Kiban Labs Inc.

Los Altos, CA, United States

Kiban Labs Inc.

Los Altos, CA, United States
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A system and method are described for a single-piece IoT security device. For example, one embodiment of an Internet of Things (IoT) security apparatus comprises: a first module to detect motion of an object to which the IoT device is fixedly coupled; a wireless radio controller communicatively coupled to the first module, the first module to wake the wireless radio controller responsive to detecting motion of the object; and a proximity sensor and associated logic to take a proximity reading and to compare the proximity reading to a stored reading taken when the object was in a secure position.

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1. An Internet of Things (IoT) security apparatus comprising: a first module to detect motion of an object to which the IoT device is fixedly coupled; a wireless radio controller communicatively coupled to the first module, the first module to wake the wireless radio controller responsive to detecting motion of the object; and a proximity sensor and associated logic to take a proximity measurement to determine whether the object is in a secure position; and the wireless radio controller to wirelessly transmit an alert to an IoT hub if the proximity measurement indicates that the object is not in a secure position.

5. The IoT security apparatus as in claim 4 wherein the wireless radio controller comprises a Bluetooth Low Energy controller (BTLE).

22. The method as in claim 21 wherein the wireless radio controller comprises a Bluetooth Low Energy controller (BTLE).


An apparatus and method are described for an IoT interface slot for an IoT hub. For example, one embodiment of an apparatus comprises: an Internet of Things (IoT) hub interface slot to be fixedly coupled to an appliance, the IoT hub interface slot having an internal chamber, a bottom portion and a top portion, the top portion having an aperture exposing the interface slot to be accessible from outside of the appliance; the internal chamber sized to accommodate an IoT hub device to provide wireless communication functionality to the appliance; and the bottom portion having an embedded IoT hub interface fixedly coupled thereto, the embedded IoT hub interface having a first set of electrical contact portions facing the internal chamber to provide electrical connectivity to a corresponding set of electrical contact portions of an appliance interface on the IoT hub device when the IoT hub device is inserted into the internal chamber, the embedded IoT hub interface having a second set of electrical contact portions facing outwards from the bottom portion of the IoT hub interface slot, one or more of the second set of electrical contact portions to be electrically coupled to a power supply system within the appliance to provide power to the IoT hub device when inserted into the chamber and another one or more of the second set of electrical contact portions to be electrically coupled to a ground plane within the appliance to electrically ground the IoT hub device when inserted into the chamber.

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1. An apparatus comprising: an Internet of Things (IoT) hub interface slot to be fixedly coupled to an appliance, the IoT hub interface slot having an internal chamber, a bottom portion and a top portion, the top portion having an aperture exposing the interface slot to be accessible from outside of the appliance; the internal chamber sized to accommodate an IoT hub device to provide wireless communication functionality to the appliance; and the bottom portion having an embedded IoT hub interface coupled thereto, the embedded IoT hub interface having a first set of electrical contact portions facing the internal chamber to provide electrical connectivity to a corresponding set of electrical contact portions of an appliance interface on the IoT hub device when the IoT hub device is inserted into the internal chamber, the embedded IoT hub interface having a second set of electrical contact portions facing outwards from the bottom portion of the IoT hub interface slot, one or more of the second set of electrical contact portions to be electrically coupled to a power supply system within the appliance to provide power to the IoT hub device when inserted into the chamber and another one or more of the second set of electrical contact portions to be electrically coupled to a ground plane within the appliance to electrically ground the IoT hub device when inserted into the chamber.

10. The apparatus as in claim 1 further comprising: an embedded IoT hub inserted within the internal chamber of the IoT interface slot, the embedded IoT hub comprising a plurality of wireless communication devices to communicatively connect the appliance to the Internet using a corresponding plurality of wireless communication protocols.

11. The apparatus as in claim 10 wherein at least one of the wireless communication devices comprises a first Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) communication device to automatically establish a BTLE communication channel with a second BTLE device within the appliance when the embedded IoT hub is inserted within the internal chamber.

13. The apparatus as in claim 12 wherein the plurality of wireless communication devices further comprises a cellular data communication device and/or a WiFi communication device to couple the embedded IoT hub to the Internet, the embedded IoT hub to communicate the sensor measurements to an IoT service over the Internet.

15. The apparatus as in claim 12 wherein the IoT service is to generate commands to control the appliance responsive to user input, the commands to be transmitted over the Internet, received by the cellular data communication device and/or WiFi communication device, transmitted from the first BTLE device to the second BTLE device, and processed by control logic within the appliance coupled to the second BTLE device.

19. The apparatus as in claim 18 wherein the first and second wireless communication protocols are selected from a group comprising WiFi, Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLS), and cellular data protocols.


An embedded Internet of Things (IoT) hub for integration with an appliance and associated systems and methods. For example, one embodiment of an apparatus comprises: an embedded Internet of Things (IoT) hub comprising a wide area network (WAN) interface to couple the embedded IoT hub to an IoT service over a network, and a local wireless communication interface to communicatively couple the IoT hub to one or more IoT devices; an IoT hub slot interface coupled to the embedded IoT hub and comprising a first plurality of pins or pads to interface with corresponding pins or pads within an IoT hub slot of an appliance when the embedded IoT hub is inserted into the IoT hub slot; and a modular antenna interface coupled to the embedded IoT hub and comprising a second plurality of pins or pads to interface with corresponding pins or pads on a modular antenna to be coupled to the embedded IoT hub.

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1. An apparatus comprising: an embedded Internet of Things (IoT) hub comprising a wide area network (WAN) interface to couple the embedded IoT hub to an IoT service over a network, and a local wireless communication interface to communicatively couple the IoT hub to one or more IoT devices; an IoT hub slot interface coupled to the embedded IoT hub and comprising a first plurality of pins or pads to interface with corresponding pins or pads within an IoT hub slot of an appliance when the embedded IoT hub is inserted into the IoT hub slot; and a modular antenna interface coupled to the embedded IoT hub and comprising a second plurality of pins or pads to interface with corresponding pins or pads on a modular antenna to be coupled to the embedded IoT hub.

19. The apparatus as in claim 18 wherein the first and second wireless communication protocols are selected from a group comprising WiFi, Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLS), and cellular data protocols.

4. The apparatus as in claim 1 wherein the local wireless communication interface comprises a Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) interface to communicatively couple the embedded IoT hub to one or more IoT devices within the appliance over one or more BTLE communication channels.


An modular antenna for integration with an Internet of Things (IoT) hub and associated systems and methods. For example, one embodiment of an apparatus comprises: a modular antenna to be used with an embedded Internet of Things (IoT) hub having a plurality of wireless communication interfaces, the modular antenna comprising an interface component and an antenna component; the interface component comprising a first plurality of pins or pads to electrically couple the module antenna to the embedded IoT hub; and the antenna component comprising a plurality of antennas to be electrically coupled to the first plurality of pins or pads, thereby electrically coupling each of the plurality of antennas to one of the plurality of wireless communication interfaces of the embedded IoT hub.

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11. The apparatus as in claim 1 further comprising: an embedded Internet of Things (IoT) hub comprising a wide area network (WAN) interface to couple the embedded IoT hub to an IoT service over a network, and a local wireless communication interface to communicatively couple the IoT hub to one or more IoT devices; an IoT hub slot interface coupled to the embedded IoT hub and comprising a first plurality of pins or pads to interface with corresponding pins or pads within an IoT hub slot of an appliance when the embedded IoT hub is inserted into the IoT hub slot; and a modular antenna interface coupled to the embedded IoT hub and comprising a second plurality of pins or pads to interface with corresponding pins or pads on the interface component of the modular antenna.

1. An apparatus comprising: a modular antenna to be used with an embedded Internet of Things (IoT) hub having a plurality of wireless communication interfaces, the modular antenna comprising an interface component and an antenna component; the interface component comprising a first plurality of pins or pads to electrically couple the module antenna to the embedded IoT hub; and the antenna component comprising a plurality of antennas to be electrically coupled to the first plurality of pins or pads, thereby electrically coupling each of the plurality of antennas to one of the plurality of wireless communication interfaces of the embedded IoT hub.

3. The apparatus as in claim 2 wherein the first and second wireless communication protocols are selected from a group comprising WiFi, Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLS), and cellular data protocols.

14. The apparatus as in claim 11 wherein the local wireless communication interface comprises a Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) interface to communicatively couple the embedded IoT hub to one or more IoT devices within the appliance over one or more BTLE communication channels.


Patent
Kiban Labs Inc. | Date: 2014-11-21

An Internet of Things system and method are described. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an IoT hub comprising a WAN interface to couple the IoT hub to an IoT service over the WAN, and a local communication interface to communicatively couple the IoT hub to a plurality of different types of IoT devices; and at least one IoT device having a memory for storing program code and a microcontroller for executing the program code, wherein the program code includes library program code comprising basic building blocks usable by a developer to implement any IoT device by creating application program code which utilizes the library program code, wherein at least one of the basic building blocks comprises a communication stack to enable communication with the IoT hub, the library program code provided to the developer in a software development kit (SDK) with the microcontroller.

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1. An Internet of Things (IoT) system comprising: an IoT hub comprising a WAN interface to couple the IoT hub to an IoT service over the WAN, and a local communication interface to communicatively couple the IoT hub to a plurality of different types of IoT devices; and at least one IoT device having a memory for storing program code and a microcontroller for executing the program code, wherein the program code includes library program code comprising basic building blocks usable by a developer to implement any IoT device by creating application program code which utilizes the library program code, wherein at least one of the basic building blocks comprises a communication stack to enable communication with the IoT hub, the library program code provided to the developer in a software development kit (SDK) with the microcontroller.

12. The method as in claim 10 wherein the local communication interface comprises a Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) radio for establishing a Bluetooth LE communication channel with the IoT hub.

5. The system as in claim 3 wherein the local communication interface comprises a Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) radio for establishing a Bluetooth LE communication channel with the IoT hub.

6. The system as in claim 1 wherein the WAN comprises the Internet.

13. The method as in claim 8 wherein the WAN comprises the Internet.


Patent
Kiban Labs Inc. | Date: 2015-06-01

An apparatus and method are described for a moisture sensor. For example, one embodiment of an IoT device comprises: An Internet of Things (IoT) device comprising: a moisture sensor to detect a moisture level; an IoT communication interface and/or radio to wirelessly connect the IoT device to a network; a set of pins, pads, and/or probes to electrically couple the moisture sensor to conductive elements of one or more moisture sensor attachments; and an enclosure surrounding the moisture sensor and IoT communication interface and/or radio, the enclosure having one or more connection elements formed thereon to fixedly couple one or more moisture sensor attachments to the enclosure, thereby electrically coupling the set of pins, pads, and/or probes of the moisture sensor to the conductive elements of the moisture sensor attachments.

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1. An Internet of Things (IoT) device comprising: a moisture sensor to detect a moisture level; an IoT communication interface and/or radio to wirelessly connect the IoT device to a network; a set of pins, pads, and/or probes to electrically couple the moisture sensor to conductive elements of one or more moisture sensor attachments; and an enclosure surrounding the moisture sensor and IoT communication interface and/or radio, the enclosure having one or more connection elements formed thereon to fixedly couple one or more moisture sensor attachments to the enclosure, thereby electrically coupling the set of pins, pads, and/or probes of the moisture sensor to the conductive elements of the moisture sensor attachments.

3. The IoT device as in claim 1 wherein the IoT communication interface and/or radio implements a Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) protocol to communicate with one or more IoT hub devices, the IoT device to communicate a current moisture level reading to the one or more IoT hub devices.

13. A system comprising: an Internet of Things (IoT) device comprising:a moisture sensor to detect a moisture level;an IoT communication interface and/or radio to wirelessly connect the IoT device to a network;a set of pins, pads, and/or probes to electrically couple the moisture sensor to conductive elements of one or more moisture sensor attachments; andan enclosure surrounding the moisture sensor and IoT communication interface and/or radio, the enclosure having one or more connection elements formed thereon to fixedly couple one or more moisture sensor attachments to the enclosure, thereby electrically coupling the set of pins, pads, and/or probes of the moisture sensor to the conductive elements of the moisture sensor attachmentsa battery to provide power to the moisture sensor and/or the IoT communication interface and/or radio; at least one IoT hub device comprising a wireless interface to establish a wireless communication channel with the IoT communication interface and/or radio of the IoT device using a low power wireless communication protocol, the IoT hub to further establish a communication channel over the Internet to at least one IoT service and/or user device; wherein the IoT device is configured to communicate a current moisture level reading to at least one IoT hub device and the IoT hub device is configured to communicate the current moisture level to the IoT service and/or user device.

14. The system as in claim 13 wherein the low power wireless communication protocol comprises a Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) protocol.


Patent
Kiban Labs Inc. | Date: 2015-06-01

An apparatus and method are described for an automotive internet of things (IoT) system, apparatus, and method. For example, one embodiment of an automotive Internet of Things (IoT) device configured within a car comprises: a wireless communication interface to take signal strength measurements to a mobile device, the signal strength measurements comprising signal strength values; and a signal strength analysis and notification module to analyze the signal strength values from the mobile device to determine when the user has left his or her mobile device at home or at another location and to responsively generate a notification to the user.

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1. An automotive Internet of Things (IoT) device to be configured within a car comprising: a wireless communication interface to take signal strength measurements to a mobile device, the signal strength measurements comprising signal strength values; and a signal strength analysis and notification module to analyze the signal strength values from the mobile device to determine when the user has left his or her mobile device at home or at another location and to responsively generate a notification to the user.

10. The IoT device as in claim 1 wherein the wireless communication interface comprises a Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) interface, a WiFi interface and/or a cellular data interface.

21. The method as in claim 12 wherein the wireless communication interface comprises a Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) interface, a WiFi interface and/or a cellular data interface.


Patent
Kiban Labs Inc. | Date: 2014-11-21

A platform, apparatus and method for Internet of Things Implementations. For example, one embodiment of an apparatus comprises an Internet of Things (IoT) clock hub comprising: a memory for storing program code and a microcontroller for executing the program code; a WAN interface to couple the IoT clock hub to an IoT service over the WAN, and a local communication interface to communicatively couple the IoT hub to a plurality of different types of IoT devices; and a display to display a clock indicating a current time, a current temperature, and one or more calendar events retrieved from a users calendar, wherein the calendar events are provided to the IoT clock hub over the WAN interface.

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1. An Internet of Things (IoT) clock hub comprising: a memory for storing program code and a microcontroller for executing the program code; a WAN interface to couple the IoT clock hub to an IoT service over the WAN, and a local communication interface to communicatively couple the IoT hub to a plurality of different types of IoT devices; and a display to display a clock indicating a current time, a current temperature, and one or more calendar events retrieved from a users calendar, wherein the calendar events are provided to the IoT clock hub over the WAN interface.

18. The IoT clock hub system as in claim 15 wherein the local communication interface comprises a Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) radio for establishing a Bluetooth LE communication channel with the IoT devices.

12. An Internet of Things (IoT) clock hub system comprising: a memory for storing program code and a microcontroller for executing the program code; a WAN interface to couple the IoT clock hub to an IoT service over the WAN, and a local communication interface to communicatively couple the IoT hub to a plurality of different types of IoT devices; a display to display a clock indicating a current time, a current temperature, and one or more calendar events retrieved from a users calendar, wherein the calendar events are provided to the IoT clock hub over the WAN interface; and at least one IoT device having a memory for storing program code and a microcontroller for executing the program code, wherein the program code includes library program code comprising basic building blocks usable by a developer to implement any IoT device by creating application program code which utilizes the library program code, wherein at least one of the basic building blocks comprises a communication stack to enable communication with the IoT hub, the library program code provided to the developer in a software development kit (SDK) with the microcontroller.

7. The IoT clock hub as in claim 4 wherein the local communication interface comprises a Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) radio for establishing a Bluetooth LE communication channel with the IoT devices.


A platform, apparatus and method for Internet of Things Implementations for controlling electronic equipment. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an Internet of Things (IoT) hub comprising a network interface to couple the IoT hub to an IoT service over a wide area network (WAN), and at least one IoT device communicatively coupled to the IoT hub over a wireless communication channel, the IoT device comprising an infrared (IR) or radio frequency (RF) blaster to control environmental control equipment via IR or RF communication with the environmental control equipment, the IoT device further comprising at least one sensor to measure current environmental conditions capable of being controlled by the environmental control equipment, the IoT device to transmit an indication of the current conditions to the IoT hub over the wireless communication channel; and the IoT hub comprising a remote control code database to store remote control codes usable to control the environmental control equipment, the IoT hub further comprising control logic to generate remote control commands using the remote control codes, the remote control commands selected by the control logic in response to the current environmental conditions measured by the sensor and input from an end user provided via a user device indicating a desired environmental condition, the IoT hub to transmit the commands to the IoT device over the wireless communication channel; the IoT device to responsively transmit the remote control commands to the environmental control equipment to attempt to control the environmental control equipment; wherein the IoT hub is configured to continually or periodically monitor the current environmental conditions measured by the sensor and wherein, if the desired environmental condition is not achieved after a specified period of time, then generate a notification from the IoT hub indicating that the environmental control equipment may not be functioning properly.

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9. The system as in claim 1 wherein the wireless communication channel comprises a Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) communication channel.

20. The method as in claim 12 wherein the wireless communication channel comprises a Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) communication channel.

12. A method comprising: communicatively coupling an Internet of Things (IoT) hub to an IoT service over a wide area network (WAN), and communicatively coupling at least one IoT device to the IoT hub over a wireless communication channel, the IoT device comprising an infrared (IR) or radio frequency (RF) blaster to control environmental control equipment via IR or RF communication with the environmental control equipment, the IoT device further comprising at least one sensor to measure current environmental conditions capable of being controlled by the environmental control equipment, the IoT device to transmit an indication of the current conditions to the IoT hub over the wireless communication channel; and storing remote control codes usable to control the environmental control equipment in a remote control database of the IoT hub, generating remote control commands using the remote control codes, the remote control commands selected by control logic in response to the current environmental conditions measured by the sensor and input from an end user provided via a user device indicating a desired environmental condition, transmitting commands from the IoT hub to the IoT device over the wireless communication channel; responsively transmitting the remote control commands from the IoT device to the environmental control equipment to attempt to control the environmental control equipment; wherein the IoT hub is configured to continually or periodically monitor the current environmental conditions measured by the sensor and wherein, if the desired environmental condition is not achieved after a specified period of time, then generating a notification indicating that the environmental control equipment may not be functioning properly.

1. A system comprising: an Internet of Things (IoT) hub comprising a network interface to couple the IoT hub to an IoT service over a wide area network (WAN), and at least one IoT device communicatively coupled to the IoT hub over a wireless communication channel, the IoT device comprising an infrared (IR) or radio frequency (RF) blaster to control environmental control equipment via IR or RF communication with the environmental control equipment, the IoT device further comprising at least one sensor to measure current environmental conditions capable of being controlled by the environmental control equipment, the IoT device to transmit an indication of the current conditions to the IoT hub over the wireless communication channel; and the IoT hub comprising a remote control code database to store remote control codes usable to control the environmental control equipment, the IoT hub further comprising control logic to generate remote control commands using the remote control codes, the remote control commands selected by the control logic in response to the current environmental conditions measured by the sensor and input from an end user provided via a user device indicating a desired environmental condition, the IoT hub to transmit the commands to the IoT device over the wireless communication channel; the IoT device to responsively transmit the remote control commands to the environmental control equipment to attempt to control the environmental control equipment; wherein the IoT hub is configured to continually or periodically monitor the current environmental conditions measured by the sensor and wherein, if the desired environmental condition is not achieved after a specified period of time, then generate a notification from the IoT hub indicating that the environmental control equipment may not be functioning properly.


A platform, apparatus and method for Internet of Things Implementations for controlling electronic equipment. For example, one embodiment of a system comprises: an Internet of Things (IoT) hub comprising a network interface to couple the IoT hub to an IoT service over a wide area network (WAN), and at least one IoT device communicatively coupled to the IoT hub over a wireless communication channel, the IoT device comprising an infrared (IR) or radio frequency (RF) blaster to control specified electronics equipment via IR or RF communication with the electronics equipment, the IoT device further comprising at least one sensor to detect current conditions associated with the operation of the electronics equipment, the IoT device to transmit an indication of the current conditions to the IoT hub over the wireless communication channel; and the IoT hub comprising a remote control code database to store remote control codes usable to control the electronics equipment, the IoT hub further comprising control logic to generate remote control commands using the remote control codes, the remote control commands selected by the control logic in response to the current conditions and input from an end user provided via a user device, the IoT hub to transmit the commands to the IoT device over the wireless communication channel; and the IoT device to responsively transmit the commands to the electronics equipment to control the electronics equipment.

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9. The system as in claim 1 wherein the wireless communication channel comprises a Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) communication channel.

20. The method as in claim 12 wherein the wireless communication channel comprises a Bluetooth Low Energy (BTLE) communication channel.

12. A method comprising: communicatively coupling an Internet of Things (IoT) hub to an IoT service over a wide area network (WAN), and communicatively coupling at least one IoT device to the IoT hub over a wireless communication channel, the IoT device comprising an infrared (IR) or radio frequency (RF) blaster to control specified electronics equipment via IR or RF communication with the electronics equipment; sensing current conditions with a sensor on the IoT device, the current conditions associated with the operation of the electronics equipment; transmitting the current conditions over the wireless communication channel from the IoT device to the IoT hub; analyzing the current conditions in combination with user input to select remote control commands using the remote control codes at the IoT hub, transmitting the remote control commands from the IoT hub to the IoT device over the wireless communication channel, the IoT device responsively transmitting the remote control commands to the electronics equipment to control the electronics equipment.

1. A system comprising: an Internet of Things (IoT) hub comprising a network interface to couple the IoT hub to an IoT service over a wide area network (WAN), and at least one IoT device communicatively coupled to the IoT hub over a wireless communication channel, the IoT device comprising an infrared (IR) or radio frequency (RF) blaster to control specified electronics equipment via IR or RF communication with the electronics equipment, the IoT device further comprising at least one sensor to detect current conditions associated with the operation of the electronics equipment, the IoT device to transmit an indication of the current conditions to the IoT hub over the wireless communication channel; and the IoT hub comprising a remote control code database to store remote control codes usable to control the electronics equipment, the IoT hub further comprising control logic to generate remote control commands using the remote control codes, the remote control commands selected by the control logic in response to the current conditions and input from an end user provided via a user device, the IoT hub to transmit the commands to the IoT device over the wireless communication channel; and the IoT device to responsively transmit the remote control commands to the electronics equipment to control the electronics equipment.

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