Patents Examined by Harry Y Oh
  • Patent number: 11561542
    Abstract: A navigational system for a host vehicle may comprise at least one processing device. The processing device may be programmed to receive a first output and a second output associated with the host vehicle; identify a representation of a target object in the first output; and determine whether a characteristic of the target object triggers a navigational constraint. If the navigational constraint is not triggered, the processing device may verify the identification of the representation of the target object based on a combination of the first output and the second output. If the navigational constraint is triggered, the processing device may verify the identification of the representation of the target object based on the first output; and in response to the verification, cause at least one navigational change to the host vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Mobileye Vision Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Amnon Shashua, Shai Shalev-Shwartz, Shaked Shammah
  • Patent number: 11561102
    Abstract: Provided is a process that includes: obtaining a first version of a map of a workspace; selecting a first undiscovered area of the workspace; in response to selecting the first undiscovered area, causing the robot to move to a position and orientation to sense data in at least part of the first undiscovered area; and obtaining an updated version of the map mapping a larger area of the workspace than the first version.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: AI Incorporated
    Inventors: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi, Sebastian Schweigert, Lukas Fath, Chen Zhang
  • Patent number: 11559361
    Abstract: A locator of a surgical port of a surgical robot system, the surgical robot system comprising an instrument attached to a robot arm, the instrument having an instrument shaft able to pass through the surgical port to a surgical site, the locator comprising: an interface configured to couple to the surgical port; a mechanism configured to permit relative linear and/or rotational motion of the interface and the instrument shaft; and a controller comprising a processor operable to estimate the position of a part of the robot arm, the controller configured to control the mechanism in dependence on the estimated position of the part of the robot arm such that as the robot arm retracts the instrument from the patient, the locator moves the port away from the robot arm and provides a reaction force to keep the port in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: CMR Surgical Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Murray Scholan, Ben Robert Chaplin, Keith Marshall, Luke David Ronald Hares, Nikki Priyam Su-Ling Phoolchund, Thomas Bates Jackson
  • Patent number: 11559885
    Abstract: The method for increasing the accuracy of grasping an object can include: labelling an image based on an attempted object grasp by a robot and generating a trained graspability network using the labelled images. The method can additionally or alternatively include determining a grasp point using the trained graspability network; executing an object grasp at the grasp point S400; and/or any other suitable elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Intrinsic Innovation LLC
    Inventors: Ahmad Humayun, Michael Stark, Nan Rong, Bhaskara Mannar Marthi, Aravind Sivakumar
  • Patent number: 11554488
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer-readable storage devices, for robot navigation using 2D and 3D path planning. In the disclosed method, a robot accesses map data indicating two-dimensional layout of objects in a space and evaluates candidate paths for the robot to traverse. In response to determining that the candidate paths do not include a collision-free path across the space for a two-dimensional profile of the robot, the robot evaluates a three-dimensional shape of the robot with respect to a three-dimensional shape of an object in the space. Based on the evaluation of the three-dimensional shapes, the robot determines a collision-free path to traverse through the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventor: Benjamin Holson
  • Patent number: 11548157
    Abstract: One object determining system comprising: an air ejection device, configured to eject air; a distance detecting circuit, configured to detect distances between an electronic device comprising the object determining system and at least one location of an object when the air ejection device ejects air to the object; and a determining circuit, configured to determine a type of the object according to variations of the distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: PixArt Imaging Inc.
    Inventor: Guo-Zhen Wang
  • Patent number: 11548140
    Abstract: A position and tracking system for radio-based localization in an operating room, includes a receiver, a mobile cart, a processor, and a memory coupled to the processor. The mobile cart includes a robotic arm and a transmitter in operable communication with the receiver. The memory has instructions stored thereon which, when executed by the processor, cause the system to receive, from the transmitter, a signal including a position of the mobile carts in a 3D space based on the signal communicated by the transmitter and determine a spatial pose of the mobile carts based on the received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Dwight Meglan, Meir Rosenberg, Robert W. Pierce, William J. Peine, Jaimeen Kapadia, Eric J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 11541534
    Abstract: A method for object grasping, including: determining features of a scene; determining candidate grasp locations; determining a set of candidate grasp proposals for the candidate grasp locations; optionally modifying a candidate grasp proposal of the set; determining grasp scores associated with the candidate grasp proposals; selecting a set of final grasp proposals based on the grasp scores; and executing a grasp proposal from the set of final grasp proposals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Intrinsic Innovation LLC
    Inventors: Li Yang Ku, Michael Stark, Ahmad Humayun, Nan Rong, Bhaskara Marthi
  • Patent number: 11534907
    Abstract: A management system is a management system which includes a remote work system having at least one master unit and a plurality of slave units which can be remotely operated and a management server, in which each of the plurality of slave units includes a gripping unit that is configured to grip a target, grip the target by means of autonomous control, and, when being connected to the master unit by the management server, grip the target by means of a remote operation by the master unit, the master unit is configured to perform the remote operation on the plurality of slave units, and the management server includes an operation management unit that is configured to connect the master unit and the plurality of slave units when a remote operation is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: OKAMURA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Yamashita, Satoshi Asou, Masahiko Arita, Kenshi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11537107
    Abstract: A system for performing autonomous agriculture within an agriculture production environment includes one or more agriculture pods, a stationary robot system, and one or more mobile robots. The agriculture pods include one or more plants and one or more sensor modules for monitoring the plants. The stationary robot system collects sensor data from the sensor modules, performs farming operations on the plants according to an operation schedule based on the collected sensor data, and generates a set of instruction for transporting the agriculture pods within the agriculture production environment. The stationary robot system communicates the set of instructions to the agriculture pods. The mobile robots transport the agriculture pods between the stationary robot system and one or more other locations within the agriculture production environment according to the set of instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Hasan Sinan Bank, Rizwan Majeed
  • Patent number: 11534908
    Abstract: An operation adjustment apparatus includes a camera arranged so as to capture images of a robot and a hand. The robot controller includes an operation control unit that sends an operation command to the robot at a predetermined control cycle. The camera captures images at a time interval that coincides with the control cycle. A determination unit of the robot controller determines whether an operation of the hand is appropriate based on a result of image processing performed by an image processing unit. If the determination unit determines that the operation of the hand is not appropriate, a correction unit of the robot controller corrects a command statement included in an operation program so that the operation of the hand is an appropriate operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenshirou Oono, Makoto Yamada
  • Patent number: 11526147
    Abstract: Systems and methods for human-machine interaction. An adaptive behavioral control system of a human-machine interaction system controls an interaction sub-system to perform a plurality of actions for a first action type in accordance with a computer-behavioral policy, each action being a different alternative action for the action type. The adaptive behavioral control system detects a human reaction of an interaction participant to the performance of each action of the first action type from data received from a human reaction detection sub-system. The adaptive behavioral control system stores information indicating each detected human reaction in association with information identifying the associated action. In a case where stored information indicating detected human reactions for the first action type satisfy an update condition, the adaptive behavioral control system updates the computer-behavioral policy for the first action type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Embodied, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Scherer, Paolo Pirjanian, Albert Asatoorian
  • Patent number: 11511439
    Abstract: Provided is a method for managing a modular robot, including at least one module, using a user terminal, the method including: acquiring mount information on the at least one module mounted to the modular robot; receiving module information on a module corresponding to the mount information; and displaying at least one of the mount information and the module information. Also, provided are a user terminal for performing the method for managing a modular robot may be provided, and a non-volatile computer readable recording medium in which a computer program for performing the method for managing a modular robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Seokgyu Han, Sungwon Moon, Chanhun Sung, Hyegyung Song, Youngwha Yang, Byeongtae Lee
  • Patent number: 11511410
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of controlling a robot, comprising: switching to a surrounding environment concentration mode according to a sound of surrounding environment in a display off mode; searching a user in the surrounding environment concentration mode and switching to a user concentration mode when the user is searched; switching to a user conversation mode from the user concentration mode according to a sound received from the user; and entering the display off mode again after passing through a play alone mode, when the user is not searched in the surrounding environment concentration mode. Accordingly, the robot can operate in an optimal mode according to the change of the surrounding environment by setting various modes of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventor: Namgeon Kim
  • Patent number: 11511741
    Abstract: A lane keep assist device is configured to perform lane keep assist control for making a host vehicle travel along a lane, and preventing the host vehicle from departing from the lane. The lane keep assist device includes an electronic control device configured to detect presence or absence of another vehicle, present in a vicinity of the host vehicle, which have a gradual decrease in a distance from the host vehicle, and when the other vehicle is detected, the electronic control device configured to set virtual line extending along front-rear direction of the detected other vehicle at position away by first predetermined distance in right-left direction of the other vehicle from lateral side of the detected other vehicle, and to specify the lane based on the set virtual line to perform the lane keep assist control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akira Nagae, Ryo Inomata, Hironori Ito, Masayuki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 11504193
    Abstract: A surgical robotic system including a surgical table, a surgical robotic manipulator coupled to the surgical table and comprising a plurality of links coupled together by a plurality of joints that are operable to move with respect to one another to move the surgical robotic manipulator, at least one of the plurality of links or the plurality of joints having a portion that faces another of the plurality of links or the plurality of joints, a proximity sensing assembly coupled to the portion of the at least one of the plurality of links or the plurality of joints, the proximity sensing assembly operable to detect an object prior to the surgical robotic manipulator colliding with the object and to output a corresponding detection signal, and a processor operable to receive the corresponding detecting signal and cause the manipulator or the object to engage in a collision avoidance operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: VERB SURGICAL INC.
    Inventors: Xin Liu, Berk Gonenc, Bernhard A. Fuerst, Jose Luis Cordoba, Pablo E. Garcia Kilroy
  • Patent number: 11505149
    Abstract: A method for controlling the actuation of an actuatable restraint to help protect a vehicle occupant in response to a rollover event is implemented in a controller of a vehicle safety system that includes the actuatable restraint. To implement the method, the controller is configured to execute a roll discrimination metric that discriminates the occurrence of a ramp rollover event or an embankment rollover event in response to a vehicle roll rate (R_RATE) having a magnitude that exceeds a predetermined threshold roll rate (R_RATE). The controller is also configured to execute a switching metric that is operative to reduce the predetermined threshold roll rate (R_RATE) in response to a vehicle pitch rate (P_RATE) having a magnitude that exceeds a predetermined threshold pitch rate (P_RATE).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Kiran Balasubramanian, Annette Schanz, Huahn-Fern Yeh, Charles A. Bartlett
  • Patent number: 11498228
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for sensing the depth of an object by considering external light and a device implementing the same, and a method for sensing the depth of an object by considering external light according to an embodiment of the present disclosure comprises the steps of: storing, in a storage unit, first depth information of an object, which is sensed at a first time point by a depth camera unit of a depth sensing module; storing, in the storage unit, second depth information of the object, which is sensed at a second time point by the depth camera unit; comparing, by a sensing data filtering unit of the depth sensing module, the generated first and second depth information to identify a filtering target region from the second depth information; and adjusting, by a control unit of the depth sensing module, the depth value of the region filtered from the second depth information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Changhyeon Lee, Dong Seong Kim, Byungkon Sohn, Seung In Shin, Jungmin Shim, Jae Hoon Jeong
  • Patent number: 11498206
    Abstract: An entertainment system includes: a robot device capable of acting in an autonomous action mode in a real world; a server device configured to cause a virtual robot associated with the robot device to act in a virtual world; and a terminal device capable of displaying an image of the virtual world in which the virtual robot acts. The server device provides the image of the virtual world to the terminal device. The server device transmits a request from the virtual robot to the robot device. When the robot device acquires the request from the virtual robot, the robot device acts in a collaboration action mode in which collaboration is made with the virtual robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Yanase
  • Patent number: 11490981
    Abstract: An input control device is disclosed. The input control device can be configured to operate in different modes depending on proximity data provided by a proximity detection system. The input control device can include a feedback generator configured to generate feedback in response to the input control device switching between operational modes, the proximity data provided by the proximity detection system, and/or other conditions of the surgical procedure, robotic surgical tool, surgical site, and/or patient. The input control device can include a variable resistance assembly for resisting input control motions applied to an actuator thereof. Additionally or alternatively, the input control device can include an end effector actuator assembly for repositioning the end effector actuator based on feedback from a paired robotic surgical tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Clinton W. Denlinger, Gregory W. Johnson, Charles J. Scheib, Jeffrey S. Swayze