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Lutron Sues Legrand, QMotion over Multiple Lighting and Shade-Control Patents

In lawsuit, Lutron claims Legrand and its subsidiaries (Watt Stopper, Pass & Seymour, QMotion) infringed on patents involving wallbox dimmers, fluorescent lighting controls and remote-control form factors that resemble Lutron’s Pico remote.

Julie Jacobson · October 24, 2017

Ring Patents Solar-Powered Security Yard Sign

Bot Home Automation, dba Ring, has patented its illuminated yard sign.

Julie Jacobson · September 28, 2017

Patents: Amazon’s Clever Voice-Controlled Light Switch is not Just ‘Alexa Inside’

Amazon’s patent application for voice-controlled light switch describes multiple mics on the faceplate and switch itself, so it can respond based on the position of the speaker (user) and whether the light is on or off.

Julie Jacobson · June 29, 2017

Patents: Home Automation Leader Crestron Invents a Smarter Smart Bulb

Crestron patent application describes a smart bulb with an integrated on/off mechanism, so users can turn the lamp “off” locally but still control via app or home automation. Is it practical?

Julie Jacobson · June 16, 2017

LG’s Clever Tech for Commissioning Smart Lights Melds ZigBee with VLC Light Waves

Introduced at Lightfair 2017 LG Electronics’ new ZigBee Connector plugs into an Android mobile device, discovers smart lights via visible light communication (VLC), and enables on-the-fly programming via LG’s Sensor Connect app.

Julie Jacobson · May 16, 2017

Patent: Vivint ‘Door Knock’ Tech Might Help Identify Guests by Unique Sound Signatures

Security and home-automation giant Vivint Inc. files patent application for identifying guests through their “sound signatures” and running data through AI engine for predictive analytics.

Julie Jacobson · April 20, 2017

Vivint Smart Home Patent App: Door Locks, Keypads Project Video Display onto Surface

Instead of unsightly keypads on door locks and security panels, Vivint proposes a method for projecting a laser image of controls and feedback onto a wall, door or other surface.

Julie Jacobson · December 27, 2016

Patent Application: Is Lutron Reinventing X10?

Lutron’s patent application describes lighting control and home automation over existing powerlines, no neutral wire required.

Julie Jacobson · October 06, 2016

Control4 Files Patent Application for Secure Remote Access to Home Automation Systems

Control4 (Nasdaq: CTRL) went to a cloud-based model for network configuration and remote access to home automation systems a couple of years ago; now it has filed a patent application for the technology.

Julie Jacobson · September 29, 2016

Patent: Savant, Apple Team on Wireless Remote Control for Yachts

Steve Jobs and Robert Madonna, founder of home automation provider Savant Systems, invent system for operating vehicles such as marine vessels via Wi-Fi and touchscreen remote.

Julie Jacobson · August 18, 2016