US Patent No. 10,251,247


Patent No. 10,251,247
Issue Date April 02, 2019
Title Smart Mesh Light Socket
Inventorship Robert Frederick, Seattle, WA (US)
John Schleppy, Seattle, WA (US)
Russell Brian Dodds, Seattle, WA (US)
Thang Le, Seattle, WA (US)
Justin Jaewook Yu, Bellevue, WA (US)
Luis Cifuentes, Seattle, WA (US)
Assignee Sirqul, Inc., Seattle, WA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,251,247

1. A smart-mesh socket comprising:a bottom cap connector that is sized and shaped to be electrically coupled with a light-bulb socket;
a smart-mesh circuit that is electrically coupled to the bottom cap connector and that includes:
a main circuit with one or more processing units and one or more memory components;
a first wireless circuit with a transceiver to connect to a first wireless network to send and receive communications with other devices connected to the first wireless network that include multiple other smart-mesh sockets located throughout a building; and
a second wireless circuit with a passive receiver to monitor wireless transmissions on a second wireless network without sending transmissions on the second wireless network, including to identify mobile devices of users within an area that is a subset of the building and is covered by the second wireless network,
wherein the one or more memory components store software instructions that, when executed by at least one of the one or more processing units, configure the smart-mesh socket to participate via the first wireless circuit in a mesh network having a plurality of smart-mesh sockets that include the smart-mesh socket and the multiple other smart-mesh sockets, to cause the plurality of smart-mesh sockets to provide functionality distributed across the plurality of smart-mesh sockets that includes tracking locations of the users via the mobile devices as the users move throughout the building into separate areas covered by respective smart-mesh sockets of the plurality of smart-mesh sockets; and
a top socket, electrically coupled to the bottom cap connector, that is sized and shaped to receive and provide power to a light bulb.