Patents Examined by Anthony R Jimenez
  • Patent number: 11755023
    Abstract: This description provides an autonomous or semi-autonomous excavation vehicle that is capable of determining a route between a start point and an end point in a site and navigating over the route. The sensors collect any or more of spatial, imaging, measurement, and location data to detect an obstacle between two locations within the site. Based on the collected data and identified obstacles, the excavation vehicle generates unobstructed routes circumventing the obstacles, obstructed routes traveling through the obstacles, and instructions for removing certain modifiable obstacles. The excavation vehicle determines and selects the shortest route of the unobstructed and obstructed route and navigates over the selected path to move within the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: BUILT ROBOTICS INC.
    Inventors: Noah Austen Ready-Campbell, Andrew Xiao Liang, Christian John Wawrzonek, Cyrus Mcmann Ready-Campbell, Gaurav Jitendra Kikani
  • Patent number: 11757239
    Abstract: Provided is a motor having a stator including a coil connected to a busbar assembly, a rotor disposed inside the stator; and a shaft coupled to the rotor, wherein the busbar assembly includes a busbar body and a plurality of terminals coupled to the busbar body, each terminal including a body and electrodes, the busbar body having an inner radius and an outer radius; and wherein the electrodes of the plurality of the terminals are located on different circular tracks between the inner radius and the outer radius, wherein the terminal body has a belt shape, and the electrodes are formed in a hook shape by bending the opposite end portions of the terminal body along an extending direction of the terminal body. Thus, an advantageous effect is provided in that a manufacturing cost may be reduced by significantly reducing an amount of generated scrap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jung Kyu Lee, Hee Soo Lim
  • Patent number: 11747805
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a method of operating an aircraft includes operating the aircraft in a first mode including determining an attitude based on a pilot stick signal, where a translational speed or an attitude of the aircraft is proportional to an amplitude of the pilot stick signal in the first mode; transitioning from the first mode to a second mode when a velocity of the aircraft exceeds a first velocity threshold; and operating the aircraft in the second mode where the output of the rate controller is proportional to the amplitude of the pilot stick signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventor: Sung Kyun Kim
  • Patent number: 11749470
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses and systems for providing a switching component are disclosed herein. An example switching component may comprise: a housing; a moveable carrier a moveable carrier disposed within the housing; at least one integrated moveable contact assembly, the moveable contact assembly comprising a substrate, a set of moveable contacts disposed on a first surface of the substrate and a guiding element surrounding at least a portion of the substrate, wherein at least a portion of the guiding element is configured to abut a surface of the moveable carrier; and a set of stationary contacts adjacent the set of moveable contacts, wherein the set of moveable contacts is configured to move with two degrees of freedom to make contact with the set of stationary contacts in order to actuate an electrical bridge in response to movement of the moveable carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Houyong Wang, Yin Wei, Fan Yang, Jie Rao, Yu Hu
  • Patent number: 11742854
    Abstract: An assembly including a three dimensional icon defined within an interior of the assembly; the assembly including a non-moveable switch; a device for illuminating the three dimensional icon, wherein illumination of the three dimensional icon by the device causes the three dimensional icon to be visible on an exterior surface of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: David Whitehead, Thomas Sybrandy, Aidano Nascimento, Tyler Bame, David Kovac
  • Patent number: 11742160
    Abstract: A key structure including a base plate, a keycap disposed above the base plate, a scissor structure disposed between the base plate and the keycap, a first sleeve connected to the keycap, a second sleeve rotatably inserted into the first sleeve and a trigger member is provided. The first sleeve is located between the base plate and the keycap and has a guiding chute. The first sleeve is slidably sleeved on the second sleeve. The second sleeve has a guiding protrusion slidably disposed in the guiding chute and a notch opposite to the guiding protrusion, and the notch faces the base plate. The second sleeve is slidably sleeved on the trigger member. The trigger member has a trigger protrusion contacting the base plate, and the trigger protrusion is located between the base plate and the second sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Hung-Chi Chen, Cheng-Han Lin
  • Patent number: 11735055
    Abstract: A machine-readable media including executable instructions, when executed by one or more processors of a flight management system in a following aircraft. The machine-readable media configured to provide instructions to a flight management system of a following aircraft operating according to a following aircraft planned path, in reference to a target aircraft operating according to a target aircraft planned path, receive information regarding the target aircraft, set a required time of arrival at an achieve-by-point, and engage a required time of arrival function to enable the following aircraft to reach the achieve-by-point by the required time of arrival.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Terry Lee Williams, Andrew Douglas Gent, Joachim Karl Ulf Hochwarth
  • Patent number: 11721500
    Abstract: A keyswitch assembly includes a switch module, a support mechanism, and a blocking mechanism. The switch module includes a substrate, a signal generator, and a signal sensor. The signal generator provides a sensing signal. The signal sensor receives the sensing signal to obtain a sensing intensity. The support mechanism is disposed on the substrate. A top portion of the support mechanism moves in response to a pressing force. The blocking mechanism includes a pivoting portion rotatably disposed on the substrate, a connecting piece extending from the pivoting portion and movably connected to the support mechanism to be driven by the top portion to swivel relative to the substrate, and a blocking piece extending from the pivoting portion and driven by the connecting piece to be inserted into or escape from the gap between the signal generator and the signal sensor to change the magnitude of the sensing intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventors: Li-Te Chang, Chih-Hung Chen, Yen-Ting Chen
  • Patent number: 11721502
    Abstract: A keycap is provided, including a base element, a cap and a character element. The base element includes a board main portion. The cap has a top portion, and a skirt portion. The skirt portion surrounds the top portion. The character element, located between the board main portion and the top portion. An area of the top portion corresponding to the character element is a top area. The thickness of the top area is substantially greater than or equal to 0.01 cm and substantially less than or equal to 0.3 cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: TAIWAN TAI-HAO ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Min-Hsueh Wang
  • Patent number: 11718292
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for using sensors and signal processing to detect vehicle surface impacts. In particular, a sensor and signal processing approach is provided for detecting impacts, with the results having a low false positive rate. The approach reduces operator costs by reducing operator involvement through improved automated detection technology. Additionally, systems and methods are provided for distinguishing chassis-driven fascia vibration from impact-driven fascia vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: GM CRUISE HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Amanda Lind, Gabriel Andrew Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 11713884
    Abstract: An operating device for a built-in kitchen appliance includes a central piece, an operating element mounted rotatably on the central piece, at least one position sensor, which is designed for sensing a rotational position of the operating element, and at least one touch-sensitive and/or pressure-sensitive sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Inventor: Wilhelm Bruckbauer
  • Patent number: 11709496
    Abstract: This description provides an autonomous or semi-autonomous excavation vehicle that is capable determining a route between a start point and an end point in a site and navigating over the route. The sensors collect any or more of spatial, imaging, measurement, and location data to detect an obstacle between two locations within the site. Based on the collected data and identified obstacles, the excavation vehicle generates unobstructed routes circumventing the obstacles, obstructed routes traveling through the obstacles, and instructions for removing certain modifiable obstacles. The excavation vehicle determines and selects the shortest route of the unobstructed and obstructed route and navigates over the selected path to move within the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: Built Robotics Inc.
    Inventors: Noah Austen Ready-Campbell, Andrew Xiao Liang, Christian John Wawrzonek, Cyrus McMann Ready-Campbell, Gaurav Jitendra Kikani
  • Patent number: 11702085
    Abstract: Vehicle center of gravity (CoG) height and mass estimation techniques utilize a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensor configured to emit light pulses and capture reflected light pulses that collectively form LIDAR point cloud data and a controller configured to estimate the CoG height and the mass of the vehicle during a steady-state operating condition of the vehicle by processing the LIDAR point cloud data to identify a ground plane, identifying a height difference between (i) a nominal distance from the LIDAR sensor to the ground plane and (ii) an estimated distance from the LIDAR sensor to the ground plane using the processed LIDAR point cloud data, estimating the vehicle CoG height as a difference between (i) a nominal vehicle CoG height and the height difference, and estimating the vehicle mass based on one of (i) vehicle CoG metrics and (ii) dampening metrics of a suspension of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Ayyoub Rezaeian, Dalong Li
  • Patent number: 11705293
    Abstract: A foot switch includes: a pedal member extending in a front-rear direction; and a base unit connected to the pedal member via a rotating shaft portion. The base unit has: an elastic force applying portion applying an elastic force to the pedal member; a switch portion operated by the pedal member by the pedal member being stepped on and rotating around the rotating shaft portion; and a support portion supporting the pedal member with the elastic force applied from the elastic force applying portion in a state where the pedal member is yet to be stepped on. The elastic force applying portion and the support portion are disposed on one side in the front-rear direction with respect to the rotating shaft portion. The support portion supports a side wall portion of the pedal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Japan Ergonomics Inc.
    Inventor: Isamu Kato
  • Patent number: 11699997
    Abstract: A device for closing or opening two or more main switches of corresponding electrical power supply circuits of related electrical devices includes a plate having at least two capacitive touch contact areas, and a control circuit configured to control two or more additional switches so that, in the event that only one of the contact areas is touched, only the corresponding main switch is opened or closed, while in the event of a combined touching of at least two of the contact areas, one of the additional switches is opened or closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Inventors: Alberto Bacchin, Edoardo Cesari
  • Patent number: 11699558
    Abstract: An illuminated glass keycap having a glyph diffuser layer that may diffuse light through a glyph window opened in a background layer. The background layer may be opaque and the glyph window may be transparent. The keycap is adhered to a scissor mechanism positioned above electrical switch circuitry. Included within, below, or adjacent to the scissor mechanism may be one or more light sources positioned to emit light through the keycap, around the perimeter of the keycap, and/or through the background layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2023
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Craig C. Leong, Derrick T. Jue, Hilbert T. Kwan, Keith J. Hendren
  • Patent number: 11693416
    Abstract: In an environment in which a plurality of second pedestrians moves along predetermined movement patterns, a plurality of movement routes Rw when a first pedestrian moves toward a destination point is recognized. Data, in which an environmental image indicating a visual environment in front of a virtual robot when the virtual robot moves along each of the movement routes and a moving direction command indicating a moving direction of the virtual robot are combined, is generated as learning data. In the environmental image, colors corresponding to time-series displacement behaviors of a moving object image region is applied to at least a portion of the moving object image region indicating a pedestrian (moving object) present around a robot. Model parameters of a CNN (action model) is learned using the learning data, and a moving velocity command for a robot is determined using a learned CNN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuji Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 11688567
    Abstract: A waterproof switch assembly having a rigid casing with a first opening, a compressible elastomeric body attached to said casing around the first opening and defining a push button covering said first opening or attached to a push button covering said first opening, defining a hermetically sealed closed compartment within said casing; a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) housed inside the closed compartment and bearing a protruding electric switch component pushable by the push button; a protective frame, housed inside the closed compartment, surrounding the perimeter of the protruding electric switch component, and attached to the PCB through several connection legs distributed around the protruding electric switch component. The compressible elastomeric body includes protruding elements surrounding the protective frame to transmit shear forces, parallel to the PCB, from the push button to the PCB through the protective frame and connection legs without affecting the protruding electric switch component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: PREMO, SA
    Inventors: Juan Fernandez Reina, Jose Antonio Jimenez Pavon, Antonio Rojas Cuevas, Francisco Ezequiel Navarro Perez
  • Patent number: 11675357
    Abstract: The technology relates to fine maneuver control of large autonomous vehicles that employ multiple sets of independently actuated wheels. The control is able to optimize the turning radius, effectively negotiate curves, turns, and clear static objects of varying heights. Each wheel or wheel set is configured to adjust individually via control of an on-board computer system. Received sensor data and a physical model of the vehicle can be used for route planning and selecting maneuver operations in accordance with the additional degrees of freedom provided by the independently actuated wheels. This can include making turns, moving into or out of parking spaces, driving along narrow or congested roads, construction zones, loading docks, etc. A given maneuver may include maintaining a minimum threshold distance from a neighboring vehicle or other object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: Waymo LLC
    Inventors: Nolan Shenai, Nathaniel Fairfield, Benjamin Pitzer
  • Patent number: 11673569
    Abstract: An alert control apparatus that notifies a driver in advance of a transfer of control relating to a driving operation from an automatic driving function to the driver by controlling an alert device mounted on a vehicle, which is equipped with the automatic driving function, includes: an estimator that estimates an occurrence of a change execution situation that requires a lane change under a condition in which the driving operation of the vehicle is controlled by the automatic driving function; a determiner that determines a level of difficulty of lane change control based on a plurality of travel environment factors in the change execution situation; and a notification device that notifies the driver of a possibility of the transfer of the control together with a reason of the transfer of the control with a notification mode corresponding to the level using the alert device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Norio Yamamoto