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Techniques are disclosed for enhancing indoor navigation using light-based communication (LCom). In some cases, an LCom-enabled luminaire configured as described herein may acquire user data from a local computing device and relay it to a server that tracks and analyzes the data to assess statistics for the luminaires local spatial environment. The disclosed luminaire may receive from a local computing device a request for indoor navigation to a target of interest, such as a remote computing device. The luminaire may relay that request to a downstream luminaire, which delivers the request to the target. The target may respond with data that allows for tracking of its location and indoor navigation thereto, regardless of whether that target is moving or stationary. In a network of such luminaires, data distribution via inter-luminaire communication may be provided, for example, via an optical interface or other wired or wireless communication.


Patent
OSRAM Sylvania Inc. | Date: 2017-02-02

Techniques are disclosed for detecting human presence using IR sensor data. In some embodiments, any activity in a space monitored (imaged) by an IR sensor can be determined by calculating the delta between average image frames acquired by the imaging sensor. A finite value of delta implies activity/presence. In some embodiments, the delta values (i.e., changes in target area scene) are integrated over time to calculate a mask. The mask can be used to isolate a human occupant (whether stationary or moving) in the scene from the given background objects of the space, thus allowing for occupancy detection. Occupancy in known blind spots of the area can be inferred based on detected occupancy in non-blind spots neighboring the blind spot so that entering and exiting with respect to the blind spot is tracked.


Patent
OSRAM Sylvania Inc. | Date: 2017-03-15

Techniques are disclosed for attaching SMDs to a flexible substrate using conductive epoxy bond pads. Each bond pad includes a set of elongated strips of conductive epoxy that are applied and cured onto the flexible substrate in an adjacent and parallel fashion. The bond pads are used to attach SMDs to the flexible substrate and also provide the conductive contacts for a printed circuit. A circuit may be printed on the flexible substrate using conductive ink that partially covers the bond pads, leaving a portion of the pads exposed. A second layer or strip of conductive epoxy may be applied over and across the exposed portions of the bond pad strips in order to attach an SMD. The number, size, and orientation of the epoxy bond pad strips may be determined by the amount of bending the flexible substrate is expected to withstand and/or the orientation of the bend.


An integrated light engine including flexible optics and a flexible light source, and lighting devices including the same, are provided. The integrated light engine includes a flexible light source configured to emit light, and flexible optics coupled to the flexible light source. The flexible optics beam shapes light emitted by the flexible light source. The integrated light engine is capable of entering a set of states, such that a portion of beam shaped light emitted by the integrated light engine in a first state is aimed in a first direction and a portion of beam shaped light emitted by the integrated light engine in a second state is aimed in a second direction. Different combinations of the flexible optics with the flexible light source result in the integrated light engine being able to enter a number of flexed states or being held in a substantially flat, substantially stiff state.


Patent
OSRAM Sylvania Inc. | Date: 2017-06-21

Flexible light engines capable of being cut, and methods thereof, are provided. A cuttable flexible light engine includes a flexible strip and strings of solid state light sources coupled in parallel. A voltage balancer establishes a desired current flow through the strings of solid state light sources when the flexible strip is cut to a desired length, and may be part of a connector placed where the strip is cut. The strings may be provided in a first set of strings coupled in parallel between a first conductive path and an intermediate conductive path and a second set of strings coupled in parallel between the intermediated conductive path and a second conductive path. A cuttable flexible light engine may also include test points positioned within the strings.


Patent
OSRAM Sylvania Inc. | Date: 2017-02-27

Techniques are disclosed for providing proper raster line alignment of a camera or other light-sensing device of a receiver device relative to a transmitting light-based communication (LCom)-enabled luminaire to establish reliable LCom there between. In accordance with some embodiments, proper alignment can be provided automatically (e.g., by the receiver device and/or other suitable controller). In accordance with some embodiments, proper alignment can be provided by the user. In some instances in which a user is to be involved in the alignment process, the receiver device may be configured, for example, to instruct or otherwise guide the user in the process of properly aligning the receiver device relative to a given transmitting LCom-enabled luminaire.


Patent
OSRAM Sylvania Inc. | Date: 2017-06-21

Flexible light engines capable of being cut, and methods thereof, are provided. A cuttable flexible light engine includes a flexible strip and strings of solid state light sources coupled in parallel. A voltage balancer establishes a desired current flow through the strings of solid state light sources when the flexible strip is cut to a desired length, and may be part of a connector placed where the strip is cut. The strings may be provided in a first set of strings coupled in parallel between a first conductive path and an intermediate conductive path and a second set of strings coupled in parallel between the intermediated conductive path and a second conductive path. A cuttable flexible light engine may also include test points positioned within the strings.


Patent
OSRAM Sylvania Inc. | Date: 2017-06-21

Flexible light engines capable of being cut, and methods thereof, are provided. A cuttable flexible light engine includes a flexible strip and strings of solid state light sources coupled in parallel. A voltage balancer establishes a desired current flow through the strings of solid state light sources when the flexible strip is cut to a desired length, and may be part of a connector placed where the strip is cut. The strings may be provided in a first set of strings coupled in parallel between a first conductive path and an intermediate conductive path and a second set of strings coupled in parallel between the intermediated conductive path and a second conductive path. A cuttable flexible light engine may also include test points positioned within the strings.


Patent
OSRAM Sylvania Inc. | Date: 2017-06-14

An isolated transformer-less capacitive power supply, and methods for using the same to generate power, are disclosed. The power supply includes first and second input terminals to receive an alternating current (AC) voltage. The power supply also includes first rectifier circuitry coupled to the first and second input terminals. The first rectifier circuitry is configured to generate a first direct current (DC) voltage. The power supply also includes second rectifier circuitry, including a first capacitor and a second capacitor coupled to the first and second input terminals, respectively. The second rectifier circuitry is configured to receive the AC voltage via the first capacitor and the second capacitor and to generate a second DC voltage concurrently with the generation of the first DC voltage.


Techniques are disclosed for enhancing indoor navigation using light-based communication (LCom). In some embodiments, an LCom-enabled luminaire configured as described herein may include or have access to a sensor configured to detect a hazardous condition. In response to detection of a hazard, the LCom-enabled luminaire may adjust its light output, transmit an LCom signal, or both, in accordance with some embodiments. A given LCom signal may include data that may be utilized by a recipient computing device, for example, in providing emergency evacuation routing or other indoor navigation with hazard avoidance, emergency assistance, or both. In a network of such luminaires, data distribution via inter-luminaire communication may be provided, in accordance with some embodiments, via an optical interface or other wired or wireless communication means. In some cases, the network may include a luminaire that is not LCom-enabled yet still configured for inter-luminaire communication

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