Patent number: 8749380
    Abstract: A body bar sensing system for sensing movement of a body bar may be provided. The body bar sensing system may include a housing having a coupling mechanism operative to couple to the body bar, a detector disposed within the housing and operative to sense movement of the body bar when the housing is coupled to the body bar, and a processor operative to determine a number of repetitions of the movement based on the sensed movement. The body bar sensing system may also include a display operative to display the determined number of repetitions of the movement to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis A. Vock, Perry Youngs
  • Patent number: 8736456
    Abstract: A method and instrument capable of producing an audible tick that increases with detected gas concentrations, is suitable for indicating relatively low levels of gas concentrations, and enables the adjustment of the tick rate to provide an accurate audible indication of gas levels at higher concentrations. The method and instrument entail sensing the presence of the gas and generating an analog sensor output based on a concentration of the gas in the environment, and then processing the analog sensor output through an audio circuitry to generate therefrom an audible tick having a frequency in proportion to the analog sensor output. The processing step includes the use of an analog control loop signal to selectively increase and decrease the frequency of the audible tick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: SENSIT Technologies
    Inventor: Jan Krcma
  • Patent number: 8734973
    Abstract: A battery operated smoke detector with a system for lowering the battery of the smoke detector is disclosed. The smoke detector is of the type that is mountable from the ceiling of a structure. The battery of the smoke detector is part of a battery pack that is connected to a battery wire that is mounted on a spool. An engagement mechanism that allows the lowering of the spool and battery pack in response to a low-voltage condition controls the lowering of the battery pack. An electric motor is connected to the spool, and is used for raising the battery pack once a battery that is charged is connected to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Carol Arnim
  • Patent number: 8674823
    Abstract: A system comprises a power provider and a plurality of power consumers. The power provider has a plurality of power outlets. The power consumers are coupled with the power outlets via corresponding power cables. The power provider and power consumers may communicate via the power cables using powerline communication as the power provider provides operational power to the power consumers. Powerline communication may be provided using radio frequency integrated circuits in the power provider and in the power consumers. The power provider may provide power event notifications to the power consumers through the power cords. The power provider may also provide equipment identification of the power consumers through the power cords. The power provider may also monitor and regulate power consumption by the power consumers. An adapter may be used to retrofit a conventional computer system to provide powerline communication between a computer and a power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Plug ID, LLC.
    Inventors: Brian P. Contario, Iwan Antonow
  • Patent number: 8659442
    Abstract: An anode of a light emitting diode (LED) and a second terminal of a third electrical switch are connected to a first power source. First terminals of the first and second electrical switches are respectively connected to a second power source and a suspend signal pin. A second terminal of the first electrical switch is connected to a cathode of the LED and an output pin of a counter chip. A second terminal of a second electrical switch is connected to the first power source through a first resistor and a first terminal of the third electrical switch. A third terminal of the third electrical switch is grounded through second and third resistors and a capacitor in sequence and a voltage pin of the counter chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hai-Qing Zhou
  • Patent number: 8638217
    Abstract: A system comprises a sensing node that includes a sensor, a processor, an energy harvesting circuit, a time keeper, a first energy storage device, and a second energy storage device. The energy harvesting circuit is connected for recharging the first energy storage device. The processor is connected for receiving all its power derived from the energy harvesting circuit. The second energy storage device is connected for powering the time keeper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Lord Corporation
    Inventors: Steven W. Arms, Chris Pruyn Townsend, David Lawrence Churchill, Michael John Hamel
  • Patent number: 8621245
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for an application including a core device for the application. The apparatus includes a power (preferably RF energy) harvester connected to the core device to power the core device. Also disclosed is a method for an application. The method includes the steps of converting RF energy into usable energy. There is the step of powering the core device with the usable energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Powercast Corporation
    Inventors: John G. Shearer, Charles E. Greene, Daniel W. Harrist
  • Patent number: 8618945
    Abstract: An in-vehicle communication system is disclosed. The in-vehicle communication system is configured to connect a short range wireless communication link between an in-vehicle apparatus and a portable device, and predicts a battery level threshold reach time, which is a time when a battery level of a battery of the portable device reaches below a threshold. When it is determined that the battery level threshold reach time is prior to a vehicle travel end time, the in-vehicle communication system notifies the passenger of prompt battery charge information to prompt the passenger to charge the battery of the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Seiichi Furuta
  • Patent number: 8576046
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention can include a playback device capable of externally receiving a playback signal for playing back a sound or an image, and capable of transmitting the playback signal to the playback device if it is detected that a predetermined electric source was externally supplied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Suncorporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Uozumi
  • Patent number: 8570152
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for operating a sensor system. A first wireless signal is transmitted from a base station to a sensor unit. At least a portion of the first wireless signal is changed into power for the sensor unit using a power harvesting unit in the sensor unit. Information is received from a number of sensors associated with the sensor unit. The information is transmitted to the base station using a second wireless signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Stephen L. Fahley, William Preston Geren, Jason P. Bommer
  • Patent number: 8570180
    Abstract: A rack server system includes a rack, a number of servers, and a power center. The rack defines a receiving space that is divided into a plurality of units. Each of the servers includes a motherboard and is received in a corresponding unit. The power center is received in at least one unit. The power center includes a plurality of cables connecting to the motherboards, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhen-Xing Ma, Zheng-Heng Sun
  • Patent number: 8564413
    Abstract: A method for configuring a terminal capable of emitting a radio-frequency field for a transponder including, in the presence of a transponder within the range of the terminal, at least one step of adaptation of the series resistance of an oscillating circuit of the terminal, according to an off-load value, which depends on an operation of the terminal while no transponder is in its field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics (Rousset) SAS
    Inventor: Luc Wuidart
  • Patent number: 8560024
    Abstract: Wireless power receiving apparatus 150 is retrofitted to a portable electrical device 100 to enable the device to receive power wirelessly. The apparatus comprises a power-receiving element 200 adapted to be attached to the device, e.g. by adhesive 201, and also being adapted to receive power wirelessly from a transmitter of power when the element and transmitter are in proximity with one another. One or more power connectors 203 are connected electrically to the power-receiving element and are adapted to be connected, when the apparatus is in use, to one or more corresponding power connectors 101 of the portable electrical device to deliver power received by the element to the device. The power-receiving element may be in the form of a sticker or may be carried by or incorporated in a replacement cover portion for the portable electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Pilgrim G. W. Beart, David P. Whitewood, Lily Ka-Lai Cheng, James W. Hay
  • Patent number: 8537013
    Abstract: Methods and other embodiments associated with a display stand with interchangeable head devices are presented. In one embodiment, a display assembly comprises a base, an interchangeable head device, a mounting member, a tether, and a sensor. The interchangeable head device is mounted to the base. The interchangeable head device is one of a plurality of different base head devices configured to be interchangeably mounted to the base. The mounting member is adapted for mounting thereon a display item and is movable between a mounted position in contact with one of the base head devices mounted to the base. The mounting can be removed from the base to facilitate viewing and handling of the display item. The tether is attached to the mounting member. The sensor transmits a signal to an alarm system when the mounting member is removed from the base head device mounted to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventors: Lawrence R. Yeager, Michael Rapp, Dennis D. Belden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8525658
    Abstract: An interior tire power generation apparatus includes a piezoelectric section having an inorganic piezoelectric body of a perovskite type oxide represented by General Formula (PX) below; a pair of electrodes for extracting an electric charge generated in the piezoelectric section when strained by an external force exerted on the tire; and an energy storage unit for storing the extracted electric charge. (Bix, A1-x) (By, C1-y)O3 ??(PX) where, A is an A-site element, other than Pb, with an average ionic valence of 2, B is a B-site element with an average ionic valence of 3, C is a B-site element with an average ionic valence of greater than 3, and each of A, B, and C is one or a plurality of types of metal elements. O is oxygen. B and C are of different compositions. 0.6?x?1.0, x-0.2?y?x.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yasutoshi Hirabayashi, Yukio Sakashita
  • Publication number: 20130141245
    Abstract: A notification appliance circuit (NAC) includes notification devices having a high capacity rechargeable energy storage device such as a supercapacitor and a strobe circuit. The supercapacitor can provide energy to produce flashes over an extended time period without fully discharging. The notification devices can also make use of the fallback power strategy in which the strobe circuit operates with reduced intensity while the supercapacitor is being recharged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: UCT FIRE & SECURITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dennis Michael Gadonniex, Donald Becker
  • Patent number: 8410953
    Abstract: The wireless power transmission is a system for providing wireless charging and/or primary power to electronic/electrical devices via microwave energy. The microwave energy is focused to a location in response to receiving a beacon signal from a beacon device by a power transmitter having one or more adaptively-phased microwave array emitters. Rectennas within the device to be charged receive and rectify the microwave energy and use it for battery charging and/or for primary power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Omnilectric, Inc.
    Inventor: Hatem Zeine
  • Patent number: 8395525
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention improves the efficiency of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems and helps to extend the effective read range for certain configurations of closely spaced RFID tags. Specifically, an embodiment helps to minimize energy losses that result when there is excess energy from the excitation source. This excess energy has the potential to damage the circuitry in RFID tags. A shunt regulator is often used to protect the RFID circuitry by clamping the voltage, but has the undesirable effect of converting this excess excitation energy into heat. Various embodiments are directed toward using only as much of the excitation energy as necessary to power the RFID circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Magnet Consulting, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua K. Hoyt, Forrest S. Seitz, Vaynberg Eduard
  • Patent number: 8289181
    Abstract: A power supply unit for a fire detector, especially a smoke alarm, includes a power unit and battery terminals for connecting a predeterminable battery. The power unit has first connection means for connection to a power supply network and second connection means for connecting the fire detector. In order to increase the functionality of a fire alarm, the battery terminals are operatively connected by at least one first electric connection with the second connection means. The first electric connection includes hereby at least one diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Moeller Gebaudeautomation GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Listopad
  • Patent number: 8280453
    Abstract: Wireless power receiving apparatus 150 is retrofitted to a portable electrical device 100 to enable the device to receive power wirelessly. The apparatus comprises a power-receiving element 200 adapted to be attached to the device, e.g. by adhesive 201, and also being adapted to receive power wirelessly from a transmitter of power when the element and transmitter are in proximity with one another. One or more power connectors 203 are connected electrically to the power-receiving element and are adapted to be connected, when the apparatus is in use, to one or more corresponding power connectors 101 of the portable electrical device to deliver power received by the element to the device. The power-receiving element may be in the form of a sticker or may be carried by or incorporated in a replacement cover portion for the portable electrical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Pilgrim G. W. Beart, David P. Whitewood, Lily Ka-Lai Cheng, James W. Hay
  • Patent number: 8264373
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gauging system, comprising a gauge configured to sense a process variable and to provide process data representative of the process variable, a processing unit connected to the gauge, the processing unit comprising power supply circuitry configured to receive power from a remote external power source and to provide regulated power, and first circuitry configured to receive process data from the gauge and to superimpose the process data onto the regulated power forming a power signal, and a wireless communication unit electrically connected to the processing unit by means of a two-wire control loop, the wireless communication unit comprising second circuitry configured to receive the power signal and to separate the process data from the regulated power, an antenna, and radio frequency (RF) communication circuitry being powered by means of the regulated power from the second circuitry, configured to receive process data from the second circuitry, and to transmit RF signals re
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Rosemount Tank Radar AB
    Inventor: Lennart Hägg
  • Patent number: 8237570
    Abstract: Invention discloses a highly efficient integrated physical Reader with dual circular bi-static antenna device comprising an integral DC to DC converter 3, built in to supply power to the reader, wherein desired power, 48V is supplied from the switch 7, to the magnetic transformer 1, an integral RJ 45 female connecter 2, to separate the power; the separated power from the magnetic transformer 1, is fed in to the DC to DC converter 3, which steps it down around 8 volts and then fed to a regulator, providing +5 V as output; which is further fed to the reader to drive the dual circular bi-static antenna to receive or transmit the signals; wherein the said system is assembled within the Antenna enclosure, which eliminates severe distance limitation and deterioration in signal strength imposed by the RF cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Essen Energy Conversion Devices Pvt. Ltd.
    Inventor: Apurva Jayantilal Parekh
  • Patent number: 8217788
    Abstract: A shoe wear out sensor includes at least one detector for sensing a physical metric that changes as a sole of a shoe wears out, a processor configured to process the physical metric over time to determine if the shoe is worn out, and an alarm for informing a user of the shoe when the sole is worn out. A body bar sensing system includes a housing with at least one detector for sensing a physical metric that indicates a repetition movement of the housing when attached to the body bar, a processor for processing the physical metric over time to determine repetitions thereof, and a display for informing a user of the repetitions. A system assesses activity and displays a unitless activity value. A detector senses activity of a user. A processor reads sensed activity data from the detector. A display displays the unitless activity value. An enclosure houses the detector and the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventors: Curtis A. Vock, Perry Youngs
  • Patent number: RE43638
    Abstract: A system for indicating a power condition in a conductor includes an indicator constructed to provide notification to a user of a utility power condition, and a sensor non-electrically connected to a utility conductor to control operation of the indicator in response to detection of power in the utility conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Reliance Controls Corporation
    Inventor: Neil A. Czarnecki