Oscillating To Oscillating Patents (Class 74/96)
  • Patent number: 9333041
    Abstract: The present invention provides a surgical manipulator including a manipulator arm, an end-effector held by the robotic arm, surgical tools held by the end-effector and manipulator joints, particularly right-angle drive devices for transmitting rotational motion in one axis to a perpendicular axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: MACDONALD, DETTWILER AND ASSOCIATES INC.
    Inventors: Benny Hon Bun Yeung, Dennis Gregoris, Bronislaw Bednarz, Michael A. Gray
  • Patent number: 9221180
    Abstract: A robot is provided which includes (a) a first arm (313) terminating in a first radius (317); (b) a second arm (315) terminating in a second radius (319), wherein said second radius is spaced apart from said first radius; (c) a first band (331) that extends around a portion of said first radius; (d) a second band that extends around a portion of said second radius; and (e) a first rigid, longitudinally extending element (709) having a first end which is attached to said first band, and having a second end which is attached to said second band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Fabworx Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard J. Kent
  • Publication number: 20150135869
    Abstract: An energy harvester is provided for harvesting energy, and in particular electrical energy from an input vibration such as an ambient vibration. The energy harvester comprises a first mechanical amplifier responsive to the input vibration and a second mechanical amplifier coupled to the first mechanical amplifier. At least one of the first and second mechanical amplifiers comprises a parametric resonator, and a power output of the energy harvester is generated by damping the second mechanical amplifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Cambridge Enterprise Limited
    Inventors: Yu Jia, Jize Yan, Ashwin Arunkumar Seshia, Kenichi Soga
  • Publication number: 20150047446
    Abstract: A hinge mechanism with multiple rotating axes is disclosed. The hinge mechanism includes a first bracket, a linking bracket, a first rotating shaft, a second bracket and a second rotating shaft. The first rotating shaft is used for pivoting the first bracket and the linking bracket, such that the linking bracket is connected to the first bracket in a rotable manner. The second rotating shaft is used for pivoting the linking bracket and the second bracket, such that the linking bracket is further connected to the second bracket in a rotable manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chi-Hung Lai, Jen-Feng Lin, San-Yang Lo, Shin-Han Wu
  • Patent number: 8931359
    Abstract: An actuating device includes a first actuating device mounted to a second actuating device. Each of the first and second actuating devices includes a base link, a first link, a second link, a translating link, a shaft, and a drive. The base link includes a first joint, a second joint, and a base plate extending between them. The first link is mounted for rotation to the first joint, and the second link is mounted for rotation to the second joint. The translating link includes a third joint, a fourth joint, and a translating plate extending between them. The drive includes an arc surface and is mounted to the translating link such that, when operating the actuating device, a position of the arc surface is fixed relative to the translating plate. The shaft is mounted to the arc surface to cause translation of the translating link as the shaft rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Vivero One Research, LLC
    Inventor: Arthur Quaid
  • Publication number: 20140373654
    Abstract: A dual-shaft synchronous movement device includes a first shaft and a second shaft, which are synchronously rotatable. The synchronous movement device further includes a first rotor and/or a third rotor disposed on the first shaft and a second rotor and/or a fourth rotor disposed on the second shaft, and an inextensible/non-contractible flexible plate connected between the first (or the third rotor) and the second rotor (or the fourth rotor). When the first shaft drives the first rotor (or the third rotor) to rotate, the inextensible/non-contractible flexible plate pulls the second rotor (or the fourth rotor) to rotate in a direction reverse to a moving direction of the first rotor so as to make the first and second shafts synchronously rotate. The synchronous movement device solves the problem of delay of kinetic energy transmission and the problem of slippage, deflection and untrue operation of the conventional device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: An Szu HSU
  • Publication number: 20140366664
    Abstract: Disclosed is an assembly that may be used with a machine, such as, but not limited to, a screed. In example embodiments, the assembly may include a first member, a second member adjacent to the first member, and a first actuator configured to rotate the second member with respect to the first member and transfer a biasing force to the second member. In example embodiments, the assembly may further include a second actuator configured to translate each of the first and second members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Michael R Vaske, Mark D. Prachar
  • Patent number: 8904892
    Abstract: A mount for a shaft includes a collar, disposable around the shaft, a first mating piece and a second mating piece. The collar includes first and second tapered outer surfaces that taper away from each other. The first mating piece has a first tapered aperture that is configured to mate with the first tapered outer surface of the collar. The second mating piece has a second tapered aperture configured to mate with the second tapered outer surface of the collar. The first and second mating pieces are adapted to be aligned such that when the collar is mated with the first and second mating pieces, the shaft is substantially perpendicular to the first mating piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Premier Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas A. Sayer
  • Publication number: 20140338483
    Abstract: A dual-shaft pivot device includes a resilient guide assembly composed of a plurality of resilient guide members and first and second pivotal shafts. Each resilient guide member has two accommodation portions at two ends thereof and a connecting groove communicating with the two accommodation portions. One end of the inner wall of each accommodation portion, far away from the connecting groove, has an end protrusion. The first and second pivotal shafts have middle portions which are inserted in the accommodation portions of the resilient guide member. Each middle portion has at least one middle flat surface to get contact with the end protrusion for the middle portion to push the end protrusion during turning to bring resilient deformation of each accommodation portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: FIRST DOME CORPORATION
    Inventors: AN SZU HSU, Ya Ching Lin
  • Publication number: 20140338482
    Abstract: A dual-shaft synchronous motion device includes a first shaft and a second shaft; a first rotor disposed on the first shaft and turned synchronously; a second rotor disposed on the second shaft and turned synchronously; and a tractive member disposed between the first rotor and the second rotor. When the first shaft drives the first rotor to turn, the tractive member brings the second rotor to turn reversely relative to the first rotor so that the first and second shafts are turned synchronously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: FIRST DOME CORPORATION
    Inventors: AN SZU HSU, YA CHING LIN
  • Publication number: 20140318291
    Abstract: An arm unit includes a first member, a rotation shaft, a second member, a spring member, and a displacement adjusting device. The second member is expandably connected to the first member via the rotation shaft. The spring member is configured to bias the first member and the second member to a direction of expanding the first member and the second member. The displacement adjusting device is configured to displace the spring member at an amount of displacement less than an amount of displacement between the first member and the second member around the rotation shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Hiroaki TSUCHIYA
  • Publication number: 20140306576
    Abstract: A displacement amplifier receives an actuation displacement signal from a piezoelectric actuator. The displacement signal is amplified by one or more stages of compliant elements, and a corresponding force is applied to a load. Wide frequency response is achieved in response to the resilience characteristics of the compliant elements that are formed from any of several materials, illustratively aluminum, steel, titanium, plastics, composites, etc., and are produced by any of several manufacturing techniques, illustratively extrusion, die casting, forging, etc. The compliant elements can be configured as plural compliant mechanical displacement amplifier stages. In bilateral arrangements displacement signals from distal ends of the motive source are applied to symmetrical, or mirror image, arrangements of compliant elements. The motive source, which may be a piezoelectric actuator, delivers its displacement signal at one end thereof to one or more compliant elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: FlexSys, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Ervin, Dragan Maric, Gregory F. Ervin, Sridhar Kota, Joel A. Hetrick
  • Publication number: 20140260735
    Abstract: A counterbalance system and lifting system for assisting a user. The system includes one or more arms, such as lift arms, that by user input from a user may be operated to raise and lower a load carried by a tray. The system further includes a counterbalance mechanism connected to the one or more arms configured to assist raising and lowering the loaded tray. The counterbalance mechanism may be configured to adjust to a force provided by the counterbalance system in response to the load changing. The system further includes a release for engaging the counterbalance mechanism to assist the user in raising or lowering the tray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jonathan Roberts, Clark Davis, Ian Davis, Brian D. Owens
  • Publication number: 20140251045
    Abstract: A synchronous movement device applied to dual-shaft system includes a first shaft and a second shaft, which are assembled with each other and synchronously rotatable. The synchronous movement device further includes a driver and a driving rail disposed on the first shaft, a reactor and a reacting rail disposed on the second shaft and a link unit connected between the driver and the reactor. When the first shaft drives the driver to rotate, the driver pushes the link unit to move along the first and second shafts to forcedly push the reactor to rotate in a direction reverse to the moving direction of the driver. Accordingly, the first and second shafts are synchronously rotated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: First Dome Corporation
    Inventor: AN SZU HSU
  • Publication number: 20140251044
    Abstract: A synchronous movement device of dual-shaft system includes a first shaft and a second shaft, which are assembled with each other and synchronously rotatable. The synchronous movement device further includes a driver disposed on the first shaft and a reactor disposed on the second shaft and a link unit connected between the driver and the reactor. The driver is formed with a driving rail. The reactor is formed with a reacting rail. When the first shaft drives the driver to rotate, the driver pushes the link unit to move along the first and second shafts to forcedly push the reactor to rotate in a direction reverse to the moving direction of the driver. Accordingly, the first and second shafts are synchronously rotated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: FIRST DOME CORPORATION
    Inventor: AN SZU HSU
  • Publication number: 20140245809
    Abstract: A carrier unit for a weight switching device includes a first shift weight carrier (34-1) which moves vertically in relation to a base, for vertically mounting a first shift weight arrangement (22-1R, 22-1L) which has two spaced-apart, parallel carrier arms (30-1R, 30-1L) connected by a bridging piece (32-1). A second shift weight carrier (34-2R, 34-2L) for vertically mounting, with play, a second shift weight arrangement (22-2R, 22-2L) which likewise has two spaced-apart, parallel carrier arms (30-2R, 30-2L) connected by another bridging piece (32-2), is likewise arranged in a vertically movable manner in relation to the base. The carrier arm pair (30-1R, 30-10 of the first shift weight carrier (34-1) is arranged between and parallel to the carrier arm pair (30-2R, 30-2L) of the second shift weight carrier (34-2), and each shift weight carrier (34-1; 34-2) is articulated to a common crosspiece (12) by two parallel links (23-1R, 23-1L; 23-2R, 23-2L).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: Sartorius Weighing Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Sigo Muelich, Ulrich Bajohr, Thomas Fehling
  • Publication number: 20140224047
    Abstract: A rotary shaft transmission structure, which is designed with a simplified structure to provide a smooth and stable transmission of a rotary shaft and to reduce the occurrence of rotational torsion variation of the rotary shaft, includes a combination of at least one rotor and a traction portion. The rotor includes a shaft hole and a bolt bore, in which the shaft hole is utilized to pivot the rotary shaft so that the rotor can be rotated by the rotary shaft, the shaft hole transversely passed through by at least a plan area is utilized to retain the traction portion, and the rotary shaft is utilized to press the traction portion via the plan area, thereby forming a fixation function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: FIRST DOME CORPORATION
    Inventor: AN SZU HSU
  • Publication number: 20140190791
    Abstract: A vibration device includes a base, a movable bench elastically supported with respect to the base, a first horizontal excitation unit that vibrates the movable bench in a first horizontal direction, a second horizontal excitation unit that vibrates the movable bench in a second horizontal direction that crosses the first horizontal direction, a vertical excitation unit that vibrates the movable bench in a vertical direction, and first and second middle benches between the base and the movable bench, wherein first to third plate-like spring members elastically connect the base, the first and second middle benches, and the movable bench sequentially in the first horizontal direction, the second horizontal direction, and the vertical direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: SINFONIA TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tetsuyuki Kimura, Yasushi Muragishi
  • Publication number: 20140192504
    Abstract: Example embodiments disclosed herein relate to a display stand. The display stand includes a base, a support arm, one or more display mounts, and a latching mechanism. A display may be attached to the one or more display mounts. The display may include a variety of devices such a monitor, workstation, or computer. The latching mechanism is configured to have a latched position that secures the support arm and one or more display mounts in a reclined position substantially parallel to the base. The latching mechanism is additionally configured to have an unlatched position that allows extension of the support arm and one or more display mounts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Owen Richard, David Quijano, Jonathan D. Bassett, Gregory A. Standiford
  • Publication number: 20140116188
    Abstract: A vibrator includes first and second circular or substantially circular arc-shaped beam portions, a base end-side weight portion, and a base end-side weight portion joining portion. The end portions of the first and second circular or substantially circular arc-shaped beam portions in an X-axis positive direction face each other across a distance in a Y-axis direction, and the end portions thereof in an X-axis negative direction are joined to each other. The base end-side weight portion is disposed between the first and second circular or substantially circular arc-shaped beam portions. The base end-side weight portion joining portion extends from a joining portion between the first circular or substantially circular arc-shaped beam portion and the second circular or substantially circular arc-shaped beam portion in the X-axis positive direction, and joined to the base end-side weight portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsumi FUJIMOTO, Toshimaro YONEDA, Takuo HADA, Hideya HORIUCHI
  • Publication number: 20140076077
    Abstract: A force transmission transmits a force to a primary output gimbal plate and a secondary output gimbal plate. The secondary output gimbal plate supports the primary output gimbal plate. Each of three primary levers is supported by a primary pivot. Each primary lever is coupled to the primary output gimbal plate such that the three couplings are not collinear. Each of three secondary levers is supported by a secondary pivot. Each secondary lever is coupled to one of the primary levers by a force applying connector. Each secondary lever is coupled to the secondary output gimbal plate such that the three couplings are not collinear. The output gimbal plates may be coupled to the levers by flexible cables. The cables may be substantially contained within a tube. The output gimbal plates may be substantially smaller than the input gimbal plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: INTUITIVE SURGICAL OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Cooper, Anthony McGrogan, Matthew Reagan Williams, Eugene F. Duval, S. Christoper Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140033610
    Abstract: A shutter-blind system for windows is provided. The system includes a frame and a plurality of rotatable parallel louvers coupled within the frame. Each louver of the plurality of louvers is operatively coupled to adjacent louvers with a collapsible linkage. The system may further comprise a biasing member coupled to a first louver located at a first end of the plurality of louvers and a resisting member coupled to a second louver located at a second end of the plurality of louvers. The biasing member pulls against the resisting member to maintain tension in the collapsible linkage. According to certain embodiments, the frame elements are coupled within a window opening and trim elements are coupled to cover gaps between the frame elements and the window opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: COMFORTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard Watkins, Jason Vandervoort, John Corey, Mark Kitterman, Thomas Marusak
  • Publication number: 20130227819
    Abstract: An articulating assembly of or for an adjustable hinge assembly, the articulating assembly comprising or including a height control arm supporting a mounting element at its distal end and pivotable about its proximal end for height adjustment, a convex member or members (“member(s)”) at or adjacent the distal region of the height control arm defining a distinct or merged pair of convex surfaces, the convex member(s) having a passageway therethrough, a pair of concave members engaged with the convex surfaces of the convex member(s) in a cupping manner, the concave members each having a passageway therethrough, and a pin located through the aligned passageways of the convex member(s) and concave members, the pin also being engaged with the mounting element to couple the mounting element to the height control arm, wherein the pin is dimensioned such that there is a clearance with respect to the passageway of the convex member(s) to allow at least limited articulating movement of the mounting element relative to
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: MANFRED FRANK PATENT HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Manfred Johannes Frank, Michael Gordon Graham, Michael Kevin Scheib
  • Publication number: 20130192396
    Abstract: An actuating device includes a first actuating device mounted to a second actuating device. Each of the first and second actuating devices includes a base link, a first link, a second link, a translating link, a shaft, and a drive. The base link includes a first joint, a second joint, and a base plate extending between them. The first link is mounted for rotation to the first joint, and the second link is mounted for rotation to the second joint. The translating link includes a third joint, a fourth joint, and a translating plate extending between them. The drive includes an arc surface and is mounted to the translating link such that, when operating the actuating device, a position of the arc surface is fixed relative to the translating plate. The shaft is mounted to the arc surface to cause translation of the translating link as the shaft rotates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Vivero One Research, LLC
    Inventor: Vivero One Research, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130070949
    Abstract: A sound-reproducing apparatus includes plural coupling portions, plural rods, plural shell portions, an actuator, and first, second, and third speakers. The coupling portions are disposed at positions corresponding to vertices of an assumed first regular tetrahedron and second regular tetrahedron in a duality relation. The rods connect adjacent coupling portions with each other among the coupling portions. The shell portions are joined to the rods. The actuator is disposed outside one coupling portion selected from the coupling portions with respect to a center of the first regular tetrahedron or second regular tetrahedron, and the actuator is connected with the one coupling portion. The first, second, and third speakers are disposed on, of the four coupling portions disposed at positions corresponding to the vertices of the one of the first and second regular tetrahedra including the one coupling portion, three coupling portions excluding the one coupling portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: SONY CORPORTION
    Inventor: Yohei FUKUMA
  • Publication number: 20130068055
    Abstract: A kitchen appliance includes a main body, a pivoting arm, which is arranged pivotably on the main body at a bearing, and a lever device for assisting a pivoting movement of the pivoting arm. The lever device, which assists the pivoting movement of the pivoting arm on the main body of the kitchen appliance, makes it possible to provide an operation which is safe for a user, since the movement of the pivoting arm is always controlled by the lever device. Furthermore, pivoting of the pivoting arm can be provided without direct interaction of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: BSH BOSCH UND SIEMENS HAUSGERÄTE GMBH
    Inventors: Andrej Blagotinsek, Ales Brecko, Marko Uplaznik
  • Publication number: 20130068054
    Abstract: An actuating device includes a base link, a first link, a second link, a translating link, a shaft, and a drive. The base link includes a base plate, a first joint, and a second joint. The base plate extends between the first joint and the second joint. The first link is mounted to the first joint to allow rotation of the first link relative to the base plate at the first joint. The second link is mounted to the second joint to allow rotation of the second link relative to the base plate at the second joint. The drive includes an arc surface and is mounted to the translating link such that, when operating the actuating device, a position of the arc surface is fixed relative to the translating plate. The shaft is mounted to the arc surface to cause translation of the translating link as the shaft rotates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventor: Arthur Quaid
  • Publication number: 20120223555
    Abstract: A catbird seat means is an elevated advantaged overview position. The catbird seat apparatus includes an illuminated platform, therapeutic massaging vibrating command chair, with a multi-telecommunications device combination. A command chair means is a sitting instrument with therapeutic massaging vibrating motors, and a multi-telecommunications device combination means is a mixed or the same combination 3D-tv, document or image composer monitor, video phone monitor, computer monitor, multi-disc DVD monitor, satellite radio, video game monitor, digital photo monitor, or any audio or video thin control panel device for simultaneous entertainment, business, and educational use, mental and physical stimulation, or command sitting comfort with a method of supporting, viewing, controlling, or commanding a multi-telecommunications device combination within the 5 feet radius with arms extended, in the referenced catbird seat position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Brown, JR.
  • Publication number: 20120224964
    Abstract: A compound motion structure (3) for connection between two surfaces comprising a first arm (5) and a second arm (7) swingable coupled together through a first hinge connection (13), a first surface (35) coupled to an opposite end of the first arm via a second hinge connection, a second surface (39) coupled to an opposite end of the second arm via a third hinge connection, the first arm (5) and the second arm (7) being movable thereby resulting in a compound motion of one or both surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: John McMurray Clark
  • Publication number: 20120198952
    Abstract: A nonparallel-axes transmission mechanism includes conical pulleys. A first conical pulley includes a first rotation axis and a first imaginary conical surface including a center line identical to the first rotation axis. A second conical pulley includes a second rotation axis not parallel to the first rotation axis, and a second imaginary conical surface including a center line identical to the second rotation axis. The first and second imaginary conical surfaces include matching apexes. Support shafts rotatably support the conical pulleys. A fan belt transmits power from the first conical pulley to the second conical pulley and contacts the first and second imaginary conical surfaces. The first conical pulley includes a shape of the first imaginary conical surface removing a shape of the contacting fan belt. The second conical pulley includes a shape of the second imaginary conical surface removing a shape of the contacting fan belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventor: Takashi MAMBA
  • Publication number: 20120167643
    Abstract: A cylinder lock includes a sleeve, and a key plug housed in the sleeve and having an output portion to output an interrupted motion of a clutch device by moving in an insertion and extraction direction by an insertion and extraction of a matching key. The key plug is formed by a pivoting spindle in which the output portion pivotally supports an input clutch element and an output clutch element of the clutch device in the output state by an insertion of the matching key.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Jun YAMAGUCHI, Takumi TAMEZANE
  • Publication number: 20120137804
    Abstract: A mount for a shaft includes a collar, disposable around the shaft, a first mating piece and a second mating piece. The collar includes first and second tapered outer surfaces that taper away from each other. The first mating piece has a first tapered aperture that is configured to mate with the first tapered outer surface of the collar. The second mating piece has a second tapered aperture configured to mate with the second tapered outer surface of the collar. The first and second mating pieces are adapted to be aligned such that when the collar is mated with the first and second mating pieces, the shaft is substantially perpendicular to the first mating piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventor: Douglas A. Sayer
  • Publication number: 20120132020
    Abstract: A steering device for a wheeled vehicle having wheels includes a steering element for steering actuation with a predetermined movement path and a predetermined degree of actuation, a conversion device for converting the steering actuation to an output signal for transmission to a steering drive for steering the wheels, a connection device operatively connecting the steering element with the conversion device for transmitting the steering actuation to the conversion device, and limiting means configured to either selectively release the degree of actuation to a first maximum degree of actuation or limit the degree of actuation to a second maximum degree of actuation which is reduced compared to the first maximum degree of actuation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: Audi AG
    Inventors: Peter Kunsch, Wolfgang Schmid
  • Publication number: 20110316360
    Abstract: A system and apparatus are disclosed for a linear vibratory drive. In one embodiment, the drive includes a mounting bar coupled to a first flat leaf spring, the first flat leaf spring mounted on a stationary member, where the mounting bar is suitable for mounting a conveyance device such as a linear track or tray. A counterweight is coupled to a second flat leaf spring, where the second flat leaf spring is mounted on the stationary member, and where the counterweight is positioned such that a gap separates the counterweight from the mounting bar. A motor provides a vibrational pulse to the stationary member, thereby vibrating the mounting bar and the counterweight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventor: Brian J. Rhinehart
  • Publication number: 20110285248
    Abstract: A mechanical amplifier and method for converting a small motion amplitude to a larger motion amplitude are disclosed. The method includes using two or more beams which are connected in series at angles to each other. Undesirable movements arising in the structure are absorbed by the structure through torsion. Each beam is a mechanical motion amplifier, and by connecting these in series, the total amplification is the product of the amplification of the comprised beams. The disclosure also pertains to a device comprising two or more beams connected together at an angle of 90 degrees in one embodiment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: MINDRAY MEDICAL SWEDEN AB
    Inventor: Göran Cewers
  • Publication number: 20110113906
    Abstract: A device comprising a body part (101) and a functional module (102) is presented. The functional module is situated at least partly in a cavity (121) of the body part and is connected to the body part with a supporting mechanism (103, 104, 105, 106) arranged to allow the functional module to be turned relative to the body part. The supporting mechanism is arranged to move an axis of rotation of the functional module in parallel with a surface of the cavity as a response to turning the functional module relative to the body part. Due to the fact that the axis of rotation is moved when turning the functional module, the free space that is needed around the functional module can be minimized. The device can be e.g. a mobile phone and the functional module can be e.g. a camera element of the mobile phone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: NOKIA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Pasi Kemppinen
  • Publication number: 20100300222
    Abstract: A vibration actuator comprising: a vibration portion which contacts a relative movement portion, and produces necessary vibration for a relative movement of the relative movement portion; a first member provided to hold the relative movement portion between the first member and the vibration portion, and moves relative to the vibration portion in response to movement of the relative movement portion with respect to the vibration portion; a second member which faces the first member via a rolling member, and supports the first member so that the first member is movable relative to the vibration portion; and a pressing member which generate a pressing force between the second member and the vibration portion so that the vibration portion and the relative movement portion are in contact with each othercome in contact with each other; and wherein the first member comprises a plastic substance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: NIKON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mitsuteru HINO
  • Publication number: 20100302612
    Abstract: An oscillating structure includes a supporting member, a first oscillating member, second oscillating member, a first resilient supporting member configured to connect the supporting member and the first oscillating member and to support the first oscillating member for oscillatory motion around the supporting member as a central axis, and a second resilient supporting member configured to connect the first oscillating member and the second oscillating member and to support the second oscillating member movably relative to the first oscillating member, wherein the direction in which the first resilient supporting member extends from the supporting member to the first oscillating member and the direction in which the second resilient supporting member extends from the first oscillating member to the second oscillating member are opposite to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Ushijima, Shinichiro Watanabe, Suguru Miyagawa
  • Publication number: 20100150612
    Abstract: An oscillator device includes a supporting member, a movable member, an elastic supporting member configured to elastically support the supporting member and the movable member around an oscillation axis, and a driving member configured to drive the movable member, wherein the elastic supporting member includes a plurality of springs and at least one spring constant adjusting member configured to couple the plurality of springs with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Torashima, Takahisa Kato
  • Publication number: 20100149612
    Abstract: An oscillator device includes at least one movable element supported for oscillatory motion around a rotational axis, and a first rectifying member for suppressing generation of a spiral airflow during oscillation of the movable element, the first rectifying member being provided to occupy a space of at least a portion of a spiral airflow generating region which might otherwise be created when the first rectifying member is not provided there.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Suguru Miyagawa, Jun Nagatoshi, Yasuhiro Shimada
  • Publication number: 20100014236
    Abstract: A keypad lifting mechanism includes a first board, a guiding piece, a second board and a third board. The guiding piece defines a guiding hole. The guiding hole includes a transverse end portion. The second board includes at least one protrusion. A guiding post is formed on the second board for engaging in the guiding hole of the guiding piece. The third board includes at least one slope corresponding to the at least one protrusion. When the guiding piece is pushed away from the third board, the guiding post slides along the guiding hole of the guiding piece. The second board moves with the guiding piece when the guiding post reaching the transverse end portion of the guiding hole. The third board is raised by the at least one slope sliding up along the at least one protrusion of the second board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Applicants: SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED
    Inventors: ZHI-GANG ZOU, ZHI-GANG PENG, ZHI-LAN CHEN, TAO YIN, ZHI-QIANG SHI
  • Publication number: 20070238586
    Abstract: An oscillated fitness bicycle structure includes a first driving apparatus and a second driving apparatus installed on a base, an eccentric portion on the first driving apparatus, a driving rod integrated to a handle support rod and disposed on a saddle support rod, a back-and-forth oscillation rod connected to the handle support rod and saddle support rod, and a resilient element for providing upward bounces anytime. When an exerciser sits on the saddle, the body weight of the exerciser pushes the saddle support rod downward and two driving rods drive a driving wheel of the first driving apparatus and a weight wheel of the second driving apparatus to rotate, such that the handle support rod and saddle support rod can perform leaping back-and-forth, up-and-down and sideway oscillations to provide an exercise similar to a horse riding exercise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Publication date: October 11, 2007
    Inventor: Jeeng-Neng Fan
  • Patent number: 6718838
    Abstract: A rotary drive mechanism for use with a timer/sequence switch in an appliance is presented. The mechanism converts linear motion from a cam tracker following a programmed cam track to rotary motion to drive a vent damper in an appliance. The rotary motion output is derived as a multiple of the input linear motion through a gear set. This input linear motion is translated to rotary motion imparted to a tracking rod, which is coupled through the gear set to an output actuating rod. Tracking by a tracking lobe is accommodated by a spring bias force applied though a bias lobe that counteracts the force applied by the cam track. Alternatively, tracking by a tracker is accommodated by a spring bias force applied through a torque arm of the tracking rod that also counteracts the force applied by the cam track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Ranco Incorporated of Delaware
    Inventors: Ronald S. Joyce, Sudha Narayanan, Robert Van Der Linde, Lawrence T. Olges
  • Publication number: 20030177853
    Abstract: The nonlinear mechanical modulator of the present invention comprises first and second masses, a first spring connecting the first and second masses, and a second spring connecting the second mass and a fixed end. A motion input is applied to any one of the first and second masses and a resultant motion output is generated from the other one of the masses. Further, at least one of the springs has a nonlinear behavior characteristic that its stiffness varies according to a magnitude of the motion input. At this time, a nonlinear characteristic of the spring is categorized into a nonlinearly increasing characteristic that its stiffness is increased as its deflection becomes greater, and a nonlinearly decreasing characteristic that its stiffness is decreased as its deflection becomes greater. One or both of the two nonlinear characteristics can be applied to and employed in the mechanical modulator of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventors: Young-Ho Cho, Won Chul Lee, Young-Hyun Jin
  • Patent number: 6612192
    Abstract: A high frequency mechanical scanning assembly which is capable of one or two dimensional scanning comprises an actuator assembly, a base assembly, a coil assembly and a sensor assembly. The actuator assembly includes an upper resonant system and a lower flexure. The upper resonant system has an upper mass, a reaction mass, and an upper flexure. The top surface of the upper mass is a mirrored surface which can be used to reflect a light beam. The actuator assembly is connected to the base assembly via the lower flexure. The lower flexure connects to the reaction mass at a point close to the center of mass of the reaction mass. Movement of the upper resonant system is caused by an excitation system which includes magnets securely mounted to at least the lower mass and the coil assembly which provides driving torques to the magnets. The lower flexure is less stiff than the upper flexure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Bruce Hardy, Paul Hauser
  • Publication number: 20020139207
    Abstract: A hydraulic power assist rack and pinion steering system (12) for a vehicle includes a housing (14) in which a rack (10) is movable along an axis (16) to effect turning movement of steerable wheels of the vehicle. The rack (10) comprises a first rack part (50) having an elongate body portion (56) and an end portion formed as a first piston portion (58), and a second rack (80) part having an elongate body portion (86) and an end portion formed as a second piston portion (88). The first piston portion (58) of the first rack part (50) is joined to the second piston portion (88) of the second rack part (80) to form a piston (22). The body portion (56) of the first rack part (50) extends axially away from the piston (22) in a first direction (110). The body portion (86) of the second rack part (80) extends axially away from the piston (22) in a second direction (112) opposite the first direction (110).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Applicant: TRW Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Stoll, John S. Borza
  • Patent number: 6439071
    Abstract: The transmission mechanism comprises a lever (12) which can rotate around an eccentric shaft (11) of a rotating disk-crank (10). The lever (12) is guided in its movement by cam means (15a) and acts upon an arm (19) which is attached for joint rotation to an output shaft (3). Advantageously the disk-crank (10) is driven through a connecting rod (8) from another disk-crank (1) which can rotate around a shaft which is different from that of the first disk-crank (10). It doesn't require adjustment or setting up and it has a low cost. The transport device has on the output shaft the wheels for drawing chains with transporting bars provided with clamps for the sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Iberica A.G., S.A.
    Inventor: Ramon Bermudez Perez
  • Patent number: 6422102
    Abstract: A wiper drive (10, 12, 14) with a reversible geared motor (16) is fastened to a motor mounting plate (18). The driven shaft (22) of the wiper drive supports a crank (28, 30, 32), which is connected by means of at least one joint (34, 36, 38, 40) to a leaver (68, 70) of a lever mechanism. The crank is a crank plate (28, 30, 32) on which at least two adjacent joints (34, 36) for two levers (68, 70) are disposed adjacent to each other in a plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Gerd Kuehbauch
  • Publication number: 20020088287
    Abstract: A high frequency mechanical scanning assembly which is capable of one or two dimensional scanning comprises an actuator assembly, a base assembly, a coil assembly and a sensor assembly. The actuator assembly includes an upper resonant system and a lower flexure. The upper resonant system has an upper mass, a reaction mass, and an upper flexure. The top surface of the upper mass is a mirrored surface which can be used to reflect a light beam. The actuator assembly is connected to the base assembly via the lower flexure. The lower flexure connects to the reaction mass at a point close to the center of mass of the reaction mass. Movement of the upper resonant system is caused by an excitation system which includes magnets securely mounted to at least the lower mass and the coil assembly which provides driving torques to the magnets. The lower flexure is less stiff than the upper flexure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2001
    Publication date: July 11, 2002
    Inventors: Bruce Hardy, Paul Hauser
  • Patent number: 6401564
    Abstract: A shift switch control device for selection lever units of automatic transmissions is disclosed. The shift switch control device has a selection lever for selecting a desired range within a transmission pattern during the automatic transmission mode and performing an up- or down-shifting operation during the manual transmission mode. A rotary plate is provided at the selection lever, and has up- and down-shift switches at its top end, with a projection provided at the central portion of the rotary plate. A manipulation lever is installed at the top of the selection lever at a position between the up- and down-shift switches, and turns on or off the up- or down-shift switch. A projection guide plate, having an inclined surface at one end thereof, is provided on the selection lever. The control device also has a rotary plate return means for giving an elastic returning force to the rotary plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Sang-Joo Lee