Patents Examined by Bobby Rushing, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11103319
    Abstract: A medical instrument may include multiple joint members and at least two pairs of tendons connected with the joint members and adapted to move at least one of the joint members relative to at least one other joint member. Each joint member may include a main structural body that may be a single piece and includes at least one convex contact surface. A main portion of each tendon contacts the medical instrument only on the convex contact surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: MEDICAL MICROINSTRUMENTS S.p.A.
    Inventors: Massimiliano Simi, Giuseppe Maria Prisco
  • Patent number: 11096748
    Abstract: A medical instrument may include multiple joint members and at least two pairs of tendons connected with the joint members and adapted to move at least one of the joint members relative to at least one other joint member. Each joint member may include a main structural body that may be a single piece and includes at least one convex contact surface. A main portion of each tendon contacts the medical instrument only on the convex contact surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: MEDICAL MICROINSTRUMENTS S.p.A.
    Inventors: Massimiliano Simi, Giuseppe Maria Prisco
  • Patent number: 11097431
    Abstract: A robotic apparatus includes a neck housing and a head housing. The head housing defines a sagittal axis, a frontal axis, and a vertical axis. A drive assembly is disposed at least partially within the neck housing and the head housing. The drive assembly is configured to move the head housing relative to the neck housing independently about the sagittal axis, the frontal axis, and the vertical axis such that the head housing has a range of motion that substantially corresponds to a human or animal head. The drive assembly includes a sagittal axle extending along the sagittal axis, a frontal axle rotatable about the frontal axis, and a vertical axle rotatable about the vertical axis. The vertical axle is disposed at least partially within the neck housing and offset from both the sagittal axle and the frontal axle along the vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Misty Robotics, Inc.
    Inventor: Miles Keeney-Ritchie
  • Patent number: 11092218
    Abstract: A good-orientation, low-drift micro-movement subassembly for angle adjustment as a precise driving screw for angle adjustment, comprising a slotted knurling handle, a turnbuckle and a central cylindrical shaft. The invention is precise for linear displacement, good orientation, low-drift, stable and reliable adjustment, which can be used for a variety of precision-oriented, small drift, precision micro-angle adjustment of the drive screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Shanghai Institute of Optics And Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Inventors: Jianqiang Zhu, Gengxiu Tang, Zhigang Liu, Lifeng Du, Xiangyang Pang, Chao Zhang
  • Patent number: 11085537
    Abstract: A gear shifting apparatus for a multi-speed transmission for an electric vehicle includes a shifting unit controlling gear shifting by a torque of an actuator, and a parking unit controlling a parking state by the torque of the actuator. In particular, the actuator includes a control motor transmitting a driving torque to a first driven gear and a second driven gear through a drive gear externally gear-meshed with the driven gears, and the shifting unit includes: a shift fork slidably mounted on a fork rail and activating the gear shifting; a profile drum connected to the first driven gear externally engaged with the drive gear, and having a profile groove formed along an exterior circumference of the profile drum; and a shift lug integrally formed with the shift fork and coupled with the profile groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sun Sung Kwon, Soonki Eo, Ma Ru Kang, Minho Chae, Yong Uk Shin, Chon Ok Kim
  • Patent number: 11085513
    Abstract: The system of the present disclosure provides two or more sensors located on two parallel transmission or kinematic paths having different ratios with respect to the actuator position. Each sensor provides a different position measurement output and the difference between the sensor outputs provides a reduced indication of the position of the actuator/moved component. Integrating sensors in the reduction path avoids the need for the reduction gear mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: RATIER-FIGEAC SAS
    Inventors: Bruno Seminel, Adil Sardi, Frédéric Vermande
  • Patent number: 11085514
    Abstract: A rotary device includes a rotatable member, at least one movable ring, and a supporting member. The supporting member includes a stopping portion. The rotatable member includes a rotary ring and a positioning portion. The movable ring includes an acting portion. The rotary ring and the at least one movable ring are coaxially disposed on the supporting member, and the movable ring is disposed between the rotatable member and the supporting member. The rotary ring and the at least one movable ring is capable of rotating relative to the supporting member. A part of the positioning portion overlaps the movable ring. When the rotary ring rotates relative to the supporting member, the part of the positioning portion pushes the acting portion, to drive the at least one movable ring to rotate until the acting portion is stopped between the positioning portion and the stopping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: PEGATRON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shih-Wei Hung
  • Patent number: 11085534
    Abstract: A gear shifting apparatus for a multi-speed transmission includes: a shifting unit controlling gear shifting by a torque of an actuator; and a parking unit controlling a parking state by the torque of the actuator. In particular, the actuator includes a control motor transmitting a driving torque to a first driven gear of the shifting unit and a second driven gear of the parking unit through a drive gear externally gear-meshed with the driven gears, and the shifting unit includes: a fork slider slidably mounted on a fork rail, a shift fork integrally formed with the fork slider, a cam block connected to the first driven gear engaged with the drive gear and having a cam surface on an exterior circumference for shift-stages, a cam contact pin integrally formed with the fork slider and contacting the cam surface, and a return spring mounted around the fork rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sun Sung Kwon, Soonki Eo, Ma Ru Kang, Minho Chae, Yong Uk Shin, Chon Ok Kim
  • Patent number: 11077917
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a brake and shift control assembly configured to be mounted on a bicycle handlebar. The bicycle handlebar includes two handlebar parts and a middle part connected to and located between the two handlebar parts. The brake and shift control assembly includes a brake module and a shift control module. The brake module is configured to be mounted on one of the handlebar parts. The shift control module includes an assembly seat, a circuit board assembly, a battery, and an antenna. The assembly seat is configured to be disposed on an end of one of the handlebar parts away from the middle part. The circuit board assembly is disposed in the assembly seat, and the battery and the antenna are disposed on the circuit board assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: TEKTRO TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: I-Chun Liao
  • Patent number: 11073201
    Abstract: A hydraulically operated transmission includes: a pressure regulator which regulates pressure of a hydraulic oil supplied to a coupling hydraulic chamber of a frictional coupling element for starting a vehicle; and a lubrication control valve provided at a lubricant oil supplying circuit for supplying the lubricant oil to the frictional coupling element. The lubrication control valve operates, in coupling the frictional coupling element at start of the vehicle, such that the lubricant oil is supplied to the frictional coupling element at a greater flow rate when a regulated pressure regulated by the pressure regulator is lower than a second predetermined pressure, than when the regulated pressure is higher than or equal to the second predetermined pressure. The second predetermined pressure is set to be higher than or equal to a first predetermined pressure, at which the frictional coupling element is completely coupled, and to be lower than a high pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Ishiyama, Fumitoshi Sato, Hiroyuki Okayama, Masuhiro Kawakami, Tomokazu Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 11053999
    Abstract: A gear includes a circular base having a front surface that includes an inner region and an outer region that surrounds the inner region. The circular base is rotatable about a central axis. Plural gear teeth are arranged in a same row and extend outward from the outer region of the front surface and are evenly spaced from each other along plural locations on the outer region. Each gear tooth has a cross-sectional width that decreases with decreasing distance from the central axis, and has an outer shape configured to permit any one of the gear teeth in the row to contact and directly mesh with any gear tooth in a corresponding row of gear teeth of a substantially identical gear for any gear angle within a predefined range of gear angles between the central axis of the gear and the central axis of the substantially identical gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Campagna
  • Patent number: 11047471
    Abstract: A hydraulic type scissors gear removes factors that generate a backlash due to reduction of tension of existing springs by generating a relative motion between gears using oil pressure. The hydraulic type scissors gear includes: a first gear having an operation chamber and supplied with oil in the operation chamber; a second gear coaxially disposed on a side of the first gear to be rotate relative to the first gear; and a piston configured to rotate the second gear by applying force that pushes the second gear in a rotational direction opposite to a rotational direction of the first gear by being moved in the operation chamber by oil pressure supplied to the operation chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jae Hee Jeon
  • Patent number: 11027423
    Abstract: A soft robotic actuator is disclosed. The actuator includes a first portion with a substantially constant profile and a second portion with a regularly varying profile, and bends in a pressure-dependent fashion as the internal pressure within the actuator is increased or decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: SOFT ROBOTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Aaron Lessing, Ryan Richard Knopf, Noel McLellan
  • Patent number: 11028923
    Abstract: A piston assembly includes a piston with a first cap disposed on a first end of the piston and a second cap disposed on a second end of the piston. A piston cross-member is in between the first cap and the second cap. A cover is formed with the piston cross-member and extends between the first cap and second cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Josh Kamp, Donald E. Army
  • Patent number: 11008806
    Abstract: A window shade system includes a first bracket coupled to a first pivot and rotatable at least within a first range of angles, a second bracket coupled to a second pivot and rotatable at least within a second range of angles, and first and second gears that each include a circular base rotatable about a central axis. Gear teeth are arranged in a same row and extend outward from the outer region and are evenly spaced from each other along the outer region of the gears. The first and second pivots are arranged relative to each other and relative to the central axes of the first and second gears, respectively, such that for any angle within the first range of angles, the gear tooth of the first gear meshes with the gear tooth of the second gear at a corresponding angle within the second range of angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Crestron Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Campagna
  • Patent number: 11000948
    Abstract: A robotic arm assembly includes a robotic arm including a link, a control rope operable with the link, and an attachment section, the control rope extending at least partially through the attachment section. The robotic arm assembly also includes an actuator pack attached to, or positioned adjacent to, the attachment section of the robotic arm, the actuator pack including an actuator, the actuator operable with the control rope and including a motor defining a pivot axis, the motor configured to move about the pivot axis to displace the control rope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Andrew Crispin Graham
  • Patent number: 11002357
    Abstract: There is provided a shift device including: a shift body whose shift position is altered when the shift body is moved; a moving body that is movably provided at the shift body; an abutting portion that is provided at one of the shift body or the moving body; and a protruding portion that is provided at the other of the shift body or the moving body, and in which groove portions are provided between plural protrusions, and that causes movement of the moving body to be stopped when the plural protrusions and the abutting portion abut against each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Yu Kageyama
  • Patent number: 10995832
    Abstract: Provided is an electric actuator, comprising: a driving motor (2); a motion conversion mechanism (6) configured to convert a rotary motion of the driving motor (2) to a linear motion in an axial direction parallel with an output shaft (2a) of the driving motor (2); and a transmission gear mechanism (5) configured to transmit a driving force from the driving motor (2) to the motion conversion mechanism (6), wherein a double-row bearing (24) configured to support the motion conversion mechanism (6) is arranged on an opposite side of the driving motor (2) with respect to the transmission gear mechanism (5), and wherein a relationship of L<Dm/2+Db/2 is satisfied, where Dm is an outer diameter of the driving motor (2), Db is an outer diameter of the double-row bearing (24), and L is an axis-to-axis distance (L) between the driving motor (2) and the motion conversion mechanism (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tatsunori Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10994410
    Abstract: A three-degree-of-freedom parallel mechanism with curved sliding pairs includes a fixed platform, a moving platform, and three curved branches disposed between the fixed platform and the moving platform. Each of the curved branches includes a first curved link and a second curved link that share a common arc center. One end of the first curved link is connected to fixed platform by a rotational pair. One end of the second curved link is disposed in a cavity at another end of the first curved link. The second curved link is operative to perform a reciprocating motion along a tangent of an arc of the first curved link. Another end of the second curved link is connected to the moving platform by a ball joint. The axes of the three rotational pairs of the three curved branches coincide with each other and are perpendicular to the fixed platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: SHENZHEN INSTITUTES OF ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
    Inventors: Guoru Zhao, Yongfeng Wang
  • Patent number: 10983549
    Abstract: A vehicle pedal device includes: a pedal pad; a housing provided below the pedal pad and provided with a through-hole; a first link passing through the through-hole, a first end portion of the first link being rotatably connected to the pedal pad, a second end portion of the first link being disposed in the housing; a second link, a first end portion of the second link being rotatably connected to the second end portion of the first link, a second end portion of the second link being supported in the housing; a first urging member configured to urge the second link in a rotation direction in which the pedal pad is displaced upward; and a friction portion pressed against a pressed portion provided in the housing and configured to apply a rotation resistance to the second link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hironori Kadoi