US Pat. No. 10,636,270

CONTROL SYSTEM

SOUNDPOWER CORPORATION, ...

1. A control system, comprising:an identification information transmitting apparatus;
a relay apparatus; and
a control apparatus,
wherein the identification information transmitting apparatus is carried by a mover and includes
a power generating unit that generates electric power using environmental energy,
an identification side storage unit that stores transmitting apparatus identification information uniquely identifying the identification information transmitting apparatus, and
an identification side transmitting unit that wirelessly transmits an identification side signal including the transmitting apparatus identification information stored in the identification side storage unit using the electric power generated by the power generating unit when a transmission condition is satisfied,
the relay apparatus includes
a relay side receiving unit that receives the identification side signal transmitted from the identification side transmitting unit of the identification information transmitting apparatus, and
a relay side transmitting unit that wirelessly transmits a relay side signal which is a signal including at least the transmitting apparatus identification information included in the identification side signal received by the relay side receiving unit, and
the control apparatus includes
a control side receiving unit that receives the relay side signal transmitted from the relay side transmitting unit of the relay apparatus, and
a control side control unit that performs control for the mover on the basis of the relay side signal received by the control side receiving unit.

US Pat. No. 10,381,957

POWER GENERATION DEVICE

Soundpower Corporation, ...

1. A power generation device for converting an external force to electricity by using a power generation element and the power generation device comprises:a plurality of the power generation plates juxtaposed in an overlapping state at an interval from each other, the power generation plate having the power generation element or the power generation plate having a substantially plate-shaped conductive member having flexibility and the power generation element fixed at least to either one of side surfaces of the conductive member; and
a plurality of support means provided between the plurality of power generation plates and supporting the plurality of power generation plates, wherein
the plurality of support means are disposed so that, when an external force is applied to the power generation device, at least a part of the plurality of power generation plates is deformable along a juxtaposed direction of the plurality of power generation plates,
the support means in contact with one of the side surfaces of at least one power generation plate in at least a part of the plurality of power generation plates is formed of a conductive material, a first electrode for withdrawing an electric current generated in the power generation plate to an outside with respect to the support means is formed integrally with or separately from the support means, the support means in contact with the other of the side surfaces of the power generation plate is formed of the conductive material, and a second electrode for withdrawing the electric current generated in the power generation plate to the outside with respect to the support means and with a polarity different from that of the first electrode, is formed integrally with or separately from the support means,
the power generation element of the power generation plate facing one of the side faces of the first electrode and the power generation element of the power generation plate facing the other side of the side faces of the first electrode are disposed at a position in contact with the first electrode such that the current generated by the power generation plate facing one of the side faces of the first electrode and the power generation plate facing the other side of the side faces of the first electrode can be drawn out by the first electrode, and
the support means electrically connected to the first electrode is disposed at a substantially center position or at a substantially peripheral position on the side surface of the power generation plate and the support means electrically connected to the second electrode is disposed at the substantially peripheral position on the side surface of the power generation plate.

US Pat. No. 10,461,784

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS

SOUNDPOWER CORPORATION, ...

1. A communication apparatus, comprising:at least one manipulating unit;
at least one power generating unit that generates electric power using force externally applied via the manipulating unit;
at least one transmitting unit that transmits a signal; and
at least one control unit that causes, when the manipulating unit is manipulated, the transmitting unit to transmit the signal with priority over another process other than the transmission of the signal using first electric power which is part of the electric power generated by the power generating unit and then performs the other process using second electric power other than the first electric power among the electric power generated by the power generating unit.