Patents Examined by Dalena Tran
  • Patent number: 10315622
    Abstract: There is provided a kit comprising a base member adapted to be releasably attached to an upper region of a vehicle; a pole member comprising a first end that is adapted to be releasably coupled to the base member; an identification tag adapted to be mounted on the pole member and at a predetermined distance from the first end; and a light adapted to be positioned on the pole member. Such a kit is quite useful for tracking vehicles such as vehicles left outdoors that can be covered with ice and snow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: FoxTrac Inc.
    Inventor: Marco Lisi
  • Patent number: 10295666
    Abstract: An object detection device of the present disclosure includes three reception units for receiving reflected waves resulting from reflection of a transmission wave by an object within a detection range, and a determination unit for determining presence or absence of an object to be avoided based on outputs of the three reception units. The determination unit calculates first coordinates and second coordinates at which an object is estimated to be present, based on reception times from when a transmission wave is transmitted until reflected waves are received by the three reception units, and determines whether or not the object needs to be avoided, based on a distance between the first coordinates and the second coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takuma Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10292777
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to operator control in a master-slave robotic system, including, but not limited to, wherein an operator uses a master control input device to guide the position and orientation of a tool that is driven by the robotic system. Embodiments described herein provide devices and methods of increasing precision control for complex motions by, for example, decoupling operator control of rotational and translational movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ELYTRA TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas L. Adelman
  • Patent number: 10296014
    Abstract: A boat maneuvering control method for a boat provided with a propulsion device includes acquiring a target orientation, acquiring an actual orientation of the boat, setting a target yaw rate value based on orientation information of at least one of the target orientation and the actual orientation, detecting an actual yaw rate value of the boat, and controlling a direction of a thrust force of the propulsion device based on the target yaw rate value and the actual yaw rate value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Makoto Ito, Sebastian Nilsson, Mathias Lindeborg
  • Patent number: 10286745
    Abstract: A system for damping control for a vehicle includes a parameter component and a damping adjustment component. The parameter component is configured to determine one or more driving parameters of a vehicle. The one or more driving parameters include a velocity of the vehicle. The damping adjustment component is configured to adjust damping of suspension of the vehicle during driving based on the one or more driving parameters. The damping adjustment component is also configured to adjust damping of suspension at a zero velocity for a threshold time period in response to transitioning from a non-zero velocity to the zero velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Russell, Charles Gavin McGee, Ben Bulat, Russ Lee Norton, John Keller, Darrell Erick Butler
  • Patent number: 10268756
    Abstract: An approach is provided for classifying natural language input into plurality of query processing levels. The approach involves parsing at least one natural language input into one or more words, wherein the at least one natural language input represents at least one cartographic query. The approach also involves mapping the one or more words to at least one function of a cartography system. The approach further involves determining an availability of the at least one function, one or more parameters associated with the at least one function, or a combination thereof with respect to at least one component of the cartography system. The approach also involves classifying the at least one cartographic query into at least one of a plurality of query processing levels based, at least in part, on the availability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Volodimir Burlik
  • Patent number: 10265227
    Abstract: A robotic assistant, associated software and methodology for operating the same. The described robotic assistant includes: a motorized base having at least two motor driven wheels controlled by a first control platform; a dual arm robot mounted on the motorized base, the dual arm robot having a first arm and a second arm controlled by a second control platform; a remote sip and puff mouth controller having three degrees of operational freedom; and a computer system that receives command signals from the remote sip and puff mouth controller, and includes an algorithm that translates the command signals into a first type of control signal for directing the motorized base to move, and a second type of control signal for directing the dual arm robot to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Inventors: John T. Wen, Jonas Braasch, Utkarsh Sinha, Andrew Cunningham, William H. Keddy-Hector, Daniel C. Kruse, David Whalen, Lu Lu
  • Patent number: 10265851
    Abstract: Modular components form a robotic assembly. the mod-components include modules and tools, each have a set of functions and capabilities, are rapidly configured-reconfigured to function cooperatively, creating a configurable robotic assemblage. Each mod-component incorporates a standardized connector mating with any other standardized connector in an interchangeable manner providing mechanical stability, power, and signals therebetween. Each mod-component incorporates a processor, data storage for mod-component identity, status, and programmable functionality, and for responding to commands. Storage is reprogrammed while the robot is operational, altering both commands and responses. After interconnection, inter-module power and communication are established and each modular component identifies itself and its functionality, thereby providing “plug and play” configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Richard A. Skrinde
  • Patent number: 10259115
    Abstract: A work device includes a base unit, a movable unit configured to have an end effector mounted thereto, linking mechanisms linking the base unit to the movable unit, actuators fixed to the base unit for driving the plurality of linking mechanisms, respectively, and a controller that moves the end effector by operating the actuators. A certain linking mechanism out of the plurality of linking mechanisms includes a joint. The controller includes a joint angle determination unit that determines whether or not a bending angle of the linking mechanism at the joint is within an operable range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ken Takano, Satoru Kimura
  • Patent number: 10246090
    Abstract: Vehicles can be equipped with a computing device to determine two or more paths of available paths for the vehicle that each include a predicted impact with an object. The computing device can determine a time to impact, vehicle speed and direction and object speed and direction, and an object type. The computing device can also determine a best path of the two or more vehicle paths by determining damage severity based on time to impact, vehicle speed and direction and object speed and direction and control one or more of steering, propulsive torque and braking torque to pilot the vehicle on the best path based on the damage severity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brandon Beauvais, Scott J. Lauffer
  • Patent number: 10244916
    Abstract: The present application discloses a cleaning robot including a primary robot having a first controller configured to control a plurality of first sensors, a first communication module, a first moving apparatus, and a first cleaning assembly; and at least one secondary robot having a second controller configured to control a plurality of second sensors, a second communication module, a second moving apparatus, and a second cleaning assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu Gu, Kai Zhao, Yifei Zhang, Hongli Ding, Ying Zhang
  • Patent number: 10234875
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for retaining cargo. A system for retaining cargo may comprise a sensor and a system controller. The system controller may be configured to determine presence of cargo in a vehicle; determine dimensions of the cargo based, at least in part, on data received from the sensor; determine a storage location for the cargo based, at least in part, on one or more of: the dimensions of the cargo, interior dimensions of the vehicle, and interior components of the vehicle; determine a first position for a first one of the interior components, the first position determined based, at least in part, on one or more of: the storage location, and a location for retaining the cargo for transport; create a first message indicating the storage location for the cargo and the position for the first one of the interior components; and transmit the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Charan S. Lota
  • Patent number: 10226869
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for defining and utilizing virtual fixtures for haptic navigation within real-world environments, including underwater environments, are provided. A computing device can determine a real-world object within a real-world environment. The computing device can receive an indication of the real-world object. The computing device can determine a virtual fixture that corresponds to the real-world object based on the indication, where aspects of the virtual fixture are configured to align with aspects of the real-world object. The computing device can provide a virtual environment for manipulating the robotic tool to operate on the real-world object utilizing the virtual fixture. The virtual fixture is configured to provide haptic feedback based on a position of a virtual robotic tool in the virtual environment that corresponds to the robotic tool in the real-world environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: University of Washington
    Inventors: Howard Jay Chizeck, Andrew Stewart, Fredrik Ryden
  • Patent number: 10220727
    Abstract: An improved system and method for controlling a moveable object associated with a mobile platform are provided. The provided system and method generates an application specific protected volume between the moveable object and a feature of the mobile platform to be protected. The provided system and method use magnetic sensing techniques to sense the moveable object when it infringes upon the protected volume, and provide control of the moveable object responsive to sensed infringement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: William Otto, Alexander N. Ballios
  • Patent number: 10220849
    Abstract: A control apparatus of a vehicle that calculates a feedback requested acceleration for maintaining an inter-vehicle distance to a target distance and a feedforward requested acceleration for causing the own vehicle to travel following a communicating preceding vehicle and calculates a requested acceleration of the own vehicle on the basis of the feedback and feedforward requested accelerations. The apparatus executes a control that causes the own vehicle to travel following the preceding vehicle by controlling the acceleration of the own vehicle such that the acceleration of the own vehicle corresponds to the requested acceleration of the own vehicle. The apparatus sets the feedforward requested acceleration to zero when a shift lever of the preceding vehicle is positioned at a shift position other than a shift position that causes the preceding vehicle to travel forward and the feedforward requested acceleration is larger than zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Nemoto
  • Patent number: 10220704
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting a status of a vehicle door are provided. The method includes detecting a status of a door based on at least one image received from a camera of a vehicle, determining a function to be performed from among a plurality of functions based on the detected status of the door, and performing the determined function. The method and apparatus may be implemented in a vehicle to display graphical indicators warning of a door being ajar or as a supplemental detection system to a hardwired door status sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph Machak, Mohannad Murad
  • Patent number: 10213922
    Abstract: In order to set control with a high degree of freedom while taking into account a time response waveform, a robot control apparatus includes a control section that acquires a driving position of a driving section that drives a robot and a detection value of an operation force operating on the robot detected by a force detector, and controls the driving section based on the detection value, a first setting value, and a second setting value; a first display section that displays a detection waveform that is a time response waveform of the detection value; a second display section that displays a storage waveform that is a time response waveform of the operation force stored in a storage medium in advance; and a receiving section that receives setting of at least the second setting value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masaki Motoyoshi
  • Patent number: 10207410
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for navigating and tracking a robotic platform includes a non-contact velocity sensor module set positioned on the robotic platform for measuring a velocity of the robotic platform relative to a target surface. The non-contact velocity sensor module set may include a coherent light source that is emitted towards the target surface and reflected back to the coherent light source. Measuring the change in intensity of the reflected coherent light source may be used to determine the velocity of the robotic platform based on the its relationship with the principles of a Doppler frequency shift. A communication unit may also be utilized to transmit data collected from the non-contact velocity sensor set to a computer for data processing. A computer is then provided on the robotic platform to process data collected from the non-contact velocity sensor set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Physical Optics Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Shnitser, David Miller, Christopher Thad Ulmer, Volodymyr Romanov, Victor Grubsky
  • Patent number: 10202147
    Abstract: A control system for a vehicle includes a forward viewing camera having a field of view forward of the vehicle. A control includes an image processor operable to process image data captured by the camera to determine lane boundaries of a lane of travel of the vehicle and to determine road curvature of a curved section of a road being traveled by the vehicle. The control, responsive at least in part to processing of captured image data, determines an end of the curved section where the road straightens. The control, responsive to a determination that the vehicle is at the end of the curved section where the road straightens, determines a wheel angle to adjust a wheel of the vehicle to such that the vehicle travels parallel to a tangent of the road after the vehicle has traversed the curved section and is at a straight section of the road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Devendra Bajpai, Honghao Tan
  • Patent number: 10195742
    Abstract: A driving apparatus includes a joint, a first support member connected to the joint and a second support member connected to the joint. A first elastic body which is inflatable or deflatable is provided along the joint, the first support member and the second support member. A support provided with a first end portion and a second end portion opposite to the first end portion is placed between the first support member and the first elastic body, and the first end portion is connected to the joint. And, a second elastic body which is inflatable or deflatable is inserted between the support and the first support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Junya Tanaka