US Patent No. 10,561,004

HOME AUTOMATION SYSTEM INCLUDING LIGHT DIMMER OPERATION BASED UPON A SEQUENCE OF PARTIAL DIMMING COMMANDS AND RELATED METHODS


Patent No. 10,561,004
Issue Date February 11, 2020
Title Home Automation System Including Light Dimmer Operation Based Upon A Sequence Of Partial Dimming Commands And Related Methods
Inventorship Jonathan Andrew Gould, Raleigh, NC (US)
Michael Scott Althoff, Hillsborough, NC (US)
Assignee K4CONNECT INC., Raleigh, NC (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,561,004

1. A home automation (HA) system comprising:a plurality of HA operation devices within a structure, at least one of the plurality of HA operation devices comprising a light dimmer for a first area;
a plurality of HA user interface devices for respective users within the structure, each HA user interface device configured to wirelessly communicate with at least one of the plurality of HA operation devices; and
at least one HA hub device within the structure to provide communications for the plurality of HA user interface devices and the plurality of HA operation devices and configured to
receive a light-off command from an HA user interface device within a second area for the light dimmer and send a sequence of partial dimming commands over at least 10 seconds to the light dimmer to turn the light off, and
determine whether the given area is occupied based upon at least one HA operation device, and when occupied, then send a light-on override command to the light dimmer.