Patents Examined by Dalena Tran
  • Patent number: 11951633
    Abstract: Systems and methods for determining a location of a robot are provided. A method includes receiving, by a processor, a signal from a deformable sensor including data with respect to a deformation region in a deformable membrane of the deformable sensor resulting from contact with a first object. The data associated with contact with the first object is compared, by the processor, to details associated with contact with the first object to information associated with a plurality of objects stored in a database. The first object is identified, by the processor, as a first identified object of the plurality of objects stored in the database. The first identified object is an object of the plurality of objects stored in the database that is most similar to the first object. The location of the robot is determined, by the processor, based on a location of the first identified object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignees: Toyota Research Institute, Inc., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Alexander Alspach, Naveen Suresh Kuppuswamy, Avinash Uttamchandani, Samson F. Creasey, Russell L Tedrake, Kunimatsu Hashimoto, Erik C. Sobel, Takuya Ikeda
  • Patent number: 11947362
    Abstract: The Transformable Swarm Robots for Pipe Inspection and Maintenance (TSRPIM) represent a comprehensive system that include a single or multiple robots, each featuring distinct functionalities and designs, that can work independently or collaboratively to accomplish the primary objective of inspecting and maintaining different pipeline systems. The robots in TSRPIM can be physically connected/disconnected with/from other robots through an electromagnetic locking mechanism. They can bypass each other inside the pipe through overriding techniques, and they can communicate through WIFI, Bluetooth, and Long-range RF communication, thus the system has intranet and internet communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Inventors: Fady Alnajjar, Amged Elhassan, Waleed Khalil Ahmed, Muthanna Ahmed Aziz
  • Patent number: 11942216
    Abstract: A control method of a robot according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes receiving from an external computer information that instructs the robot to encourage a user to exercise; sensing a user's current position; moving the robot into a predetermined area that includes the user's current position; causing the robot to perform a gesture to encourage the user to exercise; monitoring behavior of the user; and performing driving of the robot along with exercise of the user, based on a result of the monitoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yahata
  • Patent number: 11938625
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus and an information processing method to increase movement patterns of an autonomous mobile body more easily, the information processing apparatus including an operation control unit configured to control an operation of a driving unit. The operation control unit generates, on the basis of a teaching movement, control sequence data for causing a driving unit of an autonomous mobile body to execute an autonomous movement corresponding to the teaching movement, and causes the driving unit to execute the autonomous movement according to the control sequence data, on the basis of an action plan determined by situation estimation. The information processing method includes controlling, by a processor, an operation of a driving unit, and the controlling further includes generating control sequence data, and causing the driving unit to execute an autonomous movement according to the control sequence data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Inventors: Tomoo Mizukami, Mika Nagae, Takuma Morita, Naoya Muramatsu, Eiichiro Morinaga, Katsuhisa Ito
  • Patent number: 11936412
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide for a bike-supported communication network that manages and facilitates communications between components of an electric bicycle and a wireless network. In some embodiments, the systems and methods determine that a mobile device associated with the electric bicycle is in contact with a mount disposed on the electric bicycle, and cause a lock assembly to unlock the electric bicycle in response to the determination that the mobile device is in contact with the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Rad Power Bikes Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Ford, Jake Silsby, Redwood Stephens, Dave Miller
  • Patent number: 11930731
    Abstract: Continued and precise operation of an agricultural implement exists even where a subsystem, such as a GPS receiver, wireless communicator, a sensor, or the like, fails, falters, or is otherwise unusable. Data is continually tracked to the extent possible during failure or faltering and is temporarily stored. The temporary data is later stitched or otherwise harmonized with historical data once the failing system is repaired or otherwise once again available. During failure or faltering, views, and even mapped views, of historical and real-time data are displayed. Predicted or anticipated data can be included within these views or can even be used when stitching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Schoon, Ryan McMahan, Matthew Moeller, Daniel Hunter
  • Patent number: 11926047
    Abstract: A surgical practice system including a box that defines an inner compartment, and multiple articulable arms mounted to the box within the inner compartment, each arm including a gripping element provided at its distal end that is configured to grip an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventor: Neil Cambronero
  • Patent number: 11920324
    Abstract: A first process acquires movement data including a position of a lead machine. A second process controls one or more work machines so that the one or more work machines follows the lead machine based on the movement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventor: Yukihisa Takaoka
  • Patent number: 11921515
    Abstract: A method for determining at least one action of a robot, including capturing, with an image sensor disposed on the robot, images of objects within an environment of the robot as the robot moves within the environment; identifying, with a processor of the robot, at least a first object based on the captured images; and actuating, with the processor, the robot to execute at least one action based on the first object identified, wherein the at least one action comprises at least generating a virtual boundary and avoiding crossing the virtual boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: AI Incorporated
    Inventor: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi
  • Patent number: 11919168
    Abstract: A robot control system according to the present embodiment is a robot control system that controls a plurality of transport robots that is travelable autonomously in a facility. The robot control system: acquires error information indicating that an error has occurred in a first transport robot; acquires transported object information related to a transported object of the first transport robot; determines a second transport robot able to transport the transported object of the first transport robot among the transport robots based on the transported object information and the error information; and moves the second transport robot to a transfer location of the transported object of the first transport robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventors: Tetsuya Taira, Shiro Oda, Satoshi Toyoshima, Yuta Watanabe, Takeshi Matsui, Takayoshi Nasu, Kei Yoshikawa, Yusuke Ota, Yutaro Ishida, Yuji Onuma
  • Patent number: 11912099
    Abstract: An automatic driving vehicle, that is automatically movable, includes a front window, a LIDAR disposed at an inner side of the front window and configured to acquire external world information on an automatic movement, a display device disposed at the inner side of the front window, a cover member covering the LIDAR and the display device, and a blowout port configured to discharge air toward the LIDAR and the display device along the inner side of the front window. The cover member includes a first introduction port formed by a gap between a portion overlapping the LIDAR in a width direction of the moving body and the front window, and a second introduction port formed by a gap between a portion overlapping the display device in the width direction and the front window. The gap of the first introduction port is larger than the gap of the second introduction port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shingo Nakayama, Akinori Myoi
  • Patent number: 11906979
    Abstract: A mobile robot includes a communication unit that communicates with another mobile robot, a sensing unit for sensing the other mobile robot existing in a detection area encompassing a predetermined projected angle with respect to the front of a main body of the mobile robot, and a control unit configured for rotating the main body so that the other mobile robot is sensed in the detection area. The communication unit transmits a control signal configured to cause the other mobile robot to travel in a linear direction by a predetermined distance, to the other mobile robot when the other mobile robot is present in the detection area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventors: Donghoon Kwak, Kyoungsuk Ko, Sungwook Lee
  • Patent number: 11904717
    Abstract: A system preconditions a battery pack of a vehicle to support fast charging. The system detects a trigger that that indicates the vehicle will be traveling or the battery pack of the vehicle has been reduced to a predetermined capacity. The system collects a plurality of samples of location data of the vehicle. The system predicts a destination of the vehicle based on the samples. The system determines a propensity of a user to charge the vehicle based on previous charging behavior of the user. The system determines a confidence score of the predicted destination and the determined propensity. The system determines whether to schedule preconditioning of the battery pack based on the confidence score meeting a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Adam Langton, Henry Pease, Anderson Vankayala
  • Patent number: 11903660
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a surgical robotic system for use in a surgical procedure, including a surgical arm having a movable arm part for mounting of a surgical instrument having at least one degree-of-freedom to enable longitudinal movement of the surgical instrument towards a surgical target. Some other embodiments are directed to a human machine interface for receiving positioning commands from a human operator for controlling the longitudinal movement of the surgical instrument, and an actuator configured for actuating the movable arm part to effect the longitudinal movement of the surgical instrument, and controlled by a processor in accordance with the positioning commands and a virtual bound. The virtual bound establishes a transition in the control of the longitudinal movement of the surgical instrument in a direction towards the surgical target. The virtual bound is determined, during use of the surgical robotic system, based on the positioning commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: PRECEYES B.V.
    Inventors: Maarten Joannes Beelen, Gerrit Jacobus Lambertus Naus, Hildebert Christiaan Matthijs Meenink, Marc Joseph Dominique De Smet
  • Patent number: 11904462
    Abstract: A server 3 includes a user dynamic data recognition unit 3a1 that recognizes, during guidance, user dynamic data; a guidance request estimation unit 3c that estimates a guidance request of a user during the guidance, based on the user dynamic data; and a guidance action determination unit 3f that determines a guidance action to be taken by a robot 2 during the guidance, based on the estimated guidance request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Haruomi Higashi
  • Patent number: 11897145
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure are directed towards path generation. A method includes a device registering working frame of a target object with a reference frame of a robot. The device can generate a path over a representation of a surface of the target object. The device can generate a trajectory over the surface of the target object based on the registration, the path, and a normal. The device can classify a target type for the real-world target using a machine learning model based on scanned data of the surface of the target object. The device can generate a robot job file, wherein the robot job file comprises the trajectory and an autonomous operation instruction. The device can transmit the robot job file to a robot controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Ademola Ayodeji Oridate, William Wilder, Spencer Voiss
  • Patent number: 11891772
    Abstract: A method of determining a payload mass, the method comprising receiving rope data indicative of the rope force from the rope force sensor, receive position data indicative of the current shovel position from the one or more position sensors, determine a payload mass based on the rope force, the current shovel position, and a defined relationship between a kinetic energy of the mining shovel, a potential energy of the mining shovel, one or more degrees of freedom of the mining shovel, and one or more forces experienced by the mining shovel, and provide the payload mass to a display device associated with the mining shovel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventor: Paul Ryan
  • Patent number: 11890758
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for performing robot planning using a process definition graph. The techniques can include receiving a process definition graph having a plurality of task nodes that represent respective tasks to be performed by a respective robot of a plurality of robots, wherein each task node is associated with a location at which the task will be performed; generating, from the process definition graph, an initial modified process definition graph that adds constraints for respective swept volumes occupied by each task represented by the plurality of task nodes; and generating, from the initial modified process definition graph, a refined process definition graph, wherein the refined process definition graph includes respective motion plans for robots moving between tasks, wherein the motion plans define transitions that avoid the swept volumes occupied by each task represented by the plurality of task nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Intrinsic Innovation LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Dupuis, Keegan Go
  • Patent number: 11872697
    Abstract: A collaborative device includes: a robotic arm including at least one motor; a tool secured to a free end of the robotic arm; a computer unit connected to the robotic arm to transmit instructions for controlling the robotic arm; and a joint having a flexible connection. The device integrates at least one sensor parameterised to detect forces exerted on the flexible connection. The computer unit is configured to: receive data from the sensor; translate the data into torques applied at the motor(s) of the robotic arm; generate instructions for attenuating the applied torques; and control the motor(s) of the robotic arm with the attenuation instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: FTS WELDING
    Inventors: Paul Foucault, Roland Devy
  • Patent number: 11845184
    Abstract: The method can include: optionally providing a set of grasp tools; determining an object model for a grasp; determining a grasp contact configuration; and facilitating grasp execution with the set of grasp tools. However, the method S100 can additionally or alternatively include any other suitable elements. The method functions to facilitate non-destructive and/or stable object grasping (and/or object manipulation) using a set of grasp tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Dextrous Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Zapolsky, Evan Drumwright