Patents Assigned to Faro Technologies, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10578423
    Abstract: A noncontact optical three-dimensional measuring device that includes a projector and a camera; a processor electrically coupled to the projector and the camera; and computer readable media which, when executed by the processor, causes the first signal to be collected at a first time and the second signal to be collected at a second time different than the first time and determines three-dimensional coordinates of a first point on the surface based at least in part on the first signal and the distance and determines three-dimensional coordinates of a second point on the surface based at least in part on the second signal and the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 10574963
    Abstract: A method and system of combining 2D images into a 3D image. The method includes providing a coordinate measurement device and a triangulation scanner having an integral camera associated therewith, the scanner being separate from the coordinate measurement device. In a first instance, the coordinate measurement device determines the position and orientation of the scanner and the integral camera captures a first 2D image. In a second instance, the scanner is moved, the coordinate measurement device determines the position and orientation of the scanner, and the integral camera captures a second 2D image. A common feature point in the first and second images is found and is used, together with the first and second images and the positions and orientations of the scanner in the first and second instances, to create the 3D image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 10563969
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for correcting errors in a bearing cartridge used in a portable articulated arm coordinate measurement machine (AACMM) is provided. The method includes providing a cartridge having a first bearing and a second bearing arranged in a fixed relationship to define an axis, the cartridge further including an angle measurement device configured to measure a rotation of a portion of the cartridge about the axis. A plurality of angles is measured with the angle measurement device. A first plurality of displacements is determined at a first position along the axis, each of the first plurality of displacements being associated with one of the plurality of angles. Compensation values are determined based at least in part on the plurality of angles and the first plurality of displacements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Robert E. Bridges, Raymond Sullivan, Eric J. Moy, Michael J. Hale
  • Patent number: 10565718
    Abstract: A system and method of generating a two-dimensional image of an environment is provided. The system includes a 2D scanner that comprises a light source, an image sensor and a controller. The controller determines a distance value to at least one of the object points. An inertial measurement unit is coupled to the scanner and has a first sensor. The first sensor has a first characteristic. A mobile computing device is removably coupled to the 2D scanner, the mobile computing device having a second sensor, the second sensor having a second characteristic. Processors are provided that are responsive to compare the first characteristic and the second characteristic and select one of the first or second sensor based on the comparison. The processors are further generate an image of the environment based on a signal from the selected first or second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Oliver Zweigle, Ahmad Ramadneh, Aleksej Frank, Joao Santos
  • Patent number: 10546419
    Abstract: Technical solutions are described for generating an augmented reality map of an environment. An example method includes obtaining, by a 2D scanner, a 2D scan set including 2D coordinates of points in the environment. The method further includes capturing and displaying, by a portable computing device, a live video stream of a field of view, the portable computing device being fixed at a relative position with respect to the 2D scanner. The method further includes displaying a selection marker overlaid on the live video stream at a location in response to a user input. The method further includes projecting a beam of visible light on an object point in the field of view, corresponding to the location on the display of the selection marker. The method further includes receiving, via the portable computing device, a selection input and in response generating and storing an annotation at the object point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Oliver Zweigle, Ahmad Ramadneh, Aleksej Frank, Joao Santos
  • Patent number: 10546427
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a virtual reality scene from scanned point cloud data having user defined content is provided. The system includes a coordinate measurement device operable to measure three-dimensional coordinates. A computing device having a processor is operably coupled to the coordinate measurement device, the processor being operable to generate a point cloud data and insert user defined content into the point cloud data in response to an input from a user, the processor further being operable to generate a virtual reality data file based at least in part on the point cloud data with the user defined content. A virtual reality device is operably coupled to the computing device, the virtual reality device being operable to display the virtual reality data file to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    Inventors: Aleksej Frank, Oliver Zweigle
  • Patent number: 10546167
    Abstract: A system and method for operating a manufacturing cell is provided. The system includes an articulated arm having a plurality of arm segments, each of the arm segments having a transducer. An end effector is coupled to an end of the articulated arm. An electronic circuit is configured in operation to determine a position and orientation of the end effector. A sensor measures in operation a position of an operator. A tool is removably coupled to the end effector. A three-dimensional (3D) scanner is configured in operation to determine three-dimensional coordinates of a surface of an object, the 3D scanner being removably coupled to the end effector. A controller determines when the operator is within a predetermined distance of the articulated arm and altering a speed or a movement of the articulated arm to avoid contact or reduce the impact of contact between the operator and the articulated arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Gary L. Telling
  • Patent number: 10542238
    Abstract: A collaborative virtual reality (VR) online meeting platform that includes a three-dimensional (3D) point cloud data defining a virtual space, identifiers of a plurality of meeting participants, and meeting data that includes positions in the virtual space of a plurality of avatars that correspond to meeting participants. The system includes a processor that includes instructions to initiate an online meeting of the plurality of meeting participants. The initiating includes providing an address of the 3D point cloud to each of the meeting participants and transmitting a copy of the 3D point cloud data and meeting data to each of the meeting participants. A current location of each of the avatars in the virtual space is communicated to all of the meeting participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Louis Bergmann, Jörg Braunes, Daniel Flohr
  • Patent number: 10500676
    Abstract: An actuator utilizes a voice coil motor with one or more voice coil windings supported on a light weight moveable bobbin that connects at one end to move an object rapidly up to a small number of millimeters translationally along a system axis. The bobbin moves over a distal portion of a center pole of a stator, which supports the voice coil motor magnets. The pole, which acts as a flux path for the voice coil motor, also provides a thin film of air in a gap between the pole and the bobbin via an air path and corresponding holes at the distal end of the pole. The bobbin moves translationally relative to the pole on the thin film of air under the control of the voice coil motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Carl Brian Candiloro, Bradley Hunter, Kurt Sidor, Mark S Longmuir
  • Patent number: 10499040
    Abstract: A device and method for scanning and measuring an environment is provided. The method includes providing a three-dimensional (3D) measurement device having a controller. Images of the environment are recorded and a 3D scan of the environment is produced with a three-dimensional point cloud. A first movement of the 3D measurement device is determined and then an operating parameter of the 3D measurement device is changed based at least in part on the first movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Gerrit Hillebrand, Rasmus Debitsch, Rolf Heidemann, Martin Ossig, Johannes Buback
  • Patent number: 10495738
    Abstract: A method for optically scanning and measuring an environment using a 3D measurement device is provided. The method includes steps that are performed prior to operation. These steps include positioning a near-field communication (NFC) device adjacent the 3D measurement device. An NFC link is established between the NFC device and the 3D measurement device. An identifier is transmitted from the NFC device to the 3D measurement device. It is determined that the NFC device is authorized to communicate with the 3D measurement device based at least in part on the identifier. Commands are transferred to the 3D measurement device from the NFC device based at least in part on determining the first NFC device is authorized. At least one communication path is activated. The 3D measurement device is connected to a network of computers and measurement data is transmitted from the 3D measurement device to the network of computers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Reinhard Becker, Martin Ossig, Andreas Ditte
  • Patent number: 10481237
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for controlling a measurement device remotely through gestures performed by a user. The method includes providing a relationship between a command and a gestures. A gesture is performed by the user with the user's body that corresponds to the user gesture. The gesture performed by the user is detected. A command is determined based at least in part on the detected gesture. Then the command is executed with the laser tracker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Robert E. Bridges, David H. Parker, Kelley Fletcher
  • Patent number: 10480929
    Abstract: A method for optically communicating, from a user to a laser tracker, a command to direct a beam of light from the laser tracker to a retroreflector with steps including: projecting a first light from a light source disposed on the laser tracker to the retroreflector; reflecting a second light from the retroreflector, the second light being a portion of the first light; obtaining first sensed data by sensing a third light, the third light being a portion of the second light, wherein the first sensed data is obtained by imaging the third light onto a photosensitive array disposed on the laser tracker and converting the third light on the photosensitive array into digital form; generating by the user, between a first time and a second time, a predefined temporal pattern, the predefined temporal pattern including at least a decrease in optical power of the third light followed by an increase in the optical power of the third light, the predefined temporal pattern corresponding to the command; determining by the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kalyan Nagalla, Robert C. Mehler, Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 10473771
    Abstract: A method for scanning and measuring using a 3D measurement device is provided. The method includes providing the 3D measurement device having a light emitter, a light receiver and a command and evaluation device. The 3D measurement device is further includes a first near-field communication (NFC) device having a first antenna. A second NFC device having a second antenna is positioned adjacent the 3D measurement device. An NFC link is established between the first NFC device and the 3D measurement device. An identifier is transmitted from the second NFC device to the 3D measurement device. It is determined that the second NFC device is authorized to communicate with the 3D measurement device. Commands are transferred to the 3D measurement device from the second NFC device based at least in part on the determination that the second NFC device is authorized to communicate with the 3D measurement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Reinhard Becker, Martin Ossig, Andreas Ditte
  • Patent number: 10475155
    Abstract: A method interactively displays panoramic images of a scene. The method includes measuring 3D coordinates with a 3D measuring instrument at a first position and a second position. The 3D coordinates are registering into a common frame of reference. Within the scene, a trajectory includes a plurality of trajectory points. Along the trajectory, 2D images are generated from the commonly registered 3D coordinates. A trajectory display mode sequentially displays a collection of 2D images at the trajectory points. A rotational display mode allows a user to select a desired view direction at a given trajectory point. The user selects the trajectory display mode or the rotational display mode and sees the result shown on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Reinhard Becker, Martin Ossig
  • Patent number: 10477180
    Abstract: A photogrammetry system and method is provided. The system includes a two-dimensional (2D) camera operable to acquire a 2D image and a 2D video image. A user interface is provided having a display. A controller having a processor that performs a method for determining locations where photogrammetry images should be acquired and displaying an indicator on the user interface indicating to the operator a direction of movement to acquire the next photogrammetry image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthias Wolke, Rolf Heidemann
  • Patent number: 10462444
    Abstract: A method of determining machined characteristics of a surface with a camera system, the camera system operable to obtain six camera images. The camera images are formed by illuminating the surface with light at each of two different angles. After reflecting off the surface, the light is passed through a polarizer at each of three different angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthias Wolke, Bernd-Dietmar Becker
  • Patent number: 10458783
    Abstract: A triangulation scanner includes a projector, a camera, and a processor, the projector projecting a first pattern of light on a first point during first intervals and a no light during second intervals, the camera including an optical detector, a first accumulator, and a second accumulator, the optical detector receiving reflected light from the first point, the first and second accumulators summing signals from the optical detector during the first and second intervals, respectively, the processor determining 3D coordinates of the first point based at least in part on the first pattern, the summed signals from the first and second accumulators, and a speed of light in air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Matthias Wolke, Rolf Heidemann, Gerrit Hillebrand, Daniel Döring
  • Patent number: 10455216
    Abstract: A three-dimensional (3D) measuring device includes a cooling fan and an enclosure attached to a projector and a camera. The camera images a pattern of light projected by the projector onto an object to determine 3D coordinates points on the object. A fan draws air through an opening in the front of the enclosure, across a plurality of components in the enclosure and out a second opening in the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Simon Raab, Charles Pfeffer, Yazid Tohme, Duncan Andrew McArdle, Robert E. Bridges, Jae-Woo Choi
  • Patent number: D866364
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel J. O'Neill, Matthew Frederick Evans, Simon Raab, Yazid Tohme