Systems and methods for using a transmitter access policy at a network service to determine whether to provide power to wireless power receivers in a wireless power network

  • US 9,967,743 B1
  • Filed: 06/23/2015
  • Issued: 05/08/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/10/2013
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A wireless power system configured to provide energy in three-dimensional space, the system comprising:

  • a wireless power transmitter comprising;

    a power transmitter manager comprising an antenna manager that is distinct from the power transmitter manager, wherein the power transmitter manager is configured to use the antenna manager to control a plurality of antennas of the wireless power transmitter,wherein the wireless power transmitter is configured to;

    receive a device identifier from a device coupled to a receiver;

    transmit a transmitter identifier, the device identifier, and an authorization request to a network service;

    receive an authorization state for the device from the network service, wherein;

    the authorization state for the device is based on a registry of authorized devices, wherein each device in the registry of authorized devices is authorized to receive power from the wireless power transmitter,the registry of authorized devices includes a transmitter access policy that indicates whether any form of payment is required to allow each respective device on the registry of authorized devices to receive power from the wireless power transmitter,if the transmitter access policy indicates that any form of payment is required to allow the device to receive power from the wireless power transmitter, then the authorization state includes a status indicating whether an acceptable form of payment has been provided to allow the device to receive power from the wireless power transmitter, andif the transmitter access policy indicates that no form of payment is required to allow the device to receive power from the wireless power transmitter, then the authorization state does not include a status indicating whether an acceptable form of payment has been provided to allow the device to receive power from the wireless power transmitter;

    control generation of radio frequency (RF) power waves via the antenna manager based on the authorization state for the device; and

    continuously transmit the RF power waves, using at least two of the plurality of antennas controlled by the antenna manager, to converge in proximity to a location of the receiver coupled to the device responsive to location data continuously received from the device in respective communications signals.

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