Systems and methods for controlling operation of a transmitter of a wireless power network based on user instructions received from an authenticated computing device powered or charged by a receiver of the wireless power network

  • US 10,211,682 B2
  • Filed: 05/07/2014
  • Issued: 02/19/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/07/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for managing a wireless power network, the system comprising:

  • at least one transmitter that includes a processor, an antenna array, and a communications interface distinct from the antenna array, the at least one transmitter configured to transmit, via the antenna array, radio frequency waves that constructively interfere to produce a plurality of energy pockets suitable for receipt by a receiver, wherein the receiver is not in physical contact with the at least one transmitter and the receiver is coupled with an authenticated computing device distinct from the receiver; and

    at least one power transmitter manager application executed by the processor of the at least one transmitter, the at least one power transmitter manager application configured to cause the at least one transmitter to;

    send, via the communications interface for display to a user at the authenticated computing device that is distinct from the receiver, a plurality of configuration options that are used to control operation of the at least one transmitter;

    receive, via the communications interface, an updated value for at least one of the plurality of configuration options, where the updated value is based on information provided by the user at the authenticated computing device; and

    in response to receiving the updated value for the at least one of the plurality of configuration options, control transmission of radio frequency waves via the antenna array to the receiver using the updated value for the at least one of the plurality of configuration options, wherein the receiver uses energy from the radio frequency waves to provide power or charge to the authenticated computing device.

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