Switching Patents (Class 398/111)
  • Patent number: 9153983
    Abstract: A charging device including a first connector connected to a power source; a second connector connected an electronic device; a magnetic element connected to a magnet of the electronic device; a magnetic sensor that detects a magnetic force generated by the magnet of the electronic device; and a switch circuit disposed between the first connector and the second connector and that switches between an open state and a closed state based on an output of the magnetic sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignees: SONY Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Daisuke Sakai, Kuniharu Suzuki, Katsuya Suzuki, Koichi Jochi
  • Patent number: 8867918
    Abstract: A remote controller includes: an operation unit including plural operation keys; a radio communication unit that performs bidirectional communication with a controlled apparatus; an infrared communication unit that performs unidirectional communication with the controlled apparatus; and a control unit that is input with an operation signal from the operation unit and controls the radio communication unit and the infrared communication unit, wherein the control unit includes a measuring unit that measures power supply voltage, and the control unit controls the radio communication unit to transmit a control signal to the controlled apparatus when the power supply voltage is equal to or higher than a predetermined value and controls the infrared communication unit to transmit the control signal to the controlled apparatus when the power supply voltage is lower than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuya Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8832769
    Abstract: Remote control based output selection techniques are described in which an output to a display device is selected based on identification of a remote control device that is manipulated by a user. In an implementation, each of a plurality of remote control devices is associated with a respective client device in an audio visual system. When a user manipulates one of the plurality of remote control devices, the manipulated remote control device is detected and a corresponding client device is determined. Then, an output to a display device is set to present audio visual data from the determined client device. In another implementation, when a manipulated remote control device is identified, a user interface for output on the display device is configured according to the identified remote control device and/or the functional capabilities of the identified remote control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Charles J. Migos
  • Patent number: 8773246
    Abstract: A remote control and method of programming a remote control for controlling components in an entertainment system are disclosed. The remote control may operate in multiple modes including a limited mode that prevents the remote control from sending predetermined commands to one or more components, even when instructed to do so by the user. In addition, the remote control may issue one or more commands to each component in response to a single user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Charles W. Ergen, Michael T. Dugan, David A. Kummer, William M. Beals, Daniel L. Rudolph, Mark H. Gomez, Henry Gregg Martch, Adam C. Morzos
  • Publication number: 20140147124
    Abstract: An electronic device and a control method thereof includes an infrared module which receives an infrared control signal having a predetermined section-specific waveform from an infrared transmitter; a switching unit which turns on/off the infrared module; and a controller which controls the switching unit to alternately turn on and off the infrared module in a predetermined cycle for recognizing the predetermined section-specific waveform of the infrared control signal. Thus, electric power consumed by an infrared module in a standby mode may be reduced while receiving a signal of an infrared transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., ltd.
    Inventor: In-beom KIM
  • Publication number: 20140064737
    Abstract: A smart switch applied to a remote control system in a smart home is connected to a power and at least one electronic device. The smart switch includes a storage, and a communication unit receiving commands from a remote source which include the unique identification code of a target electronic device. A smart gateway, a remote unit, and a processor unit including a converting module and a control module are also included. The converting module converts the remote command to a control signal that can be recognized by the electronic device, and the control module controls the remote unit to send the control signal to the electronic device. A remote control system is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: TE-SHENG CHEN, XIAO-GUANG LI, KUAN-HONG HSIEH, YUN XIAO, SHANG-HUI PI
  • Publication number: 20140044432
    Abstract: The present invention provides an audio signal to infrared conversion device, comprising: a voltage-multiplying circuit rectifier/filter module, a waveform amplifier module, a microprocessor, an IR signal emitter module, and an IR signal receiver module. The voltage-multiplying circuit rectifier/filter module is coupled to a headset plug; the waveform amplifier module is also coupled to the headset plug, wherein the voltage-multiplying circuit rectifier/filter module is coupled to either one of a left channel connection part and a right channel connection part of the headset plug, and the waveform amplifier module is coupled to the other one of them. The microprocessor is coupled to the voltage-multiplying circuit rectifier/filter module and the waveform amplifier module. The IR signal emitter module is coupled to the microprocessor. The IR signal receiver module is coupled to the microprocessor and the IR signal emitter module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Synmin Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: SHIH-CHUAN CHUANG
  • Publication number: 20130266322
    Abstract: An infrared remote control switching method includes providing a hand-held device, loading a program into the hand-held device, driving the program in the hand-held device to select and set a desired electronic product, driving the hand-held device into a remote control mode, and transmitting an infrared signal through an adapter to the desired electronic product so as to remote control the desired electronic product. Thus, the program is loaded into the hand-held device in a wireless transmission manner and can be updated to search the codes corresponding to and compatible with various electronic products so that the hand-held device can be reset and converted into a universal remote controller which can be used to remote control various electronic products through the adapter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Shan-Gow Lo
  • Patent number: 8552843
    Abstract: A universal remote controller having a radio frequency (RF) control mode for generating RF signals for controlling an RF based home automation system and having an infrared (IR) control mode for controlling an infrared based electronic device using IR control signals. Control information input via a user interface is used to generate the IR control signals in the IR mode of operation and is used to generate the RF signals in the RF mode of operation. A control unit controls overall operation of the universal remote controller including the generation of IR signals to control electronic devices with the IR signals. A home automation module is connected to the control unit via a communication interface to generate RF signals to control the RF based home automation system. A display displays feedback information to the user regarding operations for controlling the home automation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: SMK Manufacturing
    Inventors: Manuchehr Dizechi, Leon W. Gateno
  • Patent number: 8543002
    Abstract: An infrared LED of an IrDA transceiver module is usable to transmit IrDA signals as well as RC control signals. When making an IrDA transmission, the IrDA LED is driven with a lower amount of current. When making an RC transmission, the IrDA LED is driven with an increased amount of current such that infrared emissions received by an RC receiver are of adequate power to be received as RC control signals. A current-limiting circuit allows more LED current to flow the longer current is allowed to flow through the IrDA LED. By controlling the durations of infrared bursts in the RC transmission, the average LED current during infrared bursts of RC transmissions is controlled. Using this technique allows the IrDA module to be used to transmit RC signals at different transmission power settings. To reduce power consumption, the minimum transmission power necessary to engage in RC communications is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: IXYS CH GmbH
    Inventor: Daniel SauFu Mui
  • Patent number: 8125984
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product for implementing stream processing are provided. The system includes an application framework and applications containing dataflow graphs managed by the application framework running on a first network. The system also includes at least one circuit switch in the first network having a configuration that is controlled by the application framework, a plurality of processing nodes interconnected by the first network over one of wireline and wireless links, and a second network for providing at least one of control and additional data transfer over the first network. The application framework reconfigures circuit switches in response to monitoring aspects of the applications and the first network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Giles, Nagui Halim, Kirsten W. Hildrum, Daniel M. Kuchta, Yoonho Park, Deepak Rajan, Laurent Schares, Eugen Schenfeld, Phillippe L. Selo, Marc Taubenblatt, Rohit Wagle, Joel L. Wolf, Xiaolan J. Zhang
  • Patent number: 8077251
    Abstract: This invention allows measuring the spectral state of an object more accurately even at low luminance, and implementing high-precision focus detection. A photometry apparatus includes a diffusing optical member which is inserted in the optical path of a photographing lens and has a diffusing surface, and a light unit which receives diffused light having passed through the diffusing surface, and has a first light receiving portion, and a second light receiving portion whose receivable light energy is smaller than that of the first light receiving portion. The first and second light receiving portions are so arranged as to make the parallax of the second light receiving portion with respect to the optical axis of the photographing lens smaller than that of the first light receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryo Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 8068737
    Abstract: A remote control method for remotely controlling a plurality of electronic apparatuses connected to an apparatus control device using a remote control device includes the following steps. The remote control device sends the apparatus control device control data necessary for an infrared control operation, which includes a port number, assigned to a port of the apparatus control device, associated with a selected electronic apparatus and an infrared code for the selected apparatus control device. The apparatus control device then receives the control data sent from the remote control device. The apparatus control device generates an infrared signal based on the infrared code included in the received control data. An infrared-transmitting unit, connected to the port specified by the port number included in the control data, transmits the infrared signal to the electronic apparatus corresponding to the infrared-transmitting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Taketoshi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8041221
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for coupling electrical and communication circuits, included in a packaged semiconductor comprising photo receivers, photo transmitters and photovoltaic cells, through lightguide and optical fiber cables. The packaged semiconductor combinations comprise one, two or plurality of photo elements for a single or plurality one way optical signal, receive or transmit, and a single or plurality of two way optical signal communications via direct optical links and via optical prisms, filters, half mirrors and lenses. The packaged semiconductor includes at least one optical access to a single or plurality of lightguides or optical fiber with single core and for multicore lightguides. A built-in or attachable holders are used for attaching the different lightguide cables to the one or plurality of optical accesses with the attached cable end is terminated by cutting, trimming and shaping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Elbex Video Ltd.
    Inventor: David Elberbaum
  • Patent number: 7952063
    Abstract: A method for controlling a plurality of devices, the method including the steps of aiming a pointing device having a camera at an object representing a property of the device to be controlled and manipulating a control input on the pointing device to specify a degree of change for the property. The method further includes the steps of generating an image of a target area aimed at by the pointing device, interpreting the target area image to identify the chosen object, deducing the property of the device to be controlled based on the chosen object, and generating a control signal for the device to be controlled according to the degree of change for the deduced property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Jochen Peters
  • Patent number: 7724654
    Abstract: The synchronization of trunk failover between two FC-AL switches when a primary trunk failure occurs is disclosed. If primary trunk T1 should fail, S1 bypasses the cascade port and sends a MaRK (MRK) ordered set out over duplicate trunk T2 to switch S2. In response, S2 sends an acknowledgement MRK ordered set over T2 back to S1. S1 then reconfigures the switch to establish T2 as the primary trunk, and acts as a masters in the failover process and initiates LIP ordered sets which are communicated to all devices in the system to initialize them. Note that when S2 receives the MRK ordered set and acknowledges it by sending an acknowledgement MRK back to S1, it acts as a slave in the failover process and does not attempt to initiate LIPs, thereby eliminating the possibility of multiple Loop Initialization cycles and reducing the time in which data cannot be transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Emulex Design & Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Ricardo Luis Valdes, Thomas Paul Marchi, Dale Dean Sieg
  • Patent number: 7684708
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention pertain to remote optical control of holding beam-type, optical flip-flop devices, as well as to the devices themselves. All-optical SET and RE-SET control signals operate on a cw holding beam in a remote manner to vary the power of the holding beam between threshold switching values to enable flip-flop operation. Cross-gain modulation and cross-polarization modulation processes can be used to change the power of the holding beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: University of Rochester
    Inventors: Drew Maywar, Govind P. Agrawal
  • Publication number: 20100014867
    Abstract: A module for converting light energy into electric energy (MC1) for use in an optical network to convert into electric energy light energy derived from an optical signal transported in an optical fiber (FTa1) from a light energy source (OS1). The module can be used in remote powering and/or remote control devices for optical networks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Hary Ramanitra, Philippe Chanclou, Jackie Etrillard
  • Patent number: 7620320
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a Fiber Selective Control Switch system for simulating human intervention during a test process for fiber network environments. The Fiber Selective Control Switch system may comprise a MCU, and at least one FSCS module mounted on a SFP device. The MCU is download programmable with basic code, which remotely controls FSCS modules. Each FSCS module coupled to the MCU may include two MOSFETs and a pull down resistor. A positive signal voltage from the MCU to the FSCS module mounted on SFP device will disconnect the fiber connection. A low signal voltage from the MCU to the FSCS module will re-connect the fiber connection. Advantageously, the FSCS system may not affect normal fiber operations due to fast switching characteristics of MOSFET devices and the MCU's low power requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: LSI Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph E. Mayes, Manfred VonLeiner
  • Publication number: 20090269071
    Abstract: An operation terminal includes a communication unit; an operation terminal control unit; a plurality of on-period light-emitting units provided in a one-to-one correspondence to the control switches and controlled by the operation terminal control unit; a plurality of off-period light-emitting units provided in a one-to-one correspondence to the control switches and controlled by the operation terminal control unit to emit light when the load associated with the corresponding one of the control switches by relational data is in an off-state; and a housing. At least one half of the control switches are arranged one above another in a vertical direction and each of the on-period light-emitting units is arranged in such a fashion as to transversely interpose the corresponding one of the control switches between itself and the corresponding one of the off-period light-emitting units when seen from the front side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mototsugu Kawamata, Yuichi Yoshimura
  • Publication number: 20090190928
    Abstract: Optoelectrical conversion of the received optical service signal (OSS), bandpass filtering and subsequent squaring produce a spectral line at the clock frequency (fT). This clock line (TL) is selected by means of narrowband filtering and rectified. The service signal voltage (VTLM) obtained in this manner is used to switch on a Raman pump laser (11).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Applicant: Nokia Siemens Networks GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Guido Gentner, Gerhard Thanhäuser
  • Patent number: 7551856
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling a plurality of infrared devices (ICDs) is provided herein. A remote controller is used to generate an optical signal for controlling a plurality of ICDs. The optical signal generated by the remote controller is converted into an electrical signal by an infrared repeater device. An implementation of such a system includes a rotary mechanical switch to direct the electrical signal generated by the infrared repeater device to a light emitting diode (LED) located near one of the plurality of ICDs. The LED converts the electrical signal into an optical signal and re-transmits the optical signal to the one of the plurality of ICDs. The system allows controlling the plurality of ICDs located in a remote location without having the user commute closer to such ICDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Siu
  • Publication number: 20090052900
    Abstract: A multi-function remote controller includes a transmitter to transmit a wireless control signal corresponding to one selected from among a first mode via an infrared diode, in which a user manipulates the remote controller with one hand to manipulate a television, and a second mode, in which the user manipulates a video game unit with two hands. The transmitter turns a rotatable lever equipped with the infrared diode to set the first mode or the second mode according to a characteristic of an appliance to be controlled. The transmitter sets the remote controller in the first mode if a protrusion of the rotatable lever does not make contact with a mode selecting switch, and sets the remote controller in the second mode if the protrusion of the rotatable lever makes contact with the mode selecting switch due to the rotation of the rotatable lever, thereby simplifying components to set each mode using one hand or two hands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seung Pyo Hong
  • Patent number: 7493046
    Abstract: Light emitting diodes are placed side by side at a front end of the remote control transmitter in a manner that their maximum radiation directions, i.e. radiation directions each giving a maximum radiation intensity, are each inclined at an angle within a range no larger than 5 degrees outwardly of the remote control transmitter 1 and symmetrically with respect to a bisector of a line segment which connects center points of the light emitting diodes. The inclination, within a range no larger than 5 degrees, of each of the light emitting diodes used as light sources for remote control does not cause significant reduction in the radiation intensity. Accordingly, it is possible to widen the transmittable angle within a range no larger than 10 degrees without significantly reducing the radiation intensity at a central portion of the radiation range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Funai Eletric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoaki Kyoto
  • Publication number: 20090008228
    Abstract: The present invention teaches a power saving device comprising a power saving circuit, said power saving circuit comprises a microprocessor (U1), an infrared receiving module, a relay, an AC-DC power source, a setup key, wherein said U1 is connected to a buzzer (SP1) via a triode (Q1), and to the setup key, and to the relay via a triode (Q2), and is connected to the infrared emitting module, the infrared receiving module, and the LED (D1) via a triode (Q3). By pushing the setup key, the microprocessor of the power saving device can read and store the infrared code, and controls to switch on or off the relay according to the codes, the relay is connected in series with the line or neutral wire of the power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2008
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Inventors: Ming-Tsai WANG, Jia MA, Haijun LUO
  • Patent number: 7423549
    Abstract: A digital control circuit enables/disables the feedback of serial transmissions of an UART receive signal when the G-LINK output port is short circuited in a particular operational mode. In a conventional operational mode, the digital control circuit monitors the state of the UART's Tx output and during an UART transmission, the Rx line normally is used for statistics feedback to set to a high state and eliminate unnecessary or unwarranted UART interrupts generated by the G-LINK circuit. The digital control circuit thus enables the G-LINK signal feedback to the UART when required, thereby maintaining a functionality to identify the unit's operational mode and allows the serial ports of the G-LINK to be configured and utilized during conventional operational modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Thomson Licensing
    Inventor: Kenneth Lee Perdue
  • Patent number: 7302184
    Abstract: A data communication system comprising a terminal unit for generating light signals responsive to status of switches and a control unit for receiving the signals spatially propagated and controlling operation of a predetermined load, wherein switches 11 and 12 are interposed between plus and minus lines 51 and 52 as power lines for supplying electric power from the control unit to the terminal unit, and connected in series with respective resistors R1 and R2 having different values of resistance, and the minus line is grounded in the control unit 30 through resistor R0. Potential of the minus line changes in response to switches 11 and 12, and electronic signals indicative of the status of the switches are transmitted to the control unit separately from the light signals. Thus, even if the spatial propagation of the light signals is interrupted, the control over the operation of the load is secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: The Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiji Ichii, Shoji Hara
  • Patent number: 7263292
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling a plurality of infrared devices (ICDs) is provided herein. A remote controller is used to generate an optical signal for controlling a plurality of ICDs. The optical signal generated by the remote controller is converted into an electrical signal by an infrared repeater device. An implementation of such a system includes a rotary mechanical switch to direct the electrical signal generated by the infrared repeater device to a light emitting diode (LED) located near one of the plurality of ICDs. The LED converts the electrical signal into an optical signal and re-transmits the optical signal to the one of the plurality of ICDs. The system allows controlling the plurality of ICDs located in a remote location without having the user commute closer to such ICDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: The DirecTV Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Siu
  • Patent number: 7245798
    Abstract: Apparatus for redirecting a plurality of optical beams emanating from a respective plurality of optical transmitters arranged in a pattern along a first dimension and a second dimension. The apparatus comprises a plurality of refractive regions. Each refractive region intercepts the optical beams emanating from an associated group of optical transmitters occupying a common position in the first dimension. In addition, each particular refractive region imparts to the intercepted optical beams an angular deflection in the first dimension, the angular deflection in the first dimension being a function of the common position in the first dimension occupied by the optical transmitters from which emanate the optical beams intercepted by the particular refractive region. Use of the refractive regions reduces the amount of available deflection area left unused when a parallel set of port cards is employed for switching optical signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Nortel Networks Limited
    Inventor: Alan Graves
  • Patent number: 7244944
    Abstract: Described is a triggering arrangement including a power supply, a lighting arrangement and a switch. The lighting arrangement is coupled to the power supply. The switch is coupled to the lighting arrangement and the power supply. When the switch is in a first position, the lighting arrangement generates light to a photo-sensing portable device. The device is situated a predetermined distance from the arrangement. The device initiates a predetermined action in response to the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, Inc
    Inventor: Jay Paul White
  • Patent number: 7215843
    Abstract: An optical switching apparatus includes an optical switch having a plurality of input ports and output ports, optical amplifiers, monitor circuits, optical amplifiers monitor circuits, and a controller that controls the optical switch. The optical amplifiers are connected to the input ports of the optical switch. The monitor circuits are connected to the output ports of the optical switch. The controller selects one of the plurality of the monitor circuits based on predetermined rules to obtains the loss at the output ports and/or the differential loss between the channels of the optical switch. The controller further selects one of the optical amplifiers based on the configuration of the optical switch to compensate the loss and the differential loss among the different channels of the optical switch by pre-amplifying the optical signals before they reach the input ports of the optical switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Fukashiro, Tooru Hirai
  • Patent number: 7197213
    Abstract: A method of controlling deflection of an optical beam at a beam steering element. The method comprises receiving switching instructions indicative of a target one of a plurality of potential transmit or receive elements; determining a control signal associated with the target transmit or receive element; and applying the control signal to the beam steering element, thereby to cause deflection of the optical beam. Deflection of optical beams on the basis of the determined control signal allows greater pointing accuracy. Also, a port card, comprising a plurality of optical transmitter elements operative to produce respective optical beams from the input optical signals; and an array of beam steering elements operative to controllably orient the optical beams into respective transmit directions. The port card also comprises a controller for controlling the beam steering elements of the array using, for example, the above method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Nortel Networks Limited
    Inventor: Alan Graves
  • Patent number: 7132973
    Abstract: A universal remote control (10) is provided for wireless remote control of one or more devices (D1 . . . Dn) equipped for remote control by respective original remote controls having visual appearances different from one another. The universal remote control (10) includes: a memory (40) that stores one or more descriptions associated with one or more original remote controls that are selectively emulated by the universal remote control (10), the descriptions including information describing the visual appearances of the original remote controls that the descriptions are associated with; and, a graphical user interface (20) upon which is displayed a representation of one of the original remote controls selected for emulation by the universal remote control (10), the representation having a visual appearance substantially the same as the original remote control being emulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Dinesh K. Jindal
  • Patent number: 7062280
    Abstract: System and method for identifying various types of room facilities to find out and take into account space information. A tag of a space (S2) is included in the fluctuation of the intensity of the light emitted by a lamp (LF1) provided in the space in question. The receivers included in the system are arranged e.g. in commercial mobile stations (R1). These are provided with a light detector and with a DSP algorithm that analyses the signal given by said light detector. As a result of the analysis, for instance the mobile station is automatically switched off when entering the space in question. There is neither needed a separate transmitter nor separate energy supply arrangements to send the space tag, and the space tag signal can be detected throughout said space. As regards the mobile station, the space-specific operations can be performed automatically, so that the mobile station user does not need to bother, and his possible negligence does not prevent the precautions from being executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Petri Kangas, Jani Mäntyjärvi, Sami Sillanpää, Antti Takaluoma, Kari Kangas, Timo Tokkonen
  • Patent number: 7027736
    Abstract: An addressable system for light fixtures is described wherein a plurality of light fixture modules is individually or collectively addressable for programming by remote control. The remote control may individually select each of the track control modules through visible and narrowly defined selected light followed by transmission of programming commands for programming of pre-defined scenes, functions or other user defined and desired effects. Each of the track fixture modules may be selected or de-selected through the use of laser light and a plurality of track control modules may be collectively programmed through the use of a track repeater module, all of the modules communicatively connected to each other and selectable by a visible narrow light source such that the user may readily activate or de-activate programming sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Genlyte Thomas Group, LLC
    Inventors: Alejandro Mier-Langner, James E. Kuchar
  • Patent number: 7024119
    Abstract: An addressable light fixture is described wherein a light fixture module is individually addressable for programming by remote control. The remote control may individually select each light fixture module through visible and narrowly defined selected light followed by transmission of programming commands for programming of pre-defined scenes, functions or other user defined and desired effects. Each of the fixture modules may be selected or de-selected through the use of laser light and a plurality of track control modules may be collectively programmed through the use of a repeater module, all of the modules communicatively connected to each other and selectable by a visible narrow light source such that the user may readily activate or de-activate programming sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Genlyte Thomas Group LLC
    Inventors: Alejandro Mier-Langner, James E. Kuchar
  • Patent number: 7024070
    Abstract: A large fiber optic switch system with a free-space optical interconnection configuration. The switch system comprises a plurality of individual switch units, each individual switch unit having a plurality of electronic multi-switch switches each multi-switch switch being re-configurable upon command of a computer processor and having a plurality of electronic input ports and electronics output ports. A first portion of these input ports and a first portion of these output ports are connected directly or indirectly to incoming and outgoing communication lines. A second portion of the output ports is connected to an electronic driver unit that drives an optical emitter array. Each emitter in the emitter array produces a light beam for carrying an optical communication signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventors: Brett A. Spivey, Richard B. Holmes
  • Patent number: 6987899
    Abstract: An optical switching apparatus includes an optical switch having a plurality of input ports and output ports, optical amplifiers, monitor circuits, optical amplifiers monitor circuits, and a controller that controls the optical switch. The optical amplifiers are connected to the input ports of the optical switch. The monitor circuits are connected to the output ports of the optical switch. The controller selects one of the plurality of the monitor circuits based on predetermined rules to obtains the loss at the output ports and/or the differential loss between the channels of the optical switch. The controller further selects one of the optical amplifiers based on the configuration of the optical switch to compensate the loss and the differential loss among the different channels of the optical switch by pre-amplifying the optical signals before they reach the input ports of the optical switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Fukashiro, Tooru Hirai
  • Patent number: 6985649
    Abstract: An optical switching apparatus includes an optical switch having a plurality of input ports and output ports, optical amplifiers, monitor circuits, optical amplifiers monitor circuits, and a controller that controls the optical switch. The optical amplifiers are connected to the input ports of the optical switch. The monitor circuits are connected to the output ports of the optical switch. The controller selects one of the plurality of the monitor circuits based on predetermined rules to obtains the loss at the output ports and/or the differential loss between the channels of the optical switch. The controller further selects one of the optical amplifiers based on the configuration of the optical switch to compensate the loss and the differential loss among the different channels of the optical switch by pre-amplifying the optical signals before they reach the input ports of the optical switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Fukashiro, Tooru Hirai
  • Patent number: 6965735
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for switching channel connection between multiple optical channels synchronously and automatically. The apparatus employs an optical switch to interface among a plurality of optical channels, and an optical power meter to monitor data transmission over the plurality of optical channels by measuring the optical power level of optical signals over the channel. When signal transmission is detected over a specific optical channel, the optical switch is locked to the specific optical channel allowing data signals over the specific optical channel to be transmitted to a specific device or another optical channel through the optical switch. When no optical signal is detected over the channel, said optical switch will be switched to another optical channel, such that signal monitoring and switching channels among a plurality of optical channels is able to be performed synchronously and automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Technology Thesaurus Corp.
    Inventors: Ting-Feng Wu, Hsuan-Hung Wu, Wen-Pin Yang, Teng-Yuan Chi
  • Patent number: 6782201
    Abstract: A four fiber ring network optical switching circuit capable of realizing the bridge function at times of the span switching and the ring switching economically by a very compact structure is disclosed. A four fiber ring network optical switching circuit is formed by a 10×8 optical matrix switch having ten input ports and eight output ports, and two branching elements adapted to branch each one of two optical signals among eight optical signals that are inputs of the four fiber ring network optical switching circuit, into two identical optical signals, and to enter the two identical optical signals into two input ports of the 10×8 optical matrix switch such that the eight optical signals are entered into the ten input ports of the 10×8 optical matrix switch as ten optical signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignees: DDI Corporation, KDD Submarine Cable Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Shu Yamamoto, Tetsuya Miyazaki, Yasuyuki Nagao, Tomohiro Otani
  • Patent number: 6714697
    Abstract: An optical switching apparatus includes an optical switch having a plurality of input ports and output ports, optical amplifiers, monitor circuits, optical amplifiers monitor circuits, and a controller that controls the optical switch. The optical amplifiers are connected to the input ports of the optical switch. The monitor circuits are connected to the output ports of the optical switch. The controller selects one of the plurality of the monitor circuits based on predetermined rules to obtains the loss at the output ports and/or the differential loss between the channels of the optical switch. The controller further selects one of the optical amplifiers based on the configuration of the optical switch to compensate the loss and the differential loss among the different channels of the optical switch by pre-amplifying the optical signals before they reach the input ports of the optical switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Fukashiro, Tooru Hirai
  • Patent number: 6697546
    Abstract: A protection switch is configured for an input optical signal using an n×n optical switch. Furthermore, a signal to be added and dropped is also configured using an n×n optical switch. Especially, the n×n optical switch uses a complete group switch. Thus, a signal can be output from any input port to any output port. Therefore, a more extensible NPE can be configured at an optical signal level, and a switch is simple and less expensive. As a result, unlike the conventional technology, an NPE itself can be simple and less expensive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Sadao Ibukuro, Junichi Yoshimura, Satoshi Kuroyanagi
  • Patent number: 6674966
    Abstract: A wireless communication system comprises a base station controller and a base station interface connected to the base station controller by a central optical fiber. The base station interface may include a flexible wavelength router. At least one base station is connected to the base station interface, and the central optical fiber carries at least one communication channel associated with an optical signal having one of a plurality of wavelengths. The base station interface selectively provides a communication path between the base station controller and at least one base station using at least one communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Antonius Marcellus Jozef Koonen
  • Publication number: 20030142982
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an appliance control panel and a controller. The appliance control panel is disposed on an appliance. The appliance control panel has first and second optical communication devices that are in communication with an external surface of the appliance control panel. The controller is secured within the appliance. The controller is operably connected to the first and second communication devices to provide communication signals thereto, the communication signals including diagnostic information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Publication date: July 31, 2003
    Inventor: Gregory A. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20030122665
    Abstract: A remote control device when actuated by a user transmits a visually perceptible signal to a sensor associated with a doorbell, or any device compatible with the remote/sensor apparatus (e.g. garage door, spot-light, etc.). Whence the signal is visually verified to be in alignment with the sensor the remote confirms and then executes the device via an activation signal and other information from the remote. Because the nature of the remote/sensor apparatus is intended to be universal (one remote control can operate any compatible device) the sensor and/or the device intended to be activated may have multiple settings consisting of, but not limited to public (any compatible remote may operate the device), private (only a specified remote may operate the device), and off (no remote may operate the device).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventor: Roberto Kaje