With Control Console Patents (Class 362/85)
  • Patent number: 11378868
    Abstract: A case for an artificial light. An articulating arm or arms attaches a hood to the case. The arm(s) allow the hood to be oriented to function as both a protective cover, shade, or stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Polar Pro Filters, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Overall
  • Patent number: 11378995
    Abstract: An ambient light device for a dial type shifting apparatus is provided. The ambient light device includes a printed circuit board (PCB) coupled to a main housing, a light source fixed to the PCB, a light guide coupled to the main housing and configured to deliver light of the light source, and a light emitting mechanism provided in a shift dial coupled rotatably with respect to the main housing and configured to reflect the light of the light source delivered through the light guide to emit it outside of the shift dial in an ambient light form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, SL Corporation
    Inventors: Han Gil Park, Ki Young Song, Sung Hoon Lee, Min Gwon Lee, Joo Young Kim
  • Patent number: 11363701
    Abstract: A method for controlling a lighting system using a lighting control console generating digital adjusting commands transmitted to lighting devices of the lighting system via data links at least one moving an adjustable lighting device towards different positions, and a preprogrammed lighting program being carried out in several consecutive program steps, an acoustic parameter characterizing the noise sensitivity being assigned to each programs step. The method includes driving the actuator towards the next predefined position of the lighting device as a function of a result of a comparison of the acoustic parameters of the program steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: MA LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Adenau
  • Patent number: 11353182
    Abstract: A solar disk light has a disk light body, the disk light body including a housing and a lid over the housing, the housing being hollow to contain components of the disk light. The disk light body has solar cells on an outer surface thereof for harvesting solar energy and detecting ambient light, and LEDs for emitting light. The LEDs are adapted to be selectively driven to emit white light or colored light. The wiring and driver electronics configured to deliver electrical power to the LEDs from the battery, and configured to drive some or all of the LEDs to emit white light or colored light depending on a switch setting or signals received from a remote-control transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: E. Mishan & Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Mishan
  • Patent number: 11334043
    Abstract: An operating terminal includes: a connected-device information transmitting unit transmitting first connected-device information to another operating terminal, the first connected-device information being information on a facility device connected to the operating terminal; a connected-device information obtaining unit obtaining second connected-device information from the another operating terminal, the second connected-device information being information on a facility device connected to the another operating terminal; an operation receiving unit receiving an operation for being performed on a facility device connected to the operating terminal and a facility device connected to the another operating terminal; and an air conditioning control command transmitting unit determining, from the first connected-device information and the second connected-device information, a destination of a control command and transmitting the control command to the destination, the control command representing content of an op
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Honda
  • Patent number: 11242985
    Abstract: A lighting system is provided with a plurality of light fixtures within a room and at least one control system for controlling the plurality of light fixtures within a room. At least one of the light fixtures among the plurality of light fixtures within the room includes a patch panel thereon. The control system is attached to the patch panel on a first side of the patch panel, and a remaining of the plurality of light fixtures in the room are connected to the patch panel on a second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Berk-Tek LLC
    Inventor: Paul Michael Good
  • Patent number: 11085418
    Abstract: Provided is a method for transmitting controlling control variables from a windfarm controller to units including at least one wind power installation or at least one energy store. The method include determining first and second controlling control variable components by the windfarm controller, outputting the first controlling control variable component in a first data packet, outputting the second controlling control variable component in a second data packet, receiving the first and second data packets by a first unit, and determining a controlling control variable from the first and second controlling control variable components. The first data packet has a receiver address which is assigned to the first unit and to at least one further unit, and the second data packet has a receiver address which is assigned to at least the first unit. Provided is a windfarm controller, a wind power installation and a windfarm configured to perform the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Wobben Properties GmbH
    Inventor: Helge Giertz
  • Patent number: 11085835
    Abstract: A capacitive sensor includes an upper block; a lower block; a plurality of elastic supports for elastically supporting the upper block and the lower block; upper vertical electrodes formed to have faces perpendicular to the bottom surface of the upper block; lower vertical electrodes formed to have faces perpendicular to the top surface of the lower block and disposed to face the upper vertical electrodes such that at least parts of the lower vertical electrodes overlap with the upper vertical electrodes; and an electronic circuit including the upper vertical electrodes and the lower vertical electrodes as parts of the circuit and outputting a signal corresponding to changes in capacitances between the upper vertical electrodes and the lower vertical electrodes caused by a force or a torque applied to at least one of the upper block and the lower block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: ROBOTOUS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Min Chul Kim
  • Patent number: 10991524
    Abstract: A keyboard integrates a backlight that illuminates keyboard keys with light passing from an edge of the keyboard and along each of plural rows of keys through plural lightguides, each of the plural lightguides disposed under one row of keys. A light source located at the edge of the keyboard membrane provides illumination to the plural lightguides with individual control per row of keys for improved light transmission efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Jace W. Files, John Trevor Morrison
  • Patent number: 10973108
    Abstract: A method for optimizing the area coverage of a wireless network may include a lamp to perform this method. The lamp may have an input for connecting a network, a power supply unit for supplying all components of the lamp with an electric power taken from the input, a control unit for controlling the components of the lamp, at least one light source from the power supply unit and controlled by the control unit, and a network access point for providing at least one wireless network. The lamp may include at least one antenna associated with the network access point. The light source and antenna may be arranged and designed such that the radiation characteristics of the light are congruent with the radiation characteristics of the antenna of the wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Osram GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Eschey, Eberhard Hoefflin, Herbert Ernst, Holger Sacher, Bernhard Siessegger
  • Patent number: 10907815
    Abstract: A controller for an illumination device is provided. The controller may comprise a data input module configured to receive an input signal, a determining module, with at least one data format stored thereon for driving at least one type of LED device, wherein the determining module is configured to determine whether the input signal received from the data input module belongs to the at least one data format and generate an output signal based on the input signal, and a data output module configured to drive the illumination device based on the output signal received from the determining module. The controller may further comprise a command input module configured to receive a command from a user. A method for controlling an illumination device and one or more computer-readable storage media storing computer-executable instructions, that when being executed, cause a controller to perform the above method are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Hung-Chin Hsieh
  • Patent number: 10845017
    Abstract: A luminous motor-vehicle module intended to generate a light beam that projects forward an image. The image comprises at least one horizontal row of pixels. The luminous module is arranged so that a first pixel of the horizontal row of pixels comprises a lower end and/or an upper end that are/is vertically offset with respect to a lower end and/or an upper end of a second pixel of the same row, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: VALEO VISION
    Inventors: Pierre Renaud, Alexandre Joerg
  • Patent number: 10837631
    Abstract: A lighting module includes an LED light source and a power source coupled to the LED light source. The LED light source is powered by the power source. The power source includes an auxiliary output connection that is terminated at a standardized connector. The power source provides power to an auxiliary device via the standardized connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Kenneth Dale Walma, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10724790
    Abstract: A refrigerator includes a cabinet defining a storage space, a main door for opening and closing the cabinet, the main door defining an opening part that is in communication with the storage space, a sub-door rotatably mounted on the main door and configured to open and close the opening part, a panel assembly forming a front surface of the sub-door and made of a half glass material, a detection device provided to the sub-door and configured to detect a user's operation, and a door lighting unit provided to the main door and configured to, based on the sub-door being closed, turn on and off according to a signal from the detection device to allow selective viewing of an inside of the opening part through the panel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Hyunwoo Seo
  • Patent number: 10661699
    Abstract: In a lighting tool for a vehicle, a first incident section has a first condensing incident surface disposed at a center of a portion facing a first light source and into which a part of light emitted from the first light source enters, and a protrusion protruding from a position surrounding the first condensing incident surface toward the first light source, a second incident section has a second condensing incident surface disposed at a portion facing a second light source and into which light emitted from the second light source enters, and the second condensing incident surface is provided adjacent to the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: STANLEY ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuya Furubayashi, Takumi Kusano, Junpei Kido
  • Patent number: 10648675
    Abstract: The household appliance of the present invention relates to a control panel by which the user can control the functions of the household appliance; at least one opening disposed on the control panel; a shaft that is disposed behind the control panel so as to extend towards the opening and that enables the related function to be realized; a knob that is disposed on the shaft and that enables the user to move the shaft; a sealing element that is disposed on the opening so as to almost completely surround the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: ARCELIK ANONIM SIRKETI
    Inventor: Davut Ayhan Serabatir
  • Patent number: 10344934
    Abstract: In various embodiments, an illumination system is provided. The illumination system may include at least two light guides, which each have an input coupling surface and an output coupling surface, and at least one radiation source having a radiation surface that faces the corresponding input coupling surface provided for a respective light guide. A distance between the input coupling surface of one of the light guides and the radiation surface of the at least one assigned radiation source and the distance between the input coupling surface of a further light guide and the radiation source of the at least one assigned radiation source differ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: OSRAM GMBH
    Inventor: Stephan Schwaiger
  • Patent number: 10030858
    Abstract: A light emitting diode (LED) lighting device is provided. The device includes a lamp shell which is a heat sink including a heat sink covering and a heat sink body and an LED light source assembly installed on top of the heat sink body. The device also includes a control module configured to control the LED light source assembly and an LED driving and power supply unit configured to drive the LED light source assembly and provide electrical power for the LED lighting device. Further, the device includes a reset button electrically connected to the control module, wherein the reset button is set inside the lamp shell and a control push-button of the reset button is set at the sidewall of the lamp shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SENGLED OPTOELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bo You, Jinxiang Shen
  • Patent number: 9989232
    Abstract: A height-adjustable shelving system for an appliance includes an appliance having a plurality of walls that define an interior cavity. The appliance has an electrical system that extends into at least one of the walls of the appliance. A shelf is selectively disposed within the cavity and includes a lighting fixture. A shelf support system in communication with the electrical system includes at least one rotatable body operable between a plurality of support positions, the at least one rotatable body removably receiving and supporting the shelf, wherein each of the support positions of the rotatable body corresponds to a different shelf height. The removable engagement between the shelf and the rotatable body in any of the plurality of support positions places the lighting fixture in communication with the electrical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Julia B. Burke, Daniel Chow, Juan F. Flores, Michael T. Moore, Douglas Pohl, Todd Tunzi
  • Patent number: 9978547
    Abstract: A battery powered control device configured to be mounted on a wall comprising a front housing cover comprising a vertical wall and a bezel frame extending therefrom, a button assembly, a circuit board, and a rear housing plate. The button assembly is located within the bezel frame and comprises at least one button protruding through an opening in the bezel frame. The circuit board is located within the bezel frame behind the button assembly and comprises at least one tactile switch configured for being depressed by the at least one button. The rear housing plate is mounted within the front housing cover such that a periphery of the rear housing plate fits within and is surrounded by a peripheral wall of the front housing cover and a rear surface of the rear housing plate is substantially flush with the terminal end of the peripheral wall of the front housing cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stan Wisniewski, Russikesh Kumar
  • Patent number: 9601285
    Abstract: An apparatus (such as a keyboard) has a plurality of keycaps and a corresponding light guide film disposed on the underside of those keycaps. The light guide film has a periphery, and at least portions of that periphery are thicker than in an interior portion of the light guide film. So configured, more light can be made available for backlighting purposes in the thicker portions than at the thinner portions. These teachings include determining the various (different) thicknesses to employ for the light guide film based upon desired backlighting of one or more of the plurality of keycaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Xiaofeng Li, Chao Chen, Li Huang
  • Patent number: 9463075
    Abstract: A replacement light apparatus includes a base plate a bearing member, and a light source. The bearing member extends from a portion of the base plate. The bearing member includes a bearing surface. The light source is coupled to the bearing surface of the bearing member and adapted to project a cone of light centered on an illumination axis that extends perpendicular to the bearing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: SOUTHERN LINAC, LLC
    Inventors: Clark Bowlsbey, Edward Q. Castle, Jr., Kyle Bowlsbey
  • Patent number: 9468079
    Abstract: The invention relates to the creation of lighting programs or scenes with a lighting system taking energy consumption into account. An embodiment of the invention provides a lighting system (10) comprising—a first database (12) containing data of the luminairies (14) of the lighting system, —a second database (16) containing information for lighting presets of the luminairies of the lighting system for a lighting scene to be created, and—a calculation module (18) being adapted to calculate the energy consumption of the lighting system based on a lighting scene to be created depending on data retrieved from the first and the second database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Mikhail Victorovich Sorokin, Johanna Cornelia Maria Francisca Tielens
  • Patent number: 9390597
    Abstract: A laboratory automation system capable of reducing a wasting time of an operator work by giving a notification that enables a device state and a summary of an operator call to be recognized. The laboratory automation system having notifying means such as a display unit or a speaker which can be recognized by the operator distant from the device, includes a notifying unit for calling the operator, and a notifying unit for notifying a status of the device, in which a state device and a summary of the work conducted by the operator can be easily recognized by the combination of notifications of those notifying units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeki Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Ohga, Kenichi Takahashi, Tatsuya Fukugaki, Mitsuru Onuma
  • Patent number: 9185782
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a light controller for controlling a lightning system, where the lightning system comprises a number of light emitting devices such as controllable light fixtures, controllable light emitting visual devices and/or controllable display devices adapted to emit video content. The light controller comprises a first slide controller, a second slide controller, and a locking mechanism adapted to fix the first slide controller and the second slide controller in relation to each other, such that movement of at least one of the slide controllers forces the other slide controller to perform a corresponding movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Martin Professional A/S
    Inventors: Matthias Hinrichs, Chris Foblets
  • Patent number: 9165439
    Abstract: A center device communicates with a plurality of controller devices each having a light emitter, receives an instruction operation from a user of each device, and carries out a process based on the instruction operation, where light emission control is carried out such that each light emitter of the plurality of the controller devices emits light of a different color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Mariko Hino, Satoshi Hashimoto, Ken Kutaragi
  • Patent number: 9155169
    Abstract: A device that allows to turn on and off the lights of a house or room, offices or buildings, intelligently and automatically by detection without people manual intervention, more specifically, this device is provided with means for detect people entry and exit, media controllers or people quantifiers for entering or leaving a place or a room, allowing in a way to avoid unintentional lights on neglect, and in other way obtain efficiency and power saving, which does not occur with current on and off systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Carlos Antonio Carreño Vargas
  • Patent number: 9124442
    Abstract: The invention relates to a home automation system and a method for controlling the same. In order to stably control a continuing concerted adjustment action of a continuously variable parameter by means of few and low-sized commands in order to avoid overloading of a low-data rate network while providing means for fast and unobtrusive correction of failures due to missed commands, it is provided a method for controlling a wireless home automation system, the home automation system being arranged as a network comprising at least one controller and a plurality of devices, wherein the method comprises the steps of sending a start command from the controller to a group of devices comprising an action type and a transaction ID and sending a stop command from the controller to the devices comprising the transaction ID and a controller counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: James Joseph Anthony McCormack
  • Patent number: 9099067
    Abstract: Inventive methods and apparatuses for causing one or more effects to be generated based on analysis of an audio signal are disclosed. The apparatuses may be electrically coupled to an audio signal, may analyze the audio signal to determine if a control cue is present in the audio signal, and direct the effects generated by one or more effect generating devices if a control cue is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Michael G. Harmon
  • Patent number: 9086513
    Abstract: A light guide guides light from a light emitter that is adjacent to an aperture of an electronic device. The light is eventually emitted from the aperture, to thereby provide lighting. The light guide can include a plurality of prisms which can thereby permit reduction in the overall thickness of the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: BLACKBERRY LIMITED
    Inventors: Hsin Chin Lee, Antanas Matthew Broga
  • Patent number: 9055625
    Abstract: The control method comprises the following steps. Firstly, whether a touch event occurs in a control device is determined. Then, responding to a color temperature set and a brightness set from the control device, a first PWM and a second PWM is generated. Then, whether the lamp connects with to the control device is determined. Then, the first PWM and the second PWM is packaged in a color control package if the lamp connects with to the control device. Then, the color control package is transmitted to the lamp in wireless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: LEXTAR ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Feng-Ling Lin, Po-Shen Chen, Hui-Ying Chen, Chun-Kuang Chen, Yuan-Ching Chen
  • Patent number: 9035573
    Abstract: A power supply device containing a first board, a second board, an enclosure into which the first board and the second board are installed, a power supply unit which supplies power to an external load, a control circuit unit for controlling output current and/or output voltage from the power supply unit to the external load, the control circuit unit being embedded on the first board, a memory which stores control information, the memory being utilized in the control circuit unit for controlling the output current and/or the output voltage from the power supply unit, and an interface unit which is capable of receiving the control information from an external device and transmitting the control information to the memory, the interface unit being embedded on the second board which is physically separated from the first board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: MINEBEA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi Suzuki, Kazuaki Saito
  • Patent number: 9028122
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly, comprising an electrical conductor a housing enclosing a portion of the conductor, the housing having a terminal end; a connector connected to the conductor and the housing, the connector extending along a longitudinal axis from the terminal end of the housing, the connector having a terminal surface spaced from the housing, a light emitter within the housing, and a light guide within the housing to direct light from the light emitter to exit the housing from the terminal end to substantially illuminate the connector along the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Idea Boxx, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Tuchrelo, Jeffrey Cahoon
  • Patent number: 9022592
    Abstract: A computer system is described herein. An embodiment of the computer system comprises a first portion comprising a keyboard and a second portion comprising a display. A light source is affixed to the computer, wherein the light source is maintainable in at least a first position and a second position. When the light source is in the first position, light emitted by the light source illuminates the keyboard, and when the light source is in the second position, light emitted by the light source illuminates a spatial region occupied by a user of the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Mark S. Tracy, Earl W. Moore, Keith A. Sauer
  • Patent number: 9016906
    Abstract: An example electronic device includes a printed circuit board having a first row of light sources coupled to a first surface of the printed circuit board and a second row of light sources coupled to a second surface of the printed circuit board; a panel having a plurality of visual indicators; an first housing having a first row of chambers each having a first opening to receive one of the first row of light sources and a second opening to communicate light from the one of the first row of light sources to one of the visual indicators; and a second housing having a second row of chambers each having a third opening to receive one of the second row of light sources and a fourth opening to communicate light from the one of the second row of light sources to a second one of the visual indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Mark R. Cave, Kendall E. Shirilla
  • Patent number: 8998462
    Abstract: A multiple surface LED light has at least a first surface on which LED elements are arranged to provide an illumination function and at least one other surface arranged to provide other desired functions, performances, and/or features. The said LED light has a frame or housing, and an opening that allows the exposed one of the first and other r surfaces to be changed when external force is applied to the LED light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Patent number: 8957601
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed at a configurable light emitting diode (LED) dimmer for controlling a set of light fixture loads comprising: a power circuit; a primary digital controller for controlling the power circuit; a set of output current drivers, each of the set of output current drivers connected to one of the set of light fixture loads for controlling the associated light fixture load; a secondary digital controller for controlling the set of output current drivers; wherein the secondary controller transmits LED control information to control outputs of the set of output current drivers; and wherein the secondary digital controller provides digital feedback control information to the primary digital controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Lumastream Canada ULC
    Inventors: David Tikkanen, Christopher Douglas Booth
  • Patent number: 8950881
    Abstract: A backlight module includes a light guide plate, a light source, a light shielding sheet, a light reflecting sheet and a light shielding member. The light guide plate has a hole formed thereon and the hole has a side wall. The light source is disposed neighboring to the light guide plate and used for emitting light into the light guide plate. The light shielding sheet is disposed on the light guide plate. The light reflecting sheet is disposed below the light guide plate. The light shielding member is disposed in the hole and covers the side wall of the hole, so as to block the light guided by the light guide plate from being emitted out of the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignees: Darfon Electronics (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., Darfon Electronics Corp.
    Inventors: Yen-Chang Chen, Liang-Yu Yao, Hsin-Cheng Ho
  • Patent number: 8950882
    Abstract: A washing machine having a control panel assembly for controlling an operation of the washing machine. The control panel assembly includes a control panel; a circuit board disposed at an inner side of the control panel; at least one light emitting diode (LED) disposed on the circuit board and emitting light; an LED bracket that is coupled to the circuit board, accommodates the at least one LED, guides light emitted from the LED to front of the control panel, and has at least one light guide hole of which a cross-sectional area is not uniform in at least a portion of the light guide hole in a direction in which light emitted from the LED is guided; and an LED window that is disposed at a front side of the LED bracket and allows light emitted from the LED to be transmitted to front of the control panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jong Won Park
  • Patent number: 8944620
    Abstract: A lighted display assembly for an appliance includes interchangeable display screens. Multiple light sources flash, turn on and turn off to indicate a status of the appliance by illuminating a selected one of the display screens. A display grid extends between the light sources and the selected display screen and defines light passages that are each uniquely associated with a corresponding light source. Light emitted by each light source is confined to a discrete area of the display screen by the corresponding light passage. The discrete areas of the interchangeable display screens may include any of a variety of markings, for example, markings in a different language. The assemblies may be tailored to the needs of a particular customer by selecting an appropriate display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Miles, Terry L. Lautzenheiser, Karlis Vecziedins
  • Patent number: 8926111
    Abstract: A portable computer includes a user interface portion and a screen portion that has a substantially planar surface rotatably coupled to the user interface portion. At least one light fixture is positionably mounted to the screen portion in a stowage position or in a functional position. In some embodiments, the light fixture includes a spring member. In the stowage position, the spring member is compressed, and the light fixture is flush with the substantial planar surface. In the functional position, the spring member is relaxed, and the light fixture illuminates the user interface portion. In some embodiments, the light fixture includes a swivel member that enables 360° rotation of the light fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventor: Chung-Kuo Weng
  • Patent number: 8910333
    Abstract: A control panel of a sickbed having a light source is disposed around a sickbed and includes a casing, a light module and a control module. The light module and the control module are provided on two opposite surfaces of the casing respectively. The control module is electrically connected to the light module for controlling the height of the sickbed and an ON/OFF state of the light module. The control panel of the present invention is used to adjust the height of the sickbed and also provides illumination, so that it really demonstrates practicability and convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Timotion Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chou-Hsin Wu
  • Patent number: 8892220
    Abstract: A system for controlling a plurality of wearable wireless light-bearing units is disclosed. The light-bearing units may comprise lighting elements coupled to garments such as those used in the performing arts and entertainment. The system comprises a control unit wirelessly communicating with light-bearing units. The light-bearing units comprise a control box coupled to a plurality of lights. Operators can control one or more of the light-bearing units in synchrony with each other and with other audio-visual elements using standard protocols. The device also provides a library of preprogrammed effects and can perform self-diagnostic functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Iluminate LLC
    Inventors: Miral Kotb, Alan Grow
  • Publication number: 20140268645
    Abstract: A remote control for an inflatable product includes a top cover, a bottom cover correspondingly fitted to the top cover, an air pump switch mounted on the top cover to control on/off of the air pump and a lighting module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Team Worldwide Corporation
    Inventors: Cheng-Chung Wang, Chien-Hua Wang
  • Patent number: 8810438
    Abstract: A membrane circuit board and a keyboard device having the same are provided in the invention. The membrane circuit board is defined with a plurality of key regions. Each of the key regions is with a pressing region and at least one light-pervious region thereon. The membrane circuit board comprising at least two light-pervious membranes stacked with each other, and at least one light-pervious adhesive layer sandwiched between the two light-pervious membranes and at least fully filled in the light-pervious region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ching-Cheng Tsai, Cheng-Hui Shen
  • Patent number: 8807770
    Abstract: A system and method of displaying appliance information to a user is provided. Reverse mount LEDS may be used in a seven segment configuration and correlating to any other icon or indicator. The reverse mount LEDs may be mounted on single sided printed circuit board to form an appliance user display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mark A. Didat, Steven Michael Recio, Michael Wuttikorn Ekbundit
  • Patent number: 8801206
    Abstract: A knob mechanism includes an encoder and a light guide unit. The light guide unit includes a lower member tightly sleeved on the encoder, protruding out of a housing, and having an opening and an optical channel, and an upper ring sleeved on the lower member, and having a light incident surface connected to the optical channel and a light transmitting surface spaced apart from the light incident surface. A rotary rod of the encoder protrudes out of the lower member through the opening. A knob is engaged to the rotary rod and is operable to rotate the same about an axis. Light irradiating the lower member propagates through the optical channel, into the light incident surface, and then out from the light transmitting surface in radial directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Wistron NeWeb Corp.
    Inventors: Shih-Hong Chen, Yung-Te Huang
  • Patent number: 8794808
    Abstract: An illumination device including a light emitting element and a lighting control circuit on a metal base flexible printed circuit board (FPC) that is formed by integrating a flexible metal base with a flexible printed circuit board which is formed by integrating a copper foil pattern (conductive body) with films, wherein end portions of the metal base FPC are formed as thick terminal portions so that the end portions are thicker than the metal base FPC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Otsubo, Takashi Matsunaga, Noriaki Ito
  • Patent number: 8764211
    Abstract: A non-opaque junction box cover and troubleshooting electronic circuit board are described. The circuit board has one or more light sources. At least one of the light sources is configured to emit light if power is present at a specific terminal stud within the junction box. The non-opaque junction box cover transmits this light, allowing one to troubleshoot a problem in a vehicle's electrical system without opening the junction box. In one embodiment, the circuit board has holes that align with the terminal studs in the junction box. The holes allow the circuit board to connect to the terminal studs physically and electrically without additional fasteners and wires. In another embodiment, the circuit board is coupled to the non-opaque junction box cover. Proper alignment between the non-opaque junction box cover and the circuit board ensure proper electrical contact between the circuit board and the terminal studs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Doug Fredrickson
  • Patent number: 8757827
    Abstract: A file system for a stage lighting system that maintains the different files associated with the stage lighting system. Each of the files that can represent an effect are maintained within the system within a configuration file. The configuration file can be updated on each start of the system so that the system can maintain information indicative of current configuration files. A test mode can also be entered in which a pre-formed show can be tested against the current state of the configuration files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Production Resource Group, LLC
    Inventor: Mark A. Hunt