Condition Responsive Patents (Class 362/276)
  • Patent number: 10711963
    Abstract: A flame simulation method including: identifying, by a computing device, a maximum brightness level value and a primary event generation level; setting, in response to determining that a first event occurred based on the primary event generation level, a secondary event generation level; adjusting the secondary event generation level towards a baseline secondary event generation level; adjusting a current brightness value of a lighting element of a flame simulation apparatus towards the maximum brightness level value; setting, in response to determining that a second event occurred based on the secondary event generation level, the current brightness level value of the lighting element to a value less than the maximum brightness level; and controlling, by the computing device, a brightness level of the lighting element to correspond to the current brightness level value of the lighting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Polygroup Macau Limited (BVI)
    Inventors: Victor Hugo Ocegueda Gallaga, An-Wu Tang, Lewis Ka Hang Cheng
  • Patent number: 10696211
    Abstract: Lighting systems, devices, and units that provide illumination according to a detected orientation relative to a reference plane or a reference vector. In some examples, a light bar for use on a vehicle includes first and second sets of light emitters that are selectively activated and inactive based on a detected orientation of the light bar relative to a reference plane or reference vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: FEDERAL SIGNAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vincent S. Fleszewski, Robert A. Czajkowski
  • Patent number: 10676016
    Abstract: A vehicle-lamp control device includes a control unit that adjusts an optical axis with respect to a change in a total angle that includes a road surface angle and a vehicle attitude angle while the vehicle is at rest, and maintains the optical axis with respect to a change in the total angle while the vehicle is traveling. The control unit fixes the optical axis angle when a fault state of the control device is detected. Upon the control device having recovered from a fault state, the control unit generates an adjustment signal either upon estimating a current vehicle attitude angle on the basis of an output value from the tilt sensor obtained while the vehicle is traveling, or upon receiving a signal indicating a current vehicle attitude angle from an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Kasaba, Masashi Yamazaki, Atsushi Toda
  • Patent number: 10655832
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a head lamp or flashlight (1) comprising a light source (2) and an auxiliary optical unit (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: LEDLENSER GmbH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Erich Buhl
  • Patent number: 10639495
    Abstract: Photobiomodulation therapy systems provide a highly effective way to treat many common ailments to the human body. Many embodiments described herein enable two or more light therapy devices to be communicatively coupled together in various ways. In some embodiments, the light therapy system includes a first light device and a second light device arranged and configured to be communicatively coupled to the first light device. Each of the light devices may include a housing, a communication module, and a plurality of lights arranged and configured to emit at least one of red light and near infrared light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Joovv, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Nelson, Justin Strahan
  • Patent number: 10571086
    Abstract: A light fixture includes: a board including a first insertion portion; a plurality of light-emitting elements mounted on a mounting surface of the board; a metal case on which the board is positioned; and an antenna that is housed in the metal case and wirelessly communicates with an external device. The metal case includes a second insertion portion at a position overlapping with the first insertion portion in a plan view of the metal case and the board. The antenna extends through the first insertion portion and the second insertion portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kohji Hiramatsu, Tatsumi Setomoto, Hajime Ozaki
  • Patent number: 10568306
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a method of and a system for growing, maintaining, and/or harvesting living organisms such as plants and/or animals by controlling their physiology and lifetime according to sidereal time, preferably yet not necessarily in phase with sidereal time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: DMF SPRL
    Inventor: Fabien De Meester
  • Patent number: 10544933
    Abstract: A light fixture includes a light fixture housing, one or more light sources housed in the housing, a power connection for receiving electric power for the one or more light sources, a light source driver circuit configured to receive power from the power connection and to drive the one or more light sources to produce light, and at least one audio speaker module coupled to the housing through at least one rotatable coupling. The light fixture further includes a wireless radio transceiver configured to receive transmissions of audio content to be played through the at least one audio speaker module, and an audio driver circuit configured to receive power from the power connection and to drive the at least one audio speaker module. The at least one audio speaker module is rotatable with respect to the housing via the at least one rotatable coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventors: Mitchell C. Hand, David P. Zizzi
  • Patent number: 10533736
    Abstract: An infrared-sensitive lighting device includes a host, a light-emitting module and an infrared sensing module. The light-emitting module is disposed on the host. The infrared sensing module includes a casing, a circuit board, a sensor and a lens cover. The casing is installed on the host and has an opening. The circuit board is disposed within the casing. The sensor is installed on the circuit board and aligned with the opening. The lens cover is rotatably mounted on the opening. The lens cover has a lens pattern. When the lens cover is in a first state, the sensor performs a sensing operation at a first direction angle through the lens pattern. When the lens cover is in a second state, the sensor performs the sensing operation at a second direction angle through the lens pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: LIVINGSTYLE ENTERPRISES LIMITED
    Inventor: Ming-Yun Chen
  • Patent number: 10508793
    Abstract: An artificial skylight generally includes at least one light source, at least one first collimator, a prism sheet, and at least one transmissive material. The at least one first collimator is configured to collimate light from the at least one light source. The prism sheet is disposed adjacent to the at least one first collimator and is configured to reflect and refract collimated light received from the at least one first collimator. The at least one transmissive material is disposed adjacent to the prism sheet and is configured to radiate light diffusely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: INNERSCENE, INC.
    Inventors: Sean Flynn, Jonathan Clark
  • Patent number: 10501936
    Abstract: A modular ceiling system has uniformly appearing devices supported by a channel or a ceiling in an aesthetically pleasing pattern with a single network and control system. The channel or ceiling has uniform sized and shaped openings into which a plurality of uniformly sized and shaped devices is fitted. The devices share a common communication protocol and power source. Each of the devices is connected to a central control system having the same communication protocol as the devices. A network connects the central control system and all of the devices together allowing communications between the central control system and the devices and among the devices using the common communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Price Industries Limited
    Inventors: Julian Rimmer, Sherwin Barroga, Sylvio Tessier, Arun Rabbani, Ashley Morgan, Mike Nicholson, Jordan Hiebert, Craig Comberbach, Christian Borja, Mike Holland, James White, Ryan Sorrell, Mario Ortiz, Luke Marvin
  • Patent number: 10477651
    Abstract: A load control system for controlling at least one electrical load may comprise a plurality of control devices and a sensor external to at least one of the control devices. The sensor may be configured to sense a condition of a space in which the control devices are installed. The at least one electrical load may be controlled in response to the condition sensed by the sensor. The control devices may include respective illuminated portions. The control devices may adjust the intensity of the respective illuminated portions in response to the condition sensed by the sensor. If multiple sensors are included in the load control system to sense the condition, the control devices may adjust the intensity of their respective illuminated portions by aggregating the condition sensed by each sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Stephen M. Ludwig, Jr., James P. Steiner
  • Patent number: 10465630
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle (1) having an internal combustion engine operated by means of a gas, wherein the gas is stored under pressure in a gas tank (5) and is fed to the internal combustion engine as needed for the operation of the internal combustion engine and a safety device having a pressure relief valve (7) is provided, which safety device becomes active when a specified discharge gas pressure is exceeded in the gas tank (5). According to the invention, a vehicle (1) and a method for operating a gas-operated vehicle having an improved safety device for gas discharged from a gas tank (5) when a discharge gas pressure is exceeded are specified. This is achieved in that the safety device comprises a burner (9) for burning off the discharged gas and that it is determined beforehand whether the vehicle is outdoors or in a hall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Florian Herzenjak
  • Patent number: 10412475
    Abstract: A light fixture comprises a fixture body, at least one lamp mounted to the fixture body for emitting a light beam, at least one speaker device and/or at least one sound detection device and/or at least one image capturing device integrally mounted to the fixture body. The speaker device provides for emitting sound. The sound detection device provides for detecting ambient sound. The Image capturing device provides for capturing an image. A controller is in operative communication with the at least one lamp, to the at least one speaker and/or to the at least one sound detection and/or at least one image capturing device for control thereof. A system for controlling the light emitted by these light fixtures comprises a master controller for receiving information from the controller and for transmitting control signals thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Yves Bernier
  • Patent number: 10403101
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and media for projecting light to indicate a device status are provided. In accordance with some implementations of the disclosed subject matter, systems for projecting light to indicate a device status are provided, the systems comprising: a hardware processor that: determines a light status; determines whether to turn a light source on; selects a light format corresponding to the light status; projects light of a light source according to the light format; and determines whether to turn the light source off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Vincent Dureau
  • Patent number: 10393347
    Abstract: A luminaire includes a mixing chamber having an array of apertures in one wall, a light source to supply light into the mixing chamber, and an array of optics outside the mixing chamber, each positioned to cooperate with a respective one of the apertures to emit light from the mixing chamber as a beam. The shape, size, and/or direction of the output light beam are controllably varied by controlling the shape, size, and/or position of each aperture relative to its associated optic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SEOUL SEMICONDUCTORS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Pablo Benitez, Juan Carlos Minano, Ruben Mohedano, Julio C. Chaves, Waqidi Falicoff
  • Patent number: 10378709
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an illumination system includes a plurality of white light sources that satisfies ?0.2?[(P(?)×V(?))/(P(? max 1)×V(? max 1))?(B(?)×V(?))/(B(? max 2)×V(? max 2))]?+0.2 where P(?) is an emission spectrum of a white light source having a specific color temperature, B(?) is an emission spectrum of black body radiation having a corresponding color temperature, V(?) is a spectrum of spectral luminous efficiency, ? max 1 is a wavelength at which P(?)×V(?) becomes maximum, and ? max 2 is a wavelength at which B(?)×V(?) becomes maximum. The respective white light sources have different color temperatures, and light from the respective white light sources is irradiated from different directions to a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba, Toshiba Materials Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Shirakawa, Masahiko Yamakawa
  • Patent number: 10378706
    Abstract: A table lamp includes an infrared light sensor, a distance detection unit, a light source, and a control unit. The infrared light sensor detects infrared light. The distance detection unit detects a distance between an external object and the distance detection unit. The light source emits light. The control unit controls the light source at least according to intensity of the infrared light detected by the infrared light sensor and the distance detected by the distance detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Qisda Corporation
    Inventors: Zih-Ling Chen, Chih-Lung Huang
  • Patent number: 10371354
    Abstract: An embodiment of an illumination device comprising a broad band artificial light source and a non-liquid chromatic diffuser transparent to visible light comprising a dispersion of elements of nanometrical dimensions of a first material with of certain refractive index in a second material with different refractive index, wherein the light is scattered producing a separation and different distribution between cold and hot components of the light originally produced by the source, according to a scattering process in “Rayleigh” regime. The device allows illumination effects similar to those of natural outdoor environments to be reproduced in indoor environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CoeLux S.r.l.
    Inventors: Paolo Di Trapani, Marta Cecilia Pigazzini
  • Patent number: 10351103
    Abstract: An illustrative example embodiment of a detector device includes a sensor portion that is configured to at least emit or receive a first type of radiation. A cover near the sensor portion is transparent to the first type of radiation to allow the first type of radiation to pass through the cover. A radiation source emits a second, different type of radiation. A plurality of reflecting surfaces are transparent to the first type of radiation and at least partially opaque to the second type of radiation to at least partially reflect the second type of radiation into the cover to increase a temperature of at least a portion of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: APTIV TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Kok Wee Yeo, Yew Kwang Low, Binghua Pan
  • Patent number: 10328949
    Abstract: A vehicle can be configured to indicate sensor blind spots to a vehicle occupant (e.g., a driver). Using one or more sensors, the vehicle can acquire driving environment data of an external environment of the vehicle. It can be determined whether one or more portions of the acquired driving environment data is unreliable. Responsive to determining that one or more portions of the acquired driving environment data is unreliable, an alert can be caused to be presented within the vehicle. The alert can indicate one or more locations in the external environment in which the driving environment data that is determined to be unreliable. In some instances, the alert can be a visual alert and/or an audial alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Nobuhide Kamata
  • Patent number: 10302257
    Abstract: A lamp apparatus for a vehicle may include a light source device configured to irradiate light; a detector configured to be distanced from the light source device and detect the light irradiated from the light source device, verifying whether the light source device is operating abnormally; and a reflector configured to have the light irradiated from the light source device incident thereon and reflect a portion of the light irradiated from the light source device wherein a portion of the light reflects toward the detector while reflecting the light irradiated from the light source device such that the light reflects toward a front of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corp., SL Corporation
    Inventors: Byoung Suk Ahn, Jik Soo Shin, Ki Hong Lee, Jung Wook Lim, Keun Sig Lim, Cheol Min Park, Hyo Kyoung Kim, Sung Wook Yoon
  • Patent number: 10299353
    Abstract: Various inventive methods and apparatus disclosed herein relate to associating state machines with touch event profiles, and to initiating state machines in response to touch events detected at home appliances. In some embodiments, a touch event may be detected at a touch sensor associated with a home appliance (102, 102a). The home appliance may be operated to perform its primary function in response to the detected touch event. It may be determined whether the touch event satisfies a predetermined touch event profile. A state machine may be operated at a computing device (102a, 112, 330) remote from the home appliance in response to the determining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Tatiana Aleksandrovna Lashina, Philip Steven Newton, Bartel Marinus Van De Sluis, Dzmitry Viktorovich Aliakseyeu, Dirk Valentinus René Engelen, Tim Dekker
  • Patent number: 10274137
    Abstract: A lamp assembly and a lamp are provided. The lamp assembly includes a light source substrate, a circuit board and a lamp cover. The light source substrate includes a first surface, a second surface and plural light sources. The first surface is opposite to the second surface, and the light sources are disposed on the first surface. The circuit board is electrically connected to the light source substrate. A transmitting and receiving module is disposed on the circuit board, and the transmitting and receiving module has an antenna. A lamp cover covers the light sources. The lamp cover has an outer surface, an inner surface and a through hole. The inner surface is opposite to the outer surface, and the through hole extends from the inner surface to the outer surface. The antenna passes through the through hole and extends outside the outer surface of the lamp cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Beautiful Light Technology Corp.
    Inventors: Shih-Ting Chiu, Chien-Wen Chiu
  • Patent number: 10272824
    Abstract: A lighting method comprising: definition, by a control system (CTRL_S) of a lighting device (HL), of a parameter (PAR) of the lighting device; transmission of this parameter, by the control system, to an actuator (LSS) of the lighting device; and generation, by the actuator, with a light source (LSR) of the lighting device, of a light beam producing an image corresponding to a light map obtained by modifying a light map stored in the actuator using the parameter received from the control system. The description also relates to a lighting device, a computer program and a storage medium for implementing such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Hafid El Idrissi, Loic Boinet
  • Patent number: 10257906
    Abstract: The present application discloses systems and methods for providing low voltage power for low voltage lighting sources, e.g., so-called landscape lighting. A low voltage lighting power supply includes an enclosure and a power circuit enclosed in the enclosure. In some embodiments the power circuit has a primary side and a secondary side. The primary side accepts power from a main power source and the secondary side has a plurality of separate output power circuits, each output power circuit generating a separate low voltage lighting power signal capable of lighting a plurality of low voltage light sources and each being rated for a particular output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Kichler Lighting LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Tyson, John J. Andrisin, III, John Joseph Ascherl, Joseph John Janos
  • Patent number: 10198948
    Abstract: A low power sensor system and protocol are provided. Particular embodiments of the invention include a sensor controlled switch that senses conditions. While the sensor controlled switch is sensing conditions and the switch that it controls is open, power is conserved. When a valid condition is sensed, the switch is closed which enables a sensor system to receive power. The powered sensor system can then perform tasks such as listen for radio transmissions from a human interface device and respond to these. In another embodiment of the invention a delayed shutdown is executed, wherein the sensor system is put in a low power state for a period of time before responding to further conditions sensed by the sensor controlled switch. An example application is in a battery powered vehicle camera system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Trail Ridge Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: D. Mitchel Hanks, Robert A. Morain
  • Patent number: 10194296
    Abstract: A pass through wall power plug is equipped with multiple transceivers for remote communication. The power plug may be equipped with transceivers operative in different modes or protocols. The power plug may function as a bridge between radio devices. It may function as a centralized access point for receiving and/or storing information from and transmitting information multiple connected electronic devices. The power plug may be equipped with a night light, power meter, relay switch, voltage meter, beacon, proximity sensor or other electronic components. The power plug may be made rotatable around its prongs, and may be configured to be stackable within a standard column of electrical outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: IDEVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Tetreault, Eric Ferguson, David Davis, Shawn Monteith, Michael Murray
  • Patent number: 10146047
    Abstract: An optical base station including a base, a light source, a rotation plate and an optical fiber is provided. The light source is disposed on the base for providing a light beam. The rotation plate is disposed on the base. The optical fiber is disposed on the base and has an input end and a first output end. The rotation plate drives the optical fiber to rotate around a rotation axis. The rotation axis passes through the input end. The light beam enters the optical fiber from the input end and is output from the first output end after being transmitted in the optical fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: HTC Corporation
    Inventor: Yen-Fang Cheng
  • Patent number: 10136534
    Abstract: A cover for an electrical receptacle including a faceplate. The cover also includes a first transmission tab configured to be electrically connected to a first power line of the electrical receptacle and a second transmission tab configured to be electrically connected to a second power line of the electrical receptacle. Additionally, the cover includes a device (such as a light source, circuit, port, or sensor) in communication with the first transmission tab and the second transmission tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Cordell Eldred Ebeling
  • Patent number: 10129953
    Abstract: A controlled lamp device (1), comprising: a lamp housing (2) with a light exit opening (3), a sensor unit (4) for detecting a contactless manual intervention (15, 16-1, 16-2, 17) of an operator of the lamp device in an intervention region (5, 5-1, 5-2), and an evaluation and control device (6) for evaluating the intervention of the operator detected by the sensor unit and for influencing a control parameter for the operation of the lamp device depending on a result of the evaluation, wherein the sensor unit (4) is provided in and/or on the light housing (2) laterally adjacent to the light exit opening (3), and the evaluation and control device (6) is designed such that it only influences the control parameter if the evaluation carried out by the evaluation and control device (6) shows that a predefined path in an intervention region has been covered in a gesture-like manner during the intervention of the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Steinel GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Moeller
  • Patent number: 10081294
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a lighting apparatus for a vehicle that makes information images to be shown in a low-beam area clear by showing information on a road with high visibility using light for a high beam and that has a small layout by showing information on a road using the function of a high beam and is manufactured at a low manufacturing cost with a small weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Byoung Suk Ahn, Jik Soo Shin, Keon Soo Jin, Jung Wook Lim, Ki Hong Lee
  • Patent number: 10066816
    Abstract: A headlight incorporates an infrared sensor enabling the light to be turned ON and OFF without physical contact. The system includes a light source and a mechanism for coupling the light source to eyeglass frames or to a headband. A power supply and control unit is disposed remotely from the light source and is interconnected to the light source through an electrical cable. An infrared (IR) motion sensor is interconnected to the power supply and control unit, and electrical circuitry within the power supply and control unit is operative to turn the light source ON and OFF is response to the detection of a hand or other body part by the sensor. In the preferred embodiment, the light source includes a light-emitting diode (LED), and the IR detector is user-adjustable to set the ON/OFF activation distance in accordance with user preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: General Scientific Corp.
    Inventor: Byung J. Chang
  • Patent number: 10062258
    Abstract: Floodlight controllers with wireless audio/video recording and communication features in accordance with various embodiments of the present disclosure are provided. In one embodiment, a floodlight controller for activating and deactivating a floodlight device may include a camera including an image sensor and having a field of view, a switch having an open condition and a closed condition, and a processor operatively connected to the camera and operatively connected to the switch, wherein the processor is configured to receive an input from the camera and produce an output to the switch to cause the switch to transition from the open condition to the closed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Siminoff, Stephen Grant Russell
  • Patent number: 10059004
    Abstract: A robot includes a three-dimensional shape detecting sensor to detect a three dimensional shape of a travel surface existing in a forward travelling direction of the robot, a posture stabilizer to stabilize a posture of a body of the robot, a feature data generator to generate feature data of the detected three dimensional shape, an inclination angle prediction generator to generate a prediction value of an inclination angle of the body when the robot is to reach a position on the travel surface in the forward travelling direction at a future time point based on the feature data and a prediction model, and an overturn prevention controller to control the posture stabilizer to prevent an overturn of the robot based on the prediction value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Daiki Inaba, Wataru Hatanaka, Hiroshi Shimura, Atsuo Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 10034360
    Abstract: A computing unit (10) and a method are provided. The method comprises obtaining data being indicative of operational statuses and geographic positions of a plurality of street devices (11), and obtaining region description data for a region in which the street devices are located. Further, the geographic positions and operational statuses of the street devices are correlated with the region description data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Yuan Shu, Alexandre Georgievich Sinitsyn, Ingrid Christina Maria Flinsenberg, Yi Qiang Yu
  • Patent number: 10025138
    Abstract: A display mirror assembly having a housing. An electro-optic element is disposed within the housing. A light gathering structure is operably coupled with a first side of the electro-optic element and is configured to draw ambient light from outside the housing. A display module is disposed within the housing and is operable between an on state and an off state. A light relaying structure is operably coupled with a second side of the electro-optic element and is configured to relay light from the electro-optic element to a first edge of the display module. A backlit module is disposed at a second edge of the display module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: James D. Collins, II, Michael F. Lisowski, Steven J. Veenman
  • Patent number: 10028360
    Abstract: A selectively controlled lighted artificial tree with visual timing function indication, comprising: a tree trunk having a plurality of branches; a plurality of lighting assemblies including light elements, the plurality of lighting assemblies distributed about the plurality of branches; a plurality of wires in electrical connection with the plurality of light elements, the plurality of wires for transmitting electrical power to the plurality of light elements; a controller in electrical communication with the plurality of lighting assemblies, the controller including a push-button switch and a logic-control circuit with a processor, the controller configured to selectively cause power to be transmitted to one or more of the plurality of light elements for a power-on duration, and to cause one or more of the plurality of light elements to selectively be powered on and off to provide a visual indication of the power-on duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Willis Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Johnny Chen
  • Patent number: 10002509
    Abstract: A notification appliance is disclosed. The notification appliance may be a strobe notification appliance, such as an LED strobe notification appliance. The notification appliance may be wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted. Further, the notification appliance may include an optic that is configured to shape the light output from the notification appliance. For example, in a wall-mount, the optic may be mounted off-axis of a plane defined by a back plate of the notification appliance. Further, the notification appliance may be composed of a back plate, a driver board, and a front housing, with the front housing being attached to one or both of the back plate and the driver board. Moreover, the notification appliance may be used with an adapter bracket, which may be used to connect the notification appliance with one or more types of junction boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Kenneth Savage, Jr., Steven Varieur
  • Patent number: 9997036
    Abstract: A security system can can be configured to mount to a power outlet. The security system can include a detection system comprising a camera, motion detector, speaker, microphone, and a pair of electrical prongs arranged and configured to protrude into the power outlet to receive power for the detection system. The security system can also include a remote computing device communicatively coupled to the detection system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: SkyBell Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Frank Scalisi
  • Patent number: 9992389
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a power adapter, a security camera portion and a socket adapter. The power adapter may be configured to receive an AC power source and generate DC power. The security camera may be configured to receive DC power from the power adapter. The socket adapter may comprise a first connector a second connector and a third connector. A camera module may be integrated in a cavity of the security camera portion. The power adapter may be within the socket adapter. The first connector may be removably connected to a light bulb and the second connector may be removably connected to a light fixture. The power adapter may receive the AC power source from an electrical connection to the light fixture. The security camera may be configured to connect to the third connector to receive the DC power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: KUNA SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sai-Wai Fu, Haomiao Huang, Harold G. Sampson
  • Patent number: 9913350
    Abstract: The invention relates to an interface device for supplying power to a variable number of loads, which are configured to be coupled to the interface device by means of a supply line and which are configured to communicate with the interface device, to a system comprising such interface device and one or more loads, to a corresponding method for supplying power and to a corresponding software product. A particular feature of the present invention is that the interface device functions as an intermediate between an USB power source and the loads connected to the interface device by supplying power while being flexible to both sides, i.e. to the supplying side as well as to the load side, in allowing for a flexible number of loads to be coupled to the interface device (i.e. to be supplied by the interface device with power) and in also providing a negotiation with the power supply depending on the necessary power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Matthias Wendt, Marcel Beij, Martinus Petrus Creusen
  • Patent number: 9902318
    Abstract: A lighting system of a vehicle is provided herein. A light sensor is coupled to a front windshield and is oriented to face in a vehicle-forward direction. A light source is disposed inside the vehicle and a controller is configured to adjust a brightness of the light source based on a light level measured by the light sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo
  • Patent number: 9863641
    Abstract: A heater includes: a controller; a user input operatively connected to the controller; and a lighting system operatively connected to, and controlled by, the controller, the lighting system configured to illuminate outside the heater along a length of the heater. A method of displaying light includes: attaching a lighting system to a heater; operatively connecting the lighting system to a controller; operatively connecting a user input device to the controller; and configure the controller to illuminate the light system to provide indirect lighting to a room in which the heater is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: MARLEY ENGINEERED PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventor: Michael P. Boyd
  • Patent number: 9857048
    Abstract: A lighting device includes a body portion, a collar having a first end coupled to the body portion, a plate coupled to a second end of the collar, a light source disposed at the second end of the collar, and a shade including a sidewall and a cap defining a plurality of interfaces. The plurality of interfaces and the plate cooperate to releasably secure the shade in a storage orientation and an extended orientation. The light source includes one or more LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Goal Zero LLC
    Inventors: Robert E. Workman, Norman L. Krantz, Jaremy T. Butler, Fred K. Lillywhite
  • Patent number: 9860957
    Abstract: Systems and methods of adjusting a correlated color temperature (CCT) of a color-tunable light source based on one or more luminosity (lux) sensors, and without a CCT sensor, comprise receiving, at a controller, one or more signals from one or more lux sensors, the one or more signals representative of a luminous flux of natural light; determining, with the controller, a CCT of the natural light based on, at least in part, the luminous flux of the natural light; and transmitting an output signal from the controller based, at least in part, on the determined CCT of the natural light, the output signal configured to control the CCT of the color-tunable light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: Emily Peterson, Helmar Adler
  • Patent number: 9835324
    Abstract: Briefly described, light generating, light emitting, and/or sound producing finials are disclosed for both utility and decorative purposes. These finials may be used for dim lighting of a room such as to replace night lamps or for romantic occasions, and can be changed based on seasonal traditions or holiday customs. In some embodiments the finials have their own batteries and LED lights and in other embodiments the finials' rechargeable batteries may be charged by the light emitting from the lamp on which the finials are mounted. In some embodiments the finials may be screwed to the finial stud of the lamp harp, and in some other embodiments the finials may merely be placed on a substantially horizontal support plate screwed or attached to the top of the lamp harp, which may also act as a charging station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Jershyang Jerry Lee
  • Patent number: 9808735
    Abstract: A decorative lawn ornament including a rotatable carrier having a plurality of blades. At least one light-emitting device is arranged on each of the plurality of blades to emit light from the blades. A solar panel is provided to receive and collect sunlight, and a photoswitch is automatically operable between an activated state during instances of insufficient sunlight to thereby activate the light-emitting device, and a deactivated state during instances of sunlight to thereby deactivate the light-emitting device. The decorative lawn ornament is operable such that when a flow of air strikes it, the blades rotate and a decorative member rotates to control an orientation of the blades and the light emitted by the light-emitting devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Plow & Hearth, LLC
    Inventors: Fei Qiu, Chengyong Tu, Richard Koval
  • Patent number: 9745079
    Abstract: An aircraft light unit (2), has a support portion (4), a light source having at least one LED (6), the light source being arranged on the support portion (4) and in operation emitting light with a source-side light intensity distribution, and an optical element (8) for transforming the source-side light intensity distribution into an output light intensity distribution. The optical element (8) has at least two transformation segments (10, 20, 30), covering different angular ranges of the source-side light intensity distribution in a first cross-sectional plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventor: Anil Kumar Jha
  • Patent number: 9723681
    Abstract: An LED lamp system with different color temperatures and various operation modes can resolve the problems occurred in the prior arts. By switching the AC current continuously, not only the LED lamp sets can emit lights of different color temperatures, and moreover, at the same time, the light sensitive detector and moving object detection circuit serve to detect environmental light intensity and the moving objects so as to auto-control the lighting and light intensity of the LED lamp sets so as to match the requirements of environment protection and power saving As a result, intellectual light control for LED lamps is achieved. This is beneficial to the applications of LED lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventors: Hsiao Chang Tsai, Xiao Bing Tu