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1. (WO2018031989) SEATING STRUCTURE INCLUDING A PRESENCE SENSOR

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/031989    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/046719
Publication Date: Fri Feb 16 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Tue Aug 15 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: A47C 31/12
A47C 7/62
Applicants: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
Inventors: LILLEY, Matthew, James
DALEY-FELL, Adam, James
Title: SEATING STRUCTURE INCLUDING A PRESENCE SENSOR
Abstract:
A seating structure includes a base, a seat, a backrest connected to the seat, and an electronic circuit supported by the base. The seat or the backrest includes a carrier and a suspension material secured to the carrier and spanning across an opening formed by the carrier. The suspension material includes a plurality of electrostatic discharge fibers. The electronic circuit is coupled to the electrostatic discharge fibers. The electronic circuit includes an electronic processor and a sensor. The sensor is configured to generate an output signal indicative of an electrical parameter of one of the electrostatic discharge fibers. The electronic processor is configured to apply a drive signal to one of the plurality of electrostatic discharge fibers, receive the output signal from the sensor, and determine a state of the seating structure based on the output signal from the sensor.