Systems and methods for managing and controlling a wireless power network by establishing time intervals during which receivers communicate with a transmitter

  • US 10,170,917 B1
  • Filed: 12/30/2014
  • Issued: 01/01/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/07/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A wireless power network;

  • comprising;

    at least one transmitter configured for providing controlled power transmission signals to produce a plurality of pockets of energy configured for receipt by at least two distinct receivers, wherein the at least one transmitter includes a single communication component; and

    at least one power manager configured for controlling at least transmission of the controlled power transmission signals by the at least one transmitter, and establishing a first time interval during which a first receiver of the at least two distinct receivers communicates data with the single communication component and a second time interval during which a second receiver of the at least two distinct receivers communicates data with the single communication component, the at least one power manager further comprising at least one database comprising identification and attribute information of the at least two distinct receivers;

    wherein the controlling by the at least one power manager includes;

    during the first time interval, receiving, via the single communication component, first information used to determine a location of the first receiver;

    after the first time interval and during the second time interval, receiving, via the single communication component, second information used to determine a location of the second receiver;

    while receiving information from a respective receiver of the at least two distinct receivers;

    receiving, by the at least one transmitter, a message indicating that the respective receiver is running out of a transmission buffer associated with transmitting the information to the at least one receiver; and

    sending, by the at least one transmitter, instructions to the respective receiver to restore the transmission buffer; and

    transmitting the controlled power transmission signals so that;

    a first set of the controlled power transmission signals constructively interferes at the location of the first receiver, anda second set of the controlled power transmission signals constructively interferes at the location of the second receiver.

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