Patents Examined by Bao Long T Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10996674
    Abstract: Indoors positioning and navigation systems and methods are described herein. In one embodiment, a system for inspecting or maintaining a storage tank includes a vehicle having: at least one sensor for determining properties of a storage tank and a navigation system. The navigation system includes an acoustic transmitter carried by the vehicle and an inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensor configured to at least partially determine a location of the vehicle with respect to the storage tank. The vehicle also includes a propulsion unit configured to move the vehicle within the storage tank, and an acoustic receiver fixed with respect to the storage tank. The vehicle moves inside the storage tank in concentric arcs with respect to the acoustic receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Quest Integrated, LLC
    Inventors: Phillip D. Bondurant, Giovanni Nino
  • Patent number: 10983532
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling motion of a vehicle in a group of vehicles. In one embodiment, the system includes a communication interface, a vehicle platform for travelling among the group of vehicles, and an electronic processor. The electronic processor is configured to determine a local virtual tracking error signal and a controller state signal. The electronic processor is also configured to determine a self-navigation input control signal based on the local virtual tracking error signal and the controller state signal. The self-navigation input control signal is for navigating the vehicle platform. A trajectory of an exosystem is based on a boundedness condition. The vehicle communicates with other vehicles in the group of vehicles via a fixed augmented directed connected communication graph topology. Each vehicle in the group of vehicles is stabilizable and satisfies a transmission zero condition. Design matrices of the vehicle satisfy an internal model principle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Selahattin Burak Sarsilmaz, Tansel Yucelen
  • Patent number: 10973592
    Abstract: A control console for control of a medical surgical device comprising at least one surgical mechanical arm, which control console comprising: a control console base; at least one user support coupled to said control console base; a processor configured to receive data regarding a selected surgical configuration of said at least one surgical mechanical arm and at least one camera; an input arm support coupled to said control console base; at least one input arm comprising a plurality of sections sequentially coupled by joints, coupled to and extending from said input arm support where a direction of extension of said input arm, with respect to said at least one user support is adjustable to match an input arm configuration to said selected surgical configuration, a camera view of said at least one surgical mechanical arm thereby corresponding to a user view of said input arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Memie Innovative Surgery Ltd.
    Inventors: Dvir Cohen, Yaron Levinson
  • Patent number: 10967506
    Abstract: Example methods and systems for determining 3D scene geometry by projecting patterns of light onto a scene are provided. In an example method, a first projector may project a first random texture pattern having a first wavelength and a second projector may project a second random texture pattern having a second wavelength. A computing device may receive sensor data that is indicative of an environment as perceived from a first viewpoint of a first optical sensor and a second viewpoint of a second optical sensor. Based on the received sensor data, the computing device may determine corresponding features between sensor data associated with the first viewpoint and sensor data associated with the second viewpoint. And based on the determined corresponding features, the computing device may determine an output including a virtual representation of the environment that includes depth measurements indicative of distances to at least one object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventors: Gary Bradski, Kurt Konolige, Ethan Rublee
  • Patent number: 10955250
    Abstract: A system includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to identify a vehicle part to replace based on received vehicle data including a diagnostic status, a location, and a first route. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to determine a vehicle operating pattern based on the identified vehicle part and to generate a second route including a second destination based on the vehicle part, the vehicle operating pattern, the location, and a first destination and an expected time of arrival of the first route. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to navigate the vehicle based on the determined second route and the vehicle operating pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas G. Leone, Aed M. Dudar, Kenneth J. Miller
  • Patent number: 10940583
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a computer program for producing a graphical user interface (100) of a manipulator program and to a method for navigation through a manipulator program, wherein the manipulator system (1) controlled by the manipulator program comprises at least one manipulator (30). The manipulator program comprises at least one set-down point (AP1 to AP5). The user interface (100) has a graphical program progress indicator (150) which indicates the current program progress of the manipulator program and the at least one set-down point (AP1 to AP5) of the manipulator program. The at least one set-down point (AP1 to AP5) indicated can be selected by a user, and the manipulator program is set up to control the manipulator system (1) in such a manner that the system assumes a system state assigned to the selected set-down point (AP1 to AP5) in response to the selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: KUKA Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Sedlmayr
  • Patent number: 10884417
    Abstract: Methods and systems for navigating a mobile robot through a crowded pedestrian environment by selecting and following a particular pedestrian are described herein. In one aspect, a navigation model directs a mobile robot to follow a pedestrian based on the position and velocity of nearby pedestrians and the current and desired positions of the mobile robot in the service environment. The mobile robot advances toward its desired destination by following the selected pedestrian. By repeatedly sampling the positions and velocities of nearby pedestrians and the current location, the navigation model directs the mobile robot toward the endpoint location. In some examples, the mobile robot selects and follows a sequence of different pedestrians to navigate to the desired endpoint location. In a further aspect, the navigation model determines whether following a particular pedestrian will lead to a collision with another pedestrian. If so, the navigation model selects another pedestrian to follow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignees: Boston Incubator Center, LLC, East Japan Railway Company
    Inventor: Haruhiko Harry Asada
  • Patent number: 10869799
    Abstract: An operation device according to one or more embodiments may include: a display; a move operation receiving unit that receives, from a user, a move operation to move a table on which a patient can be placed of an operating table; and an operation controller. In a condition in which the table is put in a tilted posture in accordance with the move operation, the operation controller may cause the display to display an elapsed time in the tilted posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignees: MEDICAROID CORPORATION, KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SYSMEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yutaro Yano, Yoshiyuki Tamura, Mitsuichi Hiratsuka, Hiroaki Kitatsuji, Toru Mizumoto
  • Patent number: 10861259
    Abstract: A testing method including defining a plurality of test periods, and for each current test period collecting flight data from at least two separate avionics systems operating independently, analyzing consistency between the data collected during the previous test period, and/or between the data and flight data collected during an earlier test period, while verifying a plurality of predetermined consistency rules, and when at least one of these rules is not verified, generating an alert relative to a loss of integrity of the avionics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventor: Martin Rayrole
  • Patent number: 10860021
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses method and an autonomous navigation system for guiding an autonomous vehicle in forward path in real-time. The method comprises instructing the vehicle to terminate autonomous steering in a forward path, on identifying an angular difference, between a current orientation of the vehicle and orientation of a generated path, to be greater than a predefined threshold value and performing estimation of a frontal area for the vehicle based on a current speed, an orientation, and a width of the vehicle, calculation of a forward turning angle based on the angular difference and a length of the frontal area and guiding vehicle to manoeuvre steer at the forward turning angle within the frontal area, for every predefined time interval, until the angular difference is less than the predefined threshold value. Thus, the present disclosure provides an efficient method for guiding autonomous vehicle in forward path in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Wipro Limited
    Inventors: Balaji Sunil Kumar, Manas Sarkar
  • Patent number: 10860038
    Abstract: An embodiment rotorcraft includes a main rotor, one or more flight controls connected to the main rotor and operational to control flight characteristics of the main rotor by pitching a nose of the rotorcraft upward, and a flight control computer (FCC) operable to determine an attitude command and to generate an adjusted attitude command by adjusting a magnitude of the attitude command according to an above ground level (AGL) altitude of the rotorcraft. The FCC is further operable to control a flight characteristic of the rotorcraft by sending the adjusted attitude command to one or more flight controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC.
    Inventor: Luke Dafydd Gillett
  • Patent number: 10821992
    Abstract: A method is provided for predicting a risk for rollover of a working machine for load transportation. The method includes: obtaining ground topographic data of a geographical area located close to the working machine from a ground topographic detection system; extracting a ground gradient from the ground topographic data; obtaining weight information of the load being currently transported by means of an on-board load weighting system or by receiving load information originating from the device that loaded the load being currently transported; determining a current maximal allowed ground gradient for the working machine based on the weight information; and predicting a risk for working machine rollover if the working machine approaches a geographical area including a ground gradient exceeding or being close to the current maximal allowed ground gradient for the working machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Volvo Construction Equipment AB
    Inventors: Calle Skillsäter, Patrik Wahlström
  • Patent number: 10800032
    Abstract: An industrial robot having high operability for a user is provided. An industrial robot includes a manipulator, a controller which controls an operation of the manipulator, and a detection device attached to the manipulator and detecting a gesture input. The controller executes a process corresponding to the detected gesture input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Daichi Kamisono, Yoshiharu Tani, Kazunori Osako, Toshiyuki Higuchi, Minoru Hashimoto, Masaki Fujita
  • Patent number: 10786904
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods to provide a method for calibrating a touchscreen coordinate system of a touchscreen with an industrial robot coordinate system of an industrial robot for industrial robot commissioning and industrial robot system and control system using the same. In one form the systems and methods include attaching an end effector to the industrial robot; (a) moving the industrial robot in a compliant way until a stylus of the end effector touches a point on the touchscreen; (b) recording a position of the stylus of the end effector in the industrial robot coordinate system when it touches the point of the touchscreen; (c) recording a position of the touch point on the touchscreen in the touchscreen coordinate system; and calculating a relation between the industrial robot coordinate system and the touchscreen coordinate system based on the at least three positions of the end effector stylus and the at least three positions of the touch points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Hao Gu, Qingwei Li, Jinsong Li, Jihuan Tian, Liwei Qi, Jianjiang Wang
  • Patent number: 10787234
    Abstract: A data capture device and a data capture system are provided. The data capture device is configured to navigate along an elongate structure. The data capture device includes a surface scanner, for scanning a surface of the elongate structure; and a sensor, for capturing data relating to the elongate structure. The surface scanner and the sensor are configured to capture data relating to a common region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Hegel Industrial Solutions Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Darren James Foster
  • Patent number: 10780796
    Abstract: A method for recognizing a seat occupancy of seats in a motor vehicle including a) preparing a checking sequence of the seats at least using a probability of occupancy of the seats, and b) sequentially checking the occupancy of the seats using the checking sequence prepared in step a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Bastian Reckziegel, Johannes Ludwig Foltin
  • Patent number: 10760921
    Abstract: A map navigation tool provides a start-of-route buffer area in which off-route feedback (e.g., audio or visual warnings or alerts) can be suppressed in some circumstances. For example, a mobile computing device implements a map navigation tool that can output off-route feedback when the user strays from a route, but also can suppress off-route feedback when the user is within a start-of-route buffer area. Off-route feedback can continue to be suppressed until some other event, such as the user leaving the start-of-route buffer area, occurs. Off-route feedback can be suppressed even if the user is not within a start-of-route buffer area, such as when the map navigation tool generates a route when the user is at an initial location that is far away from any part of the route and then joins the route later (e.g., at the start location or downstream from the start location).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Chien-Wen Danny Su, Mudassir Alam, Aarti Bharathan, Juan Pablo Candelas Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10759423
    Abstract: A lane departure preventing device includes at least one electronic control unit. The at least one electronic control unit is configured to: when there is a likelihood that a vehicle will depart from a traveling lane, calculate a prevention yaw moment, and control a brake actuator such that the prevention yaw moment is applied to the vehicle; acquire a lateral acceleration; determine whether the lateral acceleration is greater than an ideal value by a predetermined value; control the brake actuator such that the braking force matches a target braking force required to apply the prevention yaw moment to the vehicle, when the lateral acceleration is not greater than the ideal value by the predetermined value; and control the brake actuator such that the braking force is less than the target braking force, when the lateral acceleration is greater than the ideal value by the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akira Nagae, Ryo Inomata, Hironori Ito, Masayuki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10762782
    Abstract: A method includes receiving data corresponding to spaces situated in a street section, the data being ascertained by at least one ascertaining vehicle driving through the street section and including information corresponding to a beginning edge of at least one object and a ending edge of at least one second object, determining boundaries of at least one space in which parking is permitted based on the received data, and generating a display representation of the boundaries of the at least one space in which parking is permitted. The method includes receiving the data and determining the boundaries, for example, each time an ascertaining vehicle drives through the street.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Georgiy Shurkhovetskyy, Carlos Cunha, Ruobing Chen, Philipp Mayer, Manuel Maier
  • Patent number: 10750918
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cleaning robot including: a driving unit configured to move the cleaning robot; an obstacle sensor configured to sense an obstacle; and a controller configured to reduce, if a distance between the cleaning robot and the obstacle is shorter than or equal to a reference distance, a driving speed of the cleaning robot so that the driving speed of the cleaning robot is lower than a shock absorbing speed when the cleaning robot contacts the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun Soo Jung, Chin Woo Kang, Kyong Su Kim, Kyu Ha Lee, Jong Gap Lee, Jeong Gon Song