Patents Examined by Harry Y Oh
  • Patent number: 11383395
    Abstract: A communications module is provided for simplifying routing of communications pathways in a robot. The communications module is attached between the robot tool flange and the end effector. Additional interchangeable modules may also be provided between the tool flange and the end effector. The communications module includes multiple input ports and at least one output port. A data switch within the module combines sensor data from multiple input ports into a single output stream that is transmitted from one or more of the output ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Matt Simkins, Said Zahrai
  • Patent number: 11380209
    Abstract: Allocation result accumulation unit accumulates allocation results of each business operator that requests allocation of flight airspace of drone. Allocation result accumulation unit accumulates, as the allocation results, an allocated airspace amount represented by the size of allocated flight airspace and the period in which flight in the flight airspace is permitted. When allocation requests are received from multiple business operators, flight airspace allocation unit allocates flight airspace by giving priority to a high priority business operator according to the allocation results accumulated in allocation result accumulation unit with respect to each business operator. Flight airspace allocation unit allocates the flight airspace by assigning a higher priority to a business operator for which the allocated airspace amount that has been accumulated is small.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: NTT DOCOMO, INC.
    Inventors: Takefumi Yamada, Ken Koumoto, Youhei Oono, Hidetoshi Ebara, Yuichiro Segawa
  • Patent number: 11358285
    Abstract: A robot includes an output unit including at least one of a display or a speaker, a camera, and a processor configured to control the output unit to output content, to acquire an image including a plurality of users through the camera while the content is output, to determine a mood of a group including the plurality of users based on the acquired image, and to control the output unit to output feedback based on the determined mood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventor: Yoonji Moon
  • Patent number: 11358287
    Abstract: A compact, intuitively-operable input device for manipulating a robot is provided. Provided is an input device for manipulating a robot. The input device includes: a base; a movable section supported in a three-dimensionally movable manner relative to the base; and a detector that performs detection by resolving an operation amount of the movable section relative to the base into parallel movement amounts along a first axis and a second axis, which extend parallel to a predetermined surface of the base and are orthogonal to each other, and a parallel movement amount along a third axis that is orthogonal to the first axis and the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Yuki Ishii, Takashi Satou, Yihua Gu
  • Patent number: 11345045
    Abstract: A robot has a base, a first arm provided at the base and pivoting about a first axis relative to the base, a second arm provided at the first arm and pivoting about a second axis parallel to the first axis relative to the first arm, an inertial sensor provided in the second arm and detecting one or both of an angular velocity about an angular velocity detection axis orthogonal to an axial direction of the second axis and an acceleration in the second axis direction, a pipe located outside of the first arm and coupling the base and the second arm, and a wire placed through the pipe and electrically coupled to the inertial sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Inventors: Shingo Hoshino, Masaki Motoyoshi
  • Patent number: 11338440
    Abstract: This robot system includes a robot, a tool which is attached to the robot, an imaging device, and a controller which controls the robot and the tool, and the controller is configured so that a distal end portion of the robot is placed at a plurality of calibration positions, the tool is operated at each of the calibration positions, images of light irradiated to an object or a trace left on the object due to tool operation processing are captured by the imaging device, and calibration is performed based on comparison between irradiation positions of the light or positions of the traces, which are in an image captured by the imaging device, and predetermined reference positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Hajime Suzuki, Shuusuke Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11338435
    Abstract: A gripping system includes a hand that grips a workpiece, a robot that supports the hand and changes at least one of a position and a posture of the hand, and an image sensor that acquires image information from a viewpoint interlocked with at least one of the position and the posture of the hand. Additionally, the gripping system includes a construction module that constructs a model by machine learning based on collection data. The model corresponds to at least a part of a process of specifying an operation command of the robot based on the image information acquired by the image sensor and hand position information representing at least one of the position and the posture of the hand. An operation module executes the operation command of the robot based on the image information, the hand position information, and the model, and a robot control module operates the robot based on the operation command of the robot operated by the operation module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventors: Shota Ishikawa, Koji Sokabe, Keisuke Nakamura, Masaru Adachi, Yuichi Sasaki, Antoine Pasquali, Thomas Wilmotte
  • Patent number: 11334091
    Abstract: A map information update system according to the present disclosure includes multiple mobile robots that each acquire information on an intention of a user to move and information on a mobile robot position, one or multiple environment information acquiring robot(s) that each acquire(s) environment information, and a server that updates map information based on the information on the intention of the user to move, the information on the mobile robot position, and the environment information, and each of the multiple mobile robots includes a main body part, a handle part, a detecting part, a moving device, a guide information producing part, a presenting part, a user move intention estimating part, a mobile robot position estimating part, and a communicating part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Mayu Watabe, Kazunori Yamada
  • Patent number: 11331808
    Abstract: A robot for performing an expression by a non-verbal reaction, includes a body including a lower part provided so as to be capable of panning and tilting with respect to a support point coupled to a placement surface; a pair of arms provided to side parts of the body so as to be capable of moving up and down; and a head provided to an upper part of the body so as to be capable of panning and tilting, wherein the non-verbal reaction includes a combination of the tilting and the panning of the body with respect to the support point and movement of the pair of arms or the head or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventors: Masaru Ide, Shinji Kanda, Toshikazu Kanaoka, Kaoru Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 11331788
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a smart grabbing device including: a controller, a container configured to accommodate articles, a grabber configured to grab the articles, and a movable mover. The mover is at a bottom of the container; the grabber is on the container; and both of the grabber and the mover are electrically coupled with the controller. The controller is configured to, control the mover to drive the smart grabbing device to move to a target position, and control the grabber to grab a target article and place the target article in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Inventor: Zhanquan Yu
  • Patent number: 11325251
    Abstract: A robot including a manipulator driven by actuators, and configured to determine external forces and/or external torques acting upon the manipulator, the robot configured to: regulate the actuators for a sub-space T1 of a working space AR such that, upon application of an external force and/or external torque upon the manipulator, the manipulator recedes into T1, wherein following applies: T1?AR and T1?AR, and AR specifies all permitted translations and/or rotations of the manipulator; and determine, for a space TK1 that is complementary to T1, a projection {right arrow over (P)}TK1 of the external force and/or external torque into TK1, wherein following applies: T1?TK1={0}, TK1?AR, and T1?TK1=AR, classify {right arrow over (P)}TK1 into one of several predefined classes with respect to amount and/or direction and/or time curve of {right arrow over (P)}TK1, store a command and/or rule for each predefined class, and regulate the actuators as a function of classification of {right arrow over (P)}TK1 based on res
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Franka Emika GmbH
    Inventor: Saskia Golz
  • Patent number: 11318916
    Abstract: A computer includes a processor and a memory, the memory storing instructions executable by the processor to identify a sensor of a vehicle with a robotic arm, capture a plurality of images of the sensor with an unmanned aerial vehicle, and actuate the robotic arm to perform maintenance on the sensor upon inputting the plurality of images to an image recognition program and obtaining output that the sensor requires maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Ashwin Arunmozhi, Venkatesh Krishnan, Rashaun Phinisee, Kunal Singh
  • Patent number: 11317778
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile robot for determining a type and position of a home appliance present within in a traveling area and controlling the home appliance according to a control command or a situation. The mobile robot includes a controller for determining the type and position of the home appliance positioned within the traveling area based on the image acquired through an image acquisition unit, and for generating and outputting a home appliance map that is a traveling area map on which at least one of the type or position of the home appliance is indicated, wherein the home appliance is remotely controlled according to a control command of a user, a situation is determined according to the acquired information without a control command, and a home appliance appropriate for a specific situation is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventor: Minsoo Kim
  • Patent number: 11318618
    Abstract: A robotic surgical system and method are disclosed for handling real-time and non-real-time traffic. In one embodiment, a surgical robotic system is provided comprising at least one robotic arm coupled to an operating table; and a control computer comprising a processor and a hardware interface, wherein the processor is configured to: receive a notification about real-time data from the operating table at the hardware interface; process the real-time data immediately upon receiving the notification; and poll the hardware interface for non-real time data from the operating table only when not processing the real-time data. Other embodiments are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Verb Surgical Inc.
    Inventor: Jignesh Desai
  • Patent number: 11312030
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include automated guided vehicles (AGVs) having a steerable camera for target-tracking. In one embodiment, the AGV includes a body having one or more motorized wheels, the body having a first end and a second end opposing the first end, a console coupled in an upright position to the first end of the body, and a first camera coupled to the console, the first camera providing one or more axes of rotation and is operable to follow an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Jie Tang
  • Patent number: 11312029
    Abstract: A three-dimensional measuring apparatus includes a projection unit that projects a first pattern light and a second pattern light by a laser beam on a region containing an object, an imaging unit that images a captured image of the region, a vibration information receiving part that receives vibration information on a vibration of the projection unit or the imaging unit, and a measuring unit that measures a three-dimensional shape of the object based on the captured image, wherein the region on which the first pattern light having a first period is projected is imaged by the imaging unit when the vibration information is equal to or smaller than a first threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Shuichi Wakabayashi
  • Patent number: 11312025
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward a robotic system that includes a robotic arm, a robotic end-effector, a lock, and a control system. The robotic end-effector is detachably coupled to the robotic arm and includes a locomotion device to move the robotic end-effector independent of the robotic arm. The lock is disposed with the robotic arm and robotic end-effector, and is operable to detach and attach the robotic arm and the robotic end-effector. The control system is configured to control the robotic arm and the robotic end-effector, and to operate the lock to detach and attach the robotic arm and the robotic end-effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Raj Sohmshetty, David Jeffeory Berels, Anthony Mario D'Amato, Jianbo Lu
  • Patent number: 11305414
    Abstract: A manipulating device is provided, which includes a first parallel linkage mechanism having a pair of first links and a pair of second links, a second parallel linkage mechanism having a pair of third links and a pair of fourth links, and a support member supporting one of the third links. The first parallel linkage mechanism and the second parallel linkage mechanism commonly use one of the second links and one of the fourth links and an armrest member to which a manipulating member is attached at a tip-end part thereof is disposed in a lower-end part of the first parallel linkage mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Masayuki Kamon, Kenji Kitani
  • Patent number: 11305432
    Abstract: A work machine includes a pickup member configured to pick up a component; a storage device configured to store positional information on multiple pickup positions where the pickup member can pick up the component; a recognition device configured to optically recognize a multiple of the component including the pickup target; and a control device configured to select, from the multiple pickup positions of the pickup target component, one pickup position which is less likely to interfere with other components based on the positional information and a recognition result from the recognition device, and cause the pick member to pick up the pickup target component at the one selected pickup position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Nobuo Oishi, Kazuaki Mori
  • Patent number: 11292594
    Abstract: A vehicle is described having an aerodynamically contoured lifting body comprising a plurality of cooperating body modules, wherein at least two of the modules are displaceably secured to each other. The modules include a thrust vectoring module operatively coupled to a propulsive mechanism. The thrust vectoring module is dynamically controlled to affect positioning and actuation of the propulsive mechanism to attain a desired positioning of the vehicle and at least one of a plurality of modes of operation thereof. The thrust vectoring module includes a nacelle module carrying the propulsive mechanism thereon and rotatably displaceable about one or more axes extending from the lifting body. The propulsive mechanism is positioned externally, internally, or in combinations thereof of the nacelle module and is tiltably displaceable about one or more axes of the nacelle module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Airgility, Inc.
    Inventors: Evandro Gurgel do Amaral Valente, Eduardo Gurgel do Amaral Valente, Tanner Ray Miller, Bryan Phillip Jensen