US Patent No. 10,716,194

SMART LIGHT SWITCH WITH VACATION MODE


Patent No. 10,716,194
Issue Date July 14, 2020
Title Smart Light Switch With Vacation Mode
Inventorship Sahaj Chema, Toronto (CA)
Jonathan Yeap, Toronto (CA)
Casey McKinnon, Toronto (CA)
Assignee ECOBEE INC., Toronto (CA)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,716,194

1. A smart light switch comprising:a housing, the housing including a control block adapted to be operably connected to an electrical load;
a light actuator located within the housing, the light actuator operable to be electrically connected with the electrical load and selectively turn the electrical load on and off;
a processor and memory, the processor and memory being operably connected and located within the housing, the processor being adapted to selectively turn the electrical load on and off in accordance with a programmed set of light activation rules stored in memory; and
a data communications module operable to provide data communication across a wireless network to a remote device; wherein
the processor is operable to:
determine whether the smart light switch is in an On or Off state and create a historical record of the On or Off state of the smart light switch over time, the historical record being stored in the memory;
receive an indication from the remote device that the smart light switch is to be placed in a vacation mode; and
when the smart light switch is in vacation mode, suspend the programmed set of light activation rules, determines a probability that the smart light switch would have been turned on based upon the historical record, and probabilistically activates and deactivates the smart light switch for a period of time based upon the historical record while the smart light switch was not in vacation mode.