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Smart HomeIntelligent Building Lighting (Hikariyane): International Patent Portfolio

Skylight have been used in commercial and industrial buildings for almost a century. Frank Lloyd Wright included skylights in the Johnson Wax Headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, in the 1930s. Skylights have grown in popularity in not just office buildings but also factories, warehouses, and other structures. The challenge with skylights, however, is that on sunny days they can let in so much light that the heat from skylights causes the building’s air conditioning to click on in the dead of winter. And when it is overcast, they do not let in enough light, leaving the building dark.

A building that has skylights – and strives to be a Smart Building – faces the constant challenge of either too much or too little sunlight coming into the building. Having the AC running in the winter is definitely NOT “smart.” This patent creates an intelligent lighting system that uses light diffusion skylights and solar panels to create highly efficient lighting for a building of any size. Artificial intelligence (AI) continually monitors the power being generated by the solar panels and the amount of light coming into the building through the skylights. During daylight hours, the technology covered by this portfolio turns off and turns on the lights in the building based on the amount of light coming through the skylights so the lighting in the building is always at the optimal level for the building’s employees. It uses power from the solar panels to power the lighting, so no power is drawn from the grid during the day.

Patent Portfolio

This portfolio – or selected patents from the portfolio – will enable any smart building, skylight manufacturer, or solar power system installer to create the first smart skylight/solar panel illumination system for commercial and industrial buildings. The patentee is currently producing systems based on this portfolio, so in addition to the patents, there is design and engineering content that will help the acquirer of the portfolio to get to market quickly!

Smart HomeNext-Generation Smart Greenhouse (Gupta): U.S. and Canadian Patents and Patent Applications

The greenhouse is a marvelous invention that enables us to grow vegetables, fruits, and flowers year-round regardless of the local climate. Most greenhouses are nothing more than a glass structure. Some have heating systems that go on and off via a thermostat. The latest generation of greenhouses have sensors that report the heat, humidity, CO2 levels, and other data to the greenhouse manager.

Just as the Smart Home and Smart Office have come of age, it is time for the Smart Greenhouse to come of age, and that is exactly what this patent portfolio does. It creates a greenhouse that uses modules, sensors, a capture blower and capture manifold, a compressor, dehumidifying tanks, a release blower and release manifold, and an earth tube heat exchanger that maintains circulated greenhouse air at 15 to 25̊ C (59 to 77̊ F) while reducing use of fossil fuels for heating and electricity for cooling the greenhouse. The Smart Greenhouse created by this portfolio keeps the inside air at a set relative humidity, harnesses bio-thermal energy, and reduces global warming by preventing greenhouse carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. The technology covered by this portfolio actually captures CO2, enabling the operator of the greenhouse to sell carbon credits!

Patent Portfolio

This portfolio would be a critical acquisition for any greenhouse manufacturer or supplier of greenhouse equipment that is prepared to leapfrog the technology of all its competitors!

Smart HomeAdvanced Connectivity for Devices and Appliances (ADB): International Patent Portfolio

A critical element in the Smart Home, Smart Office, Smart City, Smart Car, Smart Retail business segment is the ability to connect devices and appliances that cannot natively communicate via the Internet because they do not have IP connection capability. This includes such devices as sensors and actuators as well as appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, and HVAC systems and components. Also included in this need-to-be connected network are consumer electronics products such as televisions, radios and sound systems.

This international portfolio takes Internet-of-Things (IoT) connectivity to the next level by enabling multiple devices and appliances to be linked together in a comprehensive and manageable network. A user can both gather data from these devices and appliances as well as remotely control them – turn them on, turn them off, and regulate their operation. The latest European Patent Application includes voice control of devices and appliances.

Patent Portfolio

This portfolio would be a strategic acquisition for any appliance or device manufacturer that is serious about making its products IoT-compatible or for any current supplier of IoT systems looking to advance its technology to the next level. And since most of the properties in this portfolio are still in the application stage, the acquirer of this portfolio can modify these applications – or file continuation applications – and fine tune the granted patents to the precise technology and product development plans of the acquirer.

Protection from Stovetop Boil Over (ADB): International Portfolio

We’ve all done it. Put a kettle or pot on the stove, turned on the heat, walked away, got distracted, and came back to the kitchen to find a mess! The current generation of Smart Home systems address everything you can imagine about managing your home, from locking and unlocking the doors, to turning on and turning off the heat and air conditioning, to accepting deliveries, to monitoring to see if the kids are watching TV or doing their homework. And this is all great. But what NO Smart Home system has done until now is prevent that pot you left on the kitchen stove from boiling over!

This portfolio adds a new dimension to the Smart Home by doing exactly that! The technology covered by this patent creates what is essentially a “smart pot.” We have smartphones, smart doorbells and smart vacuum cleaners. Why not smart pots? This smart pot records the initial level of contents when the pot is put on the stove, then computes the difference between the initial level and the current level of contents in the pot against the period of time that has passed to determine that the contents are about to boil over. The system then either raises the lid of the pot or opens a hole in the lid of the pot to release the steam and prevent the pot from boiling over.

This international portfolio provides patent coverage on three continents and includes:

The second European Patent Application has the added feature that it communicates with the stove. As patent applications – and not granted patents – the acquirer of this portfolio has the added capability of filing continuations or divisionals to add additional claims and fine-tune the portfolio to the acquirer’s product line or new-product development objectives. Any Smart Home supplier can use this portfolio to introduce the first line of Smart Cookware, and a conventional cookware manufacturer can use the portfolio to leapfrog the technology of all of its competitors!

Self-Cooling/Self-Heating Buildings (Tran): U.S. Patent No. 9,566,608

For the last 100 years or so, buildings were initially heated – and then later cooled – using a system of piping or ducts. A furnace in the basement would distribute heated water through pipes to radiators that would radiate heat to warm the building, or distribute heated air through ducts to registers that would direct the heated air into a room to heat it. When air conditioning came along, the same ducts that distributed heated air in the winter were used to distribute cooled air in the summer. And that technology has not substantially changed for over a century.

This patent discloses the fabrication of a building structure from an aggregate filler mixed with a PCM (phase change material) that consists of perlite, glass microballoons, glass bubbles, phenolic microballoons and microspheres that create small microstructures within the walls of the building that are not visible to the human eye. Those microstructures increase air flow within the structure, enabling the heated or cooled air that is pumped throughout the building to circulate not just through the rooms, but through the walls of the structure, more effectively heating or cooling the building. The result is a dramatic reduction in heating and cooling costs for a building that uses this technology!

U.S. Patent No. 9,566,608 for a “Smart building and system methods” would be a strategic acquisition for any manufacturer of building materials.

Reducing Electric Power Usage (Tan): U.S. Patent No. 9,190,844

A building – residential, industrial or commercial – has numerous appliances that use electrical power at any time. There are systems that track and report electrical power usage, but the only way to effectively reduce electrical power usage is to first determine how much power each individual appliance is drawing – specifically how much power the heating and cooling equipment in the building is using since that is often the largest share.

This patent discloses the latest Nonintrusive Load Monitoring (NILM) technology. It disaggregates climate control (heating and cooling) energy usage from non-climate control energy (all the other appliances in the building) usage. It records building energy usage and corresponding outdoor temperatures for a time period, and it then computes changes in the outdoor temperature against a baseline. It uses regression analysis to determine a climate control coefficient and a non-climate control coefficient from the building’s energy usage and outside temperature changes. The climate control coefficient and the non-climate control coefficient can be used to determine energy use based on outside climate changes and energy use by non-climate control appliances and equipment in the building.

An electric meter captures the building’s composite load profile, while a detector coupled to the meter creates a load profile for each appliance. A clusterizer detects patterns in the load profile, and an analyzer that is coupled to the detector receives data from each appliance and disaggregates the building’s total energy usage into individual appliance or groups-of-appliances usage.

The intelligence generated by this patented system can be used to automatically control and, thereby, reduce heating and cooling costs. In commercial and industrial buildings, the data can be used to coach employees how to reduce use of certain appliances to save energy costs. Employee staffing and scheduling, and use of machinery and appliances, can be rescheduled to reduce electrical power consumption and take advantage of off-hours reduced electric rates.

U.S. Patent No. 9,190,844 for “Systems and methods for reducing energy usage” would be a key acquisition for any manufacturer or installer of HVAC equipment and systems, as well as providers of Smart Home and Smart Office configurations.

Smart OfficeWireless Optical Smart Building Controls (Tran): Three U.S. Patents

Updating an older building to become a “Smart Building” can be challenging and expensive. Connecting together all the devices that create an Internet-of-Things environment can be a daunting task, and the older the structure, the more of a challenge it is to bring it up to current Smart Building standards. This portfolio addresses exactly that challenge: It creates a new generation of LED lighting fixtures that screw into conventional light bulb connectors, but also provide broadband optical data communications!

This portfolio covers the use of a standardized electrical connector for a conventional light bulb or tube with one or more LEDs that include a multiband-type ultra-wideband (UWB) transceiver with optical channels covering one or more orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) bands. There is also a controller coupled to the LEDs that adjust LED light output and communicate with the optical network. The LEDs can include at least one optical transmitter and receiver that are optically coupled to an optical network with one mode to generate light and a second mode to receive optical transmissions using ambient light.

An LED-based light tube can be linked to a building environment regulator that provides high-speed data communication and regulates the environment in one or more rooms in the building. The LED-based light can include a tube that incorporates a light transmitting portion and a pair of electrical connectors attached to opposing ends of the tube that are compatible with a standard fluorescent light fixture. The LEDs can produce light that passes through the light-transmitting portion of the tube, and some of the LEDs can serve as light sensors to generate a signal when people enter a room so the system will know which rooms in the building are occupied and, therefore, need to be illuminated and be heated or cooled.

Patent No.Title
8,547,036Solid state light system with broadband optical communication capability
9,192,030Solid state light system with broadband optical communication capability
9,826,597Solid state light system with broadband optical communication capability

By using existing light fixtures, this portfolio enables virtually any building – no matter how old its wiring system is – to be upgraded to a Smart Building. Just one benefit is all the disposed cabling that will NOT makes its way into landfills! The benefits of the technology covered by this portfolio are numerous:

This portfolio would be a critical acquisition or licensing opportunity for any enterprise in the Smart Building business segment and any lighting manufacturer seeking to enter this growing sector with a next-generation product line.

Combination LED/Smoke Detector (Athena): Four U.S. Patents

There was a time when cell phones just made phone calls. Today they are smart phones, and they take pictures and video, access your email, schedule your events, provide driving directions, and help you find the best chili in town. What happened to cell phones is about to happen to light bulbs and light fixtures. Since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb 140 years ago, the only major improvement has been the replacement of incandescent filament bulbs with LED fixtures. The next major advancement is here.

This intriguing patent portfolio converts an LED lamp into a combination lamp-and-smoke/CO/gas detector. No tools needed. Just screw it in. This portfolio enables each combo LED and smoke/CO/gas detector to communicate with each other and flash color-coded signals that guide residents to safety in the event of a fire or other emergency. They also broadcast warning messages, they are voice-activated, and they can be used to create an intercom system. These super-combo units can be used to supplement conventional smoke/CO/gas alarms, quickly install a smoke/CO/gas alarm where one is needed, be used in place of conventional smoke/CO/gas alarms, or be integrated into a Smart Home/Smart Office network. They run off rechargeable batteries so they work during power outages, and they can be configured to communicate with residents during an emergency.

Branded “LampLife Detector™” by the inventors, the products covered by this portfolio will forever change the lighting products, smoke/CO/gas alarm, and Smart Home/Smart Office industries! Applications include not just the replacement of current light bulbs with these multi-functional super-combo bulbs, the technology can also be incorporated into the next generation of residential and commercial renovations and all new construction to replace the unattractive conventional smoke/CO alarms with attractive lighting fixtures that perform multiple functions.

This portfolio will give any LED bulb manufacturer, or smoke/CO alarm manufacturer, or Smart Home/Smart Office equipment manufacturer, or systems integrator the opportunity to leapfrog all of its competitors and offer what will unquestionably be the next generation of LED lamps, smoke/CO/gas detectors, and Smart Home/Smart Office safety components!

Patent Portfolio

U.S. Patent No. 9,747,763: Networked audible and visual alarm apparatus and method of synchronized alerting
U.S. Patent No. 10,028,357: LED light bulb, lamp fixture with self-networking intercom, system and method therefore
U.S. Patent No. 10,176,805: Networked audible and visual alarm light system and method with voice command control and base station having alarm for smoke, carbon monoxide and gas
U.S. Patent No. 10,262,525: Networked audible and visual alarm apparatus for synchronized alerting with a base station and electronic coding for each alarm

This portfolio will give any LED bulb manufacturer, or smoke/CO alarm manufacturer, or Smart Home/Smart Office equipment manufacturer or systems integrator the opportunity to leapfrog all of its competitors and offer what will unquestionably be the next generation of LED lamps, smoke/CO/gas detectors and Smart Home/Smart Office safety components!

Zigbee is a registered trademark of Zigbee Alliance Corporation.

LampLife Detector is trademark of Athena Patent Development LLC.

Smart Grid Home/Office Energy Management and Automation (Advanergy): Portfolio of Ten U.S. Patents

Key elements in the emerging Smart Home sector are the CEM® (Certified Energy Management) systems that integrate the electrical, mechanical, process, and building infrastructure in a home or office by determining the optimum solutions to reduce energy consumption in a cost-effective manner. This comprehensive portfolio covers an Internet Protocol-based solution that is secure, yet non-intrusive and inexpensive. It uses a global standard, is plug-and-play installable, and is compatible with all third-party technology including the latest electric utility “smart meters” and Zigbee® systems.

Patent No.Title
8,443,071Data server system and method
8,478,450Power control system and method
8,583,955Battery management system and method
8,649,883Power distribution system and method
8,666,560Power control system and method
8,761,050Network integration system and method
8,769,327Battery charger management system and method
8,826,046Light fixture monitoring/control system and method
9,335,750Light fixture adapter (LFA) security monitoring
9,430,021Battery management system and method

This portfolio covers:

This portfolio covers a single, seamless, comprehensive platform for energy monitoring, sensor network security, and device-control battery charging, and all of the patents in this portfolio have over 300 Forward Citations, making them all foundational patents. It can broadcast messages, images, and/or video across an internal network or via an encrypted Wi-Fi intranet. For any company in the Smart Home business, or a company seeking to enter this growing segment, this portfolio would be a critical and strategic acquisition!

CEM is a registered trademark of the Association of Energy Engineers.

Zigbee is a registered trademark of the Connectivity Standards Alliance.

Real-Time, Multilingual Voice Alerts to Smart Devices (Verna): U.S. Patent No. 8,265,938

How do you get a time-sensitive message to dozens or hundreds of people quickly and efficiently? The invention covered by this patent converts text messages into voice alerts that are sent wirelessly (via cellular communication, wireless LAN, etc.) to smartphones, tablets, PCs, televisions, remote electronic devices in automobiles such as OnStar or IOT- connected vehicle systems, and other smart devices. This invention fills the need to efficiently transmit or broadcast instant voice alerts during times of emergencies or as part of a security monitoring system.

The patent includes text-to-voice alerts transmitted to remote computing devices as well as the generation of text message alerts and their conversion to synthesized speech. Included is the detection of activity by a sensor and the transmission of instant voice alerts regarding such activity. In addition, voice alerts can be translated into different languages. This patent creates an efficient, effective and relatively inexpensive method for notifying the public about a flood, earthquake, plane crash, auto accident, terrorist attack or other critical event. U.S. Patent No. 8,265,938 for a "Voice Alert Methods, Systems and Processor-Readable Media" would be a valuable acquisition for a cellular service provider that wants to offer its customer base a value-added service to differentiate itself from the competition.

Tracking of Homeowner and Pet (Domuset): Two U.S. Patents Plus Foreign Patents and Applications

An important and growing subset of the emerging Smart Home sector is monitoring senior citizens. When grandma or grandpa has a pet, monitoring the movement of the person and his or her animal can be an effective, but totally passive, way of keeping an eye on them. When there is no movement, has the resident fallen down or is he taking a nap? When there is no movement, is she ill or watching TV? The technology covered in this international portfolio uses sensors to track the movement of the resident of the house or apartment, as well as his or her movements in relationship to the person’s cat, dog or other pet(s).

Patent Portfolio

If the person is not moving, but his dog is also inactive, that indicates that things are probably okay. However, if the system detects no movement from the human, but the dog is running around the house and barking, that indicates to the system that something is wrong. A set of algorithms analyzes the data and makes that determination. This portfolio would be a critical acquisition for any business in the elderly care sector, as well as any company the home monitoring business.

RFID Product Management and Tracking (McTigue): Two U.S. Patents

You are getting ready to do the laundry, and you discover that you are out of laundry detergent. You go to feed the dog, and you are out of dog food. It is easy to remember to buy the stuff we use every day – milk, bread, orange juice – but easy to forget to buy items that come in larger quantities and are not purchased on the regular trip to the store. In a business, unexpectedly running low on supplies is even more inconvenient and expensive. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a system that notified you automatically when you were running low on these items?

Patent No.Title
US 8,284,056Product management system and method of managing product at a location
US 8,976,029Product management system

This portfolio creates a solution to this common and very real problem. Using small and inexpensive, weight-sensitive RFID tags, the invention covered by this portfolio has these tags attached to large-quantity consumer items – dog food and cat food, cat litter, laundry detergent, flour and sugar, shampoo, paper goods, etc. – so that as the product is consumed, and it reaches a re-order level, the RFID tag notifies the homeowner that it’s time to start shopping around for more of whatever is running low.

One application for the technology is to have it notify the homeowner via a Smart Home system. Or the home owner can use a receiver to quickly determine what items are reaching the re-order level. A business can use the technology to inform the staff when it is time to order virtually any raw material – from copier paper and toner to industrial cleaners and lubricants – it uses on a regular or irregular basis. In a more sophisticated application, the RFID tags can notify a re-order mechanism that shops for prices and availability on the items to be re-ordered. The acquirer of this portfolio will be able to create an automatic re-order system for all of the larger quantity items it sells!

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