Systems and methods for payment-based authorization of wireless power transmission service

  • US 10,223,717 B1
  • Filed: 12/30/2014
  • Issued: 03/05/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/23/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A transmitter for wirelessly providing power, comprising:

  • circuitry for transmitting a plurality of radio frequency (RF) waves;

    circuitry for receiving management data from a transmitter management device that is remote from the transmitter;

    memory;

    a processor coupled to the circuitry for transmitting the plurality of RF waves, the circuitry for receiving the management data from the transmitter management device, and the memory; and

    one or more programs, wherein the one or more programs are stored in the memory and configured to be executed by the one or more processors, the one or more programs including instructions for;

    receiving, by the circuitry for receiving management data from the transmitter management device, information defining one or more charging criteria, wherein the one or more charging criteria include a time parameter that indicates a scheduled charge time for the receiver;

    detecting a client device connected to a receiver;

    in response to detecting the client device connected to the receiver, determining whether the one or more charging criteria are satisfied;

    in accordance with a determination that the one or more charging criteria are satisfied, transmitting the plurality of RF waves to form three-dimensional pockets of energy at a location of the client device that is relative to the transmitter for providing power to the client device connected to the receiver; and

    sending, to the transmitter management device that is remote from the transmitter, information (i) about an amount of power delivered to the client device during the transmitting, (ii) about a wireless power utilization level of the transmitter, wherein the wireless power utilization level of the transmitter is determined relative to respective wireless power utilization levels of other transmitters of a plurality of transmitters that are connected to the same transmitter management device as the transmitter, and (iii) about the location of the client device, wherein the transmitter management device generates a bill that is based on the information of (i), (ii), and (iii).

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