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"Wireless Power for Internal Elements of Aquarium" in Patent Application Approval Process

September 11, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- A patent application by the inventors Allen, Matthew (Waterford, WI); Lutz, Thomas (Cedar Rapids, IA), filed on February 17, 2014, was made available online on August 28, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application has not been assigned to a company or institution.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to lighting and decor for aquariums. More particularly, the present invention relates to providing power to lighting and decor in an aquarium.

"Residential aquarium keeping is a mature and established industry in the United States and around the world. A basic version of an aquarium includes a transparent container for aquatic life to be viewed and housed within. These containers are typically constructed of either glass or a transparent plastic material such as acrylic or polystyrene, but may be made of other transparent or semi-transparent materials. Basic aquatic environments of this nature are limited in their ability to sustain suitable conditions and water quality for all but a handful of robust and hearty fish. Often more appropriate for the health and well-being of the aquatic organisms is the addition of filtration, lighting, oxygenation, temperature control, chemical and biological balance."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "In accordance with one construction, an aquarium includes a wall separating an internal environment within the enclosure from an external environment outside of the enclosure, and a power transmission system that transmits power wireless through the wall. The power transmission system includes a power source and an external inductor coupled to the power source, the external inductor coupled to the wall. The power transmission system also includes an internal inductor coupled to the wall and separated from the external inductor by the wall, and an internal element disposed within the enclosure, the internal element coupled to the internal conductor.

"In accordance with another construction, an aquarium includes a base defining a base perimeter and a wall extending from the base perimeter and surrounding the base to define a substantially water tight interior space, at least a portion of the wall being substantially transparent to visible light. A power source is disposed outside of the interior space and operable to receive an AC power supply and to output an external power supply. An external inductor is coupled to the wall and receives the external power supply from the power source. An internal inductor is disposed in the interior space adjacent the external inductor. The internal inductor is operable to output an internal power in response to the receipt of the external power at the external inductor. An electrical element is electrically connected to the internal inductor and operable in response to receipt of a portion of the internal power.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a schematic illustration of a wireless power transmission system according to one construction for powering an internal element within an aquarium.

"FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a wireless power transmission system according to another construction for powering a plurality of internal lighting elements within an aquarium, each of the internal lighting elements coupled to the same internal inductors.

"FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a wireless power transmission system according to another construction for powering a plurality of internal lighting elements within an aquarium, each of the internal lighting elements coupled via a wire to separate internal inductors.

"FIG. 4 is a perspective view of a wireless power transmission system according to another construction for powering an internal element or elements within an aquarium, each of the internal lighting elements coupled wirelessly to separate internal inductors."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Allen, Matthew; Lutz, Thomas. Wireless Power for Internal Elements of Aquarium. Filed February 17, 2014 and posted August 28, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=6954&p=140&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140821.PD.&OS=PD/20140821&RS=PD/20140821

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