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Title:
CONTROL ELEMENTS FOR TRACKING AND MOVEMENT OF FURNITURE AND INTERIOR ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/237139
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
Improved systems and methods for operating moveable architectural elements (e.g., furniture) are described. The system can include improved features implemented throughout various elements, including hardware elements, controller elements, and/or software elements. As one example, the system can feature the ability to map a characteristic load profile across a particular length of actuation and, if during operation a measured load exceeds the profile, adjust (e.g., stop) the system's motion. The system can also advantageously map its current draw to increase energy efficiency. In addition, the system can include a positioning system that enables it to automatically determine its position upon start up and during operation. In some implementations, the system includes multiple moveable elements (e.g., furniture items). In some cases, power is distributed to the moveable element(s) using a moveable power distribution module. Many other improvements and features are contemplated and described.

Inventors:
BEAN, Chad (10 Westland Avenue, Apt. 1Boston, MA, 02115, US)
RUBIO, Carlos (1088 Boylston Street, Apt. 1Boston, MA, 02215, US)
LARREA-TAMAYO, Hasier (872 Massachusetts Avenue, Apt. 704Cambridge, MA, 02139, US)
DE CASDEVANTE, Ivan Fernandez (10 Soden Street, Apt. 42Cambridge, MA, 02139, US)
Application Number:
US2018/038742
Publication Date:
January 31, 2019
Filing Date:
June 21, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ORI INC. (12 Channel Street, Suite 502Boston, MA, 02210, US)
International Classes:
E05F15/603; B60L3/00; E04B1/348; E04H1/00; G05B19/19; H02P29/024
Foreign References:
US20140174674A12014-06-26
EP3091168A12016-11-09
US20130276373A12013-10-24
Other References:
FRANCIS D. K. CHING ET AL: "A Global History of Architecture, 3rd Edition", March 2017 (2017-03-01), pages 739 - 739, XP055513832, ISBN: 978-1-118-98160-3, Retrieved from the Internet [retrieved on 20181009]
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
GOMEZ, Martin et al. (Goodwin Procter LLP, 100 Northern AvenueBoston, MA, 02210, US)
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