US Patent No. 10,251,244

VOICE-CONTROLLED LIGHT SWITCHES


Patent No. 10,251,244
Issue Date April 02, 2019
Title Voice-controlled Light Switches
Inventorship William Christopher Banta, Seattle, WA (US)
Assignee Amazon Technologies, Inc., Seattle, WA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,251,244

1. An apparatus comprising:a housing configured to attach to a portion of a building that includes a power source;
circuitry coupled to the housing and configured to couple the apparatus to the power source of the building and to a power load;
a switch configured to move from at least a first position, in which the power source is coupled to the power load, to a second position, in which the power source is decoupled from the power load;
one or more microphones;
a network interface;
one or more processors; and
one or more non-transitory computer-readable media storing computer-executable instructions that, when executed, cause the one or more processors to perform acts comprising:
analyzing a first portion of an audio signal to identify a predefined utterance, the audio signal based at least in part on sound captured by the one or more microphones; and
sending a second portion of the audio signal to a remote computing device using the network interface.