Patents Assigned to Robotzone, LLC
  • Patent number: 10710500
    Abstract: A trailer alignment system is provided. The system comprises a sensor disposed within a housing. The system also comprises a processor configured to determine a location of a vehicle on a trailer based on data received from the sensor and in response to the vehicle location determination, the processor generates a notification. The system further comprises a notification element configured to display the generated notification to a driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Robotzone, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Pettey
  • Patent number: 10710501
    Abstract: A trailer alignment system is provided. The system comprises a sensor disposed within a housing. The system also comprises a processor configured to determine a location of a vehicle on a trailer based on data received from the sensor and in response to the vehicle location determination, the processor generates a notification. The system further comprises a notification element configured to display the generated notification to a driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Robotzone, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Pettey
  • Publication number: 20200144890
    Abstract: A hobby servo block system for increasing the load-bearing capacity of a hobby servo motor is provided. The system includes aa servo plate configured to receive a hobby servo motor. The system also includes a hub plate configured to couple to the servo plate such that the hub plate and the servo plate are substantially perpendicular. The system further includes a ball bearing plate configured to couple to the hub plate such that the ball bearing plate and the servo plate are substantially parallel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2020
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: ROBOTZONE, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Pettey
  • Patent number: 10457205
    Abstract: A trailer alignment system is provided. The system comprises a sensor disposed within a housing. The system also comprises a processor configured to determine a location of a vehicle on a trailer based on data received from the sensor and in response to the vehicle location determination, the processor generates a notification. The system further comprises a notification element configured to display the generated notification to a driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Robotzone, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Pettey
  • Patent number: 10274060
    Abstract: A linear actuator system is provided. The linear actuator system comprises a motor with an output shaft. The output shaft comprises splined features. The linear actuator system also comprises a lead nut with a threaded inner surface. The attachment mechanism has an inner surface configured to functionally engage the splined features. The attachment mechanism also has an outer surface comprising a first and second textured surface. The first textured surface is different from the second textured surface. The lead nut is configured to engage with one of the first and second textured surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Robotzone, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Pettey
  • Publication number: 20180138778
    Abstract: A coupler for coupling an output shaft of a servo to an auxiliary shaft, comprises an coupler body having a longitudinal axis extending from a first end to a second end. The coupler body comprises a first bore, configured to accept a portion of the auxiliary shaft, centered on the longitudinal axis and extending into the first end a first distance. The coupler also comprises a second bore centered on the longitudinal axis and extending into the second end a second distance. The coupler also comprises a first fastener disposed proximate the first end, wherein adjusting the first fastener deforms a cross sectional dimension of the first bore. The coupler also comprises a second fastener disposed proximate the second end, wherein adjusting the second fastener deforms a cross sectional dimension of the second bore. An inner surface of the second bore has a female spline configuration to accept and engage a portion of the output shaft of the servo.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Applicant: ROBOTZONE, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Pettey
  • Publication number: 20180112691
    Abstract: A clamping hub comprising a body. The clamping hub further comprising an accessory mount configured to mount an accessory to the clamping hub. The clamping hub also comprising an aperture, within the body, configured to receive a shaft. The clamping hub also comprising a clamp configured to secure the shaft in the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Publication date: April 26, 2018
    Applicant: RobotZone, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Pettey
  • Publication number: 20180041095
    Abstract: A hobby servo block system for increasing the load-bearing capacity of a hobby servo motor is provided. The system includes a servo plate configured to receive a hobby servo motor. The system also includes a hub plate configured to couple to the servo plate such that the hub plate and the servo plate are substantially perpendicular. The system further includes a ball bearing plate configured to couple to the hub plate such that the ball bearing plate and the servo plate are substantially parallel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: ROBOTZONE, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Pettey
  • Publication number: 20180039400
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having computer executable instructions that, when executed, cause a computing device to execute operations comprising transitioning a displayed user interface presented on a display of the computing device from a first control mode for controlling a moveable device, to a second control mode for controlling the moveable device is presented. The user interface comprises a control mode selector and a functionality limitation setting mechanism. The control mode selector is configured to display a plurality of control mode selector icons, each corresponding to one of a plurality of control modes. The plurality of control mode selector icons includes a first control mode selector icon, corresponding to the first control mode, and a second control mode selector icon, corresponding to the second control mode. The control mode selector is configured to receive a user input selection of the second control mode selector icon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: ROBOTZONE, LLC
    Inventors: Brian T. Pettey, Christopher L. Holt
  • Patent number: 9823825
    Abstract: Multichannel device controllers are disclosed. In one embodiment, a multichannel device controller includes a plurality of user selectable control modes for controlling a multichannel device and a plurality of user configurable settings for adjusting parameters associated with the plurality of user selectable control modes. A touchscreen displays a user interface corresponding to a selected one of plurality of user selectable control modes and receives user input indicative of a command to send to the multichannel device. A processor generates the command to send to the multichannel device based at least in part on the user input and the plurality of user configurable settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: ROBOTZONE, LLC
    Inventors: Brian T. Pettey, Christopher L. Holt
  • Patent number: 9825506
    Abstract: Hobby servo blocks are provided. In certain circumstances, servo blocks may increase a servo's load-bearing capabilities by helping to isolate the lateral load from the servo spline and case. The extreme versatility of servo blocks allow users to create complex, extremely rigid, structures with ease using standard servos. The robust framework acts as a servo exoskeleton, greatly enhancing the mechanical loads the servo can withstand. Additionally, servo blocks may include a hub pattern that is repeated throughout the framework to allow endless attachment options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: ROBOTZONE, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Pettey
  • Patent number: 9550130
    Abstract: Hobby mechanical kits are provided. Kits illustratively include a hobby servo motor having a rotatable output shaft. The output shaft has gear teeth distributed around an outer diameter of the shaft. Certain embodiments of kits also include a hobby servo horn and a channel. The hobby servo horn has an inner diameter with gear teeth that correspond to the hobby servo output shaft gear teeth. The channel has a first panel, a second panel, and a third panel. The hobby servo horn and one of the panels of the channel include a star-shaped connection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: ROBOTZONE, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Pettey
  • Patent number: 9390617
    Abstract: Variable autonomy level control systems are provided. A control system illustratively include an analog communications support component, a digital communications support component, a processing component, and a motor controller. The processing component synthesizes inputs received from the analog and the digital communications support components to generate an output. The motor controller utilizes the output from the processing component to generate a control signal for a motor. In certain embodiments, the input from the digital communications support component includes an indication of an autonomy level, and the processing component synthesizes the inputs by applying the autonomy level to the input received from the analog communications support component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: RobotZone, LLC
    Inventors: Brian T. Pettey, Christopher L. Holt
  • Patent number: 9312739
    Abstract: Hobby servo motor linear actuator systems are provided. In certain circumstances, a linear actuator system includes a lead screw attachment mechanism and a lead nut. The lead screw attachment mechanism is configured to be rotatably connected to an output shaft of a hobby servo motor assembly. The lead nut is configured to move linearly along the lead screw attachment mechanism as it is rotated. The system is optionally either open-looped or closed-loop. The lead screw attachment mechanism has an outer surface that can include multiple different types of threads such as, but not limited to, gear teeth and screw threads. The hobby servo motor assembly may include one hobby servo motor or multiple hobby servo motors that work together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: ROBOTZONE, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Pettey
  • Patent number: 8816553
    Abstract: Hobby servo blocks are provided. In certain circumstances, servo blocks may increase a servo's load-bearing capabilities by helping to isolate the lateral load from the servo spline and case. The extreme versatility of servo blocks allow users to create complex, extremely rigid, structures with ease using standard servos. The robust framework acts as a servo exoskeleton, greatly enhancing the mechanical loads the servo can withstand. Additionally, servo blocks may include a hub pattern that is repeated throughout the framework to allow endless attachment options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Robotzone, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Pettey
  • Patent number: 8791911
    Abstract: Multichannel device controllers are disclosed. In one embodiment, a multichannel device controller includes a plurality of user selectable control modes for controlling a multichannel device and a plurality of user configurable settings for adjusting parameters associated with the plurality of user selectable control modes. A touchscreen displays a user interface corresponding to a selected one of plurality of user selectable control modes and receives user input indicative of a command to send to the multichannel device. A processor generates the command to send to the multichannel device based at least in part on the user input and the plurality of user configurable settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Robotzone, LLC
    Inventors: Brian T. Pettey, Christopher L. Holt
  • Patent number: 8791663
    Abstract: Hobby servo motor linear actuator systems are provided. In certain circumstances, a linear actuator system includes a lead screw attachment mechanism and a lead nut. The lead screw attachment mechanism is configured to be rotatably connected to an output shaft of a hobby servo motor assembly. The lead nut is configured to move linearly along the lead screw attachment mechanism as it is rotated. The system is optionally either open-looped or closed-loop. The lead screw attachment mechanism has an outer surface that can include multiple different types of threads such as, but not limited to, gear teeth and screw threads. The hobby servo motor assembly may include one hobby servo motor or multiple hobby servo motors that work together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Robotzone, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Pettey
  • Patent number: D722657
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Robotzone, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Pettey
  • Patent number: D770573
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: ROBOTZONE, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Pettey
  • Patent number: D827573
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Robotzone, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Pettey